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Family of Boyd Grant and Julia Dixion Grant - Sumter, SC

Updated February 14, 2006

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My name is Marcia (Grant) Davis Major and I am the great-great granddaughter of Hamilton and Louise Grant. In my estimation Hamilton and Louise were born during slavery and were probably born between 1845 (+/- 5 years).

The names and dates of birth for the 10 children of Boyd and Julia (maternal grandparents) were taken from an old family bible that my mother, Millie Grant Davis maintained prior to her death in 1997. In addition, she had several death dates for the generations prior to the "Terrific Ten". Using this information, I estimated several births and deaths, primarily assuming that the parents were between 25 and 30 when the children were born. The main exceptions to this were for James H. Grant and Janie Diggs. Oral tradition notes that James and Janie married in there teens. Janie died prior to 25 years of age. James re-married, and from that union there were several children born (Bertha - my cousin Lubertha Grant has her name, Millie (Bunch)- my mother has her name and nickname, Aunt Adeline (who married Rev. Josh Capers and baked a mean coconut pie) and Uncle Sammy - who was a self proclaimed ladies man/bachelor and has not children that we know of.

Based on living relatives today, I can honestly say that there is a true extension in which I will speak with to get additional information: Aunt Ella who married my grandfather's brother William, Cousin Mattie Mae Hill and Annie Lee McCoy who are related on the Diggs (Rev. Theodore Diggs) and my Cousin Bubba Jackson, who is linked to my Grandma Julia's family the Dixon’s. I also have a cousin, Tracey Capers who has done extensive research who I have lost contact with, and hopefully we will connect and compare the family history.

It was such a joy growing up in Sumter as a child and being blessed to have met and spent time with many of my grandparents' siblings and cousins. For the most part my mother's siblings became second parents to me, each having blessed my life in their own special and unique way. I only regret that in my youth I never took the time to write many of the stories shared.

I have spoken with several cousins (Senora, Stephanie and Cheryl) who will be helping me compile and verify this information. My living aunts: Julia, Jane and Louise have also contributed a great deal of the oral tradition that has been incorporated into this Family Tree.

If you are a member of the Grant, Diggs, Capers or Dixon family please contact me and help me complete this part of our history.

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