I have decided to accept the challenge of Amy Johnson Crow over at No Story Too Small blog. Amy challenges us: 52 Ancestors in 52 weeks. I think this is an excellent challenge as I tend to focus on my brick walls, and this will force me to fan out in my tree and focus on other ancestors.
This is week eight, and my eighth post in the challenge. I wish I had a picture to share of Mary, but I don’t. It’s not from a lack of trying believe me but I have not been able to locate a single cousin that has a picture of her.
In 1850, I find Mary living in District 8, Bowie Co., Texas with her father and mother Judge Hoskins and Mary Lucinda Hoskins, sisters Martha C, Isabella J, and Henri Anna Hoskins. Also living in the household was William H Bohanan, and Joseph B. Gatewood.
In 1860, I find Mary living in Beat 2, Bowie Co., Texas with her father and mother Judge Hoskins and Mary Lucinda Hoskins, sisters Martha C, and Henri Anna.
In 1870, I find Mary living in Precinct 3, Bowie Co., Texas with her father and mother, Judge Hoskins and Mary Hoskins, and Miles Reese. Also living there were farm laborers, Henry Scott, Caroline Stewart, Green W Brooks.
Mary’s mother, Mary Lucinda passed away on 24 Jul 1872 so on the 1880 census I find Mary living with her father, Judge Hoskins, AND… wait for it, wait for it….. John Anderson, her husband!
But her name is Hoskins!
When did they get married?
I didn’t understand this for a long time until a couple of years ago when mom and I went to New Boston and visited with cousin Nell Blackburn. Fortunately, Alfred Gatewood Norman, the grandson of Mary Hoskins Anderson and John Anderson had given Nell a copy of all of his genealogy work that he had done on the Hoskins line. He also had a transcription of the Anderson bible and in his transcription he says that John Anderson wrote in the bible the following:
“In the year of 1879, on the 8th day of Jan I came to Bowie County, (on the first passenger train) and worked 2 years with my good old Uncle (Anderson Sherrill), in what is now Corley, Texas. Moved to Boston where I worked for A.G. Hoskins and on October 28, 1880, I commenced to work for Massenberg and Wever and on Dec 7 I was married to a good woman, Mary E. Hoskins with whom I trust to go through life with joyously and happily. I moved to our little home in March 1881.”
Now, I have not seen the original bible and I have not been able to track it down either. I am not sure what happened to it after Alfred Norman passed away. The dates do not match up in what John Anderson wrote and Alfred Norman made a note that after he checked all the notes and dates in the bible, he believed that John Anderson had only worked for his Uncle for one year instead of two, and that this would make all the dates match up.
Mary and John Anderson had two daughters. Smithia Smelser Anderson, the oldest, was born 5 Nov 1881. Smithia married Arthur Caldwell Norman, Sr. and they are the parents of Alfred Gatewood Norman mentioned above. They had two other sons, William Arthur Norman, and Arthur Caldwell Norman Jr. The second daughter, and my great-grandmother, Wevie Henri Anderson was born 19 Dec 1884. Wevie married Bye Ball and had three children; my grandmother, Mary Virginia Ball, Sam Hartwell Ball Jr., and Dorothy Ball.
The next entry in the Anderson bible by John Anderson reads:
“Mary my wife died on June 26, 1891, leaving Smithia S., Wevie and myself. Thus the cup that held my joy is broke. She is at rest.”
So sad! To leave two little daughters, ages 10 and 7, I am sure it was so hard on them.
This is a photo that my mother has hanging on her wall, Wevie is on the left, and Smithia is on the right.
I have no idea what she died of. I did find two obituaries and neither of them say, but they did give me a little more information about her that I didn’t know.
I know that Mary is buried in the Hughes Knight Cemetery in Bowie Co., Texas with her father and mother and sisters. I have never been to this cemetery, it is on private property. I’ve been told to get to it you have to drive to the end of gravel road, climb through a hole in a fence, and then walk a mile back on this property to where the cemetery is. My cousin Karen Ball Cowan got the information for the owners and we will try to go out there on one of my visits to Texarkana. Hopefully the owner will drive us, or let us drive out to it, but if not, I’m not above climbing through that hole and walking out to it.
Three generations have been named after Mary, myself (Mary Susanne), my mother (Mary Helen) and my grandmother Poo (Mary Virginia). When I was pregnant my mother told me if I had a girl, I had to name her Mary to keep up the tradition. I never had a little girl though, so I guess the Mary tradition will no longer be passed on and that is very sad to me.
I hope to find that bible one day and maybe another cousin who might have a picture of her and know a story or two about her.
This is how I descend from Mary (Hoskins) Anderson.