GRISHAM, JAMES LEMUEL FAMILY

                    
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JAMES LEMUEL "JIM" GRISHAM, SR.

 

BORN:  29 December, 1849, Tishomingo County, MS
DIED: 12 June, 1926, Blue Ridge, Hamilton County, TX, 
BURIED: 13 June, 1926, Murphree Cemetery, Evant, Hamilton County TX, 

PARENTS:  Andrew Jackson Grisham and Gillie Mason nee Olive
Wife: Margaret Amanda JONES

Wife:  James Lemuel Grisham married Margaret Amanda Jones on 7 November, 1872, in Prentiss County, MS.  Amanda was a daughter of William Toliver Jones, I, (who never returned from the Civil War) and Harriett A. Garner.  Margaret was born 25 June, 1855, in MS and died 18 November, 1936, Blue Ridge, Hamilton County, TX.  Margaret was buried on 19 November, 1936, beside her husband in the Murphree Cemetery.

FAMILY PORTRAIT

[Made about 1897  or 1898 since the youngest child, Claude Virgil, appears to be about six or seven years old and all of the children were in the picture.  Two (William Richard and Ida Rose Anna married in 1898.]

This is a scanned copy of a photocopy of the picture owned by Jane Perry.  My mother also had a copy of this picture, but unfortunately her copy was bent causing  creases across the faces of Emma and Addie.

 

Back Row (L to R) : 

1. Charles Ephraim Grisham

2. Ida Rose Anna Grisham

3. William Richard Grisham

4. James Lemuel Grisham, Jr.

Front Row:

1. Jess Andrew Grisham

2. James Lemuel Grisham, Sr.

3. Harriet Lou Emma Grisham - standing 

4. Claude Virgus/Virgil Grisham - sitting in front of Emma

5. Margaret Amanda (Jones) Gisham

6. Addie May Grisham - standing  

GRISHAM QUARTET

The Grisham Family of Hamilton County was musically talented.  Their home was always open to visiting teachers of music schools.

 

(L-R) Jesse Andrew Grisham, Addie May Grisham, Charles Ephraim "Charlie" Grisham, and Hattie Lou Emma Grisham.

Ida Rose Anna Grisham  accompanied the quartet on a pump organ.

This picture was made beside the front porch of the Grisham home in the Blue Ridge community of Hamilton County, TX.

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Standing Left side:  Addie Mae Grisham
Seated:  Harriett Lou Emma Grisham

 

18. James Lemuel "Jim" GRISHAM, Sr. (4.Andrew2, 1.George1)    was a Baptist farmer who married Margaret Amanda JONES 07 November, 1872, in Prentiss County, MS.  

Margaret Amanda JONES, (daughter of William Toliver JONES, I. and Harriett/Harrett A. GARNER) was born 25 June, 1855,in  MS, and   died 18 November, 1936, in the Blue Ridge Community of Hamilton County , TX.  Margaret was buried 19 November, 1936, in the Murphree Cemetery, Evant, Hamilton County TX.  Margaret's cause of death was  "Hyposlatic Pneumonia, and Chronic Bronchitis."  James' death was caused by uremia.

James Lemuel Grisham, Sr., Margaret Amanda (Jones) Grisham with their two older sons left Tupelo, Lee County, MS, in 1878 to move to Texas.  Margaret Amanda's  mother, Harretta A. (Garner) Jones, and sister, Martha Ann Jones, joined the trek to Texas.  James Lemuel swam his horse across the Mississippi River herding their cattle.  His sons, who crossed via a ferry, knew that they would never see their "Pa" alive again.  James and Margaret arrived in Fannin County, TX, about 1 September, 1878--two weeks before the pre-mature birth of their third child--Ida Rose Anna--my grandmother.  Ida's head was so tiny that it would fit into a teacup and her entire body could be held in an adult's hand.  It is, indeed, a miracle that she survived.

At Langford Cove in Coryell County, TX, William Clift Winters became very lonely following the death of his wife.  William Clift remembered his widowed neighbor--Harriett Jones--so William Clift rode his donkey back to Prentiss County, MS, to marry Harriet.  But alas,  he arrived in MS, only to find that Harriet had moved to Texas.  William Clift followed Harriett to Fannin County where they were married on 27 June, 1878.  William Clift brought Harriett  to his home at Langford Cove, along with two of her children--James H. and Martha Ann Jones.

James Lemuel and Margaret Amanda probably moved their family to the Blue Ridge Community in Hamilton County to be nearer Margaret's mother.  The 1880 US Census was based on place of residence on 1 June, 1880, thence, James and Margaret were enumerated in Fannin County, TX.  

James Lemuel Grisham, Sr. with his wife Margaret Amanda (Jones) Grisham arrived at Blue Ridge from Fannin County, TX before July, 1880, with four young children--William Richard, James Lemuel "Lem" Jr., Ida Rose Anna, and Charles Ephraim. James Lemuel and Margaret Amanda Grisham were two of the six charter members of the Blue Ridge Baptist Church of Christ on 10 July, 1880. 

For many years James and Amanda made semi-annual trade trips to Lampasas in their ox drawn wagon to buy staples. The trip took days of travel each way. (Beginning in August, 1975, I traveled five days per week to and from Lampasas to work for 21 years.)

In May, 1882, Margaret's brother, James H. Jones was shot and killed as he went to tend to his horses.  James' wife Pernina Jane Coker and baby son, William Charles Jones took refuge with the WintersJames' murderer would return each evening to beat on the sides of their house to challenge the men to come out to fight.  To fortify the family  defense, James Lemuel and Margaret Amanda moved their family to Langford Cove to live with the Winters, as did  Martha Ann Jones and her husband, Joseph Evans Snider.  Since the murderer would shoot at the beds in the house on moonlight nights, the Winters, Jones, Sniders, and Grishams had to sleep on the floor until the murderer was caught and sent to prison.

Jesse Andrew, fifth child of James Lemuel and Margaret Amanda was born in February, 1883, while the Grishams still lived in Coryell County.  

James Lemuel and Margaret Amanda moved their family back to Blue Ridge by June, 1884, when they moved their church membership back to Blue Ridge Baptist Church.

"The Grishams moved in 1908 to West Texas in Callahan County--near Moran, Putnam, and Baird.  They lived there 3 or 4 years, but kept their home at Blue Ridge."   James Lemuel and Margaret Amanda owned several farms at Blue Ridge.  I assume that they gave farms to some of their children who lived adjacent to the Grisham homeplace.

The portion of Tishomingo County, MS, where James Lemuel was born,  became Prentiss County, MS in 1870. James Lemuel's death record indicates that his parents were "not obtainable" and that he was buried in Live Oak Grave Yard. He was NOT buried at Live Oak, but instead was buried at Murphree Cemetery, Evant, near the grave of his mother-in-law, Harretta (Garner) (Jones) Winters. Jim was left blind after a farming accident when a cotton bur flew into one eye. After the accident, he wore his hat everywhere--to the table, in the church, etc.

His grandson, James Cornelius "Jim" Grisham recalled that he along with his grandfather--James Lemuel "Jim" J. L." Grisham, Sr., and his uncle--James Lemuel "Lem" Grisham, Jr. had very high tempers.  Jim believed that working with mules caused the high temper level.  He also recalled that his grandfather went to church EVERY Sunday and sat on the front row.  Until 1890 church services were held in the school and each denomination would hold services one Sunday per month.

Visiting preachers and teachers of music schools were always welcome at the Grisham home.  Several of the Grisham children studied music.   The Grisham Quartet was composed of Charles Ephraim, Jesse Andrew, Harriett Lou Emma, and Addie May.  My grandmother, Ida Rose Anna provided accompaniment on the pump organ.  She also played for church services.  Unfortunately I never had the privilege of hearing her play an instrument.

Margaret: Death record identified her mother as Mrs. Josie Snyder. Mrs. Josie Snyder was NOT the mother of Margaret Amanda. The mother of Margaret Amanda Jones was Harriett/Harrett A Garner (Jones) Winters.  I do recall hearing the name--Aunt Josie Snider--perhaps she was the mother of Joseph Evans Snider, Margaret Amanda's brother-in-law.

Children:

45. i William Richard "Will" GRISHAM born 29 August, 1873.

46. ii James Lemuel "Lem" GRISHAM, Jr.  born 25 March, 1876.

 

47. iii Ida Rose Anna GRISHAM born 15 September, 1878.

48. iv Charles Ephraim "Charlie" GRISHAM born 04 January, 1881.

49. v Jesse Andrew "Jessie" GRISHAM born 20 February, 1883.

     vi Infant Son GRISHAM born Blue Ridge, Hamilton County , TX, died Live Oak Cemetery, Hamilton County, TX.

50. vii Harriet Lou Emma GRISHAM born 01 July, 1886.

51. viii Addie Mae GRISHAM born 11 March, 1889.

52. ix Claude Virgil "Verge" GRISHAM born 12 April, 1891.

1850 Census Records

Andrew Jackson and Gillie (Olive) (Mason) Grisham, Sr. were enumerated on 17 April, 1850, in the Southern District of Tishomingo County, MS, Pg. 96, Visit and Family Nos. 150/150

Surname, Given Name

Age

M

or

F

Occupation

Value

or

Worth

Place

of

Birth

Grisham, Andrew

35

M

Farmer

.

VA

Grisham, Gillie

26

F

.

.

NC

Grisham, Elizabeth (may have been Elizabeth Mason)

12

F

.

.

AL

Grisham, Ephraim

8

M

.

.

TN

Grisham, Tilda J.

6

F

.

.

TN

Grisham, Martha

5

F

.

.

AL

Grisham, James 

5/12

M

.

.

MS

1860 CENSUS RECORDS

Andrew Jackson Grisham, Sr. and Gillie (Olive) (Mason) were enumerated on 20 June, 1860, at Blackland Post Office, Tishomingo County, MS, Pg. 34, Visit and Family Nos. 223/223.

SURNAME, Given Name

Age

M

of

F

Occupation

Value

or

Worth

Place

of

Birth

Grisham, A. J.

44

M

Farmer

$800/

$1200

VA

Grisham, Gillie

38

F

.

.

NC

Grisham, Ephraim

17

M

Laborer

.

TN

Grisham, Matilda J.

16

F

.

.

TN

Grisham, Martha A.

14

F

.

.

TN

Grisham, James L.

11

M

.

.

MS

Grisham, Rachel

9

F

.

.

MS

Grisham, Andrew J.

7

M

.

.

MS

Grisham, G. W.

4

M

.

.

MS

1870 PRENTISS COUNTY, MS 
POST OFFICE: BOONEVILLE
Twp. 5, Range: 6 East
July 28, 1870
Pg. 365A, Sheet 15
Family of Harriett A. Garner Jones (Widow of William Tolliver Jones)

NAME

AGE

SEX

COLOR

OCCUPATION

VALUE

REAL

ESTATE

VALUE

PERSONAL

ESTATE

BIRTH

PLACE

Jones, Harriett

30

F

W

Farmer

$800

$400

NC

Lemuel O.

17

M

W

.

.

.

AL

Margaret A. E.*

16

F

W

.

.

.

AL

William

14

M

W

.

.

.

AL

James N.

10

M

W

.

.

.

AL

Martha R.

8

F

W

.

.

.

AL

Grisham, James*

21

M

W

Farm Laborer

.

.

AL

On 7 November, 1872, James Lemuel Grisham married Harriett Jones' older daughter--Margaret Amanda E. Jones

1880 Census 
Texas, Fannin County,
Super. Dist: 2; ED: #25; JP #3; Census taken 23
June, 1880, by J. N. Fairchild
(The 1880 Census was based on place of residence on 1 June, 1880)
Page 66; Dwelling No. 546; Family No. 575
Birthplace: 1--Individual; 2 -- Father; 3 --Mother

NAME

SEX

AGE

Relationship to Head of Household

Marital Status

Occupation

1

2

3

Grisham, J. L.

M

30

Head

M

Farmer

MS

VA

NC

M. A.

F

24

Wife

M

.

AL

AL

AL

W. R.

M

7

Son

Single

.

MS

MS

AL

J. L.

M

4

Son

Single

.

MS

MS

AL

Ida R.

F

1

Dau.

Single

.

TX

MS

AL

1900 Census
Texas, Hamilton County
Super. Dist. #4; Enum. Dist.#82; #: Pct. 1; Twp:Hamilton; Sheet 12B; Pg. 82-12-81
Census was taken June 15, 1900; Dwelling # 230; Family #: 230

NAME

Relationship to Head of Household

SEX

Month of

Birth

Year of

Birth

Age

Marital Status

# Yrs. Married

Grisham, Jas. L., Farmer

Head

M

12

1849

50

M

27

Margaret A.

Mother of 9; 8 Living Children

Wife

F

6

1855

44

M

27

James L.

Son

M

3

1876

24

S

.

Ida R.

Dau.

F

9

1878

21

S*

.

Charlie

Son

M

1

1881

19

S

.

Jesse A.

Son

M

2

1883

17

S

.

Emma H.

Dau.

F

7

1886

13

S

.

Addie M.

Dau.

F

3

1889

11

S

.

Claudie V.

Son

M

4

1891

9

S

.

*Ida Rose married Robert Jeff Fergusson on 9 November, 1898. Their first child was born 5 January, 1900. Each was listed as a single person in the home of the respective parent.

1920 US CENSUS
Hamilton County, TX
Township: JP #4; Supervisorís District No. 11;
Enumeration Dist. No. 96
Sheet 14A 7151 5060 Enumeration Date: 25 and 26 Feb., 1920
Dwelling #: 274; Family #: 286

NAME

Relation to Head of House

Own Home

SEX

Age at Last Birthday

Marital Status

Can Read

Can Write

Occupation

Grisham, James L.

Head

Own

M

70

M

Y

Y

None

Margaret A.

Wife

.

F

65

M

Y

Y

None

 

 

Sources:

1850 and 1860 US Census, Tishomingo County, MS

1870 US Census, Prentiss County, MS

1880 US Census, Fannin County, TX

1900, 1910, and 1920 US Census, Hamilton County, Texas

Cole, Pamela

Cole, Sterley Bob, Ph.D.

Crain, Clara Elsie Fergusson

Grisham, Cecil Hobdy

Grisham, James Cornelius "Jim"

Grisham, James Lemuel and Margaret Amanda Jones - Marriage Record, Prentiss County, MS

Grisham, Sr., James "Jim" Lemuel - Death Record, Hamilton County, TX, Vol. 5, Pg. 23, #592.

Grisham, Mrs. J. L. - Newspaper obituary, Nov. 20, 1936, from Hamilton Herald-Record.

Grisham, Margaret Amanda Jones - Death Record, Hamilton County, TX, Vol. 5, page 49, #1341

Hamilton County Historical Commission, "A History of Hamilton County, TX" "James L. Grisham, Sr. Family" by Elreeta Crain Weathers, Taylor Publishing Company, Dallas, TX, 1979, p. 173.

Newsom, Cora Mildred (Williams)

Perry, Jane

Perry, Willie Jewel (Grisham)

Rees, Dortha

Walker, Margaret Corene (Grisham)

 

 

 

 
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