HIGLEY-FILER

From the files of Stephen M. Lawson


                                 Walter Fyler and Jane

Strong Family Line               Zerubabel Filer and Experience Strong

John Higley and Sarah Strong     Samuel Filer and Abigail Phelps

            Nathaniel Higley and Abigail Filer

            Abigail Higley and Josiah Holcomb

            Josiah Holcomb and Dorcas Smith

            Jonah Holcomb and Sabra

            Harriet Holcomb and Henry L. Andrews

            Melvina E. Andrews and William Clemeth Morey

            Minnie Elsie Morey and Aretus Erastus Freeman

            Iva Melvina Freeman and Donald VanHoosier Lawson

            Stephen Martin Lawson

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Lt. Walter and Jane Fyler

Walter FYLER - b. England, d. Dec. 12, 1683, Windsor, CT; bur. Old Burying Ground, Windsor, CT. To Dorchester, MA in 1630; admitted freeman there 1634; settled in Windsor, CT 1636. Lt. in Pequot War 1637, for which he received land grant Feb. 24, 1640 within the 'Palizado,' or fort. The home he built on this land is now Headquarters of The Windsor Historical Society, 96 Palisado Avenue, Windsor, CT. A memorial in the Old Burying Ground reads: "Erected to the memory of Lt. Walter Fyler, died Dec. 12, 1683, and his wife, Jane Irving Fyler, died Sept. 11, 1690. Erected July 1969 by the Fyler Family Assn., Inc." Walter was perhaps the son of Roman FYLER of Cornwall, England, and brother of Ann (m. John HOSKINS), Samuel, and George.

Jane - d. Sep. 11, 1690, Windsor, CT. Her surname has been reported as IRVING, but is not proven.


Children of Walter and Jane Fyler

  1. John - b. Sep. 12, 1642, Windsor, CT; d. Oct. 9, 1723, Windsor, CT. Married first Oct. 17, 1672, Windsor, CT Elizabeth DOLMAN (b. England; d. Mar. 17, 1684); and second Oct. 21, 1686 Bethsaida POOLE (d. Oct. 24, 1716), daughter of William. John graduated from Harvard in 1666, and was a Windsor trader. No children.
  2. Abigail - b. 1643, Windsor, CT; d. by 1684.
  3. Zerubabel - b. Dec. 23, 1644, Windsor, CT; d. Oct. 21, 1714, Windsor, CT.
  4. Samuel - b. 1646, Windsor, CT; d. by 1684.
  5. Stephen - b. 1649, Windsor, CT; d. by 1684.
  6. Johanna - b. 1650, Windsor, CT; d. by 1684.


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Zerubabel and Experience (Strong) Filer

Zerubabel FILER - b. Dec. 23, 1644, Windsor, CT; d. Oct. 21, 1714, Windsor, CT. Son of Walter FYLER and Jane. He was bequeathed a lot in Windsor by Thomas FORD, if "he should marry Experience STRONG." Married May 27, 1669, Windsor, CT.

Experience STRONG - bap. Aug. 4, 1650, Windsor, Hartford Co., CT. Daughter of Elder John STRONG and Abigail FORD.


Children of Zerubabel and Experience Filer

See Notable Cousins for line to: Benjamin Franklin GOODRICH and William Hubbs REHNQUIST
  1. Thomas - b. Jan. 25, 1669/0, Windsor, CT; d. Sep. 7, 1756. Married Nov. 20, 1707 Elizabeth GRANT, daughter of John Grant and Mary HULL. Children: Elizabeth married Capt. Moses THRALL; Thomas married Mary; Samuel died in infancy; and Samuel married Jerusha SHELDON.
  2. Jane - b. Jan. 1, 1671/2, Windsor, CT; d. 1726. Married Sep. 20, 1694 Wakefield DIBBLE (b. 1667), son of Ebenezer DIBBLE and Mary WAKEFIELD, and widower of Sarah LOOMIS. Children: Ezra died in infancy; Joseph; Ezra married Hannah STARR; Mary; Sarah; Abigail; Nemiah; John; Philo; Wakefield; Elisha; David married; and Ebenezer married.
  3. Zerubabel - b. and d. Oct. 31, 1673, Windsor, CT.
  4. Zerubabel - b. Dec. 25, 1674, Windsor, CT; d. Jan. 2, 1761, Bloomfield, CT. Married Jan. 3, 1706 Rachel GILLETT, daughter of Jeremiah GILLETT and Deborah BARTLETT. Children: Rachel; Experience; Silas married Catherine DRAKE; Jeremiah married Jerusha KELSEY; and Samuel married Ann STOUGHTON.
  5. John - b. Mar. 2, 1676, Windsor, CT; d. Aug. 10, 1715. Residence: Suffield, CT.
  6. Samuel and Abigail - b. Jan. 5, 1680, Windsor, CT. Samuel died Jun. 5, 1680 and Abigail died four days later.
  7. Samuel - b. Sep. 26, 1681, Suffield, CT; d. Sep. 13, 1710, Hebron, CT.
  8. Abigail - b. Apr. 8, 1683, Suffield, CT; d. Dec. 24, 1754. Married first Jan. 5, 1709 Jonathan DEMING (1661-1727) son of Jonathan DEMING and Sarah GRAVES. Abigail married second Abraham WATERHOUSE. Children of Abigail and Jonathan: Daniel married Mehitable RUSSELL; and Charles married Ruth WARNER.
  9. Stephen - b. Mar. 27, 1688, Windsor, CT; d. Feb. 21, 1760. Ensign.
  10. Ebenezer - b. Dec. 2, 1690, Windsor, CT; d. there Dec. 16, 1690.
  11. Experience - b. Dec. 25, 1691, Windsor, CT; d. May 25 1744, Deerfield, MA. Married 1729 Samuel CHILDS (1679-1756), son of Richard CHILDS and Elizabeth CROCKER of Barnstable, MA. Samuel was the widower of Hannah BARNARD. Child: Experience married Jonathan HOYT.
  12. Elizabeth - b. Jun. 2, 1694, Windosr, CT. Married Dea. Josiah WILLARD of Wethersfield, CT, son of Simon WILLARD and Mary GILBERT. Josiah was first married to Hannah MONTAGUE. Elizabeth had no known children.


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Capt. John and Sarah (Strong) Higley

John HIGLEY - b. Jul. 22, 1649, Frimley, Surrey, England; d. Aug. 25, 1714, Simsbury, CT. An importer, land holder, public office holder, and Captain of the train band (1698), his will was dated May 6, 1714, naming wife Sarah and all 15 of his surviving children. Son of Jonathan HIGLEY and Katherine BREWSTER, who were married Jan. 3, 1647/8. Katherine was the daughter of Rev. John BREWSTER (d. Aug. 14, 1656), and reportedly a relative of Elder William BREWSTER of the 'Mayflower' fame. John HIGLEY may have been a run away apprentice at the time he left England, and evidence suggests that upon his arrival at Windsor, CT about 1666 he entered the service of John DRAKE, Jr. He married first Nov. 9, 1671, Windsor, CT Hannah DRAKE (b. Aug. 8, 1653, Windsor, CT; d. Aug. 4, 1694, Simsbury, CT), daughter of John DRAKE, Jr. and Hannah MOORE. Though currently in question, in the past John DRAKE, Jr. has been connected with the DRAKE family in England, which included the noted Sir Francis DRAKE (John DRAKE, Sr. being the great grandson of John, brother of Sir Francis' father, Edmund), and Sir Walter RALEIGH (he being the husband of Joan DRAKE, sister of John and Edmund, and aunt of Sir Francis). John HIGLEY obtained land at Windsor, CT from his father in law, and operated a business importing rum and other commodities from Barbados. He purchased additional land in Windsor, and in 1684 moved to Simsbury, CT where he became active in public life, excepting that of the church. He married second about 1696 Simsbury, CT.

Sarah STRONG - b. Mar. 14, 1665/6, Windsor, CT; d. May 27, 1739, Windsor, CT. Daughter of Return STRONG and Sarah WARHAM, and widow of Joseph BISSELL (d. Aug. 3 1689). Sarah and Joseph had two sons: Joseph (b. Mar. 21, 1687) and Benoni (b. Dec. 7, 1689; d. Aug. 6, 1761).


Children of John and Hannah Higley

  1. John - b. Aug. 10, 1673, Windsor, CT; d. Dec. 1, 1741, Simsbury, CT. Schoolmaster at Simsbury, Landholder, and public office holder. Co-executor of father's estate. Did not marry.
  2. Jonathan - b. Feb. 16, 1675/6, Windsor, CT; d. May 1716, Simsbury, CT. Member of the church at Simsbury. Settled at Turkey Hills. Married Dec. 4, 1701, Simsbury, CT Ann BARBER (d. Nov. 15, 1722), daughter of Lt. Thomas BARBER. Children: Jonathan died in infancy; Jonathan died in infancy; and Mercy married John COULT.
  3. Hannah - b. Mar. 13, 1677/8, Windsor, CT; d. there four days later.
  4. Elizabeth - b. Mar. 13, 1677/8, Windsor, CT; d. Dec. 9, 1744, Westfield, MA. Member of the church at Westfield. Married between 1706 and 1710 Nathaniel BANCROFT (b. Sep. 25, 1680, Windsor, CT; d. Jun. 13, 1740, Westfield, MA). Children: Two children died in infancy; Desire died young; Susannah married Benjamin ASHLEY; Nathaniel died in infancy; Mercy died young; Experience died in infancy; Terza died young; and Elizabeth died in infancy.
  5. Katherine - b. Aug. 7, 1679, Windsor, CT; d. Mar. 7, 1740/1, Hebron, CT. Resided at Westfield, MA, and after 1732 at Hebron, CT where she joined the church. Married Feb. 24, 1704 James NOBLE (b. Oct. 1, 1677; d. Jan. 18, 1712), son of Thomas NOBLE. Children: Lydia married Stephen KELSEY; James did not marry; David married Abigail LOOMIS.
  6. Brewster - b. 1680, Windsor, CT; d. Nov. 5, 1760, Simsbury, CT. Married Feb. 17, 1708/9, Windsor, CT Esther HOLCOMB (b. Feb. 1683/4; d. Dec. 24, 1775, Simsbury, CT), daughter of Nathaniel HOLCOMB and Mary BLISS. Daughters Elizabeth and Hannah were both great grandmothers of John BROWN of Harpers Ferry fame. Children: Brewster married first Esther HOLCOMB (daughter of John and Anna (PETTIBONE) HOLCOMB), and second Mrs. Mindwell BULL (Brewster and Esther became great great grandparents of Dr. Brewster HIGLEY VI, author of Home on the Range); David married Anna OWEN; Joseph married first Ruth HOLCOMB, second Sarah CASE, and third Eunice SMITH; Hannah married Elijah OWEN; Hester married Capt. Josiah CASE; John married first Apphia HUMPHREY, and second Mrs. CLARK; Elizabeth married Rev. Gideon MILLS; and Naomi married Solomon HUMPHREY.
  7. Hannah - b. Apr. 22, 1683, Windsor, CT; d. Nov. 7, 1764, Lebanon, CT. Settled at Lebanon, CT. Married Aug. 31, 1704, Simsbury, CT Captain Joseph TRUMBULL (d. Jun. 16, 1755, Lebanon, CT), son of John TRUMBULL, JR. of Suffield, CT. Hannah and Joseph became the parents of Gov. Jonathan TRUMBULL, Sr., grandparents of the famed artist Col. John and his brother Gov. Jonathan, Jr., and great grandparents of Gov. Joseph TRUMBULL. And their granddaughter Mary, daughter of Gov. Jonathan, Sr., married Declaration of Independence signer William WILLIAMS. Children: Joseph married Sarah BULKLEY; Gov. Jonathan married Faith ROBINSON; Mary married Joshua FITCH; Hannah died in infancy; Hester; Hannah married Joseph SHERMAN; Abigail married Mr. BACKUS; John died in infancy; and David died young (drowned).
  8. Joseph - b. 1685, Simsbury, CT; d. May 3, 1715, Simsbury, CT. Did not marry.
  9. Samuel - b. 1687, Simsbury, CT, d. May 1737, lost at sea. Schoolmaster (1714), physician (1725), mine operator (1727), and minter of the Higley Copper coin (1729-1737). Lost at sea while transporting copper ore to England. Marriage intentions published Sep. 19, 1719, Westfield, MA to Abigail BEMAN (d. Aug. 5, 1746, Simsbury, CT). Children: Jonathan married Mary THOMPSON; Annie married; and Abigail married Samuel SMITH.
  10. Mindwell - b. about 1689, Simsbury, CT. Married first Sep. 2, 1714 Jonathan HUTCHISON (d. Sep. 10, 1717); second Feb. 2, 1727 James TISDALE (d. May 2, 1727); and third Sep. 17, 1729 Capt. Nathaniel FITCH (b. Oct. 1679, Norwich, CT; d. May 4, 1759, Lebanon, CT), son of Rev. James FITCH and Priscilla MASON. Children surnamed HUTCHISON: Hannah died young; and a child died in infancy. Children surnamed FITCH: Jabez died young; Ezekiel married Susannah HIGLEY; and Isaac.

Children of John and Sarah Higley

  1. Sarah - b. 1697, Simsbury, CT; d. about 1739. Married Dec. 24, 1723 Jonathan LOOMIS, Jr. (b. Feb. 1, 1694), grandson of Nathaniel LOOMIS of Windsor, CT. Daughter Margaret became grandmother of merchant, banker, philanthropist and library founder Walter NEWBERRY (1805-1868). Children: Sarah died young; Jonathan died young; George married; Keziah married Joseph LOOMIS; Margaret married John WARNER; Wait died young; and Jonathan died young.
  2. Nathaniel - b. Nov. 12, 1699, Simsbury, CT; d. Sep. 1773, Simsbury, CT.
  3. Joshua - b. Sep. 8, 1701, Simsbury, CT; d. Apr. 2, 1702, Simsbury, CT.
  4. Josiah - b. Sep. 8, 1701, Simsbury, CT; d. May 31, 1751, Simsbury, CT; bur. Turkey Hills, CT. Sgt. in CT militia. Married Dec. 31, 1724, Simsbury, CT Dinah GILLETT, daughter of Nathan GILLETT and Rebecca OWEN. Children: Josiah married; Rebecca; Susannah; Dinah; Nathan married Anna BARRETT; and Elijah married Anna HALLIDAY.
  5. Abigail - b. Nov. 4, 1703, Simsbury, CT; d. Jul. 1742, Goshen, CT. Lived at Lebanon, CT in parish known as Goshen. Joined Goshen Congregational Church in 1730. Married by 1724 Peter THORPE (d. Sep. 1, 1734). Children: James; Ruth; Sarah; Peter; Aaron; Abigail married Joseph GAY; and Hannah married John FOSTER.
  6. Susannah - b. 1705, Simsbury, CT; d. after 1748. Married Jan. 2, 1724 Elisha BLACKMAN. Settled at Lebanon, CT. Children: Joseph married; Elisha married Lucy SMITH; Jonathan married Sarah COMSTOCK; and Susannah.
  7. Isaac - b. Jul. 20, 1707, Simsbury, CT; d. about 1758, Torrington, CT. Moved to Torrington, CT in 1739, serving in public office and as a founder of the church there. Married first Feb. 13, 1735 Sarah PORTER (d. Jul. 19, 1753, Torrington, CT), daughter of Daniel PORTER and Mindwell ALEXANDER; and second Feb. 24, 1757 Sarah LOOMIS (living in 1800). Children of first marriage: Sarah did not marry; and Susannah.


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Samuel and Abigail (Phelps) Filer

Samuel FILER - b. Sep. 26, 1681, Suffield, Hartford Co., CT; d. Sep. 13, 1710, Hebron, Tolland Co., CT. Son of Zerubabel FILER and Experience STRONG. Married Nov. 19, 1702, Hebron, Tolland Co., CT.

Abigail PHELPS - b. Jun. 5, 1682, Simsbury, CT; d. Jan. 28, 1709/10, Hebron, Talland Co., CT. Daughter of Timothy PHELPS and Mary GRISWOLD.


Children of Samuel and Abigail Filer

  1. Abigail - b. Feb. 6, 1703, Hebron, CT. Married Nathaniel HIGLEY.
  2. Anne - b. Sep. 12, 1705, Hebron, Tolland Co., CT. Married Jan. 28, 1724/5 Jonathan SACKETT (Mar. 20, 1696, Westfield, Hampden Co., MA; d. Sep. 1, 1773, Westfield, Hampden Co., MA), son of William SACKETT and Hannah GRAVES. Children of Anne and William SACKETT: Ann died young; Jonathan married Hannah PHELPS; Capt. Justus married Lydia NEWCOMB; Reuben married Mercy FINNEY; Aaron died young; Ann died young; Hannah died young; and Rebecca.
  3. Samuel - b. Sep. 9, 1707; d. Jun. 23, 1783. Capt. Samuel was married on Oct. 4, 1727 at Hebron, Tolland Co., CT to Amy BURNHAM, daughter of Samuel and Mary BURNHAM. Residences: Hebron and Theyford, CT. Children of Samuel and Amy FILER: Amy married David CARVER; Lt. Samuel married Mary WHITE; Abigail married Capt. Roger PHELPS; Ann married Amos PHELPS; Elizabeth did not marry; and John married Mary FULLER.
  4. John - b. and d. Feb. 19, 1709.


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Nathaniel and Abigail (Filer) Higley

Nathaniel HIGLEY - b. Nov. 12, 1699, Simsbury, CT; d. Sep. 1773, Simsbury, CT. Son of John HIGLEY and Sarah STRONG. Married Mar. 29, 1720, Simsbury, CT.

Abigail FILER - b. Feb. 6, 1703, Hebron, CT. Daughter of Samuel FILER and Abigail PHELPS.


Children of Nathaniel and Abigail Higley

  1. Mary - b. 1721, Simsbury, CT; d. 1825 ('at age 104'), Marlboro, Windham Co., VT. Did not marry.
  2. Abigail - b. Nov. 1, 1723, Simsbury, CT; d. Feb. 5, 1815, Simsbury, CT. Married Josiah HOLCOMB.
  3. Theopolis - b. Mar. 29, 1726, Simsbury, CT; d. Aug. 26, 1762. Joined North Granby Congregational Church (then Northwest Society). Died while Corporal in militia while on an expedition. Married Rhoda. No children.
  4. Solomon - b. Jan. 8, 1728/9, Simsbury, CT; d. Jun. 2, 1821, Mount Lebanon, NY. Joined North Granby First Church (1753), and joined with the Shakers by 1780 at Mount Lebanon, NY. Married about 1749 Lydia HOLCOMB (b. 1731; d. Feb. 27, 1822), daughter of Lt. David HOLCOMB and Mehitable BOTTOLPH. Son Roswell HIGLEY became the great grandfather of Alfred V. HIGLEY, pioneer settler at Lake Quinault, WA. Illustrated with photos and drawings, "The Higleys, Lake Quinault Pioneers," by Rowena L. and Gordon D. Alcorn, was published as a series of six weekly articles in The Aberdeen Daily World  beginning Jan. 27, 1966. Children: Sarah possibly died young; Nathaniel married; Seth married Lucy HEROD; Roswell married Sarah GARNSEY; Dan did not marry; Judge Seba married Sylvia DICKINSON; Theopolis did not marry; David died young in accident; Dudley married first Esther DAVIS, and second Eunice PRESSON; and Lydia did not marry.
  5. Dudley - b. about 1730, Simsbury, CT; d. 1771. Joined First Congregational Church at North Granby, CT 1756. Married Jul. 27, 1753 Eunice STRATTON, daughter of Seriah STRATTON. Eunice married second Nathaniel MESSENGER. Children of Dudley and Eunice: Lois married David GRISWOLD; and Hannah married David MESSENGER.
  6. Lemuel (or Samuel) - b. about 1734, Simsbury, CT. Served in Rev. No known children.
  7. Daniel - b. 1737, Simsbury, CT; d. Mar. 15, 1812, Marlboro, VT. Joined First Congregational Church at North Granby 1767. Moved to Vermont about 1780. Sgt. and Lt. in Revolutionary War. Married first 1767 Ruth (d. Jun. 8, 1803), and second Mrs. Bathsheba LINCOLN. Children of Daniel and Ruth: Daniel married Lucy WARREN; Orpha married Mr. SLADE; Ruth married Jeremiah COLES; Jordan married Margaret MILLER; Orange married first Polly MILLER, and second Hannah HOWARD; Judiah married Relief STEARNS; Silvia married Abner HARRIS; Lucretia married Oliver HIGLEY; Theodore married Mercy HASKELL; Pliny married first Mary WILLARD, and second Mary NICKERSON; and Sterling died young.
  8. Mindwell - b. 1738, Simsbury, CT. Married Mar. 3, 1768, Simsbury, CT Seth HIGLEY (b. Oct. 29, 1746, Simsbury, CT; d. Feb.-Mar. 1794), son of Brewster HIGLEY II and Esther HOLCOMB, who was daughter of John and Anna (PETTIBONE) HOLCOMB. Seth was a Rev. War soldier from CT. After the death of Seth, Mindwell lived at Bloomfield, CT as Mindwell (HIGLEY) HIGLEY LATIMER. Children of Mindwell and Seth: Seth married Naomi HOLCOMB; Levi married Hepsibah HOLCOMB; a son died as infant; Warren married Lucy SAWYER; Roxanna married Abel HOLCOMB; Amelia married Erastus BATES; a daughter (twin) died as infant; Polly (twin) married first Herman PINNEY, and second Mr. PALMER; Rhoda married first Pliny HUMPHREY, and second Aaron Moses SEYMOUR; Sallie married George BARNARD; and Oliver married Clarissa PHELPS.


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