April 04, 2004

Rev War Records - George

I have written for and receieved the records of two George Hughes who fought in Rev. hoping to determine which was my ggggrandpa. Here is what I learned:
Virginia - Geo Hughes, Soldier (Cal) was paid on December 9, 1782, Sum L 116-14-2 (note says changed to 1784 in pencil)The transaction is recorded in Vol. 176; page 346 and copied by R.W. Pearson. This George Hughes fought in the l Light Dragoons. Continental Troops. The pay card is dated January 1783. He is listed as first a Sargeant and then reduced to the ranks of a private on 10 January, 1783. He was paid (as a private) per month 8 1/3 dollars and his time of service as a private was 21 days. Amount of pay was 5 60/90 Dollars. His pay card as a sargeant is dated the same and he received 15 dollars for 10 days of service- total pay there is 5 dollars. copiest for the cards was J. Dowd. No explantion of why he was reduced in the ranks and no explantion for the short length of service. History tells us, however that by early 1783, active hostilities of the American Revolutionary War had been over for nearly two years and Commissioners Franklin, Jay, and Adams were still negotiating in Paris to establish a final treaty with Great Britain. With a formal peace almost secured and with no fighting to do, the Continental Army had grown bored and restless, but Congress had decided to retain it as long as the British remained in New York to ensure that the gains of seven years of fighting would not be lost. My guess is George felt he had better things to do at this point and he left.

For those who are interested in George Hughes and Rhoda Garrett Hughes, I will post all I have found (Speculation) on when, where, and if George served. There is not a lot to go on, but some clues are available. Could this be our George?? There is evidence pro can con. I will give you one of my deductions here: The age of this soldier could be a clue. Was George in VA in 1783. We do not know for sure, but I doubt it. This soldier was probably young or he would have joined long before Dec. 1782. I have more information on Hughes who fought in the Dragoons and will post later. Also...

George Hughes from SC served as follows:
Record is dated Nov. 9, 1776, Nov 1 - 9. Copied from Rolls Vol. 9, page 138. George Hughs, Private served in the 2d South Carolina Regiment, commanded by Lt. Col. Marion. List dated (No Date Given) Comp. 9 Memorandum: No. 1.2.3.4. & 5. were paid in the annexed Roll from the lst of August to 1 November 1779 No. 6. 7. 8. & 9 were paid in the annexed Roll from the lst July to the first of November, 1779-- No Remarks were added.

I have clues to whether or not this was our George, but will have to list them later, along with other soldiers who served in the same regiments. Perhaps someone will read this and be able to help me determine which George he was.

Posted by JHSGran at April 4, 2004 07:23 AM
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George Hughes, SC
Record is dated Nov. 9, 1776, Nov 1 - 9. Copied from Rolls Vol. 9, page 138. George Hughs, Private List dated (No Date Given) Comp. 9 Memorandum: No. 1.2.3.4. & 5. were paid in the annexed Roll from the lst of August to 1 November 1779 No. 6. 7. 8. & 9 were paid in the annexed Roll from the lst July to the first of November, 1779-- No Remarks were given.

Posted by: Jan at April 4, 2004 08:45 AM