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Hughes Family Research in Virginia and DNA
Posted by: Virginia Phillips-Smith (ID *****2052) Date: April 09, 2008 at 07:53:44
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My Hughes ancestors were in Albemarle County, Virginia, very early. They lived near the James River in Scottsville. We believe these Hughes are descendants of the New Kent County, Virginia, Hughes family.

I am working with other family researchers to use DNA analysis to solve some of the missing links.
If you think you might be a descendant of this Hughes branch, and are a straight-line descendant with the surname of Hughes, I urge you to think about DNA testing. We have Hughes descendants who are joining the project now who we think are cousins. If the DNA matches, then we can perhaps better direct our research and confirm some of the connections of this family. We are using Family Tree DNA Project lab for our family's DNA testing, and this is the link:

If I can you with additional information on the results of our DNA testing so far, please email me at

We think the ancestors of our Hughes family came to this country in the mid 1600s and that Rees Hughes, Sr., is the immigrant ancestor. Rev. George Hughes who appears in the records at about the same time as Rees Hughes, Sr., may have been his brother. We have found records of a Rees/Rice Hughes, William Hughes, and others in the Parish Records of St. Peter's Church of New Kent County. William Hughes was apparently hired to build the church and is believed to be the son of Rev. George Hughes. Some researchers believe that Rees, Jr., and my direct ancestor, Edward Hughes, were first cousins. Edward Hughes continued to show up in the same records (such as the Quaker Monthly Meetings) as Robert and Sarah Hughes and Rees Hughes, Jr. It appears that this family migrated from New Kent (now Hanover County area) to Henrico, Goochland, and then to Albemarle, Amherst and Nelson Counties. From the patent and other land records, we also believe this branch of Hughes had ties with the Hughes who were in Buckingham/Cumberland and even Powhatan Counties.

My ancestors who were in Albemarle were William Hughes, son of Thomas Hughes, Jr., and John Hughes who married Mary (Polly) Williams Jean and moved to New Canton area. Both Thomas Hughes, Jr., and Sr. were in Albemarle in the 1740s according to the road orders and land records. Thomas Hughes, Sr., was the son of Edward Hughes, and Edward was possibly the son of Rees Hughes, Sr. There are wills at the Albemarle County Courthouse for Thomas (1779) and William Hughes (1813) which clearly give the names of their children. Moses Hughes who settled in Amherst/Nelson County (died in 1823) was a brother to my ancestor, William. I have many of the descendants of this family in my family tree on rootsweb.

If you have any information on this family, or if you are interested in DNA testing, please feel free to email me or visit the web sites.

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