I am trying to pin down the relationship between:
Christopher HIGGINSON (HICKERSON), b early 1600's, Eng - d aft 1667, VA...
Matthew WREN, Bishop of Ely, Cambridgeshire, England, b 1585, Eng - d 1667, Eng...
Christopher HIGGINSON had a brother named Humphrey and both men migrated to VA from England between 1637-42. Christopher was said to be a kinsman of Matthew WREN, Bishop of Ely, Cambridgeshire, England...I have the following sources as references for my research, but can find no marriages or other records to explain the exact relationship between Christopher & Matthew....
"Encyclopedia of VA Biography, Vol 1"
p 112, 468-9
Humphrey Higginsonbon, born in 1607, sailed from London for Virginia in the ship "George," in 1635. On Feb. 6, 1637-38, as "Humphrey Higginson, Gentleman," he received a grant of 700 acres of land called "Tuttey's Neck," adjoining Harop (now Williamsburg), lying on a branch of Archees Hope Creek, "that partieth this land from Kingsmell's neck," said land being granted to Elizabeth, "his now wife," by order of the court dated Oct 4, 1637.
Oct. 18, 1642, "Captain Humphrey Higginson, Esq.," received a grant of 320 acres adjoining Tuttey's Neck.
Sept. 20, 1654 for 2,000 acres on the south side of the Potomac.
Sept. 20, 1654 for 800 acres on the south side of Pianketank, in Gloucester county.
He returned to England and lived at Ratcliff, Parish of Stepney, and died in 1666. His wife, Elizabeth, was executrix.
Christopher Higginson remained at Harop, and by will of his brother Humphrey, was to continue there in residence until death. Capt Christopher Higginson made a will but it was lost when the county records were burned. A letter from VA, of Richard Kempe, dated 24 April, 1640, describes
Christopher as a "kinsman of the Bishop of Ely" (WRENN). Christopher Higginson died 16__, while Bishop Wren was still incumbent of the See of Ely.
Hugh Gwynn was an early settler in Charles River County (sub- sequently York). In 1642 he patented 1,700 acres at the mouth of the Pyanketank river, and among his headrights were Christopher Higginson, Mrs. Ann Gwynn, and Eliza Higginson...
"Parentalia" (Memoirs of the Family of Wrens) was compiled by Christopher Wren, son of the famous architect, Sir Christopher Wren, who was a nephew of Bishop Matthew Wren...published in London in 1750 by Stephen Wren, son of
"Matthew Wren, D.D., 1585-1667, a prominent clergyman of the Church of England, elected Bishop of Hereford 5 Dec. 1634 and consecrated Archbishop Laud 2 Mar. 1634/5 was elected Bishop of Norwich 10 Nov. 1635, and was
translated to the See of Ely in April 1638. A follower of Archbishop Laud and a vigorous opponent of Purtitanism, he was impeached by the Commons in 1641 and was imprisoned from time to time until the Restoration, when he
recovered his episcopal rights and dignities."
I have seen the following names as children of Bishop WREN, but have no proof: Matthew, Frances, Elizabeth, Susan, William, Mary, Charles, Anne, Thomas, Francis.
The following records, may hold clues as to possible descendants of WRENs from England....WRENs did live in the same area as Christopher, in VA....
"Early Virginia Immigrants 1623-1666".
Greer, George Cabel.
Richmond, VA: W. C. Hill Printing Co., 1912.
Wrenn, Tho. 1638 by John Robins, James City Co.
Wren, James 1649 by Richard Bayly, Northampton Co.
Wrenn, Fra. 1650 by George Goldsmith
Wrenn, Nicho. 1653 by Mr. Wm. Baldwen, York Co.
Wren, James 1654 by Wm. Bacon, Northumberland Co.
*** James WREN, above, was later in Stafford Co, VA, as were my HIGGINSON family:
B: 1728 King George, VA
M: 27 MAR 1753 Stafford, Overwharton Par., VA
D: 21 NOV 1815 Fairfax, VA
Wife: Catherine Brent
B: Stafford, Overwharton Co, VA
D: 1788 Christchurch Par, Lancaster Co, VA
"Passenger and Immigration Lists Index, 1500s-1900s".
Filby, P. William, edit.
Farmington Hills, MI: Gale Research, 2003
Name Year Age Place of Arrival
Tho Wrenn 1635 20 Virginia
Thomas Wrenn 1638 Virginia
Fra Wrenn 1650 Virginia
Nicho Wrenn 1652 Virginia
Thanx so much!
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