Aaron Hughes, of the Cowpasture
- H. Aaron Hughes, of the Cowpasture1735 - 1799
- W. Mary Moore1742 -
Facts and Events
Aaron Hughes was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Acquisition of Land in Virginia:
- Aron Hughes bought of William Gillespie and Mary his wife, 1780, for 10,000 pounds (depreciated money), 320 acres on the Cowpasture. [Source: From "A Centennial History of Alleghany County, Virginia", By Oren F. Morton, B., Lit. Dayton, Virginia, J. K. Reubush Company 1923].
Records in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Vol. 2 - 1766--Supernumeraries: Thos. Shanklin, 1; John Deniston, 2; James Bruister, 1; Perunia Regen, 1; John Taylor, 1; Chas. Powers, 1; Aaron Hughs, 1; Martin Shoemaker, 1; Thomas Gordon, 2; John Barley, 1; Philip Crites, 1; Geo. Conrod, 1; John Shanklin, 1; Adam Raeburn, 1; James Crawford, 1; Mich'l Shorley, 1; John Black, 1; Joel Robinson, 1; Thos. Frames, 1; Mich'l Mildeberger, 1; Thos. Hutcheson, 1; Ephraim Love, 3; Mark Rigs, 1; Charles Parsons, 1; Andrew Bushong, 1; David Keal, 1; Francis Hughes, 1; Henry Shoemaker, 1; John Stalp, 1; Sam Nicholas, 1; Wm. Lewis, 1; Jno. Slavin, 1; Boslin Nosier, 1; John Hopkins, 2; James Bell, 2; Geo. Shoemaker, 1; Geo. Jordan, 1; Adam Kelvie, 1; Edw'd Beard, 2; John Stephenson, 5; Petter Assomsis, 1.
- Vol. 1 - AUGUST 19, 1767. - (225) Aaron Hughes appointed surveyor of highway, vice John Phillips.
- Vol. 1 - JUNE 22, 1769. - (220) Aaron Hughes, John Moore, Thomas Moore and Jacob Woodley -- to view the road from Hughes's Lane by Mathew Harrison's Mill to County Line.
- Vol. 1 - JUNE 22, 1769. - (225) Aaron Hughes appointed Constable, vice Jacob Woodley.
- Vol. 1 - NOVEMBER 20, 1772. - (448) Mathias Lair vs. John Gratton.--Order for leave to add Aaron Hughes and John Hughes as parties--
- Vol. 1 - NOVEMBER 16, 1773. - (222) John Painter's estate to be appraised by Mathias Reader, John Moore, David Robertson and Aaron Hughes.
- Vol. 2 - 1779--July 26th, Abraham Smith qualifies Sheriff. Will of Francis Hughes proved and Aaron Hughes qualifies executor. Francis McBride bound to Grand Jury for speaking treasonable words. Will of George Zimmerman, alias Carpenter, proved; Ann, George, and Adam Zimmerman qualify executors.
- Vol. 2 - Aaron Hughes, of Botetourt, vs. Brewer Reeves, of Rockingham--O. S. 15; N. S. 5--Deed, 8th September, 1783. Aaron Hughes to Brewer Reeves, recorded in Rockingham 24th November, 1783. Ditto to ditto, 23d March, 1782; recorded in Rockingham. Aaron Hughes' answer sworn to in Shenandoah County 12th July, 1792; speaks of "before he left Virginia."
- Vol. 2 - SEPTEMBER, 1793 (A to F). - Byrd, assignee, vs. Aaron Hughes--Bond by Aaron Hughes, of Conwell County, State of Franklin, to James Hubbart, of same place, 21st October, 1785. Commission to take depositions of Mark Jordan, James Cunningham and Andrew Greer, Sr., inhabitants of the territory south of Ohio River April 2, 1793. Commission is addressed to George Dougherty, Andrew Henderson, John Blackburn, Landon Carter and James Stuart. Ceded territory of United States south of Ohio, Jefferson County. Affidavit before Parmenus Taylor and Garret Fitz, by James Cunningham, 23d March, 1793. Deposition of Mark Jordan (Jreden ?) in Jefferson County, territory south of Ohio, 15th August, 1793, that Aaron authorized his son, Abraham, to sign the bond. Deposition of Andrew Greer, in Washington County, same territory, 19th August, 1793.
- Vol. 2 - Allen vs. Allen--O. S. 370; N. S. 134--In 1779 Reuben Allen, of Shenandoah, died, testate, leaving widow and five children, all infants, viz: Thomas, Aaron, John, Hannah (married George Bird), and Mary (married Benjamin Hawkins). Thomas died infant shortly after his father. Aaron has come of age, married, and has children, but is lunatic through intemperance. John is of age, married, and has children. Will of Reuben Allen, of Shenando County. Sons, Thomas, Aaron, John; daughters, Hannah, Mary; wife, Lydia; legatee, Mary Brinker, daughter of Conrad Brinker; relations, John, Reuben, Joseph Moore, Jackson Joseph, and Reuben Allen, executors. Dated 1st September, 1779. At court held for Shenando, 25th November, 1779. Recorded. 26th February, 1814, Joseph Hawkins deposes at house of Alexander Pollock, in Shenandoah, aged over 60, he married widow of Reuben Allen. John Allen came of age about 1798. Aaron is four years older than John, and Thomas is two years older than Aaron. 26th February, 1814, Balser Hupp, aged over 60, deposes, ditto. 26th February, 1814, Abraham Savage, aged 63, deposes ditto. 26th February 1814, John Bremer, aged over 62, deposes, ditto, 11th September, 1809, John Morgan deposes in Shenandoah; he considers Aaron and John imbecile, 11th September, 1809, Joseph Moore, ditto. Reuben Moore, executor of Reuben Allen, is dead in 1810, leaving widow Betsy (now widow of Daniel McNeil) and six children, viz: Joseph, Charles, James Willis, Daniel L., Marcus W., and Amelia Betsy. March, 1814, Dr. Jacob Neff, aged 70, deposes in Shenandoah. March, 1814, Walter Newman, aged over 70, deposes, ditto. March, 1814, Capt. William Bird, aged 53, deposes, ditto. March, 1814, Solomon Kingree, aged 52, deposes, ditto. March, 1814, William Steenberger, aged 47, deposes, ditto. March, 1814, Benjamin Pennbacker, aged 53, deposes, ditto; was not in Shenandoah County in 1779; he first came in 1783. 12th March, 1814, Samuel Strickler, aged 47, deposes in Shenandoah; did not live in neighborhood in 1779. 12th March, 1814, David Strickler, aged 43, deposes in Shenandoah, brother of Samuel, their father bought "Sulcer's" land. 26th February, 1814, Elizabeth Skeen, aged over 50 years, deposes in Shenandoah; Thomas Allen would be now 42 years old; Aaron is upwards of 40, and John is 36 or 37 years old. 15th April, 1811, James Skeen, aged 51, deposes, in Shenandoah, deponent knew Reuben Allen from deponent's infancy; Aaron Hughes was James's uncle. 15th April, 1811, Reuben Moore, aged 71, deposes. The question in this case was whether legacies of £1,000 each to the daughters were to be paid in hard money or currency.
Aaron (Aron) Hughes is listed in the records of St. Gabriel's church as baptised on 21 October 1735 with Father Francis and Mother Christine. This was a Swedes log church at Manatawney (later known as Morlatton and now Douglassville. A sister "Margareth" is shown as baptised there on 6 September 1739 - same parents. These listings are in "Berks County Births" 1710-1780 John T. Humphrey. I have a copy of the church records in my files showing these baptisms. Since Aaron was baptised in 1735, I have listed this as his date of birth.
FROM: COLONIAL SOLDIERS OF THE SOUTH 1732-1774 (by Murtie Jane Clark) p 348 Aaron Hughes, private in Capt. Robt Stewart's Co., troop of light horse, Cumberland Fort, Jan 1756. (note that this age fits exactly with Aaron, son of Francis and Christina, born in September or October of 1735). This was the beginning of the indian wars in the valley of Virginia. Many young men joined the militia to defend the settlements. A Sergeant William Hughes (573?) is mentioned in several places as a member of Capt. Robt. Stewart's company (maybe a brother?).
In 1772, Aaron and John Hughes were added as parties to a suit by Mathias Lair (Lear) against John Gratton. Mathias Lear had bought 224 acres from John Hughes (G3) and wife Sarah 4 years before (1768).
In court records from VA: "Aaron Hughes, of Botetourt, vs Brewer Reeves, of Rockingham -- O. S. 15; N. S. 5 --Deed, 8th September, 1783.
Aaron Hughes to Brewer Reeves, recorded in Rockingham 24th November,1783. Ditto to ditto, 23d March, 1782; recorded in Rockingham.
Aaron Hughes' answer sworn to in Shenandoah County 12th July, 1792; speaks of "before he left Virginia."
"Botetourt Co. Court Records" - A Judgment on September, 1793 - "Byrd, assignee, vs Aaron Hughes - Bond by Aaron Hughes of Conwell County, State of Franklin, to James Hubbart, of same place, 21st October 1785. Commission to take depositions of Mark Jordan, James Cunningham, and Adrew Greer, Sr., inhabitants of the territory south of Ohio River, April 2, 1793. Commission is addressed to George Dougherty, Andrew Henderson, John Blackburn, Landon Carter, and James Stuart. Ceded territory of United States south of Ohio, Jefferson County. Affidavit before Parmenus Taylor and Garret Fitz, by James Cunningham, 23d March, 1793. Deposition of Mark Jordan (Jerden ?) in Jefferson County, territory south of Ohio, 15th August, 1793, that Aaron authorized his son, Abraham, to sign the bond. Deposition of Andrew Greer, in Washington County, same territory, 19th August 1793."