Higgs Cemetery, Barry County, MO

Name Born Died Research Notes & Inscriptions Researcher or Resource
HIGGS, Adaline E. Apr. 17, 1825 Feb. 20, 1862 Inscription: "Adaline E. Higgs - Dau. of J. and M. Higgs" - Research Note: Daughter of John Kenelm Higgs and Martha Harrison. - Letter noting Adaline's death. Note
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HIGGS, Alexander July 5, 1839 Oct. 7, 1904 SSW: Margaret E. - Research Note: Son of John Kenelm Higgs and Martha Harrison. - Civil War Page Note
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Donna Cooper
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HIGGS, Artelia E. Jan. 9, 1874 May 6, 1875 Inscription: "Artelia E. Higgs - Dau. of A. H. and M. E. Higgs" - Research Note: Daughter of Alexander Higgs and Margaret E. Williams. - Donna's Note: Stone reads born Jan. 9, 1874 and died May 6, 1875. The dates that Betty Lamberson added were a little different. Her birth date is Nov. 9, 1871. Same death date. Note
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HIGGS, Ettie E. Sept. 27, 1890 Feb. 7, 1891 Inscription: "Ettie E. Higgs - Dau. of J. Z. and N. E. Higgs" - Research Note: Stone looks like born 1820 and died 1821. Family records have 1890 and 1891. She is named as one of the children in James Z.'s obit. Her grandfather, John Kenelm Higgs didn't come to MO until 1852. Daughter of James Z. Higgs and Nancy Emeline Gurley. James' Obit
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HIGGS, Frances Isabelle "Belle" (BAKER) June 14, 1877
Barry Co., MO
May 13, 1942
Barry Co. Clinic,
Cassville,
Barry Co., MO
SSW: Harve - Research Note: Wife of George Harve Higgs. Daughter of Andy Baker and Mary Jane Wallen. Jess Higgs of Exeter, MO was the informant on the death certificate. Death Certificate
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Donna Cooper
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HIGGS, George "Harve" Harvey 1871 1942 SSW: Belle - Research Note: Son of James Kelly Higgs and Martha Jane Williams. - Photo of Harvey and Eppy Note
Phyllis Long
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Donna Cooper
Darla Marbut
HIGGS, James Kelly "Kenelm" Sept. 30, 1833
Granville Co., NC
June 8, 1922
Wheaton,
Barry Co., MO
SSW: Martha J. - Research Note: Son of John Kenelm Higgs and Martha Harrison. James K. Higgs was a Corporal in Capt. Ray, Co. L. 76 Reg’t E.M.M. He was age 27, enrolled March 1, 1863. James K. Higgs was PVT. In Co.D 46 Missouri, age 31, enlisted Sept. 5 1864 at Springfield. - Cassville Democrat, June 1922 - He was loyal to his God, his church, his country and his party and was loyal to everything that he believed was right. He lived in a time when men's words were their bonds and he was of that character of man. No better man than he lived in Barry County, as the writer can testify having known him all our life. He and the late Dr. John Ray, father of the present editor of the Democrat, were the staunchest of friends, before and after the civil war. He told the present editor, that Dr. Ray's influence and getting him to read Union papers at commencement of the civil war, caused him to espouse the cause of the Union, while his three brothers went south. All were the best of citizenship but had different opinions. We have had many large families in Barry County, but there are no better families than the Higgs family. He was our friend, well wisher and patron and we had the warmest feeling for him, for that and because he was such a warm and staunch friend of our father. God bless his memory. He left a rich heritage for his sons and daughter, that they should be proud and imitate his many grand virtues. James Kelly Higgs was born in Granville county, North Carolina, Sept. 30, 1833 and was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Higgs, who moved to Barry County in 1852, and the father lived to the ripe old age of 93 years, on the farm now owned by Farmer Higgs a nephew on Pogue’s Creek in Higgs neighborhood near New Hope Church. He had lived in Barry county, seventy years, had seen it grow from a wilderness to one of the best counties in the Southwest. In 1860, he and Miss Martha Jane Williams of Lawrence county were married, she being a daughter of the late Judge James Williams the first county clerk of Barry county. Two of his brothers married sisters of his wife. He left four sons and one daughter who are; James Z. Higgs of near Mano, Mrs. Bettie Duncan of Wheaton, W. H. Higgs of Purdy, John Higgs of Cassville Rt. 3 and Harvey Higgs of R.F.D. Exeter. He left 31 grand-children and 25 great-grandchildren to mourn his passing on. He professed faith in Christ at the age of 18 years and united with New Hope Baptist Church, and was one of two living members of the original organizers of that church. Mrs. Burton, mother of Ollie Burton of that section being the only one left. He lived a devoted Christian life, was true husband and kind father. He died at the home of his daughter Mrs. Bettie Duncan of Wheaton, June 8, 1922, at the ripe old age of 88 years, 9 months and 22 days. He was a brother of late L. T. McDuff, George and “Red” Higgs all honorable, upright and honest citizens of Barry County. There were six sisters and they too have passed on. Dr. Leonard C. Higgs of Maryland, grandfather of the Higgs brothers, served in the revolutionary army, as did their Mother's side whose names were George and Dorcas (Woods) Harrison. Rev. J.T. Brattin of Cassville, conducted funeral services at New Hope Baptist Church, June 9, 1922, at 2:30 p.m., where a large number of relatives, friends and neighbors had assembled to pay last respect to one of our best citizens. Interment was made in the Higgs family Cemetery, beside his wife, who died many years ago. - Civil War Page Obit
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HIGGS, John Kenelm Aug. 21, 1792
Granville Co., NC
Jan. 9, 1885
Barry Co., MO
SSW: Martha - Research Note: Son of Leonard Clark Higgs and Sarah Kittrell. It is tradition in the Higgs family that Leonard was a doctor and Sarah was a "Granny woman" or midwife. They could have been known in the community as doctors. The Census records and tax lists of that time show Leonard as a planter or farmer. Leonard is listed in the D.A.R. Patriot Index as a Private from North Carolina and Married to Sallie Kittrell. After Leonard's death, his estate was divided into four lots and given to his four remaining children or their heirs. This estate also included four equal lots of negroes. - In about 1852, John moved his family and some slaves to Southwest Missouri. It is believed that John made a visit to Missouri a few years before he decided to move . He finally settled in Barry County and Butterfield township. At the beginning of the Civil War, there were 248 slaves in Barry County. John Higgs owned 14 slaves valued at $5000. Most of these black people settled around Springfield after the war. John died at age 93. His wife Martha died a few years later at age 87. They are both buried in the Higgs family plot on the Hill behind their house. John and Martha Higgs are the Great Grandparents of virtually all the Higgs who live in Barry County today. - Another Photo Note
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HIGGS, Katy No Date 1898 There is no stone for Aunt Katy who was a negro slave and who stayed with the John Higgs family after the Civil War. A log cabin was built for her in the back yard. There are 33 accounts in the Higgs account book where she was given supplies. She died in 1898 and a coffin was bought for $14. Aunt Katy was laid to rest in the Higgs cemetery near Butterfield, MO. - There are several unmarked graves. Many are supposed to be slaves and their descendants who came with John Higgs to Missouri in 1852. One is definitely Aunt Katy Higgs, a black lady, who chose to stay with John and Martha after emancipation to live out her life. Family History
Betty Lamberson
HIGGS, Margaret Elizabeth (WILLIAMS) June 9, 1844
Newton Co., MO
Mar. 8, 1912
Butterfield,
Barry Co., MO
SSW: Alexander - Research Note: Her death certificate says she was buried at Mt. Pleasant which is in error. Actually buried at Higgs Cemetery and shares a stone with her husband Alexander Higgs. She was widowed and the daughter of James M. Williams and Artelia E. Barker, both born TN. Florence Warren of Cassville, MO was the informant. Breast cancer was the cause of death. - Alexander Higgs, age 26, married Margaret E. Williams, age 21, on May 10, 1866 in Barry Co., MO. - Cassville Republican, March 14, 1912 - Clark News: We understand that Mrs. Higgs, widow of the late Alex Higgs, died last Friday night of cancer. The funeral took place at the New Hope church Sunday the 10th inst. and buried in the Higgs family graveyard on the old homestead. - Butterfield News: Aunt Margaret Higgs passed away at her home Friday night at 8 p.m. and her remains were laid to rest at the family cemetery Sunday. Death Certificate
Online Obit
MO Marriage Records
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Donna Cooper
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HIGGS, Martha (HARRISON) Jan. 23, 1802
Granville Co., NC
Sept. 22, 1889
Barry Co., MO
SSW: John - Research Note: Wife of John Kenelm Higgs. Married on Mar. 31, 1821 in Granville, Co., NC. Maybe the daughter of George Harrison and Dorcas Woods. NC Marriage Records
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HIGGS, Martha Jane (WILLIAMS) Nov. 25, 1839 Mar. 18, 1905 SSW: James K. - Research Note: Married James K. Higgs on Dec. 6, 1860 in Lawrence Co., MO. Daughter of James Williams and Artelia Barker. - March 25, 1905, Cassville Democrat - Our heart goes out to our old and highly esteemed friend Kelly Higgs on the death of his excellent wife, March 18, of paralysis at their home at the Higgs neighborhood, 7 miles northwest of town, and will await the coming of loved ones left on earth. To Mr. Higgs and his children, Farmer, Will, John and James Higgs and Mrs. Bettie Duncan, we deeply sympathize with you and trust you will all meet in that better land where there will be no more parting. Rev. J. T. Brattin conducted funeral services Sunday, after which the remains were laid to rest in the New Hope Cemetery. A good citizen has been taken from us let's imitate her splendid qualities and be assure of a future life. An obituary will be prepared by Rev. J. T. Brattin. MO Marriage Records
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Phyllis Long
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Donna Cooper
Darla Marbut
HIGGS, Mary Geneva Apr. 1, 1872 Mar. 25, 1875 Inscription: "Dau. of Thos. McD. and M. D. Higgs" - Research Note: Daughter of Thomas McDuffa Higgs and Mary Williams, both buried at Mt. Olive Cemetery. Note
Phyllis Long
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Donna Cooper
Darla Marbut
HIGGS, Tollie Mar. 16, 1908
Barry Co., MO
Dec. 18, 1926
Barry Co., MO
Research Note: Her death certificate reads that her father was George Harvey Higgs and her mother Belle Baker, both born in MO, and typhoid fever was the cause of death. Harvey Higgs was the informant. Donna added that Frances Isabelle Baker was her mother's name - information from Cheryl. - Back of Stone Death Certificate
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SHOOPMAN, Infant July 9, 1873 Oct. 8, 1885 Inscription: "Shoopman - Son of A. J. and M. J." - Research Note: Son of Andrew Jackson Shoopman and Martha Jane Hughes, both buried at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Note
Phyllis Long
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Donna Cooper
Darla Marbut


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