|Birth: ||Sep. 1, 1806|
New York, USA
|Death: ||Nov. 20, 1890|
He was born to Daniel and Mary Daggett Higgins in Milford, Otsego, New York. He was their sixth child and second son.
When Nelson was ten years old, his father moved to Ohio, leaving the boy with his married sister, Hannah Foote. In the course of a year Hannah died and Nelson started out on a journey of about four hundred miles to find his family in Huron County, Ohio. At the age of twenty one he married Sarah Blackman, by whom he had ten children. Becoming a convert to Mormonism, he was baptized in 1834 and was shortly after ordained a Priest and appointed to preside over a branch of the church where he resided. As a member of the Zion's camp in 1834 he marched to Missouri under the direction of the prophet Joseph Smith. He was ordained an Elder at the time of the dedication of the Kirtland Temple and soon afterwards ordained a Seventy, becoming a member of the first quorum of Seventy.
In 1837 he moved to Missouri and there passed through the mobbing and persecutions endured by the "Saints" in that state. Subsequently he located in Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois, and left there in the general exodus with the Saints in 1846. Having arrived on the Missouri river, he enlisted in the Mormon Battalion and was elected captain of Company D.
He spent the winter of 1846-1847 with the sick detachment of the Battalion at Pueblo, and arrived in Salt Lake Valley July 29, 1847. In 1849, together with others, he was called to Sanpete Valley to assist in establishing a settlement there and thus he became one of the founders of Manti. Later he moved to Moroni, where he also became one of the first settlers.
November 19, 1850, Nelson Higgins organized the first company of infantry in Manti.
In 1855 he was called to Carson Valley, now in Nevada, to assist in establishing a colony of Saints there, and remained there until 1857.
In 1864 he was called to go to Richfield to preside over that infanty settlement, being ordained a Bishop under the hands of Brigham Young and Heber C. Kimball. Richfield was temporarily abandoned in 1867 because of Indian troubles, but in 1871 when the place was resettled, Brother Higgins again returned to his post in Richfield as Bishop and labored in that capacity until 1873, when he was honorably released and moved to Brooklyn, a small settlement between Elsinore and Monroe. Here he spent the remainder of his life. Nelson was successively Captain, Major and Colonel in the Nauvoo Legion and served as general in the absence of Charles C. Rich. He was successively Captain, Major and Colonel during the Walker War while living in Sanpete, and was a Major and commanding officer all during the Black Hawk Indian War. Amidst these trying frontier conditions he reared a large family.
On 4 November 1851 he married Margaret Duncan in Manti, Sanpete, Utah.
He married Nancy Meribah Behunin on 20 February, 1856 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah and was sealed in the Endowment House on 06 May 1856.
His whole life was one of unusual activity, and he exhibited courage, devotion and faithfulness in everything with which he was associated. In the latter part of his life he was very feeble and scarcely able to move about. He died at Elsinore, Sevier County, Utah, November 20, 1890.
(Bio by Denise Higgins Wells of the Higgins and Allied Families.
Sarah Blackman 10 feb 1806-18 Aug 1864
Married 24 Dec 1826 in Fitchville, Huron, Ohio
Alonzo, Almira, Alfred, Drusilla, Nelson Daniel, Heber Kimball, Carlos Smith, Clarissa, Weltha Matilda, and Sarah Alice Higgins.
Margaret Duncan 30 Aug 1798-18 Apr 1869
Married 04 Nov 1851 in Manti, Sanpete, Utah
Nancy Maribah Behunin
Married 20 Feb 1856 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
Sealed in the Endowment House on 06 May 1856
Melvin Andres, Nelson William, Joseph Henry, Alvin Isaac, Louis (Lewis) Higgins, Hyrum Smith, Elmira Marybah, and Nancy Loretta Higgins
In the Biography of Nelson Higgins they have him named as Nelson William Higgins
(Information has been gathered from several sources, so some of it may not be correct)
Nancy Maribah Behunin Higgins (1841 - 1910)
Sarah Blackman Higgins (1806 - 1864)*
Margaret Duncan Higgins (1809 - 1869)*
Almira Higgins Chase (1830 - 1873)*
Alfred Higgins (1832 - 1862)*
Drusillah Higgins Snow (1833 - 1892)*
Nelson Daniel Higgins (1835 - 1890)*
Heber Kimball Higgins (1839 - 1873)*
Carlos Smith Higgins (1842 - 1919)*
Wealthy Matilda Higgins (1847 - 1849)*
Sarah Alice Higgins Curtis (1852 - 1934)*
Melvin Andres Higgins (1863 - 1863)*
Nelson William Higgins (1865 - 1941)*
Joseph Henry Higgins (1866 - 1933)*
Lewis (Louis) Higgins (1870 - 1935)*
Nancy Loretta Higgins Ide (1876 - 1943)*
Monroe City Cemetery
GPS (lat/lon): 38.64289, -112.11144
Maintained by: Cheryl Moala
Originally Created by: Nancy K (Wilcock) Atwood
Record added: May 05, 2006
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