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worker in the bank in Jefferson who
signed Colonel John Sartoris'
peace bond in The Unvanquished.
Habersham, Emily: A
social worker in Jefferson in 1929
who took charge of having Byron Snopes's
halfbreed children sent back to him in The Town.
She may be the same Mrs. Habersham who was also a social worker in 1942 in
Eunice: A seventy-year-old spinster (ca. 1941) and a descendant of Samuel
Habersham, one of the first residents in what later became Jefferson.
Because Lucas Beauchamp's wife Mollie
had come from her family, she helped Chick
Mallison and Aleck Sander try
to solve the murder for which Lucas was arrested in Intruder
in the Dust. She is referred to in The Town,
where she is called a grand-daughter of Doctor
Samuel: A physician, the first agent of the Chickasaw
Agency which later became Jefferson,
and one of the first three settlers in the area, which for some time was
called Habersham. He died sometime before 1833. His son, who was eight years
old in 1800, reportedly married a Chickasaw and went with the Indians in the
1830s to Oklahoma. Yet during the Civil War there was a banker in Jefferson
named Habersham, and elsewhere Miss Eunice
Habersham of Jefferson is said to
be his granddaughter. In addition, Emily
Habersham may be related. He appears in Intruder
in the Dust, Requiem for a Nun, and
Indian attendant of Moketubbe in
"Red Leaves." This was also the
original surname for Sam Fathers in
Go Down, Moses.
Hait, Mrs. Mannie:
Hamblett, Jim: The
justice who tried Charles
Etienne de Saint Velery Bon for fighting with blacks in Absalom,
Absalom!. Before he could finish his speech of indictment, General
Compson quashed the indictment and paid the fine.
Hampton, Hope (Hub):
Harpe, Wiley (Big):
Harris (The Hamlet,
Mary": One of the pseudonyms used by Rosa
Millard in The Unvanquished to forge
fake Union Army papers ordering the recipient to give horses and/or mules to
Plurella": A pseudonym invented by Ringo
for Rosa Millard to use in forging
fake Union Army papers ordering the recipient to hand over horses and/or
mules to the bearer.
(Hurricane) Creek: The common local way of pronouncing the name of a
creek running through the back pasture of the Sartoris
plantation in "My Grandmother
Millard," The Town, and The
Hatcher, Louis: A
black man who gave Caddy Compson
driving lessons. While hunting 'possums with Quentin
Compson and Versh, Louis told
how he feared the waters from the Johnstown flood in Pennsylvania might
reach him and his wife in Jefferson,
but they were able to prevent being swept away (so he believed) by cleaning
Hatcher, Martha: Louis's
wife, whose question to her husband about what he would do if the Johnstown
flood waters were to reach Jefferson
led to his cleaning the lantern and the two of them "surviving"
the flood by spending the night atop a knoll in the back of a graveyard.
Haven Hill Store:
A country store about 30 miles from Frenchman's
Bend in "Tomorrow" (Knight’s Gambit).
Hawk, Dennison, I:
A resident of Gihon County,
Alabama, and father of Drusilla and Denny.
He named his plantation Hawkhurst. (A "hurst"
is a small hill.) He died shortly before the Civil War.
II (Cousin Denny): (1853- ) Son of Dennison
and Louisa Hawk, and Drusilla's
younger brother in The Unvanquished. He is
the first to greet Rosa, Bayard
and Ringo when they come to Alabama in
search of their stolen silver in August 1863. He was married in 1875 and
studied law in Montgomery, Alabama, where Drusilla joined him after she left
the Sartoris home.
Hawk, Drusilla: (1841- )
Dennison Hawk's oldest child in The
Unvanquished. When her fiancé, Gavin
Breckbridge, was killed in the Battle of Shiloh, she shed her femininity
and went off to fight in the war with her cousin by marriage, Colonel
John Sartoris. After the war, she lived with the Sartorises; though her
relationship with Sartoris was innocent, her mother Louisa
— outraged by the appearance of such a living arrangement — went to Jefferson
to arrange her daughter's marriage to Colonel Sartoris. Though she probably
did not love him, Drusilla eventually capitulated. After Sartoris was killed
by his business partner, B. J. Redmond,
Drusilla confronted his son, Bayard,
and tried to convince him to take revenge. When she realized Bayard would
not harm Redmond, she was ashamed of him, but finally she accepted his
decision. Shortly thereafter, she left Mississippi to go live with her
brother, Denny, in Montgomery, Alabama.
Hawk, Louisa: Sister
of Rosa Millard and wife of Dennison
Hawk, who died shortly before the Civil War, in The
Unvanquished. She lived at her husband's plantation, Hawkhurst,
in Gihon County, Alabama, and had
two children, Drusilla and Denny.
After the war, she was convinced her daughter was living in sin with John
Sartoris, Louisa's nephew by marriage. She went to Jefferson
and eventually forced her daughter, against her will, to marry Sartoris.
plantation in Gihon County (in
northwestern Alabama, about 100 miles from Jefferson),
where Dennison Hawk's family lived, including
Rosa Millard's sister, Louisa.
After the Sartoris home had been ransacked and burned by Union soldiers in The
Unvanquished, Granny (Rosa)
went to Hawkhurst with her grandson, Bayard
Sartoris, and his black friend (and slave) Ringo
in pursuit of the Union Army to regain the family's silver. Ringo especially
was looking forward to visiting Hawkhurst because he would finally get to
see a railroad, but when they arrived, they found that Hawkhurst had been
burned and the railroad destroyed.
Herbert: A graduate of Harvard University and banker from South
Bend, Indiana, and the man whom Caddy
Compson married on April 25, 1910, when she was pregnant with another
man's child, in The Sound and the Fury. He
had promised Caddy's brother Jason
a job, but after he divorced Caddy in 1911, the promised job never
materialized, and Jason never forgave Caddy for ruining his chance for a
Henderson, Mrs.: A
meddlesome old woman on the train in Soldiers' Pay;
she insisted that Donald Mahon
deserved better attention than he was getting from Gilligan
Henry (Go Down, Moses):
Henry (The Mansion):
Henry (Requiem for a
Henry (Soldiers' Pay):
The black porter on the train en route to Buffalo who, at the
request of one of the train's conductors, instructed the chief conductor to
wire the Buffalo police to arrest Gilligan
and Lowe on arrival in Soldiers'
Henry (The Sound and
the Fury): A smart Jefferson
classmate of Quentin Compson in
The Sound and the Fury
Basket's sister]: A beautiful
Indian woman who was the object of a competition between Ikkemotubbe
and David Hogganbeck over who would get to
marry her in "A Courtship."
Before they returned from a competition to "the
Cave," however, she had chosen Log-in-the-Creek
to be her husband.
Het (Old Het):
A place near John
Sartoris' plantation where Ab Snopes
hides the mules and horses stolen from the Union Army in the "Riposte
in Tertio" section of The Unvanquished.
Hipps, Buck: A
Texan who with Flem Snopes brought
in and auctioned off to farmers in Frenchman's
Bend a herd of wild ponies in front of Littlejohn's Hotel. He appears in
"Spotted Horses," which was
incorporated into The Hamlet.
Hog Bayou: A
hunting camp near the camp where Roth
Edmonds and Ike McCaslin
went hunting every fall in "Race at
Hogganbeck, Boon: A
resident of Yoknapatawpha County
whose grandmother was a Chickasaw Indian. In Go Down
Moses, he was a perennial participant in Major
de Spain's annual hunting trips in the bottomlands along the Tallahatchie
River. He took over from Sam
Fathers the training of the dog Lion,
and together, he and Lion were able to kill Old
Ben, the bear. Afterwards, he became a town-marshall at Hoke's,
a sawmill settlement on the railroad near the hunting camp. In The
Reivers, Boon became enamored with Boss
Priest's new Wynton Flyer automobile, and when Priest went away for a
funeral, he engineered to take the car to Memphis with Priest's grandson, Loosh.
His age is uncertain and somewhat inconsistent; in Go Down, Moses he
appears to have been born in 1843, but in The Reivers (set in 1905),
he is supposed to be about 41 years old, which would place his birthdate in
1864. According to Faulkner in Faulkner
in the University, he is the grandson of David
Hogganbeck. He appears also in The Town.
David: Pilot of Captain
Studenmare's steamboat whose desire for Herman
Basket's sister led him to compete
for her hand against another suitor, Ikkemotubbe.
Their competition eventually led to "the
Cave," where Ikkemotubbe won the competition. Hogganbeck was
injured helping to save Ikkemotubbe's life from a cave-in. By the time the
two men returned home, they found Herman Basket's sister had married Log-in-the-Creek.
Hoke's: A small
settlement near Major de Spain's
hunting camp consisting of "a sawmill and comissary and two stores and
a loading-chute on a sidetrack from the main [railroad] line" that led
to Memphis in "The Bear" section of Go
Down, Moses. Ike McCaslin
and Boon Hogganbeck catch a train to Memphis
from there in order to get more whisky during a hunting trip. Later, Boon
became a town marshal there.
Holland, Anselm (Old
Man Anse): A farmer who lived near Frenchman's
Bend. He married Cornelia Mardis
and fathered twin sons, Anselm and Virginius.
He owned two thousand acres of land, some of which he rented at times to Ab
Snopes and to V. K. Ratliff's
father. He was murdered by his wife's distant relative, Granby
Dodge in "Smoke." He appears
also in The Hamlet and "Fool
About a Horse."
(Young Anse): The twin brother of Virginius
and son of Anse and Cornelia
Mardis Holland. He ran away from home before he was twenty years old and
stayed away for ten years. At one time he was arrested and tried for making
whiskey, and was sentenced to the penitentiary but pardoned after eight
months for good behavior. He appears in "Smoke."
Cornelia Mardis: Wife of Old Anse Holland.
She died while her twin sons were children. She appears in "Smoke."
Virginius: The twin brother of Young
Anse Holland, and son of Anse and Cornelia
Mardis Holland. In his family, Virginius acted as mediator, and was
cursed for his efforts. Before his father's death he lived with Granby
Dodge, his mother's distant relative, who killed Old Anse Holland in
"Smoke." After his father's death,
Virginius inherits all of his father's property.
Mississippi: An actual town in north-central Mississippi, located
about thirty miles north of Oxford, and
the apparent model for the fiction town of Memphis
Junction. According to Calvin S. Brown, the town appears several times
in Faulkner’s fiction without being named, for instance, as the location of
the girls' school serenaded by Bayard
Sartoris in Sartoris/Flags
in the Dust. Historically, it was during the Civil War the location
of a spectacular raid by Confederate General Earl
Van Dorn upon goods being stored there by Union General Ulysses
S. Grant. Faulkner adapts Van Dorn's raid into Light
in August, but he changes its location to Jefferson.
small town in Crossman County,
mentioned in Intruder in the Dust.
Holmes, Miss: A
girl on Mrs. Bland's picnic in The
Sound and the Fury
Alexander: (?-1839) One of the first three settlers in the area
which would later be called Yoknapatawpha
County. He arrived around 1800 with Louis
Grenier and Samuel Habersham. He
was part-groom and part-bodyguard to the doctor, and part-nurse, part-tutor
to the doctor's eight-year-old son. He established the first public house in
Jefferson, which later became known
as the Holston House. Although in Requiem
for a Nun he is called a "childless bachelor," in "Skirmish
at Sartoris" (one of the stories in The
Unvanquished), there is a Mrs. Holston running the hotel, and as
late as the 1940s the hotel is being run by two sisters, who according to The
Mansion are the "last descendents" of Alexander Holston.
He is referred to in Intruder in the Dust,
"Hand Upon the Waters"
(in Knight’s Gambit), and The
Town, as well as in Requiem for a Nun
and The Mansion.
Holston, Doctor: The
man who sent his colored boy to warn General
that the Yankee troops were in Jefferson,
in "My Grandmother Millard."
Holston House: The
first hotel in Jefferson, established
by Alexander Holston. It is mentioned
frequently in novels and short
Hopkins: A man in
the Jefferson telegraph office who
knew Jason Compson was selling
stock by the look on his face in The Sound and the
Houston: One of
those present at Addie Bundren's
funeral. He may be the Jack Houston depicted in
the Snopes trilogy (The Hamlet, The
Town, and The Mansion).
Hoxey, Major: In
"Centaur in Brass," the
town of Jefferson's "lone rich
middle-aged bachelor, graduate of Yale and soon to be mayor of the
town" who gave Flem Snopes a
job as superintendent of the town's power plant. This story was revised for
incorporation into The Town, where Major
Hoxey's role is filled by Manfred
Bottoms: A swamp four miles from Jefferson
where the bandits who escaped from the jail were captured in Requiem
for a Nun.
Hurricane Creek: See