Joe HAWKINS is my wife’s great-grandfather. He was born near Telephone in Fannin Co., Texas on 10 Sep 1879. He married Martha Elmerine “Alma” BALES on December 7, 1904 in Fannin Co. Joe and Alma had two daughters, Bernadyne and Marietta. The family moved to Kiowa Twp., Pittsburg Co., Oklahoma sometime between 1913 and 1920. Joe vanished between the 1920 and 1930 censuses. In 1930, Alma is enumerated as a “widow”, but I am not sure I believe that. Joe is nowhere to be found in the 1930 census.
One source says…
“Joe and H.B. Rowley had the Ice Plant, which was across the tracks and on the left from where the Senior Citizen Center is today. They didn’t make ice there, but unloaded the ice from railroad box cars and stored the ice to be sold. After Joe left here, Alma married Billy Wassum.”
What happened to Joe HAWKINS? Did he die as the census suggests? Or did he abandon his family? If so, why?
UPDATE: I have found a WWII Draft Registration (1942) for a Joseph William HAWKINS in Sutter Co., California. The middle name is not correct. But he lists his birth date as 10 Sep 1889 (exactly 10 years different) and his birth place as Fannin Co., Texas. His death certificate confirms this info, but does not list the names of his parents. Is this just a coincidence?
I got in touch with his step-daughter, who told me that he never talked about any previous marriages or any other family. If only I had a photo of my Joe HAWKINS, I could ask her if it could be her step-father.
So is this our Joe HAWKINS? I may never find out for sure.