Jeremiah T. Hughes
from Juanita Fields <>

 found this at the library today in the History of Taylor County.

In the winter of '60 and '61 Rev. Jerry Hughs also commenced preaching, while assistant on the Mt. Ayr circuit.  Rev. Hughs
was a young man, fresh from Virginia.  This country was very thinly settled in those days, and in making his way from one

appointment to another, he endured many hardships.  On February 22, 1861 he got lost in a snow storm, and was out all night

and until the next day before he found a house.  His feet were frozen, and it was a miracle that he did not perish.  The

preachers of those days did not drive to their appointments in top buggies nor ride in varnished cars.  Even had the cars been

here their salaries were so small they would have had to steal a ride on the blind Bagge or ride on the bumpers.  Mr. Hughs

married Amy Newton, daughter of Isaac Newton, and organized an M. E. Church here in 1865, while on the Bedford circuit.

There being no record of this early church in existence.

Article taken from the Centennial booklet for Mormontown,

Taylor County, IA Marriages:
J. L. Hughes and Amy Newton   30 April  1861

Rev. J. T. Hughes  (History of Taylor County, Iowa)

Rev. Jermiah T. Hughes was born Sept. 20, 1834 in West Virginia and died at his home in Conway, Iowa, March 26, 1920.  He was married to Amy Newton of Platteville, Iowa, April 30, 1961.  To this union ten children were born, five having died in infancy and to the five they raised -- William, Isaac and Inza lived in Taylor County.  Ellis H. and Eva McGee lived in
Oklahoma.  Several descendants still live in Taylor County:  Mrs. Al "Doris" O'Dell and her family and most of the Glen

Hughes's family.

He was ordained deacon on Sept. 7, 1862 and elder on Sept. 4, 1964.  He was appointed, in the fall of 1872 to what was called

Harmony (now Conway).  In those days there was no moving by railroad, so his goods were moved in wagons 40 miles from

Hopeville, Clark County by members of his former charge. The  parsonage was at Lexington and Conway was a new town

started by the railroad, having at that time only about ten houses, no schoolhouse, and only a store or two.  His circuit consisted

of an appointment north of Gravity, Holt schoolhouse, a schoolhouse north of Sharpsburg, Grant Center, Wright schoolhouse,

Lexington, and Conway.  He preached twice a month and some of the appointments were during the week.  He preached the

first sermon ever preached in Conway, on the platform of the Burlington depot.  He traveled over the country in his buggy and

many times forded  the rivers, as there were no bridges in those days.  His salary was $500..  However, the people were

congenial and the work a great comfort.  He built the first parsonage in Conway for $500.  He was pastor at Conway for two

years after which he moved to Afton and later came back to Conway and made it his home.  Father Hughes organized and

helped to organize the church at Red Oak, Conway, Mt. Ayr, Clarinda, Glenwood, Diagonal, Afton, Arispe, Hopeville, Hillsdale,

Blockton and Bedford.  He was also a member of MO-Ark Conference.  Besides his preaching he spent some time as a school

teacher.  He told the folks in his day he was a circuit walker, not the circuit rider.  He preached his last sermon in Conway, in

an old Methodist church which was wrecked.

Mrs. Hughes was born at Waterloo, New Jersey, Jan 30, 1837 and died at her home in Conway, on Oct. 28, 1920.  Her parents,

the Isaac Newtons, lived on a farm near the junction Highway #2 and #25.  Here, many people traveling through the country

would stop to water their oxen team and camp overnight.  Also, the pony express riders would leave mail.  She was the

granddaughter of a Revolutionary soldier and an early settler of southwestern Iowa.    (By Dorothy Kirby and Darline Ernest)