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Ezra Hawkins  



Ezra Hawkins, Age 85, Dies of Heart Trouble

Ezra E. Hawkins, age 85 years died at his home Saturday of heat trouble, having been in poor health since the middle of June.

He was a retired mail carrier and lived all his life in and near Culver.

He was a member of the Evangelical Church and the Gleaners Lodge.

The surviving relatives are the widow, Mrs. Jennie Hawkins; two daughters, Mrs. Tillie Norris and Mrs. Lottie Marshall both of Culver; three sons - Benjamin, Elza and Lloyd, all of Culver; two step-daughters, Mrs. Lous Greenway and Mrs. Caroline Patton, of Culver; two step-sons Clarence Hollett of Plymouth and John Hollett of Mishawaka; two brothers William H. Hawkins of Sturgis, Mich., and John R. Hawkins of Meaweaka, Mich.; seventeen grandchildren and four great grandchildren

Funeral services were held at the Culver Evangelical Churchu Monday afternoon, Rev. R. L. Haley officiating.

Internment was in the Culver Masonic Cemetery. - 14 Sep 1938 Citizen






The Hawkins Family - One Township Yesterdays






Ezra E. Hawkinswas the fourth child, born in this county, March 27, 1853 to William W. Hawkins and Telitha Ann Owen.

He was married June 12, 1874, to MARY ANN EBLING, his first wife
    Mrs Ezra Hawkins, wife of the mail carried on route 16, died at her home on South Main Street after an illness of several months.

    The funeral was held at the Reformed church on Suday afternoon, the services being conducted by Rev. A. H. Michael, assister by Rev. T. J. RUssell.

    The music was furnished by the choir. The pall beareres were the four sons and two sons-in-law of the deceased - Clarence, Elza, Benjamin, and Lloyd Hawkins, N. S. Norris and R. E. Marshall.

    The flowers were numerous and beautiful.

    The burial was tempporarily in the Culver cemetery.

    Mary Ann Jane, oldest daughter of Benjamin and Angeline Edbling, was born in Schuylkill county Pennsylvania, Feb 2, 1844 and died Feb. 10, 1911 aged 56 years and 8 days.

    When a small girl her parents moved to Indiana and the principal part of her life was spent in and around this community.

    On June 26, 1877, she was married to Ezra Hawkins of Starke county.

    To this union were born eight children, all of whom are living - Clarence M, William Benjamin, Elza H., Lloyd E, Frederick E., Mrds. Matilda Norris, Mrs. Charlotta Marshall and Bertha C.

    Besides the children, the husband, aged father, two sisters (Mrs. Catherine Zechiel of Marion, O. and Elizabeth Barrett of Pawnee, Ok. and four grandchildren remain to mourn her death.

    One brother and her mother preceded her in death.

    She was baptized in infancy and confirmed in her youth as a member of the Zion Reformed church, and later transferred her membership to the church at Culver. As a christain she was firm in her faith, loyal to the church and her Savior at all times, and strove earnestly to rear her family to fear the Lord.

    Her family owes her a debt of gratitude for earnest admonition and prayers and good christain example. As a mother and companion no service was too ardous for her.

    The home was her realm where she reigned as a loving queen, guiding with a firm hand and loving heart. In short, to all around her she was a friend in need.

    Her life was a life of unselfish service for others. To the last of her life she was devoted to the welfare of others. The rest into which she has now entered was well deserved. Like one of old, it may be said of her, "she hath done what she could". May she rest in peace.- 16 Feb 1911 - Citizen


Their children were
    1. Clarence Hawkins of Fostoria, Ohio
    2. William Benjamin Hawkins of Culver
    3. Bertha Hawkins married --Kimmel , of Mishawaka
    4. Lloyd Hawkins of Culver
    5. Elza Hawkins of Culver
    6. Lottie Hawkins married Ray Marshall, of Culver
    7. Fred Hawkins deceased.
    8. Matlida Hawkins married Norman S Norris


EZRA HAWKINS married in Oct 1914 for the 2nd time -
    Ezra Hawkins, government mail carrier on route 15 and Mrs. Jennie Hollet were united in marriage on Sunday evening at 7:30 at the home of the latter.

    The ceremony was perfored by Rev. z J. R. Young, pastor of the Evangelical church.

    In addition to the Culver relatives of the bride and grrom there were present Mr. and Mrs John Fetters of Beaver City, Neb.; Mr. and Mrs Charles Alexander of Culver and Miss Hattie Lichtenberger of Hihhard. The Citizen on behalf of a circle of friends extend congratulations to the worthy couple and hopes for them a family life of uninterrupted joy. - 15 Oct 1914
Jennie L. Newman Birth: May 13 1871 Death: Jan 11 1947 Burial: Oak Hill Cemetery Plymouth Marshall County Indiana she was 1st married to Jay Hollett Birth: 1868 Death: 1908 Burial: Oak Hill Cemetery Plymouth Marshall County Indiana daughter of James Newman, Drucilla Wheeler
    Mrs. Jennie Hawkins, One Time Resident Here, Dies

    Mrs. Jennie L. Hawkins, 75 years old, died Saturday evening in Parkview Hospital, Plymouth, after an illness of a heart ailment.

    She was born in Lima, Ind., May 13, 18871 and had rsided for 40 years in the Plymouth and Culver communities.

    Surviving are four children Mrs. Caroline Patton and Clarece Holet of Plymouty, Mrs. Lois Greenway of Culver and John HOllet of Mishawaka; two sisters Carrie Gawl of Plymouth and Mrs. Ella Rice of Sturfus, Mich. and a brother John Newman of Sturgis; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

    Funeral services were held on Tuesday afternoon in the Evangelical church in Culver, of which she was a member

    Burial will be in Oakhill cemetery, Plymouth.


Mrs Jennie Hollet and family of four children are removing from Three Oaks, Mich. to make Culver their home - 15 Jun 1911

James Newman of Sturgis is visiting this week with hid daughter, Mrs. Ezra Hawkins - 29 Mar 1917

by her first marriage has has as mentioned in Ezra's obituary:
    Lois M. Hollett Birth: May 6, 1900 Three Oaks,Berrien,Michigan Death: February 8, 1986 South Bend,St. Joseph, Indiana married Charles Hobart Greenway Birth: Aug 29 1896 - Coal City,Owen,Indiana Death: June 17 1976 - South Bend,St. Joseph,Indiana son of Hiram Nathaniel Greenway and Caroline Elizabeth Cook

    Caroline D Hollet born 1909 Michigan married Jul 1929 Plymouth, Marshall county Indiana Orlie Patton

    Clarence Roe Hollett Birth 16 NOV 1892 Berrien, Michigan Death 9 SEP 1973 Santa Clara, California married Tillie W ---
      parents are listed as Henry Wood Hollett and Emma Jane "Jenny" Stoner


    John Gorden Hollett Birth: January 18, 1894 Berrien, Michigan Death: July 16, 1972 Benton Harbor, Berrien, Michigan Burial: Galien Township Cemetery Galien, Berrien County, Michigan married 1) Jan 6 1915 Marshall county Indiana Hattie May Lichtenberger May 1 1895 - Marshall county Indiana she married 2nd Carmel Byron "C B, Peanuts" McKINNEY daughter of Henry Lichtenberger and Lucinda Ludem Garn filed divorce Jan 1918; 2) married 28 May 1919 St Joseph, Berrien, Michigan May Smurr abt 1891 - Indiana m. 1st Cropper daugher of John Smurr and -- Barr; married 3) Frances --- Birth: 20 Feb 1901 Michigan Death: 24 Jan 1979 Benton Harbor, Berrien, Michigan


1. Clarence Melvin Hawkins Birth: 12 Jun 1878 - Starke County, Indiana, USA Death: 20 Nov 1934 - Fostoria, Hancock, Ohio buried Fountain Cemetery Fostoria Hancock County Ohio married 15 MAY 1905 Emma Matilda Mertel Birth: 25 Jul 1886 - Fostoria, Ohio Death: 12 Dec 1956 daughter of Jogann Georg Mertel and and Catharina Helfrich
    Clarence Hawkins Dies In Forstoria, Ohio

    Clarence M. Hawkins, age 56 years, died Tuesday Nov. 20 at his home in Fostoria, Ohio, after an illness of nine months.

    He was the son of Ezra Hawkins of Culver, and was born in Starke county Indiana, June 12, 1878.

    Funeral services were held Friday at Fostoria. Music was furnished by two nieces and the pallbearers were nephews.

    Surviving are the widow, two sons, one grandson, the aged father, three brothers Loyd, Benjamin and Elza of Culver; and three sisters Mrs. N. S. Norris, Mrs. Ray Marshall and Mrs. Martha Kimmel of Mishawaka to mourn his massing. - 28 Nov. 1924 - Citizen.


2. William Benjamin Hawkins
    Funeral Services for W. B. Hawkins Held Today

    Funeral services for William Benjamin Hawkins, age 76, are being held at two o'clock this afternoon at his home on White street

    Rev. Charles Light, pastor of the Union Church of the Brethern and Rev. Maynary Tittle, pastor of the Culver Bible Church are conducting the services with burial at the Culver Cemetery

    Mrs. Hawkins died suddenly of a heart attack Sunday afternoon whil driving with Mrs. Hawkins on State Road 10 about two miles west of Culver. Dr. Otis R. Bown of Bremen, Marshall County Cornoner, said that he had died of coronary occulsion

    Mr. Hawkins, the second son of eight children of Ezra and Mary Ann Hawkins was born in Starke county near Culver April 28, 1880 and had spent his entire life in this community.

    He retired a few years ago and moved to Culver.

    He was a member of the Cuhurch of the Berthern

    His parents, a sister Bertha, and two brothers Clarence and Fred preceded him in death.

    Surviving are his widow Lenora; two brothers Elza and Lloyd both of Culver; two sisters Mrs. Norman Norris and Mrs Lottie Marshall; and several nieces and nephews. - 24 Oct 1956 - Citizen
married Lenora Mock Birth: Mar 9 1882 Death: 1964 daughter of Eli Mock and Sarah Bigler

3. Bertha Celeste Hawkins Birth: 1892 Death: 1938 married Charles M. Kimmel Birth: 1876 Death: 1949 both buried Fairview Cemetery Mishawaka St. Joseph County Indiana

4. Lloyd E Hawkins Birth: Feb. 18, 1884 Death: Jan., 1966

married 28 Jun 1908 Mary Alberts
    Mary Barbara Hawkins, nee Albert, daughter of John and Catherine Albert, was born March 12, 1891, in Pulaski County, Ind., and died in Culver Feb. 22, 1914 aged 22 years, 11 months and 9 days. She was married to Lloyd Hawkins June 28, 1908. To them was born one daughter, Helen May. She was converted about eight years ago and united with the Evangelical church at Pleasant Hill on Bruce Lake charge under the labors of Rev. A.E. Weyrick. Her sufferings were severe, but she bore them with patience. In her last illness she often requested the Christian people to pray with her and expressed her desire to be a Christian and was putting her trust in the Lord. She leaves to mourn a husband, daughter, mother, one brother, one sister. Her father, two sisters and five brothers preceded her in death. Funeral services were held in the Evangelical church, conducted by Rev. J.F. Young, on Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 24. Interment at the Culver cemetery.
Child:
    Helen May Hawkins Birth: Feb. 23, 1909 Culver Marshall County Indiana, Death: Dec. 31, 1996 married Jack e. Worner Birth: Jan. 7, 1910 Death: Oct. 8, 2005 Colorado
married Jul 1914 Ruby Lunsford Birth: Jul. 27, 1895 Death: Apr., 1985 daughter of W. M. Lunsford
    Fern Kathyrn Hawkins Birth: Oct. 11, 1915 Culver Marshall County Indiana Death: Feb. 11, 2004 Culver Marshall County Indiana married December 23, 1945, at Culver, Indiana, to Ermil C."Bud" Lewis
      Mary Ann Lewis
      Sandra K (Sandy) Lewis
      James Lewis
    Robert L Hawkins Birth: Dec 14 1917 Death: 1989 - South Bend, Ind married --- Emrah
    Glen E Hawkins Birth: Mar 10 1926 Death: Apr 1990 married Joann ---
    Jesse E Hawkins


5. Elza H Hawkins married 16 Jun 1908 Culver He was a farmer; construction worker for Barnes construction company.


married 16 JUN 1908 - Starke Co., Ind Helga Alexandra Johansen Birth: 1890 Death: 1980 daughter of Rasmus Johansen and Frederike Wilhelmine (Friede) Lau (Lowe)

Children:
    Harry T Hawkins Birth: Aug. 20, 1909 Death: Jul. 31, 2000 married Maxine I Segelstrom Oct 20 1951 Birth: Mar. 10, 1918 Muskegon, Michigan Death: May 4, 2014 LaPorte , Indiana married 1st William H. Sommers daughter of Emil Segelstrom and Esther Carlson both buried Pine Lake Cemetery La Porte La Porte County Indiana

    Marjorie Hawkins Birth: Jul. 25, 1913 Culver Marshall County Indiana Death: Aug. 19, 2009 Plymouth Marshall County Indiana married March 15, 1946 Charles Ferrier Birth: Dec. 26, 1911 Culver Marshall County Indiana, Death: Mar., 1987 son of Clark I. Ferrier and Clista Easterday
      Tina Hopkins m. James "Jim" Hopple


6. Charlotte "Lottie" Hawkins Birth: May 9 1889 Culver Marshall County Indiana Death: 14 Sep 1973 South Bend St Joseph Indiana
    Mrs. Charlotte (Lottie) Marshall Duddleson, 84, formerly of 439 Lakeview Street, Culver, passed away at 3:00 a.m. on Friday, September 14, 1973, at the Carlyle Nursing Home, South Bend, following an illness of the past two months.

    She was born on May 9, 1889, in Starke County, to Ezra and Mary (Ebling) Hawkins, and had lived in Culver most of her life. She was a member of Grace United Church of Christ, Culver.

    She was first married to Ray Marshall in 1910. He preceded her in death in 1934. She then married Zina Duddleson in 1941. He preceded her in death in 1942.

    Surviving are three sons, James E. Marshall, South Bend, Thomas 0. Marshalll, St. Louis, Missouri, and Alllen R. Marshall, Indiana· polis; one sister, Mrs. Matilda Norris, Pendleton; four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

    Two children preceded her in death.

    Funeral services were held at 2:00p.m. on Monday, September 17 at the Grace United Church of Christ, with the pastor, Rev. John H. Krueger, officiating.

    Burial was in the Culver Masonic Cemetery. The Bonine Funeral Home, Culver, was in charge of the arrangements.
married Ray Elmer Marshall Birth: Mar. 21, 1888 Cissna Park Iroquois County Illinois Death: Nov., 1934 Son of Jqmes M. and Elizabeth Demotte
    Jane E Marshall (1911 - 1911)
    John William Marshall (1916 - 1919)
    Allen Ray Marshall (1922 - 2011)
married 2nd Zina Duddleson Birth: May 14, 1900 Culver Marshall County Indiana Death: Apr. 27, 1942 Plymouth Marshall County Indiana, son of Zina A Duddleson and Emma Overmyer

7. Frederick E 'Fred' Hawkins Birth: 1895 Indiana, Death: Aug. 10, 1916 South Bend St. Joseph County Indiana. Burial: Masonic Cemetery Culver Marshall County Indiana

8. Matlida Hawkins Birth: Nov. 12, 1886 Starke County Indiana, Death: Nov., 1973 Pendleton Madison County Indiana married Norman Sylvester Norris , Dr. (DDS) Birth: Sep. 6, 1879 Marshall County Indiana, Death: 1957 son of Harvey Ransom Norris and Louisa Adler br>
They adopted:
    Elsie A. "Bonnie" Bortman Birth 19 MAY 1915 Indiana Death 05 SEP 1998 North Billerica, Middlesex, Massachusetts married Paul Irwin Rector Birth 31 MAY 1912 Pendleton, Madison, Indiana Death 27 NOV 1987 Anderson, Madison, Indiana son of Frank Joseph Rector and Georgia Lyle Cole (Rector family)







His part of his estate accounting is found within the abstract for 419 S. Main Street Culver

He was his residence for years was a 419 S. Main St and was on the 1910, 1920, and 1930 census there

He was also owner of several other houses; properties and businesses through the years.






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