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Back Just in Time for a Memorable Memorial Day

Didn't intend to go missing for the spring but got too busy with several things -- a course on "Interpreting Material Culture," a couple of Alexandria Historical Society projects, and the day job which started taking up more evening and weekend time.

But this week, I got back to work on one line of the Hughes family, the people who had been enslaved at Volusia here in Alexandria. David Hughes had married in slavery, had served with the U.S. Colored Infantry, and according to his widow's pension application, had 14 children. His youngest, Lockwood S. Hughes, was born in 1880 in Washington, D.C., just a few years before David died.

I've wondered about the name Lockwood and was also hopeful that it was unusual enough that I might find him more easily. I can't be sure but one possible inspiration for the name may have been Rev. William F. Lockwood who was at the Virginia Theological Seminary in the 1840s. David and Frances lived near the Seminary and were wed the…

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