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

Benedict Leonard Higdon

Male 1738 - 1797  (58 years)


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  • Name Benedict Leonard Higdon 
    Born 6 Aug 1738  Trinity Parish, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 11 May 1797  Charles County, Maryland - inventory Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I30711  Tree1
    Last Modified 4 Aug 2022 

    Father William Higdon,   b. 1708, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1783 and 1789, Trinity Parish, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Jane MNU Higdon,   b. Bef 1716, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship natural 
    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.]
    Family ID F8739  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Joanna Dent,   b. 1748, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1797, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 50 years) 
    Married Abt 1762  Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Benedict Leonard Higdon,   b. Bef 1778, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Oct 1835, Charles County, Maryland - probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 57 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 4 Aug 2022 
    Family ID F6370  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • === Contributed by Ralph D. Smith
      May 11, 1797 - The Charles Co., Md. Inventory of Leonard Higdon, Sr.
      Appraisers: Mark Simms, William Corry (value 510/9/11 1/2.)
      Creditor: Douglass Simms.
      Nearest Relations: Francis Hogdon [sic; Higdon], Leonard Higdon.
      Administratrix: Joanna Higdon, filed the inventory June 26, 1797.
      Source: Charles Co. Md. Inventories, 1791-1797, p. 448.
      Comment: Leonard's inventory includes the following slaves:
      --Negro woman Terry, age 35
      --Negro girl Poll, age 12
      --Negro girl Videlia, age ?
      --Negro girl Charity, age 3
      --Negro boy Nace, age 8
      --Negro boy Bob, age 5.

      Jan. 23, 1800 - The 2nd Charles Co., Md. Inventory of Leonard Higdon.
      Inventory value: $1244.90.
      Appraisers: Mark Simms, William Corry.
      Nearest kin: Francis Higdon, Levi Higdon.
      Creditors: Douglass & Simms, Parnham.
      Administrators de bonis non: Eleazer Dent Higdon and Leonard Higdon, approved the inventory on Feb. 11, 1800.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Inventories, 1797-1802, pp. 238-240 (MSA Microfilm Roll CR 39,593, part 1)
      Comment: The Inventory includes the following slaves with the values shown:
      --Negro woman Poll $180.00
      --Negro woman Sictory? $170.00
      --Negro girl Charity $120
      --Negro girl Teresa $100.00
      --Negro boy Nace $180.00

      Dec. 10, 1803 - the Charles Co., Md. final administration account of Leonard Higdon, Sr.
      Inventory value: 466/16/9.
      Additional assets bring estate up to: 470/15/6.
      Payments made by the estate: 65/13/8.
      Estate balance: 405/1/10.
      Sureties: Letus? Dent and Barton Wathen.
      Administrators: Eleazer Dent Higdon and Leonard Higdon administrators de bonis non.
      Representatives: 4 children of the deceased, viz., Leonard Higdon, Ann Higdon, Levi Higdon and Eleazer Higdon, all at age.
      Distribution: to 4 chidren, each child's part is 101/5/5 1/2.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Administration Accounts, 1798-1806, pp. 314-15. (MSA Microfilm Roll CR 39,588, part 1)
      === Contributed by Ralph D. Smith

      Issue of Benedict Leonard Higdon and Joanna Dent:
      1. Benedict Leonard Higdon, Jr.
      2. Ann Higdon.
      3. Levi Higdon.
      4. Eleazer Dent Higdon.

      1. BENEDICT LEONARD HIGDON [JR.]

      1798 - Leonard Higdon is in the 1798 Federal Direct Tax of Charles Co., Md.

      1822-1824 - The Index to Charles Co., Md. Land Records Liber IB #15 which is on MSA Microfilm Roll CR 34,672 shows that on p. 485 is a Bill of Sale from Luke Moran to Benedict L. Higdon.

      1830 - Benedick [sic] L. Higdon is in the 1830 Census of Bryantown, Charles Co., Md., as follows: 100101-00001.
      Comment: Benedict is next to a John T. Higdon and the Census is not in alphabetical order.

      4. ELEAZER DENT HIGDON.

      1798 - Elizabeth [sic; Eleazer] Dent Higdon is in the 1798 Federal Direct Tax of Charles Co., Md.

      1800 - Eleazer D. Higdon is in the 1800 Census of Charles Co., Md., as follows: 00020-10000-07.

      May 30, 1809 - The 1st Charles Co., Md. administration account of Thomas M. Simpson shows that Simpson's estate made a payment of $15.36 to Eleazer D. Higdon.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Inventories and Administration Accounts, 1808-1812, pp. 120-3.

      === Contributed by Ralph D. Smith

      Aug. 6, 1738 - Benedict Leonard Higdon, son of William and Jane Higdon, b. Aug. 6, 1738 in Trinity Parish, Charles Co., Md.
      Source: Jourdan, Elise G., "Colonial Records of Southern Maryland," p. 2.

      Nov. 1764 - William Boarman vs. Leonard Higdon of Charles Co., planter. In Nov. 1762, Leonard signed a note to Boarman for 7/0/0 currency [not said when payable.] Not having been paid, Boarman brought suit. Michael Dent of Charles Co., planter, appeared as pledge and security for Leonard. The case came on to be heard at the Nov. 1764 Court. Leonard admitted that he owed Boarman 6/0/0 currency and the Court found for Boarman in that lesser amount, plus 370 lbs. of tobacco for his costs and charges.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber N No. 3, pp. 110-11.

      June 1765 - Leonard Higdon and Benjamin Dent confess judgment to Francis Posey, Jr. for the sum of 424 lbs. of tobacco debt and 2 shillings and 6 pence currency which sums were recovered by Posey against Higdon October last, said sums to be levied against them in case Higdon shall not pay Posey said sums, with additional costs thereon, by Feb. 10 next.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber N No. 3, pp. 277-8.

      Dec. 1766 - Leonard Higdon ("X" his mark) witnesses a bill of sale for a mare from Samuel Williams of Charles to Joseph Waters, son of James.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Land Records, Liber O No. 3, p. 146.

      Mar. 1769 - The Charles Co., Md. administration account of Justinian Burch [Jr.] shows that Burch's estate received a payment from Leonard Higdon.
      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.

      May 13, 1771 - Leonard Higdon ("X" his mark) signs, as next of kin, the Charles Co., Md. inventory of [his cousin] Thomas Higdon, Jr.
      Sources: (1) Charles Co., Md. Inventories, 1766-1773, p. 397, and (2) Skinner, V. L., Jr., "Abstracts of the Inventories of the Prerogtive Court of Maryland, 1769-1772," p. 70.

      Charles County: Probate Records, Inventories, Book 1766-1773
      397: Thomas Higdon-13 May 1771-kindred Leonard Higdon & William Higdon-John Baptist Higdon Admr

      Sep. 1773 - James Miles, Marmaduke Simms and Leonard Higdon confess judgment to James & Robert Buchanan for 20/9/3 common currency debt and 293 lbs. of tobacco costs of suit, a judgment obtained by James & Robert Buchanan against James Miles at the Mar. 1773 Court, in case the said Miles shall not pay the said sums, with additional costs, on Feb. 10 next.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber U No. 3, p. 609.

      Nov. 1773 - Barnes & Ridgate for the use of Rogers, Stone & Fendall vs. Leonard Higdon. Damages. Countermanded. Cost 132 lbs. tobacco. [docket item only]
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber W No. 3, p. 156.

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

      1777 - Leonard Higdon, Private, Maryland Militia, 12th Battalion, Capt. Benjamin Lusby Corry's Company, Charles Co., Md.
      Source: Peden, Henry C., Jr., "Revolutionary Patriots of Charles County, Maryland, 1775-1783," p. 145.

      Mar. 1778 - In Feb. 1778 Thomas Barron complained to the Charles Co. Court that Clement Wathen and others had forcibly entered his land in Trinity Parish called "Simpson's Chance" and ejected him. Two of the Court's Justices went to the premises on the same day and found a group of 13 men, including Leonard Higdon, unlawfully assembled and in possession of Barron's premises with "strong hand and armed power." The Justices arrested the men, took them to jail and fined them each 22 shillings and 6 pence. Higdon paid his fine and was released.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber X No. 3, pp. 628-30.

      Mar. 1778 - Leonard Higdon is on the list of free male persons from 18 years old and upwards in Newport West Hundred, Charles Co., Md.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber X No. 3, p. 637.

      Mar. 1778 - Leonard Higdon ("+" his mark) takes the Oath of Allegiance to Maryland before the Worshipful John Parnham in Charles Co., Md.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber X No. 3, p. 644.

      July 1778 - The Charles Co., Md. will of Benjamin Dent, probated Aug. 1778, leaves to daughter Joana Higdon a Negro girl Monaca.
      Source: T.L.C. Genealogy, "Charles County, Maryland Wills, Administration Accounts, Inventories and Orphan Court Proceedings, 1777-1780," p. 89.

      1783 - Leonard Higdon is in the 1783 Tax List of Newport Hundred, Charles Co., Md., as follows:
      --9 white inhabitants
      --no land
      --1 male or female slave under 8 years of age
      --1 male or female slave, age 8-14
      --1 male slave, age 14-45
      --1 female slave, age 14-36
      --3 horses
      --8 black cattle
      --total value of all personal property: 233/0/0.
      Source: Maryland Tax List of 1783; District 2 (Newport Hundred) of Charles Co. (MSA Microfilm Roll M871)

      Nov. 1789 - Leonard Higdon was given notice to appear and testify in a land dispute between William Swann of the one part and Belain Posey and Elizabeth Philpott of the other part concerning the boundaries of tracts of land called "Mill Dam" and "Timber Neck" on the West side of Zachia Swamp at Allen's Fresh.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber K No. 4, p. 122.

      1790 - Leonard B. Higdon is in the 1790 Census of Charles Co., Md., as follows: 3-3-3-0-4.
      Comment: Higdon has used his middle name "Leonard" for so long it is here shown as his first name.

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