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   Born on:  10 Sep 2002 
   Updated: 19 Jun 2011

RECORD OF THE HIGGINS FAMILY

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A Submission from Linda Raiola,
                          lindaraiola@yahoo.com

        
December 2002 1880 Census Information added 
           September 2003 1870 Illinois Census Information
                                    1870 Vermont and 1870 Kansas Added 
           October 2003  - Corrections
           October 2005  - Reformatting 
Area: USA

Though by fate or caprice we are far divided  
Yet, by the blood of kinship we are closely united.

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BY D. F. HIGGINS, Joliet Illinois

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JOLIET Daily News Steam Press 1883

--- Note from transcriber: 
     Notes by submitter are bracketed [ ]

Transcribed as written

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BY THE AUTHOR: In presenting this record of the Higgins family of which I belong to my various relatives, I hope it will not only be of use and pleasure but have a tendency to link together those who are of the same blood, although never seen by each other and perchance this little book may aid us in seeking out those of our kin, should we by chance or otherwise be in the vicinity where they may reside.

I have always had a pride in my Green Mountain ancestry and  through the untiring energy and patient care of cousin SARAH HIGGINS I am enabled to furnish this little book to those who will prize it. 
  DANIEL F. HIGGINS
  Joliet Ill.,Jan.15,1883

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Tradition states that prior to the Revolutionary war there lived in some of the colonies three brothers by the name of Higgins. Where they hailed from I am unable to ascertain. They entered service in the Revolution  became separated, and never since knew of each others whereabouts.

The first we learn definitely of our family is that Samuel Higgins and his family removed from Killingsworth, Connecticut to Castleton, Vermont, in the year 1781; from thence to Benson, Rutland County, Vt., in 1788. The name of his first wife is unknown. The name of his second wife is Temperance Kelsey. Samuel Higgins died June 30th,1811,in the 68th  year of his age. Temperance, second wife of Samuel Higgins, died Feb. 6th ,1831, aged 73 years.

CHILDREN OF SAMUEL HIGGINS BY FIRST WIFE

Ichobod and Patty........................born at Killingworth, Conn.

CHILDREN OF SAMUEL AND TEMPERENCE HIGGINS,

SECOND WIFE

William............born Castleton, VT, October 22,1782

Dan................"..........."..........".. August 27,1784

Jane ..........."............".........."...  April 22,1787

Philena .............."......Benson..."... July 16,1789.

Samuel.............."..........."........."..January 12,1792

Barbara..........."............."........."...August 1,1796.

Chauncey.........".............".........." Dec 25,1802

   [Married Lucy Carter, Daughter of  John & Lucinda Carter]

 

DEATHS

Dan died February 15th,1859....................Benson,Vt.

Janed died July 23rd,1807..........................."........."..

Samuel died 1832......................Ann Arbor, Mich.

Minerva died...........................  Poultney, Vt.

none living now

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GRANDPARENTS: DAN AND HANNAH HIGGINS

 Dan lived most of his life in Benson, Vt.
 By occupation a farmer.

Hannah LeBarron, his wife, was born at Killingsworth, Conn. 
 Were  married in 1806.
 She died April 25th,1860,in Benson, Vt.
 He died February 15th,1859 in Benson ,Vt.

They had eleven children named as following:

  1.Temperence.......................born  April 24,1808

  2. Dan............born West Haven, Vt. June11,1810

  3. James...............  born LeRoy, N.Y.,July21,1813

  4. Chauncey.....  born LeRoy, N.Y. August 24,1815

  5. Harry......    born LeRoy, N.Y., December 8,1817

  6. Alphonso.......... born Benson, Vt., May 11,1820

  7. Harriet............born Benson, Vt., August 5,1822

  8. Alvarizo..........  born Benson, Vt., August 6,1824

  9. George........  West Haven, Vt.,September,6,1826

10. Francis.. born West Haven, Vt, December 11,1828

11. Olney.....................born Benson Vt., April 4,1832

FAMILIES

First

TEMPERANCE HIGGINS  married  ISAAC MARTIN .

 He was born in West Haven ,Vt. November 22,1807. 
 By occupation a farmer.
 Died March 8th, 1875 and 
 Temperence, his wife, died August 18th ,1877 in Benson Vt..

THEIR CHILDREN, AS FOLLOWS;

1. Lydia ......... born West Haven, VT Dec.15, 1833

2. Marion........  born  Benson, VT Jan 3, 1836

3. Lucy J,.........born  Benson, VT March 9, 1838

4. Elwin S,........born  Benson, VT April 28, 1840

5. Orson C,.......born  Benson, VT June 7, 1842.

6. Harriet L,......born  Benson, VT April 26, 1845.

7. Hannah T,.....born  Benson, VT Sept 9, 1847.

8. Alfred I,........born  Benson, VT Sept 3, 1850.

9. Frances  Y,.. born  Benson, VT Feb 6, 1855.

DEATHS

Marion..........died at Benson VT  April 19, 1863

Elwin S.........died at Benson VT  May 9, 1859

Alfred I.........died at Benson VT June 9, 1867

Frances Y.....died at Benson VT  Sept.22, 1855

MARRIAGES

1st.  Lydia married Volney Forbes  
               June 4,1857.
               Now living at West Haven, Vt. 
               Occupation farmer.

      Their children are as follows:

      George Forbes...born West Haven, VT, November 22, 1865

      Marion M...........born West Haven, VT Oct.17,1872

          1870 VT Census
                                  Additional Information from 1880 Census  

2d. Lucy J. married Charles C. Forbes  October 19,1863 
                  Now living at Shoreham Vt. 
              Occupation farmer.

3rd. Harriet L,  married James Forbes Jr.
                      
January 30,1867.
                   Now living at Shoreham Vt. Occupation farmer.

        Their children are as follows;

         Meda M,...... born Shoreham VT, July 16 ,1869

         Willie J, ....... born Shoreham, VT Aug 28,1874 
       Additional Information from 1880 Census  

4th. Orson C (Martin?)  to Frances E. Adams   Nov. 11,1868.
       [View 1870 VT Census Scan]

      Now living at Benson, Vt. Occupation farmer.

     Their children are as follows;

     Samuel I......... born Benson ,VT December 25,1869

     Mary G............born Benson, VT October 16,1873

     Additional Information from 1880 Census

5th.  Hannah L.  to  Henry J. Adams, March 3rd,1869.
        Now living at West Haven . 
      
Occupation farmer

       Their children are as follows;

      Samuel ........ born  at West Haven, VT  April 18,1872

      Hattie M.,..... born  at West Haven, VT Nov 7,1875

      Harry J......... born  at West Haven, VT Jan 7,1878 

      Additional Information from 1880 Census

SECOND

Dan Higgins
     
married Sarah Meek  in Pike County ,Illinois 
     and had two children, James  and  Hannah, 
     who died when children, then his wife died. 
     Again in 1869 he married Louisa Argo .

    Now lives at Nortonville Kansas. 

       1870 Kansas City Census 
                               Additional Information from 1880 Census  

THIRD

James Higgins  
    
married Chloe A. Adams  Sept. 24,1840.
     She was born in Benson Vt. , Sept 14,1817.
                 Died  February 20,1867. 
     He now lives in Benson. 
     Occupation farmer.

   Their children are as follows;

   Orlin H.................born Benson, VT February 18,1841 (Also See Civil War Service)

   Selucia H.............born Benson, VT July 31,1842

   Martha S.............born Benson, VT April 22,1844.

   Sarah M..............born Benson, VT October 11,1845

   Dan....................born Benson, VT Sept  7,1847

   Temperance  E.....born Benson, VT August 7,1849

   James M..............born Benson, VT Mar. 19,1853

DEATHS IN FAMILY

Orlin H.             died at Chicago, IL  Nov 4,1862,  
                      
while serving his country

                Source: ROLL OF HONOR-Vol 18 - Govt Printing Office -1868
                Pg.277
                Rosehill Cemetery - Chicago Illinois
                Orland H.Higgins-Private-9th Vermont Infantry-Company B -
                November 5,1862 Section A

                http://genealogytrails.com/ill/cook/cem/rosehillcem.html
                 Higgins, Orland H - Civil War Vet
                 ROSEHILL Cemetery -5800 Ravenswood Ave, Chicago, 60660

Martha S.          died  at Benson, VT  May 4th ,1869

Temperance  E.  died  at Benson, VT Nov 19th,1866

James M.           died  at Benson, VT April 5th ,1869

MARRIAGES IN FAMILY

1st. Selucia H. married Chandler B. Gibbs  October 18th,1858.

      Now living in Hubbardtown, Vt. 
      Occupation farmer. 

Their children are as follows;

Helen P.     born at Hubbardtown, February 8th ,1860

Martha E.                "     "     "                ,July 11,1870

GREAT GRAND CHILD

Helen P. Gibbs married Charles E. Towne  of Granville,N.Y. Nov 9,1880.

His occupation Carpenter.

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THEIR CHILDREN

Willie C. Towne   ,
       born Hubbardtown ,January 5,1882, died at Fair Haven

November 21st,1882.

2d.  Martha S. married  Isaac  Maxwell  ,
       
January 13,1869.Died April 10th 1871 
        [Isaac died April 10th 1871]

Occupation farmer.

3rd. Dan married Elizabeth McLaughlin, Oct 17,1876.

      Now living in Putnam N.Y..
      Occupation merchant.

FOURTH

Chauncey Higgins married Emily Root
 
in DuPage County, Illinois, on October 23rd ,1844.
 She was born in Benson Vt. March 18th,1812. 
 Now living in DuPage ,Will County, IL 
 Occupation farmer.

    View 1850 IL Census scan          Added 02 May 2004
    View 1860 Census for this family  Added 01 Sep 2003

    View 1870 IL Census scan          Added 02 May 2004

 Their children are as follows;

 Emily Frances    born in Will County Ill.,  Sept.22,1845

 James Chauncey      "    "    "    ,           April 8th,1847

 Daniel F.                 "     "   '                May 2nd ,1849

 Olney E.                  "    "   "                April 16th,1852

 Charles Sumner       "   "   "                  May 4th  ,1857 

Additional Information from 1880 Census  

 

DEATHS IN FAMILY

James Chauncey   died in Will County, August 31st,1862

Emily Frances          "      DuPage  "    February 27th,1870

Charles Sumner        "     Will    "       July 30th, 1880

MARRIAGES IN FAMILY

Emily Frances  married  Joseph Rank
   of DuPage County, IL October 21st ,1867.

  They had two children.
  Charles Howard, born August 14th,1868,died May 11th ,1871.

  James Francis, born January 9th ,1870,died August 14th ,1870.

 

2d  Olney E
       married Sarah Campbell in Will County IL
       on March 18, 1876*. 
       now living in Florence, Marion County, Kansas.
       Occupation farmer. 

      
                                Additional Information from 1880 Census  
                                1910 Census Naperville City 
                                1920 Census Naperville City

Daniel F. married Mary Brown  
            of Jackson, Will County, IL. May 4th,1881.
               She was born in Jackson ,June 16th,1857.
            Now living at Joliet, Will County IL

Occupation lawyer.

Their children are as follows;

Daniel Frank  .....   born at Joliet, IL, September 15th,1882

See Daniel Franklin Higgins' obituary below

FIFTH

Harry Higgins married Mary S. Clark ,in 1850,In Will County, Il. 
     Died in Will County, Il, December 6th 1852,aged 35 years. 
     His wife died June 19th,1853,aged 19 years.

Their children are as follows;

Horace Noble.................born June 5, 1851

Mary Olive.....................born  Nov. 7,1852

MARRIAGES IN FAMILY

 

Horace  N(oble)   married  Belle McDounough,
         at Hayes City ,Kansas, June 5th,1881

Their children:

Harry Leroy.......born March 4th,1882

 

2d. Mary O(live) Gillet,by adoption, 
      married George R. Peet ,Nov.29,1877
        in Richland ,Adair County, Iowa.

    Their children are as follows;

    Clara Ruth..................born September 23,1878

    Sarah Louise................."....June 26 ,1880

    Edward Wheelock......... ".....January 13,1882 

      Additional Information from 1880 Census  

SIXTH

Alphonso Higgins
       
married Harriet Gibbs, June 12,1842, in Benson, VT
       She died June 29th ,1880.
      Occupation farmer.

 

     Their children are as follows;

      Edson J..............born Benson ,VT June 10,1843

      Lydia S...............born Benson ,VT Feb. 12,1845

      Gilbert A [or H]....born Benson ,VT July 2,1849

      David E..............born Benson ,VT Sept,16,1854

      George B.............born Benson ,VT Sept. 14,1862

      Chloe E...............born Benson ,VT Sept. 9, 1865 

      Additional Information from 1880 Census  

DEATHS IN FAMILY

Lydia  S..........died in Benson ,VT, February 17th,1870

 

MARRIAGES IN FAMILY

1st. Edson J. 
      married  Mary Cook of Orwell ,Vt. Nov. 20,1867.
       [He or She?] died at Chalk Level, Mo, Sept.27,1882  
      Additional Information from 1880 Census  

2d.  Lydia S. 
      married Eugene S. Lee, Benson, VT Sept 30th,1867. 
       She died  February 17th,1870.

 

3d. Gilbert A[or H]  married [Louisa J. Frisbie]
      Now living at Chalk Level, Mo. 
      Occupation farmer.

4th. David E. married Maggie Crammond
      Now living at Putnam N.Y. 
      Occupation physician.

     [Child Mary Ethel....born Putnam, N.Y. Aug.2,1878.]

SEVENTH

Harriet Higgins never married. 
          Now resides at Greenbush  Wisconsin.
          1870 Census with brother George

EIGHTH

Alvarizo  Higgins  
    married Lucy Brown Feb 15th,1844.
    She died  Dec 4th,1863.
He again married Elizabeth H. Ward, Oct 11th,1867. 
View 1860 Census for Alvarizo  Added Sep 2003

Children by first wife

Elvira.....................born Benson, Jun 1,1845

Mary......................born Benson ,VT Nov 26,1848

George A................born Benson ,VT Nov. 21,1851

Royce....................born West Haven, VT,  Sept 11,1855

                           (now living in Nortonville, Kansas)

   Child by second wife

    Franklin A......born Greenbush, Wisconsin, Oct  28,1868

 

MARRIAGES IN FAMILY

 

1st.  Elvira married Nelson St. Claire, Oct 11,1865.

       Now living at Dresden N.Y. 
       Occupation farmer. 
       Additional Information from 1880 Census  

2d. Mary married John Smith  Feb 16th ,1870.

     Now living at Benicia Barracks, California. 
     Occupation soldier.
      Some links to the history of Benicia Barracks, California
            http://www.militarymuseum.org/Benicia.html 
              http://www.beniciahistoricalmuseum.org/Galleries/OldPhotos/oldgallery.html
 
              http://www.friendsofthebeniciaarsenal.itgo.com/html/arsenal_history.html 
               
Added 7 Oct 2003

3d. George A  married [unknown] July 30,1876.

     Now living at Forest, Wisconsin.

     Additional Information from 1880 Census  

NINTH

George [B.?] Higgins never married

         Occupation postmaster. 
            1870 Greenbush Census
                                     Additional Information from 1880 Census  
                                    1910 Greenbush Census
        MORE:   Greenbush Pioneers
                    George & Harriet Higgins
         
1900 Census Greenbush
          Is listed as living next to a widowed Francis
          Higgins, age 77, with her single daughter Ellen, age 44.

TENTH

Francis Higgins married Altha Jenkins  April 7th,1857.

Now living at Benson Vt. Occupation farmer.

Their children are as follows;

Francis E...........born Benson ,VT, Nov 23,1859

Cora A..............born Benson ,VT...May 11,1866

Hannah M..........born Benson ,VT..Aug 20,1868

           1870 VT Census 
                                   Additional Information from 1880 Census  

ELEVENTH

Olney Higgins  
    
married  Maria N. Beldon, Jan 6, 1861.
     Died August 19, 1876, in Greenbush ,Wisconsin.
     Occupation farmer.

    [A person by name of Olney Higgins, buried at West Haven Village Cemetery-Vermont]

   Their children are as follows;

   Jessie.............. born Benson ,VT  Dec 20, 1862

   Jennie..............born Benson ,VT  Aug 10,1864

   Bayard T..........born Benson ,VT   Aug 22,1866

            1870 Census Greenbush WI 
                                  *Olney Higgins is listed with Wife Nancy M. Higgins in
                                    1870 Census. Perhaps writer made an error
                                    when he wrote Maria N. Beldon. 
                                    Most likely Nancy Maria Beldon.

                                    Additional Information from 1880 Census  

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APPENDIX

 

 Children of Edson J. Higgins are

  Charles Edson,.........born Aug 24,1868,Hampshire,Ill.

  Jennie M,................born Sept. 13,1869,Belford,Iowa

  Howard A,.............. b. July 29,1873, Henry County, Mo

  Arthur G,.................b. March 8,1877,St. Claire, Co.

 

Children of Gilbert H[or A.?] Higgins

Who married Louisa J. Frisbie  June 5,1880

   Almon J,............... born Oct  5,1881, Chalk Level ,Mo.

   John E,.................born Dec 16,1882, Chalk Level ,Mo.

 

Children of Elvira St.Claire ,nee Higgins 
  
and Nelson St. Claire .

 Nelson A. ...................born Aug 19,1866......................

 Edeth (as spelled original)...".....Feb.19.1868......................

 Carlton A......................".    Nov. 21,1870 at Dresden N.Y.

 Emma May............."....        April 2,1872 at Dresden N.Y.

 Joseph N................"...        Nov 6,1874 at Dresden N.Y.

 Ernest................".....         Feb 23,1876 at Dresden N.Y.

 

DEATHS IN FAMILY

 Nelson A . died July 28,1867

 Edeth died Dec. 8 ,1869

 Children of Mary Smith, nee Higgins  and Arthur J  Smith

  Alvan Leroy (Alvan Roy),
   born Fort Rice, Dacota [Dakota Territory] 
   Sept 30,1871

  Frederick Arthur, 
   born Walla Walla ,Washington T. Y. [Territory]
    Oct,18,1874.

  Norton (Morton) George ,
    born Benicia California, 
    May 2,1879.

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Other Higgins' from Vermont in various Wisconsin Census

HIGGINS ALVARIZO 36 M W VT WI SHEBOYGAN GREENBUSH 1860
 
HIGGINS ANN 60 F W VT WI MARQUETTE DOUGLAS 1860 

HIGGINS G 28 M W VT WI SAUK DELTON 1860 

HIGGINS H 29 M W VT WI SAUK DELTON 1860 

HIGGINS H W 37 M W VT WI SHEBOYGAN GREENBUSH 1860 

HIGGINS JAMES 15 M W VT WI DANE YORK 1860 

HIGGINS P J 50 M W VT WI OUTAGAMIE HORTONIA 1860 

HIGGINS SAMUEL 24 M W VT WI DODGE HUBBARD 1860 

HIGGINS SARAH 30 F W VT WI MILWAUKEE 4-WD MILWAUKEE 1860 

HIGGINS WILLIAM W 41 M W VT WI DANE YORK 1860 

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HIGGINS ANNIE 69 F W VT WI COLUMBIA LEWISTON 1870 

HIGGINS GEORGE 43 M W VT WI SHEBOYGAN GREENBUSH 1870 

HIGGINS HIRAM W 47 M W VT WI SHEBOYGAN GREENBUSH 1870

HIGGINS NANCY 77 F W VT WI BROWN 1-WD HOWARD 1870 

HIGGINS NANCY 77 F W VT WI OUTAGAMIE 2-WD APPLETON 1870 

HIGGINS OLNEY 38 M W VT WI SHEBOYGAN GREENBUSH 1870 

HIGGINS S B 50 M W VT WI GREEN LAKE MACKFORD 1870 

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HIGGINS B T 34 M W VT WI WINNEBAGO 4-WD OSHKOSH 1900 

HIGGINS GEORGE 74 M W VT WI SHEBOYGAN GREENBUSH TWP 1900 

HIGGINS GEORGE A 49 M W VT WI FOND DU LAC OAKFIELD 1900 

HIGGINS JOHN 51 M W VT WI EAU CLAIRE 3-WD EAU CLAIRE 1900 

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HIGGINS CELIA 46 F W VT WI MILWAUKEE 10-WD MILWAUKEE 1910 

HIGGINS GEORGE 58 M W VT WI FOND DU LAC 4-WD FOND DU LAC 1910 

HIGGINS GEORGE 83 M W VT WI SHEBOYGAN GREENBUSH TWP 1910 

Web References to some of these names and places

- Olney Higgins from Vermont mentioned

       http://www.rootsweb.com/~vermont/RutlandBenson.html

- Higgins' mentioned in oil company history from DuPage County IL

          http://www.winfieldmaterial.com/history.asp

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added 01 April 2011

Source: The minute man, Volumes 11-20 By Sons of the Revolution in the State of Illinois

DANIEL FRANKLIN HIGGINS passed away Thursday, March 20, 1930, at Harrogate, Tennessee. His funeral services were held Sunday, March 23rd, at Joliet, Illinois, where he was laid to rest. He leaves a widow, Ethel Taylor Higgins, and two daughters, Mary Elizabeth, and Eleanor Ruth Higgins.

He was born September 15, 1882, in Joliet, Illinois, and was a son of Daniel Franklin Higgins, and Mary Brown. In 1907 he graduated from Northwestern University with the degree of B. S., and in 1909 he received the degree of M. S. from the same University. After his graduation he attended the University of Wisconsin, and the University of Chicago, specializing in geology.

As a geologist he has served on the staff of the United States Geological Survey, in several states and in Alaska; and in behalf of various corporations and institutions he has done field work in Korea, China, Spitsbergen, England, and Palestine.

He was a member of the Masonic fraternity; Kappa Epsilon Pi, college fraternity; Sigma Xi, honor fraternity; and a Fellow of the Royal Geological Society of London.

On December 3, 1924, he was elected a member of the Illinois Society, Sons of the Revolution, in right of the Revolutionary War services of Samuel Higgins, born 1742 in Connecticut, died June 20, 1811, in Benson, Vermont. He served with the Vermont Militia in 1780 in Captain Zebediah Dewey's Company, and in 1781 in Captain Moseley's Company.

He also had the following ancestors who served in the Revolutionary War:'

David Le Baron (1740-1819) a Minute Man of the Town of Killingworth, Connecticut, who responded to the Lexington Alarm, April 19, 1775.

William Davis (1750-1888) who received a pension for his services in Captain William Washington's Company, Colonel Mercer's Regiment, of Virginia Militia. He was in the battle of Germantown.

John Teeple who was born in 1760 at Bridgewater, New Jersey. In 1776 he enlisted in the Somerset County, New Jersey, Company commanded by Captains Ten Eyck and John Sebring, and was in the battles of Springfield, Bound Brook, Germantown, and Monmouth.

Asa Stearns (1758-1852). On June 18, 1775, he enlisted in the Regiment of Massachusetts Militia commanded by Colonel Ward, and served until February, 1777, when he enlisted in the Regiment of New Hampshire Militia commanded by Colonel Joseph Cilley, and served three years. Later he served on board a privateersman. He was at the battle of Monmouth, the battle of Saratoga, and the surrender of Burgoyne, and was with the expedition commanded by General Sullivan against the Indians in New York.

Mr. Higgins' great-grandfather, Jonathan Hougham (1788-1855), served in the War of 1812 enlisting March 27, 1813, in Captain Daniel Heaton's Company of Riflemen, First (Mills') Regiment, Ohio Militia.

His father, Daniel Franklin Higgins, Sr., (1849-1909) served in the Civil War, with the Illinois troops.

At the breaking out of the World War, Mr. Higgins was in China. He served as Second Lieutenant of the 101st Company, Chinese Labour Corps, and after the Armistice, as Captain in the Educational Division of the British Army. He was honorably discharged May 14, 1919.

He was a descendant of several pioneer settlers of New England, one of whom was Stephen Hopkins who came on the Mayflower

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Source: The semi-centennial alumni record of the University of Illinois By University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign campus)

ETHEL NICHOLS TAYLOR (HIGGINS) Missionary; A. B. in L. & A.; b. Je 16, 1883, Bellmont, 111.; d. Josiah E. (b. Ja t, '851. Olney, 111.) and Sarah Elizabeth (Cotterell) Taylor fb. Jl 3, 1854)- Prepared in Olney H. S. Glee Club. Teaching; Missionary, Sonjrdo, Korea. Married Daniel Franklin Higgins, Je 16, 1910, Claremont, III. Child. Mary Elizabeth, b. Ap 2, 1911. Address, Am. Legation, Peking, China.t


RELATED LINK: 
                  -  Greenbush Pioneers
                        George & Harriet Higgins

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Source: The minute man, Volumes 11-20 By Sons of the Revolution in the State of Illinois -  Published April 1930

DANIEL FRANKLIN HIGGINS passed away Thursday, March 20, 1930, at Harrogate, Tennessee. His funeral services were held Sunday, March 23rd, at Joliet, Illinois, where he was laid to rest. He leaves a widow, Ethel Taylor Higgins, and two daughters, Mary Elizabeth, and Eleanor Ruth Higgins.

He was born September 15, 1882, in Joliet, Illinois, and was a son of Daniel Franklin Higgins, and Mary Brown. In 1907 he graduated from Northwestern University with the degree of B. S., and in 1909 he received the degree of M. S. from the same University. After his graduation he attended the University of Wisconsin, and the University of Chicago, specializing in geology.

As a geologist he has served on the staff of the United States Geological Survey, in several states and in Alaska; and in behalf of various corporations and institutions he has done field work in Korea, China, Spitsbergen, England, and Palestine.

He was a member of the Masonic fraternity; Kappa Epsilon Pi, college fraternity; Sigma Xi, honor fraternity; and a Fellow of the Royal Geological Society of London.

On December 3, 1924, he was elected a member of the Illinois Society, Sons of the Revolution, in right of the Revolutionary War services of Samuel Higgins, born 1742 in Connecticut, died June 20, 1811, in Benson, Vermont. He served with the Vermont Militia in 1780 in Captain Zebediah Dewey's Company, and in 1781 in Captain Moseley's Company.

He also had the following ancestors who served in the Revolutionary War:'

David Le Baron (1740-1819) a Minute Man of the Town of Killingworth, Connecticut, who responded to the Lexington Alarm, April 19, 1775.

William Davis (1750-1888) who received a pension for his services in Captain William Washington's Company, Colonel Mercer's Regiment, of Virginia Militia. He was in the battle of Germantown.

John Teeple who was born in 1760 at Bridgewater, New Jersey. In 1776 he enlisted in the Somerset County, New Jersey, Company commanded by Captains Ten Eyck and John Sebring, and was in the battles of Springfield, Bound Brook, Germantown, and Monmouth.

Asa Stearns (1758-1852). On June 18, 1775, he enlisted in the Regiment of Massachusetts Militia commanded by Colonel Ward, and served until February, 1777, when he enlisted in the Regiment of New Hampshire Militia commanded by Colonel Joseph Cilley, and served three years. Later he served on board a privateersman. He was at the battle of Monmouth, the battle of Saratoga, and the surrender of Burgoyne, and was with the expedition commanded by General Sullivan against the Indians in New York.

Mr. Higgins' great-grandfather, Jonathan Hougham (1788-1855), served in the War of 1812 enlisting March 27, 1813, in Captain Daniel Heaton's Company of Riflemen, First (Mills') Regiment, Ohio Militia.

His father, Daniel Franklin Higgins, Sr., (1849-1909) served in the Civil War, with the Illinois troops.

At the breaking out of the World War, Mr. Higgins was in China. He served as Second Lieutenant of the 101st Company, Chinese Labour Corps, and after the Armistice, as Captain in the Educational Division of the British Army. He was honorably discharged May 14, 1919.

He was a descendant of several pioneer settlers of New England, one of whom was Stephen Hopkins who came on the Mayflower.




                 

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