History draft; handwriting of , John L. Smith, Jonathan Grimshaw, Robert L. Campbell, , , and ; 101 numbered pages plus several inserted pages; CHL. This manuscript covers the period from 1 March 1843 to 31 December 1843.
<June 8th.> “This morning about day-break died at his residence near the .<aged 47 years 7 months 17 days being born Octr 23. 1795—> “He has been sick only five days, <of cholera morbus, <&> inflammation & <which produced> Mortification> and his death was unexpected by all. His loss will be universally lamented, not only by his family but by a large circle of brethren, who have long witnessed his integrity and uprightness, as well as a life of devotedness to the cause of truth. He has endured a great share of persecution and tribulation for the cause of Christ, both during the troubles and at other times. On the 6th. of October 1840 he was appointed one of the committee to build the in , which office he maintained during his life. In that station he has shown a disposition to do right at all times, and always manifested a great anxiety for the prosperity of the , as well as the work at large. He has left a large family to mourn his departure, but he is gone to his rest for a little season, even until the morning of the Resurrection, when he will again come forth, and strike hands with the faithful, and share the glory of the Kingdom of God for ever and ever.”
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<June 8> This morning about day break Elder died, at his residence near the
he was born 23 Octr. 1795 in Galloway Glocester Co N. Jersey. Son of Isaac & Sophia [Somers] Higbee in 1803 removed with his parents to Ohio. at <the age of> 22 he married & removed to . he received the gospel in the Spring of 1832 & in the summer of the same year went to Mo, where he was , & returned to his family the same fall <>— & was an Elder under the hands of his brother 20 Feby 1833; arrived in in the fore part of March <with his family, in March,> & was driven by the mob to in the fall of— 33, ordained a under the hands of by order of the in ; 26 March 35 started on a Mission preaching the Gospel thru the States of & arriving at Ohio, & labored on the until <it was finished> & received his therein <in the spring of 36>— returned to his family in , removed them to where he was appointed County Judge