I need to find my 2x gr grandfather in Georgia Census records

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I need your help!  My 2x gr grandfather is my brick wall since 1981. His name is William Rainey Hughey Sr. Just tonight, on Newspapers.com I found a 2nd obituary for him that states his spent his boyhood years in Georgia. This is the first time I ever knew this. Now I am hoping this will help me find his parents/siblings. He was born in SC in 1831, so any census records in 1840, 1845, or 1850 would be great. He shows up in Illinois in 1860 then in Kansas after that. Any help would be appreciated!!

His obituary I found tonight is here: https://www.newspapers.com/clip/35317229/william_rainey_hughey_srs_obituary/

WikiTree profile: William Hughey
in Genealogy Help by Debbie Parsons G2G6 Pilot (138k points)

William Hughy

 in the 1850 United States Federal Census

Name: William Hughy
Age: 20
Birth Year: abt 1830
Birthplace: South Carolina
Home in 1850: Coosa, Coosa, Alabama, USA
Gender: Male
Family Number: 893
Household Members:
Name Age
Elizabeth Hughy 24
Lybia Hughy 22
William Hughy 20
James Hughy 18

Joseph Hughey

 in the 1850 United States Federal Census

Name: Joseph Hughey
Age: 37
Birth Year: abt 1813
Birthplace: South Carolina
Home in 1850: Union, South Carolina, USA
Gender: Male
Family Number: 107
Household Members:
Name Age
Joseph Hughey 37
Mary Hughey 35
Margaret Hughey 15
Martha Hughey 12
Jane Hughey 8
Mary Hughey 5
Silas Hughey 3
Albert Hughey 2
William Savage 29
Wow! Thanks Betty!! That first one might be my William!!  No parents in the first one. Interesting. Not sure yet about the 2nd one. Glad to have new research to do!! I'm stoked!!
Betty, I found out that the William in the first census is a William Perry Hughey. Sad. More searching to do!! Thanks again!
I was thinking maybe Joseph was William's dad in the second census. Did you do any checking on Joseph? I did a look up for any Hughey's born in South Carolina in 1810 ish and Joseph came up.
Betty, no, I haven't had any info on who his father might be...so many possibilities. Thanks. I will check into this Joseph!!
Betty, I recently found in William's obituary (different one from first one I found last year) that my William "spent his boyhood years in Georgia" so he couldn't be this William in SC.At least I KNOW now. My William was born in SC in 1831 and is found again in Missouri in his early 20's, so a Census record in Georgia might find him in 1840 as a 9 year old??? His brother General (a name, not title) Jackson Hughey died in Murray County, Georgia, so maybe my William lived there too.  I am turning over ever rock and stick to find more info. Thanks for you help!

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The Georgia Archives has a great site online called "Georgia Virtual Vault ".  Also check Georgia Historic Newspapers GALILEO  .  Most of my ancestors were in Georgia in the 1800s and these two were helpful.   The census records should be on FamilySearch and would help find where in Georgia to look in the other sources.   All are free.  MILLEDGEVILLE  in Baldwin County was the capital city of Georgia from 1810 to 1860s so its papers carried news about other county events and people.
by Cherry Duve G2G6 Mach 3 (38.5k points)
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Thank you Cherry! Never knew this, but never needed Georgia info before!  Can't wait to search!!  :)
Cherry, I spent ALL day yesterday on the Galileo site making notes of Hughey persons in Georgia after 1831. There are quite a few. It's like looking for needles in a haystack. I keep wondering if any of them are MINE. Thanks for the tip. It's been interesting so say the least!

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