FROM HISTORICAL BOOK ABOUT UNION COUNTY, SC
Two brothers, Thomas and William Hughes were born in Wales and emigrated
to Virginia.. They were surveyors by profession and well educated. They
moved from Virginia to Union Co., SC, to the west bank of Broad River near
what is known as the town of Lockhart, a short while after 1753. Thomas
married Miss Ann Jolly of Virginia and William married Miss Mary Gill
Leonard of Maryland.
Thomas Hughes and his brother, William Hughes, with their wives, settled
along the banks of Broad River just below the present town of Lockhart
sometime shortly after the year 1753. With the consent of the British
Government, the King of England, they surveyed and appropriated land for
fourteen miles up and down on both sides of Broad River including Lockhart
Shoals. The Hughes brothers, being industrious men, planted crops, built
two-story homes for themselves, a saw mill, a corn mill, and a flour mill.
They employed a miller, named John Lockhart, who, with his wife, lived on
the hill overlooking the shoals. The shoals were named for the miller:
The family lived on the Union Co side but had a house built on the east
side of the river. At times of indian raids they would move by boat the
children, women and old men across to the other side for safety. When the
fighting ceased they would move them back across the river. There were
many skirmishes between the whites and indians. Probably the first Masonic
Lodge organized in the upper part of South Carolina was instituted in the
home of William Hughes.
Because the Hughes family had been active in the cause of freedom, the
feeling among the Tories was bitter. After the war while going about his
duties at home, Thomas Hughes was shot down and killed. He is buried on
the old plantation in the family plot known as the "Old Hughes Burying
I am proud to be a descendant of Thomas Hughes, the pioneer in this area.
Thomas married Martha Tucker Jolly. He died in 1777. [note from SRH: this
date would not have been "after" the war and believe it is in error].
Among their children was Thomas Hughes, Jr., who was born in 1752 and died
after 1809. He married his cousin, Mary Hughes, who died in 1832. They had
a daughter, Mary Leonard Hughes, born 1800 and died 1878, who married
Captain William Dunn. Their daughter Mary Eugenia Penelope Dunn, born 1837
and died 1866, married William E. Johnson who was born in 1830 and died
1873. They are buried at the Dunn Family Cemetery near Broad River.
Their son, William Chatman Johnson, born 1864 and died 1954, married Anne
Thorn Meng, b. February 14, 1870 and died October 8, 1951. I, eighth of
eleven children from this marriage, was born January 15, 1905 and married
on December 14, 1928 to Reverend John L. Bobo who was born February 10,
1900. Our home is situated on a portion of the land which was granted by
the King of England to Thomas and William Hughes. --Marion Johnson Bobo
Two brothers born in Wales, named Thomas and William Hughes, came to
America in the early 1700s. They came as land surveyors for the King of
England. They stopped in the Virginia area now crossed by the Mason Dixon
Line. Thomas Hughes married Miss Ann Jolly [some say Martha Tucker Jolly]
of Virginia, and William married Miss Mary Gill Leonard of Maryland. Not
long after their marriages, they migrated to South Carolina with some
others. Mrs. Thomas Hughes had relatives in Georgetown and their intention
was to settle there. When they reached Carolina they crossed the Broad
River and set up camp on the west side in what is now Union County. Some
became ill, and they were forced to stay all winter. They were so
impressed with the climate and surroundings they decided to settle here.
Mrs. William Hughes was especially impressed as it reminded her of
Maryland. The two brothers made surveys and with the consent of British
government, they appropriated a large tract of land extending fourteen
miles up and down on either side of Broad Rier which included the present
Lockhart Shoals. This settlement must have been made sometime subsequent
to 1753 because it was not until that year that the indians ceded the
upper section of South Carolina to England.
More About NANCY HUGHES:
Burial: Old Noland Cemetery, Pickens Co., AL
Cause of Death: died of a fever
Fact 1: BELIEVE HER FATHER WAS THOMAS HUGHES
Fact 2: SHE NAMED A SON THOMAS HUGHES NOLAND
Fact 3: 1850, died of a fever
More About PHILLIP NOLAND and NANCY HUGHES:
Marriage: 28 Sep 1794, Chester Co., SC
Children of PHILLIP NOLAND and NANCY HUGHES are:
i. JAMES6 NOLAND, b. Abt. 1795; d. aRKANSAS.
More About JAMES NOLAND:
Fact 1: MOVED TO ARKANSAS
2. ii. SAMUEL NOLAND, b. 20 Nov 1796, Chester Co., SC; d. 19 Jun 1864,
Pickens Co., Ala.
3. iii. MARY NOLAND, b. Abt. 1798, Chester Co., SC.
4. iv. THOMAS HUGHES NOLAND, b. Abt. 1799, Chester Co., SC; d. Bef. 1850,
Pickens Co., Ala.
5. v. ELIZABETH NOLAND, b. Abt. 1800, Chester Co., SC.
6. vi. PHILIP NOLAND, JR., b. 26 Mar 1802, Chester Co., SC; d. 13 Sep
1886, Pickens Co., Ala.
7. vii. DORCAS NOLAND, b. 1805, Chester Co., SC; d. Bet. 1880 - 1900,
Pickens Co., Ala.
8. viii. SAMPSON NOLAND, b. 25 Feb 1811, Chester Co., SC; d. 13 Nov 1881.
ix. WILLIAM S. NOLAND, b. 28 Jun 1813, Chester Co., SC; d. 29 Jul 1846,
Pickens Co., Ala.
More About WILLIAM S. NOLAND:
Fact 1: Died in fever epidemic that killed many in his family
Fact 2: Buried at Old Noland Cemetery, Pickens Co., AL
Fact 3: Justice of Peace in 1843
Fact 4: Have no record that this man married
9. x. AUBREY RICHARD DAVIS NOLAND, b. Abt. 1814, Chester Co., SC.