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John A. Hughey


John A. Hughey, one of Perry County’s oldest and most respected citizens, was born in North Carolina in 1816. He is a son of Henry S. and Elizabeth (Gillion) Hughey, both natives of North Carolina.

Henry S. Hughey was born in Rowan County, and was a farmer by vocation. He was married in the Old North State, after which he came west, locating in Perry County, Mo. in 1827. Here he died in 1830, but his wife, the mother of six children survived him many years.

John A. is the only living member of the family. He was educated in the common schools of Missouri, which, when he was young, afforded meager opportunities for an education.

When twenty-seven years of age he was united in marriage with Elizabeth J. Luckey, a native of Perry County, Mo., born in 1824. To them were born four children, three of whom are still living: Martha I., wife of William Barber; Mary E., wife of Luther Harriman, and Lillie A., wife of Thomas Byrd.

John A. Hughey has spent almost his whole life in Southeast Missouri, and has outlived the generation with whom he was reared. He has the respect of all who know him, and the love of a host of friends. He has been very successful as a business man and still owns over 600 acres of land.

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The Goodspeed Publishing Company compiled a series of histories of various counties in the U.S. in the late 19th century. The information in the History of Southeast Missouri, published in 1888, was provided by the contemporary residents of Perry County and her neighboring counties. The biographies are a valuable source of genealogical information, despite a few minor inaccuracies. We are glad to present the transcribed biographies here for anyone researching Perry County's history.

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