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Excerpt from Life of Francis Higginson First Minister in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and Author of New: England's (1630)
It appears, from N ichols's History of Leicestershire, that the Rev. John Higginson was the vicar of the parish of Claybrooke, beginning in 1571, and that he was living and doing duty in 162 3. As his suc cessor was not in office before 1624, he may have continued until that year. There is a tradition in the Marlow (england) branch of the family, that this venerable clergyman, from whom they also are de scended, lived and did his duty as a clergyman till the age of one hundred and four, and was then drowned by the sudden rising of a brook as he was returning from church. The above dates would indicate that John Higginson was certainly vicar for fifty-two years, and possibly for a yet longer period.
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