Archive | January 2009

On This Day in 1920

89 Years Ago Today
January 26, 1920
Carroll Lee Jessee, my 2nd cousin, once removed, was born in Russell County, VA to Ora Stanford Jessee and Martha Alice Viers. He was one of 7 children:

  1. Floyd Jefferson Jessee
  2. Ralph Stanford Jessee
  3. Irene Madeline Jessee
  4. Carroll Lee Jessee
  5. Arthur Dance “Jimmy” Jessee
  6. Tommy Allen Jessee
  7. Donald Trigg “Foozy” Jessee


74 Years Ago Today
January 26, 1935
Happy Birthday to Jack Garrett, my 3rd cousin.


On This Day in 1852

157 Years Ago

January 25, 1852 – January 13, 1924

My great grandfather, Erastus Granger Davidson, was born to Samuel P. Davidson and Visa Allen. He married Eliza Greever Gregory. See my post of January 20th for a picture of Granger and and my great grandmother and a list of their children.

On This Day in 1919

90 Years Ago Today
January 23, 1919
Myrtle is shown on her father’s lap in this picture. (courtesy of Shirley Fields)

My 1st cousin, twice removed, Myrtle Brooks married Clinton Chaffin. Myrtle was one of 12 children born to Charles and Nancy Jane (Boyd) Brooks of Russell County, VA.

  1. Rufus Brooks
  2. Mary Katherine Brooks
  3. Martha Brooks
  4. Margaret Deporia Brooks
  5. Eula Bell Brooks
  6. Pracilla “Ziller” Caroline Brooks
  7. Rose Leear Brooks
  8. Zilla Lowbilly Brooks
  9. Charles Douglas Brooks
  10. Walter Duard Brooks
  11. Myrtle Brooks
  12. Arlie Brooks

On This Day in 1838

171 Years Ago Today
January 23, 1838
My 3rd great grand uncle, Giles Dougherty, married Mary Doak in Tazewell County, VA. Giles was born in Rockbridge County, VA. He was one of nine children born to John and Hannah (Letcher) Dougherty.

  1. John L. Dougherty
  2. William Houston Dougherty
  3. Clarinda Julia Dougherty
  4. Giles Dougherty
  5. James Thompson Dougherty
  6. Julia Ann “Julian” Dougherty
  7. Mary Ester Dougherty
  8. Mary Hannah Dougherty
  9. Sallie Houston

Giles and Mary “Polly” Doak had 10 children:

  1. John M. Dougherty
  2. James W. Dougherty
  3. Walter M. Dougherty
  4. Reace Dougherty
  5. Mary Dougherty
  6. E.I. Dougherty
  7. Bolivar Dougherty
  8. Andrew Jackson Dougherty
  9. Isaac F. Dougherty
  10. Charles William Dougherty

On This Day in 1854

155 Years Ago Today
January 21, 1854 – February 16, 1925
Nancy C. Jessee

Nancy Jessee Davis is shown here with her son Charles,
his wife Kate and Nannie’s daughter Mary.
This picture is courtesy of Marshall Jefferson Jessee.

My mother, Nannie Lucille (Davis) Buckland is named for her paternal grandmother. Nannie Jessee Davis’ last husband was ? Lowe from Cedar Bluff. I would like to know where she is buried, probably in Cedar Bluff, Tazewell County, VA. If anyone knows where, please contact me at

My great grandmother, Nancy C. “Nannie” Jessee was one of five children born to Stanford Lea Jessee and Sallie “Sarah” Fuller in Russell County, VA.

George Cowan Jessee
Nancy C. Jessee
Thomas Jefferson Jessee
Noah D. Kernan Jessee
John Henry Jessee

158 Years Ago Today
January 21, 1851 – March 9. 1906
Joshua P. Sutherland

150 Years Ago Today
January 21, 1859 – May 14, 1881
Mary Polly Deel Sutherland

Mary and Joshua were two of the 14 children born to Wm Sutherland and Sylvia Counts.
Wm and Sylvia are shown in this picture.

My 1st cousins, three times removed and their siblings:

  1. Wm. Floyd Sutherland
  2. Jasper Sutherland
  3. Newton Sutherland
  4. Elijah “Lige” Thurman Sutherland
  5. Joshua P. Sutherland
  6. Phoebe Sutherland
  7. Martha Taylor Sutherland
  8. Daniel Boone R. Sutherland
  9. Mary Polly Deel Sutherland
  10. Margaret Sutherland
  11. Unknown Sutherland
  12. George Washington Sutherland
  13. Unknown Sutherland
  14. Leander Sutherland
    143 Years Ago Today
    January 21, 1866
    Rachel Kiser, my 1st cousin, three times removed, was one of 10 children born to Abraham Kiser and Mary “Pop” Counts.
  15. Gideon Daniel Kiser
  16. Joseph Kiser
  17. Nancy Tennessee Kiser
  18. Martha Kiser
  19. Mary Kiser
  20. Elizabeth Kiser
  21. Joshua Kiser
  22. Abraham “Con” Kiser
  23. Leah Kiser
  24. Rachel Kiser
    103 Years Ago Today
    January 21, 1906 – August 29, 1985
    Maynard “Mink” Chesley Cook, my 1st cousin, once removed was born in Russell County, VA to Dock Emmett Cook and Armalda Vernon “Malvie” Brooks. He was one of 4 children:
  1. Ruth Cook
  2. Don Cook
  3. Maynard Chesley Cook
  4. Paul Hensley “Jack” Cook

123 Years Ago Today
January 21, 1886
Alabama Sutherland married my great granduncle Thomas Jefferson Davis, Jr. in Russell County.

On This Day in 1871

138 Years Ago Today
January 20, 1871, my 2nd cousin, three times removed, Henry Clay Rasnake married Nancy Kelly in Russell County, VA.
87 Years Ago Today
January 20, 1922 my 1st cousin, twice removed, Lottie Azen Brooks married Conly Clayton Buttry in Bristol. They had 5 children:

  1. Jerald Francis Buttry
  2. Virginia Allene Buttry
  3. Lois Jean Buttry
  4. Bobby Joe Buttry
  5. Dorothy Lou Buttry