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HON. JO. G. CARRIGAN is an attorney at law, of Fayetteville, Tenn., and son of Hiram and Fannie (Randolph) Carrigan. The father came to the United States with his parents when a small lad, and lived, first in North Carolina, and then in Alabama, and finally, in 1854, came to Lincoln County, Tenn. He was a blacksmith by trade, but for the past ten years has lived retired from active business life. He and his wife became the parents of five children, four of whom are living: W. R. who is a teacher and farmer), Susan (Mrs. G. W. Higgins), Josie (widow of A. W. Bonds), and Jo. G., our subject, who was born in Madison County, Ala., September 7, 1835, and received his education at Hew Hope Academy, Marshall County, Tenn., and Sulphur Springs Institute, Lincoln County, Tenn. He worked at the blacksmith's trade about six years and then entered the teachers' profession and taught one year. In 1858 he purchased a few law books and began his legal studies, being obliged to struggle along as best he could without the aid or instruction of other lawyers. He was admitted to the bar in 1858, and the same year became editor and proprietor of the Messenger at Lewisburg, but at the end of one year began the publication of the Union, at Shelbyville, Tenn., which he continued until the breaking out of the war stopped further business. In May, 1861, he enlisted in Company G, Eighth Regiment Tennessee Infantry, Confederate States Army, and participated in the Cheat Mountain campaign (of which he has written a full account) and the battle of Perryville. In January, 1863, he was transferred to the quartermaster's department, but in December of that year was discharged, owing to the failure of his eyesight. In August, 1865, he was elected to the State Senate, and served on several important committees.
His speeches on the elective franchise bill and the restoration of the people of Tennessee to the control of the State government attracted much attention. He moved to Fayetteville in 1867, where he enjoys the confidence of a large clientage and his brother attorneys. December 22, 1858, he was married to Fannie Higgins, who was born in Lincoln County in 1838 and has borne her husband two children: Emma (Mrs. A. M. McGlaughlin) and Beulah.
Our subject is a fluent and ready speaker and an earnest advocate and safe counselor. He advocates the principles of the Democratic party, and is a member of the Christian Church. His wife belongs to the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. 

1880 Census Household:

Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age
Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's
Birthplace
 
J G. CARRIGAN       Self  M Male    W 44 AL Lawyer NC TN 
Fannie E CARRIGAN Wife M Female W 43 TN Keeping House KY VA
Emma CARRIGAN     Dau  S Female W 19 TN At Home AL TN 
B. V. CARRIGAN      Dau  S Female W 16 TN At School AL TN 
Hiram CARRIGAN   Father M Male    W 69 NC IRELAND IRELAND
F B CARRIGAN     Mother M Female W 64 TN TN SC 
Wm FANNING      Other   S Male   MU 14 TN Waiter --- --- 
Letty ALLEN        Other  S Female   B 20 TN Cook MS VA 

Source Information:
Census Place Fayetteville, Lincoln, Tennessee 
Family History Library Film 1255267 
NA Film Number T9-1267 Page Number 108B 

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George W Higgins b. About 1831 TN
     married Susan A Carrigan b. About 1843 AL

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

Geo W. HIGGINS   Self M  Male    W 49 TN Lawyer TN VA
Sue A. HIGGINS    Wife M Female W 37 AL Housekeeping NC AL
Sally S. HIGGINS   Dau  S Female W 15 TN TN AL
Owen W. HIGGINS Son  S Male    W 13 TN Farm Laborer TN AL
Alena HIGGINS      Dau  S Female W 12 TN TN AL
Fanny HIGGINS     Dau  S Female W 10 TN TN AL
Joe C. HIGGINS     Son  S Male    W  8 TN TN AL
Madie HIGGINS      Dau S Female W  6 TN TN AL
Hiram HIGGINS      Son  S Male    W  3 TN TN AL
Carl B. HIGGINS     Son S Male     W  1 TN TN AL
Rolfe HIGGINS       Son M Male     W 19 TN Blacksmith TN AL
Bobbie HIGGINS     Wife M Female W 16 TN TN TN

Source Information:
Census Place District 19, Lincoln, Tennessee
Family History Library Film 1255267
NA Film Number T9-1267 Page Number 219C

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1880 Census Household:

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

Mack MARCH       Self W  Male B 45 TENN Rock Mason TENN TENN 
Calvin MARCH      Other S Male B  7 TENN TENN TENN 
Philander BRIGHT Other S Male B 18 TENN Farm Laborer TENN TENN 
William HIGGINS   Son   S Male  B  8 TENN TENN TENN 
C CUNNINGHAM    Other S Male B 5M TENN TENN TENN 

Source Information:
Census Place District 5 And 6, Lincoln, Tennessee 
Family History Library Film 1255267 
NA Film Number T9-1267 Page Number 80A 
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1880 Census Household:

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

Emily HIGGINS   Self Female   B 33 TENN TENN TENN 
Edna HIGGINS   Dau S Female B  7 TENN TENN TENN 
Louella HIGGINS Dau S Female B  2 TENN TENN TENN 

Source Information:
Census Place District 5 And 6, Lincoln, Tennessee 
Family History Library Film 1255267 
NA Film Number T9-1267 Page Number 83D 

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1880 Census Household:

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

W. J. HIGGINS      Self M Male     W 28 TN Dentist TN TN 
Mary Ella HIGGINS Wife M Female W 26 TN Keeping House KY TN 
John L HIGGINS    Son S Male      W  2 TN TN TN 
E. J. HIGGINS    Brother S Male    W 27 TN Farmer TN TN 
Mary JEANS        Other S Female  B 24 TN Cook --- --- 
Jinney JEANS      Other S Female  B  8 TN TN TN 
Josie JEANS        Other S Female  B 10M TN TN TN 
Bob ALEXANDER   Other S Male   MU 20 TN Works On Farm --- --- 


Source Information:
Census Place District 8, Lincoln, Tennessee 
Family History Library Film 1255267 
NA Film Number T9-1267 Page Number 112A 
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Higgins' included in 1850 Census images
O W Higgins      49 1800 Kentucky Male District 8, Lincoln, TN
                           View Above Scan also includes:
Frances Higgins 46 1803 Virginia Female District 8, Lincoln, TN 
Sarah Higgins    23 1826 Tennessee Female District 8, Lincoln, TN 
Martha Higgins  16 1833 Tennessee Female District 8, Lincoln, TN 
Frances Higgins 14 1835 Tennessee Female District 8, Lincoln, TN 
Susan Higgins    11 1838 Tennessee Female District 8, Lincoln, TN 
Emily Higgins       9 1840 Tennessee Female District 8, Lincoln, TN 
Virginia Higgins    7 1842 Tennessee Female District 8, Lincoln, TN 

James Higgins  78 1771 Virginia Male District 8, Lincoln, TN 
                         View Above Scan also includes:
Sarah Higgins   62 1787 North Carolina Female District 8, Lincoln, TN 

Willis C Higgins 26 1823 Tennessee Male Subdivision 1, Lincoln, TN 
                         View Above Scan also includes:
Nancy Higgins  26 1823 Tennessee Female Subdivision 1, Lincoln, TN 
John Higgins      4 1845 Tennessee Male Subdivision 1, Lincoln, TN 
Elizabeth Higgins 2 1847 Tennessee Female Subdivision 1, Lincoln, TN 

Morgan Higgins    30 1819 Tennessee Male Subdivision 1, Lincoln, TN 
                            View Above Scan also includes:
Bethaney Higgins 29 1820 Tennessee Female Subdivision 1, Lincoln, TN 
Benjamin Higgins   3 1846 Tennessee Male Subdivision 1, Lincoln, TN 
Elizabeth Higgins   1 1848 Tennessee Female Subdivision 1, Lincoln, TN

Philomel Higgins 52 1797 Tennessee Male Subdivision 1, Lincoln, TN 
                          View on separate image but part of next image 
Nelly Higgins      45 1804 North Carolina Female Subdivision 1, Lincoln, TN 
Elizabeth Higgins  8 1841 Tennessee Female Subdivision 1, Lincoln, TN 
Martha Higgins     5 1844 Tennessee Female Subdivision 1, Lincoln, TN 

2 names below on same image as above but not in same family group 
Ruth Higgins 42 1807 Tennessee Female Subdivision 1, Lincoln, TN 
John Higgins 19 1830 Tennessee Male    Subdivision 1, Lincoln, TN 

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Name                      Spouse Marriage Date County State 

AMBROSE GREEN        MARTHA HIGGINS 15 Sep 1895 Lincoln TN 
D. B. SHULL              SARAH L. HIGGINS 23 Dec 1852 Lincoln TN 
DENNIS HIGGINS        CHERRY ASHWORTH 16 Nov 1865 Lincoln TN 
E. J. HIGGINS            ADDIE WOODARD 24 Jan 1884 Lincoln TN 
F. P. L. PARR             NANCY J. HIGGINS 22 May 1864 Lincoln TN 
G. W. HIGGINS           SUE CARRIGAN 09 May 1860 Lincoln TN 
H. C. HIGGINS            FANNY A. STONE 22 Dec 1868 Lincoln TN 
J. F. [Rev] BEASLEY    S. S. HIGGINS 27 Dec 1886 Lincoln TN 
JOHNSON HIGGINS      MOLLIE ROPER 28 Dec 1870 Lincoln TN 
JOSEPH C. HIGGINS    MARY HILL 17 Jan 1893 Lincoln TN 
JOSEPH G. CARRIGAN  FANNIE E. HIGGINS 22 Oct 1858 Lincoln TN 
K. A. McKENZIE         SUSAN E. HIGGINS 14 Feb 1855 Lincoln TN 
L. C. HEAL                IDELLA HIGGINS 03 Mar 1895 Lincoln TN 
PETER HINEBOUGH      VIRGINIA HIGGINS 09 May 1872 Lincoln TN 
RALPH HIGGINS          L. H. McMILLEN 25 May 1880 Lincoln TN 
REUBEN THOMISON     ANN HIGGINS 03 Oct 1873 Lincoln TN 
ROSS CONGO             EMILY HIGGINS 11 Mar 1883 Lincoln TN 
STEPHEN CLARK          BETSEY HIGGINS 16 Nov 1876 Lincoln TN 
THORTON RUSSELL      EMILY HIGGINS 23 Sep 1875 Lincoln TN 
W. J. HIGGINS            M. E. DUVAL 02 Nov 1875 Lincoln TN 
W. T. BRYANT            ALMA HIGGINS 09 May 1889 Lincoln TN 
WILLIAM FEARRSON     SAMIRA HIGGINS 28 Dec 1866 Lincoln TN 
WILLIS HIGGINS          MOLLIE FLYNT 16 May 1878 Lincoln TN 
WILLIS M. HOLMAN      MARTHA D. HIGGINS 03 Jan 1856 Lincoln TN 
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Source Information:
Tennessee, The Volunteer State 1769-1923- Volume 3
Chicago: S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1923. 
by Moore, John Trotwood and Austin P. Foster. 

Database: Tennessee, The Volunteer State, 1769-1923, Vol. 3

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Tennessee the Volunteer State 17691923: Volume 3
[p.667] JUDGE JOSEPH HIGGINS. 

Judge Joseph Higgins, now engaged in law practice in Nashville, served for eight years as a member of the court of appeals of Tennessee, having been elected to that high office in 1910. His record as a lawyer and jurist is a most commendable one and reflects credit and honor upon the state that has honored him. Judge Higgins was born in Lincoln county, Tennessee, May 13, 1873, and is a son of George W. and Susan (Carrigan) Higgins, who were also natives of Lincoln county. At the time of the Civil war the father became captain of Company G, Eighth Tennessee Regiment, and served practically throughout the period of hostilities. He was an attorney, who began the practice of his profession in Fayetteville, Tennessee, and for many years he was regarded as a representative and honored lawyer. After the war he served for several terms in the state legislature and did much to mold the laws of the state and establish public policy. At the time of his demise he was serving as county judge of Lincoln county, where he had resided throughout his life. He passed away October 25, 1897, and for several years was survived by his wife, who died in January, 1909. 

Joseph Higgins was reared and educated in Lincoln county, where he attended the public schools and then took up the study of law in his father's office and under his direction. He was admitted to the bar in June, 1893, when twenty-one years of age and afterward located for practice in Fayetteville, Tennessee, where he remained for nine years. During that time he also served as city attorney for several years and afterward was elected circuit judge of the seventh district, being at the time but thirty years of age and the youngest judge ever elected to that judicial position in Tennessee. He served for eight years upon the bench, having jurisdiction over the district that comprised Lincoln, Moore, Coffee, DeKalb, Van Buren, Grundy, Bledsoe, Rhea and Warren counties. His entire record was in harmony with his course as a man and as a lawyer, being distinguished by marked fidelity to duty and by a masterful grasp of every problem presented for solution. In 1910 he was elected a member of the court of appeals of Tennessee and served upon the bench of the higher court for eight years. During that period he published each year a volume of the decisions of the court now known as Higgins Reports. He also contributed to the law journals and he wrote and published a book on legal subjects. During his early youth he had been editor of a paper at Fayetteville, in which appeared his writings, including both poetry and fiction. His versatility has long been manifest but it is as legist and jurist that he is most widely known throughout the state, his entire career reflecting credit and honor upon the public that has honored him. Since his retirement from the bench in 1918 he has engaged in the private practice of law in Nashville and is recognized as one of the members of the Tennessee bar of pronounced ability. 

In January, 1893, Judge Higgins was united in marriage to Miss Mary Hill, a daughter of James B. and Margaret (Bearden) Hill, who were natives of Lincoln county, Tennessee. Her father was a veteran of the Civil war, having served throughout the period of the conflict. In days of peace he was a jeweler, conducting a store in Fayetteville during the greater part of his life. He passed away in March, 1892, having for a considerable period survived his wife, who died in 1886. Judge and Mrs. Higgins became parents of two children: Jimmie, the wife of Charles F. Bagley, vice president of the First National Bank of Fayetteville, Tennessee; and Joseph, Jr., who is now a member of the bar at Atlanta, Georgia, where he is practicing successfully. 

1910 TN Joseph C Higgins     Age   38 

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SOURCE
http://freepages.history.rootsweb.com/~pearidger/history/gdlctbio.shtml
Original source: Lincoln County Biographical Index to Goodspeed's History of Tennessee 

H. C. HIGGINS is a son of Owen W. Higgins, who was of Scotch descent, born in Kentucky in 1802. He came to Lincoln County, Tenn., in 1806 with his father, and eventually became the owner of 200 acres of land, about five miles from Fayetteville. He was married about 1824 to Fannie H. Stone, and by her was the father of eleven children, eight of whom are living:
Nancy Higgins (widow of Daniel Tucker), Sallie Higgins (Mrs. Daniel B Shull), Mary Higgins (Mrs. Isaac Holman), George W Higgins, a lawyer in Fayetteville; Martha D Higgins (Mrs. James Cato), Fannie E. Higgins (Mrs. J. E. Carrigan), Virginia Higgins (widow of Prof. Peter Hunbaugh) and our subject, H. C. Higgins
Their father died in 1865, and their mother, who was born in 1806, in Virginia, died in 1871. The subject of our sketch was born near his present place of residence in 1846, and was educated in the neighboring schools and at Fayetteville, and made his home with his mother as long as he remained unmarried. December 22, 1868, he wedded Fannie Stone, daughter of L. L. Stone. Mrs. Higgins was born in Lincoln County, and has two children: Berry Owen Higgins and Julia Higgins. Mr. Higgins and wife own 488 acres of land, and have a beautiful and comfortable home. Mr. Higgins is a man of good business qualities, and in politics is very conservative, casting his first presidential vote for Seymour and Blair. He is a member of the I. O. O. F., and he and wife are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. 

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Higgins Entries in Other Census Returns

1820 TN Phileman Higgins 

1870 TN Ann Higgins       age  20, farm hand
1870 TN D M Higgins       age  58
1870 TN Fanny Higgins    age 68
    Also Virginia, Henry, Ann, Betsey and Mary Higgins
1870 TN Fanny Higgins    age  28
1870 TN G W Higgins       age  39       

1900 TN Henry C Higgins         54
1900 TN Mrs. Susan Higgins     58 
OWEN H 44 M W TN TN LINCOLN FAYETTEVILLE 1910 
1910 TN Robbie Higgins    age 18
1910 TN Walter Higgins    age 24 
1910 TN Vito Higgins       age 5 

1920 TN Bobbie Higgins    age 56, female
1920 TN Carl Higgins       age 41
1920 TN George Higgins   age 35
1920 TN Hiram Higgins     age 44 
1920 TN William L Higgins age 21 
1920 TN Starling B Higgins     48
1920 TN Rose Higgins            32, boarder

Higgins in Lincoln County 1930 Federal Census

Name Home in 1930 (City, County, State) Age in 1930
Estimated Birth Year Birthplace Race Relation to head-of-house 


Bernie B Higgins District 24, Lincoln, TN 29 1900 Alabama White Head 
Florence L Higgins District 24, Lincoln, TN 26 1903                   Wife 
Mary V Higgins District 24, Lincoln, TN 6 1923                         Daughter 
Louise Higgins District 24, Lincoln, TN 4 1925                          Daughter 
Janes Higgins District 24, Lincoln, TN                                     Daughter 

Hanan C Higgins Fayetteville, Lincoln, TN 53 1876Tennessee White Head 
Mary N Higgins Fayetteville, Lincoln, TN 49 1880                          Wife 
Phillip M Higgins Fayetteville, Lincoln, TN 21 1908                         Son 

Carl F Higgins Fayetteville, Lincoln, TN 51 1878 Tennessee White Head 
Sarah J Higgins Fayetteville, Lincoln, TN 45 1884                       Wife 

Owen H Higgins Fayetteville, Lincoln, TN 64 1865 Tennessee White Head 
Fannie B Higgins Fayetteville, Lincoln, TN 60 1869                        Sister 

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Higgins Funeral Home
213 E. Market Street
Fayetteville, TN 37334
Founded by the Higgins Brothers, Hiram, Eugene and Owen

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An inquiry from Our Guest Book:
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My Higgins ancestors went to Lincoln Co. TN from KY in the early 19th century. My particular line came from Owen W. Higgins son of James Higgins 1778-1888 and Nancy Higgins (his cousin) 1783-1820; Owen W. Higgins (no dates) m Frances Hopkins Stone 1804-1872; one of their children was Frances (Fanny) Higgins 1836-1900 who m Joseph Gilbert Carrigan 1834-1900; one of their two daughters Emma Carrigan 1860-1953 m Andrew Martin McLaughlin 1854-1916; their oldest son Joseph Martin McLaughlin 1885-1927 m Laura Graham Hobbs 1887-1944. These were my maternal Grandparents. I would very much like to contact anyone else on these family lines, but especially the Higgins line. The Higgins family business in Fayetteville, TN. became the Higgins Funeral Home, still operating today. I have met a cousin there but he is not interested at all in genealogy. Any help would be appreciated.

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1880 Census Household:

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

Margret MCLAUGHLIN    Self M Female W 58 TN Keeping House NC NC 
Andrew M. MCLAUGHLIN Son S Male    W 25 TN Farmer TN TN 
James B. MCLAUGHLIN  Son S Male      W 23 TN Running Distillery TN TN 
Margret E. MCLAUGHLIN Dau S Female  W 17 TN At School TN TN 
Henrietta C. RAZAR       Dau W Female W 33 TN At Home TN TN
William GILLIAM               GSon S Male W 12 TN At School TN TN 
Hugh GILLIAM                 GSon S Male W 10 TN At School TN TN 
Source Information:
Census Place District 25, Lincoln, Tennessee 
Family History Library Film 1255268 
NA Film Number T9-1268 Page Number 277B
 
View 1900 TN Census Scan  Andy McLaughlin   Age 46

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D. B. SHULL mar. SARAH L. HIGGINS 23 Dec 1852 Lincoln TN 
Sarah must have died between 1870 & 1880 census
  D B Shull with wife Sarah and family
    View 1860 TN Census line 30
    View 1870 TN Census 
    He is married to someone named Sallie in 1880

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In January, 1893, Judge Higgins was united in marriage
to Miss Mary Hill, a daughter of James B. and Margaret
(Bearden) Hill
, who were natives of Lincoln county,
Tennessee. Her father was a veteran of the Civil war,
having served throughout the period of the conflict.
In days of peace he was a jeweler,

1880 Census Household:

Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age
Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
 
James B. HILL Self  M Male    W 48 TN Jeweler NH NC 
Maggie C HILL Wife M Female W 30 TN Keeping House TN TN 
Charlie B. HILL Son S Male     W 11 TN At School TN TN 
Mary B. HILL Dau S Female    W  9 TN At School TN TN 
Eben A HILL    Son S Male     W  6 TN TN TN 
Maggie B. HILL Sister S Female W 56 TN NH NC 
Elizabeth M HILL Sister S Female W 56 TN NH NC 
Mariah HILL   Other S Female  B 50 TN Cook --- --- 
Bob SMITH    Other Male        B 22 TN Works On Farm --- --- 

Source Information:
Census Place District 8, Lincoln, Tennessee 
Family History Library Film 1255267 
NA Film Number T9-1267 Page Number 124A 

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Virginia Higgins (widow of Prof. Peter Hunbaugh)

HIMBAUGH PETER 37 M W PA TN LINCOLN MULBERRY
P O 1870 Profession: Teaching at school
View 1870 TN Census Scan 

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REUBEN THOMISON mar. ANN HIGGINS 03 Oct 1873 Lincoln TN 

Best Guess
1880 Census Household:

Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age
Birthplace Occupation Father's Birthplace Mother's Birthplace
 
R. THOMISON   Self M  Male    MU 34 TN Laborer TN TN 
Ann THOMISON Wife M Female MU 24 TN Keeping H TN TN 
Rose THOMISON Dau S Female MU  4 TN TN TN 
Mary THOMISON Dau S Female MU  1 TN TN TN 

Source Information:
Census Place District 7, Lincoln, Tennessee 
Family History Library Film 1255267 
NA Film Number T9-1267 Page Number 57D 

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Berry Owen Higgins
 View 1910 TN Census Scan  Age 40
    with wife Maggie, daughter Hazel
    and sister-in-law May Shepherd 
 View 1920 TN Census Scan  Age 50
    Only person listed in the household

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F. P. L. PARR mar.  NANCY J. HIGGINS 22 May 1864 Lincoln TN
   View 1870 TN Census Scan 
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View 1900 TN Census Scan 
BEASLEY J F 40 M W TN TN MAURY COLUMBIA  

Rev. J. F. Beasley and wife Sallie S. (Higgins) 
with Son Russell and Brother in law Hiram Higgins

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