The Huggetts of Kalamazoo

This is a tale of relatives who left a rather impoverished life in rural Sussex, England, in the mid 19th century for what they hoped would be a better life in the new world. They ended up in Kalamazoo. They are not direct line ancestors of mine so I suppose we’d call them distant relatives. Anyway, here is the tale. Anything I have coloured in red is unproven but I believe it is correct.

John Huggett, son of Henry Huggett and his wife, Hannah, was the sister of Jane Huggett, who was my Great Great Great Grandmother.

John Huggett was born about 1819 and baptised at Udimore near Rye and close to the Sussex/Kent border on 27th January 1819.

John married his first wife, Sarah in about 1840/41. Sarah came from Beckley. The family lived in Peasmarsh in the early 1840s. By the1851 UK census they were in Rye.

District Address forename surname position married age occupation Where born
Rye 162 John Huggett Head M 32 Sawyer Udimore
Rye 162 Sarah Huggett Wife M 30 Beckley
Rye 162 Sarah Ann Huggett daur UnM 10 Peasmarsh
Rye 162 Elizabeth Margaret Huggett daur UnM 8 Peasmarsh
Rye 162 William Huggett son UnM 5 Rye
Rye 162 Edgar Huggett son UnM 2 Rye
Rye 162 Edward Huggett son UnM 0.2 Rye

John and family emigrated to the USA in 1853. They travelled on the ship ‘The Golden Age’ which departed Liverpool and arrived in New York on 14th July 1853.

This is an extract from the ship’s register. It shows the complete family.

johnemigrates

Golden Age was a wooden paddle steamer of 2864 tons, built at New York in 1852 with a capacity of 1200 passengers. She was later sold to Japanese interests.

GOLDEN AGE / HIROSHIMA MARU 1853
2182 tons (1856), 1869 tons (1865), length 272.8ft x beam 41.9ft, wooden hull, side paddle wheels, three masts. Built by William H.Brown, New York in 1853, she sailed from New York on 30th Sep.1853 for Liverpool, Cape of Good Hope, Melbourne and Sydney. She operated Australian coastal services until 12th May 1854 when she sailed from Sydney for Tahiti and Panama, arriving 17th June. Purchased by the Pacific Mail SS Co in Aug.1854, she entered the San Francisco – Panama service in Oct.1854 and continued until 1869. Later transferred to the Yokohama – Shanghai service, she was sold to Mitsubishi Mail SS Co in 1875 and renamed HIROSHIMA MARU.

This paragraph is best guessing, based on evidence, Between 1853, when John and Sarah arrived in the USA and 1857, Sarah died. John re-married Mary, herself British and probably a widow on 25th September 1857.

JOHN HUGGETT Male  
Marriage
Spouse:  MARY CHAPMAN
Marriage:  25 SEP 1857   Kalamazoo, Michigan

It would also seem that William died before 1870, possibly whilst serving as a soldier in the civil war. A William C Huggett died whilst serving in the 4th regiment of the Michigan Infantry.

The next documentary evidence comes in the 1870 census. The certainly concerns Edgar and Edward whom we met as the two youngest children of John and Sarah in 1851.

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This shows Edgar and his wife, Minerva, from new York, living in Comstock township, Kalamazoo County in the state of Michigan.

John and Mary, who I believe are father and step mother, were nearby, in Comstock.

hugget3

This shows John with his wife and two of her children. John and Mary have had children Henry, Harriett, Mary, Nora and Minnie

I believe that John and Sarah’s first daughter, Sarah Ann Huggett, married Ben Huggett. I believe Ben may have been living in Peasmarsh, England, in 1851. This family was one I could not connect, directly to my Known Huggetts.

We can find Ben and Sarah, also in Comstock, in 1870.

Betsey, I believe, married Peter Sweet who was in Cooper, Kalamazoo in 1870. This township is next to Comstock. This shows us that Peter was not a first generation immigrant, since both of his parents were born in the USA.

In 1880 we can find Edgar and Edward, in Comstock. Edgar is married and has children.

Census Place Comstock, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Family History Library Film 1254586
NA Film Number T9-0586
Page Number 61B
 Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father’s Birthplace Mother’s Birthplace
 Edgar HUGGETT  Self  M  Male  W  33  ENG  Farmer  ENG  ENG
 Minerva HUGGETT  Wife  M  Female  W  30  CAN  Keeping House  CAN  CAN
 Charles E. HUGGETT  Son  S  Male  W  9  MI  Attends School  ENG  CAN
 Ida HUGGETT  Dau  S  Female  W  7  MI  Attends School  ENG  CAN
 Stella HUGGETT  Dau  S  Female  W  4  MI  ENG  CAN
 Edward HUGGETT  Brother  S  Male  W  30  ENG  Works On Farm  ENG  ENG
 Ernest VINCENT  Other  M  Male  W  25  FRAN  Works On Farm  FRAN  FRAN
 Sarah VINCENT  Other  M  Female  W  18  OH  House Keeper  ENG  ENG

Ben and Sarah are still in Comstock in 1880

Source Information:
Census Place Comstock, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Family History Library Film 1254586
NA Film Number T9-0586
Page Number 61A
 Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father’s Birthplace Mother’s Birthplace
 Benjamin HUGGETT  Self  M  Male  W  44  ENG  Farmer  ENG  ENG
 Sarah Ann HUGGETT  Wife  M  Female  W  38  ENG  Keeping House  ENG  ENG
 Jennie HUGGETT  Dau  S  Female  W  20  MI  At Home  ENG  ENG
 Carrie HUGGETT  Dau  S  Female  W  13  MI  Attends School  ENG  ENG
 Lena HUGGETT  Dau  S  Female  W  5M  MI  ENG  ENG
 Harvy NICHOLSON  Other  S  Male  W  22  MI  Works On Farm  NY  NY

Betsey Sweet is at home in Cooper but has niece, Lizzie Huggett with her.

Source Information:
Census Place Cooper, Kalamazoo, Michigan
Family History Library Film 1254586
NA Film Number T9-0586
Page Number 90D
 Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father’s Birthplace Mother’s Birthplace
 Peter SWEET  Self  M  Male  W  44  NY  Farmer  NY  NY
 Betsey SWEET  Wife  M  Female  W  36  ENG  Keeping House  ENG  ENG
 Lizzie HUGGETT  Niece  Female  W  15  MI  ENG  ENG

It would look as though Peter and Betsey had no children of their own. Lizzie Huggett is almost certainly the daughter of Ben and Sarah.

In 1880, John and Mary, with the younger Huggetts were at Yankee Springs township in Barry County.

Census Place Yankee Springs, Barry, Michigan
Family History Library Film 1254570
NA Film Number T9-0570
Page Number 74A
 Name Relation Marital Status Gender Race Age Birthplace Occupation Father’s Birthplace Mother’s Birthplace
 John HUGGET  Self  M  Male  W  56  ENG  Farmer  ENG  ENG
 Mary HUGGET  Wife  M  Female  W  53  ENG  House Keeping  ENG  ENG
 Henry HUGGET  Son  S  Male  W  21  MI  Works On Farm  ENG  ENG
 Nora HUGGET  Dau  S  Female  W  15  MI  At Home  ENG  ENG
 Minnie HUGGET  Dau  S  Female  W  11  MI  At School  ENG  ENG
 Carrie HUGGET  Dau  S  Female  W  8  MI  At School  ENG  ENG

Edward, brother of Edgar, married in 1882 (Data from IGI)

EDWARD HUGGETT Male
Marriages:
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Spouse: ADELIA L. BRIGHAM
Marriage: 20 DEC 1882 Kalamazoo, Michigan

In 1890 a Plat map was published for Comstock Township showing the lands held by various people. The map is black and white but for clarity I have colour coded the Huggett holdings.

1890comstock

In 1894, a list of Civil War veterans was published. This included Edgar Huggett.

Now some hand transcribed census data

In 1900 we have

–1900 Federal Census, Comstock township, Kalamazoo county, Michigan. Edgar Huggett, born Oct 1849, 51 years old, married for 31yr, born England, to US in 1853, 46 years in US, farmer, Minerva, born May 1849, 50 years old, married for 31 years, 3 children, 3 living, b Canada English, to US 18??, 49 years in US, Ida Huggett, dau, Nov 1879, 26yrs, single, b Michigan. (SD 8, ED 107, sheet 10, image 20)

–1900 Federal Census, Comstock township, Kalamazoo county, Michigan. Edward Huggett, J?? 1853, 47 years old, married 17 years, b England, to US 18??, 49 years in US, farmer, Adis? Wife, b Mar 1863, 37 years old, married for 17 years, 1 child, 1 living, Maud A., Jan 1900, 4/12, b MI, Lena M. ???, neice, b Mar 1889, 11years, b MI. SD 8, ED 107, sheet 10, image 19

–1900 Fed census, Comstock twp, Kalamazoo county, Michigan, 12 June. Charles Huggett, head, Nov 1870, 29yr, married 4 yr, birth MI, fa-Eng, mo-NY, farmer, renting. Sarah, Apr 1874, 25yr, married 4 yr, 1 child, 1 living, birth MI, Parents Holland. Florence, dau, Mar 1897, 3yr, birth MI, Parents MI. 8 107 10 IM 19.

And in 1920

–1920 Federal Census, North Townline Rd, Comstock township, Kalamazoo county, Michigan. Edward Huggett, owned home, widowed, 69, b England, to US 1852, naturalized, farmer, Arthur Dooley, boarder, 25, b MI, repairman at automobile garage, Edith Dooley, housekeeper, 22, b MI. 147 143 18B IM 37

–1920 Federal Census, North Townline Rd, Comstock township, Kalamazoo county, Michigan. Charles Hugget, 49, owned home, b MI, parents English, farmer, Sarah M., 44, b MI, parents Dutch, Edgar D., 18?, b MI, general labor, Bernice M., 9, b MI. 147 143 18B IM 37

And in 1930

–1930 Federal Census, Comstock township, Kalamazoo county, Michigan. Charles Huggett, owned home, $3680, 58 years old, 1st married at age 25, b MI, secontion man for railroad, Sara M., 53, 1st married at age 20, b MI, Bernice M., 19, b MI. 39-0 16 23A IM 46

To add to this knowledge, Florence, daughter of Charles and Sarah gave birth to a son. She died in the process and the son was called Lorence and cared for by Charles and Sarah.

Bernice, daughter of Charles and Sarah married Joe Prus. They had a daughter Linda who married a man called Conroy.

Sarah, on the right of the photo of Buse siblings, was Mrs Edgar Huggett

1900ssarahbuse

The family gathering below was at the funeral of Sarah

1955kalamazoohuggetts

I have pictures of graves too – associated with Ben and Sarah Huggett. These graves are situated in the Oak Grove Cemetery, Comstock. They are:

Grave 185 – William, W.G. Huggett, 1878 – 189[2]

Grave 186 – Mother, Sarah A. Huggett, 1888 – 1926. I believe this is Ben’s wife, son of John. I believe the transcriber has the date of birth wrong.

Grave 187 – Lena Huggett Cook, wife of Fred E. Cook, 1880 – 1930

 

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