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Rev. John Higginson

Male Bef 1616 - 1708  (> 92 years)


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  • Name Rev. John Higginson  [1
    Alternate birth 6 Aug 1616  Claybrooke, Leicestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Baptised 11 Aug 1616  Claybrooke, Leicestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Born Bef 31 Aug 1616  Claybrooke, Leicestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    Gender Male 
    Baptised 31 Aug 1616  Claybrooke, Leicestershire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    Died 9 Dec 1708  Salem, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 7
    Person ID I15615  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of TSW
    Last Modified 16 Nov 2018 

    Father Rev. Francis Higginson,   b. Bef 6 Aug 1586,   d. 6 Aug 1630, Salem, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 44 years) 
    Mother Anne Herbert,   d. Bef 25 Feb 1640, New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 8 Jan 1616  St. Peter's, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6, 8
    Family ID F10237  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sarah Whitfield,   b. Bef 1 Nov 1620, Ockley, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jul 1675, Salem, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 54 years) 
    Married Bef 1646  Guilford, New Haven, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [9, 10, 11
    Children 
    +1. John Higginson,   b. 1646, Guilford, New Haven, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Mar 1719, Salem, Essex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years)
    Last Modified 23 Sep 2018 
    Family ID F9551  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • "John Higginson was admitted freeman May 25, 1636, and the same year went to Saybrook, Conn., as chaplain at the fort, where he remained 'about four years.' In 1641 be taught school at Hartford, Conn., and later became assistant to Rev. Henry Whitfield at Guilford, Conn. Upon Mr. Whitfield's resignation in 1653, he was settled as pastor of the church, where he remained until 1659, when, with his family, he embarked for England. On account of bad weather, the vessel entered Salem harbor. While there he was invited to remain and become pastor of the church founded by his father. He was installed in August, 1660, and continued in the pastorate till his death." [Descendants of the Reverend Francis Higginson, citation details below.]

      "Reverend Higginson was chosen by Cotton Mather to write the preface of the latter's Magnalia Christi Americana, since he had been a minister in New England for sixty of the seventy years of ecclesiastical history which that volume covered." [The Ancestry of Reverend Henry Whitfield, citation details below.]

      He was much concerned with what he considered an excessive number of taverns, "ordinaries," in Salem. He was opposed to slavery. He wrote a treatise in opposition to the wearing of wigs. His funeral sermon was preached by Cotton Mather and then published under the title The Happy Dismissal of a Holy Believer, A Funeral Sermon on the Death of the Rev. John Higginson, with Memoirs of His Life.

      Note: He was not a twin to his brother Theophilus, as widely reported; Theophilus was born a year later.

  • Sources 
    1. [S2216] Mary Lovering Holman, "The Sheafe Line." The American Genealogist 22:85, Oct 1945.

    2. [S2122] Descendants of the Reverend Francis Higginson by Thomas Wentworth Higginson. 1910., date & county only.

    3. [S2123] The Ancestry of Reverend Henry Whitfield (1590-1657) and His Wife Dorothy Sheafe (159?-1669) of Guilford, Connecticut by John Brooks Threlfall. Madison, Wisconsin: 1989.

    4. [S2413] Randy A. West, "Updates for some English Records for some Great Migration Immigrants Who Came by 1635." The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 172:245 (Summer 2018); 172:353 (Fall 2018).

    5. [S101] The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, Volumes 1-3 and The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England,1634-1635, Volumes 1-7, by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1996-2011.

    6. [S2306] The Winthrop Fleet: Massachusetts Bay Company Immigrants to New England 1629-1630 by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012.

    7. [S2122] Descendants of the Reverend Francis Higginson by Thomas Wentworth Higginson. 1910.

    8. [S2138] Randy West, "The 'Cousin' Relationship Between Rev. Francis Higginson of Salem, Massachusetts, and Increase Nowell of Charlestown, Massachussetts." The American Genealogist 90:71, January 2018.

    9. [S101] The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, Volumes 1-3 and The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England,1634-1635, Volumes 1-7, by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1996-2011., date only.

    10. [S2122] Descendants of the Reverend Francis Higginson by Thomas Wentworth Higginson. 1910., place only.

    11. [S2306] The Winthrop Fleet: Massachusetts Bay Company Immigrants to New England 1629-1630 by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2012., date only.