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The Hughes Family History

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  • ID: I4418
  • Name: William Hughes
  • Sex: M
  • Death: BEF JUN 1802 in Amherst Co., Va
  • Event: DAR
  • Event: 1769 bought land on Harris Creek
  • _EVN: 11759
  • Reference Number: *
  • _MILI: REV WAR, aid to Contential Army 1781
  • Note:
    The first mention of William Hughes in Amherst Co, Va is
    in the County Court Records, Order Book #1, page
    227, dated 1767, where there is a report on a new "road from
    Buffalo Island Ford to the road that leads from Patterson's
    Ford into Stovall's Road, William Hughes, Surveyer."

    On page 361 of the above mentioned records, James Wills,
    William Hughes, James Pamplin, Josias Wood, Moses
    Hughes, all were witnesses for William Trice. J. Wills
    was paid for coming 18 miles from Buckingham and W. HUGHES
    was paid for one trip of 12 miles from Buckingham.
    (Buckingham Co was formed in 1761 from Albemarle Co.)

    On April 11, 1769 an entry (page 438) in the Amherst County, Va
    deed book, recorded the purchase of land by William Hughes,
    of Amherst County. The land was 375 acres along a branch
    of Harris Creek and part of 578 acres granted to James Crews
    by deed from George Carrington and recorded in Amherst
    County. This land was purchased from James Crews and
    wife, Mildred, both of Amherst County. This transaction was
    witnessed by Jno. Floyd, Jos. Crews, Jno. Dawson.
    (Taken from Deed Book of Amherst County, Va Ref# 929.355 D26b, page 53)

    The May Court 1778 for Amherst Co named a Grand Jury
    that included William Hughes. The Amherst Order Book 1773-1782 records
    supplies used in the Revolution and includes the names of John Dawson, Martin
    Dawson and William Hughes.

    Amherst County Court Miniatures (975.5496 R28d, p. 21) show that
    on 25 OCT 1781, William Hughes filed a claim for Impressed Property
    during the Revolution for 200 pounds of beef.
    He filed another claim on 26 Nov 1781 for 15 bushells of wheat.
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    HEADS OF FAMILIES VIRGINIA, 1785
    AMHERST COUNTY

    Hughs, William
    White souls: 8
    Dewellings: 1
    Other: 1

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    Amherst Co., Virginia
    Tax List for Lexington Parish/District - 1800
    Peter P. Thornton - Commissioner
    Column One: White males over the age of twenty-one
    Column Two: Horses owned
    Column Three: Slaves over the age of sixteen
    Column Four: Slaves between the age of twelve and sixteen

    Beck, Jessee 1-4-1-0
    Burnett, Jacob 1-1-0-0
    Hughs, Harrison 1-1-1-1
    Hughs, William 2-4-3-1
    Hughs, William, Jr. 1-2-1-0
    Tinsley, William 2-5-6-0


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    On June 21, 1802 the will of William Hughes was probated
    in Amherst County. This will is posted in Book 4, page 36
    and shows to have been written on SEP 20, 1800. It was
    witnessed by Jas. Stewart, Jno. Rice and Roderick
    Taliaferro. The will leaves to his "son, Harrison Hughes,
    92 acres next to land I bought of Jos. and Jno Crews.
    To son William, I leave the Mansion House and 190 acres.
    To my executors, my six daughters and my son Orlander,
    I leave land next to Norcut on the Fawn Creek."
    The Excutors of the will are Sons, Harrison Hughes and William Hughes.
    Book 4, page 67 list the slave inventory as prepared by the
    Inventory committee of Nelson Dawson, Pleasant Dawson,
    Archelaus Wright. The inventory was dated Jan, 8, 1803. The
    Administrators Bond was posted by Harrison Hughes, Pleasant
    Dawson, Ambrose and Phillip Burford, June 21, 1802 for
    Harrison Hughes.
    (Taken from "The Wills of Amherst County, Va 1761-1865" by Rev Bailey F. Davis.
    Ref # 975.5496 P2d.)

    The settlement of the estate of William HUGHES mentions his wife's name as Susannah. Copy of this estate settlement on file.


    The property mentioned in the will of William HUGHES, namely the land
    along the Harris Creek at Fawn Creek is located at present day coordinates
    of 79.158731 degrees by 37.469643 degrees. Fawn Creek runs south from
    Hwy 130 east of Hwy 29 (and just east of the Southern RR tracks) to its
    intersection with Harris Creek.
    # (Assistance with Fawn Creek property location courtesy of
    # Becky Fox)

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    The Trader Hughes Story (one version)

    THE LEGEND:
    Most histories of Amherst County, Va recount the first settler in the
    area as being an Indian trader known as "Trader Hughes". He,
    along with his Indian wife, Nicketti, established a trading post on
    the James River about a half-mile west of the mouth of Otter Creek.
    (From present day maps, this location would be near 70.367371
    degrees by 37.561035 degrees.) The date of this trading station
    has been put between 1710 and 1720. This location was where
    several Indian paths intersected and near the river access to the
    "Valley of Virginia". This must have been a busy intersection by
    1710 standards!

    According to Dr. William Cabell, HUGHES had the first stone chimney
    in the area, which qualified him at the first permanent settler.
    Hughes' wife, Nicketti, is said to be descended from the legendary
    Indian Chief Opechanacanough Powhatan and related to Pocahontas.

    Trader HUGHES and his wife had a daughter named Mary Elizabeth
    HUGHES, who was born in Jamestown about 1650. She married
    an Welsh settler named Nathaniel Davis about 1680. They had
    a daughter in 1711 named Abadiah Davis who married William Floyd
    and their son John Floyd played an important part of the formation
    of Amherst Co. and later became governor of Va. It is said, Jefferson
    Davis, President of the CSA, is descended from Nathaniel DAVIS
    through his son Nathaniel Robert DAVIS, who was born about 1676.

    THE FACTS:
    I have traced my ancestors back to William HUGHES of Amherst Co.
    by tracking the ownership of property that was passed from father
    to son. This property plays a key role in unraveling the family connections.
    The property is described as located on Harris Creek near a small
    branch known as Fawn creek in present day Amherst Co. (not far from
    the Tobacco Row Mountains).

    The "Executives Journals of the Council of Colonial Virginia", V. 5,
    page 136, gives the 1743 patent of George Carrington for 6000 acres
    on both sides of Harris Creek on the north side of the Fluvanna River
    in then Goochland County.
    Page 249 of this book gives the petition of George Carrington to
    include the adjoining patents of John Floyd and Orlando Hughes
    in his acreage.

    So we have a HUGHES owning land on Harris Creek as early as
    1743. We know from Albemarle and Amherst County deeds that both
    George Carrington & Orlando HUGHES were of Cumberland Co.
    We know that George Carrington of Cumberland Co sold land on
    Harris Creek to James Crews, and that James Crews sold land
    on branches of Harris Creek to William Hughes. We know that
    one of the witnesses to this deed was John Floyd and a John Floyd
    was an adjoiner to the patents of Orlando HUGHES and George
    Carrington. We know that William HUGHES had a son named
    Orlander - probably his eldest son.
    Orlando HUGHES died in Cumberland Co in 1768, naming sons
    Josiah, Anthony, Caleb and Leander. A Micajah HUGHES was a
    witness to the will.
    William Hughes of Amherst County, who died in 1802, was my 4th great grandfather.


    THE MYSTERY:
    Was William HUGHES another son to Orlando? Or a grandson to
    Orlando? Who is Micajah HUGHES? Was Trader HUGHES a son
    to Orlando HUGHES, possibly Caleb or Anthony?

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    Research Notes:
    There has been a great deal of confusion over two HUGHES families in Amherst and Nelson Counties. Both had William HUGHES'
    and the confusion has revolved around the frequent misidentification of these two. The following information is presented to clear up
    this confusion. vh

    1. William HUGHES of Harris Creek was married to Susannah. Proven by the estate settlement of William HUGHES which names
    Harris Creek and Susannah by name. The will also names his children.

    2. William HUGHES of Harris Creek died between 1800 and 1802 as proven by the date of his will and the probate date.

    3. The William HUGHES of St Ann's Parish died in 1813 as proven by his will and his estate sale dated 1815. No mention of his wife's
    name in these documents. His children are listed.

    4. The children mentioned in the two wills above are different.

    5. In 1769 Susannah BALL, daughter of Valentine BALL, was married to a HUGHES (Heughs) as proven in the will of Valentine BALL.

    6. In 1769 Mary BALL, daughter to Valentine BALL was married to a HARGROVE as proven in the will of Valentine BALL.

    7. The will of Thomas HUGHES of St Ann's Parish, names his son William, another son Moses and a granddaughter Rebecca.
    Rebecca is named as the daughter of William HUGHES of St Ann's parish, son of Thomas, in that same will.

    8. Rebecca HUGHES is also named in the Will of William HUGHES of St Ann's Parish (dated 1813).

    9. Susannah HUGHES was alive in 1822 as proven by the deed of property that was co-owned by her and her son, Harrison
    HUGHES. Harrison HUGHES had moved to Stokes Co, NC in 1822 and was selling his half of his father's land that he inherited.


    Conclusions:
    a. There were two different William HUGHES'.

    b. There could not have been a second marriage where Mary BALL first married a HARGROVE and then married
    William HUGHES of Harris Creek. This is proven by the fact William of Harris Creek was still married to Susannah at his death in 1802.

    c. It is highly unlikely that there was a second marriage of William HUGHES of St Ann's parish to Susannah BALL because he was
    apparently unmarried in 1813 and Susannah was still alive at that time.

    d. William HUGHES of Harris Creek was not the brother to Moses HUGHES or the son of Thomas HUGHES as shown by all of the evidence above.
  • Note: Witness to: James Crews #5535 Resided Amherst Co, Va 1

    Father: WILLIAM HUGHES b: Abt 1692 in New Kent Co., VA
    Mother: UNKNOWN CLEMENT

    Marriage 1 Susannah Ball b: 1728 ?
      Children
      1. Has No Children Harrison Hughes b: ABT 1766 in Amherst Co, Va
      2. Has No Children Orlander Hughes
      3. Has Children Ann (Amy) Hughes b: ABT 1766
      4. Has No Children Judith Hughes
      5. Has Children William Hughes b: 1786 in Amherst Co, Va.
      6. Has Children Mary Ann Hughes
      7. Has No Children Unknown Daughter #4 Hughes
      8. Has No Children Unknown Daughter #5 Hughes
      9. Has No Children Unknown Daughter #6 Hughes

      Sources:
      1. Abbrev: LDS LIB Microfilm roll# D67589-030276
        Note:
        LDS LIB Microfilm roll# D67589-030276 Will of Wm Hughes copied from microfilm, Wills of Amherst County.