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Descendants of Richard HIGGINS from Ireland or England to America

Notes


1. Richard HIGGINS

Plymouth Freeman

Ttook Samuel Godbertson as Taylor apprentice

Committee on highways

Petit Jury

Grand Jury

Deputy for Eastham to Plymouth General Court

Eastham surveyor of highways

Committee on Bounds t'wen Barnstable & Yarmouth

Committee on Kennebec Trade

Eastham selectman

Coroner's Jury1  _MILT
2  DATE 1643
2  PLAC Plymouth Colony List of men able to bear arms


MY NOTES:
Males by Lydia Chandler:  Benjamin, Jonathan (2)
Males by Mary (Widow) Yates:  Eliakim, Jediah, Zera, William & Thomas (5)
Females by Mary [Widow] Yates:  **Rebecca, **Sarah, Lydia, Mary & Ruth (5)
Mary (Widow) Yates - her maiden name is Unknown
There seems to be 12 children - yet in the Genealogical Register of Plymouth Families by William T. Davis (Boston, MA: Damrell & Upham, 1899) it states there were 9 children.  Johnathan & Benjamin by Lydia Chandler ----- Mary, Eliakim, William, Judah, Zeruiah, Thomas & Lydia by Mary Yates.  I have NOT found a "William" except in the Genealogical Register of Plymouth Families, page 134.  Pioneer Irish in New England (Michael O'Brien; New York, NY: P.J. Kennedy & Sons, 1937), Chapter XII page 203 states he was the father of six sons and four daughters.  ????  I have 7 sons and five daughters. ???? Jonathan, Benjamin, Eliakim, William, Jediah, Zera & Thomas ---- Mary, Lydia, Rebecca, Ruth & Sarah.  vlww

Pioneer Irish in New England, CHAPTER XII, page 203
Taylor.Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 1, p. 37.40 He married (1) Lydia Chandler on November 23, 1634, and (2) Mary Yates in October, 1661, and was the father of six sons and four daughters. He is described as a man of giant strength and integrity of character, and we are told, he was the ancestor of nearly all the Higginss in Maine, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Another New England historian says: Richard Higgins, the ancestor, was of Celtic origin, but seems to have emigrated to America from England, though some of his descendants claim he came from the North of Ireland. [Ibid., Vol. 6.41] Some of them settled in the Saco Valley, and an historical investigator of that region in commenting upon an assertion by a member of the family that his ancestor came from England and presumably was an Englishman, remarks that the Higgins families of Saco all smack of old Ireland, and he asks, did they come from Belfast, Dublin or Cork, via Liverpool, and is this the way they came from England? Saco Valley Families and Settlements, by Rev. Gideon T. Ridlon, p. 727.42
Source Information:  O'Brien, Michael J., LL.D. Pioneer Irish in New England. New York, NY: P. J. Kennedy & Sons, 1937.

GENEALOGICAL REGISTER of PLYMOUTH FAMILIES, page 134
HIGGINS, RICHARD, Plymouth, 1633, m., 1634, Lydeon Chandler, and had Jonathan, 1637; Benjamin, 1640. He removed to Eastham, 1644, and m., 2d, 1651, Mary Yates, by whom he had Mary, 1652; Eliakim, 1654; William, 1655; Judah, 1657; Zeruiah, 1658; Thomas, 1661; Lydia, 1664.
Source Information:  Davis, William T. Genealogical Register of Plymouth Families. Boston, MA: Damrell & Upham, 1899.

Database: American Marriages Before 1699
Name                        Spouse                       Marriage Date    Marriage Place
CHANDLER , Lydia   Higgins, Richard   11 December 1634    Plymouth, Mass.  
HIGGINS, Richard     Chandler, Lydia     23 November 1634   Plymouth, Mass.  
Source Information:  Clemens, William Montgomery. American Marriage Records before 1699. Pompton Lakes, NJ: Biblio Co., 1926.

Immigration Library - Appendixes of The Real Founders of New England
Appendix A, page 153
?HIGGINS, Richard, boy with Edward Wynne at Newfoundland, 1622; if same one, Plymouth, 1623, or perhaps Salem, 1629; Plymouth, 1633; Eastham, Mass.; New Piscataqua, N.J., 1669; dead in 1677; widow Mary and children.
Description:  Contains the following works: Appendixes of the Real Founders of New England; Scandinavian Immigrants in New York 1630-1674.
Source Information:  Ancestry Incorporated. Immigration Library. Salt Lake City, UT: Ancestry Incorporated, 1996.

Appendixes of The Real Founders of New England
Appendix A, page 153
?HIGGINS, Richard, boy with Edward Wynne at Newfoundland, 1622; if same one, Plymouth, 1623, or perhaps Salem, 1629; Plymouth, 1633; Eastham, Mass.; New Piscataqua, N.J., 1669; dead in 1677; widow Mary and children.
Description:  This appendix covers the early settlers in New England up through about 1630. Primarily about the Salem and Plymouth colonies, settlers are listed and the ship on which they arrived.
Source Information:  Bolton, Charles Knowles. Real Founders of New England; Stories of their Life along the Coast, 1602-1628 [Appendixes Only]. Boston, MA: F. W. Faxon Co., 1929.
 
SOURCE for below article:  Robert Charles Anderson. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633 [database online] Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2000. Original data: Robert Charles Anderson. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, vols. 1-3. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995.
"The Great Migration Begins
Sketches - "PRESERVED PURITAN - RICHARD HIGGINS
ORIGIN: Unknown
MIGRATION: 1632
FIRST RESIDENCE: Plymouth
REMOVES: Eastham 1645, Piscataway 1670
OCCUPATION: Tailor (he took Samuel Godbertson as apprentice to learn trade of tailor on 1 April 1634 [PCR 1:29]; in a deed acknowledged on 25 March 1669 he calls himself "Richard Higgens of Eastham ... tailor" [PCLR 3:147]).
FREEMAN: In "1633" Plymouth list of freemen after those admitted 1 January 1634/5 [PCR 1:4]. In Plymouth Colony list of 7 March 1636/7 [PCR 1:53]. In Plymouth section of 1639 Plymouth Colony list of freemen; his name was then erased and "Rich[ard] Higgenson" was added to the "Nawsett [Eastham]" section of the same list [PCR 8:174, 177]. In Eastham section of 1658 list of freemen [PCR 8:201]. (He was not in the 29 May 1670 list of Plymouth freemen.)
OFFICES: Committee on highways, 2 May 1637 [PCR 1:58]; grand jury, 5 June 1644 [PCR 2:71]; petit jury, 4 Sept. 1638, 7 Sept. 1642, 7 March 1642/3, 5 March 1643/4, 1 June 1647 [PCR 2:117, 7:9, 32, 34, 37]; deputy for Eastham to Plymouth General Court, 1647, 1653, 1655, 1657, 1658, 1660, 1665 [PCR 2:117, 3:32, 80, 115, 135, 187, 4:90]; Eastham selectman 1666, 1667, 1668 [PCR 4:124, 146, 182]; coroner's jury, 24 Dec. 1667 [PCR 4:176]; Eastham surveyor of highways, 5 June 1651 [PCR 2:168]; committee on bounds between Barnstable and Yarmouth, 11 March 1657/8 [PCR 3:175]; committee on Kennebec trade, 13 June 1660 [PCR 3:195].
  In Plymouth section of 1643 Plymouth Colony list of men able to bear arms [PCR 8:189].
ESTATE: Assessed 9s. in the Plymouth tax list of 25 March 1633 and 12s. in the list of 27 March 1634 [PCR 1:11, 28].
  Purchased house from Thomas Little 7 October 1633, and house and 20 acres of upland from John Barnes 13 January 1633/4 [PCR 1:16, 24]; granted 40 acres of upland and two parcels of meadow 4 March 1638/9, and earlier grant of 20 acres at Manomet Pond confirmed 30 November 1640 [PCR 1:115, 168]. Most of this land was sold to John Churchill 18 August 1645 [PCR 12:111; see also PCR 12:59, 107].
  Katharine Chapin Higgins quotes extensively from and also summarizes much information about the landholding of Richard Higgins, both at Eastham and Piscataway, referring to Eastham town record, Plymouth Colony deeds, and Piscataway town records [Higgins (1918) pp. 32-36; Higgins (1924) pp. 5-7].
  Richard Higgins 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 and before her marriage to Isaac Whitehead [Higgins (1918) pp. 38-41].
BIRTH: By about 1609 based on date of first marriage.
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].
CHILDREN:
    With first wife [PCR 8:27]
    i   JONATHAN, b. Plymouth July 1637; m. (1) Eastham 9 January 1660 Elizabeth Rogers [MD 6:15, 7:16]; m. (2) by 1680 Hannah Rogers [NEHGR 123:147-48; MF 2:161, 163; NYGBR 46:393]. (The two wives of Jonathan Higgins were sisters, a situation that was considered incestuous by the Puritans and strenuously discouraged; but the evidence presented by Anne Borden Harding in 1969 indicates that in this instance the two wives were sisters [NEHGR 123:147-48].)
    ii   BENJAMIN, b. Plymouth June 1640; m. Eastham 24 December 1661 Lydia Bangs [MD 8:12], daughter of EDWARD BANGS. With second wife [PCR 8:27]
 [******MY NOTES:  Children i & ii were children of Lydia Chandler - Children iii through xi were children of Mary [_____] Yates due to the assumption of Lydia's death in 1640 and Richard marrying Mary October of 1651.  vlww******]
   iii   MARY, b. Eastham 27 September 1652 [PCR 8:27]; m. William Looker of Elizabethtown, New Jersey, and was supported as "a lame and distracted woman the wife of one Wm. Looker, late of Elizabeth Towne, brewer" by her mother and brother Eliakim Higgins [NYGBR 47:24]. (Claims that she had an earlier husband who was a Bradford have no basis.)
    iv   ELIAKIM, b. Eastham 20 October 1654; m. Piscataway 15 May 1684 Alice Newbould [NYGBR 46:394; Monnette 227].
***    v   JADIAH, b. Eastham March 1656/7; m. 12 May 1684 Mary Newbold [NYGBR 46:394, citing unknown source (place of marriage not noted)].
    vi   ZERA, b. June 1658; m. Piscataway 25 December 1680 Elizabeth Oliver [NYGBR 46:394; Monnette 227].
    vii   THOMAS, b. January 1661; m. Piscataway 9 July 1690 Elizabeth Hull [NYGBR 46:394; Monnette 227].
    viii   LYDIA, b. July 1664; no further record.
    ix   REBECCA, b. say 1666; m. Piscataway 28 April 1683 Thomas Martin [NYGBR 46:394; Monnette 227].
    x   RUTH, b. say 1671; m. (1) Woodbridge 23 April 1692 Isaac FitzRandolph [Monnette 249]; m. (2) 1695 Stephen Tuttle [NYGBR 46:394, 47:31 (accounting for her first husband's estate as "Ruth Tuttle")].
    xi   SARAH, b. say 1673; m. Woodbridge 26 October 1693 Samuel Moore [NYGBR 46:394; Monnette 249 (says 1702 or 1693)].
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.
  Higgins was a member of the 1644 committee to explore settlement of Eastham, but his actual move probably dates from his sale of Plymouth land in 1645. His last records in Eastham are in 1669, and he does not appear in the 29 May 1670 Plymouth Colony list of freemen, so he apparently moved to Piscataway in late 1669 or early 1670.
  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.
BIBLIOGRAPHIC NOTE: All substantial research on Richard Higgins was published between 1915 and 1926. Orra E. Monnette had published a Lengthy article in 1915 and 1916 ["Richard Higgins of Plymouth and Eastham, Mass., and Piscataway, N.J., and Some of His Descendants," NYGBR 46:387-94, 47:20-32]. In 1918 Mrs. Katharine Chapin Higgins published privately Richard Higgins: A Resident and Pioneer Settler at Plymouth and Eastham, Massachusetts, and at Piscataway, New Jersey and His Descendants (Worcester MA), and followed this in 1924 with a Supplement [cited herein as Higgins (1918) and Higgins (1924)]. This round of publication terminated in 1926 with an editorial note in NYGBR incorporating Monnette's objection to Chapin's (and Bartlett's) rejection of his (and Anjou's) suggested English connection [NYGBR 57:298-99].
  Other items published more recently have not added to our knowledge of Richard Higgins [John Ralph Higgins, "The Higgins Genealogy: Twelve Generations: From Massachusetts to California: 1632-1972" (Los Gatos, California, 1972); Vivian Higgins Morse, An American Family and its Ancestor Predecessors (Baltimore 1973); and Anne Farrell Higgins Wood, "The Story of Many Descendants of the Brothers Ichabod and Richard Higgins: 1603-1979" (n.p. 1979)]."
MY NOTE:  *** annotates "our" ancestor Jediah (JADIAH) Higgins
1]  PCR - Records of the Colony of New Plymouth in New England, Nathaniel B. Shurtleff and David Pulsifer, eds., 12 volumes in 10 (Boston 1855-1861)
2]  PCLR - Plymouth Colony Deeds (from microfilm=semi Volume 1 has been published as Volume 12 of PCR)
3]  MD - Mayflower Descendant, Volume 1 through present (1899-1937, 1985 )
4]  NYGBR - The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Volume through present (1869 )
5]  NEHGR - New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume 1 through present (1847 )
6]  MF - Mayflower Families (the 'silver' books)
7]  Monnette - Orra Eugene Monnette, First Settlers of Ye Plantations of Piscataway and Woodbridge, Olde East New Jersey, 1664-1714, parts 1-7 (Los Angeles 1930-1935)
8]  

The Great Migration Begins
Sketches:  JOHN BARNES
    " On 13 January 1633/4 John Barnes sold to Richard Higgins the dwelling house and twenty acres of land which Barnes had recently bought of Edward Holman, and Higgins is to pay Barnes 10 and "shall possess the said John & his heirs of 20 acres of land at Scituate" [PCR 1:24].
    Records of the Colony of New Plymouth in New England, Nathaniel B. Shurtleff and David Pulsifer, eds., 12 volumes in 10 (Boston 1855-1861)"
Source Information:  Robert Charles Anderson. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633 [database online] Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2000. Original data: Robert Charles Anderson. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, vols. 1-3. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995.

The Great Migration Begins
Sketches:  EDMUND CHANDLER
Children with First Wife:
    2nd child (prob.) LYDIA, b. say 1614; m. Plymouth 11 December 1634 RICHARD HIGGINS [PCR 1:32].
    Third, when Samuel Chandler was charged with slander against the Plymouth government in 1639, one of his bondsmen was Richard Higgins, who had married in 1634 at Plymouth Lydia Chandler. If she married at the normal age, Lydia would have been born about 1614, and so could well have been a sister of Samuel.
Source Information:  Robert Charles Anderson. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633 [database online] Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2000. Original data: Robert Charles Anderson. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, vols. 1-3. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995.

The Great Migration Begins
Sketches:  PRESERVED PURITAN - JOHN SMALLEY
    "Memorandum, the last day of August, 1639, that Richard Higgens for & in consideration that John Smalley shall teach Samuell Godbertson the trade of a tailor, as far as in him lieth, & principally employ him therein" [PCR 1:129-30].
    On 11 June 1640 John Smalley and Richard Higgens exchanged two parcels of meadow of one acre each [PCR 12:59].
    ASSOCIATIONS: 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]. Both men moved to Eastham and then to Piscataway at about the same times."
Source Information:  Robert Charles Anderson. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633 [database online] Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2000. Original data: Robert Charles Anderson. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, vols. 1-3. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995.

The Great Migration Begins
Sketches:  PRESERVED PURITAN - GODBERT GODBERTSON
    "CHILDREN WITH 2ND WIFE
  i   SAMUEL, b. Leiden about 1622; placed himself as an apprentice to Richard Higgins, tailor, for seven years, 1 April 1634 [PCR 1:29]; remainder of apprenticeship, until 1 April 1641, transferred to John Smalley, 31 August 1639 [PCR 1:129]; apparently m. by about 1657 _____ _____. (The only evidence that Samuel Godbertson, son of Godbert Godbertson, married is the death at Middleborough on 17 April 1699 of "Samuell Cutbird aged about 42 years" [ MiddleVR 1:3], who was born at the right time to be son of Samuel Godbertson.)"
1]  MiddleVR - Middleborough, Massachusetts Vital Records, Barbara Lambert Merrick and Alicia Crane Williams, eds., 2 vols. (Boston 1986, 1990)

The Great Migration Begins
Sketches:  PRESERVED PURITAN - JOSIAS COOKE
    "In response to a petition by Mr. John Done, Josias Cooke, Richard Sparrow, and Richard Higgens, the court on 6 October 1657 consented to allow them land about thirteen English miles from Rehoboth provided they observed the orderly purchase from the native proprietors [PCR 3:123, 142, 4:67]."

The Great Migration Begins
Sketches:  PRESERVED PURITAN - JOHN DOANE
    "At an unknown date (but acknowledged 2 July 1669) "John Doan" of Eastham, husbandman, exchanged land with "Richard Higgens" of Eastham, Doane receiving three acres of meadow and Higgins receiving four acres of meadow at Billingsgate [PCLR 5:140]."

The Great Migration Begins
Sketches: PRESERVED PURITAN - MANASSEH KEMPTON
    "On 24 July 1662 "Mannasses Kemton of ... Plymouth ... yeoman" sold to "Richard Higgens" of Eastham "twelve acres of upland ground lying at Nausett in the township of Eastham aforesaid with six acres of meadow ..., with two acres of meadow at the harbor's mouth, with two acres of meadow at Billingsgate," and on the same day he sold to Lieutenant Joseph Rogers of Eastham "forty acres of upland ... at a place called Barly Neck in the township of Eastham" [MD 17:166-67, citing PCLR 2:2:99-100].

RECORDS --OF THE-- TOWN OF PLYMOUTH.  PUBLISHED BY ORDER OF THE TOWN.  VOL. 1.  1636 TO 1705.  CLEARFIELD COMPANY Originally published Plymouth, 1889 Reprinted for Clearfield Company, Inc. by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. Baltimore, Maryland 1995 International Standard Book Number: 0-8063-4562-4 Made in the United States of America
Page 16
"It is agreed That wolfe traps be made according to the order of the Court in manner following,
1 That one trap be made at Joanes River by the Governors famyly Mr Prences and Mr Hanburies and mathew ffuller and Abraham Pearce
2 That one be made at Playne Dealing2 by Mr Combe Mr Lee ffrancis Billington Georg Clark John Shawe and Edward Dotey.
3 That one be made at Wellingsly by the Inhabits there with the help of Goodman Dunhame
4 That one be made at broken wharfe3 by Manassah Kempton Edward Banges Richard Higgens Nathaniell Morton Nicholas Snow Anthony Snow John Jenkins Willm ffallowell Robte ffinney John and Ephraim Morton."


Lydia CHANDLER

1  BIRT
2  DATE 1609
2  PLAC Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts


GENEALOGICAL REGISTER of PLYMOUTH FAMILIES, page 134
HIGGINS, RICHARD, Plymouth, 1633, m., 1634, Lydeon Chandler, and had Jonathan, 1637; Benjamin, 1640. He removed to Eastham, 1644, and m., 2d, 1651, Mary Yates, by whom he had Mary, 1652; Eliakim, 1654; William, 1655; Judah, 1657; Zeruiah, 1658; Thomas, 1661; Lydia, 1664.
Source Information:  Davis, William T. Genealogical Register of Plymouth Families. Boston, MA: Damrell & Upham, 1899.

"...... 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.  .....................
CHILDREN:
    With first wife [PCR 8:27]
    i   JONATHAN, b. Plymouth July 1637; m. (1) Eastham 9 January 1660 Elizabeth Rogers [MD 6:15, 7:16]; m. (2) by 1680 Hannah Rogers [NEHGR 123:147-48; MF 2:161, 163; NYGBR 46:393]. (The two wives of Jonathan Higgins were sisters, a situation that was considered incestuous by the Puritans and strenuously discouraged; but the evidence presented by Anne Borden Harding in 1969 indicates that in this instance the two wives were sisters [NEHGR 123:147-48].)
    ii   BENJAMIN, b. Plymouth June 1640; m. Eastham 24 December 1661 Lydia Bangs [MD 8:12], daughter of EDWARD BANGS. With second wife [PCR 8:27] .....................................
[******MY NOTES:  Children iii through xi were children of Mary (______) Yates - vlww******]
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].  ..........."
SOURCE:  Robert Charles Anderson. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633 [database online] Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2000. Original data: Robert Charles Anderson. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, vols. 1-3. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995.  "The Great Migration Begins  Sketches - "PRESERVED PURITAN - RICHARD HIGGINS

Database: American Marriages Before 1699
Name                        Spouse                       Marriage Date    Marriage Place
CHANDLER , Lydia   Higgins, Richard   11 December 1634    Plymouth, Mass.  
HIGGINS, Richard     Chandler, Lydia     23 November 1634   Plymouth, Mass.  
Source Information:  Clemens, William Montgomery. American Marriage Records before 1699. Pompton Lakes, NJ: Biblio Co., 1926.


2. Jonathan HIGGINS

JONATHAN, b. Plymouth July 1637; m. (1) Eastham 9 January 1660 Elizabeth Rogers [MD 6:15, 7:16]; m. (2) by 1680 Hannah Rogers [NEHGR 123:147-48; MF 2:161, 163; NYGBR 46:393]. (The two wives of Jonathan Higgins were sisters, a situation that was considered incestuous by the Puritans and strenuously discouraged; but the evidence presented by Anne Borden Harding in 1969 indicates that in this instance the two wives were sisters [NEHGR 123:147-48].)
SOURCE:  Robert Charles Anderson. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633 [database online] Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2000. Original data: Robert Charles Anderson. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, vols. 1-3. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995.  "The Great Migration Begins  Sketches - "PRESERVED PURITAN - RICHARD HIGGINS


Elizabeth ROGERS

JONATHAN, b. Plymouth July 1637; m. (1) Eastham 9 January 1660 Elizabeth Rogers [MD 6:15, 7:16]; m. (2) by 1680 Hannah Rogers [NEHGR 123:147-48; MF 2:161, 163; NYGBR 46:393]. (The two wives of Jonathan Higgins were sisters, a situation that was considered incestuous by the Puritans and strenuously discouraged; but the evidence presented by Anne Borden Harding in 1969 indicates that in this instance the two wives were sisters [NEHGR 123:147-48].)
SOURCE:  Robert Charles Anderson. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633 [database online] Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2000. Original data: Robert Charles Anderson. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, vols. 1-3. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995.  "The Great Migration Begins  Sketches - "PRESERVED PURITAN - RICHARD HIGGINS


Hannah ROGERS

JONATHAN, b. Plymouth July 1637; m. (1) Eastham 9 January 1660 Elizabeth Rogers [MD 6:15, 7:16]; m. (2) by 1680 Hannah Rogers [NEHGR 123:147-48; MF 2:161, 163; NYGBR 46:393]. (The two wives of Jonathan Higgins were sisters, a situation that was considered incestuous by the Puritans and strenuously discouraged; but the evidence presented by Anne Borden Harding in 1969 indicates that in this instance the two wives were sisters [NEHGR 123:147-48].)
SOURCE:  Robert Charles Anderson. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633 [database online] Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2000. Original data: Robert Charles Anderson. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, vols. 1-3. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995.  "The Great Migration Begins  Sketches - "PRESERVED PURITAN - RICHARD HIGGINS


3. Benjamin HIGGINS

"........... BENJAMIN, b. Plymouth June 1640; m. Eastham 24 December 1661 Lydia Bangs [MD 8:12], daughter of EDWARD BANGS. With second wife [PCR 8:27]   .............."
SOURCE:  Robert Charles Anderson. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633 [database online] Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2000. Original data: Robert Charles Anderson. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, vols. 1-3. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995.  "The Great Migration Begins  Sketches - "PRESERVED PURITAN - RICHARD HIGGINS


Lydia BANGS

"........... BENJAMIN, b. Plymouth June 1640; m. Eastham 24 December 1661 Lydia Bangs [MD 8:12], daughter of EDWARD BANGS. With second wife [PCR 8:27]   .............."
SOURCE:  Robert Charles Anderson. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633 [database online] Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2000. Original data: Robert Charles Anderson. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, vols. 1-3. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995.  "The Great Migration Begins  Sketches - "PRESERVED PURITAN - RICHARD HIGGINS


Mary YATES Mrs.

"MARRIAGE: ........  (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].
CHILDREN:    [******MY NOTES:  Children i & ii were children of Lydia Chandler - vlww******]
   iii   MARY, b. Eastham 27 September 1652 [PCR 8:27]; m. William Looker of Elizabethtown, New Jersey, and was supported as "a lame and distracted woman the wife of one Wm. Looker, late of Elizabeth Towne, brewer" by her mother and brother Eliakim Higgins [NYGBR 47:24]. (Claims that she had an earlier husband who was a Bradford have no basis.)
    iv   ELIAKIM, b. Eastham 20 October 1654; m. Piscataway 15 May 1684 Alice Newbould [NYGBR 46:394; Monnette 227].
***    v   JADIAH, b. Eastham March 1656/7; m. 12 May 1684 Mary Newbold [NYGBR 46:394, citing unknown source (place of marriage not noted)].
    vi   ZERA, b. June 1658; m. Piscataway 25 December 1680 Elizabeth Oliver [NYGBR 46:394; Monnette 227].
    vii   THOMAS, b. January 1661; m. Piscataway 9 July 1690 Elizabeth Hull [NYGBR 46:394; Monnette 227].
    viii   LYDIA, b. July 1664; no further record.
    ix   REBECCA, b. say 1666; m. Piscataway 28 April 1683 Thomas Martin [NYGBR 46:394; Monnette 227].
    x   RUTH, b. say 1671; m. (1) Woodbridge 23 April 1692 Isaac FitzRandolph [Monnette 249]; m. (2) 1695 Stephen Tuttle [NYGBR 46:394, 47:31 (accounting for her first husband's estate as "Ruth Tuttle")].
    xi   SARAH, b. say 1673; m. Woodbridge 26 October 1693 Samuel Moore [NYGBR 46:394; Monnette 249 (says 1702 or 1693)].
SOURCE:  Robert Charles Anderson. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633 [database online] Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2000. Original data: Robert Charles Anderson. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, vols. 1-3. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995.  "The Great Migration Begins  Sketches - "PRESERVED PURITAN - RICHARD HIGGINS

Documents Relating to the Colonial History of the State of New Jersey Vol22 Author: William NelsonCall Number: F133.N42This book contains the marriage records of New Jersey. Bibliographic Information: Nelson, William. Documents Relating to the Colonial History of the State of New Jersey Vol.22. The Press Pringitn and Publishing Co. New Jersey. 1900. MARRIAGE RECORDS, 1665-1800EDITED, WITH AN HISTORICAL INTRODUCTION ON THE EARLY MARRIAGE LAWS OF NEW JERSEY, AND THE       PRECEDENTS ON WHICH THEY WERE FOUNDED, BY WILLIAM NELSON. PATERSON, N. J.:  THE PRESS PRINTING AND PUBLISHING CO., 269 MAIN STREET.1900.
"Page 59
Another instance, due to the fickleness of human nature, was when a license was issued to Samuel Moore, of the town of Woodbridge, and Mary Higgins, widow of Richard Higgins, of New Piscataway, September 6, 1678, a marginal entry informing us: "This is null one of the persons recanting the agreement."2 The record is silent as to whether it was the anxious bridegroom or the coy widow who "recanted" even after the license had been obtained.3 "


4. Mary HIGGINS

"...... MARY, b. Eastham 27 September 1652 [PCR 8:27]; m. William Looker of Elizabethtown, New Jersey, and was supported as "a lame and distracted woman the wife of one Wm. Looker, late of Elizabeth Towne, brewer" by her mother and brother Eliakim Higgins [NYGBR 47:24]. (Claims that she had an earlier husband who was a Bradford have no basis.)  ..........."
SOURCE:  Robert Charles Anderson. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633 [database online] Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2000. Original data: Robert Charles Anderson. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, vols. 1-3. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995.  "The Great Migration Begins  Sketches - "PRESERVED PURITAN - RICHARD HIGGINS


William LOCKER

SOURCE:  Robert Charles Anderson. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633 [database online] Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2000. Original data: Robert Charles Anderson. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, vols. 1-3. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995.  "The Great Migration Begins  Sketches - "PRESERVED PURITAN - RICHARD HIGGINS


5. Eliakim HIGGINS

"...... MARY, b. Eastham 27 September 1652 [PCR 8:27]; m. William Looker of Elizabethtown, New Jersey, and was supported as "a lame and distracted woman the wife of one Wm. Looker, late of Elizabeth Towne, brewer" by her mother and brother ELIAKIM HIGGINS [NYGBR 47:24]. (Claims that she had an earlier husband who was a Bradford have no basis.)  ..........."
SOURCE:  Robert Charles Anderson. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633 [database online] Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2000. Original data: Robert Charles Anderson. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, vols. 1-3. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995.  "The Great Migration Begins  Sketches - "PRESERVED PURITAN - RICHARD HIGGINS

SOURCE:  State of New Jersey Index of Wills, Inventories, Etc.; Author: David S. Crater; Call Number: F133.N54 vol.3; This book contains an index of wills of New Jersey. ; Bibliographic Information: Carter, David S. State of New Jersey Index of Wills, Inventories, Etc.1913.
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Higgins, Eliakim. Vol. 8, p. 345. B. F of Deeds, p. 595. Middlesex. Inv. 1698.
Higgins, Mary, Eliakim. Vol. 8, p. 191. Middlesex. Bond 1682.
MY NOTE:  Is this 'our' Eliakim??????


Alice NEWBOULD

SOURCE:  Robert Charles Anderson. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633 [database online] Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2000. Original data: Robert Charles Anderson. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, vols. 1-3. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995.  "The Great Migration Begins  Sketches - "PRESERVED PURITAN - RICHARD HIGGINS


6. William HIGGINS

GENEALOGICAL REGISTER of PLYMOUTH FAMILIES, page 134
"HIGGINS, RICHARD, Plymouth, 1633, m., 1634, Lydeon Chandler, and had Jonathan, 1637; Benjamin, 1640. He removed to Eastham, 1644, and m., 2d, 1651, Mary Yates, by whom he had Mary, 1652; Eliakim, 1654; WILLIAM, 1655; Judah, 1657; Zeruiah, 1658; Thomas, 1661; Lydia, 1664."
Source Information:  Davis, William T. Genealogical Register of Plymouth Families. Boston, MA: Damrell & Upham, 1899.

MY NOTES:  There seems to be no other record (that I can find) mentioning this William Higgins.  vlww

"......   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.  ..........."
SOURCE:  Robert Charles Anderson. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633 [database online] Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2000. Original data: Robert Charles Anderson. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, vols. 1-3. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995.  "The Great Migration Begins  Sketches - "PRESERVED PURITAN - RICHARD HIGGINS


8. Zera HIGGINS

SOURCE:  Robert Charles Anderson. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633 [database online] Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2000. Original data: Robert Charles Anderson. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, vols. 1-3. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995.  "The Great Migration Begins  Sketches - "PRESERVED PURITAN - RICHARD HIGGINS


Elizabeth OLIVER

SOURCE:  Robert Charles Anderson. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633 [database online] Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2000. Original data: Robert Charles Anderson. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, vols. 1-3. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995.  "The Great Migration Begins  Sketches - "PRESERVED PURITAN - RICHARD HIGGINS


9. Thomas HIGGINS

"...... 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].  ..........  THOMAS, b. January 1661; m. Piscataway 9 July 1690 Elizabeth Hull [NYGBR 46:394; Monnette 227].  ........"
SOURCE:  Robert Charles Anderson. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633 [database online] Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2000. Original data: Robert Charles Anderson. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, vols. 1-3. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995.  "The Great Migration Begins  Sketches - "PRESERVED PURITAN - RICHARD HIGGINS

State of New Jersey Index of Wills, Inventories, Etc                      
Author: David S. Crater
Call Number: F133.N54 vol.3
This book contains an index of wills of New Jersey.
Bibliographic Information: Carter, David S. State of New Jersey Index of Wills, Inventories, Etc.1913.
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Higgins, Thomas. Vol. 9, pp. 195-198. B. 1, p. 37. Middlesex. W. 1704."
MY NOTE:  Is this 'our' Thomas???????


Elizabeth HULL

SOURCE:  Robert Charles Anderson. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633 [database online] Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2000. Original data: Robert Charles Anderson. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, vols. 1-3. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995.  "The Great Migration Begins  Sketches - "PRESERVED PURITAN - RICHARD HIGGINS


10. Lydia HIGGINS

SOURCE:  Robert Charles Anderson. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633 [database online] Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2000. Original data: Robert Charles Anderson. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, vols. 1-3. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995.  "The Great Migration Begins  Sketches - "PRESERVED PURITAN - RICHARD HIGGINS


11. Rebecca HIGGINS

"......  REBECCA, b. say 1666; m. Piscataway 28 April 1683 Thomas Martin [NYGBR 46:394; Monnette 227].  ............  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.  ..........."
SOURCE:  Robert Charles Anderson. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633 [database online] Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2000. Original data: Robert Charles Anderson. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, vols. 1-3. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995.  "The Great Migration Begins  Sketches - "PRESERVED PURITAN - RICHARD HIGGINS


Thomas MARTIN

SOURCE:  Robert Charles Anderson. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633 [database online] Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2000. Original data: Robert Charles Anderson. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, vols. 1-3. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995.  "The Great Migration Begins  Sketches - "PRESERVED PURITAN - RICHARD HIGGINS


12. Ruth HIGGINS

"......  RUTH, b. say 1671; m. (1) Woodbridge 23 April 1692 Isaac FitzRandolph [Monnette 249]; m. (2) 1695 Stephen Tuttle [NYGBR 46:394, 47:31 (accounting for her first husband's estate as "Ruth Tuttle")].  ..............  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.  ..........."
SOURCE:  Robert Charles Anderson. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633 [database online] Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2000. Original data: Robert Charles Anderson. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, vols. 1-3. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995.  "The Great Migration Begins  Sketches - "PRESERVED PURITAN - RICHARD HIGGINS


Isaac FITZRANDOLPH

SOURCE:  Robert Charles Anderson. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633 [database online] Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2000. Original data: Robert Charles Anderson. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, vols. 1-3. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995.  "The Great Migration Begins  Sketches - "PRESERVED PURITAN - RICHARD HIGGINS


13. Sarah HIGGINS

"......  SARAH, b. say 1673; m. Woodbridge 26 October 1693 Samuel Moore [NYGBR 46:394; Monnette 249 (says 1702 or 1693)].  ...................  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.  ..........."
SOURCE:  Robert Charles Anderson. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633 [database online] Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2000. Original data: Robert Charles Anderson. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, vols. 1-3. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995.  "The Great Migration Begins  Sketches - "PRESERVED PURITAN - RICHARD HIGGINS


Samuel MOORE

SOURCE:  Robert Charles Anderson. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633 [database online] Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2000. Original data: Robert Charles Anderson. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, vols. 1-3. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995.  "The Great Migration Begins  Sketches - "PRESERVED PURITAN - RICHARD HIGGINS