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Sunday, September 28, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: #38 Jessie Mae Thompson Hicks, Daughter of Mattie Hairston

The solid lines indicate that the connection to the family is documented while
the dotted lines indicate that direct evidence has not yet been found to
make the connection. Click on the family tree to see a larger image.

Juanita, my second cousin once removed, told me that her father, Floyd Thompson, had relatives named Chapman. At the time, I didn't know if Juanita ever met them, but she did ask me about them several times. 

No Story Too Small
Well, I searched and found some Chapman's in her mother's Cox family tree, but didn't find Chapman's on the Hairston side of the family . . . until yesterday when I found this obituary transcribed at 

9/25/1964 "Funeral Sunday for Joseph Young Hicks" 
Funeral services were help at 2pm Sunday in Huckabay Baptist Church for Joseph Young Hicks, 71, Huckababy, who died Friday night in Stephenville Hospital.  Revs. Bob Norris and Oscar Hartsfield officiated with burial in Huckabay cemetery under the direction of Trewitt-Reed Funeral Home. Hicks was born Dec 30,1882, in Huckabay and was a lifelong resident of Erath County.  He married Miss Jessie Mae Thompson April 12,1912.  She died Dec. 21, 1952. Survivors include one daughter Mrs. L.A. Chapman of Stephenville, six grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

This photo  is labeled "Aunt Jessie Thompson's 
only daughter."
Is the woman in the center Frona Lorene?

Photo courtesy of Nadine Thompson Waugh
Jessie Mae Thompson was the only daughter of Martha Elizabeth "Mattie" Hairston Chisum Thompson and John Thompson.  She was born on October 11, 1893 in Erath County, Texas and from census and other records, it appears that she spent most of her life in Erath County. Jessie Mae and her husband, Joseph, are buried in the Huckabay Cemetery

Jessie Mae Thompson and Joseph Young Hicks had one daughter, Frona Lorene Hicks who was born on February 12, 1913. Frona Lorene married Leonard Adams Chapman in 1932. 

Juanita did meet her Chapman cousin as both Juanita and Lorene are both in the photo below. Juanita looks as if she is about 10 years old, placing this family gathering sometime in the late 1920s. 

A gathering of Hairston descendants at "The old Noah Place - Dublin Hwy" 
Photo courtesy of Nadine Thompson Waugh
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Sources Texas, Death Certificates, 1903–1982 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2013.

"Jessie Mae Hicks." Find A Grave - Millions of Cemetery Records and Online Memorials. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Sept. 2014. <>

"Joseph Young Hicks." N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Sept. 2014. <>.

"Texas, Marriages, 1837-1973," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 27 Sep 2014), J.Y. Hicks and Jessie Thompson, 21 Apr 1912; citing Erath County, Texas, , reference v M p 166; FHL microfilm 1428410.

Year: 1900; Census Place: Justice Precinct 1, Erath, Texas; Roll: 1631; Page: 36A; Enumeration District: 0064; FHL microfilm: 1241631.

Year: 1920; Census Place: Huckabay, Erath, Texas; Roll: T625_1801; Page: 14A; Enumeration District: 1; Image: 32.

Year: 1930; Census Place: Precinct 1, Erath, Texas; Roll: 2326; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 0006; Image: 177.0; FHL microfilm: 2342060.

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