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Hannah Briggs home (Number 89 on the 1958 Highland map - 9998 N. 6000 W.)  

Hannah Smith Briggs

Hannah was one of only two women who had homesteads in their names. She was the widow of James Briggs and was allowed to file in her own name as a family head. She was born January 12, 1820, in Hucknall, Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, England, to Thomas and Ann Elizabeth Moon. She married James Briggs, son of John and Elizabeth Perry Briggs, June 10, 1850, In Manchester, England. John was born in August, 1828, in Manchester, Lancashire, England. They had 4 children: John, Ann, Sarah, and Eliza.

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Hannah and James Briggs 

They homesteaded 160 acres next to George Spratley (Number 89 on the 1958 Highland map), the southwest corner of Section 2. James died August, 15 1876, on the road between Fairview and Salina, Utah, on his way to get water during a drought. He was found on the road and was buried there by those who found him. Hannah's home in Highland was the second home to be built there and she moved into it in April, 1871. She received her Homestead patent on August 6, 1878. She died October 31, 1905, in American Fork and is buried in the American Fork City Cemetery. [Names in Stone, Find a Grave]

Hannah Briggs Citizenship Certificate

Hannah Briggs Citizenship Certificate

Hannah Briggs Homestead Papers

Hannah Briggs Homestead Papers

Hannah Briggs Homestead Paper

Source: HIGHLAND HISTORY: A compilation by Charles T Greenland II for the Highland Historical Society

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