October 31, 2004

New Research

Recently, I have had very little time or opportunity to research. However, I did get in an hour while on a trip to Danville, KY. As it turned out, I did not find any useful information about Hughes in Kentucky, but I did find a nugget in the library there. For some time now, I have been unable to find any unaccounted for George Hughes in the state of VA, but on the shelf in Danville is a booklet with the 1788 Loudoun Co. Virginia tax list.

It is unique because a law passed by the VA Assembly on the 11th of Oct. 1786 mandated that the tax commissioners should "on the tenth day of March annually, begin and continue proceeding without delay through their respective district, and call on every person subject to taxation, or having property in his or her possession for a written list thereof...make four alphabetical general lists therefrom, shewing in columns according to the form hereto also annexed, the date when each list was received, the persons chargeable with the tax or taxes, and the number or quantity of every species of property, inserting particularly the names of all free males subject to tax, distinguishing those also subject only to parish and county levy...". This law was different from the prior one concerning the personal property taxes in that the commissioner was to call on each person at his residence and he made a note of the day he took the lists. The list including free white males between 16 and 21 has enabled us to determine a little more information concerning the household AND it is possible to determine the neighbors of the head of household.

Here is what I found. In Loudoun,there were two George Hughs. One is,himself, a head of household. The other is in the household of Isaac Hughs, Isasac being the head of household. There is also a Warner Hughs in the house. Interesting sides notes, Neighbors of Isaac, George and Warner were Thomas Garrett, Sr., Points Owsley, William Powell, John Garrett, Joseph Garrett, and Elisha Powell Jr. and Sr. and Constantine Hughes Fairly near these lived the George Hughs who is a head of household. In the same county we find a Patrick Sullivan.

Many of you who know me know that I have searched for some clue as to the father of our George Hughes. Could this be him? I can't make that assumption because I know that by 1791, he was in Laurens with Rhoda. I suspect that he was there well before 1791, but have no proof.

If anyone out there has information on Issac, George, Warner, or this Thomas Hughes, I hope you will share. I found quite a few Tripletts on the list in Loudown.

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October 26, 2004

Rees/ Rice Hughes

I received some information this morning that I wish to share with my readers and the person who sent it was nice enough to give me permission.

The Rees Hughes who donated the land for St. Peter's Parish church building was not a member of St. Peter's Parish, but rather a Quaker. Robert Hughes was also a Quaker and he contested the donation of the land to the church. Robert was possibly the son of Rice/Rees Hughes Sr. of New Kent. He may have been a grandson to Rice Sr. A main point to consider when tracking this family is that Rice/Rees Hughes appears in Virginia in a New Kent Co.land patent in the early 1650's. Members of this family appear to have remained in the New Kent area until about 1725. Afater the first two generations died out, the descendants moved from the north bank to the south bank of the James River. There they purchased land on Muddy and Deep Creeks, an area which became Buckingham Co., VA.

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October 23, 2004

Civil War , Laurens, Company I, 14th SC regiment

Civil War , Laurens, Company I, 14th SC regiment

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October 12, 2004

William Putman of Laurens Co., SC

The information on this link is only available in cached memory.

William Putman of Laurens, SC

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October 10, 2004

A First Meeting

Ida Odessa Russell Hughes and Richard Marvin Hughes holding Rachael Elizabeth Milans.

Two of my favorite snapshots. My mom and dad meeting their great granddaughter, Rachael Elizabeth Milans, for the first time.

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October 07, 2004

Great Story

While the following has only one Hughes mentioned, it is such a great story and an insight into our history I want to place it here.


The following bio was taken from page 446 of the book entitled " Rusk County History" compiled and edited and used with permission of the Rusk County Historical Commission.

Transcribed by Claudia Schuster
Submitted by Gloria Briley Mayfield, Rusk County TX Coordinator

Even though I was not born in Rusk County, I feel as if I have roots here. It is the birthplace of my grandfather, James Benjamin Whitton.

In the late 1850's my great-grandfather, William Washington Whitton, and his wife, Mary Lydia Hughes, daughter of Bengar and Mary Lydia Benton Hughes, sold their farm in Coweta County, Georgia to move to Texas. There were nineteen families and a hundred slaves in the colony. Three Whitton families were in the colony. They consisted of my great-grandfather, his older brother, John, and their widowed mother, Catherine, with her seven young children: Elvera, Beadie, Enoch, Cassie, Mary Ann, Robert, and James.

Leaving Georgia, they traveled overland to New Orleans, Louisiana, where the nineteen families boarded a ship and sailed up the Mississippi to Shreveport. The families spent a week in Shreveport, buying supplies and resting from the long journey.

From Shreveport they rode overland to Texas; but when they camped at Rake Pocket in Rusk County, it was discovered that one of the slaves had smallpox. They were put under quarantine in the camp, fortunately the disease did not spread. The officers held them under quarantine so long that the families decided to settle in East Texas. In 1853, John Whitton's family and their mother, Catherine, left Rusk County to settle in San Augustine County. Two of the Whitton children married while they were in Rusk County. Beadle Whitton married Silvester Swain, and Enoch Whitton married Martha Ann Thompson.
My great-grandfather, William decided to make Rusk County his home because the land was so fertile. In 1851 he bought five hundred and fifty acres of land two miles from Rake Pocket, now Pine Hill, on Murvaul Creek. They got their mail at Rake Pocket, but the farm was closer to Buzzard Roost, a small village. In this village, Jim little had a country store and four large freight wagons which hauled supplies to and from Shrevesport for merchants in Henderson.

While they were living in Rusk County, William and Lydia had two sons. My grandfather, James Benjamin, was born in 1853, and his brother, John Jasper, was born in 1854.
When the Whittons left Georgia, they brought from their orchards their fig cuttings and peach tree seedlings, which they planted here. Many of the fine fig and peach trees here today may have descended from those brought from Georgia.

John Whitton had now become deputy sheriff in San Augustine County. In 1855 persuaded my great-grandfather, William to sell his farm in Rusk County and to move to San Augustine. This he did and San Augustine became his permanent home. It was there that Grandfather married Ida Lavina Baggett, daughter of Thomas Wesley Moore Baggett and Harriet Bland Baggett.
Over one hundred years have passed since this happened, and in 1960 I came to make my home in Rusk County with my husband, Billy Nations, and my two sons, Ken and Mike. I know my ancestors would be happy to know that they still have descendants here.

Submitted by Miriam Whitton Nations.

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October 06, 2004

Hughes in NC

There is a Hughes cemetery in Yancey Co. NC. Two things here caught my eye. One is the name Dewey G. Hughes. There was a Dewey George Hughes who ran an egg farm in Jefferson Co. and also I found it to be of interest that there are Riddles buried here. A Riddle came over in 1635 with William Hughes and there are Riddles buried in the Warrior Creek Cemetery in Laurens, along with the Garretts and Hughes.

In Greene Co., NC if found information on Josiah Hames Hughes from the family Bible.

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October 05, 2004

1777 Pittsylvania Oath of Allegience

Thanks to my friend and distant cousin Forrest Mullins, I am able to add this web link for those of you interested in the Hughes from both Rutherford, NC and Laurens.

1777 Pittsylvania Oath of Allegience

As Forrest noted in an email to me, we seem to be hitting all around finding the parentage of our George. Forrest found that Nathaniel Hughes was in Pittsylvania County in 1777. Nathaniel is a son of Edward Hughes. We know that William in Rutherford was born in Lunenburg Co., VA. Lunenburg Co., VA in 1752 included the present day counties of Mecklenburg (1765), Halifax (1752), then Pittsylvania came from Halifax in 1766, and Charlotte (1764). We have been chasing our elusive Hughes knowing that we have ties to Rutherford, NC. We also know that Edward Hughes is very possibly either the father or grandfather of our George. This latest finding begins to show a connection between the two men, William who was born in Lunenburg Co., VA AND Edward who had a son named Nathaniel, since Nathaniel has now been found in Pittsylvania. In other words, one no longer excludes the other. Further research information from Forrest states that the Edward Hughes (b. ca1715 Northumberland Co., VA) site mentions that Nathaniel Hughes sold his land in 1780 which was located on Burches Creek (after which he moved to Rutherford Co., NC).

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October 02, 2004


There is a good deal of information on this site:
Louisa Co., VA Deeds

Do not know if this Joshua Hughes is the same one who turns up in Blount Co., AL.
Book: I, Page: 715, Grantor: Hughes, Joshua, Grantee: Young, James, Date: 10-Feb-1800
Joshua Hughes to Arthur Clayton (could this be Claytons Store owner?) five shillings slave - negro woman Jane, bay mare and colt, three feather beds, 5 cows, 11 sheep .... Hughes is indebted

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