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Finding aid for the Dr. Benjamin Bennett Briggs family papers 0394
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Biographical Information

Box 1, Folder 1

Family History 1962

Scope and Content

This folder contains a photocopy of the work compiled by Irene Ward Kennedy in 1962: Family History of Ward, Briggs, and Allied Lines. Irene Ward Kennedy was the sister of Benjamin Briggs Ward, Sr. and the granddaughter of Dr. Benjamin Bennett Briggs. The manuscript documents the lineage of these families with "family tree" charts, photographs, and text from historical society records and genealogical registers. A portion of the document is Samuel Lawrence Ward's own recollections of his father's history.
In addition to the 225-page manuscript, the folder includes three pages of family information extracted and summarized from it, accompanied by the patent information and description of a 1959-1960 invention of Benjamin Bennett Briggs known as the "Improved Apparatus for Laying Drain Tiles."
 

Personal Papers

Box 1, Folder 2

Account Book

Scope and Content

Account book of B.B. Briggs, 186?
Box 1, Folder 3

Diary [original]

Scope and Content

Diary kept by Benjamin Bennett Briggs during his travels from Sharon, Ohio to Yuba City, California from March through December of 1849. Briggs was accompanied by two of his brothers, John and George, as well as a neighbor, George Case. They set out with a wagon and a team of oxen, stopping in small towns or unsettled areas to camp. Briggs makes note of the weather and road conditions, food conditions, creek crossings, and health conditions of him and his companions. A major delay in their journey occurred near the end of July when Briggs was accidentally shot through the lung and was laid up for about a month while some of his party went on ahead. Briggs was "put into a wagon" through most of August but continued to travel and to record short notes in his diary. The last entry of the diary is for December 31, 1849, in which Briggs w rites, "Arrived at the Yuba pitched my tent there and [words erased]."
Box 1, Folder 4

Diary [transcription]

Scope and Content

Facsimile copy of "Transcription of the Personal Diary of Benjamin Bennett Briggs: 1949 [1849] Cross Country Travelling from Sharon, Ohio to Yuba City, California; transcribed by Sally (wife), Katharine & Lynda Ward (daughters) of B.G. Chester L. Ward, M.D., the Great, Great, Grandson of Dr. B.B. Briggs, 1985-86."
 

Letters

Box 1, Folder 5

To nieces from Sophie Crane [original] 16 October 1853

Scope and Content

Same page includes letter addressed to "Dear sister" from Abby C.B., dated December 19, 1853
Box 1, Folder 6

To nieces from Sophie Crane [facsimile] 16 October 1853

Box 1, Folder 7

To sister from Abby [Crane] [original] 18 August 1853

Box 1, Folder 8

To sister from Abby [Crane] [facsimile] 18 August 1853

Box 1, Folder 9

To father from Abby Crane [original] 24 November 1861

Scope and Content

Letter from Abby Crane to father, Marysville, California, November 24, 1861. Original letter torn into five pieces.
Box 1, Folder 10

To father from Abby Crane [facsimile] 24 November 1861

Box 1, Folder 11

To husband from Abby C. Briggs [original] 1 September 1861

Box 1, Folder 12

To husband from Abby C. Briggs [facsimile] 1 September 1861

Box 1, Folder 13

To "My dearest one" from B.B. Briggs [original] January 1863

Scope and Content

Letter in poetic form "A sort of Lament while passing some lone hours in Unionville Nevada in Jan 1863," from B.B. Briggs to "My dearest One"
Box 1, Folder 14

To "My dearest one" from B.B. Briggs [facsimile] January 1863

Box 1, Folder 15

To brother from John Briggs [original] 12 October 1877

Box 1, Folder 16

To brother from John Briggs [facsimile] 12 October 1877

Box 1, Folder 17

To sister from Abby Crane [original] 16 March 1881

Box 1, Folder 18

To sister from Abby Crane [facsimile] 16 March 1881

Box 1, Folder 19

To Louise from Irene B. Ward [original] 13 August 1882

Box 1, Folder 20

To Louise from Irene B. Ward [facsimile] 13 August 1882

Box 1, Folder 21

To Louise from Irene B. Ward [original] 17 March 1882

Box 1, Folder 22

To Louise from Irene B. Ward [facsimile] 17 March 1882

Box 1, Folder 23

To father from Irene B. Ward [original] 5 December 1890

Box 1, Folder 24

To father from Irene B. Ward [facsimile] 5 December 1890

Box 1, Folder 25

To Carrie from Abby Crane

Box 1, Folder 26

To Mr. & Mrs. Chester Ward from Eleanor Huskins 15 September 1975

Scope and Content

Letter dated September 15, 1975; to "Family and Friends" concerning the death of Bill Huskins signed by Eleanor, Vickie, David, Doug Huskins. (Bill Huskins gave the book "History of the American Presyterian Mission to Iran, 1834-1960" to Dr. C.L. Ward in 1972 during his visit to Tehran, Iran.)
 

Photographs

Box 1, Folder 27

Briggs, Benjamin Bennett 1890s

Scope and Content

Man looking at object on ground; transcription on the bottom margin identifies the object: "B?? that Coyote is caught in the trap. B.B.B."
Box 1, Folder 28

Briggs, Daniel 186[?]

Scope and Content

Portrait of Daniel Briggs; L.N. Sackett, Photographer, Medina, Ohio
Box 1, Folder 29

Briggs, Irene [tintype] 1870

Scope and Content

Photograph (tintype)- portrait of Irene Briggs, 1870; identification obtained from leaflet "Sunday Postal Labour" in which photograph was enclosed.
Box 1, Folder 30

Briggs, Rhoda 186[?]

Scope and Content

Portrait of Rhoda Briggs; L.N. Sackett, Photographer, Medina, Ohio
 

Negatives

Box 1, Folder 31

Panama to Valpariso, Chile circa 1914

Physical Description: 28 items

Scope and Content

28 negatives in an envelope; photographs of Panama Canal on way to Valpariso, Chile 1914(?) taken by Seymour Paul Ward (grandson of Dr. Benjamin B. Briggs).
 

Ephemera

Box 1, Folder 32

Admission Ticket 1868-1869

Scope and Content

Ticket to Bellevue Hospital Medical College, City of New York, Session 1868-69, Lectures "The Principles and Practice of Medicine"
Box 1, Folder 33

College Commencement Invitation 1903

Physical Description: 3 items

Scope and Content

Wabash College, Crawfodsville, Indiana, June 12-17, 1903; in envelope addressed to Rev., & Mrs. S.L. Ward & Family; insert: Mr. Benjamin Briggs Ward
Box 1, Folder 34

Promissory Note 1916

Scope and Content

February 28, 1916, in the amount of $1300, to the Bank of Glendale, signed Irene B. Ward
Box 1, Folder 35

Receipt 1866

Scope and Content

in German, Heidelberg, 31.??? 1866; Briggs
Box 1, Folder 36

Register Ticket 1883

Scope and Content

"Registered on the Great Register," County of Los Angeles, to B.B. Briggs, May 25, 18(?)3
Box 1, Folder 37

Testimony of Appreciation [original] 15 February 1875

Scope and Content

Certificate, form Wabash College, February 15, 1875, acknowledgment of Dr. B.B. Briggs as a "gentleman of great[?] worth and a physician of great[?] ability."
Box 1, Folder 38

Testimony of Appreciation [facsimile] 1875

Box 1, Folder 39

Facsimiles

 

Publications

Box 1, Folder 40

Arabic Prayer Book

Scope and Content

Arabic prayer book of Samuel Lawrence Ward, husband of Irene Briggs (daughter of B.B. Briggs). Acquired during a mission involved with the Glendale Presbyterian Church; Samuel Lawrence Ward founded the La Crescenta Presbyterian Church.
Box 1, Folder 41

History of the American Presbyterian Mission to Iran, 1834-1960

Scope and Content

Compiled by John Elder, published by the Literature Committee of the Church Council of Iran. Bill Huskins gave the book to Dr. C.L. Ward in 1972 during his visit to Tehran, Iran.
Box 1, Folder 42

Leaflet: "Sunday Postal Labour"

Scope and Content

Sabbath Observance Society, Edinburgh
Box 1, Folder 43

Pressed Flowers from the Holy Land

Scope and Content

Hand crafted book "Pressed Flowers from the Holy Land: Flowers Gathered and Pressed in Palestine by Rev. Harvey Greene," introduction by Rebv. Smith Baker, D.D.; published and sold by Harvey B. Greene, Lowell, Mass.
 

Audiovisual

Box 1, Folder 44

Dictabelts

Physical Description: 4 items in 1 envelope

Scope and Content

Debrief/comments by Dr. Chester L. Ward following his 1968-1969 tour in the Republic of Vietnam.