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COLLIN CHRONICLES SUMMER 1997/98 PAGE 87
THE FIRST TWO BURIALS AT PLANO MUTUAL CEMETERY
by Doris Gleason
Ruth did such an outstanding job in her presentation on William Forman at the Plano Mutual
Cemetery program several months ago. Re-reading the information she sent me on it, I was
curious once more about the identity of the first two burials there
Dr. Lillie of Kentucky and
Elenora O. Hawkins.
I had always suspected that little Elenora was Ruth Chenoweth Forman's niece, daughter of
Letitia Chenoweth who had married a Mr. Hawkins. So when I had a few spare minutes at the
library, I checked the 1850 census for Kentucky and found -----Hardin
County, Kentucky, Oct. 14, 1850 (All listed as born in Ky.)
p. 318 p. 319 p. 344
William Hawkins age 33 M James M. Hawkins 30 M Hardin Hawkins 59 M
Lucy 28 F Angeline 30 F Letitia V. 54 F
Ellen 8 F Andrew J. 3 M Christina 16 F
Nancy A. 6 F Zachariah T. I M Elenora 14 F
John H. 4 M Elizabeth Dewitt 21 F Henry C. 8 M
Letitia I M
On p. 343 there was a James Hawkins, age 53, with wife Margaret, age 50, who probably
was Hardin Hawkins' brother. The two younger men may have been sons of Hardin and Letitia,
since one had a baby named Letitia. Little Elenora, age 14 in 1850, would have been 17 when
she died in Collin Co. Aug. 10, 1853. Somewhere I think I read that she was a schoolteacher.
We can fill in a little background on her now. At 17 she would have finished her own schooling,
and the two families decided that she could come to Texas and live with Aunt Ruth and Uncle
William and fill in what was probably a desperate need for a school teacher. In 1853 there
would have been few schools in this part of the world. What a sad fate for her to die so soon.
Next I checked for Dr. Lillie, and since there were few by that surname, it would seem that
he must be this one --Spencer
Co., Kentucky, Dist. #2, Aug. 19, 1850 P. 105 (all born in KY)
Thomas Lilly 54 M Physician
Nancy S. 45 F
John 21 M Student-Med
Thomas 19 M Farmer
Josephine 15 F
Thomas Clarke 25 M Student-Med.
Thomas Lilly 20 M Student-Med.
The fact that he was living in Spencer Co. suggests that Thomas Lilly and William Forman
may have been cousins through the Joseph / Thomas Forman connection, but none of
Thomas's daughters had married a Mr. Lilly. A possibility is that Joseph and Thomas had a
sister who married a man named Lilly, but I do not recall that name in Washington Co., Pa. The
Lillys may have been related through the Frye family, or they may have been distant cousins.
Anyway, I think these two people have been identified. Eleanora Hawkins for sure, and if
Spencer Co., Ky. had an estate settlement for Dr. Thomas Lilly in 1852-53, that would be rather
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Collin County Genealogical Society. Collin Chronicles, Volume 18, Number 4, Summer 1997/8, periodical, 1998; Plano, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth10768/m1/4/: accessed March 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Collin County Genealogical Society.