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Higgins' from Nevada Co., Cal.

Jim Higgins (View posts)
Posted: 921153600000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Higgins
I am looking for assistance in identifying descendents of some of my Higgins relatives who went west from Pa. to Nevada Co. Calif. in the 1860s.

William Higgins was born on about February 14, 1835 in Tamaqua, Pa. and his brother Hugh Charles was born in May, 1850, also in Tamaqua.

William and Hugh, both went west probably in the early 1860's. They settled in Grass Valley, Nevada Co., California. In the 1880 census William and his wife, Annie Breslin, are living in Grass Valley, Nevada Co., Cal. All of their children (Alice M., Elizabeth E., Annie, George W., May, Matilda, and Hannah) were born in Calif. between 1864 and 1877. Hugh's wife was named Mary E. I don't have any info on possible children of Hugh and Mary E.

Jim Higgins
Any help would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.


Posted: 941544000000
Classification: Query
Edited: 1003352190000
Surnames: Higgins
Subj: Higgins in Nevada County

When I was a young girl growing up in Nevada County, we lived near what was then known as Higgins Corner, owned by the Higgins. At the "Corner" there was a bar and I believe a restaurant and grocery store. This particular area near Higgins Corner was very rural, located about half way between the town of Grass Valley (Nevada County) and Auburn (Placer County) on Highway 49, and close to the Bear River. We moved there in the summer of 1953, I believe. I was four years old. Most of the folks who lived in that area were farmers. Since the area was so distant from either of the nearest two towns, the Corner was a great gathering place.... sort of developed its own sense of a town. Also was one of the only two places to buy food in that area.

The Corner was on Highway 49, at the northeast corner where Combie Road crosses Highway 49.

The Corner had a wonderful gathering place outdoors --- in the back --- where I can recall the locals gathering with their families for barbecues and parties. Somewhere I have an old photograph taken at one of those parties. I can't identify all the people in the photo, but I do recall that Mary Higgins was in the photo. It was a birthday party, possibly for Mary or her husband. Can't remember Mary's husband's first name, seems like we just called him "Old Man Higgins" when we were kids. I think there was an older man named Bill Higgins who was usually there.

We used to also have a business card from the 1950's for Higgins Corner... seems like the names of Mr and Mrs Higgins are on the card, as proprietors.

At some point, the Higgins either sold or leased out the operation. I think the new operator was a man we called Frenchie. I think his last name was French. My older brother worked there... so did my father... seems like there was a gas station and a grocery store then. This would be in the late 1950's and early 1960's --- but not much past 1962.

Some of the names of the locals at that time... Hoadley, Streeter, Skov, Miller, Literal, Russell, Sanford, Clay, Pilliard, ...

Are you familiar with the location I am referring to? Do you live in that area?

If you are interested, I can:
1. Check to see if I can locate either the picture or the business card and send you a copy.
2. Send you my older brother's email address... he would probably recall more about Higgins Corner and some of the names
3. Check with my mother. She is 77 years old and might be able to recall some of the Higgins Corner stories as well.

Hope this helps. When you respond, please use this email address:

Carin Van Vooren

Higgins Family, Higgins Corner CA

Sharon Albert (View posts)
Posted: 952084800000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Higgins
I was so surprise to find your response on line. The Higgins family your are referring to are my ancestors. Michael J. Higgins and Mary Driscoll Higgins were my great grandparents. I have spent much time up around Higgins Corner trying to locate some information on where Michael came from in Ireland. I keep running into dead ends. The post office there is still Higgins Corner and across the street where the store and gas station were is the Higgins Corner Fire Department. My Great Grandfathers old barn is still standing (they have had to do some repairs on it) but it is a feed store now. The House was across the street from the store. My great Aunt Kate used to run the store along with Uncle Bill. Uncle Bill was a blacksmith there at Higgins Corner. Someone told me there was an article on his shop in the Auburn paper in the late 50s. I also had a great Uncle Ed who owned part of the ranch, but he kept to himself pretty much. In the late 50's after my grandmother, Aunt Kate and Uncle Ed had passed away, Uncle Bill sold the ranch. I am very interested in getting copies of the pictures and card and any other information you might be able to come by. I thought I was at a dead end and now I have found you! Wonders never cease. Hope to hear from you soon. Sharon

Re: Higgins Family, Higgins Corner CA

Posted: 1454240707000
Classification: Query
Surnames: HIGGINS
I found this site that states that Michael J. Higgins was from New York State.

I found out this past year that my 4th Great Grandfather, Simeon Higgins (b. 1798) of Eastport, ME went out to the Goldrush in his later years where he died in S.F. CA in 1865.
Two of Simeon's sons ended up going from Eastport and settled in Saint John, NB, Canada prior to this, where they remained and raised large families. I come from Simeon's son Nathan Augustus Higgins Sr.
Earlier tonight I found a transcript for a short piece in a NB Newspaper citing a letter being sent from Joseph Lochray of Bidwell's Bar in Feather River, CA mentioning David Barry and Simeon Higgins, both of Eastport, ME. (Found in the NB Archives public database)
This made me very excited as it was dated October 23, 1850.
Growing up in my family it was mentioned how our Higgins line came to MA by way of NB and that a relative of my ancestor, Nathan Higgins Sr and Nathan Higgins JR (who would move to MA), possibly an Uncle or Cousin, went out West and either Founded a town (My family referred to it as Higginsville or Higginstown) or became a Sheriff of a Town that was Named after him....
So at first I was thinking maybe my family got it mixed up or perhaps Simeon ran a business or something while he was out in Bidwell's Bar, but then I did a search for his name and Bidwell's Bar and found the above website; I plan on seeing if I can find anything further on any possible link between Higgins Corner and my Higgins family.
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