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Richard Higgins

Birthdate:
Birthplace: Langley Parish, Stoke-Hundred, Hertfordshire, England
Death: Died in Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey, USA
Place of Burial: Stelton Baptist Church Cemetery, Edison, Middlesex, NJ, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert Edward Higgins and Julia Higgins (Meals)
Husband of Lydia Higgins and Mary Whitehead
Father of Jonathan Higgins; Benjamin Higgins, Sr.; Mary Oliver; Eliakim Higgins; Jediah Higgins and 6 others
Brother of Thomas Higgins and Jonathan Higgins

Occupation: Came to us in1633 moved to eastham ma, Tailor
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About Richard Higgins

He was in Plymouth in 1633 as one of the freemen and tax payers of the town, paying 9s. He was a tailor. On 13 Jan 1635 he bought 20 acres of land and the house on it from John Barnes of Plymouth. It had formerly been owned by Edward Holman. He immediately begain business, with Samuel Godbarson bound to him as an apprentice no later than Apr 1635. In 1639 he was granted land with Josiah Cooke at Plymouth. In 1644 he was of the grand inquest, and was then a resident of Plymouth. In 1645 he moved to Nausett with others. In 1647 he was sent with Josiah Cooke as representative (deputy) to the Colony court at Plymouth. He represented Eastham again at the same court in 1653, 1655, 1657-8, 1660, and 1665. In 1651 he was surveyor for Eastham. In 1666 and 1668 he was selectman. He was one of the first overseers of the poor, appointed in 1658 by Eastham. The same year he agreed to furnish men and equipment for "the troop of horse". He agreed to provide, so long as he was able, "one man and a horse for teh country's service" on the condition that the town furnished the "furniture". At different times he was granted land. In 1657 he was granted a tract 13 miles from Rehoboth. In 1658, with 4 associates, he had a grant of land between Bridgewater and Weymouth. In 1667 he sold a large tract to Jonathan Sparrow in what is now East Orleans, where he may have lived prior to moving to New Jersey. By Nov 1672 he was living in "New Pascataway in the province of New Jersey", 13 miles northeast of Princeton. It had only been settled for a few years, mostly by people from New England. The Higginses of the Cape are his descendants.1

  • Marriage*: Richard Higgins married Lydia Chandler, daughter of Edward Chandler, on 11 December 1634 ; 1st m. for Richard.1
  • Marriage*: Richard Higgins married Mary (?) in October 1651 ; 2nd m. for both.1

Death*: Richard Higgins died before 1676; in 1675 son Benjamin applied to the Colony court for land in right of his father, Richard Higgins, deceased, and provision was made for him in land at Saconet.1

Sources

  1. [S155] Esq., of Harwich Josiah Paine, Cape Cod History No 33.
  2. Richard Higgins, a resident and pioneer settler at Plymouth and Eastham, Massachusetts, and at Piscataway, New Jersey, and his descendants. by Mrs. Katharine Chapin Higgins. Published 1918 in Worcester, Mass. Page 26
  3. The Great Migration Begins, Richard Anderson. "Preserved Puritan" sketch.

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Richard Higgins's Timeline

1603
August 1, 1603
Langley Parish, Stoke-Hundred, Hertfordshire, England
1632
1632
Age 28
Plymouth, MA
1633
1633
Age 29
From England
1634
November 23, 1634
Age 31
Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
December 11, 1634
Age 31
1637
July 1637
Age 33
Plymouth, Plymouth Colony
1640
July 1, 1640
Age 36
Plymouth, Plymouth Colony
1651
October 10, 1651
Age 48
Barnstable , Massachusetts
1652
September 27, 1652
Age 49
Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts
1654
October 20, 1654
Age 51
Eastham, MA