Mary Jane Higdon

April 1842–18 December 1931 (Age 89)
Rutherford, Tennessee, United States

The Life of Mary Jane

Mary Jane Higdon was born in April 1842, in Rutherford, Tennessee, United States. She married Benjamin A Elder on 20 November 1866, in Rutherford, Gibson, Tennessee, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 2 daughters. She lived in Jonesboro Township, Craighead, Arkansas, United States in 1870 and Maumelle Township, Craighead, Arkansas, United States in 1880. She died on 18 December 1931, at the age of 89.

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Benjamin A Elder
Mary Jane Higdon
Marriage: 20 November 1866
Charles W Elder
Benjamin A Elder
Robert Lee Elder
Dora Alice Elder
Maggie Bell Elder
George W Elder

Spouse and Children

20 November 1866
Rutherford, Gibson, Tennessee, United States


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World Events (8)


Age 4

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.

Age 4

Tennessee was known as the Volunteer State because during the Mexican War the government asked Tennessee for 3,000 volunteer soldiers and 30,000 joined.
1866 · The First Civil Rights Act

Age 24

The first federal law that defined what was citizenship and affirm that all citizens are equally protected by the law. Its main objective was to protect the civil rights of persons of African descent.

Name Meaning

English: from the personal name Hikedun, a medieval pet form of Richard ; it is apparently a variant of Ricardun, a form of Ric(h)ard with a diminutive ending; for explanation of the initial H-, see Hick .

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

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Sources (3)

  • Mary Elder in household of Benjamin T Elder, "United States Census, 1870"
  • Molly Eldar, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Mrs M E Render in entry for Mrs Vera Irene Elder Mcgough and Mrs Vera Mccough, "United States, GenealogyBank Historical Newspaper Obituaries, 1815-2011"

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