William Hooks known as Col. William Robert Hooks, b. 25 Sep 1812, d. 18 Jun 1888 married
Penniah Dew (Hooks), b. 17 Feb 1825, d. 16 Jul 1865 is my Great Grandfather. These dates
are correct as stated in the above "Gravestone Inscriptions."
Their fifth child, a daughter, Martha Hooks (Copeland), b. 25 Aug 1847, d. 3 June 1926 married
Green Copeland (1847-1919). He was a young private with Company E of the 11th Battalion of
the North Carolina Cavalry. They are my Grandparents and had a farm on Memorial Church Road.
They had 14 children.
The tenth child was a daughter named Nancy Luvenia Copeland (Watkins), b. 31 Aug 1886, d.
21 Feb 1939 and she married my father Oliver Augustus Watkins, b. 24 Aug 1886, d. 15 Jan 1962.
They are buried in Cedar Grove Cemetery in Montgomery County, Maryland. Both parents were deaf.
She atteneded the NC School for the Deaf and he attended the Maryland School for the deaf.
I was their third child, Melvin Copeland Watkins, b. 23 May 1925 in Baltimore City. They were married
at the Green Copeland home place which I believe is on the Memorial Church Road. Near by was, or
is, a church that we would attend one Sunday a month. They had visiting preachers, preach. The men
would sit on one side of the church and the women and children would sit on the other side. They had
a pot belly stove up near the alter with a flue hanging from the ceiling that ran down over the center aisle.
My Mother, brother and I would go to NC every summer when school let out and return back to Baltimore
for the start of school.
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