July 31, 2007

Daniel C. Turrentine and Joseph Hughes

Sometimes we overlook the obvious, which is what I seem to have done in my Hughes research. I have known for sometime that one of the founding fathers of Gadsden, AL was Joseph Hughes. I could not find any links with my own family and dismissed this as probably a totally different family. Now I am not so sure.

One of my great great grandmothers is Drady Turrentine Francis, mother of Anna Elizabeth Francis. The connection that I found today is very real, although it may not mean a lot. Then again it might. It seems that Joseph Hughes, who settled in Gadsden, brought one of his friends from Orange County, NC. The man's name was Daniel C. Turrentine. Daniel's father turns out to be my gggggrandfather. Daniel had a son named John Turrentine, born ca 1755. John's first wife gave birth to a son named James Steward. James Steward moved to Morgan Co., AL and married Elizabeth Wilson. They are the parents of Drady.

What significance this has, if any, is yet to be determined. It is possible that the Hughes family is the reason the Turrentines ended up in Morgan Co., AL.

My sources on this are the Heritage of Morgan Co., Vol. 52 and the Rootsweb World Connect project.

Below is one reference to a Joseph Hughes in Laurens. I found this on an earlier post of mine:
Hughes found in Laurens Co., SC in 1800 included Aaron (Aron), Caleb, George, James, John, Joel, Thomas, William. Also, Stephen Hughes will names John & Joseph as heirs in 1799. Aaron and George are both listed on census as living in "Garretts Co.".

The above was found in the courthouse in Laurens, SC.

Another fact worth mentioning is that I have found another descendant of William Hughes, who was born in Lunenberg, VA and settled in Rutherford, NC, living in Blount Co., AL. His name was William Edward Hughes and he was the son of Phillip Hughes.

I am leaving comments open if ANYONE knows ANYTHING about Joseph Hughes, please comment.

Posted by JHSGran at July 31, 2007 03:42 PM