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built a log cabin and began the work to which

was devoted his entire life, farming. In 1884
he changed this farm for one in Charleston
and there he lived the remainder of his days.
In politics he was a sturdy Republican, and
ever took a deep interest in all national aft'airs.
Tie was a very faithful member of the Free
Baptist church, and was never absent from
church services unless detained by some seri-
ous illness. He married Sarah Hamilton, born
at Yarmouth, died at Charleston. Children :
I. Sarah Jane, married Hazen Tilton, of
Charleston"; four children: Fred, Helen, Ben-
jamin and Ann Tilton. 2. Ann H., married
E. B. Page, of Charleston ; children : :Melissa,
Peter and Jennie Page. 3. Amos, married
Flora Wilbur; children: i. Alvin, superintend-
ent of the Hartford Carpet Works at Thomp-
sonville, Connecticut; married Mary Stewart,
of New York, and has two children : Flora
and Grace Higgins ; ii. Edward. 4. Alvin,
married NeUie Clapp, of Charleston; hejs a
retired salesman and resides in New York.
5. Smith, married (first) Alattie Hitchborn ;
children: Addie, Henry, Minnie, Frank, Sadie,
John and George Higgins; married (second)
Louise Lougee, and has a son, Ralph ; Smith
Higgins is a farmer of Charleston. 6. Char-
lotte Ellen, born in Garland, 1839, was grad-
uated from Rutgers Female Institute, New
York City, where she afterward taught for
several years; she married (first) in 1866, E.
D. Sargent, M. D., of Washington, Vermont,
now deceased; one child, Mabel E., deceased;
married -second, in 1878, the Rev. H. R.
Howes, of China, Maine ; two children : i.
Stella A., born in East Burke, Vermont, July
8, 1879, graduated from Higgins Institute,
Charleston, and from Bridgewater Normal in
Massachusetts, and is now a teacher in New-
ton Center, Massachusetts; ii. J. Herbert, born
in South Woodbury, \'ermont, December 5,
1880, married, in 1906, Edith M. Hatte, of
Machias, Maine ; they, with the Rev. and :\Irs.
Flowes, reside in Charleston. 7. John H., see
forward. 8. George, was superintendent of
the Higgins Carpet Works, New York City;
enlisted in the Union army, was wounded and
honorably discharged from the service in con-
sequence of his injuries; he married Maria
Terry ; children : Olney, Arthur, and a daugh-
ter Lulu, deceased; George Higgins died in
New York City. 9. Charles, died unmarried
at age of tw^enty-four. Three other children,
daughters, not mentioned.

(VIII) John H., fourth son and seventh
child of Amos and Sarah (Hamilton) Hig-
gins. w-as born in Charleston, 'Way 28, T841.
At the age of sixteen years he concluded his



attendance at the old Charleston Academy, and
going to New York he entered the employ of
E. S. Higgins & Company, a well-known car-
pet manufacturing concern of which his uncle,
Elias S. Higgins, was the senior partner. Hav-
ing diligently applied himself to the task of
mastering every detail of the husiness during
the first five years of his connection with it,
he was^ advanced to the position of manager
and retained that responsible position for a
period of twenty years, directing its affairs
with marked ability and advancing still fur-
ther the high reputation enjoyed by the firm.
Severing his connection with that concern
about the year 1882, he engaged in religious
work as an evangelist, and subsequently re-
turning to Charleston, he devoted a number
of vears to evangelistic and pastoral labors in
small communities which were unable to sup-
port a settled minister, in 1891 he purchased
the farm adjoining his homestead in Charles-
ton, and removing the old buildings, proceeded
to erect what is now known as the Higgins
Classical Institute, a regularly incorporated in-
stitution of the state of ]\Iaine, for the promo-
tion of Christian education and instruction of
youth in the languages, arts and sciences. The
building was completed and dedicated in 1901
and opened as a preparatory school for Colby
College. This institution, which has a force of
five regular instructors and a capacity for two
hundred and fifty students, comprises a main
building and a dormitory erected at an ap-
proximate cost of one hundred thousand dol-
lars, with grounds comprising twenty acres,
and it is thoroughly equipped for its intended
purpose, having every facilitv necessary for
the carrying out of advanced educational meth-
ods. The highest standard of scholarship is
maintained, and being an endowed institution,
the expense to students is confined to the actual
cost of board and other dormitory expenses.
There are the courses of study, the college
preparatory or classical, the English, and the
teachers' training, or normal. The school pro-
vides also a well-defined course in music and
harmony. Mr. Higgins is president of the
board of trustees, chairman of the executive
committee and of instruction and instructors.
The efficient principal of Higgins Classical In-
stitute is Linwood L. Workman, A. B. In
adding the Higgins Classical Institute to the
list of Alaine's preparatory schools its titular
founder has displayed a spirit of wisdom and
generosity, the benefits of which cannot be too
highly estimated. In igo6 Mr. Higgins re-
linquished active ministerial work, and is now
living in retirement at his home in Charles-

ton. He is a member of the Baptist church,
and a Prohibitionist in politics. His labors in
the interests of religion and education have
left an indelible impress upon the lives of the
men and women of his native state, while in
his own town he is universally loved and es-

In 1865 Mr. Higgins married Fanny E.
Perley ; she died January 8, 1867, leaving one
daughter, Fanny M., who died in March,
1872. In October, 1868, he married Emma L.
Perley, a sister of his first wife. She died in
January, 1894. Of this union there were six
children, three of whom died in infancy. The
survivors are : Florence Ellen, born May 18,
1879. Ethel May, born December 6, 1880,
was graduated from i\Iount Holyoke College
and studied two years at Colby ; married Por-
ter Beck, formerly a professor at Colby and
now engaged in the real estate business in
Pittsburg, Pennsylvania ; they have one child,
Elizabeth Emma, born July 22, 1908. Alice
Emma, born December 14, 1882, married Od-
ber Boadway, formerly of Charleston and now
of New York. They have one daughter, Lu-
cille, born in Charleston, December 30, 1903.
On March 12, 1895, Mr. Higgins married for
his third wife Mrs. Ellen McCully (nee Har-
vey), widow of Judge Lawrence McCully, late
of Honolulu, Hawaii. She is a daughter of
Greenleaf P. and Abigail Lois (Dexter) Har-
vey, of Corinth, Maine. Her grandfather was
Francis Harvey, and her great-grandfather,
James Harvey, served as a sergeant in the
revolutionary war, and as major in the state
militia. Her first husband, the late Hon. Law-
rence McCully, of New York, was a graduate
of Yale College, a lawyer of distinction and
a justice of the Honolulu supreme court. In
1855 he went to Honolulu and resided there
until his death. Judge and Mrs. McCully had
an adopted daughter, Alice, graduate of Hig-
gins Classical Institute, who is now the wife
of Francis William Smith, of San Francisco,
and has one child, Frances Ellen, born Octo-
ber I, 1906.

(For preceding generations see Richard Higgins I.)

(Ill) Benjamin (2), youngest
HIGGTXS child of Benjamin (i) and Ly-
dia (Bangs) Higgins, was born
at Eastham, Massachusetts, September 15,
1681. He married, ]\Iay 22, 1701, Sarah,
daughter of Lieutenant Edmund and Sarah
(Mayo) Freeman. She was a descendant of
Thomas Prince, who came in the "Fortune,"
1 62 1, became governor of the Plymouth Col-
ony, and married Patience, daughter of El-



der William Brewster. Benjamin and Sarah
Higgins had fourteen children: Priscilla, born
November 17, 1702; Thomas, June 24, 1704;
Sarah, July 13, 1706; Paul, June 25, 1708;
Reliance, May 13, 1710; Elizabeth, April i,
1712; Experience, January 31, 1714; Benja-
min, March i, 1716; Thankful, October 28,
1717; Zaccheus. August 15, 1719; Solomon,
September 8, 1822; Lois, August 6, 1723;
Isaac, July 12, 1725; Freeman, see forward.

(IV) Freeman, youngest child of Benjamin
and Sarah (Freeman) Higgins, was born at
Eastham, July 28, 1727. He married, Novem-
ber 13, 1747, ]\Iartha, daughter of Timothy
and Alartha Cole. She was descended from
Daniel Cole, who was in Plymouth about 1633.
He was constable, selectman and town clerk.
Freeman Higgins married (second) Thank-
ful ( Hopkins) Paine, July 14, 1757. His
children by his first marriage were : Timothy
and Apphia. By his second marriage the chil-
dren were: Twins, born April 9, 1758; one
named 'Afartha died young, and the other,
named ihankful, married, November 12, 1783,
Thomas Stoddard Boardman; Zedediah, April
II, 1760; Priscilla, born March i, 1762; Mary,
August g, 1764; Elisha, November 9, 1766.

(\') Elisha, youngest son of Freeman and
Thankful (Hopkins) (Paine) Higgins, was
born in Westbrook, Cumberland county.
Maine, November 9, 1766. He married Lucy
Stevens, of Westbrook, a descendant of Cap-
tain Isaac Stevens, who kept the first hotel
on Steven's Plains, and this celebrated hos-
telry was kept successively by his descend-
ants, Zachariah B. Stevens, Esq., selectman
of the town 1824-27, and his son, Samuel B.
Stevens. The Stevens name is among the
most honored in the town of Westbrook.
Elisha Higgins was a carpenter and builder
and a useful citizen of the town.

(\^I) Charles, son of Elisha and Lucy
(Stevens) Higgins, was born in Westbrook,
Cumberland county, jMaine, in 1809. He was
brought up to the trade of tinsmith, a business
complimenting that of his father, and his pro-
clivity, inherited and cultivated, was to affiliate
with the Whig party, which party received his
fullest support up to its dissolution in 1852,
when he joined the Free Soil party, which in
1856 merged into the Republican party led by
Fremont, and so thoroughly crystalized and
tempered by Lincoln. He married Catherine
Mitchell, born in Westbrook. Maine, 1812, and
they removed to Bath, Maine, where Charles
Higgins carried on his trade of tinsmith and
removed after the birth of their son Algernon
Sidney, to Turner Village, and thence to Au-

burn, and soon after across the river to Lew-

(VII) Algernon Sidney, son of Charles and
Catherine (Mitchell) Higgins, was born in
Bath, Elaine, March 6, 1834. He was edu-
cated in the primary schools of Turner Vil-
lage and Lewiston and afterward was grad-
uated at the Lewiston Falls Academy. Mr.
Higgins has been in educational affairs all his
life. He began teaching in Lewiston at an
early age. In 1854 he was called to Hunting-
ton, Long Island, New York, to take charge
of the village school. Largely through his
efforts the village districts were consolidated,
and a union school, centrally located, was erect-
ed. This school promptly became the leading
school in that section. It was conducted in the
New England educational spirit, and many
of the methods of instruction introduced sur-
vive to this day. This school embraced pupils
of all ages, from the primary to the high
school, and its graduates who entered college
at that time took a high rank. Mr. Higgins
has always had original ideas in education. It
was in this school that he organized a juvenile
agricultural society, out of its pupils. It was
modeled after the county fair. Every fall
the pupils exhibited the product of their work
in the field, shop and home. These annual
fairs attracted wide attention. Each year the
scope and interest extended, and the village
on Fair Day wore a holiday appearance. Mr.
Higgins believes that if he had remained and
carried out this idea to its legitimate conclu-
sion, the subject of manual training, now so
prominent in the educational world, would
have been early practically and economically
solved. In the fall of 1864 Mr. Higgins took
charge of the grammar school on Mountjoy
Hill, Portland, jMaine. Here he remained only
one year. Then he was selected to organize
public school No. 29, Brooklyn, New York.
This then was the latest addition to the Brook-
lyn schools. Now these schools number over
one hundred and sixty-five, exclusive of high
and special schools. He remained at No. 29
for eight years, when the principalship of a
larger school becoming vacaat, the authorities
thought his success merited a transfer to pub-
lic school No. 9. He remained principal
twelve years. He introduced several improve-
ments in subjects or method of instruction
which so commended themselves to the educa-
tional authorities that they now form part of
the course of study in all the schools of the
city of New York. Influenced by both money
and friendship, at the end of twelve years in
public school No. 9, Mr. Higgins resigned and



became the advertising manager of a lartj^^^
Broadway firm in New York. Here he re-
mained twelve years. He did not, in the least,
lose his interest in the schools, nor after a
few years his official relations with these, for
the Hon. David A. Boody, an honored son of
Maine, then mayor of Brooklyn, appointed him
a member of the school board. He served as
such for nearly eight years. He was largely
instrumental in securing the passage by this
board and subsequently by the legislature of
the teachers' retirement act under whose pro-
visions teachers may be retired on half salary
after a fixed period of acceptable .services. .A
change in the affairs of the firm with which he
was connected determined him to return wholly
to the schools. When this was known, the
school board promptly elected him assistant
superintendent of schools for the city of Brook-
lyn. This was in 1898. In this capacity he
served until 1892. In that year an amende 1
act of consolidation brought the adjoining
cities into closer relations with New York.
Their boards of education were abolished and
the school system w-as administered by a board
of forty-si.x members, made up of a fixed num-
ber from New York and each of the neigh-
boring cities. Under this board and dealing
more directly with the intellectual part of the
school, was a board of superintendents, com-
posed of the city superintendent of schools and
eight associate superintendents. To this board
Mr. Higgins was unanimously elected. Here
he served until the spring of 1906, when, on
his application, though still in good health, he
was placed on the list of retired superintend-

Mr. Higgins was one of the organizers of
the Maine State Association of Teachers. He
has been a member of the National State,
County, City and Town Teachers' associations
all through his active school life, believing
strongly in the organizations and associations
of those engaged in the same profession.

Mr. Higgins married, August i, 1857,
Sarah Maria, daughter of Ezra and Jane A.
(Brown) Conklin, of Huntington, Long Isl-
and ; she died in 1897 ; she was a descendant
of the Conklins who came from England and
were among the very earliest settlers of Long
Island. Captain John Conklin came from Not-
tingham, England, to Salem, ^Massachusetts
Bay Colony, about 1636, and in 1655 removed
to Southold, Long Island. Before he came
to America he was a manufacturer of glass
in Nottinghamshire, carried on that business
in Salem, Massachusetts, in connection with

his sons who had immigrated with him, and
they were the first glass manufacturers in
.America, and recorded in early land grants as
"Glassimen." The children of Algernon Sid-
ney and Sarah Maria (Conklin) Higgins are:
Algernon Sidney Jr. and Myra Burgess Hig-
gins. Algernon Sidney Higgins Jr. is a prac-
ticing physician at 1 1 Kingston avenue. Brook-
lyn, New York. He married M. Ida Preston ;
children: Edith, died young; Harold Preston
and Marjorie Higgins. Myra Burgess Hig-
gins married Frederick H. Baldwin, and re-
sides at 150 Sixth avenue, Brooklyn. New
York. To them were born two children :
Frederick Rhey and Olive Natalie Baldwin.
Mr. Higgins makes his home with his daugh-

He was made a ]\Iason in Jeptha Lodge, at
Huntington, Long Island, in 1864. After re-
moving to Brooklyn he affiliated with
Mistletoe Lodge, No. 647, of which he is still
a member. When he had been a Mason for
twenty-one years he was eligible to the
Masonic Veterans. This body he promptly
joined and is a member to this date. ^Ir.
liiggins is a charter member of the Montauk
Club, of Brooklyn, and with the exception of
about a year has been its secretary since its
organization in 1889. In that year was or-
ganized the Berkely School for Girls, a large
and flourishing school near Prospect Park in
Brooklyn. The Hon. David .-\. Boody, whose
biography will be found in another volume,
has been its president, and Mr. Higgins its
sccretarv since its organization. Thus has Mr.
Higgins, like thousands of the sons of Maine,
done and is still doing credit to his native

(For preceding generations see Richard Higgins I.)

(IV) Benjamin (3) was the
HIGGINS son of Benjamin (2) Higgins.
He had Eleazer, Theophilus,
Jedediah and Reuben.

(V) Eleazer was a son of Benjamin (3)
Higgins. The name of his wife was Sarah.

(VI) Eleazer (2) was the son of Eleazer
(i) and Sarah Higgins. Children: Eleazer,
Joseph, Enoch, Jedediah, Richard, Sarah and

(VII) Jedediah, fourth son of Eleazer (2)
and Sarah Higgins, was born in 1733. lived in
Truro, Massachusetts, and w-as the head of
that branch of the family. He married
Phoebe, daughter of Azubah Paine. Chil-
dren : Jedediah, Mary, Joseph, Hannah, and
several others.



(VIII) Israel Higgins was born in South
Truro, Cape Cod, and was probably a son
of the above Jedediah and Phoebe (Paine)
Higgins. He removed to Bar Harbor, Maine,
about 1776, and settled near Edd3-'s brook,
formerly called Salisbury brook. The first
mention of his name in the Mount Desert
plantation records is that in 1776 a road was
laid out between Ebenezer Salisbury and Is-
rael Higgins, north from the main road to
the salt water and the landing. He held re-
sponsible offices in the plantation and town of
Mount Desert and also Eden, and he was alto-
gether one of the leading citizens of the island.
He died November 11, 1818. He married
Mary Snow, of Cape Cod ; children : Henry,
Stephen, Deborah, Israel (died in infancy),
Oliver, Israel, Jonathan, Zaccheus, Seth,
Mercy and Mary.

(IX) Israel (2), fifth son of Israel (i) and
Mary (Snow) Higgins, was born on Mount
Desert Island, March 5, 1778, and lived at
Bar Harbor. Pie was a master mariner and
drowned at sea. He married Polly Hull, and
she died February 26, 1818. Children: Jona-
than, Samuel, Eliza, Stephen, Charlotte, Ro\-al
Grant, Warren and Sophia. Polly Hull was
a daughter of Samuel Hull, a sea captain from
Derby, Connecticut. Captain Hull settled on
the south side of Hull's Cove, Mount Desert,
before 1789, where he kept a store and built a
number of vessels. He was the chief citizen
of the little village and the cove was so named
for him. He took an active part in the or-
ganization and business of the towns of ^lonnt
Desert and Eden. The first town meeting was
held at his house and he was chosen the first
selectman. In 1797 he paid a tax of fifteen
dollars and ninety-four cents. John Hull, mint
master of ilassachusetls, and Commodore
Isaac Hull was of this line, and Hull, r^Iassa-
chusetts, was named for the family.

(X) Captain Royal Grant, second son of
Israel (2) and Polly (Hull) Higgins, was
born January 31, iSog, at Bar Harbor, and
died in 1873. He was a sea captain, follow-
ing the foreign trade and commander of a
United States coast survey vessel. He mar-
ried (first) Sarah F. Suminsby, of Eden,
Maine. iMarried (second) ^lary Frances
Snow, born at West Eden, December 25, 1839,
and who is now living at Bar Harbor. Chil-
dren of first wife : Harriet Ann, Leander and
Florence. Children of second wife : Ella F.,
Royal G. and Stephen W.

(XI) Dr. Royal Grant, the eldest son of
Royal G. (i) and ^lary F. (Snow) Higgins,

was born in Bar Harbor, September II, 1867,
and educated in the public schools, and at
the East Maine Methodist Conference Semi-
nary at Bucksport from which he was grad-
uated. He entered the Hahnemann Medical
College of Philadelphia, graduating therefrom
with the degree of Doctor of Medicine, and
was interne at that institution for one year.
He began to practice at Princeton, Indiana,
remaining thereat ten years, when he came
to Bar Harbor, where he is engaged in gen-
eral practice. He took a post-graduate course
at the New York Homeopathic ^Medical Col-
lege in 1903. He is an Ancient Free and Ac-
cepted Mason, being a member of the Bar
Harbor Blue Lodge, and a Republican in poli-
tics. On February 21, 1894, he married Kath-
erine (Grant) Little, of Philadelphia, daugh-
ter of Thomas Little, a builder and contractor.
One child. Royal Grant, born February 11,
1895, at Princeton, Indiana, who is now in the
public schools of Bar Harbor.

(For preceding generation see Robert Fletcher I.)

(II) Francis, son of Robert
FLETCHER Fletcher, was born in 1636,
in Concord, Massachusetts,
and remained with his father in that town.
He became a large land owner, being the pos-
sessor of seventeen lots of land in Concord,
amounting to four hundred and thirty-seven
acres. He was admitted freeman in 1677, and
in the same year was reported "in full com-
munion with ye church in Concord." In De-
cember, 1661, he was one of the signers of a
petition to license men to sell wine. He mar-
ried, August I, 1656, Elizabeth, daughter of
George and Catherine Wheeler. She died
June 14, 1704. Their children were: Sam-
uel, Joseph, Elizabeth, John, Sarah, Hezekiah,
Hannah and Benjamin.

(III) Joseph, second child of Francis and
Elizabeth (\Mieeler) Fletcher, was born April
15. 1661, at Concord, IMassachusetts. He was
married June 17, 1688, to ^lary Dudley, who
died April 27, 1701. Their children were:
Joseph, Benjamin, Samuel, Mary, Francis and

(IV) Samuel, third child of Joseph and
Mary (Dudley) Fletcher, was born Novem-
ber 30, 1692. at Concord. He was married
January 18, 1721, by Justice Minot, to Abigail
Hubbard, and they were the parents of the
following children : Jonathan, ]\Iary and Ebe-

( V) Ebenezer, youngest child of Samuel and
Abigail (Flubbard) Fletcher, was born ^larch



17. 1725. and resided in Rutland, Massachu-
setts, where his children were born. He was
married February 28, 1748, to Elizabeth
Fletcher. Their children were : Elizabeth, Eli
and Samuel.

(VI) Samuel, youngest child of Ebcnezer
and Elizabeth Fletcher, was born April 2,
1754, in Rutland, Vermont. He does not ap-
pear further in the records of that town, and
there is little doubt that he was the Samuel
Fletcher who enlisted July 15, 1776, as a sailor
at Kittery, Maine. In the entry of his en-
listment he is described as an .American, sta-
ture five feet, seven inches, complexion dark.
His wages were eight dollars per month. He
subsequently served under John Paul Jones
on the "Bon Homme Richard," and probably
resided at Kittery after the war, from which
arose the tradition that he was born there.
There is no record of such birth in that town,
or of any Fletchers. The name of his wife is
not preserved.

( VH) Furbcr, son of Samuel I'letcher, w-as
born at Kittery Point, and lived in the town
of Kittery. He married Eunice Gunnison,
and they were the parents of Joseph, Furbcr,
Benjamin G., Lorenzo and Samuel.

(VIII) Benjamin G., third son of Furber
and Eunice (Gunnison) Fletcher, was born
1817, at Kittery Point, and was drowned at
sea in i860. He followed the sea, as did most
of his neighbors, and was first engaged in
fishing. Subsequently he became a master
mariner, and followed the coasting trade to the
West Indies, sailing on such vessels as the
"Carl Hanson."' "Jacob Rudd," "William Aus-
tin," and others. He was a member of the
Christian Church, and affiliated politically with
those who formed the Republican party shortly
before his death. He married Mary J. Sew-
ard, a native of (jerrish Island, and their chil-
dren were : Elizabeth Jane, William James,
Mary Jane and Joseph Benjamin.

(IX) Joseph Benjamin, youngest child of
Benjamin G. and Mary J. (Seward) IHetcher,
was born June 10, 1846, at Kittery I'oint, and
received his educational training in his home
town and Portsmouth, New Hampshire, going
to sea for a short time with his father. At the
age of fifteen years he began an apprenticeship

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