I'm not related but checked some records. It's very weird, because I find who I think is your Lemuel and Margaret, but the census gives her last name as Gillespie, unless that's her middle name?
1860 census, Nemaha Co., Nebraska, 28 June:
Lemuel Hughes, 32, b. Illinois, tenant farmer
James Hughes, 5, b. Missouri
William Hughes, 3, b. Nebraska
Margaret Gillespie, 47, b. Kentucky
James Crook, 14, b. Missouri
In 1850, Lemuel Hughes appears to be age 21, living in Holt Co., MO, with David Hughes, age 26, maybe his brother, and family. Lemuel doesn't appear married in this census.
Then in the 1870 census for St. Joseph Missouri, Buchanan Co., Martha Gillespie, age 59 (b. about 1810-11), is living with only James Crook, age 25 (b. about 1844-45). They both are recorded as being born in Missouri, but that's probably wrong for Martha/Margaret.
Then I find a marriage of Mrs. Margaret Crook to John R. Gillespie in Holt Co., MO, on 4 March 1848. This marriage happened after James Crook was born, so I'll assume Mr. Crook died or they divorced. Then by 1852, she married Lemuel Hughes. Did she actually marry Lemuel, or did they just apply for a license?
In 1880, I don't find Margaret, but James (if this is him) is listed in St. Joseph, Buchanan Co., with wife Mary, at age 45, with "hemorrhage of lung" stating he was born Missouri, and both parents were born in Kentucky.
I'd search Holt Co., Atchison Co., and Buchanan Co., MO, records to see if you can find the father of James Crook.
There was an Allen Crook and a C.C. Crook as early as 1840 in Missouri, around Platte County. Might be a connection. Hope this helps.
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