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Who is the father of Elizabeth Higgins?


Elizabeth Higgins

Meyers/Higgins

(Anything in this particular type of [ ] is my opinion.)

Note: webpage is in reverse chronological order



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.

  Elizabeth Higgins's early life is sketchy. Her family knows only a few details as follows:
    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--came to orphanage on 2/26/84 at the age of nine years.
      Mother--Catherine Myers, placed in orphanage by cousin--just called "Higgins"
      Baptised St Peter's Cathedral ---4/1/75

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

    From the confirmation register:
      5/20/88 Elizabeth--(Theresa) by Rt. Rev. Curtis, DD


I have chosen as a possible 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.



1910 Federal Census

709 Washington Street, 52nd? District, Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware, S.D. Delaware, E.D. 91, p. 175, 709-203-203, April 22, 1910
    Walter Simmons 
                        57? year old widowed white male born in Delaware and is head of family
                            His father and mother were born in Delaware.
                            He is a wage earner, a salesman in hardware.
                            He rents his home.
                            He can read and write, and he speaks English.

                                Shallotte Higgins
                                  38 year old single white female born in Delaware and is Walter's nurse
                                  Her father and mother were born in Delaware.
                                  She is a wage earner who works as a house keeper.
                                  She can read and write, and she speaks English 

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



                              1900 Federal Census

                              510 Travel, Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware, S.D. 27, E.D. 12, 510-38-45, June 4, 1900
                                Charles Gilmore
                                  35? year old single white male born March 1865? in Delaware and is a LodgerH
                                  His father and mother were born in Delaware.
                                  He is a bartender unemployed 0 months.
                                  He owns his home free of mortgage.
                                  He can read and write, and he speaks English.
                                Charles Shulk?
                                  34 year old widowed white male born April 1866 in Delaware and is a lodger
                                  His father and mother were born in Pennsylvania.
                                  He is a machinist unemployed 3 months.
                                  He can read and write, and he speaks English.
                                Charles Higgins
                                  54 year old widowed white male born May 1846? in Delaware and is a lodger
                                  His father and mother were born in Ireland.
                                  He is a painter unemployed 7 months.
                                  He can read and write, and he speaks English.
                                William Eakins
                                  39 year old widowed white male born October 1860? in Delaware and is a lodger
                                  His father was born in Ireland; his mother was born in Delaware.
                                  He is a machinist unemployed 4 months.
                                  He can read and write and speaks English.
                              709 Washington Street, 5th Ward, Wilmington, Wilmington Hundred, New Castle County, Delaware, 709-63-69, June 2, 1900

                              Walter T. Simmons
                                45 year old married white male born October 1854 in Delaware
                                His father and mother were born in Delaware.
                                He has been married 21 years and is head of family.
                                He is a salesman in hardware and has been unemployed 0 months.
                                He rents his home.
                                He can read and write, and he speaks English.
                              Cordelia Simmons
                                47 year old married white female born August 1852 in Pennsylvania and is Walter's wife
                                Her father and mother were born in Pennsylvania.
                                She has been married 21 years and has had 1 child who is still living.
                                She can read and write, and she speaks English
                              Robert W. Simmons
                                20 year old single white male born November 1879 and is Walter's son
                                His father was born in Delaware; his mother was born in Pennsylvania.
                                He is a steel tool maker who has been unemployed 0 months.
                                He can read and write, and he speaks English.
                              Charlotte Higgins
                                30 year old single white female born in Delaware and is Walter's niece [Cordelia's sister and Charlotte's daughter]
                                Her father was born in Delaware; her mother was born in Pennsylvania.
                                She can read and write, and she speaks English


                                  Wilmington City Directory 1889, p. 430
                                  David R. Myers, shoemaker, h 12 Maryland av
                                  David S. Myers, shoemaker G. K. & F., bds 12 Maryland av



                                1880 Federal Census

                                Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware, S.D. 16, E.D. 71, page 3, _-29-30, June 1, 1880

                                Charles Higgins  
                                  35 year old married white male born in Delaware
                                  His father and mother were born in Ireland.
                                  He is a painter.
                                  Relationship to the head of family is blank.
                                Charlotte M Higgins
                                  33 year old married white female born in Pennsylvania.
                                  Her father and mother were born in Pennsylvania.
                                  She is Charles's wife and keeps house.
                                Charles R. Higgins
                                  14 year old single white male born in Delaware and is Charles's son
                                  His father was born in Delaware; his mother was born in Pennsylvania.
                                  His occupation is At School; he attended school within the year.
                                Charlotte T Higgins
                                  12 year old single white female born in Delaware and is Charles's daughter
                                  Her father was born in Delaware; her mother was born in Pennsylvania.
                                  Her occupation is At School; she attended school within the year.
                                John W Higgins
                                  7 year old single white male born in Delaware and is Charles's son
                                  His father was born in Delaware; his mother was born in Pennsylvania.
                                  His occupation is At School; he attended school within the year.
                                Edward T Higgins
                                  5 year old single white male born in Delaware and is Charles's son
                                  His father was born in Delaware; his mother was born in Pennsylvania.
                                  Occupation is blank.
                                Joseph Higgins
                                  2 year old single white male born in Delaware and is Charles's son
                                  His father was born in Delaware; his mother was born in Pennsylvania.
                                  Occupation is blank.
                                Elizabeth A Higgins
                                  6 month old single white female born in December in Delaware and is listed as Charles's daughter
                                  Her father was born in Delaware; her mother was born in Pennsylvania.

                                Ring Street, Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware, S.D. 16, E.D. 14, ?-280-366, June 9, 1880

                                Walter Simmons
                                  28? year old white married male born in Delaware and is a boarder
                                  His father and mother were born in Delaware.
                                  He is a clerk in a hardware store.
                                Delia Simmons
                                  20 year old white married female born in Pennsylvania and is Walter's wife
                                  Her father and mother were born in Pennsylvania.
                                Robert Simmons
                                  7? month old white male born in Delaware in September? and is Walter's son
                                  His father was born in Delaware; his mother was born in Pennsylvania.



                                1870 Federal Census

                                Wilmington, Section Division 25, New Castle County, Delaware, 1579-1612, June 22, 1870

                                David Meyers
                                  26 year old white male born in Pennsylvania
                                  He works in shoe factory and has $200 in personal estate.
                                  He is a male citizen of the U.S. of 21 years and upwards.
                                Sarah Myers
                                  23 year old white female born in Delaware
                                  She keeps house.
                                David S Myers
                                  2 year old white male born in Delaware
                                  He is At Home.


                                Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware, page 220, 383-1616, Post Office Wilmington, Delaware, June 22, 1870

                                Charles Higgins 
                                  26 year old white male born in Delaware
                                  He is a painter who has no real estate and $200 in personal estate.
                                Charlotte M Higgins
                                  23 year old white female born in Pennsylvania
                                  She keeps house.
                                Charles R. Higgins
                                  4 year old white male born in Delaware
                                  Occupation - At Home
                                Charlotte T Higgins
                                  2 year old single white female born in Delaware
                                  Occupation - At Home
                                Carnella [Cordelia] Myers
                                  17 year old white female born in Pennsylvania.
                                  Occupation - At Home


                                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 Higgins and Charlotte Myers marry October 9, 1864 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.



                                1860 Federal Census

                                Christiana Hundred, New Castle County, Delaware, p. 97, 719-713, June 29, 1860

                                John A Meyers 
                                  38 year old male born in Massachusetts?
                                  He is a shoe maker who has $3,000 in real estate and $200 in personal estate.
                                David Myers
                                  17 year old male born in Pennsylvania
                                  He is an App[rentice] to shoe maker
                                Charlotte Myers
                                  13 year old female born in Pennsylvania
                                  She attended school within the year.
                                Cordelia Myers
                                  7 year old female born in Pennsylvania
                                  She attended school within the year.
                                Catherine Myers
                                  5 year old female born in Pennsylvania

                                Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware, page 7, 344-360, June 7, 1860 Luke Higgins
                                  Male born in Delaware
                                  He is a painter with no real estate and $500 in personal estate.
                                Catherine Higgins
                                  25 year old female born in Delaware
                                Elizabeth Higgins
                                  6 year old female born in Delaware
                                Mary E. Higgins
                                  10/12 year old female born in Delaware
                                Louiza Higgins
                                  54 year old female born in Ireland
                                  Occupation - No
                                  She has $2,500 in real estate and $200 in personal estate.


                                  In the same dwelling but given as a different family (361):
                                    Willim (sic) Thomas
                                      35 year old male born in Wales
                                      He is a blacksmith with no real estate and $100 in personal estate.
                                    May ant (sic) Thomas
                                      44 year old female born in Wales
                                    Sarah Ann (sic)
                                      13 year old female born in Wales
                                    James Higgins
                                      20 year old male born in Delaware
                                      He is a painter with no real estate or personal estate.
                                    Charles Higgins
                                      15 year old male born in Delaware
                                      He is a Ap Mch [apprentice mechanic] with no real estate or personal estate.
                                    Catharine Higgins
                                      10 year old female born in Delaware
                                    John McCormack
                                      35 year old male born in Ireland
                                      He is a laborer with no real estate or personal estate.
                                    George Clark
                                      21 year old male born in Ireland
                                      He is a laborer with no real estate or personal estate.
                                      Race is not marked.



                                  1850 Federal Census

                                  South Ward Kensington, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, p. 430, 382-463, August 1, 1850

                                  John A. Meyers 
                                    27 year old male born in Pennsylvania?
                                    He is a cordwiner who can not read or write.
                                  Henryetta Myers
                                    20 year old female born in Maryland
                                    She can not read or write.
                                  David Myers
                                    6 year old male born in Pennsylvania
                                    He attended school within the year.
                                  Charlote Myers
                                    2 year old female born in Pennsylvania
                                  Pheobey A. Myers
                                    9 month old female born in Pennsylvania
                                  Joseph Walls
                                    24 year old male born in Ireland
                                    He is a cordwine (sic).

                                  Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware, page 6, 75-81, July 9, 1850

                                  James Higgins 
                                    45 year old male born in Ireland
                                    He is a Lab [laborer] with $1,300 of real estate.
                                  Catherine M Higgins
                                    42 year old female born in Ireland
                                  James Higgins
                                    10 year old male born in Delaware
                                  Mary Higgins
                                    13 year old female born in Delaware
                                  Charles Higgins
                                    5 year old male born in Delaware
                                  Catherine E Higgins
                                    9 month old female born in Delaware

                                  Race was not marked.



                                  1840 Federal Census

                                  Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware 

                                  James Higgins 

                                  Males (Number of males by ages)
                                    1 male under 5 [James], 1 male 5 - 10, 1 male 30 - 40 [James]
                                  Females (Number of females by ages)
                                    1 female under 5 [Mary], 1 female 30 - 40 [Catherine]




                                  Sources:
                                      http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~adriengrove/Higgins.htm

                                      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
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