MS Roots

February 4, 2011

Finding Focus – Arthur and Idella Hathorn, The Beginning

One of my goals for this year is to write a narrative sketch of Arthur and Idella Hathorn, my maternal great-grandparents. Thanks to the weird north Texas winter storm, I have had four days to organize my thoughts and find focus for the project. I have decided to focus on the beginning of their lives together

The Near Beginning
1910 Federal Census, Beat 1, Jefferson Davis County, MS
Arthur Hathorn H M B 24
Married for 5 Years, Renter, Working, Own Account, Farmer
Farm Schedule #49
Idella Hathorn Wife F B 23
Married for 5 Years, 4 births, 4 children
Clara Hathorn D F B 4
Flucor Hathorn S M B 3
Irma Hathorn D F B 2
Rucus S M B 6/12

The Location
Jefferson Davis County was formed from parts of Covington and Lawrence counties in 1906. The county seat is Prentiss, MS. Prentiss is a rural agriculture community.

The Time Period 1900 – 1920
The Hathorn family would have lived in the midst of the Mississippi’s Jim Crow system and frequent epidemics. Death from disease and lynchings would be a part of life. During the first 20 years of their marriage, the Hathorns would experience WWI and the First Great Migration.

I have decided to start writing even though, there are some questions that need to be answered.
1. Who are Idella’s parents and where is she from?
2. When and where were Arthur and Idella married?
3. How old was Idella?

I have ordered Idella’s death record. Hopefully that will provide the leads to fill in the other questions quickly.



  1. Did you order their marriage license from the county courthouse yet? From the 1910 census, they were married ca. 1905. That is enough to order a marriage certificate. Congrats on starting to write. I find that is the hardest thing for most genealogists, we so love the thrill of the hunt;) I have a few write-ups on some lines if you’d like a copy just email at the above address.

    Comment by Robyn — February 6, 2011 @ 1:48 am |Reply

    • I searched through the microfilm copies of marriage records from Covington County from 1900 – 1908 with no luck. There are no records in the courthouse as it burned in 1912. I am also going to check Lawrence County (the neighboring county) and Jefferson Davis County (though it was formed in 1906, I figure I should give it a shot).
      And you are right, it is so hard to just write. I pulled that census record and noticed that the neighbors were Holloways with a son name W.A. which are the same initials as Arthur (William Arthur) and his son, who was also called W.A. Ugh!! I won’t think about it now!

      Comment by tmailhes — February 6, 2011 @ 3:46 am |Reply

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