John Alexander Huggins (1794–1858) of Skenarget

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John Alexander Huggins was the son of William Huggins and Sarah Kennedy. He was born in about 1794, either at Englishtown in the parish of Eglish, county Armagh, or in Gortgonis townland in the parish of Tullyniskin, county Tyrone. [1] Three brothers and a sister were born during the next eight years before their father, William Huggins, died in about 1802. [2] In his last will and testament, Mr. Huggins consigned the custody of his children –“then wee infants”– to his nephew, Samuel Carson Huggins, of Ivylodge in Donnydeade townland, parish of Clonfeacle, south of Dungannon. [3]

Nothing else is known of John Huggins’ childhood. His younger brothers, James and Thomas, were in boarding school at Crumlin Academy in county Antrim, [4] and William (junior) attended Trinity College, Dublin. [5] This education almost certainly having been provided for by their late father’s estate, one imagines that a similar provision had been made for John.

By the mid-1810s, John Alexander Huggins had struck out on his own and was living in Ballybeg townland in the parish of Clonoe. In 1816, he executed a deed of mortgage:—for the consideration of £100 received from Peter McCallin of Coalisland, innkeeper, and in order to secure the debt, John conveyed the leasehold (taken out by his late father) to Mr. McCallin the corn mill, kiln, and land in Anagher townland, parish of Clonoe. The agreement included a clause of redemption on repayment by 19th August 1820, with interest and costs. [6]

John married Miss Mary Shuter, [7] probably of the Shuter family of Killymuck and Drummond in the parish of Pomeroy. Mary Shuter might also have been a cousin of the Kennedy line, but research findings are as yet inconclusive.

In the absence of any newspaper articles or other anecdotal records, the Registry of Deeds provides interesting clues about the estate in lands left by the late William Huggins. John executed several deeds during the fifteen-year period between July, 1824 (by which date he had removed to Skenarget townland in the parish of Pomeroy) and December, 1839, an outline of which follow:

  • 1824-07-12: Memorial no. 869-202-578202 – a deed of bargain and sale whereby, for the considerations therein mentioned, John Alexander Huggins of Skenarget conveyed to Thomas Eccles and William Eccles of the leasehold in Anagher townland (parish of Clonoe), the corn mill and kiln, together with parcels of land comprising 38 acres 2 roods 17 perches Irish plantation measure in total, citing the original deed held by John’s father (William Huggins d.1802). [8]
  • 1830-09-09: Memorial no. 863-243-575243 – a deed of mortgage whereby, for the consideration of an unstated sum received from John Hogg of Corlannon, John Huggins—then of Skenarget (parish of Desertcreat), county Tyrone—conveyed to Mr. Hogg (as security on the debt) a tenement in Market-street, Dungannon; subject to clause of redemption upon repayment. [9]
  • 1831-07-09: Memorial no. 1834-2-69 – a deed of rent charge, whereby John Huggins of Skenarget and David Shuter of Drummond agreed to pay to William McCrum of Ballynahinch, county Armagh [sic], an annuity of £20 out of the lands of Drummond (parish of Pomeroy), for the term of the natural life of John Shuter. William McCrum agreed to pay to David Shuter and John Huggins, or one of them, the sum of £50 every five years during the life of David Shuter. This might have been an error in transcription, since the name of John Shuter had not been stated previously. The reference was probably to the life of David Shuter, one of the executing parties. [10]
  • 1835-11-03Memorial no. 1835-18-190 – a deed of conveyance whereby John Huggins of Skinarget and John Hogg of Curlonan (parish of Pomeroy) transferred their respective interests in a leasehold in a tenement in Market-street, Dungannon, to Samuel King of Dungannon. Earlier, in 1830, John Huggins had taken out a mortgage with John Hogg, using this tenement to secure the debt. The leasehold in this tenement had been granted to John Huggins uncle, Gilbert Kennedy, apothecary of Dungannon in 1759. Johns late father, William Huggins, had also executed a sub-lease in this tenement to John Robinson in 1798. [11]
  • 1836-02-10: Memorial no. 1836-4-36 – a deed of conveyance whereby, John [Alexander] Huggins having attained the age of twenty-one years [some time previous to the execution of this deed], his uncle and guardian, Samuel Carson Huggins (d.1850), conveyed the leasehold in Gortgonis townland, parish of Tullyniskan, to John. John’s father, William (d.1802), had entrusted his children to the care of Samuel Carson Huggins and the leasehold in Gortgonis in trust. Registry of Deeds, Ireland (Dublin). [3]
  • 1836-04-14: Memorial no. 1836-7-81 – a deed of mortgage whereby, for the sum of £170 received from Samuel King, John Huggins of Skenarget, parish of Desertcreat conveyed three parcels, two in Gortgonis (parish of Tullyniskan) and one in Moy (parish of Clonfeacle), to secure the mortgage; with a covenant for repayment by the 14th April 1837 with interest or costs, and failing such repayment, it would be lawful for Mr. King to sell the leaseholds to satisfy the debt, interest, and costs. [12]
  • 1839-09-05: Memorial no. 1839-18-111 – a deed of conveyance whereby, for the sum of £60, John Alexander Huggins of Skinarget and Mary Huggins otherwise Shuter, his wife, and Samuel King of Coalisland, conveyed their respective interests in a tenement in Moy, county Tyrone, to Galbraith Johnston (9 September 1839). The Memorial recites a mortgage, presumably that which was extended by Samuel King to John Alexander Huggins on 14th April 1836 (see above), and judgments rendered thereon. Thus, it would appear that, by reason of default, Samuel King, the mortgage, forced the sale. The Memorial also recites the forfeiture of the jointure attaching to Mary Huggins née Shuter, in the amount of £20 per annum. Finally, the following dates were mentioned: 29th October 1800, the date of the demise of the lease in this tenement in Moy, and 30th April 1838, the renewal thereof; and 1st January 1791, the earlier date pertaining to the lease. [7]
  • 1839-09-05: Memorial no. 1839-18-112 – a deed of conveyance whereby, for the sum of £200, John Alexander Huggins of Skinarget and Mary Huggins otherwise Shuter, his wife, and Samuel King of Coalisland, conveyed their respective interests in a tenement known as the Store house tenement in Moy, county Tyrone, to James Sloan (5 September 1839). The terms and conditions in this deed of conveyance were identical to those defined for Memorial no. 1839-18-111, above. [13]
  • 1839-12-26: Memorial no. 1839-24-19 – a deed of conveyance whereby, in consequence of a judgment obtained out of the Court of Queen’s Bench and for the amounts then due on the mortgage obtained 14th April 1836 (see above), John Huggins conveyed two parcels in Gortgonis, parish of Tullyniskan, county Tyrone, to Samuel King. [14]

This course of Memorials follows the unfortunate decline in John Alexander Huggins’s financial fortunes as by late 1839, several parcels of land and the buildings, appurtenances, &c., thereon had been lost to the mortgagors. John Huggins’ objects in having borrowed these sums are unknown.

The maps, linked below, highlight the locations of several key places of interest to William Huggins (c.1749–1802) and his son, John Alexander:

  1. a basic modern road map, ranging from Pomeroy in the west to Lough Neagh in the east, and Cookstown in the north to Moy in the south;
  2. a topographical map, ranging from Pomeroy to Lough Neagh, and Sandholes to Dungannon; and,
  3. a second topographical map similar to that above, zooming in closer to include Skinarget, Carland, and Gortgonis.

See also the maps included in the biographical sketch of William Huggins.

John left Ireland on a date unknown. However, there is one passenger record of possible interest: on the 26th May 1849 arrived in New York the ship, New World, which had sailed out of Liverpool. A man named John Huggins, aged 53, a farmer by trade, and born in Ireland, was recorded on the passenger list. [15]

How- and whenever he arrived, John was recorded in the U.S. 1850 census enumeration for his brother William’s household in Grant County, Kentucky:

  • William Huggins, age 52, male, Physician, value of real estate £1,274, born in Ireland
  • ‡ Henrietta, female, born in Virginia
  • § John Huggins, age 54, no occupation, born in Ireland
  • census place: Grant County, Kentucky; [16] town or city not stated, but possibly Corinth or Crittendon.

    ‡ William’s wife.
    § John was probably a widower by this date.

John Alexander Huggins, formerly of Skenarget, county Tyrone, died at Louisville, Kentucky on the 17th November 1858, aged sixty-four years. His body was buried in Cave Hill cemetery. [17]

john-alexander-huggins-gravestone-findagrave

Gravestone of John Alexander Huggins (1794–1858).
Source: Pat Harmatuk Baker, 13 January 2017.
Contributed to Find-a-Grave Memorial no. 57992755 for John A. Huggins;
buried in Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky.

Gravestone inscription:
John A. Huggins
born Co Tyrone Ireland
died
Nov 17 1858
aged 64 years
[small typeface, which appears to be Job 19:25]. 
[17]

Postscript:—John Alexander Huggins appears to have died intestate.

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Links:

  • Huggins of Glenarb, parish of Aghaloo – family history index page
  • Biographical sketches, outlines, and timelines – index page

Sources:

1.

Based on an analysis of the Memorials of deeds executed by his father at about this time:
(a)
William Huggins purchased the leasehold in Englishtown on the 7th November 1791. Source: Registry of Deeds, Ireland (Henrietta Street, Dublin). Memorial no. 446-322-289815: Anketell to Huggins (dated 7 November 1791; registered 7 November 1791). Microfilm copy held by the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA (FHL film no. 534701); photocopy obtained in SLC, 10 May 2016. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2019-06-18.(b) William Huggins sold this leasehold on 30th October 1794. Source: Registry of Deeds, Ireland (Dublin). Memorial no. 489-318-309883: Huggins to Perry (dated 30 October 1794; registered 8 November 1794). Microfilm copy held by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (Belfast); archival ref. MIC/311/365 (extract by Alison Kilpatrick, November 2003). Microfilm copy held by the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA (FHL microfilm no. 535728); photocopy obtained in SLC, 11 May 2016. Transcribed by A. Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2019-06-18.)
(c)
By 26 March 1795, William Huggins had removed to Gortgonis townland in the parish of Tullyniskin, just south of Coalisland. Source: Registry of Deeds, Ireland (Dublin). Memorial no. 487-292-312988: Richardson to Huggins (dated 26 March 1795; registered 1 April 1795). Microfilm copy held by the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA (FHL film no. 535727); photocopy obtained in SLC, 11 May 2016. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2019-06-18.

2.

(i) Church of Ireland. Prerogative Court. Wills and Probate. Index entry: “William Huggins, 1802, Coal Island, county Tyrone.” Original record: Ireland Diocesan and Prerogative Wills & Administrations indexes 1595-1858. Archival ref. W97. Second entry in the 1809 index, ref. W235. Held by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (Belfast); extract by Alison Kilpatrick, November, 2003.
(ii) Vicars, Sir Arthur Vicars. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland, 1536–1810, and Supplement (1914). Digital copy of the index entry online at findmypast.co.uk (accessed 2015-09-19, by subscription). The original document does not survive.

3.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland (Dublin). Memorial no. 1836-4-36: Samuel Carson Huggins to John Huggins (dated 10 February 1836, registered 10 February 1836). Microfilm copy held by the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA (FHL film no. 469010); photocopy obtained in SLC, 18 May 2016. Transcribed and indexed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2019-06-18.

4.

Belfast Commercial Chronicle, 23 December 1811. “Crumlin Academy,” re: Christmas Examinations: James Huggins and Thomas Huggins, Ivy Lodge, Dungannon (sons of William Huggins, d.1802, under the guardianship of Samuel Carson Huggins, Ivy Lodge). Digital copy online at www.britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk (accessed by subscription, and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2015-12-31).

5.

Trinity College Dublin (TCD). Manuscripts & Archives Research Library. Alumni Dublinenses: a register of the students, graduates, professors and provosts of Trinity College in the University of Dublin (1593–1860). “William Huggins, Pen. (Rev. Nathaniel Alexander), Feb. 7, 1814, aged 16J; Presby., s. of William, defunctus; b. Co. Tyrone.” Ref. pg. 416. Dublin: Alex. Thom & Co., Ltd. (1924). Digital image online at TCD, www.digitalcollections.tcd.ie ©2009, (accessed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2015-04-30).

6.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland. Memorial no. 724-539-494874: Huggins to McCallin (dated 19 August 1816; registered 19 February 1818). Microfilm copy held by the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA (FHL film no. 463939); photocopy obtained in SLC, 17 May 2016. Transcribed and indexed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2019-06-18).
☛ Note: The deed cited a lease taken on the property by John’s late father, William Huggins, for a term of three lives: William, John Alexander, and Thompson, son to the said Thompson Huggins. Footnote: I suspect there were two transcription errors in the highlighted phrase: that the son was Thomas, son of William. There was another Thompson Huggins, a first cousin to John Alexander, son of John Huggins (d.1795) and Jane Thompson (d.1826). 

7.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland (Dublin). Memorial no. 1839-18-111: John Alexander Huggins and Mary Huggins otherwise Shuter, his wife, and Samuel King to Galbraith Johnston (dated 9 September 1839; registered 28 September 1839). Microfilm copy held by the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA (FHL film no. 549014); photocopy obtained in SLC, 18 May 2016. Transcribed and indexed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2019-06-19.

8.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland. Memorial no. 869-202-578202: Huggans to Eccles (dated 12 July 1824; registered 16 March 1831). Microfilm copy held by the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA (FHL film no. 468989); photocopy obtained in SLC, 18 May 2016. Transcribed and indexed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2019-06-18).

9.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland. Memorial no. 863-243-575243: Huggins to Hogg (dated 9 September 1830; registered 25 September 1830). Microfilm copy held by the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA (FHL film no. 468985); photocopy obtained in SLC, 18 May 2016. Transcribed and indexed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2019-06-18).

10.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland. Memorial no. 1834-2-69: Shuter & Huggins to McCrum (dated 9 July 1831; registered 22 January 1834). Microfilm copy held by the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA (FHL film no. 469009); photocopy obtained at SLC, 18 May 2016. Transcribed and indexed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2019-06-18.

11.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland (Henrietta Street, Dublin). Memorial no. 1835-18-190: Huggins & Hogg to King (dated 3 November 1835; registered 6 November 1836). Microfilm copy held by the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA (FHL film no. 469790); photocopy obtained in SLC, 20 May 2016. Transcribed and indexed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 18 June 2019).

12.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland (Dublin). Memorial no. 1836-7-81: Huggins to King (dated 14 April 1836; registered 16 April 1836). Microfilm copy held by the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA (FHL film no. 469794); photocopy obtained in SLC, 19 May 2016. Transcribed and indexed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2019-06-19.

13.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland (Dublin). Memorial no. 1839-18-112: Huggins & King to Sloan (dated 9 September 1839; registered 28 September 1839). Microfilm copy held by the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA (FHL film no. 549014); photocopy obtained in SLC, 18 May 2016. Transcribed and indexed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2019-06-19.

14.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland (Dublin). Memorial no. 1839-24-19: Huggins to King (dated 26 December 1839; registered 28 December 1839). Microfilm copy held by the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA (FHL film no. 549015); photocopy obtained in SLC, 18 May 2016. Transcribed and indexed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2019-06-19.

15.

The National Archives (USA). National Archives and Records Service. General Services Administration. Microcopy No. 237. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York 1820–1897. Roll 79. May 4 – June 4, 1849 (List Nos. 416–643). pub. Washington, 1957. Digital image online at ancestry.ca (accessed by Alison Kilpatrick by subscription, 2019-06-19). Extract: “List of cabin passengers on the ship, New World, sailing out of Liverpool and arriving in New York, 26th May 1849: No. 689  John Huggins, age 53, male, Farmer, [born in or formerly resident of?] Ireland, bound for the United States.”

16.

U.S. 1850 Census. William Huggins, age 52, with Henrietta (34), and John Huggins (54); in Grant County, Kentucky. Original record: Seventh Census of the United States, 1850; (National Archives Microfilm Publication M432, 1009 rolls); Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29; National Archives, Washington, D.C. Archival ref. Year: 1850; Census Place: Grant, Kentucky; Roll: M432_201; Page: 350A; Image: 298; enumerated 20th September 1850. Microfilm copy held by the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA (FHL film no. 442969); index online at familysearch.org (image no. 298, ref. no. 32; accessed 2009-12-17). Digital image online at ancestry.ca (accessed by Alison Kilpatrick by subscription, 2019-06-19).

17.

Find-a-Grave Memorial no. 57992755. John A. Huggins, born c.1793 in Ireland, died in November 1858 in the USA; buried in Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky (section N, lot 104, grave 1-A). Inscription: “John A. Huggins / born Co Tyrone Ireland / died / Nov 17 1858 / aged 64 years / [small typeface, which appears to be Job 19:25].” Buried in Cave Hill Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky (section N, lot 104, grave 1-A). Memorial created by “ctwardo,” 1 September 2010, and photographs of gravestone by “babs” and Pat Harmatuk Baker. Online at findagrave.com/memorial/57992755 (accessed 2014-03-24).

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