HUITT – JENKERSON FAMILY

Submitted By: Jennifer Graveman, St. Charles, Mo.
Researched & Written By: Paul Farmer (now deceased)

My mother’s maiden name was Alzarah Jinkerson and my grandmother Jinkerson’s maiden name was Lucy Huitt. I have wished many times that I had asked my mother more questions about her family. She had an excellent memory. I can remember grandmother Jinkerson but not well as she died when I was probably ten or twelve yeaer old. I can remember her as being a large person and very good natured.

As of January, 1984, the following is the history of the Huitt-Jinkerson families as far as I have been able to determine from the sketchy records available to me. Information was gained from the following sources: County records, recently published History Of Bellevue Valley, my memory from things mother told me and much came from my cousin Homer Frago. Homer lived a few years with granmother Jinkerson in uncle Matt Jinkerson’s home in Leadwood, Mo. Grandmother apparently loved to talk and Homer, being a good listener with an excellent memory, was able to furnish much of the material presented.

In time I hope to fill in more dates and other things of interest in regards to my mother’s family. In fact, this is a preliminary copy which I hope to update at some time in the future. At that time I will include information concerning mother and dad’s family (our family), which is already given briefly in the History Of Bellevue Valley.

My great great grandfather James Hewitt (later changed to Huitt) came to the Bellevue Valley in 1804. James and his wife, Elizabeth, came from North Carolina and settled on a farm, what is now near Belgrade, in 1804. They had four children and one slave. The farm was aquired from Antoine Dejarlais, who had acquired it from Louis aubuchon. It was orginally a Spanish land grant to Aubuchon (survey N. 3261 containing 645 acres). An excerpt from the land grant record regarding James’ acquistion of the farm states, "William Reed, being duly sworn, says that in the spring of 1805, claimant came to his house that he had settled the said tract of land, built a home, raised a crop of corn on the same that year and has actually inhabited and cultivated it to this day: That he then had a wife four children and a slave."

The ownership of his farm seemed to never have really been settled. As late as May, 1833, the record states that "Hewitt resided on said land until the year 1814 when he died and his family has continued to reside on land ever since. Hewitt left a wife and several children."

Four more children were born in Missouri. Altogether there were eight – seven boys and one girl, namely: Lemuel, born in 1798; William (my great grandfather), 1804; James Jr., 1806; Green, 1809; Wilkinson, 1812; Mary (Polly), 1814. Then there is Elizah and John but no birth dates are available for them.

James and Elizabeth had a large farm, 645 acres. They prospered and by the year 1814 they had six slaves and evidently rather well off. Because of this and minor children, the courts were very much in evidence when James died in 1814. There was no will and Elizabeth had to account to the courts for every penny spent. Allowances were made every two years for boarding her children and the slave children.

There had to be a sale of James’ belongings and Elizabeth had to buy back her own furniture and farm animals. There was an estimated value of $700 on the slaves but they were left on the farm. Eventually they were divided among family members in 1828 when the number of slaves had grown to fourteen.

In 1822 Elizabeth married Thomas Brock, an englishman. Th bought the farm in 1828 and each heir received $380 and Elizabeth $830. There were two children still living at home, Mary (Polly), and Wilkinson. Brock Creek received its name from Thomas Brock (my great great stip-granfather).

Thomas Brock was a very enterprising man. He was a very successful farmer and also was elected coroner in 1838. There is a record of him performing an autopsy and charging the county $7.00.

When he died in 1862 everything was left to Elizabeth and at her death it was to go to her children and a grandson. She died between 1860 and 1870. (Thomas Brock was killed by a rock thrown through a window of a store or saloon at Caledonia. My mother said they had the rock at home when she was a small girl.)

The Huitt-Brock family cemetery is located on the old Huitt-Brock farm on Brock Creek. The farm became the F.M, (Matt) Wiley farm in 1880. There are no stones or grave markers at this time. It was probably established James Huitt died in 1814. Some of the slaves and children are also said to buried in this plot.

William Huitt, my great grandfather, born in 1804, married Elizabeth Henderson, born October, 1807, and died January 11, 1882. Great grandmother Elizabeth Huitt came from Virginia and rode a horse to Caledonia, Missouri when a young girl. Both are buried on Cub Creek in the family cemetery. Great grandmother Huitt still has a headstone standing.

Great grandfather William and great grandmother Elizabeth Huitt had six or more children. One son William C., married Mary Love and served in the Civil War; a daughter, Grandmother Lucy, born about 1850+ and died in 1927+, married William Jinkerson; Three other daughters married Laramores; Elizabeth born March 19, 1827, died May 3, 1879, married andrew Laramore; another daughter married Cal (Calvin) Laramore; another married George Laramore; another married Mat Todd, a brother of Mary Todd who was married to President Abraham Lincoln.

Great grandfather Huitt was very religious and was said to be very stern and a strict disciplinarian.

Apparently sometime after great great step-grandfather Brock died in 1862 and great great grandmother Elizabeth died before 1870, great grandfather William Huitt moved from the Belgrade-Caledonia area to cub creek to what was later known as Louis Turnbough place. It is reasoned that they were living here when grandmother Lucy Huitt married grandfather William Jinkerson on September 19, 1869. From some of my mother’s conversation I assume the two families continued to live together or close by.

Grandfather William Jinkerson and grandmother Lucy had 11 children, born in the following order: Docia, Mathew, Elizabeth (Lizzie), Alzarah (Allie, my mother), Francis (Frankie), Paul (whom I was named after), Delia, Raymond, Hettie, Loman and Leonard. I assume all were born on Cub Creek.