Appeared in the December 2012 issue of The Southern Genealogists Exchange Quarterly

More Than Kissing Cousins

J. G. Braddock Sr.

My ten year old mind was too young to comprehend what my Uncle Eddie Braddock meant when he said, “The genealogy of Braddocks, Haddocks, and Higginbothams in Nassau County is a tangled mess.”  Now that, many years later, I’ve compiled a genealogy of my Braddock kinships, I fully understand what he meant. So far, the genealogy has twenty-two marriages between Braddocks and Higginbothams, ten between Braddocks and Haddocks, and two between Higginbothams and Haddocks. Additionally, it has five Braddocks marrying Braddocks, five Haddocks marrying Haddocks, and seventeen Higginbothams marrying Higginbothams.

Were my genealogy a perfect one, the numbers would be even greater. But there is no such thing as a perfect genealogy.

Chief contributor to this mass amalgamation of Braddock Haddock Higginbotham genes is the family of John Spicer Braddock and Nancy Sarah Higginbotham. After their marriage around 1830 in Nassau County, John and Nancy Sarah proceeded to have eighteen children. Ten of them married Higginbothams. One married a Haddock. Two married Braddocks. .

The descendants of John Spicer Braddock and Nancy Sarah Higginbotham’s oldest son William S. Braddock and his wife Luanza Elizabeth Higginbotham did wonders to further intertwine the genes. Their oldest son, John Alexander Braddock, married Sarah Jane Haddock. John Alexander Braddock and Sarah Jane Haddock’s daughter Emma Elizabeth Braddock married John McCray Higginbotham. Emma Elizabeth Braddock and John McCray Higginbotham’s daughter Sarah Jane Higginbotham married Alburty Edwin Braddock Jr., son of Alburty Edwin Braddock Sr. and Mary Louisa Higginbotham. John Alexander Braddock and Sarah Jane Higginbotham’s daughter Dora Amanda Braddock married Spicer Chester Braddock, son of Hutto Loudner Braddock and Louisa Higginbotham. Spicer Chester Braddock and Dora Amanda Higginbotham’s daughter Anna Evans Braddock married Aid Turner Haddock.  Anna Evans Braddock and Aid Turner Haddock’s daughter Mary Edna Haddock married Herbert Fuqua Haddock. John Alexander Braddock and Sarah Jane Haddock’s son Jessie Finley Braddock married India Higginbotham. John Alexander Braddock and Sarah Jane Haddock’s son Grover Cleveland Braddock married Leah Haddock. John Alexander Braddock and Sarah Jane Haddock’s daughter Eula B. Braddock married Lonnie Hopkins Higginbotham. William S. Braddock and Luanza Elizabeth Higginbotham’s daughter Elizabeth Braddock married Paul C. Haddock. Elizabeth Braddock and Paul C. Haddock’s son Alonzo Jackson Haddock married Eliza E. Braddock. Elizabeth Braddock and Paul C. Haddock’s son John Bartow Haddock married Sarah Jane Braddock daughter of John Alexander Braddock and Sarah Jane Haddock. After William S. Braddock’s death, Luanza Elizabeth Higginbotham married David Hagan Higginbotham.

John Spicer Braddock and Nancy Sarah Higginbotham’s daughter Mary Louisa Braddock married Elijah Higginbotham. Mary Louisa Braddock and Elijah Higginbotham’s daughter Sarah Ann Higginbotham married John Carroll Braddock, son of Alexander Jackson Braddock and Isabelle Higginbotham. Sarah Ann Higginbotham and John Carroll Braddock’s son Rufus Alexander Braddock married Leilia Arnow Higginbotham.

John Spicer Braddock and Nancy Sarah Higginbotham’s son Joseph Braddock married Isabella Incy Higginbotham.

John Spicer Braddock and Nancy Sarah Higginbotham’s son John Spicer Braddock Jr. married Mary Lee Higginbotham.

John Spicer Braddock and Nancy Sarah Higginbotham’s son Alexander Braddock married Elizabeth Haddock.

John Spicer Braddock and Nancy Sarah Higginbotham’s daughter Mary Elizabeth Braddock married Andrew Jackson Higginbotham, son of Alexander Higginbotham and Eliza Jane Haddock.

John Spicer Braddock and Nancy Sarah Higginbotham’s daughter Jane Braddock married John Hardy Higginbotham. Jane Braddock and John Hardy Higginbotham’s son John A. Higginbotham married Elizabeth Crozier Higginbotham.

John Spicer Braddock and Nancy Sarah Higginbotham’s son Hamilton Braddock married Mary Mathilda Higginbotham (my ancestors).

John Spicer Braddock and Nancy Sarah Higginbotham’s son Sanderson Braddock married Caroline Elizabeth Braddock, daughter of Alexander Jackson Braddock and Isabelle Higginbotham. 

John Spicer Braddock and Nancy Sarah Higginbotham’s son Alburty Edwin Braddock married Mary Louisa Higginbotham. Alburty Edwin Braddock and Mary Louisa Higginbotham’s son Alburty Edwin Braddock Jr. married Sarah Jane Higginbotham, daughter of John McCray Higginbotham and Emma Elizabeth Braddock.

John Spicer Braddock and Nancy Sarah Higginbotham’s daughter Henrietta Frances Braddock, kept the family name and further entangled the genes of her children by marrying Horace Harrison Braddock, son of Alexander Jackson Braddock and Isabelle Higginbotham.

O what a tangled genealogy they did weave when Braddocks, Haddocks, and Higginbothams first practiced to conceive.

 

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