For privacy reasons, Date of Birth and Date of Marriage for persons believed to still be living are not shown.
Grimes Jesse [Male] b. 06 FEB 1788 Duplin Co. N.C. - d. 15 MAR 1866 Navasota, Texas
1850 Grimes Co. TX Census:
Jesse Grimes..........62............ N.C..........Farmer
Rosanna Grimes........48...... VA
Nancy Grimes......... 10..........TX
1860 Grimes Co. TX Census:
Jesse Grimes ............72
Hellen Grimes........ 24
Letter # 78
State of Tennessee, Gibson County.
October the 30th day 1851
Dear Unkle. I have taken my pen in hand for the first time to address you with a few lines to inform you that I am in common health at present. Thanks be to God for his mercies. Hoping those few lines may reach you & all the connexion in good health. I have bin in Tennessee, Gibson County near two years and have traveled over this country a good deal for the last 6 or 8 months.
I have bin pedling on clocks for a gentleman who lives in trenton, Gibson County by the name of Laird. He has bin giving me $25 dollars per month. He is a very fine man. I wish you to write me whether I could make something by selling clocks in your part of the world as I have had a severe bad rising on my hand a I fear that it is damaged for life so that I shall never be able to use it for hard labour. I think I could come & bring an assortment of good clocks to your country and sell them at about twelve or fifteen dollars each
now I wish you to let me know in your answer if the people is thick settled in your county or not or whether you think I could sell a good many clocks in that part of the country or not. Also whether the people are generally good for there contracts so that any person in a trading line could be safe in selling on a credit or not. Please to give me a full statement about the matter and also tell me what is the prices currant in your country for produce, grocerys etc. Please to give me a full statement about your country & your country affairs as I have a notion of comeing to see you at a time not far distant if all things should suit agreeable to my expectation. I had a letter from brother James G. Branch a short time sine. They were in tolerable health and crops was tolerable good. We have had the worst drouth here that I ever saw. Crops are sorry here on that account. We hope there is a sufficient quanty of provisions made for the support of the country though corn & cotton crops is very sorry here.
I want you to let me know how all my cousins are & what is their ocupations and about the water. Whether it is lime water or free stone and about apples & peaches & wheat. Whether you can rais such things their or not and how the weevels serve your corn as we have understood they are very bad there some times. And let us know how land sells and what quality of land and all about prices of land and quality of water, both for stock and family consumption. I am staying with Stephen 0 Daniel., one of my brother in laws,the one that maried my youngest sister, Clarky, during the time that I am not driving. He lives in Gibson County, fifteen miles north of Trenton. Whin you write to us, direct your letter to Vance Hill, Gibson County, Tennessee. Sister Clary An is in about the same condition that whe was when brother James left here. There is a great deal of our connexion here. They are generaly in tolerable health now though we have had a good Eal of sickness here this year.
Sister Clary Ans oldest daughter is in a low state of health. Her name is Anna, a very fine promising young woman when in good health. I have seen moore sickness this year than I ever saw. Let me know what water corse is the nearest to you an all about your navigation and about Lewis Wright and family and his brother & family and as I am yet single, you may expect I would like to hear from the young ladys.
(Signed) Arche Bryant Branch.
We, Stephen O'Daniel & Clarky, his wife, have five prosperas children, 2 sons & three daughters and would like to know
how meny you and Aunt Rosana has and their names. The names of ours are as follows:
How meny of Aunt Marthy's is yet living?
(Martha, Jesse's first wife (mother of 9 children) died in 1824. His second wife, Rosana had 6.
Duplin County, NC - Jesse Grimes Letters
Duplin County North Carolina April Thursday 1849 # 72
I have concluded to address you with a few lines to inform you that myself and family are in tolerable good health at this time thanks be to the most high God for his mercies bestowed upon us. Father is living on the land that was drawn by Mother (viz) where the path crossis the road that goes from here to where Grand Father GRIMES lived he is not to say well at this time he is attacked with what he terms a sonframi(sic) over the eyes his family is in good health at this time, though he has no family only Negroes, Eight in Number, myself and brother A.B. BRANCH lives at the place Father lived at when you left this Country though brother has a plantation off two miles from here on what we call Guffords Mill Branch, Father has given him 555 acres of land including about one half of the lands that Uncle Rubin Branch owned when you left Duplin, he has allotted this place where I live for me, My Family here consist of Seven Negroes beside four that belong to brother making Eleven and ourselves makes thirteen-. Sister Clasry Ann married Mr. John Daniel and Sister Clarky married Mr. Stephen Daniel, They are Alexander Daniels Sons they have been moved to Tennessee Eleven years they are smart men, Sister has had very bad health ever since they moved to Tennessee.
Mother was taken sick the 9th of March 1841 and was confined to her bed two months an nine days before she died, her disease was
Tiphoid (sic) P_neumony which Terminated in the consumssbrow ?, she died with a strong hope of going to ablissful Eternity, where
she was in hopes to meet her relatives and friends she often spoke of you in her lifetime but never expected to see you again in this
life. I rec'd a letter from Stephen Daniel about ten days ago which informed us that Uncle B.C. Branch was dead Uncles RUBIN, BEN
BRYAN and Grand Mother BRANCH had all moved to Tennessee some fifteen years ago Bryan died about Eleven ago Benjamin the 27th
of last November Grand Mother died years ago last fall. Uncle Arthur Branch lives in Wake Co. he was down here about 2 months back and
was well and as fatt as a bear in the Wilderness he saw General Sam Houston last April in Raleigh at a Demograhic Convention and
conversed with him about you, the General said you lived close together, I hoped when Texas ____ to the US that you would be a
member to Congress and in passing you would Call and see us __ Myself and Mr. Daniel Herring expect to visit your section next
winter, we intend going through Tennessee and from there on to Texas we want to start about the 1st of October and so I hope to
reach you by Christmas. VC
Please write to me as soon as this comes to hand for I shall an_rously wait for an answer to this __ had wrote and worse composed letter. If you know any thing of Mr. Smith Herring please let us know where and what Wm Herring is living on Boolard Branch Hill a batcherlor yet, but is like me wants a wife very bad, but I am in hopes to get one in Texas that will be able to settle me there. The most of your old acquantaces in this vicinity are dead and moved away. Myself and Mr. Herring antisapate(sic) a great deal of pleasure in our arrivals next fall and winter. Please don't neglect to write me as soon as this comes to hand and request your children both male and female to write to
me and give me a discription of your Country, John Daniel wrote me some time ago to write to you if I knew where to write to him, and
if you should direct your letter to Trenton, Gibson Co - _ __ only
Remains your Afectionate Nephew until death.
Duplin County, NC - Jesse Grimes Letters
Letter # 43
7th Sept. 1854
My Dear Friend
I was truly happy to receive your kind favor of the 13th Inst. So happy was I, that I could not deny myself the
pleasure of answering you. I am caused to review many ivents, & scenes of the past, and to note changes and recall incid-
ents of days now passed away. You have adopted the wise mans course. You have thrown off the cares and strifes of politics.
I yet,for awhile, if I may be spared, have to wear the harness.
On the 4th of March next, my resolve is to lay it a side, after having worn it for forty two years, as it will then be, since
I enlisted a private soldier in the United States army. Though the harness has never galded me, it has on some occasions rubbed
me rather hard. There is one thing which affords me the most sensible pleasure, & that I hope to cherish to the last, hour
of my allotted time. It is this. In many vicissitudes I have retained your confidence and my public measures commanded your
support. When I first met you at San Felipe de Austin,I set you down as one, on whom I could rely, to sustain the true interests
of the country, when ever they might require the aid of honest men! This has been verified, on many occasions since then, and now
when we have strutted our hour on the political stage, and are preparing for our exit, or have taken it, neither of us, so far
as I can judge, have any thing to regret, or amend!
Now that you approve my course, on the Nebraski Bill I am truly gratified! I was aware that I would incur, the abuse of
the Calhoun, Disunion clique, and they would cry out abolition, or any thing else, which would enable them as they supposed, to
injure me. I said , and now repeat it, that "if the Bill passed it was putting the Knife to the throat of the South." It has done
it, and has done more to reanimate, and invigorate abolition, than all the measures, ever adopted, by the American Government, or that
ever will be done, unless it should be that it obtains, a complete triumph of abolition, I will regard this matter of Nebraski, as a
link, in the chain of destiny; leading to the fearful result.
Abolition was prostrate, and free soil no longer an issue, after the Compromise of 1850. It was by both political parties, regarded,
and proclaimed a "finality", never again to be disturbed. There was no other measure in the country, but the Nebraski Bill, which could
so effectually have broken up all concord, between the North, & the South, as that measure! Without any advantages to the South, but
every disadvantage, we see how it is operating in the North. I fancy that not one free state, will be in favor of the Administration, and
if the slave states, or one half of them should go Whig, I will not be surprised. Moreover, Nebraski, and Kansas, will be filled, by the
ultras, of the North, & Foreigners, and these states will, border, on Texas, and those Indians who own slaves, so that, slavery in North
of Texas, as well as in the Indian Nations, will be valuless. There was no need of this for twenty five years to come. And then the crowning
act of crime, has been bestowed upon the Indians, but this is a piece with the Graytown affair.!! The origin of the Nebraske measure, was
to secure the "Whole South," in the restriction of Mr. PIERCE, and thus make up for, the loss of New York, & such other free states as would not swallow a repeal of the Missouri Comprise. And in addition the President would have thereby, a good deal of patronage, to bestow in organizing the New Territories. Well! I was opposed to all this, and for my country! Nor was I, in favor of placing "ten millions" at the disposal of the President. He could not have used it unless it was to corrupt Spanish officials, or to reward persons about him, for past acts of corruption. He could act under no treaty, or pay money under it, until ratified by the senate, so we will then know how much, and what for, that we are to appropriate cash!!!
Mrs. H. unites with me in kindest regards, to Mrs. Grimes, and your family.
Ever thine truly
Hon. Jesse Grimes
Duplin County, NC - Jesse Grimes Letters
Letter # 3
(Seal) Ayuntamiento De Austin (all writing was to the right of the Seal)
By an order of the Ayunta-
miento of Austin passed on the
2nd day of June Inst. I have
been charged by that body
to give notice to you of your
appointment to the office of
Judge of the first instance
for the Jurisdiction of Austin;
and to request that you will
immediately rejoin to this
Town, for the purpose of being
installed into your new office
and taking the oaths prescri-
bed by the Constitution & Laws,
All of which I communicate to
you for your intelligence and
To the Hon. Jesse ) ~ God & Liberty Villa de
Grimes-Judge ) Austin 3rd of June 1834
Of the 1st instance ) W. Barret Travis
Uncle Jesse was one of the signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence, March 2, 1836
Richard Ellis, President of the Convention & Delegate from Red River
Charles B. Stewart, Thos Barnett, John S.D. ByromFranco Ruiz, J. Antonio Navarro, Jesse B. Badgett, Wm D. Lacey, William Menefee,
Jno Fisher, Mathew Caldwell, William Mottley, Lorenzo de Zavala, Stephen H. Everitt, Geo W Smyth, Elijah Stapp, Claiborne West,
Wm B. Scates, M.B. Menard, A.B. Hardin, J.W. Bunton, Thos J. Gasley, R. M. Coleman, Sterling C. Robertson, Benj. Briggs Goodrich, G.W. Barnett, James G. Swisher, Jesse Grimes, S. Rhoads Fisher, John W. Moore, John W. Bower, Saml A. Maverick
from Bejar, Sam P Carson, A. Briscoe, J.B. Woods, Jas Collinsworth, Edwin Waller, Asa Brigham, Geo. C. Childress,Bailey Hardeman, Rob. Potter, Thomas Jefferson Rusk, Chas. S. Taylor, John S. Roberts, Robert Hamilton, Collin McKinney, Albert H Latimer, James Power, Sam Houston, David Thomas, Edwd Conrad, Martin Parmer, Edwin O. LeGrand, Stephen W. Blount, Jas Gaines, Wm Clark, Jr., Sydney O. Penington, Wm Carrol Crawford, Jno Turner
Test. H.S. Kimble, Secretary
GRIMES, JESSE (1788-1866). Jesse Grimes, judge and signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence,qv son of Sampson and Bethsheba (Winder) Grimes, was born in what is now Duplin County, North Carolina, on February 6, 1788. In 1817 he moved to Washington County, Alabama. His first wife, Martha (Smith), died in 1824; they had nine children. In 1826 he married Mrs. Rosanna Ward Britton; they became the parents of six children.
Grimes moved to Texas in 1826 and settled temporarily in Stephen F. Austin's second colony on the San Jacinto River in what is now Harris County; in the fall of 1827 he settled on Grimes Prairie, now in Grimes County. On March 21, 1829, he was elected first lieutenant of the First Company, Battalion of Austin. He was elected síndico procuradorqv of the Viesca precinct in December 1830 and in December 1831 was elected a regidor of the ayuntamiento. On October 5, 1832, he was put on a subcommittee of safety and vigilance for the Viesca District and on October 6 was appointed treasurer of the district. He represented Washington Municipality in the Consultation and on November 14, 1835, was elected a member of the General Council of the provisional government.
Grimes was one of the four representatives from Washington Municipality to the Convention of 1836 at Washington-on-the-Brazos and there signed the Declaration of Independence. On June 3, 1836, he enrolled a company of volunteers for three months' service in the Texas army. He represented Washington County in the Senate of the First Congress of the Republic of Texas from October 3, 1836, to September 25, 1837. From November 1, 1841, to December 8, 1843, he represented Montgomery County in the Sixth and Seventh congresses. He filled out Robert M. Williamson's unexpired term in the Eighth Congress, representing Washington, Montgomery, and Brazos counties, and was elected to the Ninth Congress, which ended on June 28, 1845. After annexation he was a member of the Senate of the First, Second, Third, and Fourth legislatures. Grimes County was probably named for him.
Grimes died on March 15, 1866, and was buried in the John McGinty cemetery, ten miles east of Navasota. In 1929 his remains and those of his second wife were reinterred in the State Cemetery.
Wiltz BIBLIOGRAPHY: Louis Kemp, The Signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence (Salado, Texas: Anson Jones, 1944; rpt. 1959). Texas House of Representatives, Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832-1845 (Austin: Book Exchange, 1941).
Jesse Grimes was a brother of Ester Grimes who married Archelaus Branch.
Subj: "History of Grimes County-Land of Heritage and Progress"
Compiled and Edited by the Grimes County Historical Commission-Navasota, Texas 77868
Taylor Publishing Company/Dallas Texas/Mike House, Publishing Consultant
The Jesse Grimes Family
"The Honorable Jesse Grimes was born Feb. 6, 1788 in Duplin County, North Carolina, third child of Sampson and Bethsheba Grimes. Sampson Grimes was born in Virginia August 10, 1749, son of Hugh Grimes. Bethsheba was born in Maryland July 3, 1756, daughter of John and Ann Winder. Sampson and Bethsheba married June 10, 1780. In 1785 she gave birth to twins, Ester and James. In 1792, William was born. Ester married Archelaus Branch, James married Ceily Sloan, and William married Ash (last name unknown). They had one daughter, Nancy who married Lott Stroud and, in 1800, moved to Muhlenberg County, Kentucky.
"In 1812, Jesse served in Capt. John Looney's Company of Infantry, West Tennessee Militia, War of 1812. In 1813 he married Martha Smith, a highly educated lady for that time. A son, Robert, was born in 1814, and in 1815, a daughter, Harriet Elizabeth. They moved to Greens County, Georgia in 1816, where Alfred Calvin was born in 1817, Rufus in 1819. In 1820 they moved to Washington County, Alabama and Lucinda (1821), Jacob (1822), Mary Jane (1823), and twins William Ward and Martha Ann (1824) were born. Martha died giving birth to the twins.
"In 1826, Jesse married Rosana (Ward) Britton. They came to Texas in 1827, settling first in Montgomery County, later moved to what is now Grimes County. The second marriage produced six children: Gordon (1830), Harvey (1832), Leonard (1833), Helen (1835), Emily (1838), and Nancy (1840). Jesse received a Land Grant from the Spanish Goverment in 1831, which he named Grimes Prairie, and at one time a Post Office was there. His son Robert received a Land Bounty in Bastrop County. Harriet received a Land Bounty in Falls County. Alred Calvin's Land Bounty was in Bosque and Erath Counties. Rufus' Land Bounty adjoined his father's land.
"Three of Jesse's sons fought in the Texas War of Independence, Robert, Rufus, and Alfred Calvin, who died in the Alamo. Robert married Elizabeth Highsmith. They had seven children: Mary J., Elizabeth, Jesse, William H., A. W., Albert, and Delia. Harriet married Judge A. G. Perry. They had eight children: Mary E., Eugene, Emma, Hattie, Horotio, Sarah, Theny, Diana, and Albert Jr. They also raised her niece, Mary Emily Keefe. Rufus married Martha Berryman and had nine children: Martha J., Albert C., William R., Jessie, Henry, Genevia, Jacob, Harvey, and Alice. Martha Ann married John E. Keefe and had three children: Edwin, Emmott, and Mary Emily. Jacob died at 23 and is buried in Grimes Prairie Cemetery. Lucinda, Mary Jane, William Ward, Gordon, Leonard, and Harvey all died in childhood. Helen married Wm. P. Love in 1863. Emily married John H. Bowen in 1857, and in 1880 she married Geo. Gannaway. She died in 1907 and is buried in Grimes Prairie Cemetery. Nancy married C.H. Ehinger in 1859. They were parents of Anna, Jessie, Charles J., and Nancy.
"Jesse Grimes gave forty-five years to public service, being best remembered as a Signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence. On March 2, 1959, he was honored at the Independence Day Celebration at Washington-on-the-Brazos. Over two hundred invitations were sent to direct descendants.
"Jesse and his wife, Rosanna, are buried in the State Cemetery at Austin."
Duplin County, NC - Jesse Grimes Letters
Executive Department Texas
25th March 1836
You have been appointed by the Government of Texas to
organize the Militia in the County of Washington under
the provisions of an act passed by the convention on the
12th day of March 1836 a copy of which you have enclosed
you will therefore proceed to the discharge of your duties
under that act ordering out two thirds of the Militia of
said County, forthwith to serve for and during the term of
three months, a prompt and energetic discharge of the duties
required of you by this act is expected the Country demands
the aid of every man and it is confidently believed that all
will do their duty.
I have the Honor to be
By the President Very Respectfully
Thomas J. Rusk Yours----
Sec. At War David G. Burnet
( rubric )
(Endorsed: ) War Department
Hon Jesse Grimes or in his absence the first Judge
Dr. Smith. Washington.
Cumberland County, Virginia.
The Last Will and Testament of John Roberson, Dec'd was proved, the 25th day of April, 1768.
The will names four grand-children: John Roberson, SUSANAH ROBERSON, Elizabeth Roberson, Joseph Roberson.
Sons: John Roberson, Thomas Roberson, Field Roberson, Christopher Roberson, Edward Roberson, Joseph Roberson,
Daughters: Susannah Bradshaw, Judith Bradshaw, Elizabeth Hogan
Sons-in-law: Field Bradshaw and William Bradshaw.
No mention of wife so it would seem that she was already dead.
Will of Hezakiah Robinson
In the name of God, Amen. I Hezekiah Robinson of Cumberland County being sick and
weak but of perfect health of mind and memory considering the uncertainty of mortal state
do make this my last will and testament in manner and form following.
Viz..Item, It is my desire that my loving wife Judith Robinson shall have everything I am
possessed of during her life and after her death to be equally divided between my five
children, John Robinson, Samuel Robinson, Wiliam Robinson, Susannah Robinson and
Nancy Baughan. Item.. It is my desire that my wife shall give Hezekiah Robinson, son
of William Robinson one colt out of the property I give her. I desire there shall be no
appraisement of my estate. I appoint my wife Judith Robinson, John Robinson, Samuel
Robinson, Wiliam Robinson and John Hatcher executors and executrix of this my last will
and testament. As witness my hand this 13th day of Oct., one thousand seven hundred and
Signed by Hezekiah Robinson
Test: Richard Robinson
1820 Census, Washington township, Preble CO. Ohio
Silas Poyner, page 79
Darke Co. OH. marriage records:
Silas "Poiner" and Mary Wade, married June 17, 1824
1830 Franklin, Warren, Ohio census:
Silas Poyner...1.male.30-40... 2 females..under 5...1 female..20-30
Peter Poyner, Jr.(30-40) is in this county...brother
1840 Preble Co. Ohio census:
Silas Poyner (Piner)..wife, 1 boy, 5 girls
Peter Poyner, (Piner) next door, 6 in household, including 1 male 70-80. (Peter Sr. ?)
1850 Darke Co, Ohio Census:
Silas Poyner.......... 56........NC......Stone Cutter.....name listed Selas Poyner
Mary Poyner........... 46..........OH
Rebecca Poyner........24......... OH......School Teacher
Sarah Poyner...........23..........OH......School Teacher
Thomas Poyner..........18........ OH.......Farmer
Charlotte Poyner...........17....... OH
Mary Poyner............ 14..........OH
Loretta Poyner.........12.......... OH
Rhoda Poyner.......... 9......... OH
Elizabeth Poyner......... 7....... OH
Catherine Poyner........ 3.......... OH
Peter Poyner.......... 1.......OH
Silas died 1858. The 1860 census lists Mary as a widow.
Birth and death dates were taken from family Bible.
Will of Silas Poyner dated February 1, 1854. He does not name all of the children. Wife Mary, and daughter Rebecca are named executors. Sarah Poyner is alternate. He does mention son Thomas C. W. Poyner and daughter Mary Poyner. Closes with ..." I want all my heirs to fare alike finally."
The full will and probate record is too lengthy to show here.
The will was admitted to Probate March 30, 1864.
April 1870...When Silas' son, Peter L Poyner was killed, his widow was expecting a child. The administrator for Peter's estate was Sarah's father, Samuel Shimp. They filed a lawsuit against the estate of Silas to obtain the share of Peter for the widow and child. They received the one tenth share.
Info from Ralphe Vawter, his grandfather was Willis Isiah Vawter.
1900 Marion Co, IN. census:
William I Vawter....Oct 1854...45...IN
Mary L Vawter...Jul 1860...39...IN
Olive Vawter...Dec 1885...14...IN
Bessie Vawter...Jan 1888...12...IN
Wilbur Vawter...Nov 1889...10...IN
Handry Vawter...Aug 1892...7...IN.................Ralphe's father, James Hardy Vawter
George Vawter....May 1895...5...IN
1910 Marion Co, IN census:
Mary L Vawter........ 49.....IN.....widow
Wilbur W Vawter......20.....IN
James H Vawter......17.....IN
George W Vawter......14.....IN
1920 Marion, IN census:
William W Vawter.......30.....IN
Willis W Vawter......5......IN
Mary L Vawter.....59.....IN......mother....widow
1900 Jefferson, IN census:
John S Vawter......Nov 1856......43.....IN....boarder......coded married
North Carolina Marriage Collection, 1741-2000
Clary Ann Branch John Daniel 30 Oct 1827 Duplin
North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868
John Daniel Clary Ann Branch Duplin Bondsman: Jonathan Karthl Witness: Jas. Pearsall
1850 Gibson Co. TN census:
John O Daniel........ 45.........NC
Clara O'daniel........ 38.........NC
Ann O'daniel......... 20.........NC
Ester O'daniel........ 12 TN
Emma O'daniel...... 10.......TN
Adaline O'daniel ....... 4.......TN
Henry O'daniel ...... 2.......TN
1860 Gibson Co. TN census:
John O'daniel.............55..... NC
Adaline O'daniel.........14..... TN
Henry O'daniel ..........12.......TN
Mary Etta Doss Mackenzie wrote several letters to William Snyder Vawter.
She gave her parents names as Hopewell Doss and Anne Elizabeth Vawter.
She gave her grandfather's name as John Lewis Vawter and her
grandmother's name as Elizabeth Walker.
In the 1850 Gibson Co TN census, "Arch" B Branch, age 34, is living with Stephen O'Daniel family.
Clarkey is his sister.
There is an A.B.Branch, 39, in the 1860 Gibson Co. TN census, wife Martha, with 5 children, probably not this person.
will of John Graddy (sic) (CR.035801.5/A-152
drafted 9 February 1773
settled during 1787 term of court
wife Mary 1 father bed & furniture, 1 horse, Bridle & saddle, 5 cows & calves
and the plantation Whereon I now live dureing hir Widdowhood;
dau. Mary 10 shillings proclamation money;
son Williams 10 shillings proclamation money;
son John 10 shillings proclamation;
dau. CHARITY HARRING 10 shillings proclamation money;
dau. Ann Croom 10 shillings proclamation money;
son Alexander 10 shillings proclamation money;
son Lewis 10 shillings proclamation money;
dau Elesabuth Outlaw 10 shillings proclamation money;
Son in Law Isaac Dawson 10 shillings proclamation money;
Son in law William Laws 10 shillings proclamation money;
grandson James son of my dau. Ann Graddy 1 good father
Bed and furnniture, 1 horse, Bridle & Saddle;
son Fradrick Land and plantation Where on I now Live, remandir part of my houe hold goods,
Stock of horses, cattle and hogs, Blacksmiths Tools
extr: son Fradrick
wit: Willm Whitfield, Bryan Whitfield
signed: John Graddy (made his mark)
Thanks to Ed Grady for providing the book "John Grady (1710-1787) of Dobbs and Duplin". Many of the names and dates for this line came from this book.
The Stokeleys were established on the Eastern shore before that region was actually organized into counties. For this reason, the earliest records on Francis Stokeley are not known. The exact date of the arrival of the Stokeleys in Virginia hasn't been established, but by 1634 Francis Stokeley was already living in what is now Northampton County. In that year he patented an additional 50 acres for the transportation of a servant. (Nugent's Cavaliers and Pioneers, vol 1, page 52)
The two brothers first in Northampton are John and Francis Stokeley.
The will of Francis Stokeley (Northampton Co., Records, Deeds & Wills, page 83) dated December 12, 1655 and proved on January 28, 1655/6, mentions wife, two daughters (Frances and ANN), son John, a brother John and John's son William Stokeley. The will mentions Francis' wife but does not give her name. "To beloved wife 3 cows and 4 steares. To dau. Ann Stockley 2 cows and 3 steares. To son John Stockley 3 cows, 3 steares, and my gun. In case all three children die, then their legacies to their mother. To wife the best bed, curtains, and vallence. To daus. Frances and Ann Stockley a bed apiece. To my godson Francis Willyams one cow calf. That cow calf which brother John Stockley owes me, to his son Willyam Stockley. To wife all moveables and things belonging to me, and for life the plantation, and after her death to son John. And after the debts of Richard Wooton, deceased, are paid, the remaining estate to be divided by son John and his sister Frances.
Witnesses: William Geldinge, William Ennis and John Stockley"
His daughter ANN married Henry Towles, who is said to have emigrated from Liverpool to Accomack County (Virginia Magazine, vol 8, page 320)
Francis Stokeley's lands lay in the part of Northampton Co. which became Accomack as is shown by the sale of a portion of the lands of Francis Stokeley, dec. by Francis Stokeley, Jr. (200 acres) to William Curtis 1657.
1880 Cherokee Co, AL census:
James I Johnson........35..........NC.......Farmer
Mary Johnson..........27........... GA
James Johnson..........12......... AL
Lonnie Johnson.......... 8.......... AL
Lee Johnson........... 4..........AL
Stella Johnson.......... 2........AL
1900 Van Alystne, Grayson Co. Tx census:
James Johnson.........55.......... May 1845.......NC
Mary Johnson......... 52......... Feb 1848.........NC
Lee J Johnson........ 24........ Feb 1876.......AL
Eula J Johnson....... 17 ....... Nov 1882.......AL
Raleigh Johnson......15....... July 1884.......AL
Pluma (?) Johnson ......13...... Oct 1886 ......AL
1910 Tom Green, San Angelo, TX census:
James Johnson........65.......... NC
Mary F Johnson..........62....... GA
Rolly Johnson..........23........... AL
Pluma (?) Johnson........20.........AL
call me hence do make and ordain this to be my last Will and Testament.
Item I desire that all my just debts be duly paid.
Item I give unto my eldest son James Grigsby five shillings
current money of Virginia over and above what he has already received.
Item I give unto my son John Grigsby five shillings current money
of Virginia over and above what he has already received.
Item I give unto my son Charles Grigsby thirty pounds Virginia
Currency, likewise a feather bed with furniture and a couple of sheep.
Item I give unto my son William Grigsby thirty pounds Virginia
Item I give unto my daughter Sarah Welch exclusive of what she
has already received twenty-five pounds Virginia currency.
Item I give unto my daughter Jane Paxton five shillings current
money of the State of Virginia over and above what I have already given
Item I give unto my daughter Rachel McNut five shillings current
money of the State of Virginia over and above what I have already given her.
Item I lend unto my loving wife Elizabeth Grigsby all my estate
real and personal to have and to hold the same during her natural life in
joint trust discharging debts and gifts or legacies as above in a
reasonable time, and that she my said wife in joint trust with chosen
Executors herein mentioned do act discretionary with my younger sons and
daughters in manner following:
That Martha, Elizabeth and Franky shall have at age or marriage
equal to their sisters Jane Paxton and Rachel McNut including all they
received at marriage and my sons Joseph, Elisha and Reuben to have the
plantation whereon I now live divided equally amongst them by any three
or more neighbors whom they shall appoint and at the decease of my wife
the remainder shall be divided equally among my sons and daughters, viz:
Joseph, Jane, Rachel, Martha, Elisha, Elizabeth, Franky and
Reuben having no respect in the division to such sum as shall be given
to any of them either at age or marriage and further it is my will that
if any of my last named sons and daughters should die intestate his, her,
or their share of the estate as above mentioned shall be equally divided
among the survivor or survivors.
Lastly, I appoint and nominate my beloved wife Elizabeth Grigsby
Executrix and Joseph Grigsby Executor of this my last will and testament
hereby making nul and void any will or wills heretofore made by me
acknowledging this my last will and testament.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this
eleventh day of May, Domini one thousand seven hundred and ninety two.
Signed, sealed and acknowledged His
in the presence of: John X Grigsby (seal)
John Paxton Robert Snodgrass mark
William X Arnold David Willock
Mark A Copy Teste: Harry B. Wright,Clerk
from Henrietta Hamilton's book:
Many American families, particularly Virginians trace their descent from John Grigsby, whose ancestors were unquestionably of Welch origin, and who settled in this Country at a very early day, and were a potent factor in the social and intellectual development of the Communities in which they lived. As a people, they have been noted for their refined tastes, gracious manners, broadmindedness and liberality, and entire absence of anything like narrow clannishness, in religion or political matters, and for unswerving devotion to the interests of higher education.
The members of this family with which the present records deal, were two brothers, James and John, who emigrated to America about 1660, and settled in Stafford County Virginia where John Grigsby was born in 1720.
In 1740, John accompanied Lawrence Washington, in the forces of Admiral Vernon, on the expedition against Cartagena, South America, which was "one of the most important event of Gooch's Administration, as taken in connection with the other colonies, it was another step in the development of Union." See, "History of Augusta County", J. Lewis Peyton; and "Collections of the Virginia Historical Society," Volume IX.
Afterward he commanded a company in the thirteenth Regiment of the Virginia Line during the Revolutionary War. This information was obtained from the old war records in the archives at Washington. Owing to participation in this Colonial War and in the Revolutionary War, he was afterward known as Soldier John.
"Pause, reader, here, and look with solemn dread
upon the last dwelling of the dead,
Through numerous graves appear on every hand
This was the first of all the Silent Band"
1900 Bexar Co, TX census:
William Richter......Feb 1857......42.....VA
Emma Richter.....June 1859.....40.....VA
Otto Richter......Sept 1874......25.....TX
Henry Richter.....Nov 1883.....17.....TX
Rosa Richter.....Feb 1884.....15......TX
Herman Richter.....Sept 1887.....12.....TX
Rudolph Richter......Oct 1890......9.....TX
Augusta Richter......Aug 1892.....7.....TX
1910 Bexar Co, TX census:
W L Richter......51......VA
Emma F Richter......45......KS
Henry L Richter......25.....TX
Rose M Richter.....23.....TX
Herman J Richter.....19.....TX
Rudolph W Richter.....17.....TX
August J Richter......14.....TX
Mrs Christina Richter......24.....TX.....daughter-in-law....widow
Otto W T Richter......3......TX.....g.son
1920 Bexar Co. TX census:
Mary I Anderson.....60......TX
Lillie M Anderson......32......TX
Tommie P Anderson.....23.....TX
Otto W T Richter.....13.....TX.....g.son
On the 1880 census, he and his mother were living with the Power family.
He (Doll) is mentioned in a letter from Mary Durkee Vawter to Sarah Weir, July 1896. She said "Doll will go down to Ma's place in Rusk County. I feel very sorry for the poor old man."
Rosanna's maiden was probably Ward. Jesse's biography states that in 1826 he married "Mrs. Rosanna Ward Britton".
World War I Draft card signed Sept 12 1918.
Valter Allison Johnson, Born Sept 3, 1876.
Next of kin, Sarah P Johnson.
1920 Wagoner OK. census:
V A Johnson.......... 43.......... AR
Sarah Johnson.........37.......... AR
Mary A Johnson.......... 7.......... OK
J Allison Johnson........ 3........ OK
1930 Wagoner OK. census:
Valter A Johnson.........53....... AR
Sarah P Johnson.........47.........AR
Mary A Johnson..........17......... OK
Allison Johnson.......... 13..........OK......(son)
1940 Pope Co, AR census
Sarah P Johnson.....57....AR is living with her sister, Mary Potts
1940 Pittsburg Co. OK census:
V A Johnson......64......AR.......in state penitentiary with many others
1850 Carlton, Orleans, NY
John W Durkee.........42......NY
George B Durkee......16.....NY
Oscar A Durkee......11.....NY
Veran ? Durkee......1.....NY
Hannah Anderson.......77......NJ ?
1860 Carlton, Orleans, NY
John W Durgy ?.....53......NY.......name indexed as Drgg
Sarah E Durgy......19......NY
Vemin ? Durgy......11......NY
1880 Carlton, Orleans, NY
John W Durkee......73.....NY
Jesse Grimes letter #72 - from J G Branch
Sister Clasry Ann married Mr. John Daniel and Sister Clarky married Mr. Stephen Daniel, They are Alexander Daniels Sons they have been moved to Tennessee Eleven years they are smart men, Sister has had very bad health ever since they moved to Tennessee.
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