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William Thomas Huggins, Sr
Birth: Mar. 15, 1873
Death: Oct. 15, 1918
Little Rock
Dillon County
South Carolina, USA



He was the son of Ellen Huggins and the husband of Polly Ann Bethea Huggins. He was a farmer and a member of Little Rock Baptist Church. On Feb. 14, 1905 he was issued a patent for the Huggins Plow, (patent number 782658). He died of influenza, which he caught when he traveled by train to Columbia, S.C. to get a part for his cotton gin.


From The State newspaper, October 19, 1918:

"W. Tom Huggins

Special to the State

Dillon Oct. 18

W. Tom Huggins of the Little Rock section died at his home Tuesday night of pneumonia. He had influenza which he was stricken about ten days ago after a trip to Columbia. He was 45 years of age. Mr. Huggins' career was remarkable. At the age of 21 years he was a poor boy working on the farm for small wages. He was a hard worker and won the confidence of the farmers of the community. He rented a small farm and grew to be a large renter. In the meantime, he invented what is now one of the most useful plowstocks and one of the most largely used plowstocks in the country, known as the Huggins plow. He sold his patent for a nice sum and with other money which he had saved by his frugality bought one of the nicest farms in the Little Rock community. He owned another nice farm in the adjacent community also as well as bank stock and other interests. His success has been considered phenomenal. Only recently he completed a handsome residence and was just becoming fixed to enjoy more of the luxuries of this life.

Unlike many who become blessed with the world's goods in so short a time, he wielded a large and beneficial influence among the people with whom he associated in his early years and that he raised the standard of living among this worthy but poorer class of people is not questioned. He was a Christian and was honorable in every sense of the word.

Mr. Huggins was a member of the Baptist Church at Little Rock and contributed largely towards its upkeep financially and spiritually. The body was buried there yesterday afternoon. The funeral was conducted by his pastor, the Rev. W. McB. Sherwood. He is survived by his widow, five daughters, and two sons." 
 
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 Parents:
  Ellen Huggins (1841 - 1918)
 
 Spouse:
  Polly Ann Bethea Huggins (1880 - 1936)
 
 Children:
  Quincy Allen Huggins (1899 - 1900)*
  Dorothy Huggins Williamson (1901 - 1971)*
  William Thomas Huggins (1903 - 1966)*
  Lonnie Bruce Huggins (1905 - 1956)*
  Blanche Huggins Sinclair (1907 - 1993)*
  Alma Huggins Carter (1909 - 1995)*
  Ruth Huggins Harris (1912 - 1949)*
  Ione Huggins Branch (1914 - 2003)*
  Bliss Huggins (1916 - 1953)*
 
 Siblings:
  Martha Jane Huggins (1859 - 1945)*
  S. K. Huggins (1869 - 1894)*
  William Thomas Huggins (1873 - 1918)
  Janie Huggins Daniels (1877 - 1944)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Huggins Cemetery
Little Rock
Dillon County
South Carolina, USA
 
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Record added: Apr 19, 2007
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