I have told that the Huggins came with Rev. James Gilliland circa 1804 to Red Oak from North Carolina. From Church records under date of June 11, 1831, William and Frances, his wife, and Eli, Alexander, Zimri, Elizabeth, Amzi and Jane, his wife, were all received under the care of the White Oak Church on a certificate from the Red Oak Church. This was the core group that settled on the North Fork of White Oak Creek at what became Sicily.

This family was Alexander Huggins 1765-1839, who married Frances Gilliland on June 14, 1796 in North Carolina. She was the sister of the Rev. James Gilliland. They had nine children, and Eli (1791-1842) was the oldest. He married Jane McEwen, who was born in 1796, and she was still living in Illinois on the 1870 census. Names of the children are unknown, but we do know that Eli was an early Clay Township, Highland County Justice of the Peace.

Amaziah C. Huggins (1799-1872) married Jane Moore (1809-33) on May 1, 1828 in Brown County. She was the daughter of John Moore, Elder and Clerk of Session of the White Oak Church. They had two children, Harriet Hagin Huggins (1829-71) and Silas Wilson Huggins (1831-1913).

On June 28, 1834, Amaziah married Nancy Hindman (1797-1880). After Amaziah died, Nancy moved to Missouri with her nephew Herman Huggins (1837-1911). Some sources credit Amaziah with being involved with the Underground Railroad.

Zimri Wilson Huggins (1804-39) married Isabelle Bryan (1806-96) on Feb. 24, 1832 in Highland County. They had three children: a boy who died young, Nelson (1836-1915) and Herman W. (1837-1911).


Enos Sidney Huggins (1807-47) married Lucinda Bryan on June 2, 1836. He died young and is buried at Sicily in the Huggins/Peddicord Cemetery.

Eliza “Lizzy” Huggins (1809-89) never married, and she is buried at Sicily.

Fanny Huggins (1812-94) married Jonas Pettijohn (1813-96) on Sept. 27, 1845 in Illinois. They had five or six children and went to the Indian Territory in Minnesota in 1850. More about them on the Pettyjohns.

John Baird Huggins (1817-99) married Sarah Pettyjohn (1817-96) on Feb. 7, 1838. By the 1850 census, they had moved west to Schuyler, Ill., and by the '60s they were living in the Kansas Territory. By the 1880s, they were living in Colorado. They were the parents of six children.

William Pool Huggins (1821-25) was only 4 years old, and he is most likely buried at Red Oak as he died before the parents moved to Sicily.

Under date of May 15, 1846, the following members of the White Oak Church applied for dismissal in order to form a Presbyterian Church at Buford: Amzi (Amaziah) C. Huggins, Enos S. Huggins, John Hutsonpillar, Robert I. and Thomas Huggins, Jane and Martha Bell, Frances, Eliza, Nancy, Harriett, Sarah M. and Lucinda Huggins, Mary Juline Miller and Sarah Y. Brown. Moderator of Session was Samuel Rankin, and Elders were Enos S. Huggins and Josiah Moore, who also acted as Clerk Pro Tem.

Under date of Dec. 7, 1848, John and Cyntha Ann Hogsett sold almost one acre, which was located at the edge of Buford in what is now the old section of the Buford Cemetery, for the sum of $250. William Scott and John Taggert witnessed, and Sidney Ogden, Justice of the Peace, attested.

Under date of Sept. 11, 1852, Amzi C. Huggins, an Elder of the Buford Church, expressed a desire to unite with the Sardinia Church (name White Oak had been given up and went to the Mowrystown Church). Thereafter, an election of Elders was held, and Joseph McFaddin and Amzi Huggins, having been previously ordained, agreed to serve. James Baird was also elected and was ordained.

The lot of the Buford Church was sold to the Buford School, and it was used as a schoolhouse for a number of years.