Person Sheet


Name William Parsons Hughes
Birth 1691, Chester Co, PA
Death 1767, Lower Chichester Twp, Ches/Del Co., PA
Occupation soldier, farmer
Religion Quaker?
Father William Hughes (1660-)
Mother Sarah Bezer (1674-)
Spouses:
1 Mary WITHERS
Death 1750
Religion Quaker? Anglican?
Father Thomas WITHERS (1663-1720)
Mother Elizabeth Collett (-1705)
Marriage 12 Sep 1713, Chichester, Chester/Delaware, PA
Children: William (1723-1822)
Hugh (1715-1763)
Thomas Henry (1717-1778)
Lydia (~1720-)
Evan (1721-)
Mary (1723-)
Sudna (1725->1792)
Sarah (1727-)
Elias (~1729-)
Notes for William Parsons Hughes
From THE HISTORY OF CHESTER by Martin. The section was
written by Jacob Hewes, WIlliam Hewes' grandson.

"WILLIAM HEWES --son of William & Sarah Bezer Hewes -- was married 9 mo.
12. 1713 at Chichester Meeting to Mary, the daughter of Thomas and
Elizabeth Collet Withers, and grand-daughter of Jeremiah Collet of
Chichester ..... WILLIAM HEWES is styled a mason in some old writings, but
probably followed farming to some extent. His wife survived him and died
about 1750. There children were William, John, Samuel, Isaac, Caleb,
Sarah, Lydia, Rebecca and Hannah."

Charles R. (Dick) Burk
Pinehurst, NC
crburk@mindspring.com
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312. William Parsons HUGHES was born about 1699 in Hampshire Co., VA. He died in 1767 in Hampshire Co., VA.(434) Judith Kenyon thinks born in 1680. Is believed to be the son of John Hughes and Jane Evans Hughes.

Susan Marsick has a different line for William's ancestors. Her information in April 1996 was:
"From the "History of Clay Co" book p. 270-271: "Paul Hardman of Charleston WV believes that the progenitor of the central WV line was William Hughes, a son of Jesse Hughes of Powhatan, VA and a possible grandson of Hugh and Ann Hughes who were enrolled on the census at Martin's Hundred, VA 4 Feb 1624. This couple had arrived on the "Guifte" some years earlier.

William L. Hughes of Jane Lew WV wrote 'it is a well-established fact that Jonathan Hughes was descended from the Jesse Hughes family, who came across the waters with other emigrants in 1675.'

A third researcher maintained that John Hughes and his wife Jane (Evans) Hughes, were born in Mireonshire, Wales. The story is that John and Jane Evans Hughes who resided in Mireonshire, Wales, where their son, Hugh, was born in 1671. In 1680, when Hugh was but nine, left home. His parents surmising he went to America later came to Pennsylvania and found him. They remained in this country and are buried in St. David's, Rednor, PA. Hugh Hughes, this run-away child, married Martha only child of Hugh and Martha Jones. They had three children: 1) John m. Sarah Jones, was appointed Stamp Office of PA by his friend, Benjamin Franklin; 2) William, who jointed the early VA settlers and we pick him up in Augusta Co, near Covington later Bath Co., and later Frederick Co. and 3) Col. Hugh b. 1727.

This writer says that their son Hugh, was born there in 1671 and that he left home in 1680. The parents came to America, came to Pennsylvania, and found Hugh. Absolute proof of the ancestry of William Hughes may never be found, although it is generally agreed that his parents and grandparents had lived in America. Therefore, we will begin the enumeration of the line with William.

William Hughes was born in the late 1600's in VA or PA and died in 1767 in Hampshire Co., VA His will was probated 9 Jun 1767. William settled on a tract of land on the Great Cacapon river. This tract was surveyed by George Washington and the grant from Lord Fairfax was dated 8 Apr 1752. This tract was within the boundaries of Hampshire Co., VA In 1754, the French and Indian War began and William enlisted in the VA militia. On the occasion of George Washington's retirement as Commander of VA troops on 27 Dec 1758, an address of appreciation was signed and delivered by the officers of the Regiment.

William Hughes is the eighth signer. In January 1762, the VA General Assembly recognized the services to the officers of the VA Regiment of militia. William Hughes' name was twelfth on the list of lieutenants. On 22 May 1762, William was commissioned a Lieutenant in Colonel Adam Stephens' Regiment of militia and on 8 Jun 1762, he was commissioned Adjutant of that Regiment. William was given a land warrant for 2,000 acres of land in partial payment for his services to the Colony.
land returned for this warrant, No. 299, was conveyed to John May 17 Jan 1780. William had eight children named in his will.

The name of his wife is not known, but is believed to be Sudna or Sudrah."".

Paul Hardman, Charleston, WV, who died sometime after 1941, made an originial and exhaustive research into VA land grants, transfers, wills and war records for his valuable manuscript, "Ancestry of Jesse Hughes, the Border Scout". Hardman makes the speculations that William Hughes was born about 1680 in VA, son of Jesse of Powhatan and Hughes Creek; and that Jesse was born about 1640 and could have been the son of Hugh and Ann Hughes named in the census roll at Martin's Hundred, VA, on Feb 4, 1624.

William L. Hughes, Jane Lew, WV, a family researcher wrote in 1926, "Quoting from local historians... and other data of other authors, show conclusively that the Hughes family... are of Welsh extraction.

Excerpts of the will of William Hughes dated Dec 31, 1762 and probated June 9, 1767 -- "This thirtifirst Day of December A.D. 1762 - I William Hughes of the County of Hampshire Colloney of Virginia ... and dispose of the same in the following manner and form -- Item I give unto my son Hugh Hughes one shilling sterling. I give unto my son Thomas Hughes on shilling sterling. I give unto my son William Hughes one shilling sterling. I give unto my son evan Hughes one shilling sterling. I give unto my daughter Mary Anderson one shilling sterling. I give unto my daughter Sudrah carpenter one shilling sterling. I give unto my daughter Sarah Baker one shilling sterling. I give and bequeath unto my son Ellis Hughes and to his heirs forever all my estate both real and personal whereas I Bequeath to pay all my just debt and funeral charges and what I ellow the other children out of my estate ... my son Ellis Hughes and John Waite to be my executors of this my last will and testament ..
s / William Hughes his mark". The wife must have died prior to William as there is no mention of her in his will.


Don Norman is another source of information on William.
William Hughes got caught up with the expanding settlements of the middle eighteenth century in the VA colony. The Royal Government replaced the large land companies and promised better titles to the land-hungry colonists. Soon the land was inhabited to the Falls of the James River, but the territory westward to the mountians belonged to the Indians.

On Oct 7, 1763, King George III proclaimed that no grant warrants, surveys, nor patents could be made to the westward-moving, home-seeking colonists, until treaties with the Indians could be made. That did not stop them. On they went. The Indian were furious and fierce and sometimes massacred whole communities. This may have been borne had the land titles been good.

In 1748 Lord Fairfax began to sell land out of his great Northern Neck grant from the King -- with titles. William Hughes with his family, and some of his children with their families, together with some of the Frys, Bakers, Carpenters, Tanners, a Radcliffs bought into this Fairfax land and hit the trail northward from the region of the Roanoke and James Rivers. We find them mentioned in what is now Bath, Augusta, and Frederick Co., VA.

In 1754 the French and Indian War broke out and William Hughes, mature in years and frontier warfare experience, enlisted in the VA Militia.

History of Ritchie County West Virginia, by Minnie Kendall Lowther. Pg. 18

"The Hugheses
The Hughes of Welsh origin. Family tradition tells us that they crossed the deep with the Lowthers and settled in Albermarle county, Va. and that Thomas Hughes removed from there to the South branch of the Potomac River, in what is now Hardy County WV and from thence to Harrison County, near the year 1772 or 1773, where he found a home on Hacker's Creek. One day during the latter part of April, 1778, while at work in the field, he and Jonathan Lowther were shot down by the stealthy foe. The others who were with them managed in some way to escape injury.
Thomas Hughes was the father of quite a family of children, among whom were Jesse, Thomas Jr., Elias, Job, James, Charles, Sudna, Martha, and another daughter who married Joseph BIBBE, of Jackson Co. WV. Job Hughes married Miss HARN, of Harr. Co. in 1791, later removed to Jackson Co. where he rests. (In Jackson Co. 1838). Thomas Hughes Jr. born in 1754 was lieutenant of a company of Indian spies, at one time. He settled on the West Fork River, in Harrison Co. in 1775, but removed to Jackson Co. where he died in October, 1837. He had one son, Thomas, and here our knowledge ends, though there are doubtless many of his descendants in that part of the State to-day.

On 11/28/96 Frances L. VanScoy says William was born about 1680 in Va and died in 1762 and married Sudna ?.

Barbara Cox e-mail on 11/29/96 a synopsis of Wills from a book of early records of Hampshire VA: "HUGHES, William- 12-31-1762; probate 6-9-1767 No w. 7 ch, 1-Hugh, 2-Thomas, 3-William, 4-Evan, 5-Mary Anderson, 6-Sudrah Carpenter, 7-Sarah Baker. Exec., Ellis HUGHES. Sec., James Alexander and William Wilson. Wit., Joseph Howe, James Alexander, Henry Frey".

Subj: Hughes family, etc. Date: 97-01-05
From: (Clark Blake)
"Most of my info on Hughes family is from Joy Hughes Jacoby who has a large Ms on Hughes family about ready to publish. She sent me her charts and some of her documentation several years ago and has made many corrections to my Bibbee/Hughes and Parsons/ Hughes/ lines.

According to her research, Thomas Hughes I was b. 1717, Chester Co., PA, son of William Hughes and Mary Withers.This William was b. 1691, Chester Co., son of William Hughes and Sarah Bezer. This William was son of William Hughes, born 1635 in England, married 1659, Deborah Sudderth. Much more here on siblings, wives, etc. for all these generations. Apparently, the family went from England to Salem Co., NJ, to Chester Co., PA, to Hampshire Co.,VA, to Lewis / Harrison Co.,VA (WV). Thomas I married Mary Susannah Baker in 1738 in Chester Co., PA. I don't have her birthdate but would guess that she would have been about 20 in 1738. They had 17 children starting with William (b. 1741 in Chester Co) and ending with Charles (b. 1763 in Harrison Co). This would make Mary S. around 45, not at all an impossible age for childbirth. I know that many Hughes people want to have two wives but I have seen no evidence for it. ".

In January 1997 Donna Tivener gave us the middle name of Parsons and suggested a birthdate of 1691 and put birth dates on the children.

He was married to Mary WITHERS about 1713.(435)

313. Mary WITHERS. Children were:

i. Hugh HUGHES was born about 1715 in Chester Co., PA. (436) He died in 1763 in Hampshire Co., VA. (437) Married Susannah or Susan?

About 1750, Hugh Hughes took his family and went with his father and others, north westward toward the Fairfax land of Frederick Co., present day Hampshire Co., WV. There he acquired a tract of 480 acres on the Great Cacapon River, adjoining that of his brother, Thomas, in what is now Hampshire Co., WV. Hampshire Co records show that "Susannah Hughes (widow) and William Hughes, eldest son of Hugh Hughes of Hampshire Co., sold 33 acres on Cape Capon Creek, to Benjamin Fry on May 10, 1763."

Hugh Hugh made a will on Jan 9, 1762, which was probated May 10, 1763. He named his wife, Susannah, and five sons. Susannah (Susan) Hughes (widow) made a will on March 8, 1784, which was probated April 11, 1791, wherein she not only named her son but also her two daughters, a grand-daughter, Hannah, and a Mary Frazier, probably not related.

156 ii. Thomas HUGHES Sr..

iii. William HUGHES Jr. was born about 1719 in Chester Co., PA. (438) Married Mary, widow of Jacob Swallow. They went with the others to the Fairfax "Northern Neck" and selected a 460 acre tract adjoining that of his father, March 4, 1754. Tract transferred to Henry Fry Dec. 3, 1772; recorded, "460 acres on Grt Cacapon Cr., Mar. 9, 1773."

iv. Evan HUGHES was born about 1721 in Chester Co., PA. (439)

v. Mary HUGHES was born about 1723 in Chester Co., PA. (440) Married a Mr. Anderson according to Judith Kenyon.

vi. Sudna or Sudrah HUGHES was born about 1725 in Chester Co., PA. (441) She died AFT ??-MAR-1792 in Randolph Co., VA. June Hudson thinks Sudrah died in 1762 in Hampshire Co., VA now WV. Paul T. Mowrey thinks Sudna's mother was Mary Withers. She is the widow who appears in the story about Benjamin Carpenter's murder by the Indians in 1792. The name Sudna is said to have origninated from the Sudna surname of a family that married into the Hughes family before 1700.

vii. Sarah HUGHES was born about 1727 in Chester Co., PA. (442) Listed as Sarah Baker in her father's will according to Barbara Cox.

viii. Ellis HUGHES was born about 1729 in Chester Co., PA. (443) Received the estate of his father and was executor with John Waite in his father's will. aka Elias. Probably the first son.
Don Norman says he married a Susannah ?

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has death in 1767 in Hampshire or Harrison Co. WV(VA)
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lists death of William at abt. 1767 Hampshire Co., VA
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suttafran@aol.com

Hi James,

We have switched William's parents several times. There are many theories but
so far I haven't seen real proof. Here is a bit from my notes:
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Is believed to be the son of John Hughes and Jane Evans Hughes.

Susan Marsick has a different line fof William's ancestors. Her information
in April 1996 was:
"From the "History of Clay Co" book p. 270-271: "Paul Hardman of Charleston WV
believes that the progenitor of the central WV line was William Hughes, a son
of Jesse Hughes of Powhatan, VA and a possible grandson of Hugh and Ann Hughes
who were
enrolled on the census at Martin's Hundred, VA 4 Feb 1624. This couple had
arrived on the "Guifte" some years earlier.
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I wonder if his parentage will ever be proved, but for now our assessment is
just based on the majority opinion of various published works and that of
other researchers. Wish I could give you a clear cut answer. If you ever
find something that is substantial, please let us know.

Thanks,
Fran Daniels

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Copyright 1995, Don Norman, 41991 Emerson Court, Elyria, OH 44035-2537
See the "intro" file for more details.
THE DESCENDANTS OF WILLIAM HUGHES
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Don Norman

The ancestry of the Hughes family, progenitors of the famous
scouts and Indian fighters Jesse and ---- has not been established and
perhaps, never will be. Three different researchers have written
their own versions of the origin of the family and each probably had
good reason for their opinions.
Paul Hardman of Charleston WV believes that the progenitor of
the central WV line was William Hughes, a son of Jesse Hughes of
Powhatan VA and a possible grandson of Hugh and Ann Hughes who were
enrolled on the census at Martin's Hundred, VA February 4, 1624. This
couple had arrived in America on the "Guifte" some years earlier.
William L. Hughes of Jane Lew, WV, wrote, "...it is a well
established fact that Jonathan Hughes, ... was descended from the
Jesse Hughes family, who came across the waters with other emigrants
in 1675..." A third researcher maintained that John Hughes and his
wife Jane (Evans) Hughes, were born in Mireonshire, Wales. This
writer alleges that their son, Hugh, was born there in 1671 and that
he left home in 1680. The parents came to America, came to
Pennsylvania, and found Hugh.
Absolute proof of the ancestry of William Hughes may never be
found, although it is generally agreed that his parents and
grandparents had lived in America. Therefore, we will begin the
enumeration of the line with William.

1.WILLIAM HUGHES

William Hughes was born in the late 1600's in VA or Pennsylvania
and died in 1767 in Hampshire County VA. His will was probated June
9, 1767.
William settled on a 400 acre tract of land on the Great Cacapon
river. This tract was surveyed by George Washington and the grant
from Lord Fairfax was dated April 8, 1852. This tract was within the
boundaries of Hampshire County VA.
In 1754, the French and Indian War began and William enlisted in
the VA militia. On the occasion of George Washington's retirement as
Commander of VA troops on December 27, 1758, an address of
appreciation was signed and delivered by the officers of the Regiment.
William Hughes is the eighth signer.
In January 1762, the VA General Assembly recognized the services
of the officers of the VA Regiment of militia. William Hughes' name
was twelfth on the list of lieutenants. On May 22, 1762, William was
commissioned a Lieutenant in Colonel Adam Stephens' Regiment of
militia and on June 8, 1762, he was commissioned Adjutant of that
Regiment.
William was given a land warrant for 2,000 acres of land in
partial payment for his services to the Colony. This land returned
for this warrant, No.299, was conveyed to John May January 17, 1780.
William had eight children, named in his will. The name of his
wife is not known, but is believed to be Sudna or Sudrah.

Children of William and Sudna Hughes.

2. (1). Hugh d. 1763
m.Susannah ----

3. (2). Thomas b.c. 1727 d.May 4 1778
m.Mary Baker
m.Susannah ----

4. (3). William Jr.
m.Mary (----) Swallow

5. (4). Evan

6. (5). Mary
m.---- Anderson

7. (6). Sudrah
m.---- Carpenter

8. (7). Sarah
m.---- Baker

9. (8). Ellis (Elias)
m.Susannah ----

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A different set of children were listed by humphri@mail.northrim.net:

5 William HEWES b: Abt. 1714 d: 1753 in Aug. 1753

.................................. +Lydia DUTTON Father: Thomas DUTTON Mother: XLucy BARNARD
...................*2nd Wife of [2] XWilliam HEWES:
.................................. +XRebecca GREGORY

5 John HEWES b: 1716 d: 1759 in Feb. Will Dated: Feb 02, 1759 Will Proved: March 02, 1759

.................................. +Mary BARNARD m: January 22, 1746/47 d: Aft. 1766
Father: XThomas BARNARD
Mother: XSarah CARTER

5 Samuel HEWES b: in Settled in NJ
5 Isaac HEWES b: in of Birmingham d: 1750 in Betw. Jan. 4 & Feb. 2, 1749/50 +Lydia WELDON
5 Caleb HEWES
5 Sarah HEWES + Robert MOULDER
5 Lydia HEWES + William GRUBB
5 Rebecca HEWES + Samuel GRUBB
5 Hannah HEWES + William VAUGHAN

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624. Thomas HUGHES Jr. was born about 1663 in Pennsylvania.(524) He was
baptized in 1667 in Northumberland Co., PA.(525) Mary Manroe sent
information by Wendell Hughes as
follows: "It is thought that Thomas Hughes Jr. married Rachel Sudna about
1685. We do not know who was the father of Rachel. It could have been John
who was one of the earliest Sudna's we know about, or it could have been
Robert as that was a popular name in the Sudna family. But this we do know,
that descendants of Thomas and Rachel Hughes carried given names of Sudna
and Robert Sudna, which indicates that it was a beloved name in the family.

"There are several stories handed down to this day about the Sudnas,
especially Robert. One about Robert, of a later generation that Rachel, is
this: Robert Sudna was a long hunter and he roamed the country far east as
NJ to the land that became WV. He served in the French and Indian War and
came to West Fork, VA, shortly after the war. He have much security to his
neighbors for he
know how to meet the handicaps of a new country. But probably the best known
story about him is really about his pet bear.

He became acquainted with this bear when he found refuge in a cave inhabited
by bears. To protect
himself he fed the bear sweets from the sugar tree sap and hardened. The
bear knew he had found himself a friend! So this bear followed Sudna around
like a dog and slept under Sudna's wickiup during the winter. The bear
answered to the name of Foo-lip because he made such a sound when he was
begging for food.

When Bob Sudna died the bear went wild again and had to be destroyed after
attacking a neighbor's calf. Robert sudna was a rugged man, and a quite a
wrestler ... not only because of his holds but because when he wrestled he
yelled so fiercely that he scared his adversaries."

He was a third generation from the ones from Wales. He was married to Rachel
SUDNA about 1685 in Virginia.

625. Rachel SUDNA . Daughter of Robert Sudna according to Paul Mowrey.
From: jacoby@iu.net (jacoby) e-mails in Feb 97: " I saw you were looking
for Sudna's family name at HCPD... But alas I don't think your going to
have any luck. I searched for four and a half years and couldn't find any.
The Rachael Sudna myth keeps perpetuating itself because of all the really
old data that was mostly hearsay and not based on actual records from the
courthouses in the area, or deeds that are very informative. Children were:

312 i. William Parsons HUGHES.

ii. Thomas HUGHES was born in 1700.(526) He died in 1767.(527)

iii. Ralph HUGHES was born between 1700 and 3.(528) He died in 1767 in
Frederick Co., VA.(529) He was buried in Frederick Co., VA.(530) Jim
Carpenter says his name is Thomas Hughes (same as his son's name) and he was
a Quaker and spelled his last name HEWES. Jim says this Thomas married "out
of meeting" to Mary Tetrick who was not a Quaker.
Below is from Wendell Hughes: "Ralph Hughes lived in Stafford Co., Va. We
do not know whom he first married but their children were: Thomas; William;
Lida (Murray); and Phyllis (who married Alexander Rider). Ralph next married
Mary Gardner (or Garner), a widow. Over the years Ralph owned land in
Stafford Co ... either he or related Ralph Hughes purchased land on both
sides of Elk River as early as 1722, and received a Fairfax grant in 1741
and 1752. Other land transactions are recorded to Ralph Hughes in Stafford
Co., Va through 1766. He moved to Frederick Count before 1760."

Ralph died in 1767. His will follows: "In the Name of God Amen I Ralph
Hughes of the County and Parish of Frederick in the Colony of Virginia ...
To Lidea Murry I give the sum of Twenty Shilling Silver money. To Thomas
Hughes I give the further Sum of Twenty Shilling Sterling money. To Phyllis
Rider I give the further Sum of Twenty Shillings Sterling money after
payment of the above Legacies as also my Lawfulll Debts and funeral Expenses
all the Remainder of my Estate Real and Personal ... I give the use to my
Well beloved Wife Mary during her Natural Life but if my said Wife Mary
Should mary a Second Time that then after her Second Marriage She Shall
Enjoy and Possess only her thirds according to Law And after the Decease of
my Wife Mary or after her Second Marriage I give and Bequeath the Whole or
Remainder of my Estate ... To Ralph Hughes my Grandson the son of William
Hughes Dec, by his Wife Ann and to his heirs and failing of heirs ... to
John Rider the son of Phillis and his heirs and failing heirs ... then the
whole to go to the next heir at Law ....".

In this will he also appointed Thomas Garder and Henry Neilson to be
Executor and Guardians to Ralph Hughes or John Rider until they became of
age. He signed the will with his mark and it was witnessed by Thomas Chapman
and Obediah Hammond. A note was added as follows:

"Thomas Garder is to hold the said Plantation that I now Live in till Ralph
Hughes my Grandson Comes of Age if he is Willing to Live on it if not to
Rent the Said Plantation out and with the money of the Rent to Give Good
Education unto the Said Ralph Hughes or if the said Ralph Hughes should die
without heirs the above mentioned falls unto the Said John Rider and after
the Said Ralph Hughes Comes of age 200 acres Lying on the upper part of Said
Tract is to belong to Thomas Gardner during his life and if Ralph Hughes by
means of Reason of hard usage in bringing up Shall
have the Liberty to Choose his Guardian at fourteen years old".
At a court in Frederick County 1 Sept 1767 the will of Ralph Hughes was
proven.

iv. Robert Sudna HUGHES.

v. Ellis HUGHES.


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312. William Parsons HUGHES was born about 1699 in Hampshire Co., VA. He
died in 1767 in Hampshire Co., VA.(434) Judith Kenyon thinks born in 1680.
Is believed to be the son of John Hughes and Jane Evans Hughes.

Susan Marsick has a different line fof William's ancestors. Her information
in April 1996 was:
"From the "History of Clay Co" book p. 270-271: "Paul Hardman of Charleston
WV believes that the progenitor of the central WV line was William Hughes, a
son of Jesse Hughes of Powhatan, VA and a possible grandson of Hugh and Ann
Hughes who were enrolled on the census at Martin's Hundred, VA 4 Feb 1624.
This couple had arrived on the "Guifte" some years earlier.

William L. Hughes of Jane Lew WV wrote 'it is a well-established fact that
Jonathan Hughes was descended from the Jesse Hughes family, who came across
the waters with other emigrants in 1675.'

A third researcher maintained that John Hughes and his wife Jane (Evans)
Hughes, were born in Mireonshire, Wales. The story is that John and Jane
Evans Hughes who resided in Mireonshire, Wales, where their son, Hugh, was
born in 1671. In 1680, when Hugh was but nine, left home. His parents
surmising he went to America later came to Pennsylvania and found him. They
remained in this country and are buried in St. David's, Rednor, PA. Hugh
Hughes, this run-away child, married Martha only child of Hugh and Martha
Jones. They had three children: 1) John m. Sarah Jones, was appointed Stamp
Office of PA by his friend, Benjamin Franklin; 2) William, who jointed the
early VA settlers and we pick him up in Augusta Co, near Covington later
Bath Co., and later Frederick Co. and 3) Col. Hugh b. 1727.

This writer says that their son Hugh, was born there in 1671 and that he
left home in 1680. The parents came to America, came to Pennsylvania, and
found Hugh. Absolute proof of the ancestry of William Hughes may never be
found, although it is generally agreed that his parents and grandparents had
lived in America. Therefore, we will begin the enumeration of the line with
William.

William Hughes was born in the late 1600's in VA or PA and died in 1767 in
Hampshire Co., VA His will was probated 9 Jun 1767. William settled on a
tract of land on the Great Cacapon river. This tract was surveyed by George
Washington and the grant from Lord Fairfax was dated 8 Apr 1752. This tract
was within the boundaries of Hampshire Co., VA In 1754, the French and
Indian War began and William enlisted in the VA militia. On the occasion of
George Washington's retirement as Commander of VA troops on 27 Dec 1758, an
address of appreciation was signed and delivered by the officers of the
Regiment.

William Hughes is the eighth signer. In January 1762, the VA General
Assembly recognized the services to the officers of the VA Regiment of
militia. William Hughes' name was twelfth on the list of lieutenants. On 22
May 1762, William was commissioned a Lieutenant in Colonel Adam Stephens'
Regiment of militia and on 8 Jun 1762, he was commissioned Adjutant of that
Regiment. William was given a land warrant for 2,000 acres of land in
partial payment for his services to the Colony.
land returned for this warrant, No. 299, was conveyed to John May 17 Jan
1780. William had eight children named in his will.

The name of his wife is not known, but is believed to be Sudna or Sudrah."".

Paul Hardman, Charleston, WV, who died sometime after 1941, made an
originial and exhaustive research into VA land grants, transfers, wills and
war recrods for his valuable manuscript, "Ancestry of Jesse Hughes, the
Border Scout". Hardman makes the speculations that William Hughes was born
about 1680 in VA, son of Jesse of Powhatan and Hughes Creek; and that Jesse
was born about 1640 and could have been the son of Hugh and Ann Hughes named
in the census roll at Martin's Hundred, VA, on Feb 4, 1624.

William L. Hughes, Jane Lew, WV, a family researcher wrote in 1926, "Quoting
from local historians... and other data of other authors, show conclusively
that the Hughes family... are of Welsh extraction.

Excerpts of the will of William Hughes dated Dec 31, 1762 and probated June
9, 1767 -- "This thirtifirst Day of December A.D. 1762 - I William Hughes of
the County of Hampshire Colloney of Virginia ... and dispose of the same in
the following manner and form -- Item I give unto my son Hugh Hughes one
shilling sterling. I give unto my son Thomas Hughes on shilling sterling. I
give unto my son William Hughes one shilling sterling. I give unto my son
evan Hughes one shilling sterling. I give unto my daughter Mary Anderson one
shilling sterling. I give unto my daughter Sudrah carpenter one shilling
sterling. I give unto my daughter Sarah Baker one shilling sterling. I give
and bequeath unto my son Ellis Hughes and to his heirs forever all my estate
both real and personal whereas I Bequeath to pay all my just debt and
funeral charges and what I ellow the other children out of my estate ... my
son Ellis Hughes and John Waite to be my executors of this my last will and
testament ..
s / William Hughes his mark". The wife must have died prior to William as
there is no mention of her in his will.


Don Norman is a source of informtion on William.
William Hughe got caught up with the expanding settlements of the middle
eighteenth century in the VA colony. The Royal Government replaced the large
land companies and promised better titles to the land-hungry colonists. Soon
the land was inhabited to the Falls of the James River, but the territory
westward to the mountians belonged to the Indians.

On Oct 7, 1763, King George III proclaimed that no grant warrants, surveys,
nor patents could be made to the westward-moving, home-seeking colonists,
until treaties with the Indians could be made. That did not stop them. On
they went. The Indian were furious and fierce and sometimes massacred whole
communities. This may have been borne had the land titles been good.

In 1748 Lord Fairfax began to sell land out of his great Northern Neck grant
from the King -- with titles. William Hughes with his family, and some of
his children with their families, together with some of the Frys, Bakers,
Carpenters, Tanners, a Radcliffs bought into this Fairfax land and hit the
trail northward from the region of the Roanoke and James Rivers. We find
them mentioned in what is now Bath, Augusta, and Frederick Co., VA.

In 1754 the French and Indian War broke out and William Hughes, mature in
years and frontier warfare experience, enlisted in the VA Militia.

History of Ritchie County West Virginia, by Minnie Kendall Lowther. Pg. 18

"The Hugheses
The Hughes of Welsh origin. Family tradition tells us that they crossed the
deep with the Lowthers and settled in Albermarle county, Va. and that Thomas
Hughes removed from there to the South branch of the Potomac River, in what
is now Hardy County WV and from thence to Harrison County, near the year
1772 or 1773, where he found a home on Hacker's Creek. One day during the
latter part of April, 1778, while at work in the field, he and Jonathan
Lowther were shot down by the stealthy foe. The others who were with them
managed in some way to escape injury.
Thomas Hughes was the father of quite a family of children, among whom were
Jesse, Thomas Jr., Elias, Job, James, Charles, Sudna, Martha, and another
daughter who married Joseph BIBBE, of Jackson Co. WV. Job Hughes married
Miss HARN, of Harr. Co. in 1791, later removed to Jackson Co. where he
rests. (In Jackson Co. 1838). Thomas Hughes Jr. born in 1754 was lieutenant
of a company of Indian spies, at one time. He settled on the West Fork
River, in Harrison Co. in 1775, but removed to Jackson Co. where he died in
October, 1837. He had one son, Thomas, and here our knowledge ends, though
there are doubtless many of his descendants in that part of the State
to-day.


On 11/28/96 Frances L. VanScoy says William was born about 1680 in Va and
died in 1762 and married Sudna ?.

Barbara Cox e-mail on 11/29/96 a synopsis of Wills from a book of early
records of Hampshire VA: "HUGHES, William- 12-31-1762; probate 6-9-1767 No
w. 7 ch, 1-Hugh, 2-Thomas, 3-William, 4-Evan, 5-Mary Anderson, 6-Sudrah
Carpenter, 7-Sarah Baker. Exec., Ellis HUGHES. Sec., James Alexander and
William Wilson. Wit., Joseph Howe, James Alexander, Henry Frey".

Subj: Hughes family, etc. Date: 97-01-05
From: (Clark Blake)
"Most of my info on Hughes family is from Joy Hughes Jacoby who has a large
Ms on Hughes family about ready to publish. She sent me her charts and some
of her documentation several years ago and has made many corrections to my
Bibbee/Hughes and Parsons/ Hughes/ lines.

According to her research, Thomas Hughes I was b. 1717, Chester Co., PA, son
of William Hughes and Mary Withers.This William was b. 1691, Chester Co.,
son of William Hughes and Sarah Bezer. This William was son of William
Hughes, born 1635 in England, married 1659, Deborah Sudderth. Much more here
on siblings, wives, etc. for all these generations. Apparently, the family
went from England to Salem Co., NJ, to Chester Co., PA, to Hampshire Co.,VA,
to Lewis / Harrison Co.,VA (WV). Thomas I married Mary Susannah Baker in
1738 in Chester Co., PA. I don't have her birthdate but would guess that she
would have been about 20 in 1738. They had 17 children starting with William
(b. 1741 in Chester Co) and ending with Charles (b. 1763 in Harrison Co).
This would make Mary S. around 45, not at all an impossible age for
childbirth. I know that many Hughes people want to have two wives but I have
seen no evidence for it. ".

In January 1997 Donna Tivener gave us the middle name of Parsons and
suggested a birthdate of 1691 and put birth dates on the children.

He was married to Mary WITHERS about 1713.(435)

313. Mary WITHERS. Children were:

i. Hugh HUGHES was born about 1715 in Chester Co., PA. (436) He died in
1763 in Hampshire Co., VA. (437) Married Susannah or Susan?

About 1750, Hugh Hughes took his family and went with his father and others,
north westward toward the Fairfax land of Frederick Co., present day
Hampshire Co., WV. There he acquired a tract of 480 acres on the Great
Cacapon River, adjoining that of his brother, Thomas, in what is now
Hampshire Co., WV. Hampshire Co records show that "Susannah Hughes (widow)
and William Hughes, eldest son of Hugh Hughes of Hampshire Co., sold 33
acres on Cape Capon Creek, to Benjamin Fry on May 10, 1763."

Hugh Hugh made a will on Jan 9, 1762, which was probated May 10, 1763. He
named his wife, Susannah, and five sons. Susannah (Susan) Hughes (widow)
made a will on March 8, 1784, which was probated April 11, 1791, wherein she
not only named her son but also her two daughters, a grand-daughter, Hannah,
and a Mary Frazier, probably not related.

156 ii. Thomas HUGHES Sr..

iii. William HUGHES Jr. was born about 1719 in Chester Co., PA. (438)
Married Mary, widow of Jacob Swallow. They went with the others to the
Fairfax "Northern Neck" and selected a 460 acre tract adjoining that of his
father, March 4, 1754. Tract transferred to Henry Fry Dec. 3, 1772;
recorded, "460 acres on Grt Cacapon Cr., Mar. 9, 1773."

iv. Evan HUGHES was born about 1721 in Chester Co., PA. (439)

v. Mary HUGHES was born about 1723 in Chester Co., PA. (440) Married a Mr.
Anderson according to Judith Kenyon.

vi. Sudna or Sudrah HUGHES was born about 1725 in Chester Co., PA. (441)
She died AFT ??-MAR-1792 in Randolph Co., VA. June Hudson thinks Sudrah died
in 1762 in Hampshire Co., VA now WV. Paul T. Mowrey thinks Sudna's mother
was Mary Withers. She is the widow who appears in the story about Benjamin
Carpenter's murder by the Indians in 1792. The name Sudna is said to have
origninated from the Sudna surname of a family that married into the Hughes
family before 1700.

vii. Sarah HUGHES was born about 1727 in Chester Co., PA. (442) Listed as
Sarah Baker in her father's will according to Barbara Cox.

viii. Ellis HUGHES was born about 1729 in Chester Co., PA. (443) Received
the estate of his father and was executor with John Waite in his father's
will. aka Elias. Probably the first son.
Don Norman says he married a Susannah ?
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156. Thomas HUGHES Sr. was born about 1717 in Dist. of W. Augusta Co., VA.
He died on 4 May 1778 in Hacker's Creek, Harrison Co., WV. Much confusion on
this line. I'll put some versions we have received in the past below - as
we received it. We aren't sure if he had one or two wives let alone who
who Thomas' parents are - for sure.

Some of the choicest lands on Hacker's Creek, Broad Run and other parts of
the Jane Lew section of Lewis County were patented by members of the Hughes
family. Their selection of the garden spot of that county leads to the
belief that besides a thorough knowledge of the topography of the country,
then a vast wilderness, they possessed remarkable intuition.

Thomas Sr. took up 400 acres in 1773 on the West Fork river adjoining lands
of his son Elias Hughes to include in settlement made in 1773. Edmund West
assigned to Thomas Hughes, Sr., 400 acres of land on Sycamore Lick run, a
branch of the West Fork River, opposite the lands of Thomas Hughes, Jr., to
include his settlement made in 1773, with a preemption of 1,000 acres
adjoining. KVGS Journal, Sept, 1983. Pages 67-78.

Anna Gandee Herbertson notes that he died at Hackers Creek (now Lewis Co.,
WV) - then Manongalia Co., VA. Anna also notes that the father of Thomas
might be Ralph - if you read the Chadwick - King and Allied Families by
Smith or that Thomas's father might be William if you read the Hacker's
Creek Journal, Oct 1984, Jan 1985.

Jim Carpenter says Thomas was born in 1727 in New Jersey and married Mary
Baker in 1748 and later married Susannah who was born in 1772 and died in
1784. So, is it one wife or two wives?


>From Mary Manroe of Shell Beach, CA in Oct 1995: She has birth date as about
1720 and death in Lewis Co., VA. - she share information from Wendell Hughes
who says:

Thomas Hughes Sr. was a long hunter. A long hunter was one who went on
hunting trips taking him away from home for long periods of time. While
Thomas moved about the country he also had land. An early relative says
Thomas lived in the mountain country in what is now Greenbrier Co., WV,
around 1750, and it was here Jesse was born.

To better understand the environment of Thomas Hughes and his family let us
digress a bit. Early in the history of this part of the country the indians
and the Colonists lived together peacefully. The Colonists paid the Indians
for their land which was plentiful and cheap. The Indians' philosophy was to
'live for today', which did not always inspire good business deals. Once
they learned the ways of some of the white men their uncurbed brutality far
exceeded of their teachers. So the Indians, once a friendly people, were
changed into relentless opponents. They fought with the only methods they
knew.

For almost 20 years there was constant war while the settlers and their
families were unprotected by militia. These home owners voluntarily tried to
save unprotected families against 'scalp hunters'. For the most part the
victims were innocent parties. The conflict may have started when the French
tried to get land in the New World (1754-1763) and had furnished guns and
ammunition to the Indians and at the same time whipped them into a frenzy.
This was followed by Dumore's War (1774) culminating in the Battle of Point
Pleasant which is said to be the first battle of the Revolutionary War and
the largest Indian battle up to that time.

Now the Revolutionary War had set in and when it was over Great Britain had
been eliminated as the Colonists ruler. Yet the war was not over for the
Colonists. The Indians had been excellent students and when their European
teachers left they continued their scalping parties on the settlers. They
did not seek battles, but attached the men in the fields and took care of
other members of the family by scalping them or incorporating them into the
tribe. The Colonists were unprotected until 1779 when the citizens organized
Frontier Companies of men 18 to 50 years of age into militia. Raids on the
settlers in this area subsided about 1796.

Thomas and Susannah Hughes and their children lived on South Branch, near
Moorefield, (W)Virginia, about 1761. Susannah was a good looking woman,
blond, blue eyes, tall and slender. But her days on South Branch had put
gray in her hair and her eyes were weary. This new land was good. They built
a log home and the family prospered. The boys learned about the forest and
Jesse and his brother, Elias, hunted, while Charles, an older brother,
worked in the fields.

In 1764 word came that hostile Indians were near, so Thomas fenced in his
livestock. His home became a small blockade and Susannah melted her pewter
for rifle balls. But nothing happened and they finally relaxed. One day
Elias took the sheep to pasture and Jesse went to gather nuts. Since it was
so peaceful he left his rifle at home.

Charles was working near home and the father, Thomas, was in the fields near
by. Jesse paused a moment to watch his mother carry corn to the hogs and as
she climbed the rail fence he heard her scream and saw something flash
toward her. The fell clutching the pike in her body.

He saw a dozen Indians rush with tomahawks and scalp knives, and then while
he stood frozen, he saw Charles, a large, strong, blond, blue-eyed teenager
dash toward his mother. But still he out not cry out. An Indian rifle
cracked and Charles fell forward. He saw his brothers and sisters running
toward the cabin but he did not move. This in 1764, was the first tragedy in
the Thomas Hughes family ... the loss of their mother and her eldest son.

Wendell Hughes continues his research about Thomas Hughes Sr.:

In 1768 Thomas Hughes came with a group including his sons, Jesse, William
Hacker, John and William Radcliff, John Brown, John Jackson and his sons,
John Hacker, and Alexander and Thomas Sleeth, across the mountains. They
were led by Samuel Pringle, who with his brother, had been living in a
hollow sycamore tree at the mouth of Turkey Run.

They had heard so much about this country from the Pringle brothers that
they had to see it! They liked it, chose the spots they liked best, and the
next spring came back to plant enough corn for the first year.

Jackson and his sons, George and Edward, Hacker and the Sleeth brothers did
the cultivating while the others, including the Hughes hunted. The two
groups were dependant on each other, the one clearing the land, and the
other furnishing the meat while they were getting acquainted with the
country. Soon after the Pringle brothers brought others and the settlement
grew. Hardships were part of their way of life. These years were 'starvation
years'. In 1769 some of the settlers went back to their families leaving no
one to 'scare the buffalo' and when they came back and found no meat they
ate all the corn! This delayed bringing their families until 1770. As the
country began to be settled by white men, the Indians became more concerned
and the settlers lived in fear of Indian raids. In the spring of 1778 the
women and children were taken to West and Richards Forts during the day
under the protection of a few men while others farmed the crops. About the
first of May, while some of the men were fencing, others clearing, and a few
plowing, they were surprised by a group of Indians and Thomas Hughes and
Jonathan Lowther were killed. This was the second tragedy for the Hughes
children.

In March 1996 we began to question the wives of Thomas. Fran Daniels writes:
"I recently got copies of some articles published in 1984-5 from the
Hacker's Creek GS on the Hughes family in WV. It says, "It is believed that
he was twice married; (1) Mary Baker, (2) Susannah _____...Thomas's children
have been listed variously as being from seven to fourteen in number. We
have the ten that are verified, by record and from early descendants."

They list: Sudna b 1748; Sarah b 1749; Jesse b 1751; Thomas b 1754; Elias b
1757; James;
Martha; Charles; Deborah b 1767; Job b 1770
Others not documented:
William
Ann

I assume the 14th would be the Mary b 1778 who married Benjamin Cox. If Mary
Baker died 1764, some of these children had to be from a second wife.
Another of life's little mysteries."

On 4/14/96 Lantieb says: "Thanks for all the info. I haven't had time to
examine it all but I can see that we have major discrepancies in our
Hugheses. As far as I'm concerned, I know that my facts are fairly accurate
from my generation back through Edward Hughes . But I cannot say for sure
that Edward was THE Jesse's brother. I got most of my early information from
The History of Clay County West Virginia and the Hughes information came
from Don Norman. He puts Edward as a brother of Jesse. But he also makes the
other claims i.e. Thomas (1725-1778) was the son of William (Ralph's
brother) Norman makes no mention of Ralph. He says that William named eight
children in his will the same kids that you named but his research places
the Tom (1725-1778) as one of the named sons. Back to Edward. Edward was in
the area at this time. Another of my
GRGRGRGRGRgrandfathers was Henry Flesher, who founded Weston WVA. An account
says that in 1784 Indians attacked Henry's log cabin and Injured him. His
wife ran to West's Fort. A young woman from the family reached Hacker's
Creek the same morning and the rest of the family were guided into West's
Fort by Edward Hughes."

On 4/15/96 we got the following: "According to my data, Edward Hughes is not
listed as a son of Thomas Hughes Sr. and Mary Susannah Baker. Children were
Deborah (b.1745), Sudna (1748), Sarah (1749), Jesse (1751), Thomas, Jr.
(1753), Elias (Ellis 1755), Job (1757), James (1759), Martha (1761) and
Charles (1763). The only Edward I have was b. 1703, s. of William Hughes And
Sarah Bezer. He m. 1733, Hannah Barber. Edward would be great uncle of Jesse
et al. Elijah Runner is mentioned several times in the 1990 Jackson Co., WV
History. He m. Sudna Hughes, b. 1776, dau. of Jesse and Grace Tanner in
1800. Clark Blake, Bellingham, WA

On 4/23/96 we got from Lantieb the following after we changed Thomas to the
the son of William: "I'm sorry that I have misled you. I haven't seen in
print anywhere that Sudna Carpenter and Thomas were siblings. I'm sure it's
possible. I made a descendent chart from the Hughes file that you sent me
and on it Sudna Hughes Carpenter has a brother Thomas..no further
information. In other words William Hughes and Mary Withers have 8 children.
Many have the same names as the children of Thomas and Mary Susannah Baker.
Maybe some of these are the same people????I was only hypothesizing that the
Thomas who was the son of William and Mary could be Edward's father but
separate from the Thomas who was Jesse's father. The only place I have seen
William and Mary's Thomas in print is on the descendent chart I created from
your file. "

While Barbara Cox is sure this Thomas is the son of Thomas who was killed by
Indians at Hacker's Creek in 1778. Beryl Henry has his birth place as
Wales. Garry L. McLaughlin says the birth place is Cacapon, Frederick Co.,
VA.

David and Marilyn Brown on Dec 19, 1996 e-mail information on the Hughs
based on Lowther research they had been doing. It gives different parents
for Thomas and includes the following: "This is from material Donna Tivener
forwarded to me. "Welsh origin - History tells they crossed the deep with
the Lowthers, and settled inAlbemarle Co. Va. Thomas Hughes removed from
there to the South branch of the Potomac river, in what is now Hardy Co.
W.Va., and from there to Harrison Co. W.Va. near the year 1772-73, where he
found a home on Hacker's Creek. During the latter part of April, 1778 while
working in the field, he and Jonathan Lowther were shot down by stealthy
foe.

THOMAS HUGHES ( -1778 )Thomas Hughes the son of John Hughes of Bucks Co. Pa.
and his mother was Jane EVANS of Wales. Issue of John & Jane (Evans) Hughes
(1 Jesse, b. ca 1750 in "Old Donimion," m. Miss Grace TANNER".

Another opinion we got at one point:
John Ritter of Dayton OH says: Supposed to have been killed by Indians in
1778 near what is now Jane Lew, WV. This may not be accurate as there is no
proof. John had this Thomas Hughes born to a Thomas Hewes. I took that link
out as I couldn't get it to fit in time-wise. This is what John said about
the link: The link between this Thomas Hughes and his father (T.Hewes) has
not been verified. The author of the book who is the source for this
information believed it to be true. West Virginia historians declare the
Hughes family came from Virginia, however fail to give the date and birth of
Thomas. John Ritter had as the wife of Thomas Hewes - PEDRICK OR TEDRICK.
Below is John Ritter's ancestors for Thomas:
FIRST GENERATION
1. William HEWES was born in London, England. Died in 1698 in Ouldman's
Creek, Salem County, NJ.He married Deborah. They had the following children:
+2 i. William Jr. HEWES

SECOND GENERATION
2. William Jr. HEWES was born in Salem County, NJ. Like father, a member of
the Society of Friends He married Sarah BEZER. They had the
followingchildren:
3 i. William HEWES
4 ii. Sarah HEWES
5 iii. Moses HEWES
6 iv. John HEWES
7 v. Deborah HEWES
8 vi. Edward HEWES
9 vii. James HEWES
+10 viii. Thomas HEWES
+11 ix. Aaron HEWES
12 x. Joseph HEWES

THIRD GENERATION
10. Thomas HEWES, died in 1735. He married Mary PEDRICK OR TEDRICK. They had
the following children:
13 i. Joseph HEWES
+14 ii. Thomas HUGHES Sr.
15 iii. unnamed HEWES

11. Aaron HEWES was born in 1700. Died on 17 May 1753. Buried in
Philadelphia, PA. He married Providence WORTH. They had the following
children:
16 i. Joseph HEWES was born on 23 Jan 1730 in Kingston, NY. Signer of
Declaration of Independence Never Married, fiancee, Anabelle Johnston died
just before the wedding.
John Ritter's source is The Hughes Family in Early West Virginia by Wilber
C. Morrison, 1933.

Much confusion on this part of our family! He was married to Mary Susannah
BAKER about 1745.

157. Mary Susannah BAKER was born about 1723. (329) She died between 1764
and 84 in Virginia. (330) Paul Mowrey thinks Thomas Hughes might have been
married twice and the second time was to Mary Garner. Another thought on the
subject from BJ Cox in March 1996: It is NOT that the husband Thomas had two
wives-- it is that the WIFE had two husbands. (part of this idea comes from
having read the Hughes genealogy at the Web site
http://www.everton.com/norman.norman.don
as well as a variety of other genealogies of the Hughes. Anyways...

Hugh Hughes married Susannah -----. He died in 1763 leaving Susannah with
young children.
Theory--Thomas married his dead brother, Hugh's widow, and that is one
reason why there is confusion about where the children should be listed.

Here are a variety of names that refer to this woman/women:
1. Susannah----- w. of Hugh (norman.norman everton) (d. 1791)
2. Mary Baker w. of Thomas (norman.norman everton)
3. Susannah----- w. of Thomas (norman.norman everton)
4. Mary Susannah Baker w. of Thomas (from Fran) (1726-1764) m. abt 1745
5. Mary Suzanne Baker w. of Thomas (from Judi) (1726-1784)
6. Susanna Mary Baker w. of Thomas (from Patt's desce. chart) (1727-1784)
7. Susan Baker w. Ths (from LDS AF) (1727-1790-1) m abt 1748 (#V40W-G9)
8. Mary Suzanne Baker w. of Thomas (from Patt)

Could this be one individual??

Mary Manroe writes on May 8, 1996: "I have some conflicting info. It is on
the children of Thomas HUGHES and Mary Susannah Baker. I have Mary's death
as 1764 and have ten children born to them between 1744 & 1761. However
there are five more children listed, Deborah b. 1767, Job b. 1770, Mary b.
1778 and William n/bd and a child just listed as HUGHES which I assume to
mean a child that died at birth or shortly after.

I have Thomas as having died 1778, did he have a second marriage? "

Barbara Cox e-mail on 11/29/96:
"Rev. Henry Bonnet was a son of Samuel and Martha Hughes Bonnett. He owned
the family Bible, brought over from Wales. In it, according to Rev. Henry,
the name of Thomas Hughes' (sr) first wife-- Rev. Henry says Thomas, Sr.
married twice, but fails give the name of the 2nd wife-- is given as Rachel
Sudna (Soodnay). Rev Henry wrote that the 1st wife was the mother of Jesse
and Elias. He mentions Edward as a son of Thomas, Sr. Rachel Sudna,
according to Rev. Henry, was a daughter of the old long-hunter, John
Soodnay (Sudna), who has been convincingly reported to have kept a hunting
cabin in the now Shinns Run area as early as 1755.". Children were:

i. Ann HUGHES was born in 1744 in Hardy Co., VA. (331) No proof Ann is dau
of Thomas.
ii. Charles HUGHES was born about 1745 in Hardy Co., VA. (332) He died in
1764 in Virginia. Supposed to have emigrated to an eastern state according
to John Ritter. Judith Kenyon has birth date as 1761 and possibly twin to
Martha. Clark Blake has the birth date as 1763 in Harrison Co.
iii. Sudna HUGHES was born in about 1745 in Jackson River, Alleghany Co.,
VA. She died in 1829 in Ritchie Co., WV.(333) In October, 1994 we got this
information about Sudna from John Ritter. Anna Gandee Herbertson says Sudna
was buried on the farm on Hughes River above Berea, now Ritchie Co., WV, VA
and that Sudna was married in what is now Hardy Co., WV - I guess maybe
Hampshire Co., VA back then. Don Norman says she was born in Augusta Co.,
VA in 1745. We had about 1748. Judith Kenyon says born 1748 and they were
married in June 1763.
Clark Blake says Sudna was born in 1749 in Hampshire Co.
iv. Deborah HUGHES was born about 1746 in Chester Co., PA. (334) She died
about 1813 in Wood Co., VA. (335) Deborah and William resided in Wood Co.
Judith Kenyon has birth date as 1767 and marriage to William Bibbee on Jan
2, 1795.
v. Sarah HUGHES was born about 1749 in Chester Co., PA. (336) She died on
15 Jun 1821 in Hardy Co., WV. (337) Judi Kenyon has death year as 1812. We
had 1821 from Don Norman. Marilyn Brown says Sarah died at Stump Run, South
Fork of the Potomac.
78 vi. Jesse David HUGHES Sr..
vii. Thomas HUGHES Jr. was born about 1753 in Hampshire Co., VA. (338) He
died in Oct 1837 in Jackson Co., VA. Thomas Hughes, Jr., brother of Jesse,
and his wife, Mary,
as early as April 18, 1791, sold six acres at what was known then as
Hughesburg to George Carson, and August 20, 1793, eight acres in lots at
Hughestown, to George Arnold.

Another deed recorded in the office of the county clerk of Harrison Co., WV
shows he and his wife and William Hacker and John Reager and their wives
sold to Edmund West, June 15, 1795, 990 acres on Hackers Creek to William
Bibble. On on Sept 17, 1798 same people sold 232 acres on the West Fork
River, including his settlement right, to John Tingley.

Thomas and Jonathan wrote their name as HUGHES. Jesse wrote "Huse".
Settled on the West Fork River in 1775. He was an active scout during the
border wars, and lieutenant of a company of spies. He later settled in
Jackson County. In 1834 at the age of 80, applied for a pension. His
application was denied on the ground that his service as a soldier wsa not
in the Revolutionary War but in the Indian Wars. Charlotte Fleming has the
death date of Feb 14, 1848 on his farm near Fairmont. She gave us the
birth date of the son Josiah and said he was Thomas and Anna's second child.

Don Normans says: "Thomas Hughes Jr., a son of Thomas and Susannah Hughes,
was
probably born in Hampshire County VA and died in October 1837 in Jackson
County VA (WV). One source reports his date of birth as about 1754, but his
son's birthday of July 24, 1768 argues for an earlier date".
viii. William HUGHES. Judith Kenyon has wife as 1) Edith Sutton and then 2)
Dora Fry.
We show Edith as wife of a different William. Probably one is wrong.
ix. Edward "Ned" HUGHES was born in 1755 in Greenbrier Co., VA(WV). He died
on 13 May 1839 in Kanawha Co., WV.
x. James HUGHES was born in 1756 in Jackson Co., VA. (339) Clark Blake says
born in 1759 in Harrison Co.
xi. Elias HUGHES was born in 1757 in Hardy Co. (W)VA. (340) He died on 22
Dec 1844 in Utica, Licking Co., OH. (341) He was buried in Utica, Licking
Co., OH. (342) AKA Ellis. Elias took up 400 acres on the West Fork river
adjoining lands of James Tanner, to include his settlement made in 1770 in
Lewis county. His father took up 400 acres next to it in 1773.

Harrison county records show Elias Hughes and wife, Jane or Jean, owned a
large part of the original grant of brother Jesse. He leased to Larence
McCann, 4/19/1790, 194 acres and two lots at Hughes Town. they made land
sales as follows: One acres at Huges Town, 6/16/1793, to John Brown, Jr.;
one acre there, the same date, to John Boyd; twelve acres or lots in the
same town, 10/21/1793 to Edmund West; and 127 acres in the same locality,
9/19/1976 to John Alkire. KVGS Journal, September 1983

Father Thomas, sons: Jessie and Elias, acquired extensive Tomahawk rights in
different sections (especially Jesse), and it is said that Jesse made a
friend a wedding present of one of these preemptions.

Harrison Co., WV records show that Elias Hughes and his wife, Jane or Jean,
owned a large part of the original grant to him. He alone lased to Lawrence
McCann, April 19, 1790, 194 acres and two lots at Hughes Town. They made
land sales as follows: One acre at Hughes Town, June 16, 1793, to John
Brown, Jr.: one acre there, the same date to John Boyd; twelve acres or lots
in the same town, October 21, 1793; to Edmund West: and 127 acres in the
same locality, Sept. 19, 1796, to John Alkire.

Sue Moore says he moved to the Muskingham in OH and the next year he went to
Licking Co., OH.

Article written by Rbt E. Campbell, 1434 Jasmine Way, Clearwater, FL 33516
in 1983 based on the Sunday Exponent- Telegram, the combined Clarksburg
Exponent and The Sunday Telegram, Clarksburg, WV on Aug. 13, 1933.

John Ritter had the following information on Elias or Ellis: "At the age of
75 years made application August 23, 1832 for a pension as a Revolutionary
War veteran. (The pension records show he was born in 1757 on the Southern
Branch of the Potomac River in Hardy Co, WV and during his term of military
service he lived near Clarksburg.) He assisted in holding Miller's Fort in
West Augusta County, Virginia and was in the battle of Point Pleasant on the
Kanawha River. In 1775 he enlisted and served in the company commanded by
Capt. James Booth until 1778 when his father was killed. He was then
commissioned captain of rangers and spies, and served 3 years under Cols.
Benjamin Wilson and William Lowther. He served as a private in the
Revolutionary army from 1781 to 1783 under Col. George Jackson and after
peace was proclaimed in 1783, he contuned service against Indians until
Wayne's treaty in 1795. In 1797 he moved to the Muskingum River Valley in
Ohio and a year later to Licking County, Ohio. He was captain of militia and
commisioned second Lieutenant in the regiment of Col. Rennick's mounted Ohio
volunteers in the War of 1812."

Mary Manroe of Shell Beach, CA in Oct 1995 has the following: "DEATH:
Gravestone for Elias - Buried in the Utica Cemetery, Utica, OH MARRIAGE:
"Ohio Marriages" by Marjorie Smith Information received from: Mr. Wendell
Hughes, 1726 Mayflower Rd. Ft. Wayne, IN 46819 (219) 747-3831 Their info
from: "Young - McBride, Sleeth, Sculler, Forrest, Bell and related families"
by Gertrude Young Lytle 1982 Book: "King and Allied Families" by Homer &
Ruth Rowley BIRTH PLACE: South Br. Potomac River, Hardy Co., WVA."

We had his death date as 1757 but Mary Manroe's data says he died at 97
years of age so the birthdate had to be about 1747. Plus, Mary sent a copy
of a picture of his tombstone and it says he died in 1747.

Sue Moore says on 2/3/96 that her source of Stutler- Hughes- Jackson,
Pioneer Families of West Virginia by Glady Stutler Hoffmann in 1968e says -
"pension due Elias Hughes at the time of his death in 1844, was paid to
seven of his children: Susannah, Margaret, Sarah, John, Elias, Jonathan, and
Sudna."

Joy Gilchrist says on 4/9/96: "I don't think Elias was the father; I think
he was the grandfather. He had 13 children. The youngest, Jonathan, was
carried to Ohio in a salt sack. They came from what is now Lewis County, WV.
Elias, his brother Jesse, his brother Thomas, and his father Thomas, were
among the earliest settlers in Central W.Va."

Don Norman says: "Elias Hughes, a son of Thomas and Susannah Hughes, was
born about 1757 in what is now Hardy County WV and died December 22, 1844
near Utica, Ohio. (Many historical documents call him "Ellis"). He married
Jane Sleeth about 1780. Jane, a daughter of Alexander Sleeth, died in 1827.
Elias was a frontier scout and Indian fighter. He came to Harrison County VA
(WV) in 1770. In 1772, he was one of the first explorers of the Little
Kanawha River Valley in present day WV. He was in the battle of Point
Pleasant in "Lord Dunmore's War." A payroll for Captain William Lowther's
Company of Va militia credits Elias with 132 dyas service in Lord Dunmore's
Ohio campaign in 1774.
The 1782 census of Monongalia County VA (WV) lists Elias and his family in
that county. In 1796, Elias became a hunter for a surveying party in present
day Licking County Ohio. In 1797, he moved to the Muskingum River in Ohio
and lived for a while at present Zanesville, Ohio. On April 6, 1798, Elias
and his family began the trek to Licking County, Ohio. When the first
militia was raised in that county in 1802, Elias was elected Captain. In the
War of 1812, he was a Captain of Militia and was commissioned a Lieutenant
in Colonel Rennick's Mounted Ohio Volunteers.".

Clark Blake says born in 1855 in Hampshire Co., VA.
xii. Job HUGHES Sr. was born about 1757 in Hampshire Co., VA. (343) He died
in Jackson Co., VA. Judith Kenyon has birth date as 1770 as does Don Norman.
Born 1764 in Hardy Co.?
xiii. Martha HUGHES was born on 14 Jun 1761 in Hardy Co., VA. (344) She
died in Lewis Co., VA. Clark Blake says born in Harrison Co.

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