Grandmother Hawkins
Submitted by: Eddie Robinson
 
 

Abt 1904 and the only picture
I've seen of Grandmother Hawkins. The family always said Taylor Hawkins was
mean to her and left her. They would be driving down a road and meet
someone he would jump out of the wagon and run into the woods and meet her
on down the road. Mom always thought he was wanted by the law or was a
Draft Dodger. Grandmother Hawkins was one of the daughters of James Edwards
and Elizabeth Jane Edwards. Elizabeth Jane came from Tenn to Texas and got
a headright near New Hope (on the Dalby Springs mail route) James died in
Texas aft 1850 and she was awarded the headright in her name. An old gent
at the title co said she was one of the three most educated women in Texas
at that time. Now back to the picture. Grandmother Hawkins was: Lydia
Briscoe Edwards dob 4/24/1840-
1/16/1916 (buried in New Hope Cementery) and is abt 64 years old in the
picture. She first married a Mr Bennett, dob abt 1840, m abt 1857, they had
no children and he is buried in Dalby Springs Cem. Then she married James
Alexander Wooten, dob 1830-bef 1880, married 1859, is buried in Dalby
Springs, and was in the Civil War as a teamster (Mother's Grandfather)
finally she married Taylor Hawkins, dob abt 1842, married abt 1881, left
her and was buried near Parks, Ark. in the Hawkins Cementery.

This picture was made abt 1904 at New Hope, abt 4 miles from Lydia and abt
4 miles from Dalby Springs. (was that 96 years ago)(20 years before I was born)

Grandmother Hawkins (4/24/1840)about 64, is front row on Right, in left
front is Ida Ella Jane Wooten\Stephen\McMillan (9/18/1868)about 36, and in
her lap is my mother Cleoda Darlin McMillan-my Mother (7/29/1901)(she's in
the DeKalb rest home now and is 99) and Grandmother. Back left is Carrie
McMillan, (2/22/1886)abt 14, Ida's stepdaughter by William Monroe's first
wife Maudie Conder. Back right is Lela Duke (9/21/1889) abt 18, who is
Ida's first husband's, (Felix Anderson Stephen) sister's (Nancy
\Stephen\Duke who was married to A. Jobe Duke) child. My grandmother Ida
raised the Duke Children, Her's and Mr Stephen's, Her's and my grandfather
William Monroe McMillan's four, A total of 17. A. Jobe Duke (Nancy
Stephen's husband)was taking his cotton to Clarksville to sell. He stopped
about ½ way at an Inn, watered and fed his team. When he finished his
supper he went to let the team out of their stall's and in the Corral. One
kicked him in the forehead and killed him. The horse hadn't kicked before
and never after.