Saturday, July 14, 2012

Manie Campbell Hatton

I haven't yet been able to make the connection between the Hatton's and the Moran's but I know there is one.  I had previously written about Emma Hatton, a cousin of Sophia Riley Gunn Moran.  Manie Hatton is Emma's sister.  This obituary was found among family papers in the Moran home.  Manie was born in Lebanon Tennessee, September 25, 1855 and died in Americus, Georgia March 14, 1938.  She is buried with her parents in Cedar Grove Cemetery.

NOTE:  The article title lists her as Marie, she is Manie.  In addition, they mention several of her Towson relatives but they mispell the name as Towsen.

Death End Long Career of Service as School Teacher in Nashville for Marie (Manie) Hatton
Miss Manie Ann Hatton, 82, teacher of three generations of Nashville's public school pupils until her retirement in October, 1935, died in Americus, GA., Monday night, friends were advised Tuesday.

The daughter of Gen. Robert Hatton, Civil War officer whose monument stands on the public square of his native Wilson county in Lebanon, Miss Hatton won laurels of her own in Nashville.

For nearly 50 years, most of them in old Howard School, she served as teacher, hall principal and friend of pupils, many of whom are now gray-haired grandparents.

In the latter years of her service in the school system before she requested that she be retired Miss Hatton in the capacity of hall teacher for the three lower grades had seen some of her early pupils' grandchildren attend her classes.

Since her retirement Miss Hatton had lived with her nephew, Lambuth R. Towson, of Americus. She is also survived by a niece, Miss Manie Hatton Towson, missionary to Japan who is now on leave at Americus.

Funeral services will be held at the First Methodist Church in Lebanon at 10 o'clock with the Rev. Dean Stroud officiating.  Burial will be in Cedar Grove Cemetery beside her parents.

Miss Hatton was born in Wilson County in 1856.  Her father, who practiced law in Lebanon and was a member of the United States Congress before the Civil War, was killed at the Battle of Pines.  She was educated at the Corona School in Lebanon, Dr. D.C. Kelly's School for Women which flourished during the Civil War period and afterwards.  Later she was graduated at Ward's Seminary in Nashville.

In Nashville Miss Hatton taught school while her mother served as state librarian.  They maintained a home here until Mrs. Hatton resigned her state post to join another daughter, the late Mrs. W.E. Towson, in Japan, where Mr. Towson served as a missionary.  After her mother moved to the Orient Miss Hatton made her home with various friends, most of the time residing with Mrs. George Gray at 45 Rutledge Street.

Children at Howard School from the elegant eighties down to the modern thirties loved Miss Hatton.  They recall her as looking the same always, the plump little lady of the old South whose gentle pleasant manner beguiled them into the regimentation of Howard School's class system.

Miss Hatton attended Peabody College even in recent years, keeping abreast of her profession.  She was a member of McKendree Methodist Church and was frequently honored by the various local chapters of the Uniteed Daughters of the Confederacy.  Her last visit to Nashville was last summer when she spent a short time with Mrs. Gray.  *NOTE: McKendree Methodist Church is also where Sophia Eleanor Ezzell married Matt Dobson.

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