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Monday, February 24, 2014

Eugenia Almeta Whitty Booth

Here's my tree, not counting generations of my children (2) or grandchildren (1)
3) Barbara Booth Rogers (living)
4) Mataley Mozelle Webb Munhall Rogers (1917-2003)
5) Mozelle Booth Miller Webb Munhall (1897-1960)
6) Eugenia Almeta Booth Miller (1873-1936)
7) Eugenia Almeda Whitty Booth born 2.24.1852 Marshall, Harrison County, TX, d. 13 Jul 1875
Hempstead, Waller County, TX.
 married on 7.20.1869 (his second m) Hill County, TX
 (7  Richard R. Booth, born 23 Sept 1846, Jackson, IN, died 30 May 1879 Hempstead, Waller County, TX.
 her parents:  8) Carrol Whitty b. 6 Nov 1818 in Alabama,  d. 19 Sep 1898 in Texas
       married on 16 Jan 1843 Limestone County, AL
      (8) Susan E. Hoke Whitty, b. 12 June 1817 in Athens, Limestone County, AL, died 18 Dec 1895, Hill County, TX

Wikipedia tells me a bit about Marshall, TX (Eugenia Whitty's birthplace)

The Republic of Texas and the Civil War (1841–1860)

Marshall, TX was founded in 1841 as the seat of Harrison County, since the county was established in 1839, and was incorporated in 1843.. The city quickly became a major city in the state because of its position as a gateway to Texas on several major stage coach lines and one of the first railroad lines into Texas. The establishment of several colleges, including a number of seminaries, teaching colleges, and incipient universities, earned Marshall the nickname the Athens of Texas, in reference to the ancient Greek city state. The city's growing importance was confirmed when Marshall was linked by a telegraph line to New Orleans, becoming the first city in Texas to have a telegraph service.[8]
By 1860, the city was the fourth largest city in Texas and the seat of the richest county. The county had more slaves than any other in the state, making it a hotbed of anti-Union sentiment, though some residents of Marshall nonetheless fought for the North.
Eugenia Whitty was born on this date (Feb 24, 1852) in Marshall, TX, a city where her parents aren't on the census records as having ever lived.  They were in Athens AL in 1850, she was born in 1852, and they were all the way over in Hill County TX by 1860's census.  So I think they weren't planning to settle in Marshall at all...maybe were just passing through on their way to a better place to live.

Carroll and Susan Hoke Whitty had been a farming family in the 1850 census of Limestone County, AL, living next door to a brother Jackson Whitty and his wife Emily.  Susan Hoke Whitty's father, Joseph Hoke, (57), lived with her family.  She already had 5 children in AL. 

Athens, Limestone County AL was
Founded in 1818 by John Coffee, Robert Beaty, John D. Carroll, and John Read... one of the oldest incorporated cities in the State of Alabama, having been incorporated one year prior to the state's admittance to the Union in 1819. (Source Wikipedia)

Founders Hall, Athens College, Athens AL

By 1852 the family had taken to the road west.  They settled in Hill County, TX by 1860, which is another 175 miles or so west of Marshall.  In July of 1860 a census shows Carroll Whitty identifying himself as a Wagon Maker, and his two oldest sons are stocksmen (which I assume means cowboys, before the term came into use).

Susan Whitty now had 9 children, two of whom are 6 year olds (I wonder if they are twins perhaps!)  And Eugenia is listed as 9 years old. 

 Hill County, Texas was founded in 1853, so the Whitty family was among the earliest settlers, and their property was listed in 1860 as "The Subdivision."   There no longer is another Whitty family nearby, nor any Hokes either.  If I ever get the time, I might try to trace where these families moved. 

In 1868 Richard Booth, an attorney like his father, was 22 when his first wife had died in childbirth (and the baby died within 4 months.)  (See Here for more on RRB)  Their 2 year old son had been named after his grandfather, William Lewis Booth.(see HERE for more on WLB)  Richard R. Booth married Eugenia Almeta Whitty on 7.20.1869 in Hill County, TX. 

William Booth residence, Hillsboro, TX, land purchased 1855

So by the Hillsboro Census of 1870, Richard and Eugenia and little William L. Jr,  were listed as living in a separate household next door to the senior William Booth's household, which included some of Richard's older siblings, who were also attorneys. 

On 7 Feb 1871, Eugenia Whitty Booth gave birth to Edwin Whitty Booth. And on 30 Jan 1873, she gave birth to Eugenia Almeta Booth, both children born in Hillsboro, TX. 

At some point in the next 4 years, the Richard Booth and the William Booth families moved to Hempstead TX. On July 13, 1875 Eugenia gave birth to a daughter who died the same day.  Eugenia Whitty Booth also died that day.
50 miles northwest of Houston,  Hempstead, TX was the home of the Booth families according to the 1880 census.   William Lewis Booth, Sr's household included his grandchildren: William Jr., 14, Ed, 9, and Eugenia A, 7.  Their father, Richard Booth, had been killed by a person he was prosecuting in the same town in 1879.  Hemstead is known as having been a distribution center between the Gulf Coast and the interior of Texas since 1858 when the Houston and Texas Central Railway reached it. 

Availability of transportation facilities and the surrounding area's large cotton production facilitated growth of textile manufacturing and cotton processing industries. Merchandising and processing grew rapidly between 1867 and the 1880s. The town prospered as a transportation center and became Waller county seat in May 1873. Hempstead's commercial, manufacturing, and processing sectors suffered large financial losses from fires between 1872 and 1876.  (Source: Handbook of Texas)
There are various spellings of Eugenia Almeta Whitty Booth's names, Almetta, Almeda, Witty, and so on.  I would be interested in finding out where the name, Almeta, originally came from.

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