Saturday, January 18, 2014

Surname Saturday: HIGGINS

According to the Dictionary of Family Names, HIGGINS can have Irish or English roots. If Irish, it can be a variation of the Gaelic "Ó hUiginn," which means "a descendant of Uiginn," itself meaning "viking" or "sea-rover." It can also a variant of Hagan. If English, it can be a patronym of the medieval personal name Higgin, which can be a nickname of Hick.

In writing this post, I realize I haven't researched this family very well. With all the new resources available online as well as having improved my research skills since I last investigated this line, it would be a worthy project to revisit.

Stories and History:

Ahnentafel #148 - John HIGGINS, Sr. (dates unknown) - he married Fannie BAUGGESS (b. c. 1773 in Loudoun Co., Virginia). They had six known children.

Ahnentafel #74 - Hiram HIGGINS (1791 - 1879) - married Polly WILLIS (1795 - 1863) - two known children

Ahnentafel #37 - Matilda HIGGINS (1829 - 1906) - born in North Carolina, she married Jacob F. TOLIVER in 1851 in Ashe County. He served in the Civil War. They had five known children. Matilda and Jacob divorced by 1882, when he remarried.

Ahnentafel #18 - Clark Pleasant - or Pleasant Clark - TOLLIVER (1861 - 1918) - I have written about him here.

Ahnentafel #9 - Margie Ethel TOLLIVER (1889 - 1971) - born in Nebraska, she came west with her parents to Colorado, where she met and married a widower, John Franklin MIDKIFF, Sr. They lived all over the West: California, Idaho, and Washington.

Ahnentafel #4 - John Franklin MIDKIFF, Jr. (1910 - 1957) - see the Surname Saturday: MIDKIFF post for more information on him.

Ahnentafel #2 - my children's paternal grandfather (living)

Ahnentafel #1 - my children's father (living)

More About the HIGGINS Family:

1. Online database (I update this at least once a month): HIGGINS ancestors and relatives (no info on living persons available)

2. Posts about HIGGINS ancestors and relatives on this blog

My children's HIGGINS Immigration Trail:

Ashe Co., NC > Madison Co., NE > Delta Co., CO > Montrose Co., CO > Mesa Co., CO > Custer Co., ID > Los Angeles and/or Butte Co., CA > Yakima Co., WA > Thurston Co., WA > Clark Co., WA > Spokane Co., WA

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