Thomas Higgins was born in 1807, and lived in the townland of Bellacagher in County Roscommon with his wife Mary Gannon Higgins.  His parents were James and Nancy (his cousin), but beyond that, I know nothing more about his parents.  Thomas emmigrated to the United States in 1850, and his wife and five children (one of whom was my great-grandfather Henry) followed three years later.  He first settled in Monmouth County, New Jersey, and in 1864 moved his family to Sterling, in Whiteside County, Illinois. 

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Date of Birth 1st Jul 1807 (circa)
Date of Death 5th Apr 1895 VIEW SOURCE
Father (First Name/s and Surname) James
Mother (First Name/s and Maiden) Mary Tiernan Gannon
Townland born Bellacagher Townland in Ballintober Catholic Parish?
Place & Date of Marriage January 30, 1839, County Roscommon, Ireland
Number of Children 7 children: Sarah, Michael, Henry, Thomas, Mariah, Katherine, Anna
Place of Death Hahnaman, Whiteside County, IL
New Type Arrived in US in 1850. Stayed for a time with the Henry Smock family in Monmouth, New Jersey, where we believe Thomas's cousin Bridget Gannon was also living for a time.
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