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George Washington Hairgrove Genealogy

Updated November 14, 2000

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The first ancestor to arrive in the new country was Richard Hargrave January 2, 1634 on the ship Bonaventure.
George Washington Hairgrove born in Georgia Oct 27, 1822 was Scotch-Irish. He married Sarah Jane Nash in Monroe Co. Mississippi on Oct 22,1843. She was part Indian with an English name, born in Mississippi. Their children:
1. Marcus Dee Lafayette Hairgrove b. 1844 Mississippi
2. Mary Elizabeth Hairgrove b. August 14, 1849 d. June 25, 1928.
3. William (Bill) Hairgrove b 1853 Mississippi
4. Louis Hairgrove b 1846 Mississippi
5. Lula Hairgrove m. Bill Gandy
6. Laura Frances Hairgrove
7. John Hairgrove
George Hairgrove is listed on the 1846 Itawamba Co. Mississippi Tax List.

1860 Lavaca County Halletsville Texas Census:
George Hargrove age 38 Blacksmith b. Georgia
Sarah age 38 Housewife b. Mississippi
Marcus age 16, b. Mississippi
Lewis age 14
Mary age 12
Laura age 8
William age 7
Taylor age 4
The Hairgrove family along with the Harbour family moved to Lavaca Co. Texas about 1857. He was drafted into the Militia during the Civil War on Sept 29, 1863 at age 42.
Marcus Dee Lafayette Hairgrove born in Mississippiand was 9 years old when he came to Texas with his parents. Texas was an unsettled land with Indian raids still a threat. He had to ride a fast horse so he would be able to outrun them. The only spanking his father George,ever gave him is when he went out riding and his dog followed behind. The dog started a fight with a wild panther and Marcus jumped off his horse and pulled out his pocket knife and stabbed the panther in the heart.
At the age of 16 he joined the military fighting for the South in the Civil War. He was in many important battles and served until the end of the war.
Upon returning home he married Frances Emiline Harbour at the age of 21. She was the daughter of Calloway & Serena Lassiter.
Marcus was the first Deputy Sheriff of Lavaca Co. Texas. While he was sheriff, his 4 year old son William (Willie) was playing with pistol and accidently shot and killed his little 4 year old sister Matilda (Mattie). After Marcus had the duty to hang his first man, he lost interest in being a law officer. At the annual July 4th picnic, he announced that he would be running for Tax Assessor. He won the election and worked for a number of years in the Lavaca Co. Courthouse.
It was a difficult job as he had to collect taxes from people that were from other countries and didn't understand English and some were so poor, and some didn't want to pay. Marcus had a beautiful scroll handwriting and his tax record books are on microfilm in the Dallas Public Library. He had drawn pictures in the margins with colored ink. Later he taught penmanship in a public school.
Frances Emma Hairgrove was expecting a baby when her little daughter Mattie was shot. She grieved so that her baby was born early. She never recovered her health and died shortly after the baby (Marcus Dee Jr) was born.
Children of Marcus Dee Lafayette and Frances Emmiline Harbour.
1.Mary Elizabeth Hairgrove
3.Alice (Alverly's twin)b.Aug. 5, 1870
4.William 1872
5.Andrew Jackson b. 1873
6.Marcus Dee Jr. 1875
Marcus Dee Hairgrove Sr. lived to be 102 years old and died in a Confederate Soldier Home, Dec. 29 1928 in Austin, Texas where he is buried in the Texas State Cemetery.
*Mary Elizabeth Hairgrove b Aug 14, 1849 in Lavaca Co. died June 25, 1934 San Antonio, Texas. She married Joshua Raynolds Feb 11, 1869 in Lavaca Co. He was the son of Thomas Reynolds and Sarah Nichols. Mary was a little litty thing and her family called her Granny Grunt. Moved to Texas in 1853 died of old age and Bronchopneumonia. The had 11 children.
*Alverly Hairgrove left home when he got old enough and was never seen or heard from again.
*Alice, his twin sister worked in her father's tax office in Lavaca Co. She married three times the last to Pat Moore.\

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