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Source: Saco Valley settlements and families: historical, biographical - Volume 1 By Gideon Tibbetts Ridlon - Published 1895
We have Hagens, Huggens, and Higgins, and all smack of old Ireland. Some of the New Hampshire branch say their ancestors were "from England." Did they come
from Belfast, Dublin, or Cork, via Liverpool; is Ms the way they came from England? Ah! but they were Irish "foine auld Irish gintlemen." Tilly Higgins came from Ireland and sat down in Berwick; his brother Fergus settled in Scarborough. Both had issue and streams of Higgins blood flowed out, broad and strong of current, into various adjacent towns and into other states until nearly the whole of New England, and sections of the far West, have been inundated by the aggressive posterity. Fergus Higgins died in Scarborough, in 1777. Dr. Edmund, a son, married Annie Swanton, of Cape Elizabeth, and died in 1784, leaving six children, the eldest son, Edmund, being the father of Capt. Samuel Higgins, who lived at Black Point until about 1860. The old Higgins estate was part of the Commack Patent, andrtheir title came down from Ambrose Boaden, the first possessor, in 1640. In Gorham the family flourished and produced several patriarchs, among them Capt. Saul Higgins, now living, who, some time ago, celebrated his centennial birthday. Then there was the father of the four Higgins brothers in Manchester, N. H., successful business men, who went from Gorham, Me., and lived to be rising ninety. Stephen Higgins, of Hollis, is now more than fourscore and ten years of age. They have been a very robust, long-lived race, possessed of a hot, flashing, Irish temper. In Limington there appeared among the early settlers men whose names were recorded Hagens. We are not authoritatively advised of their origin, but as many of the first to make homes in that Ossipee township removed from Scarborough, we assume that the surname was transformed from Higgins to Hagens in transit between the sea-coast and Limington hills. Walter Hegan was in town in 1792. Walter Hagens was selectman in 1804, '5, '6, '7, '8, '9, 'io, '11, '12, '13, and 1814. Aaron Hagens was selectman there in 1824, 1827-8, 1834, '35, '36, and '37. Ephraim Higgins kept a "putting up place," at Standish " Four Corners," many years; and, possibly, kept some of the "critter," sometimes known as ardent spirit. Then there was Knowles Higgins, of Bog Mill, but we cannot be more personal.


History of Gorham, Me By Hugh Davis McLellan

Saul C. Higgins, the youngest son, married Fanny Blake of Gorham. He lived and died on the old homestead above West Gorham which was cleared by his father about 1794. During
the War of 1812 he was a sergeant in his brother Barnabas' company of militia, and went to Portland with the rest of the regiment to repel the threatened attack of the British in 1814. He was an earnest, faithful member of the Methodist church for forty-five years. He died Feb. 16, 1895, having reached the age of 100 years and 9 mos., and having enjoyed almost perfect possession of his faculties to the end. His wife Fanny died June 22, 1878, aged 85. Capt. Saul Higgins and his wife had no children, but left an adopted son, John Lowell Higgins, who resides on the old homestead. John L. Higgins, who was born in November, 1829, was the son of John Lowell, and grandson of Daniel and Mercy (Higgins) Lowell of Standish. He was left an orphan at the age of six months, and was adopted by his uncle, Saul C. Higgins. When a young man he went to the West where he remained until 1877 when he returned to Gorham and settled on the old farm. He married, June 15, 1851, Sarah A., daughter of Maj. William Warren of Gorham. They have had four children, of whom
one, Fannie, is now living. She married, Jan. 9. 1897, Leander M. Boothby of Gorham.

Maine Birth Records
Name: Saul Cook Higgins Gender: Male
Birth Date:11 May 1794 Birth Place: Gorham
Registration Place: Gorham, Cumberland
Father: Joseph Mother: Mercy


1850; Census Place: Gorham, Cumberland, Maine; Roll: M432_250; Page: 294B; Image: 58
Name Age

Saul C Higgins 56
Fanny Higgins 57
John L Higgins 20

1860; Census Place: Gorham, Cumberland, Maine; Roll: M653_437; Page: 19; Image: 774
Name Age

Saul C Higgins 66
Fannie Higgins 61

1870; Census Place: Gorham, Cumberland, Maine; Roll: M593_540; Page: 272A; Image: 18
Name Age

Sanl C Higgins 76
Fanny Higgins 77

1880; Census Place: Gorham, Cumberland, Maine; Roll: 477 Page: 291A; Enumeration District: 34; Image: 0832.
Name Age

Saul C. Higgins 86
John L. Higgins 50
Sarah A. Higgins 49
Fannie Higgins 8

Maine Death Records
Name: Captain Saul Higgins Gender: Male
Age:100 Birth Date: abt 1795 Death Date:16 Feb 1895
Death Place: Gorham Registration Place: Gorham, Cumberland
Father: Joseph Higgins Mother: Mercy Cook
Father's birthplace: Cape Cod, Mass , same for mother


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11 Feb 2008


SANGERVILLE - Terry Ludger Higgins, 65, died January 12, 2008 at a Bangor Hospital. He was born April 26, 1942 in Sangerville, the son of Ludger and Charlotte (Clukey) Higgins. He grew up in Sangerville where he developed a love for golf at an early age.
Terry enlisted in the U. S. Army in 1966, serving 22 months in Vietnam. He was a lifetime member of the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He met his wife Rosanna Lee Murphy in 1978 and married her in 1979. He owned and operated T&L's General Store with his family in Sangerville for 24 years during which time he made many lifelong friends and new family. His passion was golf and he always loved to make bets when playing with his golfing buddies. Terry also loved his dialysis family at Togus VA Hospital. He will always be loved and remembered as a great father, husband, and friend.
He is survived by his wife Rosanna of Sangerville; children, Vicki Higgins and Randy Fletcher both of Laveen, AZ, Dr. Shawn Higgins of Waterville, Shelly and husband Mike Higgins-Keziah of Durham, NC, and Amanda and husband Tim Russell of Dover, NH; grandchildren, Jacob, Laney, and Meagan Keziah, Jordan, Addison, Lucas, and Colby Russell; sister, Rita and husband Richard Provost of Sangerville; and many special nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, sister Anita Wilson, and son Scott Langlais.
Friends may call from 6 to 8 P.M. Monday, January 14th at Crosby & Neal, 21 Oak Street, Guilford, where a memorial service will be held 2 P.M. Tuesday with Jeff Lewis officiating. Friends may also call from 1 P.M. until time of services.
Donations may be made in his memory to the Maine Kidney Foundation, P. O. Box 1134, Portland, ME 04104.
The Daily Me * 122 Number 10 Road * Dexter, Maine 04930

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Social Security Death Index
Name: Ludger P. Higgins
Born: 25 May 1908 Died: 23 Apr 1992
State (Year) SSN issued: Maine (Before 1951 )

Maine Marriages
Groom's Name: Higgins Ludger P
Groom's Residence: Sangerville, ME
Bride's Name: Clukey Charlotte V
Bride's Residence: Sangerville, ME
Marriage Date: 11 Oct 1930

Higgins Charlotte V Year 1913 Year 1984
Wife of Ludger Higgins Village Lot #183
Higgins Ludger P Year 1908 Year 1992 Village Lot #183
Title Mrs.
Last Name Wilson First Name Anita Middle Name E
Maiden Name Higgins
Place of Birth Sangerville,ME
Date of Birth 1938-09-05 Place of Death Bangor,ME
Date of Death 1993-11-06
Publication Bangor Daily 1993-11
CHARLESTON - Anita E Wilson 55, died Nov. 6 1993,at a Bangor hospital. She was born Sept. 5 1938, in Sangerville, the daughter of Ludger and Charlotte (Clukey) Higgins. She worked for many years in the office of Guilford Industries in Guilford and later for Webber Oil Co. in Dexter. For the last 10 Years, she had been working as a bookkeeper for Dysart's Transportation Co. She is survived by one son and his wife, Scott and Lori Wilson of Dexter; two daughters and their husbands, Barbara and David Rodgers of Charleston, Lori and Merle Gilbert Jr. Of Parkmon; a brother and his wife, Terry and Rosie Higgins of Sangerville; a,sister and her husband, Rita and Richard provost Of Sanger- ville; seven grandchildren, Spencer, Skyler and Lindsay Gilbert and Kyle, Kellie and Kosee Wilson and Kimber- ly; several nieces and nephews. Gra- vesicle services will be held 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 12, 1993, at Village Cemetery in Sangerville with the Rev. Alec Craig officiating. Those who wish may make donations in her memory to Eastern Maine Medical Center, 489 State Street, Bangor 04401 for use in their cardiac care unit. Arrangements under the direc- tion of Crosby & Neal Funeral Home, Guilford.


09 Feb 2008

Source: History of Cumberland Co., Maine : with illustrations and biographical sketches of its prominent men and pioneers. Published 1880

Listed under "Collectors of Taxes"
Micah Higgins 1807-1808 & 1815-1823

A tax receipt signed by Micah Higgins
(Contributed by Chuck Pederson)

mich higgins

House of Representatives - 1826
     Micah Higgins

   Micah Higgins 1825 -1826, 1827,1829


01 Feb 2008

The Higgins Cemetery Town of Dexter, County of Penobscot, State of Maine

Edwin G. Higgins died May 5, 1882 age 53 yrs 2 mo

Abigail F wife of Edwin Higgins
          and daughter of Isaac & Sally Mower died Jan. 1879 age 51 yrs 9 mo

Edwin Jesse this stone was worn and hard to read

Clarence E. Higgins 1859 - 1929

Mary M. Huggins* (Higgins) 1860 - 1955

Linnie J. Huggins* (Higgins) 1898 - 1962
(*how it is spelled on website

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      Image 1 & 2

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

Edwin G. HIGGINS Self M Male W 51 ME Farmer ME ME
Ellen HIGGINS Wife M Female W 44 ME Keeping House ME ME
Clarence E. HIGGINS Son S Male W 20 ME Laborer ME ME
William W. HIGGINS Son S Male W 14 ME At School ME ME
Frank J. HIGGINS Son S Male W 12 ME At School ME ME

Source Information:

Census Place Corinna, Penobscot, Maine Family History Library Film 1254485
NA Film Number T9-0485 Page Number 553C

16 Oct 2007

Source: History of Thomaston, Rockland, and South Thomaston, Maine ... By Cyrus Eaton (Published 1865)

HIGGENS, Benjamin L., born in Eden, Sept., 1812 ;
married in Philadelphia, Louisa Morley, in 1835 ;
residence Rockland, since 1848, a lime burner.
Their children;
 1, Ellen R., born April 8, 1836.

 2, Zenas H., born May 20,1838; married Clarion F. Jameson, Jan., 1856;
    residence Rockland, entered the U. S. Navy.

 3, Nancy L., born Sept. 14, 1840;
     married Henry M. Foss of Clarington, N. H.,
     had 1 child, Henry M., b. Feb. 6, & d. June 10, 1864 ; residence Rockland.
 4, J. Milton, born Jan. 8, 1843, d. Jan. 5, 1848.

 5, Eben L., born Oct. 15, 1845 ; z. Rockland., in 4th Maine. Regiment,
     since in U. S. Navy.
   (see 35 Higgins, Eben L.
6, Sherman W., born Oct. 2, 1848.

 7, Sarah E., born Jan. 2, 1850.

 8, Benjamin F., born March 12, 1852.

 9, Rosilla, born Jan. 28, 1854. 

Zenas Higgins' children;
  1, Ursula, born May, 1856, died young.
  2, Zenas L., born Aug., 1859.
  3, Clara E., born June 5, 1863.
HIGGENS, Charles, born about 1830, in Eagerlougher, Armagh county, Ireland; came hither in 1849 ; married Emma Tall of Nova Scotia; residence Thomaston, a peddler.
Their children;
 1, Mary E., born about 1855.
 2, Emma C., born about 1867.
 3, Rosanna, born about 1859.
HIGGENS, William T., born about 1827 ; married Orinda S. Allen, Oct. 28, 1856 ; residence Rockland, a mariner, in U. S. Navy.




1 Dec 2006
Riverside Cemetery, East Raymond, Maine

Higgins Phebe A O 2 Wife of Milton Died Apr 12, 1887 n
Higgins John B A O 2 Aug 15, 1833- Aug 2, 1913 n 
Higgins Robert J B Q 6 1924- n 
Higgins Esther A B Q 6 1917-1981 n



...................  04 Jan 2006
Bio of John T. Higgins


A Collection of Biographical Sketches.
Prepared under the direction of Henry Chase Portland, ME.
The Lakeside Press, Publisher 1893

It is rare that a man at the age of thirty-one years finds a place in a work of this character, but to such a place is the subject of this sketch entitled. Hon. John T. Higgins was born at West Eden, Me., in 1862, being the second child of Nathan W. and Alma P Higgins. He remained at West Eden, and with advancing years took advantage of all the opportunities offered him by the town and high schools, until his sixteenth year, after Ins twelfth year spending his vacations working upon his father�s farm.

About this time his father, who was a well-to-do and retired sea-captain and who had laid aside money with which to educate his children, three of whom, two boys and a daughter Addie, were now living, suddenly found that owing to financial reverses he could do little for them in this way. He, however, told. John he could have his time, which offer was gladly accepted, and from that time, until the year 1886, the subject of this sketch devoted himself to acquiring and paying for an education. He graduated from the East Maine Conference Seminary, Bucksport, Me., in 1883; and in the spring of 1886 was admitted to the Hancock County, Me., Bar, having acquired his legal education with Messrs. Hale & Hamlin. of Ellsworth, Me., at Boston University, and with his present Bar Harbor, Me., law partner, Lucre B. Deasy. He immediately became a member of the law firm of Deasy & Higgins, which firm has always had a large, lucrative, and important practice.

At the March election of 1886, Mr. Higgins was chosen first Selectman of the town of Eden, the home of his youth. In this town is situated the celebrated summer resort, Bar Harbor. During his term of office he inaugurated and consummated many reforms; and was the moving spirit which induced his town to enter upon the construction of a splendid and much needed system of sewers, at a large expense. This system was completed in 1888, and is said to be one of the best in the United States. This action on the part of the town has had much to do with its enormous growth and prosperity during the last few years.

In June of 1886, he was married to Addle Blanche Whitmore of Bucksport, who entered the seminary the year he graduated and graduated in 1885. She is devoted to her husband"s fortunes and has contributed her full share to his successes.

He early took an interest in politics and has taken an active part, either upon the stump or in the councils of his party, in every campaign, State or National, since leaving school.

In 1890 he was chosen a member of the Democratic State Committee of Maine, which position he held until the close of the campaign of 1892 which resulted in the election of President Cleveland. During the past few years several ineffectual but most vigorous attempts have been made to persuade Mr. Higgins to lead his party as its candidate for Congress in the Third Maine District, but he has felt that he could hardly afford, at his age, to leave the certainties of an active professional life for the uncertainties of political life.

In 1891, his health beginning to fail, his physicians advised him to seek a drier climate and in October of that year he went to Pueblo, Colo., where he has organized the law partnership, consisting of Judge M. J. Galligan, his Bar Harbor partner, Mr. Deasy, and himself. He spends the summer months at Bar Harbor and the winter months at Pueblo. His Colorado interests and business are very considerable. Since leaving school he has defrayed the expense of educating his only brother, Charles N., five years his junior, for the Bar, sending him through a fitting school and to Boston University, after which he entered upon a most promising legal career, but a few months since was suddenly stricken with paralysis and died in a few days. Mr. Higgins' health seems quite fully restored, and he is now devoting himself with renewed energies to his profession.

In him is combined the business man and the lawyer. He is quite largely interested in banking and real estate, and besides having the care of several large estates, he is almost constantly engaged in important litigation before the State and Federal courts, his practice extending into several States. His eloquence, coupled with his strong common sense and integrity, makes him a great power before a jury.

He has been successful in financial ways, and has shown his appreciation of these successes by giving liberally to the church and to charity.


View 1870 Maine Census Scan HIGGINS NATHAN 38  HANCOCK EDEN 
       - above image includes other Higgins families 




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

Nathan W. HIGGINS Self M Male     W 48 ME Sea Captain ME ME 
Alma P. HIGGINS     Wife M Female W 47 ME Keeping House ME ME 
John T. HIGGINS     Son S Male     W 18 ME Farm Laborer ME ME 
Addie J. HIGGINS    Dau S Female  W 12 ME At Home ME ME
Charlie N. HIGGINS  Son S Male     W 12 ME At Home ME ME

Source Information:
Census Place Eden, Hancock, Maine Family History Library Film 1254480 
NA Film Number T9-0480  Page Number 343C 

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04 Jan 2006

Image Source: The story of the Maine Fifteenth By Henry Augustus Shorey
Secretary and Historian Fifteenth Maine-Bridgton, Me.: Of The Bridgton News. 1890.

George Zoeth Higgins M.D. and his daughter Lelia Higgins M.D., practising physicians, residing in the village of Strong Maine, are prominent members of their profession, and are favorably known throughout Franklin County. Dr. George Zoeth Higgins was born in Exeter Maine, December 29, 1832, son of the honorable Ebenezer and Ruth (Smith) Higgins, both natives of Bucksport, this state.
His parents in 1814 settled on a tract of wild land near the village of Exeter, Mr. Higgins building a log house. He worked industriously to improve his claim, and in course of time it became one of the handsomest estates in the county. A man of strong character and good judgment ,Ebenezer Higgins served as a representative in the state legislature and also as a
state senator; and for sixteen years he filled the office of Deputy Sheriff of Penobscot County. He was a member of the board of the Underground Railroad at Exeter contemporary with General Fessenden and Stephen Thatcher. He died in 1853. Mrs. Higgins was a very intelligent lady, such men as F.W. Hill, of Exeter, finding great pleasure in her friendship. She died in 1884.Mr. and Mrs. Higgins were active in founding the Methodist Episcopal Church in Exeter. They were the parents of seven children. The eldest, Elijah, who was a prominent citizen of Exeter,  serving as chairman of the Board of Education during the war, died in 1865; the second son is a farmer in Exeter; the third, Ebenezer A., who resided in
Conneaut Ohio,  died at Exeter in 1886; the fourth child, Harriet lives at the old homestead in Exeter; the fifth, Julia, who died in 1865,was the wife of Captain Cook, a wealthy ship-owner and President of the National Bank of Provincetown, Massachusetts, who also has passed away. The sixth child, Ruth P. who is the widow of James Grout, resides with a daughter in Somerville Massachusetts; the seventh and youngest is George Z., the leading subject of the present sketch, whose personal history follows. George Zoeth Higgins acquired his general education in the Bucksport Seminary and in Phillips Academy in Andover Massachusetts, graduating the latter institute in 1855.Persuing his professional studies in the Maine Medical School. he graduated in the class of 1858,and completed his preliminary training with two terms at the Albany (N.Y.) medical school. He began to practice in the town of Lubec Maine and two years later removed to Pembroke, this state, where he remained until the fall of 1863.On October 28, of that year, he enlisted as an Assistant Surgeon in the fifteenth regiment of Maine Volunteers; nine months later he was promoted to the rank of Surgeon, and assigned to garrison duty. He received his discharge at Castle Garden, N.Y., in July 1866, and returned to his native state a skillful surgeon, schooled in the trying exigencies of army life, and an experienced physician, with perception by familiarity with disease. Settling in Lubec, he practiced until December,1878,when he moved to Strong, Franklin County. Here he has a beautiful home, and is closely identified with the interest of the town. Within call of the citizens here for nearly two decades, Dr. Higgins has built up a large practice, and has many patients in the outlying country.




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

George HIGGINS Self M Male     W 47 ME Physician ME ME 
Kate HIGGINS    Wife M Female W 43 ME Keeping House MA MA 
Lelia HIGGINS    Dau S Female   W 19 ME At School ME ME 
Alice GOLDER    Other M Female W 19 ME Housekeeper ME ME 
Charles GOLDER Other S Male    W   1 ME ME ME 

Source Information:
Census Place Strong, Franklin, Maine  Family History Library Film 1254479 
NA Film Number T9-0479  Page Number 375D 



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

Ebenezer A. HIGGINS Self M Male    W 52 ME Dry Goods Merchant ME ME 
Sarah A. HIGGINS     Wife M Female W 39 PA Keeping House VT VT 
Francis E. HIGGINS    Son S Male     W 13 OH Attends School ME PA 
Sarah C. HIGGINS      Dau S Female W 10 OH Attends School ME PA 
Bruce A. HIGGINS      Son S Male     W  2 OH ME PA  
Stella F. GROUT        Niece S Female W 23 ME Music Teacher ME ME 
Mary GATES             Other S Female W 18 PA Servant GERMANY GERMANY 
Matilda A. REA          Other S Female W 42 PA School Teacher PA PA 
William M. KEYES       Other S Male W 17 OH Clerk In Store OH OH 

Source Information:
Census Place Conneaut, Ashtabula, Ohio 
Family History Library Film 1254992 
NA Film Number T9-0992 
Page Number 379B 

ON SITE George Z Higgins
           Civil War Records in 15th Regiment, Maine Infantry

added 06 April 2009

Source: Transactions of the Maine Medical Association By Maine Medical Association - 1900

Dr. George Z. Higgins was born in Exeter, Maine, in 1832. He was educated at Bucksport Seminary, and at Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass. He studied medicine at Albany Medical School, and completed his studies at Medical School of Maine, graduating in class of 1858. He began practice in Lubec, and later went to Pembroke, Me., where he remained until October, 1863, when he enlisted as Assistant Surgeon of 15th Reg't Me. Vols., and nine months later was promoted to rank of Surgeon. and assigned to garrison duty. He received his discharge at Castle Garden, New York, July, 1866, and returned to Lubec, Me. In 1878, he moved to Strong, Me. Was always identified with the republican party since he first took an interest in politics. From 1872 to 1878, was a member of Board of Trustees of the State Reform School.

He was a member of the Pension Board of Examining Surgeons of Franklin County nearly fifteen years. He joined this Association in 1884. He was a mason in good standing, the first Master of Davis Lodge, of Strong, holding his office five terms, and as a Grand Army man, had much to do with the organization of Edmond B. Clayton Post,, of Strong, of which he was Commander two years. He died December, 1898.


Source: Obituary record of the graduates of Bowdoin college and the Medical school By Bowdoin College - Published 1899

- Medical Class of 1858 -

George Zoeth Higgins, son of Hon. Ebenezer and Ruth (Smith) Higgins, was born 29 December, 1832, at Exeter. He received an academic education at Corinth Academy, at Bucksport Seminary, and at Phillips Academy, Andover, Mass., graduating from the latter in 1855. He attended two courses of lectures at the Albany Medical School, and two at the Medical School of Maine, receiving his degree from Bowdoin in 1858. He practiced his profession at Lubee, and subsequently for a time at Pembroke. In 1863 he enlisted as assistant surgeon in the 15th Maine Vols., was promoted to be surgeon and assigned to garrison duty. He was discharged from the army in 1866, and returned to Lubec a skillful and experienced surgeon and physician. In December, 1878, he removed to Strong, where he continued to practice his profession with success until the close of his life. He died 11 December, 1898, of disease of the liver.

Dr. Higgins was always identified with the Republican party, and held a number of important offices in the state and the community. He was for several years a member of the U. S. Board of Examining Surgeons, and a trustee of the State Reform School. He was also prominent in Masonic and Grand Army organizations.

Dr. Higgins married, July, 1858, Kate Ford Lamson of Lubee, who survives him with one daughter, Lelia Higgins, a graduate of the Woman's Medical College of Philadelphia, and a practicing physician.


Source: Congressional serial set By United States. Government Printing Office - 61st Congress - Published 1911

S. 8835. Kate F. Higgins, of 633 Congress Street, Portland, Me., is the widow of George Z. Higgins, who entered the Union Army December 31, 1863, as assistant surgeon with the Fifteenth Maine Volunteers. He was promoted to the rank of surgeon March 20, 1865, and was honorably mustered out with his regiment July 5, 1866. He was a capable and zealous officer, serving with his regiment in Texas, Louisiana, Virginia, West Virginia, Georgia, and South Carolina, and much of the time was in some of the most unhealthy localities of the South. After the battle of Pleasant Hill, in Louisiana, in April, 1864, he was left within the Confederate lines to care for the Federal wounded, and was detained there for nearly three months. He died of heart disease December 11, 1898.

It does not appear that Dr. Higgins ever applied for pension during his lifetime. His widow applied under the act of June 27, 1890, and was granted $8 per month, which rate was increased by the act of April 19, 1908, to $12 per month, this latter being the pension she is now receiving. She also filed a claim under the general law, but is unable to prove satisfactorily that her husband's fatal disease was due to his military service and so abandoned this claim some years ago.

Mrs. Higgins was married to her deceased husband July 5, 1858, and was therefore his wife during the period of his service at the front. She is now about 74 years of age, in delicate health, and in very poor circumstances. That she is poor is evidenced by the allowance to her of pension under the act of June 27, 1890. It appears from the evidence on file that her husband contracted malarial poisoning during his service in the South and that he suffered more or less thereafter in consequence of the same. It is highly probable that his death was partly attributable to Army causes, and your committee are of opinion, in view of his long and honorable service and the claimant's advanced age and needy circumstances and in consideration of the fact that she is a war widow, that she should have increase of her pension to the general-law rating of $25 per month, as proposed in the bill.

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16 Jan 2005
Washington Post- January 1,1912

Mr. and Mrs. Higgins to observe anniversary
Recall romance in Maine
Spring surprise on "Old Folk's" by having ceremony all their own- Journey to Connecticut to have knot tied-
Husband is 86 and his wife is 88 years old- Both enjoy excellent health
Higginsmarried62YearsImageWashPost01011912.jpg (228734 bytes) 

Married in Hartford, Connecticut, January 6,1850. 
Mr. and Mrs. Walter Higgins of this city, will observe the 62nd anniversary of that event in their home. 910 Massachusetts Ave Saturday.
Odd circumstance were attached to several events preceding their marriage. John Lane of Hollis, York County in western Maine, being a widower, had wooed and won the widow of Aaron Higgins in the adjoining town of Limington. They had been "Published" according to the New England custom and the wedding was set for a near date.
Miss Almeda C. Lane, daughter, and Walter Higgins, son, respectively of the contracting parties had not been consulted, so they had a conference and decided to spring a surprise on the "old folks" by having a marriage ceremony all their own.
Accordingly they journeyed to Portland and tried to expedite matters there. but learned that a notice that a number of days was necessary. This was not to their liking so they hurried to Boston, with similar handicaps there.
Learning that Connecticut laws allowed for marriages without notice, they visited Hartford. and were married finally surprising the other couple on their arrival back in Maine.


Mr. Higgins engaged in many business enterprises in Limington until 1854 when he moved to Fryeburg. Where he was a country trader nine years.
He then removed to Waterbury Connecticut. Telegraph construction was booming then and he secured several contracts to run lines through the country. He built lines from New York City to Albany. Thence to Utica and Montreal, from buffalo to Toledo and New York to Boston by way of Hartford. His last contract was for a line from Gainesville Florida to Fernando, the land line to Havana.
He established a partnership with his brother in law, John W. Lane and engaged in business on Water Street, New York, dealing in stoves and heating apparatus until 1876 when he decided to retire. he bought a plantation between Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania Virginia, where he remained eleven years.
Though past 60 years of age, he had the "fever" for business again in 1887 and came to Washington where he established the stove and heating business. Which he conducted more that twenty years.

Higgins is the American adaptation of the Irish name of Hagen.
Research has been made by Mr. Higgins to the effect that his early ancestors were among the kings of Ireland. Oppression drove three brothers to this country ,and he traces his American lines to those that dwelt in Scarboro Maine, near Portland. Where Higgins beach is favorite summer resort.


The Lanes figured prominently in the early history of Maine, and Mrs. Higgins still owns the ancestral home jointly with her two sisters. It is a delightful spot on the banks of the Saco River. and the been accustomed to spending their summers there until recent years.
Mr. Higgins was elected to the school board in Limington the year he became of age. and had as an associate, Dr. Bradbury, brother of United States Senator James W. Bradbury, whose term expired in 1853 and who was the last democratic Senator from Maine until the election of Senator Charles F. Johnson last January. They advanced the proposition to establish a high school in the town and persuaded the townspeople of its practicability. Limington Academy, as it was called was located in the village and is an active educational institution now. never having encountered an interruption in it career of more than 60 years. Mr Higgins is the only survivor of the original board of trustees He has always continued his interest in the institution, even though absent all these years. 
Another pleasant memory lingers around the Maine Association in Washington as he was a prime mover in the organization of this club. composed of former residents of The Pine Tree State. He served many years as treasurer and there was never a deficit during his stewardship. he was President also in 1902.
He was born May 28, 1825 and Mrs. Higgins, April 7, 1823. Both enjoy excellent health. Mrs. Rebecca Higgins remains at home and watches that their comforts may be continuous and abundant. 
Other daughters include are Mrs. George B. Scovill of Waterbury Connecticut and Mrs William B. Love of Virginia

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1880 Census Household:

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

Walter HIGGINS      Self M Male    W 55 ME Farmer ME ME 
Almeda C. HIGGINS Wife M Female W 57 ME Keep House ME ME 
Almeda M. HIGGINS Dau S Female W 29 ME Help To Mother ME ME 
Rebecca L. HIGGINS Dau S Female W 25 ME Help To Mother ME ME 
Harriett HIGGINS      Dau S Female W 23 ME Help To Mother ME ME 
Mary U. HIGGINS      Dau S Female W 20 ME Help To Mother ME ME 
Harriet LANE       Mother W Female W 81 ME ME ME 
Stephen P. LANE Brother S  Male    W 66 ME Farmer ME ME 

Source Information:
Census Place Linvingston, Spotsylvania, Virginia 
Family History Library Film 1255391 
NA Film Number T9-1391 Page Number 392C 

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19 February 2003

Information extracted from a recent Higgins bible sold on Ebay
The names of the family goes as follows:


Dennis Higgins,     Born March 28 1807,
Ascenath (sp?)      born Oct.21,1816
William H. Higgins May 3,1854,
Fred S. Higgins,     Dec 7,1856
Amos T Higgins,    March 4,1859

Info on this family from 1880 Federal Census Household:
Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age
Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace 

Dennis HIGGINS       Self M Male    W 73 ME 
                                        Farmer ME ME 
Asenath B. HIGGINS Wife M Female W 63 ME 
                                 Keeping House ME ME 
Wm. H. HIGGINS      Son S Male     W 26 ME 
                                 Butchering ME ME 
Fredric S. HIGGINS   Son S Male     W 23 ME 
                                 Works On Farm ME ME 
Amos T. HIGGINS     Son S Male     W 21 ME
                                 Works On R.R. ME ME 
Francis U. HIGGINS  Dau S Female  W 32 ME 
                                 At Home ME ME 

Source Information:
Census Place North Yarmouth, Cumberland, Maine 
Family History Library Film 1254478 
NA Film Number T9-0478 Page Number 412D 

Ellen Higgins,                June 25,1836
Ellen Higgins                 June 4,1838,
Grenvill Higgins,            Sept,11,1840,
Edwin Higgins,              Dec 11 1842
Charles Edwin Higgins,  June 3 1845
Frances Ursula Higgins  June 7 1847
Mary Elza Higgins            Nov 9 1849
Samuel L Higgins             Dec 27 1851,
William H Higgins             May 3 1854
Fred Stone Higgins        Dec 7 1856,
Amos Fred Higgins          March 1 1869,

Ellen Higgins          Aug 25 1837
Edwin Higgins         March 26 1844
Grenill Higgins         Feb 8th 1874,
Frederick S. Higgins Nov 28 1880
Samuel L Higgins     March 1881,
Arsceneth B Higgins May 30,1886,
William H Higgins     Sept 28 1889
Dennis Higgins         Oct 25 1892

Seller stated this bible was purchased near Higgins Beach Maine

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  Leon F Higgins
Posted 2 February 2002
Leon F. Higgins Republican 1919 - 1920

Leon Forrest Higgins
was born in Ellsworth on April 29, 1870, the son of a lumberman and contractor in that city. 

Educated in the public schools of Bangor and Brewer, he tried his hand at several different enterprises before becoming the successful head of his own insurance business. 

Elected to the Board of Aldermen in Brewer in 1900, he was elected to the Maine House of Representatives in 1913. He was elected State Senator from Penobscot County in 1917 and reelected in 1919, during which term he served as President of the Senate. 

A successful businessman, Higgins was one of the incorporators of the Brewer Savings Bank and a member of numerous societies and organizations.

1880 USA Census Household:

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

Forrest R. HIGGINS Self M   Male W 40 ME 
                   Work At Coll. Carrier Tr.  ME ME 
Carrie M. HIGGINS   Wife M Female W 35 ME 
                                                       ME ME 
Leon F. HIGGINS     Son S Male      W 10 ME
                                    At School       ME ME 
Maud C. HIGGINS    Dau S Female W 8 ME
                                   At School        ME ME 
Harry HIGGINS        Son S Male    W 6 ME
                                    At School       ME ME 
William H. HIGGINS   Son S Male    W 3 ME 
                                                        ME ME 
Source Information:
Census Place Ward 2, Bangor, Penobscot, Maine 
Family History Library Film 1254485 
NA Film Number T9-0485 Page Number 141A 

Leon F Higgins and Insurance 

Marriages & Deaths from Ellsworth MAINE 1800's

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Published Tuesday, October 2, 2001

Miriam A. Grover Higgins, 81 
Copyright  2001 Blethen Maine Newspapers Inc.
WATERFORD Miriam A Grover Higgins, 81, of Waterford
died at her home on Papoose Pond on Oct. 1, 2001. 

She was born in Norway, a daughter of Irvin and Annie
Walker Brown
. She graduated from Norway High School in
1937 and from the University of Maine in Orono in 1941.

She worked as a teacher, in advertising sales, in
radio programming and as a travel agent. 

Mrs. Higgins was a member of the First Congregational
Church of Norway, the Retired Teachers Association,
Service Corps of Retired Executives, American Red
Cross, Women's Club of South Paris and the 12th Club.

Her interests included playing the piano and organ,
crossword puzzles, gardening and cooking.

She volunteered as an organist and pianist for local
churches and the Norway Rehabilitation and Living

She married Rodney Grover in 1942. He died in 1959. In
1967, she married Gerald Higgins, who died in 1992. A
son, Keith, and a great-granddaughter, Katherine, also
died previously.

Surviving are two daughters, Corille Bressette of
Lovell and Kathleen Grover of Waterford; a sister,
Eleanor Noble of Norway; four grandchildren; and seven
great- grandchildren.

Visiting hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the
Weston-Chandler Funeral Home, 230 Main St., Norway. A
funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at
East Stoneham Congregational Church with the Rev.
George Frobig officiating. Burial will be in Hillside
Cemetery in East Stoneham. 

The Highland House and Residence of 
     S. F. Higgins, Westport Maine.

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Marriage Records from Maine State Archives
[NEW URL - 10 January 2003] 

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Higgins Classical Institute 
  Charleston, ME


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11 January 2003
The First Maine Heavy Artillery Roster

Edmund Higgins,   Company C, PP: 264 

George E. Higgins, Company K, PP: 364/367 

Henry A. Higgins,   Company L, PP: 385/448 

John Higgins,        Company C, PP: 264 

John P. Higgins,    Company C, PP: 264/437 

Nathan Higgins,    Company M, PP: 401/471 

Richard Higgins,    Company C, PP: 264/437 

Robert Higgins,     Company E, PP: 299/461 

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Major Pages Containing Maine Information on Higgins Families

  •  Higgins Marriages from the State Archives: 

     Marriages Sorted by Groom 

    • Part 1 
      Adam Arthur Higgins 
      - Elmer A Higgins 

    • Part 2 
      Elmer A Higgins
      - Isaac S Higgins

    • Part 3 
      Isaac S Higgins
      - Michael L Higgins

    • Part 4 
      Michael L Higgins
      - Vasconic L Higgins 

    • Part 5 
      Vasconic L Higgins
      - Wyman S Higgins

      Marriages Sorted by Bride 

    • Part 1 
      A L Higgins
      - Eva Higgins 

    • Part 2 
      Eva Higgins
      - Lucy F Higgins 

    • Part 3 
      Lucy F Higgins
      - Terri Cecilia Higgins

    • Part 4 
      Terri Cecilia Higgins
      - Zilla J Higgins


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