August 03, 2005

Question - Hughesville, VA

Could anyone in VA share with us the history of Hughesville According to Forrest, it is located 11 1/2 miles north-northeast of Edward Garrett's land (still exist though it isn't on a regular road map).

Edward Garrett Sr. patented land in 1742 in what was probably still Prince William County. It became Loudoun Co. in 1757. It was so close to Fauquier Co. border line that there could have been some confusion. The Owsleys had been in Stafford Co. since 1680 when Thomas Owsley settled there. Forrest found that when Edward Garrett Sr.'s land was being surveyed, one of the chain bearers was Thomas Owsley; another was Nicholas Garrett (Edward Sr. had a brother named Nicholas). The Surveyor was William West. Was he related to Anne West Owsley? Anyway, it is near here that we find Hughesville.

We do know that we can put both Garretts and Tripletts in the area of southwestern Loudoun Co. by the 1740's. Enoch Triplett says he was born (1747-1748) about a mile from the mouth of Pantherskin Run, where that creek runs into Goose Creek, which is where Edward Garrett had his land. His father, Francis Triplett III had patented 505 acred acres in Fairfax Co. on Goose Creek back in 1738. Then there was an Edward Hughes b. 1715 in Northumberland Co., VA which is just next to Richmond Co. where the Tripletts lived. One source has Edward's father as Thomas Hughes who NOT an immigrant. If he was not an immigrant, then when did his father arrive in America? Could he have been one of the 28 persons transported to Virginia by Francis Triplett I? This family is the family of the Edward Hughes who married Elizabeth Grigsby in Stafford Co. VA, moved northwest, like the Garretts and Tripletts, and end up near the Hendersons & Isbells.

Another bit of speculation or food for thought is this; Edward Hughes son Nathaniel, named a daughter Rhoda. She married Starrett Dobbins. These Dobbins were in Rutherford Co., NC. This goes full circle to one of my earliest conclusions. While researching my family in north Alabama, I concluded that my ggggrandfather, William Hughes is closely related to Richard Blanton Hughes, whose ancestry is traced to Rutherford, NC and a William Hughes there.

Posted by JHSGran at August 3, 2005 06:37 PM