Tuesday, December 11, 2012

What I know about Nezzie

Inez C Mcswain was the niece of my great-great grandmother, Julina Aldridge Davis, but that is not the only time she shows up in my family tree. She also marries William Thomas Hooks, half brother of great-grandmother Lottie Hill. Her Aunt Julina was not the only member of her family to marry a Davis, either. Nezzie, as she was called, had a daughter, Jenny Lenora McSwain, who married John Teeter Davis, a first cousin to Hawk Davis, and anotber of Job's children.. This is what I know about Nezzie:

She was born in March of 1874 to Martha Ella McSwain, who, herself was only born in 1860. Martha Ella, known as Ella, was the daughter of John Calloway McSwain and Elizabeth "Betty" Floyd. John C. McSwain was a Civil War casualty and died in 1862, leaving Betty with the one child. Ella's aunt. C. Sophia Floyd, married a man named Caleb Hampton Aldridge, a great, great, great uncle of mine in 1866. Sophia died in 1868. On October 10 of 1869, Hamp Aldridge married his wife's widowed sister, Betty Floyd McSwain.

And this is where it gets ugly.
A Civil War-era anti-feminist cartoon, captioned ‘How it would be if some ladies had their own way.’
One frame is filled with men engaged in tasks typically assigned to women, like sewing and caring for children.
The other frame shows women out and about in the streets. Two of the women in the frame are smoking and socialising. Scandalous!

Both Betty and Hamp came into the marriage with a child apiece. Bettie had Ella and Hamp had a son, George Gilliam Aldridge. After the marriage, they had two more children together by 1874. But in 1874, Bettie was pregnant with son Henry F. Aldridge, and young Martha was also pregnant...with Inez, known as Nezzie.

This marriage license between W. T. Hooks and Inezzie McSwain lists her parents as Hampton Aldridge and Ella Smith. Martha Ella McSwain had
married J. Frank Smith by this time.

Nezzie would become the mother of 4 daughters.

Her first daughter, Jenny Lenora McSwain was born on September 25, 1891, when she was 17 years old. Her second daughter, Verina Isabelle McSwain, was born February 27, 1892. As these two girls were born so close together, it is logical that they probably had the same father, whose identity is yet unknown, and could forever be.

The next year, at the age of 18, Nezzie married another unfortunate child, William Thomas Hooks, son of my great, great grandfather, William Mathew "Matt" Hill, and Emmaline Hooks, who was Matt's sister-in-law, the younger sister of his wife Sarah Jane Hooks Hill.

The wedding was performed by a minister named Rev. L. A. Whitlock and took place on October 15, 1893, 'at the home of her father', meaning the Homeplace of Caleb Hampton Aldridge in Tyson community, near Aquadale, Stanly County. A Marshall Howell applied for the license, and usually, this was someone close to one member of the wedding party or the other.  Witnesses were Nezzie's half-brothers, G.G. (George Gilliam) Aldridge and W. C. (William Crowell) Aldridge and Willie H. Lee, a neighbor.

The first child born after the wedding was Martha Irene Hooks, just 9 months later on July 9 1894. She was obviously named for her grandmother, Martha Ella McSwain, never married, and died as a young woman.

The youngest daughter, Lina, was born two years later, on September 6, 1896.

And then, something went wrong.

The very next year, in 1897, Tom Hooks mother, Emmaline Hooks, who had had 5 illegitimate children, married a widowere, Henry Martin Munson, from Cabarrus County and moved there. Tom must have been taken with his daughter, Della Jane. Tom and Della Jane supposedly were married, but I am still searching for a license. What I do know is that their first child, a son named Adam Walter Hooks, was born on December 14, 1899.

The 1900 census shows Tom and Della living with Adam in the Rocky River community of Cabarrus County, living 2 houses away from his mother Emmaline and her new family.

Nezzie is shown in the 1900 census living back in the home of her father, Hamp Aldridge, with 2 of her daughters, 8 year old Lenora and 3 year old Lena. In fact, Nezzie only shows up in 2 censuses, as a 6 year old child, in the home of Hamp Aldridge, and then again in 1900.

Nizie C. Mcswain
Birth Year:abt 1874
Birthplace:North Carolina
Home in 1880:Tysons, Stanly, North Carolina
Relation to Head of House:Granddaughter
Marital Status:Single
Father's Birthplace:North Carolina
Mother's Birthplace:North Carolina
Neighbors:View others on page
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Deaf and dumb:

Otherwise disabled:

Idiotic or insane:
Household Members:
Hampton Aldrage37
Elizabeth Aldrage39
Geo. G. Aldrage13
Wm. C. Aldrage9
Frances I. Aldrage8
Henry F. Aldrage6
Rebecca I. Aldrage5
Wincy S. Aldrage2
Martha E. Mcswain20
Nizie C. Mcswain6
Sarah D. Floid67

Inese Auldredz
[Inese Aldridge] 
[Inese Auldredg] 
Birth Date:Mar 1874
Birthplace:North Carolina
Home in 1900:Tyson, Stanly, North Carolina
Relation to Head of House:Granddaughter
Marital Status:Single
Father's Birthplace:North Carolina
Mother's Birthplace:North Carolina
Occupation:View on Image
Neighbors:View others on page
Household Members:
Hamp Auldredz57
Elisabeth Auldredz59
Nannie Auldredz28
Alpha Auldredz18
Saly E Auldredz12
Lenorio Auldredz8
Lena Auldredz3
Inese Auldredz26

It is not yet known where Inez C. McSwain Hooks was buried, or when she died. She passed away before her daughters married. Verina's marriage license to Eb Whitley in 1907, and Lenora's to John Teeter Davis in 1912, both list her as deceased.

If anyone knows the identity of the father of Inezzie's oldest two daughters, or where she was laid to rest, please contact me. Desecendants of Inezzie would like to know.

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