no it is not an event like a sit-in. Huggins was a name that appeared in Lauderdale County, Alabama around the 1840 era. There are still descendants of the Phillip Huggins line and the Mathew English (born 1772) line in the Shoals area. A family reunion was held at McFarland Park in Florence for the English and Huggins descendants some years. The Huggins family was a prolific family that dated back to colonial days.
The progenitor of this Huggins line was John Huggins who was born in Belfast, Antrim, Ireland and died in Rowan County, North Carolina. Son, Luke Huggins, who was born 28 Nov 1723 in Belfast, Antrim, Ireland. He died 6 Jul 1806 in Lincoln County, North Carolina. It is not known where he is buried, but the surname is found in two cemeteries in Lincoln County, North Carolina: Hollybrook Cemetery in Lincolnton and Mount Zion Baptist Church Cemetery in Alexis.
The Huggins were some of the colonial first families of our budding nation. In Colonial Families of the United States of America: Volume 6 ISSUE BY FIRST MARRIAGE the following passage is given: William Hancock, of Onslow County, North Carolina; b. 15th October, 1773; d. 27th September, 1849; m. (firstly) Dorothy (surname not given); m. (secondly) the widow Dudley; m. (thirdly) Ruth Huggins, sister of Luke Huggins.
Ruth and Luke’s parents were John Huggins 1690-1752 and Mary Carruth 1697-1796. John Huggins’ parents were James Huggins 1653 – 1728 born in Dumbarton, Dunbartonshire, Scotland and died in Anterim, Scotland; and Janet McClelland who was born and died in Scotland. It is noted that John Huggins’ parents were Crandall O Hagan born in 1620 and Shirlie ODonally. No research has been conducted on these names.
John and Mary Carruth Huggins had a large family of children: James Huggins 1715 – 1789, Helen Huggins born 1716, Robert Huggins born 1718, James Huggins 1719 – 1742, Jane Huggins 1721 – 1798, Mary Huggins 1722 – 1787, Luke Huggins 1723 – 1806, John Huggins 1725 – 1811, Ann Huggins 1727 – 1789, William Huggins 1729 – 1801, James Huggins 1730 – 1793, and Mary Polly Huggins 1770 – 1832.
The Huggins surname appears regularly among those who fought for Independence in the American Revolution. Among the names were Daniel Huggins, James Huggins, Luke Huggins, Michael Huggins and Nehemiah Huggins. Luke Huggins, James Huggins, and Michael Huggins all entered service on 25 April 1781 in Dixon’s Company. They served for twelve months and left service on 25 April 1782. Nehemiah Huggins served in Sharp’s Company and enlisted for three years. James Huggins may have reached the rank of Captain.
Luke and wife Nelly had a large family of children: Charles Huggins, Esther Huggins, Hannah Huggins, Isaac Huggins, Jacob Huggins, James Huggins, Luke Huggins, Nelly Huggins Littlejohn, Phoebe Huggins Shelfer, Sarah Huggins Standley, Temperance Huggins, Thomas Huggins, and Phillip Jasper Huggins 1765 – 1840.
The following is the Will for Luke Huggins:
Will of Luke Huggins Jones County, N. Carolina
In the name of God amen, the eighth day of March 1784
I Luke Huggins of Jones Conty in the state of North Carolina, being in health
of body and of perfiect mind and memory thanks be given to God. therefore,
calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowning that it is appointed
for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last will and testament
in manner and form as follows.
Imprimis I lend to my beloved wife Nelly Huggins all my lands with the
plantation I now live on also all the rest of my estate of all kins
whatsoever during her natural life or widowhood.
Imprimis I give unto my daughter Phebe Shelfer on shilling sterling money.
Imprimis I give unto my daughter Sarah Standley one shilling sterling money.
Imprimis I give unto my daughter Nelly Littleton one shilling sterling money.
Imprimis I give unto my son James Huggins on shilling sterling money to him
& his heirs forever.
Imprimis I give unto my son Luke Huggins on shilling sterling money to him
his heirs forever.
Imprimis I give unto my son Isaac Huggins on shilling sterling money to him
& his heirs forever
Imprimis I give unto my son Jacob Huggins the plantation I now live on with
all the rest of my lands to him & his heirs forever.
Imprimis I give all the rest of my estate of all kind whatsoever to my
youngest children Esther Huggins, Hanna Huggins, Thomas Huggins, Charles
Huggins, and Temperance Huggins to be equally divided among them at my death
or the death of my wife Nelly Huggins, likewise I constitute and ordain Simon
Speight and John Perry executors of this my last will and testament.
I hereby utterly revoke and disannull all other wills or testaments ratifying
and confirming this and no other as my last will and testamen; in witness
whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written.
Luke Huggins (seal)
signed sealed published and declared as his
last will and testament in the presence of the subscribers
Nathan X Bryan
Probated Jones County, N. Carolina
Dec. Term 1784
Nathan Bryan, Adonija Parry, Simon
Speight were there
Test. Lew. Bryan C. C.
Jones County Will Book A pg 40-42
March 08, 1784 – Dec 1784
There was no mention of Phillip Huggins in the will; and that can not be explained with the information known today. As with all family research, you present the best information that is available at the time of research. There are bound to be some unknowns, unexplainables, errors, and omissions; it is just the nature of the human. However, the information presented is a very sound foundation for more research.
Phillip Jasper Huggins was born ca 1765 in Burke County, North Carolina and died in 1840 in Van Buren, Arkansas. Jane Morris was born 1771 in Burke County, North Carolina and married 8 December 1791 to Phillip Huggins. Their children were:
John Huggins born 9-22-1792 in Buncombe County, North Carolina USA
Died 16 April 1849 in Franklin County, Arkansas Married 10-14-1819 in Lauderdale County Alabama to Sarah D Farris
Mary Huggins born 1794 in North Carolina
Died 1855 in Van Buren, Arkansas
Married (in Tennessee?) before 1820 to Henry Goodnight, Jr
Luke Huggins Sr born 3-1-1795 in Buncombe, North Carolina
Died 1 Feb 1879 in Ozark, Franklin County, Arkansas
Married 14 March 1818 in Tennessee to Nancy Melton
Susannah Charlotte Huggins born 1796 in North Carolina
Died 19 Nov 1883 in Hopkins County, Texas
Married 2 Feb 1818 in Giles County, Tennessee to William Garret
Tabitha Huggins born 1797 in Burke/Buncombe County, North Carolina
Died July 1886 in Mcnairy County, Tennessee
Married 1818 in Lauderdale County, Alabama to Thomas Pinkney Hamm
Rachel Huggins born 13 Sep 1798 in North Carolina
Died 10 Jan 1874 in AR
Married William Hamm
Jenny Huggins bron in 1799 in North Carolina, death not known
Married 14 Jan 1823 in Lauderdale County, Alabama to John H Garrett
Elizabeth Huggins born 18 Feb 1800 in North Carolina, death not known
Married 19 October 1820 in Lauderdale County, Alabama to John English
James Madison Huggins born 27 May 1801 in Buncombe County, North Carolina
Died 2 Sep 1892 in Mcnairy County, Tennessee
Married 12 Jan 1823 in Lauderdale County, Alabama to Elizabeth Robertson
Thomas J Huggins born 1797 in North Carolina, death not known
Married Elizabeth Huggins
Married Nancy English
Phillip Jasper Huggins born 25 Jul 1809 in Lauderdale County, Alabama Died between 1850-1860 in McNairy County, Tennessee
Married Agnes Robertson
Married 25 Feb 1823 in Lauderdale County, Alabama to Elizabeth English
Sarah Morris “Sally” Huggins born 18 March 1811 in Kentucky
Died 4 March 1844 in Tennessee
Married 14 Jun 1825 in Florence, Lauderdale County, Alabama to William Alfred Stone
Anney Huggins born 26 May 1817 in McNairy County, Tennessee
Died 11 July 1896 in McNairy County, Tennessee
Married 23 Dec 1824 in Lauderdale County, Alabama to Richard Rushing
Tabitha Huggins and her husband Thomas Pinckney Hamm’s son was John M. Hamm who was the subject of a writing in Goodspeed’s. The text of the article follows:
HAMM, John M., one of the pioneers of the Fourth District, and son of Thomas P. and Tabitha (Huggins) Hamm, was born in Lauderdale County, Ala., in 1822, being the third of thirteen children, two only living. The father, Thomas P., was of Scotch-Dutch ancestry, born in Kentucky in 1778. The grandfather, John HAMM, was a native of South Carolina, born about 1759 and when fourteen or fifteen years of age volunteered his services in the Revolutionary war, served under Gen. MARION; was married in his native State and afterward went to Logan County, Ky., from there to Middle Tennessee, then to Lauderdale County, Ala., finally settling in McNairy County in 1826, where he engaged in farming until his death, October, 1836. He was a magistrate for a number of years. Thomas P. received a common-school education, while residing in Kentucky; married in 1818, and came to McNairy County in 1827, where, with the exception of a few years spent in Hardin County, he remained until his death in 1856. He was a farmer. The mother was born in North Carolina in 1778, and died July, 1886. Our subject, John M., was brought up on his father’s place; received such education as the common schools afforded; came to McNairy County with his family, and was married December, 1843, to Elizabeth, daughter of Robert C. and Rebecca HOUSTON. She was born in 1827. Their union was blessed with twelve children, of whom are Archibald B., James R., Rebecca, wife of Wilson A. SMITH, of Arkansas; Cynthia Ann, wife of Thomas RAMER; Tabitha, wife of James PRATHER; Mary E., wife of Dr. J. L. LAWSON; Fannie, wife of Jones REEDER; Sallie, wife of Thomas BAKER; John H., William and Mac. Mr. HAMM has lived in the vicinity and on his farm since 1865. He at one time owned 800 acres of land, but has divided a portion of it among his children; still has 400 of valuable acres under high cultivation, well improved, three miles east of Ramer. He is a man of great industry, and well informed, possessed of fine business capacity. He takes a deep interest in the advancement of education, has always a helping hand for charitable and religious institutions. At about the time of his majority was elected magistrate, held the office for twenty-five years, was tax collector about twenty-seven years, and in 1880 was census taker. He is a Democrat and has always been. The first presidential vote he cast was for James K. POLK, in 1844. He has been a member of the Masonic fraternity thirty-five years, taking the Royal Arch degree. Both he and his wife are devoted members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
Source: Goodspeed Biographies McNairy County Tennessee.
The Bible for Phillip Jasper Huggins and Ella English Huggins provides much information on the family members.
P. J. & ELLA HUGGINS FAMILY BIBLE
- James M. Huggins and Elizabeth Robertson was married Jan 14, 1823
- Philip Huggins and Jane Morris was married Dec the 8th, 1791
- Joseph Robertson and Margaret Simpson was married July 26th, 1804
- P. J. Huggins and Ella English were married Oct 11, 1885 Witness J. N. Hamm and J. W. McCoy
- James M. Huggins was born May the 27th AD 1801
- Elizabeth Robertson was born June 20th AD 1807
- Leroy M. Huggins was born Nov 27th 1823
- Lucinda was born Aug 1st 1825
- Joseph R. Huggins was born May 12th 1827
- Roda Huggins was born May 7th 1830
- J. S. Huggins was born Dec 31st 1832
- James L. Huggins was born Aug 9th 1834
- Levi H. Huggins was born Feb 2nd 1838
- Philip Huggins was born Nov 14th 1839
- Huggins was born May 20th 1841
- Elizabeth Huggins was born Oct 16th 1845
- Sarah J. Huggins was born oct 26th 1848
- Martha A. Huggins was born July 7, 1850
- P. J. Huggins bornd Feb 14, 1864
- Ella English bornd Nov 5, 1868
- Edna N. Huggins bornd Aug 10, 1887
- Lee Audry Huggins bornd May 24, 1893
- Harlie Abbey Huggins borned May 31, 1895
- Arthur Huggins bornd Nov 5, 1897
- Edgar Judson Huggins bornd Sept 21, 1901
- Joe R Huggins was born Mar 13, 1860
- Lucinda Huggins departed this life August 15th 1825
- Rhoda Huggins departed this life Sept 29th 1831
- Levi H Huggins departed this life Feb 19th 1840
- Margaret Huggins departed this life Aug 5th 1841
- Martha A Huggins departed this life Sept the 7th 1850
- Joseph R. Huggins departed this life Aug 30th 1853
- Elizabeth Huggins the wife of James M Huggins, Sen Died May 1st 1882
- James M. Huggins died Sept 3rd, 1892
- J. S. Huggins departed this life Oct 27th, 1900
- Joc R. Huggins died Nov 26th 1927
- Thomas B. Huggins died Apr 9, 1928
- Lee M. Huggins died Nov 31, 1936
- Belle Latta Huggins died Nov 3, 1936
- Izora Huggins wife of Lee Huggins died Sep 1, 1931
- Martha Hamm wife of J. N. Hamm died Feb 2, 1940
- Robert C. Huggins died July 11, 1953
- James L. Hugginsdeparted this life Feb 27, 1952Courtesy of: Sybil Hamm Taylor and Nancy Wardlow Kennedy
James Montgomery Huggins, the eldest son of Phillip Jasper and Jane Morris Huggins was born 27 May 1801 in Buncombe County, North Carolina and died 3 Sep 1892 in Gravel Hill, McNairy County, Tennessee. The Huggins families lived in Gravel Hill, Michie and Guys communities. James Huggins married 18 Feb 1823 to Elizabeth Robertson or Robison in Lauderdale County, Alabama. Their children were: John Morris Huggins, Leroy M. Huggins of Corinth, Mississippi; Joseph Huggins, John Simpson Huggins of McNairy County, Tennessee; John L. Huggins of Corinth, Mississippi: Phillip Huggins, and Elizabeth Cates of Kossuth, Mississippi, wife of R.C. Cates, son of Pleasant Cates formerly of the county seat of Purdy.
John Morris Huggins was born December 1832 in Lauderdale County, Alabama and died 23 Sep 1890 in Mulberry, Franklin County, Arkansas. The Huggins family went to Arkansas before the 1840s and They seem to have ties to other families: Goodnight family in Van Buren; Reeves, Null, English, Weaver families who came from Giles County and McNairy County in Tennessee or Lauderdale County, Alabama.
Leroy M. “Lee” Huggins’ father was John Morris Huggins and Caroline Bower Huggins, according to Lee M. Huggins’ death certificate. Both Leroy M. Huggins were evidently called “Lee M.” and their names appear as such in many records. This Leroy M. Huggins’ middle name was Montgomery, like his grandfather James Montgomery Huggins.
Leroy M. Huggins was listed in his father’s household on the 1850 census record in McNairy County, Tennessee. On the 1860 census record where he resides in the Gravel Hill community in McNairy County, Tennessee he is married and has one small child. His wife is listed as S.D.E. as a given name. Their child is one year old George M. Huggins [which likely is Georgia Ann Huggins, a daughter and there was an enumeration error]. Included in the household are W. E. English, 28 years old, and John English, 26 years old. Leroy sold the store he owned at Gravel Hill in McNairy County, Tennessee to John R. Gooch in 1899. He was secretary for many years for the Masonic Lodge after it was organized in 1853. He was postmaster at Gravel Hill from 1847 to February 1867, and again later to September 1868. Leroy and his brother Leander moved to Corinth, Mississippi, where they established a general merchandise business.”
Leroy M. Huggins married Sarah Della Elizabeth (1837-1921) on 5 December 1854. She was the daughter of Ephriam and Sarah Davenport Sheffield. The 1860 census record listed the couple with their first child as George M. Huggins, male, age one; that must have been an error on the enumerators part. Children of “Lee” and “Lizzie Huggins” were:
- Georgia Ann Huggins Inge (1859 -1937)
- Della Elizabeth Huggins Taylor (1869 – 1956)
- Virginia “Virgie” Clyde Huggins Young (born 1879 )
- Sarah Frances Huggins
- Alice Lee Huggins born ca 1863
- Mary Ella Huggins 1867 – 1943
- James Ephriam Huggins 1873 – 1962
Edna Huggins born ca 1878
Daughter Virgie C and her husband Herbert Young are in the household with Elizabeth Huggins in both 1900 and 1910 census. They live on Judson in Corinth; and Elizabeth has seven children living of eight born. Daughter Georgie Inge is in her household on the 1920 census record. In 1920 they reside on Jackson Street in Corinth, Mississippi. Elizabeth Sheffield Huggins is listed as having seven children living of eight born to her on the 1920 census.
Son James Ephraim Huggins’ death certificate gave the place of birth for his mother as Colbert County, Alabama. On his WWI Draft Registration the following information is obtained: lives at Rt 2, Rienzi, Mississippi; 45 years old, farms for self; nearest relative is wife Maggie Huggins; medium build and height, blue eyes, light hair, not bald. On his death record the following information is obtained: cause of death is Sarcoma of right mandible/metastares and malnutrition, wife was Margaret Frances Huggins who had died 24 Sep 1942. He is buried at New Hope Cemetery, his parents were Lee and Elizabeth Huggins.
There is enough discrepancy in records to cast a big shadow on relations of the Huggins’ families. Some records show that Meredith Stanford Huggins was the son of William Franklin Huggins, who in turn is the son of John Morris Huggins. There should be enough valid information that family of the Huggins’ lines might be able to sort it out, but we only go on what information seems relevant for this treatise.
Leroy Montgomery Huggins son, Merideth S “Minty” Huggins was born 15 Sep 1854 in Guys for Gravel Hill, McNairy County, Tennessee and died 27 Feb 1929 in Guys, Mcnairy County, Tennessee. Merideth S “Minty” Huggins married Sarah Caroline Farris Faires 1853 – 1927. Their known children are: Louella Huggins South 1875 – 1971, Elenander Huggins 1877 – 1965, Elvin Huggins Mills 1878 – 1946, Julius Huggins born 1880, Elmer Huggins 1881 – 1942, Mamie Huggins born 1883, Robert L Huggins 1885 – 1968, Willie Huggins born 1888, Lora Bell Huggins 1891 – 1928, Lillie Mae Huggins 1892 – 1936 and Clayton Huggins 1895 – 1967.
Merideth S ” Minty Huggins’ daughter’s name is sometimes given as Lara Bell or Lora Bell. She married William Edgar Curtis 1888 – 1942. Their children were: Ulas Curtis born 1910, Rubie Curtis born 1915, Bertha L Curtis born 1917, Maggie Curtis 1919 and Euthel Lee Curtis 1920 – 1985.
Lara Bell Huggins Curtis lived at Ramer #2 in McNairy County, Tennessee. The Tennessee, Deaths and Burials Index, 1874-1955 provides the following information:
- Name: Lara Bell Curtis[Lara Bell Huggus]
- Birth Date: abt 1890
- Birth Place: Mcnairy County, Tennessee
- Age: 38
- Death Date: 9 Jan 1928
- Death Place: Ranier, McNairy
- Burial: Gravel Hill Cemetery
William Edgar Curtis was born 1 Feb 1888 in Mcnairy County, Tennessee. He died 28 Jun 1942 in Bolivar, Hardeman County, Tennessee. On his World War I Draft Registration on 5 June 1918 the following information is given: his residence is Guys, McNairy County, Tennessee, he is 29 years old, farms for himself, has a wife and three children at dependents, he is medium height and build, he has dark blue eyes and dark hair but is not bald.
At age 40, he marries Maggie Luvenia Laughlin in McNairy County, Tennessee on 25 Feb 1928. The record gives the name was W. E. Curtis, so it is presumed that it was William Edgar Curtis; on the 1930 census record for Beat 1 in Alcorn County, Mississippi the children listed match the younger ones of his marriage to Lara Bell Huggins. There are two more children born to William Edgar Curtis by his second wife, Lavenia. They are: Idotha Curtiss born 1928 in McNairy County, Tennessee, and Charlie Curtiss born 1930 likely in Corinth, Alcorn County, Mississippi. Louvenia Laughlin married first to a Gadbury and had a family of children; and married William Edgar Curtis after both had become widowed.
William Edgar Curtis’s parents, according to his death record are James “Jim” Curtis and Josephine “Josie” Jones. The scant information on the parents are this: Jim Curtis was born circa 1865 in Alabama. There is a Josie Jones on the 1880 United States Federal Census record for Lauderdale County, Alabama. It gives her birth year as 1868, born in Alabama; that she is white and single, her mother and father were born in Alabama; and her occupation is a nurse. She is in the household of John A and Sarah A Potts and their three small children. Nothing further is found on Jim and Josie Jones Curtis.
William Edgar Curtis may have had at least one sibling, that of George Washington Curtis 1886 – 1939. George W Curtis was born in Alabama and died in Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee. He appears to have had two wives, both marriages officiated in Alabama. One wife was Hattie B. and they had a child named Catherine T Curtis born circa 1918. Minnie P or F Plaxco and George W Curtis married 26 Jun 1902 in Franklin County, Alabama. They had at least one child, Ullman P Curtis born 1903 and died 1904. In 1910 George W Curtis was in Sebastian, Arkansas. By 1920 he was in Sheffield, Colbert County, Alabama and was a broom maker and peddler. By 1930 he lived in Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee and his occupation was Furniture repair man; was widowed; married at age 25; and lives alone. He died 20 Oct 1939 ; he was age 53, divorced, cause of death an accidental fall from a two-story building onto the driveway.
William Edgar Curtis and Lara Bell Huggins Curtis’ son, Euthel Lee Curtis was born 16 Apr 1920 likely in Corinth, Alcorn County, Mississippi. He died 28 Oct 1985 in Sheffield, Colbert County, Alabama. He married Dorothy Aileen “Dot” Mobley born 16 Dec 1923 in Alabama. She died 1 Dec 1990 in Colbert County, Alabama. Her parents were J Sid Mobley (born 1890) and May Mobley (born 1899).
Euthel Lee and Dot Mobley Curtis’ son, David L Curtis was born 1942 in Sheffield, Colbert County, Alabama. David Curtis married Joan Thompson and are the parents of: David Shawn Jones Curtis, Mary Allison Curtis Nichols, Victoria Leigh Curtis Davis, Beverly Joan Curtis Smith Foust, and Elizabeth Aileen Curtis Shelton.
The following is added because there are implications that this William Edward Curtis may be related to James “Jim” Curtis. Dr. W. E. Curtis, was born March 27, 1833 in Henry County, Tenn., an dis one of seven children born to John and Sarah (Sessams) Curtis, two daughters and our subject being the present surviving members of the family. The father was born in North Carolina, moved to Humphreys County, Tenn., when young, married there, then moved to Marengo
County, Ala., about 1815, remained there engaged in farming two years, then moved to Stewart County, Tenn., and in 1826 to Henry County, being one of the early settlers in both counties. He resided in Henry County, farming, till his death in 1872. His wife died in 1854. Our subject remained with his parents until he attained his majority, then accepteda clerkship in a store at Paris, Henry Co., Tenn., remaining there until 1856, when he embarked in the drug business at the same place, which he continued a few years, when he commenced the study of medicine, attending the medical university at Nashville, during the sessions of 1859-61, and graduated. He began the practice of medicine in Carroll County, locating at McKenzie in 1878. During the war he was surgeon in 1861. Dr. Curtis married Harriet Looney, daughter of Dr. J. D. Looney, now deceased. From this union were born two daughters: Harriet Ella, and Alice, both living. Their mother died in 1865, and in 1866 Dr. Curtis married Ann E. Carson; from this marriage resulted these children: two sons and a daughter—John William, Lillian Howard and Thos. C., deceased. On Dr. Curtis’ father’s old place in Henry County is a very large Indian mound forming a perfect square and containing one and a half acres; the elevation is about seven feet and is used as a building site. The Doctor has two farms in Carroll County of 100 acres each; on one is located a grist-mill; also has a residence in McKenzie. He and his family are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He is also a member of the F. & A. M. [from Goodspeeds History Of TN ]
An ancestor of Dr. William Edward Curtis was Samuel R Curtis of Marengo County, Alabama. Samuel Curtis, during the revolution was a Regulator from Anson County, North Carolina; he was a Patriot and furnished supplies to the army.
The Samuel R Curtis House, also known as the Howze-Culpepper House, is a historic house in Demopolis, Alabama, United States. It is a brick structure that was built in 1840 by Samuel Curtis, a Revolutionary War veteran who was born in Queen Anne’s County, Maryland in 1751 and died in Marengo County, Alabama in 1846. The house was built in the Federal style, with the later addition of a Greek Revival influenced portico. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on 11 April 1977.