This is definitely not the William Higginbotham who moved to Elbert Co GA, as in 1799 it was necessary for him to give consent for his daughter Dolly to marry John Frazier in Amherst.
The two Williams, who were first cousins, this one son of Joseph, and William son of Benjamin & Elizabeth Graves Higginbotham who married Ann Sandidge's sister Dolly have been confused by many. Some databases show the William son of Benjamin, who moved to Elbert Co GA as having been married to both Ann & Dolly Sandidge. John Sandidge's will names both daughters, as living, and with the surname Higginbotham.
I do not know for sure if the following patents on Pedlar River are those of this William. I have placed them here because he was apparently the oldest of the William Higginbothams - his cousins of the same name, sons of Moses and Benjamin, were younger. Both Benjamin and Joseph had land on the Pedlar, but Benjamin's William was long gone to Georgia when there were still new patents being issued to this man.
10 Jul 1766 Land Patent to William Higginbotham in Amherst Co. 300 acres on branches of the North and Middle Forks of Pedlar River.
20 Jul 1780 Land Patent to William Higginbotham. Amherst County. 154 acres both sides North Fork of Pedlar River. PB E, p.327
14 Apr 1788 Land Patent to William Higginbotham. Amherst Co. 70 acres on branches of the South and Middle Forks of Pedlar River. GB 16, p.531
31 Jul 1793 Land Patent to William Higginbotham. Amherst Co. 57 acres on North Fork of Pedlar River. GB 28, p.609
William HIGGINBOTHAM and Ann SANDIDGE were married about 1778.9 Ann SANDIDGE, daughter of John SANDIDGE and Keziah GATEWOOD, was born (date unknown).
Both Ann Sandidge and her sister Dolly married William Higginbothams. The two men were first cousins. Ann's William was a son of Joseph, grandson of the "Widow" Higginbotham of Albemarle/Amherst. They remained in Amherst County. Dolly's husband William, was a son of Benjamin Higginbotham and Elizabeth Graves and they moved to Elbert Co GA along with Benjamin's family.
William HIGGINBOTHAM and Ann SANDIDGE had the following children: