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She, her husband, and daughter Cottie are mentioned in the Transcription of a taped 1998 conversation with her niece, Mary Lou Hardison.

broken stone for Fannie Harwell, stone says, "wife of G Harwell, dau of Asa Hardison" 5-28-1853 to 6-14-1907 Mount Moriah Cemetery

Artemesia Frances "Fannie" Hardison Harwell

5-28-1858 to 6-14-1907




1844-Mary Ann Hardison

1845-Sally Clark

1846-Noah T. Hardison

1848-Sophie Elizabeth

1849-James H. Hardison

1851-Asa Biggs Hardison

1852-Jessie Hyman Hardison

1854-Louisa Robertson

1856-John Franklin Hardison

1860-George Washington Hardison

1863-Alonzo Edwin Hardison

married 12-21-1881


Lewis C. or G. Harwell


also called George

He remarried after her death to Mattie

acquiring stepchildren

with surnames Sims & Ward




1885-Cottie May





Asa Hardison


Clara Robeson

spouse's parents:

Rufus Franklin Harwell


Jane T/Maddie Jane Burge

maternal grandparents:

John Robeson & Winnefred (Wollard?)


paternal grandparents:

Jesse Hardison & Anna (Leggett?)

maternal aunts & uncles:

1805-Asa; 1806-Sintha Stallings; 1810-Sopha; 181?-Hyman; 1817-Matilda/Tillie Biggs; 1818-Sally


paternal aunts & uncles:

1814-James; 1816-Noah; 1820-Dave; 1829-Mary Ann



"Artemesia Frances, that was Papa's sister. I think they called her Fanny. She married a Harwell, Aunt Fanny. She married Uncle Lewis Harwell. Do you remember seeing Cousin Cottie? Well that was her daddy, Lewis Harwell. Fanny was her mother. That was Papa's sister. Cottie was his niece... I just barely remember anything, just barely. Wasn't that a family. Ooh, twelve children. No wonder grandmother died young."

Born 5-28-1858 and died 6-14-1907 in TN, according to Hardison Family Bible as transcribed by Mary Lou. 1860 census AF age 2. 1870 census "Mattie" age 11.

Dyer County Bride Record 12-21-1881. Bride FA Hardison born Dyer County, age 24. Groom LC Harwell born Gibson County, farmer. Name of official: TJ Simmons. Witnesses: VA Word and MI Word of Crockett (might be Ward actually). Residence at time of marriage: groom-Crockett County, bride-Dyer County. Date recorded 1-20-1882.

1891 Dyer County Census that shows Asa Hardison in household 72 and JW Clark (her sister Sallie's husband) in household 80, shows RF Harwell, age 66, in household 98 and RK Harwell, age 35, in in household 99. That's LC Harwell's father and brother.

1900 census, Dyer County TN, Civil District 2:

LC Harwell, age 41, born July 1858 in Alabama of parents born in VA, farmer, married 17 years

Wife Fannie, age 41, born May 1859 in TN of parents born in NC, married 17 years

Daughter Pearl, 16, born Aug 1883 in TN

Daughter "Cather," age14, born Oct 1885 in TN.

3-10-1907 Dyer County Marriage records show Cottie Harwell wed Jewell Hooks. This marriage was apparently annulled, despite the birth of a son. By census and draft records, his name was actually Carless or Carles Jewell Hooks. In 1907 he was 17 years old and Cottie was 22 (worth noting only because Elmer Hooks, presumably his brother, is shown in the 1910 census as 17 years old with a 23 year old wife, married for four months.) Jewell is son of Mack D. Hooks and his second wife, Mariah (herself previously married with surname Morris). His brothers were Elmer, Allen and Willie/Willis.

1907 Mount Moriah has tombstone of Fannie Harwell, 5-28-1858 to 6-14-1907, daughter of Asa Hardison, appears to say "wife of G Harwell." Mount Moriah also has a separate tombstone for Lewis C. Harwell, 1857-1925.

1910 census, Dyer County District 2 (Fanny's daughter with her father & new stepmother):

Louis C. Harwell, age 51, in marriage 2 for 6 months, farmer, born TN, parents born TN

wife Mattie Harwell, age 44, in marriage 3 for 6 months, mother of 6, all living, TN-TN-TN

daughter Cottie Harwell, age 25, single

stepson Morris Sims, age 23, farm labor, TN-TN-TN

stepson Tom Ward, age 16, farm labor, TN-TN-TN

stepson Jimie? Ward, age 14, farm labor, TN-TN-TN

stepson Willie/Willis Ward, age 12, farm labor TN-TN-TN

stepdaughter Ida Ward, age 10 TN-TN-TN

stepdaughter Fran?Fen? Ward, age 5 (transcriber put her name as "Fun")

grandson Rufus Hooks, age 2 TN-TN-TN

NOTE that Cottie is back to being a Harwell, and is listed as S, single, not D, divorced.

(1910 census shows Jewell Hooks in his father's household, listed as single. Note that two households up the page is Lizzie Clark (Fanny's sister, who also is on the same page as Jewell Hooks family in the 1900 census) and the next household below MD Hooks (Jewell's father) is Elmer Hooks, age 17, married for four months to Esther Hooks, age 23


7-16-1911 Dyer County marriage records show Cottie May Harwell wed L.G. Palmer

Note that she is Cottie Harwell, not Cottie Hooks.


1920 census Dyer District 2, Friendship written along margin

(tracking Rufus Hooks, remembered by sons of Fanny's brothers Leland and Vinas)

Gamie/Samie? Palmer, age 50, farmer, ALA-MS-MS

wife Georgie, age 33, TN-TN-TN

daughter Georgia, age 8

stepson Rufus Hooks, age 12


1920 census, Dyer County, District 2 (might not be the correct LC Harwell):

Louis C Harwell, age 61, born in TN of parents born in the United States, farmer.

Wife Emma, age 60, born in TN of parents born in TN.


According to family trees posted to the Internet One World Tree (which does not give source material)

    Richard Harwell married Nancy Owen.

    Their son Rufus Franklin Harwell married Jane T or Maddie Jane Burge. Rufus was born 9-16-1824 in Nashville, Davison County TN and died 3-7-1893. His wife was the daughter of Wesley Burge and Clara Dickson/Dixon. (The 1880 Crockett County TN mortality schedule for the year ending 5-31-1880 included JT Harwell, 53, female, born in VA of parents born in VA, keeping home, who died in April of pneumonia--could be Jane T, wife or Rufus).

    The children of RF Harwell included: India, Cleo, BT (female), Nannie, Missouri, FP, Lonzo Coleman (born 4-25-1851, died 3-29-1880), Lewis C and Rufus King (or RK born 2-21-1855).

12-2-1873 legal document shows JJ Yates, JH Hardison and CT Nash each pledged a thousand dollars bond on a paper choosing JJ Yates as legal guardian of the minor heirs of F. Harwell, deceased, including: R.K. Harwell, Indiana Harwell, Cleopatra Harwell, L.C. Harwell, Nancy Jane Harwell, and Terry C. Scallings. (NOTE: This is kind of odd, because by the 1880 census shown below, the kids are not under the care of JJ Yates, and their father appears to be alive and kicking. Don't know who F. Harwell was.)

1880 census, Crockett County, TN, Friendship:

R.F. Harwell, age 57, farmer born in TN of parents born in VA.

Son R.K., age 23, born in TN of parents born in TN, works on farm.

Son L.C., age 22, works on farm.

Daughter C.P. age 18, keeping home.

Daughter N.J., age 15

"daughter" TC, male, age 9.

The 1880 Crockett County TN mortality schedule for the year ending 5-31-1880 included JT Harwell (possibly LC's mother, Jane T/Maddie Burge Harwell), age 53, female, born in VA of parents born in VA, keeping home, who died in April of pneumonia, and LHC Harwell, age 28, male, farmer, born in TN of parents born in TN, who died in March of pneumonia. In both cases the doctor's name was Smith. Not sure the relationship, if any.

Internet One World Tree shows L.C.'s brother, Rufus King Harwell 2-21-1855 to 4-30-1893 (Friendship) married 3-8-1883 to Salecia Forest Hardin (1864 to 1950, died in TX). Their children included Walter C. Harwell (born 5-29-1884 in Dyer County, married Beulah Pearl Deaton); Willie Gertrude (female) Harwell born 4-19-1886 died 1-19-1888; Virgie Lee Harwell born 7-5-1890, married William Milton Utley; and Isaac Ernest Harwell, born 4-1-1892 and married Lelia Etheridge Lovelace (the daughter of Lelia and Isaac Harwell was Marilyn Lee Harwell who married Clyde Eugene Robertson).

LB Harwell is all over the newspapers of Crockett County from about 1905 to 1930. Not sure his relationship either, but Bellevernon cemetery in Friendship has LB Harwell 1854-1938 on the same stone as Alice C. Harwell 1854-1933.