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Later HUGHES (and McKeown) Generations
On the Kentucky Frontier 1784
Leah and her second husband Robert McKown took her children Abner, Anne, Edward and Catherine Hughes to Kentucky around 1784.  Some other Hughes family members were nearby; at this time we don't know how they all were related.  A 17-year-old Jesse Hughes, maybe a son or nephew of Leah's, was part of the family.
(Update Feb, 2001: We just learned that
three more children, John, Morgan, and Robert McKeown, Jr. were born to Leah sometime after she married Robert.)  
We have some information on Abner Hughes' marriage to Catherine "Caty" Miller Nov. 8, 1791, and names of some descendants.  Caty Miller's brother Christopher married Mary Walls, whose father Major George Walls served with George Rogers Clark; and Karalee Goranflo, one of Christopher's descendants, has provided the material about Abner.
We also have some stories about Anne Hughes' family.  Thanks to Cindy Harris Walker, who found lots of material about Isaac Hughes' family while trying to find out who Jesse Hughes' parents were.  Anyway, Ann Hughes married Edward Tyler in 1788.  Edward's father, Edward Tyler II (1717-1802), was also an original settler near Louisville, and ggggGrandfather of Pres. Harry Truman.  Several of the Hughes family, including Leah McKown, are buried in the Tyler family cemetery (Jeffersontown, KY).
Anne and Edward Tyler had 10 children.  Their grandson, Isaac Hughes Sturgeon, wrote in 1902, Five of my grandfather Tyler's sons became lawyers, viz. Isaac W., Edward, Robert, John W., and Charles Tyler.  Samuel died at twenty years of age.  Levi, the oldest was a good lawyer, but never practiced.  They had seven sons and three daughters.  Nelly died when 2 years old, Elizabeth married my father (Thomas Sturgeon), and Mary married Allen Rose, one of the best of men.
Sturgeon's notes list Elizabeth Tyler, "niece of President John Tyler."  Another place the language is, "they being descendants of the Tyler family from which President Tyler came."  I have not found the connection, but Sturgeon was 21 years old when Tyler became president in 1841.  His mother had died by that time, but he grew up in the household of her brother, a lawyer named Robert Tyler.  So it would seem that they would know if they were related to the sitting President...* (Tyler scholars tell me this link has not been confirmed.  It's safer to class these stories as family legends than to pass them off as well-documented history.)
Isaac Hughes Sturgeon became a prominent St. Louis personality. He became president of the North Missouri (later Wabash) Railroad.  Appointed Assistant U.S. Treasurer under Franklin Pierce, he held appointments under every President from Pierce to McKinley.  (That is, roughly, the last half of the 19th Century.)  His acquaintance with President Lincoln and Gen. Nathaniel Lyon helped him secure an order from the War Department for a guard sufficient to save the St. Louis Arsenal from being taken by rebels hoping to capture munitions in 1861.  He received a letter of thanks from Secretary Stanton and Pres. Lincoln.
One of the stories of the early Kentucky years involves Abe Lincoln's grandfather (also named Abraham Lincoln.)  Born near Daniel Boone's family in Berks Co., PA, he was 6 years younger than Isaac Hughes.  In 1786 the Lincoln family acquired 400 acres near Hughes Station (near Louisvile, KY).  Thomas Lincoln, later to become Abe's father, was 8 years old.  according to Hollands, The Magazine of the South, August, 1952, With the help of his 3 boys, he (Abraham "Linkhorn") built a small cabin on his land - though the family continued to live at the fort - and "put in" a crop.  He never lived to harvest the crop, however, for one day as he worked with his sons in the field he was felled by a shot from the nearby woods...The "Widow Linkhorn" buried her husband in the dooryard crop.  They then moved to Washington County, where the boys grew to manhood.  Thomas Lincoln, as the name was now recorded, married Nancy Hanks and moved again, this time to Hardin County.  When, 3 years later, their baby boy was born, he was named Abraham for his grandfather...
Other versions of the story include an Indian who was shot by one of the brothers while trying to drag young Thomas off with him as a captive, and the young boys retreating to Hughes Station for safety.         
We would love to hear from family members or others with additional material and pictures of more recent descendants.  Check the "Descendants of Morgan Hughes" link for our list of descendants...if you want us to add your information, send it to YellowYarrow@Yahoo.Com.
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