Note: id Higby Ph.D. published 1927 Erie, Pennsylvania.
Obadiah Higbee, a farmer, settled near Trenton, New Jersey after his marriage. He was a member of the New Jersey militia and served as a soldier in the Revolutionary War. The opportunity to acquire land in the unsettled west, and as a bonus for service in the Revolutionary War, induced him with others to go west. He sold his farm in New Jersey in 1784 and removed to the vicinity of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he first rented a farm from Henry Manger near the present village of Finleyville, Washington County. Soon afterwards he bought a large wooded farm in Allegheny County which was near the current village of Castle Shannon. The depreciation of the the Continental money which he received for his farm in New Jersey was a serious loss to him when he came to buy again; but with the energy of a true pioneer he purchased again and soon had for himself and family a large farm. He became a leading man in the community and his large family was also successful. His farm passed later to his son Joseph, and still later to Joseph's son, James, who occupied it until his death. The farm is now divided into small holdings, and is built up as a suburb of Pittsburgh. James' daughter, Mary, a spinster, owned part of the farm in 1925 and lived upon it. She cultivated flowers extensively, and was a woman of considerable wealth. On this homestead farm there is a family burying ground, in which Obadiah, his wife, and several members of his family are buried.
Revolutionary War Service - Higby, Obediah-Middlesex Co. Private, Capt William Williamson's Co., Col. John Neilson's 2d Regt, Middlesex Col, Militia, March 5 to April 2, 1777, and served at Cranbury, received certificate 822, amountingg to 1:15:0 for the depreciation of his Continental pay in the Middlesex County Militia (Ref. Militia 2d Year, p. 185)
Per History of Fayette County, Ohio 1984 - The Higbee family came to Fayette County about 1818 from Washington Co, Pennsylvania, after living temporarily in Clermont and Clark Counties. They were a farming family.
A land deed dated 10 Aug 1810 shows Obadiah bought land in St. Clair Twp, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania.
WILL of Obadiah Hickby of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania -
In the name of God Amen I Obadiah Hickby of Allegheny County St. Clair Township and State of Pennsylvania aware concerning the uncertainty of this mortal life and being sound perfect memory blessed almighty God fot he same DO make and publish this my last Will & Testament in the manner as follows that is to say that I leave and bequeath unto my beloved wife Anna Hickby all my real and personal estate during her life, my son Samuel Hickby I leave him his choice of one horse out of the horses a saddel and briddel and a watch at my wife's decease my estate is to be distributed among my children that is to say to Mary Rigs my daughter and sarah Applegate my daughter Abigail Wright my daughter Stephen Hickby my son and Joseph Hickby my son and Benjamin Hickby my son Rhoda Hull my daughter and Obadiah Hickby my son and Nancy Fletcher my daughter and Samuel Hickby my son the above property mentioned to my Samuel Hickby my son is to come out of the estate before divided. I do hereby appoint Benjamin Hickby and my wife Anne Hickby my whole and sole executors of this my last Will and Testament revoking all former wills by me made in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty fourth day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eight. Signed sealed in the presence of us by the above name Obadiah Hickby to be his last Will & Testament in the present of us who have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses in the presence of the testator. Tho. Fletcher Leonard Boyer
Note: Source - "EDWARD HIGBY AND HIS DESCENDANTS" by Clinton Dav
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