EMILY MILLS HUGHES

 

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Emily (Amelia) Mills Hughes was born 1806 or 1807 in Maryland, according to the 1850 Census from the 18th Ward of Baltimore. Ann Hughes was living with Emily and her husband in 1850. I assume she is Emily's mother. We don't have much information on her. Her birth date would be 1771 in Maryland. There was a very large Hughes family in western Maryland in the eighteenth century. It is very likely that Emily is of that family, but so far her parents have not been determined.

The Torchlight newspaper on June 25, 1822 described the celebration upon laying the corner stone of the Masonic building. There were dignitaries, parades, speeches and music. The members of the Choral group that sang were all listed. Emily Hughes and many of her family sang as well as her future husband Christian Conradt and his sister Connie.

The Frederick Town Herald issue Dec 27, 1823 reported that "Miss Emily Hughes of Hagerstown married Tuesday evening last by Rev. Lemmon, to Christian G. Conradt, formerly of Frederick.

In fact the wedding was announced in all the news. Besides the Frederick Town Herald it was also in the Maryland Herald Dec.30, 1823 and the Torchlight Dec 30, 1823. The wording was always the same and to our great regret never included her parents' names.

The Rev. Lemmon was Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church from 1822 - 1828. During his tenure a new church building was completed on the corner of Jonathan and Antietam Streets. Unfortunately it burned down in 1871 taking with it records that may have identified Emily's parents.

The book, "Washington County Maryland marriages 1799-1860" Vol. 1:A-E reports that Christian Conradt wed Amelia Hughes Dec 23, 1823. Christian and Emily had one child in Maryland in 1827 and then moved to Virginia where they had 8 more children. They moved to Baltimore between 1842 and 1845.

A story written in the Conradt genealogy tells that he opened a carpet factory in Baltimore, which was very successful and prosperous. William H. Walsh was his bookkeeper. He married the oldest Conradt daughter, Ann Regina. After marrying into the family they formed the firm of Conradt, Walsh and Conradt. All went well until new machinery was invented. They could not compete and the company failed. Christian G. Conradt then took a position in Cincinnati, Ohio and moved his family to Covington Kentucky.

 "He died there having lost all he had". The story goes on to say that Wm. Walsh died not long after in 1871. So Christian Gottlieb Conradt died about 1867-69. This date is based on the fact that by 1870 his wife Emily was back in Baltimore.

The family listed on the 1850 Census, 18th Ward: Baltimore:

Christian Gottlieb Conradt age 54, manufacture born in Germany
Emily, age 44 born in Maryland
Elizabeth, age 21 born in Virginia
Connie, age 19 born VA
Rebecca, age 17 born VA
Emily, age 15 born VA
Harry, age 14 born VA
Milly age 12 born VA
Hughes, age 10 born VA
Frank age 8 born VA
William Walsh age 29 a clerk, born Maryland
Ann age 23 born Maryland (she is Conradt oldest daughter, Ann Regina)
Emily Walsh age 3 born in Maryland
Yates, age 1 born in Maryland
Ann Hughes age 79, born in Maryland (Emily's mother)

The family is not listed on 1860 census. At least I couldn't find it. Eliza Conradt was living with the Walsh family, probably helping with the children. I could not find anyone else in this Conradt family. However, I do find them on the Cincinnati City Directory in 1861, page 112:
Christian G. Conradt home 101 E 3rd St.
Christian H. Conradt Jr. home ditto, salesman 53 W. Pearl St.
F.P. Conradt home ditto, clerk 53 W. Pearl St.

                                        101 E. 3rd St. is now a high rise building and parking lot which has a view of the 2 huge sports stadiums on the Ohio River.  Pearl St has gone beneath I-71.  So we know that                                                 Christian Sr. died sometime after 1861 and before 1870.  I don't know if he lived in Covington before or after his time in Cincinnati or they ever lived there.  They lived very near                                             the bridge that went to Covington.  He may have "commuted". 

 However, the 1870 Baltimore Census has Emily and her daughter Eliza living with daughter Anna Regina and William H. Walsh.  We don't know when Emily died, but her tomb can be seen in Find a Grave in a photo of William H. Walsh's tomb.  Emily Conradt and Elizabeth Conradt are both in the back ground.  They were not at home with Anna Regina in the 1880 Census, so I am guessing they died between 1870- 1880.


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    1. Who were her parents?
    2. Get data on Ann Hughes.
    3. When did she die?
    4. Go to Old St. Pauls Cemetery and read the tomb.
    5. Get KY 1860 census.

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