biography from Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
THOMAS BRIGGS, of Union Township, is a son of William and Jane (Roman) Briggs, the former a native of Ohio and the latter of Pennsylvania, both now deceased. He was born in Belmont County, Ohio, Feb. 4, 1838, and followed the occupation of farming in that State. Mr. Briggs was united in marriage with Miss Margaret Spear, a native of Guernsey County, Ohio, and daughter of John and Elizabeth Spear. The father is deceased, but the mother yet survives. They are the parents of eleven children, eight now living: Estella J., born July 24, 1868; Dillon H. Oct. 30, 1869; Albert A., May 11, 1871; Carrie E., Sept 20, 1872; Thomas E., Feb. 24, 1874; Cora A., born Aug. 13, 1875, died April 21, 1886; William E., born Feb. 7, 1877, died Feb. 5, 1879; Lewis K., born April 18, 1878; Mary E., Jan. 7, 1880; John Clifford, born May 30, 1881, died April 21, 1886; Hattie M. D., born Dec. 23, 1885. Mr. Briggs is a member of the Republican party, and at present holds the office of School Director in his district. His religious connection is with the Society of Friends. He came to Iowa in the year 1870. locating in Union Township upon section 29, and pursued the occupation of farming, in which he has been greatly prospered. He manages his business prudently and economically, is rated as a man of strict integrity, conscientious and honest in his business matters, and enjoying fully the high regard of all with whom he has to do in the business or personal relations of life.
Portrait & Biographical Album of Mahaska Co., Iowa, 1887
Mahaska County, Iowa Genealogy