Margaret Furse - THE HAWKINS RANCH IN TEXAS

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Friday, October 10, 2014 - 7:00pm
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The Hawkins Ranch in Texas: From Plantation Times to the Present (Centennial Series of the Association of Former Students, Texas A&M University #121) Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9781623491109
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Published: Texas A&M University Press - April 8th, 2014

In 1846, James Boyd Hawkins, his wife Ariella, and their young children
left North Carolina to establish a sugar plantation in Matagorda County,
in the Texas coastal bend.

In THE HAWKINS RANCH IN TEXAS: FROM PLANTATION TIMES TO THE PRESENT," Margaret Lewis Furse, a
great-granddaughter of James B. and Ariella Hawkins and an active
partner in today's Hawkins Ranch, has mined public records, family
archives, and her own childhood memories to compose this sweeping
portrait of more than 160 years of plantation, ranch, and small-town
life.

Letters sent by the Hawkinses from the Texas plantation to
their North Carolina family in the mid-nineteenth century describe sugar
making, the perils of cholera and fevers, the activities of children,
and the "management" of slaves. Public records and personal papers
reveal the experience of the Hawkins family during the Civil War, when
J. B. Hawkins sold goods to the Confederacy and helped with Confederate
coastal defenses near his plantation. In the 1930s, the death of their
parents left the ranch in the hands of four sisters, at a time when few
women owned and ran cattle operations.

THE HAWKINS RANCH IN TEXAS offers a panoramic view of
agrarian lifeways and how they must adapt to changing times.