The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 54, July 1950 - April, 1951 Page: 323
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Augustus M. Tomkins, Frontier Prosecutor
dences that he had a regard for the oppressed and that others
held him in affection. He signed three petitions praying Con-
gress to permit two free negro women and their children to
remain within the Republic.47 One parent, a Mrs. Emma Barker,
named her son Augustus Tomkins Barker,48 and a woman who
lived to a great age always recalled with apparent pleasure that
Tomkins and his brother Stephen had attended her wedding.9
Between court terms, when he was district attorney, Tomkins
went to Lake Providence, Louisiana, where, on May 28, 1838,
he was married to Elizabeth E. Graham.0 At least two and
possibly more children were born of this marriage," one of
whom, A. W. Tompkins (sic), was alive as late as 19go1.5 Elizabeth
E. Tomkins was remarried twice."
47Petitions of Fanny McFarland and Zilpha Husk, 184o-1841, in Memorials and
Petitions (MSS. in Archives, Texas State Library).
48Morning Star, April 11, 1839.
4o"The Reminiscences of Mrs. Dilue Harris" in Quarterly of the Texas State
Historical Association, VII, 220.
soMarriage License Books of East Carroll Parish, Louisiana (MSS. in Parish
Clerk's Office, Lake Providence), A, 29.
s8ln affidavits of Elizabeth E. Ewing, W. R. Baker, and T. M. Hogan, March
16, 1855, Mrs. Ewing is spoken of as the guardian of Tomkins' children. Public
Debt Papers, file A. M. Tomkins.
52Will of Elizabeth E. Hay, November 7, 1go1, in Minutes of Harris County
Probate Court (MSS. in County Clerk's Office, Houston), XXII, 615-616.
5sOn October 3, 1844, Elizabeth E. Tomkins was married to Dr. Alexander Ewing,
acting surgeon general in the San Jacinto campaign, by whom she had five chil-
dren: Mary Louisa, William Augustus, Alexander, Elizabeth Adelaide, and Cath-
erine Lubbock Ewing. Dr. Ewing died on November 1, 1853, and three years later,
on December 23, 1856, his widow was remarried to Dr. Andrew J. Hay. Two and
possibly three daughters were born of this marriage. Hay seemingly died in 1868,
for on the last day of that year, Mrs. Hay was appointed administrator of his
estate. Thereafter Mrs. Hay remained widowed. She died at Marietta, Georgia,
on December 19, 1905.-Marriage records of Harris County (MSS. in County
Clerk's Ofhce, Houston, Texas), A, 3gg; Telegraph and Texas Register (Houston),
October 16, 1844; Parochial Registers of Christ Church (MSS. in office of Rector,
Houston, Texas); Weekly Telegraph (Houston), November 11, 1853; will of Eliz-
abeth E. Hay in Minutes of the Harris County Probate Court, F, 469; and petition
of Elizabeth G. Hay, filed January 2, 19o6, ibid., XXII, 614.
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