The Hawes of
Dekalb and Jackson Counties, Alabama
Missouri Mays "Jude" Hawes
(1846 - 1890)

Rose Palestine "Pat" Hawes Presley
(1881 - 1964)

Idella Estella "Ida" Hawes Williams
(1877 - 1960)
  Brothers and sisters of Pat and Ida...
John Anderson
(1863 - 1925)

Jefferson Monroe
(1865 - 1936)

Mary Ellen
(1867 - 1960)

Martha V. "Sweet"
(1869 - 1957)

Eliza Jane
(1871 - ?)

Charley C.
(1879 - ?)

(1880 - ?)

Jesse Lawrence
(1884 - 1971)

Rebecca "Becky"
(1887 - 1952)

(1887 - ?)

Missouri "Zou"
(1890 - ?)
This web site is dedicated to our grandmothers, Rose Palestine "Pat" Hawes Presley and Idella Estella "Ida" Hawes Williams.

The roots of the Hawes family run deep into the fertile farmland of Sand Mountain. The seeds were first sown when Sampson Haws moved his family into the area from Floyd County, Kentucky. Sampson and his family were, no doubt, typical of most homesteading families during this period of history. The removal of Native American tribes from their homelands had opened up vast, fertile lands, which became available to "white" homesteaders. These pioneer families were very often headed by "younger sons," who having no inheritance of their own, left the areas of their birth in order to create their own legacies. Most took little more than their hopes and dreams with them to their new homes. Although Sampson did not stay in DeKalb County, but returned to Kentucky, at least two of his sons, Jefferson, our great-great-grandfather, and Samuel, chose to stay. Jefferson married a local girl, Mary Ann McCurdy, and the roots they established via their only child George Washington Haws, have abundantly flourished through their 13 children. Their descendants are numerous, and many still live in the same area of Sand Mountain today.

__ Susan Presley Laney, November 23, 1999


Hawes Narrative

McCurdy Narrative

Descendants of Samuel Haws

Descendants of John McCurdy

Ancestors of Ida and Pat Hawes

Hawes & Presley Photographs

Hawes & Williams Photographs

George W. Haws Pension Papers

Jefferson Haws Civil War Papers

Family Stories


Family Stories


Hawes and McCurdy narratives, key genealogical information,
and Hawes & Presley photographs by Susan Presley Laney.
Web page design and Hawes & Williams photographs by Wayne Matchett.

For more information, corrections, or comments, contact
Susan Presley Laney (
or Wayne Matchett (

Last update: 11 July 2010

MIDI: Wild Colonial Boy, from John Wayne movie The Quiet Man.

02/19/00: Deleted rose "tears" on home page.
03/02/00: Added SPL attribution for her beautiful introductory paragraph.
03/17/00: Replaced images of Eliza Jane and Tom Shaw with better photograph.

03/28/00: Added Jefferson Hawes Civil War papers.
03/28/00: Added (thinned) list of descendants of John McCurdy.
03/28/00: Expanded the list of Samuel Haws descendants.
03/28/00: Added two new links (John McCurdy descendants, Vidette Cavalry) on Links page.
05/21/00: Corrected description of "Uncle Nat" photo.
05/21/00: Added descendants of Nathaniel Warren McCurdy, Jr.
05/21/00: Added link to Elijah McCurdy, Jr. gravesite from John McCurdy descendants page.
08/25/00: Corrected names of Missouri Mayes and Susan Presley in list of descendants of Samuel Haws.
09/15/00: Revised MIDI players on all pages to work on both Netscape and Internet Explorer. Turned off looping.
09/15/00: Added link to photocopy of Rose Ann (Jones) McCurdy from John McCurdy descendants page.
09/24/00: Restored home page decorations to original state.
11/22/00: Corrected caption to Presley photo; photo is Bill's mother Lucinda Presley, not his wife Pat.
5/30/02: Added hit counter.
1/13/03: Updated wm email address.
05/05/04: Various minor & technical changes; photos & documents open in separate window
11/21/04: Added new photos of GWH and Jesse Hawes to Hawes/Presley page
11/21/04: Added link (McCurdy Narrative) to photo of Elijah & Rosa McCurdy gravesite
11/21/04: Fixed broken links, added a few new ones
12/4/07: Added image of Rose Ann Jones McCurdy to Hawes & Presley Photographs page
1/15/08: Added "suggested correction" notes to McCurdy Narrative & McCurdy Descendants pages
7/11/10: Corrected Gerald J. Hawes wife's name per info from Chris Hawes, Gerald's son

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