Higbee, Francis Marion


1820–after 1850. Attorney, merchant. Born in Tate, Clermont Co., Ohio. Son of Elias Higbee and Sarah Elizabeth Ward. Moved to Fulton, Hamilton Co., Ohio, by 1830. Baptized into LDS church, 1832. Moved to Jackson Co., Missouri, 1833; to Kirtland, Geauga Co., Ohio, 1835; and back to Missouri, 1836. Arraigned with JS in Richmond, Ray Co., Missouri, 11 Nov. 1838; released from jail, by 29 Nov. 1838. Moved to Illinois, early 1839. Lived in Hancock Co., Illinois, 1840. Member of Masonic lodge in Nauvoo, Hancock Co. Appointed aide-de-camp to major general in Nauvoo Legion, June 1842, at Nauvoo. Located at Pleasant Hill, Pike Co., Illinois, Nov. 1842. Returned to Nauvoo, summer 1843. Excommunicated, 18 May 1844, in Nauvoo. Publisher of Nauvoo Expositor, 1844. Lived at Pontoosuc, Hancock Co., 27 June 1844. Formed a new church with other dissenters from LDS church. Identified by Willard Richards and Jacob B. Backenstos as member of mob that killed JS and Hyrum Smith, 1844, at Carthage, Hancock Co. Resided in Hancock Co., 1850.