I speak with my cousin Comel Hawthorn (she is a Hathorn who married a Hawthorn) about once a month to catch up about family in Prentiss, MS. I share information that I have found on the family and more often than not she tells me that whatever I’ve found can’t possibly be right. Today, I got her good! She is waiting for me to send this information to her and has told me that her retired sister will follow up on research.
The information – A Freedmen’s Bureau Contract listing our 4th great-grandmother being given one acre of land by N.C. Hathorn along with 4 other adults and 1 dependent adult. The dependent adult was Sanco Hathorn, enslaved son of N. C. Hathorn. The other adults all mulattoes would also take the name of Hathorn. I told Comel about my conversation with the 3rd great-granddaughter of N.C. Hathorn and that everyone knew that Sanco was his son. The location of N.C. Hathorn’s other enslaved children was not known. I told her that the other children may have been those listed in the contract including our Myhalia Hathorn.
Comel was silent before saying, “I don’t know if the other children will say this, but I was always a little scared of the way that Papa looked. His hair was what you would call wavy. And his eyes were light colored. Hazel, I guess we would say now. Though I think they were green. He had light skin lighter than your Aunt Elna who looked most like him. We didn’t associate with White people when I was growing up so one day when a White man came over to talk to Papa about something. I asked if that man was kin. He looked more like Papa than anyone else. I was told to hush up because that was a White man. But he looked like Papa – same coloring, same hair, same eyes. I wonder if we ain’t related to those White Hathorns?
Proof? I don’t know if we’ll get it. I just don’t know if there is any document out there that will tell us the reason that N.C. Hathorn chose 5 adult slaves to give an acre of land after Emancipation.