Descendants of Jerry Hazelwood


This account is as told to and remembered by Clara (Morris) Bohannon  


Jerry Hazelwood


     Jerry Hazelwood’s father and mother, we don’t know anything about.  We know all these old people had to run from outlaws and Indians to keep from getting killed.  Jerry married Lou Fairchild.  Lou (Fairchild) Hazelwood lived to be 102 years old.  She died from cancer and is buried in Douglas, Arizona. (Lou Fairchild was Cloe Fairchild’s sister, Cloe was the wife of J.C. ‘Coll’ Lacey. They are covered in our sister web site, A Family of the West. Ed.)


     Jerry and Lou had 7 known children;


          1.  Effie Hazelwood

          2.  Ellen Hazelwood

          3.  Charlie Hazelwood

          4.  John Hazelwood

          5.  William (Bill) Hudson Hazelwood

          6.  Fannie Hazelwood

          7.  Susie Hazelwood


     Bill Hazelwood and Lou (Fairchild) Hazelwood, would never talk about the Fairchilds or the elder Hazelwood families.  They would talk about running from the Indians and outlaws to keep from getting killed.  Lou and her husband, Jerry, moved to Arizona to live at a very young age.  Jerry Hazelwood was running from outlaws, when he got killed.  The Fairchild family had a very rough time of living and supporting their family.  We don’t know how many children they had.  We only knew Lou and Amy Fairchild.  We don’t know their birth dates or death dates or places. 

     Jerry Hazelwood went to work one morning and never returned home.  His wife, Lou, thought that the outlaws killed him.  Lou lived in Arizona afterwards by herself, with her children.  She made a living for them and clothed them as well.  Lou would spin sheep’s wool and goat wool for people to use for sewing.  She would take all old clothes and cut them into strips and sew them together and braid a 7-plait rug.  She would sew the rugs together to make bigger rugs and sell them to help support the family.  Lou would also make clothes and quilts for people to help support the family.  She had a small ranch where she had a few head of cattle, sheep, goats, a pig, some chickens and a turkey.  She also had a small garden.  She would sell milk, butter and vegetables out of the garden to help support the family.  The 3 boys got out and worked to help support the family.  The girls would help braid, sew and make rugs to sell.  She had a very hard life, but made it. 

     Lou also saved enough money and bought her a car so she could come see Bill Hazelwood, out in New Mexico.  She would get someone to drive the car for her.  When she got to Bill Hazelwood’s house, they would talk about the Indians and outlaws coming by the house at night and yelling.  Lou would put out the light and tell the girls to get under the bed or in closets and not to even breathe or yell.  If they got scared, they would put chairs in the windows and lock the door with a pull string board across the door, and brace it with a chair so the Indians couldn’t get in.  The Indians would ride by if there were no lights on or if they heard no one talking. 



Jerry and Lou’s children


1.  Effie Hazelwood

          She married Henry Dale from White Oaks, Lincoln County, New Mexico on February 14, 1897.

     Henry and Effie homesteaded in Cedar Hill, New Mexico They later sold this ranch and moved to Alamogordo, New Mexico.  She and Henry had a real nice home in Alamogordo, but she didn’t want her mother around her because she was rich.  She even asked her mother not to come back to see her any more.  So, Lou never went back.  They had some children, but we don’t know how many or their names.

Obituary of Effie Dale


Mrs. Henry Dale Sr.


     Services were held at Hamilton Funeral home in Alamogordo, Wednesday morning for Mrs. Henry Dale Sr., 75.  Early day Lincoln County resident who for the past 15 years had been making her home in Alamogordo.

     Mrs. Dale’s death occurred on last Saturday at Providence Hospital in El Paso, where she had been a patient for 10 days. 

     Interment was in the Alamogordo Cemetery.  Mr. and Mrs. Dale recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.  They were married February 14th, 1897 in White Oaks.  Before her marriage, Mrs. Dale was Effie Hazelwood, whose parents had settled in Cedar Hill in the Capitan Mountains. 

     She is survived by, in addition to her husband, 5 sons and 2 daughters.  They are Henry Dale, John Dale Jr., Fred Dale all of Alamogordo and Jim Dale of Dallas.  Mrs. Beulah Cathreacard of Carlsbad and Mrs. Effie Hefker of Coyote.  11 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.



II.  Ellen Hazelwood

     She married a man by the name of Fambrough.  She is buried in Alamogordo, New Mexico.  To these 2 people were born some children, but we don’t know how many.  Some of their children and grandchildren still live in Alamogordo, New Mexico.  The Fambrough’s own Sun City Furniture, located at the South end of Alamogordo.



III.  Charlie Hazelwood

          Charlie was never married and died at a very young age.  Charlie Hazelwood was shot while he was riding beside his brother, John Hazelwood, by some of the outlaws that killed his daddy, Jerry Hazelwood.  The outlaws would have killed John if it wouldn’t have been for Bill Hazelwood, John’s oldest brother.  Bill Hazelwood heard the shots and yelled, looked back and motioned, “you son’s of bitches, come this way, they have killed my youngest brother and they are after the other one.”  The outlaws fled away and there was no one but Bill Hazelwood.  Because of this, he saved his brother John.  John and Bill got off of their horses and buried Charlie there and walked back home to Arizona.  Charlie Hazelwood is buried near the old ranch house, now owned by Mutt Shanks, near Penasco, New Mexico. 



IV.  John Hazelwood

          John Hazelwood married in his twenties to Lottie McFarland.  They had one known son. John died at the age of 69 or 70 in 1962 and is buried in Douglas, Arizona. 

     John Hazelwood called Clara, Biggun, because she was big and strong.  When Bill Hazelwood was bedfast, Clara called John and he came out to see Bill.  John told Bill, “Let’s go run them outlaws.”  Bill told John, “no, I am going to meet Charlie soon, now.”  So John sat talking until midnight to Bill, then left and went back to Arizona.  John was glad that Clara had called him, so he could see Bill alive for the last time.



V.  William “Bill” Hudson Hazelwood

          He was born January 7, 1870 in Spring Creek, Gillespie County, Texas.  Bill married Meddie Alice Purcella on May 30, 1897 in Roswell, Chaves County, Territory of New Mexico. Bill Hazelwood died October 17, 1958, 2:10 a.m., in Bud Morris’ house from Pneumonia at the age of 88, and is buried in the Tinnie Cemetery, Tinnie, Lincoln County, New Mexico.


     Bill Hazelwood was a Block Cattle Company foreman for many years, until he managed to buy him a little ranch.  From that point, he was his own boss, for his little ranch.  He managed over and saw that all of the Block Ranch cowboys were all right.  He also managed to hide Billy the Kid out a few times from the law and outlaws, trying to kill Billy.  The last time he hid Billy the Kid was when Billy was on his way out of New Mexico to California.  This was after Billy was reported to have been killed by Sheriff Pat Garret in Fort Sumner, New Mexico.  Bill said that Billy had not been killed and that Billy was too smart for that to happen.  Bill gave Billy an extra horse of his, to help Billy ride out on.

     Bill Hazelwood played the fiddle for many dances for the Block Cattle Company Christmas parties.  His two daughters would accompany him on guitars.  Meddie Hazelwood could play and sing too.  Meddie played the Accordion and Juice Harp.  Annie Hazelwood could play the fiddle and guitar, as well as sing.  Amy Hazelwood should play the guitar and sing.  Annie Hazelwood was Bill’s cowboy.  Amy was the mother helper.  Amy didn’t like the cowboy work at all.  Bill and Meddie only had two children.  They never had anymore children because of an accident, in which Bill accidentally shot his testicles while putting his pistol in his waistband, where he always carried it.  He was horseback when this happened.  He had fallen off of his horse and the horse went on to his house.  When the horse got to the corral and his family saw that it was bleeding too, they took off looking for Bill.  They thought that he had been killed by outlaws.  They found him and Nancy Purcella, Meddie’s mother, nursed him back to health.   


          1.  Annie Belle Hazelwood

          2.  Amy Elizabeth Hazelwood


VI.  Fannie Hazelwood

           Fannie was born March 13, 1882.  She was married twice that we know of.  The first time, she married Charles Chancellor.  Charles was killed by outlaws in Arizona.  Fannie remarried to a man by the last name of Johnson.  This husband was killed by outlaws in Old Mexico.  Fannie died January 22, 1962 and is buried in Douglas, Arizona.  Fannie had one child by her first husband named Charlie Chancellor Jr. 


     While Fannie was married to her 2nd husband, she went to live in Old Mexico with him for awhile, because he was wanted as an outlaw in New Mexico.  When her 2nd husband was killed by Mexican outlaws, Fannie was left in Old Mexico by herself with Charlie Jr.  Fannie said to herself, I am writing to Bill Hazelwood to meet me here at the border.  I am coming home, me and the baby.  At that time, you couldn’t bring food across the border.  If they caught you with it, they would make you leave the food at the border and they wouldn’t let you have it back.  You couldn’t even bring milk in baby bottles across the border.  Fannie loaded up the chuck wagon with her clothes and started out.  She put all of her canned goods in the chuck box and put Charlie’s shitty diapers on top of the dirty clothes and canned goods.  When she got to the border, they opened the chuck wagon up, but closed it real quick and told her to go on across.  Bill Hazelwood was on the other side waiting for her.  They came on home and Bill told Fannie that he would help her with Charlie and get him started, but seen that he couldn’t do anything with him.  He gave up trying and told Fannie if that that boy didn’t change his ways, he would wind up in the pen, before he was 21 years old.  Sure enough, he did.  When Charlie got out of the pen, it made a good boy out of him.

     One day, Fannie and Charlie was bringing Lou Hazelwood to see her son, Bill.  They got almost to the house and stuck the car in the creek.  They tried to get out but couldn’t, so Fannie jumped out of the car.  She would walk awhile, trot awhile and run awhile.  There was a big black cloud above the creek and there was a big roar in this cloud.  It sounded like one rock hitting another in the creek.  Bill was sitting out under this old oak tree in the yard and he saw this woman trotting.  He yelled at Clara and said, “I think that’s my sister Fannie.”  Well, it was and he wondered what was wrong.  He heard that they had gotten stuck in the creek.  He yelled to J.B. Morris to get the horses and wagon and to go help them out.  Bill waited awhile and he yelled out at Clara to help him get the old horse he rode all the time.  Bill saddled him up and left in a run.  When he got to the creek, Bill jumped off of the horse and into the wagon.  He told J.B. to get the reins to the old saddle horse and start home.  J.B. had balked the horses.  Bill yelled out at the horses, one’s name was Bill and the other one Nell.  Bill yelled out to the horse Bill, “you old son-of-a-bitch, get the hell out of here.”  The Bill horse took off and Bill Hazelwood standing up in the wagon.  Bill Hazelwood yelled to Charlie, to get to the ranch house quick and I’ll come behind you.  Well by that time, J.B. had made it home and unsaddled the horse and turned him loose, so J.B. could help Bill Hazelwood get the other horses loose.  By that time, Charlie had gotten his mother, Lou, in the house.  Amy, Fannie and Clara helped them.  J.B. and Bill Hazelwood got the horses loose and they put them in the corral and made a run to the house.  Clara and Charlie were on the porch.  About that time, J.B. and Bill Hazelwood jumped on the porch.  Then started a big hailstorm with hailstones as big as a baseball.  The hail fell behind them.  Charlie said, “I want that.”  Then another one fell bigger than the first one that Charlie said he wanted.  Charlie said, “I don’t believe I need them.”  It hailed and the creeks got out of their banks.  We could see our cattle wash downstream and a tornado was on top of a hill near the house.  Bud Morris was sitting in the kitchen door and he told Bill to look on top of the hill.  Bill jumped up and said, “that’s a tornado.  If it comes this way, all of you get down as close to the ground as you can and hang on to a weed or something or get in a ditch.”  Well, it went around us.  We all lived through it and it sure did hail as big as a golf ball for awhile.

     Fannie danced the next night while Bill played the fiddle.  Clara played the guitar and J.B. played the fiddle too. 

     Another time, Fannie brought out some material for Clara to make Fannie a black suit.  Fannie told Clara that she wanted it made so she could be buried in it.  When Fannie died, Clara went to the funeral and Fannie was wearing the black suit that Clara had made for her.  Before Fannie died, she was still living in the old outlaw days and running from outlaws.  Fannie would hide behind the stove, beds and behind chairs to keep outlaws from finding her.  Fannie was a good shot with her gun.  One night she and Meddie were all alone by their selves.  They heard an owl talking.  They thought that it was some man.  Fannie told Meddie, “give me the gun and open the door.  I am going to shoot toward the voice sounds.”  Meddie opened the door and Fannie fired the gun.  The owl hit the ground.  Well, no more talking.  The next morning Fannie told Meddie, “I am going to see who I killed.”  Fannie brought back the old talking owl.



VII.  Susie Hazelwood

          Susie was born October 20, 1889.  She married Amos Taylor in Arizona.  Susie died January 19, 1955 and is buried in Douglas, Arizona near her mother, Lou Hazelwood. Susie and Amos had four known children, 2 boys and 2 girls. 


     I knew nothing much about these folks except their oldest boy.  He had a horse fall with him and roll over on him.  His leg was broken real bad.  He used a cane to walk and he could still drive a cattle truck loaded with cattle.  How, I’ll never know, he couldn’t bend that leg.  He couldn’t work for a long time after that, but he made scarves.  He embroidered them and crocheted them to sell to help pay for his hospital bills.  He made saddle cinches and he spun wool for people on an old spinning wheel to help his folks.  This boy weighed over 350 pounds.  He had to send off and get his clothes to be made to fit him.  He also made quilts and sold them to help his folks.  He lived to be in his forties and died with a heart attack.  He was also buried in Douglas, Arizona.