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Below is a family biography included in The History of Cedar County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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William A. Higgins was born in Jo Daviess County, Ill., in 1842, and is a son of William H. and Priscilla (Journey) Higgins, who were born in Kentucky and St. Clair County, Ill., in 1813 and 1815, and died in Cedar County, Mo., and Illinois, in 1865 and 1867, respectively. The father removed from his native State to Illinois with his father, William Higgins, at an early day, and after making a few changes of residence finally located in Cedar County, Mo. William A. Higgins is the third of six children, and received his early education in the common schools of Illinois. He lived with his father until the latter’s death, and since 1868 has been a resident of Cedar County where he owns 250 acres of land. He is a Republican in politics, and cast his first presidential vote for Abraham Lincoln November 4, 1869, he was married to Miss Annie E. Allen who was born in Cedar County, Mo., in 1853, and by her is the father of four children: Dora M., Bertha A., Walter E. and Nellie L. Mr. Higgins and wife are members of the Christian and Baptist Churches, respectively. Her parents, Joseph and Beulah Allen, were among the first settlers of Cedar County Mo., of which he was elected the first county clerk by the Democratic party. He became one of its prominent citizens, and he and wife died here when quite advanced in years. While a resident of Tennessee, Mr. Allen was also clerk of Dade County.

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This family biography is one of 92 biographies included in The History of Cedar County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Cedar County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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