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40101 View Map & History of Halifax County, Virginia ...,_Virginia Family F6989
40102 View map and description of Wedmore... Meade, Thomas V (I33784)
40103 View map and description of Wedmore... Meade, Thomas IV (I33786)
40104 View map and description of Wedmore... Family F12395
40105 View map and description of Wedmore... Family F12396
40106 View map and description of Wedmore... Family F12398
40107 View map and history of Redcliffe, Bristol...,_Bristol Meade, Sir Thomas Jr. (I33790)
40108 View map of Somerset...
View map and history of Wraxall, Somerset...,_Somerset 
Meade, Sir Thomas Jr. (I33790)
40109 View map, photo & history of Thirsk ... de Mowbray, Sir William Knight, 6th Baron of Thirsk (I46138)
40110 View map... Gildersleeve, Richard Sr. (I21493)
40111 View Margaret's ahnentafel ... Jenney, Margaret (I37708)
40112 View Mary's antecedents: Sevier, Mary Ann (I38333)
40113 View photos & history of Magdalen College ...,_Oxford Clack, Reverend James Sr., The Immigrant (I40731)
40114 View Photos & History of Workington Hall ... Curwen, Sir Thomas (I35492)
40115 View photos & history of Workington Hall... Curwen, Sir Thomas (I35492)
40116 View Picture ... FitzWalter, Sir Robert Knight, Baron FitzWalter (I46158)
40117 View Ralph's ahnentafetl ... Neville, Sir Ralph 3rd Earl of Westmorland (I41175)
40118 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Jones, Steven Kent (I21509)
40119 View St Margaret Church ...


The church has/had a graveyard.

Church History

It was founded before 1338. 
Girlington, Sir John (I32349)
40120 View the Old Hennessee Cemetery... Hennessee, Rachel Anne (I9)
40121 View the Old Hennessee Cemetery... Hennessee, Andy Franklin (I57)
40122 View the Old Hennessee Cemetery... Hennessee, James Thomas Jr. (I66)
40123 View the Old Hennessee Cemetery... Hennessee, Patrick S(amuel) "Paddy" (I132)
40124 View the Old Hennessee Cemetery... Wilcher, Rachel (Ann) (I166)
40125 View the Old Hennessee Cemetery... Hennessee, Archibald Hugh "Arch" (I182)
40126 View the Old Hennessee Cemetery... Hennessee, James C. (I183)
40127 View the Old Hennessee Cemetery... Hennessee, William Thomas "Thomas" (I184)
40128 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Family F12924
40129 View the short distances between Tunstall and Hornby on the map ...


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View image of Hornby Hall ... 
Gillentine, Nicholas The Immigrant (I20049)
40130 View the short distances between Tunstall and Hornby on the map ...


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Girlington, Sir John (I32349)
40131 View the video of Muncaster Castle & Gardens ... Pennington, Ephraim The Immigrant (I45911)
40132 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Jones, Doris Ann (I718)
40133 View this link for the history of Keltonburg ... Cantrell, Luda Belle "Belle" (I2093)
40134 View this link for the history of Keltonburg ... Cantrell, Cornelia (I12189)
40135 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Cantrell, Hattie Ola (I12285)
40136 View this link for the history of Keltonburg ... Cantrell, Roger (I19198)
40137 View this link for the history of Keltonburg ... Cantrell, Linda (I19199)
40138 View this link for the history of Keltonburg ... Cantrell, Rose Ann (I19200)
40139 View this link for the history of Keltonburg ... Cantrell, Lena (I19201)
40140 View this link for the history of Keltonburg ... Hudson, William Floyd "Floyd" (I28063)
40141 View this link for the history of Keltonburg ... Hudson, James T. (I28064)
40142 View Thomas Marcum's antecedents... Marcum, Thomas (I33125)
40143 View Thomas' ancestors... Gildersleeve, Thomas Jr. (I27817)
40144 VIII. THOMAS PUDSEY, of Bolton and Barforth, Inq. P.M. 6 June 28 Hen. VIII (1536), d. 28 Jan. 153| ; mar. Margaret, dau. of Roger Pilkington, of Pilkington, co. Lane, d. 1552 (Whitaker). They had issue — Henry (IX). Grace, mar. first Sir Thos. Metham, of Metham, secondly Thos. Trollop of Thomley. Catherine, mar. Anthony Eshe, Esq. Mary, mar. Robert Mennell, of Hawnby, Serjeant- at-law, bur. there 1566.

Pudsey, Mary (I35660)
40145 Violet Clonts Ray, personal knowledge, telephone interview, November 24, 1992. Source (S10347)
40146 Violet was my Grandfathers first wife. She died of a "kidney problem" was what I was told when I was younger. She had two sisters Vera and Vena who I met when I was very little.
Apparently, Violet Dearing and Thomas (T.J.) Bond, and Clara Chisam and Phil Sawyer were all friends in college; that being Milligan College. I have the yearbooks from when they attended.
Clara and Phil married and Phil died in a car accident in 1931.
Violet and Tom married and Violet died in 1930.
Clara and Tom were reunited around 1933 or so (at a school naturally) and they married in secret eloping to Georgia.
Bond, Thomas Jefferson "Tom" Sr. (I34177)
40147 Virgil & his sister, Jo Ella, are not enumerated with their mother during the 1920 Campbell Township, Lawrence Co., AR census, abstracted by Skete Turner...DAH Bottom, Virgil C. (I27071)
40148 Virgil Farless,obituary,"Southern Standard",June 27,1973,
abstracted by Margie Tucker. 
Source (S15803)
40149 Virgil Farless,obituary,"Southern Standard",June 27,1973,
abstracted by Margie Tucker;Meador,Karen:Pedigree 
Source (S25560)
40150 Virgil Huntley
Subject: 3 Tisdale Spencers--NC, GA & TX
Post Date: December 29, 2007 at 12:23:45
Message URL:
Forum: Spencer Family Genealogy Forum
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Would appreciate anything on Tisdale Spencer, born NC ca. 1827; married Elizabeth ? and lived Collin Co. TX 1870. May have served in the Texas Frontier Battalion in the Civil War. Apparently his son, Tisdale, born TX in MAR 1860; married Celestia Hacker and lived in the Chickasaw Indian Nation 1900. 
Hocker, Celestial Dora (I25700)
40151 Virginia Belle Henegar, obituary, "Southern Standard", December 17, 1993,
abstracted by Margie Tucker. 
Source (S28205)
40152 Virginia Marriages, 1785-1940 for Frederick Step Source (S44543)
40153 Virginia or North Carolina Davenport, Mary (I4843)
40154 Virginia or North Carolina Henson, Nancy "Nannie" (I25711)
40155 Virginia quickly gave birth to 3 children but on February 12, 1873 she died giving birth to the couple's 4th child. Her infant son died the following day.

Virginia Watson was a descendant of several prominent families and a loyal supporter of the Confederacy, working for the Treasury Department of the Confederate Government in Richmond. She appears to have a flare for the dramatic as well, announcing her engagement to James in a telegraph to her sister with these words, "Lee has surrendered; so have I." 
Watson, Virginia Catherine (I13435)
40156 Virginia was his second wife...DAH Henegar, John Bernard "Bernard" (I21361)
40157 Virginia Webb Hennessee, telephone interview, November 13, 2014 Source (S934)
40158 Visit her birth-place...,_Lincolnshire Austin, Ursula (I32912)
40159 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Hennessey, Judy Elaine (I30124)
40160 Visit Herstmonceux Castle images & history, site of Leonard Calvert's marriage...

more images...

Calvert, Leonard (I15571)
40161 Visit the site of Willam & Isabell's marriage...'s_Church,_Macclesfield Hiberte, Isabelle (I25704)
40162 Vivian Clark's Branches (URL) Source (S44402)
40163 Vivian E. Baty

Vivian E. Baty, age 88 of Smyrna, TN, passed away Tuesday, January 3, 2012.

A native of McMinnville, TN, she was preceded in death by her parents, Kelly and Lucy Stuman Hennessee; husband, William "Bill" Roy Baty; son, Keith "Butch" Elton Baty; two sisters and four brothers.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 12 Noon, at the Woodfin Funeral Chapel in Smyrna. Brother W.D. Thomason will officiate. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Gardens.

Mrs. Baty is survived by her daughter, Dawn (Clayton) Taylor of McMinnville; son, William (LeeAnn) Kelly Baty of WV; daughter, Lucy Baty of Smyrna and daughter, Cindi (Alex) Hakala; seven grandchildren; several great- grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Baty was a member of LifePoint Church and was a homemaker.

Family will serve as Pallbearers. 
Hennessee, Vivian Eloise "Eloise" (I497)
40164 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Rutherford, Kelly Frances (I37689)
40165 Vone Buckels | 31 Jul 2007 | Source (S45600)
40166 Voyage log of the ship, "Submission"

The voyage was rough. Some days were calm and misty. More were described as rough, cold and stormy. A few were described as “faire”. Imagine you were sailing to the New World with young children of 13, 12, & 10 years old plus an infant in your care.

Highlights from the ship’s log:

September 12th: “left sight of Cape Cleare” – Ireland’s southernmost island, and likely the final view of European land.

They saw two or three whales. The first one was only at a distance. The next day, on September 17th: “A whale came neare us & appeared fair to us & followed us some time.” I bet the kids thought that was cool.

The day after, on the 18th of September “there arose a Great Storm . . . the sea was exceedingly high ye waves ran as high as the main yards but we received little damage.” (A yard is the horizontal spar to which the sails are attached. Big waves.)

October brought severe multi-day storms. October 2nd:

“The sea very rough, the wind high…. A great head sea broke over the ship & staved the boat & took the most part of it away, broke up the main hatches that were both nailed & corked & took them away that they were not seen where they went, broke the boat’s mast & hyst that were lashed in the midship, broke the gunnell head in the midship & broke the forre shet & took severall things of the decks & severall things that were in the boat it cast betwixt decks. … A great sea fell on our Rudder and broke it about one yard or something more from the head …”

They buried one of their friends’ children at sea that day.

The voyage continued.

October 9th: “Faire wether and wind, hundreds of porpoises about the ship some leaped high out of the water and followed the ship about an hour.”

They kept sailing west. Some days brought good weather. Others didn’t. Most were cold. Once a wind from the south brought warm air. For several days it rained.

Then, near the end of the journey, the rain cleared. On October 19th they couldn’t see land yet but the wind blew from the west and they could smell the pine trees of the New World.

The travelers made shore at Choptank, Maryland on November 2nd, according to a record kept by Quaker shipmate Phineas Pemberton.

The captain’s official log ends without a conclusion. The last entry is the 7th day of the week on October 21st. The storms had blown the ship off-course and it was overcast; the captain may not have known exactly where he was. Some say that’s why he did not finish the record.

TYPE OF WILLIAM PENN’S SHIP, WELCOME – from an engraving of the period. The Welcome carried twice as many passengers as The Submission.
The Submission was one of 22 ships, including William Penn’s “Welcom” that brought the first 2,000 people – mostly Quakers – to the brand new Pennsylvania Colony in 1681 and 1682 
Jones, The Immigrant Ellis Emmanuel (I3971)
40167 W. H. Magness, Jr., merchant, was born in De Kalb County May 15, 1856, the son of Rev. Perry G. and Martha J. (Webb) Magness, both of Irish origin, and natives of what is now De Kalb County.

The father was born in 1826 and died in De Kalb County September 29,1877. The mother, born in 1831, is still living in Warren County.

The father's ancestors came from North Carolina.

He was a prominent Primitive Baptist minister, and was county clerk of De Kalb eight years atter the war. Receiving a liberal education at Water's & Walling's College, McMinnville, in 1876 he established a general store at Magness' Mills in De Kalb County.

In 1880 he came to Sparta and has since been in the merchandise business. January 31, 1878, he married Florence Crowder, who was born in White County March 20, 1859.

Three children were born to them -- one son and two daughters. He is a Democrat politically, and is a member of the church to which his wife belongs, the Primitive Baptist. 
Magness, Elder William Hall "Billie" Jr. (I3917)
40168 W. Harmon Pennington,obituary,"The Southern Standard",date unknown,abstracted
by Woodrow Barnes 
Source (S23754)
40169 W. Harmon Pennington,obituary,"The Southern Standard",date unknown,abstracted
by Woodrow Barnes,"Warren County,TN Cemetery Book II", p. 60 
Source (S23759)
40170 W. V. "Bud" Peden, obituary, "Southern Standard",
abstracted by Margie Tucker, uploaded June 24, 1994 
Source (S16563)
40171 W.G. Bost, obituary, "Southern Standard", date unknown,
abstracted by Margie Tucker 
Source (S24802)
40172 W.T. Gillentine Jr., 91

McMinnville resident and Warren County native W.T. Gillentine Jr., died Nov. 12 at the VA Hospital in Nashville after an brief illness.

A farmer and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he was the son of the late William Tee Gillentine Sr., and Vera Brewer Gillentine and was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Mildred Gillentine. He was also preceded in death by brothers, Jack, J.B. and Ray Gillentine.

He is survived by three sons and two daughters-in-law,

Larry Gillentine of Centertown,
Gary and Helen Gllentine of McMinnville, and
Buddy and Donna Gillentine of Greenville, S.C.;

grandchildren, Greg Gillentine and Elizabeth Healton of Alcoa, Ashley and Seth Wright of McMinnville, Amelia Gillentine, Robert Gillentine and Andrew Gillentine, all of Greenville, S.C.; brother Leon Gillentine of McMinnville and sister Maxine Antus of Niles, Mich; sister and brother-in-law, Marion and J.W. Dodd of Centertown; several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

Services will be held at 12:30 p.m. Monday at High's Chapel with Jonathan Womack officiating. Burial will follow at Bethany Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 3 to 9 p.m. today, and 9 a.m. until time of service Monday at High's. In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to the American Heart Association or the Foundation for Parkinson's Research.

High Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Southern Standard
McMinnville, Tenn.
Nov. 14, 2010 
Gillentine, William T. Jr. (I19787)
40173 W.W. II; TEC 5 United States Army
Husband of Sarah Lafaye Middleton Burkman
Married 09/22/1943

born Jones Co., TX
died Lueders, Jones Co., TX
son of Walter A. Burkman - Beulah Caroline Jamar
contributed by Dorman Holub - May, 2013 
Burkman, Larkin Cleo (I41983)
40174 W/O Benjamin Franklin Prater
Informant: Mrs. Iva Watson Gentzel (Ada Bell Prater Gentzel, daughter) 
Emery, Laura Ann (I43770)
40175 w/o James S Arnold. She was b 1826 and died after 1880 in Smithville. Weaver, Susannah (I35254)
40176 W/O Morris Clifford Turner, Parents: Robert and Vera Paris Paris, Ruth Jean (I41047)
40177 Wade Milton Byars, Jr, 89, of 137 Old Sulphur Springs Road, went home to be with our Lord, Monday, July 11, 2011.

Born in Greenville, he was the son of the late Wade Milton and Juanita Ella Bishop Byars. He is survived by his beloved "bride of 68 years", Syble Foster Byars.

Mr. Byars was retired from Management in the Grocery Store business having owned and operated Wade's Grocery on Woodruff Road. He also served as a Director of Associated Grocers, Inc. Additionally he was Broker in Charge of Dove Realty.

A lifetime member of Roper Mountain Baptist Church, he served multiple terms as deacon and on numerous committees. A veteran of World War II, he served in the Signal Corps in the South Pacific. He took great pride in his service and as Chaplain of the American Legion Post #3, was honored three times as Legionnaire of the Year for outstanding service. An avid fisherman, he was a founding member of the Roper Mountain Fishing Club.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are two daughters, Rebecca Godwin Howell and husband, Leonard, of Taylors and Shirley Byars Sloan and husband, Richard, of Fountain Inn; two sons, Larry Wade Byars and wife, Christine, of Greenville and David Bradley Byars of Greenwood; a beloved niece, Violet Hutcheson of Greenville; sister, Edora Byars Freeman and husband, Gene, of Greenville; grandchildren, Elizabeth and Randy Rogers, Patrick and Julie Byars, Rebecca Brooke Godwin and Connie Fueling, Misty and Ray Fretwell, Jr., Terry and Keeley Krantz, Marc and Kelley Jenkins, Blake and Amber Jenkins, Cassie Rebecca and Patrick Snow, Ashley and Matt Culbertson, Brad and Lindsay Byars; great niece and nephew, Kelli Georges and Jay Hutcheson; great grandchildren, Zachary Wade Byars, Raymond B. Fretwell, III, "Kenny" Wade Fretwell, Griffin Foster Krantz, Hannah Nicole Jenkins, Ella Tova Todd Jenkins, Carys Avery Jenkins, Liam Carter Jenkins, James Edward Snow, Ryan Culbertson, Benji Culbertson, Caribeth Culbertson, Emma Culbertson and Braelyn Byars; great great niece and nephews, Jake Drawdy, Deme Georges and Blake Winegard.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, two sisters, and a son-in-law, Kenneth L. Godwin. 
Byars, Wade Milton Jr. (I34733)
40178 WAH left for Sherman,TX after he was grown (about 1880-1885) per Maggie Williams. Hennessee, William Alford Jr. (I2816)
40179 Walchelin de Ferrieres (or Walkelin de Ferrers) (died 1201) was a Norman baron and principal captain of King Richard I of England.

The Ferriers family hailed from the southern marches of Normandy and had previously protected the duchy from the hostility of the counts of Maine and Anjou. With the union of the domains of Anjou and Normandy in 1144, and the investment of Geoffrey V Plantagenet as duke of Normandy, most of this land lost its strategic importance.

Walchelin was the son of Henry de Ferrieres, a nephew of Robert de Ferrers, 1st Earl of Derby. His father Henry was son of either Enguenulf or William. Like his father, Walchelin held the castles of Ferriáeres-Saint-Hilaire and Chambray for the service of 5 knights. He had 42 and 3/4 in his service, enfeoffed in his lands. In England, Walchelin held the manors of Oakham in Rutland and Lechlade in Gloucestershire. He is known to have held this land since at least 1172.

During the Third Crusade, he and his son and heir, Henry, served in the force of Richard I of England. A John de Ferrieres, believed to be a nephew, was also present. Walchelin had stayed with the King in Sicily. It is apparent that Walchelin was close in the counsel of the king. He and his knights arrived at Saint-Jean d'Acre sometime in April or June 1191. Some months previously, his second cousin, William de Ferrers, 3rd Earl of Derby had been killed at the siege.

After the conclusion of the siege, Richard of England and Hugh III of Burgundy marched their forces south to the city of Jaffa. Along the road, several skirmishes broke out between the marching crusaders and the Saracen army marching parallel under Saladin. On 7 September 1191, the great battle of Arsuf was fought. Richard had made Walchelin a commander of one of the elite bodies of knights according to the chronicle attributed to Geoffrey de Vinsauf.

Later, in 1194, Richard was imprisoned in Germany. Walchelin brought the treasure of Normandy to Speyer and gave himself as a hostage (along with many others) to the Western Emperor Henry VI. He was freed from captivity around 1197. His sons Henry and Hugh managed his estates during the years he spent in prison. Sometime prior to his death, the younger son, Hugh was granted lordship of the manor of Lechlade.

Walchelin died in 1201 and was succeeded by his son, Henry. Henry sided with John of England over King Philip II of France until December 1203 when John left Normandy, never to return. At this point, Henry did Philip homage for his Norman lands. Hugh had left England and the care of Lechlade and Oakham went to their sister, Isabella, who was married to Roger de Mortimer of Wigmore. After her death, the land was escheated to the crown as Terra Normanorum. 
de Ferriers, Walchelin (I47832)
40180 Waleran de Beaumont, 4th Earl of Warwick (1153 – 12 December 1204) was the younger son of Roger de Beaumont, 2nd Earl of Warwick and Gundred de Warenne, daughter of William de Warenne, 2nd Earl of Surrey and Elizabeth de Vermandois. He was also known as Walerian de Newburg.

After his brother's death an impostor arose, claiming to be the deceased Earl; he gave Waleran a great deal of trouble in maintaining his claim. He does not appear to have been a great soldier, for he paid scutage money to escape military service in Wales. His position in the Court is attested by his bearing the right hand Sword of State at the Coronation of King John, 27 May 1199.

He liberally supported the hospital of St. Michael's Hospital, Warwick and gave to the nuns of Pinley land at Claverdon, and land at Brailes to the nuns at Wroxall, Warwickshire.

Family and children[edit]
He married first to Margery, daughter of Henry d'Oily and Maud de Bohun and had children:

Henry de Beaumont, 5th Earl of Warwick, his heir.
Waleran de Beaumont of Gretham and Cotismore.
Gundred de Beaumont. She and her cousin Mabel became nuns at the Abbey of Pinley.
His second wife was Alice de Harcourt, widow of John de Limesy, Lord of Cavendish, daughter of Robert de Harcourt and she had one child:

Alice de Beaumont (died before 1263), married William de Maudit, Baron of Hanslape, Chamberlain to the King. Their children were:
William Maudit, 8th Earl of Warwick;
Isabel de Maudit, married William de Beauchamp, Baron Elmley. Their son was William de Beauchamp, 9th Earl of Warwick.

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A Realignment of the 12th and 13th Century Pedigree of the Earls of Warwick by Rosie Bevan
A Complete Peerge Correction in Foundations, Waleran v. 1 #3, Jan. 2440, pp. 194–197 (see Cawley, Charles, ENGLISH NOBILITY MEDIEVAL: Waleran Warwick died 1203, Medieval Lands database, Foundation for Medieval Genealogy,[better source needed])
Edward T. Beaumont, J.P. The Beaumonts in History. A.D. 850-1850. Oxford. 
de Newburgh, Sir Waleran Knight, 4th Earl of Warwick (I46081)
40181 Waleran de Beaumont, Count of Meulan, 1st Earl of Worcester (1104 – 9 April 1166, Preaux), was the son of Robert de Beaumont, 1st Earl of Leicester and Elizabeth de Vermandois, and the twin brother of Robert de Beaumont, 2nd Earl of Leicester. He is not referred to by any surname in a contemporary document other than 'Waleran son of Count Robert'.

Early life

Waleran was born in 1104, the elder of twin sons of Robert de Beaumont, count of Meulan, who was also to become earl of Leicester in 1107. On their father's death in June 1118, the boys came into the wardship of King Henry I of England. They remained in his care till late in 1120 when they were declared adult and allowed to succeed to their father's lands by a division already arranged between the king and their father before his death. By the arrangement, Waleran succeeded to the county of Meulan upriver on the Seine from the Norman border, and the principal family Norman honors of Beaumont-le-Roger and Pont Audemer. His great possessions included the forest of Brotonne, which was centred on his castle of Vatteville on the left bank of the Seine. As part of the family arrangement, Waleran also received a large estate in Dorset centred on the manor of Sturminster Marshall.

Rebellion and Imprisonment

Late in 1122 Waleran was drawn into a conspiracy with Amaury III of Montfort, count of âEvreux, in support of the claimant to Normandy, William Clito, son of Robert Curthose. The king however detected the conspiracy, and Waleran and his young colleagues were caught unawares by a preemptive strike by the king's army against the rebel centre of Montfort-sur-Risle. Waleran rallied and based his resistance to the king at his castle of Brionne. In October 1123 he lost his fortress of Pont Audemer on the Norman coast to a siege, despite calling in military help from his French relations and allies. After a winter of raiding, on 25 March 1124, Waleran proceeded to the relief of his castle of Vatteville, with his three brothers-in-law, Hugh de Chăateauneuf, Hugh de Montfort and William, Lord of Brâeval. The returning column was intercepted by a force of knights and soldiers of Henry I's household between Bourgtheroulde and Boissy-le-Chăatel, the royal commander being given variously as William de Tancarville or Odo Borleng. The royal household troops decisively defeated Waleran when he attempted a mounted charge at the head of his men, shooting their horses from under them. Waleran's remaining castles continued to resist until 16 April 1124 when Waleran was forced by the king to order his seneschal Morin du Pin to surrender them. Waleran's lands were seized and he was imprisoned first at Rouen, then at Bridgnorth in Shropshire and finally at Wallingford Castle.

Waleran was released for unknown reasons in 1129. He resumed an active role at court and he and his twin brother were both present at Henry's deathbed. He was probably involved in the discussions of the Norman magnates in December 1135 as to who should succeed to Normandy and England.

Lieutenant of Normandy

The accession of Stephen may have taken him by surprise but he had already offered his allegiance to the new king before Easter 1136. At the court he was betrothed to the king's infant daughter, Matilda, and received the city and county of Worcester as her marriage portion. After Easter he went to Normandy taking authority from the king to act as his lieutenant in the duchy. In September he commanded the army of Norman magnates which repelled the invasion by Geoffrey of Anjou, husband of the Empress Matilda, daughter of Henry I. He was also able to capture the chief rebel Roger de Toeni. He remained there until the following spring and then returned to England.

The next year he attended the king on his tour of Normandy, crossed back to England with him at the end of the year, by which time he was beginning to undermine the previous ascendancy at court of the bishops of Winchester and Salisbury. He and his family began to monopolise favour and patronage at Stephen's court and they alienated the faction headed by Earl Robert of Gloucester, who in retaliation adopted the cause of his half-sister, the Empress. In June 1138, Waleran was in Normandy to confront successfully again an invading Angevin army. Waleran used his extensive connections at the French court to mobilize a large force of French knights to assist him. It was probably in 1138 that he received the second title of Earl of Worcester. He founded the Cistercian abbey of Bordesley at the end of that year to mark his arrival in the county. The same year his youngest brother Hugh received the earldom of Bedford and other relations were similarly honoured.

Before Easter 1139 Waleran was in Paris on an embassy to his cousin, the new King Louis VII of France. On his return he was the motivating force behind the overthrow of the court faction headed by the justiciar, Bishop Roger of Salisbury. The bishop and his family were arrested in June, and their wealth and many of their possessions confiscated.

Civil war

With the arrival of Robert of Gloucester in England in September 1139, the civil war between Stephen and Matilda's supporters got under way. One of the first attacks Gloucester sponsored was an assault on Waleran's English base at Worcester. The city was attacked and sacked on 7 November 1139. Waleran retaliated savagely against the rebel centers of Sudeley and Tewkesbury.

Waleran was present at the Battle of Lincoln in 1141. He was one of the royalist earls who fled when they saw that the battle was lost. Waleran escaped, but the king was captured and imprisoned at Bristol. Waleran fought on for several months, probably basing himself at Worcester, where he had to deal with the defection of his sheriff, William de Beauchamp. It may have been at this time that he seized and fortified the Herefordshire Beacon for the bishop of Hereford complained of his lordship of this castle in 1148. At last late in the summer of 1141 Waleran gave up the struggle as news reached him that his Norman lands were being taken over by the invading Angevin army. He surrendered to the Empress Matilda, and had to accept her appropriation of the abbey of Bordesley as it had been founded on a royal estate. However, once in Normandy, Waleran was accepted at the court of Geoffrey of Anjou, and his lands in England and Normandy were confirmed to him. His first marriage, to the king's daughter Matilda, had ended with the child's death in London in 1137. Around the end of 1142, Waleran married Agnes, daughter of Amaury de Montfort, count of âEvreux. As a result of the marriage he obtained estates in the Pays de Caux and the lordship of Gournay-sur-Marne in the Ile de France. Waleran had already obtained his mother's marriage portion of the honor of Elbeuf on the Seine on her death in or around 1139. Despite the political reverses on 1141, Waleran was considerably wealthier at the end of the year than he had been at the beginning.

Waleran served with Geoffrey of Anjou at the siege of Rouen in 1143/4. During it he captured and burnt the suburb of Emendreville and the Church of St. Sever, where many of both sexes perished in the flames. He consolidated his position as leader of the Norman nobility by a formal treaty with his cousin Robert du Neubourg, seneschal of Normandy. However, Waleran seems to have turned his mind to the French court at this time. In Easter 1146 he was at Vâezelay for the preaching of the Second Crusade and attended the great assembly of magnates at Paris from April to June 1147 to meet the pope and Louis VII. On 29 June he was joint leader of the Anglo-Norman crusaders on their rendezvous with Louis VII at Worms. He accompanied the crusade to Syria and its unfortunate conclusion before Damascus. He seems to have left Palestine before King Louis, taking the sea voyage home. He was shipwrecked somewhere on his return, perhaps on the coast of Provence. He promised to build an abbey of Cistercians if he survived the wreck, and in due course he built the abbey of St Mary de Voto (of the Vow) or Le Valasse in fulfilment of his vow.

Political Decline

Waleran's great influence in Normandy survived till 1151, but the new regime of Duke Henry was not sympathetic to him. He made the fatal error of temporising with the Capetian court and assisting the campaigns of Louis VII, his overlord for Meulan. Though his support gained Waleran the hugely profitable wardship of the great county of Vermandois during the minority of his young cousin Count Ralph II, it also led to his downfall. In the second half of 1153 he was ambushed by his nephew and enemy Robert de Montfort, who held him captive while his Norman and English estates were stripped from Waleran by Duke Henry's friends and officers. The earldom of Worcester was suppressed and his Worcestershire castles destroyed in 1155.

Although Waleran was released, his power in Normandy was broken, and an attempt to reclaim Montfort-sur-Risle from his nephew was a humiliating failure. Waleran was an outsider at the court of Henry II, and between 1160 and 1162 lost his Norman lands and castles when he supported Louis VII against Henry II. His last years were eked out as a landowner and justice in the duchy. The last notice of his activities is a settlement of his affairs relating to his priory of Gournay-sur-Marne around the end of 1165. Twenty days before his death he entered the abbey of St Peter of Prâeaux, the ancestral abbey of his family south of Pont Audemer in Normandy, and died as a monk there on 9 or 10 April 1166. He was buried in its chapter house alongside several other members of his dynasty.

Aristocrat and humanist

Waleran was an important twelfth-century character in ways other than political. He was a literate man educated in the liberal arts and philosophy. The elegy to him by Stephen of Rouen, monk of Bec-Hellouin, reveals that he composed Latin verse. In 1142 he tells us that he personally researched the deeds in the archive of Meulan priory before confirming its possessions. Like his twin brother, he also seems to have been an assiduous writer of letters and a number of them survive. He was also a literary patron, as Geoffrey of Monmouth dedicated the earliest edition of his History of the Kings of Britain to him in 1136.

Waleran founded Cistercian abbeys at Bordesley, Worcestershire (1139), and Le Valasse, Normandy (c.1150), though in both cases the abbeys were taken over by the king. He was a generous patron of the two ancestral Benedictine monasteries of Prâeaux (St Peter for men and St Leger for women). He was besides accepted as advocate of the abbey of Bec-Hellouin, and was patron of its priory at Meulan, founding another at Beaumont-le-Roger. He founded a Benedictine priory at Gournay-sur-Marne. He endowed a major hospital at Pont Audemer, which still survives.

Family and children

He married, firstly, Matilda, daughter of King Stephen of England and Matilda of Boulogne, Countess de Boulogne, circa March 1136. She died in 1137 aged only four. He married, secondly, Agnes de Montfort, daughter of Amaury III de Montfort, Count of âEvreux, and Agnes de Garlande, in 1141/2.

He had children with Agnes de Montfort (the boys as they appear in order in his 1165 charter to Gournay priory):

Robert de Beaumont, Count of Meulan.
Isabelle de Meulan (d. 10 May 1220), married twice:
ca 1161 Geoffroy, lord of Mayenne;
ca 1170 Maurice II, lord of Craon.
Waleran de Meulan
Amaury de Meulan, lord of Gournay-sur-Marne.
Roger de Meulan or Beaumont, viscount of âEvreux.
Raoul (Ralph) de Meulan.
Etienne (Stephen) de Meulan.
Mary de Meulan.
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Edward T. Beaumont, J.P. The Beaumonts in History. A.D. 850-1850. Oxford.
Crouch, D. The Beaumont Twins: The Roots and Branches of Power in the Twelfth Century (Cambridge, 1986).
Crouch, D. The Reign of King Stephen, 1135-1154 (London, 2000).
Houth, E. 'Galeran II, comte de Meulan, catalogue de ses actes precâedâe d'une âetude biographique', Bullâetin Philologique et Historique (1961).
King, E. 'Waleran, count of Meulan, earl of Worcester, 1104-1166', in, Tradition and Change: Essays in Honour of Marjorie Chibnall, ed. D. Greenway and others (Cambridge, 1985), 115-130.
Remfry, P.M., 'The Herefordshire Beacon and the families of King Harold II and the Earls of Hereford and Worcester' [Malvern, 2008].
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Detailed Biography at 
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40182 Walker County Messenger, LaFayette, GA, 3.2.2009:

Patsy Miles, 57, Chattanooga, Tenn.

Patsy Ann Miles of Chattanooga, Tenn., died Feb. 27, 2009 after a long courageous battle with cancer. She was 57. She was born in Chattanooga to the late Charles Thomas and Lois Marie (Snyder) Hennessee. She was preceded in death by her brother, Johnny Lee Hennessee.

The Miles family would like to thank Amedisys Hospice for their love and compassion during this difficult time. Survivors include her loving husband, George Miles Sr.; children, Steve Miles, George Miles Jr., all of Chattanooga, Melissa (Chad) Bible of Rossville; siblings, Tommy, Eddie, Danny, Jack, Donnie Hennessee, Brenda Landers; many nieces and nephews.

Graveside services: Monday, March 2, at 11 a.m. at Chattanooga National Cemetery. Visitation: Monday, March 2, from 9-10:30 a.m. at the funeral home. Online guestbook available at Arrangements by Wilson Funeral Home, Fort Oglethorpe. 
Hennessee, Patsy Ann (I3467)
40183 Walker Dee Wiseman, obituary, "Southern Standard", date unknown,
abstracted by Margie Tucker 
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40184 Walker Jennings, obituary, "The Southern Standard", date unknown,
abstracted by Margie Tucker,"Our People At Rest",p. 1 
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40185 Walker Jennings, obituary, "The Southern Standard", date unknown,
abstracted by Margie Tucker.
"DODSON", by Lynn, p. 10-B 
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40186 Walker Jennings, obituary, "The Southern Standard", date unknown,
abstracted by Margie Tucker.
WC Cemetery List - Book II, p. 165 
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40187 Walker Jennings, obituary, "The Southern Standard", date unknown,
abstracted by Margie Tucker. 
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40188 Wallace Hudson;pedigree;21 Aug 2007;
1900 DeKalb census, p. 222 
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40189 Wallace Hudson;pedigree;21 Aug 2007; Source (S36692)
40190 Wallace Hudson;pedigree;21 Aug 2007;;
1900 DeKalb census, p. 222 
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40191 Wallace L. Beckham AVON, NC -

Wallace L. Beckham, 84, died on Feb. 22, 2011, at his home in Avon, NC. He was born August 13, 1926, in Winnsboro, SC. He was the son of Wallace D. Beckham and Florence Hennessee Beckham. He loved his country and served in the U.S. Navy in World War II. He was a master plumber, real estate broker, pilot and served in the U.S. National Guard and Civil Air Patrol. He was also the former owner of Outer Banks Beaches Realty.

In addition to his wife of 64 years, Ann Seitz Beckham, he is survived by two daughters, Pat Costa and husband, Rich, of Little Egg Harbor, NJ, Sandra Quidley and husband, Maurice (Reese) Quidley, of South Mills, NC; two sons, Daniel and Brian Beckham of Avon, NC; two sisters, Betty Geiger and husband, Herbert, of Sandy Run, SC, and Margie Coleman and husband, Pete, of Winnsboro, SC; two brothers, Howard Beckham and wife, Bobby Jean, of Winnsboro, SC, and Connie Parker and wife, Penny, of Jacksonville, FL; 12 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at Ewing Cemetery Chapel, Ewing, NJ, on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011, at 12 noon. Burial will be in the Ewing Cemetery. Twiford Funeral Homes' Colony Chapel, Manteo, NC, is assisting the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed to the family at In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to U.S. Navy Armed Guard WWII Veterans, 115 Wall Creek Dr., Rolesville, NC 27571, or to Dare County Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 2477, Manteo, NC 27954. 
Beckham, Wallace Luther (I31162)
40192 Walling (Old Roberts') Cemetery Roberts, Jesse (I4520)
40193 Walling (Old Roberts') Cemetery Wright, Susannah "Susie" (I20899)
40194 Walling resident and Quebeck native Helen Frances Grissom Dunlap, 83, died Feb. 14.

The daughter of Cecil Elijah 'Brownie' and Mary Lou Howell Grissom, she was the owner of Helen House of Beauty in Walling

She was preceded in death by her husband, David Elmer 'Buddy' Dunlap, her parents, and grandson, Daniel Smith

She is survived by sons, David Dunlap and wife Linda of McMinnville; and Rev. Doug Dunlap and wife Frances of Walling; sister, Juanita Boyd of Rock Island; brother, Brownie Grissom of Walling; grandchildren, Joe Dunlap and wife Deitra, Jennifer Fuqua-Loh and husband Jason, Dana Dunlap King and husband Lynn, and Angel Dunlap; great-grandchildren, Mitchell Fuqua, Danielle Fuqua, Jackson Dunlap, Aspen King, Lucas Majors, Kylei Loh, Olivia Majors, Kason Loh, and Nicholas Fuqua; sister-in-law: Jean Klemm of Rock Island; several nieces and nephews also survive

Services were held Saturday at First Presbyterian Church in Sparta with Rev. Doug Dunlap officiating. Burial followed at Preston Heights Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: Sparta First Presbyterian Church Building Fund, North Main Street, Sparta, Tenn., 38583

Hunter Funeral Home of Sparta is in charge of arrangements.

Southern Standare (McMinnville, TN) 02/16/2008 
Grissom, Helen Frances "Frances" (I23386)
40195 Wallon & Sue Cantrell, anniversay, "Southern Standard", March 10, 1995,
abstracted by Margie Tucker 
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40196 WALNUT RIDGE - Russell Benson, 83, died Friday at his home.

He was a lifetime resident of Lawrence County, was a farmer and of the Methodist belief. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, having served in World War II.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Clinton and Ressie Hennesse Benson.

He is survived by his wife, Karen Benson of the home, and brother, Kenneth Benson of Dallas.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at House Gregg Funeral Home of Walnut Ridge with Steve Cook officiating.

No burial is planned. The body was cremated. 
Benson, Russell Gene "Russ" (I26791)
40197 Walsingham is a village (actually two conjoined villages: Little Walsingham and Great Walsingham) in the English county of Norfolk .

The village is famed for its religious shrines in honour of the Virgin Mary and as a major pilgrimage centre.

It also contains the ruins of two medieval monastic houses 
Fairfax, William (I37178)
40198 Walt is one of my favorite relatives due to his fabulous story telling ability and the fact that he wrote some of them down. I have included a few of his stories following this obituary. My favorite is the last one about the events taking place at the funeral of John Jacob Bauknight.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Jan 30, 1985
James Walter Estes, 102, was senator from Clayton

J Walter Estes, the oldest living alumnus of Georgia Tech and a former state senator from Clayton County, died Tuesday at Americana Healthcare Center in Marietta. He was 102.

The funeral will be at 2 pm Thursday at The Rock Baptist Church in Rex, Ga, with burial at the churchyard.

Mr. Estes entered Georgia Tech in 1900 and graduated with a degree in electrical engineering in 1904. He is the oldest Tech alumnus, according to Charles Harmon, director of the Georgia Tech News Bureau.

Mr. Estes was recognized during a 1979 football game at Grant Field. He was pictured in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution standing at attention during the playing of the national anthem before the Tech-Air Force game.

Mr. Estes, a Rex farmer, manufacturer, furniture dealer, and banker, served in the state Senate in 1938-40 and 1943-44.

James Walter Estes was born Dec. 1, 1882, in Rex. He married Winnie Brittain in 1910. Mrs. Estes died at 82 in 1971.

He was a past president of the Boy Scouts of America Atlanta Area Council, a former member of the Clayton County Water Authority, and director of the Bank of Rex. He also belonged to the Masons, Odd Fellows and The Rock Baptist Church.

Surviving are daughters, Mrs. Evelyn Richards of Rex, Mrs. Eloise Keiser of Jonesboro and Mrs. Winifred Bourne of Atlanta; sisters, Mrs. Evelyn Longino of Atlanta and Mrs. Ruby L. Ware of Tuscumbia, Ala.; seven grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

Born in a log cabin, about 200 yards north of what is now Hale Haven Shopping Center, December 1, 1882. His father and grandfather Estes were born in that same community.

Fell in a 55-foot well when 15 months old, rescued by his father.

Moved to Rex with his family in 1887. Elementary schooling at Hickory Flat, a one room, one teacher school. High school in Jonesboro 1897-98-99. Entered Georgia Tech in 1900, graduated 1904 with BS degree in electrical engineering, the first man from Clayton Co to graduate from GA Tech.

First job with General Electric Company in Schenectady NY for fifteen months, then Georgia Railway & Electric Co, Atlanta, for twelve months, then Crocker-Wheeler Co in Ampere NJ for 15 months. Came back to Rex on Friday 13th Dec 1907. Formed and operated the partnership of Estes Manufacturing Co with his father, Dr W C Estes. Estes Mfg Co operated a wood working plant, making grain cradles, wooden school desks and potato crates, also operated a corn meal mill, sawmill, cotton gin and blacksmith shop along with considerable farming interests.

In 1923 the woodworking plant was converted to chair manufacturing, first as Estes-Wolcott Co, then Rex Chair Co. Rex Chair Co sold the chair plan to Rex Furniture Co in the early 1960's.

Estes Mfg Co was the first and for some years the only manufacturing payroll industry in Clayton Co.

In politics Walter Estes served one term as a jury commissioner, and for many years in the late teens and early twenties was a member of the Clayton County School Board. Several of those years as chairman of the board. During those years there were no paved roads between Rex and Jonesboro and sometimes the roads were so muddy that the only practical method of transportation was by horseback. He used that method several times to attend school board meetings and jury duty.

He was elected in 1938 to serve in the 1939-40 term in Georgia State Senate, representing the 35th Dist. He served again in that office in the 1943-44 term. More recently he served 2 five year terms as member of Board of Directors of Clayton Co Water Authority - 1960-1970.

His civic activities include scoutmaster, member of Board of Atlanta area Council of Boy Scouts of America, and President of this council in 1950. He is a member of the Stagecoach Civic Club and Rex Civic Association.

In religious activities - He was affiliated with the first Baptist Church of Decatur for 25 years, served several terms on the Board of Deacons, three terms as Chairman, and since 1951 has been a member of the Rock Baptist Church in Rex, where he served on the Board of Deacons, and is now on the inactive list.

A member of Rex Masonic Lodge for more than 50 years and a past master. He was member and Past Noble Grand of Rex Odd Fellow Lodge when it was in operation.

His wife was the former Winnie Davis Brittain of Murphy NC whom he met when she visited in Jonesboro. He has three daughters, 7 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and is expecting his first great great grandchild very soon.


Eighty years ago in this rural community near Rex GA in Clayton Co, a little boy fell in a fifty foot well that had five feet of water in it and was saved by heroic effort.

It made real news, far and wide at that time, and told often over a wide area. It seems likely the fantastic story of rescue would be of interest today.

I was that little boy, now in my eighty-second year. (1964) When I review a long life, full of activity, and think how narrowly I escaped, the uncertainties of life seem amazing.

I was one and one half years old when one day in June 1884, my parents left me with a neighbor while they attended a funeral. After lunch (dinner in those days) several women of the community met at the home of my host (a two room log cabin) and were busy at what was a very common activity in those days; "quilting." Maybe there are some people who would like to know more about the lost art of quilting.

Before the days when machine-made blankets, comforts and coverlets were available, practically 100% of bed coverings were homemade quilts. Almost every afternoon, especially during the summer, from four to ten, women would meet at some house in the neighborhood for a quilting session. Four long strips of wood were joined together forming a rectangle the size of a quilt, becoming a quilting frame. This frame was suspended from the ceiling by cords, one at each corner. First operation was to fasten the quilt bottom, a piece of cotton cloth into the frame. This was covered smoothly with home raised, home carded cotton bats. Over this was spread the prepared quilt top. These tops were made of scraps of cloth, hand stitched, of various colors, most often in intricate and colorful patterns. The ladies would seat themselves around the frame and closely stitch top and bottom together. Every family had to have a supply of quilts for winter and this was the only source of supply.

While the quilting was going on I was left to play around the yard. In some way I managed to climb up on the well curb and fall in. There was a colored woman at the "wash place" doing the washing. Fortunately for me she looked around just in time to see me disappear. She let out a yell, "the baby fill in the well", and most of the women began to scream for help.

My dad, at that time twenty-eight years old, had returned from the funeral and, with my mother, was at our home about 300 yards away. Hearing the commotion and realizing his baby was where all the commotion was, ran as fast as he could, and on hearing someone shout "Walter fell in the well," never slacked his pace and jumped feet first into that fifty foot well. By spreading his legs against the walls, he put on brakes enough to stop at the top of the water. There was nothing on the surface of the water so he began probing and touched one of my feet and pulled me out.

Almost immediately, several men from a nearby shop, who had heard the commotion, entered the well, climbing down by stepping in the step holes that were dug into the well walls. My dad passed me up to the next man, he to the next and so on out the top. Often, people have told me that my dad was the first man out of the well, but no one knew how he managed to pass the others.

When he slapped me on the back, I coughed and began to breath and no water came from my lungs. The only explanation anyone could offer was that I hit the water just right to knock the breath out of me and that I had not inhaled in the estimated seven minutes in the water.

Of course, I do not remember the event, but it was so much talked about for years in the community and I hear the details so many times, I feel positive it was as is here narrated. Many are the times while I was growing up that men would say to my dad, "Bill, is that the boy that fill in the well," when I would be with him at church or other gatherings.

I think something should be said about this hero, my dad. He was well known in his later years as Dr W C Estes. He was nine years old at the close of the Civil War and remembers well being at his Grandfathers house when a company of Sherman's Federal Troops came down their road, stopping at every house taking all the livestock, chickens, hogs, meat, flour and destroying most of the furniture. His father, whose home was nearby, was away in the Confederate Army. Our entire family were natives of this County and this community. I live within two miles of the old homeplace.

Starting with no formal education, and nothing but a will to work and "good horse sense," my father and mother reared six children, saw them all educated, and himself graduated from Atlanta Medical Collage at age of 39 and practiced medicine until his death at 70, in 1926.

That little boy, who so narrowly escaped death in 1884, lived and graduated in the class of 1904 from Georgia Tech and has enjoyed a full and active life in business, politics, religious and civic pursuits. These include farming, furniture manufacturing (27 years) banking (more than 30 years), two terms (4 years) a member of the Georgia State Senate, President Atlanta Area Council Boy Scouts and honored in many other civic and religious posts of honor, responsibility and opportunity. He is still going strong in his eighty second year, and all because his daddy had the courage to jump into a fifty foot well to rescue him.

Tanners Church Stampede as remembered by Walter Estes (1975).

One of the most spectacular events to happen in Clayton Co GA since the Civil War, that I can recall, was the Tanners Church Stampede, on 4 Jun 1887.

So far as I know, no written record of that event exists. Therefore, I, Walter Estes, ninety two years old, citizen of Rex GA, hereby, as of 1 Jan 1975, present my recollection of the details of that historic occasion.

On 3 Jun 1887, Mr Jake Bauknight, a prominent citizen of Adamson Militia Dist of Clayton Co and member of Tanners Baptist Church, was killed by lightning at his home. His funeral service was held at Tanners Church on 4 Jun 1887 and it was during that service that the stampede occurred.

In those early days, a spectacular death by other than natural causes attracted greater crowds to funeral services. The small church was filled to utmost capacity. The service was conducted by Rev J M Defor, a tall distinguished looking man, with a long full black beard, a slow and impressive manner of speaking. Nearing the end of his sermon he was using the sudden death of this man to impress on the audience the importance of being always ready to face death, was in fact slowly repeating the phrase "Are you ready," "Are you ready," when the floor of the right rear corner of the church collapsed under the heavy load and dropped about twelve inches. That was the men's side of the church and the twelve or fifteen men on those three or four benches jumped up and made for the nearest exit.

The commotion caused instant pandemonium to break loose all over the building. There were three doors, but the mad scramble of 150 to 200 people trying to get out at once, it has seemed a miracle that none were seriously hurt.

I was only 4 1/2 years old, was there with my parents, who were members of that church. So far as I know, I am the only living survivor of that group of people. Of course I do not remember much of the details, but I grew up in this community where many of the details were often repeated. More than 90 percent of the people did not know what was happening. Some yelled "FIRE", some "MAD DOG", some "SNAKE", and some thought the dead had come to life. At the time it was a serious and sad affair, but in retrospect many of the details have humorous aspects.

A Mr Sid Waggoner, a tall, distinguished looking, prominent citizen seemed to be the only one in the house to retain his wits, as he stood on a bench about the center of the church, waving his hat and yelling at the top of his voice "Stop, Stop, Sit Down." Many men jumped out windows. Mr Gus Arnold, a short, fat man, a regular 5x5, pushed up a window sash, dived out head first. The sash came down and caught his feet, fortunately he could just reach the ground with his hands, but he had to hang there until rescued. The corner of the building where the "Old Ladies" door was located had a floor level of about four feet above ground and the pressure of the people was so great that none could walk down the steps. The women fell out that door face down and piled up like cord wood. When the men began to pick them up, many looking for their own wives, they found them piled five deep, yet none were seriously hurt. In the crush some babies were knocked from their mothers' arms. They were found under benches, safe, not trampled. In those days it was customary for several colored people to attend the funeral of their beloved "white folks". Always, when the house was crowded, they would stay outside. On this occasion there were six or eight standing around a wagon in the shade of an oak tree not far from the church. During the commotion in the church they were clapping their hands and in sing-song fashion yelling, "Thank God mos Jake done come to life" - over and over again.

Tanners church is located about 10 miles south of Atlanta, adjoining the east right of way of the Southern Railroad, about one half mile east of State Hwy 42 and the east gate entrance to Fort Gillem 
Estes, James Walter (I40798)
40199 Walter & Reba Hennessee | 18 Jan 1994 | Telephone Interview Source (S45098)
40200 Walter Bishop, obituary, "Southern Standard", February 20, 1974,
abstracted by Margie Tucker. 
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