August 31, 2004

Confederate or Union

The picture I placed on yesterday's post of James Miles Hughes interest me due to the uniform that he is wearing. I have been searching the web to try and determine if he fought for the Union. While I have not found out, so far, I did find the following Hughes in the Alabama First Cavalry of the Union:
Hughes, David M.
Hughes, Eli P.
Hughes, George R.
Hughes, George S.
Hughes, John B.

While I could not find a James Hughes who fought on the Union side from AL, I did find one from Arkansas. We know that this branch of the family moved to Arkansas. Is this our James Miles Hughes? There are several Confederate men named James Hughes who fought in the Civil War.
My search led me to this Union Soldier who is also named George Hughes.

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August 30, 2004

James Miles and George P Hughes

Sons of Jesse Hughes and Mary Powell Hughes.
James Miles 1839-1928 and George P. 1845-1930

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August 28, 2004

Alonzo Lavert Hughes

Alonzo Lavert Hughes was born Nov. 19, 1878 and died Dec. 03, 1961. His father was James Miles Hughes (son of Jesse Hughes and Mary C. Powell)and his mother was Lucissa Whisenant. He was married to Cordie Johnston.

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August 25, 2004

1900 Indian Territory census

This came from Joan today. As she said, it looks very conclusive. I think we are safe in saying that Jesse Hughes and Mary Powell are the father of John Hughes and we know for sure that John is the father of Jesse Columbus.

In the 1900 Indian Territory census, Choctaw Nation, township 3 north range 22 east, ED 94-13A-35.

John Hughes, head of household, white,age 37, born in September of 1850 in Alabama. Both his parents were born in South Carolina. He is a farmer and widowed.
Thomas Hughes, son, white, age 20, single, born in Arkansas. Both parents born in Alabama. He is a farm laborer.
Rhoda Hughes, daughter, white, age 17, single, born in Arkansas.
Margaret Hughes, daughter, white, age 11, born in Arkansas.

In the 1880 Arkansas census, Garland county, Mountain township, ED 71-4-25.

John Hughes, head of household, white, age 29, born in Alabama. Both parents were born in Alabama. He is a farmer
Julia A Hughes, wife, white, age 23, born in Alabama. Both parents in Alabama.
Jesse C. Hughes, son, white, age 5, born in Arkansas.
Mary E. Hughes, daughter, white, age 3, born in Arkansas.
William T. Hughes, son, white, age 9 months, born in Arkansas.

The only thing that we cannot be positive about is whether or not Jesse is the son of William H. Hughes, son of George and Rhoda. My personal belief, for what it is worth, is that he is. I gave the reasons recently and since then have discovered the Mary Powell connection, thanks to Joan. This is further indication that Jesse is very closely related to my own Hughes branch. Tomorrow I will try and get a picture of Alonzo Lavert Hughes posted. His father was James Miles Hughes. Miles Powell was a well-known figure in Morgan Co. in the early part of the 20th century. I had no idea that Mary Powell who married Jesse Hughes was a part of the same Powell family as Miles Powell and Sherman Powell until this week. Somehow, I just never made that connection. Thank you, Joan.

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Jesse Hughes

This is from Joan and supports her original theory.
Just found on Arkansas Census 1880!!
Baxter, Garland, Arkansas
John Hughes age 29, born in Ala.
Julia Ann age 23, born in Tenn.
Jesse age 5
Mary E. age 3
William T. age 1
So, Jesse was born in 1875, not 1865 and this could be our John as the data on Mary Powell & Jesse Hughes shows John born in 1851-

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August 24, 2004

Jesse Columbus Hughes

Jesse Columbus Hughes - Father of Tennie May Hughes Weldon

Jesse's father was John Hughes and definitely descended from the Hughes in Jefferson, Blount, and Morgan County, AL. We are still trying to decide the father of John Hughes, Jesse Columbus' father.

Ben Weldon and Tennie May Hughes

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August 22, 2004

Jesse Colombus Hughes & George LeCompte

Powell Family 003.jpg
This picture was made in the early 1940's
Jesse Columbus Hughes was the son of John Hughes who married Julie Ann Radcliff. Other children of John and Julie were Tom Hughes, Mary Ellen Hughes, Margaret Hughes, and Rhoda Hughes

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August 20, 2004

Hughes - Powell Connection

Joan and I have been enjoying sharing information throughout the day. It seems that the Powell family of Mary Powell who married Jesse Hughes from Pendleton District, SC is the same Powell family whose son married the daughter of my Uncle Josh Hughes in Morgan Co., AL. Joan has sent me pictures and information that I will share with you as soon as I am able to sort it out and get it on line. It is very exciting. It has been a long time coming, but this has to be one of the biggest breakthroughs that we have had.

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August 17, 2004

Jessee Hughes and Mary Powell

Just recently I was contacted by Joan (pronounced Jo-Ann)Wood. Joan is the daughter of Tennie May Hughes and Benjamin H. Weldon. Tennie parents were Jesse Hughes and Frances Elizabeth Murray The parents of Jesse were John Hughes and Margaret (Unknown). John was the son of Jesse Hughes and Mary Powell. Jesse Hughes was born 1811-1812. He married Mary Alice Powell (picture) (Owens, Dictionary of Alabama Biography ). Jesse Hughes named a daughter Rhoda Jane Hughes.

Joan believes that Jesse is the son of William H. Hughes, my own gggrandfather and second son of George and Rhoda Hughes. Joan tells me that while she is not 100% certain that Jesse is William's son, she is certain that John is Jesse's son. She got the information on John's birth from WFT Vol. 105, Tree 1123, however, he was shown as being born in 1852 and died 1853. He was 99 years old when he died in 1946 so his birth date should be 1847.

Joan also shared with me that Jesse Hughes and Frances Murray Hughes have a daughter who is still living and that she is going to attempt to get information from her. The lady's name is Mabel. Another family member has researched this branch as well and she will send this information as soon as it becomes available.

Here is a paragraph from an email that she sent me:
"I'm not sure when my family moved from Alabama, but have my grandfather Jesse being born in Arkansas in 1865. According to what I have found on GenForum etc. he did not marry until 1902, so he was 37 when he married my grandmother and she was born in 1872 so she was older than normal for those days. She was born in Purdy, Mo. so I'm not sure how they met. Her father was originally from Blount Tenn. but moved to Arkansas from there. I haven't traced that line yet as I only found the picture of her father yesterday with his birthdate etc on back of it. One of the families Violet corresponded with was Sylvia Hughes Robbins, her husband was Robert L. Robbins. Alonzo Hughes lived close to them and he had a son named Artie L. Hughes."

I hope that I have included enough of information sent for those of you who are interested to recognize the family if you are also from this family. As for whether or not Jesse is the missing son of William, I think that it is very likely that he is. Three things are indicators. 1. The birthdate and birthplace are right 2. The naming of a daughter Rhoda Jane (Rhoda for grandmother and Jane for mother) & sons named George and William (for both father and grandfather) moved to Blount Co. and William listed residence as Blount Co. when he applied for pension for service in War of 1812. Those who are related in any way to this family, please contact me either at or at

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New Information

I recently received some new information that I hope to share with my readers a little later on today. My policy is to wait until the "informant" gives their permission before placing any news on the web. Please come back later and check.

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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).

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August 07, 2004

John Hughes

This is a site I just found:

John Hughes

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August 02, 2004

Will of Moses Hughes

Will of Moses Hughes

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August 01, 2004

William R. Hughes

Does anyone have information on the identify of William R. Hughes who married Roxanne Prestridge?

Married: 12 AUG 1883 in Marshall Co., AL
Book #7 Marshall Co., Marriages

William R. HUGHES to Roxanna M. PRESTRIDGE (sic) on August 12, 1883, by W. H. Lyons, JP, at Mr. Prestridge's. Bond: William R. Hughes and J. B. Adamson (his mark). Attest: J. C.

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