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Re: DAVID & DOROTHEA GRIFFITH CAVAN IRE
Posted by: Susan HUGGINS (ID *****6095) Date: September 15, 2011 at 16:58:55
In Reply to: Re: DAVID & DOROTHEA GRIFFITH CAVAN IRE by Megan Woods of 6225

Dear Megan,
Thanks again. I always find the more information you put out the more likely you are to get results and fill in the blanks. One think hit me straight in the eye, which you wouldn`t have expected.
My husbands great grandfather, Robert Huggins who was born about March 1841,( parents Bleakley/Blakley Berry Huggins and Ann/Elizabeth Pringle)from family notes kept by Robert`s wife Emily, said Robt. was born at Griffith Lodge the home of the Huggins family, which also turns out to be the home of David & Dorothea Griffith, Artonagh.
In Robert (died 24 May 1900, Windsor, NSW. Australia) newspaper obituary they say, Robert travelled to British West Indies to restore his health, where he completed his schooling and college with a good knowledge of French and Spanish.
A 10/11 year old boy would have to have stayed with some family for his board and education in West Indies?
Obituary written by a good friend goes on to say.
Robert served his apprenticeship on a large sugar estate and eventually became a manager on a large Puerto Rico estate, unfortunately Robert lost his investment money in a partnership transaction. Travelling on to St Croix and San Domingo where he became the manager of the Eden Estate in 1861.
On the 23 April 1863 Robert, age 22, sold ESTATE NICHOLAS, St CROIX, for $15,000. His share $1,673, the other investors a Mr Beech & Griffith.
Nathaniel Griffith was in St Croix until 1846 and Robert Huggins bought at some later date, his old estate of Estate Nicholas and sold it in 1863. I wonder if Nathaniel was the Griffith investor?
From 24 April 1865 to 1 Sept 1869 Roberts ledger accounts show he was the owner of the Castle Bruce Estate, St David`s Parish, Dominica, comprising 500 acres of rich cane cultivated arable land with 1200 acres composed of cleared pasturage and woodland which could be adapted to a cattle farm.
1871-1874 manager of Barbodoes Refinery,
1875-6 took charge of Les Efforts & Camden Estates, Trinidad.
Travelled around the world a couple of times until in 1882 in Natal, Durban, South Africa, Robert Huggins met his future wife, Miss Emily Davis, a 32yr old petite English woman.
They were married in London 12 July 1883 and spent their honeymoon traveling to Australia aboard the ship' Rosetta'.

Couldn`t find much for Joseph Griffith in the Griffith Valuation for 1857 for townland Grellagh, Parish of Lavey, Cavan but in old Cavan newspaper there is a Joseph Griffith, Cootehill 1851.

Sue.


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