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Elihu Higby
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Birth: Aug. 5, 1749
Middlesex County
Connecticut, USA
Death: Dec. 30, 1777
Hart Island
Bronx County
New York, USA

Elihu served as a private in Capt Jesse Kimball's Company, being the 8th Regiment commanded by Col. John Chandler. He and his comrades were forced to march to a battlefield and being much heated and warm, they drank too much water. Some of them, including Elihu, were prostrated from the effects, was seized by fever and later died at Hart's Island, NY. He is buried there. Parents: Isaac HIGBY and Dinah ELTON

Mrs. Alice Higby Downes

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Great Grandfather Elihu Higby
Elihu Higby married Miss Martha Green and established a home in Canaan, Litchfield County, Connecticut. They had three children,
Elizabeth, Phebe and Levi. The father was drafted into the Colonial Army, and while he and his comrades were on a forced march to a battlefield, heated and warm; they drank too much water and some were prostrated from the effects, among the number was Elihu Higby. He was seized by fever and being taken into Camp at Hart's Island, New York Bay, he soon died, at the age of 32 years, and was buried on the Island.
His gun, a bell muzzled one, so formed to allow the shot which were there used to spread in as large a circle as possible, was given to a grandson named Elihu. One of the daughters married a Mr. Odell. The son, Levi, grew to manhood in Canaan and married Miss Chloe Cobb, who was born Nov. 27, 1774, at Attleboro, Mass. Miss Cobb went to Canaan to visit a cousin, Mrs. Burt. Levi Higby met her there and in a few months married her at her cousin's home. Two sons were born to them while residing in Canaan; Alanson and Levi Higby, Jr., the latter was
born Sept. 15th, 1797. There were added to this family two daughters; Chloe, who married Asa Hale, and Polly, who married Joseph Hoffnagle; and three sons named Elihu, William and Throop.
Soon after the birth of the second son, Levi and Chloe Cobb Higby left Canaan and with their children moved farther west, stopping at or near Fort Ann, New York for a year or more and then journeyed to Willsborough. Levi Higby formed a partnership with George Throop who also moved from Fort Ann at about that time and for some years they continued in business at the Falls. The two families were intimate friends. Each had a son named for himself, and George Throop, Jr., who was born at Fort Ann in 1800, and Levi Higby, Jr., were inseparable for many years, both married and had sons and daughters who associated together.
Great grandmother, Martha Green Higby, after the death of her husband, Elihu, again married, William Richardson by name; they had two children, John and Polly. The latter was the mother of Orrin Landon, late of Willsborough, whose father was an English officer. Mrs. Richardson was again widowed and married Mr. Densmore; a son and daughter were born to them, Samuel and Susan. The latter became the wife of Dudley H. Jones. Great grandmother Higby was described as small of stature, with bright black eyes, and a person of great vivacity. She was buried in the cemetery in Willsborough; her daughter, Polly, and son, Samuel
Densmore, were later placed by her side.

On Hart Island there is a memorial stone that reads Disinterred Union Soldiers The remains of these veteran union soldiers and sailors were disinterred on June 9, 1941 and reinterred in the Cypress Hills National Cemetery

Bronx Aquarian

[Send Reply] Hart's Island
Sad to say Hart Island is a restricted island and only people who can prove a direct link to person buried there are allowed to travel to the island 1 day a month. You are only allowed to overlook the site from a gazebo. There are no individual graves on Hart Island, only mass graves. Burials are done by Riker Island prisoners (those serving time for misdemeanors (less than 1 year)and the island is run by the NY Department of Corrections. It is considered, by the prisoners to be a plum assignment.
Added by Bronx Aquarian on Oct 21, 2013 10:01 AM

Family links: 
  Isaac Higby (1709 - 1766)
  Dinah Elton Higby (1713 - 1797)
  Martha Green Densmore (1752 - 1829)
  Levi Higby (1773 - 1857)*
*Calculated relationship
Potters Field
Hart Island
Bronx County
New York, USA
Created by: Stanley Shepard
Record added: Oct 21, 2013
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Elihu Higby
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 Added: Oct. 21, 2013

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