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Ancestors of Edna May James



Generation No. 1


      1.  Edna May James, born 07 Oct 1904 in Grenada, Grenada, MS; died 01 May 1982 in West Monroe, Ouachita, LA.  She was the daughter of 2. Virgil Robert James and 3. Lillian Mayes Carr.  She married (1) Ephraim Hester Freeman, Jr. 28 Sep 1924 in Rayville, Richland, LA.  He was born 20 Nov 1902 in Norwood, East Feliciana, LA, and died 21 May 1961 in Ruston, Lincoln, LA.  He was the son of Ephraim Hester Freeman and Mary Ellett Lindsay.


Notes for Edna May James:

Edna May James was raised by her grandmother for many years, and then for two years by her great-aunt, Jeffersonia Elizabeth Davidson Coats.  Edna May's mother had died when she was only 7.  She resided in Bastrop, Louisiana for several years, before attending Mississippi State College for Women in eastern Mississippi.  She and her boyfriend took a train to elope, marrying a few stops southwest in northern Louisiana.  She raised her children in Hattiesburg, MS, Baton Rouge, LA and Ruston, LA.  The family attended the Presbyterian church.  Four children each earned university degrees.



More About Edna May James:

Burial: Greenwood Cem., Ruston, Lincoln, LA


Notes for Ephraim Hester Freeman, Jr.:

When he was engaged, he was the booking agent for a band.  He was later a salesman.  Resided at Hattiesburg, MS, Baton Rouge, LA and Ruston, LA.


More About Ephraim Hester Freeman, Jr.:

Burial: Greenwood Cem., Ruston, Lincoln, LA


Generation No. 2


      2.  Virgil Robert James, born 18 Feb 1869 in Grenada Co., MS; died 05 Apr 1936 in Grenada, Grenada, MS.  He was the son of 4. Isaac James and 5. Laura Anne Trussell.  He married 3. Lillian Mayes Carr 05 Nov 1901 in Water Valley, Yalobusha, MS.

      3.  Lillian Mayes Carr, born 17 Dec 1882 in Water Valley, Yalobusha, MS; died 25 Jun 1912 in Grenada, Grenada, MS.  She was the daughter of 6. William Overton Carr and 7. Mary Lavenia Davidson.


Notes for Virgil Robert James:

Virgil James attended Grenada county schools and got his formal college education in Iuka, Mississippi.  He taught in Lamon School and was elected as County Superintendent of Education, Grenada County, and served in that capacity 1900-1916.. 


From his obituary:

"Virgil R. James, 69, Died After Long Siege of Illness

Served as County Supt. Deputy Sheriff and as Circuit Clerk of County.

Virgil R. James died in his home in Grenada Sunday, April 5th, 1936 at about noon.  Mr. James had been ill for seven years, the last three of which he was practically confined to his bed.

He was a grandson of Culpepper James who came into the eastern part of this county over one hundred years ago.  His father was Isaac James, his mother Laura Trussell James.  Virgil James was born at the James old home east of Grenada on the 18th day of February, 1869.  On the 5th day of November, 1901, he and Miss Lillie Carr, of Water Valley, were married.  Two children, Mr. Julian James, of Jonesboro, Ark., and Mrs. Edna Freeman, of Hattiesburg, survive this union.  Mr. James was married a second time.  His second wife whom he married September 17, 1921 was Miss Ella Trussell, who survives him.

Mr. James had a brilliant record of service to Grenada county, serving from 1900 until 1916 as county superintendent of education, 1920-1921 as deputy sheriff under Sheriff D. W. Beck, and from 1924-1932 as circuit clerk.  He also served a short while in 1919 as supervisor from District Two after the resignation of J. E. Carpenter.

"Virgie" James numbered his friends in Grenada county by the hundreds.  He was an efficient officer, an accomodating friend, a devoted husband and father, and Grenada county suffered a great loss when he passed on.

It is, perhaps, not amiss here to say that his devoted wife has, for seven long years, stood by his side as he was wheeled about in his chair, has sat with him by day and by night, as occasion required, has ministered to his every physical,mental and material want, and, by her devotion to her husband and by her steadfast loyalty to him, has earned the admiration of all who know of her unselfishness to him as he lay there helpless and hopeless.  It is no wonder, now that her long but hopeless fight is over, that she lies exhausted.  The Sentinel feels that words are inadequate to express just how the people of Grenada feel toward this good woman, who has been so loyal, so true, so faithful, so tender to her mate as he lay there helpless.  It was upon her that the brunt of this long battle fell.  That she did her part well, no one will deny.

Funeral services from the First Baptist Church by the Rev. C. E. Patch - of which Mr. James was a devoted member - were held Monday afternoon ... Interment in a lot in Odd Fellows cemetery followed..."


Notes for Lillian Mayes Carr:

Lillie attended the public schools in Water Valley, and the two year college, Hammond Institute, and upon completion, applied to my Virgil James (later her husband) for a teaching job which she secured, and taught one year in Holcomb, Mississippi.

They married at First Presbyterian Church in Water Valley.

Her daughter writes:

"Mother continued her work in the office, she became a Baptist and sang in the church choir.  She was acclaimed the perfect hostess and entertained with parties and houseparties as she was talented as a cake baker, for many friends of hers asked me if I had her recipes.  She was loved by many as I remember the piano she won in a popularity contest.  She undoubtedly was a beautiful person in every way.


"Early, about 7 in the morning, on June 25, 1912, my mother told my father that she was cold.  He wrapped her in a blanket, took her in the guest room and put her in that bed, made a fire in the grate, put on a kettle of water so as to make tea, sent Julian for the doctor - but as we watched her, he on one side of the bed, and I on the other, she quietly died."


From her obituary:

"The death of Mrs. Virgil James at her home in this city at an early hour last Tuesday morning, was a shock to the entire community.  She was on the streets Saturday, aparently well, and while it was generally known that she was troubled with some serious nervous disorder, yet her affliction was not generally regarded of such a nature to cause her death.  She was taken ill on Sunday and the family physician was immediately called in, yet the community did not realize that she was so seriously ill.

In the demise of Mrs. James, there passed to the beyond not only a lady of more than ordinary talent, but a devoted adherent of the Baptist Church, a loving mother and a faithful wife.  She was truly a helpmate to her husband.  Death always leaves sorrow and grief in its wake, but when a mother is taken, one who has small children, the anguish of heart and soul is doubly intensified.  While the community in general always sheds sympathizing tears for the bereft, the motherless child appeals with particular tenderness to all who realize and know what the ministrations and the devotions of "Mother" means to a child.  Without the least irreverence, it would not seem improper to say that God owes a double duty to a motherless child.

"Mrs. James was reared at Water Valley, her maiden name being Lillian Carr.  She is survived by a husband and two children, one boy and one girl, the oldest being about ten years of age... The remains were carried to Water Valley for interment...."


Children of Virgil James and Lillian Carr are:

                           i.    Julian Carr James, born 25 Aug 1902 in Water Valley, Yalobusha, MS; died Nov 1974 in Jonesboro, Craighead, AR; married Evelyn Pearce 28 Nov 1946; born 16 Jan 1918 in Hoxie, Lawrence, AR; died 08 Jan 2007 in Jonesboro, Craighead, AR.


Notes for Julian Carr James:

or Julian Cowles James


November 27, 1974, Memphis paper:

"Julian C. James, 72, of Jonesboro, Ark., a long time business and political leader in Craighead County and a former member of the Arkansas General Assembly, died in St. Bernard's Regional Medical Center, Jonesboro, Monday night.

"A former Memphian and one time employee of Gerber's here, Mr. James was a state representative and state senator in Arkansas for eight years during the 1940's.  retired at the time of his death, he had operated a clothing store, Julian's Clothing Store, and was an agent for Equitable Insurance Co. for 36 years.

"He was a member of the Arkansas Real Estate Commission and had served as chairman of the city's Salvation Army Board, the Christmas parade and the Arkansas State University science fair.  He was a member of the Arkansas Historical Society, Sons of the American Revolution, United Commercial Travelers, Kiwanis Club, the Elks and Eagles lodges.  He was a Mason and a Shriner.

"He leaves his wife, Mrs. Evelyn Pearce James; a daughter, Mrs. Rene James of Los Angeles; a son, Julian Wilson James of Jonesboro; a sister, Mrs. Edna Freeman of Ruston, La., and a grandchild.

"Services will be at 2 p.m. tomorrow at First Baptist Church in Jonesboro with burial in city cemetery there.  Langford's Funeral Service, Jonesboro, is in charge of arrangements."


From "The Arkansas Handbook" - Fifty Fourty General Assembly

"Julian James, member of the Senate from the Twenty-ninth District, composed of Craighead county, was born at Water Valley, Yalobusha county, Mississippi, August 25, 1902.  His parents were Virgil Robert James, born February 18, 1869, at Pleasant Grove, Grenada county, Mississippi, and Lillie Mayes Carr James, born December 17, 1882, at Water Valley, Mississippi; both were descendants of pioneer Mississippi families. He was educated in the public schools of Water Valley and Grenada, Mississippi, Memphis Business School, and the University of Memphis Law School; he is a Fellow of the National College of Toronto, Canada, holds an honorary degree (LL. D.) from the Canadian Institute of Therapeutics.  He is now engaged in the Insurance Business with his home at Jonesboro.

"He is serving in his third term of the General Assembly, having been in the House in 1939 and 1941 and in the Senate in 1943.  He served on the following Senate Committees: Agriculture, Apportionment, Corporations, Engrossed Bills, Finance and Banking, Insurance (Chairman), Interstate Cooperation (Chairman), Memorials (Vice Chairman), Militia and Aeronautics, Public Expenditure (Vice Chairman) and Public Printing.  He sponsored Senate Bills: ....

"He is the author of a concurrent resolution which authorizes the governor to appoint and commission distinguished visitors, citizens and former citizens as "Arkansas Traverlers."

"He is a Democrat, a Baptist and a Mason (Blue Loge, 32 degree Scottish Rite, Royal Arch, Shrine, Gratto), Past Patron of Eastern Star, member Grand Cross of Color of Rainbow Girls, an Elk, a Kiwanian, member of Theta Kappa Omega Fraternity (Past National President), member of Delta Theta Pi Legal Fraternity (Grand Counselor), Past Senior Counselor Craighead Forest COmmission, member National Association of Life Underwriters, National Committeeman Arkansas Life Underwriters Association, Past President Jonesboro Life Underwriters, member Arkansas Farm Bureau, National Aeronautic Association (Chairman Public Relations Committee), one of the founders of Eastern Arkansas Young Men's Club, Secretary Young Men's Civic Club, member U.S. H ighway 63 Association and State Highway 1 Association, Vice President State Highway 39 Association, member Arkansas Livestock Show Association, a director of the Mid South Fair Association (Memphis).

"He is a private in the Jonesboro Rifles of the Arkansas Home Guard, and a 2nd Lt. in the Civil Air Patrol, very active in the public and civic work of his county and of that section of the State, working in the interest of 4-H Clubs, FFA, HDC, underprivileged children, Infantile Paralysis, Red Cross, War Bond sales, Young movements.

"In recognition of his interest and efforts in behalf of the Livestock industry, the Frisco Lines honored him by naming a rail siding hin the Jonesboro Stockyards 'Julian,', Arkansas.

..." (probably written about 1944.)


from: Annals of Arkansas:

Hon. Julian James, LL.D.

Julian James, member of the Arkansas Senate from the Twenty-ninth District, is a vigorous and fearless defender of the rights of the people.  Before being elected to the Senate in 1943, Julian  James had served two terms in the General Assembly, in 1939 and 1941.  He came to the Senate with the reputation of being an indefatigable worker with a high sense of the responsibilities and duties with which he had been invested by virtue of his choice by the electorate.  Senator James has been identified with various phases of public life and civic betterment for many years.  His record is one of outstanding service capably performed.  As a speaker he appeals to the public by his clear-cut presentation of pressing issues.  He leaves no doubt as to his stand on matters of controversy but is always receptive to opinions and suggestions.  The earnestness of his character and sincerity of his manner are the outward evidences of his inner strength.  People have long learned to rely on Senator Julian James.  He has earned the admiration and approbation of those whom he so ably represents in the Senate of the State of Arkansas.

On August 25, 1902, Julian James was born at Water Valley, Yalobusha County, Mississippi.  His parents were Virgil Robert James, born February 18, 1869, at Pleasant Grove, Grenada County, Mississippi, and Lillian Mayes (Carr) James, born December 17, 1882, at Watter Valley, Mississippi.  Both parents were descendants of pioneer Mississippi families.

Julian James was educated in the public schools of Water Valley and Grenada, Mississippi.  He then attended Memphis Business College and the University of Memphis Law Sxhool.  He is a fellow of the National College of Toronto, Canada, and holds an honorary degree (LL.D.) from the Canadian Institute of Therapeudics.  He is engaged in the insurance business and has other business interests and makes his home in Jonesboro, Craighead County, Arkansas.

Senator James has served on the following Senate committees: Agriculture, Apportionment, Corporations, Engrossed Bills, Finance and Banking, Insurance (Chairman), Interstate Co-operation (Chairman), Memorials (Vice Chairman), Militia and Aeronautics, Public Expenditures (Vice Chairman) and Public Printing.  He sponsored Senate Bills: Number 1, et al, (Act No. 1); 28, 41 (Act No. 48); 177 (et al); 190; 233, 245, (Act No. 206) and 418 (Lovett).  He is the author of a concurrent resolution which authorizes the Governor of Arkansas to appoint and commissions distinguished visitors, citizens, and former citizens as "Arkansas Travelers".  He is the originator of the Arkansas Lions Club.

Senator Julian James is a member of the Baptist Church.  He is a Mason of high rank, having taken the Thirty-second Degree of the Scottish Rite, and also holds membership in the Royal Arch Mason, the Shrine and the Grotto.  He is a Past Patron of the Order of the Eastern Star and a member of the Grand Cross of Color of Rainbow Girls.  Senator James also h olds membership in the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and in the Kiwanis Club.  He is Past National President of the Theta Kappa Omega fraternity and National Advisor, and a member of the legal fraternity, Delta Theta Pi.  He holds membership in the National Association of Life Underwriters, is a National Committeeman of the Arkansas Life Underwirters Association and Past President of Jonesboro Life Underwriters.  Always a thorough believer in the good roads movement, Senator James is Secretary of United States Highway 63 Association and State Highway No. 1 Association; he is Vice-President of State Highway 39 Association.  Senator James is ...Counselor of the Jonesboro Council of the U.C.T. and a member of the Craighead Forest Commission, a director of the Arkansas Livestock Show Association and a director of the Mid-South Fair Association (Memphis).  He is a member of the National Aeronautic Association.   He was one of the founders of the Eastern Arkansas Young Men's CLub (EAYMC) and is Secretary of the Young Men's Civic Club.  He is Chairman of the Arkansas Museum Commission.

During the war years Senator James was a private in the Jonesboro Rifles of the Arkansas Home Guard and a Second Lieutenant in the Civil Air Patrol.  He took a leading part in Red Cross and War Bond drives.  Senator James has for years been active in the interests of 4-H Clubs, Infantile Paralysis fund drives and underprivileged children and youth movements.  In recognition of  his interest and efforts in behalf of the livestock industry, the Frisco Lines honored Senator Julian James by naming a rail siding at the Jonesboro Stockyards, "Julian," Arkansas.

Senator James was born after the turn of the century.  He has advanced far in a comparatively short time.  He has always been busy, but as is often the case with capable leaders he appears to thrive on industry, gaining in some way, as he goes along, strength for new tasks.  As he goes forward to added honors and responsibilities Senator Julian James will, as in the past, continue to grow in stature and find an ever-widening response of public esteem.


From: Arkansas Lives: Ferguson

James, Julian C., insurance executive, merchant, financier, 716 West Washington, Jonesboro.  Born August 25, 1902, in Water Valley, Yalobusha, Mississippi, he is the son of Virgil R. and Lillie Mayes (Carr) James; and is of Anglo-Saxon ancestry.  He studied at Water Valley High School, Memphis Business College, and the Law School at the University of Memphis.  On Thanksgiving Day in 1946, he was married to the former Evelyn Pearce of Hoxie, Arkansas, and they are the parents of Julian Wilson, and M. Renee.  During his career, Mr. James h as been affiliated with the Goldsmiths, John Gerber Company, Phil A. Halle, Retail Merchants Association, Dun and Bradstreet, and Kroger's in Memphis, Tennessee.  He came to Arkansas in 1935 where he was employed by the Barton Lumber Company, and was later named Special Agent for Equitable Life Assurance Society, which organization he has remained with until the present time.  He entered the ladies ready-to-wear business in 1943 and is currently owner of Julian's Ladies Wear; is a Director and a stockholder in Radio Station KNEA; and is a stockholder in the Financial Security Corporation, American Foundation Life Insurance Company, and Arkansas Glass Containers.  As a leader in his community and state, Mr. James is a member of the Jonesboro Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the swimming pool at the Arkansas Children's Colony; Chairman of Retarded CHildren's Committee of United Commercial Travelers of America in Arkansas; is Organizer of the Jonesboro Kiwanis Club; member of the Advisory Board, Salvatoin Army; Chairman of the Jonesboro Heart Association, and a former Director of the Arkansas Heart Association; former Chairman of the local Christmas Parade Committee; originated the world-famous Arkansas Liar's CLub; and was at one time Secretary of the Highway 63 Association, the Highway One Association, and the Highway 39 Association, taking an active part in the development of better highways in Eastern Arkansas.  Mr. James was CHairman of the Committee to first send a contestant from Arkansas to the Miss America Pageant.  He is quite interested in the Arkansas Forestry Queen's promotion; CHairman of the Miss Sun-Fun Arkansas Committee; and sponsors the Arkansas Breakfast and Arkansas Package at the Miss Sun-Fun United States of America Pageant.  He is a Kentucky Colonel, a Louisiana Colonel, and also sponsored the resolution in the Arkansas Legislature that created the well-known Arkansas Travelers Commission.  Fraternally, he is President Emeritus of Theta Kappa Omega fraternity, Past Grand Counselor of the Arkansas Jurisdiction, United Commercial Travelers of America; a 32nd Degree Mason and Shriner, member of the Eastern Star, Knights Templar, Commandery, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks; and Past Imperial Ruler of the Ancient Order, Bagmen of Bagdad.  He is also a member of the Little Rock Club.  Mr. James has served in five sessions of the Arkansas General Assembly, three sessions in the House and two in the Senate; and is member of the Arkansas Publicity and Parks Commission.  He took an active part in Liberty Bond sales, Red Cross and United Services Organization work during World War II, being beyond the age limit for Active Duty Service.  His political affiliation is with the Democratic Party.  Mr. James worships at the First Baptist Church in Jonesboro where he is a member of the Finance Committe.


Notes for Evelyn Pearce:

Evelyn Pearce James


JONESBORO -- Evelyn Pearce James , 88, of Jonesboro, died of natural causes on Monday, Jan. 8, 2007 in Jonesboro Healthcare Center.


The daughter of Clay and Blanche Dunn Pearce, she was born at Hoxie where she graduated high school in 1937. She became one of the first civilian employees at the Pentagon in 1942.


She later came back to work for the War Department at Memphis and then Jonesboro, where she met and married Julian C. James, a longtime Jonesboro businessman and civic leader, in 1946.


They later operated Julian's Ladies Wear on Main Street for many years. She married James Skeen in 1975. She was a member of Eastern Star, UCT and First Baptist Church.


Evelyn is survived by a son, Julian Wilson James of Fayetteville; a brother and sister-in-law, Woodrow "Woody" Pearce and Madeleine of Glendale, Calif., three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a nephew, Phillip Pearce; and a friend and caregiver, Mary Kelley of Jonesboro.


She was preceded in death by her parents, two husbands, a daughter, Renee James Jackson (July 3, 2006); and two infant children who died on Christmas Days, 1947 and 1954.


        1                ii.    Edna May James, born 07 Oct 1904 in Grenada, Grenada, MS; died 01 May 1982 in West Monroe, Ouachita, LA; married Ephraim Hester Freeman, Jr. 28 Sep 1924 in Rayville, Richland, LA.



Generation No. 3


      4.  Isaac James, born 05 Feb 1847 in Yalobusha Co., MS; died 30 Dec 1893 in Grenada Co., MS.  He was the son of 8. John Culpepper James and 9. Semsyl Narry Davis.  He married 5. Laura Anne Trussell 27 Sep 1866 in Yalobusha Co., MS.

      5.  Laura Anne Trussell, born 16 Oct 1846 in Graysport, Yalobusha, MS; died 21 Jan 1927 in Pleasant Grove, Grenada Co., MS.  She was the daughter of 10. Henry Trussell and 11. Jane Stanley Smith.


Notes for Isaac James:

From: his obituary in The Grenada Sentinel, 6 Jan 1894:

"In the death of Mr. Isaac James, son of the wel known citizen, Mr. J. C. James, on Saturday, December 30, at his home in the South-eastern part of the county, takes from the community one of its most worthy and respected members.  Intelligent, industrious and honest, he had many friends, besides a loving family to mourn his loss."


Member of Eighth (8th) Regiment Mississippi Cavalry CSA, Co. B and K (part of 19th Battallion which was filled to form 8th Regiment in May, 1864).  Officers of the Company: Col. Dulf and Capt. W. T. Terrell, 8th Mississippi Regiment Cavalry Co. B.


Notes for Laura Anne Trussell:

From her obituary in the Grenada Sentinel, 26 Jan 1927: "An Elderly Woman Dies"

"Mrs. Laura A. James died Jan. 21, 1927 at noon, at the home of her son, J. H. James, in the Pleasant Grove community, Grenada county.  She was born near Graysport, October 16, 1846, being a daughter of Henry and Jane Trussell, who were among the first settlers of this county.  She was the youngest of a family of eight children.  She married Isaac James, December 25, 1866, her sister Ophelia, at the same time becoming the bride of Volney Wier.  Mrs. James was the mother of eight children, seven of whom survive her.  The surviving children are: J. H. James, president of the board of supervisors for the county, E. L., L. B., J. C. James and Mrs. F. E. Gillon and Mrs. J. C. Evans of Boyle, Miss.  These children were all at the bedside of their mother when the end came.  She also leaves twenty-seven grandchildren besides a number of great-grandchildren.  Her husband died December 31, 1893.  Her body was laid to rest beside the remains of her husband in the burying ground at Pleasant Grove church Jan. 22.  The funeral services were had at the residence of her son where she died, Rev. S. A. Loveless, pastor of the Baptist church at Duck Hill, officiating.

"This good woman wrought an enduring work in her community.  When a mere girl she gave her heart to God and united with the Baptist church and as the years passed, she grew in all that comes of a fellowship with God and of a determination to walk in the footsteps of the Master.  She was known for her motherly counsel and for her radiant character and for those enduring virtues which are womanhood's chief adornment.  She was truly a good mother, a thoughtful neighbor, and a doer of those things that make glad the sick and that bring cheer and comfort to the distressed and the bereft or stricken.  Her life is written in lasting letters in the hearts and minds of a great many people who will cherish her memory and who will ever and anon hear the echo of her voice and the sound of her footsteps as they come back from the spirit land..."


Her will:

I, Laura A. James of Grenada County Miss., over twenty one years of age and of sound and disposing mind and memory and understanding, hereby make and publish and declare this my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking all wills heretofore made by me.

First: I direct that my executor shall pay my just and legal debts and funeral expenses.

Second: I have already given each of my children some property and some money, some more than others.  I want this to be adjusted and made equal among them in order that one may not receive more than another.  Except that the land allready given and deeded by me to my son, J. H. James is not to be considered in this adjustment.  The amounts given to each of my seven children is written down in pencil in my own handwriting and made a part of this will and signed by me in the presence of witnesses and bearing the same date of this will.

Third: I give and bequeath unto my seven children, J. H. James, V. R. James, E. L. James, L. B. James, J. C. James, Lura Evans and Hattie GIllon all my property, real, personal and mixed, it being my will and desire that they share equally in the division.

Fourth: I appoint my son J. C. James Executor without bond and hereby relieve him from accounting or reporting to any court as to his administration of the trust hereby imposed.

Witness my signature, this 6th day of June 1924.  /s/ Laura A. James


Children of Isaac James and Laura Trussell are:

                           i.    John Henry James, born 17 Aug 1867 in Susie, Grenada,  MS; died 22 Mar 1942 in Pleasant Grove, Grenada Co., MS; married (1) Mamie Carolyn Wood 03 May 1891; born 23 Jul 1875 in of Oxford, Lafayette, MS; died 26 Nov 1902; married (2) Cora C. Holland Mar 1911; born 05 Dec 1878 in Grenada Co., MS; died 28 Dec 1974 in Grenada Co., MS.


Notes for John Henry James:

From his obituary: "John James, 75, Died At Home At Pleasant Grove"

"Mr. John Henry James, better known as John James, died in his home near Pleasant Grove in eastern Grenada County, Sunday night, March 2, 1942.  For about two years he had been in ill health but had several rallies during which he was able to come to town to mix with his many friends here.

"Mr. James was born within a mile and a half of the home in which he died, on August 17, 1867, and lived a useful life in that community for 75 years.  He attended the country schools that the times then afforded.  He was a member of the historic Pleasant Grove Baptist Church almost all of his life.  He was the son of the late Mr. Isaac James and Mrs. Laura Trussell James, a union that joined two of the most prominent pioneer families of that section.  He was twice married; first to Miss Mamie Wood on May 3, 1891, and, second, to Miss Cora Holland in 1910.  Five children of the first union survive.  Mr. James served 30 years as public official in Grenada County, about 20 years as the supervisor of his beat and 10 years as justice of the peace.

"No higher tribute could be paid to any man than the tribute ...

"Withal, he had a keen sense of humor and was no more reluctant to tell tales on himself than on others.  His corn crib, his smokehouse, his always well stocked cellar and his purse were always available to those in need..."


Mildred Lee (Carithers) Parish compiled much of the history of the James Family ; she descended from this line.


        2                ii.    Virgil Robert James, born 18 Feb 1869 in Grenada Co., MS; died 05 Apr 1936 in Grenada, Grenada, MS; married (1) Lillian Mayes Carr 05 Nov 1901 in Water Valley, Yalobusha, MS; married (2) Eleanora 'Ellie' Trussell 17 Sep 1921.

                         iii.    Edgar Lee James, born 05 Sep 1870 in Grenada Co., MS; died 03 Feb 1949 in Grenada Co., MS; married Ada Celia Woods 27 May 1897; born 08 Mar 1874; died 21 Apr 1963 in Grenada Co., MS.

                         iv.    Leslie Bascom James, born 28 Feb 1872 in Grenada Co., MS; died 04 Jan 1943 in Grenada Co., MS; married (1) Julia Elizabeth Price 25 Dec 1895 in Italy, TX; born 16 Jul 1878; died 16 Oct 1905 in Grenada Co., MS; married (2) Lena Rogers 24 Mar 1907; born 26 Oct 1886; died 16 Jun 1955 in Grenada Co., MS.

                          v.    James Clarence James, born 09 Mar 1875 in Grenada Co., MS; died 30 Apr 1931 in Susie, Grenada, MS; married Belle Ross 24 Jan 1907; born 30 Apr 1884 in Grenada Co., MS; died 28 Dec 1969 in Grenada, Grenada, MS.


Notes for James Clarence James:

From his obituary 30 Apr 1931:

"J. C. James passed away Thursday morning, April 30, at 10:30 o'clock at his home in the Pleasant Grove community of this county... burial in the James cemetery near his home...

Mr. James was born 56 years ago in this county and was a member of a family long idnetified with Grenada county affairs.  He was regarded as one of the county's most trustworthy citizens and could always be found on the right side of any question that affected the moral welfare of the public generally.  He was a substantial farmer, he was dependable in all things, loyal to his friends, kind, indulgent and considerate in his family relations, an obliging neighbor and a man whose word was his bond.  Although he was not one to push himself forward, Clarence James could always be counted on to do more than his part in any movement for the betterment of his community, his county or his state.

He was a faithful member of the Baptist Church and did his best to live up to its principles and its teachings..."


Notes for Belle Ross:

From her obituary:

"Mrs. Belle Ross James, beloved mother of Mrs. Louie S. Honeycutt, passed away Sunday afternoon, December 28, 1969 at the Grenada County Hospital after an extended illness.  She was 85.

Mrs. James was the widow of the late James Clarence James, prominent farmer of Grenada County.  She was the daughter of William Lafayette and Leona Caffey Ross....

Burial was in Providence Cemetery ..."


                         vi.    Walter A. James, born 30 Jun 1878 in Grenada Co., MS; died 05 Jun 1879 in Grenada Co., MS.

                        vii.    Lura Belle James, born 12 Aug 1880 in Grenada Co., MS; died 29 Apr 1941 in Greenwood, Leflore, MS; married James C. Evans 28 Jan 1901; born 25 Feb 1872; died 24 Dec 1938 in Gore Springs, MS.

                       viii.    Hattie Dell James, born 14 Feb 1882 in Grenada Co., MS; died 22 Dec 1957 in Gore Springs, Grenada, MS; married Francis Eugene Gillon 14 Dec 1904; born Abt. 1883.


Notes for Hattie Dell James:

From her obituary dated 22 Dec 1956, Grenada Sentinel:

"Death Claims Gore Springs Matron"

"Death claimed one of Gore Springs prominent native citizens in the passing of Mrs. Hattie Dell James Gillon on Sunday night December 22 about 8 o'clock.

Mrs. Gillon had suffered several light strokes over a period of six years which caused her to be a partial invalid.  The daughter of the late Mr. Isaac James and Laura Ann James, the deceased was born in Pleasant Grove Community on February 14, 1882.  She attended Grenada College and was a Baptist.

On December 20, 1904, she became the bride of Frances Eugene Gillon and to this union four children were born, one of which died in infancy.

As long as health permitted "Miss Hattie" was prominent in civic interests in development of community life and served as president of the Woman's Home Demonstration Club for several years.

She possessed a wonderful optimistic disposition that impressed all those with whom she lived and met.  She was a devoted mother and wife.  Mrs. Gillon appreciated the wonders of nature in farm life, the birds, animals, flowers, fields and pastures....

Interment was in Gore Springs Cemetery ..."


Notes for Francis Eugene Gillon:

Frances Eugene Gillon



      6.  William Overton Carr, born 17 Feb 1854 in Water Valley, Yalobusha, MS; died 12 Jun 1908 in Water Valley, Yalobusha, MS.  He was the son of 12. Madison Henry Carr and 13. Mourning Elizabeth Pearson.  He married 7. Mary Lavenia Davidson 26 Dec 1878 in Yalobusha Co., MS.

      7.  Mary Lavenia Davidson, born 01 Jun 1857 in Rosedale, Bolivar, MS; died 17 Jun 1935 in Baton Rouge, E. B. R., LA.  She was the daughter of 14. Thomas Jefferson Davidson and 15. Jeffersonia Elizabeth Lawshe.


Notes for Mary Lavenia Davidson:

From memoirs of Helen Brank Davidson, a cousin, with whom the orphan children of Tom & Jeffie resided for some time after 1874:


"There were two young ladies in Uncle Tom's family - Cousin Ruth was almost 20 now and Cousin Mary, 17.  Lewis was about 15, Tom 12, and the youngest girl was the same age as my brother Harry, five years older than I.  Her name was Jeffersonia, but we called her "Lovie."

"Cousin Ruth was not very pretty and had a slight affliction.  I don't know just how to describe it, but often when engaged in some work she would suddenly stop and seem to lose herself, gazing straight before her and batting her eyes; then in a few minutes she would be herself again.

"My oldest sister was also named Ruth, and she was almost 14 now; they called her "Little Ruth" and the other "Big Ruth."  Both Cousin Ruth and Cousin Mary went to dances and played cards.  I don't know whether my sister Ruth did or not at that time.  She was nine years older than I and not exactly pretty but she had a vivid and charming personality.  I don't know how my father could have kept her from taking part in these gaieties.

"Cousin Mary got a position in the town school, but Cousin Ruth could only stay at home.  Once when a dance was planned on very short notice, Cousin Ruth took it into her head that she must have a new dress for the occasion.  Mamma thought Cousin Ruth didn't need it and couldn't make it in one day, but Cousin Ruth rushed off to town about 5 o'clock, Mamma shouting after her, 'Well, go it, Old Catalpa!' (Old Catalpa was a bull my father owned.)  Cousin Ruth got our neighbor, Mrs. Allen, to help her cut the dress out, and went to the dance that evening in yellow tarlatan with black velvet ribbons.

"The two girls were having a game of cards one evening in the parlour with two young men.  Cousin Ruth made a very clever or lucky play, and Cousin Mary, not realizing how it sounded, exclaimed, 'Well Sister, you're not a fool if you do have fits!' "


In April, 1876, her sister Ruth petitioned the Chancery Court, and J. Bartlett was appointed the children's guardian.

October 4, 1876 the Court passed a Decree Procunfesso, declaring that Ruth had been regularly called to appear before the court to answer "Complaintant's" bill against her, that she failed to appear or answer the said Bill of Complaint and that consequently the Court judged against her.

Soon thereafter, a court order approved Edward's wish to sell his late brother-in-law's house and lot for the benefit of heirs at public auction.  The sale was made on December 4 and the property sold for $800.


On July 12, 1877, citations were issued to Yalobusha County for Edward and to Marshall County, where Uncle Frank was now living with Cousin Sissie, because of their failure to make annual reports of their guardianship.  They were granted an extension of time.  This same month Edward severed his relations with the Water Valley church.   In October, the time allowed for making his report was again extended.  Then, on November 10, Ruth, Mary, Thomas and Jeffersonia appeared before the court asking that their guardian (Edward) be empowered to spend $75 more monthly to adequately clothe, board, and educate each child for the coming year.

The next year there was an order for Edward to make a new bond, though he was no longer living in Water Valley; and in April, 1879, when he was living in Oxford, there was an order of attachment and revoking his guardianship, demanding that he make a final report.  Before this time, both Ruth and Mary were of age, and Mary's husband, William Carr, with her became guardian of the minor children.

The families remained close, and the proceedings were probably "ordinary" in the case or orphans and guardianships in their late teen years.

Helen Brank Davidson continued:

"I suppose Papa felt that the people of Water Valley church wanted another preacher.  I guess Uncle Tom had left some money as well as the farm for his children; anyway, Papa decided to go to Lexington, a small place out from Durant.  He turned the brick house over to Uncle Tom's children.  Cousin Mary was getting married to William Carr, a cousin on her mother's side.  The other children were to stay with her, and she would keep house for all of them."


Children of William Carr and Mary Davidson are:

                           i.    Earl Davidson Carr, born 19 Feb 1880 in Water Valley, Yalobusha, MS; died Jul 1952 in Baton Rouge, E. B. R., LA; married (1) Pearl Ouida Stipe 21 Oct 1902; married (2) Gladys Winburn Lawshe 27 Aug 1919; born 09 Sep 1897 in Taylor, Lafayette, MS; died 07 Jul 1985 in Amarillo, Potter, TX.

        3                ii.    Lillian Mayes Carr, born 17 Dec 1882 in Water Valley, Yalobusha, MS; died 25 Jun 1912 in Grenada, Grenada, MS; married Virgil Robert James 05 Nov 1901 in Water Valley, Yalobusha, MS.

                         iii.    William Overton Carr, Jr., born 01 Dec 1885 in Water Valley, Yalobusha, MS; died 25 Mar 1979 in Somerset, KY; married Carrie Owings 06 Sep 1917; died 1978.

                         iv.    May Mourning Carr, born 16 Oct 1888 in Water Valley, Yalobusha, MS; died 20 Dec 1976 in Baton Rouge, E. B. R., LA; married Thomas Franklyn Wooten 07 Jun 1917 in Water Valley, Yalobusha, MS; born Abt. 1886; died 27 Mar 1958.


Notes for May Mourning Carr:

"Aunt May" was the family researcher, for whom all later generations of her nieces, nephews, and grands will be grateful.


                          v.    Thomas Madison Carr, born 27 May 1891 in Water Valley, Yalobusha, MS; married Verna Mae Alexander 17 Sep 1923; died 27 Dec 1958.

                         vi.    Robert Lewis Carr, born 24 Feb 1894 in Water Valley, Yalobusha, MS; died 20 Dec 1979 in Baton Rouge, E. Baton Rouge, LA; married Doris Davidson 06 Jul 1925 in Jackson, Hinds, MS; born 02 Sep 1896 in Mer Rouge, Morehouse, LA.



Generation No. 4


      8.  John Culpepper James, born 22 Oct 1821 in Autauga Co., AL; died 02 Oct 1897 in Grenada Co., MS.  He was the son of 16. David James and 17. Sarah Harrell.  He married 9. Semsyl Narry Davis 08 Jan 1840.

      9.  Semsyl Narry Davis, born 04 Nov 1822 in SC; died 20 Sep 1849 in Grenada Co., MS.  She was the daughter of 18. Levi Davis and 19. Martha Burkhead.


Notes for John Culpepper James:

The following narrative was adapted from a paper by Bell Ross James dated 28 August 1937:

"John Culpepper James was educated in the country schools of Mississippi.  As may be supposed, his advantages were not of the best at that early day.  He was born 22 Oct 1821.   He married three times.   His first wife, Symsel (Semsyl) Davis, native of South Carolina, was born 4 Nov 1822, the daughter of Levi and Martha Burkett Davis, also of South Carolina.   Mr. and Mrs. Davis moved to Grenada Co., MS and lived there the rest of their lives.

"Mrs. James died in 1849 leaving two children, Isaac (see later) and Reuben.  Mr. James' second marriage was in 1850 to Lucinda Edmondson, a native of what is now known as Montgomery County, MS.  She was the daughter of Thomas Edmondson, who came from AL to MS and died in the former state while on a visit there.  The second Mrs. James died in 1860, leaving one daughter Elizabeth and three sons, Allen, Charley, and William R. A.

"Mr. James' third marriage to Mrs. Margaret S. Ware occurred in Pontoc, MS in November, 1864.  She was born in the Lawrence District, SC in 1830, the daughter of Manes and Susamahm Crocker.   Mr. Crocker died in 1830, previous to Mrs. James' birth.  He was a planter and merchant.   Mrs. Crocker moved to Aberdeen, MS and married Mr. Moncrief.   Mrs. James came with her mother to MS at the age of nine.  Her first marriage was to W. Z. Ware in 1862 while served in the War.  She had two children by her first husband, Carrie (who married Monroe Aven) and Willie (who married H. H. Hargrove).

"She and Mr. James had two children, Fannie and Byrd C., who became a prominent Doctor and was a successful planter in the eastern part of Grenada Co. until his death in 1920.

"Mr. James, or "Uncle Cull" as most people called him, told his children how the Sabbaths were spent in the early days.   Nearly everyone went fishing or hunting.

"People went ten miles to raise a house, or roll logs.   All were the best of friends and no disturbances occurred.

"As a boy, Mr. James would take turns with his brothers during the night to keep the wolves and other wild animals from the pig pens and from carrying off the lambs.  He often carried pine knots for a torch for his father to kill deer after night.

"The only mill was a steel mill run by hand.   Many of Col. James' days were spent grinding corn for family use.   The country was then a vast cane break and stock kept fat the entire year without care.

"In about 1837, the Baptists built a log church, to be known as Pleasant Grove Church, on his father's place.   This was attended by people from a radius of ten or twelve miles.   At that time, that distance was a long way from home, as everyone had to walk or go in wagons.

"He remembered his first trip to Grenada and would tell his children how he had to hitch his horse to a tree on the east side of Big Bogne Creek, it not being fordable, and how he and his father crossed on a foot log.

"Col. James, as he was familiarly called, was a very interesting conservationist.  His reminiscences of pioneer days were very interesting indeed.   He served a few months in the Mississippi Militia under Col. W. N. Pass in 1863. [19th Battallion Mississippi State Cavalry, CSA, member of Captain Stewart's Company.]

"He died 7 Oct 1897.   At the time of his death he owned 800 acres of good land.   He lost heavily during the war.   He had been a member of the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church for 37 years.   Two of his wives held membership in the same church, and all of his children have been members of this same little church that was built in those early days."


In the 1860 census, he owned real estate valued at $7000 and personal property valued at $37,025.


Notes for Semsyl Narry Davis:

Also listed once as Simpsel Narry Davis.


Children of John James and Semsyl Davis are:

                           i.    Reuben Harrell James, born 10 Nov 1841 in Yalobusha Co., MS; died Bet. 1878 - 1880; married Cornelia Permelia Pittman 18 Nov 1860 in Yalobusha Co., MS; born 24 Dec 1844 in MS; died 1892.


Notes for Reuben Harrell James:

Reuben H. James' middle name is conjecture.  His grandmother, Sallie Harrell was from Pitt Co., NC, where her grandfather Reuben Harrell resided.  Reuben Henry James is the name of a presumed great-uncle or cousin b 1784 in Pitt Co., NC.


                          ii.    Martha C. James, born 23 Nov 1843 in Yalobusha Co., MS; died 29 Nov 1845 in Grenada Co., MS.

                         iii.    John B. James, born 22 Mar 1846 in Yalobusha Co., MS; died 22 Dec 1847 in Yalobusha Co., MS.

        4               iv.    Isaac James, born 05 Feb 1847 in Yalobusha Co., MS; died 30 Dec 1893 in Grenada Co., MS; married Laura Anne Trussell 27 Sep 1866 in Yalobusha Co., MS.



      10.  Henry Trussell, born 13 Nov 1813 in SC; died 13 Aug 1888 in Grenada Co., MS.  He was the son of 20. John Trussell and 21. Annis Wright.  He married 11. Jane Stanley Smith 03 Mar 1838 in Yalobusha Co., MS.

      11.  Jane Stanley Smith, born 03 Jul 1820 in SC; died 17 Apr 1895 in Grenada Co., MS.  She was the daughter of 22. William Smith and 23. <Unknown> Stanley.


Notes for Henry Trussell:

Among the first settlers of Grenada Co., MS.  Possibly an attorney, as his name appears in a large number of records.


More About Henry Trussell:

Burial: Lamon-Trussell Cem., Grenada Co., MS


Notes for Jane Stanley Smith:


More About Jane Stanley Smith:

Burial: Lamon-Trussell Cem., Grenada Co., MS


Children of Henry Trussell and Jane Smith are:

                           i.    William Wallace Trussell, born 21 Jun 1839 in MS; died 17 May 1920 in Grenada Co., MS; married Louisa Jane Frank 14 Nov 1876; born 09 Aug 1846 in MS; died 09 Jan 1895.


Notes for William Wallace Trussell:


More About William Wallace Trussell:

Burial: Lamon-Trussell Cem., Grenada Co., MS


Notes for Louisa Jane Frank:


More About Louisa Jane Frank:

Burial: Lamon-Trussell Cem., Grenada Co., MS


                          ii.    Sarah L. Trussell, born 15 May 1840 in MS; died 14 Nov 1890.


More About Sarah L. Trussell:

Burial: Lamon-Trussell Cem., Grenada Co., MS


                         iii.    Martha Jane Trussell, born 30 Dec 1840 in Graysport, Yalobusha, MS; died 16 Jan 1925 in Whitewright, TX; married Edward William Savage 27 Feb 1866 in Grenada, Grenada, MS; born 22 Nov 1843 in Choctaw Co., MS; died 21 Aug 1915 in Whitewright, TX.

                         iv.    James Robert Trussell, born 26 Feb 1845 in Graysport, Yalobusha, MS; died 03 Aug 1905; married (1) Elizabeth Frances Franks; born Abt. 15 Sep 1850; died 20 Aug 1887 in Graysport, Grenada, MS; married (2) Dicey Tennessee Clark; born 1849; died 1911.


Notes for James Robert Trussell:


More About James Robert Trussell:

Burial: Lamon-Trussell Cem., Grenada Co., MS


Notes for Elizabeth Frances Franks:

Age 36 yrs., 11 mos., 5 days


More About Elizabeth Frances Franks:

Burial: Lamon-Trussell Cem., Grenada Co., MS


        5                v.    Laura Anne Trussell, born 16 Oct 1846 in Graysport, Yalobusha, MS; died 21 Jan 1927 in Pleasant Grove, Grenada Co., MS; married Isaac James 27 Sep 1866 in Yalobusha Co., MS.

                         vi.    Ann Eliza Trussell, born Abt. 1847 in MS.

                        vii.    Hiram McDonald Trussell, born 15 Jun 1848 in MS; died 19 Feb 1903; married Nannie Rayburn 09 Oct 1878; born Aft. 1850.


More About Hiram McDonald Trussell:

Burial: Lamon-Trussell Cem., Grenada Co., MS


                       viii.    Mary Ophelia Trussell, born 03 Dec 1849 in MS; died 12 Mar 1924; married Volney A. Weir 26 Sep 1866; born 14 Mar 1846; died 10 May 1914.


Notes for Mary Ophelia Trussell:

She married uncle Volney Wier, buried next to her at Lamon's Cemetery.  Their tombstones there all say Wier.  Some of the family spelled it Weir, but most Wier.


More About Mary Ophelia Trussell:

Burial: Lamon-Trussell Cem., Grenada Co., MS


Notes for Volney A. Weir:

Volney A. Wier


More About Volney A. Weir:

Burial: Lamon-Trussell Cem., Grenada Co., MS


                         ix.    John Henry Trussell, born 02 Mar 1865; died 19 Aug 1886.


Notes for John Henry Trussell:


More About John Henry Trussell:

Burial: Lamon-Trussell Cem., Grenada Co., MS



      12.  Madison Henry Carr, born 08 Oct 1826 in Macon, Bibb, GA; died 12 Apr 1895 in Yalobusha Co., MS.  He was the son of 24. Capt. William Austin Carr II and 25. Virginia Hawkins.  He married 13. Mourning Elizabeth Pearson 22 Nov 1849 in Water Valley, Yalobusha, MS.

      13.  Mourning Elizabeth Pearson, born 06 Sep 1834 in Halifax Co., NC; died 05 Nov 1888 in Water Valley, Yalobusha, MS.  She was the daughter of 26. Isaac Overton Pearson and 27. Sarah Jenkins 'Salley' Bailey.


Notes for Madison Henry Carr:

Veteran of the War with Mexico - 1846-1848.


Children of Madison Carr and Mourning Pearson are:

                           i.    Madison Henry Carr, Jr., born Abt. 1851 in Yalobusha Co., MS.

                          ii.    Lula Carr, born Aft. 1851.

        6               iii.    William Overton Carr, born 17 Feb 1854 in Water Valley, Yalobusha, MS; died 12 Jun 1908 in Water Valley, Yalobusha, MS; married Mary Lavenia Davidson 26 Dec 1878 in Yalobusha Co., MS.

                         iv.    Lewis Vollentine Carr, born 11 Dec 1856 in Yalobusha Co., MS; died 29 Jun 1858 in Yalobusha Co., MS.

                          v.    Sarah Virginia Carr, born Abt. 1858 in Yalobusha Co., MS.

                         vi.    Jefferson Davis Carr, born Aft. 1860.

                        vii.    Leslie Mortimer Carr, born Abt. 1864 in Yalobusha Co., MS.

                       viii.    Robert Lee Carr, born Jul 1865 in Water Valley, Yalobusha, MS; married Myrtle Duffey 18 Oct 1894 in Yalobusha Co., MS; born Mar 1875 in MS.

                         ix.    Henry Buckenridge Carr, born 29 Sep 1867 in Water Valley, Yalobusha, MS; died 28 Oct 1932 in MS; married Maude W. Sykes 07 Dec 1896 in Yalobusha Co., MS; born 07 Sep 1882; died 24 Jan 1933 in MS.


Notes for Maude W. Sykes:

Maude M. Sykes was likely her married name.  She was probably a widow.


                          x.    Sargent Prentiss Carr, born May 1871 in MS; died Abt. 1932 in MS; married Mary Willie Shannon 27 Sep 1899 in Yalobusha Co., MS; born Jan 1875 in MS; died Abt. 1942 in MS.

                         xi.    James Francis 'Frank' Carr, born Feb 1875 in Yalobusha Co., MS; died Abt. 1953 in MS; married Johnnie Ella 'Aunt Jack' Shannon 27 Sep 1899 in Yalobusha Co., MS; born Jan 1880 in MS; died Abt. 1973 in MS.



      14.  Thomas Jefferson Davidson, born 16 Jul 1824 in Maury Co., TN; died 14 Apr 1874 in Water Valley, Yalobusha, MS.  He was the son of 28. John Osimus Davidson and 29. Ruth Ragsdale.  He married 15. Jeffersonia Elizabeth Lawshe 13 Apr 1854 in Water Valley, Yalobusha, MS.

      15.  Jeffersonia Elizabeth Lawshe, born 09 Jan 1836 in Bibb Co., GA; died 07 Sep 1867 in Rosedale, Bolivar Co., MS.  She was the daughter of 30. Lewis Lawshe and 31. Cherokee Hawkins.


Notes for Thomas Jefferson Davidson:

He likely was living with or visiting his first cousin in 1850: "The 1850 Federal Census of Rusk County, Texas household number 721 list J. F. Davidson, 40 male with wife Mary, 35 both born in Tennessee, son Otey, 3, born in Miss. and Thomas J. Davidson, 23, born in Tenn."


He returned to Water Valley, where in 1854 he married.  He was for a time the postmaster at Water Valley.


In 1860, Thomas Jefferson Davidson divided his time between managing his late father's estate and continuing to be a partner with Captain Woods in a large store in Water Valley.


He was the executor of his father's estate, and for several years managed the farm.  He served in the Confederate Army in Tennessee.  In February, 1862 Fort Henry on the Tennessee River fell, followed by Fort Donelson on the Cumberland with its garrison of 1300 men, six Mississippi regiments among them.   Tom was among the prisoners.  He was taken to Fort Warren.


He moved his family to Rosedale, Bolivar, MS.  The family story says the mansion by the Mississippi River was lost in a flood, practically bankrupting the family.  While living there his wife died.  For some time after this tragedy, the family resided in Water Valley at the home of Rev. Edward Davidson and his wife Brank, as recounted in the memoirs of Helen Brank Davidson, their daughter:

"She speaks again of the house, the three rooms which, in 1774, were occupied "by my mother's brother Tom and his children.  He had two boys, Tom (b.1862) and Lewis (b.1859), and three girls, Cousin Ruth (b.1855), Cousin Mary (b.1857), and Jeffersonia (b.1865).  I have no recollection of their mother Jeffersonia Laushe [Lawshe] (b.1836). She died before I was born, but these children were members of our family."

But Helen was four years old when her uncle Tom died on April 14, 1874.  He probably did not live with them at all, though his children did.  According to records of the Yalobusha County Chancery Court, his children appeared before the court on May 2, petitioning that their uncle, Edward, be appointed their guardian, and Edward made bond in the amount of $10,000.

That same day Edward and his brother Frank petitioned that they be appointed administrators of Tom's estate since he left no will; that he had died possessed of a house and lot in Water Valley and 1/3 interest in a parcel of land in Bolivar County, 10 head of horses, three mules, 10 head of cattle, and some $600 in notes.

On June 3, the Davidson brothers were given court permission to sell the stock.  They reported Tom's personal property sale and an inventory of his money and debts on November 28.


Dec. 1872, E. C. Davidson & W. S. B. & Helen J. Frazier, all of Yal. Co., MS, being joint heirs with C. R. Davidson, T. J. Davidson, A. B. Davidson, D. W. Davidson, M. M. Davidson, E. R. Hale & J. W. Davidson, M. A. Davidson - heirs of J. C. Davidson, decd sell their share of "The Matthews place", estate of P.M. Davidson, decd. to Thos. J. Davidson.


In 1872, several years after his wife, Jeffie had died, there was a suit by Moses J. Wicks vs Thomas J. Davidson for partition of lands in Bolivar Co., MS.  By 1874 court records acknowledged his death, and the suit resumed against his heirs.  J. F. Davidson is mentioned in several of these records.   John Franklin Davidson was a cousin of Thomas J. Davidson who was a Physician and who was Mayor of Water Valley, MS in 1870.  "Mary M., wife of J. F. Davidson, has an interest in the land as an heir of P. M. Davidson, decd. & asks to be added to lists of defdts.  Suit dismissed at Complaintants' cost in Oct 1875."


The childrens' guardian was E. C. Davidson (Edward Chaffin Davidson) of Yalobusha Co., as shown in 1875 court records of Bolivar Co., MS.   By June, 1878, a citation was sent to E. C. Davidson, guardian, and was mailed in June 1878 to Moses J. Wicks, Los Angeles, CA.  Fannie Davidson & Ruth C. Davidson were listed "of Whitesboro, TX."


In 1880: E. C. Davidson, Grdn., et al vs M. J. Wallace et al: E. C. Davidson, grdn of Ruth C., Mary S., Lewis S., T. J. & Jeffie Davidson, minor heirs of Thos. J. Davidson, decd. & J. F. Hamilton & Fannie Hamilton all of MS vs M. J. Wallace of MS and Amanda C. Cole & her hub. E. A. Cole of Tunica Co., MS seek partition of lands.  Complts own 1/3 undivided interest & defdts own the other 2/3rds.  Filed 8 Nov. 1880.  References are made to CC Pkt.#381 - J. M. Wallace et al vs J.F. Davidson et al. ; J. C. Sillers, G. W. Bellamy, J. S. Gant are [were?] appointed Commissioners to partition the land 19 Apr 1881.  They allot 1/3 to minor Davidsons, 1/3 to Wallace, 1/3 to Amanda E. Cole 12 Nov. 1880.


Notes for Jeffersonia Elizabeth Lawshe:

One record says born Water Valley, Yalobusha, MS.  Since her younger brother's record says GA, I will use GA.

Bur. Concordia, Bolivar, MS.


Children of Thomas Davidson and Jeffersonia Lawshe are:

                           i.    Ruth Cherokee Davidson, born 02 Feb 1855; died 1914 in Mineral Wells, Palo Pinto, TX; married Frank Dennison 24 Apr 1889 in Water Valley, Yalobusha, MS.


Notes for Ruth Cherokee Davidson:

or Cherokee Ruth Davidson


        7                ii.    Mary Lavenia Davidson, born 01 Jun 1857 in Rosedale, Bolivar, MS; died 17 Jun 1935 in Baton Rouge, E. B. R., LA; married William Overton Carr 26 Dec 1878 in Yalobusha Co., MS.

                         iii.    Lewis Lawshe Davidson, born 29 Nov 1859 in MS; died 04 Nov 1949; married Lelia Cadelia Turpin; born 13 Jun 1870 in Morehouse Par., LA; died 17 Aug 1960 in Mer Rouge, Morehouse, LA.


Notes for Lelia Cadelia Turpin:

"Abel and Martha Evans moved from Claiborne County, MS to Morehouse Parish, LA in the middle of the 19th Century. They purchased land about three or four miles east of Bastrop on the Grabault Road. . The hill on which this residence was located was called Evans Hill - but is now generally known as Grabault Hill." Also, it said "Abel and Martha Mandeville Evans are buried in the Old City Cemetery in Bastrop." Further, this same source stated, "Lelia Turpin Davidson recalled her great-grandfather Abel very clearly. She said he was a huge man with a flowing mane of long white hair. He rode a large white horse and wore a long cape which hung in great folds from his broad shoulders. He was 80 when he died." Information from family groups sheets came from Tom Montgomery of Vista, CA, said, "Abel Edward Evans was just two years old when his father died in 1800. His mother was 53 years old at the time of his birth, and as she died some ten days later, it can be assumed she died as a result of his birth. Regardless, Abel never knew his parents and was raised by his brothers and sisters. He attended boarding schools for most of his early years, starting as early as 1804 - his father's estate has a record of several payments being paid with the notation of 'this sum for board of Abel'. At some point, he began school in Mobile AL, residing with Eliza Evans Battle, thought to be a daughter of his uncle. We do not know how Abel and Martha met, but the Mandeville family home was only a short distance to the west of his brother, Thomas Evans (in SC) and most likely Abel had known Martha for many years. We also do not know why both of Col. Evans' daughters married in AL, but it was probably because they had attended school in Mobile. The Mobile area had a substantial number of the Evans family and the name was prominent during this period. There was nothing really to keep him in SC and probably he and Martha intended from the beginning to return to AL where he had made his home. It is thought that his brother in-law, David Mandeville, made the trek west with them; we know that David remained in Camden (Wilcox Co), began his family in 1839, and all of his children were born in Camden. On 1 Jun 1837, Abel and Martha sold her interest in the Mandeville properties probably about this time Abel decided to continue on West and eventually ended up in Morehouse Parish, LA, where he made his final home." (All this information from a family group sheet by Tom Montgomery of Vista CA)


                         iv.    Thomas Jefferson Davidson, Jr., born 31 Aug 1862; died 02 Nov 1891 in Mer Rouge, Morehouse, LA.

                          v.    Jeffersonia Elizabeth Davidson, born 12 Apr 1865; died 28 Feb 1952 in Shreveport, Caddo, LA; married John Bussey Coats 06 Jun 1887 in Morehead Par., LA; born 1862; died 08 Dec 1914 in Bastrop, Morehouse, LA.


Notes for Jeffersonia Elizabeth Davidson:

Lovie Coats or Aunt Lala, raised Edna May James after her mother died young.



Generation No. 5


      16.  David James, born 14 Aug 1790 in Pitt Co., NC; died 22 Oct 1864 in Yalobusha Co., MS.  He was the son of 32. Daniel James and 33. <Unknown>.  He married 17. Sarah Harrell Abt. 1814.

      17.  Sarah Harrell, born 1799 in Anson Co., NC or Pitt Co., NC; died 1870 in Yalobusha Co., MS.  She was the daughter of 34. James Harrell and 35. Agnes White.


Notes for David James:

Moved from Pitt Co., NC by about 1814 to Warren Co., TN.  His first son, Allen James, is shown to have been born in North Carolina in 1814.    The county seat of Warren Co. is McMinnville, some 60 miles south-southeast of Nashville.

David and his small family shortly thereafter moved to Autauga Co., AL, just northwest of Montgomery and about sixty miles southeast of his brothers Frederick and Adam James, who were in Brent, near Centerville, Bibb, AL.  Most of David and Sally's children were likely born in Autauga Co. from 1815 and 1833, according to census records.  It is possible that some of these children were born in Tennessee.

In 1832-33 the family moved from Autauga Co., AL to Shelby Co., TN, the county of Memphis.  In 1833 (or 1838) the family moved to that part of Yalobusha Co., MS which later became Grenada County, about 18 miles west of the town of Grenada, on Horse Pen Creek.  Williamsville, MS is town listed in MS Memoirs, and Gore Springs is the closest town today.  The area is served by Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, whish is the closest landmark.


Other James families from Pitt Co., patriarch John James b 1765, moved to Gibson Co., TN.  Descendants named David Henry (b 1824 Pitt) and Frederick (b 1873) died in Crockett Co., TN.  The county seat of Gibson is Trenton, and of Crockett is Humbolt.  These counties are the "second county east of the River" midway from Mississippi to Kentucky.


Family records of David James and his brother Frederick were maintained by descendants of Frederick, which indicate that David and Sallie moved with Frederick to Tennessee, where they resided for several years.  In TN, Frederick married.  David & Sallie continued towards AL and eventually Grenada, MS.


Deed records from Pitt Co. have been indexed.  A review of those indexes includes dozens of entries for James family members, some of whom are likely to be uncles / grandparents of these men.  David and his brothers would not have been adults in Pitt Co., NC for any significant period of time.


This is from a narrative written by Bell Ross James dated 28 August 1937"

"David James was born 14 Aug 1790, a native of North Carolina, married Sarah (Sallie) Harrell.  They moved to Alabama.   in 1832 they moved to Shelby County, TN.   They were not satisfied with this home, so in 1833 they moved to what is now Grenada County, MS.  They camped in woods on Horse Pen Creek, eighteen miles [west] of Grenada.


"In this new country amid strange and unfamiliar scenes, Mr. James went to work to clear the forest and provide a home his family.  The country at that time was almost a wilderness.  Bears, deer, panthers, wild cats and wolves abounded.


"The nearest trading post or Post Office was at Grenada.  The country was full of Indians.  He experienced many hardships and deprivation, but gradually the family surmounted all difficulties, and at the time of his death 22 Oct 1864, he was quite a wealthy planter.  His wife, who had been a faithful helpmate, died in 1870.  Both had been members of the Baptist Church for years."


Children of David James and Sarah Harrell are:

                           i.    Allen L. James, born Abt. 1814 in NC; died 01 Jun 1851 in Grenada Co., MS; married Mary Broadstreet 11 Aug 1838 in Yalobusha Co., MS; born 01 Dec 1821 in Alabama; died 26 Sep 1857 in Grenada Co., MS.

                          ii.    Salina Perry James, born 18 Mar 1815 in AL; died 11 Mar 1900 in Perrin, Jack, TX; married Lamarcus K. Heath 22 Jul 1834 in Shelby Co., TN; born 08 Nov 1808 in TN; died 06 Jan 1903 in Perrin, Jack, TX.


Notes for Lamarcus K. Heath:

Lewisville, Denton Co., TX in 1872


        8               iii.    John Culpepper James, born 22 Oct 1821 in Autauga Co., AL; died 02 Oct 1897 in Grenada Co., MS; married (1) Semsyl Narry Davis 08 Jan 1840; married (2) Lucinda Jane Edmondson Abt. 1849 in Grenada Co., MS; married (3) Margaret S. Crocker Nov 1864 in Pontotoc, MI.

                         iv.    Amanda Frances James, born Abt. 1829 in Autauga Co., AL; died 1915 in Hackett, Sebastian, AR; married William Madison Pollan 1846 in Yalobusha Co., MS; born Abt. 1820 in Bedford Co., TN; died Abt. 1868 in Webster Co., MS.


Notes for William Madison Pollan:

After living in Madison and Henderson Counties, William went to Mississippi to attend the University of Mississippi at Oxford to study law.  About 1844 he settled in Yalobusha Co., MS, at Coffeeville.  William served as County Clerk for a time and then traded extensively in real estate.  At one time he owned hundreds of acres of land in that area.

After the Civil War started, William went to Memphis, Tn and enlisted in 1863 in the Union Army in Company A, 1st Mississippi Mounted Rifles.  He joined the North because he was so bitter against Mississippi seceding from the Union.  His six brothers served the South.  He was sent to do recruiting duty in the area of the White River in Arkansas.  He was discharged June 26, 1865.

After his release from the army he settled in Choctaw County near Belfontaine.  An organization was formed about then known as the Ku Klux Klan and they were very bitter against people who had served as William had.  It seems that every time they caught him away from home they gave him a terrible beating.  About 1868 they gave him an extra severe beating and threw him into a creek.  He took pneumonia and died.  Amanda Frances later went to Arkansas to live with her children where she died in Hacket in 1915. 


                          v.    Sarah Anne James, born 27 Mar 1833 in Autauga Co., AL; died 31 Jan 1881 in Webster Co., MS; married George Washington Pollan, Jr. 21 Nov 1853 in Coffeeville, Yalobusha Co., MS; born 27 Feb 1834 in Madison Co., TN or Tupelo, Lee, MS; died 21 Jan 1881 in Walthall, Webster, MS.


Notes for George Washington Pollan, Jr.:

resided Yalobusha Co., MS, resided Choctaw Co., MS ; George Washington Pollan, Jr. was a farmer and served the Confedrancy in the Civil War and attained the rank of 1st. Lt.


                         vi.    Emeline Margaret James, born Abt. 1835 in Yalobusha Co., MS; died Aft. 1880.

                        vii.    Rosanna James, born Abt. 1836 in Yalobusha Co., MS; married Samuel A. Oliver.

                       viii.    Mary E. James, born Bet. 1842 - 1845 in Yalobusha Co., MS; died Aft. 1880.



      18.  Levi Davis, born 30 Nov 1797 in poss. Union Dist., SC; died 11 Feb 1849 in Yalobusha Co., MS.  He was the son of 36. Allin Davis and 37. <Unknown> Vincent.  He married 19. Martha Burkhead Abt. 1818.

      19.  Martha Burkhead, born 20 Mar 1799 in of Davidson Co., NC; died 27 Jan 1839 in Yalobusha Co., MS.  She was the daughter of 38. James Meyer Burkhead and 39. Charity Muse.


Notes for Levi Davis:

His likely father, Allin Davis, had an part of his estate appraised in 1832 by Levi Davis, William Stripling and Elihu Richardson.  Levi Davis named a child William Stripling Davis.


At the time of his marriage to Martha Burkhead, she was likely a resident of Rowan Co., NC in that area that became Davidson Co., NC in the 1820's.


The name of Richmond Terrell, common in Virginia in the 1600's and 1700's, must be a clue to Levi's ancestry; the name does not appear in his wife's ancestry.


Levi's home in Mississippi was in that area of Yalobusha County, MS that became Grenada County, which was formed in 1870.  His home seems to have been located on land purchased in (later Gore Springs, MS) as early as 13 August 1837.  The land was described as 31/2 Sec 20, T22, R7 East.  It was sold to John Culpepper James after Levi Davis' death in 1849.  The land was transferred on the second Monday in November, 1849.


Descendants resided in Calhoun County (established 1856) and Sabougla (PO established 17 Sep 1873).  This village was first called Davistown, and the Terrell Davis home was perhaps the oldest house in the neighborhood.


He was from Union Co., SC, where other Davis family members from Calhoun / Webster with similar family names came from.  Levi and Martha moved to Yalobusha Co. (now Calhoun) in 1835.


Census records for at least one child indicated that Levi may have resided briefly in Kentucky.  A series of deeds for Trigg Co., KY names Levi Davis, Miles Davis, John B. Davis, father John Davis, and Jefferson Davis in the 1810-1830 time frame, before Yalobusha Co. was opened up.  That Levi Davis patented land in Trigg Co., KY between 8 Aug 1820 and 15  Jun 1821, and he was dead by 1849.

I do not know if the Kentucky family is the same family.


Notes for Martha Burkhead:

or Martha Burkett.  Davidson County was created from Rowan County, NC in 1822, after Martha was likely married - so she could have been born in Rowan Co., NC.  For the 1800 census, however, James Burkhead was found near his wife's family's home in Moore Co., NC (near Cumberland Co., NC), so she easily could have been born there.


Children of Levi Davis and Martha Burkhead are:

                           i.    Terrell Richmond Davis, born 26 Dec 1819 in NC; died 28 Jan 1861 in Calhoun Co., MS; married Amelia 'Milly' Flowers 1838 in Sabougla, Calhoun, MS; born 22 Oct 1821 in NC; died 03 Sep 1915 in OK.


Notes for Terrell Richmond Davis:

Terrell Davis was the first buried in the Sabougla Cemetery.


Notes for Amelia 'Milly' Flowers:

Eatmon appears to be a family name in descendants of both Amelia and her sister, who married Sterling Doolittle from Edgefield Courthouse, SC.


        9                ii.    Semsyl Narry Davis, born 04 Nov 1822 in SC; died 20 Sep 1849 in Grenada Co., MS; married John Culpepper James 08 Jan 1840.

                         iii.    Aaron Davis, born 15 Apr 1824 in SC.


Notes for Aaron Davis:

Went to Italy, Ennis, or Palmer (Ellis Co.), Texas.  He was the administrator of his father's estate.


                         iv.    Capt. N. P. Davis, born Abt. 1826; died Bet. 06 - 12 May 1864 in Battle of The Wilderness, CSA, VA.


Notes for Capt. N. P. Davis:

N.P. Davis was a Captain, 48th Miss. Reg., Co. D - stationed in Richmond, VA (CSA).


"Among the killed at the salient were Captains McAfee, Davis and Reynhart."

D--Capt. N. P. Davis, killed.

Company D -- Dixie Boys (raised in Yalobusha County, MS)


                          v.    Mary Wallace Davis, born 15 Jun 1828 in SC; died 23 Nov 1907 in Winston Co., MS; married Matthew J. Wood 02 Jul 1846 in Coffeeville, Yalobusha, MS; born 03 Feb 1816 in Russelville, Logan, KY; died 12 Apr 1886 in Plattsburg, Winston, MS.


Notes for Mary Wallace Davis:

or did she marry in Winston Co., MS?


Notes for Matthew J. Wood:

Thanks to: J.P. Algood May 1999


Matthew J. Wood joined Co. F, 5th Regiment Mississippi State Troops. He was a private and was as the fall of Vicksburg in 1863. The story goes that when Brewer Wood died, Mrs. Rebecca Dulin Wood was going to move his family to live with said Perry G. Wood in Green County, Illinois. Matthew J. Wood evidently did not want to go to Illinois, so one morning when he went to feed, he took his clothes and hid them beyond the barn and after he fed the stock, he went back to the house, ate his breakfast, got his clothes and left home. He later confided to one of his daughters, Mrs. Ida Hasseltine Wood Smith, that he ran away from home instead of telling his people that he was going because he did not want to see his mother cry. The first history of any record of Matthew J. Wood in Mississippi was when he lived in Grenada, then in Yalabousha County. He was a carpenter. In 1845, Matthew J. Wood bought 80 ancres of land in Yalabousha County, Section 19-T-22N, R7E. In 1849, he sold this land and with wife and three children, started to Gulfport, Mississippi. In 1849, Matthew and Mary Davis Wood (with their three oldest children) on their way to the Mississippi coast, pitched camp at the Woodward Mill Spring and that night they were contacted by Nathaniel Woodward, who had a 99 year lease on Section 16, T-13, R-10-F, Winston County, Mississippi. Matthew Wood went with Nathaniel Woodward to look over the land and bought Woodward's interest in the entire 640 acre tract. This land was purchased on December 11, 1849. Matthew J. Wood bought his place near the Robinson Road, which was an old stagecoach road from Columbus to Jackson, and was a terminus for five mail routes. Before establishment of the county seat, a stage route operated over Robinson Road. Three stands or relays were on that road. One was at the site known as Smallwood Hills, so called because a man named Smallwood was killed and buried there. In 1840, stage coaches ran regularly from Huntsville, Alabama to Columbus and through the southeast part of Oktibbeha County into Winston County and through to Jackson. In 1846, a telegraph line was built from Columbus to Jackson and followed Robinson Road into Louisville.


                         vi.    William Stripling Davis, born 28 Nov 1832.


Notes for William Stripling Davis:

William Stripling Davis moved to Ennis, Ellis, TX.  He reared his family in Palmer, Texas.

"W.S. Davis wrote a letter to his sister, Mary Wood, in 1870 stating that,"Grandma Burkhead's given name was Charity.   Uncle William W. Burkhead had died in 1862.  I would give you a detailed account of Mother's (Martha Burkhead Davis) relatives I visited in 1853 in N.C.  Saw Grandpa Burkhead- he was quite old and feeble."


                        vii.    Robert Raymond Davis, born 03 Oct 1833; died Bef. 1866 in Richmond, CSA, VA.


Notes for Robert Raymond Davis:

Robert Raymond Davis was killed in Gen. Posey's Brigade at Richmond, Virginia.


                       viii.    Levi Jefferson Davis, born 21 May 1835.


Notes for Levi Jefferson Davis:

Moved to Ennis or Palmer, Ellis Co., Texas.



      20.  John Trussell, born Abt. 1770 in SC; died 25 Apr 1836 in Clinton, Greene, AL.  He was the son of 40. William Trussell and 41. Susannah 'Suckey' Asher.  He married 21. Annis Wright Bef. 1803.

      21.  Annis Wright, born Bef. 1788 in SC.  She was the daughter of 42. Clayborn Wright and 43. Elizabeth <Unknown>.


Notes for John Trussell:

Research Notes:

George McAliley (born in the 1780's) remained in Chester County, married a Miss Trussell, served as executor of his father's estate and appears on the roster of Captain John Walker's Company of the 1st Regiment of the South Carolina Militia during the War of 1812 (serving as a substitute for John Trussell, Sr., who some speculated was his father-in-law). George McAliley had three daughters, believed named Elizabeth, Milley, and Susa (possibly for Susannah), whose husbands were, not necessarily repectively, Hiram Miller, Ben McDonald and a Mr. Cook (who went west).


"George McAliley's children were born too soon to be grandchildren of this John Trussell. It appears possible that George was widowed at the time of the replacement and that George's three daughters were cared for by John Trussell and wife while George did the military service for some additional agreed upon fee.


"After that service two of George's daughters were cared for by his mother and property transferred to his mother for their benefit. The third daughter was believed to have been in the process of getting married and was provided her share around the time of the marriage.


"Some of this is in records and some of it is just speculation based upon what we do know about George and his wife Susannah. Susannah's purported parents had five daughters, Mary and then Rachel the two eldest. Susannah Trussell McAliley's three daughter bore the names of the other three daughters of William and Susannah Asher Trussell. We will presume this strengthens the likelihood of the claim that the daughter Susannah of William and Susannah was Susannah Trussell McAliley, at least in the majority of researchers' opinions."


Note: E. F. Trussell Age 86 yrs., 11 mos., 5 days died Aug. 20, 1887 and is buried in the same cemetery as Henry and some of his family, Lamon-Trussell Cemetery in Grenada Co., MS.  Is this an earlier child, a later wife, of a daughter-in-law of this John Trussell?


Children of John Trussell and Annis Wright are:

                           i.    Lucinda Trussell, born 28 Dec 1822 in SC.


Notes for Lucinda Trussell:

One reported birthdate for Lucinda is 28 Dec 1822.  If so, she was not the Lucinda that married Robert Vance.  Another Lucinda, said to be born about 1803-1807, said to be the daughter of Gilson Trussell and Ellender Johnston, is likely that Lucinda's father.


                          ii.    William Trussell, born 25 Sep 1803; died Bet. 1826 - 1843.


Notes for William Trussell:

One indication that he died by 1826.  Perhaps he had a second spouse?

Fred Trussell shared most of the descendants.


                         iii.    James Trussell, born 22 Nov 1805.

                         iv.    Elizabeth Trussell, born 23 Dec 1807.

                          v.    Susannah 'Susie' Trussell, born 10 Aug 1809; died 29 Nov 1858 in Grenada Co., MS; married John James Lay 23 Oct 1826 in Greene Co., AL; born 1803 in GA; died 21 Mar 1869 in Grenada Co., MS.


More About Susannah 'Susie' Trussell:

Burial: Lamon Cem., Grenada Co., MS


More About John James Lay:

Burial: Lamon Cem., Grenada, MS


                         vi.    John Trussell, Jr., born 11 Sep 1811.

        10            vii.    Henry Trussell, born 13 Nov 1813 in SC; died 13 Aug 1888 in Grenada Co., MS; married Jane Stanley Smith 03 Mar 1838 in Yalobusha Co., MS.

                       viii.    Daniel Trussell, born 03 Dec 1815 in AL; died 17 Jun 1892; married Nancy Gillon 27 Nov 1851; born 22 Mar 1822 in SC; died 06 Oct 1916.


Notes for Nancy Gillon:

Nancy married 1st Mr. Smith.


                         ix.    Charles (Christopher) Trussell, born 06 Mar 1818.

                          x.    George Trussell, born 18 Jul 1820.

                         xi.    Nancy Ann Trussell, born 12 Mar 1825 in AL.



      22.  William Smith, born Bef. 1784 in Scotland; died 27 Jul 1844 in Yalobusha Co., MS.  He married 23. <Unknown> Stanley.

      23.  <Unknown> Stanley


Notes for William Smith:

He was killed in his store near Lamon Cemetery in Yalobusha County, MS.


Thanks to: Chris B. Morgan, historian for Yalobusha and surrounding counties.  From his letter dated 29 August 1996:

This article appeared in Coffeeville's Dollar Democrat dated 7 Aug 1844.  This was an early newspaper owned and operated by the famous newspaperman E. Percy Howe, who later emigrated to Texas.


William Smith was killed on 27 July 1844.  William Smith, a native of Scotland, made his living a wagon maker.  He had a shop on Red Glass Creek, which he called Somerset House.  In addition to his work as a wagon maker, he also sold liquor.  At the time of his murder, he was a 70 year old widower with several children.

He boarded with his son-in-law Robert Evans.  One morning Evans sent his little boy to call Smith to breakfast.  The boy looked in his grandfather's bedroom only to find it empty.  Evans then went himself to look for the old man and discovered his lifeless body lying in the chimney corner.


It seems a slave man named Mark, a couple of hours after dark the night before, had gone by the shop to get a drink from Smith.  Smith was already in bed, but he got up, lit a candle and, learning what Mark wanted, drew a glass of liquor which he handed to the slave.  Mark gave Smith a dime, and then laid his purse on the counter.  The old man then turned and walked towards the back of the shop.   Mark eyed the purse closely and, seeing that it was well-filled, suddenly decided to kill the old man for it.


He struck Smith on the top of his head with a large white oak club, one end of which was loaded with lead, which he was carrying.  The old man tumbled to the floor, exclaiming as he fell, "G_d d__n you, boy!  Do you intend to murder me here?"  Mark then struck him several more times on the back of his head, crushing his skull.  As he fell, the candle turned on his right arm, setting his sleeve on fire.  Mark put out the flames, placed the candlestick on the counter, took the purse and fled.


Mark then stopped at a nearby spring to wash the blood off his stick, and then proceeded another mile to the home of a woman he considered his wife, where he spent the rest of the night.  In the morning, Mark returned home, got a pass to go to Graysport, three miles away, where he went to the store of Bryarly & Connelly and spent six dollars of his loot.  This aroused suspicion, and as soon as word of the murder got around, Mark was apprehended by James Newton and William H. Chapman.  The rest of the money from Smith's purse was found on him, including a five dollar gold piece.


At first Mark claimed he didn't do the deed itself, that he only stood by while three slaves belonging to Capt. G. W. Mayhew had done it.  But it was soon learned that one of those he accused was at home lame and another was on his way to Grenada the night of the murder.  He then confessed in full to J. J. E. Lamon, with Robert Evans, James S. Patterson and Edward Evans as witnesses to the confession.


Mark, who was described as "a bad looking chance," dreaded the prospect of prison, begged to be hung immediately.  However, he was transported to the jail in Oxford, the jail in Coffeeville being too dilapidated to hold prisoners.  The news article concludes with that, and any subsequent articles that may have appeared with details as to whether Mark was sent to the penitentiary or got his wich and was hanged, have apparently been lost.


Memo: 4 generations


Notes for <Unknown> Stanley:

A contributor to the LDS site indicates her maiden name may be Stanley; this is also the middle name of a daughter, Jane.  Possibly Ann Stanley as an elder Ann was found residing with family members in a later census.


Children of William Smith and <Unknown> Stanley are:

                           i.    <Unknown> Smith, married <Unknown> Ross.

                          ii.    Ann Smith, born 1802 in SC; married Robert Evans Bef. 1821 in SC; born Abt. 1797 in SC; died 27 Feb 1857.


Notes for Robert Evans:

Grandparents of James C. Evans who married Lura Belle James.


                         iii.    Eliza Smith, born 1804 in SC; died Aft. 1870; married John Wallace Baird; born Abt. 1798 in Scotland or NY; died Bet. 1846 - 1850 in Prob. Tallahatchie Co., MS.


Notes for John Wallace Baird: O. D. Smith descends from this line and has posted his family at Rootsweb (Aug 2000).


                         iv.    Eli Richardson Smith, born 1807 in SC; died 1881; married Elizabeth Tatum 12 Apr 1832 in Greene Co., AL; born 1804; died 1881.


Notes for Elizabeth Tatum:

Elizabeth married 1st Moses McWhorter, who was murdered.


                          v.    Lavinia Lucinda Smith, born 1814 in SC; died 1883 in Houlka, Chickasaw, MS; married Greenville M. Bray 28 Jan 1834 in Greene Co., AL; born 1809 in Chatham, NC; died 06 Mar 1884 in Oktibbeha Co., MS.

                         vi.    William Wallace Smith, born 01 Jan 1816 in SC; died 28 Feb 1879 in Tarrant Co., TX; married Susan Millsap.


Notes for William Wallace Smith:

One William Wallace Smith born in the right place at the right time, but not proven to be the son of William Smith of SC and Yalobusha Co., MS, is:


William Wallace Smith, b:1-1-1816 SC, d:12-28-1879 in Tarrant Co., TX, married about 1860 to Susan Millsap, d/o John W. Millsap (1807-1866) and Samantha _____(1812-1850).


Children of W.W. and Susan were:  (all born in Tarrant Co., TX)

William H. Smith, b:1861

Sarah J. Smith, b:1864

James Marion "Jim" Smith, b:1866/1868.  He  died in Vernon Wilbarger Co., TX. 

Thomas Smith, b:1870

Rush Smith, b:1874

Alice Smith, b:1876, married a James Alonzo Turkett and lived in Vernon, Texas.

Mattie Marthann Smith, b:9-20-1877 in Bedford, Tarrant Co., TX.   She married James Charles Williams.  Mattie was the grandmother of Billee Ingram, La Mesa, CA

Tom Henry Turkett, James Alonzo Turkett's son, was the father of Keith Turkett of Vernon (April 2001)


        11            vii.    Jane Stanley Smith, born 03 Jul 1820 in SC; died 17 Apr 1895 in Grenada Co., MS; married Henry Trussell 03 Mar 1838 in Yalobusha Co., MS.

                       viii.    Robert Burns Smith, born 16 Jan 1825; died 13 Apr 1851.


Notes for Robert Burns Smith:

Robert Burnes Smith


More About Robert Burns Smith:

Burial: Lamon-Trussell Cem., Grenada Co., MS



      24.  Capt. William Austin Carr II, born 05 Mar 1803 in GA; died 13 Aug 1857 in Water Valley, Yalobusha, MS.  He was the son of 48. Henry Alexander Carr and 49. Mary Downs.  He married 25. Virginia Hawkins 24 Feb 1825 in Ft. Hawkins, Pulaski Co., GA.

      25.  Virginia Hawkins, born 06 Mar 1811 in GA; died 03 Oct 1851 in Water Valley, Yalobusha, MS.  She was the daughter of 50. Col. Benjamin Hawkins and 51. Lavinia Downs.


Notes for Capt. William Austin Carr II:

The family of William Carr donated to Water Valley, MS the grounds on which stand the Water Valley Grammar School, a Masonic Lodge, and the Oak Hill Cemetery.  Donated land for the courthouse, a Railroad Hotel and the Right-of-Way for the Mississippi Central RR.


Was appointed Postmaster of Water Valley, Yalobusha Co., MS 27 Jul 1848.


Adapted from Godspeed's "Memoirs of Mississippi" :

"Water Valley began its growth in the early 1830s.  William A. Carr had the first store and blacksmith shop and was the first postmaster.  Lewis Lawshe, whose wife was a sister of William A. Carr, Jr.'s wife, also came about this time, as did E. F. Crisp.  Henry Carr and William Carr's land originally extended from Honeycutt to Velma.  They later sold land to Henry Hill.  The next to build after Hill was Mr.  Hendricks."


A festival is held in Water Valley, MS each August celebrating "Turkey Bill Carr", who as a child was captured by Indians, and who is said to have been one of the earliest white residents of Yalobusha County, MS.  He is identified based on Civil War records as William Perry Carr, b 1839-Jan1840 and d 1924 and a newphew of this William Carr.


Children of William Carr and Virginia Hawkins are:

        12               i.    Madison Henry Carr, born 08 Oct 1826 in Macon, Bibb, GA; died 12 Apr 1895 in Yalobusha Co., MS; married Mourning Elizabeth Pearson 22 Nov 1849 in Water Valley, Yalobusha, MS.

                          ii.    William Austin Carr III, born 21 Jan 1829 in GA; died Bef. Nov 1847 in war in Mexico.


Notes for William Austin Carr III:

He likely died before brother William Downs Carr was born in Nov, 1847.  He died during the Mexican War of measles.


                         iii.    Benjamin Hawkins Carr, born 08 Dec 1830 in FL; died in Water Valley, Yalobusha, MS; married Mary Susan Bankhead 25 Dec 1849 in Yalobusha Co., MS; born Abt. 1835 in GA; died in Water Valley, Yalobusha, MS.


Notes for Benjamin Hawkins Carr:

Other possible children of Benjamin Hawkins Carr and Mary Susan Ann Bankhead are:


Martha Carr b 1863 Yalobusha Co., MS

Nettie E. Carr b 1864 Yalobusha Co., MS

Lucy I. Carr b 1878 Yalobusha Co., MS


one of these (Lucy?) is probably Iris.


Notes for Mary Susan Bankhead:

Mary S. Bankhead Carr was born approximately 1835 as she was at least 15 years old on September 4, 1850 and listed with her husband's parents in the 1850 census, which shows her birth place as GA.


                         iv.    Mary Lavinia Carr, born 05 May 1832 in SC; died 12 Dec 1832 in GA.


Notes for Mary Lavinia Carr:

A family record indicates born SC, but may have been GA


                          v.    Cherokee Ann Carr, born 14 Nov 1833 in GA; died 28 Dec 1869 in MS; married Calvin Jones Hunt 22 Oct 1854 in Coffeeville, Yalobusha, MS; born 30 Jun 1830 in Habersham Co., GA; died Aft. 1900 in Red River Par., LA.


Notes for Calvin Jones Hunt:

Or born 9 Dec 1829.  Marietta became a town in 1834.


Georgia 1850 census gives age as 21. Mississippi 1860 census gives age as 27. Jesse Carson and Calvin Jones were likely twins and their mother (1st wife) died in childbirth, after which Thomas remarried to Elizabeth (Gaddis?).  Was named co-executor in Father, Thomas Hunt's will.


Raised in Marietta, GA, went to Water Valley, MS to work as a blacksmith; married the boss's daughter and set up housekeeping on a cotton plantation near Water Valley.


Private in Co. F, 15th Regt. Miss. Infantry, organized 1861, mustered into Confederate Army June 1861. T. B. Hale was also a member of this regiment, as were several Carr men.  Only fought in Battle of Shilogh, 6 & 7 April 1862.  Fought in the peach orchard, was in the break-through of Union lines and capture of General Prnetiss and 2200 union troops.  After Shiloh he was put on detached service as a blacksmith for the remainder of the war.


"He had all the buttons shot off his coat, but no wounds at Shiloh.  In 1864 a Union cavalry force of 25,000 let Memphis and went down through Mississippi across Alabama to Georgia, where they joined General Sherman in Atlanta.  They burned Calvin's plantation, including all buildings, rail fences around it, looted the house and took everything they could use, burning the rest.  They forced Grandmother Hunt and children to stand by in the road and dressed the Negro women slaves in her silk clothes and put them on horses behind them and rode away laughing. Papa was about four years old.  Grandma also had a baby in her arms.  So grandmother walked to Water Valley and stayed with her relatives until the end of the War the following May (1865).  The only things they had were the clothes they were wearing.

"When Calvin Hunt arrived back at the old plantation there was nothing lefft, so he walked into Water Valley and found his family living with her relatives.  Since he had nothing left but his blacksmith skill, he walked to the railroad shops of the Mississippi Central, which was the northern terminus of the railroad when the War started.  Grandmother Hunt died in 1869.  He kept the family together until the railroad was built north to old Fillmoer, KY and later a couple miles north to East Cairo, KY.  He left the children with relatives and came to old Fillmore in 1872 and met and married Ann Rich, an orphan who was a half-sister living with Grandmother Rollins.  He bought some land north of Wickliffe and built a house and went back to Mississippi to get the children.  Aunt Georgia, the eldest, had married a railroad engineer, Jasper Powell, and remained in Water Valley.  He quit the railroad and farmed.  He had three boys and two girls by his first marriage, two boys and one girl by the second.  The oldest, Walter, was born and just lived a few days when he went back to Water Valley to get the other children."

Percy James Hunt, 1979


He was found in the 1900 Pemiscot, MO census.


Calvin's application for a Civil War Pension in the State of La. and it revealed the following:


Calvin J. Hunt stated he was a native of Georgia, born in Habersham County in 1832.  He enlisted in 1861 at Water Valley, Miss .  He was a member of Company F, 15th Miss Infantry.  He stated he was wounded at "Fishing Creek, Kentucky" in the battle that took place there.  He was wounded in the right hand by a bullet.  After that he was sent to Miss under Forrest Command until the close of the war. He advised he was in Water Valley, Miss at the surrender.  He further stated he was a prisoner at Atlanta, Ga. and escaped and returned to his Command.  He advised he had lived in La. about two years and he made this pension application on 8/30/1904.  At the time of this application he advised he was not married that he was a Widower.  He said he had no family except his sister-in-law in La..  He gave the name of Benjamin Harvey, Water Valley, Miss and Dr. T.J. Carr, Coffeeville, Miss, as two comrades that could vouch for his service.  He gave his address as Coushatta, Red River Parish La..


The War Department records confirmed he was a member of Co. F, 15 th Miss Infantry, CSA; enlisted 5/26/1861, at Corinth, Miss and he was present for duty with the command 8/31/1864, the date of the last muster roll on file.


                         vi.    Lewis Perry 'Tobe' Carr, born 16 Apr 1836 in GA; died 23 Aug 1923; married Sarah Jane Pearson 23 Apr 1857 in Yalobusha Co., MS; born 02 Aug 1842 in Yalobusha Co., MS; died 16 Dec 1883.


Notes for Lewis Perry 'Tobe' Carr:

May have been born in Yalobusha Co. immediately after the family moved.  This is "Uncle Tobe Carr" who had a "little black book" that indicated his ancestor was Patrick Carr from Ireland, who emigrated to Savannah, GA, moved to NC for a few years, and whose descendants returned to Georgia.


                        vii.    Silas Washington Carr, born 16 Mar 1839 in GA; died in Water Valley, Yalobusha, MS; married Mary Jane Harrell 11 Jan 1858 in Yalobusha Co., MS; born Aft. 1839.

                       viii.    Dr. Thomas Jefferson Carr, born 23 Dec 1841 in Water Valley, Yalobusha, MS; died 09 Jul 1914 in Coffeeville, Yalobusha, MS; married Cornelia Viola Rice 12 Dec 1877 in Pine Valley, MS; born 22 Aug 1860 in Infield, Nash Co., NC; died 23 Mar 1929 in Coffeeville, Yalobusha, MS.


Notes for Dr. Thomas Jefferson Carr:

Mississippi Volunteers during Civil War, Battles of Shiloh, Corinth, Port Hudson, Vicksburg, wounded three times, attended Univ. of Mississippi, attended Memphis Medical College (now U. Tenn), attended Vanderbilt Univ, received med. degree, resided until 1891 resided Pine Valley, MS, and later resided Coffeeville, MS.


                         ix.    Lucy Polk Carr, born 27 Aug 1844 in Water Valley, Yalobusha, MS; died 28 Aug 1888 in Memphis, Shelby, TN; married Robert Plumer 'Bob' Parks 03 Jul 1867 in Yalobusha Co., MS; born 11 Mar 1841 in TN; died 12 Aug 1900 in Memphis, Shelby, TN.

                          x.    Francis James Carr, born 19 Apr 1847 in Yalobusha Co., MS; died 12 May 1850 in Yalobusha Co., MS.

                         xi.    William Downs 'Willie' Carr, born 27 Oct 1849 in Yalobusha Co., MS; died 08 Mar 1892 in MS.


Notes for William Downs 'Willie' Carr:

or d. 1924



      26.  Isaac Overton Pearson, born 23 Oct 1808 in Warren Co., NC; died 11 Jan 1863 in Yalobusha Co., MS.  He was the son of 52. John J. 'Jack' Pearson and 53. Jane Mahoney 'Jenny' Harris.  He married 27. Sarah Jenkins 'Salley' Bailey 25 Oct 1831 in Halifax Co., NC.

      27.  Sarah Jenkins 'Salley' Bailey, born 08 Jan 1811 in Halifax Co., NC; died 03 Aug 1858 in Yalobusha Co., MS.  She was the daughter of 54. Richard Thomas Bailey and 55. Mourning Whitehead.


Notes for Isaac Overton Pearson:

Isaac Overton Pearson received original land in Yalobusha Co. in 1838 adjacent Presley Carter Person, Thomas Bailey, Gabriel Ragsdale, Henry Bee Carr, Broadstreet, Sarah Elizabeth Porter.  See "Original Land Entries - Yalobusha Co., MS - Vol 1" by Chris Morgan, page 138.


Buried with consort Sarah Jenkins Pearson.  His tombstone reads "Died exactly as he lived, for the last 12 years a Primitive Baptist."  (though that is from memory and may be a different number of years).  His grave is about 6 miles south of Water Valley on "Old Highway 7", behind the first "modern" house north of the Velma cutoff on the east side of the road.


Notes for Sarah Jenkins 'Salley' Bailey:

Her name was Sarah Jenkins Bailey, though the middle name was listed in one cemetery listing as Jennings.


Children of Isaac Pearson and Sarah Bailey are:

                           i.    Exean Pernel 'Exine' Pearson, born 12 Aug 1832 in Halifax Co., NC; died 05 Jul 1857 in Yalobusha Co., MS; married Presley Carter Person 24 Oct 1854 in Yalobusha Co., MS; born 21 Jul 1828 in AL; died 1882.


Notes for Exean Pernel 'Exine' Pearson:

Exeline Pernell is a name found in Virginia - may be a relative or family friend.


        13              ii.    Mourning Elizabeth Pearson, born 06 Sep 1834 in Halifax Co., NC; died 05 Nov 1888 in Water Valley, Yalobusha, MS; married Madison Henry Carr 22 Nov 1849 in Water Valley, Yalobusha, MS.

                         iii.    Richard Volentine Pearson, born 19 Oct 1836 in Halifax Co., NC; died 1929 in Grenada, Grenada, MS; married Luvenia Evaline Rice 31 Jan 1865 in Yalobusha Co., MS; born 10 Feb 1848 in Nash Co., NC; died 31 Aug 1900 in Memphis, Shelby, TN.


Notes for Richard Volentine Pearson:

Named for Volentine Bailey.

Listed in census of 1860 as "K. V." Pearson - transcription error.


A copy was made of an original letter From Richard V. Pearson to his father.  The letter is in the possession of James Everett Freeman, a descendant of Isaac Overton Pearson, and of his daughter Mourning Elizabeth Pearson, who married Thomas Jefferson Davidson, and was written on Confederate stationery, with the embossed quote,


"When the tempest of war o’ershadows our land, It’s bolts shall ne’er rend freedom’s temple asunder, For, unmoved at is portal, JEFF. DAVIS shall stand, And repulse with his braves the assault of its thunder."


A portrait of Jeff. Davis with flags, surrounded with "Confederate States of America" "Jeff. Davis Our First President" is on the first page.  The letter, from Richard V. Pearson, reads:


Corrinth Miss. June 16/61


Dear Father


It is with pleasure that I seat my self at the foot of this oak this sabbath morning to address you a few lines to let you hear from me.  My health is very good at present.  The health of our company is tolerably good with the exception of three or four cases.  We have one case of measles in camp.  Bage Chaster has them and there is also another case in the Coffeeville company.  Tom Allen has them.  He in nearly well.  The measles broke out on Chaster day before yesterday.  Cousin Tim has been poorly for a day or so. He has a very bad cold and it has settled on his bowels.  He suffered very much from it last night though it was owing to his imprudence as he was feverish and drank too much ice water and limon ade.  He is lying up this morning.  Though he is not sick much.  only feels week and bad.  John stands it pretty well.  he has not been sick at all.  he often speaks of you and says that he will never forget you for your kindness and good advice that you have given him.  He was very proud of his present and returns his thanks to you for it. he will write to you in a few days he says.  I have nothing interesting to write you.  We had one death in our regiment last Wednesday.  his death was produced from the quinzy.  We also had a very fine rain a few days since and it was needed very much as it had become ..... dusty.  Pa your lambs will never be forgotten those that you sent me last week by Soap and Cousin Dick.  by all the Water Valley boys. they speak of them very often.  they come in a very good time as we had been eating bacon until we really wanted a little fresh meat.  it was devoured as soon as I got it or in a few minutes afterwards.  By all your friends.  They all say that you are made out of the right kind of material.  There has been about fifty of our boys around me since I commenced this letter they all requested me to present their love and best wishes to you.  I received a letter from Sister Morning and two boxes of eatables, they contained apples, dosen? ears, pickles, plums, cakes ... (missing word).  Pa she is also made out the rights kind of material. Her boxes come in very good time as I began to want a change.  She sent them up by Cal Hunt as he got a furlow to go down home last week.  I thought maby I would come down the last of this week. but they say a single man don’t get off.  and a married man has to put up a mighty pretty plea before he can get off.  you must come up soon and see us.  I don’t know when we will leave here.  we haven’t got any news yet on that point or what affect. Pa if you have not sent my letter and Grand Ma Pearson’s Degaretype (daguerreotype) to Uncle Bin ... must send it immediately as I want him to get them.  My love to Grand Ma Bailey, Grand Ma Pearson and Aunt Eve.  Tell them to write to me  I think of them daily and wish that I could be with them.  my love to all enquiring friends.  write soon to your loving son.  (Adieu)  R.V. Pearson.


                         iv.    Isaac Overton Pearson, Jr., born 27 Sep 1839 in Yalobusha Co., MS; died 03 Nov 1862 in Yalobusha Co., MS; married Elizabeth F. Moore 03 Oct 1860 in Yalobusha Co., MS.


Notes for Elizabeth F. Moore:

Elizabeth married 2nd R. S. Holmes on 23 Jan 1867.  The 1870 census shows a Pierson Homes, age 7, in the household.  He is presumabley I. O. Jr's son, and may have been adopted by R. S. Holmes.


                          v.    Sarah Jane Pearson, born 02 Aug 1842 in Yalobusha Co., MS; died 16 Dec 1883; married Lewis Perry 'Tobe' Carr 23 Apr 1857 in Yalobusha Co., MS; born 16 Apr 1836 in GA; died 23 Aug 1923.


Notes for Lewis Perry 'Tobe' Carr:

May have been born in Yalobusha Co. immediately after the family moved.  This is "Uncle Tobe Carr" who had a "little black book" that indicated his ancestor was Patrick Carr from Ireland, who emigrated to Savannah, GA, moved to NC for a few years, and whose descendants returned to Georgia.


                         vi.    Mary Luvenia Pearson, born 12 Aug 1844 in Yalobusha Co., MS; died 11 Sep 1844 in Yalobusha Co., MS.

                        vii.    Thomas Jefferson Pearson, born 13 Jul 1845 in Yalobusha Co., MS; died 01 Dec 1846 in Yalobusha Co., MS.

                       viii.    Harriett Sessum Pearson, born 08 Jan 1849 in Yalobusha Co., MS; died 02 Jul 1857 in Yalobusha Co., MS.



      28.  John Osimus Davidson, born 29 Jan 1790 in prob. Buncombe Co., NC; died 02 Dec 1856 in College Hill, Lafayette, MS.  He was the son of 56. John Davidson and 57. Ruth Clements.  He married 29. Ruth Ragsdale 1814 in Hardeman Co., TN.

      29.  Ruth Ragsdale, born 18 Nov 1793 in NC; died 16 Jun 1870 in College Hill, Lafayette, MS.  She was the daughter of 58. Gabriel Ragsdale and 59. Mary Davidson.


Notes for John Osimus Davidson:

About 1837, settled Lafayette Co., MS.  He died of pneumonia, and was buried at College Hill near Oxford, Lafayette, MS


Notes for Ruth Ragsdale:

Died of a congestive chill at Uncle Ed and Aunt Brank's.  Buried College Hill, Oxford, Lafayette, MS.


Children of John Davidson and Ruth Ragsdale are:

                           i.    Mary Malinda Davidson, born 20 Jun 1815; died 1875 in Water Valley, Yalobusha, MS; married Dr. John Franklin Davidson 24 Dec 1845 in Columbia, Maury, TN; born 1812 in Maury Co., TN; died 1891.


Notes for Dr. John Franklin Davidson:

Physician, Mayor of Water Valley, MS in 1870.  Birthdates of the children may be wrong, or he may have married another sooner.


"The 1850 Federal Census of Rusk County, Texas household number 721 list J. F. Davidson, 40 male with wife Mary, 35 both born in Tennessee, son Otey, 3, born in Miss. and Thomas J. Davidson, 23, born in Tenn."


                          ii.    John Calvin Davidson, born 05 Nov 1817 in Maury Co., TN; died 01 Oct 1871; married (1) Chlorinda Carothers Abt. 1837; born Abt. 1820; died 1845; married (2) Alice Bynas Aft. 1846.

                         iii.    Gabriel Ragsdale Davidson, born 04 Jan 1820 in Maury Co., TN; died 08 May 1872 in Whitesborough, Garson, TN; married Fannie Cage; born Abt. 1825.


Notes for Gabriel Ragsdale Davidson:

Went to TX between 1850 and 1856.  Did he return to TN?


                         iv.    Helen Jane Davidson, born 05 May 1822; died Jul 1914; married Dr. J. E. Frazier 1847 in Lafayette Co., MS; born Abt. 1817.


Notes for Helen Jane Davidson:

resided Ft. Worth, Tarrant, TX


Notes for Dr. J. E. Frazier:

Went to Texas


        14              v.    Thomas Jefferson Davidson, born 16 Jul 1824 in Maury Co., TN; died 14 Apr 1874 in Water Valley, Yalobusha, MS; married Jeffersonia Elizabeth Lawshe 13 Apr 1854 in Water Valley, Yalobusha, MS.

                         vi.    Samuel Newton Davidson, born 28 Nov 1826; died 15 Jan 1827.

                        vii.    Albert Blount Davidson, born 02 Apr 1828 in Hardeman Co., TN; died 30 Jan 1873 in Water Valley, Yalobusha, MS; married Helen Davidson.

                       viii.    Ruth Elizabeth 'Bessie' Davidson, born 25 Feb 1831 in Hardeman Co., TN; died 23 Sep 1912 in Brady, McCulloch, TX; married (1) Dr. <Unknown> Fraser 1858; born Abt. 1826; married (2) Charles James Hale Bef. 1865; born 1820.

                         ix.    Sarah Brank Davidson, born 29 Oct 1833 in Hardeman Co., TN; died 06 Sep 1921 in Doniphan, MO; married Rev. Edward Chaffin Davidson 17 Jul 1860 in Oxford, Lafayette, MS; born 17 Feb 1832; died Apr 1883 in Oxford, Lafayette, MS.


More About Sarah Brank Davidson:

Burial: College Hill, Lafayette, MS


Notes for Rev. Edward Chaffin Davidson:

buried College Hill Cem. with wife, 3 kids, wife's parents


It appears from Bolivar Co., MS Chancery court packet gleanings that E. C. Davidson was the guardian of Ruch C., Mary L., Lewis L., T. J., and Jeffie Davidson, after their parents died in 1867 and 1874.


                          x.    Daniel Webster Davidson, born 13 Jan 1836 in Hardeman Co., TN; died 1906 in Limestone Co., TX; married Mary E. 'Molly' O'Connor 10 Sep 1864 in Chambers Co., AL; born 1844 in Lafayette, Chambers, AL; died 08 Nov 1889 in Armour, TX.


Notes for Daniel Webster Davidson:

He seved in the Army of the Confederacy, Company D First Battalion Miller's Cavalry, 1861-1864.


More About Daniel Webster Davidson:

Burial: Tehuacana Cem.


More About Mary E. 'Molly' O'Connor:

Burial: Tehuacana Cem.


                         xi.    Pitzer Miller Davidson, born 05 Nov 1838 in Oxford, MS; died 20 Sep 1869 in Beulah, Bolivar, MS.


Notes for Pitzer Miller Davidson:

After P. M. Davidson's death, several court records exist describing efforts to claim part of his estate.  "12 Apr 1872: A.B. Davidson, R.E. Hale & husb. C. J. Hale, M.A. Davidson, J. M. Daivdson, the 2 last named being ch. & sole heirs at law of J.C. Davidson, decd. for $350 each sell what represents 1 share of est. of P.M. Davidson, decd. known as the "Matthews Place" to Thos. J. Davidson of Bol. Co.  Whereas: A.B. Davidson, D.W. Davidson, R.E.Hale, & J.C. Davidson (now decd & represented by above named children - M.A. & J. M.) were bros. & sis. to the late P.M. Davidson, decd of Bolivar Co. who together with Mrs. H.J. Frazier, M.M. Davidson, S. B. Davidson & Thomas J. Davidson were all bros & sisters of P.M. Davidson, decd.  Land desc: All of Sec. 6, T21, R7W; all of Sec. 31, T22, R7W; All of Sec 30, T22, RBW; Part of Sec. 35, T21, R8W - 2200 ac. of which 1/3 belonged to sd. P.M. Davidson, decd.  Document signed in Bolivar Co. as follows: Albert B. Davidson, David W. Davidson, Ruth E. Hale, Chas. J. Hale, Alice M. Byrnes, - formerly Alice M. Davidson, J. M. Davidson, J. M. Davidson, J.  H. Byrnes.



      30.  Lewis Lawshe, born 17 Aug 1789 in Lewisburg, Union, PA; died 31 Aug 1879 in San Marcos, Hays, TX.  He was the son of 60. John Lawshe and 61. Eleanor Chamberlain.  He married 31. Cherokee Hawkins 10 Aug 1819 in Jones Co., GA.

      31.  Cherokee Hawkins, born 16 Mar 1805 in GA; died 26 Feb 1849 in Water Valley, Yalobusha, MS.  She was the daughter of 50. Col. Benjamin Hawkins and 51. Lavinia Downs.


Notes for Lewis Lawshe:

Served in the War of 1812 as 2nd Lieut. in Captain Barker's Company, 42n Regiment of US Infantry. Served in both Seminole Indian Wars under Gen. Andrew Jackson, and under General Patterson in the Florida Indian war.  Promoted to Captain in 1817.  Moved to Georgia in 1818.  Married in 1819, and moved to Water Valley, MS in 1839.  When Ulysses S. Grant occupied Water Valley and burned his home, his net worth went from a quarter-million dollars to nothing over-night.  He then set his slaves free.  He was 75 years-old, but went to Virginia and fought through the Second Battle of Manassas.  Lewis Lawshe moved from Georgia in 1839 and bought a 640 acre farm in Water Valley, Yalobusha Cty, Mississippi, owned in 1973 by R.B. Lawshe.  He later moved to San Marcos, Texas to live with his daughter, Mary, and died there.  A Lawshe cemetery in Water Valley is overgrown, and attempts to locate it in 1998 failed.


"He died at the residence of his son-in-law, Dr. Woods ... was the oldest inhabitant of this vicinity."

"Belived to have been the oldest member of the Masonic fraternity in the State of Texas."

San Marcos, Texas "Free Press" 6 Sep 1879.


Though some insist he was known as Lewis Madison Lawshe, articles, obituaries and his tombstone indicate "Louis Lawshe."


Notes for Cherokee Hawkins:

"The Lawshe Cemetery is located on the "hill" east of Burney Lawshe's home toward Water Valley"


Children of Lewis Lawshe and Cherokee Hawkins are:

                           i.    Isaac H. Lawshe, born 10 Sep 1820 in GA; died 08 Oct 1829.

                          ii.    William Emory 'Henry' Lawshe, born 29 Oct 1822 in Bibb Co., GA; died 06 Sep 1859; married Mary Caroline 'Marky' Markette 08 Apr 1855 in Oxford, Lafayette, MS; born 07 Apr 1836; died 10 Oct 1902.


Notes for William Emory 'Henry' Lawshe:

A merchant and tax collector for the area around Water Valley, MS.  One day while collecting taxes, he was sitting in his buggy in front of a farm house when he was shot and killed.

A Bible indicates his name is William Henry Lawshe.


Notes for Mary Caroline 'Marky' Markette:

Marky Markette - married second Samuel W. Montgomery, had a daughter, Dolly Montgomery.


                         iii.    <Son> Lawshe, born 08 Dec 1824; died 08 Dec 1824.

                         iv.    Capt. Lewis Madison Lawshe, Jr., born 17 Mar 1826 in Macon, Bibb Co., GA; died 03 Mar 1888; married (1) Mary Jane Heard 21 Oct 1845 in Water Valley, Yalobusha, MS; born 28 Feb 1828 in MS; died 29 Jul 1858 in Lafayette Co., MS; married (2) Elizabeth Jane Bankhead 24 Aug 1859 in Coffeeville, Yalobusha, MS; born 1841 in SC; died 14 Nov 1867; married (3) Mary P. Greenhaw Aft. 1862.


Notes for Capt. Lewis Madison Lawshe, Jr.:

or born in Jones Co., GA.

Captain in Confederacy

Knights of Honor Member

Wood Street Methodist Ch. Member, Water Valley


                          v.    Benjamin Hawkins Lawshe, born 24 May 1828; died 06 Nov 1832.

                         vi.    Georgia Ann Virginia Lawshe, born 31 Jan 1831 in Bibb Co., GA; died 20 Oct 1872 in San Marcos, Hays, TX; married Dr. Peter Cavanaugh Woods Mar 1846 in Water Valley, Yalobusha, MS; born Abt. 30 Dec 1819 in Shelbyville, Franklin, TN; died 21 Jan 1898 in San Marcos, Hays, TX.


Notes for Dr. Peter Cavanaugh Woods:

Dr. Woods was the  commander of the 32nd Volunteer Texas Cavalry during the Civil War.  Graduated from Louisville Kentucky Medical Institute in 1842, he was a physician and planter.


Confederate army officer, was born on December 30, 1819, at Shelbyville in Franklin County, Tennessee, the son of Peter and Sarah (Davidson) Woods. He graduated from Kentucky's Louisville Medical Institute in 1842 and in 1850 established a practice in Water Valley, Mississippi, where he married Georgia Virginia Lawshe. Woods moved to Texas in 1851. He settled first at Bastrop and in 1853 moved to San Marcos, where he established himself as a planter. At the outbreak of the Civil Warqv Woods raised a company of cavalry, primarily from Hays County, later to become Company A of the Thirty-sixth Texas Cavalry regiment. This regiment was mustered into Confederate service at Camp Woods on Salado Creek on March 22, 1862, and Woods was elected colonel when the regiment was organized. The Thirty-sixth (often called the Thirty-second) Texas Cavalry regiment was recruited within a fifty-mile radius of San Antonio. Nathaniel Benton, a brother-in-law of generals Ben and Henry E. McCulloch served as the regiment's lieutenant colonel. W. P. Woods, one of the colonel's seven children, served as a trooper in his father's regiment. After instruction in drill and tactics at Camp Clark near San Marcos in July and August 1862, the regiment patrolled the area around Fredericksburg, then the scene of considerable unrest due to the large number of Union sympathizers among its German citizens. Other companies of the regiment were posted along the Rio Grande, with headquarters at Fort Ringgold in Rio Grande City, and along the Gulf Coast at Port Lavaca, with the general responsibility for maintaining order in the Corpus Christi-Brownsville-Eagle Pass triangle, protecting the ports, keeping Mexico trade open, and preventing deserters and draft evaders from crossing the international border. In June 1863 elements of the regiment were moved up the coast as far as Indianola in response to the threat of invasion from Union general Nathaniel P. Banks. On July 12 Woods was given command of the First Cavalry Brigade of Gen. Hamilton P. Bee's division, which included Woods and Charles L. Pyron's Second Texas Cavalry regiments. On September 9 the regiment was ordered dismounted. It was to be moved by rail to Beaumont, and its horses, the personal property of the men, were preempted by the Confederate government. Woods protested the order and refused to obey it. After marching and countermarching the Texas coast for several months in response to invasion alarms, 157 of Woods's troopers deserted on the night of February 1, 1864. Granted thirty days leave, Woods followed his deserters to their homes and returned with them to his camp. On February 20 the highly unpopular dismounting order was finally executed, but on February 28 the regiment was ordered to Louisiana for the Red River campaign, and remounts were hastily procured. The regiment marched for Richard Taylor's army on March 12, arriving at Pleasant Hill, Louisiana, on April 9, too late for the battles of Mansfield and Pleasant Hill. They were attached to Gen. Thomas Green's cavalry division and immediately marched for Blair's Landing in pursuit of Banks's defeated army. On April 12 Woods and his men received their baptism of fire at the battle of Blair's Landing, where General Green was killed. They skirmished daily with the retreating federals through Grand Ecore, fought a determined holding action at Monett's Ferry, and continued a running fight with the enemy until a spirited action at Yellow Bayou on May 18 in which Woods was wounded halted the chase. A rifle ball entered Woods's left hand and traversed his forearm, exiting his elbow. Although he returned to service after only two weeks of convalescent leave, he never fully regained the function of his left arm.


In the reorganization that followed Green's death and Bee's removal from command, Woods's regiment became part of Xavier B. Debray's brigade of John A. Wharton's division. During the next seven months the Thirty-sixth Texas Cavalry remained in Louisiana, patrolling the Atchafalaya River from Alexandria to Opelusas. In February 1865 the regiment returned to Texas, and at Houston on May 21, 1865, by order of Gen. John B. Magruder, it divided its public property and disbanded. Following the war Woods returned to San Marcos to resume his medical practice and farming. He was elected to the Constitutional Convention of 1866. Upon the death of his first wife, Woods married Ella Reeves Ogletree in 1874; the couple had five children. Woods died in San Marcos on January 27, 1898, and is buried there.


BIBLIOGRAPHY: Carl L. Duaine, The Dead Men Wore Boots: An Account of the Thirty-Second Texas Volunteer Cavalry, CSA, 1862-1865 (Austin: San Felipe, 1966).


Thomas W. Cutrer


                        vii.    Joseph Hawkins Lawshe, born 24 Aug 1833; died Nov 1864; married Mary Emily Mitchell 30 Oct 1853 in Oxford, Lafayette, MS; born 09 Dec 1836; died 27 Nov 1874.

        15           viii.    Jeffersonia Elizabeth Lawshe, born 09 Jan 1836 in Bibb Co., GA; died 07 Sep 1867 in Rosedale, Bolivar Co., MS; married Thomas Jefferson Davidson 13 Apr 1854 in Water Valley, Yalobusha, MS.

                         ix.    James Francis Lawshe, born 09 Dec 1838 in Bibb Co., GA; died 20 May 1860 in New Orleans, LA; married Ellen <Unknown> 03 May 1860.

                          x.    Ellen A. R. Lawshe, born 05 Oct 1843 in Water Valley, Yalobusha, MS; died 06 Oct 1844 in Yalobusha Co., MS.

                         xi.    Mary C. Lavinia 'Love' Lawshe, born 25 Aug 1845 in Water Valley, Yalobusha, MS; died 18 Mar 1923 in San Marcos, Hays, TX; married Desmond Pulinski Hopkins 19 Dec 1866 in San Marcos, Hays, TX; born 25 May 1838; died 05 May 1920.

                        xii.    John A. Lawshe, born 26 Feb 1849; died 27 Jun 1849.



Generation No. 6


      32.  Daniel James, born Bet. 1760 - 1770 in Prob. Pitt Co., NC; died Bef. Jun 1836 in Pitt Co., NC or Cannon Co., TN.  He was the son of 64. Thomas James and 65. <Unknown>.  He married 33. <Unknown> Bef. 1790.

      33.  <Unknown>


Notes for Daniel James:

Evidence points to one Daniel James leaving records in Pitt. Co., NC after 1784; another Daniel James had already left Pitt Co. for Davidson Co., TN and was a juror there by April, 1784.  The Daniel James who stayed in Pitt Co. is known to be the father of Enoch James due to deed records.  This same Daniel apparently is the father of another group of James children who moved together to Warren Co., TN (to the part that later became Cannon Co., TN).


Daniel James likely had three sons and a daughter when son Frederick James was born on March 31, 1793.  Census records from 1790 to 1830 reveal that he was born between 1766 and 1770; he had a large family and may have been married twice (unless married children were enumerated with his family); he was listed in the 1790 census between Thomas James, Sr. and Thomas Jr., and in 1800 immediately after Thomas Sr.


Around 1810-1814 Daniel James and most of his family left Pitt Co. for Warren Co., TN - probably near Hills Creek in present-day Cannon Co., TN.


June 1836-Cannon Co., TN Court Records:  Harmon James was named as Administrator for the estate of Daniel James, deceased.

28 Oct 1836 - Cannon Co., TN Deed Bk. A, pg.131:  Thomas James sold his 1/15 share of Daniel's land, as one of Daniel's 15 "heirs-at-law".


Some descendants show his name as: Daniel Milton James


I believe that Daniel James is not only father of Enoch James, but also Frederick, David, Adam and Harmon.   He may also be the father of Buchanan James.


There appears to only be one Daniel James in Pitt Co., who was 60-70 in the 1830 census.


The Pitt Co., NC census of 1800 indicates the folling James:


Daniel James, Joshua James, Matthew  James, Thomas James, Sr., Thomas James, Jr., and William James are shown living adjacent one-another.  John James, Sr. and John James, Jr. are shown a few pages later.  John James, Jr. is identified as a son of Joshua James.


The will of Frederick James, probated Feb 1818 in Bertie Co., NC, names Dicey James, Jonathan James, Allen James, James Frederick James, and Jeremiah James.


Several James families continued to reside in Pitt Co., NC after David and Frederick moved.  The names of David James and Allen James were still in use in the county in the 1910's, as was the name Selina James, names which also appear in "my" James family.  The names of Reuben James or Reubin James and Selina James or Salina James also appear in several other James families.


One daughter may be Rebecca James b c 1793 NC who married Ezekiel Mullins, who resided in Warren Co., TN.


Memo: 4 Generations


Notes for <Unknown>:

Her name may be Congleton - probably a neighbor due to deeds and the naming of grandchildren.   The Jameses and  William Congleton had adjacent lands in the Northern part of Pitt County.


Other possible surname are Monroe, Culpepper and Perry, though Perry may be a name from an earlier generation as it is shared by James descendants in lines now proven to be first cousins.


Harmon and Enoch and Frederick are common names for descendants in several lines.


Children of Daniel James and <Unknown> are:

                           i.    Enoch James

        16              ii.    David James, born 14 Aug 1790 in Pitt Co., NC; died 22 Oct 1864 in Yalobusha Co., MS; married Sarah Harrell Abt. 1814.

                         iii.    Maj. Frederick Monroe James, born 31 Mar 1793 in Pitt Co., NC; died 12 Oct 1863 in Bibb Co., AL; married (1) Martha Hill 08 Apr 1817 in Warren Co., TN; born 27 Jun 1802 in Warren Co., TN; died 23 Apr 1843 in Centreville, Bibb, AL; married (2) Sarah Jane Arnold 22 Aug 1843 in Bibb Co., AL; born 08 Jul 1825; died 03 Jan 1899.


Notes for Maj. Frederick Monroe James:

Frederick James came to Bibb Co., AL as the result of land grants received in the War of 1812.  Info received from Frank James.  According to Geeslin's mss., p. 76, he served in the War of 1812 under Capt. Wm. Douglass, in the Third Reg't Tenn. Militia, commanded by Col. Copeland, in the Creek Indian battles, in 1814.


                         iv.    Adam James, born Bet. 1796 - 1800 in Pitt Co., NC; died 21 Jan 1884 in AL; married (1) Syntha 'Betsy' Henry 13 Jul 1825; born Bef. 1811; died Bef. 1849; married (2) Elizabeth Troutwine 08 Feb 1849; born 1820.


Notes for Adam James:

Thanks to James Allen (Sept. 1998) for providing descendants of Adam James


                          v.    Harmon James, born Abt. 1799 in NC; died Aft. 1880; married Hannah <Unknown>; born 11 Oct 1801 in NC; died 01 Mar 1870.


Notes for Harmon James:

Harmon James was born in NC and moved to TN.  The descendants listed are from a Harmon James that is not proven to be the brother of David James, but the location and time make it a good possibility.


Family of Harmon James provided by Patsy Paterson, Sep 1998


More About Hannah <Unknown>:

Burial: Trimble Cemetery, Rutherford Co., TN


                         vi.    Lydia James, born 1802 in NC; died 1872 in Hartsville, Morgan, AL; married Martin St. John; born 1800 in VA; died 1860 in Woodbury, Cannon, TN.


Notes for Lydia James:

This family provided by August 1997.

"Some St. Johns by George" written by Edward St. John in 1990 is her source.


An LDS contributor indicates that Lydia's father may be William James.  William, brother of Daniel, resided adjacent the St. Johns family in Woodbury, Cannon, TN.


Notes for Martin St. John:


Martin St. John, was born at Woodbury, Tennessee, and  died in the same place, having spent his life there, and always been a farmer. He married a Miss James, born in South Carolina, who died at Woodbury, Tennessee. The St. Johns came from England to Virginia in Colonial days.



      34.  James Harrell, born Bef. 1770 in NC; died Bef. 06 Jan 1823 in Jasper Co., GA.  He was the son of 68. Reuben Harrell and 69. Margaret <Unknown>.  He married 35. Agnes White Abt. 1790 in Prob. Anson Co., NC.

      35.  Agnes White, born 17 Nov 1771 in Anson Co., NC; died Bef. 1823.  She was the daughter of 70. Joseph White, Jr. and 71. Sarah Headley.


Notes for James Harrell:

Thanks to Barbara B. Harrell Sept. 2000 for this information:


14 Oct 1783  Anson Co NC grants JAMES HARRELL, grantee  [d 1823 Jasper Co GA] four grants on Thompson Creek and Little Brown Creek.

1796 Anson Co NC Deed Bk __  JAMES HARRELL, seller;  Reuben White, buyer

17 Jan 1799       Anson Co NC Deed Bk F&G, p. 19  Zachariah White, grantor  JAMES HARRELL, grantee property on Lane¹s Creek

15 Jan 1805       Anson Co NC Deed Bk N&O, p. 136  JAMES HARRELL, seller; Jesse Melton, buyer


James Harrell was in Anson Co NC from abt 1796 to 1818 who appears beside Zachariah and Jedediah White on the 1800 census, at age 26-45, with a wife 16-25 and 2 sons and 2 daughters, all <10.  He is believed to have married Agnes White ~1790.  In 1810 James >45 was enumerated on the same page as Zachariah Harrell 26-45, who was still in Anson Co in 1820; both had large families in 1810.  In 1817 (Anson Co NC DB S, p. 432) James and Isaac Harrell sold property on both sides of Lane's Creek adjoining Reuben Harrell to Solomon Marsh, father of the James Marsh who became the guardian of Simon Harrell's minor children in Sumter Co GA from 1857-1868.  James Harrell then moved to Jasper Co GA, where he remarried in 1821 and died in 1823.  (Samuel Harrell, second son of R. S. Simon Harrell, also moved to Jasper Co GA in 1818).


The will of James Harrell probated 6 Jan 1823 Jasper Co GA names grandsons Eli and James Atlass Harrell, "sons of Reuben Harrell;" son Isaac Harrell; daughters Elizabeth Mach [Marsh], SARAH JAMES, and Lydia Webb. 


Solomon Marsh (son of Simon Marsh of the Litchfield, CT Marsh clan) was married to Agnes Little, whose father James Little bought property in Anson Co NC from Marsh Rushing in 1775.  Michael Little of the Pitt Co NC Little family moved to Anson Co NC in 1808.  His brother Pleasant Little was in Anson by 1816.  They were enumerated side by side in Pitt Co NC in 1800, on microfilm page 289.  Michael Harrell, whom all circumstantial evidence points to as the father of Simon Harrell (1804-1857) was on p. 288, while Reuben Harrell >45 and John Harrell 26-45 adjoined each other on p. 271.  Michael Harrell's brother Simon Gray Harrell (aka Simon Jr) married Jane Rushing, eldest daughter of R. S. John "Flint River Jack" Rushing/Rushin, son of William Rushing of the Anson NC/Cheraws SC Rushings. Barbara B. Harrell's husband descends from the family of Simon Harrell.


Notes for Agnes White:

One report mentions that this marriage occured in 1805 in Anson Co., NC, meaning that James would have had an unknown 1st wife as the mother to his children.



Name & Page            Male             Females        Other(Indians, slaves etc..)

Pg 218

George White            11010           20010           00

Henry White              31010           20100           03

Page 219

Joseph White Sr.        00001           00001           03

Joseph White             01101           00001           09

Robert White             30010           10010           00

Josiah White             10010           01100           03

Joel White                 30010           00100           01

Reubin White            00010           30100           02

William White           10010           00100           02

Page 220                                               

Zachariah White         20010           10100           00

Jedidaih White          40010           10010           00


Children of James Harrell and Agnes White are:

                           i.    Reuben Harrell, born Bef. 1792; died Jan 1819 in Anson Co., NC; married Elizabeth Rosser; born Bef. 1797; died Aft. 15 Sep 1863 in Union Co., NC.


Notes for Reuben Harrell:

Reuben Harrell's will was probated in Anson Co NC in Jan 1819, naming sons Eli and James.  His executor was William Marsh.  His widow Elizabeth is on the 1820 census with two young sons.  (His son Eli is in other records as Eli P. and Eli Peoples Harrell; Eli Peoples Harrell b 1813 married Manisa Rushing or Miniza Rushing, daughter of Joel Rushing and Jennie Baker, about 1840, and died in 1846.)


Notes for Elizabeth Rosser:

1820 census, Harris, Anson Co.  Elizabeth Harrel has two sons - no husband.  Further down are the family of Jesse Hasty and Stephen Hasty.  A few more doors down, Abraham Harrel, John Harrel, Sr., John R. Harrel, what looks like either a Joseph, Josh or Joeb Harrell and either a Sam or James Harrell.


Elizabeth may have married John R. Harrell after the death of her husband Reuben Harrell.


Anson Co. deed bk. R, p. 32, 27 Feb. 1813  Elizabeth, wife of Reuben Harrell, was the daughter of Joseph Rosser, who had died intestate; deed bk. V, p. 381 ; 10 Nov. 1825


Hollingsworth Genealogical Card File: In deed Anson Co. NC 1813 by Reuben Harrell, qv, & wife Elizabeth, to Isham Davis, the tract on Glady Branch was granted to Wm. Roston who deeded it to Joseph Rosser/Roper who ...said tract descended to his daughter Elizabeth Roper/Rosser, now Elizabeth Harrell


Eliz Harrall to Jane E. Hasty  DEED


Will: State of North Carolina)

Union County            )  Know all men by these presents that for and in consideration I bear to my daughter Jane E. Hasty wife of John J. Hasty I have given and granted and be these presents do give and grant my negro boy named Guy unto J. White and his Executors, Adm. and assigns in trust for the sole and separate use of the said Jane E. Hasty during her life so as not to be liable in any way to the debts & contracts or liabilities of her said husband John J. Hasty and after the death of the said Jane E. Hasty then the said slave Guy and all profits arising from his labors to be equally divided among the Children of said Jane E. Hasty who may survive her and the lawful issue of such of them as may die before her perstirpes.  Reserving however to myself the Rights, Title use and possession of the Slave Guy during my natural life.  In Testimony whereof I have set my hand and seal this the 12th day of Sept. 1863.


Joseph Nash                    Elizabeth (her X mark) Harrall

 Berry Austin

 State of North Carolina )  Sept. the 15th 1863


Union County             )  Then the Execution of the fore-going deed of gift was duly proven before me by Joseph Nash a Subscribing Witness thereto and recorded.  Let it be registered.


J. E. Irby CLERK


 DEATH: From the bible records of John James Hasty and wife Jane E. Harrell. (Thanks to descendant  Linda, Dec 2005)


                          ii.    Elizabeth Harrell, born Abt. 1793; married William H. Marsh; born Abt. 1789; died Abt. 1854.

                         iii.    Isaac Harrell, born Aft. 1793.

                         iv.    Lydia Harrell, born Aft. 1794; married William Webb; born Bef. 1794.


Notes for William Webb:

Census info indicates this is probably his name.


        17              v.    Sarah Harrell, born 1799 in Anson Co., NC or Pitt Co., NC; died 1870 in Yalobusha Co., MS; married David James Abt. 1814.



      36.  Allin Davis, born Abt. 1750 in of Union Dist., SC; died Bef. 1800 in Union Co., SC.  He married 37. <Unknown> Vincent Bef. 1775 in SC.

      37.  <Unknown> Vincent


Notes for Allin Davis:

In 1832, there was an appraisal of some of Allin Davis' goods and chattels.  The appraisers were Wm. Stripling, Elihu Robertson and Levi Davis. Nancy


Thanks to Jim Britt Jan 1999 and Misti Hinton Jan 1999.

Allin Davis was born before 1750 in SC, In the 1790 census is living in Union County, SC.  He [likely] married a [Miss] Vincent.  They had two known sons: Aaron Davis was born 1770-1780 and Vincent Davis was born 1780-1790.  There may have been two other sons. [Levi Davis appears to be his son.]  Allin Davis died before 1800, But Aaron and Vincent are on the same page in Union County.  Vincent Davis had 4 known sons who came to MS in the 1830's.  Isaac Davis was born around 1805, Jonathan Davis was born around 1812, Amos Davis was born between 1812 and 1815, and Aaron Davis was born about 1825.  Jonathan, Amos, and their Uncle Aaron were in Webster County, MS in the 1840 census.  Aaron was between 60 and 70 with 2 males in the household one between 5 and 10 and one between 20 and 30.   Three females one between 5 and 10 one between 15 and 20 and one between 40 and 50, probably his wife.  Amos moved on to Lafyette Co. MS.  He married Drucilla Bailey at Pearidge, SC.  Their children were all born in MS:  Washington Davis was born in 1834, Robert Davis in 1839, Mary Davis in 1840, Margaret Davis in 1842, and James Columbus Davis was born 16 Nov 1854.  Levi Davis was born 1856.


Union Co., SC was created in 1798 from 96 District, SC.  This family was in the NE area near Fanning's Creek in early 1800's.


Memo: 5 generations


Notes for <Unknown> Vincent:

Was she the daughter of Nathan Vincent or Nathan Vinson?


Children of Allin Davis and <Unknown> Vincent are:

                           i.    Aaron Davis, born Abt. 1775; married <Unknown>.


Notes for Aaron Davis:

Davis family researcher, John Hollingsworth, found Union District, SC court records that show Delilah Davis to be the daughter of Aaron Davis and wife of Samuel Dick. In Union District, SC on September 22, 1820, Aaron Davis gave items to his grandchildren William Dick and Rachel Hollingsworth. One of the witnesses was Adam Davis.

Union District, SC court record #753 dated October 1811 names Rebecca Dick, Samuel Dick and Delilah Davis vs. James Tracy.


Note that another Davis family had marriages with the Hollingsworth family, descendants of Nathaniel Davis of Virginia who died in Union Co., SC.


                          ii.    Vincent Davis, born Abt. 1788 in poss. Union Dist., SC; died Bef. 24 Oct 1854 in York Co., SC; married (1) Elizabeth <Unknown> Bef. 1811; born Bet. 1790 - 1794; died Bef. 1850; married (2) Margaret <Unknown> Bef. 1850; born Abt. 1803.


Notes for Vincent Davis:

In 1801, Vincent's wife was Elizabeth, as on Nov. 27, Vincent Davis sold 25 ac. to Peter Bentley, Union Co. SC.  Elizabeth (wife) relinquished dower rights, Bk G pp214-15.


In 1835, Vincent's wife was Elizabeth, as on Dec. 4, 1853 Vinson Davis sold to George Smith 340 ac. on Fanning Creek.  Elizabeth signed over dower rights, Bk. Y p. 234, noted as land of Nathan Vinson.



In the 1850 census, Vincent's wife was Margaret _____.


[Is it possible that there were two generations of men named Vincent Davis or Vinson Davis?}


Notes for Elizabeth <Unknown>:

Was she Elizabeth Haney, daughter of Robert Haney?  If so, she was born 14 May 1789.


        18             iii.    Levi Davis, born 30 Nov 1797 in poss. Union Dist., SC; died 11 Feb 1849 in Yalobusha Co., MS; married (1) Martha Burkhead Abt. 1818; married (2) Hamar Gore Bef. 1843.



      38.  James Meyer Burkhead, born Abt. 1767 in Anson Co., NC; died 07 Mar 1859 in near Mooresville, Moore Co., NC.  He was the son of 76. Eleazer Birkhead, Jr. and 77. Elizabeth Nutwell.  He married 39. Charity Muse 13 Jul 1790 in Moore Co., NC.

      39.  Charity Muse, born 24 Nov 1770 in Cumberland Co., NC; died Aft. 1850 in Davidson Co., NC.  She was the daughter of 78. Capt. James Muse, Jr. and 79. Charity Braswell.


Notes for James Meyer Burkhead:

1822 - Commissioned as Justice of Peace with power to organize Davidson Co, NC.  His wife was from that part of Cumberland Co., NC that is now Moore County.


The marriage of James Burkhead to Charity Muse is not proven but is based on tradition in both families.  Circumstances suggest that the Burkhead brothers, James and Eleazer III probably lived as young men in Cumberland (now Moore) County, North Carolina in the late eighteenth century and married there.  However, confirmation is impossible because all of the public records of Moore County were burned in a court-house fire in 1889.  There is a long-held tradition that Charity and her sister Elizabeth Muse married the Burkhead brothers, which is presented here as a reasonable assumption of fact (supported later by the letter from her grandson, identifying her as "Charity.")


James "Burket" apparently returned with his bride to Rowan (now Davidson) County and appears in the 1790 census adjacent to his father Eleazer on Beaverdam Creek.  The couple is listed with no children, having been only recently married.  In the 1794 tax lists, James is assessed one white poll only and no land.  Two years later, he is shown as owning 150 acres, although no record of the acquisition of this property has been located.  In the 1800 census, "James Birched and Lazarus Birched" are recorded in Moore County suggesting that James and his brother Eleazer Burkhead III were again living in Moore County.  Their wives' Muse family residence in Moore County makes that a logical arrangement and helps support the tradition of their marriages.  By 1820, James and his family were back in Rowan (now Davidson) County near his father Eleazer on Beaverdam Creek.  His brothers Levan and Eleazer III apparently remained in Moore County.  They are mentioned in Robinson's history in a discussion of churches of the county:

"About 1820 there was also built a log meeting-house more than a mile west of Carthage, on the north side of the Troy Road.  It was called the Burkhead Meeting-house, in honor of Leven Burkhead, who 'was then the leader of the Methodists in this community.'  Among the members were Burkhead, Eleazer Burkhead, ... and James B. Muse ..."


On 14 August 1826, James Burkhead sold 87 1/2 acres on Beaverdam Creek to Jedithan Cook for $125.  James was then assessed taxes on 287 acres each year from 1827 to 1841 when his holding was reduced to 237 acres and his son WIlliam A. Burkhead was assessed on 50 acres for the first time.  On 24 January 1846, James sold 227 acres of the Beaverdam property to his eldest son Green M. Burkhead, who was then of  Stanly County, North Carolina.  James lived most of his life in Davidson County, but, according to his obituary in the Raliegh Register, he died in 1859 at the home of his son, Jesse D. Burkhead in Mooresville, Iredell County at the rather remarkable age of 93.  A grandson's biography indicates he may have married 2nd a Margaret.


Notes for Charity Muse:

Some reports indicate that Charity married a Mr. McDaniel.

The DeWitt name begins showing up here as a middle name.

Charity's father left her a slave.  However, her brother as executor sold her share of the estate.  She filed suit in feme court, but had little right.  Later, when married, she filed suit again with her husband James Burkhead.  Deopistion was taken from NC,

TN and MS.  In order to prove her right, Charity provided a Bible record carrying her family back to 1719.


In 1826, JAMES BURKHEAD & wife CHARITY filed a Bill of Complaint in Davidson Co NC against the heirs of one JOSEPH COLSON. The lawsuit dragged on until 1838, ending up in the NC Supreme Court. Charity claimed that her mother Charity SR & her brother Jesse, who were Exctrs of her father's estate, illegally sold Charity JR's slave Rachel, bequeathed to her in her father's will, to JOSEPH COLSON SR.  Then on 6 Dec 1790, Joseph Colson SR, "by artful contrivance" obtained her signature on an actual Bill of Sale ;  that she was still a minor & didn't realize wht she was signing.  The Burkheads wanted the court to declare the sale invalid, & return to her all the descendants of Rachel (18 of them) that were then in possession of Joseph Colson's heirs.


Testimony in the suit proves the following:

1.  Charity Muse stated she was born 24 Nov 1770; this was backed up by the Family Record of her father JAMES MUSE JR, which was presented in evidence & copied into the court record. Thomas Muse stated that the handwriting was that of his father James JR.


2. Charity stated that she married JAMES BURKHEAD 13 Jul 1790 at age 20, and witness SAMUEL DUNN exhibited the original marriage certificate of JAMES BURKHEAD to CHARITY MUSE, dated 13 July 1790. Marriage was performed by WILLIAM DUNN, J.P. .


3. Witness SAMUEL DUNN stated that his daughter RHODA married GREEN BURKHEAD, son of Charity & James.


4. Witness  SAMUEL DUNN stated he married the sister of CHARITY MUSE BURKHEAD, but didn't give his wife's name. He stated that a slave bequeathed to his wife had not been sold to pay the estate'sdebts.  (His wife seems to have to be MARTHA or MARY, the only two daughters of James Muse for whom there is no known marriage info).  Cornelius Dowd, Sheriff of Moore Co, stated that in 1790 he sold at public auction "a negro wench named LUCY & her child."  Lucy was the slave that James JR bequeathed to his daughter MARTHA.  Therefore: Samuel Dunn likely married MARY MUSE, who was bequeathed a slave named Venis. 


5. Witness JAMES DOWD stated that "the Executrix (Charity SR) of JAMES MUSE dec'd died 2 or 3 years before the Executor " (Jesse). We know Jesse F. Muse SR died in 1820, so this places Charity SR's death at about 1817-18.


6.  Charity's brother THOMAS MUSE stated that the last time he saw the leaf of paper containing James Muse's Famioy Record, it was in the possession of ELEAZER BURKHEAD.  (This is strong circumstantial evidence that Elizabeth Muse was Eleazer Burkhead's wife.)


6. In 1827 testomony was taken from Charity's neice Elizabeth (MUSE) Phillips, wife of Brinkley Phillips, from her nephew, JAMES B. MUSE & his wife, ELIZABETH (GLASSCOCK) MUSE, all living in Moore Co.  They all stated that Charity was given land & livestock as compensation for the slave Rachel.  ELIZABETH MUSE PHILLIPS stated in her testimony that her father was JESSE MUSE.


7. Witnesses for both plaintiffs & defendants stated that James JR's estate was deep in debt when he died, and that's why his Executors arranged to sell Charity's slave. THOMAS MUSE stated that his sister Charity was aware of the 1784 sale, & that she was given 300 acres on Killet's Creek, a mare & a colt, as compensation for the slave. (Charity conveniently failed to mention that she'd received any compensation in her Complaint)  The  300 acres on Killet's creek was originally granted to James JR on 24 May 1773.


8.  Charity's brother in law, SAMUEL DUNN, stated that JOSEPH COLSON SR married Charity's aunt.  Joseph Colson SR was born ca 1730. In his 1788 will, Joseph Colson's wife was named MARY.  If MARY was Colson's only wife, that seems to rule out a paternal aunt, since James Muse SR didn't have a daughter named MARY.  (However, Mary could have been a second wife). Therefore -- this aunt was likely Charity's MATERNAL aunt, a sister of James JR's wife CHARITY. (So if we could discover  the maiden name of Joseph Colson's wife MARY, we'd be able to prove the maiden name of James JR's wife CHARITY.  There is no proof that Charity's maiden name was COLSON or COLSTON, but it's evident that the Muses & the Colsons were well-acquainted with each other in Moore Co., NC.  Joseph Colson could have married a Kindred or a Braswell).


9. Witness Cornelius Dowd, former Sheriff of Moore Co, deposed that when he was Sheriff in 1787, 88  or 89, a writ of Execution came to his office against James Muse JR's estate "for most of his property including a slave he had willed to one of his daughters who married JAMES HOLCOMB"  (This was Lydia Muse)


SOURCE FOR ALL THE ABOVE: INFO - NC Supreme Court Cases 1800-1909, Case #2580, NC Archives Film #69. Transcribed by Lou A Murphy from Microfilm of original.


Children of James Burkhead and Charity Muse are:

                           i.    Nancy Burkhead, born Aft. 1790 in NC; died in TN; married John Taylor Abt. 1817 in NC; born Abt. 1790 in Granville Co., NC; died 06 Apr 1837 in Morgan Co., MO.


Notes for John Taylor:

John and the 3 eldest boys went on to settle in Morgan county, MO.


                          ii.    Green M. Burkhead, born 16 Sep 1792; died 18 Dec 1854 in Illinois Twp., Pope, AR; married (1) Martha Loflin Abt. 1816 in Rowan Co., NC; died Abt. 1822; married (2) Rhoda Dunn 13 Jun 1822; born 02 Sep 1801 in NC; died 01 Jan 1887 in Russellville, Pope, AR.

                         iii.    Jesse DeWitt Burkhead, born 15 Oct 1795 in Cabarrus Co., NC; died 17 Jul 1878 in Mooresville, Iredell, NC; married Jane Enos Hudson Abt. 1819 in Cabarrus Co., NC; born 02 Jun 1803; died 25 Jul 1875 in Mooresville, Iredell, NC.

                         iv.    Elizabeth Burkhead, born 1798 in NC; died Apr 1880 in Clark Twp., Pope, AR; married Pleasant Epps, Jr. Abt. 1818 in NC; born Abt. 1797 in Rowan Co., NC; died 17 Oct 1862 in Pope Co., AR.

        19              v.    Martha Burkhead, born 20 Mar 1799 in of Davidson Co., NC; died 27 Jan 1839 in Yalobusha Co., MS; married Levi Davis Abt. 1818.

                         vi.    Mary 'Polly' Burkhead, born Abt. 1803 in NC; died Aft. 1880 in Cabarrus Co., NC; married Marcus 'Mark' Cox 05 Dec 1820 in Rowan Co., NC; born 23 May 1797 in NC; died Abt. 1844 in NC.

                        vii.    James Sabiston Burkhead, born 1805 in NC; died 20 Jan 1859 in Illinois Twp., Pope, AR; married (1) Malinda Bost 18 Dec 1830 in Cabarrus Co., NC; married (2) Narcissa Tate 08 Oct 1857 in Pope Co., AR; born Abt. 1827.

                       viii.    Catherine Burkhead, born 01 Feb 1807 in NC; died 29 Oct 1887 in Clark Twp., Pope, AR; married William Smith 1825 in Davidson Co., NC; born 1805 in Rowan Co., NC; died 1885 in Pope Co., AR.

                         ix.    Eleazer R. Burkhead, born Abt. 1810 in NC; died 06 Apr 1845 in Mocksville, Davie, NC; married Margaret Allemon 13 Mar 1834 in Rowan Co., NC; born Aft. 1810.

                          x.    Dr. William Alexander Burkhead, born 28 Dec 1816 in Rowan Co., NC; died 17 Dec 1863 in Lancaster, Dallas, TX; married Sara Nica Love 15 Dec 1837 in Cabarrus Co., NC; born 01 Jun 1821 in Cabarrus Co., NC; died 08 Aug 1901 in Ellis Co., TX.


Notes for Dr. William Alexander Burkhead:


Notes for Sara Nica Love:

Sarah married 2nd Rev. Washington Denison, and they were divorced.



      40.  William Trussell, born Bef. 1735; died Bet. 23 Apr 1808 - 1812 in Chester Co., SC.  He was the son of 80. <Unknown> Trussell.  He married 41. Susannah 'Suckey' Asher Bet. 1755 - 1770 in Frederick Co., VA.

      41.  Susannah 'Suckey' Asher, born Bet. 1740 - 1750; died Bef. 10 Nov 1828.  She was the daughter of 82. John Asher and 83. Nellie <Unknown>.


Notes for William Trussell:

Thomas Franklin, with dower by his wife, Priscilla Franklin, signed 9 April 1786 for 138 acres of land part of an original grant to Thomas Franklin on Sandy River.  Wit: Richard Evans, John Franklin, James Trussell.


William Trussell of Sandy River, will signed 7 Nov 1803 and probated Oct. court 1812.  Wife, Susannah Trussell, my single children will have the home plantation when the mother dies:

Mary Trussell, Rachel Trussell, Susannah Trussell, Milly Trussell.

My married children will divide the rest of the property equal and deceased children, their children will take their shares, etc.  Executor: my son John Trussell with Richard Evins and John Evins, Jr.

Wit: John Kennedy, Samuel Evans and Moses Evans.


The author of the Franklin genealogy insists this is the father in law of Frances Franklin, and that her husband was William Trussell, Jr.  However, on 23 Jul 1793, after Frances was widowed, a deed to Jonathan Dungan refers to land "now belonging to John Franklin, Thomas Baker Franklin, William Trussell, Jr. and Moses Grisham, etc."


I believe that this man, himself, was William Trussell, Jr.


Children of William Trussell and Susannah Asher are:

                           i.    Mary Trussell

                          ii.    Rachel Trussell

                         iii.    Susannah 'Suckey' Trussell


Notes for Susannah 'Suckey' Trussell:

George McAliley may have been her husband.


Research Notes:

George McAliley (born in the 1780's) remained in Chester County, married a Miss Trussell, served as executor of his father's estate and appears on the roster of Captain John Walker's Company of the 1st Regiment of the South Carolina Militia during the War of 1812 (serving as a substitute for John Trussell, Sr.). George McAliley had three daughters, believed named Elizabeth, Milley, and Susa (possibly for Susannah), whose husbands were, not necessarily repectively, Hiram Miller, Ben McDonald and a Mr. Cook (who went west).


"George McAliley's children were born too soon to be grandchildren of this John Trussell. It appears possible that George was widowed at the time of the replacement and that George's three daughters were cared for by John Trussell and wife while George did the military service for some additional agreed upon fee.


"After that service two of George's daughters were cared for by his mother and property transferred to his mother for their benefit. The third daughter was believed to have been in the process of getting married and was provided her share around the time of the marriage.


"Some of this is in records and some of it is just speculation based upon what we do know about George and his wife Susannah. Susannah's purported parents had five daughters, Mary and then Rachel the two eldest. Susannah Trussell McAliley's three daughter bore the names of the other three daughters of William and Susannah Asher Trussell. We will presume this strengthens the likelihood of the claim that the daughter Susannah of William and Susannah was Susannah Trussell McAliley, at least in the majority of researchers' opinions."


                         iv.    Daniel Trussell, born Abt. 1760 in poss. Frederick Co., VA; died Abt. 1815 in Carroll Co., GA; married Mary Martha <Unknown> Abt. 1777.


Notes for Daniel Trussell:

Speculative link.

Daniel Trussell was deeded land from William Trussell on 24 Oct 1807.  He was not listed in William's will, and may have been a cousin or nephew or grandson.


"In the 1800 Chester County, South Carolina census there appears one Daniel Trussell. In 1810 and 1820 there are two, both approximately of the same age. It is reasonable to assume that the Daniel Trussell in the 1800 census is the son of the above Daniel."

Note; Dates offered in that book indicate that the older Daniel was born by 1740 and his son by 1771-1773.  If earlier, he could be a brother, and not a son, of his listed father.


        20              v.    John Trussell, born Abt. 1770 in SC; died 25 Apr 1836 in Clinton, Greene, AL; married Annis Wright Bef. 1803.

                         vi.    Elizabeth 'Bettie' Trussell, born 10 Oct 1788; died 20 Oct 1871 in Gadsden Co., FL; married John N. McKeown; born 01 Jul 1793 in Chester Co., SC; died 1836.


Notes for Elizabeth 'Bettie' Trussell:

After her husband died, she migrated to Gadsden County, FL with her children as a group with the Clark family.

Could the wife of McKeown be Elizabeth Trussell, born 23 Dec 1807 to John Trussell and Annis Wright, and neice of this Elizabeth?


Notes for John N. McKeown:

John was the administrator of the estate of Susannah "Sucky" Asher Trussell.


                        vii.    Milley Trussell, born 1791 in Chester Co., SC; married Jonathon Ellis; born 1791.



      42.  Clayborn Wright, born Bef. 1760; died Bet. 24 Jan 1824 - 15 Aug 1825 in Chester Co., SC.  He was the son of 84. Richard Wright and 85. Mary <Unknown>.  He married 43. Elizabeth <Unknown>.

      43.  Elizabeth <Unknown>


Notes for Clayborn Wright:

or Clayburne Wright or Claybourne Wright or Claibourne Wright or Claiborne Wright or Clayburn Wright


One Claiborne Wright of Chester Co., SC married Elizabeth Travis 02 Feb 1802.  He was said to be born 5 Jan 1779 and died 21 Nov 1829, the son of William Wright (b Fauquier Co., VA, d Louisville, KY) and Henrietta Claiborne (m 5 May 1774 VA).  He later married Harriett Hannah Brown House abt 1823.  William was the son of William Wright of VA and Nancy Walker.


One Claybourn Wright married an Elizabeth about 1770 (possibly this one).

Claiborne Wright's will was signed  24 Jan, 1824; pr. 15 Aug, 1825 and is in will book H, page 273; Chester County, SC

The will starts "In my usual health" and names Elizabeth, wife -    children: Reuben, son -  William, son -   Nancy Trussell, daughter -       Richard Wright, deceased son, "his children to have $1.00 -     John Wright, son -     Elizabeth Tollison, daughter     Annis Trussell, daughter -     Marey Coleman, daughter -   wit:  Robert Simonton , Archibald McQuiston, Mary McQuiston


In the name of God Amen

I Claybourn Wright of Chester district and State of South Carolina being in my usual health but knowing that it is appointed unto men once to die I do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following

In the first place I allow my Body to be decently buried and all my debts to be fully paid.

2ndly I will appoint and ordain that my beloved wife Elizabeth Wright shall continue to hold enjoy and possess all the property which we now possess both real and personal untill her death and at her death I will and bequeath my tract of land to my sons Reuben and William to be equally divided between them as can conveniently be done. the divisional line to begin at the mulberry above my spring.  Reuben to have the half whereon our house and spring is and WIlliam the other half.

3rd  I will and bequeath to my daughter Nancy Trussel one dollar.

4th I will and bequeath to the children of my son Richard Wright deceased one dollar and lastly I will and ordain that all the remainder of our personal property shall be sold at publick sale and equally divided bewteen John Wright Reuben Wright William Wright Elizabeth Tollison Annis Trussel and Mary Coleman.

And I do hereby appoint and ordain my three sons John Reuben and William to be the whole and sole Executors of this my last Will and Testament.  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 24th day of January Anno Domine 1824  Clayborn Wright

Signed sealed and acknowledged in presence of Robert Simonton, Arch'd McQuiston, Mary McQuiston


State of South Carolina


Chester District }           We the subscribers certify upon the examination of Clayborn Wright on oath the owner of a certain slave named Tony about thirty five years of age in years with some teeth wanting before in the upper jaw, that satisfactory proof being given to us that the sd slave is not of a bad character & is capable of gaining a lively hood by honest means.


      Given under our hands this 23rd Dec 1803


                         Charles Boyd, J.Q.


James Kennedy, Junior

Thomas (his X mark) Walker

Richard (his X mark) Wright

James McClintock David Boyd


State of South Carolina

Chester District

To all who these presents shall come - Greeting -


Know ye that Clayborn Wright of the the District & State for diverse good causes & considerations me hereunto moving have this day set free my Negro man named Tony formerly the property of Notley Coats about thirty five years of age who had been adjudge by a justice of the Quorum & five freeholders agreeable to an act of Assembly in that case made and provided to be of good character and capable of obtaining a lively hood by honest means.  And I hereby for myself my heirs and executors & administrators give & grant & for ever quit claim to all legal right title and command whatsoever in & over the sd Negro Tony, as full & as absolutely & is so ample a manner as if he had been actually born free & never in slavery.

Given under my hand & seal this 23rd day of Dec in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and three & of American Independence the Twenty eighth.


Clayborn Wright (seal)

Signed sealed and acknowledged In presence of us ~ ~

James Kennedy

Thomas (his X mark) Walker


Deed Book J, pp 190/191. Chester County, South Carolina


State of South Carolina

Know all men by these presents that I Lemuel Owen of the District of Chester in the State aforesaid for and in consideration of the sum of three hundred and seventy five dollars to me in hand paid by John Wright of the District and State aforesaid have granted bargained sold & release & by these presents do grant bargain sell & release unto the said John Wright his heirs & assigns a plantation or tract of land containing one hundred thirty eight acres (be the same more or less) lying & being in the District and State aforesaid situated on Dog Branch of Sandy River bounded NW by land surv'd for Samuel Cartee (?Carter?) & Richard Head SW by Nathan Atterberry's land part of the said Plantation or tract of Land was originally granted to James Timms & part surveyed for Thomas Halswell reference being had to the former Grant & conveyance well more fully and at large [illegible word] Together will all and singular the rights members hereditaments and appurtenances to the said premises belonging or in anywise appertaining To Have and to Hold All and singular the premises before mentioned unto the said John Wright his heirs & assigns against myself my heirs & against every other person or persons whomsoever lawfully claiming or to claim the same or any part thereof. Witness my hand & seal this nineteenth day of August in the Year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & two and of the independence of the United States of America the twenty fifth.


Lemuel Owen


Clayborn Wright

Thomas Ramey (could be Rainey)


Book I, pg 151/52, Chester County, SC


Clayborn freed a slave and the record is stored at:


Notley Coate sold land to Clayborn Wright in 1803 in Chester Co.


Children of Clayborn Wright and Elizabeth <Unknown> are:

                           i.    Nancy Wright, born Abt. 1780 in VA; married Daniel Trussell Abt. 1798; born 1778 in VA; died 1837 in Henry Co., GA.


Notes for Nancy Wright:

Her father's name may be spelled Claiborn Wright or Claiborne Wright.


        21              ii.    Annis Wright, born Bef. 1788 in SC; married John Trussell Bef. 1803.

                         iii.    Reuben Wright

                         iv.    William Wright

                          v.    Richard Wright, born Bef. 1780; died 27 Aug 1819; married (1) Lucy Brown 23 Feb 1800; died 20 Feb 1816; married (2) Jane Hedgepeth Abt. 1816; died 01 May 1817.

                         vi.    John Wright

                        vii.    Elizabeth Wright, married <Unknown> Tollison.

                       viii.    Marey Wright, married Isaiah Coleman.


Notes for Isaiah Coleman:

moved from the Chester/Fairfield area to Georgia in the early 1800's



      48.  Henry Alexander Carr, born Bet. 1781 - 1783 in NC or GA; died Bef. 12 Feb 1848 in Jackson, Hinds, MS.  He was the son of 96. William Austin Carr.  He married 49. Mary Downs 1799 in GA.

      49.  Mary Downs, born 26 Oct 1784 in MD; died 09 Oct 1851 in Water Valley, Yalobusha, MS.  She was the daughter of 98. Isaac Downs and 99. <Unknown>.


Notes for Henry Alexander Carr:

Henry is thought by many to be a child of William A. Carr of Randolph Co., NC, and he named his son William A. Carr, Jr.   Both William Austin Carr and his wife, Susannah, left wills identifying children, and neither mentioned Henry.   He could have been a very close relative, however, and only shows up as witness on deeds in the month of presumed grandfather Joseph Carr's death, but is not identified as a grandson.  Several of William's children migrated to Georgia, to Jones County, early in the 1800's.  Fort Hawkins was built in 1806 in Baldwin County, and was in Jones County until Bibb County was created some years later.  Today, the Fort is at a point near the county line and adjacent to the Ocmulgee National Monument.  Henry Carr served at the fort, and married a daughter of Col. Hawkins, for whom it was named.  Fort Hawkins was in Jones County (now in Macon, Bibb, GA).


Another family with a William Austin Carr was in Anson Co., NC where William A. Carr was born about 1780 and married Frances Lanier.  The right age to be a brother of this man?


He was a private and rose to Lieutenant Col. in a Georgia regiment and served to the end of the war.  He was Quartermaster General under General Andrew Jackson at the Battle of New Orleans. (I have not found the source for this information, but he was mentioned as Capt. Henry Carr in the estate sale of Benjamin Hawkins in 1816).   Was a Captain in a Georgia Co. and served in the Creek War, having been promoted to Captain by Gen. Andrew Jackson for gallant conduct on the battlefield between the Regular Army and the Indians near Macon, GA.

A group of soldiers were organized in October, 1814 at Fort Hawkins and joined with Andrew Jackson in Mobile.


Jones Co., Georgia was formed by an act of the Legislature December 10, 1807 from Baldwin County which was formed May 11, 1803. Jones County was laid out in 1807; part added from Putnam in 1810; a five mile slice given to Bibb in 1822, and since then her boundaries have remained stationary.


Henry Carr was buried in the same plot as his son and daughter-in-law William A. Carr II and Virginia Hawkins, in Water Valley, Yalobusha, MS.  He was estranged from his wife at the time he wrote his will.




"January Term 1848


"I, Henry Carr, of the county of Yalobusha and State of Mississippi, do make and publish this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me any time made.

"First, I direct that my funeral expenses and all of my just debts be paid as soon after death as possible out of any monies that I may die possessed of, or may first give into the hands of my executor.

"Second, I direct that the following negro slaves for life, to wit--Amy, a mulatto woman about 35 years old; Franklinne, a mulatto boy and child of Amy about six years old; Johanna, a mulatto girl and child of Amy about 4 years old; William Walker, a mulatto boy about two years old and child of Amy; Dallas, a girl and child of Henrietta, a mulatto and a grandchild of Amy about three years old; and Martha Amelia, a mulatto girl and child of Henrietta and grandchild of Amy about one year old, shall at my death, or as soon thereafter as convenient, be set free and released from bondage and slavery by my executor, in the manner hereinafter specified after paying and satisfying the specific legacies.

"Thirdly, I direct that the said slaves, Amy and her children and grandchildren, shall be sent to some territory, government, or State where they can enjoy their liberty and freedom in as full and ample a manner as if they had been born free --- and there set at liberty and given their liberty according to the laws, customs, and usages of such territory, government, or State; and for the purpose of transporting said slaves and defraying their expenses I do hereby give and bequeath unto Perry C. Carr in trust for the said slaves the sum of two hundred dollars out of my personal estate to be expended by him and appropriated for that use and no other whatever.

"Fourthly, I give and bequeath unto my oldest child and daughter, Epsy B. Gilliland, in addition to what she has heretofore received by way of advancement, one dollar in cash.

"Fifthly, I give and bequeath unto my second son, Benjamin H. Carr, in addition to what he has heretofore received by way of advancement, one dollar in cash.

"Sixthly, I direct that my negro man slave for life named Isaac, about 40 years old; Peggy his wife, a woman about 40 years old; Isaac, a boy and child of Peggy about 18 years old; Florida, a girl and child of Peggy, about 14 years old; Henrietta, a woman and child of Amy, about 17 years old; Henry, a boy and child of Amy about 13 years old; Anderson, a boy and child of Amy about 11 years old; Clinton a boy and child of Amy about 9 years old; Sarah a girl and child of Amy about 7 years old, together with all of the other personal property which I may have at the time of my death, may be disposed of as follows, to wit:

One 6th or a child's part of the whole amount, after paying funeral expenses, just debts, court costs, executors commissions, and counsel fees, I give and bequeath unto my wife, Mary Carr, who lives separate and apart from me in fee simple.

"Seventhly, the residue of my estate, after paying the specific legacies hereinbefore mentioned and the expenses of transporting and removing Amy and her children and grandchildren as aforesaid, I give and bequeath unto my son William Carr and my son George W. Carr, to be equally divided among them.  If an equitable division cannot in the opinion of my executor be conveniently made between them, I direct that the same shall be sold on a credit of 6 months and the money arising from such sale divided as aforesaid.

" Eighthly, I give and bequeath unto Perry C. Carr, in trust for the use and benefit of Johanna, a mulatto girl and child of Amy, the bed, bedstead, bed clothes, and bedding which I now use and occupy for myself, to be her right and property when she obtains her feedom.

" I do hereby nominate, constitute, and appoint my son Perry C. Carr my executor, and in consequence of death, removal, or refusal to act, I do hereby nominate, constitute, and appint William Carr in his stead, with instructions to all and either of them to employ if necessary Franklin E. Plummer as a Counselor in the said business, and particularly in relation to the emancipation of the negro woman Amy and her children and grandchildren aforesaid, and to be governed by his advice.  In testimony whereof I hereunto set my hand and affix my seal the 15th day of March A.D. 1847 to this my last will and testament.


Henry Carr"   (seal)


"Signed, sealed, and delivered, published, and promulgated in the presence of the undersigned, disinterested witnesses, and our names signed hereto in the presence of the said Henry Carr, the testator, on the day and year last aforesaid.


Attest:  George W. Robinson

Attest:  William T. Chance

Attest:   F. E. Plummer


probated 12 Feb. 1848


It is interesting that his son is named William Austin Carr Jr., but the only record I have found that links Henry Carr directly to his presumed father, William Austin Carr of Randolph Co., NC is a single deed to which Henry was a witness, related to his presumed grandfather, Joseph Carr.  His recorded birthdate may be wrong - the date is exactly twenty years to the day after his presumed father, whose grave is in Randolph Co., NC.


The following information is provided as research information about other Carr families that have been linked (without documentation) to this family:

According to the 1860 Yalobusha Co., MS census:


A Jonathan Carr, Jr. resided adjacent the Pearson family, whose daughter married a Carr from another line.  This line included Jonathan, b c 1820 and wife Ann E. (both born in NC).  Children

Henry E. Carr, 23 (b c 1837) NC

J. H. or J. W. Carr, 21 (b c 1839) NC (Joshua per 1850 Sampson Co.)

William A. Carr, 19 (b c 1841) NC

James H. Carr, 17,(b c 1843) NC

Lucy Jane Carr, 12 (b c 1848) NC

Sarah E. Carr, 9 (b c 1851) NC

Temperence Carr, 7 (b c 1853) NC

Edward M. Carr, 4 (b c 1856) NC

Samuel Carr, 2 (b c 1858) NC

Anna Carr, 1 (b c 1859) MS


The family listed immediately above was in the 1850 Sampson Co., NC census and descends from Patrick Car of Bertie Co., NC.  It may be this family that had Lewis Perry Carr "Uncle Tobe" claiming to descend from Patrick Carr of NC and Georgia.


Another Patrick Carr is mentioned in 'The King's Mountain Men' :  "Patrick came from Ireland before the Revolution, was a captain under Colonel Clark in the attack on Augusta in September, 1780, and was under Sumter at Blackstock.  The statement that he killed one hundred tories must be an exaggeration, if to be understood as a personal matter.  His murder in 1802, in Jefferson County, Georgia, is said to have been by a son of a tory he had killed.  At King's Mountain he was under Major Chandler."  This is obviously the Patrick Carr that "Uncle Tobe" was mentioning, as the "killed 100 men" was in the story.  Is it possible that this Patrick Carr was the son of the other one that went from Ireland to North Carolina and is mentioned above?  Patrick Carr did have a grandson with his name, of which no more is known.


There is no known connection to this Carr family, but it is interesting that they come from NC - where the Carr family is "known to have resided," according to family traditions, and that it includes a Henry and a William A., as does the family which married the Pearsons.


A Henry Carr was a Capt., married to Mary Griffin in Early Co., GA, dau of John and Mary Griffin.  I do not think that it was this man.  Mary Griffin's father, John Griffin, left his will 11 Oct 1822 (pro. 7 Jan 1823) mentioning executors Capt. Henry Carr and wife, Mary Griffin.


Notes for Mary Downs:

Mary Downs was said to be the sister of Lavinia Downs.  Lavinia is thought to have been of the Creek tribe.  No such stories are told about Mary, but there were few "white" women in Georgia when it was wilderness.  One census record indicates she said she was born in Maryland, and a family of Downs did move from Maryland to Georgia.  She (and her sister Lavinia) could have been half Creek.


Children of Henry Carr and Mary Downs are:

                           i.    Epsey B. Carr, born 08 Sep 1801 in GA; died Aft. 1850; married (1) Jonathan Gilliland; born Abt. 1812 in AL; died Aft. 1850; married (2) <Unknown> Walker.


Notes for Epsey B. Carr:

or Epsie B. Carr or Epsy B. Carr.  This name was used in the Downs family.


1850 Mary Downs, mother, resided with Epsey Carr according to the Water Valley, MS 1850 census.


The name Epsie may be short for Hepsibah.


        24              ii.    Capt. William Austin Carr II, born 05 Mar 1803 in GA; died 13 Aug 1857 in Water Valley, Yalobusha, MS; married Virginia Hawkins 24 Feb 1825 in Ft. Hawkins, Pulaski Co., GA.

                         iii.    Benjamin Hawkins Carr, born 14 Jun 1812 in GA; died Aft. 1860; married Susan Cole Bef. 1835; born 12 Sep 1819 in NC; died 02 Jun 1894 in Yalobusha Co., MS.


Notes for Benjamin Hawkins Carr:

Susan J. Carr b 1856 Yalobusha Co., MS and Lucy P. Carr b 1858 Yalobusa Co., MS may be additional children of this family.  That would mean two surviving Susan Carr daughters, unless the first one died young and the second married A. J. Will.


                         iv.    Perry Cook Carr, born 22 May 1814 in prob. GA; died 05 Jun 1862 in Richmond, Henrico, CSA, VA; married Mary Ann Ingram 10 Jan 1840 in Crawford Co., GA; born 01 Jul 1824 in Kershaw Co., SC; died 02 Sep 1895 in Tazewell, Marion, GA.


Notes for Perry Cook Carr:

Capt. Perry Cook Carr was in Company A 27th Regiment, Georgia Volunteer Infantry, Marion and Schley Counties "Georgia Drillers."  Found at


Several of their children were buried at Baptist Church in Crawford County near the community of Zenith, GA, including Celie, Simmiezinna, Perry and his wife Laura.


Notes for Mary Ann Ingram:

buried at Tazewell, Marion, GA.


                          v.    George Washington Carr, born 07 Jun 1816 in GA; died Abt. 1885 in GA; married (1) Lucinda Caroline Johnson 03 Jan 1839 in Crawford Co., GA; born Abt. 1823 in SC; died Abt. 1862 in GA; married (2) Elizabeth Johnson 17 Nov 1863 in Taylor Co., GA; born Abt. 1832 in GA.



      50.  Col. Benjamin Hawkins, born 15 Aug 1754 in Bute Co. (now Vance Co.), NC; died 06 Jun 1816 in Creek Agency near Roberta, Crawford, GA.  He was the son of 100. Col. Philemon Hawkins II and 101. Delia Martin.  He married 51. Lavinia Downs 09 Jan 1812 in Ft. Hawkins, Jones, GA.

      51.  Lavinia Downs, born 10 May 1781 in MD; died 22 Mar 1828 in Crawford Co., GA.  She was the daughter of 98. Isaac Downs and 99. <Unknown>.


Notes for Col. Benjamin Hawkins:

Indian Agent for all Tribes south of the Ohio River.  Senator from North Carolina.  Well published, well-traveled, and many encyclopedia articles.  Married when he thought he was on his deathbed, in order to make his children "legitimate."  Then he survived for a couple of more years, and had another daughter.


The wife of a William McIntosh was Eliza Grierson (b c 1799, of Carroll Co., GA) who was said to have been raised by the family of Benjamin Hawkins.  Several references exist in family histories of the "half-breed children of Benjamin Hawkins," with names other than those recorded in his will.


From: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress 1999:

a Delegate and a Senator from North Carolina; born in what was then [once] Granville, later Bute, and now Warren County, N.C., August 15, 1754; attended the county schools; student at the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) when the Revolutionary War began; acquired a knowledge of French, and, at the request of General George Washington, left school and was appointed to the General’s staff as his interpreter; member, State house of commons 1778-1779, 1784; chosen by the North Carolina legislature in 1780  to procure arms and munitions of war to defend the State; Member of the Continental  Congress 1781-1783 and 1787; appointed by Congress to negotiate treaties with the Creek and Cherokee Indians in 1785; delegate to the State constitutional convention which ratified the Federal Constitution in November 1789; elected to the United States Senate and served from November 27, 1789, to March 3, 1795; appointed Indian agent for all the tribes south of the Ohio River by President Washington in 1796 and held the office until his death in Crawford County, Ga., on June 6, 1818; interment on a plantation near Roberta, Crawford County, overlooking the Flint River.


Benjamin Hawkins' will dated Jan. 9, 1812, and probated Sept. 2, 1816 names his wife Lavinia Downs and a son Madison, daughters Georgia, Muskogee, Cherokee, Carolina, Virginia and  a nephew William Hawkins of N. C. as beneficiaries.  The will was witnessed by:  Christian Lumbough, Thomas M. Ellis, and John Jameson.


Will of Benjamin Hawkins


"By this my last will and testament, I give all my lands and Negroes and property of every description to my wife, Lavinia Hawkins and our daughters, Georgia, Muscogee, Cherokee, Carolina and Virginia, and our son Madison, and William Hawkins, my nephew of North Carolina to be divided in eight equal parts to their heirs forever.  If my wife finds or chooses to stay here, she can do so with the property, or if she should move into Georgia or any State to settle, she has full power to do so, to purchase a settlement for her convenience and accommodation for her children as her judgment may direct.  I appoint my wife Lavinia Hawkins executrix and my nephew William Hawkins Executor of this my last will and testament given under my hand at the Creek Agency {Spring} this ninth day of January, one thousand eight hundred and twelve. 


Christian Limbough

Thomas M. Ellis

John Jameson

                                                            Signed:  Benjamin Hawkins


  Georgia, Jones County, Personally appeared in open court John Jameson one of the witnesses to the within will, who being duly sworn saith that he saw the testator, Benjamin Hawkins sign the same and saw the other witnesses, Christian Lumbough, Thomas M. Ellis signed in the presence of each other and the testator was in sound mind and memory. Sworn in open court September 2, 1816.

Test. A. Clark                                                    John Jameson


This will is recorded in Will Book B, page 1 in the Courthouse in Gray, Jones County, Georgia.


Memo: 4 generations


More About Col. Benjamin Hawkins:

Burial: Creek Agency, GA


Notes for Lavinia Downs:

Was she ... or wasn't she ...?  The Queen of Tuckabatchie?


There is evidence in the Moravian Diaries that Lavinia indicated she was white (See her father's record).  Suspicion that she was Creek has been voiced since shortly after her death, including comments such as "there is no truth to the rumor that she was an Indian."  However: " ... confirmation that Lavina Downs was Creek came from the Chehaws who showed Janice [Woods Windle] that the marriage of Hawkins and Downs is recorded in the official Marriages of the Muskogee."


Lavinia Downs is thought by many family members to be of the Ocmulgee Creek Nation, and they insist she was first the wife of Chief Long Side of Tuckabatchie (Tookautchee).  He was killed in a raid, and she was widowed with a young son, Silas.  Her son Silas is said to have been born in 1792 which conflicts with Lavinia's reported birthdate of 10 May 1781.  The birthdate of her presumed son Silas Downs, however, would have come at age 10 or 11, if both birthdates are reported correctly.


Lavinia lived at the Creek agency (in Crawford Co., GA) with her husband, Col. Benjamin Hawkins until his death.  At her death, over a decade later, she was still living in Crawford County.  One of her daughters was buried in Roberta, the county seat, and records from a lawsuit / complaint indicate that this daughter, Jeffersonia, lived with Lavinia.  Lavinia was buried at Ft. Hawkins, and her grave is not (obviously) marked.  Her obituary was carried in the Milledgeville paper, as that town was (then) a major center and the one-time state capital.


Page 60 of the Crawford County Guardian Bonds Book "A" states that Richard W. Ellis was appointed adminsitrator of her estate on March 3, 1834.  Hiram Troutman and Bryan Bateman acted as security and a bond of $500 was posted.  The minimal bond indicates that Pound was correct in stating that she lost most of her inheritance from Benjamin.  Hiram Troutman was the father of Joanna Troutman who sewed the famous flag carried into the Texas Revolution by the Georgia volunteers.


If Lavinia was Creek, that fact was kept secret throughout the part of the family that remained in Water Valley, Mississippi after 1850.  The part of the family that moved to San Marcos kept alive this secret.  Her suspected Creek heritage is commemorated by the book "True Women" by Janice Woods Windle, which has been made into a mini-series (and slightly fictionalized by screen-writers).


More About Lavinia Downs:

Burial: Ft. Hawkins, Jones, GA


Children of Benjamin Hawkins and Lavinia Downs are:

                           i.    Georgiana Hawkins, born 04 May 1799 in GA; died 12 Feb 1818 in Jones Co., GA.


Notes for Georgiana Hawkins:

Died at the residence of her mother, Mrs. Lavinia Hawkins, as reported 31 Mar 1818 in the Georgia Journal.


                          ii.    Muscogee Hawkins, born 30 Jan 1802 in GA; married (1) Christopher 'Kit' Kyser 20 Apr 1819 in Jones Co., GA; born Abt. 1800; died Bef. 15 Oct 1819; married (2) Bagnell B. Tiller Aft. Jan 1824; married (3) <Unknown> Moore Bef. 1850; died in Of Ft. Gaines, GA.


Notes for Muscogee Hawkins:

The American Old West: Woodward's Reminiscences


"Col. Hawkins raised a girl who was called by the name of Muscogee Hawkins. She was the daughter of John Hill, who was a sub-Indian Agent. He hung himself at Fort Wilkinson many years ago. Muscogee married Capt. Kit Kizer, of the U.S. Army; he died, and she married Bagwell Tillor."


Muscovia Elizabeth Hawkins resided in Ft. Gaines, GA 1850.  She married Mr. Moore.


Notes for Christopher 'Kit' Kyser:

Keiser, Lieutenant Colonel - Acting Deputy Quartermaster General from 11 January 1818 through August 1819 at Ft. Hawkins.


        31             iii.    Cherokee Hawkins, born 16 Mar 1805 in GA; died 26 Feb 1849 in Water Valley, Yalobusha, MS; married Lewis Lawshe 10 Aug 1819 in Jones Co., GA.

                         iv.    Mary Caroline Hawkins, born 10 Jun 1807 in GA; died 12 Apr 1817.


Notes for Mary Caroline Hawkins:

The  April 22, 1817, issue of the the Georgia Journals in the NGS Library indicates "Departed this life on Saturday the 12th instant, Miss CAROLINE HAWKINS, daughter of Col. Benjamin Hawkins, late Creek Agent--aged nine years."


                          v.    James Madison Hawkins, born 1809 in GA; died Aft. 18 Mar 1850 in Yalobusha Co., MS; met Mahalia.


Notes for James Madison Hawkins:

Died unmarried, leaving his acknowledged daughter, child of a slave, to his neice, Georgiann (Lawshe) Woods.


"James M. Hawkins Last Will & Testament

Know all men by these presents that I James M. Hawkins of the County of Yalobusha and State of Mississippi of Sound mind and memory do make my last will and testament as follows

Firstly I hereby declare null and void all former wills by me at any time made eight years of age and one negro boy about five years old named Jim

Thirdly I give unto my sister Jeffersonia Harvey wife of D. I. Harvey of Knoxville and state of Georgia two negroes Sarah & Margaret and five hundred dollar in cash to be separate property of my said sister from the control and management of her said husband for and during her natural life and then to go to the heirs of her body

Forthly - I give and bequeath to my nephen Madison H. Carr of Yalobusha County son of William A. Carr four negroes Depsey, Dick, Moses, and Phillis one mule two horses and 1 mare One Two horse Waggon and One Single horse waggon

Fifthly I give and bequeath unto my sister Muscovia Elizabeth Moore of Fort Gaines and State of Georgia the Sum of five hundred dollars in cash

Sixthly I give and bequeath unto my Sister Virginia Carr wife of William A. Carr of Yalobusha County all the rest and residue of my estate real and personal and mixed "inten asing ?" hereby to give her & her heirs & assigns forever all of my estate as aforesaid not otherwise in this my last will and testament disposed of

Seventhly I hereby appoint William A. Carr of the County of aforesaid my executor of this my last will and testament - In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 18th day of May 1850 in the presence of E. S. Fisher F. S. Davidson and B. L. Thompson Subscribing being witnesses hereto                                J. M. Hawkins (seal)"


Signed Sealed and Published in our presence & in the presence of each other by the Testator May 18th, 1850.

E. S. Fisher Witness

F. L. Davidson & B. S. Thompson

To Capt. L. Lawshe he uppon a settlement of the sale of land                            J. M. Hawkins


Notes for Mahalia:

Mahalia was a slave.


        25             vi.    Virginia Hawkins, born 06 Mar 1811 in GA; died 03 Oct 1851 in Water Valley, Yalobusha, MS; married Capt. William Austin Carr II 24 Feb 1825 in Ft. Hawkins, Pulaski Co., GA.

                        vii.    Jeffersonia E. Hawkins, born 12 Jul 1813 in GA; died 15 Nov 1861; married (1) Francis Bacon 27 Nov 1828 in Crawford Co., GA; born Bef. 1809; died Bef. 1839; married (2) Dr. Jeremiah G. Harvey 21 Nov 1839 in Crawford Co., GA; born 01 Jan 1793; died 02 Oct 1871 in Of Knoxville, GA.


Notes for Jeffersonia E. Hawkins:

Jeffersonia claimed to be "the only legitimate daughter" of Benjamin Hawkins and Lavinia Downs, as they married after having the other children (and on what Benjamin thought was his death bed), and after Benjamin Hawkins had written his will.


Jeffersonia and her husbands, Francis Bacon and Jeremiah G. Harvey, and their son Francis Edmund Bacon, are all buried in the cemtery at Roberta, in Crawford Co., GA.


Jeffersonia and Francis Bacon were the subjects of a "complaint" by the other survivors and heirs of Benjamin Hawkins and Lavinia Downs, over the estate of Benjamin Hawkins.  It seems that much of the estate ended up in Jeffersonia and Francis' hands, and the other heirs sued to receive just compensation.   The outcome of the suit is not known to this writer, but the "complaint" can be found at:



      52.  John J. 'Jack' Pearson, born Abt. 1783 in VA or NC; died Bef. 08 Nov 1851 in Warren Co., NC.  He was the son of 104. Benjamin Pearson.  He married 53. Jane Mahoney 'Jenny' Harris Bef. 1806.

      53.  Jane Mahoney 'Jenny' Harris, born Bet. 1781 - 1785 in NC; died Aft. 1860 in Yalobusha Co., MS.  She was the daughter of 106. Capt. Isaac Harris and 107. Mary Mahoney.


Notes for John J. 'Jack' Pearson:

A tentative link to his presumed father, Benjamin Person or Benjamin Pearson, is based on the county (Brunswick) being cited in descendants records, and the Pearson / Person names living adjacent and intermarrying of North Carolina and Mississippi.


An 1811 Warren Co., NC Tax list includes these, in order:

Benjamin Pearson - 750 - 1 - 4

Joseph Harper - 125 - 1 - 2

Nancy Blanchard - 140 -  - 1

Stephen Marshall - 600 -  - 3

Lewis Clerk - 300 -  - 1

Eley Tucker -  - 1

John Pearson - 770 - 1 - 1


The 1814 Warren Co., NC tax list includes these families, in this order:

Henry Person 

Amey Person 

Priscilla Person 

John Pearson 

John B. Powell 

William Powell for Ruth Powell

Benjamin Pearson 




Notes for Jane Mahoney 'Jenny' Harris:

Note: As her husband's line of descent is speculative it is interesting to note that a Harris cousin assisted with the estate of a Henry Pearson (or Henry Person?) of Isle of Wight or Southampton Co., VA in 1754.


Her grandfather, William Mahoney, gave her a slave in his will (1795).  She received a portion of her father's estate (1808).


Children of John Pearson and Jane Harris are:

                           i.    Calista Bertha Pearson, born Abt. 1806 in Warren Co., NC; died Aft. 1860 in MS; married Thomas Milner Wynne Abt. 1829; born Abt. 1806 in near Louisburg, Franklin, NC; died Aft. 1850.


Notes for Calista Bertha Pearson:

In Leake Co., MS in 1860 census


Notes for Thomas Milner Wynne:

A Scotsman; his presumed parents are listed only because of the Milner surname & the date & location of each family.


        26              ii.    Isaac Overton Pearson, born 23 Oct 1808 in Warren Co., NC; died 11 Jan 1863 in Yalobusha Co., MS; married Sarah Jenkins 'Salley' Bailey 25 Oct 1831 in Halifax Co., NC.

                         iii.    Dr. Joseph J. Pearson, born Abt. 1809 in Warren Co., NC; died Aft. 1860 in Yazoo Co., MS; married Louisiana P. Young 29 Jul 1833 in Greene Co., AL; born Abt. 1815; died Aft. 1860 in Yazoo Co., MS.


Notes for Dr. Joseph J. Pearson:

"Joe, old Dr. Pearson, moved to Yazoo County, and his son Joe was as grand a rascal as ever breathed."  Corinne Harris Rust


Notes for Louisiana P. Young:

or Louisiana J. Young


                         iv.    Benjamin Waller Pearson, born Abt. 1815 in Warren Co., NC; died 1876 in DeSoto Par., LA; married Julia Emma Marsh 21 Jul 1835 in Greene Co., AL; born Abt. 1819 in Prairie Bluff, Wilcox, AL; died 1901 in DeSoto Par., LA.


Notes for Benjamin Waller Pearson:

Moved to DeSoto Parish, LA and was the largest slave holder in the Parish.


Notes for Julia Emma Marsh:

or born at Camden, AL


                          v.    Mary A. Pearson, born Abt. 1820 in Warren Co., NC; married Hugh Tomlinson.

                         vi.    Elizabeth L. 'Nan' Pearson, born Abt. 1825 in Warren Co., NC; died 1905 in Yalobusha Co., MS; married (1) Benjamin Hiram Myrick 1841 in Warren Co., NC; born 11 Mar 1822; died 15 Jan 1858; married (2) John W. Miller Abt. 1870; born Bef. 1825.



      54.  Richard Thomas Bailey, born 1781 in Fairfax Co., VA or Halifax Co., VA; died 1859 in Pine Valley, MS.  He was the son of 108. Thomas Bailey and 109. Rebecca <Unknown>.  He married 55. Mourning Whitehead 1809.

      55.  Mourning Whitehead, born Bet. 1789 - 1791; died 1865.  She was the daughter of 110. Thomas Whitehead and 111. Elizabeth Culpepper.


Notes for Richard Thomas Bailey:

Before 1800, Resided Loudoun Co., VA.   Bef. 1860 resided Yalobusha Co., MS.


Uncertain whether Richard Thomas Bailey was related to the Hayman Bailey and Dr. Thomas Bailey family from Maryland which resided in Yalobusha County.  A Thomas Bailey resided adjacent to Isaac Overton Pearson - they both received original land in Yalobusha County, MS around 1838, a few miles south of the current Water Valley, MS (near Velma).


Notes for Mourning Whitehead:

Lived 1860 census with Isaac Overton Pearson Jr. and Emaline Pearson, presumed to be his daughter.  The Whitehead and Bailey families resided close together in Halifax Co., NC.


Children of Richard Bailey and Mourning Whitehead are:

                           i.    Evelina F. Bailey, born Aft. 1809 in Halifax Co., NC.


Notes for Evelina F. Bailey:

Evelina and Emaline were probably the same person.


                          ii.    Richard Thomas Bailey, Jr., born Aft. 1809 in Halifax Co., NC.

                         iii.    Robert Williamson Bailey, born Aft. 1809 in Halifax Co., NC.

        27             iv.    Sarah Jenkins 'Salley' Bailey, born 08 Jan 1811 in Halifax Co., NC; died 03 Aug 1858 in Yalobusha Co., MS; married Isaac Overton Pearson 25 Oct 1831 in Halifax Co., NC.

                          v.    Elizabeth Whitehead Bailey, born 13 Dec 1811 in Halifax Co., NC; died 23 Jan 1867; married Asahel 'Asel' Vick 11 Mar 1828 in Halifax Co., NC; born 1792; died Bet. 1855 - 1856 in Nash Co., NC.


Notes for Asahel 'Asel' Vick:

or Asail Vick

Another Asa Vick was born Jul 1766 in Perquimins Co., NC to Benjamin Vick; This man or another Asa Vick was said to have been born abt 1814 in Nash Co., NC to Rahab, the wife of (unknown) Vick.


                         vi.    Louvenia Ann Mourning Bailey, born 06 Oct 1821 in Halifax Co., NC; died 05 Oct 1881 in Yalobusha Co., MS; married James Madison Rice Abt. 1842; born 25 Nov 1818 in Nash Co., NC; died 22 Jul 1892 in Yalobusha Co., MS.



      56.  John Davidson, born 15 Feb 1749/50 in Augusta Co., VA; died 25 Feb 1825 in Maury Co., TN.  He was the son of 112. Maj. John (Old John) Davidson Davison and 113. Jane <Unknown>.  He married 57. Ruth Clements 05 Sep 1770 in Augusta Co., VA.

      57.  Ruth Clements, born 04 Jan 1756 in Augusta Co., VA; died Abt. 1792 in Burke Co., NC.  She was the daughter of 114. Jacob Clements and 115. Mary Campbell.


Notes for John Davidson:

Reece's Chapel Cemetery (From Maury County, Tennessee Cemeteries, Vol. 1, compiled by Fred Lee Hawkins, Jr. pub. 1989) Davidson, John (15 Feb 1750 - 28 Feb 1825) Sacred to the Memory of John Davidson, who in the meridian of his life, zealously espoused the cause of freedom in the memorable struggle of 1776 and after securing Liberty to his posterity, retired and through a long life realized its Blessings in the peaceful pursuits of agriculture....At a good old age yielded to death and was here interred on the 25th of February 1825.


His father resided Chestnut Level, Lancaster Co., PA, and moved to Augusta Co., VA adjacent Tinkling Springs Presbyterian Church, where the names John Davison and Samuel Davison are listed as original "contributors" to its construction.  In 1748 his father resided Iredell Co., NC.  In 1807 John, known as "One-Eyed John" and / or "Columbia John" lived near Columbia, Maury Co., TN.  16 Jul 1751 was one incorrectly recorded birthdate, as it is the date of a cousin,  John Davidson, son of George Davidson and Margaret Ware.


Quoted from a DAR submission: "John Davidson received a grant of land in Tennessee for his service as private, North Carolina Line. He was born in Rowan County, N. C. [note: not necessarily so] ; died in Maury County, Tenn."


On September 16, 1820 the Tennessee General Assembly reaffirmed John Davison’s grant of 5,000 acres (Maury County Deed Book H, Entry 455.) Another entry (Book J) made three weeks after the above reads in part:

". . . the same John Davidson, for the natural love and affection which he hath and doth bear unto his son John Osimus Davisdson, and more especially for an din consideration of the sum of five shillings, does give 800 acres on Little Tombigby Creek and part of the same John Davidson’s 5000 acre survey. Witnesses, Vincent Ridley and E. E. Davidson." [Note: Vincent Ridley is also an uncle to Mark Freeman though his mom; John Osimus Davidson is a grandather on  his father's line.]


Old John Davidson (I) had already apportioned his land among his children: 466 acres to Whiteside when he married Ruth Malinda Clements Davidson; 900 acres to Ephriam Edward Davidson, 800 to John Osimus Davidson, plus 200 more to be administered for his stepmother, Francis Bateman (Benenoir, daughter of Revolutionary War soldier, Nathaniel Bateman); 400 to Paris Dooley, plus slaves for Cynthia, his daughter by Fanny Bateman; 120 acres to John Martin, husband of Mary.


On October 22, 1822 old John executed this deed:


. . . for natural love and affection, said John Davidson, hath and beareth unto the said Paris F. Dooley and also for the better maintenance, support, and livelihood of said Paris F. Dooley . . . 400 acres . . .


In December, 1822:

For natural love and affection I bear for my son, John Osimus Davidson, I give the tract of land on which I now reside, containing 200 acres (reserving to myself the occupancy and entire benefit of said premises during my natural life) and also a comfortable residence to my beloved wife, Fanny Davidson, if she survives me, during her widowhood, to be secure from molestation or disturbance of any kind from the said John Osimus Davidson . . .


His will:


I John Davidson of the county of Maury and state of Tennessee being advanced of age and infirm but of sound mind and disposing memory do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and following first I wish my body to be buried at the discretion of my Executor, hereafter appointed, my worldly Estate to be divided as follows, to wit, My Negro man Condon I give and bequeath to him and his heirs forever to Ruth Clements Davidson, daughter of Ephriam Edward Davidson I give a Negro boy named Albert to her and her heirs forever to Richard Whiteside son of my daughter, Ruth Clements Davidson Whiteside, I give my Negro boy William to him and his heirs and assigns forever to my beloved wife Francis [sic] I give and bequeath my Negroes Chilsy a woman Randal a Negro boy and a Girl named Gady which three Negroes I will to her and her heirs forever as her right and to be at her disposal, to John G. Davidson, son of my son, Thomas Davidson, Dec’d I give and bequeath a horse worth 80 dollars to B. C. Davidson, son of my son Thomas Davidson I give and bequeath a sorrel cold now claimed by him all ballence [sic] of my property I wish sold by my Executors and one third of which I give and bequeath to my wife to her proper use and behoof forever. I further wish my Executors to pay over a legacy by me bequeathed to my Children, Grandchildren, and other legal heirs if any not named in this one dollar each as a full distributive share of my Estate I do further nominate and appoint my son, John O. Davidson and my son-in-law, Paris F. Dooley Executors to this my last will and testament. And having full confidence in their integrity and honesty no Security is required of them as such, and lest a misunderstanding should take place as to the ballence [sic] of my Estate in the hands of my Executors, my will is that after the legacies named in this will is paid the ballence [sic] after paying all my just debts are paid I wish divided equally between the heirs of Thomas Davidson in right of their father, Andrew Neeley and Jane, his wife; Ephraim Edward Davidson; John Osimus Davidson; Paris F. Dooley; and Cynthia, his wife, share and share alike. I do by this my last will and testament disannul and make void all former wills by me made declaring this and this alone to be my last will and testament.

In testimony whereof I have hereto set my hand and seal this 15th day of June, 1824.

Signed, sealed, and disclosed in presence of

Joseph B. Porter, Jurat

John Mathews, Jurat JOHN DAVIDSON


This man has been described with both of the descriptions "One-Eyed John" [by a cousin] and "Columbia John".   The subject here is likely "Columbia John," having lived and died in Columbia, Maury Co., TN.


The story about a John D. Davidson marrying Nancy Brevard and being killed by Indians in 1781 is not about my ancestor.  That other family is in my file, but the facts are in dispute.  That John D. Davidson was probably born about 1750-1751.

Robert Stephens Hand attributes a birth date of 1744 to this John, based on a Tinkling Spring baptism of John, son of John Davidson and Jane on 24 Nov 1744 by Rev. John Craig.  That man was the son of another John and Jane which is quite a coincidence, and is listed in this file as John Davidson II.


Notes for Ruth Clements:

13 Jan 1788 is one reported death date, but two children were born after that date and before her husband's next known marriage in 1793.


Children of John Davidson and Ruth Clements are:

                           i.    Mary Davidson, born 1772; married John Gaston Martin; born Abt. 1767.

                          ii.    Jane Davidson, born 1774; died 1844 in Maury Co., TN; married Andrew Neeley Abt. 1810 in TN.


Notes for Jane Davidson:

resided on and died parental homestead Maury Co., TN


Notes for Andrew Neeley:

or Andrew Neely


                         iii.    Thomas Irwin Davidson, born 16 May 1776 in Rowan Co., NC; died 04 Jan 1824; married Mary Kennard 30 Jun 1803 in NC; born Abt. 1771; died 1844 in Natchez, Adams, MS.


Notes for Mary Kennard:

or Mary Kennedy


                         iv.    Lydia Davidson, born 1783; married (1) <Unknown> Carter; married (2) <Unknown> Williams.

                          v.    Ephraim Edward Davidson, born 12 Feb 1785 in Burke Co., NC; died 22 Sep 1850 in College Hill, Lafayette, MS; married Mary Brank 22 Oct 1807 in Paint Lick, KY; born 25 Dec 1789; died 25 Dec 1864 in College Hill, Lafayette, MS.


Notes for Ephraim Edward Davidson:

abt 1837, resided Lafayette Co., MS.  The 1850 census indicates he was born in Virginia.


Will of Ephraim Edward Davidson


In humble dependence upon Almighty God for life, and a willingness to lay it down when the summons of death may be coming soon to take it away; and realizing the certainty that all have to bow to the King of Kings when the appointed hour arrives, and confident of unmerited grace through the righteousness of Jesus Christ for a happy resurrection, I do make this, my last will and testament.


FIRST, My spirit I resign to its Great First Cause, the Lord Jehovah, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, and my body to its Mother Earth.


SECOND, My worldly substance I will and bequeath to my wife Mary Davidson during her lifetime, with the following exceptions, that is to say:


To my sons George and Edward I bequeath a servant boy to each when they marry or leave there [sic] mother, also one hundred and fifty dollars annually from the proceeds of crops that may be raised on my farm for their education.


To my son Abram I give my Negro man Jack and 140 acres of land where he now lives.


Also to my sons George W. and Edward C. and Junius, jointly and equally, 420 acres of land from the plantation on which I live, at their mother's death or when she may be willing to release it to them, it being my wish for them to live with there [sic] mother and have the business of the farm, attend to and divide the profits, paying from the joint stock the expenses of farming, tools, and overseeing.


To my son John Franklin Davidson I give in trust for my son Robert Brank Davidson one thousand dollars out of a judgment I have against Edward H. Chaffin of Columbia, Tennessee, the balance of the judgment to be his own.  To my son Curren I give in addition to what he has received my Negro boy Mack.


The property given my wife when what is above specified to my children is subtracted is to be at her death divided among all my children, to wit: John F. Davidson, Margaret Neely, Ruth C. Thompson, Robert Brank, Curren, Abram, Junius, George W., and Edward.


I appoint John F. Davidson, Robert B. Davidson, and Abram W. Davidson my executors, and would recommend for the interest of all concerned, if my present crop should be insufficient to pay all my debts, the sell all the surplus stock, keep all the hands together, and employ an overseer to raise a crop to meet the deficiency before they make any distribution.


I now bid the world with all its sorrows an difficulties farewell, with hopes of a blessed immortality.  Done this 26th November, 1847.


                                                                               Ephraim Edward Davidson


               Samuel J. Reid

               Zebina Conkey


        28             vi.    John Osimus Davidson, born 29 Jan 1790 in prob. Buncombe Co., NC; died 02 Dec 1856 in College Hill, Lafayette, MS; married Ruth Ragsdale 1814 in Hardeman Co., TN.

                        vii.    Ruth Malinda Davidson, born 1792; died 1847; married (1) Abraham Whiteside 04 Aug 1809; born Abt. 1788; died 1822; married (2) Col. Edward Chaffin Sep 1823; born 1791 in VA; died 1847 in Columbia, TN.


Notes for Abraham Whiteside:

He may have gone by Dr. Abram Whiteside.



      58.  Gabriel Ragsdale, born Abt. 1759 in prob. Halifax Co., VA; died 1797 in Buncombe Co., NC.  He was the son of 116. Daniel Ragsdale and 117. Phoebe <Unknown>.  He married 59. Mary Davidson Bef. 1791.

      59.  Mary Davidson, born Aft. 1749 in NC; died in TN.  She was the daughter of 118. Samuel Davidson and 119. <Unknown>.


Notes for Gabriel Ragsdale:

Killed by Indians while a member of the North Carolina legislature (1792-1797), while riding horseback to attend a legislature meeting.  May have been born in NC.


In 1792 Gabriel Ragsdale and Wm. Brittain were Buncombe's first representatives in the North Carolina House of Commons and they continued to hold those places in 1793, 1794 and 1795, by reelections.


Notes for Mary Davidson:

Mary may have moved to Hardeman Co., TN after her husband was killed, as her daughter was married there. Mary married 2nd Mr. Pittman and moved to Sumner Co., TN.


Children of Gabriel Ragsdale and Mary Davidson are:

                           i.    Samuel Ragsdale, born Abt. 1791; died Abt. 1845; married (1) Elizabeth Crockett; born Bef. 1798; died Abt. 1824; married (2) Mary T. 'Polly' Love 16 May 1832 in Monroe Co., MS; born Abt. 1803 in near Wytheville, Wythe, VA; died in Maury Co., TN.

                          ii.    Daniel W. Ragsdale, born 04 Feb 1791 in Buncombe Co., NC; died 25 May 1851 in Aberdeen, Monroe, MS; married Nancy Hayes Greer; born 11 Feb 1804 in GA.

        29             iii.    Ruth Ragsdale, born 18 Nov 1793 in NC; died 16 Jun 1870 in College Hill, Lafayette, MS; married John Osimus Davidson 1814 in Hardeman Co., TN.

                         iv.    Gabriel Blount Ragsdale, Jr., born Abt. 1795; died Abt. 1824; married Hester Runnels; born Aft. 1780; died 1824 in Monroe Co., MS.


Notes for Gabriel Blount Ragsdale, Jr.:

This death date and Monroe Co., MS were attributed to his father in one account



      60.  John Lawshe, born 14 Dec 1754 in Amwell, Hunterdon, NJ; died 08 Feb 1832 in prob. Lewisburg, PA.  He was the son of 120. Abraham von Laaschet and 121. Margaret Bechelsheimer.  He married 61. Eleanor Chamberlain 08 Sep 1779 in Hunterdon Co., NJ.

      61.  Eleanor Chamberlain, born 16 Sep 1761 in Hunterdon Co., NJ; died 04 Jul 1817 in prob. Lewisburg, PA.  She was the daughter of 122. Col. William Chamberlain and 123. Elizabeth Ten Broeck.


Notes for John Lawshe:

He grew up in Amwell, NJ and moved in 1786 to Cumberland Co., PA.  John owned a hotel / tavern in Lewisburg called "The Pennsylvania Arms" by 1800.


Notes for Eleanor Chamberlain:

listed on marriage license as Penelope Chamberlain (Nellie Chamberlain)


Children of John Lawshe and Eleanor Chamberlain are:

                           i.    Abraham Lawshe, born 16 Dec 1780 in NJ; married (1) Elizabeth Bailey 20 Nov 1806 in Jersey Shore, Lycoming, PA; born 20 Aug 1786; died 17 Jun 1823; married (2) Anna H. Hamilton 01 Jul 1824; born 05 Aug 1798; died 24 Oct 1884.


Notes for Abraham Lawshe:

An Abraham Lawshe married Sarah Stout.  See FTW disk 6.


                          ii.    Elizabeth Lawshe, born 1782; married (1) James Sheora; married (2) Isaac Bodine.

                         iii.    John B. Lawshe, born 15 Jul 1785; died 14 Sep 1845; married Mary Seitz 08 Sep 1805; born 29 Oct 1785; died 29 Jan 1888.

                         iv.    William C. Lawshe, born 29 Mar 1788 in Lewisburg, Union, PA; died 1865 in Poss. NY; married Sarah D. <Unknown>.


Notes for William C. Lawshe:

Moved from PA to Steuben Co., NY by 1830-1840 censuses.


        30              v.    Lewis Lawshe, born 17 Aug 1789 in Lewisburg, Union, PA; died 31 Aug 1879 in San Marcos, Hays, TX; married (1) Cherokee Hawkins 10 Aug 1819 in Jones Co., GA; met (2) <Unknown> Slave Bef. 1830.

                         vi.    Isaac Lawshe, born 1792; died 1805.

                        vii.    <Unknown> Lawshe


Notes for <Unknown> Lawshe:

One of the listed children of Eleanor Chamberlain is likely the father of William C. Lawshe of Bibb Co., GA.  Some indicate that he is older than shown, and in fact is the same man shown as William C. Lawshe born 29 Mar 1788.  Of course, it could as easily be his son.



Generation No. 7


      64.  Thomas James, born Bet. 1733 - 1741; died Bef. Feb 1811 in Pitt Co., NC.  He was the son of 128. Lemuel James.  He married 65. <Unknown>.

      65.  <Unknown>


Notes for Thomas James:

Thomas James may be the son of Lemuel James, Sr. and brother of Lemuel James, Jr.   A 1762 tax list puts Thomas in the same household as Lemuel Sr. at the same time that Henry and John are in the household of Lemuel Jr.  No deed has been found to prove the relationship, and no records of Lemuel James Sr. can be proven after 1762 (since they shared the same name & acquaintances, and the Sr. was not always used).  He was likely at least 21 years old in 1762.  He may have married twice (or more) as children appear to have been married up to twenty eight years apart.


Early James Records in Pitt Co (thanks to Sandy Hodges):


21 Oct 1782 | [grant] => Thomas James | 400 A. CB: Robert Daniel, Geo. Daniel | Bk.G-313


21 Oct 1782 | [grant] => George Daniel | 535 A. CB: Thomas James. Men.: John Cason, Robert Daniel | Bk.G-281

James, Absalom | | 1 male 16+ | 1762 Pitt tax list

James, Daniel | man 16+; 3 boys 0-16; female | 1790 census

James, Henry | 2 men 16+; boy 0-16; 3 females | 1790 census

James, Henry | in household of: James, Lamuel; with: John James | 3 males 16+ | 1762 Pitt tax list

James, John Jr. | man 16+; 2 boys 0-16; 2 females | 1790 census

James, John | 3 men 16+; 2 boys 0-16; 3 females | 1790 census

James, John | in household of: James, Lamuel; with: Henry James | 3 males 16+ | 1762 Pitt tax list

James, Joshua | 2 men 16+; 2 boys 0-16; 5 females | 1790 census

James, Lamuel | also in household: John James; Henry James | 3 males 16+ | 1762 Pitt tax list

James, Lance | 2 men 16+; 3 females | 1790 census

James, Lanck | also in household: Thomas James; John Whealer | 3 males 16+ | 1762 Pitt tax list

James, Lemuel | man 16+; 3 females | 1790 census

James, Lemuel | man 16+; 3 females | 1790 census

James, Matthew | man 16+; boy 0-16; 3 females; slave | 1790 census

James, Thomas | 2 men 16+; 2 boys 0-16; 5 females | 1790 census

James, Thomas | in household of: James, Lanck; with: John Whealer | 3 males 16+ | 1762 Pitt tax list

James, Thomas | man 16+; boy 0-16; female | 1790 census

James, William | man 16+; female | 1790 census

:  |     |--Mary Albritton  b. 24 Jan 1767--~1800:Pitt

:  |     |   :='86 Matthew James 1760: Pitt--19 Feb 1820


Thomas James is known to be the father of Daniel James due to the following deed & estate info:


Thomas James died intestate.  His land was divided equally to his heirs.

Enoch got his father, Daniel's share because Daniel had signed a deed selling it to him before the date of the land partition.  Thomas Daniels received the shares of Thomas James Jr, William James, and Charles Stewart Jr, & wife, Rachel, because they too had already sold their shares before the land was partitioned.  Deeds show that Holland, Nancy Measly(Mizelle?), Thomas Ames & wife Sarah, Isham Jolly & wife Elizabeth, and Robert, all sold their shares shortly afterward.  It is not certain when or if Noah James sold his land.


Division of lands: 89 A to Enoch James; Thomas Daniel purchased the shares of Thomas James, Charles Stewart and William James which was 240 A; 122 1/2 A to Noah James; 80 A to Sarah Ames and her husband, Thomas Ames; 146 A to Nancy james; 137 A to Robert James.


Note: Absalom James received a patent of land on 2 Mar 1761 in Beaufort County in St. Thomas Parish, on the w. side of Tranters Creek, joining John Buttler and Moses Dean; Jonathan Jolley's name is associated with the record.  On 10 Mar 1761, Joseph Jolley and Jesse Jolley, separately, received 400 and 450 acres near the same location, joining Lemuel Cherry, Thomas Holley and William Congleton, with Absalom James mentioned on one and joining Solomon James, Dennis Glisson and Francis Hobson on the other.  The names Congleton and Holley are associated with this Thomas James' family.


According to Lisa Delgado:

A grandson may be Buchanan James, Sr. who was born in North Carolina c.1790. He moved to Statesville, Wilson Co., Tennessee about 1810. He married Margaret "Peggy" McMinn Lewis c.1815 in TN. They had 13 children: Elizabeth Ann, Daniel, Catharine, Samuel, Enoch Henry, Buchanan Jr., Alvy (my ancestor), Richmond, Leander, Martha, Jane, Ellen Frances, and Rufus. Buchanan James Sr. bought land in Warren Co., TN on Jan. 16, 1832 from a William James.  Witnesses were Daniel James, James James, and Lutha James.  Thanks to: (Lisa James Delgado) Aug. 1998.


Earlier James Families in North Carolina (paraphrasing and extracting Mrs. Charles Lore, footnotes cited in article)

... Thomas James .. had 200 acres in Pasquotank County prior to 1700 and a Sarah James who married future Dep-Governor Alexander Lillington on 11 Jun 1668.

... a James family later represented in Pasquotank Co. by brothers, William and Edward.  These brothers, whose wills were filed in 1733 and 1721, respectively, were possibly sons of the previously-mentioned Thomas James.

In 1729 and John James is recorded as buying 25 acres of land in "Morratuck."  Wince this was an early name for the Roanoke River, this land must have been located north of the eventual site of Pitt County.  John James is subsequently recorded as a witness on wills in both Craven (1734 & 1739) and Beaufort Counties (1746).

The earliest James who can be proved to be in Pitt County (formed from Beaufort in 1760 and records destroyed in a fire in 1860) was Absalom James who had 185 acres surveyed for him on 27 Jun 1760 and received a grant of the same tract on 2 Mar 1761.  This land lays in the same vicinity as later James family grants in Pitt.  The later grants were all dated 21 Oct 1782, on which date there seems to have been a general granting of lands throughout Pitt County (the reason for this is obscure).

Among recipients of lands were the following:

Lemuel James - 100 ac and 80 ac surveyed 14 Feb 1781

Joshua James - 640 ac surveyed 10 Oct 1781

Henry James - 100 ac surveyed 10 Oct 1781

Thomas James - two 400 ac tracts, one surveyed 10 Oct 1781

John James - 50 ac surveyed 14 Feb 1781

Bounds recorded on the grants show that Joshua, Lemuel and Henry all lived adjacent to one another along the upper half of Hunting Run; John was just across Grindle Creek from them; and Thomas lived a short distance to the north of the first three.  All (except possibly Henry) had other lands in the vicinity.

Two other neighborhood James men were recorded as "chainbearers" for some of the above grants.  These were Matthew James (with Lemuel and John) and William James (with Joshua and Henry).

Eight years after these grants were issued, the census included 12 James families in Pitt County, including all 5 grantees of 1782, both chainbearers; namesakes (probably sons) of Lemuel, John, and Thomas, and two others: Lance James and Daniel James.  Lance may be short for Lancelot James, as Lancelot is also a name used by a (later) related family.

Daniel James ... born sometime between 1766 and 1770; he had a large family and was possibly married twice (unless married children were enumerated with his family); he seems to have been connected with Thomas James, Sr. (listed soon after Thomas Sr. and immediately before Thomas J. in 1790, and immediately after Thomas Sr. in 1800).

Another Daniel James left Pitt Co. in the 1780's to take up a land grant assigned to him by a member of the Cason family (another Hunting Run family), in Davidson Co., TN, where he was on a jury list as early as April, 1784.

Daniel James seems to have already had three sons and a daughter when his next child, Frederick James, was born on March 31, 1793.

Frederick James was already a local name, as Frederick James of Bertie County (1761-1818) had been an orphan at 7, served in the revolution, and died in Bertie Co. leaving a number of sons, at least one of which seems to have been living in Pitt Co. in 1820.  A relationship, if any, is not known.


From another source:

"Lemuel James is reputed to have settled along Grindle Creek in 1751, several years before John Whichard Sr. and his family, and it seems likely he was the taproot for the many branches of the James family who still live in the area..."


Pitt Co., NC Deeds involving some of the James who are likely related:


20 Apr 1745 | Patent Bk.5 pg.281 => George Cannon | 200 acres in Beaufort County on the S. side of Grindall creek | HC-3102 | sold to Lemuel James 20 Jul 1752


4 Mar 1761 | Granville bk.11 pg.53 => Ebenezer Folsom | 700 acres in Beaufort County in St Thomas Parish, joining the Great Pond, John Cason, Sassafras Pole Pocoson, Samuel James, Grindall Creek, the Great Meddow, James Barrow, Whitchard’s line, Cherrys line, Great Swamp, William Daniel Penkett, Edward Cannon and George May [Moye?] | BF-249


10 Mar 1761 | Granville bk.11 pg.57 => Jesse Jollet (Jolley?) | 450 acres in Beaufort County in St Thomas Parish on the E. side of flat Swamp, joining Dennis Glisson, Solomon James, Francis Hobson, and the sd. swamp | SCC: James Vance, William Knox | Wit: John Kennedy | BF-265


Mar 1764 | Edmund Kenedy => John Hodges, Jr. | 100 A; £—. Adj.: Lemuel James. Former owner: Ebenezer Folsom (Pat. 1761). Wit.: Archabald Adams, Jr. | Pitt Bk.C-68


1765 | John Barber => Lemuel James | 128 A; £75. Former owners: William Stafford (Pat), James Albriton (D), John Whichard (D). Wit.: John Jones, Thomas Pinkett | Pitt Bk.C-278


11 Mar 1740 | Patent Bk.5 pg.126 => William Casson | 200 acres in Beaufort County on the N. side of Grindal creek at the old Hunting Path, joining the Pocoson, a point that runs out of the creek, and the sd. creek | HC-2421 | given by D of G to Hillery Cason 1 Mar 1758, and 100 Ac. sold to Lemuel James 15 Mar 1775


Apr 1766 | Lemuel James => Henry Couper | 29 A; £20. Former owner: James Cason (Pat) | Pitt Bk.C-335


15 Mar 1775 | Samuel James => Hillery Cason | 128 A; £100. Former owner: William Stafford (Pat. 1740) | Bk.F-408 [Note: This William Stafford is Carolyn's ancestor!]


15 Mar 1775 | Hillery Cason (1758) => Lemuel James | 200 A; £100. Former owner: William Cason (1740), who made D of G to Hillery Cason. Wit.: John Jordan | Bk.F-289


May be the son of Lemuel James, Sr. and brother of Lemuel James, Jr. - tax records of 1762 suggest that the earlier one was associated with Thomas James at the same time as the younger was associated with Henry,


17 Jun 1775 | Richard Smith (BLAD) (D4769) => Daniel Williams | 150 A; £58. Former owner: John Johnston (Pat. 1740), Solomon James, Sen., Solomon James, Jr. Wit.: Daniel Clark | Pitt Bk.F-522


21 Oct 1782 | [grant] => John Cason | 550 A. CB: William James, Emanuel Daniel. Men.: Lemuel James, Henry Cason, Joseph James, Robert Daniel, John Jordan | Bk.G-179


21 Oct 1782 | [grant] => Henry Cason | 160 A. CB: John James, Mathew James. Men.: Lemuel James | Bk.G-192


13 Oct 1783 | [grant] => John Jordan | 240 A. CB: Joshua James, William James. Men.: Henry Cason, Lemuel James | Bk.G-460


6 Mar 1779 | John Hodges => Nathan Cherry, cooper | 200 A; £600. Former owner: Ebenezer Folsom (1761) | Bk.H-26 | SS Grindle Creek ; B Lemuel James corner tree a pine runing along said James line N,180P to a pine thence E,160P to a pine thence S,200P thence N85W to the FS | part of a tract or survey of land granted to Ebenezer Folsom by Earl Granvilles agents by deed bearing date may 20th 1761 & granted by said Folsom to me sd. Hodges & by sd. Hodges conveued to Edmund Kennedy & by the sd. Edmund Kennedy reconveyed to me sd. John Hodges.


13 Oct 1783, Bk G p 460, Grant to JOHN JORDAN, 240 ac N side of Tarr River and N side of Grindall Creek.....Henry CARSON's corner...Lemuel JAMES line.... George CANNON's corner.  Chain Carriers:  Joshua JAMES, Will JAMES


6 Jan 1787 | John Cherry => John Moore | 79 A + 6 A; £100. Former owner: Eleazer Cherry (Pat.1774 & 1777). Adj.: John Whichard. Wit.: John James, John Bowers | Pitt Bk.L-203


Notes for <Unknown>:

Could her surname be Holland or Buchanan or Perry?  One researcher indicates "Measly"


Children of Thomas James and <Unknown> are:

                           i.    Sarah James, married Thomas Ames.

                          ii.    Thomas James, Jr.

                         iii.    Elizabeth James, born Abt. 1782 in Prob. Pitt Co., NC; died Bet. 1850 - 1860 in Prob. Wilson Co., TN; married Isham 'Isom' Jolley Bef. 1800 in Pitt Co., NC; born 1773 in Pitt Co., NC; died 1868 in Wilson Co., TN.


Notes for Isham 'Isom' Jolley:

In many deeds, listed as Isom Jolly. includes many descendants.


                         iv.    Robert James

                          v.    Holland James


Notes for Holland James:

A later Holland James was of Humphres Co., TN and had a daughter, Nancy Fortner, who married James Richard Wright.  The surname of Holland was in Isle of Wight Co., VA and Bertie Co., VA prior to the James family residing in Pitt Co., NC.


                         vi.    Nancy James, married <Unknown> Measly.


Notes for <Unknown> Measly:

or (Unknown) Mizelle


                        vii.    Rachel James, married Charles Stewart, Jr..

                       viii.    Noah James, born Bef. 1798; died 12 Dec 1826; married Lydia Pugh Middleton 1818; born 01 Feb 1802 in Guilford Co., NC.


Notes for Noah James:

Noah James died at Alexander Hill's Mill


Notes for Lydia Pugh Middleton:

Lydia married 2nd Cuthbert Cheely


                         ix.    <Son> James, born Bef. 1770; married Bef. 1790.


Notes for <Son> James:

Land transactions and proximity lead some to believe that Buchanan James is a grandson of Thomas James, and possibly a son of Daniel.  He is likely very closely related and is included here in hopes some can help prove where he fits.  24 of 25 markers on a DNA test indicate a likely very close relationship between descendants of Harmon James and Buchanan James. (2006)


        32              x.    Daniel James, born Bet. 1760 - 1770 in Prob. Pitt Co., NC; died Bef. Jun 1836 in Pitt Co., NC or Cannon Co., TN; married <Unknown> Bef. 1790.

                         xi.    William James, born 27 Apr 1782 in near Greenville, Pitt, NC; died 20 May 1840 in Woodbury, Cannon, TN; married Clarissa Smith; born Aft. 1782 in Suffolk Co., VA; died 1856 in Woodbury, Cannon, TN.


Notes for William James:

"In 1817 they traveled to Rutherford Tennessee to buy land in Woodbury because Isham Cherry had left Woodbury Tennessee.  He bought 118 acres from Isham Cherry.  When his son John Marshall James was 21 years he gave him 35 acres."  Thanks to: Martha James Oct 1999 Billie Racken descends from William and his son Robert and concludes William is a brother of Daniel James.  March 2002  John Marshall James was known to be one of seven children, from his correspondence.


                        xii.    <Son> James


Notes for <Son> James:

One of the sons of Thomas James may be the father of Thomas James who married Nancy Heath.  Other James family members married other Heath family members.  The name Perry is a middle name in several branches.  This could easily be Daniel James.



      68.  Reuben Harrell, born Bef. 1750 in NC; died Aft. 1809.  He was the son of 136. Henry Harrell and 137. Rachel Wimberly.  He married 69. Margaret <Unknown>.

      69.  Margaret <Unknown>


Notes for Reuben Harrell:

Reuben was mentioned in a deed between his brothers, John and Benjamin, in 1785. It suggests he was at that time still on land he had inherited from his father. He was not located in Bertie or Gates County for the 1787 State census or the 1790 Federal census. Yet on June 30, 1809, Reuben's brother, Benjamin, named him as an executor in his will.


The Pitt Co., NC 1800 census indicates John, Michael and Reubin Harrell living in the county, with John living adjacent to Reuben.  Reuben was over 45, as was his wife, and had two daughters and five slaves in the household.


Did he also have sons Zachariah Harrell and John Harrell, who moved to Anson Co., NC?


Pitt Co. NC deeds prove that Michael / Micajah Harrell of Pitt Co NC (he's enumerated there in 1800 and 1820) was a son of R. S. Simon Harrell of Edgecombe Co NC > Warren Co GA.  Simon was a son of Thomas Harrell d Edgecombe 1763.


Notes for Margaret <Unknown>:

Halifax Co., NC will  #853 p.549 James Cain 28 Aug 1809 / May Ct 1814; son Joseph: son Joseph children land in Martin Co. formerly belonging to my son John Cain; son John; Son James, Son Levi Cain land adj Thomas Drew; son Eliga Cain land purch of Thomas Watson adj Watson & Hopgood; wife Precilla Cain; son Asall Cain; dau Mary Bryan; dau  leaves to her 2 ch Ruth & William (no last name); dau Charity; grson James Harrell and dau Ann Cain. Wit. Thomas Weathersby, James C. Morriss.

Exrs. sons Eliga and Asall & Thomas Weathersbee.  (Not certain how closely related is the James Harrell mentioned here)


Children of Reuben Harrell and Margaret <Unknown> are:

                           i.    Mills Harrell, born Bef. 1768; died Abt. 1820 in Anson Co., NC.


Notes for Mills Harrell:

Mills Harrell's undated will in Anson County, NC, lists sons Abraham, Isham, David, and Isaac; heirs of Josiah Harrell; and daughters Nancy, Horn, Rody, and Clara.


Grantor Deed Book P-Q page 115 Nov 1808 Peter USSERY to Mills Harrell land on Brown Creek; Johnson survey; s/Peter Ussery; Wit: Isham Cherryl Josiah Harrell.


To the Surveyor of Said County, Greeting.

Pursuant to an entry made in my office No. 411 Dated the 11th March 1809, you are hereby required to Survey and lay off for Robert Ussery four hundred Acres of land joining his own, John Harrell and Andrew Mills. Given under my hand at office the 11th June 1809.


Not certain that Mills is a son of Reuben Harrell, but descendants were in Anson Co. and intermarried with Rushing kin, as did James Harrell's descendants.


        34              ii.    James Harrell, born Bef. 1770 in NC; died Bef. 06 Jan 1823 in Jasper Co., GA; married (1) Agnes White Abt. 1790 in Prob. Anson Co., NC; married (2) Elizabeth White Bef. 1823.

                         iii.    <Daughter> Harrell

                         iv.    Nancy Harrell, born Bef. 1785; married Thomas Horn; born Abt. 1780.


Notes for Nancy Harrell:

Speculative link - not proven to be a daughter as shown.



      70.  Joseph White, Jr., born 31 Mar 1735 in New Castle, DE; died Bef. Jul 1807 in Anson Co., NC.  He was the son of 140. Joseph White and 141. Margaret Leeth.  He married 71. Sarah Headley 10 Jun 1765 in Presbyterian Church, Churchville, Bucks Co., PA.

      71.  Sarah Headley, born 02 Jan 1737/38 in Bucks Co., PA.  She was the daughter of 142. John Headley and 143. Hannah Bidgood.


Notes for Joseph White, Jr.:

A letter from a descendant to her niece, apparently relying on a family Bible, indicates he was born in Scotland.


He was a planter, as was his father, each owning slaves to produce cotton and possibly tobacco on several tracts of land that seldom adjoined their home tract.


(Info from Will of Joseph White)

Last Will and Testament



In the name of our Lord, Amen.  I,  Joseph White of Anson County, State of North Carolina being of sound and perfect mind and memory, blessed be God,  on this twenty first day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and five make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form as follows to wit..  [February 21, 1805]


First that I give my soul to almighty God that gave it and my body to the ground to be buried in decent and Christian like manner.


Item:  I lend to my loving wife, Sarah White,  seven Negroes known by the following names, Tom, Tuck, Luces, Febe [Phoebe], Olive, Hannah, and Charles, also the Plantation and track of land whereon I now live, also all my horses, cattle, hogs, and sheep.  Plantation utensils and household and kitchen furniture during her widowhood or lifetime then to be disposed of as follows:


Item:  I give and bequeath to my son George White one Negro fellow, Tom to him and his heirs forever.

Item:  I give and bequeath to my son John White one Negro woman by the name of Nan to him and his heirs forever.

Item:  I give and bequeath to my son Henry White ________________________________

Item:  I give and bequeath to my son Ruben White one Negro girl named Millerrey to him and his heirs forever.

Item:  I give an bequeath to my Daughter Agnes Harrell one Negro Luce to her and her heirs forever.

Item:  I give and bequeath to my son James White one Negro boy by the name of Tom to him and his heirs forever.

Item:  I give and bequeath to my son Joel White Twelve Pounds ten shillings which he borrowed of me to him and his heirs forever

Item:  I give to my grandsons, Joseph and Joel White, sons of Joel White one Negro girl named Polly.  She and her increase to be equally divided between them and their heirs forever.

Item:  I give and bequeath to my Daughter Jemima Shepherd one Negro Phebe to her and her heirs forever.

Item:  I give and bequeath to my son Isaiah White one Negro boy named Charles to him and his heirs forever.

Item:  I give and bequeath to my son Zachariah White after the death of my wife ,  all of my land and plantation where I now live on Big Brown Creek and two Negroes Tuck and Olive.

Item: I give and bequeath to my grand children of the sons and daughters of Joseph White in the State of Georgia as follows:

To the three sons fifty dollars each and to the three daughters thirty dollars each to be raised out of that part of my Estate which I have lent to my wife consisting of my horses, cattle, hogs, sheep household and kitchen furniture and plantation utensils and the residue of said Estate after the death of my wife to be equally divided amongst all my children to wit George White, John White, Henry White, Ruben White, James White, Joel White, Agnes Harrell, Jemima Shepherd, Isaiah White, and Zachariah White to  [them and their heirs forever. ?]


I hereby constitute and appoint my sons George White, John White and Ruben White Executors to this my last will and testament revoking and [annulling ?] all former wills and testaments in writings whereof  I have hereunto set my hand and seal this day and date above written.


Signed, sealed and delivered in  Presence of us as the last will and testament of the said Joseph White.


                                                                  signed  Joseph… J White…

                                                                   his mark and signature and seal..


J Battle

Ziba Barber

Thomas Atkinson

Martha White



Quit Claim Deed in Anson Co., NC

"January 9 1808 Reuben White, Henry White, George White, Agnes Harrell, James White, Zachariah White, Isaiah (Josiah) White, Thomas Shepherd, James Harrell, and Joel White, legatees of Joseph White deceased to John White; the heirs quit claim to John White 2 Negroes, Sam and Jude, born after the father's will and before his death."  All signed, Witness Isham Davis.


Note: an Ephraim White lived in Bertie Co., NC and married Sarah Hardy, who was born 12 Apr 1759 in Bertie Co., NC, they married 20 Oct 1780.  Could he be related?


Note: Edey White married William Harrell about 1790 in (prob. Bertie Co.), NC


The White family may have been in Bertie Co. or Pitt Co., NC for some years before 1783-1796, as daughter Agnes married James Harrell of Pitt Co.; their daughter Sarah Harrell married David James of Pitt Co.  Alternately, James Harrell could have moved to Anson Co. by 1783 and returned to Pitt Co. to marry his sweetheart some years later.


Notes for Sarah Headley:

or Sarah Headly

Sarah Headley is listed by some as the daughter of John Headley b 1707 and Hannah Bidgood and, if so, the John Headley listed in NC is likely a brother or cousin.


Joseph White's marriage (license date) to Sarah Headley is on a list furnished by the Presbyterian Archives in Philadelphia, PA.  The Presbyterian Synods of both Philadelphia and New York furnished travelling missionaries for North Carolina from 1755 to 1770 when the state was given its own Presbytery.  Churchville is about 5 miles southeast of Neshaminy.

Dutch Reformed Church of North & Southampton, 1738-1804


Children of Joseph White and Sarah Headley are:

                           i.    Reuben White, born 15 Oct 1768 in poss. Anson Co., NC; died 22 Sep 1818 in Dallas Co., AL; married Elizabeth Harrell Bef. 1805; born 1775 in Anson Co., NC; died 01 Jun 1853 in Lowndesboro, Lowndes, AL.


Notes for Reuben White:

Will of Reuben White

22nd day September 1817

"In the name of God Amen I Reuben White of the county of Anson and State of North Carolina being of perfect mind and memory but being in a low state of health and calling to mind the shortness and uncertainty of life do by these presents constitute this my last will and testament in the manner and form following after resigning my body to the grave and my soul to the disposal of Almighty God.  I dispose of my worldly effects as follows (viz.)  I leave to my beloved wife Elizabeth White three Negroes known by the following names Cate & Bob & Hannah and ten head of cattle th echoice of my stock and thirty head of hogs and one horse named Dick and one mare named Doll two beds and furniture and such property my household furnature and working tools as my executors may think she stands in need of during her natural life and at her death the following property to be sold and the money arising to be equally divided amongst my children that are now living.  Item 2 I leave to my daughter Delilah Jackson my 2 negroes Lucy and her child Moses during her natural life and no longer after her death them and their increase to be equally divided between the heirs of her body.  Item 3 I place in trust of my Executors hereafter named the sum of 250 dollars to be by them loaned out at interest for the benefit of my granddaughter Judeth Perry Crawford until she shall become of lawful age and to be by them paid over to her at such time or in case of her death before she may arrive at lawful age, the said sum then disposed of to be equally divided amongst my children and their heirs that are now living.  Item 4th I place in the hands of my executors to be hereafter named the sum of 1500 dollars to be by them invested in lands that are or hereafter may be sold in the Alabama Territory for the benefit of my three sons David White, Joseph Allen White and John Philips White the titles whereof to be taken in the names of said David White Joseph Allen White and John P White jointly and to be divided amongst them equally when they or either of them may become of lawful age and in case either of the said children David, Joseph A or John P White should die before they arrive at lawful age then the lands thus procured to be equally divided amongst the survivors.  Item 5th I give all my estate boath real and personal that hath not been disposed of to my following children Jane Sinclair, David White, Patsey White, Elizabeth L. White, Joseph A. White, and John P. White to be equally divided amongst them provided always Oran Sinclar the husband of said Jane Sinclare shall render a just and true account of what they have heretofore received which is to be deducted from their share.  I do hereby constitute and appoint my three brothers James White, Josiah White, and Zachariah White as my Executores ..."

"22nd Day of September 1817"


Notes for Elizabeth Harrell:

She is said to be the daughter of a James Harrell, no further information or sources.


Elizabeth married 2nd Rev. James Holly or Rev. James Holley.  Elizabeth, if she is a Harrell, is likely closely related to James Harrell, who had a daughter Elizabeth (but this Elizabeth has a spouse & children that preclude her from also marrying Reuben White or Rev. Holly.)


More About Elizabeth Harrell:

Burial: Oakview Cem., Lowndesboro, Lowndes, AL


        35              ii.    Agnes White, born 17 Nov 1771 in Anson Co., NC; died Bef. 1823; married James Harrell Abt. 1790 in Prob. Anson Co., NC.

                         iii.    James White, born 19 Dec 1773 in Anson Co., NC; married (1) Agnes Harrell Abt. 1805; born Bef. 1789; married (2) Penelope Benton 01 Apr 1819.


Notes for James White:

Wilcox Co., AL census 1820, near James Holly, who married Reuben White's widow, Elizabeth Harrell.



Is this the James White who married Sarah Mary Totty (of the Union Co., SC family), in 1823 in Greene Co., GA?  Note that at least one of James's siblings is said to have gone to Greene Co., and likely other relatives.  Sarah Mary Totty was the daughter of Abner Totty, Jr. and Mary White (not thought to be related to this White family).  James White was listed in different census records as born in VA or NC.  Mike descends from the James White / Totty line (Nov 2005)


                         iv.    Zachariah White, born 23 Apr 1775 in Anson Co., NC; married (1) <Unknown> Abt. 1803; married (2) Sarah Rosser 1812; born Abt. 1787 in NC; died Aft. 1860 in AR.


Notes for Zachariah White:

It was likely his uncle that married Susanna Benson in 1805.  He likely had an earlier marriage than that to Sarah Rosser in 1812.


Notes for Sarah Rosser:

1860 Carouse, Hempstead Co. ARK (no date), Albany Post Office, Dwelling 927 (Pg. No. crossed out) William Caudle, 38, farmer, 1600 and 3223 (Values), TN Ruthe, age 36, TN Malissa E., age 14, ARK  (d/o Ruth and B. McClausey) Francis A., (girl), age 9, ARK James S. W., age 7, ARK John D., age 5, ARK Robert A., age 1, ARK SARAH WHITE, age 73, NC


                          v.    Joel White, born Aft. 1775 in Anson Co., NC; died in Perry Co., TN; married Sarah <Unknown>; died Aft. 1850 in Poss. Nacogdoches Co., TX.


Notes for Joel White:

Joel White's father gave to his sons, Joseph & Joel, Jr. a slave girl named Polly.  The boys later, in Nacogdoches Co., TX in the 1750's, deed the slave to their mother.


Notes for Sarah <Unknown>:

Sarah White was living next door to her daughter, Elizabeth B. White and husband, Asa Moore, in Nacogdoches Co, TX in 1850. Sarah White had 3 or 4 children living with her whose surname was HARRELL. She was too old to be their mother -- likely a grandmother or even great grandmother. They ranged in age from 15 years on down.  Thanks to: Pam Phillips, Oct 2003.


                         vi.    Jemima White, born Aft. 1776 in Anson Co., NC; married Thomas Shepherd 1805 in Anson Co., NC; died Bet. 22 Jul 1810 - Oct 1811 in Anson Co., NC.


Notes for Thomas Shepherd:

or Thomas Sheppard or Thomas Shepperd.

Thomas' Will: "being weak of body but of sound mind & memory 22 July 1810 leaves his beloved companion Jemina the farm where I now live. At the expiration of her widowhood to be divided amongst my children". Exec. Wm. Sheppard, Henry White, witness; Wm. Mendenhall & Benjamin Ashcraft. Probate Oct. 1811. On the 1800 Anson County, NC. census he is listed with 2 boys under 10, 1 girl and 1 slave.


                        vii.    Josiah White, born Aft. 1777 in Anson Co., NC; died in Perry Co., TN.



      76.  Eleazer Birkhead, Jr., born Abt. 1737 in Anne Arundel Co., MD; died 1834 in Denton, Davidson, NC.  He was the son of 152. Eleazer Birkhead and 153. Johanna Naylor.  He married 77. Elizabeth Nutwell Abt. 1765 in Anson Co., NC.

      77.  Elizabeth Nutwell, born Abt. 1748 in Anne Arundel Co., MD; died 1834 in Davidson Co., NC.  She was the daughter of 154. Elias Nutwell.


Notes for Eleazer Birkhead, Jr.:

Eleazer Birkhead, Jr. (later spelled Burkhead) appears in the Beaverdam Creek area of what is now Davidson Co., NC as early as 13 July 1774.  The Anson County Court on that date ordered Walter Ashmore to be overseer of a road from "Moore's Ferry to Beaver Dam Creek"  Moore's Ferry was apparently in Anson County and adjacent to then Rowan County.  Eleazer was named 21st among the 23 designated hands, suggesting that he was already resident in the vicinity of the terminus of the road.

Eleazer appears in the 1778 Rowan County Tax List with property valued at £180.  On 8 August of that year, he appears in the County Court minutes as a "nonjuror," i.e. a citizen who refuses to take an oath.  There were dozens of nonjurors listed in Rowan County at the time and this refusal probably indicates the family's Quaker religion; however, it may have reflected Loyalist sentiments, which was not uncommon during these early years of the American Revolution.

Refusing to take an oath apparently did not affect Eleazer's good standing as a citizen.  On 10 December 1778, he entered 400 acres of land described as being "on the main branch of the Beaverdam Creek, on the south side of Rich Mountain, lying above the Mulberry Ford, and running a south course each side of the creek adjoining Richard Loflin's line."  The property was surveyed five years later on 19 April 1783 and the patent was issued 4 November 1784.  According to North Carolina State Grant #924, he was charged the going rate of 50 shillings per 100 acres, which amounted to £10 for the entire tract.  He entered another 100 acres " ... on the waters of Beaverdam Creek on the south side of his own home tract ..." on 7 February 1799 and the patent was issued 18 December of that year.  On 30 January 1801, Eleazer (written Ebenezer) Burkhead sold to Burrel Wood, the husband of his daughter Margaret, 100 acres of his Beaverdam property for £54.  The transaction was proved in the County Court at its November 1804 session by James Burkhead.

The 1794 Rowan County Tax List of "Capt. Davis of Bald Mountain District" which was in the southern part of present-day Davidson county, shows Eleazer (written Elijah) as the owner of 500 acres of land and he was assessed for one white poll; his sons Eleazer III and James were heads of their own households and were also assessed for one white poll each.  In the 1796 tax list, Elazer Sr.'s assessment was reduced to 450 acres.  He and his family appear consistently in the censuses of Rowan County from 1790 through 1820 and in Davidson County in 1830, it having been formed in 1822.  He is said to have died there in 1834.

Thanks to Duane Wilson March 2000.


Note; Presumed daughter Elizabeth, said to have been married to Azel Rush, may have been the daughter of another couple and had the surname Beckerdite.  She has been detached from this family.


Notes for Elizabeth Nutwell:

or Elizabeth Nutall.  "The identity of Eleazer's wife Elizabeth Nutwell is well established by her origins and ancestry have not been determined."  The ancestors listed are speculative.


Children of Eleazer Birkhead and Elizabeth Nutwell are:

        38               i.    James Meyer Burkhead, born Abt. 1767 in Anson Co., NC; died 07 Mar 1859 in near Mooresville, Moore Co., NC; married Charity Muse 13 Jul 1790 in Moore Co., NC.

                          ii.    Eleazer Birkhead III, born 1773 in Anson Co., NC; died 1839 in McNairy Co., TN; married Elizabeth Muse 1793; born 05 Aug 1774 in Cumberland Co., NC; died 1850 in TN.

                         iii.    Leven Burkhead, born Abt. 1775 in NC; died 26 Aug 1843 in McNairy Co., TN; married Martha Dickerson Abt. 1811 in Moore Co., NC; born Abt. 1780 in NC.


Notes for Leven Burkhead:

or Levin Burkhead


                         iv.    Margaret Burkhead, born Abt. 1777 in Rowan Co., NC; died Abt. 1850 in Davidson Co., NC; married Burrell Wood 08 Aug 1796 in Rowan Co., NC; born 04 Apr 1770; died 01 May 1847 in Davidson Co., NC.

                          v.    William Burkhead, born 01 Apr 1785 in Rowan Co., NC; died 06 Mar 1879 in Jackson Hill, Davidson, NC; married Frances Ward Harris 1807 in Rowan Co., NC; born 01 Oct 1790 in Randolph Co., NC; died 1873 in Davidson Co., NC.

                         vi.    Lingrum S. Birkhead, born Abt. 1787 in Rowan Co., NC; died Oct 1872 in Yazoo Co., MS; married (1) Margaret 'Martha' Cotton 1827 in Concord Twp., Randolph, NC; born 1811 in Concord Twp., Randolph, NC; died Abt. 1835; married (2) Susanna Tadlock 19 Jun 1835 in Randolph Co., NC; born Abt. 1811 in NC.


Notes for Lingrum S. Birkhead:

or Lingurn Burkhead; did he die in Concord Township, Randolph Co., NC?


                        vii.    Martha 'Patsy' Burkhead, born Abt. 1789 in Rowan Co., NC; died 08 Feb 1845 in Randolph Co., NC; married Harmon Andrews Abt. 1809 in NC; died 09 Aug 1857.

                       viii.    McKindree Burkhead, born in Rowan Co., NC.


Notes for McKindree Burkhead:

or Kindred Burkhead or Kindrick Burkhead.



      78.  Capt. James Muse, Jr., born 02 Jan 1733/34 in Prince William Co., VA; died Bet. 10 Jun 1780 - 19 Jan 1782 in Cumberland Co., NC.  He was the son of 156. James Muse and 157. Sophia Pope.  He married 79. Charity Braswell 27 May 1755 in NC.

      79.  Charity Braswell, born 05 Apr 1739; died Bet. 1817 - 1818 in of Cumberland Co., NC.  She was the daughter of 158. Joseph Braswell and 159. Sarah Kindred.


Notes for Capt. James Muse, Jr.:

James Muse Jr. was a captain of light horse in McDonalds Tory army."  Source: "History of Moore Co, NC"  by Blackwell P. Robinson

A Tory in the Rev. War, he was sent away to England and then returned to Cumberland County, NC where he left a will.


The Children of James and Charity Muse are proven by will. Will of James Muse, 10 June 1780, proved 19 Jan 1782, Cumberland Co, NC.  (He died in 1780)


Excerpted from "Miscellaneous Ancient Records of Moore County, N. C." by Rassie E Wicker published in 1971, pp. 323-324: "MUSE--James Muse, Sr. came down from Virginia and settled on the south side of Deep River, above the mouth of McLendon's Creek in 1755, upon a tract of land purchased of James Barton.  He died here, his will being dated 30 March, 1758.  He lists James, Thomas and Daniel as his sons.  James (Jr.) and perhaps all his brothers came down on McLendon's Creek in the vicinity of Carthage.  James, the most active of these, immediately began the entry of many tracts of land on McLendon's Creek, Killet's Creek and that general area, and purchased others.  In February, 1776, he joined the "McDonald" Army, and was captured at Moore's Creek.  He eluded his captors somewhere on their trek to Philadelphia, and returned home.  He evidently took the oath, as he remained in the county afterwards.  His wife, Charity, believed by the writer to be Charity Dickerson (this is an error, as James Muse married Charity Brazille or Braswell), the daughter of Robert Dickerson, who was a near neighbor of the elder James Muse's family on Deep River, was awarded by the Moore Court, the Cross Hill house and lands which James, Jr had sold to Dr. Alexander Morrison, and which was confiscated on account of Morrison's part in McDonald's Army.  It is the writer's opinion that she made this place her home during her latter days.  Jesse Muse, son of James, Jr, married a daughter of George Glasscock, and seems to be the ancestor of the Carthage branch of the family.  The exact location of James Jr's home has long eluded a long search by the writer.  It was probably at or near the present crossing of NC Rt. 27 of McLendon's and Killet's Creeks."


The Will Of James Muse, Jnr.


In the name of God amin


I James Muse of the County of Cumberland and province of North Carolina, planter in perfect health of body and memory thanks to God, calling unto Mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my lastwill and testament. That is to say principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul to God that gave it and my body I recommend to earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of myexecutors, Nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same by the mighty power of God. And as Touching suchthings as Worldly estate therewith it has pleased God to bless me within this life I give and devise and dispose of in the following mannerand form.


First I lend to Charity, my beloved wife, the manor house and plantation wherein I now live with all the household furniture and stock of all kind to be kept for the use of the family and schooling the children after her decease, the household furniture and stock tobe sold at pubic sail with 12 months credit with approved security and the money thence arising to be equally divided amongst all my children except my son Daniel and James and my daughter Ferriba which has already received their full part of the household goods and stock.


Item I give to my son Daniel Muse, three hundred acres of land by the name of the front land and one hundred fifty acres joyning that same called the spring land with that I have already given him to be hisfull part of my estate. Likewise, I give and bequeath to my son, James Muse, the plantation where one he now lives and the land there unto belonging and 150 acres joyning called striblings folly with what I have already given him to be his full part of my estate. [Note Stribling reference: A descendant has a link to a Stribling]