Dr. D.D. Briggs and wife, Mary Ann Elizabeth Dowling, came to what is known
Briggs Chapel community in the middle 19th century. They built
their home and devoted some of the land to a Methodist chapel and
Their eldest son, Aaron Madison Briggs, married a neighbor girl, Emma
Elida Boyd, and they built a home in the area. John James Briggs was
their eldest son.
When John was a young man he went to Oklahoma to visit his Aunt Kitty
Briggs Harrington. While there at a party given in his honor, he met the
love of his life, Mary Maggie Smith. The two corresponded for over a
year. In 1909 John made a second trip to Oklahoma and brought Maggie to
Kemper County as his bride.
They lived in the Briggs Chapel Community until 1915 when they loaded
their three children in a covered wagon and moved to Oklahoma to be near
Maggie's family. One son, Kenneth, was born in Oklahoma. The family
moved back to Briggs, Mississippi, in 1917. There they spent the rest of
their lives. John worked as a foreman in the woods for Sumter Lumber
John and Maggie were the parents of nine children.
Aaron Madison Briggs, 1861-1921, was the first postmaster of
Emma Boyd Briggs, 1863-1948, wife of Aaron M. Briggs.
John James Briggs
Maggie Smith Briggs
Standing: Bertha Briggs Thomas
and Maggie Smith Briggs. Seated: John James Briggs holding Thomas Aaron
Briggs. Circa 1911.
The Aaron Madison
Briggs home in the Briggs Chapel Community
"Kemper County, Mississippi - A Pictorial History", placed here with permission by the Kemper County Historical Commission.