Mrs. M. T. "Grandma" Hawkins
90th Birthday Celebration
The Dallas Morning News, Oct. 12, 1890, pg 14
Mrs. M. T. (Annie) Hawkins - better known as "Grandma" -
celebrated her 90th birthday on Wednesday, Sept. 24, at the home of
her son. M. T. Hawkins, in Midlothian. Among the many guests
were Capt. J. Em. Hawkins of Morgan, Lt. and Mrs. R. Beall of
Mt. Peak, Mr. and Mr. J. M. Laughlin, Mr. and Mrs. Joe McElroy, Mr.
and Mrs. Jordan Powers and Mr. amd Mrs. Newon Chapman of Ovilla.
Mrs. Hawkins is the mother of Capt. B. F. Hawkins who has filled
the office of County Clerk for Ellis County since 1890 with the exception
of two terms. Prior to the E. J. Davis regime, Capt. J. E. Hawkins
represented this county in the State Legislature. M. T. Hawkins is
a prominent farmer and former postmaster here and one son, Rev. William
A. Hawkins, deceased, lived here. Two grandchildren, Mrs. J.
E. Mulkey and Mrs. Mitch Gray are Dallas residents, She has living
41 grand children, forty-three great grand children and one great-great
The Hawkins family migrated to Texas from Indiana in the spring
of 1848 and after a short time at Cedar Springs in Dallas County, settled
near the place known as the famous Hawkins Springs. When Ellis County was
organized in 1850, her husband, William Hawkins, was elected County
Judge - a positoon he filled with great ability. Prior to the move
to Texss, he taught school, and one of his brightest pupils was Thomas
A. Hendricks, late vice president of the U. S.
At each of these annual reunions, her mind dimmed by years, "Grandma"
Hawkins vividly tells of the trials of early Texas life and
the many dangers and struggles faced by the pioneers. Though her 100th
birthday is approaching, her mind is unimpaired and her general health far
above the average. Since early childhood she has been n a pillar in
the Methihodist church and her many deeds of charity, self sacrifice and
kindness would fill a large book if recorded.
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