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Susan (Swales) Higgins (abt. 1813 - abt. 1873)

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Susan (Susannah) Higgins formerly Swales
Born about in Englandmap [uncertain]
Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married about in Trafalgar, Halton, Gore, Upper Canadamap
Descendants descendants
Died about in Bruce, Ontario, Canadamap
Swales-79 created 17 Apr 2014 | Last modified
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Contents

Biography

Birth

Susan (also known as Susannah) Swales was born about 1812 or 1813 in Ireland or England, depending upon which document is referenced.[1][2][3] Her parents are unknown, but it's possible that their names were John and Sarah Swales (see Marriage).

Marriage

She married Bartholomew Higgins in 1838 (most often given as 17 Feb 1838 on Ancestry, but the full date is missing from images I've found. Lloyd-391 22:01, 4 July 2017 (EDT)). Witnesses to the marriage were John Swales and Sarah Swales, possibly the bride's parents, but possibly siblings or other relatives. No indication of relationship is available from the record. In later records, her name is usually given as Susannah (or a spelling variant thereof).

1838 Marriage Registration Entry for Bartholomew Higgins and Susan Swales

The location noted in the entry in the marriage registry was "Township of Trafalgar[,] County of Halton[,] District of Gore and Upper Canada," but other researchers suggest the couple were married at St. Stephen's Anglican Church in Hornsby (probably a misspelling of Hornby), Ontario, Canada.

Note: It seems possible, if not supported by the available evidence, the couple were married in St. Stephen's Anglican Church, given that the main body of the church was built in 1837, although it wasn't consecrated until 1862. However, Hornby is a modern location, and I have not found sufficient information about the area to allow me to confirm whether St. Stephen's Anglican Church was located in the historical Trafalgar Township.

Children of the Marriage

  1. Mary Higgins (1839–1903)
  2. Margaret Higgins (1841–1899)
  3. Ann/Hannah Higgins (1842–1916)
  4. Sarah Higgins (1842–1928)
  5. Eliza Higgins (1846–1919)
  6. Simon Henry Higgins (1847–1915)
  7. Bridget/Elizabeth Higgins (1848–1915)
  8. Robert Higgins (1849–1910)
  9. John H Higgins (1852–?)
  10. Jane Ellen Higgins (15 July 1855–21 October 1917)
  11. Susannah Higgins (1858–?)

Death

Susan died about 22 February 1873 in Bruce, Ontario, Canada.[4]

Timeline

1851

In 1851, the family of Bartholomew Higgins (Barthr Higgins), age 49, of Ireland, and Susan Higgins, age 39, of Ireland, is found living in a log home in Downie, Perth, Canada West. There are seven children in the household, ranging in age from 2 to 12 years, all identified as family members, although no relationships are noted. Bartholomew is working as a Mason; none of the other family members are identified as having an occupation. The religion of all family members is given as Episcopln [Episcopalian], the equivalent of Church of England.

Barthr Higgins Household, 1851 Census of Canada
1851 Canada Census, Downie, Perth, Canada West
Line Name Occupation Place of Birth Religion Age Next Birthday Sex Married or Single Family Members
M F M F
36 Barthr Higgins Mason Ireland " [Episcopln] 49 1 M 1
37 Susan Higgins " " 39 1 M 1
38 Mary Higgins Canada " 12 1 S 1
39 Margt Higgins " " 10 1 S
40 Ann Higgins " " 9 1 S 1
41 Sarah Higgins " " 9 1 S 1
42 Eliza Higgins " " 5 1 S 1
43 Simon Higgins " " 4 1 S 1
44 Bridgt Higgins " " 3 1 S 1
45 Robt Higgins " " 2 1 S 1


1861

In 1861, the family of Bartholomew Higgins (B Higgins), age 55, of Ireland, and Susannah, age 48, of England, is found living in a one-story frame house in Southampton, Bruce, Canada West. Living in the household are eleven children between the ages of 3 and 22, all noted as members of the family, although no specific relationships are provided. In 1861, Bartholomew was identified as being a plasterer, and neither his wife, nor any of the young people are noted as having occupations. The religion for all family members is listed as "Church of England."

1861 Census of Canada, household of B Higgins
1861 Census of Canada, Southampton, Bruce, Canada West
Name Occupation Birth Place Religion Age Next Birthday Sex Married or Single Members of Family Attending School
M F M F M F
B Higgins Plasterer Ireland " " [Church of England] 55 1 M 1
Susannah Higgins England " " 48 1 M 1
Mary Higgins Upper Canada " " 22 1 S 1
Margaret Higgins " " " " 20 1 S 1
Hannah Higgins " " " " 19 1 S 1
Sarah Higgins " " " " 19 1 S 1
Eliza Higgins " " " " 15 1 S 1 1
Simon Higgins " " " " 13 1 S 1 1
Elizabeth Higgins " " " " 12 1 S 1 1
Robert Higgins " " " " 11 1 S 1 1
Jno H Higgins " " " " 9 1 S 1 1
Jane C Higgins " " " " 6 1 S 1
Susannah Higgins " " " " 3 1 S 1


1871

In 1871, the family of Bartholomew Higgins, age 68, of Ireland, and his wife Susanna, age 58, of England, is found living in Southampton, Bruce, Ontario; while the district and subdistrict have remained the same, the Province is now noted as Canada. The family still identifies their religion as Church of England. Several of the young people, most of those in their 20s, are now employed, the young women as servants, and their brother as a cooper. The young people, although noted as having been born Ontario (I'm pretty sure that O. stands for Ontario), are identified as being of Irish origin. Only the youngest, Susanah/Susannah, age 12, is attending school.

Note: For more information about the changing Canadian place names, see Timeline of Ontario history, sections "Part of Province of Quebec, 1763 to 1790," "Upper Canada, 1791 to 1840," "The United Province of Canada (Canada West), 1841 to 1867," and "1867 to 1985," in particular.
Family of Bartholemew Higgins in 1871 Census of Canada
1871 Census of Canada, Southampton, Bruce, Ontario, Canada
Name Sex Age Country or Place of Birth Religion Origin Occupation Married/Single Going to School
Higgins, Bartholomew M 68 Ireland C of England Irish Plasterer M --
", Susanna F 58 England " English -- M --
", Margret F 29 O. [Ontario?] " Irish Servant -- --
", Hanna F 28 " " " " -- --
", Sarah F 28 " " " " -- --
", Eliza F 24 " " " -- -- --
", Simon M 23 " " " Cooper -- --
", Elizabeth F 22 " " " Servant -- --
", Robert M 20 " " " -- -- --
", John H M 19 " " " -- -- --
", Jane E F 15 " " " -- -- --
", Susanah F 12 " " " -- --


Resource Notes

  • "1851 Census of Canada East, Canada West, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia," Ancestry.com, entry for Susan Higgins in the household of Barthr Higgins, citing "Census of 1851 (Canada East, Canada West, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia)," Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Canada.
  • 1861 Census of Canada, Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, entry for Susannah Higgins in the household of B Higgins, citing Canada, "Census returns for 1861," LAC microfilm C-999 to C-1007, C-1010 to C-1093, C-1095 to C-1108, C-1232 to C-1331, M-1165 to M-1166, M-1168 to M-1171, M-556, M-874 to M-878, M-880 to M-886, M-896 to M-900, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa.
  • 1871 Census of Canada, Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, entry for Susanna Higgins in the household of Bartholemew Higgins, citing Library and Archives Canada. Census of Canada, 1871. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Library and Archives Canada, n.d.
  • Ontario, Canada, Deaths and Deaths Overseas, 1869-1947, Ancestry.com, entry for Susan Higgins, date of death registered 22 Feb 1873, citing Archives of Ontario. Registrations of Ontario Overseas Deaths, 1939-1947. MS 944, reels 1-11. Archives of Ontario, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • Ontario, Canada, Marriages, 1801-1928, 1933-1934, Ancestry.com and Genealogical Research Library (Brampton, Ontario, Canada), entries for Bartholomew Higgins and Susanna Swales in the marriage of Simon Higgins and Anna Sorrell, citing Archives of Ontario; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Registrations of Marriages, 1869-1928; Series: MS932; Reel: 23.

Sources

  1. 1851 Canada Census.
  2. 1861 Canada Census.
  3. 1871 Canada Census.
  4. Ontario, Canada, Deaths and Deaths Overseas, 1869-1947, Ancestry.com.
  • "Canada Census, 1851," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MWTF-889 : 10 November 2014), Susan Higgins, Downie, Perth County, Canada West (Ontario), Canada; citing p. 53, line 37; Library and Archives Canada film number C_11747, Public Archives, Ontario.
  • "Ontario Census, 1861," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MQ71-ZRB : 8 November 2014), Susannah Higgins, Southampton, Bruce, Ontario, Canada; citing p. 8, line 38; Library and Archives Canada film number C-1011, Public Archives, Toronto; FHL microfilm 2,435,840.
  • "Canada Census, 1871," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M4Q4-9W9 : 13 November 2014), Susanna Higgins, Southampton, Bruce, Ontario, Canada; citing p. 22, line 9; Library and Archives Canada film number C-9937, Public Archives, Ottawa, Ontario; FHL microfilm 4,396,335.
  • "Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FMFT-61X : 10 April 2015), Susannah Higgins in entry for Oliver Springstead and Elizabeth Higgins, 23 Jun 1873; citing registration , Port Elgin, Bruce, Ontario, Canada, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,862,698.
  • "Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FMF1-WJT : 10 April 2015), Susannah Higgins in entry for Wm G Ward and Sarah Higgins, 27 Jan 1873; citing registration , Cooksville, Peel, Ontario, Canada, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,862,699.
  • "Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FMN9-WHS : 10 April 2015), Susannah Higgins in entry for Wm G Ward and Sarah Higgins, 27 Jan 1873; citing registration , Cooksville, Ontario, Ontario, Canada, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,862,701.
  • "Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FMNN-LJP : 10 April 2015), Susanna Swales in entry for Simon Higgins and Anna Sorrell, 17 Sep 1877; citing registration , Underwood, Bruce, Ontario, Canada, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,863,648.
  • "Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FMNN-KHX : 10 April 2015), Susannah Higgins in entry for Irwin Rusk and Hannah Higgins, 07 Jun 1876; citing registration , Southampton, Bruce, Ontario, Canada, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,863,648.
  • "Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FMJ9-R1T : 10 April 2015), Susan Higgins in entry for Sam H Lloyd and Jane Higgins, 27 Feb 1878; citing registration , Kincardine, Bruce, Ontario, Canada, Archives of Ontario, Toronto; FHL microfilm 1,863,651.
  • St. Stephens Anglican Church, Hornby, ON, Parish Registar A, Marriages 1837- 1839, microfilm reel 136.

Note: The previous "source" was in the GEDCOM I uploaded, but I can not find a link anywhere to it, so I must identify it as problematic. However, this is probably the source of the image so many researchers have used to date the marriage between Bartholomew and Susan. It may be possible to get a copy through the McMaster University Archives & Research Collections. See [1] for more information.


Acknowledgments

Thank you to Pamela Lloyd for creating WikiTree profile Higgins-1922 through the import of Lloyd, Samuel H ancestry.ged on Jun 6, 2013. Click to the Changes page for the details of edits by Pamela and others.




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Images: 2
Marriage Licence for Samuel H Lloyd and Jane Higgins
Marriage Licence for Samuel H Lloyd and Jane Higgins

1838 Marriage Registration Entry for Bartholomew Higgins and Susan Swales
1838 Marriage Registration Entry for Bartholomew Higgins and Susan Swales

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