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John Higginson

Birthplace: Leicestershire, England
Death: Died in Salem, Essex, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Rev. Francis Higginson and Anne Higginson
Husband of Sarah Higginson and Mary Higginson
Father of Capt. John Higginson; Sarah Wharton; Anna Dolliver; Thomas Higginson; Francis Higginson and 2 others
Brother of Theophilus Higgonson; Neophytus Higgonson; Samuel Higgonson; Timothy Higgonson; Francis Higgonson and 3 others

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Rev. John Higginson, son of Rev. Francis Higginson, born August 6,1616, at Claybrook, Co. Leicester; came with his father, in the "Talbot," 1629, to Salem; freeman, Massachusetts, May 25, 1636; chaplain at the Fort at Saybrook, 1637-8. Porter says he was one of the first settlers of Hartford, "although he appears not to have had a house-lot." He was a schoolmaster in Hartford, and may have occasionally "stepped into the pulpit." Mrs. Higginson sold land to Thomas Olcott, before Jan. 1639-40; he was at Guilford in 1641; colleague with Rev. Henry Whitefield, whose daughter, Sarah, he married He returned in 1659 to Salem, and remained there until his death, December 9, 1708. He married (2) about 1677, Mary, widow of Joshua Atwater, and daughter of Rev. Adam Blakeman, of Stratford.

SOURCE: James Hammond Trumbull, editor, The memorial history of Hartford County, Connecticut, 1633-1884, Volume 1 (Boston, Massachusetts: Edward L. Osgood, 1886), page 244. Retrieved: 3 May 2011 from Google Books



  1. John Brooks Threlfall, Fifty great migration colonists to New England, p. 517.
  2. Francis Higginson, in Anderson, Robert Charles. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995), 2:934.
  3. Descendants of the Reverend Francis Higginson, first "teacher" in the Massachusetts Bay colony of Salem, Massachusetts and author of "New-Englands plantation" (1630)  by Thomas Wentworth Higginson. Published 1910 by Priv. print. in [Cambridge? Mass.] . Written in English.  Page 6-7
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Rev. John Higginson's Timeline

August 6, 1616
Leicestershire, England
August 31, 1616
Claybrooke, Leicestershire, England
Age 29
Guilford, Hartford , Connecticut
October 11, 1652
Age 36
Guilford, New Haven, Connecticut, USA
October 11, 1652
Age 36
Guilford, New Haven, Connecticut
Age 35
Guilford, New Haven County, Connecticut
Age 38
Guildford, Hartford, Connecticut
April 9, 1660
Age 43
October 18, 1661
Age 45