Carroll County Biographies

York Township

Edwin L. Hughes, a resident of York Township, and the descendant of a fine old family, was born in Grafton County NH April 5, 1848. His parents were THomas N. and Mary (Cummings0 Hughes, the former of whom was born in Windham, NH Aug. 3, 1819. He was reared to man's estate in his native county, whence he removed to Grafton County in 1842 and was there married. His wife, Mary, is the daughter of Jonathan and Ann Brown (Cummings) and they were wedded Nov. 14, 1844. Of this union were born four children, namely; Frank L., Edwin L., Lester W., and William C.; the latter died aged about 26 years. The parents spent the remainder of their days in Graft, the mother dying April 25, 1856 and the father in August 1884.

Barnet Hughes, the paternal grandfather of our subject, was born in Windham, NH May 1, 1779 and was there married, Dec. 20, 1804 to Miss Jane, daughter of John and Anges Wilson. THey became the parents of 13 children, of whom three are still living; Aaron P. became a man of note in his native State, was Speaker of the House of Representatives several times and a candidate for Governor on the Democratic ticket. He attained to the 33rd Degree in Masonry and was grand Master of the State. John Hughes, the great-grandfather of our subject, was a native of England, and came to the US about 1772, locating in NH. At the breaking out of the Revolutionary War he volunteered his services in behalf of the Colonist, and served until they had achieved their independence. He married Miss Mehitable Buzwell of Kingston NH and died in the old granite State Oct. 7, 1819 at the age of 75 years. Grandmother Hughes survived her husband until the 6th of December 1845, at the advanced age of 98. They were the parents of eleven children, all of whom are deceased.

This subject of this sketch was reared ot manhood in his native State and pursued his first studied in the common schools. Later he attended New Hampton College two years. He came to this county in the spring of 1869 and located on a farm in Fair Haven twp. where he was married Feb. 23, 1870 to Miss Lucinda, daughter of John and Lucinda (Webster) Prescott. Both Mrs. Hughes and her parents were natives of Grafton County NH. Mrs. Hughes was born Oct. 17, 1848. They lived there until the year 1858 then set out for this county. In his native State, Mr. Prescott was a colonel of militia, and after coming to this county held many positions of trust and responsibility. In 1864 he was elected to teh State Legislature, and was made the nominee of his party for the same office afterward, but declined. In the election following,however, he was returned to the Legislature and served on railroad and other important committees. in the meantime he dealt largely in lumber and enjoyed the acquaintance of a large circle of warm friends. He was a man of the strictest integrity, upright and honorable in all of his dealings, and in his death the county lost one of her most honored citizens.

In September, 1879 Mr. Hughes removed with his family to Western Kansas, but returned to IL in AUgust 1881, settling in Salem Twp. where he lived three years, then changed his residence ot Lanark and engaged in the book and stationery business until the spring of 1887. He then purchased the farm which he now owns and occupies on section 10. This comprises 212 acres. The soil is very fertile and Mr. Hughes makes a specialty of live-stock, feeding numbers of cattle annually. To him and his excellent wife have been born two children only - Carrie and Charlie. Both are members in good standing of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Our subject politically votes the straight Republican ticket and is a man who keeps himself thoroughly posted upon current events all over the world.

Mr. Frank Hughes is the only surviving brother of our subject, still remains a resident of New Hampshire, and is extensively engaged in the mercantile business in his native town. He is a prominent and well-to-do citizen and a director of the Second National Bank, and during the early times was connected with the development of the State. Various members of it are mentioned in the State's history.

Portraits & Biographical Carroll County 1889 Pg 860

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