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Free Genealogy Biography of Henry Hughes,
Pennsylvania Volunteer of the Civil War

Henry Hughes

HENRY M. HUGHES, deceased, was born in Rockland township, Venango county, Pennsylvania, May 12, 1831, son of James and Mary (Mallory) Hughes. His father, James Hughes, Jr., was born in Butler county March’ 29, 1804, and his grandfather, James Hughes, Sr., was one of the pioneers of the Scrubgrass region, where he was early engaged in operating a grist and saw mill, and later embarked in the iron business. His death occurred in Cranberry township in February, 1857. James Hughes, Jr., was also an active business man and operated mills in various parts of the county. Our subject received his education in the common schools, at an academy at Nelson, Ohio, and at Allegheny College, Meadville.

In 1857 he went to Kansas, where he filled various positions of trust and responsibility.

In October, 1861, he enlisted in Company K, Fourth Pennsylvania Cavalry, of which he was elected first lieutenant, and served until honorably discharged, October 17, 1864, rising to the rank of captain and filling for a time the position of chief of staff of the Second brigade, Second division, cavalry corps.

After the war he located at Plumer, and was connected for a time with the United States revenue service. He was subsequently one of the organizers of the Antwerp Pipe Line Company, and upon its consolidation with the United Pipe Lines became secretary of the latter. On the 27th of November, 1859, Mr. Hughes married Frances A. Richardson, and they were the parents of nine children: Harry R.; Edward E.; Albert D.; Virginia E.; Eugene E.; Nina M.; Ural S.; Annetta L.L., and Frances A. Mr. Hughes died in Valparaiso, Saunders county, Nebraska, September 9, 1885.

Source: History of Venango County, Pennsylvania: its past and present, including its aboriginal history, the French and British occupation of the country, its early settlement and subsequent growth, a description of its historic and interesting localities, its rich oil deposits and their development, sketches of its cities, boroughs, townships, and villages, neighborhood and family history, portraits and biographies of pioneers and representative citizens, statistics, etc.; Chicago, Ill.: Brown, Runk & Co., 1890.

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