Nathaniel W. Briggs


Nathaniel W. Briggs died on December 12, 2010 at Windemere Nursing Home.

He was born on February 20, 1918, in Flushing Queens, New York, the son of Henry M. Briggs and Mary Elizabeth Benton Briggs, along with his sister, Marion Benton Briggs. His uncle was the famous artist, Thomas Hart Benton.

His father was a commander in the Navy and they lived and traveled to numerous places including Annapolis, Md., Newport, R.I., New Hampshire, and California. Nathaniel attended Proctor Academy and has lived on Martha’s Vineyard since 1946.

He resided many years at Hillside Village in Vineyard Haven before going to Windemere Nursing home in 2002.

Nathaniel was well-educated and well-versed in poetry and could recall and recite poems easily. He was also known to enjoy singing. He was a faithful visitor to the local library as his favorite pastime was reading history as well as fictional books.

Services at Abel’s Hill Cemetery in Chilmark — orginally planned for Wednesday, January 12 — have been rescheduled for Friday, January 14, at 11 am, officiated by the Rev. Alden Besse. There will also be a service of remembrance at Windemere Nursing Home on Tuesday, February 8, at 2:30 pm.

Donations may be made to Windemere Nursing Home, P.O. Box 1747 or the Martha’s Vineyard Hospital, P.O. Box 1477, both in Oak Bluffs, MA 02557.

Arrangements are under the care of the Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road, Oak Bluffs. Please visit for online guest book and information.