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James Henry Hughes

James Henry Hughes

Male 1862 - 1945  (83 years)

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  • Name James Henry Hughes  [1, 2
    Born 14 Aug 1862  New York City, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Occupation Business - Blacksmith 
    Occupation Government - City councilman 
    Died 7 Nov 1945  Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried Mt. Calvary Cem, Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I2803  SnoufferCampbell
    Last Modified 15 Jun 2016 

    Family Mary R. Seabrook,   b. 23 Apr 1862, Emmitsburg, Frederick Cnty, MD Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Aug 1928, Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Married 1889  Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 3
    +1. Adele E. Hughes,   b. 25 Aug 1890, Cedar Rapids, Linn Cnty, IA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Nov 1960, Belle Harbor, Queens Cnty, NY Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
    Last Modified 15 Jun 2016 
    Family ID F1000  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • The 1900 census lists "Jas H" Hughes as a 38-yr old blacksmith, living with his wife Mary, 37, daughter Adele, 9, and sister-in-law "Effie" Seabrook, 27. 1900 U.S. Census, 5th Ward, Cedar Rapid, Linn Cnty, IA (T 623, Roll 444, stamped p. 177).
    • Luther A. Brewer and Barthinius L. Wick, History of Linn County Iowa, vol. 2, pp. 485-486 (Chicago; Pioneer Publishing Co: 1911), wrote:
      "James H. Hughes, conducting a profitable blacksmithing business in Cedar Rapids, is a native of New York city and a son of Edward and Jane (Newton) Hughes. The former was born in County Monaghan, Ireland.... Edward Hughes...came to America when a boy and acquired much of his education in New York city.... In 1870, believing that he could provide better opportunities...for his family in the west, he came to Cedar Rapids.
      "James H. Hughes was one of a family of six children and was quite young at the time of the removal of the family from the east to this city. He is largely indebted to the public school system here for the educational opportunities which he enjoyed.... His first service in this [blacksmithing] line was in a shop which stands on the site of his present place of business. He was employed by John Meehan for some time and subsequantly entered into a partnership with another man. At a later date he purchased his partner's interest and has been conducting the business at his present location for ten years. He is known as one of the best horse-shoers in the county and the other work done in his shop is of an expert character....
      "In 1889 Mr. Hughes was united in marriage to Miss Mary R. Seabrook, and unto them has been born a daughter, Adele, who lives at home. She is a graduate of the Convent of St. Joseph and is now engaged in teaching school. The family are prominently connected with the Catholic church.... Mr. Hughes belongs to the Improved Order of Red Men, to the Royal Arcanum, to the Foresters, and to the Knights of Columbus, No. 903. His political allegiance is given to the republican party and he is recognized as one of the local leaders in this city. He was elected on the republican ticket to the office of councilman in a democratic ward, a fact which is indicative of his personal popularity and the confidence reposed in him by his fellowmen."
    • The Cedar Rapids [IA] Gazette, Linn County Genealogical Library, 1945 Obituary Scrapbook:
      "James H. Hughes, 83, ... died in a Cedar Rapids hospital at 3:15 a.m. Wednesday following a long illness. He was a former member of the city council.
      "Born Aug. 14, 1862 in New York, he came as a boy with his parents, Edward and Jane Newton Hughes, to Cedar Rapids. For many years he followed the blacksmith trade during the horse and buggy era.
      "In 1902 he was elected alderman under the old ward system of municipal government, serving until 1908, when the commission plan was inaugurated. In 1912, when the late Louis Roth became mayor, Mr. Hughes was elected a member of the city council. Candidates were not required at that time to specify in the pre-election campaign what particular office they sought. After election, the successful candidates got together and agreed among themselves what position they would fill. Hughes drew finances and accounts.... Successful again in the 1914 election, Hughes was defeated when he sought the post for the third time.
      "In 1888 Mr. Hughes was married to Mary Seabrooke, who died in 1928. Surviving is one daughter, Mrs. Adele Tracey of Belle Harbor, N.Y., four grandsons and two great-grandchildren...."

  • Sources 
    1. [S130] Seabrooks|, Richard S. Wheeler, "Seabrooks of Maryland and Pennsylvania," vol 34, pp. 137-154 , (Maryland Genealogical Soc'y Bull. : 1993), p. 148.

    2. [S103] FindaGrave|,, (, 32470314.

    3. [S236] IA Census 1900, CR, 5-WD |, Iowa, Linn Cnty, Cedar Rapids, 5th Ward, 1900 U.S. Census, (The National Archives, Washington, D.C.), (T623, Roll 444, p. 177).