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17 March 2008
HIGGINS, JOHN, deceased, a pioneer of Knox county, was born in Vermont in 1800. His father, Joseph Higgins, was born January 9, 1762. He served in the war of the Revolution, and was three times married. By his first wife he had eight children, one of whom is living-Polly McGee, who resides near Marietta, Ohio. By his second marriage he had four children: Two living, residing in Iowa. By his third marriage he had no children, and remained in Vermont until 1807, when he emigrated to Marietta, Ohio, where he resided until 1810, when he came to Knox county, and settled about a mile east of where the village of Mt. Liberty now stands. He cut a road from where Homer now stands to the land which he had selected. The first cabin which was erected, was about the usual size of a pioneer's first habitation, probably sixteen by sixteen feet, in which a family of twelve persons lived for some time. This cabin was succeeded by a frame structure, which in turn has been succeeded by a beautiful residence occupied by J. O. Higgins, grandson of Joseph Higgins.

When Mr. Higgins settled on his land, there were but a few families west of him, in Knox county. The Houck settlement was about seven miles west, but these pioneers were not aware of each other's location for several years after. The subject of this notice, John Higgins, passed his early life on the frontiers, and his educational advantages were limited. In fact his eariy life was spent without attending school. When about twentyone years of age, he attended school for about three months, and attended school after this long enough to learn to read and write and cipher. After this he was employed on several occasions to teach. Being a man of more than ordinary intellectual eapacity, he was made justice of the peace, and subsequently became familiar with the statutes of the State, and was called upon to take charge of almost every case within a range of ten or fifteen miles from his home, and is yet spoken of by many of the old inhabitants as one of the most successful contestants of his day. For many years the law business occupied almost his entire time.

He was twice married, and his first wife was Parnell Ashley, by whom he had four children; Orange, a Disciple minister, who resides in Monroe county, Iowa; Colonel Thomas W., attorney, Pike county, Ohio (Bio on this page); Ethan A., editor Democratic Times, Toledo, Ohio, and Henry, deceased.

His second wife was Mrs. Charity Pierson, nee Jaggers, by whom he had one son: John Delano, who was born June 3, 1837.

Mr. Higgins died March 1, 1874, and was much esteemed for his uprightness of character and many good traits. His wife survived him until May 10, 1880. His son John D. received a common school education, and has always resided on the homestead, being engaged in farming. He was a member of company A, One Hundred and Forty-second regiment, Ohio national guard, and was married to Miss Corrinda Bird May 13, 1858. By their union they have been blessed with six children: John W. died when four years old; Ida B., Elmer F. and Willie C.; Frank D. died' when eight months old, and Olive L.

Mr. Higgins is much esteemed, and is liberal in his views, pleasant and social in his manners.
Headstone of John's father Joseph

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Knox County, Ohio Vital Records
Name: Higgins, Rev. Orange
Birth Place: Knox co., OH Birth Date: 1829
Father's Name:John Higgins Mother's Name:Parnell
Death Date: After 1881 Place of Death: Monroe co., IO

Name: Higgins, Col. Thomas
Birth Place: Knox co., OH Birth Date: 1830
Father's Name: John Higgins
Mother's Name: Parnell Ashley
Death Date: After 1881 Place of Death: Pike co., OH

Name: Higgins, Ethan A.
Birth Place: Knox co., OH Birth Date: 1833
Father's Name: John Higgins
Mother's Name: Parnell Ashley
DeathDate: After 1881
Editor of the Democrat Times newspaper

Name: Higgins, Henry
Birth Place: Knox co., OH Birth Date: 1835
Father's Name: John Higgins
Mother's Name: Parnell Ashley
Spouse's Name: None Children: None
Date of Death: Before 1881
Place of Death: Knox co., OH

Name: Higgins, John Birth Place: Vermont
Birth Date: 1800
Father's Name: Joseph Higgins
Mother's Name: Second Wife
Spouse's Name: Parnell Ashley
Marriage Date: 1828
Marriage Location: Knox co., OH
Children: Orange, Thoms, Ethan, Henry, John
Date of Death: Mar 1, 1874
Place of Death: Knox co., OH
Second Spouse's Name: Charity Pierson (nee Jaggers)

Name: Higgins, John Delano
Birth Place: Knox co.,OH Birth Date: June 3, 1837
Father's Name: John Higgins
Mother's Name: Charity Jaggers
Spouse's Name: Corrinda Bird
Marriage Date: May 13, 1858
Marriage Location: Knox co., OH
Children: John, Ida, Elmer, William, Frank, Olive
Date of Death: After 1881
Military Unit: Co. A., 142 OH Vol. Inf.
Higgins, John D
142nd Regiment, Ohio Infantry (National Guard)
Higgins, (broken off) W/o Jesse Higgins May 11,1851,
38y 2m 28d
Higgins, Joseph Continental Line, Rev. War
January 9, 1762 October 28, 1832
Higgins, ? I/d of Jesse & Saphronia
February 25, 1833
more on Orange Higgins and his family


22 Sep 2007
Wayne Center Cemetery 
Ashtabula County, Ohio 
NAME Date and Burial Location 
Higgins, child   Row 3 
Higgins, child   Row 3 
Higgins, Mary Harper Row 3  daughter of R. S. Harper,
1st wife of Frank Higgins 
Higgins, Melvina 1828  Row (?) 
Higgins, Frank   1930  Row 3 
Higgins, Millie  Row 4 daughter of Francis Higgins 


01 Dec  2006

SANDERS HILL CEMETERY, Henrietta Twp, Lorain Co., OH 
Cemetery Inscriptions of Lorain County, Ohio 
Catharine,  dau Aaron & Artemia, no dates 
Edwin G.,   son A & A, d Dec 18, 1817, 18y 9m 10d 
James R.,   son A & A, d Sept 30, 1856 
Inf.           son LN & DA, d Jan 11, 1870, 4m 5d 
Norman,     eldest son A & A, d Oct 10, 1827, 9y 6m 22d 
Carrie,       no dates

Burial Location of above children's parents at RIDGEVILLE CENTER Cemetery [NEXT ENTRY]


14 Nov 2006
RIDGEVILLE CENTER Cemetery, Ridgeville Township 
HIGGINS ,Solomon, d Dec 28, 1840, 75y 
HIGGINS, Aaron, d Jan 14, 1867, 74y 
HIGGINS, Ortenia, wife, d May 11, 1866, 68y 7m 

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Higgins Aarron 57 N Y Henrietta, Lorain, OH 1850

               HIGGINS AARON 66 M W NY OH LORAIN ELYRIA 1860 
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HIGGINS, Francis A., husb, Mar 9, 1833-Aug 20, 1863 
McILVAINE, Ursula HIGGINS, 1834-1918 
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Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age
   Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace 

George W. MCILVAIN Self M Male W 57 PA Supreme JudgeOf Ohio PA PA 
Ursula L. MCILVAIN Wife M Female W 48 OH Boarding OH OH 
Floyd MCILVAIN Son S Male W 24 OH At School PA OH 
Isabell MCILVAIN Dau S Female W 20 OH At School PA OH 
Carrie MCILVAIN Dau S Female W 16 OH At School PA OH 

Source Information:
Census Place New Philadelphia, Tuscarawas, Ohio Family History Library Film 1255072 
NA Film Number T9-1072 Page Number 148A 

08 Apr 2006

Lima Sunday News (Lima, Ohio) Monday June 23 1919 
-Prominent Gardner and Farmer Passes Away At St Ritas Hospital Sunday Afternoon-
Michael J. Higgins, 55, prominent farmer and gardener living two miles from this city on the East High Street Road, died at 2:30 pm Sunday afternoon at St. Rita's Hospital. Funeral service will be held at 9:30 o'clock Wednesday morning at St. Rose Church with requiem high mass. Burial will be at Gethsemint Cemetery.
Mr. Higgins was born in Ireland,t own of Cork and came to Cincinnati where he located for a time and then came to Lima in 1889.He took up the gardening business on the East High Street Road, where he became well and favorably known. He established one of the largest business of the kind in this locality and operated it until seven years ago when he turned it over to the younger generation.
Mr. Higgins then purchased a large farm nearby, where he lived until his death. He was a prominent member of the St Rose church and was a past officer of the Vegetable Growers Association of America thru which he is widely known. He leaves his wife Mary E.,two sons, Carl and Maurice, two daughter Margaret and Enella all at home; two sisters the Misses Nora and Margaret Higgins, of Cincinnati and four brothers, Maurice of Lima, James E ,John P. and William of Cincinnati

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15 Dec 2005

Source: A Portrait and Biographical Record of Allen and Van Wert Counties, Ohio Published in Chicago by A,W. Bowen Inc. 1896

Hon. James F. Higgins, Mayor of Van Wert, Ohio, is a son of Ralph P. and Laura M. (Doup) Higgins, and was born in Shelby County, Ohio, August 31,1850. Ralph P. was born in Hamilton County, Ohio, December28, 1823,while his wife was born in Frederick County, Maryland. They were married in Shelby County, in 1852,lived on a farm until 1873,and then moved to Piqua, Miami County, where Mr. Higgins is passing his declining years in retirement. They had born to their marriage three children, in the following order: William H., deceased; Edward D., of Denver, Colorado and James F., whose name opens this paragraph. The father is, as well as his wife, are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church; in politics he is a Republican, is Trustee of his township and for many years was Justice of the Peace; he has been very successful in life, still owns two farms, aggregating 260 acres in Shelby County, Ohio, and has always been regarded, wherever he has lived, as an upright and intelligent gentleman. Mayor James F. Higgins was reared on the home farm in Shelby County, Ohio, until thirteen years of age, when, in 1873,he was taken by his family to Miami County, and finished his schooling at Piqua, after which he resided with his Uncle, E.R. Doup, in Brooklyn, New York, and for two years remained with said uncle, and in 1879,came to Van Wert, Ohio, in the capacity of buyer and shipper for the same gentleman, which position he held until 1885,when, in connection with his brother, William Higgins, then a resident, of New York City, he established the firm of Higgins Bro., lumber merchants, which continued in the trade until the decease of William, in 1891.  In 1894, James F. Higgins, was elected Mayor of Van Wert by the Republican Party, with whom he stands high in favor, as he does, indeed, with the public in general ,and took possession of his office April 13,of the same year. His marriage took place in Covington, Kentucky, to Miss Lulu E. Brown, a native of Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee, and a daughter of Orlando and Josephine Brown, now deceased, and this union has been gladdened by the birth of one child, Ralph Pendry, Jr Mr. and Mrs. Higgins are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church and paternally he is a Knight of Pythias, whose ranks his fine appearance and manly proportions greatly adorn. In all his attributes of manhood and useful citizenship stands conspicuous among his fellows, and few men in Van Wert County have as wide and varied acquaintance as he, or have made a strong impression on the public mind. In his early youth formed a determined purpose to succeed, and his position socially, and his standing in the business world, are proofs that so far in life this purpose has been fully realized; and ,judging by the past it is safe to predict for him a future of still greater honor and usefulness. He is a man of positive convictions, firm in his adherence to what he considers the right, and in the performance of his official functions has proved a most careful and impartial public servant. Mr. Higgins is characterized by a strong and vigorous personality, is dignified in bearing, and impresses all with whom he comes in contact as a typical representative of the sturdy and intelligent manhood for which the great Commonwealth of Ohio has been noted.


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

Ralph HIGGINS Self M Male     W 56 OH Farmer OH VA 
Laura HIGGINS Wife M Female W 49 MD Keeping House MD MD 

Source Information:
Census Place Spring Creek, Miami, Ohio 
Family History Library Film 1255049 
NA Film Number T9-1049 
Page Number 311C 


1930 census         Middlefork, Magoffin, KY
Troy Higgins          About 1895 Kentucky Head 
Della Higgins          About 1900 Wife 
Lacy Higgins KY     About 1918 Son 
Maggie Higgins KY  About 1920 Daughter 
Johnnie Higgins      About 1922 Son 
Thelma Higgins      About 1924 Daughter 
Ethel Higgins         About 1923 Daughter 

Social Security Death Index
Troy Higgins 8 Jun 1899 Aug 1985 Carey, Wyandot, Ohio
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14 Dec 2005
The Washington Post, (Washington , D.C.) November 13, 1905 
-Two bullet Wounds Found in Back and Revolver Near Body-
Newark, Ohio, November 12th- Charles Higgins, twenty-five years old, an employee in the Wehrle Stove Foundry, where a strike has been on since June, was shot and killed this morning by an unknown person on Railroad Street. Two bullet holes were found in his back. The police discovered a revolver near where Higgins body was found. George Curlin of Elwood City Pennsylvania, a striking polisher at the Werhle Factory has been arrested on suspicion. Higgins' home was at Fort London Pennsylvania.

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06 Dec 2005

Ross County, Ohio Marriage Records Fort Wayne, Indiana
 Fort Wayne Public Library, 1975
Higgens Jeffrey to Jones, Mary E.        January 9,1851
Higgins, Alexander to Pepple, Malissa    May 22, 1884
Higgins, Henry to Hayes, Virginia E.      September 17,1876
Higgins, Maurice to O'Conner, Mary E.   February 10, 1881
Higgins, Samuel to Henry, Lettie          February 10,1879
Higgins, Samuel to Rose, Rosa             January 5, 1882
Higgins, William to Brown, Margaret      December 25, 1865

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1863-1864 Cleveland Ohio City Directory
Higgins, Charles,                         boards 45 Main
Higgins, Christopher, Laborer,               h 84 Oregon
Higgins, Cornelius,                        house West River Alley
Higgins, Daniel,                            house 463 West River
Higgins, Elizabeth, Mrs.                      bds 45 McLean

      includes Higgins, Thomas, Painter, house 45 McLean

Higgins, George H.,  ship carpenter,          h 53 Birch
Higgins, Henry,       Gardener,           house 24 Wilson
Higgins, John,         Laborer,             house 21 Erie
Higgins, Morris,                               house West River n. Franklin
Higgins, Patrick,                                  h. West River n. Franklin
Higgins, Patrick,      Laborer,             house 167 Lake
Higgins, Thomas,     Painter,             house  45 McLean
Higgins, Thomas J., Telegraph Operator, bds 175 Lake

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  11 Sep 2005 

Della Higgins Ohio

CAREY � Della Higgins, 14479 CH 3, Carey, died at her residence at 4:40 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2004. She was 103. Born in Salyersville, Ky., on Dec. 17, 1900, she was a daughter of Samuel J. and Nancy Lee (Brock) Caldwell. She and Troy Higgins were married April 28, 1916. He died Aug. 12, 1985. 
Surviving are five daughters, Maggie Luzader, Thelma Duffield, Mona Taylor and Opal Morrison, Carey; and Ann Schalk, New Riegel; 40 grandchildren; 96 great-grandchildren; and 73 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by four sons, John, Lacy, Robert and infant Grover Higgins; two grandsons; a great-grandson; six brothers; and two sisters. Mrs. Higgins was a homemaker who loved her garden and flowers.
She was affiliated with the Baptist church. The funeral will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Stombaugh-Batton Funeral Home in Carey, with the Rev. Bill Mahan officiating. Burial will be in Spring Grove Cemetery, Carey. Visitation is at the funeral home from 2-9 p.m. Friday.  Memorials may be made to Dorcas Carey Public Library or Bridge Home Health and Hospice in care of Stom-baugh-Batton Funeral Home, 225 W. Findlay St., Carey OH 43316.
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  Higgans, Eunice            Baccus, Eza Jan 7, 1841 

  Higgins, Anna               Brown, George Jun 14, 1808 

  Higgins, Elizabeth         Bennet, Joshua J. Aug 10, 1836 

  Higgins, John               Bennett, Patsy Feb 22, 1806 

  Higgins, Katharine         Bowen, Thomas Nov 15, 1825 

  Higgins, Maria              Cole, Marcus Apr 3, 1819 

  Higgins, Nancy             Monrow, Ira Oct 2, 1833 

  Higgins, Polly               McDowell, Abraham Jan 29, 1826 

  Higgins, Rebecca          Rickards, John Apr 16, 1834 

  Higgins, Robert Burns   Simonton, Matilda Apr 7, 1853 

  Higgins, Sarah             Moer, Henry Dec 25, 1834 


Higgins, Nancy J            Hott, Philip Sep 15, 1859 



2 Free, JM                    Higgins, Mary    25 Jul 1888

Freshour, Millard            Higgins, Lucy B. 27 Mar 1879

1880 Census Household:

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

 Millard FRESHOUR   Self   M   Male   W   26   OH   Painter   OH   OH  

 Lucy FRESHOUR   Wife   M   Female   W   23   OH  Keeping House   ENG   ENG

Source Information:

  Census Place Bainbridge, Ross, Ohio 

  Family History Library Film   1255063 

  NA Film Number   T9-1063 Page Number   326A 


Jackson County Marriages: 1815-1850 - H  

Higgins, John A                Arthur, Grandial Jun 8, 1844 

Higgins, William D             Rush, Martha J Aug 7, 1847


Jackson County Marriages: 1851-1900 - H  

Higgens, Henry Joshua       Pewters, Elizabeth Nov 9, 1861 

Higgins, Emily A                Spicer, John A Feb 25, 1864 

 1880 Census Household:

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

 John E. SPICER   Self   M   Male   W   40   OH   Clerk In Store   VA   OH  

 Emley A. SPICER Wife   M   Female   W   29   OH   Keeping House   OH  VA

 Clarence M. SPICER   Son   S   Male   W   14   OH      OH   OH  

 Ida M. SPICER   Dau   S   Female   W   12   OH      OH   OH  

 Minne B. SPICER   Dau   S   Female   W   10   OH      OH   OH  

Source Information:
Census Place Zaleski, Vinton, Ohio   Family History Library Film   1255074 
NA Film Number   T9-1074  Page Number   105C 

  Higgins, Mary A            Thomas, John W Feb 13, 1865 

from 1909 History of Miami County, Ohio


A P HIGGINS, retired farmer; P.O.- Fletcher; was born in Hamilton Co., Ohio, July, 1819, and is a son of John V. and Ann (Pendrey) Higgins; he was a native of New Jersey, and she of Virginia; now both are deceased. A. P. assisted his father on the farm, and attended the common school; at the age of 11 years he, with his parents, moved from Hamilton to Shelby Co., where he continued farming until 16 years of age, at which time he engaged in the cabinet-maker's trade, which remained his occupation until 1848, when he purchased a farm of 60 acres in Shelby Co.; he located there, and remained seven years, then sold out and purchased 90 acres in Spring Creek Township, where he remained until the spring of 1866, when he sold it; he purchased his present farm of 117 acres in Sec. 18, Brown Township, Miami Co., where he now resides, and is well situated; he owns good, substantial buildings, located on the Piqua and Urbana Pike. His marriage with Priscilla Mendenhall was celebrated Nov. 15, 1843; she was born in Miami Co., Ohio, July, 1825; they have seven children - Josephine and Joseph (twins, the latter died at the age of 9 months), John William (who died in infancy), Charley W. (died at the age of 26 in 1878), Ellen E. (died in 1877) and Wilber, who is now occupied in teaching school, which profession he has been engaged in since 14 years of age.    

View 1870 OH Census Scan   Alexander HIGGINS  age 50

Added 18 Jun 2005
1880 Census Household:

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

  Alex P HIGGINS    Self M Male    W 60 OH Farmer         NY VA 
  Prissella HIGGINS Wife M Female W 54 OH Housekeeper NC VA 
  John V HIGGINS   Son S  Male    W 34 --- Salesman     OH OH 
  Wilbur HIGGINS    Son S Male     W 19 --- Teacher      --- --- 

  Source Information:
  Census Place Brown, Miami, Ohio 
  Family History Library Film 1255049 
  NA Film Number T9-1049 Page Number 29A 

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Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center
Civil War Soldiers Alphabetical Index
Age: 25 
Date: 11/29/1861 
Company: G 
Regiment: 72 
State of Regt: OHIO 
Term: 3YR 
Rank Out: PRIVATE 
Date(s): 02/17/1862 
Age: 24 
Date: 12/22/1861 
Company: C 
Regiment: 72 
State of Regt: OHIO 
Term: 3YR 
Rank Out: PRIVATE 
Disposition: DESERTED 
Date(s): 02/22/1862 

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George W. Higgins, one of the highly esteemed business residents of Piqua, where he is a member of the drug firm of Hedges & Higgins, is a native of Shelby county, Ohio, and a son of J. G. and Elizabeth (Knox) Higgins. His education was secured in the rural schools of his native county and in 1893 he came to Piqua, where he secured employment in the drug store of A. H. Bates. Later he was with C. G. Piercey, from whose employ be went to that of P.I. Hedges. In 1904 he went to St. Mary's, Ohio, where he was identified with the same line of business until 1911, then returning to Piqua and acquiring an interest in the business of P. I. Hedges, the firm since having been known as Hedges & Higgins.

This is one of the modern establishments of Piqua, carrying a full line of drugs, medicines, toilet articles, etc., a feature of its business being the prescription department. Mr. Higgins is not only a good business man of known integrity and worth, but a citizen who has lent his public-spirited assistance to the furtherance of various beneficial enterprises. During the war period be served as a recruiting agent for the merchant marine service. He is active socially, being a member of the Piqua and Rotary clubs, and a consistent member of the Green Street Methodist Episcopal Church.

View 1910 OH Census Scan  George W Higgins  age 39  Boarder

View 1920 OH Census Scan  George Higgins      age 50  Roomer

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William Higgins, M.D., retired physician and capitalist, Piqua. Dr. Higgins, a native of Pennsylvania, was born in Westmoreland Co. in 1818 his youth was spent on a farm, attending school during, winter, and later received the benefit of an academic course; he graduated from the National Medical College at Washington, D. C., in 1840, and commenced practice the same year at Carlisle, Coshocton Co., Ohio, where he continued until 1848, when he removed to Zimmerman, Greene Co.; here he remained, enjoying an extensive practice, until 1871, when he removed to Piqua, and retired from practice, having accumulated a respectable fortune; his time is now occupied in brokerage and looking after his real estate interests, which are quite extensive besides owning a number of valuable tracts in this vicinity, he has a fine farm of 500 acres in the Wabash Valley, near Terre Haute, and another near Marion, Ind. Dr. Higgins is emphatically a self-made man, having started in life with nothing, and worked his way up through many difficulties and embarrassing circumstances. He married Aug. 3, 1848, Miss Belle Willia
mson, of Fairfield, Greene Co., Ohio the fruits of this union have been three children-Julius (Higgins), now a resident of Richmond, Ind., James (Higgins), who died at the age of 24, and Willie (Higgins), also deceased.

Added 14 February 2002

JAMES M  HIGGINS, farmer. P. O. Forest, is a son of William Higgins, who was born April 22, 1805, near Philadelphia. Penn., and died in Hardin County, Ohio, in 1858. He was raised in his native State and was married in Fayette County, in 1826. to Mary A, daughter of David Trissler. She was born near Hagerstown, Md., December 22, 1807. They came to Ohio in 1831, stopping in Jefferson County, but in 1836 came to Hardin County, settling on Section 2 of Jackson Township, where he entered forty acres of land, he was a stout, hearty man, energetic and industrious, and erelong he had transformed the handiwork of nature into open and productive fields.
He had eleven children - David, Mary A., Eliza, Christina (who married, and at her death left a family), William, Margaretta, John J., Frances M., James M., Amanda E. and George W. Of this family our subject was the ninth, and was born in Jackson Township April 11, 1844. He has always resided in the county and followed farming, save nine months during the late war. He is a live, energetic, tidy and practical farmer, owning 140 acres, well improved in modern style. His wife was Miss Annie R., daughter of Jasper M. Pimperton. She was born in Hardin County, and they have one child- Eva..


Farmer, P. O. Forest, is a brother of J. M. Higgins, whose sketch appears in this volume.
John J Higgins was born in Jackson Township, February 9, 1841.
He has always resided in Hardin County and followed farming, and is now the owner of 229 acres of well-improved land in Jackson Township. This he cleared and improved himself, and has it stocked with good cattle, sheep, hogs and horses. He was married to Nancy M daughter of Nathaniel Miller, of Hancock County, where she was born in 1840. They have a family of four children.

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Probate Court Index 1807 - 1900

Miami County Ohio
Reading from left to right, each line reflects: 
the date the case was probated; the person or organization the case
apply to; the type of case; the Case Number, and the Probate
Court Book and Page.

May 1855     Higgins, Frank   Criminal 02575 ---- ----
24 Aug 1865 Higgins, George Habeas Corpus 04173 A1 0279
24 Aug 1865 Higgins, Mary    Habeas Corpus 04173 A1 0279
24 Jan 1880 Higgins, Mary B. Insanity 06104 3 0298
14 Feb 1884 Higgins, William Insanity 07317 5 1586
09 Jan 1893 Higgins, William Estate 10267 8 3359

Marriage Index 1807-1873
Miami County Ohio

Catharine Higgins, John Blackwell,     1847
Ellen R. Higgins,     John Howland,      1872
Jonathan HigginsBetsey Bodd,        1813
Josephine Higgins, Thomas Sheeley,  1868
Ralph P. Higgins,    Loro M. Doup,       1852
Thomas Higgins,    Mary J. Anderson, 1848


Marriage Index 1875-1880 Lawrence County 

Higgins, John T.  Bryant, Susan   page 42
Layne, Frank      Higgins, Maggie page 419

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Lawrence County, Ohio Marriage Indexes Volumes 18-20 1895 -1905 

Higgins, Anna 18 254 Bride
Higgins, Berdie 19 506 Bride
Higgins, Charles F. 19 556 Groom
Higgins, Cornelia 19 152 Bride
Higgins, Delbert 19 570 Groom
Higgins, Lecta R. 18 303 Bride
Higgins, Lewis B. 18 303 Groom
Higgins, Mary A. 20 350 Bride
Higgins, Mary J. 20 72 Bride
Higgins, Mintie 18 606 Bride
Higgins, Robert J. 20 165 Groom
Higgins, Willard J. 18 158 Groom

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Daniel Bowling, 86, a veteran of the Civil War, died this morning at 8 o�clock at his home in Greenup after an extended illness. Funeral services will be held Friday at the Stapf Mortuary parlor in Greenup with interment at Wakefield, Ohio.

He is survived by 17 children and his widow, Mrs. Clara Mitchell Bowling, to whom he was married last fall.

The following children survive:

Mrs. Lucinda Luther, Johnson, Ky.; Mrs. Louise Collins, Prestonsburg; Mrs. Juliana Higgins, Jackson, O.; Mrs. Martha Sloan, Hillsboro; William Bowling, Boone County, Ky.; John Bowling, Boone County; Burbridge Bowling, Greenup; Joe Bowling, Floyd County; Mrs. Fannie Gibson, Greenup; Sheridan Bowling, Greenup; Mrs. Anna Greathouse, Pike County, Ky.; Taylor, Edwin, Ernest, Grace, William and Pearl Bowling, all at home. Four children preceded him in death.

Ironton Evening Tribune, 8 May 1930, Thursday, Page 9.

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Colonel John M  Higgins, well known Portsmouth man and a native of this county, died Monday night at his home in Portsmouth after an illness of several years. colonel Higgins was born November 20, 1842, at Pine Grove Furnace, this county, and located in Portsmouth in 1851. He was for a quarter of a century advertising manager of the old Daily Blade and was quite prominent in Scioto county politics. He was a veteran of the Civil War and was wounded at the battle of Perryville. He is survived by a wife and one son, Hugh H  Higgins, traffic manager of the Portsmouth Street Railway and Light Company. The funeral services will be held this afternoon at 3 o�clock at the family residence, 627 Seventh street, Portsmouth.

Morning Irontonian, 18 February 1920, Wednesday, Page 3.

View OH Census Scans: 


This census was taken on January 7th & 8th 1920 and he passed away prior to 18 February 1920 when the obituary above appeared

Census images for his son Hugh Higgins


R J Higgins of Coal Grove, recently came into possession of the sword of Capt. Wm  Smith, who was shot in a battle in the Shanendoah valley, four miles from Winchester. At the time Capt. Smith was shot Mr. Higgins, who was color bearer of his company, had his cap knocked off by the sword of Capt. Smith as he fell. The ball entered the head just above the ear. As it was known to be a mortal wound, Levi Jacks was detailed to take Capt. Smith home. He died at Parkersburg enroute to his home and his body was sent on to his home at Aid Ohio. He was about 35 years of age at the time of his death. The sword came into the possession of James Jenkins, a brother-in-law of Capt. Smith, who turned it over to Mr. Higgins because of his intimate associations with him just prior to his death.

Capt. Smith was a son of Arch Smith, a resident of Aid Township, Lawrence county, Ohio. It will be remembered that Capt. Uriah Payne and Capt. Smith recruited Company H, of the Ninth W. Va. Infantry in 1861 and was stationed at Guyandotte, W. Va. and was captured in October 1861. Capt. Smith had gone home the day before the battle and was not captured and as Capt. Payne was captured, Capt. Smith, then a Lieutenant, the command of the company fell to him and was commanded by him until his death. The company numbered about thirty-five men the morning Capt. Smith was killed. Rube Shattuck and Ed. Brown were also killed. In forty years, the number has gone down from fifty-three to a very few. The names of the ones living are Sergeant R. J. Higgins, Sergeant Amos Lambert, Joseph Fitzer, E. Woods, William Hankins, John Willis, L. Massie, Gains Massie, M. A. Smith, brother of Capt. Smith, Abner Anderson, David Gossett, George Faultner James Darling and James Craig.

Ironton Register, 11 October 1906, Thursday.

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Census of the 1890 Civil War Veterans and Widows 

HIGGANS John W.   Windsor
HIGGINS David W.   Perry
HIGGINS James D.   Mason
HIGGINS Reuben J.  Upper
HIGGINS Thomas     Ironton

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Chaplain Wm. T. O'Higgins 10th OVI 
[Ohio Volunteer Infantry]
Courtesy of and Copyright � L. M. Strayer Collection
Mrs. Lillie Lorena Higgins Lyle
September 16, 2002 

Mrs. Lillie Lorena Higgins Lyle, 92, of Dalton went
home to be with the Lord Friday evening, Sept. 13,
2002, at Quinton Memorial Health Care Center.
Mrs. Lyle was born Aug. 17, 1910, in Bradley County,
Tennessee, daughter of the late Robert Henry and Nancy
Mary Ann (Haddock) Underwood.
Mrs. Lyle also was
preceded in death by her first husband, D.H. Higgins
.; her second husband, Lavator Lyle; son, Richard
; daughters, Inez Smith and Louise Babb;
sisters, Geneva McElroy, Doshie Frazier and Della
; brothers, William "Bill" Underwood, Columbus
and Melton Underwood.
Mrs. Lyle worked for many years and retired from
Carolyn Chenille. She was a charter member of Happy
Valley Baptist Church.
Survivors include a daughter, Frances E. Turnquist of
Atlanta; a number of grandchildren,
great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews,
great-nieces and great-nephews.
Services are today at 2 p.m. from the chapel of
Ponders Funeral Home with the Rev. Jack Palmer
Mrs. Lyle will be laid to rest at Good Hope Baptist
Church Cemetery.

The family received friends Monday.
Condolences may be sent to
Arrangements are by Ponders Melrose Chapel, 138
Melrose Drive, Dalton. 
�Daily Citizen 2002

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Added 25 March 2003
Title: The biographical encyclop�dia of Ohio of the nineteenth century.
Publication date: 1876.

Thomas W Higgins
 b. 18 June 1825 
     s/o John Higgins & Parnelle Ashley

Higgins, Thomas W. Lawyer was born Jun 18, 1825. He is the second son of four children, the issue of John Higgins and Parnelle Ashley. His father was a native of Vermont an agriculturist and lawyer who settled in Knox county, Ohio in 1810. Here he accumulated considerable property was prominently identified with public enterprises and died March 1, 1874. The mother of our subject was born in New Hampshire and died in 1831 while Thomas was but six years of age. Deprived so early in life of a mother's tender care. it would not have been a surprising if he had grown up with a less vigorous moral constitution. Happily the wise guidance of the father gave bent and force to his good inclinations and fitted him for a useful part in life. Until his seventeenth year he alternated between the farm in the summer and the district school in the winter. He did not confine himself to the restricted curriculum of the country school, but extended his course of reading to works of a higher order. In 1845 he entered Oberlin College where for several years he applied himself industriously to the classic and general literature. During his collegiate course, he taught school for one term. In 1850 he went to the law school at Balston Spa, New York and was subsequently admitted to the bar at Albany NY 
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1880 Census Household:

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

Thomas W. HIGGINS Self M Male     W 55 OH 
                                        Lawyer         VT OH 
Isabella HIGGINS      Wife M Female W 43 ENG 
                                      Keeping House ENG ENG 
Allis HIGGINS            Dau S Female W 22 OH 
                                      Music Teacher OH ENG 
William HIGGINS       Son S Male    W 19 OH 
                                        Laborer        OH ENG 
Belle HIGGINS           Dau S Female W 16 OH
                                        At Home       OH ENG 
Frank HIGGINS          Dau S Female W  6 OH
                                                          OH ENG 
Nellie HIGGINS          Dau S Female W  5 OH 
                                                          OH ENG 
Meniel HIGGINS        Dau S Female W  2 OH 
                                                          OH ENG 
Source Information:
Census Place Pee-Pee, Pike, Ohio 
Family History Library Film 1255058 
NA Film Number T9-1058 Page Number 117B 


Also See

              PART TWO  OHIO 
              Part Three  OHIO 
              Part Four    OHIO
              Akron OH Directory 1933 

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