Elias Higbee served in the early Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as an official historian and recorder. He was a close associate of Joseph Smith’s and traveled with him in 1839 and 1840 to Washington, D.C., to submit a petition for redress to U.S. President Martin Van Buren. The Prophet appointed him to the committee that organized the construction of the Nauvoo Temple. He also labored on the Kirtland Temple.
Higbee was born on October 23, 1795, in Galloway, Gloucester Co., New Jersey. He married Sarah Elizabeth Ward in 1818 and was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Jackson County, Missouri, in the summer of 1832. He served missions to Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio in 1835.
He was a clerk, judge, and surveyor, and was appointed county justice for Caldwell County in 1837. He was appointed presiding judge of the court in August 1838.
Higbee was known to associate with the Danites and participated in the skirmish at Crooked River near Ray County, Missouri, in October 1838. He was appointed a guard in the Nauvoo Legion on March 1841.
He died of cholera at Nauvoo on June 8, 1843. He and Sarah were the parents of 12 children.
Higbee is mentioned in Doctrine and Covenants 113:7 as asking questions about the 52nd chapter of Isaiah.