This was sitting in my drafts folder from nearly 2 years ago. I don’t remember why this wasn’t “finished” but I’m going to send it out there, and just know it might not be up to my usual standards.

defaultOne of the main things I’ve learned over 40 years of genealogy is that family and community is so important. We are taught to research the FAN – Friends, Neighbors, & Associates of our ancestors, when working on a brick wall. But it isn’t only when we are stumped. The people who lived near our family most of the time literally WERE our family. When people migrated long distances for better opportunities, they often went to the same places other people in their community went. Do that once or twice, and you find stories like that of my Hughes-Rundall great-grandparents.

Frank Amos Hughes & Jennie Babe Rundall were both born in Nebraska, but not in the same county. I’ve always wondered if they knew their ancestors were from the same places. Both families had come from Iowa, and Ohio before that.

Many of my Ohio ancestors lived in or close by to Township 5 North, Range 9 West, of the Ohio River Survey. This area on land was originally part of Washington County, when Ohio was organized. In 1817 this township because officially part of Morgan county, but the actual “organization” of the county didn’t happen until 1819, when records will start. At that time, the township was called Olive Green township, but between 1830 & 1840 the township name was changed to Jackson. In 1851, the township became part of Noble county. Through all the political map changes, the size of the township was not altered, which make it a bit easier to track people. This one little township contains many of my direct ancestors, so here we are, with dates of probable presence in Jackson township, (and birth & death dates).

  • Great-Great-Great-Great-Great-Grandparents
  • 1812 – Aaron Hughes (1769-1844) – Cited as possibly the first settler in the township, arriving about 1811-1812. (Of course, the primary informant is most likely his son, Gabriel, so a little biased perhaps. While he might not have been first, Aaron was certainly a very early settler.) He received his land Patent on the NW 1/4 of Section 9 in 1818.  He is found on the 1820 census,  and in  1830 in the township. I’m not sure where he is in 1840, he may be living with a family member, since he and Lucy were getting elderly. Aaron signed his will 26 February 1844, and it was entered for probate in Morgan county court on 6 May 1844. Aaron is buried in Hughes Cemetery in that same quarter-section which he patented. His gravestone says death as 27 March 1844, at the age of 75.
  • 1812 – Lucy Stewart Hughs (1773-1845) Much of what we know about Lucy is from her gravestone, which states she is 72 at her death. That matches with the tick marks on the 1820 & 1830 census entries for Aaron Hughes.
  • George Legg  .  His gravestone says    Farson Cemetery
  • Phebe Collins Legg  .  Her gravestone says      Farson Cemetery
  • Great-Great-Great-Great-Grandparents
  • 1812 – Amos Hughes (1801-1885) .   His gravestone says    Hughes Cemetery
  • Caroline Legg (1804-18890  .  Her gravestone says    Hughes Cemetery
  • Great-Great-Great-Grandparents
  • Amos Hughes    .



(Map from the 1875 Illustrated Atlas of Noble County, Ohio, available on the Library of Congress website.)