|Marriage||20 FEB 1900|
|Birth||23 MAR 1844|
|Military||23 MAR 1864||KY / US Civil War|
|Death||31 OCT 1916|
-From the book "The Hughes Family and Connections" by WJL Hughes
William Joseph Leander Hughes was born in Smith Co., Tenn., March 23, 1844. As this is my own sketch I shall write in the first person. In March, 1860, my father moved to Crittenden Co., Ky., and of course, took me with him. On March 23, 1864, my 20th birthday, I enlisted in Louisville, Ky., in Co. "C," 3rd Ky, Veteran Volunteer Cavalry, and was with Sherman's army to the close of the war. I was mustered for discharge at Lexington, North Carolina, July 15, 1865, and returned to Louisville, Ky., via Fortress Monroe and Baltimore, and was discharged at Louisville, Aug. 2, 1865, and returned home immediately. During the two following years I worked on my father's farm, teaching three months in the fall of each year. During the years 1868 and '69, I attended school at the Masonic Academy at New Middleton, Tenn. I returned home in January, 1870, and during that year and 1871, I again worked on my father's farm, teaching in the fall. The public school term had by this time been extended to five months. On May 8, 1872. I married Malinda Ann Rice, a daughter of Watson Buchanan Rice and his wife, Susan (Wheeler) Rice. Watson B. Rice was a son of Patrick Henry Rice, who was either a first or second cousin to Rev. Nathan L. Rice, D. D., the Presbyterian divine that engaged in the memorable doctrinal debate with Dr. Alexander Campbell in the old Main Street Christian Church in Lexington, Ky., in 1837. Henry Clay presided as Moderator at that debate.
Malinda Ann Rice, was born Nov. 14, 1844, and died in Marion, Ky., Nov. 30, 188O. As already stated she became my wife May 8, 1872. Her only child will be mentioned later.
After my marriage in 1872, I settled down on a tract of land that I had purchased in the woods with a small clearing and a log cabin on it, and went to work, and pretty laborious work it was, to transform that piece of wilderness into a home. The place is now the property and home of Obadiah Hunt. After one year, the Sheriff of the county, James H. Cameron, ofTered to appoint me as his deputy on condition that I would assume the entire duties of the ofiice. I accepted. That was in April, 1873. In June, 1874, the Sheriff resigned. I meantime, at the solicitation of my friends, had become a candidate for the office of Circuit Court Clerk, to which office I was elected on the first Monday in August, 1874, for a term of six years, and entered upon the duties of the office the following Monday. During the term my health became impaired, and I declined to make the race for a second term. My wife died on Nov. 30, after my retirement from office in August, 1880; and a little more than a year later, on Dec. 19, 1881, I married Willie Bell Yelton, a daughter of John Pinkney and Mary Yelton, of New Middleton, Tenn.
Willie Bell was married to me Dec. 19, 1881. Soon after my marriage with my second wife I engaged in the retail grocery business, later combining with it shoes, hats and hardware. In 1885, I sold out my business and went to Barton Co., Kansas, where I remained till November, 1891, when I moved to Arkansas City, Cowley Co., Kansas, where I remained one year; and in November, 1892, returned to Crittenden Co., Ky., arriving at Marion November 20. During my stay in Kansas I was engaged in farming and gardening. On my return to Kentucky I engaged in the same business, but taught a term in 1896, and again in 1898. My second wife died at Marion, Ky., Oct. 10, 1896. In December, 1898, I received an appointment as Storekeeper-Gauger in the U. S. Internal Revenue service for the Second Revenue district of Kentucky. I went on duty under my first assignment at Worsham's distillery, now Kraver's, at Henderson on Jan. 1st, 1899. I have been continuously in the service ever since. The end of the present year (It is now November, 1910,) will complete my twelfth year. On February 20, 1900, I married Mary Louise Swoope (pronounced Swope). She was born Jan. 12, 1864. She is a daughter of George William and Elizabeth Love (Patton) Swoope.
My children have been 6, as follows:
First wife: 1 — Maude.
2— Roy Yelton. 4— Claude.
3 — Earl. 5 — Earl Claude.
6 — Mildred Leander Swoope.