William John Hughes –
The Corn Flower Company
Henry Hughes was born about 1852 in Ontario. His parents were John and Abigail Hughes. On 2 January 1877, in Oso Township, Frontenac County, Henry Hughes married Margaret Jane Armstrong. Margaret was born in the same township, about 1859. Her parents were Richard and Mary Ann Armstrong.
Henry and Margaret moved to Amaranth Township, Dufferin County, Ontario. There on 25 November 1877, their first child was born. A little girl they named Margaret Ann Hughes. She grew up and married Melvin Hannah at Grand Valley, Dufferin County on 27 June 1894.
Other children of Margaret Jane (Armstrong) and Henry Hughes were Alfred born 1880; twins William John and Robert Edgar born in 1881; Florence Beatrice born in 1883 and Joseph born in 1886.
In 1888, the family moved from Amaranth Township to a farm near Riverview in Melancthon Township. Margaret Jane (Armstrong) Hughes died shortly after the family relocated. Henry was left with six young children and a farm to run. It was a difficult life for the children, growing up this way, with their father working long hard hours and no mother at home to care for them all.
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