John James Cabaniss

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John James Cabaniss

By Bobby Joe Seales
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John James Cabaniss, born about 1827 in Georgia, married in Meriwether County Georgia on April 29, 1851 to Mary Elizabeth Reams, born about April 1828 in Georgia. Her parents were Azariah Reams, born in Virginia, and Elizabeth Bledsoe, born in South Carolina. [Azariah was possibly the son of Joshua Reams, a Private of the North Carolina Line as indicated in his Revolutionary War Pension S.39037. Joshua Reams, sometimes spelled Reames, died in South Carolina on December 3, 1830.] J. James Cabaniss, Private, Co. "I" 64th Regiment, Georgia Volunteer Infantry, entered the Confederate Army in Muscogee County Georgia as a substitute for S.M. Farear on March 24, 1863.  Who were the parents of John James Cabaniss? In the 1850 Meriwether County Georgia census John J. Cabaniss was living in household with Samuel A. and Mary E. Breedlove. (Samuel A. Breedlove married Mary E. Cabaniss on June 2, 1846 in Walton County Georgia.)  John J. and Elizabeth Cabaniss had a total of eight children, five sons and three daughters. However, by August 12, 1904 there were only one son living, Rev. Tandy Jackson Cabaniss, and three daughters living, Mary Ann "Molly" Seale, my grandmother, wife of John Ford Seale, Sara Ann "Sally" Keith, wife of Charles P. Keith, and Martha Catherine "Mattie" Merrell, wife of William S. Merrell. John J. Cabaniss died in Shelby County Alabama about 1899. The June 9, 1900 Shelby County Alabama census records indicated his wife, Elizabeth Cabaniss, age 72 years, living with William S. and Mattie Merrell and their family.

Shortly after John J. and Elizabeth Cabaniss married in Meriwether County Georgia they moved to Alabama, therefore, all of their children were born in Alabama. On July 18, 1860 they were in Talladega County Alabama, on August 19, 1870 they were in Tallapoosa County Alabama, and on June 28, 1880 they were in Tallapoosa County Alabama. His occupation was a "Tanner". Two of their eight children died at a very young age, one child was Unknown and the other child was John Cabaniss, born about 1858.

[star] James W. Cabaniss, the oldest child of John J. and Elizabeth Cabaniss, born December 1853, died May 1887 in Shelby County Alabama. He married on December 21, 1876 in Tallapoosa County Alabama to Sarah A. "Sallie" Tillman, daughter of Stephen J. Tillman and Martha Jackson, born November 1853, died June 1886 in Shelby County Alabama. James W. and Sallie Cabaniss are buried in Old Shelby Cemetery in Shelby County Alabama. They had two daughters, (1) Ida Cabaniss, 1877-1944, married in Jefferson County Alabama on April 16, 1912 to Isadore Gordon, 1868-1935, an immigrant from Russia. (2) Lillie Cabaniss, born January 1885, married in Shelby County Alabama on July 15, 1907 to Thomas Joseph Norris, 1874-1926. Their children, all born in Etowah County Alabama, were William, Lamar, and Joseph Norris.

[star] Henry T. Cabaniss, born about 1855, died April 7, 1893 in Shelby County Alabama. He married about October 11, 1879 in Tallapoosa County Alabama to Mary Elizabeth "Molly" Tillman, a sister to Sallie Cabaniss and Emma Kifer Swift. The obituary, The Peoples Advocate, Thursday, April 13, 1893, "Mr. H.T. Cabaniss, died at his residence four miles from Columbiana last Friday eve of Pneumonia. He was an honest upright citizen a kind husband and father. He was in the prime of life, and appeared to have many years of usefulness before him. He was only sick a few days. He leaves a wife and four children and a host of friends to mourn his loss."  Their first born child, (1) Espie U. Cabaniss, a daughter, born November 17, 1880 in Tallapoosa County Alabama, died August 23, 1883 in Shelby County Alabama, buried in Old Shelby Iron Works Cemetery in Shelby County Alabama. (2) Maggie Eugenia Cabaniss, 1882-1966, married in Shelby County Alabama on April 17, 1904 to Allen Jackson Wade, 1880-1962. They are buried in Brighton Cemetery in Jefferson County Alabama. Their children were John Henry Wade, Edith Elizabeth (Wade) Selman, Paul Luther Wade, Robert Allen Wade, and Isla Mae (Wade) McKinley. (3) Marshall Henry Cabaniss, 1887-1917, is buried in Brighton Cemetery in Jefferson County Alabama. (4) John Tillman Cabaniss, 1889-1973, is buried in Hope Mausoleum in New Orleans Parish Louisiana. His wife was Wealthy Helmke. (5) Luther T. Cabaniss, 1892-1948. He and his wife, Bessie, lived in Milledgeville, Georgia.

After the death of Henry T. Cabaniss, his wife, Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Cabaniss, married on November 25, 1894 in Shelby County Alabama to Roderick Nicholson Morrison, 1858-1928. In 1920 they divorced in Jefferson County Alabama. He was first buried in Oakland Cemetery, however, on February 17, 1938 his body was removed to Elmwood Cemetery in Jefferson County Alabama. They had two children, born in Shelby County Alabama, (1) Mary Lucille Morrison, 1895-1979, married in Bessemer, Jefferson County Alabama on August 19, 1939 to Ernest Eugene Gibbs, 1888-1981. (2) Charles J. Morrison, 1899-1933, is buried in Brighton Cemetery in Jefferson County Alabama. His wife was Ina Mae "Jo" Tolbert, 1900-1994. On December 30, 1880 R.N. Morrison first married in Pike County Alabama to Margaret Elmira Allen, daughter of Daniel Allen and Mary Reaves. Elmira Morrison, 1851-1893, and their first child, Hillard R. Morrison, 1884-1896, are buried in Beaver Creek Cemetery in Shelby County Alabama. The other children of R.N. and Elmira Morrison were Ada Lee (Morrison) Taylor, 1888-1967, John Daniel Morrison, 1889-1965, Annie Olevia (Morrison) Chambers, 1881-1986, and Minnie (Morrison) Adams, 1893-1967.

Mary Elizabeth (Tillman) Cabaniss Morrison, born June 17, 1860, died February 12, 1937, is buried in Brighton Cemetery in Jefferson County Alabama.

[star] Mary Ann "Molly" Cabaniss, my grandmother, born March 1860, died May 23, 1918 in Tuscaloosa County Alabama. On September 3, 1882 she married in Shelby County Alabama to John Ford Seale, 1852-1935. His first wife was Margaret "Maggie" Miller, 1848-1879, daughter of Daniel Miller and Martha S. Dalrymple. The children of John and Maggie Seale, all born in Shelby County Alabama were James Willaby Seals, 1875-1928, married Dela Reynolds Martin, 1878-1961, daughter of Wyatt Pink Martin and Sarah E. Crim, and Susan Sophronia "Sudie" Seale, 1877-1960, married in Shelby County Alabama on December 1, 1892 to Lucius Oliver Keith, 1873-1953, son of Jessie Jonas Keith and Louisa Winston Zimmerman. John and Mollie Seale had seven children. Their son, Walter Seale, died at approximately the age of 1 year and 6 months. Their other children, all born in Shelby County Alabama, (1) William Joshuway "Tobe" Seals, 1883-1916, buried in Clarendon, Arkansas. (2) Johnnie Pearl Seale, 1885-1976, first married on January 16, 1904 in Shelby County Alabama to Richard Brashier Elliott, 1871-1914, son of Jefferson Bell Elliott and Elizabeth Eleanor Brashier. Her second marriage in Jefferson County Alabama on November 18, 1917 was to William Joseph "Bill" McCarley, 1877-1962, son of Elias McCarley and Jo Anne Leemon. Bill and Pearl McCarley are buried in Jefferson Memorial Gardens South Cemetery in Jefferson County Alabama. (3) Lula Belle Seale, 1892-1968, first married on December 8, 1911 in Shelby County Alabama to John Edward Carden, 1889-1970, son of Joseph H. "Joe" Carden and Mary Lou Hope. Their children were James Edgar Carden, 1918-1982, Edith Louene (Carden) Vanderslice, 1922-1990, and Clifton J. Carden, 1924-1986. After their divorce, she married on February 7, 1939 in Shelby County Alabama to Eugene "Boss" Massey, 1895-1949, my mother's brother. He was the son of James Massey and Martha Jane Stamps. John Carden and Lula Carden Massey are buried in the Nabors Cemetery in Shelby County Alabama. Boss Massey is buried in Elliottsville Cemetery in Shelby County Alabama. (4) Mary Lou ""Mamie" Seale, 1895-1965, first married Leonard Alexander Fowler, 1888-1942, son of John Monroe Fowler and Katie Katheryn Boyd. After their divorce, she married Charles Alford Fowler, 1892-1965, a brother to her first husband. (5) My father, Charles Audry Seales, 1899-1986, first married in Shelby County Alabama on December 11, 1918 to Mary Rebecca Coker, 1899-1964, daughter of Noah Richard Coker and Lula Anna Collier. That marriage lasted only for a very short period of time. His second marriage on May 14, 1927 in Shelby County Alabama was to Naomi Massey, 1908-1985, daughter of James Massey and Martha Jane Stamps. Their children were Charles Eugene Seales, Paul Leon Seales, 1929-1932, Robert Lee Seales, 1929-1929, Wilburn Audry Seales, Jewel Marie (Seales) Brasher, David Lathon Seales, and Bobby Joe Seales, the writer of this. (6) Pinkie Ozell Seale, 1901-1986, married on February 28, 1920 in Talladega County Alabama to James Luther D. Kelley. Her last marriage, later divorced, was to Charles Henry Hutchins, 1903-1992. Ozell Hutchins is buried in Jefferson Memorial Gardens East Cemetery in Jefferson County Alabama.

[star] Sara Ann "Sallie" Cabaniss, born August 19, 1864, died February 14, 1933 in Jefferson County Alabama, married on October 8, 1882 in Shelby County Alabama to Charles P. Keith, son of Jessie Jonas Keith and Louisa Winston Zimmerman. Visit "Jessie Jonas Keith" for further information.

[star] Martha Catherine "Mattie" Cabaniss, born June 30, 1867, died March 26, 1933 in Talladega County Alabama, married on December 22, 1889 in Shelby County Alabama to William S. Merrell, son of William Merrell and Priscilla Williams. His grandparents were Amos Merrell, Sr. and Frances Coats, "Pioneer founders of the MERRELL family", and are buried in Spring Creek Baptist Church Cemetery in Shelby County Alabama. Mattie, as she was called, is buried in Mignon Cemetery in Talladega County Alabama. Their children, all born in Shelby County Alabama, (1) Elizabeth "Lizzie" P. Merrell, born August 1891 in Shelby County Alabama. She apparently died young, no further information available after the April 22, 1910 Shelby County Alabama census. (2) Noyel J. Merrell was born May 25, 1894. He married Ivey L. Hamilton, 1899-1921. (3) Reuben Elmer Merrell, 1899-1975, a Baptist Minister. He and his wife, Beulah Mae McKinney, 1904-1986, are buried in Ephesus Baptist Church Cemetery in Douglas County Georgia. (4) Isabell Merrell, 1901-1993, married in Shelby County Alabama on February 27, 1923 to Thomas Leroy Etress, 1900-1980. They are buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Talladega County Alabama. (5) Monroe Merrell, born about 1904. He apparently died young, no further information available after the April 22, 1910 Shelby County Alabama census. (6) Johnie Merrell, 1908-1926, is buried in Mignon Cemetery in Talladega County Alabama.

[star] Tandy Jackson Cabaniss, born April 5, 1869, died February 20, 1938 in Talladega County Alabama. He was a Baptist Minister and performed many marriages in Shelby County Alabama. On May 13, 1894 he married in Shelby County Alabama to Mary Emma Crenshaw, 1879-1935, daughter of Joseph Madison Crenshaw and Sarah J. Salser. Tandy J. and Mary Emma Cabaniss are buried in Mignon Cemetery in Talladega County Alabama. They had a total of fifteen children, however, three children died in infancy, (1) Alma Cabaniss, (2) Chandler Cabaniss, and (3) Georgia Ruth Cabaniss.

Their remaining twelve children grew to adulthood, married, and had families. Their children were (1) Mertie Mae Cabaniss, 1895-1979, first married Andrew W. Wells, 1891-1915, son of Abner Ralph Wells and Mary Manerva Phillips. Her second marriage was to Arthur Clement Horton, 1897-1964. (2) Henry Clay Cabaniss, 1896-1979. His first marriage in Shelby County Alabama on April 21, 1919 was to Maggie Pearl Miles, 1900-1940, daughter of Thomas Lee Miles and Mary Florence Booth. His second marriage was to Eula Othella Pope. (3) William Penn Cabaniss, 1898-1960, never married, and is buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Talladega County Alabama. (4) Edna Earl Cabaniss, 1901-1981, married in Talladega County Alabama on December 7, 1919 to John Frank Abernathy, 1895-1956. (5) Margie Zemma Cabaniss, 1903-1994, married John Lafayette Chandler, 1892-1976. They had no children. (6) Thomas Jefferson Cabaniss, 1905-1988, married Leah Rachel Richards, 1902-1992. (7) Maggie Olene Cabaniss, 1906-2003. She first married Edward Parsons, 1889-1928. Her last marriage was to William Curtis Wright, 1913-1992. (8) Olive Hazel Cabaniss, 1910-1982, married Charles Howard Cardwell, 1903-1976. (9) Annie Inez Cabaniss, 1911-2001, married in Shelby County Alabama on July 5, 1937 to Thomas Phillip Thornton, 1909-1990. (10) Homer Jackson Cabaniss, 1916-1999. At the time Homer was about six months old his family moved from Shelby County Alabama to Sylacauga, Talladega County Alabama and lived near Avondale Mills. (11) Bonnie Jean Cabaniss, 1918-2004. Her last marriage, later divorced, was to Oscar Malone Beane, 1919-1994. (12) Florence Cabaniss, 1923-1997, married Gordon Leslie Lindamood, 1912-1979. Florence Lindamood is buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Talladega County Alabama.

I would appreciate any additional information that anyone could provide me to further expand my knowledge of the CABANISS families that once lived in Shelby County Alabama. Please e-mail me at bjseales@bellsouth.net.

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