Childress Ancestor Photographs
Obediah Childress, Sr. (1792-1852)
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How common is the surname "Childress?" According to the 1990
U.S. census figures, "Childress" is the 1,065th most popular
name with approximately 27,500 U.S. citizens representing about .011% of the
CHILDRESS DNA PROJECT - We have an ongoing DNA project in which we are
endeavoring to sort out the various family lines with the surname of
Childress/Childers/et. al. We are using the latest DNA technology and are
under the auspices of FamilyTreeDNA, a Houston-based company specializing in DNA
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The oldest "proven" Childress ancestor is William Childress, Sr.,
who died abt. 1834 in the Birmingham, Alabama area. No known photographs
of William exist, so for the purpose of this album, Obediah Childress, Sr.
(1792-1852) is used as the "benchmark" individual. The
rest of the Childress descendants are identified by their relationship to this
Obediah. Individuals featured in this photo album include the surnames of Ayres,
Baskin, Childress, Grayson, Hill and Hunt.
Typically, the subjects were born prior to the 20th century,
although there is one photo featuring four generations of the direct descendants
of Grady Childress (1894-1978).
Ancestral Lineage: William Childress (b. abt. 1750) >
Obediah Childress, Sr. (b. 1792) > Obediah Childress, Jr. (b. 1825) >
Caleb Childress (b. 1856) > William Thomas Childress (b. 1874) > John F.
Childress, Sr. (b. 1918) > JPC (b. 1945)
The Enon Cemetery in Ackerman, Choctaw County, Mississippi is the
final resting place for many of our Childress ancestors. My daughter, Helen
Anne Childress (b. 1969), is pictured above in a pensive pose (abt. 1980)
adjacent to the tombs of two of her 4th great grandparents, Obediah Childress,
Sr. and Selah Ayres Childress, whose inscriptions are shown below. You may
also visit the website "Find
a Grave" and view many of the tombstones of those interred in
the Enon Cemetery.
(Click on the thumbnail sketches below to see enlarged
The tomb covering (left) of Obediah Childress, Sr. (1792-1852) is one
of the oldest gravesites in the cemetery. The covering of his wife Selah
Ayres (1794-1867) is then shown, while the gravestone of his mother-in-law, Rachel
McFadden Ayres (1774-1846) is featured second from the right. The
tombstone of Obediah's son Edmond Childress (1827-1904) is on the
right. Edmond was an attorney in the Ackerman area and donated the land
occupied by the Enon Cemetery.
here to go to the Childress/Mathis Family Tree data on Roots Web for notes
on the above individuals.
More Childress Ancestor Photos:
- Levi Childress (1805-1879) brother of Obediah Childress,
- Minerva (Childress) Hunt (1830-1904) daughter of Obediah
- Tabitha (Childress) Grayson
(1822-1868) daughter of William Childress, Jr., granddaughter of William
Childress, Sr. and niece of Obediah Childress, Sr.
- Obediah Childress (1846-1936)
son of grandson of Obediah Childress,
- Ezekiel Childress (1847-1901) grandson of Obediah Childress,
- William T. Childress (1874-1959) great grandson of Obediah
- John Thomas Childress (1856-1935) son
of John Childress and grandson of Obediah Childress, Sr.
For additions, corrections or comments, please send an e-mail to Patrick