This blog post is written to highlight a search for the children of James Huggins, jun.,1 who have disappeared from the Irish records.
The several children of interest were born in the parish of Aghaloo and county of Tyrone, and baptised in the parish church of St. John (Church of Ireland) in Caledon: 2
- William Huggins, son of James’ first wife, Isabella; born 1829 in the Dyan;
- Samuel Huggins, son of James’ second wife, Mary Ann; born 1833, also in the Dyan;
- Margaret Huggins, daughter of Mary Ann, born 1834, again in the Dyan; and,
- Jane Huggins, daughter of Mary Ann, born 1839 in the town of Caledon.
Does it seem likely that each of them died in infancy, as did three of their siblings? That would seem an uncommonly high proportion of infant mortality, yet it might well have been the case. However, it seems equally likely that one or more of them emigrated.
On the assumption, that one or more of them survived, here is published an “all call” for the whereabouts of these four near relatives. The article, James Huggins, jun. (c.1803–1849) of Glenarb, provides further details.
If any of these names and related details strikes a reader as a familiar part of their family history, please consider dropping a line via the contact page.
Source citation for this page: — Kilpatrick, Alison. “In search of the several children of James Huggins, jun., of Glenarb, county Tyrone.” Blog article published to Arborealis on 7th December 2020; online at arborealis.ca/2020/12/07/in-search-of-huggins-children/, accessed [insert date of access].
- Church of Ireland. St. John’s parish church, Caledon, parish of Aghaloo, county Tyrone. Solemnization of a Burial. Extract: 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.
- Church of Ireland. St. John’s parish church, Caledon, parish of Aghaloo, county Tyrone. Solemnization of Baptisms. (i) July 16, 1829, William, son of William [sic] Huggins, weaver, and Isabella, his wife, of Dian [the Dyan]. (ii) Samuel Huggins, 8 September 1833, daughter of James and Mary Ann [sic] Huggins of Dion [Dyan, parish of Aghaloo], occupation of father: Labourer. (iii) Margaret Huggans [sic], 7th December 1834, daughter of James and Mary Ann [sic] Huggans of Dion [Dyan, parish of Aghaloo], occupation of father: Labourer. (iv) Jane, daughter of James Huggins & Mary Anne his wife, of Caledon, Farmer, 11 August 1839. Source: Copies of church registers on microfilm held by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (Belfast), PRONI ref. MIC/1/326. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 4 September 2017.