THE BRISCOE CONNECTION TO JONAS HILL
Briscoe family researchers show that William Thomas BRISCOE b/c1789-91
VA, d/28 Jan 1873 Morgan Co., AL (Briscoe Cem.) m/Sarah HILL b/c1793-94 Pendleton Dist., SC (now Anderson Co.,
SC) d/8 Feb 1873 Marshall Co., AL [Rescue Cemetery]. Sarah HILL's father is said to have been Thomas HILL,
however the source of this information has not been located. If true, Thomas HILL may have been a brother to
Jonas HILL b/1763 NC and Henry HILL b/1772 NC.
Note: Some family historians originally thought that Sarah's maiden name may have been DOSSE (pronounced as though it had a Y),
however, research in recent years now leads them to believe that her maiden name was HILL.
1790 - Census, Pendleton Co., SC shows a Thomas Hill b/bef 1775, with wife and two sons b/bef 1775, however it is not know if this
is father of Sarah HILL. Research needed.
1800 - Appears to have been in the Cherokee Nation, AL in 1800.
1810 - Appears in Franklin Co., TN as early as 1810. Also mentioned in Cherokee Co., AL.
1812 - Served under Andrew Jackson in War of 1812, along with Davy Crockett.
1812 - Tax List, Franklin Co., TN
1814 - Thomas & Sarah joined Primitive Baptist Church in Franklin Co., TN
1814 - Thomas & Sarah bought 30 acres of land in Franklin Co., TN from Henry Hill, brother of Jonas Hill.
1818 - Sold above land Jan 12, 1818 and moved to AL
1819 - Settled on Salem Ridge, Morgan Co., Al, six miles south of Morgan City, near Ruth and Apple Grove communities.
1819 - Appears to have owned land in Jackson Co., AL (Settlers on Indian Lands: Thomas, James & William Brisco). Signed petition
requesting the State of TN delay an order that all intruders move from lands of the Cherokee Nation north of the TN River.
1819 - Mentioned as Minister of Shiloh Baptist Church, Salem Ridge, AL
1824 - Received deed to land in Morgan Co., AL
1830 - Census of Morgan Co., AL shows James W. Briscoe living on a farm adjoining Thomas Briscoe. This James W.
Briscoe [b/1804 VA, m/Mary (Polly) Dossey] was probably a brother of Thomas. James W. also had a son named William Greenberry,
b/16 May 1824, Morgan Co., AL, m/Sarah Ralls. (Source: Gary Briscoe)
Note: See DOSSEY family connections.
1850 - Census of Morgan Co., AL shows a Thomas Briscoe 61 M Carpenter VA; Sarah 57 F SC;
Thomas ? L. 24 M Farmer AL; Joseph L 19 M AL; Nancy A. B. 16 F AL; Martin ? S 12 M AL; Mary Dorsey 15 F
AL. Mary Dorsey (Dosse)'s relationship not certain. She is probably the one that m/Martin Bird Wood Carter.
Research needed. Note: In 1850 Thomas Briscoe & family were living in the same neighborhood as Henry Hill b/1772 NC
& Sarah (Cox) Hill b/1772 SC.
1855 - Kaufman County History, Vol 1, p. 15: "Dr J. B. Daniels, a circuit riding preacher stated in his memoirs that in 1855, J. J. Butler,
J. W. Brice & Thomas Briscoe filed a petition for a charter." (Note: this would have for the Salem Baptist Church, the first church in
Poetry, TX, located at a site not far from where the Briscoe family lived in Kaufman Co., before the area became Rockwall Co., TX.)
1860 - Census of Morgan Co., AL shows a Thomas Briscoe 69 M Mechanic TN, Sarah Briscoe 66 F
Housewife SC, and John Briscoe 13 M TN.
Children of Sarah & Thomas Briscoe:
1. John BRISCOE b/1813 [c1815?] Franklin Co., TN, m1/8 Aug 1840 Morgan Co., AL to Mary Nunn, m2/5 Oct
1852 Hempstead Co., AR to Caroline Matilda (Wood) Carter, m3/24 Jul 1861 Morgan Co., AL to Sarah Cagle. Notes: He signed a
will in VA (date unkown); resided in Marshall Co., AL in 1859.
2. William Greenberry BRISCOE b/1817 [c1814?] Franklin Co., TN, d/1872 Skidmore Cem., Morgan Co.,
AL, m/18 Jan 1835 Morgan Co., AL to Martha Buller b/1820 AL (William G. named in several Morgan Co., AL
probate records of Henry Hill, dec'd, brother of Jonas HILL). Children: Thomas b/1835 AL; James
Walter d/1839 Morgan Co., AL [Skidmore Cemetery]; James b/1838 in AL; John
b/1839 AL; Dallas b/1841 AL; Sarah M b/1846 AL; William b/aft 1850.
Note: 1850, Morgan Co., AL Census: William G. Briscoe 33 M b/TN > Martha 30 F b/AL > Thomas 15 M.
b/AL > James 13 M b/AL > John 11 M b/AL > Dallas P. 9 M b/AL > Sarah M. 4 F b/AL > Catherine Davis 25 F
b/AL. This family is living next to Henry Hill, brother of Jonas Hill, from Franklin Co., TN and Pendleton Co., SC prior to that.
3. Malinda?? BRISCOE b/c1818 [c1819?] Franklin Co., TN [b/1814?] d/29 Nov 1895 CO [Fairmont Cemetery]
m/17 Dec 1839 Morgan Co., AL to Joseph NERREN b/c1818 [1819?] TN, d/1883 Rock Ridge, CO. Children
per 1860 census: Mary b/1842 AL, Thomas 1844 AL, Ann 1850 AL, George 1852 AL, William 1846? AL, Nancy
1854 AL, John 1855 AL, Caroline 1858 TN, Elizabeth & Sarah (1860 Census). Lived in Lincoln Co., TN & Morgan
Co., AL. Joseph s/o Jesse Nerren. Note: Research needed to verify that Malinda was a child of Thomas &
Sarah Briscoe. Malinda resided in Lincoln Co., TN at one time. Also resided in Rock Ridge, CO in 1883.
4. James W. BRISCOE b/1822 Morgan Co., AL, d/c1867 Marshall Co., AL, m/12 Jul 1843 Marshall Co., AL
to Nancy G. Carter b/1824 Scott Co., VA, d/1892 Marshall Co., AL (d/o Thomas Carter and Caroline Matilda
Wood). Notes: 1850 census, Sevier Co., AR (James Briscoe, Jr. 29 AL, Nancy 24 VA, James 7 AL, Matilda 4 TX, Sally 2 AR)
...4.1 James Monroe BRISCOE c/20 Apr 1844 in Marshall Co., AL, d/28 Aug 1904 in McLennan Co., TX,
m/30 Aug 1864 in Eatonston, GA to Susan Amanda Badger b/1 Oct 1842 Putman Co., GA (d/o Levin Badger
and Mary Ashfield).
........4.1.1 William Clifford b/10 May 1865 in Putnam Co. GA, d/24 Dec 1922 in Denton Co., TX,
m/Martha Jane Hollaway b/23 Apr 1871 in Murray Co. GA, d/23 Sep 1938 in Denton Co. TX.
........4.1.2 Grace Ann b/c 1867 in Eatonton, Putnam Co. GA, d/25 May 1907 Spring Place,
Murray Co., GA m/ on 15 Jul 1896 in Dalton, Whitfield Co., GA to Frank Loyd b/c1867 OH.
........4.1.3 Mary Etta b/12 Aug 1870 in Eatonton, Putnam Co. GA, d/17 Nov 1902 in Flora,
Natchitoches Parish, LA, m/Claud U. SMITH b/13 Sep 1896 in Murray Co., GA.
........4.1.4 Thomas b/1874 in Shady Dale, Jasper Co., GA, d/c1893 in Holly Creek, Murray Co.
........4.1.5 John Levin b/25 Sep 1878 in Shady Dale, Jasper Co. GA, d/8 Jan 1965 in Moody,
McLennan Co., TX, m/23 Jan 1897 in Dalton, Whitfield Co., GA to Cora Lee Mathis b/10 May 1883 in Resaca,
Gordon Co. GA.
........4.1.6 Nancy Ophelia b/10 Oct 1886 in Spring Place, Murray Co. GA, d/18 Sep 1972 in
Eatonton, Putnam Co., GA, m/3 May 1901 in Spring Place, Murray Co. GA to Charles Barkseale b/10 Sep
1878 in Spring Place, Murray Co. GA
...4.2 Caroline Matildia b/1846 TX
...4.3 Sally b/c1848 AR.
...4.4 Nancy Coffey b/Dec 1851, m/Hugh C Willis.
...4.5 Martha A. b/1854, m/Jesse Van B Aldridge, 24 Sep 1879 in Marshall Co.,AL.
...4.6 Emily Frances Sedonia b/8 Nov 1858 in Morgan Co., AL, d/8 Oct 1895 in Morgan Co., AL,
m/7 Sep 1881 in Morgan Co., AL to William Thomas Compton b/1 Nov 1858 Morgan Co., AL (s/o Monroe
Compton and Elizabeth Johnson Flack).
........4.6.1 Nancy Elizabeth COMPTON b/21 Nov 1882 in Morgan Co., AL.
........4.6.2 Willaim Monroe COMPTON b/10 Apr 1884 in Morgan Co., AL.
........4.6.3 Daisy Emily COMPTON b/9 Apr 1885 in Monroe Co., AL.
........4.6.4 Ora Alice COMPTON b/9 Mar 1888 in Monroe Co., AL.
........4.6.5 Hettie Ethel COMPTON b/3 Mar 1890 in Monroe Co., AL
........4.6.6 Cora Alta COMPTON b/20 Jul 1893 in Monroe Co., AL.
...4.7 Hughann BRISCOE b/1861, d/Aug 1878.
5. Rebecca BRISCOE b/1825 [c1818?] Morgan Co., AL, d/11 Apr 1851, m/10 Nov 1839 Morgan Co., AL to
Charles Pikney Carter b/20 Jan 1820, Scot Co., VA, d/17 Sep 1882 Marshall Co., AL. (s/o Thomas Carter and
Caroline Matilda Wood.
...5.1 Elizabeth CARTER b/1 Feb 1841Marshall Co., AL, m/William Charles Couch18 Aug 1856
Marshall Co., AL.
...5.2 Caroline Matildia CARTER b/19 Jan 1843 Marshall Co., AL, d/6 Jul 1859 Marshall Co., AL,
m/John H Meade 30 Jan 1857 Marshall Co., AL.
...5.3 William Huston CARTER b/5 Aug 1845 in Marshall Co., AL, d/19 Jan 1916 in Marshall Co., AL,
m/Mary Ann Julian 20 Jul 1865 in Gillum Springs, Marshall Co., AL.
...5.4 Atala B CARTER b/21 Jun 1848 Marshall Co., AL, d/Jan 1869 Marshall Co., AL, m/c1869 to William
6. Pleasant Roland BRISCOE b/1826/27 Morgan Co., AL, d/1900 m/1845 to Mary (Polly) Black b/1824 AL. Notes: 1850 census,
Morgan Co., AL (Pleasant R. Briscoe 20 AL, Mary 26 AL, John A. 4 AL, Sarah P. 2 AL, Martha A. 1 AL)
....6.1 Sarah C. b/1848 in AL.
....6.2 Martha A. b/1849 in AL.
....6.3 John Alonzo b/17 Mar 1850 [1844?] Morgan Co., AL, m/21 Jun 1874 Lincoln Co., TN to Mary E. Sullivan
(d/o Newton Cannon Sullivan and Margaret E Maudlin and niece of Benjamin F. Nerren and Elizabeth Sullivan). See 1850 census,
Morgan Co., AL, HH #324: Pleasant R. Brisco 24 AL, Mary 26 AL, John A. 4 AL, Sarah C. 2 AL, Martha A. 1 AL. Lived near Henry Hill,
brother of Jonas Hill.
Note: 1850 Census, Morgan Co., AL shows Pleasant R. Brisco 24 m AL, Mary 26 f AL, John A. 4 m AL, Sarah C.
2 f AL, Martha A. 1 f AL. Living near parents and Henry & Sarah Hill.
7. Thomas Hugh Lawson BRISCOE b/24 Jan 1829 [1828?] Morgan Co., AL, d/22 Aug 1901, m1/Sarah
Lassater, m2/18 Aug 1860 [15 Aug 1870?] to Amanda Coulter (d/o Richard Coalter [Coulter?] and Nancy ___).
Children (not known if by Sarah or Amanda):
...7.1 J. A. BRISCOE
.......7.1.1 Thomas C. b/21 May 1875, d/16 Aug 1886 in Cotaco Valley, AL.
.......7.1.2 Cordelia A. b/22 Jun 1885, d/16 Aug 1886 in Cotaco Valley, AL
.......7.1.3 Margaret E. b/16 Oct 1884, d/15 Aug 1885 in Cotaco Valley, AL.
...7.2 Seth BRISCOE
...7.3 (unk.) BRISCOE.
...7.4 Malinda Catherine BRISCOE b/6 Aug 1861 in Morgan Co., AL, d/12 Dec 1939 (MT Oak Cem.) ]
m/James C. Wheeler 14 Jul 1878 in Morgan Co., AL
... 7.5 Virginia E. BRISCOE b/19 Oct 1867 in Morgan Co., AL, d/12 Sep 1877, Morgan Co., AL (Skidmore
8. Joseph Lane BRISCOE b/7 Aug 1831 [1832?] Morgan Co., AL , 24 Aug 1912 AL, m/18 Dec 1851 to
Nancy Ann Allen. Mt. Tabor Cem., Cotaco, AL. Notes: Family Bible of Joseph Lane Briscoe and Nancy (Allen)
Briscoe belongs to Peggy Joyce. She is daughter of Mary (Greenhaw) Perkins, daughter of Nancy Alice
(Briscoe) Greenhaw, daughter of Joseph Lane and Nancy (Allen) Briscoe. Bible published at Philadelphia by
A. J. Holman & Co. 1874. One of the blank pages has Joseph L. Briscoe and Nancy A. Briscoe written by
....8.1 Malinda J BRISCOE b/1855 in AL, m/Daniel H Black 23 Jul 1873 Morgan Co., AL
Note: 1870 Census, Morgan Co., AL? - Brisco, Joseph, age 38, M, W, farmer; Nancy, age 30, F, W, keeping
house; Elisabeth, age 17, F, W, at home; Malinda, age 15, F, W, at home; Georgia, age 13, F, W, at home;
Mary, age 8, F, W; William, age 2, M, W; All listed as b/AL. Listed as house #139
9. Nancy A. E. BRISCOE b/1835 [1836?] Morgan Co., AL, m/1855 to John W. Culbraith
10. Martin Van Buren BRISCOE b/1838 Morgan Co., AL, d/1873, m/1855 to Minory T.
The Morgan County Heritage Book Committee"
Notes: From firstname.lastname@example.org , 7/24/99
Thomas Briscoe Family, Pioneer, p. 154. Some of the earliest settlers in Morgan County were Thomas
Briscoe, his wife, Sarah Hill Briscoe, and their nine children. They moved from Franklin County, Tennessee to
Morgan County, Alabama in 1819, the same year that Alabama became a state. Thomas Briscoe was born in
Virginia in 1790 and his wife was born in South Carolina in 1794. They settled on Salem Ridge, about six miles
south of Morgan City "as a crow flies", and near the Ruth and Apple Grove communities. Two sons were born
in Tennessee, John Briscoe, born in 1815 and William Greenberry Briscoe, born in 1817. The other seven
children were born in Alabama. The names of the other seven children are James W., Rebecca, Pleasant R.,
Thomas H.L., Joseph Lane, Nancy A.E., and Martin Van Buren. [Note: Malinda & Mary not shown] Many
descendants of Thomas and Sarah Briscoe live in Morgan County, Alabama today. There is an annual
Briscoe Reunion at Arab, Alabama which is attended by descendants living primarily in Tennessee, Georgia,
Florida, Texas, and Alabama.
Thomas Briscoe served under Andrew Jackson in the War of 1812 along with another well known pioneer
from Franklin County (TN) named Davie Crockett. After returning from the Creek Indian fighting in Alabama
Territory, Thomas Briscoe and his wife were received by letter in 1814 as members of the Primitive Baptist
Church on the Boiling Fork of Elk River (between present day Cowan and Winchester in Franklin County,
Tennessee. He also purchased 30 acres of land near the church from Henry Hill in Franklin County,
Tennessee. Thomas Briscoe sold the land in Tennessee on January 12, 1818 and moved to Alabama.
This move is verified by the names Thomas, James and William Briscoe on a 1819 petition requesting the
delay of an order of all intruders to move from lands of the Cherokee Nation north of the Tennessee River.
Thomas Briscoe received a deed to land in Morgan County, Alabama in 1824.
Thomas Briscoe was a farmer and a Baptist minister. He was an ordained Minister of the Gospel at
Salem Baptist Church in Morgan County in 1827 or earlier. Thomas was also listed as a carpenter in the 1850
census and as a mechanic in the 1860 census. He died in 1873 and is buried in the Briscoe Cemetery on land
which belonged to his son, Joseph Lane Briscoe, at the time of his death. The cemetery land was owned by
Donald Pritchett in 1997 and is maintained by the Briscoe Association of Alabama. The photograph shows a
group of descendants of William Greenberry Briscoe, son of Thomas Briscoe, at the 1979 Briscoe Reunion in
Huntsville, Alabama. Submitted by: W. G. Briscoe, 1500 Sunnyside Dr., Columbia, TN 38301 (Source:
Census, Family Research).