Eliza Jane (Rainey) Wallace Gregory (1862-1911), Georgia, Alabama, Texas

Eliza’s father was William Rainey (dates unknown). Who was her mother?

Eliza Jane (Rainey) Wallace Gregory (1862-1911)

Eliza Jane (Rainey) Wallace Gregory (1862-1911)

Eliza was born in Alabama on 17 March 1862, according to her Texas death certificate. Her father’s last name was given as “Raney” by one of her daughters who supplied the information for the death record. The unnamed daughter did not know the first name of Eliza’s father or the name of her mother.

Eliza's Permission to Marry Toliver W Wallace

Eliza’s Permission to Marry Toliver W Wallace

Eliza has not been found on the 1870 U.S. census. The only clue to the name of her father is found in the marriage records of Marshall County, Alabama. Eliza married Toliver Watson Wallace at the home of “Mr. Rainy” in Marshall County on 18 April 1878. A note in the file states that William Rainey authorized William L. Wallace (Toliver’s brother) to assure the court that his 16-year-old daughter, Eliza, had permission to marry. The most interesting aspect of this permission is that the wife of William L. Wallace was Angeline Rainey. Angeline’s parents were William and Dwimity (Cormer) Rainey. Census records for William and Dwimity do not list a child named Eliza. Also, a 1920 U.S. census record for Angeline gives her name as Elizabeth. It would be unusual, but not impossible, for parents to name one daughter Elizabeth and another Eliza, a common nickname for Elizabeth. So, it should not be concluded that Eliza and Angeline were sisters. Perhaps they were cousins, or not related at all.

The first child of Eliza and Toliver was born in Cherokee County, Alabama, in 1879. By 1880 the family was back in Marietta, Cobb County, Georgia. Toliver’s parents and most, if not all, his siblings migrated to Marietta from Rutherford County, North Carolina, in 1866. His uncle, H. B. “Bird” Wallace, had moved to Marietta in the mid-1840s and established a thriving construction business.

Toliver’s brother, William L. Wallace, settled with Angeline in Cherokee County, Alabama, where they raised a family and later died. Angeline’s parents also settled there. After Toliver died in Cobb County in 1896, several items in The Marietta Journal noted that Eliza had traveled to Alabama to visit her parents. Unfortunately, no city or county was mentioned.

Can you shed any light on Eliza’s parentage? I’m happy to share the information I have and can provide source citations for any or all of the facts mentioned above. Please contact me through the comment section on this page.


Robert Lee Wallace (b. ca. 1867), Georgia and Arkansas / son of Harbird B. “Bird” Wallace

Robert’s parents, Harbird B. “Bird” Wallace (1813-1892) and Martha Johnson (1830-1907), were married in Rutherford County, North Carolina, about 20 October 1845 (marriage bond date). Bird Wallace was a stone mason and owned a contracting business in Marietta, Cobb County, Georgia, where he had settled in the 1840s. He was the first of his family to leave Rutherford County. His parents and siblings followed him south and initially settled in Cobb Cournty and adjacent Fulton County.

Wallace-McGaughy Marriage Record

Wallace-McGaughy Marriage Record

Robert Lee “Bob” Wallace, the subject of this post, was the tenth of eleven known children of Bird and Martha. He left Cobb County after the death of his father in 1892. On 31 June 1901, he married Emily Elvira “Ella” (Jordan) McGaughy in Union County, Arkansas. Ella’s first husband was Eugene Horatio McGaughy. They married in Ouchita County, Arkansas, on 08 November 1893. They had four known children: Connie, Jordan, Theron, and Hettie. The Marietta (Georgia) Journal reported several visits by Robert. In July 1901 (probably their wedding trip) and again in December, he and Ella visited family in Marietta. Robert visited Marietta again in December 1902 and took his mother with him when he returned to Arkansas. Another visit occurred in August 1906. His mother had returned to Georgia by 1905 and lived in Atlanta where, according to her 10 November 1907 death notice in the Atlanta Constitution, she died at the home of a daughter, Olie (Mrs. J. P. Moore) on November 9. She was buried in Marietta City Cemetery in the H. B. Wallace plot; sadly, there is no marker.

At the time of the 1910 census, Robert and Ella lived in Amity in Clark County, Arkansas. They had a 3-year-old daughter named Lou Ella. The four McGaughy children lived with them. Robert was a brick mason and was employed building homes.

Robert died between 1913 (living, according to the 1913 obituary of his sister, Olie) and 1920 when Ella, widowed, is found on the census in Hot Spring Township, Garland County, Arkansas, with son Theron and daughter Hettie McGaughy. Ella died there in 1939 and is buried in Greenwood Cemetery.

Hot Springs New Era, Thursday afternoon, December 21, 1939, page 10

“Mrs. Ella Wallace, 72, a resident of Hot Springs for the past 24 years, died at a local hospital early this morning after a lengthy illness. For the past several years she had made her home with her daughter, Mrs. A. J. Athanas, 115 Henderson Avenue.

Mrs. Wallace is survived by three daughters: Mrs. Athanus, Mrs. Charles Montgomery of Carlsbad, N. M., and Mrs. Gladys Dickie, Dallas, Texas; one son, Jordan McClauhy [McGaughy], of Dallas; two sisters, Mrs. Bob Hudson, Norphlet, Ark., and Mrs. Luther Bales, Camden; and three grandchildren. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by the Gross Mortuary.”

Where and when did Robert die? I’m hoping that one of my readers will know the answer to that question. If you can help, please leave a comment at the bottom of this page and I’ll answer. I’m happy to share the information I have on this family. Source citations to any or all of the above statements can be provided.

Velmor Floyd Green (1897-1984) and Ellen Collins (1898-1970) of Alabama

Green-Collins Marriage St. Clair County, Alabama. Book 1, page 173

Green-Collins Marriage St. Clair County, Alabama. Book 1, page 173

Is Floyd is the son of William Roland Green (1852-1935) and Amanda Elizabeth Underwood (1855-1931)? William and Amanda were married in 1872 in Bartow County, Georgia. They moved to Alabama between 1870 and 1880 and died in Pell City, St. Clair County, Alabama. They are buried in the old Pell City Cemetery. In the 1910 U.S. census for Eden, St. Clair County, Alabama, William and Manda Green have a 12-year-old son named Floyd [enumerated as Flard]. This family hasn’t been found in the 1900 or 1920 census so the available information on Floyd is thin right now. Research in Blount County (Floyd’s place of birth per his World War I draft registration) and in St. Clair County, where it appears he died, is planned. In the 1880 U.S. census William and Amanda were living in Blount County, Alabama, so that fits with Floyd’s claimed birth place.Velmor Floyd Green married Miss Ellen Collins in Calhoun County, Alabama, on 21 February 1915 (Marriage Book 1, p. 173). Calhoun County is adjacent to the northeast portion of St. Clair County. Ellen was named as the wife of “Felmer” Floyd Green on the 1918 World War I draft registration form filed in St. Clair County. Floyd signed his name on the form, but the first name is truncated (see image). The only clue that Floyd might be the son of William is that he gave Bartow County, Georgia, as the birth place of his father. William Roland Green was almost certainly born there since his parents, Edwin and Nancy Green, were living there in 1850 – while it was still called Cass County.

Floyd’s draft registration form describes him as tall and slender with light hair and blue eyes. These physical characteristics are similar to close kin of William Roland Green, Floyd’s possible father.

Green, Floyd_WWI Draft Reg_1 WWI Draft Reg_2

If anyone has information on this family that will help me determine if Floyd is or is not the son of William and Amanda Green, I would greatly appreciate hearing from you. Just leave a comment on this page and I’ll respond. I’m happy to share what I’ve found on these Green families.

My Most Used Research Facilities (Florida, Georgia, North Carolina)

Mostly, these are facilities I’ve used frequently for my personal research. I will update this post from time to time  as I find exceptional ones. I haven’t included County Court Houses, although I have used them extensively. Their policies change frequently, so call before you go. Remember that county employees are there to serve the citizens of the county, not genealogists. Be respectful and courteous and DO NOT tell them your family history. They don’t have time to listen and probably would not be interested.


The City of Jacksonville‘s Main Library on Laura Street has an extensive genealogical collection, but you would never suspect it from looking at their website http://jpl.coj.net/lib/branches/main.html . Thanks to a knowledgeable staffer, I found a long-sought record. It’s a lovely place in a beautiful building – no vagrants on the genealogy floor during any of my visits.

Tampa‘s John F. Germany Public Library on Ashley Drive http://www.hcplc.org/hcplc/locations/jfg/  has a wonderful library collection. The facilities include state-of-the art computer-scanners that produce excellent images from microfilm and can be saved to a USB drive. Other research locations have similar equipment, but those here are the best I’ve ever used. The staff is knowledgeable and helpful. It’s bright, airy and clean – no vagrants during any of  my visits.

Orlando has a large genealogical collection on the fourth floor of its downtown library http://www.ocls.info/. Researching there is uncomfortable due to the vagrants who hang out in the research area, drawn by the collection of current newspapers and periodicals and abundant seating. Why the library is unwilling to find another location for the periodicals is incomprehensible.  There is a small cafe in the lobby when you need a break. The parking fees in the City of Orlando are exhorbitant at $2 per hour. Street parking is free on Sundays and the library is open on Sunday afternoon. It could be a great place, but it isn’t because of these factors.

The Orange County  Regional History Museum in Orlando <www.thehistorycenter.org > has created a very useful finding aid for their closed stacks collection. The link to list is on their website: http://thehistorycenter.org/research or http://thehistorycenter.org/sites/default/files/page/OCRHC_Genealogy_Resources.pdf.

The Family Search Center at 45 East Par Street in Orlando  is staffed by knowledgeable volunteers eager to help new and experienced researchers. A number of subscription websites, such as Fold3.com and Ancestry.com can be accessed free of charge on their computers. They have a good library of printed and microform material. If you live in the area, be sure to visit. Call ahead to confirm dates and times the Center is open (407-895-4832) or email at  fl_orlando@ldsmail.net .   http://www.familysearch.org/learn/wiki/en/Orlando_Florida_Family_History_Center


Bartow County has two excellent facilities in which to research and both are staffed with knowledgeable and helpful employees/volunteers. Both are in Cartersville: Bartow County History Museum Archives <http://bartowhistorymuseum.org/research/> and the Etowah Valley Historical Society Library http://evhsonline.org/ . Their records go back to the county’s early years and many are not availble elsewhere.

Bibb County has the Washington Memorial Library. Its Genealogical and Historical Room  is amazing <http://www.co.bibb.ga.us/library/GH.htm>. The extent and depth of its collection will keep you coming back. The staff were very busy during my visits, but were eager to help. I’ve since had excellent response when copies of specific records were requested by mail. Their charges are very reasonable.

Cobb County, has an excellent “Georgia Room” in the Marietta Library http://www.cobbcat.org/GaRm-1.html . On all my visits, the room was short staffed, but the few there were friendly and helpful when your turn came. Response time to requests for specific record copies by mail was very good from about 2006-2010, then became very slow – up to six months. I finally gave up. It may be better now.

Gwinnett County  has the library of the Gwinnett County Historical Society in Lawrenceville <http://www.gwinnetths.org/> . This is another excellent research facility with an extensive collection of books and old records. The staff was very helpful during my one visit. I look forward to doing further research there.

The Georgia State Archives in Morrow, Clayton County, Georgia, is a great place to research http://www.sos.ga.gov/archives/. After almost closing, the State of Georgia University System has taken over and the legislature has increased funding so that the facility is open Wednesday through Saturday as of this date (07 April 2014). Their excellent online resource “Virtual Vault” http://cdm.sos.state.ga.us:8888/ has a lot of  material, including tax digests, death certificates, and confederate pension applications. There is also a wonderful collection of historic photographs.

North Carolina

Rutherford County is the home of the Genealogical Society of Old Tryon County, which has an outstanding library in Forest City. <http://www.visitnc.com/listings/view/33080 >. Unfortunately, they don’t have much of an online presence, but Alice Bradley and her staff are knowledgeable and helpful when you call or visit. They also respond quickly to requests for specific record copies and have researchers on staff and/or volunteers who can be hired for reasonable rates. The library’s holdings concentrate on the current counties that formerly made up the now defunct “Tryon County,” but they also have information for other North Carolina counties and southern states.  Also, see <http://www.ncgenweb.us/tryon/> for details on the Revolutionary War-era Tryon County.

Confederate Widow’s Pension Application of Mary L. (Roberts) Anderson (1815-1906), Georgia

Mary L. (Roberts) Anderson was the mother of my ancestor, Jesse P. Fernando Anderson. Jesse married Mary Ann Queen, daughter of Henson and Nancy York Queen in Clay County, North Carolina.  Mary, her husband John, their children and their spouses moved to Bartow County, Georgia, in 1889. Mary and John spent the remainder of their lives there and are buried in Cass Cemetery, Cassville (near Cartersville).

On March 18, 1901, in Bartow County, Georgia, Mrs. M. L. Anderson applied for a widow’s pension on the service of her husband in the War of Southern Independence (1861-1865). Filed under the Act of General Assembly [of Georgia] for Pension allowed to Indigent Widows of Confederate Soldiers, passed in 1900. A copy of this pension can be seen at the Georgia Archives Virtual Vault website: http://cdm.sos.state.ga.us:8888/cdm4/document.php?CISOROOT=/pension&CISOPTR=51246&REC=2

Information contained in the application includes the following.

01)  Residence:   Cassville, Bartow County, Georgia;

02)  How long in this state: since January 1889;

03)  Birth place and date: March 1st 1815 in North Carolina;

04)  Full name of  husband, date and place of birth, date and place of marriage: John Anderson, March 1st 1816, N.C.; married 1st September 1836, Cherokee County, Georgia. [She may have meant Cherokee County, North Carolina, which was formed in 1839, from Macon County. Many county boundary changes occurred and the actual county of marriage is yet to be determined. There is no record of the marriage in the Cherokee County, Georgia, online database < http://www.cherokeega.com/applications/MarriageDatabase/marriage_search.cfm >. This database includes all marriages recorded in the county since its formation, according to the office of the Probate Court Clerk.]

05)  Enlistment date and place of husband: June 1861, Macon County, N.C. [Company K] 1st Cavalry Regiment North Carolina Volunteers;

06)  Length of service: eleven months, discharged May 10, 1862;

07)    Date and place of death of husband: August 22nd 1897 [1898 and 1899 also given in application; grave stone shows 1899], Bartow County, Ga.

08)  Grounds for pension: old age and poverty;

09) Length of time in this condition: many years, now 86 years old;

10)  Property owned and income: none;

11)  Support since death of husband: by children; and,

12)  Previous pensions: none.

Mary Anderson’s pension was granted and she filed her application annually as required by law: 1901-1902 in Bartow County and 1903-1906 in Gordon County, Georgia. She died 08 May 1906.

Soldier’s Discharge

“Know Ye, that John Anderson, Private of Captain T P Siler’s Company, Ninth (1st) Cavalry Regiment of N. C. Volunteers, who was enlisted the twenty fifth day of June one thousand eight hundred and sixty one, to serve for the War is hereby [illegible word] discharged from the Army of the Confederate States.

Said John Anderson was born in Bumcombe County in the State of North Carolina, is forty seven years of age, six feet one inches high, light complexion, grey eyes, light hair, and by occupation when enlisted, a Farmer.

Given at Camp Mars N.C. this Tenth day of May 1862.

[signed] J. B. Gordon”

John Anderson Discharge Certificate

John Lewis (1790-1880) son of Peter Tilman Lewis (1750-1829)

John Lewis SketchI am descended from John Lewis, an obscure son of Peter Tilman Lewis. John Lewis was born in Rockingham County, North Carolina, and died in Cobb County, Georgia. Others speculated on the possibility that this John Lewis, born 1790, was a son of Peter. Only circumstantial evidence existed until this hand-written document was found in a trunk that had belonged to Lucia A. Matilda Lewis, a daughter of John Lewis. The trunk has been passed down through the family and is believed to have been hand-crafted by John Lewis.  Click on the images to enlarge them.

Trunk belonging to Matilda (Lewis) Story Lyle

Trunk belonging to Matilda (Lewis) Story Lyle

Transcription and Interpretation by Blanche M. Wallace

Transcription  – [ ] words inside square brackets were added by transcriber:

Lebie/Zebie, Dave, Thomas, Christian all in [War] of 1812

John Lewis born Rockingham Co. North Carolina. His father Peter Tilman Lewis born in England his wife Annie Strator daughter of Conrad Strator moved when 6 years old to Ga somewhere around Griffin Later moved to Paulding Co. Then to Cobb Born 1790 – 1880 first wife named Martin Chrishton [Christian?], Tellman, Elija, Seaborn One daughter Susan married a Jackson who died in Civil War


Lebie/Zebie, Dave, Thomas and Christian were brothers of John Lewis. Annie Strator is Katherine Strader (see “First Families of Henry County, Georgia”). John Lewis’s first wife’s maiden name was Martin. The children of John Lewis and [Susanna] Martin were Christian, Tellman, Elija, Seaborn and Susan. Susan married a man named [Henry Martin] Jackson who died in the Civil War. This interpretation is based on census records, tax records and Lewis Family information found in “First Families of Henry County, Georgia”.