- H. James HughesEst 1715-1725 - bef 1767
- W. Unknown SpouseEst 1720-1730 - Bef 1761
m. Est. 1750-1758
Facts and Events
James Hughes was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
James Hughes's land (just outside of Beverley Manor NE on Big Meadow Run, 224 acres acquired from Samuel Kerr in 1760) as shown on the map meticulously drawn by J.R. Hildebrand, cartographer. This map is copyrighted©, used by permission of John Hildebrand, son of J.R. Hildebrand, April, 2009. (Note: the map depicted above shows the approximate location of the patent of Samuel Kerr, sold to James Hughes and Andrew Greer in 1760, based upon the description provided in Chalkley's).
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 346.--22d May, 1760. Robt. McClenachan and Sara to James Hughes, of Staunton, 32 acres Woodland, part of No. 10 surveyed for Mr. McClenachan, Joseph Gamble's lot, Wm. Preston's land; also lot 7 in Staunton. Teste: Wm. Givens.
- Page 68.--19th November, 1760. Samuel Carr (Kerr) and Margaret ( ) to James Hughes and Andrew Greer, £120, 224 acres on Big Meadow Run by patent, 16th August, 1756, Beverley Manor line.
- Page 672.--20th March, 1764. Thomas Paxton to James Hughes, of Staunton, £20, lot 14 in Staunton. Teste: John King, Joshua Russell, George Skillern. Delivered: Mr. Owen Owens, 4th May, 1787.
Disposition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 283.--19th May, 1761. James Hughs and Euphie (Euphemia), of Staunton, to William Willson, of Staunton, £15, part of two lots: A, in Staunton, part of lot __; B, 2-1/2 acres, part of a lot of 30 acres woodland betwixt Col. Preston's and Joseph Gamble's woodland lot about 1/2 mile northwest of Staunton, part of lot No. 10. Delivered: Edward Long, August Court, 1765.
- Page 532.--18th August, 1762. James Hughes and Euphemia, and Andrew Greer and Ruth ( ) to John Cochran, £122, 224 acres on Big Meadow Run, a branch of Cathey's River, line of Beverley Manor. Acknowledged and privy examination, 19th August, 1762. Delivered: Henry King, September, 1775.
- Page 206.--23d August, 1765. James Hughes and Euphie (Euphemia) and William Wilson and Mary, of Albemarle County, to John Hunter, of Staunton, £40, part of lot 14 excluding a house on northwest corner where Edward Long now lives; lot faces James Huston's front on the south and James Hughes on the west. Delivered: Jno. Hunter, May, 1770.
Record of James Hughes' Estate Administration
- Page 513.--24th January, 1767. James Hughes' estate appraised, by Robt. McClenachan, Wm. Crow, Robt. Reed, Walter Cunningham.
- Page 71.--24th November, 1767. James Hughes' estate settlement, recorded--Paid for making cakes for funeral. 1767, February 11th, by received from Saml. Hughes; by received from Andrew Russell, Sr. March 30th, by received from Wm. Dunlap, Jr. March 30th, by received from John Verner. July 25th, by received from Andrew Russell, Jr. July 27th, by balance for nursing a child. July 29th, by Wm. Howard's account; by James Colton's account. September 28th, by Jeremiah Edward's account. Oct. 7th, by remainder Saml. Hughens' bill. Bills due the estate that are doubtful: John Craney's, James Hill's, John Lindsey's, Jno. McNulty's, Hector McNeil's, Robt. Adair's, Benj. Woods, Richd. Dunn, Saml. Cloyd, Jno. Lucases, James Shaw's. (Note: Samuel Hughes was most likely related to James Hughes of Augusta County in some way, additional research needed to prove the relationship).
Records of James Hughes in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley's Augusta County Records:
- Page 158.--Joseph Bell's appraisement, 23d November, 1758. Appraised by James Huges. Saml. Wilson, and Wm. Long.
- Vol. 1 - MAY 18, 1758. - (158) James Hughes, appraiser of John Hutcheson's estate.
- Page 391.--28th May, 1760. Samuel Wilson's will, of Staunton--Wife, Martha, to educate the children; oldest daughter, Elizabeth Wilson; daughter, Martha. Executors, John and Thos, Wilson, and wife Martha, or any two. Teste: James Hughes, Robt. Reed. Wm. Preston. Proved, 19th August, 1760, by the witnesses. Thomas and Martha qualify, with Jno. and Robt. Wilson. Teste: H. Churchill.
- Page 437.--12th January, 1760. Deed of apprenticeship--William Hays, son of Patrick Hays, binds himself to William Wilson, taylor, to be taught the said trade, service and occupation of a taylor for 18 years. Signed,Patrick Hays, William Wilson. Teste: James Stevenson, James Hughes, Wm Lusk.
- Page 350.--12th May, 1760. Robert McClenachan and Sara to Margaret and Joseph Gamble, of Staunton, 28 acres Woodland, northeast of Staunton, part in lot 9 and part in lot 10, between James Hughes' lot and John Kess' lot; also lot 5 in Staunton.
- Page 438.--20th May, 1760. John Poage's bond (with David Stewart, James Hughes) as Assistant Surveyor.
- Page 9.--17th February, 1761. Phillip Persingers appraisement, by Wm. Preston, Ro. Reed, James Hughes--Current money.
- Vol. 2 - MAY, 1761 (A). - Gray vs. Hughes.--I do promise to pay, etc., unto Hugh Gray, etc., £3.7.6 and a good buckskin, current money of Pennsylvania, etc. (Signed) James Hughes. 29th October, 1752. Test, Thomas Hall, who makes affidavit, 24th. October, 1758, in York County, Pa.
- Page 251.--16th May, 1761. James Lockhart to his son William Lockhart, £5, 324 acres, part of 624 conveyed to James by Beverley, 17th June. 1748; cor. to part of tract belonging to Patrick Lockhart; cor. David Campbell. Teste: James Hughes, Ranl. Lockhart. Delivered: William Lockhart, April, 1767.
- Page 222.--19th May, 1761. John Stephenson to James Hartgrove, of Staunton, £7, 1/2 acre lot 6, joining Sampson Mathews and James Hughes. Teste: Wm. Hyde, James Means.
- Page 156.--6th February, 1762.--James Litster's estate sold to, viz. James Ward, Geo. Wilson, Mathew Reed, Wm. Cabeen, Chas. Donnally, Ro. Armstrong, Edward Long, Pat. Cunningham, Andw. Greer, Thos. Fulton, Margt. Cameron, Jno. Stewart, Ro. Reed, Geo. Francisco, David Bell, Wm. Poage, Wm. Crow, Luke Bowyer, Abraham Thornton. Wm. Henderson, Jno. Buchanan, Thos. O'Neal, Alex. Gibson, Alex. Wright, Jno. Francis, James Simpson, Geo. Weaver, Philip Helveston, Jno. King, Geo. Anderson, Rev. Mr. Craige, Andw. Russell, Saml. Caldwell, Joseph Roberts, Jno. Gregory, Jno. Lucas, Mathew Clark, Jno. Anderson, Jr., James Robinson, Jacob Parsinger, Saml. Moore, Christopher Vinyard, Thos. Patterson, the Widow Bell, Ralph Gorrell, Jos. Russell, James Gilmore, Simon Robertson, James Hughes.
- Vol. 2 - MAY, 1762 (B). Patterson vs. Hughes.--James Hughes's note to George Patterson, 3d March, 1761.
- Page 20.--23d August, 1762. Israel Christian and Felix Gilbert to John Stewart. Part of the 25 acres conveyed by Beverley to the County, and now conveyed under the order of the County Court, 20th November, 1760. £4, lot No. 17, fronting lot 16, belonging to Col. Christian, and joining a lot belonging to James Hughes. Teste: Ann Christian, Thos. Bames, Priscilla Christian. Livery and seizin. Delivered: Michael Bowyer, March, 1774.
- Page 92.--18th November, 1762. John Henderson and Mary ( ) to Hugh Martin, £75, 200 acres on Christian's Creek, cor. Thomas Rutledge's land. Teste: James Hughes, Wm. Shannon, Moses Thomsen.
- Page 244.--22d June, 1763. Thomas Campbell to Archibald Hopkins, £7, on Muddy Creek of North River, 40 acres; corner to land now or formerly Robt. Raulston's. Teste: John Poage, Richard Shanklin, James Hughes.
- Page 598.--19th June, 1764. William Teas to Robert Allen, bond conditioned upon making title to Robert for half of a tract of 200 acres joining land of said Allen and Teas, equally the property of both, but the patent issued in name of Teas. Teste: John Poage, James Hughes. Delivered: Robert Allen, March, 1765.
- Page 706.--21st June, 1764. George and William Skillem to Walter Crow, £__, 343 acres patented to William Skillem, deceased, 30th August, 1743, and devised by William that his sons, George and William, should dispose of same on head of a draft of Linville's Creek on Daniel Harrison's road. Teste: James Hughes. James Huston, Robt. Russell. Delivered: Walter Crow. October, 1766. Acknowledged by George.
- Page 453.--15th May, 1766. John Young and Mary to John Davis, £67, 280 acres on West Fork of James River called Back Creek. Teste: James Hughes, Samuel Moor and Samuel Cowden.
- Page 487.--20th January, 1767. John Colley (Cawley), aged 20 years, deposes, that being in the presence and company of James Hughs, deceased, during the time of his last sickness in the dwelling house of the said James, he heard him say that should will and bequeath by his last testament all his substance that he was possessed of to his wife Euphemia during her natural life, except a house and lot to his daughter Euphemia, as also the wearing apparel of his first wife, mother of Margt. Kennedy, which he should give and bequeath to the said Margaret, together with her mother's riding saddle, and that this conversation was had with the said decedant James about two days before his _____, which happened on Thursday morning, the 18th inst, and further sayeth not. Randolph Lockhart, aged 30 years, deposes to same effect. Proved, 20th January, 1767. Administration granted widow Euphemia and Sampson Mathews. (Note: this and the record below, prove that James Hughes had a prior marriage and a step-daughter Margaret that married a Kennedy).
- Vol. 1 - MARCH 24, 1767. - (58) Certain articles belonging to James Hughes, decd., are declared to belong to his estate and not to his stepdaughter, Margaret Kenedy.
- Page 40.--24th August, 1767. Account of administration of estate of Col. John McNeill, recorded--Cash paid Wm. Duncan for board of servants under cure; to gold watch sold George Weedon. 1765, April 1st-- Cash paid Joseph Gamble for riding express for Col. McNeile to Dr. Jameson. July 4th--Cash paid in part of Farghagh Cambel's account. November 5th--Cash paid James Hughes the balance of Farghagh Camil account.
- Page 140.--10th August, 1768. Joseph Gamwell to John Cawley, £20, grantor's part of one-half lot woodland northwest of Staunton, 14 acres, being half of a lot of 28 acres, part of No. 9 of part in No. 10, surveyed for Robert McClennchan, between lots of James Hughes and John Kerr, conveyed from Robert to Margaret and Joseph Gamwell, 22d May, 1760, the other half being since sold to Archer Mathews; also 1/4 acres in Staunton, part of lot 5, being the part John Cawley now lives on.
- Page 272.--27th September, 1769. John Cawley and Margaret, of Staunton, to Sampson and George Mathews, £40, 1/2 lot of woodland on northwest of Staunton, 14 acres, part in No. 9 and part in No. 10, surveyed for Robert McClenachan lying between lots of James Hughes and John Kerr, see deed McClenachan to Margaret and Joseph Gamwell, 22d May; 1760; also 1/2 of a half-acre lot in Staunton; half of lot No. 5 also conveyed by McClenachan in above deed; both which pieces since sold by Gamwell to Archer Mathews, the remainder being conveyed by Joseph Gamwell to said John Cawley, now husband of the late said Margaret Gamwell, August, 1768. Teste: Pat. Lockhart, William Mitchell, Euphemia Hughes, John Walsh.
- Page 266.--6th January, 1770. Samuel Cowden and Mathew Cowden to John Graham and Daniel Kidd, £80, mortgage, Ys, acre in Staunton, part of a lot formerly James Hughes' and purchased by Col. David Stewart and Samuel Cowden and 15 acres of wood land belonging to the same and bounded by Sampson Mathews, Archer Mathews, James Hartgrove, Euphram Hughes, widow; being the same whereon Randal Lockhart and John Readpath now lives; also 1/2 acre lot lying above Daniel Kidd's and joining Water Street and divided by one street from a lot belonging to Doctor John Mathews, and 30 acres of woodland thereto belonging; also 1/2 acre lot in Staunton, formerly property of Joseph Bell bounded by Robert Reed and Doctor William Fleming's lots. Teste: John Virner.
- Page 1.--25th August, 1770. William Wilson and Mary ( ), of Albemarle and John Hunter, Sr., and Frances, of Augusta, to Francis Hart, grove of Staunton, £40. In Staunton, part of lot No, 14, 5 poles north and south and 4 poles east and west, only excluding a house on northwest corner wherein Edward Long lived, of 18 by 22 feet in length and breadth. Lot faces James Hustons front on south and James Huse on west, containing 20 square perches, only reserving said house; also 2-1/2 acres wood land on south end of lot of 30 acres between (betwixt) Col. William Preston's land and Joseph Gamble's wood land, about 1/2 mile northwest of Staunton bounded according to courses of Staunton, lot No. 10. Delivered: Francis Harterove, 9th September, 1773.
- Vol. 2 - MARCH, 1771 (B). - Leister's Administrator vs. Hughes's Administrator.--Chancery. Bill filed 1770. Orator, Samuel Cawdon: Shows that in year 175_ James Leister, of Staunton, trader, deceased, bought lot No. __, in Staunton, from James Hughes, ____ holder of Staunton, deceased, for £25. James Leister died intestate before deed made; administration was granted to David Stewart (now deceased), Walter Cawdon and orator. Administration applied to Hughes for a conveyance to them personally to secure to them a debt due by Leister to them, and they paid all the purchase money but £8. Then James Hughes died intestate; Widow Euphemia qualified executrix. James left heirs, Jane and Mary Hughes, his daughters. In February, 1757, David Stewart also departed this life. Administration was granted Lewis and Mathews, who relinquished to orator all David's claim to the lot. He now demands a conveyance from Hughes's representatives.
- Page 87.--9th September, 1773. Francis Hardgrove and Sarah, of Surry County, North Carolina, to John David Griner, part of lot 14 in Staunton, house wherein Edward Long lived, faces James Huston and James Hughes.
- Page 437.--15th November, 1774. Daniel Kidd and John Graham to Theobald, alias Devault, Bosang. James Hughes seised of ot 7 in Staunton and 30 acres of woodland purchased by James from Robert McClenachan and bargained to sell part of each to James Leister, deceased, trader. Leister died before deed made. and James agreed with Leister's administrators and surviving partners to convey to them in consideration of their paying him the remainder of the purchase money; James died before conveyance; through several transfers and suit in chancery, property was conveyed in trust to Daniel Kidd and John Graham to secure them as securities for Samuel Cowdon, by decree in chancery foreclosing the equity of redemption. Delivered: John Bosang, February, 1776.
- Page 376.--20th May, 1776. Hugh Young and Agness to their son, John Young. Teste: James Hughes. (Note: perhaps a son of this James Hughes?).
- Page 256.--18th August, 1780. Commission of Augusta County to Hugh McDowell merchant of Staunton. Andrew Greer's share of lots in Staunton purchased by him and James Hughes, James Huston and George Wilson, which Greer gave up, being unable to pay for it; lot in possesion of John David Greiner. (Note: perhaps a son of this James Hughes?).
- Page 314.--31st July, 1786. Justices to Jenny Owens, late Jenny Hughes, daughter and co-heiress of James Hughes, deceased.
- Page 315.--31st July, 1786. Same (Justices to) to Mary Bickle, late Mary Hughes, daughter and co-heiress of James Hughes, deceased.
- Page 316.--31st July, 1786. Same (Justices to) to Euphemia Hughes, daughter and co-heiress of James Hughes, deceased.
- Page 46.--18th September, 1787. Euphemia Hughes, Sr., Euphemia Hughes, Jr., Owen Owens and Jane, Adam Bickle and Mary, to Sampson Mathews.
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