.
Isom Gwin and
Mary Burdine Wilson

and their two daughters

Mary Jane Gwin who married William J. Smith

and

Martha Rosanna "Mattie" Gwin who married first
Madison "Matt" Holley
and second Bryant Brown Lester

.



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The reformatting of the name font and census data for this page has been completed. --John M. Gwin, Aug 2011



Sources:
1.  From my (John Gwin's) Uncle James' collection (James Bassett Gwin II), p.30B.

2.  Notes in [[double brackets]] are from Mrs. Barbara A. Smith (nee Underhill)'s USPS mailings of 25 Jul 2000, below, where she quotes her late husband and my double-fourth cousin Roy Lester Smith.

3.  Most of the rest is from double-fourth cousin Barbara Ward who owns the marvelous old photo album with some 75 family photos in it.

4.  Now I have info on Robert Isom Smith (and his descendants) from Bud Norris and Merry Ann Brown (forwarded to me by Barbara Ward) as well as from the 1880 census.

5.  The person at this address, drjudy@westal.net, did a walk-through of the Mars Hill Cemetery near Marion, Perry Co., AL, and recorded the findings at http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Hills/9365/marshill.html.  I have gratefully copied much of the information below from this source.

6.  Double-fourth cousin Bud Lester and his son Brian have shared volumes on their line through emails and Facebook photos.

7.  Data has been taken from sevaral Findagrave.com memorials posted variously by Sarah M, Cat, Ruth M. Brown, Tim Hawkins, and T. B. Willis; thanks very much to all these friends and family!

8.  I've met several cousins online at ther Facebook pages, not the least of whom is my

9.  But the find of the decade has been Isom's gravestone, located July 2004, at Martins' Station, AL.


Here's how I, John M. Gwin, am
related to all these dear folks!


.
 
Isom's line:
Mary's line:
21.00--Richard Gwin;  allegedly lived near Jamestown, Virginia, said to be of Scotch Irish descent; m. Sarah Chesley; one known son: Isham/Isom.
21.00--unknown

22.00--Isham Gwin m. Mary Canterbury;

[In July 2003 I traveled to east Tennessee to find out where Isham lived--and found it!  For the details of that trip and those discoveries, please click on Isham's link.]

22.00--unknown
23.04--John Gwin (middle name unk.; no photo available)--b. 7 Nov 1792 (from his gravestone--see photo) in TN (then NC--per his report to the 1850, 1860, and 1870 AL Census takers of Dallas Co.--possibly in Crowson's Cove on Walden's Creek in Sevier Co.); d. 7 Mar 1877 at Wilsonville, AL;  m. 8 Apr 1812 (age 19.5) in Blount Co., TN, by Joseph Walker (Jane's brother, and Justice of the Peace) to Jane "Jennie" Walker (right), (b. ca. 1794; d. at Cahaba after 16 Feb 1864* and before 1870 census; bd. at New Cem., Cahaba, Dallas Co., AL, beside her dau. Louisa A. Gwin McKnight (see note "I" below); d.o. Thomas Walker, Sr., and Elizabeth Magill, both of Virginia); nine children; in 1860 Dallas Co., AL, Census, John, 68, and Jane, 66, were living in the home of W. G. Grice, 32, a carpenter b. in SC, and his wife, Eliza Grice, 20, b. in AL, along with J. W. Roark, 15, and Elizabeth Comelander, 15 (two of John's and Jane's grandchildren, Walter being Daughter Mary's son and Elizabeth being Daughter Martha's daughter).
*[Dallas Co., AL, Book _, p. 740, records a deed from John and Jane Gwin where they sell on 16 Feb 1864 to Conrad Hilderbrandt the east half of Lot #7 in the town of Cahaba, thus proving that Jane Gwin was alive on that day.

23.00--Nathaniel Burdine Wilson, b. 11 Jul 1795 (according to Uncle James' notes) in SC (according to I. G. Wilson in 1880 Census and N. B. himself, first in the 16 Nov 1850 census of Pence's Beat, Dallas Co., where NBW, 58, was living with wife Jane, 56, also of SC, and four Alabama-born sons--W.B., 22; James W., 17; NM, 13; and I.G., 9--and claimed property valued at $2040; and second in the 6 Jul 1860 census of Belvue P.O., Pence Beat, Dallas Co., AL, where N.B. claimed real property valued at $6400 and personal assets of $5000 and was living in residence 311 with Griffin Wilson, age 18, b. in AL, and N.W. Wilson, age 10 (sic?), b. in AL, which residence was next door to residence 310 where E.M. Wilson age 34, was living with his family [see 2.5 below]);  d. 31 May 1874 at home of son Dr. Isham Griffin Wilson after a five-year illness, leaving "no widow," according to a petition filed 19 Mar 1875 (file #65, Dallas Co. Court House);  NBW's will probated Nov. 1875;  m1. 4 Jan 1816 (according to Uncle James' notes) to Jane Jones; 11 children;  m2. on unk. date to Mary J. Rasco (nee unk.), widow of the late John A. Rasco, according to a deed recorded 5 Jan 1866;

24.01--Isom Gwin, b. 17 Mar 1817 in AL territory (age 33 in 16 Nov, 1850 census of Pences or Athens Bt., Dallas Co., AL); d. 7 Dec 1853 (from his obituary) or 17 Dec 1853 (from his gravestone) at age 36; served Dallas Co. for several years as Justice of the Peace; bd. Azion Bapt. Ch. Cem., Martin, Dallas Co., AL--Find A Grave Memorial# 49577345


from road on right side of cemetery [Edit Plot]
 
Edit Virtual Cemetery info [?]
 
Created by: John Gwin
Record added: Mar 12, 2010 
m. 1837 to Mary Burdine Wilson (9 Nov 1816 - 12 Jan 1877); two ch.;

24.01--Mary Burdine Wilson, b. 29 Nov 1816 (but her gravestone is reported to give her age at death as "60 years, 2 months, 3 days," which would make her DOB 9 Nov 1816); d. 12 Jan 1877 according to her gravestone; bd. Mars Hill Cem., near Marion, Perry Co., AL;

m1. Isom Gwin (17 Mar 1817 - 17 Dec 1853); two children;

m2. 1859 (taken from Appeal from Probate Court, Dallas Co., Bk. 30, part one, page 187) to Rev. John Steadman; (d. 1862, taken from same Appeal
SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF
I S O M   G W I N,
BORN MARCH 17TH 1817, AND DIED
DECEMBER 17TH 1853 IN HOPES OF
A GLORIOUS IMMORTALITY.            

THE DECEASED WAS A NATIVE OF THIS
STATE AND WAS RAISED FROM AN
INFANT IN THIS COUNTY.             
IN 1837 HE MARRIED MISS MARY B. WILSON;
HE BECAME RELIGIOUS IN 1840, AND     
UNITED WITH THE PROTESTANT METHODIST
CHURCH OF WHICH HE LIVED A MEMBER   
TILL HIS DEATH.                         
IN HIS DEATH HIS BEREAVED WIFE,
MOURNS THE LOSS OF A KIND AND
AFFECTIONATE HUSBAND, HIS TWO
CHILDREN THE LOSS OF A TENDER
AND LOVING FATHER, HIS PARENTS
A DUTIFUL AND BELOVED SON,
HIS BROTHERS AND SISTERS A
LOVING AND BELOVED BROTHER.

Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord.
Rev.                    
ALLEN                                    

In July 2004 in the cemetery in the woods across the road from Azion Baptist Church (also across the road from where St. Luke's Church was at the time and had been for years), Martin's Station, Dallas Co., AL, I found and uncovered his fallen and buried tombstone, which reads:


       

After Isom died in 1853, Mary waited about six years, then married her also-recently-widowed pastor, John Steadman, and moved to Cahawba, where he died in 1862. As late as 1870 she and her father, N. B. Wilson, were living with her daughter  Mary Jane Smith and MJ's husband, William Smith.  But when Mary Jane got sick and died the next year, her brother, Dr. Isham G. Wilson, took over the care of their father, Mary B. moved to Marion in Perry Co., to live near or with her other daughter, Martha, where Mary died and is buried. I'm not sure where Rev. Steadman is buried; it's possibly in a now-unmarked grave at Cahawba's New Cemetery (but don't quote me on that).

In July 2006, I got to visit the Mars Hill Cemetery and photograph her stone, which reads:

Mary B. Steadman
Died
Jan. 12, 1877
Age
60 Yrs., 2 Mos., 3 D.



    Obituary from the Dallas Gazette, Dec. 23, 1853:
-- DIED --
At his residence, sixteen miles from Cahaba, on Wednesday, the 7th inst., ISOM GWIN, Esq., in the 37th year of his age.
    The deceased was one of the most valuable  and  esteemed  citizens of this county; and by his upright conduct   endeared  himself   to  all  his acquaintances. He was, at the time of his death,  and for thirteen years prior to this sad event, a member of the Protestant Methodist Church.
    Before his death, he gave the brightest assurances of his future reward in heaven.  His last words, when friends and relatives were gathered round his dying pillow, were "Hallelujah! Heaven's already in view!" 
    He leaves a wife and two children to mourn the loss  of a kind husband and affectionate father.
No obituary for Mary B. has been found yet.

MBWG m2. John Steadman (1801-1862), Methodist minister


And now meet Isom's and Mary's two daughters, Mary and Martha, and their families:

25.01--Mary Jane Gwin, b. 31 Oct 1838; d. 17 Jul 1871; bd. in the cemetery of the old Cahaba St. Luke's Episcopal church, Martin's Station, Dallas Co., AL (see photos); m. 22 Dec 1853 (Roy Smith says 23 Dec 1853) at age fifteen (and fifteen days after the death of her daddy!) to William J. Smith of Dallas Co., AL (b. ca. 1832 in TN, s/o Robert Smith [b. ca 1808 TN]); one child who survived her; (all above data from tombstone); one child

26.01--Robert Isom Smith, only child, b. 8 Aug 1855 in Dallas Co., AL; d. 17 Nov 1914 [Roy Smith's paper says 7 Nov 1914] at the town of West in McLennan Co., TX; bd. Bold Spgs. Cem., West, McLennan Co., TX--Find A Grave Memorial# 50785872; m1. 23 Dec 1876 at Hillsboro, Hill Co., TX, to Mary Etta/Marietta Armstrong (b. 9 Sep 1857 [Roy Smith says 12 Sep 1856, and tombstone dates concur; d. age 45 on 10 Apr 1902 at West] in Hill Co., [north of Waco] TX; d. 17 May 1902; bd. Bold Spgs. Cem., West, McLennan Co., TX--Find A Grave Memorial# 50785936); at least 7 ch.; m2. Josephine "Josie" Carmichael (b. 13 Dec 1866 in West, McLennan Co.,TX/TX/TX; d. 12 Sep 1961 in Waco, TX; bd. Bold Spgs. Cem., West, McLennan Co., TX--Find A Grave Memorial# 48832905; d. unk.; bd. unk.; m1. unk.) 0 of 7 ch., total
[listed as R. F. , b. Aug 1855, age 44 in the 1-2 Jun 1900 census of Justice Precinct #3 west of W.K.&T.RR, E.D. 84, McLennan Co., TX]
[listed as Robert I. Smith (mistranscribed as Sweet on Ancestry), age 54, m2. for 5 yrs., in the 1910 census of West, McLennan Co., TX]x

[
listed as Mor Armstrong, b. Sep 1857 in TX/WI/MO, age 42, md. 23 yrs. w/6 of 7 ch. lvg., in the 1-2 Jun 1900 census of Justice Precinct #3 west of W.K.&T.RR, E.D. 84, McLennan Co., TX]

[listed as Josie Smith (mistranscribed as Sweet on Ancestry), age 47, m2. for 5 yrs., in the 1910 census of West, McLennan Co., TX]


Data in this box were excerpted from the Myers1900 page posted anonymously on Rootsweb:

7 Mary Etta Armstrong b: 9 SEP 1856 d: 17 MAY 1902
+ Robert Isom Smith b: 8 AUG 1855 d: 7 NOV 1914
8 Walter Clarence Smith b: 12 JUN 1878 d: 9 FEB 1959
8 Maude Etta Smith b: 1881
8 Milton Claude Smith b: 18 JUL 1884 d: 29 MAR 1944
+ Margaret Rebecca Clark b: 30 DEC 1886 d: 3 JAN 1969
9 Claude Milton Smith b: MAY 1921 d: 4 FEB 1989
9 Robert Clark Smith b: 24 MAY 1922 d: 17 OCT 1982
+ Rebecca Geraldine Sargent b: 30 NOV 1924 d: 1 SEP 2000
+ Batola Brady 9 Mary Margaret Smith b: 1 OCT 1923
+ Jay West b: 30 MAR 1930 d: 23 MAY 1987
10 boy West b: 13 JAN 1957 d: 13 JAN 1957
+ John Henry Linke b: 12 APR 1922 d: 3 JUN 1957
9 Elizabeth Irene Smith b: 2 MAY 1925
+ Robert Thomas Countey b: 3 DEC 1925 d: 15 AUG 1991
9 John Edward Smith b: 24 MAY 1928 d: 17 MAR 1997
8 Lola Blance Smith b: 1 APR 1888 d: 26 JUL 1981
8 Frank Dediat Smith b: 25 SEP 1891
8 Luther Dewitt Smith b: 25 JAN 1893 d: 17 AUG 1976
8 Mable Angeline Smith b: 27 JAN 1896


27.01--Walter Clarence Smith, b. 12 (FaG says 25) Jun 1879 in TX; d. 9 Feb 1959 (FaG says 1958) in Hillsboro, Hill Co., TX; bd. Ridge Park Cem., Hillsboro, Hill Co., TX--Plot: Sect. 34--Find A Grave Memorial# 136848156; m. ca. 1905 to Cora Bell Casey (b. 25 May 1884 in TX; d. 21 Jul 1962 in Hillsboro, Hill Co., TX; bd. Ridge Park Cem., Hillsboro, Hill Co., TX--Plot: Sect. 34--Find A Grave Memorial# 136848515); three known ch.
[listed as Clarence Smith, b. Jun 1879, age 20 in the 1-2 Jun 1900 census of Justice Precinct #3 west of W.K.&T.RR, E.D. 84, McLennan Co., TX]
[listed as Clarence Smith, farmer, 30, b. TX/AL/TX, md. 5 yrs., in the 20--21 May 1910 census of Justice Precinct #3 (near city of West), McLennan Co., TX]
[listed as Walter C. Smith, farmer, 40, b. TX/AL/AL, in the 9 Jan 1920 census of Hillsboro, Hill Co., TX]
[listed as Clarence W. Smith, farmer, 50, b. TX/AL/TX, md. age 25, in the 11 Apr 1930 census of Hillsboro, Hill Co., TX]
[listed as Clarane W. Smith, farmer, 60, b. TX, in the 12 Apr 1940 census of Hillsboro, Hill Co., TX]

[listed as Cora Smith, 26, b. TX/AR/AR, md. 5 yrs. w/2 of 2 ch.lvg., in the 20--21 May 1910 census of Justice Precinct #3 (near city of West), McLennan Co., TX]
[listed as Cora Smith, 35, b. TX/AR/AR, in the 9 Jan 1920 census of Hillsboro, Hill Co., TX]
[listed as Cora B. Smith, 45, b. TX/AR/TN, md. age 20, in the 11 Apr 1930 census of Hillsboro, Hill Co., TX]
[listed as Cora Smith, 55, b. TX, in the 12 Apr 1940 census of Hillsboro, Hill Co., TX]

28.01--Lois H. Smith, b. 9 Oct 1906 in West, McClennan Co., TX; d. 18 Dec 1998 in McClennan Co., TX; bd. Oakwood Cem., Waco, McLennan Co., TX--Plot: Sect. E, Lot 342--Find A Grave Memorial# 119950138; m1. Lowell Newton Douglas (b. 26 Sep 1904 in Monroe, Union Par., LA; d. 12 Jan 1946 in New Hope, Wayne Co., NC; bd. Oakwood Cem., Waco, McLennan Co., TX--Plot: Sect. E, Lot 342--Find A Grave Memorial# 119950092); m2. Mr. Murray (); m3. Mr. Strain (); at least one ch.
[listed as Lois Smith, 3, b. TX/TX/TX, in the 20--21 May 1910 census of Justice Precinct #3 (near city of West), McLennan Co., TX]
[listed as Lois Smith, 13, b. TX/TX/TX, in the 9 Jan 1920 census of Hillsboro, Hill Co., TX]
[listed as Lois H. Douglas, university teacher, 32, b. TX, in the 13 Apr 1940 census of Waco, McLennan Co., TX]

[listed as Lowell N. Douglas, university teacher, 34, b. LA, in the 13 Apr 1940 census of Waco, McLennan Co., TX]

29.01--Lowell Clarence Douglas, b. 12 Mar 1939 in McLennan Co., TX; d. aft. 1995 (lived in 1992 in Houston, TX; lived in Duluth, GA, in 1995); bd. unk.; m. unk.; unk. ch.;
[listed as Lowell Clarence Douglas, 1, b. TX, in the 13 Apr 1940 census of Waco, McLennan Co., TX]

29.02--Dell Douglas, dau., b. unk.; d. unk.; bd. unk.; m. unk.; unk. ch.; in 2004, she was lvg. in Blmgtn, IN, still w/the Douglas surname;

28.02--Clara Mary Smith, b. 2 May 1910; d. 18 Jan 1984; bd. Ridge Park Cem., Hillsboro, Hill Co., TX--Find A Grave Memorial# 38802390; m. aft. 1940 census to William L. Winkleman (b. 6 Aug 1902; d. 26 Nov 1981; bd. Ridge Park Cem., Hillsboro, Hill Co., TX--Plot: Sect. 21--Find A Grave Memorial# 38802411); one known ch.;

[listed as Mary Smith, 0 y 0 m, b. TX/TX/TX, in the 20--21 May 1910 census of Justice Precinct #3 (near city of West), McLennan Co., TX]
[listed as Clara Smith, 9, b. TX/TX/TX, in the 9 Jan 1920 census of Hillsboro, Hill Co., TX]
[listed as Clara M. Smith, 19, b. TX/TX/TX, in the 11 Apr 1930 census of Hillsboro, Hill Co., TX]
[listed as Clara Smith, 29, b. TX, in the 12 Apr 1940 census of Hillsboro, Hill Co., TX]

29.01--William C. Winkleman, b. unk.; d. unk.; bd. unk.; m. unk.; unk. ch.;

30.01--Clifton Barry Winkleman, facebook, [PRIVATE]; m. Amy Carruth, [PRIVATE];

31.01--Haley Winkleman, dau., [PRIVATE]

31.02--daughter Winkleman, [PRIVATE];

28.03--Floyd Clarence "Smitty" Smith, b. 15 May 1916 in Hillsboro, Hill Co., TX/TX/TX; d. 25 Jan 2004 in Beaumont, Jefferson Co., TX; bd. Ridge Park Cem., Hillsboro, Hill Co., TX--Plot: Sect. 34--Find A Grave Memorial# 8422325; m. Maria Leite (b. 14 Dec 1912 in Portugal; d. 5 Apr 2008 in Jefferson Co., TX; bd. Ridge Park Cem., Hillsboro, Hill Co., TX--Plot: Sect. 34--Find A Grave Memorial# 25764778); no children listed as survivors in obit.;

[listed as Clarence Smith, 3 y 7 m, b. TX/TX/TX, in the 9 Jan 1920 census of Hillsboro, Hill Co., TX]
[listed as Clarence F. Smith, 13, b. TX/TX/TX, in the 11 Apr 1930 census of Hillsboro, Hill Co., TX]
[listed as Floyd Smith, 23, b. TX, in the 12 Apr 1940 census of Hillsboro, Hill Co., TX]

OBITUARY

     Floyd Clarence "Smitty" Smith, 87, of Beaumont died Sunday, January 25, 2004, in Beaumont.  He was born May 15, 1916, in Hillsboro, son of the late Walter Clarence and Cora Smith.
     He was a graduate of the University of Texas, a member of Calder Baptist Church, and a veteran of World War II. He began his career as an investment broker with Rotan Mosle and Moreland in Galveston in 1948.  In 1950, he helped to originate the Beaumont office of Rotan Mosle and Company, now UBS Financial Services. He retired as senior vice president of Rotan Mosle, Inc. 
     He was preceded in death by two sisters, Clara Winkleman and Lois Strain.
     Survivors include: his wife, Maria; two nephews, William C. Winkleman of Whitney and Lowell Douglas of Dulu
th, Georgia; and one niece, Dell Douglas of Bloomington, Indiana.
     A committal service of his cremated body will be held at 2 p.m. today (Thursday, January 29, 2004) at Ridge Park Cemetery in Hillsboro.  Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Broussard Mortuary of Beaumont. Memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice. 

Hillsboro Reporter Thursday, January 29, 2004
Copied from his good FindaGrave.com memorial

27.02--Maude Etta Smith, b. 1881; d. bef. 1900; bd. unk.; m. unk.; unk. ch. DESCENDANTS NOT POSSIBLE

[not listed in the 1-2 Jun 1900 census of Justice Precinct #3 west of W.K.&T.RR, E.D. 84, McLennan Co., TX--deceased]

27.03--Milton Claude Smith, b. 18 Jul 1884 in West, Hill Co., TX [carlwgray.com has 27 Jul 1883]; d. 29 Mar 1944 in Roswell, Chaves Co., NM [carlwgray.com has 1 Mar 1944]; bd. South Park Cem., Roswell, Chaves Co., NM, Plot: B19--Find A Grave Memorial# 26606081; m1. ca. 1912 to Margret/Margaret Rebecca Clark (b. 30 Dec 1886 in Flora, Clay Co., IL; d. 3 Jan 1969; bd. South Park Cem., Roswell, Chaves Co., NM, Plot: B19--Find A Grave Memorial# ); m2. Francis McGee (); 5 known ch.

[listed as Claude, b. Jul 1884, age 15 in the 1-2 Jun 1900 census of Justice Precinct #3 west of W.K.&T.RR, E.D. 84, McLennan Co., TX];
[age 45 in 24 Apr 1930 census of Roswell, Chaves Co., NM, where he's listed as being a clerk in a railroad depot]
[listed as Milton C. Smith, trucker for the steam railroad industry, age 55 and b. in TX, in the 2 Apr 1940 census of Roswell, Chaves Co., NM]

[age 43 in 24 Apr 1930 census of Roswell, Chaves Co., NM]
[listed as Margaret R. Smith, age 55 and b. in IL, in the 2 Apr 1940 census of Roswell, Chaves Co., NM]
[28.00--Frances Smith, Milton's step-daughter], b. 31 Jul 1913 in IL, to Francis ; d. 1995 in Roswell; m1. Mr. James?; m2. Mr. Brackeen? m3. Ervin L. Smith; at least two ch.
[listed as Frances Brackeen, widowed daughter, age 26 and b. in NM, in the 2 Apr 1940 census of Roswell, Chaves Co., NM]
[29.01--Patsy Brackeen, Milton's step-granddaughter], b. ca. 1936 in NM, to Frances; d. 1995 in Roswell; m. Mr. Barbe ; unk. ch.
[listed as Patsy Brackeen, granddaughter, age 4 and b. in NM, in the 2 Apr 1940 census of Roswell, Chaves Co., NM]

Ervin L. Smith
BOERNE, Texas — Tech. Sgt. Ervin L. Smith, U.S. Air Force (Retired), age 85, of Boerne, Texas, passed away Saturday, April 21, 2001.
He was born in Bingham, Maine, Aug. 14, 1915, the Son of Alfred and Lena Davis Smith. He had lived in Boerne since 1999, having moved from Roswell. He was a World War II veteran and also served during the Korean War. He was a lifetime member of the NRA, Elks and the VFW.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Smith, in 1995. Tech. Sgt. Smith is survived by stepson, Larry James of Boerne; stepdaughter, Pat (Brackeen) Barbe of San Antonio; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Graveside memorial services have been set for 9 a.m. Monday, May 7, at South Park Cemetery. To be included in the graveside service is the burial of the ashes of Tech Sgt. Smith’s wife, Frances. She had been a Roswell Resident for 75 years. The daughter of Francis and Margaret Clark McGee, she was born July 31,1913, in IlIinois.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three
[half] brothers, [28.01] Milton Claude Smith and [28.02] Bob Smith, of Roswell, and [28.05] John Smith of Hagerman. She is also survived by [half] sisters, [28.03] Mary West of Sante Fe and [28.04] Irene Countey of Wesmont, N.J.
Frances and Ervin Smith were married in Las Vegas, Nev., Aug. 28, 1958. Frances was a housewife and member of St. Peter’s parish.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Vaughan’s Funeral Home of Boerne.

[29.02--Larry James]
28.01--Claude Milton Smith, b. 21 May 1921 in Roswell, Chaves Co., NM; d. 1991;
[age 9 in 24 Apr 1930 census of Roswell, Chaves Co., NM]
[listed as Claude Smith, farm laborer, age 18 and b. in NM, in the 2 Apr 1940 census of Roswell, Chaves Co., NM]

28.02--Robert Clark "Bob" Smith, b. 24 May 1922 in Roswell, Chaves Co., NM; d. 1982;

[age 7 in 24 Apr 1930 census of Roswell, Chaves Co., NM]
[listed as Robert Smith, helps in home-style laundry, age 17 and b. in NM, in the 2 Apr 1940 census of Roswell, Chaves Co., NM]

28.03--Mary Margaret Smith, b. 1 Oct 1923 in Roswell, Chaves Co., NM; d. 26 Apr 2003 at her home in Santa Fe; bd. Santa Fe National Cem.; m1. John Henry Linke (b. 12 Apr 1922 in Fox Lake, WI; d. 3 Jun 1957 in Santa Fe, NM; bd. unk.; at least four ch. by JH Linke); m2. Jay W. West (b. 30 Mar 1930 in Summer Co., TN; d. 23 May 1987 in Santa Fe, NM; bd. unk.); at least 1 son by Jay West; lived in Santa Fe, NM; at least five ch. total;

[age 6 in 24 Apr 1930 census of Roswell, Chaves Co., NM]
[listed as Mary M. Smith, age 16 and b. in NM, in the 2 Apr 1940 census of Roswell, Chaves Co., NM]

[John M. Gwin Note: The following obituary is copied from___________:
Mary Margaret (Smith) (Linke) West died Saturday, April 26, 2003, at home surrounded by her loving family in Santa Fe.  She was born October 1, 1923, in Roswell, NM.  She later met and married John H. Linke there.  She was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army in 1946 after spending one year in training and as an Army nurse.  She lived in Roswell until the mid-1960's, then moved to Santa Fe.  In Roswell, she bore three sons, John, Robert, and Stephen and a daughter, Margaret.  Her husband was killed in a plane crash in 1957. She remarried J. W. West in 1961 and bore another daughter, Susan, there in 1962.  Mr. West died of cancer in 1987.  Mrs. West is survived by one sister, Irene in New Jersey; son, John and wife, Sally Linke of Norfolk, NE; son Robert and wife Corinne Linke of West Covina, CA; Stephen and wife Carole Linke of Eldorado, IL; daughters Margaret and Greg Vialpando, Santa Fe; and Susan and Joe Guthrie; Santa Fe.  From the marriages of these children and their children are four grandsons, John, Paul, Steve, Adam; 13 granddaughters, Barbara, Michelle, Deborah, Crystal, Adriana, Shari, Kimberly, Jessica, Britt, Adrienne, Alexandria, Melissa, and Peggy; six great-grandsons, John, Nathanial, Derrick, Isaac, Steven, and Gabriel; and eight great-granddaughters, Lindsay, Marisa, Leani, Sophia, Mercedes, Jadyn, Jasmine, and Emerald.  Serving as pallbearers will be John Linke, Stephen Linke, Paul Linke, Matt Valdes, Larry Lovato, and Phillip Duran.  Mass will be held on Tuesday, April 29, 2003, 12:30 p.m. at St. Francis Cathedral.  Interment will follow at Santa Fe National Cemetery.  Arrangements are under the direction of Berardinelli Family Funeral Service, 1399 Luisa Street, 984-8600.]


 30.00--According to the above obituary, Margaret had at least the following 17 grandchildren: grandsons John, Paul, Steve, and Adam, and granddaughters Barbara, Michelle, Deborah, Crystal (Mrs. Phil Duran), Adriana, Shari Vialpando-Hill (Mrs. Bobby Hill), Kimberly, Jessica, Britt, Adrienne, Alexandria Guthrie (Mrs. Steven Harmon), Melissa, and Peggy;
 31.00--According to the above obituary, Margaret had at least the following 14 great-grandchildren: great-grandsons John, Nathanial, Derrick, Isaac, Steven, and Gabriel, and great-granddaughters Lindsay, Marisa, Leani, Sophia, Mercedes, Jadyn, Jasmine, and Emerald.

29.01--John "Johnny" Linke, [PRIVATE]; m. Sally (nee unk.), [PRIVATE];

29.02--Robert "Bobby" Linke
, [PRIVATE]; m. Corinne (nee unk.), [PRIVATE];

29.03--Stephen "Steve" Linke, Sr.
, facebook [PRIVATE]; m. Carole (nee unk.), [PRIVATE];

29.04--Margaret Linke, [PRIVATE]; m. Greg Vialpando, [PRIVATE]

30.00--Shari Vialpando, [PRIVATE]; m. Bobby Hill, [PRIVATE];

31.01--Hill, [PRIVATE];

31.02--
Hill, [PRIVATE];
31.03--Hill, [PRIVATE];

MMSL m2. in 1961 to Jay W. West;

29.05--Susan "Susie" West, [PRIVATE]; m1. Joe Guthrie, [PRIVATE]; m2. Mr. Truitt, [PRIVATE];

30.01--Alexandria Guthrie, facebook, [PRIVATE]; m. Steven Harmon, [PRIVATE];

29.06?--unnamed infant son West, b. 13 Jan 1957 in Roswell, Chaves Co., NM; d. 13 Jan 1957; bd. unk.; m. never; no ch.   

28.04--Elizabeth Irene Smith, facebook friend [PRIVATE] ; m. Robert Thomas "Bob" Countey (b. 3 Dec 1928; d. 15 Aug 1991 in NJ; bd. unk.); 11 ch.

[listed as Irene Smith, age 4 in 24 Apr 1930 census of Roswell, Chaves Co., NM]
[listed as Irene Smith, age 14 and b. in NM, in the 2 Apr 1940 census of Roswell, Chaves Co., NM]

[John M. Gwin Note:  I know that Double-fourth Cousin Irene has eleven children, and I know that SOME of them are listed in this blue and yellow box.  Even though I have numbered them here 1-11, I have no idea as to their actual birth order, nor am I sure that all the relationships I have listed are correct (please accept my apologies for anything I have posted in ignorance!).  Basically, it's probably a mess!  But I'm having fun researching these dear and beautiful cousins, and I welcome any and all corrections, additions, etc.  :-)]

[John M. Gwin Note:  Irene and I are double-fourth cousins.  Her kids and my kids, generation 29, are all double-fifth cousins to each other.  And her grandkids and my grandkids, generation 30, are all double-sixth cousins to each other!   CLICK HERE to go to a chart, below, that may explain this a little more clearly.]


29.01--Robert "Bob" Countey (Jr.?), facebook [PRIVATE] m.  Kathleen "Kathy" (nee unk.), facebook [PRIVATE]

[30.01]--Dakota Logan, facebook [PRIVATE]

30.02--Nick Countey, facebook [PRIVATE]

30.03--Jackie "Jax" Countey, facebook [PRIVATE]

29.02--Lisa Countey, facebook [PRIVATE] m. Mr. Klabbatz, [PRIVATE]

29.03--
Countey, dau, [PRIVATE] m. Mr. Robinson [PRIVATE]

30.01--
Deanna Elizabeth Robinson, facebook [PRIVATE]

29.04--
Countey, son facebook [PRIVATE]

29.05--
Countey, son,  [PRIVATE], m. Brenda (nee unk.),  facebook [PRIVATE]

30.01--B. J. Countey, son, [PRIVATE]

30.02--Tom Countey, son, [PRIVATE]

30.03--Tina Countey, dau., facebook [PRIVATE]

29.06--Linda Countey, facebook [PRIVATE]

29.07--Kathleen Countey, facebook [PRIVATE] m. Mr. Haddock [PRIVATE]

29.08
--John Countey, son facebook [PRIVATE] m. Barbara (nee unk.),  facebook [PRIVATE]

30.01--
John Countey, facebook [PRIVATE]

30.02--blonde Countey, facebook [PRIVATE]

29.09
--Edward "Eddie" Countey, facebook [PRIVATE]; m. Michele Ligato, facebook [PRIVATE]

30.01--
Sophia Countey, [PRIVATE]

30.02--Jake Countey, [PRIVATE]

29.10--
Dorothy Countey, dau, facebook [PRIVATE] m.  Frank Gies facebook [PRIVATE]

30.01
--Beatrice Gies, facebook [PRIVATE]

30.02--Wade Gies, facebook [PRIVATE]

30.03--
Stephanie Gies, facebook [PRIVATE]

30.04--Maggie Kass Gies, facebook [PRIVATE]

29.11
--Patrick Countey, PRIVATE] m. Stacie Genniro facebook [PRIVATE]

[30.00]--Holly Ann Orr, facebook [PRIVATE]



28.05--John Edward Smith, b. 24 May 1928 in Roswell, Chaves Co., NM; d. 1997 in Roswell; m. "Bobbie" (nee unk.); 3 + 1 ch.
[age 1 in 24 Apr 1930 census of Roswell, Chaves Co., NM]
[listed as John Smith, age 11 and b. in NM, in the 2 Apr 1940 census of Roswell, Chaves Co., NM]

29.01--Michael Smith
, facebook? [PRIVATE]

29.02--Mary Beth Smith
, facebook? [PRIVATE]

29.03--Patrick Smith, deceased


29.04--Eric Smith
, facebook? [PRIVATE]
27.04--Lola Blanch Smith, b. 1 Apr 1888; d. 26 Jul 1981
[listed as Blanch, b. Apr 1887, age 13 in the 1-2 Jun 1900 census of Justice Precinct #3 west of W.K.&T.RR, E.D. 84, McLennan Co., TX]

27.05--Frank Dediat Smith, b. 25 Sep 1891

[listed as Frank, b. Sep 1890, age 9 in the 1-2 Jun 1900 census of Justice Precinct #3 west of W.K.&T.RR, E.D. 84, McLennan Co., TX]
[listed as Frank D. Smith (mistranscribed as Sweet on Ancestry), age 18 and b. TX/AL/MS, in the 1910 census of West, McLennan Co., TX]
Name: Our Frank Smith???
Age: 27
Birth Year: abt 1893
Birthplace: Texas
Home in 1920: Waco Ward 6, McLennan, Texas
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital status: Married
Spouse's Name: Bettie Smith
Father's Birthplace: Texas
Mother's Birthplace: Texas
Home Owned: Own
Able to Read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Frank Smith 27
Bettie Smith 22

27.06--Luther Dewitt Smith, b. 25 Jan 1893, West, McLennan Co., TX; d. 17 Aug 1976 in Hubbard, Hill Co., TX; bd. Bell Springs Cem., Abbott, Hill Co., TX--Find A Grave Memorial# 66290258; m. 17 Dec 1913 in West, McLennan Co., TX, to Mamie Ross Howell (b. 9 Sep 1893, Hill co., TX, d/o Joshua Calhoun Howell and Adeliade Smith; d. 13 Mar 1965, Waco, McLennan Co., TX; bd. Bell Springs Cem., Abbott, Hill Co., TX--Find A Grave Memorial# 66289813); at least 7 ch.

[listed as Dewitt, b. Jan 1894, age 6 in the 1-2 Jun 1900 census of Justice Precinct #3 west of W.K.&T.RR, E.D. 84, McLennan Co., TX]
[listed as Dewitt Smith (mistranscribed as Sweet on Ancestry), age 16 and b. TX/AL/MS, in the 1910 census of West, McLennan Co., TX]

28.01--Eleanor Marie "Ninie" Smith, b. 2 Nov 1914, West, McLennan Co., TX; d. 19 Jan 2003; bd. White Rock Cem., Ross, McLennan Co., TX--Find A Grave Memorial# 17830384; m. 22 Nov 1933 in Hill Co., TX., to Dexter Washington Christian (b. 20 Feb 1909; d. 14 Jul 1991; bd. White Rock Cem., Ross, McLennan Co., TX--Find A Grave Memorial# 17830397); at least two ch., five grch., and 1 g-grch.

ELEANOR CHRISTIAN
     Mrs. Eleanor (Ninie) Christian, 88, of Waco died Sunday, January 19, at a Woodway care center. She was born November 2, 1914 in West, daughter of Luther Dewitt and Mamie Ross Smith. She attended schools at Menlow, West and Birome. She married Dexter W. Christian November 22, 1933, and he preceded her in death July 13, 1991.
      She was also preceded in death by her parents and four brothers, Robert, Dean, Charles and Roy Lester Smith. She was a licensed vocational nurse, graduating from Grant-Buie Nursing School at Hillsboro in 1967. She was employed by Grant-Buie Hospital and later was a member of the original West Community Hospital staff in 1972. She retired from nursing in 1978. She was a member of Ross Home Demonstration Club and McLennan County Home Demonstration Council. She attended church in Birome and Chalk Bluff.
      Survivors include: two sons, Dean M. Christian and wife, Aenid, of Big Spring and Morris Christian and wife, Janet, of Waco; two sisters, Addie Dee Tomlinson of Marlin and Lila Merle Cox of Elm Mott; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
      Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 21, at Aderhold Funeral Home Chapel in West with Rev. John Crowder officiating. Burial followed at White Rock Cemetery near West.
      Memorials may be made to the West Ambulance Association or one’s favorite charity.
Obituary from the Hillsboro, TX, REPORTER
Dexter W. Christian
     Dexter W. Christian of West, former director of the Texas Farm Bureau, died Sunday in a local hospital. He was 82.
     Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Aderhold Funeral Home Chapel, the Rev. W. Gardiner Ellis officiating. Burial will be in White Rock Cemetery near Ross.
     Mr. Christian was born Feb. 20, 1909, in Anderson County. He married Eleanor Marie Smith Nov. 22, 1933. He was a farmer and rancher.
     Mr. Christian served as director of the Texas Farm Bureau from 1933-82. He was a member of Woodmen of the World, a trustee of The Ross School Board for six years, a committee member of the McLennan County Farm and Home Loan Association for four years and a member of Chalk Bluff Baptist Church.
     Survivors include his wife; two sons, Dean Christian of Big Spring and Morris Christian of Waco; two sisters, Geneva Magee of Waco and Ethel Jobe of Marlin; five grandsons; and a great-grandson.
     The family has designated the West Volunteer Ambulance Association or West Community Hospital for memorials.
Waco Tribune-Herald, Tuesday, July 16, 1991.

29.01--Dean M. Christian, facebook? [PRIVATE] m. Aenid (nee unk.) facebook? [PRIVATE]

29.02--Morris Christian, facebook? [PRIVATE] m. Janet (nee unk.) facebook? [PRIVATE]

28.02--Robert Calhoun Smith, b. 21 Mar 1916, West, McLennan Co., TX; d. 20 Mar 1987 in Dallas Co, TX; bd. Laurel Land Mem. Pk., Fort Worth, Tarrant Co., TX; m. 2 Aug 1942 in Waco, McLennan Co., TX, to Doris Virginia Bramlett (b. 31 Jul 1927 in Paris TX; d. 14 Sep 2005 in Rowlett, TX; bd. Laurel Land Mem. Pk., Fort Worth, Tarrant Co., TX--Find A Grave Memorial# 11760017); US Air Force, ret.; unk. ch.

28.03--Addie Dee Smith, b. 21 Feb 1919, West, McLennan Co., TX; d. 17 Nov 2009; bd. Waco Mem. Pk. Cem., Waco., McLennan Co., TX--Find A Grave Memorial# 44504318; m. 15 Oct 1940 in Hill Co, TX, to Clifford Ralph Tomlinson (b. unk.; d. 1996; bd. unk.); 2 ch.


Obituary from Adams Funeral Home webpage, Marlin, TX

Addie Tomlinson

February 21, 1919 - November 17, 2009
Addie Dee Tomlinson, age 90 of Marlin entered into rest on Tuesday, November 17, 2009. Services will be 1:00 P.M. Thursday November 19, 2009 graveside at Waco Memorial Park Cemetery with the Rev. Christie Robbins officiating. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 6 until 8 P.M. at Adams Funeral Home.

Mrs. Tomlinson was born February 21, 1919, in Birome, Hill County, Texas to Luther DeWitt Smith and Mamie Howell Smith. She was a homemaker and a member of the Lorena United Methodist Church. She loved to tend to her flower garden. She married Clifford Ralph Tomlinson October 15, 1940, and he preceded her in death in 1996. Also preceding her was a son Roy Dee Tomlinson in 1993, sisters, Eleanor Christian and Lila Merle Cox, brothers, Robert C., Dean H., Charles W., and Roy L. Smith


Survivors: Son – Kenneth Tomlinson and his wife Sharon of Marlin

Granddaughter – Melissa Bhateley of Marlin
Grandson – Kevin Tomlinson and his wife Kristi of Roundrock
6 Great Grandchildren

Memorials may be made to the Lorena United Methodist Church


29.01--Roy Dee Tomlinson, b. 24 Sep 1944 in TX; d. 20 Apr 1993; bd. unk.; m. unk.; unk. ch.; SS# ***-**-5692 issued 1962 in TX;

29.02--Kenneth Tomlinson facebook? [PRIVATE], m. Sharon facebook? [PRIVATE]

30.01--Melissa Tomlinson, facebook [PRIVATE], m. Mr. Bhateley facebook? [PRIVATE]

30.02--Kevin Tomlinson, facebook [PRIVATE], m. Kristi Greak facebook [PRIVATE],

28.04--Dean Howell Smith, b. 2 Jan 1922 in Hill Co., TX; d. 27 Feb 1987 in Dallas, Dallas Co., TX; bd. Liberty Hill Cem., Dawson, Navarro Co., TX--Find A Grave Memorial# 14932965; m. 9 Feb 1946 in Hill Co., TX, to Bernice Odom (b. 11 Jan 1928; d. 17 Jul 1998; bd. Liberty Hill Cem., Dawson, Navarro Co., TX--Find A Grave Memorial# 14933000); unk. ch.

28.05--Charles Wesley Smith, b. 30 Aug 1923 in Hill Co., TX; d. 26 Nov 1984 at Waco, McLennan Co., TX; bd. Memorial Cemetery, Waco, McLennan Co., TX; m. 11 Jul 1947 in Hill Co., TX, to Margaret Helen Norman (b. unk.; d. unk.; bd. unk.); occ., aircraft maintenance; unk. ch.

28.06--Roy Lester Smith, CONTRIBUTOR, b. 21 Aug 1926 in Hill Co., TX; d. 22 Mar 1998; firefighter; bd. Laurel Land Mem. Pk., Fort Worth; Tarrant Co., TX--Sect. 40, Lot 72--Find A Grave Memorial# 87182019; m. 29 May 1948 in Ft. Worth, Tarrant Co., TX, to Barbara Ann Underhill, CONTRIBUTOR, (b. 14 Sep 1932 in Penelope, Hill Co., TX, d/o Herbert Houston Underhill and Edna Mae Greene; d. 13 Feb 2010 in TX; bd. Laurel Land Mem. Pk., Fort Worth; Tarrant Co., TX--Find A Grave Memorial# 48213110; occ., cashier, Williamson Dickie Mfg., ret.); occ. Fireman;

OBITUARIES
copied from their Findagrave.com memorials

    CROWLEY--Roy Lester Smith, 71, a retired Fort Worth fireman, died Sunday, March 22, 1998, at home.      
    Funeral: 2 p.m. Tuesday at Baumgardner Funeral Home.  Burial: Laurel Land Memorial Park.  Visitation: 5 to 8 pm. Monday at the funeral home.
    Pallbearers will be his nephews: Dean Christian, Morris Christian, Greg Smith, Jimmy Smith, Ronnie Smith, and Ricky Smith.  Honorary pallbearers are Luther Battles, Roland Brucks, Bill Cox, K. T. Dean, J. T. Doyle, Jack Green, Howard Hart, William Perry, Tony Seeton, Travis Strength, and Jimmy Young.
    Mr. Smith was born Aug. 21, 1926, in Menlow, to L. DeWitt and Mamie H. Smith.  He served with the 1st Cavalry during World War II.  He married Barbara Underhill on May 29, 1948.
    Mr. Smith was a member of Twin Oaks Baptist Church, Sons of the American Revolution, and Sons ofthe Republic of Texas.  He was a volunteer at the Crowley Public Library.
    When our Father called him home, he was among his loving family.  We will miss him terribly.  He has had such a major impact on all of our lives.  He had been model to all of us of what a man, son, brother, husband, father, uncle, friend, and acquaintance should be.
    He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Robert, Dean, and Charles Smith.
    Survivors:  Wife, Barbara Ann; daughter, Marilyn Kay and her husband, Billy Spurlock of Crowley; granddaughter, Crystal and her husband, Patrick Brittain of Fort Worth; sisters, Addie Tomlinson of Marlin, Eleanor Christian and Lila Cox of Waco; sisters-in-law, Bernice Smith, Margaret Smith, Virginia Smith, Doris Loose, Thalia Kilgo, Carolyn Barnett, and Elizabeth Underhill; brothers-in-law Kyle Underhill, Danny Barnett, and Wally Cox; Brother-in-law and best friend, Carter Kilgo; and many nieces and nephews.
Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Mar. 23, 1998, p. B-7.



      Barbara A. "Dot" Smith, 77, a retired cashier/bookkeeper at Williamson-Dickies Manufacturing in Fort Worth, passed away Saturday, Feb. 13, 2010, at a local hospital.
      Funeral: 11 a.m. Wednesday at Baumgardner Funeral Chapel, 212 N. Tarrant St., Crowley. Interment: Laurel Land Memorial Park.             Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Baumgardner Funeral Chapel, Crowley.
      Barbara was born Sept. 14, 1932, to Herbert H. and Edna Mae Underhill in Penelope.
Mother was known for her loving and caring spirit that made a difference in so many lives. She was a prayer warrior, a defender of what is right, and generous in so many ways. Naturally, children loved her, and she adored them. She enjoyed oil painting and having friends over to play cards and dominoes. She loved having friends and family gatherings and preparing meals for all who came. She loved to laugh and had a beautiful smile. We miss her already.
      Survivors: Daughter, Marilyn Kay Spurlock and husband, Billy, of Crowley; stepgranddaughter, Crystal Brittain of Huntsville; brother, Kyle Underhill and wife, Elizabeth, of Crowley; sister, Thalia Kilgo and husband, Carter; and several special nieces, nephews and cousins.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Feb. 16, 2010










29.01--Marilyn Kay "Kay" Smith, facebook [PRIVATE]; m. Billy George Spurlock (b. 1941; d. 27 Apr 2012; bd. Laurel Land Mem. Pk., Fort Worth; Tarrant Co., TX--Find A Grave Memorial# 89350275; 1 dau.); 1 stepdau.

Billy George Spurlock
(1941 - 2012)

Billy George Spurlock, 70, passed away in Fort Worth Friday, April 27, 2012. Funeral: 11 a.m. Tuesday at First United Methodist Church in Crowley. Interment to follow in Laurel Land Memorial Park. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Baumgardner Funeral Chapel in Crowley.

Billy was a known local musician who traded '60s' R&R for Southern Gospel in later years. He was a great guy, was lots of fun, and compassionate and generous to the needs of others. Billy retired from Bell Helicopter after 39 years. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Margaret Spurlock.

Survivors: Wife, Marilyn Kay Spurlock; daughter, Crystal Brittain; sister, Shirley Guzman; and several nieces and nephews.

Published in Star-Telegram on April 30, 2012



28.07--Lila Merle Smith, b. 18 Sep 1929 in Birome, Hill Co., TX; d. 15 Feb 2003; bd. Pleasant Hill Cem., Nolanville, Bell Co., TX--Find A Grave Memorial# 44329522; m. 3 Apr 1952 in McLennan Co., TX, to Wallace Martin Cox  [PRIVATE]; occ., nurse, housewife;

Excerpted from the Rootsweb Hussey Manuscript page

Wallace Martin Cox, son of Horace William Cox and Annalene Ray Cox, was born January 12, 1929.  He was married April 3, 1949 to Lila Merle Smith who was born September 20, 1929.

Children born to Wallace Martin Cox and Lila Merle Smith Cox include:

 Rebecca Suzanne Cox born 
 Marian Cox    born 

Rebecca Suzanne Cox, daughter of Wallace Martin Cox and Lila Merle Smith Cox, was married to Martin Paul Vtycail.


29.01--Rebecca Suzanne Cox, facebook? [PRIVATE]; m. Martin Paul Vtycail (sic) [PRIVATE];

29.02--Marian Cox, facebook [PRIVATE]; m. Mr. Naik [PRIVATE];

30.01--Samuel Parker "Samster" Naik, facebook? [PRIVATE];

27.07--Mabel Angeline Smith, b. 27 Jan 1896 RIS m2. on unk. date in Hill Co., TX,
[listed as Mabel, b. Jan 1896, age 4 in the 1-2 Jun 1900 census of Justice Precinct #3 west of W.K.&T.RR, E.D. 84, McLennan Co., TX]
[listed as Mabel Smith (mistranscribed as Sweet on Ancestry), age 14  and b. TX/AL/MS, in the 1910 census of West, McLennan Co., TX]


More on the Smith family:
William J., Mary Jane (Gwin), and Robert Isom



[Barbara Ward Note: Hi John,  My cousin Annie Ford Wheeler in Birmingham sent me some pictures today; what she thought were old Lester photos. Well, one (above) was a family portrait of William J. Smith, Mary Jane, and son Robert Isom!! It is in an oval frame and looks like it might have been taken right before she died (in 1871). Son Robert looks about 15 years old. I compared the pictures on page 24A & B. William is wearing the same suit and Mary Jane has on what looks like the same pair of earrings! I am going to send the original to Barbara Smith in Texas. I don't know if Roy's family had a photo of his grandfather as a young boy.]
A typed transcription of the following newspaper advertisement
was sent to my double-4th cousin Roy Lester Smith sometime in the
early 1990's by Ms. Linda Derry, Director of the Cahawba Project, Dallas Co., AL.
I received a copy of that transcription in January 2004 from double-4th cousin Barbara Ward.

From the January 28, 1859 edition of the Dallas Gazette:
WAGONS AND PLOWS
At LIBERTY HILL, Dallas County, Ala.
by SMITH & GWIN

The undersigned respectfully announce to their friends and the public generally, that they will carry on the WAGON MAKING and BLACKSMITH business at their old stand, and they promise to give satisfaction to their customers.

They have a lot of Wagons, made by themselves, on hand, for sale.  Also, a lot of Cary Plows.

They will repair Wagons and Plows, and do all other Wagon and Blacksmith work that may be required.

WILLIAM J. SMITH
CHESLEY GWIN


Some Related Census Data


Roy Smith reports that the 1850 Census of Perry Co., (Marion P.O.) Alabama
includes the following:
First Name
Last Name
Age
Sex
Occupation
POB
John M. Gwin Comments
Robert Smith 42 M Mechanic TN This is Mary Jane Gwin's future father-in-law.  But where--and who--was her mother-in-law, Robert's wife?
William J. Smith 18 M Mechanic TN This is Mary Jane Gwin's future husband.
John R. Smith 15 M . TN This is Mary Jane Gwin's future brother-in-law.
Thomas J. Smith 12 M . TN This is Mary Jane Gwin's future brother-in-law.



From the 5 Jul 1860 Census of Athens Beat, Liberty Hill, Dallas Co., AL:
Fam/
Res
First
Name
Last Name
Age
Sex
Occupation
Real
Property
Personal
Property
POB
John M. Gwin Comments
267/262 W. J. Smith 27 M Blacksmith 2000 10,453 TN This is Mary Jane Gwin's husband, William J. Smith, who was in business with and living next door to his wife's uncle, Chesley R. Gwin, at the time, as the above advertisement and the next census entry show. 

M. J. Smith 24 F . . . AL This is Mary Jane Gwin. She would die eleven years later, in July 1871, leaving only two survivors: her husband and her son. (see comments below on her daughters for a theory as to how she--and they--died.

Robert I. Smith 4 M . . . AL Robert Isom Smith, clearly named for his two grandfathers: Isom Gwin and Robert Smith.
  J.H. Cobb 32 M Clerk . . NY .

A.H.  Cobb 23 F . . . AL .

J.B. Bowden 19 M . . . AL .
266/261 C. R. Gwin 33 M WagonMaker 800 6425 AL This is Chesley R. Gwin, youngest son of John and Jane and Isom's baby brother. He is the business partner of Wm. Smith, his niece's husband, as the above ad shows.

M. F. Gwin 29 F


AL This is Mary Frances "Fannie" Elizabeth Bell Gwin. She and Chesley had just celebrated their tenth anniversary.

W. J. Gwin 8 M


AL

J. I. Gwin 6 M


AL This is John I. Gwin, who was born just after the death of Chesley's brother Isom and whose middle name is therefore likely given for him. He is buried at the Bell Cemetery.

Enoch Gwin 2 M


AL



From the 1870 Census of Liberty Hill P.O., Dallas Co., AL:
Last Name
First Name
Age
Sex
Occupation
Real
Property
Personal
Property
POB
John M. Gwin Comments
Smith W. J. 38 M Blacksmith . . TN This is Mary Jane Gwin's husband, William J. Smith, who was in business with his wife's uncle, Chesley R. Gwin, at least 11 years earlier, as the above advertisement shows. 
Smith M. J. 30 F . . . AL This is Mary Jane Gwin. She would die a year later, in July 1871, leaving only two survivors: her husband and her son. (see comments below on her daughters for a theory as to how she--and they--died.
Smith R. I. 14 M . . . AL Robert Isom Smith, named for his two grandfathers: Isom Gwin and Robert Smith.
Wilson  N. B. 77 M . . . SC This is Nathaniel Burdine Wilson, Mary Jane's maternal grandfather. We know that he died in 1875, and that he lived in the home of his youngest son, Dr. Isham Griffin Wilson, M.D., for the last five years of his life.  I believe, then, that he must have been ill at the time of this census and that his daughter, Mary B. Steadman, must have moved in with the Smiths to help care for him.  This failing, they moved him in with his son, Dr. Wilson, who could administer better care.  Perhaps the move was made in order to protect the old gentleman when the girls, Mary and Ida, below, became ill.
Steadman  M. B. 50 F . . . AL This is Mary Burdine Wilson Gwin Steadman, seventeen-year widow of Isom Gwin, eight-year widow of Rev. John Steadman, and mother of Mary Jane Gwin Smith.
Smith M. J., Jr. 10 F . . . AL Roy had no idea who this was.  But if she is the daughter of Mary Jane and William, then Mary Jane would've likely been pregnant with her in the 1860 census.  The "Jr." after her name leads us to believe that she could indeed be the daughter, named for her mother.

Mary Jane "Sr." would die a year later, the following July, and her gravestone clearly states that "In her death her bereaved husband and son mourn the loss of a kind and  affectionate wife and mother." 

No mention is made of the two daughters, so if these two are indeed their children, then I must assume that the girls died during this same year.  We do know that Cahaba, yes, and all of middle Alabama, suffered recurring epidemics of various deadly diseases.  It could easily be that the girls died first of the same disease that killed their mother.

It could also be, however, that these are William's visiting nieces--daughters of one of his brothers. If they were William's daughters, would they not be listed in the census in the traditional manner of being listed with the other members of the immediate family, i.e., with Robert Isom, and not after N.B. and Mary B.? And could the "Jr." not be merely a local tag--distinguishing her from her aunt--rather than a blood-relationship indicator?

Smith Ida 6 F . . . AR Roy had no idea who this was either.  But her name (and, we assume, her photo) appeared in the old photo album Barbara Ward inherited, and if the above analysis is correct, then the picture of Ida in the album would've been no older than age 6-7.

The Arkansas birthplace is further indication that the girls may not be William's and Mary Jane's daughters.


[John Gwin Note: The following two listings of "children" of William and Mary Ann Gwin Smith are based on the 1870 census; my earlier prediction was that they are their children; now (Mar 2007 and following) I'm quite sure that's not so.  Perhaps they are William's daughters by a previous marriage or his nieces or even younger sisters.]

26.02--Mary Jane Smith "Jr.", b. ca. late 1860 (age 10 in the 1870 census, above, but absent in the 1860 census); now believed to be the niece of William J. Smith, not his daughter.

26.03--Ida Smith, b. ca. 1866 (age 4 in the 1870 census, above); ; now believed to be the niece of William J. Smith, not his daughter.



precint #3e d 84
The
6 Jun 1880 Census of Enumeration Dist. 108, McLennan Co., Texas, includes the following:
Last Name
First Name
Age
Sex
Relat
to HoH

Marital
Status
Race
Occupation
Real
Property
Personal
Property
POB
Father's
POB
Mother's
POB
John M. Gwin Comments
Smith R. I. 24 M head
M W Farmer . . AL TN AL Robert Isom Smith, named for his two grandfathers: Isom Gwin and Robert Smith.
Smith  M. E. 22 F wife
M W Keeping
House
. . TX MO MO This is Marietta/Mary Etta Armstrong Smith, Robert's bride of three years and a few months, according to my records.
Smith W. C. 11 mo. M son
S W . . . TX AL TX This is Walter Clarence Smith, b. 12 Jun 1879; d. 9 Feb 1959, according to my records.
Armstrong
Fany?
17
F
sister-
in-law
S
W
.
.
.
TX
MO
MO
This is evidently a younger sister to Mary Etta

Ancestry.com lists the 6 Jun 1900 Census as Justice District 3, McLennan Co., Texas, and includes the following:
Res/Fam
Name
Relat
to HoH
Race
Sex
DOB
Age
Marr.
Stat.
Yrs.
Mrrd.

Ch.
Born
Ch.
Lvg.
POB
FPOB
MPOB
Occ.
John M. Gwin Comments
15/15
R. F. Smith
head
w
m
Aug 1855
44
m
23


AL
TN
AL
farmer
Ancestry's reader mistranscribed this--the photocopy of the original page shows that he is indeed R. I. Smith, our Robert Isom himself.

Mor Smith wife
w
f
Sep 1857
42
m
23
7
6
TX
WI
MO

Ancestry's reader mistranscribed this--the photocopy of the original page shows that she is indeed Mary Smith. She reports that one of the seven children she carried died. We show this child to be daughter Maude Etta Smith, b. 1881.

Clarence Smith son
w
m
Jun 1879
20
s



TX AL
TX  


Claude Smith son
w
m
Jul 1884
15
s



TX AL TX


Blanch Smith dau
w
f
Apr 1889
13
s



TX AL TX


Frank Smith son
w
m
Sep 1890
9
s



TX AL TX


Dewitt Smith son
w
m
Jan 1894
6
s



TX AL TX


Mabel Smith dau
w
f
Jan 1896
4
s



TX AL TX





25.02--Martha Rosanna "Mattie" Gwin
and
Madison "Matt" Holley
and
Bryant Brown Lester



25.02--
Martha Rosanna "Mattie" Gwin
, b. 5 Apr 1843 (but gravestone says 1844) in Dallas Co.
; d. 15 Sep 1923 (but gravestone says 14 Sep) at age 80 of heart failure in Perry Co., AL, where she had lived 14 years (according to death certificate); bd. 16 Sep 1923 by J. A. Bice at Mars Hill Cem. near Marion, Perry Co., AL (gravestone says: "wife of Bryant B. Lester"; lived and died at Perry Ridge community, Hamburg, AL, near Marion; an uncle was a Dr. [must be Isham Griffin] Wilson of Demopolis. [John M. Gwin Note: My double-fourth cousin Barbara Ward, who descends from Martha and second husband Bryant, once thought that Martha was adopted.  Thanks to some of Barbara's excellent sleuthing, however, we're all now certain that Martha is the natural daughter of Isom and Mary. Martha is also the original owner of the old photo album now in the possession of Barbara Ward, which album contains over 70 photos of Martha's friends and family!]

m1. 7 Sep 1860 in Athens, AL, [John M. Gwin Note: This is the Town of Athens in Dallas Co. which existed for only a short period, changed its name to Liberty Hill (possibly because the other town named Athens existed in Limestone Co. and was better established), then died.] for 12+ years to Madison "Matt" Holley (b. 7 Aug 1827; d. 6 Dec. 1872, in Marion, Perry Co., AL; bd. Mars Hill Cem. near Marion, Perry Co., AL--gravestone says: "Madison 'Matt' Holley, with Lewis Independent Cavalry, from 1860 to 1865, CSA, 1833-1873"; s/o Burrell Holley [b. 15 Mar 1797] and Frances Miller; Matt's brothers were Will Holley and Monroe Holley; Matt's sister was Martha Holley who m. a Mr. Steadman [John M. Gwin Note: Was this a relative of the Rev. John Steadman whom Martha's mother, Mary B. Wilson Gwin, above, married?  Indeed, was he the same man?]); Barbara Ward sent most of the following info on the ten children; there were six children by Matt Holley, (only three--Minnie, Carlos, and Clarence--survived to the 1880 census) and four by B. B. Lester; [Click here for what may be "the rest of the story" of George Clothier!]

[listed as Martha Holly, age 23, in the 1 Sep 1870 census of Liberty Hill P. O., Athens Beat, Dallas Co., AL];
[listed as Mattie R. Holley, a widow, age 35, in the 6 June 1880 census of Beat No. 1, Perry Co., AL, living next door to (her?) "cozun", Bryant B. Lester, age 28, and his mother and siblings];
[listed as Mattie Obrian, wife of Lester Obrian, b. Apr 1844, living next door to her son Clarence Holley, in the 8 Jun 1900 census of Marion, Perry Co., AL];
[listed as Mattie R. Lester (hopelessly mistranscribed by Ancestry.com as "Kester", then "Rester"), age 63 w/5 of 10 ch. lvg., in the 9 May 1910 census of Hamburg Pct., Perry Co., AL];

[listed as Alma Lester, age 74, in the 22 Jan 1920 census of Hamburg Pct. 2, Perry Co., AL];

[listed as Madison Holly, age 38, in the 1 Sep 1870 census of Liberty Hill P. O., Athens Beat, Dallas Co., AL];

26.01--Minnie Moore Holley, b. 3 Sep 1861 (but age 17 in the 1880 census); d. in childbirth 21 Oct. 1883; bd. unk.; m. 4 Jan 1883 for nine months to Thomas Judson Lester (b. 1859; b/o Bryant Brown Lester; [There's an interesting note here: Minnie's mother Martha Rosanna Gwin Holley Lester is therefore the sister-in-law AND mother-in-law to Thomas J. Lester, and Tom Lester's brother Bryant is also his father-in-law!  But this is the really cute one:  Minnie and Bryant are stepdaughter and stepfather, which makes Thomas Minnie's step-uncle, and since she is married to him, that makes her her own step-aunt! :-)]; unk. ch.; [POSSIBLE DESCENDANT, but only if Minnie's baby survived the childbirth in which Minnie died]
[listed as Minnie M. Holly, age 9, in the 1 Sep 1870 census of Liberty Hill P. O., Athens Beat, Dallas Co., AL];
[listed as Minnie M. Holley, age 17, in the 6 June 1880 census of Beat No. 1, Perry Co., AL, living with her widowed mother next door to "cozun", Bryant B. Lester, age 28, and his mother and siblings]

27.01--infant Lester, b. 21 Oct 1883; d. unk., but possibly in childbirth, since the mother died that day;

26.02--Walter Guin Holley, b. 27 Dec 1863; d. as infant; [DESCENDANTS NOT POSSIBLE]

26.03--George Lee Holley, b. 6 Dec 1865; d. 23 Mar 1866 as infant; [DESCENDANTS NOT POSSIBLE]

26.04--Carlos Seymour "C. S." Holley, b. 12 Aug 1868; d. 10 Mar 1930 (gravestone says 8 Mar); bd. Mars Hill Cem., near Marion, Perry Co., AL; m1. ca. 1897 (md. 3 yrs. in 1900 census) to Emma Leona Harrison (b. 22 May 1878 to S. E. and Maggie Harrison; d. 27 Aug 1908, ca. age 30; bd. Mars Hill Cem., near Marion, Perry Co., AL); at least 4 of at least 8 total ch.; m2. ca. Mar 1910 to Frances Alvita/Anita Poole (b. ca. 1888; d. unk.; bd. unk.); at least 4 of at least 8 total ch.;

[listed as Seamore Holly, age 4, in the 1 Sep 1870 census of Liberty Hill P. O., Athens Beat, Dallas Co., AL];
[listed as Carlos Holley, age 12, in the 6 June 1880 census of Beat No. 1, Perry Co., AL, living with his widowed mother next door to "cozun", Bryant B. Lester, age 28, and his mother and siblings];
[listed as Carlos Holley, age 31, in the 7 Jun 1900 census of Marion, Perry Co., AL, and living as "son law" with his wife and daughter in the home of her parents, the Harrisons];
[listed as C. S. Holley, 51, in the 10 Jan 1920 census of Marion, Pct. 1, Perry Co., AL]

[listed as Emma Holley, age 22, in the 7 Jun 1900 census of Marion, Perry Co., AL, and living in the home of her parents, the Harrisons]

[listed as Alvita Holley, 32, in the 10 Jan 1920 census of Marion, Pct. 1, Perry Co., AL]
[listed as Alnita Holley, 40 and widowed, b. AL/AL/AL, in the 18 Apr 1930 census of Marion, Perry Co., AL]


Carlos Seymour Holley

m1. Emma L. Harrison Holley
No photo yet





m2. Frances Alvita Holley
27.01--unk. Holley, b. ca.1898; d. ca. 1899; bd. unk.; m. never; no ch.; [DESCENDANTS NOT POSSIBLE]
[not listed in the 7 Jun 1900 census of Marion, Perry Co., AL, but reported by her mother who stated she'd been married three years and had 2 ch., one of whom was still living]

27.02--Minnie Emma "Ethel" Holley, b. Apr 1900 in Marion, Perry Co., AL; d. aft. 23 Nov 1982 as per letter below; bd. unk.; m. Joseph Roy Nichols (b. unk.; d. ca. 1960 as per letter below); at least one ch.
[listed as Emma Holley, age 3mos., in the 7 Jun 1900 census of Marion, Perry Co., AL, and living in the home of her mother's parents, the Harrisons];
[listed as Minnie E. Holley, age 10, in the 26 Apr 1910 census of Marion Beat, Perry Co., AL]
[listed as Ethel Nichols, age 26, b. AL, md. age 14, in the 16 Apr 1930 census of Marion, Perry Co., AL]
[listed as Ethel Nichols, age 39, b. AL, in the 1940 census of Marion, Perry Co., AL]

[listed as J. Roy Nichols, age 33, b. AL, md. age 21, in the 16 Apr 1930 census of Marion, Perry Co., AL]
[listed as Roy Nichols, W. P. A. bridge worker, age 41, b. AL, in the 1940 census of Marion, Perry Co., AL]




Ethel Holley Nichols


see her letter,
transcribed
below, as the
source of much
of our data:

28.01--L. Bernice Nichols, b. ca. 1921; d. unk.; bd. unk.; m. unk.; unk. ch.;
[listed as L. Berniece Nichols, age 9, b. AL, in the 16 Apr 1930 census of Marion, Perry Co., AL]
[listed as Bernice Nichols, 19, b. AL, in the 1940 census of Marion, Perry Co., AL]

29.00--Ethel's grandchild
facebook?

30.00--Ethel's great-grandchild facebook?

31.00--Ethel's gg-grandchild, b. bef. Nov 1982 facebook?

28.02--Emma Frances Nichols, b. 20 Nov 1921 in Selma, Dallas Co., AL; d. 8 Apr 2007; bd. New Live Oak Cem., Selma, Dallas Co., AL--Find A Grave Memorial# 69372637; m. Mr. Jackson (); div. Mar 1959 in Mobile, AL; unk. ch.;
[listed as Emmie F. Nichols, age 7, b. AL, in the 16 Apr 1930 census of Marion, Perry Co., AL]
[listed as Frances Nichols, 18, b. AL, in the 1940 census of Marion, Perry Co., AL]

29.00--Ethel's grandchild
Jackson facebook?

30.00--Ethel's great-grandchild facebook?

31.00--Ethel's gg-grandchild, b. bef. Nov 1982 facebook?
27.03--John Earl Holley, b. 24 Dec 1903 in AL; d. 10 Oct 1960; bd. New Live Oak Cem., Selma, Dallas Co., AL--Find A Grave Memorial# 69372330; m. unk.; unk. ch.
[listed as Erle, age 7, in the 26 Apr 1910 census of Marion Beat, Perry Co., AL];
[listed as John Holley, 17, in the 10 Jan 1920 census of Marion, Pct. 1, Perry Co., AL]
[listed as John E. Holley, age 24, hotel clerk, in the 8 Apr 1930 census of Selma, Dallas Co., AL, and living with his "cousin", Clarence A. Holley, age 32, hotel manager]
27.04--Mabel Holley, b. ca. 1907 in AL; d. unk.; bd. unk.; unk. ch.
[listed as Mable, age 3, in the 26 Apr 1910 census of Marion Beat, Perry Co., AL];
[listed as Mabel Holley, 12, in the 10 Jan 1920 census of Marion, Pct. 1, Perry Co., AL]

CarlosSH m2. Frances Alvita (nee unk.)

27.05--Gladys A. Holley, b. ca. 1913 in AL; d. unk.; bd. unk.; m. Sam Morton (b. ca. 1909 in AL; d. aft. 1940; bd. unk.); at least one ch.
[listed as Gladys Holley, 7, in the 10 Jan 1920 census of Marion, Pct. 1, Perry Co., AL]
[listed as Gladys A. Holley, 17 and b. AL/AL/AL, in the 18 Apr 1930 census of Marion, Perry Co., AL]
[listed as Gladys Morton, 24 (sic!) and b. AL, in the 6 May 1940 census of Marion, Perry Co., AL]

[listed as Sam Morton, grocery store clerk, 31 and b. AL, in the 6 May 1940 census of Marion, Perry Co., AL]

28.01--"Sammie" Morton, b. ca. 1938 in AL; d. aft. 1940; bd. unk.; m. unk.; unk. ch.
[listed as Sammie Morton, 2 and b. AL, in the 6 May 1940 census of Marion, Perry Co., AL]

27.06--Cecil Monroe Holley, b. 1914 in AL; d. 1960 in Selma, AL; bd. Marion Cem., Marion, Perry Co., AL--Find A Grave Memorial# 100140061; m. Thelma Thompson (); unk. ch.
[listed as Cecil Holley, 6, in the 10 Jan 1920 census of Marion, Pct. 1, Perry Co., AL]
[listed as Cecil M. Holley, 16 and b. AL/AL/AL, in the 18 Apr 1930 census of Marion, Perry Co., AL]
[listed as Cecil Holley, 25 and b. AL, in the 6 May 1940 census of Marion, Perry Co., AL, and lvg. w/his sister and b-i-l, Gladys and Sam Morton]

27.07--Pauline R. Holley, b. ca. 1917 in AL; d. unk.; bd. unk.; unk. ch.
[listed as Pauline R. Holley, 13 and b. AL/AL/AL, in the 18 Apr 1930 census of Marion, Perry Co., AL]

27.08--Aubrey R. Holley, b. ca. 1920 in AL; d. unk.; bd. unk.; unk. ch.
[listed as Aubrey R. Holley, 10 and b. AL/AL/AL, in the 18 Apr 1930 census of Marion, Perry Co., AL]
Name: Cecil M Holley
YOB: abt 1914
POB: Alabama
Home in
1930:
Marion, Perry, Alabama
FPOB: Alabama
Mother: Alnita Holley
MPOB: Alabama
House-
hold:
Name Age
Alnita Holley 40
Gladys A Holley 17
Cecil M Holley 16
Pauline R Holley 13
[3] 
Aubrey P Holley 10

Mrs. Ethel Holley Nichols' 1982 Letter
(as transcribed by John M. Gwin)


Following is a letter, a copy of which was sent to me by Cousin Barbara Ward, written by Mrs. Ethel Holley Nichols in her hand and sent, at the request of her cousin Ina Pitts, to Ms. Gertrude Stephens of Spanish Fort, AL.  Ina had seen Gertrude's notice in the Marion (Perry County) newspaper and didn't know much about their Holley history, so she asked Ethel to put down on paper what she could remember about their grandmother's family--the Gwins.  The letter is full of interesting and historical information, and I gladly include it here.

(color-coded emphasis mine for ease in finding referenced material)


John M. Gwin's Interpretive Comments
36701
Nov. 23, 1982
205 Ward St.
Selma, Ala--
My dear

After reading your letter to my cousin Ina Pitts, and I am the oldest survivor of Martha Gwin thought I would add a few words of what I can remember hearing my father, Carlos Holley, tell about.

It seems my grandmother Martha (Matt) (Mattie) was raised in Athens, Ala. by wealthy or well-to-do parents, as all it seemed all she did was take music and attend schools until she married.





Martha Roseanne Gwin

This is the Town of Athens in Dallas Co. which existed for only a short period and then died.

These were Isom Gwin and Mary Burdine Wilson Gwin. Isom was a Justice of the Peace. He owned several slaves, but I don't know what he did for a living.

My grandfather married her in Athens, Ala (Madison Holley). He was in business with a partner whom he trusted with all his mind and heart, doing well so it seems, when he got the idea of coming to Marion in Perry County to go in business for himself. So his partner suggested he turn his share over to his partner's name and when he got settled in Marion he would return his half or share back to my grandfather in my grandfather's name. Of course you can guess the rest. His partner flatly refused and he was here broke and penniless from then on. He got a job as overseer from the rich slave and property owners until he died. My grandmother Martha, then learned to cook, wash dishes, and keep house and taught school some.

My grandfather kept planning to go back to Athens to kill his partner but took to bed with typhoid fever, which was fatal in those days, and while dying he was talking to his son Walter who was already dead.

My grandfather had two brothers, Will and Monroe, and one sister Martha who married a Steadman. All are buried in Perry Co.   They were Dutch-Irish.






Madison Holley is the grandfather; Will Holley and Monroe Holley are his brothers--I don't know anything about them yet.


This must be Mary Burdine Wilson Gwin Steadman, since she is the only person of whom I know who married a Steadman, and if I'm right, she is MARTHA's sister, not MADISON's.  If I'm wrong, then it appears that we have another set of double cousins to figure out!  To find out if I'm right or wrong, I'll have to find the Holley family in the census documents and see if Will, Monroe, and Madison Holley had a sister named Martha who married a Steadman.


They are buried at the Mars Hill Cemetery just outside of Marion, Perry Co., AL.

My father was light complected, dark brown eyes, and black hair and died at 62. His brother Clarence was medium brown eyed with red hair and reddish complexion. Their sister Minnie died at childbirth at 19 years old--her husband was Tom Lester.

Now we will say a few more things about my grandmother who then married Bryant Lester and had three more children. I have met quite a few people from Athens and close about there. They have told me there were Gwins still around there. One man told me there was almost a community of them in one place close around but they spell their names Guinns and call it Gu ends. He said I'm almost sure they are real Gwins and some of your relatives. My grandmother also had an uncle who was a well known doctor in Demopolis, Ala., by the name of Wilson I met a retired professor last year who was a cousin of this doctor and also a Wilson. He was 92 when he died this year.






This tells me there may still be Guinns living in the area of Athens.  Nearby towns include Orrville and Safford.  Perhaps I can find local phone books to search.

This must be Dr. Isham Griffin Wilson, youngest sibling of Mary Burdine Wilson (Mrs. Isom) Gwin (Mrs. John) Steadman. Dr. I. G. Wilson did indeed live in Demopolis, and he and his family are buried there. This link will take you to his page.


I plan to research this Wilson cousin to discover who he is.

My father was four years old and my uncle Clarence was two years old when my grandfather died.

I'll send you a separate list that I copied from a little memoranda book of my grandmother's while visiting my aunt about five years ago, who is also dead.

As for me, I am a widow of 22 years, and head of five generations at the age of 82. I hope after you ever get through reading this it might be a little benefit to you.  Good luck and best wishes.

Yours,                              

Ethel (Holley) Nichols

I have heard that Dr. Lamar Holley of Birmingham, Ala., has tried to trace the Holley family. Perhaps he could help you. He is Will Holley's grandson.

This is of my father's grandfather and mother and his father mother brothers and sister.

Burel Holley Born April 15, 1797 my. Frances Miller ?    wife great grandfather

Two brothers Will and Monroe Holley

Madison Holley My grandfather Born Aug 7, 1827 Died Dec 6, 1872

Martha Rosanna Gwin--Mom said Grandma spelled last name Guinn--Born 1843, Died Sept 14, 1923; 79 yrs 6 mos Married Sept 7 1860

Carlos Seymore Holley my father Born Aug 12, 1868 Died Mar 10, 1930

Emma Leona Harrison Born 1878 Died Sept 1908

Clarence Wilson Holley Born Mar 7 1870 my uncle Wife Addie Kynerd?

Mary Willie Holley Born Sept. 13, 1872 Died at 6 months

Minnie Moore Holley my aunt 

Thomas J. Lester married Jan 4 1883 She died a year later in childbirth'' Walter and George Holley died infants



Ethel is generation 27 in the outline; therefore, as the "head of five generations", she has descendants at least into generation  #31.


Ethel lists her age here as 82, and the letter is dated 1982.  This means that she was born about 1900.  But in the 1900 census, Carlos S. Holley and Emma Harrison Holley are listed as only having, in their three years of marriage,
two children, only one of whom is living--and this survivor is listed as Emma, age 3 mos., b. Apr 1900!  From this I conclude that (1) Ethel Nichols' other name is Emma and the "two" are the same person, OR (2) the 1900 enumerator erred in transcribing his notes, calling the baby Emma rather than Ethel.


Martha Gwin (Grandma Holley) mother Mary Wilson Steadman died 1877 at 60 years of age. Her mother by second husband.

As the outline near the top of this page clearly shows, Mary Burdine Wilson Gwin Steadman is indeed the mother of Martha Roseanne Gwin Holley Lester; however, this was by Mary's first husband, Isom Gwin, not her second husband, Rev. Steadman.

26.05--Clarence Wilson "C. W." Holley, b. 2 Mar 1870; d. 15 Mar 1941; bd. Mars Hill Cem., near Marion, Perry Co., AL; was living in Marion at the time of his stepfather Bryant Lester's death, according to the obit.; m. ca. 1896 to Mary Addie Kynard (b. 11 Jun 1878; d. 17 Jan 1948; bd. Mars Hill Cem., near Marion, Perry Co., AL); at least eight ch.;
[listed as (no name) Holly, age 1, in the 1 Sep 1870 census of Liberty Hill P. O., Athens Beat, Dallas Co., AL];
[listed as Clarance Holley, age 10, in the 6 June 1880 census of Beat No. 1, Perry Co., AL, living with his widowed mother next door to "cozun", Bryant B. Lester, age 28, and his mother and siblings];
[age 30 in the 8 Jun 1900 census of Marion, Perry Co., AL];
[listed as Clarence W., age 40, in the 26 Apr 1910 census of Marion, Perry Co., AL];
[listed as C. W. , age 49, in the 10 Jan 1920 census of Marion, Perry Co., AL];
[listed as Clarence W., age 60, in the 16 Apr 1930 census of Marion, Perry Co., AL]

[but listed as Addie, b. Jun 1879, age 21, in the 8 Jun 1900 census of Marion, Perry Co., AL];
[listed as Mary A., age 31, in the 26 Apr 1910 census of Marion, Perry Co., AL];
[listed as Mary A. , age 41, in the 10 Jan 1920 census of Marion, Perry Co., AL];
[listed as Mary A., age 51, in the 16 Apr 1930 census of Marion, Perry Co., AL]

27.01--Clarence Arthur Holley, b. Dec 1897; d. 8 Aug 1973 in Selma, AL; bd. New Live Oak Cem., Selma, Dallas Co., AL--Find A Grave Memorial# 69372320; m. Allyne/Adllyne Boyer (b. 1917; d. 1977; bd. New Live Oak Cem., Selma, Dallas Co., AL--Find A Grave Memorial# 69372319); newlyweds w/no ch. in 1940 census [POSSIBLE DESCENDANTS]
[listed as Artur, age 2, in the 8 Jun 1900 census of Marion, Perry Co., AL];
[listed as Clarence A., age 12, in the 26 Apr 1910 census of Marion, Perry Co., AL];
[not listed as living at home in the 10 Jan 1920 census of Marion, Perry Co., AL, and assumed living elsewhere--possibly found listed as Arthur Holley, roomer and hotel clerk, age 22, in the 13 Jan 1920 census of Selma, Dallas Co., AL.];
[listed as Clarence A. Holley, age 32, hotel manager, in the 8 Apr 1930 census of Selma, Dallas Co., AL, and living with his "cousin", John E. Holley, age 24, hotel clerk]
[listed as Clarence A. Holley, age 42, no occ., in the 5 Apr 1940 census of Selma, Dallas Co., AL]

[listed as Allyne Holley, age 22, W.P.A. clerk, in the 5 Apr 1940 census of Selma, Dallas Co., AL]

27.02--Martha "Mattie" Ruth Holley, b. 19 Dec 1899 (from gravestone); d. 31 May 1917 (from gravestone)--age 17 years, 5 months, 12 days; m. unk., but probably never; bd. Mars Hill Cem., Perry Co., AL--Find A Grave Memorial# 83419213; unk. ch., but probably none;
[listed as Ruth, age 1/2, in the 8 Jun 1900 census of Marion, Perry Co., AL];
[listed as Mattie R., age 10, in the 26 Apr 1910 census of Marion, Perry Co., AL];
[already deceased in the 10 Jan 1920 census of Marion, Perry Co., AL]

[Barb Ward Note:  I added a memorial notice to the Find A Grave website for Martha Mattie Ruth Holley (1899-1917).  You placed it there sometime back, and I added this photocopy that was sent to me by Leona Curtis in 2004.  She is the granddaughter of Carlos S. Holley and Emma Leona Harrison thru their daughter Ethel Holley Nichols, author of that letter that was written in Nov 1982; relating information on my Martha Gwin Holley Lester.  This photo is also posted on my Lester/Thomas family tree on Ancestry.com.     Barb Ward
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27.03--Virgie/Vinie M. Holley, b. ca. 1902; d. unk.; m. unk.; unk. ch. [POSSIBLE DESCENDANTS]
[listed as Virgie M., dau., age 8, in the 26 Apr 1910 census of Marion, Perry Co., AL];
[listed as Vinie M., age 18, in the 10 Jan 1920 census of Marion, Perry Co., AL];
[not listed as living at home in the 16 Apr 1930 census of Marion, Perry Co., AL, and assumed married and living elsewhere]

27.04--Ona S./L. Holley, dau, b. ca. 1904; d. unk.; m. unk.; unk. ch. [POSSIBLE DESCENDANTS]
[listed as Ona S., dau., age 6, in the 26 Apr 1910 census of Marion, Perry Co., AL];
[listed as Orus L., age 16, in the 10 Jan 1920 census of Marion, Perry Co., AL]
[not listed as living at home in the 16 Apr 1930 census of Marion, Perry Co., AL, and assumed married and living elsewhere]

27.05--Ina G. Holley, b. ca. 1906; d. unk.; m. unk.; unk. ch. [POSSIBLE DESCENDANTS]
[listed as Ina G., dau., age 4, in the 26 Apr 1910 census of Marion, Perry Co., AL];
[listed as Ina, age 13, in the 10 Jan 1920 census of Marion, Perry Co., AL]
[not listed as living at home in the 16 Apr 1930 census of Marion, Perry Co., AL, and assumed married and living elsewhere]

27.06--Otey Lawrence Holley, b. 28 Aug 1908; d. 17 Sep 1960; bd. Mars Hill Cem., Perry Co., AL--Find A Grave Memorial# 83419143; m. unk.; unk. ch. [POSSIBLE DESCENDANTS]
[listed as Odey L., son, age 1, in the 26 Apr 1910 census of Marion, Perry Co., AL];
[listed as Ottie, age 12, in the 10 Jan 1920 census of Marion, Perry Co., AL];
[listed as Ottey, age 21, in the 16 Apr 1930 census of Marion, Perry Co., AL]
27.07--Elam Parrish Holley, Sr., b. 6 Oct 1910; d. 13 Dec 1990 in AL; bd. New Live Oak Cem., Selma, Dallas Co., AL--Find A Grave Memorial# 69372324; m. Kathleen Tanton (b. 22 Dec 1916; d. 9 May 2005; bd. New Live Oak Cem., Selma, Dallas Co., AL--Find A Grave Memorial# 69372332); at least four ch.
[listed as Ela, son, age 9, in the 10 Jan 1920 census of Marion, Perry Co., AL];
[listed as Elan, age 19, in the 16 Apr 1930 census of Marion, Perry Co., AL]

28.01--Martha Holley, b. 24 Jun 1937; d. 20 Jun 2012; bd. New Live Oak Cem., Selma, Dallas Co.,AL--Find A Grave Memorial# 92708332; m. Charles "Pete"  Roberts, facebook?  [PRIVATE]


Martha Holley Roberts, age 74, of Selma, AL, passed away June 20, 2012.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Elam Holley, Sr., and Kathleen Holley, and sister, Barbara Wyatt.

She is survived by her husband, Charles "Pete" Roberts; daughters, Cindy (Drew) Brock and Robin (Neal) Ward; brothers, Elam (Sandra) Holley, Jr. and Ralph (Pat) Holley; grandchildren, Jennifer (Chris) Horton, Royce Kuhn, Grant Scott, Philip Brock, Ashley Horton, and Collin Horton; special friend David Hulsey and special niece, Jan Leicht.

Mrs. Roberts was a Sunday School teacher for over fifty years at Central/Valley Grande Baptist Church, where she touched many lives.  She worked with children through VBS and the Happy Hands Puppet Ministry.

Graveside services will be Friday, June 22, 2012, at 11:30 a.m. in New Live Oak Cemetery with Rev. Clarke Skelton and Rev. Ed Eaton officiating and Selma Funeral Home directing.  Visitation will be prior to the service from 10-11:00 a.m. at the funeral home.  Pallbearers will be Drew Brock, Neal Ward, Chris Horton, Royce Kuhn, Grant Scott, Philip Brock, Collin Horton, and David Hulsey.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations to be made to Valley Grande Baptist Church Building Fund, 48 County Road 16, Valley Grande, AL, 36701.
Published Selma Times Journal, Wednesday, June 20, 2012
 Copied from her good Findagrave.com memorial



29.01--Cindy "Mimi" Roberts, facebook [PRIVATE], m. Drew Brock, facebook?  [PRIVATE], [POSSIBLE DESCENDANTS]

30.01--Jennifer Brock, facebook [PRIVATE], m. Chris Horton, facebook?  [PRIVATE],

31.01--Collin Horton, facebook [PRIVATE],

29.02--Robin Roberts, facebook [PRIVATE], m. Neal Ward, facebook?  [PRIVATE],

30.01--Royce Kuhn, facebook [PRIVATE], [POSSIBLE DESCENDANTS]

30.02--Grant Scott, facebook [PRIVATE], [POSSIBLE DESCENDANTS]

28.02--Barbara Holley, b. 30 Sep 1939; d. 21 Apr 1999; bd. unk.; m1. Mr. Wyatt, facebook?  [PRIVATE], m2. Mr. Cezar (b. ; d. ; bd. unk.); unk. ch.: [POSSIBLE DESCENDANTS]

28.03--Ralph Holley, facebook?  [PRIVATE], m. Pat (nee unk.) facebook?  [PRIVATE], [POSSIBLE DESCENDANTS]

28.04--Elam Parrish Holley, Jr., President and CEO of South City Bank facebook? [PRIVATE], m. Sandra (nee unk.) facebook?  [PRIVATE], [POSSIBLE DESCENDANTS]

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Genforum.com; Holley's of Perry and Dallas Co., Ala.Posted by: James Tanton (ID *****3774); Date: Aug. 30, 2007; 1925 of 1977 postings
Elam P. Holley is my 1st grand uncle. Kathaline Tanton was his wife. I can't seem to find him in the U.S. Census, or anywhere else for that matter. I do know he lived in Perry Co. and Dallas Co., Alabama. His last residence was in Selma, AL. He passed away in 1990. If anyone could help me find more information, I would appreciate it.
Thanks in advance,
James Tanton, Selma, AL

Re: Holley's of Perry and Dallas Co., Alabama; Posted by: Robert Holley (ID *****1758); Date: Oct. 18, 2007; posting #1929 of 1977

SS Record: Elam P. Holley b. 6-Oct 1910 d. AL 13 Dec 1990 Grandfather: unk.
Grandmother: Mattie R. unk. (AL 1845)
Father: Clarence W. Holley (AL-Mar 1870)
Mother: Mary Addie unk. (AL-Jun 1879)
1880 Perry AL, Marion Pct., p. 161A, #163
Clarence’s mother, Mattie, is widow age 35
1900 Perry AL, Marion Pct., p. 4B, #81-81: spelled Halley 1910 Perry AL, Marion Pct. p. 52A, #202 1920 Perry AL , Marion Pct., p. 19A/B, #103-111:
Clarence as C.W.; Elam as Elan age 9
1930 Perry AL, Marion Pct. p. #135-141: Elam as Elan age 19 Robert Holley
Miami, FL

27.08--Eunice Holley, b. ca. Jun 1925; d. unk.; m. unk.; unk. ch. [POSSIBLE DESCENDANTS]
[listed as Eunice, 4 y 10 m, in the 16 Apr 1930 census of Marion, Perry Co., AL]

26.06--Mary Willie Holley, b.13 Sep 1872; d. Mar 1873 as infant; [DESCENDANTS NOT POSSIBLE]

MRGH m2. 6 Jan 1881 (her age was 38, his 30) at the home of the bride in Perryridge, Perry Co., by Rev. A. J . Kynard, to Bryant Brown Lester, (b. 8 Mar 1851 at Perryridge, Perry Co., AL; s/o Thomas P. Lester and Sarah Ann Brown and brother of Mrs. Maggie Lester Henley who was living in Marion at the time of BBL's death, according to his obit. in the Selma Times Standard of Weds., 19 Jan 1941; d. 28 Jan 1941, age 89, at Hamburg, Perry Co., AL; bd. Mars Hill Cem., near Marion, Perry Co., AL; spent his entire life in Perry Co. as a farmer, according to his obit.); four children by Bryant Lester, 10 total;
[listed as Lester Obrian, age 49, b. Mar 1851, in the 8 Jun 1900 census of Marion, Perry Co., AL];
[listed as Bryant B. Lester (hopelessly mistranscribed by Ancestry.com as "Brgant B. Kester", then "Bryant B. Rester"), age 59, in the 9 May 1910 census of Hamburg Pct., Perry Co., AL];
[listed as Bryant B. Lester, age 71, in the 22 Jan 1920 census of Hamburg Pct. 2, Perry Co., AL]
Left: From Martha "Mattie" Rosanna Gwin Holley Lester's old photo album (now owned by cousin Barbara Ward) comes this photo we believe to be Martha herself. Second from left is an enlargement of her face.  Third from left are Bryant Brown Lester and wife--this same Martha (taken about 1920)Right: Martha's gravestone in Mars Hill Cemetery outside Marion, Perry Co., AL; Gravestone of Mattie Gwin reads: "Martha R. Guinn; wife of Bryant B. Lester; April 5, 1844; Sept. 14, 1923" --photos owned and copies contributed by Barbara Ward.
 26.07--Smith Wyatt Lester, twin, b. 1 Dec 1881 in Marion, Perry Co., AL; d. 21 Apr 1949 in Weed, Siskiyou Co., CA; bd. Winema Cem., Weed, Siskiyou Co., CA--Find A Grave Memorial# 89885484; was living in Weed, CA, at the time of his father's death in 1941, according to his father's obit.; m. 25 Dec 1901 in Marion, AL, to Annie Lenora Pitts (d/o James Harrison Pitts and Lucy Kynard, b. 1 May 1878 in Perry Co., AL; d. 26 Jan 1947 in Weed, Siskiyou Co., CA; bd. Winema Cem., Weed, Siskiyou Co., CA--Find A Grave Memorial# 90366195;); seven ch.;
[listed as Smith Obrian, age 17, b. Dec 1882, living next door to his half-brother Clarence Holley, in the 8 Jun 1900 census of Marion, Perry Co., AL];
[listed a second time as Smith W. Lester, age 18 (but b. Jan 1882), single, head of household, and clerk in a hardware store, in the 18 Jun 1900 census of Marion, Perry Co., AL]
[listed as Smith Wyatt Lester, age 28, in the 1910 census of Selma Ward 5, Dallas Co., AL]

[listed as Smith W. Lester, age 38, in the 28 Jan 1920 census of Spring Hill, Rapides Par., LA]

[listed as Smith W. Lester, age 49
, md. age 21, in the 12 Apr 1930 census of Edgewood, Siskiyou Co., CA]

[listed as Norah Lester, age 25, in the 1910 census of Selma Ward 5, Dallas Co., AL]
[listed as Annie L. Lester, age 43, in the 28 Jan 1920 census of Spring Hill, Rapides Par., LA]

[listed as Annie L. Lester, age 54, md. age 26, in the 12 Apr 1930 census of Edgewood, Siskiyou Co., CA]
left: Smith Wyatt Lester and Annie Lenora Pitts Lester; wedding photo, Marion, AL, Dec 1901
right, l-r:   The Lester Family--27.04--Walter Lester; Smith W. Lester; Annie L. Pitts Lester; 27.05--Alma Lester;
27.03--Annie Beatrice Lester; 27.07--James Lester; and 28.01--Barbara Lee Lester (now Ward)
  Photos courtesy Bud Lester

27.01--Martha "Mattie" Smith Lester, b. 15 May 1902 (but her gravestone clearly says 1906) at Marion, Perry Co., AL; d. 12 Dec 1912, age ten years, seven months; m. never; [DESCENDANTS NOT POSSIBLE]
[listed as Mattie S. Lester, age 4, in the 1910 census of Selma Ward 5, Dallas Co., AL]

27.02--(infant son) Lester, b. 11 Nov 1903; d. 13 Nov 1903, age two days; bd. Mars Hill Cem., near Marion, Perry Co., AL; [DESCENDANTS NOT POSSIBLE]

27.03--Annie Beatrice "Annie Bea" Lester, b. 15 Nov 1904 at Marion, Perry Co., AL; d. 19 Jun 1979 at Kingman, Mohave Co., AZ; bd. Mt. View Cem., Kingman, AZ--Find A Grave Memorial# 23717536; m. ca. 1926 to Tillman W. Hendrick (b. 9 Dec 1902; d. Feb 1972; bd. Mt. View Cem., Kingman, Mohave Co., AZ--Find A Grave Memorial# 23717535); no ch. [DESCENDANTS NOT POSSIBLE]

[listed as Beatrice A. Lester, age 5, in the 1910 census of Selma Ward 5, Dallas Co., AL]
[listed as Annie B. Lester, age 15, in the 28 Jan 1920 census of Spring Hill, Rapides Par., LA]

[listed as Beatrice Hendrick, age 25, b. AL/AL/AL, drugstore bookkeeper, in the 3 Apr 1930 census of Holbrook, Navajo Co., AZ]


[listed as T. W. Hendrick, age 27, b. LA/LA/LA, druggist, in the 3 Apr 1930 census of Holbrook, Navajo Co., AZ]

27.04--Walter Wyatt Lester, b. 18 Feb 1908 at Selma, Dallas Co., AL; d. 17 Jun 1967 at Kingman, AZ; bd. 20 Jun 1967 at Mt. View Cem., Kingman, AZ; gravestone says, "CALIFORNIA TEC4 742 AMPH TANK BN WORLD WAR II"--Find A Grave Memorial# 23837903; m1. Anita Laura McRae (b. ca. 1914 in CA/UT/CA to Orin A. McRae and wife Lizzie; d. unk.; bd. unk.; ALML m2. Julian Baldi); div. betw. 1931 and 1940; at least two ch. of at least two total; WWL m2. Ethel (nee unk.; b. unk.; d. unk.; bd. unk.); no known ch. of at least two total
[Walter W. Lester, age 2, in the 1910 census of Selma Ward 5, Dallas Co., AL]
[listed as Walter W. Lester, age 12, in the 28 Jan 1920 census of Spring Hill, Rapides Par., LA]

[listed as Walter W. Lester, age 20, md. age 19 andb. AL/AL/AL, in the 12 Apr 1930 census of Edgewood, Siskiyou Co., CA, and lvg. w/his wife & parents]

[listed as Anita L. Lester, age 17, md. age 16 and b. CA/UT/CA, in the 12 Apr 1930 census of Edgewood, Siskiyou Co., CA, and lvg. w/her in-laws]

[listed as Anita Lester, age 27, div., b. CA, in the 29 Apr 1940 census of Edgewood, Siskiyou Co., CA, and lvg. w/her parents]

28.01--Ramona Jean Lester, b. ca. Jan 1930; m1. Gino Prosperi (b. 1923; d. 1993); m2. James "Jim" Moxley
[listed as Ramona J. Lester, age 3 mos., b. CA/AL/CA, in the 12 Apr 1930 census of Edgewood, Siskiyou Co., CA, and lvg. w/her parents and paternal grandparents]
[listed as Ramona Lester, age 10, b. CA, in the 29 Apr 1940 census of Edgewood, Siskiyou Co., CA, and lvg. w/her mother and maternal grandparents]

29.00--Daniel "Dan" Prosperi, facebook [PRIVATE], m. Brenda (nee unk.) [PRIVATE]

29.00--Cinde L. Prosperi, facebook [PRIVATE], m. Michael "Mike" Belcastro [PRIVATE]

29.00--Ryan Michael Belcastro facebook [PRIVATE]

28.02--Walter James "Bud" Lester, CONTRIBUTOR, facebook friend, [PRIVATE], m1. Patricia Ann McBride [PRIVATE]; m2. Carole Jeanne Gill (m2. Mr. Robinette) [PRIVATE], m3. Lois J. Miller (m1. Mr. Swanson) [PRIVATE]
[listed as Walter Lester, age 8, b. CA, in the 29 Apr 1940 census of Edgewood, Siskiyou Co., CA, and lvg. w/his mother and maternal grandparents]

29.01--Guy Duane Lester b. 6 Jul 1955 in McCloud, CA; d. 22 Dec 2013 at Olympia, WA; bd. unk.; m. Lee Ann Conklin [PRIVATE], div.


Guy Duane Lester

Guy Duane Lester, age 58 of Lake Cushman, Washington, passed away on December 22, 2013 at Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia, Washington, due to a heart attack at his home.

Guy was born in McCloud, California, on July 6, 1955, to Walter J. “Bud” Lester and Patricia Ann McBride, both from McCloud.

He attended schools in McCloud and Weed, California, and graduated from Andrew P. Hill High School at San Jose, California. He then worked for Zerox and IBM as an analyst.

Guy married Lee Ann Conklin. They moved to Oregon and owned a video store in first, Forrest Grove, then Cornelius, and then Vernonia, Oregon.

His marriage of 25 years ended in divorce. He then moved to Ocean Park, Oregon and had a tie dyed T-shirt business. Lastly he moved to a home near Lake Cushman, Washington.

Guy is survived by his father of Clarkston, Washington; half-brothers, Kirk Lester of Reno, Nevada and Brian Lester of Tacoma, Washington. Also a half-sister, Karin Lester of Snoqualmie Summit, Washington; his aunts, Ramona Lester Prosperi Moxley of Redding, California, Mary McBride Sanchez and Kathryn McBride Hambley. Also his companion, Andrea.

He was preceded in death by his mother and half-brother, Jeffery Lester.

Cremation has taken place at the McComb & Wagner Funeral Home in Shelton, Washington.

WJBudL m2. Carole Jeanne Gill

29.02--Jeffrey David "Jeff" Lester, b. unk.; d. bef. Dec 2013; bd. unk.;  m1. Tempest Butler (m1. Mr. Brown) [PRIVATE]; unk. ch.

30.00--Nathan Brown [PRIVATE]

30.01--Nicholas Lester [PRIVATE]

31.01--Mackenzie "Mack" Lester [PRIVATE]

29.03--Kirk Allen Lester [PRIVATE], m. Karen Easton Stockenger [PRIVATE]

30.00--Elizabeth Easton [PRIVATE]

30.00--Zach Stockenger [PRIVATE]

30.01--Jennifer "Jennie" Lester [PRIVATE]

30.02--Kathryn "Katie" Lester, facebook friend [PRIVATE], m. Brandon Gifford [PRIVATE]

31.01--Kacyn Marie Gifford [PRIVATE]

29.04--Karin Lester, facebook  [PRIVATE]

29.05--Brian Lester, facebook friend [PRIVATE], m1. Desiree Crestwell [PRIVATE], div.; m2. Kristin (nee unk.) facebook, [PRIVATE]

30.01--Dylan Lester, facebook, [PRIVATE]

30.02--Alexandra "Allie" Lester [PRIVATE]

30.03--Jessica Henderson "Jessie" Lester facebook, [PRIVATE]

 
l-r: Brian Lester, Dylan Lester, and Bud Lester
at Dylan's high school graduation in 2006
Photo courtesy Bud Lester

Re: Gwin Genealogy

Thanks for responding.

My dad has worked on the family tree for some years since his retirement, and I finally made some time to follow the trail myself. I came across your site and was amazed at the vast amount of information. Thank you so much for putting all of this together.

You are correct in that I descend from Bryant and Martha. My dad is Walter J. Lester, my grandfather Walter W. Lester, my great-grandfather Smith W. Lester, and Bryant B. Lester and Martha Gwin were my great-great-grandparents. It's always nice to meet a new cousin :)

Brian

27.05--Alma Oneida Lester, b. 6 Nov 1909 at _____, Perry Co., AL; d. 30 May 1998 at Sacramento, CA; bd. Sacramento Memorial Lawn, Sacramento, CA; m. never; no ch. [DESCENDANTS NOT POSSIBLE]
[listed as Beatrice A. Lester, age 6 mos., in the 1910 census of Selma Ward 5, Dallas Co., AL]
[listed as Alma Lester, age 10, in the 28 Jan 1920 census of Spring Hill, Rapides Par., LA]

27.06--Clara Mildred Lester, b.12 Oct 1911 at Marion, Perry Co., AL; d. as infant 3 Dec 1912 at Marion, Perry Co., AL (age ca. 13 mo.); bd. Mars Hill Cem., near Marion, Perry Co., AL; [DESCENDANTS NOT POSSIBLE]

27.07--James Leon Lester, b. 18 Jul 1915 at Columbus, Lowndes Co., MS; d. 1 Dec 1979 at Sacramento, CA; bd. Sacramento Memorial Lawn, Sacramento, CA; m1. 1941 at Vallejo, CA to Myrtle Maxine Thomas; at least two ch.;

[listed as James L. Lester, age 4, in the 28 Jan 1920 census of Spring Hill, Rapides Par., LA]
[listed as Leon J. Lester, age 15 and b. MS/AL/AL, in the 12 Apr 1930 census of Edgewood, Siskiyou Co., CA, and lvg. w/his wife parents]

28.01--Barbara Lee Lester CONTRIBUTOR, facebook friend [PRIVATE]; m. Wayne Ward [PRIVATE]

29.01--Timothy Ronald Ward; div. [PRIVATE]

30.01--Jeff Ward,
[PRIVATE]

29.02--Terry Richard Ward, [PRIVATE]; m. to Pam (nee unk.); no ch. [PRIVATE] 

29.03--Gregory Allen Ward, facebook [PRIVATE]; m. to Theresa (nee unk.); [PRIVATE] 

30.01--Phoebe Maxine Ward, b. [PRIVATE]

28.02--Gwen Lester [PRIVATE]

JLL m2. at Reno, NV, to Dolly Campbell; unk. ch.
26.08--Alma Holley Lester, twin, b. 1 Dec 1881 in Marion, Perry Co.; d. 23 Jan 1970 in Birmingham, Jefferson Co., AL; bd. Mars Hill Cem., near Marion, Perry Co., AL; m1. 19 Sep 1900 at 4:00 pm at the home of the bride's parents in Marion, AL, to Walter Veston Tubb (b. 27 Sep 1879; d. 19 Jul 1906; bd. Mars Hill Cem., near Marion, Perry Co., AL--likely a brother to Floyd Fletcher Tubb, 26.10 below); 0 of 0 ch. lvg. in 1910
[listed as Alma Obrian, age 17, b. Dec 1882, living next door to her half-brother Clarence Holley, in the 8 Jun 1900 census of Marion, Perry Co., AL];
[listed as Alma Brewster, age 28, b. AL/AL/AL, m2. 3 yrs.
, 0 of 0 ch. lvg., in the 9 May 1910 census of Hamburg Pct., Perry Co., AL, and lvg. next door to Willie T. and Alma Crawford (m1., 26, and m1. 24, respvly., w/dau Sallie M., 2)]; 
[an Alama Brewster, age 38, b. AL/AL/AL, wid., lodger, is listed in the 5 Jan 1920 census of Selma, Dallas Co., AL, as boarding with a Vines family]; 

AHL m2. 31 Aug 1907 to George Washington Brewster (b. ca. 1870 in AL/AL/AL; d. betw. 1910 and 1920 censuses; bd. unk.); was married to G. W. Brewster and living in Hamburg at the time of her mother's death, according to the obit.; [POSSIBLE DESCENDANTS]

[listed as George Brewster, saw mill saw filer, age 40, b. AL/AL/AL, m2. 3 yrs., in the 9 May 1910 census of Hamburg Pct., Perry Co., AL];

AHL m3. 9 Nov 1928 to William T. "Willie" Crawford; lived at Hamburg, Perry Co., AL, at the time of her father's obituary; [POSSIBLE DESCENDANTS]

26.09--Bryant Brown Lester, Jr., b. 2 Oct 1883; d. 5 Oct 1883, age 3 days [DESCENDANTS NOT POSSIBLE]

26.10--Julia Mary Lester, b. 11 Aug 1885; d. 22 Apr 1978 in Birmingham, AL; bd. unk.; m. ca. 1905 to Floyd Fletcher Tubb (b. ca. 1885 in AL/AL/AL; d. unk.; bd. unk.--likely a brother to Walter Veston Tubb, 26.08 above); family lived at Wylam, AL (west Birmingham suburb), at the time of Julia's father's death in 1941, according to the latter's obit.; at least 6 ch.;

[listed as Julia Obrian, age 14, b. Aug 1885, in the 8 Jun 1900 census of Marion, Perry Co., AL, and lvg. next door to her half-bro. Clarence Holley];
[listed as Julia L. Tubbs, 25, b. AL/AL/AL, md. 5 yrs. w/2 of 4 ch. lvg., in the 3 May 1910 census of Marion Town, Perry Co., AL]
[listed as Julia Tubbs, 44, b. AL, md. age 20, in the 15 Apr 1930 census of Wylam, Birmingham City, Jefferson Co., AL]
[listed as Julia L. Tubb, 54, b. AL, in the 11 Apr 1940 census of Wylam, Birmingham City, Jefferson Co., AL]

[listed as Floyd F. Tubbs, small-farm labor, 26, b. AL/AL/AL, md. 5 yrs., in the 3 May 1910 census of Marion Town, Perry Co., AL]
[listed as Floyd F. Tubbs, 45, taxicab chauffeur, b. AL, md. age 21, in the 15 Apr 1930 census of Wylam, Birmingham City, Jefferson Co., AL]
[listed as Floyd F. Tubb, cast iron pipe industry ass't. foreman, 55, b. AL, in the 11 Apr 1940 census of Wylam, Birmingham City, Jefferson Co., AL]

27.01--unk. Tubb, b. ca. 1906 in AL/AL/AL; d. bef. 1910; bd. unk.; m. never; no ch.;
[reported by mother as being b. and dec. bef. 1910, in the 3 May 1910 census of Marion Town, Perry Co., AL]

27.02--Walter S. Tubb, b. ca. 1907 in AL/AL/AL; d. unk.; bd. unk.; m. unk.; unk. ch.;
[listed as Walter S. Tubbs, 3, b. AL/AL/AL, in the 3 May 1910 census of Marion Town, Perry Co., AL]

27.03--unk. Tubb, b. ca. 1906 in AL/AL/AL; d. bef. 1910; bd. unk.; m. never; no ch.;
[reported by mother as being b. and dec. bef. 1910, in the 3 May 1910 census of Marion Town, Perry Co., AL]

27.04--Floyd Fletcher Tubb, Jr., b. ca. Dec 1909 in AL/AL/AL; d. unk.; bd. unk.; m. unk.; unk. ch.;
[listed as Floyd F. Tubbs, Jr., 5 mos., b. AL/AL/AL, in the 3 May 1910 census of Marion Town, Perry Co., AL]
[listed as Floyd Tubbs, TCI steel plant pump operator, 19, b. AL/AL/AL, in the 15 Apr 1930 census of Wylam, Birmingham City, Jefferson Co., AL]

27.05--Lester Tubb, b. ca. 1912 in AL/AL/AL; d. unk.; bd. unk.; m. unk.; unk. ch.;
[listed as Lester Tubbs, TCI coke plant machinist, 18, b. AL/AL/AL, in the 15 Apr 1930 census of Wylam, Birmingham City, Jefferson Co., AL]

27.06--Julian Byse Tubb, b. 7 Jan 1914 in Marion Co., AL/AL/AL; d. unk.; bd. unk.; m. "Bobbie" E. (nee unk., b. ca. 1920; d. unk.; bd. unk.); unk. ch.;
[listed as J. B. Tubbs, 16, b. AL/AL/AL, in the 15 Apr 1930 census of Wylam, Birmingham City, Jefferson Co., AL]
[listed as Julian B. Tubb, ball club baseball player, 26, b. AL, in the 11 Apr 1940 census of Wylam, Birmingham City, Jefferson Co., AL, and lvg. w/his parents and brother]

[listed as Bobbie E. Tubb, 20, b. AL, in the 11 Apr 1940 census of Wylam, Birmingham City, Jefferson Co., AL, and lvg. w/her p-i-l and b-i-l]

27.07--Alma Tubb, b. ca. 1916 in AL; d. unk.; bd. unk.; m. unk.; unk. ch.;
[listed as Alma Tubbs, 14, b. AL/AL/AL, in the 15 Apr 1930 census of Wylam, Birmingham City, Jefferson Co., AL]

27.08--Stanley E. Tubb, b. ca. 1920 in AL; d. unk.; bd. unk.; m. unk.; unk. ch.;
[listed as Stanley Tubbs, 9, b. AL/AL/AL, in the 15 Apr 1930 census of Wylam, Birmingham City, Jefferson Co., AL]
[listed as Stanley E. Tubb, ball club baseball player, 20, b. AL, in the 11 Apr 1940 census of Wylam, Birmingham City, Jefferson Co., AL, and lvg. w/his parents and brother]
[Barbara Ward NOTE: Some of the above came from a book entitled Children Of Mt. Soma written by Gertrude Stephens of Spanish Fort, AL.; it explained--erroneously--in detail about Martha R. ("Perkins"), pp. 776-778.   Many descendants of the above are listed there, also. This material was sent to Gertrude Stephens by several family members: Mrs. George W. (Alma) Johnson, Birmingham, AL; Mrs. Ethel Nicholds, Selma, AL; Mrs. Ina (Holley) Pitts, Selma, AL; Elam Holley; and Mrs. E. Moncus, Selma, AL.

Who were Martha's birth parents? Certainly not Dr. Bennett Perkins and Sardinia Zenobi Amos(s) of either Troup Co. or Randolph Co., GA. Nevertheless, an erroneous and misleading story had it that Martha R. "Perkins" was "taken to raise" by Mary B. Wilson (b. 1820 SC) who later married Isom Gwin (b. 1817 AL) in Dallas Co. and raised her as a Gwin.  However, research completed in January 2004 has given more than enough evidence to declare that Martha is the natural daughter of Isom and Mary.]


Isom Gwin's Siblings, continued

24.02--Thomas Gwin, b.

24.03--Mary Gwin, b.

24.04--William Gwin, b. at Cahaba, AL, 18 Dec. 1820; d. 29 Apr 1889 at Wilsonville, AL, and bd. at Wilsonville, AL; m. 12 [13] May 1842 to Rosann [aka Rosanna, Rosie Ann, Roe, etc. ] Carlisle Jones Wilson (b. 22 Aug 1822; d. at Tampa FL 29 Mar 1907; bd. at Wilsonville, AL); eight ch.;
25.01--Mary Ann Elizabeth Gwin m. Robert Guy Lochridge
25.02--Martha Jane Gwin
25.03--William Sutton Gwin m. Ida Eliza Basset
25.04--John Wesley Gwin
25.05--Rufus King Gwin
25.06--Lucy Marcella Gwin
25.07--Isham Griffin Gwin
25.08--Thomas Wilson Gwin
24.05--Sarah Gwin  m. Louis Basset

24.06--Mary Ann "Ann" Gwin,
m. Joseph Lavalette Basset

24.07--
Martha J. Gwin m. 22 Apr 1847 Jesse Comelander

24.08--
Chesley R. Gwin m1. 20 Mar 1850  Mary Frances Elizabeth "Fannie" Bell; m2. Mrs. Paralee Blevins

24.09
--Louisa A. Gwin; m1. Mr. Gaviness; m2. 17 May 1849 Mr. William G. McKnight




Mary Burdin Wilson's Siblings, continued

24.02--John Jones Wilson m. 12 Oct 1838 to Sarah "Sallie" B. Roark; 5 ch.

24.03--William Wilson, b. 23 June 1821; d. 4 days later; bd. unk.;

24.04--Rosann [aka Rosanna, Rosie Ann, Roe, etc. ] Carlisle Jones Wilson, b. 22 Aug 1822; d. at Tampa FL 29 Mar 1907; bd. at Wilsonville, AL; m. 12 [13] May 1842 to William Gwin (b. at Cahaba, AL, 18 Dec. 1820; d. 29 Apr 1889 at Wilsonville, AL, and bd. at Wilsonville, AL; eight ch.;
25.01--Mary Ann Elizabeth Gwin m. Robert Guy Lochridge
25.02--Martha Jane Gwin
25.03--William Sutton Gwin m. Ida Eliza Basset
25.04--John Wesley Gwin
25.05--Rufus King Gwin
25.06--Lucy Marcella Gwin
25.07--Isham Griffin Gwin
25.08--Thomas Wilson Gwin
24.05--Ezekiel Monroe Wilson, b. 23 Feb 1825; m.

24.06--William Bramwell Wilson, b. 21 Sep 1827; m.


24.07--Joseph Jones Abernathy Wilson, b. 7 Jul 1830; m.


24.08--James Washington Wilson, b. 11 Dec 1832; m.


24.09--Samuel Rutherford Wilson, b. 21 Apr 1835; m.


24.10--Nathaniel Marion Wilson, b. 3 Nov 1837; m.


24.11--Isham Griffin Wilson, m




Here are some examples of how I, John M. Gwin,
am related to all these dear folks!




Here are parallel lines of John Gwin (left)
and Barbara Ward (right)
through John and Jane Walker Gwin
and Nathaniel Burdine and Jane Jones Wilson.
John and Barbara are double-fourth cousins to each other.

John Gwin and Jane Walker
and
Nathaniel Burdine Wilson and Jane Jones,
parents of:

--William Gwin
m. Roseanna Carlisle Jones Wilson
<-----SIBLINGS----->
<-----SIBLINGS----->
--Isom Gwin
m. Mary Burdine Wilson
--William Sutton Gwin m. Ida Eliza Basset
<--DOUBLE-1ST COUSINS-->
--Martha Rosanna Gwin m2. Bryant Brown Lester
--James Bassett Gwin m. Adrian Belle Vardaman
<--DOUBLE-2ND COUSINS-->
--Smith Wyatt Lester m. Annie Lenora Pitts
--Adrian Sutton Gwin m. Dorothy Lee Keeney
<--DOUBLE-3RD COUSINS-->
--James Leon Lester m. Myrtle Maxine Thomas
--John McDonald Gwin m. Sharon Lynn Hamrick
<--DOUBLE-4TH COUSINS-->
--Barbara Lee Lester m. Wayne Ward
John's and Sharon's children
<--DOUBLE-5TH COUSINS-->
--Barbara's and Wayne's children
John's and Sharon's grandchildren
<--DOUBLE-6TH COUSINS-->
--Barbara's and Wayne's grandchildren




Below are parallel lines of John Gwin (left)
and Irene Countey (right)
through John and Jane Walker Gwin
  and Nathaniel Burdine and Jane Jones Wilson.
John and Irene are also double-fourth cousins to each other.

John Gwin and Jane Walker
and
Nathaniel Burdine Wilson and Jane Jones,
parents of:

William Gwin
m. Roseanna Carlisle Jones Wilson
<-----SIBLINGS----->
<-----SIBLINGS----->
--Isom Gwin
m. Mary Burdine Wilson
--William Sutton Gwin m. Ida Eliza Basset
<--DOUBLE-1ST COUSINS-->
--Mary Jane Gwin m. William J. Smith
--James Bassett Gwin m. Adrian Belle Vardaman
<--DOUBLE-2ND COUSINS-->
--Robert Isom Smith m. A
--Adrian Sutton Gwin m. Dorothy Lee Keeney
<--DOUBLE-3RD COUSINS-->
--J Smith m. M
--John McDonald Gwin m. Sharon Lynn Hamrick
<--DOUBLE-4TH COUSINS-->
--Elizabeth Irene Smith m. R.T. Countey
John's and Sharon's children
<--DOUBLE-5TH COUSINS-->
--Irene's and Robert's children
John's and Sharon's grandchildren
<--DOUBLE-6TH COUSINS-->
--Irene's and Robert's grandchildren




And here, below, are parallel lines of John Gwin (left)
and Roy Smith (right)
through John and Jane Walker Gwin
and Nathaniel Burdine and Jane Jones Wilson.
John and Roy are also double-fourth cousins to each other.

John Gwin and Jane Walker
and
Nathaniel Burdine Wilson and Jane Jones,
parents of:

--William Gwin
m. Roseanna Carlisle Jones Wilson
<-----SIBLINGS----->
<-----SIBLINGS----->
--Isom Gwin
m. Mary Burdine Wilson
--William Sutton Gwin m. Ida Eliza Basset
<--DOUBLE-1ST COUSINS-->
--Mary Jane Gwin m. William J. Smith
--James Bassett Gwin m. Adrian Belle Vardaman
<--DOUBLE-2ND COUSINS-->
--Robert Isom Smith m. Mary Etta Armstrong
--Adrian Sutton Gwin m. Dorothy Lee Keeney
<--DOUBLE-3RD COUSINS-->
--Luther Dewitt Smith m. Mamie Ross Howell
--John McDonald Gwin m. Sharon Lynn Hamrick
<--DOUBLE-4TH COUSINS-->
--Roy Lester Smith m. Barbara Ann Underhill










Some Valuable Correspondence

 
Subject:     Basset/Gwin
Sent:        5/19/45 5:10 PM
Received:    7/10/00 6:19 PM
From:        liz hicks, erootrot@usa.net
To:          john, jmcdgwin@zianet.com

John,
I'm going to do my best not to overwhelm you with info.  But here goes....

Found this query in the Central AL Gen. Soc. quarterly Vol 18 no. 1, 1992 (by the way this society abstracts and publishes Dallas Co., AL info., dues $20/yr) P.O. Box 125, Selma, AL 36702-0125.  "William Gwin of Wilsonville, Shelby Co., AL married Rosanna (R. C. J.) Wilson in Dallas Co., AL 5-13-1842.  Both buried Wilsonville cem. They were in Dallas Co. in 1850, Bibb Co. in 1860, and Shelby Co. in 1870.  He was the son of John Gwin of Dallas Co.  John Gwin was living in the household of William Gwin in the 1870's and died there in 1877, buried Wilsonville Cem.  Rosanna Gwin was a daughter of Nathaniel B. Wilson of Dallas Co. who died there in1875.  William and Rosanna Gwin had a son [William Sutton Gwin] who married Ida Eliza Bassett who was born in England, and both are buried in the Wilsonville Cemetery.  William and Ida Bassett Gwin had three sons, James B., John W., and William S. Jr.  I would like to contact their descendants. My g.g. grandmother was Mary B. Wilson and wife of Isom Gwin; mother of Mary Jane Gwin, wife of Wm. J. Smith of Dallas Co., AL.  My gg. grdpts, Mary B. Wilson Gwin and Rosanna Wilson Gwin were sisters.  They were the daughters of Nathaniel B. Wilson who was in Dallas Co. ca. 1820 and died there in 1875.

I have no proof, but I believe that Isom Gwin and Wm. Gwin were brothers and the sons of John Gwin who lived around Orrville, AL, and Old Cahaba in the 1850-60's in Dallas Co., AL..." Roy Lester Smith, Crowley, Texas.

I wrote to Mr. Smith about a year ago, and his widow was kind enough to reply.  I did NOT ask her what happened to his research on the Gwin/Guins.  Thought you might be interested.  In case you do not know, you will have to consider variant spellings of Guin/Gwin. 

Liz Hicks erootrot@usa.net 

[John M. Gwin NOTE: I am very grateful to Liz for sending me this e.mail, for it opened the door to my meeting Roy's widow, Barbara U. Smith, shortly afterward, who provided me copies of much of Roy's work, much of which was useful in opening doors to this entire branch of the family.]
 




[John M. Gwin NOTE: I wasn't sure that Roy Lester Smith's Isom Gwin was my William Gwin's brother until I read Rev. Cotten's diary entry where he expressed regret that John had lost his son Isom on the date that Roy's Isom died.  That coupled with Roy's Isom's marriage to William's wife's sister has me totally convinced they are one and the same.]



Roy L. Smith reported that "Isom Gwin was a Justice of the Peace in Dallas Co., AL, and records show that he married numerous couples in Dallas Co.   They lived near Old Cahawba, AL, and he converted to the Methodist Episc. church that his father, John, helped to start at Old Cahawba."

[John M. Gwin NOTE: We now know that Isom lived in Athens, Dallas Co., AL, about 17 miles west of Cahaba. I believe that the church which he joined was not at Cahaba but rather east of Athens at Martin's Station, and that this was the church where the pastor was John Steadman, who likely preached Isom's funeral and who, as a widower himself, definitely married Isom's widow, Mary Burdine Wilson Gwin. Something unknown--fire or other damage, etc.--must have happened to this Steadman church at Martin's Station, and the church members must have negotiated with the congregation at Cahawba to move the old St. Luke's Episcopal church from Cahawba to Martin's Station where it remained until about 2006 when it was carefully returned to Cahawba. The antebellum cemetery of the original Methodist Episcopal Church at Martin's Station still exists right across the road and is still in use. Started when or before the town of Athens was begun, it contains scores of graves, including a section originally for slaves located farther back from the road. Isom Gwin's now-well-documented grave (above, top of page) is there, as are those of his older daughter Mary Ann Gwin Smith and the infant daughter of Isom's youngest brother Chesley.]





Concerning Isom Gwin's Slaves

[John M. Gwin NOTE: I have today, 10 August 2000, come into the possession of a photocopy of the original handwritten legal document transcribed as follows.  It is with sincere regret that I publish here its contents which indicate beyond a shadow of a doubt that Isom Gwin and his heirs--and therefore likely his parents and siblings as well--were slaveholders.  I had hoped beyond hope never to uncover such, and having not seen such evidence until today, had thought that perhaps these were morally above this. I hope that any descendants of these slaves can perhaps use this publication to trace their lineage at least this far. Assuming that these ten survived to emancipation and that each took a surname from a former "master", it occurred to me that descendants of these ten slaves might Google them more easily if their names were written here with the Gwin surname. However, since the "owners" changed, the last names taken at emancipation may have been those of the current "owners". I list them here, then, with all known possible surnames (based on this document, less spelling variations):]

1.    Jeff Gwin, Jeff Steadman
3.   Ann Gwin, Ann Steadman 5.  Joe Gwin, Joe Smith
7.  Adam Gwin, Adam Smith
9.  Emily Gwin, Emily Holley, Emily Lester
2.    Billy Gwin, Billy Steadman 4.   Maria Gwin, Maria Steadman 6.  Jane Gwin, Jane Smith
8.  George Gwin, George Holley, George Lester
10.  Mely Gwin, Mely Holley, Mely Lester


Transcription of the Probate Document:

"We the undersigned being appointed by the Hon. Probate Judge for Dallas County to appraise and divide the Negro property belonging to Isom [here only the first and last letters are certain, the center letters unclear--once it was Isham, then overwritten by Isom] Gwinn deceased, also to assess the value of the Hire for the present year, of the Negros belonging to said deceased which were retained in the possession of Wm. J. Smith, Admstr after being duly sworn have made the following appraisement, division and assessment--(the differense [sic]  of the different lots to be made equal by the three heirs one to another--)

Viz-
Lot No 1--allotted to Mrs. Mary B. Gwinn [John M. Gwin NOTE:  This is Isom's widow, Mary Burdine (nee Wilson) Gwin.]
consisting of Boy Jeff valued at    $1,300.00
        "          "    "  Billy   "         "      815.00
        "         " Girl Ann   "         "     1,025.00
        "      "Old Woman Maria "   "   370.00

 $3510.00
Lot No 2--allotted to Mrs. Mary Jane Smith [John M. Gwin NOTE: This is Isom's older daughter, Mary Jane (nee Gwin) (Mrs. Wm. J.) Smith.]
        "          "    "   Joe    "         "      $1380.00
        "         "      "  Jane     "         "       720.00
        "         "      "  Adam "      "         1150.00
    $3250.00
Lot No 3--allotted to Mrs. Martha Gwinn [John M. Gwin NOTE: This is Isom's younger daughter, Martha Rosanna (nee Gwin) (Mrs. Madison) Holley (Mrs. Bryant) Lester.]
     "          "    "   George  "     " $1780.00
           "         "      "  Emily   "     "     820.00
           "         "      "  Mely     "     "     700.00
$3300.00
For the hire of certain Negroes as aforementioned we assess as follows--
Viz--
George--$350.00
Joe-------- 275.00
Jeff--------- 56.25
Maria-------50.00
Billy--------22.50
$853.75
[signed:]
John D. Adams [John M. Gwin NOTE: This individual is unk. to me; however, he appears in the 1850 Census of Athens Town, Dallas Co., AL, as follows, and quite possibly could have been the Gwin family doctor, perhaps even the attending physician when Uncle Isom died.]
498/498
John D. Adams 38M Physician 2,400 NC
A. 28F GA
L. J 11M AL
B. C. 8M "
L.E. 6F "
J. A. 4M "
Antoinette 2F "
John L. Buckner [John M. Gwin NOTE: This individual is unk. to me; however, he appears in the 1850 Census of Warrenton, Dallas Co., AL, as follows, and was the same age as Isom. While Warrenton is in the eastern part of Dallas Co., it is possible he could have moved to the Athens area and become friends with Isom between 1850 and 1853.]
268/268
J. L. Buckner 33M Merchant SC
M. J. 19F AL
E. M. Mitton 23M H. Trader SC
Jackson Dennis 19M Clerk AL
F. P. Coleman 20M Retail Grocer "
Wm. D. King [John M. Gwin NOTE: At first review, one would think that this would almost have to be William Rufus DeVane King, neighbor and friend of Isom and John, for whom another son of John, William Gwin, had named his own son, Rufus King Gwin, in May of 1853. W. R. D. King was a slave holder and US senator from AL who became vice-president of the the US. However, Vice-president W. R. D. King had died in April of 1853, some eight months before Isom died, making it impossible for this signature to be that of the vice-president. In the first 1087 of 1375 households in Dallas Co. in the 1850 census, the only person this could be is a David King, 20, a clerk in Selma, listed as follows.]
1061/1061
D. C. Russel  36M Merchant 2,500 "
E. L. 23F ?
T. K.  8M AL
M. J. 6F    "
E. L. 9/12F "
David King 20M Clerk "
C. R. Gwin [John M. Gwin NOTE: This is either (a) Isom's youngest brother, Chesley Richard Gwin, or (b) Isom's uncle (brother of Isom's father, John Gwin) of the same name and namesake of Isom's youngest brother.]
Sworn to and subscribed before me this the 26th day of [month unclear] 185_ [last digit unclear]
[First initial unclear] C. Jackson [last 2 initials unclear--probably J. P. for Justice of the Peace]






Concerning the Unravelling of the Mystery of
Martha Roseanna Gwin Holley Lester's
Correct Genealogy

From:     "Barbara L.Ward" <genealogy@prodigy.net>

Date:       Wed, 7 Jan 2004 21:41:32 -0800
To:         "John Gwin" <jmcdgwin@zianet.com>
Subject:  Martha Rosanna Gwin Holley Lester  

Hi John,

After further research on my great grandmother, Martha Rosanna Gwin, daughter of Mary Burdine Wilson and Isom Gwin, I have concluded that she was indeed their natual daughter. Previously I stated that I thought she might have been "adopted" by the Gwins but actually the birth daughter of Dr. Bennett H. Perkins of Troup and Randolph counties, Georgia. Bennett H. and Sardinia Z. (Amoss) Perkins had three daughters (Cora V., Ella H. and Mittie Z. Perkins) and I thought perhaps Mittie Z. and my Martha R. were the same person.
Please view the following items that have surfaced recently that dispute this alleged fact.

1) Contact with Gertrude J. Stephens, author of Children of Mt. Soma (history of the Amoss family) produced some interesting facts. She sent me all the letters that she received from Lester descendants of Perry County, Alabama, regarding her query placed in the Marion Times newspaper on Martha R. Gwin. None of the five persons who responded had any knowledge that Martha R. wasn't the natural born daughter of Mary B. Wilson and Isom Gwin. The information that appeared in her book came from research that she (Gertrude Stephens) arrived at prior to the printing of the book, coming to the conclusion that Martha R. Gwin and Mittie Z. Lister were one and the same.
 
2) Contact with a great-granddaughter of Cora V. (Perkins) Coleman produced this information: Mitty/Mittie Z. Perkins resided Uniontown, Perry Co., AL. My Martha R. Gwin Holley Lester never lived in Uniontown. This particular person stated that "Mitty married Lester Hill; she was a very stylist person."
 
3) Wills written in Randolph Co., AL, dated 1887 (A. T. Amoss) and Avarilla E. (Amoss) Pryor (1888) listed their heirs as Cora V. Coleman of Heard Co., GA; Ella Perkins, Selma, Al; and Mittie Z. Lester/Lister residing Uniontown, Perry Co., AL.

4) Ella H. Perkins' will dated 1908 lists one of her heirs as sister Mrs. Mittie Z. Lister. My great-grandmother never went by Mittie and her middle name was never listed as "Z".

5) Contact with the Dallas County Court House, (Selma, Alabama) regarding Ella H. Perkins' probate records: "Ms. Mittie Z. Lister (as the petition states) is that she resided Birmingham, Jefferson Co., AL at the time of her sister Ella's death in 1913". My Martha R. Gwin Holley Lester never lived in Birmingham, AL.

6) Three years before sister Ella H. Perkins died:
1910 Census (Selma) Dallas Co., Alabama page 71A
Mittie Lister (widow) age 54 b. ca 1856, mother-in-law to a Clifford Johnson (wife Florence b. 1873).
(If this is the correct Mittie Lister, she was widowed sometime between 1908 when her sister Ella's will was written and the 1910 census where she is listed a widow.) I have no way of knowing if this is the correct Mittie but it's entirely possible; she was residing Birmingham, AL, just three years before her sister died.

If this is indeed the correct Mittie Z. (Perkins) Lister, it explains why Mittie Z. (whom I thought was Martha R. Gwin) wasn't in the 1850 census with her two sisters: Cora V. (1845) and Ella H. (1847).; she was the last child born (1856), the same year her father Dr. Bennett H. Perkins died. Her mother Sardinia died in 1858 and left three orphan daughters per the will of A. T. Amoss dated 1887.

The only discrepancy I have with the above data: Mittie Z. was supposedly married to a Lester Hill but she is listed as Mittie Z. Lister in all these documents. Strange!! Her husband's name may have gotten mixed up and he may have been Hill Lister/Lester. I have never found a marriage record for a Mittie Z. Perkins to a Lister.

7) All three orphan daughters of Bennett and Sardinia Amoss Perkins were raised by different families: Ella H. (per her obit) was raised by her uncle Dr. O. K. Coleman and resided with her cousin Annie Steele Hooper (Mrs. Lloyd) of Selma. Cora V. was living with B. B. Amoss in Macon, Ga., and later married Major John Tyler Coleman (of Virginia). It is unknown by whom Mittie was raised. I have had no luck finding her in any census year.

John, I hope this has satisfied the dilemma of Martha R. Gwin's birth parents. I have been extremely diligent in this search for Martha's parents and have followed every lead and every possible source for information on her. If you have come to the same conclusion that Martha R. was indeed the daughter of Mary B. Wilson, please adjust the information on your webpage to reflect his new information.

Regards,
BARB WARD

Hi, Barbara--great to talk with you!

I've looked over your evidence, and I agree with you, not only because of your seven good reasons above, but for at least four more as well:

1) The cover of her old photo album has only three initials: MRH.  If she were a Perkins, might not the Initials include a P? In fact, I don't see the name Perkins anywhere associated with her at all except in this ambiguous theory that  Ms. Gertrude J. Stephens made.  I know that by itself this is not necessarily a convincing reason, but I continue;

2) The obituary for Isom Gwin in the Dallas Gazette finishes with this: "He leaves a wife and two children to mourn the loss of a kind husband and affectionate father."  While this is another reason that is not able to stand alone, the fact is that the sentence does not say that one was adopted.

3) People often name their children after favorite people in the Bible, and firstborn Mary and sister Martha are/were a favorite pair to many.  If Martha were adopted, it would seem quite a large coincidence, in my opinion, that her only sister would be named Mary.  Again, this by itself is not large, but taken with these, your seven, and one more, I'm convinced;

4) The fact that Martha's middle name is Rosanna seems huge to me.  I read somewhere that one custom of the day dictated that the firstborn would be named for the corresponding parent and/or grandparent and that the secondborn would be named for the corresponding eldest sibling of the parent.  Isom and Mary B. Wilson Gwin named their firstborn Mary after the mother and Jane after Mary's mother, thus keeping with this tradition.  Sure enough, their secondborn carries the same name as the oldest sister Mary had, Rosanna Carlisle Jones Wilson.  To me, these eleven reasons are evidence enough to justify our agreeing that the two children, Mary Jane Gwin and Martha Rosanna Gwin, are the natural-born children of Isom and Mary.

I'm delighted to claim you, then, as blood kin!  In fact, since our respective g-g-grandparents are the two brothers who married the two sisters, then that makes you and me officially double-fourth cousins!   :-)

Thanks again for all your work--talk to you later!

In Jesus,
John

From: "Barbara L.Ward" <genealogy@prodigy.net>
Date: Tue Jan 13, 2004  01:46:16 PM US/Mountain
To: "John Gwin" <jmcdgwin@zianet.com>
Subject: Found Mittie Z. Lister!! Perkins/Gwin mystery solved at last!!

Hello John,
So excited!! Had a volunteer in Birmingham check the city directory for 1908, and he found a Mittie Z. Lister (widow of C. B. Lister) residing Birmingham for the right years, so I started checking census records for C. B. Lister and found them in the 1870 Marengo Co., AL, and 1880 in Uniontown, Perry Co., AL, just where she was according to the wills dated 1887 and 1908!!

This confirms that Mittie Z. Lister and Martha R. Gwin are two different people, and our mystery has been solved, thanks to several wonderful volunteers: the lady at the Dallas Court House who checked Ella's probate in 1908 and a fellow named Paul who checked the city directory in Birmingham.

Here's a copy of the email I sent to Gertrude Stephens advising her of this fantastic find.

Catch you later,
BARB
    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Barbara L.Ward" <genealogy@prodigy.net>
    To: "Gertrude J Stephens" <gjs123@juno.com>
    Sent: Tuesday, January 13, 2004 12:39 PM
    Subject: BINGO!! Found Mittie Z. Lister!! 1870 and 1880 census

Hi Gertrude!

What a morning this has been!! Finally found Mittie Z. Lister, and our Perkins/Gwin dilemma has been solved! From the material I received this a.m. from Paul, I checked the 1870 census and found C. B. Lister, age 21, (telegraph operator); and M. Z. Lister, 19, (b. 1851) in Marengo Co., AL (Demopolis) page 298 with a Maggie Coats and C. B. Lister's mother Eliza Lister age 45. Just above that was a Lister, James W., age 29, probably a brother of C. B. Lister and another of Eliza's sons.

Went to the 1880 census index and found Charles  B. Lester (this time it is listed under Lester), age 31, telegraph operater with M. Z. age 29, born GA; father b. GA, mother b. GA (matches completely with the Perkins' birthplaces!!) with two daughters: M. Z. age 10 and Florence age 8. This confirms that the Mittie Lister that I found in the 1910 census, Birmingham, AL, belongs to this family.  Mittie was residing with a Florence Johnson!

Can't believe it. I am 100% positive that there were two different people, and my Martha Gwin and Mittie Z. Lister are not the same people. I can't believe I missed Mittie being listed as M. Z. in the index. So obvious but missed the same!! From this discovery, you can add this information to your supplement and have information on all three daughters of Bennett H. Perkins! I am so excited!

Catch you later,
BARB






[John M. Gwin NOTE:  I copied the following from the 1880 Census for Town of Marion, Perry Co.,  AL.  Everything seems to fit our Martha R. (Gwin) Holley except the DOB (I have hers as 5 Apr 1843, a relatively small discrepancy) and the mother's POB (I have Mary B. Wilson being born in SC, not TN, though I can see that if she were born en route to AL from SC, Tennessee would be a real possiblity, since the families of NB Wilson and his brother EB Wilson were in Limestone Co., AL, just inside the Tennessee line, for the 1820 census.  And now Barbara has confirmed that this is indeed her g-g-grandma Martha and that there were three children living with her, Minnie, 17; Carlos, 12; and Clarence, 10.]
 
Individual Record  1880 United States Census
------------------------------------------------------------------------
  Mattie R. HOLLEY Household
    Female  
------------------------------------------------------------------------
  Other Information:
    Birth Year <1845
    Birthplace AL 
    Age 35 
    Occupation Farmer 
    Marital Status W <Widowed
    Race W <White
    Head of Household Mattie R. HOLLEY
    Relation Self 
    Father's Birthplace AL 
    Mother's Birthplace TN 
------------------------------------------------------------------------
  Source Information:
    Census Place Marion, Perry Co., Alabama 
    Family History Library Film 1254027
------------------------------------------------------------------------

Some Smiths buried in McLennan Co., TX (Waco is co. seat)

Gerald Cemetery
Gerald, McLennan County, Texas

Contributed by Sharon Joyce Erwin McNary [SHARONEMcNARY@cs.com]. Total records = 932.

SMITH, Lot A 236
SMITH, Lot A 238
SMITH, Lot A 042
SMITH, LILLIE M., b.May 12, 1924, d.April 5, 1985, Lot A 041
SMITH, MICHAEL W., b.August 19, 1959, d.May 15, 1983, SON STANLEY JR., Lot A 237
SMITH, STANLEY SAMUEL JR., b.0-0-1925, d.0-0-1979, Lot A 235, ARMY WW2


Mount Zion Cemetery
McLennan County, Texas

Lat: 31° 19' 22"N, 97° 24' 09"W

Contributed by Judy Reamy, Feb 25, 2003 [jreamy@msn.com]. Total Records = 44.
At the intersection of FM 107 & Dove Rd., between Moody & Oglesby.  This cemetery appears to be cared for but I don't know by whom. There is no fence, sign or hint of ownership. Appears to still be accepting burials. It is bisected by a newer road, with the Hendersons being on the other side from the other graves. I walked and read this cemetery in spring of 2002.  - Judy Reamy

Smith, Ernest C., b. 3/19/1919, d. 8/29/1967, TX, Army Air Force, WWII
Smith, Lillie May, b. 4/8/1931, d. 7/6/1983, "Daughter"
Smith, Minnie M., b. 3/26/1902, d. no date
Smith, Willie C., b. 3/9/1898, d. 12/12/1962


Naler Cemetery
Moody, McLennan County, Texas

Lat: 31° 18' 31"N, Lon: 97° 21' 52"W      Contributed by Judy Reamy, Feb 25, 2003 [jreamy@msn.com]. Total Records = 23.   Off 107 and Ave G, behind the city of Moody's wastewater treatment plant on the west side of town.  This cemetery is situated up on a hill behind a fence with a high, arched gate. It is well cared for. The date on the gate states 1870-1924. A work in progress, to be finished as soon as I am able. I first walked this cemetery in early spring 2001.  - Judy Reamy

Smith, Ruby E. (Naler), b. 2/6/1912, d. 3/2/2001, s/w William
Smith, William N., b. 8/21/1907, d. 12/4/1990, s/w Ruby


Patrick Cemetery
McLennan County, Texas

To reach take I35 SW on Lake Shore Dr., turn north on 19th (China Springs Road), north on Wortham Bend Rd, east on Rock Creek Rd., north on Lost Gold Rd and follow it to the Patrick Cemetery.   This is not a complete listing of burials! The records below were provided by contributors to Cemetery Records Online. Total records = 119.   Contributor's Index:  * [YA] Yvonne Akin [yvonne_akin@hotmail.com

SMITH, Commie, b. 19 Oct 1887, d. 3 Nov 1899, dau of W H & Laura,
SMITH, Laura, b. 4 Apr 1851, d. 1 Nov 1899, w of W H SMITH,
SMITH, W. H., b. 4 Feb 1845, d. 10 Mar 1907



Smiths buried in Hill Co., TX (north of McLennan Co.)

Fort Graham Cemetery
Hill County, Texas

Contributed by Cathy Shelley, May 14, 2000 [cathyshelley@hotmail.com]. Total records = 249.  Compiled March 2000, by Cathy Shelley.  Marker location from Whitney take FM 933 about 4.5 miles north and then go through to the guard shack at White Bluff. They will give you directions from there.

What the marker says:

Settlement in this area began shortly after Fort Graham, a frontier military post established here in 1849, was abandoned in 1853. The first recorded burial in this cemetery, named after the fort, was that of infant Charley Botkin in 1879. The Cemetery was the only one of a number of historic graveyards in this area to remain undisturbed by the creation of Lake Whitney in the early 1950s. Among the more than 300 people buried here are many of the area's early settlers and descendents. The cemetery remains active and and is maintained by an association formed in 1966. Sesquicentennial of Texas Statehood 1845-1995
Stone inside the gate says: In Memory of the unknown and unmarked who lie here. Courtesy of the American Legion Post 522

Smith, James Alfred, b. 19 Feb 1908, d. 2 Feb 1987
Smith, M.C., b. 14 Oct 1855, d. 28 Sep 1911
Smith, M.V., b. 21 Mar 1861, d. 4 Sep 1899, w/o M.C.Smith
Smith, Joseph S., d. 8 Sep 1879, age 2 yrs 2mo, s/o J.T. & S.L. Smith



 
  Some Armstrongs buried in Hill Co., TX (north of McLennan Co.)
Salem Cemetery
Hill County, Texas

20 miles east of Hillsboro, between Irene and Pelham. From FM308 take Ranch Road 1946.  Lat: 31°57'05"N, Lon: 96°53'44"W.  Contributed by Debra Newton, Apr 30, 2001 [salemtx@yahoo.com].  Total records = 508.  Note: This is Surnames A-M, additional burials will be added this summer.

The First Interment here was in 1870, but that grave was later moved. Oldest graves now are those of twin infants E. and P.J. Sheet, who died Feb. 9, 1871, and Synthia Green, who died Aug 9, 1871. R.M. and W.J. Graham and F.M. Reed gave the land to the Methodist Episcopal Church south in 1876 as a site for a church, school, and cemetery. One of the 826 graves here is that of Nathaniel Addison (1811 - 1900), A veteran of the Texas Revolution.

The Salem cemetery association, organized in 1904, is still active, but the church was closed in 1913, and the school consolidated with Irene in 1917.

[NOTE: Salem Cemetery is just across the county line in Hill County but many residents of Navarro were buried there. elw 9/97] Compiled April 2001 from sexton records  - Debra Newton

Armstrong, Isaac, b. 1/14/1905, d. 3/17/1905, age: 62yr
Armstrong, J S, d. 4/1/1936, age: 67yr
Armstrong, Mary A, d. 11/20/1879, age: 75yr
Armstrong, S A, d. 04/08/1879, age: 43yr





From: "Barbara L.Ward" <genealogy@prodigy.net>
Date: Tue Jan 20, 2004  09:43:26 PM US/Mountain
To: "John Gwin" <jmcdgwin@zianet.com>
Subject: Re: Your new material on Robert Isom Smith

Hi John,
Yes, it looks great. Wanted to add a couple things.

A. Beatrice (Lester) Hendrick (b. 1904) had no children.
B. Alma Oneida Lester (b. 1909) never married; no children
C.Walter Wyatt Lester (b. 1908) two living children:
1) Ramona Jean (Lester) Prosperi Moxley b. 1929
2) Walter James "Bud" Lester b. 1931
I'm aware of the different birth years for Mattie Lester b. 1902. Her headstone says 1906 but my records show 1902 as being correct altho the census for 1910 shows Mattie is age 4; that would make her born in 1906, but family records say 1902.

I sent you just this afternoon the family group sheets that Barbara Smith sent me a few days ago. I sent you the originals as they were easier to read when I copied them. I kept the copies. You can keep them. Don't know if you have all his info.

Can't think of anything else right now. Loved seeing all the stuff you put on the webpage; even the letter written by Mrs. Ethel Holley Nichols.
Catch you later,
BARB





1880 census of McLennan Co., TX, reveals the following, whom I believe to be

Robert Isom Smith,

his bride, Mary Etta (Armstrong) Smith,
and their son, Walter Clarence Smith

Name:    R. I. SMITH
Age:    24
Estimated birth year:    <1856>
Birthplace:    Alabama
Occupation:    Farmer
Relation:    Self
Home in 1880:    Mclennan, Texas
Marital status:    Married
Race:    White
Gender:    Male
Head of household:    R. I. SMITH
Father's birthplace:    TN
Mother's birthplace:    AL

Name:    M. E. SMITH
Age:    22
Estimated birth year:    <1858>
Birthplace:    Texas
Occupation:    Keeping House
Relation:    Wife
Home in 1880:    Mclennan, Texas
Marital status:    Married
Race:    White
Gender:    Female
Head of household:    R. I. SMITH
Father's birthplace:    MO
Mother's birthplace:    MO
Name:    W. C. SMITH
Age:    11/12
Estimated birth year:    <1879>
Birthplace:    Texas
Relation:    Son
Home in 1880:    Mclennan, Texas
Marital status:    Single
Race:    White
Gender:    Male
Head of household:    R. I. SMITH
Father's birthplace:    AL
Mother's birthplace:    TX




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To: jmcdgwin@zianet.com
Subject: Land purchases by Chesley and Isum Guinn, Alabama

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Name    State of Record    Issue Date    Meridian    County    Township    Range    Section   

Charles Guinn      Alabama    15 May 1826    Huntsville    Tuscaloosa    18-S    12-W    1
Henry Guinn        Alabama    10 Jun 1826    Huntsville    Tuscaloosa    18-S    11-W    7   
Henry Guinn    Alabama    1 Dec 1826    Huntsville    Tuscaloosa    18-S    11-W    7  


John Guinn    Alabama    4 Sep 1834    St Stephens    Dallas    15-N    10-E    14   


Charles Guinn    Alabama    16 Oct 1834    Huntsville    Greene    22-S    13-W    24   


Chesley R Guinn    Alabama    12 Sep 1835    St Stephens    Perry    20-N    9-E    22 


Henry Guinn    Alabama    20 Mar 1837    St Stephens    Sumter    23-N    2-W    19   
Charles Guinn    Alabama    20 Mar 1837    St Stephens    Sumter    23-N    2-W    19   
Reuben Guinn    Alabama    20 Mar 1837    St Stephens    Sumter    23-N    2-W    18    
Charles Guinn    Alabama    20 Mar 1837    St Stephens    Pickens    24-N    2-W    31   
Henry Guinn    Alabama    20 Mar 1837    St Stephens    Pickens    24-N    3-W    25   

Isum Guinn    Alabama    15 Apr 1837    St Stephens    Montgomery    16-N    20-E    35

Isum Guinn    Alabama    15 May 1837    St Stephens    Montgomery    16-N    20-E    35
Isum Guinn    Alabama    1 Feb 1843    St Stephens    Macon, Montgomery    16-N    21-E    30

Isum Guinn    Alabama    1 Feb 1843    St Stephens    Montgomery    16-N    21-E    31
Isum Guinn    Alabama    1 Feb 1843    St Stephens    Montgomery    16-N    21-E    31


Wiley P Guinn    Alabama    1 Mar 1859    St Stephens    Choctaw    11-N    2-W    15
Wiley P Guinn    Alabama    1 Aug 1860    St Stephens    Choctaw    11-N    2-W    23
Francis H Guinn    Alabama    1 Sep 1860    St Stephens    Choctaw    11-N    3-W    1

 


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Family of Fernetta HOWDESHELL (93) & Thomas J. ARMSTRONG Jr.


204. Mary Etta ARMSTRONG. Born on 12 Sep 1856 in Hill County, Texas. Mary Etta died in McLennan County, Texas on 10 Apr 1902, she was 45.

On 23 Dec 1876 when Mary Etta was 20, she married Robert Isom SMITH, in Hill County, Texas. Born on 8 Aug 1855 in Dallas County, Alabama. Robert Isom died in McLennan County, Texas on 7 Nov 1914; he was 59.

They had the following children:
              i.       Walter Clarence (1878-)
              ii.       Maude Etta (1881-)
              iii.       Milton Claude (1884-1944)
              iv.       Lola Blanche (1888-)
              v.       Frank Dediat (1891-)
              vi.       Luther Dewitt (1893-)
              vii.       Mable Angeline (1896-)