Huggins family has long history in Coweta
by Dianne Webb
If you ever want to meet someone with a delirious excitement about his faith, just look for David HUGGINS, aka “Huggie.”
David joined our church last year, and his zeal is both contagious and inspiring! Needless to say, I love having conversations with him. Recently, we veered off course and talked about his ancestry.
James L. HUGGINS, b. 1776 in South Carolina and his wife Obedience BIDDY were the first of their line to settle in Coweta County. He was a physician and practiced medicine in Carroll and Coweta Counties. They had a large family, but I’ll be concentrating on their son Asa and his descendants. Asa, b. 1802, was married to Elizabeth WOODY. They are buried in a family cemetery here in Coweta County. Their son, William Bluford, b. 1833, married Levy Ann LYLE.
They moved to Carroll County and are buried in the Carrollton City Cemetery. Their son, Bluford Tolison, b. 1862, married Ellen “Ella” Camilla SHADINGER. They lived in the Lowell and Clem districts of Carroll County. Bluford Tolison’s son, Robert “Bobby” Lee, b. 1890, married Hattie Lovelady. Bobby Lee is the grandfather of my friend David. Interestingly, Dennis BOONE of Newnan had given me his lineage to look at, and he is descended from Bluford and his second wife, Mary Elizabeth HUBBARD. It makes me think of a gentle reminder given me when I moved to Coweta County… don’t talk about anyone, as most people in our town are related.
There is much more information available on the Huggins family. Obviously, there are space constraints. However, if you would like more information on them, we will be happy to assist you in your research. The Coweta County Genealogical Society is growing both in membership and material. If you haven’t been to see us lately, you will be in for a very pleasant surprise. We have always prided ourselves on our extensive collection of research materials, but a monumental amount of family history has been donated or purchased lately. Come and see for yourself.
On another note, our family had some fun and exciting news lately. My two grandnieces, Nikki and Brittney, along with their families, have moved to Coweta County. Nikki and her husband are building on 10 acres in Haralson, Coincidentally, the land they purchased is part of the original property owned by Nikki’s 6th great-grandfather, Samuel CANNON, in the late 1840s. We think it is lovely that family land has been returned to his descendants. In fact, we are all covered in chigger bites from walking the land on a recent Sunday.
Nikki’s two children will grow up on ancestral land owned by their 7th great-grandfather. Serendipitous moments such as this are scattered throughout genealogy research, and therein lies the magic. The Coweta County Genealogical Society Research Center is located in the historic passenger train depot in downtown Grantville. The research center is open Tuesdays through Thursdays and the first and fourth Saturdays of each month from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. We can now boast of having a phone number — 470-215-4027. Feel free to contact us.
If you want to join the society, send your dues — $20 for an individual, $25 for a family — to CCGS, P.O. Box 1014, Newnan, GA 30264.
If at any time you would like to research your family and our hours won’t work for you, please contact us. If at all possible, we will try to accommodate your schedule and one of us will meet you there.