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Thomas Higginson

Birthplace: Guildford, Hartford, Connecticut
Death: after 1696
Immediate Family:

Son of Rev. John Higginson and Sarah Higginson
Brother of Capt. John Higginson; Sarah Wharton; Anna Dolliver; Francis Higginson; Henry Higginson and 1 other

Occupation: Silversmith
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About Thomas Higginson

Thomas Higginson

  • Born: abt 1655, Guilford CT


  Events in his life were:

  • Apprenticed on 13 Apr 1670 to Joseph Ash in London England 9

The records of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths contain an entry: "That I Thomas Higginson the sonne of John Higginson of Salem in New England Clerke doe put my selfe Apprentize unto Joseph Ash Citizen and Goldsmith of London for the Terme of Eight teares from Xmas past."

  • He worked from 1687 to 1689 as a silversmith in Salem MA 9
  • He worked from 1690 to 1696 as a silversmith in Guilford CT 9
  • He worked from 1695 to 1696 as a silversmith in Salem MA

From Salem, he left, according to his father's diary, for "Arabia, whither he was gone with privateers, contrary to my minde and against his promise." 9


  • Maine, Indian Land Speculation, and the Essex County Witchcraft Outbreak of 1692 By Emerson W. Baker and James Kences from Maine History, volume 40, number 3, Fall 2001 (pp. 159-189). "In June 1688 Harlackenden Symonds sold Coxhall [Maine] to 38 men from Ipswich and other Essex County towns. Many of these men would have some tie to the witchcraft outbreak. Six of the proprietors were kinsmen of witches. Three proprietors testified against witches while four signed petitions supporting the accused. Some proprietors had multiple ties to the trials. For example, proprietor Thomas Higginson was the son of Salem's esteemed minister, Reverend John Higginson. His brother, Captain John Higginson was a court officer during the witch trials, and his sister, Ann Higginson Dolliver was an accused witch. Proprietors were also the alleged victims of witchcraft. ..."


  • 9. Kane, Patricia E., Colonial Massachusetts Silversmiths and Jewelers.



  1. 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.  
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Guildford, Hartford, Connecticut
Age 41