Nancy, my apologies for not replying sooner. You're certainly a great researcher and the documentation you're finding is very informative.
We can't always rely on tradition handed down about our ancestors.I say that from experience and I'll try to be brief in telling why I feel this way. For generations it was told my own Randolph ancestor (born ca 1750) descended from Pocahontas and for years and years genealogists have searched for that connection.Not only my ancestor's descendants have searched, but I later found his brother's descendants were told the same thing and they've searched.There was, after all, a Bolling descendant of Pocahontas who married Richard Randolph of Curles, Henrico County, and we assumed that's where the connection was.We considered every possibility imaginable in searching for clues, but nothing could be found, absolutely nothing.No documentation, no paper trail, nothing. Then old church records from the 1770's naming members of the family surfaced, a copy of the father's Will was obtained, and research eventually showed the father (born ca 1710) arriving from England into Maryland (not Virginia as we had thought) as an indentured servant.
In the last three or four years, the Randolphs/ Randalls/ FitzRandolphs have had DNAs done and the DNA from my family doesn't connect with the DNA of a descendant of Richard Randolph of Curles (Jane Bolling's husband).So - after spinning our wheels for years looking for that Pocahontas connection - we now know there is no connection; the DNA substantiated it.I could tell you of other Randolphs who had the same story of a Pocahontas connection passed down to their families and there turned out to be no relation, but I won't go into detail further.You get the idea.
Back to Hughes.The purchase of an Indian girl might be how the story of Hughes' marriage to an "Indian princess" came about but again, there's nothing to support this marriage - at least nothing to date -nor anything which gives the Indian child's name as Nicketti, nothing that tells which tribe she was from, her parents' names, nor that she was a princess.
I have several books here at home, including the "History of Albemarle County" by Rev. Edgar Woods.There is a reference to Nicketti.It reads:
"...Evan Shelby was an immigrant from Wales, and at first settled in Maryland, near Hagerstown.There his son Isaac was born in 1750.In the year 1771 father and son were both in southwestern Virginia, in the neighborhood of Bristol; and there the home of Evan Shelby continued to be during his life.It is natural to suppose that his wife, whose maiden name was Letitia Cox, accompanied them to their new home in the West.Whether she was visiting friends in Albemarle, or was passing through on a journey, at the period of her last sickness, it is perhaps impossible now to ascertain.But the plain, well preserved inscription on her tombstone leaves no doubt that this vicinity was the place of her death.A tradition in the Floyd family states, that about 1680 a Nathaniel Davis, who was also a native of Wales, married a child of Nicketti, a daughter of the Indian Chief, Opechancanough, the brother of Powhatan.Robert Davis was a son of these parents, and an ancestor of Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy; and a granddaughter of Robert Davis was the wife of Evan Shelby.Probability is lent in this account by the fact, that Robert Davis had a son named Samuel, who would thus be the uncle of Letitia Shelby; and Samuel Davis was the owner of several tracts of land in Albemarle, on the north fork of Rockfish, on Green Creek, and on both sides of Moore's Creek, adjoining the Carter lands.At the time of her death Mrs. Shelby may have been visiting the family of this friend...."
Note that Woods gives this as a "TRADITION"
In "Early Virginia Families Along the James River, Their Deep Roots and Tangled Branches, Henrico County-Goochland County, Virginia" compiled by Louise Pledge Heath Foley, the following Hughes is mentioned:
"Henry Pewe (Pew), 411 acs on N. side of James Riv. bet. the brs. & maine run of 4 Mi. Cr. 23 Apr. 1688, p. 637, Beg. by a slash of Lemman's Br.; over Beauchamp's Path, &c. Trans. of 9 pers:Wm Saunders, John Paine, Otho. Hughes, Wm. James, Rebecca Hughes, Edward Saunders, John Emetson, Wm. Floyd, John Edger.
"Mr. Giles Webb, 132 acs. Henrico Co. on N. side of James Riv ... 29 Apr. 1692 ...
"Same. 344 acs, same location, date & page.In Varinia Parish: on the middle run bet. Colson's & Deep bottom; on Mr. Francis Reeves; Henry Trent; on head of Barrow-land; cor of Mr. Pleasants; Imp. of 7 pers:Anne Hughes, John Elderkin, Edw. Tustin (or Tuffin), Robin, Tom, Betty, Jenny, Negroes."
There are a few other references later and if interested in having those listed, I'll gladly post them.
If there's a marriage of a Hughes to an Indian princess named Nicketti and related to Pocahontas, information will surface, but my personal guess is that there isn't one.