William Thomas and Juda Frances Lee Hardee son
Pinkney Edward Hardee
Pinkney Edward Hardee was born in Alabama on December 22, 1869 but traveled as an infant with his parents and eight siblings overland 600 miles from Coosa County, Alabama to Van Zandt County, Texas. There the family is enumerated on the census on September 16, 1870.
By 1880 his mother has passed away and the family is living in Johnson County, Texas. Pinkney is nine years old and also living in the household are his two cousins, Joseph and Archie Favors.
On November 13, 1893 he married Camelia Alice “Allie” Carter in Ellis County, Texas.
In 1900 Pinkney and Allie live in Alvarado, Texas with their three children and his older single sister Lucinda “Cindy” who probably helped raise him after their mother died. Pinkney works for the railroad as a section hand and can read and write.
Pinkney and Allie’s three children, all born in Alvarado, Texas are:
Maude Elaine Hardee born November 11, 1894, died June 29, 1986 in MO. Married Herrick L. Gaby.
Claude G. Hardee born December 21, 1896, died April 5, 1953 in Dallas, Texas. Married “Dutch” Ethel Jones.
Pearl Olene Hardee born May 6, 1899, died May 21, 1975 CA. Married Ralph Drummond.
Allie died July 26, 1902 and Pinkney married Martha Jane Ray Flatt sometime around 1903 as they are listed together on the 1910 census still in Johnson Co., Texas. They have three children and Pinkney’s three children from his first marriage are living with them along with a 20-year-old hired hand named Tom Carter. Pinkney is now listed as a farmer who rents his farm.
Pinkney and Martha’s three children are:
Marvin Ray Hardee born June 23, 1905, may have married Thelma Nash. Married Rose Kean.
Jewel Edna Hardee born February 17, 1906, married a Barbour.
Pinkney Thomas Hardee born June 8, 1909, married (1) Doris Ireland (2) Nellie Lee Prather.
In 1920 Pinkney, Martha and their three children now live in Ellis County, Texas. He is a farmer and owns his farm with a mortgage.
Martha dies July 23, 1929 and I am unable to locate Pinkney in the 1930 census. But, on October 26, 1933 Pink Hardee is sentenced to two years in prison for V.D.L. (Violation of drug law) He went to jail on May 24, 1934. In the notes it stated he received a “Cond Pardon 9-8-34.”
Pinkney Edward Hardee died April 24, 1935 in Cleburne, Johnson Co., Texas of stomach cancer. He was 65 years old. My guess is if he had stomach cancer, he was self-medicating for pain and that is the reason he violated the drug law.
He is buried in the Venus Cemetery in Venus, Johnson Co., Texas. Written on his stone is: “Faithful to his trust.” The person who posted the photo of the stone on FindAGrave states: “This stone is hidden in between some evergreen trees that have grown up around it.”