Vincent Hughes grew up in Keswick, just east of Charlottesville, where his family attended the church founded by members of the Hughes and Hern families of Monticello, Union Run. He remembers being baptized in the Rivanna River. He spent twenty-six years in the Air Force before becoming an exhibit fabricator at the Washington State Capitol Museum. Since retiring in 1996, Hughes has returned to Virginia every summer to visit family and friends and to do further family research. His exact connection to Wormley and Ursula Hughes of Monticello remains elusive.