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John Higginson (abt. 1470 - 1541)

John Higginson
Born about in Shropshire, Englandmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Husband of — married [date unknown] [location unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died in Berkswell, Warwickshire, Englandmap
Profile last modified | Created 21 Nov 2012
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Will (Lichfield) 4 February 1541. John Higinson of Berkswell, yeoman — Children and grandchildren Robert and Dorothy Higginson, each �8, and cousin Agnes Higginson who shall receive of Nicholas Higginson, dwelling in the parish of Wern, three kine [sic], as he had received from her father 36 shillings. His wife to deliver the kine to Nicholas. Small legacies of equal amount to Agnes Walton of Coventry and Margaret Banforth. Wife Jane. Sons-in-law Raufe Olyver and Rolande Radforth, overseers. Soul of Mistress Burway to be prayed for. Mr. George Mathew, overseer. Witnessed by Sr. John Fanchener clerk, Rowland Radforthe, and Thomas Higginson. Cons. Court Coventry and Lichfield. Children: Thomas, witness to his father's will; John, dwelling in Cotton in Wem; Nicholas (then living in Wem); Gregory, unmarried in 1545 (later of Great Packington); daughter; Margerie, wife of Rowland Radfrothe and mother of Robert and Thomas Radforthe; Alice; Margaret; Ellen alias Joys; Elizabeth (last four unmarried).

Some online trees suggest he died in Ireland but this seems unlikely. Putnam concludes that the family originally came from Cotton in Wem, Shropshire as the 1541 will names several relatives at that place.

Likely family:

  1. Thomas (of Berkswell, Warwick) (b abt 1510 d 1573) (will Thomas Higginson yeoman of Berkswell, PCC 29/11/1573)
  2. John (of Cotton in Wem, Shropshire) (b abt 1512 d 1577) (will John Higginson of Wem, Lichfield 1577). Possibly father of Thomas Higginson of Wem (will Lichfield 1583) and John Higginson of Whitchurch (will Lichfield 1595). Named in will of brother Thomas in 1573.
  3. Nicholas (of Cotton in Wem, Shropshire?) (b abt 1515 d aft 1573). Possibly the father of Rev. John Higginson (b c1544) Vicar of Claybrooke, Leicestershire.
  4. Gregory (b abt 1520). Some family trees suggest he was of Great Packington . A Gregory H of Hampton in Arden (which is adjacent to Great Packington), Warwick left a will in 1591 (Lichfield) but this is after the date of Thomas’ will and he is not named in it.
  5. Margerie (b abt 1515) married Rowland Radforthe
  6. Alice
  7. Margaret
  8. Ellen alias Joyce
  9. Elizabeth

He was also probably the brother of Thomas Higginson of 'Cotton in Wem' in Shropshire.[1] and William Hyggynson of Wem William (will Lichfield 1553).


  1. Will of Thomas Hyggynson yeoman of Wem, Shropshire, PCC 27 October 1558

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Hey John. Are the 2 wives listed here the same woman?
posted by Anonymous Roach

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