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Monday, December 12, 2016

A Sad Story - Edward Shafter Scroggins and Hettie Jewel Dickson



I came across a sad story in working with my genealogy. This young man is not related to me. But the story was so sad that I put together his story.

Edward Shafter Scroggins, Sr. (aka Ed Scroggins, Eddie Scroggins) was born 6/10/1899 in Conway County, Arkansas to Thomas W. Scroggins (DOB 1/6/1856 in Conway County, AR; DOD 9/6/1926 in Conway County, AR) and Rose Ann Reed (aka Rosa Ann Reed, Rosanna Reed, Rose Ann Reid, Rosanna Reid)(DOB 5/5/1859 in Izard County, AR; DOD 3/11/1946 in Van Buren County, AR). Thomas and Rose Scroggins had 8 children, all boys! They were James Allen Scroggins (1878-1947), William Columbus Scroggins (1880-1951), Franklin Scroggins (1881-1900), Thomas Chester Scroggins (1882-1940), Joseph Henry Scroggins (1892-1956), Robert Henson Scroggins (1894-1918), George Louis Scroggins (1897-1900), and Edward Shafter Scroggins.

Franklin Scoggins died at the age of 19 yrs old in 1900 when Ed Scroggins would have been about 1 year old. In the same year, little 3 yr old George Louis Scroggins died! Joseph Henry Scroggins was a WWI veteran and survived. Robert Henson Scroggins was killed in WWI in 1918. So after Ed was born, 2 of his brothers died, a third one died in 1918 and another one was in the War but survived.

1900 U.S. Census of Lick Mountain, Conway County, Arkansas; Ancestry.com,  Roll: 55; Page: 7A-7B; Enumeration District: 0008; FHL microfilm: 1240055, Taken 6/13/1900, Family #133 and #134, Lines 43-50 next page, Line 1, "Columbus Scroggins" and "Thomas W. Scroggins"
Columbus Scroggins, Head, W(hite), M(ale), Born Mar, 1880, 20 yrs old, Married 0 yrs (DOM 1900), Born in AR, Both parents born in AR, Occupation "Ng.", Can read and write
Julia Scroggins, Wife, W, F, Born Dec, 1883, 16 yrs old, Married 0 yrs, 0 children, Born in AR, Both parents born in AR, Can read and write
Thomas W. Scroggins, Head, W, M, Born Jan, 1856, 44 yrs old, Married 24 yrs (DOM 1876), Born in AR, Father born in (blank), Mother born in AR, Farmer, Can read and write, Owns farm free of mortgage
Rosanna Scroggins, Wife, W, F, Born May, 1859, 41 yrs old, Married 24 yrs, 13 children with 8 still living, Born in AR, Both parents born in (blank), Cannot read or write
Franklin Scroggins, Son, W, M, Born Apr, 1881, 19 yrs old, Single, Born in AR, Both parents born in AR, Can read and write
Chester Scroggins, Son, W, M, Born Oct, 1882, 17 yrs old, Single, Born in AR, Both parents born in AR, Can read and write
Henry Scroggins, Son, W, M, Born Dec, 1892, 7 yrs old, Single, Born in AR, Both parents born in AR
Robert H. Scroggins, Son, W, M, Born Oct, 1894, 5 yrs old, Born in AR, Both parents born in AR
George L. Scroggins, Son, W, M, Born Feb, 1897, 3 yrs old, Born in AR, Both parents born in AR
Eddie S. Scroggins, Son, W, M, Born Jan, 1899, 1 yrs old, Born in AR, Both parents born in AR

1910 U.S. Census of Lick Mountain, Conway, Arkansas; Ancestry.com, Roll: T624_47; Page: 5B-6A; Enumeration District: 0008; FHL microfilm: 1374060, Taken 4/21-4/22/1910, Family #97, Lines 100 next page 1-4, "Tom W. Scroggins"
Tom W. Scroggins, Head, M(ale), W(hite), 54 yrs old (DOB 1856), Married 33 yrs (DOM 1877), Born in AR, Father born in MS, Mother born in AR, Farmer, Can read and write, Owns farm free of mortgage
Rosa A. Scroggins, Wife, F, W, 51 yrs old (DOB 1859), Married 33 yrs, 8 children with 6 still living, Born in AR, Both parents born in TN, Cannot read or write
Henry Scroggins, Son, M< W, 17 yrs old (DOB 1893), Single, Born in AR, Both parents born in AR, Laborer on home farm, Can read and write, Attended school
Robert Scroggins, Son, M, W, 15 yrs old (DOB 1895), Single, Born in AR, Both parents born in AR, Laborer on home farm, Can read and write, Attended school
Eddie Scroggins, Son, M, W, 11 yrs old (DOB 1899), Single, Born in AR, Both parents born in AR, Laborer on home farm, Can read and write, Attended school

As Ed S. Scroggins grew into a teenager, he began to have problems and it all seemed to be related to drug addiction. He was frequently in the newspaper and here are the articles I found on him.

Daily Arkansas Gazette, Little Rock, AR, 1/26/1916, Pg 8, "Prefers Reform School"
Ed Scroggin, 17 years Old, Sentenced for Using Drugs
Ed Scroggin, 17 years old, yesterday was sentenced to a year and a day in the Missouri Training School for Boys by Judge Jacob Trieber in the United States District Court, for violation of the Harrison narcotic act. He was convicted of a similar charge about a year ago and released on his promise to quit using drugs. It was learned that he continued the habit and he was ordered into court yesterday. Scroggins said he would rather go to a reform school to be cured of the habit than to a hospital, because he "could be learning something" in school. Judge Trieber told the boy that he would recommend a pardon as soon as he is convinced Scroggin is cured.

He married Hettie Jewell Dickson (aka Hettie Jewell Dixon) on 8/10/1918 in Conway County, AR.

Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957
Name: Eddie S Scroggin
Gender: Male
Age: 19
Birth Year: abt 1899
Residence: Center Ridge, Conway, Arkansas
Spouse's Name: Jewel Dickson
Spouse's Gender: Female
Spouse's Age: 17
Spouse's Residence: Solgohachia, Conway, Arkansas
Marriage Date: 10 Aug 1918
Marriage License Date: 9 Aug 1918
Marriage County: Conway
Event Type: Marriage
FHL Film Number: 1025341


U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
Registration State: Arkansas; Registration County: Conway; Roll: 1522836, Serial #2231, A227, Eddie Shafter Scroggins, DOB 6/10/1899
Serial #2231, Eddie Shafter Scroggins, Order #A227
Address: Center Ridge, Conway County, AR
19 yrs old, DOB 6/10/1899
White
Farmer, Center Ridge, Conway County, AR
Nearest relative: Jewel Scroggins, Center Ridge, Conway County, AR
C3-1-10
Medium Height, Medium Build, Brown Eyes, Dark Hair
Signed by him 9/12/1918 in Morrilton, Conway County, AR


Hettie Jewell Dickson was born About 1901 in Arkansas. They had two children:
1) Edward Shafter Scroggins, Jr. (DOB 5/22/1919 in AR; DOD 1/10/2012 in Little Rock, Pulaski County, AR) married ?

2) Lucille Scroggins (DOB Abt 1922 in AR; DOD ? in ? ) married ?

But Ed Scroggins' problems continued despite his family.

Arkansas Democrat, Little Rock, AR, 12/29/1919, Pg 10
Eddie Scroggins, white man, was the prisoner held to the grand jury. C.S. Nahrwald, 700 Schiller avenue, told the court he gave Scroggins $10 with which to buy whiskey and that he failed to return as agreed upon. Scroggins also said he gave the money to a negro, but he did not know his name.

1920 U.S. Census of Lick Mountain, Center Ridge, Conway County, Arkansas; Ancestry.com, Roll: T625_57; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 8; Image: 1031, Taken 1/28-1/30/1920, Family #15, Lines 73-74, "Eddie S. Scroggins"
Eddie S. Scroggins, Head, Rent home, M(ale), W(hite), 20 yrs old (DOB 1900), Married, Can read and write, Born in AR, Both parents born in AR, Farmer
Jewel W. Scroggins, Wife, F, W, 18 yrs old (DOB 1902), Married, Can read and write, Born in AR, Father born in NC, Mother born in AR
E.S. Scroggins, Son, M, W, 1 yrs old (DOB 1919), Single, Born in AR, Both parents born in AR

Little Rock Daily News, Little Rock, AR, 7/20/1920, Pg 5, "Scroggins Out On Bond"
Ed Scroggins, young white man, was bound over to the grand jury this morning when given a preliminary trial before Judge Hale. Scroggins is charged with stealing about $50 worth of surgical instruments from the office of Dr. Homer A. Higgins. Scroggins is out on a $300 bond to appear before the grand jury.

Little Rock Daily News, Little Rock, AR, 12/2/1920, Pg 1, "Skips His Bail, Lands In Jail"
Ed Scroggins, who was indicted for the alleged burglarizing of Dr. H.A. Higgins' office in the Boyle building, was arrested in Memphis, Tenn., Wednesday by Deputy Constable t.H. Brown and brought back to Little Rock. Scroggins, an alleged dope fiend, is being held at the Pulaski county jail. He skipped his bond when indicted. Several hundred dollars worth of medical instruments were stolen from the doctor's office.

Daily Arkansas Gazette, Little Rock, AR, 12/23/1920, Pg 14
On January 4: ...and Ed Scroggins, charged with grand larceny.

Arkansas Democrat, Little Rock, AR, 2/8/1921, Pg 6, "Violates Parole, Is Sent To Jail"
About a month ago Judge John W. Wade's heart was touched when Ed Scroggins of Little Rock, who the police say is a dope fiend, told of his young wife and child and declared his intention to lead a better life. Scroggins was charged with stealing several surgical instruments from Dr. Homer Higgins, Urquhart building, and the court told the accused man he would be paroled with the understanding that he would support his family and pay for the instruments he had stolen. Monday afternoon Scroggins was before the court a second time on the charge, and this time Judge Wade sentenced to 10 months in jail and fined him $10 in addition. Scroggins had not lived up to the terms of his parole. The police told the court that he had been full of dope or drunk most of the time and had not worked to support his wife and child.

Arkansas Democrat, Little Rock, AR, 1/15/1922, Pg 6 "Five white men caught in the police dragnet" Five white men caught in the police dragnet Chief Rotenberry threw out early in the week in an effort to round up house prowlers and persons who have been stealing article from automobiles parked on Main street while their owners or drivers were attending to business, and all of whom confessed to taking one or more articles, had a hearing before Judge Hale Saturday morning. Harry Lamont, Bill Foster, E. Scroggins and Frank Strong were each fined $25 and costs and sentenced to spend four months on the county farm, and S.R. King, who had been of considerable aid to the police in recovering a portion of the loot stolen, was fined $10 and costs and sentenced to spend 60 days on the county farm.

Little Rock Daily News, Little Rock, AR, 1/16/1922, Pg 5, "George Schatszy Held For Larceny" George Schatszy, white youth, will be arraigned before Municipal Judge Hale tomorrow morning charged with the theft of a kodak from a room in the Stanley apartments, occupied by C.C. Holland. The kodak was found in North Little Rock by City Detective Lewis, and had been pawned, according to the officer, by Ed Scroggins, alleged "dope-head", who is at present serving a county farm sentence on a charge of robbery. Scroggins told the officers that he had been given the kodak by Schatszy, with instructions to pawn it and "split the proceeds." Scroggins will be returned from the county farm to testify in the case.

Daily Arkansas Gazette, Little Rock, AR, 1/11/1923, Pg 8, "Suspect Arrested"
Suspect Arrests - Ed Scroggins was arrested yesterday morning by Detective Sergeants Moore and Hay and is held for investigation. Scroggins, the police say, entered a rooming house at 1513 State Street Tuesday night and stole some clothing and a handbag of surgical instruments. The officers said they recovered all the stolen loot from Scroggins, who denies his guilt. Scroggins said a strange negro gave the loot to him.

Arkansas Democrat, Little Rock, AR, 1/29/1923, Pg 6
Ed Scroggins of Little Rock was adjudged insane by a jury in the First Division, Circuit Court, Monday afternoon, and ordered committed to the state hospital. Scroggins was on trial for burglary and grand larceny. His attorneys interposed an insanity plea. If a cure is effected at the state institution, Scroggins will face trial on the two charges.

So in January Ed Scroggins was found insane and committed to the state hospital. He died less than 3 months later on 4/16/1923. Ancestry.com didn't have death certificates for Arkansas so I don't know how he died.

Arkansas Death Index, 1914-1950
Name: E S Scroggins
Death Day: 16
Death Month: Apr
Death Year: 1923
County: Conway
Volume Number: 32
Roll Number: 19141923
Certificate Number: 230

FindaGrave.com
Edward Shafter Scroggin (sic)
Birth: Jan. 10, 1899
Conway County. Arkansas, USA
Death: Apr. 16, 1923
Conway County, Arkansas, USA
Son of Thomas W. Scroggin and Rosa Ann Reed.
Family links:
Parents:
Thomas W. Scroggin (1856 - 1926)
Rosa Ann Reed Scroggin (1859 - 1946)
Spouse: Jewel D. Freeman (1901 - 1944)
Siblings:
William Columbus Scroggin (1880 - 1951)
John Franklin Scroggin (1881 - 1900)
Thomas Chester Scroggin (1882 - 1940)
Joseph Henry Scroggin (1892 - 1956)
Robert Henson Scroggin (1894 - 1918)
George Louis Scroggin (1897 - 1900)
Burial: Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Center Ridge, Conway County, Arkansas, USA
Created by: Sharon Smith
Record added: Jan 24, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 33207644

Hettie Jewell Scroggins married Henry Thornton Freeman on 5/3/1924 in Conway County, AR.

Arkansas, County Marriages Index, 1837-1957
Name: Jewell Scroggins
Gender: Female
Age: 24
Birth Year: abt 1900
Residence: Morrilton, Conway, Arkansas
Spouse's Name: H T Freeman
Spouse's Gender: Male
Spouse's Age: 26
Spouse's Residence: Russellville, Pope, Arkansas
Marriage Date: 3 May 1924
Marriage License Date: 3 May 1924
Marriage County: Conway
Event Type: Marriage
FHL Film Number: 2048099

Henry Thornton Freeman was born 9/8/1896 in Arkansas to John C. Freeman and Nancy J. Hendrickson. John C. Freeman is the line I was following as I have some Freeman lines.

1930 U.S. Census of Hwy 22, Delaware, Logan County, Arkansas; Ancestry.com, Roll: 82; Page: 6B; Enumeration District: 0013; Image: 740.0; FHL microfilm: 2339817, Taken 4/10/1930, Family #111, Lines 84-87, "H.T. Freeman"
H.T. Freeman, Head, Rents home for $5, Owns a radio set, M(ale), W(hite), 34 yrs old (DOB 1896), Married at age 28 yrs old (DOM 1924), Can read and write, Born in AR, Both parents born in USA, Common laborer in Timber, Was a veteran
Jewell Freeman, Wife, F, W, 29 yrs old (DOB 1901), Married at age 22 yrs old, Can read and write, Born in AR, Father born in SC, Mother born in AR
Edward S. Scroggins, Step son, M, W, 10 yrs old (DOB 1920), Attends school, Born in AR, Both parents born in AR
Lucille Scroggins, Step daughter, F, W, 8 yrs old (DOB 1922), Attends school, Born in AR, Both parents born in AR

Henry Thornton Freeman and Hettie Jewell Freeman had 1 child:
1) Donald H. Freeman (DOB 5/27/1932 in Dardanelle, Yell County, AR; DOD 3/30/1999 in Redwood City, San Mateo, CA)

1940 U.S. Census of Clark, Pope County, Arkansas; Ancestry.com, Roll: T627_164; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 58-6, Taken 4/3/1940, Family #16, Lines 63-67, "H.T. Freeman"
H.T. Freeman, Head, Rents home for $2, M(ale), W(hite), 44 yrs old (DOB 1896), Married, Attended school thru 4th grade, Born in Larton, AR, Lived in Delawater, AR in 1935, Miner in coal mines, Income $400
Jewell Scroggins, Wife, F, W, 39 yrs old (DOB 1901), Married, Attended school thru 8th grade, Born in Center Ridge, AR, Lived in AR in 1935
Eddie Scroggins, Stepson, M, W, 20 yrs old (DOB 1920), Single, Attended high school 4 yrs, Not attending school, Born in Center Ridge, AR, Lived in AR in 1935, Farm laborer
Lucille Scroggins, Stepdaughter, F, W, 18 yrs old (DOB 1922), Single, Attended high school 3 yrs, Attends school, Born in Center Ridge, AR, Lived in AR in 1935
Don Freeman, Son, M, W, 7 yrs old (DOB 1933), Attended school thru 1st grade, Attends school, Born in Delaware, AR, Lived in AR in 1935

Hettie Jewel Dickson Scroggins Freeman died in 1944 in Arkansas.

FindaGrave.com
Hettie Jewel Dickson Scroggins Freeman
Birth: 1901
Death: 1944
Hettie Jewel Dickson was the daughter of Donald Simie Dickson and Hettie Luella Reynolds (Donald is buried in Old Salem Cemeter in Conway Co.) She had a brother Herbert H. Dickson and a sister Bertie H. Dickson Williams. Her maternal grandparents were William Wallace Reynolds 1837-1882 and Margaret Irene Condley 1848-1931. Her paternal grandparents were Joseph Grayson and Nancy Emeline Allen Dickson. They are buried in Cleveland Cemetery in Cleveland, Conway Co., AR. Don married Esther Mattie Wood after her mother Hettie passed away. Her 1/2 siblings were Virgil Hamilton, Otis F., Ruby M. Kress, Leo Gloyd, Gerald A and Oretha "Luttie M." who died at age six.
Hettie Jewel first married Eddie Shafter Scroggins 1899-1923. Hettie and Eddie had Edward b. 1920 and Lucille b. 1922. Her second marriage was to Henry Thornton Freeman 1896-1985.
Family links:
Parents:
Don S Dickson (1874 - 1962)
Hettie Luella Reynolds Dickson (1877 - 1902)
Spouses:
Edward Shafter Scroggin (1899 - 1923)
Henry Thorton Freeman (1896 - 1985)
Siblings:
Bertie H Dickson Williams (1898 - 1984)
Herbert H Dickson (1898 - 1982)
Virgil H. Dickson (1905 - 1974)
Ottis Dickson (1907 - 1933)
Ruby M Kress (1909 - 1991)
Leo Gloyd Dickson (1912 - 1991)
Gerald A. Dickson (1917 - 1981)
Oletha Dickson (1921 - 1927)
Burial: Brearley Cemetery, Dardanelle, Yell County, Arkansas, USA
Plot: Burial in section 2
Maintained by: Bob and Jeri Brock
Originally Created by: Mary
Record added: Sep 17, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 58828558

I wish I knew how Ed Scroggins got addicted to alcohol and drugs and what was it that killed him in the end. It seems he had a stable family. His father and mother were both alive when Eddie died. They lived in Conway County, AR all their lives. He had 7 brothers, and he was the youngest of those brothers. Three of the brothers died young. Ed married and had two children. But what is documented on paper doesn't tell us why he imploded. It doesn't look like he ever held down a job. Did the deaths of his brothers affect him? His problems preceded the Great War. Why wasn't Ed in WWI? He would have been 18-19 yrs old. He also had a brother who served and survived. Did that affect him? I just hope his wife and two children were able to go on and not have Eddie's sad end haunt them.

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