Our Hazelwood Family

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Our History

Researched and written by Chuck Hazelwood, 2003


Our Hazelwood family has roots that go far back into our country's past. I began to be curious about the Hazelwood side of our family two years ago when my new wife, LuAnn, got me interested in genealogy while I was helping her research her family. When I began to search the past for our ancestors, all I knew was that our grandfather was Charles Hazelwood, and I was not even sure of his middle name. I had little hope of learning much about our family's past, but I began with little steps, involving my cousin, Sharon Lakin, and her twin brother, Sheridan Jouett.

Both were helpful in adding stories and facts about our Grandfather Hazelwood. Next, I began to search the Denver Library, which has an excellent genealogy section. My first real break came when I visited a Mormon Family Research Center in Denver. There I found my Grandfather Hazelwood's death certificate, and also the death certificates of his father, William Washington Hazelwood, and of Sadie Kinser Hazelwood.

After these discoveries, I was hooked. I began to search the Internet through genealogy sites, and to communicate with other Hazelwoods who also were searching for information. I also made a random phone call to Jack Hazelwood in Hillview, since that is where our father was born. He had died, but I talked to Keith Hazelwood, who did not know much in the way of family history, but who did refer me to his aunt, Martha Mathis, of Medora, Illinois. She helped me three times by phone calls, and twice, sent me old family records, hand-written by our Greene County ancestors, as they recorded events in and around the Walkerville Township area of Greene County.

I also was assisted by Gary Lane, Professor Emeritus, of Indiana University. Professor Lane is related to our Hazelwood family distantly, through marriage. His branch settled in Orange County Indiana. Professor Lane had information which he sent to me that later helped me connect our original Greene County Hazelwood ancestor to his father. Professor Lane's help was greatly appreciated.

I must also thank a lady in New Mexico, who answered a query on the Internet by sending me copies of guardian bonds which helped me solve a puzzle about the correct father of Wyatt Hazlewood. Her name is Amy Bird Stearns, and it was one of her Bird ancestors who adopted Hazlewood children, two of whom were the first Hazlewood settlers in Greene County.

Before I go further, I must say that our family name, Hazelwood, was changed about 1860, when I saw it spelled that way for the first time on the Illinois Census. Before 1860, and extending back from then, our ancestors spelled their names as Hazlewood. I also believe that before 1730, it was spelled Haslewood. I have found Hazlewoods in Northern Virginia and Maryland that I believe are also our ancestors, but I can only prove our ancestry back to Virginia in 1730.

I will now begin to write the known ancestry of our family, beginning with the most distant member, John Hazlewood, of Virginia. Before I do, I must say that John and his sons burst a bubble I had trusted. I had always believed that our ancestors had never owned slaves, because we had ancestors who fought against it in the Civil War. I also had never run into a black citizen with our last name. Our ancestors were southerners who raised crops using slaves. I have records showing slave ownership by Hazlewoods and records of their purchase and sale. With this said, I will now begin to report the story of our ancestors.


John Hazlewood was born in 1730, in New Camp, Virginia. He died in Charlotte County, Virginia, in 1810. He married in Henrico County, Virginia in 1755. His wife's first name was Elizabeth, but her last name is unknown. This information was taken from his son's Revolutionary War Record which I have a copy of. I discovered it at the Denver Federal Center's Archives Section. His son's name was Luke.

John Hazlewood had another son who fought in the Revolution, and I have a copy of his War Record also. I copied it from the same microfilm that held his brother Luke's War Record.

John Hazlewood's children from his first marriage are:

  • Benjamin H. Hazlewood
  • Luke Hazlewood Sr.
  • Frances Hazlewood
  • Susannah Hazlewood
  • Reuben Hazlewood
  • Sarah Hazlewood
  • Mary Hazlewood
  • John Hazlewood
  • Elizabeth Hazlewood


Secondly, John Hazlewood married Nancy Cole on September 13, 1803 at Lunenburg County Virginia. The source for this is in the marriage records for Lunenburg County Virginia. I have a copy of this record. John and Nancy had the following children:

  • James Cole Hazlewood
  • William Temple Hazlewood
  • Mariah Marie Meade Hazlewood

The names of these children are supported by a descendant story held in the Helm Library of Stratford, Kentucky which is situated in Lincoln County. I have a copy of this.

John Hazlewood purchased 280 acres in Lunenburg County, Virginia from Lydale Bacon for 40pounds. This land was on the head branches of Reedy Creek. This purchase was recorded on June 9, 1763, and is recorded in the Lunenburg County Deed Book 9. I also have a copy of this. The year of John Hazlewood's land purchase in Lunenburg County corresponds to the year the French and Indian War began. This gives historical perspective to the purchase and may give the reader ideas about the political climate in the colonies at that time.

John Hazlewood sold his 280 acres on October 13, 1803, to John Tisdale for 220 pounds. The land is recorded as being on the South Branch of Reedy Creek. Both John and his wife, Nancy, made an X on the deed of sale. It was recorded December 8, 1803, in the Lunenburg County Deed Book 19. I have a copy of this.

John Hazlewood held his land in Lunenburg County for 40 years, and his home was in Cumberland Parish, where he was active in his church. In 1766, John reaffirmed the boundaries for all land between Cot. House Road, Towland Wards, Rowling Road and Reedy Creek Old Road. This comes from Cumberland Parish Vestry Book, 1746-181 6, by Landon Bell, printed by William Bird Press. Entries for John Hazlewood are recorded in this Vestry Book from 1766 through 1784.

John Hazlewood also witnessed land transactions recorded in Lunenburg County Deed Books 9, 16, 16, and 18. I have copies of these. John Hazlewood was a Tither, one who collects tithes, in his parish from 1764 through 1783 as recorded in Sunlight on the South Side, Lists of Tithes, Lunenburg County, Virginia, 1748-1783.

When John Hazlewood died in 1810, his estate was tied up in a legal battle from September, 1810 until June 6, 1821. His estate had been inventoried January 7, 1811 in Charlotte County, Virginia, and the legal battle between his first and second wives' children took place in Charlotte County. This information came from the Helm Library Descendancy Document I have in my possession.

The next family member in our chain of ancestry was the second son of John Hazlewood, Luke Hazlewood. Luke was born in 1761 in Lunenburg County, Virginia, and died on July 16, 1834, in Lincoln County Kentucky. The Dates and places of birth and death for Luke Hazlewood were documented on a copy of his Revolutionary War Record which is on microfilm at NARA centers. I copied it at the Denver Federal Center. The number of his file is W 9477.

From his military record, I learned that he enlisted at the Lunenburg County Court House in 1780, and that he marched through North Carolina to South Carolina. His company served with General Gates and was in Gates Defeat near Columbia, South Carolina. Next, Luke volunteered under the command of Baron Stuben in Virginia for three months. He states in his pension application, that he saw little contact with the enemy during these three months in Virginia with Baron Stuben. Luke's record next declares that he served under Captain De Graffince. His regiment was commanded by Colonel Parker. They scouted the James River looking for enemy operations. He was discharged in Lunenburg County and lastly served a tour under Captain Joseph Knight. He marched to York, Virginia, and served in the Army under the command of General Washington. Luke participated in the Siege of York, and the surrender of Lord Cornwallis. Luke then marched to Richmond, Virginia, where he was discharged from the army.

Luke Hazlewood married Sarah Harroway on September 22, 1782, in Charlotte County, Virginia. (Charlotte County Marriage Records) Luke and Sarah had the following children:

  • Luke Hazlewood Jr.
  • Lucinda Hazlewood
  • Randolph Hazlewood
  • Reuben Hazlewood
  • Josiah Hazlewood
  • Susannah Hazlewood
  • Sarah Hazlewood
  • Sarah Hazlewood
  • Elizabeth Hazlewood
  • Meredith Hazlewood
  • Pricilla Hazlewood


The source for the above family members comes from the Hazlewood Descendancy Document from the Helm Library in Stratford, Kentucky.

The same document says that Luke and his family moved to Lincoln County, Kentucky in 1806. He lived near Stratford, Kentucky. While in Stratford, Luke married Nancy Ballard on May 17, 1820. This date is supported by legal declarations contained in Luke's war record, and by Lincoln County Marriage Records.

Luke and Nancy had four children: (Helm Library)

  • Mariah M. Hazlewood
  • Martha L. Hazle wood
  • Jane Hazlewood
  • Daniel Albert Hazlewood


It is interesting to note that Luke Hazlewood's children were 46 years apart, and that he lived for 73 years. His second wife, Nancy, was only 45 years old when Luke died in 1834. His wife was 28 years younger than him.

Luke Hazlewood had a brother who also served in the Revolutionary War, but who did not gain a pension. His name was Benjamin, the oldest son of John. I mention Benjamin because his oldest son, Pleasant Hazlewood, also moved to Greene County, and is listed on the 1840 census with two nephews.

After Luke Hazlewood, the next ancestor in our chain is his oldest son, Luke Hazlewood Jr. Luke Jr. was born January, 1783, in Charlotte County Virginia and died before 1814 in either Virginia or Kentucky. He married Jane Davenport on February 11, 1804 (marriage bond). Charlotte County Virginia Book 1, p. 353. Luke's wife was called Jincy, and Jincy had four children with Luke Jr. before he died. I discovered their names on guardian bonds filed in Barren County Kentucky.

Jincy Davenport Hazlewood had four young children when their father, Luke Jr., died. She remarried Thomas Bird in Adair County Kentucky on February 27, 1814, Adair County Marriage Register 1802-1840.

Thomas Bird and Jincy Davenport Hazlewood lived in Barren County, Kentucky. They are listed there on both the 1820 and 1830 Barren County Census.

Thomas Bird filed guardian bonds for the four Hazlewood children of his wife. These were filed in Barren County. I have a copy of them. All four of these children were applied for by Mr. Bird in February of 1820, and four years later, each child was finally adopted by Mr. Bird on October 18, 1824, Barren County Court Orders and Bonds. These are also in possession of LDS Family History Centers on film as Barren County Guardian Bonds.

Before I continue, I must state that I was confused about the relationship between Wyatt Hazlewood and Pleasant Hazlewood who both appear on the 1840 Greene County Census. I had initially assumed that Pleasant was the father of Wyatt and George Hazlewood because the age difference was appropriate for a father-son relationship. I could not find proof for the father of Wyatt and George Hazlewood, until Amy Stearns of Las Cruces, New Mexico, answered a query on the Internet, by sending me copies of the guardian bonds already reported. She also gave me proof by telling me that she is descended from Thomas Vird. I thank her very much.

Wyatt Hazlewood was the first Greene County resident in our family. He was born in Virginia in 1804, the same year his parents were married in Charlotte County, Virginia. Wyatt died in Greene County Illinois between 1855 and 1860 because he was on the 1855 Illinois Census but not on the 1860 Illinois Census.

Wyatt married Nancy Manley on July 29, 1824, in Barren County, Kentucky. The source for this is the Barren County Marriage Index. Wyatt and Nancy lived in Barren County, Kentucky as man and wife for six years before emigrating to Greene County Illinois. Their first child, John M. Hazlewood, was born in Kentucky, in 1827. He was the only child born in Kentucky. All of the other children in their family were born in Greene County. The 1850 Illinois Census lists the whole family: their birth place, their age, and place of residence.

Here are their birth dates:

  • Wyatt Hazlewood 46 Kentucky 1804
  • Nancy Hazlewood 43 Kentucky 1807
  • John M. Hazlewood 23 Kentucky 1827
  • Eliza A. Hazlewood 20 Illinois 1830
  • Thomas Hazlewood 17 Illinois 1833
  • Mary Hazlewood 15 Illinois 1835
  • Henry Hazlewood 12 Illinois 1838
  • Lydia Hazlewood 10 Illinois 1840
  • Martin D. Hazlewood 8 Illinois 1842
  • Malinda E. Hazlewood 6 Illinois 1844
  • Jacob T. Hazlewood 3 Illinois 1847


The precinct listed for Wyatt and his family on the 1850 census is Wilmington, a town just west of White Hall, just north of Walkerville, and just east of Hillview.

Wyatt appears on the 1840 Illinois Census, and is listed in the Breene County Precinct called North of Apple Creek. Wyatt did not appear on the 1830 Census. However, his oldest daughter, Eliza A., was born in Illinois 1830. That is stated on the 1850 Illinois Census. That means that Wyatt came to Greene County in 1830 with is wife, Nancy, and his first son, John M. Hazlewood. The first Hazlewood in our line born in Greene County was their daughter, Eliza A. Hazlewood, born in 1830.

Wyatt and his brother George both came to Illinois from Kentucky. George and Wyatt served together in the Black Hawk War of 1831 and 1832. These two brothers enrolled on May 25, 1832, in Greene County, and mustered out at the mouth of the Fox River on the Illinois River, 250 miles north of their homes in Greene County. Wyatt and his brother, George, joined Thomas Chapman's Company of the Second Regiment of the Brigade of Mounted Volunteers commanded by General Samuel Whitesides. Record of Services of Illinois Soldiers in the Black Hawk War, 1831-1832. H.W.Rocker, State Printer and Binder, 1882.

The above source reports that Wyatt's and George's first duty upon arriving at the Fox River, was to ride to settlers cabins and to bury those killed in a massacre by Blackhawk's warriors. It was dangerous duty, and the men saw horrendous sights as they found and buried the dead After three months of duty, half of this Brigade approached their commander and desired to be dismissed to return home. Their complaint was that they had not come to bury victims of Blackhawk's raids. Since half of the unit desired to leave, it was decided to dismiss the whole brigade. The brigade was assembled and dismissed in front of the other units who labeled all of Whiteside's Brigade as cowards.

Wyatt Hazlewood and George Hazlewood mounted their horses in July of 1832 to begin their ride home to their homes in Greene County. I would like to believe that Wyatt and George were not cowards, especially since their grandfather, Luke Hazlewood, had been a veteran of the Revolution,even having been present at the surrender of Lord Cornwallis to General Washington.

Wyatt rode to Wilmington and his brother, George, rode to the precinct named North of Apple Creek, on the 1840 Census. Both brothers returned to their homes and tilled the soil to support their families. Both brothers eventually ended up marrying sisters. Wyatt married Nancy Manley in Barren County Kentucky and George married Mary manley in Greene County.

Wyatt farmed in Wilmington Precinct and died between 1855 and 1860, leaving his wife, Nancy, living with her children in the Breese Post Office Precinct, another name for Wilmington. She had a 5 year old child in 1860, and she was 53. She may have wondered if she would live long enough to raise that young child by herself. She had to be sad, discouraged, and unsure of her future. She was not only in grief over the death of Wyatt, but also for her first son, John M., who also died between 1855 and 1860. Not only did Nancy have young children to raise alone, but her daughter-in-law, Jane, was also a widow with three young children.

Nancy Hazlewood lived until November 3, 1875. She was the first Hazlewood to bear children in Greene County, and I have great respect for her struggles in a time when help from social agencies did not exist. The date of her death is recorded in the Hazlewood Journal in my possession.

John M. Hazlewood was born in 1827 in Barren County, Kentucky and died between 1857 and 1860 in Greene County. He and his family were in the Wilmington Precinct in 1850. He was also on the 1855 Illinois Census. By using the age of his youngest child, William Washington, and subtracting his age from the year, 1860, we know that John M. Hazlewood died a young man of between thirty or thirty-three.

John M. Hazlewood married Jane Pair in Pike County Missouri in September of 1846. This comes from the Missouri Marriage Index. John was 19 and Jane Pair was 13 at the time of their marriage. Even in 1846, getting married at 13 was a bit young. That may have been why John and Jane crossed the river to be married. It is possible that when they returned to Wilmington and announced their marriage, Wyatt and Nancy Hazlewood were glad to see them, but surprised at the marriage. Certainly Jane's parents must have had some predictable emotions when their daughter eloped at such a young age.

John M. Hazlewood and Jane Pair Hazlewood had three children before John's premature death. Matilda was born in 1846 when Jane was 15. John Henry was born in 1853, and her youngest, William Washington, was born in 1858.

Jane Pair Hazlewood was listed on the 1860 Census as living with her children in Breese Precinct, the same precinct as her mother-in-law. Both of these women had young children to raise and no husband. They had to share their grief, and try to support each other. They probably had a special bond, developed through their common grief and struggles as they faced the unknown. Mother-in-law and daughter-in-law shared the death of the same two Hazlewood men.

Jane Pair Hazlewood remarried in 1860, and joined her three children to the family of Samuel Martin. Samuel and Jane were married on November 13, 1860 as recorded in the Illinois Database of Early Marriages. The Martin family was in the Walkerville Precinct of Greene County. My great grandfather, William Washington, with his sister, Matilda, and his brother, John Henry, adopted the ways of the Martin household, and were blessed with half brothers and half sisters, which influenced their lives.

It is also worth reporting that until the 1860 Census in Illinois, all of our ancestors spelled their last names as Hazlewood. For some unexplained reason, our family began to spell their last name as Hazelwood in the 1860's and 1870's.

On the 1870 Census, Jane Pair Hazelwood Martin and her husband, Samuel Martin, are still listed in the Walkerville Precinct. Jane's children from her marriage to John M. Hazlewood are also in the Walkerville Precinct. Matilda is 21; John Henry is 19, and William Washington is 14, Fran Martin is 14, and a half brother, Charley Martin, is 8. Louisa Martin is 4.

In 1880, the Walkerville Census shows all of Jane Pair Hazlewood Martin's Hazlewood children are on their own. John Henry Hazlewood is listed on the same census page as the Martins. John had married Mary Catherine Fears, and has two children, John F. Hazelwood, and Daisy Bell Hazelwood.

William Washington Hazelwood is also married on the 1880 census to Mary Lewis, and they have one son listed, Henry, at 8 months. From the Hazelwood Journal I learned that William and Mary had a first-born son named Hardin. He was born on September 1, 1877 and died October 5, 1878.

Our first two Illinois ancestors, Wyatt Hazlewood, and his son, John M. Hazlewood, both died in the same time span just before 1860, and both left widows with small children to raise. Our Great Great Grandfather, John M. Hazlewood, died when he was between thirty and thirty-three. His early death changed our heritage, because our Great Grandfather, William Washington Hazelwood, was influenced greatly by the Martin household in Walkerville. His mother, Jane Pair Hazlewood Martin, was a brave courageous woman who faced much adversity and overcame it. She lost her first husband at a young age, remarried, combined her children with Samuel Martin's children, and had children with Samuel. She also watched as two of her children were shot by armed men, and tended her own child while he slowly died. After all of these events Jane Pair Hazlewood Martin died on January 20, 1888. This was recorded in the Hazlewood Journal.

Our Great Grandfather was William Washington Hazlewood. He was born in Greene county in 1858 in Wilmington Precinct to John M. Hazlewood and Jane Pair Hazlewood. William died March 19, 1934 in Walkerville, and is buried in William Wood cemetery just outside Walkerville. He is buried in a known unmarked grave. Two years ago, my wife, LuAnn, and my sister, Estelle, visited William Wood Demetary, and saw tombstones for the Martin family who raised our Great Grandfather. I held a small tombstone and read the inscription for Charly Martin, William's half-brother. One of our Great Great Great Grandfather's sons is also buried in this cemetery. He was a Civil War Veteran.

I have been trying to just stick to the facts as much as possible up this point, but I must insert the unusual events leading up to our discovery of our Great Grandfather's resting place. I had discovered this cemetery on the Internet, and also had learned that William Washington Hazlewood was buried in it. When we visited my oldest son, we went to White Hall, and then on to Patterson, where I was just going to drive up to the first person I saw, and ask where William Wood Cemetery was.

We saw people walking on the street, so I stopped, told them who I was, and what we were trying to do. They did not know where this old cemetery was, so they pointed us to a small building where a meeting was in progress. It was a meeting of county road employees. It was just breaking up, so I approached one of the men, and explained what I was trying to do. He worked for the county shops, so he took me to the door, pointed inside to where another man was working on a truck, and said he could help me. I now know why he steered me into the shop, instead of telling me himself.

I introduced myself to a young man and told him what I wanted to find. He looked at me, and then introduced himself to me. He was Troy Hazelwood, and he lived in Patterson. I could not believe it. Then the other employee, named Hunnicutt, joined us, and both of them offered to lead us to the cemetery. I got into our car very excitedly, told my wife and sister what we were going to do, and we followed our leaders to William Wood cemetery.

Troy Hazelwood met my wife and my sister. We talked briefly, and Troy's comment to Estelle was that she had Hazelwood eyes. It turned out that Mr. Hunnicutt also had a great grandfather buried in William Wood. I have since learned that Troy Hazelwood is descended from our Great Grandfather's brother, John Henry Hazelwood. I was helped to find our Great Grandfather's grave by Troy Hazelwood, my own relative whom I had never even known about. This was quite a day. We also visited an old cemetery in Walkerville, but found no markers of interest. We did find an old cemetery in Wilmington, the home of the first Hazlewoods in Greene County. We found no markers there either but I know that some of our ancestors are buried in and around Wilmington, including Wyatt Hazlewood and his son, John M. Hazlewood.

William Washington Hazelwood married Mary Lewis on August 15, 1877, in Greene County. This comes from the Illinois Marriage Database. They had three children, all boys. The first, Hardin, died in infancy from an unknown cause on October 5, 1878. Their second son, William Henry, was born on October 1, 1879, and their last son, Charles Cloyde, was born in December, 1881.

William married Sarah Kinser on April, 1898 after losing his first wife. In the book, The Prairie Farmer's Reliable Directory, William and Sadie Kinser are listed as living in Hillview, R-1, Walkerville Precinct, Section 2, owning 20 acres. This book lists his birth as 1858. This text is located in the genealogy section of the downtown Denver Public Library. William is also listed the book, History of Greene County, published in 1879. In it, he is shown as a renter in Section 2, P.O., White Hall. In his early married years, William rented in Section 2, and by 1900, he owned 20 acres in Hillview.

William's first surviving child was William Henry Hazelwood, who was born October 1, 1879, in Greene County. Henry became a baker in Granite City, Illinois. The second surviving son was our Grandfather, Charles Cloyde Hazelwood, who was born December, 1881, in Greene County.

William was a farmer, as were his predecessors. He lived a long life, but he saw many personal losses in that long life. While growing up in the Martin household in Walkerville, William saw the murder of his half-brother, Charly Martin, by August Mauger. Charles Y. Martin had been born to Samuel Martin and Jane Hazlewood Martin in 1864. He was 6 years younger than our Great Grandfather, but they shared childhood experiences on the Martin farm.

Our Great Grandfather William Washington, was a recently married man when his half-brother was shot. His first son, Henry, was about two, and he and his wife, Mary Lewis Hazelwood, had lost their first son. William's half-brother, Charles Y. Martin, was shot on June 25, 1881, and died on September 8, 1881. He was buried in William Wood Cemetery near Walkerville, and I have held his small burial stone in my hand.

Our Great Grandfather lived near his mother, Jane Martin, and no doubt, watched both her and his half-brother suffer for three months before burying Charley Martin in William Wood Cemetery. Charley Martin Died on September 8, 1881, when Mary Hazelwood was about six months pregnant with her son who would become our Grandfather.

In December of 1881, with the memory of his half-brother, Charley Martin weighing heavily in their hearts, William Washington and Mary Lewis Hazelwood named this son after Charley. I have no written proof that they named their son after William's murdered half-brother, but Charles is not a family name ever given to any Hazlewood son in our line going all the way back to 1730. Our Grandfather was the first Charles in our family line ever, and he received his name from his grieving father just three months after having buried his murdered half-brother, Charley Martin.

William Washington lost his first wife, Mary Lewis Hazelwood, on March 28, 1892, when his two sons were 13 and 11. He had his two sons to raise alone for the next six years. He married Sarah Kinser on April 28, 1898. My Grandfather passed down the story about how his father kept his two teen-aged sons busy during those six years after his first wife died. William would have his two sons, Henry and Charles, throw a pile of logs back and forth over a fence to occupy them when they had finished, or had no work to do. I didn't understand this until I learned that he had these two boys by himself for six years when his sons were going through their most emotional years. The source for the death of Mary comes from the Hazlewood Journal, and the marriage date for William's second wedding comes from the Illinois Database of Early Marriages.

William buried his second wife, Sadie, in February of 1931. In 1932, he buried his youngest son Charles, and in 1934, William Washington Hazelwood died in Walkerville. Sadie's death certificate number is 0310044, and Charles Cloyde Hazelwood's certificate number is 0600505.

William died on March 19, 1934, in Walkerville. His death certificate number is 0310060 or 0310660. I have a copy, but the numerals are faint in the fifth place. His certificate lists his parents as John Hazlewood and Jane Pair.

Our Grandfather, Charles Cloyde Hazelwood, was born in Section 2 of Walkerville Township in December of 1881. He died in Venice, Illinois, Madison County, on July 16, 1932.

Charles worked as a ranch hand on the Hartwell Ranch near Hillview, Illinois. That ranch was supervised by Tobias Staats, and Charles married his daughter, Estella Etta Staats. They had three children. Mary was born in 1904, and Helen was born in 1906. Our Father, William Ingersaw Hazelwood, was born in 1910. All children were born in Hillview, and the family lived on School Street. This information was taken from the 1910 and 1920 Census for Greene County.

Our Grandfather left ranching at some time in his early life, and became a railroader. He worked for the Chicago and Alton Line, and became a conductor. Our cousin, Sharon Lakin, of White Hall has pictures of him in his uniform. Our brother, John Hazelwood, of Medora, Illinois, had his railroad watch.

Grandfather Hazelwood also had a desire to become a lawyer, but never passed the bar. He had law books which I saw in our father's possession when I was a boy. Charles did serve as magistrate in Hillview, and used a typewriter to compose legal papers. I have it in my possession. It is a Blicknsderfer, patented in 1892.

Stories told by Charles' three children showed him to be a bright, calm man who was very firm with his children. He kept an orderly home, but did enjoy his beer. His oldest daughter, Mary, told about how he lowered his beer into the well to cool it. She remembers him pulling it up from the well, and she did also.

Charles 'interest in the law is demonstrated by the middle name he gave to his son, William Ingersaw Hazelwood. Ingersaw was a well-known lawyer who debated in favor of evolution in the later nineteenth century.

Charles' wife, Estella Staats Hazelwood, died in 1915, from tuberculosis. This is confirmed from the conversations with his children, and from written information in the Hazelwood Journal. The White Hall Register reported on December 10, 1915, that Mrs. Charles Hazelwood died at her home in Hillview on December 2, 1915, at age 32. It states that she had been ill with tuberculosis for five years. This article reports that Stella Staats Hazelwood's funeral was held at the Hillview Baptist Church on Saturday, December 4, 1915.

Charles quickly remarried a teacher named Beulah. She and her step-children did not get along, and Charles children reported that she was a cruel mother to them. The oldest daughter, Mary, left home, and on the 1920 Illinois Census, is listed as living with John Coates on School Street. Mary was living with her Aunt Dora Staats, the wife of John Coates.

Charles died in Venice, Illinois on July 16, 1932. Two years before his death, our Grandfather, Charles Cloyde Hazelwood, was listed as living in Benice, and working for the steam railroad. His son, William, is also listed with his father, and also worked for the railroad as a helper.

Charles moved from Hillview to Roodhouse and owned two separate homes there. He also was listed on the 1920 census as living in Chicago where he was working for the railroad.

Both Charles Hazelwood and his wife, Stella Staats Hazelwood are buried in the Bridgewater Cemetery near Hillview, Illinois.

William Ingersaw Hazelwood was born in July 29, 1910 to Charles Cloyde Hazelwood and Estella Etta Staats. William's mother was sick from the time he was two with tuberculosis, and she died in 1915 at the age of 32. William's life began precariously. When he was an infant, he contracted meningitis, and the doctor gave up on his survival. However, his Aunt Dora Staats dipped him from warm water to cold water all night. When the doctor came the next morning, he said, "The baby is"..." and my Great Aunt said, "alive."

William survived his childhood, but his father, Charles, soon married a lady named Beulah, and she was not a very warm mother. None of the three children liked her, and the oldest, Mary, lived with her Aunt Dora who was married to Johnny Coates.

William worked in the grocery business as a young man in the Madison-Venice area. He worked for TriCity Grocery. He buried his father in 1932, and lived a rather wild life for a time. He joined the Army in 1939, and served in Saulte Ste. Marie, Michigan, where he had his first child.

William married Mary Etna Gordon in Washington, Washington County Missouri on October 30, 1941. Mary was born in Kansas City, Kansas on July 13, 1919.

He and his wife lived in Michigan during his service on the canal as a quartermaster. By 1944, he and Mary had moved to Wood River where he operated a small grocery for Phil Esterline. Their second son was born on July 4, 1944 at Alton Memorial Hospital.

William and Mary spent most of their lives moving from the small town of Wrights, in Greene County, to the Alton-Wood River area. His Aunt Dora had property in both places, and she rented them cheaply to him and his growing family.

Without elaborating, I will say that there was a constant struggle in the marriage which was based upon the strong influence my Great Aunt had over Williams' decisions. Our Mother was not listened to by her husband as she wished, and it created a decades long problem between William and Mary, even though our Great Aunt was a source of financial help, even after her death, when William and Mary inherited her property.

Here are the children of William Hazelwood and Mary Gordon:

  • Charles William October 4, 1942 Saulte Ste. Marie, Michigan
  • David Gordon July 4, 1944 Alton, Illinois
  • Mary Ann December 21, 1946 Carrollton, Illinois
  • Etta Estelle January 17, 1950 Carrollton, Illinois
  • John Henry August 28, 1951 Carrollton, Illinois
  • Donald Gene March 1, 1958 Carrollton, Illinois


William died in August of 1971 in Jersey County and is buried in Brighton, Illinois. Mary died on April 5, 1988, in Brighton, Illinois, and is buried next to William.

There are many anecdotes I could write, but I have finished with the story of our family's lineage. I hope that this will help others who are interested in the Greene County Hazelwoods and their history. I especially hope that the living members of the family will pass this information along to their children so that they will know their roots.