- [S71] Hawkins Genealogy: R. C. Hawkins, LI REF 929.2097 HAWKINS HAW., p. 78.
- [S72] Hawkins Supplement vol II, LI REF 929.2097 HAWKINS HAW., p. 109.
- [S88] Cemetery: David Hawkins, Stone #2.
- [S608] South Side Signal: Babylon, NY, 1 January 1910; p. 2.
- [S782] Email: Richard Thomas, Jennie Overton Hawkins; email; 15 February 2014; Marty Van Lith and others.
Jennie O. Hawkins had NOT been hospitalized since Irving’s accidental death, despite what her local obituary seems to imply.
A Suffolk County News (Sayville) article shortly before her death (Friday, 26, Apr 1912) says:
Mr. Wm. Overton, Sr., was called to Seneca Falls this week owing to the serious illness of his sister, Mrs. Jennie C. Hawkins, formerly of Bayport. Latest reports, however, are to the effect that she is doing nicely at the Seneca Falls Hospital where she has been taken.
She died of peritonitis (inflammation of the thin tissue that lines the inner wall of the abdomen and covers most of the abdominal organs), which is an acute illness, and appears to have developed due to appendicitis.
Even though the obituary in the Suffolk County News suggests she might have been an invalid after the tragic death of her husband Irving, such was not the case.
Today, I found the following article which reveals that she moved to Waterloo, NY, to serve as the “county agent for dependent children” for the New York State Charities Aid Association, and that she developed appendicitis after returning from a trip to New York City.
So she had been leading an active and useful life untishortly before her death.
The New York State Charities Aid Association was ”one of the first agencies in the country to professionalize its child-placement and adoption activities.”
The State Charities Aid Association met for the first time on May 11, 1872, in the dining room of the home of the parents of Louisa Lee Schuyler. She drafted the constitution and bylaws of the new group and took the office ofVice-President of the Society. She was a member of a prominent New York family living at West 31st Street in New York City.
A nonprofit, nonsectarian organization supported by voluntary contributions, its stated mission was to "promote an active interest in the New York State Institutions of Public Charities" and "to make the present pauper system more efficient and to bring about such reforms in it as may be in accordance with the most enlightened views of Christianity, Science, and Philosophy."
SCAA quicklyemerged as a powerful force within the state. One of its earliestaccomplishments, in 1873, was the establishment of the nation's first trainingschool for nurses at New York City's Bellevue Hospital, modeled on FlorenceNightingale's school in London. An early legislative victory was the Children'sLaw of 1875, which removed children from state poorhouses.
With the foundation of the Child Adoption Committee in 1898, SCAA became involved in finding homes for orphaned and abandoned children through its Child Adoption and Placement Service, which continued until 1965.
Today, SCAA focuses its efforts on the areas of child care and early education, child support, child welfare, education policy and finance, employment training and workforce development, health care policy and finance, mental health services,low income tax policy, and welfare and income maintenance.
Jane “Jennie” Overton Hawkins died at the Seneca Falls Hospital, which, at the time, was a private business. (It was not incorporated and had no board of managers.) In May 1912, the owner and attending physician was C. Anna J. Brown, M.D. Dr. Brown charged $10 per week for hospitalization in the wards and during the year Oct. 1, 1911, through Sept. 30, 1912, had had 144 paying patients and 9 non-paying (public charges). On September 30, 1912, there were six patients in the hospital(1 male, 5 females).
Dr. Brown was an 1897 graduate of the Syracuse University medical school. She started her hospital at Seneca Falls in 1910 (which,through an act of the legislature, was sold to the Town of Seneca Falls in 1913) and continued to make house calls until late in her life. She died at age 81 in 1952 at the Clifton Springs sanitarium which she had entered only the week before her death.
- [S88] Cemetery: David Hawkins, Gravestone #2.
- [S1054] Hawkins, Irving, ASCE, Sep 1911, February 2014.