|Birth: ||Jun. 14, 1840|
|Death: ||Feb. 19, 1928|
Red River Parish
JASPER A. HUGGINS
Jasper A. Huggins was born to Daniel Huggins and Sally Truluck, daughter of Josiah H. Truluck in Bacon County, Georgia June 14, 1840.
When Jasper was five, they moved to Mississippi. When he was ten, they came to Texas in a covered wagon. At age thirteen Jasper came with his family to Red River Parish, Louisiana.
Jasper's father Daniel and his family homesteaded 300 acres of land at Social Springs community, fifteen miles north of Coushatta, Red River Parish, Louisiana.
Daniel and Sally were the parents of four sons: John, George, Jasper and Newton; and two duaghters: Sally and Leona.
Newton was killed by wild Indians when Daniel returned to Indian country, (now probably Oklahoma or Texas.)
Jasper was the only child to stay in Louisiana after the Civil War, into which he volunteered at age 16. Jasper bought the farm homesteaded by Daniel.
All four boys were in the Civil War and all returned home with only one small fleshwound. When they returned, Daniel met them with a shout that could be heard for a mile, but Sally cried.
Jasper stayed in Louisiana after the war and married Martha Smith on April 13, 1868. Martha was the daughter of John Smith and Mary Emeline Huckaby. Emeline had come to Bienville Parish with her parents, John Huckaby and Elizabeth Moore Huckaby.
Jasper and Martha made their home in a small log cabin about one-half mile from the two-story log cabin Daniel built. Their first son, Arthur Jackson, was born there. When Arthur was small, Daniel and the other members of the family moved to Indian Territory, probably Texas or Oklahoma, leaving the graves of Leona's husband and Daniel's wife, Sally and daughter, Cornelia. These graves are marked in the family cemetery today.
Jasper had bought the farm for twenty-five cents an acre, so he, Martha and Arthur moved into the big house. They built a smaller house behind the big house with a breezeway between. This was the kitchen and dining room Here nine more children were born.
Their children were:
1. Arthur Jackson 2. Edgar Ardene 3. Willie Newton 4. Nora Letisia 5. Cornelia (Nelia) 6. George Wilton 7. Madie Ardinia 8. Sarah Mildred Elizabeth 9. Mattie Lula 10. Susie A. Della.
Jasper's wife and the mother of his 10 children died of pneumonia, November 14, 1889.
Jasper married again November 29, 1894 in Red River Parish, Louisiana to Georgia A. Myrick. Georgia died March 3, 1914 from burns she received when her clothes caught on fire.
After Jasper's wives died, he sold his farm to sons, Edgar A. and George W. The family cemetery is on George's land. Edgar and Mr. Charlie Woodard donated land for the Social Springs Cemetery where many of the family are buried. Jasper continued to live on the homesteaded farm until 1915 when he moved to Hall Summit, Louisiana. He and his daughter Della ran a small hotel. Later his son, George and his wife Mittie, managed it. Jasper stayed on there until his death on February 19, 1928.
Because of his kindness and good will, he was called "Peacemaker", for the people respected his judgement and knew that the decision he rendered would be a wise one. He served as Justice of the Peace twelve years.
On Sunday morning at eight o'clock Mr. Huggins went to meet God, face to face. While the community paid tribute that day in a Memorial Service at his church, four men spoke of his influence as a citizen, as an officer of the law, as a Christian, and of his death. The climax came when a member of another faith declared, "The pulpit of Mr. Huggins in his last week here has meant more to me than all the sermons of all the preachers of all demonizations in Red River Parish during the past twelve months."
Some of this information came from Mrs. Coleman Martin and can be found in Red River Parish Our Heritage Vol. 1.
Note: The property that George owned was passed down to his daughter Fannie Elizabeth Huggins Boyet and some of it is still in this family. The Huggins Cemetery is still there and the graves are marked but, it needs some work done on it.
Compiled by: Virginia Wilson Bailey
Martha A. Smith Huggins (1842 - 1899)
Georgia A. Myrick Huggins (1844 - 1914)*
Cornelia Huggins (1873 - 1882)*
George W. Huggins (1875 - 1951)*
Susie A. Della Huggins (1884 - 1966)*
Red River Parish
Maintained by: Virginia Wilson Bailey
Originally Created by: Mary (inactive)
Record added: May 12, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 14265744