aunt minerva collection....all typos are mine.
variations of the name Higdon as found among records...Hidon, Heighton, Highton, Higden.
HIGDON and HIGDEN aer the two ways in which this name is usually spelled in America.
The first record of a Higdon in Maryland is a deed, dated April 17 1693, "From William Dent of Charles County, planter, to John Higdon of St Mary's county, planter for 2 thousand pounds of tobacco". (Deed Book No. 1 date 1690-94 Folio 187 Land Records of Charles County, Md.)
This is the first record of a Higdon in MAryland and the second record of any Higdon in the United States, the only other being Peter Higdon in Massachusetts, dated 1635, found in "Planter of the Commonwealth" by Banks, Book H-1067, B3, p.138, where it is mentioned Peter Higdon came to America with Anthony and Mary Thatcher of Salisburg County Wilts, England, to whom he was indentured. They came over on the James of London, William Cooper master, sailing from Southhampton April 15 1635 arriving June 3rd at Yarmouth with passengers and cattle. But in this year of their landing, Peter Higdon, an additional record shows, was probably lost in the great storm of August 15 1635, when his master wrecked off Cape Anne (Taken from Sage's Genealogical Dictionary of New England, Col. 2) So this further substantiantes my original contention that the first record of whom bears the date of 1693, as mentioned above.
This John Higdon of Maryland married Millisent who was either a Bowling or a Semmesn. (The Bowling, Semmes, Montgomery, and Dent families intermarried with the Higdon's at this early date.)
St Mary's County, Maryland, where John was first recorded as a planter, is located in southern Maryland, and adjoins Charles County to which John Higdon later moved. These counties are that part of MAryland which was the first to be settled.
John Higdon was born in 1649, for in the disposition of his will on March 11 1711 he gives his age as 62. The will was probated in 1723, as that of John Higdon, planter Charles County Maryland. (Taken from R.T. Semmes Genealogical Collection, Maryland Historical Society.)
Leonard Higdon and Eva Hoffman & their children:
(next to William's name: great grandfather of Linnie Higdon Hodges Burke C NC Scotch Irish)
Leonard Higdon & Mary McClure and their children
John Spencer Higdon
(typed next to these names: Blue Ridge Georgia)