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  • Robert "gentleman" Higginson (c.1539 - 1614)
    Thomas Higginson, yeoman, of Berkeswell, born c 1506, died 1573, will dated 29 November 1573, proved 10 February 1573 (see will abstracts). Married Agnes Spencer. Their children included: Robert Higg...
  • Susan Benion (1595 - 1670)
  • Gabriel Bynnion, Sr. (c.1593 - 1662)
    From Clifford L. Stott, "The Higginson Family of Berkeswell, Warwickshire, and Its American Descendants (part 3)," The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 172 (Winter 2018): 81-96. Gabri...
  • Thomas Benion (c.1550 - 1608)
    This branch should be reconciled with the corresponding WikiTree branch ... issues exist in both places. 29 November 1573. Thomas Higginson of Berkeswell. To be buried in the parish church. Three p...
  • Isabel Benion (c.1550 - aft.1612)
    Source: Source: Clifford L. Stott, "The Higginson Family of Berkeswell, Warwickshire, and Its American Descendants (part 2)," The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 171 (Fall 2017): 318-2...

American Descendants of the Higginson Family of Berkeswell


To check Geni tree presentation against the study by Clifford Stott, "The Higginson Family of Berkeswell, Warwickshire, and Its American Descendants," (NEGHR (171 (Summer 2017. part 2 is Fall 2017)), and reconcile any differences.

Immigrants to America

Higginson family in Berkeswell

Source: Clifford L. Stott, "The Higginson Family of Berkeswell, Warwickshire, and Its American Descendants (part 1)," The New England Historical and Genealogical Register171 (Summer 2017): 181-88

1. John Higginson of Berkeswell, Warwickshire, yeoman, was born say 1480. He died between 10 December 1540, when he executed his will, and 4 February 1540/1, when is was proved. He married Joan _____, who was dead by 29 Nov 1573, when the will of their son Thomas referred to his mother Jone as deceased.

John was probably the son of John and Ellen Higginson of Berkeswell, who were admitted to the Guild of St. Ann of Knowle in 1498. Sixteen years later, in 1514, John Higginson of Berkeswell and his wife Joan were admitted to the guild. By 1533, John was master of the guild. In the same year, his sons John and Thomas were admitted.[1] The Guild of St. Ann of Knowle, also known as the Guild of Knowle, was a religious, social, and charitable organization that attracted members from throughout Warwickshire and beyond, but especially in the vicinity of Knowle. The fifteenth-century guild house is still standing in Knowle, a few miles from Berkeswell.

Children of John and Joan (_____) Higginson, order uncertain:

  • 2. i. Thomas "yeoman" Higginson, b. say 1505; m. Agnes Higgenson
  • ii. John Higginson, living in Cotton in the parish of Wem in 1540. He died in Cotton between 28 Oct. 1575, when he executed his will, and 27 Jan.,1575/6, when his estate was inventoried. He m. Margery _____. Johns will mentions his wife and children Jane and Margaret. More than one widow Margery Higginson was buried in Wem.
  • iii. Nicholas Higginson, b. say 1510. It is unclear whether the son Nicholas is identical to the Nicholas Higginson of Wem, mentioned in his father's 1540 will.
  • iv. Margery Higginson; m. before 1533 Roland Radforth or Radford. The will of Roland Radford of Berkeswell, dated 26 Aug. 1553, proved 14 Oct. 1555, mentions his wife Margery and children Robert (eldest son), William, Gregory, and Thomas Radford, and unnamed daughters.
  • v. Alice Higginson. One of John Higginson's daughters was apparently the wife of Rauffe Oliver, who is mentioned in John Higginson's 1540 will, but Rauffe's wife has not been identified.
  • vi. Elizabeth Higginson.
  • vii. Margaret Higginson.
  • viii. Elyn Higginson.
  • ix. Joyce Higginson.
  • x. Gregory Higginson, b. say 1531, probably the youngest son, based on probable age at marriage; bur. Great Packington, Warws., 29 March 1556. Widow Joyce Higginson m. (2) Great Packington 3 Aug. 1561, Oliver Mathew of Berkeswell.

Will abstracts

4 February 1541. John Higginson of Berkeswell, yeoman. Children and grandchildren Robert and Dorothy Higginson, each 8, and cousin Agnes Higginson who shall receive of Nicholas Higginson, dwelling in the parish of Wern, three kine [sic], as he had received from her father 36 shillings. His wife to deliver the kine to Nicholas. Small legacies of equal amount to Agnes Walton of Coventry and Margaret Banforth. Wife Jane. Sons-in-law Raufe Olyver and Rolande Radforth, overseers. Soul of Mistress Burway to be prayed for. Mr. George Mathew, overseer. Witnessed by Sr. John Fanchener clerk, Rowland Radforthe, and Thomas Higginson. Cons. Court Coventry and Lichfield. Children: Thomas, witness to his father's will; John, dwelling in Cotton in Wern; Nicholas; Gregory, unmarried in 1545; daughter; Margerie, wife of Rowland Radfrothe and mother of Robert and Thomas Radforthe; Alice; Margaret; Ellen alias Joys; Elizabeth (last four unmarried).

Source: Putnam's Historical Magazine vol. 6, no. 4 (Martyn vol. 10, p. 66)

29 November 1573. Thomas Higginson of Berkeswell. To be buried in the parish church. Three pounds to be lent yearly to the poor in the same manner as my mother gave seven pounds. To daughter Ursula, 30; daughter Elizabeth, unmarried, 30; son Robert and son Thomas, 5 and six oxen; daughter Dorothy Hauslappe, daughter Joane Benyan, son-in-law Thomas Benyan, 20, which he is to repay if he has no children; son George, unmarried, 20; Lawrence Donne, my men William Walt, John Raven, Raphe Slover, my maids Margere Barler, Elizabeth Milton, Dorothy Grey; my married children; brother John Higginson a clock, brother Nicholas Higginson a jerkin; cousin Allen Higginson horse grass during my lease; Adam Higginson 20 shillings; Thomas Benium son-in-law John Benyan 3.6; thomas son of daughter Hauslappe 5; Thomas Higginson son of son Robert 5; son Robert Higginson executor; John Myles and Thomas Benian overseers; witness Allen Higginson clerk, Leonard Frerleton, Richard Soughe, Hugh Higginson. Proved 10 February 1573-74.

Source: Putnam's Historical Magazine vol. 6, no. 4 (Martyn vol. 10, p. 66)

7 December 1610. Robert Higginson of Solihull, gentleman. To the poor of Solihull 40 shillings; to Christen Barker's children and Ann Randall's children, a ewe and land each; to my daughter Isabel Guerton's children and to my son Thomas, his children, the same; to Thomas Higginson my grandchildren, plate, etc. "I did owe to my son Thomas Elliott XXII VS (his three children which he had by my daughter Alice, viz., Sara and his sonnes when out of apprenticeshp; rest to Joane my wife whom exectrix. "I have received the XII which my son[-in-law] Guerton had for Sara, for use of Sara Elliott till of age. Inventory 27 April 1614 by Valentine Overton, John Horne, Thomas Taundye and Thomas Higginson. Proved, at Lichfield, 10 May 1614.

Source: Putnam's Historical Magazine vol. 6, no. 5

WILL OF MRS. MARGERY (BYNNION) AUGUR. the following extract from the will of Margery Angur (or Augur), widow, of London, dated Jan. 3, 1653, proved Oct. 9, 1658:

"To my son John Augur, 40 shillings. To my son Nicholas Augur, now residing in New England (certain household goods) ; also one mes- suage, etc., in Plastowe in Westham, Essex, formerly given unto me" by Mistress Mary Guilliams, etc. If Nicholas happens to die before such time as he should return unto England, then my daughter Hester Augur shall have the aforesaid messuage. To Ann the wife of my son John Augur my little gold ring with a Bristol stone in it, and all the residue I leave to my daughter Hester whom I make sole executrix, and I appoint my brother Gabriell Bynnion, citizen and tallow chandler of London, overseer." (Wootton, 540.)

This will shows that Robert Augur's grandmother was Margery Bynnion; and that his mother's name was Ann.

Source: vol. 47, p. 515, of the N. E. Historical and Genealogical Register appears as one of Water's Gleanings in England.

Additional Resources

  • Berkswell is a village and civil parish in the Metropolitan Borough of Solihull, county of West Midlands, England. Historically in Warwickshire, Berkswell is in the east of the borough, on the boundary with Coventry, and is about 7 miles (11 km) west of Coventry city centre. The United Kingdom Census 2001 recorded a parish population of 2,843, increasing to 3,139 at the 2011 Census.
  • Salzman, L.F., ed. (1947). A History of the County of Warwick, Volume 4: Hemlingford Hundred. Victoria County History. p 27 34. link
  • Berkswell Genealogical Records link
  • Warwickshire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1535-1812 ( link
  • "The Knowle Guild"
  • The Register of the Guild of Knowle in the County of Warwick: 1451-1535 ... By Knowle, England. Gild page 267 page image
  • "Guild Book of Knowle" - Exhibition The Register of the Guild of St Anne of Knowle is almost the sole survivor of the Staunton Collection of Warwickshire antiquarian papers, the remainder of which were destroyed in the Library fire of January 1879.
  • "Descendants of John Higginson, of Berkeswell" A family from Shropshire then Warwick, who spelled the name also Hykynson and Higinson, and pronounced it Hickerson
  • Family history and genealogy of the descendants of Robert Augur of New Haven colony by Augur, Edwin Prosper, 1847- comp Publication date 1904 Topics: Augur family (Robert Augur, fl. 1673), Augur family (Nicholas Augur, d. 1667) link