|John Hughes - was born in Virginia 1772. In 1796 he
married Susannah Hays in Jefferson Co., Tennessee. The couple
came to Missouri circa 1806 & settled in Concord Township,
Washington County, Missouri. Mr. Hughes built a grist mill on Big
River at the base of Hughes Mountain which was named after him.
They had twelve children: Pryor, Mary (who married
Ella, William, Hays, James, Mark, Mahlon, Elizabeth, John, Susannah
& Sythian. John & Susannah were members of the Bellevue
Presbyterian Church. John Hughes was a Captain in the War of 1812.
John & Susannah are buried in Big River Cemetery, Irondale, Washington County,
outcrops of Hughes Mountain are among the oldest in the United
States at 1.5 billion years & is listed as one of Missouri's
Geographic Wonders. Ancient volcanic rhyolite vertical rock
formations are known as the Devil's Honeycomb & are a unique
phenomenon in Missouri.