William Higgins

William Higgins

Birth
Death 1913 (aged 77–78)
Burial Fairfield, Solano County, California, USA
Memorial ID 33122625 · View Source
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Source: History of Solano and Napa Counties, California: With Biographical Sketches -
By Thomas Jefferson Gregory - Published 1912

WILLIAM HIGGINS.
Among those who have lifted themselves from small beginnings into prominence and success as general farmers and land-owners is William Higgins, whose farm of one hundred and seventy acres in Suisun township, Solano county, affords expression of his intelligent industry and progressiveness. Primarily he is interested in dairying on a large scale. but a portion of his land is devoted to fruit and grain raising.
Mr. Higgins was fifteen years old when he left County Limerick, Ireland, where he was born in 1835. For eight years he was variously employed in Massachusetts, principally as a boat hand. and in the fall of 1860 he came to California by way of Panama, bringing with him his wife, formerly Elizabeth Egan. whom he married August 19, 1860, and who also is a native of Ireland. The parents of Mrs. Higgins died in Ireland during the first years of the young couple’s residence in this state, while Mr. Higgins’ mother died several years previous to the passing of his father, Lawrence Higgins. in 1865, at the age of eighty-four years. William Higgins landed in San Francisco from Panama, and two months later came to Solano county. where he found employment on a farm. Later he engaged in contract work of various kinds. and at the end of fifteen years had saved enough to purchase his present farm in Suisun township. He is interestingly reminiscent of the early days of the locality and recalls having shot deer and other game at a time when the scarcity of his income made it essential for the maintenance of life.
In political affiliations Mr. Higgins is a Democrat, but his vote is influenced largely by the character and fitness of the candidate. As road overseer for many years he had much to do towards the present fine condition of the public highways of the township. and as school trustee he has lent practical assistance to the establishment of a high grade of instruction. Mr. and Mrs. Higgins became the parents of eight children. six of whom are living: Lawrence. born in 1862, a farmer of Green valley, this state; Minnie, born in 1864. wife of George Kenlock, a resident of Suisun; Kate F., born in 1866, wife of James Clayton, of Berkeley; Sarah, born in 1868. the wife of Daniel H. White. of Fairfield; William Higgins. Jr., born in 1871. and an employee of the Union Iron Works Company, of San Francisco; and Josephine, the wife of Philip Winkleman. a farmer of Shasta county. John Robert Higgins, the sixth oldest of the children. born in 1873, was killed by a railroad train in Berkeley in 1905. and Eugene Higgins died in infancy.


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  • Created by: Heidi Mueller
  • Added: 21 Jan 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 33122625
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Higgins (1835–1913), Find A Grave Memorial no. 33122625, citing Saint Alphonsus Catholic Cemetery, Fairfield, Solano County, California, USA ; Maintained by Heidi Mueller (contributor 46914456) .