Kilcrease descendants spread to other states

Published 12:00 am Saturday, January 3, 2004

Further research has revealed considerably more genealogical data on the Kilcrease family which was introduced in last week's column. In that story, the earliest ancestors and the grandchildren as well as the children of Robert Kilcrease, Jr. and his wife were presented. In today's writing, many members of the next generation in this family will be outlined with a few corrections and additions to the data in the previous column.

Robert Jr.'s wife was named earlier as Lucy, but this name has not been confirmed. The descendants of the two oldest sons, John Jackson and Robert James Kilcrease, will be outlined. The grandchildren of John Jackson and his first wife, Sarah Payne, will be presented first beginning with the children of their oldest daughter, Elizabeth Nancy, and her husband, Rubin Battle, son of John and Lettie (Stroder) Battle.

They were Andrew B. Stephen, b. 1863, d. 1899, m. Annie Johnson; Emma, b. 1866, d. 1935, m. William R. Lawson; Elizabeth "Betty," b. 1873, m. Pate Lunsford; Mary A., b. 1876, d. 1957, m. William Leonard Lawson; John B., b. 1879, m. Mattie Mae Branson; and Ella, b. 1880, m. Willie Smith. Rubin served in the Confederate Army as a private in 17th GA Inf. Regiment (Schley Rifles), Schley Co. He was a farmer and was residing in Crenshaw County in 1870.

It appears that most of the Kilcrease family came from Georgia to South Alabama in the 1860s in search of better and more readily available land at affordable prices. Earlier they had resided in Marion or Lincoln County, Georgia. When the 1850 census was taken, Robert Jr. was residing in the home of his son, Robert James, and at that time he was listed as a day laborer. He had been prosperous in earlier years until he experienced difficult times during the 1830s. At that time, some of his land was being sold for taxes. He died a few years later in Marion in 1854.

Next, the children of Andrew Jackson, John Jackson's son, and his first wife, Mary Jane Stallings, included the following: James F., b. 1870, m. Minnie Clyde Crosby; Londy, b. ca 1871; Wilson, b. 1873; Ocyoller, b. 1880; Effie, b. 1885; Tup, b. 1887; Ollie, b. 1890; Thomas R., b. 1891, d. 1977; Alton, b. 1893; and Alma, b. 1895.

Andrew Jackson and his second wife, Lettie Emma Cox, had the following children: Overa N., b. 1897, m. Roy Jones; Susan, b. 1899, m. A.B. Clark; Beatrice, b. 1902, m. Earl Bristo; Clemmie Agnes, b. 1904, d. 1984, m. Frank Fletcher; Thelma, b. ca 1907; Pauline, b. 1909, m. Ray Ross; and Lola, b. ca 1911, m. Evert Latham. Andrew Jackson and his brother, William Franklin, moved their families to Bowie, Montague County, Texas.

The children of William and Nancy (Jones) included the following: Sarah Elizabeth, b. 1871, d. 1929, m. Joshua C. Campbell; Adelaide Protina, b. 1874, d. 1960, m. Edgar B. Morris; Mattie Beulah, b. 1877, d. 1939, m. Oscar Lee Lindsey; Andrew Thomas, b. 1879, d. 1946, m. Minnie A. Longley; Nancy Ann Darancis, b. 1881, d. 1961, m. John Wesley Wiggins; William Edward, b. 1883, d. 1942, m. Bessie Lee McCartney; Epsie Lee, b. 1885, d. 1914, m. Ewing B. Long; John Wright, b. 1888, d. 1926, m. Nellie Jane Longley; Samuel May, b. 1890; Josiah Franklin, b. 1892; Laura Frances, b. 1893, d. 1978, m. Bailey Franklin Tinsley; and Lily Edna, b. 1896.

Robert and his wife, Mary Parker, moved to Florida. They had the following children: Sarah Elizabeth, b. 1874; George Wilson, b. 1875, d. 1952, m. 1896 Fannie Dora Eiland; Sarah Elefair, b. 1878, d. 1908, m. 1896 John Thomas Richards; Missouri Alice, b. 1880, d. 1960, m. James Matthew Morris; Green Franklin, b. 1882, d. 1910, m. 1909 Mary Elizabeth Spurlin; Lola Corene, b. 1885, d. 1958, m. Oscar Rochester Richards; Effie Dyoma, b. 1887, d. 1958, m. Matthew Wright; Azzey Arman, b. 1890, d. 1899; Ocie Belle, b. 1892, d. 1959, m. 1912 John Bartlett Wilkinson; Robert Jackson, b. 1894, d. 1936, m. 1914 Sallie Missouri Reeves; and Lemmie Hyram, b. 1898, d. 1950, m. Johnnie Irene Culpepper. Robert and his second wife, Molly, had one son, Roy, b. ca 1913. Robert was buried in the Shady Grove Cemetery at Baker, Florida.

Charles E. and his wife, Fannie, had the following children: Artie Elizabeth, b. 1882, d. 1960, m. Alphos Baker Morris; William Henry Sr., b. 1885, d. 1982, m. Lena Johnson; Oscar Edward, b. 1887, d. 1949, m. Martha Alice Reed; Laura Jane, b. 1889; Robert Frank, b. 1891; Alonzo Jackson "Laundie," b. 1894; Jessie Lee, b. 1896; James Albert, b. 1899; and Lesley Mae, b. 1904.

The youngest son, Jerimiah Bell, appears to have acquired his father, John Jackson's, property and remained in Crenshaw County. He and his wife, Mary Nelson, are buried in the Oak Grove Cemetery just west of US Highway 331 in the southeastern corner of the county. They had the following children: Darcis, b. 1885, m. ? Jones; John Washington "Bud," b. 1888, d. 1966, m. Ida Bell; Sarah Lavonia, b. 1889, m. 1908 Irwin Jackson Sasser; Andrew S., b. 1891; Verna J., b. 1892, m. Leonard May Morgan; Thomas Marbel, b. 1895, d. 1964, m. 1920 Annie Lauri Morgan; Elmira, b. 1898, m. Bog J. Morgan; Elvira, b. 1898, m. ? Blocker; Laura M., b. 1900; and Daniel B., b. 1904.

Next, the grandchildren of Robert James Sr. and his wife, Artamissia Brazille, will be outlined. This family appears to have come to Alabama circa 1860. Robert rendered service in the Confederate Army where he had two fingers severed by a gunshot. In later years he would entertain his grandchildren and great grandchildren with stories related to his experiences during the war.

Robert's oldest daughter, Nancy Jane, and her first husband, Coleman Butler, son of Lloyd and Elizabeth (Wages) Butler, had the following children: L.R., b. 1872, d. 1903; J.M., b. 1873, d. 1876; Carrie; and unnamed infant. Nancy and her second husband, Charles Maloy, had the following three children: J.N., b. 1886, d. 1891; Evey A., b. 1889; and W.H., b. 1890.

The second son, Robert James Jr., and his wife, Louisa Payne, had the following children: Francis Elizabeth, b. 1872; William Henry, b. 1885, m. Minnie Magnolia Thompson; and John Franklin, b. 1887. Robert James Jr. and his second wife, Mary Petry, had a son, Rowan, b. 1913, d. 1998, m. (1) ? (2) 1934 Catherine Stone.

The daughter, Elizabeth, and her husband, James David Ramick, had three children: William David, b. 1882, d. 1966, m. 1910 Elsja Rushing; Effie Pearl, b. 1884, d. 1904; and Asa Viola, b. 1888, d. 1972.

The son Jackson and his wife, Fannie, had the following two children: Thomas, b. 1879; and Minnie, b. 1886.

Louisa and her husband, James O. Morgan, had two children: Frances Adaline, b. 1884, m. James Henry Malloy; and Van Daniel, b. ca 1897.

Richard and his wife, Nora Grimes, had five children: Jim, Jack, Claudia, Ada, and Martha.

Laura Ann and her husband, Tom Nelson, were married in 1882 and had the following children: Willie, m. ? Hanchey; Gertrude, m. ? Galimore; Claudia, m. ? Galimore; Matilla, m. ? Morgan; Minnie; Jackson; Ella; and Betty.

Appreciation is expressed to Joan Baldy, a Kilcrease descendant, for sharing her family records as the primary source for today's writing. Information was also contributed by Dennis Murphy.

Anyone who might have corrections or additional information is requested to contact Curtis Thomasson at 21361 Rabren Road, Andalusia, AL 36420 or Email: