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REVEREND FRANCIS HIGGINSON


Ann Higginson, born 1623, was the daughter of the Reverend Francis Higginson and his wife, Anne Herbert. She married Ensign Thomas Chatfield, and they were the parents of Anna Chatfield, who married Josiah Stansborough in 1670. Their daughter, Anna Stansborough, born July 1, 1679, married Nathaniel Halsey on December 15, 1697, and they were my g-g-g-g-g-g-grandparents.

~~LaRae



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The Children of the Rev. Francis Higginson in 1640

Source: 
"A Historical Discourse, 
Delivered by Request Before the Citizens of New Haven, April 25, 1838, 
The Two Hundreth Anniversary of the First Settlement of the Town and Colony" 
by James L. Kingsley. 
New Haven, B. & W. Noyes, 1838. pg. 102,103.

I do not recollect seeing it stated in any of our early histories. that the family of the Rev. Francis Higginson, of Salem, removed to New Haven after his death. Mrs. Higginson, his widow, died here early in the year 1640. Her estate was the first which came before the court of magistrates for settlement, after the planting of the colony. As the court was guided in their decisions in this case, solely by what they were accustomed to call, the "general rules of righteousness," it may interest some to see a copy of the record. The orthography is not followed. The court was held Feb. 25, 1640.

Mrs. Higginson, late of Quinnipiac, dying without making her will, and leaving behind eight children, an inventory of her estate being taken, the court disposed of her estate and children as followeth, with consent and approbation of Mr. John Higginson, her eldest son.

The said John Higginson, the charges of his education considered, is only to have his father's books, together with the value of five pounds in bedding for his portion.

Francis Higginson, the second son, and Timothy, the third son, their education, also considered, are to have each of them Twenty pounds for their portions.

Theophilus Higginson, though well educated, yet in regard to his helpfulness to his mother and her estate, is to have forty pounds for his portion.

Samuel Higginson, is also to have forty pounds for his portion, and to be with Mr. Eaton as his servant for the full term of two years from the first of March next ensuing.

Theophilus and Samuel are to have the lot, with all the accomodations belonging thereunto, equally to be divided betwixt them, for fifty pounds of their portions.

Ann Higginson, the daughter, is to have forty pounds for her portion, and her mother's old clothes, together with the remainder of the estate, when the debts and other portions are paid.

Charles Higginson, is to have forty pounds for his portion, and to be with Thomas Fugill, as his apprentice, unto the full end and term of nine years, from the first of March next ensuing the date hereof; and the said Thomas Fugill is to find him what is convenient for him as a servant, and to keep him at school one year, or else to advantage him as much in his education as a year's learning comes to; and he is to have the benefit of the use of his portion till the said term be expired, and at the end thereof, to pay it to the said Charles Higginson, if he live till the said nine years be expired, but if he die before, then the said Thomas Fugill is to pay the said portion to the rest of his brothers, that are alive at the end of said nine years.

Neophytus Higginson, being with Mr. Hough in the Bay of Massachusetts, is to remain with him, and be brought up by him, till he attain the full age of twenty one years, and in the mean time, Mr. Hough is to have forty pounds of the estate, which he is to pay to the said Neophytus, at the end of the said term, as his portion. When the farm at Saugus is sold, it is to be equally divided among the brothers.



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Ahnentafel, Generation No. 1

1. Francis HIGGINSON died 06 AUG 1630 in Salem. He was the son of 2. John HIGGINSON and 3. Elizabeth. He married Anne HERBERT 08 JAN 1615/16 in St Peter's, Nottingham, England. She died 25 FEB 1639/40 in New Havem, Ct.. 

Children of Anne HERBERT and Francis HIGGINSON are:

John HIGGINSON b: 06 AUG 1616 in Claybrook, Leicestershire 
i. Theophilus HIGGINSON 
ii. Francis HIGGINSON 
iii. Timothy HIGGINSON 
iv. Samuel HIGGINSON 
v. Mary HIGGINSON 
vi. Anne HIGGINSON 
vii. Charles HIGGINSON b: ABT 1628 
viii. Neophytus HIGGINSON b: ABT 1630 in Salem 


Ahnentafel, Generation No. 2

2. John HIGGINSON was born ABT 1540. He was buried 19 FEB 1624 in Claybrook. He was the son of 4. Nicholas HIGGINSON. 

3. Elizabeth died AFT 1623. 

Children of Elizabeth and John HIGGINSON are: 

i. Nathaniel HIGGINSON was born ABT 1573. 
ii. John HIGGINSON. 
iii. Dorothy HIGGINSON. She married William GILBARD 26 DEC 1598 in Claybrook. 
iv. Priscilla HIGGINSON. 
v. John HIGGINSON. 
vi. John HIGGINSON. 
1. vii. Francis HIGGINSON died 06 AUG 1630 in Salem. He married Anne HERBERT 08 JAN 1615/16 in St Peter's, Nottingham, England. She died 25 FEB 1639/40 in New Havem, Ct.. 
viii. William HIGGINSON. He married Frances PALMER 28 OCT 1629 in Claybrook. 
ix. Catherine HIGGINSON. She married Thomas COLEMAN 22 APR 1619 in Claybrook. 
x. Martyn HIGGINSON. 
xi. Mary HIGGINSON was born 04 FEB 1593 in Claybrook. 
xii. Nicholas HIGGINSON. 
xiii. George HIGGINSON. 
xiv. Nicholas HIGGINSON died ABT 1649?. 
xv. Grace HIGGINSON. 
xvi. Elizabeth HIGGINSON. 
xvii. Judith HIGGINSON died 17 OCT 1613 in Claybrook. 


Ahnentafel, Generation No. 3

4. Nicholas HIGGINSON. 
Note: He was the brother of Nicholas Higginson of Leire. 

Child of Nicholas HIGGINSON is: 

2. i. John HIGGINSON was born ABT 1540. He married Elizabeth BEF 1573. She died AFT 1623. 

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Rev. Francis Higginson

Baptism: 06 AUG 1586 Claybrooke, Leicestershire, England 
Note: Other sources give the year as 1587. 

Death: 06 AUG 1630 in Salem 
Note: 
In a letter to his wife dated 9 September 1630, Governor
Winthrop included "good Mr. Higginson' in his list of those who
had died "about the beginning of September". 1630 Dudley has
"Mr Higginson, one of the ministers of Salem, a zealous and a
profitable preacher. . . of a fever."

Emigration: 1629 
Note: 
On 25 April 1629 he, his wife and 8 children sailed from
Gravesend to New England in the Talbot. This
vessel was of 300 tons, 19 guns, and 30 men, commanded by
Thomas Beecher, She "carried about 100 planters, 6 goats, 5
pieces of ordinance, with meal, oatmeal, peas and all manner of
munition of provision for the plantation for a twelve month."
She was one of 3 ships, fitted out at the same time with
emigrants and supplies for the colony. She reached no further
than Cowes by th 5th of May. Mr. Higginson remarked in his
diary that he, his wife and children and 2 maids and some
others obtained leave of the master to go ashore and refresh
us, and wash out linens. On the 6th in the morning a shallop
was seent from the ship to take them to Yarmouth, 8 miles from
Cowes. Since the water was rough the women wanted to be set
ashore about 3 miles short of Yarmouth and so they went by land
to stay in Yarmouth for the night. On the 10th, a Sunday, he
preached on the ship and then was asked to preach in the
afternoon in the town.

Event: Church Mem 1629 Salem 
Note: 
Francis Higginson participated in the organization of the Salem
Church in 1629 and was made teacher, alongside Samuel Skelton
who was made pastor. When signing the agreement to come to New
England he was promised "a man servant to take care and look
after things, and to catch him fish and foule, and provide
other things needfull, and, also two maid servants to look to
his family." In the agreemnt it was mentioned he was allowed
30 to buy apparel and other articles for the voyage, and 10
more for books, and a free passage for himself, his wife and
children and furniture. His salary for each of three years.
commencing from his arrival at Naumkeag, was to be 30, a house
and land, firewood, and diet. The dwelling and appurtenances
were to be the parsonage for the use of himself and successors
in the ministry. At the expiration of 3 years hw was to have
100 acres of land assigned to him, and of 7 more years 100
acres more. Towards the support of his household, he was to
have the milk of 2 cows, and half the increase of their calves;
the other half, which the cows, the Company were to receive and
the end of 3 years. In case of his decease, his wife, while
remaining widow, and his children, if the former and the later
continued in the plantation, were to be supported at the public
expense. Should he not like to dwell longer in the colony that
the period agreed on, there was to be no charge for a passage
back for himself and his family.

Education: He matriculated at Cambridge from St. John's, Michaelmas 1602,
migrated to Jesus College and received a B. A. 1609/10 and M.
A. in 1613 at St Johns, both of Cambridge University. For
several years he was minister of a parish churchin Leicester,
but his growig dislike of comfority prevented him first from
advancement, and next from commfort at home, so that he gladly
accepted the desire by the Govoror and Company of Massachusetts
Bay for his emigration. 1602 Jesus College, Cambridge 

Event: Goverment 1629 
Note: 
In a 1629 letter from the Massachusetts Bay Colony Governor
Endicott, :Mr Higginson, a grave man & of worthy commendations"
was one of those appointed to the Council.

Note: 
Francis Higginson kept a journal of the transatlantic trip in 1629.
"This day [17 May 1629] my 2 children Samuel and Mary began to
be sick of the smallpox and purples together, which was brought
into the ship by one Mr. Browne, who was sick of the same at
Gravesend, whom it pleased God to make the first occasion of
bringing that contagious sickness among us, wherewith many were
after afflicted. . Tuesday [19th]. . . this day toward night my
daughter grew sicker, and many blue spots were seen upon her
breast, which affrighted us. At the first we thought they had
been the plague tokens, but we found afterwards that it was
only a high measure of the infection of the pox, which were
struck again in the child, and so it was God's will the child
died about 5 o'clock of the night, being the first in our ship
that was buried in the bowels of the great Atlantic sea; which,
as it was grief to us her parents and a sorrow to all the rest,
as being the beginning of a contagious disease and mortality,
so in the same judgment it pleased God to remember mercy in the
child, in freeing it fromm a world of misery wherein otherwise
she had lived all her days, For being about 4 years old a year
since, we know not by what means, swayed in the back, so that
it was broken and grew back crooked, pitiful to see. Since
which she hath had a most lamentable pain in her belly, and
would oft times cry out in the day and in her sleep also, "my
belly!" which declared some extraordinary distemper. So that
in respect of her we had cause to take her death as a blessing
from the Lord to shorten her misery."
ORDN: 25 SEP 1614 

Note: 
He was ordained deacon on 25 September 1614 at Cawood Castle by
Tobey Mathew, Archbishop of York when he was called curate of
Scredingham, and was ordained priest at Bishopthorpe 8 December
1614. He was instituted by the Archbishop of York 20 April
1615 to the rectory of Barton-in-fabis in the county of
Nottingham, which he resigned 4 April 1616. From 1617 to 1629
he was connected with the parish of St. Nicholas, Leicester,
and styled himself "minister" and afterwards "lecturer".
According to Cotton Mather "The main scope of his ministry was
to promote thorough conversion, and then a godly conversation
among" them. See NEHGR V 6 pp 105-127 for a complete discussion
of his views and incidents that took place both in England and
in New England.

Note: 
In the material of the Subsidies of the Clergy in the
Archdeaconry of Leicester in the 17th Century is the following
entry: "Claybrooke John Higginson will pay unto the King the
sum of 3-6-8 per tme [term?] John Higginson. I will pay one
half this p'sent month of October and the other half in April
next. 3-0-8 the one halfe already paid the other 1 [?] mail
prox---- 33-4 [May 1616] He hath promised under his hand to
satisfy y'or Lo'ps request but hath not as get the sum required
and unpaid is 3-6-6. [Associated Architectureal Societies, vol
27, p. 451]

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Anne Herbert
Wife of Rev. Francis Higginson

Death: 25 FEB 1639/40 in New Havem, Ct. 
Education: Anne was also considered quite literate. 

Marriage 1 Francis HIGGINSON 
Married: 08 JAN 1615/16 in St Peter's, Nottingham, England

Event: Land Grant 1635 Charlestown 
Note: 
"Anna Higginson, widow" had a proportional share of 5 1/2 in
the Charlestown hayground in 1635, which was increased to 6 1/2
shares. She had 4 cow commons in 1637 and 5 acres Mystic Side
in the same year. In the allotment of land Mystic Side she had
parcels of 20, 45, and 5 acres. [ChTR19, 20, 33, 27, 36]
She had no entry in the 1638 Charlestown Book of Possessions,
for by that date she must have sold most, if not all, of her
Charlestown property: 4 acres of arable in the east field sold
to Robert Sedgwick; 1/2 acre in Mystic Field sold to Nicholas
Stower; 20 acres in Mysic Field and 45 acres in Waterfield sold
to Matthew Avery in June or July 1638. 5 and 1/2 'marsh lots'
were sold to Robert Long.

Residence: 1640 New Haven 
Note: 
In a list of 'planters' compiled about 1640 "Mrs. Higison"
appeared with a household of 8 and an estate of 250 valued at
1-8-6. She held 32 1/2 acres in the first division. 6 1/2
acres in the neck, 16 1/2 acres in the meadow, and 66 acres in
the second division. [NHCR 1:93] On 17 March 1640/1 "Mrs.
Higginson" was one of those "who are to have their meadow in
the East Meadow." [NHCR 1:49]

Event: Admin Esta 25 FEB 1639/40 New Haven 
Note: 
The estate of Mrs. Higginson, "late planter of Quinnipiac.
dying without making her will and leaving behind 8 children,"
was inventoried and distributed on 25 February 1639/40 with the
consent of "Mr. John Higginson, her eldest son," John
Higginson, the charges of his education considered, received
only his father's books and 5 in bedding; Francis, the 2nd
son and Timothy the 3rd son, their education considered,
received 20 each; Theophilus "though well enough educated,
yet in regard of his helpfulness to his mother & her estate"
received 40; Samuel 40 & to be with Mr. Eaton as his servant
for two years; Theophilus and Samuel to have the lot equally
divided for 50 of their portion; Anne "her daughter" 40 and
her mmother's old clothes and residue; Charles 40 & to be with
Thomas Fugill as his apprentice for 9 years, Fugill to have
charge of his education and to pay him his portion; "Neiphitus
Higginson being with Mr, Hoffe in Nay of Massachusetts , is to
remain there with him & and to be brought up by him till he
attain the full ager of 21 years, & in the meantime Mr. Hough
is to have 40 of the estate, which he is to pay to the said
Neofatus at the end of his said term as his portion. When the
farm in Saugus is sold it is to be equally divided among the
brothers". [NHCR 1:161]

Note: 
There was a Hannah / Ann Eaton, daughter of Richard Eaton,
vicar of Trinity Church, Coventry, Warwickshire baptized 20
October 1698 sic[1598]. If she was the wife of John Higginson
as the author believes she was not the mother of Rev. John
Higginson the son whose birth was only a few days after the
date of Richard Eaton's will. This Ann must have been a second
wife. I do not believe that he married Ann Eaton even with the
correction of the typos 1698 for 1598.

Residence: 1631 Charlestown 
Note: 
Mrs. Anna Higginson, widow, was admitted as an inhabitant of
Charlestown in 1631 and was on the list of inhabitants of 9
January 1633/4 and January 1635/6. 

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John Higginson
Father of Rev. Francis Higginson

Birth: ABT 1540 
Note: 
This is based on the fact he graduated from Jesus College with
a B.A. in 1564/5.

Burial: 19 FEB 1624 Claybrook 

Occupation: On 23 January 1571/2 he was made the vicar of Claybrook which
he kept for about 52 years. 1571 Claybrook 

Will: 04 DEC 1623 
Note: 
His will, dated 4 December 1623 was proved on 2 April 1624 by
his widow. He directs that Mr. Picksley, citizen and clothier,
of Coventry, shall convey to his wife Elizabeth and 'such one
of his sons William and Nathaniel as shall be most dutiful, a
cottage in Claybrooke, etc." He also names son John 5,
William, who is to remain with his mother, and Nicholas 3
shillings, and Nathaniel 20. Nicholas Higginson, his grandson
is to receive 10 and grand daughter Priscilla Higginson 5.
From the Act Book of the Common Court of the Bishop of Lincoln
in the Archdeaconry of Leicester it appears that probate was
allowed on the will of John Higginson, later vicar of
Claybrook, presented by Francis Higginson, of the city of
leicester and Thomas Coleman of Stretton Parva.

Note: 
Tradition in the family says that he died when 104 and was
drowned by a sudden rising of a brook as he was returning from
church.

Event: Note 2 Claybrook 
Note: 
Was there a daughter Elizabeth born around 1582 who married
Edward Androse 5 January 1607?



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Francis Higginson 

Note: 
Francis Higginson had just began his university studies at Cambridge when Anne was sent there by her mother. He got his B.A. from Cambridge in the Arts but then continued and got his Master's in Divinity, marrying Anne Herbert immediately after completing his studies, in Nottingham, where he was temporarily assigned by the Archbishop but never served. 

Marriage 1 Anne Herbert 
Married: in Nottingham, ENG 

Children: Anne Higginson

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1 Francis Higginson
+ Anne Herbert
2 Anne Higginson
+ Thomas Chatfield
3 Anne Chatfield
+ Josiah Stanborough



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Francis Higginson - Ancestors and Descendants

1 John HYGGENSON b: 1450 d: DEC 1540
+ JOANNE b: 1450 d: DEC 1540
2 Elin HYGGENSON b: WFT Est 1469-1497 d: WFT Est 1470-1563
2 Gregory HYGGENSON b: WFT Est 1469-1497 d: WFT Est 1494-1559
3 Gregory HYGGENSON b: WFT Est 1494-1536 d: 1571
2 Margaret HYGGENSON b: WFT Est 1469-1497 d: WFT Est 1485-1563
+ Roland RADFORD b: WFT Est 1459-1495 d: WFT Est 1485-1549
2 Thomas HYGGENSON b: BET 1469 AND 1470 d: WFT Est 1470-1559
2 Alis HYGGENSON b: BET 1469 AND 1497 d: WFT Est 1485-1563
+ Roole OLYVER b: WFT Est 1459-1495 d: WFT Est 1485-1549
2 Elizabeth HYGGENSON b: BET 1469 AND 1497 d: WFT Est 1470-1563
2 John HYGGENSON b: BET 1469 AND 1497 d: WFT Est 1470-1559
2 Nicholas HYGGENSON b: ABT 1504 d: 1581
+ Elizabeth Hyggenson UNKNOWN b: BET 1501 AND 1527 d: 30 JAN 1610/11
3 John HIGGINSON b: ABT 1540 d: 10 FEB 1623/24
+ Blanche Higginson UNKNOWN b: WFT Est 1536-1556 d: WFT Est 1557-1630
+ Elizabeth Higginson UNKNOWN b: BET 1539 AND 1559 d: 17 JUN 1635
4 John HIGGINSON b: APR 1574 d: ABT 1667
+ Elizabeth b: ABT 1575 d: JUL 1613
5 George HIGGINSON b: 25 DEC 1601 d: WFT Est 1602-1691
5 Nicholas HIGGINSON b: 19 MAR 1606/07 d: WFT Est 1608-1697
5 Grace HIGGINSON b: 13 MAY 1610 d: WFT Est 1611-1704
5 Elizabeth HIGGINSON b: 8 DEC 1611 d: WFT Est 1612-1705
5 Judith HIGGINSON b: 23 MAY 1613 d: WFT Est 1614-1707
5 John HIGGINSON b: WFT Est 1594-1662 d: WFT Est 1675-1694
+ Margery LATTOME b: WFT Est 1636-1727 d: WFT Est 1747-1753
6 Henry HIGGINSON b: 1747 d: WFT Est 1768-1837
+ Margaret STRINGER b: WFT Est 1694-1725 d: WFT Est 1768-1790
+ Unknown \\ b: WFT Est 1571-1595 d: WFT Est 1617-1666
5 William HIGGINSON b: ABT 1615 d: WFT Est 1676-1708
+ Ellinor Higginson UNKNOWN b: WFT Est 1615-1654 d: BET 1678 AND 1711
6 Dorothy HIGGINSON b: WFT Est 1635-1656 d: WFT Est 1674-1730
+ John TEMPLETON b: WFT Est 1617-1649 d: WFT Est 1672-1709
6 Richard HIGGINSON b: ABT 1670 d: WFT Est 1671-1760
6 Elizabeth HIGGINSON b: ABT 1675 d: WFT Est 1676-1769
6 Edward HIGGINSON b: BET 1634 AND 1662 d: 1713
+ Mary SAVAGE b: BET 1634 AND 1662 d: 1715
4 Dorothy HIGGINSON b: 24 APR 1576 d: WFT Est 1577-1670
4 Priscilla HIGGINSON b: 22 SEP 1578 d: WFT Est 1579-1672
4 John HIGGINSON b: 14 DEC 1580 d: WFT Est 1581-1670
4 John HIGGINSON b: 27 OCT 1585 d: WFT Est 1586-1675
4 Francis HIGGINSON b: 6 AUG 1586 d: 6 AUG 1630
+ Ann Higginson UNKNOWN b: BET 1607 AND 1630 d: ABT FEB 1639/40
5 Samuel HIGGINSON b: BET 1607 AND 1630 d: BET 1612 AND 1711
+ Sarah Higginson UNKNOWN b: BET 1606 AND 1637 d: BET 1613 AND 1719
5 Neophytus HIGGINSON b: BET 1607 AND 1630 d: BET 1612 AND 1711
5 Ann HIGGINSON b: BET 1607 AND 1630 d: BET 1612 AND 1714
+ Thomas CHATFIELD b: BET 1597 AND 1628 d: BEF 1687
5 Theophilus HIGGINSON b: BET 1603 AND 1628 d: BEF 1654
+ Elizabeth Higginson UNKNOWN b: BET 1607 AND 1630 d: BET 1653 AND 1719
6 Theophilus HIGGINSON b: 10 DEC 1638 d: WFT Est 1639-1728
6 Samuel HIGGINSON b: 26 AUG 1650 d: BET 1651 AND 1740
5 Timothy HIGGINSON b: WFT Est 1607-1630 d: WFT Est 1608-1697
5 John HIGGINSON , Rev. b: 6 AUG 1616 d: 8 DEC 1708
+ Mary BLAKEMAN b: BET 1611 AND 1639 d: WFT Est 1663-1706
6 Sarah HIGGINSON b: BET 1635 AND 1662 d: 8 MAY 1676
+ Richard WHARTON b: 1636 d: 14 MAY 1689
6 Anna HIGGINSON b: ABT 1652 d: 1739
+ William DOLLIVER b: 16 AUG 1656 d: BET 1688 AND 1747
6 Nathaniel HIGGINSON b: 11 OCT 1652 d: 31 OCT 1708
+ Elizabeth RICHARDS b: BET 1648 AND 1675 d: AFT 1711
6 Thomas HIGGINSON b: 1660 d: AFT 1661
6 Francis HIGGINSON b: 9 APR 1660 d: WFT Est 1661-1750
6 Henry HIGGINSON b: 18 OCT 1661 d: 1685
4 William HIGGINSON b: 15 MAY 1589 d: WFT Est 1590-1679
4 Katren HIGGINSON b: 18 MAY 1591 d: WFT Est 1592-1685
4 Martha HIGGINSON b: 4 FEB 1592/93 d: WFT Est 1594-1687
4 Mary HIGGINSON b: 4 FEB 1579/80 d: WFT Est 1611-1674
+ Richard JEFFS b: WFT Est 1559-1586 d: WFT Est 1609-1651
4 Nicholas HIGGINSON b: 24 MAR 1593/94 d: WFT Est 1595-1684
3 Thomas HIGGINSON b: ABT 1540 d: 1573
4 Robert HIGGINSON b: WFT Est 1560-1574 d: 1610
5 Thomas HIGGINSON b: WFT Est 1584-1610 d: WFT Est 1585-1678
4 Thomas HIGGINSON b: WFT Est 1560-1574 d: WFT Est 1561-1650
4 George HIGGINSON b: WFT Est 1560-1574 d: WFT Est 1561-1650
4 Dorothy HIGGINSON b: WFT Est 1560-1574 d: WFT Est 1576-1654
+ Nicholas HANSLAPP b: WFT Est 1549-1573 d: WFT Est 1576-1639
4 Elisabeth HIGGINSON b: WFT Est 1557-1574 d: WFT Est 1618-1653
+ Robert WYLMORE b: WFT Est 1563-1595 d: WFT Est 1618-1655
4 Joyce HIGGINSON b: WFT Est 1560-1574 d: WFT Est 1576-1654
+ Thomas BENYON b: WFT Est 1549-1573 d: WFT Est 1576-1639
4 Ursula HIGGINSON b: WFT Est 1560-1574 d: WFT Est 1561-1654
3 Nicholas HIGGINSON b: 15 NOV 1541 d: 10 SEP 1588
+ Margaret LORD b: WFT Est 1535-1562 d: WFT Est 1588-1630
4 John HIGGINSON b: 1574 d: WFT Est 1611-1665
5 Sarah HIGGINSON b: 3 MAY 1599 d: WFT Est 1600-1693
5 Nicholas HIGGINSON b: 10 DEC 1604 d: WFT Est 1605-1694
5 Elizabeth HIGGINSON b: 1608 d: WFT Est 1609-1702
4 Robert HIGGINSON b: 1577 d: WFT Est 1578-1667
4 Thomas HIGGINSON b: 1587 d: WFT Est 1588-1677
4 Alice HIGGINSON b: WFT Est 1562-1586 d: WFT Est 1563-1656
4 Elizabeth HIGGINSON b: WFT Est 1562-1588 d: WFT Est 1611-1657
+ Edward AMBROSE b: WFT Est 1555-1587 d: WFT Est 1610-1647
4 Mary HIGGINSON b: 1580 d: WFT Est 1581-1674
4 Jane HIGGINSON b: WFT Est 1561-1581 d: 1583
4 Dorcas HIGGINSON b: WFT Est 1562-1589 d: WFT Est 1618-1657
+ Thomas PALMER b: WFT Est 1562-1594 d: WFT Est 1617-1654

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Descendant Register, Generation No. 1

1. John HYGGENSON was born 1450 in Berkswell, Warwicks, Ireland, and died DEC 1540 in Ireland. He married JOANNE BET 1466 AND 1498. She was born 1450 in Berkswell, Warwicks, Ireland, and died DEC 1540 in Ireland. 

Children of John HYGGENSON and JOANNE are:

2 i. Elin HYGGENSON was born WFT Est 1469-1497, and died WFT Est 1470-1563. 
+ 3 ii. Gregory HYGGENSON was born WFT Est 1469-1497, and died WFT Est 1494-1559. 
4 iii. Margaret HYGGENSON was born WFT Est 1469-1497, and died WFT Est 1485-1563. She married Roland RADFORD WFT Est 1485-1530. He was born WFT Est 1459-1495, and died WFT Est 1485-1549. 
5 iv. Thomas HYGGENSON was born BET 1469 AND 1470, and died WFT Est 1470-1559. 
6 v. Alis HYGGENSON was born BET 1469 AND 1497, and died WFT Est 1485-1563. She married Roole OLYVER WFT Est 1485-1530. He was born WFT Est 1459-1495, and died WFT Est 1485-1549. 
7 vi. Elizabeth HYGGENSON was born BET 1469 AND 1497, and died WFT Est 1470-1563. 
8 vii. John HYGGENSON was born BET 1469 AND 1497, and died WFT Est 1470-1559. 
+ 9 viii. Nicholas HYGGENSON was born ABT 1504, and died 1581 in Leicester, Leicestershire, England. 



Descendant Register, Generation No. 2

3. Gregory HYGGENSON (John HYGGENSON1) was born WFT Est 1469-1497, and died WFT Est 1494-1559. 

Child of Gregory HYGGENSON is:

10 i. Gregory HYGGENSON was born WFT Est 1494-1536, and died 1571. 

9. Nicholas HYGGENSON (John HYGGENSON1) was born ABT 1504, and died 1581 in Leicester, Leicestershire, England. He married Elizabeth Hyggenson UNKNOWN BET 1526 AND 1559 in Leicester, Leicestershire, England. She was born BET 1501 AND 1527, and died 30 JAN 1610/11 in Leicester, Leicestershire, England. 

Children of Nicholas HYGGENSON and Elizabeth Hyggenson UNKNOWN are:

+ 11 i. John HIGGINSON was born ABT 1540 in Leicester, Leicestershire, England, and died 10 FEB 1623/24 in Leicester, Leicestershire, England. 
+ 12 ii. Thomas HIGGINSON was born ABT 1540, and died 1573. 
+ 13 iii. Nicholas HIGGINSON was born 15 NOV 1541, and died 10 SEP 1588. 




Descendant Register, Generation No. 3

11. John HIGGINSON (Nicholas HYGGENSON2, John HYGGENSON1) was born ABT 1540 in Leicester, Leicestershire, England, and died 10 FEB 1623/24 in Leicester, Leicestershire, England. He married Blanche Higginson UNKNOWN WFT Est 1557-1590. She was born WFT Est 1536-1556, and died WFT Est 1557-1630. He married Elizabeth Higginson UNKNOWN BEF 1570. She was born BET 1539 AND 1559, and died 17 JUN 1635. 

Children of John HIGGINSON and Elizabeth Higginson UNKNOWN are:

+ 14 i. John HIGGINSON was born APR 1574 in Leicester, Leicestershire, England, and died ABT 1667 in Leicester, Leicestershire, England. 
15 ii. Dorothy HIGGINSON was born 24 APR 1576, and died WFT Est 1577-1670. 
16 iii. Priscilla HIGGINSON was born 22 SEP 1578, and died WFT Est 1579-1672. 
17 iv. John HIGGINSON was born 14 DEC 1580, and died WFT Est 1581-1670. 
18 v. John HIGGINSON was born 27 OCT 1585, and died WFT Est 1586-1675. 
+ 19 vi. Francis HIGGINSON was born 6 AUG 1586 in Claybrooke England, and died 6 AUG 1630 in Salem. 
20 vii. William HIGGINSON was born 15 MAY 1589, and died WFT Est 1590-1679. 
21 viii. Katren HIGGINSON was born 18 MAY 1591, and died WFT Est 1592-1685. 
22 ix. Martha HIGGINSON was born 4 FEB 1592/93, and died WFT Est 1594-1687. 
23 x. Mary HIGGINSON was born 4 FEB 1579/80, and died WFT Est 1611-1674. She married Richard JEFFS 1606. He was born WFT Est 1559-1586, and died WFT Est 1609-1651. 
24 xi. Nicholas HIGGINSON was born 24 MAR 1593/94, and died WFT Est 1595-1684. 


12. Thomas HIGGINSON (Nicholas HYGGENSON2, John HYGGENSON1) was born ABT 1540, and died 1573. 

Children of Thomas HIGGINSON are:

+ 25 i. Robert HIGGINSON was born WFT Est 1560-1574, and died 1610. 
26 ii. Thomas HIGGINSON was born WFT Est 1560-1574, and died WFT Est 1561-1650. 
27 iii. George HIGGINSON was born WFT Est 1560-1574, and died WFT Est 1561-1650. 
28 iv. Dorothy HIGGINSON was born WFT Est 1560-1574, and died WFT Est 1576-1654. She married Nicholas HANSLAPP WFT Est 1576-1615. He was born WFT Est 1549-1573, and died WFT Est 1576-1639. 
29 v. Elisabeth HIGGINSON was born WFT Est 1557-1574, and died WFT Est 1618-1653. She married Robert WYLMORE 1615. He was born WFT Est 1563-1595, and died WFT Est 1618-1655. 
30 vi. Joyce HIGGINSON was born WFT Est 1560-1574, and died WFT Est 1576-1654. She married Thomas BENYON WFT Est 1576-1615. He was born WFT Est 1549-1573, and died WFT Est 1576-1639. 
31 vii. Ursula HIGGINSON was born WFT Est 1560-1574, and died WFT Est 1561-1654. 


13. Nicholas HIGGINSON (Nicholas HYGGENSON2, John HYGGENSON1) was born 15 NOV 1541, and died 10 SEP 1588. He married Margaret LORD WFT Est 1558-1584. She was born WFT Est 1535-1562, and died WFT Est 1588-1630. 

Children of Nicholas HIGGINSON and Margaret LORD are:

+ 32 i. John HIGGINSON was born 1574, and died WFT Est 1611-1665. 
33 ii. Robert HIGGINSON was born 1577, and died WFT Est 1578-1667. 
34 iii. Thomas HIGGINSON was born 1587, and died WFT Est 1588-1677. 
35 iv. Alice HIGGINSON was born WFT Est 1562-1586, and died WFT Est 1563-1656. 
36 v. Elizabeth HIGGINSON was born WFT Est 1562-1588, and died WFT Est 1611-1657. She married Edward AMBROSE 5 FEB 1606/07 in Claybrooke. He was born WFT Est 1555-1587, and died WFT Est 1610-1647. 
37 vi. Mary HIGGINSON was born 1580, and died WFT Est 1581-1674. 
38 vii. Jane HIGGINSON was born WFT Est 1561-1581, and died 1583. 
39 viii. Dorcas HIGGINSON was born WFT Est 1562-1589, and died WFT Est 1618-1657. She married Thomas PALMER 28 JAN 1613/14. He was born WFT Est 1562-1594, and died WFT Est 1617-1654. 



Descendant Register, Generation No. 4

14. John HIGGINSON (John HIGGINSON3, Nicholas HYGGENSON2, John HYGGENSON1) was born APR 1574 in Leicester, Leicestershire, England, and died ABT 1667 in Leicester, Leicestershire, England. He married Elizabeth WFT Est 1591-1609. She was born ABT 1575, and died JUL 1613 in Leicester, Leicestershire, England. He married Unknown \\ WFT Est 1592-1626. She was born WFT Est 1571-1595, and died WFT Est 1617-1666. 

Children of John HIGGINSON and Elizabeth are:

40 i. George HIGGINSON was born 25 DEC 1601, and died WFT Est 1602-1691. 
41 ii. Nicholas HIGGINSON was born 19 MAR 1606/07, and died WFT Est 1608-1697. 
42 iii. Grace HIGGINSON was born 13 MAY 1610, and died WFT Est 1611-1704. 
43 iv. Elizabeth HIGGINSON was born 8 DEC 1611, and died WFT Est 1612-1705. 
44 v. Judith HIGGINSON was born 23 MAY 1613, and died WFT Est 1614-1707. 
+ 45 vi. John HIGGINSON was born WFT Est 1594-1662, and died WFT Est 1675-1694. 


Child of John HIGGINSON and Unknown \\ is:

+ 46 i. William HIGGINSON was born ABT 1615 in Lisburn, County Antrim, Ireland, and died WFT Est 1676-1708. 


19. Francis HIGGINSON (John HIGGINSON3, Nicholas HYGGENSON2, John HYGGENSON1) was born 6 AUG 1586 in Claybrooke England, and died 6 AUG 1630 in Salem. He married Ann Higginson UNKNOWN WFT Est 1601-1625. She was born BET 1607 AND 1630, and died ABT FEB 1639/40 in New Haven, CT. 

Children of Francis HIGGINSON and Ann Higginson UNKNOWN are:

47 i. Samuel HIGGINSON was born BET 1607 AND 1630, and died BET 1612 AND 1711 in died at sea. He married Sarah Higginson UNKNOWN WFT Est 1627-1669. She was born BET 1606 AND 1637, and died BET 1613 AND 1719. 
48 ii. Neophytus HIGGINSON was born BET 1607 AND 1630, and died BET 1612 AND 1711. 
49 iii. Ann HIGGINSON was born BET 1607 AND 1630, and died BET 1612 AND 1714. She married Thomas CHATFIELD WFT Est 1623-1664. He was born BET 1597 AND 1628, and died BEF 1687 in East Hampton, L.I.. 
+ 50 iv. Theophilus HIGGINSON was born BET 1603 AND 1628 in England, and died BEF 1654. 
51 v. Timothy HIGGINSON was born WFT Est 1607-1630 in died at sea, and died WFT Est 1608-1697. 
+ 52 vi. John HIGGINSON , Rev. was born 6 AUG 1616 in Leicestershire England, and died 8 DEC 1708 in Salem. 


25. Robert HIGGINSON (Thomas HIGGINSON3, Nicholas HYGGENSON2, John HYGGENSON1) was born WFT Est 1560-1574, and died 1610. 

Child of Robert HIGGINSON is:

53 i. Thomas HIGGINSON was born WFT Est 1584-1610, and died WFT Est 1585-1678. 


32. John HIGGINSON (Nicholas HIGGINSON3, Nicholas HYGGENSON2, John HYGGENSON1) was born 1574, and died WFT Est 1611-1665. 

Children of John HIGGINSON are:
54 i. Sarah HIGGINSON was born 3 MAY 1599, and died WFT Est 1600-1693. 
55 ii. Nicholas HIGGINSON was born 10 DEC 1604, and died WFT Est 1605-1694. 
56 iii. Elizabeth HIGGINSON was born 1608, and died WFT Est 1609-1702. 



Descendant Register, Generation No. 5

45. John HIGGINSON was born WFT Est 1594-1662, and died WFT Est 1675-1694. He married Margery LATTOME 1673. She was born WFT Est 1636-1727, and died WFT Est 1747-1753. 

Child of John HIGGINSON and Margery LATTOME is:
+ 57 i. Henry HIGGINSON was born 1747, and died WFT Est 1768-1837. 


46. William HIGGINSON (John HIGGINSON4, John HIGGINSON3, Nicholas HYGGENSON2, John HYGGENSON1) was born ABT 1615 in Lisburn, County Antrim, Ireland, and died WFT Est 1676-1708. He married Ellinor Higginson UNKNOWN BET 1631 AND 1663. She was born WFT Est 1615-1654 in No. Ireland, and died BET 1678 AND 1711. 

Children of William HIGGINSON and Ellinor Higginson UNKNOWN are:

58 i. Dorothy HIGGINSON was born WFT Est 1635-1656, and died WFT Est 1674-1730. She married John TEMPLETON 1669. He was born WFT Est 1617-1649, and died WFT Est 1672-1709. 
59 ii. Richard HIGGINSON was born ABT 1670, and died WFT Est 1671-1760. 
60 iii. Elizabeth HIGGINSON was born ABT 1675, and died WFT Est 1676-1769. 
+ 61 iv. Edward HIGGINSON was born BET 1634 AND 1662, and died 1713. 


50. Theophilus HIGGINSON (Francis HIGGINSON4, John HIGGINSON3, Nicholas HYGGENSON2, John HYGGENSON1) was born BET 1603 AND 1628 in England, and died BEF 1654. He married Elizabeth Higginson UNKNOWN BET 1626 AND 1652. She was born BET 1607 AND 1630, and died BET 1653 AND 1719. 

Children of Theophilus HIGGINSON and Elizabeth Higginson UNKNOWN are:

62 i. Theophilus HIGGINSON was born 10 DEC 1638 in New Haven, CT, and died WFT Est 1639-1728. 
63 ii. Samuel HIGGINSON was born 26 AUG 1650 in New Haven, CT, and died BET 1651 AND 1740. 


52. John HIGGINSON , Rev. (Francis HIGGINSON4, John HIGGINSON3, Nicholas HYGGENSON2, John HYGGENSON1) was born 6 AUG 1616 in Leicestershire England, and died 8 DEC 1708 in Salem. He married Mary BLAKEMAN WFT Est 1634-1670. She was born BET 1611 AND 1639, and died WFT Est 1663-1706. 

Children of John HIGGINSON , Rev. and Mary BLAKEMAN are:

64 i. Sarah HIGGINSON was born BET 1635 AND 1662 in Guilford, CT, and died 8 MAY 1676 in Boston, MASS. She married Richard WHARTON WFT Est 1654-1674. He was born 1636, and died 14 MAY 1689 in London, England. 
65 ii. Anna HIGGINSON was born ABT 1652, and died 1739 in Rehoboth. She married William DOLLIVER 4 OCT 1682. He was born 16 AUG 1656 in Gloucester, and died BET 1688 AND 1747. 
66 iii. Nathaniel HIGGINSON was born 11 OCT 1652 in Guilford, CT, and died 31 OCT 1708 in London, England. He married Elizabeth RICHARDS 31 MAY 1692. She was born BET 1648 AND 1675, and died AFT 1711. 
67 iv. Thomas HIGGINSON was born 1660, and died AFT 1661. 
68 v. Francis HIGGINSON was born 9 APR 1660, and died WFT Est 1661-1750. 
69 vi. Henry HIGGINSON was born 18 OCT 1661, and died 1685 in Barbadoes. 



Descendant Register, Generation No. 6

57. Henry HIGGINSON was born 1747, and died WFT Est 1768-1837. He married Margaret STRINGER WFT Est 1765-1790. She was born WFT Est 1694-1725, and died WFT Est 1768-1790. 

Children of Henry HIGGINSON and Margaret STRINGER are:

70 i. Arthur HIGGINSON was born WFT Est 1768-1797, and died WFT Est 1769-1858. 
+ 71 ii. George HIGGINSON was born WFT Est 1767-1789 in Magheragall, and died WFT Est 1792-1857. 
72 iii. Henry HIGGINSON was born WFT Est 1768-1797, and died WFT Est 1769-1858. 
73 iv. Edward Randall HIGGINSON was born WFT Est 1768-1797, and died WFT Est 1769-1858. 
74 v. John HIGGINSON died 1744. 
+ 75 vi. William HIGGINSON was born WFT Est 1768-1797, and died WFT Est 1769-1858. 
+ 76 vii. James HIGGINSON was born 1736, and died 11 AUG 1818. 


61. Edward HIGGINSON (William HIGGINSON5, John HIGGINSON4, John HIGGINSON3, Nicholas HYGGENSON2, John HYGGENSON1) was born BET 1634 AND 1662, and died 1713. He married Mary SAVAGE BET 1664 AND 1697. She was born BET 1634 AND 1662, and died 1715. 

Children of Edward HIGGINSON and Mary SAVAGE are:

+ 77 i. William HIGGINSON was born ABT 1673 in Mosslands, Antrim, Ireland, and died 2 APR 1726 in Mosslands, Antrim, Ireland. 
78 ii. Edward HIGGINSON was born ABT 1688, and died WFT Est 1689-1778. 
79 iii. Russell HIGGINSON was born BET 1671 AND 1699, and died WFT Est 1672-1761. 
80 iv. Philip HIGGINSON was born BET 1671 AND 1699, and died WFT Est 1672-1761. 
81 v. Thomas HIGGINSON was born BET 1671 AND 1699, and died WFT Est 1672-1761. 



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Name: Francis HIGGINSON 
Birth: 6 Aug 1586 in Claybrooke, Leicestershire, England 
Death: 6 Aug 1630 in Salem, Essex, MA 
Event: Biography 1891 
Note: biography T. W. Higgins 1891 
Immigration: 1629 
Note: England to Salem, Essex, MA 
Residence: Bet 1609 and 1613 
Note: Cambridge, England A.B. 1609, A.M. 1613 
Occupation: 
Note: Minister at Salem, Essex, MA 

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(Research): Rev. Francis Higginson was the first pastor at Salem, Essex, MA. Rev. Higginson was an Anglican clergyman. He drafted the confession of faith and covenant for the church at Salem, Essex, MA in 1629. Several of his papers exist today, and the Publication "The Anals of America" published by Encyclopedia Britannica Inc. in 1968 has an article written by Rev. Higginson on pg. 95.

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Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-33
The Great Migration Begins - PRESERVED PURITAN FRANCIS HIGGINSON

ORIGIN: Claybrook, Leicestershire

MIGRATION: 1629 in the Talbot

FIRST RESIDENCE: Salem

OCCUPATION: Minister.

CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: Francis Higginson participated in the organization of Salem church in 1629, and was made teacher, a longside SAMUEL SKELTON who was made pastor [Perley 1:151-7 0].

EDUCATION: Matriculated at Cambridge from St. John's, Michaelmas 1602, migrated to Jesus College, B.A. 1609-10, M.A. 1 613 [Venn 2:368; Morison 380-81]. Wife Anne was also quite literate [WP 3:22-23].

OFFICES: In the 1629 letter from the Massachusetts Bay Comp any to Governor Endicott, "Mr. Higgeson, a grave man & of worthy commendations," was one of those appointed to the Council [MBCR 1:386, 407].

ESTATE: "Anna Higginson, widow," had a proportional share of 5 in Charlestown hayground in 1635, which was increased to 6 shares [ChTR 19, 20]. She had four cow commons in 1 637 [ChTR 33], and five acres Mystic Side in the same year [ChTR 27]. In the allotment of land Mystic Side she had p arcels of twenty, forty-five and five acres [ChTR 36].

The widow Higginson had no entry in the 1638 Charlestown Book of Possessions, for by that date she had sold most , if not all, of her Charlestown property: four acres of ar able in the East Field, sold to Robert Sedgwick [ChBOP 2] ; one-half acre in Mystic Field, sold to Nicholas Stower [ChBOP 13]; twenty acres in Mystic Field and forty-five acre s in Waterfield, sold to Mathew Avery by "the assigns of Mrs. Ann Higginson" in June or July 1638 [ChBOP 45, 92]; and "five marsh lots and a half" sold to Robert Long [ChBOP 1 16].

In the list of "planters" at New Haven, compiled about 1 640, "Mrs. Higison" appeared with a household of eight an d an estate of 250, valued at 1 8s. 6d.; she held 32 acr es in the first division, 6 acres in the neck, 16 acres of meadow and 66 acres in the second division [NHCR 1:93]. O n 17 March 1640/1 "Mrs. Higginson" was one of those "who are to have their meadow in the East Meadow" [NHCR 1:49].

The estate of Mrs. Higginson, "late planter of Quinnipia c, dying without making her will and leaving behind her eig ht children," was inventoried and distributed on 25 Februar y 1639/40 with the consent of "Mr. John Higginson, her eldest son." John Higginson, the charges of his education consi dered, received only his father's books and 5 in bedding ; Francis Higginson "the second son" & "Timothy the third son," their education considered, received 20 each; Theophilus, "though well educated, yet in regard of his helpfulness to his mother & her estate," received 40; Samuel Higgins on 40 & to be with Mr. Eaton as his servant for two years ; Theophilus & Samuel to have the lot equally divided for 50 of their portion; Anne Higginson, "her daughter," 40 an d her mother's old clothes and residue; Charles Higginson 40 & to be with Thomas Fugill as his apprentice for nine years, Fugill to have charge of his education and to pay hi m his portion; "Neiphitus Higginson being with Mr. Hoffe i n Bay of Massachusetts, is to remain there with him & to be brought up by him till he attain the full age of twenty-one years, & in the meantime Mr. Hough is to have 40 of the estate, which he is to pay to the said Neofatus at the end of the said term as his portion. When the farm at Saugus is sold it is to be equally divided among the brothers" [NHCR 1:29-31].

On 8 April 1645 "Captain Turner having received eighteen pounds eighteen shillings of Mrs. Higginson's estate, an d John Wakeman fifteen pounds also of the said estate, hav e both severally engaged their houses at Newhaven unto the court of Newhaven for the true payment thereof" [NHCR 1:1 61].

BIRTH: Baptized Claybrooke, Leicestershire, 6 August 1586 , son of John Higginson [NEHGR 46:118]. (Other sources giv e the year as 1587.)

DEATH: Salem 6 August 1630 [Hubbard 120]. (In a letter to h is wife dated 9 September 1630, Governor John Winthrop incl uded "good Mr. Higginson" in his list of those who had die d recently [WP 2:312]. In his accounting of those who had died "about the beginning of September" 1630 Dudley has "Mr. Higginson, one of the ministers of Salem, a zealous an d a profitable preacher ... of a fever" [Dudley 72].)

MARRIAGE: St Peter's, Nottingham, 8 January 1615/6 Anne Herbert [NEHGR 64:88]. After her husband's death she resided f or a time at Charlestown, and then moved to New Haven. She died at New Haven by 25 February 1639/40 [NHCR 1:28]. 

Marriage 1 Anna HERBERT b: Bet 1595 and 1611 in England
Married: Abt 1626 in Nottinghamshire, England 
Event: Church - Chapel 8 Jan 1615 - St. Peters 

Children: Anne HIGGINSON b: 28 Jan 1626 in Claybrooke, Leicestershire, England

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