HISTORY
OF
MENARD & MASON COUNTIES, ILLINOIS
1879

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ELDER DANIEL TRAVIS HUGHES, druggist, Greenview; was born near Flemingsburg, Fleming Co., Ky., Jan. 3, 1829; the youngest, but two, of a family of eight sons and four daughters, of James Hughes, extensively known in Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois, as a devout Christian and administer in the Christian Church. He with his family, emigrated to Sangamon Co., Ill., in 1830 and settled at Sugar Grove, then in Sangamon Co., but now in Menard, but was permitted to remain with his family in their new home but a short time, when, after a long and severe illness, he was called to his reward. This occurred Dec. 11, 1834. Soon after, the older members of the family scattered abroad to do for themselves, leaving the mother with the care of four little ones and but little means. This lady, the second wife of James Hughes, and a woman of strong constitution, firm faith in God and unyielding determination, provided for these children, and maintained them until they grew up, by labor at her loom and spinning wheel. Three of them died before she was called to her reward. Her death occurred Oct. 8, 1858. Daniel, the subject of this sketch, at the age of 15, on confession of his faith in Christ, was immersed by Rev. John A. Powell, but owing to the somewhat unsettled state of the Church at the time, he did not identify himself with it, and in the course of a few years, had become what is usually termed a "backslider." In this condition he did not long remain, and, at a meeting held at Sugar Grove, in 1852, by Elder Philemon Vawter, he was received into the fellowship of the Church, and at once became one of its strongest supporters and earnest workers. In the fall of 1859, he was chosen one of the Elders of said Church, and, in July, 1862, he was ordained an Evangelist; which office he has ever since held. Those officiating at the ordination were Elders William Engle, D.A. Alkire and John H. Hughes, an older brother of his, who was an Evangelist in that Church. On the 14th of September, 1856, he was united in marriage with Martha J. Brown. From this union there were eight children, three of whom are now living. Mr. Hughes has held the office of Justice of the Peace for a number of years, and was for four years a member of the County Court. His labors in the Church have been confined for most part to Menard and adjoining counties, although he has labored in Iowa, Kansas and Missouri, where he is known as a devout Christian and a successful minister of the Gospel. At present, he is engaged during the week in his drug store, and attending to the duties of his office of Justice of the Peace, and, on Sunday, preaches in the Christian Church at Greenview, and in those of the surrounding country, and is one of the most prominent and influential men in the county.


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