Husband: Richard Higgins (1 2)
Born: in England
Married: 11 Dec 1634 in Plymouth, Plymouth, MA
Died: 21 Jun 1676 in New Piscataway, NJ
Father: Robert Higgins
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Wife: Lydia Chandler (3)
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Died: before 1650
Father: Edmund Chandler
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01 (M): Jonathan Higgins (4 5)
Born: 16 Jul 1637 in Plymouth, Plymouth, MA
Died: after 21 May 1711 in Eastham, Barnstable County, Massachusetts Colony (6)
Spouses: Elizabeth Rogers
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Richard Higgins:

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Occupation - Mercer - Tailor
A mercer is a cloth merchant.


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Biographical Notes

Richard Higgins was born in England upon the death of his mother, August 1, 1603.[1] [2]He migrated to Plymouth Colony in 1632, appearing in the 1633 list of freedmen.[1] It is not known on which ship he came.[3]

He was the son of Edward Higgins and Julian Meals. [4]

On 7 Oct. 1633 he purchased from "Thomas Little his now dwelling howse and misted, for and in consideration of twenty-one bushels of merchantable corne, whereof twelve bushels to be pd in hand, & the remainder at harvest next ensuing." [5]

On 25 Mar. 1633 Richard was taxed 9/ and on 27 Mar. 1634 he was taxed another 12/ in corn (two bushels). [6] Sometime in 1633 or 1634 he was admitted a freeman as he is on the Plymouth list of freemen 1 Jan. 1634/5.[7]

On 1 Apr. 1634 Samuel Godbertson, son of Godbert Godbertson of New Plymouth, deceased, was apprenticed to Richard Higgins, tailor, for the term of seven years. Samuel was a ward of the Colony and Bradford agreed to pay Richard "six bushels of corne and a cowe calfe this present year of the next." Richard was to teach Samuel his trade and to give him the calf and half her offspring at the end of the seven year term.[8] Richard sold this apprenticeship to John Smaley who was also a tailor, 31 Aug. 1639. [9]

From the list of marriages in the Court Orders for 1634:

December 11 1634 Richard Higgins & lidia Chandler wer maried [10]

Richard and Lydia Chandler had two children, both born in Plymouth:[1]

Jonathan, b. July 1637
Benjamin, b. June 1640.
On 13 Jan. 1633/4 Richard purchased from John Barnes "one dwelling house and twenty acres of land, being lately in the possession of Edward Holman, with all the fence, boards, timber (squared and unsquared) (belonging to the same) in consideration of ten pownd starling to be paid in currant English money or beaver at the rate it shall passe at the day of payment which is the 20th of March in the year of our Lord 1634. And also that the said Richard shall possesse the said John and his heirs of 20 acres of land in Scituate in some convenient place." [11]

On 14 Mar. 1635/6 Mr. Hicks, George Watson and Richard were granted the rest of the Island Creek for haying. They were granted more land for haying on 20 Mar. 1636/7.

On 2 May 1637 Richard was one of the committee to lay out highways in Plymouth, Duxbury and Ele River. [12]

On 7 Aug. 1638 Richard was one of the jury in the case of John Weeks vs. George Russell for slander. On 3 Dec. 1639 Richard posted a bond of 20/6 for Samuel Chandler who was accused of slander against the governor and the government. The bond was released. [13] Richard was on the jury several times while living in Plymouth and was a member of the "Grand Inquest" in June of 1644.

In Mar. 1638/9 Richard was granted 40 acres of land on the southeast of Great South Pond and two pieces of marshland southwest of the other grant. Richard swapped land with John Smaley in June 1640. [14] On 2 Nov. 1640 Richard was granted 6 acres in South Meadows. His property on Manomet Pond was confirmed to him on 30 Nov. [15]

After Lydia's death, which was probably shortly after Benjamin's birth, Richard married in Eastham Mary Yates, the widow of John Yates; her maiden name is unknown.[1] They had 9 children:[1]

Mary, b. Eastham September 27, 1652
Eliakim, b. Eastham October 20, 1634
Jadia, b. Eastham March 1656/7
Zera, b. June 1658
Thomas, b. January 1661
Lydia, b. July 1664
Rebecca, b.c. 1666
Ruth, b.c. 1671
Sarah, b.c. 1673
Richard Higgins one of the seven first settlers of Eastham, Massachusetts in April 1644; the others were Thomas Prince, John Doane, Nicholas Snow, Josias Cook, John Smalley, and Edward Bangs.[16] RIchard was chosen deputy in 1649, 1661 and 1667, and was selectman three years.[16]

In Feb. 1643 Richard was one of the people who was appointed to make traps to kill the wolves in the area. "The Names of the Freemen of eich Towne. Plymouth (1643)... Richard Higgins." "August, 1643. The Names of all the Males that are able to beare Armes from xvj. Yeares old to 60 Yeares, wthin the sevrall Towneshipps. Plymouth... Richard Higgins." [17]

In 1644 several families moved to Nauset (Eastham): "The Court doth grant unto the church of New Plymouth, or those that go dwell at Nausett all the tract of land lying between sea and sea, from the purchaser's bounds at Namskaket to the herring Brook at Billingsgate". 5 Mar. 1644/5. [18]

On 3 Mar. 1643/4 Richard sold a half acre of marsh at Hobb's Hole to Gyles Rickett for 40/. In Aug. 1645 he sold his house, garden and orchard near Brownes Rock to John Churchwell for £12 provided that "it shall be lawful for the said Richard to take away the boards that line the inward room and the bedstead and board overhead, and some fruit trees in the orchard so that he leaves the said John Churchwell 30 trees."[19] Richard moved to that part of Eastham called Pochet which was next to Nauset Beach in what is now East Orleans. He is listed as an inhabitant of Eastham in 1658. [20]

Richard was one of the representatives to the General Court at Plymouth beginning in 1647 until 1665. [21] He was also one of the surveyors of highways on 5 June 1651. [22] In 1658 he was one of four men chosen to settle the boundary between Barnstable and Yarmouth. [23] He was a selectman for Eastham in 1666, 1667 and 1668. [24]

Between 1659 and 1669 Richard bought and sold numerous parcels of land and obtained many land grants.

"June 1, 1659. Whereas it is and order of court that every town in this colony is to choose two or three men for the oversight and disposal of poor children, this town hath chosen Edward Bangs, Nicholas Snow and Richard Higgins according to order." [25]

"1659. Richard Higgins has one little black mare which was Job Cole's with a blaze down the face and a little white hair above her hoofs before, burn marked with an E on the right shoulder. Dec. 23, 1659."[26]

"May 15, 1660. Mr. John Doane, Richard Higgins and Thomas Paine with the surveyors are to appoint what particular highways are to be mended and those that are most concerned in the ways are to mend them by the appointment of the abovesaid for the present year." [27]

"Court of June 13, 1660. Richard Higgins one of a committee to dispose of the trade at Kennebeck." [28]

"Dec 13, 1660. Richard Higgins undertook to provide a company for to cut up the third fish" (whale).[29]

"The mark of Richard Higgins (for his cattle) is a piece cut off the hind side of the left ear, to the top of the ear, and a slit cut in the side of the ear slanting downwards. Jan. 22, 1660/1." [30]

"24 10th mo. 1667. Richard Higgins and Benjamin Higgins were on a jury of inquest as to the deaths of Robert Chapell, James Nichols, and William Pidell, cast ashore upon Cape Cod." [31]

"To all people to whome these presents shall come. Know ye that I Richard Higens of Eastham in the Government of New Plimoth in New England in America, Taylor... grant unto my son Benjamine Higens of the Towne of Eastham abovesaid, Husbandman, a parcell of upland and meadowing the upland containing twentie acres be it more or less lying at a place commonly called Poche, the which upland lieth next to the lot of Job Cole and was bought and exchanged by the said Richard Hignes of Jonathan Sparrow as appears by a deed... And two acres of marsh or meadowing, be it more or less, which was formerly Mr. William Bradfords deceased, that Richard Higens hath and lieth at the harbor's mouth... 4th day of the 5th mounth 1669

Richard Higens
in the presence of us
Nath: Bacon
John Scudder"(16) [32]

In 1669 a group of people moved from the Cape to New Jersey because of religious and political differences with the establishment at Plymouth or because of the fact that land was more available in New Jersey. Richard seems to have moved to New Piscataway because of the last reason.

"Know all men by these presents that I Richard higgens of New Piscataway in the province of New Jersey, yeoman, for the sum of nine pounds sterling to him paid... to Benjamin Higgens of Eastham in the jurisdiction of New Plimouth... land at a place called little Billingsgate." Dated 20 Nov. 1672. [33]

On 8 Mar. 1677/8 Mary had her deceased husband's claims to land laid out to her in the western part of old Piscataway township near the Raritan River consisting of 254 acres.

Samuel Moore Sr. of Woodbridge, NJ obtained a license to marry Mary, but for some reason the marriage never took place and she married Isaac Whitehead. In her son Thomas' will in Dec. 1702 she received "the Parlor or Rooms where she now lives and also one-third part of the orchard during her natural life."[34]

He owned land in Eastham and Piscataway, New Jersey, where he moved a few years before his death, which was between Nov. 20, 1674, and June 1, 1675.[1]

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? The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Volume 46, pages 390-391
? Higgins, Katherine Chapin. Richard Higgins : a resident and pioneer settler at Plymouth and Eastham, Massachusetts, and at Piscataway, New Jersey, and his descendants, 1918, p. 26. This research is mentioned positively in the entry on Richard Higgins in The Great Migration Begins (pp. 928-932).
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Immigration

Immigration:
Date: 1632
Place: Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts[35]

Occupation

Occupation: Tailor[36]

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Acknowledgments

Thank you to Robin Lee, Ronald Spencer, Josh Foulk, Mike Walton Kay Martin, Doreen Sutton

Footnotes
  1. Jane Wile's Genealogical Database (http://genejane.com/).
  2. WikiTree.com.

    Richard Higgins
    Born about 1 Aug 1603 in England
    ANCESTORS ancestors
    Son of Edward Higgins and Julian (Meals) Higgins
    Brother of Jonathan Higgins [half], Thomas Higgins [half] and Julian Higgins [half]
    Husband of Lydia (Chandler) Higgins — married about 27 Nov 1634 in Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts
    Husband of Mary (Unknown) Whitehead — married Oct 1651 (to 1675) in Eastham, Barnstable County, Massachusetts
    DESCENDANTS descendants
    Father of Owen Higgins, Jonathan Higgins, Benjamin Higgins, Mary (Higgins) Looker, Eliakim Higgins, William Higgins, Jediah Higgins, Mary (Higgins) Oliver, Zerah Higgins, Thomas Higgins, Anne (Higgins) Predmore, Lydia Higgins, Rebecca (Higgins) Martin, Sarah Higgins and Ruth Higgins
    Died 21 Jun 1675 in Piscataway, Middlesex County, New Jersey

  3. Jane Wile's Genealogical Database (http://genejane.com/).
  4. Jane (Currie) Wile of GeneJane's Homepage.
  5. WikiTree.com, https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Higgins-69.

    Jonathan Higgins
    Born Jul 1637 in Eastham, Barnstable County, Massachusetts Colony
    ANCESTORS ancestors
    Son of Richard Higgins and Lydia (Chandler) Higgins
    Brother of Owen Higgins, Benjamin Higgins, Mary (Higgins) Looker [half], Eliakim Higgins [half], William Higgins [half], Jediah Higgins [half], Mary (Higgins) Oliver [half], Zerah Higgins [half], Thomas Higgins [half], Anne (Higgins) Predmore, Lydia Higgins [half], Rebecca (Higgins) Martin [half], Sarah Higgins [half] and Ruth Higgins [half]
    Husband of Elizabeth (Rogers) Higgins — married 9 Jan 1660 in Eastham, Barnstable County, Massachusetts
    Husband of Hannah (Rogers) Higgins — married about 1679 [location unknown]
    DESCENDANTS descendants
    Father of Beriah Higgins, Jonathan Higgins, Jemima (Higgins) Mulford, Joseph Higgins, Joseph Higgins, Hannah (Higgins) Paine, Elisha Higgins 1st, Elizabeth (Higgins) Mayo, Mary Higgins, Rebecca Higgins, James Higgins and Sarah Higgins
    Died after 21 May 1711 in Eastham, Barnstable County, Massachusetts Colony

  6. Ibid.
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