John Huggins (c.1740–1795), of Glenarb, parish of Aghaloo, county Tyrone

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John Huggins was the son of John Huggins (c.1715–1756) and Lettice Kennedy (1718–1797). [17] He was the third of his namesake to take up residence in Glenarb townland, parish of Aghaloo, county Tyrone.

John Huggins was one of two Presbyterians elected annually to the vestry for the parish of Aghaloo in the capacity of churchwarden. In the 18th century, the vestry of the Established Church [1] managed the affairs of the parish. The matters with which the vestry were concerned ranged from collecting cess (taxes), building roads, and allocating funds for repairs to the parish church, to sending foundlings to the orphanage in Dublin and approving emergent expenses for the poor. [2]

In May 1722, for the consideration of £950, John Huggins’s mother conveyed to him her right and title to the lands of Kedew and Glenarb in the parish of Aghaloo, and in Drumacanver and Lisglynn in county Armagh—without any Let or Interruption to her children, Letitia, Gilbert, Elizabeth, and Anne. [3]

In August 1772, John Huggins married Jean, daughter of James Thompson, of Creevelough townland. [19] John and Jean had ten children: John, James (d.1860), Letitia (d.1841), Mary (d.1865), Eliza Anne (d.1861), Jane, Sarah, Martha (or Matilda; d.1876), William H. (d.1868), and Thompson. John also fathered a natural daughter, Margaret. [4]

It isn't clear what business John Huggins engaged in. However, in addition to the purchase of Glenarb cited above, the following list of deeds, registered in Dublin, indicate a man with sufficient means to engage in matters of property:

John Huggins' name appeared in several news articles:

  • Belfast News-Letter, 5 November 1776: monies subscribed by twenty-one men, to reward the discovery and prosecution of the person or persons who "burglariously broke into" the dwelling-house of James McMullan, of Blackwatertown, county Armagh, and "out of the Cellar thereof, sixteen Rolls of Tobbaco feloniously taken, the Property of John Marshall and said McMullan;" [10]
  • Northern Star (Belfast), 25 January 1793: a meeting of the parochial delegates of county Tyrone, at which twenty-six persons were elected to represent the county in a provincial meeting to be held at Dungannon on the 15th February 1794, and resolutions passed sympathetic with the spirit of Volunteering in local regiments of militia; [11]
  • Belfast News-Letter, 14 September 1793: as trustee, with Anthony McReynolds, for the late Charles Man, of Moy, county Tyrone; [12] and,
  • Northern Star, 26 December 1794: an advertisement for the sale, by auction, of a moiety of the lands of Drumnacanver and Lisglinn, in the parish of Derrynoose, county Armagh, then in the possession of John Huggins and his under Tenants. [13]

John Huggins died in July, 1795, having devised his last will and testament on the 8th of the same month—being sick and weak in Body but of Good and perfect memory. He left legacies totalling £4,800  to his children; the residue of his real and personal estates to his wife, Jean, subject to the sale and disposition of such chattels as would be required to satisfy the monetary bequests to the children; and, an annuity, for life, of £7 to his natural daughter, Margaret. His Majesty's Prerogative Court granted probate to John Huggins, jun., and James Girvin on the 28th July 1795. [4]
‡ In current money, £4,800 is equivalent to about £211,550. However, the purchasing power was measured quite differently: in 1795, £4,800 was sufficient to purchase one of the following: 457 horses, 960 cows, 5333 stones of wool, 843 quarters of wheat, or wages to pay one skilled tradesman for 32,000 days. [18]

The following memorial was inscribed into the eastern wall of Caledon church yard, behind the family burying place (which is enclosed with iron rails): [14]

Sacred to the memory of
JOHN HUGGINS
of Glenarb
who died July 1795
and of his wife
JANE HUGGINS
who died in 1826
And their children
who lie buried here
Erected by their son 
James Huggins.

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Other references:

  • In 1793, John Huggins’s name was on the lengthy list of subscribers to the publication of the book, Poems on Several Subjects; by the Rev. John Anketell, A.B. Curate of Donaghendry Parish, County of Tyrone, Ireland. To which are added, The Epistle of Yarico to Inkle; and the English and Latin songs of Chevy Chase (Dublin: William Porter, 1793). [15] The Rev. John Anketell was the husband of John Huggins’s second, Anne Stevenson (1751–1836), daughter of James Stevenson (d.1767) and Jane Templeton of Stewartstown, county Tyrone. [16]

Links:

Sources and notes:

1.

Until 1871, the Established Church, or the state church, was the Church of Ireland (Anglican, or Episcopalian), funded by tithes.

2.

Marshall, John J. Vestry Book of the Parish of Aghalow (County Tyrone). Dungannon: The Tyrone Printing Co., Ltd., 1935.

3.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland (Henrietta Street, Dublin). Memorial no. 290-482-193815: Lettice Huggins [née Kennedy] of Glenarb, parish of Aghaloo, county Tyrone, to John Huggins, jun. (dated 28 May 1772, reg'rd 27 Nov 1772). Copy on microfilm at the PRONI, Belfast, ref. MIC/311/237, memorial no. 193815 (accessed and extract by Alison Kilpatrick, November 2003).

4.

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Belfast. Copy will of John Huggins, Glenarb, parish of Aghalow, county Tyrone (dated 28th July 1795). Archival ref. PRONI D889/1/41B. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick (November, 2003).

5.

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Belfast. Lord Charlemont to Huggins. Archival ref. PRONI D2433/A/45/1 & /2, dated 30 July 1762 (accessed and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, November 2003).

6.

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Belfast. Lord Charlemont to Huggins. Archival ref. PRONI D2433/A/45/6, dated 18 July 1796 (accessed and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, November, 2003).

7.

Registry of Deeds, Dublin. Oliver to Huggins. Memorial no. 403-346-267727 (dated 7 November 1778). Transcript by Sharon Oddie Brown (25 October 2006), online at The Silver Bowl, www.silverbowl.com (accessed 2015-11-13).

8.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland. John Stewart of Dublin, to John Huggins of Glenarb, parish of Aghaloo, co. Tyrone. Memorial no. 305208 (dated 31 March 1794). Copy on microfilm held by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (Belfast). Archival ref. MIC/311/360 (accessed and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, November 2003).

9.

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Belfast. Huggins and Girvin re: lease of Greenvale, county Armagh. Archival ref. PRONI D889/1/41B, dated 1794(?) (accessed and extract by Alison Kilpatrick, November 2003).

10.

Belfast News-Letter, 5 November 1776. Citing a reward for capture of person or persons responsible for breaking into the dwelling-house of James McMullan, Blackwatertown. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2002-12-22.

11.

The Northern Star (Belfast), 30 January 179. Citing parochial delegates of county Tyrone, meeting at Dungannon. Digital image online at www.newspapers.com (accessed by subscription, and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2014-10-23).

12.

Belfast News-Letter, 14 September 1793. Citing John Huggins and Anthony McReynolds, trustees for the late Charles Man, Moy, county Tyrone. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2002-12-22.

13.

The Northern Star (Belfast), 26 December 1794. Citing auction of land, Drumankenver and Lisglin, county Armagh." Digital image online at www.newspapers.com (accessed by subscription, and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2014-10-23).

14.

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.)

15.

Anketell, John. Poems on Several Subjects; by the Rev. John Anketell, A.B. Curate of Donaghendry Parish, County of Tyrone, Ireland. To which are added, The Epistle of Yarico to Inkle; and the English and Latin songs of Chevy Chase. Dublin: Printed for the author, by William Porter, Skinner-Row, 1793. (Consulted by Alison Kilpatrick, 2009-10-22.)

16.

(a) Saunders’s News-Letter, 10 August 1781. Marriage notice: “The Rev. John Anketell, of Stuart’s Town, county Tyrone, to Miss Ann Stevenson, of the same place.” Digital copy online at The British Newspaper Archive, www.britishnewspaper.archive.co.uk (accessed by Alison Kilpatrick by subscription, 2016-03-03).
(b) Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Belfast. 
Typescript extract of will of Robert Stevenson of Belfast, Co. Antrim, Surgeon. Archival ref. PRONI  T/283/A (transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2016-02-22).

17.

(a) Burke, Sir Bernard. Extract Pedigrees, mainly from Wills proved in the Prerogative Court of Ireland, 16th–18th Centuries. Held by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (Belast). Archival ref. PRONI T559/24, re: Lettice Huggins, pg. 73 (accessed by Alison Kilpatrick, November 2003).
(b) Kennedy-Bailie, Rev. Dr. James (1793–1864). Genealogical Table of the Family of Kennedy (compiled c.1835/6, with notes). Manuscript held privately.
(c) Registry of Deeds, Ireland. Memorial no. 137-440-93968: Deed poll of a bipartite marriage agreement, re: John Huggins, sen., to John Huggins, jun., both of Glenarb, parish of Achelow, county Tyrone, and Rev. John Kennedy of Edenderry, county Armagh to the Messrs. Huggins, on the occasion of the marriage of John Huggins, jun. and Letitia, daughter of Rev. Mr. Kennedy (dated 31 Aug 1739, registered 3 March 1749); citing also the senior John Huggins' sons-in-law, Joseph Marshall and David Ferguson, and daughter Margaret Ferguson otherwise Huggins, all of Kedew townland, parish of Achelow. Original record: Registry of Deeds office, Henrietta Street, Dublin; microfilm copy held by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (Belfast), PRONI ref. MIC/311/89; (accessed and extract taken by Alison Kilpatrick, November 2003); transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick from FHL film no. 461353 (online at familysearch.org), and submitted to Registry of Deeds Index Project Ireland irishdeedsindex.net, 2016-07-13.
(d) Registry of Deeds, Ireland (Henrietta Street, Dublin). Memorial no. 290-482-193815: Lettice Huggins [née Kennedy] of Glenarb, parish of Aghaloo, co. Tyrone, to John Huggins, jun. (dated 28 May 1772, registered 27 November 1772). Microfilm copy held by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (Belfast); archival ref. MIC/311/237, memorial no. 193815 (accessed and extract by Alison Kilpatrick, November 2003).

18.

The Currency Converter: 1270–2017. Hosted online by The National Archives (UK). The Currrency Converter calculated the value of £4,800 in the year, 1800,¶ to equal about £211,550 in 2017, or sufficient to pay for one of the following: 457 horses, 960 cows, 5333 stones of wool, 843 quarters of wheat, or wages to pay one skilled tradesman for 32,000 days. Online at www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/currency-converter/ (accessed 2019-06-06). ¶ The converter works in ten-year increments until the year, 1900.

19.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland (Henrietta Street, Dublin). Memorial no. 289-567-192610: John Huggins of Glenarb, parish of Aghaloo, co. Tyrone, to James Thompson of Creevelough, parish of Aghaloo (dated 19 August 1772, registered 22 August 1772). Extract by Alison Kilpatrick from the microfilm copy held by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (Belfast), November 2003. Transcript made from the microfilm copy held by the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA (FHL film no. 531662); transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to irishdeedsindex.net, 6 June 2019.

This page was published on the 14th November 2015, and edited subsequently on the 15th November 2015, and on 6th & 13th June 2019.

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