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Posted by: David W. Hiott Date: March 13, 2000 at 20:40:13
In Reply to: HENRY H. HIOTT, MESSICK'S SON by David W. Hiott of 960

Here is some more Messick Loper Hiott/ Henry H. Hiott stuff, via email between Shelly and myself:
Do you have any information on D.L. Baxley? I have absolutely no information about him - just got a first name from a death certificate last week. I am a little confused about the Hiott - Hiott - Baxley - family lines. Were Rebecca and H.H. Hiott (the other Henry) the parents of Whyman? I know that Elizabeth and Jane were both Baxleys. Jane C. married a John Hiott who is apparently the brother of Elijah Malachi Hiott and the Son of Messick Hiott. My grandmother spent a lot of time at her great aunt Jane's house and told me stories about it. She remembered when they took in Jane's half brother Whyman - however she never elaborated on what happened to him. I know I have run this family puzzle by you before, but I am trying to solve the whole Messick Hiott and his 25 possible children problem. I have been trying to track down this John Hiott that Jane married to see if his death certificate names Messick as his father. I do not know what year he died or where he is buried - thus making a death cert very hard to find. This is why I have been searching cemeteries. They lived near Doctor's Creek. I did get some confirmation on some of the female Hiotts that my grandmother listed. I am looking up their death certificates to see who they name as their father as well. -- SHELLY

I am sorry that I can't help much, but Messick has always been a mystery to me, too. John S. Hiott was probably the youngest son of Messick by wife #1, Sara A. (you offered the possible last name of Carter?). As you state, he m. Jane Baxley, who was 3 years his senior. I seem to have dates on him, but unfortunately I seem to have lost the reference, so I can't vouch for them, and I suggest that you not consider them "bible". Anyhow: dob = 3-14-1859, dod = 11/11/1924. My note also suggests that he is buried at Drs. Creek Cem., but where? You didn't find a stone for him, did you? Perhaps the grave is unmarked? There were no children. They lived near Messick. In the 1880 census, half sister Dolly (age 28) was living with them, as well as Wyman, called Wyoming in that census (age
17). I have talked to Wyman's nephew, Carn Foch Hiott, tonight. He said that Dolly died young without issue. I used to hear rumors as a child to the effect that Wyman wasn't really a Hiott, but was actually a "Lemacks", but raised by Hiotts. Carn (his father was Calhoun "Cal" Hiott) says that he has never heard of this. Getting back to Henry H. Hiott, he was apparently the oldest of
Messick's mess of kids by wife #1, born abt 1831. Rachel R., his wife was also b. 1-1-1831 and d. 8-2-1908, according to the headstone at Drs. Creek. No H.H.H. stone is there, BUT there is an old grave beside hers with a metal plaque, identifying "Wichman Funeral Directors". This mortuary has not been in operation in my lifetime, but prob. was in business in the early 1900s, so this could be where H.H.H. lies? Sorry that I can't do better, but I greatly appreciate your efforts. David

I have a book of the 1850 Colleton Census--- not an index, but the real thing. It is most helpful. Would that other enterprising g-searchers would do this for the other decades (60, 70, 80, 00, 10, 20.) Of course I extracted the Hiotts from 1790-1900 30 years ago, but didn't pay attention back then to who lived near whom, etc.

The 1860 census gives the kids in HH/RR's house as Oliver 13, Elizabeth 11, Jane 9, Lawrence 7, Eliza Ann 1. I don't know where from, but I have the HH/RR marriage as having taken place either 1858 or 1859? If so, then all of these except Eliza Ann were from Rachel's marriage to the late DL Baxley? In 1870, more confusion. The minors are Elizabeth 20, Jane C. 18, (ok so far), but then John 15, Lavenia 8, Henry H. 7, Rachel 5, Martha C. 4,

The 1880 census children were more puzzles: G.W. 19 (deformed), Mary M. 15, and W.R. 8 (cousin). In 1870, HH/et al was involved in suit against estate of Joseph K. Risher (he was the administrator for the estate of RR's late husband, DL Baxley). In 1871 HH rec'd deed from Ann Eliz. Baxley Hiott, etc. for 339 acres S. of Jones Swamp for $300. HH/RR were also involved that year in the sale of 1,153
acres of Bixley (Baxley) land of the Little Buckhead. This tract was called the "Risher Tract". In 1882, a suit was filed by HH/RR against Ann E. and Jane Hiott, undoubtedly over Baxley land? ---DAVID

A minor discovery! Looking over the Parker Funeral Home listings via the Rice Planter Newsletter, I found something. In 1948 Mollie Hiott Hiers died, 1864-1948, 83 yo at death. Guess who her father was? Henry H.! Mother?? Rachel LYONS! So now we know that Rachel R. was a Lyons, married D.L. Baxley, and then as a widow in her late 20's, married Messick's son, Henry H. Hiott.
Molly may have been the Martha C Hiott ,4, in the 1870 census, but is more likely the Mary M. , 15, in the 1880 census (though MC might = MM?). What do you think? ---David


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