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Thompson Smith Briggs

Born 1860 - Died 1910

Thompson S. Briggs (1860-1910) was the son of James McDonald Briggs (1822-1900) and Louisa Marshall Smith (1828-1888) of Stafford County, Virginia.  He lived at Hampstead on Poplar Road (Route 616) and was a successful cattle farmer in Stafford.  From 1897 through 1898, he represented Rock Hill District on the Stafford County Board of Supervisors.  During the early years of the twentieth century, Thompson was in partnership with Abraham Mott Stewart (1868-1965) in a sawmill, lumber business, and store near the present Hartwood Post Office.  Their bill head stated that they were “Manufacturers of all Kinds Rough Lumber.”  Thompson S. Briggs died at home in 1910.