Rufus Francis Higginbotham Sr.

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Rufus Francis Higginbotham Sr.
b: 14 Mar 1839
d: 29 Jun 1923
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1850 UNITED STATES FEDERAL CENSUS
JACKSON TOWNSHIP, DALLAS CO., ARKANSAS
Enumerated: October 14, 1850
Name: Rufus Higginbothan [Rufus Higginbotham]
Age: 11
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1839
Birth Place: Ala
Gender: Male
Home in 1850 (City,County,State): Jackson, Dallas, Arkansas
Family Number: 275
Household Members:
Name Age
S Higginbothan 52 Farmer
Jane H Higginbothan 44
Jas Higginbothan 20 Farmer
Joseph Higginbothan 18 Farmer
Wm Higginbothan 14
Rufus Higginbothan 11
Nancy E Higginbothan 7
Elizabeth Higginbothan 7
Amanda Higginbothan 2
A L Barns 24 Laborer

1860 UNITED STATES FEDERAL CENSUS
JACKSON TOWNSHIP, DALLAS CO., ARKANSAS
Enumerated:
Name: Rufus Higginbotham
Age in 1860: 21
Birth Year: abt 1839
Birthplace: Alabama
Home in 1860: Jackson, Dallas, Arkansas
Race: White
Gender: Male
Post Office: Stover
Household Members:
Name Age
Jane Higginbotham 50 Farmer
Wm Higginbotham 25 Laborer
Rufus Higginbotham 21 Laborer
Nancy Higginbotham 18
Elizabeth Higginbotham 18
Amanda Higginbotham 11

Higginbotham, Rufus F (Sr.) Enlisted Company B, "Princeton Rifles" of Dallas County, 18th Arkansas Infantry, at Princeton, Arkansas March 1,1862, captured at Port Hudson, Louisiana July 9, 1863; took an oath of allegiance at Pine Bluff, Arkansas April 21, 1864. Born in Alabama1839, died in Arkansas, June 29, 1923. Veteran filed Arkansas Pension application #20548 from Miller County Arkansas August 13, 1919. Widow Margaret H. Higginbotham filed for pension August 1923. In 1860 Census Rufus F Higginbotham Sr. occupation listed as Farmer.

Copies of the pension applications are in my possession.

ARKANSAS, CONDEDERATE PENSION RECORDS, 1891-1935
Name: Rufus Higginbotham
Spouse Name: Margaret H. Higginbotham
Residence Location: Miller, Arkansas
State Served From: Arkansas
Division: Infantry
Company: B
Regiment: Miller
Vet Application Year: 1918
Death Date: 29 Jun 1923
Comments: widow applied 1923

AMERICAN CIVIL WAR SOLDIERS:
Name: Rufus Higginbotham
Side Served: Confederacy
State Served: Arkansas
Service Record: Enlisted as a Private.
Enlisted in Company B, 18th Infantry Regiment Arkansas.
Sources: 425

U.S. CIVIAL WAR SOLDIERS, 1861-1865:
Name: Rufus Higginbotham
Side: Confederate
Regiment State/Origin: Arkansas
Regiment Name: 18 Arkansas Infantry
Regiment Name Expanded: 18th Regiment, Arkansas Infantry
Company: B
Rank In: Private
Rank In Expanded: Private
Rank Out: Private
Rank Out Expanded: Private
Film Number: M376 roll 11

The 18th Arkansas Infantry was organized at DeValls Bluff, Arkansas,on April 2, 1862, composed of ten volunteer companies from central Arkansas:
Field and Staff
Company A-``Jefferson Minute-Men'b4'b4 of Jefferson county.
Company B-``Princeton Rifles'b4'b4 of Dallas county.
Company C-``Prairie County Avengers'b4'b4 of Prairie county.
Company D-``Pine Buff Rebels'b4'b4 of Jefferson county.
Company E-``Arkansas Rifles'b4'b4 of Arkansas county.
Company F-``Auburn Grays'b4'b4 of Arkansas county.
Company G-``Cotton Plant Guards'b4'b4 of St Francis (now Woodruff) county.
Company H-``North Fork Rangers'b4'b4 of Saline county.
Company I-``Ouachita Rifles'b4'b4 of Ouachita county.
Company K-``Jefferson Rifles'b4'b4 of Jefferson county.

David W. Carroll, captain of Company A, was appointed colonel; John N.Daly, a private in Company I, was appointed lieutenant-colonel; and Robert Hamilton Crockett, a private in Company E, was appointed major.The new regiment got off to an inauspicious, indeed, a tragic start. Measles broke out among the men almost immediately, and by the time the regiment arrived at its assigned station at Fort Pillow, near Fulton, Tennessee, it had become a full-fledged epidemic. It is possible to track the movements of the regiment in April 1862 by following the bodies. The unfortunate soldiers of the 18th Arkansas were dropping like flies, and every camp between DeValls Bluff and Fort Pillow contained the graves of those who had died during the night. At Fort Pillow, the regiment was literally decimated by the epidemic. By the time the epidemic had run its course, over a fourth of the men were dead, discharged or simply stricken from the rolls.The regiment was forced to undergo a major reorganization in June1862, to replace the vacant commissioned and non-commissioned officer slots. Colonel Carroll was forced to resign due to illness, and was succeeded by Lieutenant-Colonel Daly.

With the epidemic behind it, the 18th Arkansas was ordered to Corinth, Mississippi, where it was assigned to Colonel Thomas PleasantDockery'b4s 2nd Brigade, Army of the West, along with the 19th, 20th and 21st Arkansas regiments, and the 8th Arkansas battalion. The 18thArkansas fought in the battle at Iuka Springs, Mississippi, September16, 1862, and then ensured its place in history at the battle of Corinth, Mississippi, October 4, 1862. From all contemporary accounts, the 18th Arkansas performed with magnificent courage at Corinth. Mustering a little over 300 men on the morning of the battle, only 43 answered the roll at the end of the day. Forming in a line of battle, the 18th Arkansas made a breath-taking charge under anenfilading fire from the entrenched Federal troops. Climbing through and over fallen timber, the 18th Arkansas relentlessly advanced right up to the enemy'b4s breastworks, where the withering fire literally melted the regiment away. Colonel Daly, leading the charge, sword inhand, was mortally wounded. Captain Parish, of Company H, immediately assumed command and rallied the regiment to continue the charge. Although he, too, was shot down, he survived the battle and received ameritorious promotion to lieutenant-colonel for his gallant conduct.

Following the battle of Corinth, the 18th Arkansas and its sister regiments of the 2nd Brigade were ordered to Port Hudson, Louisiana,where they formed a part of the garrison there, and endured the siege of that place. The garrison finally capitulated on July 9, 1863. The enlisted men were paroled on July 12, but the officers were sent to military prisons in the North for the rest of the war. Two audacious lieutenants of Company K, however, James W. Hellums and George P.Atkins, escaped from their captors by jumping from the Union transport into the muddy water of the Mississippi River between Napoleon and Helena, swam ashore, and eventually reached the Confederate lines.

There are few records of the 18th Arkansas after the fall of Port Hudson. The remnants of the regiment reorganized in southwest Arkansas, but were eventually consolidated with the remnants of the 23rd Arkansas and other Port Hudson units to form the 2nd Arkansas Consolidated Regiment. They spent the remainder of the war in theTrans-Mississippi Army, and were included in the general surrender of that army on May 26, 1865, at Marshall, Texas.

1870 UNITED STATES FEDERAL CENSUS
PRECINCT NO. 1, BOWIE CO., TEXAS
Post Office: Boston
Enumerated: August 10, 1870
Name: Rufus Higginbotham
Birth Year: abt 1839
Age in 1870: 31
Birthplace: Alabama
Home in 1870: Precinct 1, Bowie, Texas
Race: White
Gender: Male
Value of real estate: 0
Value of personal estate: 150
Household Members:
Name Age
Rufus Higginbotham 31 Farmer
Margaret H Higginbotham 22 Keeping House
Harriet A Higginbotham 4
Charles S Higginbotham 2

Not found on 1880 Census, Yet

ARKANSAS LAND RECORDS:
Name: Rufus Higginbotham
Land Office: CAMDEN
Document Number: 7
Total Acres: 160
Misc. Doc. Nr.: 2649
Signature: Yes
Canceled Document: No
Issue Date: 9 Sep 1882
Mineral Rights Reserved: No
Metes and Bounds: No
Statutory Reference: 12 Stat. 392
Multiple Warantee Names: No
Act or Treaty: May 20, 1862
Multiple Patentee Names: No
Entry Classification: Homestead Entry Original
Land Description:
1 SWNE 5TH PM No 16S 28W 22
2 E'bdSE 5TH PM No 16S 28W 22
3 NWSE 5TH PM No 16S 28W 22

1900 UNITED STATES FEDERAL CENSUS
GARLAND TOWNSHIP, MILLER CO., ARKANSAS
Enumerated: June 6, 1900
Name: Rufus Higginbotham
Home in 1900: Garland, Miller, Arkansas [Texarkana, Miller,Arkansas]
314 Elm St.
Age: 61
Birth Date: Mar 1839
Birthplace: Alabama
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relationship to head-of-house: Head
Father's Birthplace: Georgia
Mother's Birthplace: Alabama
Spouse's Name: Margret H Higginbotham
Marriage year: 1865
Marital Status: Married
Years married: 35
Occupation: Hotel
Neighbors: son Rufus F. Jr and wife Dona listed at same address 314Elm
Also, 15 Boarders listed as well as 3 Servants listed at same address314 Elm
Household Members:
Name Age
Rufus Higginbotham 61 Hotel
Margret H Higginbotham 53
Mary F Higginbotham 27
Sanford L Higginbotham 20 Carpenter

1910 UNITED STATES FEDERAL CENSUS
GARLAND TOWNSHIP, MILLER CO., ARKANSAS
Enumerated: April 15, 1910
Name: Ruffus Higginbotham
Age in 1910: 71
Estimated Birth Year: 1839
Birthplace: Alabama
Relation to Head of House: Head
Father's Birth Place: Georgia
Mother's Birth Place: Georgia
Spouse's Name: Margarette H Higginbotham
Home in 1910: Texarkana Ward 3, Miller, Arkansas
1516 County Ave.
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Gender: Male
Household Members:
Name Age
Ruffus Higginbotham 71 Justice of the Peace
Margarette H Higginbotham 64 Irons
Mary F Higginbotham 35 Saleslady of dry goods

Other days
100 YEARS AGO Aug. 4, 1911 TEXARKANA
Delivery date : Thursday, August 11, 2011
Publication: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Section: Arkansas
Original Date: 08/04/2011
One hundred and ninety pints of bottled in bond whiskey were poured out on the ground on East Broad street yesterday afternoon by DeputySheriff John Strange, acting under the direction of Justice Higginbotham's court. The event had been quietly heralded about town, in advance, and about 200 persons were mute if not disgusted witnesses of the waste of "booze." A few groans were heard and, it is believed there were many other groans that were not audible, when the precious fluid was rained upon the dry earth.

1920 UNITED STATES FEDERAL CENSUS
GARLAND TOWNSHIP, MILLER CO., ARKANSAS
Enumerated: April 15, 1910
Name: Ruffus Higanbotham [Rufus Higginbotham] [RuffusKeigenbethorn] [Ruffus Higinbottom]
Home in 1920: Texarkana, Miller, Arkansas
1516 County Ave.
Age: 80
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1840
Birthplace: Alabama
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head) [Head]
Spouse's Name: Marguerite C Higanbotham
Father's Birth Place: Georgia
Mother's Birth Place: Alabama
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Sex: Male
Home owned: Own
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Household Members:
Name Age
Ruffus Higanbotham 80
Marguerite C Higanbotham 72
Milton Higanbotham 10

Texarkana City Directories availble for viewing at Texarkana PublicLibrary, I have copies of the pages with Higginbotham's on them.
1901 Directory: Higginbotham, Rufus, justice of the peace, 216 1/2 EBroad, res 314 Elm
1916 -1917 Directory: Higginbotham, Rufus, coroner Miller County Court house, res 1516 County Ave.
Year? Directory: justice 211 1/2 E Broad, res 1516 county ave.
Year? Directory: res 314 Elm
Year? Directory: res 314 Elm St, Arkansas

OBIT: MORTUARY RUFUS HIGGINBOTHAM
The funeral of Rufus Higginbotham, aged 84, who died last night at 7 o'clock at the family home 1516 County avenue, was held this afternoon at 2:30 from the home of Mr. J.H. Davis, 1222 Pecan Street, Rev. O.J.Wade, pastor of the Beech St. Baptist church conducted the services after which the remains were interred in the Silverino cemetery. Deceased had lived in Miller county 52 years and is survived by one daughter, Mrs. J.H. Davis, and two sons R.F. and S.L. Higginbotham, all of Texarkana.

Facts
  • 14 Mar 1839 - Birth - ; Alabama
  • 30 Jun 1923 - Burial - Sylverino Cemetery ; Texarkana, Miller Co., Arkansas
  • 29 Jun 1923 - Death - ; Texarkana, Miller Co., Arkansas
  • 1904 - Residence - City Directory - Higginbotham Rufus Justice of the Peace 216 1/2 E Broad res 314 Elm (Ark) ; Texarkana, Miller Co., Arkansas
  • 1917 - Residence - City Directory - Higginbotham Rufus oil insptr Miller County Court House r 1516 Count av ; Texarkana, Miller Co., Arkansas
  • 1922 - Residence - 1922 Texarkana City Directory r 1516 County Ave. ; Texarkana, Miller Co., Arkansas
  • 1850 - Residence - Living together: Sanford (52,Farmer), Jane H. (44), James (20,Farmer), Joseph (18,Laborer ; Jackson, Dallas, Arkansas
  • 1860 - Residence - Living together: Jane (50,Farms), William (25,Laborer), Rufus (21,Laborer), Nancy (18), E ; Jackson, Dallas, Arkansas, United States
  • 1910 - Residence - ; Texarkana, Miller Co., Arkansas
  • 1900 - Residence - ; Texarkana, Miller Co., Arkansas
  • 1870 - Residence - Living together: Rufus (Farming,31), Margaret (Keeping House,22), Harriette A (4), Charle ; Precinct 1, Bowie, Texas, United States
  • 1920 - Residence - ; Texarkana, Miller Co., Arkansas
  • 1915 - Occupation - Coroner for Miller County ; Texarkana, Miller Co., Arkansas
  • 1905 - Occupation - Miller Co. Directory 1905 - Listed as Justice of the Peace. ; Garland Township, Miller Co., Arkansas
  • 1904 - Residence - City Directory - Higginbotham Rufus Justice of the Peace 216 1/2 E Broad res 314 Elm (Ark) ; Texarkana, Miller Co., Arkansas
  • 1917 - Residence - City Directory - Higginbotham Rufus oil insptr Miller County Court House r 1516 Count av ; Texarkana, Miller Co., Arkansas
  • 1922 - Residence - 1922 Texarkana City Directory r 1516 County Ave. ; Texarkana, Miller Co., Arkansas
  • 1850 - Residence - Living together: Sanford (52,Farmer), Jane H. (44), James (20,Farmer), Joseph (18,Laborer ; Jackson, Dallas, Arkansas
  • 1860 - Residence - Living together: Jane (50,Farms), William (25,Laborer), Rufus (21,Laborer), Nancy (18), E ; Jackson, Dallas, Arkansas, United States
  • 1910 - Residence - ; Texarkana, Miller Co., Arkansas
  • 1900 - Residence - ; Texarkana, Miller Co., Arkansas
  • 1870 - Residence - Living together: Rufus (Farming,31), Margaret (Keeping House,22), Harriette A (4), Charle ; Precinct 1, Bowie, Texas, United States
  • 1920 - Residence - ; Texarkana, Miller Co., Arkansas
Ancestors
   
Oliver Higginbotham
1766 - abt 1853
 
 
Sanford Higginbotham
6 Dec 1797 - 9 Sep 1851
  
  
  
Nancy Doggett
1775 - 1868
 
Rufus Francis Higginbotham Sr.
14 Mar 1839 - 29 Jun 1923
  
 
  
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Jane Harriette Holley
30 Aug 1806 - 14 Jul 1866
  
  
  
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Descendancy Chart
Rufus Francis Higginbotham Sr. b: 14 Mar 1839 d: 29 Jun 1923
Margaret Florence Jacobs b: 17 Feb 1847 d: 14 Mar 1928
Rufus Francis Higginbotham Jr. b: 7 Aug 1876 d: 21 Sep 1923
Eudonia A "Dona" Williams b: 20 Jan 1881 d: 28 Sep 1927
Francis Milton Higginbotham b: 19 Oct 1909 d: 29 Dec 1956
Ruby Pauline Green b: 03 Aug 1913 d: 15 Feb 2005
Rufus Earl Higginbotham Sr. b: 9 Nov 1900 d: 3 Feb 1975
Edna Lennie Harris b: 26 Sep 1908 d: 26 Mar 1994
Lou Jane Higginbotham b: 01 Jul 1932 d: 02 Feb 2012
Mary Florence Higginbotham b: 17 May 1873 d: 6 Oct 1940
James Harvey Davis b: 27 Sep 1879 d: 16 Feb 1952
Charles S Higginbotham b: Dec 1867 d: bef 1910
Irene "Rena" Peavy b: Dec 1876
Luther Higginbotham b: Apr 1899
Edna Lnu b: abt 1899
Harriette Alice Higginbotham b: 16 Mar 1866 d: 21 Sep 1911
Merit Joseph Crank b: 10 Oct 1856 d: 26 Jan 1937
Sanford Lullean Higginbotham b: 22 Jul 1879 d: 11 Mar 1942
Minnie Ola Crank b: 15 Oct 1881 d: 12 Mar 1967
Sanford Aubrey Higginbotham b: 28 Feb 1906 d: 20 Mar 1985
Margaret Muriel Higginbotham b: 2 Sep 1909 d: 17 Jan 2003
Emma Pauline Higginbotham b: 21 Jun 1904 d: 28 Jan 1984
Paul Hubert Stockton Sr. b: 5 Jun 1900 d: 1 Oct 1972
Harold Ray Stockton b: Oct. 10, 1928 d: 20 Nov 2000
Paul Hubert Stockton Jr b: 17 Sep 1924 d: 01 Jul 2011
Wilma Pauline Stockton b: 09 Sep 1922 d: Jul 1998
Harry Elwin Stockton b: Nov. 5, 1931 d: June 10, 2009
Richard L Higginbotham b: 11 May 1914 d: 13 Mar 1997
Ina Mae Brown b: 13 Dec 1915 d: 09 Oct 2002
Rufus Merritt Higginbotham b: 7 Mar 1919 d: 1 Nov 2004
Alma Virginia Torrans b: 27 Oct 1911 d: 28 Apr 1996
Family Group Sheet - Child
PARENT (M) Sanford Higginbotham
Birth6 Dec 1797Oglethorpe Co, Georgia
Death9 Sep 1851 Dallas Co, Arkansas
Marriage29 Aug 1822to Jane Harriette Holley
FatherOliver Higginbotham
MotherNancy Doggett
PARENT (F) Jane Harriette Holley
Birth30 Aug 1806Walton, Georgia
Death14 Jul 1866 Dangerfield, Texas
Marriage29 Aug 1822to Sanford Higginbotham
Marriage1 Jun 1853to Alexander Fry at Dallas Co., Arkansas
Father?
Mother?
CHILDREN
MRufus Francis Higginbotham Sr.
Birth14 Mar 1839Alabama
Death29 Jun 1923Texarkana, Miller Co., Arkansas
Marriage4 Jun 1865to Margaret Florence Jacobs
FElizabeth Higginbotham
Birth07 Feb 1843Alabama
Death15 Mar 1871
Marriage18 Dec 1861to Jesse Moore
FNancy Higginbotham
Birth07 Feb 1843Alabama
Death18 Dec 1862
MJohn Jefferson Higginbotham
Birth3 Dec 1825Walton, Georgia
Death2 May 1860Dallas Co, Arkansas
Marriage25 Jul 1850to Sarah Ann Wyatt
FMary Frances Higginbotham
Birth18 May 1837
Death23 April 1858
MJames Oliver Higginbotham
Birth18 Jan 1830Walton Co, Georgia
Death21 Jun 1911Fordyce, Dallas Co, Arkansas
Marriage16 OCT 1851to Edith Burnham at Dallas Co, AR
Marriage16 April 1879to Amanda Elizabeth Zinn at Dallas Co, Arkansas
FSarah Jane Higginbotham
Birth30 Dec 1827Georgia, United States
Death11 Sep 1858Union, Louisiana, United States
Marriage19 Dec 1844to William Sutton at Chambers, Alabama, USA
FMatilda Ann Higginbotham
Birth29 Jan 1824Walton, Georgia
Death9 Jul 1851Chambers, Alabama
Marriage08 Aug 1839to Paul Tillman Willis at Chambers, Alabama, United States
MWilliam Higginbotham
Birth26 Feb 1835Alabama
Death
Marriage22 Jun 1854to Margaret Jane Barnes at Dallas, AR
MJoseph Green Higginbotham
Birth10 May 1832Walton, Georgia
Death30 Apr 1857Dallas Co, Arkansas
Marriage04 Nov 1852to Lucretia Caroline Trammell at Dallas Co, Arkansas
FMartha Higginbotham
Birth17 Apr 1841
Death6 Jul 1841
FAmanda Caroline Higginbotham
Birth2 Jul 1849Arkansas City, Arkansas, Arkansas, United States
Death2 Jan 1924Pulaski, Arkansas
Marriage29 Dec 1871to Joseph Pascal Vinson at Lafayette Co., Arkansas
Family Group Sheet - Spouse
PARENT (M) Rufus Francis Higginbotham Sr.
Birth14 Mar 1839Alabama
Death29 Jun 1923 Texarkana, Miller Co., Arkansas
Marriage4 Jun 1865to Margaret Florence Jacobs
FatherSanford Higginbotham
MotherJane Harriette Holley
PARENT (F) Margaret Florence Jacobs
Birth17 Feb 1847Person, North Carolina
Death14 Mar 1928 Texarkana, Miller Co., Arkansas
Marriage4 Jun 1865to Rufus Francis Higginbotham Sr.
FatherLewellin Jacobs
MotherMary Mitchell Russell
CHILDREN
MRufus Francis Higginbotham Jr.
Birth7 Aug 1876Garland, Miller, Arkansas, United States
Death21 Sep 1923Miller, Arkansas
Marriage7 Feb 1900to Eudonia A "Dona" Williams at Bowie Co., Texas
FMary Florence Higginbotham
Birth17 May 1873Arkansas
Death6 Oct 1940Arkansas
Marriage5 Oct 1910to James Harvey Davis at Texarkana, Miller Co., Arkansas
MCharles S Higginbotham
BirthDec 1867Bowie Co., Texas
Deathbef 1910
Marriage6 Nov 1895to Irene "Rena" Peavy at Miller Co., Arkansas
FHarriette Alice Higginbotham
Birth16 Mar 1866Bowie Co., Texas
Death21 Sep 1911Miller Co., Arkansas
Marriage17 Oct 1894to Merit Joseph Crank at Miller, Arkansas
MSanford Lullean Higginbotham
Birth22 Jul 1879Arkansas
Death11 Mar 1942Miller Co, Arkansas, United States
Marriage14 Mar 1901to Minnie Ola Crank at Garland, Miller, Arkansas, United States
Evidence
[S-2122898349] 1920 United States Federal Census
[S-2122911202] 1870 United States Federal Census
[S-2122891854] 1900 United States Federal Census
[S-2122898309] 1910 United States Federal Census
[S-2122913894] 1860 United States Federal Census
[S-2122911209] 1850 United States Federal Census
[S-1792725791] Web: Arkansas, Find A Grave Index, 1819-2011
[S-2114808983] Arkansas, Confederate Pension Records, 1891-1935
[S-1718996891] U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 (Beta)
[S-1773796865] U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989 (Beta)

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