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The Hawkins Ranch in Texas
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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: From Plantation Times to the Present offers a panoramic view of agrarian lifeways and how they must adapt to changing times.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Frontispiece, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Genealogy of the Hawkinses, Alstons, and Rugeleys
  2. pp. ix-xvii
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  1. Maps
  2. pp. xviii-xx
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. I. Plantation Beginnings
  2. pp. 13-14
  1. Chapter 1. North Carolina Roots
  2. pp. 15-18
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  1. Chapter 2. Letters Written en Route
  2. pp. 19-23
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  1. Chapter 3. Starting the Caney Sugar Plantation
  2. pp. 24-31
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  1. Chapter 4. Ariella and Plantation Family Life
  2. pp. 32-38
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  1. Chapter 5. The Case of Edgar and Ways of Thought in Slavery Times
  2. pp. 39-48
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  1. Chapter 6. Building the Ranch House (Lake House), 1854
  2. pp. 49-54
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  1. Chapter 7. Effects of Civil War and Emancipation
  2. pp. 55-60
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  1. Chapter 8. Frank Hawkins and the Development of Cattle Ranching
  2. pp. 61-68
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  1. Chapter 9. Ariella's Fight for Her Rights
  2. pp. 69-74
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  1. Part II. Young Lady Ranchers
  2. pp. 75-76
  1. Chapter 10. A Birth, a Death, and the Move to Town, 1896
  2. pp. 77-80
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  1. Chapter 11. Schooling and a House of Their Own, 1913
  2. pp. 81-87
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  1. Chapter 12. Young Lady Ranchers in Charge, 1917
  2. pp. 88-92
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  1. Chapter 13. Courtship and Marriage
  2. pp. 93-96
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  1. Chapter 14. Lizzie
  2. pp. 97-106
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  1. Chapter 15. The Conversations in the Family, 1935
  2. pp. 107-111
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  1. Chapter 16. Janie and Harry
  2. pp. 112-120
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  1. Chapter 17. Sister and Esker
  2. pp. 121-124
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  1. Chapter 18. Meta and Jim
  2. pp. 125-127
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  1. Chapter 19. Rowland and Daughty
  2. pp. 128-130
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  1. Chapter 20. The Lady Visitor and the Decision
  2. pp. 131-135
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  1. Chapter 21. The Ranch House and Mr. Norcross
  2. pp. 136-142
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  1. Part III. The Instruction of Town and Country
  2. pp. 143-144
  1. Chapter 22. The Courthouse Square and Depot
  2. pp. 145-150
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  1. Chapter 23. The Alley Way
  2. pp. 151-157
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  1. Chapter 24. Miss Tenie
  2. pp. 158-164
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  1. Chapter 25. Good People on the Place
  2. pp. 165-177
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  1. Chapter 26. Frank Hawkins Lewis, Cattleman
  2. pp. 178-186
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  1. Chapter 27. The Future of the Sense of Place
  2. pp. 187-194
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 195-196
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  1. Appendix. Sketches and Letters of the Antebellum Children
  2. pp. 197-204
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 205-218
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 219-222
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 223-232
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  1. Back Cover
  2. pp. 233-233
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  1. Image Plates
  2. pp. 234-253
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