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Re: Moses Higginbotham, b. ~1811 VA -> MO
Posted by: val duran (ID *****4244) Date: April 25, 2007 at 16:42:14
In Reply to: Moses Higginbotham, b. ~1811 VA -> MO by Teresa Hild of 1871

These are my decendants...hope it helps...good luck.

*Arthur Brock’s 3x Grandfather(maternal)


Moses Higginbotham, JR. (parents Moses Higginbotham, SR. & Frances Kyle)
Alias: Old Moses/Higginbotham
DOB: 1773 VA
DIED: Nov. 1, 1826 Tazewell Co., VA.
Occupation: Hatter, particularly fur hats


MOSES HIGGINBOTHAM, (page 211); made 27 October 1826; Proven Nov 1826
Wife, Betsy---all real and personal estate so long as she remains single. Confirms gift of land to son Joseph, beginning at the white oak corner, running with fence to the corner of the meadow, running up the fence to the dry brand to the water gap, thence to the walnut stump joining the said Joseph Higginbotham's own land. After death of wife, all land to three children; George, Charles and Thomas. Thomas is to have the home place. Wills the sugar place to Moses and Aaron Higginbotham. It is his wish that all his children receive an equal portion of his estate and those children who have received no portion should receive equal portion with the others. To daughter Francis---negro girl named Sall. To daughter, Jane---negro girl named Sophia. To daughter Rachel---a negro girl named Emily. If the children all can agree, Stephen can choose his own master among the children, if he behaves himself. Executors; sons William and Joseph. Witnesses; James Stephenson, David Belchee and Joshua Belchee.
Appraisement: (Page 215) 21 December 1826
Negroes: Stephen, Egypt, Pleasant, Milly, small boy: Sampson, Fanny, Amy, Adam, Henry. Appraised by William Barns, William Thompson, Reese Bowen.

MOSES HIGGINBOTHAM, (page 243), 23 June 1828
Settlement of Estate. Widow: Elizabeth. Slaves: Egypt, Amy & child. Milly, Addam, Pleasant, Sampson, Henry. "Heirs of the said Moses
Higginbotham, dec'd, all being present (to wit): William, Moses, James, Joseph, George,
Aaron, Charles, Thomas and Rachel Higginbotham & Bolam Boling and Francis, his wife (late Francis Higginbotham), Samuel Sawyers and Jane, his wife (late Jane

Higginbotham), and Elizabeth Higginbotham, guardian for Thomas and Rachel, infants." Commissioners: Henry Bowen, William Thompson, William Barns.

The following is from ANNALS OF TAZEWELL COUNTY, VIRGINIA, pg.#459.

Moses Higginbotham, who came from Amherst County, Virginia, is the progenitor of the Tazewell County branch of the family. It is understood that he was a hatter near Liberty Hill, in that part of Tazewell County which was, at that time, embraced in Russell County. He selected for his home a spot where squirrels were plentiful. The old homeplace where he resided at the time of his death and where his widow lived, is located on the south side of Paint Lick Mountain within a half mile west of Liberty Hill, or Knob, as it was later called. Most of the Higginbothams were born in and near this little village. Liberty Hill is about eight miles west of Tazewell Courthouse and was formerly a prominent business and social center.
There was also a Robert Higginbotham who appears to have been living near the home of Moses Higginbotham. From Tazewell court records we find that he bought a tract of land on the waters of Maiden Spring, April 14, 1802. On August 23, 1814, Robert Higginbotham and Nancy his wife conveyed a tract of land to David Young. On November 23, 1823, Robert Higginbotham of Madison County, Alabama, made a deed to George Higginbotham of Tazewell County for land lying between Paint Link and Deskins Mountains. It is not known who this Robert Higginbotham was, but it is surmised that he was a brother of Moses , and that the two came together and settled in Southwest Virginia. Robert Higginbotham served on the second grand jury in Tazewell March 3, 1801--Vol. 1, Annals of Tazewell. He appears listed as a soldier in the Revolution, in Battle of Kings Mountain.
From Marriage Register No. 1, of Tazewell County, we find the marriage of Fannie Higginbotham to William Garrison in 1801, and of Mary
Higginbotham to Henry Boling in 1809. We surmise that the Fannie and Mary Higginbotham were daughters of Robert; or they may have been sisters of Moses.
Moses died November, 1826, at his old home place and was buried in the old family graveyard, afterwards known as the "Granny Higginbotham Graveyard." His widow Elizabeth survived him about nineteen years.
There were eleven children born to this union, eight sons and three daughters; namely, William K., Moses, James, Joseph, George, Aaron, Charles, Thomas, Rachel Francis (Mrs.Balaam Bowling), and Jane, who married Samuel Sayers. Of the eight sons, only three lived and died in Tazewell County; William K., James G., and Joseph; and of three
daughters, only one, Fannie Bowling, lived and died in Tazewell County. The others lived
in Tazewell for a time and then moved away, going west. Several settled in Kentucky. We believe they left Tazewell at different times between 1830 and 1850. They are found to have scattered through West Virginia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Arkansas, Utah,


Washington and other states. A good many are still found in Amherst County, and in and about Richmond.

Moses Jr., George, Aaron, Jane and Rachel went west. It is said Aaron went to Illinois and Jane to Missouri. It is said Charles went to Kentucky about 1840.


1. Elizabeth Garrison
2. Elizabeth Farries/Faries/Farris *Aaron’s mother..Elizabeth born in 1775.

Children of Moses. Jr.:

George Higginbotham
Charles Higginbotham
Rachel Higginbotham
Frances Higginbotham
Jane Higginbotham
William Kyle Higginbotham
Moses Higginbotham
James Garrison Higginbotham I
Joseph Higginbotham
Aaron Hickenbotham
Thomas H Higginbotham
Gideon Hickinbottom
William K Higgenbottom
Laticia Higginbotham
Tabitha Higginbotham
Sydney Jane Higginbotham

*Arthur Brock’s 4x Grandfather (maternal)


Moses Higginbotham Sr.(John Higginbotham & Frances Riley)
DOB: 1718 Ireland
DIED: Bet. 1790-1791 Sweetbriar Estate, Amherst Co., VA.

Military Soldier in the Revolutionary War.
As a young man, moved to Goochland Co. VA. with his parents, five brothers, and one sister.

Married: Mary Frances Kyle on Aug. 19, 1750. Frances Kyle was born 1734 in Virginia.

Moses HIGGINBOTHAM b: ABOUT 1760 in Amherst Co., Virginia

Moses purchased two parcels of land totaling 2430 acres in Albemarle Co. He transferred 2024 of these acres to his brothers and brother-in-law, William Morrison.

Moses' will was entered in probate 02-07-1791.

Letter from Pennsylvania Gazette of 12-08-1763 from Captain William Christian, dating 10-19-1763.
"Being joined by Captain Hickenbotham, with 25 of the Amherst militia, we marched on Tuesday last to Winston's Meadows, where our scouts informed us, that they had discovered a party of Indians and about three miles off. Night coming on, prevented our meeting them; and next day, being rainy, made it difficult to follow their tracks. As they were on their return, Captain

Hickenbotham marched to join captain Ingles down New River, etc." The letter does not state which Higgenbotham he is referring to. There were six brothers in Amherst Co in 1863.

"In the Name of God Amen, I Moses Higginbotham of the County of Amherst and State of Virginia being very sick and weak but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto God calling unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once die do make and ordain this my last will and testament that is to say principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the Hands of Almighty God that gave it and my body to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the direction of my Executors nothing doubting but at the General Resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life I give Demise and Dispose of the same in the manner and form as followeth-Item, I give and bequeath to my dearly beloved wife Frances Higginbotham six negroes, to wit, Lewis, Phillis, Elisabeth, Amy, Sarah and Caroline and two hundred and four Acres of land i now live on, and all my Horses, Cattle, Sheep and hogs and all my Household furniture during her widowhood or life -Item, I give to my well beloved son, Joseph Higginbotham one negro boy named Solomon and Two Hundred Acres of land on both sides of Rutledge Creek the Land my aforesaid son Joseph now lives on, to him and His heirs forever-Item I give to my well beloved son Robert Higginbotham one negro by named Fountain and one feather bed, to him and His heirs forever-Item I give to my well beloved son Moses Higginbotham one negro boy named Stephen to him and his heirs forever -Item I give to my well beloved son William Higginbotham ,one negro boy named John and two hundred and four acres of land whereon I now live and that the said William Higginbotham to take possession of the said land at my well beloved wife's Marriage or Death, to him and his heirs forever-Item I give to my well beloved daughter Rachel Higginbotham on negro boy named Lewis and two hundred acres of land on the Branches of Harris Creek to be taken off of the lower end of my tract of four hundred acres of Land on the Branches of the said Creek to her and her heirs forever - Item I give to my well beloved son Charles Higginbotham one negro boy named Bartley, and two hundred acres of land on both sides of Rutledge Creek and adjoining Buffalow River on the south side whereon I formerly had a mill to him and his heirs forever. - Item I give to my well beloved daughter Frances Higginbotham one negro girl named Easter to her and her Heirs lawfully begotten and one feather bed. - Item I give to my well beloved sons Joseph, William and Charles Higginbotham all my Black Smith's tools and one Still, and one Whipsaw to be in common between the above mentioned Joseph, William and Charles Higginbotham. Item I give to my well beloved sons Robert and Moses Higginbotham, two hundred acres of land on
(Continued Will of Moses Higginbotham, Sr.)

the branches of Harris Creek to be taken off the upper end of my tract of four hundred acres of land on the Branches of the said creek to be equally divided between them.
Item I give to my well beloved Sons and Daughters Joseph Higginbotham, Robert Higginbotham, Charles Higginbotham, Moses Higginbotham, William Higginbotham, Rachel Higginbotham, and Frances Higginbotham, Six Negroes, to-wit, Lewis, Phillis, Elizabeth, Amy, Sarah and Caroline and their Increase, to be equally divided between my aforesaid children, Joseph, Robert, Moses, William, Charles and Frances, at my well beloved Wife's death.
Item. I give to my well beloved son William Higginbotham, Rachel Higginbotham and my well beloved daughter and my well beloved son Charles Higginbotham all my Horses, Cattle and Hogs to be equally divided between my before mentioned Children William, Rachel and Charles at my well beloved wife's Marriage or Death.
Also i constitute and ordain Frances Higginbotham my well beloved wife, and my sons Joseph Higginbotham and William Higginbotham my sole executors of this my last Will and Testament all and singular my Lands Messuages and Tenements by them freely to be possessed and enjoyed, and I do hereby utterly Disavow, Revoke and Disannul all and every other Former Testaments, Wills, Legacies, Bequests and Executors by me in anywise before named. Willed and Bequeathed, Rattifying and confirming this and no other to be my Last Will and Testament. IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and seal this Twenty Ninth day of September One Thousand Seven Hundred and Ninety.

MOSES Higginbotham L.S.

Signed, Sealed published pronounced and Delivered by the said Moses Higginbotham as his last Will and Testament in the presence of us, who in his presence, and in the presence of each other have hereto subscribed our names
Jno Higginbotham
James Higginbotham
Rachel Higginbotham

"Moses purchased two parcels of land totaling 2430 acres in Albemarle Co. He transferred 2024 of these acres to his brothers and brother-in-law, William Morrison.

Cemetery on land deeded to Moses, recorded in Albemarle Co., VA, on land near Amherst Court House on Rutledge Creek, a tributary of Buffalo River, on that part allotted to John Jr. by Moses. In this
(continued from previous( MOSES HIGGINBOTHAM, SR.)

cemetery is a lone monument erected to the memory of Thomas HIGGINBOTHAM B 6/10/1769, D 2/4/1835. There are many other graves in this cemetery marked with flint rock headstones. The old abandoned residence of John Jr. stands about 600 feet easterly from this cemetery. John HIGGINBOTHAM and Frances RILEY may be buried in this cemetery, as well as Moses HIGGINBOTHAM and his wife Frances.

*Arthur Brock’s 5 x Great Grandfather(maternal)


John Higginbotham(parents Charles Higginbotham & Ann Rawling)

DOB: June 10, 1695 in St. Philip’s Parish, Barbados, BWI.
DIED: Bet. 1741-1744

Married: Frances Riley who was born abt. 1697 in England.

Children: (these are only the known children, resources lead us to believe that there may have been a total of eighteen children).
Moses HIGGINBOTHAM b: 1718
James HIGGINBOTHAM b: 25 DEC 1729
Joseph HIGGINBOTHAM b: ABT. 1730
Benjamin HIGGINBOTHAM b: 1735
Rachel HIGGINBOTHAM b: 1737

Tradition says that three Higginbotham brothers coming to what is now Amherst Co. VA abt 1735, John, Thomas, and Joseph. According to the testimony of a granddaughter of John, Tirzah H. London, these Higginbothams emigrated from Ireland.
John came to Virginia about 1735 and contracted for land on Rutledge Creek (2,430 acres). He died prior to 1745 and the land he had contracted for was conveyed to his oldest, Moses, in April 1745. Moses partitioned this land in 1751 among his brothers and sister probably after the death of his mother, (Frances Riley?), who was not mentioned in this partition as receiving any dower.
Tradition has it that John came from Ireland to VA early in the 18th century with 5 children, John, Moses, Aaron, James and Anne and that four others were born in VA, Benjamin, Joseph, Rachel and Thomas...

VA Mag reports that the ancestry Of John as presented here is strengthened by the finding Of an old book dated 1662 with the signature Of a Nicholas
Higginbotham in the flyleaf found in an old trunk belonging to Col. James Higginbotham, son of John and Frances. p. 505 Shows John Higginbotham from Ireland was living in Virginia as early as 1751 m. to Frances Riley.
Tradition has it that John came to Virginia in the winter
and died in the spring, "having taken cold prospecting government lands."

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