Eda Myrtle <I>Sanders</I> Hawk

Eda Myrtle Sanders Hawk

Mount Auburn, Christian County, Illinois, USA
Death 30 Jun 1972 (aged 97)
Skokie Junction, Lake County, Illinois, USA
Burial Niantic, Macon County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 27375455 · View Source
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Eda Myrtle Sanders was born to George William and Mary Jane Hollingsworth Sanders on 24 Aug 1874 in Mt. Auburn, Christian, Illinois. Eda was about 3 1/2 and Willie was about 17 months old when their mother, Mary Jane Hollingsworth Sanders, died in 1878. Eda went to live with her cousin, Livina Shoemaker Marshall and husband Greg Marshall. Her father, George William Sanders, was a "traveling man" and was not settled down enough to raise children.

John I. Hawk, the son of Aden C. Hawk, married Eda Sanders in St. Louis, Missouri, Aug. 1, 1894. They made their home in Niantic, Macon, Illinois.

The children of John I. HAWK and Eda Myrtle Sanders were:
Virgel Aden Hawk, born 18 Oct 1895 in West Point, Clay, Mississippi; died 25 Apr 1973 in Springfield, Sangamon, IL. (married Leva Whiteside, March 12, 1918.)

Thelma Kate Hawk Williams, born 29 Mar 1898 in West Point, Clay, Mississippi; died 26 Mar 1993 in LaMesa, CA. (married Don Williams)

Mildred Olivette Hawk, born 04 May 1900 in Selma, Dallas, Alabama; died 03 Feb 2003 in St. Louis, MO.

Ayliffe Cyrene Hawk Moore, born 14 Apr 1902 in Selma, Dallas, Alabama; died 29 Dec 1931 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois. (Married Paul Moore)

Eda and John traveled throughout the south during the early years of their marriage. He drilled wells for water. Their children were born in West Point, Mississippi and Selma, Alabama. John moved his family back to Illinois about 1915. John's father died in 1918 and John's son, Virgel, married a local girl (Leva Whiteside) after going to serve in World War I and settled close by to help him farm.

By 1920, John and Eda moved to Harristown, Macon, Illinois, where John was living on and farming his father's farm. His mother, Amy C., lived with them as well as the three girls. His son, Virgil and wife, Leva, lived next door and had the first grandson, John William. Leva's brother, Dile Whiteside and his wife, Edna Hartwig Whiteside, lived close by. Thelma Hawk was a public school teacher at Bend School. John and Eda and their family lived on the "home place" that had been A.C. Hawk's (John I.'s father) until John died in 1946. After that, Eda moved to Niantic across from the Grade School. Eda (often called "Edie" and known to the family as "Mama" Hawk) lived with her daughter, Mildred, in Skokie, after about 1965, when she sold her Niantic home. At this home, there was a beautiful blue-purple clematis growing out side the front door that she said was her husband, John I's favorite. She grew little yellow gold drops in her garden and calla lilies in the shade. Eda had a large Christmas cactus that she had gotten from Aden C Hawk, of which starts are still growing in 2011 in the homes of several of the family.

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  • Created by: Sue Hawk Ridgley
  • Added: 6 Jun 2008
  • Find A Grave Memorial 27375455
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Eda Myrtle Sanders Hawk (24 Aug 1874–30 Jun 1972), Find A Grave Memorial no. 27375455, citing Long Point Cemetery, Niantic, Macon County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Sue Hawk Ridgley (contributor 47001567) .