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Hughes, Wynn, Morton, Skiffen, Anderson, Harding
Posted by: Virginia Phillips-Smith (ID *****2052) Date: March 01, 2009 at 06:59:20
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Need help in finding information on the Hughes, Wynn, Morton, Anderson, or Skiffen families in Charles City or Henrico Counties, Virginia. A ship's list for about 1687 would be great. I'm looking for information on my ancestor, Edward Hughes.

These are possible clues:

"England & Wales Christening Records, 1530-1906"

Name: Edward Hughes
Gender: Male
Birth Date: 26 Feb 1663
Christening Place: Elton, Huntingdonshire, England
Father's Name: Thomas Hughes
Mother's Name: Mary

From Ancestry marriage records of England:

Name: Edward Hughes
Gender: Male
Spouse's Name: Mary Morton
Marriage Date: 6 Nov 1692
Marriage Place: Elton, Huntingdonshire, England
Source Citation: Place: Elton, Huntingdonshire, England; Date Range: 1688 - 1722; Film Number: 1040982.

From "Cavaliers and Pioneers," by Nell Marion Nugent

"MR. THOMAS WYN (Wynn), 280 acs., Chas. City Co. in the Par. of Jordans; on S. side of James Riv., 20 Apr. 1687, p. 583. Adj. Mr. Joshua Wynn; on Balles Cr., to Mr. Adenson's (could this be Anderson?) line; on Mr. Poytheres; to Mr. Batts &c. Trans. of 6 pers: Francis Hughes, Jno. Light, Wm. Gawry, Edwd. Hughes, Jane Strangler, Wm. Forrest."

Records show that my ancestor, Edward Hughes, married Elizabeth Skiffen in late 1600s. Probably was a second marriage. We know Elizabeth Skiffen was about 50 years old on the date of their marriage, so we are assuming Edward was the same age. So it appears they were married 1690-92; we also know Elizabeth Skiffen died in 1692.

Edward Hughes purchased land from Woodson in 1697 and apparently lived in Henrico County on Tuckahoe Creek. One land record in Henrico mentioned that he was from Charles City County, Virginia. We think he died about 1712. He had a son named Thomas Hughes who was born about 1685 (was Edward married three times?). Edward's son Thomas Hughes (Sr.) married the widow of his neighbor Thomas Harding named Mary Giles Harding in about 1735. Some internet personal histories say he married Sarah Perkins in 1710.

Edward Hughes' second wife Elizabeth Skiffen was married first to Reynard Anderson. The Wynns and Andersons were connected by marriage. I believe Thomas Wynn was married to a Joane Hughes. Also, the Wynn, Morton, and Hughes familes seemed to be aligned in some way with the Randolphs. The Wynns and Andersons could have been on the same wealth level as the Randolphs, but I don't know as the Randolphs are described as one of Virginia's First Families at this time. And, certainly it doesn't look like my Edward Hughes was wealthy, however, he did purchase land. Perhaps he worked for some of these wealthy families, such as the Randolphs. One land record shows he lived on land land adjacent to Henry Randolph.

We are learning from our DNA results that the families who we always thought were kin because of close assocations are not always related. There are coincidences with Edward Hughes and the dates of marriage and christening records. Then the fact he shows up in Virginia with some of these same people seems to confirm they had some connection.

A passenger record would help, but of course most of those records have not survived. If anyone can help me with even a tidbit of information, I would appreciate it.


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