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Andrew Hughes, postmaster at Stony Creek

Posted in Genealogy by tahughesnc on July 27, 2013
I had to wipe lichen off this headstone in order to read it.

I had to wipe lichen off this headstone in order to read it.

Recently I found a headstone at Stony Creek Presbyterian Church Cemetery for a man named Andrew Hughes. The inscription on the stone says simply:

ANDREW HUGHES
DEPARTED THIS
LIFE MAR. 13, 1831

Buried next to Andrew is Lucinda Hughes, who died 21 years later, in 1852, at the age of 65. Buried next to her is Lucinda E. Hughes, who died at the age of six months in 1859. The inscription on her stone says she was the daughter of A.J. and S.A. Hughes.

Starting with these clues, I set out to find out what I could about this Hughes family  — even though I have no evidence to suggest that I’m related to them. Here’s what I have learned so far.

In 1818, an Andrew Hughes married Lucinda Tate in Caswell County. The date on their marriage bond is Jan. 26, 1818. Their wedding probably took place soon thereafter.

In 1893, A.J. Hughs and J. Hughs owned land close to Stony Creek Presbyterian.

In 1893, A.J. Hughs and J. Hughs owned land close to Stony Creek Presbyterian. (click on map to enlarge)

On Feb. 21, 1827, an Andrew Hughes was appointed U.S. postmaster for the community of Stony Creek, which at that time was in Orange County. (Stony Creek Presbyterian is now in northern Alamance County, and there is a Stony Creek township nearby in southern Caswell County.)

When Andrew Hughes died in 1831, he did not have a will. However, there is an estate file for him in the North Carolina State Archives that provides detailed evidence about what he owned, who his heirs were, and how his assets were disposed of.

The heirs identified in the estate file were Andrew’s widow, Lucinda; Bluford W. Reid and his wife, Cornelia Anne Hughes (Andrew and Lucinda’s daughter); and Andrew and Lucinda’s then-unmarried children, Elizabeth Anne Hughes, James Henry Hughes, Andrew Jackson Hughes (who is also referred to as simply “Jackson” in the estate file), Martha Anne Hughes and Adeline Hughes.

His property, as recorded in the estate file, included two tracts of land in Orange County and one in Caswell County, and several slaves. The handwriting in the estate file is at times difficult to decipher, but it appears that the slaves were sold and the proceeds were divided among the heirs.

As for the land, an 1893 map of Alamance County (shown above) shows two tracts of land close to Stony Creek Presbyterian that were owned by an A.J. Hughs and a J. Hughs. It seems likely that A.J. Hughs was Andrew Jackson Hughes, son of the Andrew Hughes and father of the Lucinda E. Hughes that are buried at Stony Creek Presbyterian. By the same logic, J. Hughs might have been James Henry Hughes.

I believe I have managed to document the life of Andrew Jackson Hughes until his death  in 1905. In the 1850 U.S. Census, he is listed living with his mother, Lucinda, his brother,  James, and his sister, Adaline, in Alamance County. In 1860, he headed a household that included a 26-year-old woman named S.A. Hughes, a 5-year-old girl named Alice Hughes, and a 39-year-old man named J.H. Hughes (who was described as “insane” on the census form).

In 1900, the U.S. Census shows a 74-year-old Andrew Hughs living in Burlington, N.C., with his wife, Sarah A. Hughs, and a 16-year-old black female boarder named Effie Bradshaw. The 1900 Census also shows that Andrew and Sarah were married in 1853.

According to a listing on the Find A Grave website, Andrew J. Hughes, husband of Sarah A. Hughes, died on May 7, 1905, and is buried at Pine Hill Cemetery in Burlington.

I have also found evidence suggesting that Cornelia Anne Hughes and her husband, Bluford W. Reid, are buried in Guilford County, N.C.

I don’t know yet what happened to the other children of the man whose lichen-covered headstone set me off on this genealogical record-diving expedition.

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  1. Kenny Hughes said, on July 27, 2013 at 11:58 am

    Interesting Stuff — I read it in search of my missing link William Hughes B:around 1758 D:Nov 30,1843 in Barnwell District SC. Don’t know when or where he came from to SC but know he owned property and died in Barnwell District (Bamberg County Now) South Carolina. Have his will and other documents to this effect. jkh

  2. Dave Hughes said, on August 15, 2013 at 1:56 am

    Interesting, Tom. Probably not kin to us, but an interesting exercise.
    David Hughes

  3. Sandee Hughes said, on November 15, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    I am just now finding your blog post about Andrew Hughes. I think he may be my husbands long lost relative, supposedly born in Ireland. The names in your post are all too familiar to be a coincidence. There is something wrong or missing though about the dates for Lucinda. Seems like she would be too young to be the mother of Andrew Jackson. Sr. It is a big mystery–thank you for all the information you added.

    • tahughesnc said, on November 15, 2017 at 6:49 pm

      Thank you, Sandee. I would love for your husband to join the Hughes DNA Project! Here is the link: https://www.familytreedna.com/groups/hughes/about

      • Sandee Hughes said, on November 15, 2017 at 9:52 pm

        Unfortunately, he passed away several years ago. But my son might be interested. He lives overseas–could he still do it?
        Using your info I think I may have found Andrew’s parents, also Lucinda’s. There go the stories of Ireland!

  4. tahughesnc said, on November 16, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    Sandee, yes, your son can join the project. My earliest known Hughes ancestor lived in Orange County in the 1770s, and I think where he lived might have been in the Stony Creek area. So, I would love to have a Hughes male from your husband’s line in the project!

    • Sandee Hughes said, on November 16, 2017 at 4:22 pm

      I sent your information to him. It all sounds very interesting.

      • Sandee Hughes said, on November 17, 2017 at 8:45 pm

        Being unable to make the dates work, I decided that your lichen covered Andrew Hughes could not be part of my Hughes family. I found John Hughes on the Hughes Family DNA Project page listed with the Andrew Jacksons and was able to match him up with them. He is the one from Ireland. Thanks so much for your help–I would never have gotten this far without your information. Still dont know how the young child buried with Andrew and Lucinda could be the child of AJ and SA–at least not the ones in my Hughes family.
        Thanks again


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