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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: #45 Mary Elizabeth "Mollie" Hairston White is the Twin Sister of Sarah Jane "Sallie" Hairston McBurnett

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Twins, Mary Elizabeth "Mollie" and Sarah Jane "Sallie" Hairston, the daughters of Samuel B. Hairston and Matilda Glasgow, were born on March 10, 1854 in LaGrange, Troup County, Georgia. Their father, Samuel B. is thought to be the brother of my great-great-grandfather, John L. Hairston. 

This post is about Mollie, as I have written about Sarah Jane in a previous post. Click here to see the post about Sarah Jane. 

Found in The Crosbyton Review. Vol. 1, No. 38, Ed. 1 Thursday, September 30, 1909
No mention is made in the newspaper regarding the photograph or the individuals pictured.

Mary Elizabeth "Mollie" married Nathaniel H. White on March 15, 1874 in Alabama. They were living in Randolph County, Alabama in 1880. They were first in Bell County and by 1890 settled in Lott, Falls County, Texas. From there the family lived in Haskell County, Jones County, and Crosby County. Nathaniel White and his sons ran newspapers in all of those towns, beginning in Lott and eventually founding the Crosbytown Review in 1909. 
The Crosbyton Review -Thursday, October 6, 1910


Although Mollie's husband and son, Frank moved to Crosbyton early in 1909, Mollie remained in the town of Hawley in Jones County until her home burned to the ground on April 2, 1909. It was reported that she lost a chest containing 45 unused quilts, many things that she had preserved as reminiscences of the past, and beautiful pictures that hung on the walls of the home. 


In Crosbyton, Mollie was active in the the Ladies Aid Society and numerous church and community activities. For several years in Crosbyton, she sold hats. 

By 1913, the Crosbyton Review was sold. Mollie and her husband lived in or near Crosbyton for at least the next 6 or 7 years. Eventually, they moved to Center Point, Kerr County, Texas where Mollie passed away in 1925 and Nathaniel in 1937. Both are buried in the Center Point Cemetery. 

Mollie's obituary, written as Millie E. (Harrison) White, can be found at The Portal to Texas History in the Crosbyton Review. Nathaniel White's obituary can be seen by clicking here


Center Point Cemetery, Kerr County, Texas - Courtesy of Nancy Price 

Mollie and Nathaniel had a baby girl who died at nine months and a boy, probably Nathaniel, that died at nine years old. Six other children are listed below. 

Frank Edward White was born on January 24, 1876 in Randolph County, Alabama. He married Georgia Fatheree in 1896. She died in 1905 and Frank married Nancy "Nannie" Elizabeth Lawrence McCall about two years later.  In Crosbyton, Frank served as a Justice of the Peace, editor the Crosbyton Review and part owner of the White Printing Company. Frank died on February 22, 1959 and is buried in the Center Point Cemetery. Click here to see an article about his death along with his photograph in the Crosbyton Review. 

Lena E. White was born about 1877 in Alabama. She was said to have been married to Harvey Starnes. They had one child, Gertrude Marie Starnes. In 1900, 22 year old Lena was divorced and living with her parents in Falls County, Texas. According to her mother's obituary, Lena died at age 24. Mollie and Nathaniel raised Gertrude. 

Louella Eloise White was born in December 1884. In 1904, she married George M. Hill and had children, George M. Jr. and Lois (sometimes seen as Jean). She and George were divorced as George married Jewell Scott in June of 1918. Little more is known abut Louella, who was sometimes referred to as Eloise in newspaper articles about the family. 

Kelley Stephen White was born on October 27, 1889 in Temple, Bell County, Texas. By age 21, he was living in Crosbyton, where he worked for the White
Kelley's name is often seen as Kelly; however, this
signature, found on his WWI Draft Registration
Card, indicates that he spelled his name as Kelley.
Printing Company and was married to Bessie Boggs. In Crosbyton, he was active in the Modern Woodmen of America. When in New Mexico in 1917, Kelley reported that his occupation was farming on his WWI Draft Registration Card. In 1920, he was farming in Cosby County. Kelley worked as a printer in a newspaper office in Kerrville from at least 1930 to 1940. In the 1950s, he was found working as a foreman at the Austin Tribune. Kelley S. White died on February 28, 1972 in Bakersfield, California. He is buried with his wife in Portales Cemetery, Portales, Roosevelt, New Mexico. 


Hollie Clifford White was born in Lott, Falls County, Texas on June 26, 1896. He was 13 years old and in school when his family moved to Crosbyton. He served in the army as a bugler during WWI. He married Ivah Berea Lester and they had at least three children. By 1930, the family was living in Kerrville, but moved to Garza County by 1937.  Hollie died at age 43 from Toxemia as a result of Tuberculosis. He and his wife Ivah are buried in Resthaven Cemetery in Southland, Garza County, Texas. 

Sallie B. Whitethe youngest child of Mollie Hairston and Nathaniel White was born in Lott, Falls County, Texas on March 10, 1894. She married John Rector Ward, a printer, and had children Mollie and Kenneth. Sallie worked for telephone companies in Texas and New Mexico. She died on July 17, 1979 and is buried in Groom Cemetery in Carson County, Texas along with her husband and daughter. 



Diana

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Curry, W. M., editor. The Crosbyton Review. (Crosbyton, Tex.), Vol. 29, No. 33, Ed. 1 Friday, August 13, 1937, Newspaper, August 13, 1937; (http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth243025/ : accessed December 07, 2014), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, http://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Crosby County Public Library, Crosbyton, Texas.

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Year: 1860; Census Place: Southern Division, Randolph, Alabama; Roll: M653_22; Page: 683; Image: 289; Family History Library Film: 803022.


Year: 1870; Census Place: Fredonia, Chambers, Alabama; Roll: M593_6; Page: 87A; Image: 176; Family History Library Film: 545505.

Year: 1900; Census Place: Lott, Falls, Texas; Roll: 1632; Page: 3B; Enumeration District: 0021; FHL microfilm: 1241632.

Year: 1910; Census Place: Justice Precinct 2, Crosby, Texas; Roll: T624_1539; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 0034; FHL microfilm: 1375552

Year: 1920; Census Place: Justice Precinct 2, Crosby, Texas; Roll: T625_1786; Page: 46A; Enumeration District: 40; Image: 507

Year: 1930; Census Place: Kerrville, Kerr, Texas; Roll: 2367; Page: 8B; Enumeration District: 0007; Image: 66.0; FHL microfilm: 2342101

Year: 1940; Census Place: Kerrville, Kerr, Texas; Roll: T627_4086; Page: 17A; Enumeration District: 133-2A

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