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Source: Commemorative biographical record of Tolland and Windham counties, Connecticut. Volume 1 - By J.H. Beers & Co - Published 1903

WILLIAM L. HIGGINS, M. D., a noted physician of South Coventry, Tolland county, comes of an old family of the state of Massachusetts.
Jacob Higgins, the grandfather of Dr. William L., was born in Chesterfield, Mass., Dec. 1, 1811, and died May 6, 1894, at Cummington, Mass. He was twice married, first to Eliza Moore, and afterward to Miss Julia Prentice. He was a tanner by trade, and owned a farm property near the William Cullen Bryant place, in Cummington, Mass. His children were: Orlando, of Illinois; Lorenzo, of Kansas; Judson A., deceased, who was a prominent member of the Baptist Church. and a very devout man; Martin L., the Doctor's father; and Nelson, Amy and Eugene, all three deceased.

Martin L. Higgins was born in Chesterfield, Mass., June I5, 1845, and was married there to Elizabeth S. Hayden, a native of Westhampton, Mass., who was born Sept. 3, 1843, daughter of John and Eliza (Wetherell) Hayden. Mr. Higgins has always remained in his native town, where he has been engaged in agricultural pursuits up to the present time, having farmed on his present place for thirty years. He is a careful, conservative man, and has met with deserved success. A Republican in politics, he has taken a leading part in local improvements, serving as selectman for three years and town treasurer for four years. He
attends the Congregational Church. Mr. and Mrs. Higgins have had the following children: William L., whose name appears above; Minnie L., now the wife of George I. Blanchard. of Montpelier, Vt.; Helen Jane, wife of Milo E. Sylvester, of Springfield, Mass.; and Harry E., M. D., a graduate of the Medical Department of the University of the City of New York, I896, and since a practitioner of Norwich, Connecticut.

William L. Higgins was born in Chesterfield, Mass., March 8, 1867. His education was begun in that district, and was continued in the city schools of Northampton, and at Deerfield Academy, Deerfield, Mass., where he took an elective course. He finished his academic work when about eighteen, working on the farm in summer, and teaching school winters. For three terms he taught school in Hinsdale, Mass., and for one term in Westhampton, after which he took up the study of medicine under the direction of Dr. Charles H. Curran and of Dr. A. M. Belden, at Holyoke and Chesterfield, respectively. His studies at the Medical Department of the University of the City of New York were completed and he was graduated with the class of 1890. At the close of his course he located at Willington, Conn., where he remained until September, 1891, when he removed to South Coventry, to take the place of Dr. E. P. Flint, who at that time was removing to Rockville. Since his arrival Dr. Higgins has continued steadily at his work, winning many friends, and making himself recognized as the leading physician of the town. He has been very successful in practice, and is called frequently in consultation, considerable for a young man.

Dr. Higgins was married at Northampton, Mass., Oct. 8, 1890, to Annah J. Clapp, daughter of James and Juliette A. (Miller) Clapp, of Williamsburg, Mass., and they have had two children: Ruth A., born Nov. 20, 1891, and Ruby Elizabeth. born March 6, 1894. Both the Doctor and his wife are members of the Congregational Church, in the work of which he takes an active part, and he has been Sunday-school superintendent in both Willington and Chesterfield. For seven years he has been on the parish committee, and upon the incorporation of the church, in the fall of 19O1, was elected to the board of trustees for three years from Jan. 1, 1902.
The Doctor is a stanch Republican, and has been interested in local politics ever since his removal to South Coventry. However, he has confined his public services to offices of a professional nature, having acted seven years as health officer, and for eleven years as medical examiner for the towns of Coventry and Andover. He was elected justice of the peace several times, but each time felt that other duties prevented him from qualifying, though so far as his professional duties permit he has directly interested himself in public enterprises and given his fellow townsmen the benefit of his ability and judgment in such matters. He was one of the original promoters of the South Coventry Water Supply Company. one of its largest stockholders, and became a director and vice-president thereof. In 1897 he organized what is known as the Village Improvement Society, of which he has been a director ever since, and has served one term as president. This company has expended about three thousand dollars in improvements during the five years of its existence. The Doctor has always been interested in agricultural matters, is a member of the Grange. and is vice-president and one of the directors of the Horse Shoe Park Agricultural Association, which was organized in April, 1902.

In addition to attending to his private practice the Doctor acts as medical examiner for all of the old line insurance companies. and for Lodge No. 15, A. O. U. W., at South Coventry. He was President of the Tolland County Medical Association in 1897-98, and the same year was vice-president exofiicio of the State Medical Society. Dr. Higgins is a self—made man, and enjoys high standing in his community.
William Lincoln Higgins

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1930; Census Place: Coventry, Tolland, Connecticut; Roll: 284; Page: 6B; Enumeration District: 4; Image: 50
Name Age (No image available)

William L Higgins 63 b. Mass. Parents b. Mass. Occ: Medical Doctor
Annah J Higgins 62

1920; Census Place: Coventry, Tolland,
Connecticut; Roll: T625_198; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 307; Image: 40.
Name Age

William L Higgins 52
Annah J Higgins 51
Ruby S Higgins 25

1910; Census Place: Coventry, Tolland, Connecticut; Roll: T624_143; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 0554; Image: 504
Name Age

William L Higgins 43
Annah J Higgins 41
Ruth A Higgins 18
Ruby E Higgins 16

1900; Census Place: Coventry, Tolland, Connecticut; Roll: 150; Page: 13B; Enumeration
District: 494
Name Age

William L Higgins 33
Annah J Higgins 31
Ruth A Higgins 8
Ruby E Higgins 6

1880; Census Place: Chesterfield, Hampshire, Massachusetts; Roll: 537; Page: 30C; Enumeration District: 323; Image: 0061
Name Age

Martin L. Higgins 34
Elizabeth S. Higgins 37
Willie L. Higgins 13
Minnie L. Higgins 11
Hellen J. Higgins 10
Harry E. Higgins 8

1870; Census Place: Chesterfield, Hampshire, Massachusetts; Roll: M593_620; Page: 92B; Image: 189
Name Age

Martin L Higgins 24
Elizabeth S Higgins 26
Willie L Higgins 3
Minnie L Higgins 1
Helen Higgins 6/12

1860; Census Place: Chesterfield, Hampshire, Massachusetts; Roll: M653_505; Page: 413; Image: 419
Name Age

Jacob Higgins 49
Julia Higgins 28
Nelson Higgins 18
Judson Higgins 16
Martin Higgins 14
Eugene Higgins 12
Rosa Higgins 5
Almina Higgins 3
Warner Higgins 6/12


1850; Census Place: Chesterfield, Hampshire, Massachusetts; Roll: M432_320; Page: 11A; Image: 27
Name Age

Jacob G Higgins 38
Eliza A Higgins 40
Orlando L Higgins 13
Lorenzo H Higgins 12
Nelson A Higgins 9
Judson A Higgins 7
Martin L Higgins 5
Eugene L Higgins 3
Munro Bates 23
Jacob Gershom Higgins

U.S., Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications
Name: William Lincoln Higgins SAR Membership: 47507
Birth Date: 8 Mar 1867
Birth Place: Chesterfield, Hampshire, Massachusetts
Father: Martin Luther Higgins Mother: Elizabeth Susan

Massachusetts, Town Vital Collection
Name: William Lincoln Higgins Birth Date: 8 Mar 1867
Event Type: Birth Event City: Chesterfield
Father Name: Martin Luther Higgins Mother Name: Lizzie Hayden Higgins

Massachusetts, Town Vital Collections
Name: Jacob G Higgins Birth Date: abt 1811
Event Type: Marriage Event City: Worthington
Marriage Date: 21 Dec 1853 Marriage Age: 42
Father Name: Lewis Higgins Mother Name: Mary Higgins
Spouse Name: Julia E Prestin Spouse Marriage Age: 22
Spouse Father Name: Alphous Pemble
Spouse Mother Name: Sarah Pemble

Massachusetts, Town Vital Collection
Name: Mr Jacob G Higgins Event Type: Marriage
Event City: Chesterfield Marriage Date: 28 Apr 1835
Spouse Name: Eliza Ann Moore

Source: Richard Higgins - a resident and pioneer settler at Plymouth and Eastham, Massachusetts, and at Piscataway, New Jersey, and his descendants by Mrs. Katharine Chapin Higgins. - Published 1918  

see another biography of William Lincoln Higgins at Source: Taylor's legislative history and souvenir of Connecticut, 1906, Volume 6 - By William Harrison Taylor


28 April 2012
Thomas P. Higgins (1916 - 2012)
TORRINGTON - Thomas P. Higgins, 95, of Torrington, died Wednesday, March 21, at Vitas Hospice at Saint Mary's Hospital in Waterbury. He was the husband of Mildred P Higgins. Thomas was born in New Britain (Connecticut) on Sept. 8, 1916, son of the late Owen and Mary Davey Higgins.
He graduated from New Britain High School, Trinity College, and University of Connecticut. He was a teacher and elementary school principal for 34 years, retiring in 1978. Most of his years as principal were spent at the East School in Torrington. After retiring, he served for many years as secretary of the Association of Retired Teachers of Connecticut. He was an active member of St. Francis Church, serving as a Lector, CCD teacher, and first president of the Men's Club. He also worshipped and volunteered at Lourdes of Litchfield. Besides his wife, he leaves three children, Rosemary Dill and husband Michael of Rocky Hill, Thomas Higgins and wife Linda of Brookfield, and Michael Higgins and companion Marla Bloch of San Francisco. He also leaves grandchildren Sara (Kris) Lisauskas of Massachusetts, Jeffrey (Stefanie) Dill of Pennsylvania, Kate Higgins of New York City, and Peter (Erika) Higgins of Orange also great grandchildren Julia, Aimee, and Natalie Dill, Alex, Kyle, and Tyler Lisauskas, and Owen and Jack Higgins. He was predeceased by three siblings, John, Owen (see obit below), and Mary Higgins. The family wishes to extend their appreciation to Dr. Jerome Takiff for his attentive care. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Saint Francis Church 160 Main St., Torrington Saturday March 24 at 1 p.m.. Friends may call at Phalen Funeral Home 285 Migeon Ave Torrington Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Memorial Contributions can be made to Our Lady of Lourdes PO Box 667 Litchfield CT 06759.
Published in The Register Citizen on March 22, 2012

1930; Census Place: New Britain, Hartford, Connecticut; Roll: 266; Page: 11A; Enumeration District: 165; Image: 470
Name Age (No Image Available)

Owen Higgins 58 b. Ireland Parents b. Ireland Occ: Polisher in cutlery shop - Immigrated in 1903 - Naturalized in 1909
Mary Higgins 56 Immigrated in 1893 - Naturalized in 1909
John Higgins 18 b. Massachusetts
Owen Higgins 16 b. Massachusetts
Mary Higgins 15 b. Connecticut
Thomas Higgins 13 b. Connecticut

1920; Census Place: New Britain Ward 4, Hartford, Connecticut; Roll: T625_185; Page: 11B; Enumeration District: 161; Image: 507.
Name Age

Owen Higgins 48
Mary Higgins 45
John Higgins 8
Owen Higgins 7
Mary Higgins 5
Thomas Higgins 3 4/12

1910; Census Place: Amesbury, Essex, Massachusetts; Roll: T624_580; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 0257; Image: 786
Name Age

Owen Higgins 38
Mary M Higgins 36

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Name: Owen Higgins Event Date: 11 Feb 1911
Immigration Year: 1903 Home Country: Ireland
Court: U.S. District Court
Document Type: Petition for Naturalization
Witness #1: Michael J Burke Witness #2:Thomas McHugh

U.S. Naturalization Record
Name: Owen Higgins Birth Date:15 Jan 1871
Birth Location: County Galway, Ireland
Spouse: Mary A State: Massachusetts
Locality, Court: District of Massachusetts, U.S. Circuit and District Courts

Boston Passenger and Crew Lists
Name: Owen Higgins Arrival Date:1 May 1892 Age: 21
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1871 Gender: Male
Port of Departure: Liverpool, England and Queenstown, Ireland
Ship Name: Pavonia Port of Arrival: Boston, Massachusetts
Last Residence: Leitrim

Boston Passenger and Crew Lists
Name: Owen Higgins Arrival Date: 6 Mar 1903
Age: 31 Estimated Birth Year: abt 1872
Gender: Male Ethnic Background: Irish
Port of Departure: Queenstown, Ireland
Ship Name: Saxonia Port of Arrival: Boston, Massachusetts
Friend's Name: Cuorier Last Residence: Fuam (Taum)
February 19, 2000
Owen F. Higgins, 86, of New Britain, beloved husband of Angela (Cavalieri) Higgins, passed away Friday, (February 18, 2000) at New Britain General Hospital after a brief illness. He was born in Amesbury, MA, and was a resident of New Britain for most of his life. Mr. Higgins was formerly employed as a tax auditor for the State of Connecticut Dept. of Revenue until his retirement in 1979. He was a member of St. Francis of Assisi Church and was active in the St. Francis of Assisi Church Community. He also was a 45 year member of the New Britain Lodge of Elks #957. Besides his wife, he is survived by a son, Dennis Higgins and his wife Marti Golon of New York, NY; a daughter, Terry Higgins of West Hartford; three grandchildren, Katherine and Maxwell Higgins of New York, NY; and Shannon Wine of Manassas, VA; a brother, Thomas P. Higgins of Torrington; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother and sister, John J. Higgins and Mary M. Higgins. The rite of committal will be held on Monday, February 21, 9:15 a.m. at the New Britain Memorial Funeral Home, 444 Farmington Ave., New Britain, with the funeral liturgy, 10 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church. Entombment will be in St. Mary Garden Mausoleum. Relatives and friends may call on Sunday, February 20, 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home. Elks Lodge #957 will conduct a ritual Sunday evening, 7 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Assoc., 45 Ash St., East Hartford, CT 06108.

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29 April 2011

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Source: The National cyclopædia of American biography: Volume 16 By George Derby, James Terry White
HIGGINS, Charles Houchin, civil engineer, was born at Southington, Conn., Sept. 21, 1879, son of Joseph and Catharine (Houchin) Higgins, and grandson of Michael Higgins, a native of Ireland, who came to the United States in 1830, and settled at Cheshire, Conn. He was educated in the public schools and the Episcopal Academy at Cheshire, Conn., and was graduated at Princeton University with the degree of CE. in 1903. He subsequently took a course in economics at Columbia University. After leaving Princeton he became connected with the F. M. Stillman Co., general contractors, as a draftsman. Eighteen months later he was made engineer of the company, and in this capacity had charge of heavy construction about New York harbor, heavy building operations, foundations, masonry, harbor improvements and steel bridges. In 1909 he opened offices as consulting engineer in Jersey City and later in New York and has since been engaged in private practice. He has specialized principally in heavy constructions in timber, masonry and steel. He designed and built in 1905 the first reinforced concrete building constructed in Newark, N. J.
       In 1907 he designed and supervised the construction of a system of groins or jetties on the seashore at Asbury Park, N. J., to prevent further erosion of the coast by the ocean. The effectiveness and success of his groin system was demonstrated during the unusually severe storms of December, 1913, and January, 1914, which destroyed many buildings along the New Jersey coast, but did no damage whatever at Asbury Park. In 1910 Mr. Higgins designed a group of buildings for W. Ames & Co. in Jersey City, comprising a large industrial plant for the manufacture of bar iron, spikes and bolts. He was made a registered architect of the state of New Jersey in 1911. He was engineer of the transit commission of Jersey City in 1910-11 and was a member of the city plan commission of that city for one term (1912). He has under construction a pier on the New Jersey shore, opposite Eightieth street, New York, and a skeleton frame steel building in Johnstown, Pa. He was consulting engineer of the Washington Market Merchants' Association in 1913, and was architect for the city in planning and supervising the remodeling of the market in 1914. He served two terms of enlistment (four years), 1904-08, in the engineer and signal corps of the National Guard of New Jersey. Mr. Higgins is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Society for Testing Materials, the Engineers' Club and the Princeton Club of New York. Since its incorporation on Apr. 13, 1912, he has been secretary of the Princeton Engineering Association. He is unmarried.

Household: 1880
Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
Joseph HIGGINS Self M Male W 27 CT Butcher IRELAND IRELAND
Katharine HIGGINS Wife M Female W 24 ENG Keeps House ENG ENG
Charles HIGGINS Son S Male W 9M CT CT ENG

Source Information:
Census Place Southington, Hartford, Connecticut
Family History Library Film 1254099
NA Film Number T9-0099 Page Number 48C

1900; Census Place: Cheshire, New Haven, Connecticut; Roll: T623_142; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 304.
Name Age
Joseph Higgins 46
Catherine Higgins 43
Charles Higgins 20
Frances Higgins 17
Alice Higgins 14
Ralph Higgins 11
Waldo Higgins 12

U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942
Name: Charles Houchin Higgins Birth Date: 21 Sep 1879
Birth Place: Southington, Connecticuit Residence: New York, New York
Race: White
Home Address: 166 East 74th St, NY,NY
Self employed: 101 Park Avenue, NY, NY


27 Mar 2011
HIGGINS, RAYMOND T. Raymond T. Higgins passed away March 16, 2011 surrounded by his loving family. He was the husband of the late Mary (Coopey) Higgins. He was born May 1, 1923 in New Haven, son of Thomas and Mary (Carroll) Higgins. Mr. Higgins proudly served his country in the US Navy during World War II and the Korean War. He began his career with the New Haven Railroad in 1942, retiring from AMTRAK in 1983. He was an avid model railroader and enjoyed spending time with his family. He was a parishioner of St. Joseph Church and a volunteer at St. Joseph School. He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and Geoffrey Adams Sr. of Willimantic; his sons and daughters-in-law, Thomas and Mary Jean Higgins of Meriden and Raymond and Lou Ann Higgins of Plantsville; six grandchildren, Geoffrey and Michael Adams of Florida, 2nd Lt. Daniel Higgins USAF of Massachusetts, Kaitlin Higgins of Plantsville and Christopher and Matthew Higgins of Meriden and nine great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Mary Munzner and his niece Kathleen Zimmerman, both of North Carolina and his sister-in-law, Jean Shanahan of New York. He was predeceased by his brother, Thomas Higgins. The funeral will be held on Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 9:15 from the John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 East Main Street, Meriden, CT 06450 and at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph Church, corner of West Main St. and Lewis Ave., Meriden, CT 06451 for a Mass of Christian Burial. Burial will be in St. Lawrence Cemetery in West Haven with full Military Honors. Friends may call at the Funeral Home on Friday, March 18, 2011 from 4 to 7 p.m. Contributions in his memory may be made to St. Joseph School, 159 West Main Street, Meriden, CT 06450.
Published in the New Haven Register on March 17, 2011

Census Place: New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut; Roll: 277; Page: 25B; Enumeration District: 84; Image: 523 (No Image Available)
Name Age

Thomas Higgins 61 b. CT Parents b. Irish Free State
Mary Higgins 45 b. Irish Free State Parents b. Irish Free State
Raymond Higgins 7
Mary Higgins 5


27 Mar 2011

Source: A modern history of New Haven and eastern New Haven County, Volume 2 By Everett Gleason Hill - Published 1918


David Higgins is an active business man and well known public official who is serving as a selectman of Meriden and as a member of the board of apportionment. He concentrates his business attention largely upon the sale of butter, eggs and milk, upon the conduct of a farm and upon the management of two livery stables which he owns.

His home place is at Meriden and he is numbered among the native sons of Cheshire, Connecticut, where his birth occurred February 18, 1862, his parents being Michael and Esther (Bennett) Higgins. He acquired a public school education and spent the vacation periods in farm work, while after his textbooks were put aside he continued to assist in the cultivation and further improvement of the home farm until he attained his majority. He afterward spent nine months in work upon the farm of James Sanford at Terryville, Connecticut, and later worked on the State Poor Farm for a year.

On the expiration of that period he returned to his old home in Cheshire to visit and his brother induced him to buy a milk wagon and horse and engage in selling milk in Meriden. This was in 1886. He worked hard to make the business a success and succeeded in it. He took over his brother's milk business and worked up a good patronage. He is now extensively engaged in this line and also in the sale of butter and eggs. He is today the owner of an excellent farm property in addition to his other interests. He keeps from eighty to ninety horses and he has in all twenty employes in his livery barns, in his butter, egg and milk business and on his farm.

On the 8th of August, 1889, Mr. Higgins was united in marriage in Yalesville, Connecticut, to Miss Emma Grouse and they have become the parents of three children. Esther May, who was educated in the high school and in the New Haven Normal School is engaged in teaching. Ruth Frances is at home. Arthur John was graduated from the high school with the class of 1917 and is attending Dartmouth College. He was very popular as a high school pupil, was chairman of the junior prom, was manager of the foot ball team and was otherwise a leader in high school activities.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Higgins are consistent members of the Methodist Episcopal church. Politically he is a democrat, and although he has never been an office seeker, his friends have frequently urged him to become a candidate for positions of public honor and trust and he was elected to office on the democratic ticket when his ward had a normal heavy republican majority. He served as councilman from the third ward for six years and in 1913 was elected a selectman. He was also a member of the board of apportionment for ten years and his public duties have been discharged with marked capability and fidelity.

In fraternal circles he is known as a member of Temple Lodge, No. 16, F. & A. M, of Cheshire, and as a member of the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks at Meriden, serving on its house committee. He is also on the membership rolls of the Amaranth, the Colonial and the Cosmopolitan Clubs. He has a wide and favorable acquaintance through this section of the state, in which he has always resided, and his work along business lines and in public office has constituted a valuable contribution to general progress and improvement.

Name Age
Michael Higgins 31
Esther Higgins 28
Joseph Higgins 7
John B Higgins 4
Mary E Higgins 2
Mary Higgins 2/12

Name Age
Michael Higgins 42
Esther Higgins 39
Joseph Higgins 16
John Higgins 14
Maria Higgins 12
Catharine Higgins 10
David Higgins 8
Annie Higgins 4

Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
Michael HIGGINS Self W Male W 50 IRE Keeper IRE IRE
Catharine E. HIGGINS Dau S Female W 20 CT Keep House IRE CT
David HIGGINS Son S Male W 18 CT Home IRE CT
Anna HIGGINS Dau S Female W 13 CT Home IRE CT
Source Information:
Census Place Town Poor House, Cheshire, New Haven, Connecticut
Family History Library Film 1254103
NA Film Number T9-0103 Page Number 324C

Name Age
David Higgins 38
Emma Higgins 32
Esther M Higgins 6
Ruth F Higgins 4
Arthur J Higgins 1

Name Age
David Higgins 48
Emma Higgins 42
Esther Higgins 16
Ruth Higgins 14
Arthur Higgins 11

Name Age
David Higgins 57
Emma Higgins 51
Esther Higgins 26
Ruth Higgins 28
Arthur Higgins 21


07 Mar 2010

Source: History of the town of Plymouth, Connecticut: By Francis Atwater - Published 1895


Thomas Higgins has been a resident of Terryville for about forty-three years. He was one of the three Catholics who met in the Philip C. Ryan residence after Father O'Neill of Waterbury was engaged to preach there. Mr. Higgins is now about seventy years of age. One of his sons, Thomas F. Higgins, was appointed postmaster of Terryville in 1894. When appointed, he bought out the confectionery and stationery business of W. E. Fogg, and moved it into the building opposite the hotel.

He graduated from Eastman's College, Poughkeepsie, N. Y. Sarah A. devotes much of her time to assisting Mr. Higgins in the post office. James B. is employed by the Eagle Lock Company. Michael C. is superintendent of a life insurance company in Norwich, Conn. Lizzie C. is engaged as school teacher in Thomaston. Joseph J. is a physician and surgeon in New York City, and graduated from the Physicians and Surgeons' College of New York.

Name Age
Michael C Higgins 61
Elizabeth R Higgins 53
Loretta P Higgins 20

Name Age
Michael C Higgins 52
Elizabeth R Higgins 44
Raymond Higgins 15
Loretta Higgins 10

Name Age
Michael C Higgins 42
Elizabeth R Higgins 34
Raymond Higgins 5
Loretta Higgins 11/12
Bridget O'Brien 24

Name Age
Sarah A Higgins 46
James B Higgins 47 Brother
Elizabeth C Higgins 36
John Higgins 25
Frank Pope 56

Name Age
Thomas F Higgins 40
Katharine J Higgins 32

Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace

Thomas HIGGINS Self M Male W 56 IRE Farmer IRE IRE
Lizzie HIGGINS Wife M Female W 51 IRE Keeping House IRE IRE
Sarah HIGGINS Dau S Female W 26 CT Works In Lock Shop IRE IRE
Michael HIGGINS Son Male W 22 CT Works In Lock Shop IRE IRE
Thomas HIGGINS Son Male W 19 CT Works In Lock Shop IRE IRE
Lizzie HIGGINS Dau Female W 17 CT School Teacher IRE IRE
Joseph HIGGINS Son S Male W 11 CT At School IRE IRE
Michael HAYES Other Male W 18 IRE Farm Laborer IRE IRE
Source Information:
Census Place Plymouth, Litchfield, Connecticut
Family History Library Film 1254101
NA Film Number T9-0101 Page Number 408C


Name Age
Thomas Higgins 47
Eliza Higgins 42
Sarah Higgins 17
Michael Higgins 12
Thomas Higgins 10
Eliza Higgins 6
Joseph Higgins 1

Name Age
Thomas Higgins 35
Eliza Higgins 32
Sarah Higgins 7
James Higgins 5
Michael Higgins 2
Thomas Higgins 3/12

Hartford Courant 17 Jun 1926 - Obituary of Michael C. Higgins

The Bridgeport Telegram 1927 Dec 15 - Obituary of Thomas Higgins

Source: History of Waterbury and the Naugatuck Valley, Connecticut, Volume 2 edited by William Jamieson Pape

On the 3d of October, 1900. Mr. Harty was married in Terryville, Connecticut, to Miss Elizabeth C. Higgins, a daughter of the late Thomas and Elizabeth (Hickey) Higgins and a sister of Dr. Joseph Higgins, a well known surgeon of New York city. Mrs. Harty was educated in Terryville, attending the public and high schools, and afterward became a student in the State Normal School of New Britain, Connecticut. Later she took up the profession of teaching, which she followed for several years in Plymouth and in Thomaston, Connecticut. She is a lady of culture and marked ability and since her husband's death she has managed the coal and wood business, displaying sagacity in the conduct of her affairs. Mr. and Mrs. Harty had one daughter, Mary Elizabeth, who is now a student in the Torrington high school. Both Mrs. Harty and her daughter are members of St. Francis' Roman Catholic church and Mr. Harty was also a communicant of that church.


11 May 2009

Source: Price & Lee's New Haven (New Haven County, Conn.) City Directory, Including West Haven, East Haven, and Woodbridge
Published by Price & Lee Company., 1842
Higgins, James, brass founder, h 10 Ashmun
Higgins, Jesse, saddler, h 56 Sherman av.
Higgins, John, laborer, h 49 Broadway
Higgins, Mrs. Rose, 14 State
Higgins, Mrs. Lois, 25 Wall
Higgins, Miss Hannah M. carpet maker, 25 Wall


28 Jan 2009

Biography of Richard T. Higgins of Connecticut with selected census

Source: History of Waterbury and the Naugatuck Valley, Connecticut
by William Jamieson Pape - S.J. Clarke Publishing Company 1918

Richard T Higgins Portrait


Hon. Richard T. Higgins is a well known citizen of Winsted, Connecticut, whose high position is indicated in the fact that he has been chosen as president of the public utilities commission. He was born in Washington, this state, September 24, 1865, the eldest son of Edward and Mary (Crowley) Higgins, both of whom were natives of Ireland but have now passed away. They became acquainted and were married in New Milford, Connecticut. The father, who was born in County Kilkenny, Ireland, devoted his life to the occupation of farming and was called to his final rest September 22. 1901, at the age of sixty-three years. His wife was born in County Westmeath. Ireland, and passed away January 2, 1908. Both came to the United States in early life. They became the parents of three children, Catherine, Richard T. and Bernard E. The daughter became the wife of Martin Dooley and both have passed away but four children survive them. Bernard E. Higgins is a well known lawyer of Torrington mentioned elsewhere in this work.

Hon. Richard T. Higgins was but four years of age when his parents removed to Woodbury, Connecticut, where he was reared on a farm near the town of Woodbury. He pursued his early education in the public schools and later became a student in the Parker Academy, in the town of Woodbury, being there graduated with the class of 1883. He afterward received his collegiate education in St. Francis' College of New York city. He studied law in the office of Huntington & Warner of Woodbury and was admitted to the bar in May, 1890. In January, 1891, he opened a law office in Winsted, where he has since actively engaged in practice, occupying a prominent position in legal circles for a quarter of a century. He is a man of pronounced ability in handling cases, which he most carefully and systematically prepares, and is therefore well qualified to meet any attack of the opposing counsel. He is clear in his reasoning, logical in his deductions and seldom, if ever, at fault in the application of a legal principle. He has been accorded a very extensive clientage and colleagues and contemporaries speak of him in terms of high regard.

Mr. Higgins has also figured prominently in political circles. He gives his allegiance to the democratic party and while he has not sought nor desired office as a reward for party fealty his public-spirited citizenship and his keen sagacity concerning public affairs have made his opinions of worth and of weight. He has served as a member of the lower house of the state legislature, filling that position during 1909, and was the democratic leader during that session. Previously he had served as coroner of Litchfield county from 1892 until 1910, when he resigned to accept a position on the state railroad commission, to which he was appointed by Governor Weeks. He was made chairman of the railroad commission in February, 1911, and in September of that year the railroad commission went out of existence, being superseded by the state public utilities commission. Mr. Higgins became a member of the latter at its creation by appointment of Governor Baldwin and
was at once elected its chairman and has continuously served in that position to the present time, having been reappointed by Governor Holcomb, a republican governor, during the legislative session of 1917 for another term of six years. Thus his service on the two commissions already covers seven years. He has undoubtedly acted in this capacity at great personal sacrifice, giving much attention to the duties of the position, notwithstanding the fact that his law practice would be much more worth while. On the 21st of June, 1917, Mr. Higgins, upon recommendation of the governor of Connecticut, was appointed by President Woodrow Wilson a member of the local exemption board for Division No. 19 of Litchfield county and was later made its chairman, and after the work of the first draft was practically completed in September, 1917, he resigned owing to the press of work in his office at the state capitol. He devoted his entire attention to his duties on the
exemption board for two months. Besides his official service and his law practice he has in other ways been connected with public interests, having been one of the incorporators of the Winsted Savings Bank.

On the 1st of September, 1898, Mr. Higgins was married to Miss Margaret Rose Bryan, of Winsted, who is a native, however, of Waterbury. They have an only son, Bryan Edward Higgins. born March 6, 1901, and now a senior in the Gilbert high school.

Mr. Higgins is a member of St. Joseph's Roman Catholic church. He is a past exalted ruler of the Elks lodge, in which he has a life membership, is a past grand knight of the Knights of Columbus and is a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. He is now a trustee of the Litchfield County Hospital, is a member of the Winsted Club, of the Greenwoods Country Club and the Fraternal Benefit League, of the Litchfield County Bar Association and the American Bar Association, his identification with all these showing the nature and breadth of his interests and activities. After all the practice of law is his real life work and from 1900 until 1912 he was corporation counsel for the town of Winchester but was obliged to resign because of his service on the public utilities commission. He also filled the position of prosecuting attorney of the town of Winchester for two years or from May, 1902, to April, 1904, and at one time he was county coroner, corporation counsel and prosecuting attorney, filling all positions at the same time. He served as a member of the fourth district school committee for two years and was chairman of the committee having in charge the remodeling of the courthouse in Winsted in 1905-6. He has been prosecuting attorney for the Connecticut Humane Society for nearly a quarter of a century. He is widely recognized as an able lawyer, quick-witted and resourceful, thoroughly familiar with the principles of jurisprudence and able in the application of such a principle to a point involved.


Source: The judicial and civil history of Connecticut By Dwight Loomis, Joseph Gilbert Calhoun - Published 1895

Richard T. Higgins, Winsted.

Born at Washington, Conn., September 24, 1865, the son of Edward and Mary Higgins. Both of his parents are of Irish birth, and came to this country when quite young. Was graduated at the St. Francis College, Brooklyn, N. Y., in 1887, studied law in the office of Huntington and Warner, and was admitted to the bar May 1, 1890, at Litchfield. He now holds the office of coroner for Litchfield county. Unmarried.


Source: The conservative advocate A Book of Biographies of Connecticut's Successful Men By Earl Leslie Chadwick - Copyrighted 1909

RICHARD T. HIGGINS one of the most popular and public spirited citizens of Winchester, has been and is distinctly a man of affairs and one who has wielded a wide influence. A strong mentality, invincible courage, a most determined individuality, have so entered into his make-up as to' render him a natural leader of men and a director of benefit. Mr. Higgins was born September 24, 1865, in Washington, Connecticut, and is the son of Edward and Mary Higgins. He was educated in the public schools of his native town, the Parker Academy of Woodbury and St. Francis College of Brooklyn, N. Y.
He is a Democrat in politics, and has been Coroner for Litchfield County since 1892, and has also been Prosecuting Attorney of the local Town Court. He belongs to the Roman Catholic Church and is fraternally a member of the Knights of Columbus, A. O. H., and the Elks. He is Representative from Winchester and is a member of the Committees on Judiciary and House Rules.

Obituary of Richard Thomas Higgins
September 24, 1865 - September 16, 1934
Source: The Hartford Courant 17 Sep 1934

- Webmaster's Findings -

Name Age
Edward Higgins 30
Mary Higgins 33
Catherine Higgins 8
Richard T Higgins 4

Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
Edward HIGGINS Self M Male W 42 IRE Farmer IRE IRE
Mary C. HIGGINS Wife M Female W 45 IRE Keeping House IRE IRE
Catharine E. HIGGINS Dau S Female W 18 IRE IRE IRE
Richard F.* HIGGINS Son S Male W 15 IRE IRE IRE
* Middle initial indexed as a "F" instead of a "T"
Bernard E. HIGGINS Son S Male W 8 IRE IRE IRE
Source Information:
Census Place Woodbury, Litchfield, Connecticut
Family History Library Film 1254101
NA Film Number T9-0101 Page Number 513C

* Middle initial indexed as an F, really a T

Name Age
Richard T Higgins 34
Margaret Higgins 29

Name Age
Richard Higgins 43
Margaret Higgins 37
Bryan Edward Higgins 9

Name Age
Richard T Higgins 54
Margaret B Higgins 49
Bryan E Higgins 18
Frank H Demars 1 7/12

Not Found in 1930 Census

Obituary of Richard's son Bryan Edward Higgins  March 6, 1901 - October 1, 1941 Source: The Hartford Courant 3 Oct 1941

Description of Bryan Higgins extracted from his passport application

5 foot 10 1/2 inches tall, Dark brown hair, Blue eyes

Image of Bryan E. Higgins from his passport application dated  August 4, 1922


02 Aug 2010

Source: History of Waterbury and the Naugatuck Valley, Connecticut, Volume 2 edited by William Jamieson Pape - Published 1918


Hon. Bernard E. Higgins, attorney of Torrington, was born in Woodbury, Connecticut, January 31, 1872, his parents being Edward and Mary (Crowley) Higgins, both of whom were natives of Ireland. They became acquainted in New Milford, Connecticut, however, and were there married. It was in 1859 that the father crossed the Atlantic and after remaining for a time in New Milford he established his home near the village of Woodbury, where he engaged in farming until his death. His wife has also passed away. They were parents of three children, a daughter, Catherine Dooley, deceased, and two sons, one of whom, the Hon. Richard T. Higgins, of Winsted, Connecticut, was formerly the democratic leader in the house of representatives and is the present chairman of the public utilities committee of the state, becoming the first incumbent in that office through appointment of Governor Baldwin in 1911, since which time he has occupied the position. He is recognized as a very prominent and influential figure in democratic circles, while his brother, Bernard E. Higgins of this review, is an equally stanch supporter of republican principles, although not a politician in the sense of office holding.

Bernard E. Higgins attended the Parker Academy at Woodbury and at the age of seventeen became a public school teacher, which profession he followed for a year and a half. At nineteen years of age he took up the study of law in the office of Huntington & Warner, attorneys of Woodbury, and was admitted to the bar in June, 1897. On October 20th of that year he entered upon active practice in Torrington, where he has since followed his profession with gratifying success. Since 1898 he has been associated in law practice with Hon. Gideon H. Welch. He is very careful and painstaking in the preparation of his cases and his ability has brought him prominently to the front, much important litigation being entrusted to his care.

On the 11th of May, 1898, Mr. Higgins was married to Miss Rose Beegan, of Woodbury, who had been his schoolmate, the acquaintance continuing from their childhood days. Mr. Higgins is a past exalted ruler of Torrington Lodge, No. 372, B. P. O. E., and he also belongs to St. Francis Roman Catholic church. His political endorsement has always been given to the republican party and he has served as clerk of the borough of Torrington for about five years. He was afterward prosecuting attorney for the town of Torrington for ten consecutive years, and in 1912-13 he served as a member of the state legislature, during which time he was on the judiciary committee. He was also states attorney of Litchfield county, filling out the unexpired term of Donald P. Warner from March 17, 1917, to June 4, 1917. He is at present judge of the borough court of Torrington, and in his profession he has made a creditable name and place.


12 Jan 2008
New London, Connecticut City Directory 1882
Higgins, William ,BlackSmith,114 Bank,h 174 Bank

New London, Connecticut City Directory 1885
Higgins, William ,Carriagemaker.116 Bank,h 174 Bank

New London, Connecticut City Directory 1887
Higgins, William ,Carriagemaker,116 Bank, h 108 Bank

(Address of 174 Bank matches City Directory)

Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age
Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother'sBirthplace

William HIGGINS Self M Male W 28 IRE Blacksmith IREIRE
Maggie HIGGINS Wife M Female W 26 IRE Keeping House IRE IRE
Mary HIGGINS Dau S Female W 4 CT IRE IRE
Willie HIGGINS Son S Male W 2 CT IRE IRE
Lawrence HIGGINS Son S Male W 3M CT IRE IRE

Source Information:
Census Place New London, New London, Connecticut Family History Library Film 1254107
NA Film Number T9-0107 Page Number 95A

listed next door
Bridget HIGGINS Self W Female W 66 IRE Keeps House IRE IRE

20 Dec 2007
-Arthur Eugene Higgins -
Sun-Journal - (Nov/28/2007)

Arthur E. Higgins
Arthur Eugene HigginsBRANFORD, Conn. - Arthur Eugene Higgins, 85, of North Haven, Conn., a warm and generous-hearted man, died at Connecticut Hospice on Nov. 18, of complications from cancer.

He was born Aug. 11, 1922, in Lisbon, the son of Ivory Ephraim Higgins and Elsie Marion Bowie Higgins. He graduated from Bates College in 1943. A gifted musician at an early age, he felt called instead to the ministry. He enrolled at Yale Divinity School, where he met Anne Olding Hall of Fairfield, Conn., a graduate of Smith College. They were married in 1944 and lived happily together for more than 63 years.

Graduating from Yale Divinity School in 1946, the couple co-pastored two parishes in upstate New York until he accepted a call to the United Church in Chester, Conn. in 1951. In 1955, he became pastor of the Congregational Church in Wilton, Conn., which grew significantly in every respect during his tenure. During this time, he and Anne purchased hilltop property in Braintree, Vt., which they, their children and grandchildren have enjoyed for more than 50 years.

Success in Wilton placed him in a position of influence within what became the Connecticut Conference of the United Church of Christ (UCC). He was a leader in civil rights and social justice movements, both within Connecticut and nationally. He left the Wilton church to serve full time on the UCC Conference staff, principally working on housing and other social justice issues. Seeking greater visibility for the church's social action work among corporations and government, he created the New Samaritan Corporation in 1971. New Samaritan and its affiliated management companies grew to become Connecticut's largest nonprofit manager of housing for the aging and families.

He served two years as the acting conference minister of the UCC, before retiring in 1989. He also served for 11 years during this time on the board of directors of MacDermid Inc., a specialty chemical company based in Waterbury, Conn., acting as a boardroom advocate for corporate social and ethical responsibility. Among other awards, in 2002 he received the Benjamin Elijah Mays Award from Bates College, his alma mater, for "distinguished service to the larger, worldwide community."

He is survived by his wife, Anne; son, Bartley Richard Higgins and wife, Charlene Liska; daughter, Lesley Hall Higgins-Biddle and husband, John Higgins-Biddle; son, Gerald Arthur Higgins and wife, Kathleen McRoberts; and daughter, Ethel Anne Higgins-Harris and husband, Calvin T. Harris Sr.; six grandchildren, Mark Russell Biddle, Kathleen Biddle Muravnick, Emily Catherine Higgins, Molly Anne Higgins-Biddle and Richard Ely Locke Higgins and Richard's mother, Catherine Carr, and Adina Louise Salguero Higgins.

-Closest census match-


Name Age
Ephraim Higgins 81
Horace E Higgins 45
Alma Higgins 32
Leon Higgins 6
Ira* E Higgins 4
Alma E Higgins 3
Myra Higgins 11.12
*Apparently Ivory is indexed as Ira

Name Age
Horace E Higgins 54
Alma Higgins 43
Leon A Higgins 16
Iva E Higgins 14 Indexed as Iva and noted as being
Evelyn A Higgins 13
Myron E Higgins 16
Edward D Higgins 6

Ira/Ivory is not living with family in this census/and can not be located anywhere else in this census

Name Age
Horace E Higgins 62
Alma Higgins 53
Leon A Higgins 25
Edward Higgins 16

1930; Census Place: Flint, Genesee, Michigan; Roll: 986; Page: 28A; Enumeration District: 45; Image: 806
(No image available)

Name Age
All born in Maine, Ivory & Elsie's parents also born Maine
Ivory E Higgins 34 Tool & Die Maker/Auto industry
Elsie B Higgins 37 Teaches music at home
Arthur E Higgins 7
Richard I Higgins 6

World War I Draft Registration
Date of registration-June 5,1917
Ivory Ephraim Higgins 3 Oct 1895 Caucasian (White)
Maine Not Stated, Somerset, ME
Native born, Age 21,Resident of Pittsfield, Somerset
County, Maine. Student at Maine Central Institute at
Pittsfield. Medium Height, Medium build, Brown eyes, Brown hair.

Maine Marriages
Higgins Ivory Pittsfield, ME Bowie Elsie Pittsfield,
ME 22 Oct 1921

U.S. World War II Draft Registration
Name: Ivory e Higgins Birth Date: 3 Oct 1895
Residence: Bristol, Massachusetts Birth: Pittsfield,
Maine Race: White
Address:593 Broadway, Bristol.Mass., Age:46,
Born: Pittsfield, Me.,Oct,3,1895,
Nearest relative: Elsie Higgins, same address

Connecticut Death Index
Name: IVORY E HIGGINS Death Date: 28 May 1977
Death Place: Hartford, Connecticut
Age: 82 Years Birth Date: xxxYOB
Marital Status: Widowed Spouse: ELSI
State File #: 09285 Residence: North Haven, Ct.
Gender: Unknown Race: White

-Census' before 1900-

Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age
Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
Ephraim HIGGINS Self M Male W 60 ME Farmer ME ME
Julia L. HIGGINS Wife M Female W 38 ME Housekeeping
Horace E. HIGGINS Son S Male W 24 ME Works On The
Farm ME ME
James W. HIGGINS Son S Male W 22 ME Attending School
Nellie M. BURTON Other S Female W 13 ME Servant ME ME

Source Information:
Census Place Pittsfield, Somerset, Maine
Family History Library Film 1254487
NA Film Number T9-0487 Page Number 452D


   With parents Ephraim & Phebe Higgins living next door
TILTON CORNER CEMETERY, also called Powers Cemetery
HIGGINS - (Tomb) *1890*
HIGGINS E. P. Jr. 1819 - 1909
Maria A. wife of E. P. HIGGINS Jr. 1829 - 1865
Julia L 1841 - 1889
HIGGINS Ephraim Feb. 4, 1869 aet 84 yrs 9 mos
Phebe A. wife of Ephraim HIGGINS June 19, 1864 aet
82 yrs
HIGGINS Horace E. Jan. 28, 1856 - Jan. 25, 1939
Alma W. see E. P. HIGGINS, Jr. lot Aug. 26, 1866 -
June 22, 1942

17 Jun 2006
Higgins Coal & Mason's Supplies
Hamden,, New Haven County, Connecticut
Photograph - Circa 1890
Looking for information

28 Apr 2006

Source: Illustrated popular biography of Connecticut.
Spalding, J. A.. Hartford, Conn.. J. A. Spalding. 1891

Hartford City Town Clerk & Registrar
John E Higgins image.jpg (133673 bytes)
John E Higgins has held the position as city clerk in the state capital since 1874,with the exception of one year, and the office of town clerk and registrar of births, marriages and deaths without interval during the same period. His career in these offices has been one of marked success and satisfaction. While Mr. Higgins is a pronounced democrat in politics,his course as a public official has been so characterized by devotion to the interests of the community, without regard to partisan lines, that men of all parties politically have given him an enthusiastic support at the polls, ensuring his retention in office, no matter how popular a competitor might be in the field against him. The plan of placing his name on both tickets has prevailed for a number of years. Of course, it is impossible to consider majorities under such circumstances. A gentleman whose public career attracts all classes of citizens ,irrespective of political affiliations, deserves the heartiest of commendations. It would be a mistake ,however, to presume city clerk Higgins owes his success simply to good fellowship and affable manners. While he possesses these traits beyond even most public favorites, his reception of popular suffrage has depended, in the main, on the character and value of his services. There is not a town clerks office in the state that is more intelligently conducted than the Hartford office. The systematic classification of town records, the order and precision with which the work of the office is managed, and the uniform courtesy with which the public has been treated have made the office the model one in Connecticut. This is not saying a word beyond what the place merits. As city clerk, Mr. Higgins is Ex Officio clerk of the board of Alderman of Hartford. It is in this capacity that most of his public work has been accomplished. The journal of the board, which is prepared and printed under the city clerks hand, is far superior as an official production to the journals of the State Legislature. The Yearbook, which is also edited and arranged by Mr. Higgins, is sought for far and wide by the municipal governments. Great improvements have been made in both the town and city clerkships during Mr. Higgins incumbency of these offices. The subject of this sketch was born in New London, June 19,1844 and received a public school education. At the out break of the war he was a teacher in the Portland public schools. The position was resigned for military service of that period. Mr. Higgins became a member of the 3rd United States Artillery, and was in the army for three years. He is a proud member of Robert O. Tyler post of the Grand Army in Hartford, and has taken an active part in the the noted veteran assemblages and demonstrations that have occurred in the city since the war. He is also a member of the Green Cross Council, Knights of Columbus, and of the Hartford Lodge of Elks. City Clerk Higgins is a member of the Roman Catholic church in this city, being connected at present with the cathedral parish; but for 25 years he was a member and attendant of St. Peter's. The wife of Mr. Higgins, who is held in the most thorough esteem in the community, was Miss Adella E. Collins, prior to marriage. There are no children if the family. Mr. Higgins removed to Hartford from New London after the war, and was employed for eight years in the Colt Works. He was first elected City Clerk in 1874, and from that time until now he has been an occupant of public office and position. 


Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace 
John E. HIGGINS Self M Male W 35 CT Clerk IRE IRE 
Della HIGGINS Wife M Female W 32 CT Keeps House CT CT 
Jane HIGGINS Other S Female W 25 IRE Servant IRE IRE  
Source Information:
Census Place Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut Family History Library Film 1254097 
NA Film Number T9-0097 Page Number 211D 


Name Age
John E Higgins 55 
Adella E Higgins 43 
Eugene L Stutiz 36 
Ida Gonsin 22 

1904 Hartford City Directory
    Adella E. Higgins, H. 370 Asylum

Hartford Courant-13 Dec 1900-John E Higgins Obit


Source: The Judicial and Civil History of Connecticut By Dwight Loomis
The Boston History Company, Publishers. -1895

John E. Higgins, Hartford.
Born in New London, Conn., June 19, 1844, son of Edmund Higgins and Mary Higgins. His education was gained in the public schools. He was clerk of the city of Hartford from 1874 to 1880 and from 1881 to the present time; and town clerk and registrar of vital statistics since 1877, still holding both offices. He is a member of the Hartford Board of Trade.


added 20 Apr 2012

Source: Commemorative biographical record of Hartford County, Connecticut -Volume 1By Beers, J. H. & Co - Published 1901

JOHN E. HIGGINS (deceased), for many years the capable and popular city and town clerk, also registrar of vital statistics, Hartford, was a native of Connecticut, born June 19, 1844, in New London, where he received a substantial public school education.

Edward Higgins, his father, born in Ireland, was a quarryman by occupation, and came to Portland, Conn., where he worked for several years in the quarry there, and passed the rest of his days, dying at the age of seventy-one years. He married Mary McDoland, also a native of Ireland, and by her had six children, three of whom are living: Elizabeth, widow of Patrick Lawler, of Middletown; Mary, widow of James Murphy, of Middletown; and Margaret. The mother was called from earth at the age of sixty­six, and her parents both died at advanced years, the father at the age of seventy-nine, the mother when seventy-three.

John E. Higgins was a small boy when the family moved from New London to Portland, Conn., and he there received his education at the public schools, the present State Secretary Clark being his teacher. At the outbreak of the Civil war Mr. Higgins was a teacher in the Portland public schools, having received his appointment through Mr. Clark, but this position he resigned to enlist, in 1862, as musician, in the 3rd United States Artillery, serving under Maj.-Gen. John A. Dicks and Gen. Burbank. At the expiration of three years, in August, 1865, he received an honorable discharge and returned to Portland. In the following month he came to Hartford, and entered Colt’s Armory as an employee, remaining until 1874, in which year he was elected to the office of city clerk and registrar of vital statistics for Hartford, which incumbency he filled continuously (with exception of the year 1880) until 1895, when a severe attack of rheumatism compelled him to confine himself to his room, which he never after left, for the three years preceding his death being a helpless invalid, unable to take a single step; although a terrible sufferer, he retained his sunny disposition to the end, which came Dec. 10, 1900. His career as city and town clerk and registrar was one of marked success, giving eminent satisfaction to all concerned. In fact, while a pronounced Democrat, his career as a public official was so characterized by devotion to the interests of the community at large, without regard to party lines, that he received the enthusiastic support of all, without regard to politics.
Socially Мг. Higgins was a prominent member of Robert O. Tyler Post, G. A. R., and took an active part in the noted veteran assemblages and demonstrations that have taken place in Hartford since the war of the Rebellion. He was also a member of Green Cross Council, Knights of Columbus, and of the Hartford Lodge of Elks. For several years he was affiliated with the Sons of St. Patrick. As a musician he was a member of Colt’s Band, in which he played the euphonium and slide trombone; was president of the band several years, and at the time of his death was the oldest living member, having joined in 1868 and played until 1890. During this time, among the scores of parades in which this band took part, that of the National Convention of Hand Engine Companies, held in Philadelphia, was the largest. Colt’s Band in this parade waited for seven hours in their place before they had an opportunity to fall in line, allowing 210 bands to pass. Of the members of the band present on that occasion, only two are now living. For twenty-ñv'e years Mr. Higgins was a member and attendant of St. Peter's Catholic Church, at the time of his decease being connected with the Cathedral Parish.
On Aug. 16, 1873, Mr. Higgins was married to Adelia E. Collins, of Springfield, daughter of James D. and Julia Collins, the former of whom was employed during the Civil war as a barrel maker, having had a contract with the Sharp’s Gun Co., at Hartford, later with the Colt Co. He afterward went to England, and after eighteen months employment there with the firm of F. Firth & Sons returned to Hartford; he is now a resident of Springfield, Mass. Mrs. Higgins, who is his only child, is an excellent musician, and a fine performer on the pianoforte.

... . . . . 
26 Oct 2005  
Deaths in Bridgeport (CT)- From May 1890 to May 1891 
Of persons over eighteen years of Age 

Name of Deceased-Date of Death- Age at death

Higgins, Catherine, June 22 59 years 
Higgins, Timothy    July   4  21 years 
. . . . . . . . . . 

10 Oct 2005  

HIGGINS, Egbert E.,           b. 4 Nov 1837, d. 5 Mar 1901 
HIGGINS, Sarah L. Bushnell, wife of Egbert E.,
                                     b. 20 Jun 1842, d. 8 Sep 1928 
HILL, Roland E.,                b. 5 Nov 1871, d. 2 Sep 1899 
HILL, Hattia Higgins,            wife of Roland E., 
                                     b. 5 May 1872, d. 29 Aug 1896 ;



Household: 1880 Census 

  Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age
  Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace 

  Egbert E. HIGGINS Self M Male W 42 CT CT CT 
  Sarah L. HIGGINS Wife M Female W 37 CT Keeping House CT CT
  Emana E. HIGGINS Dau S Female W 13 CT At School CT CT 
  Hattie E. HIGGINS Dau S Female W 8 CT At School CT CT 

  Source Information:
  Census Place Westbrook, Middlesex, Connecticut Family History Library Film 1254102 
   NA Film Number T9-0102 Page Number 386A 


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21 Sep 2005 
Book Title: The Old Chimney Stacks Of East Haddam


Gideon Higgins, for over sixty-eight years a highly respected resident of East Haddam, died in that town on the first day of August, 1878, in the ninety-sixth year of his age. His prominency in all the civil affairs of the town, during so lengthy a period of time, entitles him to more than a passing notice in these pages. He was born in the town of Haddam, Conn., in that portion known as "Turkey Hill," on the 8th day of September, 1782. His parents, Hawes and Lucinda (Bushnell) Higgins, were of good repute in the community in which they lived. He was, from early youth, deeply impressed with the advantages of a good education, and, although in his boyhood, he saw but few opportunities to gratify his desire for information, yet those few he zealously improved. About three months at school each year was spared to him from his labor-at farming, and at his father's trade of house and shipbuilding, until he arrived at the age of eighteen years, when he, for a brief time, attended school in Chester, under the instruction of the Rev. Mr. Mills. He lived in the town of his nativity until the age of twenty-two, when he went to the city of New York. This was about the year 1804, when that city numbered only 75,000 inhabitants. He remained there about two years engaged in ship building. At the expiration of that time he returned to Haddam, and in 1808 was made an Elector of the State of Connecticut in that town. He was married June 3d, 1809, to Ann Wright, daughter of William Wright, of Chatham, Conn., with whom he lived in the happiest relations until the time of her death, August 2d, 1852. They had five children, William W., Lucinda A., wife of Nathan Tyler, Catharine, Eliza M., wife of James M. Welch, and Mary S. Of these only one is now living 'Catharine' who still lives in the old homestead at East Haddam. Mr. Higgins removed with his wife to East Haddam, November 10th, 1810, and commenced housekeeping in the house where the late Richard S. Pratt resided at the time of his decease. He became, during his residence in his native town, a member of the State Militia, and finally, in 1810, was chosen Captain of the Haddam Town Company, which position, he held for the three succeeding years. When, during the war of 1812, the British troops made an attack upon and burnt our vessels at Essex, he, with nine others from this town volunteered, armed themselves, and took a row-boat for the scene of destruction, and, for a short time, took part in-the attack upon the invaders, but soon after their arrival darkness ensued and enabled the Englishmen to make their escape with two men killed�one of whom was a lieutenant in rank. 

In 1813, he removed his family to "Chapman's Landing," or "the Ferry," by both of which names it was then called, now universally known as "Goodspeed's Landing"  into the house then called the "Dr. Percival House." It stood on the site of the house where Whitby M. Smith now lives. Here he pursued his trade of "master ship builder" for many years, having a large force of men in his employ. In the year 1815 he purchased the land on which he erected the house which was his place of residence up to the time of his death. It was an unpromising piece of ground, but persevering industry made it a comfortable and pleasant home for over sixty-three years.

He, at various times filled responsible positions of public trust. He was a Deputy Sheriff of Middlesex County from October 3d, 1818, to June 1st, 1823. By the General Assembly of the State, in whom was vested the appointing power at the time, he was made the Sheriff of the county in 1827, which office he occupied for three years. In the years 1826 and 1827 he was elected to the lower House of the General Assembly, and subsequently also represented East Haddam during three other sessions of that body. From 1838 to 1842 he was a Commissioner of the County Court, and in 1834, one of the Judges of that Court. He was Judge of Probate for the District of East Haddam during the years 1844 and 1845.

Numerous minor offices of responsibility and public trust in the gift of his fellow townsmen did Judge Higgins fill during his useful existence, covering nearly a century. It is sufficient to say that he performed the duties connected with them all creditably to himself and to the entire satisfaction of the public. He was sought for important private trusts and discharged them with perfect fidelity. His advice upon business matters and on law questions was considered valuable and his judgment was universally approved.

Politically, he was with the Whig party, and was a member of the Republican party from its organization. He was always persistent and positive in the support of his political convictions, and never, except on very isolated occasions, when he was unavoidably prevented, did he omit to express his political faith at the ballot box in Electors' and Town Meeting. In fact his devotion to this duty of every citizen was very noteworthy. Being a radical anti-slavery man, he took great satisfaction in all proper measures looking to the emancipation of the slave, and was ever prepared to extend such assistance as lay in his power in the prosecution of that object. He was a man of courage�moral, intellectual and physical and uncompromising in his convictions of duty. He never waited to learn the opinions of others in order to modify the expression of his own and shape them to some private advantage, but spoke as he thought, with a high sense of right, which always guided his sensibilities.

He was a practical temperance man, in every respect, at no time indulging in any of the physical excesses which impair or destroy health. With an active, energetic temperament, he possessed remarkable powers of physical strength and endurance. His arrival at the ripe old age of ninety-six years, in the possession of his mental faculties, and with an extraordinary amount of physical vigor for that age, was evidence of a healthy constitution, wisely preserved. At the age of ninety-five he shot a mischievous squirrel upon the top of one of his pear trees, and one week previous to his death, which resulted from an attack of dysentery, he was cutting the grass in his orchard with the briskness of a much younger man.

His private character was without a stain. His integrity was unquestioned. To his excellence as a citizen he added a true Christian character, which he manifested in profession and practice. Although favoring the Second Adventist doctrine, he was free from the taint of sectarian bigotry, and cordially welcomed all manifestations of a Christian life.

His old Bible, so long and faithfully used, bears upon each page evidences of how diligently it was perused, and how well it- was loved, and with its teachings in his heart, he closed his earthly career with great hope and assurance of eternal life.

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12 Sep 2005

James M. Higgins 
Jan. 4, 2001 
At Middlesex Hospital, Middletown, Conn., at 69. Mr. Higgins had been judge of the Superior Court of the state of Connecticut in Middletown since 1978; he had also served as a member of the Rules Committee of the Superior Court for the past five years; and as a member of the Judicial Review Council from 1978 to 1993. At the start of his career, Mr. Higgins maintained a private law practice in Manchester and Hartford for 10 years; he then served as an assistant attorney general, from 1968 to 1974. Mr. Higgins was appointed to the bench as a Juvenile Court judge in 1974; he moved to the Superior Court when the courts were merged in 1978. A Navy veteran, Mr. Higgins served during the Korean War. He is survived by his wife, Joan; three sons, including James M. Jr. '77; a daughter; nine grandchildren; and several nephews and nieces.
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11 July 2005
St. Mary's Cemetery  Avon, CT  

Higgins, Thomas W.,       born Dec. 23, 1851, died Mar. 30, 1890
Higgins, Winifred Keaney, wife of Thomas W., 
                                  born 1856, died 1926

1880 Census Household:

  Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age  Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace 

  Thomas W. HIGGINS  Self M Male    W 28 CT Laborer IRE IRE
  Winnefred HIGGINS   Wife M Female W 26 IRE Works In Paper Mill IRE IRE 
  Mary E. HIGGINS       Dau S Female  W  4 CT At Home IRE IRE
  Maggie W. HIGGINS   Dau S Female  W  2 CT At Home IRE IRE

Source Information:
  Census Place Farmington, Hartford, Connecticut 
  Family History Library Film 1254100 
  NA Film Number T9-0100 Page Number 675D 

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06 July 2005
New London County Connecticut
SOURCE: Genealogical and Biographical Record of New London County, Connecticut.� Chicago: J. H. Beers & Co., 1905. Page 813. 
Biography - Michael Higgins

Michael Higgins, a well-known merchant of Pawcatuck, belongs by birth and descent to the Emerald Isle, but by adoption and affection to this mighty western land. He was born in County Waterford, town of Knockanure, Ireland, Sept. 26, 1851. His father, Michael Higgins, was born at the same place, and continued there as a farmer till he was nearing middle age. Then he came to America and in 1869 settled at Pawcatuck. After coming to this country he did not resume farming, but was engaged as a laborer. His wife, Margaret (Gray) bore him five children, as follows: Thomas (Higgins), who married and left one son, -Thomas (Higgins), now a druggist; William (Higgins), who is a stone polisher by lives in Pawcatuck; Michael (Higgins), of Pawcatuck; Mary (Higgins), deceased; and Julia (Higgins), deceased wife of John Deady, and the mother of five children. Michael and Margaret Higgins both died in Pawcatuck. 

Michael Higgins, son of Michael (Higgins), spent his boyhood days at Knockanure, and was educated in the National School. When he was fifteen he came to Pawcatuck, where his brother William (Higgins) and a sister his mother had already located, and began working in what is now known as the Solway Mills. He continued there till 1871, and then learned the trade tool sharpening with The Smith Granite Company and for four years followed that occupation. By thrift and constancy he was enabled, in 1875, with his savings, to establish himself in his present mercantile business in Pawcatuck, which, thanks to his native ability and business enterprise, has by closest application to business constantly expanded. Michael Higgins was joined in wedlock, Sept. 9, 1879 to Miss Mary A. Burke, also of Pawcatuck, and to this union ten children have been born, namely: Joseph (Higgins), a graduate of the high school and now attending Baltimore Medical College; Mabel (Higgins), a graduate of the high school and from Trinity College, Washington, D.C.; Margaret (Higgins), another high school graduate; William A. (Higgins), Leo (Higgins), Cyril (Higgins), Rosalie (Higgins) and Edwin (Higgins), all attending the parochial school; Walter (Higgins); and Michael (Higgins), who lived only eleven months. 

Mr. Higgins has always maintained an independent stand in politics, and takes a keen interest in all questions of local import, as well as of broader scope. He is a member of St. Michael's Church, in Pawcatuck, and is universally looked up to and respected, as a most worthy citizen. 


1880 Census Household:

Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
Michal HIGGINS Self M Male     W 27 IRELAND Grocery IRELAND IRELAND 
Mary HIGGINS   Wife M Female W 18 CT Keeping House IRELAND IRELAND 

Source Information:
Census Place Stonington, New London, Connecticut 
Family History Library Film 1254108 
NA Film Number T9-0108 Page Number 463D 

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1900 CT Census Scan   Michael Higgins   illegible

View 1910 CT Census Scan  Michael Higgins  age 57

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       Eileen P Higgins

Warden Higgins began her career in the Connecticut Department of Correction in April of 1980 as a Correctional Services Aide in the Bridgeport Community Services Office. She was promoted to Correctional Counselor in the New Haven Community Services Office in 1982 and remained there until August of 1987. She held various promotional positions from 1987- 1996, such as, the Education and Training Coordinator for the Addiction Services Division in Central Office, Counselor Supervisor at the Maloney Correctional Institution and the New Haven Regional Community Services Office, Deputy Warden at the York Correctional Institution and the Niantic Correctional Institution. As of August 2, 1996, she was promoted to Warden of the York Correctional Institution. Currently, Warden Higgins is the Warden of the Bergin Correctional Institution.

Warden Higgins holds a Bachelor's of Science Degree from the University of Florida and a Master of Science Degree from the University of New Haven, both in the major of Criminal Justice. In May of 1996 she successfully completed the Connecticut Executive Management Program. She has worked in a range of settings from community to maximum-security incarceration. The first seven years of experience were in direct counseling services to inmates on community release with emphasis on drug and alcohol abuse. The three years of training and education were focused on the topics related to substance abuse and included statewide responsibilities. The last eleven years of management have included a community setting, a minimum-security institution for male offenders between the ages of 16-21, an institution for female offenders of all ages from minimum through maximum-security, and currently she is at a high-security jail for males. Warden Higgins has had the opportunity to open new facilities on two occasions and consolidate two facilities into one.

Over the years, Warden Higgins has served in numerous agencies and on statewide committees, attended many training programs, and has been part of various special projects. She was certified as a Trainer by the Narcotic and Drug Research Incorporated in 1989, now called the National Development and Research Institute of New York. She also received certification from the Connecticut Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Certification Board in 1984 as an Alcoholism Counselor. She completed the University of Connecticut Institute of Public Service Program on Leadership for Women in 1992. In 1994, she was selected to participate in the Department of Corrections' Wardens Succession Training. On three occasions Warden Higgins has attended workshops at the National Institute of Corrections Training Center in Longmont, Colorado, on topics of Managing the Female Offenders and Classification. She also served as a training consultant for the National Institute of Correction on the topic of staff sexual misconduct. Currently, Warden Higgins serves as an adjunct professor at the University of New Haven.

Warden Higgins has achieved expertise in organizational management, staff training and development, counseling services, issues on alcoholism and drug abuse, facility management, inmate supervision, dynamics of criminal behavior, communication and leadership skills. 

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30 Apr 2005 
St. Anthony's Cemetery 610-6 Litchfield, CT
As found in the Hale Collection at the Ct. State Library, Hartford, CT 
  Copied Nov. 1934

Higgins, Anna V.,            born Dec. 23, 1885, died Jan. 26, 1904
Higgins, Hubert,              born 1851
Higgins, Johanna Dwyer,  wife of Hubert, born 1855, died 1921
Higgins, John,                died Nov. 23, 1905, age 98
Higgins, Mary G.,            born Apr. 23, 1888, died Aug. 15, 1916

View 1900 CT Census HIGGINS HUBERT 49 

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A.D. Higgins School in Thompsonville Connecticut 
      ADHigginsSchoolThompsonvilleConnecticut.jpg (112132 bytes)

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1915 New Britain ,Connecticut 
City Directory 

  NOTE: Connections with Directory & Census are based on address and or
            occupation. As always verify

Higgins, Ann,           Widow of John, Home 17 LaSalle
Higgins, Annie,         Employee R & E Manufacturing Company,
                               boards 17 LaSalle
Higgins, Daniel,         City Employee, home at 172 High
                              View 1920 CT Census Scan 

Higgins, Edward,       Employee N.B. Machine Company, boards 28 Church
Higgins, Elizabeth,     Housekeeper,115 Clark
Higgins, Elizabeth E., Teacher, boards 17 Cleveland
Higgins, Ellen,           Widow of Peter, Home 17 Cleveland 
                               View 1910 CT Census Scan  

Higgins, James,         Machinist, boards 28 Church
Higgins, John,           Employee P & F Corbin, boards 10 Board
Higgins, John J.,       Auctioneer and Broker, 217 Fairview 
                             JohnJHigginsAuctioneer1914NewBritainCtyDir.gif (17434 bytes) 

Higgins, Kate,           Widow of John, Home 10 Broad
Higgins, Martin,         Home 115 Clark
Higgins, Martin, Jr.,   Traveling Salesman R.& E. Manufacturing Company
                               boards 115 Clark
Higgins, Michael,        boards 280 Main
Higgins, Michael T.,    Employee N & J Manufacturing Company 
                               boards 17 LaSalle
Higgins, Owen,          Buffer, Home 579 Stanley 
                                View 1920 CT Census Scan 

Higgins, Patrick,        Gardener, Home 68 Franklin 
                                View 1910 CT Census Scan 

Higgins, Peter,          Molder, boards 115 Clark
Higgins, Rosanna,      Employee L. F.& C., boards 10 Broad
Higgins, Thomas F.,   Employee T & H Manufacturing Company
                              boards 115 Clark
Higgins, Thomas F.,   Lieutenant Hose Company # 5,Home 16 Olive 
                                View 1920 CT Census Scan 

Higgins, Thomas J.,   Employee H.& C. Company, board 17 Cleveland
Higgins, William M.,    Manager W. M. Higgins Fowarding Company,
                             38 Chestnut, home 16 Tremont 
                                 View 1920 CT Census Scan 

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HIGGINS, Edwin Werter, 1874-1954
2 February 2002

HIGGINS, Edwin Werter, a Representative from Connecticut; born in Clinton, Middlesex County, Conn., July 2, 1874; attended Norwich Free Academy; was graduated from Yale Law School in 1897; was admitted to the bar in 1897 and commenced practice in Norwich, Conn.; member of the State house of representatives in 1899 and 1900; member of the Republican State central committee 1900-1905; health officer of New London County 1900-1905; corporation counsel of Norwich 1901, 1902, and 1919-1922; prosecuting attorney of Norwich in 1905; delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1904 and 1916; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-ninth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Frank B. Brandegee; reelected to the Sixtieth, Sixty-first, and Sixty-second Congresses and served from October 2, 1905, to March 3, 1913; was not a candidate for re-nomination in 1912; resumed the practice of law; served in the Connecticut State National Guard during the First World War; prosecuting attorney, Court of Common Pleas, New London County, Conn., 1932-1946; resumed the general practice of law; died in Norwich, Conn., September 24, 1954;
Interment in Maplewood Cemetery. 

Added 3 December 2002
1880 Census Household:

Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace 
Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace 

Werter C. HIGGINS  Self M Male W 43 CT 
                                Stone Foundry MA CT 
Grace A. HIGGINS   Mother M Female W 44 CT 
                                Housekeeping CT CT 
Ada M. HIGGINS   Dau  S Female W 18 CT 
                                At Home CT CT 
Grace T. HIGGINS Dau S Female W 14 CT 
                                At School CT CT 
Susan M. HIGGINS Dau S Female W 12 CT 
                                 At School CT CT 
Henry S. HIGGINS Son S Male W 10 CT
                                At School CT CT 
Edwin W. HIGGINS Son S Male W 6 CT
                                At School CT CT 
John M. HIGGINS   Son S Male W 4 CT 
                                 At Home CT CT 
Source Information:
Census Place Norwich, New London, Connecticut 
Family History Library Film 1254107 
NA Film Number T9-0107 
Page Number 213A 

added 19 Jul 2009

Source: Taylor's Souvenir of the Capitol By William Harrison Taylor 1899-1900

Edwin W. Higgins of Norwich, was born in Clinton, July 2, 1874. Soon after that date his parents moved to Norwich, which has since been his home. He comes from Puritan stock, his ancestor, Richard Higgins having landed at Plymouth soon after its settlement, and a little later holding the office of deputy and selectman for several terms in Plymouth Colony.

Mr. Higgins was educated in the schools of Norwich and graduated from Yale Law School in 1897. He opened an office for the practice of law in Norwich the summer of his graduation and the following autumn was elected as a republican to represent the town in the Legislature by a plurality of 374 votes. Although the youngest member of the House, he received an appointment upon the Judiciary Committee and subsequently acted as its clerk. His careful and judicious attention to his duties upon this committee and his efforts during the session to promote in every way the interests of the town which he represented, were such as to win for him the confidence of his constituents.

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New Haven , New Haven, Connecticut Marriages in the
New Haven Second Church 1733 - 1789  
1 February 2002

Rev. David Higgins, married Eunice Gilbert
       Jan. 17, 1788


DAVID HIGGINS, a son of Captain Cornelius Higgins, of Eastham, Massachusetts, and Haddam, Connecticut, and his wife Sarah Hawes, was born in Haddam on August 6, 1761. At the age of eighteen his interest in religion was aroused, and in the Spring of 1780 he began to study under his pastor, the Rev. Eleazar May (Yale 1752), with the object of entering College and becoming a minister. In November, 1781, he was admitted to the Freshman Class in Dartmouth College, and in April, 1784, he transferred his relation to Yale. Soon after graduation he went to reside with the Rev. Dr. John Smalley (Yale 1756), of New Britain, Connecticut, to study theology under his tuition, and at the same time, as a means of support, he taught a district school. Here he continued until June, 1786, when he was licensed to preach by the Hartford South Association of Ministers; after which he spent several weeks in further study with the Rev. Dr. Joseph Lyman (Yale 1767), of Hatfield, Massachusetts. After preaching for short terms in several places, he was invited by the people of the North Parish in Lyme, (Hamburg Society) to preach to them with a view to settlement. He began his labors with them in April, 1787, and on the 17th of the ensuing October he was ordained and installed as their pastor. In 1794 he performed a missionary tour of four months' duration in the service of the Missionary Society of Connecticut, to the new settlements in New York State. In June, 1801, the pastoral relation between him and the people of Lyme was dissolved by mutual consent; and in September following he received an appointment from the Missionary Society to go on another four months' mission in New York State. He went as far west as the Genesee River, and subsequently preached for several months in three or four places, from each of which he had a call to settle. He finally accepted the call from Aurelius, in Cayuga County, and in July, 1802, brought thither his family from Connecticut, and settled them on the site of the present city of Auburn, which was then included in the military township of Aurelius. On October 6 he was installed pastor of the church by a council of Congregational and Presbyterian ministers. In 1808 the pastoral relation was dissolved, though he continued for a season to minister to the church. On December 7, 1812, he received a call from Bath, in Steuben County. In January, 1813, he removed his family to Bath, and on July I was installed there as pastor. Here he labored with varying success, and latterly amid considerable dissatisfaction; until in 1831, on June 21, just after a powerful revival, the pastoral relation was dissolved. The church at his dismission numbered one hundred and seventeen members. Mr. Higgins continued in the same vicinity for about four years longer, preaching regularly for most of the time. In May, 1835, he removed with his family to Norwalk, in Huron County, Northern Ohio. Being then nearly 74 years of age, he considered himself too far advanced in life .to take the charge of a church, but because of the want of ministers in the region, he continued to preach most of the time for some years longer. For the last two' years of his life, however, he preached only occasionally. On Sunday, June 19, 1842, he complained of not feeling well, but attended church in the forenoon; after dinner, while sitting in his study chair, he expired without a struggle, being in his 81st year.
He married on January 17, 1788, Eunice, daughter of Deacon James and Eunice (Nichols) Gilbert of New Haven. She died in Norwalk, on October 2, 1843, in her 82d year.

Huron Reflector (Norwalk, Ohio) 1842 June 28 Bio in Newspaper after his death
Huron Reflector (Norwalk, Ohio)
          1842 June 28 image 1
          1842 June 28 Image II

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Fitch's Home for Soldiers

Last Name First Name Middle Initial Alias Branch of Service Regt Company File Number Date of Death Cemetery Residence State
Higgins Patrick     United States Navy     901 11/3/1900 New St. Josephs Waterbury CT
Higgins Phillip     CVHA 1 E 2517 2/11/1910 St. Bernards New Haven CT

         CVHA - Connecticut Volunteer Heavy Artillery


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