Freeman Dewey Higley was born 9 June 1843 in Buffalo Grove, Ogle County, Illinois, United States to Clark Higley (1813-1900) and Malinda Cheney (1822-1900) and died 2 July 1927 Sugar City, Madison County, Idaho, United States of unspecified causes. He married Eliza Ann Cheney (1849-1920) 3 November 1863 in Tooele, Tooele County, Utah, United States. He married Nancy Jane Sharp (1848-1900) 3 May 1869 in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah.
Freeman Dewey Higley, the second son of Clark and Melinda (Cheney) Higley. Freeman came to Utah in 1861 with his family when he was 18 in an oxen powered "prairie Schooner." Freeman was an accomplished family man having two wives and twenty three children. These families were a close knit bunch who lived in West Jordan where Freeman operated a small store providing food,supplies and produce from their orchard and garden. They later moved to Thatcher, Idaho where they farmed.
1861 Wagon Train
Greene with his family were participants in the David Cannon 1861 Pioneer Company, a 79 day wagon train traveling from Florence (now Omaha, Nebraska) to Salt Lake City in the early summer. It was the first of 12 such wagon trains of the year. It was a large train of 68 wagons and nearly 300 passengers led by a young 23-year old missionary returning home from England, Elder David H Cannon. Several diary/biographical accounts exist.
Marriage and Family