Evidence for the Parents of Eliza Jane (Rainey) Wallace (1862-1911)

Since I began compiling the history of my family, I have searched for the parents of Eliza (see my  post dated 22 May 2013). She was born in 1862 but has not been found on the 1870 U.S. census. The first record found is her marriage in 1878 to Toliver Watson Wallace in Marshall County, Alabama. An affidavit included in the marriage record gives the name of Eliza’s father as William Rainey. There is considerable indirect evidence as to her parentage, but no single document has been found. Until now.

A hand-written, family-authored, document of three pages lists the parents, grandparents, spouse, and children of Thomas Hawkins Wallace, one of the sons of Eliza and Toliver Wallace. It provides similar listing for Tom’s wife, Willie Mae Reynolds. A copy is provided below, courtesy of the current owner, Cynthia Estes, a descendant of Tom and Willie Mae. Used with permission.

The names of Tom’s grandparents are shown as William and Vinis Rainey. I believe that “Vinis” is yet another version of Dwmity [sic], the name that appears on a 1896 deed where William and Dwimity Rainey sold land in Cherokee County, Alabama, to William L. Wallace (brother of Toliver Watson Wallace and son-in-law of William and Dwmity Rainey). Dwimity appears on census records as Lavinia, Vinity, Vinda, Lavinathy,

I’d like to find additional evidence for my conclusion that Eliza’s parents were William and Dwmity Rainey. If you have knowledge or a document, please contact me through the comment section below. Thank you.

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Mary Elizabeth (Powell) Reagan Edwards (1858-1928) – Georgia and Florida

My second great-grandmother, Mary Elizabeth (Powell) Reagan Edwards, was born to Oliver C. Powell and Eliza (McCrary) Powell in Fulton County, Georgia, on 16 April 1858. Mary’s middle name (Elizabeth) is from her death certificate. All other records give her middle name as Eliza.

Mary’s father was killed in the War. Her mother Eliza Powell [Mrs. O. C. Powell] is listed as a widow on the 1863 Salt List in Bartow County, Georgia. Mary Powell married first Albert H. Reagan on 16 November 1873 in Bartow County, Georgia. They had two known children: McAfee and Birdie [Bertha Lorena] – my great-grandmother. Albert H. Reagan died 09 May 1889 in Bartow County. On 07 July 1892 (Mrs.) Mary Ragan married W. T. Edwards in Bartow County.

1900 U.S. census – Georgia, Bartow County, Sixth District

William T. Edwards (49, born Georgia), Mary E. (35, born Georgia), Mettie E. (F, 16), Henry (12), Artie (6), Linnie (F, 3), and Arthur (1) lived in dwelling 115 on a farm that was owned. All children born in Georgia. William and Mary had been married 8 years. Mary had borne 5 children, all living — 2 with Albert H. Reagan: McAfee and Bertha Lorena “Birdie”; 3 with William T. Edwards: Artie, Linnie, and Arthur. Since all five of her children were alive, indication is that the elusive McAfee Reagan was still alive in 1900. Daughter Bertha Lorena “Birdie” Reagan married James Edmon Green in 1895, Bartow County. The Edwards family lived next to Bunyon T. Green and his family. Bunyon was a brother of James Edmon (both were sons of John Calvin Green).

1910 U. S. census – Georgia, Bartow County, Sixth District [936 GMD]

William T. (56), Mary E. (52), Artie L. B. (F, 16), Linnie S. (F, 13), Arthur (11), and William G. Edwards (84) lived in dwelling 60 on Cedar Creek and Cassville Road. William and Mary had both been married twice and married to each other for 18 years. Of Mary’s 5 children, 4 were living. McAfee Reagan must have died between 1900 and 1910. William G. was the father of William T. The family of William T. lived next door to John H. [John Calvin] Green and his family. The next family was James E. and Birdie (Reagan) Green. James was a son of John Calvin and Phoebe (Barton) Green and Birdie was the daughter of Mary Powell and her first husband, Albert H. Reagan.

1920 U. S. census – Florida, Orange County, Zellwood

W. T. Edwards (67) and Mary (57) lived in dwelling 68 with the family of James A. Edwards (23). James and his wife, Lottie (18), had a daughter, Mary Hazel (2 months). James and Lottie were born in Georgia; Mary Hazel in Tennessee. William and James were farmers. Lottie, daughter of James Edmon Green and Bertha “Birdie” (Reagan) Green, was Mary Edwards’ granddaughter.

1928 – Florida, Lake County, Mount Dora

Mary Edwards (70) died of chronic endocarditis with contributory pulmonary tuberculosis on 09 May 1928. Although her age varies considerably over the available records, Mary’s birth date on her Florida death certificate (16 April 1858) is consistent with earlier records. Her father’s surname is given as Powell on her death certificate. Mary was born in Atlanta per the death certificate and this is consistent with her presence there in the family of O. C. Powell in 1860, age 3.

Mary Elizabeth (Powell) Reagan Edwards is buried in Pine Forest Cemetery, Mount Dora, Lake County, Florida, with related Green(e) and Edwards families. FindAGrave.com memorial no. 17793247.

Note to researchers: May Powell, daughter of Henry T. Powell in the 1870 U.S. census, Bartow County, Georgia, is not the Mary Powell who married Albert H. Reagan. She married R. S. Hill, 02 Feb 1879 and died May 1938, Etowah County, Ala.

Calvin “Cab” Webb Wallace (1850-1927) McKinney, Collin County, Texas – Family Death Notices

This Wallace family moved from Cobb County, Georgia, to Texas about 1884. The farm Cab purchased that year is still in the family and is registered in the Texas Land Heritage program. The following transcribed obituaries are for Cab, his wife, Athie Lena (Bishop) Wallace, their children & spouses, and some grandchildren. The family is written about in detail in my book titled: Descendants and Kin of Toliver Wallace (1809-1882), North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Texas.

Husband:

Calvin Webb Wallace – The Daily Courier-Gazette, McKinney, Texas, 10 Jan 1927, p. 6 (poor copy)

Sad Passing of C. W. (Cab) Wallis Monday Morning

Deceased Had Been In Declining Health For More Than Year

C. W. (Cab) Wallis [?] years old died at 10:[?] o’clock Monday morning at the home of his daughter Mrs. H. C. Rutledge in this city. The deceased had been in declining health for more than a year.

About three weeks ago he was brought from his home about six miles east of McKinney to the home of his daughter [?] [?] city in order that he might receive the [?] of medical attention. His condition, however, steadily grew worse until death resulted at the above stated hour.

The late Mr. Wallis was a native of Georgia but had resided in Texas about [?] years and had spent most of the time since moving to Texas on his farm, east of McKinney, where he resided at the time of his death.

Every citizen who knew Cab Wallis spoke of him in the highest terms. He was a man of highest ideals, one who was diligent in his duties and honest in his dealings and there was general regret in the hearts of many Monday morning when the announcement was made hat he was dead.

Beside his wife he is survived by six daughters and one son as follows: Mrs. Sam Dossan, Colorado, Texas; Mrs. Maggie Harding, New Hope; Mrs. H. C. Rutledge, Mrs. I. D. Wallis, Mrs. Emma Harding, Mrs. John Kindle and Tom Wallis all of McKinney. He is survived by one siser, Mrs. Martha Ann Dobbins, Marietta, Ga. He is survived by [31?] grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

The funeral services will be held at Forrest Grove Tuesday afternoon at [2?] o’clock. The services will be conducted by Rev. J. Ben Snider.

These papers send sincerest sympathy to the bereaved family in the loss of their loved one. His exemplary life of good deeds and worth accomplishments is worthy of emulation.

The [?] pallbearers will be: Ed Beard, M. T. Baker, Marvin Kindle, Joe Bomar, M. T. Cleveland and John Renfro. The Sam J. Massie Undertaking Company of this city has charge of the funeral arrangements.

Wife:

Athie Lena (Bishop) Wallace – McKinney Daily Courier-Gazette, 28 Jul 1930, p. 3

Mrs. Athie Lena Wallace Died Saturday Afternoon In This City

Funeral services for Mrs. Athie Lena Wallis were held at Forest Grove Sunday afternoon July 27 at 2:30 o’clock b Rev. J. Ben Snider, pastor of the Baptist church at that place. Interment followed in Fitzhugh cemetery, where the deceased was laid to rest beside the grave of her late husband, C. W. Wallis, who passed away at his home in McKinney January 10, 1927.

The deceased, who had been ill only a few days, passed away at her home in the southeast part of McKinney Saturday afternoon at 2:20 o’clock. She was a native of Georgia, being a daughter of Capt. and Mrs. Ben Bishop. Her maiden name was Roana Heard Bishop. She had resided in McKinney a number of years and is survived by six daughters and one son, as follows: Mrs. G. W. Hardin, Mrs. J. L. Kindle, Mrs. Sam Dawson, Mrs. H. C. Rutledge, Mrs. I. D. Wallis, all of McKinney; Mrs. Leslie Hardin, residing on Route 2 McKinney and Tommy Wallis of McKinney. One brother, Frank Bishop of Ardmore, Oklahoma also survives and came to McKinney to attend the obsequies. Forty-three grandchildren and several great-grandchildren also survive.

The deceased was a faithful member of the Baptist church. She was a sainted old Christian mother who was held in the highest appreciation by her neighbors, friends and acquaintances. Her passing is mourned not only by her many relatives, but by a wide circle of friends. The new-made bier was covered with many floral offerings, which bespoke the love and esteem in which she was held.

Funeral arrangements were in charge of the Sam J. Massie & Son Funeral home of this city.

Daughter:

Mrs. Emma Lena Hardin – McKinney Daily Courier-Gazette, 22 May 1941, p.1 [Emma Lena Wallis]

Mrs. Emma Lena Hardin Dies at McKinney Home

Mother of Miss Clara Hardin and Miss Gladys Hardin, Was Native of Collin County; Funeral Arrangements Pending.

Mrs. Emma Lena Hardin, mother of Miss Clara Hardin and Miss Gladys Hardin, a native of Collin County and well known and esteemed resident of McKinney most of her life, died at 10:50 o’clock Wednesday night at her home, 1109 Rockwall Street, following a stroke.

Mrs. Hardin was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Wallace, Collin County pioneers and was born on a farm Southeast of McKinney 64 years ago. Her husband, George W. Hardin died in 1928.

Funeral services were   conducted at 4 o’clock Thursday afternoon at the Church of Christ by Rev. Irvin McFadin, the pastor, assisted by Prof. F. M. Scott. Interment followed in the Fitzhugh Cemetery at Forest Grove. Mrs. Hardin was very active in the Church of Christ for many years. Elders of the church served as pallbearers.

In addition to the two daughters mentioned, Mrs. Hardin leaves one married daughter, Mrs. Claude Myers of Oklahoma City, and a son, Bill Hardin, of Longview; one brother, Tom Wallace of New Orleans, and the following sisters: Mrs. J. L. Kindle, Mrs. Sam T. Dawson, Mrs. Maggie Hardin, Mrs. H. C. Rutledge and Mrs. I. D. Wallace, all of McKinney.

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Mrs. Emma Lena Hardin – McKinney Daily Courier-Gazette, 23 May 1941, p.5 [Emma Lena Wallis]

Obsequies Held Thursday For Mrs. Hardin, 64

Well-Known McKinney Woman, Lifelong Resident of Collin County, Died Late Wednesday Night Following Paralytic Stroke

Funeral services for Mrs. Emma Lena Hardin, 64, life-long resident of Collin County, who died late Wednesday night from a stroke were conducted at 5 o’clock Thursday afternoon at the Church of Christ by the Pastor, Rev. Irvin McFadin assisted by Prof. F. M. Scott. Mrs. Hardin had been an active member of that church for many years. She was well-known all over Collin County and especially in McKinney, her home being at 1109 Rockwall Street.

The funeral was largely attended and the floral offerings were numerous and beautiful. Following were the pallbearers: Clint M. Lewis, John McFerrin, Otha Baker, L. M. Smith, Howard McTee and A. D. Smith. The funeral was delayed an hour awaiting the arrival of a daughter, Mrs. Claude Myers who lives in Oklahoma Cit. The Massie Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements. Interment was in the Fitzhugh Cemetery.

Mrs. Hardin was the wife of George W. Hardin who preceded her in death thirteen years ago. She is survived by three daughters, Miss Clara Hardin, who is Cashier at the Ritz Theater; Miss Gladys Hardin, who lives at the home here, and Mrs. Myers of Oklahoma City; one son, Bill Hardin of Longview; one brother, Tom Wallace of New Orleans and the following sisters: Mrs. J. L. Kindle, Mrs. Sam T. Dawson, Mrs. Maggie Hardin, Mrs. H. C. Rutledge and Mrs. I. D. Wallace, all of McKinney.

Emma’s husband:

George W. Hardin – McKinney Daily Courier-Gazette, 23 Nov. 1928, p. 1

Geo. W. Hardin Dies At Home Here Thursday

Funeral Services Were Conducted At Church Of Christ

George W. Hardin, 58 years, 3 months and 28 days old, died at his house, 302 East Anthony Street, Thursday afternoon.  Mr. Hardin had been ill for the last two weeks, died very suddenly.

George W. Hardin was born in Mississippi and came to Texas in infancy with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Hardin. He was married to Miss Emma Wallace thirty-two years ago, who was the daughter of the late Cab Wallace. To this union four children were born, one son and three daughters. William Hardin of Marshall, Texas and Miss Clara Hardin and Gladys Hardin, who are at home and Mrs. Claude Myers of Oklahoma City. He is also survived by his mother, Mrs. Rebekah Hardin of Quanah, Texas, and five brothers and two sisters: W. S. Hardin, T. L. Hardin, A. Hardin and J. D. Hardin, all of Kirkland, Texas, and James A. Hardin of Fort Worth and Mrs. John Webb of Quanah and Mrs. Ed Marchman of Cisco.

The deceased was a resident of Collin county for thirty-two years and had been an owner of a barber shop in McKinney for several years.

The funeral was held this (Friday) afternoon at 2:30 o’clock at the Church of Christ on South Wilcox Street, conducted by Harvey Scott of Sherman and H. C. Cuthbertson, pastor of the Church of Christ at Dallas. The funeral was conducted under the direction of the Sam J. Massie & Sons Funeral Home.

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Funeral Services Held Here Friday For G. W. Hardin

Highly Esteemed McKinney Citizen Died Suddenly Thursday

Funeral services for George W. Hardin, 58 years, 3 months and 28 days old, who died at his late home, 302 East Anthony Street Thursday afternoon were held Friday afternoon, Nov. 23 at 2:30 o’clock at the Church of Christ, South Wilcox Street, conducted by Harvey A. Scott, pastor at Sherman, was assisted by H. C. Cuthbertson, pastor at Dallas.

The Sam J. Massie & Son Funeral Home had charge of funeral arrangements. Interment followed in the Forest Grove cemetery. The funeral was largely attended. The many floral offerings were beautiful and showed the high esteem in which he was held here.

The deceased was a native of Mississippi, coming to Texas in infancy with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Hardin, who settled in the Forest Grove community. With the exception of a few years residence in West Texas, he had resided all his life in this city and county.

He was married to Miss Emma Wallace, daughter of the late Cab Wallace, 33 years ago, and to this happy union four children were born to bless their home, who survive: William Hardin of Marshall, Misses Clara and Gladys, at home; and Mrs. Claude Myers of Oklahoma City.

The deceased is also survived by his mother, Mrs. Rebekah Hardin of Quanah, Texas, and five brothers and two sisters: W. S. Hardin, T. L. Hardin, A. Hardin and J. D. Hardin, all of Kirkland, Texas, and James A. Hardin of Fort Worth; Mrs. John Webb of Quanah and Mrs. Ed Marchman of Cisco.

George W. Hardin was a highly esteemed resident of this city, where he was part owner of a barber shop, located on East Louisiana Street. He was in partnership with Elmer Blankenship. He was a conscientious, upright and honorable citizen, who loved this home and his church. Whenever he heard of a friend or acquaintance who was ill, he would make it a point, if possible, to visit them.

A wide circle of friends are left to mourn his rather sudden death.

Daughter:

Mrs. J. L. Kindle – The Weekly Democrat-Gazette, 25 Jan 1951, p. 4 [Annie Mae Wallis]

Mrs. J. L. Kindle Dies In Hospital Early Wednesday

Mrs. Annie Mae Kindle, wife of John L. Kindle of this city, passed away at 3:47 a.m. Wednesday at City-County Hospital. Mrs. Kindle, who had resided here all her life, had been ill the past three weeks.

Born May 18, 1881, she was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Wallace. She was a member of the Baptist Church.

Her survivors include her husband, John L. Kindle, whom she married in 1898; five sons, W. L. Kindle of Austin, Rex Kindle of Aransas Pass, Leonard Kindle and Metz Kindle, both of McKinney; two daughters, Mrs. Lena Manning of Dallas and Mrs. Mazie Fleming of Beaumont; four sisters, Mrs. Sam Dawson, Mrs. Maggie Hardin, Mrs. Nona Rutledge and Mrs. I. D. Wallace, all of McKinney; one brother, Tom W. Wallace of Dallas; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

The Rev. S. D. Lindsey is to conduct the funeral service at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at King Memorial Baptist Church. Interment will be in Pecan Grove Cemetery with nephews of the deceased acting as pallbearers.

The body is to remain at Massie Funeral Home until 2 o’clock Thursday afternoon, when it will be taken to the church to lie in state until time for the services.

Annie’s husband:

J. L. Kindle – The Daily Courier-Gazette, 09 Feb 1952, p. 8

J. L. Kindle Dies At Hospital Here Friday Night

J. L. Kindle, who resided at 1110 Rockwall, this city, passed away Friday evening at 9:10 p.m. at the City-County Hospital following an illness of several hours.

A life-time resident of McKinney and Collin County, Mr. Kindle was a retired farmer and grocery-man. He was also a member of the Baptist Church.

His survivors include five sons, Walter Kindle, Austin; Pat Kindle, Aransas Pass; Rex, Metz, and Leonard Kindle, McKinney; two daughters, Mrs. Mazie Flemming and Mrs. Lena Manning, Dallas; two sisters, Mrs. S. A. Poston and Mrs. Jess Thomas, McKinney. His wife and two children preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. at the King Memorial Baptist Church with Rev. S. D. Lindsey officiating. Interment will follow in Pecan Grove with Massie Funeral Home of this city in charge of arrangements.

Nephews of the deceased will act as pallbearers.

Daughter:

Mrs. Nona Rutledge – McKinney Daily  Courier-Gazette, 15 Apr 1955, p. 8 [Nora Wallis]

Mrs. Nona Rutledge Passes Away In City-County Hospital

Mrs. Nona Rutledge, 64, 432 Standifer Street, died in the City-County Hospital at 6:50 p.m. Thursday. She was born January 12, 1891, in Collin County, the daughter of Cab and Athey Jane Bishop Wallas. She was a member of the King Memorial Baptist Church and married H. C. Rutledge January 12, 1908.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. in Turrentine-Jackson Chapel, conducted by Rev. S. D. Lindsey, pastor of King Memorial Baptist Church, with interment in Wilson Chapel.

Surviving are her husband H. C. Rutledge, of McKinney; a daughter, Mrs. James Andy Raulston, of McKinney; a brother, Tom Wallas of Dallas; three sisters, Mrs. Sam Dawson, Mrs. Maggie Hardin and Miss Bessie Wallas, all of McKinney, and one grandchild.

Pallbearers at the service will be Johnny Blankenship, Leslie Biggs, Edward Powell, Raymond Furr, Nathan Carpenter and Charles O’Neal.

Nona’s husband:

Henry C. (Duge) Rutledge – McKinney Courier-Gazette, 06 Jan 1976, p.1

Funeral services for Henry C. (Duge) Rutledge, 90, 402 E. Standifer, McKinney, will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday in Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow chapel with Rev. Blake Dunagan and Rev. W. P. Carter officiating. Interment will be in Wilson Chapel Cemetery.

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Henry C. (Duge) Rutledge – McKinney Courier-Gazette, 06 Jan 1976, p.3

Henry C. (Duge) Rutledge, 90, 402 ED. Standifer, McKinney, died Monday at his residence. He was born Nov. 23, 1885 in Collin County, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Jack Rutledge.

He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Andy Raulston of McKinney; one grandson, Bevins Raulston of McKinney; one sister, Mrs. Ola Harvell of McKinney. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mrs. Nona Wallace Rutledge.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday in Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow chapel with Rev. Blake Dunagan and Rev. W. P. Carter officiating. Interment will be in Wilson Chapel Cemetery.

Daughter:

Mrs. Maggie Lee Hardin – McKinney Daily Courier-Gazette, 25 Oct 1970, p.1 [Maggie Lee Wallis]

Mrs. Maggie Lee Hardin passed away at Collin Memorial hospital Saturday. She was a resident of RFD 5, McKinney and has lived in the county all of her life. Services will be conducted by Rev. Don Bourland and Rev. Joe Smith at the Turrentine Jackson chapel Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. Interment will be in the Forest Grove cemetery.

Maggie’s husband:

Thomas Leslie Hardin – McKinney Daily Courier-Gazette, 31 Aug 1932, p. 1

Funeral Held for T. L. Hardin This Afternoon

Passed Away Tuesday At Home In Bishop Community

Thos. Leslie Hardin, 52 years, 9 months and 11 days old, died at 6 o’clock Tuesday afternoon, August 30, at his home in the Bishop community. He had been in ill health for one year and had been confined to his home since July 26.

Funeral services were held this (Wednesday) afternoon at 3 o’clock at Forest Grove, conducted by Rev. J. Ben Snider of this city. Burial followed in Fitzhugh Cemetery at that place, under the direction of the Sam J. Massie & Son Funeral Home of this city.

The deceased was born in Calhoun County, Mississippi, November 19, 1879. He was twice married. Surviving are three children by his first marriage as follows: Elmer and Curtis Hardin and Mrs. Edgar Weems, all of near McKinney. His second marriage was to Miss Maggie Wallace, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Cab Wallace, pioneer Collin County couple. His wife and six children by his second marriage also survive: Lucille, Fay, Grady, Tommy, Howell and Harry Hardin. Other survivors are three step-children: Mrs. O. E. Evans, Mrs. Earl Evans and Calvin McCowan: one brother, L. F. Hardin of Quanah and two sisters, Mrs. Frank Decker, of McKinney and Mrs. Lois Ward, of Lazarr, Texas.

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The Weekly Democrat-Gazette, 8 Sep 1932, p. 4

BISHOP

The death angel visited in this community and took from us Thomas Leslie Hardin. He passed away at 6 o’clock Tuesday afternoon, Aug. [date missing]. He was 52 yeas, 9  months and 11 days old at the time. He had been in ill health for a year and had been confined to his home for several weeks. Funeral services were held last Wednesday afternoon at 3 o’clock at Forest Grove conducted by Rev. J. Ben Snider. Burial followed in the Fitzhugh cemetery at that place under the direction of the Sam J. Massie & Son Funeral home. The deceased was born in Calhoun County, Mississippi, November 19, 1879. He was twice married, his first marriage being to Miss Leona Willis, who died about 23 years ago. Surviving are three children by his first marriage as follows: Elmer and Curtis Hardin and Mrs. Edgar Weems, all of near McKinney. His second marriage was to Mrs. Maggie McCowan. His wife and six children by his second marriage survive as follows: Lucille, Fay, Grady, Tommy, Howell and Harry Hardin. Other survivors are three step-children: Mrs. A. E. Evans, Mrs. Earl Evans and Calvin McCowan: one brother, L. F. Hardin of Buanah and two sisters, Mrs. Frank Decker, of McKinney and Mrs. Lois Ward, of Bazarr, Texas, also survive. The pallbearers were Sam and Charlie Renfro Stokley, Campbell.

Son:

Tom W. Wallace – McKinney Daily Courier-Gazette, 11 Feb 1961, p. 8

Tom W. Wallace, 64, died at his home, 4318 Cole Avenue, Dallas. He is survived by  his wife, three daughters and three sisters, Mrs. Maggie Hardin, Mrs. Bessie Wallace, Mrs. Ola Dawson, all of McKinney and four grandchildren.

Arrangements are pending with Turrentine-Jackson Funeral Directors.

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Tom W. Wallace Dies At Dallas Home [obit source not known -from a family file]

Funeral services were held Sunday in the Turrentine-Jackson Chapel for Tom W. Wallace, 64, who died at his home, 4318 Cole Ave., in Dallas.

Burial was in Forest Grove Cemetery.

Mr. Wallace is survived by  his wife, three daughters and three sisters, Mrs. Maggie Hardin, Mrs. Bessie Wallace, Mrs. Ola Dawson, all of McKinney and four grandchildren.

Third wife of Thomas Watson Wallace:

Velma Grissom Townley Wallace – McKinney Courier-Gazette, 02 Jan 2002, p. 2

Velma Grissom Townley Wallace, 92, of Garland, passed away Jan. 1, 2002. She was born Feb. 13, 1909 to William Andrew and Beulah (Monk) Grissom. In 1928 she married Lloyd A. Townley in McKinney and later married Tom Watson Wallace on Jan. 14, 1939, also in McKinney. She was a member of the Saturn Road Church of Christ in Garland.

She is survived by her daughters, Madrine Gordon of Garland, Barbara Norris and husband Charles of West Tawakoni and Jean Thompson of Garland; brother Bill Grissom of Dallas; sister Jewell Clay of Garland; nine grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husbands, Lloyd A. Townley in 1931 and Tom Watson Wallace in 1961; one brother and two sisters.

Funeral services will be at noon Jan. 3 in the Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Chapel with David Davey officiating. Interment will follow at Pecan Grove Cemetery in McKinney. Visitation will be at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home Jan. 2 from 6-8 p.m.

Daughter:

Millie Ola Dawson – McKinney Courier-Gazette – 12 Dec 1967, p. 5 [Millie Ola Wallis]

Mrs. Dawson passes away in rest home.

Mrs. Millie Ola Dawson, 1306 E. Greenville, died in a rest home Saturday.  Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday in Turrentine-Jackson chapel, Keith Shrum, officiating with burial in Pecan Grove cemetery.

She was a member of the East Christian church, McKinney.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Hugh Hunt of Lubbock; son, Howell R. Samuels of McKinney, [missing] grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and two sisters, Mrs. T. L. Hardin and Mrs. I. D. Wallace, both of McKinney.

Her husband, Sam Dawson, and a son, Charles H. Dawson, preceded her in death.

Daughter:

Mrs. Bessie Lou Wallace – McKinney Daily Courier-Gazette, 17 May 1971, p. 1 [Bessie Lou Wallis]

Mrs. Bessie Lou Wallace

Funeral services will be conducted May 19 in the Turrentine-Jackson Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Bessie Lou Wallace of McKinney, Route 5, who passed away at Collin Memorial Hospital Sunday morning.

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Mrs. I. D. Wallace – McKinney Daily Courier-Gazette, 18 May 1971, p. 5

Services for Mrs. Bessie Lou Wallace, 78, Rt. 5 McKinney, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Turrentine-Jackson chapel, Rev. A. W. Dyer and Rev. C. E. Loftin, officiating. Burial will be at Wilson Chapel with her grandsons serving as pallbearers. She died Sunday in a McKinney hospital.

A native of Collin County she was born Jan. 26, 1893 in Collin County. She was a member of King Memorial Baptist Church. Her husband, the late Rev. I. D. Wallace, was a well-known Baptist minister of the county before his death in 1949.

Two sons and one daughter preceded her in death. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Grady Redden and Mrs. Nathan Carpenter of McKinney and Mrs. Jerry Klemm of Dimmitt, Texas; three sons – G. F. Wallace, McKinney; Roland Wallace, Mesquite; and Rev. Mannon Wallace of Hamilton, Montana; nineteen grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Bessie’s husband:

Isaac D. Wallace – McKinney Daily Courier-Gazette, 31 Jan 1949, p. 6 [Bessie Lou’s cousin]

Funeral Services Held Monday For Isaac D. Wallace

Isaac Duffy Wallace, well known farmer of McKinney route 5, passed away at his home at 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Mr. Wallace, who was born July 1, 1889, in Georgia was 59 years of age at the time of his death.

He was a Baptist minister and had been serving as pastor of the church at Stony Point.

Surviving him are his wife, Mrs. Bessie Wallace, whom he married December 28, 1912: three daughters, Mrs. Mildred Mack of McKinney route 5, Mrs. Gerlene Carpenter of McKinney, Athie Jane Wallace at home; four sons Gerald (Buddy) Wallace of Climax, Judson D. and Mannon Wallace at home and Roland H. Wallace; one brother, O. K. Wallace of Marietta, Ga.; one sister, Mrs. Mattie Johnson of Bolingbroke, Ga.; two half-sisters, Mrs. Ellen Wade of Fort Worth and Mrs. Frances Wilson of Norfolk, Va.; and five grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted at 2 o’clock Monday afternoon at King Memorial Baptist Church here with the Rev. Roy Standley and the Rev. W. S. Milton officiating. Interment followed in Wilson Chapel with deacons of the King Memorial Church acting as pallbearers.

Crouch-Moore Funeral Home of this city was in charge of arrangements.

Grandchildren:

Truett Coleman Wallace – McKinney Weekly Democrat, McKinney, Texas, 07 Sep 1916, p. 5 [s/o Bessie Lou Wallis and Isaac Duffy Wallace]

Death Angel Brings Sadness to McKinney Home

There is sadness in the home of Rev. and Mrs. I. D. Wallace on Standifer street, occasioned by the death of their infant son, Trewitt [sic] Coleman Wallace, which occurred at 8:30 o’clock Friday morning.

The funeral took place Friday afternoon at Wilson’s Chapel, six miles east of the city, the service[s] were conducted by Dr. E. E. king, pastor of the First Baptist Church of this city. Burial followed in Wilson Chapel cemetery.

These papers extend sympathy to the grief-stricken parents, who are bereft of the sunshine of their home.

Miss Bessie Leta Wallace – McKinney Daily Courier-Gazette, 07 Sep 1928, p. 1 [d/o Bessie Lou Wallis and Isaac Duffy Wallace]

Daughter Rev. I. D. Wallace And Wife Dies At Hospital

Miss Bessie Leta Wallace, 14 years, 10 months and 14 days old, died suddenly at the McKinney City hospital at 12:05 o’clock this (Friday) morning following an operation for appendicitis. She was brought to the hospital Thursday for the operation, passing away soon after the operation was performed.

The deceased was a daughter of Rev. I. D. Wallace and wife, of the Fitzhugh Mills community. Rev. Wallace being a well-known Baptist minister of the county. He was recently called as pastor of the King Memorial Baptist church of this city. Besides her parents, the little girl is survived by three brothers and two sisters, Gerald, Dale and Roland, Mildred and a baby sister Lurline.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 o’clock tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon at Wilson Chapel, conducted by Rev. J. Ben Snider of this city. Interment will follow in the cemetery at that place.

The deceased was a sweet little girl, whose death has caused much sadness among a large group of friends, both among the children and grown-ups. She was a member of the King Memorial church and lived a devoted and consecrated life during her brief span of years here.

She attended the Fanny Finch [illegible] Ward school last year. She will be greatly missed, not only by her relatives but by her many friends.

Judson Dale Wallace – McKinney Daily Courier-Gazette, 23 Feb 1966, p. 8 [s/o Bessie Lou Wallis and Isaac Duffy Wallace]

Services For Judson Wallace 2 PM Friday

Funeral Services for Judson Dale Wallace, 45, o f Route 5, McKinney, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in Turrentine-Jackson Chapel, Rev. A. W. Dyer officiating with interment in the Wilson Chapel Cemetery.

He was born in Greenville, May 1, 1920, son of I. D. and Bessie Wallace, and died February 21 in Collin Memorial Hospital.

He was a member of the Friendship Baptist Church and a veteran of World War II.

Survivors are his mother, Mrs. Bessie Wallace, Rt. 5, McKinney; one daughter, Mrs. Cynthia Lessner; three sisters, Mrs. Grady Redden, Mrs. Jerry Klemm, Mrs. Nathan Carpenter, all of McKinney; three brothers, G. T. Wallace,  McKinney, Roland Wallace, Mesquite and Rev. Mannon Wallace, North Dakota.

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J. D. Wallace – McKinney Daily Courier-Gazette, 24 Feb 1966, p. 10 [s/o Bessie Lou Wallis and Isaac Duffy Wallace]

J. D. Wallace’s Funeral Rites Set Friday

Funeral services for Judson Dee [D.] Wallace, 45, of Route 5, McKinney will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in Turrentine-Jackson Chapel, Rev. A. W. Dyer officiating with interment in the Wilson Chapel Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Harry Hardin, Tommy Hardin, Howell Hardin, Grady Hardin, Fay Hardin and Ivan Vell Box.

A native of Greenville, he was born May 1, 1920, son of Rev. I. D. Wallace and Bessie Wallace. He died Feb 21 in Collin Memorial Hospital.

He was a member of the Friendship Baptist Church and was a veteran of World War II.

Survivors are his mother, Mrs. Bessie Wallace, Rt. 5, McKinney; one daughter, Mrs. Cynthia Lessner; three sisters, Mrs. Grady Redden, Mrs. Jerry Klemm, Mrs. Nathan Carpenter, all of McKinney; three brothers, G. F. (Bud) Wallace,  McKinney, Roland Wallace, Mesquite and Rev. Mannon Wallace, North Dakota.

Ola Evans Wallis – The Courier-Gazette McKinney, Texas – 6 Nov 1995, p. 2 [d/o Maggie (Wallace) and Ernest McCown]

Services for Ola Evans Wallis, 90, of McKinney, who died Saturday at her residence, will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Chapel. The Rev. Lonnie Murphy will officiate. Burial will be in Pecan Grove Cemetery.

Mrs. Wallis was born June 2, 1905, in Collin County, the daughter of Ondiss [Ernest?] McCown and Maggie Wallis. She was married to Oscar Evans on Feb. 19, 1921, in McKinney. She was a homemaker and a member of the East Fork Baptist Church and a former member of the King Memorial Baptist Church.

Mrs. Wallis was preceded in death by her first husband, Oscar Evans; her second husband, Bailey Wallis; one daughter, Betty Evans Pearce; two brothers, Calvin McCown and Grady Hardin and one sister, Lucille Peale.

She is survived by one son, Wallace Evans of North Carolina; one sister, Ruth Evans of McKinney; four brothers, Tommy Hardin, Hal Hardin, Fay Hardin and Harry Hardin, all of McKinney; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be 7-8:30 tonight at the funeral home.

Roland Holly Wallace – McKinney Courier-Gazette, McKinney, Texas – 20 Mar 2001, p. 2 [s/ o Bessie Lou (Wallis) and Isaac Duffy Wallace]

Roland “Red” Wallace

Roland “Red” Wallace, 78, of Mesquite passed away March 18, 2001 at Mesquite Community Hospital. He was born on Sep. 21, 1922 to Rev. Isaac Duffey [sic] and Bessie Lou (Wallis) Wallace in McKinney. He married Mary Steele on May 25, 1955 in Lovington, NM. He was an electronics technician for Magnavox and Eclipse Thermal Systems for a number of years and a member of the Shiloh Terrace Baptist Church in Dallas. Mr. Wallace served in the Army Air Corp[s] during WWII where he was a master sergeant and a tail gunner in the European Theater for 50 missions.

He is survived by his wife Mary, of Mesquite; son Wade Wallace and wife Nicole of Arlington; daughters Karen Pritchett and husband, Douglas of Gilmer, Kathy Johnson and husband Rodney of Van and Michelle Miles and husband James of Fort Worth; son Steve Recer of Hughes Springs; daughter Sondra Pickrell of Arlington; 15 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; brothers, Gerald Wallace of McKinney and Dr. Mannon Wallace of Visalia, Calif.; sisters Mildred Redden of Naples, Jane Klemm and Geralene [sic] Carpenter both of McKinney and numerous nieces, nephews and other loving relatives.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Judson Wallace.

Funeral services will be at 12 p.m. Friday, March 23 at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Chapel with Dr. Mannon Wallace officiating. Interment will follow at Wilson Chapel Cemetery. Visitation will be from 7-9 p.m. Thursday, March 22 at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home.

Frances Gerlene Carpenter – McKinney Courier-Gazette, McKinney, Texas – 30 Oct 2003, p. 2 [d/o Bessie Lou (Wallis) and Isaac Duffy Wallace]

Frances Gerlene Carpenter went home to her Lord on Oct. 28, 2003, in Tyler. She fought a valiant fight with cancer for more than four years. She is now free from pain and enjoying her eternal home with Jesus.

Gerlene was born Aug. 29, 1928 in McKinney to Rev. I. D. and Bessie Wallace. She married William Nathan Carpenter on Dec. 14, 1946 and they enjoyed nearly 50 years together before he passed away on Sept. 29, 1996.

Gerlene attended the Bishop school outside of McKinney and graduated from Boyd High School in McKinney in 1845. She worked at Haggar Pants Factory in McKinney. When her boys started college, she decided to join them, earning her Masters degree in 1986. She was a member of Phi Theta kappa and Delta Sigma Pi. She became a teacher, teaching 20 years total, including 14 years for he McKinney ISD.

Gerlene lived out her faith in God in many ways … as a faithful wife, loving mother, and precious friend and loved one to many people. She faithfully taught Sunday school for 40 years. Down to her last hours on earth, her Bible was a constant companion … often reading it when she did not feel like doing anything else. One of the last things she told her pastor in Tyler was to tell the church people that “I still love Jesus!”

She will be greatly missed by her sons Rev. Bill Carpenter and wife, Marsha of Georgetown, Ky.; Jackie Carpenter and wife, Sonia of Tyler; daughter Teresa Daly and husband, David of Leavenworth, Wash.; grandchildren Jennifer True and husband, Sam of Nampa, Idaho; Nathan Carpenter and wife, Devan of Georgetown, Ky.; and Charity and Angela Carpenter of Tyler; great-grandchild Robbie True of Nampa, Idaho; brothers Bud Wallace and Rev. Mannon Wallace; sisters Mildred Redden and Jane Klemm; many nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and fiends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Gerlene [sic]; brothers Truett Wallace, Dee Wallace and Roland Wallace and sister Leta Wallace.

Visitation with the family will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, at Heritage Funeral Home in Whitehouse, which is near Tyler.

A subsequent visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, in the Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Chapel. Interment will follow at Wilson Chapel Cemetery in McKinney.

Memorials may be made t the Bible Missionary Church, 22 Barbara Dr., Whitehouse, Texas 7579

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Cemeteries of Collin County, TX, by Joy Gough & Ned Hoover, 1995

Fitzhugh Cemetery is southeast of McKinney in Lucas. Take US Hwy 75 south from McKinney to Stacy Road, FM 2786. Go East on FM 2786 about 3 miles to FM 1378 south (Country Club Road). Go south on FM 1378 about 1 mile. The cemetery is on the east side the road behind the Forest Grove Christian Church and near the junction with C 265, Forest Grove Road.

Pecan Grove Memorial Park is in southeast McKinney. In McKinney, go south on SH 5 (McDonald Street) to Industrial Blvd. (FM 546). The cemetery is on the southeast corner.

Wilson Chapel Cemetery is southeast of McKinney in Lowry Crossing. Go east from McKinney on FM 546 (Industrial Blvd./Eldorado Parkway) about 5 miles, then turn north onto Bridgefarmer Road. The cemetery road is about 0.25 miles on the east side of the road.  The chapel and cemetery are on a hill.

See also: http://www.cemeteries-of-tx.com/Etx/Collin/ListCollin.html

 

Richard L. Green (1800-abt 1883) Rutherford County, North Carolina, Cass [now Bartow] and Dawson Counties, Georgia – Discoveries in War of 1812 Pension Files

Richard L. Green was born about 1800, probably in South Carolina, based on U.S. census records for Cass and Dawson Counties, Georgia, beginning in 1850.1 I think he belongs to my family but have not yet found a defining document. One of my favorite sources is the War of 1812 Pension Files, available free of charge at Fold3.com. The project funding is complete, but the digitizing is not. The files available at Fold3.com as of 20 November 2016 appear to end with the surname Moore. There is an index to the pension files at Ancestry.com, but any files not yet digitized are only available from the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, D.C., for a fee.

If your ancestor was alive during the conflict (1812-1815) and still living when laws granting pensions were enacted (1871 and 1878), you may find him mentioned even though he was too young to serve, or didn’t serve for some other reason. That is because pension applicants often called on neighbors to support a claim of service. A widow similarly called on them to support her claim of marriage to the veteran, which had to be proved for her to receive her late husband’s pension. Similar information may occur in bounty land applications. The laws allowing these land grants were enacted as early as 1812 and as late as 1855. Check the FamilySearch.com WiKi for more information on them.

I performed a general search for the name “Richard L. Green” on Fold3.com and received only one result, but it was exactly what I needed to show that my research subject was very likely the same man selling land in Rutherford County in 18312 as the man found in 1850 in Cass [now Bartow] County, Georgia, with a probable brother who is my documented ancestor (Edwin Harmon Green). Richard’s 1872 affidavit,3 made on behalf of Elizabeth Cantrell, widow of Jacob Cantrell, is transcribed below with minor spelling and punctuation edits. Richard’s wife, Rebecca, also made an affidavit, confirming that this is the couple I’m researching. Additionally, the second deponent in the 1872 affidavit was Thomas L. Green who resided in Dawson County, near Richard. I believe the two men were brothers.

There are discrepancies between Richard’s testimony and census records for Richard’s family: 1) Richard L. Green and his family were definitely in Cass/Bartow County in 1850 as opposed to Dawson (formed 1857 from Lumpkin and Gilmer) His location is not known for the 1840 U.S. census. 2) Census records for 1850 through 1880 consistently show his birth place as South Carolina, not North Carolina. 3) The birth place of two of Richard’s children (born 1837 and 1839) is indicated in 1850 as South Carolina, but in later census records varied between North Carolina and Georgia.

State of Georgia

County of Dawson}         On this the 12th day of June AD 1872 Personally appeared before me Daniel Fowler, Judge and ex officio Clerk of the Court of Ordinary in and for said County — Richard L. Green aged 72 years & Thomas L. Green aged sixty-three years both residents of the County of Dawson, State of Georgia, to me well known to be respectable and entitled to credit who being duly sworn according to Law state that they have been personally acquainted with Elizabeth Cantrell widow of Jacob Cantrell from the time of Deponent’s earliest recollection and was also well acquainted with Jacob Cantrell her late  husband — a soldier of the War of 1812 also from his earliest recollection. That deponents and the said Elizabeth and Jacob Cantrell all resided in the same neighborhood in Rutherford County — State of North Carolina where the deponents were born and raised until the year of 1840 when they removed to Lumpkin now Dawson County, Georgia. And soon after the year of 1840 said Jacob and Elizabeth Cantrell also removed to Georgia in the same County — that deponents have & now resided ever since. Deponents having known them all the time and deponents know that said Jacob Cantrell and Elizabeth Cantrell of Pickens County, Georgia, who is an applicant for pension — always lived together as man and wife — or, as husband and wife — Richard L. Green, one of the deponents, knew them to live together as husband and wife from the year of 1812 and Thomas L. Green the other deponent knows that they were living together as man and wife as far back as deponent can recollect which he thinks was in the year of 1818 and has said Jacob Cantrell and Elizabeth Cantrell was always thereafter living together as husband and wife and that they were so reputed and believed to be such by all their acquaintances and the fact of their marriage was never doubted or called in question by any of their acquaintances. That deponents are no relation to the claimant and has no interest in her claim. [Several illegible words] is Dawsonville, Georgia.

Attest:

Ausborn ?I/J? Taylor                                                       Richard L. Green [by his mark]

?John C? Jones                                                                 Thomas L. Green [by his mark]

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Notes:
  1. 1850 U.S. census, Cass [now Bartow] County, Georgia, population schedule, 12th Division, p. 188 (stamped), dwelling 1246, Richard L. Green; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : accessed 22 March 2015); citing National Archives microfilm publication M432.
          1860 U.S. census, Dawson County, Georgia, population schedule, Gilmer District, Dawsonville Post Office, p. 34 (penned), dwelling 264, Richard L. Green; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : accessed 15 April 2015); citing National Archives microfilm publication M653.
       1870 U.S. census, Dawson County, Georgia, population schedule, Purdy’s District, Dawsonville Post Office, p. 47 (penned), dwelling 337, Richard Green; digital image, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 15 April 2015); citing NARA microfilm M593.
       1880 U.S. census, Dawson County, Georgia, population schedule, Yellow Creek District, GMD 989, enumeration district (ED) 42, p. 28 (penned), dwelling 242, R. L. Green; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : accessed 15 April 2015); citing NARA microform publication T9.
  1. Rutherford County, North Carolina, Deed Book, 41, p. 116-117, Richard L. Green to Wm. Cutler & Wm. A Graham, 27 April 1831; Rutherford County Register’s Office, Rutherfordton.
  2. Jacob Cantrell widow’s pension file no. 5450, 1872; War of 1812, Department of Veterans Affairs, RG 15, 1773-1985; National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.; digital images accessed 19 November 2016 at Fold3.com/War of 1812/War of 1812 Pension Files/North Carolina/C/Cantrell, Jacob

King David Hall (1833-1854) & His Family: Entries from Foster-Rice Bible

Here is a transcription from the Bible belonging to Henrietta Elizabeth Hall, who married first William T. Foster and then (after being widowed) Henry Rice. Henrietta was a daughter of King David Hall (1833-1854) and Joanna Wilmyth Hamby (1831-1892). For most of his life, King David Hall lived in Pickens County, Georgia. He was the son of David Hall (ca. 1801-1880) and Delilah (ca. 1808-after 1880).

This transcription is the work of James Hallbert Boling, grandson of Henrietta Elizabeth (Hall) Foster Rice. The transcription and images of Bible pages (see Family Bibles tab) containing names other than most of the transcribed names (below) are provided courtesy Valerie Vesper, a descendant of King David Hall. Valerie can be reached via a comment to this post.

Henrietta Hall Foster Rice Bible transcription

1936 Mount Dora, Florida, High School Play “New Fires”

This photo belonged to Lurlene Rosalie Greene (1916-1999), daughter of Luther Cleveland Greene and Lola Blanche (Hall) Greene.

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Mount Dora High School 1936 Senior Class Play “New Fires”
Left to Right:Mary Norton – Lucinda; Bobby Widmer – Jerry; Lurlene Greene – Mary;  Mortimer McCown – Billy; Mary Agnes Harding – Phyllis; Katherine Killian – Anne; William Stewart – Stephen; Flora J. Morley – Olive; Lee French – Dr. Grey; Helyne Ray – Eve; Buck Sadler – Dick; Coralie Cooper – Suzanne; Willie Kate Grantham – Mrs. Marshall; Doris Gray – Mrs. Sperry; Arthur Haskins – Sid
Full names for some class members were obtained from their signatures on the back of the photo.

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Matthew McCreary of South Carolina, a reluctant loyalist

Matthew McCreary/McCrary, son of the Patriot Thomas McCreary, is mentioned on pages 394 and 398 of The Legacy of Father James H. Saye 1808-1892 · A Presbyterian Divine · A Collection of His Historical and Genealogical Treasures of South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia by Robert J. Stevens, Sr.

Chapter Seventeen, “The Interviews: The Major Thomas Young Narrative Taken by Father Saye – Revolutionary Reminiscences Related by Major Thomas Young of Union District, S. C., March 27, 1843,” pp. 393-399.

The following relates to Matthew McCreary’s presence at the Battle of Kings Mountain and is taken entirely from page 394 and Note 6 on page 398.

Matthew McCreary’s Patriot father, Thomas, was imprisoned on Edisto Island near Charleston, S.C. Fearful that Matthew would be hung if captured, his mother (Leticia Brandon McCreary) convinced him to join Col. Patrick Ferguson’s troops.

Major Thomas Young and his men were on the slopes of King’s Mountain, pushing toward the Tories when he encountered Matthew McCreary, his cousin, as they reached the top of the hill. Major Young told him to get a gun and fight. Matthew replied that he could not. Young freed himself from Matthew’s grip and moved on.

A detailed account of days prior to and after King’s Mountain are provided by Major Young in a lengthy interview covering his experiences during the Revolutionary War. At the time of the interview (1843), Major Young stated that the family of Thomas McCreary had lived in what was then Laurens County, South Carolina.

Thomas McCreary’s will of 9 January 1790 is mentioned on page 398 and names his wife and children. The list does not include my ancestor, Andrew McCreary; however, the actual will does name him.1

 1. Ancestry.com, “Thomas McCrary in the South Carolina Wills and Probate Records, 1670-1980,” Laurens County, South Carolina, Index and Will, Vol. 1, Books A, C1, D1, 1766-1825. Accessed 28 March 2016.