|Mary Ann Harris Hester on left; her sister-in-law Dollie Hester Tartt on right.|
75 years ago today, my mother lost her maternal grandmother. Mary Ann Harris was born 24 June 1860 in Itawamba County, Mississippi to Walton A. Harris and Margaret Mosely Harris. Her paternal grandparents are believed to be Charles Harris and his wife Dicey Davis Harris. (There is no negative evidence, but it's a case that I built before I was quite as experienced that probably needs to be revisited when I have time.) Her maternal grandparents were Caleb Turner Mosely and Elizabeth "Betsy" Murry Mosely. She married Dock Hans Hester on 20 November 1877 in Lee County, Mississippi. They lived in Monroe County, Mississippi where they had 10 children--Georgia, Mattie Lou, Charles, Boyd, Freddie, Pearl, Beldon, Gillie, Lillie, and an infant who died young that my grandmother always referred to as "Little Baby." The land they owned was in what is called the Black Cat Bottom near Amory. Her obituary states that she was a member of Pine Grove Methodist Church. She died 7 August 1937 in Amory and is buried at the Hester Cemetery in the Cason Community of Monroe County.