January 20, 2005

Robert Hughes in Old District & George H. Hughes cont'd

This found by Demaris today:
Series Number: S213190 Volume: 0012 Page:00110 Item:02
Date: 1787/02/07




Type: PLAT/ Topics: /

Now for the second entry of Janie's family history:

Generation No. 2

2. Richard2 HUGHES (William Henry1) was born 1805 in Georgia, and died Sep 1875.

Children of Richard HUGHES are:
+ 6 i. Nancy Catherine3 HUGHES, born 1841; died 1905.
7 ii. George N. HUGHES, born 1844; died 1864.

Notes for George N. HUGHES:

+ 8 iii. Mary E. HUGHES, born 1845; died 1870.
9 iv. Henry Franklin HUGHES, born 1846.

3. George Henry2 HUGHES, Sr. (William Henry1) was born 1806 in Georgia, and died 30 Sep 1847 in of Yellow Fever in Cherokee County, TX. He married Mary Pauline (Polly) JOINER 02 May 1830 in St. Tammany Parish, LA, daughter of Nathan JOINER and Malinda TRUNEY. She was born 25 May 1813 in Louisiana, and died 24 Feb 1886 in Louisiana.

Notes for George Henry HUGHES, Sr.:

4-15-1830 (5-2-1830?)
St. Tammany Parish, LA

*From THE HUGHES OF TANGIPAHOA PARISH, by Etta Bahm Hughes (1983):

Page 31:

"George Henry Hughes was born about 1806 in South Carolina or Georgia---it seems that William Henry had moved to Georgia c. 1800 and several of his sons were born there.

George had worked for Nathan Joiner before he conveniently married Nathan's daughter, Mary. Mary was given a nickname of Polly. As time went on, she would in later years go back to "Bailey's Branch" on visits to see her sisters who lived there. Brunette had married Pierra Hypolite Bahm, and Margaret had married Valcour Bahm who would tease his wife (always for fun and foolishness) on any occasion. This time he might have been annoyed that Margaret was probably shining up her house, preparing food, and otherwise upsetting the routine of dear husband. So he comes in with a large grunt, "Um-um-umph, everything has to be done for Queen Polly---Queen Polly's coming". ( As heard by my father, Robert Buzzy Bahm.)

So I heard a good deal about George Hughes during my younger years because of this connection. My father was one of the local historians of our community, so I heard him discuss relationships and kindred many many times. After I had married Robert, it had a different meaning, when I realized that I had married not only a relative of George Hughes, but a very distant relative of my own family. We laughed about it and the quirk of history; there were not so far away after all.

The home of George and Mary was probably the center of the Hughes Settlement. This settlement was comprised of the Martin Hughes place, the Calvin Hughes place, the George Hughes place, old Bill Sharp's home, and the homes of Levi Bill, Martin VanBuren Hughes, Gideon Bond and Ira Alford.

The Travelers Inn existed for years near the old Sharon Church and the cemetery near that.

George and Marry Hughes were the parents of eleven chidren, the last of whom was born in Texas. About 1845, George and Mary took their children and started out for California to participate in the gold rush. They reached the Neches River area in Texas and, running out of supplies, stopped to raise a crop. They settled in JAcksonville, Cherokee County, TX. Hughes was an early settler at Gum Creek (Old Jacksonville) near the Neches River.

One business they were in was General Mercantile of Hughes & Maples.

In 1848, George died of yellow fever and was buried on the banks of the river near the present city of Orange, TX. When George died, Mary returned with slaves and children and raised her family alone in the Hughes Settlement."

More About George Henry HUGHES, Sr.:
Burial: Cherokee County, TX

Notes for Mary Pauline (Polly) JOINER:
Deeded land to Old Sharon Church. See minutes from Sharon Church, book by Ella Hughes.

More About Mary Pauline (Polly) JOINER:
Burial: Hughes II Cemetery, Tangipahoa Parish, LA

Children of George HUGHES and Mary JOINER are:
+ 10 i. Martin VanBuren3 HUGHES, born 20 Oct 1831 in St. Tammany (now Tangipahoa) Parish, LA; died 29 Mar 1897 in St. Tammany, LA.
11 ii. Anna Adeline HUGHES, born 12 Feb 1833 in St. Tammany (now Tangipahoa) Parish, LA; died 26 Aug 1913. She married (1) Gideon S. BOND; born 12 Jun 1836 in Stoney Point, Washington, LA; died 25 Feb 1914. She married (2) William D. WEBB 09 Nov 1865.

Notes for Anna Adeline HUGHES:
from THE HUGHES OF TANGIPAHOA PARISH, by Etta Bahm Hughes (1983):

Page 32:

Anna Adaeline, second child of George and Mary, married William D. Webb. They went to Texas, apparently with her parents. He would not return with her after the death of her father; she returned with her mother, Mary. She later married Gideon S. Bond.

More About Anna Adeline HUGHES:
Burial: Hughes II Cemetery, Tangipahoa Parish, LA

More About Gideon S. BOND:
Burial: Hughes II Cemetery, Tangipahoa Parish, LA

+ 12 iii. Margaret Ann HUGHES, born 05 Mar 1834 in St. Tammany (now Tangipahoa) Parish, LA; died 11 Apr 1877.
+ 13 iv. Jefferson Davis HUGHES, born 27 Aug 1835 in St. Tammany (now Tangipahoa) Parish, LA; died 20 Apr 1859 in Killed by ambush as a sheriff.
+ 14 v. Mary HUGHES, born 17 Feb 1837 in St. Tammany (now Tangipahoa) Parish, LA; died 07 Jan 1911 in Wilmer, Tangipahoa, LA.
15 vi. Luzinia (Zina) HUGHES, born 18 Mar 1838 in St. Tammany (now Tangipahoa) Parish, LA; died 18 Oct 1907. She married Stephen E. PARKER 22 Dec 1859.
16 vii. George Henry HUGHES, Jr., born 25 Dec 1839 in St. Tammany (now Tangipahoa) Parish, LA; died 29 Mar 1862 in Civil War-Pvt. Co. H, 16th LA Inf..

More About George Henry HUGHES, Jr.:
Burial: Died of Typhoid Fever-body not returned home

17 viii. John Wilks HUGHES, born 22 Sep 1841 in St. Tammany (now Tangipahoa) Parish, LA; died 1863 in Chattanooga, TN.

Notes for John Wilks HUGHES:
On 9/29/1861 at Camp Moore, LA:
Co. B, 16th LA Infantry

Shows to be hospitalized in Chattanooga, Hamilton, TN on 4/06/1862.

*+ 18 ix. Byron Benton HUGHES, born 15 Apr 1843 in St. Tammany (now Tangipahoa) Parish, LA; died 18 Mar 1910.
19 x. Amanda Jane HUGHES, born 01 Mar 1845 in St. Tammany (now Tangipahoa) Parish, LA; died Abt. 1861.

More About Amanda Jane HUGHES:
Record Change: 11 Jun 2003

20 xi. George Ann HUGHES, born 10 Jul 1847 in Cherokee County, Texas; died 17 Aug 1921.

More About George Ann HUGHES:
Record Change: 11 Jun 2003

4. Henry Oliver2 HUGHES (William Henry1) was born 07 Feb 1808 in Georgia, and died 08 May 1858 in Crystal Springs, Copiah, MS. He married (1) Mary HAYS. He married (2) Sarah Ann TERRY 02 Jun 1831 in Copiah Co., MS. She was born 23 Jul 1814 in SC, and died 18 May 1863 in Crystal Springs, Copiah, MS.

Children of Henry HUGHES and Mary HAYS are:
21 i. Oliver3 HUGHES.
22 ii. Richard HUGHES.
23 iii. Jenny HUGHES.
+ 24 iv. Molly HUGHES, born 29 Oct 1841; died 04 Oct 1917 in Copiah County, MS.

Child of Henry HUGHES and Sarah TERRY is:
+ 25 i. James Madison3 HUGHES, born 1832 in Copiah County, MS.

5. Calvin Henry2 HUGHES (William Henry1) was born 26 Jan 1809 in Georgia, and died 07 Nov 1894 in Tangipahoa Parish, LA. He married (1) Permelia MAINES 21 Feb 1832. She was born 24 Oct 1811, and died 07 May 1846. He married (2) Mary Polly SANDERS 30 Jul 1848 in Tangipahoa Parish, LA. She was born 15 Nov 1826 in MS, and died 1894 in Tangipahoa Parish, LA.

Children of Calvin HUGHES and Permelia MAINES are:
26 i. Sarah Ann3 HUGHES, born Sep 1842; died 1918 in Pensacola, Escambia, FL. She married Joseph HOOTEN 20 Dec 1860.
27 ii. Sabrah HUGHES.
28 iii. Alfred HUGHES, born 1837.
29 iv. Anna HUGHES, born 05 Jan 1835 in St. Tammany Parish, LA.
30 v. Luzinia A. HUGHES, born 24 Sep 1839; died 13 Oct 1907 in Kentwood, Tangipahoa, LA. She married James M. OLIPHANT 23 Dec 1859; born 1827.
31 vi. Serana HUGHES, born 27 Apr 1846; died 04 Nov 1846.

Children of Calvin HUGHES and Mary SANDERS are:
32 i. Melie3 HUGHES, born 05 Jan 1850; died 18 Mar 1925. She married (1) Preston Avarice BARRON 19 May 1870; born 27 Sep 1827; died 04 May 1888. She married (2) William A. BARRON 1890.
33 ii. Malvina HUGHES, born 28 Feb 1852 in Washington Parish, LA; died 25 Feb 1905 in Amite, Tangipahoa, LA. She married Aristedes BENNETT; born 21 Mar 1851; died 15 Apr 1940.
34 iii. Infant HUGHES, born 08 Jan 1855; died 08 Jan 1855.
35 iv. Byron Benton HUGHES, born 04 Dec 1856; died 07 Feb 1886. He married Margaret Geneva GRAHAM 29 Nov 1879; born 15 Apr 1866; died 19 Jun 1931.

More About Margaret Geneva GRAHAM:
Burial: Lanier Cemetery, Tangipahoa, LA

36 v. Florence I. HUGHES, born 10 Oct 1869; died 21 May 1924. She married Preston K. VERNON 1886; born 23 Feb 1854; died 27 Nov 1928.

Notes for Florence I. HUGHES:
This cemetery is located in Ward 4, T3S R8E Sec 25 in the Holton Community. Located near the intersection of Friendship Church Road
and Mixon Road, about 1.5 miles north of LA Hwy 16; approximately 9.2 miles east of Amite, Tangipahoa, LA.

Florence & Preston Hughes are in Row 15, Graves 3 & 4.

More About Florence I. HUGHES:
Burial: Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery, Tangipahoa Parish, LA

More About Preston K. VERNON:
Burial: Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery, Tangipahoa Parish, LA

+37 vi. Henry Andrew HUGHES, born 28 Dec 1862 in St. Tammany Parish, LA; died 14 Dec 1941 in Husser, Tangipahoa, LA.
38 vii. Luvenor HUGHES, born 18 Feb 1864; died 29 Mar 1864.

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January 19, 2005

George Henry Hughes

Janie Healer Davis from Sweetwater, TX has been so kind as to send me all of the files on her Hughes family. The names are remarkably similar to my own. So far, I have not found a connection even though they both were in SC around 1800. Janie has been kind enough to allow me to place her story on this web-site. It will take me several days to include all of the story, so check back each day. Janie may be contacted at ddjdsd@sbcglobal.net

Descendants of William Henry HUGHES

Generation No. 1

1. William Henry1 HUGHES was born 1760 in Chester County, SC, and died 1852. He married Mary Nancy BELL. She was born in FL, and died 1842 in Tangipahoa Parish, LA.

Notes for William Henry HUGHES:
According to THE HUGHES OF TANGIPAHOA PARISH by Ella Bahm Hughes (1983), Page xv:

"When we consolidated our first findings with what came from Frank [Hughes], Fletcher [Alford] and Ernie [Edwards], we came up with something like this:

William Henry came to Louisiana with a family to the area of St. Tammany Parish. He lived for some years here then, leaving his wife, Nancy, here with sons Calvin and George and stepson Levi Bell, he left with sons Richard and Henry Oliver around 1825 or later and went to Copiah County, Mississippi.

Ernie Edwards tells us about old Col. Edwards (Daniel) having received word that Nancy wanted to see him. Riding his horse he approached her home and saw Nancy on her knees under some oak trees. As he can near, he heard her praying, so he stopped until she had finished. He approached her and inquired what she wanted of him. Nancy expressed her very great fear of the Indians. But Col. Edwards assured her that what few Indians were around were friendly and would not harm her. He asked her about her food supply and she told him that she was doing all right---that George was working for Nathan Joiner and was taking care of her. She lived in a plain log house, her son Levi Bell was married, and Calvin was away at work.

Nancy lived until 1841. She is buried in an ummarked grave in the family plot.

William Henry, Sr. never returned to Louisiana to live. He died in Copiah County, Mississippi. His will was recorded in 1851 in Copiah County.

Frank Hughes told hs that he remembered his grandfather coming home from Mississippi with a small black boy riding on the pony behind him. William Henry's will states that he left "to my son Calvin one negro boy named Wash".

As we gradually unwound the facts related to these people and their lives, it turned out to be very similar to the tranditional stories that we had been told.

Census records told us that all four sons of William Henry and Nancy were born in Georgia, which tells us that William Henry must have come to Louisiana about 1808 or 1809 (according to Robert's notes).

Let us note here that Levi lived near his mother's place, and today the descendants of his family still own that property, with the lonely little family plot sitting on the crown of the hill not far from the clear shining waters of Chappapela Creek. William Henry's son, Calvin, is buried there with his wives on either side. A marker was placed there in recent years by the descendants of the Hughes. This plot is one of the Hughes Cemeteries (there are three in all).

Let me remind myself here that William Henry was the Henry whom we discovered to be the Father of our family of Hughes. He was known as Henry, not William Henry, in Louisiana. Because of numerous Henrys in the family, we will call him William Henry for clarification."


Page 1, same book:

"In Nov. of 1819, Henry Hughes completed a land sale to Robert Edwards, proving his presence in Louisiana at that date.

Sometime later, about 1825-1830, he left his wife, his stepson, Levi, and his sons George and Calvin in Louisiana. He went to Covington County, Mississippi taking his sons Richard and Henry O. Hughes.

In 1840 census records, William Henry Hughes was recorded in Copiah County, Mississippi, dealing in land in the vicinity of Crystal Springs and Hazlehurst. In 1851, he seemed quite wealthy, owning considerable lands and other property. His wife in Louisiana died in poverty in 1841. (Suite filed in Amite, Tangipahoa, LA.) There is evidence to prove that they knew where each other was."


Page 2, same book:

"After we had found the records of William Henry Hughes having lived and died in Mississippi, we went back to see if we could find cemeteries and/or living relatives. We found both.

The "family story" said that Henry met his wife on the way to Louisiana and married her, that they lived somewhere "up there above Osyka" in Mississippi, that they came to Louisiana and in a year or so he "went back to Mississippi".

Here is what we found: Henry and Nancy Mary Bell Hughes lived in Georgia after being married, long enough to have their sons all born there, as proven by the U.S. Census Records of 1850-60-70. They were in Jefferson County, Georgia, when he applied for a passport in 1807 to go through the Creek Nation. Since Calvin was the youngest son and he was born in Georgia in 1809, this proves that they didn't get out of Georgia Territory until after 1809.

Another "family story" said that Henry had a brother who came along with him and "dropped off" in Mississippi. No one knows that this brother's name was. Was it Robert, was it Thomas, or was it William? Census records show a William as being in the area of Amite County, another in Claiborne.

Someone said that Henry went to Mississippi from Louisiana and raised "another family". We could not find anything to verify this. He lived alone after Henry Oliver married. Later on, his grandson George lived with him. All of the children we found in the Census were the family of Richard and of Henry O.

Conflicting family stories came to us as to whether Wm. Henry Hughes came to St. Tammany Parish first or lived in Copiah County first. The land records prove his being here in the earlier years; and the service record of his enrollment in the War of 1812 in the Louisiana records proves his residence as Louisiana.

Records in Mississipi do not list any record of Wm. Henry Hughes before the year 1830."


Page 3, same book:

"It was Robert's and my opinion that William Henry and Nancy had a friendly agreement about his going to Mississippi to live. We thought probably her health prevented her traveling at that time, and she probably intended to follow him later on, and never did get well enough."


More About William Henry HUGHES:
Burial: Copiah County, MS (Marker placed at Hughes III Cemetery, Tangipahoa Parish, LA)

More About Mary Nancy BELL:
Burial: Old Sharon Cemetery, Tangipahoa Parish, LA

Children of William HUGHES and Mary BELL are:
+ 2 i. Richard2 HUGHES, born 1805 in Georgia; died Sep 1875.
+ 3 ii. George Henry HUGHES, Sr., born 1806 in Georgia; died 30 Sep 1847 in of Yellow Fever in Cherokee County, TX.
+ 4 iii. Henry Oliver HUGHES, born 07 Feb 1808 in Georgia; died 08 May 1858 in Crystal Springs, Copiah, MS.
+ 5 iv. Calvin Henry HUGHES, born 26 Jan 1809 in Georgia; died 07 Nov 1894 in Tangipahoa Parish, LA.

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January 18, 2005


Not having new information on the Hughes family, I have decided to look at what the Bible has to say about genealogy and/or descendants. We know that God must place some importance on genealogy as He had the lineage of many recorded in His word. He also, gave us the lineage of His son, Jesus.

In the book of Proverbs, we are told that "A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches." When we study those who came before us, we get a picture of the life they lived and the name that they passed on to us. We are also reminded that we have a responsibility to avoid disgracing the name that will be passed down to our children.

A very interesting and important verse in the new testament is Galatians 3:29. It refers only to Christians and those of you who are believers may want to focus on this verse. It reads, "And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs accordig to the promise." So, in a spiritual sense, both Jews and Christians may trace their ancestry back to Abraham. Why is this so significant? It means that all those wonderful promises in the old testament as well as the new apply to all who believe in the Lord Jesus. Read Isaiah 44. A part of it is on my home page: I will pour out My Spirit on your descendants, and My blessing on your offspring...Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel, and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: I am the First and I am the Last; Besides Me there is no God." Isaiah 44:3b-6

While we know that we do not inherit salvation, that is, everyone must repent and believe for himself/herself, still there is much to be said for having a Christian heritage. It is a great gift that we can pass on to our children and our children's children. As we dig into our past we find those who were influential in the spiritual development of our country. Some preached the word, some donated land on which churches were built, some may have helped with the actual construction of the building. May we continue to keep the freedom to worship a reality for our children as our forefathers did for us.

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January 15, 2005

Isaac Hughes

This history of Loudoun County, VA may be of interest to some of you. I am still searching for more information on Isaac Hughes who had a son named George. If you know of what became of this George, I would appreciate that information.

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January 13, 2005

Comment Spam

Dear Friends,
Please except my apology for the spam comments on my website. I am so very sorry. I have not been attentive and I had no idea what was going on until a friend contacted me. My son is cleaning the site up for me and I will not allow comments in the future. I suppose that I am very naive as I did not even check on this, but I am pretty ignorant and I just never imagined anyone would do something like this. My mother has been sick and I have stopped my genealogy studies for the last few months.

Again, I ask you to please forgive me.


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January 01, 2005


I have been away for so long that I suppose few will see this, however, I do want to wish anyone who happens by a very blessed and happy new 2005. May each of you find the missing link in your family tree.

My plan is to return to posting genealogy information on a weekly basis. Please return. By this time next week I should have a post ready.

Posted by JHSGran at 08:00 PM