Jefferson County, Illinois
Early Doctors Biographies
Dr. William Allen Hughey
Dr. W. A. Hughey was born March 9, 1836, in Crittenden County, Ky.,
son of John R. Hughey, a native of Virginia, a farmer. He came to
this county in 1869, and is yet living here, having reached the ripe
old of seventy years.
The mother of our subject is Polly Ann (Crider) Hughey, a native of
Kentucky; she is yet living and the mother of nine children.
Our subject is principally self-educated, recieving his primary education
in Kentucky. At the age of twenty-one he commenced the practice of medicine
in Wayne County, Ill. He came to this county in 1857, and has been here most
of the time since. He is yet following his profession in Belle Rive.
In September, 1861, he enlisted in the forty-eighth Regiment Illinois
Volunteer Infantry, Company F, serving three years and three months. He
participated in many thrilling battles, among others that of Ft. Donelson,
Jackson, Mission Ridge, Atlanta and others. The Doctor taught one term of
school after the war, and then farmed one year and finally took up the
He was married, in 1859, to Lois Smith, a native of this county, born
November, 1840. She is the mother of eight children, viz., Rosa V.,
Isaac A., Thomas L. M., Sarah B. (deceased), John S., Lenora L.,
Joanna M. and Benjamin F.
Mr. and Mrs. Hughey are religiously connected with the Cumberland
Presbyterian Church. He is a Republican.
SOURCE: History of Jefferson County Illinois,
By: William Henry Perrin, 1883
Submitted by: Cindy Ford
Dr. William Allen Hughey
FAMILY OF WILLIAM ALLEN AND LOIS SMITH HUGHEY
(8 Feb 1864-
(20 Nov 1876- (16 Feb 1866-
(17 Dec 1874-
(8 Dec 1869-1940)
22 Apr 1915)
25 Apr 1925) 27 Aug
29 Aug 1909)
Seated (L to R)
Rosa Vermadell William Allen
William Benjamin Franklin
(2 Feb 1861-
(9 Mar 1836-
(28 Nov 1840-
(7 Nov 1878-1956)
20 Ju 1930)
20 Nov 1894)
24 Jun 1916)
Sarah Beldona (1 Jan 1868 - ?) Died as infant
William Allen HUGHEY was born 9 March 1836 in Piney Fork, then Livingston
County, Kentucky. William Allen was the first of nine children of John
Robert (1812-1891) and Mary "Polly" [Crider] (1817-1894) HUGHEY. The other
children of John R and Polly HUGHEY were: John Henry (1838-1923); Isaac
Newton (1840-1908); Jacob Lycurgus (1843-1928); Daniel Washington (1846-1890);
Sarah Louisa (1848-1932); Thomas Martin (1851-1925); Mary Malvina (1854-19--);
and Franklin Lafayette (1857-1946).
William Allen's paternal grandparents Allen (1783-1835) and Sarah Mariah
[Waggoner] (1786-1857) HUGHEY were married in Pittyslvania County, Virginia
on 7 January 1812. About 1815 Allen and Sarah relocated to Kentucky where
they settled in the Piney Fork area of then Livingston County. They are
buried in Piney Fork Cemetery.
William Allen's maternal grandparents Henry (1795-1849) and Catherine
[Crider] (1794-1859) CRIDER were married 7 December 1813 in Livingston
County, Kentucky. Henry and Catherine were first cousins. Their fathers,
Daniel CRIDER, Jr and Jacob B CRIDER were both sons of Daniel and Catherine
(Berger) CRIDER, Sr. They are buried in Piney Fork Cemetery.
In 1857, William Allen moved to Harris Grove, Jefferson County, Illinois
to study medicine under his uncle Cristopher Martin HUGHEY (1826-?). In
Jefferson County, William Allen met Lois SMITH. Lois, daughter of Anderson
(1814-1872) and Elizabeth Callahan [Hopper] (1811-1870) SMITH, was born
in Jefferson County, Illinois on 28 November 1840. William Allen HUGHEY
and Lois SMITH were married at Mount Vernon, Jefferson County, Illinois
on 27 September 1859 by the Rev. John GIBSON.
Dr. William A. HUGHEY enlisted in the Union Army for a period of three
years on 12 September 1861 at Centralia, Marion, Illinois. He was mustered
into service at Camp Butler, Illinois on 28 October 1861 and assigned to
Company F of the 48th Illinois Volunteer Infantry. At the time of his enlistment
Dr. HUGHEY was described as 5'10" in height, black hair, blue eyes with
a fair complexion, The 48th Illinois was assigned to Grant's Expeditionary
Command and saw action at Fort Donelson, Shiloh, and Vicksburg. Dr. HUGHEY
was mustered out of service on 9 Nov 1864 at Chattanooga, Hamilton, Tennessee
and returned to his family in Jefferson County, Illinois.
The following eight children were born to Dr. and Lois HUGHEY:
Rosa Vermadell "Della" (2 Feb 1861-20 Jun 1930) married James
Henry WOMELDUFF (1852-1927)
Isaac Allen "Ike" (8 Feb 1864-22 Apr 1915) married Hester A
Thomas Lycurgus "Tom" (16 Feb 1866-Aug 1929) married Della M
Sarah Beldona (1 Jan 1868-1 Jan 1868)
John Smith (8 Dec 1869-1940) married Ida M FANNIN (1872-1969)
Lois Lenora "Nora" (17 Dec 1874-29 Aug 1904) married Willis H
Joanna Maud "Jo" (20 Nov 1876-30 Apr 1925) married Lyman D HOLDER
William Benjamin Franklin "Ben" (7 Nov 1878-1956) married
1) Laura WHEELER and 2) Celesta PUCKETT (1891-1980)
The town of Belle Rive In Jefferson County, Illinois was established
in 1871. Dr. HUGHEY relocated from Harris Grove and became one the first
doctors to open his practice in Belle Rive. In combination with his medical
practice in Belle Rive, Dr. HUGHEY operated a general store and pharmacy
with his son-in-law, James Henry WOMELDUFF. On 23 November 1877 the State
of Illinois granted Dr. William A. HUGHEY a license to practice medicine
based on "Years of Practice in Illinois".
Dr. HUGHEY was granted a pension for his military service due to a partial
disability caused by "disease of the bowels". In early 1894 Dr. HUGHEY's
condition became so serious that he was only able to leave his bed for
very short periods at a time. By September, Dr. HUGHEY was emaciated and
totally bedridden. Dr. William Allen HUGHEY died of colon cancer at the
age of 58 years, 8 months and 11 days on 20 November 1894. The funeral
service was held at the M. E. Church in Belle Rive by his pastor, Rev.
J. K. HUNTER. Dr HUGHEY was buried in Flint Cemetery at Belle Rive, Jefferson,
DR. WILLIAM ALLEN HUGHEY
Dr. William A. Hughey was born
March 9th, 1836, In Crittenden county,
Ky., and departed this life November
20th, 1894, aged 58 years, 8 months and
He emigrated from the State
of his nativity in 1857 to Jefferson
county, IIlinois. He was married Sep-
tember 27, 1850, to Miss Lois Smith.
As a result of this union, eight children,
four boys and four girls, were born, all
of whom, with the exception of one
girl, are yet living.
In early manhood,he chose the practice of
medicine as his profession and pursued his
calling with great energy up to the time of
his last illness.
September the l0th, 1861,he enlisted in the
18th regiment Illinois Volunteers Infantry,
Company F., and served his country faithfully
for three years and three months. He became a
member of the Cumberland Presbyterian church
in 1872. this denomination disbanding, he cast
his lot with the Methodists and filled several
prominent offices in this church. He was a man
possessed of more than ordinary intellectual
ability and always expressed a strong confidence
and lively hope in the promises of inspiration.
The people or the community in which the deceased
resided are his friends, and would willingly testify
to his noble christian qualities, fatherly acts and
The funeral servers were conducted at the M. E.
church in Belle Rive, by his pastor, Rev. J. K..
Hunter, Wednesday, Nov. 21, and the great concourse
of people attending showed the honor and respect in
which he was held in the county as well as in, the
church and family.
We mourn, but his trusting so implicitly in
a loving Savior and passing away with a smile,
rejoicing in Christ, gives us joy in our sadness.
Decendant chart of Robert Hughey
Isaac Newton HUGHEY was born 4 November 1840 in Piney Fork, then Livingston
County, Kentucky. He was the third of nine children of John Robert (1812-1891)
and Mary "Polly" [Crider] (1817-1894) HUGHEY. The other children of John
and Polly were: William Allen (1836-1894); John Henry (1838-1923); Jacob
Licurgus (1843-1928); Daniel Washington (1846-1890); Sarah Louisa (1848-1932);
Thomas Martin (1851-1925); Mary Malvina (1854-19--); and Franklin Lafayette
Isaac's paternal grandparents Allen (1783-1835) and Sarah Mariah [Waggoner]
(1786-1857) HUGHEY were married in Pittsylvania County, Virginia on 7 January
1812. About 1815 Allen and Sarah relocated to Kentucky where they settled
in the Piney Fork area of then Livingston County. They are buried in Piney
Isaac's maternal grandparents Henry (1795-1849) and Catherine [Crider]
(1794-1859) CRIDER were married 7 December 1813 in Livingston County, Kentucky.
Henry and Catherine were first cousins. Their fathers, Daniel CRIDER, Jr
and Jacob B CRIDER, were both sons of Daniel and Catherine (Berger) CRIDER,
Sr. They are buried in Piney Fork Cemetery.
Isaac N. HUGHEY enlisted in the Union army for a period of three years
on 14 September 1861 at Ford's Ferry, Crittenden County, Kentucky. He was
mustered into service at Camp Butler, Illinois on 31 October 1861 and assigned
to Company E of the 48th Illinois Volunteer Infantry. At the time of his
enlistment Isaac was described as 5'8" in height, black hair, black eyes
with a dark complexion. The 48th Illinois was subsequently assigned to
Grant's Expeditionary Command and saw action at Fort Donelson, Shiloh,
and Vicksburg. Isaac was promoted to sergeant, and to captain on 1 April
1865. Isaac was mustered out of service on 15 August 1865 at Little Rock,
Arkansas and returned to his father's residence in Piney Fork.
Isaac chose the field of medicine as his life's profession. When and
where he began his study is unknown, however, when he enlisted in the Union
army in 1861 Isaac gave his occupation as farmer. After the war, he may
have, like his brother William Allen before him, studied under his uncle,
Dr. Christopher Martin HUGHEY. Little is known of Isaac's post-war life
from 1865 until about 1877. It was probably during this period of time
that he completed his study of medicine.
On 18 October 1870 Isaac N HUGHEY and Rosa MCCOY were married by Rev.
R. W. HOOKER in Princeton, Caldwell, Kentucky. Rosie MCCOY was born 13
October 1852 in Illinois. There were no children born to this marriage.
About 1877, Dr. HUGHEY and Rosie moved to Iroquois, Kingsbury, then
Dakota Territory, now South Dakota where he opened his first private practice.
According to family tradition, during this time he was the physician to
a local indian tribe.
In February 1895, Dr. HUGHEY and Rosie moved to Pomona, Los Angeles,
California where he continued his medical practice. On 11 April 1908, while
operating on a patient, Isaac cut his right thumb. Blood poisoning set
in very quickly and in an attempt to slow the spread of the infection,
his right arm was amputated. He lapsed into unconsicousness on April 14th.
On the morning of 16 April 1908, at the age of 67 years, 5 months and 12
days, Dr. Isaac Newton HUGHEY died of systemic gangrene at Pomona Valley
Hospital having never regained consicousness. Funeral services were held
at 2:30 on 17 April 1908 and Dr. HUGHEY was buried in Pomona Cemetery.
After the death of her husband, Rosie HUGHEY remained in Pomona where
she died of breast cancer on 22 December 1934 at the age of 82 years, 2
months and 9 days. Rosie was buried alongside Isaac in Pomona Cemetery.
Submitted by: Scott A. Lee
Dec 27, 1997