Thanks to the work of the genealogists I had to hire, they were able to locate a brother of Carl’s grandfather, David Hughes.
I am not sure how I missed this but be it what it is ~ and here is a newly identified great uncle – born in Wales in 1878 and dying in Pennsylvania in 1907 of pneumonia.
I am awaiting the official report from the genealogist and while she has shared this bit of information with me I am anxious to learn more. Now that I know he exists, I was able to search for him and found his wife, children and grave site.
I am not positive yet but I do believe I may have found the great grandfather’s death record, John Hughes, also born in Wales and married to Catherine James. I will need secondary proof but if I am correct, John is born in 1857 Wales and dies in 1922 raising more and more questions about his relationship with his son David but first verify the document and see if I can locate an immigration record for John, Catherine and John E (son) sometimes around 1881. Timing being everything, it appears Catherine is now with child (David) as she immigrates to the USA and but for a few months, David F Hughes is born here in the USA. More confirmation here and a lot more research to be done.