There are three distinct family lines in Arkansas that go back to a George Thweatt, who married Grace Thompson. This we know: they were Dinwiddie County, Va., folk, had twelve children, some of whom married and paid taxes in Virginia, others married in Williamson Co., Tenn. The writer is indebted, first, to Judge P. O. Thweatt, a lawyer for many years in Helena, Ark., who having lost his children by death, left important lineage papers to his grandnephew, Chas. B. Thweatt, a lawyer of Little Rock, Arkansas.
Miss Belie White, whose mother was a Thweatt, who was born and reared in Williamson County, also contributed to the formulation of the following, as well as to other lines of the Thweatt families. The reader will bear in mind that in the early years of Tennessee settlement, Williamson County Court House was built of logs. This makes it difficult for the researcher to establish court documentation. This fact, with the burning of court houses in the Civil War period, with the destruction of records in Virginia, causes the researcher to depend on church registers and family Bible records for his information.
A fine biography can be found of Judge P. O. Thweatt in "Arkansas History," Vol. III, compiled in 1911. Also of Attorney Chas. B. Thweatt, in a much later volume. The father of Chas. B. was Judge J. G. Thweatt of who was born Mar. 24, 1852, Practiced law in Prairie County, Ark., continuously for years, 62 of which were in De Vails Fluff, Arkansas. . John Thweatt; m. (?). Issue: 1-John Thweatt, 2-Henry Thweatt (Bristol Parish Register -- Henry and Hannad, Issue: Geo. Thweatt, b. Aug. 29, 1719, John Thweatt, b. Apr. 12, 1721, Obedience Thweatt, b. Sept. 15, 1724) 3-George Thweatt. George Thweatt; m. Grace Thompson. Issue: 1-William Thweatt, 2-Joseph Thweatt; m. (Ist) Sallie Powell, m. (2nd) Fatsy Gunn, 3-Peter Thweatt; m. Lucy (Lucretia) Parish July 28, 1787, 4-George Thweatt, died 1790, 5-Stephen Thweatt, 6-Charles Thweatt; m. Bettie Sturdevant, 7-Fannie Thweatt; m. John Leach, 8- Martha Thweatt, 3-Mary Thweatt; m. (?) Sturdevant, lO-Betsie Thweatt; m. (?) Southerland, ll-Sallie Thweatt; m. John Ghalson,
Williamson Co., Tenn. Records in 1809 Sallie married William Hutchings (May be a second marriage,), 12-Nancy Thweatt. (I have a Patsy married Bart Hutchings; this could be Nancy or Martha above.). William Thweatt; m. Fannie Daniels. Issue: 1-William Thweatt; m. Rebecca Thompson, two children, William and Peter Thweatt, 2-Peter Thweatt, 3-Howard Thweatt; m. 1815 Williamson Co., 4-Nancy Thweatt; m. Job. Mayberry Dec. 24, 1818, Williamson Co., Tenn. (Note: Nancy and Job had two children, Henry, Amercus.). 5-Betsy or Elizabeth Thweatt; m. Samuel Blake, July 24, 1824, Williamson Co.
Betsy married (?) Coleman, three children, Thomas, Nancy, Fannie. Howard Thweatt; m. Elizabeth Echols. Issue: l-Fannie Thweatt, 2-John Echols Thweatt, lineage on another page, 3-Joseph Thweatt, died young, unmarried, 4 William Thweatt, killed in Civil War, J-Nicholas Booker Thweatt, b. 1825, 6-Christiana Thweatt, 7-Peter Oscar Thweatt. Nicholas B. Thweatt (No. 5 above); m. Mary Hardin. Issue: 1-Joseph Gustavus Thweatt, b. 1852, still living Apr. 1937 and Practicing law at 85. 62 years in one place, 2-Augustus Thweatt; m. Anna Williams, 3-Hardin Thweatt; m. Jessie Echline, 4 Nicholas Echols Thweatt; m. Annie Broome.
Joseph G. Thweatt (No. 1 above); m. Maggie McLauchlan. Issue: 1-Charles Booker Thweatt, b. 1885, 2-Cooper Thweatt, b. 1889, 3-James Thweatt, b. 1892, 4-Sara Margaret Thweatt, b. 1895, 5-John Dale Thweatt, b. 1897. Charles B. Thweatt, b. July 22, 1885; m. Mabel C. Smith, b. Sept. Is, 1900. Issue: 1-George Booker Thweatt, b. Sept 22, 1936; m. Aug. 12, 1948, Elizabeth Sue Walker. Issue: l-Kathryn Ann Thweatt, b. Oct. 14, 1952, 2-Steven Rogers Thweatt, b. Nov. 22, 1955.
Second child of Charles B. and Mabel Thweatt: Mabel Ann Thweatt, b. Apr. 25, 1932. I1-Cooper Thweatt, b. Jan. 30, 1890, never married. II1-James Thweatt, b. Dec. 15, 1892, d. Dec. 11, 1955; m. Nov. 23, 1921, Stella Finley. Issue: James McLauchlan Thweatt, b. Nov. 17, 1927; m. Feb. 7, 1947, Charlene Toll. Issue: l-Rita Rebecca Thweatt, b. Jan. 6, 1951, 2-Phyllis Angela Thweatt, b. May 29, 1953. IV-Margaret Thweatt, b. July 31, 1895; m. (?) Lent Mar. 31, 1920. No issue. V-John Dale Thweatt, b. Oct. 4, 1897; m. July 27, 1923, Viva Jane Hall. No issue. Peter Oscar Thweatt (Judge P. O.), b. Oct. 10, 1834, Williamson Co., Tenn., d. May 11, 1921; m. Feb. 23, 1870, Mary Horner. Issue: Elizabeth, Oscar and Aurelia Thweatt. All died without issue.
Augustus Thweatt; m. (?). Issue: l-Eric Thweatt, 2-Christine Thweatt, now Mrs. C. L. Yates. Hardin Thweatt; m. Jessie Echlin. Issue: Hardin Thweatt, Jr. Nicholas E. Thweatt, b. Aug. 1864, d. Dec. 1925; m. 1887. Issue: 1-Mary Thweatt, b. 1888; m. Jno. T. Cloinger, 2-Elizabeth S. Thweatt, b. Nov. 21, 1894; m. Ben Waiters, 3-Clarice Thweatt, b. Mar. 13, 1897; m. Reese Cooksey, 4-Troy Nicholas Thweatt, b. Sept. 20, 1890; m. July 16, 1913, Mary Holliday, b. Dec. 12, 1892.
Comdr. Troy Nicholas Thweatt, USN (retired) (No. 4 above). Issue: 1-Troy N. Thweatt, Jr., b- Dec. 17, 1920; m. Norma Blanton, 2-Mary Elizabeth Thweatt, b. Mar. 19, 1923; m. V.J. Anania, 3- Nancy Broome Thweatt, b. Aug. 10, 1923; m. T. R. Brown. John Echols Thweatt; m. Martha Reese. Issue: Margaret Echols Thweatt; m. Benjamin Franklin White. Issue: 1-Mary Isabel (Belie) White, 2-William White; m. Ruth Chapman, 3-John Oscar White; m. Margaret Warms. William and Ruth White have issue: 1-William White, Jr., 2-Ruth White; m. D. Canale, 3-Frank White.
John Oscar and Margaret White have issue: l-Margaret Lindsley White, 2-John Warms White. (Note: At the beginning of the 19th century, there must have been at least three Thweatt families living in Williamson County, Tenn.
Also Isham Thweatt, who married Sarah Davis on Dec. 24, 1811, you will find under Louisiana, together with their descendants). Hardin D. Thweatt, Buffalo, N.Y., has done a monumental piece of research in the Thweatt family and has furnished some tax records and other data to be found in this volume.
"My father was Hardin Daniel Thweatt, born in 1859 in Yallahusha Co., Miss., died in De Vails Bluff, Ark., 1893.. My mother was Jessie Echlin, born near Dundas, Ontario, Canada. They were married in Arkansas in July, 1890, and the only child was myself. My name is Hardin Daniel Echlin Thweatt, born Jan. 1, 1892, in De Vails Bluff, Ark. I married Florence T. Brooks of Rochester, N.Y., in Oct., 1920. There is one child, Virginia Brooks Thweatt, born Feb., 1922. My wife died in 1923. I married again in April, 1928, Mrs. Myra William Tatum, who had a son, George Bishop Tatum." Dated Dec. 28, 1937.
Hardin D. Thweatt visited the writer in San Pedro, California and, among other interesting bits of information exchanged, was the following: "My mother came from Canada to visit relatives in De Vails Bluff. My father fell in love with her, and they married in 1890. My father died when I was a baby and my mother took me to Canada where I was raised." The Thweatt family of Arkansas, that I write of next, is distantly related to the preceding Thweatt families. The first group came to Arkansas via Mississippi but were born in Williamson County, Tenn. The relationship of this family to the writer's family is this: William Thweatt married Rebecca Thompson and they had two sons: William Howard Thweatt, b. 1811, and Peter Booker Thweatt, b. 1813. The father of the two boys died when they were small children. The widow, Rebecca, married (?) Lester and, I understand, raised a sizeable family.
William Howard and Peter Booker grew to manhood and married in Williamson County. My grandfather, William Howard, whose lineage will follow under the writer's family record, remained in Williamson County and was the father of sixteen children, by two wives. Peter Booker emigrated to Arkansas with his wife and the line follows: Peter Booker Thweatt, b. Feb. 22, 1813, d. Feb. 22, 1875; m. (?)Frances D. Thweatt, b. Oct. 2, 1807, d. Sept 4, 1886.
Issue: William Howard Thweatt, b. Sept. 19, 1840. He would be first cousin to my father, J.H.H. Thweatt, b. Aug. 10, 1840, 2-Sallie Thweatt, 3-Bettie Thweatt, C Mattie Thweatt. (Note: Descendants state that Peter Booker Thweatt and Frances D. Thweatt were first cousins. I have an order from the clerk of the County Court, Williamson Co., Tenn., of this date, Oct. 22, 1958, for copies of the Will of Frances Thweatt, dated Jan. 11, 1821. If Frances, Peter Booker's wife, was the daughter, she would have been about 13 at her mother's death. You will note that Frances was about 51/2 Years older than Peter Booker.).
William Howard Thweatt, b. Sept. 19, 1840, d. Jan. 29, 1929; m. Sarah Deal, b. Sept. 30, 1845, d. Dec. 19, 1884. Issue: 1-William Oscar Thweatt, b. Sept. 5, 1867, 2-Fannie Irene Thweatt, 3-Cora Eugene Thweatt, b. May 10, 1872, 4-Ada Peter Thweatt, b. Feb. 7, 1875, 5-Howard Owen Thweatt, b. Feb. 14, 1877. (. William Oscar Thweatt, b. Sept. 5, 1867, d. Oct. 12, 1938; m. Oct. 3, 1897, Clara Lillian Caskey, b. Aug. 12, 1872, d. Aug. 12, 1910. Issue: 1-Mary Thweatt, b. July 27, 1901, 2-Ada Thweatt, b. Mar. 24, 1904. Mary Thweatt married Robert Williams Swears June 1, 1926. Issue: 1-Robert William Swears, b. Dec. 14, 1934, 2-Mar1- lynn Sue Swears, b. Aug. 16, 1936.
Fannie Irene Thweatt died without issue. Cora Eugene Thweatt, b. May 10, 1872; m. T. F. Burton (Cora Eugene is the daughter of Wm. Howard and Sarah Thweatt). Issue: l-Howard Allan Burton, b. Jan. 8, 1902; m. Jonnie Reed, one child, Janette Burton, b. May 19, 1929, 2-Joe william Burton, b. June 8, 1906; m. Blanch Murphy, 5-Ada Mae Burton, b. Dec. 28, 1909, 4-01a Burton, b. Jan. 19, 1914. Ada Thweatt; m. May 4, 1924, Earl Hobart Lenderman. Issue: 1-Clara Sue Lenderman, b. Nov. 23, 1926, 2-Marianne Lenderman, b. Aug. 31, 1932, 3-Nancy Dee Lenderman, b. Sept. 18, 1936. Howard Owen Thweatt, b. Feb. 14, 1877; m. Aug. 31, 1904, Elvira E. Tyson, b. Sept. 29, 1878. Married in Brownsville, Tenn. Issue: 1-William Owen Thweatt, b. June 19, 1909, 2-Ella Elvira Thweatt, b. Aug. 12, 1914, 3-Robert Hudson Thweatt, b. May 1, 1918. William Owen Thweatt (No. 1 above), b. June 19, 1908; m. Oct. 24, 1936, Erah Mae Cole, b. Dec. 24, 1911, Gurdon, Ark. Issue: l-Rosalyn Frances Thweatt, b. Jan. 9, 1942, 2-Mary Eleanor Thweatt, b. Dec. 31, 1943.
Robert Hudson Thweatt, son of Howard Owen Thweatt, wrote me Jan. 10, 1937, that he was attending Union University, Jackson, Tenn. Twenty-two years later he writes that he married Mary Jo. Russell, who was born Nov. 8, 1922. They were married July 3, 1942. They have issue: 1-Robert James Thweatt, b. Feb. 19, 1944, 2-Virginia Ruth Thweatt, b. Oct. 3, 1946, 3-Jo Ann Thweatt, b. Feb. 23, 1950.
(Note: Mary Thweatt Swears, the compiler of this family line, forgot to give the given name of Ada P. Thweatt's husband (?) Joyner.) . Ada P. Thweatt; m. (?) Joyner. Issue: 1-Owen Frame Joyner, b. Nov. 28, 1900; m. Mary Frances Marion, b. Oct. 5, 1909. Had one girl, Janice Joyner, b. Feb. 4, 1936. 2-Ruth Joyner, b. Feb. 6, 1903; m. Horace Overton. Issue: 1-Robert Lee Oventon, b. Oct. 12, 1925, 2-Charles Horace Oventon, b. Oct. 1, 1927, 3-Eleanor Ruth Oventon, b. Feb. 13, 1930. Robert Joyner, b. Feb. 6, 1903, died in childhood. Mabel Joyner, b. Oct. 5, 1911; m. Kenneth B. Sanders, no children. William Alvin Joyner, b. Mar. 10, 1908; m. Eleanor Mann. One child, Jolean Mann Joyner. Cora Virginia Joyner, b. Aug. 27, 1917; m. Marvin Mitchell, no issue.
"Papa's Uncle Oscar (his grandmother's brother and meaning Judge P.O. Thweatt of Helena, Ark.) and a Frances Thweatt, who married Peter Booker Thweatt, were brother and sister." The third Arkansas family, while much younger than the two others of whom I have written, was born in Chattanooga, Tenn., the youngest in the family of the writer's eldest brother, whose record will appear under Tennessee. He came to Arkansas, together with his father, step-mother and sister, as a lad, twelve years of age. John Henry Thweatt, b. Nov. 4, 1908; m. Aug. 10, 1932, d Nov 17, 1977. Helen Hale Howton, b. July 26, 1911, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Howton of Osceola, Arkansas. Issue: 1-John Howton Thweatt, b. Oct. 9, 1935; m. July 12, 1958, d. Oct 4, 1998 .Mary Elizabeth Johnson, b. Apr. 14, 1939, 2-William Howard Thweatt, b. Dec. 26, 1916, 3-Sandra Olivia Thweatt, b. Mar. 8, 1944.
John Henry Thweatt is a cotton planter, and he and his wife have made their home and reared their family in Arkansas. Their oldest son, John, is a graduate in law from Baylor University and he, with his bride of a few months, is living in Texas. William Howard Thweatt is also a graduate of Baylor University and is, at this writing, doing graduate work in Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, Texas, preparing himself for the Baptist ministry.
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