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18. Jacob HIGGINBOTHAM12,45,46 was born about 1751 in Amherst County, Virginia.9 He died in 1836 at the age of 85 in Elbert County, Georgia.12

Jacob and Ann were first cousins. They moved to Elbert Co GA ca 1784 along with Jacob's uncle Benjamin and his entire family. Benjamin was, of course, also his father-in-law.

NDEX TO THE HEADRIGHT & BOUNTY GRANTS OF GEORGIA 1756-1909; Rev. Silas Emmett Lucas Jr., Vidalia GA, c1970
Jacob Higganbotham, Elbert Co, Grant Book VVV, #335, 879 acres, 1792
Jacob Higganbotham, Elbert Co, Grant Book AAAAA, #470, 400 acres, 1798

Fred R. & Emilie K. Hartz; Vidalia GA 1990
[Milledgeville, Baldwin Co was the capital of GA 1807-1868.]
VOL 2 1819-1823, p.25 2 Feb 1819 Lost in Monticello, small red Morocco Pocket Book with several note given to me by Jesse Dennis for $10 note given me by William Higginbotham for $20 of $60 endorsed to me by Samuel Dennis. $5 for delivery of pocket-book and its contents. Signed: Jacob Higginbotham.

1820 Census. Christian, Elbert Co GA
Jacob Higginbotham. 2m 16-26, 1m 26-45, 1m 45+. 1f 16-26, 1f 26-45.

William Pulliam was appointed administrator of his estate 7 Mar 1836.
Sale was recorded 19 Sep 1836; Buyers on 5 May 1836 included: Wm Pulliam, Francis Higginbotham, Thomas Hilley, John Higginbotham, John G. Higginbotham, Marhew Pulliam, Thomas J. Maxwell, William Maxwell, George Evinson, Jesse Maxwell, etc.
Elbert Co GA, Court of Ordinary, Loose Papers.

Some of the children of Jacob moved to Feliciana Parish LA with their uncle Francis Higginbotham. They included James, Jacob Jr. Benjamin, Joseph, Riley & Anne.

25 Apr 1855, Son John applied for a pension based on the Captaincy of Jacob in the Amherst Co VA militia. He gave the births of his siblings in his testimony. The claim was rejected as no proof of service was produced. Rejected File, #4977; Bureau of Pensions.
Mrs. Ophelia Maxwell Quillian nevertheless qualified for DAR membership based on the service of Jacob Higginbotham.
Amherst County Virginia In the Revolution, Lenora Higginbotham Sweeny, J. P. Bell Co., Lynchburg, VA, 1951
p.136 June Court, 1780, Amherst Co VA. Jacob Higginbotham took the oath as Liet. At a Court held 5 Jul 1784, he was recommended as Captain.

Elbert County Ga Archives Military Records.....Higginbotham, Sr., Jacob April 21, 1855
Revwar - Pension
File contributed for use in USGenWeb Archives by:
Chandler Eavenson April 7, 2005, 10:29 am

Affidavit Of Service
Military Records
Revolutionary War
Jacob Higginbotham, Sr.

In the records of the National Archives under File.
No. R4977 is found the following:

Affidavit of John Higginbotham dated 21 Apr 1855
before a Justice of the Peace of Hart Co., GA in
which he identifies himself as one of the children
of Captain Jacob Higginbotham who served in the
Revolution from Amherst Co., VA, said Jacob having
been sent from Amherst Co. to General Green in
North Carolina at the time of the battle of Guilford
courthouse and that Jacob did not reach General Green
until the day after the battle was fought.

The affidavit further states that Jacob married his
wife Anne on 18 Oct 1772, that Jacob died in Jan.,
1836, and that the children of Jacob and Anne were:
Hannah, born 27 Aug 1773; James, born 13 Feb 1775;
Jacob, Jr., born 6 Jul 1776; John, born 9 Jan 1778;
Elizabeth, born 14 Jan 1780; Jane, born 3 Mar 1782;
Joseph and Benjamin, born 27 Feb 1784; Caleb, born
3 Apr 1787; Anne, born 11 Dec 1788; William, born
13 Sep 1790; Riley, born 22 Sep 1793; and Frances G.,
born 11 Dec 1796.

The affidavit of John further stated that Jacob, Sr.
died in Elbert Co., GA and the affidavit was
accompanied by a sworn statement of Thomas J. Maxwell
that he was acquainted with Jacob Higginbotham, Sr.
in his lifetime and that the Family Record is in
the handwriting of the said [Jacob] Higginbotham.
The affidavit and the sworn statement were both
witnessed by George Pulliam, JP.

[Submitters notes: Jacob Higginbotham, Sr. was the son
of Joseph and Hannah Higginbotham of Amherst Co., VA.
His wife Anne Higginbotham was his first cousin and
the daughter of Benjamin Higginbotham and wife Elizabeth
Graves, Benjamin and his family having also moved from
Amherst Co., VA to Elbert Co., GA. Some of the children
of Jacob Higginbotham, Sr. moved from Elbert Co. to
Feliciana Parish, LA along with several cousins from
Benjamin's family. See book "Higginbotham descendants
of Moses and Frances Kyle Higginbotham" by Earl and
Nena Higginbotham.]
Submitted by: Chandler Eavenson
File at:

Jacob HIGGINBOTHAM and Anne HIGGINBOTHAM were married on 18 October 1772 in Amherst County, Virginia.45 Anne HIGGINBOTHAM, daughter of Benjamin HIGGINBOTHAM and Elizabeth GRAVES, was born (date unknown).

Jacob HIGGINBOTHAM and Anne HIGGINBOTHAM had the following children:



Hannah HIGGINBOTHAM was born on 27 August 1773.12






Jacob HIGGINBOTHAM Jr.11,47 was born on 6 July 1776 in Amherst County, Virginia.11,12 He served in the military at 10th & 20th Consolidated Regt, LA Militia in War of 1812.

Moved to Feliciana Parish LA circa 1810 and served in the War of 1812 from Louisiana. He served in the 10th & 20th Consolidated Regt, Louisiana Militia, along with cousins Lindsey and Willis.

About 1820 they moved to Lafayette Parish where he married for the second time and spent the remainder of his life. [error - see 1830 census below]

Jacob first married Sophia Higginbotham [lineage unknown - surname questionable] and (2) Marie Charlotte Forman, widow of Francois Huffpower, 5 Jan 1832.

1820 Census: Sandy Creek, Feliciana Parish LA Living next to his brother James and cousins Lindsey & Willis, sons of Joseph Higginbotham.
Jacob Higginbotham: 4m -10, 1m 10-16, 1m 16-18, 2m 16-26, 1m 26-45. 2f 10-16, 1f 26-45.

1830 Census: St. Landry Parish LA
Jacob Higginbotham 1m 10-15, 1f 15-20, 1m 30-40, 1m 50-60 1f -5, 3f 5-10, 2f 20-30

Perhaps six children including these:
Marie, born ca 1806 in Georgia
Jackson who married Eliza Green, St. Landry Parish
Caleb, b. East Feliciana 11 Jan 1817 and died Liberty Co TX 10 Oct 1893. He married (1) Lucinda Absher 6 Sep 1839 and (2) Isabella Weeks, 1857 in TX.

Mary Higginbotham of Georgia, dau of Jacob & Sophia Higginbotham married 28 Aug 1828, George Laughlin
Marie Higginbotham, dau of Jacob & Sophia "Hekenboten" was baptized 7 Feb 1837 at age 30 years.
Nancy Higginbotham of Virginia, dau of Jacob & Sophie Higginbotham married 26 Aug 1830 to James Dailey of Harden Co KY. St. Landry Church Records, Opelousas.

Jackson & Caleb moved to Liberty Co, TX - the earliest Higginbothams in the area.

1850 Census. Liberty Co. Texas, p.353, Hh 273
Caleb Higginbotham, age 33, Stockbroker, b. MS.
Lucinda, age 24, born LA
Joanna age 9, Caroline age 7, both born in Louisiana
Jacob, 5, Nancy, 3, and Jackson age 7/12 all born in Texas.
The 1850 census shows that they lived in a neighborhood of people from Louisiana - Abshers, Barrows, J. Taylor White, etc.

1860 Census. Liberty Co TX, P.O. Liberty, Hh 302
Caleb Higginbottom, age 42, b. LA. Isabel, age 40 LA
Martha Barrow, age 15 [perhaps Caleb has married a 2nd time to a neighbor and this is a stepdaughter and there was an Isabella Barrow, married to Levi Barrow - she was age 32 and she did have a daughter Martha along with several older children in Hh 266.]
Jacob Higginbottom, age 15, b. LA, Caroline age 16, b. LA
Born in TX: Nancy 12, Jacson 10, Samantha 8, Marianna age 2.

1870 Census. Liberty Co TX, P.O. Liberty, Hh 539
Caleb Higginbotham, age 52, b. LA. Isabel, age 50, b. LA
Jackson, 20; Lucinda 13 [Marianna?] - both born TX
Catherine Barrow, age 25, b. TX and "Shake" [?Jake] age 8, b. TX

By 1880, Caleb and Isabel were not to be found. Living in Chambers Co., TX, Hh 42, was:
Jake Higginbotham, age 30, b. TX, parents born in Mississippi.
Wife Mary, age 30, b. LA
Children born in TX: Caleb J. age 8, Elaine Ella 7, Blanche 5, Jessie, 2 and Seth, age 3 months, born in Feb of 1880.



John HIGGINBOTHAM was born on 9 January 1778.12
John married Susannah Eavenson, date and place not known.

Other Evenson marriages/Higginbotham marriages included that of:
William G. Higginbotham [son of William & Dorothy Sandidge] to Polly "Evasion" on 26 Sep 1808, Elbert Co GA
William Everson to Frances Higginbotham [lineage unknown] on 9 Dec 1827. Could this be Frances, the youngest sister of John?



Elisabeth HIGGINBOTHAM was born on 14 January 1780.12



Jane HIGGINBOTHAM12 was born on 3 March 1782.12 She died in 1859 at the age of 77.12,46

Married William Maxwell.

DAR Lineage gives year of death as 1863.



Joseph HIGGINBOTHAM11 was born on 27 February 1784 in Amherst County, Virginia.11,12 He served in the military in 1812 at 10th & 20th Consolidated Regt, LA Militia in War of 1812. He died about 1824 at the age of 40 in Louisiana.11

Joseph married in Georgia and had a t least five children. He married 2nd to Elizabeth Taylor, widow of Ebenezer Taylor.

Moved to Louisiana in time to serve in the War of 1812 with his brother Jacob. They served in the 10th & 20th Consolidated Regt, Louisiana Militia along with their cousins Lindsey and Willis. Joseph and Benjamin were twins.






Caleb HIGGINBOTHAM was born on 3 April 1787.12



Anna HIGGINBOTHAM11,47 was born on 11 December 1788.11,12

Anna married John Millican on 5 Oct 1812 in Amite Co MS. John and Ann moved to East Feliciana Parish LA but they appear to have left there by 1834.



William HIGGINBOTHAM47,48 was born on 13 September 1790.12

This is believed to be the William Higginbotham that married Susannah Bonds on 29 Dec 1814.

1820 Census. Christian, Elbert Co GA
William Higginbotham. 1m under 10, 1m 26-45, 1f under 10, 1f 16-26, 1 slave

1850, Wilkes Co GA, p.289, Household 8:
Wm Higginbotham, age 60, and Susanna, age 50, both born in Georgia.



Riley HIGGINBOTHAM11,49 was born on 22 September 1793 in Georgia.11,12

Riley moved to Feliciana Parish along with his brothers where there is an account in a store for goods purchased in 1820. There is a record of a Riley Higginbotham who married Lydia Alford in Green Co AL 2 Jan 1829 and later moved to Caddo Parish LA 1840-50. This may very well be the same person.

1830 Census. Greene Co AL
Riley Higginbotham. 1m 40-50, 1f 30-40

1850 Census, Caddo Parish: Riley Higginbotham age 59, born Georgia. Lydia age 50, b. NC.



Frances HIGGINBOTHAM was born on 11 December 1796.12