(NOTE: This post was written as I was researching information and should not be considered the last word. For my latest info on John and his wives, please go to their respective pages on this site. I’m leaving this post as is so the gentle reader can follow my research logic is so desired.)
Just getting started reviewing the information on these this ancestor (and his family), Jefferson Dozier Hucks’ grandfather. The family group sheet copies that I have were prepared by Lena Temperance Hucks and she cites her sources as the census, war records, and a family bible. Here’s how she lists the family:
John Robert Hucks, born 1813, Horry County, SC.
Anne Rebecca Larimore, born 1830, Marion County, SC.
Mary Ann Hucks, born 1847, Horry County, SC.
Anne Hucks, born 1850, Horry County, SC.
Rebecca Hucks, born 1852, Georgetown, SC.
Robert Lee Hucks, born 11 Oct 1854, Horry County, SC.
William Woodrow Hucks, born 3 May 1856, Horry Co. SC.
Vander Hucks, born 1858, Horry Co. SC.
Ellen Hucks, born 10 June 1860, Horry Co. SC.
Now let’s take a look at what we can find on the censuses about these two guys:
There is an 1850 census listing for a John R Hux 37, his wife Ann 20, daughter Anne 3, and another daughter Ann 6/12. Ann was a popular name in the family it seems. There is also a David Hucks 20 shown. At this time John is living at Prince George Winyah, Georgetown District, SC. Census taken 21 Aug 1850.
1860 – John R Hucks is right at the top of page 4 of the census for Britton’s Neck , Marion County, S.C. It was June 2, 1860 and the Hucks family was the 23rd group listed for that area. The family is listed as John R Hucks, 47, Ann R Hucks 28, Ann H Hucks 10, Wm H Hucks 8, Robt L Hucks 3, Evander Hucks 3/12.
(I should note that I am using the Ancestry.com transcription and not my own. Also, this Hucks family is living next to a bunch of Lowrimore families, which is important because it is likely that John R’s wife, whom I see listed as a Larimore in our family records, is likely a Lowrimore, just as Hucks is sometimes listed as Hux.)
1870 – Jno R Hucks is shown as age 62, Ann R 38, William W 18, Robert 13, Evander 10, Mary J C 7, Ann R 5, Charity Hucks 16. Listed as part of Woodberry Township.
1880 – John R is listed as 69 and Ann R as 48, along with Agness A. R. 13 and Louise E 10. Also Ann H. Wallace 5, a granddaughter, is shown. The census is for Woodbury Township #14. The next family listed is Hucks Robert L. 22 and his wife Clarkey 23, their sons John W 3, Robert 2, James M 8/12. Census taken on June 4th and 8th 1880.
Everything matches perfectly! Nope. Let’s start with John R and will ignore the variant spellings. We have our choice of year he was born, based on census listing, anywhere from 1808 – 1813. Robin Moore’s FindAGrave listing for John Robert Hucks shows his birth date as Aug. 14, 1810 in Britton’s Neck, SC. Apparently he is buried in the Oak Grove Church Cemetery in Britton’s Neck. (Maybe I will drop her a note and see where she got her info.) The cemetery date would agree with the 1880 census in that John hadn’t yet had his 70th birthday at the time of the census. I’m not surprised that the 1870 listing is wrong as they census taker spelled his name Jno and it probably went downhill from there. However, the 1850 and 1860 censuses both indicate he was born in 1812, in that supposedly the age they recorded was as of June 1st. Still a bit of a mystery.
John’s wife’s age bounces around a bit, too, and I have a guess as to why. She’s 20 in 1850, 28 in 1860, 38 in 1870, 48 in 1880. If in fact she was truly just 18 at the 1850 census, that would mean she got pregnant with her oldest child (Mary) Ann when she was 14-15 years old. Unless Anne R was not his first wife! There is a John R Hucks shown in the 1840 census in Horry County. There are only 2 people shown in the household, a male and a female, both between 20-29 years old. Could it be that this female/wife dies sometime after (Mary) Ann is born in 1846-1847? John then marries Anne R (which Lena indicates happened in 1845), and they have another daughter at the end of 1849 or beginning of 1850. I realize it is a stretch, but it would also help explain all the Anns. Yet another mystery.
Continuing on with Anne Rebecca Larimore’s story, there are many public trees on ancestry.com that shows her birth date to be 16 Sep 1831, which agrees with the later census listings. Sorry, no source shown at this point. These same public trees show the oldest daughter to be Mary Jane, born 1847, and it would have to be before June 1 as she appears as “Anne 3″ on the 1850 census. If, as Lena suggests with her info, the couple was married in 1845, then Ann Rebecca would have been 13 or 14 and John 33 or 34. Yikes! Not that it is much better if they marry in 1846.
The 1900 census shows an Ann R. Hucks, born Sept 1831, age 68, listed as Mother. The head of the household is John H. Woodberry 40, his wife is Luease E. 27, born Aug 1872. Ann is listed as having giving birth to 8 children, only 3 of which are living as of this census. Lena, who’s information for this family we’ve proven to be sketchy, suggests that there are five who should be living as of 1900. Could it be that Ann misunderstood the question? We know that William, Robert, Mary Jane and Louise E (Ellen) are still living because they show up on the census. Evander has died by then (1880), and we think Ann H. has too (1875). That leaves Anne/Mary Ann, and Agness Ann R.
Ok, so what about the oldest daughter? Is she Anne, Mary Ann, or Mary Jane? She only appears in the 1850 census. One of the public family trees lists her as being born in 1847 in Georgetown and dying in 5 Dec 1932. No married name shown. So, where would a 13 year old girl go in 1860? I guess we can’t rule out marriage, based on the age that Anne Rebecca likely got married. And, there’s no saying that she actually was born in 1847 and not 1846. So another almost 14 year old bride? Hmmm. How about she couldn’t get along with her step-mother Anne Rebecca and she left to go live with relatives? Or maybe she just died prior to the 1860 census. Lena’s info has her married to a James Larimore. Let me see what I can find on that road.
So, again Robin Moore seems to have some additional info, as per Mary Jane Hucks Laurimore’s FindAGrave site. She was married to a William James Lowrimore/Larimore/Laurimore. (Take your pick.) It would appear that the Mary J.C. Hucks listed as a 7 year old in the 1870 census is Mary Jane, although technically she should have been listed as 6 because it appears her birthday was June 7th and they were supposed to report as of June 1st. It doesn’t look to me that either Lena or the Ancestry public trees I saw have it right listing John’s oldest daughter as “Mary,” although I supposed it is possible that she was a Mary Ann (not Ginger) and she had a younger sister named Mary Jane. Why not? The alternative is that she was named Anne and had a younger sister named Ann, actually two younger sisters named Ann. Makes perfect sense to me. Bottom line is Lena appears to have it wrong on this one.
At this point we haven’t pinned down much. Let’s take a look at Ann H. Hucks, age 6 months at the 1850 census and fortunately age 10 at the 1860 census. Yay! Consistency! Gone as of the 1870 census when she would have been 20. What can we find? Lena has Anne Hucks being born in 1850–good so far, if in fact she was born in January–and marrying David Wallice, which is probably Wallace as there are Wallace families in the same Neck (pun intended) of their woods.
We’re in luck! The very next entry, although it is on the next page, of the 1870 listing for John R Hucks’ family is a Daniel Walis 22, his wife Ann H 20, and their son Francis A 1. Daniel, David, whatever. Close enough. Or is it? According to Lena’s info, Ann H dies in 1875. The 1880 census has a Daniel W Wallace living in the same area, only now his wife is named Rebecca and she’s 26 years old…and Frances A is now Frances A R and is a girl. Well, I’ve got no good answer for Frances’ sex change, and I wish I knew what the A R initials stand for as they show up more than once. And normally I would say a change from Ann to Rebecca suggests two separate individuals, only there are plenty of Anns in the picture, including a couple of Ann Rebeccas. As for the reduction in age of 5 years for Daniel’s wife? To me that means it’s his second wife. The 1900 census puts David Walis right back in between some Hucks families with Rebecka as his wife, though 4 years older. She is shown as having been born in 1853. Frances has flown the coop. I’m leaning towards thinking that Ann died in 1875 and Daniel marries his second wife, Rebecca. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to find any info on FindAGrave to support this and I don’t know where Lena got her info. Interesting to note that there is an Ann H. Wallace living with John and Anne in the 1880 census, suggesting the possibility that her mother Ann died in childbirth or shortly thereafter.
Let’s jump to one of John’s children that we are pretty certain about: William W. Hucks was born May 3, 1852 in Horry County, SC. He married Mary Rebecca Sweet and unless she went by Fannie (per his death certificate) then he married a 2nd time after Mary died in 1907. (Per the Tucker/Hendrick family tree on Ancestry.com his 2nd wife was named Frances.) William died Jan. 23, 1936. This info can be found on his FindAGrave site. The censuses were accurate, but Lena was not as she puts his birth 4 years later on the same day. School records show that P. Parker swore before G. Woodberry that he taught poor children in January 1858 that included 2 of John R. Hucks’ children, Ann and William. This makes sense as William would have been 5, Ann 7-8. This helps us understand that Ann born in 1850 (or late 1849) was called Ann and not Mary Ann or Mary Jane.
So far we’ve got nothing much on the Anne, or Mary Anne that was born in 1846-1847 and we don’t know much else. Her younger sister (or half-sister) Ann H appears to marry Daniel Wallace and she dies around 1875. William is born in 1852 and is accounted for. That brings us to my direct ancestor, Robert Lee Hucks. See his page for his info.
After Robert is Evander. Lena has him being born in 1858, dying in 1880, no spouse shown. Evander shows up in the 1860 and 1870 censuses living with his parents, but is not present in 1880. (No record found in an Ancestry.com search.) No FindAGrave info at this point either.
Mary Jane C Hucks I addressed earlier and is known to have married James Larimore.
Next is Ann R 5, per the 1870 census, Agness A R 13 per the 1880 census. Is this the same person? Robin Moore, among others, links a Annie Rebecca Hucks Larimore to the family via FindAGrave. However, her birth date is shown as 29 Jul 1861. That’s a big spread…either she was born in 1861, 1864-5, or 1866-7.
As if this wasn’t already too complicated, I’m pulling some info from the Tucker/Hendrick Family tree on Ancestry.com, always a challenge as there is no guarantee of accuracy. However, this tree does have some interesting bits of info, like some sources refer to Anne Rebecca Larimore as Anne Roene Larimore. Also this tree shows the oldest daughter born in 1848 as Sarah A and marrying James Murchison Larimore, born 1833. I have a hard time believing this, partly due to the James’ FindAGrave page lists his first wife as a Sarah A McColl, and he was Anne Rebecca’s brother, which meant he would be marrying his niece or step-niece.
This family tree also suggests that there was a John R Hucks, Jr. born in 1855. Interesting, in that as I think about it, Ann R lists 8 children, but if John’s oldest daughter was her step-daughter, then there would need to be another child. John Jr. doesn’t show up on any censuses, which would be accurate if he died as a baby/child before the census. Again, it’s unfortunate that this family tree has some inaccurate info, listing Robert as born in 1854, when the census indicates he was born in 1856-7. Perhaps John Jr. was born in 1854?
For more fun and adventure, let’s take a closer look at Louise E, shown as 10 during the 1880 census. I’ve suggested above that she could be the Luease Woodbury (born Aug 1872) that Ann R Hucks is shown living with in the 1900 census. I made that leap because Ann R is listed as Mother and there really isn’t any way she was John Woodbury’s mother. So, we come to the sticky point of how old is this Louise? Was she born in 1869-70 or 1872-3? We have census reports for both. The Tucker /Hendrick family tree shows her marrying a 2nd time to William J Cribb, and there is a FindAGrave listing for an Ellen Cribb born Aug 25 1873. Again, none of the dates match up, which could be attributed to poor memory of the deceased’s loved ones. Certainly it would help to get some additional documentation! And it’s entirely possible that Robin and others who post to FindAGrave have said documentation. There is a death certificate for an Ellen W Cribb, parents Bill and Annie Hucks, 60 years of age, dated Oct 7, 1934. Which is totally weird because the tombstone of Ellen Cribb listed a few sentences ago clearly shows she died on Nov 13 1933. Two Ellen Cribbs, about the same age and living in the same area? The 1930 census shows an Ellen W Cribb, age 57, married at age 17, head of household. She has two sons, Meadows and Jimmie, living with her and those same two names appear in the 1920 census as living with her and her husband William J Cribb. If all this info relates to the same person, then how do we reconcile the death certificate not matching the tombstone?
I’ve just stumbled across (actually googled) a book by Joseph Howard Hucks titled As I Knew Them that is apparently the source of much of the Hucks family info. There is a copy at the SLC Family History Library. Specifically it apparently contains info like John’s first wife was Sara Ann Tindall. She and John were married on 7 Oct 1847. She died on 28 Jun 1848. They had a child, Sarah Mary Ann Hucks, born circa 1848 in Horry County, SC. I have a couple of questions at this point. I can buy that Sarah is listed as Anne in the 1850 census, but I have a hard time believing that she was reported as 3 if she was only 2, especially if her mother died in childbirth or shortly thereafter. Sara only lived 9 months and 21 days after her marriage, which is enough to have a child. Lena shows Sarah being born in 1847, which is possible if she was conceived out of wedlock. Still, she would have had to have been born prior to June 1st 1847 for the census to be correct in reporting her as 3. John then marries Anne Larimore, whom this book lists as Ann Roene Larimore, on 22 Apr 1849 and they have their first child, Ann H Hucks, on 25 Jan 1850, 9 months later. That birth date agrees with the census that shows her as 6/12 as of June, although she hadn’t quite made it to 6 months yet.
Other info listed (I’m getting this from a RootsWeb page that cites the book, as well as a deed transfer of the Mary Tindall, Rhoda Williams, John R. Hucks for his wife, and John G. Tindall to Samuel Tindall) is John birth date as 14 Aug 1810. Ann Roene Lowrimore”s birth date is shown as 16 Sep 1831 in South Carolina.
Other info on the Rootsweb page: William W is listed as William Williams Hucks, born 3 May 1852, in Marion County. John Roberts Hucks Jr is listed as born 29 Mar 1855. Robert Lee Hucks born 10 Oct 1856 in Marion County. Evader born about 1860 in Marion County, Annie Rebecca “Becky” Hucks born 29 Jul 1861. Mary Jane C Hucks born 7 Jun 1863. Agnes Ann R Hucks, born about 1865. Louisa Ellen? Hucks born 25 Aug 1870. As much of this information seems to have been gleaned from census records I have my doubts about its accuracy. For example, they are listing both an Annie Rebecca and an Agnes Ann R and that would mean that Ann Roene/Rebecca gave birth 9 times instead of the 8 that she lists in the 1900 census. Also, she would have too many children with the name Ann or some derivation. No, I think that the better explanation at this point is these two Anns are the same person.