Descendants of George Hughes

Information compiled by: Forrest Mullins


Generation No. 1

1. GEORGE1 HUGHES was born Unknown in unknown, and died Aft. 1810 in Pendleton District, SC. He married RHODA GARRETT Abt. 1788 in Laurens, South Carolina, daughter of EDWARD GARRETT and ANNE OWSLEY. She was born November 24, 1769 in Laurens, South Carolina, and died Aft. 1854 in Blount Co., Alabama.


At the probate hearing for Dorcas (Garrett) Mullings, deceased, in Blount Co., Alabama in 1854, Mrs. Rody (Rhoda) Hughes, "age 84 years past" and her son, William, age 61 years, stated then that she was present at the marriage of her sister, Dorcas to Stephen Mullings, also that her (Rody's) third child was born shortly afterwards. (Note: the third child would have been William, who was born June 20, 1792. Dorcus Garrett had married Stephen Mullings in April of 1792).


i. DAUGHTER2 HUGHES, b. Abt. 1789.


Based on the fact that Rhoda said, in 1854, at her sister Dorcus' estate hearing that her son William was her third child, and that in the 1810 Census (Pendleton District, pg #154) there is a female between the ages of 16 - 25 (b. between 1785 and 1794) it is logical to assume that there was a daughter born before their oldest son, John. Also, in the 1820 Pendleton District Census, page 199, Widdow Hughes (Rhoda, over 45) has a female in the age category 26-45 living with her with and some younger children are in the household (this female may have been widowed herself). This female would have been born 1775-1794. There is no room between the first four sons (b. Feb, 1791; Jun, 1792; Mar 1793; and Jan, 1795) for another child to have been born. The best guess is that there was a daughter born late 1789 or very early 1790, based on the birth spacing of Rhoda's other children.

ii. JOHN HUGHES, b. February 06, 1791.

iii. WILLIAM HUGHES, b. June 20, 1792.

iv. THOMAS HUGHES, b. March 08, 1793.

v. EDWARD HUGHES, b. January 07, 1795.

vi. ANNA HUGHES, b. January 01, 1797.

vii. AARON HUGHES, b. February 04, 1799.


Aaron Hughes is listed in HH#912 in the 1850 Yalobusha Co., MS Census. He is 53 (b. SC 1797, not 1799, if the Census record is correct, but he was probably fudging his age because he had an older wife) and has a wife, Sarah, 54, b. SC and a son, John, 20, b. AL. There is also a George Metton, 17, b. TN living with them.

2. viii. MOSES HUGHES, b. February 06, 1801, Pendleton District, South Carolina; d. August 06, 1877, Calhoun Co., Mississippi.

There are probably more daughters in this family.  The 1810 Pendleton Dist, SC Census shows 2 females <10; 1 10-16 (this would be Anna); and the oldest daughter, 16-25.

Generation No. 2

2. MOSES2 HUGHES (GEORGE1) was born February 06, 1801 in Pendleton District, South Carolina, and died August 06, 1877 in Calhoun Co., Mississippi.  He married (1) SARAH ISBELL November 19, 1826 in South Carolina, daughter of PENDLETON ISBELL and SARAH HENDERSON. She was born November 11, 1797 in South Carolina, and died August 06, 1859 in Calhoun Co., Mississippi.  He married (2) HETTIE RICHARDS. She was born 1829, and died April 1905.


Moses moved from South Carolina to Georgia about October 1, 1827. He stayed there two years and moved to Jefferson Co., Alabama (Birmingham area) where he was listed in the 1830 census. Here he was a neighbor to Isaac Barton who was probably the son of John Barton, a close neighbor of George Hughes (Moses' father) in 1810, Pendleton District, SC.  Moses enlisted at Bellefonte, Alabama to fight in the Seminole Indian War October 26, 1837 for six months. His service was extended another 5 months and 14 days. He served under Captain Richard Griffin of the North Alabama Mounted Volunteers, commanded by Colonel Benjamin Snodgrass. He was discharged at Fort Michael, Alabama.

As a result of his War service, Moses was qualified to apply for land in Mississippi. This was known as "bounty" land. He applied for 80 acres on May 13, 1852 and sometime thereafter moved from Alabama to Layfayette Co., Mississippi. He disposed of this first 80 acres and received another 80 acres as a result of another application on July 15, 1856. This must have been a few miles northwest of Banner in Calhoun County where Sarah is buried.  Moses was living with Elias and Rebecca (his 5th child) Crocker when he died. He is buried at Rocky Mount Baptist Church Cemetery (along with many other close relatives).  Rocky Mount Church is a few miles east of Banner and south of Sarepta.

Rebecca and her step-son, George Campbell Crocker, signed papers for Moses' second wife, Nettie, to draw a pension. Nettie got $8.00 a month.


Sarah was about four years older than her husband, Moses. According to family legend, her family was against the marriage.

Sarah was evidently a woman with great resolve and energy. Moses sold his property in Jefferson Co., Alabama on credit. He had received 80 acres in Mississippi for his service in the Seminole Indian War. Evidently, once he was in Mississippi, the person who had purchased his Alabama land was not prompt in making payment. Moses might have been willing to wait a while longer but not Sarah. She decided to go back to Alabama and get what was owed to them. From where they were in Mississippi it was about a 200 mile trip, one way. Sarah was then 53 years old. She saddled a three-year-old filly and rode from her Banner, Mississippi home to collect the money in Alabama. On the way back home, rains had swollen the Tombigbee River and she was unable to cross it for a while. Moses got worried and went looking for her. She was safe at home when he got back.

Sarah died in 1859 and is buried in an unmarked grave in the Spring Creek Cemetery, now a few miles back in the woods northwest of the Banner Community, Calhoun Co., MS. Access to the cemetery is by way of old logging trails. One of her sons, Francis Marion Hughes, is also buried there with a marker that says "Company R, 2nd Mississippi Cavalry, C. S. A.. It would be logical to assume that Sarah is buried close to this grave.


3. i. ALICE LEONA3 HUGHES, b. February 02, 1870.

Children of MOSES HUGHES and SARAH ISBELL are:

ii. FRANCIS MARION3 HUGHES, b. August 20, 1827.


Francis Marion Hughes was born in South Carolina. He married Katherine Phillips (born in Alabama in 1833. They had ten children. He served in the 2nd Mississippi Cavalry, C. S. A. during the Civil War. His death date is unknown but it is after 1870 because he shows up in that census for Calhoun county, Mississippi, Banner Post Office. He is buried at the same cemetery (Spring Creek) as his mother, Sarah Isbell Hughes. No death date is on his grave marker.

iii. RHODA ISABELLA HUGHES, b. August 24, 1830, Alabama; m. WILLIAM GREEN BARTON; b. September 30, 1825, Alabama; d. December 26, 1883, Henderson Co., TX.


According to the 1850 Census Rhoda was born in Alabama. In 1850 she married William Green Barton (b. Sept 30, 1825, d. Dec 26, 1883). Green Barton was a son of Isaac Barton, who was a good friend of Moses Hughes. The Bartons and Hughes had been traveling together at least since they had come from South Carolina. Isaac Barton settled in Yalobusha county, Mississippi before 1840. The Hughes came later.

Green Barton and Rhoda Hughes had six children. About 1856-7 the Bartons came to Texas and settled in Trinity County, about six miles north of Apple Springs. Their Post Office was Sumpter. By 1880 they were in Nacogdoches Co., Texas near Melrose. Not long afterwards they moved to Henderson County, Texas (Leagueville) where both Green and Rhoda are buried. Rhoda died in 1882.

Rhoda was named after her grandmother, Rhoda Garrett Hughes (1774-ca 1854). Rhoda Garrett had a sister, Dorcas (1775-1854) who married Stephen Mullings (1760-1833). Do not know whether this Stephen Mullings is any kin to Bud Mullins (ca 1759-1856), ancestor of Forrest Mullins. One of Dorcas and Stephen Mullings' children, Samuel (1792-after 1850), married a daughter (Hannah) of Pendleton Isbell, father of Sarah Isbell Hughes, who was the mother of Rhoda Hughes Barton.

iv. GEORGE WASHINGTON HUGHES, b. August 28, 1833.


George Washington Hughes married on Feb 29, 1856 Sarah Margaret Taylor (Dec 17, 1840-Nov 1, 1914). They had three children. George enlisted in the Confederate Forces in the Civil War and served as a private in the 2nd Regiment, Mississippi Partisan Rangers. He died in Nashville, Tennessee in June of 1861 of brain fever (encephalitis--inflammation of the brain).

v. SARAH ELIZABETH HUGHES, b. December 23, 1835.


Sarah Elizabeth Hughes married John T. Harden. The only children they had were twin boys, Elias Micha and Elihu Michau. John was a widower with one son when they married. John had a paralyzed left arm. They moved near Jackson, Mississippi.

In her old age (she was 76 when she died) Sarah's mind went bad and she was put in the State Hospital at Whitfield where she died. She had requested that she be brought back to Calhoun county and buried at the Rocky Mount Cemetery with her family. Her body was brought to Water Valley (north Yalobusha County) by train. Elias and Elihu, her sons, rented a wagon and brought her body to Amos Crocker's (probably John Amos, one of Elias Mitchell Crocker's sons) home. She died before embalming was used in that part of the country and her body had to be left outside until she was buried.

4. vi. REBECCA MELISSA HUGHES, b. March 17, 1840, Jefferson Co., Alabama; d. February 21, 1909, Calhoun Co., Mississippi.

vii. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN HUGHES, b. March 02, 1842.


Benjamin Franklin Hughes married first Kit Winters, daughter of a Baptist minister. They had a boy that died. Ben married second, Louise Cofer. They had two children. Louise died in childbirth with a third child. Ben married third, Victoria McClellan. They had one child. Soon after the child's birth Victoria took sick, went to her folks, and died. Ben married fourth, Amanda (Mandy) Emma Sartain on May 13,1883 at Sarepta, Calhoun Co., Miss. They had five children.

Ben served in Company H, 2nd Miss Inf (Army of 10,000), C. S. A. It was while he was away in the war that his first wife, Kit, sold all his belongings except one mule and took off with their new baby with another man. She went with him to Memphis Tennessee, where Ben found out from the family his wife had been staying with that his baby boy had been found in the yard, dead. Ben returned from the war with a badly crippled foot. He died August 2, 1905. Both he and Mandy are buried at the Mount Moriah Cemetery.


Generation No. 3

3. ALICE LEONA3 HUGHES (MOSES2, GEORGE1) was born February 02, 1870. She married JOE COSTON. He was born December 13, 1859.


5. i. RENA LEE4 COSTON, b. 1907.

4. REBECCA MELISSA3 HUGHES (MOSES2, GEORGE1) was born March 17, 1840 in Jefferson Co., Alabama, and died February 21, 1909 in Calhoun Co., Mississippi. She married ELIAS MITCHELL CROCKER Abt. 1865 in Calhoun Co., Mississippi, son of AMOS CROCKER and DELILAH PRIDMORE. He was born January 05, 1832 in Pickens Co., Alabama,  and died April 12, 1886 in Sarepta, Calhoun Co., Mississippi.


We know very little about Rebecca Melissa. She took care of her aged father and was involved in procuring for his widow (Rebecca's step-mother) a pension of $8.00 per month after her father's death. A photograph of her in her latter years (she died at age 69) shows her to be a pretty, intelligent looking woman with very light and piercing eyes. One can see that she would have been a beauty in her youth. Her hair appears to have been brown, with not much gray in it. The right side of her mount droops slightly (previous stroke?). She was not a heavy woman at all, which was not the case with her daughter, Margaret Frances Crocker Mullins, who at 4' 11" appears to have been quite obese in her latter years.

Rebecca Melissa (Becky) died February 21, 1909 and is buried at Rocky Mount Baptist Church cemetery in Calhoun Co., Mississippi.


Elias is presumed to have been born in Pickens Co., Alabama for the following reason: On January 3, 1832 his father, Amos Crocker bought land in that county. By 1835, Delilah bought land there under her own name and we never hear anything more about Amos.

According to family legend, Elias' first wife, Frances Davis, divorced him while he was off fighting in the Civil War. Elias served in the Confederate Army during the Civil war. He was a member of Company D, 31st Mississippi Regiment. War Records indicate he enlisted March 7, 1862 at Sarepta, Mississippi, sworn in by Lt. Col. Orr for three years. He was present until December, 1863, then there is nothing further in the records because Elias jumped ship and joined the Yankees. He enlisted in Company "I" of the 4th Arkansas Union Cavalry (Listed as Elius Crocker). This may be why he isn't listed as a member of Co. D, 31st Miss Regt by present-day Calhoun Co., MS archivers. Army records show that he was 5' 5" tall.

In the 1860 Calhoun Co., Miss. census Elias, age 28, has no dependents; $500 worth of real estate; $364 in personal property; born in Alabama. With these assets Elias was much better off than most of his neighbors. Elias must have married Frances Davis shortly after this. In the 1870 census he is shown with a nine-year-old son, George.  By the 1870 census Elias had married Rebecca Melissa Hughes and had a daughter, Margaret (Frances), age two. There were also two laborers living with them, a 20 year-old female and a 13 year-old male. It is a good chance that these were relatives of some sort.

Elias was affiliated with the Baptist religion. His brother, Elijah Amos, was a Baptist minister of Calhoun County, Mississippi. Elias is buried in the Rocky Mount Cemetery (Baptist Church) in Calhoun County, Mississippi. Also buried there are his mother, Delilah, Moses Hughes (his father-in-law) and Ransom Murphree (his brother, Elijah Amos' father-in-law).  The Murphrees show up prominently in the Crocker and Mullins families of Yalobusha and Calhoun Counties, Mississippi.  Ransom Murphree's sister, Martha Jemima, married Alfred Gallatin Vickery and they had a daughter, Editha, who married Jackson Russell Mullins.  These latter two are the parents of William Alfred Mullins who married George Hughes' grand-daughter, Margaret Frances Crocker.


i. SARAH ALICE4 CROCKER, b. September 22, 1866, Calhoun Co., MS; d. November 08, 1869, Calhoun Co., MS.


Sarah Alice Crocker died as a result of having fallen into a fire.

6. ii. MARGARET FRANCES CROCKER, b. July 04, 1868, Calhoun Co., Mississippi; d. March 23, 1933, Josserand, Trinity Co., Texas.

7. iii. JOHN AMOS CROCKER, b. February 12, 1871, Calhoun Co., Mississippi.

8. iv. MARY ISABELLA CROCKER, b. February 01, 1873, Calhoun Co., Mississippi; d. 1909, Calhoun Co., Mississippi.

9. v. WILLIS WASHINGTON CROCKER, b. May 03, 1875.


Generation No. 4

5. RENA LEE4 COSTON (ALICE LEONA3 HUGHES, MOSES2, GEORGE1) was born 1907. She married WHITE.

Child of RENA COSTON and WHITE is:

i. VIVIAN5 WHITE, b. Abt. 1930.

6. MARGARET FRANCES4 CROCKER (REBECCA MELISSA3 HUGHES, MOSES2, GEORGE1) was born July 04, 1868 in Calhoun Co., Mississippi, and died March 23, 1933 in Josserand, Trinity Co., Texas. She married WILLIAM ALFRED MULLINS January 22, 1884 in Calhoun Co., Mississippi, son of JACKSON MULLINS and EDITHA VICKERY. He was born April 10, 1859 in Yalobusha Co., Mississippi, and died June 09, 1926 in Josserand, Trinity Co., Texas.


Margaret Frances was just 4' 11" tall. In her later years she was quite obese and had diabetes.


William Alfred lost his father when he was about four years old. He had a younger sister, Mattie who was about two when their father died in the Civil War. About a year and a half after their father's death their mother remarried to Thomas Jefferson Nations. From that union Will and Mattie gained eight half-brothers and sisters.

Will became a School teacher. He probably got his training at Banner, Calhoun Co., Mississippi, then a thriving town, but now almost completely deserted. He taught at Serepta in Calhoun Co., a small town a few miles east of Banner. The people of that part of Mississippi were largely engaged in the farming and timber industries. Now it is mostly a farming area, the timber industry having long ago exhausted those resources.

Will married one of his students, Margaret Frances Crocker, who was nine years younger. They had four children together before they moved to Texas, Van Zandt Co., with his mother and her family. Other relatives had preceded them to Texas. After a short stay around Grand Saline, Van Zandt Co., Will took his family to South Texas in Gonzales, then Karnes Counties. About 1910 a couple of the older sons had found work in Trinity County (about 200 miles to the northeast) where the timber industry was strong, especially the making of railroad ties. The rest of the family soon moved to Trinity Co. where Will farmed. He purchased a 70 acre tract from a Timber company after it had been cleared. Here he built a large bungalow-style home and a log barn.

Will, according to his daughter, Alice, never used bad language. He was a man of average height and weight. No photograph of him is in existence, as far as Forrest Mullins can determine. He was raised up in the Baptist religion.

This story was passed on to Forrest Mullins by Velma Mullins Kennedy, daughter of William Alfred a year or so before her death. One Sunday, after the sermon was over the men were visiting around the Josserand Baptist Church out where the horses and wagons were parked. Will had borrowed a coat from someone and he was wearing it that day. One of the men, for unknown reasons, took a knife and began to cut at the coat Will had on. They had a fight right there in the Church parking lot. "Well", said Aunt Velma, " They churched them." This meant that the two men were called before a church council to give account for their actions. The fellow that had the knife and was trying to cut off Grandpa Mullins' coat said he was sorry and was admitted back as a member of the church. When they members of the council asked Will to account for his actions he said, "I'm real sorry we had this fight, and I am really sorry it happened on Church grounds, but anytime a man tries to cut off my coat with a knife, he's going to have a fight." Will was excommunicated.  Still, in the obituary notice of his death he was supposedly a member in good standing with the Baptists.


i. ELIAS RUSSELL5 MULLINS, b. April 20, 1885, Calhoun County, Mississippi; d. October 20, 1946, Trinity County, Texas.


Elias Mullins never married. He was a slight, bald-headed man known to his nephews and nieces as Uncle "Lice" or, sometimes, Uncle "Pat". He was a good fiddle-player and carpenter. According to family legend, it was Elias and Walter who first went to Trinity County to get jobs in the timber industry. The rest of the family lived, at that time, in Karnes County, Texas, some 210 miles Southwest, as the crow flies. The move of the rest of the family from Karnes to Trinity County was made around 1910.

ii. WALTER JACKSON MULLINS, b. April 30, 1888, Calhoun Co., Mississippi; d. January 08, 1963, Orange, Texas; m. ETHEL REDDING; b. May 25, 1889; d. January 1974, Orange, Texas.


Walter was the longest-living of the Mullins boys. He was about 75 when he died. Most of the others died at an average of 61 years (those that did not die very early due to war or epidemic).

Walter owned and operated a Lumber-yard in Orange, Texas.

iii. OSCAR AMOS MULLINS, b. September 22, 1890, Calhoun Co., Mississippi; d. December 06, 1917, Groveton, Trinity Co., Texas; m. NELLIE LAWRENCE, July 11, 1911, Groveton, Trinity Co., Texas; b. June 22, 1893; d. Abt. 1968, Groveton, Trinity Co., Texas.


Oscar died of the flu in 1917 when that disease hit the world in epidemic proportions. Twelve days after his death, his three-year-old son also died from the same cause.


After her first husband, Oscar Amos Mullins, died of the flu in 1917, Nellie, with three small children to look after (and a fourth had just died), married William Madison (Matt) Witt in 1918. By her doing this Matt's daughter, Doris, by his first wife, Willie Huff (died 1916), became Nellie's step-child. Nellie maintained close connections with her first husband's Mullins family and all Amos' brothers were known as Uncles by Nellie's children, including Doris, her step-child. One of these brothers was George Mullins. Doris was eight years younger than George and had always called him "Uncle" George, though there was no blood relation involved.

When Doris was 17 and George was 25, he began to take an interest in her. They were married in January, 1934. Now Nellie is, in addition to Doris' step-mother, her sister-in-law (because Nellie's first husband had been Doris' husband's brother).

The plot thickens. Nellie's first child, Susie, who was a few years older than Doris became the object of affection for Matt Witt's youngest brother, Lemmie. Lemmie had lost his first wife earlier in childbirth. Though he was 14 years older than Susie by about 1928 Susie was a sixteen-year-old beauty. Lemmie fell victim to Susie's charms and they were married. Now Susie, in addition to being Nellie's natural child, is her SISTER-IN-LAW. This sort of thing could only happen when folks had very large families with children spread out over a 20-25 year span and spending their time in one place. Transportation in those days made a choice of mate rather limited. When the time came for marrying, chances were that someone of the opposite sex pretty close by was going to be selected.

For Doris's children Susie was their first cousin, aunt (by marriage) and great-aunt. It almost gets too complicated to figure out. It looks like Susie and Doris' children are double second cousins. Its a good thing that by the time these children got to be of marrying age that the population had become quite mobile and separations of several hundred miles intervened.

Nellie's father was John James Lawrence and her mother was Elvira Lassater. They came to Trinity County from Arkansas, but before that had lived in the Tupelo, MS area. (Per Maxine, Nellie's daughter, April, 2002)

iv. FORREST BRAXTON MULLINS, b. February 29, 1892, Calhoun County, Mississippi; d. September 11, 1918, France.


Forrest Braxton Mullins was the first of Trinity County, Texas to volunteer for service in World War I. The American Legion Post No. 331 in Groveton is named for him. He died in France on September 11, 1918. He died intestate possessing personal and real property valued at $1,700 (Government Insurance). Reason for a May 8, 1933 petition is that Margaret Francis Mullins, beneficiary, had died and no other person was legally qualified to receive the balance of the insurance money due. The petition requested that Forrest's oldest brother, Elias, be appointed administrator so that the remaining money could be collected and disbursed out to other legally qualified persons. (Groveton, Trinity Co., Tex Courthouse, Index to probate records, Book #1, pg #722.

v. EDITHA REBECCA MULLINS, b. November 15, 1894; d. February 29, 1924; m. ERASMUS ANDREW POLK, May 16, 1914; b. September 11, 1896; d. November 16, 1942.


Editha Rebecca was the oldest girl in the Mullins family. She was known as "Sister" to her siblings. She was named after both of her Grandmothers, Editha Vickery Mullins Nations, and Rebecca Melissa Hughes Crocker. She died of complications from the birth of her fourth child which did not survive.

vi. LILLIAN ISABELLE MULLINS, b. March 03, 1898; d. December 01, 1965; m. GEORGE WASHINGTON POWELL, January 26, 1920, Trinity Co., Texas; b. 1886; d. May 30, 1942, Josserand, Trinity Co., Texas.


Lillian "Aunt Belle" was a school teacher before she married. She was Post Mistress of the Josserand, Trinity County, TX Post Office.

vii. DEWEY PORTER MULLINS, b. January 09, 1900, Gonzales or Karnes Co., Texas; d. January 1963, Houston, Texas; m. PEARL KENNEDY, January 28, 1921; b. December 08, 1902; d. May 08, 1958.  Pearl was the sister of Glover Columbus Kennedy, below.

viii. WILLIS MULLINS, b. September 10, 1901; d. March 06, 1963, Houston, Texas.


Willis never married. He was known as Bill.  According to family legend he fathered a son (b. 1930) who was also called Bill Mullins and lived in Houston. Willis (Bill)  is buried in Glenwood Cemetery, Groveton, Trinity County, TX  next to the other bachelor Mullins son, Elias Russell.

ix. MATTIE VELMA MULLINS, b. June 03, 1903; d. July 06, 1991, Trinity Co., Texas; m. GLOVER COLUMBUS KENNEDY, October 01, 1920; b. August 06, 1900; d. November 1969.  Glover was a brother of Pearl Kennedy Mullins, above.

x. LONNIE ANDREW MULLINS, b. October 16, 1905; d. May 22, 1953; m. MAY BROADDUS.

xi. GEORGE MITCHELL MULLINS, b. March 09, 1908, Karnes County, Texas; d. August 10, 1969, San Antonio, Texas; m. DORIS LEE WITT, January 02, 1934, Groveton, Trinity Co., Texas; b. June 16, 1916, Trevat, Trinity Co., Texas.


George was 5', 5" tall, stocky as a youth and young man, weighing about 160 and very muscular. Later in life he became obese weighing over 200 pounds (at death about 240). His black hair turned gray when he was about 25 years old. He had a dark complexion, from many years of working in the sun. George did not watch his diet. He could put away a whole pan of Doris' biscuits (and they were big ones) with some "Scooting Ann Gravy" and bacon or sausage. He smoked unfiltered cigarettes (Camels) or made his own (Bull Durham). He loved to drink coffee and insisted on Folger's.  He moved his family from the Old Mullins Place near Josserand, Trinity County to Falfurrias, Texas in 1944.  He worked as a Rough Neck in the Oil Fields, which were then booming in South Texas.

He had the reputation of being a hard worker among his fellow workers as one who did more than his share. He would often pull double, even triple shifts. His children mostly remember him as working or sleeping. Before he became mentally ill (at about age 50) with Manic-Depression (Bi-Polar Disorder) he was easy going with his children. He seldom punished them, but when he did, they remembered it. He liked to joke around. Once Forrest and Robert (maybe 12 and 10, respectively) had built a rag-tag "hide-out" in the back yard out of scrap lumber, cardboard and whatever. They intended to sleep out in their hide-out one night. George put on an over-sized raincoat and otherwise disguised himself so that the boys could not identify him. It was quite dark when he came out to the hide-out and began making horrible noises and shaking the structure. Inside, the boys were crawling (it was quite low) from one end to the other, with the "monster" going to whichever end the boys were at, chasing them to the other. Robert finally escaped, leaving Forrest to fend for himself. Utterly terrified, not knowing what this "thing" was (a mad bull came to mind) Forrest finally was able to get out of the hide-out and somehow over the garden fence and away from the monster. George could not hold back his laughter any longer and finally convinced the boys he was just playing with them.


Doris Lee Witt was four months old when her mother died. Within six days in October, 1916, she also lost her sister, Loey, who was 22 months old plus her maternal grandmother. (This was the time of terrible polio and influenza epidemics which were most likely the reasons for all these deaths.) Doris was generally raised, when she was an infant and very small child, by her paternal grandparents on goat's milk. Her father, William Madison (Matt) Witt later married the widow (Nellie Lawrence) of Oscar Amos Mullins who had three children .

Doris grew up to be a healthy and strong young lady. She finished the ninth grade in school. In those days there were only eleven grades in Texas. Her family was poor, as most folks were in those days of the late 1920's and early 1930's. The country was in a deep depression. But hunger was not a problem because there was always livestock and a big garden. She and her contemporaries hoed and picked cotton to get a little spending money or help with family expenses. Doris, when grown, was 5' 2" and fairly stocky. In her middle adult years she would weigh around 145 lbs; later she hovered around 165 lbs. She was generally in good health. She had a historectomy in her 40's and, because of severe arthritis, which had started when she was in her 50's, had both knee joints replaced (at the same time--tough) when she was 73. In her later years her blood pressure got rather high but she was able to keep it under control with medication. Doris says she never had a headache in her life. She never smoked, drank alcohol (said she tasted beer once and it was awful!), or drank coffee.

When Doris was seventeen one of her step-mother's ex-brother-in-laws (Oscar Amos Mullins' younger brother), George Mullins, began to take an interest in Doris. George brought buckets of Ribbon-cane syrup to Doris' father probably to make a good impression and was, indeed, able to get permission to marry Doris. They got married January 2, 1934. A year or so later, Doris delivered a male child, still born. In April, 1936, another son, Forrest Alfred was born. In September, 1938, Robert Lee was born. Doris and George had been living, during this time with one of George's older sisters, Velma, and her husband, Glover Kennedy. George and Glover were partners on a farm near Trinity, Texas. George also ran hogs on the public range. He had dogs that helped round up the hogs about twice a year for marking, castrating (Spring) and for killing and marketing (Fall). On one of these occasions one of the dogs' belly was ripped open by a hog's tusk. Doris took needle and thread and sewed the dogs belly up. The dog recovered.

About 1940 George got a job with the Corpus Christi ship yard. Another brother-in-law, Paul Rainey, who had married George's youngest sister, Alice, had found work there for himself and George.

Doris left East Texas with the two boys and the family lived in Corpus Christi for about a year and a half. During this time George managed to save enough money that he was able to pay off his other siblings for their share of the old Mullins Homestead in Josserand, Texas, about three miles northeast of Groveton. In 1942 the family moved back to Josserand and George tried farming once more. It was not to be. He had already had a taste of the big money. On the farm, he might make $250 cash a year after all the bills had been paid off. So he went back down to South Texas, this time to work in the Oil Fields, where his brother-in-law, Paul Rainey, had by now become a driller for Grey Wolf Drilling Company. Doris remained on the farm and tried to make a crop that year. She hooked up the skittish old mare, Rock, and took off to plow the fields. Forrest, then about six years old, can remember his mother far out in the field yelling at the horse. He thought she was calling for him. His nick-name was "Bo" and that is all that anyone ever called him until he left home at age 18. Doris was yelling, "Woah!, Woah!" but Forrest thought he heard, "Bo!, Bo!" and went running way out into the field to find out what she needed him for. Doris also slopped the hogs, fed the chickens, milked the cow, tended the garden and performed all the other chores required to run a farm, and all by herself. There was no electricity or running water at the farm then. Doris washed clothes by boiling them in a large pot, then, after rinsing, hung them on the fence in front of the house. Later, just before they left the farm, she got a Maytag washing machine powered by a small gasoline engine. Many times she could not get the engine started and ended up with the old pot of boiling water again.

Eventually, it was decided the farm would be sold and the family would move to South Texas to be with George. The 70 acre farm with house, barn, and farm implements went for $2,000. Doris was glad to leave that life. George regretted losing the farm for the rest of his life.

By this time, two more children had been added to the family in Josserand. Betty Marie was born November, 1942 and George William was born March, 1944. As with the older children, Betty and George were born at home. A doctor came out to the house and Susie Witt, Doris' step-sister and aunt (Susie had married Doris' father's baby brother, Lemmie) assisted in the births. George weighed 12 pounds at birth. When George was about four months old Doris hired a truck, had the furniture loaded on it and she and the four kids headed for Falfurrias, Texas, some 350 miles away. George rode in his mother's lap in the cab of the old truck. Betty also rode in the cab. It was an open truck with side rails. The furniture filled the whole truck bed. Forrest and Robert rode back in the bed with the furniture, making passages through the load, climbing around on top of the load as the truck sped down the road.  It must have looked like the Joads leaving Oklahoma for California (Stienbeck's "Grapes of Wrath")

In Falfurrias the family rented a house for 18 months but had to vacate it when the owner came back from overseas after WWII. Some older houses were moved in from elsewhere and refurbished out on the east edge of town and George and Doris bought one of them for $5,500. It was 24 x 30 with a living room, kitchen, three bedrooms and one bath. In this 720 square foot space Doris and George raised four kids and also took care of her father who lived mostly with her from 1947 until his death in 1965. There was no air conditioning. But at least it was an improvement over the East Texas homes she had lived in which had no running water, no indoor toilet facilities, and no electricity.

About 1947 Doris got "saved" in the Church of God (Headquarters, Anderson, Indiana) which was just up the street about a block and a half. This, she would tell anyone, was the defining moment of her life. She zealously took to the Christian life and required that her kids attend every church meeting and obey the laws of God. She tried to get George to change his sinful ways (He cussed, smoked, drank too much coffee, and once in a while would take a nip of whiskey). But the more she tried to convert George, the more he balked at the idea. They had loud, long, and frequent arguments about religion. George began getting Jehovah's Witness literature and countering her arguments with that doctrine. George would generally listen to her preaching but when he began with his "blasphemy" Doris would break into a hymn so as to drown out George's rebuttal. This went on for years. By now they no longer loved each other, but divorce seemed never to have entered their minds--not with four kids to raise. The stress on both was building. Doris turned out to be the stronger one. George succumbed to alcoholism and manic-depression. About 1961 or 1962 he was committed to the State Mental Hospital at San Antonio where he generally remained until his death in 1969.

Doris remarried in 1971 to James (Bud) Pratt, another Oil Field worker, and, it turned out, another drinker. Bud would not argue religion with Doris, he made an effort to accede to her wishes to become a Christian, but the pull of the "world" proved too great for Bud. He backslid and started drinking again. Bud had a stroke about 1979 and was paralyzed on his right side the rest of his life. He spent about 11 years in nursing homes. Doris dutifully visited and made sure his needs were met. When Bud died Doris never considered marriage again.

Shortly before her 80th birthday in 1996 Doris began hearing voices which she attributed to a family of a father, mother, and two children. At first she only passively took note of the goings-on in this family, but after a few months she began having active conversation with them. The doctors diagnosed her as being in the early stages of dementia and these hallucinations are part of the dementia. In February, 1997 she acted upon the request of this hallucinated family and prepared food for them. She understood they were at a certain location in Falfurrias and she took the food there. Of course, no one was there--it was a vacant lot. This episode alerted her children that she could not live alone any more. She was brought to Houston where she was thoroughly checked out, mentally and physically.  She has since lived with her children, primarily her daughter, Betty who lives in Spring, Texas, just northeast of Houston.


xii. LULA ALICE MULLINS, b. April 15, 1911, Josserand, Trinity County, Texas; d. December 2003, Tennessee; m. PAUL JOSSERAND RAINEY, December 09, 1930; b. May 16, 1912; d. June 04, 1975, Edge, Brazos Co., TX.

7. JOHN AMOS4 CROCKER (REBECCA MELISSA3 HUGHES, MOSES2, GEORGE1) was born February 12, 1871 in Calhoun Co., Mississippi. He married SALENA CATHERINE MURPHREE January 08, 1891 in Calhoun Co., Mississippi. She was born January 21, 1875 in Calhoun Co., Mississippi, and died July 26, 1967 in Calhoun County, Mississippi.



ii. WESTON MONROE CROCKER, b. April 17, 1894.

iii. ESTA FRANCES CROCKER, b. May 29, 1897.

iv. LONNIE EDGAR CROCKER, b. September 28, 1899.

v. LURA PARADINE CROCKER, b. October 08, 1903.

vi. OTTIS BRAZEL CROCKER, b. April 25, 1905.

vii. ELVIS WAYNE CROCKER, b. February 22, 1908.

8. MARY ISABELLA4 CROCKER (REBECCA MELISSA3 HUGHES, MOSES2, GEORGE1) was born February 01, 1873 in Calhoun Co., Mississippi, and died 1909 in Calhoun Co., Mississippi. She married WILLIAM FRANKLIN COOK.

Children of MARY CROCKER and WILLIAM COOK are:

i. JAMES ELIAS5 COOK, b. March 25, 1905.

ii. LOTTIE CLEO COOK, b. March 05, 1908.



i. MYRTLE5 CROCKER, b. Abt. 1901.

ii. MAUDIE CROCKER, b. Abt. 1899.