Lakefield Township Early Pioneers of Saginaw County, Michigan
Lakefield Township Early Pioneers of Saginaw County, Michigan

Joseph Briggs



Joseph Gardner Briggs was born September 27, 1880 in Reese, Tuscola County, Michigan. His parents were John Wesley and Minnie Ryman Briggs, Sr. Joseph G. was married to Julia Anna Marsac on April 28, 1902 in Mt. Clemens, Michigan. Julia was born September 10, 1886 in Chesterfield, Michigan, the daughter of Charles and Amelia Marsac.


Joseph Gardner moved to Lakefield Township with his parents in 1894.


Joseph and Julia's children were:


  1. Charles D. was born in 1903

  2. Joseph L. was born in 1904 and died in 1931

  3. Minnie A. was born June 12, 1906

  4. Mildred was born September 6, 1909 and married Ernest Allen.

  5. A male child was born March 8, 1913 and died the same day.

  6. Wesley John was born February 20, 1918

  7. Dorothy Elizabeth


Joseph registered for the World War I draft on September 12, 1918 at the time he was working for the Brant Thrashing Company. Julia was one of the early pioneer ladies that registered to vote after the women's suffrage movement on August 5, 1920. Joseph was also a self-employed carpenter and builder while living in Lakefield Township.


Joseph and Julia moved to Saginaw in 1954.


Julia Anna Briggs died June 12, 1964 and Joseph Gardner Briggs died January 22, 1972. Both Joseph and Julia Briggs are buried in the Lakefield Township Cemetery.


SOURCES: Lakefield Township Records, Michigan Births, Michigan Marriages, Social Security Death Index, United States World War I Draft Registration, Lakefield Township Cemetery Records, 1900 Census, 1910 Census, 1920 Census and 1930 Census

Pioneers of Lakefield Township - Left to Right: Jacob Brown, Lawrence Dubay, Alva Hinterman, David Dubay, Mr. Harris, George Easlick, Calvin Harris;   Ray Rowell standing towards the top of photo and his daughters, Mildred, Dorothy, and Carrie Rowell,  sitting on the wood pile.    Carry Rowell later married Fred Honaman.     photo from John and Linda Honaman Johnson.



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