Notes

Notes

[NI00006] Chester Edmond Fisher in his own words:
My earliest memory is of crawling through a big hole in the screen door of a house we were moving into in Bemis, TN.
The first book I read was Western Stories magazine.
In school, I was always making the grade. Having an older sister, Bea, who had already had the lessons made some school work easier but it got me in trouble once. The assignment was to write a story and mine was good. It went something like this: A little girl was pushing her baby brother down the sidewalk in a buggy when she met a boy carrying a puppy. The boy asked her what was in the buggy and she said it was her baby brother. The boy asked why she didn't let the baby walk and she said he was too young. The boy said "How can that be? How old is he?" She told him the baby was four months old and much too young to walk. "That's silly", the boy said, "My puppy is only three months old and he walks fine." "Yeah", said the girl, "But your puppy has twice as many legs."
The story got a chuckle out of the class, but the teacher remembered it and asked if I had a sister named Beatrice.
The first movie I saw was Elmo the Mighty starring Elmo Lincoln.
As a kid, I had fun playing with a lariat rope. Also swimming and fishing.
My favorite food is hamburgers.
My favorite musical group and individual artist of all time is Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys.
If I could spend 30 minutes with anyone, past or present, I would spend it with my Grandpa, Grey Roark. He use to be the janitor and general handyman at the school in Bemis. When the teacher caught me playing with anything I wasn't suppose to be messing with in school, she would take it away and say that I would get it back at the end of the term. Well I'd ask Grandpa if I could help him clean up the school house and he would let me empty trash cans or clean blackboards. But when he wasn't looking, I'd get into the teacher's desk and take back anything that might have been confiscated. As far as I know, the teacher never missed the items and Grandpa never knew.
I remember my Father fishing, possum hunting and always working hard.
I remember my Mother taught me how to cook cornbread and other things.
If I could pass on only one thing I've learned to my children, it would be always think straight.
One hundred and fifty years from now, I want family members to know to keep good records. There are so many things that could be shared with the family now if we had recorded the events of our lives better.
Chester E. Fisher 1998

Granddaughter, Marci Todd Pryse writes:
MY GRANDPA FISHER IS THE GREATEST MAN I HAVE EVER KNOWN. HE HAS TAUGHT ME VERY VALUABLE LESSONS IN LIFE. I OFTEN QUOTE HIM. IN FACT, MANY PEOPLE TIRE OF MY ENDLESS STORIES OF MY GRANDPA. BUT, GREAT MEN ARE OFTEN QUOTED.

HE TAUGHT ME HOW TO MAKE THE BEST HAMBURGERS IN THE WORLD. HE ALSO TAUGHT MY HUSBAND MIKE. THERE ARE TWO SECRETS INVOLVED. FIRST, IT'S HOW YOU FRY THE PATTY. IT'S ALWAYS BEST TO USE A CAST-IRON SKILLET THAT HAS PREVIOUSLY BEEN USED TO FRY BACON. THEN YOU PLACE A SLICE OF AMERICAN CHEESE ON THE PATTY WHILE STILL IN THE PAN, THEN PLACE
THE BUN ON TOP. ALLOW THE EDGES OF THE BUN TO BROWN A LITTLE THEN REMOVE FROM HEAT. THE SECOND SECRET IS IN THE ASSEMBLY. PUT MUSTARD ON THE BOTTOM BUN FOLLOWED BY ONIONS (THINLY SLICED), PICKLES AND THEN LETTUCE AND TOMATO. TRUST ME, IT'S THE BEST POSSIBLE HAMBURGER.

ANOTHER VALUABLE LIFE LESSON HE GAVE ME IS LOVE. UNCONDITIONAL LOVE. PURE LOVE, AGAPE LOVE, LIKE THE LOVE OF CHRIST TOWARD ALL MAN-KIND. PAST IS PAST; TOMORROW MAY NEVER COME; ALL WE HAVE IS NOW. HE IS THE ONE WHO SHOWED ME SO MANY 0F THE BIBLE'S PASSAGES THAT TEACH TO DO WHAT YOU CAN; IF YOU ARE PERSECUTED OR RIDICULED THEN FORGIVE. THEN, BRUSH THAT SAND OFF YOUR SANDALS AND MOVE ON. IF YOU'RE GOING THROUGH HELL, DON'T STOP. BRUSH YOURSELF OFF AND KEEP MOVING. WITHOUT THIS PARTICULAR LESSON IN LIFE, I DON'T KNOW WHERE I'D BE RIGHT NOW.

I LOVE HIM SO MUCH. BEFORE I ASK: " WHAT WOULD JESUS DO?", I ASK: " WHAT WOULD GRANDPA FISHER DO?". YOU KNOW, THEY USUALLY ANSWER THE SAME.

Marci Pryse 2001

[NI00007] Martha Anderson Fisher could have dedicated her life to things other than being a wife and mother. She was as pretty as any movie actress and as smart as any business executive. A childhood disrupted by frequent moves created a special bond between her and her sisters and brothers and gave her a vision of a more stable lifestyle for her own children. She worked hard throughout her life to make that vision a reality. She raised her children while holding down a full-time job years of which were spent on the night shift. But there was always a meal prepared and there was always time to take care of the business of being a mother. Like the time she went to school to set her son's teacher straight about his being left-handed. The teacher was insisting that he write with his right hand and was ready to punish him if he didn't comply. I don't know if they called it a "parent-teacher conference" back then but Mom got her point across. She always had time for friends and relatives anytime they needed her. She was there with food or flowers when there was a sickness or death and she still managed to work 40 hours a week in the spinning room at the cotton mill and after retiring from there she worked for years as a nurse's aid at a nursing home. She was also the secretary-treasurer for Ridge-Drive Baptist Church for many years relinquishing this duty only when the early stages of Alzheimer's Disease began to rob her mental faculties. But even the agonizing years of this long, long good-bye did not completely conquer her spirit and good will. For it was always there in the twinkle of her eye and soft laughter when she would momentarily remember a face or recall a name. She loved life and she was devoted to her family. Her family circle was symbolized in a floral arrangement she had made for her brother's funeral. It was white carnations in the shape of a wagon wheel with one of the spokes broken signifying the loss of a family member. It had been inspired by the old hymn, "Will the circle be unbroken?" and she hoped that her family would, someday, be together again in Heaven. Perhaps through this family tree her family will be brought together until that heavenly reunion and so it is dedicated to her and her memory.

[NI00008] James William Fisher:
James William Fisher was born in Guthrie, Logan Co., Oklahoma January 2, 1934. In 1952, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve. In 1953, he re enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and after basic training was stationed in Korea. His marksmanship earned him a place on the 1st Marine Division Fleet Marine Force Rifle and Pistol team and he competed in the rifle match in 1954. Of the 446 men competing, Jim came in at 112th place. He received the National Defense Medal, the Korean Service Medal and the UN Service Medal. He was discharged in September of 1956.

James William "Jim" Fisher in his own words:
My earliest memory is of eating tomatoes in the shade of #1 Creamery Row in Sand Springs, Oklahoma.
I can't remember the first book I read. It seems like I've always been reading something.
In school I was always just getting by.
My first movie: My Dad took me to the Harmony Theater to see The Good Earth, a Saturday night preview, I slept through most of it.
As a kid I had fun going to the woods and down along the river.
My favorite food: About the only things I haven't acquired a taste for is Duck, Asparagus and Possum.
Favorite musical artists: Hank Thompson and the Brazos Valley Boys (Western Swing)
Favorite actor/actress: Robert Duval
If I could spend 30 minutes with anyone it would be my Grandpa Fisher, I would like to talk to him and listen to him play his fiddle.
I remember my Father taking us all to the State parks and lakes in Oklahoma
I remember my Mother doling out discipline, cooking so good and caring so much for us all.
If I could pass one lesson on to my kids, it would be, Don't worry about things you have no control over.
One hundred and fifty years from now, I want family members to know, You can't go wrong with a group like this.
Jim Fisher 1998

Obituary from the Tulsa World:
FISHER, James William 'Jim,' 69, died at home on September 18, 2003 of heart complications. Jim was born January 2, 1934 to Chester and Martha Fisher in Guthrie, OK. Jim attended Sand Springs Public Schools and graduated in 1951 He was stationed in Korea while serving in the Marine Corps from 1953-1956 and he remained on inactive duty until 1960. He was a member of the American Legion and a proud member of the USMC Motor Transport Association. Jim worked for many years as a glass worker in both Oklahoma and Colorado. He loved to travel by car and he was known for telling a good joke. Jim is survived by: his wife, Mary; sons, Scott, Russell and Jimmy; daughter, Jennifer; brothers, Chester Thomas, Allen and Carl; sister, Sarah Todd; aunt, Kathlyn Chambers; and grandchildren, Samantha, Buddy, Jordan, Daniel and Allyssa. He will be greatly missed. Service will be 11 am., Wednesday (9/24/03), Green Hill Funeral Home in Sapulpa, Oklahoma.

James Bryan Fisher, Jim's son, writes:
My Dad, Strong and tall like a mighty oak, thats my dad. If there was ever a man you could count on it was my dad, If you needed a honest opinion you could ask my dad. In my eyes dad had seen and done just about everything. On one of the many trips we made in this country, we found ourselves at Camp Pendleton in Calif. A warm overwhelming feeling came over me, and before I knew it I was telling dad that he was my hero and that I was proud of him and honored to be his son. There was an awkward moment of silence followed by a nod of recognition. Nothing else was said. We seldom said "I love you" because actions speak louder than words. James W. Fisher "dad" will live on in the hearts of those that knew him.
With Love and Respect.
Little Jim
J.B.Fisher 2003

[NI00009] Chester Thomas Fisher:
Tommy Fisher retired in 1996 from the Oklahoma Natural Gas Co. in Tulsa, Oklahoma. His career there
had spanned thirty-five and one half years. He is a certified "Lay Speaker" in the United Methodist Church and a leader in the local congregation at Lake United Methodist, Tulsa, Oklahoma. His has been a life of service to God, his family, his church, his community and his career. Tommy is indeed a man "of good report" to all who know him.
He graduated from Sand Springs High School in the Spring of 1954. On August 13(Friday the 13th), 1954, he married his high school sweetheart, Patsy Joice McCracken of Lake Station. They live at Lake Station about midway between Tulsa and Sand Springs on Charles Page Blvd. Tommy worked for five and one half years at Commander Mills in Sand Springs before going to work at Oklahoma Natural Gas Co. in Tulsa.

Chester Thomas Fisher in his own words:
My earliest memory is at number one mill row in Sand Springs where I was born. I must have been two or three. I remember the oil pumpers at night. I thought they were running the earth and sure nough they were.
The first book I read was my first grade reader. I learned a lot about Dick, Jane and Spot. I never read the comic books I just looked at the pictures. I don't do much reading now. I enjoy reading and studying the Bible.
In school, I was always a ham and not a very good student. I would always be in all of the grade school plays. After I got in high school I knuckled down so that I could play football.
The first movie I saw was a Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Hopalong Cassidy, Darango Kid, Red Ryder, Lash Larue or one of the cowboy movies. Me and my brothers would spend Saturdays in the Harmony or the Star theaters in Sand Springs. It just cost a dime.
As a kid, I had fun playing the latest movie hero I had just seen on the silver screen.
Tom Fisher

[NI00011] Sarah Frances Fisher:
Sarah is a Licensed Practical Nurse and has devoted a good part of her life to caring for others, including her mother, Martha Anderson Fisher, during the last few years of her life as she was slowly debilitated by Alzheimer's Disease.

[NI00016] Tulsa World Sept. 15, 2010 - Loney, John Everett, 59, petroleum landman, died Monday. Visitation noon-9 p.m. Thursday, Floral Haven Funeral Home, Broken Arrow. Private family services.

[NI00017] Ben Everett Loney is listed on the 1900 US Census as "Benjamin".

[NI00028] John Raymond Dowell served in Co. C 343rd Inf Reg 86th Div US Army during WWII. The 86th, Blackhawk Division, was staged to ship out for duty in the Pacific but was sent to Germany early in 1945 to re-enforce US troops in the Battle of the Bulge. John Raymond also served in the Korean conflict.

[NI00030] George W. Dowell:
George W. Dowell enlisted in the 140th Regiment of the Indiana Volunteer Infantry during the Civil War.
He was injured while working on fortifications in the Nashville, TN area. He applied for and received a pension for disability following the war.

[NI00035] Lydia Elizabeth (Hunt) Dowell's obituary in the Muskogee Daily Phoenix
January 30, 1922
Mrs. Lydia Dowell Dies
Funeral For Aged Woman Will Be Held Here This Afternoon
Mrs. Lydia E. Dowell, 84 years old, died yesterday at the home of her son, the Reverend C. F. Dowell, 1501 Robinson Ave, after a brief illness. She is survived by four sons and one daughter, the Reverend C. F. Dowell, J. C. Dowell of Stillwater, Frank C. Dowell of Mount Harris, Col., S. L. Dowell of Bayfield, Col., and Mrs. Olive E. Kennedy, Penrose, Col. Funeral services will be held this afternoon at 3 o'clock at the Petering and Lescher funeral home. The Reverend W. E. Callahan, pastor of the First Methodist Church, will officiate and burial will be in Green Hill cemetery.

[NI00038] Frank C. Dowell:
Frank C. Dowell is found on the 1900 US census living in Kansas City, MO making a living as a newspaper reporter. He later moved to CO and did some prospecting before going into the "general merchandise" business.
Obit:
Newspaper Boulder Daily Camera - Tue, March 9, 1971
Ninety-four year old Frank Clay Dowell of 2961 21st St. died at home in his sleep early this morning. Funeral arrangements are being made at Crist Mortuary. Mr Dowell was born in Nevada, Mo., on Oct 20, 1876. He was the proprietor of a general merchandise store in Mt. Harris, Colo., for 40 years, and came to Boulder in 1950 from Hayden, Colo. He was a member of the Masons. Surviving are his widow, Doris; a son, Don, in Littleton; and four grandchildren.

[NI00039] John Monroe Hopkins was a participant in the 1891 Oklahoma Land Run and successfully claimed land. He and his family spent the next ten years making the necessary improvements to "prove" their claim, receiving a homestead certificate from the federal government in 1901. The farm remained in the family for many years.

[NI00044] David Thomas Mansker was born in 1847 in Johnson Co. Arkansas. At age 17 he was enlisted into the Confederate Cavalry and served in Jacman's regiment under Gen. Jo Shelby. He participated in the campaign that became known as "the Missouri Raid". He survived some of the fiercest fighting of the war. After the war, he became a minister of the gospel. In 1870, he married Martha Jane Stewart.

[NI00054] John R. Mansker:
John was a PVT in Co B of Stirman's 1st Ark Cav during the Civil War.

[NI00061] Joseph A. Mansker:
Joseph was a PVT in Co B of Stirman's 1st Ark Cav during the Civil War.

[NI00064] Lyles Hopkins is said to have been a Chaplin in the Confederate army and died of illness in a hospital in or around Springfield, MO in 1862. However, he is listed as having died Aug. 27, 1867 in the Memories book filled out at the death of his daughter-in-law, Lura Van Della Mansker Hopkins in 1948.

[NI00090] John Loney:
John Loney (1826-1910) was a soldier in the 26th KY Vol. Infantry, on the Union side, during the Civil War. He participated in a number of engagements the most famous of which was the Battle of Shiloh.

[NI00103] Thomas Monroe Fisher:
Thomas Monroe Fisher made the decisions that a family man makes. He had a variety of talents and interests but always put his family first. During his "three score and ten" years he did more than his share of hard work, endured more than his share of heartbreak and still managed to maintain his sense of humor and pass on a strong, upright character to his sons and daughters.
He was born in middle Tennessee just after the Civil War and began growing up hearing stories about the "blood thirsty" Indians just a few hundred miles to the west. Custer and the Seventh Cavalry were massacred when Thomas M. Fisher was eleven years old. He was thirteen when his father decided to move west with a group organizing a wagon train from the surrounding area. But as the wagons rolled into western Tennessee, Thomas's mother grew very ill. Doctor's advised against extended travel and the rest of the wagons rolled on west without the Fishers. They settled in Carroll Co. That's as far west as his father would ever live but Thomas never got over his fascination with the West and he made up his mind to live there someday. His mother had developed breast cancer, possibly as the result of an injury that had occurred when she was drawing water from a well and the handle slipped and struck her. Most likely this condition already existed and the accident only aggravated the disease. She grew progressively worse over the next few years and died in 1885, eight years after leaving their home in middle Tennessee. Thomas was twenty years old.
In 1888, he married Minerva Merritt in Carroll Co. Tennessee. About a year later he lost Minerva while she was giving birth to his first child, a baby girl whom he named Matilda.
In 1897, he married Frances Ellen Roark. He was 32 years old and she was 19. He had known her family ever since he had lived in Carroll Co. and had been acquainted with Frances since she was 12. Their descendants now number in the hundreds.
Thomas M. Fisher was a bit of a showman. He played the fiddle in a minstrel show and was an actor in several local theatrical productions. He had an avid sense of humor. He once worked a long while putting a friends mule in the loft of the barn just to see the look on the man's face when he discovered it. He also once placed burrs under the saddles on the horses of party goers because he had not been invited. His favorite hymn was listed as "You Go To Your Church And I'll Go To Mine, And We'll Get Along Just Fine". This stubbornness, humor and strong work ethic were all passed on to almost all his descendants.
He worked a number of years, off and on, in the lumber business. This entailed cutting timber and hauling it to the mill to be processed into lumber or fashioned into barrel staves. When this work wasn't available he would farm on the shares or whatever it took to care for his family. The 1910 census lists his occupation as "odd jobs".

The family of Thomas M. Fisher as listed in the 1930 census of Logan Co., Oklahoma
Thomas M. Fisher age 64 work- Spooler at cotton mill
Frances E. 51 House keeper
Chester E. 19 Doffer at cotton mill
Kathlyn L. 16 Spinner at cotton mill

[NI00104] Frances Ellen Roark Fisher:
Frances learned about service to others early in life. At the age of sixteen, she was asked to sit with an elderly woman who lived nearby. The lady was quite ill and could not care for herself but she was something of a recluse and some in the community had spoken of her as a witch. Frances didn't want to go but her parents insisted. So she went to sit with the lady and learned three things that stayed with her throughout her life. First, she learned that people are not always correct in their opinion of those about whom they have little information. Second, she learned that she enjoyed helping and caring for the sick, and third, she found how much she loved to read, for the old lady had a whole library of books on almost every subject and Frances would spend the hours at the lady's bedside reading to her heart's content. She not only found service to others fulfilling but she also found that she was a very talented nurse. Wherever she found herself for the next 50 years, she would be called upon to nurse the sick of the community and people would seek her advice in treating illness and injury. She was not only reactive to the needs of others but in some cases she was proactive. While the family lived at Bonham, Texas, she collaborated with the community nurse to produce a play to teach parents and children about good nutrition. The performance was held at the cotton mill community room and the audience (mostly cotton mill hands) were entertained by their children playing the parts of various parts of the body and the fruits and vegetables that were good for them. Frances' daughter, Kathlyn, played one of the teeth. Her son, Chester was the stomach. At the beginning of the play he walked out on stage, hobbling along with a cane and feeling old and feeble. But after taking on lots of the right kind of diet, he hopped and skipped across the stage in health and vigor. The parents were not only entertained, they learned about nutrition. Frances was also a good business woman. In many of the towns where they lived, she would be employed to manage the local boarding house, or she would turn their home into a boarding house by renting out rooms. She married Thomas M. Fisher in 1897. She lived to be almost 102 and saw all the dramatic changes over her century of life. She related to her grandchildren her first encounter with an automobile and watched along with the rest of the world as the first man stepped onto the moon. When she was 100 she was interviewed on TV by a local station. When asked what kept her going she replied that she just wanted to see what would happen next. A remarkably alert and opinionated lady, she passed much of her zest for life on to her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and on and on.

Grandson, Larry D. Fisher writes: I remember Grandma this way. On occasion, I would spend the night with her while Mom and Dad went somewhere, probably a Masonic Lodge event where they would be out late. I would lay on a small bed in her living room in the basement apartment she occupied one block west of Grant on the north side 4th street.
She would sit in her rocker dressed in her nightgown. She would comb her long hair, still mostly brown as I recall (She was probably about 75-78 at the time). As she combed, ever now and then she would lean over and spit tobacco juice into a coffee can by her left foot. She did not chew tobacco or smoke, but she did dip snuff; thus, the need for the coffee can.
What attracted me to this scene was the incongruity of it. Here she was, a woman none of us ever thought of as "feminine," doing a very feminine thing--combing her long, straight hair "fifty times on each side," she told me. At the same time, she was being the consummate pioneer woman--dipping and spitting.
I can still see her there, combing and spitting. I was fascinated by that scene--my link to an ancient past where wagons crawled the prairies and bathrooms were defined by a concept she told me they called, "the distance of decency," which was a half-mile for some people and just out the door for others.
She was quite unique in my life.

Granddaughter, Nell Fisher Jones writes: A memory I have of Grandma at our house in Bemis when her son and our Uncle Bert died. I barely remember how upset she was and later Daddy lifting me up to see Bert in his casket.
Nell

Great-granddaughter, Jennifer Jones Beeman, writes: Great grandmother Fisher was a legend to me. The few times I remember seeing her, she had gray hair fixed in a bun. I remember that my Grandaddy (Benton) Fisher told stories about their trip to Oklahoma and their adventures there. The "old" Benton Fisher grandchildren used to wait eagerly for Grandaddy's stories about his family. I still remember them and bet the other "old cousins" do, too.

Granddaughter, Sarah Frances Fisher Todd, writes: My memories of Grandma Fisher are many and all are special. She always found good in people especially her family. She would stand by us no matter what. I can recall only two times that she was verbally negative toward any of her family. One was a difference of opinion about some church belief and the other was when someone used her home for something she didn't approve of. I'm not going to tell anymore because like Grandma use to say "some things are better left unsaid". Some memories stand out more than others. Like when she would call and tell me that she had a new dress pattern and some material for a new dress. I would pick her up early and we would spend the day together while I sewed her dress and she would tell me family stories. I always kept a tin can or two for Grandma to use as a spit can when she visited. Grandma taught me a lot about sewing like making something with two yards of material when the pattern called for two and a quarter. Grandma taught me to crochet and embroider. She tried to teach me to knit I say tried because I never finished the project. I didn't like knitting. But I recall the night we tried. We were doing our usual stuff. Grandma was telling me stories and I was knitting when she suddenly looked at the clock and started laughing. It was like the wee hours of the morning and we were still up. I can remember my Grandma's laughter. She and Aunt Kat invited me for overnights often. We would have popped corn. Grandma would have ice cream that she made in freezer ice trays. That ice cream was the best. I don't remember watching TV or listening to a radio. We went to church. I can remember walking to town with her to pay her bills when she had the "cement yard". She taught me to braid her hair. I remember when Grandma knew that she was dying and she wanted to stay at home.
Often when I would be by her bed she would ask "how many of my girls are here?" I would tell her how many and then would name them for her. Aunt Kat, Nell, Thelma, my Mom, myself and many others at different times--Grandma would smile. I know we did good.

Grandson, Carl Fisher, Sr. writes:
I wrote the following poem while I was sitting at the hospital, alone, waiting for our third son to be born. It was late at night and our two older boys were staying at my parents' home. My Grandmother, who was almost 102 was on her death bed and I was torn between the start of a new life for my child and the ending of the life of my Grandmother with whom I was very close. She had been my babysitter while my parents both worked and I was too young for school. Now, she was at home in bed, getting weaker everyday and not expected to make any sort of recovery. And my wife was in the delivery room bringing a new life into my world. I jotted down these lines:

Grandma's House

I can still remember,
When I was just a child,
I liked to go to Grandma's house,
And visit for a while.
I remember turnip greens,
And cornbread in a pan,
And looking through the stores downtown,
Led by a loving hand.
Grandma prayed for our salvation,
By her faith she led us to it.
Faith that could have moved a mountain,
But with the wisdom not to do it.
So when I get to Heaven,
And I've seen my Savior's smile,
Then I'll go find Grandma's house,
And visit for a while.

On the way home from the hospital, a couple of days later, we visited Grandma for the last time and let her hold her newest great-grandson. She passed away one month later, on a Sunday while the crowd of relatives who was usually on watch at her bedside were gone to church and only her daughter was caring for her. She wouldn't have had it any other way.


Great-granddaughter, Ann Fisher Weathersby, writes: I was ten years old when great grandmother died. I don't remember a whole lot about her, but I do remember Dad taking me over to her house. My one big memory happens to be when she died and being out at the grave side services. It seems my father caught me leaning against a tombstone and told me it was inappropriate for me to do so and I retorted that I had sand burs in my hose and was picking them out. At that point, he said it was very unladylike for me to have my dress hiked up quite so far. My response was to lift up my dress the rest of the way and say, "BUT DAD, I HAVE SHORTS ON UNDERNEATH!" Oh, childhood. Wasn't it fun!

[NI00105] William Benton Fisher, Sr.: Submitted by granddaughter, Jenny Jones Beeman, daughter of Nell Fisher Jones and Bill Jones.

It has been a year since my Grandmother Acenah Mills Fisher, died. I have been thinking about her and my Grandaddy, Benton, a lot lately. What a surprise, when my mother sent a print of Bemis sites for my latest birthday. I think she was reading my mind.

I am one of the older "cousins". In fact, I have first cousins who are the same age as my sons. (Strangely, my younger son, John, and Uncle Ronald Fisher's younger son, Martin, ended up attending Virginia Tech and even found that they were living on the same floor of a dorm neither of them had applied for.) Oops! I digress.

I was lucky to live close to Bemis and was able to know my grandparents very well and to be around when any relatives "came to town".

My Grandmother was the most wonderful cook, except for maybe my Mother. I think both of them stored bacon grease in 10 gallon drums and flavored everything with it. When I was very young, I remember my Grandmother breaking up fights over socks, etc. among my teen-aged uncles. I also remember her putting their blue jeans on stretchers (not the ambulance kind). 

Although, Grandaddy worked at the Cotton Mill, I always thought his most important job was being the projectionist at the Bemis Movie House. He would take his grandchildren to see all the movies. I believe I saw the original version of The Blob when I was 5 years old. 
What an education! Later, he operated the projector at a drive-in theater in Jackson. One night, my brother, sister and I lay on the ground to watch a movie at the drive-in. I had some huge bumps on my forehead the next day which the doctor said looked like ant bites. I always liked the Bemis Picture Show better anyway.

Grandaddy usually had a group of us "old" cousins, but I remember sitting under a tree with him in Bemis, when he told me about the five senses. I could not believe that other kids didn't already know that when it was taught at school a few years later. Grandaddy often took us to his garden across the railroad tracks. We usually traveled around in cars with plenty of room for cousins and veggies in the back. We would take the vegetables home to Grandmother, who would cook them with lots of bacon grease. mmmmm-mmmm.

Grandaddy also took us for walks in "the woods." He knew everything. He knew which trees had gum for us to chew, which ones had persimmons to make our mouths pucker up and which ones made the best snake sticks. He always made each of us a snake stick to walk with. He also taught us how to dam up the creek so the big boys playing downstream wondered what happened to their water supply. He really knew everything.

When it was time for bed in Bemis, Grandaddy would tell us stories about him, his brothers and the rest of the family. We were enthralled. He told us about covered wagons, Indians and times when his Mother would spank them.

I wrote this a few days ago and decided to keep it, but with Carl's urging, am sending it today-one year after my Grandmother, Acenah, passed away. I have to tell one more story. A very few years ago, I went out West with two friends. On the way home to East Tennessee, we stopped at an antique mall in Jackson. It was an extremely hot summer day. I decided that I had to call my Grandmother and found a pay phone on the sidewalk. Her mind was incredibly sharp, but her hearing was not. When she answered, I said, "Grandmother, this is Jenny." She kept saying things like "Who? Kenny?" I kept yelling my name louder and louder wondering when either I was going to faint from heat exhaustion or be arrested for disturbing the peace. Finally, I shouted, "Do you know Nell Marie?" She quietly said, "Well, of course I know her." After that she had no trouble understanding me. I told her where I had been and she gave me "what for" for leaving my husband and sons at home and running off with a bunch of women. I promised her I was going home that very day. As much as my friends and I laughed about the episode, we talked about how important family was to her. I find I am taking after her more and more everyday.


Jenny (October 17, 2001)

[NI00106] Claude M. Fisher's family as listed in the 1930 census of Logan Co., Oklahoma:
Claude Fisher age 29 work- Weaver at cotten mill
Lois 26 Weaver
James D. 7
Mary E. 6
Leona 4
Billie Lois 2
Dan Nicol 18 Doffer (Brother-in-law)

[NI00107] Connie P. Fisher: Submitted by Eddy Lee David
I used to enjoy going out on Saturday Winter afternoons to visit with my Great Uncle Connie Fisher. They had a little wood-burning stove on the front porch, and we would set around it while Connie would tell stories of his past, and times back in Tennessee. Sometimes, he would close his eyes and I thought he was asleep, but he would start telling more stories, so I think he was just going back there and recollecting more memories. He had a remarkable memory, probably what they call "photo-graphic". He could recall all of his kin from generations long
past. Some of the stories are just to be kept man to man and were told in confidence agreement. I would visit my Great Uncle Chester Fisher on some of these afternoons, as he had a lot of stories to tell. But, I learned to have my Wife call at 6:00 to tell me supper was ready, which it usually was, because if you did'nt, they would talk your leg's off.
Connie asked one day where I was going to church. I told him that after just moving back from Texas, I really did not have a regular church. He recommended The First United Methodist Church in Sand Springs, where they had been members many years. I later joined that Church, but sadly after his passing. I was married to my wife Martha there. As a member of the Education Board, we were selected to provide a program for the Annual Spring Retreat at the Church Camp along the Illinois River East of Tahlequah. I had no idea what to structure the program about, until I recalled one of the stories he told me about a horseback Methodist Minister who came from Tennessee in the early 1900's to serve a small church in Piedmont, Oklahoma. He also told me that their current Minister had served in that same church. That horseback Methodist Minister was The Reverend Thomas Burr Fisher. He left a diary of their hardships there. The time was one of extreme drough, crops were failing, and people had little money to support their church. His wife was in failing health, so they were forced to return to Tennessee. The accounts of their struggles can be found in " The Fisher Scrapbook, 1730-1972 " by William L. Jones. That became my program, which I re-enacted by dressing in period gear, riding into the camp grounds and proceeded to read the diary. Our Minister gave a short message to tell that these horseback Methodist Ministers led a hard life on the frontier, many were dead before reaching the age of forty. We need to pass this on to our children.
Eddy David 2002

[NI00108] Joseph Talbert "Bert" Fisher:
In 1928, Bert was diagnosed with cancer of the sinuses, he began to make weekly trips to Dallas for radiation treatments, when it became obvious that these treatments were doing no good, the family began to seek alternative treatment. His brother, Connie, who had married Leta, had moved to work in the Pioneer Mills cotton mill in Guthrie, Oklahoma. He wrote to his father, Tom Fisher, saying there was a doctor in that area who was having some success treating cancer, so Tom took Bert to Guthrie. Treatment was expensive and the whole family helped out. At one point, knowing they needed cash, Bert's younger brother, Chester, went to his boss at the McKinney mill and asked for an advance on his pay. The foremen told him he couldn't draw his pay unless he quit. That's what Chet did. He drew his pay and took money to Tom in Guthrie. The foreman in McKinney understood the situation and held his job for him till he came back. On one such trip, his Mother, Frances, wrote to him from McKinney informing him that he should find work in Guthrie because his job had been given to someone else. It wasn't long before the whole family had moved to Guthrie and been put to work in the cotton mill there. Frances was put in charge of the Pioneer Mills boarding house. Bert's condition continued to worsen. He kept working because he said it kept his mind off his problems. The family's religious life was a bit varied. Frances leaned toward her Mother's roots in the Church of Christ and the Christian Church. Claude, Chester and Kathlyn had been saved and baptized in the Pentecostal Church. Bert was saved in the Baptist Church and was counseled regularly by the local Baptist minister. This was the topic of conversation one day in the kitchen at the boarding house and Kathlyn asked the black lady who worked with them there what church she belonged to. "Oh", she said, "I'm a Baptist. It's the only church it says to join in the bible. The bible says, 'Join the Baptist'". As the summer of 1928 came to a close, it became all too obvious that nothing was going to stop the cancer that was killing Bert. In desperation, Tom Fisher bought a contraption that was advertised as a cure and marketed by a fellow in California. It was a coil of copper wire, in a circle about a yard in diameter and wrapped in cotton and leather. It carried an electrical current when plugged into a wall socket and the idea was to place the effected part of the body in the circle and let the tissues absorb the healing electricity. We don't know how much of their hard earned money was spent on this thing but it was of no value to Bert. It was called an Ionaco. Tom used it some and always said it seemed to soothe his aches and pains. Acceptance at last settled in and Bert made his final wishes known. He wanted to go back to Bemis with his oldest brother, Benton, and he wished to be laid to rest at Bonham, Texas. So Tom went with Bert back to Tennessee to stay with Benton and his family. On September 30, 1928, Bert passed away. They took him back to Texas and buried him in the Willow Wild Cemetery at Bonham.

[NI00109] Thelma Beatrice Fisher Riggs: Submitted by Thelma Rhea Riggs
Beatrice left school in the eighth grade to work in a candy factory; yet she and her husband, Ray, thought education was very important for their children. They encouraged their children to work hard and do well in school. It was with some sacrifice that they purchased the necessary school clothes, books, and supplies. They purchased also, on a payment plan,
a set of World Book Encyclopedias, probably the only set in the small Lake Station neighborhood. For sure, others were given access to the encyclopedias.
Beatrice, like many of the Fishers, worked most of her adult life in the cotton mill as a spinner. It was very difficult work, especially in the hot Oklahoma summers. The pay was, even with two or more wage earners, not enough to raise a family out of poverty but did keep a roof overhead and food in the stomach. During the thirties and forties, many were thankful to have jobs there.
Poverty was a constant in Beatrice's life but it never destroyed her pride. Hence the need to mop and wax, weekly, a kitchen linoleum that , in spots, had it's pattern worn down to the black under surface.
Back then, pride was in character, not material possessions; in being honest and hardworking. There was pride in caring for one's family. And many were willing to go beyond family to help neighbors in need.
Beatrice was a wonderful cook; making tasty meals with few ingredients. Her biscuits, banana nut+chocolate potato cakes, and home-made ice cream are memorable. Even on birthdays when there was no money for gifts, the birthday child always had a delicious cake and celebration. Enough to feel treasured.
Beatrice was active in the PTA of each school her children attended. She held a number of offices, including President.
She was also active in the Lake Methodist Church, especially the women's group. One of Beatrice's dreams was for the church to have an organ. Upon her death, a memorial fund was started to achieve that dream.
Beatrice must have been a good listener and one who gave good advice. People came to her to discuss problems and seek counsel. Had she been born seventy-five years later, she might have been a psychologist.
Beatrice is the one who came up with the idea of an annual Fisher Reunion. The reunions started in 1965.
Her devotion was to God, her family, her church, and her community.
That she was successful in all these areas was borne out by the fact that the church could not contain all those who wished to attend her funeral.

[NI00110] L. Kathlyn Fisher Chambers in her own words:
04-19-1998
I remember where I was three years ago today. I was in a doctor's office in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Dr. Carroll was finishing her exam and giving me instructions about medication when the office girl came in and said she was needed outside. She was gone a few minutes then came back in and told us, Nell and me, about the Oklahoma City bombing. She was leaving within the next thirty minutes for Oklahoma City where her services were greatly needed.
Now I'll tell you where I was eighty-three years ago (1915). I was about four months old in Bemis, Tennessee. I can remember back to 1918 and the celebration at the YMCA when World War I was over. We lived across from the school. I also remember when flu was so bad and small pox. Dr. Smith said I was too young for a small pox vaccination but if the others got it, I wanted it too. I still have the vaccination scar.
When I was five, we moved to Bonham, Texas. I went to kindergarten and to the fourth grade there. My nephew, J.D. Fisher, was born while we lived there. We were all excited about him. When Nell Marie was born in Tennessee, Mom went back there for a visit. When Nell was three weeks old, Mom brought Aunt Acenah, Benton Jr. and Nell Marie back home with her. Benton Jr. called poppa "pa me". He would sit on poppa's lap while he played the fiddle. We sure missed them when they went back to Tennessee.
In 1924, we moved to McKinney, Texas. I went to school to the eighth grade there. We had a lot of good times there. I played in the band. Beatrice would have several parties a year. Chester's friends would spend most Saturday nights at our house listening to the radio or playing the player piano. I can remember Leta singing Mexicali Rose as she played the roll on the piano.
But 1928, the last year we were at McKinney, was a bad time. Bert was diagnosed with cancer and had radiation treatments at Dallas. The treatments did no good and Connie persuaded mom and poppa to bring Bert to Guthrie to see a doctor there. After taking many x-rays the doctor told Bert there was nothing that could be done for him. In a few weeks, he was blind and in a coma for a while. Benton brought some of his children and came to Guthrie for a while. Claude and his family came. That was the last time the family was all together. In August of 1928, Benton wanted Bert to come to Tennessee to see other doctors there. Mom and poppa took him to Tennessee and he died there the last of September. It was his wish to be buried at Bonham, Texas so they brought him back there. Connie, Chester and I were still at Guthrie so we met them in Bonham where Bert was laid to rest in Willow Wild Cemetery.
From Guthrie, we came to Sand Springs in 1935. We were all working at Commander Mills. In 1940, I married Luther. During the war years, I was in Chicago for a while after Luther came back from over seas. We were in San Antonio for a while. We lived in Littleton, Colorado for two years. Just a block away from Ft. Logan. I worked at a potato chip factory and at the Post Cafe. In 1945, we were back in Sand Springs.
In 1948, I started keeping this little girl named Geraldine. Her mother was an alcoholic and realized that she couldn't care for the girl like she should. I kept her for a year and a half and grew to be very fond of her. Geraldine was contented with me. She liked being with mom while we worked. I told her mother I thought it would be better if she started keeping her more but her mother asked us to adopt her. After our lawyer and the judge talked to the mother about what she was doing, she signed the papers. She told the judge that she had sole custody of the child. She said the father had given her up and that they didn't know where he was. I took care of Geraldine when she had measles and whooping cough. I started her to school. Then her mother picked her up one day and hide her away. They kept the woman in jail for several months because she wouldn't tell where Geraldine was. We had to go to court again. The news media picked up the story and made it seem that we had taken this poor mother's child away from her. It seemed to be on all the news casts. I got letters from people that didn't know me, some from out of state, blaming me for her child from her. We finally gave up.
Luther and I were divorced and mom and I lived together from 1962 until she died in 1980. I went to work at Hissom, a home for children with learning disabilities. I was a Med nurse assistant supervisor of one of the hospital units. I retired in 1977. I'm glad I could be with mom during her last few years. I worked at Head Start as a foster grandparent for 16 years. I now share an apartment with my little dog, Lucy. I thank the Lord each day that I've been able to be with the children.
Aunt Kat 1998

Lorida Kathlyn Fisher Chambers' Obituary 2007
Kathlyn Chambers, 92, of Sand Springs, died Saturday, December 1, 2007 in Sand Springs. She was born on January 3, 1915 in Bemis, Tennessee, the daughter of Thomas Monroe Fisher and Frances Ellen (Roark) Fisher. As a young woman, Kathlyn worked at the Cotton Mill, played the trombone in a local band, and participated in the Order of The Eastern Star. She was a close friend of Championship Wrestler and Sand Springs Hall of Famer, Johnnie Mae Young. She was a faithful and active member of the First Christian Church at 5th and Main in Sand Springs. She loved to read books, especially the Bible, and delighted in telling humorous family stories, of which there were many. Kathlyn always gave thanks for her family and blessed them continually with the sweetest of smiles. She also has many friends at Kirkwood Complex where she lived for 20 years. Kathlyn lived with her “mama”, Frances Fisher, until Frances’ death at the age of 102. She also took care of several nieces and nephews. Besides her family, she was known as “Aunt” or “Grandma” to many, many, other children, having worked for 16 years as a nurse’s aide at Hissom Memorial Center and volunteering with Project Headstart, and the Foster Grandparent Program. She continued these activities as long as she was physically able. Most of her life was dedicated to being a caregiver.
Kathlyn is survived by her loving companion, a Jack Russell Terrier name “Peggy”. She also leaves many loving relatives, especially many nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, great-great nieces and nephews, and great-great-great nieces and nephews, along with a multitude of friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, one sister, and five brothers.

Funeral services will be at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, December 4, 2007 at First Christian Church of Sand Springs, with Reverend Gina Jackson officiating. Interment will follow at Woodland Memorial Park under the direction of Mobley-Dodson Funeral Service. Condolences and messages to the family may be left at the funeral home website: www.mobley-dodsonfuneralservice.com


[NI00140] Franklin A. Fisher:
Franklin was a sergeant in Battn. K, 1 IL Lt. Art'y. during the Civil War.

[NI00142] Robert W. Fisher was in Battn. K of the 1st IL Light Artillery during the Civil War and was said to have died in a Memphis hospital in 1863. In 1880 a man resembling Robert came through Johnson Co. IL claiming to be Robert W. Fisher.

[NI00145] Frederick Fisher: At age 18, Frederick was a Pvt in Capt. Dysart's Co. of the Virginia Militia during the Revolutionary War. He was "severely" wounded at the Battle of King's Mountain in Oct. of 1780. He was disabled for the remainder of his life and received a pension from the state of Virginia and, later, from the United States.

[NI00150] Charles Fisher:
(From Mecklenburg Co., NC Will Book C, pg 84) June 1, 1814, probated in February 1817 Court.
I, Charles Fisher of the Waxhaws of Mecklenburg Co., NC, being at present weak in body, will to my son, William Fisher, a note on David Crenshaw for $83. I will to the children of Paul Fisher, deceased, the plantation on which I live with all improvements in repayment for the money I borrowed from him about the time I took up the land. It is my will that all the rest of my land, negro Harry, and all other property in the house and on the farm is to be sold except negro Dilsey and her three children Diana, Dicey, and Abram. These negroes are to be valued by two magistrates and three freeholders and they are to be kept in the families of William Fisher, Frederick Starnes and Paul Fisher, deceased. The money arising from the above sale, from the collection of debts, and the amount of the valuations are to be divided into five equal parts and, except as hereinafter directed, one share given to each of my children viz: one share to the children of John Fisher, deceased, one share to Frederick Fisher, one share to William Fisher, One share to the children of Paul Fisher, deceased, and the fifth share to Mary Starnes. It is my will that $100 be deducted from the shares of both John Fisher, deceased, and Frederick Starnes and apportioned among the remaining shares. Each of them has received value equal to that amount out of the price of a tract of land bought from me on the Holston River which they agreed to accept at the time as part of their inheritance.
Exrs: Son William Fisher and son-in-law Frederick Starnes.
Wit: Matthew McCorkle, Moses McWhirter, and John Lawson.

Charles Fisher is also the ancestor of at least one US President, Jimmy Carter.

[NI00153] William Fisher is one of the ancestors of US President, Jimmy Carter.

[NI00154] Paul Fisher:
Mecklenburg Co., NC Will Book C, pg 74 (February 6, 1804, probated in April 1804 court)
Being sick and weak of body, I lend to my wife Mary Fisher my entire estate, both real and personal, during her widowhood, in order to raise and school my children. But should she marry, or be wanton and behave herself unseemly, she is to be dispossessed of the whole of my estate which, in that case, is to be divided among my children Martin, William, Sylvanus, Rachel, Mary, Arnold, and the child she is now pregnant with.
Exrs: My brother William Fisher and Frederick Starnes.
Wit: John and William Phillips and A. Catham.
Isaac Alexander, CMC

[NI00158] James Anderson's family as listed in the 1930 census of Logan Co., Oklahoma:
Jim Anderson age 56 work- Pipeline
Sarah 36 Spinner in cotton mill
Martha 18 None
Jim Jr. 17 Pipeline
Mid 15 None
John 12 None
Kate 8 None
Louella 6 None

[NI00160] William Anderson:
William Anderson was only 15 mos. old when his parents left their native Ireland and brought their family to America. He grew up on his father's farm in northern Allegheny Co. PA. In the summer of 1863, at the age of 26, William was a member of the 58th PA militia which had been organized as a "home guard" type of unit during the Civil War. In July of 1863, the 58th was called to active duty and sent to Ohio to help stop and capture Confederate General John Hunt Morgan. Morgan had invaded Indiana a few days earlier with about 1300 men on horseback and was "terrorizing" his way east through Ohio, apparently headed for western PA. They were trapped at one point and 1000 of the rebels were forced to surrender but Morgan and 300 men escaped capture and began to look for a way back south. The 58th and other units were posted at all the known river crossings and successfully blocked every escape route that Morgan tried to use. He finally surrendered in eastern Ohio. The 58th were sent home and mustered out of service. William was in the army for only 34 days.
Following his marriage to Jane Wilson in June of 1869, they purchased 70 acres in Athens Co., Ohio. Perhaps he had been impressed by the land he had passed through during his tour of duty in that state during the war. Their children were born while they lived on this farm. In 1875, they sold 20 acres to a man named James Bond. In early 1889 they hastily sold the remaining 50 acres and moved back to Allegheny Co. PA. William was ill and he took his family back home to be near their relatives. William died a few months later in December 1889.

[NI00161] Jane Wilson:
Jane (nickname Jenny) was the daughter of John Wilson and his second wife, Charlotte Gibson Wilson. John was born in Ireland in 1786. Around 1809 he married his first wife, Hannah. Hannah died about 1833. John married Charlotte about 1835. They had four children, Samuel Westly Wilson, Robert Wilson, Nancy Ann Wilson and Jane. Jane was listed as "deaf" on the 1850 census. She seemed to have always had special needs. In 1869, she married William Anderson. William was the brother of Thomas Anderson who married Jane's sister, Nancy Ann Wilson.

[NI00165] John Wilson: Last Will and Testament
Transcribed from the last will and testament of John Wilson, b. 1786 in Ireland, d. 1857 in Allegheny Co. PA
In the Name of God Amen: I John Wilson of Franklin Township County of Allegheny State of Pennsylvania being of sound and disposing mind and memory, and now in the enjoyment of good health blessed be God for his mercies, but considering the uncertainty of life, do make and publish this my last will and testament, hereby revoking and making void all former wills by me at any time heretofore made in manner and form following:
Item:- 1st I direct that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid by my wife out of such estate as I hereinafter devise to her.
Item:- 2nd I give and devise to my beloved wife Charlott, the old house and garden and all the enclosure around said old house and the lower part of the orchard, and the avenue leading from the old house to the barn, and also a piece of land bounded by Mr. Bradford's land and the old road, to have and to hold during the term of her natural life and afterward to go to my son Robert in fee simple. I also give and bequeath to my said wife Charlotte the one third of all the crops and produce of every description raised upon my farm during her natural life by my sons Samuel and Robert on their respective portion. I also give to my said wife all my cows or horned cattle and direct that she pay all my funeral expenses and just debts if any I have after my decease.
Item:- I give and devise to my Son Samuel Wilson the east side of my farm containing forty acres adjoining Landin Tomer and James Boris' land. Said Samuel's part of my farm aforesaid to be bounded on the northwest by the Plank Road and not to cross said road till it comes to the third white oak tree from the new house and thence in a straight line to line of land of David Bowers. I also give and bequeath to my said son Samuel the one half of all my horses and also the one half of all my farming utensils of every description.
Item:- 4th I give and devise to my son Robert all the balance of my farm containing sixty acres with all the improvements subject to the life estate of my wife in the portions there of as in item 2nd mentioned, and each of my said sons Samuel and Robert are to give to my said wife, their Mother, the one third of all the proceeds of their respective portions of said farm as mentioned in item 2nd aforesaid. I also give and bequeath to my said son Robert the other half of all my horses and also the other half of all my farming utensils.
Item:- 5th I give and bequeath to my daughter Ann Wilson the sum of two hundred dollars to be paid by my son Samuel aforesaid within one year after the death of my wife and the above legacy I hereby make a charge against the above mentioned portion of said Samuel in such manner as to make it a lien upon said real estate.
Item:- 6th I give and bequeath to my daughter Jane Wilson the sum of three hundred dollars to be paid by my son Robert aforesaid within one year after the death of my wife and this legacy I hereby make a charge upon the above mentioned portion of said Robert in such manner as to make it a lien upon said real estate.
Item:- 7th I give and bequeath to my son John Wilson in Baltimore the sum of ten dollars to be paid by my wife as part of the debts.
Item:- 8th I give and bequeath to the heirs of my son James Wilson deceased the sum of ten dollars to be paid by my wife as part of the debts.
Lastly, I do nominate and affirm my honest neighbor David Bowers and my son Robert as executors of this my last will and testament.
In witness whereof I John Wilson the testator have to this my last will set my hand and seal this 18th day of March Anno Domini 1856. (signed by) John Wilson (seal)
Signed sealed published and declared by the above named John Wilson as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses thereto in the presence of the said testator and of each other.
(signed) S. B W Gill
(signed) Wm Carson
(signed) John Chambers

[NI00171] William Anderson:
In May of 1838, William Anderson with his wife, Martha, and their five children (the youngest at that time was William age 15 mos.) boarded ship at Londonderry, Ireland. Their destination was St. John, New Brunswick. Land records indicate that William filed for a land grant in New Brunswick but no record of an actual purchase of land has been found. The family remained in Canada for a short time and their sixth child, James, was born there in 1839. By 1841, the family was in the United States. In 1844, William declared his intent to become a US citizen and in 1846, having completed the legal requirements, he became a naturalized American. The family was living in Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania. Their farm was in Franklin Township (later Marshall Twp). William and Martha Anderson are buried in the Mount Pleasent Cemetery at Warrendale, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania.

[NI00178] Thomas Anderson:
Thomas Anderson was purchasing land in the area of the town of Mars in Butler Co., PA as early as 1851. The oil business was relatively young when wells on part of Thomas' land began to produce making his family prominent in the area. A detailed history of his family can be found in The Thomas James Anderson Family of Mars PA written by one of his descendents, Mildred Anderson Lockert.

[NI00180] John Wilson was residing in Baltimore in 1857 at the time of his father's death.

[NI00192] Estelle Grant Loney:
Estelle Grant Loney had a twin brother named Justin Sherman. They were named after the victorious Union generals, U. S. Grant and W. T. Sherman. Their father was in the Union Army during the war.

[NI00194] Justin Sherman Loney:
Justin Sherman Loney had a twin brother named Estelle Grant. They were named for the victorious Union generals, U. S. Grant and W. T. Sherman. There father was in the Union Army during the war.

[NI00201] Tobias Wise/Weise
Tobias was a farmer and a flatboat pilot. He navigated a flatboat down the river to New Orleans on several occasions, always making the return journey on foot. He served in the war of 1812 as a Corporal in Captain Robert Barnett's Co., 6th Regiment of the Kentucky "detached" Militia.

[NI00203] Adam Wise/Weise aka John Adam Wise/Weise
Adam Wise came to America in 1748 on the British ship "Hampshire", Thomas Cheesman, Master. He sailed from Rotterdam and arrived at the port of Philadelphia, PA. Adam took the oath of allegiance to the British Crown on September 7, 1748.

[NI00228] Louise Loney: Submitted by Richard Reed
Louise Loney apparently was the only child of Harley Loney and Bertha Winchester. The writer can recall a few occasions when his Aunt Bertha brought Louise to visits at his mother's home in Guthrie, Oklahoma in the 1930's. During World War II, the writer once visited Louise and her husband (probably a man named Bankston) in New Orleans, Louisiana while briefly stationed with the U.S. Army there. Louise Loney was known to have been married three times. Apparently, by her first husband (Bankston) she had a son, Larry Bankston. In 1995, Larry was 50 or 51 years old and lived in Newman, Georgia with his wife, Jill, and daughter, Paige, age 15 or 16. Louise Loney's second husband was John Vawter by whom she had four children: Mary Kay, Danny, Tommy, and a younger daughter whose name is
unknown at this time. As noted elsewhere in the information accompanying the family pages of Danny and Tommy, both of them were adopted by Louise Loney's uncle, Robert Lee Winchester and his wife, Carolyn Chisholm Winchester. Mary Kay may have been adopted by her grandparents, the Loneys. In 1995, Mary Kay was age 46 and living in Alaska. The younger daughter apparently died before she could be adopted. After Louise gave up Mary Kay, Danny, and Tommy for adoption, she then moved to Houston, Texas and remarried a man named Slay (first name unknown) by whom she had two children: a daughter, Teri Slay, and a son, Mike Slay. As of September 1994, Teri and her family and Mike all lived in Clinton, Oklahoma. Most of the above information concerning the husbands and children of Louise Loney was contained in a March 3, 1995 letter to the writer from Danny Winchester, Route 2, Box 241-A1, Prague, Oklahoma 74864. He is the birth son of Louse Loney; and the adopted son of Robert Lee and Carolyn Chisholm Winchester.

[NI00233] James W. Jones:
James W. Jones was born and grew up in northern Georgia during the early days of "reconstruction" after a bitter and bloody Civil War. It must have always seemed that life was an uphill struggle for James and he learned early in life that he had to earn his keep any way he could. There is no record of his mother, Sarah Ann Jones, ever being married and her children, James and his older brother, William, took their mother's maiden name. In 1870, James was 3 years old and William was 13 and they lived with their mother. By 1880, when James was 13, he was living on the farm of a man named Taylor Armor (30 years earlier, in 1850, James' father-in-law, William Loggins, was a tenant farmer on Taylor Armor's farm) and William was a "live-in" farm hand for a family named Rogers. James worked hard at whatever he could do to take care of himself and his family. Family members say that he was a good blacksmith, a crafty mule trader and had been known to make pretty good moonshine whiskey. Years later, after he and his wife, Martha, had moved to Oklahoma, he lived and worked in the woods west of Bixby, Oklahoma. He grafted pecan twigs onto hickory trees and as the new branch matured it would produce pecans. This activity earned him the nickname of "Hickory Nut". He was not a large man but he always had time and room for his family. His home, as humble as it might be, was always open to his children and grandchildren when they needed a place to stay.
Around 1906, James moved his wife and four daughters from Hall Co. Georgia to Whitt, Texas in Parker Co. By 1910, at least three of the girls were married. James and Martha and their youngest daughter, Cordelia, were living in Jefferson Co. Oklahoma where James was listed as working for the railroad in the 1910 census. By September of 1911 they were living in Springfield, Missouri where their granddaughter, Martha Helen Anderson, was born during a visit by their daughter, Sarah Jane. In 1920, James and Martha were living near Bixby in Tulsa Co. Oklahoma. Their daughter Ellen and her two boys, Jess and Ed Bruton, were living with them at the time. Grandpa Jones died in 1938.

[NI00234] Martha Palmetto Loggins:
Martha Loggins was born while her father, William P. Loggins, was a soldier in the Confederate Army. He had enlisted into a South Carolina Artillery company and was stationed on James Island, South Carolina. His father had come from South Carolina and there were family ties to that state. Most of the units William would see were South Carolina troops. The emblem of South Carolina was the Palmetto tree. There were the "Palmetto" rifles, the "Palmetto" guards and a dozen other "Palmetto" units of one description or another. Their battle flags all bore the name "Palmetto" and William gave his youngest and last child, Martha, a genuine memento of the war by making her middle name Palmetto. Martha had been born in Lumpkin Co. GA, near Dahlonega. As the war pressed closer to this area of the country, her mother moved the children farther into the Blue Ridge mountains of White Co., closer to her and William's families.

[NI00242] Sarah Ann Jones:
Sarah Ann Jones was the only child of Bartlett and Dicey Jones still living with them in 1860. She had one child at that time, William Jones, age 3. In 1870, she had two boys, William, now 13, and James, age 3. Her sons took her maiden name and there is no record of her ever having married.

[NI00245] Bartlett Jones:
Bartlett Jones lived in Georgia all his life. He was a member of the Georgia Home Guard and attained the rank of ensign. He resigned however around 1838 when the Guard was called upon to round up the Cherokee Indians and move them into stockades to await transport to Indian Territory. In 1832, he participated in the Georgia Gold Lottery and won a parcel of land in what became Lumpkin Co. He moved his family there by 1834. They later settled on a farm in Hall Co. where they were living in 1850 and 60. Bartlett and Dicey's names disappeared from the records sometime during the Civil War. Like many people in the south they probably did not survive the hardships inflicted at the hands of an invading army and a heavy handed occupation.
Bartlet Jones witnessed a land purchase made by James Jones in Franklin Co., Georgia in 1817.
Bartlet Jones purchased 63 ac. from Howell Mangrum in 1823. This transaction was witnessed by Balam Jones.
The following information about Bartlett and Dicie Jones was recordrd in Goodspeed's Biographical Sketches of Sullivan County Tennessee published in 1887:
Dr. W. E. Jones was born on April 22, 1832, in Franklin County, Ga., and was educated at Dahlonega, Lumpkin Co., Ga. He began the study of medicine in 1852, and in 1860 completed a course at the Eclectic Medical College of Cincinnati, and received his diploma. He had practiced from 1854, in Georgia, as a local physician, but after this he turned his attention, and practiced a specialty in chronic diseases, and has had very wide patronage in Georgia, Virginia, Tennessee, North and South Carolina and Kentucky, and with marked success. He is one of the leading citizens of Kingsport. He is the son of Bartlett and Dicey Jones, who were the son and daughter of Tignal Jones and William Mangum, the former an Englishman and the latter of Dutch descent. Tignal Jones was a soldier in the Revolutionary war, and after the establishment of peace was a farmer, and lived in Virginia for several years; then moved to North Carolina, and finally to Georgia. He had only one son and one daughter. The father was born in North Carolina in 1817, and the mother in 1815. He was by occupation a school teacher, and, for a few years of the latter part of his life, was a gold miner in Georgia, County of Lumpkin. He raised five sons and four daughters, and died in 1863, and the mother in 1864. Our subject married Sarah Logan in 1850, and has three sons and four daughters. She was born in Hall County, Ga. in 1831. The entire family are members of the Missionary Baptist Church, and are most exemplary and excellent people.

[NI00247] Alfred D. Jones:
Along with his brothers, Russell P. and Wiley T., Alfred D. Jones was a member of Co. G 1st Regiment of the Georgia State Line known as the "Chattahoochee Rangers" which was a "home guard" type of unit organized by Gov. Joe Brown to defend the state in case of US invasion. Gen. Sherman's Army made just such an invasion in the summer of 1864 and the unit saw action in the Atlanta area where Wiley was captured.

[NI00248] Russell P. Jones:
Along with his brothers, Alfred D. and Wiley T., Russell P. Jones was a member of Co. G 1st Regiment of the Georgia State Line which was a "home guard" type of unit organized by Gov. Joe Brown to defend the state in case of US invasion. Gen. Sherman's Army made just such an invasion in the summer of 1864 and the unit saw action in the Atlanta area where Wiley was captured.

[NI00249] Wiley T. Jones:
Along with his brothers, Alfred D. and Russell P., Wiley T. Jones was a member of Co. G 1st Regiment of the Georgia State Line known as the "Chattahoochee Rangers" which was a "home guard" type of unit organized by Gov. Joe Brown to defend the state in case of US invasion. Gen. Sherman's Army made just such an invasion in the summer of 1864 and the unit saw action in the Atlanta area. Wiley was captured near Atlanta on Aug 7, 1864 and sent to the Yankee prison at Camp Chase in Ohio. He died there on Dec. 14, 1864 of chronic diarrhea. He's buried in grave #552 one-third mile south of Camp Chase. He has a marker in the cemetery in GA where his wife is buried which reads, "Wiley T. Jones, died Dec. 14, 1864 in Ohio".

[NI00252] William P. Loggins:
William P. Loggins and wife, Nancy Ann, first appear on the census records in Hall Co. Georgia in 1850. William was a tenant farmer on the farm of a man named Taylor Armor.
William P. Loggins enlisted in the Confederate Army at Dahlonega, Georgia on Nov. 11, 1861. He was enlisted into the 15th South Carolina Heavy Artillery, Company B, by Lt. Pringle. The 15th was better known as Lucas' Battalion of Heavy Artillery. They were stationed on James Island, SC for most of the Civil War. The batteries around Charleston, SC defended the port and kept it open for blockade running ships. Co B was instrumental in the capture of the Yankee gunboat, Isaac Smith, in 1862. This company spent most of the war manning Battery Tynes on the southern side of James Island, along the Stono River but also saw duty at Ft. Sumter, Ft. Waggner and Ft. Pemberton. In Aug. of 1862, Pvt. Loggins was ordered to accompany Capt. Pringle to Dahlonega, GA to arrest certain deserters. This trip closely coincided with the birth of William's last child, Martha P. Loggins and perhaps he was able to be at home to visit his wife before returning to the Charleston area and the war. In the summer of 1863 the war was heating up as the Yankees began a new campaign to close the Confederate port of Charleston. William took a months leave without permission facing a garrison court martial upon his return. He was held in confinement at Ft. Pemberton for a short time and docked one month's pay. In Feb. of 1865, the Confederates abandoned Charleston and the port as every available unit was being consolidated into an army to stop union Gen. Sherman's advance through the Carolinas. The 15th left their big guns on the coast and were pressed into service as infantry. As part of two divisions assigned to Gen. Hardee, the 15th fought a delaying action at Averysboro, NC. Co B was almost completely wiped out when their line was flanked by units of the Union XX Corps, under direct orders from Gen. William T. Sherman. William P. Loggins was killed at the battle of Averysboro, March 16, 1865.

[NI00255] Susanah Minervah Loggins is the name her parents gave the 1860 Lumpkin Co., GA census taker. In 1870 she is listed as Susannah in the White Co. census and she somehow became Jane in the 1880 census. Her application for Cherokee settlement money was filed under the name "Nervy".

[NI00263] The wife of James M. Loggins was listed in the 1900 census as "Nancy M. Loggins". Her descendants knew her as Matilda Ann and her death record and grave stone carry this name.

[NI00265] James Loggins:
James Loggins was born and grew up in South Carolina. He served in the South Carolina militia during the Indian uprising. In his application for a veteran's pension he described a march from South Carolina to Mobile, Alabama where he says he was discharged. He married Dicie East at Pickensville, South Carolina in 1825.
When gold was discovered in Georgia in 1828, people from all parts of the US began migrating to the Georgia Blue Ridge in what was the first US gold rush (these prospectors were known as 29ers, the first use of a term that would later be applied to 49ers in California). This is about the time that many of the South Carolina Loggins families moved into Georgia. James and his wife, Dicie, were among them. They settled in what was then Habersham Co. (later White Co.).

[NI00266] Dicie East Loggins:
Dicie East was three quarters Cherokee Indian. Her mother, Theresa Ray East had been full blood and her father, Stephen East was one half Indian. She married James Loggins in South Carolina in 1825. Her father traveled with the Cherokee and, prior to the government removal of most of the tribe to Indian Territory, he sat in their councils.
When the Cherokee were being removed, he and two of his sons, Pinckney and Zealous, moved to Alabama with a band of Indians led by a chief named "King" Solomon Ray. Solomon was probably Dicie’s maternal grandfather. When a Cherokee married, the man would become part of the band to which his wife belonged. Dicie never heard from her father again. Dicie was never enrolled as an Indian. Some Cherokee felt that having their name on a government roll would mean being forcibly taken away like the group that were moved west. Later, when benefits were made available to the Eastern Cherokee, it was impossible for her descendents to prove connection to the tribe. Her grandson, John Loggins, diligently tried to provide proof of his Indian ancestry. His Cherokee claim file is filled with sworn testimonies from people who had personally known Dicie and knew of her Cherokee parents. One such affidavit states that Dicie wanted to get on the rolls but her husband, James, would not allow it. He said he was in enough trouble with his family for marrying an Indian and he didn’t want to cause more. The testimony goes on to state "and there was no more peace between them".
Dicie had several daughters but only one son that survived to become an adult. She lost that only son, William, in the Civil War. She lived to be about 111 years old and saw all of the 19th century pass during her lifetime. Her grandchildren were under the impression that she was much older than she really was. They stated that she was 122 in 1905 when she died. One of her daughters, Rebecca, would also claim to be over 100. In the 1930s an article about her appeared in a Georgia newspaper. In the article, she said she was 102 and planned to live another 20 years and grow a second set of teeth like her mother had done.

[NI00271] Samuel Loggins:
In 1854, Samuel Loggins wrote a letter to the War Department enquiring about the status of his father, John Loggins', application for a Revolutionary Veteran's pension. The letter is in John Loggins' file at the National Archives in Washington, DC.

[NI00273] John Loggins:
Almost everything we know about John Loggins is found in his application for a pension for his service in the Revolutionary War. The application was rejected but not because he didn’t deserve the pension. He had no record from his time in the service and did not correctly recall the number of the regiment in which he had served. There is little doubt that his statement of service was true but a request for more information from the government went unanswered, probably because John had passed away. The account of his service was similar to action recounted by other applicants who had served in the same units. John’s application was filed in 1834 and he claimed to be 100 years old. He said that he was born in Virginia in October of 1733. He recalled that during his service in the "Continental Line" of Virginia, his regiment had been ordered to Williamsburg where they were reviewed by General George Washington. The regiment was placed under the command of Col. William Buford and sent to Charleston, South Carolina to escort cannon and ammunition being sent to the Americans there who were under siege by British troops. On their way back north, they were overtaken by British forces at a place called "Hanging Rock". The fight that followed became known as the Battle of the Waxhaws. It was also called Buford's Defeat as there were only 25 Americans who survived without some sort of injury. John Loggins was wounded twice. In the hand by a sword and in the leg by bayonet. The fighting must have been at close quarters. The regiment was in total disarray. John went to Col. Buford and requested a discharge so he could go home and let his wounds heal. The Col. told him to go on home. His wounds were all the discharge he needed. Home was in Halifax Co. Virginia and John was there only a few months when word came that a Col. Cleveland was raising a company of volunteers to help defend the colonists’ homes from an army of British trained Tories lead by a Maj. Ferguson of the British Army. John mustered into Col. Cleveland's company. They were joined by several companies from western Virginia and North Carolina and engaged Ferguson's army at King's Mountain. The Tories were defeated and Ferguson was killed. John moved his family into South Carolina sometime around 1790. From there he had children move into Tennessee and Georgia. Late in life he joined the Georgia branch and was living in Hall Co. Georgia when he died in 1836-8.

[NI00278] John R. Sears:
Served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. He joined a unit raised in Hall Co. Co. K of the 43rd Ga. Vol. Inf. He was listed as 1st Corporal on March 10, 1862. He was captured in 1863 and paroled at camp in Demopolis, AL June 5, 1863. He rejoined the unit before Nov. and is listed as a private. The Dec. 31, 1863 roll (last) shows him "present". His pension file says he was "home on furlough" in Apr. of 1865.

[NI00310] Amos Roark: The following is taken from "The Roarks of Carroll County" by Peggy Scott Holley

Tradition has always maintained that Amos died in the Civil War. No military record has been found for him, but we can probably reconstruct the events surrounding his death. When Arkansas became part of the Confederacy, Clay Township raised a "Home Guard." This unit consisted of twenty local men under James Jeffrey, who was connected to the Roarks by marriage. Amos was probably one of these twenty men. In May 1862, Union troops came through the Searcy area and the Home Guard joined with regular Confederate troops in several skirmishes against them. Reports of the time say several local men were killed and missing but do not give the names of the casualties. We know that Amos died on 28 May 1862. Presumably, his death was due to battle wounds and he is buried in the area.

[NI00319] Henry M. Roark:
Henry Roark was a sergeant in Co. G of the 7th Tenn. Cavalry (US) during the Civil War. His brother Ansel was in the Confederate Army in Ark.

[NI00321] Ansel Roark served in the Confederate army in Arkansas (Co. E, 36th AR Infantry). He was blinded and moved back to Carroll Co., Tennessee where he lived in poverty. When he died, his daughter was taken in by his brother, Henry, who had served in the Union Army.

[NI00338] William Roark was a veteran of the American Revolution having served as a "musician" in the 1st North Carolina regiment, Ralston's Co.
The Last Will and Testament of William Roark:
In the name of God, Amen, I William Roark of the County of Allen and State of Kentucky being very sick in body but in perfect mind and memory, thanks be given unto God. Calling into mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do principally and first of all, I give & commend my soul unto the hand of almighty God that gave it and my body I Recommit to the earth to be buried in decent Christian Burial, at the discretion of my Executor, nothing doubting but at the General Resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God, And as touching such worldly estate, wherewith, it has pleased God to bless me in thy life, I give demise & dispose of the same in the following manner to wit & form. Whereas my beloved wife Sarah Roark does not choose to take her part as the law directs. I will that she have her choice out of all my house hold & kitchen furniture, also wheat, corn or any thing she chooses and that money sufficient she be left in my Executors hand to get her coffee and other necessaries that she may want, also have the privilege to live where and with whatever of her children she pleases.
2. I will that the balance of my land and property be valued by those directional men on oath at cash rates. Then my heirs to take it at the valuation if they deem proper among themselves, if not to be sold and divided among my children in the following manner VIZ; Whereas several of my children had had more than others I think it necessary that I should mention the same, that each one has received so that there may be an equal division among them all by counting in the sum that each one had received. That is, John Roark has rec one hundred and fifty dollars, also Levy Roark one hundred dollars.
3. I will that my son Josiah Roark have the one hundred & twenty acre tract of land as called for in my lone to him. VIZ; Beginning at the South West corner of by Former Mill Tract, thence to run North so as to include his Saw Mill and improvement, then last for compliment that for said land and the one hundred dollars, that I have given him our of the price of the Grist Mill., there shall be deducted two hundred and seventy five dollars our of his part.
4th Elijah Roark has received forty dollars
5th Joel Roark forty dollars and I will that after the above deductions is counted in that there be an equal division among all my children and that my two deceased daughters, Sarah Poe & Marah Driver draw their part in money those that are not yet of age, when they come of age.
I will that my beloved sons Rueben Roark and William Roark be my Executors (and) utterly disallow, revoke & disannull all and every other former Testament______and bequeath Ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and Testament in Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 11th day of February in the year of our Lord Eighteen Hundred and Thirty Two. Signed sealed & delivered pronounced & disclosed by the said William Roark as his last will and Testament in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names. William Roark
(witnesses)
Bartley Waid
John Dyson Law
Matthew Johnsonn Law
Matthew Johnson

[NI00354] Hardy Sellers, Sr.
The earliest information seems to be from a South Carolina Roster book p. 854 that lists him as being "born 2 March 1757, Johnson County, NC. He enlisted, while residing in Chesterfield District, during 1776 or 1777 under Capt. McMainer..."

Hardy Sellers is listed among the soldiers who served under Francis Marion, The Swamp Fox.

From 'SELLERS LETTERS' (C) M. Sims
Hardy SELLERS -- Aug 12, 1834, Anson Co, NC, affidavit by Hardy SELLERS stated he was 77 years old, born Mar 2, 1757 in Johnson Co, NC. He lived in Chesterfield Dist, SC near the North Carolina line when he was called to service. He volunteered and served as a private from SC. His application for pension (#9377) was rejected.

HARDY SELLARS SR WILL
From: NORMA
Norma Wade

The State of South Carolina, Chesterfield District-I Hardy Sellars Senr. of said State and district, do make ordain and constitute this my last will and testament. 1st-My son John Sellars who some time since removed to the west has received from me One tract of land on Thompsons Creek, worth Six Hundred dollars, One negro man named Ned worth Five Hundred dollars, and two hundred and sixty dollars in money, which I give him as a full share of my estate real and personal. 2/My son Abraham Sellars I have previously given one negro man named Jacob worth five hundred dollars besides Sundry other articles I have not mentioned. It is my will and I give him two other negroes vis Lewis a boy and Penelope a girl to be his full Share of my estate both real and personal. 4/My son Richard Sellars who lives in the western Country has received from me one waggon worth one hundred dollars, and one hundred dollars in money one negro woman named Rhoda worth six hundred dollars and I give to his lawful begotten children three Hundred dollars to be equally divided between them as they arrive to the age of twenty one years to be raised as here in after directed to be his full share of my estate both real and personal. 5/My daughter Mary Gaddy has received from me two negroes some money and so forth to the amount of her share of my Estate both real and personal for which her husband Thomas Gaddy has given me a receipt to that effect. 6/To the three children of my deceased daughter Phebe Gulledge viz Elijah Gullage James Gullage Phebe Gullage I give to each three hundred dollars to bear interest from my death until they arrive to the age of twenty one years which sum is to be a full share of my Estate both real & personal to the three last children named 7/To the Son of my deceased daughter Jane Briley, Iverson L. Briley I give three hundred dollars to bear interest from my death untill he arrives to the age of twenty one years which is to be a full share of my Estate both real and personal 8/It is my will that Executors Sell my two tracts of land one on Cruises Branch and one on Black Creek and such other of my property as are not disposed of Such as Stock Crop household and kitchen furniture &c to the amount of the Legacies already given and to be sold at their discretion and all legacies debts and expenses being provided for by my Executors then the balance of my Estate not disposed of I give and dispose of in the following manner, It is my will that the tract of land on which I live be divided in the following manner (that is to say be equally divided between my beloved wife Lavina my son Hardy Huntley [Handy?] Sellars and my daughter Zilpha A Sellars, my wife to have that part where on the dwelling house and other out houses now Stand and one third of the balance of my Estate not given away I loan to my wife Levina during her natural life time or widowhood except the land as before mentioned to be for her use and benefit untill my son Hardy H do arrive to the age of twenty years (should she remain my widow so long at which time my son is to take possession of the said land and at the marriage or death of my said wife the whole of my Estate not before given to my first set of children and grand children to be equally divided between my son Hardy H and daughter Zilpha A Sellers, my son as before stated to have that part whereon the buildingss now Stands. And I do hereby nominate constiture and appoint my father in law Elder Joel Gullage and my friends John Evans and Turner Bryan Executors to this my last will and testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand &and Seal this 14th day of July in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and thirty four and in the fifty ninth year of American Independance.

Signed Sealed published and declared in the presence of the testator and in the presence of us who have Subscribed our names as witnesses hereto
Neill Smith
Wm Hancock (his mark)
Andrew J. [or I?] Hancock Hardy Sellars Senr (Seal)

>From LDS Film No. 0317576 .
Darlington, SC
Bills & Answers 1831-1841, pg 300-302

NOTE! This was the will as copied by the clerk as Exhbit A to the Bill for Account and Partition filed by Levinia Sellers, Hardy H. Sellers 7
Zilpha Sellers vs John Evans & Turner Bryant, John Sellers & Others.
The clerk missed Item 3 of the will, which was supplied in typed form from a correspondent of my sister's a number of years ago:

"3rd - My son Philip Sellers has received from me one tract of land on Thompson Creek worth Six Hundred dollars, One negro woman worth Five Hundred dollars. I also give him Three Hundred dollars to be a full share of my Estate. both real and personal." She notes the will was in Book 8, pgs 28, 29 & 30.

Name: Hardy Sellers
Service Info.: PVT CONTINENTAL LINE REVOLUTIONARY WAR
Birth Date: 2 Mar 1757
Death Date: 12 Jan 1835
Cemetery: Old Sellers Family Cemetery
Cemetery Address: Bonnie Rd Chesterfield, SC 29709

[NI00361] Walter F. Crooks family in the 1930 census of Logan Co., Oklahoma:
Walter F. Crooks age 50
Dora 48
William 20
Thelma 19
Raymond 16
Walter 13
Dorothy 9
Viola 7

[NI00393] John Earl Anderson:
John Earl Anderson was a veteran of WWII. As a Combat Infantryman in Co L of the 309th Inf Reg, 78th Inf Div "The Lightning Division", he arrived on the European front just in time to help win the Battle of the Bulge. John was an ammunition bearer on a mortar team. Harold Simmons was his partner and mortarman. The 309th, known as the "Diehard" regiment, took part in establishing a "bridgehead" to protect the only bridge left standing on the Rhine River at Ramagen. On 19 Mar 45, John was wounded as the American units broke out of the bridgehead and continued the march toward Berlin. He was awarded the bronze star, three bronze battle stars, the purple heart and the good conduct medal. John died in 1982. He is buried in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Creek Co., Oklahoma.

[NI00412] Joseph Wilson is listed on the 1870 TN census as "insane".

[NI00414] Hiram Wilson: These notes are based upon an article that was researched by Donald C. Jeter and published in the Summer-1973 issue of The Marshall County Historical Quarterly titled The History of Wilson Hill.

The first white men to set foot in the area of Tennessee that became known as the Globe Valley were hunters from Kentucky. Among them were AMOS LONDON and HIRAM WILSON. These men came to the area before 1806 to hunt and trap. On one such trip their dogs flushed a bear and after chasing it for a while, one of the men tired and sat down to rest. Meanwhile, the bear chase continued and soon the fellow who had stopped to rest on a log at the edge of a bluff was startled when the bear, which had doubled back, burst out of the underbrush almost on top of him. He fell back over the log and down the bluff about thirty feet through thick brush landing at the entrance of a cave with a small stream flowing from it. They called the place Cave Spring and the first church organized in the valley was located there.

Amos London settled close to the spring in 1808/9. He sold the land to Hiram Wilson in 1832. Hiram, along with his brother, had settled on Lynn Creek (south of Lynnville, TN) in 1809 and moved to the area of Wilson Hill before 1830. That first church was moved to Wilson Hill in 1845 and set upon an acre of ground which the Wilson brothers, Hiram and Thomas, had donated.

[NI00447] Jacobus "James" Fulkerson:
Jacobus Fulkerson was baptized as Jacobus VOLKERTSON on June 22, 1737. He was known as James most of his life. He was a member of the Washington Co., VA militia during the Revolutionary War and participated in the Battle of Kings Mountain. He remained in the militia after the war and attained the rank of Captain ( http://members.home.com/apr1jan/captjames.html ).

[NI00475] Abraham Lincoln:
Sixteenth president of the United States.

[NI00508] Andrew Wise
Andrew served in the Revolutionary War under Capt. Rose of Washington Co. Pennsylvania.

[NI00509] Frederick Wise
Frederick served in the Revolutionary War under Capt. Rose of Washington Co. Pennsylvania.

[NI00525] 1860 census lists George Yarborough as a school teacher.

[NI00555] Vincent Sears: by Harry A. Nelms
The objective of this sketch of VINCENT SEARS is to provide a guide to anyone who may be interested in doing additional research. A minimum of records will be cited. To fully justify this account of VINCENT, citing and discussing numerous records would be required.
VINCENT married LUNDY KIMBALL in 1817 in Granville Co., NC. Their marriage bond is the only record that has been found for VINCENT in that area. Their bondsman was ANDERSON SEARS.
The next instance where VINCENT is identified by name is in 1823, in Newton Co., GA. On 4 Nov 1823, VINCENT witnessed a deed between DEMPSEY W. CLAYTON and WILLIAM SEARS, and on the following day, he proved that deed.
A few years later, 1827, still in Newton Co., GA, VINCENT made a deed to JOSEPH SEARS, "both of Newton Co., GA." This was for "land in Newton County, formerly Henry County". How VINCENT obtained this land has not been determined.
By the year 1830, VINCENT is enumerated in the U.S. Census for Habersham Co., GA. In this census he is shown as having been born between 1790 and 1800, an apparent wife is shown whose age is between 20 and 30, and there is one male and one female child, both with ages less than five.
VINCENT was one of the fortunate drawers in the 1832 Gold Lots Lottery of Georgia, and in 1835 he registered his draw. In both instances, the residence of VINCENT is given as Brook's District of Habersham Co., GA. How VINCENT disposed of this property has not been determined.
In 1834, a deed was registered in Newton Co., GA, the date of the deed being 14 Mar 1832. In this deed, VINCENT, along with WYATT SEARS, BISHOP SEARS, WILLIAM SEARS, ANDERSON SEARS, JOHN A. SEARS, and FRANCES SEARS, all of Georgia, transferred a parcel of land to ALFRED SEARS of Newton Co., GA. The land being transferred to ALFRED was half of the land previously sold by VINCENT to JOSEPH SEARS.
A number of interpretations might be made of that 1834 Newton Co., GA deed, but it appears to be one where a group of siblings are disposing of their share of an estate. There are other records which do establish a sibling relationship between several of those grantors.
In 1840, VINCENT is again enumerated in the U.S. Census of Habersham Co., GA. He is again shown as having been born between 1790 and 1800, his apparent wife shown as age 30 to 40, and the household now contains four male minors, two female minors, ages ranging between less than five and less than 15.
In the period between 1841 and 1843, the Deed records of Habersham Co., GA show VINCENT buying two pieces of property, and selling that same property. Then, the Deed records of Hall Co., GA show VINCENT purchasing land in Hall Co., GA in the year 1845. This land was to become the primary residence of VINCENT until his death.
VINCENT next appears in the U.S. Census of 1850 for Hall Co., GA, where his age, 60, is consistent with that in previous census records, and he is shown as having been born in North Carolina. In this census record, his wife is given simply as "M." (MARY as shown elsewhere), age 56, born in Georgia. MARY is apparently the second wife of VINCENT, but no record of marriage has been located for her.
The 1850 Census also reveals that one of the daughters of VINCENT (EMILY) has departed his household, and that there are two minors who may be his children by his second wife.
During the period between his first marriage and 1850, nothing has been revealed to us about the activities of VINCENT. He appears to have moved about a good deal, but otherwise have led a quite life.
In May 1855, WILLIAM F. SEARS and MARY SEARS, son and Widow, applied for letters of administration on the estate of VINCENT. The records relating to that estate administration show that VINCENT had engaged in a varied farming operation, and had owned and operated a saw mill. The property where his primary residence was located was sold to his son JOSEPH T. SEARS. This property was located along Flat Creek, on the west side of present day Gainesville, GA.

[NI00561] John A. Sears: Submitted by Ronald D. Bridges
John A. Sears was born in North Carolina, probably in Rowan County, on 12 Oct 1812. John migrated into Georgia with his family while still a boy. Tabitha Jane Buckner was born in Georgia on 22 Dec 1808. Her family had come into Georgia about 1796 from Rowan County, NC. John and Tabitha were married in Talbot County, Georgia about 1833. A few years later, they moved into eastern Alabama, residing around Loachapoka in the area that is now Lee County, AL.
Their neighbors in the Loachapoka area included two families who had also previously resided in Talbot Co., GA and the timing that can be established suggest that these households were traveling together. One of these families we Owen T. Sears and his wife Elizabeth Rush. The other family was Thomas J. Buckner and his wife Temperance Rush. Owen is a nephew to John, and like John, was a millwright. Thomas was a wagon maker and is a first cousin to Tabitha. Elizabeth and Temperance were sisters. This group resided in the Loachapoka area until 1847-1849 and were later close neighbors in the Weoka community of Coosa Co., AL. Weoka is now in Elmore Co., AL. John and Tabitha were also neighbor and friends of the T. T. Wall family in Weoka.
John constructed a mill on Weoka Creek where "the trace crossed the creek". He was reputed to be the best millwright in the county. John operated the Weoka mill for many years, eventually selling it to James Lykes. In the late 1850’s, the family moved north to Hatchett Creek just above Rockford. John and his son-in-law, George W. McEwen, built a mill where the Turnpike crossed Hatchett Creek. John built many other mills and, for years, supervised and changed machinery in the large cotton mills at Tallassee, Elmore Co., AL, when changes were needed.
By 1860, there were at least six other Sears households in Coosa County. All of these households had migrated from Georgia and east Alabama and all appear to descendants of Joseph Sears. Once a Sears family was moving west and stopped at John and Tabitha home. They received a massive dresser from this Sears family, because their wagon was just too overloaded to carry it any farther. It is said this massive dresser is still in the family.
In 1860 John organized and helped to construct Sears Chapel, located about a mile north of Rockford, AL. The chapel was initially of log construction. After the War Between the States, a second building was constructed and the original building was used as a school. The present building was constructed in 1897. John was an active Mason all his life. John and Tabitha are buried in the Sears Chapel Cemetery, Coosa Co., AL.

"At the Turnpike, John Sears and George McEwen had a good mill from about 1856. There had been a mill at the same site much earlier, but washed away and the site was unused for years." (1)

"John Sears, a millwright who put up the Lykes mill, and was its owner for years. He built several other mills and was the best millwright of the county. He was for years the one who superintended and changed the machinery at the large Tallassee cotton mills whenever changes ere needed. He was highly esteemed by all who knew him for his integrity, piety and general worth." (2)

Several Methodists church were built in Coosa County "one built in the later fifties between Hanover and Rockford, called Sears’ Chapel for John Sears, the noted Millwright. At each of these churches there is a cemetery. A large shaft marks the resting place of Sears, the leading spirit." (3)

(1) Rev. George E. Brewer, History of Coosa County, Alabama (Easley, South Carolina: Southern Historical Press, Inc., 1987), p. 37.
(2) Ibid., 105.
(3) Ibid., 174.

On his picture, which is hanging in Sears Chapel, it reads: Worshipful Master Weogufka Dec 1871 to Jun 1873.

In 1849 John A. Sears, Owen L. Sears, and Thomas J. Buckner applies to build a water saw and grist mill on the west half of section four township twenty of range eighteen in Tallapoosa land district on Wewoka Creek in Coosa Co., AL. Owen Sears is a nephew of John's and Thomas is a cousin of John's wife, Tabitha.

[NI00572] Thomas Liles Hopkins - source Karen Schiavone [mizzou@cris.com]
Per family tradition Thomas Liles Hopkins served in the War of 1812 with a unit from KY. I have obtained a military file from the National Archives for Thomas Hopkins. As of this date I cannot prove it is our Thomas Liles Hopkins. There were no pension or bounty land records at the National Archives for this man.
"Served in the War of 1812 with Capt. Patrick Gray's Company of Infantry, 5th Regiment (Lewis), Kentucky Volunteer Militia. He served as a private from August 15, 1812 joining in George Town, KY to February 15, 1813 being discharged in Niagara."
There is no date of birth or other personal information given.
Thomas and Sarah had thirteen children. James was the seventh.
Sometime around 1840, Liles & Sarah moved west with all of their children and all of their slaves. In St. Clair County, IL, just outside St. Louis, MO, Liles died. Sarah met with her sons and they decided to continue on west. They settled in an area of MO which is now Phelps County, but was most likely Pulaski County at that time. Sarah purchased 40 acres of federal land and received her patent for the land on Apr 10, 1843. At the time of the land purchase she gave her residence as Pulaski County. Family lore says that she originally occupied land that is now part of the Ft. Leonard Wood military base.

[NI00584] Asa B. Dowell was a minister in the United Brethern Church having been appointed at one time to "the Blue Point Circuit" in Ohio.

[NI00624] Dirck Volkertsen was one of the earliest settlers in the area known as New Amsterdam and later as New York City. He was a carpenter by trade and helped build the first building in the area.

[NI00646] Acenah Mills Fisher is listed in the 1900 census as having been born in Feb of 1898 and being 2 years of age.

Acenah Mills Fisher (age 98 living for 70 years at 15 Young Street, Bemis,Tenn) in her own words:
My earliest memory is playing at Aunt Ellen's house. She lived in a log cabin behind our house up on 5th street here in Bemis. She was a colored Lady.
The first book I read was a primer. My first Grade teacher was Miss Kate Dubois.
First Movie-I went to Jackson to see a movie with my piano teacher Mrs. Brooks and her little girl Stella, and her Husband went with us. I don't know the name of the movie.
What I did when I was Young-My best friends were Tommie Parrot(She later married a Cavender), Amy Garey, and Viola Brown. Dr Brown's son, Alan, looked at me through a window and made faces at me while Dr Brown was pulling my tooth. I had to go to the cow pasture to bring our cow home at night , so Nell could milk her, I was afraid of the cow. The Governor Of Tenn coming to Bemis To speak, His name was Patterson. They put the Grandstand in our yard, I don't know why except my daddy was a big democrat. He didn't have any use for republicans.
My favorite food -Eggs. I like oysters too.
Music- Old Hymns
Favorite Actor-Lassie, I like Andy Griffith too.
If I could spend time with anyone past or present it would be my mother, Betty Jean, Benton, All of the ones who are gone.
I remember My Father-Bringing a big watermelon home: I remember him talking about working out west on the railroad, and they would sit around the fires at night talking.
I remember my Mother-wanting me to brush her hair and sewing. She made so many of our clothes.
What I want to pass on to my Children-That I am so glad they have their homes, and I hope they lead good lives.
150 years from now I want the family to know.- I hope they pass on to their children about coming to this house. Hope they tell how they went to church with me, once a year.
Acenah Mills Fisher 1998

Granddaughter, Jenny Jones Beeman, daughter of Nell Fisher Jones and Bill Jones, contributed the following remembrance of her Grandparents, Acenah and Benton Fisher:

It has been a year since my Grandmother Acenah Mills Fisher, died. I have been thinking about her and my Grandaddy, Benton, a lot lately. What a surprise, when my mother sent a print of Bemis sites for my latest birthday. I think she was reading my mind.

I am one of the older "cousins". In fact, I have first cousins who are the same age as my sons. (Strangely, my younger son, John, and Uncle Ronald Fisher's younger son, Martin, ended up attending Virginia Tech and even found that they were living on the same floor of a dorm neither of them had applied for.) Oops! I digress.

I was lucky to live close to Bemis and was able to know my grandparents very well and to be around when any relatives "came to town".

My Grandmother was the most wonderful cook, except for maybe my Mother. I think both of them stored bacon grease in 10 gallon drums and flavored everything with it. When I was very young, I remember my Grandmother breaking up fights over socks, etc. among my teen-aged uncles. I also remember her putting their blue jeans on stretchers (not the ambulance kind). 

Although, Grandaddy worked at the Cotton Mill, I always thought his most important job was being the projectionist at the Bemis Movie House. He would take his grandchildren to see all the movies. I believe I saw the original version of The Blob when I was 5 years old. 
What an education! Later, he operated the projector at a drive-in theater in Jackson. One night, my brother, sister and I lay on the ground to watch a movie at the drive-in. I had some huge bumps on my forehead the next day which the doctor said looked like ant bites. I always liked the Bemis Picture Show better anyway.

Grandaddy usually had a group of us "old" cousins, but I remember sitting under a tree with him in Bemis, when he told me about the five senses. I could not believe that other kids didn't already know that when it was taught at school a few years later. Grandaddy often took us to his garden across the railroad tracks. We usually traveled around in cars with plenty of room for cousins and veggies in the back. We would take the vegetables home to Grandmother, who would cook them with lots of bacon grease. mmmmm-mmmm.

Grandaddy also took us for walks in "the woods." He knew everything. He knew which trees had gum for us to chew, which ones had persimmons to make our mouths pucker up and which ones made the best snake sticks. He always made each of us a snake stick to walk with. He also taught us how to dam up the creek so the big boys playing downstream wondered what happened to their water supply. He really knew everything.

When it was time for bed in Bemis, Grandaddy would tell us stories about him, his brothers and the rest of the family. We were enthralled. He told us about covered wagons, Indians and times when his Mother would spank them.

I wrote this a few days ago and decided to keep it, but with Carl's urging, am sending it today-one year after my Grandmother, Acenah, passed away. I have to tell one more story. A very few years ago, I went out West with two friends. On the way home to East Tennessee, we stopped at an antique mall in Jackson. It was an extremely hot summer day. I decided that I had to call my Grandmother and found a pay phone on the sidewalk. Her mind was incredibly sharp, but her hearing was not. When she answered, I said, "Grandmother, this is Jenny." She kept saying things like "Who? Kenny?" I kept yelling my name louder and louder wondering when either I was going to faint from heat exhaustion or be arrested for disturbing the peace. Finally, I shouted, "Do you know Nell Marie?" She quietly said, "Well, of course I know her." After that she had no trouble understanding me. I told her where I had been and she gave me "what for" for leaving my husband and sons at home and running off with a bunch of women. I promised her I was going home that very day. As much as my friends and I laughed about the episode, we talked about how important family was to her. I find I am taking after her more and more everyday.


Jenny (October 17, 2001)

[NI00649] James Ray Riggs Submitted by Thelma Rhea Riggs:
Following the deaths of his father, James Harrison, a brother, Albert, and a sister, Claudie, in the influenza epidemic in the winter of 1919, Ray left school and went to work to help his mother, Maggie, support three younger siblings, Hallie, Gussie, and Maggie Mae. This was prior to his twelfth birthday.
Lacking formal education, Ray was self-educated. Reading did not come easily for him but he persisted and became an enthusiastic reader, especially after his retirement and when his illness limited him physically.
He was a fan of, and read all the books the library had of, author Zane Grey.
Ray worked many years as a loom-fixer at Commander Mills, a cotton mill. He then worked for Crane Carrier Corporation until his retirement.
During the early years of World War II, he had an opportunity to go to Utica, New York to work in a mill there at a higher salary. He went and the family soon followed. Shortly after an air raid and a blackout, Ray sent the family home and he soon followed them.
Ray was a skilled shad tree mechanic. So he was able to keep his old cars running well. During WWII, gas rationing was not a problem because the family always had more coupons than money to spend them.
Ray was a sports fan and transported many neighborhood kids to out-of-town school sports events. He had a Lincoln Town Car which held a large number of kids, with two sitting on the foot stools between the seats. He also coached a ball team for several years.
Ray, who suffered from emphysema, contracted a lung infection while on a trip to Russia with his oldest son, Buddy. He returned home, was hospitalized, but succumbed to the complications of the infection. He is buried next to Beatrice in Woodland Cemetery, Sand Springs, Oklahoma.
Ray had a very difficult but good life. There was always a struggle against poverty but the family was rich in many ways. He was honest, dependable, and loving. His greatest success was as a husband and father.

James Ray Riggs' family as listed in the 1930 census of Logan Co., Oklahoma:
Ray Riggs age 21 work- truck driver for produce co.
Beatrice 22 housewife
Vera Nell 3/12

[NI00650] Luther Whitley:

Birth Year: 1920
Race: White, citizen (White)
Nativity State or Country: Oklahoma
State: Oklahoma
County or City: Tulsa

Enlistment Date: 10 Sep 1942
Enlistment State: Oklahoma
Enlistment City: Tulsa
Branch: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA
Branch Code: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA
Grade: Private
Grade Code: Private
Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law
Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men)
Source: Civil Life

Education: Grammar school
Civil Occupation: Tracktor Driver* or Truck Driver, Heavy or Chauffeur or Truck Driver, Light An asterisk (*) appearing after a job title indicates that a trade test for the particular occupation will be found in the United States Employment Service Manual, Oral Trade Test
Marital Status: Married
Height: 71
Weight: 113


[Brøderbund Family Archive #110, Vol. 2, Ed. 3, Social Security Records: U.S., SS Death Benefit Records, Surnames Beginning with W, Date of Import: Jul 4, 1998, Internal Ref. #1.112.3.99906.136]
Individual: Whitley, Luther
Birth date: Sep 8, 1920
Death date: Jun 1987
Social Security #: 445-12-5486
Last residence: MO 65101
State of issue: OK
Zip of last payment: 65101

[NI00658] Rufus W. McWhirter: Submitted by Roger Davis (Sarahm~1.ftw)
Rufus Wiley (Wylie) McWhirter born 1801 in Wake County, North Carolina. Rufus married Sara Fisher 21 July 1818 in Maury (or Maury County), Tennessee. Rufus W. McWhirter received a land grant in Tennessee, Mulbrough County, 1825, 18.25a, M Dist, Bk 2, p769, g#1531. Sara was born 1798 in North Carolina. To this union was born ten children. William C. born 15 January 1821; Daniel Y. (Young?) born 1826; Andrew J. born1827; Mary A. E. born 1828; Martha C. born 1830; Sarah R. born 1832; Isabella L. born 1837; George R. born 1839; James B. 1841, J.K.P born unknown, and Margrette Louisa McWhirter born 31 Dec 1849. All were born in Lawrence County, Tennessee except for Margrette who was born in Mayfield,Graves, Tennessee.
In the 1850's Wiley was a Justice of the Peace in Lawrence county, Tennessee. William C. McWhirter, his first born, married a Mary Ann Williams, her parents were Jesse William and Rebecca (Chaffin) Williams. Jesse's brother Thomas married Jane Chaffin, and Jesse's sister Elizabeth married John Chaffin. The Williams and Chaffins were very close, if only by marriage.
In the legal records of Maury County, Tennessee there is recorded a case, Ridley vs Chaffin where William Chaffin, Mary Ann's mother's brother and Jesse Williams, her father were involved a court case and R.W. McWhirter, a J.P., had taken a disposition for the case in Lawrence County.

RIDLEY vs CHAFFIN

John T. Ridley of Maury versus WILLIAM CHAFFIN of Lawrence Co...... answer filed 10 March 1847: 5 Oct 1846 Ridley entered partnership with Chaffin as Chaffin and Ridley to carry U.S. Mail from Colombia to Bolivar... partnership was dissolved... A letter was enclosed and the postage paid on a letter from MT. Pleasant to Columbia was 10 cents.
Bill: Route No. 5291, to carry mail, they were to be paid $ 1858 per annum. Ridley says firm was "sinking money" by route within two months and dissolved 15 Jan 1847... Chaffin was to take horses then on route at the firm's dissolution.
David Thomas deposition: about the value of harness and stage sets. Presley T. Buckner, age 24, in 1848, deposes: heard John T. Ridley and Jacob Dunn? were going to put in an opposition stage on the route. This deposition taken in Lawrence Co. before R.W. McWhirter.
Depositions made 1848 in store room of Francis Price in MT. Pleasant of Wesley Nixon, 42, Henry A. Miller, 40, and Jno Alexander, 35.
Lawrence Co., 1848, John W. Pennington said one of the stage horses died at his house.
Lawrence Co., 1848, John Vorhies. Age 55. (married to Mary Chaffin)
Depositions taken of Martin L. Stockard and James l. Orr.
Jesse A. Dawson sold buggy to Miss Mary E. Ridley. Mary E Ridley complains of JESSE WILLIAMS and WILLIAM CHAFFIN on trespass. Seems as if they took her buggy for her fathers debts.
P.C. Patton deposition: Patton, M.B. Whitaker, James T. Moore employed Mary E. Ridley through her father to teach five months music and English school near Columbia.
Mention of suit of Mary E. Ridley versus Chaffin and Williams.
John T. Ridley deposition: says Mary E. is his daughter... she was 21 on 29 Oct , 1847... she taught in Female Seminary in Columbia for two sessions.
... taught school at Patton's School House fire of six miles southeast of Columbia... Ridley says he came in fall of 1847 from Mississippi to Tenn. to get her to go to that state.

William C. and Mary Ann (Williams) were married 25 Dec 1849 six days before Rufus's last child Margrette Louisa McWhirter was born. It appears that the Williams, Chaffin and McWhirter families knew each other fairly well.
The 1860 U.S. Census report found Rufus Wiley and Sara (Fisher) McWhirter living in Gainesville, Union Township, Green County, Arkansas, located in the NE corner of the state. They lived next door to his son Daniel Y. (?Young?) and Joannah (Yarbrough) McWhirter. Daniel's son T. Billie was born March 1860 in Arkansas. Rufus died in 1861 in Green County, Arkansas, he was 60 years old.
Margrette Louisa McWhirter married William Jasper Guthrie 1 December 1864 in Green County, Arkansas. They migrated to Gibstown, Jack County, (Jack Co. is now Cooke and part of Denton Counties) Texas within five years after their marriage, maybe they were there for the birth of their first child W. Lee Guthrie born 1867. Since I don't know where he was born, it is known for sure they were in Texas for their second child Sara Jane Louisa Anne Guthrie born 2 March 1869 Gibstown, Texas. If you bisect Sara/ Jane/ Louisa/ Anne/ Guthrie it could come up with, SARA for Margrette's Mother's first name- JANE may have been Sara middle name- LOUISA is Margrette's middle name- and ANNE may have been Williams mother's first name. Just a guess. Regardless, Sara (Fisher)Mcwhirter, Margrette mother went to Texas with them and died 1879 in Jack Co., Texas. This is the same general area that William C.(Margrette oldest brother) and Mary Ann (Williams) McWhirter and family had lived from 1861 to some time after 1864. William and family were back in Missouri for the 1870 U.S. Census report. In 1908 Evy Juliana (McWhirter) Davis died of "quick consumption" in the same general area, she is buried in the Plainview Cemetery, near Krum, Texas. Evy was Sara (Fisher) McWhirter's great granddaughter.
(19 September 1998 received from Jesse O. McWhirter information that a Mable H. Woods had gathered in the 1970s. Rufus Wylie McWhirter born 1801 in NC married Sara ______? born 1801 in NC. Lived 1820-30 Maury Co., Tn. 1836 Marshall Co., Roadhand. 1840-1850 Lawrence Co., Tn. and was the Justice of the Peace. She listed his parents as Moses McWhirter married Agnes Tims 26 August 1793 in Mecklenburg,Tennessee. They had five children, two we know of are Rufus and John Fletcher McWhirter).

[NI00669] John Franklin Fisher:
In 1862, John Franklin Fisher enlisted in the Confederate States Army. He saw action at the Battles of Stones River, Chickamauga, Lookout Mountain any many skirmishes.

[NI00671] James Wesley Fisher was a trooper in Stone's 4th Tenn Cavalry during the Civil War. He was shot in the thigh with a Minie ball which the army surgeon could not remove. The doctor back home could not safely remove it either. The wound never healed and the resulting complications shortened his life considerably.

[NI00673] R. M. Haggard joined the Methodist Church in 1839. He was admitted to the Tennessee Conference in 1854 at Florence, Alabama. He preached all around middle Tennessee and two of his sons entered the ministry.

[NI00678] Elisha Monroe Fisher was a school teacher.

[NI00681] William Stratton Fisher was taken prisoner by Federal forces during the Civil War. He was held at Ft. McHenry, Maryland. He was never really healthy following the war.

[NI00683] Thomas Burr Fisher joined the Confederate cavalry company of Col. T. C. H. Miller in Aug. 1862. This company became part of the 11th Cavalry in Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest's Division. After the war, he became a minister of the Methodist Church and authored an autobiography.

From Goodspeed's History of Tenn.: REV. THOMAS B. FISHER was born February 5, 1844, in Marshall County, and was of German descent from his paternal ancestors and Irish from his maternal. He was reared on the farm and received a common school education. In 1862 he enlisted in Capt. Miller's Company, Eleventh Tennessee Cavalry, Confederate Army, where he remained till the close of the war. He and four brothers served in that contest; one of them received a wound, from the effects of which he died several years after the war. Having returned home, out subject attended school in his own county and took a course at Union University, graduating from the literary department in 1869. He then joined the Tennessee Conference, and has been engaged in preaching the word of God ever since. In 1872 he married Sallie H. Roberts, who was born in Marshall County, August 31, 1847. The union was blessed by the birth of four children: Wilson P., Fannie B. (deceased), John R. and Mary. Mrs. Fisher and her son Wilson are also members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. In 1883 Mr. Fisher moved to the farm and has remained there ever since, but he still carries on his ministerial work. For seventeen years he has been actively engaged in the good cause, and his ability as a preacher is too well known to require comment. He is a son of John and Mildred (Stratton) Fisher. The father was born in North Carolina in 1806, and was the oldest of twenty-one children. The mother was born in November, 1810, in Maury County, and was the second wife of John Fisher. This union resulted in the birth of three children, all boys, two of whom are living. The father was a blacksmith and wagon-maker by trade until after he had passed the meridian of life, when he turned his attention exclusively to farming. he died in 1882 and his wife followed three months later.

[NI00685] William Benton Fisher, Jr. in his own words:
My earliest memory is going to the post office with my father at about the age of three.
The first book I read was: Baby Ray.
In school, I was always tardy.
The first movies I remember are Wings and Sonny Boy (Talkie)
As a kid, I had fun playing ball and going to the woods with my father and siblings.
Among my favorite foods is good chilli.
One of my favorite musical performers of all time is my boyhood friend Lyn Vernon.
Among my favorite actor or actress of all time is Humphrey Bogart.
If I could spend 30 minutes with anyone, past or present, I would spend it with: ???
I remember my Father's interest in a wide variety of subjects. Also how hard he worked. For example in 1930, among other things, he worked a shift at the Bemis Mill, ran the "midnight" movie, took the census, and raised a garden.
I remember my Mother working equally hard.
If I could pass only one thing that I've learned on to my children, it would be???
Benton Jr. 1999

Ronald Fisher writes: I believe everyone agrees that you'd have to look hard to find a nicer, more good-natured and generous person than Benton. I cannot remember him ever losing his temper.
He was a very good basketball player and softball pitcher in high school and college. He was on the one and only Bemis High School basket ball team that ever went to the State Tournament.
When he was first in the Navy making $50 a month he sent $25 a month home.
He went into the Navy on his 18th birthday and in a little over a year was a First Class Petty Officer. He was at sea in the Atlantic on the battleship USS Wyoming on DEC 7, 1941.
He graduated from Union College in Schenectady, NY and Massachusetts Institute of Technology and received a Master's degree from Rennsselaer in Albany, NY. He served in Vietnam and spent 30 years in the Navy and retired as a Commander.
He and Betty have done many, many wonderful things for me throughout the years. Their dinners and parties are always superb, entertaining and numerous.
Ron Fisher 2001

The obituary of William Benton Fisher, Jr: Appeared in the Jackson Sun (Jackson, TN) July 1, 2003.
Commander William Benton Fisher, Jr. US Navy (retired)

William Benton Fisher, Jr., 81, Commander US Navy (retired) of Washington, DC died on Friday, June 27 as a result of injuries sustained in a fall the previous day. He was the husband of Elizabeth Weil Fisher originally from Goldsboro, NC They were married in Goldsboro in 1957 and have resided in Washington, since 1958.

Born in Bemis, Tennessee, Commander Fisher was the oldest of the thirteen children of the late William Benton Fisher, senior and the late Acenah Mills Fisher. He attended elementary and high school in Bemis.

He began his 29-year career in the Navy at age 18, never having seen the ocean. He advanced to the rating of Electrician's Mate First Class in about one years time and was at sea on the battleship USS Wyoming, on December 7, 1941. In 1943, he was selected for officer training and college through the Navy V-12 program. He received a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Union College, Schenectady, New York and was commissioned an ensign in the Navy in 1946. Later he obtained a second bachelor of science degree, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and an M.S. in industrial engineering and management from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

As a junior Line Officer, Commander Fisher served on two cruisers the USS Fresno and USS Columbus. As an Engineering Duty Officer specializing in electronics and communications, he served: in the Electronics Division of Naval Sea Systems Command; as Ship Superintendent at New York Naval Shipyard where he helped build super aircraft carriers; in electronic installations work in Vietnam and Turkey; on the Naval Inspection and Survey Board, Washington DC, where his duties included the inspection of new nuclear submarines; as the Assistant Communications Officer and Electronics Officer, U.S. Naval Support Activity, Naples, Italy; and finally as Technical Advisor to the Director, Naval Communications. He was promoted to Commander in 1962.

After leaving the Navy, he worked at the Logistics Management Institute until his retirement in 1982. As a very prolific Senior Research Analyst at the Logistic Management Institute, he among other things, played an indispensable role in the development of the Aircraft Availability Model. This model and it's successors are still a crucial component of U.S. Air Force maintenance and procurement programs and are used widely in commercial programs.

An outstanding athlete, he was on the one and only Bemis High School basketball team that ever went to the State Tournament. At one point in the basketball season at Union College, he was the 29th highest point maker in the nation with George Mikan as number one. Commander Fisher also pitched and batted cleanup in baseball and softball in college.

He will be missed by his wife of 45 years, two daughters and sons-in-laws, Elizabeth and Tom Fisher-York of Ithaca New York and Ann and Gary Vollen of San Francisco; four grandchildren, sisters and brothers-in-law Nell and Bill Jones of Milan, Alice and Joe Isaac of Missouri, and Louise Blankenship of Florida; and brothers and sisters-in-law Thomas and Claire Fisher of New York, Bobby and Dorothy Fisher of Kentucky, George and Jolena Fisher of Jackson, Ronald and Lenyr Fisher of Virginia, Paul and Beverly Fisher of Jackson, Richard and Sandy Fisher of Milan, David and Annette Fisher of Jackson, and Kenny and Susan Fisher of Milan and his very many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Betty (Mrs. Fred) Short of Brentwood, Tennessee.

A memorial service will be held at 3 PM in the First Baptist Church of Bemis, 116 Bemis Lane. Memorials may be directed to the Bemis Historical Society, PO Box 9266, Jackson, TN 38314 or to DC Central Kitchen, 425 2nd St., Washington, DC 20001.

[NI00686] Nell Marie Fisher Jones in her own words:
My earliest memories are 1. Being in a baby buggy (Probably with Benton, Jr.) and Daddy putting a wet bathing suit on my feet. 2. Grandmother and Grandfather Fisher from Oklahoma giving me a "wind-up" Charlie Chaplain doll. 3. Benton Jr. taking his shoes off in church. 4. Playing paper dolls with Betty Jean. 5. Going to Uncle Denton Mills's house and coming home to find we had a new baby. 6. Finding out we were outside the world. I thought we were inside so we wouldn't fall off.
The first book I read was "BABY RAY".
The first Movie I remember was a Mickey Mouse comedy that I think Daddy borrowed a car, and took us to Jackson to see.
As a Kid I had fun playing (probably fighting) with brothers and sisters and neighbors' kids, going to the woods and walking in Bemis.
My favorite foods are Hot Tamales and all desserts.
My Favorite music is all Music (except South American). Except for people, it is the best thing we have to help us (outside our Religion, or faith).
Favorite Actor Or actress-I liked so many since I made a scrapbooks of Clark Gable, and Bettie Davis up to Macaulay Culkin and George Clooney.
If I could spend time with someone past or present, it would have to be 2 people: Daddy, to see what he thought of his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and even great-great-grandchildren, new in-laws, John Fisher playing high school and college football, inventions, such as computers etc. The other person would be Grandmother Mills who grew up in Virginia,
and she told me stories about their slaves, but I didn't listen to them as I should have.
I remember my father looking at the movie through the little window, when he was the projectionist.
I remember my mother always working at home wanting us to go to church and getting Red Roses to wear on Mothers day.
If I could pass on only one thing I learned to my children it would be to really appreciate all life and to know it is a gift from GOD.
A 150 years from now I want members of the family to know we all seem to like each other, warts and all.,.its a great mystery.
Nell (oldest Fisher Granddaughter) 1998.

[NI00701] Billie Fisher:
Buried in Willow Wild Cemetery at Bonham, Texas.

[NI00702] Doris A. Kitchens, 81, of Sand Springs, passed away on Wednesday, August 28, 2013. Doris was born to Claude M. Fisher and Lois Nicol Fisher on Oct. 11, 1931 in Sand Springs, OK.
She attended school in Sand Springs, graduating in May, 1949. During her summers she worked at the old Ace Cleaners, the Harmony Theater, the Drive-In Theater, the Dew Drop Inn (a hang out for school kids), and the Chamber of Commerce, Retail Merchants.
She went to work for the Sand Springs State Bank in 1951. She worked there until the bank was purchased by Bank of Oklahoma, Tulsa, for the second time, around 1993. She was then transferred to work at the Bank of Oklahoma Tower in downtown Tulsa. She retired in 1997 after 45 ½ years in the banking industry. She saw many changes during those years including a time when there were no account numbers, no drive through windows, no ATM machines, no Visa Cards and no branch banking. She loved working at the bank and made many life long friends during her tenure.
She was a member of the Trinity Baptist Church in Sand Springs and the Ladies Auxiliary to Veterans of Foreign Wars #3689. She was also a member of the Sand Springs High School Alumni Association. She enjoyed traveling, camping, fishing, crocheting, working crypto-quotes, crossword puzzles, playing cards, dominoes, or any kind of game. She especially enjoyed spending time with her grandkids.
Doris loved to be around people, attending parties and family gatherings. She especially loved attending her kids sporting events and extracurricular activities. She often reminisced about growing up on “the farm” as well as the many soccer and softball tournaments she got to attend and the good friends she made during this time. She was a jokester and a little bit ornery. She loved making others laugh and always had a good joke or funny story to tell.
Doris married Retired Army Colonel, Milton G. Kitchens, Sr. on Oct. 22, 1998 in Fayetteville, AR. They lived in Cookson, OK for the first two years of their marriage, before moving back to Sand Springs in Oct, 2000 to live out the rest of their retirement years.
She is survived by her husband of the home. A son, Clayton Tracy Walters of Gardner KS, a daughter, Reena Lois Street and husband Steve of Vinita. She is also survived by two step-sons, Stan Kitchens and wife Edie and Milton Kitchens, Jr. of Tulsa and a step-daughter Emily Kitchens of Broken Arrow.
Grandchildren, C. Kodee Walters of Tulsa, Nick Walters of Sand Springs, Kelsey, Brandon and Rachel Street of Vinita, OK. Also, Ashley Kitchens and wife Carrie of Bozeman, MT, Randy Kitchens of Stillwater, Stephen Baker of Tulsa, Milton Kitchens III of Ozark, MO and great grandson, Rex Kitchens of Bozeman, MT.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father, four brothers, J.D., Richard, her twin brother, Gene and her baby brother Gerald. Three sisters, Billie Lois Fisher, Mary Warner and Leona Goad. Also, two husbands, Fred Satterwhite and Dewey Clayton Walters. A host of nieces, nephews, cousins and many, many friends. Doris will be greatly missed by everyone.
Doris chose to be cremated and will be laid to rest in the Fort Gibson National Cemetery with her husband.
A memorial celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, Sept. 7th at 10:00am. The memorial will be held at Trinity Baptist Church, 13 W. 40th St, Prattville, OK. Her children would like for friends and family that can attend, to share a story or special memory they have of Doris.

[NI00704] John Richard Fisher:
John Richard Fisher was an ace pitcher for the Commander Mills baseball team in the early 1950s. He threw hard and fast and had amazing control. His teammate and friend, Charley Hughes, was a successful pitcher too. Back then, major league scouts held tryouts all around the country and Richard and Charley would go display their pitching tallent whenever the oppurtunity came along. The Boston Braves were impressed enough with Richard's fast ball to offer him a contract and he was soon the starting pitcher on the Braves' farm team in Waycross, GA. Charley, who could throw just about any kind of "stuff" from dirt balls to curves and was sure to have batters swinging at air in every game they played in the community league, wanted to know why they signed Richard and not him. The big league scouts told him they could teach anyone to throw the kind of "stuff" he threw but they couldn't teach anyone to throw hard and fast and be as accurate as Richard was. We will never know if Richard would have made a big name for himself in baseball because he had just gotten married before leaving for GA and wasn't there long before he got homesick, quit and came home.

[NI00710] Lawrence Dean (Larry) Fisher in his own words:
1. Earliest memory--falling in sand burr patch near the salt pits behind the row houses in the Mill Row. I must have been about 15 months old. Ouch!
2. First book--Of course, Dick and Jane (whose author died last week, by the way) was the first grade reading material, but the first true novel I read was Tarzan of the Apes. I remember being so confused the first time a subsequent chapter did not continue where the previous chapter ended. (Read it and you'll see what I mean.)
3. In school, I always . . .made A's, all except Typing (a B). That was until college, but we'll not talk about that.
4. First movie--Surely it was not the first, but the first I remember was going to see Frankenstein at the Star Theater in downtown Sand Springs. I must have been about seven. I think I was with older brothers, probably Don and Connie Neil, and I believe we walked home in the dark. Talk about nightmares!
5. As a kid I had fun . . . Playing in the gully or creek near out home. Those places were any location in WW II, another planet, a jungle, whatever we wanted it to be. The great news is my brothers and I have formed a family foundation and bought this old home site. As a result, future Fishers and their relatives will continue to play in the gully or on the creek for decades to come.
6. Food--Anything I can get teeth into. Actually, pork chops are hard to beat. As for dessert, I love pecan pie so much my older daughter Lisa bought me my on pecan pie dish with the recipe printed in the bottom. I am now expected to provide a pecan pie at holiday meals.
7. Group--Spike Jones. Individual--Beethoven. They were a lot alike, actually.
8. Actor/actress--while Robert Duvall is great, I can't pass by a John Wayne flick. And, I agree with others on Kate Hepburn. The lady can act! As a team, I love Spence Tracy and Kate.
9. Excluding the obvious religious figures and other such personalities I would choose a friend I'll not name who died tragically. I would tell him how much I cared and ask him what really happened. Truth is when he died it, in effect, killed his whole family because the people they were going to become never got to be. His kids grew up so very differently than they would have had he lived.
10. I remember my father reading or telling stories with a small smile on his face and his eyes closed as if he were reading it off the backs of his eyelids.
11. My mother singing, helping others, being involved and alive.
12. Be true to that person in the mirror.
13. In 150 years I want people in the family to know I am the record-setting Fisher by living over 210 years. Ha! Actually, I want them to know I thought of them often. I hope to God they have a better world than I have, but I am not completely optimistic they will. I've had a very good world, indeed.
Larry Fisher 1998

[NI00711] Charles Ralph Fisher in his own words:
My earliest memory is eating a picnic style dinner at the house. The main course was corn on the cob and it was great fun. I know I was probably three or four because we ate where a room was built when I was five.
The first book that had real impact on me was Big Red. I was probably in the 7th grade. I used to read all the sports books ie All American HalfBack. Buck something all conference guard. I had read every type of those books the library had. A report was due and I was desperate. I found this Big Red. I hated OU but I thought any football book would be better than anything else so I read it. After about a chapter I realized there was no sports, just a story about a dog. Since I needed it for a report I finished it and loved it. From then on I read anything.
In school, I was always very competitive about math. I always wanted to work speed problems at the board against other kids.
The first movie I remember was King Kong. Obviously it was a re-release but I was probably only 5 or 6. I am pretty sure Larry and I went with Donnie. All I really remember was standing in line around a corner it was so long and then in the lobby my head was at everybodys' knees.
As a kid, I had fun playing war games in the gully at the folks house. My buddies and I recreated Iwo Jima, Pearl Harbor and every other war place we knew of. Cowboys and Indians were also great games there.
My favorite food is JUNK FOOD, mainly chocolate.
My favorite musical group and individual artist of all time are The Beatles and Sinatra as single. But an unusual one I really liked was Robert Mitchum. Not a great voice but very distinctive and a good poet. He only had one album That Man Sings. He wrote all the lyrics to the songs. His only 'near hit' was Thunder Road which was the theme song from the movie.
My favorite actor and/or actress of all time are Jimmy Stewart and Katherine Hepburn.
If I could spend 30 minutes with anyone, past or present, excluding family, it would have to be Jesus. I would like him to tell me how to know when he was speaking in parables and when he was being literal.
I remember my Father as being the most well read man I knew and the most thoughtful. He was also very gentle. I remember being totally stunned when he would tell me stories of his younger days when he would get into serious fights ie with a man he thought was carrying a gun to go after dad.
I remember my Mother as being the busiest person I ever knew. She was active in church, PTA (president of every level of SS PTA twice), and went thru all the offices in clubs like Eastern Star and Ameranth.
If I could pass on only one thing I've learned to my children, it would be: Try to not be too hard on yourself or other people. Kind of 'judge not lest ye be judged' but also don't be afraid to recognize your own faults and take steps to correct them.
One hundred and fifty years from now, I want family members to know that as a family we generally and honestly really liked each other, there was great humor and a lot of dry wit. We could dish out the jokes and take them. There was a lot of intelligence altho not always a lot of formal education.

[NI00712] Vera Nell Riggs Boatman: Submitted by Vera Nell Boatman
Vera Nell worked at Hissom Center for retarded children from Sept. 1968 until Jan. 1970. Both she and her daughter-in-law, Susan, went to work for Dr. Eugene McCormick, a new dentist in town, at the same time. Vera Nell worked there until Nov. 1974 when she quit to take care of her new granddaughter, Heidi Michelle Boatman. When Heidi was three, Vera Nell decided to go back to school and soon earned an A.D. in nursing from Tulsa Junior College in 1979. She then went to work at Hillcrest Medical Center in Tulsa. Psychiatry has always been her field including Adult Psych, Geriatric Psych, Adolescent Psych, Chemical Dependency in Adults and Adolescents and Eating Disorders. In 1989, she became a certified Psych R.N. Vera Nell retired in 1992, but was only off one month when Hillcrest called and talked her into going back to work on a part time basis. She has worked there ever since while still drawing full retirement from them. Two years ago, she discontinued the stressful duty as an R.N. but still works as a Psychiatric Technician. She has maintained her R.N. license. Vera Nell no longer does sewing or hand work as she did when she was younger, but now spends time involved with church activities at the First Christian Church in Sand Springs or volunteering for Tulsa Senior Services. She also enjoys activities with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her children, grandchildren and three great grands enjoy all types of activities, especially the out of doors. Vera Nell and her husband, Clarence, enjoy traveling and camping. Their many adventures have included: Annual ski trips to Colorado, camping and trout fishing on the Rio Grande River, celebrating the 4th of July from a house boat on Lake Powell in Arizona, European tours, deep sea fishing in Mexico, trips to Alaska for camping, hunting and fishing. Vera Nell traveled to Russia on a medical tour in 1990.

[NI00715] James Harrison "Buddy" Riggs: Submitted by Thelma Rhea Riggs
Buddy Riggs died in Milano, Italy while on a trip with family. He is buried in Woodland, Cemetery, Sand Springs, Oklahoma. He was a Fellow in the Society of Actuaries, having passed the ten exams required for that honor. He was a partner in the firm of Milliman and Robertson, Inc. He was living in Indianapolis, Indiana at the time of his death.
Buddy was not married and had no children but gave and shared many happy experiences with his nephews and nieces.
He was an avid sports fan, especially of baseball. He enjoyed reading and attending dramatic and musical performances. He also appreciated gourmet foods and liked to cook. He was a world traveler who enjoyed researching and planning trips for himself and others.
Those who knew him spoke of his intelligence, integrity, industry, and love of life.

[NI00717] This from Lisa Riggs 10/19/2009 - On the death of her Uncle, Donald L. "Jeep" Riggs, Wed. Oct. 14, 2009

My uncle Jeep was the son of Ray and Beatrice Riggs, and is my Dad Pete's brother. He had been struggling with some heart and kidney issues. He has two daughters, Leslie Riggs (who has a daughter, Madison Riggs) and Lynnia Riggs (who has a daughter, Bailey Riggs). Jeep has always been Maddy's and Bailey's favorite baby sitter since they were born, and they have always been a very close family. Jeep will really be missed by all of us, but mostly by "his girls."

This from Reena Walters Street:

Had a relative pass away a few days ago. His name is Donald "Jeep" Riggs. He graduated from SS in 1960 and was a standout football player and captain for Charles Page HS on the 1959-1960 team. He is the father of Leslie Riggs and Lynn Riggs.... Leslie graduated from SS in 1982 or 1983 and Lynn graduated from SS in 1986. I'm sure some of you remember these girls. Please keep the family in your prayers.

[NI00733] Commodore Bascom Fisher:
Commodore B. Fisher was a veteran of WW1. He also served as an educational missionary to Iran for the United Presbyterian Church from 1920 to 1951. He was sent back to Iran in 1960 and served there until his retirement in 1963.

[NI00749] Robert Fisher was a physician as stated on the 1860 and 1870 censuses.

[NI00758] Willie Haden Fisher is buried in the Fisher Cemetery at Ironton, Missouri.
He, along with his brother Bascom J., is listed as having "malarial fever" in the 1880 census.

[NI00762] Jacob C. Fisher served in the Confederate Army in Co D, 4th Tenn Cav.

From Goodspeed's History of Tenn.:J. C. FISHER’S ancestors were from North Carolina. His father, George W. Fisher, wan born in August, 1812, and was brought to Tennessee by his parents when only four years old. George W. Fisher married Elizabeth Helm who was born in North Carolina, in 1814, and died in Tennessee in 1846. Our subject was born in Marshall County, Tenn., January 16, 1838, and is the third of seven children and of Irish descent. At the age of twenty years he began clerking for W. S. Hurst, at Hurst’s Cross Roads, Murray County, continuing two years. When the war broke out he joined the Confederate Army, Company D, Fourth Tennessee Calvary, but after serving faithfully for some time was compelled to abandon the service to some extent. For about two years after the war he farmed and stock traded and then engaged in the merchandise business in Verona and followed that business four years with good results, the style of the firm being Fisher & Robinson. In 1871 he sold his interest and moved to Fayetteville where he was a partner of W. S. Hurst in the merchandise business two years. The firm then divided their stock, and for three years longer MR. Fisher followed that occupation in that place and in 1877 moved to Shelbyville. Since 185 he has been exclusively engaged in farming. May 1, 1873, he wedded Mattie Bell (Daughter of G. W. and E. Bell), who has borne him six children: Oscar B., Stella (deceased), Elbert H., James D., Hugh C. and George B. Mr. Fisher has accumulated his property by his own exertions and is perhaps the most thoroughly self-made man in this section of the county. The greater part of his education has been acquired through self exertion. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church Sough, and his wife of the Christian Church. Politically his is a Democrat.

[NI00775] James Dark was a soldier under Gen. Andrew Jackson during the War of 1812 and participated in the Battle of New Orleans.

[NI00937] John R. Green was in Company B, 53rd Tennessee Infantry Regiment and died on 20 Sep 1864.

[NI00952] John Finley:
John was killed in the Civil War (Confederate). There was a John Finley who enlisted in Co. H. 17th Tennessee Infantry. Since this John Finley died in 1864 it is likely that it is the same person.

[NI01018] John Fambrough was in the Continental Army during the Rev. War. He died at Valley Forge during the winter of 1778.

[NI01098] Louie Ray Brimm was born on January 31, 1919 in Mayflower, Arkansas and departed this life on Thursday, August 22, 2002 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma at the age of 83 years. Louie was the son of John Childress and Claraetta (Edwards) Brimm. He had been a resident of Oklahoma City for 46 years, moving there from Paden, Oklahoma. He worked as an electrician. He loved gardening and bowling. He attended Knob Hill Baptist Church, Oklahoma City and was a member of Garden Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Prague. He attended Prague Schools and served in the U.S. Army Air Force during World War II. Louie married Lorraine Loney on March 30, 1946 in Shawnee, Oklahoma. He was preceded in death by his parents; 2 brothers, George C. Brimm and Shelby Brimm; and 1 sister, Lowsie Page. Survivors include his wife: Lorraine Brimm, of the home in Oklahoma City; 1 son & daughter-in-law: Freddie W. & Jane Brimm, Tuttle, OK; 1 daughter & son-in-law: Rita & Mike Blaser, Hennessey, OK; 1 sister: Margie Kimery, Mustang, OK; 6 grandchildren & spouses: Wayne Brimm & Frieda, Tuttle, OK, Kelley & Jason Sawvell, Oklahoma City, Regina Brimm, Oklahoma City, Kyle & Krista Blaser, Edmond, OK, Chelli & Chris Rapp, Grapevine, TX, Benny Blaser, Grapevine, TX; 3 great-grandchildren: Kieli Brimm, Tuttle, OK, Ashton Rapp, Grapevine, TX, Blake Blaser, Edmond, OK. Funeral services will be held on Monday, August 26, 2002 at 10:00 A.M. at Parks Brothers Funeral Chapel in Prague with Rev. Carl Cheshier officiating. Interment will follow at the Paden Cemetery under the direction of Parks Brothers Funeral Service in Prague.
Published in the Oklahoman on 8/24/2002.

[NI01118] John Fisher biography - Submitted by Carolyn Clements 2002
We think he came to Al. In 1816 or 17 and was followed by his father and brothers who settled in Wilcox Co. in 1818. John became an attorney somewhere along the line, probably in NC. before leaving his home as he witnessed several things there which would put him over 21 before the move. He was instrumental in helping establish the community. He was listed as security for the first coroner of Lowndes Co., June 15, 1830 and had been on the committee to establish the first church of Hayneville.
He was in business with his brother, William Phillips, and he dealings in Mobile, according to material found in the archives of AL. There is a letter that was written to a man who was plaguing John about a debt that John had already settled. William Phillips was very positive in his letter and would not be bullied. Business was dissolved in 1837. John, evidently was not a good businessman and must have died suddenly as he had no will and died intestate, according to Jones and Gandrud, Alabama Records, Vol. 214, pg. 2.
His family home had to be sold for debts. Nancy received some of the funds but went to live with William P. who together with her were appointed guardians of the children. William P. was married June 3, 1841 to Elizabeth Tuttle Alexander, very young widow of a greatly wealthy elderly man. William P. successfully defended her against her dead husbands much older children who wanted his estate. (See William Phillips Fisher biography)

[NI01123] William Mansker:
William Mansker served with the Company of Captain William McCall, regiment of Colonel John K. Wynne, Robert's Brigade, in the Tennessee Militia, in the War of 1812.

[NI01132] George Mansker, Sr.:
Like that of his brothers, George Mansker's date and place of birth are unknown. If his father Ludwig listed the children in chronological order in his will, then George was the second born, after John and before Kasper; this would mean, if the early Tennessee legends about Kasper are true and he was born at sea, on board the ship Christian between Germany and Philadelphia in 1749, that both John and George were born in Germany.
George was raised in Clark's Valley, Pennsylvania, in what was then Lancaster County, and in early 1778 he took an oath of allegiance to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, which required him to renounce his previous allegiance to George III and England (see the Oaths of Allegiance and Ab duration).
In 1778 George also appears in the muster roll of the Lancaster County militia in Captain Jonathan McClure's Company, 4th Class, 4th Battalion. In August 1779 his name appears on rosters of the 7th and 8th Classes which had been sent to Northumberland County, Pennsylvania, to protect settlers from marauding Native Americans, and by October 1779 he is back on the rolls of Captain McClure's company.
Sometime between 1780 and 1783, George moved south and west from Pennsylvania, eventually arriving in the Cumberland area of North Carolina (now Tennessee) to join his brother Kasper, who had settled in the area in 1779. On 14 April 1786 George was given a land grant of 640 acres by North Carolina, for the purpose of planting corn (the size of the acreage indicates that he was married at the time of the grant).
George's wife was named Elizabeth, but her last name and parentage are not known. They most likely married circa 1770 in Pennsylvania, and were to be the parents of at least five children: George Jr., William, Lewis, John and Mary (see Descendants Page). There is strong speculation that some of the "Missing" Manskers are also children of George and Elizabeth Mansker as well.
The Sumner County, Tennessee, Archives has on record the following stock identification mark registered to George "Mansco" in 1787: "Stock mark a crop off of the right ear & a swallow fork upperkeal [sic] in the left and the dew lap cut down." Although Kasper also had an actual cattle brand registered in addition to the ear-cropping marks, George apparently did not. For a time, George and Kasper operated a hominy mill on the bank of Mansker Creek, in what is now Sumner County. However, the public records for the period of about 1790 to 1815 show that the George Mansker family moved around quite a bit. George and George Jr. appear on the tax lists for Logan County, Kentucky, in 1792, 1794 and 1795. Census records show that the Mansker grandchildren of George and Elizabeth were born in Kentucky and Tennessee at various times, so it may be that the family moved back and forth across the border. Logan County is just across the state line from Sumner/Davidson Counties, Tennessee.
By 1817 George and Elizabeth, along with sons George Jr. and William, have moved to Pocahontas, Lawrence County, Arkansas (an area which later, in 1835, became Randolph County). Lewis and John ended up in Missouri. The Mansker families of the Cape Girardeau area are descended from them.
George died sometime in July 1822; on the 22nd of the month a bill in the amount of $5.25 was presented to the estate by one George Shaver, who had made the coffin and seems to have also appraised George's estate. The move from Tennessee apparently was not an especially healthy one for the Mansker men. George's death was followed in rapid succession by all four of his sons: John died in Wayne County, Missouri, in December 1822; on the 25th of the same month, George Jr. died, presumably in Wayne County, Missouri (copies of his will have been found in both Missouri and Arkansas, so his place of death can't be pinpointed with any certainty); Lewis died in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, in September 1823, and William died in Lawrence County, Arkansas, in December 1823. The causes of their deaths are not recorded, but it is likely that they were victims of either yellow fever or cholera, both of which were epidemic in the area.

[NI01138] Ludwig Minsker:
Ludwig was most likely born on 8 May 1726 in the small village of Neureut, which is near the Rhine River in southwestern Germany. It is now a northwestern suburb of Karlsruhe, in the German State of Baden-Wurttemburg. But there is some controversy over exactly where and when Ludwig was bor
We do know that Ludwig arrived at the port of Philadelphia on 13 September 1749 on the ship Christian. The ship's passenger manifest has his name spelled as shown above, but for most of the rest of his life, he spelled it "Minsker". (But it also appears as "Mintsker" in his will). The ship's manifest listed only males, but the passengers numbered 300 persons from "Wirtemberg, Alsace, Zweybrecht"; it seems likely that other states/provinces/principalities were represented as well. He arrived in the New World in the first year of a five-year wave that saw 90,000 Germans arrive on American shores. It isn't known for sure if he was married before he left Europe, but some family stories hold that his sons John and George were born in Germany, and numerous pioneer Tennessee legends have it that his son Kasper Mansker was born at sea during the voyage to the new world. The branch of the family that stayed in the Pennsylvania area kept the spelling of "Minsker" and those that went south and west, into Tennessee, Arkansas, Missouri, and Illinois, changed the spelling to "Mansker". In many early records, however, especially those in Tennessee regarding Kasper, the name is spelled "Mansco". On 3 May 1751, when his daughter Maria Agnes was baptized, Ludwig first appears in the parochial records of the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran church at New Holland, Earl Township, Lancaster Co, Pennsylvania. The name of Ludwig Minsker has long been closely associated with Clark's Valley, Middle Paxton Township, and Dauphin County, Pennsylvania. One legend about Ludwig which has been endlessly repeated in county histories and other places, states that Ludwig was an "immigrant from the Palatinate", who, in the spring of 1756, in order to save them from marauding Indians, hid his wife and child in a large chest, where they remained until the Indians had left the area. According to the legend, this child was supposed to have been Ludwig Jr. See Ludwig, the Chest, and the Indian for the full account of this family legend.
Like all legends, this one has some problems fitting in with the known facts: Ludwig Jr. wasn't born until 12 February 1761, and Ludwig's daughter, Maria, would have been about five years old at the time of the alleged incident; there were also several other small children (including John, George and Kasper). One has to wonder exactly how large this chest really was, if they all were hiding in it...
In the year 1758, "Ludwig Minzger" was assessed taxes on 50 acres of land (10 acres cleared & 4 acres of grain), 2 horses, 4 cattle and 2 sheep in Brecknock Township, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
Brecknock Township lies in the eastern part of the county, bounded north by Berks County, southeast by Caernarvon Township, southwest and west by Earl Township, and northwest by Cocallico Township.
As the crow flies, it is about thirty miles from Clark's Valley to Brecknock Twp, but to travel there would have meant either a difficult crossing of several mountains or, more likely, following the Indian trails (which apparently are followed by the present-day route of the Pennsylvania Turnpike to Harrisburg), then heading north along the Susquehanna to Clark's Valley, not an easy trip in the 18th Century. It remains a mystery to this day, but the possibility exists that he had two households and split his time between them. Ludwig had at least seven children: in his will, he mentions sons John, George, Kasper, and Ludwig Jr., daughter Mary, and two unnamed daughters who were married to Peter Hashouer and Henry Albright. The John Minsker who appears in the 1790 census of Dauphin County, PA, is undoubtedly the son of Ludwig, and the James Minsker next to him is John's son. In John's household are two males over 16 and nine females. Ludwig's sons George and Kasper do not appear in the 1790 census of Pennsylvania; Ludwig Jr. appears in Dauphin County with one son under 16 years of age and three females in his household. Peter Hashouer, (spelled Housare), also appears in Dauphin County with four sons under 16 and two females in his household, quite close in the census to a Catarina Albright who reportedly may have been another of Ludwig's daughters. Mary, who was born in 1769, married William Haschauer around 1786, and he is probably the William who was listed in 1790 in Brecknock Township, Lancaster County, with two females in his household. Ludwig's oldest daughter, Maria Agnes and probably called Agnes, may have been married to Peter Hashouer. It is believed that William Hashouer was the son of Peter, and Mary Agnes may well have been Peter's second wife. By January of 1776, Ludwig appears on the account books of the Pennsylvania Militia. On 2 May, 1776, he wrote his last will and testament. Ludwig Minsker died in service in the Revolutionary War near Coryell's Ferry, Pennsylvania, on 24 November, 1776 (see the Manskers at War Page), but the cause of his death is not known. His place of burial has never been determined, although some family legends hold that he is buried in Clark's Valley.

[NI01141] Kasper Mansker:
Kasper Mansker was legendary in Middle Tennessee, and, as with any legendary figure, many stories are told about Kasper that, under inspection, just don't hold up. An article on Tennessee cemeteries in the Ansearchin' News (Vol X #4, 1963) describes the Walton Cemetery in Goodlettsville, and states that among those buried there is "Capt. Casper Mansker who led the long hunters through the Cumberland country in 1770. Capt. Mansker was the first white man in this section. He lived in a hollow of a sycamore tree, had big feet, went barefoot and caused the Indians to flee when they saw the size of his large foot tracks. Capt. Mansker married the widow of Walton." The story has such obvious appeal that it is bound to be repeated again and again. Unfortunately, nearly every point is wrong: Kasper's first foray into Middle Tennessee took place in 1769; at the age of 20 or 21, he probably was not the "leader" of the group; a "long hunter" named Thomas Sharp Spencer, who is considered the first white man to settle in the area, lived in the hollow sycamore at Bledsoe's Lick during the winter of 1778-79, while Kasper didn't return to the Cumberland to live until 1779, when he built his first fort; Walton married Kasper's widow instead of the other way around; and in 1956 Kasper's remains were disinterred and moved to Peay Park in Goodlettsville. The Sumner County, Tennessee, Archives has on record the following stock identification mark registered to Kasper Mansker in 1787: "Stock mark a crop off the right ear & the dewlap cut forward." A cattle brand consisting of the initials KM inside a circle was also registered for Kasper. Kasper was sufficiently famous in Middle Tennessee to warrant a fairly long entry in the WPA Writer's Guide to Tennessee, published in 1939: Left from Goodlettsville on Long Hollow Pike: just beyond Mansker creek is the junction with a dirt road, 0.5 m.; R. 0.5 m. on this road to the site of the Home of Kasper Mansker, who came into this country in 1769 with a party of Long Hunters that included Uriah Stone and Isaac Bledsoe. The party remained a year. (It was their long absences from home that caused them to be called Long Hunters.) Mansker was typical. He had his trusted rifle, as did
Crockett and the others; he called his "Nancy." He was familiar with the sights and sounds of the forests and knew the calls of birds and beasts, calls which the Indians often imitated to lure hunters out of their camps. Mansker became known for his Indian-fighting ability and later was made a major in the State militia. That Mansker was an effective fighter is shown by a letter Andrew Jackson wrote to the Chickasaw in 1812 when he was seeking their aid. "Do you remember," Jackson asked, "when the whole Creek nation came to destroy your towns that a few hundred Chickasaws aided by a few whites chased them back to their nation, killing the best of their warriors, and covering the rest with shame?" The "few whites" Jackson referred to were led by Mansker. Toward the end of his life Mansker became a devout Methodist, and Bishop Francis Asbury often stopped at "Mansco's Lick." The confusion about his name was the result of his German accent. It was to Mansker's small, stoutly built house here that John Donelson brought his family after his epic water trip on the Adventure from the Watauga settlement to Nashville. Mansker took the whole family in. It was here, too, that Jackson decided to accompany Rachel Donelson, John's daughter -- who was at that time married to Robards -- on a trip down the river to Natchez. The accompanying article by Walter T. Durham, Kasper Mansker: Cumberland Frontiersman fleshes out the small portrait of Kasper in the Writer's Guide. Although it is fairly long (it takes up over 50 KB), it is of such importance to the Mansker family history as well as the history of the Cumberland area that it is reproduced here in its entirety, along with its footnotes, by permission of the Tennessee Historical Society. As you read it, you have to recall that it originally appeared in print in 1971, based on research that had been done in the sixties. Many new facts have come to light in the intervening years, such as the identity of Kasper's parents, that were unknown or shrouded in mystery when the original research was done. Durham's references are cited on the footnotes page. The amount of original research that went into the preparation of this article is obvious, and not much of it could have been easy. For example, I have copies of the Draper Manuscripts cited by Durham, and some of them are next to impossible to decipher. Irving Stone's The President's Lady, a biographical novel about Rachel Donelson Robards and Andrew Jackson, features Kasper Mansker as a minor character. Although the book is a novel, Stone did much primary research prior to writing it, and the times are portrayed with seeming accuracy.

[NI01412] James Bryan Fisher in his own words:
My earliest memory: I can remember back about 27 years, when our family lived in Angus Acres housing addition I had a puffer kite, "inflatable". My Dad and I managed to impale this kite in the uppermost branches of a 800 ft. Oak tree.(Or so it seemed) Needless to say I drug it home.
The first book I read was: My first book was given to me by Great Grandma Fisher and Aunt Kathlyn. Titled: The Grossest Book of World Records. It was a big hit in grade school. I still have it somewhere.
In school, I was always playing the role of class clown, got to wear the dunce cap a lot, I was a challenge for most teachers.
The first movie I remember real well is "Old Yeller" but before that the horror movie "The Blob" comes to mind. The best movie I've ever seen is A Few Good Men. My favorite TV sitcom is the ever popular Andy Griffith Show.
As a kid, I had fun fishing with my father and grandma & grandpa Fisher. But!! a close 2nd would be disassembling anything that wasn't broke. T Vs, Radios, appliances, etc.
My favorite food is: I have two favorite foods. 1st is fried okra, 2nd is everything else x10. If it's done right, Yellow Squash, breaded and deep fried to a golden brown. Coca-Cola hits the spot for soda pop.
My favorite musical group and individual artist: My favorite bands run a close race... ZZ-TOP and LED ZEPPELIN. But my single most favorite singer is Hank Thompson, but the "Possum" George Jones isn't far behind. Favorite Radio Stations: Country- KVOO. Rock and Roll-KMOD both well established Tulsa radio stations.
My favorite actor and/or actress: Well here's another tie, Jimmy Stewart and Robert DeNiro are great actors. And everybody loves Lucy "Lucille Ball".
If I could spend 30 minutes with anyone, past or present, I would spend it with: My Grandpa Fisher would have to sit in with me, when we spent thirty minutes with Thomas Alva Edison.
I remember my Father: I remember being on top of the world. Dad and I went so high in the mountains the trees couldn't even grow. We got out of the truck to look around, it was real cold, maybe -10, We decided it was too cold to be fun so... You know how dads always remember to lock their trucks? Well so does mine, but on occasion he forgets the keys. Yes, at 14,000 ft. there we were freezing to death. Our breath was coming out and turning to crystals (snow) and falling to the ground. We were rescued by a man with a coat hanger soon thereafter.
I remember my Mother: Mom and I once had a memorable experience. It was 1980 and her '77 Thunderbird just wasn't cutting it, so she and I went car shopping. 1st she test drove a '79 Z-28, less than impressed, we moved on, and suddenly there it was, a Gold Limited Edition 6.6 litre Pontiac Trans Am. As we exited the car lot, "sideways" we both decided this was her next car. We had a lot of fun in that car. Over the next few years we enjoyed speeds in excess of 100 mph. Aren't moms great?
If I could pass on only one thing I've learned to my children: When I have kids, they better learn to tell the truth, and be true to themselves.
One hundred and fifty years from now, I want family members to know where they came from, and that the family is the most important group they will ever belong to..
James B.(Little Jim) Fisher 1998

[NI01422] Martin Baker:
Martin Baker was a private soldier in the 12th Alabama Cavalry Regiment (Confederate) during the Civil War. A brief regimental history from Ken Jones' Military History site http://www.tarleton.edu/~kjones/alcav.html follows:
12th Alabama Cavalry Regiment
The nucleus of the 12th Alabama Cavalry Regiment (with men recruited from Cherokee, De Kalb, Etowah, Jackson, Jefferson, Marshall, and St. Clair counties) was a battalion recruited by Lt. Col. William H. Hundley of Madison, and Major Albert G. Bennett of St. Clair. This battalion operated in East Tennessee for some months, and it was consolidated with the 1st Alabama while the army lay at Murfreesboro. It fought thus at Murfreesboro and Chickamauga, and through Gen'l James Longstreet's East Tennessee Campaign. Soon after the latter operations, four companies were added, and the regiment thus formed took the name of the 12th Alabama. Attached to Hagan's Brigade, the regiment took part in the retrograde movement from Dalton, and was engaged in numerous encounters. One of its companies lost 20 k and w while defending a bridge near Rome. At Atlanta, 22 July 1864, Gen'l Joseph Wheeler complimented the regiment on the field, and it lost 25 or 30 men in a hilt to hilt melee with Union Gen'l Stoneman's raiders. At Campbellsville, the 12th repulsed Brownlow's Brigade, losing 45 men. At Averysboro and the attack on Kilpatrick, and other places, the regiment fought until the end. It disbanded the night before the surrender -- about 125 present -- on 25 April 1865.
Field and staff officers: Col. Warren Stone Reese (Montgomery); Lt. Cols. William H. Hundley; Marcellus Pointer (MS; wounded); Majors Albert Gallatin Bennett (resigned, 5 Jan 1863); Augustus John Ingram (Blount; accidentally disabled); and Adjutant R. B. Whorton (resigned, 11 Oct 1862).

[NI01444] Frederick Starnes: The minutes of the Court of Rowan County, North Carolina states that on February 7, 1784, Frederick Sterns, orphan of Frederick Sterns, deceased, was indentured to Jacob Brown to learn the trade of wagon master. The descendants of Frederick Starnes, III are from the estate records of Mary Fisher Starnes, widow of Frederick Starnes, III in Wilcox County, Alabama, and deeds recorded in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina.

[NI01472] William R. F. Tillman:
Died while serving in Co. H, 41st TN Infantry CSA.

[NI01504] U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 Record about Hubert N Spainhower
Name: Hubert N Spainhower
Birth Year: 1906
Race: White, citizen
Nativity State or Country: Kentucky
State: Oklahoma
County or City: Tulsa

Enlistment Date: 7 Jul 1942
Enlistment State: Oklahoma
Enlistment City: Tulsa
Branch: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA
Branch Code: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA
Grade: Private
Grade Code: Private
Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law
Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men)
Source: Civil Life

Education: 4 years of high school
Civil Occupation: Bandsman, Oboe or Parts Clerk, Automobile
Marital Status: Married
Height: 66
Weight: 172

[NI01534] John W. Grammer:
John W. Grammer was born in Lee Co., VA in 1828. By 1846 he was living in TN. When the Mexican War broke out, he enlisted in Co. F of the 1st TN mounted infantry. He became ill on the march to Mexico but recovered enough to participate in at least two battles of that war. The battle at White Bridge and the battle of Vera Cruz. He was injured when he was thrown from his horse while carrying dispatches.

[NI01537] GRAMMER, Elijah Sherman, (from Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1774-1949) "a Senator from Washington; born in Quincy, Hickory County, Mo., April 3, 1868; attended the common schools and Bentonville (Ark.) College; moved to the State of Washington in 1887, where he was engaged in manual labor and as general manager in logging camps near Tacoma; returned to Bentonville (Ark.) College in 1892; went to Alaska in 1897 as general manager of logging camps and was in charge of the construction of the tramway at Chilcoot Pass; returned to the State of Washington in 1901 and located in Seattle; engaged as owner-logger in many companies; served as president of the Employers' Association of Washington in 1916 and 1917; during the First World War was appointed a major in the United States Army, assigned to the spruce-production division at Grays and Willapa Harbors, and served from 1918 to 1919; appointed as a Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Wesley L. Jones and served from November 22, 1932, to March 3, 1933; was not a candidate for election to the full term; resumed his interests in the logging business; also served as president and manager of an investment company and vice president and treasurer of a railway company; died in Seattle, Wash., on November 19, 1936, interment in Lakeview Cemetery."

[NI01575] ALVIS HOMER TOSH
Tosh Alvis H. 25 Westport, TN (this is how his entry reads on page 84 of the list of World War I veterans from Carroll Co. TN).

[NI01708] Francis Asbery Tosh:
Francis served in Co. M, 6th Tenn. Cavalry (US) during the Civil War.

[NI01711] Riley Smith Tosh:
Riley Tosh served in Co. M, 6th Tenn. Cavalry (US) during the Civil War.

[NI01731] Joseph C. Sellers:
Joseph C. served in Company M, 6th Tennessee Cavalry (US) during the Civil War.

[NI01732] William Grammer family is listed in the 1900 US Census in Oklahoma, Lincoln County, Page 54.

[NI01735] David L. Grammer listed in the 1880 census living with the family of his sister, Martha and her husband Thomas J. Bond in Howell Co. MO.

[NI01802] EARLY LIFE OF HENRY CLAY SCOTT by Peggy Scott Holley

Henry Clay Scott was born on October 30, 1844 in the 12th district of Carroll County, Tennessee to John L. and Rebecca Brandon Scott. He was undoubtedly named for the great Whig politician, Henry Clay of Kentucky, who was a presidential candidate that year. There is every evidence that John L. Scott was active in Whig politics. There is even a family tradition that John L. once introduced a presidential candidate who came campaigning through Huntingdon. If this is so. it was probably Henry Clay. We assume that Henry Clay Scott was born on the old farm. This farm, containing approximately 320 acres, bordered the old Lexington Road (Highway 22) on its northeast corner. It was crossed about midway by Beaver Creek and was just north of Sellers Hill. At the time of his birth, Henry Clay had an older brother Crittendon, also named for a Kentucky politician, (John J. Crittendon) and seven older sisters. He was to have one younger sister and one younger brother, Abner Taylor. There was a 26 year difference between oldest and youngest child in the family. The sisters married into the Bennett, Sellers, Tosh, Falkner, and Springer families. All of these families lived in the same general area. There is little known about Henry Clay"s childhood other than that he would have had the same experiences of any child on a farm in this period. His father was a member of the County Court an a Justice of Peace for the County, so his circumstances were perhaps a little better than the average. Since he could read and write, we assume he attended school. The school in his neighborhood at that time was the one at Mud Creek. From other sources we know that this was a typical log school with puncheon benches. Sometime between the ages of 6 and 12, Henry Clay lost both his mother and father and probably one of his older sisters. His mother, Rebecca, seems to have died before his father. She was in her late forties or early fifties. His father John L., died around September, 1856. He would have been in his late fifties. Two of the older children in the family had married by this time. Henry Clay, Abner and one of their sisters went to live with their older sister, Matilda Bennett. The other children lived with various family members until they became of age. John L. Scott died without a will and his property was divided among his children. Since several of the children were older, they petitioned for a division of the farm in 1859. Crittendon, Matilda Bennett, Susan Springer, and Matilda, an unmarried older daughter, received their parts. One hundred fifty-nine acres were reserved for the minor children and a married sister, Priscilla Sellers. As Henry Clay entered his teenage years, the times were very troubled. There was increasing evidence that the South would secede from the United States and attempt to form another nation. The Whig Party, which was against secession, was very strong in the southern part of Carroll County and the Scotts were apparently Whigs. A neighbor, Isaac Hawkins, who lived just up the Lexington Road, raised a regiment for the Union Army soon after the war began. Henry Clay joined that regiment, the 7th Tennessee Volunteer cavalry, on Aug. 5, 1862 when he was 18 years old. His company was Company G, commanded by Thomas Belew of Clarksburg. He served in this company along with seven of his first cousins and numerous neighbors. His muster papers say that he was 5'5", had a fair complexion, black hair, and blue eyes. His enlistment was for one year. He was stationed first at Trenton in Gibson County. After being in the army a little over three months, he developed pneumonia and was placed in the hospital at Trenton in early Dec. 1862. This probably caused him to miss the Battle of Lexington on Dec. 17, 1862. Col. Hawkins' regiment joined with the 11th Illinois under Col. Robert Ingersoll, a famous atheist of the time, to fight against the Confederate forces of Nathan Bedford Forrest at Lexington in Henderson County. Forrest won the battle and the 7th Tennessee retreated to Trenton, where it was soon surrounded and captured by Forrest. Many of the regiment became prisoners of the war but there is no indication that Henry Clay was captured. Perhaps he was still in the hospital at the time or else he escaped. The members of the 7th Tennessee who were not captured seem to have remained in the area of West Tennessee. They guarded the railroads and acted as spies for the Union Army. We are sure that Henry Clay was serving fairly close to home because of the stories that are told of his visits home during the war. No one was safe in Carroll County at this time due to the fact that the population was divided in its allegiance. There were bushwhackers as well. It is told that on one of his visits home, Henry Clay wanted to go to a party, but did not dare allow himself to be seen en route. He borrowed clothes from his sister and went dressed as a girl. In another story, he was home at night and heard men coming after him. He ran out to the potato patch and laid down beneath the vines in the ditch between the rows. The men followed him and rode their horses all over the potato patch. They could not see him in the dark, but their horses could sense he was there and jumped over him. Henry Clay was mustered out of the 7th Cavalry at the end of his enlistment in Oct. 1863. If he went back to Carroll County, he undoubtedly "hid out" in the woods. When Maj. Milton Hardy, the former Lieutenant of Co. G. raised a company for the 2nd Mounted Infantry in 1864, Henry Clay once again volunteered for service as did many of the men from his company. Major Hardy, however was killed near Paris, Tennessee as he attempted to assassinate the Confederate Governor of Tennessee, Isham Harris. By this time it was late in the war. Henry Clay was never mustered in to Hardy's Battalion. At the end of the Civil War, Henry Clay sold his interest in his father's estate to his brother-in-law, William L. Bennett, husband of Matilda. He received $300 for his part. Two years later, he married Durotha Isabelle Gullage.

[NI02148] John McIlvane:
JOHN MCILVANE succeeded his father John about 1637. This is the same John mentioned in 1613 as Johnne Mcllvane, Younger of Grimmett in a complaint against John Kennedy "In November last while reposing himself in sober manner within the Kaitchepoole of Maybole, he was there attacked and shamefully treated by Johnne Kennedy of Blairquhan and others .... with drawn sword in hand and a baton in the other he would have slain his pursuer had he not escaped by the providence of God and his awne bettir defence." The Glasgow Commissariat August 20, 1643 mentions Juliana Schaw, spouse of John McIlvane of Grimmet. Her will names daughters Anne and Juliane McIlvane. Juliane married Rev. Andrew Rodgers, Minister in Gastoun. Unlike England, where, upon marriage, the woman's property and wealth became the husband's, Scotland's law was very favorable to women. Custom also gave them equal rights to property and to head families. The children of John and Juliana McIlvane were Quentin McIlvane, who lived at Thomaston, heir and successor as Laird of Grimmet; Alexander McIlvane, who married a Miss McAdam and lived at Aughnacloy, Ireland; John McIlvane, who inherited Grimmet and married Anne Cunningham; and Gilbert who moved to County Antrim Ireland. Gilbert Mcilvane whose testament was dated August 11, 1668, in the Parish of Maybole. His spouse was Janet Schaw, whose testament was dated July 27, 1676. This Gilbert is believed to have been the ancestor of the Gilbert McIlvane whose son William resided in Baltimore, Maryland, and had two sons, William and Gilbert. The latter's son, William McIlvain, married December 12th 1775, Mary McIlvain, his first cousin, daughter of John McIlvain. John McIlvane died in 1669, his will being dated September 21, 1669. Quentin, who inherited Thomaston, served heir to his father October 8, 1669 . His brother John apparently inherited Grimet at the same time.

[NI02155] John M'Ilvane:
JOHN M'ILVANE succeeded his father, Patrick, as Laird of Grimmet in 1613. By marrying Jane Anne Corry (also spelled Corrie), he brought Thomaston Castle and estate into the family.
Thomas Corry de Kelwood, had a charter from James IV dated 12, January 1507, for the lands of Thomaston and several others. He had a charter from James V in 1517 for the lands of Newly and Clonlothry. Thomas Corry, along with David Crawford of Keirs, was fined 100 pounds for not entering Bargany for the slaughter of the young Laird of Attiquin in 1512. The lands of Thomaston passed eventually to George Corry of Kelwood, who was served heir to his father, John, on 30 March, 1610. In George's will, it states that his son having died, his daughter Ann was heiress. The heads of the family retained the title of Laird of Grimmet but always thereafter lived at Thomaston.
Anne Corry McIlvane died in 1632 and in her will she names daughters "Margaret, Agnes, Helein and Mareonne Mcllvane, Bairnes lawful to ye defunct." Margaret married Sir Alexander Kennedy, Earl of Culzean, whose father was Gilbert Kennedy, Earl of Cassilis. They had a daughter Margaret Kennedy who married David Kennedy, Earl of Cassillis. Agnes married Morris Morrison, and Marion married Gilbert Edgar. There were also at least two sons David (who may have predeceased his father), and John, who succeeded his father. While the Kennedy feud ostensibly ended with the death of Laird of Bargany in 1601 at Lady Cross, afterwards the violence of the period continued sporadically. The McIlvanes did not completely avoid the conflicts, being drawn into them by friends and relatives. John McIlvane of Grimmet was witness to caution of Patrick Campbell Seotember12, 1607 and, In 1613, John, Earl of Cassilis complained against John McIlveane and others for riot in the Baillery of Carrick-
"In November last, John Kennedy of Blairquhan on the one part and Johnne McIlvane of the other part of Grimmet, having raised a tumult in the town of Maybole, the said Earl, as one of the members of His Majesty's counsel . . . had attempted to pacify the same and had ordered the rioters to disperse. The said John Kennedy had obeyed most willingly, but George Corry of Kelwood and David Corry, his brother had gone to the said Johnne McIlvane and with the aid of 11 persons . . . with swords, . . . had attacked the Earl and his servants, and had driven them to their lodging, had compelled the said Earl to barricade themselves. Moreover the said Johnne McIlvane and George and David Corry had proudly refused to obey the Earl's order that they should enter themselves in ward in Maybole Tolbooth till they had found caution; and the said George Corry had proudly and avowedly carried the said Johnne McIlvane and his said brother away with him from the Earl's billie-deputy. The said Johnne McIlvean being present the Lords find the defenders have been guilty of a very great insolence and misbehavior . . and commit the said Johnne McIlveane to the Tolbooth of Edinburgh, there to remain at his own expense till further order...They refuse the charge against the said John Mcilvane for refusing to find caution, as the said John has produced an act of Court of the Bailery of Carrick showing that the said John and George Corrie of Kelwood as cautioner had acted themselves for John Kennedy of Blairquhon and his household for 1,000 merks." 1613, Regular Council of Decreta.

[NI02162] Patrick M'Ilvane:
PATRICK M'ILVANE succeeded his father, Gilbert, October 25, 1547, and became Laird of Grimmet for the years, 1547 to 1613. The estates at this time included Upper Grimmet, Lower or Nether Grimmet and Attiquin. The records of Frank McElvain list the children of Patrick and Isobel Kennedy as John (m Jane Corry), Patrick (m Jane Forrester 12-4-1615), Thomas, David, and Alexander . Thomas was alive in 1617 (Glasgow Commissariat). PBGR mentions Patrick apprenticed to William Haliburton in Edinburgh (probably son of Patrick and Jane Forrester.) A decree of absolution on record at Holyrood, February 1592, made by the Privy Council in favor of John, Earl of Cassilis, names five McIlvanes Patrick McIlvene, elder of Grimmet, John McIlveanne of Grimmet, younger, John McIlveanne of Auchenharrie, Gilbert McIlveane, Flesheur, in Maybole, and David McIlveane, Flesheur in Maybole. The word 'Flesheur" refers to the retailing of meats, or the flesh of animals for food. Other records indicate Alexander, whose will dated August 1, 1620 made him a resident of Ballantrae. At Holyrood House, Edinburgh, 22 Feb. 1597, a document was signed by King James VI confirming the lands as follows "The King as administrator, etc., confirms to one Patrick McIlivane of Grumet (from whom Isobella Kennedy, his wife, is conveyed a life estate) 21/2 measures of land in the Manor of Lower Grumet and 1/2 measure of land adjacent, called Willistoun (o occupied by J.C. McClymouth) according to the old survey also to John McIlvane his son and heir apparent, and to his male heirs whomsoever, 6 measures of land of Grumet, 6 1/2 measures of land of Lower Grumet, and Attiquin, with their mansions, houses, fisheries and woods in the County of Carrik, called Air, excepting reserving to the said Patrick the free use thereof and may redeem these lands from the said John by paying five pounds at the parish church of Maybole on 40 days warning....... Held of Henry I, Lord and Seneschal of Scotland and Earl of Carrick."
In the Register of Sasines for 1601, Patrick's wife is referred to as "Isobel Kennedy, Lady Grymett". This has given rise to all sorts of speculation. Torrence and Allied Families declares that "Sir Patrick was knighted for bravery on the field of battle". What battle is not told. It seems much more likely that Isobell brought the title of "Lady" with her. One source says she was the widow of Kennedy of Knockdon. Since the use of the title after the name denotes a widow, it seems fairly plain that is all it means and had nothing to do with Patrick, no matter how brave he may have been. These were particularly violent times in the history of Scotland. The Reformation was in full swing, and the religious upheaval is indicated by the following. On May 19, 1553, Hugh and David Kennedy came with 100 followers with jacks, spears, and guns to the Parish Kirk of Kirkoswald and the College Kirk of Maybole, and abused the sacrament of "Haly Kirk", (The elements of the Mass and other sacred items.) The Earl of Carrick was quick to respond, and a number of persons had to give caution (bond) afterwards to the extent of 3,000 Pounds for their future good Behavior. At about the same time, one of the Kennedys living at Dunure tried to seize the lands of Crossaugel Abbey. He tried to persuade the person responsible for the deeds to turn them over by slowly roasting him over a fire. He survived the roasting, but did not turn over the deeds.
The Lairds of Grimmet were involved in a particularly bitter feud between the Kennedy Earls of Cassilis and their cousins, the Kennedy House of Bargany, which reached its most intense fury between 1569 and 1602. It climaxed with the kidnapping of the Countess of Cassilis as she returned to Ayr from a visit in Galloway. She was escorted as she travelled by various members of the family and friends, among whom was John, "the young Laird of Grimet". Pitcairn's History of the Kennedys is quoted "The Laird of Dramurchie (Thomas Kennedy, brother of the Laird of Bargany) besieged the House of Auchinsull and took prisoners the Countess of Cassilis and the young Laird of Grimak and Quentin Crawford. A fatal encounter took place between the Ear l of Cassilis and the Laird of Bargany (Gilbert Kennedy) in which Gilbert Kennedy's "Horse was slain and the Earl's bridle was shot in two, whereby his horse cast him and struck his arm out of joint. The young Laird of Grimak was stricken through the chin and he and his horse both stricken to the earth". This wound was almost certainly not fatal, as is sometime reported, for John appears in several records after this date. In 1602, the Register of the Privy Council shows an order by the king for Lady Bargeny to put at liberty Hew, Master of Cassilis, McIlvane younger of Grumet and others "lately apprehended by Thomas Kennedy of Drummurchie and his accomplices". According to Robertson, Thomas Kennedy had taken the prisoners to the family castle and turned them over to the care of his mother, Lady Bargany. Hew Kennedy had been wounded, as well as John McIlvain, and she supplied the nursing. Later in 1602 the king issued a Decree of Absolvitor concerning a retaliation by the Earl. "By the Privy Council in favor of John, Earl of Cassilis and others for 'convocation of his highness' lieges, and bearing and wearing of jacks, steel bonnets, corslets and lances, hackbutts (?) and pistols, breaking of his highness' Peace." It goes on to say "That where, upon the eleventh day of December instant, Johnne, Earl of Cassilis, John Corrie of Kelwood, Hew Kennedy of Penqhuirry, John Davidsoun of Pennyglen, Oliver Laird of Culleinzie, Patrick Mcilveane, elder of Gremmat, Johne Mcilveane, younger of Gremmat ... Alexander Schaw, tutour of Gremmat .... to be warned by the laws of this realm and Acts of Parliament come in hostile and warlike manner furth the town of Mayboll, and lay at wait for Gilbert Kennedy of Bargany, his friends and servants, as they were coming the highway from the burgh of Air towards the said Lard's own dwelling house, and invaded and pursued them of their lives". There follows a description of the battle, saying that a number of firearms were discharged and a number of Bragany's company were "hurt and wounded". And more to the point, Gilbert of Bargany was slain. Again the tone of the complaint was not so much the doing in of Bargany, but it has a rather plaintive ring as it goes on "they have broken his highness' peace in that country; whereby many inconveniences are like to fall out, to the trouble and disquieting of the whole country, without remedy being provided." The Earl of Cassilis and everyone concerned with the fracas were slapped on the wrist and told that, since they admitted to disorderly conduct and promised to keep "his highness' peace and keeping of good rule and quietness in the country hereafter, under the pain of rebellion", no further action would be taken.
Also in 1602, the Privy Council issued bonds which guaranteed that Patrick Mcilvaine of Grumet and his son, John the Younger of Grumet, would not "inter commune" with Adam Boyd of Pinkhill during his rebellion. In 1604 bonds were again issued against Patrick and John not to harm James, Earl of Moray, his tutors or curators. In 1604 there was a summons of treason against Thomas Kennedy of Drummurchie and Walter Mure of Cloncarde for murderous attacks on the Earl of Cassillis who, with John McIlVane younger and others, was taken prisoner and incarcerated for 15 days. Other records of Patrick McIlvane include signing as a witness in a deed, January 4, 1586, an he was a witness to a caution by John Kennedy, 1608. Patrick died in November 1613. His testament dative (will) is recorded 15 June, 1615.

[NI02167] Gilberto M'Ilvene:
GILBERTO M'ILVENE succeeded his father in possession of Grimmet and Attiquin. He had confirmation of Grimmet from Queen Mary 5-4-1546 as son and heir of Alan. Gilbert had several sons of whom Patrick is the only one proven. Other sons may have been David, Gilbert, Oliver, and Thomas. Some searchers believe that David was the heir, but that he abdicated in favor of Patrick, who married a Kennedy and was able to retrieve the family fortunes. Gilberto was a Colonel of horse and eventually died in the battle of Fawside near Edinburgh, September 18, 1547. His name is included in a list of the gentry who fell in the battle, as published by Paterson's "History of Ayr and Wigton." Hanna's History mentions Gilbert as "Laird Maclevens." The following excerpt from "Lion in the North", by Prebble, describes the battle "The Battle of Fawside was fought at Pinkie, six miles south-east of Edinburgh. When the French left Scotland after helping the Scots reclaim St. Andrews, eighteen thousand Englishmen came over the border under Hartford, now Duke of Somerset and Protector of England by his own making. Six thousand of them were cavalry and eight hundred of the foot were musketeers; There were fifteen pieces of heavy artillery, a thousand wagons, and an attendant fleet tacking up the coast. The return of an old and terrible enemy brought a brief and defiant unity to the Scots. On Black Saturday, September 18, 1547, Arran formed a battle-line of four divisions at Pinkie. The Scots had no musketeers, only spears and archers. Pride was again the greatest enemy of the Scots and would lead them to their own destruction. In five hundred years the number of decisive battles they had won against the English could be counted on one hand, leaving a finger or two to wag in caution. Pride and over-confidence had lost them the rest, and it would be so again." Reg. Sig. Edinburgh, Vol. 1, pg 136 is an extract of the passing of the lands to Patrick heir of Gilbert McIlvane de Grumet, his father, who died under his Majesty's Banner in the Battle of Fawside. Three-merk lands of Nether Grumett and Three-merk lands of Ovir Grumett 6 merk, I pound, 6s, 8d lands of Attiquin in the Earldom of Carrick. Dated Oct. 25, 1547. In 1548 the Exchequer of Rolls of Scotland, Vol. 18, pg 438, shows certain concessions made on monies due on death of those killed in battle of Fawside. Patrick had been granted the lands, as noted above, but by this document life rent of 3 merklands of Nether Grumet were reserved to Janet Corrie, Patrick's mother, widow of Gilbert. Life rent was given to Allan Makelayne, his grandfather, of the 6 merklands of Attyquin and freehold rights to Mariote Ferguson, wife of Allan, in certain lands.


[NI02173] Alan M'Ylveyne:
Frank McElvain reports that the genealogist, Gustave Anjou names the wife of ALAN M'YLVEYNE as Marian Fergoussone. She was mentioned with Allan's daughter in law Janet Corrie in the register of the Great Seal May 30, 1530. These were particularly violent times, as indicated in the PBGR, June 18, 1526
"Alan Makilvane and ilk and other fined for reasonable slaughter of Unquhile (uncle?) Cornelius de Machan. Also Martin Kennedy and Gilbert Makilwraith were fined." It seems that Alan, Gilbert, the Earl of Cassilus and 233 others were involved in the slaughter. The Protocol Book, January 2, 1530 suggests that Alan M'Ylveyne of Grimmet gave bond for Gilbert Kennedy, and so he was released from penalty on promise of good behavior. According to the Scottish Record Society Publication, Vol. 28-34 "Allan Makilvene, Laird of Grimmet, along with Thomas Corry of Kelwood, David Crawford of Keirs, and others, was fined 100 pounds for not entering his friend, Gilbert Kennedy for participating in the slaughter of Robert Campbell of Lochfurgus, Alexa nder Kirkwood, and Patrick Wilsone. Robert Campbell, having a short time before killed the old Earl of Cassilis, father to said Gilbert Kennedy. Done July 28, 1528 at the Justice Court, held at Sterling...". In the Charters of Crossraguel, page 42, 1528 is this "Thomas Corry of Kelwood, Ayrshire, and others, including Alan Makilvane, Laird of Grumet, were fined 100 Pounds each for not entering Bargany for the slaughter of the young Laird of Attiquane." According to Darrel Iwerks, "The possession of Grimmet was turned over to Alan M'Ylveyne when Gilbert reached advanced years." This view is supported by Jean Moore, who cites the PBGR. #1042 "Instrument narrating that Allan M'Ylvene promised to relieve and keep scathless Sir John Kennedy, Chaplain, and John Campbell, Tutor of Skeldoun, at the hands of Gilbert M'Ylvene of Grumet, concerning certain things committed to Gilbert by the sa said Allan, according to an agreement and communication verbally recited for the time. Done in the Tolbooth of Air, August 25, 1529. Witnesses, Gilbert Kennedy of Kirkmichale, John Kennedy, Alexander Mur and Sir John Campbell, Chaplain." #1043 "Instrument narrating that Sir John Kennedy, prebendary of Maybole and John Campbell in Over Skeldoune, became sureties and cautioners for Allan M'Ylvene that he shall do and fulfill all things communicated in word between him and Gilbert M'Ylvene, his father, namely that he shall make Gilbert his assignee in and to the fivemerk land of Attiquin for Gilbert's life-time, and that within twenty-four hours after Allan shall obtain the non-entry of the lands under the pain of 1000 merks and then he shall give security to Gilbert of the lands for life, Gilbert paying an annual rent to Allan ... (the writ is too defaced to get details)." Same date and witness as above. The dictionary gives the definition of prebendary as "a person, as a canon, who receives a stated income from the revenues of a cathedral. #1044 is the instrument quoted earlier in which Gilbert Kennedy asks that the above agreement not affect his nephew's rights in the lands of Attiquin.
#1045 - "Instrument narrating that Gilbert M'Ylvene, compearing before said Charles Campbell, sheriff of Air in the Part, confessed he had occupied and intromitted with the lands of Grumet and Attiquin, extending to twelve-merk lands for the space of XLV qui que (45) years by past, and on being required to produce his sasine of the lands, if he has any, he declared that he had not for the time any evidence to produce." Same date and witnesses. #1047.- "Instrument narrating that Allan M'Ylvene, having the non-entry of the lands of Grummete, in terms of letters from the king under the privy seal to said Allan, made and constituted Gilbert M'Ylvene, his father, his lawful assignee in and to the fivem rk lands of Attiquin, with pertinents, namely the four-merk lands he now inhabits and that merk land of Gerygrun, inhabited by Nevin M'Clymyn, for life time, giving him power to intromit with, labour let and set the lands and receive the rents, transferring all right and claim from Allan and his heirs and to Gilbert and his heirs, and this because of paternal love, special favor and that he may freely obtain his father's blessing, chiefly because the said Gilbert is his father (pater carnalis) and now is aged, and if he (Allan) shall prosecute the premises to extremity, they may turn to Gilbert's utmost loss and irreparable injury; for which things Gilbert shall pay yearly during his lifetime the sum of twenty shillings. The granter binds himself to ratify what his assignee does in the premises, under obligation of all his goods. Done at Air 25 August 1529. #1215 in the Gavin Ros records, is an "Instrument narrating that Quinton Schaw, compearing in the parish church of Air, asserted that he had formerly been required by Allan M'Ylvene to compear there and receive 82 pounds for redemption of the lands and to see the letters fulfilled in all points. Allan refused to show said letters, asserting that the lands were redeemed by those having the power. Dated 10 Nov. 1531 (See king's 1529 charter.) Allan was listed as a juror on assize court in the bailliary of Carrick in 1532.

[NI02220] About the tragic death of Joe Smith by Tom Fisher:
Aunt Jenny and Uncle Burt lived in AZ. Phoenix, I believe.    Joe and some of the boys in the neighborhood were playing with a knife. They were throwing it at a tree, trying to stick it. The tree had a fork in it, just about neck high to Joe. Joe walked behind the target and the knife went through the fork and got Joe in the neck. Aunt Jenny said he bled to death on the way to the hospital.

[NI02251] Gilbert M'Ylveyne:
According to Frank McElvain, GILBERT M'YLVEYNE was alive from 1460 to 1537, and is said to have married a Kennedy, sister of the Earl of Cassilis. He was succeeded in his old age by his son Alan, and may have had son David, and also John, who occurs in the REGISTURM MAGNI SIGILLI 1525 (Gustave Anjou). Gilbert took over the estates in 1484. This is shown in the charter of apprising, which states that "Gilbert M'Ylveyne had occupied and , intromitted the lands of Grumet and Attiquyne, lying in the Earldom of Carrick and Sheriffdom of Air, for the space of 45 years." That takes the time back from 1529 to 1484. In his old age Gilbert M'Ylvane turned over the estates to his son, Alan, as shown in an order in the PBGR. According to Darrel Iwerks, "records indicate that either Gilbert or his son Alan assisted in the Rescue of James III, who had been abducted from the custody of Bishop Kennedy of St. Andrews, by Lord Boyd. The young King had been placed in the custody of the Bishop during childhood. Because of their assistance, the MacYlveynes were granted additional lands, probably an addition to Lower Grimmet."

[NI02255] Nigel MacYlveyne:
According to Frank C. McElvain, NIGEL MACYLVEYNE lived from 1395-1465, and is credited by tradition with being the founder of the estates of Grimmet, although, as we have seen earlier, the family may have held estates in the area from a much earlier time. He is brought into the records in a confirmation of the lands of Grimmet and Attiquin by King James of Alan, son of Gilbert MacYlveyne in June 1529. This record confirms the tenancy of the family dating to the non-entry of Nigel. While no definitive relationship to Nigel is given, it is presumed that he was the father of Gilbert. It does not seem reasonable that the non-entry would have dated to a previous Nigel several hundred years earlier. Some authorities assert that Nigel was the son of a Gilbert MacYlveyne.
Darrel Iwerks reports that "King James I succeeded to the throne of Scotland in April, 1406, on the death of his father Robert III. James, then aged 7. had become heir to the throne four years earlier. In March, 1406, only a month before his death, Robert III decided that James would be safer in France, but the young prince was captured at sea by the English. King James remained a prisoner king in England for 18 years, while first his uncle Albany and later his cousin Murdac acted as Governors of Scotland. At last in December, 1423, a treaty was signed in London by which James was allowed to return to his kingdom in exchange for a large ransom, the payment of which was to be guaranteed by wealthy hostages. Twenty-seven of these were sent to England immediately but exchanges were made at regular intervals. Among those sent south in 1432 was Nigel MacYlvayne. The hostages were detained either at the tower of London or at one of the other castles, where they lived at their own expense with retainers and servants who were allowed to travel freely to and from Scotland. On the payment of the ransom, all returned to Scotland."
Most authorities agree that Nigel had at least two sons Gilberto, who succeeded him as heir, and John. John was shown as a witness in Dumfries, 1477. He probably married a Miss Kennedy, sister of Gilbert Kennedy, Earl of Cassilis. There is some question whether this is the same John Makilvane who appears in court documents from 1503-1516. The later dates lead some researchers to believe that he may have been the younger brother or cousin of Alan. The Glasgow Commissariat October 15, 1515 cites John Makilvane et al for the slaughter of James Douglas, and he is mentioned in the records of Ayrshire and Carrick as early as 1503 and later in 1512, 1516, and 1524. He is not named in any of the early confirmations of the grants of Grimmet and Attiquin, either to Gilbert, Alan, Gilbert, or Patric
In the PBGR # 1044 "Gilbert Kennedy of Kirkmichael, compearing in the Tolbooth of Air before Charles Campbell, Macer of the Sheriff of Air, in that part especially constituted in the cause of recognition between Gilbert and Allan M'Ylveyne, protests that whatsoever sha l be done in said cause before said judge, shall not prejudice David M'Ylveyne, a son of Gilbert's sister, as to the right he has in the lands of Attiquin". The "young Laird of Attiquin" reported in records as killed in 1512 had been a Kennedy. It is possible that his interest passed to his sister, and from there, by marriage, to the Lairds of Grimmet.



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[NI02258] Friedrich Fischer (Frederick Fisher):
The earliest known records of Friedrich Fischer were written in the 1750s and had to do with property dealings along Stoney Creek in the upper Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. He was affiliated with the "Society of Dutch Protestants" and the local militia. He moved to North Carolina in the early 1760s probably because of frequent Indian raids on the settlers in the Valley. Some of his children moved with him and some stayed in Virginia.

[NI02260] Jacob Fisher remained in the Shenandoah Valley when his father, Friedrich moved to North Carolina. His father gave him power of attorney to sell his land in Virginia.

[NI02286] Sarah Jane Alford - source Karen Schiavone [mizzou@cris.com]
The census of 1870 shows her living with James and his family in Liberty Township, Arlington Post office, Phelps County, MO. It lists her age as 79, her real estate worth at $2500.00, no personal worth listed, occupation as farmer.
1870 Phelps County, Liberty Township, Arlington Post Office. Page 5, dwelling #30, family #36.
Family tradition as her last name as Ashford, however her marriage record lists her as "Sallie Alford".

[NI02291] James Hopkins - source Karen Schiavone [mizzou@cris.com]
Belle Rebecca "Sally" Hopkins said her father was born in Marion, County Tenn., but on the 1860 census he lists his place of birth as Kentucky.
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US Census - 1860 - Phelps County MO
St. James Township
#375 on page 56
HOPKINS, JAMES age 40 white male born - KY
Occupation: Farmer
Real Estate value: $500
Personal Value: $1000
F.E. age 29 W female born - IN
JEMMA age 9 W female -MO
EMELINE age 8 W female "
JAMES age 6 W male
FRANCES age 4 W female
JOHN age 1 W male
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US Census - 1870 - Phelps County, MO - Liberty Township, Arlington Post Office
page 5 - dwelling #30 - family # 36

HOPKINS, SARAH age 79 white female born - NC
Occupation: farmer Real Estate value $2500.00 Personal value (none given)
HOPKINS, JAMES age 51 white male born - KY
Occupation: farmer Real estate value $6000.00 - Personal value $500.00
FRANCES E. 38 W female IN
ANGIE 20 W female MO
EMELINE 17 W female MO
JAMES 15 W male MO
CAROLINE 12 W female MO
JOHN 10 W male MO
SILAS 8 W male MO
SARAH R. 6 W female MO
WILLIAM L. 4 W male MO
THOMAS P. 3 W male MO
ROBERT 1 W male MO
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[NI02399] Nicholas Daugherty:
(Brøderbund WFT Vol. 2, Ed. 1, Tree #1393, Date of Import: Jul 9, 1997]

Sources:

Record of Tithables - Lee County, Virginia - 1830
U.S. Census - Lee County, Virginia - 1840
U.S. Census - Lee County, Virginia - 1850


Researcher:

Bob Kinsman
Half moon Bay, California

Renetta Stribling
Derby, Kansas

[NI02403] Joseph Daugherty:
Prior to 1773, Joseph purchased 176 acres on both sides of Wolf Creek, a branch of New River in Fincastle County, Virginia.
April 23, 1776-Tithable - 176 acres on Wolf Creek.
October 4, 1777 - Swore allegiance to the United States in Captain John Draper's Company.
March 24, 1781 - In Captain Frederick Edward's Company.
April 7, 1781 - In Captain Ingles Company.
1782 Paid tax in Montgomery County, Virginia on 1 tithe and 4 slaves.
May 8, 1787 - Acquired 70 acres in Lee County, Virginia (patent)
April 1788 - Tithed on 6 horses.
January 26, 1790 - Acquired 150 acres on Kinberlake Fork of New River
February 13, 1790 - Deeded 150 acres on Kimberlake Fork to Nicolas Daugherty, his brother.
February 19, 1790 - Tithed on property on Walker's Creek and 8 horses.
1791 Was the overseer of the road from the ford of Powell River near Cocke's old mill to the top of Powell Mountain. Charles Cocke gave him a list of tithables.
May 12, 1795 - Sold 70 acres on Wolf Creek (Lee County, Virginia), a branch of New River to James Price for 100 pounds. Sold 150 acres in Wythe County (on Kimberlake Fork), a branch of new River to Robert Garrett for 40 pounds.
November 28, 1795 - Bought 534 acres north side of Wallens Ridge, Lee County, Virginia from Isaac Christman for 100 pounds.
September 19,1796 - Acquired 108 acres -- land grant from the Commonwealth of Virginia.
June 11, 1803 - For natural love and affection with $1.00 sold 534 acres north side of Wallens Ridge to sons: John, Nathaniel, Joseph, Robinson, Samuel, and Nicholas Daugherty.
March 30, 1810 - Taxed on 3 tithables and 9 horses.
December 10, 1811 - Purchased 190 acres on the south side of Wallens Ridge.
July 28, 1812 - For natural love and affection with $1.00, gave son Joseph, Jr. the above 190 acres.
May 28, 1816 - Purchased and in 1821 made deeds of gift to son-in-law Pleasant Craig - 50 acres; William Knapper (Napier) - 50 acres; Augustus Carroll - 40 acres.
September 23, 1818 - Dismissed from working on public roads because of "body infirmities".

[NI02405] John Daugherty:
Sources:

U.S. Census - Fincastle County, Virginia - 1820 (45 years old)
Will probated - Lee County, Virginia - dated May 3, 1821, proved May 22, 1821.

[NI02409] William Daugherty:
William Daugherty was a pioneer in Virginia, first settling in Augusta County, Virginia. In 1766, William sold part of his land and moved to Botetourt County. It is believed that he settled in North Carolina prior to the Revolutionary War.
In 1786, William deeded all his lands lying on the Cow Pasture (Augusta County) and Negroes to his three sons: William, Joseph, and George. George was to pay his sisters: Elizabeth and Agnes, 40 pounds in gold.

[NI02410] Henry Daugherty:
At his father's death, Henry was granted administration of his father's estate in Montgomery County, Virginia. In 1773, Henry made a settlement on Laurel Fork of Holston River, Washington County, Kentucky, which he sold to a John Newland. In 1779, he left Washington County, Kentucky.

[NI02412] William Daugherty:
William originally came from Guilford County, North Carolina, but served as a substitute for a John Iron who was a spy in the militia of Washington County in Powell's Valley in 1792-3. Sometime after this, during the mid-1790s, William came to Lee County, Virginia. Lee County was formed from Russell County in 1792-3.
On April 16, 1798, William sold 85 acres of land to a John Lewis of Lee County, Virginia for 30 pounds. The property was described as "...lying on Powell River on both sides of Pancake Creek, the waters of Trading Creek, Poor Valley Ridge...".
William eventually acquired 428 acres of land and continued to buy and sell. At the time of his death, he had accumulated a considerable estate. On May 19,1800, William purchased 400 acres on the headwaters of Cane Creek on the Sugar Run in Lee County, Virginia from Edmund Smith of Garrod County, Kentucky for 200 pounds. On June 9, 1800, he sold 118 of these acres on the headwaters of Cane Creek to Daniel Russell.
On March 29, 1829, he sold 200 acres on Poor Valley Ridge to his son, Charles, for $600. The 1830 Census lists William as residing in Lee County, Virginia. His age was listed as being between 60-70, as was the age of his wife, Elizabeth.

LAST WILL OF WILLIAM DOUGHERTY
In the name of God, Amen:
I, William Dougherty of the County of Lee in the state of Virginia, being weak in body, but of sound mind and disposing memory, do make and ordain this my last will and testament as follows, to-wit:
FIRST, I desire that all of my just debts and funeral expenses be paid out of my estate by my Executor herein appointed.
SECONDLY, I give to my beloved wife, Elizabeth Dougherty, during her lifetime the following property, Viz, the plantation whereon I now live with all the household and kitchen furniture, and one Negro man named Joe, one Negro woman named Dicy, and one Negro girl named Mary, one yoke of oxen and cart and work horse and one man known by the name of "the lame man" and all the cattle and hogs and one half the sheep which I now have or may have at my decease.
THIRDLY, I give to my son, Charles Dougherty, all my estate both real and personal including land, slaves, horses, etc., except what has been before devised to my wife during her lifetime and at her decease, what has been heretofore devised to her, to him and his heirs forever, with this exception that Charles Dougherty is to pay or cause to be paid unto James J. Dougherty two hundred dollars in some good trade such as horses, etc., within the term of six months after my decease. And,
LASTLY,I hereby appoint my son, Charles Dougherty, Executor of this my last will and testament, revoking all other or former wills heretofore made by me. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal in the presents of the subscribing witnesses hereto on the tenth day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand and eight hundred and thirty five.
William Dougherty (seal)
/s/ John Hamblen
/s/ Alexander W. Mills
/s/ William Hamblen

The will was proved on January 18, 1836 in Lee County, Virginia.

William is buried on a tract of land which he purchased from Peter Fisher of Rutherford County, North Carolina. The location is recorded on Deed Book 2, Page 52, "... a tract of land containing 67 & 3/4 acres, lying on the north side of Chestnut Ridge...", the date of record is May 29, 1807.
Pursuant to an order of the Worshipful Court of Lee County, entered upon on the 19th day of January, 1836, appointing the undersigned, appraiser of the personal estate of William Daugherty deceased, we, after being duly sworn before the justice of the peace, make the following schedule. Viz.
2 Sorrel Mares at $50.00 each, and one Sorrel Mare $35..$135.00
two Sorrel Colts at $25 each, one Sorrel Filly 37.50 ..87.50
two yearling calves $5.50, Eight stacks of hay 45.00 .. 50.50
one yoke of oxen $40, one pied cow $10, two cows 16.00 .. 66.00
one black cow $8, one Red Cow $8, three heifers 13.50 .. 29.50
one yearling bull $4, sixty head hogs $65, five stacks of oats for $60.00 .. 129.00
a quantity of flax $6.58 still tubs at 50 cents each... $5.00
one bay horse $75, one bay mare and colt $70.00 .. 145.00
one ox cart $30, one still and cap 45.87 1/2 .. 75.87 1/2
one lot plows, hoes, axes, scythes for ..10.00
22 geese at 47 1/2 each .. 8.25
24 head of sheep $1 each, 100 gallons Brandy 2/3 ..61.50

Amount Carried over............................................................$833.12 1/2

Amount brot over..................................................................$833 .12 1/2

two Barrels $1 each, 400 Bushels of corn 25 cts. per bushel .. 102.00
four pots, 3 pails and one churn for ...4.00
Three beds, Bed Steads and furniture all at ...40.00
1 Chest, 1 Table and one Flax Wheel $6, Cupboard Ware $4... 10.00
two Kegs and one Barrel ...3.00
one Negro man named Joe $700, one Negro Man named Peter $700 ..1400.00
one Negro Boy named Jim $700, 1 Negro Woman named Dicey 350 ..1050.00
one Negro Girl named Betsy $500, one Negro girl named Dinah $500 ..1000.00
1 Negro boy named Nathan $500, one Negro boy named Henry $500 ..1000.00
1 Negro girl named Sarah $300, one Negro girl named Mary $300 .. 600.00
1 Negro Girl named Hannah $200, 1 Negro Girl named Rachel $150 ..$350.00
Cash in the hands of the Executor .. $43.83
Given under our hands this 29th day of January 1836 ...$6435.95 1/2
Charles Daugherty Executor of William Dougherty Dec'd
/s/Jacob V. Fulkerson
/s/ J.W.S. Morison
/s/ David Pennington
At a court begun and held for Lee County at the courthouse thereof on the 15th day of February, 1836. This Inventory and appraisement of the estate of William Dougherty deceased was this day returned to court and is ordered to be recorded.
/s/ J.W.S. Morison D.C.
Refer to Deed Book 2, Page 52 to confirm the location of the place where William Daugherty and others are buried. (recorded 29 May 1807).
William Daugherty of Lee County, VA, purchased a tract of land containing 67 3/4 acres, lying on the North side of Chestnut Ridge from Peter Fisher of Rutherford County, NC.

[NI02414] Charles Daugherty:
[Brøderbund WFT Vol. 2, Ed. 1, Tree #1393, Date of Import: Jul 9, 1997]

According to some legal documents concerning the Will of Charles, he was an illegitimate child of Elizabeth Harber. Whether or not he was, in fact fathered by William Daugherty prior to his father's marriage to his mother is not known.

According to the 1850 Census, Charles was 42 years of age, his wife 39. he was a merchant selling merchandise under the name of Daugherty & Baylor in Boon's Path, Lee county, Virginia.

When Charle's father died in 1835, he had appointed Charles as the Executor of his estate. One of his first duties was to inventory the estate. The following is a copy of the inventory:

2 Sorrel mares @ $50.00 each, and one Sorrel mare $35.00......$ 135.00
2 Sorrell colts @ $25 each, one Sorrel filly $37.50.......................$ 87.50
2 yearling calves $5.50, 8 stacks of hay $45.00...........................$ 50.50
one yoke of oxen $40, one pied cow $10, two cows $16.00..........$ 66.00
one black cow $8, one red Cow $8, three heifers $13.50...............$ 29.50
one yearling Bull $4, sixty head hogs $65, five stacks of oats
for $60.00.................................................................... ....................$ 129.00
a quantity of flax $6.58 still tubs at 50 cents each $5, one bay
horse $75, one bay mare and colt $70.00......................................$ 145.00
one ox cart $30, one still and cap $45.87.5....................................$ 75.87.5
one lot plows, hoes, axes, scythes for.............................................$ 0.00
22 geese at 47 & 1/2 cents each.....................................................$ 8.25
24 heads of sheep $1 each, 100 gallons Brandy 2/3......................$ 61.50
two barrels $1 each, 400 Bushels of corn 25 cents per bushel......$ 102.00
four pots, 3 pails and one churn for.................................................$ 4.00
Three beds, bed steads and furniture all at ....................................$ 40.00
1 chest, 1 table and one Flx Wheel $6, Cupboard ware $4.............$ 10.00
one Negro man named Joe $700, one Negro man named
Peter $700...................................................................... ..................$1400.00
one Negro boy named Jim $700, 1 Negro woman named
Dice $350...................................................................... ...................$1050.00
one Negro girl named Betsy $500, one Negro girl named
Diner $500...................................................................... ..................$1000.00
one Negro boy named Nathan $500, one Negro boy named
Henry $500...................................................................... .................$1000.00
one Negro girl named Sarah $300, one Negro girl named
Mary $300...................................................................... ....................$ 600.00
one Negro girl named Hannah $200, one Negro Girl named
Rachel $150...................................................................... .................$ 350.00
Cash in the hands of the Executor.....................................................$ 43.83

Given under our hands this 29th day of January, 1836................$6435.95.5

/s/ Jacob V. Fulkerson
/s/ J.W.S. Morison
/s/ David Pennington

[NI02416] James Daugherty:
[Brøderbund WFT Vol. 2, Ed. 1, Tree #1393, Date of Import: Jul 9, 1997]

James and his wife, Nancy migrated to Platte County, Missouri in 1837. This move was most likely accomplished in the company of Nancy's parents, James and Rachel (Benham) Flanary. In 1842, they moved to Andrew County, Missouri, where Nancy died in 1863. After James' 1865 marriage to his second wife, Polly Lawrence, the family moved to Carthage, Jasper County, Missouri and bought a 160 acre farm.

[NI02574] Abby Lotz:
In 1804, Abby Lotz became a ward of George Fisher.

[NI02848] John Roark fought in the Battle of New Orleans in the War of 1812. He was a private in CAPT. WILLIAM RUSSELL'S CO., MTD. SPIES, TENNESSEE..

[NI02883] Daughter Jane writes:

At Grandma’s funeral, at the graveyard,
My dad and I walked
He held my hand tightly
Reminiscent of when I was very young.

I know he thought
Janie, someday not so far away
I will be in a place like this…

I know he wanted to live forever…

For me…For all of us
Yet he was tired
His journey long.

I see him now,
They have probably already made him
a Greeter in Heaven.

Oh, sorry if you want the expedited admission
through the Pearly Gates, that’s over there.
This is the meet and greet line, stay and talk.
You want me to go pick you some tomatoes?
Have you seen my workshop?

We love you, Papa Joe!

[NI03128] David Fisher, through his marriage to Susanna Snapp, acquired the old Funk mill on Tumbling Run. He operated the mill for over sixty years. The ridge on the south side of Tumbling Run has since been known as Fisher's Hill. One of the most famous battles of the Civil War was fought near here and is known as the Battle of Fisher's Hill.

[NI03173] SS# 524-18-7215

[NI03361] John Greene Tosh:
John Tosh served in Co M, 6th Tenn. Cavalry (US) during the Civil War.

[NI03715] Nathan W. Roark was in Co G of the 15th Missouri Cavalry (Union) during the Civil War.

[NI03716] Joseph A. Roark was a bugler in Co G of the 15th Missouri Cavalry (union) during the Civil War.

[NI04589] Benjamin Roark:
Nickname: Ben.
Military: Fought in the Civil War on the Union side. Was a Sargent in Co D, 5th MO Cav. (2/19/1862-3/31/1865)
Politics: A "Kentucky republican". Cast his 1st vote for President for Buchanan.
Misc: Fought and traded with the Indians. From June to September of 1853, he was an ox cart driver for the trip from West Port Landing, four miles south of Kansas City MO, to Sante Fe NM. Moved from TN to Cole Co MO about 1839. Second marriage was to his son, Samuel Green's mother-in-law, Sarah Margaret Farris.
Occupation: Farmer.

[NI05440] Walter Roark served in Co. K, 17th Inf Reg as a musician during the Spanish American War.

[NI05582] Katherine H. Fisher Hill: Provided by Linda C. Vincion
Katherine Hensley Fisher Hill, or Kate, as she was known, worked for 17 yrs. at the Red Cedar Pencil Co. in Lewisburg, Tennessee. She died at the home of her daughter, Ruby Hill Luna, in Toney, AL.

[NI05584] Clarence Hill: Provided by Linda C. Vincion
Clarence Hill died at the home of his daughter, Ruby Hill Luna, in Huntsville, AL. He was bed fast for more than 3 years. He had "creeping paralysis".

[NI05609] Joseph F. Wilson family found in Tennessee, Giles County, Roll 1572 Book 1, Page 266a 1900 US Census.

[NI05641] George Jackson Wilson:
Joined the Confederate Army and was killed in action at the battle of Murfreesboro, TN.

[NI08051] Asa Roark fought in the Battle of New Orleans in the War of 1812. He was an ordnance sergeant in the Tennessee militia. He was a Baptist preacher by profession.

[NI08309] Submitted by Thelma Rhea Riggs:
Mark Alan Thompson, the first born son of Thelma Rhea Riggs and James Frank Thompson.
Education: Twin Cities Elementary, Tulsa, Oklahoma; Sand Springs Secondary, Sand Springs, Oklahoma; Phillips University, Enid, Oklahoma
B.S. Degree: Language Arts, Secondary Education, Spring, 1976.
Career: Teaching English and Drama, Sand Springs School System since Fall of 1976. (Little wonder Mark became an English teacher. He was very precocious in verbal skills. He talked before he walked)
Hobbies/Interests: Fishing, hunting, card playing, and dice shooting.
Married Julie McMorris, Harrison Methodist Church, New Years Eve, 1977.

[NI08313] Maggie Riggs Douglas' family as listed in the 1930 census of Logan Co., Oklahoma:
Otto H. Douglas age 44 work- Boss at cotton mill
Maggie M.
Gussie Riggs 17 Doffer at cotton mill
Hallie 15
Maggie May 10

[NI08328] U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946
about Gus Riggs
Name: Gus Riggs
Birth Year: 1911
Race: White, citizen (White)
Nativity State or Country: Texas
State: Oklahoma
County or City: Tulsa

Enlistment Date: 30 Oct 1942
Enlistment State: Oklahoma
Enlistment City: Tulsa
Branch: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA
Branch Code: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA
Grade: Private
Grade Code: Private
Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law
Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men)
Source: Civil Life

Education: Grammar school
Civil Occupation: Electrician, Sound Transmission
Marital Status: Divorced, without dependents
Height: 62
Weight: 112

[NI08678] BRENTWOOD, TN. – Fred E. Short, 84, former Director of Safety and Security at Milan Army Ammunition Plant, died early Thursday, September 27, 2007 at his Brentwood home after a bout with cancer.
Graveside services will be held at Ridgecrest Cemetery, Jackson Sun. Sept. 30 at 3:00 p.m. with Rev. Joe Thornton of Brownsville presiding. Visitation will be at Bodkin Funeral Home in Milan from 12:00 noon until 2:00 p.m. Sunday. For a schedule call Bodkin at 731-686-0302.
Mr. Short was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Fisher Short; parents, Elmer Lee Short, a minister, and Ada Taylor Short of Jackson, and an infant sister Martha Elizabeth Short. He is survived by a sister Raynelle (Roy) Anthony of Jackson; and two brothers, Jim (Dawn) Short of Pensacola, FL and Kenneth Wayne (Donna) Short of Jackson; four children: Coni Day Mann of Knoxville; Steve (Susan) Short of Milan; Douglas (Anne) Short of Humboldt; Amy Short (Kenneth) Zieminski of Woodbury, MN; and five grandchildren: Rachel Short (Mark) Spradlin of Jackson; Jessica Short of Milan; Nicholas Mann of Knoxville; Brigham Short and Annie Short of Humboldt.

Joe Fisher writes:
A WONDERFUL PERSONALTY CAME MY WAY IN 1952 WHEN I MET FRED AND BETTY. I SEE THAT SAME OUTGOING QUALITY IN THEIR CHILDERN. I HAVE A LOT OF GOOD FRIENDS BUT NONE MORE CHARISHED THAN MY FRIEND FRED SHORT AND HIS FAMILY. . JUST KNOWING HE IS GONE AND I ALREADY MISS HIM I AM SO THANKFUL HE CAME TO SAND SPRINGS TO SEE MY DAD AT THE NURSING HOME AND I MET HIM THERE BY COINCIDENCE AND INVITED HIM HOME TO SUNDAY DINNER AND TOLD HIM--HE COULD NOT SAY NO . WHEN WE WALKED IN TH DOOR MY WIFE WAS AS PLEASED AS I HAD BEEN AND YOU COULD SEE IT IN HER FACE AS SHE PREPARED ANOTHER PLATE AT THE TABLE. THE CONVERSATION THAT DAY WAS NOT LIKE DISTANT FOLKS BUT WAS CLOSE AND FRIENDLY AND HUMORUS IT WAS FRED AS I ALWAYS KNEW HIM THERE WILL ALWAYS BE ROOM FOR FRED AND BETTY'S FAMILY IN MY HEART AND IN OUR HOME.
JOE FISHER

[NI08679] William "Bill" Jones:
This from Joe Fisher:
I met Bill Jones in 1951 while attending a cotton school in Memphis Tenn. I spent several visits in his home and we talked a lot about family, weather and future hopes. At that time Bill was a Methodist minister , of lay fashion , and one of my favorite stories told to me by uncle Benton was how Bill's father, a Methodist minister, called Bill one day and sent him to preach at a church some where in Tenn and when Bill spoke he told the church , you have heard of men being called to preach, well I was sent to preach. As you know, Bill is more than a capable speaker, preacher depending on the occasion.
Joe Fisher 2002

Nell Fisher Jones (Bill's wife) writes: Bill Jones was born early one Sunday morning in 1921. He was born at home,and afterwards,his father, Rev LL Jones, who was a Methodist preacher, rode off on a horse to preach at a country church.

[NI08871] William Fletcher Sears appears on the roll of Co F, 43rd GA Inf (CSA)-
Sears, W. F.- private August 6, 1862. In Empire Hospital at Atlanta, Ga. April 30 , 1864. No later record.

[NI08873] Joseph T. Sears appears on the roll of Co F, 43rd GA Inf (CSA)-
Sears, Joseph T.- private July 24, 1862. Appointed 2nd Corporal November 1863. Roll dated February 29, 1864, last on file, shows him present. No later record.

[NI08877] Alfred S. Sears appears on the roll of Co D, 27th GA Vol Inf-
SEARS, A. S. - First lieutenant. Admitted to Jackson Hospital at Richmond, Va., Aug. 22, 1864.

[NI08881] Tabitha Jane Buckner Sears: Submitted by Ronald D. Bridges
Tabitha was a mid-wife for her community. She carried a little black satchel and rode around the county on a gray mule. She was known to be stern in her practice, demanding that new mothers remain in their rooms for a week and off their feet for at least three weeks.

[NI08882] Mary Catherine Sears McEwen: submitted by Ronald D. Bridges
We are again called upon to morn the death of one of the oldest, best, and most favorably known ladies of the county. Her maiden name was Sears, who lived for many years near Rockford, and who did a great deal toward(2) the moral and material upbuilding(3) of this community. She was born in Talbert county,(4) Georgia, January 23, 1834, and was at the time of her death, which occurred at the home
of her son-in-law, Mr. Simeon Adams, September 15, 1906, 72 years, 7 months, 22 days old. She married George W. McEwen, who preceded her to the good world a little over five years, December 29, 1850 .(5) To their marriage were born twelve children, five boys and seven girls. Three of the girls died in childhood, leaving nine to morn the loss of one of the best mothers. She professed faith in Christ and join the Methodist church when twelve years old, and from that time to the day of her death she was a consistent and upright member. Her home, as well as that of her father and husband, was always a place of entertainment for God's ministers and people, and , also for her neighbors and friends. People liked to visit "Aunt Kate," as she was familiarly called in the community. But she has gone to her eternal reward, and if those who loved her here, would see and greet her again, they will have to live righteous lives in order to be fit for such association in the right world above.
Her Pastor

[NI08883] George W. McEwen: Submitted by Ronald D Bridges
On October 22, 1828, George Washington McEwen was born in Gwinnett County, Georgia, to the parents of Kirkham and Mary Ann (Canada) McEwen. Later in life George moved with his parents, brothers, and sisters to Merriweather County, Georgia. They moved next to Alabama and settled on the Tallapoosa River in a county of that name about fourteen miles south of Dadeville. In 1844 they left their home in Tallapossa County to settle in Coosa County, Alabama. While traveling in Coosa County on the Turnpike Road, George saw other settlers traveling to the interior of Coosa County. Outside of Buyck, Alabama, which is in now Elmore County and once was part of Coosa County, a young woman of sixteen caught the eye of George as he rode his horse. This woman, Mary C. Sears, was sitting on the front seat of a wagon and traveling to Coosa County to establish her new home with her parents. After admiring Mary from a distance, George rode his horse quickly back to where his father was. George informed his father and the rest of the family that he encountered his future wife on Turnpike Road. On December 29, 1850, George married Mary C. Sears and later they had twelve children. In 1860 they located three and a half miles north of Rockford, Coosa County, Alabama, on Hatchett Creek, where he built a mill. He owned a six hundred acre plantation, where he farmed. George and Mary, as well as several others, established in 1860 the Episcopal Methodist Sears Chapel, named after Mary’s father. In 1862 George enlisted as a private soldier in the Fifty-third Alabama Mounted Infantry, Company C, of the Confederate
States of America. Soon after he was elected as second lieutenant, and later in the Civil War, promoted to first lieutenant. He served mostly in the western army. During the Atlanta campaign, in which General Sherman was making his infamous march to the sea, George’s left hand finger was shot off. He later surrendered with his regiment in Columbia, South Carolina to General Sherman’s army. Elected in 1900 as Treasure of Coosa County, George had his picture taken with five other elected county officials. Politically, Mr. McEwen was a democrat. He also was a royal arch Mason, and served as the treasurer of the blue lodge. He was worshipful master for some years. As a Methodist he was the steward of his church for twenty years. He died March 30, 1901, and was buried in the cemetery of Sears Chapel. His wife and other family members were buried there also. At his grave the Daughters of the Confederacy placed a round iron engraved piece in memory of his service to the Cause. Written on his headstone is the following: 3 years a soldier, 37 years free Mason of high rank, 45 years a member of M.E. Chapel and died treasure of his county. Died trusted and faithful. On his foot stone it is written: HEARKEN UNTO THY
FATHER THAT BEGOT THEE.(1)

(1) Most of this was copied and reworded from four sources: (a) Memorial Records of Alabama, Vol. I (The Reprint Company Publishers, Spartenburg, S. C.), p. 732-733. (b) History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, Vol. IV by Thomas M. Owen (Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1921; reprinted 1978) p. 1115. Both books are in the Alabama Archives and History in Montgomery, AL. (c) At the McEwen's family reunion of August 6, 1995, Mary Gallops told me the story of how George first saw Mary. (d) The information about the iron engrave piece, and on his headstone & foot stone was gathered by me, Ronald D. Bridges, his Great-Great Grandson.

"At the Turnpike, John Sears and George McEwen had a good mill from about 1856. There had been a mill at the same sit much earlier, but washed away and the site was unused for years." (1)

George Washington McEwen enlisted as a private soldier in Company C, Fifty-third Alabama Cavalry, and was soon afterward elected second lieutenant, and was afterward promoted to first lieutenant. He served mostly in the western army. He was wounded in the Atlanta campaign, having a finger of the left hand carried away. Politically, Mr. McEwen is a Democrat. He a Royal Arch Mason and is treasurer of the blue lodge. (2)

(1) Rev. George E. Brewer, History of Coosa County, Alabama (Easley, South Carolina: Southern Historical Press, Inc., 1987), p. 37. Also in The Alabama Historical Quarterly, vol. 4, Nos 1and 2, Spring and Summer Issue, 1942.
(2) Memorial Record of Historical and Biographical.

A LETTER WRITTEN TO GEORGE'S WIFE, MARY, WHILE HE WAS ON THE DUTY FOR THE 53rd Alabama Cavalry Regiment [Partisan Rangers]

March the 24, 1864

My Dear Wife I will rite (write) you a few (a few) lines this eavining (evening) to let you no (know) that I am well and harty (hardy). I have riten (written) you too (two) letters this weeke (week) but I have jest (just) reseave (received) too (two) letters from you that came by hand and as I will not have the chance to rite (write) tomorrow as we have to go out on picket. I will rite (write) afew ( a few) lines this eavening
(evening). My Dear I was vary (very) glad to hear from home and was more than glad to get the one letter tho I was vary (very) sorry to hear that the baby was so sick and had bin (been) tho I am inhopes (in hopes ) that he has goten (gotten) well before this time. I was rite (right) sick the first of this weeke (week) tho I am harty (hardy) at this. and I am in hopes that you will get this in dew (do) time and find you all well. I can tell you that we are not seeing as good time her (here) as we have seen in past days tho we can stande (stand) it very well if it don't get any worst. You sed (said) in one of yerin (your) letters that it was reported that Charles Murry(1) was in this contry (country). tho is is (the word is was written twice) a mifsstake (mistake) for he is her (here) and has bin (been) ver (ever) since he first came. I think that he is willing to stay her (here) now. I will be glad to her (hear) of Larkin Beasley(2) having to go. and I no (know) if he gets jestes (the word might be just) that that he will have to go. our hole (whole) regment (regiment) has to go on picket in the morning. it take a regement (regiment) a weeke (week) from our brigade.
My Dear we had another hevy (heavy) snow her (here) last evening but that is too (two) snows that we have had her (here) this weeke (week). it rained this morning and melted it all off. we have a good company now. we have 78 men present (present) for duty and there an order that we can furlo (furlough) one man for every 25 and we had men that we wanted to get off. and Miller was one of them and the furlows (furloughs) has to bee (be) trane (train) and Miller fails to get one but as soon as those go and get back he can go if the order is not countermanded. I no (know) that Ellen(3) thinks long of the time but he will get off after while. My Dear I can't tell you any thing about when I can cum (come) home. but I could tell you vary (very) quick when I would want to cum (come). I want to cum (come) now and will untill (until) I get the chance to cum (come). I will close for the presant (present). I remain your loving husband untill (until) death.

Love (may be the wor
G. W. McEwen


M. C. McEwen
(1)Charles Murray name is in the book, page 95, History of Coosa County, Alabama, by Rev. George E. Brewer
(2) Larkin Beasley died April 22, 1905. He is buried in Poplar Springs Cemetery, located at Hanover, Coosa Co., AL.
(3) Ellen (maiden name Logan) Miller is listed in Coosa County Records, Volume II, "Cemeteries", page 75. It states that she was born May 26, 1839, and died June 27, 1871. The man Miller, Ellen's husband and who George McEwen writes about, is Andrew Jackson Miller, who is also listed in the Coosa County Records, page 75, born January 24, 1834, & died January 25, 1905. They are both buried in the Poplar
Springs Cemetery, located at Hanover, Coosa County, AL. Emma Jane McEwen, the daughter of George and Mary McEwen, later marries James A. Miller, the son of Andrew J. Miller and Ellen Miller.

A LETTER WRITTEN TO GEORGE'S WIFE, MARY, WHILE HE WAS ON THE DUTY FOR THE 53rd Alabama Cavalry Regiment [Partisan Rangers]

Whitfield Co., Georgia April the 10th 1864
My dear Wife it is again that I try to rite (write) you afew (a few) lines which will not inform you that I am well. But I can tell you that I am so as to be up and about on last Tuesday. I had a lite (light) chill and on Thursday I had one that lasted me about too (two) hours. tho (though) yesterday I miste (missed) it. I take quinine until I feel quite foolish to day. I dont (don’t) think that I will have any nother (another) chill this time. the first chill I had we was out on ascout (a scout) with our company. it dident (didn’t) hurt me mutch (much) but the last one I taken it about the time that we got to camps and it was one of the worst ones that I ever had. our scout was over in Mury (Murray) County that is the next county east of this. we had afine (a fine) time over thane (most likely there) if I had have bin (been) well to have enjoyed it. you neant (needn’t) to think that I am bad off and won’t write it for I dont (don’t) think it is any thing but the chills alded (ailed) me and I think that tha (they) are broke. I think that the affects of the quinine will be the worst job to get (?) of now. when I back here to camp last Thursday I got a leter (letter) from you having date of the 27 of March and that it the first one that I have goten (gotten) by male (mail) yet. I was vary (very) glad to get it and would have ritin (written) before now but I was unwell and thought I would. I saw whither I got beter (better) on not. I am felling var (very) well to day considerin. I have just eaten aharty (a hardy) dinner and feal (feel) beter (better). My mare is lame yet in one of her hind legs. I rote (wrote) to you once before about it. I think she is stiffle (stiff). She is like that ponity (pony) horse that I had on Wewoka (?). she has not bin (been) fit to ride in over a weeke (week) and she has fallen off arit (a right) smart. She is in fold and I will have to do something with her before long. It may bee (be) that I can get the chance to cary (carry) her home after Lieut Buck gets back. The most of Boddys command has gone back to Alabama. tha (they) have all gon (gone) but our rigement (regiment) and Snodgrap Batalion (Battalion) and it is thought that we will go before long at least we are all hoping so. I rote (wrote) to you this day was a weeke (week) ago and haven’t rote (wrote) since that has bin (been) the longest time that I have mist (missed) since I have bin (been) in this state. We have a vary (very) late spring her (here). thare (there) is no vegatation put out here yet. O my Dear I do want to see you and the children worse than I ever did. I want you to not try to cill (kill) your self at hard work. And take everything as easy as possable (possible). I no (know) that you have a harde (hard) time. And you must consider that thare (there) thousands that has worse time than you do. My Dear I must close I remain your affectionate husband. G. W. McEwen To his dear Fimaly (Family)


George received fatal injuries in an accident as reported in one of the county newspapers, which is unknown.

A SAD ACCIDENT
On last Monday morning Mr. Geo. W. McEwen, who lives about 4 miles north of town, had the misfortune of getting seriously, if not fatally, hurt. He with some others were hauling logs for the purpose of rebuilding the bridge across Hatchett creed just below his mill. They were sliding a piece of timber on poles placed on the wagon wheels when suddenly the hind wheel where Mr. McEwen was standing turned, letting the large piece of timber fall against him crushing him to the ground. It fell across his bowels and hips, knocking the breath out of him and injured him mostly internally. Dr. Jones was summoned at once, and states that upon examination he locates a wound of the left leg above the knee and a large bruised space on the back, but the greatest injury is to the internal organs. His kidneys are injured and have ceased to act without assistance; his bowels are also inflamed and swelled from the injuries. Considerable amount of bruised blood has been drawn fro the kidneys. The log was about 22 feet long and 12 inches square, and his sons who were with him state that he would have been instantly killed had it not been for the pole, which kept the full weight of the timber from striking him. At the time of this writing we learn that he is resting reasonably well, but it has not yet developed to what extent his injuries may be. He is an honorable and upright citizen, and has hosts of friends who deeply regret the sad accident, and wish for him a speedy and permanent recovery.

Unfortunately, George did not recover and died months later.

53rd Alabama Cavalry Regiment [Partisan Rangers]
The 53rd Alabama Cavalry Regiment, Partisan Rangers, was organized by increasing the 1st Cavalry Battalion to regimental size at Montgomery on 5 November 1862. Recruits were from Autauga, Coffee, Coosa, Dale, Dallas, Lauderdale, Lowndes, Macon, Monroe, Montgomery, Pike,Tallapoosa and Wilcox counties. It proceeded in a few weeks to Mississippi. In moving from Columbus to Decatur, in Lawrence, a portion of the regiment was there equipped and proceeded to join Gen'l Earl Van Dorn. This battalion was in the fighting at Thompson's Station, and at Brentwood. The regiment was engaged in the fight with Union Gen'l Grenville Dodge at Town Creek and in the pursuit of Union Col. Abel Streight. Soon after, the 53rd joined the main army at Dalton as part of Gen'l Moses W. Hannon's Brigade, Gen'l John Kelly's Division. It operated on the right of the army as it fell back towards Atlanta and was engaged in constant duty. When Union Gen'lWilliam T. Sherman reached Atlanta, the 53rd was the principal force engaged in the daring raid in his rear, whereby a valuable train was destroyed. It was then at the heels of Sherman as he devastated Georgia and the Carolinas, and it took part in the last operations of the war in that quarter. It surrendered a small number with Gen'l Joseph E. Johnston at Durham Station, Orange County, NC, on 26 April 1865. Field and staff officers: Col. Moses W. Hannon (Montgomery; promoted); Lt. Col. John F. Gaines (Montgomery; wounded, Waynesboro); Major Thomas F. Jenkins (Wilcox; captured, near Florence); and Adjutants R. B. Snodgrass (Montgomery; wounded three times; transferred); and John Tannehill (Montgomery).
It was assigned to (1) the District of the Gulf, Dept. #2 (Dec 1862); to Armstrong's Brigade, Jackson's Division, Van Dorn's Cavalry Corps, Department of MS and East LA (Feb 63) with a total of 517 effectives; (2) to Armstrong's Brigade, Van Dorn's Division, Army of Tennessee (Feb-March 63); (3) to Armstrong's Brig, Jackson's Division, Van Dorn's Cavalry Corps, Army of TN (March 63); (4) to District of Northern AL, Dept #2 (July-Aug 63); (5) to Roddey's Brigade, Wheeler's Cavalry Corps, Army of TN (Aug 63-April 64); (6) to M. W. Hannon's Brigade, Humes' Division, Wheeler's Cavalry Corps, Army of TN (April-Nov 64); (7) to Hannon's Brigade, Humes' Division, Wheeler's Cavalry Corps, Department of SC, GA, and FL (Nov 64-Jan 65); (8) to Hannon's Brigade, Allen's Division, Wheeler's Cavalry Corps, Hampton's Cavalry Command (Feb-April 65); and (9) to Hagan's Brigade, Allen's Division, Wheeler's Cavalry Corps, Hampton's Cavalry Command, Army of TN (April 65).
The regiment fought in the following battles: Cherokee Station and Little Bear Creek, AL (12 Dec 62); Thompson's Station (5 March 63); Florence, AL (25 March 63); Brentwood (25 March 63); Town Creek (April 63); Streight's Raid (April-May 63); Chickamauga (19-20 Sept 63); Atlanta Campaign (May-Sept 64); Resaca (14-15 May 64); Atlanta Siege (July-Sept 64); Jonesboro (31 Aug-1 Sept 64); Carolinas Campaign
(Feb-April 65)

[NI08888] Martha Thomas Sears Waldrip: Submitted by Ronald D. Bridges
Martha Thomas Sears was born in east Alabama in the area around Loachapoka (now in Lee Co. AL) in 1845. She was about 5 years old when she came with her parents to Coosa Co., AL. Her family settled along Weoka Creek and became nearby neighbors and friends of the T. T. Wall family. Here, Martha became acquainted with Nancy Conrad Wall, a friendship that would last throughout their lifetimes. In 1856 the Sears family moved north to Hatchett Creek where her father built a mill near the turnpike crossin
Martha was the youngest charter member of Sears Chapel when it was founded by her father in 1860.
Madge Waldrip Arnold recalls Martha’s spinning wheel and seeing her spin wool into yarn and knit all the socks for her family. She also wove the yarn into cloth and made their clothing and beautiful woven bed spreads. Her son, James Robert Waldrip, bought himself a suit when he went to work in Rockford, AL, in 1887. These were the first ready made clothes he had ever owned.
The seven sons of Martha and Asa could not be described as reserved or passive. Their responses to normal trials of youth sometimes caused considerable anguish. Martha developed a reputation of fainting in the presence of disturbing news. On one occasion, grand-daughter Tommie Waldrip arrived on the scene as several people were attempting to revive Martha. Viewing the situation, Tommie mater-of-factly asked "what did Mother’s boys do now?".
Martha was called "Mother" by children, grand-children and great-grandchildren. Grandchildren were frequent visitors in the Waldrip home. The front door of the house was usually wide open, even on winter evening, while a roaring fire kept every one warm.
The dogs were allowed inside until bed time. Asa would rise from his chair and simply say "bed time" and the dogs would obediently retreat to the woods outside for the night.
Many grandchildren could be accommodated on a pallet of the flour, which was on the floor of a large rear room. On one occasion, Madge Waldrip left the pallet and returned to the living room where Asa and Martha were still sitting. When Martha asked her what was the matter, Madge reported that "there are just too many feet in that bed".
Madge Waldrip remembers many happy times visiting, Grampa and Mother. Once when she pleaded to stay for the week, her own mother, Jennie Moore, resisted because they had brought no clothes for her. "Mother" came to the rescue by promising to make her a dress. The dress was quickly assembled from such materials as were at hand. It was a funny little dress, but one that Madge treasured for years.
Asa and Martha were supporters of Sears Chapel Methodist Church throughout their lives and were loved and respected in the their community.

List of Confederate Soldiers and Widows in Coosa County, ALA., as of Jan 1, 1933.
Mrs. Martha T. Waldrip of Goodwater, ALA, R. F. D. 3, was listed as one.(1)
(1)The Rockford Chronicle, 22 Feb 1933, p. 1. Printed in Rockford, Coosa Co., AL.
Microfilm: Located in the Alabama Archives and History, Montgomery, AL.

[NI08889] Asa Melton Waldrip: Submitted by Ronal D. Bridges
Asa Melton Waldrip was born 17 October, 1843 in Chambes Co., AL - the youngest son of a Methodist minister. Asa's family moved to Coosa Co., AL about 1850/53. They resided around Central, AL for a few years, moving on to Jackson Parish, LA about 1860. During this time, his brother Sanford Byrd, and two of his sisters had married and made their own homes in Coosa County.
Shortly after their move to Louisiana, the Civil War began. Asa answered the call, enlisting in the 12th Louisiana Infantry Regiment at Monroe, LA on 27 Feb 1862. The 12th Regiment was one of the crack regiments of the Confederacy and was heavily engaged throughout the years of war. It suffered greater losses than any other LA regiment. From a muster roll of 1,457, this regiment counted 304 killed in battle and 302 died from disease. The 12th Regiment fought in 146 engagements, fighting 101 day "straight fight". Asa was wounded three times. The third occasion was late in 1864, during the Battle of Atlanta. With the Confederate Army disintegrating and with a wound in his leg, Asa struck out for home - on foot! In route, he found maggots developing in his wound. He secured a bottle of turpentine, cleansed his wound and continued on to Wetumpka, AL.
In Wetumpka, Asa stayed with is brother Sanford Byrd. Byrd and married Elizabeth Sears (called Nettie). It was in Byrd and Nettie's home that Asa met her younger sister, Martha Thomas Sears. She and Asa were married on 23 May 1865, in Coosa Co., AL.
They established a home on Hatchett Creek, north of Rockford, AL, and raised a large family. A few years later, they built a second home just west of Sears Chapel. There they lived most of their lives. The house, although considerably deteriorated, still stands today.

Census of Confederate Soldiers Residing in Alabama, 1907. Located in Alabama Archives and History, Montgomery, AL.

#111. Asa Milton Waldrip, Present P. O. Address, Rockford, AL. Was born in on Oct 17th of 1843 at Oak Bowery in county of Chambers in state of Alabama; First entered the service as Private on Feb 27, 1861 at Monroe, La. in Co. H, 12th La Reg and continued until surrender of Gen Johnston.


THE CHRONICLE

"A. M. Waldrip, Jno. W. Waldrip and J. G. Waldrip, of Rockford, and J. R. Waldrip, of Hanover, attended the reunion of the confederate veterans at Mobile last week."(1)

Local and Personal
"Uncle Asa Waldrip, living about three miles north of here, says that the injury to garden truck in his neighborhood was serious, but the general farm crop is not seriously hurt."(2)

Local and Personal
"A. M. Waldrip, of Sears Chapel neighborhood, reports a cabbage head weighting 12 pounds and measuring 31 inches in circumference."(3)

Local and Personal
"A. M. Waldrip of the Sears Chapel neighborhood, was in town the early part of the week, and is yet suffering from an injury received by being thrown from his buggy a few weeks ago. He thinks that one or more of his ribs were fractured."(4)

(1)The Chronicle, 6 May 1910, p. 4. Printed in Rockford, Coosa Co., AL.
Microfilm:
Located in the Alabama Archives and History, Montgomery, AL.
(2)The Chronicle, Local and Personal, 6 May 1910, p. 5.
(3)The Chronicle, Local and Personal, 1 Jul 1910, p. 5.
(4)The Chronicle, Local and Personal, 3 Nov 1911, p. 5.

[NI08940] William Phillips Fisher - Submitted by Carolyn Clements 2002
William P. moved to Wilcox Co. AL in 1816, to Lowndes Co. AL in 1830. His trek to Texas was in the fall of 1854 to Walker Co. Many of the citizens of this AL community left about this time. His sister-in-law, Nancy Fisher, who married Y. W. Graves, moved with him to LA in 1855 after having sent the slaves and overseer on ahead two years earlier to prepare for their arrival.
In 1850 he owned Prairie Plantation in Lowndes Co., AL and a "river place". He occupied what was known as the "Russell House" for a time. He held a reception in 1839 here for two brides of great social standing. He operated a store on the west side of the square of Hayneville and was in business with his brother, John, for a time. The town was quite large, boasting of two race tracks, several saloons and brothels. William P. was an attorney and later became a judge. He successfully defended Elizabeth Alexander against her step-children who were older than she was when their aged father (80) died and left his large estate. She was 33 when she married Edmund Alexander who was nearly 70 when they married. William P. brought the suit in 1844 after they were married and got 1/5 of the estate that had large tracts of land and also received 69 slaves. All the Alexander children were grown and over 21 except one. Edmund is listed in the 1840 census but died shortly after. William P. and Elizabeth were both without mates less than a year.
NOTE: Many of the houses of both Lowndesboro and Hayneville are still in good shape and on the National Register. The towns are very close to each other.
1830 Lowndes Co. census shows 3 males under 5, 1 males 15-20, 2 males 30-40, 1 female 5-10, and 1 female 20-30.
1850 shows WPFisher 53 NC, Ellen B. (written wrong as we know that Elizabeth was married to him in 1841) KY, John F., 24, AL, Horatio W. 22 AL, Lorenzo 16, AL and James L. Walker, overseer, AL.

[NI08972] Name: Stephen East
Company: 3 REG'T (ALSTON'S) SOUTH CAROLINA MILITIA.
Rank - Induction: PRIVATE
Rank - Discharge: PRIVATE
Roll Box: 64
Roll Exct: 602

[NI09240] Sinclair M. Suttle: Submitted by Ronald D. Bridges
THE CHRONICLE
Killed by Accident
"Just as we are closing our forms for this issue, news reached this office that S. M. Suttle, an old and highly respected citizen of the county, was killed Wednesday at the residence of Grnest Hatchett near Richville in this county. The report is that he was chopping wood and a piece broke off, struck him on the head producing almost instant death."(1)

(1) The Chronicle, Killed by Accident, 15 Dec 1911, p. 5. Published in Rockford, Coosa Co., AL. Microfilm: Located in the Alabama Archives and History, Montgomery, AL.

[NI09910] Listed as Leander I. Loggins in the 1900 census, some of his descendants are adamant that his name was Lee Irvin Loggins.

[NI09982] William Loggins:
The 1900 Hall Co., GA census lists William as William M. Loggins. The census may be in error since his descendants knew him as William Fulton Loggins.

[NI10076] David M. Stewart was killed in a gun accident.

[NI10208] Clarence Daniel "Danny" Boatman: Submitted by Vera Nell Riggs Boatman
Danny and his family continued to live in Tahlequah, OK while he attended Northeastern State University there. He entered the Army in 1969 and was stationed at Fort Ord in California for most of his enlistment. His wife, Susan, worked for a nearby orthodontist. They left the service in 1971 and the family moved to Alaska for nine months before returning home in Sand Springs, OK. Danny attended electrician school and eventually started his own electrical contracting business called Kodiak Electric. Danny was an avid sportsman, hunting and fishing all over the United States. Susan and/or their sons went with him most of the time.
Danny died February 13, 1994 of sudden heart attack in his home, northwest of Sand Springs, OK. He was buried February 16, 1994 on his and Susan's 26th wedding anniversary. His memorial service was held in First Christian Church where he and Susan had been married. Susan continues to work in the medical field, presently at St. John's Hospital in Tulsa, OK.
As an active sportsman, Danny was known and liked by everyone in the area who participated in hunting and fishing events. The Danny Boatman Memorial "King Of The Roost" Turkey Calling Championship contest is now held each year in his honor.

[NI10570] Jefferson Y. McWhirter: Submitted by Roger Davis [Sarahm~1.ftw]
Jefferson Young McWhirter born 23 January 1861 Laclede County, Missouri. (Some researchers have him born in Sherman, Texas. Death Certificate and census reports have him born in Missouri). Many of his childhood years were in Texas,his moved back to Laclede County, Missouri by 1870. When he was two months past his 20th birthday 17 April 1981, he married Emily Ann Wallace born 17 December 1861 Illinois, married by Samuel Dennis, Judge C.C. Emily grandmother was a Cherokee Indian.
Eight of their thirteen children reached adulthood and raised families of their own. First born was Evy (Eva) Juliana (Julie) McWhirter born 21 February 1882 in Lebanon, Missouri (had four sons), Mary Ann McWhirter born 9 April 1884 in Missouri (had 3 sons), William Franklin "Frank" McWhirter born 11 September 1885 in Lebanon, Missouri (had 2 sons-2daughters), Delia May McWhirter born 31 October 1887 (Drowned), Athur Wilkes McWhirter born 1 September 1888 in Missouri, (had 4 children), Arvil Eugene McWhirter 22 September 1891( died 18 July 1892), Teney Conelia McWhirter 14 July 1893 (2 daughters), Sarah Rebecca McWhirter born 1 September 1896 in Missouri (Died 16 August 1897), Mabel Alice McWhirter born 3 July 1900 in Conway, Missouri (2 Daughters), Lucy Elsie McWhirter born 1Sept 1902 in Aurora, Missouri (3 daughters), Earl Gavin McWhirter born 3 October 1905 in Aurora, Missouri (2 sons-1daughter).
Two more children were born and apparently died soon after birth, no name or date of birth, they are buried in old Section, Lot 15 (this lot established by Jefferson McWhirter), #1 and #2, White Oak Pond Cemetery, Lebanon, Leclede County, Missouri. White Oak Cemetery is located on South Highway 5 at the White Oak Church. Jefferson's younger sister Mary and her husband Doug Griffin and several of their children are also buried in Lot 16.
In July 1900, Jefferson and family left the farming area of Laclede County moving to the mining town of Aurora in Lawrence County. There, Jefferson was a farmer and a contract hauler for the mines, he never worked down in the mines. Jefferson's daughter Mable remembered those years as fun and prosperous. In 1908 he and the family went by covered wagon to Texas. In route they passed through the Indian Territory of Oklahoma. They settled in the Denton area for a year, Jefferson did some share cropping, the children attended the school at Plainview.
While there Jefferson and Emily's first born child, Evy Juliana (referred to in many records as Julie), her husband, James Davis and sons Walter 11, Jefferson 7, Archie 4 and Lawrence 2 came to see them. Evy was sick with "quick consumption", knowing she was going to die, she had wanted to see them again. After five weeks she died and was buried in the Plainview Cemetery near Krum, Texas. James and boys returned to Missouri. Teney married Mel Pearson while the family was in the Denton/Plainview, Texas area.
Jefferson and family moved to Fort Worth, Texas where William "Frank" Franklin helped his father haul sand for a pottery company. Some time later they moved to Wills Point, Texas to take up share cropping again. In 1916 Jefferson and family returned by covered wagon to Aurora, Missouri.
"About 1932, James Davis and his son, Lawrence Andrew Davis went to Aurora, Missouri for a visit with Lawrence's grandpa Jefferson Young McWhirter and family. Some how they got a hold of some home brew and was drinking and enjoying their selves, everything was funny to them and they began to tell about going to church and seeing people roll on the floor. (Recorded by Thelma, Lawrence's wife)."
Jefferson and Emily had been married 60 years 8 months 11days when Emily died 28 December 1941 at the age of 76 years 11 days. Jefferson died 13 February 1942 at the age of 81 years 20 days, seven weeks after the death of Emily. Both are buried in Aurora, Missouri.

[NI10571] Emily Ann Wallace: Submitted by Roger Davis [Sarahm~1.ftw]
Emily Ann Wallace born 17 December 1861 to Wilks and Cornelia (Neely) Griffin Wallace in Illinois. Emily's grandmother was a Cherokee Indian, don't know if on the father or mothers side. She must have inherited her black hair and dark brown eyes from her.
Emily's father, Wilks Wallace died when she was two weeks old. Her mother remarried Mr. Bains. Then came two half sisters Sarah Bains and Eva Bains, and a boy that did after birth. When she was seven years old her mother, Cornelia (Neely) Griffin Wallace Bains died on the trail from Illinois to Lebanon, Missouri. She was buried near Verona, Lawrence Co., Missouri.
Her step father wanted to return to Illinois but Emily's mother had desired that her sister Ann Griffin Devasier raise Emily. Mr Bains and Emily's half sister returned to Illinois. Uncle Sam Maion Devasier, Anne husband, was quite harsh and made her work hard very hard.
Emily was married 17 April 1881 to Jefferson Young McWhirter in Laclede County, Missouri by Samuel Dennis, Judge C.C.. They had a home in Lebanon and started raising their family, first born was Evy Julianna born 21 February 1882 (4 boys), Mary Ann born 9 April 1884 (3boys), William Franklin "Frank" born 11 September 1885 (2boys, 2girls), Delia May born 31 Oct 1887- drowned at 6 years of age, Arthur Wilkes born 1 September 1888 (4 children), Arvil Eugene born 27 Sept 1891-died 18 July 1892, Teney Cornelia born 7 July 1893, Sarah Rebecca born 1896-died 16 September 1897, Mabel Alice born 3 July 1900 in Conway (2 girls), the above children were born in or near Lebanon, Missouri. Two weeks after Mabel was born the family moved to Aurora, Missouri. Lucy Elsie was her next child born 25 February 1903, and lastly Earl Gavin born1905 (2 boys, 1 girl).
Emily was very good with children. Jefferson and she took in Anderson Douglas "Doug" Griffin and his five children when her sister-in-law Mary Adelia McWhirter died 19 Feb 1890. They stayed until "Doug" remarried 2 Dec 1891. Doug was her mothers brother and Mary was her husband's younger sister. Their ten children were double cousins. Later after most of her children were married she took in an orphan girl to raise. When Earls Gavin McWhirter's wife, Dorothy, died in 1937 she took in Earl and his two sons and daughter.
Emily had a very sweet disposition and was slow to anger, but when she did get mad--WATCH OUT! She often threatened but seldom whipped her children. She didn't like it when Jefferson would punish one of the children although she would never say anything. This didn't happen too often as Jefferson was pretty much content to let Emily be the boss of the home and the children.
Emily grew gardens and canned the produce she grew, and with the income from farming and hauling ore they always had plenty to eat. Emily couldn't read but loved to tell stories to the children. In 1908 the family moved by way of a covered wagon to Denton, Texas. In route they passed through the Oklahoma Indian Territory, one night a bunch of Indians came and sat around the campfire and didn't say a word. Emily was pretty sharp and finally figured out what the Indians wanted. They had seen a jug on the ground and had waited for someone to offer them a drink of whiskey. Emily told Teney to give Earl a drink, Teney poured Earl a glass of water from the jug. Seeing this the Indians got up and left - - - they did not return.
In Texas Emily's husband was a share cropper for awhile then hauled sand for a pottery company, then back to sharecropping again. In 1916 they moved back to Aurora, Missouri in a covered wagon. Emily died 28 December 1941 at the age of 76 years and 11 days, she and Jefferson were married 60 years, 8 months and 11 days. Earl and his kids were living with his folks when Emily died. Jefferson went to live with their daughter Mary Ann and her husband William Fritts. Emily and Jefferson were not to separated long, some seven weeks later he joined her. They are buried in Aurora, Missouri

[NI10588] William C. McWhirter: Submitted by Roger Davis [Sarahm~1.ftw]
William C. McWhirter born 15 Jan 1821 in Lawrence County, Tennessee, married 25 December 1849 to Mary Ann Williams born 21 March 1821. Having been in Lawrence County for their first Christmas they soon packed what possession they had and went to the Missouri territory and settled in Laclede County, Missouri.
The first of their seven children, James Rufus was born 15 Dec 1850, next was John Newton born 2 April 1852, both were born in Laclede County. Rebecca Isabel 16 April 1856 and Martha Sarah Louisa 30 March 1858 were born in Tipton, Moniteau County, Missouri. Jesse William McWhirter born 15 January 1859 in Laclede County (Jesse was probably named for his grandfather-Jesse William Williams). Jefferson Young McWhirter born 29 January 1861, in Laclede County, Missouri. The last child Mary Adelia McWhirter 15 September 1863 was born in Denison, Greyson, Texas.
William and family had moved to Texas prior to 1863 and stayed for several years. William joined the Confederate Calvary in Texas. He was captured for about six months (information provided by Kathryn HolderMan). After the Civil War he and his family returned to Laclede County , Missouri and were there for the 1870 US Census. William died 31 May 1874 in Lebanon, Laclede County, Missouri. He is buried on his farm beside his first born, James Rufus who died at the age of 16 in 1866, there was a wall around the graves. William C. McWhirter was 53 years 4 months and 16 days old.
Mary Ann (Williams) McWhirter lived on for 25 years, dying 6 March 1899 in Osage, Arkansas at the age of 77 years 11 months and 15 days old.

Masonic Lodge write up in June 1874 on William C. McWhirter.
IN MEMORIAM

William C. McWhirter an old and respected Citizen of this country died at his residence Sunday May 31, 1874. The deceased was about 55 years of age and had been invalid for many months. He was buried with Masonic honors on Monday. The funeral was largely attended by relatives and friends. The following resolutions of respect were passed by the Lodge of which he was a member. Whereas the Supreme Architect of the Universe has called our worthy brother William C. McWhirter from the labors of earth to rest above. It is meet that we offer to his memory the tribute of respect which his virtues justly claim. Be it therefore resolved that in his death Laclede Lodge No 83 A. F. & A. M. has lost one of its most respected members and the brotherhood of one who was ever faithful to his obligations and an honor to the fraternity. While we bow in humble submission to the will of him who controls the destiny of all, we evoke this blessings and consolations in behalf of the stricken family thus bereft of husband and father. Resolved, that the afflicted family have our heartfelt sympathy in this their time of bereavement. Resolved that as a further mark of respect the members of this Lodge wear the usual badge of mourning for thirty days and that these resolutions be spread upon the records of the Lodge.

By the Order of Laclede Lodge.

(Signed) J. N. Herndon (Signed) W. M. Serl
Secretary Chairman Com

[NI10677] Daniel Y. McWhirter: Submitted by Roger Davis [Sarahm~1.ftw]
Veteran of the Mexican War (1846-1847) . Daniel Y. McWhirter received two land grants in Tennessee:
(La) 1850, 40a, M Dist, bk 60c, p 96, g# 21251
(La) 1851,287a, M Dist, bk 70c, p 53, g#22153
1860 Census has Daniel and family living in Gainsville, Green County, Arkansas.

[NI10710] J.K.P. McWhirter: Submitted by Roger Davis [Sarahm~1.ftw]
J.K.P. Mcwhirter was a CSA, Confederate solder in the Civil War for the State of Arkansas

[NI10982] Robert W. Fisher moved to Iowa.

[NI11025] Eugene Hendrix Lovell:
Eugene and his wife, Mildred, were missionaries to Africa for the Methodist Church from about 1930 to 1970. Most of this time was spent in the Congo and more than once they were in danger of losing their lives while they ministered to the people there.

[NI11036] Marshall Wilson Lovell:
Marshall and his wife, Maude, were missionaries to the Congo for the Methodist Church from 1940 to 1961.

[NI11072] John Thomas Fisher was a veteran of WWI (Officer, USN)

[NI11096] Will S. "Bill" Fisher - Obituary
WILL S. FISHER "BILL", 84, passed away on Monday, Sept. 11, 2006. Bill and his wife of 60 years, Pat, were long time residents of Moreland Hills. He was born in Nashville, TN and graduated from Vanderbilt University. During World War II, he joined the Army and was assigned to the Corps of Engineers and worked on the Manhattan Project. After the war, he moved to Cleveland and began a career with General Electric at Nela Park, where he worked for 40 years. After retiring, Bill volunteered his time as a member of Kiwanis and Garfield Memorial Church, and was an active member of the Sons of the American Revolution. Survivors include two brothers, Tom (Ann) of Brentwood, TN and Jack (Nancy) of Falls Church, VA; two sons, Bill (Virginia) of Fairfax, VA and Bob (Karen) of Solon; as well as four grandchildren. A daughter, Patricia Jo, died in 1990; and wife, Pat died in April of this year. A memorial service will be held at Garfield Memorial Church, 3650 Lander Rd., Pepper Pike, OH 44124 at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16. A reception and luncheon will follow the service. If desired, gifts may be made to Garfield Memorial Church.

[NI11138] Sarah Parton Joyner: Submitted by Pam Lain of Pittsburg, TX
Sarah was evidently a widower with at least one child --Joseph F Porter/Parton 19 born in Ark.

[NI11474] Moses Helm:
Moses and his wife, Sarah came from Ireland to Bedford Co., VA abt 1738.

[NI11506] Maggie Cheek died of burns at about the age of 2.

[NI11764] Jason B. Smith: Submitted by Connie Baker
Jason Smith was a Captain in Co. K of the 1st Illinois Light Artillery.

[NI11851] John W. Fisher:
Listed as a Methodist Minister in the 1850 census.

[NI11859] Johnathan Fisher was killed during the Civil War. He participated in the Battle of Shiloh.

[NI11908] Thomas Jefferson Fisher:
Name is "Jonathan" on 1880 census of Decatur Co., TN.

[NI11918] John Vawter: Information submitted by Richard Reed
The four children of John Vawter and Louise Loney were given up for adoption by Louise. Their first daughter, Mary Kay, born December 12, 1948, was adopted by unknown parents. In 1995, Mary Kay was known to be living in Alaska. Their two sons, Danny and Tommy, were adopted by Louise Loney's uncle, Robert Lee Winchester and his wife, Carolyn Chisholm Winchester. Both sons were living in Prague, Oklahoma in 1995. Their youngest daughter's name is unknown. She apparently died before being adopted.

[NI11953] [east.FTW]

[Brøderbund WFT Vol. 3, Ed. 1, Tree #4455, Date of Import: Oct 15, 1999]

TOOMBSTONE OF J.M. COHEN INDICATES HE WAS BORN IN 1875. CENSUS OF 1910 SAYS HE WAS BORN IN 1871. HE WAS NOT PRESENT ON THE 1870 CENSUS OF CHAMBERS COUNTY, ALA.,YET THE 1880 CENSUS OF TROUP COUNTY, GEORGIA GIVES HIS AGE AS 13.

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[Brøderbund WFT Vol. 3, Ed. 1, Tree #4455, Date of Import: Oct 15, 1999]

EMMA WAS KNOWN AS "LITTLE MAMA". THIS CAME FROM ONE OF THE GRANDCHILDREN POINTING TO THEIR MOTHER AND SAYING "YOU ARE MY BIG MAMA" AND THEN TO EMMA AND SAYING "YOU ARE MY LITTLE MAMA". "LITTLE MAMA" STUCK.

[NI12218] Sylvanus Fisher:
Recorded in the 1850 census living with his older brother, James, and working on his farm.

[NI12256] Thomas Taylor:
Died in service during the Civil War.

[NI12266] Joseph Brooks:
Twin of Frances Lyrl Brooks

[NI12326] Mary Jane Fisher Harris: Submitted by Wendy Forester
My grandmother was the 6th child of Mary Jane Fisher and Thomas J. Harris. Her name was Sarah Elizabeth (Harris). She was just 12 years old when her mother died. All the children had caught measles and Mary Jane was the last to catch them. In this case what they say about it being much worse for an adult to catch these childhood illnesses turned out to be too true as Mary Jane died from them. This left 8 living children without a mother ( the eldest child had died when he was just a few months older than a year).

[NI12372] Thomas Smith: Submitted by Connie Baker
Thomas Smith lost his life in the Civil War in the fight at Fort Donnelson.

[NI12526] BENJ. EAST AND HIS AGED WIFE ---------------------------- Mr. Benjamin EAST and his companion of 53 years were buried in the same grave at High Pine [Baptist] church at 3 o’clock yesterday [21 Nov 1911] afternoon. The services were conducted by Elder W. M. BULLARD, of Phenix City [Russell county, AL], assisted by Elder AVERY and Rev. S. L. DOBBS, in the presence of a large congregation. Mr. EAST’s death occurred at 8:30 last Friday night [17 Nov 1911] in Phenix City, but as the death of Mrs. EAST was expected any hour, the remains of the deceased were embalmed and held over while the family ministered to the comfort of the aged mother in her last hours. Her long illness was terminated Monday [20 Nov 1911] afternoon at 1:30 o’clock. The bodies of the venerable couple were brought to Roanoke on the noon train yesterday, and after a short stop, were accompanied by many relatives and friends to their last resting place. It was in this county that the greater part of the lives of these good people were spent. About 28 years ago they moved to Phenix City, where six of their children still reside. Mr. EAST had four children by an earlier marriage and eleven by the last union. One of the former and three of the latter have died. The youngest of the older set, Mrs. Mary SHARP, resides in Roanoke, and the oldest of the younger set, Mr. [J]. H. B. EAST, resides on Roanoke Rural Route No. 2. Three children are living in Texas. Mr. EAST was 77 years and two days old, and died ten months to the day after the demise of his brother, the late Mr. T. [Thomas] J. EAST. Mrs. EAST was about 75 years of age. Both were members of the Primitive Baptist church. Before the years of failing health Mr. EAST was active in religious work, being an ordained minister in his church. He was also a Confederate veteran. Many of the older citizens of this section remember most kindly this aged couple, now gone to their reward, and will learn with regret of their passing away, sympathizing most heartily with the family upon which has fallen this double bereavement. [From The Roanoke Leader (Randolph County, Alabama), 22 Nov 1911, p.1] ------- There are no marked graves for Mr. and Mrs. Benj. EAST in High Pine

[NI12870] Minnie Ernestine Green: Submitted by Eunice (Suzie) Mauer Martino E-Mail: martino283@aol.com
I am the daughter of Minnie Ernestine Green. She was the first woman and/or mother to pilot an airplane in the state of Florida. Had a newspaper article that verified this. The article was lost years ago and I am trying to find a copy. I do not know what year it was, but I think she flew out of Pensacola. If anyone has any information about this I would appreciate it. If anyone is looking for information about minnie Ernestine Green, I would be glad to answer any questions that I can.

[NI13076] William C. Wilson family found in Arkansas, Sebastian County, Roll 77 Book 1, Page 303a 1900 US Census. Occupation: Railroad Conductor.

[NI13135] Name appears as Samilita J. Jones on 1880 census.

[NI13152] Susie Loggins was a twin to Lewis and died at an early age.

[NI13176] Davy Crockett was a famous frontiersman who won fame in the Indian Wars under Andrew Jackson. He served in the US Congress and was killed defending Texas independence at the Alamo.

[NI13308] [jarrett1.FTW]

. They removed to Missouri around 1830

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Source note: Might be Fanny LAUNBY according to other sources on internet

[NI13392] George Loney:
George Loney died in the line of duty as deputy sheriff of Okfuskee Co., Oklahoma. He was shot and killed while trying to arrest a cattle thief. He was murdered by the wife and son of the suspect. The family happened to be black and the woman and her son were taken into custody but were later lynched by an angry mob.

[NI13624] Sidney Earl Fisher: Submitted by Yohanna Rogers
Sidney Fisher was murdered at the age of 18.

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[NI13740] Solomon Clymore: Submitted by William Morris
Solomon Clymore died of small pox at Nasshville, TN while serving in the Union Army from Illinois.

[NI13746] John F. Fisher:
Listed as "Physician" in 1850 census.

[NI13747] Horatio W. Fisher - Submitted by Carolyn Clements 2002
Educated: Lowndesboro and finished Chapel Hill, NC. Moved to Walker Co. TX with father in 1854. Member of the House of Representatives 1858. Entered CSA, Capt. Sibley's Brigade, served in New Mexico under Gen. Tom Green. Was a planter, Married Rebecca Rugeley. Had several daughters and one, Minnie (called Minnie Fish) Cunningham who was quite active in getting women's suffrage bills passed.

[NI13748] Lorenzo Clark Fisher - Submitted by Carolyn Clements 2002
Attended U of AL 1850-1853. Occupation: cotton factor and commission merchant (from Rosenburg Library in Galveston). Was mayor of Galveston. Wife was Ella E.------ after Lorenzo died, she lived with Dr. John Fisher. She later ran a boarding house in Huntsville, TX. They had several daughters and sons.

[NI13920] Green J. Bruton (AKA George Carson) died of diptheria in Utah. Buried at Diamond Cemetery, Diamond, Utah.
Green J. Bruton was a soldier in the 2nd Reg, Arkansas Mounted Rifles during the Civil War.

[NI14057]
Kenneth “Barney” Barnes, age 66 of Sand Springs, died Thursday, May 22, 2014, in Tulsa. Barney was born Jan. 5, 1948, in Ola, Ark., to Joe Henry and Geraldine (Lewis) Barnes. Funeral services for Barney were scheduled for May 27 at 2 p.m. at Garden Heights Free Will Baptist Church, with Rev. Doyle Baker officiating and burial at Woodland Memorial Park Cemetery in Sand Springs.

[NI14162] Mixon Fisher - Submitted by Carolyn Clements 2002
Died in infancy.

[NI14167] Col. John W. Thompson - Submitted by Carolyn Clements 2002
Col. John W. Thompson wrote " And A Few Marines" and "Boys Life of Davy Crockett" and many other short stories, written and illustrated after World War I.

[NI14223] Aubra Milton Fisher:
Aubra Fisher was a dentist.

[NI14242] General F. McCracken is listed as a "Sewing Machine Agent" in the 1880 US Census.

[NI14244] Aquilla McCracken:

Land records: Shawneetown Land District Records (IL-Edwards Co., I think) 1814-1820
Sept 22, 1821 Aquilla McCracken sells SE qtr Sect 14, TWP 2S R 9E , and NE qtr of Sect 23, TWP 2S, Range 9E , to RICHARD BIRKS, witnesses Jas. Jordan, WILLIAM L. LAIN

(1834)
"History of Wayne and Clay Counties, Illinois" pub 1884 by Globe Publishing Co, Chicago. p.46

(In the remembrances of Parson Jones, said to be the first white child born in the county, son of Cadwalader Jones) "Of the early settlers in the county, the Parson remembers Richard Burks, of North Carolina and family, whose children grew up, and in later years the family removed to Sangamon County. Then there was Aquilla McCrackin and family, who settled about a half mile from Jones. Five of theMcCrackin children died in 1834, and the next year this family removed to Arkansas. Harmon Horn married one of the Burks girls. He was some time a constable and Deputy Sheriff, and in1837 he and family went to Arkansas. Pulliam Higginbotham came with the McCrackins from Tennessee in 1819. The family went to Arkansas in order to keep their slaves that they brought from Tennessee."

p. 276,
....About the same time as Harris’ second coming into Leech Township, there arrived old Cadwaldor Jones, who was the father of John Jones, familiarly known as "Jacky" Jones, and who is yet living in Arrington Township, this county. the latter was born August 30, 1816, and was the first white child born in Leech Township, and also in Wayne County. Among other of the earliest settlers was Aquilla MacCracken, who came with al large family from Georgia. His son-in-law, Pulliam Higginbottom, came also, and Harmon Horn. Charles Rolling and Richard Bircks came from North Carolina, and; about the same as Reuben, Hiram and Levi Shores from Alabama.....”


[NI14285] Oliver Nicol: Submitted by Doris Fisher Kitchens
Oliver or Ollie as he was called died in either 1914 or 1916. He was to be married the day he died. He died of Typhoid fever.

[NI14291] Kathleen Nicol: Submitted by Doris Fisher Kitchens
Kathleen died at age 9 in1906 when her appendix burst.

[NI14299] Mary Mills - Submitted by Nell Marie Fisher Jones
Mary died the same day as her sister, Hattie.

[NI14301] Hattie Mills - Submitted by Nell Marie Fisher Jones
Hattie died the same day as her sister, Mary.

[NI14305] Jennie Mills - Submitted by Nell Marie Fisher Jones
Jennie died very young. The story is that she saw and angel days before she died.

[NI14306] Charlie B. Mills - Submitted by Nell Marie Fisher Jones
Charlie was shot by the father of a girl he was seeing.

[NI14519] Corine Carnal
1907-2005
HUNTINGDON: Services for Corine Carnal, 98, were conducted at 1:00 p.m., Monday, April 25, at Huntingdon Church of Christ with Bro. Dan Winkler officiating. Interment followed in the Sellers Hill Cemetery.
Mrs. Carnal died Friday, April 22, at Huntingdon Health & Rehab Center.
She was born March 17, 1907, in Carroll County to the late Caleb and Sarah Simpson Roark. She was a retired employee of Publix Shirt Corp. and a member of the Huntingdon Church of Christ. She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Carnal; three brothers: Arthur Roark, Virgil Roark and Elmer Roark; and three sisters: Florence Roark, Ovie Woodard and Novie Mann.
Survivors include one son, Mel Carnal of Savannah; one brother, Audraine Roark of Nashville; one sister, Addie Scott of Huntingdon; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Dilday Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

[NI14522] Eulas Roark
1924-2002
HUNTINGDON: Mr. Eulas Roark, 78, died on Saturday, December 14 at the Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. Funeral services were conducted on Monday, December 16 at 11:00 a.m. in the Chase Funeral Home Chapel with Bro. Bill Goodpasture officiating. Interment followed in the Hampton Cemetery.
Mr. Roark was born August 31, 1924 in Carroll County to the late Dudley and Florence Anderson Roark. He was a retired custodian for Publix Shirt Corporation and a member of the Huntingdon Church of Christ. His stepmother, Ola Roark; two stepsons, Larry Woods and Danny Woods; three brothers, Homer Roark, Raymond Roark and Horace Roark and two sisters, Jewel Adcox and Roberta Bates preceded him in death.
Survivors include his wife, Estelle Roark; one daughter, Sue Ellen Baucom of Huntingdon; two stepdaughters, Linda Brinkley of Huntingdon and Debbie Baumgardner of Cedar Grove; three stepsons, Randy Woods of Camden, Stanley Woods and Michael Woods, both of Huntingdon; one sister, Polly Hall of Huntingdon; twelve step-grandchildren; seven step-great-grandchildren and fifteen nieces and nephews.
Pallbearers who served were Randall Roark, Gary Hall, Kenny Rush, Ricky Miller, Arvin Morris and Dr. Camron Hall.

[NI14553] Cornelius Malone Jr. served in the Revolutionary War as a soldier in the SC Militia for 19 to 20 months, enlisting on Sept. 20, 1780. He served under Capt. Douglas Starkes and Lt. James Canby. He also served under Col. John Marshall, Maj Ballard, Capt. John Watts and Capt. William Nettles.


Name: Cornelius Malone
Age: 76
Res: Morgan county, Alabama
Comment: private S. C. Militia; enrolled on July 2, 1833, under act of Congress of June 7, 1832, payment to date from March 4, 1831; annual allowance, $63.33; sums received to date of publication of list, $189.99.--Revolutionary Pension Roll, in Vol. xiv, Sen. Doc. 514, 23rd Cong., 1st sess., 1833-34. He resided in Morgan county, June 1, 1840, aged 81.--Census of Pensioners, 1841, p. 148.

[NI14618] Patricia A. Fisher - Obituary
FISHER PATRICIA A. FISHER, age 81, died Wednesday, April 12, 2006 at her home in Moreland Hills. Worked at Harshaw Chemical Company during World War II, where she met her husband of 60 years, Will Fisher, an officer on the Manhattan Project. Also worked in the Admissions Dept. of Laurel School and at Vanderbilt University, where her husband was graduated in 1948. Her brother, Vernon Fesco and her two sisters, Carol Wershing and Donna Forrester (Bill) survive. Two sons, Will Stratton III of Fairfax, VA. and Robert John of Solon, also survive. Daughter Patricia Jo died in 1990. Three granddaughters and one grandson also survive. The funeral service will be at Garfield Memorial Methodist Church, 3650 Lander Rd., at 1 p.m. Monday, April 17. If desired, gifts may be made to Garfield Memorial Methodist Church. Mrs. Fisher made many trips to Europe and Asia with her husband, Bill, who was a U.S. representative to the international commission on illumination. They motored through many cities of Europe, Japan, and the USA. Mrs. Fisher's paternal grandfather, Emery Fesco, was publisher of the Hungarian newspaper SABACHOG published in the early part of the 20th century. www.cleveland.com/obits
Published in The Plain Dealer on 4/16/2006.

[NI14735] From Goodspeed's History of Tennessee: JOHN W. THOMPSON, chairman of the county court of Bedford County, is a son of Newcom and Amy (Fisher) Thompson, natives of North Carolina. The parents moved to this county in about 1809. The father was a carpenter and he built the first houses of Shelbyville. He afterward engaged in fanning two and one-half miles west of Shelbyville and there raised his family and became wealthy, but the war involved him. He died in 1879 at the age of seventy-five. The mother died at eighty-one, in 1886. Our subject was born January 8, 1831, and was reared on a farm. He remained with his parents till April, 1846, when he engaged at clerking in a store. After several years he opened a family grocery trade which he continued until the war. During the war he was engaged in the Adams Express office at Nashville. In 1857 he was elected recorder of Shelbyville and held the office till 1866. In that year he was elected register of Bedford County. In 1868 he was appointed deputy circuit court clerk, which office he held till 1882. He was elected magistrate in 1870, and in 1882 was elected chairman of the court. He was mayor of Shelbyville from 1872 to 1877, having been an alderman for five years previous. He was elected recorder of Shelbyville, in 1885, without his knowledge or consent, and now holds that office. He was united in marriage, in December, 1849, to Miss M. J. Pannell; a native of this county Five children have been born to this union, four of whom are now living. For thirty years Mr. Thompson was a member of the I. O. O. F. He is now a member of the K. of H. and A. O. U. W. fraternities.

[NI14736] From Goodspeed's History of Tennessee: GEORGE W. THOMPSON, one of the old and highly respected citizens of Bedford County, was the oldest son and second child of Newcom and Amy (Fisher) Thompson. He was born February 1, 1823, near Shelbyville, and was reared on a farm, his father being a wealthy farmer and manufacturer. At the age of eighteen he engaged in the tanner's trade, and continued till he was married, when he moved to Shelbyville and served as constable, then a lucrative office, for two years. He then ran a saw-mill for four years and also bought a large tract of timber land. He then returned to Shelbyville and served as constable or collecting officer again for four years. He then engaged in the family grocery business till 1861. During the war he was a Union man and was not engaged in any special avenue of business. In 1866 he was elected to the Legislature and attended the regular and call sessions of 1866 and of 1868. During this time, and ever since, he has been a farmer. He was married, May 18, 1843, to Martha M. Cannon, who bore him five children, three of whom are now living, viz.: Amy F., the widow of C. A. Warren, Sr.; Letitia, the wife of C. A. Warren, Jr., and Mollie G. Mrs. Thompson departed this life July 14, 1874. Mr. Thompson is a member of the Masonic fraternity and I. O. O. F. Politically he is a firm Republican, and he is and always has been an enterprising and energetic citizen of Bedford County.

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[NF4440] Mary Jane Fisher was married to Thomas Jefferson Harris at her parents' home in Ganntown, IL by Jacob T. Helm, J.P. Witnesses were J.W. Fisher and C.W. Homer.

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