Archive for December, 2011

Ada Mae Reynolds Horton

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Myrtie Crabtree Briggs (my grandmother) and Mae Reynolds Horton, her cousin are in the middle.

Myrtie Crabtree Briggs, Mae Reynolds Horton, and Mary Crabtree.

Ada Mae Reynolds Horton was a daughter of William and Belle Higginson Reynolds.

Belle (Isabelle Laura Higginson) and William had 9 children who were cousins of my grandmother Myrtie Crabtree Briggs.

Belle and Ida Crabtree (Myrtie’s mother) were sisters, children of Edward and Mary Donaldson Higginson.

Earl Higginson

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

Earl Higginson.

Earl Higginson was the other son of James L. Higgins and his wife Fannie Blake. Jim and Fannie also had a daughter Mabel.

Earl and his wife Mary had a daughter Vivian.

Edward D. and Sophia Larsen Higginson Family

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011



John, Ida, and Mary Crabtree

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011


This is my great-grandma Emily Ida Crabtree, great-grandpa John Crabtree and their daughter Mary Ida Crabtree, my great aunt.

Lee Higginson’s family

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Wilber Lee Higginson was the daughter of James L. Higgins. James was the son of Edward and Mary Donaldson Higginson and also the brother of my great grandmother Emily Ida Higginson Crabtree.




Ida and John Crabtree’s Home in Long Pine

Thursday, December 8th, 2011


Arnold Crabtree’s grave

Monday, December 5th, 2011




Arnold and Rachel Crabtree’s family

Sunday, December 4th, 2011



Myrtie’s Crabtree and Higginson Grandparents

Friday, December 2nd, 2011



John Crabtree, Shoemaker, Lone Pine, Nebraska

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

John Crabtree in his shoeshop.

John Crabtree in his shoeshop.

I recently was sent a large shoebox full of Higginson, Crabtree, and Briggs family photos from Cal Bivens. It included this one (a real favorite) of my great-grandfather John Crabtree working in his shoe shop in Lone Pine Nebraska.

As I understand it, Great-Grandpa Crabtree had polio around age 5 or 6 and he needed two different size shoes for his feet. He eventually apprenticed as a shoemaker. He had a number of other skills, but in the latter years of his life he was appreciated for his shoemaking ability in Lone Pine.

I was very surprised to see it has been over 4 years since I last posted photos on my Higginson/Crabtree Branch. After finishing Grandma and Me, I started work on a book about my dad’s parents and ancestors, which I thought would have been completed quite some time ago.

But the Austin book turned into a 3 book series and I just recently completed book 2, so I have not had the time to post photos and information about the Crabtrees and Higginsons like I would have liked.

In the near future, I hope to be able to add some of the photos Cal recently sent me, many of which are in Grandma and Me, but these are originals and many of them are a better quality.