ANyone Looking for Hugh McHugh Born In Ireland abt 1816, died in Ks 1896?

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I am looking for any information on a Hugh McHugh Born in Ireland 1816/1819, came over to the USA and Joined the service. He lived in Illinois, Married a Nancy Sheilds (1st wife) then when she passed married a Martha Smith. The two lived in Independence, Ks he was a farmer had 3 children. Martha passed and he married Susan Austin just before he died from a heart attack in 1896. I am desperately looking for any information or living relatives. My Kit for is A850598.


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Birth:  1817
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death:  Mar. 20, 1896
Montgomery County
Kansas, USA
History of the 85th Illinois Volunteers
Illinois Volunteer Infantry
Henry J. Aten
Pages 470 - 481

SECOND LIEUTENANT HUGH McHUGH was born in Chester county, Pennsylvania, but had removed to Illinois, and was a married farmer when he enlisted from Kerton, in Fulton county, at the age of forty-five. He was elected second lieutenant at the organization of the company; served through the Kentucky and Murfreesboro campaigns, and resigned on account of failing health at Nashville, Tenn., February 9, 1863. Returning to Illinois, he engaged in farming until 1884, when he removed to Kansas. He died at Independence, in Montgomery county, March 20, 1896, the Grand Army post officiating at his funeral. He left two sons – Robert and Stephen, but their address is unknown to the writer.

Company I was enrolled by William H. Marble under date of August 1, 1862, in that part of Fulton county bordering on the Illinois river. The records of the company show thatthere were carelessly kept, and are very defective in many respects.

The company was organized at Marble's mills by the election of the following commissioned officers: William H. Marble, captain; David M. Holstead, first lieutenant, and Hugh McHugh, second lieutenant.

One man was killed in action, and 12 were wounded who lived beyond the close of the war, 4 officers resigned, 2 were mustered out with the regiment and one was promoted, 18 men were discharged, 11 died of disease, 5 were transferred and 21 returned home at the close of the war.

In the individual sketches which follow an attempt is made to give a concise statement of the history of each member of the company, each of whom may look back with pride upon the results of the war, and rejoice in the fact that it was his privilege to bear an honorable part in the great struggle for freedom.


Illinois Civil War Detail Report

Rank 2LT 
Company I 
Unit 85 IL US INF 

Personal Characteristics
Age 45 
Height 5' 8 1/2 
Eyes BLUE 
Complexion LIGHT 
Marital Status MARRIED 
Occupation FARMER 

Service Record
Joined When 
AUG 1, 1862 
Joined Where 
Joined By Whom 
Period 3 YRS 
Muster In AUG 27, 1862 
Muster In Where 

Married Martha Smith April 6, 1859 in Fulton County IL

Hugh applied for pension benefits Feb 25, 1878. He had remmarried. His widow Susan T McHugh applied for survivor benefits on April 24, 1896.

His pension record also lists his service in another war, it is described as follows: (K1. US Infantry) Old War.

Hugh Mchugh 
Kansas, Marriages, 1840-1935

Name Hugh Mchugh 
Birth Date 1817 
Age 77 
Spouse's Name Susan T Austin 
Spouse's Birth Date 1841 
Spouse's Birthplace 
Spouse's Age 53 
Event Date 04 Jun 1894 
Event Place Independence, Montgomery, Kansas 
Several of Susan's children by her first husband David Warren Austin are also buried in Mount Hope Cemetery. 
Family links: 
  Nancy Shields McHugh (1837 - 1859)
  Susan T. Robinson Austin (1841 - 1922)
  Stephen McHugh (1854 - 1917)*
  Nancy Catherine McHugh Hopping (1857 - 1933)*
*Calculated relationship
Mount Hope Cemetery 
Montgomery County
Kansas, USA
Plot: Section F 35-2
Created by: Debra 
Record added: Sep 29, 2012 
Find A Grave Memorial# 97961404
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Thank you very much for your help. I have all of this information, the conflict with it is that he ( Hugh McHugh) was born in Ireland. According to the Archives dept of Chester County, PA They have no records, Birth, Tax, Census, records for him of any kind. SO the information of him being born in 1896 in Chester is incorrect. He jojned the Army in 1840 and I have that document, I just can't find any naturalization papers, or port that he came in at. I am sending off for military records in hopes to find out more on him.

Thank you again for your time and help!
There were a number of men named Hugh McHugh who immigrated through New York. Maybe something here will be useful:

Hugh Mchugh
United States Census, 1880
birth:    1840    Ireland
residence:    1880    Monroe, Orange, New York, United States    
spouse:    Harriet Mchugh
children:    Daniel Mchugh, Mary Mchugh, Carry Mchugh        

Hugh Mchugh
New York State Census, 1905
residence:    1905    Easton, Washington, New York;Easton, A.D. 01, E.D. 01, Washington, New York            

Hugh Mc Hugh
New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924
residence:        Dowea
immigration:    13 May 1896

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