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Photos by Joyce M. Tice April 2006
Briggs Burial Ground One at right

See Also Briggs Cemetery Obituaries

Joyce's Search Tip - December 2007 -
Do You Know that you can search just the 600 pages of Tioga County Cemetery Records on the site by using the Cemeteries -Tioga button in the Partitioned search engine at the bottom of the Current What's New Page? If you use that partition follow these steps to search just one cemetery
1. Choose Cemeteries - Tioga. 
2. Enter part of the cemetery name [ie Newbury or Furman] AND a surname.
3. Choose the Find ALL Words option. Then it will find just the pages with that surname in the one cemetery you indicated. 
These two very old burial grounds are located in a difficult to access back area off Route 287 in Middlebury on PRIVATE land. This area was once nearer a road than it is now. The relocation of the roads isolated these small burial grounds. One can drive part way on a farm path and then walk a mile or so to the grounds.

The smaller of the two contains maybe eight to ten graves all marked ONLY with uninscribed field stones. No identification is possible.

The second burial ground is in a wooded area maybe 1500 feet from it. It has recently (April 2006) been cleared of the multiflora rose and grapevine that had choked it. It has possibly 50 to 70 burials but only a dozen are inscribed tombstones. Many graves marked by both headstone and footstone ( field stones brought up from the creek below) are very short and indicate a large number of children. Lola WETHERBEE Franke recorded the larger cemetery in ca 1972, but only noted four tombstones and did not mention the smaller cemetery. Her list was published in Tioga County Cemetery Inscriptions, Vol. 5, p. 14. The remainder are uninscribed field stone markers only. The oldest stone that could be read was about 1824 indicating our earliest pioneer population.

Linda Cornell Reese has recorded the tombstones and that list will be presented here as soon as it is ready. I took photos of both and am presenting some of them on this page. Our only other resource are obituaries for burials here. if you find any,. please submit them to me. Thanks Joyce M. Tice

Briggs Burial Ground two Briggs Burial Ground two
Rhoana Huntsinger "Keeney" Coralinn Keeney
Name of Cemetery: Briggs Cemetery
Read By: Linda C. Reese & Joyce M. Tice
Date Read: April. 2006
Typed By: Pat Smith Raymond
Location: Middlebury Twp., Tioga County, PA
Other Comments: 50 - 80 Graves mostly marked w/field stones
 Many short graves indicating children & infants - Many graves no markers remain at all
Last Name First Name Date of Birth Date of Death Age Inscription/Relationship/Comments
Keeney Ransom Apr.5.1812 Uncut    
Keeney Rhoana Huntsinger Dec.31.1819 Dec.1.1895 76 yr On marker w/Ransom
Keeney Sleeman E.   Apr.30.1868 22y11m24d  
Keeney Sherman May.24.1845 Apr.30.1868   Co. F 11th Pa Cav. - Note: Sherman stone against base of Sleeman stone which is older: They are same person
Keeney Coralinn   Oct.24.1843 5y5m18d d/o Ransom & Roana
Goodwin Emery C.   Jan.14.1852 21y7m20d s/o Benjamin & Sally J.
Goodwin Matilda   Dec.5.1824 15y5m24d w/o Calvin Goodwin
          1 Fieldstone w/ E. K (Short grave)
          1 Fieldstone w/ E. S. (Short grave)
          Side 1-In Memory of the Briggs Family/erected by E.H. Briggs
Briggs E. H. Jan.15.1816 Uncut   Side 2
Briggs Rhoda Aug.25.1820 Aug.13.1874   Side 2 - w/o E. H.
  Clara A.       Stone broken-Clara was a Briggs b. 1845, m. 1870 to Lewis W. Fenton
          in Steuben, NY--died before 1877
  C.A.F.       Footstone
  J.A.B.       Prob. Jacob, s/o E.H. & Rhoda Briggs
  R.B.       Rhoda Briggs
Hess Francis D.   Jun.6.1864 7y3m s/o David & Larena Hess
NOTE 1860 Census Middlebury      
Hess David  Age 30 M     All Born in PA
Hess Marena Age 26 F      
Hess Jane Age 6 F      
Hess Frances Age 3 F      
Joyce Tip Box -- December 2007 -
If you are not navigating this Tri-Counties Site via the left and right sidebars of the Current What's New page you are doing yourself a disservice. You can get to any place on the site easily by making yourself familiar with these subject and place topics. Try them all to be as familiar with the site's 16,000 plus pages as you can. Stop groping in the dark and take the lighted path. That's also the only way you'll find the search engines for the site or have access to the necessary messages I may leave for you. Make it easy on yourself. 
August 2006 - Hi Joyce,
Was poking around on your site and found that you and Linda Reese visited the "Briggs Cemetery" in April 2006.  My brother (Larry) and I finally located the cemetery in 2000/2001 and visited it.  It had not been cleared of brush at that time. Attached is a photo of Ebenezer's marker.
Ebenezer was a brother of my ggrandfather (Walter).
Also attached is a map showing location.

I talked to an old resident nearby (since died) and he told me a story that he had heard in his early days. A nearby house close to the railroad burned in the early 1900s and when investigating the remains, the foundation was laid up with stones taken from the nearby Briggs Cemetery ?????
Chuck Briggs

This is the grave marker for Ebenezer H. Briggs (son of (14) Oliver Briggs and Lydia Hoag) and his wife (Rhoda Smith). 

The inscription reads: 



Jan. 15, 1816 



Aug. 25, 1820 

Died Aug. 13, 1874 

The date that Ebenezer died is not on the stone (although there is space left for it).  Apparently Rhoda died first and then when Ebenezer died the date
did not get put on the stone. 

Published on Tri-Counties 14 APR 2006
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