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James  B  Higgins  

District of Columbia (D.C.) 

The obituary for James A  Higgins Railroad worker is most likely the same as the James B  Higgins listed below because of occupation.

1910 Census    642 Callan Street Washington DC

Higgins, James B. Head of Household Male White Age 53
                          Marriage (1st) yrs in marriage 
                          26 Born Illinois parents born unknown 
                          Occupation Car Repairer at B & O Railroad
Higgins Julia        Wife Female White Age 44 
                          given birth to 5 children of which 4 are living 
                          Born Virginia both parents born Virginia
Higgins James      Son Male White Age 25 Single 
                          Born Virginia Occupation Laborer
Higgins Joseph    Son Male White Age 12 Single 
                          Born Maryland
Higgins Ethel       Daughter Female White Age 17 
                            Born Maryland Occupation Clerk 
                            More Ethel Higgins Padgett

    SEE 1910 Census Scan 



 After small cash bequests to sons, John Horace, James Albert, and Joseph Wilbur Higgins, Mrs. Julia A  Higgins by her will, dated December 13 1915,and filed yesterday for probate, leaves the residue of her estate to her Daughter, Ethel Margaret Higgins. A friend Mrs. Jessie C. Jenkins is named executrix.

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James A  Higgins

The Washington Post, (Washington, D.C.)  24 October 1914

-Injury from freight car fatal-
James A Higgins, 58 years old, residing with his family at 626 I Street N.E. who was knocked down by a freight car in the Eckington freight yards of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Thursday night, died at Emergency Hospital yesterday morning. He was employed in the yard as a car inspector. One of his legs was mashed. He died from internal injuries. Coroner Nevitt will hold an inquest in the case this morning at the district morgue.
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The Washington Post, (Washington, D.C.), 25 October 1914 
  under caption of "Police Notes"

- That James A  Higgins, 58 years old, 626 I Street N.E., a car inspector, who died October 23,at Casualty Hospital as the result of being run over by a freight car in the Baltimore and Ohio Freight yards, Thursday night, came to his death through not using proper care, was the verdict returned by the coroners jury yesterday.
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Cemetery Record from Glenwood Cemetery Washington D.C.
Higgins, Jas B., Section F, Lot 94
            Residence- 642 Cullam*1 St. N. E.    *1
actual address is 642 Callan Street 
            Another residence mention in records is: 622 Eye Street N.E. (626 I Street N.E.)
            Born N.Y.*2 Died Oct. 23, 1914    *2 Other sources state Illinois
            Married: age 58

-Details of James Higgins Death Certificate-
  1) Date of Death: Oct 23, 1914
  2) Full Name of deceased: James Higgins
  3) Sex: Male 4) Age: 58 5)Color: White 6) Conjugal condition: Married
  7) Occupation: Car Inspector (Steam)
  8) Birth place of deceased: New York *
      * All census' place birth state as Illinois
  9) Birth place of father: Unknown
 10) Birth place of mother: Unknown
 11) Duration of residence in this district: several years
 12) Place of death: Casualty Hospital
 13) Cause of death; Primary: Compound fracture, left femur (due to being run over by steam train)
      Secondary: Shock
  14) If death occurred at an institution, give name: Casualty Hospital
  15) Length of time at institution: 9 hours
  16) Place of residence: 626 Eye* Street N.E. * "I" Street
       Place of burial: Glenwood Cemetery ,
       Date of Burial: October 26,1914
From the records of Glenwood Cemetery
2219 Lincoln Rd N.E. Washington D.C. 20002

Higgins, Hattie Rose
           Section F, Lot 94, Born Maryland,
           Single, Died January 27, 1908
           Age 18, Interred January 28,1908,Site 8
           Cause of death-Phthisis Pulminalia
           Residence 642 Callan Street N. E.
Note: In lot of James B. Higgins
Transcribers' note: Hattie is sister to James Albert and John Horace Higgins

Source: District of Columbia Deaths and Burials, 1840-1964
name: Hattie Rose Higgins gender: Female
burial date: 29 Jan 1908 burial place: Glenwood
death date: 27 Jan 1908 death place: District Of Columbia
age: 18 birth date: 1890 race: White
birthplace: Maryland occupation: Student
marital status: Single spouse's name: n/a
father's name: not given father's birthplace: Illinois
mother's name: not given mother's birthplace: Virginia

From the records of Glenwood Cemetery
2219 Lincoln Rd N.E. Washington D.C. 20002

Higgins, Emma J., 
           Died December 26, 1965,interred December 29,1965
           Age 80, Cause of death Cerebral Hemorrhage 
           Residence- 5855 Potomac Avenue N.W.
           Undertaker is S. H. Hines 
Transcriber's note: Emma is John Horace Higgins wife

            Washington Post: December 28,1965
 HIGGINS, EMMA JANE- On Sunday December 25,1965,at her residence, 5855 Potomac Ave N.W.,  Emma Jane Higgins, wife of the late John H. Higgins, mother of Mrs. Raymond J. Letner, of the home address, and Horace R. Higgins, of Aberdeen Maryland; also survived by two grandchildren. Friends may call at the S.H. Hines Co. Funeral Home,2901 14th St. N.W. after 12 noon Monday December 27th where services will be held December 29th at 1pm. Interment at Glenwood Cemetery.
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Social Security Death Index Information
   Emma Higgins Born: 26 Mar 1887 Died: Dec 1965 

Higgins, John Horace
           Died February 7,1963, interred February 9,1963
           Age 74, Cause of death- Arteria
           Residence- Sibley Hospital
           Undertaker- S. H. Hines
Note: In lot of James B. Higgins 

Note - Original copy is difficult to read -
          Areas of difficulty are marked with a (?)

- Obituary -
Higgins, John Horace
on Thursday, February 7th, (1963) at Sibley Hospital. John Horace Higgins of 326 15th Street N.E.(?), Beloved Husband of Emma J. Higgins, Father of Jeanette E Letner, (See couple's Obituary Scans) and Lt. Colonel Horace R. Higgins of Brooklyn N.Y., Brother of Ethel Padgett of Baltimore Maryland. Services at S. H. Hines Co. Funeral Home. (-?-) 14th Street N. W. on Saturday February 9th at 2 P.M. Interment Glenwood Cemetery.


Read Scan of Obituary of Horace Higgins' first wife* Alice Annie Higgins **, aged 36, from the February 5,1941 edition of The Washington Post.

* see image of their marriage license

** Her maiden name was Alice Annie Hayes

Arlington National Cemetery 
Name: Alice Annie Higgins (wife of) Horace R Higgins 
Service Info.: 1ST LT INF RES AD 
Death Date: 2 Feb 1941 Interment Date: 5 Feb 1941 
Cemetery: Arlington National Cemetery 
Cemetery Address: C/O Director Arlington, VA 22111 
Buried At: Section South Site 8985 

 From the records of Glenwood Cemetery
    2219 Lincoln Rd N.E. Washington D.C. 20002

Higgins, Julia
            Born Virginia, Widow, Died April 27, 1916
            Interred April 29, 1916, 
            Cause of death- Asthemia, pulmonary phthisis
            Residence 643 Morton Street N.E.
            Note: In lot of W.W. Deal & Company
Transcriber's note: Julia is James B Higgins wife

 From the records of Glenwood Cemetery
   2219 Lincoln Rd N.E. Washington D.C. 20002

Higgins, James A. , (View death certificate)
           Died March 31, 1949, Age 65,
           Interred April 2, 1949, Residence- Baltimore Maryland
           Note: In lot of James B. Higgins
Transcriber's note: James A is the son of James B Higgins and 
                                        Husband to Viola Kilby Higgins

Jeanette Emma Higgins was born July 31,1919 in Washington D.C. She was the daughter of John Horace and Emma Jane Higgins (nee Ashley)and brother of Horace Richard Higgins. She married Raymond Edwin Letner, son of Garvey Everett and Lavina Ann Letner (nee Rice). She died December 1,1978 (see obituary scan) and her husband Raymond died on Tuesday June 7,1977 (see obituary scan) at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington D.C. Both are buried in Section 16 Lot 162 at Cedar Hill Cemetery located at 4111 Pennsylvania Ave Suitland Md. Hers is grave # 7.

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1900 Census Scan 
The same family but James is not listed, a son named John is listed (who is not on 1910 census). It also says Julia has had 4 kids with 4 kids living, doesn't make sense???? 
  Added Oct 2003

See also Higgins census for Washington DC at 

3 Apr 2006
 James B. Higgins' son John Horace Higgins & family in 1910 & 1920 census 
  including Jane Ashley (see headstone image above) who was his wife's widowed mother
View 1910 Census Scan JOHN H Higgins DC WASHINGTON 

   Above census mentions that living with John Horace & Emma J. Higgins is John's widowed
   mother-in-law Jane Ashley and John's wife's widowed uncle Richard Buckley

  -More on Richard Buckley-

   Washington Post, The (Washington, D.C.) March 23 1911
   mentions the licensed to marry of Richard B. Buckley,62, and Sarah F. Hochman,42, by
   the Rev. J.M.F. Taylor


View 1920 Census Scan JOHN H Higgins DC WASHINGTON

1930 Census
John H Higgins       Washington, DC abt 1889 Virginia Head 
Emma J Higgins      Washington, DC abt 1890 Wife 
Horace R Higgins                     DC abt 1911 Son 
Jeanette E Higgins Washington, DC abt 1920 Daughter


James B. Higgins' son Joseph Wilbur Higgins was born May 18, 1897 in Laurel Maryland. He served as a Private 1st Class in the 3rd Machine Gun Battalion of the 1st Division during the 1st World War. His service began on August 14, 1917 until his honorable discharge on August 19, 1919. He received the Purple Heart for a wound he received during his service. He died June 28, 1955 in Michigan. He was buried at Parkview Memorial Cemetery in Livonia, Michigan.

see image of front of headstone request form

see image of back of headstone request form

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Related Higgins from Washington D.C. directories

Source : Boyd's Washington D.C. City Directory for 1902
Higgins, James B. Inspector 521 9th N.E.

Source: Boyd's City Directories for Washington, DC - 1903
Higgins, Albert J., h 630 Callen N.E.
Higgins, James B., h 630 Callen N.E.

Source: Boyd's directory of the District of Columbia - 1908
Higgins, Hattie, Clerk, 642 Callan, North East
Higgins, Jas, Car Inspector,642 Callan, North East
Higgins, Jas, A.,Conductor,642 Callan, North East
Higgins, John H.,Bricklayer,642 Callan, North East

Source: 1909 Polk's City Directory of the District of Columbia
Higgins, Jas, Car Inspector,642 Callan, North East
Higgins, Jas, A.,Conductor,642 Callan, North East
Higgins, John H.,Bricklayer,642 Callan, North East

Source: 1910 Polk's City Directory of the District of Columbia
HIGGINS, James B. Car Repair,642 Callan N.E. 

Source: 1911 Polk's City Directory of the District of Columbia
HIGGINS, James A.,Motorman,642 Callan N.E.
HIGGINS, James B. Car Repair,642 Callan N.E.

Source: 1912 Polk's City Directory of the District of Columbia
HIGGINS, James B, Inspector,642 Callan N.E.

Source: 1913 Polk's City Directory of the District of Columbia
HIGGINS, James B., Car Inspector, 620 I Street N.E.
HIGGINS. Albert J., Clerk, 620 I Street N.E.
HIGGINS, Ethel M., Box Maker, 620 I Street N.E.

Source: 1914 Polk's City Directory of the District of Columbia
HIGGINS, James A. Car Inspector, 626 I Street N.E.

Source: 1918 Polk's City Directory of the District of Columbia
HIGGINS, James A. Crane Operator, 812 I Street N.E.

Source: 1919 Polk's City Directory of the District of Columbia
HIGGINS, James A., Laborer. 812 I Street N.E.

Source: 1921 Polk's City Directory of the District of Columbia
HIGGINS, James A. Meat Cutter, 807 13th Street N.E.

Source: 1922 Polk's City Directory of the District of Columbia
HIGGINS, James A. Manager F. F. Kidwells*, 817 13th Street N.E.
(*Frank F. Kidwell, Chain Stores, Groceries, Meat, 631 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.)
HIGGINS, Albert, Clerk, 817 13th Street N.E.

Source: 1925 Polk's City Directory of the District of Columbia
HIGGINS, James A. Branch Manager, 
             Old Dutch Market,326 15th Street N.W.

Source: 1927 Polk's City Directory of the District of Columbia
HIGGINS, Albert, Butcher,1431 P Street N.W.

Source: 1928 Polk's City Directory of the District of Columbia
HIGGINS, James A., Meat Cutter, 219 T. Street N.E.#16
             - Listed with wife Viola-
**Above is webmasters Grandfather and Grandmother**

Source: 1929 Polk's City Directory of the District of Columbia
HIGGINS. Viola,1319 I Street N.E.

Source: 1930 Polk's City Directory of the District of Columbia
HIGGINS, Viola, 338 11th Street N.E.
   see also Viola and family in 1930 census at

James Albert HIGGINS    24 April 2005
Born April 12,1883  in Washington, D.C.  (source WW1 draft card)
        View front Draft Card  View Back of Craft Card  

 September 1918 employed by Washington Steel & Ordinance Company

James Albert Higgins in 1930 Census


James Albert Higgins' brother 
    - John Horace Higgins born 10-03-1886 (per WW1 draft card)
       View front of Draft Card  View back face of card 
       in Occoquan, Prince William County, Virginia. 
      His occupation as of June 1917 was as Photostat operator
           at Ordinance department at the War Department. 
           John and family were living at 382 E. Street NE in June 1917.


The Frederick Post (Frederick, Maryland) September 1 1943 
 -Marriage Licenses-
   Major Horace Richard Higgins,33,Widower and Mabel Virginia Eby,23, both of Washington
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Mention of the upcoming marriage in the Washington Post September 30, 1943

The Frederick Post (Frederick, Maryland) September 21 1943 

Mr & Mrs Earl Eby, Sabillasville, announce the coming marriage of their daughter, Mabel Virginia to Major Horace Richard Higgins, Army of The United States, at 3 o'clock in afternoon of October 3, in Sabillasville. Miss Eby was graduated from the Thurmont High School in 1935 and from the Waynesboro Business College in 1936.She was employed at the Wayne Laboratories ,Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, following which she accepted a position in the War Department and moved to Washington D.C. three years ago. She is now employed in the Field Service Division, Office of the Chief of Ordnance in the Pentagon building. Major Higgins is the son of Mr.. And Mrs. John Horace Higgins,326 15th Street N.E. Washington D.C.. He was graduated from Eastern High School, Washington D.C., in 1928 and from the University of Maryland College Park in 1933. major Higgins, who has been on active duty three years is now chief of one of the units in the Field Service Division, Office of the Chief of Ordnance. He is a member of the Heroes of '76,Military Order of the World War. Sojourners and vice-chairman of the Society of Automotive Engineers. Following a short honeymoon in the north, the couple will return to Washington D.C., where they will reside.

The Frederick Post (Frederick, Maryland) 
February 24 1956 SABILLASVILLE

  Mr. & Mrs. Earl Eby are visiting Mr. & Mrs. Richard Higgins in Washington D.C.


Obituary of Horace Richard Higgins
courtesy of the Linton-Holdcraft Obituary collection in the Maryland Room at the Main Branch of the Frederick County Public Library September 1981

Mr. Horace Richard Higgins, Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army retired,71,of Sundays Lane, Frederick, died Saturday September 5, at Frederick Memorial Hospital. He was born in Washington D.C., a son of the late John Horace and Emma Jane Ashley Higgins.
Mr. Higgins was a member of the Aberdeen Masonic Lodge; Almas Temple Shrine, Washington D.C. Sojourners Chapter: Heroes of '76;Royal Order of Scotland; Eastern Star; Military Order of Carabou and Military Order of World Wars; the Bernard L. Tobin American Legion Aberdeen,40 & 8;and BPOE Elks, Edgewood. During World War two he served in the Philippines in the Ordnance Corp, and with the Quartermasters Corp at Fort Holliderberg .Baltimore. He was with the Veterans Administration in the Department of Ordinance in the Army, Brookland Army Terminal. He retired in 1970 at the Aberdeen proving Grounds.
He is survived by his wife M. Virginia Eby Higgins; one daughter, Mrs. Jeanette Lucille Cullum, Essex; one son, John Earl Higgins, Frederick; three grandchildren, Jeanette "Missy"Cullum, R Steven Cullum, and Jacquline Rae Cullum. The family will receive friends from 7-9 pm Tuesday,September 8,at Robert E. Daily & Sons Funeral Home,(615 E. Main Street, Thurmont (MD), Services will be held at the funeral Home at 2pm,Wednesday September 9.
The Rev. Vernon E. Firme and the Rev. Claude Corl will officiate. Interment will be in Blue Ridge Cemetery, Thurmont.
(It goes on to state some of organizations to which he belonged are also having services.)

(Below) An image of Horace Richard Higgins from the yearbook of University of Maryland College Park for the year 1933

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The Frederick Post (Frederick, Maryland) December 10 1960 
Mr. & Mrs. John H. Higgins, Lt. Col and Mrs. Horace Higgins, with Janette and John Earl. in attendance at the 50th wedding anniversary of Mr. & Mrs. Roy m. Stockman

        originally spelled ELY in census index


See scan of Mrs Mabel Viola Eby obituary 04/08/1974 

Blue Ridge Cemetery, Thurmont, Frederick County, Maryland

Higgins Eby plot, marker 2

Horace Richard Higgins Headstone Blue Ridge Cemetery

M Virginia Higgins headstone Blue Ridge Cemetery

Earl Eby Headstone Blue Ridge Cemetery

Mabel Eby Headstone Blue Ridge Cemetery


Census Scans

Name              Age
Percy Padgett   33
Ethel Padgett   26  [Ethel Higgins]
Jessie Padgett   1
Joseph Higgins 23
Alice Higgins     21

Name Age
Perry E Padgett* 43  *Percy E. Padgett
Ethel M Padgett 35
Jessie W Padgett 11
Shirley R Padgett 10
Ethel J Padgett 7
Lilia M Padgett 5
Audrry E Padgett 2 6/12


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