Mina Briggs

F, #8067, b. 16 July 1890, d. 16 August 1944
     Mina Briggs was born on 16 July 1890 at Coal Valley, West Mifflin, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA.1 She was the daughter of Charles Fretwell and Annie Smith.
She was listed as head of household's daughter in the 1900 US census at 1st Precinct, Mifflin township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA. Those recorded in the household were: Charley Briggs, head; Annie Briggs, wife; Elmer Briggs, son; Dessie Briggs, daughter; William Briggs, son; Mina Briggs, daughter; Robert Briggs, son; Ruben Briggs, son.2
She married Colen Ferree. Her married name was Mina Ferree. She was the informant for Robert Smith Briggs's death at Glassport, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA, on 5 October 1927.3 Mina died on 16 August 1944 at West Mifflin, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA, at age 54.1 She was buried on 19 August 1944 at Lebanon, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA.1


  1. [S6917] Mina Ferree née Briggs, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Health Bureau of Vital Statistics, Certificate of Death, "1. Place of Death: (a) County: Allegheny (b) Township: West Mifflin (g) Length of stay in this community: 54 years. 2. Usual Residence of Deceased: (a) State: Pennsylvania (b) County: Allegheny (c) City or town: Coal Valley, West Mifflin (d) Street No: New England Road. 3. Full Name: Mina Ferree. 4. Sex: Female. 5. Color or Race: White. 6. (a) Single, widowed, married, divorced: Married (b) Name of husband or wife: Colen Ferree (c) Age of husband or wife if alive: 54 years. 7. Birth date of deceased: July 16 - 1890. 8. Age: 54 years, 1 month, - days. 9. Birthplace: Coal Valley, Pa. 10. Usual occupation: Housewife. 12. Name of Father: Charles Briggs. 13. Birthplace of Father: England. 14. Maiden Name of Mother: Anna Smith. 15. Birthplace of Mother: England. 16. (a) Informant's own signature: Colen Ferree (b) Address: Coal Valley, Pa. 17. (a) Burial (b) Date thereof: Aug 19 - 1944 (c) Place: Lebanon, County: Allegheny, State: Pa. 18. (a) Signature of funeral director: E.C. Finney (b) Address: 555 - 5th St. - Clairton, Pa. 19. (a) Aug 19 1944 (b) Anna Village, Registrar.
    20. Date of Death: Aug. 16 1944, 8.30 P.M. 21. I hereby certify that I attended the deceased from Aug. 3, 1944, to Aug. 16, 1944 and that death occurred on the date and hour stated above. Immediate cause of death: Coma. Due to: Diabetes Mellitis. Other conditions: Multiple abscesses. 23. Signature: J. Bud W. Stewart M.D. Address: Wilson, Pa. Date signed: 8/18/44."
  2. [S6781] 1900, United States Census, "Briggs Mina, daughter, white, female, born July 1889, age 10, single, born in Pennsylvania, father born in England, mother born in England, at school, can read, can write, can speak English, resident in 1st Precinct, Mifflin Township, Allegheny, Pennsylvania."
  3. [S6911] Robert S Briggs, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Health Bureau of Vital Statistics, Certificate of Death, "1. Place of Death: County of Allegheny, Borough of Glassport. 2. Full Name: Robert S Briggs, Residence: Willock R F D #1 New England, Pa. 3. Sex: Male. 4. Color or Race: White. 5. Single, Married, Widowed or Divorced: Married. 5a. Husband of Gwendline Briggs. 6. Date of Birth: June 28th 1893. 7. Age: 34 years, 3 months, 8 days. 8. Occupation: Coal Miner. 9. Birthplace: New England, Pa. 10. Name of Father: Charles Briggs. 11. Birthplace of Father: England. 12. Maiden Name of Mother: Anna Smith. 13. Birthplace of Mother: England. 14. Informant: Mina Herree (sic), (Address) R F D #1 Willak, Pa. 15. Filed 10-6 1927, A.W. Day Registrar.
    16. Date of Death: October 5th 1927, Found 2.00 PM. 17. I hereby certify that a view was held upon the body of the above named deceased on the 6th day of October 1927; that the cause of death was as follows: Drowned, while trying to swim across the Monongahela River at Glassport, Pa (Probably accidental). 18. (Signed) W.J. McGregor M.D. Coroner, E G Bavendell Dpy, Oct 6th 1927 (Address) Pa. 19. Place of Burial or Removal: Jefferson U.P. Cemetery, Date of Burial: Oct 7 1927. 20. Undertaker: J Burnett Abraham, Address: West Elizabeth Pa."