My Brick Wall Ancestor
- My brick wall is JOHN RANDOLPH HUGGINS (or HUGGANS).
He was born 20 June 1813 in VA and died 20 Jun 1903 in
I found him on the Proctor District Wetzel County 1860
census as JOHN B. HOGENS. On the (also Proctor
District) 1870 census, his name was JOHN R. HEGGINS.
On the (again Proctor District) 1880 census, his name
was JOHN R. HUGGANS. (He spelled his name Huggans
although it was Huggins - some of his sons did the
According to Charles E. Huggins' book ("Huggins
families of western Pennsylvania and northern West
"John used to work as a Riverboat pilot on the Ohio
river (as well as being a farmer).
John and Ann's first child was born 1852. It is not
known why their names were not included in the Wetzel
Co., WV census record taken in 1850.
John was said to have come down the Ohio River with
two of his brothers. According to Bud Huggins (now
deceased) of Martinsville, WV, the brothers decided to
split up. One went south, one went west while John
settled at Procotor's Run.
Since John's birthplace was given as "born in VA", it
seems that his parents should have been listed in one
of the up-river VA counties from where John settled,
which would narrow the list of possible counties to
Ohio and Brooke counties of VA in the panhandle - Ohio
River area of VA (now WV). Hancock County was part of
Brooke County until 1848. The only Huggins family
recorded in the 1920 census of that area was Thomas
and Catherine (Stroop) Huggins who settled in the Ohio
Co., VA area which is now Marshall County.
John was totally blind during his later years. They
struck oil on his farm after John told a man by the
name of Mr. Benedum to place his finger on his pulse
and, although blind, he led Mr. Benedum to the spot
where he wanted him to drill the well. Benedum leased
the land and found oil where John had told him it
John was married to ANNA BARBARA EDDY. He married her
when he was 48 years old so I wonder if he had been
married previously. Did he have other children??
I really hoped I'd be able to go back a few more
generations on the Huggins side as I have with other
John R. is my biggest brick wall - I would love to
break through it!
- The bulk of my ancestors were from VA (or VA prior to
WV statehood in 1863).
HUGGINS: John Randolph, Oliver T., Gansen Eddy,
Sanford, Armina, Thomas, Cyrus, Francis Marion, Wiley
Webster, Curtis Wiley, Orville Ray.
EDDY: Anna Barbara, Gowen, Prudence, George W.,
Nancy, Alexander (b. NJ), Gorien (b. NJ) & John (b.
DUNHAM: The first I know of was David (b. 1785-1790)
who had 2 sons (James and Richard born 1819 and 1821).
James married Mary Ann Goodrich and they had 10
children (George, Anthony, Catherine, James M., Mary ,
Eliza Jane, John L., Nelson, Samuel D. & Walter). My
ancestor was Nelson who was born 6 Sep 1861 and died
30 Oct 1928.
Nelson Dunham married Prudence A. Blake and they had 8
children (Hanna, Emma Leota, Henry W., Nathan, Levi
Titus, Austie V., Frank and Joseph F.) My ancestor
was Emma Leota who was born 7 Jan 1885 and died 29 Dec
Emma Leota Dunham married Wiley Webster Huggins.
I wish I could reach back before David Dunham. Also,
I don't have very much info on the siblings to my
direct Dunham ancestors.