by David T. Hughes
Which Ancestors are Included? This account focuses on my own
direct Hughes ancestral line. Beginning with my Hughes great grand parents,
John Wesley and Sarah (Vincent) Hughes, the account traces the male line of my
Hughes ancestors back eight generations to immigrant John Hugh, who was born in
Wales in 1653. This ancestral line, of course, coincides exactly with that of my father,
my brother, our children, and the families of my Hughes uncles, aunt, first cousins,
their children, and all of my father's Hughes uncles, aunts, first cousins, nieces, and
Excluded in the text is all but passing reference to the cousins who are
descended from the many siblings of my direct Hughes ancestors, even
though these relatives can claim the same ancestral line. I have only sketchy
information on all of the Hughes and Hughes-related families from the seven
generations that preceded my great grand parents. Moreover, reporting on
even a portion of the related families would make the account too large and unwieldy.
The huge size, for example, of immigrant John Hugh's sister's family, the Foulkes, has
daunted me from even attempting to assemble it in my genealogical computer files.
Appendix I provides the names of the members of the families of the
first eight generations of Hugheses in my direct ancestral line on the
Appendix II provides the names and family relationships of the
members of generations nine through fourteen (I'm in the eleventh generation). The
living members of the generations in Appendix II constitute the definition of
"Our" family in this account's title and text, even though, as stated above,
many other Hugheses and Hughes cousins can claim the same ancestral line.
Source Weaknesses and Strengths Time constraints preclude carrying
out painstaking research at the main libraries that store information on our
Hughes family ancestors during colonial times. These comprise the Quaker
collections at the Haverford and Swarthmore college libraries in
Pennsylvania, the Pennsylvania Historical Society in Philadelphia, and the
Berks County Historical Society in Reading, Pennsylvania. Therefore, I
have used the publications of others who have done the research, thus
opening myself to passing on their mistakes, and dealing sometimes with
Nevertheless, the few hours that I have spent at the library of the
Berks County Historical Society have convinced me that , with one possible
exception, my information is accurate and complete. The possible exception
has to do with the order of John Hugh's first two wives, and indeed whether
there even were two -- or just one -- prior to 1717 when, as a widower, he
married Ellin Williams.
We are extremely fortunate 1)that John Hugh's brother-in-law,
Edward Foulke, provided a written account of the 1698 migration voyage
from Liverpool to Philadelphia, and 2) that our ancestors were Quakers
(Society of Friends) and that Quakers kept immaculate records. Few people
who trace their genealogical background have such resources.
Some of the information is from my own observation during trips to
the Gwynedd, Oley Valley, and Catawissa/Roaring Creek areas of
Pennsylvania in September and October 1996 and in September 1997, and
to Iowa and Kansas in August 1997.
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