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Hart descendants spread outward to surrounding counties

In the two previous columns, the family and descendants of Moses Hart were introduced and followed through his grandchildren. The extensive research that has been done on this family permits an additional column on later generations.

The next generation, which would be the great grandchildren of Moses Hart, will be presented in the following paragraphs. His oldest son, Robert Fred Hart, had the following grandchildren: His oldest son, Josiah L. Hart, and wife, Mary, reared the following children: Nancy (Cornelia Ann ?), b. 1839; Chasey, b. 1842; Sarah, b. 1845, m. Washington Uptagrafft; Dicey Elizabeth, b. ca 1848, d. 1924, m. 1870 John Henry Walther; Mary, b. 1850; (Martha ?) Ellen, b. 1852; Jay (Josiah L. ?) “Bud,” b. 1853, d. 1901, m. ? Margaret Virginia ?; and William Robert “Bill,” b. 1859, m. Eliza Jane Franklin. William R. “Bill,” homesteaded land less than two miles from his father’s land.

This family lived near Loango in Covington County in 1860. In 1870, they had moved to the southern part of Conecuh County, which later became Escambia County. Josiah was working as a laborer in the area called Louis Station or Parker’s Bend. At some point, Josiah purchased 321 acres for 12.5 cents per acre near Pigeon Creek in Conecuh County with much of the land lying in the northwest corner of Covington County. In 1884, the couple made their final move to 119 acres, which they acquired from John I. Dixon near Rome in Southern Covington County. Josiah and Mary died before 1900.

The grandchildren of Josiah L. and Mary Hart are represented by the children of two of their younger children. Their daughter, Dicey Elizabeth Hart, was married in 1870 to John Henry Walther (1848-1936), son of George and Nancy S. (Roberts) Walther. Although they were divorced in 1917, they reared the following children: Tabitha Freida Reed, b. 1874, m. 1890 Try James Morris; Mary Ellen, b. 1876, d. 1967, m. 1891 John Lewis Haveard; Emma Lavena, b. 1878, d. 1919, single; Sam, b. 1881, d. 1973, m. (1) Ada Phillips (2) Eula Fuqua; William Charles, b. 1885, d. 1971, m. Nancy Ida Fuqua; and Nancy Jane, b. 1888, d. 1958, m. Huey George Washington Johnson.

Their youngest son, William Robert “Bill” Hart, and wife, Eliza Jane, reared the following children: Julia Dale, b. 1886, m. 1904 Allen Richard Fowler; Flossie B., b. 1882, d. 1957, m. James “Jim” Hart; Dan; Travis; and Leonard, b. ca 1895.

Robert Fred’s second son, Moses Hart, and his wife, Martha, were living in Covington County in 1850. They reared the following children: Daniel “Bud,” b. 1844, d. 1933, m. (1) Frances Russell (2) Sarah Tucker; Robert, b. 1846, d. 1920, m. Lucinda Holloway; Josiah L. “Joseph,” b. 1849, d. 1922, m. Amanda Meadows; Moses “Tone or Tobe,” b. 1855, d. 1937, m. (1) Mary Holloway (2) “widow” Spann; John, b. 1857; William “Bill,” b. 1859, d. 1929; George W., b. 1862, d. 1933; James “Jim,” b. 1867; Martha, b. 1879; Mary, m. Jerry Tucker; and Dump, m. Will Martin.

Some of Moses and Martha Hart’s grandchildren include the following: Their oldest son, Daniel “Bud” Hart, and first wife, Frances (Russell), had three sons: Robert D., b. 1868; Jaurs W., b. 1872; and Moses B., b. 1874. Bud and second wife, Sarah (Turner), had two children: Marietta “Etta,” b. 1880; and James Claude, b. 1892, d. 1956.

Moses and Martha’s son, Robert Hart, and wife, Lucinda (Holloway), appear to have lived in the Chapel Hill community. They reared the following children: John M., b. 1870; Mary F., b. 1872, d. 1948, m. Howell Boswell; Callie “Hon,” b. 1872, d. 1948, m. William Erving Parrish; Martin, b. 1876, m. Evie Ophellia Dunkin; Allen, b. 1877, d. 1941, m. Onnie Williams; Joseph R., b. 1881, d. 1912; Ida, b. 1882, d. 1915, m. 1900 Robert B. Tucker; Fanny, b. 1884, m. ? Dean; Riley, b. 1886; Sally, b. 1889; and Reedy, b. 1890, d. 1972, m. ? Leonard.

Moses and Martha’s son, Josiah L. “Joseph” Hart, was married to Amanda Meadows, daughter of James and Elizabeth Meadows. At their deaths, they were buried in the Carolina Baptist Church Cemetery. They had the following children: William, b. 1869; Martha J.L., b. 1872; Robert L., b. 1874, d. 1924; Josephine A., b. 1877; Joseph J., b. 1879, d. 1952; L.D., b. 1880, d. 1912; Mertice, b. 1885, d. 1926, m. Gilbert Lace Nelson, son of Robert and Jeannie (Nangazer) Nelson.

Moses and Martha’s son, Moses Hart, and wife, Mary (Holloway), were buried in the Pleasant Home Cemetery in Luverne. They had the following children: Queenie; Katie; Burie; Annie; Emma Mae; and Fannie Lee.

Moses and Martha’s daughter, Mary Hart, and husband, Jerry Tucker, reared the following children: Moses, Nannie, Fannie, James “Jim,” Mattie, and Minnie.

Moses and Martha’s daughter, Dump Hart, and husband, Will, Martin, reared three several children including Joe and Claud. Will was a Confederate Veteran, and they were married in Crenshaw County.

Robert Fred’s daughter, Harriet Hart, and her husband, Daniel Powell, lived in Dale County in 1840 at a site near Josiah and Chasey Hart. In 1850, that land fell in the newly created Coffee County. By 1850, they had the following children: Ann, b. 1837; Henry, b. 1839; Eliza, b. 1841; Jermima, b. 1844; Robert, b. 1847; and George, b. 1849.

Robert Fred’s daughter, Chasey Caroline, was married in 1837 in Coffee County to Elisha Wilkerson. In 1840, they were living in Dale County near her brother, Josiah, and her sister, Harriet. In 1850, they were living a few houses from her brother, Moses. They had moved to Walton County, Florida, by 1860. Elisha had died by 1870, and Chasey continued to live in Walton County.

Chasey and Elisha Wilkerson reared the following children: Amanda, b. 1838, d. 1915, m. Wyley Benjamin Morrison; Polly Ann “Mary,” b. 1841, single; Henry, b. 1843, d. 1916, m. Eliza Rebecca Wilkinson; Harriet, b. 1845, d. 1881, m. Calvin Collinsworth; Chasey Caroline, b. 1848, m. James J. Adams; Sarah, b. 1850, d. 1941, single; Elisha, b. 1856, m. Eliza Howell; JoSiness, b. 1857, d. 1925, m. Mary Victoria “Molly” Aggerton (1862-1949); and Tilitha Elaine, b. 1861, m. Thomas Mount.

For the next generation of Chasey and Elisha Wilkerson, the children of two of their own children are presented. Their oldest son, Henry Wilkerson, and wife, Eliza Rebecca, lived in Walton County where Henry was a farmer, lumber getter and owner of the smith shop. They reared the following children: William James, b. 1867, d. 1919, m. Eliza Jane Laird; Chasey Carolyn, b. 1873, d. 1960, m. Solomon B. Holman; Henry Alexander, b. 1865, d. 1949, m. Dera Henderson; Hariet Joanna Florence, b. 1879, d. 1951, m. 1899 Henry Jackson Henderson; Siness Preston, b. 1881, d. 1972, m. 1905 Ida Elizabeth Laird; Mary Duett, b. 1884, d. 1975, m. 1902 Charlie Monroe Henderson; John Edward, b. 1887, d. 1916, m. Lela Senn; Milbra Eliza, b. 1890, d. 1986, m. 1906 William Jefferson Bell; Daniel Fletcher, b. 1893, d. 1964, m. 1923 Lizzie Mae Godwin; and Michael Tommie, b. 1898, d. 1977, m. Cleo Brown.

Chasey and Elisha Wilkerson’s youngest son, JoSiness, and wife, Mary Victoria “Molly” Aggerton, reared the following children: Joseph Arnold, b. 1884, d. 1889; Louana Emiline, b. 1886, d. 1889; Laura, b. 1888, d. 1980; Lavada, b. 1890, d. 1969; Clara Florence, b. 1892, d. 1963; Zubela, b. 1893, d. 1896; Ira Chester, b. 1896, d. 1983; and Robert Ramuel, b. 1898, d. 1902.

There is much more genealogy available on this family. Appreciation is expressed to the descendant and researcher, Barbara (Carpenter) Martin, who shared her family history for this writing. She published her work in a book, My Hart Story, Featuring the Descendants of Moses Hart and His Sons, Robert and Josiah, in 2002.

Anyone who might have any corrections to the above or additional information on this family is requested to contact Curtis Thomasson at 20357 Blake Pruitt Road, Andalusia, AL 36420; 334-222-6467; or e-mail: cthomasson@centurytel.net.