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Benjamin Higgins, Sr.

Birthplace: Plymouth, Plymouth Colony
Death: Died in Eastham, Barnstable County, New Plymouth Colony
Immediate Family:

Son of Richard Higgins and Lydia Higgins
Husband of Lydia Higgins
Father of Ichabod Higgins; Richard Higgins; John Higgins; Lydia Higgins; Isaac Higgins and 4 others
Brother of Jonathan Higgins
Half brother of Mary Oliver; Mary Snow; Eliakim Higgins; Jediah Higgins; Zerah Higgins and 7 others

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About Benjamin Higgins, Sr.


'Benjamin Higgins

Born in Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA on 1640

to Richard Higgins and Lydia Chandler.

Benjamin married Lydia Bangs and had 8 children.

He passed away on 1690 in Eastham, Orleans, Massachusetts, USA.

Family Members


Richard Higgins 1613-75

Lydia Chandler 1610-1645


Lydia Bangs 1643-1709


Richard Higgins 1664-1728

John Higgins 1666-1669

Joshua Higgins 1668-1757

Lydia Higgins 1670-1691

Isaac Higgins 1672-1760

Rebecca Higgins 1674-1676

Samuel Higgins 1676-1761

Benjamin Higgins 1681-1761


  • 'Full text of "Richard Higgins : a resident and pioneer settler at Plymouth and Eastham, Massachusetts, and at Piscataway, New Jersey, and his descendants"
  • 3. 'BENJAMIN^ HIGGINS (Richard'), born July, 1640, at Plymouth; "deceased on ye 14th of March, 1690-1," at Eastham; married Dec. 24, 1661, Lydia Bangs, born ; died after Feb. 13, 1706-7; daughter of Edward and Lydia (Hicks) Bangs of Eastham. Benjamin Higgins resided at Eastham, probably on lands which had belonged to his father at Pochet, now in East Orleans.
  • On March 2, 1668-9, he was sued at law by Peregrine White for damages of £16 for not paying a debt due him, the said White. The parties came to an agreement, and the suit was withdrawn. On June 1, 1675, he was one of the jury in a trial which had momentous consequences, and an account of it may be interesting. In 1662 Massasoit, Sachem of the Wampanoags, the faithful
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  • friend of the Pilgrims, with whom he had kept peace and friendship for forty-one years, was gathered to his fathers. Two ' sons survived him, Wamsutta and Metacom, to whom the names Alexander and Philip had been given at their own request. Alexander succeeded his father as sachem, and his sudden death in 1662 gave the Indians suspicion that he had been poisoned by the English. His brother Philip, then about twenty-three years of age and by nature less inclined than his brother to accept a position of dependence, succeeded him. A policy of conciliation might have won his good will, but the constant nagging to which he was subjected increased his resentment and nurtured in him a sullen distrust. The attitude and measures of Plymouth Colony were arbitrary and high-handed and were admirably adapted to bring about the very state of affairs they were intended to forestall. For a dozen years Philip was intriguing and preparing for war.
  • The least suspicion of intrigue could not long escape the notice of those Indian converts who kept the authorities well informed of all that went on. There had been living among the Wampanoags at Nemasket (near Middleborough) the daughter of whose chief he had married, an Indian convert of the Rev. John Eliot's, named Sassamon, a Natick, "a cunning and plausible man" Hubbard calls him. This man had accompanied PhiUp to Boston as interpreter after the death of Alexander and served him for some time after, but having, it is said, been found guilty of some offense, had again professed Christianity. Associated with Philip on familiar terms, he claimed to have received the sachem's confidences, and betrayed them to the English under pledge of secrecy.
  • His information was not at first much regarded, but Philip, learning in advance of a summons, made haste to Plymouth to free himself from suspicion, and was allowed to return. In the spring of the following year (1675) the dead body of Sassamon was discovered in Assowomset Pond. An investigation led to the belief that Sassamon had been killed while fishing during the winter and his body thrown under the ice. Three Indians were arrested on the evidence of an Indian who claimed to have been an eye-witness of the affair. The three Wampanoags were convicted by a white jury to which had been added several friendly Indians, and executed, utterly denying their guilt, yet the last of them did confess that the other Indians did really murder John Sassamon, and that he himself, though no actor in it, was yet a looker-on. The trial and execution of the three Indians aroused the Wampanoag warriors to madness, and they at once began hostihties.
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  • Thus indirectly 'Benjamin Higgins' was one of the immediate causes of the outbreak known in history as King PhiHp's War. That he was a soldier in the contest is probable in general, and is proved by his inventory, which shows that he possessed the equipment of a trooper, and by the grant to his grandson, Jedidiah Higgins, of a share in Narragansett Township No. 7, now the tovrn of Gorham, Me. These grants were made only to the direct heirs or descendants of men who had served in King Phihp's War.
  • June 1, 1675, the General Court of Plymouth Colony took the following action: "In answare to a petition prefered to the Court by 'Benjamine Higgens' in the right of his father deceased, to be accommodated with land at Saconett (now Little Compton, R. I.) with the p'tenors and servants there, the Court, generally conceiving that the said Richard Higgens had wronge in that he was not accommodated in the said land with the rest, severall of the p'tenors being p'sent did engage before the Court that in case the petitioner shall and doe make his adresse to the rest of the companie interested in those lands, that they will p'swade them that altho hee can not be supplyed out of the devided land of it, that he may bee competently supplyed in the undevided land thereof."
  • It is recorded in the ancient town book of Eastham that on July 14, 1664, "'Benjamin Higgins' hath a mare of a brownish bay color and one white foot, the other three feet partly white, with a white strip on her face, and running broad toward the right nostril, a piece cut out of the top side the near ear, and burn marked with E on the near shoulder." He also had at this time three mare colts. "The mark of the cattle of 'Benjamin Higgins' is a piece cut off slanting on the fore side of the near ear, and a slit in where the piece is cut out. Entered this 17th April 1680."
  • 'Benjamin Higgins' was freeman of the Colony probably as early as 1675 and very probably a soldier in King Philip's War. Jan. 7, 1676, he was one of the Grand Inquest. May 5, 1685, he was chosen constable by the towm, and June 2, 1685, was confirmed by the General Court at Plymouth. Sept. 6, 1686, he was chosen juryman for actions at the County Court at Barnstable. June 4, 1688, he was chosen one of the selectmen at Eastham, and again June 3, 1690. "Aug. 26, 1689, The town have chosen Thomas Paine senior, Daniel Doane and 'Benjamin Higgins' for grand-jurie men for the remainder of this present year." He was one of the witnesses of the will of John Young of Eastham in 1688 and
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  • one of the appraisers of the estate, Feb. 3, 1690-1. The book of land grants of Eastham contains several records of grants of land to him by the town, as follows :
  • "Richard Higgins sells land to his son 'Benjamin', 4th day of the 5th month, 1669" (July 4, 1669) (p. 96).
  • "Richard Higgins sale of land to 'Benjamin', proving that Richard went to New Jersey, dated at new pascataway in New Jarsey, Nov. 24, 1672." Mrs. Mary Higgins gave her consent to this and other sales (p. 98).
  • "Land granted to 'Benjamin Higgins' Feb. 4, 1673" (p. 97).
  • "April 16, 1678. Granted to 'Benjamin Higgins' a parcel of medow at the Harbour's mouth."
  • "March 14, 1690. Land granted to 'Benjamin Higgins' (near) Tiis other land upon poche at a place called bishops butter hole' "
  • (p. 96).
  • An inventory of the estate of 'Benjamin Higgins', amounting to £85 in real estate and £206.06.00 in personal estate, was rendered June 19, 1691, and sworn to by Mrs. Lydia Higgins, administratrix, five days later. "Memorandum: that Ichabod Higgins hath already had £10 and a piece of land on which his house stood, appraised at £9." An agreement was made that Ichabod should have in cattle, bedding, boards, shingles and cash £20.05.00; Richard the loom and gears, 7 acres of land, a cutlass, cartridge box, cattle and cash £20.18.00; Joshua a gun, rapier, cartridge box, bedding, wearing clothes, powder and bullets, saddle and cloth, cattle, sheep and cash £20.05.00; Lydia should have cattle, sheep, an iron pot, books, cloth and cash £20; Isaac a gun, ammunition, a cutlass, cartridge box, bedding, clothing, cattle, sheep and cash £20.05.00; Samuel was to have a gun, sword, cartridgebox, a book, bedding, clothes, ammunition, cattle, sheep and cash £20.05.00; Benjamin was to have two-thirds of the housing and one-third of the lands and meadows; the widow to have her legal third part. She was living Feb. 13, 1706-7, when her brother, Joshua Bangs, willed to her one-eighth part of such personal estate of his as might remain after the death of his wife. Aug. 20, 1711, town of Eastham "Laid out to widdow Lidia Higgins for her natural life and then returns to the town, a parcel of land near the head of Namskaket on the Eastern side of the first lot which is the lot of Daniel Cole Sr." The date of her death is unknown. She married (2) Nicholas Snow.
  • Children born at Eastham.
    • 16. i. Ichabod, b. Nov. 14, 1662; married Melatiah Hamblen (?).
    • 17. ii. Richard, b. Oct. 15, 1664; married Sarah Hamblen(?).
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    • iii. John, b. Nov. 20, 1666; d. June 13, 1689.
    • 18. iv. Joshua, b. Oct. 1, 1668; married (1) Ehzabeth Smith; (2) Priscilla Bixby; (3) Mary Baker.
    • V. Lydia, b. "latter end of May, 1670"; living June 24, 1691.
    • 19. vi. Isaac, b. Aug. 31, 1672; married Lydia Collins,
    • vii. Rebecca, b. June 14, 1674; d. March, 1675.
    • 20. viii. Samuel, b. March 7, 1676-7; married (1) Hannah Cole; (2) Thankful Mayo; (3) Elizabeth Hardmg.
    • 21. ix. Benjamin, b. Sept. 15, 1681; married (1) Sarah Freeman; (2) Mercy Hopkins.
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  • 'Edward Banges the pilgrim : a narrative (1916)
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  • 'Plymouth Colony, its history & people, 1620-1691 By Eugene Aubrey Stratton
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  • Bangs, Edward - Arriving at Plymouth in 1623 on the Anne, Edward Bangs was probably born ca. 1591, for he said he was age eighty-six in 1677. Dawes-Gates (2:61-68) has a section on him and cites the evidence to show that he was probably identical with the Edward Bangs who was baptized on 28 October 1591 in Panfield, Essex, England, the son of John and Jane (Chavis) Bangs. he married (1) after 1627 Lydia Hicks, daughter of Robert and Margaret Hicks (she may have been the second wife, for Dawes-Gates suggests that he may have had an earlier one, and, (2) Rebecca (?Hobart). He was one of the Purchasers, and he was on the 1632/33 freeman list. He was one of those chosen to lay out the twenty-acre lots in the 1627 division, along with William Bradford, Edward Winslow, John Howland, Francis Cooke, and Joshua Pratt (PCR 12:14). With Myles Standish and others, Edward Bangs was chosen in 1633 to divide the meadow in the bay equally (PCR 1:14). He was also on committees to assess the entire colony for public costs (PCR1:33, 38), and he served on various juries and other public service committees (PCR). He appears to be a man who was responsible and trusted. In a record where he was surety for another, he was called yeoman (PCR 1:103). In 1641 he was granted eighty acres of land at Warren's Wells, and in 1642 he was allowed to exchange some of it for land closer to his house (PCR 2:25, 48). He moved to Nauset with the Prence group, and in 1647 he was a supervisor of the highways there (PCR 2:115).
  • In 1652 he became a deputy for Eastham (PCR 3:9) and in 1657 was licensed to sell wine and strong waters at Eastham "provided it bee for the refreshment of the English and not to bee sold to the Indians" (PCR 3:123). In a deed of 22 June 1651, he was joined as grantor by his wife Rebecca (PCR 12:209). He made his will on 19 Oct. 1677, calling himself aged eighty-six years, and he named his sons: Jonathan, John, Joshua; his daughter Howe, 'daughter Higgens', daughter Hall, daughter Merrick, and daughter Atwood; the children of his daughter Rebecca, deceased; and his son Jonathan's oldest son Edward (Ply. Colony PR 3:2:106). In an agreement of 6 March 1677/78, Jonathan Bangs agreed that the land bequeathed to his son Edward could be used by Jonathan's brother John until Edward came of age (PR 3:2:105). Dawes-Gates 2: 67 gives his children from his marriage to Lydia Hicks as: John, who married Hannah Smalley, and from his marriage to Rebecca (Possibly Hobart), Rebecca, who married Jonathan Sparrow; Sarah, who married Thomas Howes, Jr.; Jonathan, who married (1) Mary Mayo, (2) Sarah __, and (3) Ruth (Cole) Young; 'Lydia who married (1) Benjamin Higgins, and (2) Nicholas Snow'; Hannah, who married John Done; Joshua, who married Hannah Scudder; Bethia who married Rev. Gershom Hall; Mercy, who married Stephen Merrick; and Apphia who married (1) John Knowles, and (2) Stephen Atwood.
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Benjamin Higgins, Sr.'s Timeline

July 1, 1640
Plymouth, Plymouth Colony
November 14, 1662
Age 22
Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA
October 15, 1664
Age 24
Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA
November 20, 1666
Age 26
Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA
October 1, 1668
Age 28
Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA
May 1670
Age 29
Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA
August 31, 1672
Age 32
Eastham, Cape Cod, Plymouth Colony
June 14, 1674
Age 33
Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA
March 7, 1676
Age 35
Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA