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Re: Henry Higgs
Posted by: Carolyn L (ID *****6155) Date: March 30, 2009 at 17:19:10
In Reply to: Re: Henry Higgs by Naseemah Graham of 4259


I found some more for you - some death certificates online at

They have images of the actual certificates from 1909 to 1975 so I was able to find a few of your family but no Henry so he must have died before 1909.

JOSEPH HIGGS - retired contractor, age 68
Born April 10, 1901
Died April 18, 1969 - Northampton
Married - wife - Hattie Johnson
Father - Henry Higgs
Mother - Ellen Hines
Residence - Tarboro
Cause of death - drown - boat turned over in Roanoke River
Time of death - 3 p.m.
Burial - Bonds cemetery, Littleton, NC

HATTIE LOUGENIA HIGGS - seamstress age 77
Born Feb. 1, 1892
Died - Nov. 1, 1969 Edgecombe General Hospital
Father - Rev. Jack Johnson
Mother - Lena Harriss
Residence - Tarboro
Cause of death - Carcenoma - (could not read words after) - 1 year
- Renal failure - 6 weeks
Time of death: 3:35 p.m.
Burial - Bonds cemetery, Littleton, NC

** I wonder if Lena Harriss is related in some way to Charles Harriss, husband of Irene Higgs.

LEON F. HIGGS , contractor age 58
Born Nov. 12, 1911
Died - Oct. 2, 1970
Married - separated - wife: Kitty Higgs
Father - Joseph Higgs
Mother - Hattie Johnson
Residence - Tarboro
Place of death - Durham, Durham - Veteran's Administration Hospital
Cause of death: respiratory failure, bilateral pneumonia - 12 hours
Informant: Mrs. Judith Higgs, Tarboro
Burial - Higgs family cemetery, Halifax Co NC

Born Sept. 30, 1896
Died May 10, 1971
Place of death- Roanoke Rapids Hospital
Married - wife - Irene Higgs
Father - Robert Coley
Mother - Anna Arrington
Cause of death - Cerebra vascular - accident
Burial - Zion Hill Church cemetery

I also found the following death records but they are in later years so not included in the death certificate database

IRENE COLEY - age 81, widow, black
born Sept 20, 1902 - died Sept. 12, 1984
Died Nursing and Rest Home - Roanoke Rapids, Halifax Co.

OTIS HIGGS - age 75, married
Born Feb. 17,, 1906
Died June 13, 1981 Roanoke Rapids, Halifax, NC
died in general hospital

There was a Jacob Higgs, slaveowner - Eastern Division, Halifax Co. NC. He had a large number of slaves- one a male age 7 which would fit with Henry. No way to know if this is him though.

Here is a web page that has some interesting info on slavery in NC. It gives you good advice on how you may be able to trace an ancestor who was a slave.

all for now - if I find more I'll post it for you.
Carolyn L

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