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Challenge: who are these residents of “the valley of the northwestern lakes”

While on GenealogyBank, I found my brickwall ancestor Oren Briggs inside a document entitled ‘Petition of citizens of the United States residing in the valley of the northwestern lakes, praying the adoption of measures to procure the free navigation of the St. Lawrence. April 11, 1850. Referred to the Committee on Commerce. June 4, 1850. Ordered to be printed.’ Publication: Serial Set Vol. No. 563, Session Vol. No.1; Report: S.Misc.Doc. 111;

Is the “valley of the northwestern lakes” the area around Lake Michigan and other Great Lakes? Can anyone confirm? Several of these men lived in Belvidere, Boone County, Illinois in 1850.

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Divorce 1848 style!

My 4x great grandparents Oren Briggs (also spelled Orren, Orrin or Orin) and Susan Bowder have got an unusual and mysterious past. Their marriage was her second and at least his third marriage! She was 25 and he was 51 years old.

The following took place in Belvidere, Boone County, Illinois in 1848.

  • May 16: Sarah Ann Briggs files for divorce 
against husband Oren
  • May 17: Oren’s civil lawsuit settled
  • May 18: Susan’s divorce to John Tittle granted
  • May 20: Oren’s divorce granted
  • May 24: Oren and Susan get married

Busy week!

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Timsbury, Hampshire marriages 1780-1838

Marriages for Timsbury, Hampshire (1780-1838) are transcribed below by Lisa Rex in January 2006. Please read the notes about this transcription if you are new to this site.

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Timsbury, Hampshire baptisms 1780-1837

These baptisms for Timsbury, Hampshire (1780-1837) were transcribed by Lisa Rex in January 2006. Please read the notes about this transcription if you are new to this site.

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Timsbury, Hampshire burials 1780-1837

These burials for Timsbury, Hampshire (1780-1838) were transcribed by Lisa Rex in January 2006. Please read the notes about this transcription if you are new to this site.

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