July 19, 2006

Cook Cemetery Near Eva, AL

While traveling Sunday from Decatur, I stopped by a cemetery that I have not checked out before. It is near Eva. My trip was not for genealogy purposes and caught me unprepared, so I could not record names and dates. I did find, however, there are no Hughes, but at least one Culver family member buried there and several members of the Francis family. There is also a Francis road and a Wilhite Road nearby. The cemetery was extremely old with many of the folks buried there having lived & died during the nineteenth century.

Another observation was that many of the gravemarkers bore the distinctive look of the Francis family house shaped marker.

I plan to go back there and record names and dates for posting. In the meantime, if anyone already has that information, I would like to hear from you.

Posted by JHSGran at 01:37 PM | Comments (0)

July 16, 2006

Gwinnett Co., GA

Knowing that Fort Daniel, built for protection during the War of 1812 ,was located in what is now Gwinnett Co helps explain how William and John Hughes eventually settled there with their families. The farm land is described as being good and William must have spent time at Fort Daniel while serving in that war.

Perhaps someone reading this can give us a history of the Hughes men who were charter members of Gloster Baptist Church.

Posted by JHSGran at 06:19 PM | Comments (0)

July 13, 2006

Demaris (Mae) Shirley Hughes

Demaris (Mae) Shirley Hughes.jpg

This is my sweet grandmother, Demaris (Mae) Shirley Hughes. She was born Feb. 9, 1882 and died Oct. 19, 1969. Her parents were George and Nellie Shirley and they are buried in Floyd Co., GA. I called her Mammaw. She was fun to be with and she had a great sense of humor.

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July 10, 2006

New Information???

For some time now, several researchers have concluded that George Hughes's(who married Rhoda Garrett) father was probably Edward Hughes:

Edward HUGHES b: Abt 1715 d: Bef 1752
+ Elizabeth GRIGSBY b: Abt 1710 d: Abt NOV 1783

While surfing and reading various documents last night I ran across something that caught my attention and my imagination. Here is what I found:

From the Colonial papers of North Carolina, Rowan County which later became Rutherford Co.

The first Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions met somewhere in the county in June, 1753. The place of its meeting is unknown.l The court chose a site for the public buildings of Rowan... and Edward Hughes was directed to obtain a grant of forty acres from Earl Granville's agents for this purpose. John Dunn and John Whitsett were appointed to see that the land was laid off in a suitable manner, and the latter was awarded the contract for 57 Col. Rec., IX, 927; State Rec., XXIII 973. 58 Col. Rec., IX, 116, 117, 461, 506. 59 Col. Rec., IX, 91-92. 60 Col. Rec., VII, 487. 61 Col. Rec., V, 162, 320, 575. 62 Col. Rec., VII, 539. 1 Rumple, 35

Prior to 1770 the following men served as sheriff of Rowan, in the order named: David Jones, Edward Hughes, Benjamin Miller, William Nassery, Francis Locke, Griffith Rutherford, Andrew Allison, and William Temple Cole.5

Some researchers believe that Edward Hughes died in 1752 and others say his death date is unknown. Perhaps by 1752,he had moved to Rowan, later Rutherford County. This could explain the Rutherford connection. This could of course have been a different Edward as well, perhaps a son.

There are differing reports as to where Edward's wife Elizabeth died. Some say VA and some say W. VA. She could have gone elsewhere after his death.

If you have information, ideas or comments, please post them. What I am giving is speculation, but I would love to have it proven one way or the other.

Posted by JHSGran at 10:04 AM | Comments (0)

July 08, 2006

Mt. Tabor Grave Site

Grave of James Martin Hughes and Demaris Shirley Hughes.jpg

My grandparents lie here, James Martin Hughes and Demaris Shirley (Mae) Hughes. Mother first saw my grandfather preaching on this site under a large oak tree. Everyone knew my grandfather as Mart and my grandmother as Mae. He is listed in the family Bible as John James Martin Hughes and he is listed on the 1870 census as John. He was age one year at the time. It is hard to imagine that someone (I) living today, remembers someone born in 1869 so well. He died in 1954 when I was eleven years of age. Below and buried next to them are Arthur Belew and Rachael Hughes Belew, (Sister to Mart Hughes).

Hughes and Belew.jpg

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July 07, 2006

ID Needed

Possible Anna Francis.jpg

This picture belonged to my dad's oldest sister, Ruby Maples. I suspect that it is a picture of her grandmother, Anna Elizabeth Francis, however, I have no way of knowing if I am right. If anyone out there has information on this, please let me know. The picture was a daguerreotype.

Posted by JHSGran at 07:22 PM | Comments (0)

ID needed

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July 06, 2006

Connection to Rutherford

Having been away for so long, I would like to thank all of you who continue to stop by and to write to me.

I want to share with you some interesting news that I received this month from a correspondent. It seems that a Hughes from Missouri has taken the DNA profile test and it came back that his profile matches Rufus Hughes profile from Laurens, SC. I do not know the background of this Rufus, however, I am hoping that some of you will be able to help me. There was a Rufus Hughes in Rutherford, NC. This Rufus moved on to Walton Co. GA. Also, I found where John Hughes, the oldest son of George and Rhoda's, descendants are found in and near Gwinnett Co. and Walton Co., GA. I realize that none of this proves anything, but it does strengthen our case for the Hughes family from Rutherford being the same as the Hughes family from Laurens. In my mine, there is no doubt. These two families are closely related. The mystery is whether George and William were brothers or cousins.

I intend to resume posting. Some old pictures that I have not been able to post will be posted beginning tomorrow and some up-to-date pictures made at Mt. Tabor cemetery in Morgan Co. Please stop by to see them.

Posted by JHSGran at 08:05 PM | Comments (0)