I have found the earliest record of my Hathorn family in the 1870 census. It lists Ike Hathorn age 40 and his wife Haley age 38. Ike is my 3rd great grandfather. Writing that is amazing. I only had a few names going into this project and unfortunately most of my older relatives have passed away.
At the time of the 1870 census, Ike and Haley lived in Holiday Creek, MS a part of Covington County and had 5 children living with them. There were 3 girls – Yana (17), Matilda (14) and Ann (16). There were 2 boys – William (16) and T D (12).
In the 1880 census, William is 26 and married to Harriet (also 26). At this time they have 4 children living with them. There are two girls – Lizzy (8) and Tilda (3). There are two boys – Iky (6) and baby male (10 months)
There is no census link between my 2nd great grandfather W. Arthur Hathorn and this Hathorn family. However, I believe that this is the same family.
First, W. Arthur (age 18) in the 1900 census is shown in the same area as this Hathorn family as a single male servant in the Stepphen Talis? household along with another male boarder, Estus Hathorn (age 20). Secondly, my grandmother had one story about her grandmother and her name always stuck with me. She said that her “Grandmaw Harriet” was a mean woman who beat her for smoking in the barn. And thirdly, the practice of naming children after relatives continued with W. Arthur. His children will include William Arthur, William and Elinor ( also a younger child of William and Harriet).
I love going back and finding the names, but I know that will have to start on the actual work. I have requested the death certificates of W. Arthur Hathorn and his wife Idella Griffin Hathorn. Should have some concrete answers soon.