From "Genealogical History of the Families of McConnells, Martins, Barbers, Wilsons, Bairds, McCalls and Morris", by Newton W. McConnell, 1913

 

Pages 6 to 72:

 

{Also see related website “Descendants of John Martin”}

 

 

The McConnell Family.

 

 

That portion of my name "Mc,' sometimes spelled "Mac," and sometimes "W", is defined by the Standard Dictionaries as meaning "the son of." It has the same meaning as the Irish "O' ",-McConnell and O'Connell each means "the son of Connell."

 

FIRST GENERATION

 

........ McConnell and Tabitha Ward, were the founders of my family. I have not been able to learn the Christian name of my great-grandfather, nor when he and Tabitha Ward were married, but they were married and living in the village of Port Tobacco, St. Charles County, Maryland, in the year 1757. My great grand­father, McConnell, was a tailor by trade. He was a Scotch-Irishman and a Presbyterian.

 

SECOND GENERATION.

 

Manuel McConnell was born in the year 1757, and died September 9, 1842.

 

I was born on the 22nd of May, 1832; hence, I was about ten years and four months old when my grand­father, Manuel McConnell, died. I remember him very well. He was a Revolutionary soldier, and, drew a pension from the year 1833 to the time of his death. I have in my possession a copy of his application for a pension. In that he was required to state what rank he had, whether private or officer, what captain and colonel he served under, and to state the engagements he was in. He specified the battle of the Cowpens and the Siege of Ninety-Six, and that he served under Lieutenant Benj. Lawrence, Captain McCall, Captain Moses Little, Cap­tain Richard Hurd, and under Colonel Pickens of South Carolina, Colonel Washington, Colonel Lee and Colonel James Jackson of Georgia. These services ran from May, 1780, to August, 1782. He gave as his residence at the time of his enlistment, Abbeyville District, South Caro­lina, with his father, but does not state his name. The Washington referred to, was Colonel William Wash­ington, a distant relative of General George Washing­ton, and, the Lee, was Colonel Henry Lee, known as Harry Lee, or, "Light Horse Harry." This Lee was the father of the great Confederate General, Robert E. Lee. My grandfather was an old man, when I first re collect him.  He was eighty-five years old when he died, and he must have been seventy-nine or eighty years old when my recollection of him commenced. He was a slender man,-little above medium height, with dark eyes and remarkably fine, regular features. In his young days he was undoubtedly, a handsome man. He said, they called him a "pretty boy" when a child. He had a certain seat in the corner which was a split bottomed chair with a sheepskin on it. He was a great hand for pets. I especially remember a rooster, that used to sit on his knee, and at his word of command, would crow. I was very spare-made and thin, as a small boy, and he used to call me "spider."

 

I have heard my grandfather talk more about the services he rendered under General Francis Marion than under any other officer.  He was in many skirmishes, was captured once, and escaped while crossing a creek on a foot log. On one occasion, he told about the soldiers spreading their blankets on the floor of a bridge to deaden the noise of taking their horses across, so that the enemy, camped near, could not hear them.

 

I have heard him describe the battle of the Cowpens often, exactly as it is given in this book. He was in Washington's Charge upon the British Battery, and the dragoons upon the British right flank, at the time of the personal encounter between Washington and Tar­leton.

 

He belonged to the Continental line, was twenty ­two years old when he enlisted. His wife, Martha Arm­strong, was a South Carolinian. Her father had three; brothers who were in the Revolutionary Army, but he was a cripple and unable to serve.

 

My great grandfather died when my grandfather was a small boy. After his father's death, his uncle, Tom Ward, became his custodian; in what capacity I do not know. An arrangement was made between Tom Ward and John Posey and others to move to South Carolina. When the party left, Ward remained behind for some purpose, but was to follow later. He was killed by a cannon-ball. I find this in memoranda, which I got from my mother about the year 1883, and which i remember as being talked of in the family, pre­sumably, this was in an action, during the French and Indian War which .was flagrant at that time,-the treaty of peace having been made in 1763. My grandfather never lived with his own people again. His mother after­wards married Mr. Acock. From this union there was born a daughter, Sarah. My grandfather never had any full brothers or sisters. When he speaks of living with his father at the time of his enlistment, he undoubtedly meant, his father by adoption. It is legendary history, well established in the family, that this adopted father did not treat him kindly and he ran away from home when a boy, but must have returned again.

 

I have before me an old document, bearing date 17th day of August, 1784. This instrument has been in the possession of my brother, W, E. McConnell, ever since our Uncle James died. Grandfather died at his house. All his papers were left with Uncle James. My brother was connected with the administration of his estate, and, received this instrument in that way. It contains a plat of a piece of land of two hundred acres, situated in Wilkes County, Georgia, on Scull Creek.  I find from examining the map, that there are several counties be­tween Scull Creek and Wilkes County. This means that new counties have been made, and at the time the survey was made, the locality of the land was Wilkes County. There is a certificate attached to the.plat. It reads, in part, as follows

 

"Pursuant to a warrant from under the hand of the Honorable Absalom Bedell, Esq., Senior justice, pre­siding at the Land Court, held in Wilkes County, dated the l0th day of August, 1784, was surveyed for Newel McConnell, who resides in this state, a tract of land con­taining two hundred acres, etc." It winds up, as fol­lows: "Surveyed the 19th day of August, 1784," and certified by Samuel Criswell, by John Furges, Deputy Surveyor, and signed T. McCall, Surveyor General. It has a wax seal attached by a tape string.

 

I have also a tax receipt, which came into my pos­session the same way as above described. It begins, "Received of Emanuel McConnell, Etc. I have another receipt obtained the same way, which begins as follows "Received October 19th, 1795, of Newel McConnell, etc."

 

I know of no explanation of these changes of names. My recollection is, that he was sometimes called Em­manuel, when I knew him. I had some doubt as to whether his name was Manuel or Emmanuel until I got a copy of his application for a pension. In that it is plainly written, Manuel. He did not write his name in the documents above referred to. They were written by others. I take it, that Newel must have been a nick­name, by which he was familiarly known. There can be no question about his being the identical person de­scribed in these papers.

 

My father was born in 1797, in the State of Georgia. He could barely recollect the fact of moving to Ten­nessee. I have heard him say the only thing that he recollected distinctly, was crossing a river.

 

This change of residence from Georgia to Tennessee, could not have been later than 1803. My grandfather bought a farm on the waters of Bear Creek. The country, at the time he settled there, was, largely an almost impenetrable canebrake. There were plenty of bears, rattlesnakes, copperheads, and, other venomous reptiles. The country abounded with wild turkeys. It was certainly a hunt­er's paradise. Tennessee was the state in which David Crockett became famous as a bear hunter. When my father married he bought an adjoining farm. His brother John A. McConnell, also bought an adjoining farm. These lands were very rich.

 

THIRD GENERATION.

 

As previously stated, Manuel McConnell married Martha Armstrong. She died before I was born. I never knew any other family except one sister, Mary Armstrong. She lived to be quite an old lady, never married, and died at my father's house, when I was a youth. She is buried in the family burying ground on the old farm. She kept Bible, printed in Philadelphia in 1815. On the blank leaf in front is the following warning: "This Book is the property of Mary Arm­strong. Do not steal this book for fear of shame, for here you see the owner's name." It is not common for thieves to steal Bibles.  When I was on the bench in Tennessee, I tried a man once for stealing a Bible out of a church. The pastor of the church was introduced upon the trial, to identify the Bible as the one that be­ longed to the church.  He was a venerable old man, and testified that he knew that Bible because he had preached over and top of it for twenty-seven consecu­tive years. The prisoner was convicted and sent to the penitentiary for one year. This is an anomalous case.

 

I heard of another thief who stole a Bible, but upon reading the twentieth chapter of Exodus, in which he found the commandment thou shalt not steal," he returned the book to the owner.  I do not vouch for the truth of this story.

 

There was born of the union between Manuel Mc­Connell and Martha Armstrong, the following children, in the order herein named, to-wit: Elizabeth, John A., Jeremiah, James, Tabitha, Nancy A., Rachel, and Martha McConnell.  Elizabeth, James, Tabitha, and Nancy A. McConnell never married. They respectively lived to a ripe old age and died. They are buried side by side in the family grave yard on the farm,--being the same upon which their father lived, and situated in Marshall County, Tennessee.

 

Jeremiah McConnell, was my father, He was born October 14th, 1797 and died February 11th, 1871. He married Annabel Martin, the daughter of William and Catherine Barber Martin. She was born November 26th, 1803, and died October 13th, 1886.

 

I approach the subject of the biography of my father and mother with reverence. Since I have been engaged in the preparation of this book, I have thought a great deal about them. This reverence deepens and grows upon me, the more I reflect upon them. The Fifth Commandment in the Decalogue, enjoins upon children to honor their father and mother. It is a happy thought that there is nothing to be said of them but what 3 honoring to their memory. My father was a man of marked characteristics. He was a little inclined to be eccentric.  He was about six feet in height, slender, and straight as an Indian. He, perhaps never weighed over one hundred and fifty pounds in his life. He had dark hair and dark brilliant eyes, rather fiery, indicative of temper, of which he had a good deal. He had a high forehead.  His head was well developed in the intellec­tual and moral regions. He had great veneration. He was a Presbyterian in religion, as Paul says of himself, "Of the most straightest sect.  He was profoundly re­ligious, and a man of rugged honesty. He held family prayers every night. His manly virtues were of the most exalted character. His education was limited. He did not own many books, but what he did own, he thoroughly knew. I think he was the best informed man, in the Bible, that I ever talked with. He was thor­oughly acquainted with the History of the Reformation.  To his mind, John Knox was the greatest man that ever lived. John Calvin and Martin Luther were about equal to him. He named his first boy Calvin Luther. I have heard him discuss John Knox often and often. He be­lieved, without any doubting, hesitation or equivocation of mind, whatever, all the doctrines set forth in the Presbyterian Confession of Faith. He was an elder in the Presbyterian church, nearly all of his adult life. He was a Scotch-Irishman. He was proud of his blood and of his race. He was bitterly opposed to the Church of Rome. He believed that Church was the Harlot of St. John's vision. He had Fox's Book of Martyrs, and knew by heart the names and circumstances attending the burning of every martyr described therein. He had no use for prelacy, whether it came from Rome, or Lon­don; but, I do not think he had any special prejudice against the Episcopalians, although I have heard him speak contemptuously of the founder of the English Church, and the circumstances and motives that led to it. In this day, he would be called narrow. He was a teetotaler in temperance. One of the first things he had me do, after I learned to write my name, was to sign the temperance pledge. He was a profound thinker. He loved to discuss questions of philosophy, of theology, of science and especially of astronomy. He believed in, and practiced, the simple life. He made money and saved it. There were no holes in the bottom of his pockets. He was a man, I might say, of the intensest industry. It could not be said of him that "everybody works but father." He held his church membership at Elk Ridge. It would require dreadful weather to keep him from attendance there every Sunday, when there was preaching. He observed the Sabbath scrupu­lously. Firewood had to be chopped on Saturday to do over Sunday. A pone of light cornbread was cooked on Saturday for use on Sunday. No work was done on the farm on Sunday, not even a nail driven. There was not heard in and about his premises the sound of an axe, hammer or any other tool of iron on that day. In family discipline, he was strict. Everybody on his place was industrious. None of us required any goading, for we inherited the spirit of industry from our Scotch­ Irish and Irish ancestry.

 

My father was a Democrat in politics. His ideal statesman was Thomas Jefferson. He was an ardent believer in personal liberty, and freedom of conscience. He knew thoroughly the history of the struggles of John Knox and his co-laborers and successors, to establish civil and religious liberty in the world. He believed the Presbyterian Church was founded and ordained of God, not only for the salvation of the souls of men, but for the establishment and maintenance of civil liberty, in the world. He was a devoted patriot, proud of the fact that his father fought for the maintenance of American liberty. He was intensely on the Southern side during the Civil War.  He gave up his only two sons, who were living at home at the time to go to the war.

 

My father was a firm believer in Special Providence. I heard him say once there was no such thing as chance. That this word ought to be expunged from the language. He believed that it was dishonoring to the Deity to be­lieve that he had created the Universe, harnessed it to­gether by immutable laws and hurled it into space, to run automatically forever. Many of the greatest minds, in the civilized world have the same belief. George Washington was a believer in Special Providence. He believed that Divine Providence would guide and protest him in the accomplishment of the great enterprise upon which he had entered. Napoleon had a similar faith, but he called it destiny. Bancroft, the historian, used the following language with reference to George Washington.

 

"Profoundly impressed with confidence in God's Providence, and exemplary in his respect for the forms of public worship, no philosopher of the eighteenth century was more firm in the support of freedom of reli­gious opinion, none more remote, from bigotry; but be­lief in God and trust in His overruling power, formed the essence of his character. Divine Wisdom not only illumines the spirit, it inspires the will. Washington was a man of action; his creed appears in his life; profes­sions burst from him very rarely, and only at those great moments of crisis in the fortunes of his country when earth and heaven seemed actually to meet, and his emo­tion became too intense for suppression; but his whole being was one continued act of faith in the eternal, in­telligent, moral order of the universe. Integrity was so completely the law of his nature that a planet would sooner have shot from its sphere than he have departed from his uprightness, which was so constant that it often seemed to be almost impersonal. ‘His integrity was the­ most pure, his justice the most inflexible I have ever known,' writes Jefferson, ‘no motives of interest or con­sanguinity, of friendship or hatred, being able to bias his decision.' "

 

While my father was not to be compared with George Washington, in his genius and commanding abil­ity, but in so far as that "integrity was so completely the law of his nature that a planet would sooner have shot from its sphere than he have departed from his up­rightness," he was every whit his peer.

 

My mother was low in stature; when married she weighed less than a hundred pounds but as she grew older she grew stout. Her eyes were gray; she was amiable, cheerful, sweet tempered, under all circum­stances; if she had to punish any of her children, she never did it in anger, but in such a gentle, kindly way, that it was almost a pleasure to be punished by her. She was a model of industry, a good nurse, devoted to her family, and labored for their welfare and happiness in season and out of season. In a word, she was a standing, contradiction to the doctrine of total depravity. She be­came a member of the Presbyterian Church when she was but a girl; held her membership in Bethberai, on Rock Creek and, worshiped regularly in the Cedar Log Meeting House, shown in the engraving, until she mar­ried, and left the neighborhood. She was a beautiful singer. She went about her work often singing verses from the Sacred Hymns used in the Church Service of those days. She had a music book written by a man named Johnson, which contained a great many Sacred hymns which she was very fond of singing. She be­longed to a musical family; some of her brothers sang beautifully. She lived, like the great bulk of the people of her day, the simple life. She was sensible, in every thing she did. I don’t recall ever having seen her do a thing or heard her say a word, with which any fault could be found.

 

The fact is, I am fully persuaded that my mother, my wife, and my mother-in-law were about as near perfect as it is possible for human nature to be.             It is a great pleasure to me to think about them and to recall their perfect lives. I know there are multitudes of women in the world just as good as they were, but I am confident there are none better. I idolize their memories.

 

THIRD GENERATION.

 

From the union of Jeremiah and Annabel Martin McConnell, there were born the following children: Cal­vin Luther, Harriet Atwood, Newton Whitfield, Amanda Edwards, Asenath Morrison, Jackson Watts, and Wash­ington Emmons, McConnell. Calvin Luther McCon­nell married Miss Henderson of Maury County, Ten­nessee, who died a few years afterwards, without child­ren. He married the second time, Elizabeth Foster of Appanoose County, Iowa, on January 21st, 1865.

 

FOURTH GENERATION.

 

Of this union there were born the following child­ren: Foster, July list, 1866; Edgar, August 4th, 1868; Oscar, August 11th, 1871; Luther, October 14th, 1873; Leotie J., February 14th, 1877 and Henry F., McConnell, February 1st, 1880.

 

Calvin Luther died in January, 1909, in his eighty ­first year.

 

FIFTH GENERATION.

 

Foster McConnell married Emma Moser. Of this union there were born, Luther, age twenty-four years; Marie, age twenty years; Ray, age eighteen years; Clyde, age thirteen years, and Otto, McConnell, age eleven years, at the present time.

 

Edgar McConnell married Pearl Elizabeth Hinkley. They have no children. Their address is Kendallville, Indiana.

 

Oscar McConnell married Emma Bridges. Of this union there was born a daughter, Nellie Marie McCon­nell, age about fourteen years.

 

Luther McConnell died when five years old.

 

Leotie J. married Amos W. Smith, September 12th, 1897.  Of this union there were born the following children:  Alice Leotie, born April 9th, 1902; Ralph C., born August 1st, 19o4; Edgar Foster, Smith, born September 17th, I909.

 

Henry F. McConnell is not married. His address is Elk Hart, Ind.

 

Marie McConnell married T. Grayson McConnell in October, 1911. Their post office address is Tipton Ford, Missouri.

 

The post office address of Amos W. Smith is 2103 May Street, Joplin, Missouri. The post office address of Foster McConnell is Saginaw, Jasper County, Missouri.

 

Foster McConnell is a farmer and miner; Edgar McConnell is a merchant tailor; Amos W. Smith is a bookkeeper; Oscar McConnell is a farmer; J. Gray son McConnell, while of the same name as his wife, was no kin to her. He is a merchant.

Harriet Atwood McConnell, born November 26th, 1830, married Nicholas Cheatham of Marshall County, Tennessee, born April 16th, 1823. They were married August 22nd, 1848. They removed to McNairy County, Tennessee, November l0th, 1851. Of this union there were born the following children:

 

FOURTH GENERATION.

 

Emily Jane, Jalena Ann, Washington Lafayette, 'Thomas Newton, James Franklin, Fielding G., Laura Ellen, and Milton L., Cheatham.

 

Emily J. Cheatham married G. S. Parrish, who was born December 16th, 1847, and died October 31st, 1887. Emily J. was born October 21st, 1849, and died March 16th, 1907.

 

FIFTH GENERATION.

 

Of this union there were born the following child­ren: C. L. Parrish, February 16th, 1869; T. O. Parrish, November 19th, 1870; Felix W. Parrish, March 16th, 1873, died May 8th, 1878; E. O. Parrish, May 27th, 1875; Maggie M. Parrish, August 11th, 1877; Millie Z. Par­rish, April 2nd, 1879, died February l0th, 1888; Eckie W. Parrish, February 2nd, 1884.

 

C. L. Parrish is at the present time, and has been for several years last past, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Chester County.

 

T. O. Parrish, is the City Marshal of the town of Henderson.

 

C. L. Parrish married Maggie Hearn and has six children, none of them married.

 

T. O. Parrish married Lillie Hearn and has four children.

 

Edgar, the third son, is telegraph operator for the Mobile & Ohio Railroad at Jordan, Ky. He is married and has two children, who constitute the seventh genera­tion.

 

Maggie M. Parrish married Robert Harris, who is a locomotive engineer. Of this union there were born two children.

 

E. O. Parrish married Maggie Bedil.

 

Eckie W. Parrish married A. Swain. Of this union there were born two children.

 

FOURTH GENERATION.

 

Jalena Ann married J. R. Wright, whose post office address is Adamsville, Tennessee.

 

FIFTH GENERATION.

 

Of this union there were born the following child­ren: James Nicholas, July 15th, 1877; Thomas Newton, May 22nd, 188o; Bishop Warren, October 1st, 1882;. Jesse Allen, March 14th, 1885; Hattie Mary, December 1st, 1887, and Florence Wright, August 22nd, 1892. Jalena Anne and her husband reside on the old home farm in McNairy County, post office address, Adamsville.

 

James Nicholas Wright is married and has six children, who constitute the sixth generation, and is liv­ing on a farm near the old home place in Hardin County.

 

Thomas Newton Wright is married and has three children and lives on a farm near the old home.

Bishop Warren Wright is married and has two child­ren, and is living in Hardin County.

 

Jesse Allen Wright is married and is living on a part of the old homestead.

Hattie May Wright is teaching music in Carroll County, and unmarried. Florence is attending school in Henderson.

 

FOURTH GENERATION.

 

Laura Ellen Cheatham first married Benjamin Weeks. By this union she had four children. After her, first husband's death, she married Dr. J. H. Mitchell, whose post office address is Bethel Springs, Tennessee. By the first union there were four children and by the second union there were three children. Laura Ellen was born November 21st, 1857.

 

 

FIFTH GENERATION.

 

Flava Weeks, was born December 11th, 1881; B. O. Weeks, August 28th, 1883; Hattie Weeks, September 4th, 1885; Harrison Weeks, June. 1st, 1887; Curtis Mitchell, July 1st, 1894; Beulah Mitchell, February 4th, 1896, and Oscar Mitchell, January 12th, 1899, and died, November 27th, 1905.

 

FOURTH GENERATION.

 

Washington Lafayette Cheatham, the oldest son, born March 2nd, 1853, resides in Henderson; Chester County, Tennessee,: owns a farm, and is living with his second wife. His first wife was Mildred Fitzpatrick, ­of Maury County; his second wife, was Lee Denam, also of Maury County.

 

FIFTH GENERATION.

 

Of this first union there was born one child, Echey Cheatham. She married Mr. Ammons. Of this union there were born three children. The oldest died in infancy ; the other two are small children and the family reside at Corinth, Mississippi.

 

There was born of the second union three children, to-wit: Ulys, Clara, and Maggie Cheatham. Ulys is living with his father, unmarried. Clara is a school teacher of high rank. Maggie is a small girl living with her parents.

 

FOURTH GENERATION.

 

Thomas Newton Cheatham, the second son, married Alice Adams. They have no children. He resides in Henderson. Hs is an optician.

 

FIFTH GENERATION.

 

Thomas Franklin Cheatham, the third son, born September 21st, 1857, and died September 25th, 1877. Milton L. Cheatham married Maggie W. Bodges of the city of Henderson. He was born October 13th, 1851.

 

SIXTH GENERATION.

 

Of this union there were born six children, three sons and three daughters, to-wit: Ada L., August 12th,. 1884; James W., May 12th, 1886; Laura A., August 24th, 1888; Joe M. March 19th, 1890; Mary E., November 5th, 1896, and Robert M., Cheatham, March 7th, 1899. Milton L. Cheatham resides at Henderson, Tennes­see, and is traveling representative for L. Moses & Co., Louisville, Ky., and justice of the peace.

 

SEVENTH GENERATION.

 

Ada L. Cheatham is married and lives in Alabama.  She has three children, the oldest, a son, died at the age of seventeen months. Her husband's name is Roy May. James Whitfield Cheatham, the oldest son of Milton L., is married and lives in Henderson. He is employed in carrying United States mail.  He has two children, Mar­garet and James H. Cheatham, Annie Laura Cheatham, the second daughter of Milton L., is married to a Mr. Lanier. They reside in the city of Memphis, Tennessee. He is in the employ of the Cumberland Telephone and Telegraph Company, They have one daughter, Ollie.

 

Joe M. Cheatham, the second son, is just twenty­ one years old, and is residing at Greenwood, Mississippi, his business, bookkeeper for the Cumberland Telephone and Telegraph Company; Mary Emma Cheatham, is sixteen years old and attending school. Robert Milton Cheatham, the youngest child, is thirteen years old, and is attending school.

 

FIFTH GENERATION.

 

Fielding Grant Cheatham, the youngest son of Nicholas and Harriet A. Cheatham, married Ellen Hearn, and lives in Henderson. He is a merchant.

 

SIXTH GENERATION.

 

Of this union there were born eight children, Oscar O., September 1st, 1892, died October 15th, 1893; Robert E., February 25th, 1894; Willie G., August 9th, 1896; Olgie G. June 28th, 1898; Alice G., September 14th, 1900; Mary E., February 9th, 1905; Gladys O., Novem­ber 8th, 1908, and Harriet Cheatham, October 17th, 1911. None of these children are married.

 

Milton L. Cheatham, writing me under date of Janu­ary 7th, 1913, says of his parents, "They lived together forty-seven years, and, while not rich, they were in easy circumstances, and were happy and content."

 

FOURTH GENERATION.

 

Newton Whitfield McConnell, born May 22, 18'32, married Nancy Elizabeth McCall, of Meadville, Pa., February 25, 1856. She was born April 26, 1833, and died August 19, 1900.

 

FIFTH GENERATION.

 

Of this union there were born Francis Winston, Odell Whitfield, and Anne Eloise, McConnell.

 

Francis Winston McConnell married first, Mary E. Corley, of Hartsville, Tenn., the daughter of John B. and Harriet Low Corley.

 

SIXTH GENERATION.

 

Of this union there was born Newton Whitfield McConnell„ Jr., August 29, 1887, at Hartsville, Tenn. ­Mary E. Corley McConnell was educated at the Hartsville Masonic Institute, died in 1888, and is buried in Forestvale Cemetery; Helena, Montana.

 

Francis W. McConnell married the second time, Mary (Maymee) Nichols, of Temple, Texas, the daugh­ter of John Van Buren and Hannah E. Nichols. She was given a good High School Education.

 

Of this union there were born three children, Francis Winston, Jr., June 12th, 1898; Herbert Stevens, May 25, 1905; and Harold Ayers, McConnell, who died in infancy.

 

Francis Winston McConnell was born January 26, 1861, at Hartsville, Tenn. He was educated at the Hartsville Masonic Institute and at Vanderbilt University at Nashville. He took a four year's course in the Academic Department and graduated in 1884. He was entitled to the degrees of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science. The University authorities de­clined to confer both degrees but required him to elect. He chose Bachelor of Science.  In a public speaking con­ test in which a prize of a hundred dollars was awarded he was the winner. He made greater distinction in chemistry than in any other branch of his academic studies. Upon the recommendation of Mr. Lupton, who was Professor of Chemistry, the authorities of the Pea­body Normal School at Nashville, offered him soon after his graduation the Chair of Chemistry in that institution.

 

He taught school from the fall of 1884 to the sum­mer of 1888, first at Gallatin, Tenn., and later at the Hartsville Masonic Institute at Hartsville, Tenn. He was eminently successful as a teacher. While he was teaching at Gallatin, he married Mary E. Corley of Trousdale County, Tenn., who was the granddaughter of E. P. Low of the same county, Mary E. Corley McConnell had charge of the primary, department of the Hartsville Masonic Institute when her husband was principal at that school. She was pleasing in her per­sonality and easily won the confidence and affection of her pupils. Her success as a teacher was excellent, al­though she never had had any special training in the art of teaching.

 

In 1888, Francis Winston McConnell came to He­lena, Mont., and was appointed cleric of the district court. He discharged the duties of this office with entire satisfaction to the officers of the court and the public.  When I retired from the Bench in 1889, his resignation was re­quested by my successor who regarded the office a poli­tical one and appointed a Republican, in his place.

 

He was afterwards elected to the office of clerk of the district court of Missoula, Montana, and discharged the duties of that office with equal ability with that of Helena. He is now in business at El Paso, Tex. His post office address is 512 Nevada St. He has been ad­mitted to the Bar but has never practiced law. Had he chosen to; he could have achieved eminent success.  He had a good foundation laid for the profession of law in his thorough Academic education. He has great apti­tude and ability as a public speaker.

 

FIFTH GENERATION.

 

Odell Whitfield McConnell, born July 4th, 1867, at Hartsville, Tenn. Married Annie Seay, of Gallatin, Tenn., the daughter of judge George E. and Mary Lau­derdale Seay, in the year 1891.

 

SIXTH GENERATION.

 

Of this union there were born Clara Eloise and Odell Seay, McConnell, in 1895 and 1897 respectively. Annie Seay McConnell received her primary edu­cation at the academy for young ladies at Gallatin and her college education at Ward's Seminary, at Nashville, Tenn. She specialized in Art. She graduated at Ward's. Seminary.

 

Odell Whitfield McConnell graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree of B. A., in June, 1890, and with the degree of B. L., June 17, 1891.  He was appointed by the Governor of Montana to the State Board of Education, to fill out my unexpired term. He was again appointed for a full term of three years; and again in February, 1911, for, a second period of three years, which has not yet expired. He was elected County At­torney, for Lewis and Clerk County in the fall of 1898, for a term of two years; he was re-elected in the fall of 1900, and served two more years.  He is a director of the Conrad Trust and Savings Bank, of Helena, Mon­tana, and also of the Montana Life Insurance. Company, and is general counsel for each of these institutions.

 

I insert here a notice written of him two or three years ago in the Treasure State Magazine, published in Helena Montana.

 

"Everyone knows Odell W. McConnell. He is one of the leading and most popular lawyers in the State of Montana, having behind him a - solid foundation of long continued meritorious achievement for his clients and for the State. Witty, bon vivant, happy, and genial, yet withal he maintains a dignified bearing toward his. fellowmen that commands respect and stamps him as a polished gentleman of the old Southern school. When he takes your hand you know that it is shaken; when he talks he talks to you and at you and looks you in the eye with a glance that flatters your vanity and makes you believe you are the very man he is looking for.

Odell W. McConnell, is a fighter, and the lawyer who is pitted against him, in legal combat, realizes that he has an antagonist who does not overlook a point. Important murder cases are watched with keener interest by the public than civil cases, and, in his successful con­duct of a number of such cases, his superior ability as a lawyer has been evident.

 

He appeared for the defendants in a number of these murder trials where conviction seemed certain, his mas­terful handling of these cases combined with his persuasive eloquence and rhetorical ability secured acquittals. Whether or not any of his clients were guilty, the rec­ords remain and show that Mr. McConnell never lost a murder case.

 

His successes are however not confined to criminal cases. He has tried and won a number of the most im­portant civil cases-including water right cases in the State and Federal Courts, involving novel questions as to rights on streams running from Montana into neigh­boring states. His practice is not limited to the Capital City, but he is called all over the State to look after liti­gation of importance.

 

During his tenure of office as prosecuting attorney for Lewis and Clark County, he very rarely lost a case and secured more convictions during his two terms, than for any other period in the history of the office.

 

Recognizing his ability as an able and fair-minded lawyer, who probes to the bottom of things, the governor of Montana recently appointed Mr. McConnell, Special Attorney General, to represent the State of Montana at the hearing of charges against the State Land board, and he has just been appointed a delegate from Montana to represent the Bar of the State at the meeting of the National American Bar Association, which meets at Seattle, August 25th.

 

Immediately after his graduation from the Law School, Mr. McConnell, came to Helena, and wag ad­mitted to the Bar of Montana in the same month that witnessed his graduation. He at once entered upon the active practice of the law.

 

He has given the strongest allegiance to the politi­cal party of his choice, and, has been an active worker, having taken the stump through the State and delivered many effective addresses.

 

Mr. McConnell is identified in numerous social and fraternal organizations, among which may be named Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, Knights of Pythias, Woodmen of the World."

 

Anne Eloise McConnell married Walter Campbell Sweeney of Wheeling, West Virginia, April 10, 1904.

 

SIXTH GENERATION.

 

Of this union there were born Elizabeth Josephine, June 25, 1905, Walter Campbell, Jr., July 19, 1909, and Anne Eloise, Sweeney, July 19, 1912.

 

Anne Eloise McConnell Sweeney received her pri­mary education at the Hartsville Masonic Institute, and, her Collegiate education at Belmont College, Nashville, Tenn. She specialized in Vocal Music.

 

After she had finished school, she continued to prose­cute her study of vocal music at Helena, Mont., and later at Louisville, Ky., under Madame Vincent, an expert in voice development and culture.

 

Walter Campbell Sweeney, Sr., is a captain in the U. S. Army. He received his academic education at Lindsey Institute, Wheeling, W. Va.

 

He entered the army from civil life as a private in the Spanish-American War. Later he was commis­sioned second lieutenant and has advanced regularly to the grades of first lieutenant and captain. He is now attending the Army. Service Schools, the second year as a member of the Staff Class at Fort Leavenworth, Kas.

 

The funeral of Mrs. Nancy Elizabeth McCall Mc­Connell, wife of judge N. W. McConnell, was preached by the Rev. Dr. W. N. Sloan, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, Helena, Mont., August 21, 1900, in which he said:

 

"The messenger whom we call Death, but in a truer and deeper sense should be called Life, has once more summoned us as neighbors and friends to a home shadowed with a great sorrow and bereavement. We come together, not simply as sympathizers, but rather as mourners, for we all feel that we have lost a friend of in­estimable value, one whose active goodness has been to many a. source of comfort and happiness.              A great many texts of Scripture might be selected as exceedingly appropriate and suggestive of the life of Mrs. McCon­nell, the end of whose life in the flesh we all lament, but the memory of which we will always cherish and the in­fluence of which will continue to live long after the tem­poral body has disappeared. I have thought of what the sweet and inspired Psalmist said as conveying the thought of God, "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints."

 

I have thought of Paul's words, "Absent from the body, present with the Lord," of the works which do follow those who die in the Lord, of the mansions promised the children of God, of the saint's rest, of the new taber­nacle for the immortal life, but most of all have I thought of our Saviour's words of commendation, spoken in ref­erence to a faithful woman of his day; words so simple, yet so deep and full of meaning, that ever since, through all these centuries they remain as the brightest tribute ever given to mortal. The words are these, "She hath done what she could."

 

.               On wings that fear no glance of God's pure sight, the saintly spirit that animated this lifeless body, wreath­ed with flowers, has taken its flight to the better world, that knows no sickness, weariness, or pain. So im­pressed have I been of her faithfulness upon earth that were her Lord, in wham she lived and served, to speak in audible words. He would write his testimony with ours in this final tribute to her praise, "She hath done what she could; well done, thou good and faithful servant."

 

The Christian faith that was the inspiration of her goodness was exemplified in deeds, rather than in words. She was not a dreamer, an idealist, or a mere sentimentalist. She was practical wise and prudent. While she never departed from the loftiest ideals she was indus­trious and active beyond her strength, great-hearted, well-balanced and kind and generous. Her character was pure and unselfish, frank and courteous, known and loved by all with whom she came in contact. To her, life was made up of cheerful yesterdays and confident tomorrows.

 

"Like as a ship through the ocean wide, By conduct of some star doth make her way."

 

No unhallowed attraction diverted the magnet of her soul, which ever pointed to the star of duty. By this she won the affection and esteem of all who knew her, and those who knew her best will revere her memory most.

 

By nature she seemed to possess a kind, generous heart and a temperament not easily ruffled, and these natural qualities were strengthened and cultivated by the graces of her Christian faith. She put into practice, through her long and useful life the sentiment so beauti­fully expressed in the lines:

 

"Have you had a kindness? Pass it on. Twas not given for you alone­ - Pass it on. Let it travel down the years, Let it wipe another's tears, Till in heaven the deed appears, Pass it on.

 

She realized that "the living which we get in this world is the smallest part of reward." Her religious duty was on the soul or heart side of life.  As the heart side of life was kept in the forefront by the son of God, as his follower, she had learned the lesson well. In this way she wore the ornaments of a noble and beautiful character. Her untiring beneficence and interest for those in need of a friend found in her a motherly love. She possessed the riches of their love, and in thus wealth she was more satisfied than any other possession. Too large-hearted to be selfish, too earnest in her desire to help others, she had no room or time to think of per­sonal ease, comfort or pleasure. Standing four square to all the winds that blew, such was she whom none knew but to esteem, cherish and love. Always kind, al­ways gentle, yet strong and firm through all her long life she had an open palm in alms giving and doing.

 

Her devotion to the interests and prosperity of the church, where her spiritual activities found the broad­est channel of usefulness, was characterized by a loyal fidelity and untiring zeal, uncommon and helpful to an exceptional degree, and carried with it a warmth of fervor and inspiration felt throughout the whole membership thereof. In summer's heat and winter's cold, her zeal and consecration knew no change or decay. She was faithful until death. Her works will follow her. Though we shall miss the sunshine of her presence, we shall not forget the worthy example she has left us to perpetuate.

 

As a member of the Ladies Aid Society and Finance Committee she has been such a leader and counselor and worker as to leave a vacancy which will not be unnoticed, because of the great void her absence makes.

 

                May her mantle fall upon- others and the memory of her de­votion and fidelity, wisdom and grace, in, all the activi­ties of the church, be to us all in the future an inspira­tion, as it has been in the past.

 

But while devoted to her church and. loyal to her pastor, to an exceptional degree, this did not limit her sphere of usefulness. The stranger within our gates was sought out and made to feel her friendship.  The poor she fed, and never halted to question their particu­lar faith. The sorrowing and bereaved among the rich and poor were the wards of her motherly comfort. The friendless found in her a friend, or rather she found the friendless and made them her friends. But as the light shines with intensest fervor at the originating point, her virtues and graces were most marked in the home." The interment was in Forestvale cemetery.

 

THE POEM

 

{Note – I have omitted this poem, on pages 33 to 43 from this section - EH}

 

Page 44

 

 

Walter Campbell Sweeney, Jr., was born July 23rd, 1909, and Anne Eloise Sweeney was born September 19th, 1913. The dates given on page 28 are not correct.

 

FOURTH GENERATION.

 

Amanda Morrison McConnell married William Owen Rutledge, September 9th, 1862. He was born November 5th, 1810, and died September 9, 1880, - being the eighteenth anniversary of his marriage.  Amanda Morri­son died July 1st, 1912.

 

FIFTH GENERATION.

 

Of this union there were born William Owen Rut­ledge, Jr., Lorena Octavia, Justin and Zerepta Myrtle, Rutledge.  William Owen Rutledge, Jr., married Annie May Robinson.

 

SIXTH GENERATION.

 

Of this union there was born one child, a daughter, Mary Olivia Rutledge.

 

FIFTH GENERATION.

 

Lorena Octavia Rutledge married James M. Ander­son, August 6, 1881. He was born March 6, 1841, and died August 14th, 1895. There no children born of this marriage.

 

Justin Rutledge is unmarried.

 

Zerepta Myrtle Rutledge married A. McGee Roberts, December 8, 1888. He was born July l0th, 1860, and died January 30, 1904. He was the son of John D. Roberts, who rendered service in the Confederate Army.

 

SIXTH GENERATION.

 

Of this union there were born Gladys Pauline, Rena Moralla, John Rutledge, and Oscar Grady, Roberts.

 

William Owen Rutledge, Sr., was a major of militia before the Civil War.

 

Annie May Rutledge is the daughter of G. W. Robinson, who was captain of Company E, in the Fourth Tennessee Cavalry, commanded first by Colonel Starnes and later by Colonel McLemore, and, the maiden name of her mother was Mary Clinton Orr. William Owen and Justin Rutledge are farmers. Gladys P. Roberts is a graduate of the Haynes-McClain School, and, of the English Department of Martin College at Pulaski.

 

William Owen Rutledge, Jr., writing me of his father, says: "My father got his title of "Major" from his rank as a field- officer in the militia regiment of Mar shall County, before the Civil War."      He also says that: "When I was a boy studying United States History, he told me that the Rutledge of South Carolina; who signed the Declaration of Independence, was his relative."

 

It was Edward Rutledge, who signed the Declara­tion of Independence. He married Henrietta Middleton. Her father was rich; owned fifty thousand acres of land and eight hundred slaves. She was born in Charleston, in 1750. She fell into ill health- soon after her marriage. She died in 1792, and left a son, Henry Middleton Rut­ledge, who became a prominent citizen of Tennessee, and, a daughter, Sarah, who never married. After the death of his first wife, he married Mary Shubrick, a widow: They had no children, Major William Owen Rutledge must have been a descendant of Henry Middle­ton Rutledge.

 

Edward Rutledge was a brilliant lawyer, was a man of great eloquence; he was the 'first governor of South Carolina, after the close of the Revolutionary War. He was the son of Dr. John Rutledge and-Hest Rutledge.  They were married when she was fourteen years old, when fifteen she was the mother of John Rutledge, who was a distinguished man. He was Governor of South Carolina during the Revolutionary War; he was Chief justice of his State, Second Chief Justice of the United States, and a member of the Constitutional Convention of 1787.

 

FOURTH GENERATION.

 

Asenath Morrison McConnell married William Bryant of Maury County, Tennessee.

 

FIFTH GENERATION.

 

Of this union there was born a daughter, Ella Bryant, May 27, 1859.

 

Ella Bryant married Hilary Wright on the l0th day of November, 1874.

 

SIXTH GENERATION.

 

Of this union there were born the following child­ren: Virgie E., November 24th, 1876, Lula May, May 14th, 1878, Mabel Claire, September 14th, 1879; Joseph Emmett, June 25th, 1881; Allie Birdie, October 22nd, 1884; Hilary Rush, July 25th, 1886; Hattie Alma, Octo­ber 19th, 1887; Annie Brown, June 12th, 1890 ; Katherine Waters, August 19th, 1892; Mary Vera, Wright, Sep­tember 23rd, 1894.

 

Virgie E. married Wallace T. Sowell, December 24th, 1895.

SEVENTH GENERATION.

 

Of this union there were born the following child­ren, Vera, December 12th, 1896; Ruth, January 17th, 1899; Mary Virginia, February 11th, 19o1, and Wallace Wright, Sowell, April 9th, 1903. Mr. Sowell married the second time, December 14th, 1912, Frances Forrest Far­rar. He now resides with his family in Columbia) Ten­nessee.

 

None of the other children of Hilary and Ella Wright have ever married. Allie Birdie was educated at the Haynes-McClain School at Lewisburg. . Virgie E. and Lula May graduated at the Haynes-McClain School. Hattie Alma, was educated at the Peabody Normal School at Nashville. Annie Brown graduated at the Columbia High School. Katherine Waters is now in the Columbia High School and will graduate this year. All these young women have made teaching their profes­sion, and are now engaged in the same.

 

Asenath Morrison McConnell Bryant, died January 11, 1908. Virgie E. died May 7, 1904. Mabel Claire died October 1, 1881. May Vera died May 10, 1910.

 

Joseph Emmet and Hilary Rush are not married They are farmers.

 

FOURTH GENERATION.

 

Jackson Watts McConnell, born August 24, 1838, married Mary (Mollie) Orr, born January 26, 1844.

 

FIFTH GENERATION.

 

Of this union there were born Inez E., November Ir,.1873, Alice L., December 27, 1875, and Oscar J., Mc­Connell, May 5, 1878. Inez E. married Lewis Bryant. Their address is Culleoka, Tennessee, R. R. No. 3.

 

Alice L. McConnell, born December 27, 1875, died September 17, 1879. Oscar J. McConnell married Zada Bryant.

 

SIXTH GENERATION.

 

Of this union there were born two children, William (Billy) and Nellie McConnell. Billy has entered school and stands at the head of his class.  Oscar J. McConnell has been a merchant but is now farming. His address is Culleoka, Tenn., R.. R. No. 3.

 

Jackson Watts McConnell enlisted on the 8th of December, 1861, in the Fifty-first Regiment of Tennessee Infantry, Confederate Army; was at home sick with -measles when his regiment was captured at Fort Donel­son. When he recovered, he joined the Fifth Tennessee Regiment, Captain. John Van Cleave's company, General Cleburn's Brigade, was with Bragg's Army during the campaign in the fall of 1862 in Kentucky. Writing me on the subject, he says: "We crossed the mountain 4Cumberland) on my birthday, the 24th of August, 1862, that is one birthday I can never forget; I was so tired. The next morning we crossed the river, captured Barbers­ville, went up the river near Cumberland Gap; while we were in this part of Kentucky, I never ate a bite of bread for eight days. We lived on sorry beef and parched corn. We then marched on Richmond and fought that battle on the 31st of August, 1862. During the battle, a shell burst and the pieces hit nine men of my company, -- two died of their wounds. Two men, one on each side of me, .had their clothes torn with bullets, but were not hurt. Our victory was complete. We then marched within a few miles of the river (the Ohio) near Cincinnati; thence west to Shelbyville, thirty miles of Louisville; thence to Perryville and fought that battle, October 8th, 1862. Our company lost three men, killed, and three, wounded; we then took up the march for Knoxville, arrived there on the 27th, and, on the 28th, the snow fell three inches deep. . We then went to Chattanooga and thence to Shelbyville, Tennessee. Here our company was disbanded. (This company was made up of parts of different commands, who were not captured at Fort Donelson. They were disbanded to return to their own commands, that had been exchanged.)

 

On January 1st, 1863, I was transferred to Company E, Eleventh Tennessee Cavalry, Captain A. R. Gordon's company. .I was elected first sergeant of the company during the month of January, and served in that capacity to the close of the war. Colonel Edmondson, was in command of the Eleventh, from the spring of '63 to the summer of the same year. After that the regiment was commanded by Colonel W. D. Holman. We went, in the spring of 1863, to Courtland, Alabama; we were then with General Forrest. We were in the pursuit of the Federal column under Colonel Streight, and participated in the battle which Forrest fought with that officer's command upon the 3oth of April, 1863. W e were there sent back to Decatur, by General Forrest, with the pris­oners that were captured up to that time.  From there we returned to Tennessee.  Our regiment was with For rest in the battle of Chickamauga.  I participated in that battle, with my company. We were then sent to East Tennessee. There, Forrest left us, and we served under General Wheeler, through the Georgia campaign. When. Gen. Hood started for middle Tennessee, I was with him until he got to Dalton, Georgia. Here, General Hood sent Lieutenant Edmondson, of my company, and my­self, and eight other men on a scout some ten miles north of his army; he sent for us to come in about the same time he left Dalton. The Federals were in Hood's rear on the next morning, and we were cut off. Edmondson and I rode within a few hundred yards of Dalton, and the village was blue with Union soldiers. We made a circuit around the United States Army, and never reach­ed our command again for three weeks. While in East Tennessee I took three men and went on a scout and rode within fifty yards of the Federals.

 

You see, I served under Wheeler, in Georgia, but when Hood came to Tennessee in 1864, we came with him as a part of Forrest's command. In the pursuit of Streight, I rode beside Forrest for several miles. He had our company in the front. In the fight with Streight, Forrest ordered our regiment to dismount and follow him, and at it we went. A bullet hit my boot heel. I surrendered with Forrest, on the 8th day of May, 1865, -was in the service three years and six months."

 

THE ORR FAMILY-SCOTCH IRISH.

 

In the first volume of Hanna's Work we have the following in relation to the Orr family: "From this statement of the author it is evident that a large number -of settlers had come with Sir Hugh Montgomery to the Ards during the first four years of his colonization. It is to be regretted that no list of these original settlers can now be found. Among them were several named ~Orr, who appear to have originally settled in the town­lands of Ballyblack and Ballykeel, and were the progeni­tors of a very numerous connection of this surname throughout the Ards. The earliest recorded deaths in this connection, after their settlement, in the Ards, were those of James Orr of Ballyblack, who died in the year 1727, and Janet McClement, his wife, who died in 1636. The descendants, male and female, of this worthy cou­ple were very numerous, and as their intermarriages have been carefully recorded, we have thus fortunately a sort of index -to the names of many other families of Scottish settlers in the Ards and Castlereagh."

 

Their descendants of the male line intermarried with many prominent Scotch-Irish families and among the number is our name (McConnell). When, therefore, Molly Orr, married my brother, Jackson Watts, she was but repeating what some of her Scotch-Irish ancestors had done.

 

Inez E. Bryant is a graduate of the McClain-Haynes School at Lewisburg. She was a professional teacher before her marriage. Lewis Bryant is a farmer.

 

Washington Emmons McConnell married Mary Addie, Higgins of Giles County, Tenn. He was born on May 22, 1844; she was born on August 5, 1848.

 

Of this union there were born the following children: Odell Whitfield, August 4, 1870; Acton Emmons, May 15, 1874; and Nina L., McConnell, December 12, 1878. Nina L. died April 27, 1894.

 

Odell Whitfield McConnell, son of W. E. McCon­nell, married Mary Stone. Of this union there were born Nina Stone, Addie, Frank, Preston, Odell Whitfield. Jr., John Clinton, and Henry Washington, McConnell.  These children are all minors, living with their par­ents and attending school.

 

Acton McConnell married Anna Vincent. Of this union there were born the following children: Zada, Whitfield and Anna May, McConnell. These children are all minors and in school.

 

The post office address of all three of these families is Culleoka, Maury County, Tenn., R. R. No. 3.

Mary Addie Higgins is of Scotch-Irish descent on the part of her father and English on the part of her mother.  She is of Revolutionary stock, is fourth cousin, to Patrick Henry.

 

Washington Emmons McConnell was elected in, August, 1890, to fill an unexpired term of four years as ­justice of the Peace, of the Cornersville District, in Marshall County. He was elected in August, 1894, justice of the Peace of his district for the term of six years. In August, igoo for a second term of six years; in August, 1906, for a third term of six years. This term expired August, 1912, when he declined a further election.

 

In Tennessee, the County Court is composed of the justices o£ the Peace, of the county. This court has charge of all the county business, of the probate of wills, and, the granting of letters of administration on estates, and, generally, of all matters pertaining to the handling of the estates of deceased persons. The court elects a chairman, who presides at their sessions. Mr. justice McConnell filled this office for two terms. He served on every important committee of the Court, during the entire time of his service as justice of the Peace.

 

He entered the Confederate service during the Civil War at the age of 19. He was with Company E, of the 11th Tennessee Cavalry under Forrest and was in the famous pursuit of Colonel Streight. His next service was in East Tennessee in the fall and canter of 1863. He was in the siege at Knoxville, and in the other battles in which his regiment took part, including the battles of Strawberry Plaines, Mossy Creels, and French Broad River, and on the 25th day of Jan. 1864, he was in the hard fought battle of Vance's Ridge. In this battle he re­ceived a slight wound in his left leg. In March, 1864, his regiment was transferred to Georgia. He was in the whole struggle in Johnson's retreat from Dalton to Marietta. At this place he was commissioned as special scout by General Wheeler. He served in this capacity until after Atlanta had fallen into the hands of the Fed­erals in November, 1864. When Sherman started on his march to the Sea at Savannah, Georgia, and Hood suc­ceeded Johnson, and started on his march for Nashville, Tennessee, his regiment was transferred back to For­rest's command. Wheeler followed Sherman and For­rest accompanied Hood's army into Tennessee. At this time Washington E. quit the service of General Wheeler and went back to his Company in the with Tennessee Cavalry. On the retreat from Tennessee his regiment was detailed as provost guard for Hood's army. After that his regiment was ordered to report to its old bri­gade which was at that time in South Mississippi. -From thence they marched to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, thence to Gadson, Alabama, and on May 8th, 1865, surrendered with Forrest's command at Gainesville, Alabama.

 

A. R. Gordon, the captain of Company E, of the Eleventh Tennessee. Cavalry, writing me under date of October 18, 1912, says of Jackson W., and Washington E. McConnell: "In regard to Jackson and Washington McConnell, will say they both belonged to my company, and can truthfully say, braver and more gallant soldiers cannot be found. Jackson was Orderly Sergeant, of the Company, and a good one, he was,-always got what was due his men, and saw that it was equally distributed. They both have records that their families may well be proud of."

 

DESCENDANTS OF JOHN A. McCONNELL.

 

John A. McConnell, the second child of Manuel and Martha Armstrong, McConnell, married Sarah (Sallie) L. Bills.      He died at the age of eighty-six, and she at the age of eighty-eight.

 

Of this union there were born nine children, six ­sons, and three daughters. They are as follows: William B., Mary (Polly) Martha, James Amos, Harvey H., Caroline Alsie, Anderson H., John Chalmers, Sarah D., and Josephus W., McConnell. William B. McConnell was a doctor. He married Lucinda C. Hayes.  Of this union there was one daughter, Sarah Margaret, who married .... _. .Powell.   Of this union there were born three children,  ...... Powell,  ...... Powell,   and  Jose­phus, Powell.

 

William B. McConnell died at the age of fifty-four.

 

Mary (Polly) Martha McConnell married first Frank­lin L. Barkley. Of this union there were born one son, and two daughters.  The son was John H. Barkley, and the daughters were Sarah A., and ...... Barkley.

 

John H. Barkley married Minnie Easter; to them were born two daughters, Nola and Avery, Barkley. Mary Martha married the second time William H. Bradford.

 

Of this union there was born one son, William H. Bradford, Jr., who married Dora Patrick, and of this union there were born two sons, Frank and Floyd, Brad­ford. They are both now grown.

 

James Amos McConnell, the third child of John A. and Sallie L. Bills McConnell, was born October 10, 1825, died January 25, 1899.

 

He was married to N. Selina Knox, daughter of Joe C. Knox, of Giles County, Tenn., in 1849. He moved to Green County, Mo., in 1857.

 

Of this union there were born seven sons, all living. John K. McConnell, first son of James Amos and N. Selina Knox, McConnell, was born February 12, 1850. His post office address is Elwood, Mo.

 

George H. McConnell, the second son, was born February 17, 1852.

 

J. C. McConnell, the third son, was born No­vember 6, 1855. Address 859 N. Main St., Springfield, Mo.

 

Milton Chalmers McConnell was born November 24, 1857, address Springfield, Mo.

 

Henry D. McConnell was born May 7, 1860, address St. Louis, Mo.

 

Albert A. McConnell was born July 7, 1862, address Oklahoma City, Okla.

 

Josephus W. McConnell, born December 3, 1864, address Fayetteville, Ark.

 

N. Selina Knox, McConnell died in October, 1867. John Knox McConnell, married Mattie E. Butler, December, 1871.

 

Of this union there were born J. A. McConnell, May 8, 1872, address Rosedale, Kans., 1541 Sullivan Ave. Selina, born November 17, 1873, address Elwood, Mo.

 

C. H., born December 13, 1874, address 770 Linden St., Springfield, Mo.

 

Alice, (date of birth not known to writer), married Charles Chriswell; address Rosedale, Kansas.

 

Cord, born December 14, 1884, address Marionville, Mo.

 

Myrtle, born May 5, 1885, married to Thomas Wal­lace, address Republic, Mo.

 

Thressa, born 1887, married Robert Chastain, ad­dress Springfield, Mo.

 

C. B., McConnell, born February 18, 1878, address Detroit, Mich.

 

George H. McConnell, second son of James Amos McConnell, married Hattie McDonald.

 

Of this union there were born Ernest, Lella, Wil­burn, Fred, Mamie, Jennie, and George K., McConnell. Post office address, Hayner, Ark.

 

J. C. McConnell, third son of James Amos McCon­nell, was married December 28, 1888, to Isabella Ander­son, daughter of David Anderson. Of this union there were born Anderson W., January 19, 1899, whose post­office address is 859 S. Main St., Springfield, Mo.

 

Emma, second child of J. C. McConnell, born May 10, 1890, address 859 N. Main St., Springfield, Mo. Hugh C., born December 25; 1892, died October 25, 1893.

 

Francis Willard, McConnell, born February 5, 1898, address 859 N. Main St., Springfield, Mo.

 

I wrote to my, correspondent, J. C. McConnell, who has furnished me the greater portion of the information I have in regard to the family of my cousin, James Amos McConnell, to tell me something about himself. He told it in such a frank straightforward way that I am going to give it in his own language:

 

"Regarding myself, would say I guess I am just about an average McConnell, as my schooling was rather limited in my early years, owing to the disturbance of the school system in this country on account of the war. I took the ordinary common school education in the country, and afterwards entered Drury Academy in Springfield; going from there into Drury College, I pur­sued the regular college course through my Sophomore year. But as my means were limited, or rather as they seemed to me to be limited at the time, I never complet­ed my college course. I entered the employ of a retail clothing firm in this town, and from there went on the Toad, sixteen years ago, and have been constantly on the road, selling clothing, since.

 

Have made no great progress, but have lived com­fortably, and raised my family giving them far better education than I was able to receive myself.

 

My son, who is twenty-four years old, is a traveling salesman, selling typewriters. My oldest daughter, who is twenty-three, graduated from Drury College with her A. B. Degree last year, and is teaching in the High School at Ever-ton, Mo., this season. My third daughter, who is fifteen years old, is now half way through High School and if nothing. interferes, will also go through college."

 

There is much in the above narrative to commend. In the first place, J. C. McConnell, who is my second cousin, educated himself the best he could under the circumstances and then event to work, made an honest liv­ing, raised and educated his children, better than he was educated himself and as soon as they were educated they went to work to earn a living in useful and honorable callings. Our national life and the perpetuity of our free institutions depend upon just such families.

 

Milton Chalmers McConnell, fourth son of James Amos McConnell, was married October 15, 1884, to Mat­tie E. Firestone.

 

Of this union there were born Gertrude McConnell, who married Will Crow. Address Lebanon, Mo.

 

Thurman McConnell, born August 25, 1888, address Springfield, Mo.

 

Lee McConnell, born August 5, 1890; address Mon­terey, California.

 

Ethel McConnell, born May 20. 1899.

 

Henry D. McConnell, fifth son of James Amos Mc­Connell, married Lilla Waltz, in 1882.

 

Of this union there were born Etta, March 17, 1883, address St. Louis, Mo.; Marguerite, William, and Ken­neth, McConnell.

 

Albert A. McConnell, sixth son of James Amos Mc­Connell, married Lillie Buck, March 18, 1882.

 

Of this union there were born Cecil, Russell K., ands Pauline, McConnell. Address Oklahoma City, Okla.

 

Josephus W. McConnell, the seventh son of J. A. McConnell, and N. Selina Knox McConnell, married Minnie Grimes.

 

Of this union there were born John A. Ella, and James Clinton, McConnell. Postoffice address Fayette­ville, Ark.

 

J. A. McConnell, the oldest son, of John Knox Mc­Connell, married Kate Hosey, June 5, 1909.

 

Of this union there were born Ruth, October 5, 1901, Hosey, and Kathleen, McConnell. Postoffice ad­dress, 1541 Sullivan St., Rosedale, Kansas.

 

C. H. McConnell, son of John Knox McConnell, married Gertrude Roberts, in February, 1905. Of this union there were born Russell, and Edith, McConnell;, the former, February 21, 1906, and the latter, December 9, 1909.

 

Of the union between Alice McConnell and Charles Chriswell, there was born Myrtle Chriswell, February 19, 1905.

 

Cord McConnell married Minnie Wallace, January 15, 1908. Of this union there were born Gladys McCon­nell, April 12, 1909, and Dorothy McConnell, December, 1911. Postoffice address Marionville, Mo.

 

Of the union between Myrtle McConnell and Thomas Wallace there were born Lucile Wallace, April 7, 1907, and Lee W. Wallace, August 8, 1909. Myrtle and Thomas Wallace were married April 11, 19o6. Postoffice address, Republic, Mo.

 

C. B. McConnell married Pearl Dumaw..

 

Of the union between Theresa McConnell and Robert Chastain, there were born., Gail, November 27, 1912.

 

James Amos McConnell married the second time Mary Thornberg, in January, 1871. Of this union one son was born, in October, 1872, Walter McConnell. He died when nineteen years old, and one daughter, Mary McConnell, who died, January, 22, 1873.

 

James Amos McConnell was married the third time to Mary Wright, in February, 1876.

 

Of this union there were born Ella, Charles, Fred, and Frank, McConnell. Postoffice address, Boyan, Okla.

 

Harvey H_ McConnell, the fourth child of John A. and Sarah L. Bills McConnell, married twice. His first wife was Eliza Veach.  Of this union there were born five children, three of whom died in infancy, Saphronia. (Fronie), the oldest, was never married.           Her address is, Brown's Grove, Ky.  Elizabeth (Lizzie) McConnell married Clinton Coleman in 1887.

 

Of this union there were born one son, Harvey Clin­ton Coleman, a namesake of his grandfather and father. Elizabeth McConnell Coleman married a second time in 1899, Smith Ronton, of Callaway County, Ky., her first husband having previously died.

 

Of this union there was born one son, Rober Ron­ton, who is a youth thirteen years old, living at the home of his father in Henry County, Tenn.

 

Harvey C. Coleman married Iva Seaton in 1911. Harvey H. McConnell married the second time in the year 1863, Jane Paty, of Henry County, Tenn., his first wife having previously died.

 

Of this union there were born eight children, two of whom died in infancy, the others, four sons and two daughters, are still living, J. H. McConnell, one of the sons, age forty-three years, married Mary (Molly) Smith, age forty-one, in 1900; W. B. McConnell, the second of said sons, age forty, married Donnie Hendrix, age thirty-five, in 1895. This was his first wife. After her death he married a second time in 1900; Gashum Bills, the third of these sons, thirty-eight years old, mar­ried Ella Stunston, age thirty-six, in 1892; Dola McCon­nell, age thirty-four, married John Killebrew, in 1893; Etha McConnell, age thirty-one, married Ock Cole, 1901; G. W. McConnell, the fourth son, age 29, married Julia Grace, age twenty-five, in 1905. The address of G. W. McConnell is St. Joseph, Mo.

 

Harvey H. McConnell was an elder in the Christian Church at Bethany, Henry County, Tennessee, and a Master Mason, belonging to the Lodge at Cottage Grove, Tenn. He and his wife had just arrived at home from church when the lightning struck the house and killed them both instantly. All their children belonged to the same church. I met him at one time at the Grand Lodge of Masons at Nashville, Tenn.

 

Caroline Alsie, the fifth child of John A. and Sarah L. Bills, McConnell, born August 30, 1829, married Feb­ruary 20, 1851, Samuel Williams, and, died July 27, 1856.

 

Of this union there were born two children, a son and a daughter, the son, was John B. Williams, and the daugh­ter was Tabitha Caroline Williams.

 

One of my correspondents gives the middle name as Elsie, and another, as Ailsie.  My recollection is that her name was Caroline Alsie.  When a girl living in Marshall County, Tennessee, she was called Alsie.

 

John B. Williams, born December 15, 1853, married Mindoza Simpson, January 28, 1873, and died June 16, 1906.

 

Of the union between John B. and Mindoza there were born five sons and two daughters: George H., Dee, Sarah L., and, Thomas, Williams. I have not been able to ascertain the names of the other three.

 

Tabitha Caroline. Williams, born September 8, 1855, and married Thomas W.  Branson, December 17, 1874, Of this union there were born two sons and one daughter, to-wit; Thomas (Tommie) Branson, born Oc­tober 2, 1881; Carl Branson, born November 23, 1882, and Madrettee Branson, born October 31, 1875.

 

 Madrettee Branson married James L. Law, February 3, 1897, and of this union there were born five sons and one daughter. Harold S., in 1898; Lesley Hays, Era Gladys (dead), and Aubry and Andry, Law, twins, two months old. Thomas W. Branson, the oldest son of Ta­bitha Caroline, married Lula Hammond, and, of this union there were born one son, H. L. Branson, July 14,­1907.

 

Carl Branson the second son of Tabitha Caroline, married Zora Fowler. Of this union there was born a daughter, Ruby Branson, March 19, 1910, and one other child that died in infancy.

 

Tabitha Caroline Williams was left motherless when she was nine months old. She was raised by her grand­parents, John A. and Sarah L. Bills McConnell.

 

Anderson H. McConnell, the sixth child o£ John A. and Sarah Bills McConnell, married Sarah L. Griffith. They had no children. He entered the Confederate Army in 1861, was captured near Bowling Green, Kentucky, and confined in the military prison at Indianapolis, Indiana, where, from exposure he contracted pneumonia and died.

 

John Chalmers McConnell, the seventh child, mar­ried Susan Elizabeth (Bettie) Landrum. Of this union there were born five sons and two daughters, Oliver B. McConnell, who married Martha (Mattie) Bryant, and, of this union there were born two daughters and two sons, to-wit, Nona, Nina, and Cecil, and Gardner Mc­Connell. James A.. McConnell, the second son of John Chalmers McConnell, is a bachelor.

 

Lemuel L. McConnell, the third son of John Chal­mers McConnell, married Fannie Crawford. Of this union there were born three children: Fannie died and Lemuel L. married his first wife's cousin, Ida Crawford. Of this union there were born several children (names not known to me). Manleff E. McConnell, the fourth son, of John Chalmers McConnell, married Ha-de Bounds; of this union there was born one daughter.

 

John H. McConnell, fifth son of John Chalmers Mc­Connell, married Lillerd Browning; of this union were born several children (names unknown to the writer.)

 

Saphronia C. McConnell, the first daughter of John Chalmers McConnell, married Lafayette Lawler, a Meth­odist minister. They have several children.

 

Della McConnell, the second daughter of John Chal­mers McConnell, married Thomas Harris. Of this union  there was born one son, Chalmers Harris. Della Mc­Connell died in 1909.

 

Sarah D. McConnell, the eighth child of John A. and Sarah L. Bills, McConnell, married December 24., 1860, Jas. W. Landrum, who was born March 12, 1833 and died. July 30, 1906. He was in the Union Army during the; Civil War; was buried in Concord Cemetery, Gibson, County, Tenn.

 

Of this union there were born Lebonia C. Landrum who married Hiram Marsham in 1899. Of this union there was born a daughter, Annahew Lebonia C. was born in 1863. Her husband is a farmer.

 

John M., second child of Sarah D., born June 27, 1865, married Delia A. Foster, September 1, 1886. Of this union were born two children, J. Guy and Lena K. Lan­drum.

 

Jenaie C., third child of Sarah D., was born March 3, 1867 and died August 1, 1883. She was a teacher by profession. William C., fourth child of Sarah D., died in infancy.

 

Robert A., born August 5, 1870, married Amanda Crews in 1888.

 

Of this union there were born three children, two sons and one daughter, Bonnie, Dewey and Fanny, Lan­drum. He is the manager of the Dyer Fruit Box Manu­facturing Co., at Dyer, Tenn.

 

Mary A. Landrum, sixth child of Sarah D., born February 12, 1873, married M. T. Flowers, December 25, 1897.

 

Of this union five boys were born, Clarence, Robert,. Frank, Legal, and Lacelle, Flowers. Their occupation is farming.

 

A. A. and Albert N. Flowers, twin boys, born November, 1875.

 

A. A. Flowers was married to Mattie D. Harrison, September, 1894. Of this union six children were born, two girls, Mary Wanda and Vera, both dead; four boys, Cecil, Coy, Harry, and Claton, Flowers. Farming is their occupation.

 

 

Albert N. Flowers was married to Molly Edmonds, December, 1895. Of this union were born three children, two daughters, and. one son, Ethel Faye, Kate Bell, and Carl P. Flowers. They reside in Oklahoma City.

 

Sarah D. McConnell Landrum died October, 1891. She was buried in the Concord Cemetery, it being known as the McConnell Old Cemetery.

 

Josephus W. McConnell, the ninth and youngest child of John A., and Sarah L. Bills McConnell, was born May 1, 1841, and married Marie A. Landrum, January 22, 1863.

 

Of this union there were born Lundie McConnell, Vibila A. McConnell, Dona J. McConnell, John R. Mc­Connell, Mary Madrette McConnell, who died at the age of one year, James E. McConnell, and Finis Ampha Mc­Connell.

 

Lundie McConnell was born January 14, 1864, mar­ried Emerson E. Bodkin in the year 1888.

 

Of this union there were born two sons, Bernal Otis Bodkin, who is now in Lafayette, Indiana, preparing him­self to be a mechanical engineer. He was born February 14, 1893. Hobart Bodkin was born December 24, 1897. This family resides in Humboldt, Tenn.

 

Vibilla Alice McConnell was born March 24, 1865, married Dr. W. W. McRae, of Corinth, Miss.

 

Of this union two children were born.

 

Maury Holcomb McRae, was born April 26, 1895. He has completed the High School of Corinth, and is now at University, Miss., studying medicine.

 

Ione McRae was born in the year 1896.

 

Dona J. McConnell was born December 18, 1867, married first Prof. William S. Jones of Mertens, Texas, June 4, 1895.

 

Of this union no children were born. Near the end of four years Prof. Jones died and after more than two years had elapsed Dona J. married John Nunn, who is manager of the Home Telephone Company, Dyersburg, Tenn. Of this -union no children were born, but this does not mean that their home has always been without children. They have taken several orphan children at different times, raised and educated them.

 

Mrs. Nunn is a teacher, is highly educated and ac­tive and useful in church and benevolent work.

John R. McConnell was born February 3, 1869, mar­ried Mattie A, Conlee, in 1895.

 

Of this union there were born three daughters. Verne McConnell, 1896; Boda Q. McConnell, 1897; and Alta May McConnell in 1900.

 

There was also a son born, Roy Conlee McConnell in 1905.

 

Mary Madrettee McConnell was born 1871. She died at the age of one year.

 

James E. McConnell, born November 3, 1874, mar­ried first Maud Boone, January 15, 1896.

 

Of this union one son, Otto Boone McConnell was born, November 17, 1897.

 

James E. McConnell, married the second time, Mattie Warmoth, November 22, 1909.

 

Of this union a son was born, November 20, 1910. He was christened Robert Warmoth McConnell.

 

Finis Ampha McConnell was born November 10, 1882, married Carrie Lovelace, January 24, 1905.

 

Of this union there were born one daughter, Mary Louise McConnell, August 26, 1908, and two sons, Dur­ward Otis McConnell, June 6, 1910, who died August 1912, and G. W. McConnell, born January 20, 1912.

 

The families of Harvey H. and Josephus W. Mc­Connell, and Thomas E. Veach, one of the descendants of Silas and Rachel McConnell, Veach are all members of the Christian Church.

 

Descendants of Martha McConnell and William Bills.

 

 

Martha (Patsy) McConnell married William Bills. Both are dead.

 

FOURTH GENERATION.

 

Of this union there were born four sons and two daughters, Floyd A., Harvey B., Newt., Eliza B., Caro­line (Callie) S., and Monroe, Bills.

 

Floyd A. Bills married Amanda Burgess.

 

FIFTH GENERATION.

 

Of this union there were born W. Newt. Bills and Mattie Bills. W. Newt. Bills married Ellen Welch.

 

SIXTH GENERATION.

 

Of this union there was born one son, Eugene Floyd Bills.

 

Mattie Bills married M. J. Beatty. They have no children.

 

Harvey Bills, the second child of Martha and William Bills, died unmarried.

 

Newt. Bills, the third child, died unmarried. Monroe Bills married Susie Orsburn, and died with­out heirs.

 

Eliza Bills married William Charlton.  Of this union there were born two daughters, Martha and Maggie, Charlton. Martha Charlton married James Stewart.  Of this union there were born three sons and two daughters, Cecil, Claudie, Willie, Allie, and Thomas (Tommy) Stewart.

 

Allie Stewart married Robert Fagan.

 

Of this union there were born two sons, Stewart Baxter, and James William, Fagan.

 

Willie Stewart married Mamie Tilman. No child­ren born of this union.

 

Thomas Stewart married Marie Turner. Of this union there was born one daughter.

 

Maggie Charlton, the second daughter of Eliza Bills and William Charlton, married Newt. Pearch.

Of this union there were born three daughters, Pearl, Irma, and Nina, Pearch.

 

Pearl Pearch married Elliot Clark, no children. Nina Pearch married Ernest Bradford, no children

 

Irma Pearch is unmarried.

 

Caroline (Callie) Bills married Spencer M. Snell. Of this union there were born one son, and one daughter, William J. and Johnnie, Snell.

 

William J. Snell married Lizzie Stewart. No children.

 

Johnnie Snell married Edward L. DeWitt.

 

Of this union there were born one son and three daughters, Lewis, Irene, Mabel, and Helen, DeWitt. Of the above families, the DeWitt's reside in Hugo, Oklahoma, and the others in Tennessee.

 

The Descendants of Silas and Rachel McConnell Veach.

 

 

Rachel McConnell, one of the daughters of Manuel and Martha Armstrong McConnell, married Silas Veach. Of this union there were born five children, to-wit Martha W., Eliza, Arminta, Ethelbert W., and Franklin Brooks, Veach.

 

I do not pretend to give these names in the order of their ages.

 

Martha W. Veach married a man by the name of Miller.

 

Of this union there were born a large family. They lived in Tennessee, probably Maury County. She is dead. I have been unable to get into communication with any one of her family. Her nieces and nephews, who were born in Illinois or left Weakly County when very small, were unable to give me any information ex­cept what is given above.

 

Eliza Veach married Harvey H. McConnell, and her history appears in connection with the history of the descendants of John A. and Sallie L. Bills, McConnell.

 

Arminta married a man named Alpha A. Moberry. She died and left no issue.

 

Ethelbert W. Veach, born June 1826, married Nancy Mack, in 1847, and died September 1896, at the age of seventy years.

 

Of this union there were born ten children, eight of them died before they were grown. The oldest was Constantine, who died in Johnson County, Illinois, 1866, at the age of eighteen years. James Franklin, the second child, William Allen, and a daughter, (name not recalled) all three died in Weakly County, Tennessee, within one week, with scarlet fever. They were small children. Sarah Catherine lived to the age of seventeen years and died in Johnson County, Illinois in the year 1872. Martha Ann died the same year and the same week at the same place at the age of twelve. There were two daughters, who died in infancy.

The youngest two, a son and a daughter, were twins, born October 5, 1866, and are still living. The son's name is Thomas E. Veach, and the daughter's, Rachel Willie Veach. They were born in Johnson County, Ill.

 

Ethelbert W. and Nancy Mack, Veach, each died but at different times, at the home of their son, Thomas E. Veach, in Creal Springs, Illinois, the death of the latter occurring in April, 1907. They are buried side by side in the County Line Graveyard.

 

Thomas E. Veach, had two wives. He married first Mary E. Pierce in 1889. Of this union there were born four children, Mary Ella, December 23, 1890. She mar­ried Martin Jones, and they reside at Cherokee, Iowa.

 

Robert A. Veach, the second child of Thomas E. and Mary E. Veach, was born November 16, 1892, and is single and lives at his father's home.

 

Ettie Jane Veach, the third child, was born Septem­ber 25, 1894, married Rufus Hustler, and they live at Point Pleasant, Iowa.

 

Fannie Ann Veach, was born December 23, 1899, and lives at her father's home.

 

Mary E. Pierce Veach died August 18, 19oi, and was laid to rest in the County Line Graveyard with the rest of the family, who had preceded her.

 

Thomas E. Veach married the second time, Mary A. Whorton (Worton) December 14, 1902.

Of this union there were born four children, Delphy Deween Veach, April 29, 1904, Iris Susan Veach, March 29, 1906, John Thomas Elbert Veach, March 9, 1908, and Willie E. Veach, February 9, 1910. Thomas E. Veach is engaged in the real estate business at Russell, Arkan­sas. He is a member of the Christian Church and is a Master Mason.

 

Rachel Willie Veach, married William Doran, August 12, 1901. Of this union there were born two sons, Arthur Willis Doran, May 6, 1902, and Azley Doran, December 8th, 1905.

 

Franklin Brooks Veach, son of Silas and Rachel -McConnell, Veach, was born October 30, 1829, was mar­ried December 30, 1858, to Lucy Ann Williamson, only daughter of Marmaduke and Rebecca Pascall William­son, who lived at the time, near Cottage Grove, Ten­nessee.

 

In the spring of 1864, they moved from Tennessee to Johnson County, Illinois, lived one year near Goreville, Ill., and bought a farm three and one-half miles northwest of that town, upon which he spent the remainder of his life, dying December 5, 1902, at the age of seventy ­three years, and five days. He was buried in Friendship Cemetery one mile from his home. While his name was Franklin Brooks, he was known among his intimate friends and neighbors as "Dock." His occupation was that of a farmer. He was regular in his habits, never used intoxicating liquors, nor tobacco in any form, indulged in no kind of gambling, or profanity.  He was a quiet, orderly, Christian man, to whom his wife and children were devotedly attached.

 

His wife passed away February 12, 1905, at the age of seventy-two years, one month and two days, and was buried beside her husband. In her quiet, orderly, Christ­ian life, she was all that her husband could require.

 

Of this union there were born the following children Floyd Wilson, the first child, October, 1859; he died August 10, 1862, only three years old, but a remarkably intelligent little fellow. He was stricken with that dreaded enemy of children, membranous croup.

 

Rachel Rebecca Angeline, the second child, was born February 27, 1861, and died May 18, of the same year. Alta M., the third child, April 18, 1862, in Weakly County, Tenn., who died November 19, 1877, at the age of fifteen years and seven months, of Typhus fever. She was buried at Friendship Cemetery. She was a member of the Methodist Church, full of promise of a happy and useful life.

 

Lydia J., fourth child, was born September 5, 1868, and died August 4, 1869.

 

Laura Veach, was born in Weakly County, Tenn., February 11, 1864, and was brought by her parents, when they emigrated from Tennessee to Illinois in May of that year. She was educated in the country schools until she was prepared for college, when she entered Creal Springs College, where she completed her educa­tion. She taught school in Johnson, Williamson, and Franklin Counties aggregating eighteen terms.

 

She was married to John T. Bishop, November 22, 1904. Of this union no children have been born. Her address is Thebes, Alexander County, III.

 

Amanda F., sixth child, February 2, 1866, was mar­ried November 19, 1891, to James Harvey Hamilton. Their address is Ina, Jefferson County, Ill., R. R. No. 2.. To this union six children were born, all living, as fol­lows: Arthur F., May 30, 1893, Laura C., June 30, 1895; Isaac R., October 30; 1896; John H., January 11, 1899, Frances J., June 5, 1901, Margaret A., Hamilton, August 4, 1904. All these children are at home with their par­ents, living on. the farm one and one-half miles from Ina.

 

Franklin Lafayette Shernian Veach, seventh child, April 8, 1871, married May 15, 1895, to Sarah Emily Jones, of Goreville, Ill.

 

He taught school for several years, but is now in the United States Mail Service. His address is Marion, Illinois.

 

Of this union there were born one son, Ogle E. Veach, September 26, 1897, and one daughter, Nova Veach, March 28, 1904.

 

Alice Veach, eighth child, born June 18, 1874. She is unmarried, and lives with her sister, Laura V. Bishop, at Thebes, Ill.

 

Silas Veach survived his wife. He married the second time, but there was no issue by this marriage. He married the third time, and of this union several children were born.

 

As these children are no relation to me or my wife they do not come within the scope of this book.

 

 

 

Transcribed by Ernest E. Hunt IV

November 17, 2002