Researcher’s Report on Benjamin Hughes


Here is an example of the work done by my researcher, Mrs. Jeanne Mead, taken from her report of January 22, 2001. It is somewhat technical and I need to study the copies of documents that she has enclosed. She has enclosed copies of old records that support the claims made in the book; she does not expect me to rely on what a book says. Mrs. Mead remembers that the records of Hanover were burned in the Civil War and there are other indications of her expertise in the report. The state of Virginia made a state census in 1787 and she has sent me information from that census. And she did send me the name of Benjamin Hughes’ wife in a subsequent report.


“You asked about the name Littleberry, and I did have some luck with that. Thomas Strong married Peggy Hughes in 1816. Her father was Benjamin and the surety for the marriage was Littleberry Hughes. Campbell Chronicles & Family Sketches, page 428, gives a sketch of Benjamin Hughes and family. He was a son of Henry and Margaret Hughes, was born in 1763 in Hanover County, married a daughter of Littleberry Tucker, and moved to Bedford and then Campbell. He later moved to Tennessee, where he died in 1838. His son littleberry died in Campbell County in 1890. He served in the Revolution, and the battles he fought in are listed. Genealogical Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pensions Files, V.2, page 1753, enclosed, verifies this information, and also gives his dates of birth and death. Campbell County land tax records show that in 1828, Benjamin Hughes owned 146 acres on Johnson Creek, 18 miles SW of the courthouse. Campbell County Deed Index shows that Benjamin Hughes and wife sold land to Jno. H. Bowyer in 1834. This must have been when he moved to Tennessee. I will send for that deed in order to learn the given name of Benjamin's wife.


The 1787 Census of Virginia page 979, enclosed, shows that Benjamin, Henry and John Hughes were listed in the Hanover personal property tax lists in 1787. The Vestry Book of St. Paul's Parish, Hanover County, 1706-1786, page 371, enclosed, shows that Henry Hughes was reimbursed £3 for mending the church windows in act. 1758. In 1759 and 1779, his land was processioned, so we know that he owned land. (Pages 389 & 552, enclosed) The land tax records for Hanover County showed that Henry Hughes owned 117 acres in 1792 and 1796. I've found nothing on Littlerberry Tucker, as yet. The records of Hanover were burned in the Civil War; so further information will be hard to come by.”