The Origins of Elizabeth A. Higgins



Elizabeth Higgins's early life is sketchy. Her family knows only a few details as follows:

Elizabeth A. Higgins
She was born in Wilmington, Delaware.
She had a brother named Ned [a nickname for Edward].
She was raised by an aunt until the age of 4.
She was placed in St. Peter's Orphanage in Wilmington, Delaware.
About the age of 10, she lived with a family, possibly named Myers, in Cape Charles, Virginia.

There is an Elizabeth Ann Myers called Lillie Higgins in the records of St. Peter's Orphanage: 

From old orphanage records:

Born in Wilmington, Delaware; came to orphanage on 2/26/84 at the age of nine years.
Mother - Catherine Myers, placed in orphanage by cousin--just called "Higgins."
Baptized St. Peter's Cathedral 4/1/75 

From the baptismal register:

Elizabeth Ann Myers - Born 3/7/75
Baptized 4/1/75 - Mother, Catherine Myers, Philadelphia - no father listed
Godparent: Charlotte M. Higgins
Rev. M.A. McGraw

On January 8, 1894, Elizabeth Theresa Higgins and James Alfred Taylor are married by Father Mickle in Northampton County, Virginia.

The county records read:

Lillie Higgins is 17 years old, single, and was born in Delaware.
There is no mention of parents. She has consent of her guardian; no name is given.

James A. Taylor is a 36 year old widower.
He was born in Delaware, and his parents are Charles and Huldah A. Taylor.

5/20/88 Elizabeth--(Theresa) by Rt. Rev. Curtis, DD

I have chosen as a possible direct relation, Charles Higgins, as best fitting this information because: 

The 1880 census shown below lists both Edward and Elizabeth Higgins.
His wife's maiden name was Charlotte Myers.

Charlotte Higgins died of consumption (tuberculosis) on November 2_, 1883 in Wilmington, Delaware when the Elizabeth Higgins in the census would have been nearly 4 years old.

Charles J. Higgins enlists March 13, 1865 in Wilmington, Delaware and serves in the Eighth Regiment of the Delaware Infantry.

He receives an honorable discharge July 12, 1865 at Mummins? Hill, Virginia.

Charles J. Higgins dies April 25, 1906 at the Southern Branch, National Home for D.V.S., Hampton, Virginia.

Sources: 

Certified transcription of marriage certificate for Charlotte Myers and Charles Higgins No. 128 / 13483, City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Physicians' Certificate of a Death for Charlotte Higgins, 1883 Death Record Vol. F Page#9, Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, Department of State, Hall of Records, Dover, Delaware

Military and pension records of Charles Higgins

Year: 1880; Census Place: Wilmington, New Castle, Delaware; Roll: 119; Family History Film: 1254119; Page: 112C; Enumeration District: 21; Image: 0557.


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