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THE HUGHES FAMILY
GASS, WARD AND BOZE FAMILIES
W. J. L. HUGHES
TO THE SACRED MEMORY OF MY DE-
PARTED MOTHER, WHOSE FINGER, UN-
ERRINGLY AS THE NEEDLE TO THE MAG-
NETIC CURRENT, EVER POINTED ME IN
THE WAY OF THE RIGHT, THIS LITTLE
VOLUME IS TENDERLY INSCRIBED.
• • •
*Z4 SHALL not consume time, or occupy space, or weary
^ my reader with a recital of the vexatious and exas-
^-* perating difficulties that have attended the prepara-
tion of this book. Long and tedious has been the search,
but it is now ended, the worry is past, the work is done. I
claim no merit for artistic finish. My endeavor has been
to state facts of family history so plainly that those that
run may read and understand.
It has been purely a labor of love, prompted by a loyal
interest in my family history. It was not undertaken with
any thought of pecuniary profit. In my search for a more
extended knowledge of my ancestry, while groping in the
dark, catching only a gleam now and then, I conceived
the thought of hanging out a few beacon lights to guide
the future wayfarer in a laudable search for a knowledge
of those that have gone before.
If I have succeeded in so placing such lights that they
will send a gleam athwart the pathway of the generations
that will follow me, I shall feel amply repaid for my labor.
Hughes Family, by Eleanor Lexington VII
Sketch of the early history of the Hughes family, clos-
ing with Powell Hughes, and his descendants— Pages 19-28.
Occupied exclusively by Lucy Lea Hughes, and her
husband, Nathan Ward, and their descendants— Pages 29-36.
Devoted exclusively to Elizabeth Walker Hughes, and
her husband, Avan Ward, and their descendants— Pages
Little Berry Hughes, Jr., closing with his sister, Mary
(Hughes) Hooker— Pages 47-55.
John Walker Hughes, Gedeliah Hughes; and their
sister Susannah Hughes, who married Henry Crawford
Jones, closing the history of the descendants of Little
Berry Hughes, Sr. — Pages 54-64.
Mary and Edith Hughes, daughters of Powell Hughes;
and their brother Leander Hughes, Sr., closing with sketch
of Caroline (Hughes) Gill — Pages 65-76.
Leander Hughes' descendants continued, commencing
with Leander, Jr., and closing with Leonard Fretwell
Hughes' descendants — Pages 77-87.
Leander Hughes, Sr., continued; John James Hughes
and his descendants — Pages 88-108.
Leander Hughes, Sr., concluded, giving his remaining
children, Little Berry, Elizabeth, William. Ira Bell. Seth
Wade, Foley Brookshire, Thomas Henry, Sarah Jane,
Nancy Ann, Jesse Paris and Susan Lea, and sketch of
Susannah Hughes — Pages 109-116.
Gedeliah Hughes (youngest child of Powell Hughes)
and his descendants — Pages 118-123.
Samuel or John Gass — Sketch of the Gass famil> —
John Boze and Katy Wells — Sketch of the descendants
of Hardy Boze — Pages 144-154.
John Ward and Holly Mangrum — A comprehensive
sketch of the Ward family— Pages 155-162.
Found Throughout the World AIwhvn Ranged on the
Side of Lihertv
BY ELEANOS LEXINGTON
•rHE Hughes family has always been largely repre-
i 1 1 seuted in Wales, Kngland, Ireland and America, and
^■^ has furnished many prominent personages. Its ros-
ter of poets alone is a notable one, and if the family have
not furnished all the best poems in the world, it is not
their fault, but their oversight.
Hugh Hughes is a favorite combination, and one thus
called, born at the end of the seventeenth century, was a
Welsh poet of renown. He was the son of Iruffydd
Hughes, a descendant of the Lord Twrcelyn. Hugh
Hughes' verses are preserved in the British museum. The
family wrote history, as well as poetry, and they were
equally mighty with the sword. Admiral Sir Richard
Hughes was a man of valor. Margaret Hughes centested
with Mary Betterton, the position of the earliest actress of
the English stage, which, in fact, belongs to neither.
Margaret is the earliest recorded Desdemona, and the
date is 1663.
Xo one, of course, forgets that "TomBrown's School
Days" was written by Thomas Hughes, founder of the
Rugby colony in Tennessee. And one of the Governors
of this State was a Hughes. Thomas Hughes was the
son of John, who was the son of "clever, active Mrs.
1 Hughes," a friend of Walter Scott's. "The Magical Lay
of the One-Horse Chay" is attributed to John Hughes,
and Scott refers to it. The lay "shows up" Mr. and Mrs.
John Ball, and tells about Mr. Bubb who "lived quite
genteel with a one-horse chay."
-Mrs. Bubb was gay and free, fair, fat and forty-three.
\nd filled the better half of the one-horse chay."
One line of Hughes descends from one of the fifteen
noble tribes of Gwynedd, Princes of Wales, taking up,
along the line, ancestors who rather tax the orthography
of this simplified date. There was Hugh ap Kynnc and
his wife Gwenllian, daughter of John Vychan ap John,
ap Iruffydd ap Owen Pygott. You put "Hughes" in some-
where, where most convenient.
Hugh is the foundation stone of this name, and means
affability and also comfort; it likewise means, in Gaelic, a
guest, as well as a stranger.
Hughes, Huget and Hewitt are the sons of Hugh.
Hig, Hug and Hick, nicknames of Hugh, give the names
of Higgins, Huggins, Hicks, Hiccock and Hutchins. Fitz-
hugh is the son of Hugh.
Hewes and Huse are forms frequently found in colo-
nial records, when one style of spelling was as good as
another. Abel Huse, born in London, with wife Mary,
settled in Newbury, Mass., in 1635. They had sons,
Thomas and James. A Captain, Samuel Huse, born 1730,
is called son of James.
Other pioneers, or founders of families, were Richard
Hughes, 1640, of Guilford, Conn.; Arthur, 1676, of Salem,
Mass., and John, of Hatfield, a soldier.
Henry Freeman Hughes and his brother Bodwell,
born in Wales, settled at East Haven, Conn., about 1740.
Their name more frequently occurs as Huse. Henry mar-
ried Lydia Tuttle, July 19, 1749, and with his bride, ac-
quired a large property, which she inherited from her
father. If a mental photograph of Henry is desired by
his descendants, here it is: Medium height, stout, well
built, blue eyes, brown hair, prominent features, massive
head; physical characteristics these of the Hughes family.
Bodwell Hughes married Mercy Collins. Henry had
five children — three being sons.
Jesse Hughes, the Virginia pioneer, is called a Hugue-
not refugee. He and his wife came to Povvhattan County,
Virginia, about 1675, where the place he owned, called
"Hughes Creek," remained in the family for four genera-
tions. From Virginia, the family branched out, to West
Virginia, North Carolina and Kentucky, and later to Col-
The Hughes of South Carolina, however, claim Xew
England ancestry, Jesse, of the third generation, was an
Indian fighter, a brave man. and a West Virginia explorer.
Of this line was Martha Hughes, who married George
Walton, the uncle of George Walton, of Virginia, a
The Hughes' record is a patriotic one all along the
line, George Robert Twelve Hughes was one of the Boston
"Tea Party" 1773. James Hughes, of Pennsylvania, who
was one of Washington's body guard. Joseph Hewes, of
Nrw-J-fct&ey. was a "signer." Connecticut gave to the
Revolution Lieutenant James, Massachusetts; Lieutenant
Samuel, Rhode Island; Lieutenant Thomas, Xew York;
Assistant Quartermaster Hugh, Pennsylvania; Lieutenant
Greenberry Hughes, and Virginia, Ensigns Henry and
Pratt; Cornet Jasper; Lieutenant John and Thomas, and
, Captain Robert, the grandson of Jesse Hughes, immi-
grant Jesse, son of David Hughes, of Virginia, was a
Captain in the War of 1812, and married Elizabeth Mor-
ton. David's wife was Judith Daniel.
Among marriage connections of the Hughes are the
Fays, Kingsbury and Lewises, of Virginia; Jane, daughter
of Jane Strother and Thomas Lewis, who was a burgess,
married Thomas Hughes, about 1775. Galloways and
Chews are also nearly related, and in "Americans of Royal
descent" we find that the Chew and Hughes connection
trace descent from Henry II., of England, and his Queen
i Eleanor, of Aquitaine.
Characteristics of the Hughes are quick perceptions
fl and practical reasoning; they are original in thought, in-
'• dependent in action, simple in their tastes and habits. Of
one, it is said that, "he exercised his mind with contem-
plation, and his body with actions, and preserved the
health of both."
Of another, it is written, that "her life was a benedic-
tion rather than a sermon."
The coat-of-arms reproduced is blazoned in Burke's
"Peerage;" Argent; an eagle with two heads, displayed,
Crest: An eagle's head erased, sable; in the beak, a
brand, raguly of the same, fired, gules.
Motto: Fynno Duw Diefydd— what God wills, will
be, or let God's will be done.
Another coat-of-arms is gules; two lions passant; a
rose in chief, argent. Crest, granted 1620; out of a coronet,
or, a demi-lion, argent, holding a rose, gules. This is the
coat-armor borne by the line, tracing back to Cadwal-
ader, son of Griffith, ap Cynan, King of North Wales, and
his wife Dyddgy, daughter of Meredith ap Cynfyn. The
arms of Sir Richard Hughes, baronet, 1773, is: Azure; a
lion, rampant, or Crest: A lion, couchant, or Both— the
eagle and lion are most heraldic charges.
The English family of Hughes have homes in Devon;
Surrey; Kent, Warwick; Sherdley Hall, Lancaster, and
the Isle of Wight, where they hold positions of prom-
/■■fHE foregoing able and scholarly article, written by
I 1 1 Eleanor Lexington, and published in the St. Paul
^■^ Daily Dispatch, of August 8, 1908, is both interesting
and instructive. The light that it casts upon the etymology
of the name Hughes is of great value. That it is histor-
ically true in the main I know no reason to doubt. I find
but one historical error in it. and that is probably the
fault of the printer. The Joseph Hewes that was one of
the signers of the Declaration of Independence was from
North Carolina and not from Xew Jersey as stated by
That any part of this article has reference to our
branch of the Hughes family there is no positive proof
known to me; though there is some pretty strong circum-
stancial evidence in the case of the Jesse Hughes that
settled in Powhatan County, Virginia, in 1675. From
reliable information I have been able to trace my family
lineage back to Leander Hughes, who appears to have
been born in Cumberland County, Virginia, about the
year 1700, as will be seen later. It is said that Leander's
father, whose Christian name is not known, came from
Wales. Could he have been this same Jesse that with his
wife settled in Powhattan County in 1675? That theory
appears plausible as the circumstances as to time connect
very well, and Powhatan County joins Cumberland on
From Miss Lexington's article it appears that one
branch of the Hughes family claims descent from Henry
II. of England and his wife, Eleanor, Duchess of Aguitaine.
It has been said that a noble ancestry is a gift of the
gods; but what is a noble ancestry?
Descent from a royal family is honorable only in pro-
portion to the worthiness of the persons from whom the
descent is claimed. Henry II., considering the period in
which he lived, was an able and worthy ruler. He was a
great-grandson of William, the Norman conqueror. He
was the first of the long and illustrious line of Angevins
or Plantagenets. He brought about many reforms in
government; he curbed and held in check the arrogance
of the clergy, suppressed lawlessness, and strove to better
the condition of the common people. Some historians
describe him as one of the best and greatest of English
Kings. His wife, Eleanor, was a woman to whom Dame
Fortune gave a checkered life. She was the daughter
of the Duke of Guienne or Aguitaine in France. She was
successively the wife of two Kings, from the first of
whom she was divorced, and she was the mother of two
Kings. She was probably the richest woman in her own
right that ever became the wife of an English King. She
was one of the most beautiful and accomplished women
that ever graced the English court; and some historians
describe her as one of the most wicked and infamous that
ever disgraced it. She encouraged her sons to rebel
against their father, and it is said hastened his death with
worry. It has been claimed that Henry's neglect and
conjugal infidelity drove her to hate him; similar charges
have been made against her while the wife of her first
husband, Louis VII. of France. Henry kept her in prison
during the last fifteen years of his life.
Every King and Queen regnant that has sat upon the
English throne since their time has been a descendant of
this royal couple. Whatever of glory or of shame we find
in the long line of English rulers during the last seven
centuries has been the history of Henry and Eleanor's
posterity. The chivalry of Richard I.; the wickedness and
tyranny of King John, who has been called the worst
King and the worst man that ever wore the crown of
England; the feebleness and vacillation of Henry III; the
brilliant achievements of the strong and virile Edward
III; the inglorious reign and death of Richard II; the
illustrious life of Henry V; the weak and ignominious
reign of Henry VI; the brilliant career of Prince John,
Duke of Bedford, pride of the English nobility, with
Knight and vassal sweeping over the fair fields of France
like the besom of destruction, leaving death and deso-
lation in his track, and at last stamping his name with
everlasting infamy with the indelible stain of the blood
of Joan de Arc; the enormities of Edward IV and
infamous brother, Richard III, the latter of whom ex-
piated his manifold crimes with his life upon Bosworth
I Field; the cruel wickedness of beastly old Henry VIII,
with his hands red with the blood of two wives; the ap-
palling crimes of Mary I; the glorious reign of Elizabeth;
the despotic career and tragic ending of Charles I; the
tyranny and final flight from the country of James II;
and the long and giorious reign of that queenly woman
and womanly queen, Victoria, must all be taken as a
whole by those who claim their descent from Henry and
Eleanor. We can not accept the good and reject the bad.
Query; is the honor worth contending for?
I have inserted Miss Lexington's article and the
Hughes coat-of-arms in this book on account of their
historic value. I take great interest in heraldry. Emblems
of honor, heraldic tokens won by chivalrous and patriotic
service rendered by men should inspire a loyal family
\pride in the descendants of such heroes. Edward, the
iBlack Prince, won deathless fame by his chivalry at the
battle of Cressy, when he captured the banner of John,
King of Bohemia, on which was inscribed the legend
"Ich Dien" (I serve) and which became the motto of the
Prince of Wales, and has so continued to the present day.
These things are fine to hand down to one's descend-
ants; but the best and the brightest escutcheon of all is
ne emblazoned with honesty, integrity, and a conscience
oid of guile. Looking back along all the different lines
fcf my ancestry I find an unbroken succession of plain,
onest, industrious, intelligent, God-loving and God-fear-
ng people, literally fulfilling the divine fiat, "By the sweat
of thy brow shalt thou eat bread;" faithfully rendering
quid pro quo in all the relations of life; toiling by day and
at night sleeping the sleep of the just; looking every man
in the face, and bowing the knee to none but their God.
Such have been my progenitors throughout their genera-
tions. I have never yet heard of an ancestor of mine that
was ever convicted of, or even charged with, a crime or
high misdemeanor; or one that ever soiled his pocket with
a foul penny.
"Let no mean hope your souls enslave;
Be independent, generous, brave;
Your fathers such example gave,
And such revere!"
Far better and more glorious is this than all the
crowns and coronets and scepters and heraldic emblems
that ever flashed in the sunlight of heaven.
Sizing up the whole case, I believe if I could choose
my own line of descent, I would strike an average and^
take it from John Bunyon or poor, blind, old John Milton,'
rather than from the English royal family.
This family history is not perfect. No history of the
kind ever was. Of some branches of the family I have
been able to obtain only a very partial sketch, while of
others every trace has been lost. If I have said more
about some branches of the family than of others it is,
because I have been more fully advised about some than
about others. It has been my aim to do exact justice to
all persons mentioned as nearly as the facts at my com-
mand would permit. A great deal of my information was
given by persons who were themselves only partially ac-
quainted with the facts, but kindly gave them as best they
Many very intelligent people get mixed up in regard
to the degree of relationship between cousins one ol
more times removed. Therefore, I take the liberty o
- giving a little explanation of my own, thus:
A is a first cousin to B
1 C D 1
2 E F 2
3 G H 3
In the above C is a son of A, E is a son of C and
G a son of E.
D is a son of B; F is a son of D and H a son of F.
The small figures on each side indicate the number of
removals from first cousins.
Now, we add the number of removals on both sides,
and their sum +1 represents the degree of relationship.
We wish to know the relationship between B. and G.
Then we have BO, G 3. That gives the equation
)+3+l=4. B and G are fourth cousins.
For A and D we have 0+1+1—2, second cousins. For
Z and D, 1-1+1=3, third cousins. For G and H,
3+3+1=7, seventh cousins, and so on ad infinitum.
A very little study of the above will enable one readily
|"0 arrive at the degree of relationship between cousins, no
natter how distant.
This method of ascertaining the degree of relation-
ship between distant cousins is the legal one employed
)y the courts of this country in deciding cases involving
he law of inheritance. In case of the death of G. without
:hildren or any othe-r heirs nearer than cousins, D would
nherit in preference to F, and F in preference to H, and
1 feel that I would be remiss in duty if I should fail
o acknowledge my obligation to the many relatives and
riends that have aided me in gathering the information,
vithout which this history could not have been written,
shall endeavor to mention every one without exception,
f I omit any it will be an oversight. They are as follows:
Mesdames Mary Hooker, now deceased, Berry's Lick,
\y.; Martha M. Carson, now deceased, Morgantown, Ky.;
Mintie D. Bransford, Dixons Spring, Term.; Ophelia A.
Cunningham, Lebanon, Tenn.; Serepta Inez Coffee, Gor-
donsville, Tenn.; Lucy Lea Johnson, Hickman, Tenn.;
Lucy A. Johnson, Greenbrier, Tenn.; Susan A. Helwig,
Trenton, Mo.; Mattie Carmack, Knob Noster, Mo.; Fannie
G. Porter, Sweet Springs, Mo.; Paralee Botts, Sedalia,
Mo.; Salena Grant, Joplin, Mo.; Elizabeth Warren Spivey,
Austin, Texas; Tamesia Catharine Johnson, Dallas, Texas;
Xadine Glover, Abilene, Texas; Martha Genetta Johnson,
Blossom, Texas; Hattie May Morris, Los Angeles, Cal.;
Susan Jane Wheeler, Marion, Ky.; Lela Henry, Marion, |
Ky.; Henrie Hughes, Marion, Ky.; Anna Hughes, Marion,
Ky. ; Edith Jane Franklin, Marion, Ky.; Pearl Joiner, Chi-(
cago, 111.; Nancy B. James, Paducah, Ky.; Susan B. Perry,/
Paducah, Ky.; Lucy J. Bell, Nashville, Tenn.; Candace C
Cox, Manitou, Ky.; Georgie E. Anderson, Oakville, Ky.;
Margaret D. Hughes, Shady Grove, Ky.; Sadie Anderson
Galena, Kansas; Misses Samantha Hooker, Berry's Lick
Ky.; Roberta Louise Baird, Hickman, Tenn.; Emily F.
Ward, Kansas City, Mo.; Jessie Hurt, Georgetown, Texas
and Maude Hughes, Nashville, Tenn.; and Messrs. W. G
Bransford, New Middleton, Tenn.; Dr. Robert E. Johnson
Grant, Tenn.; William D. Gold, Carthage, Tenn.; Williad
R. Perkins, Stonewall, Tenn.; Hardy C. Gass, Brush Creek,
Tenn.; Rev. James S. Porter, Rich Hill, Mo.; Madison P
Hughes, Stover, Mo.; Henry Judson Hughes, Trenton
Mo.; Rev. James W. Bigham, Ocala, Florida; Rev. James
M. A. Hughes, Austin, Texas; Lemuel F. Hughes, Manitou,
Ky.; Justus Oliver Carson, Morgantown, Ky.; Ira C.
Hughes, Marion, Ky.; Rev. U. G. Hughes, Marion, Ky.;
Peyton M. Ward, Marion, Ky.; James Francis Hughes,
Bayou, Ky.; Col. John A. Fite, Lebanon, Tenn.; John A
Ward, Warr-ensburg, Mo.; Samuel B. Ward, Higginsville
Mo.; Richard B. Gass, Henderson, Ky.; William Hughes.
Paducah, Ky.; Leander Hughes, Stephensville, Texas
George S. Sherrill, Stephensville, Texas; Rev. John P
Tuck, Central City, Ky.; T. J. Vest, Galena, Kansas; Re-/
Thomas J. Eastes, New Middleton, Tenn.; J. Lacy Hughe'
W. J. L. life HIES
At the Age of 21 Years
Paducah, Ky.; Samuel R. Gass, Marion, Ky.; Charles M.
Hughes, Nashville, Term.; A. J. Gass, Cowan, Franklin
County, Tenn.; Roy Y. Hughes, Aberdeen, South Dakota;
William L. Hughes, Blodgett, Mo.; W. W. Rice, Marion,
Ky., and Watson Rice Williamson, West Union, Iowa.
Lastly, I must not forget my good and affable friend,
Hon. Hallum Goodloe, Secretary of State at Nashville,
Tenn., for his kindness in digging into piles of musty and
dusty records, a century old, and furnishing me valuable
information, and for the kind and courteous treatment
extended to me by him and his entire force of subordi-
nates while I was spending a week in Nashville lately.
For information concerning the older members of the
Gass and Boze families I am indebted wholly to the un-
fading memory of my mother, together with her abiding
interest in her family and its history. All that I am able
to give the reader in regard to the early history of those
two families is taken from notes that I jotted down at
her dictation many years ago. I could not have obtained
the information^from any one else.
Now, only a word more in conclusion: I have en-
deavored to give the address of each person so far as
known, but doubtless in some instances, the wrong ad-
dress has been obtained, and in many others^ the address
has been changed. It has also been my aim to give full
names, but it is very probable that in some instances the
full name has not been given, but only the name by which
the person is most generally known. No one but myself
knows how difficult it has been in some cases to get
Doubtless, in many instances, births and deaths have
occurred since I obtained the facts that I have given, and,
of course, those facts will not appear in this book.
Our family, as the name indicates, is of Welsh origin.
From the most reliable traditions of the family, it appears
that Leander Hughes was born in Cumberland County,
Virginia, about, or a very little after, the year 1700.
Leander's father, whose first name I have not succeeded
in obtaining, was a native of Wales, and migrated to
Virginia, probably some time prior to the year 1700.
Leander appears to have bequeathed his name as a
patronymic to his descendants; for from his day there has
been a constant stream of Leanders all along down the
line. We often find in the same family a son named
Leander and a daughter with the abbreviated name of
Lea, and some times a daughter with the full name of
I do not know whether or not Leander had any broth-
ers or sisters, nor the name of his wife, nor what children
were born to him, except two sons, Powell and Stephen. I
know not which of the two was the older. It appears that
they were born and reared in Cumberland County, Vir-
ginia, but that at some time in the early part of their
lives, they moved to Prince Edward County, Va., and
settled side by side, both on Rack Island Creek, Powell
above and Stephen below, where they spent the remainder
of their lives, reared their families and died.
Powell and Stephen both served in the American army
in the Revolutionary War, and Stephen was wounded in
some one of the battles in which he was engaged.
I know not the name of Stephen's wife, nor of any
of his children, except two sons, Archibald and John, the
latter generally called Jack throughout his life. It appears
that Archibald died in early life, and I think unmarried.
Jack married his cousin Edith Hughes, a daughter of
20 The Hughes Family
Powell Hughes. With this brief sketch, the history of
Stephen Hughes and his descendants will close, except
as to the descendants of his son Jack who married his
cousin Edith, and who will be mentioned in the proper
With Powell Hughes our family history first emerges
from the shadows into the perfect light. He was born
June 22, 1740, and died March 5, 1823. He married Eliza-
beth Coleman, who was born April 24, 1744. I am not
advised as to the date of her marriage with Powell
Hughes, nor of her death.
Powell Hughes was possessed of considerable wealth
in land and slaves. He appears to have been a farmer
all his life. Following is a list of his children given in the
exact order of their ages:
1— Little Berry. 5— Elizabeth
2— Mary. 6— John.
3— Edith. 7— Susannah.
4— Leander. 8— Gedeliah.
There were, as will be seen, 8 in number, 4 sons and 4
daughters. I have not succeeded in obtaining the ages
of any except Little Berry, the oldest, but there is no
doubt as to my giving them in the order of their births.
Three of the sons and three daughters migrated to
Smith County, Tennessee, though all of them except
Gedeliah, the youngest, married in Prince Edward County,
Virginia. John married Sallie Staples, and so far as is
known never left his native county. Nothing whatever is
known of his descendants.
Elizabeth married a gospel minister, I think of the
Baptist denomination, by the name of Matthews, Chris-
tian name not known, and is supposed to have spent her
entire life in Virginia.
As has already been stated, the remaining six, all
moved to Smith County, Tennessee; and will be taken up
in the order of their ages, and when one is introduced his*
or her posterity will be given so far as known before an.
other is commenced.
JOHN JAMES HUGHES AND WIFE, SUSAN
And Connections. 21
Little Berry Hughes.
Little Berry Hughes, the oldest child of Powell
Hughes and Elizabeth Hughes, nee Coleman, was born in
Prince Edward County, Virginia, October 15, 1770. He
married Mary Walker, a daughter of William and Lucy
Walker, in Prince Edward County, Virginia, on May 3rd,
1798. Mary was born Sept. 16, 1780.
He moved to Smith County, Tennessee, in 1810, and
settled on the Dry Fork of Mulherrin's Creek, about seven
miles southeast of Carthage, the county-seat, and less than
a mile from Xew Middleton. The place is now the home
of Robert M. Baird.
Here Little Berry became prominent as a farmer,
trader and politician. He was successively elected to the
lower house of the Legislature in 1815, 1817 and 1819; and
to the State Senate in 1825; and was a candidate for elec-
tion to one house or the other of the Legislature at the
time of his death, which occurred on June 26, 1835. His
wife died in 1838.
I obtained the information concerning his legislative
record from the public archives in the office of the Sec-
retary of State at Nashville; and it is a fact worthy of note
that in each of his elections to the lower house his name
is enrolled as Littleberry Hughes, there being no division
in his Christian name. In the Senate he is enrolled as
L. B. Hughes. I am almost satisfied that the name was
originally written Littleberry without division, like Little-
john, Littlepage, &c.
Notwithstanding the undeveloped condition of the
country in his day, he amassed considerable wealth, con-
sisting mainly of land and salves. Of the latter he owned
a very large number. He reared a family of 9 children,
4 sons and 5 daughters, named as follows:
1— William Powell. 6 — Mary.
2 — Lucy Lea 7 — John Walker.
3— Elizabeth Walker. 8— Gedeliah.
4 — Little Berry. 9 — Susannah.
5 — Sarah Martin.
22 The Hughes Family
There is no certainty and very little probability that
the above arrangement of Little Berry Hughes' children
is exactly in the order of their ages; but it is absolutely
certain that William Powell was the oldest and almost
certain that Susannah was the youngest. There is doubt
as to which was the older Lucy Lea or Elizabeth Walker.
William Powell was born Sept. 23, 1799; Little Berry, Jr.,
on January 19, 1808; Mary or Polly on March 25, 1812;
John Walker on February 8, 1814, and Gedeliah on January
30, 1816. I have not been able to obtain the ages of the
1 — William Powell Hughes was born in Prince Edward
County, Virginia, on Sept. 23, 1799, and came with his
father, Little Berry Hughes, to Smith County, Tennessee,
in 1810. On June 19, 1822, he married Jane Allen, who
was born in Buckinham County, Virginia, on Feb. 15, 1807.
William Powell became a very prominent man in the
affairs of Smith County. He conducted extensive farming
operations, and was engaged in various business enter-
prises. He built the largest and most costly flouring mill
that had at that time, ever been built in Smith County. It
was a water mill, and stood on Hickman's Creek, opposite
the mouth of Pigg's Branch, and a mile or more above the
present town of Hickman. He engaged in the manufac-
ture of stoneware or crockery, and was extensively en-
gaged in building public bridges.
He entered the ministry, and became one of the ablest
and most eloquent and forceful Baptist preachers of his
day in that section. He was for a number of years the
pastor of the Baptist church at Hickman. It was during
his pastorate there that the memorable controversy arose
in the congregation over the question of predestination.
The pastor took the anti-predestination or missionary side
of the dispute, which became very bitter, resulting at last
in the permanent division of the body into two congre-
gations. They finally built two separate houses of wor-
In or about the year 1848, he moved to Green County,
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Arkansas. He died either in Green or Stone County, Ark.,
on June 16, 1870, having been seriously afflicted with
paralysis during the last 12 years of his life. His wife died
December 27, 1878.
The children of William Powell and Jane (Allen)
Hughes were 13 in number. Following are their names
in the order of their ages:
1 — Benjamin Franklin, born Aug. 9, 1823.
2 — Jesse Allen, born Jan. 18, 1825.
3 — Jane Berry, born Sept. 2, 1827.
4— Mary Walker, born March 5, 1829.
5 — Nancy Walker, born Dec. 4, 1830.
6 — Susannah, born Dec. 27, 1832.
7— George, born Dec. 14, 1834.
8— William Berry, born June 24, 1837.
9— William Berry (Second), born Oct. 27, 1839.
10— Lucy Lea, born Feb. 2, 1842.
11 — Cornelius Allen, born Aug. 1, 1845.
12— Elizabeth, born Sept. 19, 1847.
13— James Madison Allen, born March 17, 1850.
It will be observed that there are two Walkers, three
Berrys and three Aliens.
1 — Benjamin Franklin Hughes, whose birth date is
given above, was a physician and farmer. He was twice
married. His first wife was Clarissa Meridian Oakley,
whom he married in Smith County, Tennessee, in January,
1846. I have not the date of her birth or death; but in
January, 1868, he married his second wife, Sarah Cooper,
in Stone County, Ark.
He moved from Smith County, Tenn., to Green Coun-
ty, Ark., in 1848, and from Green to Stone County, Ark., in
1857. He died in the latter county in 1884, near Mountain
View. I have no account of the death of his second wife.
Of Dr. Hughes' two marriages there were born 10
children, 2 of the first marriage, and 8 of the second, as
a— Thornton. b — William Oakley.
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c— Meridian , g— Ida Allen,
d— Benjamin Franklin. h— Sallie Cordelia,
e— Jesse Allen. i— George Adam,
f— Julia Jane. j— Little Berry.
Of the above, the three following, Thornton, Benja-
min Franklin and Little Berry, all died in childhood.
b— William Oakley Hughes is married, has a large
family. Address Childress, Texas. No other facts known.
c— Meridian Hughes is married. Names of husband
and address not known.
e— Jesse Allen Hughes is married. Name of his wife
is not known. Address, Bells Falls, Texas.
f— Julia Jane Hughes, generally called Dena or Dene,
married a man named Kemp. I am not advised as to his
Christian name. Julia Jane died, and Mr. Kemp married
her sister, Sallie Cordelia (h). No further facts are known
concerning these two daughters of Dr. Hughes.
g— Ida Allen Hughes was a music teacher and milliner.
She married a lawyer whose name I have not learned.
That was in 1896. She died about fifteen months after
her marriage. She had one child, that died in infancy.
i — George Adam Hughes is supposed to be somewhere
in Texas or Oklahoma. Nothing more is known concern-
I obtained the above sketch mainly from a letter writ-
ten by Dr. Hughes in 1883, and now in the possession of
his cousin, Mrs. Ophelia A. (Hughes) Cunningham, of
Lebanon, Tennessee, and which she has kindly permitted
me to use. This letter does not give the marriages of his
children, the account of which, together with the account
of the doctor's death was furnished by his brother, Rev.
J. M. A. Hughes, of Austin, Texas.
2— Jesse Allen, son of William Powell, was born in
Smith County, Tennessee, January 18, 1825. He married
Jane McCracken, in Green County, Ark., in 1849. He died
in 1850. A daughter was born and named Melissa. She
married three times. The names of all her husbands ar*
MRS. MALINDA ANN HUGHES
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unknown to me. Her third husband once represented
Green County, Ark., in the Legislature.
3 — Jane Berry, daughter of William Powell Hughes,
married Alexander Cothan or Cauthorn, a school teacher.
She died at Mountain View, Ark., Sept. 13, 1872.
They had 4 children, as follows:
a — Mary Ann. c — Theresa,
b — William Berry. d — James.
a — Mary Ann. Nothing reported concerning her after
b — William Berry Cauthorn married, but the name of
his wife is not known. He is said to have reared a large
family, and appears to have been a man of prominence.
He served several terms as County Judge of Stone County,
c — Theresa married in Stone County, Ark., and died a
few years later. Nothing more is known concerning her.
d — James Cauthorn married. Name of wife is un-
known. Five children were born to him. He and his wife
are dead, and all the children except one. No names have
4 — Mary Walker Hughes, daughter of William Powell,
was born in Smith County, Tenn., March 5, 1829, and died
at Gainsville, Green County, Ark., July 25, 1860. She
married Thomas Lane in Green County, Ark. Mr. Lane
died soon after marriage. It appears that his death oc-
curred before Mary's. There was a son born of this mar-
riage, and named Thomas Powell Lane. He appears to
have become locally prominent. He was for several years
Sheriff of Craighead County, Ark. I have learned no other
facts concerning him.
5 — Nancy Walker Hughes was born in Smith Count>
Tenenssee, Dec. 4, 1830, and died at Gainsville, Green
County, Ark., Sept. 19, 1850. She married a man named
Gullett. first name not learned. Nancy died soon after
marriage, and was followed in a short time by her hus-
band. They left one child, a daughter, named Josephine,
who it appears never married, and died about the year 1866.
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6 — Susannah, daughter of William Powell Hughes, was
born in Smith County, Tenn., Dec. 27, 1832. She married
John Boyd, who was killed or died in the Civil War. They
had 4 children, all living and married, but no names are
given. Susannah, if living, is at Timbo, Stone County, Ark.
7 — George Hughes was born in Smith County, Tenn.,
Dec. 14, 1834. He died unmarried at Gainsville, Ark.,
Aug. 8, 1851.
8 — William Berry Hughes was born in Smith County,
Tenn., June 24, 1837. He died July 19, 1838.
9— William Berry (second) was born Oct. 27, 1839.
He died Aug. 18, 1841.
10 — Lucy Lea Hughes was born in Smith County,
Tenn., February 2, 1842. She first married A. J. Felton
in Arkansas, and afterwards went to Texas. Mr. Felton
died and Lucy Lea married E. J. Morris. They have a
large family, and live at Dalhart, Texas.
11 — Cornelius Alien Hughes, generally called Dick,
was born in Smith County, Tenn., Aug. 1, 1845, and died
at Bald Knob, Ark., March 16, 1876. He was noted for
his good and amiable qualities. He never married.
12 — Elizabeth, daughter of William Powell Hughes,
was born in Smith County, Tenn., Sept. 19, 1847. She
has married three times. She first married John Dunaway
in Arkansas. Her second husband was Thomas Warren,
whom she married in Williamson County, Texas. Her
third husband was S. A. Spivey, a veternary surgeon.
She now lives at Xo. 1705, Colorado Street, Austin, Texas.
It appears that there were no children of the first
marriage. Of the second marriage there were 3 children,
a — Tennessee. b — John Claudius.
a — Tennessee married R. E. Warren — no kin, — a mer-
chant doing a large business. He conducts four large
stores in the business portion of Austin. Texas.
b — John Claudius Warren is represented as a very
intelligent and prepossessing young man. He was un-
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fortunately killed in Houston, Texas, about the year 1907.
c — Bell Warren died at the age of about 8 years.
Of the third marriage there is one child, Mattie
Spivey, unmarried, and living with her mother.
13 — James Madison Allen Hughes, youngest child of
William Powell Hughes, was born March 17, 1850. He
married Malinda Ann Prichard, who was born May 10,
1854. They married July 5, 1871. They now reside at
No. 306, East First Street, Austin, Texas. He is a min-
ister in the Church of Christ.
Their children have been 8 in number, as follows:
a— Dick Allen, born July 28, 1872.
b — Malinda Jane, born Feb. 8, 1875.
c— William Franklin, born Oct. 26, 1876.
d' — James Albert, born Sept. 25, 1880.
e— Edward Powell, born Nov. 27, 1882.
f — Henry Jefferson, born Nov. 10, 1885.
g— Robert Alfred, born March 20, 1890.
h — Lucy Lea, born Jan. 8, 1895.
a — Dick Allen Hughes died Sept. 3. 1873.
b — Malinda Jane Hughes died Nov. 16, 1875.
c — William Franklin Hughes married Lucy Pearson in
Bell County, Texas. He is a carpenter and contractor in
Austin, Texas. He has 8 children as follows:
1 — Ida Allen. 5 — Claudius Frank.
2— Viola. 6— Anna Bell.
3 — James. 7 — Myrtle.
4— Mary Bell. 8— Ina Dell.
d — James Albert Hughes died Jan. 27, 1881.
e — Edward Powell Hughes married Ella Chappell in
Austin, Texas. He is a carpenter and contractor in that
city. The}' have had 2 children: Daisy Lee and Ethel,
the latter dead.
f — Henry Jefferson Hughes is unmarried and lives
with his parents. He is bookkeeper, stenographer and
typewriter for a large fire insurance company in Austin,
Texas. He has been so employed for the last five years,
commencing when he was about 19 years of age.
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g — Robert Alfred Hughes is unmarried. He is a car-
riage and sign painter. He is manager of a large carriage
concern in Houston, Texas.
h — Lucy Lea Hughes died Sept. 12, 1897.
This closes the record of the descendants of William
Powell Hughes, the oldest of the children of Little Berry
I exceedingly regret that some parts of the record of
this interesting branch of the Hughes family are so in-
complete and fragmentary; but, owing to the scattered
condition of the family, it has been impossible for me to
obtain any more facts than are here presented.
MISS MAUDE HUGHES
2 — Lucy Lea Hughes, daughter of Little Berry Hughes,
St., married Xathan Ward, a son of John and Holly Ward.
Xathan Ward was, for some forty years, one of the
most prominent men of affairs in South Smith County.
He became the owner of the homestead of his wife's
father, Little Berry Hughes, Sr. He was the senior part-
ner in the mercantile firm of Xathan and Sterling Ward
at Xew Middleton. The house carried a general stock, as
was done by nearly all country stores in those days. This
house handled dry goods, groceries, hardware, shoes, hats,
&c. It was around Ward's store that Xew Middleton
grew up. This store was one of the old land marks of
that section, and for thirty or forty years it enjoyed, prob-
ably, a more substantial patronage than any other country
store in Smith County. Prior to 1850 country stores were
numerous in that region. Xow, there is generally a village
wherever there was a store then.
Mr. Ward was a Justice of the Peace for a number of
years. He was elected to the lower house of the Legis-
lature in 1861. He died soon after the close of the Civil
His wife, Lucy Lea, died early in life, leaving 4 chil-
dren, 3 daughters and 1 son, whose names in the order of
their ages, are as follows:
a — Mary Jane. c — Martha Marion.
b — William Walker. d — Holly Mangrum.
a — Mary Jane died unmarried in the early part of the
Civil War. I am not advised as to the date of her birth
b — William Walker Ward was born Oct. 5, 1825, and
died April 10, 1871. He was a very exemplary young man,
received a classical education, studied law, and was ad-
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mitted to the bar early in the 50's, if not a little earlier:
He was elected to the lower house of the Legislature in
1855. He married Miss Elizabeth Hughes Rucks, Dec.
23, 1862. She was a daughter of Howell and Darthula
(Bradford) Rucks, was born Sept. 6, 1836. She died Dec.
It is a fact worthy of note that his grandfather, Little
Berry Hughes, his father, Nathan Ward, and Col. Ward
himself, all at different times, represented Smith County
in the Legislature.
At the outbreak of the Civil War he enlisted in the
Confederate army, but became disabled by sickness, and
was discharged on account of disability while in Virginia.
He returned home and after he had partially recovered
his health he recruited a company of cavalry, and with his
company, joined the Ninth Tennessee Confederate Cav-
alry, of which regiment he became the Colonel. His reg-
iment was familiarly known as "Ward's Ducks." The
operations of this regiment appear to have been mainly in
the State of Tennessee.
In 1870 he was elected Chancellor of his, the Fourth
Chancery Division. His election was contested by his
opponent on technical grounds. The case was decided
favorably to Col. Ward, but during the pendency of the
contest he died. He was deprived of the emoluments of
the office in a way that was so manifest a hardship that
the Legislature by special enactment, allowed him the
salary from the commencement of the term for which he
was elected to the time of his death. This salary was paid
to his widow. As a man, a lawyer, a soldier and a
citizen. Col. Ward stood high in the esteem of all who
Col. Ward left only one child, a daughter, named
Lula Lee. She married Walter Doggett Sykes, of Nash-
ville, a dry goods salesman all his life. He was born Jan.
6, 1860. He was considered one of the best judges of dry
goods in Nashville. He died May 15, 1907. At the time
of his death he was in the employ of the Castner-Knott
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Dry Goods Co. His widow, Mrs. Lula Lee Sykes, resides
at No. 609, Dermonbreun Street, Nashville, Tennessee.
She owns a home at 2225, Murphy Avenue, Nashville. She
has 4 children living and 1 dead, as follows:
Mrs. Lula Lee (Ward) Sykes was born April 8, 1866:
1— Her oldest child, Lou Willie, was born July 15, 1892.
2— Walter Ward was born Nov. 7, 1894, died July
3— Rucks Martin, born May 3, 1899.
4 — Catharine Marie, born Feb. 22, 1902.
5— Mary Elizabeth, born March 10, 1907.
c — Martha Marion Ward was born April 19, 1828. Died
at New Middleton, Term., July 24, 1871. On July 7, 1846,
she married John Gardner Bransford, who was born in
Moulton, Alabama, March 16, 1825, and died August 8,
1896, and was buried by the side of his wife in the family
burying ground on the Nathan Ward place, near New
John Gardner Bransford's life sketch reads like a ro-
mance. He was descended from an old English family on
his father's side, whose history extends back for centuries,
first appearing in London. His mother was Jane Gardner,
of Irish descent. He left his native home when very
young, and went to Memphis, Tenn., where he worked a
short time as a journeyman printer. He then went to
Nashville where he worked at the same trade. Later he
went to Smith County, Tenn., where he met and married
Martha Marion Ward at the time already stated, and
located in Carthage, Tenn., where he established a paper
called the Carthage Casket. After a short time he moved
to Lebanon, Tenn., and published a paper called The Leb-
In 1850, he took the gold fever and left for California.
A trip from Tennessee to California then and now are two
very different propositions. He joined a party, and went
by way of New Orleans. There he took shipping on
board a sail vessel, sailed across the gulf to Mexico, the
people of w r hich country then had little friendly feeling
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for Americans, the Mexican war having recently ended.
He made his way across Mexico, took shipping in a sail
vessel from some point on the west coast of that country,
and finally reached San Francisco, then a small village,
in fact, little more than a roaring mining camp. He was
90 days making the trip, and spent 30 days out of sight
of land. What a change has been wrought since then.
In the present day one could easily girdle the earth twice
in 90 days.
Mr. Bransford remained in California three years, a
part of which time he was engaged in digging gold, and a
part of the time he worked at the printer's trade, earning
$10.00 per day. The country was wild, and the few people
in it were wilder, and Mr. Bransford, of necessity, led a
wild and romantic life, making many narrow escapes from
death at the hands of Indians. He wore his hair extra
long, and was known among his comrades as ''Black-eyed
He returned in 1853, and settled down at New Middle-
ton, where his family had resided during his absence. He
entered the mercantile business with the Ward Brothers,
the firm name being finally changed to W^ard & Bransford.
He so remained till the death of his wife in 1871. He then
secured a position as Baggage Master and Express Mes-
senger on the X. C. & St. L. R. R., with a run from Nash-
ville to Lebanon, Tenn., in which business he continued
for 10 years, when he went into the mercantile business in
Lebanon, Tenn., at which he continued till the time of his
The children of John Gardner and Martha Marion
Bransford are 3 in number, as follows:
1 — William Gardner. 2 — Lucy Jane.
3 — Robert Creighton.
Beside these there were 3 that died in early infancy.
1 — William Gardner Bransford was born in Lebanon,
Tenn., Nov. 30, 1848. On Oct. 29, 1874, he married Fannie
Pierce Stevens, who was born near New Middleton, Tenn.,
Nov. 27, 1852, and died at New Middleton Sept. 5, 1885
MRS. WILLIE BELL HUGHES
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He has lived at the old Bransford homestead at New Mid-
dleton, and has been engaged in mercantile business
practically all his life in the same house that was so
long occupied by his father and Nathan and Sterling Ward.
He has 2 children, daughters, named Mattie Lou and
Mattie Lou married Kitty Clyde Terry, a contractor,
mechanic and electrician. They live with her father. They
have one child, a daughter, named Gladys Alma.
Alma Bell married James Samuel Barrett. He is en-
gaged in mercantile pursuits. Address, New Middleton,
Tenn. They have no children.
2 — Lucy Jane Bransford married William James Bell,
of Nashville. Mr. Bell was a grocery and produce mer-
chant for 30 years. He is now with the Lee-Booth Furni-
ture Co. This statement was taken in October, 1909, and
the events and ages here mentioned must be referred to
that date. Mr. Bell is 68 years old, and Mrs. Bell 55.
They live at No. 1202, Stainback Street, Nashville, Tenn.
Lucy Jane is Mr. Bell's second wife. He first married
Miss Sarah Everett, who left one child, John Hezzie Bell,
who married Mary Laura Elder. She died about the year
1905, leaving two children, Chlo May and Charles Byron,
12 and 8 years old respectively. These two children are,
of course, not related to the Hughes family.
The children of W. J. and Lucy Jane Bell are 5 in
number, as follows:
a — Mattie Jane. d — John Bransford.
b— Cherry Lou e— Roberta.
c — Willie May.
a — Mattie Jane Bell married Austin Martin, a carriage
painter, now living at No. 241, Van Buren St., Memphis,
Tenn. They have 4 children, as follows:
1— Robert Austin Martin, 8 years old.
2— Virginia Pearl Martin, 5 years old.
3 — Richmond Martin, 2 years old.
4 — William Hooper Martin, born recently,
b— Cherry Lou Bell was born in 1883. She married
34 The Hughes Family
James Marion Peebles, who has been an air-break inspec-
tor all his life till recently. He is now engaged in farming
on White's Creek on R. F. D. from Nashville. Their chil-
dren are 3, as follows:
Beatrice Bell, 8 years old; Marion Lucile, died Sept.
6, 1909, aged about 4 years, and Willie Elizabeth.
c— Willie May Bell was born in 1885. She married
Jack Lanius, an ice dealer. Address, No. 73, Washington
St., Nashville, Tenn. They have 2 children, daughters,
named Ruth and Katie.
d— John Bransford Bell was born in 1888. He married
Eva Hinderer, aged 17. He is a railroad switchman. He
works at terminal yards. Address No. 1053, South Second
Avenue, Nashville, Tenn. They have 1 child, Curtis
e— Roberta Bell, aged 13, youngest child, is unmarried.
3— Robert Creighton Bransford married Mary Bostic,
of Nashville. She died about 1907 leaving no children.
Robert has been in the employ of the N. C. & St. L. Rail-
road for the last 30 years. He was in the office of the
Secretary and Treasurer for many years, and, later was
assistant paymaster a number of years. He now resides
at Craggie Hope, Tenn., still in the employ of the railroad.
d— Holly Mangrum Ward, youngest daughter of Na-
than and Lucy Lea Ward, was born Dec. 27, 1829. Died
July 25, 1905. She married William J. Johnson, a son of
John and Nancy Johnson. William J. was a farmer and
tobacco dealer. He spent his entire life on a farm a short
distance south of New Middleton, Smith Co., Tenn. I
have not the date of his death, but he died several years
The children born to this marriage were 7, as follows:
1— James Nathan. 5— Alice Marion.
2— Lucy Ann. 6— John Ward.
3— William Francis. 7— Mattie Ophelia.
4 — Robert Emmet.
1— James Nathan Johnson married Martha Genetta
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Winfrey, and went to Texas. He is a farmer. Address,
Their children are 8, as follows:
a— William N. born May 28, 1884.
b— Daisy O., born Aug. 18, 1886.
c— Claud, born Nov. 18, 1891.
d— Holly M., born Dec. 13, 1893.
e — Mattie Lou, born Sept. 17, 1896.
f— Turner L, born June 16, 1899.
g— Clyde, born Jan. 26, 1902.
h— Clara, born Jan. 26, 1902.
The two last are twins.
a— William X. married Clara Allen Oct. 10, 1905. He
is a farmer. Address Blossom, Texas.
b — Daisy O. married Ed. Compton, Dec. 23, 1908. A
farmer. Address, Clarksville, Texas.
2 — Lucy Ann Johnson married Dr. Turner Lawrence
Johnson, a physician. They are not related. From this
marriage, there has been but 1 child. It died in early in-
fancy. Address, Greenbrier, Tenn.
3 — William Francis Johnson has never married. He
lives on the old homestead. Address, New Middleton,
4 — Robert Emmet Johnson is a physician. He married
Miss Xellie Wilson, a daughter and only child of Dr.
Samuel Berdine Wilson. His address is Grant, Tenn.
Of this marriage there is only 1 child that survived the
age of early infancy. His name is Samuel Hoyal, 13 years
old, and a cripple since his fourth year.
5 — Alice Marion Johnson married Daniel Webster
Seay. Address not known. Alice died many years ago.
Her children were 4 in number, 3 daughters and 1 son, as
a — Lela, b — Daisy, c — Alice, d — Weekly, a son.
d — Weekly is a Methodist preacher. Address not
known, but he is supposed to be somewhere in the state
6 — John Ward Johnson is a farmer. His address is
36 The Hughes Family
New Middleton, Tenn. He married Mattie Hailey. She
died early in life, leaving 2 children, daughters, named
Ella and Julia Alice. They live with their aunt, Mrs. Lucy
Ann Johnson. John married again. His second wife was
Miss Ida Kitchen. Of this second marriage there are
7 — Mattie Ophelia Johnson married John Ashley. Ad-
dress Hickman, Tenn. No children.
ROY YELTOX HUGHES AND WIFE, EMMA ELIZABETH.
AND SOX. EDWARD JOHN
3— Elizabeth Walker Hughes, daughter of Little Berry
Hughes, Sr., married Avail Ward, a son of John and
Holly Ward. He spent his entire life in Smith County,
Tenn., engaged in various pursuits. The wife died in 1838.
There were born of this marriage 5 children, 4 daughters
and 1 son, as follows:
1 — Eliza Jane, born June 25, 1825
2— Lucy Lea, born Feb. 20, 1830.
3 — Elizabeth Ann, born Sept. 1. 1832.
4 — Francis Marion, born Feb. 25, 1835.
5 — Sarah Hughes, born Jan. 6, 1838.
1 — Eliza Jane Ward married Dawson Gwaltney, a
prosperous farmer, now living at a very advanced age near
Hickman, Tenn., on Dec. 23, 1845. The wife died Sept. 30,
1899. Their children were 7 in number, as follows:
a — Thomas Franklin, born Dec. 4. 1846.
b— John Avan, born March 29, 1849.
c — Mary Elizabeth, born June 20, 1852.
d — Sarah Kathlene, born Aug. 24, 1854.
e— William, born May 20, 1857.
f— Robert, born June 20, 1860.
g — Martha Frances, born July 27. 1867.
a — Thomas Franklin Gwaltney was twice-married. He
first married Sarah Baird in August, 1864. His second
wife was Emma Sweatt. Address, Russellville, Ky.
The children of these two marriages were 11 in num-
ber, 8 of the first, and 3 of the second marriage, as follows:
1— Bettie Jane. 5— Mattie Kathlene
2 — Jessie Alice. 6 — Fannie Lillian.
3— Mary Etta (Mollie). 7— Minnie Bell.
4 — Joe Eddie. 8 — Sarah Ellen.
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9 — Guy Franklin. 10 — Margie Eliza.
11 — Lottie Piper,
b — John Avan Gwaltney married Emma King, a
daughter of Rev. Ira King, in 1870.
Their children are 10, as follows:
1— Mary. 6— Ira.
2 — Archibald. 7— Thomas.
3— Fannie. 8 — Ora.
4— William. 9— Lillie.
5— Walter. 10— Minnie.
I presume that among the above 10 children there are
some middle names, but if so I have failed to get them.
c — Mary Elizabeth Gwaltney, generally called Mollie,
married Josiah Baird in April, 1870, and died in July of
the same year.
d — Sarah Kathlene Gwaltney married Dawson Wills
in January, 1874. Of this marriage there are 4 children,
1 — Oscar. 3 — Avan.
2— Ophelia Bell. 4— Pearl.
2— Ophelia Bell was born in 1878, and died in 1908.
e — William Gwaltney married Lydia Wauford. They
have 3 children:
1 — Finis Edgar. 2 — Lura. 3— Bartlett.
f — Robert Gwaltney married Greenie Ashby in 1881.
He was accidentally shot and killed in 1907, leaving no
g — Martha Frances Gwaltney married Luther Betty in
1885. He died in 1892. Martha Frances married again,
her second husband being William Hunt.
Of the first marriage there were 3 children, as follows:
Kathlene Betty, Drucilla Betty and Martha Betty.
Of her second marriage, there are 2 children as fol-
lows: Flora Hunt and Minnie Hunt.
Drucilla Betty married a Mr. Robertson, whose first
name has not been learned.
Following are the marriages and children of Dawson
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Gwaltney's grandchildren. These children being Dawson
a — Grandchildren of Thomas Franklin, oldest son of
1 — Bettie Jane, daughter of Thomas Franklin Gwalt-
ney, married John Moss. Their children are 8 in number,
a — Letitia Robbie. e — Lorene.
b — Loula. f — Charlie,
c — Joe (probably Joseph). g — Fannie Bryan,
d— Lillard. h— Ruby,
a — Letitia Robbie married Rufus Williams. They have
the following 2 children:
Mildred Williams and Harold Williams.
The reader will note that these two Williams children
are great-great-grandchildren of Dawson Gwaltney.
The remaining 7 children of Bettie Jane and John
Moss are unmarried.
2 — Jessie Alice, second daughter of Thomas Franklin
Gwaltney, married John Ashley, Hickman, Tenn. Their
children are 4, as follows:
a — Mollie. c — Olga Dempsey, a son.
b — Jennie Candace. d — Sarah Robbie,
a — Mollie married Walter Harper, and died leaving no
4 — Joe Eddie, a son of Thomas F. Gwaltney, married
Mattie Fouch. They have 1 child, a daughter, named
5 — Mattie Kathlene. a daughter of Thomas F. Gwalt-
ney, married Lloyd Ray Hutcheson. Address, Russellville,
Ky. They have 4 children, as follows:
a — Lloyd Thomas. c — Beverly Ray.
b — Leonard Watson. d — Robert Baird.
6 — Fannie Lillian, a daughter of Thomas F. Gwaltney,
married Joe King, address, Russellville, Ky. They have
1 child, a son, named Joseph Boyse.
7 — Minnie Bell, a daughter of Thomas F. Gwaltney,
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married James Stewart, address, Russellville, Ky. Their
children are 4, as follows:
a — Maggie Lou. c — Harry Ross.
b — Joseph Ray. d — Fairy Lillian.
b — Grand-children of John Avan, a son of Dawson
1 — Mary, a daughter of John Avan Gwaltney, married
B. Deadman. He died, leaving 4 children:
a — Joe, b — Robert, c — Ava, d — Emma.
e — Grand-children of William Gwaltney, a son of
1 — Finis Edgar, a son of William Gwaltney, married
Adelia Johnson, a daughter of Charles B. Johnson, whose
wife was Lucy Lea Gwaltney, a daughter of Thomas and
Elizabeth Ann Gwaltney. Finis Edgar and Adelia are
cousins twice removed. They have 1 child, named Thomas
This closes the record of Dawson and Eliza Jane
2 — Lucy Lea, the second one of Avan and Elizabeth
Walker Ward's children, married Matthew Alexander Gor-
don, a son of Harrison Gordon, and a grandson of John
(Jack) Gordon. He was a farmer. He died at Stonewall,
Tenn., in 1876. His wife died at the same place in 1880,
Their children were 9 in number, as follows:
a — Frances Elizabeth. e — Ella.
b — John Harrison. f — Addie.
c — Callie Matilda. g — Thomas Gwaltney.
d — William Avan. h — James Alexander,
i — Lem Robinson,
a — Frances Elizabeth Gordon married Felix Grundy
Perkins, a son of Henry J. and Araminta C. Perkins. She
died about 1875 or 76. Her husband's address is Stone-
b — John Harrison Gordon married Judith Hatton
Perkins, a daughter of Henry J. Perkins. He was a mer-
chant. He died at Madeira, Cal., in the fall of 1909.
MRS. MARY LOUISE HUGHES
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c — Callie Matilda Gordon married Alfred Gibbs. She
d — William Avan, f — Thomas Gwaltney, h — James
Alexander, and i — Lem. Robinson Gordon all live at Ma-
deira, Cal. It appears that James Alexander is married,
and that William Avan, Thomas Gwaltney, and Lem Rob-
inson are unmarried. Ella Gordon married Robert John-
son, a son of Shed Johnson.
f — It appears that Addie Gordon lives somewhere in
Kentucky, but I am not advised as to her address, or
whether or not she is married.
3 — Elizabeth Ann Ward, third daughter of Avan Ward,
married Thomas Gwaltney, a brother of Dawson Gwalt-
ney, who married Elizabeth Ann's sister, Eliza Jane Ward.
Thomas and Elizabeth Ann married in January, 1852.
Thomas died in September, 1882. Elizabeth Ann died Feb.
26, 1897. They spent their entire married lives at and
near Hickman, Smith Co., Tenn.
Mr. Gwaltney's occupation during his life time was
that of a farmer, stock raiser and stock dealer.
The children of this marriage are 5, as follows:
a — Sarah Frances, born in 1853.
b — Serepta Inez, born in 1855.
c — Jane Victoria, born in 1858.
d — Lucy Lea, born in 1861.
e — Alonzo Avan, born ,# n 1877.
a — Sarah Frances Gwaltney, generally called Fannie,
married Jesse Elson Baird, a son of Josiah Baird. He is
a farmer, stock breeder, and dealer in live stock. His
address is Hickman, Tenn.
Their children are 3, as follows:
1 — William Edgar. 2 — Roberta Louise.
3 — Charles Roy.
1 — William Edgar is generally called Jack by his
family and intimate acquaintances. He is a druggist. He
is not married. Address, Hickman, Tenn.
2 — Roberta Louise Baird is not married. She lives
with her parents. She has literary tastes, has written a
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great deal of poetry of decided merit. She has a prize
poem in that select publication, entitled "The Garden
of Verses," published in Washington City.
3 — Charles Roy Baird is a boy in his teens, living with
b — Serepta Inez Gwaltney married Logan Alexander
Coffee, a son of Stockard W. and Minerva (Harper) Coffee.
He is a farmer. Address, Gordonsville, Tenn.
There have been born to this marriage 5 children, as
1 — Maggie Lea. 3 — Lemuel Mack.
2 — Thomas Stockard. 4 — Jesse Herschel.
5 — Effie Deane.
1 — Maggie Lea Coffee married John Finis Johnson, a
miller, address, Hickman, Tenn. Their children are 8 in
a — Callie Inez. e — Alton Brooks,
b — Johnnie May. f — James Smith.
c — George Burnie. g — Logan Alexander,
d — Charles Baxter. h — Lucy Frances.
2 — Thomas Stockard Coffee married Margaret Crow-
der. He is a farmer and fruit grower. Address Madeira,
Cal. Their children are 5, as follows:
a — Everett. c — Serepta Her.
b — Raymond. d — Earl Johnson,
e — Logan Alexander.
3 — Lemuel Mack Coffee married Delina Carter. He is
a farmer. Address, Alexandria, Tenn., R. F. D. No. 2. No
4 — Jesse Herschel Coffee married Frances Fitzgerald
in California. She is a native of the State of New York.
Jesse Herschel is a grain farmer. Address Madeira, Cal.
5 — Effie Deane Coffee married William Avail Wright.
Occupation, a farmer. Address, Hartsville, Tenn. Their
children are 4 in number, as follows:
a — Eudah Estell. c — Vernon Coffee,
b — Hazel Inez. d — William Carlin.
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c — Jane Victoria Gwaltney, daughter of Thomas and
Elizabeth Ann Gwaltney, married John Turner, a farmer.
Address, Brush Creek, Tenn. The children of this mar-
riage are 6, as follows:
1 — Nora Ann. 4 — Minnie Frances.
2 — William Thomas. 5 — Lillie Florence.
3— Bettie Lou. 6— Alta Allie.
1 — Nora Ann Turner married Thomas Horton, a far-
mer. Address, Carthage, Tenn., R. F. D. No. 1. They
have 1 child, Bessie Jane Horton.
2 — William T. Turner married Hattie Stewart. She
died, and William married Mollie Blackburn. No children
of either marriage. William is a farmer. Address, Brush
Creek, Tenn., R. F. D. 4.
3 — Bettie Lou Turner married John Hunt, a farmer,
address, Alexandria, Tenn. They have 1 child, named
4 — Minnie Frances Turner married Wm. Baker, a far-
mer. Address, Hickman, Tenn. They have 4 children, as
a — Willie Thomas. c — Myrtle Lea.
b — Mary Lou. d — Flora Maye.
5 — Lillie Florence Turner married Herman Baker, a
farmer, address, Carthage, Tenn. Of this marriage, there
is 1 child named Homer King Baker.
6 — Alta Allie Turner, is not married.
d — Lucy Lea Gwaltney, daughter of Thos. and Eliza-
beth Ann Gwaltney, married Charles B. Johnson, a miller.
Address, Hickman, Tenn. He was one of the members of
the Hickman Milling Co. He died April 4, 1900. Their
children are 4, as follows:
1— William Richard. 3— Adelia Etta.
2 — Thomas Walter. 4 — Fannie Alice.
1 — William Richard Johnson married Zoda Bruce. His
address is Hickman, Tenn. Occupation a miller. No
2 — Thomas Walter Johnson is unmarried.
3 — Adelia Etta Johnson married Finis Edgar Gwaltney,
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a farmer. Address, Hickman, Term. They are cousins
twice removed. One child, named Thomas Brett.
4 — Fannie Alice Johnson married Albert Thomas, a
farmer. Address, Hickman, Tenn. They have 1 child,
named Albert Brice.
e — Alonzo Avan Gwaltney, youngest child and only
son of Thos. and Elizabeth Ann Gwaltney, is not married.
He has been engaged most of his life in mercantile pur-
suits. He is now with the P. J. Tinsley Millinery Co.,
4 — Francis Marion Ward, fourth child and only son, of
Avan and Elizabeth Walker Ward, was born Feb. 26, 1835.
He died several years ago, but the date of his death has
not been ascertained. He was three times married.
His first wife was Mary Jane Newbell, whom he mar-
ried October 6, 1853. She died May 15, 1873. His second
wife was Mrs. Nancy Jane Foster, a widow, and the
daughter of Joseph Moss. This second marriage was in
His third wife was Mrs. Nancy Jane Ferguson, a
widow. Her maiden name is not known, nor has the date
of the third marriage been learned.
The children of the three wives that survived the age
of early infancy were 11 in number:
a — Frances Eugenia. e — Bettie.
b — John Avan. f — Francis Marion.
c — Nancy Jane. g — William Walker,
d — Thomas Marion. h — Lucy Lea.
i — Arthur. j — George Austin.
k — Homer.
a — Frances Eugenia died unmarried (?) Feb. 20, 1873.
b — John Avan, born in Smith Co., Tenn., Nov. 4, 1858.
Died unmarried in Oklahoma in 1894.
c — Nancy Jane Ward married William Carlin Wright,
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a farmer. Address, Hartsville, Tenn. She died in 1891.
Her children were 5 in number, as follows:
1 — Cora. 3 — Serepta Inez or Her.
2 — William Avan. 4 — Catherine Grace.
5 — Robert Taylor.
d — Thomas Marion Ward, generally called Dock, is
married and living in Oklahoma. His address, the name
of his wife, and the number and names of his children, if
any, are all unknown.
e — Bettie Ward, daughter of Francis Marion Ward,
married Thomas Xewbell. He is dead. Her address is
Hickman, Tenn. Their children are 2 in number, as fol-
lows: Callie Pearl and Robert Benton.
f — Francis Marion Ward, Jr., was born Jan. 29, 1869.
He is said to have died unmarried in California. The
exact date of his death is not known.
g — William Ward, son of Francis Marion Ward, Sr.,
was born March 20, 1871. He died unmarried in Califor-
nia. The place and date of his death have not been as-
h — Lucy Ward died unmarried.
i — Arthur Ward is married, but I am wholly unadvised
as to the name of his wife or his present address.
j — George Austin Ward, k — Homer Ward.
I have obtained no information concerning the two
last beyond their birth.
5 — Sarah Hughes Ward, youngest child of Avan and
Elizabeth Walker W r ard, was born in Smith County, Tenn.,
Jan. 6, 1838. She married Avan Massive Thomas, a son
of Diggs W. and Judith Thomas, on Aug. 20, 1855. Avan
and Sarah were cousins once removed. Avan was born
in Smith County, Tenn., Oct. 4, 1832. He died in Galena,
Kansas, Sept. 25, 1893. Sarah died at the same place
May 16, 1907.
Almost immediately after their marriage they moved
to Johnson County, Missouri] At some later date they
moved to Lawrence Co., Missouri, afterwards to Joplin,
Missouri, and finally to Galena, Kansas, where they both
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died as above stated. Avan was interested in mining.
Their children were 7 in number, as follows:
a — Elizabeth, born April 1, 1856.
b — Eliza Jane, born Jan. 23, 1859.
c — Sarah Wilhelmina, born Feb. 2, 1862.
d — Charles Franklin, born May 1, 1865.
e — Salena Frances, born Aug. 20, 1869. )
f— Eugene Ward, born Aug. 20, 1869. \ Twins -
g — Emma Pearl, born Dec. 18, 1872.
a — Elizabeth married George Tracy. Both are dead.
Dates of their respective deaths are not known.
b — Eliza Jane married Noah J. Ryan. Occupation, a
grocer, owns two good farms besides city property. Ad-
dress, Xo. 720, East Fifth St., Galena, Kansas.
c — Sarah Wilhelmina died unmarried at the age of 15.
d — Charles Franklin married Kate Boynton. His oc-
cupation, moving picture show. Address, Ada, Oklahoma,
e — Salena Frances married Charles E. Grant. Occu-
pation, a mine operator. Address, No. 2022, Penn. Avenue,
f — Eugene Ward Thomas died unmarried July 2, 1907.
g — Emma Pearl Thomas married Robert S. Hersch-
berger. Occupation, telegraph operator and trader, works
at a flouring mill. Owns city property. Address, No. 729,
East Grand Avenue, Wichita, Kansas.
This closes the record of the descendants of Avan
Ward and his first wife, Elizabeth Walker Hughes. Mr.
Ward married a second time. His second marriage will
be mentioned under the head of the Ward family.
4— Little Berry Hughes, Jr., son of Little Berry
Hughes, Sr., was born in Prince Edward County, Va., Jan.
19, 1808, and died in Morgan County, Missouri, April 25,
1858. He married Nancy Ward, a daughter of John and
Holly Ward, in Smith County, Tenn. She was born in
Smith County, Tenn., October 15, 1809, and died in Mor-
gan County, Missouri, June 15, 1896, nearly 87 years old.
She and Little Berry married Jan. 26, 1826.
Little Berry was a farmer. He moved from Smith
County, Tenn., to Morgan Co., Missouri, in 1851, the coun-
try to which he moved being then almost an unbroken
wilderness. He located a farm, and had only fairly com-
menced to open it up and improve it when he died. His
widow remained in the county until her death about 38
Their children were 14 in number, as follows, in the
order of their ages:
a — Sallie Ann, born Nov. 21, 1827.
b— Susan Ward, born April 13, 1829.
c — Nathan Ward, born March 15, 1831.
d— John Powell, born Jan. 27, 1833.
e— William Avail ) . ,. 10 ,,
, T ,, .... > Twins, born Aug. 14, 1834.
f — James Meredith J &
g — Sterling Bernard, born Sept. 27, 1836.
h— Mary Elizabeth, born Jan. 14, 1839.
i — Lucy Jane, born March 19, 1841.
j — Holly Mangrum, born March 16, 1843.
k — Nancy Green, born Aug. 20, 1845.
1— Fielding Walker, born Jan. 18, 1848.
m— Gedeliah, born April 8, 1852.
n — Madison Peter, born Nov. 28, 1853.
Of the above named children of Little Berry Hughes,
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Jr., only 3 are living, to-wit: Mary Elizabeth, Nancy
Green and Madison Peter, the youngest.
Following is the sketch of the family, taking the order
of their ages:
a — Sallie Ann Hughes was born Nov. 21, 1827, and
died Feb. 27, 1897. She married David Jasper Kennedy.
They moved to Texas just before the beginning of the
Civil War, and their descendants have become in great
measure detached from the remainder of the family. Mr.
Kennedy has been dead many years. Their children are 6
in number, as follows:
1 — Josephine. 4 — William Henry.
2 — John Little Berry. 5 — Mary Alice.
3 — James Monroe. 6 — Fannie.
1 — Josephine married John Stout, who died several
years ago. Josephine's address has not been learned.
2 — John Little Berry Kennedy married Isabelle Ellis
Alford, better known as Mittfe Alford. He is a stock
ranchman. His address is Tenth and Chestnut Streets,
Of this marriage there are 8 children, as follows, in
the order of their ages:
a — Mark Taylor. e — Mittie Thelma.
b — John Little Berry, Jr. f — Nadine.
c — Edgar David. g — Beulah Mae.
d — William Monroe. h — Ruby Louise.
a — Mark Taylor Kennedy married Jewell Bell Miller.
He is a stock ranchman. His address is Faywood, New
Mexico, Box 424.
b — John Little Berry Kennedy, Jr., married Laura
Richardson. He is a live stock dealer. His address is
Faywood, New Mexico, Box 24.
c — Edgar David Kennedy married Marie Bryant. He
is a live stock man. His address is Chickasha, Oklahoma,
R. F. D. 3.
d — William Monroe Kennedy married Myrtle Mc-
Gehee. He is a cattle dealer. His address is Caps, Texas,
R. F. D. 1.
MILDRED LEANDER SWOOPE HUGHES
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e — Mittie Thelma Kennedy is not married, and lives
with her parents.
f — Nadine Kenned}- married Mat Martin Glover. He
is a hardware merchant. Address. Tenth and Chestnut
Sts., Abilene, Texas.
g — Beulah .\iae Kennedy and h — Ruby Louise Ken-
nedy are both unmarried, and live with their parents at
Tenth and Chestnut Streets, Abilene, Texas.
3 — James Monroe Kenned}-, son of David Jasper and
Sally Ann (Hughes) Kennedy, married Mary Jones. He
is a carpenter. His address is North Fort Worth, Texas.
4 — William Henry Kennedy, son of David Jasper
died unmarried, at the age of 19 years, at Gainesville, Cook
5 — Mary Alice Kennedy, daughter of David Jasper
Kennedy, married Frank Johnson. He is a farmer. His
address is Trousdale, Oklahoma, R. F. D. 3, Box 43.
6 — Fannie Kennedy, daughter of David Jasper Ken-
nedy, married Thomas Reuben Anderson. He is a con-
tractor and builder of machine works. His address is
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
This closes the sketch of David Jasper Kennedy's
b — Susan Ward Hughes, daughter of Little Berry and
Nancy (Ward) Hughes, was born April 13, 1829, and died
unmarried, August 22, 1845.
c — Nathan Ward Hughes, son of Little Berry, Jr., was
born March 15, 1831, and died unmarried Sept. 21, 1845.
d — John Powell Hughes, born Jan. 27, 1833; died Feb.
e — William Avan Hughes was born Aug. 14, 1834. He
was killed by bushwhackers in September, 1864.
f — James Meredith Hughes was born Aug. 14, 1834.
He was killed by a kick by a horse in the Indian Territory
in 1866, while on his way from Texas. William Avan and
James Meredith were twins. Neither of them were mar-
g — Sterling Bernard Hughes was born in Smith Co.,
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Tennessee, Sept. 27, 1836; died at Los Angeles, Cal., Sept.
25, 1907. He went from Morgan Co., Missouri, to Los
Angeles, Cal., in 1860. He married Henrietta Hoffman, a
Danish lady. He applied himself to business, exercised
good judgment, was very successful, and accumulated a
fortune. His wife died March 24, 1902. There was but
one child of this marriage, a daughter, named Hattie May
Hughes. She married Mr. Robert B. Morris. Their ad-
dress is 2292, West Twenty-second St., Los Angeles, Cal.
h — Mary Elizabeth Hughes was born in Smith Co.,
Tenn., Jan. 14, 1839. She married William Jester. Their
address is Harrisonville, Cass Co., Misosuri. Their chil-
dren are 8, as follows, with their marriages.
1 — Nancy Margaret married Thomas Jones, a farmer.
Address, Harrisonville, Cass Co., Missouri.
2 — John Little Berry Jester married Alice Smith. He
is a blacksmith and dealer in agricultural implements.
Address, Lone Tree, Cass Co., Mo.
3 — Edward Jester married Cora Hudson. He is a
farmer. Address, Harrisonville, Mo.
4 — Salena Jester married Clinton Swager, a farmer.
His address is Harrisonville, Mo.
5 — Emma Jester married Jacob Davis, a farmer. Ad-
dress, Harrisonville, Mo.
6 — Minnie Jester married Richard Van Camp, a far-
mer. Address, Harrisonville, Mo.
7 — Willie Jester married John Duncan, a farmer. Ad-
dress, Harrisonville, Mo.
8 — Katie Jester married William Duncan, a farmer.
Address, Harrisonville, Mo.
John and William Duncan are not related.
It is possible that some of the above addresses are in-
correct. There appears to be some uncertainty about it.
i — Lucy Jane Hughes, daughter of Little Berry
Hughes, Jr., was born March 19, 1841, and died unmarried,
Jan. 31, 1863.
j — Holly Mangrum Hughes was born March 16, 1843,
and died Sept. 23, 1844.
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k — Xancy Green Hughes was born Aug. 20, 1845. She
married Christopher Columbus Merriott. Address, Ver-
sailles, Mo. Their children are 6 in number, as follows:
1 — Theodosia Ann. 4 — John Little Berry.
2 — James Madison. 5 — Bertha Lea. ) .
3— Lucy Olivia. 6— Salina Elizabeth \ Twins -
1 — Theodosia Ann Merriott married John Boyce, now
engaged as a teacher in the State Reform School at
2 — James Madison married Flora Davis. He conducts
a barbering establishment in Versailles, Mo.
3 — Lucy Olivia Merriott married William Duncan. He
is now dead.
4 — John Little Berry married Hettie Arnold. Both
are now dead.
5 — Bertha Lea Merriott married Arthur Drumgold.
He is a lumber dealer. Address, Versailles, Mo.
6 — Salina Elizabeth Merriott married Edward Hulett.
He is at present employed as bookkeeper at the Versailles
Brick Plant. Address, Versailles, Mo.
1 — Fielding Walker Hughes, son of Little Berry
Hughes, Jr., was born Jan. 18, 1848, and died Oct. 22, 1852.
m — Gedeliah Hughes was born April 8, 1852, and died
Oct. 15, 1852.
n — Madison Peter, the youngest child of Little Berry
Hughes, Jr., was born in Morgan Co., Mo., Nov. 28, 1853.
He married Emma Henderson. His address is Stover,
Mo. They have no children except an adopted daughter,
named Minnie Belle Hughes. She is unmarried.
Madison Peter was only in his fifth year when his
father died in 1858, and by the death of some of his older
brothers, and the marriage and removal of others, he be-
came the mainstay of his mother in her declining years.
He has spent his entire life in Morgan Co., Mo., except
five years — 1874 to 79 — spent in California.
In 1881 he bought a farm 9 miles west of Versailles,
the county-seat, and in 1902, the Rock Island Railroad Co.
built a line from St. Louis to Kansas City. The road
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crossed his land, and a depot was located in his field. He
platted a town site, and went to selling town lots. Thus
was started the thriving railroad village of Stover, and
Madison Peter Hughes became its founder.
This closes the sketch of Little Berry Hughes, Jr.,
and his descendants.
5— Sarah Martin Hughes, a daughter of Little Berry
Hughes, Sr., and his wife, Mary (Walker) Hughes, mar-
ried William Allen. He was a brother of the Jane Allen
that married Sarah Martin's brother, William Powell
The information that I have been able to obtain in
regard to this member of our family is meager in the
It appears that at some time after their marriage,
which was in Smith Co., Tenn., they went to Guntersville,
Alabama, where, I suppose they spent the remainder of
One of their daughters married a Mr. McFarlane, and
after the Civil War that branch of the family moved to
Missouri, and settled in Chilicothe, Livingston Co.
Two of the daughters married farmers of that county,
and another married a Professor McVeigh, who was for
several years principal of the schools of Gallatin, Davis
Co., Mo. Another daughter, Mollie McFarlane, went to
California, and the family appears to be lost to their
I regret to be compelled to dismiss this branch of our
family with so cursory a notice. For the little information
that I here give I am indebted wholly to my cousin, Mrs.
Susan A. (Hughes) Helwig, of Trenton, Mo.
6 — Mary Hughes, generally called Polly, a daughter
of Little Berry Hughes, Sr., was born in Smith Co., Tenn.,
March 25, 1812, and died near Berry's Lick, Butler Co.,
Ky., on Feb. 2, 1909, almost 97 years old.
On October 22, 1829, she married John Hooker, a
farmer and also a Baptist preacher. In 1848, they moved
from Smith Co., Tenn., to Crittenden County, Ky., where
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they remained till 1852, living a while near Marion, a
while near Cookville, and a part of the time at Dycus-
burg; and in December, 1852, moved to Butler Co., Ky.,
and settled near Berry's Lick, where Mr. Hooker died
July 1, 1862, and where his widow continued to reside
during the remainder of her life.
There were born to this marriage 7 children, all
daughters, as follows:
1— Sarah Walker. 4— Susannah.
2 — Elizabeth Sanders. 5 — Lucy Temperance.
3— Mary Berry. 6— Miranda.
7 — Samantha.
1 Sarah Walker Hooker married George Henderson
Orange in Crittenden Co., Ky., in 1852, and went immedi-
ately to his home in Butler Co., Ky. He died many years
ago. He was a farmer. The address of the family is
Oakville, Logan Co., Ky.
2— Elizabeth Sanders Hooker married Green Reduke
Bobbett, a farmer by occupation. He is dead, and I have
not the address of his family.
3 Mary Berry Hooker married Calvin Curlee Bomar.
He is dead. The address of the family, is Oakville, Logan
4— Susannah Hooker married Thomas Neal Bomar.
He is dead. The family address is Sugar Grove, Butler
5— Lucy Temperance Hooker married William Good-
win. His address is Sugar Grove, Butler Co., Ky.
6— Miranda Hooker married Alfred Jackson Rush. He
is a farmer. Address, Trammel, Allen Co., Ky.
7 — Samantha Hooker is not married! Her address is
Trammel, Allen Co., Ky.
7 — John Walker Hughes, son of Little Berry Hughes,
Sr., and his wife. Mary (Walker) Hughes, was born at
the parental home, near New Middleton, Smith County,
Tenn., Feb. 8, 1814, and died in Carthage, Smith Co.,
Tenn., Oct. 19, 1858. His remains were laid to rest in the
family burying ground at his father's old homestead, then
the home of Nathan Ward.
He was born and spent his entire life in Smith Co.,
Tenn. He was a most excellent and upright man in all
the relations of life. While young he became a member
of the Baptist church, presumably at the Hickman church,
of the congregation of which his older brother, William
Powell Hughes, was long the able and eloquent pastor.
When the doctrinal split over the question of predesti-
nation came, resulting in the most violent commotion in
the congregation, and its final separation into two denom-
inational bodies, the Primitive or Hardshell, and the Mis-
sionary Baptists, both William P. and John W. took the
Missionary side of the dispute. John W. continued to
be a faithful and useful member of that denomination to
the hour of his death.
He was a prominent man of affairs in his community.
He served as Deputy Sheriff a number of years, and had
been elected to the office of Sheriff of Smith County, and
had just entered upon the duties of that office only a few
months before his death.
Early in life he suffered some financial reverses
through no fault of his own. but he met his misfortunes
with the same Christian and philosophical fortitude and
moral courage that sustained and animated him amid all
the trying vicissitudes of life.
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He married Virginia Freeland Nov. 13, 1837. She
died June 13, 1898.
Of this union, there were born 11 children, of whom
one died in infancy. The remaining 10 are now (1910) all
living. They are as follows, in the order of their ages:
a — James Little Berry, born June 16, 1839.
b — Eliza Agnes, born Jan. 20, 1842.
c — Henry Clay, born Nov. 14, 1843.
d — Susan Elizabeth, born May 1. 1845.
e — Isa Phene, born Nov. 10, 1847.
f— Ophelia Alice, born Nov. 22, 1849.
g— Mildred Mary, born Nov. 1, 1851.
h— John Walker, born March 19, 1854.
i — Virginia Mary, born June 20, 1856.
j — Lucy Ward, born Aug. 29, 1858.
a — The oldest child, James Little Berry Hughes, ad-
dress, Lebanon, Tenn., R. F. D. 10, served in the Con-
federate army, but was discharged on account of failing
health. He was for a while engaged in mercantile busi-
ness at Knobton, Tenn. He has been in bad health for
a number of years. He married Mildred Agnes Hughes,
a daughter of John Powell and Mary Hughes, Feb. 9, 1872.
They are first cousins, their mothers being sisters. Their
fathers were first cousins. Mildred Agnes was born July
31, 1848. Their children are 5 in number, as follows:
1 — Mary Bernice was born Aug. 21, 1873, and died
Oct. 31, 1876.
2 — Georgie Freeland Hughes was born Nov. 19, 1876,
and died at a hospital in Nashville June 29, 1905. She
was a press-feeder at the Methodist Publishing House in
3 — Ernest Clay Hughes was born Sept. 21, 1878.
4 — Mary Banks Hughes was born May 13, 1881.
5— Oliver Clay Charles Hughes, born Feb. 12, 1884.
3 — Ernest Clay Hughes superintends a crew of men
on the T. C. railroad, address Monterey, Tenn.
4 — Mary Banks Hughes is unmarried, and lives with
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5 — Oliver Clay Charles Hughes works on the rail-
road with his brother, Ernest Clay. He is the youngest
of the children of James Little Berry and Mildred Agnes
Hughes. Address, Monterey, Tenn.
b — Eliza Agnes, the second child and oldest daughter
of John W. and Virginia Hughes, was attending school in
Carthage at the time of her father's death in 1858. She
became a teacher and taught for a long number of years.
She rendered very material and substantial aid to her
widowed mother, who was left, as will be seen, with a
large family of children, some of them very small. She
married James Henry Piper, a highly respected business
man of Carthage, Tenn., July 13, 1868. Mr. Piper was a
soldier in the Confederate army, and is now a farmer,
living near Portland, Sumner Co., Tenn. They have no
c — Henry Clay Hughes, son of John W. St., is unmar-
ried, is a farmer, and lives with two of his sisters on the
old paternal homestead near Rome, Tenn. Address, Leb-
anon, Tenn., R. F. D. 10.
d — Susan Elizabeth Hughes married James Banks
Jones Jan. 18, 1860. He was born Jan. 7, 1833. He has
been a very prosperous and successful man. He owns a
good river farm on the south side of the Cumberland
river, near Wright's Landing. He has given a great deal
of attention to raising, buying and shipping tobacco dur-
ing a large part of his life. Address, Lebanon, Tenn.,
R. F. D. 10. Their children are 7 in number as follows:
1 — James Freeland, born May 1, 1867.
2— William Ward, born Nov. 26, 1870.
3— Nevada Lee, born March 26, 1873.
4— Cornelia Agnes, born Aug. 29, 1875.
5 — Susan Elizabeth, born March 7, 1877.
6— Virginia Mary, born Sept. 1, 1880.
7 — Thurman, born April 21, 1882.
1 — James Freeland Jones is unmarried. He travels
for a wholesale dry goods house in Nashville, Tenn. Ad-
dress, With Spurlock-Neal & Co., Nashville, Tenn.
SAMUEL FRANKLIN SWUUI'E
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2— William Ward Jones married Fannie Chambers in
the latter part of 1908. He lives in Dixon's Springs, Tenn.,
and deals in tobacco.
3 — Nevada Lee Jones died unmarried just as she was
reaching young womanhood.
4 — Cornelia Agnes Jones married Xeal Beck about
the year 1903, and was living near Corsicanna, Texas,
when she died Jan. 10, 1909, and her remains were brought
back and buried at Dixon's Springs, Tenn.
5— Susan Elizabeth Jones married Arthur W. Gann
Jan. 23, 1903. He was born Sept. 27, 1877. He holds the
office of Deputy Sheriff. Address, Rome, Tenn.
Their children are 3 in number, as follows:
a — Nellie Catherine Gann, born Sept. 16, 1904.
b — Elizabeth Lanora Gann, born Nov. 1, 1906.
c — James Jones Gann, born May 18, 1909.
6 — Virginia Mary Jones married Robert Archibald
Norris Dec. 27, 1899. He was born May 25, 1876. He is
the son of Captain Norris, a Confederate veteran, Sur-
veyor and school teacher. They have 3 children, as fol-
a— Roland Neal Norris, born July 23, 1901.
b — William Cummings Norris, born Sept. 26, 1906.
c — Sarah Susan Norris, born April 3, 1908.
7 — Thurman Jones is unmarried, and a farmer. Ad-
dress, probably Lebanon, Tenn.
e — Isa Phene Hughes, daughter of John Walker
Hughes, Sr., married William Austin, Feb. 1, 1877. Mr.
Austin was born Sept. 7, 1847. Occupation, a banker. Ad-
dress, Portland, Tenn. Their children are 3, as follows:
1— William Clay, born May 3, 1879.
2— Clara Maude, born April 12, 1878.
3 — Leon Dickerson, born June 22, 1881.
1 — William Clay Austin is engaged in the banking bus-
iness in Portland, Tenn. He married Pattie Dora Cuzzart
May 26, 1904. Their children are 2, as follows:
a — Lois Maurine Austin, born Jan. 12, 1906.
b— William Ward Austin, born Jan. 21, 1909.
58 The Hughes Family
2 — Clara Maude Austin married Simon Edward Elliott
Dec. 17, 1905. Occupation, farmer. Address, Gallatin,
Tenn. They have one child:
Virginia Elizabeth Elliott, born April 1, 1907.
3 — Leon Dickerson Austin is unmarried. He is a
dealer in brick and other building material in Portland,
f — Ophelia Alice Hughes, daughter of John W. Sr.,
married Misher Cunningham July 27, 1871. Mr. Cunning-
ham was born June 15, 1844. He is a prosperous farmer,
and owns a good and fertile river farm on the south side
of the Cumberland river in Trousdale Co., Tenn. Address,
Lebanon, Tenn., R. F. D. 11. Their children are 6, as
1 — Herman Misher, born Sept. 14, 1874.
2 — Sarah Virginia, born April 24. 1877.
3— John Walker, born June 23. 1880.
4— Ophelia Elizabeth, born Dec. 25, 1882.
5 — Frank Clay, born Aug. 10, 1885.
6— Othniel, born April 21. 1889.
1 — Herman Misher Cunningham is unmarried. He is
a live stock dealer. Address, Lebanon, Tenn.. R. F. D. 10.
2 — Sarah Virginia Cunningham married "William Hick-
erson Stanford May 31. 1903. He is a farmer, now a
dealer in hardware, owns a good farm on the north side
of the Cumberland river. Address, Hartsville, Tenn. No
3 — John Walker Cunningham is unmarried. He is
employed as a sales clerk in the large department store of
Lebeck Bros., Nashville. Tennessee.
4 — Ophelia Elizabeth Cunningham married Brice Odell
Hall Sept. 12. 1906. Mr. Hall was born April 17, 1876. He
is a farmer, but is now employed as a traveling collector
for the Wrought Iron Range Co. Address, Hartsville,
Tenn. The children born of this marriage are 2, as fol-
a— Sarah Elloise Hall, born Oct. 25, 1907.
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b— Virginia Elizabeth Hall, born June 2, 1909, and
died May 9, 1910.
c — Another child, a son, has been recently born,
name not learned.
5 — Frank Clay Cunningham is unmarried. He is em-
ployed by the Red Fox Shoe Co., of Nashville, Tenn.
6 — Othniel Cunningham is unmarried, and is attend-
ing school at the Masonic Academy at Hartsville, Tenn.,
and is also taking a business course of instruction. He
works on the farm during his vacations.
g — Mildred Mary Hughes, daughter of John W. Sr.,
married William B. Martin Dec. 29, 1875. Mr. Martin
was born Sept. 1, 1850. He is a tinner in Lebanon, and
has a fine trade there. Their children are 7, as follows:
1— John Wesley, born Oct. 1, 1876.
2 & 3 — Minnie and Daisy, twins, born Oct. 3, 1878.
4— Willie Myrtle, born Sept. 4, 1880.
5 — James Hughes, born Aug. 1, 1887.
6— Nellie Rue, born Dec. 26, 1889.
7 — Virginia Freeland, born Oct. 27, 1891.
1 — John Wesley Martin married Ada Belle Laine Sept.
20, 1909. He is a tinner engaged with his father. They
have one son, William, born July 16, 1910.
2— Minnie Martin died Dec. 12, 1881.
3— Daisy Martin died July 12, 1879.
4— Willie Myrtle Martin married John T. Babb Sept.
2, 1902. Occupation, engineer. Address, Lebanon, Tenn.
Their children are 3 in number, as follows:
a — John Wesley Babb, born October, 1904, and
died Oct. 16, 1904.
b— Billie Martin Babb, born April 7, 1906, and
died April 18, 1909.
c— Mildred Ann Babb, born March 30, 1908.
5 — James Hughes Martin married Mary Kate Harley
March 9, 1909. Occupation bookkeeper. Address, Leba-
non, Tenn. One child, Mary Elizabeth, born Jan. 5, 1910.
6 — Nellie Rue Martin, unmarried.
7 — Virginia Freeland Martin, unmarried.
60 The Hughes Family
h — John Walker Hughes, Jr., son of John Walker, Sr ,
married Louvenia Ann Shipp, Oct. 13, 1887. She was born
Oct. 4, 1867. John W. is engaged in the mercantile bus-
iness at Cedar Bluff, Tenn. He also owns a good farm
there. Their children are 4, as follows:
1— Ethel Bernard, born Jan. 12, 1889.
2— John Gillim, born Sept. 30, 1892.
3— Hubie Walker, born June 11, 1895.
4 — Julia Virginia, born June 17, 1902.
These 4 are all unmarried. John Gillim is in business
with his father.
i — Virginia Mary Hughes is not married. She lives
at the old paternal homestead near Rome, Tenn., and fol-
j — Lucy Ward Hughes, youngest child of John Walker
Hughes, Sr., is unmarried. She lives at the old home with
her sister, Virginia Mary, and her brother, Henry Clay
Hughes, — all unmarried.
This closes the record of John Walker Hughes, Sr.
8 — Gedeliah Hughes, son of Little Berry Hughes, Sr.,
and his wife, Mary (Walker) Hughes, was born in Smith
Co., Tenn., Jan. 30, 1816. He was born on his father's
farm, received a collegiate education, and on May 9, 1838,
he married Jane Penn Walker, a daughter of Thomas
Walker, in Muhlenberg Co., Ky. They were cousins
twice removed or third cousins, Jane's father being a first
cousin to Gedeliah's mother.
Jane's mother was Mary Dillon, of Prince Edward
County, Virginia, where she and Thomas Walker were
united in marriage, and afterwards removed to Smith
County, Tenn., where their daughter Jane was born Aug.
In 1837, Thomas Walker moved to Muhlenberg Co.,
Ky. After the marriage of Gedeliah and Jane, they went
to Smith Co., Tenn., and remained about six months, when
they returned to Muhlenberg Co., Ky.
In October, 1842, Thomas Walker and his family, to-
gether with Gedeliah and Jane Hughes removed to Grundy
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Co., Mo., then on the frontier. There Gedeliah Hughes,
in the midst of a wilderness, went to work to contribute
his part in building up a prosperous community; and
faithfully he did his work, spending the last nineteen years
of his life in transforming the wilderness into happy
homes for the posterity of himself and others. He died
on Dec. 19, 1861. His faithful wife survived him almost
exactly 48 years, dying Dec. 24, 1909, in the 90th year of
There were born to this marriage 9 children, named in
the order of their ages, as follows:
a — Little Berry, died in early childhood.
b — Mary Elizabeth, died while yet a child.
c — Mary Jane, died while yet a child.
d — Susan Araminta.
e — Thomas Walker.
f — James Cooper.
g — Flavius Josephus, died in childhood in Grundy
h — Henry Judson.
i — Lizzie Lea, died in Trenton, Mo., in the eighteenth
year of her age. She never married.
d — Susan Araminta Hughes, named for her father's
youngest sister, married Jacob Helwig, a carpenter and
contractor, on Feb. 20, 1868, in Grundy Co., Mo. Mr.
Helwig was a native of Tuscarawas Co., Ohio. He spent
his entire married life in Trenton or in Grundy Co., Mo.
He died in Trenton June 2, 1902. His widow lives at Xo.
707, Chandler street, Trenton, Missouri. Their children
are 3 in number, named in the order of their ages, as
1 — Francis Berry. 2 — Orrel Jane.
3 — Katie Ernestine.
1 — Francis Berry Helwig married Mary Byrd Cash, of
Spickard, Mo. He is master carpenter on the Chicago,
Rock Island & Pacific railroad. His present headquarters
are at Eldorado, Ark.
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2 — Orrel Jane Helwig is not married, is a milliner,
and resides with her mother.
3— Katie Ernestine Helwig is not married. She is a
teacher in the State Normal school at Maryville, Mo., but
regards Trenton, Mo., as her home.
e— Thomas Walker Hughes, a farmer, named for his
grand-father Walker, married Helen L. Davis of Illinois.
She died in Trenton in 1892. In 1906 he married Mrs.
Almira Martin Bonta, a widow. His address is Trenton,
Mo. There are no children of the second marriage. Of
the first there are 2 children living. Named in the order
of their ages, they are as follows:
1 — Ollie. 2— Anna.
1 — Ollie Hughes is not married, and has a situation
as bookkeeper and stenographer in Kingman, Kansas.
2 — Anna Hughes is not married, and has taken a home-
stead claim in Montana, and is living on it, but her ad-
dress has not been learned.
f— James Cooper Hughes married Sarah Elizabeth
Alexander, whose native home was near Zanesville, Ohio.
His address is Trenton, Mo. His children are 2, as follows:
1 — Judson Alexander. 2 — Thomas Yancy.
1 — Judson Alexander Hughes is not married. He is
employed as a druggist's clerk, and is studying pharmacy.
Address, Trenton, Mo.
2 Thomas Yancy Hughes is yet in his teens, is not
married. He manifests a partiality for railroad work, is
now a call boy. Address, Trenton, Mo.
h— Henry Judson Hughes, the youngest living child
of Gedeliah Hughes and his wife, Jane Penn (Walker)
Hughes, was born in Grundy Co., Mo., Jan. 30, 1858. He
now lives at Trenton, Mo. He is a real estate dealer, far-
mer and breeder of thoroughbred stock. He married
Alice Austin a daughter of James and Susan Austin, Dec
30, 1879. To this marriage have been born 3 children, as
1— Roy Ambler, born Nov. 5, 1880.
2— Lela Austin, born Nov. 7, 1883.
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3 — James Blaine, born April 8, 1891, and died
Sept. 24, 1904.
1 — Roy Ambler Hughes is not married. He is a gen-
eral manager on his father's stock farm.
2 — Lela Austin Hughes married Erie Dill Winslow,
of Fort Worth, Texas. He is chief clerk to the Vice
President and General Manager of the Chicago, Rock
Island & Gulf Railroad. He is also Superintendent of
Telegraph. They have one child, a son, named William
The following succinct but very graphic sketch of
Henry Judson Hughes is from a recently published ''His-
tory of Grundy County." It is a literal copy of the ex-
tract, as follows:
"Henry Judson Hughes, son of Gedaliah and Jane P.
(Walker) Hughes, was born in Grundy County, Missouri,
Jan. 30, 1858. He now lives at Trenton. He was married
Dec. 30, 1879, to Alice Austin, daughter of James and
Susan Austin. They have two children: Roy Ambler,
born Nov. 5, 1880, unmarried; Lela Austin, born Nov. 7,
1883, now the wife of E. D. Winslow, of Fort Worth,
Texas (she has one child, a son, William, born June 4,
1909); James Blaine was born April 8, 1891, died Sept.
"Mr. Hughes lived on a farm until he was ten years
old. He came to Trenton with his mother; at the age
of thirteen he began working in a grocery store. He after-
wards clerked for eight years for W. C. Benson. He was
in the general merchandise business for eight years under
the firm name of H. J. Hughes & Co., and in 1891 he en-
gaged in the Real Estate and Farm Loan business, in
which he is still engaged. Mr. Hughes does a large land
business and has been the cause of many farmers from
Iowa and Illinois coming to Grundy County. Some years
his business runs as high as $400,000. In addition to his
Real Estate and Loan business, Mr. Hughes owns and
operates a fine breeding farm three miles northwest of
Trenton which is known as Hughesdale. He breeds the
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Dual Purpose Shorthorn cattle, and Duroc Jersey hogs.
This is the home of Rowena Second, the champion Dual
Purpose cow at the St. Louis World's Fair. Hughesdale
is now under the management of Roy A. Hughes.
"In 1907 Governor Folk appointed Mr. Hughes one of
the Regents of the Maryville Normal school for a term of
"Mr. Hughes is a Republican, a member of the First
Baptist church, and was chairman of the building com-
mittee when their present church was erected on Elm
Street. He is a Mason and an Odd Fellow."
The reader will note an error in the number of Mr.
Hughes' children as stated in the above extract. It should
be 3 children instead of 2. The names of the children are
9 — Susannah, the youngest child of Little Berry
Hughes, Sr., and Mary (Walker) Hughes, married Henry
Crawford Jones in Smith County, Tenn. She died early in
life, leaving one child, a daughter, named Lucy Ann Jones,
who died young and unmarried. After the death of Susan-
nah, Mr. Jones, who was a most excellent man, married
Winnie Duncan, a daughter of John Duncan, and moved
to Butler Co., Ky., and settled near Berry's Lick. He died
many years ago.
This closes the sketch of Little Berry Hughes, Sr.,
and his 9 children.
MA J. JOHN POINS l'ATTON
2 — Mary or Polly Hughes, daughter of Powell Hughes,
and sister of Little Berry Hughes, St., married John
Lankford in Prince Edward Co., Virginia; and about the
year 1828, they moved to Smith County, Tenn., and later
moved to Wilson Co., Tenn., and presumably by succes-
sive moves, became separated from the family, and dis-
appeared. So far as I have been able to learn, nothing
has been heard from them in a generation.
3— Edith Hughes, third child of Powell Hughes, as
the reader has already learned, married her cousin John
or Jack Hughes in Prince Edward County, Virginia. They
moved to Smith County, Tenn., about the year 1828. They
probably came in the same party with John Lankford.
They remained in Smith County till about the year 1845,
when they moved to Crittenden Co., Ky., and settled about
6 or 8 miles west of Marion, the county-seat, where they
both died between 1855 and 1860. The exact dates of their
deaths have not been learned. They were both very old at
the time of their deaths.
Their children were 4 in number, as follows:
a — Susan. c — Elizabeth,
b — Nancy. d — Leander.
The above is correct as to the number and names, but
they may not be arranged exactly according to their re-
spective ages. It is certain, however, that Susan was the
a — Susan Hughes, more frequently called Suky, was
born Jan. 11, 1804. She married Josiah Davidson in Prince
Edward Co., Virginia, Dec. 31, 1824. Mr. Davidson was
66 The Hughes Family
born Aug. 24, 1802, and died in 1884 or '85. Susan died
about 1895. They moved to Smith Co., Tenn., about 1828,
and from Smith to Crittenden Co., Ky., about 1845, where
the remainder of their lives was passed. Their children
were 9 in number, as follows:
1 — Elizabeth died young and unmarried.
2 — John Henry, born in October, 1827.
3— Nancy Powell, born Sept. 8, 1830.
4 — Samuel Anderson, born in May, 1833.
5 — Leroy, born in 1835.
6 — Joseph Archibald, born in September, 1837.
7 — Edith Jane, born in August, 1841.
8 — Benjamin Franklin, born May 11, 1844.
9 — William Brookshire, born in 1847.
2 — John Henry Davidson married Sarah Jane Hughes,
a daughter of Leander Hughes, Sr., about the year 1852.
They both died in Crittenden Co., Ky., near the year 1900.
They were cousins once removed. Their children were 4,
a — Robert. c— Mattie.
b — Carroll. d — Francis Marion.
a — Robert Davidson went west in 1878. If he is mar-
ried, the name of his wife is not known to me.
b — Carroll Davidson died unmarried in the latter part
of the 70's.
c — Mattie married Lucien Larue, a son of W. Jefferson
d — Francis Marion Davidson married Minnie Allen, a
daughter of Eugene Allen.
3 — Nancy Powell Davidson, daughter of Josiah and
Susan Davidson, married Seth Wade Hughes, a carpen-
ter and builder, a son of Leander Hughes, Sr. They are
cousins once removed. Address, Harrisburg, Illinois.
Their children will be given under the head of Seth Wade
4 — Samuel Anderson Davidson married Sarah Riley.
He is a farmer. Address, not known. I am not sure that
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he is living. He served in the 48th Illinois Infantry in
the Civil War.
5 — Leroy Davidson, was a farmer. He served in the
48th Illinois Infantry in the Civil War. He was twice
married. His first wife was Jemima Threlkeld and his
second was Paulina Franklin. He died about or a little
prior to 1890.
6 — Joseph Archibald Davidson married Lucy Franklin,
a daughter of Anthony Franklin. He was a farmer, mer-
chant and tobacco dealer. He died in February, 1909.
His widow's address is Levias, Ky. Their children's
names are not fully known. His oldest son, Grant, mar-
ried Lola Pond. His oldest daughter, Elizabeth, married
David W. Carter. His daughter Sallie married her cousin,
Thomas Davidson, a son of Samuel A. Davidson. He had
twin sons generally called Buckner and Terrell, but I
do not know their full names. He had a daughter named
Ida that I think married a Mr. Stevens. Another daughter
married Gideon Taylor.
7 — Edith Jane Davidson married Hale Franklin, a
farmer, now retired, address, Marion, Ky.
8 — Benjamin Franklin Davidson is a farmer and car-
penter. He served in the 3rd Kentucky Cavalry from
March, 1864, to the close of the war, was with Sherman's
army all of that time. He has been twice married. He
first married Edna Threlkeld. His second wife was Eliz-
abeth W r ilson. His present address is Soldiers' Home,
9 — William Brookshire Davidson married Harriet Ali-
son, a daughter of Berry Alison. I think his present ad-
dress is Marion, Ky.
Of the above named 9 children of Josiah and Susan
(Hughes) Davidson, the following are known to be dead:
Elizabeth, John Henry, Leroy, and Joseph Archibald. So
far as the writer knows, the others are all living.
b — Xancy Hughes, daughter of Jack and Edith Hughes,
married Joseph Duncan, a farmer, in Smith County, Tenn.
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They both died in Illinois many years ago. Their children
were 3 in number, as follows:
1— John. 2— Edith Powell.
3 — Leander.
1 — John Duncan enlisted in the 48th Illinois Infantry
in the Civil War, and died at home on sick furlough, in
Crittenden Co., Ky., only a few months after his enlist-
ment. He never married.
2 — Edith Powell married, but I do not know the name
of her husband. They lived in Illinois.
3 — Leander Duncan was twice married. He first mar-
ried Mollie Beard in Crittenden Co., Ky. After her death,
which occurred in Illinois, he married again, but I am not
informed as to the name of his second wife. He died
about the year 1880.
c — Elizabeth Hughes, a daughter of Jack and Edith
Hughes, married Richard Powell Hughes, a son of Lean-
der Hughes, Sr., a farmer, in Smith County, Tenn. They
were first cousins. She died in Crittenden Co., Ky., about
1858 or '59. Their children will be given in the sketch
of Richard Powell Hughes.
d — Leander Hughes, son of Jack and Edith Hughes,
never married. He enlisted for the Mexican War ,and
died at Memphis, Tenn., while in the service.
Leander Hughes, Sr.
4 — My grand-father Leander Hughes, Sr., the fourth
child of Powell Hughes, Sr., and his wife Elizabeth (Cole-
man) Hughes, was born as has already been seen in
Prince Edward County, Virginia. He moved to Smith
County, Tennessee, in 1810, and settled on the Dry Fork
of Mulherrin's Creek, just across the creek from his broth-
er Little Berry Hughes, Sr., about one mile from New
Middleton. The place is now the property and the home
of Lafayette Bradford.
There he spent the remainder of his life. He died in
the latter part of the year 1836. He was a farmer all his
life. He also built and operated a water mill on the little
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creek. During his life he accumulated a comfortable
competency, but was not rich. He owned, at the time
of his death, two or three tracts of land, amounting to
several hundred acres, was out of debt, and owned 4
slaves, Uncle Bill, Aunt Grace, and two lusty boys, be-
tween fifteen and twenty years old, named respectively
Zack and Patrick.
My grand-father was three times married. His first
wife was Elizabeth Fretwell, whom he married in Prince
Edward Co., Virginia. She died in Smith Co., Tenn.,
about the year 1815. He afterwards married Rebecca
Bell. She died about 1827 or '28, and he soon afterwards
married Martha Paris, a daughter of James Paris.
The Hughes family has long been noted as a prolific
one, but my grand-father broke all records with an even
score of children, all of whom lived to be grown people,
and 18 of them married and reared families. They were
1 — Gideon. 5 — Julia.
2 — Richard Powell. 6 — Caroline.
3— Gillie. 7— Leander.
4 — Philadelphia. 8 — Leonard Fretwell.
9 — John James — my father. 13 — Ira Bell.
10— Little Berry. 14— Seth Wade.
11— Elizabeth. 15— Foley Brookshire.
12 — William. 16 — Thomas Henry.
17— Sarah Jane. 19 — Jesse Paris.
18 — Nancy Ann. 20 — Susan Lea.
After the death of my grand-father, his third wife
married Reuben Baird, and there were born of this mar-
riage 4 children, as follows:
1 — Mary Elizabeth. 3 — Martha Frances.
2 — Hannah Prowell. 4 — Reuben.
Thus we see that the first wife was the mother of 8,
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the second of 8, and the third was the mother of 4 Hughes,
and 4 Baird children, which made her 8.
Of the first wife's children the first 3 or 4 were born
in Prince Edward Co., Virginia. All the others were born
in Smith Co., Tenn.
1 — Gideon Hughes married Elizabeth Paris, a daugh-
ter of Obadiah Paris, Sr. Gideon was a farmer. He died
in Smith County, Tenn., early in life, leaving 4 children,
all sons, as follows:
a — Jesse Powell. c — Leander.
b — Obadiah. d — Lemuel Fretwell.
a — Jesse Powell has spent his entire life in Smith Co.,
Tenn. He is now an old man, and long ago became pro-
verbial for his scrupulous integrity. He is a farmer, but
has been a produce dealer during a part of his life. He
has lived for several years near Chestnut Mound, Tenn.,
which is his address. He has but 1 child, a daughter,
named Nancy or Nannie, who married Samuel McKinney,
The address ot fhe whole family is Chestnut Mound,
b — Obadiah Hughes was born in Smith Co., Tenn.
When a young man he spent a year or two in Crittenden
Co., Ky., returning to Smith County in September, 1851.
He was then unmarried. Again in time of the Civil War,
and after his marriage he lived a while in Crittenden Co.
About the close of the Civil War he settled down on a
farm on Hickman's Creek at the mouth of Pigg's branch,
where he spent the remainder of his life. He died many
years ago. A few years prior to the Civil War he mar-
ried Lucy Jane Jeffreys. Their children were 4, as follows:
1 — Andrew. 3 — William.
2— Robert. 4— Bettie.
1 — Andrew married a daughter of Daniel Agee, first
name not known.
2 — Robert first married a daughter of Samuel John-
son, first name not known. She is dead, and Robert has
married again; name of second wife not known.
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3 — William died while a boy. 4 — Bettie is unmarried.
c — Leander, third son of Giden and Elizabeth (Paris)
Hughes, married Mary Pigg, a daughter of William and
Martha (Duncan) Pigg, and in 1860, moved to Western
Missouri, and nothing is known of his descendants. It is
said that he died about 1890, and that his family, or a
part of them, moved to Texas.
d — Lemuel Fretwell Hughes, fourth and youngest
child* of Gideon and Elizabeth (Paris) Hughes, was born
in Smith Co., Tenn.. Jan. 13, 1834. On Sept. 2, 1852, he
married Julia Ann Ashley, a daughter of William Ashley.
He has always been a farmer. He remained in Smith Co.,
Tenn., till 1857, when he moved to Crittenden Co., Ky.
He remained in the last named county till 1874, when
he moved to Hopkins Co., Ky., where he still resides. His
address is Manitou, Ky. His children are 5, as follows:
1 — William Leander. 3 — John M.
2 — James Obadiah. 4 — Elizabeth Green.
5 — Candace Carline.
1 — William Leander Hughes was born Oct. 29, 1853,
has been twice married. His first wife was Fredonia
Kirkwood. a daughter of James Kirkwood of Hopkins
Co., Ky. She died, and he afterwards married Mrs. Dedie
Mathews, a widow, whose first name was Jacobs. He has
followed various pursuits, has been a farmer, a grocer's
clerk, &c. His present address is Blodgett, Missouri.
There have been no children of the second marriage. The
first wife was the mother of 1 child, a daughter, named
Willie, who. I think, is unmarried.
2 — James Obadiah Hughes has been twice married.
His first wife was Rebecca Alexander. His second was
Henrietta Jones. His address is Taylor's Mines, Ky.
There were no children of the first marriage. Of the
second there are 8, as follows:
a — Ada Elizabeth. e — William L.
b — James Lemuel. f — Carrie Ann.
c — Laura Bell. g — John M.
d — Amanda Lee. h — Flora.
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3 — John M. Hughes has been twice married. His
first wife was Frances Paralee Melton. His second was
Rachel Howard. His address has not been learned. There
are no children of the second marriage. Of the first there
are 2, as follows:
a — James William. b — Minnie Bell.
4 — Elizabeth Green Hughes married Franklin Pierce
Lutz. He is dead. Elizabeth's address is Dawson Springs,
Ky. She has 2 children, daughters, named:
a — Matilda Palestine. b — Venerah.
5 — Candace Carline Hughes was born in March, 1864,
in Crittenden Co., Ky. In 1880 she married Charles
Taylor Cox, a prosperous farmer in Hopkins Co., Ky.
Address, Manitou, Ky. Their children are 3, as follows:
a — Carl Lansin. b — Bertha Ann.
c — Claude Ernest.
a — Carl Lansin was born in 1883, and died unmarried
b — Bertha Ann was born in 1889. She married Charles
Franklin Clark. Address, Manitou, Ky.
c — Claude Ernest was born in 1893.
2 — Richard Powell Hughes, second child of Leander
and Elizabeth (Fretwell) Hughes, married his cousin Eliz-
abeth, a daughter of Jack and Edith Hughes, in Smith Co.,
Tenn., a little prior to the year 1840. About 1845 he
moved to Crittenden Co.. Ky., where Elizabeth died about
the year 1858 or '59. In 1860 he married Sarah James,
a sister of L. H. James, of Marion. Ky. He later moved
to Illinois, where his second wife died, and he afterwards
married a Mrs. Shoemaker, a widow. He was always a
farmer. He died some time near the year 1880. There
were no children of his second and third marriages. Of
the first marriage there were 2 children, a son and a
a — William Leander. b — Emma or Emily.
a — William Leander served in Co. C, 3rd Ky., Cavalry,
from December, 1861, to August, 1865, when he was dis-
GEO. WILLIAM SWUOPE
And Connections. 73
charged at Louisville, Ky. The regiment was with Sher-
man'? army during the last twelve months of the war,
and was mustered for discharge at Lexington, North
Carolina. He was a carpenter by trade. He married
Eliza or Lizzie Brain in Saline Co., Ills., about the year
1871. There he spent the remainder of his life. He died
about 1890 or '91 from injuries received in a fall from a
building on which he was at work.
b — Emma was born a cripple, and died unmarried at
the age of about 30.
3 — Gillie, third child and oldest daughter of Leander
Hughes, Sr., married James Gaulden Paris, a son of Oba-
diah Paris. She and her husband spent their entire mar-
ried lives on a farm on the head of Paris branch, scarcely
a mile from Gillie's parental home. Her husband was a
farmer, carpenter, cooper and wagon-maker, and a most
Their children were 9 in number, 2 sons and 7 daugh-
ters, as follows:
a — Elizabeth Fretwell. e — Lucy Powell,
b — Judith Lea. f — Nancy Jane,
c — James Americus. g — Gillie Frances.
d — Martha Ann. h — Mary,
i — William Marion.
a — Elizabeth Fretwell Paris married Joseph Moss, a
very successful farmer, whose address was Hickman, Tenn.
Fretwell died in 1869. Joseph married again, but has now
been dead many years.
b — Judith Lea Paris married Philip Baker, a farmer.
She died August 9, 1889, leaving no children.
c — James Americus Paris married Martha Moore. He
is a farmer. Address, Brush Creek, Tenn.
d — Martha Ann married Bethel James, a son of Daniel
James. They moved to Crittenden Co., Ky., about 1858.
They moved back to Smith Co., Tenn., in the fall of 1867.
Bethel sickened on the way, and died a few days after
reaching his destination. Martha Ann died Aug. 14, 1886.
74 The Hughes Family
Their children were 1 son and 2 or 3 daughters. The
son's name is William Daniel. He married Nancy Jane
Paris, a daughter of John B. and Eliza Ann (Gass) Paris.
They were second cousins. Nancy Jane is dead. William
D. lives in Crittenden Co., Ky. I think his address is
Martha Ann James' oldest daughter is named Mary,
and married William Baird, a farmer, a son of Jeremy
Baird. Address, New Middleton, Tenn.
e — Lucy Powell Paris married W T att Wilkerson, a far-
mer. She died Oct. 3, 1879. She had survived her hus-
band. She had no children.
f — Nancy Jane Paris, generally called Nannie or Nan,
married Diggs Thomas, a son of Solomon Thomas. They
went to Crittenden Co., Ky., soon after their marriage,
and she died a very short time afterwards. She had no
g — Gillie Frances died unmarried at the paternal
homestead July 19, 1901.
h — Mary Paris married Simeon Jones, a farmer, car-
penter and miller. He died several years ago. Mary now
resides at Hickman, Tenn. Her children are 9, as follows:
1 — Lucy Ellen. 5 — James Simeon.
2 — Lue Etta. 6 — Mary Elizabeth.
3 — Emma Frances. 7 — Sarah Allen.
4 — Albert Sidney. 8 — William Charles.
9 — Minnie Elsie.
William Marion Paris married Green Johnson. He
died October 9, 1894.
The only surviving members of the above branch of
the family are James Americus Paris and Mary Jones.
4 — Philadelphia, a daughter of Leander Hughes, Sr.,
married Berry Coleman, a distant cousin. They married
in Smith Co., Tenn., some time in the '30's. In 1852, they
moved to Butler Co., Ky., where they spent the remainder
of their lives. Philadelphia survived Berry many years,
but the former has been dead nearly 40 years.
Their children were 7, as follows:
And Connections. 75
a — Minerva. d — Leander.
b — Mary Ann. e — Berry.
c — Elizabeth. f — George.
g — John,
a — Minerva married Leonard Allison. Occupation,
farmer. Address, Sunny Lane, Ky.
b — Mary Ann married Luther Orange. Occupation,
farmer. Address, Sunny Lane, Ky.
c — Elizabeth died unmarried.
d — Leander died unmarried,
e — Berry married Jane Cossie.
f — George married Mary Jane Belcher,
g — John Coleman married Catharine Coleman, a first
5 — Julia Hughes married James Paris' a son of James
Paris, Sr., and a first cousin of the James Paris that mar-
ried Gillie Hughes. Julia and James, early in life, moved
to Crittenden Co., Ky., where they spent the remainder
of their lives. Julia died during the 50's and James during,
or soon after the Civil War.
Their children were 4, two sons and two daughters,
a — Archibald married twice. No children.
b — Leonard married a Miss Smart. He was a
c — Sarah married a Mr. Salyer.
d — Martha married a Mr. Calvert.
6 — Caroline Hughes married Jacob Gill, a farmer, car-
penter, cooper and chair-maker. They married in Smith
Co., Tenn., but very early in life, moved to Crittenden Co..
Ky. For many years after their migration the site of
the present town of Marion, was an unbroken forest.
They both died during the 80's. Their children were 7,
a — Elizabeth. d — Francis Brown.
b — Lucretia. e — John James.
c — Jane. f — Martha Ann.
g — William Leander.
76 The Hughes Family
a — Elizabeth married Rev. William Gregston, a Bap-
tist preacher, well known for his force and eloquence in
the pulpit. He died about 1898. Rev. Collin Hodge Greg-
ston, whose address is, or recently was, Morganfield, Ky.,
is a son of Rev. William Gregston.
b — Lucretia Gill was twice married. Her first hus-
band was Samuel Ramsey. Her second was Vincent
Brantley, a farmer. He survived Lucretia, but died early
in the 70's. Lucretia died about 1864. He had married a
c — Jane Gill married Lankford Simpson, a farmer.
Address, Marion. Ky.
d — Francis Brown Gill married Mary Farley. He died
e — John James Gill married Martha Butler.
f — Martha Ann was twice married. Her first husband
was David Nelson. Her second was Daniel Brantley, a
farmer, whose last known address was Dawson Springs,
g — William Leander died during the Civil War. He
was probably 15 years old.
7 — Leander Hughes, Jr., a son of Leander Hughes, Sr.,
was born in Smith Co., Tenn. According to the most re-
liable information obtainable, the date of his birth was
June 10, 1812. He died Feb. 19, 1894. While young and
unmarried he went fiom his native county and State to
Crittenden Co., Ky. On June 12, 1841, he married Cath-
arine Wilborn, who was born May 6, 1821, and died Jan.
19, 1899. Leander's occupation was that of a carpenter
mainly, but he spent his entire married life on a farm a
little more than a mile east of Marion on the road leading
to Providence, Ky. He had bought the farm before his
The children of this marriage were 7, two 5ons and
five daughters, as follows:
a — William. d — Martha Ellen.
b — Mary Catharine. t — Araminta.
c — Leander. f— Maggie,
g — Charlie (youngest daughter).
a — William Hughes was born Sept. 6, 1843. He mar-
ried Jane Ann Gilbert, daughter of Michael G. Gilbert, of
Crittenden Co., Ky., May 8, 1867. She was born Feb. 2,
1847, and died July 25, 1894. William has followed various
pursuits. He owns a good farm near Marion, Ky. He
has been a farmer, hotel keeper and tobacco handler. He
is an excellent citizen, and a most companionable friend.
His home at present is divided between Paducah and
Marion, Ky. He has not married a second time. His
children are 7, as follows:
1 — Ena Martha. 4 — Charles Henry.
2 — Annie. 5 — Fred Gilbert.
3 — William Utley. 6— Carrie.
7 — Curtis Gray.
78 The Hughes Family
1— Ena Martha Hughes was born March 27, 1869. She
married William Robert Gibbs, a farmer. Address, Fre-
2 — Annie Hughes was born Nov. 14, 1872. She mar-
ried Jesse William Hamby, a carpenter. Address Brown-
3 — William Utley Hughes was born Nov. 14, 1874.
On March 24, 1904, he married Eva Nunn, daughter of Eli
L. Nunn. She was born Aug. 22, 1873. His address is
Marion, Ky., R. F. D. 4.
4 — Charles Henry Hughes was born March 8, 1878.
He is not married. Occupation, a plumber. Address,
Hotel Parkinson, 217}^-21% Main St., Oklahoma City,
5 — Fred Gilbert Hughes was born June 12, 1882. On
Aug. 10, 1910, he married Miss Nell Cardwell at 28 W.
Park Place, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He has been a
locomotive engineer. He is now engaged as a mechanic
in the manufacture of steam engines, gasoline engines, &c.
6 — Carrie Hughes was born Aug. 8, 1884. She is un-
married, and is engaged in the millinery business in Pa-
7 — Curtis Gray Hughes was born Oct. 22, 1887. He is
a bookkeeper at the wholesale hardware house of W. B.
Belknap & Co., Louisville, Ky. Address, 618, South Sixth
St., Louisville, Ky. He is not married.
b — Mary Catharine Hughes, daughter of Leander
Hughes, was born Sept. 6, 1845., and died in Dallas, Texas,
March 18, 1910. On June 29, 1864, she married Thomas
Lee Herndon Dickerson, who was born Aug. 24, 1838, and
died in Dallas. Texas, Dec. 7, 1881. He was a son of
Dr. Thomas Jefferson Dickerson, of Nashville, Tenn.
Mr. Dickerson was a brick layer and contractor. About
the year 1878, he moved from Crittenden Co., Ky., to
r^allas, Texas, where he spent the remainder of his life.
Their children are 8, as follows:
And Connections. 79
1 — Tamesia Catharine. 5 — Mary Ellen.
2— Thomas Jefferson. 6 — Maggie.
3 — Henry Clifton. 7 — Sallie.
4 — Nora Lincoln. 8 — Marion Estelle.
1 — Tamesia Catharine Dickerson was born at Marion,
Kentucky, March 9, 1865. On October 27, 1906, she mar-
ried Percy LeRoy Johnson, a painter. Address 529, Main
St., Dallas, Texas.
2 — Thomas Jefferson Dickerson was born Feb. 16,
1867. He married Mabel Reece Aug. 27, 1891. Occupa-
tion, stage comedian.
3 — Henry Clifton Dickerson was born April 30, 1869.
He married Mollie Adams Jan. 9, 1887. Profession, stage
These two brothers stand high in their profession.
They are in constant demand, and receive high salaries.
Being constantly on the road, it is not easy to fix a def-
inite address for them, but mail addressed to Dixon, Burk
& Dixon, care of Xew York Clipper, Xew York City, will
always reach them.
4 — Xora Lincoln Dickerson was born at Marion, Ky.,
Sept. 8, 1871. She married Robert Lee Hardwick Oct. 26,
1891. Occupation, a locomotive engineer. Address 916,
Main St., Dallas, Texas.
5 — Mary Ellen Dickerson was born at Marion, Ky.,
Dec. 29, 1873. She married Alvie Edward Brown Dec. 21,
1902. Address Dallas, Texas, the same address as her
sister Nora Lincoln.
6 — Maggie Dickerson was born at Marion, Ky., April
8, 1876. She married Pollard Ramsey March 4, 1893. Ad-
dress not learned.
7 — Sallie Dickerson was born July 30, 1878. She mar-
ried Allen Howell July 3, 1896. He is a cattle dealer. Ad-
dress 773, Elm St., Dallas, Texas.
8 — Marion Estelle Dickerson was born Feb. 10, 1882,
and died May 1st, 1882.
c — Leander Hughes was born April 1, 1848. On April
11, 1869, he married Fannie Dulcena Gilbert, a daughter of
80 The Hughes Family
Michael G. Gilbert. She was born Nov. 2, 1852. He is a
farmer. About 1884 he moved from Crittenden Co., Ky.,
to Texas, and has resided in that State ever since. His
present address is Stephensville, Texas, and I think that
has been his address during all his residence in that State.
He is a prosperous cotton farmer. The children are 6,
1 — Mattie Ammer. 4 — Gordon.
2— Kittie. 5— Lillie May.
3— Mollie. 6 — Rosa Lee.
1 — Mattie Ammer Hughes was born March 25, 1870,
and died June 10, 1888.
2— Kittie Hughes was born May 22, 1872. She mar-
ried Joshua Saul White Dec. 22, 1897. Address Stephens-
ville, Texas, R. F. D. 5.
3— Mollie Hughes was born June 26, 1874. She mar-
ried James Edgar Chenault Aug. 22, 1893. Address Ste-
phensville, Texas, R. F. D. 2.
4— Gordon Hughes was born Aug. 3, 1876. He is not
married. Address, Camp Crook, Hardin Co., South Da-
5— Lillie May Hughes was born Oct. 16, 1880. She
married James Edgar Whitefield March 25, 1905. Ad-
dress Stephensville, Texas, R. F. D. 5.
6 — Rosa Lee Hughes was born Sept. 20, 1894. She is
d — Martha Ellen Hughes was born Sept. 8, 1850. On
October 20, 1869, she married James William Bigham, a
lawyer, who was born May 7, 1844. Mr. Bigham is a
son of Harvey W. Bigham, who was the first County
Court Clerk, and Circuit Court Clerk of Crittenden County,
holding both offices at the same time, and James W. was
the first white child born in Marion, the new county-seat.
James' mother was Sarah J. Rice, a daughter of William
Rice, and a cousin to Rev. Nathan L. Rice, D. D., the
Presbyterian minister that engaged in the famous debate
with Alexander Campbell. At that debate Henry Clay
MRS. ELIZABETH LOVE SWOOPE
MILDRED LEANDER SWOOPE HUGHES
And Connections. 81
Harvey W. Bigham and Sarah J. Rice married March
28, 1832. Harvey W. was a son of James and Sarah F.
Bigham, and was born July 25, 1806, and died Dec. 5, 1849,
in Xew Orleans, La., from injuries received in the explo-
sion of the Steamer Louisiana on which he was a passen-
ger. His wife, Sarah J. Rice, was born June 22, 1818, and
died June 16, 1846.
James W. Bigham, as already stated, was at the time
of his marriage with Martha Ellen Hughes, a lawyer, but
soon afterward abandoned that profession for the pulpit,
and for a quarter of a century or more was regarded as
one of the ablest ministers of the M. E. Church, South, in
Kentucky. His present address is Ocala, Florida. The
children of this marriage have been 11, as follows:
1 — Harvey Hughes. 6 — Emma Owen.
2 — Lula Ellen. 7 — James Alexander.
3— Harriet G. 8— Xina Belle.
4 — Minta. 9 — James Messic.
5 — Sarah Catharine. 10 — Pauline Eleanor.
11 — Carrie Dennett.
1 — Harvey Hughes Bigham was born Sept. 14, 1870,
and died unmarried Sept. 17, 1897.
2 — Lula Ellen Bigham was born July 3, 1872, and died
July 31, 1877.
3 — Harriet G. Bigham was born May 8, 1874. She
married a man named Hester. I regret that I have not
been able to obtain any further facts concerning Mr.
4 — Minta Bigham was born April 6, 1876, and died
Sept. 8, 1877.
5 — Sarah Catharine Bigham was born July 1, 1878,
and died Sept. 11, 1897.
6 — Emma Owen Bigham was born Dec. 17, 1880, and
died August, 1901.
7 — James Alexander Bigham was born Dec. 15, 1883,
and died July 18, 1884.
8 — Nina Belle Bigham was born June 6, 1886. She
married Glenn B. Skipper, who is assistant Postmaster
82 The Hughes Family
at Bartow, Florida. His father E. E. Skipper is Post-
master at that place, and is a wealthy land and cattle
owner, and very prominent in the affairs of the State.
9 — James Messic Bigham was born Oct. 20, 1887.
10 — Pauline Eleanor Bigham was born May 27, 1889.
11 — Carrie Dennett Bigham was born Jan. 31, 1892.
For the three last I have received no information be-
yond that given above.
e — Araminta or Mintie Hughes, a beautiful, bright
and exemplary girl, died unmarried in 1875, at about the
age of 22.
f— Maggie Hughes was born May 1, 1858. She mar-
ried John Smith James, a son of Berry James, and a
grand-son of Daniel James, on Dec. 16, 1877. John
Smith's mother was a Miss Hoggard. He was born Nov.
20, 1858. Maggie died May 1, 1905.
Since the death of Maggie, Mr. James has made his
home mainly with his oldest daughter. He has been a
saw mill man pretty much all his life, and a most exem-
plary citizen. His children are 3, all daughters, as follows:
1— Lela. 2— Ruby. 3— Pearle.
1 — Lela James was born Oct. 15, 1881. She married
Albert M. Henry Jan. 11, 1904. Mr. Henry is engaged
in the marble cutting and fluor spar business. Address
2 — Ruby James was born Nov. 13, 1886. She is not
married, and lives with her sister Lela.
3— Pearle James was born March 31, 1889. On July
31, 1910, she married Harry Boyd Joiner, who travels for
the Chicago Portrait Company, in which he is a stock-
holder. His home address is Chicago, Illinois.
g — Charlie Hughes, youngest child of Leander and
Catharine Hughes, was born Feb. 17, 1864. On Oct. 25,
1882, she married George Sylvester Sherrill, who was born
Aug. 8. 1860. They married in Crittenden Co., Ky., but
some two years later went to Texas, and settled near
Stephensville, Erath County, where he has ever since
been engaged in farming, and has prospered well. Ad-
And Connections. 83
dress Stephensville, Texas, R. F. D. 5. Their children
are 7, as follows:
1 — Ethel Lee. 4 — Roscoe Hayden.
2 — Minta Ellen. 5 — Harvey Bigham.
3 — Jessie. 6 — Henry Clifton.
7— Charley Waldo.
1 — Ethel Lee Shernll was born Aug. 12, 1883, and died
April 17, 1905. She was not married.
2— Minta Ellen Sherrill was born Feb. 28, 1885. She
married Edgar Goodman Oct. 8, 1903. He died June 19,
1905. Minta Ellen died Jan. 28, 1907.
3 — Jessie Sherrill was born Jan. 15, 1887. She married
David Edgar Alexander Feb. 18, 1905. Occupation, far-
mer. Address, Dublin, Texas, R. F. D. 6.
4 — Roscoe Hayden Sherrill was born Feb. 8, 1889. On
August 23, 1908, he married Annie Bell Hendrix, who was
born June 18, 1886. Roscoe's occupation is a farmer. Ad-
dress, Krum, Denton Co., Texas.
5 — Harvey Bigham Sherrill was born Dec. 5, 1891.
6 — Henry Clifton Sherrill was born May 30, 1893.
7— Charley Waldo Sherrill was born July 20, 1897.
8 — Leonard Fretwell Hughes was the youngest child
of Leander Hughes, Sr., and his first wife, Elizabeth (Fret-
well) Hughes. Unfortunately I have been unable to ob-
tain the date of his birth, but it is safe to assume that he
was born in 1814 or '15. He was born in Smith County,
Tennessee. He was twice married. His first wife was
Lucy Paris, a daughter of Obadiah Paris, Sr., whom he
married in Smith Co., Tennessee, about 1841. She died
in Crittenden County, Ky., in 1851 or '52. A year or so
after the death of his first wife he married Mary Jane
McClusky in Crittenden Co., Ky. Both he and his second
wife died in the fall of 1887. He was always a farmer,
frugal, honest and prosperous. His children that sur-
vived the age of early childhood were 6, as follows:
a — Judith Lea. b — John James. c — Elizabeth,
d — William Leonard. e — Hezekiah.
84 The Hughes Family
Second wife: f — Susan Jane.
a — Judith Lea died just as she was reaching the age
of young womanhood.
b — John James Hughes has always been a farmer. He
has been married four times. His first wife was Martha
Ann Dejarnatt, a daughter of James F. and Susan De-
jarnatt, whom he married in 1865. He married his second
wife in 1872. She was his cousin, Fannie Allison, a daugh-
ter of Moses and Elizabeth (Hughes) Allison. His third
wife was Josephine Dollins; and his fourth was Mrs. Har-
riet Paris, widow of Obadiah (Dick) Paris, and a daughter
of Byrd Clark, and a sister of Rev. James Riley Clark. She
survives. His address is Marion, Ky. He is a prosper-
ous and most exemplary citizen. There have been no
children born of the last two marriages. Of the two first
they are 6, as follows:
1 — James Albert. 2 — William Harvey.
3 — John Henry. 5 — Lonnie Melvin.
4 — Robert Hatten. 6 — Charles Leonard.
1 — James Albert Hughes married Alice Harrington.
He was a farmer, has been dead several years.
2 — William Harvey Hughes married Rosella Wilson, a
daughter of Joseph T. and Martha (Paris) Wilson. Pres-
ent address, Stranton, Colorado.
3 — John Henry Hughes married Linnie Ashley. Occu-
pation, a farmer and painter. Address Marion, Ky.
4 — Robert Hatten Hughes married Lula Rushing. Oc-
cupation, farmer and teamster. Address, Marion, Ky.
5 — Lonnie Melvin Hughes married Amanda Clark, a
daughter of Lemuel Clark. Occupation, a farmer. Ad-
dress. Marion, Ky.
6 — Charles Leonard Hughes married Maud Crayne.
Occupation, a farmer. Address, Marion, Ky.
c — Elizabeth Hughes married James Carrick Mayes, a
son of Alexander Mayes. He was a carpenter. Elizabeth
died about 1877 or 78. James died several years ago.
And Connections. 85
The children of this marriage were 4:
1 — William Leonard. 3 — Lucy Jane.
2 — James Henry(Dick). 4 — Nannie Judith Lea.
1 — William Leonard Mayes married Elizabeth Brad-
ley, a daughter of James Bradley. William was a carpen-
ter, a very industrious and exemplary young man. He died
early in life. He married and spent his entire married
life in Crittenden Co.. Ky.
2 — James Henry (Dick) Mayes married Mary Ellen
Hughes, a daughter of William Leonard and Letitia
(Hunt) Hughes. They are cousins. James Henry is a
farmer. Address, Marion, Ky.
3 — Lucy Jane Mayes married Cas Logan Fralick. Ad-
dress, Marion, Ky.
4 — Xannie Judith Lea Mayes married Hosea Clifton
Paris. Occupation, a farmer. Address. Marion, Ky.
d — William Leonard Hughes married Letitia Hunt, a
daughter of John (Jack) Hunt and his wife Polly (Paris)
Hunt. William Leonard is a very successful, well-to-do
farmer, living on a good farm about two miles north-
east of Marion, Ky.. which is his P. O. address. The chil-
dren of this marriage are 6, as follows:
1— William Henry. 4— Lucy Jane.
2— Mary Ellen. 5— John Wyatt.
3— Martha Frances. 6 — Effie Perry.
1 — William Henry Hughes married Martha Ellen
Paris, a daughter of W. F. and Pauline (Crayne) Paris.
He is a farmer. Address, Marion, Ky.
2 — Mary Ellen Hughes married James Henry Mayes,
a well-to-do farmer, whose address is Marion, Ky.
3 — Martha Frances Hughes married John Moore Ba-
ker, a son of A. J. Baker and Mahala (Moore) Baker, a
successful farmer. Address, Marion, Ky.
4 — Lucy Jane Hughes married Josiah Johnson Hunt,
a farmer. Address, Marion, Ky.
5— John Wyatt Hughes.
6 — Effie Perry Hughes.
86 The Hughes Family
If either of the two last is married I am not advised
of the fact.
e — Hezekiah Hughes married Mary Elizabeth Baker,
a daughter of Andrew Jackson and Mahala (Moore)
Baker. He is a very successful farmer, an earnest and
useful member of the Baptist church, a most estimable
citizen. His address is Marion, Ky. The children of this
marriage are 7, as follows:
1 — Lucy Minerva. 4 — Ida May.
2 — Albert Xewton. 5 — Clarence Edward.
3 — Alfred Lexa. 6 — John Elliot.
7 — Homer Yandell.
1 — Lucy Minerva (Minnie) Hughes married Newton
Walker Paris, a son of Louis H. and Sallie (Walker)
Paris. He was a farmer and teacher. He was for several
years employed in the U. S. Internal Revenue service as
Storekeeper-Gauger. He was born May 14, 1870, and died
in Louisville, Ky., Jan. 22. 1909. He was a member of
the Crescent Hill Baptist church, Louisville, at the time
of his death. He had been ordained or liberated to
preach, but had not entered actively into the ministry.
He was a very excellent man. His widow's address is
2 — Albert Xewton Hughes married Millie Gant. He
is somewhere in the Northwest. Address not known.
3 — Alfred Lexa is married, but the name of his wife
is not known except that her first name is Mary. Address
4 — Ida May Hughes married Francis Martin Hill, a
son of Robert Hill, a farmer. Address, Marion, Ky.
5 — Clarence Edward Hughes is married, but I am not
advised as to his wife's name except that her first name
is Bertie. Address not known.
6 — John Elliot Hughes not married.
7 — Homer Yandell Hughes not married.
f — Susan Jane, youngest child of Leonard F. and
Mary Jane (McClusky) Hughes, married Henry Sylvester
Wheeler, a son of Clark and Caroline (Ragsdale) Wheeler.
And Connections. 87
Henry is a farmer and carpenter, and a member of the
Presbyterian church, in which he is an active worker. He
owns good property near the eastern limits of Marion,
Ky., which is his address. Their children are 7, as follows:
1 — Nona. 4 — Myrtle.
2 — Nannie. 5 — Nellie.
3 — Charles Henry. 6 — Mina.
7— Walter Price.
1 — Nona Wheeler has married twice. Her first hus-
band was Charles Morgan. Her second and present hus-
band is Thomas Lamb. Address, Marion. Ky.
2 — Nannie Wheeler married Alonzo Agee, a farmer.
Address, Seldon, Kansas.
3 — Charles Henry Wheeler married Alice Gardenhire
of Carthage, Tenn. Her father is a lawyer, but I can not
give his first name. Charles' occupation is telephone man-
ager. His present or last known address is Cynthiana, Ky.
4 — Myrtle Wheeler married Luther Calvin Gass, a
farmer. Address, Marion, Ky.
5 — Nellie Wheeler married Robert Agee, a farmer.
Address, Marion, Ky.
6 — Mina Wheeler has married twice. Her first hus-
band was Claude Cruce. a son of George Cruce and a
grand-son of Ewell Cruce. Claude and Mina, after their
marriage, went to Kansas, where Claude shortly after-
wards died. Mina returned to Marion, Ky. Since her
return she has married Alvin Hill Allen, a son of Ben. I.
Allen. Address, Marion, Ky.
7 — Walter Price Wheeler is unmarried and still in
9 — John James Hughes, the writer's father, oldest son
of Leander Hughes, St., and his second wife, Rebecca
(Bell) Hughes, was born at the parental home in Smith
Co., Tenn., June 15, 1817. He died at his home about one
mile south of Marion, Ky., on the Princeton road, on the
night of March 10, 1901, lacking from that date to June 15
of being 84 years old. On Feb. 23, 1843, he married Susan
or Susannah Gass, a daughter of Joseph and Nancy (Boze)
Gass. in Smith Co., Tenn. She was born in Smith Co.,
Tenn., Sept. 9, 1822. Father was a farmer, carpenter, mill-
wright and miller and for a short time a merchant. The
carpenter's trade was his specialty.
At the time of their marriage my parents settled on a
farm on what is known as Paris Branch, father having
purchased the farm from his brother, Richard Powell
Hughes. In 1848, he sold this place, and moved across the
Caney Fork, and built a house on the farm of his father-
in-law, to be used as a country store, and in that house he
sold goods, mainly groceries, and at the same time ran a
farm, and, also, a ferry across Caney Fork, from Novem-
ber, 1849, to March, 1851, when he sold out his stock of
goods at public auction, and moved to Crittenden Co.,
Ky. He rented a small two-story log house with a clear-
ing of two acres entirely surrounded by woods on all sides.
The place was about one-half mile east of Marion on the
Providence road. It is now in the suburbs of Marion.
The place then belonged to John Swansey. The house
completely disappeared more than 50 years ago.
The family remained there till the following Septem-
ber (1851) when both my parents became dissatisfied and
moved back to Smith Co., Tenn., and my father bought
a small farm, cut off from my grand-father Gass' posses-
DOUGLAS PATTERSON SWOOPE
MILDRED LEANDER SWOOPE HUGHES
The Hughes Family 89
sions, the part so purchased including the store-house in
which father had sold goods a short time before, and
which he fitted up for a residence. Here he remained,
working the little farm and conducting the ferry, and
plying his trade as a carpenter, all with the help of a
hired man, till the fall of 1852, when he bought from his
nephew, Americus Paris, a half interest in the water mill,
at that time generally known as Baker's mill, George
Baker being the owner of the other half-interest, which
my father bought a year or so later. The entire purchase
included about 18 acres of land. In March, 1856, the mill
was swept away in a freshet. It was the third or fourth
mill that had been washed away from that site. Father
rebuilt, giving the new building a solid stone foundation.
This mill stood for about 50 years. It was on Mulherrin's
Creek about one mile above its mouth. In 1860, my
father sold his mill and small tract of land to John and
Robert Webb, and in March of that year, moved again to
Crittenden Co., Ky., and bought a farm of 150 acres from
Jesse Baird, and settled upon it. In 1865 he bought an
adjoining farm of about the same area from the widow
Amy Collins. These two farms lie about two miles south-
east of Marion, on the old Princeton, or Piney Fork road.
This property has been cut up into several tracts and is
owned by different parties, my brother, Winfield Scott
Hughes, owning and occupying the part that includes
the buildings where my father first settled.
In 1873, my father, together with his son Ira and son-
in-law Thos. N. James, bought a farm of about 200 acres
from Rev. Isaac McMurry, on the Princeton road about
1 T 4 miles south from the court-house at Marion. Father
afterwards bought out the other two interests.
On that farm my parents spent the remainder of their
lives. My Mother died there on Sunday, July 16, 1899,
and father on the night of Sunday, March 10, 1901. The
farm now belongs to A. J. Baker.
Their children were 11, as follows:
90 The Hughes Family
a — William Joseph Leander.f — James Bridges,
b — Isaac Goodall. g — Samuel Bridgewater
c — Ira Campbell. h — Xancy Bell,
d— Win field Scott. i— John McLaren.
e — Hardy Boze. j — George Warren Sumpter.
k — Ulyses Grant.
a — William Joseph Leander Hughes was born in
Smith Co., Tenn., March 23, 1844. As this is my own
sketch I shall write in the first person.
In March, 1860, my father moved to Crittenden Co.,
Ky., and of course, took me with him. On March 23, 1864,
my 20th birthday, I enlisted in Louisville, Ky., in Co. "C,"
3rd Ky. Veteran Volunteer Cavalry, and was with Sher-
man's army to the close of the war. I was mustered for
discharge at Lexington, Xorth Carolina. July 15, 1865,
and returned to Louisville, Ky., via Fortress Monroe and
Baltimore, and was discharged at Louisville. Aug. 2, 1865,
and returned home immediately.
During the two following years I worked on my
father's farm, teaching three months in the fall of each
During the years 1868 and '69. I attended school at
the Masonic Academy at Xew Middleton, Tenn. I re-
turned home in January. 1870. and during that year and
1871, I again worked on my father's farm, teaching in the
fall. The public school term had by this time been ex-
tended to five months. On May 8. 1872. I married Malinda
Ann Rice, a daughter of Watson Buchanan Rice and his
wife. Susan (Wheeler) Rice. Watson B. Rice was a son
of Patrick Henry Rice, who was either a first or second
cousin to Rev. Xathan L. Rice. D. D., the Presbyterian
divine that engaged in the memorable doctrinal debate
with Dr. Alexander Campbell in the old Main Street
Christian Church in Lexington, Ky., in 1837. Henry
Clay presided as Moderator at that debate.
Patrick Henry Rice's children appear to have been 4,
1 — Eliza B., born Sept. 26, 1809, and died unmarried.
And Connections. 91
2 — Thurza E. Rice, birth date not known, died unmar-
3 — Watson Buchanan Rice, born Feb. 9, 1814. Died
4 — Amelia Russell Rice, born Feb. 8. 1816, and died
May 31, 1885.
4 — Amelia R. Rice married Eleazer Turner William-
son, who was born July 13, 1817. They married Aug. 27,
1839. Mr. Williamson lived in Kentucky till about 1852,
when he moved to Hillsboro, Ills., where he remained till
1873. He then went to Iowa, and remained ten years,
thence to Beadle Co., South Dakota, and after a residence
there of 5 years, he went to Nebraska, where he died
April 2. 1896.
The children of this marriage were as follows:
1— John H., born May 23, 1840, died Nov. 20, 1857.
2— Samuel F., born Jan. 20, 1842, died June 19, 1908.
3— Andrew M.. born Oct. 6, 1843, died April 14, 1908.
4— Joseph F., born March 13. 1845. died April 20, 1855.
5 — James H., born Dec. 24. 1846. Address, Shenan-
6— Mary E., born April 15, 1849, died Jan. 6. 1854.
7 — Watson Rice Williamson, born June 14, 1851. Ad-
dress, West Union, Iowa.
Now, to return to Watson B. and Susan (Wheeler)
Rice. I regret that I have not been able to obtain the
name of Susan Wheeler's parents. She had a sister Jane
Wheeler, that married Thomas Hughes, not related to us,
who lived on a fine farm about 4 miles from Fredonia on
the road to Princeton, Ky. I think the farm is still the
property of his sons James and Frank. Mrs. Rice had a
brother, Earl Wheeler, that went into the Confederate
arm}-, and nothing definite is known of his fate. He never
married. She had another brother, whose first name I
do not know. He had a son, Thomas Wheeler, that mar-
ried a Miss Crouch, near Dycusburg, Ky. I think Mrs.
Rice's mother was a Cruce.
The children of Watson B. and Susan Rice, that
92 The Hughes Family
survived the age of earl)- childhood, were 5, as follows:
1 — Mary Jane. 3 — Malinda Ann.
2 — Patrick Henry. 4 — John Earle.
5 — Susan.
1 — Mary Jane Rice was born March 24, 1837, and died
March 20, 1898. She married Willis Smith Dollins Nov.
28, 1855. Mr. Dollins was born June 17, 1832, and died in
Crittenden Co., Ky., in March, 1871, while preparing to
move to Texas. He was an industrious and successful
farmer. The children of this marriage were 5, as follows:
a — Isabel. c — Charles,
b — Thomas Willis. d — Nellie,
e — Robert Earl,
a — Isabel, always called Bell, died unmarried at the
age of about 22.
b — Thomas Willis Dollins is unmarried. At latest
advices he was somewhere in the State of Washington.
c — Charles died unmarried just after reaching the age
d — Xellie is not married. Address, Marion, Ky.
e — Robert Earl Dollins was born March 1, 1869. On
Feb. 15, 1888, he married Laura Ann Wilson, who was
born Nov. 26, 1866. She is a daughter of Robert Lysan-
der Wilson, who was born April 13. 1836. Her mother
was George Ann Travis, a daughter of Daniel Travis, and
was born Aug. 1. 1846. Robert Lysander Wilson and his
wife George Ann married Jan. 11, 1866. George Ann's
father. Daniel Travis, was born Aug. 13, 1810. Robert L.
Wilson's father was Francis Travis Wilson, born Feb. 19,
1803. Robert E. and George Ann Dollins have 8 children,
as follow -
1— Xonie, born Aug. 15, 1891.
2 — Willis Lysander, born Jan. 26, 1896.
3— Fred, born April 8. 1897.
4 & 5 — Ina and Ima. twins, born May 17, 1900.
6— Ruth, born March 15. 1903. died Oct. 21, 1904.
7— Robert Fulton, born March 12. 1906.
8— George Ann, born Oct. 31, 1908.
And Connections. 93
2 — Patrick Henry Rice married Sarah McCarty in
1865. He was a farmer. He died in March, 1870, leaving
2 children, as follows:
a — William Watson, b — Mary Jane.
a — William Watson Rice wa> born Sept. 16, 1866. He
married Mr.-,. Maggie Henson, widow of Samuel Henson,
and a daughter of William H. Cardin. She was born March
11, 1863. There was a daughter of her first marriage,
named Emma Pearl Henson, that married William Thom-
as James, a nephew of the writer. The children of William
Watson Rice and hi .^ wife, Maggie, are as follows:
1— Margaret, born Sept. 9, 1891.
2— Mary Alice, born in 1892, and died Jan. 29, 1896.
3— William Henry, born Sept. 21, 1894.
4— Ollie James, born Sept. 8. 1896.
5 — William Crawford, born June 14, 1899.
6 — Sarah Catharine, born Aug. 2, 1902.
7— Allen Daughtry, born Aug. 1, 1902.
The above record contains all the names sent me by
W. W. Rice; but it appears to me that there is one more
b — Mary Jane Rice was born Jan. 11. 1868. On June
12, 1898, she married William Cooper Robinson in Pa-
ducah, Ky. Mr. Robinson was born Nov. 23, 1870. His
paternal grand-father was named Michael Robinson, and
was born in Tennessee. His wife was Lucinda Lowery.
His son, Daniel Tucker Robinson, was born in Sumner
Co., Tenn., Jan. 7. 1842. The last named was the father
of William Cooper Robinson, the subject of this sketch.
William Cooper's mother was Anna Valeria Hammons, a
daughter of Cooper Bennett Hammons, who was born in
Georgia April 1, 1814. Anna V. married Daniel T. Rob-
inson Dec. 31, 1868, in Saline Co., Ills. Their children
were 7, as follows:
1 — Cordia Lary, born Oct. 29, 1869. in Carmi, Ills.
2 — William Cooper, born Nov. 23. 1870. in Gallatin Co.,
3 — Allan Floyd, born July 31, 1872, in Gallatin Co., Ills.
94 'i ne Hughes Family
4 — Maggie May, born Aug. 26, 1875, in Hamilton Co.,
Ills., and died Jan. 25, 1896.
5 — Mary Ellen, born Feb. 24, 1878, in Hamilton Co.,
Ills, died May 30, 1902.
6— Eva Ann, born Oct. 10, 1879, in Dahlgreen, Ills.
7 — Henry Arthur, born June 18, 1883, in Jefferson Co.,
Ills. Died May 30, 1900.
William Cooper Robinson and his wife, Mary Jane,
always called Jennie, reside at Nashville, Tenn., address
R. F. D. 7, Station B. Mr. Robinson is in the employ of
the T. C. railroad. They have 1 child, a son, named Floyd
Arthur Robinson, born at Franklin. Ky.. March 21, 1899.
3 — Malinda Ann Rice, was born Nov. 14, 1844, and died
in Marion, Ky , Nov. 30, 1880. As already stated she be-
came my wife May 8. 1872. Her only child will be men-
4 — John Earl Rice died unmarried in Marion, Ky., in
5 — Susan Rice died unmarried in December, 1867.
After my marriage in 1872. I settled down on a tract
of land that I had purchased in the woods with a small
clearing and a log cabin on it. and went to work, and
pretty laborious work it was, to transform that piece of
wilderness into a home. The place is now the property
and home of Obadiah Hunt. After one year, the Sheriff
of the county. James H. Cameron, offered to appoint me
as his deputy on condition that I would assume the entire
duties of the office. I accepted. That was in April. 1873.
In June, 1874. the Sheriff resigned. I meantime, at the
solicitation of my friends, had become a candidate for
the office of Circuit Court Clerk, to which office I was
elected on the first Monday in August. 1874, for a term
of six years, and entered upon the duties of the office the
following Monday. During the term my health became
impaired, and I declined to make the race for a second
My wife died on Nov. 30, after my retirement from
office in August, 1880; and a little more than a year later,
And Connections. 95
on Dec. 19, 1881, I married Willie Bell Yelton, a daughter
of John Pinkney and Mary Yelton, of New Middleton,
Tenn. John Pinkney Yelton's father was Charles Henson
Yelton, who was reared in Lynchburg, Va. His mother's
maiden name was Susan Rodgers, also reared in Virginia.
The children of Charles Henson and Susan Yelton
were 9, as follows:
1— William. 5— Benjamin.
2— Barnett Cash. 6— Wilbourn Swift.
3— Charles Lewis. 7— Lydia.
4— John Pinkney. 8— Sallie.
It is not probable that the above arrangement, taken
as a whole, is in the order of the ages of the members
of this family, though, if I understand the facts, the sons
are in the order of their ages, and the daughters in the
order of theirs.
I am not advised as to the marriage connections of
any except that of my father-in-law. John Pinkney. who
married Mary Lea. a daughter of John and Rebecca Lea.
John Pinkney Yelton has been a very successful far-
mer and live stock dealer. For a long number of years
his specialty was buying and driving horses and mules
to the Southern states, from which business he derived a
good profit. He once held the office of County Court
Clerk of Smith County. Tenn. His wife died in 1897, since
which time he has not been regularly engaged in any bus-
iness. He makes his home with his son-in-law, James W.
Turner, at Willett. Macon County, Tenn. He is 88 years
old. His children have been 7, as follows:
a— Robert Gray. d— Martha Miranda,
b— Benjamin Jackson. e— Margaret Luella.
c— Mary Lea. f— Jennie Poteet.
g— Willie Bell,
a— Robert Gray Yelton married Letitia Tuggle. He is
a very successful farmer. He lives on an excellent farm
about 3 miles east of Lebanon, Tenn. The children of
this marriage have been 4, as follows:
96 The Hughes Family
1 — Nora, married Joseph Barbee.
2 — Hueskah, married, and soon- after died. I once
knew the name of his wife, but I have forgotten it.
3 — I am not advised as to Baxter.
4 — Eulalia, is married, but I have not the name of
her husband. I think she lives in St. Louis, Mo.
b and e — Benjamin Jackson and Margaret Luella died
c — Mary Lea Yelton, married James Wilson Turner.
He has been a farmer and merchant. He now, I think
runs a flouring mill at Willett, Tenn. The children of
this marriage are 2 ,as follows:
1 — Edward Exum Turner, married Bessie Jones.
2 — Gray Yelton Turner, married Rebecca Davis.
d' — Martha Miranda Yelton, was born Dec. 14, 1856.
On Dec. 23, 1873, she married James Francis Turner, who
was born Jan. 28, 1854. James F. and James W. are not
related. James F. Turner was a minister in the Meth-
odist Episcopal Church. He was also a very able edu-
cator. He and his wife taught together, and she taught
after his death. He died Dec. 30, 1885. Mrs. Turner's ad-
dress is Gordonsville, Tenn., where for a number of years,
she held the position of postmistress The children of this
marriage were 6, as follows:
1 — James Frances. 4 — Wilbur Foss.
2 — John Hugh. 5 — Bessie Lee.
3— Mary C. 6— Martha Elsie.
1 — James Frances Turner, Jr., was born Jan. 31, 1875.
On Jan. 10, 1900, he married Cora Coulson. Their children
are 3, as follows:
a — Cora Frances, born Nov. 8, 1903.
b— Sarah Martha, born Aug. 15, 1905.
c— Kathlene, born Dec. 13, 1907.
2 — John Hugh Turner was born March 24, 1876. On
Nov. 14, 1907, he married Ruby Urquhart, of Mobile. Of
this marriage there is 1 child, named Virginia. John Hugh
is a lawyer, lives in Nashville, Tenn., where he has a large
and lucrative practice.
JOHN FRANKLIN SWUUI'E
And Connections. 97
3 — Mary C. Turner, generally called Mamie, was born
Jan. 13, 1878. On June 19, 1907, she married Albert Henry
Key. Xo children reported.
4 — Wilbur Foss Turner was born June 15, 1880, and
died Oct. 18, 1886.
5 — Bessie Lee Turner was born Aug. 29, 1882, and
died Nov. 15, 1883.
6 — Martha Elsie Turner was born Sept. 12, 1884. On
Sept. 6, 1910, she was married to James Frederick Gwalt-
ney, a son of John Gwaltney. He is postmaster at Gor-
f — Jennie Poteet Yelton married James W. Clarke, a
lawyer of Liberty, Tenn. In 1884, they moved to Great
Bend, Kansas, where Mr. Clarke built up a splendid prac-
tice. He has served two or three terms as County Attor-
ney of Barton County. Jennie died in 1897. Mr. Clarke
has married again.
g — Willie Bell was married to me Dec. 19, 1881. Soon
after my marriage with my second wife I engaged in the
retail grocery business, later combining with it shoes, hats
and hardware. In 1885, I sold out my business and went
to Barton Co., Kansas, where I remained till November,
1891. when I moved to Arkansas City, Cowley Co., Kan-
sas, where I remained one year; and in November, 1892,
returend to Crittenden Co., Ky., arriving at Marion No-
vember 20. During my stay in Kansas I was engaged in
farming and gardening. On my return to Kentucky I en-
gaged in the same business, but taught a term in 1896,
and again in 1898. My second wife died at Marion, Ky.,
Oct. 10, 1896.
In December, 1898. I received an appointment as
Storekeeper-Gauger in the U. S. Internal Revenue service
for the Second Revenue district of Kentucky. I went on
duty under my first assignment at Worsham's distillery,
now Kraver's, at Henderson on Jan. 1st, 1899. I have
been continuously in the service ever since. The end of
the present year (It is now November, 1910,) will com-
plete my twelfth year.
98 The Hughes Family
On February 20, 1900, I married Mary Louise Swoope
(pronounced Swope). She was born Jan. 12, 1864. She
is a daughter of George William and Elizabeth Love
(Patton) Swoope. Her father was a lawyer of marked
ability. He was at his best as a criminal lawyer, but was
good in all the departments of the legal practice. He
was a Democrat, but was not a politician. I have not
been informed of but two races that he ever made for
office, in both of which he was opposed by men of his
own political faith. One was for District Prosecuting
Attorney, in which he was defeated. The other was for
the State Senate in which he was elected. He was born
at Falmouth, Pendleton Co., Ky., August 6, 1834, and died
at the City Hospital in Owensboro, Ky., Sept. 25, 1903.
His father was Samuel Franklin Swoope, who was born
in Bourbon Co., Ky., March 9, 1809, and about 1833 he
moved to Falmouth, Ky., and entered upon the practice
of the law, and was soon regarded as one of the ablest
lawyers in his section. He represented Pendleton County
in the lower house of the legislature three terms, and
served one term in the State Senate. He represented
the old Tenth Kentucky district in the lower House of
Congress two terms, from 1855 to 1859. He was elected
as an American Party man or Know-Nothing. During
the Civil War he was an outspoken Union man. He died
soon after the close of the Civil War. His wife was
Louisa Cordelia Boston. Their children were 13, as
1 — Mary Catharine married William Field, a lawyer.
She lives in St. Louis. Mr. Field has been dead many
2 — George William married Elizabeth Love Patton.
3 — Mildred died in childhood.
4 — Elizabeth Frances died unmarried.
5 — Henrietta Cordelia died unmarried.
6 — Martha Ann married Ashel Clark.
7 — Charles Temple married Lucy Abernathy. He was
a commissioned officer in the Union army.
And Connections. 99
8— Etha Linda married William N. Maull, address
802, Washington St., Louisville, Ky.
9 — Douglas Patterson is not married. Address, Ed-
10 — Sydney died in childhood.
11 — Alva married Frank Watkins.
12 — Henry died in childhood.
13 — Edgar died when 2 or 3 years old.
My wife's mother, who before her marriage, was Eliz-
abeth Love Patton, is a daughter of Major John Poins
Patton, whose wife was Julia Ann Anderson, a daughter
of Claiborn and Elizabeth (Knight) Anderson. All these
people lived in Mason Co., Ky. Major Patton's children
were 3, as follows:
1 — Thomas Claiborn. 2 — Amanda.
3 — Elizabeth Love.
1 — Thomas Claiborn Patton died when 18 months old.
2 — Amanda Patton married John L. Chiles. Her pres-
ent address is Falmouth, Ky. Her husband died about
40 years ago.
3 — Elizabeth Love Patton, as already twice stated,
married George William Swoope. She lives with me and
my wife at 1210, St. Ann St., Owensboro, Ky. There
were born to her marriage with George W. Swoope, 4
children, as follows:
1 — Mary Louise, my wife.
2 — John Franklin, always called Jack, address, Evans-
ville, Ind., R. F. D. Xo. 11, Park Heights. He is in the
employ of the L. &. X. R. R.
3 — Amanda Etha, died at the age of 17.
4 — George William died from a kick by a horse when
about 18 months old.
My children have been 6, as follows:
First wife: 1 — Maude.
2— Roy Yelton. 4— Claude.
3— Earl. 5— Earl Claude.
100 The Hughes Family
6 — Mildred Leander Swoope.
1 — Maude Hughes is not married. She has lived in
Nashville several years. She works at the business of
stenographer, typewriter and bookkeeper. Her address
is Girls' Christian Home, 131, Fifth Avenue North, Nash-
ville, Tenn. She is an active and a consistent member of
the Baptist church, and a Sunday School teacher.
2 — Roy Yelton Hughes was born in Marion, Ky.,
Sept. 19, 1882. On his 25th birthday, Sept. 19, 1907, he
married Emma Elizabeth Hoffman, of New Ulm, Minn.
She was born in Todd Co., Minn., Jan. 1, 1884. She is a
daughter of John Louis Hoffman, who was born in Vir-
ginia May 26, 1855, but spent his earliest boyhood days
in Baltimore, Maryland. When only about 7 years old
he, with his parents, passed through the terrible ordeal of
the Indian massacre at and around New Ulm in 1862. Mr.
Hoffman's family took refuge in old Fort Ridgely, 19
miles north of New Ulm during that awful holocaust, and
although the fort was almost shot to pieces, young Hoff-
man, with his father's family, escaped entirely uninjured.
On Sept. 25, 1876, John Louis Hoffman married Emma
Mary Steinbach in New Ulm, Brown Co., Minn. Mrs.
Hoffman was born at Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, February
To this union have been born 14 children, of whom 13
are living, 7 sons and 6 daughters. Roy's wife, Emma
Elizabeth, is one of the number. The family names of
both of Emma's parents indicate German descent, and
Emma is well versed in the language of that race. She
speaks and writes German and English with equal fluency.
Roy is a very capable electrician, and works at that
business, but has followed other pursuits. For a con-
siderable time he traveled for the International Corre-
spondence School at Scranton, Penn., during which time
he traveled all over the Upper Mississippi and Missouri
River country, with headquarters at different places. He
has given considerable attention to invention. He and
And Connections. 101
his brother-in-law, Mr. Hoffman, have recently patented
an automatic fire-alarm, and also what is known as the
Hughes-Hoffman Key-ring pocket lock, for travelers. It
can be manipulated only from the inside. Roy's address
is Aberdeen, South Dakota.
The children of this marriage have been 2, as follows:
a — Yelton Leander, who was born at Xew Ulm, Minn.,
Nov. 4, 1908, and died at St. Luke's hospital in Aberdeen,
S. D., Sept. 20, 1909.
b — Edward John Hughes was born in Aberdeen, South
Dakota, April 26, 1910.
3 — Earl Hughes was born in Marion, Ky., March 9,
1884, and died October 22, 1884.
4 — Claud was born at Pawnee Rock, Kansas, Sept.
15, 1885, and died Sept. 17, 1886.
5 — Earl Claud was born Oct. 2, 1887, and died Aug.
6 — Mildred Leander Swoope Hughes was born at 105,
Maple Street, Owensboro, Ky., Oct. 12, 1901. She is in
school, in the 4th grade, a good little student.
In response to a letter that I recently addressed to
Capt. \Y. T. Ellis, an ex-member of Congress, and who
for more than thirty years has ranked among the ablest
members of the Owensboro bar, I received the following
Owensboro, Ky., Nov. 3, 1910.
Hon. W. J. L. Hughes,
My Dear Friend:
In answer to your letter of yesterday will say I was
well acquainted with your wife's father, Honorable George
William Swoope. I knew him for thirty-five years prior
to the date of his death and was intimately associated
with him at the Owensboro bar and had ample oppor-
tunity to know him, as a lawyer, a citizen and neighbor.
George W. Swoope was in his younger life a remark-
ably handsome and a highly cultured and accomplished
man. He was a natural lawyer, and although never a dili-
102 The Hughes Family
gent student, he was one of the best practitioners of law
I ever knew.
When I came to the bar in 1870 Mr. Swoope was in
full practice; he was on one side or the other of every
important civil suit, not only in the Daviess Circuit Court,
but in the various courts of this Judicial district. As a
criminal lawyer he had no superior and as a result of his
skill and personal popularity he had a monopoly of the
criminal practice. He was an orator of first-class ability.
I have heard him deliver some of the most magnificent
addresses to juries that I ever heard any lawyer deliver.
If Mr. Swoope had applied himself diligently and had
husbanded his resources he would have died a very rich
One of the most brilliant races ever made in this
Judicial district was the race he made for Common-
wealth's Attorney in 1867. He canvassed the district thor-
oughly, and although his opponent was a distinguished
Confederate soldier, and although the district was over-
whelmingly Southern in its sympathies, Mr. Swoope ran
a remarkable race. His speeches throughout that cam-
paign were not only an able presentation of the grounds
on which he based his claim for election, but were a thor-
ough and accurate discussion of the political issues then
before the country. Mr. Swoope was a strong Southern
sympathizer during the Civil War, though he was never
in the army, and his discussion of the hardships to which
Southern sympathizers who remained at home were sub-
jected during the Civil War and the espionage which was
set about them, was never so graphically described or
thrillingly told either before or since that day.
One of the most exciting races in which Mr. Swoope
was a candidate was his race for the State Senate, in
which race his opponent was the Honorable Edwin
Hawes, a man of great personal popularity and large
family influences. The Senatorial district in which Mr.
Swoope was a candidate was then composed of the coun-
ties of Daviess and Hancock. No race was ever made
And Connections. 103
which attracted so much public attention not only in the
Senatorial district, but throughout the State. Mr. Swoope,
although running against one of the best known, most in-
fluential and popular citizens of the district, was elected
by a handsome majority. His services in the State Senate
were alike honorable to himself and his district. He was
a leader in the State Senate from the day he took his seat
in that body to the last day of his services there.
After his race for the Senate he was never again a
candidate for a political office, but confined himself to
the practice of his profession.
In the courthouse Mr. Swoope was the most courte-
ous, polite and affable lawyer who ever appeared at the
Owensboro bar. His bearing toward the court and oppos-
ing counsel was at all times most affable and courteous.
It is doubtful if there has appeared within the last
three-quarters of a century any lawyer at any bar in Ken-
tucky who was the superior of George W. Swoope, es-
pecially in the practice of the criminal law. His influence
with juries was simply something marvelous. He had the
power not only to sway juries by his public addresses, but
he had that faculty which made him one of the mo?t
popular men in this Judicial district. Mr. Swoope be-
longed to an excellent family of people, his father having
been twice a member of Congress and a very distinguished
and prominent citizen in the eastern part of Kentucky
where he lived. Yours truly,
W. T. ELLIS.
b — Isaac Goodall, second child of John James and
Susan (Gass) Hughes, was born in Simth Co., Tenn.,
Oct. 28, 1845, and died at the same place, of measles in
c — Ira Campbell Hughes was born in Smith Co., Tenn.,
Sept. 9, 1847. He married Lucy Ann Jones, a daughter of
James T. and Elizabeth Ann Jones, in Crittenden Co.,
Kentucky, May 4, 1873. She died in November, 1874, at
the birth of her first child. In April or May, 1879, he
104 The Hughes Family
married Sallie Ann Carter, a daughter of Garland Carter.
She died about 1887 or '88, and in 1890, he married Mallie
Ann Mott, a daughter of James Mott, and a sister of Rev.
William E. Mott.
Ira has always followed the business of farming. He
lives about 3 miles east of Marion, Ky., on the I. C. rail-
road, which runs through his farm. Address, Marion, Ky.
His children are 3 in number, as follows:
First wife: 1 — James Lacy.
2 — Virgil Eletheridge. 3 — Camilla Keturah.
There are no children of the third marriage.
1 — James Lacy Hughes was born in Crittenden Co.,
Ky., Nov. 24, 1874. He married Cora May Fritts, a daugh-
ter of Josiah Franklin Fritts. Her mother was a Miss
Elkins, a daughter of William Elkins. Cora was born
in Crittenden Co., Ky., Feb. 28, 1878. They live in Pa-
ducah, Ky., and Lacy is a machine operator in the planing
mill department of the car repair shops of the Illinois
Central R. R. Address, C. O. I. C. Shops, Paducah, Ky.
They had 1 child, Verballee, born Dec. 18, 1905. Died
April 24, 1906.
2 — Virgil Eletheridge Hughes was born in Crittenden
Co., Ky., in 1881. He is unmarried. He is a farmer, an
industrious and steady young man. I think his address
is Marion, Ky.
3 — Camilla Keturah Hughes married Moses Lanham.
He was killed in a railroad accident a few months ago.
Camilla lives with her father. One child, a son named
Carroll Gray, was born to this marriage.
d — Winfield Scott Hughes was born in Smith Co.,
Tenn., Aug. 22, 1849. He is a farmer and carpenter. He
married his cousin Mary Elizabeth Alison, a daughter of
Moses and Elizabeth (Hughes) Alison. Address, Marion,
Ky. No children.
e — Hardy Boze Hughes was born in Crittenden Co.,
Ky., June 27, 1851. He married Ianthia Gill, a daughter
of James Francis and Adeline (Lynn) Gill, in June, 1872.
STERLING BERNARD HUGHES. STANDING,
AND BROTHER, MADISON PETER.- SITTING
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He was a farmer and worked at the carpenter's trade
some. He was remarkable for his industry and morality.
He was a member of the Baptist church. He died June
16, 1875, leaving 1 child, named James Francis, born
March 22, 1873. A posthumous child was born Sept. 24,
1875, and named Hardy Boze. This last child died Oct.
23, 1878. The older son, James Francis married Eva Lena
McCandless, who was born Feb. 25, 1871. They married
Dec. 23, 1894. He has always been a farmer. Address
Bayou. Ky. To this union have been born 2 children, as
1 — Vela. 2 — Junie Euline.
1— Vela Hughes, born and died Oct. 9, 1895.
2 — Junie Euline Hughes was born June 9. 1907.
f — James Bridges ) Twins were born in Smith
g — Samuel Bridgewater \ Co., Tenn., Jan. 6, 1854.
f — James Bridges Hughes married Henrie Grissom. a
daughter of Alexander and Rebecca (Shoemaker) Gris-
som, in 1876. He has been a farmer, but for 20 years has
been a carpenter, painter, paper hanger. &c. Address,
Marion, Ky. There has been born to this marriage 1 child,
Seldon Hughes, who was born about the year 1877. He is
not married. He is a printer, and works steadily at his
trade. He makes his home with his parents in Marion, Ky.
g — Samuel Bridgewater Hughes, a twin brother of the
preceding, was born Jan. 6. 1854. He married Margaret
Emily Flanary. a daughter of James Fidelia and Mary
Jane Flanary, in Crittenden Co., Ky. He has been a far-
mer and carpenter. Address Sykeston, Mo. They have
'1 child, a daughter, named Ina May. She is unmarried.
h — Nancy Bell Hughes was born in Smith Co., Tenn.,
March 23, 1856. She married Thomas Nathaniel James, a
son of Garry Spink or Spencer James, in Crittenden Co.,
Ky.. May 1, 1872. He was a farmer. He was born Feb.
23, 1848, and died April 28, 1883. The widow now lives at
Twenty-fifth and Jackson Sts., Paducah, Ky.
The children of this marriage are 4, as follows:
106 The Hughes Family
1 — Susan Brittania. 3 — John Lacy.
2 — William Thomas. 4 — Walter Samuel.
1 — Susan Brittania James was born June 1, 1873. She
married Leven Carr Perry, Dec. 24, 1890. He was born
Feb. 26, 1863. He has followed various branches of the
mercantile business. He is now employed as Night Fore-
man at the Street Car Barn. His address is 1032, South
Eleventh Street, Paducah, Ky. The children of this mar-
riage are 2, as follows:
a — Raymond Randolph. b — James Reginald.
a — Raymond Randolph Perry was born Nov. 15, 1892.
He is a bright and promising boy 18 years old, with a
marked predilection for business. He is now employed in
the Illinois Central R. R. Shops in Paducah, Ky.
f — Little James Regniald Perry was born Sept. 16,
1905, and is several years younger than his brother, and
of course little more can be expected of him yet than to be
a good boy and stud} 7 his lessons well.
2 — William Thomas James was born Sept. 26, 1875.
He married Emma Pearl Henson, a daughter of Samuel
and Margaret (Cardin) Henson, Dec. 25, 1901. Pearl was
born Aug. 19, 1881. He is a mechanic, and is employed in
the car repairing department of the Illinois Central rail-
road shops in Paducah, Ky. Address, Twenty-eighth and
Tennessee Sts., Paducah, Ky.
There is 1 child, a daughter, Lora Thelma, born Oct.
3 — John Lacy James was born March 16, 1878. He
married Iturea Morgan, a daughter of William and Susan
(Moss) Morgan. He is a mechanic, and works at the
same place as his brother William Thomas. His wife
died in 1905. He makes his home with his mother at
Twenty-fifth and Jackson Sts.. Paducah. Ky. He has 1
child, a son named Robert Lincoln, born June 9, 1902.
4 — Walter Samuel James was born Sept. 26, 1880. He
is not married. He has followed various pursuits, has
been connected with the street car service in Memphis,
Tenn., and has operated several pressing clubs in that
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city. He now has a clerkship in the postoffice in Mem-
phis. He is a most exemplary young man. His address
is 747, Beale Street, Memphis, Tenn.
These three James boys were brought up on a farm
and were taught to work from their childhood, but in
the meantime they all obtained a good business education.
i — John McLaren (Mack) Hughes was born in Smith
Co., Tenn., May 24, 1858. On March 19, 1890, he married
Ida Olive Mott, a daughter of James Mott and a sister of
Ira C. Hughes' wife, Mallie Ann. Ida Olive (Ollie) was
born Jan. 17. 1869. Mack has followed the business of
farming mainly, but also works at carpenter's trade, paint-
ing, &c. Address, Marion, Ky. Their children are 2, as
1 — Huston Hicks. 2 — Zilpah Gertrude.
1 — Huston Hicks Hughes was born Sept. 2, 1897.
2 — Zilpah Gertrude was born June 8, 1901.
j — George Warren Sumpter Hughes was born in Crit-
tenden Co., Ky., April 18, 1861. On June 15, 1892, he mar-
ried Margaret Dorcas Sigler, who was born Aug. 5, 1871.
She was a daughter of Francis U. and Margaret Ann Sig-
ler. Her father was a Baptist minister. Farming was
George's principal business through life, but for several
years from about 1888 to '92 he was engaged in the mail
and passenger transfer business from Marion to Princeton
via Shady Grove and intermediate points. In cutting
down a tree he was intsantly killed by the tree falling
across his body, March 6, 1908. That was in Caldwell
Co., Ky., near Shady Grove. His widow, Margaret Dor-
cas, lives in Caldwell Co., near Shady Grove, which is her
address. The children of this marriage are 6, as follows:
1 — Vera Dothan, born in Crittenden Co., Ky., April
2 — Ezra Carman, born in Caldwell Co., Ky., July 21,
3 — Florence Bell, born in Caldwell Co., Ky., Dec. 15,
108 The Hughes Family
4 — Eulalia Violet, born in Crittenden Co., Ky., Dec.
5 — Margaret Achilla, born in Crittenden Co., Ky., Jan.
6 — Georgie Thelma, born in Caldwell Co., Ky., Aug.
1 — Vera Dothan Hughes married Lee Franklin Mc-
Dowell, a grand-son of Jesse McDowell.
k — Ulyses Grant Hughes was born in Crittenden Co.,
Ky., June 24, 1863. On May 15, 1902, he married Anna
Lavinia Blackburn, a daughter of Rev. E. B. Blackburn, of
Marion, Ky. Anna was born March 3, 1879. Grant was
brought up on a farm, attended the public schools of his
native county, and attended Clinton College, Clinton, Ky.
He taught some in his younger days, entered the ministry
of the Baptist church, was ordained to preach Feb. 24,
1898. His first call to a pastorate was by the First Baptist
church of Elizabethtown, Illinois. After remaining with
that church one year, he resigned and returned to his
own State and county on account of the confirmed ill
health of his father. Since the death of his father in 1901,
he has been continuously engaged in pastoral work, having
the pastorate of from two to four churches constantly.
He lives in Marion, Ky., but owns a farm in the country
10 — Little Berry Hughes married Drucilla Tuck in
Smith Co., Term., in the early 40's. Soon after his mar-
riage he moved to Butler Co., Ky., and later to Logan Co.
in the same State. He was a successful farmer, provided
well for his family, and gave liberally to the Methodist
church, of which he was a faithful, consistent member.
He died, I think, between 1890 and '95. I regret that I
have not been able to obtain as complete a history of his
family, as I would wish.
His children were 8 in number, as follows:
a — William Powell. e — Jennie,
b — Edna Rebecca. f — Emma.
c — Selenda. g — Leander.
d — Elza. h — James Henry.
a — William Powell went to Texas when a young man.
He married a Miss Busby in that State. He is said to
have gone later to the Indian Territory, and all trace of
him has been lost.
b — Edna Rebecca Hughes married John Cardwell, a
farmer. Address, Sugar Grove, Ky. She died in March,
c — Selenda married William Deel. Address not
d — Elza Hughes married Thomas Bobbitt, a farmer.
Address, Sugar Grove, Ky.
e — Jennie Hughes married Scott Page. Address, Su-
gar Grove, Ky.
f — Emma Hughes married James Rush.
g — Leander Hughes married Emma Conifex or Car-
nifex. He died about 1 year after his marriage, and when
he was about 22 years old.
h — James Henry Hughes died in childhood.
110 The Hughes Family
I am not sure that the above arrangement of my
uncle Little Berry's children is exactly in the order of
11 — Elizabeth Hughes married Moses Allison, a far-
mer, carpenter and cabinet maker, in Smith Co., Tenn.
They moved to Crittenden Co., Ky., soon after marriage.
They moved back to Smith Co., Tenn., in 1852 or '53.
In 1867 they again moved to Crittenden Co., Ky., where
they resided the remainder of their lives. Elizabeth died
in 1868, and Moses in 1871 or 72.
Their children that survived the age of childhood were
7, as follows:
a — Rebecca Ann. d — Berry,
b — Leander Joseph. e — Mary Elizabeth,
c— Martha or Mattie. f— William Scott.
g — Fannie.
The above list is in the order, of age, but among them
are three other children that died in childhood. They
were Simeon, Samuel and Sallie McCoy.
a — Rebecca Ann Allison married her cousin Simeon
W. Allison, now deceased. The present address of Re-
becca Ann is probably Princeton, Ky. Her children are
4, as follows:
1 — Monroe. 3 — Moses Wesley.
2 — Nancy Green. 4 — Wade.
1 — Moses died unmarried.
2 — Nancy Green married Joel Cox. She is a widow.
3 — Moses Wesley died in infancy.
4 — Wade died unmarried.
b — Leander Joseph Allison was variously employed.
He was a farmer, painter, and I think also a carpenter.
So far as I know he is yet living, but I have not his ad-
dress. His last address known to me was Arkansas City.
He has been married several times. His first wife
was Jane Kimsey. His second was Elizabeth Fortner.
His third was Mrs. Ellen (Grisson) Crayne. I understand
that he has married at least twice since the death of his
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third wife, but I am not advised as to the names of his
last wives. He has 2 children, both of the first marriage:
1 — David, married Rosa Frizell or Frazell.
2 — William is married, but the name of his wife is
c — Martha or Mattie Allison was twice married. Her
first husband was Richard Randall, whom she married in
Smith Co., Tenn. Her second husband was James Lee
Walker, a son of Rev. Paul L. H. Walker. His last known
address was Princeton, Ky. Mattie's children of the two
marriages have been 6, as follows:
First husband: 1 — Elizabeth.
2 — Ida Lee. 4 — William.
3 — Lula Ann. 5 — Paul.
6 — Ezra.
1 — T have no information concerning Elizabeth Ran-
2 — Ida Lee Walker married Lafayette Shaw. Address
3 — Lula Ann Allison is not married.
4 — William Walker married Mattie Walker, a cousin.
5 — Paul Walker is married, but the name of his wife
is not known.
6 — Ezra Walker married Lucy Smith.
d — Berry Allison married Sallie Ann Pool, whose
father was for a long time Jailer of Caldwell Co., Ky.
He is a carpenter, and has followed other pursuits. He
has served as City Marshal of Princeton at least one term.
His address is Princeton, Ky. Their children are 5, as
1— Elizabeth. 3— Willie.
2 — Lexie. 4 — Essie.
1 — Elizabeth Allison married her second cousin Berry
Allison, a son of Samuel Allison.
2 — Lexie (probably Alexis) married Maud Clayton.
3 — Willie Allison married W'illiam Allen.
112 The Hughes Family
4 — Essie. The facts of her history not given.
5 — Delia Allison married Frank Hughes.
e — Mary Elizabeth Allison married her cousin Win-
field Scott Hughes, whose sketch has been given.
f — William Scott Allison married Adeline Pool, a
sister of his brother Berry's wife. He has been a farmer,
and I think a carpenter, and has been City Marshal of
Princeton, Ky. His children are 4, as follows:
1— Bettie. 3— Beulah.
2 — Edgar. 4 — Estie.
1 — Bettie Allison married George Kenney.
2 — Edgar Allison died at the age of 8 years.
3 — Beulah married Clarence Brown.
4 — Estie Allison is not married.
g — Fannie Allison married her cousin John James
Hughes. For the children of this marriage, see sketch of
John James, son of Leonard Fretwell Hughes.
12 — William Hughes, my uncle, died unmarried at the
age of about 25. He was an unusually exemplary young
13 — Ira Bell Hughes married Scynthia Ann Franks. He
has been a farmer all his life, but has retired in recent years
from active participation in any business. He is now
about 86 or 87 years old. He and his brother, Seth Wade
Hughes and his sister Susan Lea Gass are the only sur-
vivors of Leander Hughes' family of 20 children. His
children are 10, as follows:
a — William Brookshire. f — Thomas Buell.
b — Theodoric M. g — Willis Anthony,
c — Jesse Bell. h — Rosana Delia,
d — Leander L. i — Albert,
e — Ira Marshall. j — Henry Cossitt.
All the survivors of the list of Ira Bell Hughes' family,
including Ira Bell himself receive their mail at Marion, Ky.
a — William Brookshire Hughes, a farmer and carpen-
ter, married Mary Conger.
b — Theodoric M. Hughes died in infancy.
c — Jesse Bell married Nancy J. Fritts, a daughter of
MRS. NANCY BELL JAMES
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Philip Fritts. He died about 1890. He had been a far-
mer and traveling salesman.
d — Leander L. Hughes has been twice married. His
first wife was Xilie Vanhook. His second and present
wife was Parthenia Vaughn.
e — Ira Marshall Hughes was twice married. His first
wife was Annie Moore. His second was Mary McXeely.
He was a farmer. He died in 1896.
f — Thomas Buell Hughes married Jane McXeeley. He
was a farmer. He died about 1890.
g — Willis Anthony Hughes married Elizabeth Minchie.
h — Rosana Delia has been twice married. Her first
husband was Anderson Xeal. Her second and present
husband is Rufus J. Ford.
i — Albert Hughes, generally called Allie, married his
brother Ira Marshall's widow.
j — Henry Cossitt Hughes died in childhood.
14 — Seth Wade Hughes was born in Smith Co., Tenn.,
Dec. 24, 1822. He married his second cousin, Xancy
Powell Davidson, a daughter of Josiah and Susan David-
son. He has been a carpenter. His address is Harrisburg,
Ills. The children of this marriage are 11, as follows:
a — Sumner Marble. f — William,
b — Harrington Stevens. g — Samuel,
c — Susan Jane. h — Lizzie,
d — Maggie. i — Charles Eddie,
e — Joseph Leander. j — Dockey.
k — Carrie Deane.
a — Sumner Marble Hughes married Julia Gaskins.
b — Harrington Stevens Hughes married Julia Stiff.
She died, and he married Mattie Morris.
c — Susan Jane, always called Mollie, has been twice
married. Her first husband was Frances Marion Wright,
a music teacher. Her second was Solomon Franklin
Williford, a lawyer.
d — Maggie died in infancy.
e — Joseph Leander married Tina Reece.
f — William married Stella Taylor.
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g — Samuel married Virginia Pearce.
h — Lizzie died in childhood.
i — Charles Eddie married Minnie Abbott.
j — Dockey was drowned in a well when he was about
5 years old. I presume he had some other name, but, if
so, I have not learned what it was.
k — Carrie Deane married Jesse T. Crouch.
I am wholly unadvised as to the address of any of
the children of my uncle Wade, except Mollie, whose ad-
dress is Harrisburg, Illinois.
15 — Foley Brookshire Hughes died unmarried in Crit-
tenden Co., Ky., at the age of about 18 or 20.
16 — Thomas Henry Hughes, youngest child of Lean-
der Hughes' second marriage, was born in Smith Co.,
Tenn., June 15, 1827. He was a carpenter. With the ex-
ception of a few months in 1851 he spent his entire life in
Smith Co., Tenn., and the adjoining county of DeKalb.
He was twice married. His first wife was Martha Gibbs,
a daughter of John and Mahulda (Perkins) Gibbs. His
second wife was a widow Brandon. He was a carpenter.
He died in DeKalb Co., Tenn., about the year 1890. Of
his first marriage there were 2 children:
a — Mahulda Bell married her cousin, Americus Smith,
a son of Joseph Smith.
b — Van died unmarried some time about, or prior to,
1890. There may have been a child or two that died in
infancy. Of Thomas Henry's second marriage there was
1 son named Lafayette Hughes, but I am not advised of
This closes the sketch of the children of the second
wife of Leander Hughes, Sr.
The third wife's children:
17 — Sarah Jane, always called Sallie Jane Hughes,
married John Henry Davidson, a second cousin. For the
names and marriages of their children see sketch of
John Henry Davidson, supra.
18 — Nancy Ann Hughes married Joel Thomas, a son
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of Diggs and Judith (Paris) Thomas, in Smith Co., Tenn.,
about 1855. They were cousins twice removed, their mothers
being first cousins. Very soon after their marriage they
moved to Western Missouri. Joel was a farmer. He and
Nancy Ann both died many years ago. They had but 1
child, Martha Ann Thomas. She married Thomas McKee
in 1877. He has been dead nearly 20 years. His address
was Latour, Mo. He was a dry goods merchant. Martha
died in May, 1907. They had 4 children, as follows:
a — William D. McKee. c — Lillian McKee.
b — Florence Esther McKee. d — Grover Cleveland McKee.
a — William D. McKee married Ora Terrell, in 1906.
They have no children.
b — Florence Esther McKee married William Richard
Wooldridge. Address, Blairstown, Mo. They have 1
child: Vivian Oleto Wooldridge.
19 — Jesse Paris Hughes was born in Smith Co., Tenn.,
Aug. 25, 1833. He married Holly Ward Porter, a daugh-
ter of Peter and Louisa (Ward) Porter. She was born
Sept. 1, 1828. Her mother was a daughter of John and
Holly (Mangrum) Ward of Smith Co., Tenn. Jesse P.
and his wife married in Johnson Co., Missouri. He was
a very prosperous and successful farmer. He died on a
farm about 3 miles south of Dunksburg, Johnson Co., Mo.,
Jan. 11, 1890. On that farm he and his wife had spent
their entire married life. Their children were 4 in num-
ber, as follows:
a — Mary Eliza. c — Martha Francis.
b — William Leander. d — Jesse Joel.
a — Mary Eliza, generally called Mollie, married John
Gunn about the year 1889 or '90. She died in December,
1903. She left no children.
b — William Leander Hughes married Lizzie McClel-
land Foster. He is a prosperous farmer and owns valua-
ble farm property in Johnson Co., Mo. Address, Knob
Xoster, Mo., on a free delivery route. His children that
survived infancy are 5, as follows:
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1 — Mary Foster. 3 — Edwin Francis.
2 — Wallace Ward. 4 — Jessie Lea.
They are all unmarried.
c — Martha Frances Hughes married William Delaney
Carmack, a second cousin to the late Senator Edward
Carmack of Tennessee. He is a farmer. He gives special
attention to fruit growing and dairying. Address, Knob
Noster, Mo. No children.
d — Jesse Joel Hughes married Orella Wallston. He
has been a farmer the greater portion of his life, but is
now employed as a rural mail carrier. He lives in Knob
20 — Susan Lea Hughes, youngest child of Leander
Hughes, Sr., was a posthumous child, born in January,
1837. Her father had died in November or December,
1836. She married Hardy Boze Gass, oldest child of
Joseph and Nancy Griffin (Boze) Gass. He was a farmer
all his life. The marriage was in the first days of January,
1854, at the home of Susan's half-brother John James
Hughes, with whom she had lived after she was 12 years
old. He was her guardian. In 1859, Hardy and Susan
Lea moved from Smith Co., Tenn., to Crittenden Co., Ky.,
and bought a farm about 4 miles north of Marion, the
county-seat. That was their home till the death of Hardy
B. in 1887. The widow still resides there. The children
that survived the age of early childhood were 3, as follows:
a — Martha Frances. b — Susan Isabel,
c — Fountain Sherman.
a — Martha Frances first married Josiah Baird, a son
of Jesse Baird. He died, and she afterwards married
Ewell Lycurgus Slayton, a son of John Slayton. Her
first husband was a farmer. So is her present one. They
live on a farm near Martha's mother. Address, Marion,
Ky. There have been no children of either marriage.
b — Susan Isabel Gass married Levi Brown. Both
have been dead for more than 20 years. They left 2 chil-
dren, a daughter and a son, as follows:
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1 — Mary Green. 2 — Gordon.
These two children lived with their grandmother
Gass after the death of their parents.
1 — Mary Green married James Ford, a son of Gale
Ford, and a grand-son of Burton Ford, in December, 1909.
He is a farmer. Address, Marion, Ky.
2 — Gordon Brown is unmarried, and at latest advices
was still making his home with his grandmother Gass.
c — Fountain Sherman Gass married Lavinia Edith
Conger. He is a farmer. Lives on a part of the parental
home. Address, Marion, Ky. The children of this mar-
riage are 4, three daughters and one son, as follows:
1— Myrtle. 3— Eula.
2 — Ora. 4 — Kenneth.
Second names, if any, have not been ascertained.
This closes the history of the descendants of Leander
Susannah, youngest daughter of Powell Hughes, Sr.,
married Charles Walker in Prince Edward Co., Va., and
moved to Smith Co., Tenn., and later to Muhlenberg Co.,
Ky., and all trace of the family has been lost.
Of the 6 children of Powell Hughes that came from
Prince Edward Co., Virginia, to Smith Co., Tenn., Gede-
liah was the only one that came unmarried. He was his
father's youngest child. He appears to have come to
Tennessee about as early as either of his brothers. He
has been described as both tall and large with black hair,
altogether a very prepossessing man. He married Eliza-
beth Walker, a daughter of George Walker, who lived
on the Cumberland river a short distance above Cedar
Bluff, Smith Co., Tenn., and about 4 miles from Dixon's
Springs. The place is now the property of a Mrs. Allen,
and is described as a beautiful home. The present resi-
dence is brick, built after the marriage of Gedeliah and
Elizabeth. After his marriage he lived on a large farm
across the line in W T ilson County, and owned a large num-
ber of slaves. He died early in life, hardly 40. He was
always a farmer. After, his death his widow married a
man named George Duncan. This marriage proved to be
an unhappy one for her.
Gedeliah's children were 5, as follows:
1 — John Powell. 3 — Berry.
2 — William Leander. 4 — Eliza.
5 — Gedeliah or Gideon.
1 — John Powell Hughes was born Aug. 12, 1810. He
first married Eliza Chambers Freeland, who was born
March 24, 1817, and died May 2, 1840. His second wife
was Mary Freeland, a sister of his first wife, who was
born April 5, 1823. John Powell was a farmer and lived
on a part of the parental homestead, and afterward a mer-
chant in Hartsville, Tenn. He gave a good deal of atten-
The Hughes Family 119
tion to fine stock. I have not the date of his death, but
he died more than 50 years ago. His children that sur-
vived the age of early childhood were 8, as follows:
a — Eliza Jane. b — Mary Elizabeth,
c — James Freeland (Sank).
d — Martha Melvina. f — Charles Morgan,
e — Mildred Agnes. g — George Etta,
h — Kate Martin.
Charles H. and Elizabeth Agnes died in infancy.
a — Eliza Jane Hughes died unmarried after reaching
the age of womanhood.
b — Mary Elizabeth Hughes married George Burton.
She died, leaving 1 son named James Burton. He mar-
ried Kate Sanford. Address, Lebanon, Tenn., R. F. D. 10,
c — James Freeland Hughes died in his twentieth year.
d — Martha Melvina Hughes was born April 2, 1843.
She married Thomas Clark Carson, of Morgantown. Ky.
He was born April 2, 1823, and died at Morgantown, Ky.,
July 3rd, 1897. Martha Melvina was his second wife. She
died Jan. 14, 1909, leaving 1 child, a son, named Justus
Oliver Carson, who was born Dec. 22, 1877. Thomas C.
Carson was a prosperous farmer of Butler Co., Ky. He
was a public spirited citizen, prominent in the afTairs of
his community. He was elected to the office of County
Judge in 1870. The present court-house at Morgantown
was built during his term. In 1880 he organized the Mor-
gantown Deposit Bank, of which he was president till his
death. There is every evidence that Martha Carson was
a woman of rare mental force and amiability of character.
The son, Justus Oliver Carson is unmarried. He is cashier
of the bank organized by his father or of a bank organized
by his half brother, John M. Carson. He is active in
church and Sunday-school work.
e — Mildred Agnes Hughes married her cousin James
Little Berry Hughes, a son of John Walker Hughes.
120 The Hughes Family
Their children have been given under the head of James
Little Berry Hughes.
f — Charles Morgan Hughes has been twice married.
His first wife was Cornelia Barxdale, a daughter of
Thomas Barxdale. His second wife was a widow, a
younger sister of his first, Mrs. Sue Lowe, nee Barxdale.
He was a farmer early in life, but about 1875, he went to
Nashville and engaged in the building material business,
in which he has been very successful. His place of bus-
iness is 901, First Avenue North, Nashville, Tenn.
The children born of his two marriages are 8 in num-
ber, as follows:
1 — Leila. 2 — Thomas Richard. 3 — Susie.
4 — Euphemia Elizabeth. 6 — Maggie Clare.
5 — Mattie Dee. 7 — Virginia.
8 — Bessie.
1 — Leila married Dr. Albert Gallie Donoho. Address,
3 — Susie married James Christian about 3 years ago.
He is Traffic Manager of a railroad. His location is San
4 — Euphemia Elizabeth Hughes married James Cun-
ningham in September, 1910. He is a farmer. Address,
5 — Mattie Dee married Thomas Witherspoon of Cin-
cinnati, Ohio. He is a newspaper man. At last advices
he was reporting for the Cincinnati Evening Post.
So far as I am advised all the remaining 4 children
of Charles Morgan Hughes are unmarried, and with him.
g — George Etta Hughes was born Dec. 26, 1850. She
married William Baldry Anderson, who was born Oct.
12, 1840. He is a very prosperous farmer in Logan Co.,
Ky. Address, Oakville, Ky. The children of this mar-
riage have been 3, as follows:
1 — Hugh William. 2 — Harry Powell.
3 — Mary Agnes.
READING FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:— JOHN LACY.
WILLIAM THOMAS AND WALTER SAMUEL JAMES
And Connections. 121
1 — Hugh William Anderson was born July 8, 1887.
He is a flagman on the Louisville & Nashville railroad.
He is not married.
2 — Harry Powell Anderson was born Nov. 9, 1891. He
is still with his parents and in school.
3 — Mary Agnes Anderson was born Jan. 23, 1895, and
died July 6, 1896.
h — Kate Martin Hughes married John Snoddy. She
died, leaving 4 children, as follows:
1 — Carson. 2 — Odelia.
3— Mabel. 4— William.
I regret that I am not sufficiently advised of the 4
Snoddy children to make any statement concerning their
2 — William Leander Hughes was twice married. His
first wife was Sallie Burford, of Smith Co., Tenn. His sec-
ond was Sallie Bell of Wilson Co., Tenn. He married his
first wife about 1840. She was a daughter of John Haw-
kinds Burford, who was a soldier in the War of 1812, and a
great-grand-daughter of the noted divine, Rev. Daniel
Burford, one of the pioneer preachers of that section of
country. She was related to Major David Burford, who
was in his day one of the most prominent men of affairs
in his community. The Burford family has, from the days
of the cane brakes down to the present, been one of the
most public spirited and conspicuous in the history of
A few years after William Leander's marriage he
bought from his brother, John Powell, his farm which
was a part of the paternal estate, and John Powell went
to Hartsville, Tenn., and engaged in the mercantile bus-
iness. A few years later he went to Williamson County,
Illinois. After a two years' residence there his wife died.
He then moved back to Smith Co., Tenn., where he spent
the remainder of his life. His children made their home
with their mother's parents till their father's second mar-
riage, which was about 4 years from the death of his first
122 The Hughes Family
wife. The oldest child, Araminta, continued with her
grand-parents till she married.
I have the testimony of this daughter that her step-
mother was a most estimable woman, very kind and
motherly to her step children. William Leander was a
farmer. He died near Dixon's Springs, Tenn. There were
no children of the second marriage. Of the first, there
were 4 ,as follows:
a — Araminta Dormer. c — John Gideon.
b — Lafayette. d — Mary Victoria.
a — Araminta Dormer Hughes was born Dec. 26,
1841. She married Samuel Moody Bransford, a Confeder-
ate soldier, and a farmer, at Dixon's Springs, Tenn., Dec.
23, 1863. He was instantly killed by the explosion of
Shaw's mill, near Dixon's Springs, Tenn., May 16, 1879.
He had no interest in the mill. In passing by, he stepped
in to speak to some one inside, when the boiler gave way
in a terrific explosion, killing Mr. Bransford. No others
were killed, though several were seriously injured. Mrs.
Bransford was left with 2 sons aged respectively 11 and 7
years. She had lost 2 little girls by death. The names
of her sons were as follows:
1 — William Richard. 2 — Gideon Fletcher.
1 — William Richard Bransford married Virginia
Mayes of Huntsville, Alabama. For a number of years
he traveled for a wholesale house in Chattanooga at a
large salary. His wife belonged to an excellent family,
and a bright and happy life lay before him apparently;
but he contracted typhoid fever, and died at Huntsville,
Ala., in 1898, leaving 1 child, a daughter, named Mary
Elizabeth Bransford. His widow has married A. J.
Nichols, an architect. Address. Huntsville, Ala.
2 — Gideon Fletcher Bransford married Mary Bowman,
of Riddleton, Tenn. He is a farmer, living on a farm of
his own one-half mile from Dixon's Springs on the turn-
pike leading from that place to Carthage, Tenn. His
mother lives with him. His children are 4, as follows,
with their ages given:
And Connections. 123
1 — Elizabeth Hughes, 14. 3 — James Samuel, 9.
2 — William Richard, 12. 4 — Martha Thompson, 6.
b — Fafayette Hughes was killed in the Confederate
army in 1863. He was unmarried.
c — John Gideon Hughes went West, and has not been
heard from in the last 20 years. He is supposed to be
dead. If living he would be about 60 years old. So far
as known he never married.
d — Mary Victoria Hughes married William Kyle, and
moved to Texas. She died, leaving 3 children, whose
names are not known. All traces of the family were lost
several years ago.
3 — Berry Hughes, son of Gedeliah Hughes, Sr., died
of consumption at his brother John Powell's, when not
quite 21 years old.
4 — Eliza Hughes, sister of the above, died in child-
5 — Gedeliah or Gideon Hughes was a posthumous
child, born a few months after his father's death, and
named for his father. He appears to have made his home
with his brother John Powell Hughes till his marriage.
He married Rowena Jones who lived near McMinnville,
Tenn., and was engaged in the mercantile business in that
town till about the close of the Civil War when he went
to Dallas, Texas. At some subsequent time, he died at
the latter place. His widow returned with her children
to her people. It appears that there were several chil-
dren of this marriage, but I am not advised as to the
number, or the names of any of them.
Samuel or John Gass.
As to the name of the original progenitor of our
branch of the Gass family in America there has been some
confusion. That it was either Samuel or John there is no
reason to doubt. He came from Ireland, probably as early
as 1740, and perhaps after temporary halts at other places,
finally settled in Pennsylvania only a few miles from
Philadelphia. It is thought that he married in Ireland,
but the name of his wife has not been handed down to
There is nothing now positively known of the names
of any of his children except Samuel, about whose name
there is no doubt whatever, and who was my great-grand-
Here I will mention the fact that nearly sixty years
ago, when I was a very small boy, I heard my grand-
father, Joseph Gass, a son of Samuel, say that he (Joseph)
had an uncle with Daniel Boone in Kentucky. Now, it is
a fact well known in Kentucky history, that Miss Jennie
Gass, a daughter of John Gass, Miss Jemima Boone and a
Miss Fletcher, while amusing themselves in a boat in
Kentucky river near the fort at Boonesboro, were sur-
prised and captured and carried away by a band of In-
dians. They were pursued and the girls all rescued un-
harmed. I have always believed that this John Gass was
the uncle referred to by my grand-father. If so he was
a brother, probably an older brother, of my great-grand-
father. Samuel Gass. This appears to me to be a very
strong case of circumstantial evidence, but in the absence
of any positive proof connecting us with John Gass, I
leave the reader to draw his own deductions.
The name of Gass often appears in the civil and polit-
The Hughes Family 125
ical history of Tennessee. John__Gass was one of the
representatives from Green County in the first General
Assembly of the State, which convened on March 28, 1796,
and appears to have been elected to the second and third
One T. X. Gass represented Rhea County in the Leg-
islature that was elected in 1880.
Whether or not any of these were related to Samuel
I have no means of ascertaining.
Xow, to return to Samuel Gass. He grew to manhood
under the parental roof in Pennsylvania, and married
Xancy Rose, said to be of English parentage. This union
was blessed with 12 children, given in the order of their
ages, as follows:
1 — John. 5 — Hannah. 9 — Peggy.
2 — Joseph. 6 — Henry. 10 — Samuel.
3— Mollie. 7— David. 11— Jonathan.
4— Xancy. 8— Rachel. 12— Bettie.
The reader will note the fact that there are both a
John and a Jonathan. It is probable that the correct
names of Mollie and Peggy were Mary and Margaret re-
spectively, and that Bettie's name was Elizabeth.
When the second son, Joseph, my maternal grand-
father, was about 12 years old, which was about the year
1796, Samuel left his Pennsylvania home, and following
the trough-like valleys of the Apalachian chain, as the
custom with emigrants then, was, he moved down into
Hawkins County, East Tennessee, and settled on a farm
on the Xorth Fork of Holston river.
Here he remained for about 8 years, when about
1804, he removed to Monroe County, Kentucky. In 1819
he again took the emigrant trail, moving this time to
Franklin County, Tennessee. There he bought, and set-
tled on a farm on Big Crow Creek, where he spent the
remainder of his life. He died there in 1827.
Xow, for a brief sketch of the marriages of Samuel's
Henry, David and Rachel all died unmarried, but as
126 The Hughes Family
to the times, places or circumstances of their respective
deaths, I am wholly unadvised.
1 — John married Tamar Cheeney in Monroe Co., Ky.,
and afterwards moved to Illinois, after which he disap-
pears from the family history.
3 — Mollie married William Condrey in Monroe Co.,
Ky. They spent their lives and died in that county, and
their descendants, or some of them at least, live there
now. Mr. Condrey appears to have been a man of con-
siderable talent, a sort of genius, but very eccentric and
erratic. He was at one time a captain of militia, and it
is said would attend the musters, so common in those
days, dressed in a suit of the finest blue broad cloth regi-
mentals, epauletts on his shoulders, a military plume in
his hat, a shining sword by his side and — barefooted. He
once made the race for the Legislature, but was defeated.
It has been said that his eccentric acts were the principal
factor in his defeat. It appears that no one doubted either
his ability or his integrity.
4 — Nancy Gass married Job Odell either in Monroe
Co., Ky., or the adjoining County of Jackson, Tenn. They
afterwards went West, and were last heard from in Texas.
5 — Hannah Gass married John Sammonds in Frank-
lin Co., Tenn., went to Walker Co., Georgia, thence to
Arkansas, and all trace of them became lost.
9 — Peggy Gass married William Barnett in Franklin
County, Tennessee, and afterwards moved to some part of
Georgia, and nothing more is definitely known of them
or their descendants.
10 — Samuel Gass, Jr., married Priscilla Williams in
Franklin Co., Tenn., and moved to Rutherford Co., Tenn.
Nothing more is known of them. I recently addressed a
letter of inquiry to the Sheriff of that county, and received
the information that nobody bearing the name of Gass
now lives in his county.
11 — Jonathan Gass married Mary Crownover in Frank-
lin Co., Tenn., and is thought to have moved to Alabama,
and nothing more is known of him.
And Connections. 127
12 — Bettie Gass married in Rutherford Co., Term., but
the name of her husband has been forgotten. At the
time of her marriage her widowed mother had moved to
Rutherford Co., Tenn., and she and her mother may have
been living together, or what is more probable, they may
have both been living with Samuel.
2 — Although Joseph Gass was the second one of his
father's children, I omitted his sketch till the last because
he being my grand-father, I shall be able to say more
about him and his posterity than about any of his brothers
and sisters from the fact that I know more about them.
While Samuel Gass and his family were residing in
Monroe Co., Ky., about the year 1811 or '12, Joseph came
down into Smith County, Tenn., and engaged in making
saltpeter on Peyton's Creek. Here he met Xancy Griffin
Boze, a daughter of Hardy Boze. This accidental back-
woods meeting was the fateful episode that sooner or
later comes to most men, and women as well. This
casual acquaintance, formed beneath the umbrageous
branches of the forest primeval, ripened into friendship,
and friendship, under the magic spell of tender words,
met by furtive glances shot out from beneath eyebrows
that formed a rich setting in a forehead of alabaster,
whose beauty was heightened by a profusion of blushes,
such as are never seen except when some coy maiden
with downcast eyes inclines her head, and for the first
time in her young life, listens to the rapturous tale of
love as it is poured into her ears by some manly and stal-
wart young swain, reached its full fruition, when on the
30th day of December, 1812, the 'Squire pronounced them
one; and they faithfully began life's battle with their
naked hands as their only weapons.
My grand-father was strictly a farmer. He continued
to reside in Smith County, Tenn., till 1828, when at the
request of his mother, he moved to Franklin Co., Tenn.,
and took charge of her farm, his father, as already stated,
having died the previous year. He remained in Franklin
Co. till 1832, when he moved back to Smith County, and
128 The Hughes Family
bought a farm of about 200 acres from John Cooper,
father of Timothy Cooper. This farm lay along the east
bank of Caney Fork River, the lower end of the tract be-
ing exactly opposite the mouth of Mulherrin's Creek. It
was a tract of very fertile land.
My grand-mother died December, 1842, on her 50th
birthday. He later married Mrs. Elizabeth Hughes, widow
of my uncle Gideon Hughes and a daughter of Obadiah
Paris. She died in June, 1856. My grand-father died on
the night of Oct. 9, 1857, at the age of about 73, having
spent the last 25 years of his life on his Caney Fork farm
in quiet retirement, surrounded with comfort and plenty,
if not in luxury.
I was in my 14th year when my grand-father Gass
died. He was the only one of my grand-parents that I
ever saw, the others all having died before I was born.
As already stated he was Irish on his father's side and
English on his mother's, but he possessed all the better
characteristics of a full-blooded Irishman. The Irish
brogue could be clearly detected in almost every sentence
that he uttered, and he was rich in all the better and
nobler attributes of that remarkable race. He was quick
to anger, but as quick to forgive. If his language was
some times more vigorous than classic his intentions were
His education was extremely limited, he being barely
able to read, and to write a very little; but he was a vora-
cious reader, and few persons in his community were as
well informed in history as was he. He was especially
well versed in the sacred Scriptures, which it was interest-
ing to hear him discuss. He was never connected with
any church, but he held religion in the greatest respect
and reverence. Throughout his entire life he faced the
pulpit and its worthy ministrants with far greater regular-
ity than do many church members. He dispensed a plain
but bountiful hospitality with a liberal hand. His latch-
string hung ever on the outside; and beneath his humble
roof, the weary and hungry wayfarer could always find
WALTER SAMUEL JAMES
And Connections. 129
both shelter and food sauced with a royal welcome. He
was a provident husband and father, an obliging neigh-
bor, a model citizen. I know nothing of the religion of
his father, but his mother was a devout Baptist. She
has been described as a very pious and saintly woman.
How much of his veneration for religion he received at
her knees, or what influence the infusion of her cool
English blood wielded in soothing and holding in check
his mercurial Irish impetuosity may never be known. He
was the soul of honor. His word was as good as his
bond, and his bond was as good as the Bank of England.
Joseph Gass was a diamond in the rough, and there is
many a rougher diamond. Peace to his ashes!
There were born of his two marriages 16 children,
1 — Hardy Boze. 6 — Rufus Perry.
2 — Henry Douglas. 7 — Luther Bigelow.
3 — Samuel Rose. 8 — Eliza Ann.
4 — John David. 9 — Francis Marion.
5 — Susan. 10 — Jasper Newton.
11 — Joseph Van Buren.
12 — James Paris. 14 — Zachary Taylor.
13 — William. 15 — Fountain Pitts.
16 — Richard Barnett.
1 — Hardy Boze Gass, a farmer, married Mary Lynch.
She died less than a year after marriage. In January, 1854,
he married Susan Lea Hughes, youngest child of Leander
Hughes, Sr. He died in 1887. For their children, see
sketch of Susan Lea Hughes, Supra.
2 — Henry Douglas Gass, a farmer all his life, was
born in Smith Co., Tenn., Dec. 4, 1816, and died at his
home, 2 miles south of Carthage near Cedar Point church
Dec. 19, 1894. He was three times married. His first wife
was Rachel Smith, a first cousin, who was born Dec. 2,
1824, and to whom he was married July 25, 1844. She died
in 1852. His second wife was Carey Russ Duncan, a
130 The Hughes Family
daughter of John Duncan, born June 10, 1832. This mar-
riage was in November, 1853. She died June 26, 1865. - He
next married Anie Bartlett, a daughter of William Bart-
lett, of Cookville, Tenn., Jan. 3, 1870. The date of her
birth is not known. She died at the family home near
Cedar Point church, Smith Co., July 4, 1900.
The children born of these three marriages were 13,
a — Nancy Jane. c — Lemuel Augustine.
b — Joseph Van Rensalaer. d — Mary Owen.
e — Margaret Lycity. h — Hardy Columbus.
f — Rachel. i — Amanda Elizabeth,
g — William. j — Sarah Eliza.
k — James Allen. 1 — Samuel King. m — Virginia.
a — Nancy Jane Gass was born May 6, 1845. She mar-
ried Henry Lynch in 1873, who died in 1883. She died in
b — Joseph Van Ransalaer Gass, a farmer and stone
mason, was born Nov. 14, 1846. He married his first wife,
Sarah Jane Andrews, a daughter of Jesse B. Andrews, on
Dec. 22, 1872. She died, but the date of her death has not
been learned. He married his second wife, Amanda Jane
Haynes, Dec. 7, 1880. She died Nov. 23, 1882. His third
wife was Nannie Fuller, whom he married Feb. 12, 1888.
She died June 23, 1889. His address is Bluff Creek, Tenn.
c — Lemuel Augustine Gass was born Nov. 30, 1848.
He married Mrs. M. V. Cauley, a widow. He died June
27, 1888. Nothing more is known of his history.
d — Mary Owen Gass was born in 1849. She died in
September or October, 1852.
e — Margaret Lycity Gass was born Nov. 30, 1854. She
married George Washington Bradley Nov. 13, 1873. He
died at Riddleton, Tenn., May 17, 1885, at the age of 65.
Lycity married her second husband, William R. Kittrell,
Dec. 25, 1901. Address, Bethphage, Tenn.
And Connections. 131
f — Rachel Gass was born March 24, 1856. She married
Lemuel Harrison Gibbs, a son of John and Polly (Paty)
Gibbs, Dec. 25, 1873. They are cousins twice removed.
Lemuel is a very prosperous and successful farmer. Ad-
dress, Bluff Creek, Tenn.
g— William Gass was born Oct. 15, 1857. He died in
h — Hardy Columbus Gass was born June 10, 1859. He
married Effie Lou Blackburn of Hickman, Tenn., Aug. 8,
1909. He is a farmer. His present address is Brush Creek,
Tenn., R. F. D. 4.
i — Amanda Elizabeth Gass was born March 24. 1861.
She married John Farley March 28, 1882. He was a suc-
cessful farmer. He died Nov. 10, 1908. His widow's ad-
dress is Carthage, Tenn.
j — Sarah Eliza Gass was born Jan. 16, 1863. She mar-
ried James Duke Skelton, a successful farmer, Oct. 17,
1880. His address is Bluff Creek, Tenn.
k — James Allen Gass was born Feb. 10, 1872. He mar-
ried Ellen Baty in 1909. He is a farmer. Address, Bluff
1 — Samuel King Gass was born June 8, 1873. He mar-
ried Alta McDonald, a daughter of Brown McDonald,
Nov. 19. 1896. He is a farmer. Address, Bluff Creek,
m — Virginia Gass died in early childhood.
3 — Samuel Rose Gass married Martha Paris, a daugh-
ter of Jesse Paris, and a grand-daughter of Obadiah Paris,
about the year 1846 or '47, in Smith Co.. Tenn. He died
in 1852, leaving 1 child, a daughter, named Mary Dixon,
who died in 1862. A posthumous child, a son, was born
Jan 20, 1853, and was named Samuel Rose in honor of his
Samuel Rose Gass, Jr., is now a prosperous and well-
to-do farmer in Crittenden Co., Ky. He has been twice
married. His first wife was Margaret Frances James, a
daughter of Garry Spencer or Spink James. She died
April 17, 1879. There were 4 children of this marriage,
132 The Hughes Family
all of whom died in childhood. He afterwards married
Martha Jane Conger, a daughter of Isaac Conger, and a
sister of J. Frank Conger. The children of this second
marriage are 9, as follows:
a — Maggie Lee. e — Nonie.
b — Mary Ellen. f — John Hester.
c — Albert Earle. g — Henry Franklin.
d — Ruby. h — Imogene.
i — Barney Frazer.
a — Maggie Lee Gass married Alex Hunt, a son of
Stewart Patterson (Pony) Hunt.
b — Mary Ellen Gass married Odie Samuel Woodside,
a son of Frank Woodside.
d — Ruby Gass married George Harrison Manly, a son
of William Manly.
I presume that all the other children are unmarried.
4 — John David Gass married Dycie Abner about 1846
or '47. He lived in Smith Co., Term., till 1870 when he
moved to Crittenden Co., Ky., where he resided till
about the year 1880, when he went to some part of Ar-
kansas, where he died a few years later. His children
became scattered and all trace of them has been entirely
lost. His children, as nearly as can now be given, were 8,
a— Owen Davis. e— Luther Bigelow.
b— William. f— James.
c— Eliza. g— Joseph.
d — Rachel. h — Nannie.
I am not positively sure about the correctness of the
a — Owen Davis Gass married a Miss Howerton, a
daughter of Riley Howerton, in Crittenden Co., Ky., and
went to some part of Missouri, and is said to have en-
gaged in the practice of medicine.
b— William Gass married a Miss Salyer in Crittenden
Co., Ky. She soon afterwards died, and William was last
heard from somewhere in Arkansas.
And Connections. 133
c — Eliza Gass married George Summers, and went to
Illinois, where they both soon died.
I know absolutely nothing of the movements of the
other members of the family.
5 — Susan Gass was my mother. The name given her
by her parents, was Susannah, but the last syllable of her
name was gradually dropped. In the latter years of her
life she wrote her name Susan, and was known altogether
by that name. She was born in Smith Co., Tennessee,
Sept. 9, 1822, and died in Crittenden Co.. Ky.. July 16, 1899.
She married John James Hughes, in whose sketch will be
found a full history of her children.
6 — Rufus Perry Gass was twice married. His first
wife was Hepsy Duncan, a daughter of John Dunacn, in
Smith Co., Tenn., in the year 1849. She died about the
year 1876. About 1879, he married Sallie Gwinn of Liv-
ingston Co., Ky. He was a farmer. He lived in Smith
Co., Tenn., till 1862, when he moved to Crittenden Co.,
Ky., where he spent the remainder of his life, except a
year or two spent in Lyon Co., Ky. He died in the early
spring of 1897. His children that survived infancy are 11
in number, 8 of the first marriage and 3 of the second,
a — Isaac Goodall. e — Lucy Ann.
b — Lafayette LaVega. f — Cornelia.
c — Joseph (or Josiah) Allen. g — Thomas,
d — James Stegar. h — Uriah Burklow.
i — David. j — Ludecia Bell. k — Amanda May.
a — Isaac Goodall Gass is a farmer. He married Re-
becca Frances Walker, a daughter of Rev. Paul L. H.
Walker. Address, Marion, Ky.
Their children are 10, as follows:
1 — Luther Calvin married Myrtle Wheeler, a daugh-
ter of Henry Sylvester and Susan Jane Wheeler, 1 child.
Address, Marion, Ky.
] 34 The Hughes Family
2 — Harvey Lee Gass married Elizabeth Massey, 3 chil-
dren. Address, Marion, Ky.
3 — Sarah Eveline Gass married C. M. Dillard, 3 chil-
dren. Address not known.
4 — Laura Ann Gass married William Turley, 3 chil-
dren. Address not known.
5 — Docie May Gass married Albert Crayne, 3 children.
6 — Annie Ellen Gass married Albert Agee. Address
The remaining 4 children of Isaac G. are Louis F.,
George R. H., Lillie Frances, and Bertha Eunice, all of
whom I presume are unmarried.
b — Lafayette La Vega Gass married Rebecca Shew-
maker, a daughter of William Shewmaker, in Crittenden
Co., Ky. They moved to Illinois where Lafayette soon
died, leaving 1 daughter, who has married, but the name
of her husband is not known. She died soon after her
marriage, leaving 2 children, names unknown.
c — Joseph Allen Gass married Mary Etta Johnson, a
daughter of W. David Johnson. I regret that I have en-
tirely failed to get any further history of his family except
the fact that he has 10 children, whose names are not
known. His address is Marion, Ky.
d — James Stegar Gass is a farmer. He married Sarah
Jane McMican, a daughter of Jesse B. McMican. He has
10 children, as follows:
George married Scynthia Thomas. The others are
Ellen, Fred, Minnie, Lucy, Ross, Nola, (Lemon and Lena,
twins), and Shela. They probably all have second or mid-
dle names, but, if so, I failed to get them.
e — Lucy Ann Gass married James Brown, a farmer.
Address, Enon, Ky. They have 10 children, as follows:
1 — Nona married Seldon Jennings.
2 — Josie married Albert Babb.
3 — Willie married William Taylor.
The other children are Hugh, Fannie, Lev., Arthur,
Nellie, Delmer and Lawrence.
And Connections. 135
f — Cornelia Gass married Ira King Paris, her cousin,
whose address is New Middleton, Tenn.
For a further sketch of Ira K. Paris, see history of
Eliza Ann Gass, who married John B. Paris, infra.
g — Thomas Gass married Rose Gahegan. He is a
farmer, 2 children, names not known. Address not known,
but probably Marion, Ky.
h — Uriah Burklow Gass married Bell Jarrett of Jared,
of Lyon Co., Ky. He has 3 children, names unknown. He
is a farmer. Address not known. Somewhere in Lyon
i — David Gass married Allie Woodall, a daughter of
Christopher Columbus Woodall. He is a teamster. Xo
children. Address, Marion, Ky
j — Ludecia Belle Gass married Hilary G. Gilmore,
1 child, name not known. He is a farmer. Address, Cal-
houn. Ky.. R. F. D. 3.
k — Amanda May Gass married Jack Robertson, a
miner. Address, Fairview. Ills. 3 children:
1 — Ray. 2 — Anthony. 3 — Xot known.
7 — Luther Bigelow Gass married Lucinda Abner in
1849. He died at Gass' Ferry, at the mouth of Mulherrin's
Creek, in December, 1857. His wife survived him about
40 years. Their children were 5. as follows:
a — Louisa. b — Timothy. c — Joseph,
d — Jasper Xewton. e — Henry Douglas,
a — Louisa married a man named Rittenberry. His
present address is not known.
b — Timothy Gass went to Crittenden Co., Ky., when
a young man, and married Susan Henrie Thurman, a
daughter of Robert S. Thurman. He has always been a
farmer. Address at present is Xew Madrid, Mo. So far
as I have been able to learn Timothy's children are 4,
1— Elta L. 3— Bertie.
2 — Ader. 4 — Daisy.
1 — Elta L. Gass married Laura Paris, a daughter of
136 The Hughes Family
William and Nancy (Swansey) Paris. His address is
2 — Ader Gass married Josie Radcliffe. His address
is Sykeston, Mo.
3 — Bertie married her second cousin, Henry Gass, a
son of Francis Marion Gass. Address, Henderson, Ky.
4 — Daisy Gass is not married. She lives with her
c — Joseph died in 1858 at the age of about 4 or 5.
d — Jasper Newton Gass married Eliza Jane Dennis
in Smith Co., Tenn. He is a farmer. His address, New
e — Henry Douglas Gass married Letha Payne Boze,
a daughter of Elijah nad Nancy (Paty) Boze. They are
cousins twice removed. Henr) r is a farmer, but has been
engaged a part of his life in mercantile business. Address,
Bluff Creek, Tenn.
8 — Eliza Ann Paris was born in Franklin Co., Tenn.,
Feb. 16, 1829. She married John Bailey Paris, a son of
Obadiah and Judith (Gaulden) Paris, about 1844. Mr.
Paris was born in Smith Co., Tenn., on April 30, 1825, on
what is known as Paris' Branch, a short 2 miles east of
New Middleton, Tenn. He spent his entire life on the
paternal homestead, and died there Sept. 5, 1887. His
wife died at the same place Aug. 5, 1909.
Their children that survived the age of childhood were
8, as follows:
a — Obadiah. e — Nancy Jane,
b — Jettie Ann Victoria. f — Ira King,
c — James Henry. g — Robert Sherman,
d — Samuel Gass. h — Jesse Barnett.
a — Obadiah Paris was- born May 9, 1846. He married
Sarah Baird, a daughter of Jeremy and Delilah (Paris)
Baird. in 1863. They were cousins twice removed. Sarah
died about 1907. Obadiah has been a life-long farmer.
His address is New Middleton, Tenn. Their children are
6, as follows:
FLOYD ARTHUR ROBINSON
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1 — Lucy Jane. 4 — Callie Janetta.
2 — Martha Ann. 5 — James Albert.
3 — William Henry. 6 — Kate May.
1 — Lucy Jane married Shed Parker, a farmer. Ad-
dress, New Middleton, Tenn.
2 — Martha Ann married James Winfrey, a son of Ben-
nett Winfrey. She has been dead several years, left 1
child, a son.
3 — William Henry Paris married Mattie McDonald, a
daughter of Brown McDonald. She soon died, and he
married again, but name of his second wife is not known.
She also is dead. At last advices he was still a widower.
4 — Callie Janetta married a Mr. Agee, first name not
5 & 6 — James Albert and Kate May are married, but
the names of their companions are not known. So far as
I am advised all of the above receive their mail at New
b — Jettie Ann Victoria Paris was born Oct. 9, 1848.
She married Benjamin Franklin Thomas, a son of Solo-
mon Thomas, in 1863 or '64. Jettie died July 11, 1895.
Mr. Thomas has been a farmer all his life. His last known
address was Alexandria, Tenn.
The children of this marriage are 7, as follows:
1 — Andrew Jackson. 4 — Effie Jane.
2 — Mary Eliza. 5 — Robert King.
3 — John Solomon. 6 — Benjamin Garfield.
All living except Benjamin Garfield, who died at the
age of 17.
3 — John Solomon married Lula McDowell, a daughter
of Jasper McDowell. Address, Marion, Ky. I am not
advised as to any other marriages.
c — James Henry Paris was born Jan. 23, 1850. He
has been a farmer and saw mill man, and has followed
some other pursuits. In 1871, about February, he married
Eliza James, a daughter of B. Smith James in Crittenden
138 The Hughes Family
Co., Ky. His present address is not known. His children
are 8, as follows:
1 — Sarah Belle. 5 — William Franklin.
2 — John Smith. 6 — Henry Clarence.
3 — George Xathan. 7 — Minnie Jane.
4 — Louis. 8 — Robert Kelley.
All living and all married except Henry Clarence. I
have the marriage accounts of only the following three:
1 — Sarah Belle Paris married James Prowell.
2 — John married a daughter of Bethel McDonald, and
lives somewhere in the West.
3 — George Xathan married a daughter of James Mas-
d — Samuel Gass Paris was born July 11, 1852. He
never married. He spent his life with his parents and
brothers and sisters. He died Ma}' 19, 1908.
e — Nancy Jane Paris was born Oct. 19, 1860. She
married William Daniel James, a son of Bethel and Mar-
tha (Paris) James, Dec. 25, 1878. They were cousins twice
removed. She died May 15, 1907. Address of William
Daniel is either Annora or Crayneville, Ky. Their chil-
dren are 4, as follows:
1 — Althea Lee. 3 — John W T ade.
2 — Walter Seay. 4 — Mattie Jane.
1 — Althea Lee married Silas McMurry Gass, a son of
James P. and Mary (Lynn) Gass. They are cousins twice
removed. Address, Marion, Ky.
2 — Walter Seay and 4 — Mattie Jane James married
children of Rev. Henry Holloman. of Annora, Ky., which
is their address.
So far as I know. John Wade James is not married.
f — Ira King Paris was born June 13, 1865. He mar-
ried his cousin Cornelia Gass, a daughter of Rufus P. and
Hepsy (Duncan) Gass, Dec. 25, 1887. He is a farmer,
owns and lives upon the old Paris homestead. Address,
Xew Middleton, Tenn. Their children are 4:
1 — John James. 2 — Julia Belle. 3 — Ella. 4 — Josie.
All unmarried and with their parents.
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g — Robert Sherman Paris was born Dec. 25, 1867. He
married Mrs. Mary Thomas, a widow in Hopkins Co., Ky.,
Xov. 1, 1893. Her first or maiden name was Mary Melton.
Robert's occupation, stationary engineer. Address, Mad-
h — Jesse Barnett Paris was born Jan. 31, 1869. On
Aug. 21, 1897, he married Melone Roberts, a daughter of
Oliver Roberts. He is a farmer. Address, New Middle-
9 — Francis Marion Gass was born about 1832 or '33.
He was twice married. His first wife was his second
cousin, Mary Gibbs, a daughter of John Gibbs, in Smith
Co., Tenn., whom he married in 1856. She died in Crit-
tenden Co., Ky., in the autumn of 1865. In the fall of
1867, Francis returned to Smith Co., Tenn., from which
he had come in the winter of 1862-3.
Some time in 1873, he married his second wife,
Millie Bartlett a daughter of William Bartlett, and a sister
of his brother, Henry D. Gass' last wife. He was always
a farmer. He died Feb. 1, 1908, near Stonewall, Tenn.
His children were 8, as follows:
a — Susan. b — Josiah. c — William.
d — Mary L. e — Angeline. f — Henry E.
g — Nathan. h — James D.
a — Susan Gass married a Mr. Cauley. and went to
Texas. She has a large family of children. Nothing more
is known concerning her.
b & c — Josiah and William Gass both died unmarried
after they reached the age of manhood.
d — Mary L. Gass was born in Smith County, Tenn.,
March 11, 1874. She married Mack Vaden in 1892. She
has 7 children, 2 daughters and 5 sons, names unknown.
Mr. Vaden is a farmer. Address, probably Stonewall,
e — Angeline Gass was born in Smith Co., Tenn., Sept.
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21, 1875. She married Henry H. Lynch, a farmer, in 1895.
She has 5 children, 2 boys and 3 girls.
f — Henry E. Gass was born in Putnam Co., Tenn.,
Nov. 23, 1877. He married Bertie L. Gass, a daughter of
Timothy L. Gass, in Crittenden Co., Ky., in 1902.
g — Nathan Gass was born in DeKalb Co., Tenn., June
23, 1880. He is a mechanic, and at present is Foreman in
the Repair Department of Delker Bros.' Buggy Co. at
Henderson, Ky. He married Esther F. Ligon at Hen-
derson, Ky., Dec. 25, 1904. They have 1 child, Ernest L.
Gass, born July 9, 1908.
h — James D. Gass was born in DeKalb Co., Tenn.,
June 11, 1884. He is unmarried, and lives in or near Tyler,
10 — Jasper Newton Gass was born in Smith Co., Tenn.,
about the year 1833. He was a farmer all his life. He
never married. He died on his farm about 2 miles south-
east of Marion, Ky., in September, 1905.
11 — Joseph Van Buren Gass was born in Smith Co.,
Tenn., about the year 1836. He moved to Crittenden Co.,
Ky., in 1859. In that county he married Nancy Marvel in
1861. In 1869, he went to Kansas, and after a short stay
started back, and at some point in Western Missouri in
getting his rifle out of his wagon to shoot at a deer that
was running past the gun was accidentally discharged, he
was shot through the head and instantly killed. His wife
made her way back to Crittenden Co., Ky., with their 4
children. They were:
a — Mary Green. c — William.
b — Fountain Pitts. d — James.
1 — Mary Green Gass married William Henry Hughes
(generally called Bud), a son of J. Harvey Hughes, near
Weston, Crittenden Co.. Ky. He was a farmer and a very
excellent man. He was not related to our family of
Hugheses. He died very early in life. Her children are
3 in number. 1 daughter and 2 sons I have been unable
to obtain their names. Mary Green lives at Weston, Ky.
And Connections. 141
2 — Fountain Pitts was somewhere in Illinois when
last heard from.
3 — William Gass never married. He was engaged in
teaming when he died about the year 1893.
4 — James Gass was last heard from in Eastern Ken-
tucky. So far as known he has never married.
This closes the sketch of the children of the first wife
of Joseph Gass.
12 — James Paris Gass, oldest child of Joseph Gass and
his second wife, Elizabeth (Paris) Gass, was born in Smith
Co., Tenn., Sept. 13. 1845. On Sept. 2, 1868, he married
Mary Jane Lynn, a daughter of Xewton Lynn. She died
Jan. 28, 1877. On Jan. 16, 1878, he married his cousin,
Judith Clay Paris, a daughter of Pleasant and Nancy
Paris. James P. has always followed the business of farm-
ing. His address is Marion, Ky.
The children of these two marriages have been 6
a — Emily Elizabeth. b — Richard Barnett.
c — Silas McMurray.
d — Hardy Boze. e — Joseph Cecil.
f — Lena Ellen.
a — Emily Elizabeth Gass was born July 12, 1869. She
married Wyatt Lafayette Hunt, a son of John and Sallie
(Paris) Hunt. He is a farmer. Address, Marion, Ky.
b — Richard Barnett Gass was born July 18, 1871, and
died Nov. 6, 1874.
c — Silas McMurray Gass was born in Crittenden Co.,
Ky., March 3. 1875. He married Althea Lee James, a
daughter of William Daniel and Xancy Jane (Paris)
James. They are cousins three times removed.
d — Hardy Boze Gass was born Dec. 10, 1880. He
married Xonie Crayne, a daughter of Joseph A. Crayne.
He is a farmer. Address, Marion, Ky.
e — Joseph Cecil Gass was born July 4, 1885. He died
July 19, 1896.
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f — Lena Ellen Gass was born May 28, 1894, and died
May 7, 1905.
13 & 14 — William and Zachary Taylor Gass both died
in early childhood about 1850 or '51.
15 — Fountain Pitts Gass was taken in 1860 to Western
Missouri by his half-brother, Leander Hughes, who was
his guardian. He died there at the age of about 14, I
think in the early part of the Civil War.
16 — Richard Barnett Gass, youngest of Joseph Gass'
children, was born in Smith County, Tenn., June 5, 1851.
He attended school at the Masonic Institute at New Mid-
dleton, Tenn., and recived a good education. He spent a
few years in the mercantile business, but the greater part
of his life has been spent in teaching in Smith Co., Tenn.,
and Crittenden Co., Ky. He moved in 1885 from the for-
mer to the latter, where he resided till about 1900 when he
received an appointment in the U. S. Internal Revenue
service as Storekeeper-Gauger, and soon afterwards moved
to Henderson, Ky., where he still resides, and still holds
his position in the public service. He has been twice
married. His first wife was Margaret Elizabeth Twidwell,
a daughter of George W. and Mary (Paris) Twidwell.
They were second cousins. They married in Smith Co.,
Tenn., April 27, 1870. Margaret died in Henderson, Ky.,
April 1, 1909. The second wife was Mrs. Sarah Jane
McCoy, a widow, in Henderson, Ky., whom he married
on April 9, 1910. Her name before her first marriage was
Smith. She was a daughter of Charles Smith, of Butler
Co., Ky. She has 2 children of the first marriage, as
1— Zula G McCoy. 2— Vernon \\ T . McCoy.
His children, all of the first marriage are 6, as follow-:
a — Martha Jane. d — Joseph Garfield,
b — Lina Elizabeth. e — Alvin Hawkins,
c — George Arthur. f — Lacy McKinley.
a — Martha Jane Gass (generally called Mattie) was
born in Smith Co., Tenn., Aug. 8, 1873. She married
Charles McMican in Crittenden Co., Ky. She died in that
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county on Aug. 12, 1895, leaving 1 child, a son, named
Oliver Perry McMican. From the time of his mother's
death, his home has been with his grand-father Gass. He
is now a bright and promising boy of 15. He holds the
position of assistant cashier in the People's Savings Bank
at Henderson, Ky.
b — Lina Elizabeth Gass was born in Smith Co., Tenn.,
April 21, 1877. She married Joshua Condor in Henderson,
Ky., Dec. 24, 1905. Mr. Condor is a mechanic. Xo chil-
dren. Address, Henderson, Ky.
c — George Arthur Gass was born in Smith Co., Tenn.,
June 13, 1879. He married Florence Ligon in Henderson.
Ky., in September, 1905. He died in Henderson, Ky.,
July 16, 19C6, leaving no children.
d — Joseph Garfield Gass was born in Smith Co., Tenn.,
Sept. 20, 1881. He married Blanche Melton in Henderson,
Ky., in November, 1905. He was a mechanic. He died in
Henderson, Ky., Nov. 13, 1907, leaving 1 child, a son,
named Vilas x\rthur. The widow lives at Henderson, Ky.
e — Alvin Hawkins Gass was born in Crittenden Co..
Ky., May 4. 1887. He married Annie Ligon Oct. 2. 1907.
He is a mechanic and street car man. Address, Hender-
son, Ky. There is 1 child of this marriage, named Mar-
f — Lacy McKinley Gass, the youngest child of Richard
Barnett Gass, was born in January, 1894, and died when
about one year old.
This closes the record of the Gass family.
John Boze and Katy Wells.
John Boze was a poor country boy, reared and har-
dened for the most strenuous duties of life, amid the
mountains of Eastern Wales. Just across the boundary
line in England lived pretty Katy Wells. John loved
Katy and Katy loved John; but John's family was poor
while Katy's was rich, or at least it was more pretentious
than John's, and Katy's parents set the ban of their dis-
approval upon the fondness of the young couple for each
other. With haughty pride they reminded Katy of the
great gulf that lay between her and John Boze, and finally
forbade the boy to again approach the Wells mansion.
Here we have a striking exemplification of the old
alliterative adage, "love laughs at lock-smiths." When
the young couple had exhausted all other resources, had
used every argument to obtain the parental consent, they
secretly bade farewell to the home of their childhood, to
the dear green hills and purling crystal streams of Corn-
wall and of Wales, the scenes that they loved so well,
that had become a part of their being, but which they were
destined never again to behold; and made their way to the
coast, and took shipping for America. After the usual
incidents attending a trip across the Atlantic in an old-
time sail vessel, they landed with empty pockets, but
bouyant spirits, in Virginia, most probably at Norfolk,
where they were married in simple American style. Either
then or later, they pushed westward, probably by suc-
cessive moves till they reached Halifax county, then
practically an unbroken wilderness. This was about the
year 1750, or probably a few years later. Here in the
very lap of nature, inhaling the sweetness of the wild
rose, together with an abundance of malaria, serenaded
MRS. MARY HOOKER
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by wolves at night, and regaled by the song of the mock-
ing bird in the morning, poor in purse, but with the love
and fear of God in their hearts, they passed the remainder
of their lives. To this marriage were born 4 children, 3
sons and 1 daughter, as follows:
1 — Richard. 3 — Hardy.
2— Griffin. 4— Katie or Kittie.
When the war for Ameriacn independence commenced
John and the two oldest sons, Richard and Griffin all en-
listed in the American army, and according to the family
tradition, served through the war. It is certainly true
that they all enlisted and served long terms whether they
served entirely through the war or not. Hardy, the young-
est son, offered to enlist, but was rejected on account
of his age, he being only 13 at the time. He remained
at home, and took care of his mother and sister, as well,
perhaps, as could be expected of a boy of his age. He
was my maternal great-grand-father. It appears that
later in life Hardy served in some of the Indian wars, and
tradition says that he served in the War of 1812.
After the close of the Revolutionary War, the father
and the two older boys returned home. The father died
soon after, and Richard and Griffin married, but I have
not learned the names of their wives, nor do I know any-
thing further oi their history. I think they spent their
entire lives in Virginia. Kitty married John or Jack Hast-
ings. Her son, Jack Hastings, married in Virginia, and
afterwards moved to Smith Co., Tenn., and remained
there a while, but appears to have moved away, and all
trace of him and his descendants has been lost.
Hardy, after the death of his father, was apprenticed
to a carpenter, and after serving out his apprenticeship,
married Peggy Brooks, whose parents were English, and
about the time of his marriage, or soon after, he moved
westward from Halifax to Lunenburg Co., Va. In the
year 1804, he having then been married about 13 or 14
years, started on the long, toilsome and dangerous jour-
ney of several hundred miles, through gloomy forest soli-
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tudes, over rugged mountains and across unbridged
streams, to Smith Co., Tenn., then little more than a wil-
derness. The greater part of the country through which
he passed was very sparsely inhabited, while there were
long stretches without a human habitation. The mountain
fastnesses were infested with bands of robbers that ren-
dered travel very unsafe. The country was almost des-
titute of roads, each emigrant getting over them as best
he could, doing only so much work as would enable him
to pass, and leaving the next man to take care of himself.
The usual lines of travel at that day lay almost direct-
ly across the labyrinth of parallel ridges that constitute the
Appalachian chain. After crossing a valley, the emigrant
would hunt for a place where a creek debouched into the
valley, and would follow that stream, some times on one
side, and again on the other, clinging to the mountain
side, men, women and children pushing to assist the team
in ascending, often using guy ropes to prevent the vehicle
from turning over, and rolling down the mountain side.
When the summit was reached, the team would frequently
be detached from the wagon, and while one strong man
would manipulate the tongue, all hands, with ropes and
every available means, would ease the vehicle down.
In crossing one of the many ranges, I think it was the
Cumberland mountain, grand-father Boze's wagon was
overturned, and his oldest child, Nancy Griffin, my grand-
mother, then 12 years old, had her right arm broken. Here
we have an eloquent reminder of the toils, hardships,
privations, dangers and sufferings that were endured by
those men, wome nand children that by incredible toil
and suffering made possible the happiness and prosperity
that we now enjoy. With few exceptions, they belonged
to that brave, hardy, large-hearted, unselfish, uncomplain-
ing, heroic class of men and women that in all the ages,
have led the van of civilization, and laid deep and strong,
the foundations of empire. For the benefit of posterity,
they sail the stormy deep. They land upon unknown
shores, and invade and subdue the rugged and stubborn
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forces of nature. They clear away the tangled brake, level
the forest, tunnel the mountains and bridge the rivers.
They cause populous and opulent cities to rise where
erstwhile was heard only the howling of wild beasts and
the still more hideous yell of the savage; they make the
desert to bloom like a flower garden. With bleeding feet
they tread down the thorns where succeeding generations
in satin slippers walk daintily over beds of roses.
Here was this child of tender years with her arm
broken in the midst of a howling wilderness, without the
chance of medical or surgical treatment except such as
the family with clumsy, though loving hands, could give.
It is very probable that that arm was not seen by a physi-
cian or surgeon till the time had been reached when all
professional treatment must be unavailing. At the time
of the accident weeks of travel yet lay before them, all of
which must be made through a forest, dotted by a small
clearing and a cabin only at long intervals, the poor child
sustaining several jolts for each revolution of the wheel,
and in a clumsy, rumbling vehicle, compared with which
a modern log wagon would be preferable for easy riding.
Under all these incredible difficulties this child must
traverse all those long weary miles, often, no doubt, com-
pelled to walk long distances with her arm in a sling. Out
of all these sufferings she came seriously crippled for life.
To the time of her death she had only a partial use of
her right arm.
At last their Western home was reached, and what
was that home? A camp-fire in the midst of gloomy
forests, and interminable cane brakes, but with a soil of
unsurpassed fertility, and pure, crystal spring water with-
"A solitude of vast extent, untouched
By hand, of art; where nature sow'd herself,
And reap'd her crops."
Hardy Boze appears to have settled down first on the
lorth side of the Cumberland river, which divides Smith
County, running west. At some later period, but exactly
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when I do not know, he moved over to the south side
and settled on the Caney Fork opposite the mouth of
Bluff Creek, and about 3 miles from Carthage. Here he
lived till after the death of his wife. Some years
after her death he abandoned housekeeping, and spent
the remainder of his life with his children. He died
in the late summer of 1850. His age at the time of his
death was between 85 and 90. The remains of both his
wife and himself repose in the quiet, secluded, old-fash-
ioned graveyard on the bank of the Caney Fork at the
head of Pipers Island not exceeding 200 yards from the
spot where stood the house in which they lived so long.
He lived a most exemplary and blameless life, but was not
a success in the accumulation of worldly pelf. He died a
poor man; but he has a large number of descendants in
that locality that have proven to be very thrifty, success-
Hardy Boze reared a family of 12 children, 5 sons and
7 daughters. Named as nearly in the order of their ages
as can now be ascertained, they were as follows:
1 — Xancy Griffin. 7 — Ann.
2 — Susan. 8 — Judith.
3 — Peggy. 9 — James.
4— Katy. 10— Richard.
5— John. 11— Millie.
6 — William. 12 — Josiah.
1 — Xancy Griffin married Joseph Gass. The sketch
of her marriad life will be found under head of Joseph
2 — Susan Boze married Joseph Smith. The family
moved to Missouri, but returned. I think, however, that
Mr. Smith died in Missouri. Children 5, as follows:
a — John Hardy. c — Margaret or Peggy.
b — Joseph. d — Rachel,
e — Eleazar.
a — John Hardy Smith married Susan Gellaspe. Hej
was a farmer and trader, a prominent citizen. He served(
as constable, and was Sheriff from 1866 to '68.
And Connections. 149
b — Joseph Smith married Xancy Gibbs, his cousin. He
lost his life during the Civil War. The children of this
marriage were 10, as follows:
1 — Eleazer. 2 — Paralee. 3 — Sarah Jane.
4 — Americus. 5 — Joe Henry. 6 — Tennessee.
7 — Richard. 8 — Frederick. 9 — Eveline.
10 — Emeline.
c — Peggy Smith married Americus D. Boulton, her
cousin. Their children were 4, as follows:
1 — Edward Haney. 3 — Xapoleon Bonaparte.
2 — Isaac. 4 — Virginia.
d — Rachel Smith married Henry Douglas Gass, her
cousin. For their children see Henry Douglass Gass,
e — Eleazer Smith was married, I think, 3 times or
more. His first wife was a Miss Whitley, his second, a
Miss Lack, and his third a Miss Hunt.
3 — Peggy Boze married Archibald Gibbs. She died
about the year 1858 or '59, having survived her husband
several years. Her children were 11. I give them below,
but I can not say that the list is in the exact order of
their ages. I think it is approximately so:
a — John. f — Rachel,
b — William. g — Judith.
c — Ann. h — Fannie.
d — Nancy. i — Frederick,
e — Henry. j — Josiah.
k — Richard,
a — John Gibbs was a very prosperous and successful
farmer. He lived on a very fertile farm on the Caney
Fork about 2 miles from Carthage on the road leading
from Cedar Point church to the mouth of the Caney Fork.
He died more than 30 years ago. I regret that I have not
the exact date. He was twice married. His first wife was
Huldah or Mahulda Perkins. His second was Polly Paty.
.ie children of the two marriages were 7, as follows:
! 1 — Mary. 2 — Martha.
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3 — James Carroll. 5 — Margaret Elizabeth.
4 — Van Allen. 6 — Lemuel Harrison.
7 — Alexander.
1 — Mary Gibbs married Francis Marion Gass, her
second cousin. See sketch of Francis Marion Gass.
2 — Martha Gibbs married Thomas Henry Hughes. See
sketch of Thomas Henry Hughes.
3 — James Carroll Gibbs married Patsey Petty, a daugh-
ter of Henderson Petty. He is a very progressive and
successful farmer. Address, Bluff Creek, Tennessee.
4 — Van Allen Gibbs married Mrs. Letitia Herald, a
daughter of Lawson Allen, who had first married Bridges
Herald, a son of Van Herald. He is a thrifty farmer. Ad-
dress Bluff Creek, Tenn.
5 — Margaret Elizabeth Gibbs married James Moss, of
6 — Lemuel Harrison Gibbs married Rachel Gass, a
daughter of Henry Douglas Gass, and his second wife,
Carey (Duncan) Gass. See sketch of Henry Douglas Gass.
7 — Alexander Gibbs married Judith Gibbs, a daughter
of Felix Gibbs. They are second cousins.
b — William Gibbs was married 3 times. His first wife
was Hepsy Vaden, a daughter of John L. Vaden. His
second was the widow of Robert Vaden, his first wife's
brother. I have not been informed as to her name before
marriage or her Christian name. His third was Martha
Cox. He was a thrifty, well-to-do farmer. He died
Nov. 30, 1908, at the advanced age of 94 years.
c — Ann Gibbs married John Jones. He was a farmer
and a provident man. Both he and his wife died many
d — Nancy Gibbs married Joseph Smith, her cousin. I
have been fortunate enough to get a list of their 10 chil-
dren which have been given under the head of Joseph
e — Henry Gibbs, generally called Tobe, was twic(
married. His first wife was Harriet Whitley. His secon
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was Martha Stallings. He was an industrious and suc-
f — Rachel Gibbs married James Cooper. Their chil-
dren were 6, as follows:
1 — Timothy. 2 — Francis. 3 — Joe.
4 — Frederick. 5 — Richard. 6 — Amanda.
It is very probable that at least some of the above
have middle names, but if so I have failed to get them.
g — Judith Gibbs never married. She died many years
h — Fannie Gibbs, the only one of her mother's chil-
dren now living, married William Boze, her cousin. He
was a son of Richard Boze. They live in Missouri. There
were 3 children:
1 — Josiah. 2 — James. 3 — Barbara,
i — Frederick Gibbs married Kizie Lynch. He lost an
arm in the Confederate army. He died at the Confederate
Soldiers' Home near Nashville, Tenn., Dec. 25, 1908.
j — Josiah Gibbs died unmarried just as he reached
manhood, about 1857 or '58.
k — Richard Gibbs married Tennessee Wagoner, a
daughter of Jacob Wagoner. He died several years ago.
His children are 5, as follows:
1— Lee. 2— Richard. 3— Hettie.
4 — Maggie. 5 — Mary Herschel.
4 — Katy Boze married Charles Boulton. He was a
well-to-do farmer, who lived in Bolton's Bend, on Caney
Fork, on an exceedingly fertile farm of several hundred
acres. He owned a large number of slaves, to whom he
was always kind and considerate. He died in 1857. His
wife survived him several years. Their children were 10
in number, 5 sons and 5 daughters, as follows:
a — Hanse. f — Pernetie or Pernecie.
b — Americus D. g — Araminta Cheek,
c — James. t — Judith.
d — Charles. i — Arlisha.
e — Thomas Jefferson. j — Emily.
Taking the whole family, the above list does not show
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the order of age. The sons and the daughters were given
me separate, and of course their births did not occur, as
the above list would indicate.
a — Hanse Boulton married Mary M. Mann, a daugh-
ter of Stephen Mann, Sr. He moved to Missouri or Texas
between 1855 and '60. Nothing more is known of him.
b — Americus D. Boulton first married Peggy Smith, his
cousin. After her death he married Mrs. Eveline Hughes,
widow of Samuel B. Hughes and a daughter of James
Boulton. They were first cousins. He died about the
close of the Civil War.
c — James Boulton was three times married. His first
wife was Betsy Armistead, a sister of Alex, Joe and John
Armistead. H's second wife was Betty, a daughter of
James Sanders. His third wife was Scynthia Hale. He
is still living in Smith Co., Tenn., at the age of 86.
d — Charles Boulton married Martha Taylor, a daugh-
ter of Thomas Taylor. He went to Missouri more than
50 years ago.
e — Thomas Jefferson Boulton married Sarah Phene
Ellen Andrews, a daughter of Jesse B. Andrews. He
went to Missouri more than 50 years ago
f — Pernetie married George McGee. She died nearly
or quite 60 years ago in Smith County, Tenn.
g — Araminta Boulton married Henry Jefferson Per-
kins, a most excellent man, a farmer, who spent the last
30 years or more of his life at Stonewall, Tenn. He sur-
vived his wife, and married a second time. Araminta is
the only one of her father's family, a list of whose chil-
dren has been furnished me. They are 12 as follows:
1 — William Robinson. 7 — Gabriel Alexander.
2 — Frances Elizabeth. 8 — Josiah Hallum.
3 — Felix Grundy. 9 — Judith Hatton.
4 — Charlottie Temple. 10 — Martha Lee.
5 — Henry Boulton. 11 — Amelia Catharine.
6 — Mary Susan. 12 — Charles Thomas.
1 — William Robinson Perkins is not married. Occu-
pation, a farmer and teacher. Address, Stonewall, Tenn
KEY. JAMES STEPHENS PORTER
And Connections. 153
2 — Frances Elizabeth Perkins married James Americus
Durham, a physician. He died July 3, 1910.
3 — Felix Grundy Perkins married Frances Elizabeth
Gordon, a daughter of Mathew Alexander Gordon. She
died about 1875. He is a farmer. Address, Stonewall,
4 — Charlottie Temple Perkins married David Nichols.
He died at Cowlington, Indian Territory. He was a far-
mer. It appears that his wife is also dead.
5 — Henry Boulton Perkins married Cassie Meachum.
He is a farmer. Address, Hartsville, Tenn.
6 — Mary Susan Perkins married John Cowin. She
died near Chestnut Mound, Tenn. Mr. Cowin's address
is Hartsville, Tenn.
7 — Gabriel Alexander Perkins married first Mollie
Adams; second Mrs. Minnie Woods, both of California.
He is a real estate agent. Address, Madeira, California.
8 — Josiah Hallum Perkins married Mary Farmer. He
is a farmer. Address, La Junta, Colorado.
9 — Judith Hatton Perkins married John Gordon, old-
est son of Matthew Alexander Gordon. He died at
Madeira, California, in the fall of 1909.
10 — Martha Lee Perkins married Marshall Meachum.
Address, Stonewall, Tenn.
11 — Amelia Catharine Perkins was twice married. Her
first husband was William Minton, a grand-son of Thomas
Minton. Her second husband was Albert White, of San
12 — Charles Thomas Perkins married Eva Ligon, a
daughter of Lafayette Ligon.
h — Judith Boulton was twice married. She first mar-
ried Joseph Armistead, a brother of Alex. Armistead. He
died about 1857 or '58. Her second husband was Andrew
i — Arlisha Boulton married John Andrews. She was
his second wife. She died in Caldwell Co., Ky., many
154 The Hughes Family
J — Emily Boulton married James Solomon Thompson,
generally called Tine Thompson.
5 — John Boze married first Sallie Perkins, second Par-
thenia Brown. I know nothing of his children.
6— William Boze married Mrs. Betsie McGee, a widow,
the mother of John, George and Hiram McGee. They
had no children.
7— Ann Boze married Christopher Wyatt. Soon after
her marriage, while passing under Dripping Rock bluff on
the Caney Fork, over a narrow and precareous foot-
path, accompanied only by her aged mother, she lost her
footing, fell into the river, which at that point is both deep
and swift, and drowned before aid could reach her. She
left no children.
8— Judith Boze married Philip Gaulden. They moved
away from Smith Co., Tenn., and I know nothing further
concerning their history.
9 James Boze was twice married. His first wife was
Eliza Brown. His second was Lucy Parrott, a daughter
of Benjamin Parrott. James Boze moved to Southeast
Missouri about 1848.
10 Richard Boze married Mary Ann Brown. He
moved to Southeast Missouri about 1851.
11— Millie Boze married John O. Paty. They moved
to Southeast Missouri about 1870.
12— Josiah Boze married Parthenia Fulks. He moved
to Southeast Missouri about 1853 or '54.
The 3 women named Brown, that married John, James
and Richard Boze. respectively, were sisters. They were
daughters of William Brown (Uncle Billy).
This closes the very brief account of the children of
my maternal great-grand-father. Hardy Boze. I regret
that I could not give more information concerning their
children, but it was impossible for me to do so.
John Ward and Holly Mangrum.
Because of the extensive and intimate relationship ex-
isting between the Hughes and Ward families I give below
a very brief history of the older members of the latter
family, although they were primarily not related at all
to our family.
In the days of the cane brakes, not far from the year
1800, John Ward came from Eastern Virginia to Smith
Co., Tenn., and settled in the wilderness about \ x /i miles
west of the home of John Gordon, around which, in later
years, grew up the thriving village of Gordonsville. Either
before or soon after Mr. Ward made his settlement as
stated, a road was opened from Trousdale's ferry to Nash-
ville. This road ran along the south side of his farm. At
some time about that period a road was opened from
Carthage to Gordon's. That road ran along the east
or north-east side of his farm, intersecting the other road
at the south-east corner of the W'ard land. Thus was the
/ Ward place situated in the angle formed by these two
roads. The farm is now the property of Thomas J. Win-
Before coming to Smith County, Mr. Ward had mar-
ried Holly Mangrum in Virginia. She appears to have
, been the only child of Mourning Mangrum. The name of
Mourning Mangrum before her first marriage and the
Christian name of her husband are both unknown to the
writer. After the death of Mr. Mangrum, the widow mar-
ried James Thomas, and became the mother of Champion
T., Diggs W. and Solomon Thomas, all well known in
Smith Co., Tenn., from 50 to 60 years ago. Diggs W-
married Judith Paris, a daughter of Obadiah Paris, reared
a large family, and moved to Johnson Co., Mo., in 1855.
156 The Hughes Family
There he passed the remainder of his life. Champion and
Solomon spent their entire lives in Smith Co., Tenn.
Now, to return to John and Holly Ward. Like so
many of the men that settled and helped to mould the
future destiny of that country, and to stamp their imper-
ishable impress upon it, Mr. Ward appears to have been
a man of unblemished character and sterling qualities. He
and his wife spent the last half century of their lives on
the farm that I have tried to describe. There Mr. Ward
died Dec. 6, 1847, and his wife, Holly on Aug. 14, 1855. I
regret that I have not the dates of their births. Mrs.
Ward's mother, Mrs. Mourning Thomas, died at a very
advanced age, I think a year or two after the death of her
daughter, Mrs. W T ard. The Ward children were 9 in
number, as follows:
1 — Nathan. 5 — Sterling.
2— Avan. 6— Dr. Meredith Gilbert.
3 — Louisa. 7 — Salena.
4 — Nancy. 8 — Fielding.
9 — Mary Ann.
1 — Nathan Ward, was twice married. His first wife
was Lcuy Lea. Hughes, a daughter of Little Berry Hughes,
Sr. For a sketch of their children, see Lucy Lea Hughes.
His second wife was Harriet Moo. is, a daughter of the
widow Moores, who lived just west of New Middleton,
Tenn. The children of this second marriage were 9, as
a — James Moores. e — Bettie.
b — Josie. f — Samuel Campbell.
c — John Brown. g — Peyton Mangrum.
d — Richard. h — Henry Clay.
i — Nathan.
a — James Moores Ward married Martha Kyle. He
died in the Confederate army.
b — Josie Ward married John Bailey. She is dead.
c — John Brown Ward married Penelope Stevens.
d — Richard Ward died unmarried.
And Connections. 157
e — Bettie Ward married Samuel G. Johnson. She is
f — Samuel Campbell Ward married Mary Wooten.
g — Peyton Mangrum Ward married Tennie Tracy.
h — Henry Clay Ward married Willie Shaw. He is
i — Nathan Ward. If married, name of wife is not
2 — Avan Ward first married Elizabeth Walker Hughes,
a daughter of Little Berry Hughes, Sr. For a sketch of
1 their children, see Elizabeth Walker Hughes. His second
wife was Arabella Kyle, a daughter of Bartley Kyle. There
were no children of the second marriage.
3 — Louisa Ward married Peter Porter. She was his
second wife. They moved to Missouri in 1852. Their
children were 8, as follows:
a — Holly Ward. e — John Ward,
b — Nancy Gardner. f — William Fielding.
c — Sarah Lee. g — Louisa Blanton.
d — Harriet Ann. h — Irene.
a — Holly Ward Porter married Jesse Paris Hughes, of
whom a history has been given.
b — Nancy Gardner Porter died unmarried at Dunks-
burg, Mo., at about the age of 22.
c — Sarah Lee Porter died when about 2 years old.
d — Harriet Ann Porter married Robert W. Tharing-
ton. She died near Knob Noster, Mo.
e — John Ward Porter married his cousin Fannie Gri-
selda Harper, a daughter of Mathew and Mary Ann
(Ward) Harper. They live at Sweet Springs, Mo.
f — William Fielding Porter married twice. His first
wife was Mary Porter, a second cousin. After her death
he married Mrs. Alice Stokes. They live at Ellis, Kansas.
g — Louisa Blanton Porter married Waters B. Ham-
ilton. She died at Ellis, Kansas.
h — Irene Porter died when 2 years old.
Rev. James Stephens Porter was the youngest child
of Peter Porter's first marriage, was born in Carthage,
158 The Hughes Family
Smith, Co., Term., Aug. 16, 1825. His mother's name
before marriage, was Matilda Armstrong, a daughter of
John Armstrong, an old Revolutionary soldier. She was
born in Virginia and died in Carthage, Tenn., Sept. 2, 1826.
She was the mother of 4 children, as follows:
1 — Martha Jane. 3 — Alexander Armstrong.
2 — Parthenia Walton. 4 — James Stephens.
The last named is the subject of this sketch. On
Sept. 29, 1844, he married Mary P. Tuck, a daughter of
Powell and Edney Tuck, in Smith Co., Tenn. She died
in Missouri Nov. 17, 1862. He married Ruth Bigham, his
second wife, March 5, 1865. She died in Rich Hill, Mo..
May 5, 1908.
In 1848, Mr. Porter moved from Smith Co., Tenn., to
Butler Co., Ky., and to Missouri in 1859. He has been a
minister in the Methodist Episcopal church for nearly 60
years. His present address is Rich Hill, Mo. His chil-
dren have been 10, as follows:
1 — Erastus Alexander. 5 — Peter.
2 — Edna Matilda. 6 — Nannie.
3— Silas D. 7— Powell M.
4 — Nathaniel Lee. 8 — Louisa.
9 — John Edwin. 10 — James Benjamin.
1 — Erastus Alexander Porter was in the Union army
under Sherman during the last year of the Civil War, and
was engaged in some of the most sanguinary battles of
that war, including Franklin and Nashville, Tenn. He was
mustered out in broken health at St. Louis, Mo., in 1865.
After regaining his health he went to school 2 years, and
then taught 2 years. He then studied for the ministry, was
ordained to preach, and was admitted to the St. Louis
Conference of the M. E. Church, and became an able
preacher. He died in Rich Hill, Mo., in 1899. He had
married Lee Ann Porter, his cousin.
2 — Edna Matilda married her fourth cousin, John W.
Porter. Address, Rich Hill, Mo.
And Connections. 159
3 — Silas D. Porter married Phoebe Spurgeon. He is a
dealer in live stock. Address, Sweet Springs, Mo.
4 — Nathaniel Lee Porter married Rose M. Current.
He is engaged in real estate and insurance. Address, Lin-
5 — Peter Porter married Mrs. Minnie Corkery, a
widow. Address, Merrell, Klamath Co., Oregon.
6 — Nannie Porter married M. L. Van Meter. Address,
Olene, Klamath Co., Oregon.
7 — Powell M. Porter, now deceased, married Ettie
8 — Louisa Porter married L \Y. Carter. She died, but
I am not advised as to the time of her death.
9 — John Edwin Porter is a practicing physician in
Knob Noster, Mo. He married Lizzie Senior.
10 — James Benjamin Porter married Mrs. Anna Smith,
a widow. Her maiden name was Anna Oldham. He is
Auditor for the Missouri Pacific railroad. His address is
: ^.32, Morgan Street, St. Louis, Missouri.
4 — Nancy Ward married Little Berry Hughes, Jr.,
whose history has been given.
5 — Sterling Ward never married. He was a merchant
all the days of his life, in partnership, first with his brother
Nathan, and later with his nephew-in-law, John Gardner
Bransford. He lived, and died at Upper New Middleton,
bout 2 or 2y 2 miles west of the paternal homestead, on
.he Trousdale's ferry and Nashville road. He died in
6 — Dr. Meredith Gilbert Ward was twice married.
His first wife was Miss Carter, who lived in or about
Rome in Smith Co., Tenn. She died in probably less than
year after marriage, leaving no children. After her
leath, Dr. Ward married Miss Elizabeth Hicks Wheeler,
i most excellent and cultured lady of Philadelphia, Pa.,
vith whom he became acquainted while he was attending
/medical lectures in that city. He was a very skillful and
successful physician. Immediately, or very soon after his
second marriage he moved to Knob Noster, Mo., where
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he died in 1871 in the midst of a large and lucrative prac-
tice. After his death his widow went to Kansas City,
Mo., and resided with her daughter, Mrs. Pennington.
She died there April 22, 1901, and her children took her
remains back to Knob Xoster, Mo., where she was laid
to rest beside her husband.
Dr. Ward's children were 4, as follows:
a — Eugene Alonzo. c — Kate.
b — Emily Frances. d — William Sterling.
a — Eugene Alonzo Ward, after receiving a good edu-
cation, studied for the medical profession, attended lec-
tures at the school in Philadelphia from which his father
had graduated. He completed his course and graduated,
and was just entering upon the practice when he died un-
married at Xob Xoster, Mo., in 1874, at the age of about 23.
b — Emily Frances Ward is not married. She lives
with her married sister, Mrs. Pennington, in Kansas
c — Kate Ward married Albert Otho Tyler Pennington.
Their address is 3611, Olive St., Kansas City, Mo.
a — W 7 illiam Sterling Ward is not married. He is c
telegraph operator. He is in Chicago at present.
7 — Salena Ward married Burr Feagan. They moved
to W T estern Missouri about 1855. Both died many years
ago, on a farm near Dunksburg in Pettis County. Thej
wife died first. Their children were 6, as follows:
a — John Ward. d — William,
b — Stanton. e — Mary,
c — Wilhelmina. f — Rasha.
a — John Ward Feagan married X'annie Ferrel. Ad-
dress, Malta Bend, Saline Co., Mo.
b — Stanton Feagan married Ret Halker. Address,
Knob Xoster, Mo.
c — Wilhelmina Feagan married Wallace Patrick. Ad-,
dress, Knob Xoster. Mo., or Lamont, Mo.
d — William Feagan died of smallpox in St. Louis.
e — Mary Feagan has married twice. Her first hus-
And Connections. 161
band was William Whitfield. Her second is John Webb.
Address, Warrensburg, Mo.
f — Rasha Feagan's address is Malta Bend, Saline Co.,
Mo. I have not been able to obtain the name of his wife.
8 — Fielding Ward was born March 20, 1818. He mar-
ried Mary Moores. She died in Smith Co., Tenn., Nov. 7,
1857. In October, 1858, he moved to Pettis Co., Mo. He
died at Lamont, Mo., June 20, 1888. There were 3 chil-
dren of this marriage, as follows:
a — Robert Campbell. b — Samuel Bridgewater.
c — John Asbury.
a — Robert Campbell Ward was born July 31, 1847, and
died unmarried May 3, 1879.
b — Samuel Bridgewater Ward was born in Smith Co.,
Tenn., Sept. 7, 1849. He has married three times. In
March, 1876, he married Alice Porter, who died April 26,
1879. On March 13. 1884, he married Ina M. Yarnell, who
died June 13, 1896. His third wife is Frances P. Blewett,
10m he married Feb. 22, 1899. His address is Higgins-
ville, Mo. Xo children are reported of the second and
third marriages. Of the first there were 2 children, as
1 — Mary Nancy, deceased.
2— William Fielding, born Aug. 20, 1878. He has 1
child, a son, named Harold Samuel, born Oct. 16, 1905.
Xame of wife not given.
c — John Asbury Ward was born in Smith Co., Tenn.,
Oct. 10, 1851. He married Alice Guyer in Missouri. Ad-
dress, 400, East Broad Street, Warrensburg, Mo. There
are 2 children of this marriage, as follows:
1 — Charles R., deceased. 2 — Thomas.
9 — Mary Ann Ward, youngest child of John and Holly
(Mangrum) Ward, married Matthew Harper. Jr. He was
most generally called Mack. He was a farmer and trader.
He built and launched and laded the last flat boar that
was ever built on the old boat yard at the mouth of Mul-
herrin's creek, where that stream unites with the Caney
Fork, and where so many flat boats were built, and
162 The Hughes Family
laded and started on their long journey to New Orleans
during the first half of the last century. It was in 1850
that this last boat was built at that yard. My father at
the time was living across the river opposite the boat yard
and worked on the boat during its building. I saw the
boat launched. The steamboat was then rapidly supplant-
ing the flat boat and keel boat in the river carrying trade,
just as the railroad has now crowded out the steamboat.
What next? The airship?
About the year 1854 or '55 Mr. Harper and his family
moved to Pettis Co., Mo., and at some later period moved
to Nebraska, where both he and his wife died several
years ago. The children of this marriage that survived
the age of infancy were 6, as follows:
a — Fannie Grisselda. d — Joseph Richard,
b — Avan Walkup. e — Mack Sterling,
c — John Gardner. f — Sallie Holly.
a — Fannie Grisselda Harper married her cousin John
Ward Porter, son of Peter and Louisa (Ward) Porter.
He is a prosperous farmer. Address, Sweet Springs, Mo.
b — Avan Walkup Harper has been twice married. He
first married Maggie Edwards. His second wife wis
Joanna Edwards, a cousin of his first wife. He is a cat .e
dealer. Address Demar, Kansas.
c — John Gardner Harper married Ida Galbreath. She
died about June, 1910. His occupation is manufacturing
concrete for building purposes. Address, 800, West Six-
teenth St., Kansas City, Mo.
d — Joseph Richard Harper married Lillie Bell Bole-
jack. He is engaged in the livery business. Address,
South Auburn, Nebraska.
e — Mack Sterling Harper is not married. He is a car-
penter. I failed to get his address.
f — Sallie Holly Harper married John Edwards, a
cousin to Avan's first wife and a brother to his last. Sal-
lie is dead.
And Connections. 163
The history is now completed. The tale is told; but
I can not lay down my pen without one fond, lingering,
Parthian glance at dear old Smith County, the home of
Not long ago I read a newspaper article, written by
a Northern writer, describing certain military operations
of the Civil War in Middle Tennessee in the month of
February. In that article he described the day as one
"such as is never seen at that time of year outside of the
State of Tennessee." Oh, how that carried my memory
back to those glorious, deliriously beautiful days that I
passed in that delightful region more than a half century
ago. Calm, quiet, clear, tranquil, halcyon days were those,
when all nature was at rest, and conditions were such that
mere existence was enjoyment.
Tennessee has been called the Switzerland of America,
and also the Italy of the Western Continent. Surely those
/ appellations are not undeserved. Often have I climbed
her tallest hills in spring time, and with rapturous delight
gazed upon her matchless landscapes, embracing hill and
vale and ridge and mound and level meadow, — one vast
billowy expanse, clothed in green, like a sea of emeralds
rocked and tossed by a tempest. And when the mellow,
golden, hazy days of autumn came I climbed those hills
again, and looked out over that waving vista now clothed
in a dress of red and green and yellow and brown and
purple, reflecting the rays of the sun like burnished jewels,
while winding among them were bright limpid streams,
like silver threads, stringing those jewels together.
For fifty years I have been a self exile from that
region with all its attributes of fertile fields, purling
streams and bubbling springs of crystal water, fit nectar
for the gods; but through all these years her memory has
never grown dim.
What can I say of that delectable stream, the Caney
Fork, the first river upon which my eyes ever gazed. It
is a river with a very prozy name, but a more beautiful, a
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more romantic, a more poetic stream never rolled its
silvery waters over golden pebbles to the deep blue sea.
On the bank of that stream, where it parts like a rip-
pling flood of molten silver around the head of Piper's
Island sleep the remains of my maternal grand-mother,
both of her parents, one of her sons and a number of other
relatives, while the music of the water of this classic
stream in rythmic cadences, chants their requiem forever.
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Page 33, line 23; for Chlo May read Cleo May.
Page 71, line 2; for Giden read Gideon.
Page 92, line 30; for George Ann Dollins read Laura
Page 111, line 10; for Princeton, Ky., read Memphis,
Page 131, last line. Of the four children of Samuel R.
Gass' first wife, two died in childhood. Mattie died un-
married after reaching young womanhood. Etta married
James Thomas, but died young, leaving one child.
Page 139, top of page. Children of Robert S. Paris
omitted. They are 4, as follows:
1. — Pauline, born at Gordonsville, Tenn., Sept. 6, 1894.
2 — Ruby, born at Gordonsville, Tenn., June 25, 1896.
3 — Clarence, born at Gordonsville, Tenn., Dec. 8, 1899.
4 — Edith Sherman, born at Madisonville, Ky., July
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