Thomas Higgins
& Sarah Cheek

Thomas Higgins, son of Linville HIGGINS & Judea KIRBY, was b. Nov. 28, 1826, in NC, and died Feb. 20, 1918, in Alleghany Co., NC. He married Sarah "Sally" Cheek, daughter of Chesley CHEEK & Phebe WOODRUFF, Feb. 20, 1851, in Ashe Co., NC. She was born Apr. 20, 1832, in Ashe Co., NC, and died July 14, 1910, in Alleghany Co., NC. Sarah and Thomas are buried at the Chesley Cheek Cemetery, Vox community, Alleghany Co., NC.

Children of Thomas Higgins & Sarah "Sally" Cheek:

  1. +Millie Higgins, b. Dec 28, 1851, Ashe Co., NC; d. Nov 25, 1943, Alleghany Co., NC; m. Henderson CHEEK, son of Meredith CHEEK & Sarah ANDREWS, Oct. 10, 1872, Alleghany Co., NC (b. Aug. 1, 1849; d. Sept. 1, 1910); bur. Henderson Cheek Cemetery, Road 1464 near Glade Creek School, Alleghany Co., NC.
  2. Spicer Preston Higgins, b. May 14, 1852, Ashe Co., NC; d. Aug 20, 1944, Wilkes Co., NC; m. (1) Sarah Delaine CHAPPELL, daughter of William A. CHAPPELL & Mary GENTRY of Grayson Co., VA, Aug. 29, 1875, Alleghany Co., NC (b. Apr. 1, 1857; d. May 6, 1903); (2) Emma JOHNSON, abt. 1906; bur. Walnut Grove Baptist Church, Wilkes Co., NC. Children: Robert Lee Higgins (1876), William Crockett Higgins (1879), Mary Ann Higgins (1880), Thomas McCoy "Mack" Higgins (1883), Laura Higgins (1887), Emma Higgins (1891), Margaret Geneva "Maggie" Higgins (1894), Major Higgins (1898), Alice Alberta Higgins (1899), Everette Vestel Higgins (1912), Charlie Higgins (c.1915).
  3. Phebe Higgins, b. abt. 1856, Ashe Co., NC.
  4. David Crockett Higgins, b. May 18, 1858, Alleghany Co., NC; d. Aug. 5, 1947, Alleghany Co., NC; m. Julia FORTNER, daughter of Patrick FORTNER & Elizabeth MURPHY, Mar. 28, 1880, Alleghany Co., NC (b. May 21, 1861; d. Feb. 20, 1950); bur. Pleasant Home Union Baptist Church, Alleghany Co., NC. Children: Clark Higgins (1882), Ennice Higgins (1886), Charles H. Higgins (1887), Marzilla "Zillie" Higgins (1896), Zollie Higgins (1899), Artemis Columbus Higgins (1904).
  5. Newton Higgins, b. Feb 15, 1860, Ashe (Alleghany) Co., NC; d. May 16, 1929; never married; bur. Pleasant Home Union Baptist Church, Alleghany Co., NC. He lived in Grayson Co., VA.
  6. Dr. Abner Higgins, b. May 09, 1862, Alleghany Co., NC; d. May 27, 1942, Dade Co., MO; m. Della S. HIGGINS, daughter of Daniel HIGGINS & Caroline CHEEK, Dec. 27, 1893, Alleghany Co., NC (b. June 14, 1873; d. May 2, 1965); bur. Hickory Grove Cemetery, Dade Co., MO. Children: Amy Caroline Higgins (1894), Clinton Kelly Higgins (1898), Attie Higgins (1900), Bertha Higgins (c.1903), Thomas William Higgins (1904), Joseph Earl "Jack" Higgins (1907), James Higgins (c.1911), Louisa Higgins (c.1917).
  7. Gillie Lucinda Higgins, b. Apr 09, 1866, Alleghany Co., NC; d. Sep 12, 1940, Alleghany Co., NC; m. Wesley Columbus PEAKE, son of Hugh & Margie PEAKE of Grayson Co., VA, May 15, 1890, Alleghany Co., NC (b. Aug. 20, 1851; d. Feb. 8, 1920); bur. Crab Creek Primitive Baptist Church, Ennice, Alleghany Co., NC. She was his 2nd wife. Children: Edgar T. Peake (1892), Grover Peake (1893), Zetty Peake (1896), Blanche Peake (1899), Hester Peake (1902), Clyde Peake (f.) (c.1908).
  8. Rosa Higgins, b. May 5, 1866, Ashe Co., NC; d. Nov. 28, 1921, Alleghany Co., NC; never married; bur. Linville Higgins Cemetery, Road 1450, Alleghany Co., NC. Children: Lucy L. Higgins (c.1903), Phoebe Alice Higgins (1911).
  9. Tinsey (Tina) Higgins, b. 1869, Alleghany Co., NC; d. 1961, Grayson Co., VA; m. Luther BRANNOCK, son of Floyd & Jane BRANNOCK of Grayson Co., VA, Apr. 21, 1895, in Grayson Co., VA (b. Nov. 1872; d. 1960); bur. Snow Hill Baptist Church, Grayson Co., VA. Children: Corbit R. Brannock (1895), Agnes Ophelia Brannock (1892), Bettie M. Brannock (1900), Myrtle Brannock (c.1903), Gary (Garvey) Brannock (c.1907), Earnest Brannock (1908), Matilda Mae Brannock (1911).
  10. Dr. Tobias Henry Higgins, b. May 14, 1874, Alleghany Co., NC; d. Apr 13, 1936, Forsyth Co., NC; m. Theodocia GAMBILL of Wilkes Co., NC, Oct. 7, 1896 (b. Dec. 29, 1876; d. Oct. 9, 1951); bur. Forsyth Memorial Park, Winston-Salem, NC. Children: William Burette Higgins (1899), Thomas Paul Higgins (1904), Sallie Higgins (1905), Isaac Claudius Higgins (1908), Naomi Higgins (c.1910).
  11. Sarah C. Higgins, b. abt. 1878, Alleghany Co., NC.

Notes

Alleghany Co., NC

Near the Chesley Cheek Cemetery
Alleghany Co., NC

Sarah "Sally" Higgins was the oldest child of Chesley and Phebe (Woodruff) Cheek. Sally Cheek and Thomas Higgins posted a marriage bond in Ashe County, NC, on Feb. 20, 1851. They lived in the Crab Creek area of northeastern Alleghany County.

Thomas & Sarah Higgins are buried at the Chesley Cheek Cemetery, located in the Vox community of Alleghany Co., NC. Their birth and death dates are from their gravestones. (See Alleghany Cemeteries Through 1986, pub. by the Alleghany Co. Hist.-Gen. Society.)

1860 Census, Alleghany Co., NC, p.417/p.209 (HH#528):
THOS HIGGINS, 33, farmer, $600, $325, NC
-- Sallie, 27, NC
-- Milly, 8, NC
-- Spicer, 6, NC
-- Pheby, 4, NC
-- David C., 2, NC
-- [unnamed], 6/12, m, NC

1860 Census, Agricultural Schedule, Alleghany Co., NC: THOS. HIGGINS, 100 acres improved land, 170 acres unimproved land, value of farm $600, value of farm implements $5, 2 horses, 0 asses/mules, 2 milch cows, 0 working oxen, 3 other cattle, 18 sheep, 14 swine, value of livestock $273. (Source: New River Notes)

1865-1866. Thomas HIGGINS & Sarah HIGGINS signed 5 deeds which divided up the land belonging to Sarah's deceased father, Chesley Cheek, between her mother Phebe, brothers Richard and William Cheek, and unmarried sisters Gilley, Lucinda and Elizabeth Cheek. (Alleghany Co., NC, DB A-1, pp. 187, 212, 231, 246, 247, dated July 15, 1865, Nov. 21, 1866, & Nov. 22, 1866.)  Thomas & Sarah did not take any of Chesley's land, but they received payment from the others for their share of the estate.

1870 Census, Alleghany Co., NC, Glade Creek Twp. (HH#88):
THOMAS HIGGINS, 44, farmer, NC
-- Sarah, 37, keeps house, NC
-- Milley, 18, NC
-- Spicer, 15, NC
-- Phebe, 14, NC
-- David, 10, NC
-- Newton, 9, NC
-- Abner, 7, NC
-- Gilly, 5, NC
-- Rausey, 3, NC
-- Tinsey, 1, NC
1880 Census, Alleghany Co., NC, Glade Creek Twp. (HH#152):
THOMAS HIGGINS, 53, farmer, NC NC NC
-- Sally, 47, wife, keeping house, " " "
-- Phebe, 22, dau, at home, " " "
-- Newton, 18, son, farm laborer, " " "
-- Abner, 17, son, farm laborer, " " "
-- Gilly, 15, dau, at home, " " "
-- Rosa, 13, dau, at home, " " "
-- Tiney, 11, dau, at home, " " "
-- Tobias, 7, son, " " "
-- Sarah C., 2, dau, " " "
HIGGINS, David, 21, farm laborer, " " "
-- J. Anne, 19, wife, keeping house, " " "
1900 Census, Alleghany Co., NC, Glade Creek Twp. (HH#169):
THOMAS HIGGINS, Nov. 1826, age 73, m. 49 yrs, NC NC NC, farmer
-- Sarah, wife, Apr. 1831, age 69, m. 49 yrs, 13 children/11 living, NC NC NC
-- Rosa E., dau, Sept. 1864, age 35, single, NC NC NC
1910 Census, Alleghany Co., NC, Glade Creek Twp., p.47 (HH#119):
THOMAS H. HIGGINS, 83, m. 59 yrs, NC NC NC, farmer - general farm
-- Sarah, wife, 77, m. 59 yrs, 14 children/11 living, NC NC NC
-- Rossie L., dau, 43, NC NC NC
-- Lucy L., granddau, 8, NC NC NC
Thomas and Sarah Higgins

Chesley Cheek Cemetery, Alleghany Co., NC
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Thomas Higgins gravestone Sarah Higgins gravestone
THOMAS HIGGINS
BORN
NOV 28 1826
DIED
FEB. 20, 1918
AGE 91Y 2M 22D
SARY HIGGINS
BORNED 1832
APRIL 20
DIED JULY
[14] 1910

Deed Abstracts

Feb. 20, 1851. Thomas HIGGINS & Sally CHEEK posted a marriage bond; bondsman Martin SIMCOCK; witness G. HAGINS (HIGGINS).

Feb. 23, 1855. Linvill HIGGINS to Thomas HIGGINS, 150 acres on Crab Creek of Little River, for $300. 1st tract: adj. his old line, running through two hundred acre tracts to John HIGGINS, & L. HIGGINS. 2nd tract: a part of another tract adj. his old line. 3rd tract: adj. his old line. Signed: Linvill HIGGINS. Wits: David HIGGINS, Chesley CHEEK. Proved Apr. 13, 1874, by David HAGINS & by Goldman HIGGINS from Chesley CHEEK's handwriting. (Alleghany DB 2:141.)

Feb. 4, 1858. Goldman HIGGINS to Thomas HIGGINS, 20 acres on Crab Creek & Little River beg. on north side of Maids Knob, adj. Goldman HIGGINS, a ridge, & Thomas HIGGINS, for $50. Signed: Goldman HIGGINS. Wits: David HIGGINS, Griggs HIGGINS. Proved by Goldman HIGGINS from David HIGGINS' handwriting [no date]. (Alleghany DB 2:140.)

Feb. 16, 1859. State of NC to Thomas HIGGINS, 100 acres in Ashe County on Brush Creek adj. CHOAT, John HIGGINS. Entered Nov. 22, 1858. (Land Grant No. 3532; Alleghany DB 1:335.)

Sept. 15, 1874. Linville HAGINS to Thomas HAGINS, 100 acres on Crab Creek, part of 2 tracts, for $200. 1st tract: adj. the road & the old line. 2nd tract: adj. the first tract & the line of a 50 acre tract. Signed: Linvil HAGINS, Sr. Wits: Goldman HAGINS, Spicer HAGINS. NB: "I hereby reserve the lot named the house wherein Judy HAGINS now lives containing some eight or ten acres more or less during her natural life to use or to do as she pleases". Signed: Thos. HAGINS. Wit: Goldman HAGINS. Proved July 8, 1875 (ack'd). Reg. July 6, 1875. (Alleghany DB 3:38.)

Note: the above deed conflicted with a prior deed made on Mar. 9, 1869, by Linville HIGGINS to his grandson Jackson McNaly HIGGINS. In 1879, the Court of Alleghany Court ruled that the deed to Thomas HIGGINS was invalid. (Alleghany DB 5:103.)

Feb. 11, 1878. Thomas HIGGINS & wife Sally to Spicer HIGGINS, 60 acres on Brush Creek adj. John HIGGINS & John TOLIVER, for $100. Signed: Thomas HIGGINS, Sally (X) HIGGINS. [No wits.] Proved Feb. ?, 1882 (ack'd). (Alleghany DB 7:140.)

Dec. 22, 1879. Thomas HIGGINS & wife Sally to Enic [Enoch] GALYEAN, 17 ½ acres on Crab Creek adj. Goldman HIGGINS & Gilbert EDWARDS, for $75. Signed: Thomas HIGGINS, Sally (X) HIGGINS. Proved Dec. 22, 1879 (ack'd). (Alleghany DB 7:245.)

Mar. 17, 1880. Thomas HIGGINS & wife Sally to David C. EDWARDS, [mortgage deed], 150 acres in Glade Creek Twp. adj. John TOLIVER, BLEVINS, & Gilbert EDWARDS, to secure $80 debt. Signed: Thos. HIGGINS, Sarah (X) HIGGINS. Wits: T.C. DOUGLAS, Wm. EDWARDS. Proved Apr. 10, 1880. Reg. May 17, 1880. [Margin note:] Mortgage satisfied, May 12, 1881. Signed: D.C. EDWARDS. (Alleghany DB 4:435.)

Nov. 11, 1888. Thomas HIGGINS & wife Sally to David HIGGINS, 18 acres on Brush Creek adj. KENNEDY & RUSSELL, for $85. Signed: Thomas HIGGINS, Sarah (X) HIGGINS. Wits: Newton HIGGINS, W.H. LOWE. Proved Dec. 14, 1895 (ack'd). Reg. Jan. 30, 1897. (Alleghany DB 11:74.)

June 17. 1895. Thomas HIGGINS & wife Sally to Tobias HIGGINS, 71 acres on Crab Creek adj. Sarah D. HIGGINS, EDWARDS, & the old Knob Tract, for $400. Signed: Thomas HIGGINS, Sally (X) HIGGINS. Wit: P.C. HIGGINS. Proved June 19, 1895 (ack'd). Reg. Nov. 6, 1895. (Alleghany DB 10:320.)

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