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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Surname: Higgins

The Higgins surname comes to me via my grandpa, Rosmer P. Kerr. His seventh great-grandfather was:
  • Richard Higgins, born in England. He is thought to have come over between 1629-1632 as an adult. He married Lydia Chandler in 1634. She died about 1650 and he next married Mary Yates in 1651. He died about 1677. Richard and Lydia were my ninth great-grandparents.
  • Jonathan Higgins, born 1637 at Plymouth. He married first Elizabeth Rogers and second her sister Hannah (granddaughters of Thomas Rogers of the Mayflower). The date of his death is unknown. Jonathan and Elizabeth were my eighth great-grandparents.
  • Joseph Higgins, born 14 February 1666-7 at Eastham, Massachusetts. He died before 21 May 1729. Joseph and his wife Ruth were my seventh great-grandparents.
  • Beriah Higgins, born about 1692 at Eastham. He married Desire Cooke about 1716. They were my sixth great-grandparents.
  • Deborah Higgins, born 26 October 1725 in Provincetown, Massachusetts. She married Samuel Sedgwick. They were my fifth great-grandparents.
Read more about the Higgins family here:

Higgins, Mrs. Katharine Elizabeth Chapin. Richard Higgins, A Resident and Pioneer Settler at Plymouth and Eastham, Massachusetts, and at Piscataway, New Jersey, and His Descendants. 1918.

In the section beginning on page 14, Mrs. Higgins refers to two differing opinions about the English origin of Richard Higgins. The full text of The Pioneers of Massachusetts by Charles Henry Pope doesn't appear to be available online, but the two-part Richard Higgins and Some of His Descendants by Orra Eugene Monnette is waiting for you at My Ancestors in Books.

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Our Family in Books: A Bibliography

  • My Ancestors in Books (a library of resources and notes pertaining to Reverend Samuel Stone, Major General Robert Sedgwick, Elder John Crandall, and other early Americans in the forest where my family tree was grown)
  • The Zahnisers: A History of the Family in America by Kate M. Zahniser and Charles Reed Zahniser (Mercer, Pa. 1906)
  • History of St. James Lutheran Church [full title: A little of this and a little of that in the 141 year (1861-2002) History of St. James Lutheran Church, Reynolds Indiana] by Harold B. Dodge, published at Reynolds, Indiana, 2002; 170 pages.
  • Lisbon, North Dakota 1880-2005 Quasuicentennial, published at Lisbon, North Dakota in 2005; 391 pages.
  • The Paschen and Redd Families of Cass County, Indiana by Alfred Paschen, c. 2005 (Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD); 322 pages.
  • Sheldon Community History: Sheldon Centennial 1881-1981, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 1981; 376 pages.
  • Sheldon, North Dakota 1881-2006 - 125th Anniversary: The Queen of the Prairie, published at Sheldon, North Dakota in 2006; 498 pages.
  • A Standard History of White County, Indiana, written under the supervision of W.H. Hamelle, c. 1915 (The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York).
  • The Roots of Coventry, Connecticut by Betty Brook Messier and Janet Sutherland Aronson, c. 1987 (Coventry 275th Anniversary Committee, Coventry, CT); 206 pages.
  • "Elder John Crandall of Rhode Island and His Descendants" by John Cortland Crandall; New Woodstock, New York, 1949; 797 pages.
  • "The Descendants of Robert Burdick of Rhode Island." Nellie (Willard) Johnson, Pd.B.: H & L Creations, LLC.

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