John Huggins of Glenarb (d.1756)

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John Huggins (d.1756) was the son of John Huggins (died c.1741), and the second of his name to live at Glenarb townland, parish of Aghaloo, county Tyrone. John, the younger, had two sisters: Margaret, who married David Ferguson, of Farriter, parish of Killeeshil, in 1730; and another sister, Ann, who married Joseph Marshall, of Blackwatertown, county Armagh. [1]

In 1739, John jun. formalized a deed poll with his father and the Rev. John Kennedy, of Edenderry, to contract a marriage with Miss Lettice Kennedy. By that agreement, the Rev. John Kennedy agreed to a dower of £100, and John sen. bestowed upon his son a marriage portion of three components:

  • the lease in Glenarb, with all the household goods and chattels;
  • the lease in Kedew townland, on the the decease of John sen., excepting those portions occupied by his (John sen.'s) sons in law, Joseph Marshall and David Ferguson; and,
  • the interest accruing on a debt of £200 due from Mrs. Johnston, of Nappeck [Nappagh?], the principal to be held in reserve for the benefit of John sen.'s wife and children. [2]

Thus, on the death of John sen. in 1741, John jun. inherited the rights and obligations of lessee in the land portions described, above: Glenarb, continuing under a lease agreed in 1731 [3]; and in Kedew, under a lease agreed in 1735[4]

On the 11th November 1746, John Huggins, as executor of his father’s estate, assumed control over the leasehold in Drumnacanver and Lisglynn, in the parish of Derrynoose, county Armagh, in trust (the original lease having been set to his father by Edward Mathews of Newcastle, county Down). On the 23rd February 1747, John acquired the leasehold in these lands from John McCall and Nathaniel McCall of Mullineal, parish of Aghaloo, to whom John’s father had previously sub-let the holding. [5]

As his late father had done, John Huggins served on the Vestry of the local parish church, St. John’s (Church of Ireland), as a Presbyterian representative. He was elected to the Vestry of the parish of Aghaloo on the 30th September 1747. [6]

In 1752, in compliance with the requirements of the lease set for the lands in Kedew, the following inventory enumerated the improvements which had been made in the erection of buildings, &c.:

    Improvements returned by
    John Huggins May 1752
  One Dwelling House 10 feet high 20 feet wide
  and 45 feet long of Brick and Lime Office Houses
  conformable, number of Ash 360  Tenants
  under John Huggins viz. [tenants not named] [4]

Only four years later, this entry, which had marked the considerable enterprise undertaken by the Hugginses, was accompanied by a handwritten note in the margin—declaring that John Huggins had died in 1756. [4] The demise of John Huggins occurred at a time when great numbers thoughout Ireland were perishing from a potato famine. [6] Undoubtedly, this scourge was accompanied by epidemics of typhus and cholera, to either of which John Huggins might have succumbed.

Although John Huggins appears to have died intestate, we do have an abstract of his wife's will, courtesy of Sir Bernard Burke's extract pedigrees. After occupying the station of widow for more than forty years, Mrs. Huggins died on the 22nd July 1797, and her will was proved several months later. [7] This precious abstract, and other deeds executed by Lettice Huggins née Kennedy during her lifetime, tell us the names of her children—for which, please refer to the biographical sketch for this esteemed old lady.

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Sources:

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Registry of Deeds, Ireland. Memorial no. 109-245-75752: John Huggins of Glenarb, parish of Aghaloo, co. Tyrone, to Andrew and David Ferguson of Farriter, parish of Killeeshil, co. Tyrone (dated 2 October 1730, registered 7 February 1742). Microfilm copy held by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland. Archival ref. MIC/311/72 (accessed and extract by Alison Kilpatrick, November, 2003). Microfilm copy held by the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah (FHL film no. 522823); digital images online at www.familysearch.org (accessed and transcribed by A. Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2016-07-12).

2.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland. Memorial no. 137-440-93968John Huggins, sen., of Glenarb, parish of Aghaloo, co. Tyrone, to John Huggins, jun., and the Rev. John Kennedy of Edenderry, parish of Eglish, co. Armagh, to John Huggins, jun. (dated 31 August 1739, registered 3 March 1749). Microfilm copy held by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (Belfast). Archival ref. MIC/311/89 (accessed and abstract by Alison Kilpatrick, November, 2003). Microfilm copy held by the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA (FHL film no. 461353); digital images online at www.familysearch.org (accessed, transcribed, and annotated by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net, 2016-07-13).

3.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland. Memorial no. 79-503-57084: Lord Charlemont to John Huggins of Glenarb, parish of Aghaloo, county Tyrone (dated 30 August 1731, registered 14 November 1735). Microfilm copy held by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (Belfast). Archival ref. MIC/311/50 (accessed by Alison Kilpatrick, November 2003). Microfilm copy held by the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA (FHL microfilm no. 522815); digital images online at familysearch.org (transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeedsindex.net (2016-07-12).

4.

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (Belfast). “Hamilton to Huggins lease in Kedew, 1st May 1735.” In, Transactions Relateing [sic] to Caledon Estate Since the Grant Thereof to William Hamilton Esq. by King Charles the 2nd. Citing first, landlord’s notes on improvements undertaken in Kedew by 1752; second, the death of John Huggins the elder [undated]; and third, John Huggins the younger’s death in 1756. Archival ref. PRONI D2433/A/5/3 (pg. 252) (accessed and abstract by Alison Kilpatrick, November 2003).

5.

Registry of Deeds, Ireland. Memorial no. 128-511-87797: John and Nathaniel McCall of Mullyneal, parish of Aghaloo, co. Tyrone, formerly of the Dyan, to John Huggins of Glenarb, parish of Aghaloo, to McCall (dated 21 January 1747; registered 23 February 1747). Microfilm copy held by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (Belfast). Archival ref. MIC/311/84 (accessed and extract by Alison Kilpatrick, November 2003). Microfilm copy held by the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA (FHL film no. 522833); digital images online at www.familysearch.org (accessed, transcribed, and annotated by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to www.irishdeeds.index.net, 2016-08-12.

6.

Marshall, John J. Vestry Book of the Parish of Aghalow (Caledon, County Tyrone). Dungannon: The Tyrone Printing Co., Ltd., 1935. ☛ Extracts from the Vestry minutes for the Huggins, Girvin, Marshall, and Thompson surnames.

7.

Burke, Sir Bernard. Extract Pedigrees, mainly from Wills proved in the Prerogative Court of Ireland, 16th-18th Centuries. Microfilm copy held by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (Belfast). Archival ref. PRONI T559/24, re: Lettice Huggins, pg. 73 (accessed by Alison Kilaptrick, November 2003).

If you have a family history connection to a Huggins family from the county of Tyrone—or if you have information to add to the biographical sketches presented here—please consider getting in touch via the contact page.

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