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20 Jun 2010

Source: The alumni record of the University of Illinois: including historical sketch - edited by James Herbert Kelley - Published 1913


A. B. in Chem.; Chemist vSr Mgr.; b. Mar. 26, 1881; s. William H. C. (b. 1842, New York City) & Caroline A. (Secor) Higgins (b. 1851, Brooklyn, N. Y.) Prepared in Chicago Heights H. S. and Morgan Park Acad. Phi Lambda Upsilon. Experimental Chemist, The Carborundum Co., Niagara Falls, 1902-7; Works Mgr., Deutsche Carborundum Werke, Dusseldorf-Reisgolz, 1907"— Married Florence C. Bornholt, May 15, 1906, Chicago Height, 111. Child, Donald, b. Mar. 28, 1911. Address, Deutsche Carborundum Werke, Dusseldorf-Rcisholz, Ger.


B. S. in M. E.; Draughtsman; b. Jan. 7, 1875, Lincoln, Hi.; s. George Henry (b. July 4. 1845, Greenwood, England) and Katerine Olivia (Chase) Higgins (b. Mar. 8, 1846, Robins Nest, Ill.) Prepared in Lincoln H. S. and Univ. Acad. Tau Beta Pi. Draughtsman C. R. I. & P. R. R., Chicago, 1902-6; Estimator, Pressed Steel Car Co., Pittsburgh, Pa., Feb. 1906-May, 1907; Asst. to Mech. Engr. Standard Steel Car. Co., Hammond, Ind., May, 1907— Address, Muenich Court, Hammond, Indiana.


17 May 2010

Herbert Wayne Higgins 1920-2010

Daily Review Atlas Posted Apr 26, 2010

ALEXIS — Herbert W. Higgins, 89, rural Alexis, died 5:45 a.m. Saturday, April 24, 2010 at the Heartland Health Care Center, Galesburg.

He was born Aug. 19, 1920 in rural Alexis, the son of Elmer and Lyda (Speier) Higgins. He was raised and educated in the Alexis area and graduated from Alexis High School in 1938.

He married Ruth Braucht in rural Joy Oct. 9, 1945. She preceded him in death on Aug. 9, 2001.

He first worked at Mercer Service and then entered in the U.S. Air Force during World War II and served as a line mechanic working on B-17s in England. After the war he worked at Harold Ranney Pontiac in Aledo until he began farming and continued until his health failed.

He was a member of the Norwood Presbyterian Church, Alexis-North Henderson Lion Club and served as a 4-H leader for many years.

He is survived by one daughter, Ann (Dennis) Schwartzkopf of Atwood, Colo.; one son, Dennis Higgins of Alexis; eight grandchildren, Wendi (Dustin) Steck of Oneida, Jeremy (Kristin) Higgins of Deerfield, Wis., Nathan (Jennifer) Higgins of Minooka, Allison (Brian) Bernhardt of Alexis, Krista (Matt) Linman of Eckley, Colo., Gabe Schwartzkopf of Eaton, Colo. and Karrie Schwartzkopf of Stevenville, Texas; and 10 great-grandchildren, Stephanie, Kayla, Colin, Maria, Nate, Conner, Ella, Brady, Gracee and Maggie.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, daughter-in-law, Patricia Higgins, one sister Louise Buskirk and one brother, John Higgins.

Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 28 at the Norwood Presbyterian Church with Rev. Agnes Brady. Burial will be in Aledo Cemetery. Friends may call on Tuesday at Hoover-Hall Memorial Chapel, Monmouth where he family will be present from 5-7 p.m. Memorials may be left for the Norwood Presbyterian Church or the Heartland Health Center, Galesburg.

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Social Security Death Index
Name: Herbert W. Higgins
Last Residence: 61412 Alexis, Mercer, Illinois
Born: 19 Aug 1920 Died: 24 Apr 2010
State (Year) SSN issued: Illinois (Before 1951

Social Security Death Index
Name: Ruth Higgins
Last Residence: 61412 Alexis, Mercer, Illinois, United States of America
Born: 9 Mar 1919 Died: 21 Aug 2001
State (Year) SSN issued: Illinois (Before 1951

1930; Census Place: Suez, Mercer, Illinois; Roll 539; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 27; Image: 553 (No Image Available)
Name Age

Elmer Higgins 38
Lyda Higgins 38
John Higgins 11
Herbert Higgins 9
Louise Higgins 7

Name Age
Elmer Higgins 28
Lyda Higgins 28
John Higgins 1

Name Age
John B Higgins 48
Emma Higgins 40
Elmer Higgins 18
Clara Higgins 14
Violet Higgins 6
Clarance Higgins 1/12

Name Age
John Higgins 37
Emma Higgins 30
Iva Higgins 11
Elmer Higgins 8
Clara Higgins 4

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

George W. HIGGINS Self M Male W 53 OH Farmer VA VA
Eliza A. HIGGINS Wife M Female W 52 OH Keeping House IRE PA
Laura HIGGINS Dau S Female W 24 IL School Teacher OH OH
Susan E. HIGGINS Dau S Female W 22 IL At Home OH OH
Gilbert T. HIGGINS Son S Male W 20 IL Farm Laborer OH OH
John B. HIGGINS Son S Male W 18 IL Farm Laborer OH OH
Eva HIGGINS Dau S Female W 14 IL At School OH OH
Ada HIGGINS Dau S Female W 10 IL At School OH OH
Source Information:
Census Place North Henderson, Mercer, Illinois
Family History Library Film 1254236
NA Film Number T9-0236 Page Number 382D

Name Age
George W Higgins 43
Eliza A Higgins 39
Sanford P Higgins 20
Albert M Higgins 17
Laura A Higgins 14
Susan E Higgins 12
Gilbert T Higgins 10
John B Higgins 8
Eva Higgins 5
Ada Higgins 2
William Higgins 86

Name Age
George W Higgins 33
Eliza A Higgins 32
Sanford P Higgins 10
Albert M Higgins 7
Laura A Higgins 6
Susan E Higgins 2
Gilbert Higgins 8/12

Name Age
George W Higgins 23
Eliza A Higgins 22
Sandford P Higgins 0

World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
Name: Elmer William Higgins
County: Mercer State: Illinois
Birthplace: Illinois; United States of America
Birth Date: 14 Oct 1891 Race: White

U.S. World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942
Name: Elmer William Higgins Birth Date: 13 Oct 1891
Birth Place: No Henderson Residence: Alexis, Illinois Race: White


06 May 2010

Allen B. Higgins, age 88, of Montague , MI (formerly of Berwyn , IL ) died Thursday, April 8, 2010. Born September 1, 1921 , in Clinton , IA to Colin and Edith (Ballou) Higgins, he graduated from Illinois Wesleyan College and earned a Master's degree at the University of Illinois. On June 12, 1948 , he married the former Margaret Finley in Riverside, Illinois. Mr. Higgins served as Athletic Director of District #99 for the Cicero Public Schools in IL for 34 years, retiring in 1983. In 1994, Allen and Margaret moved to the White Lake area where they had been long time summer residents. Mr. Higgins was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity, the Montague United Methodist Church, and White Lake Lodge #198 F & AM. He proudly served his country in the US Army during World War II. Mr. Higgins was preceded in death by sons, David and James; and grandson, Grant Kidman of CA. Family, his wife of 61 years, Margaret; daughters, Amy Kidman of CA, Cynthia Billington (Charles) of IL, Janice Higgins of WI, and Catherine (Scott) Brower of IL; 13 grandchildren; a sister, Anne (Charles) Nelson of MD; and a daughter-in-law, Linda (James) Higgins of MA. Memorial Service, Saturday, May 1, 2010, 11 a.m., Montague Methodist Church, 8555 Cook St., Montague, with the Rev. Randall R. Hansen and Mr. James K. Tanis officiating. Visiting hours, 10 a.m. until service time, at the church. Donations, Memorial Fund of Montague United Methodist Church, 8555 Cook St., Montague, MI 49437 or MHP VNS & Hospice, 888 Terrace St., Muskegon, MI 49441

1930; Census Place: Berwyn, Cook, Illinois; Roll 413; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 1988; Image: 655 (No Image Available)
Name Age
Colin Higgins 43
Edith Higgins 41
Anne Higgins 5
Bruce Higgins 15
Colin Higgins 11
Allen Higgins 8

Name Age
Colin M Higgins 33
Edith B Higgins 31
Bruce B Higgins 5
Colin O Higgins 1 5/12

World War I Draft Registration Card
Name: Colin M Higgins
County: Carroll State: Illinois
Birthplace: Illinois; United States of America
Birth Date: 6 Jun 1886 Race: Caucasian (White)

U.S. World War II Draft Registration Card, 1942
Name: Colin Martin Higgins
Birth Date: 6 Jun 1886 Birth Place: Will co
Residence: Berwyn, Illinois Race: White

Priscilla Higgins, 85, Local and global volunteer

Priscilla C. Higgins (nee Davies), 85, a resident of Hyde Park in Chicago, formerly of Oak Park, Naperville, Evanston, River Forest, Montello, Wis., and Detroit, died on Aug. 22, 2009 at home.

Born on Nov. 28, 1923 in Wauwatosa, Wis., she was an alumna of Oak Park and River Forest High School, Oberlin College and Naperville's North Central College. She was known for bringing verve and a positive attitude to local and global activities, including the League of Women Voters, Irving and Belles Lettres literary societies, the Evanston Art Center and Ecumenical Action Team, and the Oak Park Council on International Affairs. She visited her daughters in London, France, and Syria, and equally enjoyed the bucolic life on Bryn Melyn Farm in Wisconsin. She said she "loved all people" and friends and family say she brought delight to many.

Priscilla Higgins was the wife of the late Colin O. Higgins, a longtime Chicago area attorney; mother of Frances (Paul) Kent, MBA; Coleen C. (Paul Taylor) Higgins; J.D., LLM, Esq.; Annie Higgins (Tariq Abdal-Wahid), Ph.D.; and the late Julia Higgins Carskadon, Ph.D.; grandmother of Marcia (Norman) Mellin and Gordon Carskadon, Christine (Michael) Frisch, Larah, Katharine and Coleen Kent, and Colin and Estelle Taylor Higgins; great-grandmother of Eric and Violet Mellin; daughter of the late Rev. Howell D. and Julia Davies; sister of Prof. James (the late Eleanor) Davies, the late Edward (the late Margery) Davies, the late Jeanette (the late George) Sogge, the late Prof. Philip (Ruth) Davies and the late Dr. George (June) Davies; and aunt of many.

Visitation will take place Wednesday, Aug. 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Friedrich-Jones Funeral Home, 44 S. Mill St., Naperville. Funeral Services will be held at 1 p.m. in the funeral home, followed by interment: at Naperville Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Oak Park Council on International Affairs/Peace Corps Partnership School-to-School Program, Attn: Dr. Kamala Pillay, 107 Thatcher Ave., River Forest 60305 are appreciated

Chicago Daily Tribune 4 Oct 1960 Colin M. Higgins Obituary

02 April 2010

Source: History of Effingham county, Illinois edited by William Henry Perrin - Published 1883

M. G. HIGGINS, (Milburn G. Higgins) farmer, P. O. Altamont, was born in Rush County, Ind., July 16, 1827, to William A. and Elizabeth (Wills) Higgins. His father was born in Virginia in 1790; was a farmer, and died in Hendricks County, Ind., in 1863. He was a son of James Higgins, a native of West Virginia; was one of the early settlers of Bourbon County; was a Captain in the Revolutionary war, serving five years. Being an eccentric man, he refused to touch the 2,600 acres of land that was set off to him in the Western Reserve of Ohio. It is said that he had the first mule that was foaled in Kentucky. The mother was born in Bourbon County, Ky., in 1792, and died in Hendricks County, Ind., in 1865. Her parents were natives of Virginia. She was the mother of ten children, of whom our subject was the sixth child. He was raised on a farm, and educated at the common schools of his day in his native county. At seventeen years of age, he left home and embarked on his career in life as a hired hand upon a farm. At twenty, he worked in a saw-mill, and soon obtained an interest; afterward became the owner of several mills. At twenty-five. he began trading in stone; at St. Paul, Ind., he opened the quarries at that place, and at the same time was engaged in the grain business. He shipped the first grain that was shipped from St. Pau1. He then became engaged in real estate business and stock-trading. In January, 1864. he came to Effingham and ran a saloon one year, and also traded during the time. In 1865, in One Hundred and Fifty-fourth Regiment, was selling goods in the army. In 1866, he continued trading again until 1868, when he began farming in Shelby County, and, after one year, in Blue Point, in Effingham County. In 1875, he removed to Altamont, where he engaged in trading in stock until 1877. when he came to his present farm. In Shelby County, Ind., in 1848, he married Samantha J. Pierce, who has borne him six children, of whom three are now living, viz., Herman, Andrew J., Alvin I. Has been a member of the A., F. & A. M., and I. O. O. F. Politically, a Democrat, and cast his last vote for McClellan.

Name Age
M G Higgins 31
Samantha Higgins 28
Herman Higgins 9
Andrew Higgins 3
Alvin Higgins 3/12

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

Milburn HIGGINS Self M Male W 52 IN Farmer VA KY
Samantha HIGGINS Wife M Female W 50 IN Keeping House NY NY
Alvin HIGGINS Son S Male W 20 IN Works On Farm IN IN
Nellie HIGGINS GDau S Female W 4 IL At Home IN IL
Source Information:
Census Place Mound, Effingham, Illinois
Family History Library Film 1254205
NA Film Number T9-0205 Page Number 379C

Name Age
Herman Higgins 48
Sarah I Higgins 36
Maud Higgins 17
Edith Higgins 13
Darrell Higgins 5
Elaline Ray 38

Name Age
Wm Higgins 61
Elizabeth Higgins 58
James Higgins 22
Joshua F Higgins 17
Lavilda J Higgins 7

Name Age
Wm A Higgins 72
Elizabeth Higgins 18
James Higgins 32
Mary Crowdy 18


02 Feb 2010

Source: Counties of Cumberland, Jasper and Richland, Illinois: Historical and Biographical - By F.A. Battey & Co - Published 1884

- Willow Hill Township -

W. H. HIGGINS, deceased farmer and stock-dealer, was a native of Boone County, Ky., having been born in 1835. He was the third son of William and Nancy Higgins, supposed to have been natives of Kentucky. Our subject was reared in Kentucky until he attained his majority, when he emigrated to this township and settled on the estate now the property of his heirs. It contained originally 160 acres of improved land, of which his widow now owns the home and 100 acres. October 14, 1875, he married Mary I. Ireland, a native of Illinois, with an issue of one child, James W. By a former wife, Margaret Ireland, he was the father of six children, viz.: Dora B. (Ping), Harvey A., Julius W., Mary F., Orlando A. and John I. Mr. Higgins died April 29, 1880. He was a member of the Masonic Order, in politics a Democrat, a prominent farmer and a highly respected citizen.

Name Age
William Higgins 55
Nancy Higgins 54
and living next door
Name Age
William H Higgins 25
Margaret Higgins 20
Austin T Higgins 20
*see his service in 155th Illinois during Civil War
Tombazin Higgins 17

Name Age
William Higgins 65
Nancy Higgins 68

Name Age
William Higgins 36
Margret Higgins 28
Albert Higgins 12
Dora B Higgins 10
Harvey Higgins 8
Barton Higgins 6
Julius W Higgins 5
Mary Higgins 3
Orlando Higgins 3/12

Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
W. H. HIGGINS Self M Male W 45 KY Farmer VA VA
Mary I. HIGGINS Wife M Female W 28 IL Keeping House IN IN
Abert T. HIGGINS Son S Male W 22 IL Farmer KY IN
Dora B. ALLISON Dau M Female W 20 IL KY IN
Harvey A. HIGGINS Son S Male W 17 IL KY IN
Julius W. HIGGINS Other S Male W 13 IL KY IN
Mary F. HIGGINS Other S Female W 12 IL KY IN
Orlando A. HIGGINS Other S Male W 10 IL KY IN
John I. HIGGINS Other S Male W 8 IL KY IN
James W. HIGGINS Other S Male W 2 IL KY IN
William S. ALLISON GSon S Male W 1 IL IL IL
Source Information:
Census Place Willow Hill, Jasper, Illinois
Family History Library Film 1254215
NA Film Number T9-0215 Page Number 344C

Name Age
Jas W Higgins 22
Lucy Higgins 21
Flossie A Higgins 2

Name Age
Orlando Higgins 40
Mary Higgins 21
Roy Higgins 7
Paul Higgins 1

and living next door
Name Age
James Higgins 32
Lucy Higgins 31
Flossie Higgins 12
Jessie Higgins 6

Name Age
J W Higgins 41
Lucy Higgins 41
Jessie Higgins 16

1930; Census Place: Willow Hill, Jasper, Illinois; Roll 521; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 17; Image: 498 (No Image Available)
Name Age

James Higgins 53
Lucy Higgins 51

1930; Census Place: Willow Hill, Jasper, Illinois; Roll 521; Page: 3A; Enumeration District: 16; Image: 492 (No Image Available)
Name Age

O A Higgins 68
Mary Higgins 51
Elza Higgins 17


23 Jan 2010

Thursday, June 25, 2009 12:00 am
Edward W. Higgins
LINCOLN - Edward W. Higgins, 93, Lincoln, passed away at 12:32 p.m. Tuesday (June 23, 2009) at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln.

A Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Holy Family Catholic Church, Lincoln, with the Rev. Jeffrey G. Laible and the Rev. John Huy Pham officiating. A rosary service will be at 8:45 a.m. prior to the visitation at church. Visitation will be from 9 to 10 a.m. at the church on Saturday. Burial will in Holy Cross Cemetery, Lincoln. Peasley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Ed was born March 27, 1916, in Lincoln, the son of William J. and Louise McGough Higgins. He married Virginia "Gini" Webster on April 6, 1953, in Lincoln. She survives.

Also surviving are his son, Michael (fiancée Caroline Edwards) Higgins, Lincoln; one sister, Dorothy Reinhart, Lincoln; and his extended family of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his twin brother, Edwin Higgins, and two sisters, Mary Buss and Ursula Harder.

Ed graduated from Lincoln High School in 1934. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II, stationed in Guam in the Pacific.

A lifelong farmer, Ed also worked as a statistician in Washington D.C., managed the ASCS office in Lincoln, and worked as a plumber and steamfitter.

He was a member of Holy Family Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus Council 1250 and 4th Degree Assembly 226, where he served as Grand Knight, and Lincoln Elks Lodge 914.

Memorials may be made to Holy Family Food Pantry; Carroll Catholic School; Knights of Columbus Newman Fund; and Elk's Crippled Children's Fund or Operation Phone Card to help our soldiers call home
© Copyright 2009,, Bloomington, IL

1939 Polk's Lincoln (Logan County, Ill) City Directory
Higgins, Wm. J., (Louise) Laborer 121 West
1937 Polk's Lincoln (Logan County, Ill) City Directory
Higgins, Wm. J., (Louise) 121 West

1930; Census Place: Lincoln, Logan, Illinois; Roll 534; Page: 15B; Enumeration District: 16; Image: 840 (No Image Available)
Name Age

William J Higgins 42
Florence L Higgins 36
Edward W Higgins 14
Edwin J Higgins 14
Ursula L Higgins 12
Mary F Higgins 5
Dorothy A Higgins 1 9/12

Name Age
William J Higgins 32
Louise F Higgins 26
Edward W Higgins 3 9/12
Edwin J Higgins 3 1/12
Ursula Louise Higgins 2 2/12


11 Jan 2010

Source: Historical review of Chicago and Cook county and selected biography: By Arba Nelson Waterman - Published 1908

Image of Edward C. Higgins

Edward C. Higgins is a well-known educator in the legal field and enjoys well merited recognition as one of the most capable and successful practitioners at the bar of Cook county. Although still a comparatively young man, he has attained high rank in his profession and the splendid character of his abilities gives every assurance that the future holds for him a distinguished career in the law.

Mr. Higgins was born July 24, 1866. at Woodstock, McHenry county, Illinois, and after graduating at the high school in that city in 1884, he entered the University of Michigan, from which institution he received the degree of LL. B. in 1888. After his graduation he remained a year at Ann Arbor doing post-graduate work and collecting material for a text book which was published by the dean of the law faculty.

While Mr. Higgins was pursuing his law studies at the University of Michigan he took and passed an examination held in the spring of 1887 by the board of examiners appointed by the supreme court of the state, and a certificate of admission to the bar was issued to him to take effect upon his becoming of age.

Shortly after completing his studies at Ann Arbor he accepted an invitation to deliver an address at Manistee, Michigan, which resulted in his locating there a few months later and forming a co-partnership for the practice of law with the Hon. Thomas Smurthwaite, one of the leading lawyers of the Michigan bar.

Attracted by the greater opportunities of a large city, Mr. Higgins came to Chicago in 1895 and has since become well known as a successful practitioner and educator. Here, as in Michigan, his superior qualities soon attracted attention and his mental attainments and legal learning were quickly recognized in the profession and by the public. Since coming to Chicago he has been associated in practice with the Hon. William J. Hynes, one of Chicago's most celebrated lawyers. Mr. Higgins is a member of the faculty of the Chicago-Kent College of law, succeeding the late Chief Justice Bailey as professor of common law pleading and practice in the year 1895, shortly after his arrival in Chicago. During the time he has been teaching this intricate branch of the law he has established a high reputation as an authority upon the subject, and each year his course at the law school is attended by many students from other schools, as well as by practicing lawyers who seek to avail themselves of the superior advantages that are to be derived from this course as conducted by Mr. Higgins. He also delivers courses of lectures from time to time at Notre Dame University, Indiana, and upon several occasions he has been offered professorships in colleges in different parts of the country which he has been obliged to decline because they would take him away from his practice in Chicago. For a number of years he has done a great deal of legal work for the Chicago City Railway Company, and is recognized at the bar as one of that great corporation's most effective trial lawyers. It is seldom that a member of his profession combines in such a marked degree the best qualities of the practitioner and the instructor as Mr. Higgins.

In 1898 Edward C. Higgins was united in marriage with Miss Helen Kelly, of Kalamazoo, Michigan, and their three children are Clarence A., Wilhelmina Lucile and Eileen Theodora Higgins. In his political affiliations Mr. Higgins is a Republican, but has never been attracted beyond the limits of his profession, finding that its studies and practical duties have always given full expression to his ambition. He is a member of the Edgewater Country Club and also of the Knights of Columbus, but his greatest enjoyments, aside from his professional duties, are found by him with his family in his pleasant home at 2475 Magnolia avenue.

- Webmaster's Findings -

Image 1 & 2
Name Age
Edward C Higgins 43
Helen M Higgins 39
Clarence A Higgins 9
Wilhemona L Higgins 5
Eleen T Higgins 1 9/12
Anna Butler 28
Martha Olsen 22

Name Age
Edward C Higgins 52
Helen M Higgins 48
Clarence A Higgins 19
Wilhmina L Higgins 15
Eileen T Higgins 11
Edward Chas Higgins 9

1930; Census Place: Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California; Roll 137; Page: 31A; Enumeration District: 123; Image: 504 (No Image Available)
Name Age

Helen M Higgins 58
Clarence Higgins 29
Edward C Higgins 19
Minnie Franken 61

Helen M. Higgins Obituary from Los Angeles Times - 30 December 1930

Death Notice  &  Obituary of Edward C. Higgins from Chicago Daily Tribune - 19 Jun 1944

Text of Clarence Higgins' Obituary from Los Angeles Times - 22 Mar 1960
Higgins, Clarence A., of Arcadia, loving brother of Edward C., and Wilma H. Jentzen. Recitation of the rosary Tuesday,8 pm, at Glasser & Miller Mortuary, Arcadia. Requiem Mass Wednesday, 9;30 am at Church of the Holy Angels.


30 Sept 2009

Records of the olden time: or, Fifty years on the prairies By Spencer Ellsworth - 1880 (Link to this book at Google Books)

- J. M. Higgins, M. D. -

Dr. Higgins was born in Warsaw, Wyoming county, New York, October 25,1826 He moved west in 1842, and located in Racine, Wis.. then to Almira, Jefferson county, Wis.. in 1844, and to Quincy, III., in 1831. where he studied dentistry. He married Clara Story in 1853 born in Lockport. N. Y., and to them one child, Clarence M., was born. Are members of the Presbyterian church. He is a member of the Masonic order, and he and Mrs. H. an members of the Chapter of the Eastern Star. They moved to Havana. III., in 1863. where be practiced dentistry till 1866. when they removed to Chicago, where they continued the business up to 1869, during which time he was studying medicine, and graduated from the Bennet Eclectic College in that city. The same year he moved to Lawrence, Kansas, where he practiced medicine and dentistry for one year, then returned to Quincy. After that he lived in Galesberg and Streator, and finally located in Wenona in 1878. Besides the
acquirements already enumerated the doctor is a fine singer and good musician, and is an excellent photographer.

Name Age
Caleb Story 64
Mary Story 56
Gertrud Story 19
Clara Higgins 25
Cary Stone 66
Clarence Higgins 14

Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
J.* M. HIGGENS Self M Male W 53 NY Dentist CT MA
Clara S. HIGGENS Wife M Female W 45 NY NH CT
Source Information:
Census Place Wenona, Marshall, Illinois
Family History Library Film 1254235
NA Film Number T9-0235
Page Number 334C
*Originally indexed as a "T"

22 Apr 2009

Source: Historical encyclopedia of Illinois Edited By Joseph Oscar Cunningham - CHICAGO: MUNSELL PUBLISHING COMPANY, PUBLISHERS. 1905.

- History of Champaign County -

CALVIN HIGGINS (deceased) was born in Genesee County, N. Y., January 13, 1805, of Scotch antecedents. He was reared in New York State, where, in his youth, he learned the shipbuilder's trade. At this he worked in different ports on the lakes until 1837, when he came with his wife and children to Illinois, settling first in Clark County. Some time later, he removed to Champaign County, and established his home in Urbana. He was elected one of the pioneer Justices of the Peace of Urbana, and served continuously in that office and as Police Magistrate, until his death, on February 15, 1876. He was Postmaster of Urbana during the administration of President Buchanan.

Mr. Higgins married Miss Amanda Gere, who was born in Vermont, June 15, 1802, was reared in New York State and received a thorough education, subsequently being a teacher in Buffalo, N. Y., for a number of years. She later came to Urbana, 1ll., where she established a private school, which she conducted with notable success until she was sixty years of age. Mrs. Higgins was one of the earliest teachers in Urbana, as well as one of the most prominent, and contributed much to the cause of popular education. Her death occurred March 20, 1874. Her only living children are Mrs. Jennie Tobias and Thomas J., both of Urbana.

Name Age
Calvin Higgins 45
Amanda Higgins 46
Lewis C Higgins 20
Jane O Higgins 14
Irwin Higgins 11

Image 1
(Bottom) - Image 2 (Top)
Name Age
Calvin Higgins 57
Amanda Higgins 57
Irwin Higgins 20
Olive Geer 13
Ada Geer 11
Nettie E Geer 7

Name Age
Calvin Higgins 66
Amanda Higgins 62
Irwin Higgins 30


12 Apr 2009

Image source:Sycamore-True-Republican-Ill-Sat-Apr-29-1893

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Source: Annual Report of the American Bar Association By American Bar Association - 1893.


Van Hollis Higgins died at Chicago, April 17th, 1893, suddenly, of heart trouble. He was sixteen years old when he came West to join a brother who had preceded him to Chicago, and all the early years of his life had been spent in New York State, where he was born February 20th, 1821. His father, David Higgins—a farmer by occupation—was a native of East Haddam, Connecticut, who immigrated to Cayuga County, New York in 1814, and later to Genesee County.

His mother was Emma (Sackett) Higgins, a native of Vermont, and sister of Wm. A. Sackett, once a congressman from NY York State, prominent as an anti-slavery agitator, and somewhat noted also as a traveler in Egypt and the Holy Land.

Van H. Higgins received his early educational training in the village schools of Auburn and Seneca Falls, and before he came to Chicago had supplemented this training by a knowledge of the mercantile business which he acquired as a clerk in a store kept by an elder brother in Seneca Falls. When he came West, this training served a good purpose and he was installed in the same capacity in a store which another brother was carrying on in Chicago. Not satisfied with his educational attainments, and ambitious to fit himself for a professional rather than a mercantile career, he kept up his studies in connection with his clerical duties, and in the winter of 1837-38, being adjudged competent to teach school, he engaged in that occupation successfully in Vermilion County, Illinois. The next summer he spent in Chicago, and the following winter he again taught school in Vermilion County. In the spring of 1839, he found Chicago suffering from a business stagnation, which rendered it almost impossible to secure profitable employment for the summer, and he went to St. Louis. St. Louis was then a city of fifteen thousand population, and the chief city of the West. Still another brother— he was one of eight sons—had preceded him to St. Louis, and was engaged there in the publication of the Daily Argus, a newspaper of considerable consequence among the pioneer journals of the city. Associating himself with this brother, he devoted a year to general newspaper and reportorial work, and then, going into business on his own account, engaged again in commercial pursuits.

Considered from a business standpoint, his mercantile venture was entirely successful, but he was not satisfied with it as a permanent vocation, and sold out his mercantile interests to take up the study of law. The means which he had acquired by this time enabled him to devote some time to a systematic course of study, and removing to Iroquoia County, Illinois, he was admitted to the bar there in 1843. After practicing a year in Middleport, he went to Galena, Illinois, where ,he formed a professional partnership with O. C. Pratt—at a later day a judge of the Supreme Court of Oregon—and the firm thus constituted became one of the most successful and prominent law firms of the city. Elected city attorney of Galena, he served two years, and was identified with the bar of that city until 1852, when he was again attracted to Chicago by its rapid growth, and the enlarged field which it offered for the profitable practice of his profession. When he located in Chicago, he became associated with Corydon Beckwith—a few years since one of the most famous of American lawyers—and B. F. Strother, under the firm name of Higgins, Beckwith & Strother. Strict attention to business and eminent ability on the part of those who composed it soon gave this firm a leading position at the Chicago bar, and a highly remunerative business.

Actively interested in politics from the beginning of his professional career, Mr. Higgins did not feel for a time that he could afford to sacrifice his professional interests for political preferment, but in 1858 he was elected to the State Legislature, where he served with distinction as one of the early Republican members of that body. A pronounced opponent of the extension of slavery, he had condemned the repeal of the Missouri Compromise, and hailed with satisfaction the advent of a political party which proposed to offer organized resistance to the slave power. It followed, therefore, as a natural consequence, that he should have become an active and influential member of the Republican party, and such he has continued to be until his death. At the close of his legislative term, he was elected one of the judges of the Supreme Court of Chicago, and served in that capacity until 1865, when he resigned to resume the practice of law, with Leonard Swett
and Col. David Quigg as partners, the style of the firm being Higgins, Swett & Quigg. In 1872, having been elected to the presidency of an important manufacturing company, he practically retired from the practice of law, other than that of looking after his own interests. At a later date he accepted the financial agency of the Charter Oak Life Insurance Company for the western states, and since 1880 was president of the National Life Insurance Company of the United States, the only corporation of the kind which has ever been chartered by act of Congress. He was also at one time president of the Fidelity Safe Deposit Company, has held the controlling interest in Rose Hill Cemetery, and been associated with many other enterprises of importance to Chicago.

In private life, Judge Higgins has been one of the eminently successful business men of Chicago. With a genius for financiering, he has coupled the strict integrity and conservatism which guaranteed absolute security for the trusts reposed in him. As a lawyer he was among the recognized leaders of the bar during his many years of active practice, a diligent student, and a chivalrous devotee to the interests of his clients. As a jurist he was distinguished for broad knowledge of the law, careful judgment, and splendid judicial bearing under all circumstances.

Coupled with his professional knowledge and his thorough conversance with financial affairs, a practical, as well as theoretical knowledge of mechanics was one of Judge Higgins' somewhat remarkable accomplishments. As other eminent lawyers have turned to literature or art for diversion from the affairs of professional and business life, he has turned to "the science which treats of the nature of forces and of their action on bodies either directly or by the agency of machinery," and so careful a study did he make of it that his judgment of any new mechanical device was said to be as unerring as that of any skilled mechanic. With the formulas of the text books he was apparently as familiar as if he had been all his life a college professor instead of a practicing lawyer, and scarcely any new discovery of consequence escaped his attention. Mechanical and allied scientific publications were perused by him with the ardor of a student, and to the invention and improvement of various mechanical devices he gave no small share of his attention.

A faithful and efficient public servant in whatever capacity he was called upon to serve, one of his most important services to his State, and to the country at large, was rendered during the war period, when he was one of the most active of the patriotic members of the " Union Defense Committee " of Chicago. Of this committee Judge Higgins was one of the organizers, and as a member of its executive branch he shared largely in the responsibility of formulating its policies, and of inaugurating and pushing to a successful issue the various important movements in which it engaged. For these and other distinguished services, as well as for his enterprises as a public-spirited man of affairs, he will be remembered as one of the most useful and honored of the pioneer citizens of Chicago.

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Among the successful and distinguished men of Chicago, none deserves a more
honorable mention than he whose name heads this biography. A native of
Genesee county, New York, he was born February 20, 1821, the son of David
and Eunice (Sackett) Higgins. His father was a native of East Haddam,
Conn., and a farmer by occupation, he settled in Cayuga county, New York, in
1814; later removed to Genesee county, but afterwards returned to Cayuga
county and died there in 1827. His mother, a native of Vermont, died in
1847. She was a daughter of William Sackett and sister of the Hon. William
A. Sackett, now a resident of Saratoga, and formerly member of Congress from
Seneca county, New York. David and Eunice Higgins had eight sons, of whom
our subject was the fifth.

He received his primary education in the public schools of Auburn and Seneca
Falls, New York, and at the early age of twelve years engaged in business at
the last named place, as a clerk in the store of his eldest brother. Four years later, in 1837, prompted by an ambition for a field of action where his powers might have full and free scope, he removed to Chicago, where his brother, A.D. Higgins, had established himself in 1835 as proprietor of a general store, and with whom he associated himself as an assistant. Chicago then had less than five thousand inhabitants. After leaving school he persisted in keeping up his studies, devoting all his spare time to that end, and during the winter of 1837-8 taught a district school in Vermilion county, Illinois, with much success.

Prior to this time his brother had become publisher of the Missouri Argus, a
daily paper of St. Louis, Mo., then a prosperous city of some fifteen
thousand inhabitants, and in the spring of 1839 our subject went thither and
spent a year in reportorial work. He afterwards engaged in mercantile business at St. Louis on his own account, and although the venture proved a financial success, he was not satisfied, and yielding to a long cherished desire to enter the legal profession, voluntarily sold out his business and turned his attention to the study of law. In the spring of 1842, being then twenty-one years of age, he went to Iroquois county, Illinois, and there continued his legal studies, and a few months later was duly admitted to the bar. He practiced one year at Middleport, and in 1845 removed to Galena, Illinois, where, in the following year, he associated himself with O.C. Pratt, Esq.., afterwards a judge of the Supreme Court of Oregon, and later judge of one of the District Courts at San Francisco, Cal. This partnership
continued till 1849. Mr.. Higgins continued the practice of law at Galena
with constantly increasing success and popularity until 1852, and during his
residence there was for two years City Attorney. Returning to Chicago, which had grown to be a city of thirty thousand inhabitants, he soon afterwards formed a partnership with Messrs. Corydon Beckwith and B.F. Strother, under the firm name of Higgins, Beckwith and Strother. The firm prospered from the start and soon came to be one of the most prominent in Chicago.

Mr.. Higgins had never sought the honors or emoluments of office, although
from the beginning of his career as a lawyer he had taken an active interest
in political matters. With the more intelligent class of his fellow-citizens, by whom he was naturally looked to as a leader, he was opposed to the repeal of the Missouri Compromise and the extension of slavery, and upon the formation of the Republican party in 1856, he became identified with it, and two years later was elected to the General Assembly of Illinois on the Republican ticket. In the legislature he held a commanding position, and became known as a high-minded, patriotic and impartial legislator, and at the close of his term he was elected judge of the Superior Court of Chicago by an overwhelming majority.

During the period of the civil war, Judge Higgins was conspicuous for his
zeal in the cause of the Union. He was a warm personal friend and staunch
supporter of President Lincoln, and in word and deed lent himself to the
support of the measured inaugurated by those who were in accord with the
President in his work of saving the Union. He early saw the necessity of
organization among Union men, and was largely instrumental in forming the
Union Defense Committee of Chicago, which may justly be classed with the
Union League and other leading organizations that rendered such efficient
service and contributed so largely to the success of the Union cause. Judge
Higgins was prominent as a member of the executive committee of this
organization, and by his counsels and work rendered services in raising and
equipping recruits, furnishing supplies and clothing, helping the sick and
wounded and comforting the bereaved, that gained for him a high place in the
esteem of this fellow-citizens, as a patriot and philanthropist.

In the fall of 1865, Judge Higgins resigned from the bench, and forming a
partnership with the Hon. Leonard Swett and Col. David Quigg, under the firm
name of Higgins, Swett and Quigg, resumed the practice of law. This
relationship continued until 1872, when he withdrew from the firm to accept
the presidency of the Babcock Manufacturing Company. Four years later, on
January 1st, 1876, he withdrew from active participation in the affairs of this company, and took charge of the financial department of the Charter Oak Life Insurance Co. for the Western States. Judge Higgins, as proprietor of Ross Hill Cemetery Co., has been at the head of that organization since 1872, and since 1880 has been president of the National Life Insurance Company of the United States, the only life insurance company in existence chartered by Congress. He is also president of the Fidelity Safe Deposit Company of Chicago; is a member of the Chicago Bar Association, of the American Bar Association and of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and was one of the charter members of the Chicago Historical Society. He is a man of genial, sunny nature and social qualities of a high order, and finds time to indulge his social tastes, being a member of the Kenwood Club, the Washington Park Club, the Union League Club, and president of the Hyde Park Suburban Club. Throughout his busy life, Judge Higgins has been and enthusiastic lover of mechanical arts and has devoted much time to
mechanical pursuits, and in gratifying his tastes in this direction has invented and patented a number of important mechanical appliances. In forming an estimate of the character of Judge Higgins, one cannot but be impressed with his varied talents and qualities. The late Emery A. Storrs speaking of him, said, "He is a man of great public spirit, and is in feeling and character a typical Western man. From the beginning, Judge Higgins has seen with a vision clearer than most men, not only the probabilities but also the possibilities of the West; and what a quarter of
a century and more ago he so clearly saw, and what he so confidently prophesied, he has diligently worked to realize." Throughout his life he has been a diligent student, and, especially in the line of his profession, has given to his intellectual tastes the fullest scope. Endowed by nature with a legal and judicial mind, he engaged in his professional work with a zeal and love that could not but lead to the highest attainments and win for him an honorable name. He was especially noted for his pains-taking in the preparation of his cases, and by reason of his thorough knowledge of the law, performed his professional work with an ease and naturalness that marked him as a master and leader. Possessed of a prodigious memory, he was enabled to recall decisions and precedents at will, so that on the bench he was able to dispatch the business of his court with rapidity; and so
thorough was his comprehension of legal principles, and such his conscientious regard for the duties of his high office, that he made few mistakes of judgment and his decisions were rarely reversed. As a judge he dealt with law not merely in the abstract but applied its principles with discretion and justice, in which he was greatly aided by his thorough acquaintance with business and business methods. In judicial manner he was a model; courteous and affable, patient and attentive to all, he knew no favorites; and no lawyer practicing in his court ever had just cause to complain of  unfair treatment. A point presented, though new and seemingly opposed to the current authority, received his careful attention and if reason
justified, was fearlessly sustained. Always deeply interested in young men,his position on the bench afforded him many opportunities of aiding and encouraging the younger members of the bar who appeared before him. Comparatively few of those who practiced before him are still members of the Chicago bar; but wherever they are, his profound learning, patient forbearance, uniform courtesy and genial yet dignified manner, will never be held in honor and grateful remembrance.

In personal appearance Judge Higgins is tall and well proportioned and has a commanding and dignified bearing, with features marked by firmness and decision of character, yet softened by culture and amiability of manner. His life had been one of constant activity; and in whatever position placed he has shown himself master of it, achieving both distinction and success. Public-spirited, large-hearted and high-minded, his public acts and private life alike have contributed to the welfare of his fellows, and it is but fitting and just to say that he holds a first place among the honored men who have made it possible for their adopted city to attain to the high position she now holds among the leading cities of our land; while among his personal friends and acquaintances, he is loved and revered for his kindly, noble deeds and manly qualities of mind and heart. Although his life has been so full of activity, yet he has always cherished a love for home and nowhere finds greater enjoyment than when gathered with his family, or entertaining his friends around his own fire-side and hospitable board.

Judge Higgins has been twice married; first in 1847 to Mrs. E.S. Alexander,
of Jacksonville, Illinois, who died in 1882. In 1883, he was married to
Miss Lena Isabel Morse, a daughter of Mr. A.C. Morse, of San Francisco,

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Name Age
Van H Higgins 45
Eliza Higgins 44
Robt Higgins 3

Name Age
Van H Higgins 50
Elizabeth Higgins 50
Robert Higgins 13

Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
van H. HIGGINS Self M Male W 60 NY Lawyer NY NY
Elizbeth S. HIGGINS Wife M Female W 59 MA Keeping House MA MA
Robert HIGGINS Son S Male W 22 IL Supt. Cemetary NY MA
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Census Place Hyde Park, Cook, Illinois
Family History Library Film 1254199
NA Film Number T9-0199
Page Number 4C


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DR. LUKE CHANDLER HIGGINS. The name of this successful and popular practitioner is familiar to the leading residents of Naples, where he has labored for many years as a physician and surgeon with phenomenal success. He, however, is fond of farming pursuits, and makes a specialty of stock-raising, - an industry in which he takes great pride - and has bred some of the finest animals in this part of Scott County. He is popular in his community conscientious and straightforward in his dealings, and in all respects a praiseworthy citizen.

Dr. Higgins represents an excellent family, being the son of Samuel C. Higgins, a native of Elizabethtown, N.J., and the grandson of Capt. Luke H. Higgins, who was born in New Jersey and followed the sea. The latter was of Scotch descent, and met his death by drowning off the coast of Brooklyn. Samuel Higgins learned shoe making in his native State, whence he removed in his youth to Rochester, N.Y., where he was married and engaged in the shoe business. He finally, in 1844, traded the property which he had accumulated for an 80 acre farm in Genesee County, N.Y., where he still resides, and is now eighty years old (September, 1888). Our subject boasts of twin uncles, eighty-one years old in July, 1888. These remarkable old gentlemen were residents of Brooklyn, N.Y.; one died in October, 1888, and the other is living. The father of our subject was a Democrat in politics, and a supporter of the Presbyterian Church, of which his wife had been a member over forty years.

Mrs. Mary (Godby) Higgins, the mother of our subject was born in Bristol, Mass., and was the daughter of Seth Godby, a descendant of English ancestry, and a carpenter by trade. She lived to the age of seventy-four years, and was an active member of the Presbyterian Church. She spent her last years in Genesee County, N.Y. They lived on the same farm forty-two years. The parental household included five children, the eldest of whom, Isaac M., is a resident of Macon County, this State, where he prosecutes farming and the breeding of full blooded horses; he is a member of the Horse Breeder's Association. Mae J., Mrs. Richards, lives in Macon County, where her husband is engaged as a farmer and stock-raiser, dealing largely in horses and cattle of fine grades; Robert S. is farming in Genesee County, N.Y.; Sarah died at the age of three years. Our subject was the youngest.

Dr. Higgins was born in Corfu, Genesee Co., N.Y., Jan. 4, 1845, and was reared a farmer's boy, attending the common school until eighteen years old. He then engaged in the study of medicine under Dr. Isiah Rayno, for four years, during which he entered the medical department of the Buffalo University, attending three school sessions, making a three years' course, and was graduated with honors in the spring of 1868, receiving his diploma, signed by Millard Fillmore, ex-President of the United States. He came West and began the practice of his profession in Macon, this State, in April, 1868. He continued here until September, 1869, then, coming to Naples, pursued his practice with the same fidelity as heretofore, and was soon in the enjoyment of a large and lucrative business. He for some time labored under considerable disadvantage, but has come off with flying colors. His practice extends throughout Pike, Morgan and Scott counties, but he makes his
headquarters at Naples, where he has two residences and four lots. He also owns 160 acres of land at Bernard post-office, in Lincoln County, Kan. He is also engaged in the livery business, keeping about fifteen to twenty head of good road horses. In the cattle line his favorites are blooded Holsteins, which he obtained from different parts of this State and Ohio, and which he grazes on the Illinois bottoms. He pursues this industry simply for the love of it. He has one magnificent thorough-bred Hambletonian trotting stallion, "Robert Bonner," who has made a fine record, and also has other full-blooded trotting stock, mostly colts.

Not content with the interests already mentioned, Dr. Higgins is quite an apiarist, having about fifty stands of bees, the largest collection in his precinct. He is a gentleman of excellent education, especially in his profession - a close student and of regular habits. He votes the Democratic ticket, and socially, belongs to the I.O.O.F., at Naples. He has served as President of the School Board four years, and is now serving his fourth term as a member of the same. He has also been a member of the Board of Trustees. Connected with his profession, he is the examiner for fifteen different insurance Companies.

Dr. Higgins was married in Naples, May 8, 1869, to Miss Louie W. Weed. Mrs. Higgins was born in Sandusky, Ohio, March 5, 1849. She came to this county with her mother and stepfather when quite young. She was partially reared in Madison, Wis. She was educated at Oberlin College, Ohio, and completed her studies in the State Normal School of Missouri. Of this union there have been born two children - Samuel C., Jr., and Jennie W.


Source: Gazetteer and Biographical Record of Genesee County, N.Y., 1788-1890
Edited by K. W. Beers.   -  J. W. VOSE & CO., PUBLISHERS. -June, 1890

Samuel C. Higgins was born in Elizabeth, N. J., September 9, 1809, and received an academic education. In 1830 he came to Rochester and followed the occupations of cordwainer and weighmaster. October 16, 1831, he married Mary Godby, of Massachusetts In 1844 the family came to the northwest part of Darien, to the farm where they now reside. Mr. Higgins, though an octogenarian, has devoted himself to his farm, and even now assists his son Robert S. on the place. Mrs. Higgins died November 13, 1885. They were the parents of five children, of whom three sons and one daughter are now living, viz.: J. Morris, who married Jenette Schuyler, of Attica, is a well-to do farmer in Macon, III , and has three children; Mary J. (Mrs. Harvey Richards), also of Macon, Il1.; Luke C., who married Louie Weed, and is a graduate of the Buffalo Medical College, now practicing in Naples. Il1.; and Robert S., who married Jessie L. Nott, in January, 1878, has two sons, and is a farmer on the homestead with his aged father.

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The First Presbyterian Church & St. John's Church at Elizabeth, New Jersey
Luke H. HIGGINS, b. 28 Nov 1809, d. 13 Dec 1884
Harriet S. HIGGINS, b. 14 Jul 1810, d. 28 May 1848
(on the same stone as above) Phebe C., daughter of Luke H. & Harriet HIGGINS, d. 21 Apr 1859, in the 20th year of her age

Name Age
Saml C Higgins 40
Mary Higgins 38
Isaac M Higgins 17
Mary J Higgins 11
Robert S Higgins 8
Luke C Higgins 5

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Name Age
Samuel Higgins 30
Mary Higgins 49
Marg Jane 20
Robert Higgins 17
Luke Higgins 14

Name Age
Samuel Higgins 60
Mary Higgins 58
Robert Higgins 28

Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
D. C. HIGGINS Self M Male W 35 NY M.D. NY MA
Luella HIGGINS Wife M Female W 31 OH Keeping House NJ IRE
Samuel C. HIGGINS Son S Male W 5 IL NY OH
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NA Film Number T9-0250 Page Number 599B

Name Age
Luke C Higgins 55
Louie W Higgins 51
Samuel C Higgins 25
Jennie W Higgins 17


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Rufus Higgins and Co 1869 Chicago Dir 

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Polk's Springfield City Directory, 1902 -
Higgins Camilla A Mrs., died Jan 17, 1901
Higgins Charles M, printer E F Hartmann Co, res 843 n 7th
Higgins Daniel ,Clerk C P & St L, res 342 s State
Higgins Elmer E, painter, bds 1711 e s Grand av
Higgins Frank H, harnessnikr Schlierbach & Blncke, bds 1711
e s Grand av
Higgins Frank R, clerk Wab R R, rms 3071/2 s 5th
Higrins George W., wks Reece's Laundry, bds 1129 e Reservoir
Higgins Gussie, clerk Boston Store, bds 1114 s 2d
Higgins Hattie 11, bds 1114 s 2d
Higgins John A, brkmn Wab R R, res 1125 s 3d
Higgins John B., fireman C P & St L, bds 1129 Reservoir
Higgins Joseph J, wks Leland Hotel, bds 622 n 4th
Higgins Katherine C, tchr Lincoln school, bds 622 n 4th
Higgins Lillian, Clerk Vogt Dry Goods Co, bds 622 n 4th
Higgins Lydia (wid Robert), res 1711 e s Grand av
Higgins Mae T, wks Phillips Bros, bds 1005 s 11th
Higgins Margaret B (wid Joel), bds 1125 s 3d
Higgins Margaret L, clk Boston Store, bds 1005 s 11th
Higgins Margaret R, res 622 n 4th
Higgins Mary A, elk, bds 1114 s 2d
Niggin~ May. student C B College. hds 1114 s 2d
Higgins Nellie, died Jan 13, 1901
Higgins Owen, lab C P & St L, res 1129 Reservoir
Higgins Patrick, died Aug 9, 1901
Higgins Peter F, firemn C P & St L.,bds 1129 Reservoir
Higgins Robert A, clk J Thayer & Co, res 615 s 5th
Higgins Thomas, lab, res 1005 s l l t h
Higgins Wm., (c) porter St Nicholas Hotel
Higgins Wm.H, brkman, res 1114 s 2d

09 Jul 2008

Joseph Robert Higgins - Blandinsville Star-Gazette - (Jun/26/2008)
Joseph Robert Higgins, 74, Macomb, died at 9:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 17, 2008, at Roseville Country Manor, Roseville.
He was born Dec. 29, 1933, in Portland, Ore., the son of David Clyde and Alma Mae (Mitchell) Higgins.
He is survived by two sons, David Ernest Higgins, Peoria, and Ricky Joe Higgins, Marquette Heights; one daughter, Bobbi Polite, Peoria; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and one brother, David Higgins, Roseville.

He was preceded in death by one brother, Troy Higgins, and one sister, Geraldine Gibson.

Graveside services were held Monday, June 23, 2008, at Forest Lawn Memory Gardens, Macomb, with the Rev. Ron Green officiating.
Cremation rites have been accorded.
Dodsworth-Piper-Wallen Funeral Home, Macomb, was in charge of arrangements.
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1930; Census Place: Cedar Hills, Washington, Oregon; Roll: 1957; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 10; Image: 473
Name Age
David C Higgins 28 Born Oklahoma Laborer
Alma Higgins 22 Wife Born Texas
Troy Higgins 4 Son Born Oklahoma
Geraldine B Bullard 4 Daughter Born Oklahoma

Name Age
Joseph M Higgins 42
Grace Higgins 47
David C Higgins 17
Cordelia M Higgins 12
Orba B Higgins 8
Martha R Lummus 77

21 Jun 2008
This Biography comes from the book titled "Portrait and Biographical Album of MacLean County, Illinois," Page 714
Published by Chapman Brothers, Chicago 1887

The Biography of
-Robert Higgins
ROBERT HIGGINS, a highly respected farmer of Mt. Hope Township, is pleasantly located on section 7, where he owns and occupies a good farm and is engaged in the peaceful pursuit of farming. As a representative agriculturist of this splendid agricultural country, as well as a worthy and esteemed citizen, the publishers present the portrait of Mr. Higgins in this volume.

Mr. Higgins is a native of the Buckeye State, having been born in Licking County, Ohio, on the 28 December, 1824. He is descended from excellent Irish ancestry, his father, James Higgins, having been born in the city of Belfast and his grandfather was also a native of the Emerald Isle. The latter was a successful linen draper in the city of Belfast, where he spent the last years of his life. In that city James Higgins, the father of our subject, was reared and received his early education in the public schools. Being the fourth son in the order of birth, as the older son would inherit the property, James Higgins early learned that he would have to depend upon his own resources for his living. At the age of eighteen years, not being satisfied with the condition of his prospects in his native country, he determined to emigrate to America. He possessed some means and after arriving here did not for some time engage in any particular calling. He went into
Westmoreland County, Pa., and in due time took unto himself a wife in the person of Miss Mary McClelland, a native of said county and of German ancestry. Soon after marriage they proceeded to Ohio and located upon a farm in Licking County, which they rented from its owner, Dr. Taylor, and upon which they remained until the spring of 1825. They then removed to Perry County, same state, where James Higgins purchased 160 acres of timber land, put up a log cabin and commenced clearing a farm from the wilderness. In due time their humble dwelling was replaced by a commodious stone house and Mr. H also erected a substantial hewed log barn. They established a comfortable home there upon which they remained the balance of their lives, the mother resting from her labors in 1848, and the father, surviving her for a period of fourteen years, folded his hands for his final rest in 1862. They were both devoted members of the Lutheran Church and highly esteemed in
the community where they had for so many years made their home and illustrated in their lives the principles of honor, honesty and kindness.

The parental household of our subject consisted of ten children, nine of whom become men and women. To each of his children James Higgins gave the advantage of good education and those who wished availed themselves of a college course. Most of the boys became professional men, and Robert of his own choice became a farmer.

The subject of this history was the ninth child of his parents' family. He was reared on the farm, attended the district schools and assisted his father in his agricultural operation until his marriage. The father then built another house on the home farm where our subject and his wife took up their abode and managed the operation of the farm until 1855. They then came to Illinois and rented a farm in Mt. Hope Township for two years. In the spring of 1858 Robert Higgins moved the Darnell Farm and occupied it for the following ten years, and in the meantime also purchased the farm which he now owns and occupies. When it came into his possession there was upon it a frame house 14 x 20 feet in dimensions and sixty-five acres of land were broken. There had been also planted a few fruit trees and the land was partially fenced. In the spring of 1868 the old frame house was replaced by the present comfortable family residence, and the farm of Mr. Higgins, which
comprises 160 acres, is now all under an excellent state of cultivation. He has a good barn and all other necessary out-buildings and is now enjoying the fruits of early toil and economy.

Mr. Higgins was married on April 4, 1847, while in Perry County, Ohio, to Miss Jane Allen, daughter of Oliver and Mary Allen, natives of Rhode Island. Of this union there were born four children, of whom three only are living: Clarence Elmer, who is a native of Perry County, Ohio, now lives in Sanford, this county; James lives in Okley, Kan.; Laura J. married John E. Jones, and they live in Nuckolls County, Neb. The mother of these children departed this life Dec. 6, 1856.

Mr. Higgins was the second time married, in 1858, to Mrs. Sarepta (Brooks) Darnell. Mrs. Higgins was a native of Kentucky and was first married to Nicholas Darnell. Of her marriage with our subject there was born one child, Emma B., who became the wife of David Stephey and lives in Nuckolls County, Neb. Mrs. Sarepta Higgins died in September, 1872, and Mr. Higgins was married the third time on the 9th of October, 1873, to Miss Samantha Clayton. This lady is a native of Perry County, Ohio, and the daughter of Thomas and Catherine Clayton. Of this union there have been three children-Edgar H., Minnie E. and Lucy May. Mr. and Mrs. H. are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In earlier years and during the existence of the Whig party, Mr.H. affiliated with that political organization, but since the abandonment of the old party by the formation of the Republican party he has cordially indorsed the principles of the latter and with it uniformly casts his

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Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
Robert HIGGINS Self M Male W 55 OH Farmer IRE IRE
Samantha HIGGINS Wife M Female W 37 OH Keeping House VA VA
Edgar H. HIGGINS Son S Male W 4 IL OH OH
Minnie E. HIGGINS Dau S Female W 2 IL OH OH
Lucy M. HIGGINS Dau S Female W 1M IL OH OH
Joseph P. ELIOT Other S Male W 26 OH Farm Laborer OH VA
William L. DURANT Son S Male W 15 IL Farm Laborer NY OH
Ida B. DURANT Other S Female W 17 IL Servant NY OH
Source Information:
Census Place Mt. Hope, Mc Lean, Illinois
Family History Library Film 1254229
NA Film Number T9-0229
Page Number 1A

Name Age
Samantha Higgins 57
Lucy M Higgins 20
on same image is living next door
Name Age
Edgar H Higgins 24 and Jessie G Higgins 20

19 Oct 2007

Thomas Higgins of Illinois -Veteran of War of 1812 - Indian Fighter
Source: The Great West: Containing Narratives of the Most Important and Interesting Events in Western History-Remarkable Individual Adventures... ... By Henry Howe Published 1858

THE RANGER'S ADVENTURE. THOMAS HIGGINS, a native Kentuckian, in the late war enlisted in a company of rangers, and was stationed in the summer of 1814, in a block-house or station, eight miles south of Greenville, in what is now Bond County, Illinois. On the evening of the 30th of August, a small party of Indians having been seen prowling about the station, Lieutenant Journay with all his men, twelve only in number, sallied forth the next morning, just before daylight, in pursuit of them. They had not proceeded far on the border of the prairie, before they were in an ambuscade of seventy or eighty savages. At the first fire, the lieutenant and three of his men were killed. Six fled to the fort under cover of the smoke, for the morning was sultry, and the air being damp, the smoke from the guns hung like a cloud over the scene; but Higgins remained behind to have one more pull at the enemy, and avenge the death of his companions. He sprang behind a small elm, scarcely sufficient to protect his body, when, the smoke partly rising, discovered to him a number of Indians, upon whom he fired, and shot down the foremost one. Concealed still by the smoke, Higgins reloaded, mounted his horse, and turned to fly, when a voice, apparently from the grass, hailed with: Tom, you won't leave me, will you?*' He turned immediately around, and seeing a fellow-soldier, by the name of Burgess, lying on the ground wounded, and gasping for breath, replied: No, I'll not leave you come along. l can't come, said Burgess ; my leg is all smashed to pieces. Higgins dismounted, and taking up his friend, whose ankle had been broken, was about to lift him on his horse, when the animal taking fright, darted off' in an instant, and left them both behind. This is too bad, said Higgins; but don't fear; you hop off on your three legs, and I'll stay behind between you and the Indians, and keep them off. Get into the tallest grass, and crawl as near the ground as possible. Burgess did so, and escaped. The smoke, which had hitherto concealed Higgins, now cleared away, and he resolved, if possible to retreat. To follow the track of Burgess was most expedient. It would, however, endanger his friend. He determined, therefore, to venture boldly forward, and, if discovered to secure his own safety by the rapidity of his flight. On leaving a small thicket in which he had sought refuge, he discovered a tall, portly savage near by, and two others in a direction between him and the fort. He paused for a moment, and thought if he could separate and fight them singly, his case was not so desperate. He started, therefore, for a little rivulet near, but found one of his limbs failing him, it having been struck by a ball in the first encounter, of which, till now, he was scarcely conscious. The largest Indian pressed close upon him, and Higgins turned round two or three times in order to fire. The Indian halted and danced about to prevent his taking aim. He saw it was unsafe to fire at random, and perceiving two others approaching, knew he must be overpowered in a moment, unless he could dispose of the forward Indian first. He resolved, therefore, to halt and receive his fire. The Indian raised his rifle, and Higgins, watching his eye, turned suddenly as his finger pressed the trigger, and received the ball in his thigh. He fell, but rose immediately and ran. The foremost Indian, now certain of his prey, loaded again and with the other two pressed on. They overtook him, he fell again, and as he rose the whole three fired, and he received all their balls. He now fell and rose a third time, and the Indians, throwing away their guns, advanced upon him with spears and knives. As he presented his gun at one or the other, each fell back. At last, the largest Indian, supposing his gun to be empty from his fire having been thus reserved, advanced boldly to the charge. Higgins fired and the savage fell. He had now four bullets in his body, an empty gun in his hand, two Indians unharmed, as yet, before him and a whole tribe but a few yards distant. Any other man would have despaired. Not so with him. He had slain the most dangerous of the three, and having little to fear from the others, began to load his rifle. They raised a savage whoop and rushed to the encounter. A bloody conflict now ensued. The Indians stabbed him in several places. Their spears, however, were but thin poles, hastily prepared, and bent whenever they struck a rib or a muscle. The wounds they made were not, therefore, deep, though numerous. At last one of them threw his tomahawk. It struck him upon the cheek, severed his ear, laid bare his skull to the back of his head, and stretched him upon the prairie. The Indians again rushed on, but Higgins, recovering his self-possession, kept them off with his feet and hands. Grasping, at length, one of their spears, the Indian, in attempting to pull it from him, raised Higgins up; who, taking his rifle, dashed out the brains of the nearest savage. In doing so, however, it broke the barrel only remaining in his hand. The other Indian, who had heretofore fought with caution, came now manfully into the battle. His character as a warrior was in jeopardy. To have fled from a man thus wounded and disarmed, or to have suffered his victim to escape, would have tarnished his fame forever. Uttering, therefore, a terrific yell, he rushed on and attempted to stab the exhausted ranger; but the latter warded off his blow with one hand and brandished his rifle-barrel with the other. The Indian was, as yet, unharmed, and under existing circumstances, by far the most powerful man. Higgins' courage, however, was unexhausted and inexhaustible. The savage, at last, began to retreat from the glare of his untamed eye, to the spot where he dropped his rifle. Higgins knew that if he recovered that, his own case was desperate ; throwing, therefore, his rifle-barrel aside and drawing his hunting knife, he rushed upon his foe. A desperate strife ensued -deep gashes were inflicted on both sides. Higgins, fatigued and exhausted by the loss of blood, was no longer a match for the savage. The latter succeeded in throwing his adversary from him, and went immediately in pursuit of his rifle. Higgins, at the same time, rose and sought for the gun of the other Indian. Both, therefore, bleeding and out of breath, were in search of arms to renew the combat. The smoke had now passed away, and a large number of Indians were in view. Nothing, it would seem, could now save the gallant ranger. There was, however an eye to pity and an arm to save and that arm was a woman's ! The little garrison had witnessed the whole combat. It consisted of but six men and one woman; that woman, however, was a host - a Mrs. Pursley. When she saw Higgins contending, single-handed, with a whole tribe of savages, she urged the rangers to attempt his rescue. The rangers objected, as the Indians were ten to one. Mrs. Pursley, therefore, snatched a rifle from her husband's hand, and declaring that so fine a fellow as Tom Higgins should not be lost for want of help, mounted a horse, and sallied forth to his rescue. The men, unwilling to be outdone by a woman, followed at full gallop, reached the spot where Higgins fainted and fell, before the Indians came up, and while the savage, with whom he had been engaged, was looking for his rifle, his friends lifted the wounded ranger up, and throwing him across a horse before one of the party, reached the fort in safety. Thomas Higgins was insensible for several days, and his life was preserved by continual care. His friends extracted two of the balls from his thigh; two however yet remained, one of which gave him a good deal of pain. Hearing, afterward, that a physician had settled within a day's ride of him, he determined to go and see him. The physician asked him fifty dollars for the operation. This Higgins flatly refused, saying it was more than a half year's pension. On reaching home, he found the exercise of riding had made the ball discernible; he requested his wife, therefore, to hand him his razor. With her assistance he laid open his thigh, until the edge of the razor touched the bullet ; then inserting his two thumbs into the gash, he flirted it out, as he used to say, without costing him a cent. The other ball yet remained ; it gave him, however, but little pain, and he carried it with him to his grave. Higgins died in Fayette County, Illinois, a few years since, lle was the most perfect specimen of a frontier man in his day, and was once assistant doorkeeper of the House of Representatives, in Illinois. The facts, above stated, are familiar to many, to whom Higgins was personally known, and there is no doubt of their correctness.

Source: The Pioneer History of Illinois ... By John Reynolds -Published 1887 Fergus printing company

Thomas Higgins was born in Barren County, Ky., in 1790. He came to Illinois with his relatives in 1807, and located on Silver Creek, St. Clair County, near his folks, the Bradsbys. He received a very limited education, as his parents were in humble circumstances and he himself had not much love for a school- house. He possessed a good mind, but he would in defiance of danger or anything else, employ himself in harmless mischief and merriment. He had nothing savage or cruel in his disposition, yet he was as brave a man as ever existed. He was in his manhood very strong, muscular, and active. He was not so very tall, but compactly formed for great strength and activity. During the whole war of 1812, he was actively engaged on the frontiers in defending the settlements. I personally knew him to be a member of the company commanded by Capt. William B. Whiteside in most of the war. In 1814, he joined another company,(* Capt. Jacob Short's company.—Edwards' "History of Illinois," pp. 547-8.) and was one of the party under the command of Lieut. John Journey at Hills Fort, situated six or eight miles southwest of the present town of Greenville, Bond County. Journey had eleven men in his corps, and on August 20, 1814, Indian sign was discovered near the fort, and the next morning at daybreak, Journey and party were mounted and out to reconnoitre the country. They had not marched far before they entered an ambuscade of a large party of Indians. The warriors fired on them and Journey and three of his men were instantly killed. William Burges and John Boucher* (John Boucher, son of a Frenchman, was born in Kentucky in 1782; came to Illinois Territory in 1801; was married, Sept., 1817, to Margaret, a native of Hardy Co., Va., and with her parents came to New Design in 1796, daughter of Solomon Shook; was a man of great physical strength and activity; and after moving about the then settled parts of Southern Illinois , he finally settled down, in 1836, in Washington Co., a few miles west of Nashville, where he resided until 1851, when he removed to Jones Co., Iowa, where he died three years later, aged 72; his wife died at Monticello, Iowa, Oct. 4, 1866, aged 75. Of their six children, four sons and two daughters, three survived their parents: I, Thomas, still resides on the old homestead in Iowa; 2, John Vincent, born Sept. 27, 1818, married, March 5, 1844, Mary B., daughter of Allen Rountree; enlisted in the late war as orderly sergeant of Co. E , 10th Missouri Inf'y, and contracting a dangerous illness, started home on a sick furlough, and died at Richview, Aug. 30, 1863; His oldest son, Geo. O., aged 17, enlisted in Co. I, 8oth Ill., and served for three years, and is at present engaged in mercantile pursuits at Joplin, Mo. Two other sons, Hiram and John, were engaged many years in merchandising in Nashville, where they still reside. P. H. and Lyman T. are practising law at Boulder, Colorado. The only daughter married Dr. Salem Goodner and lives at New Minden, Washington Co.—J.H.G.) were wounded— Boucher slightly. The horse of Higgins was shot in the neck and fell to the ground, but soon rose again. Higgins remained a moment "to get a pull at them," as he said. He took deliberate aim at an Indian and shot him dead. He then mounted his horse and was about to return to the fort, when a familiar voice hailed him from the grass and said, " Tom, you wont leave me ? " Higgins hollowed out to him to " come on." " I can 't come, my leg is smashed to pieces," answered Burges. Higgins dismounted instantly and was getting the wounded man on his horse; but the horse scared and ran off. Higgins told Burges " to limp off on three legs, and he would protect him." Burges crawled off thro the grass and saved himself, while Higgins was left behind to fight the most bloody and terrible battle that ever the same number of men—three Indians and one white man—were engaged in. Higgins had loaded his gun as soon as he had killed the Indian and was ready for the enemy again; but all at once three Indians made their appearance near him. He saw a small ravine close to him and ran for it; so he could defend himself against so many Indians. While he was running, he discovered for the first time his leg failed him—he was wounded at the first fire, but did not know it at the time. One of the Indians was a very large, stout man, as large as Higgins. The others were small and not so courageous as the large one. Higgins was satisfied he must receive the fire of the large Indian and attempted to dodge it; but the bullet lodged in his thigh and he fell; but rose instantly. By this time, the other two had also fired at him and both balls hit him; he fell, badly wounded, but soon again was on his feet, with his loaded gun in his hand. The Indians threw down their guns, as they had not time to load them again, and rushed, whooping and yelling, on Higgins, with their spears, tomahawks, and knives.When they advanced near him, he presented his gun at them, and that would keep them off awhile. Higgins often told me that the large Indian was as brave as a lion—he could not daunt him or intimidate him in the least; but when the small ones came near him, they quailed under his furious looks. They could not look him in the face, " but the large Indian could look the devil in the face," as Higgins expressed it . The bold Indian was rushing on him and he shot him dead. It is supposed the large Indian did not believe Higgins' gun was loaded, or he would not have rushed on certain death. The Indian had a great soldier—Higgins—to contend with. When the other Indians saw their main man killed, it made them more fierce. They raised the warwhoop the louder and rushed with greater vigor on poor wounded Higgins, who had in his body four Indian balls and had lost much blood; was weak and almost exhausted; had an empty gun and no other weapon; was near many Indian warriors besides the two pressing on him, who were armed with spears, tomahawks, and knives, and were strong, having lost no blood, nor were they wounded, as Higgins was. They gave Higgins many flesh-wounds, as his shirt and body were literally cut to pieces. One of the Indians threw a tomahawk at him; cut his ear nearly off and laid the bone of his head and side of his neck entirely bare. This blow knocked him down, and when they rushed on him with their spears, he kicked them off. When one of the Indians presented his spear at the breast of Higgins while he was stretched on the ground, he caught the spear, and the Indian pulling it, raised Higgins up by it. Then it was that he took his gun and literally knocked the brains out of one of the Indians. This blow broke the skull of the Indian and likewise Higgins' gun. It was shattered all to pieces and the barrel was bent. Then he had but one Indian to fight, but he was nearly exhausted. During most of this fight, it was in sight of the fort, and a woman—a Mrs. Pursley —became excited and said "she could not stand and see so brave a man as Higgins murdered by the Indians. " She mounted her husband's horse and started to his rescue. The men in the fort could not see a woman go alone and followed her. As soon as the Indian fighting Higgins* (*Gov. Reynolds in his later work, gives an amusing account of a duel fought with rocks, between Higgins and another man, at the lead mines, in which the celebrated Indian fighter was victorious.—"My Own Times", (2d ed.) page 169.—J. H. G.) saw the rangers coming, he fled, and they found Higgins prostrated on the ground, nearly dead—cut and mangled and almost torn to pieces. It is supposed, when the Indian fled, the excitement of Higgins subsided and he fainted. In fact, he was nearly dead when his friends relieved him. He barely escaped death from his wounds and never entirely recovered from them altho he lived many years after. He received a pension to the full amount of the law**. ( **I was well acquainted with Hiram Arthur, a remarkably honest and truthful man, who was in the fort near the scene when it took place, and observed it all. He gave me a written account of it, which is now among my papers, from which it appears that about nine-tenths of the amount of the melee is all bosh. " Higgins," he says, "was a brave fellow, but the trouble with the story we read of is that but a small percentage of the facts stated ever occurred. The account originated with Higgins himself. After the war, he lived in Fayette County, Ill., and there he met with a Mr. Hall, who wrote or contributed to the 'Annals of the West,' and gave him his version of the affair, and it took wings and has flown ever since. All that can be said is that the account is altogether overdrawn." I knew Tom Higgins well and he was in the habit of telling tremendous yarns, and was a capital hand at making himself the hero of all his adventures, particularly when he was in his cups.—J. Gillespie, Jan. 25, 1883. ) He was appointed door-keeper to one of the houses of the general assembly of Illinois, and resided in Fayette County; was a farmer and raised a large family. He died at his residence, above Vandalia, in 1829. Higgins was a generous, open-hearted pioneer.

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17 Oct 2007

Source: The Book of Chicagoans: A Biographical Dictionary of Leading Living Men of the city.  Compiled by John William Leonard Published 1905

HIGGINS, John Franklin, printer and binder: born Madlson, Wisconsin, July 24. 1859: son of Martin and Bridget (Gorman) Higgins: educated public schools of Madison, Wisconsin; married in Chicago, 1881,to Catherine A. Fleming. Came to Chicago from Madison. Wisconsin, in 1871; was with the Chicago Times 8 years and with the A. N. Kellogg Newspaper Company 2 years: in printing, publishing, binding, engraving and lithographing business for self since 1879. Also president G. D. Steere Co.. bindery, and interested in the Regan Printing House. Honorable member Typographical Union No. 16, member Old Time Printers' Association., K. P., Nat. Union, Chicago Elks. No. 4. Office: 279 E. Monroe St. Residence: 1566 W. Monroe St.


                   Image 1 & Image 2

                (DOB on census given as July 1864,bio states
               1859,address & occupation match bio)



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 01 Jul 2007

Higgins Charles,   attorney, Empire blk, h Main
Higgins George,   physician, Empire blk, h Main bet Fourth and Root
Higgins James,    lab, h Cedar bet Locust and Pine
Higgins Winslow, farmer, h Main bet Fourth and Root

states Winslow Higgins as being a resident as early as 1834 at McCarty's Mill in Kane County.

George Higgins is noted at
Dr. George HIGGINS came to Aurora with his parents in 1835 when a young lad.  He graduated Rush Medical College, Chicago in 1850 an immediately began practice in Aurora



 02 Mar 2007 

LEWIS J HIGGINS, 88, of Gibson City, formerly of Monticello born: 1-8-1915 in Monticello parents: Isaac and Jane McKenzie Higgins wed: Juanita P. Gray 1-30-1947 in Monticello. She died 6-4-1991 died: 5-6-2003 at Heritage Manor, Gibson City services: Mackey-Wright Funeral Home, Monticello burial: Monticello Twp Cemetery Paxton record 5-14-2003

   (* actual image appears to say 5 years old)
      listed as the grandson of Edward & Sarah MacKenzie and with brother Willard Higgins

Following the brother Willard back into 1910 census

1910; Census Place: Monticello, Piatt, Illinois; Roll: T624_317; Page: 21A; Enumeration District: 153; Image: 829. 
Name Age 
Isaac J Higgins 28, Sarah J Higgins 26, 
Willard Higgins 6, Charley Higgins 3,Harold Higgins 1 

In 1900,found only 1 Isaac Higgins in same county (verification needed)
1900; Census Place: Monticello, Piatt, Illinois; Roll: T623 336; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 130. 
Name Age 
George O Higgins 53,Bernette Higgins 49, 
Isaac Higgins 18,Lilas Higgins 16,Sabie Higgins 13, 
Annie Higgins 7,William Coleman 25 


  12 Dec 2006  

Listing of Brown Church Cemetery

Row #6:
  Stone 5. HIGGINS, Mary May, 1933 - 1988, 
                            Vera H. 1904 - 1976, 
                            Ara B. 1893 - 1974.

Row #8:
   Stone 8. Helen J. HIGGINS, Mar 17, 1885 - April 2, 1953.

   Stone 9. Daniel F. HIGGINS Jr., 1882 - 1930, 
                Lt. Chinese Labor Corp, Allied Armies, France

Row #9:
  Stone 7. Mary BROWN HIGGINS, June 16, 1857 - Dec 8, 1930.

  Stone 8. Daniel F. HIGGINS, May 2, 1849 - Mar 25, 1909, 
               Co C 100th Illinois Volunteer Infantry. (Civil War) 
              (Check Middle Initial. F. or S.)
                  Soldier # 18 Higgins, Daniel *

Daniel HIGGINS Male 
Other Information: 
Birth Year <1850> Birthplace IL 
Age 30 Occupation Lawyer Marital Status S <Single> 
Race W <White> Head of Household Valintine RATHBURN
Relation Other Father's Birthplace VT Mother's Birthplace VT
Source Information: 
Census Place Joliet, Will, Illinois Family History Library Film 1254260 
NA Film Number T9-0260 Page Number 126C 

   Image 1   Image 2

Part of the family history submission posted on site at /s-raiola.htm
   Daniel F. married Mary Brown of Jackson, Will County, IL. 
                May 4th,1881.

Stone 9. Marshall F. HIGGINS, Oct 5, 1886 - Jan 14, 1917.


Source: History of Lee County By H. H. Hill and Company, Chicago, 


B. B. Higgins, merchant and stock raiser, Dixon, was born at Perry, Wyoming county, New York, in February 1829. His parents were Selden and Polly (Taylor) Higgins. His father was a furniture manufacturer, and died while Mr. Higgins was quite young. He received his education at Perry and at the Homer Academy, located at Homer, Cortland county, New York. When he was seventeen years of age he started into the drug business at Perry and carried on that branch of business for some five or six years. He removed to Dixon in the spring of 1858 and opened a drug store, which he still conducts. He also owns a stock farm in the vicinity of Dixon and has achieved great reputation as a successful breeder of blooded stock. An account of this farm appears elsewhere. Mr. Higgins was married in Perry, New York, to Miss N. A. Huntington, of Shaftsbury, Vermont, in 1856, who died at Dixon in 1865. He has but one surviving child, Arthur S. Higgins, who was born at Dixon, August 2, 1863. Mr. Higgins is a republican in politics and an elder in a Presbyterian church.

1850; Census Place: Perry, Wyoming, New York; Roll: M432_617; Page: 285; Image: 206. (No Image Available)
Name Age
Polly Higgins 23
Seldon Higgins 21
Barton Higgins 16
Mary J Wallace 38

Not found in 1860 census

1870; Census Place: Dixon Ward 3, Lee, Illinois; Roll: M593_246; Page: 347; Image: 369. (No Image Available)
Barton B Higgins 39 Druggist b. NY

1880 Census
Barton B. HIGGINS Male
Other Information: Birth Year <1830> Birthplace NY Age 50
Occupation Drug Store Marital Status W <Widowed>
Race W <White> Head of Household George D. BENJAMIN
Father's Birthplace NY Mother's Birthplace MA
Source Information:
Census Place Dixon, Lee, Illinois
Family History Library Film 1254225
NA Film Number T9-0225
Page Number 264D

1880 Census (Best Connection)
Arthur HIGGINS Male
Other Information: Birth Year <1861> Birthplace IL Age 19
Occupation Clerk In Store Marital Status S <Single>
Race W <White> Head of Household John W. ANDERSON
Relation Other Father's Birthplace NY Mother's Birthplace WI
Source Information:
Census Place Dixon, Lee, Illinois
Family History Library Film 1254225
NA Film Number T9-0225
Page Number 263B

1900; Census Place: Yonkers Ward 4, Westchester, New York; Roll: T623_1178 Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 133 (Image Not Available)
Name Age
Arthur Higgins 38
Annie S Higgins 36
Charters K Higgins 9
Barton B Higgins 72  Father
Anna Carlson 28
Mary Webber 29


Source: History of Lee County By H. H. Hill and Company, Chicago,


Henry C. Higgins, Dixon, joint proprietor with his brother, Thomas Higgins, in the Dixon Gas Works, was born in Ireland, December 18, 1848, and is the son of Thomas and Mary (Gannon) Higgins. His parents came to the United States when he was five years of age, and settled at Freehold, New Jersey, where he was reared and educated. In 1864 he came to Illinois and engaged in farming in Whitesides county, and remained there until about 1870 when he became interested in contracts upon the Baltimore & Ohio and Pittsburg, Ft. "Wayne & Chicago railroads, and continued in this line of business until 1876, when he commenced the erection of gas works in different towns, which business he still carries on. He has made his headquarters at Dixon since 1876, the works there being the first built by him. Mr. Higgins is a democrat, but broad and liberal in his views, and is a young man of much enterprise and energy.

Household: 1880 Census
Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
Henry C. HIGGINS Self S Male W 31 IRE Gas Works Builder IRE IRE
Source Information:
Census Place Dixon, Lee, Illinois
Family History Library Film 1254225
NA Film Number T9-0225
Page Number 266C

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