Mary Elizabeth Witty Hughes was 6 years older than my great great grandmother, Eugenia Witty Booth.
Great Aunt Mary Beth (I'm guessing that that was her name because my own sister went by that nickname as a young girl) was born in 1848, also in Alabama, the 4th child of Susan Hoke Witty and Carroll Witty.
In Limestone County, Alabama in 1850, the Wittys were farmers, and grandfather Joseph Hoke, age 57 was living with them as well. At that time the next family listed in the census were Jackson Witty, a brother of Carroll Witty's, actually named Andrew Jackson Witty. When Carroll went to Texas around 1850-52, Andrew Jackson Witty stayed in Alabama.
But let's look at Great Aunt Mary Beth a bit more. By 1860 she was 12 and living in Hill County, Texas. Then when she was 19 she married Isaac Butler Hughes, who apparently went by his middle name on most records.
They had 2 children: James M. Hughes who lived just from 1867-1876, and Alice Dovie Hughes Felts, 1869-1893.
But the same year that their son died, so did Aunt Mary Beth, on July 2, 1876. She is buried with her husband, who had died just the year before, on 10 August 1875.
His headstone is broken, but her's has been somewhat repaired. It's interesting to note that her initial is wrong "M". They are in the same cemetery as her parents and other family members, The Old Woodbury Cemetery, Hill County, Texas.
I was trying to find out if Alice had any children, who would be my cousins of course...but there wasn't much information on her, besides a name J. B. Felts for her husband, but no information on him.
I did discover an interesting autobiography written by another woman named Alice Hughes, which I downloaded and read. Since she also was born at the same time, and travelled all over the south, I may post a little of it sometime. Her story conveys how often children would live with relatives when their parents died.