September 05, 2004

Have A Safe Labor Day

Just a quick note to wish each of you a safe holiday.

I had a pleasant surprise today when I returned home from a trip and found an email from a Belew cousin that I have not heard from in many years. Our fathers were first cousins and I am hoping that together she and I might make a little headway in our family searching.

Another small item which might be another indication that Joan's Hughes family and mine are the same came today. As my mother looked at the picture of George LeCompte and Jesse Columbus Hughes made in early 1940's, she noticed a well-digging rig in the back ground. I have an old picture of my grandfather standing next to a rig like this. Perhaps they worked together at one time.

My sister just turned another stone and found a connection between the Hughes/Garrett/Sullivan families who lived in Jefferson County. More evidence that our William Hughes and Jesse Hughes were close family is found by noting that Jane Hughes (my gggrandmother and the wife of William H. Hughes, son of George and Rhoda) lived in Jefferson County, AL in 1850. Here is how we reached that conclusion. Living in the household of Pleasant Sullivan and Cassandra Sullivan Pleasant Sullivan is the son of Pleasant Sullivan and Frances Garrett Sullivan. View Here in 1850 is a Jane Hughes. Note that Frances Garrett is the daughter of Edward Garrett and Anne Owsley. Is this Jane actually William's wife, our gggrandmother? Apparently she is. On the Marshall County, 1850 census, Jane is listed, but there is a question mark by her name. Shortly after 1850 all the children moved to Morgan Co., but William did not. My guess is that William and Jane separated and she moved into the Sullivan household. Perhaps her making this choice will help us determine her identity. She has always been Jane (unknown) Hughes. With the breakup of the household, the grown children moved out. They moved to Morgan Co. with their neighbor (and probable relative) Richard Blanton Hughes (Uncle Dickie). Another item worth mentioning is that the Sullivans came from Charlotte Co., VA. Charlotte was formed from Lunenberg Co. Lunenberg was the birthplace of William Hughes who moved to Rutherford, NC. So we find another tie to that family as well.

Posted by JHSGran at September 5, 2004 10:05 PM

This does not help with the Hughes line, but is some additional information on the Sullivant line. Notice that Pleasant Sullivant and Stephen Mullins were witnesses.
Charlotte Co Bk 3 Pg 260 12 Oct 1768
Sullivant estate to Sullivant
Whereas Owen Sullivant, late of Charlotte County, by his last will and testament, bearing date of 12 Oct 1768, among other things devised his five daughters, namely, Patience, Frances, Margaret, Mandelin and Elizabeth, 60 acres of land lying on Twitty's Creek, part of the tract whereon the said Owen then lived with a plantation and apple orchard to them during life, if not married. But as some are now married and
moved and have no claim to the said land, and by the same will did devise to his son Owen Sullivant these among other lands, the said 60 acres and plantation, after all his aforesaid daughter's death or marriage, which should first happen, to him. All the said daughters having married, except the aforesaid Frances, and she, Frances, having contracted with the said Owen the younger, to release all claims, this writing, the witness whereof the said Frances Sullivant, for 5 shillings, releases all title and claim to the 60 acres of land
Witnesses: Signed: Frances Sullivant
Stephen Mullings
Pleasant Sullivant
Obediah (X) Brumfield

Char Co Bk 3 Pg 259 1 Oct 1781
Sullivant to Crenshaw
This Indenture this 1st day of October 1781, between Owen Sullivant of Charlotte county and Charles Crenshaw, of Hanover County, for the sum of 200 pounds, specie, (conveys) a certain parcel of land containing 151 acres, bounded by the lines of Dudley Brooke, (formerly Charles Sullivant's), the late Isaac Read Esq., James Hamblet and Twitty's Creek, including the late dwelling house of Owen Sullivant,
Signed Owin Sullivant
Margaret, wife of the said Owin Sullivant, being first privily examined etc.

Posted by: A. Deason Smith at September 21, 2004 01:01 PM