I just found this article:
HIGBIE, J. L., farmer, Liberty township, was born in Muskingum county July 14, 1820. His parents came from Duchess county, New York. Fleming Higbie, his father, married Sarah Bainey. About 1825 they came to Licking county, Ohio, remained there a short time, and subsequently lived in Clinton and Wayne townships. They have both deceased. They had a family of eleven children, six of whom are living.
J. L. Higbie worked at home until he was about seventeen years old, then worked at the carding business for some time. In 1842 he married Miss C. Ewalt, daughter of Richard Ewalt, a pioneer. He worked for four years on a rented farm, then purchased a tract of land in Liberty township. Mr. Higbie was possessed of little property when he started in life. He purchased an axe by first borrowing one from a friend, and with it earned enough to pay for a new axe-a novel way of starting life. He has succeeded in making for himself a very comfortable and beautiful home, and adding considerable to his first purchase. He has many friends. He was the father of five children, four of whom are living. He was a member of company A, One Hundred and Forty-second regiment Ohio National guard, and served his time of enlistment."
in the "HISTORY OF KNOX COUNTY" site. Sounds like a member of your family tree.