W. T. Higgins (deceased) was the son of Derith and Polly (Graves) Higgins, natives of Virginia. The maternal grandfather, Thomas Graves, was also born in the Old Dominion.
Our subject was born in Kentucky, January 12, 1818, and in 1836 removed with his parents to Tazewell County. He obtained his education in the public schools of Kentucky and Illinois, after which he assisted his father on a farm located three miles south of Washington. In 1848 he was married at Washington, and purchased a farm near the old homestead, where his wife died in 1867. In 1869 he sold his farm, and a year later bought another, located about a mile north of Washington, where he resided until his death, March 30, 1889.
Mr. Higgins’ second marriage took place at Washington on November 28, 1869, when he was united to Miss Mary F. Triplett, who was born June 14, 1842. After his death she moved to Washington, where she now resides in a pretty cottage in the southwestern portion of the village. Mr. Higgins had three children, one—Elizabeth Melvin—by his first wife, and two-Oscar S. and Frank D.—by his second. In religious views he always upheld the faith of the Christian Church. He consistently voted the Republican ticket, and at one time held the office of Justice of the Peace.
Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of Tazewell County - page 1022
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