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James and Esther Hughes Family
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May 02, 2011
10:55 AM
Hello! My grandmother is a Hughes and, at 90 years old, we are working on her family history. This is such an amazing site that we've already uncovered a wealth of information. There are three items, specifically obituaries or other death/family records, we wondered if anyone could help us uncover:

1. James Benjamin Hughes born 18 Mar 1826 (England), died 26 May 1877 in Tampico.

2. His wife, Esther A. Beebe Hughes born 9 Jan 1828 (Vermont), died 15 Mar 1902 in Tampico.

Both of my grandmother's great-grandparents, James and Esther, are buried in Tampico per the cemetery listing.

3. Martha J. Hughes born abt 1852 in Illinois. I haven't found record of this second oldest child after the 1870 census nor do i see her mentioned her younger sister's obituary in 1910.

Any help would be greatly appreciated, and no worries if nothing turns up - this site has already taught us much more than we ever expected to learn from so far away! Thank you!
706 posts
May 03, 2011
6:23 AM
I'll check our Tampico Tornado issues to see if we have anything. I found nothing in the Sterling Gazette Index or online early issues.
2 posts
May 03, 2011
12:57 PM
Thank you so much for your help! We are excited to come visit the area in person this summer. :)
711 posts
May 09, 2011
11:27 AM
Thanks Jack!
712 posts
May 09, 2011
11:57 AM
Did Esther remarry? I have an Esther Hughes Brewer that died on March 15, 1902 & buried in our TMC.

Gazette Index:
Brewer, M. H. weds Mrs. G. B. Hughes 7 March 1890;wGazette;2;4 (G.B is obviously NOT James, but "B" could be Benjamin.)

Sterling | Evening Gazette March 7, 1890, pg 2;5 - Marriage License issued to Mason H. Brewer & Mrs. Alzadia E Hughes in Tampico.

Marriages - IL State Archives online:
(Is this a different Esther Hughes? Same b/d dates as the one you mentioned.)

Mistranscribed on Ancestry.com as "Benoir":
1900 Federal Census - Tampico, Whiteside Co., June 5, 1900
#12 HOH: Brewer, M. H., b. Sept. 1836,MA, age 63, Married 11 yrs.,
WIFE: Brewer, Esther A., b. Jan, 1828, VT,(father/France; Mother/ NY) age 72, Married 11 yrs., 12 children, 10 living

In 1870, Mason & Harriet Brewer were neighbors of James & Esther in Tampico, IL

Another regret for the loss of the 1890 census!
Let's check 1880. . .

Last Edited by on May 09, 2011 1:17 PM
714 posts
May 09, 2011
1:11 PM
I see a "Charles Ewing" has compiled info on this family, but it does not gel with what we have. Is that where you are getting information? I hope not. If so, go back and look at what he has again. He has just "clicked" on any info with the surname he is searching and adding it to his file. That is what I strongly dislike about Ancestry for amateurs! Perhaps he does it on purpose and then "weeds" it out at home. So misleading for the novice and not professional at all.

The 1880 census has Esther widowed, still living in Tampico with some of her children:
Name Age
Esther Hughes 55
Anna Hughes 20
Grant Hughes 16
Mary Hughes 13
Emma Hughes 11
Susan Hughes 8
715 posts
May 09, 2011
2:03 PM
Here's some info on Myron Hughes & family:
Source Citation: Year: 1880; Census Place: Tampico, Whiteside, Illinois; Roll: 259; Family History Film: 1254259; Page: 306A; Enumeration District: 213; Image: 0232.
1880 United States Federal Census about Myron Hughes
Name: Myron Hughes
Home in 1880: Tampico, Whiteside, Illinois
Age: 29
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1851
Birthplace: Ohio
Relation to Head of Household: Self (Head)
Spouse's Name: Laura Hughes
Father's birthplace: England
Mother's birthplace: Vermont
Occupation: Farmer
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Gender: Male
Household Members: Name Age
Myron Hughes 29
Laura Hughes 21
Fred Hughes 2
Walter Hughes 4m

Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Basin, Boyd, Nebraska; Roll: T623_917; Page: 15B; Enumeration District: 12.
Myra = M J Hughes

Name Age
M J Hughes 49, b. OH/Eng./VT, married 23 yrs./1877
Wife: Laura Hughes 41, b. 1859, IL/PA/CT
Son: Frederick Hughes 22, b. Mar., 1878, IL
Son: Walter C Hughes 20, b. Feb., 1880,IL
Dau: Anna D Hughes 16, b. Jan., 1884, IA
Son: Morris J Hughes 13, b. Oct. 1886, IA
Dau: Rachael E Hughes 12, b. Jan, 1888, IA
Son: John F Hughes 9, b. June, 1890, IA
Dau: Laura E Hughes 7, b. Jul, 1892, IA
Son: Silas A Hughes 5, b. Nov. 1895, NE
Dau: Ella M Hughes 2, b. Nov. 1897, NE
Joseph T Hughes 5/12, b. Nov. 1899, NE
716 posts
May 09, 2011
3:08 PM
This may be your Eugene Hughes - but it's more of a hunch than a certainty: (cut/pasted exactly as posted on Ancestry.com - His wife was Cora on 2 census records & Dora on another)
Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Alma, Harlan, Nebraska; Roll: T623_929; Page: 3B; Enumeration District: 93.
1900 United States Federal Census about Eugene Hughes
Name: Eugene Hughes
Home in 1900: Alma, Harlan, Nebraska
[Harlan, Nebraska]
Age: 36
Birth Date: Nov 1863
Birthplace: Illinois
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relationship to head-of-house: Head
Father's Birthplace: Illinois
Mother's Birthplace: Illinois
Spouse's Name: Cora Hughes
Marriage year: 1897
Marital Status: Married
Years married: 3
Occupation: View on Image
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members: Name Age
Eugene Hughes 36
Cora Hughes 20
Eva Hughes 1

1910 United States Federal Census about Eugene N Hughes
Name: Eugene N Hughes
Age in 1910: 45
Estimated Birth Year: 1865
Birthplace: Illinois
Relation to Head of House: Head
Father's Birth Place: England
Mother's Birth Place: United States of America
[United States]
Spouse's Name: Cora B Hughes
Home in 1910: Hickman, Scott, Arkansas
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Gender: Male
Household Members: Name Age
Eugene N Hughes 45
Cora B Hughes 31
Eva M Hughes 11
Grant Hughes 8
Glady P Hughes 6
Martha B Hughes 3
Belle L Hughes 1 8/12

Source Citation: Year: 1920;Census Place: Beaver, Smith, Kansas; Roll: T625_552; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 209; Image: 172.
1920 United States Federal Census about Eugene Hughes
Name: Eugene Hughes
[Eugene N Hughes]
[Eugene U Hughes]
Home in 1920: Beaver, Smith, Kansas
Age: 55
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1865
Birthplace: Illinois
Relation to Head of House: Self (Head)
Spouse's Name: Dora B Hughes
Father's Birth Place: England
Mother's Birth Place: United States
[United States of America]
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Sex: Male
Home owned: Own
Able to read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Household Members: Name Age
Eugene Hughes 55
Dora B Hughes 41
Grant Hughes 18
Gladys P Hughes 16
Bell L Hughes 11
Howard Hughes 9
Esther I Hughes 5
Elsie M Hughes 2
[2 11/12]
Sylvia M Hughes 1
[1 2/12]

Last Edited by on May 09, 2011 3:10 PM
717 posts
May 09, 2011
3:24 PM
Brewer, Mason H. Mrs. obituary / funeral rites 21 March 1902;6;3
Brewer, Mason H. Mrs. obituary 24 March 1902;7;3

I'll check this obit on my next trip to Sterling.
718 posts
May 09, 2011
3:29 PM
Sterling Gazette Nov. 9, 1902
Estate of Esther A. Brewer Petition of Grant Hughes for citation to Mason H. Brewer administration filed. Citation ordered returnable September 22nd at eleven o'clock a.m.

Last Edited by on May 09, 2011 3:29 PM
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May 10, 2011
12:56 PM
Oh, wow! Thank you everyone! You are truly the best. I will take my time tonight and compare these new notes with the ones we have.
154 posts
May 10, 2011
2:07 PM
I spent a few minutes on Martha Hughes, while taking a break from one of my projects. Tracking Henry Butler and wife Mary Hughes led to two Henry's who had spouse's Mary in Fulton, W-side, but did not seem to add up.

So I turned to Ancestry and seen where a Martha Hughes had been applied to an Albert Fisher and a Theodore Jarvis.

Sterling Gazette Index, 8-5 --- Jarvis, Theodore, Mrs. obit 1 Oct. 1881.

This could be Martha.

4 posts
May 11, 2011
6:46 AM
Thank you again for the clues! We do a lot of hunting through Ancestry and have run into a number of trees that don't quite jive. I typically shy away from them unless I find supporting records elsewhere, which you all have:

1. What an exciting development in Esther! There is certainly enough documentation in the papers and death records, etc., to consider she did remarry. The 1900 census does not fit what we thought we knew of her parents, but it wouldn't be the first time that type of information was off - ours or what is written in the census. :)

Leading me to Tampico, I was going off cemetery notes listed here, listing Esther with her maiden name Hughes...


...and how i first found tampicohistoricalsociety. now i see the cemetery records on this site that include what certainly appears to be our esther under the brewer name. ! What a treat.

2. Martha as indeed a possible Jarvis with an obit dated 1 Oct 1881. That information would also fit what little we know of her, but lacked clues to follow that path further.

3. Those are our Eugene and Myron as well. what you found matches our records for them.

In fact it is Myron that is my grandmother's grandfather, and she will be So Pleased to hear the new possible finds regarding her great-aunt and great-grandmother! My husband was reading through this thread last night just as astounded as I was. We've been tracking down all of our family lines, and you all are certainly The Best. We have a few places to visit this summer, but Tampico is tops on our list simply because of this experience. Thank you again!
5 posts
May 11, 2011
7:04 AM
And! This could also explain further why Susie Hughes, James and Esther's youngest child, was married to Charles Sippel at Mason Brewer's home. It's exciting when something you know takes on new meaning. :) Thank you all again for providing a way to get this information from so far away! I really cannot say that enough.
720 posts
May 11, 2011
3:05 PM
You are very welcome! Glad we could help. It's because of our great group of "regulars" that take the time to help out that makes this web site what it is. Big kudos and THANK YOU to Jack. He is terrific! Best of luck. If you get stuck, re-post. We're always here to help.
6 posts
May 12, 2011
9:54 AM
Definitely! And if anyone runs into Esther Hughes Brewer's obit or that of Martha Jarvis, I would love to read them, but simply knowing these new leads/updates is such a treat. My best to everyone. ;)
730 posts
Jun 06, 2011
2:32 PM
March 21, 1902, Pg. 6; 3, Roll # 74
The funeral of Mrs. Mason Brewer was held at the Baptist church Tuesday afternoon at two o’clock. She died after a three weeks illness. She leaves a husband, five daughters and seven sons to mourn her loss. All were attendants at the funeral.

March 24, 7;3, Roll #74
Mrs. Mason H. Brewer, a highly respected and well known lady of this community died at her residence here last Saturday evening at 6:15 o’clock after an illness of two weeks with pneumonia and heart trouble. The funeral as held Tuesday afternoon at the Baptist church, Rev. H. A. Hoover, of Buda conducting the services, assisted by Rev. C. G. Wright. The remains were interred in the village burial grounds.

Oct. 1, 1881, 7;5, Roll #11
Mrs. Theodore Jarvis died Monday night, leaving a wife [sic] and two little children to mourn her loss.

Last Edited by on Jun 15, 2011 7:08 AM
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Jun 14, 2011
8:50 AM
Thank you so much!
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Oct 18, 2011
9:03 PM
James Benjamin Hughes is my GGgrandfather,Eugene Napolean Hughes is my Ggrandfather and Grant Hughes is my Grandfather.Eugene's wifes name was CORA B Townsend, NOT Dora. Have Eugene and Cora's obituaries if I can get them uploaded. (Not to good at it!)So thankful for this site!

Last Edited by on Oct 18, 2011 9:04 PM
789 posts
Oct 20, 2011
6:57 AM
Hello Carol! Thank you for the correction on Cora/Dora Townsend. You will not be able to upload a photo to the site. You can either transcribe the obits and post here on the message board (please include name of newspaper & issue date, if possible), or, you can scan the obits and email them to me - tampicohistoricalsociety@gmail.com. I can upload them to the website and link it to this message thread, if you like.

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