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

Richard Higdon

Male Abt 1728 - Aft 1771  (~ 44 years)


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  • Name Richard Higdon 
    Born Abt 1728  Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Aft 1771  Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I063670  Tree1
    Last Modified 25 May 2020 

    Father Thomas Higdon,   b. 1705, Charles County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 May 1771, Charles County, Maryland - Inventory Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Mother 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 
    Family ID F10274  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • === Contributed by Ralph D. Smith

      Mar. 3, 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 [sic] 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, ... Thomas Higdon, Jr., Trueman Higdon, ... Richard Higdon, Ignatius Higdon, Benjamin Higdon,
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber B No. 3, p. 300.

      July 1760 - The Charles Co., Md. will of Richard Edelen leaves to grandson James Edelen, son of Thomas Edelen, 120 acres being part of tract called "Sympson's Supply," to be laid out at the north end where Richard Higdon lives and the remainder of the tract to grandson Edward Edelen.
      Source: Maryland Calendar of Wills, Vol. 12, p. 53.

      Mar. 1763 - Samuel Hanson vs. Richard Higdon, of Charles Co., planter. In Oct. 1755, Richard signed his note to Hanson (makes his mark) for 1361 lbs. of tobacco, in the penal sum of 2722 lbs. of tobacco. Not having been paid, Hanson sued for the 2722 lbs. of tobacco. The case was heard at the Mar. 1763 Court and Richard agreed that he owed the 2722 lbs. of tobacco. The Court gave judgment in that amount to Hanson, plus 333 lbs. of tobacco for his costs.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber M No. 3, pp. 140-42.
      Comment: Richard's mark looks like a careless capital "X" or "V."

      Mar. 1763 - Samuel Hanson vs. Richard Higdon, of Charles Co., planter. Hanson alleged that in April 1760, Richard was indebted to him in the sum of 2104 3/4 lbs. of tobacco for sundry articles shown in an account {contents of account not given.] Not having been paid, Hanson brought suit. Abraham Higdon, of Charles Co., planter, appeared and became pledge and security for Richard. At the Mar. 1763 Court, Richard's attorney stated that his client had not informed him of any defense. The Court ordered that Hanson recover 1672 lbs. of tobacco, plus costs [amount of costs not given.]
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber M No. 3, pp. 157-8.
      Comment: It is not explained why Hanson recovered only part of what he sued for.

      Mar. 1763 - John Fendall & Co. vs. Richard Higdon, of Charles Co., planter. John Fendall & Co. alleged that in June 1762 Richard was indebted to him in the sum of 8/12/6 currency for divers articles shown in an account [contents of account not given.] Not having been paid, John Fendall & Co. brought suit. The case was heard at the Mar. 1763 Court and Richard agreed that he owed the 8/12/6 currency. The Court gave judgment in that amount to John Fendall & Co., plus costs [amount of costs not given.]
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber M No. 3, pp. 177-8.

      Nov. 1766 - Philip Richard Fendall vs. Richard Higdon. Debt. 18/15/4 currency. NEJ. [docket item only]
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber P No. 3, p. 243.

      Mar. 1767 - Samuel Hanson vs. Richard Higdon. Debt. 9366 lbs. crop tobacco. NEJ. [docket item only]
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber P No. 3, p. 383.

      June 1768 - The Charles Co., Md. administration account of Richard Edelin shows that Edelin's estate received a payment from Richard Higdon.
      Source: Skinner, V. L., Jr., "Abstracts of the Administration Accounts of the Prerogative Court of Maryland, 1768-1771," p. 21.

      Aug. 1768 - The St. Mary's Co., Md. administration account of Kenelm Cheseldine shows that Cheseldine's estate made a payment to Richard Higson [sic.]
      Source: Skinner, V. L., Jr., "Abstracts of the Administration Accounts of the Prerogative Court of Maryland, 1764-1768," p. 141.

      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 Richard Higdon.
      Source: Charles Co., Md. Circuit Court, Liber S No. 3, p. 227.

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