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I'm hoping that someone here may be able to help me. My GG Grandfather William Henry HIGGINS was born in Launceston on 8/6/1863. His parents were William Henry HIGGINS (Snr) and Ann Wilson DUNCAN, and I don't think they were or ever married.
Ann DUNCAN and son migrated to New Zealand around 1870, she married Edward SHANNON in 1875, and they both took the SHANNON name.
I have been unable to track any information about William Henry HIGGINS (Snr). I have found the following details about a William HIGGINS:
1. William HIGGINS (b1819) married Charlotte BLAIR(b1824) 2/11/1852 in Launceston
2. William HIGGINS(b1818) Launceston married Margaret McCale(b1818) 1868 in Launceston. Higgins widowed, so I think it was the same one who married Charlotte BLAIR
3.William HIGGINS (b1820-1870) died in Launceston
4.William HIGGINS (b1807-1890) born in Scotland died in 1890 in Launceston
I'm guessing that 1, 2 and 3 are the same William HIGGINS, but I cannot verify this.
If someone can help or has a suggestion I would be very grateful, this has been the only line in my family tree I have been unable to trace back to their European origin.
Because those three birth years are similar and the fact that she emigrated in 1870 means she knew her husband or de facto was dead, so she could marry again in NZ.