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Most information for this family from Patti Sylvestri, I verified as much as I could with census records, but they seemed to avoid the census takers, not to mention, most of the 1900 Louisiana census on HeritageQuest are all but illegible
RICHARD 'LUCKY'6 GRANTHAM III, (Richard5, Richard4, James3, Edward2, Edward1) son of Richard Grantham, Jr. and Elizabeth Ammons, was born October 06, 1811 in Robeson Co North Carolina, and died c1902 in Pleasant Hill, Sabine Parish Louisiana, burial in Zion's Rest Methodist Church Cemetery, DeSoto Parish Louisiana. Photograph restored from tin-type contributed by Robin Grantham Click to enlarge
He married LYDIA JANE BARLOW, October 06, 1835 in Perry Co Mississippi, daughter of Bryant Barlow and Nancy Herrington/Harrington. She was born September 22, 1815 in Perry Co Mississippi, and died c1860 in Jasper Co Mississippi, and was said to be part Choctaw Indian.
March 1980 -- This letter received from Mr. Talmadge Burnell Grantham, P.O. Box 191, Stringer, Mississippi 39481, addressed to Patti Sylvestri:
When I was a boy Uncle Ben and Steve Grantham come over here from Crystal Springs, Mississippi, South of Jackson on the I.C. Railroad). We carried Uncle Ben up in the piney woods and he found the old chimney to the house where he said he was born. Ben and Steve were brothers. Sons of Dick Grantham, Dick Grantham was said to be a strong man, they say he could handle a bale of cotton. Some say Dick Grantham married an Indian after his wife died. We do not know if this is true. Ben Grantham had some children near Crystal Springs, Mississippi. I went home with Ben when I was young and worked in the vegetable crops, they shipped vegetables north on the I.C. railroad. They were fine people and owned a lot of big farms and stores.
Uncle Ben came to see us often, we went with him down on the Mississippi coast where he had children.
Uncle Ben was a Civil War veteran, in his latter days he lived in a old soldiers home near Gulfport, where he married 3 times after he was 81 years old, they were nice people he brought all of them up here to visit us. He was a charmin fellow, he helped make up money for the home. Yet he was mean in some ways he killed his son in law and one Negro. The son in law shot him and the Negro bit his fingers off. I'm sorry to have waited so long to write you, Billie Joe Grantham died during this time, I would like for you to stop by to see me when you are in Mississippi.
My father and mother were Primitive Baptist, Hard Shell, my brother and half brother and myself.
Children of Richard and Nancy are: (click name to see more about the family)
NANCY JANE7 GRANTHAM, born March 21, 1835 in Perry Co Mississippi, and died c1871 in Jasper Co Mississippi, burial is said to be in the Old Hosey Cemetery, which has gone back to nature.
MASTON GRANTHAM, born February 06, 1837 in Jasper Co Mississippi, and died December 30, 1891 in Jasper Co Mississippi.
ERAN GRANTHAM, born February 12, 1839 in Jasper Co Mississippi, and died before 1880 in Jasper Co Mississippi.
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN GRANTHAM, born October 16, 1837 in Jasper Co Mississippi; died April 25, 1930 in Gulfport, Harrison Co Mississippi, burial in Evergreen Cemetery, Gulfport, Harrison Co Mississippi.
LEO DICY GRANTHAM, born December 10, 1844 in Jasper Co Mississippi, and died October 31, 1940 in Evans, Vernon Parish Louisiana
STEPHEN 'STEVE' GRANTHAM, born February 13, 1845 in Jasper Co Mississippi, and died October 09, 1932 in Jackson, Hinds Co Mississippi.
JOHN G. GRANTHAM, born November 14, 1849 in Jasper Co Mississippi, and died January 02, 1933 in Belmont, Sabine Parish Louisiana, burial in Zion's Rest Methodist Church Cemetery, De Soto Parish Louisiana
ELIZABETH GRANTHAM, born May 02, 1853 in Jasper Co Mississippi, and died July 17, 1939 in Texarkana, Bowie Co Texas.
2. NANCY JANE7 GRANTHAM, (Richard "Lucky"6, Richard5, Richard4, James3, Edward2, Edward1) was born March 21, 1835 in Perry Co Mississippi, and died c1871 in Jasper Co Mississippi, burial is said to be in the Old Hosey Cemetery, which has gone back to nature.
She married HEZEKIAH 'KYE' HOSEY, c1852 in Jasper Co Mississippi, son of William Granger/Grancor Hosey and Jane 'Jennie' Collins. He was born November 06, 1815, Wayne District Mississippi, and died c1869. It is unsure where he is buried, but is believed to be either in the Old Hosey Cemetery, 3 miles east of Stringer, Mississippi or Granny Graveyard, in Jasper Co Mississippi. Hezekiah had been married to Martha Terrell, and Elizabeth/Bettie Crosby, previous to Nancy.
Note from Rootsweb: Both are buried in Granny's Field Cemetery in Jasper Co Mississippi. 'Granny' was Jane "Jennie" Collins, wife of William Hosey
A Chronology of Their Lives As Taken From Various Official Records
Kye and Nancy were married sometime between the 1850 and 1854.
Kye's daughters from his marriage to Martha Terrel, Elizabeth and Phebe Jane, left home after getting married. Elizabeth married Dr. Wheeler and Phebe Jane married Samuel Crosby who had been married to Kye's sister Martha. Kye died circa 1869.
Hezekiah had previously been married to Elizabeth / Bettie Crosby.
No children born to Hezekiah and Bettie. Family tradition states that Bettie Crosby, Kye's first wife, died during child birth. One theory has it that Elizabeth is actually Bettie's daughter and that Bettie died in childbirth with her second child who also died. The information currently available could suggest that Elizabeth was named after her mother Bettie (nickname for Elizabeth) & that Kye and Bettie were the ones married c1838 versus Kye and Martha. If Elizabeth were the daughter of Bettie, then Kye and Martha were married c1841 and Phebe Jane is their first child together
Children of Nancy Grantham and Kye Hosey are:
ALBERT GRANTHAM BARLOW8 HOSEY, born c1854 in Jasper Co Mississippi. He married EVELINE MOFFETT
I did not locate them in or after 1900. I found an A.B. Hosey in 1900. Jasper Co, but his wife was Marylu. and he had a son, W.K., born in 1874, not shown on the 1880 census. I did not locate Richmond either, from 1900 forward.
Children of Joab and Malinda are: Richmond, Burkett, Charles, Jennie, Joseph A., and R.A. Grantham
LUCINDA 'LUCY' HOSEY, born May 1860 in Jasper Co Mississippi.
BRAXTON MOSS HOSEY, born c1862 in Jasper Co Mississippi, and died June 1916 in Pine Burr, Mississippi --Log camp west of Hattiesburg, Mississippi-- He married CASSANDRA ALLEN.
Information on Braxton Moss Hosey was from Farish F. Graham, husband of Ernestine Ishee, granddaughter of Braxton, Mississippi - 1979. I was unable to locate Braxton after 1880.
Children: Lucy married John Jackson, William, Cassandra, born August 03, 1889 in Jasper Co Mississippi, married Judson J. Ishee, Burton L. married Rachel Burge, James Madison, Joab, Troy, and Velton Hosey.
MARTHA JANE HOSEY, born c1864 in Jasper Co Mississippi, thought to have died young.
NANCY HOSEY, born August 03, 1866 in Jasper Co Mississippi, and died January 28, 1915 in Laurel, Jones Co Mississippi.
She married JAMES WILLIAM 'BILL' LIVINGSTON / LIVINGSTONE c1897 in Jasper or Jones Co Mississippi.
Lula Ova Craig Bowman related the following information to Patti L. Bowman Silvestri:
"My mother said she could remember her sister Nancy as small children they played in a big fig tree, but she didn't know where, just someplace in Mississippi. Mom always said she would give anything to visit with her sister Nancy. Somehow Nancy got our family address and started having her son, Bill write to us. My mom taught herself to read and write but was afraid to write letters, so she had me answer any letter that we received.
Sometime in 1914 or 1915, I can't remember the year, Dad said Mom and I could save all the money we made from picking cotton and take a train to Laurel, Mississippi to visit with Nancy and her family. That was when I bought my first Brownie camera, so we could take lots of pictures when we went to Mississippi. We were just getting ready to make the trip when we got word from Bill that his mother had died. Bill and I wrote to each other for years, then somehow we just quit writing."
FANNIE HOSEY, born April 06, 1868 in Jasper Co Mississippi, and died August 19, 1931 in Creek Co Oklahoma.
She married ISAAC MONROE CRAIG, August 20, 1884 in Mena, Polk Co Arkansas, son of Pleasant Craig and Elizabeth Wright. He was born January 17, 1860, Marshall Co Alabama, and died April 22, 1929, Gypsy, Ladeside Township, Creek Co Oklahoma. Both are buried in the Hosey Cemetery.
This information was sent by "Patti L. Silvestri " of Parker Arizona
Hezekiah Sr. and Nancy Jane's first child was Albert Grantham Barlow Hosey, their youngest child was Fanny Hosey born 06 April 1868, who was my grandmother. Fanny was left as an orphan at age 3 or 4, the other kids were put out to relatives and Fanny was given to a family; McCauley I think, and was walked from Mississippi to Arkansas.
Written in memory of Fanny Hosey Craig by her granddaughter, Arleeta Bowman Schmidt.
In thinking about the memorial program this week and of the people I wanted to honor I seemed to be thinking most about one of my grandmothers and so I would like to tell you a little about her.
My grandmother was born in Mississippi in 1868, just three years after the Civil War. At the age of two she was left an orphan and was taken to live with a family of friends. When she was nine this family decided to move to Arkansas. Since there were people of modest means who had, no doubt, been affected by the Civil War, each person in the household had to be useful and so on this move it was my grandmother's duty to be responsible for one of the cows. She walked all the way from Mississippi to Arkansas, a distance of a little more than 400 miles.
One day during this time they stopped at noon and the children all went out to gather wood for the fire. They had their meal and well on their way again when someone missed my grandmother. They turned around and went back for her and, after a brief search, found her standing against a tree, sleeping. She had been so tired she had leaned against a tree to rest a minute and fell asleep.
She was married to my grandfather on August 20, 1884, at the age of 16 years. Their marriage was blessed with 13 children all together. Grandmother was called upon to bear many things but I think one of the hardest must have been when her fourth and fifth children, at the ages of 2 1/2 years and six months, both died within three days.
Just as pioneer women did, my grandmother has some experience with the Indians in her lifetime. She did not have to fight them but there was one time when it looked as if she might have to. My grandparents had moved over into Indian Territory, later to become the State of Oklahoma. Here they lived in a small house that had no door. They didn't think too much about this for certainly none of their neighbors would think of entering uninvited so no lock was needed and a quilt was hung over the door for privacy and to keep out the weather. There was one time though when they would have felt more secure if they had had a door. Their home was near an Indian Agency. This was where the Indians came every three months to receive their government allotment and to have their Pow Wows. On this one occasion the Indians had been celebrating for a couple of days---with chanting and dancing around a ceremonial fire while the tom toms beat and, all the while, consuming great quantities of fire water. They were not exactly hostile but the people living near used great caution at these times because they could become hostile with very little provocation. On this one night my grandfather gathered his family all together inside the cabin for safety while the din and noise of the Indians went on outside. Then the quilt over their door started to shake. My grandfather tried to push the thing outside the quilt away and it pushed back. He pushed again and it pushed back. This went on for a minute or so and the tension inside the cabin was mounting when an axe head appeared at one side of the quilt. While everyone waited silently and tensely for what was coming next, the oldest boy of the family said "Let me in, I went and got the ax."
My own personal memories of my grandmother are few since we moved across the country from her when I was only 11 years old. I can see now though from the memories I do have of her that she was a very resourceful person. Her house was simple but well furnished. Her table was always spread with hearty, appetizing nourishing food. She always had a fine kitchen garden and made her own preserve s and relishes. The clothes her family wore were made by her. Many of their socks were knit by her and she made all of her bedding. Cotton was one of the main crops on my grandfather's farm and one of my earliest memories of my grandmother is seeing her sitting by a kerosene lamp at night, carding cotton for the filling for quilts. Her hands were never idle.
She was very particular and thorough in everything she did, not only in keeping her house but also in keeping herself. One of the things I remember best about her is the way she kept her hair. All her housework had to be done by a very early hour in the morning and then she took the time to sit down and groom her hair. Of course, it was very long and it was brushed and brushed until it shone and then all brushed up towards the top of her head, then twisted just so and rolled into a coil on the top of her head. I never missed watching my grandmother brush her hair when I was at her house.
Another thing I remember was my grandmother's feather beds and how she made them, for she made them, too. I was at her house one time when it was time to pluck the goose down for her feather beds and pillows. The geese were all penned in a small pen with a gate into a narrow runway. One goose at a time was driven into the runway and grandmother and the aunts who were helping would, with great dexterity and firmnes s hold the goose and remove all the down and small feathers. If you have ever heard the awful honking and hissing and screeching on down-plucking day you'll never forget it. If you haven't you can't imagine it. The children had to watch this operation from a distance because after the great indignity of being rendered practically naked by the ladies, the geese were so incensed that they attacked the first thing or person that they came in contact with.
After the feather beds were finished and on the bed, my grandmother became perhaps even more particular about their care. Each morning each feather bed was fluffed and fluffed until it stood in a great mound in the middle. Then she took her broom and with the handle lightly tapped it from one end to the other until it was perfectly flat on top. The covers were then carefully spread and the bed and no wrinkle could be found when she finished smoothing them.
You can see by these things that my grandmother was a simple woman and not considered great by the world's standards. Her name will never be found in a history book but she was a woman of sterling qualities who believed in doing whatever she was called upon to do to the very best of her ability. Her children were taught to be trustworthy, industrious, independent and to always be considerate of their fellow man. She left them and her grandchildren a great heritage. I believe she could have been one of the women King Lemuel was talking about in the 31st chapter of Proverbs when he said: She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idlenes. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.
Children of Fannie and Isaac:
Charles Pleasant Craig, born September 12, 1887 in Mena Polk Co Arkansas; died February 01, 1973 in Tulsa Oklahoma.
He married Mallie / Hallie Delores Gladden December 18, 1910 in Micawber, Okfusbee Oklahoma.
Beulah Mary Craig, born December 31, 1888 in Mena, Polk Co Arkansas; died January 02, 1929 in Creek Co Oklahoma, burial in Hosey Cemetery.
She married John Franklin Depriest September 20, 1908 in Micawber, Okfuskee Co Oklahoma. He was born January 24, 1879 in Jasper Co Mississippi, and died June 26, 1936 in Mesa, Maricopa Co Arizona.
Murphy Floyd Craig, born September 04, 1890 in Mena, Polk Co, Arkansas; died December 10, 1972 in Bristow, Creek Co Oklahoma.
He married Nona Edna Neece November 24, 1914 in Micawber, Okfuskee, Oklahoma. He was born August 06, 1895, Choska Wagoner Co Oklahoma, and died December 09, 1968, Bristow Creek Co Oklahoma
Isaac Monroe Craig, Jr., born September 08, 1894 in Mena Polk Co Arkansas; died March 23, 1895 in Mena Polk Co Arkansas, burial in Norris Cemetery at the foot of Elizabeth Wright Craig
Laura Alice Craig, born October 04, 1892 in Mena, Polk Co Arkansas; died March 20, 1895 in Mena, Polk Co Arkansas, burial in Norris Cemetery at the foot of Elizabeth Wright Craig
Lillie Iona Craig, born February 04, 1896 in Mena, Polk Co Arkansas; died November 09, 1950 in Cleveland, Oklahoma. She married Charles Wesley Starrett December 26, 1922.
Lula Ova Craig, born February 19, 1898 in Indian Territory Oklahoma, now Stroud, Lincoln Co Oklahoma; died April 01, 1994 in Colton, SBO Co California.
She married Clarence Auda Bowman, Sr. June 15, 1918 in Chandler, Lincoln Co Oklahoma. He was born December 13, 1894, Fayetteville, Arkansas, and died May 14, 1981 in Fontana, SBO Co California. Both are buried in Pomona Cemetery Masoleum - Towne Ave - Pomona, Los Angeles Co California
Lottie Louisa Craig, born April 22, 1901 in Stroud, Lincoln Co Oklahoma; died June 10, 1972 in Pomona, Los Angeles Co California.
She married Wheeler Cornelius Tolleson February 09, 1919.
Virginia Mae Craig, born May 14, 1903 in Paden, Okfuskee Co, Oklahoma; died April 14, 1992 in Slick, Oklahoma.
She married Samuel Alden Gaskins March 13, 1924 in Okmulgee Oklahoma. He died November 28, 1974, Slick, Oklahoma
Dollie Agnes Craig, born August 09, 1905 in Paden, Okfuskee Co, Oklahoma, and died March 27, 1999 in Prague, Oklahoma.
She married Virgil Lee Morlock June 20, 1925 in Paden, Okfuskee Co, Oklahoma. He was born May 13, 1904, Crawford Co Arkansas, and died November 27, 1973, Prague Oklahoma Children: Donald Carl and Mary Agnes Morelock.
William Hosey 'Bill' Craig, born February 01, 1907 in Micawber, Okfuskee, Oklahoma; died July 27, 1986 in Cushing, Oklahoma.
He married Avis Adella Bailey November 16, 1925 in Stroud, Lincoln Co Oklahoma. She was born February 09, 1902, Rogers, Miller Co Arkansas
Bill didn't like his middle name of Hosey so had it changed to Chester. He didn't want people to know that he was related to Isaac Hosey. Isaac was a half brother to his mother, Fanny Hosey Craig.
Amer Franklin Craig, born April 02, 1910 in Micawber, Okfuskee, Oklahoma; died May 05, 1927 in Paden, Okfuskee Co Oklahoma, burial in Hosey Cemetery
Edith Heddie Craig, born May 03, 1913 in Micawbar, Okfuskee Oklahoma; died 1991. She married Roy Reeves February 02, 1933 in Paden, Okfuskee Co Oklahoma.
3. MASTON GRANTHAM, born February 06, 1837 in Jasper Co Mississippi, and died December 30, 1891 in Jasper Co Mississippi.
He married 1) ELBERRY ANN EVANS, c1858 in Jasper Co Misssissippi. She died before 1877, burial in Liberty Church Cemetery, east of Stinger, Jasper Co Mississippi
He married 2) ELIZABETH / SARAH ELIZABETH MYRICK, October 19, 1877 in Jasper Co Mississippi. See notes below
Military service: Pvt. Co A 7th Battalion Infantry, Mississippi Volunteers
Sarah Elizabeth Myrick, from Bellinda Myrick:
I believe that the 2nd wife of Maston GRANTHAM was Sarah Elizabeth MYRICK, daughter of James MYRICK, aka in some info as Aquilla born: c1814 possibly in Georgia, or Aquilla/Aquila "Quilla" BENNETT, born: 1814 in Georgia
James MYRICK, son of William MYRICK and Elizabeth "Bettie" PIERCE, parents of my 2nd great grandfather, William H. "Billy" MYRICK, who married Phoebe Catherine HERRINGTON, daughter of William HERRINGTON, Jr. and Cynthia "Sina" GRANTHAM, born: c1800, whom I believe was the sister of Richard "Lucky" GRANTHAM, III, father of Maston GRANTHAM.
Regarding the Elizabeth MYRICK who married Maston GRANTHAM, after a great deal of searching over several years and piecing together information for which I actually did have some sources for though the information was very small in nature from tidbits from 'here and there' but the sources were lost in that dreaded computer crash that I had. However, there were references to this Elizabeth in various ways that convinced me of whom she was. There was one reference to Rhoda EVANS' husband, Willis MYRICK's sister being the Elizabeth MYRICK that married as the 2nd wife of Maston GRANTHAM whose 1st wife was Elberry Ann EVANS was the sister of the afore-mentioned Rhoda EVANS.
And other bits of information that conclusively presented the aforementioned Willis MYRICK as the William Willis MYRICK seen often as William W. MYRICK, aka William Willis MYRICK, aka W. Willis MYRICK, etc. who was the son of the 1st born son of my paternal 3rd great grandparents, William MYRICK and Elizabeth "Bettie" PIERCE. In my original information which I had inherited from cousins, the 1st born son of William MYRICK and Elizabeth "Bettie" PIERCE was shown as Aquilla MYRICK, born: 1814 in Georgia, and his 1st wife and mother of his children shown as being named ? BENNETT, with it appearing that the Sarah E. MYRICK was possibly a 2nd much younger wife very close in age to his own children. However, closer examination of census records, etc. showed that this person appearing as Aquilla MYRICK was, indeed, in the census shown as Quilla MYRICK, Female, born: 1814 in Georgia, listed with her children inclusive of the Sarah E. MYRICK and her brother, William W./aka William Willis MYRICK.
Various information led to other researchers to conclude that the first born son of William MYRICK and Elizabeth "Bettie" PIERCE was named James MYRICK and that his wife's name was Quilla or Aquilla and that with the combined information from several different sources it appears that she was named Quilla/Aquilla BENNETT. There are apparently one or two researchers that know or believe that they know the family of Quilla BENNETT but do not appear to be sharing that information at this time. I believe that it is most likely that this Quilla BENNETT was the daughter of or at least closely related to Prior/Pryor BENNETT, born: Abt. 1790 in Georgia, died: in MS, prob. Jasper County, and wife, Nancy ?, who were the parents of Daniel, William, Taylor, Benjamin Franklin, James, and Rebecca and possibly the aforementioned Quilla/Aquilla.
The aforementioned son of Nancy ? and Prior/Pryor BENNETT who was named James BENNETT, born: September 09, 1810 in Georgia, died: February 18, 1884 in Biloxi, Harrison County, MS, and his wife, Mary Annie WEST, were the parents of several children including a daughter named Martha Aquila BENNETT, born: in 1841. While this Martha Aquila BENNETT was born too late to have been the Quilla/Aquilla BENNETT who married James MYRICK at least it shows the presence of the given name of Aquilla/Aquila being used for a female in this BENNETT branch and the aforementioned father of Martha Aquila BENNETT who was James BENNETT was born in 1810 in Georgia lending itself to the timeframe for the birth of a sister named Aquilla/Aquila "Quilla" BENNETT in 1814 in Georgia works for the circumstantial information.
Anyway, back to the Sarah Elizabeth MYRICK, generally seen as Sarah E. MYRICK when the list of children for the aforementioned Aquila/Aquilla/Quilla BENNETT and James MYRICK are seen and then referred to as Elizabeth MYRICK when written about as the wife of Maston GRANTHAM is, I believe, the same person that I show now in my information as Sarah Elizabeth MYRICK and is sometimes shown with the birthdate of 1837 and sometimes with the birthdate of 1840. If the correct date is 1837 then she would, it appears, have been the twin sister of brother, Samuel E. MYRICK, (of course the initials of S.E. MYRICK for both of them would lend circumstantial possibilities to that as well.) And their brother, William Willis "Willis" MYRICK, was born in 1842 with wife, Rhoda EVANS, born: 1846.
Rhoda EVANS' sister, Elberry Ann EVANS, born: c1839 in my information, died: before October 19, 1877, married about 1858 in Jasper Co Mississippi.
Frances9 Grantham, born December 23, 1894, and died November 18, 1901, burial in Liberty Church Cemetery, Jasper Co Mississippi.
Archie Grantham, born February 1895 in Jasper Co Mississippi. He married Trudy Stringer.
Printise Lee Grantham, born August 04, 1897, and died July 05, 1898, burial Liberty Church Cemetery, Jasper Co Mississippi
Infant Grantham, born and died 1900, burial Liberty Church Cemetery, Jasper Co Mississippi
Children of Spencer Grantham and Mary Ainsworth are:
Talmadge Burnell 'T.B.'9 Grantham, born c1903 in Jasper Co Mississippi. He married Grace Moore.
Fred A. Grantham, born c1904, and died 1964. He married Lunette Smith
Artimatha Selena Grantham, born March 03, 1908 in Jasper Co Mississippi. She married Rufus A. Ware.
JASPER NEWTON 'BOB' GRANTHAM, born December 08, 1862 in Florence, Rankin Co Mississippi, and died September 07, 1952 in Weathersby, Simpson Co Mississippi.
He married MARGARET 'MAGGIE' ELLA BUTLER, February 14, 1889 in Simpson Co Mississippi, daughter of Wiley Butler and Elizabeth Sandifer.
Both are buried in Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery, Weathersby, Simpson Co Mississippi I was unable to locate them in any census under the spelling Grantham.
Children of Jasper and Maggie are:
Jesse R. Grantham, born June 25, 1890, and died October 26, 1959 in Jackson, Hinds Co Mississippi, burial in Lakewood Cemetery, Jackson, Hinds Co Mississippi
He married Lettie Viola Overby September 16, 1917 in Simpson Co Mississippi
LeRoy Grantham, born June 01, 1892; died 1948. He married Beulah Weathersby.
Ray Grantham, born May 29, 1896 in Florence, Rankin Co Mississippi, and died May 29, 1976 in Jackson, Hinds Co Mississippi, burial in Lakewood Cemetery, Jackson, Hinds Co Mississippi
He married Saleta Frances Edwards November 13, 1920 in Mendenhall, Simpson Co Mississippi.
JOHN F. GRANTHAM, born May 1863 in Jasper Co Mississippi, and died 1946.
He married MOLLIE D. / MARY L. WELLS, December 14, 1884 in Jasper Co Mississippi.
Known children of Rhodie and Tom are: Elberry, Lena, Bernice R., James Otis, and Elmina/Myra Buckley
TREASIE / TRACY GRANTHAM, born February 24, 1869 in Jasper Co Mississippi, and died February 25, 1895 in Jasper Co Mississippi, burial in Liberty Church Cemetery, Jasper Co Mississippi
She married AUSTIN UPTON, son of James Upton and Eliza Osborn. I was unable to locate Austin in the 1900 census, in 1910, Jasper Co Mississippi, he is remarried to Mary B. / Mollie, with several other children besides those of he and Treasie.
Children of Treasie and Austin are:
William Oscar9 Upton, born September 06, 1889 in Jasper Co Mississippi, and died March 23, 1981 in Jasper Co Mississippi, burial in Liberty Church Cemetery, Jasper Co Mississippi. He married Lillie
Liddie Elberry Upton, born June 03, 1892 in Jasper Co Mississippi, and died March 04, 1978 in Laurel, Jones Co Mississippi, burial in Liberty Church Cemetery, Jasper Co Mississippi. She married James Luther Smith June 13, 1915.
ORANGE ANN GRANTHAM, born April 12, 1872 in Jasper Co Mississippi, and died February 14, 1905 in Smith Co Mississippi, burial in Mt. Nebo Cemetery.
She married JAMES JEFFERSON 'JIM' UPTON, probable son of James Upton and Eliza Osborn.
Child of Eran and William Anding is: Andrew J. Anding > Land grant Jasper Co Mississippi Township 2, Range 10, Section 7 1887 #17439
Children of Eran and Bush Blackwell are:
Alonzo Blackwell, born January 19, 1868 in Jasper Co, Mississippi, and died December 05, 1949 in Jones Co Mississippi, burial in Matthews Cemetery, Jones Co Mississippi. He married Alice Indiana, c1892. Children: Maggie, born November 13, 1893, Irene, born September 02, 1895, Angaline, born c1900, Houston, born c1902, Welborn Coyt, born January 22, 1903, Barnie, born December 14, 1904, Add, born c1906, Ruby L., born c1908, Tressie, born c1911, Hinds, born c1913, Willie M., born c1915, and Fred Blackwell, born c1917
Pothenie Blackwell, born c1869.
5. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN GRANTHAM, born October 16, 1837 in Jasper Co Mississippi; died April 25, 1930 in Gulfport, Harrison Co Mississippi, burial in Evergreen Cemetery, Gulfport, Harrison Co Mississippi.
He married 1) MARTHA ANN BUFKIN, March 17, 1864 in Jasper Co Mississippi, daughter of John Hugh Bufkin and Annie Sims Holder. She was born June 18, 1841, and died before 1897. She had been married previously to Thomas T. Ruffin / no further information known.
He married 2) B.F. 'JANIE' MCBRIDE, June 24, 1897 He married 3) MARY ELIZABETH LUNNA, January 06, 1923 He married 4) FANNIE FERGUSON, August 12, 1923
From Talmadge Burnell Grantham to Patti Silvestri:
When I was a boy Uncle Ben and Steve Grantham come over here from Crystal Springs, Mississippi, south of Jackson on the I.C. Railroad. We carried Uncle Ben up in the piney woods and he found the old chimney to the house where he said he was born. Ben and Steve were brothers, sons of Dick Grantham. Dick Grantham was said to be a strong man, they say he could handle a bole of cotton. Some say Dick Grantham married an Indian after his wife died. We do not know if this is true.
Ben Grantham had some children near Crystal Springs Mississippi. I went home with Ben when I was young and worked in the vegetable crops, they shipped vegetables north on the I.C. Railroad. They were fine people and owned a lot of big farms and stores.
Uncle Ben came to see us often, we went with him down on the Mississippi coast where he had children.
Uncle Ben was a Civil War Veteran, in his latter days he lived in an old soldiers home near Gulfport, where he married 3 times after he was 81 years old, they were nice people he brought all of them up here to visit us. He was a charming fellow, he helped make up money for the home. Yet he was mean in some ways for he killed his son-in-law and one negro. The son-in-law shot him and the negro bit his fingers off.
I'm sorry to have waited so long to write you, Billie Joe Grantham died during this time, I would like for you to stop by to see me when you are in Mississippi.
My father and mother were Primitive Baptist, Hard Shell, my brother and half brother and myself.
6.LEO DICY GRANTHAM, born December 10, 1844 in Jasper Co Mississippi, and died October 31, 1940 in Evans, Vernon Parish Louisiana
She married MURDOCK H. 'DOCK' LOFTIN, April 14, 1867. He was born March 1844 in Mississippi, tombstone does not give date of death, but indicates he served with Co K, 40th MS Inf. CSA.
Both are buried in Spring Ridge Cemetery, Pleasant Hill, Sabine Parish Louisisana.
From Patti Sylvestri, August 24, 1998
Received the death certificate for Leo Dicey Grantham-Loftin today from Louisana; it names her mother as Lydia BARLOW. With the Court record for Bryant Barlow and death certificate I feel the documentation on Dicey is concrete.
Cynthia J. Loftin, born c 1872, married James Jarrell
Linda A. Loftin, born c1874
Stephen H.. Loftin, born March 29, 1876, and died December 04, 1972. / Sabine Parish Archives, US Genweb shows his death to be December 04, 1951.
He married Senith Dyess. She was born November 15, 1890, and died August 08, 1975. They are buried together in Spring Ridge Cemetery, Pleasant Hill, Sabine Parish Louisiana
Thomas A. Loftin, born c1878
Leo Francis Loftin, born August 1880
March 2009: You have Leo Francis Loftin listed in your records. She is my Great Grandmother, her son Luther Milton Thomson is my Grandfather. His father's name was Steven Thompson. This information was verified from Luther's death certificate. However, this is the only information I have for him, the death certificate listed the place he was from as unknown. He dissappeared from Vernon Parish about the same time Luther was born. Have you heard any family stories about this that may give me a clue where to look next? Thank you very much,
Note from Susan: Glenda does not give dates for Leo's marriage or birth of Luther, but the 1900 census shows Leo as widowed. Sometimes that is what they tell the census taker in the absence of a husband, but sometimes it is correct.
William N. Loftin, born June 1882
Theodosia F. Loftin, born September 1884.
Patti Sylvestri also shows a son, Lige Loftin, no dates
7. STEPHEN 'STEVE' GRANTHAM, born February 13, 1845 in Jasper Co Mississippi, and died October 09, 1932 in Jackson, Hinds Co Mississippi. (1900 census shows birth as March 1851)
He married 1. ANGELINE 'ANN' SANDIFER, daughter of James Wyatt Sandifer and Harriet Barron. She was born March 07, 1846, probably in Simpson Co Mississippi, and died April 18, 1910. Stephen and Angeline are buried in Crystal Springs Cemetery, Copiah Co Mississippi (1900 census shows birth July 1848)
He married 2. MRS. CARRIE JOHNSON or JACKSON, after Angeline's death
VETERAN REMEMBERS JACKSON AS VILLAGE
Uncle Steve Grantham joined Confederate Forces at 18
---CSA - Pvt. Capt. Berry's Co. MS Infantry---
There are few men today who are able to see in their memories the Jackson of the middle nineteenth century. It wasn't such an interesting town then, in the opinion of Steve Grantham, a civil war veteran of 87 years who lives today at 320 North Street.
A nervous country road, shying at every tree stump, ran up the hill from the little Illinois Central railroad station to the then new state capitol at the head of Capitol Street. A few small store buildings were scattered loosely around the capitol, but most of the area, especially that around Town Creek, was a tangle of oaks pines and wild shrubbery of all kinds. A makeshift penitentiary establishment existed where now stands the new state capitol. Farmers couldn't even buy salt in the Jackson of that period. Uncle Steve, as he is called by his friends, has vivid memories of trips made from S. Mississippi to Mobile for that commodity. Requiring a month, the trip was made with wagon trains, pulled by oxen, and the same means of transportation was used to haul groceries from Jackson to the home farm.
BOY AT ELLISVILLE
Uncle Steve's boyhood days were spent at Ellisville where he enlisted in the Confederate Army at the age of eighteen years. He was on duty in Jackson when the armies of Grant and Sherman approached from the west to attack the capitol city. Many shovels full of dirt Uncle Steve threw up on the _______ that ran through the present day Winters Wood subdivision. Just as the hostilities were beginning however, he was detailed with a dozen other men to escort a drove of hogs to Scott County. He returned to Jackson just as the army was abandoning the city.
The Confederate government had established a farm on the Mississippi river where livestock was raised for the southern armies, but the advancing forces of the North forced abandonment of the section. This livestock was being driven through Jackson on its way to a safe retreat. Uncle Steve was bowled over by a cannon ball explosion just after he had returned from Scott County and was detailed as a member of the rear guard on the east bank of Pearl River.
He was in the bloody battle of Franklin, TN, where approximately two thousand soldiers were killed in a few short minutes. More men were killed there per minute it is said than in any other battle of the world's history. But Uncle Steve doesn't like to talk about the bloodier episodes of his war experience. He prefers to recall the comparatively calm days that followed the war.
From his new home at Harrisville, Simpson County, he made many trips to the country town of Jackson. He usually came to Jackson in an old block-wheel wagon pulled by a yoke of oxen. Uncle Steve remembers how loafers in front of the stores on Pearl street made fun of the squeaking wheels that hauled his wheat to Jackson.
A horse-car track ran up Capitol street from the Illinois Central railroad station. The Alabama and Vicksburg station was then on South State street where the tracks cross near the electric power plant.
For a a man vent purely on business there was little to do in Jackson then after he had attended to his affairs.
Programs at the opera house on Pearl street were occasional and no other theatre existed. Jackson was a place to come after lengthy deliberation and a place to stay as briefly as possible.
Uncle Steve remembers when things began to look up in Jackson. In '92 and '93 the gravel road was put through the swamp east of Pearl River and for a while it was the talk of the state.
Homeless business enterprises began knocking on Jackson's door, and citizens began developing a city consciousness. Things began stirring in those days, foretelling for the shrewd the Jackson of 1930.
Uncle Steve years have been many. His hands are not palsied; his eyes not dimmed; his mind reveals a clarity younger men might envy, and it is with keen appreciation that he has witnessed the great changes that have (last three sentences unreadable).
STEVE GRANTHAM, 87, WAR VET PASSES
Mr. Steve Grantham, 87, Confederate Veteran, and member of a widely known Central and South Mississippi family , died in Jackson Friday, October 9, 1931 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Osborn Wolfe, at 329 North Street. Funeral services were held on Saturday at 9:00 o'clock at the home of his son, J.W. Grantham, at Terry followed by burial at Crystal Springs, at 11 o'clock. The Rev. M. P. Jones pastor of the Georgetown Baptist church officiated. Mr.
Grantham is survived by three sons, J. W. Grantham, Terry, W.S. Grantham, Crystal Springs, Vernon Grantham, Gatesville, and one daughter, Mrs. Osborn Wolfe, Jackson. Six grandchildren served as active pall bearers. They were: V. L. Grantham, J.W. Grantham, Jr., Malcolm Grantham, Gordon Grantham, William Grantham and Dallas Grantham. Honorary pall bearers included Gus Letterbos, Charles Huber, Gilbert Cook, Billy Cook and Tully Biggs all of Crystal Springs, Wm. T. Head, Jeff Sandifer of Terry, and Mr. Galloway of Gatesville.
Mr. Grantham spent his early boyhood in Ellisville in Jones County joining the Confederate army when he was 18. He served with the army in Mississippi and Tennessee, the bloody engagement of Franklin, TN. being the major battle he participated in. He survived the war without serious injury.
Following the war Mr. Grantham made his home at Harrisville in Simpson Co where he conducted farming operations, making frequent ox-cart trips to the then sparsely settled village of Jackson.
He reared a family while living on his South Mississippi farm and lived to see each member of it engaged in business and planting.
In recent years Mr. Grantham, in retirement, spent the greater portion of his time at the home of his daughter in Jackson.
And thus it is that another of the "thin gray line" has "Passed Over the River to Rest Under the Shade."
Stephen Grantham and Angeline Sandifer married before the 1870 census, but no marriage record has been found. The Simpson Co records before 1872 were destroyed.
Stephen Grantham and J.W. Sandifer bought 316 acres for $3160 in Copiah Co Mississippi, 11 Feb 1871 / Deed Record Y, pp. 405-406, Copiah Co Mississippi
Death Certificate Number 669 Jackson, Hinds Co Mississippi
Steve Grantham living at 320 North St.
Sex: male / Color: white / Married
Date of birth: February 13, 1848 / Years: 83
Retired Farmer / Birthplace: Jasper Co Mississippi
List: R.G. Grantham as father, no mother listed
Informant: J.W. Grantham, Terry, Mississippi
Burial: Terry, Mississippi October 10, 1931
Date of death: October 09, 1931
*Family Records show birth date as 13 February 1847 viz death certificate of 1848
Joseph Wyatt Grantham, born September 1870 in Simpson Co Mississippi, and died June 26, 1964 in Terry, Hinds Co Mississippi.
He married 1) Laura Coker before 1896.
He married 2) Margaret "Maggie" Bracey c1897 in Hinds Co Mississippi, daughter of William Bracey and Miss Green. (I could not locate them in any census)
Children of Joseph Grantham and Margaret Bracey are:
Joseph Wyatt9 Grantham, Jr., born February 19, 1899 in Terry, Hinds Co Mississippi.
He married 1) Beatrice Dubose March 12, 1922. He married 2) Lila Buckalew June 01, 1977.
William Bracey Grantham, born December 09, 1900 in Terry, Hinds Co Mississippi, and died 1966.
He married 1) Betty Harvey. He married 2) Frances, maiden name unknown.
Lucy Green Grantham, born December 25, 1903 in Terry, Hinds Co Mississippi, and died 1911 in Terry, Hinds Co Mississippi
Malcolm Steven Grantham, born January 26, 1909 in Terry, Hinds Co Mississippi. He married Ina Burney
Robert Gordon Grantham, born July 29, 1912 in Terry, Hinds Co Mississippi
He married Jessie G. Smith November 05, 1937 in Chevy Chase Maryland
Willard Grantham, born 1916 in Terry, Hinds Co Mississippi, and died July 10, 1920 in Terry, Hinds Co Mississippi.
Kenneth Donald Grantham, born July 12, 1920 in Terry, Hinds Co Mississippi. He married Miss Batchelor
Dallas T. Grantham, Jr., grandson of Vernon Luther Grantham, Sr., says "Story handed down through family (from Vernon Luther) that there was Indian blood in this part of family. Vernon was supposed to be 1/4 Choctaw."
Children of Vernon Grantham and Mattie Tillman are:
Vernon Luther 'Little Jack'9 Grantham, Jr., born March 05, 1907 in Terry, Hinds Co, Mississippi, and died September 1965 in Terry, Hinds Co Mississippi, burial Crystal Springs Cemetery, Copiah Co Mississippi
He married 1) Anna Belle Ewing c1935. He married 2) Betty Pulver Graham after 1940 in New York City, New York.
Dallas Tillman Grantham, born September 18, 1917 in Gatesville, Copiah Co Mississippi--near Hopewell, and died August 1974 in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
He married Martha Ann Dorman July 26, 1940 in Gatesville, Copiah Co Mississippi
8. JOHN G. GRANTHAM, born November 14, 1849 in Jasper Co Mississippi, and died January 02, 1933 in Belmont, Sabine Parish Louisiana, burial in Zion's Rest Methodist Church Cemetery, De Soto Parish Louisiana
He married 1. AGNES G. MCLEMORE, c1867, daughter of John McLemore and Agnes Smith.
He married 2. BETTY STRONG, November 12, 1900 in Simpson Co Mississippi
He married 3. AMANDA BUCKLEY, c1907
February 09, 1877, John was living in Copiah County, Mississippi ---
Summoned to Jones County Court regarding grandfathers (Bryant Barlow) estate settlement. Sheriff returned summons February 17, 1877 saying that John had been served.
He migrated over to around Pleasant Hill, Sabine Parish Louisiana, along with his brother Joe and his sister, Elizabeth who married G.C. Butler.
Some of John's tribe moved back to Mississippi and settled in the Harrisville vicinity.
I could not locate John prior to 1900, nor in 1910
Joshua J. Grantham, born July 08, 1868 (May 1868) in Mississippi, and died January 05, 1929 in Mississippi.
He married Hattie O. Barron. Both are buried in Mountain Creek Cemetery, Rankin Co Mississippi.
(1900 Rankin Co Mississippi) (1910 Rankin Co Mississippi, shows Hattie is his second marriage) (I did not locate him in 1920)
Children: William M. Grantham, born April 1897, (William's son, William Joshua married Alma Viola Crain) Hester, son, born January 1899, Hattie M., Sollie J., born June 23, 1907, and died January 03, 1982, burial Mountain Creek Cemetery, served in Co X U.S. Navy World War II, and Clare Grantham.
Children: Cornelius 'Neely', Hugh, T.J., Vernice and Vernie (twins), and Joe Louis Grantham, born May 17, 1914, and died May 17, 1984, burial in Harrisville Cemetery, Simpson Co Mississippi, married Ruby Jean Lewis
Children: Nonnie Grantham, born 1907 in Simpson Co Mississippi, married R.D. Higgins, Lena Grantham, born August 17, 1909 in Mississippi; died July 07, 1991, married R.T. Bennett, John Thomas Grantham, born January 20, 1913 in Mississippi; died July 23, 1973, married Carrie Lee, Wiley W. Grantham, born May 20, 1918 in Mississippi; died 1997, Eunice Grantham, born 1921 in Mississippi, Enoch Arden Grantham born 1921, married 1. Mildred Lewis, married 2. unknown; James Ray Grantham, born September 04, 1924 in Hopewell, Copiah Co Mississippi, married Odie Grace Brock, Christine Grantham married Ray Ponder, Alford Grantham Jr., born August 28, 1929; died September 15, 1957
Children: Richard, Era M., J.M., and George Grantham
Mary Ella Grantham, born April 10, 1887, and died July 13, 1975 in Bogalusa, Washington Parish Louisiana. She married John Rankin Graves.
Bama Matilda Grantham, born January 15, 1888, and died January 17, 1957 in Mississippi. She married Joseph Edgar Martin, son of Joe Martin and Jane Mullins.
Child: Lena Mae Martin, born August 03, 1905 in Mississippi, and died October 11, 1990 in Mississippi, married Sidney Green Brock.
Amer Grantham, born August 1891
Children of John and Betty:
Joe and Wesley Grantham
Child of John and Amanda is:
Vesta Mae Grantham, born 1908, married Bud Cowan Jr.
10. JOSEPH J. GRANTHAM, born December 24, 1850 in Jasper Co Mississippi, and died June 09, 1916 in Ward 7, Sabine Parish Louisiana.
He married MARY ATLISSIE 'ART' SISTRUNK or SANDIFER, January 22, 1874 in Simpson Co Mississippi.
Both are buried in Mt. Zion Methodist Cemetery, De Soto Parish Louisiana (I have found records that Josephs wife was a Sandifer and also a Sistrunk ... they are both listed here, but I have not checked for proof of either at this time)
Stephen Lafayette, born c1875, Sarah, born c1877, Mary, born c1879, Minnie, born c1890, Harvard, born c1892, Mamie and Mary, twins, born c1895
11. ELIZABETH GRANTHAM, born May 02, 1853 in Jasper Co Mississippi, and died July 17, 1939 in Texarkana, Bowie Co Texas.
She married GREEN CARLISLE / GROVER CLEVELAND 'GC' BUTLER, March 06, 1872 in Simpson Co Mississippi, son of Joshua Butler and Martha Gates. He was born July 03, 1851, and died September 29, 1904.
Both are buried in Wallace Cemetery, Desoto Parish Louisiana.
They is some confusion as to his true name. I believe it had been 'assumed' he was named for the president, Grover Cleveland, but some researchers claim to have found him to be Green Carlisle. I do not know his correct name.
Children of Elizabeth Grantham and G.C. Butler are:
Joseph William 'Billy'8 Butler, born February 12, 1873 in Mississippi, and died October 10, 1962 in Louisiana.
He married Fannie Milanda Redding October 07, 1892. Both are buried in Wallace Cemetery, DeSoto Parish Louisiana
Children: Joseph 'Josie'9 Butler, born June 1895 in Louisiana, Ruth Levina 'Ruthie' Butler, born February 1898 in Louisiana, married Robert Elemiul Freeman July 21, 1925 in DeSoto Parish Louisiana, Larrie H. Butler, born October 1899 in Louisiana, Grover Carroll 'GC' Butler, born 1905 in Louisiana, married Beulah Haire March 17, 1925 in DeSoto Parish Louisiana.
Hiram Theodore Butler, born January 19, 1875, and died February 10, 1897.
Mary Levina 'Vinnie' Butler, born March 10, 1878 in Hazlehurst, Copiah Co Mississippi, and died June 25, 1959 in Wells, Texas. She married Will O. Odum
Emma Estala Butler, born February 25, 1880 in Mississippi, and died December 21, 1972 in Louisiana, burial in Wallace Cemetery, DeSoto Parish Louisiana
She did not marry. (Several researchers show that she married William Lee Smith and had a son, Carroll Robert Smith who married Ruby Pearl Wallace. Betty Butler Butz recieved a letter from Ruby stating that her husband was in no way related to the Grantham family, and she also has several letters from various family members stating that Emma never married)
Ephraim Gates 'Eaf' Butler, born February 25, 1882 in Jackson, Hinds Co Mississippi, and died February 16, 1958 in Wink, Texas.
He married Mary Alice Wright. She was born October 31, 1882, and died December 17, 1972. Both are buried in Kermit Cemetary in Winkler Co Texas.
Children: Jewell Yvonne9 Butler, born September 07, 1912, and died October 24, 1972, burial in the Kermit Cemetary, Winkler Co Texas, married to John Vinson, born December 25, 1904 in Arkansas, and died October 28, 1955 in Sacramento, California, and Lewell C. Butler, born in Chatham, Jackson Parish Louisiana May 22, 1915, and died June 06, 1998, burial in Las Cruces, New Mexico. (Information for this family is from Betty Butler Butz)
Pearlie Mae Butler, born July 12, 1884, and died October 06, 1885, possibly in Crystal Springs, Copiah Co Mississippi.
Frances Lenora Butler, born August 17, 1886, and died September 21, 1886, possibly in Crystal Springs, Copiah Co Mississippi.
Annie Butler, born September 05, 1887 in Mississippi, and died April 12, 1935 in Louisiana.
She married John Curtis Allen. Both are buried in Wallace Cemetery, DeSoto Parish Louisiana
Martha 'Mattie' Butler, born September 09, 1889. She married Cullen Herrin.
Children: Mabel9 Herrin, born January 23, 1910, married Cecil Yarbrough, and Elizabeth Herrin, born September 26, 1915, married P.C. Moore
Lemuel Jesse 'Lem' Butler, born December 06, 1891, and died October 18, 1916.
He married Paralee Haire. Both are buried in Wallace Cemetery, DeSoto Parish Louisiana
Virgie Butler, born January 21, 1895, married J. Oliver Hinton.