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Thomas Morton Higgs[1, 2]

Male 1837 - 1875  (37 years)


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  • Name Thomas Morton Higgs 
    Born 11 Jul 1837  Athens, Limestone Co., Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Census 12 Sep 1860  Iuka, Tishomingo Co., Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • Thomas and family are enumerated with the family of John Waldrup. It appears that since both Waldrup and Higgs are listed as shoemakers, Thomas must have been either a partner or an apprentice to Waldrup.
    Occupation 12 Sep 1860  Iuka, Tishomingo Co., Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    shoemaker 
    Possessions 12 Sep 1860  Iuka, Tishomingo Co., Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location 
    personal property $1200 
    Military 27 May 1861  Corinth, Tishomingo Co., Mississippi Find all individuals with events at this location 
    inducted into the Confederate Army 
    • inducted into the Confederate Army

      Thomas M. Higgs served in the Confederate Army, Company E of the 17th Mississippi Infantry. He held the rank of 4th Seargent and served under Capt. M.D. Moreland. He enlisted at the age of 23 in Corinth, MS on 27 May 1861 for a period of 12 months. He had traveled a distance of 14 miles to muster into the Army. His discharge papers record him as a shoemaker, born in Limestone Co., AL, and residing in Burnesville, MS. He was discharged from the army on 10 Jan 1862 after being admitted to the hospital. The reason for his early discharge was "general disability due to pneumonia and erysiphelas", recorded on 20 Feb 1862. Other notes record his disability as pneumonia and rhematism, etc. He was 5'10" tall, of fair complexion, and with gray eyes and dark hair.

      Easily confused with T.M. Higgs are a T.N. Higgs / P.N. Higgs who served with Roddey's 4th Regt. Alabama Cavalry. But since all of these records post-date T.M. Higg discharge for disability, it is unlikely to be the same person.
    Military 10 Jan 1862 
    discharged from the Confederate Army 
    • discharged from the Confederate Army
    Census 6 Jul 1870  Ozan Township, Hempstead Co., Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Occupation 6 Jul 1870  Ozan Township, Hempstead Co., Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    mechanic 
    Died 4 Feb 1875  Washington, Hempstead Co., Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Washington, Hempstead Co., Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I3539  Scott Dickson's Family
    Last Modified 30 Dec 2016 

    Family Mary J. Sartain,   b. 27 Jun 1834, Decatur, Morgan Co., Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Oct 1887, Texarkana, Miller Co., Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years) 
    Married 25 Dec 1857  Athens, Limestone Co., Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    • Thomas M. Higgs and Mary J. Sartain were married at the home of William H. Oglesby in Athens, AL by Jn. Turrentine, J.P. on Christmas Day, 1857.
    Children 
     1. John William Higgs,   b. 7 Apr 1859, Magnolia, Columbia Co., Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Mar 1918, Idabel, McCurtain Co., Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years)
     2. Ira Thomas Higgs,   b. 9 Oct 1865, Tuscumbia, Colbert Co., Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Mar 1914, Fort Smith, Sebastian Co., Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years)
    Last Modified 1 Sep 2018 
    Family ID F263  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 11 Jul 1837 - Athens, Limestone Co., Alabama Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 25 Dec 1857 - Athens, Limestone Co., Alabama Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 12 Sep 1860 - Iuka, Tishomingo Co., Mississippi Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - shoemaker - 12 Sep 1860 - Iuka, Tishomingo Co., Mississippi Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsPossessions - personal property $1200 - 12 Sep 1860 - Iuka, Tishomingo Co., Mississippi Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMilitary - inducted into the Confederate Army - 27 May 1861 - Corinth, Tishomingo Co., Mississippi Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 6 Jul 1870 - Ozan Township, Hempstead Co., Arkansas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - mechanic - 6 Jul 1870 - Ozan Township, Hempstead Co., Arkansas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 4 Feb 1875 - Washington, Hempstead Co., Arkansas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Washington, Hempstead Co., Arkansas Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • Looking at the 1850 census (which is very hard to read - familysearch.org is clearer than Ancestry), it appears that there are a number of Sartin neighbors near the home of the Oglesbys in 1850. In 1850, the home is lead by M.H. Oglesby and William is a 23 year old son in the home. Perhaps he is the head by 1857. Additionally, there are a number of harness makers and shoemakers in the close vicinity.

      There is a Simeon Higgs in Lawrence County, TN, immediately north, who had a will probated in Feb 1845, but does not name Thomas Morton Higgs. It does name a James H. Higgs.

      In Limestone, from the 1820s-1830s, at least, there is a James Higgs active. He might be sheriff.

      Read all of Athens in 1850, Limestone pages 1-30.

      In the 1870 Census of Hempstead Co., AR, the Higgs family is enumerated with the family of Dr. M.C. Boyce. In the obituary for Thomas' son Will, there is a mention that the remains will be sent to Boyce, TX. While this was not the case, there may be a Boyce connection. The local chapter of the NSDAR in Waxahatchie, TX is named for a Boyce.

      Another interesting research tidbit: in "The Heritage of Madison Co.,AL", a Sallie E. Higgs Parks is discussed. She is married to William Elisha Parks. Her father was Robert Higgs, born in Florida on 8 Nov 1845, the son of Charles (b. 1805) and Sarah (b. 1806) Higgs. His mother was Louisa Berry, born 6 Sep 1843 to John (b. 1808) and Eliza(b. 1809) Berry. Robert is buried in McGee, MS, but according to this article, Charles Higgs and many of Sallie's other family members are buried in Athens, Limestone Co., AL.

      Cannot find a reliable record in the US Census 1850 for Thomas Higgs
      Cannot find a matching record in the Alabama 1855 or 1866 census. Many counties in northern AL are missing.
      Limestone County - checked all old records in the Limestone County Archives - Dec. 2015 - Deeds, wills, probate, everything available. No Sartains listed at all except the Higgs / Sartain marriage record.
      Morgan County, Alabama - Checked old records - Commissioner's Court, deeds, wills, estates, probate records, old land records, orphans court records, newspaper histories of the county from John Knox - No Sartains or Higgs at all.

      What about Alabama tax lists? Poll & property taxes would at least say who was there during the intra-census years. These appear to be only available via the probate court and are not filmed or published that I can find, if they actually exist at all.

      Some of the other Higgs families around Limestone county came out of Jefferson and Knox counties in Tennessee. Likewise, there were Higgs families in east Tennessee. It seems somewhat possible that Mary and Thomas married during the migration south and then headed west to Arkansas. There are some other Higgs families in southern Arkansas that they may connect with.

  • Sources 
    1. [S157] Thomas M. Higgs 4th Sgt., Co E. 17th Mississippi I.

    2. [S158] The Heritage of Madison County, Alabama.

    3. [S551] 1860 US Federal Census, Tishomingo Co., MS, Iuka; page 380; dwelling 2541, family 2541; Thomas Higgs.

    4. [S717] 1870 US Federal Census, Hempstead Co, AR, Ozan Township; page 91; dwelling 672, family 672; T. M. Higgs.

    5. [S159] Thomas M. Higgs Mary J. Sartain Marriage Return 25.

    6. [S701] New Orleans, Louisiana, Marriage Records Index, 1831-1964, 11 August 2012; Thomas M. Higgs to Mary Sartain, 25 Dec 1857.


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