Sarah Rawlings was probably
The Higgins family is first
located in Edwards County, Illinois during the 1820 federal census.6 In 1830, they were living in Lawrence
County.7 It should be
remembered that when the Rawlings clan first located in Illinois, it was only a
territory and consisted of 11 counties.8 At that time, the area where the
Rawlings and related families settled was near the Crawford and Edwards County
lines. The Higgins family probably
settled in the northeast corner of Edwards, as that is the area of
Robert and Sarah Higgins had
10 children. Some were born in
J., born in
James R., born in
Jane Higgins, born in
S Higgins was born in
Higgins, born in
IvyAnn Higgins, born in
B Higgins, born in
B Higgins, born in
By 1840, the Higgins family
had moved to
married William Stableton in 1855.13 He apparently died soon
thereafter, as she married again in 1858 to John Wilson.14 Both marriages took place in
There is no sign of Sarah following the 1860 census.16 It is believed that she passed away in Brown County sometime between 1860 and 1870, though there has been no grave or estate record found.
Robert and Sarah
Rawlings-Higgins' children continued to live in
Chapter 6 NOTES
Rawlings of Franklinton (Columbus). These references represent the last documentation of Nathan Rawlings
16 July 1810.
4. From The Combined Histories of Edwards,
Nathan Rawlings settled in
5. Nathan’s family and children are all located in southeastern counties during the 1818 and 1820 censuses.
and Evolution of Illinois Counties published by the
Secretary of the State of
10. From family bible in the possession of Warren Brown, (
11. 1840 Census –
12. Robert Higgins appears in the 1840
Sarah Higgins is listed in the 1850 census – this implies that Robert died between the two censuses.
14. Ibid., Sarah Stableton to John Wilson, 23 Dec 1858.
17. Descendants migrated westward. Evidence is shown in the censuses subsequent to 1860.
18. This chart was created by the author using data from various federal and state censuses, and other local
records, largely from databases located on the Internet. Most data was accessed using the Ancestry.com