Virginia Morris Hanks
Aunt of Louise Underwood.
Great-grandaunt of Laura Jane Munson.
- Family Background:
- Underwood and Allied Families
Jim and Virginia Hanks Taylor moved to Texas from Pittsboro in May 1866 accompanied by their daughter Effie, and Virginia's brothers, John and Martin, and her younger sister, Lou. She was always called "Aunt Taylor" by her nieces and nephews. The Taylors lived between East and West Columbia on land that was later given to Joe Munson by their daughter, Effie, and is now owned by Joe's widow, Ruth Anna. Their home stood on high ground, safe from the overflows for which the Brazos is famous. The house has been gone for many years, but to this day, the land upon which they lived is called the "Taylor Place".
The following appeared in the Angleton Times, July 22, 1920:
Angleton, Tex., July 22. — Mr. and Mrs. James Peyton Taylor of this place celebrated the sixtieth anniversary of their marriage June 12, the occasion attracting more than ordinary attention throughout Brazoria County and Southwest Texas from the fact that both Mr. Taylor and his wife long have been identified with educational work here and elsewhere.
The fiftieth anniversary of this remarkable couple, which also was celebrated here, was participated in by 300 former pupils of both, some of whom then were grandparents. Three of those who attended were a woman, her daughter and granddaughter, all of whom had been educated by Mrs. Taylor.
Both Mr. Taylor and his wife were born in Chatham County, N.C., the former near Pittsboro, the latter within the town. They were married June 12, 1860. Mr. Taylor was graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1859. Mrs. Taylor, as Miss Virginia Hanks, received her education in a school for young women in Pittsboro, where she afterward taught from 1858 to 1860, when, after her marriage, she devoted her time to assisting her husband.
Mr. Taylor served throughout the civil war with the Fifth North Carolina regulars. At the close of the war Mr. and Mrs. Taylor came to Texas and settled in Brazoria County, where both engaged in educational work for the greater part of the intervening years until 1910, Mr. Taylor being elected to the office of county superintendent of public instruction in November of that year, in which capacity he served four years.
Since Mr. Taylor left office neither he nor his wife have engaged actively in educational work, but both take interest in affairs pertaining to the education of young folks of the county.
Virginia M. Hanks appeared on the 1 June 1850 Federal Census of Lower Regiment, Chatham County, North Carolina, in the household of her father John A. Hanks.5
Virginia Hanks appeared on the 1 June 1860 Federal Census of Pittsboro, Chatham County, North Carolina, in the household of her father John A. Hanks.6
Virginia and James Taylor appeared on the 1 June 1870 Federal Census of Columbia, Brazoria County, Texas, enumerated 26 July 1870. Their daughter Hellen was listed as living with them.7
V.M. and Jas. P. Taylor appeared on the 1 June 1880 Federal Census of Brazoria County, Texas, enumerated 7 June 1880. Their daughter Effie was listed as living with them.8
Virginia and James P. Taylor appeared on the 1 June 1900 Federal Census of Columbia, Brazoria County, Texas, enumerated 1 June 1900. Their daughter Effie H. was listed as living with them.9
Virginia M. and J.P. Taylor appeared on the 15 April 1910 Federal Census of Brazoria County, Texas, enumerated 12 May 1910. Their daughter Effie T. was listed as living with them, as were Effie's husband Henry Austin Perry, and Virginia's brother John W. Hanks.10
Virginia M. Taylor appeared on the 1 January 1920 Federal Census of Angleton, Brazoria County, Texas, in the household of Henry Austin and Effie T. Perry, her son-in-law and daughter, with her husband James P. Taylor.11
On 12 June 1920, Virginia and Virginia Taylor celebrated their sixtieth wedding anniversary at Angleton, Brazoria County, Texas.2
Child of Virginia Morris Hanks and James Peyton Taylor
- Helen Euphemia 'Effie' Taylor12 b. 4 Mar 1861, d. 13 Jul 1942
- [S8] Virginia Taylor tombstone, Old Columbia Cemetery, West Columbia, Brazoria County, Texas; photographed by the writer on 31 July 1997.
- [S266] Sixtieth Wedding Anniversary is Celebrated at Angleton, The Angleton Times, Angleton, Texas, 22 July 1920.
- [S1218] Mrs. Virginia H. Taylor Perry, death certificate 6722 (17 Feb 1930), Texas Department of Public Health, Austin.
- [S1134] Brent H. Holcomb, Marriages of Chatham County, North Carolina, 1772-1868 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1987; reprint Provo, Utah: Ancestry.com, 2006), 73.
- [S59] John A. Hanks household, 1850 U.S. Census, Chatham County, North Carolina, population schedule, Lower Regiment, page 451B-452A, dwelling 4, family 4; National Archives micropublication M432, roll 624.
- [S58] John A. Hanks household, 1860 U.S. Census, Chatham County, North Carolina, population schedule, Eastern Division, Pittsboro post office, page 13/7A, dwelling 105, family 101; National Archives micropublication M653, roll 892.
- [S53] James Taylor household, 1870 U.S. Census, Brazoria County, Texas, population schedule, Angleton, page 180, dwelling 1625, family 1625; National Archives micropublication M593, roll 1576.
- [S52] Jas. P. Taylor household, 1880 U.S. Census, Brazoria County, Texas, population schedule, Precinct 2, enumeration district (ED) 18, sheet 12A/152, dwelling 116, family 116; National Archives micropublication T9, roll 1292.
- [S51] James P. Taylor household, 1900 U.S. Census, Brazoria County, Texas, population schedule, Justice Prect. No. 2, Village of Columbia (unincorporated), enumeration district (ED) 2, sheet 3B, dwelling 71, family 76; National Archives micropublication T623, roll 1614.
- [S50] James P. Taylor household, 1910 U.S. Census, Brazoria County, Texas, population schedule, Precinct 2, enumeration district (ED) 5, sheet 12B, dwelling 240, family 241; National Archives micropublication T624, roll 1534.
- [S38] Henry A. Perry household, 1920 U.S. Census, Brazoria County, Texas, population schedule, Angleton Precinct No. 1, Angleton City, enumeration district (ED) 1, sheet 31A/103, dwelling 1, family 1; National Archives micropublication T625, roll 1774.
- [S1217] Helen Euphemia Perry, death certificate 29679 (10 Aug 1942), Texas Department of Public Health, Austin.