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The following Biographical sketch was copied from the book "HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY COUNTIES OF WHITE AND PULASKI, INDIANA. Historical and Biographical. Illustrated. Chicago; F.A. Battey & Co., Publishers. 1883.
page 656, City of Winamac
"MATTHEW M. HUGHES, one of the early settlers of White County, Indiana, was born in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, August 2, 1810. He was a son of ELLIS and SARAH (CROOKS) HUGHES, both of whom were of Irish descent. He learned the tanner's trade when a young man, married ELIZABETH ORR in March, 1831, and in April, 1835, they emigrated to Clark County, Illinois. Having relatives in White County, Indiana, they removed to that place in 1844, Mr. HUGHES finding employment in a brother's store at Monticello. In 1846, he began working at carpentering, and after having earned sufficient money to purchase a farm in Union Township, he removed to that place and made it his home for a long time. In 1864, the family moved to Pulaski, Pulaski County, Indiana, where Mrs. Hughes departed this life October 31, 1875, and her remains were interred in the village cemetery. Mr. HUGHES moved to Winamac in 1880, and is now living with his son at the advanced age of seventy-two years. He and wife were parents of a family of ten children, whose names are LACY C., LUCY S., SARAH E., JOHN M. (died while serving his country in the late war), ERASTUS N., MARIA L., CELESTE L., XARIFFE E., ESTELLA and one that died in infancy. Of those named, only two are now living - LACY C. (who married JAMES W. KENTON, a grandson of the celebrated hunter, SIMON KENTON, and who resides in Nebraska) and ERASTUS N. The last named was born January 28, 1843, in Clark County, Illinois but was reared to manhood chiefly in White County, Indiana. He enlisted August 11, 1862, in Company G, Sixty-third Indiana Volunteer Infantry, served until he was discharged for disability, September 29, 1863. Mr. HUGHES occupation through life has been school teaching chiefly, and he is an instructor of twenty terms experience. In April 1882, he was employed as clerk for E. R. Brown & Co., at Winamac, and is yet serving in that capacity. His marriage with Miss SOPHIA M. BLEW was celebrated November 11, 1875, and to them have been born three children - EVERET H., GERTIE G., and BLANCHE, deceased."
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