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Ens. Brewster Higley, I

Ens. Brewster Higley, I

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  • Name Brewster Higley  [1
    Prefix Ens. 
    Suffix
    Born 1680  Windsor,Hartford,Connecticut,United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Ensign & Deacon 
    Died 5 Nov 1760  Simsbury,Hartford,Connecticut,United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
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    • Ensign Brewster Higley was a prominent man in Simsbury and vicinity.  He owned large tracts of land and was interested in the copper mines owned by his father.  HE gave to each of his sons a homestead during his lifetime and still owned at the
      time of his death 900 acres.  He also left to each son £200 and to each daughter £100.
             John Brown of Harpers Ferry fame was the great grandson of Brewster's daughter Hannah, and his daughter Naomi was the grandmother of Rev. Herman Humphrey, the first President of Amherst College.
             Brewster2 Higley, had a son, grandson, and great grandson, all named Brewster Higley.

      Upon the Simsbury records, is the following:

      "April 7th A.D. 1757, Brewster Higley the 3rd, son of Brewster Higley the 2nd, and Esther Owen, Daughter of John Owen and Esther, his wife, were Joined in marriage by John Humphreys Esq.  Their Grand Fathers name is Brewster Higley and Grand Mothers name Esther.  Their Fathers name is Brewster and Mothers name is Esther.  So that there is  Three Generations from Grandfather and Grandmother down to Grandson and Grand Daughter, all of one name for male and one name for female. Three Generations now living may the Divine Blessing Rest on them to the Latest Posterity."  In addition to this it may be stated that a son was born to this youngest Brewster Higley March 14, 1759, and named Brewster so that there were living before the death of Brewster2 Higley in 1760 four Brewster Higleys in direct descent.
             It is said that the name Brewster has been continued in this family up to the present time when a Brewster of the  seventh generation from Ensign Brewster is living.
             Brewster3 Higley was a deacon in the church and in the Higley genealogy the following anecdote of him is related.  "In 1773 the town of Simsbury voted to sing according to rules taught in singing schools and a singing school teacher with his
      scholars appeared in church one Sunday and the choir started to sing a tune much more lively than the congregation were accustomed to hear and Dea Brewster Higley took his hat and left the house exclaiming as he passed down the aisle ---popery! popery!" [3]
    Person ID I5840  Rgstrong Family genes.
    Last Modified 14 Jan 2007 

    Father Ancestors Capt. John Higley Married: 2x2x ,   b. Abt 1649, Frimley,Surrey,England,United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Sep 1714, Simsbury,Hartford,Connecticut,United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 65 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Ancestors Hannah Drake,   b. 5 Aug 1653, Windsor,,Connecticut Colony,British America Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Aug 1694  (Age 40 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 9 Nov 1671  Windsor,Hartford,Connecticut,United States Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F2199  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ancestors Esther Holcombe,   b. Feb 1683/84,   d. 17 Dec 1775, Simsbury,Hartford,Connecticut,United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 91 years) 
    Married 17 Feb 1708/09  Simsbury,Hartford,Connecticut,United States Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Children 
    +1. Dea. Brewster Higley, II Married: 2x2x ,   b. 12 Dec 1709, Simsbury,Hartford,Connecticut,United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Mar 1794  (Age 84 years)  [natural]
    +2. David Higley,   b. 1712, Simsbury,Hartford,Connecticut,United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1790, ,,Connecticut,United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)  [natural]
    Married: 1x3. Joseph Higley,   b. 21 Oct 1715, Simsbury,Hartford,Connecticut,United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. May 1790  (Age 74 years)  [natural]
    Married: 1x4. Hannah Higley,   b. 17 Dec 1717, Simsbury,Hartford,Connecticut,United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1812  (Age 94 years)  [natural]
    Married: 1x5. Esther Higley,   b. 3 Dec 1719, Simsbury,Hartford,Connecticut,United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1807  (Age 87 years)  [natural]
    Married: 1x6. John Higley, III,   b. 17 Feb 1721/22, Simsbury,Hartford,Connecticut,United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Jan 1808  (Age 85 years)  [natural]
    Married: 1x7. Elizabeth Higley,   b. 1723, Simsbury,Hartford,Connecticut,United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1817  (Age 94 years)  [natural]
    Married: 1x8. Naomi Higley,   b. 1726, Simsbury,Hartford,Connecticut,United States Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1817  (Age 91 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 23 Mar 2006 
    Family ID F2196  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1680 - Windsor,Hartford,Connecticut,United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 17 Feb 1708/09 - Simsbury,Hartford,Connecticut,United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Dea. Brewster Higley, II - 12 Dec 1709 - Simsbury,Hartford,Connecticut,United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - David Higley - 1712 - Simsbury,Hartford,Connecticut,United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Joseph Higley - 21 Oct 1715 - Simsbury,Hartford,Connecticut,United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Hannah Higley - 17 Dec 1717 - Simsbury,Hartford,Connecticut,United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Esther Higley - 3 Dec 1719 - Simsbury,Hartford,Connecticut,United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - John Higley, III - 17 Feb 1721/22 - Simsbury,Hartford,Connecticut,United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Elizabeth Higley - 1723 - Simsbury,Hartford,Connecticut,United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Naomi Higley - 1726 - Simsbury,Hartford,Connecticut,United States Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 5 Nov 1760 - Simsbury,Hartford,Connecticut,United States Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S17] "Chapter X, The Ancestors of NATHAN HALLADAY, Father of Susan Halladay Wheeler, 1810-1902," in The Wheeler Family of Rutland, Mass. and Some of Their Ancestors., Wheeler, Daniel Merrick, ((Pittsfield, Mass.?. unknown. 1924.) [online] Ancestry.com), http://content.ancestry.com/Browse/BookList.aspx?dbid=27293., 1649-1714, pg. 106 (Reliability: 3), 21 Sep 2005.

    2. [S17] "Chapter X, The Ancestors of NATHAN HALLADAY, Father of Susan Halladay Wheeler, 1810-1902," in The Wheeler Family of Rutland, Mass. and Some of Their Ancestors., Wheeler, Daniel Merrick, ((Pittsfield, Mass.?. unknown. 1924.) [online] Ancestry.com), http://content.ancestry.com/Browse/BookList.aspx?dbid=27293., 1649-1714, pg. 106 & 1680-1760, pg. 108 (Reliability: 3), 21 Sep 2005.

    3. [S17] "Chapter X, The Ancestors of NATHAN HALLADAY, Father of Susan Halladay Wheeler, 1810-1902," in The Wheeler Family of Rutland, Mass. and Some of Their Ancestors., Wheeler, Daniel Merrick, ((Pittsfield, Mass.?. unknown. 1924.) [online] Ancestry.com), http://content.ancestry.com/Browse/BookList.aspx?dbid=27293., 1680-1760, pg. 108 (Reliability: 3), 21 Sep 2005.

    4. [S17] "Chapter X, The Ancestors of NATHAN HALLADAY, Father of Susan Halladay Wheeler, 1810-1902," in The Wheeler Family of Rutland, Mass. and Some of Their Ancestors., Wheeler, Daniel Merrick, ((Pittsfield, Mass.?. unknown. 1924.) [online] Ancestry.com), http://content.ancestry.com/Browse/BookList.aspx?dbid=27293., 1649-1714, pg. 106 & 1680-1760, pg. 108 & 109 (Reliability: 3), 21 Sep 2005.