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Looking for the ancestors of my great-grandmother, Ada Lee Davis. She was born Oct. 1881 in Tate County,MS. Her father was William C. Davis b. abt 5/1849 in TN and mother was Anna ?, b. abt 3/1865 in TN. She had 3 brothers: Paul b. 7/1893, Lewis b. 8/1909, Jessie Coleman b. 7/1884 and 1 sister, Ina b. 2/1888.
I have been searching for several years for her grandparents, etc but have not had any luck.
Would appreciate any information.
Anyone doing research on the Billingsley family needs to check out the book,"Billingsley Family in America" by Harry A. Davis, published in 1936.
This book is invaluable to any Billingsley researcher and is often called the "holy grail" for Billingsley research.
I was lucky to have my mother actually named in the book and from her & my grandmother, I could trace my ancestors all the way back to England and beyond.
This book has helped in my research very much. It gives great starting points for further research. From this book, I have found relatives I didn't know about and some that I did.
From further research I've done, I have been able to find pictures of some of my ancestors homes that are still standing; both in the USA and in England. I also learned about the Billingsley family reunion trip to England that is held each year.
This book contains a wealth of information about the Billingsley family and their life after coming to America.
Charles Nathaniel b.2/3/1847 and Laura Jane b. 1/28/1854 were married 11/28/1872. They had 8 children:
Elizabeth "Bettie" b. 11/28/1873
Robert Lee (my g-grandfather) b. 3/19/1876
Mollie b. 10/3/1879 d. 7/26/1885
Samuel D. "Sam" b. 1/15/1882
James Oscar b. 6/23/1884
William L. "Willie" b. 2/19/1887
Clara Leona b. 7/18/1891
Annie Laura b. 12/11/1893
Cyrus was born in NC and Amanda was born in TN . They lived in Looxahoma,Tate,MS and had 10 children. Edd,their oldest child, was killed in the Civil War. Charles Nathaniel (my gg grandfather) and James Newton, twins, were next. Charles Nathaniel was a farmer & James N. was a Baptist preacher. Jane, their oldest daughter was next. Zachariah T. was born next. He also was a Baptist preacher. A.N, or Nick, as he was better known was their next child. He, too, was a Baptist preacher. Next was Jonathan W. and their youngest was Susie. They lost 2 little girls at a very young age: Agnes and Berline.
Charles Nathaniel married Laura Jane Lowrie on Nov. 28, 1872.
James N. married Mrs. S.C.Perrin on July 31, 1873.
Jane married Jim Holmes and lived in Oxford,MS. She died while still a young woman and left no children.
Zack T. married Mollie Lowrie and after she died he married her sister Callie on June 21,1880. They were sisters to Laura Jane that married Charles Nathaniel.
Nick married Susie Winn and after her death he married the Widow McNeely.
Jon W. married M.J. Billingsley (his cousin) on Aug. 28, 1881.
Susie married William T. Clark on March 23, 1878.
My ggg-grandfather was James Mattox Gentry. He married twice in Hickman County, KY. First to Polly Nichols on Jan. 24, 1830. Both were not legal age & had to get their father's certificate. Her father, M.G.Nichols, was listed but his was not.They were married by Dempsey White,J.P.
His 2nd marriage was to Mary Carter on Apr 13, 1843, Both were of age and her brother (not named) was present. They were married by F.A.Bone.
The 1850 Census for Obion County,TN shows:
Matox(as he's sometimes listed)
James Milton (my gg-grandfather)
He's also listed in the 1860 Obion County census, & the 1870 Lake County,TN census but nothing after that.
His children were: James Milton b. 8/8/1836 KY, John E. b 1839 KY, Robert Henry b. 1842 KY, Sarah b. 1844 KY, Alice R. b. 1854 KY, Thomas E. b 4/1860 Obion County,TN, James H. b. 1864 Obion County,TN.
My gg-grandfather, James Milton Gentry married Martha Tanner in Obion County,TN. Their son, William Walter, was b. 12/14/1873 Obion County,TN & d. 11/13/1951 Memphis,TN. He married Viola Kitchens(she was an orphan)9/9/1904 on Union City,TN. They had 7 sons & 2 daughters:William Floyd-my grandfather, Harl,Mason,Neuman,Jack,Earl,Milton,Ruth, & Doris. None of this generation is still living.
This family history was written by Lucille M. Billingsley Aug.1,1961. I have a copy in my paper files. It is presented here exactly as she typed it.
Oscar and I "went together" the first time on July 1,1914. We were walking to prayer meeting that night and as we passed the store, Oscar came out of the store and went on to prayer meeting with us and then he walked home with me after prayer meeting.
As I have said, we were married June 24, 1915 in the parlor of the old Peabody hotel. It stood on the corner of Main and Monroe,in Memphis,Tennessee, where Lowenstein's department store now stands. We were married at 10-30 A.M. and it was a Thursday. Our only witness was Mrs. Maude Clark, the first wife of Rass Clark. The Reverand H.P.Hurt,pastor of Union Avenue Baptist Church performed the ceremony. Maude and Rass were the only ones we had told that we were getting married. Mama and Papa may not have objected if we had told them but I didn't want them crying; so on Sunday before I married on Thursday, I went to Nesbit, Mississippi to visit my Uncle Buddy and his daughter's family. I got on the train there thursday morning and Oscar and Maude were already on the train as they got on at Senatobia. There was a slow rain that day until late afternoon, the sun came out and sank clear.
The following is my Billingsley line from my grandmother back to before 1437:
Christine Leslie Billingsley
Robert Lee Billingsley
Charles Nathaniel Billingsley
Sias (aka Cyrus,Silas)Billingsley
My cousin & I have been searching for over 10 years for the ancestors of our ggg grandfather, James Matox Gentry, but no luck. His name has been shown as Matox, Mattox, Maddox or James M.. All we can find about him is 2 records of a marriage in Hickman County,KY. First marriage was on 01/24/1830 to Polly Nichols. Second marriage was on 4/13/1843 to Mary Carter. After those marriages we can't find anything until the 1850 census in Obion County,TN. On that census it shows: Matox, wife Mary, sons James, John, Robert & daughter Sarah. In the 1860 Obion Co. census it shows: Maddox Jentrey, wife Mary, sons: James Milton, John, Robert, Edward & daughters Sarah & Alice R.. The 1870 Lake County,TN census shows: James M., sons: Thomas, James H.,Daughter Sarah (Richardson) & her son Edwin. There is no wife listed, sons James Milton,John E., & Robert have undoubtedly left the home, daughter Sarah had married & had a child but husband not shown (did he die?). Note: Lake County,TN was formed by land taken from Obion County,TN on 6/24/1870.
We have not found any land records, wills, etc for James Matox Gentry.
On the census' for 1850 & 1860 he stated he was born in TN but no town.
We continue to search and would welcome any information about our mysterious ggg grandfather.
Bettie married Walter J.DeShazo 2/14/1906.He had 1 daughter,Jewel,when they married. They had 5 children.
Robert Lee married Ada Lee Davis 1/20/1901. They had 9 children.
Sam married Blanche Murphy 5/8/1910.They had 4 children.
Willie married Ruth Martin 3/21/1914.They had 5 children.
Leona married Jodie Barmer 12/14/1913. They had 2 children.
Annie married Eugene Wynn 1/11/1914. They adopted 1 child and had 1 child of their own.
Oscar married Lucille ? on 6/24/1915. They had 4 children.
Sometimes you may have information on a person or family that is not related to you by blood or marriage. It is still very important to make this information known.
My GG Grandfather, Charles Nathaniel Billingsley, was married to Laura Jane Lowrie, daughter of Dave Lowrie & Jane Diffee. Dave & Jane raised an orphan named Jennie Gates.
Since I had this information, I did some research on Jennie Gates and found a marriage record and census information. I posted this information and was soon contated by a descendant of Jennie Gates. She was trying to trace her roots and had not had any luck until she saw my post. My information helped her get a good start on her research. The following is what I have on Jennie:
Jennie was born abt 1865 in MS. On a census she said her parents had also been born in MS. (Note:still trying to find out their names). There is a Marriage Bond in 1882 in Tate County,MS for Jennie Gates and William M. Meredith b. 3/1861 in MS. The bond was signed by R.J.Lowrie.
The 1880 census of Looxahoma, Tate County,MS shows Jennie,age 15, living with Dave & Jane Lowry(Lowrie).
The 1900 census for Tate County,MS shows: W.M.Meredith, wife Jennie(Virginia), children: Ada, Orthe, Bob, Carrie, Rosie, Daniel.
You don't realize how a small pebble of information can start a landslide. Always post any information you may have. Somebody is probably looking for it.