Samuel Carson Huggins (1825–1865) and Anne Eliza Crozier (c.1825-1900)

Samuel C. Huggins was the ninth, and youngest, child born to Samuel Carson Huggins (d.1850) and Mary Huggins (d.1865). Like the rest of his siblings, he was born at Donnydeade townland, parish of Clonfeacle, county Tyrone. [1]

In his youth, Samuel attended two schools of note in Ireland. The first was the Royal School of Dungannon, the Rev. John R. Darley, A.M., Master. Subjects taught included Scripture, Mechanics, Logic, Trigonometry, Algebra, Euclid, Hebrew, Greek, Latin, French, Composition in Verse and Prose, Elocution, Antiquities, Ancient and Modern Geography and History, Globes, Arithmetic, Drawing, Reading, Writing, English Grammar, and Spelling. At the half-yearly examinations held on the 16th and 17th of December 1839, Samuel was awarded a premium.

royal school dungannon

Source: "Royal School, Dungannon."
Donated by Robert Alexander to the County Tyrone genealogy web site,
online at
dungannon.html (accessed 2016-01-03).

Later, Samuel attended the Royal Belfast Academical Institution. On the 30th June 1842, Samuel was awarded a certificate for "diligence, good conduct and improvement."

royal belfast academical institution

Source: Royal Belfast Academical Institution.
Online at Inst in the Great War, "The Fallen of RBAI," (accessed 2016-01-03).

Samuel's education prepared him for a career as a legal writer in an attorney's office. [4] There were several attorneys' offices in Dungannon, with any one of which he may have found employment—Samuel Davidson, in Union Place; William Holmes, and William Peebles, in Market Square; and the office of Newton, Andrew, and Courtenay in Northland Row. [5] Like many of the professional gentlemen in the district, Samuel was involved in public events. For example, after the exhibitions were concluded at Dungannon Agricultural Society's show in September 1852, he attended the dinner given by Mr. Lilburn to more than sixty gentlemen. [6]

On the 6th June 1856, Samuel Carson Huggins married Anne Eliza, daughter of John Crozier, Esq., M.D., in the First Presbyterian Church, Dungannon. [7] Anne's older sister, Mary, had married Andrew Durham, Esq. M.D., of the East India Company's service in 1842. [8] Not long afterwards, Andrew received an appointment in India, to which place they removed. Mary having died in India, Andrew sent their two daughters to Ireland in 1856. During the next several years, while their own family was growing, Samuel and Anne took care not only of Andrew's daughters, but also of Anne's mother who had become quite infirm. From 1856 until Andrew's return to Ireland, there ensued a series of misunderstandings over the responsibilities and costs of this care, the arguments of which eventually wound up in the Court of Queen's Bench. Samuel sued for a portion of the expenses incurred on behalf of Andrew's children. However, the Court found for the defendant, Andrew Durham, leaving Samuel and Anne out of pocket and, presumably, rather on the outs with their relative. [9] A letter written by Samuel to the editor of the Belfast News-Letter served only as a means to explain his position, but little else. [10]

A couple of years later, in 1864, Samuel had another interesting encounter with the judicial system. His name had been entered onto the list of voters for the borough of Strabane (where he still held tenements in the town) as Samuel Carson Higgins. For the sake of a technicality, and in spite of day long joust between the attorneys, Samuel was not permitted to serve an objection to his name being struck off the list. [11]

As a landlord, Samuel's land holdings consisted solely of several small acreages in Drumrallagh, near Strabane—the tenements in the town of Strabane having been ceded to his uncle William Huggins. It must have been on behalf of his uncle when Samuel published a cautionary notice to readers about the tenant of one of those houses. [12] In 1863, Samuel and his siblings (except Laetitia) agreed to a long-term lease of lands in Drumrallagh with Charles McColgan. [13,14]

On the 1st October 1865, Samuel's mother, who was then quite elderly, died in Castle-hill, Dungannon. [15] Only two-and-a-half months later, Samuel died in his forty-first year on the 15th December 1865. He succumbed to typhus fever at 154, Rathmines Road, with his nephew, John Crozier Durham, at his side. [16,17] Samuel's wife, Anne, was left with four young children—Mary, age six; Harriett, five; William, two; and Annie, an infant of eight months. Five months after the death of her husband, Mary gave birth on the 18th April 1866 to the third in the line of the name, Samuel Carson Huggins. [18]

Anne Eliza Huggins raised her brood in Georges street in Dungannon. [19] In the latter part of her life, she lived with her adult children at 17, Prince Patrick Terrace, in Dublin. [20] Anne died on the 11th June 1900 at Fintonia, Greystones, in county Wicklow. [21] Anne composed a last will and testament, for which the index entry, only, survives; administration of the estate was granted to her daughter, Harriett. [22]

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Link to the children of Samuel Carson Huggins and Anne Eliza Crozier.

Additional newspaper references:

  • Belfast News-Letter, 24 April 1878 - Dungannon Bazaar, in which Mrs. Huggins and one of her daughters (named only as Miss Huggins) assisted a "bazaar in aid of the buildings connected with the First Dungannon Presbyterian Church Sabbath-school."
  • Derry Journal, 13 April 1892 - Huggins v. M'Cafferty, a legal action to recover "rent due out of land and houses near Strabane."


  1. The Presbyterian Church of Ireland. Dungannon Presbyterian Congregation, 17 February 1808 – 21 August 1866, Dungannon, county Tyrone. Baptism record for Samuel Carson Huggins, 29 July 1825, son of Samuel Carson Huggins and Mary Huggins, of Donnydeade, parish of Clonfeacle, county Tyrone. On microfilm at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Belfast. PRONI ref. MIC/1P/3A. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, November 2003.
  2. Dublin Evening Packet, 28 December 1839. "Royal School of Dungannon," re: half-yearly examinations, [Samuel C.] Huggins. Online at the British Newspaper Archive, (accessed 2015-11-19, by subscription). Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick.
  3. Belfast Commercial Chronicle, 2 July 1842. "Royal Belfast Academical Institution," re: premiums and certificates, [Samuel C.] Huggins. Online at the British Newspaper Archive, (accessed 2015-11-19, by subscription). Extract transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick.
  4. Civil Registration of Birth, Ireland. Name not given [Annie Elizabeth Huggins], born 28 March 1865, at George’s street, Dungannon, daughter of Samuel Carson Huggins, writing clerk, and Anne Eliza Crozier. Present at the birth: Alice Thompson, Altnavannog. Original record: Register Office of Ireland, Dublin, vol. 6, pg. 635. Transcribed from FHL film (2003-04). Submitted by A. Kilpatrick.
  5. The Belfast and Province of Ulster Directory for 1852. Re: attorneys and solicitors in the town of Dungannon, county Tyrone. Transcribed and hosted  online by Mary Lennon at Lennon Wylie, (accessed 2016-01-05).
  6. Northern Whig, 7 October 1852. "Dungannon Agricultural Society," re: Samuel Huggins. Online at the British Newspaper Archive, (accessed 2015-11-19, by subscription). Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick.
  7. Civil Registration of Marriage, Ireland. Groom: Samuel Carson Huggins, full age, bachelor, resident of Dungannon, parish of Drumglass, son of Samuel Huggins, Gentleman. Bride: Anne Eliza Crozier, full age, spinster, resident of [same], daughter of John Crozier, Doctor of Medicine. Marriage solemnised, 6th June 1856, in the 1st Dungannon Presbyterian Church, by licence, Charles L. Morell. Witnesses: James Huggins, Mary Bell. Original record: General Register Office of Ireland, Dublin. Transcribed from FHL microfilm copy, Vol. 5, pg. 553 (2003-04).
  8. The Northern Standard (Monaghan), 7 May 1842. Marriage notice—"May 2, by the Rev. J. Collins, A. Durham, Esq., M.D., of the East India Company’s Service, to Mary, eldest daughter of John Crozier, Esq., M.D., of Mullaghmore, near Caledon, county Tyrone." Transcribed by A. Kilpatrick, from microfilm copy (British Library).
  9. Belfast News-Letter, 29 November 1862. "Samuel P. Higgins v. Durham." Digital copy online at the British Newspaper Archive, (accessed 2016-01-03, by subscription). Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick.
  10. Belfast News-Letter, 1 December 1862. "Huggins v. Durham," re: Samuel C. Huggins v. Andrew Durham. Digital copy online at the British Newspaper Archive, (accessed 2016-01-03, by subscription). Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick.
  11. Tyrone Constitution, 28 October 1864. "Tyrone Revision Sessions," re: Saml. Carson Huggins. Digital copy online at the British Newspaper Archive, (accessed 2015-12-19, by subscription). Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick.
  12. Belfast Morning News, 26 September 1859. "Isabella Devenny," and "Caution," by S.C. Huggins re: Mrs. Isabella Devenny. Digital copy online at the British Newspaper Archive, (accessed 2015-12-19, by subscription). Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick.
  13. Registry of Deeds, Ireland. Huggins & ors to McColgan. Memorial no. 1862-40-157, registered 13 December 1863. Copy on microfilm at the PRONI, Belfast, ref. MIC/311/885 (accessed 2003-11). Extract by Alison Kilpatrick.
  14. Charles McColgan was the immediate lessor of tenements nos. 31-35 on Barrack street until a "Miss Hoggins" purchased those real estate interests in 1870. Source: Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (Belfast). Valuation Revision Book, Town Parks of Strabane, parish of Camus, Barony of Lower Strabane. PRONI ref. VAL/12/B/42/31B. Miss Hoggins, immediate lessor, tenements nos. 31-35 (except 33a, representatives of Charles M'Colgan), Barrack street, Strabane. Digital copy online at (accessed 2016-01-06).
  15. General Register Office of Northern Ireland (Belfast). Civil Registration of Death. Mary Huggins, died 1 October 1865; widow of S.C. Huggins, Gent. Present at the death: Jane Huggins. Dungannon Registration District. Vol. XVII, pg. 621. Transcribed by A. Kilpatrick, November 2003, at the GRONI.
  16. Derry Journal, 20 December 1865. "Died.—December 15, at 154, Rathmines Road, Dublin, of typhus fever, Mr. Samuel C. Huggins, of Dungannon, aged 36 years." Digital copy online at The British Newspaper Archive, (accessed 2015-12-19, by subscription).
  17. Civil Registration of Death, Ireland. Samuel Carson Huggins, died 15 December 1865; place of death, 154 Rathmines Road, Rathmines district, Dublin South Union; John Crozier Durham, present at the death. Transcribed by A. Kilpatrick, from FHL microfilm no. 101645, vol. 2, pg. 711 (2003-04).
  18. Civil Registration of Birth, Ireland. Samuel Carson Huggins, born 18 April 1866, at Castlehill, Dungannon; son of Samuel Carson Huggins (deceased), writer in attorney’s office, and Anne Eliza Crozier. Informant: Alice Thompson, Altnavannog. Original record: Register Office of Ireland, Dublin, vol. 6, pg. 255. Transcribed from FHL film (2003-04).
  19. Slater's Royal National Commercial Directory of Ireland (1870) "Huggins Mrs. —, George [sic] st." Dungannon. Digital copy online at (accessed 2016-01-03, by subscription).
  20. Ibid. (1894). "Huggins Samuel C." 17 Prince Patrick Terrace, Dublin.
  21. Civil Registration of Death, Ireland. Anne Eliza Huggins, female, married [sic], age 66 years, Householder; died 11 January 1900, Fintonia, Greystones, county Wicklow; cause of death: chronic albuminuria 4 years, influenza pulmonary [illegible] 3 days, certified; informant: E. Baggs, undertaker, Greystones; registered 14th January 1900. Purchased by A. Kilpatrick (2004-01-07), from the Office of the Registrar General (Dublin), GRO ref. GRO-18568.

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