Edward Huggins Sr.

1755 - 1829


Notorious slave-owner on Nevis who was tried for cruelty but acquitted in 1810 after the death of an enslaved woman Fanny, whom he had ordered flogged with other enslaved people, four of whom received more than 200 lashes. Edward Huggins has an entry in the ODNB as 'plantation owner' that records his cruelty. Father of Peter Thomas Huggins and Edward Huggins junior (each of whom q.v.).

  1. Will of Edward Huggins of the Island of Nevis proved 08/04/1830. He left an annuity of £200 p.a. to his wife Frances, as well as use of his house and the provision of a carriage, in lieu of dower. He said he had already provided a 'considerable sum of money' to his daughter Fanny Cottle (q.v.) and ratified that settlement. He had also previously settled [unnamed] estates in St Thomas parish Nevis on his daughter Ann Prentice Pemberton, wife of Walter Maynard Pemberton. He left his eldest son Edward Huggins (whose wife he identified as Jane Plaistow and three children as Frances Jane, Georgina Eliza and Emily Louisa) his estates in St Thomas parish Nevis as tenant-for-life; and to his other son Peter Thomas Huggins (q.v.) he left the property again in St Thomas parish purchased from the Pinneys as well as the Golden Rock and Fothergills estates in St George Gingerland.


David Small, ‘Huggins, Edward (1755?–1829)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Jan 2008 [https://doi.org/10.1093/ref:odnb/53032]

  1. PROB 11/1770/51.

Further Information

Married but no further details

Associated Estates (4)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
1801 [SY] - 1830 [EY] → Owner

Edward Huggins most likely purchased the estate in 1801

1831 [EA] - 1831 [LA] → Owner

Shown as owner but in fact deceased by the 1831 Registration.

1799 [EA] - → Owner

Huggins bought two estates, shown as Chax Hill and Upton, in 1799 from Cossley Saunders. David Small and Christine Eickelmann have deduced from the details of Upton that it was in the same location as the estate formerly known as Jory's transferred from John Fothergill to John Boddie in 1772. Edward Huggins' will proved in 1827 refers to his estates as including Golden Rock and Fothergills in St George Gingerland.

1817 [EA] - 1825 [LA] → Owner

Relationships (6)

Father → Son
Father → Son
Father → Daughter
Father-in-law → Son-in-law
Father → Son
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