About Samuel Higgason
Samuel and his brother Thomas both served in the American Revolutionary War.
Just as Samuel was settling into married life and his career, the Revolutionary War started and he was called into service in the Virginia State Militia. In the spring of 1776, leaving his pregnant wife at home to be taken care of by her family, he set out for Richmond, Virginia, where he mustered into Capt. Benjamin Timberlake's Company and was to serve for 3 months. During this 3 month time period, he marched from Richmond to Jamestown and from there to Williamsburg. After remaining there for a while his term of enlistment expired and he returned home to his family in Louisa County. Then in the Fall of 1777, he was again called into service this time for two years and he was still assigned to Capt. Timberlake's Company. This time, however, he was sent to Albemarie County, Virginia, to guard prisoners. In January of 1780, after this 2 year term expired, he re-enlisted in Capt. Hawkin's Company of Artificers (skilled craftsmen) and was sent to Richmond. His duty as an artificer was to make coffins and to mend wagons and carts for the Continental Army. He stayed in the militia as an artificer for several months after the defeat of Cornwallis in October 1781. After the war, Samuel returned to Louisa County, Virginia, where he and his wife raised their children and worked as a carpenter. It is unknown why that in about 1805, at the age of 62, Samuel and all but one of his children moved to Sumner County. He purchased 45 acres of land on Sink Creek from Thomas Patton and lived for the next 27 years until he died.
Children of Samuel Higgason and Sally Gentry are:
Frances Higgason, b. Abt. 1776, Louisa County, Virginia, d. date unknown.
David Higgason, b. Bet. 1782 - 1785, Louisa County, Virginia, d. date unknown.
Richard Higgason, b. Abt. 1783, Louisa County, Virginia, d. June 1849, Sumner County, Tennessee.
Nancy Higgason, b. Bet. 1784 - 1788, Louisa County, Virginia, d. date unknown.
Samuel D. Higgason, b. Abt. 1791, Louisa County, Virginia, d. date unknown.
Cecilia Higgason, b. Abt. 1793, Louisa County, Virginia, d. Abt. 1836, Sumner County, Tennessee.
John Overton Higgason, b. February 24, 1796, Louisa County, Virginia, d. August 16, 1872, Sumner County, Tennessee.