Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

Thomas Higdon

Male 1705 - 1771  (66 years)


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  • Name Thomas Higdon  [1
    Born 1705  Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 13 May 1771  Charles County, Maryland - Inventory Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I015862  Tree1
    Last Modified 8 Jul 2020 

    Father John Higdon,   b. 1657, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jun 1723, Charles County, Maryland - Probate Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Mother Millicent Bowling,   b. Abt 1672,   d. Aft Mar 1737/38, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 66 years) 
    Married Bef 1692  St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F03091  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Margaret Barron,   b. Abt 1708, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1764, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 56 years) 
    Married 1725  Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Thomas Higdon,   b. 1726, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1758, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 33 years)
     2. Richard Higdon,   b. Abt 1728, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1771, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 44 years)
     3. John Baptist Higdon,   b. Bef 1733, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1790, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 59 years)
     4. John Higdon,   b. Bef 1733, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1775, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 44 years)
     5. Abraham Higdon,   b. Bef 1741, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1761, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 22 years)
     6. Truman Higdon,   b. Bef 1742, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1778, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 38 years)
    Last Modified 8 Jul 2020 
    Family ID F10273  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • === Contributed by Ralph D. Smith
      May 13, 1771 - The Charles Co., Md. Inventory of Thomas Higdon.
      Appraisers: Leonard Boarman and Edward Edelin (value 155/4/6 [hard to read the amount], including 2 slaves, livestock and household goods.)
      Nearest kin: Leonard Higdon ("X" his mark) and William Higdon ("X" his mark.)
      Creditors: Elizabeth Pile and James Sympson.
      Administrator: John Baptist Higdon, who filed the inventory on July 4, 1771.
      Sources: (1) Charles Co., Md. Inventories, 1766-1773, p. 397, and (2) Skinner, V. L., Jr., "Abstracts of the Inventories of the Prerogative Court of Maryland, 1769-1772," p. 70.
      Comment: There is no administration account or balance book record for Thomas Higdon.
      ==
      Thomas Higdon 106.328 CH 155.4.6 May 18 1771 Jul 4 1771
      Appraisers: Leonard Boa, Edward Ede.
      Creditors: Elisabeth Dile, James Simpson.
      Next of kin: Leonard Higdon, William Higdon.
      Administrator: John Baptist Higdon.
      ===
      === Contributed by Ralph D. Smith

      1733 - Thomas Higdon is in the 1733 Tax List of Newport West Side Lower Part, Charles Co., Md., with 1 taxable.

      Mar. 1736/7 - Thomas Higdon is a next of kin in the Charles Co., Md. inventory of his brother John Higdon, Jr.
      Source: Skinner, V. L., Jr., "Abstracts of the Inventories of the Prerogative Court of Maryland, 1733-1738," p. 91.

      Feb. 1737/8 - The Charles Co., Md. administration account of Dr. John Haw shows that Haw's estate received a payment from Thomas Higton.
      Source: Skinner, V. L., Jr., "Abstracts of the Administration Accounts of the Prerogative Court of Maryland, 1737-1744," p. 3.

      Mar. 1737/8 - The Charles Co., Md. will of John Parnham, probated May 1738, leaves personalty to Thomas Higton.
      Source: Maryland Calendar of Wills, Vol. 7, p. 248.

      Jan. 1738/9 - The undated Charles Co., Md. will of Marmaduke Semmes, probated Jan. 17, 1738/9, leaves to son Anthony the plantation where Thomas Higdon now lives.
      Source: Maryland Calendar of Wills, Vol. 8, pp. 11-12.
      Comment: Marmaduke Semmes was the brother-in-law of Thomas Higdon, being married to his sister Mary Higdon.

      Apr. 1739 - The Charles Co., Md. administration account of Henry Wathen shows that Wathen's estate received a payment from Thomas Higton.
      Source: Skinner, V. L., Jr., "Abstracts of the Administration Accounts of the Prerogative Court of Maryland, 1737-1744," p. 33.

      Oct. 1741 - The Charles Co., Md. administration account of William Lawson shows that Lawson's estate received a payment from Thomas Higdon.
      Source: Skinner, V. L., Jr., "Abstracts of the Administration Accounts of the Prerogative Court of Maryland, 1737-1744," p. 95.

      Sep. 1747 - The Charles Co., Md. administration account of John Wathen shows that Wathen's estate received a payment from Thomas Higdon.
      Source: Skinner, V. L., Jr., "Abstracts of the Administration Accounts of the Prerogative Court of Maryland, 1744-1750," p. 90.

      Mar. 1747/8 - Ordered that Robert Gill bring to this court an orphan girl named Johnson [sic] that is in the custody of Thomas Higdon in order that she be bound out according to the Directions of the Act of Assembly in such cases made and provided and the motion of the said Robert Gill.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber 41, p. 295.

      May 1749 - The Charles Co., Md. administration account of John Parnham shows that Parnham's estate made a payment to Thomas Higton.
      Source: Skinner, V. L., Jr., "Abstracts of the Administration Accounts of the Prerogative Court of Maryland, 1744-1750," p. 122.

      Nov. 1749 - Thomas Higdon's petition to the Court here for keeping Bennit Bencroft is rejected.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber 42, p. 532.
      Comment: Bennett Bencraft was the nephew of Thomas' wife Margaret.

      Nov. 1750 - Thomas Higdon petitions to the Court that he is now possessed of part of a tract of land in Charles Co. called "Betty's Delight," and requests a land commission to perpetuate the bounds of the said tract. Signed Thomas Higdon. The Court issued the commission to John Winter, Robert Horner, James Nivison and Samuel Love, Jr.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber 44, p. 147.
      Comment: Thomas' wife Margaret Barron had inherited a portion of "Berry," which was the common, but unofficial name for a part of "Betty's Delight." Unfortunately, the report of the land commission has not survived. Liber 44 abruptly ends 4 pages later at p. 151, and the remainder of the Nov. 1750 court and the next four courts are all lost, as is the beginning of the Mar. 1752 court.

      Nov. 1750 - Thomas Higdon petitions the Court for an allowance for burying a poor man [not named] for which he is allowed 400 pounds of tobacco.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber 44, p. 150.

      Feb. 1752 - The Charles Co., Md. administration account of John Boarman shows that Boarman left 2000 lbs. of tobacco as "a legacy to the poor which was paid to the following persons as objects of charity, viz., James Ferrill (430), John Montgomery (700), Thomas Higdon (170), James Short (200) and George Hudson (500.)" [Boarman's will, abstracted at Maryland Calendar of Wills, Vol. 10, p. 105, does not mention this legacy to the poor.] Boarman's administration account also shows that his estate received payments from James Ferrell (830 lbs. tobacco), Thomas Higdon (1841 lbs. tobacco), and James Short (200 lbs. tobacco.)
      Sources: (1) Charles Co., Md. Administration Accounts, 1738-1759, p. 353, and (2) Skinner, V. L., Jr., "Abstracts of the Administration Accounts of the Prerogative Court of Maryland, 1750-1754," p. 62.

      Mar. 3, 1752 (possibly 1753)- Mr. Richard Edelen came to a small branch that runs by Mr. Isaac Campbell's house and said that at the time he wright Abraham Lemaster's will that the said Lemaster pointed this branch whereon I stand and said that branch divided between his son John and his daughter and grand daughter and said at the same time that them hills pointing over this branch said that was Berrys Land and said that there was about 100 acres to be divided between his daughter and grand daughter, in presence of us William Higdon, Jonathan Mudd, Thomas Jameson, Phildelmus [Fidelmus] Simes, John Simes, Thomas Higdon, Jr., Trueman Higdon, James Simes, William Nalley, Jr., Richard Lemaster, Richard Macpherson, Richard Higdon, Ignatius Higdon, Benjamin Higdon, William Macpherson.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber B No. 3, p. 300.
      Comment: The grand daughter of Abraham Lemaster that is mentioned is Margaret Barron, the wife of Thomas Higdon.

      Apr.-Oct. 1752 - In Apr. 1752, Thomas Higdon again petitioned the Charles Co., Md. Court, stating that he was seized of a tract of land in Charles Co. called "Betty's Delight," and requested a Commission to examine its boundaries. The petition was granted, and James Nivison, Robert Horner, Peter Wood, and Samuel Love (or any two of them) were appointed to execute the Commission by meeting on the land and taking deposition testimony from witnesses concerning its boundaries. Horner and Wood took 9 depositions in May 1752, and another 2 depositions in Oct. 1752, which depositions were reported back to the Court in Mar. 1753. Depositions were taken from Thomas Warren, Elizabeth Wilkinson, Mary Crosson, Abraham Lemaster (son of Richard Lemaster, grandson of Abraham Lemaster), William Nalley, Catherine Warren, Thomas Jameson, Sr.(mentions "Barry's Branch"), John Nalley, Sr., and Richard Edelen, Sr. Four of the depositions mention John Tennison (called John "Dennis") who was the husband of Sarah Lemaster, the co-legatee with Margaret Barron of "Berry." The Oct. 1752 deposition of Richard Edelen, is as follows:
      Richard Edelen, Sr., aged 82 years, says that about 28 years ago he came to Abraham Lemaster's to write the said Lemaster's will, which will when writ, he carried the said Edelen to brow of a hill and pointing to a tree about southeast from him he said that was the land he gave to his daughter and grandaughter [sic] which land he called "Berry's" and further said that the branch which was below him would be a good division betwixt his son John and his two daughters [sic.]
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber B No. 3, pp. 2 and 353-356.

      June 1752 - Sarah Tennison, of Charles Co., deeds to Thomas Higdon, of Charles Co., for 1200 pounds of tobacco, 4 barrels of corn, and a mare "all that tract or parcel of land part of a tract of land being Berry's called Betty's Delight situate in Charles Co., Beginning at a poplar standing in a branch at the south ____________[paper torn] of the Reverend Isaac Campbell's dividing line, thence south 60 perches binding with __________ [torn], thence north 88 degrees 30 minutes west 42 perches binding with the branch, thence south 68 degrees west 14 perches binding with the _______ [said branch?], thence south 40 degrees west 38 perches to a bounded tree standing in the _________ [torn] side of the main road that leads from Zachiah Bridges, thence east one hundred ________ [torn] five perches to a bound tree standing in the head of a bottom the last bound _________ [torn] tract of land, thence with the given line till it intersects the divided line __________ [torn]Campell's, thence with the said line to the poplar, containing 60 acres more or less ...." Signed Sarah Tennison [signature, not mark.] Witnesses: John Winter, Robert Yates. Recorded June 1752.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Land Records, Liber A No. 3, pp. 8-9.
      Comment: By this transaction, Thomas Higdon acquired Sarah Tennison's portion of "Berry." Thus, Thomas Higdon and wife Margaret Barron now owned all of the portion of "Betty's Delight" that was called "Berry." Isaac Campbell by this date had acquired the main portion of "Betty's Delight." When Abraham Hargis sold it to Isaac Campbell in 1751, it was said to adjoin "Berries." In the Charles Co. Rent Rolls, Sarah Tennison's deed to Thomas Higdon of her portion of "Berry" is recorded under "Betty's Delight."

      June 1752 - Lord Proprietary vs. Susannah Wathen. Susannah pleads guilty to the bastardy charges against her. Thomas Higdon comes into court and becomes pledge and security for Susannah to pay her fine and to keep the child of [sic; off] the County, and also the several fees that have arisen.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber B No. 3, p. 66.

      Aug. 1752 - Robert Scott vs. Thomas Higdon. Debt. 3284 lbs. of crop tobacco. NEJ. [docket item only]
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber B No. 3, p. 161.

      Nov. 1752 - Robert Scott, merchant in Glasgow vs. Thomas Higdon, of Charles Co., planter. Scott alleged that on June 19, 1751, Higdon signed a note (produced in court) in which he promised to pay Scott 1642 pounds of crop tobacco "without delay" and that if he did not do so he bound himself to Scott in the penal sum of 3284 pounds of crop tobacco. Thomas signed the note with an "X" and the note was witnessed by Clement Theobalds. The note not having been paid, Scott brought suit for the 3284 pounds of tobacco. Thomas appeared at the Nov. 1752 Court and stated that he owed Scott 1642 pounds of tobacco "and no more." The Court ordered that Scott recover "his debt aforesaid and his damages by occasion of detaining that debt to 185 pounds of tobacco."
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber B No. 3, pp. 257-8.
      Comment: Although the language is not clear, in my experience the meaning of the Court's order is that Scott recovered only 1642 pounds of tobacco, plus the damages mentioned.

      Jan. 1753 - Thomas Higdon posts bond for Edward Cadle in the amount of 20 pounds current money, the condition being that Cadle will appear at the Mar. 1753 Court to answer the complaint of Abinah Tennison against Cadle for begetting a child on her body.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber B No. 3, p. 358.

      June 1753 - In the court cases Lord Proprietary vs. Lidia Simmons and Lord Proprietary vs. John Higton, Thomas' brother John Higton was convicted of fathering an illegitimate child by Lidia Simmons. Thomas Higton posted security for John's fine (5 pounds currency) and also posted security in the sum of 40 pounds currency to keep the child off the county.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber D No. 3, p. 158.

      Aug. 1753 - Lord Proprietary vs. Edward Cadle and Thomas Higdon. Recognizance. Discharged pay in costs. [docket item only]
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber D No. 3, p. 91.

      1753 - The Charles Co., Md. Rent Roll of 1753 lists "Dogwood Fortune," containing 210 acres, surveyed Apr. 1, 1705 for John Barron, beginning at a bounded red oak, a bounded tree of "Bowlings Plains." Possessors: Thomas Higdon (50 acres) and Thomas Barron (160 acres).
      Source: TLC Genealogy, "Charles County, Maryland, Rent Roll of 1753," p. 62.

      1753-1761 - The Charles Co., Md. Debt Books show Thomas Higdon with 50 acres of "Dogwood Fortune."
      Sources: (1) 1753 Charles Co., Md. Debt Book, p. 41; 1754 Charles Co., Md. Debt Book, p. 45; 1755 Charles Co., Md. Debt Book, p. 35; 1756 Charles Co., Md. Debt Book, p. 34. Maryland State Archives, Microfilm Roll No. SR 7992, and (2) 1757 Charles Co., Md. Debt Book, p. 34; 1758 Charles Co., Md. Debt Book, p. 34; 1759 Charles Co., Md. Debt Book, p. 60; 1760 Charles Co., Md. Debt Book, p. 21; 1761 Charles Co., Md. Debt Book, p. 21. Maryland State Archives, Microfilm Roll No. SR 8231.
      Comment: This is the only land owned by Thomas Higdon in these Debt Books, that is, they do not show him owning any of "Betty's Delight," and there is no separate Debt Book listing for "Berry." In these 1753-1761 Debt Books, 160 acres of "Dogwood Fortune" is shown to be owned by Thomas Barron.

      June 1754 - Thomas Barron, of Charles Co., planter, deeds to Robert Gill, of Charles Co., tailor, for 11,250 pounds of tobacco, part of a tract of land in Charles Co. called "Dogwood Fortune," on the East side of Zachia Swamp, bounded by the southernmost corner of 50 acres of land now laid out of said tract and part of the said tract, for John [sic; Thomas] Higdon of Charles Co., containing and laid out for about 150 acres.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Land Records, Liber A No. 3, p. 231.
      Comment: The Charles Co., Md. Debt Books show that John Higdon owns no land except a share of "Monmouth" whereas Thomas Higdon owns 50 acres of "Dogwood Fortune."

      Mar. 1755 - Robert Horner vs. Thomas Higdon, Sr. Debt. 1372 lbs. of tobacco. NEJ. [annotated case caption only]
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber E No. 3, p. 80.

      June 1755 - Robert Horner vs. Thomas Higdon, Sr. Debt. Agreed. [annotated case caption only]
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber E No. 3, p. 178.

      May 1756 - John Higdon, Thomas Higdon, Sr., and Marmaduke Semmes, Jr., confess judgment to Walter Hanson, attorney in fact for Robert Scott for 267 lbs. of tobacco debt and costs of 183 lbs. of tobacco which sums were recovered by Hanson against John Higdon March 9th last, the said sums to be levied in case the said John Higdon shall not pay Hanson the above said sums by Feb. 10th next.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber F No. 3, p. 9.

      Nov. 1756 - Gustavus Brown vs. Thomas Higdon. Debt. 949 lbs. tobacco. NEJ. [docket item only]
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber F No. 3, p. 242.

      Nov. 1756 - Richard Horner vs. Thomas Higdon. Debt. 1200 lbs. crop tobacco. NEJ. [docket item only]
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber F No. 3, p. 243.

      Mar. 1757 - Gustavus Brown vs. Thomas Higdon. Debt. 949 lbs. tobacco. Agreed. [docket item only]
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber F No. 3, p. 363.

      Mar. 1757 - Parnham's Adm'r vs. Thomas Higdon. Debt. 1116 lbs. inspected tobacco. NEJ. [docket item only]
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber F No. 3, p. 365.

      June 1757 - Mary Parnham, admx. of Francis Parnham vs. Thomas Higdon. Debt. 1116 lbs. inspected tobacco. Agreed. Costs 254 lbs. tobacco. [docket item only]
      Source: Charles Co. Md. Circuit Court, Liber F No. 3, p. 562.

      June 1758 - John Wheatley vs. Thomas Higdon. Debt. 7648 lbs. crop tobacco. NEJ. [docket item only]
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber H No. 3, p. 399.

      July 1758 - The Charles Co., Md. administration account of Dr. Francis Parnham shows that Parnham's estate received a payment from Thomas Higdon, Sr.
      Source: Skinner, V. L., Jr., "Abstracts of the Administration Accounts of the Prerogative Court of Maryland, 1754-1760," pp. 106 and 180.

      Aug. 1758 - John Wheatley vs. Thomas Higdon. Debt. 7648 lbs. crop tobacco. No return. [docket item only]
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber H No. 3, p. 552.

      June 1759 - Samuel Hanson vs. John Higdon, Jr., and [his father] Thomas Higdon, Sr., of Charles Co., planters. In Nov. 1755, at Charles Co., John Higdon, Jr., and Thomas Higdon signed a note (produced in Court) in which they agreed to pay Samuel Hanson 3144 lbs. of tobacco on demand, and that if they did not do so, the agreed to pay him the penal sum of 6288 lbs. of tobacco. John Higdon, Jr., signed his name and Thomas Higdon made his mark ("+").
      The note apparently resulted from litigation brought by Hanson against John which had resulted in a verdict for Hanson in the amount of 3144 lbs. of tobacco.
      The note for 3144 lbs. of tobacco not having been paid, Hanson brought suit for the 6288 lbs. of tobacco. William McPherson, of Charles Co., planter, appeared and became pledge and security for John. At the June 1759 Court, John admitted that he owed Hanson the 6288 lbs. of tobacco, and the Court found for Hanson in that amount, plus 351 lbs. of tobacco for his costs and charges.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber I No. 3, pp. 218-20.
      Comment: Although both John and Thomas had signed the note and were sued, the case proceeded against only John.

      Aug. 1759 - Jonathan Swillivan [sic], John Higdon and Thomas Higdon, Sr., confess judgment to John Harbin for 0/21/9 and 0/2/6 costs which sums were recovered by said John Harbin against Swillivan and which sums are to be levied against them in case the said Jonathan Silivan [sic] shall not pay Harbin as aforesaid, with additional costs thereon, by next Feb. 10.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber I No. 3, p. 271.

      Apr. 1760 - The Charles Co., Md. administration account of Richard Bennett Boarman shows that Boarman's estate received a payment from Thomas Higdon.
      Source: Skinner, V. L., Jr., "Abstracts of the Administration Accounts of the Prerogative Court of Maryland, 1754-1760," p. 171.

      July 1761 - Thomas Higdon, Sr., of Charles Co., and Margaret his wife, deed to Abraham Higdon and John the Baptist Higdon, for 1000 pounds of crop tobacco and natural love that they have for their sons Abraham and John the Baptist Higdon, a parcel of land called "Berris," beng part of a tract of land called "Betty's D______" ["Delight"], lying in Charles Co., containing 100 acres. Signed Thomas Higdon ("X" his mark) and Margaret Higdon ("+" her mark.)
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Land Records, Liber L No. 3, p. 52.
      Comment: Margaret is a grantor on the deed (and not just waiving dower) because it was land that she had inherited.

      Aug. 1761 - Samuel Hanson vs. Trueman Higdon and Thomas Higdon, of Charles Co., planters. In Oct. 1760 Trueman and Thomas were indebted to Hanson in the sum of 2016 lbs. crop tobacco for divers articles purchased from Hanson as shown on their account with him (contents of account not given.) Not having been paid, Hanson brought suit in Mar. 1761. Richard Edelen youngest, of Charles Co., planter, appeared and became pledge and security for Thomas. After 2 continuances requested by Thomas, the case came on to be heard at the Aug. 1761 Court, at which time Thomas admitted that he owed Hanson the 2016 lbs. of crop tobacco. The Court ordered that Hanson recover that sum from Thomas, together with 370 lbs. of tobacco for his costs and charges.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber K No. 3, pp. 350-2.
      Comment: Although the case was filed against both Trueman and Thomas, it proceeded forward against only Thomas.

      Aug. 1762 - John Glassford & Co. vs. Thomas Higdon, of Charles Co., planter. In Aug. 1759, John Higdon, William Higdon, Thomas Higdon, James Ferrill/Ferrall and Abraham Davenport signed a note (produced in court) to Glassford & Co. in which they agreed to pay 8227 lbs. of tobacco, 1/2 due in Aug. 1760 and the other half due in June 1761. The note was apparently in the penal sum of 16,454 lbs. of tobacco although, as produced in court, it did not show a penal clause. Each of the Higdons signed the note by making an "X." Not having been paid, Glassford & Co. brought suit against Thomas Higdon in Aug. 1761 for 16,454 lbs. of tobacco. Edward Edelen, of Charles Co., planter, appeared as pledge and security for Thomas. After several imparlances, the case came on to be heard at the Aug. 1762 Court. Thomas appeared and admitted that he owed the 16,454 lbs. of tobacco, and the Court found for Glassford & Co. in that amount, plus costs.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber M No. 3, p. 19.
      Comment: Glassford & Co. also brought suit on this note against John Higdon, William Higdon and James Ferrill. The cases against William Higdon and James Ferrill were also heard at the Aug. 1762 Court with the same result; William and James each admitted to owing the 16,454 lbs. of tobacco, and the Court found for Glassford & Co. in that amount. Source: Ibid. pp. 18(Ferrill) and 20 (William Higdon.) The case against John Higdon is seen on previous court dockets as imparlances were granted but had not come on for trial by Aug. 1762.

      Aug. 1762 - Thomas Higdon, of Charles Co., planter, is surety for [his son] Thomas Trueman Higdon in the case Lothian & Jordan vs. Thomas Trueman Higdon.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber M No. 3, pp. 31-2.

      Nov. 1762 - Thomas Higdon, of Charles Co., planter, is surety for [his son] Thomas Trueman Higdon in the case Thomas Contee & Co. vs. Thomas Trueman Higdon.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber M No. 3, pp. 95-6.

      Mar. 1763 - John Fendall & Co. vs. Thomas Higdon, Sr. Debt. 2/14/2 currency. NEJ. [docket item only]
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber M No. 3, p. 198.

      Mar. 1763 - Thomas Higdon is security for [his son] John Higdon, Jr. in the case Robert Horner vs. John Higdon, Jr.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber M No. 3, p. 212.

      Aug. 1764 - James Campbell vs. Thomas Higdon, Sr. and Abraham Higdon, of Charles Co., planters. [for details of this case, see son Abraham Higdon]
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber M No. 3, pp. 717-8.

      Oct. 1764 - Thomas Higdon [Sr.], Abraham Higdon and John the Baptist Higdon, of Charles Co., deed to Thomas Hencock [Hancock?], of Charles Co., for 6000 pounds of crop tobacco, a tract of land in Charles Co. called "Berrias," being part of a tract of land called "Betty's Delight," bounded by the parcel of land commonly called "Berries," containing and laid out for about 100 acres. Signed Thomas Higdon, Sr. ("X" his mark), Abraham Higdon ("X" his mark) and John the Baptist Higdon ("X" his mark.)
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Land Records, Liber L No. 3, p. 565.
      Comment: Thomas' wife Margaret is probably deceased because she does not join in this conveyance, and no later records have been found for her.

      May 1768 - William Boarman of Charles Co. mortgages to William McPherson, Sr., certain livestock, one of the cows being marked with Thomas Higdon deceased's mark.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Land Records, Liber O No. 3, p. 399.
      Comment: One assumes it is this Thomas Higdon who has died and not his son Thomas Higdon, Jr. Still unresolved is whether the May 1771 Charles Co. inventory for a Thomas Higdon is a 3-year delayed estate proceeding for this Thomas Higdon, Sr., or whether his son Thomas Higdon, Jr. died in 1771.

      June 1768 - The Charles Co., Md. administration account of Richard Edelin shows that Edelin's estate made a payment to Thomas Higdon.
      Source: Skinner, V. L., Jr., "Abstracts of the Administration Accounts of the Prerogative Court of Maryland, 1768-1771," p. 21.
      Comment: Richard Edelin died back in 1761 so the payment by his estate to Higdon might have been made at any time since then.

      Dec. 1771 - Pursuant to an Act passed at the last session of the Maryland Assembly entitled an act for the relief of certain languishing prisoners in the several jails named therein, Robert Horner, of Charles Co., merchant, at present languishing in the jail of Charles Co., conveys to George Lee, Esq., Sheriff of Charles Co., all his real and personal property, which includes a debt owed to Horner by Thomas Higdon.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber S No. 3, p. 227.

      Mar. 1774 - The Charles Co., Md. administration account of Dr. John Corry shows that Corry's estate received a payment from Thomas Higdon.
      Source: Skinner, V. L., Jr., "Abstracts of the Administration Accounts of the Prerogative Court of Maryland, 1771-1777," p. 112.
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      Higton, John, planter, Charles County, 29th April, 1723; 11th June, 1723.
      To sons John, Charles and Benjamin and dau. Mary Sims, personalty.
      To wife Menesenca, extx., residue of estate during life; at her decease., to sons Thomas and William equally.
      Test: George Dent,, John Semmes (Simes), Elizabeth Duckworth. 18.108.
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      Seems [Simms], Marmaduke, 17th Jan., 1738.
      To son Anthony and hrs., plantation where Thomas Higdon now lives, and personalty.
      To son Marmaduke and hrs., "New Design."
      To son James and hrs., dwelling plantation
      To 3 sons afsd., 50 A. "Seemses Chance,"' Zacciah Swamp.
      To cousin Anne Cooksey and hrs., 59 A. of "St. George's".
      To dau. Jane, personalty.
      To wife Mary, extx., dwelling plantation and half the orchard during life.
      Test: Sam Chunn, Justinian Cooksey, William Higdon. MCW 22. 22.
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      Parnham, John, Charles Co... 21st Mch., 1737; 4th May, 1738.
      To son John and hrs... tract bou. of John Diggs, dwelling plantation "Ferne" and "Salsbury," 3 lots in Charles Town; and personalty.
      To son Fras. Xaverius and hrs., pt. of "Calvert's Hope," bou. of Francis Hall. Millasaint Higton to enjoy plantation where she now dwells during her life free from. rent; and personalty.
      To dau. Anna Maria and hrs., 73 A. bou. of William Hawton. whereon James Freeman now dwells; 100 A, bou, of Joseph Gates, and personalty, some of which in consideration of legacy left her by William Robinson.
      To dau. Elizabeth and hrs., 82 A. [unnamed] where John Brooks dwells, 100 A. bou. of John Gates; and personalty, some of which des. as bou. of John Lamaster.
      To Priest assisting at death, Millasaint Higton, Thomas Higton, William Johnson, Thomas Simpson and Ignas. Wathen, personalty. Money in England at time of death to be equally divided bet. son John and daus. Anna Maria and Elizabeth. Residue of estate to be equally divided bet.
      4 child. viz: John, Fras. Xaverius.. Anna Maria and Elizabeth, exs.
      Son John trustee for two daus.
      Test: John Allard, Joacim Gerding, Jacob Dean, Joseph Pile. MCW 21.884.
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      John Boarman 32.52 A CH 649.13.8 120.10.3 Feb 8 1752
      He died on 4 June. A second inventory is cited in the amount of 0.15.0.
      Sureties: Richard Edelin, Richard Bennett Boarman.
      Received from: John Oakley, John Scroggan, James Wood, James Ferrell, James Short, James Williams, John Wilder, Thomas Higden.
      Payments to: John Scroggan, John Oakly, Richard Jackson, Robert Horner, Walter Hanson, Daniel Dulany, Esq., James Wood, Dr. John Corry, Bennit Boarman, Lord Baltimore paid to Massey Leigh, Daniel Jenifer.
      Legatees: & James Ferrell & John Montgomery & Thomas Higdon & James Short & George Hudson, priest (unnamed).
      Representatives: administratrix, 3 children: Joseph Boarman (aged 19), Raphael Boarman (aged 15), Richard Boarman (aged 8).
      Administratrix: Elisabeth Warren, wife of Barton Warren.


      Continuing records for Thomas Higdon posted against his wife Margaret Barron

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    1. [S044775] Early Families of Southern Maryland, Volume: 8.

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