Mary Ann Markham

Female 1825 - 1899  (73 years)


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  • Name Mary Ann Markham 
    Born 16 May 1825  Tazewell, Claiborne County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Female 
    Died 23 Feb 1899  Tazewell, Claiborne County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Thompson Chapel Cemetery,Claiborne Co.,TN Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I32757  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 24 Nov 2012 

    Father Peter Markham,   b. 3 Apr 1793, Franklin Co.,VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Dec 1864, Loudon Co.,TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Mother Priscilla Hill,   b. UNKNOWN, Stokes County, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 0___ 1850, Cave Spring,Claiborne Co.,TN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married (CIRCA 1820)  [2, 3
    Family ID F11999  Group Sheet

    Family Abner Christian Hansard,   b. 1 Apr 1816, Bullrun Creek, Knox County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jan 1895, Tazewell, Claiborne County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Married 11 Oct 1842  Claiborne County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Katherine Graham Hansard,   b. 8 Sep 1847, Old Tazewell,Clairborne Co.,TN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jan 1920, Claiborne County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
     2. Peter Markham Hansard,   b. 22 Jun 1849, Old Tazewell, Clairborne Co., TN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Nov 1938, Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
    Last Modified 20 Dec 2014 
    Family ID F11992  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 16 May 1825 - Tazewell, Claiborne County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 11 Oct 1842 - Claiborne County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 23 Feb 1899 - Tazewell, Claiborne County, Tennessee Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Thompson Chapel Cemetery,Claiborne Co.,TN Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • (Opposite side of same stone has A. C. Hansard)
      (Mary Ann Markham, wife of Abner C. Hansard, dau. of Peter Markham & Priscilla Hill, author of "Old Time Tazewell")

      Title: Old Time Tazewell Author: Hansard, Mary A. Publication: Kingsport, Tennessee: Kingsport Press, Inc., 1979

      Note: Written in the 1890s, this book contains sketches of a number of families based on the memories of the author. Her memory is usually quite good. The book is widely available in a number of libraries and for purchase. The dates of the various articles appear to vary, but since the author died in 1899, 1899 can easily be used as a date before which someone died if listed in the book as having died. RAW has a copy.Mary Hansard was born in Tazewell in 1825 and lived within a few miles of her birthplace until her death in 1899.

      Information from Phillip Walker: Written by M.A. Hansard in Old Time Tazewell, p. 58:

      Jeff D. Hansard, sixth son, was a very kind, obliging and affectionate son, but very easily excited. His wife was Mollie Butcher, a daughter of Rev. David Butcher, who is a fine man and much respected. But this daughter acted badly, which grieved her parents greatly, and caused her kind husband to commit suicide by drowning himself in the Clinch River near Walker's Ford, when in a frenzied state of mind. I am told that she has acted badly since his death. They had 3 children, two sons and a daughter. They are very industrious children. The oldest son, a lad of eleven years, makes a support for the family.
      The author of Old Time Tazewell was Jeff's mother and was probably quite biased in her interpretation of events. Based on the clue that the oldest son was 11, this article was written about 1895, about a year or so since Jeff's death. Considering the fact that the article also mentions the death of Jeff's father, which occured in 1895, the timing on the article is further confirmed; Mary Ann Hansard, the author, died in 1899.

      Having not researched the Hansards or this incident in any depth, I cannot speak with authority but simply present facts as known. According to Pat Walker, a grandson, the final son was born postumously "some few months" after Jeff killed himself. Mary Ann Hansard, in Old Time Tazewell, specifically lists two sons; the postumous son would be the third living boy and was born before the article appears to have been written. One might assume that the author of Old Time Tazewell felt that this third child did not belong to Jeff. An apparently recent tombstone shows Jeff having died sometime in 1894. Pat's dates were often wrong, but the third son was born in January 1894, so for Pat's story to be correct, Jeff died in 1893.
      Further, modern sources appear to refer to Jeff as Thomas Jefferson Hansard or sometimes Thomas Jefferson Davis Hansard; his mother just called him Jeff D. Having not researched this family in depth, I cannot state with certainty, but the "Thomas" part seems to be a modern addition. As he was born early in the Civil War to a family with Confederate sympathies, "Jeff D." does sound very much as if it were "Jefferson Davis".

      Burial information: According to TVA records, Jeff, Mollie, and Magnolia were all originally buried at Butcher Cemetery. Based on arbitrary TVA plot numbers which often indicate proximity but not well, Jeff and Magnolia were buried near each other with Mollie elsewhere; TVA records at the National Archives in Atlanta will have all the paperwork on the grave removals that would say more. They were all three moved to the same plot at Big Barren Memorial Cemetery; there are headstones but apparently with no dates. Sampson Boruff, her second husband, also is buried at Big Barren but was moved from the old Big Barren in Claiborne County and is buried in another area.

  • Sources 
    1. [S45385] http://www.familyorigins.com/users/g/o/l/Rollin-G-Golden/FAMO1-0001/d457.html#P3666.

    2. [S101] findagrave.com.

    3. [S45391] "Tennessee, Death Records, 1914-1955," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/NSLQ-2VW :.