Higbee, Chauncey Lawson


7 Sept. 1821–7 Dec. 1884. Lawyer, banker, politician, judge. Born in Tate Township, Clermont Co., Ohio. Son of Elias Higbee and Sarah Elizabeth Ward. Lived in Fulton, Hamilton Co., Ohio, 1830. Baptized into LDS church, 1832. Moved to Jackson Co., Missouri, 1833; to Clay Co., Missouri, 1833; and to what became Caldwell Co., Missouri, 1836. Located at Quincy, Adams Co., Illinois, 1839. Moved to Nauvoo, Hancock Co., Illinois. Appointed aide-de-camp to major general John C. Bennett in Nauvoo Legion, Nov. 1841. Excommunicated, 24 May 1842, in Nauvoo. Editor of Nauvoo Expositor, 1844. Identified by Willard Richards as member of mob that killed JS and Hyrum Smith, 27 June 1844, at Carthage, Hancock Co. Moved to Griggsville, Pike Co., Illinois, 1844. Moved to Pittsfield, Pike Co., 1847. Married Julia M. White, 14 Feb. 1854, in Adams Co. Served in Illinois legislature, 1854. Served as state senator, 1858–1861. Died in Pittsfield.