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Hezekiah Shelton was born about 1853 in either TN or AL. He married Mary Catherine Cole in Giles Co. Sept. 28, 1873. 1880 Giles Co., TN Census shows him as widower with 3 children: Jennie, William, and Ollie next door to Cole family, his in-laws. He married next Emily P. Ashley, Feb. 6, 1881 in Giles Co. The family migrated to Texas soon after.
Andrew Frank Tate, Jr., another descendant of the Coles, told me that my Hezekiah was most likely the son of Greenberry Shelton and Alpha Cottrell, which I believe is true. But there was another Hezekiah Shelton, a cousin, almost the same age (1870 Lauderdale AL Census).
Lee E. Hawkins married Jennie Ann Shelton in Navarro Co., TX, August 15, 1893. He appears on Ellis Co., TX, tax rolls in 1894 & 1896, and Navarro Co. tax rolls 1895, 1899-1903 & 1908. Family not found in 1900 Census. Found 1910, 1920, & 1930 Navarro Co. Census. Known children: Ethel, Hezekiah (Hezra K.), Myrtle, Daisy, William Henry, Ira B. (Pete), Jeffie B. (Cap), Jessie, Lillie, Annie.
1910 Census shows age at last birthday 36 (1873). 1920 Census shows age at last birthday 51 (1868), 15 year difference from 1910. 1930 Census shows age at last birthday 62 (1867), but shows age at time of marriage to be 25 (1868). Tombstone at Prairie Point Cemetery, Navarro Co. shows birth year as 1871. Death record shows age at death 68 (1867), but birth year as 1861 (maybe a typo?). All 3 Census records show place of birth as Texas, parents, U.S. Death record shows place of birth as AR.
In 1920 Census, daughter Daisy Hawkins Paschal gave father's birthplace as AR, but TX in 1930. 1930, son Hezra gave father's birthplace as AR, but mother's as TX (Jennie's birthplace of TN & her age are consistent in 1910, 1920, & 1930.)
No obituary ever found.
Hawkins is an old familiar name in Ellis & Navarro Counties, but haven't been able to link Lee to any of those families.
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