Dennis C. Higgins was born in Ireland* in about 1800. His parents were John Higgins and Ann Dillon.
By 1826 he had emigrated to the USA and by 1829 was living in Galena, Jo Daviess County, Illinois. There on July 23, 1829 he was married to Eliza Trainor / Traynor [one source gives her surname as "Farmer,"] who was born in New York, USA. She was the daughter of Michael Trainor and Margaret Clement.
By 1830, the Dennis C. Higgins family was living in Missouri where their first child, John was born.
By the time of the 1850 US census the Higgins was living in St. Louis, Missouri, and had the following children:
John, age 20, Michael, age 18, Margaret, age 15, Dennis, Jr, age 13, Francis, age 8, Anna, age 6 and Eliza, age 3.
By 1870 the family was still living in Missouri, where Dennis C. Higgins was listed as a retired farmer with his wife, Lisa. Two more children had been added to the family: Charles and William Higgins.
[*Note: in the 1829 Higgins' marriage transcription, Dennis C. Higgins, Sr.'s place of birth or origin was given as the parish of Ennismecent, Diocese of Clouzlan. These places may have been misspelled by the French priest. So far, the county in Ireland where these places were located has not yet been determined.]
1850 US Census
1870 US Census
Catholic Records for "Parish Records of Prairie de Chien, Galena and Fever River 1827-1833," Records of the American Catholic Historical Society [link below] p. 196
Note: This is not my ancestor--J. Sweets
|Date of Birth||1st Jan 1800 (circa)|