Submission from Susan Ann Compton Carpenter
Date: 28 July 2004
Area: England, Canada, USA
I am looking for any information about Ann Heathcote Higgins (b. 1789 Blackwall and
England to d. 1860 Louisville, KY). Ann's father is John Higgins apparently living in the Stepney area
(London) about 1770 onward.
Ann married John Thomas Want at Stepney Church (I'm thinking it was probably
St. Dunstan's parish church) before emigrating to America through Quebec and Perth, Ontario, Canada
between 1812 and 1814.
Ann Heathcote Higgins and John Thomas Want's children are:
John Thomas Want (Jr.)
Ann H. Want
(1812-1885) born Poplar, Middlesex,
christened at Saint
(1814-1862) christened at Saint Dunstan
Walter Wilburn Want
(1816-?) born in Quebec, Canada
John William Want
(1818-1861) my great great
grandfather, born in Perth Canada
Mary Elizabeth Jane Want
(1822 -) Kingston, W. Canada
(1824-1824) Perth, Ontario, Canada
(1829 -) Perth, Ontario, Canada
perhaps a twin (1830 -) Pittsburgh, PA
Ester Ann Want
(1830 -) New Albany, Floyd, IN
(1832-1888) New Albany, Floyd, IN
George Washington Want
(1838 - ) New Albany, Floyd, IN
Susan Compton Carpenter
John HIGGINS was born date unknown. Occupation: Want Families in
America, p. 23-24, John Higgins was a
cordwainer (leather worker, made shoes) in London.
I. Ann Heathcoate HIGGINS was born on 27 Aug 1789 in Blackwall, Middlesex, England. She died on 4
Sep 1860 in Louisville, KY. She was buried in Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, KY. BIOGRAPHY: According
to p 15, Want Familes in America, Ann was named after her mother or grandmother, Ann
Heathcote, who had been
disowned for marrying contrary to her parents' wishes and out of the nobility.
Ann Heathcoate HIGGINS and John Thomas WANT were married on 5 Feb 1808 in Stepney Church,
Middlesex, England. John Thomas WANT,,, (son of Thomas WANT and Ann MOORE?) was born on 1 Sep
1786 in West Ham, Essex, England.,, He died on 5 Dec 1872 in Louisville, KY. He is reference
number 108. He was buried in Cave Hill Cemetery, Jefferson Co., Louisville, KY. He was a Sea
Captain, King George's Service.
Occupation: Sea Captain in King George's Service (unverified)
[Susan note: Research has shown that the place they lived, Stepney, was very much a maritime community.
The church they were married in (St. Dunstan�s) is the parish all those born at sea are listed.]
[Susan note: Maps of London, 1826, show the area around Trafalgar Square to be Stepney with St.
Dunstan�s a few block south.]
These are places John Thomas Lived or where his children were born:
Residences: West Ham, Essex, England
Poplar, Middlesex, England
[note: West Ham, Poplar and Blackwell (where his wife, Ann Heathcoate Higgins was born) are all
just east of the Thames River in East London, England.]
East London, England
near Quebec, Canada
New Albany, Indiana
BIOGRAPHY: Emigrated to Canada about 1827 to
Quebec at the urging of Captain Ellis (Ellice?) where
they purchased land in Quebec, which had been a land
grant from King George.
Ann Heathcoate HIGGINS and John Thomas WANT
had the following children:
A. John Thomas (Jr.) WANT, was born
on 10 Mar 1810 in Poplar, Middlesex, England. He was
christened on 31 Mar 1811 in Saint Dunstan, Stepney,
London, England. He died on 31 Dec 1812 in Poplar, Middlesex, England.
B. Ann H. WANT was born on 2 Jan 1812 in
Poplar, Middlesex, England. She was christened on 8
Aug 1813 in Saint Dunstan, Stepney, London, England. Her birthdate is listed as 02
Jan 1813. She died on 16 Mar 1885.
C. Joseph WANT was christened on 7 Oct 1798
in Saint Dunstan, Stepney, London, England. The
Christening records show John Thomas Want's father
John Thomas Want and mother Ann. At the same church a Joseph Want with father Joseph Want and mother Ann.
These records may not be for the listed
John Thomas (who died as an infant) and Joseph (who
died as an adult). He was born on 23 Oct 1814 in Quebec, Canada. He died about 12 Jun 1852 in Helena,
Arkansas. He was christened. He was adopted. DEATH:
According to Stewart's The Want Families in America,
Confederate Military Records say death was March 28, 1862
D. Walter Wilburn WANT was born on 20 Nov 1816 in
E. John William WANT,, was born on 23
Nov 1818 in Perth, Canada. He was born after 1861. He is reference number 106. John William Want is
Susan�s great great grandfather.
BIOGRAPHY: On p. 15, Want Families in America, Marietta Beeler Fuell clams to have a picture
of John William Want in an officer's uniform.
BIOGRAPHY: On p. 28, John W. Want was granted
a river pilot license in Nashville, TN between
September 30, 1857 and Oct 1, 1858, with renewals
September 20, 1858 and October 1, 1859. It is assumed this covered the Tennessee River. It is also known he
was a pilot on the Ohio and, during the Civil, the
BIOGRAPHY: My grandmother, Annie Compton is mentioned in the Want Families in American several
times. In one exchange with the author, Grandma wrote
that her grandfather John William and her GGrandfather, Captain John T Want "owned a flatboat
and sold supplies up and down the river."
BIOGRAPHY: Grandma Annie Compton also told me that she had often taken a "packet" from Smithland to
various places on the Ohio. I think she said a packet
was a type of flat-bottomed boat used for goods transports.
Occupation: Served as pilot on gunboats in
the U. S. Navy, western flotilla:
August 21, 1862 - US Gunboat General Pillow
March 21, 1863 - Lexington a side-wheeler (He
was not at Shiloh, June, 1862)
This site talks about the Lexington on June 7, 1863,
at General Grant's Seige of Vicksburg, MS]
May 31, 1863 - USS Fairplay, tin-clad gunboat
April , 1864 until March 31, 1865 - USS Springfield
Lt. Commander Leroy Fitch was the captain on most of these boats.
F. Mary Elizabeth Jane WANT was born on 2
Nov 1820 in Kingston, Canada.
G. Joshua WANT was born on 17 Aug 1822 in
Kingston, W. Canada.
H. Teletha WANT was born on 3 Mar 1824 in
Teletha WANT died on 17 Mar 1824.
I. Daniel WANT was born on 17 Jun 1827 in
He died on 9 Sep 1829 in Pittsburgh, PA.
J. James (perhaps A Twin) WANT was born on 9 Apr 1829 in Pittsburgh, PA.
K. Esther Ann WANT was born on 20 Nov 1830 in New Albany, Indiana.
L. Emmaline WANT was born on 2 Dec 1832 in
New Albany, Indiana.
She died on 23 Dec 1888 in Louisville, KY.
She was buried in Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, KY.
M. George Washington WANT was born on 17 Jul
in New Albany, Floyd, Indiana.
Susan Ann Compton Carpenter powyccommodore
Much of the information came from a much better family genealogist, my cousin, James Stewart Ray
. . . . . . . . . . .
View Census Scans as noted:
Joshua Want 1850 INDIANA CLARK CHARLESTOWN
John T Want 1850 INDIANA CLARK CHARLESTOWN
WANT JOHN 71 M W ENGL KY JEFFERSON LOUISVILLE P O
Subject to verification
WANT JOHN W 39 M W KY KY LIVINGSTON SMITHLAND PCT
WANT JOSHUA F 78 M W CANA KS BOURBON 2-WD FORT SCOTT
WANT GEORGE W 64 M W IN ITER CHEROKEE TWP 18 N RANGE 25 E
WANT ELIZABETH A 83 F W KY KS BOURBON 4-WD FORT SCOTT
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