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Richard Higgins

Birthdate: (71)
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 Whitehead
Father of Jonathan Higgins; Benjamin Higgins, Sr.; Mary Oliver; Eliakim Higgins; Jediah 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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'Richard Higgins (abt. 1603 - 1675)

Richard Higgins

Born about 1 Aug 1603 in England

Son of Edward Higgins and Julian (Meals) Higgins

Brother of Jonathan Higgins [half], Thomas Higgins [half] and Julian Higgins [half]

Husband of Lydia (Chandler) Higgins —

married about 27 Nov 1634 in Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts

Husband of Mary (Unknown) Whitehead —

married Oct 1651 (to 1675) in Eastham, Barnstable County, Massachusetts

Father of Owen Higgins, Jonathan Higgins, Benjamin Higgins, Mary (Higgins) Looker,

Eliakim Higgins, William Higgins, Jediah Higgins, Mary (Higgins) Oliver,

Zerah Higgins, Thomas Higgins, Anne (Higgins) Predmore, Lydia Higgins,

Rebecca Higgins, Sarah Higgins and Ruth Higgins

Died 21 Jun 1675 in Piscataway, Middlesex County, New Jersey

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Richard Higgins migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).

Biographical Notes

Richard Higgins was born in England upon the death of his mother, August 1, 1603.[1] [2]He migrated to Plymouth Colony in 1632, appearing in the 1633 list of freedmen.[1] It is not known on which ship he came.[3]

He was the son of Edward Higgins and Julian Meals. [4]

On 7 Oct. 1633 he purchased from "Thomas Little his now dwelling howse and misted, for and in consideration of twenty-one bushels of merchantable corne, whereof twelve bushels to be pd in hand, & the remainder at harvest next ensuing." [5]

On 25 Mar. 1633 Richard was taxed 9/ and on 27 Mar. 1634 he was taxed another 12/ in corn (two bushels). [6] Sometime in 1633 or 1634 he was admitted a freeman as he is on the Plymouth list of freemen 1 Jan. 1634/5.[7]

On 1 Apr. 1634 Samuel Godbertson, son of Godbert Godbertson of New Plymouth, deceased, was apprenticed to Richard Higgins, tailor, for the term of seven years. Samuel was a ward of the Colony and Bradford agreed to pay Richard "six bushels of corne and a cowe calfe this present year of the next." Richard was to teach Samuel his trade and to give him the calf and half her offspring at the end of the seven year term.[8] Richard sold this apprenticeship to John Smaley who was also a tailor, 31 Aug. 1639. [9]

From the list of marriages in the Court Orders for 1634:

December 11 1634 Richard Higgins & lidia Chandler wer maried [10]

Richard and Lydia Chandler had two children, both born in Plymouth:[1]

Jonathan, b. July 1637 Benjamin, b. June 1640. On 13 Jan. 1633/4 Richard purchased from John Barnes "one dwelling house and twenty acres of land, being lately in the possession of Edward Holman, with all the fence, boards, timber (squared and unsquared) (belonging to the same) in consideration of ten pownd starling to be paid in currant English money or beaver at the rate it shall passe at the day of payment which is the 20th of March in the year of our Lord 1634. And also that the said Richard shall possesse the said John and his heirs of 20 acres of land in Scituate in some convenient place." [11]

On 14 Mar. 1635/6 Mr. Hicks, George Watson and Richard were granted the rest of the Island Creek for haying. They were granted more land for haying on 20 Mar. 1636/7.

On 2 May 1637 Richard was one of the committee to lay out highways in Plymouth, Duxbury and Ele River. [12]

On 7 Aug. 1638 Richard was one of the jury in the case of John Weeks vs. George Russell for slander. On 3 Dec. 1639 Richard posted a bond of 20/6 for Samuel Chandler who was accused of slander against the governor and the government. The bond was released. [13] Richard was on the jury several times while living in Plymouth and was a member of the "Grand Inquest" in June of 1644.

In Mar. 1638/9 Richard was granted 40 acres of land on the southeast of Great South Pond and two pieces of marshland southwest of the other grant. Richard swapped land with John Smaley in June 1640. [14] On 2 Nov. 1640 Richard was granted 6 acres in South Meadows. His property on Manomet Pond was confirmed to him on 30 Nov. [15]

After Lydia's death, which was probably shortly after Benjamin's birth, Richard married in Eastham Mary Yates, the widow of John Yates; her maiden name is unknown.[1] They had 9 children:[1]

Mary, b. Eastham September 27, 1652 Eliakim, b. Eastham October 20, 1634 Jadia, b. Eastham March 1656/7 Zera, b. June 1658 Thomas, b. January 1661 Lydia, b. July 1664 Rebecca, b.c. 1666 Ruth, b.c. 1671 Sarah, b.c. 1673 Richard Higgins one of the seven first settlers of Eastham, Massachusetts in April 1644; the others were Thomas Prince, John Doane, Nicholas Snow, Josias Cook, John Smalley, and Edward Bangs.[16] RIchard was chosen deputy in 1649, 1661 and 1667, and was selectman three years.[16]

In Feb. 1643 Richard was one of the people who was appointed to make traps to kill the wolves in the area. "The Names of the Freemen of eich Towne. Plymouth (1643)... Richard Higgins." "August, 1643. The Names of all the Males that are able to beare Armes from xvj. Yeares old to 60 Yeares, wthin the sevrall Towneshipps. Plymouth... Richard Higgins." [17]

In 1644 several families moved to Nauset (Eastham): "The Court doth grant unto the church of New Plymouth, or those that go dwell at Nausett all the tract of land lying between sea and sea, from the purchaser's bounds at Namskaket to the herring Brook at Billingsgate". 5 Mar. 1644/5. [18]

On 3 Mar. 1643/4 Richard sold a half acre of marsh at Hobb's Hole to Gyles Rickett for 40/. In Aug. 1645 he sold his house, garden and orchard near Brownes Rock to John Churchwell for £12 provided that "it shall be lawful for the said Richard to take away the boards that line the inward room and the bedstead and board overhead, and some fruit trees in the orchard so that he leaves the said John Churchwell 30 trees."[19] Richard moved to that part of Eastham called Pochet which was next to Nauset Beach in what is now East Orleans. He is listed as an inhabitant of Eastham in 1658. [20]

Richard was one of the representatives to the General Court at Plymouth beginning in 1647 until 1665. [21] He was also one of the surveyors of highways on 5 June 1651. [22] In 1658 he was one of four men chosen to settle the boundary between Barnstable and Yarmouth. [23] He was a selectman for Eastham in 1666, 1667 and 1668. [24]

Between 1659 and 1669 Richard bought and sold numerous parcels of land and obtained many land grants.

"June 1, 1659. Whereas it is and order of court that every town in this colony is to choose two or three men for the oversight and disposal of poor children, this town hath chosen Edward Bangs, Nicholas Snow and Richard Higgins according to order." [25]

"1659. Richard Higgins has one little black mare which was Job Cole's with a blaze down the face and a little white hair above her hoofs before, burn marked with an E on the right shoulder. Dec. 23, 1659."[26]

"May 15, 1660. Mr. John Doane, Richard Higgins and Thomas Paine with the surveyors are to appoint what particular highways are to be mended and those that are most concerned in the ways are to mend them by the appointment of the abovesaid for the present year." [27]

"Court of June 13, 1660. Richard Higgins one of a committee to dispose of the trade at Kennebeck." [28]

"Dec 13, 1660. Richard Higgins undertook to provide a company for to cut up the third fish" (whale).[29]

"The mark of Richard Higgins (for his cattle) is a piece cut off the hind side of the left ear, to the top of the ear, and a slit cut in the side of the ear slanting downwards. Jan. 22, 1660/1." [30]

"24 10th mo. 1667. Richard Higgins and Benjamin Higgins were on a jury of inquest as to the deaths of Robert Chapell, James Nichols, and William Pidell, cast ashore upon Cape Cod." [31]

"To all people to whome these presents shall come. Know ye that I Richard Higens of Eastham in the Government of New Plimoth in New England in America, Taylor... grant unto my son Benjamine Higens of the Towne of Eastham abovesaid, Husbandman, a parcell of upland and meadowing the upland containing twentie acres be it more or less lying at a place commonly called Poche, the which upland lieth next to the lot of Job Cole and was bought and exchanged by the said Richard Hignes of Jonathan Sparrow as appears by a deed... And two acres of marsh or meadowing, be it more or less, which was formerly Mr. William Bradfords deceased, that Richard Higens hath and lieth at the harbor's mouth... 4th day of the 5th mounth 1669

Richard Higens in the presence of us Nath: Bacon John Scudder"(16) [32]

In 1669 a group of people moved from the Cape to New Jersey because of religious and political differences with the establishment at Plymouth or because of the fact that land was more available in New Jersey. Richard seems to have moved to New Piscataway because of the last reason.

"Know all men by these presents that I Richard higgens of New Piscataway in the province of New Jersey, yeoman, for the sum of nine pounds sterling to him paid... to Benjamin Higgens of Eastham in the jurisdiction of New Plimouth... land at a place called little Billingsgate." Dated 20 Nov. 1672. [33]

On 8 Mar. 1677/8 Mary had her deceased husband's claims to land laid out to her in the western part of old Piscataway township near the Raritan River consisting of 254 acres.

Samuel Moore Sr. of Woodbridge, NJ obtained a license to marry Mary, but for some reason the marriage never took place and she married Isaac Whitehead. In her son Thomas' will in Dec. 1702 she received "the Parlor or Rooms where she now lives and also one-third part of the orchard during her natural life."[34]

He owned land in Eastham and Piscataway, New Jersey, where he moved a few years before his death, which was between Nov. 20, 1674, and June 1, 1675.[1]

Sources

↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III. (Online database: AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2010), (Originally Published as: New England Historic Genealogical Society. Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III, 3 vols., 1995), pp. 928ff. ↑ The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Volume 46, pages 390-391 ↑ Higgins, Katherine Chapin. Richard Higgins : a resident and pioneer settler at Plymouth and Eastham, Massachusetts, and at Piscataway, New Jersey, and his descendants, 1918, p. 26. This research is mentioned positively in the entry on Richard Higgins in The Great Migration Begins (pp. 928-932). ↑ The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Volume 46, pages 390-391 ↑ Richard Higgins And His Descendants- Katherine Chapin Higgins, Worcester, 1918, p.26- quoting Plymouth Colony Records- Vol. I, fol. 16 ↑ Plymouth Colony Records- Vol. I, fol. 11, 28 ↑ Plymouth Colony Records- Vol. I, fol. 4 ↑ Richard Higgins And His Descendants- Katherine Chapin Higgins, Worcester, 1918, p.27- quoting Plymouth Colony Records- Vol. I, fol. 29 ↑ Plymouth Colony Records- Vol. I, pp. 129-30 ↑ Plymouth Court Orders-Vol. I, p. 72 ↑ Richard Higgins And His Descendants- Katherine Chapin Higgins, Worcester, 1918, p.27- quoting Plymouth Colony Records- Vol. I, fol. 24 ↑ Plymouth Colony Records- Vol. I, fol. 58 ↑ Plymouth Colony Records- Vol. I, pp. 137-8 ↑ Plymouth Colony Records- Vol. XII, fol. 59 ↑ Plymouth Colony Records- Vol. I, fol. 115, 168 ↑ 16.0 16.1 Pratt, Enoch. A comprehensive history, ecclesiastical and civil, of Eastham, Wellfleet, and Orleans : County of Barnstable, Mass., from 1644 to 1844, W.S. Fisher and Co., Yarmouth, Massachusetts, 1844, pp. 8-20. ↑ Records of the Colony of New Plymouth- Nathaniel Shurtleff, M.D., Boston, 1857, pp.173-4, 187-8- quoting Plymouth Colony Records- Vol. I, fol. 189 ↑ History of Harwich- p.29 ↑ Higgins Genealogy- p.30- quoting Plymouth Colony Records- Vol. XII, fol. 59, 107, 111 ↑ Records of the Colony of New Plymouth- Nathaniel Shurtleff, M.D., Boston, 1857, p. 201 ↑ Plymouth Colony Records- Vol. II, fol. 117; III, 32, 80, 115, 135, 187; IV, 90 ↑ Plymouth Colony Records- Vol. II, fol. 168 ↑ Plymouth Colony Records- Vol. III, fol. 175 ↑ Plymouth Colony Records- Vol. IV, fol. 124, 146, 182 ↑ Richard Higgins And His Descendants- Katherine Chapin Higgins, Worcester, 1918, p. 33 ↑ Richard Higgins And His Descendants- Katherine Chapin Higgins, Worcester, 1918, p. 33 ↑ Richard Higgins And His Descendants- Katherine Chapin Higgins, Worcester, 1918, p. 34 ↑ Richard Higgins And His Descendants- Katherine Chapin Higgins, Worcester, 1918, p. 31- quoting Plymouth Colony Records- Vol. III, fol. 195 ↑ Richard Higgins And His Descendants- Katherine Chapin Higgins, Worcester, 1918, p. 34 ↑ Richard Higgins And His Descendants- Katherine Chapin Higgins, Worcester, 1918, p. 34 ↑ Richard Higgins And His Descendants- Katherine Chapin Higgins, Worcester, 1918, pp. 34-5 - quoting Plymouth Colony Records- Vol. IV, fol. 176 ↑ Land Grants, 1659-1710, Town of Eastham- Plymouth Colony Land Records- Vol. III, fol. 147 ↑ Book of Land Grants of Eastham- p.98 ↑ New York Genealogical & Biographical Record- Vol. 47, pp. 21-2 Immigration

Immigration: Date: 1632 Place: Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts[35]

Occupation

Occupation: Tailor[36]

"FamilySearch," database, \i FamilySearch\i0 Author: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Publication: (http://www.familysearch.org) Page: accessed 8 Oct 2015), entry for Richard Higgins, person ID 9H7T-FCW. Source S371 Abbreviation: History of Eastham Title: A Comprehensive History, Ecclesiastical and Civil, of Eastham, Wellfleet, and Orleans: County of Barnstable, Mass From 1644 to 1844. Author: Rev Enoch Pratt of Brewster Publication: Yarmouth, W.S. Fisher and Co. 1844. Marriage information is Based on Original data: Clemens, William Montgomery. American Marriage Records Before 1699. Pompton Lakes, NJ, USA: Biblio Co., 1926. Godfrey Memorial Library. American Genealogical-Biographical Index. Middletown, CT, USA: Godfrey Memorial Library Source: S234 Title: The Great Migration Begins, Vol. II NOTESource Medium: Book CONT Richard Higgins : A Resident and Pioneer Settler at Plymouth and Eastham, Massachusetts, and at Piscataway, New Jersey, and his descendants Publisher: Worcester, Mass. : K.C. Higgins. Author: Higgins, Katharine Elizabeth Chapin, 1847-1925. http://archive.org/details/richardhigginsre00higg* Source: S-1319219973 Repository: #R-1563874634 Title: Abstract of Graves of Revolutionary Patriots Author: Hatcher, Patricia Law Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1999.Original data - Hatcher, Patricia Law. Abstract of Graves of Revolutionary Patriots. Dallas, TX, USA: Pioneer Heritage Press, 1987.Original data: Hatcher, Patricia Law. Abstract of Grav Note: APID: 1,4110::0 Repository: R-1563874634 Name: Ancestry.com Address: http://www.Ancestry.com Note: Source: S-1319219991 Repository: #R-1563874634 Title: American Marriages Before 1699 Author: Ancestry.com Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1997.Original data - Clemens, William Montgomery. American Marriage Records Before 1699. Pompton Lakes, NJ, USA: Biblio Co., 1926.Original data: Clemens, William Montgomery. American Marriag Note: APID: 1,2081::0 Source: S-1319220000 Repository: #R-1563874634 Title: Massachusetts Census, 1790-1890 Author: Jackson, Ron V., Accelerated Indexing Systems, comp. Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1999.Original data - Compiled and digitized by Mr. Jackson and AIS from microfilmed schedules of the U.S. Federal Decennial Census, territorial/state censuses, and/or census substitutes.Orig Note: APID: 1,3553::0 Source: S-1319220014 Repository: #R-1563874634 Title: England & Wales Christening Records, 1530-1906 Author: Ancestry.com Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2008.Original data - Genealogical Society of Utah. British Isles Vital Records Index, 2nd Edition. Salt Lake City, Utah: Intellectual Reserve, copyright 2002. Used by permission.Original dat Note: APID: 1,1351::0 Source: S-1319225233 Repository: #R-1563874634 Title: Family Data Collection - Deaths Author: Edmund West, comp. Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2001. Note: APID: 1,5771::0 Source: S-1319225258 Repository: #R-1563874634 Title: Family Data Collection - Marriages Author: Edmund West, comp. Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2001. Note: APID: 1,5774::0 Source: S-1319236844 Repository: #R-1563874634 Title: Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s Author: Gale Research Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc, 2010.Original data - Filby, P. William, ed. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s. Farmington Hills, MI, USA: Gale Research, 2010.Original data: Filby, P. William, ed. Passenge Note: APID: 1,7486::0 Source: S-1366474866 Repository: #R-1563874634 Title: Ancestry Family Trees Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com. Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members. Note: This information comes from 1 or more individual Ancestry Family Tree files. This source citation points you to a current version of those files. Note: The owners of these tree files may have removed or changed information since this source citation was created. Page: Ancestry Family Trees Note: Data: Text: http://trees.ancestry.com/pt/AMTCitationRedir.aspx?tid=13981146&pid=747

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

http://www.yatesville.net/hgen/getperson.php?personID=I23012&tree=01

   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

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'Richard Higgins (abt. 1603 - 1675)

Richard Higgins

Born about 1 Aug 1603 in England

Son of Edward Higgins and Julian (Meals) Higgins

Brother of Jonathan Higgins [half], Thomas Higgins [half] and Julian Higgins [half]

Husband of Lydia (Chandler) Higgins —

married 23 Nov 1634 in Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts

Husband of Mary (Unknown) Whitehead —

married Oct 1651 (to 1675) in Eastham, Barnstable County, Massachusetts

Father of Owen Higgins, Jonathan Higgins, Benjamin Higgins,

Mary (Higgins) Looker, Eliakim Higgins, William Higgins, Jediah Higgins,

Mary (Higgins) Oliver, Zerah Higgins, Thomas Higgins,

Lydia Higgins, Rebecca Higgins, Ruth (Higgins) Tuttle and Sarah Higgins

Died 21 Jun 1675 in Piscataway, Middlesex County, New Jersey

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Richard Higgins migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).

Biographical Notes

Richard Higgins was born in England upon the death of his mother, August 1, 1603.[1] [2]He migrated to

Plymouth Colony in 1632, appearing in the 1633 list of freedmen.[1] It is not known on which ship he came.[3]

He was the son of Edward Higgins and Julian Meals. [4]

He married Lydia Chandler on December 11, 1634, in Plymouth; they had two children, both born in Plymouth:[1]

Jonathan, b. July 1637

Benjamin, b. June 1640.

After her death, which was probably shortly after Benjamin's birth,

Richard married in Eastham Mary Yates, the widow of John Yates;

her maiden name is unknown.[1] They had 9 children:[1]

Mary, b. Eastham September 27, 1652

Eliakim, b. Eastham October 20, 1634

Jadia, b. Eastham March 1656/7

Zera, b. June 1658

Thomas, b. January 1661

Lydia, b. July 1664

Rebecca, b.c. 1666

Ruth, b.c. 1671

Sarah, b.c. 1673

Richard Higgins one of the seven first settlers of Eastham, Massachusetts in April 1644; the others were Thomas Prince, John Doane, Nicholas Snow, Josias Cook, John Smalley, and Edward Bangs.[5] RIchard was chosen deputy in 1649, 1661 and 1667, and was selectman three years.[5]

He owned land in Eastham and Piscataway, New Jersey, where he moved a few years before his death, which was between Nov. 20, 1674, and June 1, 1675.[1]

Sources

↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III. (Online database: AmericanAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2010), (Originally Published as: New England Historic Genealogical Society. Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I-III, 3 vols., 1995), pp. 928ff. ↑ The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Volume 46, pages 390-391 ↑ Higgins, Katherine Chapin. Richard Higgins : a resident and pioneer settler at Plymouth and Eastham, Massachusetts, and at Piscataway, New Jersey, and his descendants, 1918, p. 26. This research is mentioned positively in the entry on Richard Higgins in The Great Migration Begins (pp. 928-932). ↑ The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Volume 46, pages 390-391 ↑ 5.0 5.1 Pratt, Enoch. A comprehensive history, ecclesiastical and civil, of Eastham, Wellfleet, and Orleans : County of Barnstable, Mass., from 1644 to 1844, W.S. Fisher and Co., Yarmouth, Massachusetts, 1844, pp. 8-20. Immigration

Immigration: Date: 1632 Place: Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts[6]

Occupation

Occupation: Tailor[7]

"FamilySearch," database, \i FamilySearch\i0 Author: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Publication: (http://www.familysearch.org) Page: accessed 8 Oct 2015), entry for Richard Higgins, person ID 9H7T-FCW. Source S371 Abbreviation: History of Eastham Title: A Comprehensive History, Ecclesiastical and Civil, of Eastham, Wellfleet, and Orleans: County of Barnstable, Mass From 1644 to 1844. Author: Rev Enoch Pratt of Brewster Publication: Yarmouth, W.S. Fisher and Co. 1844. Marriage information is Based on Original data: Clemens, William Montgomery. American Marriage Records Before 1699. Pompton Lakes, NJ, USA: Biblio Co., 1926. Godfrey Memorial Library. American Genealogical-Biographical Index. Middletown, CT, USA: Godfrey Memorial Library Source: S234 Title: The Great Migration Begins, Vol. II NOTESource Medium: Book CONT Richard Higgins : A Resident and Pioneer Settler at Plymouth and Eastham, Massachusetts, and at Piscataway, New Jersey, and his descendants Publisher: Worcester, Mass. : K.C. Higgins. Author: Higgins, Katharine Elizabeth Chapin, 1847-1925. http://archive.org/details/richardhigginsre00higg* Source: S-1319219973 Repository: #R-1563874634 Title: Abstract of Graves of Revolutionary Patriots Author: Hatcher, Patricia Law Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1999.Original data - Hatcher, Patricia Law. Abstract of Graves of Revolutionary Patriots. Dallas, TX, USA: Pioneer Heritage Press, 1987.Original data: Hatcher, Patricia Law. Abstract of Grav Note: APID: 1,4110::0 Repository: R-1563874634 Name: Ancestry.com Address: http://www.Ancestry.com Note: Source: S-1319219991 Repository: #R-1563874634 Title: American Marriages Before 1699 Author: Ancestry.com Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1997.Original data - Clemens, William Montgomery. American Marriage Records Before 1699. Pompton Lakes, NJ, USA: Biblio Co., 1926.Original data: Clemens, William Montgomery. American Marriag Note: APID: 1,2081::0 Source: S-1319220000 Repository: #R-1563874634 Title: Massachusetts Census, 1790-1890 Author: Jackson, Ron V., Accelerated Indexing Systems, comp. Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1999.Original data - Compiled and digitized by Mr. Jackson and AIS from microfilmed schedules of the U.S. Federal Decennial Census, territorial/state censuses, and/or census substitutes.Orig Note: APID: 1,3553::0 Source: S-1319220014 Repository: #R-1563874634 Title: England & Wales Christening Records, 1530-1906 Author: Ancestry.com Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2008.Original data - Genealogical Society of Utah. British Isles Vital Records Index, 2nd Edition. Salt Lake City, Utah: Intellectual Reserve, copyright 2002. Used by permission.Original dat Note: APID: 1,1351::0 Source: S-1319225233 Repository: #R-1563874634 Title: Family Data Collection - Deaths Author: Edmund West, comp. Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2001. Note: APID: 1,5771::0 Source: S-1319225258 Repository: #R-1563874634 Title: Family Data Collection - Marriages Author: Edmund West, comp. Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2001. Note: APID: 1,5774::0 Source: S-1319236844 Repository: #R-1563874634 Title: Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s Author: Gale Research Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc, 2010.Original data - Filby, P. William, ed. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s. Farmington Hills, MI, USA: Gale Research, 2010.Original data: Filby, P. William, ed. Passenge Note: APID: 1,7486::0 Source: S-1366474866 Repository: #R-1563874634 Title: Ancestry Family Trees Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com. Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members. Note: This information comes from 1 or more individual Ancestry Family Tree files. This source citation points you to a current version of those files. Note: The owners of these tree files may have removed or changed information since this source citation was created. Page: Ancestry Family Trees Note: Data: Text: http://trees.ancestry.com/pt/AMTCitationRedir.aspx?tid=13981146&pid=747

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Reference: ancestry.com:

Richard Higgins

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

Parents

Edward Higgins 1548-1607

Julian Meals 1580-1603

Spouse(s)

Lydia Chandler 1610-1645

Mary Yates 1632-1702

Children

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

1603
August 1, 1603
Langley Parish, Stoke-Hundred, Hertfordshire, England
1632
1632
Age 28
Plymouth, MA
1633
1633
Age 29
From England
1634
December 11, 1634
Age 31
1637
July 1637
Age 33
Plymouth, Plymouth Colony
1640
July 1, 1640
Age 36
Plymouth, Plymouth Colony
1652
September 27, 1652
Age 49
Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts
September 27, 1652
Age 49
Eastham, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, United States