Erastus Higley

16 May 1772–3 September 1861 (Age 89)
Simsbury, Hartford, Connecticut Colony, British Colonial America

The Life Summary of Erastus

When Erastus Higley was born on 16 May 1772, in Simsbury, Hartford, Connecticut Colony, British Colonial America, his father, Brewster Higley III, was 37 and his mother, Esther Owen, was 32. He married Esther Anna Guernsey on 9 October 1798, in Castleton, Rutland, Vermont, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 5 daughters. He died on 3 September 1861, in Castleton, Rutland, Vermont, United States, at the age of 89, and was buried in Castleton, Rutland, Vermont, United States.

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Erastus Higley
Esther Anna Guernsey
Marriage: 9 October 1798
Sarah Maria Higley
Rev. Hervey Owen Higley
Columbia Higley
Nelson Higley
Zilpah Higley
Esther Ann Higley
Emeline Higley
Columbus Higley

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    9 October 1798Castleton, Rutland, Vermont, United States
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    World Events (7)

    Age 4
    Thomas Jefferson's American Declaration of Independence endorsed by Congress. Colonies declare independence.
    1791 · Vermont Becomes 14th State
    Age 19
    On March 4, 1791, Vermont became the 14th state.
    1800 · Movement to Washington D.C.
    Age 28
    While the growth of the new nation was exponential, the United States didn’t have permanent location to house the Government. The First capital was temporary in New York City but by the second term of George Washington the Capital moved to Philadelphia for the following 10 years. Ultimately during the Presidency of John Adams, the Capital found a permanent home in the District of Columbia.

    Name Meaning

    English: habitational name from Highley (Shropshire), recorded as Hugelei in 1086, from an Old English personal name Hugga + Old English lēah ‘woodland clearing’. The modern form Highley is probably due to folk etymology (see Highley ).

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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    Sources (22)

    • Erastus Higley in entry for Sally Maria Higley, "Vermont, Births and Christenings, 1765-1908"
    • Erastius Higby in household of Harvey O Higby, "United States Census, 1860"
    • Eratus Higley in entry for Harvey O. Higley, "Vermont Vital Records, 1760-1954"

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