Person:John Higginson (3)

m. 8 Jan 1615/16
  1. Theophilus Higginson1616 -
  2. Rev. John Higginson1616 - 1708
  3. Anne Higginson1626/27 - aft 1687
  4. Nathaniel Higginson - 1708
m. bef 1646
  1. Colonel John Higginsonest 1646 - 1719
  2. Nathaniel Higginson1652 - 1708
  3. Ann Higginson
  4. Sarah Higginson
  • HRev. John Higginson1616 - 1708
  • WMary Blakemanabt 1636 - 1708/09
m. aft 1676
Facts and Events
Name[1][3] Rev. John Higginson
Gender Male
Birth[1] 6 Aug 1616 Claybrooke, Leicestershire, England
Alt Christening[2] 11 Aug 1616 Claybrooke, Leicestershire, England
Reference Number? Q15439374?
Christening[3] 31 Aug 1616 Claybrooke, Leicestershire, England
Marriage bef 1646 Guilford, New Haven, Connecticut, United States (probably)Estimate based on date of birth of eldest known child.
to Sarah Whitfield
Marriage aft 1676 to Mary Blakeman
Death[1] 9 Dec 1708 Salem, Essex, Massachusetts, United States

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John Higginson (born Claybrooke, Leicester, England, 6 August 1616; died Salem, Massachusetts, 9 December 1708) was a clergyman. He came to America with his father, Francis Higginson. After his father's death, he assisted in the support of his mother, Anne Herbert Higginson, and brothers by teaching in Hartford. With Giles Firmin he was employed by the magistrates and ministers of the Massachusetts Bay Colony to take down in shorthand the proceedings of the synod of 1637. He was chaplain of the fort at Saybrook Colony for about four years. In 1641, he went to Guilford, Connecticut as assistant to Henry Whitfeld or Whitfield (1597-1687), whose daughter Sarah (1620-1775) he married. In 1643, he was one of the “seven pillars” of the church there.

He sailed for England with his family in 1659, but the vessel put into Salem harbor on account of the weather, and he accepted an invitation to preach there for a year, finally settling as regular pastor of the church that his father had planted. He was ordained in August 1660, and continued there till his death. He was an active opponent of the Quakers, but subsequently regretted his zeal, and took no part in the witchcraft prosecutions of 1692. He was one of the most popular divines in New England, and at his death had been seventy-two years in the ministry. He published various sermons, the most well-known of which is his "Election Sermon" of 1663, "The Cause of God and His People in New-England," see He was the author of the “Attestation” to Cotton Mather's Magnalia, which was prefixed to the first book of that work.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 John Higginson (Puritan), in Wikipedia: The Free Encyclopedia.
  2. John Higginson, in England. Births and Christenings, 1538-1975. (FamilySearch,, 1616.

    Name: John Higginson
    Gender: Male
    Baptism/Christening Date: 11 Aug 1616
    Baptism/Christening Place: CLAYBROOK,LEICESTER,ENGLAND
    Father's Name: Frauncis Higginson
    Mother's Name: Ann
    Indexing Project (Batch) Number: C03443-1
    System Origin: England-ODM
    Source Film Number: 585279

  3. 3.0 3.1 Francis Higginson, in Anderson, Robert Charles. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995), 2:934.

    "John (twin) (Higginson), bp. Claybrooke, Leicestershire, 31 August 1616; …"