From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 279-280, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Jackson Higgins, of Brooklyn, Illinois, was born in Morgan
county, Ohio, in 1832. His father, Daniel, was born in Green county,
Pennsylvania, January 20, 1807, and his father, Joseph, was born near
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and was engaged in farming. He was born in
1777, and died in 1840, marrying Polly Henderson, and raising a family
of twelve children. He was drafted into the war of 1812, but sent a
substitute. Daniel was married February 28, 1828, in Green county,
Pennsylvania, to Sarah Brewer. They moved from there to Morgan county,
Ohio, about 1830. In the fall of 1838, they came to Illinois with a
small horse and wagon, bringing four small children, being twenty-six
days on the road. There were six families in the party. The trip was a
pleasant one, and the winter following was mild. They found the grass
very tall, gone to seed, all kinds of game, and very recent marks of
the buffalo remaining. Agues and fevers were universal.
Mr. Higgins is the oldest resident in this part of Schuyler
county. He took up eighty acres of school lands, and soon obtained a
deed, which he has held until he came to live with his son. He was a
tailor by profession, having learned his trade in Waynesburg,
Pennsylvania, when a young man, having worked at it much of the time.
In those early days the wives carded, spun and wove wool and flax, and
Mr. Higgins in his trade, served the neighborhood well. His wife died,
November, 1880, aged seventy-four years, leaving four living children,
ten having been born. Mr. Higgins, in his eighty-sixth year, is bright
Jackson has been a farmer all of his life. He started on forty
acres, and has from time to time added to it until his farm is now 227
acres, all fenced and more than one half under the plow. There is some
timber and large pasturage.
He was married in 1858, to Sarah, daughter of William and Polly
(Fowler) Burnett of England, but who have been residents here for many
years. They have two sons, William Harrison, married, residing on the
home farm, and John R., married, and also on the farm. They are all
Democrats and Methodists. Mr. Higgins has been Justice of the Peace for
four years and has served the county as Road Commissioner.