Rawdon Briggs(1007) was the first child and only son of only three children of Rawdon Briggs (210) and Matilda Greenwood(202). and so an elder brother of my great-great-grandfather Henry Briggs(5). According to the IGI, using church registers, Rawdon was born on 17 Aug 1792, and baptised on 24 Sep 1792 at the Northgate End Presbyterian Church in Halifax. After the formation of the contitiuency of Halifax in the 1832 Reform Act he allowed his name to be put forward as one of two Whig candidates and in the General Election in December of 1832 was elected as one of the two M.Ps. for Halifax. He did not allow his name to be put forward as a candidate in the subsequent General Election in January 1835, so his parliamentary career was short. Basically he was a banker.
Again according to the IGI, and also the pedigree drawn up by the late Noel Currer-Briggs, on 29 Jun 1820 Rawdon Briggs married Matilda Greenwood(202), daughter of John Greenwood of Knowle, near Keighley, Yorkshire. The marriage took place at Keighley. Foster's (1874) Currer/Briggs pedigree, which I suspect is the source for both the IGI and Noel Currer-Briggs, says that Rawdon was in the commission of the peace for the West Riding of Yorkshire. According to Foster (1874), Rawdon and Matilda had three children.
|Rawdon Briggs(1007)||Born 1825. JP for the West Riding. Married Louisa Barff(1010), seven children. Died 1859. For further details of him and his descendants, see his separate page.|
|Ann Briggs(1009)||Died in incfancy.|
|Matilda Briggs(1008)||Born ? . Married Col. William Hardy CB, late of the 46th Regiment, commanding the 43rd Brigade Depot at Chichester, Sussex.|
The fact that they only had three children arises because Matilda died 1832 after only 12 years of marriage, and was buried at Trinity Church, Halifax.
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