Reader needs help with ancestor

Published 8:40 pm Wednesday, October 1, 2003

By By LYDIA GRIMES Lifestyles reporter
The Hinote family originated in Germany. Green Berry Hinote (1829-1899) and his wife, Sarah (18290-1894) came to what would become East Brewton right after the Civil War. He was in the timber business and had been a private in the Alabama Cavalry. He had previously lived in Henry County, Ala.
He and his wife were the parents of five children, Hulda Hinote, who married Ed Brewton, Lucinda, who married Milton C. Stokes, Fanny Hinote, Philip Green Hinote (1853-1929) who married Tempie Welch and Honor Hinote who married Henry Kierce. Some of these children settled in Pensacola and others stayed in Brewton.
One of those that stayed in Brewton was Philip Green Hinote. He and his wife, Tempie Welch (1858-1940) were the parents of three children. They were William Walter Hinote (1876-1933) who married Rosa Williamson, Kate Hinote (1879-1955) who married Charles Hunter Mantel and Carrie Hinote (1887-1959) who married Recho Avent Bell.
William Walter Hinote and Rosa Williamson (1883-1943) had three daughters, Myrtle Hinote who married Almon T. Watson, Ella Hinote who married Joseph Scruggs and Iva Hinote who married Dr. Virgil McCreary.
Kate Hinote and Charles Hunter Mantel (1873-1949) had five children, Walter Kenny Mantel who died young, Thera Mantel who married William Marshall Watson, Leon Charles Mantel who married Eugenia Sellers, Marvin Philip Mantel who married Frances Lee and Berris Gordon Mantel who married Doris Chrietzberg.
Carrie Hinote and Recho Avent Bell (1883-1971) had one daughter, Pearl Bell, who married Charles E. Foster.
This is all that I have on the Hinote family. If you have any additional information, I would like to hear from you.
I received am email from Stephanie Pugh who lives in Castleberry.
She is looking for information about the Chavers family from around Brewton and Wallace.
She has information back to her great-great-great-grandmother, Nancy Smith Melton, who was born in Georgia in the early 1800s.
Her husband's name is unknown, but believe he was a Melton and her maiden name was Smith.
They apparently had six children and Melvina Melton (great-great-grandmother) was one of them. She was born in 1849 and married Frank M. Chavers. They had several children and one was Loma or Lomia Chavers born 1889 in Henry County, Ala. Loma married Simms McDonald around 1915 in Escambia County, Ala. and resided in Wallace. They had children and one was Robert Lee McDonald (grandfather).
He was born during 1920's and died in July 1989. He married Mae Eula Steele and they had 3 boys, one of them named Ray Lavon McDonald (father).
Ms. Pugh says that she is of Cherokee descent and the family would like to know more about that branch of the family. According to her, Loma Chavers McDonald was a full bloodied Cherokee Indian.
If you can help her she can be reached at (251) 966-2303 or email her at

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