Lexie Rosetta PAYNE…

Lexie Rosetta PAYNE appears to have been the first wife of Joe HAWKINS. They were married on September 11, 1898 in Fannin Co., Texas. In the 1900 census, Joe (John J.) appears to be enumerated as a “widower” (the page is difficult to read).
1900 Census - Joe HawkinsI also found a Rose E. PAYNE in 1900, daughter of James and Sarah PAYNE, enumerated as a “widow”. I have found it a common practice in this time period to identify yourself as “widowed” when you were really divorced.
1900 Census - Rose E. PayneDid Joe and Rose divorce shortly after they were married? Did they have a child? (No child was listed in the 1900 census.)

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