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

John Higdon

Male Bef 1733 - Aft 1775  (> 44 years)


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  • Name John Higdon 
    Born Bef 1733  Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Aft 1775  Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I067214  Tree1
    Last Modified 7 Mar 2021 

    Father Thomas Higdon,   b. 1705, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 May 1771, Charles County, Maryland - Inventory Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Mother Margaret Barron,   b. Abt 1708, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1764, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 56 years) 
    Married 1725  Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F10253  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Jane MNU Higdon,   d. Aft 1762, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Bef 1759  Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 7 Mar 2021 
    Family ID F31276  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • === Contributed by Ralph D. Smith
      Aug. 1754 - Robert Horner vs. John Higdon, Jr., of Charles Co., planter. In Aug. 1753, Higdon signed a note (produced in court) to Horner in which he agreed to pay Horner 807 pounds of crop tobacco by Nov. 1753 and, if he did not do so, that he would be liable in the penal sum of 1614 pounds of crop tobacco. Not having been paid the 807 lbs. of tobacco, Horner brought suit for the penal sum. Abraham Davenport, of Charles Co., planter, posted security for Higdon. At the Aug. 1754 Court, Higdon appeared and stated he could not deny that he owed Horner the 1614 pounds of tobacco, and the Court found for Horner in that amount, plus damages of 181 1/2 pounds of tobacco.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber D No. 3, pp. 412-13.

      Aug. 1754 - John Higdon, Jr., Abraham Davenport and William McPherson confess judgment to Robert Horner for the sum of 1614 pounds of crop tobacco debt and 180 pounds of tobacco costs, which sums were recovered by the said Horner against the said Higdon this Aug. 1754, to be levied of them for the use of the said Horner in case the said Higdon shall not pay the said Horner the said sums, with additional costs thereon, by Feb. 10th next.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber D No. 3, p. 367.

      Nov. 1755 - Thomas Hungerford vs. John Higdon, Jr. Debt. 2420 lbs. crop tobacco. Agreed. Costs 235 lbs. tobacco. [docket item only]
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber E No. 3, p. 365.

      May 1756 - John Higdon, Thomas Higdon, Sr., and Marmaduke Semmes, Jr., confess judgment to Walter Hanson, attorney in fact for Robert Scott for 267 lbs. of tobacco debt and costs of 183 lbs. of tobacco which sums were recovered by Hanson against John Higdon March 9th last, the said sums to be levied in case the said John Higdon shall not pay Hanson the above said sums by Feb. 10th next.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber F No. 3, p. 9.

      June 1756 - It was commanded the Sheriff that he take John Higdon, Jr., of Charles Co., planter, and have him at the next (June) court to satisfy Walter Hanson, attorney in fact for Robert Scott of the sum of 1000 lbs. of tobacco, which Walter lately recovered in court against John, plus 183 lbs. of tobacco for his damages by occasion of detaining that debt whereof the said John is convict. At the June Court the Sheriff returned to the Court the writ aforesaid thus endorsed, viz., Cepi Corpus Superseded.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber F No. 3, p. 47.

      Jan. 23, 1759 - Basil Wathen, of Charles Co., planter, deeds to John Higdon, Jr., of Charles Co., for 25 pounds sterling, part of a tract of land in Charles Co. called "Noe's Desart," bounded by a tract of land called "Betty's Delight," a tract of land called "Strife," and a tract of land called "Calvert's Hope," containing and laid out for about 50 acres.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Land Records, Liber G No. 3, p. 294.

      June 1759 - Samuel Hanson vs. John Higdon, Jr., and [his father] Thomas Higdon, Sr., of Charles Co., planters. In Nov. 1755, at Charles Co., John Higdon, Jr., and Thomas Higdon signed a note (produced in Court) in which they agreed to pay Samuel Hanson 3144 lbs. of tobacco on demand, and that if they did not do so, they would owe him the penal sum of 6288 lbs. of tobacco. John Higdon, Jr., signed his name and Thomas Higdon made his mark. The note apparently resulted from litigation brought by Hanson against John which resulted in a verdict for Hanson in the amount of 3144 lbs. of tobacco.
      The note for 3144 lbs. of tobacco not having been paid by John or Thomas, Hanson brought suit for the 6288 lbs. of tobacco. William McPherson, of Charles Co., planter appeared as pledge and security for John. At the June 1759 Court, John admitted that he owed Hanson the 6288 lbs. of tobacco, and the Court found for Hanson in that amount, plus 351 lbs. of tobacco for his costs and charges.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber I No. 3, pp. 218-20.
      Comment: Although both John and Thomas had signed the note and were sued, the case proceeded against only John.

      Aug. 1759 - John Wheatley vs. John Higdon, Jr. Debt. 7648 lbs. tobacco. Agreed. [docket item only]
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber I No. 3, p. 330.

      Mar. 1762 - John Higdon, Jr., of Charles Co., planter, for 2258 pounds of crop tobacco, sells to Thomas Contee & Co., 1 bay horse, 1 small bay mare, 3 cows, 1 heifer, and 2 yearlings, 3 breeding sows, 3 feather beds and bolsters, 3 rugs, 3 pair sheets, 3 bedsteads, 12 pewter plates, 3 pewter dishes, 2 tables, 3 iron pots, and all the other household furniture in my possession. Signed John Higdon, Jr.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber L No. 3, p. 117.

      Mar. 1762 - John Higdon, Jr., of Charles Co., planter (wife Jane waives dower) deeds to Thomas Contee, of Charles Co., for 3000 pounds of crop tobacco, part of a tract of land in Charles Co. called "Noe's Desart," bounded by a tract of land called "Betty's Delight," and a tract of land called "Strife," a tract of land called "Calvert's Hope," containing and now laid out for about 50 acres. Signed John Higdon, Jr.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Land Records, Liber L No. 3, p. 119.

      Mar. 1762 - Lothian & Jordan vs. John Higdon, Jr. Debt. 9174 lbs. crop tobacco. Abated. [docket item only]
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber K No. 3, p. 554.

      Mar. 1762 - Thomas Contee & Co. vs. John Higdon, Jr. Damages 1277 lbs. crop tobacco. Agreed. [docket item only]
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber K No. 3, p. 558.

      June 1762 - John Fendall & Co. vs. John Higdon, Jr., of Charles Co., planter. Fendall sued John for 4/5/5 currency. Abraham Higdon, of Charles Co., planter, appeared as pledge and security for John. The case came on to be heard at the June 1762 Court and John admitted that he owed Fendall & Co. the 4/5/5 [and the Court found for Fendall & Co. in that amount.]
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber K No. 3, p. 613.
      Comment: The end of this case is on p. 614 which is missing.

      Mar. 1763 - Robert Horner vs. John Higdon, Jr. Thomas Higdon and Abraham Higdon bind themselves to Robert Horner in the sum of 23 pounds, 4 shillings, 4 pence currency, the condition of this obligation being that if the said Robert Horner do obtain judgment in an action of debt pending in Charles County Court against John Higdon, Jr., that the said John Higdon, Jr. shall pay the judgment of the court or deliver himself into the custody of the Sheriff or they will do it for him.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber M no. 3, p. 212.

      June 1763 - Philip Key vs. John Higdon, Jr., and Philip Key vs. Abraham Higdon. Key brought separate lawsuits against John and Abraham based on a note jointly signed by them.[have not read cases]
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber M No. 3, pp. 260-1.

      Aug. 1763 - Joseph Ferrell vs. John Higdon, Jr. Case. NEJ. [docket item only]
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber M No. 3, p. 335.

      Dec. 1769 - John Higdon, of Charles Co., Md., is on the list of debts owed to the estate of Philip Key in St. Mary's Co., Md.
      Source: Skinner, V. L., Jr., "Abstacts of the Inventories of the Prerogative Court of Maryland, 1718-1720," p. 58.
      Comment: This book contains some inventory debt lists that are much later in time than the dates in the book's title.

      Dec. 1771 - Pursuant to an Act passed at the last session of the Maryland Assembly entitled an act for the relief of certain languishing prisoners in the several jails named therein, Robert Horner, of Charles Co., merchant, at present languishing in the jail of Charles Co. conveys to George Lee, Esq., Sheriff of Charles Co., all his real and personal property. The list includes "debt owed to Horner by John Higdon."
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber S No. 3, p. 227.
      Comment: Shown elsewhere on the list is "John Higdon Frederick County judgment and cost of suit and Mr. Stone received the debt last August."

      Dec. 1775 - Maryland Patent Records. A patent was issued in Dec. 1775 to John Higdon, Jr. for "Higdon's Chance," in Charles Co., Md., containing 280 acres.
      Source: Coldham, Peter W., "Settlers of Maryland, 1766-1783," p. 74 (citing Maryland Land Office Records, Liber BC51, p. 287 (certificate) and Liber BC49, p. 482 (patent.))
      Comment: The documents cited might show where this land came from and what it consisted of. John and Jane deeded this land away 16 years before the patent was issued.

      Apr. 1782 - Basil Wathen, of Charles Co., planter, recites his Jan. 1759 deed of 50 acres of "Noe's Desart" to John Higdon, Jr., and then deeds the rest of "Noe's Desart" [acreage not stated] to Hendley Smoot, of Charles Co., planter, for 11,500 pounds of crop tobacco. Wathen reserves to himself during his life the use of a dwelling house now standing on the land and where he now lives.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Land Records, Liber V No. 3, p. 578.
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      Charles County Land Record Book G#3, 1756-1761; Page 294. Jan 23, 1759 from Basil Wathen of CC, planter, to John Higdon (Hiddon) Jr of CC, for 25 £, part of a tract of land in CC called Noes Desart, bounded by a tract of land called Bettys Delight, a tract of land called Strife, a tract of land called Calverts Hope, containing and laid out for about 50 acres. Signed - Basil Wathen. Wit - John Winter, James Nivison. Recorded Feb 23, 1759.
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      Charles County Land Record Book G#3, 1756-1761; Page 299. Jan 23, 1759 from John Higdon {Higdon) and Jane (Jean), him wife, of CC, planter, to Leonard Boarman of CC, planter, for 60 £sterling and 6000 lbs of tobacco, a parcel of land in CC, commonly called Higdons Chance, bounded by Bowlings Plains, Dogwood Fortune, containing and laid out for about 280 acres. Signed - John Higdon, Jane (IA her mark) Higdon. Wit - Jno Winter, James Nivison. Recorded Mar 14, 1759.
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      Charles County Land Record Book L#3, 1761-1765; Page 117. Bill of Sale. I, John Higdon Jr of CC, planter, for 2258 lbs of crop tobacco, sell to Thomas Contee & Company, 1 bay horse, 1 small bay mare, 3 cows, 1 heifer, and 2 yearlings, 3 breeding sows, 3 feather beds & bolsters, 3 rugs, 3 pair sheets, 3 bedsteads, 12 pewter plates, 3 pewter dishes, 2 tables, 3 iron pots, and all the other household furniture in my possession. Signed Mar 16, 1762 - John Higdon Jr. Wit - Prudence (T her mark) Sullivan, Dan of St Thos Jenifer*. Recorded Mar 30, 1762.
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      Charles County Land Record Book L#3, 1761-1765; Page 119. Mar 29, 1752 from John Higdon Jr of CC, planter, to Thomas Contee of CC, for 3000 lbs of crop tobacco and for divers other good causes, part of a tract of land in CC called Noes Desart, bounded by a tract of land called Bettys Delight & a tract of land called Strife, a tract of land called Calverts Hope, containing and now laid out for about 50 acres. Signed Mar 16, 1762 - John Higdon Jr. Wit - Thos Stone*, Jno Winter*. Jane, the wife of sd John Higdon Jr, released her right of dower to the within mentioned lands, Recorded. Mar 20, 1762.
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      Charles County Land Records 1775-1782; Liber V#3; Page 578. Apr 11, 1782 from Basil Wathen of CC, planter, to Hendley Smoot of CC, planter. Whereas sd Basil Wathen did formerly, by deed dated Jan 23, 1759, convey to John Higdon Jr of CC, part of a tract of land in CC called Noes Desart, bounded by a tract of land called Bettys Delight and a tract of land called Strife, a tract of land called Calverts Hope, containing and laid out for about 50 acres, now this deed witnesses that sd Wathen, for 11,500 lbs of crop of tobacco and for divers other good causes, herein conveys the rest of the afd tract of land called Noes Desart not before conveyed to sd John Higdon Jr by virtue of the afd deed_ Sd Basil Wathen reserves to himself, during his natural life, the use of a dwelling house now standing upon the before bargained land and wherein the sd Basil now lives, and agreeing with sd Hendley Smoot that he may move the dwelling house from where it now stands to any other part of sd land as Smoot shall judge more suitable for themselves. Signed - Basil Wathen, Wit - Walter Hanson, Bent Dyson (CC JPs), John N. Smoot. Recorded Jun 17, 1782.
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      1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County, Maryland Hundred - Port Tobacco: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 308-42: BETTYS DELIGHT: 150 acres; Possession of - 100 Acres - Hanson, John Sr. : Surveyed 22 Oct 1670 for Thomas Cocker at a bound oak standing on the West side of Port Tobacco Creek near the main road.: Other notes - Isaac Lemashe from Abraham Lemashe; 9 Sept 1721, 100 Acres - Abraham Harguis from John Lemashe; 3 Feb 1747.
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      1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County, Maryland Hundred - Newport: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 367-37: BETTYS DELIGHT: 200 acres; Possession of - 200 Acres - Leimaster, Abraham: Surveyed 22 Aug 1672 for Edward Evans at a bound black oak of Capt Boarman's near HALLS PLACE: Other Tracts Mentioned: HALLS PLACE; other notes - 200 Acres - Richard Leimaster from John Leimaster; 29 Sept 1727, 60 Acres - Thomas Higdon from Sarah Tennison; 9 June 1752.
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      1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County MD Hundred - Newport: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 398-135: NOE'S DESART: 96 acres; Possession of - 96 Acres - Davis, Edward Jr.: Surveyed 9 April 1707 for John Noe Jr. and patented to Richard Lemaster beginning at a marked tree of BETTYS DELIGHT: Other Tracts Mentioned: BETTYS DELIGHT; Conveyance notes - {mm Note; not identified to a specific Hundred. Location identified by watercourse or nearby tract.}, 96 Acres - Thomas Hayes from Richard Lemaster; 13 Aug 1713,96 Acres - Edward Davis Jr. from Richard Lemaster & Thomas Hayes; 19 Aug 1723,
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      1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County MD Hundred - Newport: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 367-35: CALVERTS HOPE: 898 acres; Possession of - 898 Acres - Hall, Benjamin: Surveyed 19 Feb 1670 for James Bowling on the East side a maine fresh branch of Wicomico about 3 miles from the River.: Conveyance notes - Included in Resurvey of CALVERTS HOPE; 21 March 1706, folio 378 (St. Benedict Hundred), 150 Acres - Thomas Reed from Benjamin Hall; 28 Jan 1716,,
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      1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County MD Hundred - Newport: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 378-15: CALVERTS HOPE RESURVEY: 1198 acres; Possession of - 1198 Acres - see notes: Re-Surveyed 21 of March 1707 for Benjamin Hall and Mary his wife beginning at a bound tree of the said land standing on a hill side near unto the dwelling plantation of Major William Boarman: Conveyance notes - {mm Note; not identified to a specific Hundred. Location identified by watercourse or nearby tract.}, Liber patent number 2 folio 291 annotated near upper left corner of record.,472 Acres - John Parnham from Francis Hall & John Baptist Boarman; 23 May 1737, 435 Acres - John Baptist Boarman from John Parnham & Francis Hall; 23 May 1737, Charles Smoote from John Baptist Boarman; 12 April 1743, The rent of this land is overcharged 0:6:10-1/2,
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      1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County MD Hundred - Newport: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 362-4: STRIFE: 235 acres; Possession of - 100 Acres - Lemaster, Richard: 135 Acres - Smallwood, Samuel: Surveyed 20 Jan 1699 for Benjamin Hall beginning at a bound locust: Conveyance notes - 100 Acres - Mary Contee from Richard Lemaster; 24 March 1709, 135 Acres - Samuel Smallwood from Benjamin Hall; 19 Dec 1706,135 Acres - John Tennison from William Rogers & Mary; 26 Oct 1723, 135 Acres - Ignatius Tennison from John Tennison; 1 Jan 1742, 50 Acres - James Mudd from John Martin Jr.; 8 Nov 1743, Smith (?) Hawkins from James Mudd; 17 Oct 1747,
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      1642-1753 Rent Rolls Charles County MD Hundred - Newport: Rent Roll page/Sequence: 367-36: STRIFE: 235 acres; Possession of - 100 Acres - Lemaster, Richard: 135 Acres - Smallwood, Samuel: Surveyed 20 Jan 1699 for Capt Benjamin Hall beginning at a bound locust: Conveyance notes - , 135 Acres - Philemon Hensley from Samuel Smallwood; 17 April 1712, Entered before in folio 362,
      === Contributed by Ralph D. Smith
      (1) The new 1758 "Higdon's Chance" record you found and I posted under John Higdon, Jr. also goes under the John Barron who d. 1701 in St. Mary's Co. I just posted Barron's 1706 patent of "Dogwood Fortune" there. This corrects a mistake in my Barron book. Because one John Barron d. 1701 in St. Mary's Co. and another John Barron d. 1719 in Charles Co., I assumed (wrongly it turns out) that the 1706 patent belonged to the John who d. 1719. Your new 1758 "Higdon's Chance" record shows that it was patented to the John Higdon who died intestate with no heirs. That is John Higdon who d. 1701. The John Higdon who d. 1719 left a will and names 2 sons in it. I was further thrown off because the land was in Charles Co. It not infrequently happens (because the patent process took so long) that a patent is not finally issued until after the man is dead.

      Charles County Circuit Court
      Land Survey, Subdivision, and Condominium Plats
      MSA S1195: (Certificates, Patented, CH)
      Index by Reference

      Reference: Patented Certificate 533
      Date: 1775/12/12
      Description: Higdons Chance, John Higdon Jr, 280 Acres
      Storage Location: 01/25/03/23
      Image(s): Direct Scan(s):
      MSA S1195-544, p. 1 From SL 21,605 (File Size: 256 kb)
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      MSA S1195-544, p. 3 From SL 21,605 (File Size: 228 kb)
      MSA S1195-544, p. 4 From SL 21,605 (File Size: 244 kb)

      http://plato.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/stagser/s1500/s1529/cfm/dsp_unit.c fm?county=ch&qualifier=S&series=1195&unit=544&p_ds_value=4&p_ms_value=0

      Aug. 28, 1758 - By virtue of a special warrant out of His Lordship's Land Office bearing date Dec. 2 last granted unto John Higdon, Jr., of Charles Co. to resurvey a tract or parcel of escheat land called "Dogwood Fortune" lying and being in Charles Co. aforesaid (originally granted unto a certain John Barron for the quantity of 210 acres who died seized thereof intestate and without heirs by which means the same became escheat unto His Lordship as it is set forth in the said Warrant) with liberty to add any contiguous vacancy. These are therefore to certify that I have resurveyed and laid out for and in the name of him the said John Higdon, Jr. the aforesaid parcel of land according to the ancient metes and bounds, viz., Beginning at a locust standing where a boundary of "Bowlings Plains" formerly stood the original beginning of the said "Dogwood Fortune," running thence ..., then to the beginning, containing 230 acres, and have left out thereof 99 acres lying within elder survey and have added thereto 140 acres of vacancy, now called "Higdon's Chance," and bounded as follows: Beginning at the aforesaid locust post a boundary of "Bowlings Plains" and the beginning of the said "Dogwood Fortune," running thence ..., to the first beginning, containing and now resurveyed and laid out for 280 acres to be held of Calvert Mannor. William Hanson, Deputy Surveyor.
      Source: Charles County Circuit Court; Land Survey, Subdivision, and Condominium Plats; MSA S1195: (Certificates, Patented, CH). Index by Reference. Reference: Patented Certificate 533.

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