I am related to your father in law if he is a descendant of Mack Eber Vermillion. His oldest brother was Samuel Bell Vermillion, who married Theodocia Earnest Dunn in Collin County Texas; one of their daughters was May Esther Vermillion Cate, b. May 31, 1898 near Altoga, Collin County, Texas.May was my grandmother.She died in January of 2000.Her youngest sister, Bonnie Pauline Vermillion, turned 100 April 1 and is still alive although she has Parkinsons and cannot talk much.
I have a different parentage for James Harvey V, however.James Harvey was not born in 1862; instead, that is the year he and Nancy Jane Smith married.James Harvey was born in North Carolina in 1833; he was a Civil War Veteran and also served for about 3 months as a Texas Ranger.(His service record is on file at the Texas Ranger Museum in Waco, Texas.)James Harvey's parents were James (D.) Vermillion and Nancy ______.(I wish they hadn't all married women named "Nancy"!)These 2 people moved from Tennessee to Arkansas and are buried in the Campground Cemetery, Washington Township, Independence County Arkansas.James died in 1878 and Nancy in 1876. A couple of their daughters married men named "Griffin" and I believe that is who they were living with in Arkansas.My grandmother rememberd a man named Griffin coming to Altoga to preach perhaps around 1910 who was a dead ringer for her father, Sam Bell.
I don't know the folks who did the web site, but they have put in a great deal of work with lots of documentation.I differ with them on a few details (Like Aunt Esther's name -- it was Esther as in the Old Testament, not "Easter") but it is a great place for you to go to for Vermillion info.
There has traditionally been a Vermillion reunion each year on July 4 at First Baptist Church Altoga, Collin County.I'm not sure if it is a go this year or not; there may have been a scheduling problem.They always called the roll of each of the children of James Harvey & Nancy Smith and counted who had descendants present.
One of my mother's cousins, Rynell, could fill you in on all the family info.Email me and I can give you her contact information.I would really be curious as to the source of your father in law's recollection that the name had been changed from Gramillion to Vermillion.That's a new one for me, but I've learned over the years that family histories are always interesting and sometimes different from what I was always told, so I'm open to learning new things about our past.