March 26, 2004

Your info.

I will be away from the computer for a couple of days to visit family in north Alabama. I want to take this opportunity to invite you, if you are a Hughes or a Hughes researcher, to send me information that you would like to see posted on this site. I focus mainly on the Hughes families who lived in or passed through Laurens, SC, but have found that most of them came from VA. Please send whatever you would like to I will post what I can.

Posted by JHSGran at March 26, 2004 03:43 PM


Noticed your post on this board for HUGHES. Do you see any connections with the following two Hughes lines?

Since I do not have the names of any of the brothers and sisters in the earliest part of my HUGHES line, is difficult to match. I have two HUGHES lines. My grandmother's maiden name is also HUGHES. Here is what I have:

I have a connection to (John? Jack?) Ashley HUGHES born about 1850 in Alabama. Last known location in Coffee County during 1880 Census. Married Louiza COMMANDER who was born in Alabama. Children included Ella born about 1870, John D. born about 1872, Lizzie Born 1 Sep 1872, Jesse born 1874, Elizabeth born 1878 and Henry Lee born 7 Aug 1883. Henry Lee married Dora A. STEPHENS in 1908. They were my great grandparents and lived in Geneva County Alabama. Henry Lee and Dora are buried in Hartford Cemetery. See the Stephens line next paragraph.

STEPHENS – Looking for information on the STEPHENS and HUGHES families. Dora A. STEPHENS my great grandmother was born 27 March 1886 in Dale County AL and died 14 August 1976 and is buried in Hartford, AL. She was married to Henry Lee HUGHES who was born 7 August 1883 in Coffee County AL and died 13 January 1958 and is buried in Hartford, AL. They lived in and around Geneva County AL and had six children. Dora STEPHENS’ parents were George H. STEPHENS and Adeline M. DAVIS. George is believed to be from England and was born August 1852 and Adeline may have been born in Virginia or Georgia Oct 1850. Found in 1910 census living in Dale County (Daleville precinct) AL. Conflicts between 1900 and 1910 census. 1900 census shows Adeline’s father born in Virginia and mother born in Maine and 1910 census records show Adeline’s parents from Georgia. George and Adeline had at least eight children.

The above is my grandmother’s side, whose maiden name is HUGHES as well (no connection found between families). Now I also am looking for information on my grandfather’s HUGHES side as well. I need information on John HUGHES born in SC about 1785 who married someone named Mary. Their son Joseph born 1817 in SC married Elizabeth CLARK born in 1815 in SC. They were married in Walton County GA 28 Sep 1834. Joseph and Elizabeth settled in Sumter County GA near Plains, GA and had six children in Georgia before moving to Alabama and having three or four more children there. The children were Tempe (Jempy) born 1835, John born 1838, Amanda born1839, Seaborn born 1844, William born 1846, Josephine born 1850, Josiah born 1853, Julia born 1857 and Meipa born 1859. There may have been a tenth child Minna born 1876. Their son John HUGHES was born 1838 in Sumter County GA and married Sarah Nancy CLARK born about 1838 in Sumter County GA as well. They settled in Geneva County AL. Sarah and John had at least 9 children. Their names were Fredonia (Donie) born 1857, John Wesley born 1859, William (Billy) born 1855 (maybe 1862?), Seaborn (Babe) born 1864, Sarah (Betty) born 1867, Sofroney (Fronie) born 1870, Louise (Lou) born 1871, Martha born 1878 and Rinsey born 1879. Sarah died in 1927 and is buried in Panther Creek FWB Church Cemetery in Wicksburg, AL. Grave marker reflects 107 years old at death. This is likely in error since it does not agree with family records and census records found.

It is reported that Sarah's husband John was in the Civil War and was reported as being killed originally. But years to follow, John was found by other family members across the Florida state line married to Nicie (Nicey?) Jane Foxworth and already had additional children. John died in 1899 and Nicie died in 1940. Both are buried at Lovewood Freewill Baptist Church, 1745 Lovewood Rd. (Hwy 163). The graves were unmarked as of May 1998 and were near the other Foxworth and Hughes marked graves. Shellie D. Foxworth (Grandson of John Hughes) in Chipley, FL confirmed location of John's grave and explained some of the family's relationships and members.

Sarah Nancy Clark HUGHES is the daughter of Elijah CLARK and his first wife Sarah who died in 1851. They had eight children. Elijah later married Martha C. FLOYD on 15 June 1851 and there were at least five known children from that marriage. Elijah and Martha along with a few of the children are buried in the CLARK cemetery on the Brannon Stand Road (Hwy 59) near Dothan, AL.

One of the children was my great grandfather William “Billy” David HUGHES who was born in Alabama in April 1855. Billy married Mary “Molly” Francis LONG in 1880. They lived in Geneva County Alabama where my grandfather Elijah David HUGHES was born the youngest of 16 children on 11 October 1907.

Any information on these families would be appreciated. I would be happy to share any other information I have about these families. Please contact me at or .

Jim Hughes
Jacksonville, FL

Posted by: Jim Hughes at April 4, 2004 10:50 AM