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Courtenay Hood Chatham
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Birth: May 23, 1865
Parker County
Texas, USA
Death: Jan. 23, 1950
Parker County
Texas, USA

Born to Parker County Judge Azariah Jesse Hood, Sr. (1820-1899), of South Carolina & his first wife, Elizabeth Amelia McEwen Hood (1827-1865) of Tennessee, who married on May 22, 1852, in Rusk, TX. It seems that Elizabeth may have died in childbirth with Courtenay, although the dates are a little off. A.J. next married Mary Louisa Kerr (1838-1876) of Tennessee about 1867, who helped raise Courtenay.

Courtenay married Rufus Henry Chatham (1856-1932) on Nov. 2, 1884, in Weatherford, TX.

Elizabeth "Lizzie" Chatham (1885-1890)
Robert Hood Chatham (1888-1970)
Courtenay Chatham McKenzie (1894-1989)


From the Handbook of Texas Online:

HOOD, AZARIAH JESSE (18241900). Azariah Jesse Hood, attorney, judge, and state legislator, was born on August 14, 1824, in Lancaster, South Carolina, son of Humphrey and Sarah (Truesdale) Hood. After his mother's death, the family moved to Yalobusha County, Mississippi. At age eighteen Hood left home and began to teach while studying law. In 1846 he was admitted to the bar. He moved to Rusk, Texas, and began his law practice. In 1850 Hood was elected to the state legislature for Cherokee County. Although he was one of the youngest members, he served on the judiciary committee and other committees during his term. In 1856 he was elected to serve as a state elector for the Democratic Party.

Hood moved to Parker County and settled in Weatherford in 1860. During the Civil War he stayed in Weatherford to watch for raiding American Indians. He would often lead posses of men to hunt for Indians but was not very successful in repelling them. During this time Hood's first wife, Elizabeth A. (McEwen) Hood, whom he married on May 22, 1852, died leaving him with six children. Hood married his second wife, M. L. Kerr, in 1876 and had one son with her before her death in 1876.

In 1874 Hood was appointed judge of the Thirteenth Judicial Court. He served two years and tried to retire from public life in 1876, but the lack of lawyers in Parker County forced him to resume his law practice in 1878. In 1879 he served as a judge again, and in 1880 he was elected judge of the Twenty-ninth Judicial Court. Hood was a master Mason. Azariah J. Hood died on February 1, 1900.

Family links: 
  Azariah Jesse Hood (1820 - 1899)
  Elizabeth Amelia McEwen Hood (1827 - 1865)
  Rufus Henry Chatham (1856 - 1932)*
  Elizabeth Chatham (1885 - 1890)*
  Robert Hood Chatham (1888 - 1970)*
  Courtenay Chatham McKenzie (1894 - 1989)*
  Constant Hood (1853 - 1936)*
  David McEwen Hood (1854 - 1902)*
  Azariah Jesse Hood (1856 - 1939)*
  Elizabeth Amelia Hood Simpson (1858 - 1958)*
  Humphrey Hunt Hood (1859 - 1917)*
  Courtenay Hood Chatham (1865 - 1950)
  William Hood (1869 - 1872)**
  Hollin Hood (1871 - 1872)**
  Formwalt Hood (1872 - 1936)**
*Calculated relationship
Hood Family Cemetery
Parker County
Texas, USA
Maintained by: Dawn Kelley
Originally Created by: Sherill Thatcher
Record added: Feb 05, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 17819820
Courtenay <i>Hood</i> Chatham
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Courtenay <i>Hood</i> Chatham
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Courtenay <i>Hood</i> Chatham
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