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11 Mar 2012
Interment: Memorial Park Cemetery - Kansas City, Missouri
Robert B. Higgins, 86, of Olathe, KS passed away Friday March 9, 2012 at the Kansas City Hospice House.
Bob was born January 27, 1926 in Fort Scott, KS to Walter and Gertrude Higgins. He was a proud WWII Army Veteran. He retired from the United States Postal Service after 36 years of service.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Charles.
He is survived by his wife of 62 Years Helen Higgins of the home. Daughter Robin Maggard (Doug) and granddaughter Brandy Thomasson (Jeff) and three great grandchildren Bailey, Jake and Brooklyn. Sister Betty Harp and 4 nephews Charles, Michael, James and Dennis Harp.

1930; Census Place: Fort Scott, Bourbon, Kansas; Roll: 694; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 6; Image: 157
Name Age (No Image Available)

Walter Higgins 40
Gertrude E Higgins 38
Charles Higgins 18
Betty F Higgins 7
Robert B Higgins 4 3/12

1930; Census Place: Fort Scott, Bourbon, Kansas; Roll: 694; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 6; Image: 157
Name Age (No Image Available)

Charles F Higgins 65
Anna Higgins 66

1920; Census Place: Fort Scott Ward 3, Bourbon, Kansas; Roll: T625_525; Page: 4B; Enumeration District: 41; Image: 120.
Name Age

Walter J Higgins 30
Gertrude Higgins 28
Charles A Higgins 8

World War I Draft Registration Card
Name: Walter J Higgins Race: Caucasian (White)
County: Bourbon State: Kansas
Birthplace: Kansas; USA Birth Date: 11 Sep 1889

1920; Census Place: Fort Scott Ward 4, Bourbon, Kansas; Roll: T625_525; Page: 11A; Enumeration District: 43; Image: 187.
Name Age

Charles Higgins 55
Anna Higgins 55

1910; Census Place: Fort Scott Ward 4, Bourbon, Kansas; Roll: T624_432; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 0043; Image: 1015
Name Age

Charles F Higgins 48
Anna Higgins 48
Walter Higgins 22
Gertrude Higgins 19

1900; Census Place: Fort Scott Ward 2, Bourbon, Kansas; Roll: 471; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 34
Name Age

Charles Higgins 33
Anna Higgins 37
Walter Higgins 10

1880; Census Place: Fort Scott, Bourbon, Kansas; Roll: 373; Page: 192B; Enumeration District: 25; Image: 389.
Name Age

John Higgins 51
Elizabeth Higgins 46
Rosa Higgins 18
Charles Higgins 14
Lillie Higgins 12
George Higgins 10
Daisy Higgins 7

1870; Census Place: Fort Scott Ward 2, Bourbon, Kansas; Roll: M593_429; Page: 439A; Image: 143
Name Age

John Higgins 41
Elizabeth Higgins 34
Edwin Higgins 10
Rose Lena Higgins 7
Charles Higgins 4
Lillian M Higgins 2
George Higgins 6/12


16 Jul 2010

Looking for information of the Hotel Higgins postcard (below), believed to be in Kansas circa 1908  - Please contact webmaster with any information.

03 Feb 2008

Cowley County Heritage Book  Page 194 & 195

Bud And Lucy Higgins Family  Arthur-Otto (Bud) Higgins, born in 1871 in Burden, Kansas, was a depot agent in Gordon, Galva, and Rose Hill for many years. His father, William Wallace Higgins, was in the Civil War serving as a drummer boy in the Kansas 6th Cavalry During the battle of Pea Ridge, he dug a flattened bullet out of a tree, which would have hit him had he not been sitting under the tree, taking a lunch break. That bullet remains in the family.
After the war, and before settling in Burden, he took his wife, Joanna Thorpe, and their two small children, Bud and Mary, to what is now Sun Valley, Idaho. William Wallace fashioned snowshoes for himself and his children. He worked in a saw mill, and delivered mail to the scant settlers. When the Indians became unfriendly, he sent his family, Joanna with a third baby, back to Kansas. William Wallace stayed to sell his cattle. The Indians left him alone, because he had a dark complexion; but a group of braves stopped Joanna's stagecoach. One of them wanted the baby, but Grandma said "No". Their son, Bud, married Lucy Bell Haskell in 1897 in Winfield. Lucy was born in Vermillion County, Indiana, in 1876. They had four children, one of whom died in childhood. Mary Higgins Pease (born 1900; died 1985) was their second child, and my grandmother. She did extensive genealogical research, and it is from her writings that this information is available.
Lucy's family, the Haskells, is traced back to four settlers who arrived on the Mayflower in 1620. They moved from Massachusetts to Vermont, down to Indiana, and then into Kansas.
The Higgins clan arrived a few years earlier, in 1611, when Thomas Harris and George Thorpe arrived in Jamestown, Virginia, on the ship Prosperous. They migrated from Virginia into Kentucky, then on to Missouri, and into Kansas.
Bud and Lucy's eldest daughter, Mary Higgins Pease, had two daughters; my mother, Janet Pease Emery lived in Concordia, Kansas. My sister, Elizabeth Ann, and I, Mary Lou were born and raised in Concordia. I have now come full circle, and live in Winfield with my husband Robert L. Jones from Colby, and our two children, Katherine Elizabeth (h. 5-23-83) and Barrett Lee (h. 5-6-85)

      Higgins, Walace - Union - Cavalry - 6th Regiment,
       Kansas Cavalry

Name                 Age
Arthur Higgins     28
Lucy Higgins        24
Harold Higgins       1
Maud Higgins       3.12

Name              Age
Arthur Hagans  38
Lucy Hagans     34
Harold Hagans   11
Maude Hagans   10
Fern Hagans       5
Neda Hagans    14/12

Name                  Age
Arthur O Higgins   48
Lucy O Higgins      43
Harold H Higgins    21
Mary M Higgins      19
Lola F Higgins        14
Verda B Higgins     10

1930; Census Place: Richland, Butler, Kansas; Roll: 695; Page: 6A;
          Enumeration District: 39; Image: 675
         (No Image Available)
Name               Age
Arthur O Higgins 58
Lucy B Higgins    54

30 Jun 2007
Towanda Township Cemetery  Towanda ,Butler County, Kansas

Higgins, A.C.,             May 18, 1845 - Oct 16, 1922 
Higgins, E. Agnes,       1904 - 1985 
Higgins, Alfred Clinton, 1897 - 1939 
Higgins, Benjamin H.,   1867 - 1927 
Higgins, Frank,            ???? - July 26, 1893 
Higgins, Laura,            1897 - 1928 
Higgins, Lewis,             ???? - Oct 23 1892 
Higgins, Margaret,        ???? - Oct 11, 1890 
Higgins, Roy E.,           Oct 12, 1886 - Apr 28, 1933 
Higgins, Sarah Ann,      1875 - 1959, w/o Benjamin H. 
Higgins, Viola E.,          July 31, 1859 - Jan 30, 1913 

Higgins, Alfred Clinton
WW1 draft card
Birth Feb 20,1897
Fathers birthplace Summerset Ohio
Brown Eyes Brown Hair

Census   Alfred HIGGINS Household 1880      Male   
           Other Information: 
           Birth Year <1845>  Birthplace OH  
           Age 35  Occupation Carpenter  
            Marital Status S <Single>   Race W <White>  
            Head of Household Louis E. LAMBING 
            Relation Other  
             Father's Birthplace OH  Mother's Birthplace NJ  
  Source Information: 
Census Place Murdock, Butler, Kansas      Family History Library Film 1254375 
    NA Film Number T9-0375     Page Number 68C   

Census Scan 


3 Dec 2006 
Atchison Kansas 
The Atchison County Cemetery Files 
Last Name First Name Birth Death Age Cemetery 
Higgins Elizabeth 12-27-1928 Mt. Calvary 
Higgins J. 11-20-1880 12yrs Mt. Calvary 
Higgins John W 1851 12-29-1925 Mt. Vernon 
Higgins Roger Mark 4-25-1915 7-6-1922 St. Ann's 
Higgins Sarah Ellen 1848 7-3-1913 Mt. Vernon 
Higgins Thomas 10-20-1889 21yrs Mt. Calvary 
Higgins Thomas 4-5-1900 Mt. Calvary 

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          with wife Sarah E. Higgins
            with 4 8/12ths yr old Roger M Higgins

24 Nov 2006
North Cedar Creek Cemetery - Cowley County - Kansas

HIGGINS, William     1807 1884
HIGGINS, Sarrah E. Jan 1884 (26 y, 4 m, 23 d)
HIGGINS, Nellie S.    07 Jan 1884 d/o T. & S.E. 

20 Nov 2006
Abbyville Cemetery Westminister Township Abbyville, Reno County, Kansas 

Higgins Alfred E. 1915 1935 (near Harry W., Inez E., Paul & Manley C.) 

Higgins Harry W. Dec 24 1910 Mar 16 1983 
   Harry W. Higgins married Inez Herman Apr 12 1931 (same stone with Inez E.)
   (refer to Alfred E.) 

Higgins Inez E. ( Herman ) Sep 12 1908 Jan 23 1963 
 Harry W. Higgins married Inez Herman Apr 12 1931 (same stone with Harry W.) 
 (refer to Alfred E.) 

Higgins Manley C. 1888 1930 (near Alfred E., Harry W., Inez E. & Paul) 

Higgins Paul 1918 Infant (refer to Alfred E. for others near) 

19 Oct 2006  
Grand Prairie Cemetery Cowley County, Kansas 

-links to images of headstones through above link-


HIGGINS Clifton R. 6-Mar-1877 14-Jul-1959 born: Rocky Bar ID 
            s/o Wallace W. & Joanna Thorp 

HIGGINS Joanna Thorp 10-May1850 ? born: Platte Co. MO
            w/o Wallace W.

HIGGINS Joseph 8-Aug-1840 23-Feb-1917 born: Platte Co. MO 76y 6m 15d 

HIGGINS Rosella E. Mitchell 7-May-1892 23-Jun-1986 

HIGGINS Wallace William 23-Apr-1846 17-May-1911 born: Howard Co. MO 

-Best Census Connections-  

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

William W. HIGGENS Self M Male W 33 MO Farmer --- --- 
Joanna HIGGENS Wife M Female W 30 MO Keeping House MO KY 
Mary F. HIGGENS Dau S Female W 10 KS MO MO 
Auther O. HIGGENS Other S Male W 8 KS MO MO 
Clifton R. HIGGENS Other S Male W 3 ID MO MO 
Irora HIGGENS Other S Female W 2M KS MO MO 
Josiah HIGGENS Brother Male W 40 KS --- --- 

Source Information:
Census Place Omnia, Cowley, Kansas Family History Library Film 1254377 
NA Film Number T9-0377 Page Number 517D

     (Wallace Higgins wife living with inlaws, her son Clifton is living next door)

       Patient in Asylum (Subject to confirmation)


NPS Listing Soldier # 13  
Civil War pension records show Wallace Higgins received an invalid's pension June 12,1889 for his service in Company "A" 6th Kansas Cavalry. His wife Joanna Higgins received a widows pension June 10,1911.They were filed for in Kansas.


07 Apr 2006 
Maple City Cemetery, Cowley County Kansas
Section Row# 

Higgins (Female) 22 Feb 1895 7 Mar 1895 d/o F.B & M.J. Center 12 
Higgins Elizabeth Grable 22 Apr 1833 15 Aug 1907 Center 23 

Section Row# 

Higgins John M. 1844 1909 cwm Co E 2 Ill Vol Cav ssw Martha M. North 7 
Higgins Martha M. 1841 1915 ssw John M. North 7 

Higgins, John M
2nd Regiment, Illinois Cavalry 


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 19 Nov 2005 
William G. Cutler's History of the State of Kansas

REV. A. E. HIGGENS, Pastor First M. E. Church, became connected with the Kansas conference in 1879. He has since held a charge at Olathe two years, and in March, 1881, moved to Leavenworth to take the present one. Mr. Higgens was born, in Vernon, Jennings County, Ind., February 8, 1848. His parents moved to Clermont County, Ohio, while he was a child, finally settling in Brown County. He received a common school education in Ohio, and commenced to preach in the Cincinnati conference in 1868. In 1871 he removed to Boston, Mass. After devoting one year to preparatory studies, he entered the school of theology in the Boston University, and graduated in the spring of 1875. He returned to Ohio, and passing an examination, was ordained an elder in the fall of the same year, and was attached to the Cincinnati conference. In 1878 he took a location in Kansas City, Kansas, and joined the Kansas conference the next year. Mr. Higgens was married in Adams County, Ohio, December 29, 1875, to Miss Alice B. Massie of that county. They have one son, Nathaniel Massie

Household: 1880

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

Alpfonso E. HIGGINS Self M    Male W 32 IN Clergyman 
Alice G. HIGGINS      Wife M Female W 30 OH Keeping House OH OH 
Nathamel M. HIGGINS Son S  Male    W  1 KS  OH IN 

Source Information:
Census Place Olathe, Johnson, Kansas  Family History Library Film 1254384 
NA Film Number T9-0384  Page Number 119D

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28 Oct 2005  
Transcribed from volume III, part 1 of Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc

George D. Higgins, of Coffeyville, is one of the representative members of the Kansas bar and is distinctively a man of affairs. He was born on a farm in Vinton county, Ohio, and comes of a highly respected ancestry. He is a son of Thomas and May J. (Coe) Higgins, the former of whom was born in Ireland, and the latter in Athens county, Ohio. Each of the parents died at about the age of fifty-four years.
George D. Higgins is the fifth in a family of seven children, and he was about fourteen years old when his parents died, at which early age he was thrown upon his own resources. He received his early education in the district schools of Vinton county, Ohio, and as a boy secured employment in a glass factory. Later he matriculated at the Mountain State Business College at Parkersburg, W. Va., and graduated in that institution with the class of 1902. He then went to Muncie, Ind., where he attended a normal school, working at the same time in a glass factory. He later came to Coffeyville, Kan., where he was employed with Ball Brothers in a glass factory from 1905 to 1907, when he entered the Valparaiso (Ind.) University, and he graduated in the law department of that institution with the class of 1909. He then continued his studies for about six months in the Chicago Kent College of Law, and on Jan. 1, 1910, returned to Coffeyville. Mr. Higgins began the practice of law in Coffeyville on March 1, 1910, and has since been so employed. He is a self-made and self-educated man in every sense of the phrase. Fraternally, he is a member of the Knights of Columbus, and in politics he is a Democrat, giving his allegiance to the leadership of William J. Bryan, of whom he has been for years a consistent supporter and admirer.

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08 Aug 2005 
Kansas Historical Quarterly
First Newspapers in Kansas Counties Part 4 of 4: 1879-1886
by G. Raymond Gaeddert

Veteran Sentinel, March 19, 1886.

Veteran was one of several western Kansas towns, including Coronado, established by "Winfield gentlemen." [33] The Veteran Sentinel, according to the records, was the first newspaper published in what is now Stanton, then part of Hamilton county. The earliest issue in the Society's file is dated April 16, 1886, listed as Vol. I, No. 5. If regularly issued the first number should have appeared March 19. Will C. Higgins was the editor and proprietor of this five-column, eight-page paper.

In May the name of Veteran changed to Johnson City, and the name of the paper to the Johnson City Sentinel. [34] Stanton county, however, remained unorganized during the history of this paper. In 1887 Johnson City was made the county seat of Stanton county.

The Society has a good file of the Sentinel from April 16 to December 10, 1886.

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28 Apr 2005  
WILLIAM HIGGINS, Sergeant-at-Arms of Kansas House of Representatives, was born in Norristown, Pa., April 2, 1842, and lived there until 1852, when his father, Patrick Higgins, removed with his family to Missouri, and resided at St. Louis and Liberty until September, 1854, when he brought the family to Leavenworth County, having previously come out there May 16, 1854, and determined on his location. From 1854 to 1857 alternated between Leavenworth and Lexington, Mo., attending school. July 17, 1857, the family removed to Paola, Miami County, where the parents lived until their death. William's mother's, Jane Flannigan Higgins' demise occurred in August, 1868, his father's death taking place July 4, 1872. William enlisted April 4, 1862, in Company G, Second Missouri Battalion, and served in that company for eleven months, and was then discharged on general orders. Re-enlisted August 2, 1863, in Company C, Fifteenth Kansas Cavalry. Was in every engagement while with both commands under which he served. He received several manifestations of respect from the officers for his remarkable bravery, being appointed over all line officers to command foraging parties, etc. He was in the army until October 19, 1865, when he was honorably discharged. He then returned to Paola and published the Miami Free Press, and during a part of 1868 and 1869 he conducted the Le Roy Pioneer. February 22, 1870, he removed from Paola to Baxter Springs, but remained but three months and was then at Coffeyville until December of the same year, when he returned to Baxter Springs, and remained there until June 2, 1871, when he located at Columbus. He published the Columbus Journal until he was appointed claim agent for the M. K. & T. R. R. Company in July, 1876. He then made Parsons his headquarters, although he did not formally locate at that place until November, 1877. He held the position of claim agent until June, 1880. While at Paola he served four years as City Marshal and Deputy Sheriff. He was appointed Justice of the Peace of Parsons in the fall of 1880. He has held the position of Sergeant-at-Arms of the Kansas House of Representatives since 1875. He is a member of the K. of P. and the K. of H. and has been past deputy grand master thereof. He was junior vice commander of Gen. Rice Post No. 71, G. A. R. and is now a member of Lincoln Post, No. 1, G. A. R. at Topeka. Mr. Higgins was married to Laura Virginia Kinsley, Nov. 30, 1879. They have two children - Helen Webster and Theodore Crosby (Higgins). 

(The American Historical Society 1916) pages 1531 & 1532.

William Higgins, of Bartlesville, has been a witness of, and participant in much of what is vital in the history of this great section of the middle west for fully 60 years. He and his family were in Kansas during this fratricidal struggle which made that a free state. 
William Higgins cast his first vote for Abraham Lincoln in 1864,while with the Union Army at Fort Gibson, Indian Territory. He is a former Secretary of State of Kansas and for fifty years has been closely acquainted with Oklahoma citizenship and tribal affairs. He first came to Oklahoma in May 1899, in the service of the Indian Department with the Dawes Commission as appraiser of Indian lands for allotment. At the beginning of the oil excitement he resigned and in 1903 went to Bartlesville and has been a prominent resident of that city since 1904. In Norristown, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, William Higgins was born, April 2,1842, a son of Patrick and Elizabeth Jane (Flanagan) Higgins. His parents were solid and substantial people, endowed with a large amount of common sense, had good ideals and aims and endeavored to put them into practice, and were both of the Catholic faith.
Patrick Higgins was born in the city of Sligo and his wife in Belfast Ireland. The former lived to be eighty-nine and the latter to seventy- seven years of age. Patrick Higgins was an Irish schoolmaster and mechanic. He was a free state democrat, but when he settled in Missouri in 1848 found that such Democrats were not popular. In 1854 he moved to Kansas and gave his aid and influence to make that a free state. First in Missouri and then in Kansas Territory William Higgins spent his early years beginning with his conscious recollection. What schooling he had came from his parents and public schools, from a Catholic Academy and printing shops, which have always been recognized as a great university training school. However, his character has been molded and shaped by hard experience in the frontier life of the west. He has been in and has seen every territory west of Missouri, Iowa and Arkansas come into statehood. As a boy during the terrible border warfare between the Missouri and Kansas people of the '50s (1850's) he endured the hardship of frontier life and of drought fanatical strife. He himself shared in some the experiences of those days, witnessed the destruction of houses and lives and all the brutal savagery of the civil warfare, which beginning in Kansas, in time enveloped the entire nation. Nowhere was the civil war fought with greater fury and hatred and with less regard for the honorable rules of warfare than in the the border district.
William Higgins is one of the few men living who witnessed the battle of Osewatomie on August 30,1856, between the border ruffians of Colonel Reid of Independence, Missouri,who had 300 men under his command, and John Brown, who had about 40 of his followers. Mr. Higgins says this was not a battle, but a very tame affair, between the two parties of outlaws, neither of which had a keen desire to fight. Brown did his best to get away, while Reid and his men thought Brown had 800 to 1000 sharpshooters in the timber and marched into Osewatomie,a village of at less than 600 people, sacked the town and burned the homes, leaving women and children without shelter or food. After witnessing this battle, then a boy of 14,went to Leavenworth on September 11,1856 and in the same month became a teamster and drove a team for the government to a supply train from Fort Leavenworth to Fort Kearney.
In 1857 he went into Salt Lake City, Utah with Colonel Sidney Johnson's army and continued to follow the plains life up to August 1860. He then returned to the home of his parents in Paola Kansas, expecting to go back to Utah to go into business. The Civil War prospect caused a change in his plans, he resumed his work at the case in a printing office.
Some years earlier he had gained his first knowledge of printing and his work as a newspaper man is one of the most important features of his career.
On April 7,1861, at Paola, Kansas, he enlisted in the Union Army for three years. He was the first to offer his services in Miami County, Kansas. He was mustered out of service at Fort Leavenworth October 19,1865. He had in his possession a honorable discharge as a private veteran of the Civil War and his record as a soldier was clean. His service was in the Western Department, composed of Missouri, Kansas, Indian Territory, Arkansas, Colorado and Nebraska. This department was more a guerrilla war zone than one in which honorable war methods prevailed. In the entire department there were only eighteen honorable battles fought between the regular army forces of the Union and Confederate sides; though there were Indian massacres and outlaw guerrilla warfare by Quantrill, Anderson and other outlaws.
After the war Mr. Higgins started the Miami Free Press at Paola, but sold it in 1867,and then established the Le Roy Pioneer in Coffey County, Kansas. That paper he sold in 1868 and going to Coffeyville in Montgomery, County was associated with Ex-Senator E.G. Rose on his paper. In 1870 the plant was destroyed and he then established at Columbus, Kansas a Republican paper which he conducted until 1878. While his work in the newspaper field and otherwise did not bring to Mr. Higgins great wealth, he had prospered, and his influence had always been exerted on the side of improvement. All the papers he started are still alive excepting the Miami Free Press.
In 1876 Mr. Higgins became connected with the claim and law department of the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad, and in 1880 when that road passed out of the hands of receivers he went with the claim and law department of the Santa Fe Company. He has held but two public offices, has never asked nor sought an official position, has never asked a man to vote for him, and he says it has been his best pleasure to play that political game for principle and good government and capable citizenship rather than to hold an office.However, in the state of Kansas the name of William Higgins has long been well known in state and local affairs. In 1888 and again in 1901 he was nominated and elected to the Office of Secretary of State on the Republican ticket. He made a creditable record during his administration in both terms. This was the only elective office for which Mr. Higgins was ever a candidate before the voters. In earlier years he had been honored by the legislature and governors of Kansas. He was appointed to State positions, and since coming to Oklahoma has served as Clerk of the United States Court at Bartlesville and President Roosevelt has appointed him Postmaster of that city. The Democratic Governor of Oklahoma appointed him a member of the Gettysburg Commission as a Representative of the Grand Army of the Republic. He has been elected as department commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, Department of Oklahoma, and has been a member of that order for more than thirty seven years. The one organization that Mr. Higgins has been chiefly devoted throughout his life is the Republican Party. He is an old fashioned conservative type of Republican. He believes in high tariff ,strong state and national government, and has had little sympathy with many of the theoretical reforms which have held the stage of public attention during recent years, particularly those designed to control and regulate business affairs. Mr. Higgins says he became a member of the Republican party and has kept his dues paid up ever since and before he cast his first vote for Mr. Lincoln in 1864 in November while with the Army in Indian Territory. As for churches, he believes in the good of such organizations, though he is not a regular attendant. He was reared a Catholic. He also believes in schools and all forces of education.
He has tried to guide his life in accordance with divine laws and in Oklahoma as elsewhere he has endeavored to support those laws made by men, but which he finds have not been enforced by public officials in compliance with the full meaning of obligation of an oath of office.
On January,20,1863,during the Civil War time, Mr. Higgins married Miss Julia A. Gallaway, at Paola, Kansas. The two daughters of that marriage are still living. At Parsons Kansas on November 30,1879 Mr. Higgins married Laura Virginia Knisley. To this union also two children were born, Helen W. and Theo C. . The daughter Helen died four years ago, and the son is now living with his parents, unmarried. The daughters by the first wife were Cora Jane and Alice Agnes Higgins. Cora Jane married in 1884 Henry Mudd of Adrian, Missouri, a farmer, and they now live in California. Alice Agnes was married in 1887 to Lincoln Etyner and they now live on a farm in Ogle County, Illinois. Helen W. Higgins, who died in Long Beach, California in 1911, married Franklin T. Metzler, a wholesale merchant in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

-Census findings-



1880 Household:

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

Wm. HIGGINS       Self M Male     W 38 PA Journalist IRE IRE 
Laura HIGGINS      Wife M Female W 26 VA Keeping House VA VA
Cora J. HIGGINS    Dau S Female  W 15 KS PA IL 
Alice A. HIGGINS   Dau S Female  W 10 KS PA IL 
Helen W. HIGGINS Dau S Female  W 4M KS PA IL 
B. M. KINSLEY      BroL S Male     W 19 IL Attorney VA VA 

Source Information:
Census Place Parson, Labette, Kansas  Family History Library Film 1254385 
NA Film Number T9-0385 Page Number 463B 



Also See William Higgins Civil War 

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22 April 2005 
Third Annual Directory of the City of Wichita for 1887

Higgins, Miss Annie, fr Ill, dressmaker, r 226 s Fourth
Higgins, Miss Ella,    fr Ill, dressmaker, 826 e Douglas, r 226 s Fourth
Higgnis, F. J.,         fr Ky, clk 108 n Main, r 713 n Fourth
Higgins, J.,             fr Ill, lab, r 226 s Fourth
Higgins, J. B.,         fr Ind, carp, bds 437 n Main
Higgins, John,         fr Ky, lab, r 713 n Fourth
Higgins, John,         fr Ill, lab, r 226 s Fourth
Higgins, J. W.,        fr Ill, plasterer, r 226 s Fourth
Higgins, J. E.,         fr Ky, money order clk p o ,r 307 w Third
Higgins, Miss Kate,  fr Ill, r 226 s Fourth
Higgins, Pat,          fr St L, lab, bds Exposition
Higgins, P. J.,         fr Ill, plasterer, bds 226 s Fourth
Higgins, S. C.,        fr Ill, rlest, rms 312 n Water
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22 April 2005 
1878 Wichita City directory
Higgins, E., fr. Three Rivers, MI, r. Market, bet. Williams and English

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01 April 2003

Census Data is best guess given available data
In these cases they are either only person with that name
in Osage County or in all of Kansas

(Copies can be ordered by going to link, telephone number provided)

HIGGINS JAMES & MORGAN MAY 09/16/1899 F 0411

1880 Census Household:
Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age
Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace

Thomas T. MORGAN Self M Male   W 53 VA 
                                       Clerking      VA VA 
Kate MORGAN        Wife M Female W 40 MO 
                                   Keeping House TN TN 
William MORGAN     Son S Male    W 18 MO
                                    At Home        VA MO 
May MORGAN         Dau S Female W 12 MO
                                    At Home        VA MO 
Paran M. MORGAN    Son S Male    W 4 MO 
                                    At Home        VA MO 
Nellie MORGAN        Dau S Female W 1 MO
                                    At Home        VA MO 
Source Information:
Census Place Eureka, Greenwood, Kansas 
Family History Library Film 1254382 
NA Film Number T9-0382 Page Number 263D

HIGGINS JAMES E. & MARTIN DAISY 01/21/1890 000E 0060 

HIGGINS JOHN C.  & CAMPBELL MARY A. 02/03/1887 D 0094

 1880 Census Household:
Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age
Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace 

James CAMPBELL    Self W Male W 50 NJ 
Farmer IRE ENG 
James N. CAMPBELL Son S Male W 30 NJ 
Wm. CAMPBELL        Son S Male W 25 NJ 
                                        Farmer     NJ ENG 
Thos. W. CAMPBELL  Son S Male W 23 MO 
                                        Farmer     NJ NJ 
Ed. F. CAMPBELL      Son S Male W 22 MO 
                                       Farmer      NJ NJ 
Mary CAMPBELL     Dau S Female W 20 MO
                                       At Home    NJ NJ 
Isobella                Dau S Female W 17 MO
                                       At Home    NJ NJ 
Ella R. CAMPBELL   Dau S Female W 15 MO 
                                       At Home    NJ NJ
Source Information:
Census Place Melvern, Osage, Kansas 
Family History Library Film 1254391 
NA Film Number T9-0391 Page Number 115C

04/07/1989 11 335 


1880 Census Household:

Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age
Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's
James T. B. MANNING1 Self M Male    W 24 NY 
                                           Farming        NY NY 
Lou MANNING              Wife M Female W 19 PA 
                                           Housekeeping PA PA 
Leroy MANNING           Son S Male      W 1 KS
                                                             NY PA 
Note 1NEW FAM #
Source Information:
Census Place Elk Creek, Republic, Kansas 
Family History Library Film 1254394 
NA Film Number T9-0394 Page Number 164D 

No Brides with Higgins surname.

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23 April 2003

Georgie A. Vogel 
MARION -- Georgie A Vogel, 58, weighmaster for Martin-Marietta Aggregates in Marion, died Monday (April 21, 2003) at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita.

She was born Nov. 30, 1944, to George and Leona (Higgins) Helmer in Marion. Her mother preceded her in death in 1947.

She was a member of Eastmoor United Methodist Church in Marion. She had worked as a waitress at Kingfisher's Inn in Marion.

Survivors include: parents, George and Carol Helmer of Newton; two daughters, Darla Gore of Florence and Jamie McDonald of Wichita; three sisters, Barbara Bessel of Assaria and Linda Stucky and Brenda Buller, both of Newton; four grandchildren; and a former spouse, Garry Vogel of Marion.

Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Zeiner Funeral Home in Marion.

Funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Eastmoor United Methodist Church with the Rev. John Goering and Pastor Rick Branson officiating.

Burial will be in Marion Cemetery.

Memorials have been established with the Eastmoor United Methodist Church Bell Choir in care of the funeral home, 205 Elm Street, Marion, KS 66861.

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William G. Cutler's History of the State of Kansas



Somerset is situated seven miles east of Paola, on the Missouri, Pacific Railroad, in the township of Middle Creek. It is on Section 5, Township 17, Range 24. It was surveyed and platted May 17, 1871, by an incorporated town company, composed of New Jersey people, of which Rev. John S., Beekman was president, and Henry H. Striker, secretary. The company owned a tract of 1,100 acres, 215 acres of which were platted-A. K. Clark, surveyor. The town company was composed of Rev. John S. Beekman, Mr. Bungart, Henry H. Striker, E. Hoagland, William A. Higgins, J. W. Taylor, James Dickey and J. H. Skillman

The first store was opened by Capt. Will Glicks, in 1871. Henry Post, the present Postmaster and principal merchant, started business in the fall of 1872. A grist and saw mill was started by the town company in 1871. A post office was established the same year, with Peter A. Brokan for Postmaster. The town flourished for some years, but owing to the superior advantages and attractions of the neighboring cities of Paola and Louisburg, it has failed to meet the expectations of its founders. 

It is located on the edge of the valley of the Wea, thus enjoying the advantages of valley and upland scenery, and is surrounded by an enterprising agricultural community. It now contains two general stores, a combined grist and sawmill, a post office, a blacksmith shop, a church and a schoolhouse, and about thirty inhabitants. A cave, spring, a burning-gas well, and two Indian cemeteries are the local attractions of the immediate neighborhood. 



About half past 1 o'clock on the morning of November 23, 1866, the store of W. R. King & Co., was discovered in flames and, notwithstanding the labors of the department, totally destroyed. While the fire was in progress, Mr. King, accompanied by others, effected an entrance into the store, when Otway R. Baker, the porter, was found shot through the wrist. He asserted that he was awakened from sleep by the crackling of flames, and upon going into the cellar was met by a man who shot him and escaped. Upon proceeding to the room of W. D. Higgins, the bookkeeper, who also slept in the store, the crowd was horrified to find him the innocent victim of a foul murder. His skull was cleft open with an ax belonging to the store, which, with the fact that the safe had been robbed, and other suspicious circumstances, procured the arrest of Baker either as principal or accessory to the crime. The Coroner's jury rendered a verdict recommending that he be held without bail, which was accordingly done; and public opinion, grounded upon dark and portentous circumstances, fixed strong suspicion upon him as the author of the deed, but all were constrained to remember that in the probability of guilt there was also a possibility of innocence.

The District Court, Judge George B. Lake presiding, convened on the 10th of April following the commission of the crime, and on the 23rd of the same month, the grand jury certified an indictment against Baker for the murder of Higgins. On the 24th of April, Baker was arraigned and pleaded not guilty; and on the 1st of May--so difficult had it been to secure a jury-- the
trial commenced. G. W. Doane and J. L. Redick appearing for the State; G. C. Hopkins, Benjamin Sheeks and M. H. Parks defending. The jury disagreed and the case was continued until the October term of court, when it was called, J. W. Savage, Benjamin Sheeks, M. H. Parks and W. H Morris appearing for the prisoner.

The second trial was closely contested and the evidence exhaustive, but resulted in the conviction of the prisoner. A motion for new trial was denied, and the case was carried to the Supreme Court. While the proceedings before that tribunal were pending, Col. Savage, Baker's attorney, appeared in court and, presenting his client's confession, asked leave to withdraw the motion previously made, which was granted, and the prisoner sentenced to be hanged on Friday, February 14, 1868.

On the morning of the day which witnessed the last fearful scene of a tragedy having its inception in a deliberately-planned murder, Baker, preceded by the Sheriff and his deputies, Father Egan and several invited parties, passed from his cell to the door leading out into the street, where a vast crowd awaited his appearance. Thence he was led to a carriage, in which himself, the Sheriff, Father Egan and Col. Savage took seats, followed by a second carriage, containing District-Attorney Estabrook, W. B. Smith, W. H. Morris and Dr. Pinney, the Coroner; and still a third vehicle, allotted to the press and Governor's Secretaries. In this order the procession moved to the gallows, which had been erected in a ravine about half a mile west of the Capitol, guarded by volunteers from the fire department, under the command of William L. May, Chief Engineer. Arriving at the instrument of death, Baker ascended the scaffold, attended by the Sheriff, his spiritual adviser and counsel, and took his place upon the drop. His hands and feet were pinioned, the rope placed about his neck, the fatal noose adjusted, and amid a silence that was oppressive, the drop was sprung from under the condemned man's feet and his body made a swift descent through the aperture, a sheer fall of seven feet. After hanging sixteen minutes, the body was examined by the physicians, who pronounced life extinct, when it was cut down, placed in a coffin and taken change of by Father Egan, who caused its removal to the Catholic Convent, whence it was buried. 


THOMAS HIGGINS, farmer, P. O. Nemaha City, was born, in 1817, in Wales; came to America when twenty years of age, locating in Oneida County, N. Y., remaining in that State until he removed to Wisconsin, in 1854. In the spring of 1859, he came from Wisconsin (with a team) to Nebraska, locating on his present farm with his family. He began life here in a rude shanty, sided up with black walnut boards, which still stands, though in striking contrast to the tasteful farmhouse which superseded it in 1869. Mr. Higgins and wife belong to the Baptist Church, and in the old house the first religious services in the vicinity were held, by the Rev. Mr. Collins, in 1859-60, there being only ten members in the congregation. Mr. and Mrs. Higgins have seven children-- Ann (Mrs. R. Ritchie), Elizabeth
(Mrs. Francis Hart), Mary (Mrs. William Wilkinson), Daniel, who married Lucy Christy, and is now managing the homestead; David, who married Eliza James, and is now farming in another part of the county; John, of the firm of Moore & Higgins, merchants at Stella, and who married Rosa Edwards. The youngest, Margaret Higgins, is the wife of Thomas Edwards, of Richardson County. Mr. and Mrs. Higgins have thirty-three grandchildren, the eldest of whom; Ida May Ritchie, is now married to Charles Collins, of Richardson County, Neb. 


Kansas Census Indexes, 1855-1925
Kansas State Historical Society
Solomon, Kansas 1915 State Census Page 12

1 88 Chas Higgins     36 M W Ohio Ohio 
2     Nellie Higgins    32 F W Kan Kan 
3     Mable Higgins     9 F W Kan 
4     Edna Higgins      7 F W Kan 
5     Kenneth Higgins 2 M W Kan 

Solomon, Kansas 1915 State Census Page 3 
18 W D Higgins       40 M Oiho Oiho Common Labor
19 Grutrude Higgin 42 F England England 
20 Ruth Higgins     18 F Kan 
21 Mildred Higgins 16 M Kan 
22 Geo Higgins      10 F Kan 
23 Ralpf Higgins      6 M Kan 

Fort Scott National Cemetery
Fort Scott, Bourbon County, Kansas
Higgins, Dorothy B,       b. 02/07/1918, d. 01/29/1995,
                                   US Army, SGT, Res: Fort Scott, KS, 
                                   Plot: 12 0 255, bur. 02/01/1995
Higgins, Henry,            d. 12/12/1878, Plot: 5 0 461, bur. 12/12/1878
Higgins, Sterling R,       b. 10/14/1911, d. 10/19/1996, 
                                   US Army, SSGT, Res: Fort Scott, KS, 
                                   Plot: 12 0 255, bur. 10/24/1996
Higgins, Venita Lenora, b. 12/26/1963, d. 12/26/1963,
                                   US Army, PVT, Plot: 1 0 1496, bur. 12/30/1963

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North Cedar Creek Cemetery Cowley County Kansas

HIGGINS, William     1807 1884
HIGGINS, Sarrah E. 03 Jan 1884 (26 y, 4 m, 23 d)
HIGGINS, Nellie S.   07 Jan 1884 d/o T. & S.E. (4 y, 6 m, 23 d)

Census findings:
1880 Household:

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

Thomas HIGGINS  Self  M Male    W 30 NY Farmer --- --- 
Sarah E. HIGGINS Wife M Female W 22 IL Keeping House IL IL 
Nellie S. HIGGINS  Dau S Female  W 11M NY NY IL 

Source Information:
Census Place Jefferson, Chautauqua, Kansas 
Family History Library Film 1254375 
NA Film Number T9-0375 Page Number 347A 

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Old Soldiers of Clay County, Kansas 
copied from"Wakefield News 9 April, 1908

Clay Center Township 
Higgins Lyons G, pvt 12 Ill 

. . . . . . . . 


Higgins, Frank J,       (Higgins & McDonald) 
                                 rms 713 n Fourth
Higgins & McDonald, confectionery & fruit, 
                                 201 s Topeka
Higgins, Silas C,        rlest, 120 w Douglas, rms Commercial

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Wichita City 1889 Directory

Higgins, Frank J.,     bkpr, bds 713 n fourth

Higgins, George L., wks Davids stable, bds 234 n Water

Higgins, J. J.,          W & W brakeman, bds 713 n Fourth

Higgins, Silas C.,     rlest ab 123 w Douglas, bds 316 e William 

. . . . . . .


Higgins, F. J.,        clk, r 713 n Fourth

Higgins, John J.,    conductor, t 713 n Fourth

Higgins, J. T.
,        lineman MO P R R, bds Occidental

Higgins, J. C.
,        butcher, r 746 s Main

Higgins, Will,
         wks Hotel Metropole

Higgins, James E., mailing clk P O, 720 Hinton

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Index of Wichita Eagle/Beacon Obituaries 1977

Higgins Katherine Y. (Mrs. Finis) 23-Aug-77
Higgins M. Leona (Sister) 14-Jun-77
Higgins Sister M. Regis 18-Jan-77

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Topeka City Directory 1874-5

F. H. Woodbury, compiler and publisher

Higgins, J. S..      speculator, res 105 Topeka ave.
Higgins, Lucy A., res cor Topeka ave and 4th.

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Sedgwick County, KS Marriages
Higgens, Anna            Marlow, Roy F. 8-Aug-17 T562
Higgins, Belle              Johnson, Clemson C. 24-Mar-19 W034
Higgins, C. L.              Fulton, L. Beatrice 23 Dec 1897 G429
Higgins, Clara             Tuell, Charlie 30-Sep-17 U028
Higgins, E. M.             Shwen, Blanche 29-Oct-10 N419
Higgins, Frank J.         Aherne, May 15-Oct-07 L167

Higgins, Franklin         Oak, Margaret A. 26-Aug-08 L536
Higgins, George A.      Haley, Dora 23-Dec-08 M063
Higgins, George A.      Halsy, Dora 23-Dec-08 M063
Higgins, Gladys           Lusk, N.L. 26-Jun-20 X538
Higgins, Grace J.        Ishmael, J.L. 2-May-09 M244

Higgins, J.E.              St. Denis, Minnie 15 Jan 1883 B339
Higgins, J.H.              Grasselli, Ida May 3-Nov-17 U162
Higgins, L.F.              Curtis, Julia 23 May 1892 E551
Higgins, Louis W.        Dodd, L.E. 6-Apr-21 Y566
Higgins, Mary E.         Eshom, Charles E. 9-Jan-10 M610

Higgins, Maud            Cameren, Charles 10-Oct-00 H429
Higgins, Maude           Elliott, Iliff L. 8-Dec-17 U319
Higgins, Maurice James Warren, Helena Rose 19-Oct-11 O369
Higgins, Monica R.       Irving, Harry A. 30-Jun-20 X543
Higgins, R. Kurtis         Barnes, Nannie A. 14 May 1874 A119

Higgins, Rosella Kinsey, Seaman F. 12-Jun-12 P276
Higgins, Thomas E.      Shackelford, Zola 22-Jan-20 X145
Higgins, Thomas J.       Hill, Nellie 28 Jan 1895 F484
Higgins, William A.        Wolf, Sadie A. 11-Nov-03 J076
Higgins, William J.         Rowley, Nancy C. 31-Oct-04 J400

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Marriages and Divorces

Higgins, Arthur L., and Elizabeth Sturgeon
   Date of Marriage : 10 Aug 1898, Date Published: 14 Aug 1898,
   Publication: Western Spirit, 
   Other Names Cited: W. B. Pinnco, 
   Reference: MICOGESOQU Vol. 10, No. 1, p. 24

Higgins, Dollie Mae, and Chester M. Bowline,
   Information Provided: 
   Marriage, date 12 Mar 1921, Date Published: not shown, 
   Publication: Miami Republican,
   Reference: MICOGESOQU Vol. 4, p. 56

Higgins, George, and Jennie Coonradt
   Marriage, date 20 Feb 1879, Date Published: 21 Feb 1879, 
   Publication: Miami Republican, 
   Reference: MICOGESOQU Vol. 5, p. 114

Higgins, George, and Jennie Coonradt
   Marriage, date 20 Feb 1879, Date Published: 20 Feb 1879, 
   Publication: The Republican Citizen,
   Other Names Cited: D. Coonradt,
   Reference: MICOGESOQU Vol. 8, No. 1, p. 11

Higgins, George, and Jennie Coonradt,
   Marriage, date 20 Feb 1879, Date Published: 23 Feb 1879, 
   Publication: not shown, 
   Other Names Cited: D. Coonradt,
   Reference: MICOGESOQU Vol. 11, No. 4, p. 17

Household: 1880 Census

 --Most likely choice---
Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age
Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace

Geo. HIGGINS    Self M Male      W 33 P 
                                    Printer           IRE IRE 
Jennie HIGGINS Wife M Female  W 34 NY 
                                   Keeping House --- --- 
Byron C. TAPPY  Other S Male   W 18 KS 
                                       Farmer       KY KY 
Source Information:
Census Place Greeley, Anderson, Kansas 
Family History Library Film 1254372 
NA Film Number T9-0372 Page Number 225C 


Greenwood County, KS
Grooms Marriage Index
grm lst nm./frst nm./brd lst nm./frst/book pg/event dt

Higgins Arthur F.     Evans Lucy C 157

Higgins Eli                Cornett Sadie G 325

Phillips County Kansas 

Marriage Record Book C

Groom Index
The following is an index of the marriage records of
Phillips County, Kansas Book C. These records cover
the years 1893 through 1902. This section is indexed
by groom. These records are found on the third floor
of the county courthouse which is located in Phillipsburg, Kansas 67661.
Higgins, George M         Hering, Blanch 3 Apr 1894
Schesser, Albert M          Higgins, Louisa R 25 Nov 1894
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History of Labette County, Kansas and its Representative Citizens

'Albert Sykes lived in Oswego county, New York, until 1841, when he became a sailor on Lake Erie and Lake Ontario, and was afterward advanced to be first mate. In 1843, he went to Lake county, Illinois, and purchased a farm, but after a short time rented the farm, and returned to the lake as first mate of a vessel. In 1850, he formed a company, and on May 15 of that year started for California, where he arrived in the following August. He remained there until 1855, and then left San Francisco, by the Nicaragua route, for New York, where he arrived in May, 1855. He went directly to his farm in Lake county, Illinois, which he soon after sold, and moved to Bremer county, Iowa, where he purchased 1,400 acres of land. He resided there until 1872, when he moved to Labette county, Kansas, and settled on his present farm, - the southeast quarter of section 8, Oswego township. He is engaged in general farming and stock raising and has been very successful. 

In 1860, Mr. Sykes was united in marriage with Emily Higgins, who was born in Warren county, Pennsylvania, in 1835, and is a daughter of Eugene and Susan (Smith) Higgins. Her father was born in Vermont, in 1813, and at an early day moved to Warren county, Pennsylvania, where he lived a short time. 

In 1837 Mr. Higgins located in Chautauqua county, New York. In 1851, he moved to Bremer county, Iowa, and from 1868 to 1878 lived at Carthage, Missouri. Thence he moved to Scott county, Arkansas, where he lived until his death, in 1883. His wife was born in 1814, in Saratoga, New York, and died at Carthage, Missouri, in 1871. They reared 10 children, namely: Emily (Sykes); Harriet, Amanda and Hubert, deceased; Horace, of Jasper county, Missouri; Horatio, of Delta county, Colorado; Mary, deceased; Antoinette (Montague); Ida (Winkler); and Susan (Montague)

Emily Higgins, wife of Mr. Sykes, was but two years of age when she was taken by her parents from her native town to Chautauqua county, New York. At the age of sixteen years, she moved with her parents to Bremer county, Iowa, and there taught school from 1851 to 1860. By her union with Mr. Sykes, she had the following children: Harry D., deceased; Ernest, of New Orleans, Louisiana; and Bert, of Oswego, Kansas; Harry D. was a prominent business man, of Enid, Oklahoma, at the time of his death, on September 4, 1894. He was for a time a bookkeeper in an Oswego bank, and in 1888 went to Galveston, Texas, where he was identified with the Santa Fe railway. In 1893, he went into the banking business at Enid, Oklahoma, and thus continued until his death.'

13 January 2003 

Household: 1880 Census

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

Albert SYKES Self M  Male    W 63 NY
                                        Farmer  VT MA 
Emily SYKES  Wife M Female W 44 PA 
                                          Keeping House VT NY 
Harry P. SYKES Son S Male    W 18 IA
                                                                       NY PA 
Ernest E. SYKES Son S Male    W 13 IA 
                                                                       NY PA 
Birdie W. SYKES Son S Male  W 10 IA 
                                                                      NY PA 

Source Information:
Census Place Oswego, Labette, Kansas 
Family History Library Film 1254385 
NA Film Number T9-0385 Page Number 398B 
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Frank H. McCarter, proprietor of the Infant Wonder, which had just suspended publication, associated himself with William Higgins in the publication of the Republican. The first issue appeared on May 10, 1880, with William Higgins, editor. On March 22, 1881, Mr. Higgins retired from the paper and Mr. McCarter assumed full control. It was merged in the Eclipse, and its publication suspended May 9, 1881. 
Was first seen a little before sunset on Wednesday, April 6, 1881. It was published by M. W. Reynolds and George Higgins for gratuitous distribution. On September 2, 1881, Mr. Higgins retired, and removed to Paola to engage in the newspaper business at that place. The Star continued to give out more or less light till about the time of the fall election in 1881. 

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Transcribed from History of Wyandotte County Kansas and its people
Richard J. Higgins

RICHARD J HIGGINS. - Another of the able younger representatives of the legal profession who is contributing a due quota to upholding the high prestige of the bar of Wyandotte county is Richard J. Higgins, who is engaged in successful general practice in Kansas City, and further interest attaches to his career by reason of the fact that from his boyhood days he has resided in the city that is now his home, - a community in which his personal popularity is of the most unequivocal type. 

Mr. Higgins was born in Kansas City, Missouri, on the 14th of May, 1883, and is a son of James and Mary (Hanrahan) Higgins, both of whom were born and reared in Ireland where their marriage was solemnized. In 1881 they severed the ties that bound them to the fair old Emerald Isle and came to America. Soon after their arrival they came to the west and located in Kansas City, Missouri, where they maintained their home until 1892, when they came to Kansas City, Kansas, where they have resided since that time. The father has long been identified with railroad affairs and is now in the employ of the Union Pacific Railroad. He is a Democrat in his political allegiance and both he and his wife are communicants of the Catholic church. 

Richard J. Higgins, the immediate subject of this review, gained his rudimentary education in the parochial and public schools of Kansas City, Missouri, and was eleven years of age at the time of the family removal to the city that is now his home. Here he continued his school work with much of zeal, and in 1900 he was graduated in the Kansas City high school. For one year thereafter, in 1902-3, he was a student in the academic or literary department of the University of Kansas, at Lawrence, and he was then matriculated in the Kansas City School of Law, in Kansas City, Missouri. He completed the prescribed course in this excellent institution, in which he was graduated as a member of the class of 1906 and from which he received his degree of Bachelor of Laws, with incidental admission to the Missouri bar. In the same year he was admitted to practice in the Kansas
courts and he forthwith initiated the practice of his profession in the metropolis of Wyandotte county, where he so proved his powers that his novitiate was of brief duration. He is now a member of the well known and essentially representative law firm of Hale & Higgins, in which his coadjutor is John A. Hale, and they control a large and substantial practice, in connection with which he himself has appeared in many important litigations in the courts of this section of the state. 

From the autumn of 1906 until that of 1908 Mr. Higgins held the position of assistant county attorney, and the experience thus gained in the initial stages of his professional work proved of great value to him, besides furthering his reputation as a resourceful trial lawyer. In November, 1908, there came further and gratifying recognition of his sterling character and his professional ability, since he was then chosen to fill the vacancy upon the bench of the court of common pleas of Wyandotte county, upon
the resignation of the regular incumbent, Judge William G. Holt. He held this important judicial office until January, 1909, and handled its affairs with marked ability and discrimination. He is now serving as city counselor of Kansas City. In politics Mr. Higgins is aligned as a stanch and effective advocate of the principles and policies for which the Democratic party stands sponsor, and he and his wife are earnest communicants of the Catholic church. He is affiliated with the Knights of Columbus and
also with the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. 

In the year 1909 was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Higgins to Miss Anna Watters, who was born and reared in Kansas City. One son, James Richard Higgins, was born to them on March 3, 1911.

06 Sep 2005

View 1900 KS Census Scan
        Includes wife Mary and children Richard J, Lizzie, Thomas P
                          John W, Margaret M

View 1910 KS Census Scan
        Includes wife Mary & Children Thomas P, John W, Mary Margaret 

View 1910 KS Census Scan  Wyandotte  Richard Higgins  age 26

View 1920 KS Census Scan
        Includes Wife Anna & Children James, Charles Thomas, John

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Leavenworth Times, January 15, 1950

When Jim and Will Higgins open the door of their grocery store on August 20, 1900, it was to be a long time before they finally closed it.

But that closing came at 6 o'clock last night, when the brothers lock up to conclude their last day of business in the little corner store at 121 North Fifth.

The corner location is the second one the business has occupied in its 49�-year history.

The Higgins brothers' first store was across the street, at 112 North Fifth.

At that time, the City Hall was non-existent, and the store was across the alley from Market Hall, where the city fire department was housed.

"Whenever the fire bell sounded, all the horses in the fire station begin to prance automatically," mused Jim, who signs himself J. J. Higgins.

J. J. Higgins, who will be 80 years old next month, is the elder of the two brothers. The other, W. F. Higgins, is 77.

Born in Easton, the brothers worked at the grocery business here a few years before the turn of the century. [ More

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Household: 1880 Census

Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
         Self M Male      W 65 IRE 
                      Farmer             IRE IRE 
Elizebatt HIGGANS
Wife M Female W 40 IRE 
                                                IRE IRE 
Dau S Female    W 22 KS 
                      At Home          IRE IRE 
Christopher HIGGANS
Son S Male       W 15 KS 
                      At Home          IRE IRE 
Dau S Female   W 13 KS 
                     At Home           IRE IRE 
Son S Male      W 10 KS 
                                                IRE IRE 
William HIGGANS 
         Son S Male       W   7 KS
                                                IRE IRE 

Source Information:
Census Place Easton, Leavenworth, Kansas 
Family History Library Film 1254385 
NA Film Number T9-0385  Page Number 52A 
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Kansas Casualties WWI
No. NAME. Rank held at death. Residence. Commissioned,
enlisted or inducted. Died. Cause. Served in- 

774 Higgins, Clarence L Pvt Liberal N A 
      Aug 5, 1918  Oct 13, 1918 D Hq Cas Det MOTC, 
      Ft Riley.Hq Base Hoop 86
775 Higgins, Everett R Pvt Hays N A 
      Sept 6, 1918 Oct 15, 1918 D 34 Co 164 Dep Brig. 

Added 25 February 2002

Mrs. Eunice McKenzie 
Eunice Higgins McKenzie

Eureka Herald 24 February 1899
McKenzie-At the family home in this city Saturday morning, February 18, from la grippe, Mrs. Eunice McKenzie, aged 77 years and two days. 

Mrs. McKenzie was taken ill January 22, and having been in poor health for sometime, the probably seriousness of the sickness was realized and the absent members of the family notified. They remained constant attendants at her bedside until death came. 

Eunice Higgins was born in Butler county, Ohio, February 16, 1822. When 14 years of age she removed with her parents to Boone county, Indiana, where she resided until her marriage with Mr. B. McKenzie on March 22, 1847. They became residents of Eureka in September, 1885. Deceased united with the Christian church in early life, but when 24 years old she
affiliated with the Methodist church, to which she has ever since been a devoted member. She leaves a husband and six children, five sons-John, Frank, Will, Benjamin, and M.G. McKenzie-and one daughter--Mrs. W.W. Law. 

Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon at the M.E. church by Rev. C.E. Creager. Interment was in Greenwood cemetery. 

Contributed by Marsha Vedder to Greenwood County GenWeb 

Household: 1880 Census

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

             Self M Male     W 57 OH 
                       Laborer         OH OH 
             Wife M Female W 58 OH 
                       Keeping House VA VA 
Maxwell G. MC KINZIE
Son S Male      W 19 IN 
                      Laborer          OH OH 
Son S Male      W 17 IN 
                      Laborer          OH OH 

Source Information:
Census Place Zionsville, Boone, Indiana 
Family History Library Film 1254267 
NA Film Number T9-0267 Page Number 258D 

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Coulter's Winfield (Kansas) City Directory, 1880 (Page 57)

HIGGINS, M. F., (PRATT & HIGGINS)-r Court House,
             ss Bet. Mansfield and Stewart

1880 Census Household:
Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age
Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace

F. M. HIGGINS      Self M Male    W 30 IL 
                                  House Painter KY TN 
Hannah HIGGINS Wife M Female W 26 IL 
                                    Keeps House IL IL 
Florence HIGGINS Dau S Female W 8 IL 
                                                    IL IL 
Rosa HIGGINS Dau S Female W 6 IL
                                                    IL IL 
Mary HIGGINS Dau S Female W 3 MO IL 
                                                    IL IL 
HIGGINS Dau S Female W 7M KS
                                                    IL IL 
Source Information:
Census Place 2nd Ward, Winfield, Cowley, Kansas 
Family History Library Film 1254378 
NA Film Number T9-0378  Page Number 680C 

Also at same link 
(page 69)
Second Hand Store.9th Ave.,ns between Main and Millington.

(Only Edward Pratt in 1880 Cowley County Census
         is only 2 Months old)

 . . . . . . . . .

Joy L. Higgins 

PRATT -- Joy L  Higgins, 69, died Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2002, at the Pratt Regional Medical Center.

She was born Jan. 3, 1933, to Alvin Lewis and Lena Marie (Ruby) Dixon in Hodgeman County. She married James W Higgins July 28, 1951, at Jetmore. He survives.

She had been a resident of Pratt for 29 years, moving from Jetmore. She owned and operated Higgins Antiques in Pratt.

Other survivors include one son, Cleve Higgins, Phoenix; one daughter, Karey Burns, Wichita; two sisters, Avola Sparrow, Dodge City, and Mary June Bailey, Jetmore; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, Alvin Charles Dixon and Jimmie Lewis Dixon

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Larrison Mortuary in Pratt, with the Rev. John Havens presiding. A graveside service will follow at 4 p.m. at Browns Grove Cemetery in Burdett, with the Rev. Havens presiding.

Friends may call from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. today and Friday at Larrison Mortuary.

Memorials are suggested to South Wind Hospice or Pratt Regional Medical Center Gifts and Bequests in care of Larrison Mortuary, 300 Country Club Road, Pratt, KS 67124-3149.

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Also See: Kansas 1895 Census

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