My GGGG-Grandfather, Benjamin Hughes fought in the Revolutionary War .The following paragraphs are copied from the book “Campbell Chronicles and Family Sketches Embracing the History of Campbell County, Virginia 1782-1926”, by R. H. Early (published 1927)
Benjamin Hughes, born 1763 in Hanover County, was a son of Henry and Margaret Hughes. At the age of sixteen he enlisted as a private in the Virginia troops under Captains Elisha White, Samuel White, Samuel Hubbard, Wm. Tinsley, Thomas Richardson, and Wm. Anderson, -Cols. James Monroe, Mercer, Seawell and Winston. He was in the battles of Brandywine, Malvern Hill, Charles City Court House, and siege of Yorktown; and served altogether about three years. His father's home was burned, but the family records were recorded in the parish register of the Rev. Patrick Henry, who was a neighbor and friend of the family. After the Revolution, Hughes moved to Bedford but in 1805 settled in Campbell. He married a daughter of Littleberry Tucker, of Hanover and was joined in Campbell by his wife's brother, Thomas Tucker. The name Littleberry is preserved in the Hughes family.
Children of Benjamin Hughes:
-Littleberry m., lst, Winifred, daughter of Clement Jordan, who lived at Far View, near Gladys. Children, -l Emory, enlisted in Confederate army, killed at Gettysburg; -2 Benjamin, died upon return from the war; -3 Clement served in the war, moved afterwards to Tennessee; -4 Patrick; - 5 Susan; -6 Nancy; -7 Julia Anne and –8 Parthenia, m. Jabez Snow. Littleberry m., 2nd, Mrs. Tucker, nee Plunkett, widow of Charles Tucker; children; -9 Thomas; -10 Sarah Alice; -11 Margaret; -12 Charles; -13 Frank; -14 Bowling. Mrs. Tucker had five children of her first marriage. Littleberry Hughes m., 3rd, Dionysia Oakes; children: -20 Mary; -21 Virginia; -22 Tabitha;-23 Robert, making a household of 23 children.
Daughters of Benjamin Hughes were: -Margaret**, m. -Strong, -Alice, m. -Roberts, -Katherine, m. Roberts; - Tabitha, unmarried.
Benjamin Hughes, while resident in Campbell, made application in 1833 for a pension for his Revolutionary War service, which then was allowed him. He moved to Tennessee and in 1835 was living in Smith County, sixty miles from Nashville; died 1838, leaving a widow. Littleberry Hughes died 1890, aged 94 years. Patrick, (son of Littleberry), who died young was lively and mischievous. It was the custom of one of the neighborhood preachers, whom Patrick disliked, to spend weekends at his home. On one occasion, he turned his horse over to young Patrick with the caution, "Feed him high, Patrick, feed him high." The boy disappeared for the day and after dinner, to the chagrin of the preacher, the horse was discovered standing on his hind legs, endeavoring to reach the bundle of oats, which was tied to the rafters of the stable. Patrick could not resist the opportunity for his joke, even at expense of the horse. Robert Hughes, youngest son of Littleberry, lives at the old home, Far View, two miles west of Gladys. Charles H. Hughes resides at Gladys. Emory Hughes (killed in battle) had married a sister of James Hughes of a different Campbell family, yet bearing the same name. James Hughes owned property on Ward's Road in the Yellow Branch section, and was the father of Emory and B. E. Hughes of Lynchburg.
**Margaret’s daughter, Edna Strong, married Allen German Bailey, my GG-Grandfather, who died at the battle of Drewry’s Bluff.