Joseph Higbee1

M, b. August 1842
     Joseph Higbee was born in August 1842 at Louisa Co. (probably), IA.1 He was the son of Joseph Fenton Higbee and Rachel (?)1


  1. [S1255] 1850 Federal Census, Louisa County, Iowa. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M432, Roll 187.

Joseph Fenton Higbee1

M, b. 18 February 1806
     Joseph Fenton Higbee was born on 18 February 1806 at Yates Co. (probably), NY.1 He was the son of James Higbee and Mary Fenton. Joseph Fenton Higbee married Rachel (?) circa 1832.1

Children of Joseph Fenton Higbee and Rachel (?)


  1. [S1255] 1850 Federal Census, Louisa County, Iowa. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M432, Roll 187.

Julius Higbee1

M, b. circa 1846
     Julius Higbee was born circa 1846 at Louisa Co. (probably), IA.1 He was the son of Joseph Fenton Higbee and Rachel (?)1


  1. [S1255] 1850 Federal Census, Louisa County, Iowa. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M432, Roll 187.

Lavinia Higbee1

F, b. circa June 1850
     Lavinia Higbee was born circa June 1850 at Wapello Twp., Louisa Co., IA.1 She was the daughter of Joseph Fenton Higbee and Rachel (?)1


  1. [S1255] 1850 Federal Census, Louisa County, Iowa. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M432, Roll 187.

Rachel Minerva Higbee1

F, b. August 1842
     Rachel Minerva Higbee was born in August 1842 at Louisa Co. (probably), IA.2,1 She was the daughter of Joseph Fenton Higbee and Rachel (?)3 Rachel Minerva Higbee married Martin Raushenberger, son of John Rausenberger and Mary (?), circa 1866, 10 children born, 7 living as of 1900 census.1

Children of Rachel Minerva Higbee and Martin Raushenberger


  1. [S175] 1900 Federal Census, Cherokee County, Iowa. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Roll 423; FHL #1240423.
  2. [S1253] 1880 Federal Census, Lucas County, Iowa. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T9, Roll 351; FHL #1254351.
  3. [S1255] 1850 Federal Census, Louisa County, Iowa. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M432, Roll 187.

Rebecca Higbee1

F, b. circa 1839
     Rebecca Higbee was born circa 1839 at Louisa Co. (probably), IA.1 She was the daughter of Joseph Fenton Higbee and Rachel (?)1 Rebecca Higbee married William Skinner on 16 December 1858 at Louisa Co., IA.


  1. [S1255] 1850 Federal Census, Louisa County, Iowa. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M432, Roll 187.

William Higbee1

M, b. circa 1847
     William Higbee was born circa 1847 at Louisa Co. (probably), IA.1 He was the son of Joseph Fenton Higbee and Rachel (?)1


  1. [S1255] 1850 Federal Census, Louisa County, Iowa. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M432, Roll 187.

William Higday

M, b. 1854, d. 4 May 1928
     William Higday was born in 1854 at Wisconsin. He married Lydia A. Easterheld, daughter of Henry Easterheld and Polly Hawk. William Higday died on 4 May 1928 at Sioux City, Woodbury Co., IA. He was buried in May 1928 at Logan Park Cemetery, Sioux City, Woodbury Co., IA, Findagrave #69296964.

Ethel Agnes Higens

F, b. 1 December 1902, d. 22 February 1970
     Ethel Agnes Higens was born on 1 December 1902 at Spring Hill, Warren Co., IA. She was the daughter of Samuel Francis Higens and Bertha Ann Orr. Ethel Agnes Higens married Edward Monroe DeVault, son of James Monroe DeVault and Gertrude Letta Salyers, on 11 October 1922 at Indianola, Warren Co., IA. Ethel Agnes Higens died on 22 February 1970 at Des Moines, Polk Co., IA, at age 67. She was buried in February 1970 at Mitchellville Cemetery, Mitchellville, Polk Co., IA, Findagrave #37484985.

Children of Ethel Agnes Higens and Edward Monroe DeVault

Samuel Francis Higens

M, b. 6 January 1859, d. 5 December 1923
     Samuel Francis Higens was born on 6 January 1859 at Iowa. He married Bertha Ann Orr. Samuel Francis Higens died on 5 December 1923 at age 64 Obituary (

Indianola Tribune


Samuel Francis Higens was born January 6, 1859, at Eddyville, Iowa and came with his parents to Warren county when he was but seven years of age, settling at Greenbush, near the present town of Spring Hill, where he has since resided.

He was united in marriage March 8, 1881, to Miss Bertha Orr, who with ten children survive him, one child have preceded him in death. The children are Mrs. Sadie Williams of Neiber, Wyoming; Mrs. Maude Bedwell of Valley Junction, Guy Higens of Des Moines, Frank of Tupper Creek Canada, Mrs. Opal Kepley of Emmetsburg, Harold Higens of Prole, Mrs. Hazel Garrison of Spring Hill, Mrs. Ethel DeVault of Norwalk, and Dean and Ralph at home. There are also 17 grandchildren.

He is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Emma Tilton of Ankeny, and two brothers, John of Greenfield and Thomas of Denver, Colorado.

Mr. Higens had labored under a sore affliction the most of his life, yet as long as health would permit, rendered his service to the world as a carpenter by trade. Having received a fall last September, he has since been failing in health. During which time he has been tenderly cared for by his wife and children, until he answered the call of the death angel Wednesday morning December 5, 1923, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Maude Bedwell at Valley Junction.

He was 64 years, 10 months and 29 days of age.

He has been a kind husband and father, a good neighbor and an upright citizen in the community in which he has spent most of his life.

Card of Thanks. – We wish to thank the friends and neighbors for the flowers. -- Mrs. S.F. Higens and children.

He was buried in December 1923 at Webb Cemetery, Norwalk, Warren Co., IA, Findagrave #27027407.

Child of Samuel Francis Higens and Bertha Ann Orr

James T. Higgason1

M, b. 7 December 1901, d. April 1975
     James T. Higgason was born on 7 December 1901 at Kansas.1 He married Blanche M. Vansant circa 1924.1 James T. Higgason lived in April 1930 at Clayton, Norton Co., KS.1 He lived in April 1940 at 1419 13th Street, Greeley, Weld Co., CO, census ED 62-106B, p.4A. He died in April 1975 at Greeley, Weld Co., CO, at age 73.

Child of James T. Higgason and Blanche M. Vansant


  1. [S2316] 1930 Federal Census, Norton County, Kansas. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T626, Roll 714; FHL #2340449.

Marita L. Higgason

F, b. 13 April 1929, d. 12 July 2006
     Marita L. Higgason was born on 13 April 1929 at Norton Co. (probably), KS.1 She was the daughter of James T. Higgason and Blanche M. Vansant.1 Marita L. Higgason married Laures L. Belvel, son of Gilbert Ray Belvel and Cecile M. Gamell, on 12 January 1947 at Greeley, Weld Co., CO. Marita L. Higgason died on 12 July 2006 at Greeley, Weld Co., CO, at age 77 dates per SSDI.


  1. [S2316] 1930 Federal Census, Norton County, Kansas. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T626, Roll 714; FHL #2340449.

Barbara E. Higgenbothom

F, b. October 1865, d. 19 July 1932
     Barbara E. Higgenbothom was born in October 1865 at Tazewell Co., VA. She was the daughter of Reese Bowen Higgenbothom and Louise Jame Emmons. Barbara E. Higgenbothom married William Valentine DeVault, son of Jacob DeVault and Elizabeth Jane Clark, on 4 September 1883.

Newspaper article --WEDDING RECEPTION - The Comet; Johnson City, Tennessee; September 30, 1909, Image 12 (Website: (from Tracy Devault):

Mrs. William DeVault gave a most elegant and charming reception at her beautiful home on the Watauga on Thursday afternoon in honor of her son's bride, Mrs. A. Beverly DeVault. The hours were from three to four and from five to seven.

The guests were welcomed in the hall by Mrs. E. S. Kendrick, in a toilette of black lace over taffeta, and Miss Ella McNeil, who wore a dainty white lingerie with trimmings of baby Irish lace.

In the receiving line were Mrs. William V. DeVault, Mrs. A. Beverly DeVault, Mr. James Newby, a brother of the bride, and Mrs. Hugh Hill.

Mrs. William DeVault wore a gown of green messaline with trimmings of old rose and cream lace.

Mrs. Beverly DeVault wore her bridal gown of handsome white satin, hand-embroidered with pearl and diamond ornaments, and Mrs. Hugh Hill appeared in black spangled net.

The parlor, library and hall were decorated in golden rod, the color scheme being yellow and white, artistically entwined from the chandelier in the dining-room to the four corners of the table, was soft, white tulle, on which were innumerable small yellow hearts suspended from white ribbons. On the center of the table resting on an exquisite lace center-piece, was a bowl of bride's roses. Mrs. A. J. Tyler, who served in the dining-room, wore a black net dress over satin and was assisted by Misses Clara Reeves, Lois Reeves and Claude DeVault, who wore dresses of yellow crepe de chine with white and gold lace.

Miss Eula Lee Kendrick, in a costume of green messaline, ushered the guests into the dining-room and from there to the library, where coffee and hot chocolate were served by Mrs. Samuel Browder and Mrs. E. A. Long. Out in the spacious circle of the wide veranda, Mrs. James Martin and Mrs. Robert DeVault served grape punch from a bowl decorated with bunches of purple grapes and green foliage.

A charming little rustic picture was given out on the lawn under the spreading oaks. A table, from which was served luscious watermelons and sweet cider, was presided over by Mr. William DeVault, Judge A. J. Tyler, Capt. A. S. McNeil and Dr. F. B. Hannah.

Tracy's note: Some of the people mentioned in the article are:

Mrs. William DeVault: Barbara E. (Higginbotham) DeVault (1861 - 1932), daughter of Reese Bowen Higginbotham and Louise Jame Emmons. At the time of this reception, Barbara was second wife of William Valentine DeVault. She would later marry William's cousin, George Valentine DeVault.

Mrs. A. Beverly DeVault: Amelia Elizabeth (Newby) DeVault (1887 - 1973), daughter of Cyrus Newby and Anna Catherine "Kitty" Herron. Amelia had just married Albert Beverly "Beverly" DeVault,

Mrs. E. S. Kendrick: Mary Elfrida (DeVault) Kendrick (1861 - 19??), daughter of George Henry "Henry" DeVault and Emily Seraphina Berry. Mary was the wife of Everett Stuart Kendrick.

Miss Clara Reeves: Clara Boring Reeves (1884 - 1968), daughter of George Alexander "Fred" Reeves and Addie May Boring. Clara would later marry Horace Bishop Stevens.

Miss Lois Reeves: Mary Lois "Lois" Reeves (1886 - 1911), daughter of Isaac Edward Reeves and Mary Malinda Dosser. Lois never married. She died just over two years after this reception was given.

Miss Claude DeVault: Claude DeVault (1886 - 1966), daughter of James Miller DeVault and Addie Belle Hickman. Claude would later marry John Lee Hughlett.

Miss Eula Lee Kendrick: Eula Lee Kendrick (1888 - 1959), daughter of Everett Stuart Kendrick and Mary Elfrida DeVault. Eula would later marry Conley Earl "Earl" Ball.

Mrs. Samuel Browder: Elizabeth Miller "Bettie" (Paterson) Browder (1875 - 1925), daughter of Newton Alexander Patterson and Mary Susan "Sue" Reeves. Bettie was married to Samuel Lonzo Browder.

Mrs. Robert DeVault: Osceola (Walton) DeVault (1883 - 1928), daughter of Elijah Powell Walton and Arrispa Gaines Jewell. Osceola was married to Robert Drew DeVault.

Mr. William DeVault: William Valentine DeVault (1846 - 1916), son of Jacob DeVault and Elizabeth Jane Clark.
Dr. F. B. Hannah: Ferrell Bratcher Hannah, Jr. (1876 - 1932), son of Andrew Johnson Hannah and India Annie O'Brian. Ferrell was a relative of the DeVaults through the Hannah family. He knew George Valentine DeVault. Both lived in Umatilla, Lake County, Florida. In census records and many genealogies, Ferrell is shown as the son of Andrew and India Hannah. Ferrell Bratcher Hannah, Sr. was Andrew Hannah's brother. It appears that he was not the father of Ferrell Bratcher Hannah, Jr. Both Ferrell Bratcher Hannahs were dentists.

Barbara E. Higgenbothom married George Valentine DeVault, son of Valentine DeVault and Edna Anne Hannah, after January 1920. Barbara E. Higgenbothom died on 19 July 1932 at Lake Co., FL, at age 66. She was buried in July 1932 at Glendale Cemetery, Umatilla, Lake Co., FL.

Children of Barbara E. Higgenbothom and William Valentine DeVault

Reese Bowen Higgenbothom

M, b. 10 April 1829, d. 10 February 1878
     Reese Bowen Higgenbothom was born on 10 April 1829 at Tazewell Co., VA. He married Louise Jame Emmons. Reese Bowen Higgenbothom died on 10 February 1878 at Tazewell Co., VA, at age 48.

Child of Reese Bowen Higgenbothom and Louise Jame Emmons

Evelyn Esther Higginbotham

F, b. 16 October 1911, d. 27 March 1987
     Evelyn Esther Higginbotham was born on 16 October 1911 at Amarillo, Potter Co., TX, daughter of Everett L. and Eva (Way) Higginbotham. She married Cary Richard Wagner, son of Dr. Cary R. Wagner and Mary Isabelle Meyer, on 11 June 1944 at Amarillo, Potter Co., TX, no children from this marriage. Evelyn was first married to Ercel Blackburn in 1930, and had two daughters, Betty E. and Cherry Rae Blackburn. The daughters were raised in part by Cary R. Wagner and are found in some records using the Wagner surname.

Evelyn Esther Higginbotham died on 27 March 1987 at age 75. She was buried in 1987 at Llano Cemtery, Amarillo, Randall Co., TX, Findagrave #21288491.

Georgia Higginbotham

F, b. 24 April 1892, d. 7 December 1978
     Georgia Higginbotham was born on 24 April 1892. She married Ellsworth Scott. Georgia Higginbotham died on 7 December 1978 at age 86. She was buried in December 1978 at Big Tygert Cemetery, Rockport, Wood Co., WV, Findagrave #6250563.

Child of Georgia Higginbotham and Ellsworth Scott

John Carey Higginbotham1

M, b. 1820, d. 1894
     John Carey Higginbotham was born in 1820 at Byrd, Brown Co., OH; son of John and Jane (Reed) Higginbotham.1 He married Sarah Stepro, daughter of Thomas Jefferson Stepro and Sarah Margaret Jones, on 26 October 1856 at Davis Co., IA. John Carey Higginbotham died in 1894 at Iowa. He was buried in 1894 at Orleans Cemetery, Moulton, Appanoose Co., IA, Findagrave #64034716.


  1. [S5558] 1850 Federal Census, Warren County, Indiana. Microfilm Image, NARA Series M432, Roll 178.

M. Ellen Higginbotham

F, b. 8 August 1922, d. 17 January 2017
     M. Ellen Higginbotham was born on 8 August 1922 at Atlanta, Fulton Co., GA. She married Paul Guinn Robertson on 12 November 1938 at Delta, Clay Co., AL. M. Ellen Higginbotham married Clifford Milton Boyd, son of James Ellis Boyd and Ruth P. Strome, on 8 August 1958 at Clark Co., NV, Nevada, Marriage Index, 1956-2005 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2007. M. Ellen Higginbotham and an unknown person were divorced in October 1976 at Riverside Co., CA; California, Divorce Index, 1966-1984 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2007. She died on 17 January 2017 at Mentone, San Bernardino Co., CA, at age 94.

Mary E. Higginbotham1

F, b. July 1855, d. after 3 April 1940
     Mary E. Higginbotham was born in July 1855 at Baltimore, MD.2,3,1 She married James Burke circa 1870.2 Mary E. Higginbotham died after 3 April 1940 at Richmond Co. (probably), NY.

Child of Mary E. Higginbotham and James Burke


  1. [S4111] 1940 Federal Census, Richmond County, New York. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T627, Roll 2761.
  2. [S4115] 1900 Federal Census, Richmond County, New York. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T623, Roll 1154; FHL #1241154.
  3. [S4114] 1920 Federal Census, Richmond County, New York. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T625, Roll 1239.

Agnes Rebecca Higgins1

F, b. 4 January 1906, d. 26 November 1973
     Agnes Rebecca Higgins was born on 4 January 1906 at Ida Co., IA.2,1 She was the daughter of John Julius Higgins and Carrie Elizabeth Cole.2 Agnes Rebecca Higgins married Clarence Frederick Wilson, son of Lewis Franklin Wilson and Matilda L. Curry, on 24 March 1928 at Sioux City, Woodbury Co., IA.1 Agnes Rebecca Higgins was buried in November 1973 at Ida Grove Cemetery, Ida Grove, Ida Co., IA, Findagrave #47251109. She died on 26 November 1973 at Ida Co., IA, at age 67.

Child of Agnes Rebecca Higgins and Clarence Frederick Wilson


  1. [S3684] 1940 Federal Census, Ida County, Iowa. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T627, Roll 1167.
  2. [S5468] 1910 Federal Census, Ida County, Iowa. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T624, Roll 406; FHL #1374419.

Blake Thomas Higgins

M, b. 5 March 1955, d. 30 January 1999
     Blake Thomas Higgins was born on 5 March 1955 at York, York Co., NE. He was the son of James Patrick Higgins and Dixie L. Blake. Blake Thomas Higgins died on 30 January 1999 at York, York Co., NE, at age 43

Obituary -- Lincoln Journal Star, Lincoln, Nebraska, Tuesday, 2 FEB 1999, p.9 (

Higgins -- Blake Thomas, 43, York, died Saturday (1/30/99). Born, York (3/5/55). Nationally certified professional photographer; operated studios in Laramie and Saratgoa, Wyo., Higgins Studio, York. Survivors: parents, James P. and Dixie, York; brothers, James "PatP, Seward, Michael, Reno, Nev; sister, Catherine Von Minden, Lincoln; uncles; aunts; nephews; nieces.

Services: 2 p.m. Thursday, St. Joseph's Catholic Church, York. Greenwood Cemetery, York. Visitation: beginning this afternoon, Metz Mortuary, York. Memorials to the family to establish a Blake T. Higgins Scholarship Fund for photography students.

He was buried in February 1999 at Greenwood Cemetery, York, York Co., NE, Findagrave #203054911.

Edward Decourcy Higgins

M, b. 30 September 1911
     Edward Decourcy Higgins was born on 30 September 1911. He married Ruth Catherine Wendell, daughter of William G. Wendell and Elizabeth Isabella Lappin, on 14 July 1962 at St. Patrick's, Decatur, Macon Co., IL. Edward Decourcy Higgins died at Bradenton, Manatee Co., FL.

Flora Higgins

     Flora Higgins married Henry Cornelius, son of William Cornelius and Nancy McHenry, on 26 September 1878.

Children of Flora Higgins and Henry Cornelius

Helen Brelsford Higgins

F, b. 26 December 1891, d. 1969
     Helen Brelsford Higgins was born on 26 December 1891 at Pacific Grove, Monterey Co., CA. She married Charles A. Hendel. Helen Brelsford Higgins died in 1969. She was buried in 1969 at Hawthorne Cemetery, Hawthorne, Mineral Co., NV, Findagrave #43111556.

Child of Helen Brelsford Higgins and Charles A. Hendel

James Patrick Higgins

M, b. 9 July 1924, d. 25 September 2015
     James Patrick Higgins was born on 9 July 1924 at O'Neill, Holt Co., NE. He was the son of John Mathew Higgins and Hildred Katherine Withers. James Patrick Higgins married Dixie L. Blake in 1952. James Patrick Higgins died on 25 September 2015 at Sun City, Maricopa Co., AZ, at age 91

Obituary -- (

James P. (Jim) Higgins, 91, of Sun City, AZ, formerly of York, passed away on September 25, 2015.

Higgins was born July 9, 1924 in O’Neill to John and Hildred (Withers) Higgins. He and his wife, Dixie Higgins, owned and operated Higgins Studio in York from 1950 to 1990.

He was preceded in death by his wife in 2007 and their son, Blake Higgins, in 1999. He is survived by two sons, James Patrick Higgins II (Shirley) and Michael Higgins (Cecelia); a daughter, Catherine Von Minden (Scott); 14 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; three sisters, Margaret McGraw, Ellen Young and Caroline Richards (Howard) and one sister-in-law, Charlotte Blake.

Services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, October 2, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in York with Monsignor James Reinert officiating. Burial will be at Greenwood Cemetery in York.

He was buried in 2015 at Greenwood Cemetery, York, York Co., NE, Findagrave #153015598.

Child of James Patrick Higgins and Dixie L. Blake

John Julius Higgins1

M, b. 11 June 1865, d. 29 July 1913
     John Julius Higgins was born on 11 June 1865 at Scott Co., IA.1 He married Carrie Elizabeth Cole on 19 May 1890 at Ida Co., IA. John Julius Higgins died on 29 July 1913 at Ida Grove, Ida Co., IA, at age 48

Obituary -- (

The Ida Grove Pioneer, 6 August 1913, page 4: A complication of heart and liver trouble caused the death of John J. Higgins in this city Thursday afternoon of last week as an autopsy held Friday forenoon by the family physician ascertained.

John Julius Higgins was the second oldest child to be born to Julius C. Higgins and wife, both of whom preceded him in death a number of years ago. He was born in Scott County, Iowa, June 11, 1865, and had passed on his 48th birthday at the time of his death. The parents came to Ida County when he was 4 years of age locating in Galva Twp., and a few years later moved to Ida Grove which has continued to be his home almost continuously ever since.

He was united in marriage to Miss Carrie Cole in this city 23 years ago and to this union nine children have been born, eight of whom survive, one son and seven daughters: Clyde of Sioux City, Ila, Helen, Neva, Bernice, Agnes, Valda, and Aradene, all of whom were at home at the time of the father's death. Funeral services were held from the home Friday morning at 10 o'clock, Rev. Todd of the M.E. Church presiding, and the remains were laid to rest beside the graves of the parents in the local cemetery. The widow, who is left as sole provider and guardian of the children, has the sympathy of the entire community in her bereavement. The deceased also leaves three sisters to mourn his death: Mrs. John Belts of Cherokee County, Mrs. A.E. Flater and Mrs. O.S. Cole, both of Ida County.

He was buried in 1913 at Ida Grove Cemetery, Ida Grove, Ida Co., IA, Findagrave #45709514.

Child of John Julius Higgins and Carrie Elizabeth Cole


  1. [S5468] 1910 Federal Census, Ida County, Iowa. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T624, Roll 406; FHL #1374419.

John Mathew Higgins

M, b. 17 July 1893, d. 6 October 1979
     John Mathew Higgins was born on 17 July 1893 at Schuyler, Colfax Co., NE. He began military service WW I service, U.S. Army, PFC. He married Hildred Katherine Withers, daughter of Charles Devere Withers and Serena Walton Thurston, in 1923. John Mathew Higgins died on 6 October 1979 at Ft. Morgan, Morgan Co., CO, at age 86. He was buried in October 1979 at Memory Gardens, Ft. Morgan, Morgan Co., CO, Findagrave #69664402.

Children of John Mathew Higgins and Hildred Katherine Withers

Margaret Higgins

F, b. 13 May 1927, d. 22 May 2016
     Margaret Higgins was born on 13 May 1927 at Atkinson, Holt Co., NE. She was the daughter of John Mathew Higgins and Hildred Katherine Withers. Margaret Higgins married Keith Leroy McGraw in 1946. Margaret Higgins died on 22 May 2016 at Ft. Morgan, Morgan Co., CO, at age 89

Obituary -- (

Margaret “Margee” McGraw, long time local resident and former English teacher at Fort Morgan High School, died peacefully in her sleep with family members at her side, on May 22, 2016.

Margee was born to John and Hildred Higgins in Atikinson, Nebraska on May 13, 1927. She was the second of four children. She resided on a ranch near Inez, Nebraska and attended elementary school at a one-room school house, and then at Saint Mary’s Catholic Boarding School in O’Neill, Nebraska. Margee graduated from high school, class salutatorian, at 15-years-old.

At age 16, Margee began college at Wayne State University in 1943. She transferred to the University of Nebraska where her completion was delayed due to her eloping with Mac McGraw. The two were married in Marysville, Kansas in on March 11, 1946.

Margee and Mac lived in Albion, Nebraska. Their first son was born in Omaha. Their next two sons, were born in Lincoln after Mac and Margee moved to Crete, Nebraska.

In 1952, the McGraw family moved to Fort Morgan. The family expanded with the births of sons and daughter.

Margee finished her bachelor’s degree in 1963 from then-Colorado State College (now the University of Northern Colorado) while raising six children. She began her teaching career in 1963. Margee earned her Masters of Arts in Education Degree in 1968. She served as English department chair for several years, and retired from teaching in 1984. Margee continued to complete courses at a variety of colleges and universities in an assortment of topics ranging from writing to French. Margee enjoyed putting her writing shills to use when asked by the Spencers to serve as a part- time proofreader on several occasions for the Fort Morgan Times.

One of her greatest sources of pride was teaching English to hundreds of high school students at Fort Morgan High. Margee developed lasting friendships with many community residents and faculty members of the high school. She and fellow faculty members enjoyed many outings and events.

Margee loved to travel. She and Mac ventured to Europe to celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary. They had numerous other adventures including an Alaskan cruise. Margee traveled to Europe on several occasions, Egypt, China, Russia, Mexico, Turkey, and Chile, as well as many locations in the United States.

After retirement, Margee made numerous trips to visit children and family in Arizona, California, Nebraska, Washington, Wyoming and Colorado. Margee’s grandchildren delighted in visiting “Grandma McGraw” in Fort Morgan. They loved her house, playing at Fulton Heights and Riverside Parks, driving the golf cart, trips to Dairy Queen, and what they considered a local delicacy, hot beef sandwiches, at local restaurants. Margee loved to keep abreast of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and thoroughly enjoyed their visits.

Margee was a member of Saint Helena’s Catholic Church, and served on a number of community boards and projects. She delighted in working on projects associated with the Library-Museum and with historical significance. She had a fondness for poetry, Irish music, and was passionate about literature, especially the works of Shakespeare and Dickens, and other English and Irish literature. Margee was an avid reader and had an extensive library of books.

Mac suffered a long-term illness, and died in 1992. Margee also was preceded in death by her sons John Patrick and Hugh Thomas, by her brother James Higgins, and by her dear friend Dr. Richard Simmons. She is survived by two sisters and by four sons, a daughter, and their families. She also leaves 12 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren.

Her family mourns Margee’s passing, but take delight in their memories. While she will be grievously missed, she remains loved beyond what words can describe and will live on in our hearts, minds, and souls.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, May 27, 2016 at 10:00 am at Saint Helena’s Catholic Church in Fort Morgan. Interment will follow in Memory Gardens.

Friends who wish may make memorial gifts to the Fort Morgan Library/ Museum.

She was buried in May 2016 at Memory Gardens, Ft. Morgan, Morgan Co., CO, Findagrave #163147650.

Children of Margaret Higgins and Keith Leroy McGraw

Martha Jane Higgins1

F, b. 22 October 1859, d. 20 April 1940
     Martha Jane Higgins was born on 22 October 1859 at Illinois.2 She married Michael J. Kiely in 1878 at Washoe Co., NV. Martha Jane Higgins died on 20 April 1940 at Alameda Co., CA, at age 80.

Child of Martha Jane Higgins and Michael J. Kiely


  1. [S82] Price Genealogy, 574.
  2. [S3580] 1920 Federal Census, Yuma County, Arizona. Microfilm Image, NARA Series T625, Roll 51.

Mary Alberta Higgins

     Mary Alberta Higgins married John B. Taylor.

Child of Mary Alberta Higgins and John B. Taylor