My mom was just seven years of age when her older sister Wilene, not of age to drive, took command and drove the family car out to the fields so as to alert their mother that Aunt Jack had passed. It was indeed a sad day and she knew her mom needed to know that everyone was preparing to gather in Albemarle. Given her nickname by way of her husband Thomas Jackson Furr, Aunt Jack was born Tirzah (or Tersy) Adeline Hinson. Tirzah is my great grandmother Frances Isabelle Hinson Love’s sister and is named for their mother’s sister Tirzah Biggers. Tirzah and Frances Isabella are the daughters of William Bartlet “Bartley”and Marcena Biggers Hinson.
I’d like to be able to paint a picture of my gggrandfather William“Bill” Bartlet Hinson with kind and loving language. But, he simply was not that kind of man. Known by many as “Fighting Bill”, William Bartlet Hinson was nothing less than hardcore. He served as constable in Union County where a case he was working on reached the Supreme Court. W. B Hinson, along with the Clontz brothers were charged with entering a dwelling at night in order to apprehend a person believed to be hiding out. Depositions tell of heavy handedness and of an equally harrowing experience. William Bartlet Hinson owned a sizeable farm situated on the east side of Highway 200 and north of Highway 218 in present day Union county. It is said he would stand at the nearby crossroads challenging to fight most anyone passing by. Back in the 1970’s, my cousin Linda Gail photographed Bill’s home which no longer stands (below).
One of Bill and Marcena’s daughters, Frances Isabella, married my great grandfather John Ephraim Love. John E. and Frances lived on Rene Ford Road about half way between Grove and Locust. It is said that when Bill Hinson died, Frances received pouches of gold instead of land which had gone to her brothers. My mother remembers stories of her grandmother Frances and of her long touring car, the shed she kept it in and of a man who was hired to drive. Frances eventually had to exchange her inheritance for paper money when in 1929, the Great Depression led to a change away from the gold standard. In the photographs below, the first is of Frances Isabelle and the second is of her husband John Ephraim Love with my mother sitting on his knee.
John Ephraim and Frances Isabelle are the parents of Minnie Ann Love, my grandmother. Minnie Ann died before I was born. From the following photograph taken at Dry School, I can imagine my grandmother as being an outgoing person in the days of her youth.
Minnie Ann Love married William Columbus Love, my grandfather. I always knew my grandfather to be a kind and soft spoken soul. At the top of this post is a photograph of William and Minnie following their wedding. The photograph was taken near C. C. Love’s mill overlooking Rocky River. And yes, the two were cousins. Below are photographs of my grandfather and grandmother. Below that is a chart showing their shared family relations.
James Wade Love Jonah Askew Love
John Ephraim Love James Daniel Love
Minnie Ann Love + William Columbus Love
Frances Isabelle Hinson Love died in 1929 when my mom was but one year old. And then my mother lost her (great) aunt Tirzah when she was but seven years old. The photograph below was given to my mom who’s sure that the lady on the left is her Aunt Tirzah. We’re not sure of the person on the right though having similar facial features, could this be Frances Isabelle Hinson Love? Please let me know if you have any information adding to this story and to the family connections made herein.