|Birth: ||Dec. 17, 1840|
St. Francis County
|Death: ||Jan. 25, 1918|
Melissa Higgins was born December 17, 1840 in Arkansas and came to Cass County, Texas from St. Francis County, Arkansas with her mother, Mary, and step-father James Surratt, about the year 1853.
James Thomas and Melissa were married in Cass County on July 14, 1858. To this union was born the following children: Punetta Annie, Mary Susie, Jimmie M., William Thomas, Robert Franklin, Sarah Louella, Samuel Preston, Henry Newton, Silas Shaw and Avie.
James and Melissa lived in the same house where his parents had lived.
Melissa was a small woman but very energetic. During the 17 years she lived after her husband, she lived with her children. Her hands were almost never idle. During her visits with her children and married grandchildren, she would do patching and mending. Some of the older grandchildren remember her carding her own bats and wool for spinning into yearn which she used to knit sweaters, socks, caps, etc. for then. Melissa was part Cherokee Indian and smoked a clay pipe. She grew and cured her own tobacco, sometimes blending in fig leaves for aroma.
She was in the home of her son, Rev. Samuel Preston Hamilton, when she died January 24, 1918, at the age of 77 years from pneumonia.
(History of Cass County People, by Cass County Genealogical Society)
Mary Higgins Surratt (1805 - 1869)
James Thomas Hamilton (1838 - 1901)*
Annie Hamilton Anderson (1858 - 1942)*
Mary Susan HAMILTON Lyle (1860 - 1933)*
James Martin Hamilton (1862 - 1935)*
William Thomas Hamilton (1866 - 1940)*
Robert Franklin Hamilton (1868 - 1953)*
Sarah Louella Hamilton Simmons (1870 - 1947)*
Samuel Preston Hamilton (1872 - 1948)*
Henry Newton Hamilton (1876 - 1938)*
Silas Shaw Hamilton (1878 - 1934)*
Avie Relda Hamilton Surratt (1881 - 1954)*
Center Grove Cemetery
Created by: Lester Wynn
Record added: Apr 08, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 88230230