August 09, 2004

George Hughes

Those of you who are interested in the ancestry of George Hughes from Laurens will be interested in the following: For sometime we have been attempting to find the father of George. Due to the notion that he descended from William, the builder of St. Peter's Parish, we may have been making some wrong assumptions. Recently there has been interest in the Edward Hughes Family. Yesterday I received the following message from a descendant, Forrest Mullings:

Maybe this is our breakthrough. I have been corresponding with a lady in the Dallas area whose husband is a Garrett descendant (Joseph, some kind of kin to Edward--they lived about a mile apart in Loudoun Co.; Joseph's descendants went to Laurens, SC, and he named his children same as our Edward and Ann named theirs). This lady sent me some information from a book about Northern Neck land grants, 1694-1742.

I find this: Edward Hews of Pr. William Co. 475 A. in said Co., on Racoon or Wankopin Little R. of Goose Cr. Surv. by Mr. John Awbrey. 13 Nov. 1740.

From my Delorme Map Program I see that Wankopin Creek runs into Goose Creek about three miles north of Middleburg, VA. It comes almost straight down south from there and goes just east of Middleburg where begins a little southeast of Middleburg.

If Edward Hews (Hughes) had land anywhere along Wankopin Creek, he would have been about 5 miles east of where Edward Garrett had his land (where Pantherskin Creek runs into Goose Creek). Hughes got his land in 1740; Edward Garrett, Sr. got his (249 acres) Dec, 1742.

But, there are other interesting facts to be brought out. Francis Triplett III, on 29 August, 1741, got 505 acres about a mile west of Edward Garrett on Pantherskin Creek and his land was adjacent to Joseph Garrett's. All these tracts of land were surveyed by John Awbrey, indicating they were in the same region. I see other Surveyors names for what appears to be different areas.

But that is not all. William Nichols has 405 acres adjacent to Francis Triplett. Remember that Francis Triplett I lost his wife soon after arriving in Virginia and married Abigail Hughes (daughter of John Hughes) in Old Rappahannock County--later Richmond in 1664 and that Abigail was the widow of Samuel Nichols by whom she had had a son. I think the Hughes/Nichols/Tripletts stuck pretty close to each other over the years and that, if they had not been associated with the Garretts prior to the 1740s, they certainly (being such close neighbors) made contact them in Prince William County. I know for sure that the Tripletts knew the Edward Garretts because Enoch Triplett, grandson of Francis III, made sworn testimony in 1813 saying that he knew Edward Garrett and had been to his house on numerous occasions (The deposition made by Enoch in the suit brought by Carter heirs--see, message # 6113).

The source for these land transactions is: Virginia Northern Neck Land Grants 1694-1742, vol 1, Gertrude E. Gray, comp., Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1988.

The part of Prince William County where this land was located became Fairfax County in 1742. The part of Fairfax County known as Cameron Parish (where these properties were) became Loudoun County in 1757 and the part of Prince William County adjacent to Loudoun's southern border became Fauquier County in 1759. All the land mentioned (except Edward Hughes) is located between Middleburg and Upperville, VA almost on the Loudoun/Fauquier County lines. US highway 50 practically straddles the county line at that point. It was called the Bellhaven Road in the 1700's (Bellhaven later was renamed Alexandria).

Posted by JHSGran at August 9, 2004 12:19 PM