John Alexander Huggins (1866–1916) of Halifax, Nova Scotia

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John Alexander Huggins, named for his paternal grandfather, was born on the 16th December 1866 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He was fifth child and third son of William Shuter Huggins (c.1823–1896) of Desertcreat, county Tyrone, and Margaret Mackenzie (c.1836–1906) of Scotland. [1] [2] He was the grandson of William Huggins (c.1749–1802) and Sarah Kennedy of Coalisland, county Tyrone.

In 1881-82, John was employed as a drug clerk, and boarding in his father’s home at no. 7 Cunard court. [3] In 1886-7, he was boarding at no. 13 Lockman. [4] In 1889-90, John was boarding with his father at no. 248 Gottingen street. [5] 

Later in the year, John married Miss Gertrude Conway of Halifax in Boston, Massachusetts, on the 18th September 1889. [6] Gertrude was born at Herring Cove on the 3rd July 1864, the daughter of William Conway and Ella Davison. [7] [8]

A couple of passenger lists suggest that, even though their son, John, was born in Halifax in 1893, they continued to reside in Boston for a few years during the 1890s:

  • 21 August 1892, John Huggins and Gertrude, his wife, sailed from Halifax aboard the steamship Britannia, arriving at the port of Boston; [18] 
  • 24 October 1894, John departed Halifax aboard the SS Halifax, arriving at the port of Boston next day. The passenger list recorded him as Jn. A. Huggins, age 28, male, married, nationality: USA, last residence: Boston, final destination: Boston (home). [19]

The family appear to have returned to Halifax by 1898-99, when John was listed in McAlpine's city directory, as a travelling druggist by trade, and living at no. 35 Agricola street. [20] 

John’s and Gertrude’s household was enumerated in the 1901 census as follows:

  • Huggins, John A., male, white, head, married, born 16 Dec 1870, age 30, born in Nova Scotia, English, Canadian, Church of England, Druggist
  • Gertrude, female, white, wife, married, 21 June 1874, age 27, born in Nova Scotia, English, R Cath (?), 
  • John A., male, white, son, single, 27 Oct 1893, age 7, born in Nova Scotia, English
  • census place: Halifax, Nova Scotia [8] 

In 1907/08, John worked as a manager for Cameron’s Drug Store at 191 Brunswick Street. He resided at no. 95 Cunard street. [9] 

When the 1911 census was enumerated, the family were lodging with Gertrude’s brother and sisters:

  • Frank Condon,‡ male, head, single, born in February, age 22, born in Nova Scotia, race: Irish, nationality: Canadian, religious denomination: R. Catholic, occupation: Repairer of typewriters, earnings $300
  • Alice Condon, female, sister, single, born in April, age 16, born in Nova Scotia
  • Florence Condon, female, sister, single, born in November, age 8, born in Nova Scotia
  • John Huggins, male, boarder, married, age 43, born in Nova Scotia, Irish, Canadian, Presbyterian, Manager-Druggist in drug store, earnings $350
  • Gertrude, female, sister in law, married, born in May, age 44, born in Nova Scotia, R. Catholic
  • John, male, boarder, single, age 17, born in Nova Scotia, R. Catholic, Cabinet Maker in car works, earnings $325
  • census place: 7 Compton Avenue, Halifax, Nova Scotia [10]

    ‡ Gertrude’s surname was Conway, suggesting that Frank’s, Alice’s, and Florence’s should have been recorded as Conway.

John Alexander Huggins died suddenly, of drowning, on the 29th July 1916, when he was forty-nine years old. His body was buried in Fariview cemetery. [11] 

Gertrude Huggins, née Conway, went on to live to the great old age of ninety-five years, dying on the 23rd August 1959 in Basin View Home, Halifax. Her body was buried in Holy Cross cemetery. [12]

John Alexander Huggins, the only child of John Alexander who died in 1916, and Gertrude Conway, was born on the 27th October 1893 in Nova Scotia (probably in Halifax). [10] On 10th February 1914, he married Ellen “Nellie” Robertson (1891–1963), daughter of Robert Robertson and Mary Cunningham, in Saint John, New Brunswick. [13] [14] [21]

John’s and Nellie’s household was enumerated in the 1921 census as follows:

  • John Huggins, 3 South Clifton Street, rents house ($20/month) constructed of wood, head, male, married, age 28, born in Nova Scotia, both parents born in Nova Scotia, nationality: Canada, race: Scotch, religion: R.C., reads and writes, Cabinet maker, income $2,100
  • Nellie, wife, female, married, age 30, born in Nova Scotia, both parents born in Scotland, nationality: Canada, race: Scotch, religion: Presbyterian, reads and writes
  • Robert, son, male, single, age 5, born in Nova Scotia, religion: Presbyterian
  • census place: 3 South Clifton Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia [15] 

In the latter years of his working life, John was employed as a foreman with Nova Scotia Light & Power. [17]

Nellie Huggins, née Robertson, died in Halifax on the 22nd November 1963, aged seventy-two. Her body was buried in Camp Hill cemetery. [16] 

John Alexander Huggins was in his eighty-fourth year when he died in Halifax on the 11th July 1977. [17] 

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Links:

  • Huggins of Glenarb, parish of Aghaloo – index page
  • Biographical sketches, outlines, and timelines – index page

Sources:

1.

Province of Nova Scotia (Canada). Civil Registration of a Birth. John Alexander Huggins, John A. Huggins, male, born 9 February 1866, Halifax, son of William Shuter Huggins, Supt. Gen. Chamb., and Margaret McKenzie (married 11 October 1854, Ipswich, Great Britain); informant: W. Huggins, 12 June 1866. Original record: Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management, ref. book 1809, pg. 34, no. 480. Digitial image online at www.gov.ns.ca/nsarm/vitalstats/death/halifax/ (accessed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2008-08-30).

2.

Canada 1881 Census. William Shuter Huggins, age 59, with wife, Margaret (45), and children: Mary E. Gladman (24), G.M. (20), Wm. H. (18), John A. (14), C.E. (12); and grandson, Wm. Gladman (10 months); and Mary J. Ferguson, age 18; Halifax, Nova Scotia. Original record: National Archives Canada, ref. NAC C-13168, District 9, Subdistrict E, Ward 5, pg. 63, family no. 330. Microfilm copy held by the Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA (FHL film no. 1375804); index online at familysearch.org (accessed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2008-08-28); confirmed to digital image online at ancestry.ca (accessed by subscription).

3.

McAlpine’s Halifax City Directory for 1881-82. Extract: William Huggins, trader, 7 Cunard Court; with John, drug clerk, and William, clerk, boarding (pg. 137). Digital image hosted online by Library and Archives Canada www.collectionscanada.gc.ca (accessed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2009-11-25).

4.

McAlpine’s Halifax City Directory for 1886-87. Extract: John Huggins of Halifax, Nova Scotia (pg. 146). Digital image hosted online by Library and Archives Canada www.collectionscanada.gc.ca (accessed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2009-11-25).

5.

McAlpine’s Halifax City Directory for 1889-90. Extract: William Huggins, 248 Gottingen Street, Halifax; Charles, John, and William [jun.], boarding (pg. 165). Digital images hosted online by Library and Archives Canada www.collectionscanada.gc.ca (accessed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2009-11-25).

6.

State of Massachusetts (USA). Marriage Records 1840–1915. John A. Huggins, resident of Boston, age 24 years, Clerk, born in Nova Scotia, parents: William and Margaret, first marriage. Gertrude Conway of Halifax, N.S., age 23, no occupation, born in Nova Scotia, parents: William and Eliza; first marriage. Marriage solemnized the 18th September 1889 by Fred J. Hutchinson, Esq., Justice of the Peace. Original record: Massachusetts Vital Records, 1840–1911 (New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, Massachusetts). Ref. Marriages registered in the City of Boston, no. 35, pg. 186. Digital image online at ancestry.ca (accessed by subscription, and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2017-08-22).

7.

Province of Nova Scotia (Canada). Historical Vital Statistics. Registration of a Birth. (a) Extract: “July 17 1864. I baptized Gertrude, two weeks old and lawful child of William Conway and Elizabeth Davison. Sponsors:—James Harrison and Sarah Brunt. Signed:—John Carmody. I certify the above is ccorrect:—[signed:] J.I. McKinnon. Herring Cove, Halifax Co., Nova Scotia, Canada. Aug. 30, 1926.” (b) Registration of Birth Under the Vital Statistics Act 1919. Issued by The Registrar General of Nova Scotia. To the Registrar General of Nova Scotia: I hereby make application for the Registration of the Birth of Gertrude Conway (Huggins), Sex Female, Date of Birth July 17, 1864; Place of Birth Herring Cove, County of Halifax. Name of Father Willliam Conway, Maiden Name of Mother Elizabeth Davison, Residence of Father when child was born Herring Cove, Present address of Father Deceased, Occupation of Father at Birth of child Fisherman, Place of birth of Father Herring Cove, Race White, Name and present address of physician in attendance at birth [blank], Signature of Applicant Gertrude of Huggins, Address of Applicant: 154 Spring Garden Rd., Hfx; Date Aug 3/26. [with affidavit.] Declared before me at Halifax in the County of Halifax and Province of Nova Scotia this 31st day of August 1926. Signature of Guy Meadows Mitchell. Signature of Applicant Gertrude Huggins. Original record held by Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management, online at www.novascotiagenealogy.com (accessed and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2014-03-24).

8.

Canada 1901 Census. John Alexander Huggins, age 43, with wife, Gertrude (44), and son, John (17); boarding at no. 7 Compton Place, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Original record held by Library and Archives Canada (Ottawa): Census of Canada, 1901, series RG31-C-1, Statistics Canada fonds, microfilm reels T-6428 to T-6556. Archival ref. Halifax District no. 33, Ward 5, pg. 20. Digital image online at ancestry.ca (accessed by subscription, and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2008-08-29).

9.

McAlpine’s Nova Scotia Directory, 1907-08. Extracts for: George M. Huggins, principal, Richmond School; and William Huggins, clerk, WH Tuttle; and John Huggins, manager, Cameron’s Drug Store. Digital image online at Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management, novascotiagenealogy.com (accessed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2008-08-30).

10.

Canada 1911 Census. Frank Condon (age 22), with sisters Alice (16) and Florence (8), brother-in-law, John Huggins (43), and sister, Gertrude Huggins (44), and nephew, John Huggins (17); in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Original record: Library and Archives Canada, series RG31-C-1, Statistics Canada fonds, microfilm reels T-20326 to T-20460. Archival ref. district no. 45, enumeration district no. 67, ward 4. Digital image online at ancestry.ca (accessed by subscription, and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2017-08-22).

11.

Province of Nova Scotia (Canada). Civil Registration of a Death. John Alex Huggins, male, died 29 July 1916, age 49 years; residence: 8 S. Clifton Street, Halifax, occupation: druggist; marital condition: married, born in Halifax, Church of England; buried in Fairview cemetery, Halifax; cause of death: accidental drowning, suddenly; name of person making return: St. D. Finn, M.D., 29 July 1916. Original record held by Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management; archival ref. book 21, pg 148, no. 888. Digital image online at www.novascotiagenealogy.com (accessed and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2008-08-30).

12.

(a) Province of Nova Scotia (Canada). Registration of Death. Gertrude Huggins, died at Basin View Home, house no. 1260, Halifax, Nova Scotia (resident at this address, 8 years; resident in province, life); usual residence: 17 Hunter Street, Halifax; female, Canadian, Irish, widowed, born 3rd July 1864, age 95 years 1 month 20 days, retired housewife; daughter of William Conway, born in Halifax, and Eliza Davidson, born in Halifax; informant: Mr. John A. Huggins per L.F. Sentner[?], 86 Harvard Street, Halifax (son); cause of death: myocardial degeneration (years), arterosclerosis (generalized); buried in Holy Cross Cemetery, Halifax, 25th August 1959; undertaker: Halifax Funeral Home Limited, Halifax, N.S. Registration no. 02-005108. Digital image hosted online by Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management, www.novascotiagenealogy.com (accessed and transcrbied by Alison Kilpatrick, 2014-03-24).
(b) Records of the Halifax Funeral Home. Gertrude Huggins née Conway, died 23 August 1959. Archival ref. book 7, pg. 134. Record published by the Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia (accessed 2009-08-31).

13.

Canada 1901 Census. Robert Robertson (age 48), with wife Mary (51), and children: Duncan (26), Maggie (23), Jennie (17), and Nellie (10); boarder, Duncan Cunningham (39); in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Original record held by Library and Archives Canada (Ottawa): Census of Canada, 1901, series RG31-C-1, Statistics Canada fonds, microfilm reels T-6428 to T-6556. Archival ref. district no. 33, subdistrict “F”, polling sub-division no. 7, pg. 4. Digital image online at ancestry.ca (accessed by subscription, and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2017-08-22).

14.

Province of Nova Scotia (Canada). Civil Registration of a Death. Ellen Huggins of 2470 Harvard Street, Halifax, N.S., died 22 November 1963 at that address; lived for 27 years in Halifax, for life in the province; female, Canadian, racial origin: Scotch, married; born 9th June 1891; age 72 years 5 months 13 days; housewife, last worked in this occupation in 1959; husband: John A. Huggins; father: Robert Robertson, born in Nova Scotia [sic]; Mary Cunningham, born in Nova Scotia [sic]; informant: Robert Huggins per W.P.B., 2470 Harvard Street, Halifax; buried in Camp Hill cemetery, Halifax, 25 November 1963; undertaker: R.D. Lindsay; disease or condition directly leading to death: Coronary thrombosis, 24 hours; antecedent causes: Congestive heart failure 5 years, Senile arterisclerosis. Registration no. 02-006557. Record held by Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management (Halifax); digital image online at www.novascotiagenealogy.com (accessed and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2017-08-22).

15.

Canada 1921 Census. John Alexander, age 28), with wife, Nellie (30), and son, Robert (5); in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Original record held by Library and Archives Canada, Sixth Census of Canada, 1921 (Ottawa); series RG31, Statistics Canada fonds. Archival ref. district no. 57, enumeration district no. 72, pg. 10. Digital image online at ancestry.ca (accessed by subscription, and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2017-08-22).

16.

Province of Nova Scotia (Canada). Civil Registration of a Death. Ellen Huggins of 2470 Harvard Street, Halifax, N.S., died 22 November 1963 at that address; lived for 27 years in Halifax, for life in the province; female, Canadian, racial origin: Scotch, married; born 9th June 1891; age 72 years 5 months 13 days; housewife, last worked in this occupation in 1959; husband: John A. Huggins; father: Robert Robertson, born in Nova Scotia [sic]; Mary Cunningham, born in Nova Scotia [sic]; informant: Robert Huggins per W.P.B., 2470 Harvard Street, Halifax; buried in Camp Hill cemetery, Halifax, 25 November 1963; undertaker: R.D. Lindsay; disease or condition directly leading to death: Coronary thrombosis, 24 hours; antecedent causes: Congestive heart failure 5 years, Senile arterisclerosis. Registration no. 02-006557. Record held by Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management (Halifax); digital image online at www.novascotiagenealogy.com (accessed and transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2017-08-22).

17.

The Morning Chronicle (Halifax, Nova Scotia), 11 July 1977. Death notice for John Alexander Huggins of Halifax. Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management. Archival ref. PANS no. 6074. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick in Halifax, 2008-09-27.

18.

State of Massachusetts (USA). Passenger and Crew Lists, 1820–1963. “Port of Boston. Alien Immigrants arrived by Steamship Britannia, from Charlottetown and Halifax  Aug 21st, 1892.” Extracts: 126  John Huggins, age 26, male, nationality: NS (Nova Scotia), last residence: Massachusetts, destination: Massachusetts, occupation: Druggist. 127  Gertrude [Huggins], age 25, female, [ditto.,…], wife. Original record: The National Archives at Washington, D.C.; Washington, D.C.; Series Title: Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Boston, Massachusetts, 1891-1943; NAI Number: 4319742; Record Group Title: Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, 1787-2004; Record Group Number: 85; Series Number: T843; NARA Roll Number: 003. Digital image online at ancestry.ca (accessed by Alison Kilpatrick by subscription, 2019-06-26).

19.

State of Massachusetts (USA). Passenger and Crew Lists, 1820–1963. “List or Manifest of Alien Immigrants for the Commissioner of Immigration. SS Halifax, sailing from Halifax, 24 October 1894, arriving at the Port of Boston, 25th October 1894.” Extract: Jn. A. Huggins, age 28, male, married, nationality: USA, last residence: Boston, final destination: Boston (home). Original record: The National Archives at Washington, D.C.; Washington, D.C.; Series Title: Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Boston, Massachusetts, 1891-1943; NAI Number: 4319742; Record Group Title: Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, 1787-2004; Record Group Number: 85; Series Number: T843; NARA Roll Number: 013. Digital image online at ancestry.ca (accessed by Alison Kilpatrick by subscription, 2019-06-26).

20.

McAlpine’s Halifax City Directory for 1898-99. Extracts: Huggins. C E, druggist, 15 1-2 Jacob, cor Poplar Grove, h 115 Cunard; John A, travelling druggist, h 35 Agricola; Margret, wid William, h 115 Cunard (pg. 295). Halifax, Nova Scotia: McAlpine Publishing Company, [1898-99]. Digital image online at Library and Archives Canada, http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca (accessed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2019-06-26).

21.

Province of New Brunswick (Canada). Marriages, 1789–1950. John A Huggins, male, age 20, son of John A Huggins and Gertrude Conway; and Ellen Robertson, female, age 23, daughter of Robert Robertson and Mary Cunningham. Marriage solemnized in Saint John, New Brunswick, 10 February 1914. Original record: Provincial Archives Of New Brunswick, New Brunswick, Canada. Index online at ancestry.ca (accessed by Alison Kilpatrick by subscription, 2019-06-26).

This page was published on the 21st June 2019, and updated 26th June 2019 for 1892 and 1894 passenger list information, McAlpine’s city directory listing for John Alexander Huggins, 1898-99, and marriage record data for John Alexander Huggins (junior) and Ellen Robertson.

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