Higginson, Francis was born in 1586 in Claybrooke, England, circa. Son of Review John and Elizabeth Higginson.
Bachelor of Arts, Jesus College, Cambridge (England) University, 1610, M. A., 1613.
Ordained deacon Anglican Church, Cawood Castle, England, 1614, priest, 1614. Lecturer at St. Nicholas, Leicester, England, 1617. Met Thomas Hooker and other Puritans, followed their faith without officially breaking from Anglican faith.
Accepted offer of Massachusetts Bay Company to go to New England, left on ship Talbot, 1629. Drew up confession of faith and a covenant for colony in Salem (Massachusetts) which became separatist from Anglican Church Author: (journal of trip to New England) New-England’s Plantation, or, A Short and True Description of the Commodities and Discommodities of that Country, 1630.
Married Anna Herbert, January 8, 1616, 8 children including John.