Lottie Icenith Hawkins Courtney
(aka. Charlotte, Chelottie, Charlottie)
Lottie was born in Alum Well Tennessee on 11/3/1878.
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Lottie’s parents: Rachel Mc Farland and Lazarus Nathaniel Hawkins
Lottie married John Courtney in Rogersville, TN on September 15, 1898
They had a total of 8 children. Washington, Clarence, Etta Mae, Gordon and his twin who died at birth, Ada Ruth, Altha, and Donice.
My grandmother Leona said that Lottie was stern and she liked a clean house. Lottie never learned how to read but when she needed groceries, she’d copy the words off the can and send a list with her husband John. My grandpa “I used to run away to my cousin’s house all the time as a kid and when I’d get home, she’d stick my head betwixt ‘er legs and whollop my butt good. She didn’t spank me, she wore me out n she was a lil bitty thing, 4’9″ tall!”
Papa (Gordon) told me that Aunt Lil , Lottie’s sister, married George Epperson who was an outlaw. Gordon said George was killed in an ambush. “He shot Aunt Lil’s shoe to the floor. He was killed by a black man. They had to do it so he didn’t know he was gonna get killed. He was very good with a gun. He’d kill ya right where ya sit. Too fast with a gun. Too good a shot.” Lillie was Gordon and Leona’s witness on their marriage license. Lillie lived in Turlock and died in Modesto. I assume Lillie got remarried because her name at death was Lillie Perry.