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Richard Higgins

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

Son of Edward Higgins and Julia Higgins (Meals)
Husband of Lydia Higgins and Mary (unknown) (Yates) (Higgins) Whitehead
Father of Jonathan Higgins; Benjamin Higgins, Sr.; Mary Oliver; Mary Snow; Eliakim Higgins and 8 others
Brother of Jonathan Higgins; Thomas Higgins and Julian Higgins
Half brother of Robert Higgins

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


'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


  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.


Second Husband of Mary Yates, Married to Mary Yates 10 October 1651 Barnstable Co. MA

   Family Data Collection - Deaths about Richard Higgins Name: Richard Higgins Death Date: 21 Jun 1675 City: Piscataway County: Middlesex State: NJ Country: USA
   Richard Higgins Birth: Aug. 1, 1603, England Death: 1674 Piscataway Middlesex County New Jersey, USA Higgins Family Burying Ground-Kingston Family links: Spouses: Lydia Chandler Higgins* Mary Yates Higgins Whitehead* Children: Jonathan Higgins (1637 - ____)* Benjamin Higgins (1640 - ____)* Mary Higgins Looker (1651 - ____)* Eliakin Higgins (1654 - ____)* Jadiah Higgins (1656 - 1715)* Zera Higgins (1658 - ____)* Thomas Higgins (1661 - ____)* Lydia Higgins (1661 - ____)* Rebecca Higgins Martin (1666 - ____)* Ruth Higgins FitzRandolph Tuttle (1671 - ____)* Sarah Higgins Moore (1673 - ____)* Burial: Stelton Baptist Church Cemetery Edison Middlesex County New Jersey, USA Created by: Doris Palmer Record added: Oct 15, 2000 Find A Grave Memorial# 5079411


Richard Higgins

Found 10 Records, 6 Photos and 1,716,412 Family Trees

Born in Ireland on 1613 to Edward Higgins and Julian Meals.

Richard married Lydia Chandler and had 2 children.

Richard married Mary Yates and had 9 children.

He passed away on 75 in Massachusetts, USA.

Family Members


Edward Higgins 1548-1607

Julian Meals 1580-1603


Lydia Chandler 1610-1645

Mary Yates 1632-1702


Jonathan Higgins 1637-1690

Benjamin Higgins 1640-1690

Mary Higgins 1652-1717

Eliakim Higgins 1654-1720

William Higgins 1654-1720

Jediah Higgins 1657-1700

Thomas Higgins 1661-1720

Lydia Higgins 1664-1730

Rebecca Higgins 1663-1730

Ruth Higgins 1675-1730

Sarah Higgins 1672-1730

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Richard Higgins's Timeline

August 1, 1603
Langley Parish, Stoke-Hundred, Hertfordshire, England
Age 28
Plymouth, MA
Age 29
From England
December 11, 1634
Age 31
July 1637
Age 33
Plymouth, Plymouth Colony
July 1, 1640
Age 36
Plymouth, Plymouth Colony
September 27, 1652
Age 49
Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts
September 27, 1652
Age 49
Eastham, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States