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  HIGGINS, c.1603-1794
Related Families: Chandler | Rogers | Cooke | Sumner

Migration:  England>Plymouth, MA>Eastham, MA>Middletown, CT


        (1) Richard Higgins, born in England, died between 1674 and 1677 in Pistcataway, New Jersey; married 11 December 1634 in Plymouth, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts, Lydia Chandler, thought to be a daughter of Edmund Chandler, but not proven to be by his wife Elizabeth Alden. Parents of:


        (2) Jonathan Higgins, born July 1637 in Plymouth, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts, died after 21 May 1711; married first 9 January 1660 at Eastham, Massachusetts, Elizabeth Rogers, born 29 September 1639 probably at Duxbury, Plymouth Co., Massachusetts, died between 2 January 1677/1678 and 4 July 1679 at Eastham, Massachusetts. After the death of his first wife Jonathan married her sister Hannah Rogers.
        On 28 May 1711 Joseph Higgins, Sr., of Eastham sold to Jonathan Higgins, Jr. and Elisha Higgins both of Eastham land in Eastham "given to our deceased mother Elizabeth Higgins by our deceased grandfather Lt. Joseph Rogers." On 29 January 1714/1715 Nicholas Paine and wife Hannah sold to their brother Jonathan Higgins, Jr., land "given by our grandfather Lt. Joseph Rogers to our mother Elizabeth Higgins deceased."


        (3) Joseph Higgins, born in Eastham, Massachusetts 14 February 1666, died in Chatham, Massachusetts before 21 May 1729; married about 1689 Ruth, who died after 10 July 1735.
        On 9 June 1714 Joseph sold to Jonathan Higgins, Jr. land in Eastham and land he had bought from his brother Beriah, "all of which our great-grandfather Lt. Joseph Rogers gave to our grandmother Higgins in his will."

Children (all born in Eastham, Massachusetts):

  1. Joseph, born 1 October 1690, died 21 December 1783 in Lyme, Connecticut; married 18 February 1718/1719 Mercy Remick, born 29 July 1698 in Eastham, Massachusetts, daughter of Abraham Remick and Elizabeth Freeman
  2. Beriah, mentioned below
  3. Ruth, born 11 September 1700, died probably in Nova Scotia, Canada after 13 March 1762; married first on 11 October 1716 in Eastham, Massachusetts, Ebenezer Stewart of Chatham.


        (4) Beriah Higgins, born about 1692, died probably after 17 August 1749 in Connecticut; married about 1716 Desire Cooke, born 14 June 1694 in Eastham, Barnstable Co., Massachusetts, died after 17 May 1736, perhaps in Connecticut. They resided at Truro between 1712 and 1724 and at Provincetown until 1736. They probably removed to Connecticut, as records in Middletown, Connecticut refer to their son Beriah as "Jr." as late as 17 August 1749, indicating that recordkeepers were trying to distinguish him from a father by the same name who resided locally.


  1. Thankful, born 7 August 1717 at Truro, Massachusetts; married Daniel Rathbone.
  2. Jemima, born 15 June 1719 at Truro, Massachusetts
  3. Desire, born 10 August 1724, died 24 February 1794 in Otis, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts; married Hezekiah Sumner; they removed to Middletown, Connecticut and Sandisfield, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts.
  4. Deborah, born 26 October 1725
  5. Beriah, born 1 April 1727; married Thankful Barnes, and resided in Middletown, Connecticut.
  6. Phebe, born 17 May 1736
  7. Jethro
  8. Josiah
  9. Joseph; married Sarah Burgess.
© Mark A. Wentling, 2002
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