Anne Jane Huggins (1812-1893) & John Rodgers (1808-1913)

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Anne Jane Huggins was the daughter of James Huggins (c.1776–1860) of Glenarb, parish of Aghaloo, county Tyrone, and Jane Eliza (d.1849), his wife. [1]

In middle life, she married John Rodgers, a herd in the employ of the second Earl of Caledon, in the parish church (Church of Ireland) of Caledon on the 12th November 1855. [2] Anne Jane and John Rodgers lived in one of the workers’ cottages on the Caledon Estate.

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Caledon Estate workers’ cottages in Derrykintone, county Tyrone.
Photograph © Alison Kilpatrick 2003. All rights reserved.

… now known as Beattie’s Cottage and Robertson’s Cottage,
after restoration by the Caledon Estate.
One side of this cottage was the home of John Rodgers (1808–1913)
and Anne Jane Huggins (1812–1893), his wife.

Their cottage was one-half of an adjoined townhouse on the western side of the estate, on the Annaghroe road. With the tenant on the other side, the occupants shared a little more than three acres, [3] enough to keep a kitchen garden and a few small farm animals.

Anne Jane’s father came to live in Derrykintone during his latter years. James Huggins died in August, 1860, at the age of eighty-four years. [4] By his last will and testament, James bequeathed to his daughter a share in the rental income accruing from his fee farm holdings in Drumacanver and Lisglynn townlands, parish of Derrynoose, county Armagh. [1] Anne Jane’s uncle William Huggins was the executor, and in 1866, the lands were sold for £1,000 through the Encumbered Estates Court. [5] The proceeds would have been directed, first, towards James Huggins’ debts and funerary expenses, and the raising of an enclosure around the family burying ground in Caledon churchyard. The remainder, if any, was distributed to the several beneficiaries, of whom Anne Jane was one. Without grant books, it is not known how the estate was administered.

In 1866, Anne’s husband, John Rodgers, was transferred to manage Lord Caledon’s herd on 131 acres in the southern portion of Kedew, just north of Glenarb townland. [6][7] Here, the couple occupied the caretaker’s house:

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Source
 [8].

Anne Jane Rodgers, née Huggins, died at home in Kedew on the 6th January 1893, aged eighty-one years. [9] Her body was buried in Caledon churchyard. [10]   

The 1901 census of Ireland recorded John Rodgers’ household as follows:

  • John Rogers [sic], head of family, religious denomination: Church of Ireland, education: reads, age 82, male, occupation: Heard [sic]; widower; born in county Armagh
  • Anne Jane Huggins, niece, religion do., education: reads and writes, age 55, female, occupation: house keeper; not married; born in county Tyrone
  • census place: Kedew, parish of Aghaloo, county Tyrone (house no. 1) [11]

Anne Jane, or Annie, Huggins was the daughter of John’s late wife’s brother, James Huggins, jun., [12] who had died in 1849 in Glenkeen townland. [13] For a time, Annie had lived in London, where she worked as a dressmaker. [14] 

In 1911, the household enumeration had not changed much:

  • John Rogers, head of family, religous denomination: Church of Ireland, education: cannot read, age 97, occupation: Caretaker, widower, born in county Tyrone [sic]
  • Annie Huggins, niece, religion do., education: reads and writes, age 60, [no occupation recorded], single, born in county Tyrone
  • census place: Kedew, parish of Aghaloo, county Tyrone (house no. 1) [15]

Annie died in the following year, after suffering from cancer, at the age of sixty-nine years. [16] Her body was buried in Caledon churchyard. [17]

Her uncle John Rodgers was finally pensioned off in about 1908. He returned to his home townland of Cortynan near the village of Tynan in county Armagh. There, the old man died in the following year, at the altogether venerable age of 104 years! [18] Hardly surprisingly, the passing of such an elder did not escape the notice of the Armagh Guardian newspaper:

TYNAN.

   Death of a Centenarian.

   The death has taken place at Cortynan, of John Rogers, in his one hundred and fifth year. Born at Cortynan in the year 1808, he entered the services of the second Earl of Caledon, and remained in the employment of the family until about five years ago, when he was pensioned off. He had been engaged as heard at Keadew farm [Kedew, parish of of Aghaloo] for over fifty years, the present Earl being the fourth under whom he had served. About five yars ago the Keadew farm was taken over by the Land Commissioners and “Jack” was then reluctantly compelled to retire from active service. He enjoyed good health throughout his long life, and possessed in a very remarkable degree all his faculties up to the hour of his death. Aobout three weeks ago he removed from the Caledon district (where he had been residing since his retirement) to his native place, and was out walking about the fields when he caught the chill that caused his death. [19]

John Rodgers’s body was laid to rest in Caledon churchyard, in the same grave as his late wife, Anne Jane Huggins (1812–1893). [20] The gravestone was inscribed as follows: [21]

IN MEMORY OF

ANN JANE, WIFE OF JOHN RODGERS

OF KEDEW,

WHO DIED ON THE 6TH DAY OF JANUARY

1893 AGED 81 YEARS.

ALSO THE ABOVE

JOHN RODGERS OF KEDEW

WHO DIED 29TH NOVEMBER 1913

AGED 104 YEARS.

Mr. Rodgers' last will and testament was written twenty years before he died, in 1893, with a codicil appended in 1894. [22] His bequests are interesting, not least because there are a few family history leads in the mix:

  • £25 each to his half-sisters named Thompson, then living on ‡Roger Marshall’s farm in Cavandoogan townland in the parish of Tynan, county Armagh, though the words “sisters named” were struck out, muddling the interpretation of the phrase which remains;
  • £75 to his late wife's niece, Annie Jane Huggins (who died in 1912); [16]
  • £25 to his late wife’s niece, Margaret Tynan, of Winchester; §
  • £5 to his late wife’s niece, Margaret Stansley, wife of Thomas Stansley;
  • £50 to Mrs. Anne Brown of Scarva, county Down, widow of the late John Brown of Banbridge—Mrs. Brown dying in 1894, this bequest was directed by Mr. Rodgers’ codicil to William Canavan Brown of Caledon, Clerk of Petty Sessions;
  • one-half of the residue and remainder to the County of Tyrone Protestant Orphan Society; and,
  • the remaining one-half of the residue and remainder to the Incumbent of Caledon Church, to invest for the purpose of distributing monies and/or household comforts to parishioners in need, regardless of creed.

‡ Roger Marshall might well have been a distant relative of the Huggins-Marshall branch.

§ Margaret Tynan was the widow of Thomas Tynan, [23]. She was born on the island of Saint Helena in 1847, the daughter of John Joseph Huggins (1816–1876) and Margaret Jane Burke (1823–1898). [24] Margaret continued to live at Winchester with her sister, Mary Ann Quinn (widow of Patrick). [25] No trace has been found of Margaret Tynan, née Huggins, after the 1901 census was enumerated in England.

 Similarly, no trace has been found of Margaret Stansley, wife of Thomas Stansley. The surname appears to have been spelt variously Stainsley and Stansly, and also to have been a misspelling of Stainsby. As the niece of the late Anne Jane Rodgers, née Huggins (d.1893), Margaret Stansley was probably the daughter of James Huggins, jun. (d.1849) of Glenkeen and his second wife, Mary Ann. [26]

☛ Without grant books, it is not known whether and how these testamentary distributions were made.

Links:

Sources:

1.

Huggins, James. Last Will and Testament. Dated 26th September 1858; proved 24th November 1860. Held by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (Belfast). Archival ref. MIC/15C/1/1, pp. 575-6 (transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, November, 2003).

2.

General Register Office, Ireland. Civil Registration of a Marriage. John Rodgers, full age, bachelor, herd, resident at Caledon House, son of John Rodgers, farmer. Anne Jane Huggins, full age, spinster, resident of Caledon, daughter of James Huggins, Gent. Marriage solemnised in the parish church of Caledon (Church of Ireland) William B. Armstrong, by licence, 12th November 1855; witnesses: Charles Wilson, Thomas W. Managh(?). Original record: General Register Office, Ireland (Dublin). Archival ref. GRO ref. vol. 1, pg. 224. Microfilm copy held by the Family History Library of Salt Lake City, Utah, USA (FHL film no. 101362); transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick 2003-04-02.

3.

Griffith, Richard. General Valuation of Rateable Property in Ireland. Derrykintone townland, Parish of Aghaloo, Union of Dungannon, County of Tyrone. Extract: OS map ref. no. 67. Occupier: John Rodgers (map ref. no. 1). Dublin: Alex. Thom and Sons, for her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1860. Digital images of valuation books and maps online at AskAboutIreland.ie (accessed and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2019-06-04).

4.

Belfast News-Letter (BNL), 1 September 1860. Death notice for James Huggins, Glenarb, county Tyrone; finding aid: card index, Linen Hall Library, Belfast, Northern Ireland (accessed by Alison Kilpatrick, Nov. 2003); confirmed to 1860-09-01 edition of BNL, viz.: “August 28, at his residence, near Caledon, James Huggins, Esq., formerly of Glenarb, aged 84 years.”

5.

Belfast News-Letter, 30 November 1866. “Landed Estates Court.” Citing a legal notice of the sale of the late James Huggins’s interest in the fee-farm grant of 51 acres 2 roods 36 perches, statute measure, in Drumacanver townland, parish of Derrynoose; published by Messrs. Cunningham & Johnson, solicitors; sold to Mr. Alexander M’Calley for £1000. Digital image online at the British Newspaper Archive, www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk (accessed by subscription, and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2008-03-21).
Great Britain. House of Commons. Accounts and Papers. Session 5 February – 21 August 1867. Vol. LIX (1867). “Landed Estates Court (Ireland). Return of the Net Annual Value of each Lot set up for Sale in the Landed Estates Court during the Years 1865 and 1866; specifying the Quantity of Land in each Lot, and the Counties in which the Lands are Situated.” Extract: “Estate: Executor, Huggins; Lot: One lot; Quantity: 51A. 2R. 36P.; Annual value: £45 12s. 0d.; County: Armagh.” (pg. 21.) 

6.

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (Belfast). Valuation Revision Books. Kedew townland, parish of Aghaloo, Barony of Lower Dungannon, Union of Armagh, Electoral Division of Caledon, County Tyrone. Archival refs. VAL/12/B/38/8B (1864–1878) (pg. 86); VAL/12/B/38/8C (1879–1881) (pg. 109); VAL/12/B/38/8D (1882–1894) (pg. 104); VAL/12/B/38/8E (1895–1911) (pg. 118); and VAL/12/B/38/8F (1912–1929) (pg. 100). Reference to map: 8A, 8Aa, 8B: Caretaker’s house, offices, and land; John Rodgers identified in ref. 8Aa (1882), and name struck out in 1913. Digital images online at https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/information-and-services/search-archives-online/valuation-revision-books (accessed and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2019-05-22).

7.

Armagh Guardian, 12 December 1913. Obituary for John Rodgers of Cortynan, formerly of Kedew in the parish of Aghaloo; employed as herd for the Earl of Caledon; who died aged 104 years. Microfilm copy obtained by commissioned research (2012); transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick.

8.

Ordnance Survey, Ireland. Third Edition Ordnance Survey map, 1900–1907.Digital image hosted online by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland [PRONI] (Belfast), apps2.spatialni.gov.uk (accessed 2019-06-05; adapted by Alison Kilpatrick to enhance the image, insert labels for the river Blackwater and neighbouring townlands, and depict the Earl of Caledon’s acreage and the caretaker’s house).

9.

General Register Office, Ireland. Civil Registration of a Death. Anne Jane Rodgers [née Huggins], female, aged 85 years, married, wife of John Rodgers (a herd), died 6th January 1893 at Kedew townland [parish of Aghaloo, county Tyrone]; cause of death: probably natural causes, no med attendant; informant: Wm C Brown, present at death, of Caledon; registered 13th January 1913; registrar: R.D Patterson, Superintendent Registrar’s District of Armagh, Registrar’s District of Caledon. Digital image online at Irish Genealogy, hosted by the Department of Culture, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht, www.civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie (accessed 2018-01-01); other ref. no. 04480796/37.

10.

(a) Belfast News-Letter, 9 January 1883. Death notice: "Rodgers—January 6, at Kedew Farm, Dyan, Caledon, Ann Jane, wife of John Rodgers, aged 80 (?) years. Her remains will be removed for interment in Caledon Church Burying-ground, this (Monday) morning, at eleven o’clock." Digital image online at the British Newspaper Archive, www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk (accessed by Alison Kilpatrick 2008-03-21, by subscription).
(b) Church of Ireland. St. John’s parish church, Caledon, parish of Aghaloo, county Tyrone. Burial: Anne Jane Rodgers of Keadew, age 80, buried 9th January 1893. Copy on microfilm held by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (Belfast), PRONI ref. MIC/1/326; reviewed and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 4 September 2017.
(c) 
Find-a-Grave Memorial no. 178084894. Ann Jane Rodgers, born 1812, died 6th January 1893; buried in St John’s Church of Ireland cemetery, Caledon, county Tyrone, Ireland. Inscription: “IN MEMORY OF / Ann Jane, wife of John Rodgers / of Kedew, / who died on the 6th day of January / 1893 aged 81 years. / Also the above / John Rodgers of Kedew / who died 29th November 1913 / aged 104 years.” Memorial created and photograph by “G-Man,” 4th April 2017. Online at www.findagrave.com/memorial/178084894/ann-jane-rodgers (accessed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2019-06-04).

11.

Ireland 1901 Census. John Rogers, age 82, widower, and niece, Anne Jane Huggins, age 55; in Kedew, parish of Aghaloo, county Tyrone (house no. 1). Index and digital images hosted online by The National Archives of Ireland (Dublin), in a joint venture with Library and Archives, Canada; www.census.nationalarchives.ie (accessed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2019-06-05).

12.

Church of Ireland. St. John’s parish church, Caledon, parish of Aghaloo, county Tyrone. Baptism: Anne Jane, daughter of James Huggins & Jane, of Glenkeen, Farmer, born 1 May 1843, baptised 7 May, 1843. Copy on microfilm held by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (Belfast), PRONI ref. MIC/1/326. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 4 September 2017.

13.

Church of Ireland. St. John’s parish church, Caledon, parish of Aghaloo, county Tyrone. Burial: James Huggins of Glenkeen, aged 46 years, 26th February 1849. Copy on microfilm held by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (Belfast), PRONI ref. MIC/1/326; reviewed and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 4 September 2017.

14.

England 1891 Census. David Chapman, age 52, with wife Margaret (53), and son, David (18), and lodger, Annie J. Huggins (age 47, born in county Tyrone, Ireland); in St George Hanover Square, London. Original record: Census Returns of England and Wales, 1891. Kew, Surrey, England: The National Archives of the UK (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO), 1891. Archival ref. RG12; Piece: 67; Folio: 34; Page: 18; Sub-registration district: Mayfair, enumeration district no. 2. Digital image online at ancestry.ca (accessed by subscription, and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2009-01-10).

15.

Ireland 1911 Census. John Rogers, age 82, widower, and niece, Anne Jane Huggins, age 55; in Kedew, parish of Aghaloo, county Tyrone (house no. 1). Index and digital images hosted online by The National Archives of Ireland (Dublin), in a joint venture with Library and Archives, Canada; www.census.nationalarchives.ie (accessed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2010-03-24).

16.

General Register Office, Ireland. Civil Registration of a Death. Ann Jane Huggins, female, spinster, aged 70 years, Housekeeper, formerly of Annaghroe [parish of Aghaloo], died 13th July 1912, in the District Hospital of Dungannon [county Tyrone]; cause of death: intestinal cancer, certified; informant: Albert Kerr, occupier, District Hospital, Dungannon; registered 16th July 1912; registrar: John Colvan Sugars, Registrar’s District of Dungannon, county Tyrone. Record no. 260. Transcribed at the General Register Office of Northern Ireland (Belfast), October 2003. Additional source: digital image online at Irish Genealogy, hosted by the Department of Culture, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht, www.civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie (accessed 2018-01-01); other ref. no. 04494355/341.

17.

Church of Ireland. St. John’s parish church, Caledon, parish of Aghaloo, county Tyrone. Burial: Annie Huggins of Annaghroe, age 60 [sic], 15th July 1912. Copy on microfilm held by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (Belfast), PRONI ref. MIC/1/326. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 4 September 2017.

18.

General Register Office, Ireland. Civil Registration of a Death. John Rodgers, male, widower, aged 104 years, occupation: Herd, died 29th November 1913 in Cor Tynan [parish of Tynan, county Armagh]; cause of death: bronchitis, one week, certified; informant: Jane (her X mark) Quinn, present at the death, Cor Tynan; registered 6th December 1913; registrar, R.T. Huston, Registration District of Tynan. Record no. 127. Digital image online at Irish Genealogy, hosted by the Department of Culture, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht, www.civilrecords.irishgenealogy.ie (accessed 2018-01-01); other ref. no. 04480796/37.

19.

Armagh Guardian, 12 December 1913. Obituary for John Rodgers of Cortynan, formerly of Kedew in the parish of Aghaloo; employed as herd for the Earl of Caledon; who died aged 104 years. Photocopy obtained by commissioned research (2012); transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick.

20.

Church of Ireland. St. John’s parish church, Caledon, parish of Aghaloo, county Tyrone. Burial: John Rodgers of Cor Tynan near Caledon, aged 101 years, buried 1st December 1913. Copy on microfilm held by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (Belfast), PRONI ref. MIC/1/326. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 4 September 2017.

21.

(a) Wylie, George and Mona. "Gravestone inscriptions from St John's churchyard, Caledon, parish of Aghaloo.” In, Dúiche Néill, Journal of the O Neill Historical Society. Vol. I, No. 3 (1988). (consulted by Alison Kilpatrick, November 2003.)
(b) Find-a-Grave Memorial no. 178084904. John Rodgers, born 1809, died 29th November 1913; buried in St John’s Church of Ireland cemetery, Caledon, county Tyrone, Ireland. Inscription: “IN MEMORY OF / Ann Jane, wife of John Rodgers / of Kedew, / who died on the 6th day of January / 1893 aged 81 years. / Also the above / John Rodgers of Kedew / who died 29th November 1913 / aged 104 years.” Memorial created and photograph by “G-Man,” 4th April 2017. Online at www.findagrave.com/memorial/178084904/john-rodgers (accessed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2019-06-04).

22.

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (Belfast). Will Calendars. John Rodgers, Armagh Registry, died 29th November 1913, date of grant: 28th January 1914, effects: £362 10s. 2d. Abstract: “Probate of the Will (with one Codicil) of John Rodgers formerly of Kedew County Tyrone and late of Cortynan County Armagh Labourer who died 29 November 1913 at latter place granted at Armagh to William C. Brown Petty Sessions Clerk.” Index entry and digital images online at apps.proni.gov.uk (accessed and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2010-12-03).

23.

General Register Office (UK). Certified Copy of an Entry of Marriage, given at the General Register Office (England). Thomas Tynan, age 46 years, widower, Domestic Servant, resident at 10 Queen Street, Brompton, son of Edward Tynan, deceased, farmer. Margaret Matilda Huggins, age 31 years, spinster, residence: 34 Wilton Crescent, Pimlico, daughter of John Huggins, deceased, Colour Serjeant. Marriage solemnized 21 July 1879 by the Rev. John J Brenan, at St Mary’s Roman Catholic Chapel, Cadogan Terrace, Chelsea, witnesses: Mary Ann Quinn, James T Arthur. GRO civil registration index entry: Chelsea RD (London), 3rd quarter ending 30 September 1879, vol 1a pg 624 (registration purchased by Alison Kilpatrick, application no. PAS490453/6, registration no. MXB-197850, 2004-01-24).

24.

General Register Office (UK). Regimental Birth Indexes, 1761–1924. Margaret M. Huggins, 1847, St Helena. Information received from P.G. [private], 25 February 2004, via e-mail. Original record: The National Archives, UK (GRO ref. vol 1096, pg 14, 54th Regiment, or vol 1349, pg 11, 67th Regiment); confirmed to copies of GRO records (UK) online at 1837online.com (accessed by Alison Kilpatrick by subscription, 2005-05-04).

25.

England 1901 Census. Mary Ann Quinn [née Huggins], age 61, with sister, Margaret Tynan [née Huggins] (age 46), daughter Margaret M. Tooth (23), and son-in-law, Henry T. Tooth (27); in Winchester, Hampshire. Original record: Census Returns of England and Wales, 1901 (Kew, Surrey, England: The National Archives of the UK (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO), 1901). Archival ref. RG13, piece 1082, folio 11, page 13; registration district: Winchester, subdistrict: Winchester, enumeration district no. 8, parish of St Bartholomew Hyde. Digital image online at findmypast.co.uk (accessed by subscription, and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2011-09-10).

26.

Church of Ireland. St. John’s parish church, Caledon, parish of Aghaloo, county Tyrone. Baptism: Margaret Huggans, 7th December 1834, daughter of James and Mary Ann [sic] Huggans of Dion [Dyan, parish of Aghaloo], occupation of father: Labourer. Copy on microfilm held by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (Belfast), PRONI ref. MIC/1/326. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 4 September 2017.

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