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David HIGGINS

Male Abt 1745 - 1783  (~ 38 years)


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  • Name David HIGGINS 
    Born Abt 1745  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    History 1769 - David Higgins reportedly establishing a small fishing settlement at St. Andrew's Point [aka-Wightman's Point] P.E.I. - Three Rivers Area.
    1769 - David Higgins appointed Naval Officer of P.E.I. by Sir James Montgomery of Scotland.
    1770 - (Sep 22) David Higgins and Mr. CREED "arrived from waiting on the Governor, stayed until Sep 26th. Set out for St. Peter's where they stayed until Sep 29th. Set out for Fortune where they arrived that evening. [Drummond's Diary]
    1775 - David Higgins called back to Scotland by Montgomery to render accounting.
    1780 - (Oct 4) P.E.I. Archives: "Secretary's Office. Suffer David Higgins, Esquire, James Higgins, Job Prince Higgins, and David Higgins, Gentlemen, ... to chuse each a Town & Pasture Lott in Charlotte Township, the Numbers please to Return to the Provincial Secretary's Office that Grants may be forthwith made out, they having been obtained on Order for that purpose.... His Majestys Surveyor General."
    1783 - (Apr 27) David Higgins dies, Charlottetown, P.E.I.
    David Higgins, Elizabeth Prince Creed's first husband, apparently was educated at the University of Edinburgh, and was a Captain in the British Navy. He was sent originally to colonize P.E.I. and was given land at Cove Head. Sir James Montgomery, Baron of the Court of Exchequer of Scotland, became an absentee owner of several of the choicest lots [Townships] on P.E.I. when it was divided up by the Crown in 1767. In 1769, he appointed David Higgins under a Power of Attorney and made him Naval Officer of the Island, to manage his Lots for him and to procure necessary supplies and provisions for the new settlements, under a letter of credit, from Job Prince, a Boston merchant [Elizabeth Prince's
    father]. Higgins obtained the supplies from Boston and Philadelphia, but sold them to the new settlers at P.E.I. He erected a grist mill and saw mill, houses, and fishing settlement in Three Rivers. He managed to send twenty-two ship loads of Island timber to Great Britain in the early 1770's, but because of depressed prices they barely cleared the expenses of preparation and shipment. His failure to make proper accountings or to submit the collected rent payments to Montgomery, caused him to be recalled to Scotland by Montgomery in 1774.
    Up to this time, Higgins' acquisition of goods in New England on the strength of Montgomery's letter of credit helped save many of the newcomers to the Island from starvation. The problem, however, was that Higgins dealt with his customers almost exclusively in terms of credit. By 1774, Montgomery stopped payment on Higgins' bills of exchange and called him home for the accounting. On his way, Higgins stopped at Boston, only to discover an angry father-in-law, Job Prince, who had reluctantly provided goods only because of Montgomery's letter of credit. Higgins calmed the old man by deeding over to him his interests in Lot 59 and sole ownership of the buildings on it (which actually belonged to Montgomery).
    In Scotland, Higgins convinced Montgomery that the Island would not develop and Montgomery would lose his investments if he did not continue to provide fresh capital. They reached a partial settlement whereby, among other terms, Higgins would deed over to Montgomery his one-third interest of Lot 59 (previously conveyed to Job Prince) and in return, Montgomery would lease Panmure Island to Higgins.
    Higgins return to P.E.I. in 1775, just as the American Revolution erupted. His ship, full of cargo, was captured by American Privateers and he had to ransom himself at great expense. One of the key items of his cargo was equipment for outfitting a distillery for molasses, which he had hoped to operate through trade with the West Indies.
    By 1782, Higgins, deeply in debt, gave up on trying to operate in Three Rivers and moved his family to Charlottetown. As a final indignity, a "Mr. Barry" [believed to be, in reality, William Creed] carried off his wife, and overwhelmed by his debts and by "his Wife defiling his bed," he went on a four month drunk, which culminated in a fatal fever in April, 1783.
    See "Memorial of Sir James Montgomery, Baron of the Court of Exchequer of Scotland" dated 1791, enclosed in a letter dated Edinburgh, December 3, 1791, from Sir James Montgomery to Rt.
    Hon. Henry Dundas. Public Archives of Canada, MG - 23, - 6.
    See also Letter of Job Prince to James Montgomery, dated December, 1788, reciting his dealings with David Higgins and pleading for payment from Montgomery.
    In this letter, Job Prince offered a settlement with Lord Montgomery, offering to relinquish any claim he might have in the lands at Lot 59 in return for payment of two-thirds of the debts owed to him on the letter of credit from Montgomery. 
    Died 27 Apr 1783  Charlottetown, Queens, P.E.I., Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I48786  Reid Family | David's side of the family
    Last Modified 11 Sep 2010 

    Family Elizabeth PRINCE,   b. 28 May 1753, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1812, P.E.I., Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years) 
    Married 3 Jun 1773  Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 11 Sep 2010 
    Family ID F32904  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1745 - England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 3 Jun 1773 - Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 27 Apr 1783 - Charlottetown, Queens, P.E.I., Canada Link to Google Earth
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