|Birth: ||Nov. 19, 1820|
|Death: ||Apr. 25, 1910|
The following is taken from "A School Man of the Ozarks", pages 168-169, and may not be sold, part or whole. This disclaimer should always remain with the text in print form and due respect given to the author, William Erwin Halbrook, 1959.
My Grandmother Halbrook taught her children to call her 'mother' and to us grandchildren she was 'Granny.' She was born Malinda Hilburn, the daughter of Richard Hilburn, and the maiden name of her mother was Campbell, pure Scotch. She was born in 1820 and married at the age of 16 on Coon Creek in Perry county, Tennessee. She could neither read nor write but was blessed with common sense. She was the least superstitious of any old person I ever knew. She was plain spoken, unsophisticated, devoted to her husband and her children, worked in the field, could plow oxen and use an axe. She carded, spun, and wove her own cloth, knitted the socks for the family, cooked her meals on the fireplace, garnered dried fruits and vegetables for the family's use, but never attempted to bake a cake, or pies.
She was most sympathetic of all sufferers, attended on the sick in the neighborhood, treated them by brewing teas and concoctions from the common herbs. In her leisure she enjoyed smoking her pipe filled with pure raw home grown tobacco, never using any lighter and not even a match, but always lit her pipe with coals of fire that she picked up from the fireplace in summer as well as winter with an iron paddle that grandpap had made for her .
She gave birth to ten children, seven lived to be grown and married. At the birth of every grandchild, of which she had 44, she would walk at her first opportunity -she never rode- and bring two yards of calico as a present for a dress to the new born.
I can see granny now parching coffee. Drawing a few coals on to the hearthstone, she would set a skillet on them, pour into it the proper amount of coffee grains, then light her pipe. She would sit and smoke and stir at intervals with her long wooden paddle. When the proper rich dark brown color was effected she took it up. Or in the summer evenings she would sit under the shade of an apple tree in the front yard, lighting some chips that she had gathered from the woodyard, and parch where it was cooler. Granny had the neighborhood reputation as a brewer of coffee and just the blend fit for the epicures.
She was a Primitive Baptist in belief, a sort of a fatalist, believing that the saving of souls was God's business. She never joined any church. She was the least childish of any old person I ever knew, lovely to the last. She patiently waited and hoped for the call of her Lord and died at the grand old age of 91.
Richard Hilburn (1797 - 1866)
Joseph Erwin Halbrook (1818 - 1897)*
John Reynolds Halbrook (1840 - 1926)*
Jerimiah Thomas Halbrook (1851 - 1915)*
Wiley Uriah Halbrook (1854 - 1904)*
Rebeca Malinda Halbrook Johnson (1857 - 1940)*
Note: dau of Elizabeth (Campbell) and Richard Hilburn
Created by: Jamie Burnett
Record added: Jan 09, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 23870732
To Great Great Grandma. So glad I found this picture.|
Added: Jul. 23, 2013
I wish I had a chance to get to know you as my gggg-aunt.|
Added: Nov. 17, 2010
Kathy from Arkansas
Added: May. 7, 2009