William Hughes

Birth Name William Hughes
Gender male
Age at Death 96 years, 4 months, 29 days

Narrative

William was born in Bridgnorth, Shropshire, England, in 1880, to William Hughes and Helen Howells. On the England and Wales Civil Registration Index: 1837-1983 at Ancestry.com, there is a birth of a William Hughes recorded in the fourth quarter of 1880 in Bridgnorth, which might be his.[21] On the 1891 Census of England there is a William, James, and Ellen Hughes boarding at the Shropshire District School, in the South East District. This could be William and his brother and a sister.

In 1901, William was working as an agricultural laborer and living with a family named Sankey in Bridgnorth, St. Mary, Shropshire.

His daughter Norma said that his middle name was Horace, and that he had an older brother named James Richard and two sisters. His daughter Grace said he had an older brother with red hair.

According to the information William provided on the 1920 Census, he arrived in the United States in 1910. Norma said he arrived in 1907 by way of Canada. Grace said he arrived in 1912, and lived in New York before coming to Boston.

He is not the following person, listed on the emigration section of FindMyPast.com, who left Southampton for New York in 1907:

HUGHES William H. 1880 M 1907 Southampton USA New York

Grace said he never became a U.S. Citizen. He had alien status on the 1920 census.

Grace said that her father told her he owned a men's clothing store in England and sold it to come here. She says he arrived first in New York, but didn't like it so he came to Boston. He said he came to a big city because he had lived in the country all his life. She also said her father had worked on the farm a lot in England.

He said he came to America to look for his father. He had been told by some members of his family that his father had left the family and gone to America, but was told by others that he had been trampled to death by a horse. He did not find his father.

Also from Grace: William's mother was strict, a hard worker, and very neat. She would iron clothes for relaxation. She told William that she had a secret and could never tell anybody.

Also from Norma, according to Grace: William went by the name James for a while.

Events

Event Date Place Description Sources
Birth June 13, 1880 Bridgnorth, Shropshire, England   1 2a
General

Birth Record of William Hughes

Photocopy of certified copy of an entry of birth in Bridgnorth
Registration District, Bridgnorth Sub-district, County of Salop, 1880.
Original number is 101.
Our copy came from Jennifer Tyler.

William Hughes
born 13 June 1880 in Union Workhouse, Bridgnorth
birth registered 7 Aug 1880

father: [blank]
his occupation: [blank]

mother: Ellen Hughes

Signature, description and residence of informant:
Ellen Hughes, mother, Union Workhouse, Bridgnorth

[There was no "x" but the whole form was in the same handwriting. Was it
hers?]

Census (son) April 3, 1881 Bridgnorth, Shropshire, England 16 North Gate, poorhouse 3a
Event Note

1881 Census, Bridgnorth, St Leonards, Shropshire
3 April 1881
Workhouse 16 North Gate
ED 1, piece 2629, folio 17, page 26

Ellen Hughes, married, 31, born Sutton Maddock, Salop
James Howell, 5, born Dudley, Worcestershire
Ellen Howell, 3, born Wolverley, Worcestershire
William Howell, under 10m, born Bridgnorth, Salop

all pauper inmates

Census (Brother) April 5, 1891 Bridgnorth, Shropshire, England South East Shropshire District School 4a
Event Note

1891 Census, Quatt Jarvis, Shropshire
ED: South East Shropshire District School
Registration District: Bridgnorth
piece 2095, folio 131
5 April 1891

James Hughes, 13, scholar, born Dudley, Staffordshire
William Hughes, 9, scholar, born Bridgnorth, Salop
Ellen Hughes, 12, scholar, born Dudley, Staffordshire

Census (Boarder) March 31, 1901 Bridgnorth, Shropshire, England Bridgnorth, St Mary 5a
Event Note

1901 Census Bridgnorth St Mary, Shropshire
ED 4, piece 2518, folio 64, page 17, household 115
31 March 1901
with Henry (42), Jane (47), and Charles (22) Sankey

William Hughes, boarder, 20, agricultural laborer, born in Bridgnorth, Salop

Immigration April 1910 Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada   6a
Event Note

When William entered the US he said that he had landed in Canada either on April 10, 1910 or in the month of April 1910. The entry just said 4/10 and most of the column were for the year 1910.

Immigration November 1910 Saint Albans, Franklin County, Vermont, United States   6a
Event Note

List or Manifest of Alien Passengers, Applying for Admission to the United States from Foreign Contiguous Territory
Port of Montreal, month of November 1910

William Hughes, 30, single, a lay evangelist [superscription OM], can read and write, born in England, English, last permanent residence: Montreal, Canada, contact in country from whence he came: mother, Helen Wright, Bueldwis [Buildwas], England, had not been in Canada before, is carrying $250, had not been in the US before, destination: New York, New York, but no specific address, good health, no physical defects, 5'4 1/2", dark complexion, brown hair, brown eyes, 140 lbs, born in Bridge North, England, landed in Canada April 10, 1910, or just April 1910, at St John, on the Emp of Ireland, examined November 18.

 

Residence from 1912 to 1913 New York, New York, United States 344 West 4th 7a
Event Note

This might be William Hughes. This man was listed in 1912 and 1913, but not in 1911, 1914 or 1915. That fits the time that Wm could have been in New York City. I don't know what kind of neighborhood W 4th was in 1912.

1912 New York City Directory
William Hughes, clerk h 344 W 4th

1913 New York City Directory
William Hughes, clerk h 344 W 4th

 

Residence from 1913 to 1914 Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States 41 Winchester 8a
Event Note

1911 and 1912: not listed

1913 Boston City Directory
William Hughes clerk at 90 Chauncy boards 41 Winchester

1914 Boston City Directory
William Hughes clerk at 90 Chauncy boards 41 Winchester

Residence from 1915 to 1917 Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States 51 Winchester 8b
Event Note

1915 Boston City Directory
William Hughes porter at 90 Chauncy boards 51 Winchester
1916 Boston City Directory
William Hughes, porter boards 51 Winchester
1917 Boston City Directory
William Hughes, porter boards 51 Winchester

Draft Registration September 12, 1918 Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States res: 51 Winchester St 9a
Event Note

WWI Draft Registration
September 12, 1918 Local Board, Division 8, 1 Beacon St, Boston
William Hughes, 38, born June 13, 1880
residence: 51 Winchester St
citizen of Great Britain, has not declared his intention to become a citizen
elevator operator for United Society of Christian Endeavor, at 41 Mt Vernon St, Boston
nearest relative: Helen Harper, mother, Domas Harley, Shropshire, England

short in height, slender build, blue eyes, hair: bald, brown. no physical disqualifications

Occupation September 12, 1918 Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States elevator operator 9a
Event Note

elevator operator for United Society of Christian Endeavor, at 41 Mt Vernon St, Boston

Residence November 13, 1918 Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States 51 Winchester St 10a
Event Note

living at 51 Winchester St when he married.

Occupation November 13, 1918 Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States shipper (books) 10a
Residence July 27, 1919 Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States 52 Melrose St  
General

at 52 Melrose St, when Grace and Blanche were born

Census April 7, 1920 Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States 52 Melrose St  
Event Note

1920 Census, Boston, Ward 8, ED 219, Sheet 9A, line 29, household 145
Series T625 Roll 742, Page 48, Sheet 9A.
April 7, 1920
At 52 Melrose St

William Hughes, 39, arrived 1910, alien, born in England, parents also, elevator operator
Mrs William Hughes, age unknown, born in Massachusetts, parents in Canada, their native language: English,
Grace L Hughes, 8m, born in Massachusetts
Blanche E Hughes 8m, born in Massachusetts

https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MF9Z-DQK

Census April 1, 1930 Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States 40 Cliff St 11a
General

1930; Census Place: Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts; Roll: 950; Page: 9A; Enumeration District: 360
enumerated April 8, 1930
renting for $18/month at 40 Cliff St. does not own a radio

William W Hughes 49, married 1st at 38, born in England, parents also, arrived 1900, naturalized [1918 crossed out], elevator operator, office building
Maude Hughes 31, married 1st at 21, born in MA, parents in Canada-English,
Grace L Hughes 11,
Blanche E Hughes 11,
Irene F Hughes 10,
Gladys M Hughes 8,
Norma I Hughes 6,
Verly O Hughes 5,
William C Hughes 2,
Arleta M Hughes 0 [8/12 scratched out]

"United States Census, 1930," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XQRH-7F8 : accessed 27 Sep 2013), William W Hughes, 1930.

Residence from 1934 to 1940 Roxbury, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States 1 Regent Place, Roxbury  
General

The listing in the city directories for these years is as follows, but was she living with him?
Hughes, Wm (Marion) elevator man 40 Central house at 1 Regent Place, Roxbury

The children are in two different places in 1930. In 1930 in William's houshold, Arleta is missing. And Marion is not with William on the 1940 Census.

 

Social Security Application November 27, 1936 Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States William Hughes SS application 1
General

SS-5
Application for Social Security Account Number
Number in upper right corner: 025-01-9584

Name: William Hughes
Address: 1 Regent Place, Roxbury, Mass
Present Employer: Suffolk Real Estate Trust
Address of Employer: 40 Central Street, Boston, Mass

Age at Last Birthday: 56
Date of Birth: June(struck out) 6/13/1880
Place of Birth: Bridgnorth Salop. England
Father's Full Name: William Hughes
Mother's full Maiden Name: Helen Howells
Sex: Male (checked)
Color: White (checked)

Date signed: November 27, 1936
Employee's signature as usually written: W. Hughes

Census April 1, 1940 Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States 1 Regent Place  
General

1940 Census, Ward 12, Boston, District 15-432, sheet 51, family 100
renting for $25/month at 1 Regent Place
William Hughes, 59, married crossed out, born in England, 6 years of school, worked 70 hours the previous week, worked 52 weeks in 1939 and earned $736 for the year. elevator operator, office building
Grace Hughes, 20, single, born in MA, 8 years of school, engaged in house work, [apparently at home, since there is no information for income or weeks worked]
Irene Hughes, 19, single, born in MA, 8 years of school, house maid, private house, worked 52 weeks in 1939 for $208 total
Norma Hughes, 16, single, born in MA, 1 year of High School, new worker
Verly Hughes, 15, single, born in MA, 7 years of school
William Hughes, 13, single, born in MA, 5 years of school
Arleta Hughes, 11, single, born in MA, 4 years of school

all lived in the same house in 1935.
there is no indication of who provided the information.

"United States Census, 1940," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/K4JB-YF3 : accessed 27 Sep 2013), William Hughes, 1940.

Draft Registration April 26, 1942 Jamaica Plain, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States WWII Draft Registration-Wm.Hughes 12
General

William Hughes
32 Union Ave, Jamaica Plain, Suffolk Co, MA
no phone
age 61, born: June 13, 1880, Shropshire, England
contact person: Miss Norma Hughes, same address
employer: Meredith & Grew - Real Estate, 40 Central St, Boston
description: 5'3", 145lb, brown eyes, gray hair, sallow complexion,

Death November 12, 1976 Rockland, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States   13 14
General

William Hughes
November 12, 1976

HUGHES – Of Rockland, November 12, formerly of Jamaica Plain, William, husband of the late Marion R. (Clark), father of Norma Kennedy of Dedham, Irene Mercer of Mattapan, Gladys Shackway of Connecticut, Arleta Kimball of Boston, Grace Paige, Verly Arsenault and Blanche Calley, all of Jamaica Plain and William Hughes of Illinois, Also survived by 22 grand and 21 great-grandchildren, Funeral services at the Mann-Mann and Rodgers Funeral Home, 44 Perkins St. (Corner of South Huntington Ave,), JAMAICA PLAIN, Monday at 11 a.m. Relatives and friends invited. By request no visiting hours, Interment private

Published: Boston Sunday Globe, November 14, 1976, Page: 86.

--------------
U.S., Social Security Death Index, at ancestry.com
Name: William Hughes
SSN: 025-01-9584
Last Residence: 02026 Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts, USA
Born: 13 Jun 1880
Last Benefit: 02130 Jamaica Plain, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States of America
Died: Nov 1976
State (Year) SSN issued: Massachusetts (Before 1951)

------------
He was in a nursing home in Rockland, MA, not Brockton, as the Massachusetts Death Index, 1970-2003 at ancestry.com says:

Massachusetts Death Index, 1970-2003 about William Hughes
Name: William Hughes
Certificate: 052679
Death Place: Brockton
Death Date: 12 Nov 1976
Birth Place: Other

Parents

Relation to main person Name Birth date Death date Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father William Hughesabout 1849
Mother Ellen/Helen Howellsabout 18541934
    Brother     Mary Ann Hughes August 10, 1873
    Brother     James Richard Hughes May 25, 1876 September 10, 1963
    Sister     Ellen Hughes about 1877
         William Hughes June 13, 1880 November 12, 1976

Families

Family of William Hughes and Maud Rebecca “Marion” Clarke

Married Wife Maud Rebecca “Marion” Clarke ( b. November 19, 1895 d. September 8, 1976 )
   
Event Date Place Description Sources
Marriage November 13, 1918 Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States   10a
General

Marriages Registered in the City of Boston
Year: 1918 Vol. 2 Page: 221
November 13, 1918
William Hughes, 38, living at 51 Winchester St, a shipper (books), born in England, parents: William Hughes and Helen Howells
Maud R Clark, 23, living at 264 Boylston St, employee Women's E & I Union, born in Cambridge, parents: George W Clark, Jane Elward

first marriage for both. married by Albert Corey, JP, of 44 Cortes St

  Children
Name Birth Date Death Date
Grace Eva HughesJuly 27, 1919April 30, 2008
Blanche L HughesJuly 27, 1919June 13, 1988
Irene Thelma HughesAugust 1, 1920July 7, 1993
Gladys Mae HughesApril 18, 1922February 28, 2004
Verly Olive “Vickie” HughesMarch 8, 1925October 19, 2013
William Colville HughesAugust 28, 1927May 2, 1983
Arleta M HughesAugust 31, 1929December 1, 1994

Source References

  1. Social Security Application
  2. General Record Office: England, Birth Records
      • Page: June 13, 1880, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, Wm Hughes
  3. 1881 Census of England
      • Page: Bridgnorth, St Leonards, Shropshire
      • Citation:

        https://www.ancestry.com/imageviewer/collections/7572/images/SALRG11_2626_2631-0609?pId=18215335

  4. 1891 Census of England
      • Page: Quatt Jarvis, Shropshire, ED: South East Shropshire District School, Registration District: Bridgnorthpiece 2095, folio 131
      • Citation:

        https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=6598&h=15911388&tid=&pid=&queryId=73ab514b94661104d672e57b90ca059f&usePUB=true&_phsrc=DDU1083&_phstart=successSource

  5. 1901 Census of England
      • Page: Bridgnorth St Mary, Shropshire, ED 4, piece 2518, folio 64, page 17, household 115
      • Citation:

        https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=7814&h=13506915&tid=&pid=&queryId=73ab514b94661104d672e57b90ca059f&usePUB=true&_phsrc=DDU1083&_phstart=successSource

  6. Vermont, St. Albans Canadian Border Crossings, 1895-1954
      • Page: Wm Hughes, Nov 1910, from Montreal, examined Nov 18, 1910
      • Citation:

        "Vermont, St. Albans Canadian Border Crossings, 1895-1954," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QK3Y-21J2 : 23 February 2021), William Hughes, 1910; citing M1464, Soundex Index to Canadian Border Entries through the St. Albans, Vermont, District, 1895-1924, 139, NARA microfilm publications M1461, M1463, M1464, and M1465 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, publication year); FHL microfilm 1,561,225.

  7. City Directories
      • Page: New York City, 1912, 1913
  8. Boston City Directories
      • Page: 1913, 1914
      • Page: 1915 to 1917
  9. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
      • Page: September 12, 1918 Local Board, Division 8, 1 Beacon St, Boston
      • Citation:

        "United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KZNP-FG2 : 23 February 2021), William Hughes, 1917-1918.

  10. Massachusetts, State Vital Records, 1841-1920
      • Page: marriage, Boston 13 Nov 1918, Hughes-Clark
      • Citation:

        "Massachusetts State Vital Records, 1841-1920," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KB8S-JH7 : 22 October 2019), William Hughes and Maud R Clark, 13 Nov 1918; citing Marriage, Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, United States, certificate number 6573, page 221, State Archives, Boston.

  11. 1930 United States Census
      • Citation:

        "United States Census, 1930," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XMZR-RWW : accessed 27 Aug 2013), Selina M Hixon in entry for Charles A Hixon, 1930.

  12. World War II Draft Registrations
  13. original: U.S. Social Security Administration: Social Security Death Index
  14. Massachusetts Death Index