Barbara, I did not have any children for Joseph C. Tom so this may be his daughters.I know they were not James Houston Tom's and Jenny Coe's as their children were much too young.This was posted in the Early Pioneers and Settlers of Washington County.
I am researching Philip Hattox Coe whose really name was Philip Alexander Hattox.We found in 2008 through DNA matches that my gr gr grandfather, David Wesley Shattles, was an illegitimate son of Philip Alexander Hattox and Mary "Polly" Shattles of Upson County, GA.David was born soon after Philip Hattox "Coe" had to flee to Texas after killing a man.Being illegitimate, David had to take his mother's maiden name of Shattles. We still do not know the name of Philip's first wife and some Coe researchers have Philip and Elizabeth Ann Parker marrying in 1828 in Texas which is incorrect as Philip did not leave Upson Co, GA until February 1829.
I do not live in Texas, but was born and raised there. I live in Arizona, but get back to Texas frequently as my daughter lives in Elgin and my parents in East Texas. I did get to Gonzales and to the Coe Valley Cemetery(I have pictures if you would like them)last July, and I am returning to Gonzales in June to do some research at the Archives. I recently communicated with another descendant of Philip H. Coe who is a descendant through his slave Louisa.He was a descendant of Daniel Coe whom Philip left land to in his will.
I really do not think that Philip ever knew about David.I am sure he would have made provisions for him in his will as well if he knew that he was his.Mary Shattles married John McGraw in Upson Co, GA in 1831 and they raised David. David migrated to Mississippi, married, had a family, and then died during the Civil War of malaria.
As there are not too many Coe researchers (except for Carl Coe and Chuck Kimes), I thought I would research Philip's children and their spouses to see if any of their descendants were into genealogy. There seems to be more Tom researchers than any of the other descendants. I was hoping you may have more information on Philip.
Philip was certainly an interesting fellow.I have a description of him from the Georgia Journal, 23 Feb 1829, when the Governor issued a reward for his capture: "Hattox is a man of about 6 feet, dark hair, grey eyes, and a yellow complexion, 28 or 29 years old, when spoken to or conversing, he has difficulty of utterance...inclined to be a little bow legged"...Upson County, Georgia. David Shattles had grey eyes and none of the other Shattles' did, so I was delighted to find this.
I did get back to Upson County Georgia in March and visited Philip's land as well as that of his parents; Moses Hattox and Rachel Coe.I also went to Culloden's Store in Culloden, Monroe Co, GA where Philip got into an altercation with John Marshall in Dec 1826. It was still standing though deserted. I have had fun following Philip. This June I would like to get a copy of Philip's will while I am in Gonzales. I just wish someone had a picture of him.
If you are interested in Philip, I will be happy to share information with you.