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Richard Higgins (son of Robert Higgins and Julian Meals) was born 1613 in England, and died 1675 in New Jersey. He married (1) Lydia Chandler on 11 Dec 1634 in Eastham, MA, daughter of Edmund Chandler and Elizabeth Alden. He married (2) Mary Yates on Oct 1651 in Eastham, MA.

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"Richard Higgins, son of Robert Higgins of Leominster in the County ofHereford, mercer, places himself as an apprentice with Philip Ruddock ofSt. Clements Land, London, for the term of seven years from the dategiven herein, for the term aforesaid, on said day and year, April 23,1627"(1) Came to America on the Anne in 1623. 2nd Trip in August, 1629 on theShip Talbot. Settled in Plymouth 1633-34, To Eastham, MA 1644-1669,then to NJ (Piscataway.Richard went to Plymouth, MA about 1633. On 7 Oct. 1633 he purchasedfrom "Thomas Little his now dwelling howse and misted, for and inconsideration of twenty-one bushels of merchantable corne, whereoftwelve bushels to be pd in hand, & the remainder at harvest nextensuing."(2) On 1 Mar. 1633/4 Richard was taxed 9/ and on 27 Mar. 1634 he was taxedanother 12/ in corn (two bushels). Sometime in 1633 or 1634 he wasadmitted a freeman. On 1 Apr. 1634 Samuel Godberson, son of Godbert Godberson of NewPlymouth, deceased, was apprenticed to Richard Higgins, tailor, for theterm of seven years. Samuel was a ward of the Colony and Bradford agreedto pay Richard "six bushels of corne and a cowe calfe this present yearof the next." Richard was to teach Samuel his trade and to give him thecalf and half her offspring at the end of the seven year term.(3)Richard sold this apprenticeship to John Smaley 31 Aug. 1639. On 13 Jan. 1633/4 Richard purchased from John Barnes "one dwelling houseand twenty acres of land, being lately in the possession of EdwardHolman, with all the fence, boards, timber (squared and unsquared)(belonging to the same) in consideration of ten pownd starling to bepaid in currant English money or beaver at the rate it shall passe atthe day of payment which is the 20th of March in the year of our Lord1634. And also that the said Richard shall possesse the said John andhis heirs of 20 acres of land in Scituate in some convenient place."(4) On 14 Mar. 1635/6 Mr. Hicks, George Watson and Richard were granted therest of the Island Creek for haying. They were granted more land forhaying on 20 Mar. 1636/7. On 2 May 1637 Richard was one of the committee to lay out highways inPlymouth, Duxbury and Ele River. 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 20/6for Samuel Chandler who was accused of slander against the governor andthe government. The bond was released. Richard was on the jury severaltimes 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 ofGreat South Pond and two pieces of marshland southwest of the othergrant. Richard swaped land with John Smaley in June 1640. On 2 Nov. 1640Richard was granted 6 acres in South Meadows. His property on ManometPond was confirmed to him on 30 Nov. In Feb. 1643 Richard was one of the people who was appointed to maketraps to kill the wolves in the area. "The Names of the Freemen of eich Towne. Plymouth (1643)... RichardHiggins." "August, 1643. The Names of all the Males that are able tobeare Armes from xvj. Yeares old to 60 Yeares, wthin the sevrallTowneshipps. Plymouth... Richard Higgins." (5) In 1644 several families moved to Nauset (Eastham): "The Court dothgrant unto the church of New Plymouth, or those that go dwell at Nausettall the tract of land lying between sea and sea, from the purchaser'sbounds at Namskaket to the herring Brook at Billingsgate". 5 Mar.1644/5.(6) On 3 Mar. 1643/4 Richard sold a half acre of marsh at Hobb's Hole toGyles Rickett for 40/. In Aug. 1645 he sold his house, garden andorchard near Brownes Rock to John Churchwell for 12 provided that "itshall be lawful for the said Richard to take away the boards that linethe inward room and the bedstead and board overhead, and some fruittrees in the orchard so that he leaves the said John Churchwell 30trees."(7) Richard moved to that part of Eastham called Pochet which was next toNauset Beach in what is now East Orleans. He is listed as an inhabitantof Eastham in 1658.(8)Richard was one of the representatives to the General Court at Plymouthbeginning in 1647. He was also one of the surveyors of highways. In 1657he was one of four men chosen to settle the boundary between Barnstableand Yarmouth. He was a selectman in 1664 and in 1668. Between 1659 and 1669 Richard bought and sold numerous parcels of landand obtained many land grants. "June 1, 1659. Whereas it is and order of court that every town in thiscolony is to choose two or three men for the oversight and disposal ofpoor children, this town hath chosen Edward Bangs, Nicholas Snow andRichard Higgins according to order."(9) "1659. Richard Higgins has one little black mare which was Job Cole'swith a blaze down the face and a little white hair above her hoofsbefore, burn marked with an E on the right shoulder. Dec. 23, 1659."(10)"May 15, 1660. Mr. John Doane, Richard Higgins and Thomas Paine with thesurveyors are to appoint what particular highways are to be mended andthose that are most concerned in the ways are to mend them by theappointment of the abovesaid for the present year."(11) "Court of June 13, 1660. Richard Higgins one of a committee to disposeof the trade at Kennebeck."(12) "Dec 13, 1660. Richard Higgins undertook to provide a company for to cutup the third fish" (whale).(13) "The mark of Richard Higgins (for his cattle) is a piece cut off thehind side of the left ear, to the top of the ear, and a slit cut in theside of the ear slanting downwards. Jan. 22, 1660/1."(14) "24 10th mo. 1667. Richard Higgins and Benjamin Higgins were on a juryof inquest as to the deaths of Robert Chapell, James Nichols, andWilliam Pidell, cast ashore upon Cape Cod."(15) "To all people to whome these presents shall come. Know ye that IRichard Higens of Eastham in the Government of New Plimoth in NewEngland in America, Taylor... grant unto my son Benjamine Higens of theTowne of Eastham abovesaid, Husbandman, a parcell of upland andmeadowing the upland containing twentie acres be it more or less lyingat a place commonly called Poche, the which upland lieth next to the lotof Job Cole and was bought and exchanged by the said Richard Hignes ofJonathan Sparrow as appears by a deed... And two acres of marsh ormeadowing, be it more or less, which was formerly Mr. William Bradfordsdeceased, that Richard Higens hath and lieth at the harbor's mouth...4th day of the 5th mounth 1669 in the presence of us Nath: Bacon John ScudderRichard Higens."(16) In 1669 a group of people moved from the Cape to New Jersey because ofreligious and political differences with the establishment at Plymouthor because of the fact that land was more available in New Jersey.Richard seems to have moved to New Piscataway because of the lastreason. "Know all men by these presents that I Richard higgens of New Piscatawayin the province of New Jersey, yeoman, for the sum of nine poundssterling to him paid... to Benjamin Higgens of Eastham in thejurisdiction of New Plimouth... land at a place called littleBillingsgate." Dated 20 Nov. 1672.(17) On 8 Mar. 1677/8 Mary had her deceased husband's claims to land laid outto her in the western part of old Piscataway township near the RaritanRiver consisting of 254 acres. Samuel Moore Sr. of Woodbridge, NJ obtained a license to marry Mary, butfor some reason the marriage never took place and she married IsaacWhitehead. In her son Thomas' will in Dec. 1702 she recieved "the Parloror Rooms where she now lives and also one-third part of the orchardduring her natural life."Ear Mark for cattle: his Marke is a smale Slyce cutt of ye under partof ye right eare and a slit on teh same Ear where itt is cutt away.(1) Apprentice Book of the Honorable Company of Merchant Taylors ofLondon- Vol.9, folio 276(2) Richard Higgins And His Descendants- Katherine Chapin Higgins, Worcester, 1918, p.26(3) Ibid- p.27(4) Ibid(5) Records of the Colony of New Plymouth- Nathaniel Shurtleff, M.D.,Boston, 1857, pp.173-4, 187-8(6) History of Harwich- p.29(7) Higgins Genealogy- p.30(8) Records of the Colony of New Plymouth - Nathaniel Shurleff, M.D.,Boston, 1857, p. 201(9) Higgins Genealogy- p.33(10) Ibid(11) Ibid-p.34(12) Ibid- p.31(13) Ibid-p.34(14) Ibid(15) Ibid-pp.34-5(16) Land Grants, 1659-1710, Town of Eastham(17) Book of Land Grants of Eastham- p.98(18) Higgins, in her genealogy, lists Hannah as Jonathan's second wife.This may be the case, however, no record to prove this theory has beenfound to my knowledge.

More About Richard Higgins and Lydia Chandler:
Marriage: 11 Dec 1634, Eastham, MA.

More About Richard Higgins and Mary Yates:
Marriage: Oct 1651, Eastham, MA.

Children of Richard Higgins and Lydia Chandler are:
  1. +Jonathan Higgins, b. Jul 1637, Plymouth, MA, d. 09 Jan 1659/60, Eastham, MA.
  2. Benjamin Higgins, b. Jun 1640, d. date unknown.

Children of Richard Higgins and Mary Yates are:
  1. Mary Higgins, b. 27 Sep 1652, Eastham, Ma, d. 23 Jan 1728/29.
  2. Eliakim Higgins, b. 20 Oct 1654, Eastham, MA, d. Bef. 23 Jan 1697/98, Woodbridge, Middlesex, NJ.
  3. William Higgins, b. 15 Dec 1654, d. date unknown.
  4. +Jediah Higgins, b. 05 Mar 1655/56, Eastham, MA, d. 1715, Somerset County, NJ.
  5. +Zerah Higgins, b. Jun 1658, d. date unknown.
  6. +Thomas Higgins, b. 1661, d. date unknown.
  7. Lydia Higgins, b. Jul 1664, d. date unknown.
  8. Rebecca Higgins, b. 1666, d. date unknown.
  9. Ruth Higgins, b. 1668, d. date unknown.
  10. Sarah Higgins, b. 1670, d. date unknown.
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