Names: Deakins, Higgins, Lester, Perry, Stableton White
From: Laurie Huffman [[email protected]]
Sent: Monday, October 31, 2005 10:18 PM
To: EDWARD WIESSING
Cc: Kenneth Huffman
Subject: RE: Higgins Family estate records
I'm sorry to say that I have no
listing for probate or estate records for Robert Higgins or his wife, Sarah.
There are a dozen or so Higgins listed in Cemeteries of Brown County 1825-1972,
and one is for John (1821-1832), the son of Robert Higgins. However, there is
no record that Robert died in or was buried in the
county. I checked for Sarah's with the surname
I also checked for a Sarah Stableton
and found William Stableton, the husband of Sarah Higgins
(see marriages below) who died in 1858. He has a probate listed with the
A little about Robert Higgins:
Robert Higgins is listed in the 1840 census, p. 158. The members of the family are listed in the following age groups:
Higgins, Robert: 1 male 5-10, 1 male 10-15, 1 male 20-30, 1 male 50-60; 1 female 15-20, 1 female 20-30, 1 female 30-40.
There is also a D. Higgins listed in the 1840 census, on p. 175:
(initial J. or
You probably already have these marriages from the Illinois Marriage Index Online, but I will list them just in case you don't:
WHITE, ALBERT md.
DEAKINS, EVAN md. HIGGINS, MARY JANE 10/17/1839 (Book A&B Lic#15 BROWN Co,
STABELTON, WILLIAM md. HIGGINS, SARAH 06/05/1855 (Book A&B Lic#436 BROWN Co,
Is it certain that this Sarah Higgins is acutally the widow of Robert Higgins? Could she be his daughter, or even a sister? There are two women in Robert's household other than the wife who are of marriageable age in 1840.
I am also curious about who was the father of the Higgins brides listed above (Angeline, Elizabeth & Mary Jane).
I suggest that you check further for obituaries or death notices for Robert and members of his family with the Versailles Area Genealogical & Historical Society. They keep records from the local newspapers. Check for them at:
If you have any other questions regarding what I have sent, don't hesitate to ask. This is a rather complex family structure, made more difficult by the early dates in the county.
A quick note about the probate of William Stableton. If you send for his will & papers the request should include the following: William Stableton
(1858) Box #34.
I hope this will help you in some way.
Best wishes, be safe, and stay in touch.
From: EDWARD WIESSING [mailto:[email protected]]
Sent: Monday, October 31, 2005 9:41 AM
Subject: Higgins Family estate records
Enjoyed the io
I am very interested in estate records for the following. My interest surrounds the Higgins family.
Robert Higgins - probably died between 1840-1850
Sarah Rawlings-Higgins-Stableton-Wilson - she was Roberts widow. I believe she died between 1860-70.
Clark Higgins - died after 1850
I would very much appreciate any help you can give. I am in the US Army
stationed overseas. I
am originally from
I look forward to hearing from you.