Grave marker for Thomas Leroy Briggs
October 20, 1858 to July 11, 1899
Thomas Leroy Briggs, died as the result of an accident while putting up hay. At this time, October 30, 2002, it is not known who placed the flowers at his grave. Someone cares. We'll keep looking.
We did locate the grave marker for Thomas Leroy Briggs, our
great-grandfather. Lois and I and a cousin of Lois' drove around back in
October looking at fall color and we looped past Beverly, Illinois where
the Briggs family was raised. It is maybe 100 miles from here. We
located the cemetery with the help of a resident mechanic and found the
stone marker rather quickly. Strangely enough, there were flowers at the
marker so there is someone around yet who cares about the Briggs family.
I spent a couple of hours in the Quincy Public Library recently looking
for a record of where Mary Georgeanna was buried but no progress on that
front as yet. I couldn't find a record of her death in the Illinois
records but a local paper, "The Quincy Daily Herald" had a local news
column for Beverly which mentioned that Mary Briggs had gone to St.
Louis the preceding week to spend the winter. The dates seem to conflict
as she is recorded in family records as dying November 11, 1914 and the
issue that the note appeared in was the November 13, 1914 issue. We'll
just keep digging. I want to go back to the Beverly Cemetery and look it
over more thoroughly. We were short on time the last visit.