ISAAC J. HUGH, Company "A"
Submitted by JANE WALSH.
MELCHOIR (MELKER) HUGH, Company "K"
JAMES K. HUGH, Company "L"
Submitted by JANE WALSH.
Isaac J. & Melchoir Hartman Hugh were the sons of Warner & Ruth (Hartman) Hugh of Georges, Fayette County, Pennsylvania. Their maternal grandfather, Melchoir Hartman, for whom Melchoir Hartman Hugh was named, lived in Monongalia, Virginia [1810 & 1820] and served in the War of 1812 in the 2nd Pennsylvania Militia.
Melker, Isaac J. and their cousin, James K. Hugh, were great-grandsons of Hannah Wynne who married Owen Hugh. Hannah Wynne's great-grandfather was Dr. Thomas Wynne, one of the first five purchasers of land from William Penn and also Penn's physician. The early Wynnes in America were Quakers.
1850 Census, Georges, Fayette County, Pa.
Warner Hugh, 35, Farmer, $800, b PA
Rutha, 35, b PA
Isaac, 5, b PA
Malcher, 3, b PA
Mary A., 74, widow, b PA
1860 Census, Georges, Fayette Coutny, Pa.
Warner Hugh, 45, Farmer, $2000, $200, b PA
Ruth Hugh, 46, b PA
Isaac Hugh, 15, b PA
Melchi Hugh, 13, b PA
May (or Mary) A Hugh, 10, b PA
Owen Hugh, 8, b pA
Sarah Hugh, 4, b PA
"Melker" or "Melchie" Hugh was born 10 Sep 1847. According to the Hugh Family Bible, he drowned in Wheeling, Ohio County, West Virginia on 1 July 1865. The Adjutant General's Records give the date as 2 July, just before the company mustered out six days later on 8 July.
Isaac J. Hugh (29 Aug 1846 - 29 Apr 1916), was about a year older than Melker. He mustered in 15 Feb 1865 and served in Company "A" until muster out of the company.
Isaac married Sarah Elizabeth Artis in Georges Twp., Fayette County, Pennsylvania on 20 Dec 1866. In 1870, their children were Ellie, 2, and Jennie, 1 month. By the time of the 1880 census, still in Georges, Fayette County, they had two more children, John, 5, and Ida, 3. They had a son, Charles, later.
When the Veterans' and Widows' Census of 1890 was taken, Isaac was a resident of Fairchance, Georges Twp., Fayette County.
Isaac J. Hugh applied for a government pension on 1 Feb 1898 and was awarded one. He died at Fairchance on 29 Apr 1916, after which his widow, Elizabeth, applied for a pension 8 May 1916. She received a pension, certificate #814.246 (or 811.246), until her death 26 Oct 1927.
The other HUGH in the 1st West Virginia Cavalry was their first cousin, James Knox Todd Hugh (1845-1926), who served in Company "L." He was the son of Moses Jefferson Hugh and Elizabeth Ann McCullough. James K. mustered in Sep 1863 and mustered out June 1865; he received a pension, certificate #447.140. His widow, Eleanor E., received a pension after his death. James was also a resident of Georges, Fayette, Pennsylvania. In the 1890 census he reported he served between Mar 1865 - Jun 1865; he would have been 19 when he was mustered out. However, the date 2 Mar 1865 is the date given in the Adjutant General's records for his muster in and 2 May 1865 for muster out. In order to receive a pension, a soldier must have served 90 days. There must be extenuating circumstances and his would be an interesting pension file to see.