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Elizabeth Senterfit of GA, widowed before 1850

Elizabeth Senterfit of GA, widowed before 1850

Posted: 9 Apr 2002 11:05PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 7 Apr 2006 7:01PM GMT
Trying to find out info on the 2nd wife of my 3rd great grandfather, Thomas McCollum.

After the death of his 1st wife, Mary Hanks, Thomas married a widow named Elizabeth Senterfit. I don't know her maiden name, (some think it was Hanks also) but the 1850 census of Catahoula Parish, LA lists her as being born in GA 1803. She had 3 children who moved to Louisiana with her and Mr McCollum according to the census.....Ruben Senterfit age 17, Mathias Senterfit age 13 and Catherine Senterfit age 11.

Can anyone help here??

Re: Elizabeth Senterfit of GA, widowed before 1850

K. Waterhouse (View posts)
Posted: 12 Jul 2002 6:02AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Senterfitt, Means, Hughes, Spruill, Berry, McCormick
Elizabeth Senterfitt was Elizabeth L. Hanks. I believe she was the daughter of Joseph Hanks. Thomas McCollum was her third husband.

She first married Jeremiah McCormick and they had at least two children. Mary Adeline McCormick was my ggg grandmother, she married General Jackson Spruill in Cathahoula, LA. She migrated to Texas where she died in 1854. John Washington McCormick migrated to Texas after 1850. He married Margaret Matilda Ann Hughes. She was the daughter of my ggg grandparents Moses and Hannah Berry Hughes. Jeremiah McCormick died about 1828 in Georgia.

Elizabeth Hanks McCormick next married John R. Senterfitt of South Carolina. They migrated to Louisiana sometime after 1839. They had at least five children together. Rhoda Ann Elizabeth Senterfitt married a man named John Kennedy in Catahoula Parish, LA. Barbara Belinda Senterfitt was my ggg grandmother and married Benjamin Franklin Means in Catahoula Parish, LA. They migrated to Texas before 1860. Reuben and Mathias Senterfitt migrated to Texas before 1860. Both married in Texas and raised large families there. Catherine Senterfitt first married Edwin D. Knight. She later married my ggg grandfather Moses Hughes after the death of her husband and his wife Hannah. Mosed and Catherine had four children together. John R. Senterfitt died in Catahoula Parish, LA in 1845.

Elizabeth Hanks McCormick Senterfitt married Thomas McCollum in Catahoula Parish, LA in 1848. They had no children together that I am aware of. Elizabeth followed her children to Texas after 1850. She died in Lampasas County in 1860 and is listed on the Mortality Schedule for that county in 1860 as Elizabeth Senterfite. She is buried in Sandhill cemetery in Lampasas County, Texas under the name of Elizabeth Senterfitt. The headstone was erected sometime after her death by her son, Reuben, who was a very successful rancher in Lampasas. I have no idea what became of Thomas McCollum.

Hope this helps.

Zen

Re: Elizabeth Senterfit of GA, widowed before 1850

Posted: 12 Jul 2002 3:01PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 7 Apr 2006 7:01PM GMT
Thanks for the info.......what I'm trying to do is find out if there is a family connection between Thomas McCollums first wife, Mary Hanks, and his second wife, Elizabeth Hanks. I'd also very much like to figure out if there is a connection with these Hanks women and Abraham Lincolns mother, Nancy Hanks.

Re: Elizabeth Senterfit of GA, widowed before 1850

Posted: 16 Oct 2002 12:00AM GMT
Classification: Query
Steven:
I have no doubt that Elizabeth L. Hanks and Mary Hanks are sisters. I cannot at this time offer you proof positive documentation, except to say that they were both in Pulaski/Houston Cos., GA - and then in Randolph Co, GA (TTMcCollum) and then in Catahoula Parish. There were 2 brothers, also, of the Joseph Hanks & Rhoda ? family: Thomas & John. Thomas apparently died in Georgia - John came with the extended family from Houston Co, GA - to Randolph Co, GA - to Catahoula Parish, LA.
I have been told only that the name of Mary Hanks appears on a death certificate in Lincoln Parish, LA, as the wife of TT McCollum. Do you have other documentation?
Apparently, Elizabeth Hanks McCormick Senterfitt, after the death of her husband John R. Senterfitt, and Thomas T. McCollum, after the death of his wife Mary Hanks, decided on a marriage of convenience in LA. Then, in about 1852, Elizabeth opted to go with her kids to Texas - and got in the wagon and went.
` TTMcCollum waited a couple of years in LA & then sued her for divorce. (See Catahoula District Court Minutes)
I would love to see your sources re: Mary Hanks. I do, indeed, believe that she is a daughter of Joseph & Rhoda Hanks, but have never been quite sure. Please let me know!
I will await your reply - sorry it's taken so long to respond -

Re: Elizabeth Senterfit of GA, widowed before 1850

Posted: 23 Jun 2007 9:52PM GMT
Classification: Query
I do have some information on John Senterfitt's wife, Elizabeth, if still interested. Will look forward to hearing from you. Marilyn Senterfitt

Re: Elizabeth Senterfit of GA, widowed before 1850

Posted: 15 Oct 2007 2:28AM GMT
Classification: Query
My husband's grandmother was Thelma Graves Means, daughter to Benjamin Walton Means, son of Benjamin Franklin Means and Barbara Belinda Senterfit. Any information you might have would be helpful. We also have several old photos.

Thank you for any info.

J Hutchinson

Re: Elizabeth Senterfit of GA, widowed before 1850

Posted: 15 Oct 2007 3:02AM GMT
Classification: Query
John R Senterfitt is my husband's great-great-great uncle. His brother Jessie is Vern's great-great-great grandfather. We have traced back to South Carolina in the late 1700s but no farther. Most of the family came to Pulaski Georgia area. When the father, Henry, died in the 1820s the sons scattered. Jessie came with his family to the Florida Territory. John settled in southwest Georgia but moved on to Louisiana where he died. His wife and children eventually moved on to Texas. The children are Rhonda, Barbara Belinda, Reuben, Matthias and Katherine. Reuben is described as a cattle king. He helped establish the town of Senterfitt near Lampasas and Lometa. All that remains today is the cemetery. We visited it several years ago.
If you would like copies of any thing we might have, please email me at fitt2@Aol.com with your email address. Would be interested in scans or copies of the photos you may have. We, unfortunately, have very few early Senterfitt photos. Thanks so much for replying to my query. Look forward to hearing from you. Marilyn and Vernon Senterfitt
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