Person:Hattie Dutton (1)

m. 31 Jul 1873
  1. Hattie Cornelia "Granny" DUTTON1881 - 1963
  1. Harold Clifton NORTHUM, SR1909 - 1967
Facts and Events
Name Hattie Cornelia "Granny" DUTTON
Gender Female
Birth? 15 Jan 1881 Anson County, North Carolina
Census? 1900 Wadesboro Township, Anson Co., NCCensus
Marriage to Harold Clifton NORTHUM
Census[1] 1920 St. Margaret Street Home for Elderly?, Charleston, Charleston, SCCensus
Census? 5 Apr 1930 West End Moutrie Street, Pt. Ward 12, Charleston, Charleston, South CarolinaCensus
Occupation? 5 Apr 1930 Citadel HospitalTrained Nurse
Death? 24 Mar 1963 Pageland, Chesterfield, South Carolina, buried in Union County, North Carolina

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1910 Census, cannot locate her as Hattie Dutton or Hattie Nothum in North or South Carolina.

In the 1920 Census, she is listed as living on St. Margaret Street in downtown Charleston. She is listed as head of household with a martital status of Widowed. She is one of 3 Nurses listing their employer as a private family. The home is somewhere near Rutledge Avenue and Greene Street.

Story from Barbara's Book "Tales from the Old Homeplace" states on pg 133:

"Daughter Hattie became a dietitian at Paris Island, SC, telling all those Marines to clean their plates, eat all their squach soup.. "it's good for you".. and probably conducted sick bay visits to bring ruce and tomato soup, her specialties. She returned to the homeplace for long stays, but she remained a career woman for as long as she could." "Each of the sisters now rest peacefully in the cemetery of Long Pine United Methodist Church, along with other memebers of the Duttons."

Mom tells me that Granny lived with them off an on throughout her and Clif and Sou's life. When she was around 12 years old or so, she remembers that Granny used to spend all her time upstairs playing the invalid. So much so that Grandmama had to take her her meals there. Mom would always vacate the house to go riding or off on her own somewhere whenever Grandmama and Granny would be fussing at each other. Granny eventually went back home to North Carolina where she passed away. Mom found out later that Grandaddy sent her packing when he learned that Granny was not actually ill at all. The neighbors witnessed her waiting until Grandmama and Grandaddy left the house for work and would then come downstairs and take the bus to town for the day, returning before everyone else and retreating to her room upstairs. Mom says that Granny always told Grandaddy that he was there to take care of her in her old age as though that was the reason for his existence. Mom also remembers one day coming into the kitchen and seeing Granny sitting at the table with tears streaming down her face and lamenting about how she couldn't plant any trees because she wouldn't see them grow. Mom says the most distinctive memory she has about that occasion is that she thought that it was an incredibly selfish thing to say and she couldn't understand someone feeling that way.

At one point, Granny worked at Enston Homes. This is taken from a number of websites about the homes:

The William Enston Home is an early example of a planned community for the elderly. Developed in the late 19th century, the home is comprised of 24 residential cottages; Memorial Hall, a community building; an infirmary; an engine house; a water tower and an entrance gate. Designed in 1889, the water tower served as the centerpiece of a model waterworks system, and the spacious, landscaped grounds exemplified suburban planning ideals of the 19th century. The buildings also constitute a significant collection of Romanesque Revival architecture, a style rare in Charleston.

William Enston was the Home's philanthropic benefactor. An English immigrant to Charleston, Enston made his fortune in trade. Upon his death, he bequeathed the majority of his estate to the City of Charleston to establish a benevolent home for the city's aged and infirm residents which would "make old age comfortable." The Home was to be modeled on similar British institutions, specifically one Enston was familiar with in his native Canterbury. Enston specified that the complex be comprised of neat and convenient two-story brick cottages with at least eight acres of land. He also stipulated that potential residents be the old and sick, from 45 to 75 years old, of "good honest character," and not suffering from "lunacy."

Enston's estate at his death in 1860 was valued at $1 million, but reduced by half after losses from the Civil War. The project was delayed until after Mrs. Enston's death in 1886, when the City received the whole of the estate. Charleston Mayor William A. Courtenay corresponded with the mayor of Canterbury to develop the concept for the "model village."

The majority of the cottages were built in 1889 on 12 acres with shaded and stone-paved roadways, named after various English sites and historical figures. The remaining buildings were all added by the 1930s. Today the complex is owned by the Housing Authority of Charleston, and the restored cottages are home to persons of low to moderate income.

The William Enston Home is located at 900 King St., at the northeast corner of Huger St. The grounds only are open to the public after check-in at the main office. Call 843-720-5347 for further information.

  1. Listed as widowed. No listing for Harold who would have been 11. Most likely at Porter Military Academy.