HIGHTOWER Genealogy and Family Roots
Walter A Walker
One of the earliest HIGHTOWER researchers was Walter A Walker
who said the following:
While subseqent research over the past forty years has changed some of
his conclusions; for the most part they remain valid. It is believed that
all HIGHTOWERs in America, except for those who adopted the name, are
descended from Joshua HIGHTOWER of Richmond Co VA.
- FROM THE WALTER A. WALKER COLLECTION
- Georgia State Archives
- Atlanta, Georgia
- The earliest Hightower family of whom we have records lived in
Richmond County, Virginia, before the year 1700. There, in 1698, the
estate of Joshua Hightower was administered, suggesting Hightower
residence there sometime before that date.
- In 1726 a Joshua Hightower died in Richmond County, leaving a wife,
Eleanor, and six children. His eldest son, Charnel, married Sarah
Glascock in January, 1727/8 and reared a large family. From 1720 to
about 1750 three Hightower families lived in Richmond County, close
neighbors and closely related - the families of Charnel, John, and
Joshua. We do not know yet just how these three men were related. John
and Joshua could have been brothers; Charnel, the son of Joshua who died
in 1726 was a cousin.
- About 1750 these three families all moved to Amelia County, to the
part that in 1789 was cut off and made Nottoway County. They settled in
the southeast corner of the county, near the present city of Blackstone,
where Nottoway, Brunswick, and Lunenburg Counties meet. Though some
lived in each county, they still were near one another. They continued
in that region, close together, until the period of the Revolutionary
- Fortunately for the genealogical record, the names, birth dates and
names of parents of children born in Richmond County, Virginia, between
1700 and 1750 were recorded in the Farnhan Parish Register, a copy of
which is to be found at the town of Warsaw, Va.
- Charnel Hightower(b. about 1700;d.1762), son of Joshua(who d.1726),
married Sarah Glascock in January 1727/8, and had children:
Elizabeth(b.March,1728/9), Sarah(b.1731), Charnel(b.1733),
Rawleigh(b.1734?), Joshua(b.1741), Gregory(b.1745), John(b.174?), and
- John Hightower(b.about 1695;d.1764) married Mary Bryan and had
children: William(b.1720), Eleanor(b.1722), John(b.1725),
Joshua(b.1728), Thomas(b.1731), George(b.1733), Richard(b.1737). A
brief record of John Hightower's descendents, including the fourth
generation, is given in chart formation on the next four pages.
- Joshua Hightower(b.about1695;d.1772 in Amelia County, Va.) had
children: Charnel(b.1721;d.1807 in Laurens Co., Ga), Katherine(b.1723),
Lettice(b.1729), Joseph(b.1731), Susannah(b.1734), Ann, Robert(b.1737),
Tavenor(b.1740) and Epaphroditus.
- After the Revolution, the great migrations of Virginians carried
the Hightowers to various regions south and west. By 1800 there were
about thirty families of their descendents. Some moved to Virginia
counties farther west; others to the newly opened sections of the
Carolinas, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, Mississippi, and
- For many years I have collected Hightower records from all
available sources in an effort to trace all lines down to recent times,
for publication as a general genealogy of the Hightower family. It is
strongly indicated that all of the Hightowers of this country are
descended from that early family in Richmond County, Virginia.
- I wish to express my thanks for the many contributions of records
by members of the family in all parts of the South. Without such
assistance the record could not have been brought even to its present
- In continuing this work I seek records of Hightowers and of
Hightower descendents of other surnames from all possible sources,
especially family Bible records and recollections of older living
- One important source, too often overlooked, is found in old
courthouse records of counties where Hightowers are known to have lived
long ago. There, in records of marriages, deeds, wills,
administrations, guardianships and court minutes, one can find much
family history which is recorded nowhere else, and of which no living
member of the family has knowledge.
- Copying, preserving, and sharing such records with others will help
the work compiling any genealogical history.
Atlanta, Georgia, May 1,1954.
- WALTER A. WALKER
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Frequently Asked Questions
- Many questions concerning the HIGHTOWER family or concerning individual
HIGHTOWERs have been asked over and over. Answers to many of these questions
can be found in the Hightower FAQ File
HIGHTOWER Census Records
It is hoped that eventually all HIGHTOWER census records for 1790-1860
will be extracted and computerized. For now here's:
- 1850 Census: All the HIGHTOWERs in the 1850 census in html
format for easy viewing. This is a huge file (438K) and may take
a while to load.
- 1860 Census: Some of the HIGHTOWERs in the 1860 census in html format.
It has (I'd like to believe, anyway) all the HIGHTOWERs from AL, AR,
GA, KY, LA, MS, TX, and some of TN. This file is 394K bytes.
- 1900 Texas Soundex HIGHTOWERs/HITOWERs in the
1900 soundex of Texas. This is a large (211KB) file and may take awhile to load.
North Farnham Parish Register
Birth of William HIGHTOWER as recorded in the North Farnham Parish Register
"Born William son of John and Mary Hightower July 20 - 1720 - Hightower"
HIGHTOWERs in the Civil War
This is a direct link to Paul (Bedford TX) Hightower's list on his home page.
Be sure to also check out the other stuff on his page.
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