Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

William Higdon

Male 1708 - 1789  (75 years)


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  • Name William Higdon  [1
    Born 1708  Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Between 1783 and 1789  Trinity Parish, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I015864  Tree1
    Last Modified 7 Mar 2021 

    Father John Higdon,   b. 1657, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jun 1723, Charles County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Mother Millicent Bowling,   b. Abt 1672,   d. Aft Mar 1737/38, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 66 years) 
    Married Bef 1692  St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F03089  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Jane MNU Higdon,   b. Bef 1716, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 1732  Trinity Parish, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • === Contributed by Ralph D. Smith

      1733 - William Higdon and wife Jane were m. by 1733 because their oldest child, son Benjamin Higdon, was b. Dec. 1733. [Birthdates of Benjamin and other children, all b. Trinity Parish, Charles Co., are shown under the children.]
    Children 
     1. Benjamin Higdon,   b. 4 Dec 1733, Trinity Parish, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1783, Newport Hundred, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 51 years)
     2. William Higdon,   b. 21 Feb 1734/35, Trinity Parish, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1790, Newport Hundred, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 56 years)
     3. Benedict Leonard Higdon,   b. 6 Aug 1738, Trinity Parish, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 May 1797, Charles County, Maryland - Inventory Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years)
     4. Ignatius Higdon,   b. 12 Aug 1740, Trinity Parish, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Mar 1785, Charles County, Maryland - Admin Bond Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 44 years)
     5. Susannah Higdon,   b. 25 Jun 1743, Trinity Parish, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Martha Higdon,   b. 13 Nov 1745, Trinity Parish, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1800, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 56 years)
     7. Clare Higdon,   b. 2 Feb 1747/48, Trinity Parish, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 7 Mar 2021 
    Family ID F08288  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
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      Higton, John, planter, Charles County, 29th April, 1723; 11th June, 1723.
      To sons John, Charles and Benjamin and dau. Mary Sims, personalty.
      To wife Menesenca, extx., residue of estate during life; at her decease., to sons Thomas and William equally.
      Test: George Dent,, John Semmes (Simes), Elizabeth Duckworth. 18.108.
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      Seems [Simms], Marmaduke, 17th Jan., 1738.
      To son Anthony and hrs., plantation where Thomas Higdon now lives, and personalty.
      To son Marmaduke and hrs., "New Design."
      To son James and hrs., dwelling plantation
      To 3 sons afsd., 50 A. "Seemses Chance,"' Zacciah Swamp.
      To cousin Anne Cooksey and hrs., 59 A. of "St. George's".
      To dau. Jane, personalty.
      To wife Mary, extx., dwelling plantation and half the orchard during life.
      Test: Sam Chunn, Justinian Cooksey, William Higdon. MCW 22. 22.
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      Charles County: Probate Records, Inventories, Book 1766-1773
      397: Thomas Higdon-13 May 1771-kindred Leonard Higdon & William Higdon-John Baptist Higdon Admr


      === Contributed by Ralph D. Smith

      1733 - William Higdon is in the 1733 Tax List of Newport West Side Lower Part, Charles Co., Md., with 1 taxable.

      Mar. 1736/7 - William Higdon is a next-of-kin in the Charles Co., Md. inventory of his brother John Higdon, Jr.
      Source: Skinner, V. L., Jr., "Abstracts of the Inventories of the Prerogative Court of Maryland, 1733-1738," p. 91.

      Nov. 1741 - Philip Key vs. William Higdon. Trespass on the Case. Languishing. Struck off. [docket item only]
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber 39, p. 308.

      Nov. 1752 - The Charles Co., Md. administration account of Samuel Chunn shows that Chunn's estate received a payment from William Higdon.
      Source: Skinner, V. L., Jr., "Abstracts of the Administration Accounts of the Prerogative Court of Maryland, 1750-1754," p. 106.

      Mar. 3, 1753 - Mr. Richard Edelen came to a small branch that runs by Mr. Isaac Campbell's house and said that at the time he wright [sic] Abraham Lemaster's will that the said Lemaster pointed this branch whereon I stand and said that branch divided between his son John and his daughter and grand daughter and said at the same time that them hills pointing over this branch said that was Berrys Land and said that there was about 100 acres to be divided between his daughter and grand daughter, in presence of us William Higdon, ... Thomas Higdon, Jr., Trueman Higdon, ... Richard Higdon, Ignatius Higdon, Benjamin Higdon,
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber B No. 3, p. 300.

      Mar. 1754 - Walter Hanson, attorney in fact for Robert Scott vs. William Higdon, of Charles Co., planter. William had signed a note to Hanson for 4468 pounds of crop tobacco. William made his mark which looks like a square. Hanson sued for the 4468 lbs. of tobacco. William came into court and admitted that he owed Hanson, but only 2784 lbs. of crop tobacco. The Court found for Hanson but in that lesser amount, plus 253 pounds of tobacco as his damages. At the June 1754 Court, the Sheriff reported that the judgment had been satisfied.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber D No. 3, pp. 266-7 and 338.

      Mar. 1755 - Robert Horner, of Charles Co., merchant vs. William Higdon of Charles Co., planter. On June 20, 1753 William Higdon signed a note ("O" his mark) to Horner in which he agreed to pay Horner 1514 lbs. of crop tobacco by July 20, 1754 at some convenient landing in the Wiccocomico River and that if he did not do so he would owe Horner double that amount. Higdon's note was witnessed by Samuel Briscoe. Not having been paid, Horner sued for 3028 lbs. of crop tobacco. John Jordan, of Charles Co., planter, appeared as pledge and security for Higdon. The note was produced in Court and Higdon admitted that he owed Horner the penal sum of 3028 lbs. of tobacco. The Court found for Horner in that amount, and also awarded him damages of 256 lbs. of tobacco.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber E No. 3, pp. 54-5.

      June 1755 and Aug. 1755 - There are records of William Higdon at Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber E No. 3, pp. 151 and 248. [have not read]

      June 1758 - Parnham's Administrators vs. William Higdon. Debt. Abated. [docket item only]
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber H No. 3, p. 396.

      Aug. 1758 - William Higdon, Sr., age 50, mentions his father John Higdon living 35 or 36 years ago.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber H No. 3, p. 577. (2 depositions of William Higdon on this page)

      Apr. 10, 1760 - "The Maryland Gazette," pub. in Annapolis, Md. William Higdon, Sr. has a stray mare at his plantation in Charles Co.
      Source: Green, Karen M., "The Maryland Gazette, 1727-1761," p. 243.

      Apr. 1760 - The Charles Co., Md. administration account of Richard Bennett Boarman shows that Boarman's estate received payments from William Higdon, and also made a payment to William "Hidgon."
      Source: Skinner, V. L., Jr., "Abstracts of the Administration Accounts of the Prerogative Court of Maryland, 1754-1760," p. 171.

      Aug. 1762 - John Glassford & Co. vs. William Higdon, of Charles Co., planter. In Aug. 1759, John Higdon, William Higdon, Thomas Higdon, James Ferrill/Ferrall and Abraham Davenport signed a note (produced in court) to Glassford & Co. in which they agreed to pay 8227 lbs. of tobacco (1/2 due in Aug. 1760 and June 1761.) The note was apparently in the penal sum of 16,454 lbs. of tobacco although, as produced in court, the note did not show a penal clause. Each of the Higdons signed the note by making an "X." Not having been paid, Glassford & Co. brought suit against William Higdon in Aug. 1761 for 16,454 lbs. of tobacco. Edward Boarman, of Charles Co., planter, appeared as pledge and security for William. After several imparlances, the case came on to be heard at the Aug. 1762 Court. William appeared and admitted that he owed the 16,454 lbs. of tobacco., and the Court found for Glassford & Co. in that amount, plus costs and charges.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber M No. 3, p. 20.
      Comment: Glassford & Co. also brought suit on his note against John Higdon, Thomas Higdon and James Ferrill. The cases against Thomas Higdon and James Ferrill were also heard at the Aug. 1762 Court with the same result as William's case: each admitted to owing the 16,454 lbs. of tobacco and the Court found for Glassford & Co. in that amount. The case against John Higdon had not come on for trial by Aug. 1762.

      June 1763 - The Charles Co., Md. administration account of Charles Cox shows that Cox's estate received a payment from William Higdon.
      Source: Skinner, V. L., Jr., "Abstracts of the Administration Accounts of the Prerogative Court of Maryland, 1760-1764," p. 118.

      Nov. 1763 - John Glassford & Co. vs. Edward Boarman, of Charles Co., planter. In Aug. 1762 Glassford recovered a judgment against William Higdon of Charles Co., planter, a debt of 16,454 lbs. of crop tobacco, 6 pence currency and 316 lbs. of tobacco for his costs ad charges. In Aug. 1762, Edward Boarman became security and bail for Higdon on this judgment. Higdon didn't pay the judgment and Glassford brought this case to execute on the judgment against Boarman. Boarman appeared at the Nov. 1763 Court and offered no defense. The Court ordered execution against Boarman in the above amounts, plus another 356 lbs. of tobacco for his costs and charges in this action.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber M No. 3, pp. 443-4.

      Oct. 1767 - The following deposition was given at a land commission for "Edelen's Amendment," owned by Edward Edelin.
      William Higdon, aged 58 years or thereabouts, deposeth that about 32 or 33 years ago, he this deponent, at the desire of Marmaduke Semmes and Cleborn Simms, came with several of his neighbors, namely, Thomas Reed, Patrick Ferrall and others, in order to be showed some bound trees of "Saint George's," and the aforesaid Marmaduke and Clebourn Simms told him in presence of several others that a large gum tree was the last bound tree of "Saint George's," and the said Marmaduke and Clebourn Simms also told him that the hickory mentioned in William Cooksey's deposition was a bound tree of "St. George's" and thinks to the best of his knowledge they said it was the third bound tree of "St. George's." Signed William Higdon (makes his mark, which looks like a rectangle.)
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Cicuit Court, Liber P No. 3, pp. 666-7.

      May 1768 - Ignatius Nalley and William Higdon, Sr., confess judgment to Francis Montgomery for the sum of 218 lbs. of transfer tobacco which sums were recovered April last, said sums to be levied against them in case Nalley shall not pay Montgomery said sum on Feb. 10 next.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber P No. 3, pp. 64-5. (loose records out of chronological order placed between pp. 64 and 65 of Liber P No. 3)

      May 1768 - Ignatius Nalley and William Higdon, Sr., confess judgment to Ignatius Simms, son of Frank, for the sum of 155 lbs. of crop tobacco and 0/2/6 costs which sums were recovered April last, the said sums to be levied against them in case Nalley shall not pay Simms said sums on Feb. 10 next.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber P No. 3, pp. 64-5. (loose records out of chronological order placed between pages 64 and 65 of Liber P No. 3)

      Mar. 1769 - The Charles Co., Md. administration account of Justinian Burch [Jr.] shows that Burch's estate received a payment from William Higdon, Sr.
      Sources: (1) Charles Co., Md. Administration Accounts, 1759-1770, p. 393, and (2) Skinner, V. L., Jr., "Abstracts of the Administration Accounts of the Prerogative Court of Maryland, 1768-1771," p. 38.

      June 1769 - William Higdon, Sr., of Charles Co., planter, is pledge and security for William Higdon, Jr., in the case John Corry vs. William Higdon, Jr.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber Q No. 3, pp. 445-7.

      Nov. 1770 - William Higdon, Jr. and William Higdon, Sr. confess judgment to Robert Horner for the sum of 43 shillings and 7 pence common currency debt and cost warrant which sums were recovered by Horner against William Higdon, Jr. [not said when; presumably in Nov. 1770], said sums to be levied against them in case William Higdon, Jr. shall not pay Horner said sums, with additional costs thereon, by Feb. 10 next.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber T No. 3, p. 135.

      Mar. 1772 - Barnes & Ridgate vs. Lancelot Johnson. The account of Lancelot Johnson with Barnes & Ridgate shows that in Mar. 1772 Barnes & Ridgate charged Johnson 0/4/6 for ozna [type of cloth] paid William Higdon.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber U No. 3, p. 708.

      Aug. 1774 - The Charles Co., Md. administration account of Jonathan Mudd shows that Mudd's estate received a payment from Will Higdon.
      Source: Skinner, V. L., Jr., "Abstracts of the Administration Accounts of the Prerogative Court of Maryland, 1771-1777," p. 119.

      Aug. 1774 - Rogers Stone & Fendall vs. William Higdon, Sr., of Charles Co., planter. Mark Simms and Leonard Higdon, of Charles Co., planters, are pledge and security for William.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber W No. 3, pp. 560-2. (full case needs abstracting)

      Oct. 1778 - The following deposition was given at a land commission for part of "Saint Thomas's" owned by William Simpson.
      William Higdon, aged about 70 years, deposeth that about 45 years ago he was present at the time the beginning bound tree of a tract called "St. George's" was proved, which this deponent saith was a Spanish red oak, standing on the West side of Gilbert Swamp and about 6 yards east of a small white oak and about 10 feet west from a small flat muddy run.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber Y No. 3, p. 372.

      Oct. 1779 - William Higdon, Sr., age 71.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber Y No. 3, p. 481.
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      Charles County Land Records 1796-1799; Liber IB-2 {Abstract by Mike Marshall}; Page 315. Release: at the request of Negro Nelly, the following Release and Deposition was recorded March 19th 1798.
      I hereby give up all claim right and title to negro Nelly who has lately proved she descended from Old Irish Nell Butler if all that were born of her before and after wedlock are justly and lawfully entitled to their freedom, otherwise as I am informed that she has descended from Nell after marriage, I shall not give her a discharge till I'm convinced they are generally free. Signed Edward Spalding on February 9, 1792.
      CC Sct March 14, 1798; then came John B. Wathen and made oath that he was present and heard William Higdon (since deceased) prove on oath before the subscriber then a justice of the peace that a mullato woman named Nelly and then claimed as a slave and the property of Edward Spalding to be descendant of Old Irish Nell Butler by the female side. Sworn before William D. Briscoe.

  • Sources 
    1. [S044775] Early Families of Southern Maryland, Volume: 8.

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