Mary Oliver (Higgins) (1652 - 1728) MP

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Birthplace: Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts
Death: Died in Elzabethtown, Union, New Jersey
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About Mary Oliver (Higgins)

Name Mary Higgins Birth 27 Sep 1652, Eastham, Barnstable Co., MA Death 23 Jan 1728/1729, Elizabethtown, Union Co., NJ

  • Father Richard Higgins (1603-1675)
  • Mother Mary Yates? (~1627-~1680)

Married

  1. about 1682 to Samuel Oliver b: 14 APR 1662 in Stamford, Fairfield, CT, son of William Oliver b: in England & Mary Ackerly

Children

  1. Sarah Oliver b: 1690 in Elizabethtown, Union, NJ
  2. Samuel Oliver b: ABT 1686 in Elizabethtown, Union, NJ
  3. Mary Oliver b: ABT 1688 in Elizabethtown, Union, NJ
  4. David Oliver b: ABT 1692 in Elizabethtown, Union, NJ
  5. Jonathan Oliver b: ABT 1699 in Elizabethtown, Union, NJ
  6. John Oliver b: in Elizabethtown, Union, NJ
  7. Elizabeth Oliver b: in Elizabethtown, Union, NJ
  8. Mercy Oliver b: in Elizabethtown, Union, NJ
  9. Dorcas Oliver b: in Elizabethtown, Union, NJ
  10. Abigail Oliver b: in Elizabethtown, Union, NJ

Notes: The probate records of Essex County, N. J., state that Thomas Higgins and Samuel Oliver, his uncles, were appointed guardians of Richard Higgins, son of Zerah Higgins. This record is probably the only source of the view, held by the late Professor Wynans, an excellent genealogist, that Mary Higgins married Samuel Oliver. Rev. E. B. Stockton also holds this view, which is adopted in this volume.

Another view is that held by Mr. Orra E. Monnette, who states that Mary Higgins married William Looker of Elizabethtown, had a son William and died after Aug. 20, 1682. He bases his view upon the following, a bond on record at Trenton, N. J., dated Aug. 20, 1682, which recites that "We Mary Higgins Spinster and Eliakim Higgins carpenter, both of the Towne of Piscataway in Ye Province of East Jersey do stand & are firmly bounden & obliged unto Richard Smith, Constable, . . . The condition of this obligation is such That Whereas the within bounden Mary Higgins and Eliakim hath brought unto the sd Towne of Piscataway a Laime and distracted (insane) woman, the wife of one William Looker, late of Elizabeth Towne, Brewer . . ." Later on in the bond she is called Mary Looker. The bond was witnessed by John Gilman and Edward Slater, neighbors of the Higgins family, and was given to relieve the town of Piscataway from responsibility for her support. 

In spite of the usual meaning of the word "spinster," Mr. Monnette has published the opinion that the meaning of this bond is that Mrs. Mary (Yates) Higgins, widow of Richard, and her son Eliakim Higgins were here obliging themselves to support her daughter Mary who had married William Looker and had fallen into physical and mental misfortune. The use of the word "spinster" and the fact that Mrs. Mary (Yates) Higgins seems to have been temporarily at Eastham during this very summer and probably at the very month when the bond was signed seem to us to be fatal to Mr. Monnette's interpretation. So, too, is the absence of any relationship stated in the bond as existing between Mary and Eliakim Higgins and the unfortunate Mary Looker. The correct interpretation seems to be that Mary Higgins, who had not yet become the wife of Samuel Oliver, united with her brother Eliakim Higgins in the charitable care of an unfortunate woman not related to them by blood. (1)

Sources

  1. http://archive.org/stream/richardhigginsre00higg#page/40/mode/2up
  2. Records at Eastham, Mass., and at Trenton, N. J.; Rev. E. B. Stockton in Newark Evening News of May 5, and May 19,1917; Mr. Orra E. Monnette in New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, October, 1916, and January, 1917

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Mary Oliver's Timeline

1652
September 27, 1652
Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts
1682
1682
Age 29
Elizabethtown, Union, New Jersey
1728
January 23, 1728
Age 75
Elzabethtown, Union, New Jersey