Biography of Anson Higley of Batavia, NY

Anson Higley was born in Elba in 1811, and is one of the oldest living natives of the county. He followed farming in his native town for nearly 70 years, and has obtained by hard work and steady application a handsome property, which he has generously divided among his children. Since 1881 he has been a resident of Batavia, where he is enjoying a well earned rest from active labor. While a resident of Elba Mr. Higley was for several terms assessor and supervisor of his town, and wasaiways in favor of improvements to the benefit of town and county. He was one of the first highway commissioners, and labored assiduously in establishing the roads of his section. He united in marriage, in 1837, with Lydia Newkirk, of Orange County, who died in 1858. They had six children, viz.: Mary, wife of M. M. Brown, a leading attorney of Osage, Mitchell County, Iowa; Sarah E., wife of F. P. Terry, of Batavia; Isaac A., a leading farmer of Elba; Elizabeth W.; Humphrey (deceased); John O., a farmer of Batavia; and Emma, wife of William Robe, a prominent farmer of Elba. In 1875 Mr. Higley was united in marriage with Lizzie Cassidy, a native of Vermont. They are active members of the Baptist Church, and are liberal contributors to its support. Mr. Higley is still interested in farming, and in all the relations of life has borne himself conscientiously, uprightly, and honorably. He is a man of genial personality, of superior mental attributes, and a kindly, Christian gentleman.

Gazetteer and Biographical Record
of Genesee County, New York
Edited by: F. W. Beers
J.W. Vose & Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1890



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