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Mary Williams Inge Hoskins
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Birth: Apr. 26, 1858
Alcorn County
Mississippi, USA
Death: Apr. 2, 1938
Lauderdale County
Alabama, USA

She was the daughter of Hon. William Murphy Inge and Augusta Evans Inge. Her father, Judge Inge, was a Confederate colonel during the Civil War and her mother was called the Poet Laureate of the Confederacy.

Graduate of Corinth Female College. Suffragette (The Weight of their Votes: Southern Women and Political Leverage in the 1920s, by Lorraine Gates Schuyler (2006), p.262.)

Alcorn County, Mississippi Marriage Book 1876-1882, p. 229: Wm. W. Hoskins married Mary W. Inge on 3 June 1878 before Rev. Andrew D. Drummond; securty W. W. Hoskins & J. S. Hoskins.

Mary W. Inge married at Corinth to William Walton Hoskins, editor of the Lexington (Mississippi) Advertiser and author of "Atlantis, and Other Poems" (Philadelphia: Sherman & Co., 1881). In November 1877 he was appointed editor of the Corinthian and held that position for about two years. He was educated for the bar and the pulpit but like his father and brother, John Stone Hoskins Sr. and Jr.,seems to have excelled more in the newspaper business. In 1880, W.W. and Mary Hoskins were living with his parents in Lexington and had had their first daughter, born in 1879, who died young. By 1893, they were living in Atlanta, Georgia, where he worked for the Southern Christian Printing and Publishing Company before his mental breakdown. The 1900 census shows they had returned to Lexington, and lived in separate households next door to one another: Mary was listed as head of the household, married, with three of their five children living, two at home. Her husband William Hoskins is shown living next door in his widowed mother's household, age 43, no occupation. His father had been dead nine years and his brother eleven. The 1910 census shows he was a patient at the state mental hospital in Jackson, Miss.
Mary was living in Florence, Alabama in 1910.

The date of his first breakdown is not known, but there were evidently problems and absences by 1893 when Mary's poem about loneliness, "Longings," was published in the New York SUN (reprinted, Idaho STATESMAN, March 18, 1983, p.7).

From Stephanie L. Sandy:
The Sub-Soiler & Democrat, Vol. XII #42, Fri., Jan. 16, 1885:p. 3, c. 2 - Mr. W. W. Hoskins, pastor of the Methodist Church arrived in Greenwood with Mrs. Hoskins and their little son, Inge Hoskins. Mr. H. is the author of Atlantis & Other Poems. Mrs. Hoskins is the daughter of Col. W. M. Inge, an eminent lawyer of Corinth and speaker of the Lower House of our present Legislature. From the Greenwood Flag.

The Corinth Herald, Vol. XI #38, Fri., March 21, 1890: p. 6, c. 3 - W. W. Hoskins of Lexington has resumed the practice of law.

The Corinth Herald, Vol. XI #42, Fri., April 18, 1890: p. 1, c. 3 - Rev. Geo. S. Inge and family arrived from Portland, Maine, where he has been pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church for the past year.

The Sub-Soiler and Democrat, Vol. XXI #3, Fri., March 24, 1893: p. 3, c. 2 - "Last Friday Mrs. W. W. Hoskins returned from her shadowed home. Col. Inge, the father, was in somewhat improved health on her departure - Polly Hopkins in Durant Democrat, March 17, '93."

The Sub-Soiler & Democrat, Vol. XXIV #7, Fri., April 24, 1896: p. 2, c. 3 - "Well Known Lady Honored -- General J. M. Stone has requested Mrs. Mary Inge Hoskins to solicit and forward historical mementos and relics of the late war to the Depository of the North Mississippi Historical Association located at Blue Mountain College, in Tippah ... All confederates of Marshall County will no doubt be glad to render her every aid ... Mrs. Hoskins' address is Malone College, Holly Springs, Miss. ... [from] The Holly Springs Reporter ... Mrs. Hoskins is well known in our city [Corinth], being a daughter of Col. and Mrs. W. M. Inge." [Note: The relics all burned in the old Administrative building; I attended the college & checked, sls.]

The Weekly Corinthian, Vol. X #1946, Tues., Sept. 29, 1903: p. 1, column 1: "The Hoskins case [in Memphis, Tenn.] has been postponed one week." (This is the case of her son, William Inge Hoskins.)

The Weekly Corinthian, Vol XXVIII #15, April 12, 1923: p. 6, c. 5 - "Mrs. M. I. Hoskins of Florence, Ala, is the guest of her mother, Mrs. Augusta Evans Inge at 'Ingehime.'"
(Abstracts from Monograph by Stephanie L. Sandy of Corinth, Mississippi, used w/ permission.)

Mary W. Inge Hoskins was a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Daughters of the American Revolution (Minutes of the Annual Convention,U.D.C., 1913, Issue 21, p.199: delegate, Florence Chapter, Number 309; 1914, Issue 22, pp.6, 61, 199, delegate. Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Mississippi (1891), p. 380: The Mississippi State chapter of the Women's National Christian Temperance Union was organized Nov. 20, 1883, at the Methodist Episcopal Church South in Corinth with Col. W.M. Inge elected chairman. Officers included his wife, "Mrs. W.M. Inge, Corinth," as vice president of the First congressional district and their daughter, "Mrs. Mary Hoskins, Lexington" as vice president of the Fifth congressional district.

Mary Hoskins later became the librarian at the State Normal School in Florence, Alabama (History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, Volume 2, p. 876, By Thomas McAdory Owen and Marie Bankhead Owen; Who's Who Among North American Authors, vol. 4 (1930), p. 1241; vol. 5, (1932); vol. 6 (1935), p. 503).
She was the first sunday school teacher of the Baracca Class at United First Methodist Church in Florence, 1911.

FLORENCE (AL) TIMES DAILEY, Sept. 9, 1931, p. 6
"…Colonel George Lewis Bailes, of Birmingham…."
"Solicitor and Mrs. Bailes, who will be guests of the occasion together with General Kennedy, and other prominent persons participating in the program, have already arrived in the city.
Colonel and Mrs. Bailes are the guests of Mrs. Mary Inge Hoskins on North Wood avenue, while General Kennedy is a guest in the home of Mrs. J.J. Douglass, Florence."

Augusta (Georgia) Chronicle, Oct. 12, 1931, p. 8, col. 3:
"Mrs. Mary Inge Hoskins, of Florence, representative daughter of the Southland, builded well when she organized the Wheeler Memorial Association three years ago, and during her presidency her work and presence have been an inspiration to every member. The real object of the association, as outlined by those concerned, is the creation of the Joseph Wheeler Highway, beginning in Huntsville, Ala., where General Wheeler initially organized his troop of cavalry, initially via Shiloh, Tuscumbia and Memphis, and extending into Georgia, terminating in Augusta, where, incicentally, the general was born, and which town, during the trying sixties, was the scene of some of his notable activities."

Florence (Alabama) TIMES, Oct. 17, 1936, p.1:
Democratic Women In
Luncheon Session
Sixty-five Democratic women from all parts of Florence and Lauderdale county attended a luncheon of the woman's division of the Lauderdale County Democratic club at Hotel Reeder today at noon when addresses in behalf of the party were delivered by Miss Bessie Bliss, district chairman; Mrs. Mary Inge Hoskins, countychairman; Miss Alta Shelton, city chairman; Mrs. B.F. O'Steen, assistant city chairman, and a number of others….

Augusta Chronicle, March 13, 1938, p.5 column 6: "Progress in naming the highway between Augusta and Memphis, Tenn., for Gen. Joseph Wheeler was reported yesterday by Mrs. Mary Inge Hoskins, honorary life president of the Wheeler Memorial Association. Mrs. Ada Ramp Walden, county historian, is Georgia's representative of the Wheeler highway committee. 'We have communicated with three governors and the highway department of each state involved, and we believe it will go over big,' Mrs. Hoskins advised The Chronicle yesterday. She is a resident of Florence, Ala."

Her son Lt. William Inge Hoskins married his second cousin, Rose Kyle Rugg, daughter of Mary (Evans) and Eugene Lewis Rugg; grandson of Judge Andrew Jackson Evans and Mary Martha (Johnson) Evans.

Her death certificate lists her death as April 2, 1938, at age 79 years, 11 months, 7 days. But the census of June 1860 census gives her name as Mary W. Inge and age as 2. The 1870 census also says Mary W. Several newspaper references give her name as Mary Evans Inge Hoskins while her daughter Mary Walton Hoskins Bailes' death certificate lists her mother's maiden name as Mary Walton Inge. However, the biography of her father in History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, Volume 3, p. 880, by Thomas McAdory Owen and Marie Bankhead Owen, gives her name as Mary Williams Inge Hoskins. Evidently named for her paternal grandmother, Mary Coke Williams Inge.

Some give her death as April 19, 1938. 
Family links: 
  William Murphy Inge (1832 - 1900)
  Augusta Evans Inge (1832 - 1925)
  William Walton Hoskins (1856 - 1919)*
  Augusta Inge Hoskins (1879 - 1880)*
  William Inge Hoskins (1881 - 1921)*
  Irene Inge Hoskins (1884 - 1885)*
  Mary Walton Hoskins Bailes (1885 - 1961)*
  John Stone Hoskins (1888 - 1975)*
  Rebecca Irene Inge Collier (1851 - 1927)*
  George Samuel Inge (1856 - 1893)*
  Mary Williams Inge Hoskins (1858 - 1938)
  Infant Inge (1860 - 1860)*
  Willie Augusta Inge (1863 - 1871)*
*Calculated relationship
Florence Cemetery
Lauderdale County
Alabama, USA
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Mary Williams <i>Inge</i> Hoskins
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