Pioneers of Ellis County
The Hampton Family
Abstracted from an Addition to Memorial & Biographical History of Ellis County, pub. 1872
Charles Wesley Hampton
John Hampton and his brother, William, brought their families to Texas in 1845 - an older brother, Charles, had preceeded them in 1838. 1838. They first settled near Bonham, Fannin County, Texas.
John Hampton first married Elizabeth Morris Aug. 29, 1819; who died of consumption in 1845. His second wife was Eleanor Burford who died of consuption in 1845. Children of John and Eleanor were William Preston Hampton (b. May 30, 1842; died 1864 CW); and Charles Wesley Hampton. After his mother's death, Charles' half-sister, Novazembia, raised him. John Hampton later married, as his third wife, Nicy Gilbert Fuller and died feb. 3, 1872.
Charles Wesley Hampton was born June 17, 1845 at Mt. Pleasant, Lewis Co. Missouri. He lived on his father's farm until he enlisted in the CSA at age sixteen and served at Fort Belknap After the War he settled in Ennis, Ellis County, Texas. On March 7, 1878, he married Mollie Vestal Nelson, who lived near Waxahachie. Mollie was born on March 20, 1858, the daughter of Dr. Lafayette S. Nelson and Eliza Jane Hines Nelson.
Their children, all born in Ellis County, were:
Charles Nelson, b. January 24, 1879
Charles Hampton was a cattleman and part owner of a wholesale grocery business in Ennis, Texas. He drove cattle to market over the Old Shawnee Trail and Ole Chisholm Trail and had many narrow escapes and encounters with the Indians.
Grandparents of Charles Wesley Hampton: Thomas Hampton and Susannah Harrington, who married June 19, 1789, in Sumner County, Tennessee. Nativesof Virginia and South Carolina, they settled south of Green River at Hampton's Landing near Morgantown, Butler County, Kentucky below Bowling Green. Thomas served ini the RW and died ini 1812. Their children: Thomas, Charles, John, Benjamin, Wade, Lite, and William.
Mrs. Hampton Dies Here and Rites Sunday
Mrs. Charles N. Hampton, 63, was found dead about 10:30 a.m. Saturday in bed at her home, 410 West Main. She was born July 24, 1881 in Ellis County and had resided in Waxahachie since 1925. She was the former Miss Emma Forrester, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. B. F. Forrester of the Bethel community. In 1911, she married C. N. Hampton. She had been a member of the First Methodist Church since 1925. She is survived by her husband, C. N. Hampton; one daughter, Miss Mary Frances Hampton, one brother, B. F. Forrester, Waxahachie, and three sisters, Mrs. Joe A. Dunaway, Mrs. Edna Orr and Mrs. Louella Wishard, all of Waxahachie. Her son preceded her in death, in 1919.
The remains were in state at Saxon-Boze-Mitchell Funeral Home until time for the services which were held at 4 p.m. Sunday at the First Methodist Church of this city, Rev. W. L. Hankin, pastor of First Methodist Church and the Revs. Boz Howell of Waxahachie and G. W. Shearer of Grapevine, officiating. Internment followed in Bethel Cemetery. Music was furnished by Mrs. Dorothy McGee Stubbs, who played "Traumerei" as a prelude to the service and Mrs. Frank Self who sang "Going Home" and "Abide With Me."
Pallbearers were Forrester Hancock, Dow McGregor, Waldo Dunaway, Charles Orr, B. F. Orr, Dr. F. A. Green, F. E. Forrester and Stanley Janczah, nephews of Mrs. Hampton.
[C. N. Hampton died in 1947 in Waxahachie.]
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