I am NOT related to, nor researching this family, just saw this interesting article.
MRS. M. BRIGGS, PIONEER, DEAD
Resided in Same House in Royal City for 66 Years
New Westminster, Nov. 26, 1931.
Mrs. Mary BRIGGS, 79, widow of T. L. BRIGGS, who had resided in the same house at 302 Royal Avenue for 66 years, died in her home Wednesday night.
She came to Victoria with her father, Capt. William IRVING, from Portland, when 9 years old, and to New Westminster in 1864. The family was prominent in Portland, and a suburb there is called Irvington after them.
INDIANS CARRIED LUMBER
The late Mrs. BRIGGS' home was one of the first houses built here. Lumber for it was transported up the Fraser River by Indians, who carried it on their backs. Her husband was manager of Canadian Pacific Navigation Co., who, with her father, operated boats on the Fraser River. The company was later amalgamated with the C.P.R.
The body is at S. Bowell & Son's Funeral Parlors awaiting funeral arrangements.
2 SISTERS SURVIVE
The late Mrs. BRIGGS is survived by two sisters: Mrs. E. W. SPENCER, Portland, and Mrs. W. S. CHANDLER, Los Angeles and five sons and two daughters. They are: William I. and Harry C. of Vancouver, Thomas A. of New Westminster, Stanley K. of Woodfibre, Errol C. of Portland, Naomi and Manuela at home. There are also eleven grandchildren and one great grandchild surviving.
.....Captain William IRVING, her father, owned a pioneer fleet of steamboats which sailed between Yale and Hope to Victoria, during the Cariboo gold rush.
In 1874, Mrs. BRIGGS was married to Thomas L. BRIGGS, who at that time operated a wholesale hardware business in Victoria. A brother, Captain John IRVING, was well known in mining and shipping circles in those days.
See the whole article here, from The Vancouver Sun - Nov 26, 1931.http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=catlAAAAIBAJ&sjid=5...
Bowell Funeral Records for sons
Thomas Albert BRIGGS died Feb 13, 1949http://www.nwheritage.org/bowell/bowell.php?operation=Displa...
Stanley Kingston BRIGGS died Nov 10, 1954http://www.nwheritage.org/bowell/bowell.php?operation=Displa...