- John Flynn Seawell Jr. & Elizabeth Marion Hall (40 KB)
LOFTIS-THOMAS-SEAWELL FAMILY - John Seawell was born in Atlanta, Georgia on 04 April 1907, the son of Alice Neva Thomas and John Flynn Seawell Sr.Alice Seawell moved to Sarasota, FL in the mid-1920's with her three sons.(Tommy Seawell had died in 1917).John took employment with the Ringling Bank and soon fell into favor with the Ringling family.He became an accountant for the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus for many years.He married Elizabeth Hall in 1934 and became the father of one son.He married second, Ilse Wachter, a performer from the Ringling show.Ilse was known locally by her stage name of "Joyce Faye Seawell."John Seawell died in Sarasota, Florida on 28 September 1975.
- Obituary of Artemicia Leak Loftis - 1909 (207 KB)
LEAK-LOFTIS FAMILY - Artemicia Loftis is about 80 years old in this photograph.An inscription on the rear reads: "Mrs. A. Loftis, No. 8 Ponders Ave, Atlanta, Ga."Artemicia lived until 08 December 1909, 9 days short of her 89th birthday.
- Artemicia (Leak) Loftis (1820 - 1909) (16 KB)
LEAK/LOFTIS Family: This original ambrotype photograph depicts Mrs. James Powell Loftis with an unknown child.Artemicia and her husband were survivors of the Battle of Atlanta, and were among its refugees in 1864.She was the mother of 11 children, of whom 7 lived to adulthood.
- Artemicia Leak Loftis - (ca. 1880) (46 KB)
LOFTIS FAMILY - This original tintype photo depicts Artemicia Loftis in her sixties.An Atlanta directory of 1881 reports that she was living on Mayson's Ferry Road in Bellwood.
- The Destruction of Atlanta During the Civil War (17 KB)
LOFTIS Family: Before the invasion of Atlanta, General Hood’s army urged civilian non-combatants to flee the war zone. James Powell Loftis' wife Artemicia Leake took her infant Rosina (born 6 June 1864) and boarded a refugee train out of the city.The remaining elder children, and their father buried silver and other items of value in sheets, and gathered what few essential items they could physically carry.They departed from Atlanta with a horse and wagon in company with an Irish Catholic family named Kane.On September 2nd General Hood retreated from Atlanta, giving General Sherman cause to declare "Atlanta is ours, and fairly won."As they fled from Atlanta to the east, they arrived in a small town called Lithonia where they took up residence in an abandoned farmhouse.Lithonia is located slightly below Stone Mountain.There, they were overtaken by Sherman’s troops who attempted to field-requisition their provisions and livestock.The women and children were mortified by the encounter.
- William Parks Loftis - (1846 - 1899) (35 KB)
LOFTIS FAMILY - Uncle Parks Loftis was born in Forsyth Co., GA on 21 October 1846, the son of James Powell Loftis and Artemicia Leak.At the age of 17 years, he registered for the 1864 reorganization of the Georgia State Militia.In 1883, he appeared as a "sawmaker" in the Atlanta City Directory, and as a "foreman" in the "penetentiary" from 1888 to 1891.After 1892 he was a "grading contractor.""Brother Parks" was a bachelor for most of his life and married a woman named Beulah shortly before his death in 1899.
- Elizabeth Ann (Dodd) Scrivner(1832 - 1904) (21 KB)
DODD FAMILY - This photograph of Mrs. James William Scrivner of Warren County Kentucky was graciously provided by Mrs. Ashley Trautner.
- Lola Blanche McDougal - (1884 - 1965) (34 KB)
LOFTIS-MCDOUGAL FAMILY - Lola McDougal was born on 29 September 1884 in Atlanta, GA the daughter of Allen McDougal and Rosina Lillian Loftis.She married Charles Dougherty Honiker Sr. on 05 September 1906 and became the mother of 8 children, and the matriarch of a large family.Lola McDougal Honiker died on 31 January 1965 in Decatur, Georgia.
- William Belknap Dodd & Sallie Amanda Ragland (11 KB)
DODD FAMILY - William was born in Barren County Kentucky in 1858, and died in Modesto California in 1930.His wife Sallie Ragland was born in Barren County in 1868; she died in San Diego County California in 1960.William was a horse trainer by trade and worked within the thoroughbred horse racing industry.
- Sarah Adaline Loftis Samuel & son John Lee Samuel (65 KB)
LOFTIS-SAMUEL FAMILY - Sarah Adaline Loftis was born on 08 May 1844 in Forsyth Co., GA; she married John P. Samuel on 03 December 1863 in Atlanta, GA.She gave birth to her first child, John Lee Samuel on 11 July 1866, therefore this photo may date ca. 1868.Aunt Addie Samuel died on 18 November 1877 in Atlanta, Georgia.
- Florence, Hattie and James Van Howell - (ca. 1895) (40 KB)
HOWELL - Florence Irene Howell was born in 1892 in Uniontown, Bourbon Co., Kansas.She appears with her parents, Hattie (White), and James Van Howell III in this family portrait.Florence married Clifford Fillmore Dodd in 1911 in Modesto, California.
- John Leak 1786-1873 & Polly Clara Dendy 1794-1893? (27 KB)
LEAK-DENDY FAMILY - John and Polly Clara Leak(e) are patriarch and matriarch of a large family that originated in Laurens County South Carolina.Their many descendants may be found throughout the eastern United States.
- Nathaniel L. Dodd - b. 1827 - d. 1898 (179 KB)
DODD FAMILY - This valuable article appeared in the 3rd editon of KENTUCKY GENEALOGY AND BIOGRAPHY in 1886.It outlines the migration of the Dodd family from Virginia in 1800, provides a short biography of John Dodd and Sally Settle, Nathaniel's father and mother.It provides names of all Nathaniel's siblings, including William F. Dodd, who married Nancy P. Kenner in 1850.This book was reprinted in 1971 by the Geneological Reference Co., of Owensboro, KY.
- Arthur Parham (13 KB)
LEAK-DENDY FAMILY - Arthur Parham was the great-grandson of John Leak and Polly Clara Dendy.His birth and death dates are as yet unknown.He married his cousin, Laura Malvina Samuel (1872-1960), who was also a great-granddaughter of John Leak and Polly Clara Dendy.
- Laura Malvina (Samuel) Parham - (1872 - 1960) (49 KB)
"Mallie" Samuel was the daughter of Sarah Adaline Loftis and John P. Samuel. She was a granddaughter of James Powell Loftis and Artemicia Leake. She married her cousin, Arthur Parham possibly between 1895 and 1900.
- James Powell Loftis (1814-1878) (10 KB)
LOFTIS FAMILY - Our family has preserved an oral tradition of James Powell Loftis' flight from Atlanta during the Battle of Atlanta.The telling of this story includes the relation that when Federal troops overtook them, that an elder daughter cowered in the corner of a room in the abandoned farm house, cradling a young child, rocking it and concealing her eyes behind the brim of her bonnet so that she would not have to gaze upon the fearsome Yankee soldiers.The field commander addressed James Loftis and promised him that if the women would cooperate to make hoe-cakes of some available flour that the troops would depart and leave them unharmed, and not steal their livestock.The women complied with the request and formed cakes which they placed upon the griddle.Oral tradition says that the Yankee soldiers were so famished that they snatched the cakes off the griddle before they were fully cooked.Having secured the food, the troops departed, and as they did so, they drove away the livestock.James Loftis followed after them, and pled with the Captain to keep his word, which as an honorable man, he granted.After the war, they returned to Atlanta and resided there during the "reconstruction".
- John Wilbur McDougal (1920 - 1944) (25 KB)
MCDOUGAL - Billy McDougal was born in Columbus, GA on 28 July 1920. He was the son of Jacob Wilbur McDougal and Edna Mae Lissenden. After D-Day, while on patrol in Normandy, France Billy was killed on 01 August 1944. He is buried in the American Cemetery at Normandy Beach in France. He was survived by his wife Elizabeth (Ivey)and his only son John Wilbur McDougal Jr.Elizabeth (Ivey)McDougal subsequently married Lawton E. Grantham, and had 4 children.
- Elizabeth (Leake) Carlisle & Family (17 KB)
LEAK-LEAKE FAMILY - Elizabeth Leake Carlisle with her daughter, Ida Clara (Carlisle) Gaines, and the four youngest of the Gaines' seven children. Ida Clara Carlisle married Andrew Mattison Gaines. The two older boys are Lewda Leake Gaines, on the left, and Allen Invin Gaines.The little boy is Joseph Gordon Gaines and the little girl is Gladys Beatrice Gaines. This photograph has been provided by the kindness of Kay Borden.
- Harriet (White) Howell (1872 - 1943) (21 KB)
Hattie White was born on 01 November 1872 in Bridgeport, Saline Co., Kansas, the daughter of Enoch White and Josephine Husted.She married James Van Howell III on 23 July 1891 in Uniontown, Bourbon Co., Kansas.
- Margaret Mitchell (1900-1949) (31 KB)
MITCHELL FAMILY - In 1936, Margaret Mitchell set the American literary world ablaze with the publication of her masterpiece, "Gone With The Wind".The subsequentHollywood production of the book, starring Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh, has become a cinematic classic of the 20th Century.It is possible to trace components of the Mitchell family heritage in the story line.
- Sallie Amanda (Ragland) Dodd -(1868 - 1960) (15 KB)
RAGLAND-DODD - Sallie Ragland was born on 30 July 1868 in Glasgow, Barren Co., Kentucky, the daughter of Ephraim Thomas Ragland (1825-1883) and Amanda A. Sloan (1832-1916).She married William Belknap Dodd in Brownsville, Edmonson Co., KY on 03 December 1884.She moved with her husband William to Modesto, CA in 1890.She died in Fallbrook, CA on 07 March 1960.
- Isaac Green Mitchell (1810-1881) (21 KB)
MITCHELL FAMILY - Isaac Green Mitchell was the paternal great-grandfather of the author Margaret Mitchell.He married Mary Ann Dudley in 1829.He was possibly the earliest ordained Methodist clergyman of Atlanta Georgia, having moved there in 1856.Isaac was the 3rd generation of the Mitchell family to dwell in the United States.His father,William Mitchell was a veteran of the War of 1812, and of the "Battle of New Orleans".His grandfather, Thomas Mitchell served as a Lieutenant in the Continental Line, Georgia Brigade during the Revolutionary War.
- Knox Thrower Thomas (1879 - 1940) (52 KB)
LOFTIS-THOMAS - Knox Thomas was the son of Ishmael Howell Thomas and Lena Leoti Loftis.He was a grandson of James Powell Loftis and Artemicia Leak.This obituary from the Atlanta Constitution provides a complete outline of his engineering career and family ties.
- John Leake Loftis (1861 - 1921) (70 KB)
LOFTIS - John Leak(e) Loftis was born 11 August 1861, the son of James Powell Loftis and Artemicia Leak.This obituary summarizes the achievements of his life and career.He married Laura Belle Fagan on 02 October 1884.John and Laura Loftis were the parents of J. Clyde, Warren T., Lottie B., J. Cleo, and Nelle R. Loftis.
- John Clyde Loftis - (1899 - 1986) (96 KB)
LOFTIS - Clyde Loftis was born 30 January 1899 in Atlanta, Georgia, the son of John Leake Loftis and Laura Belle Fagan.This obituary summarizes his successful career as President of Kraft Food Corporation.
- Mattie Emma (Watson) Newton - (1880 - 1961) (49 KB)
LOFTIS-WATSON - Mattie Watson was born 21 January 1880, the daughter of James E. Watson and Hester Ann Loftis.She was the grand-daughter of James Powell Loftis and Artemicia Leake.Mattie Newton was the mother of the editor of the Tampa Tribune,Virgil Miller Newton Jr.
- Aspacia Earle Dodd (1847-1900) and Family (25 KB)
DODD FAMILY - Aspacia Earle Dodd and his wife Malinda Hall (1858-1909) appear in this photo of about 1891.They are holding Paul Earle Dodd (1890-1962).This family descends from Allen Dodd (1740-1801), a native of Fauquier County Virginia, and later a resident of Rockingham County, North Carolina.Subsequent generations migrated to Spartanburg South Carolina, and in some cases into Georgia. This photo has been provided by the courtesy of Carole (Dodd) Umphrey. (Suggested Reading:Charles Rodenbough, The Heritage of Rockingham County North Carolina, (Rockingham County Historical Society, Hunter Publishing Co., Winston-Salem, NC, 1983) and,Reynolds & Faunt, Biographical Directory of the Senate of the State of South Carolina, 1776-1964,(South Carolina Archives Dept., 1964).
- Paul Earle Dodd (1890-1962) (54 KB)
DODD Family - Paul Earle Dodd, the son of Aspacia Earle Dodd and Malinda Hall, appears here with a team of horses. The photograph is of an uncertain date, but could reasonably fall between 1910 and 1915. The location is Adairsville, Bartow County, Georgia. This photo appears courtesy of Carole (Dodd) Umphrey.
- William Belknap Dodd (1858-1930) (27 KB)
DODD FamilY -William Dodd was born in Barren County Kentucky, the son of William F. Dodd and Nancy P. Kenner.He was a thoroughbred horse trainer by trade, and worked in the racing circuits of Kentucky, and later of California.From Glasgow Kentucky, he moved to Modesto California in 1890. "Bill" Dodd appears here,with a race horse.The location is uncertain, but probably Stanislaus County, California, ca. 1895.
- Myrtle, Clifford and Agnes Dodd (19 KB)
DODD Family - These are the children of William Belknap Dodd and Sallie Amanda Ragland, of Glasgow Kentucky.This photo, of about 1892, shows the children shortly after they moved to California from Kentucky.Myrtle, Clifford and Agnes were born in Kentucky and the fourth child, Edith Vernell Dodd was born in California in 1891.Agnes Kenner Dodd (1885-1981); Clifford Fillmore Dodd (1887-1940); Myrtle Thomas Dodd (1889-1958).
- Wallace Lacy Seawell (28 KB)
LOFTIS-THOMAS-SEAWELL - Wallace Seawell was born in Atlanta, Georgia, the son of John Flynn Seawell Sr., and Alice Thomas.He is the great-grandson of James Powell Loftis, and Artemicia Leak.He moved with his mother, Alice (Thomas) Seawell to Sarasota, Florida in about 1925.He graduated from Sarasota High School and attended the Ringling Art School, after which he moved to Hollywood, CA in 1943. He worked at the Paul Hesse Studio, where he achieved an unparalleled career as "photographer to the stars."Over a 60-year career, he photographed such Hollywood stars as: Elizabeth Taylor, Gregory Peck, Rock Hudson, Paul Newman to mention only a few.Wallace Seawell will be remembered as one of Hollywood's great photographic artists.
- William Belknap Dodd, and son Clifford F. Dodd (20 KB)
DODD Family:This photograph of about 1892 shows 5 year old Clifford Dodd with his father, and a race horse.Because the family moved to California in 1890, the location is probably Modesto, Stanislaus County.The woman in the background is Sallie (Ragland) Dodd with 3-year old Myrtle Dodd.
- Samuel Andrew Ragland -(1864-1948) (43 KB)
RAGLAND FAMILY - Sam Ragland was the only son of Ephraim Thomas Ragland and Amanda Sloan.Although his parents were Tennesseans, Sam lived the early part of his life in Barren and Edmonson Counties, Kentucky.He followed his sister, Sallie Amanda (Ragland) Dodd to California after 1890, and dedicated his life to prospecting for gold.Sam Ragland never married, and died in 1948.
- Agnes Kenner Dodd (1885-1981) (30 KB)
DODD Family: Agnes (Dodd) Walker was the oldest member of the Dodd family with whom I have ever had an interview.In 1975, she provided the core information from which all my Dodd family research has grown and developed.Agnes was born in Glasgow, Barren County Kentucky in 1885; At the age of 5, she moved with her parents to Modesto California.Agnes was always proud to be a professionally trained business woman.She began training at the Polytechnic Business College of Oakland.She was also employed for 8 years by Upjohn & Co., and was a troubleshooter for Remington Typewriter Company.In 1915, she was secretary of the Massachusetts Bldg. at the San Francisco Worlds Fair.The list of achievements goes on to include meeting President Hoover in 1920.She married Maurice Walker in 1925, and returned for a visit to her birthplace.Agnes and Maurice developed a ranch in Fallbrook, San Diego County, California where they grew lemons and avocados.There, she gave care to her mother Sallie (Ragland) Dodd until1960, and she lived to the ripe old age of 96, in 1981.
- Hardy H. Majors - (b. 1880 -???) (20 KB)
RAGLAND Family - Hardy Majors was the son of Hardy Majors and Navarry C. Ragland.Navarry was the daughter of Ephraim Thomas Ragland and Amanda Sloan.This is one of the few photos which enables us to imagine the appearance of a descendant of the Ragland family in Kentucky.
- Stonewall Jackson Dodd (1864 - 1929) (31 KB)
DODD FAMILY - Stonewall Jackson Dodd was the youngest son of William F. Dodd and Nancy P. Kenner of Glasgow, Kentucky. He was the younger brother of William Belknap Dodd, whose picture appears in this album.He moved to California in about 1884, and married Josephine Smith, a native of Missouri, in about 1890. He had been a resident of San Jose, California for about 20 years at the time of his death in 1929. This photo, which is believed to be the wedding portrait, has been provided by the generosity of his grandson, Jerry S. Dodd.
- Sallie Amanda (Ragland) Dodd - (1868-1960) (10 KB)
RAGLAND Family - Sallie Ragland was born in Glasgow, Kentucky, the daughter of Ephraim Thomas Ragland and Amanda Sloan.She married William Belknap Dodd in Edmonson County, Kentucky on 03 December 1884.In 1890, she moved with her husband and children to Modesto, California.She lived the last years of her long life at the home of her daughter, Agnes (Dodd) Walker, in Fallbrook, California.
- Theron Earle Dodd (abt. 1850 - bef. 1912) (66 KB)
DODD FAMILY - Theron Earle Dodd is the brother of Aspacia Earle Dodd, whose picture also appears in this album.Theron Dodd moved to Louisiana, and left a large family in Louisiana and Texas.This photo appears by the generosity of Len and Carolyn Cade.
- Robert Clifford Dodd Sr.- (1919 - ) (29 KB)
DODD Family -In this World War II era photo, my father, Sgt. Robert Dodd Sr. (Army Air Corps), stands to the right of a flight inspection crew.The photo was taken in the Aleutian Islands on the isle of Amchitka.These troops prepared aircraft for raids against the Japanese on the isle of Attu, and elsewhere in the Pacific theater of war.
- Paul Earle Dodd and his wife Ethel Lucinda Gunn (49 KB)
DODD FAMILY - Paul Earle Dodd was the son of Aspacia Earle Dodd.He appears here with his wife, Ethel Gunn.His family represents Georgia branch of the Dodd family that moved first to South Carolina after the American Revolution. This photo has been provided by the generosity of Carole Dodd Umphrey.
- Ada, Wilbur, Lola, Allen & Rosina McDougal - 1905 (31 KB)
MCDOUGAL Family - This family portrait of the family of Allen and Rosa McDougal was taken in about 1905, well before the marriages of their children, Ada (m. Charles Dean, 1909), Wilbur (m. Edna Lissenden, 1912), and Lola (m. Charles D. Honiker Sr., 1906).
- Billy McDougal, Rosina McDougal & Dorothy Dean (65 KB)
MCDOUGAL-DEAN FAMILY - This photo, ca. 1935, records the visit of Billy McDougal to Sarasota, Florida where his grandparents were living.Rosina and Allen McDougal spent the last years of their life in the home of their daughter, Ada (McDougal)Dean; thus the home became the focal point of many visits from other McDougal descendants from Columbus and Decatur Georgia.
- Cyrus Sharpe Sloan- (ca. 1814 - 1848) (148 KB)
SLOAN FAMILY: Amanda Sloan married Ephraim Thomas Ragland in Lafayette, Macon Co., TN on 12 September 1852.Amanda was born in Clark Co., Illinois on 01 September 1832; she had two brothers: Cyrus Allen and Samuel H. Sloan, both of whom were born in Alabama.The identity of Amanda's father was long a mystery until the death certificate of Samuel H. Sloan confirmed his name as Cyrus and his mother as Flora Ann.Cyrus Sharpe Sloan's army enlistment for the Mexican War resides in the National Archives in Washington; the document confirms his birth place as Smith Co., TN, and his enlistment occurred in Limestone Co., AL on 15 May 1847, within two years of Samuel H. Sloan's birth. Cyrus also appears in the 1830 census of Clark Co., IL, within 2 years of Amanda's birth.Cyrus' presence in Illinois finds explanation in the presence of his kinsman and namesake, Cyrus Sharpe, his first cousin once removed, and a great-grandson of Archibald Sloan I. Cyrus Sharpe is prominent in the land records of Clark Co., IL.Census records indicate that both of Amanda Sloan Ragland's parents were born in Tennessee.Cyrus S. Sloan died from several infectious diseases that he contracted during the Mexican War; Flora Sloan and her 7 children obtained a land grant in Limestone Co., AL.Bounty Land Warrant #17895 issued to Flora Sloan on 9 June 1848 provides the names of all "the heirs at law of Cyrus S. Sloan deceased, latea private in Captain Higgins' Company thirteenth regiment United States Army."
- 1848 - Bounty Land Warrant of Flora Sloan et al. (152 KB)
On 9 June 1848 Flora Ann Sloan, the widow of Cyrus Sharpe Sloan, received Bounty Land Warrant #17895 under the Military Act of 1847, concerning the Mexican War.This document establishes the names of the 7 surviving children of Cyrus and Flora Sloan: 1)Amanda A. J. Sloan (m. Ephraim T. Ragland); 2) Jason C. Sloan (m. Minerva Henard); 3)Emely M. Sloan; 4)Milton J. Sloan; 5. John W. Sloan; 6) Cyrus A.(Allen)Sloan (m. Martha Williams); 7)Samuel H. Sloan (m. Marilda Lovel).Amanda, Jason, Cyrus and Samuel were residents of Barren Co., Kentucky. The original document resides in the National Archives in Washington DC.This document provided a solution to one of the most difficult genealogical puzzles encountered to this date.The ability to present this new data brings with it a great deal of satisfaction.
- Clifford, Myrtle and Agnes Dodd - ca. 1892 (43 KB)
This photo of the 3 eldest children of William Belknap Dodd and Sallile Ragland Dodd was taken ca. 1892 in Modesto, California.This is a close-up of a larger picture of William Dodd with a racehorse.
- John Smith's Map of Virginia, 1612 (41 KB)
DODD FAMILY - Portobacco, Maryland appears upon the bend of the Potomac River in this close-up of John Smith's map.The Indian spelling of "Potopaco" is marked with a red dot.
- The Portobacco, Charles County Courthouse of 1819 (25 KB)
DODD FAMILY - In 1658, Portobacco became the governmental seat of Charles County.It is now a "ghost town", slightly removed from the new site in La Plata.The earliest civil records Charles County, Maryland include numerous references to Richard Dodd and his family.A surprisingly complete amount of detail survives in the governmental records.His son John Dodd moved to the Northern Neck of Virginia in about 1695.
- Coaxden Hall, Somerset County, England (15 KB)
COGAN/DEANE Family: In September 1651, after his loss at the Battle of Worcester, Charles II had a narrow escape from Cromwell's troops at Coaxden Hall. There he received asylum in the old manor house in the parish of Chardstock, Dorsetshire.The home was then in the possession of a gentleman named Richard Cogan, a member of a well known Chard Family.Mr. Cogan appears to have been a near kinsman of Eleanor Cogan, the wife of Walter Deane of Taunton, Mass. Suggested Reading: "New England Historical and Genealogical Register", Vol. CX, 1956, pp. 258-259.
- Arms of the Deane Family of Bath & Wells (24 KB)
DEANE Family: In 1849, an article appeared in Vol. III of the "New England Historical and Genealogical Register" on the family of Walter and John Deane of Taunton, MA.While it is presently unknown how Walter and John may have been related to the Deane family of Bath and Wells, their origin in Somersetshire lends credence to such an attachment.
- James E. Watson(b. abt. 1842) & Hester Loftis (50 KB)
LOFTIS-WATSON FAMILY - Hester Loftis was the daughter of James Powell Loftis and his wife Artemicia Leak.Hester married James Watson on 20 October 1872.James Watson served in Company H, 32nd Regiment, Georgia Volunteer Infantry, Army of Tennessee, C.S.A.He was a private on 6 May 1862, and was discharged by civil authority at Savannah, Georgia on 21 October 1862.James and Hester Watson were the maternal grandparents of Virgil Miller Newton II, the award-winning editor of the Tampa Tribune, in Tampa, Florida.
- Col. George Eskridge(?- 1735) (63 KB)
ESKRIDGE Family: George Eskridge of Sandy Point, Westmoreland County, Virginia played a prominent role in the life of his community.He was a lawyer, and Burgess for the county.He became legal guardian in 1720 to Mary Ball, mother of George Washington.According to tradition, Mary (Ball) Washington named her son "George" as a tribute to her guardian.By his second wife Elizabeth Vaulx, George Eskridge was the grandfather of Anne Aylett, the wife of Richard Henry Lee.The sister, Mary Aylett married Thomas Ludwell Lee. Suggested Reading: Willa Mac Duncan Coulter, "Some Families of Revolutionary War Patriots from Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, South Carolina and Kentucky", (Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, 1993).
- Virgil Miller Newton II - (1904 - 1977) (16 KB)
LOFTIS-WATSON-NEWTON FAMILY - Virgil Miller Newton Jr., was the great-grandson of James Powell Loftis and Artemicia Leak, and grandson of James Watson and Hester Loftis.He became the award-winning managing editor of the Tampa Tribune, in Tampa Florida.He was an alumnus of the University of Florida, and the recipient of many prestigious awards.In February 1964, he received the "National Freedom Award," along with astronaut John Glenn.
- Rebecca (Bonum) Eskridge(-1715) (60 KB)
ESKRIDGE Family: Rebecca Bonum was the daughter of Samuel Bonum and Margaret Philpot.Her daughter, Margaret (Eskridge) Kenner appears in the D.A.R. Patriot Index for Public Service to the American Revolution. Suggested Reading: Douglas Southall Freeman, "George Washington", Vol. I (Charles Scribner's Sons, New York, 1948) notes, pp. 44-45.
- Melvina M.(Williams) Howell[c. 1831 - aft. 1896] (30 KB)
Melvina M. Williams was born in Addison County, Vermont, the daughter of Lampson Williams, and Sarah Mills Derby.She married James Van Howell II 25 September 1850 in Jersey Co., Illinois.James died, 08 May 1896 in Kansas City, Missouri.Melvina, "Mollie" Howell died in Los Angeles, California probably after 1900.
- The Arms of Edward Howell, the Emigrant (17 KB)
HOWELL Family:Edward Howell, the Emigrant adopted the arms of a Welshman named Hywel Caerllion, who died in 1184.It is uncertain whether the use of these arms was based upon a blood relationship, or upon the mere correspondence of the name.Suggested Reading:David Faris, "Descendants of Edward Howell 1584-1655", 2nd Edition, (Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, 1985).
- Wedding of Allen McDougal & Rosina Lillian Loftis (193 KB)
This is an original tintype photo of Allen McDougal (1860-1945) and Rosina Lillian Loftis (1864-1943); It was taken slightly prior to their wedding on 12 October 1880.Allen was the son of Allen McDougal Sr., and Victoria Ann White of Alexander City, Tallapoosa Co., Alabama.Rosina Loftis was the daughter of James Powell Loftis and Artemicia Leake;She was born in Atlanta during the hostilities of Gen. Sherman's advance through Georgia.By family tradition, her mother transported her out of the city on the "last train out of Atlanta."
- Myrtle Sarah "Sadie" Davidson - ca. 1918 (56 KB)
DODD Family:Sadie Davidson (1912-1987) was the daughter of Myrtle Thomas (Dodd) and Capt. James W. Davidson, and the granddaughter of William Belknap Dodd and Sallie Amanda Ragland.Among her closest family, she was known as "Aunt Babe."Her father James Davidson was a sea captain in the Merchant Marine; he had a Naval Commission during World War II.
- The Old Southampton Burial Ground of 1649 (28 KB)
HOWELL Family: To the left, a modern stone commemorates Edward Howell the Emigrant.To the right, an ancient stone of 1706 displays the family arms and declares the decease of: "MATTHEW HOWELL AND ONE OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES FOR HER MAJESTIES PROVINCE OF NEW YORK". The older stone shows that the family utilized these arms at an early date.
- Abiatha Dean (1822 - 1883) (78 KB)
Abiatha Dean was born in 1822 in Berkley, Bristol Co., Massachusetts, the son of David Dean II, and Tryphena Dean.(Tryphena was a distant cousin of the same family and surname).He moved to Columbus Georgia ca. 1842 where he married Sarah Melton Glenn in 1845.He died in Dighton, Bristol Co., Massachusetts in 1883.The descendants of his son, Charles Thomas Dean continued to live in Columbus, Georgia after his death.
- Sallie (Ragland) Dodd on 90th Birthday - 1958 (97 KB)
DODD-RAGLAND Family: This newspaper photo documented Sallie (Ragland) Dodd's 90th birthday on 30 July 1958.
- The Home of Thomas Halsey of Southampton, ca. 1648 (26 KB)
HOWELL/HALSEY: The Halsey homestead is reportedly the oldest frame structure in the State of New York.Elizabeth Halsey, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth (Wheeler) Halsey, married Richard Howell, son of Edward Howell the emigrant and his wife Frances Paxton. Suggested Reading: Hugh Halsey II, M.D.,"Thomas Halsey 1594-1678 and the Halsey House", (Southampton Colonial Society &the Thomas Halsey Family Assn., P.O. Box 303, Southampton, NY, 11968; 1998); Also see: Raymond David Wheeler, "The English Ancestry of Thomas Halsey of Southampton, Long Island" (Thomas Halsey Family Assn., c/o Southampton Colonial Society), address as given above.
- Clifford Fillmore Dodd (1887 - 1940) (32 KB)
Clifford Dodd was born in Glasgow, Barren County, Kentucky, the son of William Belknap Dodd and Sallie Amanda Ragland.He moved with his parents to Modesto, California in 1890.He married Florence Irene Howell in 1911, and died at Half Moon Bay in 1940.
- Edith Vernell (Dodd) Schoenfelder - (1891-1974) (46 KB)
DODD Family - Vernell Dodd was the youngest daughter of William Belknap Dodd and Sallie Amanda Ragland.She was the only child born in California, as her two sisters and one brother were born in Barren County, Kentucky.She marriedMelvin Schoenfelder Sr.Like her niece, Sadie Davidson, she bore the nickname "Babe."Vernell and Mel Schoenfelder had two children, the first of which was adopted and the second of natural birth.
- Ada, Sarah and Julia Dean (24 KB)
Ada was the daughter of Allen McDougal and Rosina Lillian Loftis.She was born in Atlanta in 1888, and married Charles Abiatha Dean there in 1909.She appears here with her elder daughters, Sarah Lillian and Julia Holt Dean.
- James Harlan Davidson - (1911-1973) (51 KB)
DODD Family - Harlan Davidson was born in Nevada on 05 July 1911, the son of Myrtle Thomas Dodd and Capt. James W. Davidson and grandson of William Belknap Dodd and Sallie Amanda Ragland.Like his father, Harlan served in the Merchant Marine.
- Charles Abiatha Dean (1884 - 1961) (39 KB)
Charles Dean was born in Columbus, Georgia, the son of Charles Thomas Dean and Sarah Annah Munro.He was the grandson of Abiatha Dean.He married Ada Estelle McDougal in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1909.This studio photo was taken circa 1912.
- Myrtle Thomas Dodd (1889-1958) (59 KB)
DODD Family - Myrtle Thomas Dodd was born on 08 October 1889 in Barren County, Kentucky, the daughter of William Belknap Dodd and Sallie Amanda Ragland.Myrtle's middle name "Thomas" derived from her maternal great-grandmother, Priscilla Thomas and her grandfather, Ephraim Thomas Ragland.Myrtle Dodd married James Lloyd Wilcox by whom she had one daughter, Agnes Clydell Wilcox, b. 1908;She married second Capt. James W. Davidson, by whom she had James Harlan Davidson (1911) and Myrtle Sadie Davidson (1912).Myrtle and James Davidson were for many years residents of New Orleans, Louisiana.
- William Wells Moye Sr. and Julia Pierpont Dean (46 KB)
This photo, taken ca. 1901, records the marriage of Will Moye (1876 - 1959) and Julia Dean (1876 - 1953).Julia was the daughter of Charles Thomas Dean and Sarah Annah Munro of Columbus, Georgia.She was the sister of Charles Abiatha Dean.They were the parents of Wells, Everett and John Moye also of Columbus, Georgia.
- Dodd Family Reunion - 1938 - Fallbrook, California (100 KB)
DODD Family - Grandmother Sallie (Ragland) Dodd celebrated her 70th birthday on 30 July 1938.The family responded by planning a family reunion.Those who attended were (left to right): Maurice and Agnes (Dodd) Walker; Robert C. Dodd Sr. and his father Clifford Fillmore Dodd; Myrtle (Dodd) Davidson; Sallie Amanda (Ragland) Dodd; Vernell (Dodd) Schoenfelder and husband Melvin; sons Melvin Jr. and William Schoenfelder.This remarkable photo includes all four of Sallie Dodd's children, Agnes, Clifford, Myrtle and Vernell; moreover, her grandchildren, Robert Dodd Sr., and Melvin and William Schoenfelder.
- Dodd Family Reunion - 1964 - Fallbrook, California (200 KB)
DODD Family - This photograph depicts Robert Dodd Sr., Robert Dodd Jr., Maurice and Agnes (Dodd) Walker; and James Harlan Davidson at a family reunion in the summer of 1964.The location is in the garden and orchard of Maurice and Agnes' ranchin southern California.
- Artemicia Leake Loftis and Virgil Miller Newton II (54 KB)
LOFTIS-WATSON-NEWTON FAMILY - This photograph of Artemicia Loftis and her great-grandson Virgil M. Newton Jr., was taken in Atlanta, GA ca. 1906, possibly at her residence at #8 Ponders Ave.Virgil's parents were Mattie Emma Watson and Virgil Miller Newton Sr.Virgil Newton Jr. grew up to become the award winning editor of the Tampa Tribune in Florida. Mattie Watson Newton was the daughter of Hester Ann Loftis and James E. Watson, a Confederate Civil War veteran.
- Obituary of Nancy P. (Kenner) Dodd - 1909 (138 KB)
KENNER-DODD Family - The obituary of "Grandma Dodd" appeared in the Modesto (CA) Morning Herald on 29 September 1909.The article chronicles her life as the daughter of Dr. William Rodham Kenner of Gainesboro, Tennessee a politician of the Tennessee State Legislature.She was born on 20 November 1831 and married William F. Dodd of Glasgow, Kentucky in November 1850.The article further enumerates her surviving children: Mrs. Emil Vogelman (Sallie Dodd); Mrs. (Lucille Dodd) Fox; Millard Dodd; William Belknap Dodd; Mrs. John Young (Jennie Dodd); Stonewall Jackson Dodd; She is buried at Modesto Pioneers Cemetery in California.
- The Political Career of Dr. William Rodham Kenner (8 KB)
KENNER Family: Dr. William Rodham Kenner was a State Representative for Jackson County Tennessee in the 27th (1847/48), 28th (1849/50) and 33rd (1859/60) General Assemblies.He also participated in the passionate Extra Session of 25 April 1861 in which debate upon the topic of Secession from the Union raged upon the floor.Dr. Kenner's pedigree reflects a great concentration of historic names from the Northern Neck of Virginia.He was a 4th cousin once removed of Robert E. Lee; his wife, Jane Settle Kenner, was a second cousin of Gen. George E. Pickett of the ill fated "Pickett's Charge". Suggested Reading: "Biographical Directory, Tennessee General Assembly, 1796-1969, Clay, Jackson & Putnam County" (Tennessee State Library & Archives, Nashville).
- The Cobbs Hall Carving of the Lee Family Arms (28 KB)
LEE Family: In 1682 John Gibbon, "Bluemantle Pursuivant" of the College of Arms in England, identified Colonel Richard Lee of Virginia as a member of the Lee family of Shropshire.This particular version of the Lee arms has been associated with the Cobb's Hall estate in Virginia, and has been used to support the premise that the American Lee family belongs to that family group.Although scholars have sought in vain to explain the connection (a vigorous attempt was made in Mr. William Thorndale's article in the National Genealogical Quarterly, Vol. 76, Dec. 1988), this theory has begun to fray to a certain degree.Mr. Thorndale suggested attachment to a family of weavers in Worcestershire, whose lineage has led away from the armigerous Lees of Shropshire.It would be advisable to watch for developments in new research.See Links: "Alan Nicholl's Home Page"
- Richard Lee, the Founder(?- 1664) (15 KB)
LEE Family:Richard Lee the Founder is the progenitor of all the famed Lees of Virginia and Maryland.He emigrated to Virginia ca. 1640, and served as Clerk of the Quarter Court, as Attorney General of Virginia, asBurgess and High Sheriff of York County, as Secretary of State and a Member of the Council.His line flows additionally to the Kenner family of Virginia and Tennessee, through his daughter Elizabeth Lee who married Leonard Howson.Among his noted descendants we find Richard Henry Lee, Robert E. Lee, and President Zachary Taylor.Suggested Reading: Edmund Jennings Lee, "Lee of Virginia", (Clearfield Company, Inc., by Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1999); Also see: Burton J. Hendrick, "The Lees of Virginia", (Clearfield Company, by Genealogical Publishing Co., Baltimore, 1996).
- Anna (Constable) Lee(1621/22 -?) (14 KB)
LEE Family: Anna Lee was the daughter of Francis Constable, a noted printer/publisher in London.By her marriage to Col. Richard Lee, of Virginia, she became the matriarch of one of America's most historic and politically active families. See: "Alan Nicholl's Home Page".The web site includes an summary of the lineage of Anna Constable.
- The Arms of the Munro Family of Foulis Castle (35 KB)
MUNRO Family: These Arms appear upon the façade of Foulis Castle in Rosshire in Scotland.The Munro family is very ancient, with ties to many known baronial and noble lines.Some Americans who bear the Munro surname may qualify as descendants of this ancient family. Some individual lines may still remain unconnected.Suggested Reading: Joan P. Guilford, Ph.D., "The Monroe Book", (Genealogy Publishing Service, 448 Ruby Mine Road, Franklin, NC, 38734, 1993) This volume comes with a high recommendation.
- Wedding of Clifford Dodd & Florence Howell - 1911 (45 KB)
"Clifford Dodd Takes a Bride" - Modesto [CA] Morning Herald - 16 March 1911 - "Clifford Dodd and Florence Howell were married by Rev. Edwin Brown at the Methodist parsonage Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the presence of a few friends.Mr. Dodd is the son of W. B. [William Belknap] Dodd and is the owner of the Mission Billiard Parlors.Miss Howell has been residing with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. V. [James Van] Howell on the Salida Road. Both are well known and have many friends in Modesto and vicinity.It is understood that they took the afternoon train yesterday for San Francisco and other bay points."
- Foulis Castle, Seat of the Chiefs of Clan Munro (35 KB)
MUNRO Family: This recent view of Foulis Castle shows the architectural form given by Sir Harry Munro in 1745.Although it is probable that the present building rests upon medieval foundations, aspects of the original design have been deduced from evidence gathered during renovation in 1957-59.
- Allen and William Randolph McDougal - ca. 1880 (55 KB)
Allen McDougal (born 25 February 1860) and his elder brother William Randolph McDougal (born 17 October 1852) appear in this original tintype photo.They were the sons of Allen McDougal Sr. and Victoria Ann White of Alexander City (Youngville) Alabama.Both men began as laborers in the iron rolling mills of Alabama, and became career railroad men later in life.
- Arms of the Settle Family (16 KB)
The SETTLE surname, although uncommon, appears early in the records of Yorkshire in England.A substantial amount of effort has gone into research of the American branch of the family.Francis Settle the emigrant was in Virginia before 23 January 1656/57. Suggested Reading: William Emmett Reese, "The Settle-Suttle Family", (Thomasson Printing Co., Carrollton, Georgia, 1974) This rare but desirable volume comes with a high recommendation.
- Ada Estelle McDougal - (ca. 1905) (30 KB)
MCDOUGAL-DEAN - Ada McDougal was born in Atlanta, Georgia on 16 December 1888.She was the daughter of Allen McDougal II, and Rosina Lillian Loftis.This photo was taken ca. 1905, well before her marriage to Charles A. Dean.She was a beautiful, popular girl, in Birmingham, Alabama, where she was raised.She married Charles Dean, in Atlanta on 21 May 1909.
- King Charles II of England (18 KB)
Of all the sovereigns of Britain, King Charles II seems most inextricably tied to our family's history.While Prince Charles was still in exile after his father's execution, in the time frame of his departure for Scotland (2 June 1650), Richard Lee the Founder hired a Dutch Vessel and went to Breda in Netherlands where he surrendered Virginia governor Berkeley's commission for the government of the province to the exiled prince.This act was recorded in the 1682 volume "Introductio ad Latinam Blasoniam" by John Gibbon.In Scotlandhe was crowned Charles II at Scone, whereupon he obtained military support with intent to assault Cromwell's forces and drive them from power.Among his troops were several Munros: Hugh, John, Robert and William.After King Charles' defeat at the Battle of Worcester in September of 1651, these Munro kinsmen were placed upon a ship bound for New England as exiled political prisoners by Cromwell's forces.John Munro, the emigrant was the progenitor of the American Munro family noted in this web page.After King Charles' failed attempt to seize power, late in September, he fled to the south coast of England where he took up refuge in "Coaxden Hall" the manor home of the Cogan family in Dorsetshire.Suggested Reading: "Notes and Queries for Somerset and Dorset, Vol. III, " ed. Frederic Weaver, pp. 306-313.
- JacobWilbur McDougal - (ca. 1905) (31 KB)
MCDOUGAL - Wilbur McDougal was the son of Allen McDougal II, and Rosina Lillian Loftis.He was born in Atlanta, Georgia on 01 October 1886, and raised in Birmingham, Alabama.He became a career railroad man.He married Edna Lissenden in Elizabeth, New Jersey on 25 March 1912.They were life residents of Columbus, Georgia.
- Obituary of Stonewall Jackson Dodd - 1929 (91 KB)
DODD FAMILY - Stonewall Jackson Dodd was the son of William F. Dodd of Glasgow, Kentucky and Nancy P. Kenner of Gainesboro, Tennessee.He was born in Glasgow, Kentucky on 03 January 1864.He was a wealthy and successful rancher in the Modesto and San Jose area of California.His brother, MillardFillmore Dodd was a rancher in the Madera-Fresno area, and brother William Belknap Dodd trained horses in Modesto, California.(See: Obituary of their mother, Nancy P. Kenner Dodd).
- "Introductio ad Latinam Blasoniam" by John Gibbon (55 KB)
LEE FAMILY - In 1682 John Gibbon, "Bluemantle Pursuivant" of the College of Arms in London, published this volume to illustrate an "Essay to a more correct Blason in Latin than formerly hath been used".On pages 156 and 157, we find reference to his friend and associate Richard Lee, the Founder.Gibbon took time to commemorate the voyage of Richard Lee to Breda, Netherlands to the exiled court of Prince Charles (II) in 1650.Moreover he makes direct reference to the long held assumption that Col. Lee's parentage should be sought in Shropshire England.
- Dora (McDougal) Welsh - (ca. 1885) (45 KB)
Dora McDougal was born on 29 September 1856, probably in Tallapoosa County, Alabama.She was the daughter of Allen McDougal I, and Victoria Ann White.She married John Welsh at an undetermined date, possibly after the recording of the 1880 census.
- Obituary of Jennie (Dodd) Young - 1940 (103 KB)
DODD FAMILY - Jennie Dodd was born in Glasgow, Kentucky ca. 1860 and died in Modesto, California in 1940.She was the daughter of William F. Dodd and Nancy P. Kenner.
- Helen Mariah (Dodd) Gorin(1830 - 1912) (15 KB)
DODD FAMILY - This excellent photograph of Mrs. John H. Gorin Jr. gives an insight into the Dodd family of Barren County, Kentucky.This photo has been provided by the generosity of Mr. Robert Baron Winn.
- John, Tom, Will, Charles and Allen McDougal - 1895 (33 KB)
MCDOUGAL - This photo shows the five sons of Allen McDougal Sr., and Victoria Ann White: (left to right), John Andrew, b. 1865; Thomas Marion, b. 1862; William Randolph, b. 1852; Charles Stuart, b. 1851; Allen McDougal, b. 1860.
- Obituary of William Belknap Dodd - 1930 (97 KB)
DODD FAMILY - The obituary of William Dodd appeared in the Modesto News-Herald in July 1930.He died on July 15, and was buried at Modesto Citizens Cemetery in California.William was born in Glasgow, Kentucky, the son of William F. Dodd and Nancy P. Kenner.His wife, Sallie Ragland Dodd survived until 7 March 1960.
- Wedding of Allen McDougal & Rosina Loftis - 1880 (56 KB)
This tintype is the official wedding photograph of Allen McDougal II and Rosina Lillian Loftis.The wedding occurred in Atlanta on 12 October 1880.They were the parents of Lola (Mrs. Charles Dougherty Honiker, Ada (Mrs. Charles Abiatha Dean, and Jacob Wilbur McDougal (Husband of Edna Mae Lissenden); many of their descendants live throughout the United States.
- Edward Elam Watson - b. 1877 (53 KB)
LOFTIS-WATSON FAMILY - Edward Watson was born 20 July 1877 in Marshall, Texas, the son of James E. Watson and Hester Ann Loftis.He married Paralee (surname unknown) abt. 1909.Edward and Paralee were residents of Fulton Co., Georgia.Issue, if any, unknown.
- Edna (Lissenden) McDougal and Son Billy - ca. 1921 (74 KB)
Edna Mae Lissenden married Jacob Wilbur McDougal on 25 March 1912.She was the daughter of John Lissenden and Margaret Van Name of Elizabeth, New Jersey.Edna and Wilbur McDougal were the parents of Ona Irene McDougal (b. 1916)and John Wilbur McDougal (b. 1920).They were residents of Columbus, Muscogee Co., Georgia.
- John Henry Warren's Funerary Card - 1891 (169 KB)
LOFTIS-WARREN FAMILY - John Henry Warren was the husband of Louisa Emmaline Loftis. ("Emma" Loftis Warren was the daughter of James Powell Loftis and Artemicia Leak. John Henry Warren served in Company K, 11th Regiment, Georgia Volunteer Infantry of the Northern Army of Virginia, C.S.A.He was a private 1 July 1861, captured at Burkesville, Virginia on 1 April 1965, and was released at Point Lookout Maryland on 22 June 1865.Family oral tradition indicates that he walked home barefoot from the prison camp.
- James Van Howell III - (1869 - 1926) (30 KB)
HOWELL - James Howell was born in Uniontown, Bourbon Co., Kansas on 13 November 1869.He was the son of James Van Howell II and Melvina M. Williams.He married Harriet"Hattie" White, the daughter of Enoch White and Josephine Husted on 23 July 1891.He was a prosperous farmer in Modesto, California, where he lived until his death on 26 May 1926.James and Hattie were the parents of 6 children, of whom Florence Irene married Clifford Dodd in 1911.
- Leanor Leoti (Loftis) Thomas - (1856 - 1937) (66 KB)
LOFTIS-THOMAS FAMILY - "Lena" Thomas was born in Adairsville, Bartow Co., Georgia on 30 October 1856.She moved with her parents, James Powell Loftis & Artemicia Leak, to Atlanta during the Civil War years.In 1864, Artemicia boarded the"Last train out of Atlanta" with her infant Rosina.James and the remaining children abandoned the city in the direction of Lithonia, DeKalb County.As a girl, she saw Atlanta in flames as they looked back.Lena married "Doc" Ishmael Howell Thomas in 1875 and became the mother of 7 children.Of the children, only daughter Alice Neva Thomas had offspring.Lenawas the grandmother of famed Hollywood Photographer, Wallace Seawell and died in Sarasota, Florida on 11 June 1937.
- Sarah (Willis) Husted (1804 - 1881) (31 KB)
WILLIS-HUSTED - Sarah Willis was born in Cumberland Co., New Jersey in September 1804.She married Thomas Husted there on 23 February 1825.Thomas and Sarah were of that hardy pioneer stock that opened up America's heartland in the mid-19th century.They became residents of Bridgeport, Saline Co.,Kansas.Sarah was the mother of Josephine Husted, and grandmother of Harriet (White) Howell of Modesto, California.
- Louisa Emmaline Loftis Warren - (1849 - 1895) (83 KB)
LOFTIS-WARREN FAMILY - Aunt Emma Loftis was born on 21 April 1849 in Forsyth Co., Georgia, the daughter of James Powell Loftis and Artemicia Leak.She married Civil War veteran John Henry Warren on 18 May 1873.She was a couturiere by trade and made apparel for women inspired by Godey's Lady's Book.Emma's dress in this photo is probably the work of her own hands.We have no record of issue from the marriage of John and Emma Warren.She died on 27 February 1895.This photo is an original tintype, which dates slightly after the Civil War.
- Hester Ann Loftis - (1841 - 1905) (111 KB)
LOFTIS-WATSON FAMILY - Hester Loftis was born 28 December 1841, the daughter of James Powell Loftis and Artemicia Leak.She was twice married, first in 1859 to Alfred Owens Sr., by whom she had a son Alfred "Buddy" Owens Jr.She married James E. Watson in 1872 and bore 5 children, of whom only Mattie Emma Watson is known to have had issue.Hester was living as a widow in the home of her mother in 1900, and died on 15 July 1905, probably in Atlanta.
- Buddy Owens - (b. abt. 1865) (84 KB)
LOFTIS-OWENS FAMILY - Hester Ann Loftis married Alfred Owens Sr. in 1859 and had a child named Mary R. Owens in early 1860.Mary is believed to have died during the Civil War years.Hester and Alfred had another son named "Buddy" Owens, who may have been Alfred Owens Jr.Family tradition (unconfirmed) says that Buddy Owens married a Janie Martin and had a daughter Clara Owens who married Bishop.This original tintype photo of Buddy Owens dates in the mid to late 1880's.
- Alice Neva Thomas Seawell - (1882 - 1953) (48 KB)
LOFTIS-THOMAS FAMILY - Alice Thomas Seawell was born on 27 May 1882 in Atlanta, the daughter of Leanor Leoti Loftis and "Doc" Ishmael Howell Thomas.She married John Flynn Seawell Sr. in 1906 and became the mother of John, Thomas, Gordon and Wallace Seawell.Of these children, only John Flynn Seawell Jr. had issue.She was a very astute business woman who worked for the City of Sarasota for many years.Alice Seawell died in Sarasota, Florida on 18 March 1953.