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Benjamin Higgins (1640-1691): m. Lydia Bangs (c1642-c1711)
  • June 1640, "Richard Higinse his Children ... a sonn there [New Plymouth] born allso named Beniamin born in June in the yeere 1640" [Massachusetts, Eastham, Vital Records, in MD 5:23]
  • July 1640, "The Register of Eastham ... Benjamine, the son of Richard Higgens, was borne att Plymouth in July, 1640." [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Court Records, in PCR 7:26-27]
  • 24 Dec. 1661, "Beniamin Higgens was marryed with Lidya Banges the 24 day of December 1661" [Massachusetts, Eastham, Vital Records, in MD 8:12]
  • 14 Nov. 1662, "Ichabod Higgens the Sonne of Beniamin Higgens was borne the 14th of November, 1662" [Massachusetts, Eastham, Vital Records, in MD 8:12]
  • 15 Oct. 1664, "Richard Higgens the Sonne of Beniamin Higgens was borne the 15th day of october 1664" [Massachusetts, Eastham, Vital Records, in MD 8:12]
  • 20 Nov. 1666, "John Higgens the Sonne of Beniamin Higgens was borne the 20th November 1666" [Massachusetts, Eastham, Vital Records, in MD 8:12]
  • 20 Sep. 1667, "Wee, whose names are vnderwritten, being warned to bee vpon a corroners enquest vpon the death of a child of Daniell Dones, whoe was drownded in a well, wee doe all of vs judge that the child was accedentally drownded. ... Benjamin Higgins ..." [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Court Records, in PCR 4:169]
  • 24 Dec. 1667, "Eastham ... Wee, whose names are vnderwritten, being impannelled vpon a jury ... concerning the death of Robert Chapell, James Nicolls, and William Pidell, that were of the companie of Captaine John Allen, which by Gods prouidence was put on shore vpon Cape Codd, wee find, according to our best wisdome and descretion, that the cause of Robert Chapells and James Nicolls was wett, extream cold, and some liquors which they dranke; these thinges working together vpon them wee judge to be the cause of theire death; and concerning William Pidell, wee apprehend that former sicknes which we vnderstand was vpon him, and wett, and extream cold wee judge to be the cause of his death; herein wee all agree. Witnes our hands, ... Benjamine Higgens ..." [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Court Records, in PCR 4:176]
  • 1 Jan. 1668, "Wee, whose names are vnderwritten, being impanneled vpon a jury ... concerning a child about fiue or six yeares old, which was kept by John Smalley, Senir, of Eastham, being found dead in the woods, about six or seauen miles from the house of John Smalley abouesaid, wee doe all judge, that it came by his death by straying away, lost its right path to gitt home againe, and was killed by the cold. ... Benjamin Higgens ..." [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Court Records, in PCR 4:177]
  • 1 Oct. 1668, "Joshuah Higgens, the son of Benjamine Higgens, was borne the first Day of October, 1668." [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Court Records, in PCR 7:58]
  • 1 Oct. 1668, "Joshua Higgens the sonn of Beniamine Higgens was borne the first Day of october in the yeare 1668" [Massachusetts, Eastham, Vital Records, in MD 8:12]
  • 2 Mar. 1669, "Leiftenant Peregrine White, of Marshfeild, complaineth against Benjamine Higgens, of Eastham, in an action of the case, to the damage of sixteen pounds, for not paying a debt due to him, the said White, of his assignes, for a boate bought of him, the said White, the said debt being due, and to be payed the fifteenth of Nouember last past. The prties agreed, and the action withdrawne." [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Court Records, in PCR 8:153]
  • May 1670, "Lydia Higgens, the Daughter of Benjamine Higgens, was borne the latter end of May, 1670." [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Court Records, in PCR 7:58]
  • May 1670, "Lidia Higgens the Daughter of Beniamine Higgens was borne the latter end of May in the yeare 1670" [Massachusetts, Eastham, Vital Records, in MD 8:12]
  • 31 Aug. 1672, "Isace Higens the sonn of Benjamine Higens was Borne the last day of aughust 1672" [Massachusetts, Eastham, Vital Records, in MD 8:12]
  • 14 June 1674, "Rebeckah Higgens the daughter of Benjamin Higgens was borne the 14th day of June 1674" [Massachusetts, Eastham, Vital Records, in MD 8:12]
  • Mar. 1675, "Rebeckah Higgens the daughter of Benjamine Higgens died in march in the year 1675" [Massachusetts, Eastham, Vital Records, in MD 8:12]
  • 1 June 1675, "Att this Court three natiues were araigned, vizt. Tobias, & Wampapaum, and Mattushamama, for that being acused, that they did with joynt consent, vpon the 29 of January, anno 1674, att a place called Assowamsett Pond, wilfully and of sett purpose, and of mallice fore thought, and by force and armes, murder John Sassamon, an other Indian, by laying violent hands on him and striking him, or twisting his necke, vntill hee was dead; and to hide and conceale this theire said murder, att the time and place aforsaid, did cast his dead body through a hole of the iyce into the said pond. These, being examined, deneyed the fact, and put themselues on tryall by God and the countrey, and were found guilty. The Verdict of the Jury giuen into the Court in the words followinge. Wee, of the jury, one and all, both English and Indians, doe joyntly and with one consent agree vpon a verdict: that Tobias, and his son Wampapaquan, and Mattashunnamo, the Indians, whoe are the prisoners, are guilty of the blood of John Sassamon, and were the murderers of him, according to ths bill of inditement. The verdict of the jury being accepted by the Court, the sentance of death was pronounced against them, the said Tobias, and Wampapaquan his son, Mattashanamo, vizt: to be carryed from the place of tryall to the prison from whence they came, and from thence to the place of execution, and there to be hanged by the head vntill theire bodies are dead; and accordingly was executed, the 8th of June, 1675, on the said Tobias and Mattashunannamo; but the said Wampapaquan, on some considerations, was repriued vntill a month be expired from this psent date; But afterwards shott to death within the said month. The Names of the Jury that went on this Tryall. ... Benjamine Higgins. It was judged very expedient by the Court, that together with this English jury aboue named, some of the most indifferentest, grauest, and sage Indians should be admitted to be with the said jury, and to healp to consult and aduice with, of, and concerning the premises. There names are as followeth, vizt: one called by and Enlish name, Hope, and Maskippague, Wannoo, Gorge, Wampye, and Acanootus; these fully concurred with the aboue written jury in their verdict." [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Court Records, in PCR 5:167-168]
  • 1 June 1675, "In answare to a petition prefered to the Court by Benjamine Higgens, in the right of his father, deceased, to be accomodated with land att Saconett with the ptenors and servants there, the Court, generally conceiueing that the said Richard Higgens had wronge in that hee was not accomodated in the said land with the rest, seuerall of the ptenors, being psent, did engage before the Court, that incase the petitioner shall and doe make his adresse to the rest of the companie interested in those lands, that they will pswade them, that altho hee can not be supplyed out of the deuided lands of it, that hee may be competently supplyed in the vndevided lands thereof." [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Court Records, in PCR 5:169-170]
  • 7 June 1676, "The Grand Enquest ... Benjamine Higgens" [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Court Records, in PCR 5:196]
  • 7 Mar. 1677, "Samuel Higgens the sonn of Benjamine Higgens was borne the seventh day of March: 1676:77" [Massachusetts, Eastham, Vital Records, in MD 8:12]
  • 15 Sep. 1681, "Benjamine Higgens the sonne of Benjamine Higgens was borne the 15th of September in the yeare: 1681" [Massachusetts, Eastham, Vital Records, in MD 8:12]
  • 2 June 1685, "Constables ... Easham, Benjamine Higgines" [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Court Records, in PCR 6:165]
  • 13 June 1689, "John Higens the sone of Benjamin Higens died the 13th of June in the year 1689" [Massachusetts, Eastham, Vital Records, in MD 8:12]
  • 3 June 1690, "The Names of the Select Men of ye Severall Towns in ye Colony ... Eastham, ... Benj: Higgins" [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Court Records, in PCR 6:241-242]
  • Bowman, George Robert, transcriber, "Eastham and Orleans, Mass., Vital Records", The Mayflower Descendant, 1901-1935. Transcriptions of the vital records of Eastham mentions Benjamin Higgins, serially published, and abbreviated MD in above references. Volume 8 appeared in 1906.
  • Higgins, Mrs. Katharine Chapin, Richard Higgins, A Resident and Pioneer Settler at Plymouth and Eastham, Massachusetts, and at Piscataway, New Jersey, and his Descendants, 1918. " ... Benjamin Higgins resided at Eastham, probably on lands which had belonged to his father at Pochet, now in East Orleans. ... That he was a soldier in the contest is probable in general, and is proved by his inventory, which shows that he possessed the equipment of a trooper, and by the grant to his grandson, Jedidiah Higgins, of a share in Narragansett Township No. 7, now the town of Gorham, Me. These grants were made only to the direct heirs or descendants of men who had served in King Philip's War. ... It is recorded in the ancient town book of Eastham that on July 14, 1664, 'Benjamin Higgins hath a mare of a brownish bay color and one white foot, the other three feet partly white, with a white strip on her face, and running broad toward the right nostril, a piece cut out of the top side the near ear, and burn marked with E on the near shoulder.' He also had at this time three mare colts. ... Sept. 6, 1686, he was chosen juryman for actions at the County Court at Barnstable. June 4, 1688, he was chosen one of the selectman at Eastham, and again June 3, 1690. 'Aug. 26, 1689, The town have chosen Thomas Paine senior, Daniel Doane and Benjamin Higgins for grand-jurie men for the remainder of this present year.' He was one of the witnesses of the will of John Young of Eastham in 1688 and one of the appraisers of the estate, Feb. 3, 1690-1. The book of land grants of Eastham contains several records of grants of land to him by the town, as follows: 'Richard Higgins sells land to his son Benjamin, 4th day of the 5th month, 1669', 'Richard Higgins sale of land to Benjamin, proving that Richard went to New Jersey, dated at new pascataway in New Jarsey, Nov. 24, 1672.' Mrs. Mary Higgins gave her consent to this and other sales. 'Land granted to Benjamin Higgins Feb. 4, 1673', 'April 16, 1678. Granted to Benjamin Higgins a parcel of medow at the Harbour's mouth.', 'March 14, 1690. Land granted to Benjamin Higgins (near) 'his other land upon poche at a place called bishops butter hole''. An inventory of the estate of Benjamin Higgins, amounting to £85 in real estate and £206.06.00 in personal estate, was rendered June 19, 1691, and sworn to by Mrs. Lydia Higgins, administratrix, five days later. 'Memorandum: that Ichabod Higgins hath already had £10 and a piece of land on which his house stood, appraised at £9.' An agreement was made that Ichabod should have in cattle, bedding, boards, shingles and cash £20.05.00; Richard the loom and gears, 7 acres of land, a cutlass, cartridge box, cattle and cash £20.18.00; Joshua a gun, rapier, cartridge box, bedding, wearing clothes, powder and bullets, saddle and cloth, cattle, sheep and cash £20.05.00; Lydia should have cattle, sheep, an iron pot, books, cloth and cash £20; Isaac a gun, ammunition, a cutlass, cartridgebox, bedding, clothing, cattle, sheep and cash £20.05.00; Samuel was to have a gun, sword, cartridgebox, a book, bedding, clothes, ammunition, cattle, sheep and cash £20.05.00; Benjamin was to have two-thirds of the housing and one-third of the lands and meadows; the widow to have her legal third part. She was living Feb. 13, 1706-7, when her brother, Joshua Bangs, willed to her one-eighth part of such personal estate of his as might remain after the death of his wife. Aug. 20, 1711, town of Eastham 'laid out to widdow Lidia Higgins for her natural life and then returns to the town, a parcel of land near the head of Namskaket on the Eastern side of the first lot which is the lot of Daniel Cole Sr.' The date of her death is unknown. She married (2) Nicholas Snow. Children born at Eastham ..."
  • Morse, Vivian Higgins, An American Family and Its Ancestor Predecessors, 1973. "... He was a large land-owner and a man of some prominence. ... In his will Benjamin Higgins left a large estate ..."
  • Shurtleff, Nathaniel B., ed., Records of the Colony of New Plymouth in New England, 1855-1857. Transcriptions of the court records of Plymouth mentions Benjamin Higgins, abbreviated PCR in above references. Court Orders in v. 1-6, Miscellaneous Records in v. 7, Judicial Acts in v. 8.
  • Smith, Col. Leonard H. Jr. & Norma H. Smith, eds, Vital Records of the Towns of Eastham and Orleans, 1976. "An authorized facsimile reproduction of the records published serially 1901-1935 in The Mayflower Descendant", mentions Benjamin Higgins.
Harvey Alva Higgins (1864-1928): m. Lillian Belle Agee (1868-1947)
  • 10 Aug. 1870, res. Jackson Twp, Horace Higgins 59 farmer MA, Mary J 50 NY, Eupasia J 18 WI, Henry W 14 WI, Enos F 9 WI, Harvey A 6 WI [USA, 1870 Census, Missouri, Gentry County]
  • 25 June 1880, res. Jackson Twp, Horatio Higgins 67 farmer MA, Mary J 60 NY, Harvey 16 WI [USA, 1880 Census, Missouri, Gentry County]
  • 4 Sep. 1889, Harvey Higgins of Gentry Co., over age 21, and Lillie Agee of Andrew Co., over age 18, license given at Savannah 2nd Sep., married at Whitesville 4 Sep. by W.A. Chapman, minister of the gospel [Missouri, Andrew County, Marriage Registrations]
  • 26 June 1900, res. Platte Twp, Harvey Higgins 36 farmer WI, Lilly 32 MO, Elsie 4 MO [USA, 1900 Census, Missouri, Andrew County]
  • 29 Apr. 1910, res. Township 143 Range 88, Harvey A Higgins 45 farmer WI, Lilly 41 MO, Elsie 14 MO, Myrtle 4 MO, Evander 1y9m ND [USA, 1910 Census, North Dakota, Mercer County]
  • 27 Mar. 1920, res. School District 84, Laredo, Harvey A Higgins 55 railroad carpenter WI, Lilly 51 MO, Myrtle 14 MO, Evander 11 ND [USA, 1920 Census, Montana, Hill County]
  • 19 July 1928, death of Harvey A. Higgins, at residence 920 4th Ave, Havre, of arteriosclerosis, married, born May 4, 1864 at Milwaukee, Wis., parents Horatio Higgins, born at Boston, Mass., & Mary Felch, born in New York, buried 7-21-28 at Highland A.3-Blk 14, informant Mrs. H.A. Higgins [Montana, Death Registrations]
  • 1930, "Higgins Lillie (wid Harvey) r 2136 Vine; ... Higgins Myrtle nurse r 2136 Vine" [Colorado, Denver, The Gazetteer Co. Denver Directory]
  • 14 Apr. 1930, res. 2136 Vine, Denver, J Claybourn Beattie 58 janitor MO, Elma 56 MO, Wesley Stromer 40 feed store manager US, Ruth 23 KS, Lillie Higgins wd 61 MO, Van 21 ND [USA, 1930 Census, Colorado, Denver County]
  • 1931, "Higgins Lillie (wid Harvey) h 2136 Vine" [Colorado, Denver, The Gazetteer Co. Denver Directory]
  • 1932, "Higgins Lillie B (wid Harvey) r 9 1637 Sherman" [Colorado, Denver, The Gazetteer Co. Denver Directory]
  • 1933, "Higgins Lillie B (wid Harvey A) h 2136 Vine" [Colorado, Denver, The Gazetteer Co. Denver Directory]
  • 1934, "Higgins Lillie B (wid Harvey) h 2136 Vine" [Colorado, Denver, The Gazetteer Co. Denver Directory]
  • 1935, "Higgins Lillie B (wid Harvey) h 2136 Vine; ... Higgins Van emp Gold Coin Creamery Co r 2136 Vine" [Colorado, Denver, The Gazetteer Co. Denver Directory]
  • 1936, "Higgins Lillie B (wid Harvey A) r 2136 Vine; ... Higgins Van A emp Gold Coin Creamery Co r 2136 Vine" [Colorado, Denver, The Gazetteer Co. Denver Directory]
  • 1938, "Higgins Lillie B (wid Harvey A) h 6 1818 Williams; ... Higgins Van A (Nela H) emp Gold Coin h 6 1818 Williams" [Colorado, Denver, The Gazetteer Co. Denver Directory]
  • 5 Apr. 1940, res. 1356 Downing, Denver, Lillie Higgins wd 71 MO [USA, 1940 Census, Colorado, Denver County]
  • 1 Dec. 1947, death of Mrs. Lillie Bell Higgins, at 1330 N Tyndall, Tucson, age 88, of arteriosclerosis, widowed, in Arizona 2 months, usual residence Mt. Morrison, Colorado, born May 18, 1868 in Andrew County Mo., parents Evander Agee & Pamelia Poppewell, both born in Mo., buried at South Lawn 12-4-47, informant Mrs. Geo. Falk of Tucson [Arizona, Death Registrations]
Horatio Higgins (1812-1890): m. Mary Jane Felch (1820-1898)
  • 26 July 1812, "Horatio Son of Mr Samuel & Mrs Elizabeth Higgins Born July 26th A 1812" [Massachusetts, Heath, Vital Records]
  • 5 Sep. 1830, "Admitted by Rev. Mr. Miller ... Horatio Higgins" [Massachusetts, Heath, Church Records]
  • 28 June 1837, "This may Certify that Mr. Horatio Higgins and Miss Mary L Felch were joined in Marriage by me June 28th 1837. Eldad Smith, J. Peace" [Wisconsin, Racine County, Marriage Registrations]
  • 1840, Horatio Higgins, 10001-00001, 1 ag [USA, 1840 Census, Wisconsin, Racine County]
  • 21 Aug. 1850, res. Mt. Pleasant, Horatio Higgins 38 carpenter MA, Mary J 30 NY, George W 12 WI, Charles J 7 WI, Louisa E 4 WI [USA, 1850 Census, Wisconsin, Racine County]
  • 20 July 1860, res. Pewaukee, Horatio Higgens 47 farmer MA, Mary 40 NY, Louisa 14 WI, U.J. 8 WI, Henry W 4 WI [USA, 1860 Census, Wisconsin, Waukesha County]
  • 10 Aug. 1870, res. Jackson Twp, Horace Higgins 59 farmer MA, Mary J 50 NY, Eupasia J 18 WI, Henry W 14 WI, Enos F 9 WI, Harvey A 6 WI [USA, 1870 Census, Missouri, Gentry County]
  • 25 June 1880, res. Jackson Twp, Horatio Higgins 67 farmer MA, Mary J 60 NY, Harvey 16 WI [USA, 1880 Census, Missouri, Gentry County]
  • 1898, "Horatio Higgins B. July 26, 1812, D. Nov. 10, 1890", "Mary J., wife of Horatio, B. Apr. 11, 1820, D. May 22, 1898", "Sister Louisa E. Wildish, B. Oct. 24, 1845, D. Nov. 25, 1870", "Brother Enos F. Higgins, B. Nov. 19, 1860, D. July 5, 1877" [Missouri, Andrew County, Empire Cemetery, Inscriptions]
  • 19 July 1928, death of Harvey A. Higgins, at residence 920 4th Ave, Havre, of arteriosclerosis, married, born May 4, 1864 at Milwaukee, Wis., parents Horatio Higgins, born at Boston, Mass., & Mary Felch, born in New York, buried 7-21-28 at Highland A.3-Blk 14, informant Mrs. H.A. Higgins [Montana, Death Registrations]
  • Northwest Missouri Genealogy Society, 1896 Gentry County Missouri Landowners Atlas with Maps, 1982. In Township 61N, Range 33W in 1896, Mary J. Higgins has 80 acres in section 10 and 80 acres in section 15.
Israel Higgins (1706-1788): 1m. Ruth Brown (1710-1768), 2m. Ruth Mayo (1725-1788)
  • 26 Apr. 1706, "Israel Higgins the son of Samll & Hannah Higgins was Born at Eastham the twentysixth day of Aprill Anno Dom 1706" [Massachusetts, Eastham, Vital Records, in MD 8:94]
  • 26 Aug. 1727, "august ye 26 1727 Israel Higgins Signified his purpose to marry with Ruth Brown in order to be published" [Massachusetts, Eastham, Vital Records, in MD 28:116]
  • 2 Nov. 1727, "Israel Higgins and Ruth Brown were married by mr Benjamin Webb on ye Secund day of November annodomini 1727" [Massachusetts, Eastham, Vital Records, in MD 15:67]
  • 3 Oct. 1728, "Israel Higgins Son of Israel & Ruth Higgins was born the third day of October 1728 entred Joseph Doane Town clark" [Massachusetts, Eastham, Vital Records, in MD 15:67]
  • 26 June 1731, "Jesse Higgins Son of Israel & Ruth Higgins was born 26 June 1731 entred Joseph Doane Town clark" [Massachusetts, Eastham, Vital Records, in MD 15:67]
  • 5 June 1733, "Ruth Higgins Daughter of Israel & Ruth Higgins was born the 5th day of June 1733" [Massachusetts, Eastham, Vital Records, in MD 15:68]
  • 8 June 1735, "June 8: 1735 then Silvenis Higgins Son of Israel Higgins born" [Massachusetts, Eastham, Vital Records, in MD 15:68]
  • 9 Oct. 1737, "October 9 1737 then Lidea Higgins Daughter of Samuel Higgins was born" [Massachusetts, Eastham, Vital Records, in MD 15:68]
  • 25 Nov. 1740, "Higgins, Heman, s. Israel & Ruth, b. Nov. 25, 1740" [Connecticut, Middletown, Vital Records, in BC 26:268]
  • 28 June 1743, "Higgins, Rachel, d. Israel & Ruth, b. June 28, 1743" [Connecticut, Middletown, Vital Records, in BC 26:268]
  • 30 Oct. 1745, "Higgins, Eunice, d. Israel & Ruth, b. Oct. 30, 1745" [Connecticut, Middletown, Vital Records, in BC 26:268]
  • 22 May 1748, "Higgins, Hannah, d. Israel & Ruth, b. May 22, 1748" [Connecticut, Middletown, Vital Records, in BC 26:268]
  • 22 Nov. 1748, "Higgins, Eunice, d. Israel & Ruth, d. Nov. 22, 1748" [Connecticut, Middletown, Vital Records, in BC 26:268]
  • 4 Feb. 1751, "Higgins, Seth, s. Israel & Ruth, b. Feb. 4, 1750/1" [Connecticut, Middletown, Vital Records, in BC 26:268]
  • 13 June 1768, "Higgins, Ruth, w. Capt. Israel, d. June 13, 1768" [Connecticut, Chatham, Vital Records, in BC 6:110]
  • 1768, "[Her]e lies buried ye Body [of] Mrs Ruth Higgins the wife of Mr Israel Higgins who Departed this Life ..." [Connecticut, East Hampton, Hog Hill Cemetery, Inscriptions]
  • 9 Mar. 1769, "Higgins, Israel, Capt., m. Wid. Ruth Smith, b. of Chatham, Mar. 9, 17[ ]" [Connecticut, Chatham, Vital Records, in BC 6:109]
  • 1788, "In Memory of Mrs Ruth Higgins Consort of Mr Israel Higgins who departed this Live Nov 8th AD 1788 in the 63rd Year of her age." [Connecticut, East Hampton, Hog Hill Cemetery, Inscriptions]
  • Austin, John D., compiler, Stephen Hopkins of the Mayflower and His Descendants for Four Generations, 1988. On p. 33: "The will of Israel Cole of Barnstable, dated 20 Jan. 1723/4 and proved 23 July 1724, mentioned son Israel (executor) and four grandchildren: Israel, Theodor, Iacobod and Samuel Higgins."
  • Bowman, George Robert, transcriber, "Eastham and Orleans, Mass., Vital Records", The Mayflower Descendant, 1901-1935. Transcriptions of the vital records of Eastham mentions Israel Higgins, serially published, and abbreviated MD in above references. Volume 8 appeared in 1906, volume 15 appeared in 1913, volume 28 in 1930.
  • Higgins, Mrs. Katharine Chapin, Richard Higgins, A Resident and Pioneer Settler at Plymouth and Eastham, Massachusetts, and at Piscataway, New Jersey, and his Descendants, 1918. "... Israel Higgins went to Connecticut about 1740 or possibly earlier, settling at first in Haddam and he and his wife became members of the church at East Middletown, now Portland, Conn. In the years 1742 to 1747 he bought land in the parish of Middle Haddam, and settled there, he and his wife becoming members of the church at Middle Haddam, whose meeting house was then located at 'Hog Hill,' several miles south of the present village of Middle Haddam. In the ancient cemetery near this church Israel Higgins, his wives and some others of his family were buried. In the records he is called captain and mariner. ..."
  • Smith, Col. Leonard H. Jr. & Norma H. Smith, eds, Vital Records of the Towns of Eastham and Orleans, 1976. "An authorized facsimile reproduction of the records published serially 1901-1935 in The Mayflower Descendant", mentions Israel Higgins.
  • White, Lorraine Cook, ed., The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records, 55 vols., 1994-2002. Extracts of the vital records of Connecticut mentions Israel Higgins, abbreviated BC in above references. Volume 6 gives Chatham, volume 26 gives Middletown surnames A-J.
Jesse Higgins (1731-1778): 1m. Ruth Dart (1730-1776), 2m. Keziah Stevens (1754-1832)
  • 26 June 1731, "Jesse Higgins Son of Israel & Ruth Higgins was born 26 June 1731 entred Joseph Doane Town clark" [Massachusetts, Eastham, Vital Records, in MD 15:67]
  • 16 Nov. 1752, "Higgins, Jesse, m. Ruth Darte, Nov. 16, 1752" [Connecticut, Middletown, Vital Records, in BC 26:268]
  • 26 Jan. 1772, "Higgins, Jesse, m. Kezia Stevens, Jan. 26, 1772" [Connecticut, Chatham, Vital Records, in BC 6:108]
  • 16 Sep. 1774, "Higgins, Samuel, s. Jesse & Kezia, b. Sept. 16, 1774" [Connecticut, Chatham, Vital Records, in BC 6:109]
  • 21 Aug. 1776, "Higgins, Jesse, s. Jesse & Keziah, b. Aug. 21, 1776" [Connecticut, Chatham, Vital Records, in BC 6:108]
  • 21 July 1778, at White Plains, "A Muster Roll of Capt Wm Judd's Co in the Connecticut Battalion of Forces Commanded by Col Samuel Wyllys in the Service of the United States ... Privates ... 22 Jesse Higgins, d[uration of] War, on Duty" [USA, Revolutionary War, Muster Rolls]
  • 1 Sep. 1778, at White Plains, "A Muster Roll of Capt William Judd's Company in the Battalion of Connecticut Forces in the Service of the United States Commanded by Col Samuel Wyllys ... Privates ... Jesse Higgins [USA, Revolutionary War, Muster Rolls]
  • 9 Sep. 1778, "A Roll of the Non Comsd officers and privates of Capt William Judd's Company, Col Saml Wyllys's Battallion of Connecticut Forces ... Jesse Higgins [USA, Revolutionary War, Muster Rolls]
  • 3 Oct. 1778, at Camp Fredericksburgh, "A Muster Roll of Capt William Judds Co in the third Battalion of Connecticut Forces in the Service of the United States Commanded by Col Saml Wyllys taken for Septr 1778 ... Privates ... Jesse Higgins, at F.kill Hospital sick since the 10th Septr last" [USA, Revolutionary War, Muster Rolls]
  • 4 Nov. 1778, at Camp N. Milford, "A Muster Roll of Capt William Judd's Company, 3rd Battalion of Connt Forces in the Service of the United States Commanded by Col Saml Wyllys taken for Oct 1778 ... Privates ... Jesse Higgins, sick at F.K. Hospital since 11th Septr" [USA, Revolutionary War, Muster Rolls]
  • 2 Dec. 1778, "Higgins, Seth, s. Jesse & Kezia, b. Dec. 2, 1778" [Connecticut, Chatham, Vital Records, in BC 6:109]
  • 12 Dec. 1778, Connecticut Battalion (Camp near Reading, "A Muster Roll of Capt Wm Judd's Company in the Battalion of Connecticut Forces in the Service of the United States Commanded by Col Saml Wyllys Taken for the Month of Novr 1778 ... Privates ... "Jesse Higgins, Died 4th Decr 1778" [USA, Revolutionary War, Muster Rolls]
  • 1800, res. Chatham, Kaziah Higgins, 10000-02002 [USA, 1800 Census, Connecticut, Middlesex County]
  • 1810, res. Chatham, Kiziah Higgins, 00100-00101 [USA, 1810 Census, Connecticut, Middlesex County]
  • 1832, "Higgins, Kezia, died Mar. 23, 1832 age 77" [Connecticut, East Hampton, Union Hill Cemetery, Inscriptions]
  • Bowman, George Robert, transcriber, "Eastham and Orleans, Mass., Vital Records", The Mayflower Descendant, 1901-1935. Transcriptions of the vital records of Eastham mentions Jesse Higgins, serially published, and abbreviated MD in above references. Volume 15 appeared in 1913.
  • Higgins, Mrs. Katharine Chapin, Richard Higgins, A Resident and Pioneer Settler at Plymouth and Eastham, Massachusetts, and at Piscataway, New Jersey, and his Descendants, 1918. "... Jesse was a private in the French and Indian War, being in the 6th co., Capt. Gaylord's, of the First regt., commanded by Col. Phineas Lyman. Dates of service: April 1, 1758, to Sept. 19, 1758; Sept. 19 to Nov. 21, 1758; March 24 to Dec. 16, 1759. He was private in the 8th co. in the Lexington Alarm, April 17, 1775; also in Second regt., Gen. Spencer's, May 11 to December, 1775; enlisted March 17, 1778, in Judd's co. The last two enlistments may belong to Jesse, son of Lemuel Higgins. There is no means of deciding, but they probably belong to this Jesse Higgins, who closed his life while still in the service of his country, at Fishkill-on-Hudson. He was absent from home, serving in the army and perhaps at sea, for long periods. He appears to have held a small parcel of land in the parish of Middle Haddam, where he lived when not serving elsewhere. His first marriage was unhappy and there were no children. His wife Ruth obtained a legal separation from him in January, 1772, and he immediately married again. Mrs. Keziah Higgins was appointed administratrix on his very small estate in 1780 ..."
  • White, Lorraine Cook, ed., The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records, 55 vols., 1994-2002. Extracts of the vital records of Connecticut mentions Jesse Higgins, abbreviated BC in above references. Volume 6 gives Chatham, volume 26 gives Middletown surnames A-J.
Richard Higgins (c1613-1675): 1m. Lydia Chandler (c1614--), 2m. Mary ---
  • 1633, "The Names of the Freemen of the Incorporacon of Plymoth in New England, An: 1633. ... The rest admitted afterwds ... Richard Higins ..." [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Court Records, in PCR 1:3-4]
  • 2 Jan. 1633, "According to an order in Court ... the psons heere under menconed were rated for publike use ... to be brought in by each pson as they are heere under written, rated in corne at vis p bushell, at or before the last of November next ensuing, to such place as shall be heereafter appointed to receiue the same. And for default heereof, the value to be doubled, & accordingly leavied by the publick officer for yt end. ... Richard Higgins 00:09:00" [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Court Records, in PCR 1:9-11]
  • 7 Oct. 1633, "Richard Higgens hath bought of Thomas Little his now dwelling howse & misted, for & in consideracon of twenty-one bushels of merchantable corne, whereof twelue bushels to be p in hand, & the remainder at harvest next ensuing." [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Court Records, in PCR 1:16]
  • 2 Jan. 1634, "According to an order in Court ... the psons heerunder menconed were rated for publick use ... to be brought in by each pson as they are heerunder written, rated in corne at vjss p bushell, at or before the last of Novbr next ensuing, to such place as shall be heerafter appointed to receiue the same; and for default heerof, the value to be doubled, & accordingly levied by the publick officer for that end. ... Richard Higgens 00:12:00 ... " [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Court Records, in PCR 1:26-28]
  • 13 Jan. 1634, "John Barnes hath sold unto Rich. Higgens & his heires forever one dwelling howse & 20 acres of land, being lately in the possession of Edw: Holman, wth all the fence, boards, timber, (squared & unsquared,) belonging to the same, in consideracon of ten pownds starling to be paid in currant English money, or beaver at the rate it shall passe at the day of paymt, wch is the 20th of March, in the yeare of our Lord 1634. And also the said Richard shall possesse the said John & his heires of 20 acres of land at Scituate, in some convenient place." [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Court Records, in PCR 1:24]
  • 1 Apr. 1634, "Samuell Godberson, the sonn of Godbar Godbarson, of New Plymoth, deseased, hath, by and wth the consent of William Bradford, Gent, his gardian, put himselfe an apprentice vnto Richard Higgins, of Plymoth, aforesaid, taylor, for the term of seaven yeares, according to the tenure of his indenture, beareing date wth these psents. And the said William Bradford doth pmise, in the behalfe of the said Samuell, to deliu vnto the said Richard sixe bushells of corne in hand, and one cow calfe this psent yeare, if that it may be wth his conveniencie; if not, the next ensueing yeare; and that the said Richard is to keepe the said calfe, wth the increase of the same, to thend of the aforesaid tearm, & then to deliu her in to the hands of the said Samuell, or his assignes, wth halfe the increase, thother halfe to remaine wth the said Richard for his better incurragemt, & in lew of the keeping of her wth the increase; for wch said tearme the said Richard is carfully to pvid for the said calfe, wth her increase, heay, grasse, & howseing, soe that they may the better be pserved." [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Court Records, in PCR 1:29-30]
  • 11 Dec. 1634, "Richard Higgins & Lidia Chandler wer maried." [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Court Records, in PCR 1:32]
  • 14 Mar. 1636, "... concerning the Hey Grounds for Plymoth & Duxburrough. The places heereafter menconed were assigned to the severall psons, for their prnt use the yeare 1636, vizt: ... To Mr Heeks & George Watson, (wth Rich. Higgens for one beast,) the rest of the sd Iland Creeke." [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Court Records, in PCR 1:39-40]
  • 15 Nov. 1636, "That euery mans marke of his Cattle be brought to the towne booke where he liues & that no man giue the same, but shall alter any other bought by him & put his owne upon them" [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Court Records, in PCR 11:12]
  • 15 Nov. 1636, "Higgens a peece cut out behind in the right eare a slitt cut in the same place." [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Town Records, in PTR 1:1]
  • 7 Mar. 1637, "At a Genall Court holden at New Plymouth ... The Names of the Freeman ... Richard Higgens ... " [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Court Records, in PCR 1:52-53]
  • 20 Mar. 1637, "... these Hey Grownds were assigned to the Inhabitants of Plymouth, Eele Riuer, & Dukcsbury ... To Mr Heeks, George Watson, & Richard Higgens, for one cowe, where they had hey the last yeare." [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Court Records, in PCR 1:55-56]
  • 2 May 1637, "It was ordered by this Court, that a jury should be empanelled to set forth the heigh wayes about Plymouth, Ducksborrow, and the Eele Riuer ... The Names of the Jury ... Richard Higgens" [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Court Records, in PCR 1:58]
  • July 1637, "Richard Higinse his Children ... a sonn named Jonathan borne in the towne of new Plimworth in July 1637" [Massachusetts, Eastham, Vital Records, in MD 5:23]
  • July 1637, "The Register of Eastham ... Jonathan, the son of Richard Higgens, was borne att Plymouth in July, 1637." [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Court Records, in PCR 7:26-27]
  • 4 Sep. 1638, "The Names of the Jury ... Richard Higgens" [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Court Records, in PCR 8:9]
  • 7 Jan. 1639, "Nathaniell Morton is graunted tenn acrees towards the head of his lott next to Richard Higgens, puided that he doe not head Manasseth Kemptons lands, & to be measured out by Josuah Pratt, by the ouersight & view of Mr John Browne & Georg Watson." [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Court Records, in PCR 1:109]
  • 4 Mar. 1639, "Fourty acrees of vpland lying at the south est side of the great South Pond, and two pcells of marsh ground for meaddow, lying southwest from the sd vpland, are graunted vnto Richard Higgens." [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Court Records, in PCR 1:115]
  • 31 Aug. 1639, "... Richard Higgens for & in consideracon that John Smaley shall teach Samuell Godbertson the trade of a taylor, as farr as in him lyeth, & principally imploy him therein, hath assigned & set ouer all the residue of his terme, wch, by indenture, he is to serue the said Richard Higgens, vnto the said John Smaley, wch is vntill Aprill, wch shalbe in the year of our Lord 1641, the said Richard Higgens fynding the said Samuell apparell during the said terme, and the said John Smaley meate, drinke, & lodginge." [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Court Records, in PCR 1:129-130]
  • 3 Dec. 1639, "Richard Higgens, of Plym, taylor [is fined] xxli. Released." [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Court Records, in PCR 1:137]
  • 5 May 1640, "John Jenkine is graunted a pcell of meddow land, wch Richard Higgens & Manasseth Kempton mowed the last yeare, lying betweene the South Ponds and the Eele Riuer head, containeing three acrees or there abouts, be it more or lesse, and fourty acrees of vpland there by it, and six acrees of vpland lying on the west side of Raph Hills ground aboue Wellingsly." [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Court Records, in PCR 1:152]
  • 11 June 1640, "Memorand That John Smaly & Richard Higgens haue exchaunged two pcells of meddow land wth eich other vizt one acre that the said John Smaly had at Blewfish Riuer wth Richard Higgens for a pcell of meddow ground graunted him at Warrens Wells containeing by estimacon two acrees or there abouts be it more or lesse." [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Court Records, in PCR 12:59]
  • June 1640, "Richard Higinse his Children ... a sonn there [New Plymouth] born allso named Beniamin born in June in the yeere 1640" [Massachusetts, Eastham, Vital Records, in MD 5:23]
  • July 1640, "The Register of Eastham ... Benjamine, the son of Richard Higgens, was borne att Plymouth in July, 1640." [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Court Records, in PCR 7:26-27]
  • 2 Nov. 1640, "These seuall psons following are graunted meddowing in the South Meddows towards Aggawam, Colebrook Meddowes:- ... To Richard Higgens six acres ..." [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Court Records, in PCR 1:166]
  • 30 Nov. 1640, "Whereas it appeareth that twenty acrees of land were formly graunted long since to Richard Higgens, at Mannamett Ponds, the Court doth now confirme the same vnto him, wth thenlargment at the head of his hoame lott, pt whereof is already taken in; and Mr Thom Prence, Mr John Jenney, & Josuah Pratt are appoynted to lay forth the said xx acrees for him at Mannamett Ponds." [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Court Records, in PCR 1:168]
  • 7 Sep. 1642, "The Juries Names ... Richard Higgens" [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Court Records, in PCR 8:32]
  • 1643, "The Names of the Freemen of eich Towne. Plymouth. ... Richard Higgens ... Nawsett ... Rich: Higgenson" [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Court Records, in PCR 7:173-177]
  • 7 Mar. 1643, "The Names of the Jury ... Richard Higgens ..." [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Court Records, in PCR 8:34]
  • Aug. 1643, "The Names of all the Males that are able to beare Armes from xvj Yeares old to 60 Yeares, wthin the seurall Towneshipps. Plymouth ... Richard Higgens ... " [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Court Records, in PCR 7:187-189]
  • 10 Feb. 1644, "It is agreed That wolfe traps be made according to the order of the Court in manner following ... That one be made at broken wharfe by ... Richard Higgens ... All these traps to be made before the next Court." [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Town Records, in PTR 1:16]
  • 3 Mar. 1644, "Memorand the same day That Richard Higgens doth acknowledg that for and in consideracon of the sum of fourty shillings, Tenn shillings whereof is in hand payd and thother thirty shillings to be payd by the said Gyles Rickett in October next hath freely and absolutely bargained and sold vnto the said Gyles Rickett half an acree of marsh meddow be it more or lesse lying at Hobbs hole and adjoyneing vnto the foresaid acree (bought of Joyce Wallen) and all his Right title and interrest of and into the same To haue and to hold the said half acree of marsh meddow be it more or lesse wth all singuler thapprtencs therevnto belonging vnto the said Gyles Rickett his heires and Assignes for euer." [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Court Records, in PCR 12:107]
  • 5 Mar. 1644, "The Juries Names ... Richard Higgens" [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Court Records, in PCR 8:37]
  • 5 June 1644, "The Grand Inquest ... Richard Higgens ... sworne." [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Court Records, in PCR 2:71]
  • 18 Aug. 1645, "Memorand That Richard Higgens doth acknowledg That for and in consideracon of the sum of twelue pounds to be payd in manner and forme following by John Churchwell That is to say five pounds the first of March next fourty shillings that tyme twelue months and fourty shillings the first of March 1647 and the remayneing three pounds the first of March in the yeare of our Lord 1648 all wch payments are to bee made in Corne or cattell or other current payment of the Countrey as they will then passe from man to man at the said tymes of payment Hath freely and absolutely bargained and sold vnto the said John Churchwell all that his dwelling house outhouses and buildings wth the garden and orchard scituate neere Brownes Rock together wth the vplands therevnto adjoyneing And all his lands at Wooberry together wth his meddow at South ponds and at Colebrook meddowes towards Aggawam and all the fenceing now in and about any part of the prmisss and all his Right title and Interrest of and into the said prmisss wth their apprtencs and euery pt and pcell thereof To haue and to hold the said house outehouses orchard and garden wth all and singuler the vplands & meddowes therevnto belonging or in any wise appertaineing wth all and singuler thapprtences to the said prmisss or any part of them belonging or in any wise appertaineing vnto the said John Churchwell his heires and Assignes for eu to the onely pp use and behoofe of him the said John Churchwell his heires and Assignes foreuer puided that it shalbe lawfull for the said Richard Higgens to take away the boards that lyne an innward roome and the bed stead and boards ouer head and some fruit trees in the Orchard so that he leaue the said John thirty good fruit trees in the sd orchard And the foresaid payments to be made at Plym. October the 29 1649. Receiued by mee Richard Higgins full Satisfaction from John Churchill vpon all accoumpts from the begining of the world to this prsent. Richard Higgins" [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Court Records, in PCR 12:111-112]
  • 1 June 1647, "The Petty Jury for these Trialls ... Rich Higgens ... The Comittees for this Courte ... Nawsett, Josias Cooke & Richard Higginson" [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Court Records, in PCR 2:117]
  • Aug. 1650, "Richard Higinse his Children ... John Yats the sonn of John Yats borne in the town of Duxborough in augost in the yeere 1650" [Massachusetts, Eastham, Vital Records, in MD 5:23]
  • 15 Aug. 1650, "The Register of Eastham ... John Yeates, the son of John Yeates, deceased, which said John Yeates, Junir, is son in law to the said Richard Higgens, was borne att Duxburrow the 15th of August, 1650." [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Court Records, in PCR 7:26-27]
  • 5 June 1651, "The Survayors for the Hiewaies ... Eastham, Edward Banges, Richard Higgens." [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Court Records, in PCR 2:168]
  • 8 June 1651, "Presentments by the Grand Inquest ... Lycence is graunted vnto Mr Prence to proue the inventory of the estate of John Yates, deceassed, at home at Eastham. Lres of Adminestracion graunted vnto Mary Yates, to adminester vpon the estate of John Yates, deceassed." [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Court Records, in PCR 2:170]
  • Oct. 1651, "Richard Higgens and Mary Yates were marryed the + october 1651" [Massachusetts, Eastham, Vital Records, in MD 8:13]
  • 27 Sep. 1652, "Richard Higinse his Children, a daughter named Mary borne septembr 27 1652" [Massachusetts, Eastham, Vital Records, in MD 5:23]
  • 27 Sep. 1652, "Mary Higgens the daughter of Richard Higgens was borne the 27th of September 1652" [Massachusetts, Eastham, Vital Records, in MD 8:13]
  • 27 Sep. 1652, "The Register of Eastham ... Mary, the daughter of Richard Higgens, was borne the 27th of Septem: 1652." [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Court Records, in PCR 7:26-27]
  • 7 June 1653, "The Deputies of the seuerall Townes ... Eastham, Mr John Done, Richard Higgens." [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Court Records, in PCR 3:31-32]
  • 7 Mar. 1654, "The deputies of each towne appeering, according to the summons direction to each towne for that purpose, the occation of sending for them was declared, vizt: that wheras a letter hath been somtime sence receiued from the Generall Court of the Massachusetts conserning the confedderacon of the Vnited Collonies ... The names of the deputies that appeered and acted in the abouesaid occations were these following: - ... Richard Higgens." [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Court Records, in PCR 3:43-44]
  • 20 Oct. 1654, "Richard Higinse his Children ... a sonn named elyakim borne october 20 1654" [Massachusetts, Eastham, Vital Records, in MD 5:23]
  • 20 Oct. 1654, "Eliakim the Sonne of Richard Higgens was borne the 20th of october 1654" [Massachusetts, Eastham, Vital Records, in MD 8:14]
  • 20 Oct. 1654, "The Register of Eastham ... Eliakim, the Son of Richard Higgens, was borne the 20th of October, 1654." [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Court Records, in PCR 7:26-27]
  • 15 Dec. 1654, "The Register of Eastham ... William, the son of Richard Higgens, was borne the 15th of December, 1654." [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Court Records, in PCR 7:26-27]
  • 8 June 1655, "The Deputies of the seuerall Townes ... Eastham, Rich Sparrow, Rich Higgens." [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Court Records, in PCR 3:79-80]
  • 5 Mar. 1656, "The Register of Eastham ... Jadiah the Son of Richard Higgens, borne the fift of March, 1656." [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Court Records, in PCR 7:26-27]
  • Mar. 1657, "Jadiah the Sonne of Richard Higgens was borne in march 1656 alias 1657" [Massachusetts, Eastham, Vital Records, in MD 8:14]
  • 3 June 1657, "The Names of the Deputies that serued att this Court ... Nicalas Snow, Richard Higgens" [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Court Records, in PCR 3:115]
  • 6 Oct. 1657, "Vpon a desire and request made vnto the Court by Mr John Done, Josias Cooke, Richard Sparrow, and Richard Higgens, desireing som proportions of land att a place about thirteen English miles from Rehoboth, - The Courts answare is, that they doe condecend thervnto, prouided they doe not intrench on any lands alreddy graunted to any others, and that it bee orderly purchased of the right natiue propriators, and likewise that they bee willing that others may bee accomodated by them there, if occation shall require." [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Court Records, in PCR 3:123]
  • c. 1658, "[The following appears to be a list of Freeman ... about the year 1658] ... Eastham. ... Richard Higgens ..." [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Court Records, in PCR 7:197-201]
  • 2 Mar. 1658, "The names of the comittees that appeered, according to the sumons abouesaid, were these following:- ... Richard Higgens" [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Court Records, in PCR 3:129]
  • 1 June 1658, "The Names of the Deputies of the seuerall Townes chosen to serue att this Court and the seueral Adjournments therof ... Richard Higgens" [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Court Records, in PCR 3:135]
  • June 1658, "Zera Higgens the Sonne of Richard Higgens was borne June 1658" [Massachusetts, Eastham, Vital Records, in MD 8:14]
  • 1 June 1658, "A portion of land is graunted by the Court vnto Mr John Done, Josias Cooke, Richard Higgens, and Richard Sparrow, lying betwixt Bridgwater and Waymouth, which was formerly mencioned by Capt Cudworth and others; the said Mr Done and the rest to haue considerable proportions of the said land, answarable to others in like case; and for the remainder, that John Smally and others bee supplyed out of it, bearing theire pte in the charge." [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Court Records, in PCR 3:142]
  • 3 Oct. 1659, "An agreement made this 11th of March, in (57) and (58,) between the towne of Barnstable and the towne of Yarmouth, by foure men chosen joyntly by both the townes, viz', Mr Thomas Prence, Richard Chadwell, Richard Higgens, and Richard Bourne, that the bounds extending into the sea one mile shalbegine from the middle of the mouth of Stoney Coue Creeke, and soe from the middle thereof to run due north into the sea. Moreouer, it is further agreed by both the townes, that incase the line extending into the land run more to the westward then is expressed in the coppy of the graunt, viz', south south west, that then the foure men aboue specifyed shall haue power to rectify the line att sea accordingly as they shall see meet, or else this agreement to stand feirme for theire ppetuall bounds." [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Court Records, in PCR 3:175]
  • 6 June 1660, "The names of the deputies that serued att this Court, in the behalfe of the seuerall townes of this gourment, are as followeth, vizt:- ... Richard Higgens" [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Court Records, in PCR 3:187]
  • 13 June 1660, "The seuerall townes within this gourment, haueing sent in theire deputies and impowered them to act for the countrey, in all matters relateing to the trade att Kennebecke, they makeing theire appeerance Impri: ... 2ly. It was the vote of that comittee, that if fiue hundred pound sterling could be obtained for the countreyes interest there, it should bee sold. 3ly. It was by the said comittee refered to the major, Leiftenant Southworth, Mr Constant Southworth, and Cornett Studson, and Mr Josias Winslow, Senir, or any three of them being psent, either to sell or otherwise dispose of the said trad in the countreyes behalfe. The Names of the Comittee ... Richard Higgens" [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Court Records, in PCR 3:194-195]
  • 2 Oct. 1660, "The names of the deputies whoe appeered att this Court, being sumoned vpon speciall occation, were these following:- ... Richard Higges" [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Court Records, in PCR 3:198]
  • Jan. 1661, "Thomas Higgens the Sonne of Richard Higgens was borne January 1661" [Massachusetts, Eastham, Vital Records, in MD 8:14]
  • July 1664, "Lidia Higgens the Daughter of Richard Higgens was borne July 1664" [Massachusetts, Eastham, Vital Records, in MD 8:14]
  • Apr. 1665, "An Account of the Liquors brought into the Towne of Eastham, as followeth. ... Aprill, 65 ... Richard Higgens, 1 gallon of liquor." [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Court Records, in PCR 4:100]
  • 7 June 1665, "The names of the deputies of this yeare chosen to serue att this Court and the seueral adjournments therof are as followeth:- ... Richard Higgens" [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Court Records, in PCR 4:90]
  • 7 June 1665, "Leiftenant Freeman and Leiftenant Rogers are appointed by the Court to view a certaine iland petitioned for by Richard Higgens, and to purchase it if they shall see reason, and to make report therof to the Court, that if they shall see cause they may despose of it to him, the said Richard Higgens." [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Court Records, in PCR 4:96]
  • 5 June 1666, "The Names of the Celect Men in each Towne approued by the Court ... Eastham: Leiftenant Freeman, Josias Cooke, Richard Higgens." [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Court Records, in PCR 4:124]
  • 2 Apr. 1667, "The councell of warr, being assembled att Plymouth ... did then order and conclude ... The Names of those that are appointed to bee of Councell with the Comission Officers in each Towne ... Eastham: Leiftenant Freeman, Josias Cooke, Richard Higgens." [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Court Records, in PCR 4:142-146]
  • 24 Dec. 1667, "Eastham ... Wee, whose names are vnderwritten, being impannelled vpon a jury ... concerning the death of Robert Chapell, James Nicolls, and William Pidell, that were of the companie of Captaine John Allen, which by Gods prouidence was put on shore vpon Cape Codd, wee find, according to our best wisdome and descretion, that the cause of Robert Chapells and James Nicolls was wett, extream cold, and some liquors which they dranke; these thinges working together vpon them wee judge to be the cause of theire death; and concerning William Pidell, wee apprehend that former sicknes which we vnderstand was vpon him, and wett, and extream cold wee judge to be the cause of his death; herein wee all agree. Witnes our hands, ... Richard Higgens, ..." [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Court Records, in PCR 4:176]
  • 3 June 1668, "The Celect Men of each Towne of this Jurisdiction ... Eastham, Richard Higgens ..." [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Court Records, in PCR 4:182]
  • 1 June 1675, "In answare to a petition prefered to the Court by Benjamine Higgens, in the right of his father, deceased, to be accomodated with land att Saconett with the ptenors and servants there, the Court, generally conceiueing that the said Richard Higgens had wronge in that hee was not accomodated in the said land with the rest, seuerall of the ptenors, being psent, did engage before the Court, that incase the petitioner shall and doe make his adresse to the rest of the companie interested in those lands, that they will pswade them, that altho hee can not be supplyed out of the deuided lands of it, that hee may be competently supplyed in the vndevided lands thereof." [Massachusetts, Plymouth, Court Records, in PCR 5:169-170]
  • Anderson, Robert Charles, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, 1995. In 2:928-932, a summary and sources for Richard Higgins, including: "... MIGRATION: 1632 ... FIRST RESIDENCE: Plymouth. REMOVES: Eastham 1645, Piscataway 1670 ... He was not in the 29 May 1670 list of Plymouth freemen ... died within a few years of his arrival in New Jersey, and no will has survived, but his widow is called executrix of his estate [PCLR 5:139]. The widow acquired much land in the period after Richard's death ... DEATH: Piscataway after 20 November 1674 [PCLR 4:165] and before 1 June 1675 [PCR 5:169-70]. MARRIAGE: (1) Plymouth 11 December 1634 Lydia Chandler (Eastham records give this date as 23 November, but the Plymouth record is clearly to be preferred), probably daughter of EDMUND CHANDLER; she died probably shortly after the birth of Benjamin in 1640, and certainly before Richard Higgins remarried. (2) Eastham October 1651 Mary (___) Yates, widow of John Yates of Eastham [MD 8:13]; she survived her second husband and married (3) at Piscataway as his second wife Isaac Whitehead, she having recanted her intention to marry Samuel Moore Sr. of Woodbridge [NYGBR 47:21]. She was living in 1702 when her son Thomas allowed her a life tenancy in part of his home [NYGBR 47:22] ... ASSOCIATIONS: The contention that the first wife of Richard Higgins was daughter of EDMUND CHANDLER is based in part on the frequent early interactions of Higgins with Chandler and his son Samuel. Richard Higgins was with Edmund Chandler creditor of estate of Godbert Godbertson, 1633 [MD 1:157]; with Samuel Chandler, creditor of estate of John Thorpe, 1633 [MD 1:160], and surety for Samuel Chandler in court case of 3 December 1639 [PCR 1:137-38]. In 1639 John Smalley took over from Richard Higgins the apprenticeship of Samuel Godbertson (both men were tailors) [PCR 1:129-30]. The association between Smalley and Higgins continued in 1640 with an exchange of Plymouth land [PCR 12:59]. Higgins and Smalley migrated about the same time to Piscataway, and continued together in land transactions there. COMMENTS: Two hypotheses have been set forth on the English origin of Richard Higgins. Orra E. Monnette published one, which was based on family papers, as verified by Gustave Anjou. This proposal was refuted in 1918 and 1924 by Katharine Chapin Higgins, and the ever-gullible Monnette was clearly taken in by the ever-mendacious Anjou. The alternate suggested origin, that the immigrant was the Richard Higgins who was apprenticed as a tailor in 1627, is at least possible and has some attractions, but is far from being proved. The claim that Higgins came in 1623 cannot be true, since he did not participate in any of the land grants made to this group of immigrants. The claim that he came in 1629 on the Talbot is not impossible, but is not supported by any documentary evidence ... A son William is recorded in Plymouth vital records as born 15 December 1654, an impossible date given the birthdate for Eliakim; this William is not seen again, and is probably an erroneous entry. Rebecca is called daughter of Richard and Mary in her marriage record in 1683, given this date of marriage she must have been born in Eastham, even though there is no record of her birth there. The last two children, Ruth and Sarah, were presumably born after the move to Piscataway, they are included as children of Richard and Mary since they have the surname Higgins in their marriage records, and Thomas Higgins is co-administrator with Ruth on the estate of her first husband. ..."
  • Bowman, George Robert, transcriber, "Eastham and Orleans, Mass., Vital Records", The Mayflower Descendant, 1901-1935. Transcriptions of the vital records of Eastham mentions Richard Higgins, serially published, and abbreviated MD in above references. Volume 5 appeared in 1903, volume 8 in 1906.
  • Davis, William Thomas, ed., Records of the Town of Plymouth, v. 1-3, 1889. Transcriptions of the town records of Plymouth mentions Richard Higgins, abbreviated PTR in above references.
  • Higgins, Mrs. Katharine Chapin, Richard Higgins, A Resident and Pioneer Settler at Plymouth and Eastham, Massachusetts, and at Piscataway, New Jersey, and his Descendants, 1918. The author includes the two views of the English origins of Richard Higgins: 1) that he was the son of Robert Higgins who was apprenticed as a tailor at London 23 Apr. 1627 [p. 14-15], and 2) that he was the son of Edward & Julian Higgins, born in 1603 [p. 15-18]. The author rejects the latter view. Many quotations of old records from Plymouth, Eastham, and Piscataway are provided.
  • Monnette, Orra Eugene, "Richard Higgins of Plymouth and Eastham, Mass., and Piscataway, N.J., and Some of His Descendants", New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, 1915-1916. In 46:387-394 and 47:20-32, the author provides the theory of the origin of Richard Higgins that is refuted by Mrs. Katharine Chapin Higgins. Also included are the accounts of his children.
  • Morse, Vivian Higgins, An American Family and Its Ancestor Predecessors, 1973. "... Richard Higgins started for America on the Speedwell in 1620. The boat became unseaworthy and was forced to put back. Some time later he came here again, landing at Plymouth, then moving to Eastham in Massachusetts. His final settlement was in Piscataway, N.J. where he had 254 acres of land, and where he spent his last remaining years. There was vigor, strength, and energy in his life. He was one of first five who founded Eastham, acting as Selectman of the Town seven times. ... From 1647 to 1651 Richard was a Representative of the Colonial Assembly, by summons from the General Court concerning confederation of the United Colonies. ... Among the overseers of The Poor, appointed by Eastham according to Colonial records, was Richard in 1658. He was one of those who agreed with the Town that year to furnish men and equipment for the 'Troop of Horse' ... A bronze tablet was erected to the memory of Richard Higgins on Aug. 26, 1916. Lieut. Calvin Coolidge, later President of the U.S., representing the Commonwealth of Mass., paid tribute to Richard Higgins' name. The inscription on the tablet read: 'TO THE MEMORY OF RICHARD HIGGINS' 'One of the Founders of the Town and church of Eastham, Mass., then called Nauset. Juror and Selectman of the Town. Elected Deputy of the General Court of Plymouth from 1633 to 1644. A resident of Eastham from 1644 to 1669. He died before 1675. Through five sons and three daughters he became the forefather of the Higgins Family on these shores, and in New Jersey where he was a planter at Piscataway in 1669, Maine and Conn. Many descendants are scattered abroad this country...courageous, respected, trusted, and honored.'"
  • Pulsifer, David, ed., Records of the Colony of New Plymouth in New England, v. 9-12, 1859-1861. Transcriptions of the court records of Plymouth mentions Richard Higgins, abbreviated PCR in above references. Acts of the Commissioners in v. 9-10, Laws in v. 11, Deeds &c. in v. 12.
  • Shurtleff, Nathaniel B., ed., Records of the Colony of New Plymouth in New England, 1855-1857. Transcriptions of the court records of Plymouth mentions Richard Higgins, abbreviated PCR in above references. Court Orders in v. 1-6, Miscellaneous Records in v. 7, Judicial Acts in v. 8.
  • Smith, Col. Leonard H. Jr. & Norma H. Smith, eds, Vital Records of the Towns of Eastham and Orleans, 1976. "An authorized facsimile reproduction of the records published serially 1901-1935 in The Mayflower Descendant", mentions Richard Higgins.
  • Stratton, Eugene Aubrey, Plymouth Colony: Its History & People, 1620-1691, 1986. The author mentions Richard Higgins.
  • Virkus, Frederick Adams, ed., Immigrant Ancestors: A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America before 1750, 1986. On p. 37: "Higgins, Richard (b 1603), came from England to Plymouth, Mass., 1632; freeman, 1636; mem. Council of War, 1653; dep., 1647; selectman; a founder of Eastham, Mass., 1644; a planter in Piscataway, N.J., 1669; m 1634, Lydia Chandler; m 2d, 1651, Mary Yates."
  • Willison, George F., Saints and Strangers, 1945. The author mentions Richard Higgins.
Samuel Higgins (1677-1761): 1m. Hannah Cole (1681-1717), 2m. Thankful Mayo, 3m. Elizabeth Harding
  • 4 Nov. 1703, "Samuel Higgins and Hannah Cole were married at Eastham by mr Samuel Treat the fourth day of November 1703" [Massachusetts, Eastham, Vital Records, in MD 8:94]
  • 26 Apr. 1706, "Israel Higgins the son of Samll & Hannah Higgins was Born at Eastham the twentysixth day of Aprill Anno Dom 1706" [Massachusetts, Eastham, Vital Records, in MD 8:94]
  • 26 Oct. 1707, "Theodor Higgins the son of Samll & Hannah Higgins was Born at Eastham the twenty sixth day of october Anno Dom 1707" [Massachusetts, Eastham, Vital Records, in MD 8:94]
  • June 1709, "Ichabod Higgins the son of Samll and Hannah Higgins was Born at Eastham near the latter end of June Anno Dom 1709" [Massachusetts, Eastham, Vital Records, in MD 8:94]
  • 19 July 1713, Eastham, Massachusetts (p. 43, "Samuell Higgins the son of Samuell and Hannah Higgins was Born at Eastham on the 19th day of July anno dom: 1713" [Massachusetts, Eastham, Vital Records, in MD 8:95]
  • 25 Feb. 1717, "Hannah Higgins the wife of Samuel Higgins dyed on the 25th day of february annodomini 1716/17" [Massachusetts, Eastham, Vital Records, in MD 8:95]
  • 20 Mar. 1718, "Samuel Higgins and Thankfull Mayo were married by Nathanael ffreeman Esqur the 20th day of march annodomini 1717/18" [Massachusetts, Eastham, Vital Records, in MD 15:72]
  • 16 Aug. 1719, "William Higgins the Son of Samuel and Thankfull Higgins was Born at Eastham the Sixteenth day of august annodomini 1719" [Massachusetts, Eastham, Vital Records, in MD 15:72]
  • 16 Dec. 1720, "John Higgins the Son of Samuel and Thankfull Higgins was Born at Eastham the Sixteenth day of December annodomini 1720" [Massachusetts, Eastham, Vital Records, in MD 15:72]
  • 16 Jan. 1723, "Simeon Higgins the Son of Samuel and Thankfull Higgins was born at Eastham on ye Sixteenth day of January annodomini 1722/3" [Massachusetts, Eastham, Vital Records, in MD 15:72]
  • 12 Mar. 1740, Eastham, Massachusetts (p. 149, "March 12th 1739/40 then entred the Intentions of Samuel Higgins & Elizabeth Harding both of Eastham to proseed in marriage" [Massachusetts, Eastham, Vital Records, in MD 29:10]
  • 10 Dec. 1761, "Samuell Higgins Dyed on the 10 day of December 1761" [Massachusetts, Eastham, Vital Records, in MD 8:95]
  • Bowman, George Robert, transcriber, "Eastham and Orleans, Mass., Vital Records", The Mayflower Descendant, 1901-1935. Transcriptions of the vital records of Eastham mentions Samuel Higgins, serially published, and abbreviated MD in above references. Volume 8 appeared in 1906, volume 15 in 1913, volume 29 in 1931.
  • Higgins, Mrs. Katharine Chapin, Richard Higgins, A Resident and Pioneer Settler at Plymouth and Eastham, Massachusetts, and at Piscataway, New Jersey, and his Descendants, 1918. " ... married (1) (by Rev. Samuel Treat) Nov. 4, 1703, Hannah Cole, born June 28, 1681; died Feb. 25, 1716-7; daughter of Israel and Mary (Paine) (Rogers) Cole and great-great-granddaughter of Stephen Hopkins of the Mayflower, 1620 ... Samuel Higgins resided at Eastham and was probably a farmer. He was one of the witnesses of the will of Nathaniel Mayo, Aug. 10, 1715, and gave testimony for the same July 9, 1717. He was elected tithingman Jan. 10, 1727-8, and constable on March 10, 1728-9. March 10, 1730-1, he was chosen surveyor of highways and again March 4, 1733-4. These are all the town offices he is known to have filled. In 1703 land was granted to him on the town flats, but he doubtless possessed other land in Eastham. His four sons, Israel, Theodore, Ichabod and Samuel, all were given lands by the will of their grandfather, Israel Cole, of Barnstable. The three older sons all removed to Connecticut. Samuel died before his father. Only the sons of the second wife remained in Eastham, and one of these may have removed ..."
  • Smith, Col. Leonard H. Jr. & Norma H. Smith, eds, Vital Records of the Towns of Eastham and Orleans, 1976. "An authorized facsimile reproduction of the records published serially 1901-1935 in The Mayflower Descendant", mentions Samuel Higgins.
Samuel Higgins (1774-c1849): m. Elizabeth Nims (1778-c1846)
  • 16 Sep. 1774, "Higgins, Samuel, s. Jesse & Kezia, b. Sept. 16, 1774" [Connecticut, Chatham, Vital Records, in BC 6:109]
  • 21 Feb. 1799, "Samuel Hegings and Elizabeth Nims Ware Married Febury 21st 1799" [Massachusetts, Shelburne, Vital Records]
  • 3 Dec. 1799, "Samuel Son of Mr Samuel & Mrs Elizabeth Higgins Born December 3d A 1799" [Massachusetts, Heath, Vital Records]
  • 25 Dec. 1801, "Elizabeth Daughter of Mr Samuel & Mrs Elizabeth Higgins Born Decemberr 25th A 1801" [Massachusetts, Heath, Vital Records]
  • 3 Mar. 1804, "Joel Son of Mr Samuel & Mrs Elizabeth Higgins Born March 3d A 1804" [Massachusetts, Heath, Vital Records]
  • 18 Mar. 1806, "Diana Daughter of Mr Samuel & Mrs Elizabeth Higgins Born March 18th A 1806" [Massachusetts, Heath, Vital Records]
  • 28 Feb. 1808, "Elihu Son of Mr Samuel & Mrs Elizabeth Higgins Born February 28th A 1808" [Massachusetts, Heath, Vital Records]
  • 27 Mar. 1808, "Admitted by Rev. Mr. Miller ... Samuel Higgins" [Massachusetts, Heath, Church Records]
  • 1810, res. Heath, S Higgins, 31010-20010 [USA, 1810 Census, Massachusetts, Hampshire County]
  • 8 Mar. 1810, "Sylvester Son of Mr Samuel & Mrs Elizabeth Higgins Born March 8th A 1810" [Massachusetts, Heath, Vital Records]
  • 26 July 1812, "Horatio Son of Mr Samuel & Mrs Elizabeth Higgins Born July 26th A 1812" [Massachusetts, Heath, Vital Records]
  • 26 Jan. 1815, "Louisa Daughter of Mr Samuel & Mrs Elizabeth Higgins Born January 26th A 1815" [Massachusetts, Heath, Vital Records]
  • 14 Aug. 1817, "Elijah Son of Mr Samuel & Mrs Elizabeth Higgins Born August 14th A 1817" [Massachusetts, Heath, Vital Records]
  • 1820, res. Heath, Samuel Higgins, 22(1)201-21101, 3 ag [USA, 1820 Census, Massachusetts, Franklin County]
  • 11 Apr. 1821, "Samuel Son of Samuel & Elizabeth Higgins Died April 11th 1821" [Massachusetts, Heath, Vital Records]
  • 1 Dec. 1822, "Admitted by Rev. Mr. Miller ... Elihu Higgins, Joel N. Higgins ... Elisabeth Higgins" [Massachusetts, Heath, Church Records]
  • 2 Feb. 1823, "Admitted by Rev. Mr. Miller ... Elisabeth Higgins" [Massachusetts, Heath, Church Records]
  • 1830, res. Heath, Samuel Higgins, 01111001-00112001 [USA, 1830 Census, Massachusetts, Franklin County]
  • 5 Sep. 1830, "Admitted by Rev. Mr. Miller ... Horatio Higgins" [Massachusetts, Heath, Church Records]
  • 6 Nov. 1831, "Admitted by Rev. Mr. Miller ... Diana Higgins" [Massachusetts, Heath, Church Records]
  • 1840, res. Bellevue No. 7, Samuel Higgins, 000110001-000010001 [USA, 1840 Census, Michigan, Eaton County]
  • Portrait and Biographical Album of Barry and Eaton Counties, Mich., 1891. "Samuel Higgins, the father of our subject, is numbered among the pioneers of Eaton County, he having been the first to settle in the northern part of Bellevue Township. He was born in Middle Haddam, Conn., and was a shoemaker by trade, and also carried on a farm in Franklin County, Mass. He removed from that place to North Adams, where he worked in a calico factory until 1836, when he came hither. He bought sixty acres of Government land, which is part of the present estate of his son Sylvester, and taking up residence in a log house, followed farming until a short time before his death. He then lived retired in Marshall, but died at Battle Creek while on a visit there. He was then seventy-five years old. During the Revolution he went out to defend Boston Harbor. He was an Elder in the Presbyterian Church, and was an upright and earnest Christian. his wife, formerly Elizabeth Nims, was born in Shelburne, Mass., and died in Bellevue when sixty-eight years old."
  • Butler, Calvin, Church History and Revivals in Heath, 1840. In the Congregational Church Records: "The three years, 1819, '20, & 21, were perhaps unprecedented in the coldness and stupidity of the church; very few professed their faith in Christ, and they either had indulged hope in the mercy of Christ for some time, or had obtained hope in other places. Many felt that temporal things had obtained strong hold of many hearts; earthly vanities were eagerly sought and exerted an unequaled influence over the young; and religion seemed to have lost its power. Yet, during this season, the light of the church was not wholly extinct. A few sustained the established prayer meeting, and manifested a spirit of devotion and faith seldom witnessed. Messrs. S. Thompson, S. Allen, J. Nims, W. Buck, J. Chapin, S. Higgins, S. Hastings, A. Thayer, E. Gould were of this number. Several ladies also sustained female prayer meetings; and some were agreed to pray for their unconverted husbands, till the Lord should have mercy on them."
  • Suddaby, Elizabeth C., ed., The Nims Family: Seven Generations of Descendants From Godfrey Nims, 1990. On p. 125: "Elizabeth Nims was born November 16, 1778 at Shelburne, MA and died in 1830. She was the daughter of Reuben Nims and Deliverance Gould. Elizabeth was married on February 21, 1799 to Samuel Higgins. He was born in 1774.", followed by a list of children.
  • White, Lorraine Cook, ed., The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records, 55 vols., 1994-2002. Extracts of the vital records of Connecticut mentions Samuel Higgins, abbreviated BC in above references. Volume 6 gives Chatham.