William Hughes 1825

William Hughes 1825

Place of migration:
Migrated to/Born in USA

William HUGHES, son of John HUGHES  /HUGHS and Catherine COYNE was born in Ireland on December 14, 1825, and emigrated to the USA at the age of 15. 

Mr. Hughes married a woman named Catherine "Kate"_______ about 1855-1865, probably in Wisconsin.  They had at least seven children:

       Mary and Alice born in Wisconsin and Nellie, Lizzie, James, Catherine, and Andrew [all born in Iowa]

Hughes served in the U.S. Civil War in Co. "K," 7th Wisconsin, Infantry.

He moved to Iowa, USA by 1870.  He settled in New Hampton, Chickasaw County, Iowa in 1886.

Just prior to his death in 1932, he was believed to be the oldest Iowan and the oldest Civil War Veteran still living. 

Asked by a newspaper reporter the secret to his long life he replied: "I've been good to myself by going to bed early, getting up early, eating right, and living right."

He died at Ft. Dodge, Webster County, Iowa on August 29, 1932, at the age of 107, and was buried at Calvary Cemetery, New Hampton, Chickasaw County, Iowa, USA.



Globe Gazette, Macon City, Iowa, September 1, 1932, p. 12

1860 US Census, 3rd Ward, Racine, Racine County, Wisconsin

1880 US Census, Vernon Springs, Howard County, Iowa

1900 US Census, Vernon Spring, Howard County, Iowa

Find A Grave dot com [See link below]

William Hughes Death Certificate on Familysearch dot com

Iowa Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) record for William Hughes

Note:  Mr. Hughes is not my ancestor--JMS


Additional Information
Date of Birth 14th Dec 1825  
Date of Death 29th Aug 1932 VIEW SOURCE
Mother (First Name/s and Maiden) Catherine Coyne