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Tombstone Tuesday – Hughes Knight Cemetery

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When I started doing research on my maternal grandmother’s family, back in 2007 one of the first things I learned about was the Hughes Knight Cemetery. It almost seemed like a secret. Granted the transcription for the cemetery was posted out on the internet, but there were no pictures any where and to get there you had to drive down this and that gravel road, climb through a hole in someone’s barbed wire fenced on private property and then take your chances by walking west a mile back into the woods, and hope you had climbed through the right hole in the fence, else you would be a mile back in the wrong woods and no cemetery in site.

Hughes Knight Cemetery in Woods

Hughes Knight Cemetery in Woods

As you can see from the above picture, once you leave the road, you go north, then it’s west, and then north again!

Last week, I went to New Boston, Texas and picked up cousin Nell Blackford and we went in search of the cemetery, trying to beat a rain storm coming in. We went down the gravel roads and arrived at the log house that you are supposed to stop and ask permission at, but no one was home. Very disappointed, neither Nell or myself wanted to trespass so I took Nell back into New Boston and we ate lunch and visited for a bit, and then I left to head back to Nedra’s house in Texarkana where I was staying.

I decided I would try one more time on my way out-of-town to see if anyone was home at the log house.


Sweet victory.

A very nice man by the name of Ronnie Adams, had just gotten home and gave me permission, and told me just where to drive my car through his woods to a little path that would take me there. He doesn’t own the actual land where the cemetery is, but as long as he knows who is back there, it’s ok. He seemed concerned that I was going out in the woods by myself but I wasn’t. I have my nine and my conceal and carry license so I wasn’t worried a bit. I could shoot a snake, any snake if I needed to. :)

Ronnie was recovering from a work related injury and had a broken leg, and I could tell he wanted to go out there with me, but was limited due to the injury so I reassured him that I’d be fine because I couldn’t pass up this opportunity, I had permission and nothing was stopping me this time! It was a long seven years to wait to find this cemetery!  I drove on out there and was totally shocked at what I found.

Hughes Knight Cemetery, Bowie County, Texas

Hughes Knight Cemetery, Bowie County, Texas

A very well-kept cemetery, fenced in, deep in the woods with some stones so magnificent (and taller than me) it would rival any town cemetery. I was expecting a little country cemetery with overgrown stones and I fully expected that maybe some of them would be missing.

Hughes Knight Cemetery

Hughes Knight Cemetery

Not a single stone was missing from the cemetery transcription I had found online back in 2007. Another sweet victory. Some are leaning, and some are down, but you can tell this cemetery is taken care of. The fence is nice, it’s mowed all around it, and yes, it was covered in leaves, but the ground inside is maintained. Ronnie told me that he maintains the outside of the cemetery and the land owner, Jimmy Smith maintains the inside around the stones.

Hughes Knight Cemetery, Bowie County, Texas

Hughes Knight Cemetery, Bowie County, Texas

I took a picture of every stone and while I was doing this, Ronnie, bless his heart showed up on his four-wheeler, crutches and all and showed me around the cemetery. I pointed out the graves of my 3rd great-grandfather, Alfred Gatewood Hoskins, my 3rd great-grandmother Mary Lucinda (Henri) Hoskins,  and their daughter, my 2nd great-grandmother, Mary Elizabeth (Hoskins) Anderson.

Alfred Gatewood Hoskins Headstone

Alfred Gatewood Hoskins Headstone

Alfred Gatewood Hoskins Headstone

Alfred Gatewood Hoskins Headstone

Mary Elizabeth (Hoskins) Anderson Headstone

Mary Elizabeth (Hoskins) Anderson Headstone

My 2nd great-aunts are also buried here, Martha Catherine (Hoskins) Eubank, Henrie (Hoskins) Wever, and Isabella Jane Hoskins.

Martha Catherine (Hoskins) Eubank Headstone

Martha Catherine (Hoskins) Eubank Headstone

Henrie (Hoskins) Wever Headstone

Henrie (Hoskins) Wever Headstone

Isabella Jane Hoskins Headstone

Isabella Jane Hoskins Headstone

It was really cool to talk to Ronnie, as we figured out that he and his family were very good friends with my great Uncle James Harris and they spent a lot of time together. It was very nice to know that someone close to our family is now the keeper of my heritage.

Thank you to Ronnie Adams for his kind treatment of me, and the care he is giving to the cemetery. I put all the pictures of the headstones on Find A Grave, which you can find here: Hughes Knight Cemetery.

It was just as I took the last picture of the last stone, that the rain started. I call this one lucky day!!

52 Ancestors – #9 Alfred Gatewood Hoskins

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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.

Please meet my 3rd great-grandfather, Alfred Gatewood Hoskins. This is week nine, and my ninth post in the challenge.

Smithia Anderson, A.G. Hoskins, Wevie Anderson

Smithia Anderson, A.G. Hoskins, Wevie Anderson

And look who is in the photo with him? The same two daughters I mentioned last week that Mary Elizabeth (Hoskins) Anderson left when she passed away. Smithia and Wevie Anderson, standing with their grandfather. Cousin Karen (Ball) Cowan had that photo, and I’m still surprised that there is a photo of A.G. Hoskins, but not one of his daughter, Mary Elizabeth. Not that I have found yet anyway.

Cousin Nell Blackburn had this photo of A.G. Hoskins.

Alfred Gatewood Hoskins

Alfred Gatewood Hoskins

I also found this picture of my great-grandmother Wevie, and her stepmother, Eva (Dalby) Anderson. The photo is numbered, and I found this copy of the photo at the library in New Boston but never found a list of names to match the numbers. I wonder if #14, the man on the porch is A.G. Hoskins? It sure looks like him, but I don’t know if the time frame is right for it to be him as he died on 21 May 1897, and I believe Wevie was about 13 years old when he died. She looks older than that in this photo so I don’t really know if it is him or not.

Wevie (#10)  and Eva (#7) Anderson, possible AG Hoskins

Wevie (#10) and Eva (#7) Anderson, possible AG Hoskins

I’m not going to bore you with the census reports on A.G., mainly because you can see those on last week’s post about his daughter, here.

A.G. married Mary Lucinda Henri on 5 May 1836.  Mary was the daughter of George B. and Martha Henri.  This is where the original chain of Mary’s in my family began, and where my great-grandmother got her name of Wevie Henri Anderson.

A.G. and Mary had five children.  Four daughters, and one son, none of which would live longer than A.G.  Mary, his wife died in 1872, living A.G. widowed and to my knowledge he never remarried.  Their children were:

  • Martha Catherine (Hoskins) Eubank (1837 – 1881)
  • George Benjamin Hoskins (1838 – 1846)
  • Isabella Jane Hoskins (1841 – 1857)
  • Mary Elizabeth (Hoskins) Anderson (1844 – 1891), my second great-grandmother and last weeks post.
  • Henri Anna (Hoskins) Wever (1848 – 1893)


He must have cherished his grandchildren, having lost all of his children.  Cousin Karen also had this photograph, and this is all the grandchildren of A.G. and Mary Hoskins.

Grandchildren of A.G. and Mary Hoskins

Grandchildren of A.G. and Mary Hoskins

# 1 is Anna (Wever) Lanier, #2 is Eddie Eubank, #3 is Wevie (Anderson) Ball, #4 Smithia (Anderson) Norman, and #5 is Lela (Wever) Sutton.

A.G. Hoskins was a carpenter by trade, and it’s my understanding that he built all the cabinets that were in the old Bowie Co. Courthouse. He also held the offices of District Clerk, Justice of the Peace, County Clerk, and County Judge for a number of years.

A.G. Hoskins died on 21 May 1897, after being bedridden for five months and evidently in a lot of pain, but what he suffered from I have no idea.  This is his obituary:

Alfred Gatewood Hoskins Obit

Alfred Gatewood Hoskins Obit

This is his funeral card. Thank you Nell for sharing this with me.

AG Hoskins Funeral Card

AG Hoskins Funeral Card

He is buried in the cemetery I mentioned last week that his daughter is buried in, the Hughes Knight Cemetery, the one you have to climb through the fence to get to it. I’ve talked to Nell since last weeks post and we are planning on going to the cemetery hopefully in March.

In parting, I wanted to share a poem with you about the HOSKINS name that Alfred Gatewood Norman had in his genealogy works:

In 1066, From Nurenberg, in Germany,

Came the Earl Hoyskne, in our Pedigree.

With all his soldiers, horses and fleet,

The Anglo-Saxons the helped to beat,

Aiding his kin, William the Duke of Normandy.


In gratitude, for lending his aid,

William the Conqueror, in land repaid.

In Dorset, Herfordshire, and Somerset,

Hoskins descendants live there yet.


The name marches on in histories pages,

Each had sons, down through the ages;

God fearing men who fought and swore,

To uphold Hoskins honor, in every War.


Of every station in life, of every degree,

their lines trace down, in our pedigree,

Ministers, Doctors, Farmers, and Friends,

Working for a better world unto their end.


Nicholas Hoskins to Virginia in 1623.

John to Massachusetts in 1630, to Windsor in 1633,

William settled in Plymouth in 1645,

Leaving generations of descendants, many still alive.


Robert went to live in the wild Barbados,

Same year Thomas, North Carolina chose,

There’s not a state in the union today

Where you can’t find a Hoskins in the U.S.A.


They all lived wisely and saved right well,

Always left behind them, sons to tell,

Of position of trust each Hoskins carried,

The homes they built, the good wives they married.


Americans all Marshall, Wilton, and Flyer,

Hays, Wolcott, Grant, Thompson, and Tyler,

Lincoln, Hamlin, Foster, Webster, all share,

Some Hoskins blood lines that four presidents bear.


From the rocky coast of Main, Frothing the Sea,

Hoskins sailed around the world, down to the Florida Keys;

To every border of this wonderful land,

Hoskins founded towns from Iowa to the Rio Grande.


None stumbled, Faltered, in lust or greed,

But gave their all, when the land had need.

Not all died wealthy, but all were rich in things,

that faith and right that honor brings.


Gather around my kinsman, proudly bow,

While a fore our Hoskins Ancestors, a prayer is said:

Ask God not for riches, glory or fame,

Just Hoskins courage to farly play lifes game.

By Alice Hoskins

Hoskins Descendants, Newberry Library

This is how I descend from A.G. Hoskins.

AG Hoskins to Me

AG Hoskins to Me

52 Ancestors – #8 Mary Elizabeth (Hoskins) Anderson

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.

Mary Elizabeth (Hoskins) Anderson is my 2nd great-grandmother. She was born on 4 Oct 1844 in Louisiana to Alfred Gatewood Hoskins and Mary Lucinda (Henri) Hoskins, the 4th of five children.

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.

1850 Census Hoskins

1850 Census Hoskins

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.

1860 Census Hoskins

1860 Census Hoskins

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.

1870 Census Hoskins

1870 Census Hoskins

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!

Wait, what?

When did they get married?

1880 Census Hoskins

1880 Census Hoskins

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.

Wevie and Smithia Anderson

Wevie and Smithia Anderson

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.

Mary Elizabeth Hoskins Anderson Obit

Mary Elizabeth Hoskins Anderson Obit

Memory of Mary Anderson

Memory of Mary Anderson

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.

Mary Hoskins to Me

Mary Hoskins to Me

Wordless Wednesday – Pictures from my Cousin Karen Ball Cowan

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Last week I went to Texarkana and spent some time with Karen Ball Cowan, my mother’s first cousin.  This was very exciting to me because there just aren’t many people on my mother’s side that I can sit and talk about her side of the family with.

Karen’s father, Sam Ball (whom I called Uncle Son) and my grandmother Mary Parks, (whom I called Poo) were brother and sister.

My grandmother Poo moved in with us when I was just 7 years old and lived there with us for the rest of the time.  She died in 2007 and she is very special to me, so to be able to sit and talk with someone else that knew her was such a joy.

Karen brought out all of the pictures that she had from her mother and father and she was kind enough to let me bring them home so I could scan all of them.

Today I am going to share some of the great pictures that she had of some of my ancestors and family members and tomorrow or the next day, I will share with you some great pictures that she had of my Uncle Son from his time during WWII.

I can’t go wordless, I mean who can?  I’ve already blown that with all the above so I’ll try list just a few words to go along with these pictures.

This first picture is my great grand Aunt Smithia Smelser Anderson Norman, my 3rd great-grandfather Judge Alfred Gatewood Hoskins, and my great-grandmother Henri Wever “Wevie” Anderson Ball.

Smithie Anderson, Judge Hoskins, Wevie Anderson

These girls are the great-grandchildren of Judge Hoskins, #1 is Anna Wever Lanier, #2 is Eddie Eubank Burnett Chance , #3 is Wevie Anderson Ball, #4 is Smithia Anderson Norman, #5 is Lela Wever Sutton.

1 Anna Wever Lanier 2 Eddie Eubank 3 Wevie Anderson Ball 4 Smithia Anderson Norman 5 Lela Wever Sutton

This is my great grandmother Wevie Anderson Ball with her father, my 3rd great-grandfather John E. Anderson.

Wevie Anderson and JE Anderson

The back of this picture said Daisy and Wevie, so I’m guessing that this is Daisy Missildine with Wevie Anderson Ball.  I love their hats!

Daisy Missildine and Wevie Anderson Ball

I love this picture, it’s so romantic.  Bye and Wevie Ball, my great grandparents going for a boat ride.

Bye and Wevie Ball

Here they are on another boat, I wonder what they were reading?

Wevie and Bye Ball

Talk about peer pressure!!  Here is Wevie pouring some drink down a poor girl.  Bye is right next to her helping and I don’t know who the other people are in the picture.

Wevie Ball holding bottle Bye Ball next to her rest unknownI just love the old bathing suits!  I guess they were playing chicken?  I wonder who won!  Bye and Wevie are on the left and I don’t know the other couple and how about the lady in the back ground out in the water.  I love this picture.

Bye and Wevie Ball on left other couple unknown

This is my great grandfather, Sam H. Ball, Sr.  aka Bye Ball.

Bye Ball

Here is really good picture of Bye and Wevie Ball.  I wish I knew when it was taken, they look a little older in this picture.

354 - Bye and Wevie Ball

I like this picture of Bye Ball and Ann Waggoner Burch his granddaughter, because of all the pictures I have seen of Bye Ball, this is the only one of him actually smiling!  He must have been really happy for Ann.

Ann Waggoner Burch and Bye Ball

This is one of my favorite pictures that Karen had, it’s my Uncle Son all gangster.

Sam Ball Jr

I loved all the wedding pictures she had of Uncle Son and Aunt Melba, (Sam Ball Jr and Melba Reynolds Ball), but these are two of my favorites.

Sam Ball Jr and Melba Reynolds Ball Wedding Picture

Melba and Sam Ball Jr

What a handsome couple!

Karen had several clippings announcing their wedding and in the clipping was a beautiful picture of Melba and Karen also had the original picture so here it is:

Melba Reynolds Ball

This family picture of the Ball family was my favorite.  I can’t help but think Sammy looks like Brendan Fraser did in that movie “Blast From The Past”.  Is it just me or do you think so too?

Uncle Son Sam Ball Jr Aunt Melba Ball Karen Ball Cowan and Sammy Ball III

And lastly, for this post anyway because I have a lot more favorites, is a picture of Sammy and Karen.  I just love this picture.

Sammy and Karen Ball

Thank you Karen for sharing all these photos with me!


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