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33. Benjamin HIGGINBOTHAM Jr.2,62,66 was born about 1757 in Amherst County, Virginia.15 He served in the military in 1781 at Amherst Co VA Militia in Revolutionary War. He died in 1810 at the age of 53 in Elbert County, Georgia.15,19,67

Benjamin was a soldier in the Revolution. He was part of 279 non-commissioned officers and privates ordered into service from Amherst Co by Col. Daniel Gaines of the Militia, 21 Jun 1781. They were "to march to join the Army commanded by the honorable Major General, Marquis de la Fayette". [William & Mary College Library, Cabell Papers, Uncataloged 4, Box 1.]

William Turner from Amherst submitted his application for a Revolutionary pension on 21 Aug 1832 and stated that he served under Capt. Benjamin Higginbotham on the line of march to Yorktown.

In 1782, Benjamin Jr. was listed on a Tax List in Amherst Co - he had 130 acres. of Land. His name does not appear in Amherst after 1783.

Moved to Elbert Co GA about 1784 with his father and siblings.

INDEX TO THE HEADRIGHT & BOUNTY GRANTS OF GEORGIA 1756-1909; Rev. Silas Emmett Lucas Jr., Vidalia GA, c1970
In Georgia, ordinary citizens received bounty land for not leaving the state during the Revolution; therefore, bounty land is not proof of military service.
Benjamin Higganbotham, Elbert Co, Grant Book KKKKK, #767, 239 acres, 1795.
Benjamin Higganbotham, Elbert Co. Grant Book EEEEE, #986, 800 acres, 1805.
This may be the disposition of part of this grant. Madison Co DB A, p.254.
20 Oct 1815 Lewis T. Berry sold to Robert L. Tait, 269 acres on the waters of South Broad River, part of an 800 acre survey granted to Higginbotham, warrant dated 7 Feb 1804, surveyed 16 Feb 1804, granted 6 Feb 1805.

Benjamin also had 200 acres in Wilkes Co, probably granted before the formation of Elbert Co. Grant Book LLL, p.335.

In 1790, Benjamin Higginbotham Jr was listed in Col. John Cunningham's Battalion of the Wilkes Co, Georgia Militia.

Elbert Co GA, DB E, p.29 18 Apr 1798 Phipps to Francis Higginbotham. 99 acres on Beaverdam adj Wm Brandley, John Upshaw. Part of 239 acres granted Benjamin Higginbotham 17 Feb 1795.
DB E, p.48 1 Dec 1797 Benjamin Higginbotham to John Staples. 224 acres adj. John Upshaw, Francis Higginbotham, Larkin Gatewood. Granted to Higginbotham on 17 Feb 1795.

Feb Court Term, 1803. Benjamin Higginbotham provided security for Larkin Gatewood as Administrator of James Gatewood, deceased. [James was a son of Larkin who predeceased his father.]
1 Oct 1802. Will of Larkin Gatewood, Elbert County. Benjamin Higginbotham was one of three sons-in-law appointed Executors. The will was probated 22 Apr 1805.

Benjamin Higginbotham Jr was listed with two draws in the 1805 Georgia Land Lottery. They were both blanks.

Will dated 20 May 1809; probate on 3 Sep 1810. Dau Sarah - slave Daufney & featherbed which she has; dau Anny - slave Milley & featherbed; dau Elizabeth - slave Lethy & featherbed. Son Benj Graves - a slave Daniel, cattle, horse & featherbed. Son Peter - a slave Jacob & featherbed, horse. Dau Mary, a slave Rhody, bed, horse. Son Larkin - slave Lindsay, horse, etc. Residue to be equally divided among all children. Executors: Son Benjamin Graves Higginbotham and John Upshaw Jr. Wit: Jacob Higginbotham Sr, John Upshaw, Leroy Upshaw, Francis Satterwhite.
[Mary Gatewood, Benjamin's wife, had a sister Amy who was married to John Upshaw Sr. The Upshaws were another family that came from Amherst to Wilkes/Elbert Co GA.]
3 Sep 1810 Court of Ordinary September Term. Jacob Higginbotham and Francis Satterwhite, swore they saw the testator sign and seal his will. 13 Oct 1810 the Will was recorded.
Returns 7 Jan 1811: Francis Higginbotham appt gdn of Mary Higginbotham, orphan of Benjamin. Charles Carter & John Ham, Security. John S. Higginbotham appt gdn of Peter and Larkin, orphans of Benjamin Higginbotham. Charles Carter & Francis Higginbotham, Security.
Returns 1817: Thos S. Carter, administrator with will annexed on estate of Benjamin Higginbotham Dec'd. Receipts of Benjamin, Peter, Larkin, William Higginbotham, and James Rowsey [obviously in right of one of the daughters] for their distributive shares. No doubt all had reached their majority by this year.
10 Jul 1816, there is a receipt from Larkin Higginbotham in full for his legacy from his father's estate.
23 Oct 1818, there is a receipt of Peter Higginbotham for his legacy "which I receipted for some years back, which receipt was accidentally burned"

Which dau was married to Rowsey? I have seen the daughter Sarah as his wife but no proof or further data was furnished. It's is also strange that William Higginbotham was receiving a share unless one of the Williams was receiving the share on behalf of one of the daughters. Charles Carter should have been a recipient in right of Mary by 1817 but they were in Mississippi.

Benjamin HIGGINBOTHAM Jr. and Mary GATEWOOD were married on 21 January 1782 in Amherst County, Virginia.7,62 Mary GATEWOOD, daughter of Larkin GATEWOOD and Catharine PENN, died before 1809.

Mary Gatewood and her sister Dolly married brothers, sons of Benjamin Higginbotham and Elizabeth Graves. Mary married Benjamin Jr; Dolly married Francis.

Benjamin HIGGINBOTHAM Jr. and Mary GATEWOOD had the following children:



Sarah HIGGINBOTHAM62 was born (date unknown).



Anny HIGGINBOTHAM62 was born (date unknown).



Elizabeth HIGGINBOTHAM66 was born (date unknown).



Benjamin Graves HIGGINBOTHAM62 was born on 17 February 1788 in Amherst County, Virginia.62

Benj. G. Higginbotham married Polly Lollis [Mary Lawless] on 2 Jan 1812 in Elbert Co GA.

In the 1830 Dallas Co AL census near William Higginbotham; probably cousins.

1850, Noxubee Co, MS:
Household 673
B. G. Higgenbottom, age 66, born SC [error]. Mary age 55, b. GA. John L. age 39, Mary 28, and Tabitha 13, all born in GA.
Household 757: James L. Higgenbothom, age 22, b. Alabama, Margaritt 20 b. NC and Mary age 1, b. MS.
Household 777: Talliffario Higginbotham, age 38, b. GA, Jane 30, b. AL. Mary Anne age 1 and James 7 months, both born in Mississippi.
[This accounts for all the children of Benjamin Graves except for the eldest son Benjamin, Harriet who married C. R. Whitehead in 1845 and Sarah Ann who married Richard White in 1847.



Peter HIGGINBOTHAM62 was born about 1790 in Elbert County, Georgia.62

Peter Higginbotham married Jinney Howard, 4 Feb 1813, Elbert Co GA.

Before 1830 the family moved to Edmondson Co KY.



Larkin HIGGINBOTHAM62 was born about 1796 in Elbert County, Georgia.62

Larkin Higginbotham married Polly Howard, 12 Jan 1815, Elbert Co. GA.

Family moved to Edmondson Co KY before 1830.