Captain Jonathan Higgins was born 16 July 1637 in Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts to Richard Higgins (1603-1675) and Lydia Chandler (1614-1650) and died 1711 Eastham, Barnstable County, Massachusetts of unspecified causes. He married Elizabeth Rogers (1639-1677) 9 January 1660 in Eastham, Barnstable County, Massachusetts. He married Hannah Rogers (1652-1690) 4 July 1679 in Barnstable County, Massachusetts.

Marriage and Family

JONATHAN, 1st known child of Richard Higgins by his 1st wife, was born at Plymouth July 1637. He married (1) Eastham 9 January 1660 Elizabeth Rogers. He married (2) by 1680 Hannah Rogers. (The two wives of Jonathan Higgins were sisters, a situation that was considered incestuous by the Puritans and strenuously discouraged; but the evidence presented by Anne Borden Harding in 1969 indicates that in this instance the two wives were sisters.

"Jonathan Higgens, for committing fornication with his wifes sister after his wifes death, was fined the sume of £20:00:00 Att the earnest petition of some of his frinds, the Court remitted £10:00:00 Ten pounds of this fine was remitted by the Generall Court”. [5]" Such were the rules against marrying your wife’s sister in the 17th century!

  • Source: Anderson's Great Migration Begins.


Offspring of Captain Jonathan Higgins and Elizabeth Rogers (1639-1677)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Beriah Higgins (1661-1699)
Jonathan Higgins (1664-1754)
Joseph Higgins (1666-1729)
Jemima Higgins (1667-1723)
Hannah Higgins (1672-1731) 1672 Eastham, Barnstable County, Massachusetts 24 January 1731 Eastham, Barnstable County, Massachusetts Nicholas Paine (1663-1733)
Elisha Higgins (1677-1750)

Offspring of Captain Jonathan Higgins and Hannah Rogers (1652-1690)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Elizabeth Higgins (1680-1721)
Mary Higgins (1682-1750)
Rebecca Higgins (1686-1776)
James Higgins (1688-1777)
Sarah Higgins (1690-)



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