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Updated February 15, 2009

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The Screws Family research was begun by Eldon D. Screws about 40 years ago. I, James N. Screws, Sr., have been searching for at least the last 30 years. We have accumulated a lot of information on the Screws/Wall/Daniel/Capshaw/Moore/ Tally/ Bradshaw/ Gibson/Harrison and allied families in the South and especially in the 1760 Natchez District before it was American Territory and was obtained by treaty by the British. We had Harrison and Gibson Ancestors there at that time and had a large number of relations when it became Mississippi Territory and further.
We discovered that the Screws/Crews family first settled in Isle of Wight Co., Virginia from there moved to Colonial Edgecombe and later Nash Counties, North Carolina. There the Screws Family was united with the Wall Family who were on Manhattan Island in 1640, then Long Island, New Jersey and North Carolina. Our branch of the family also were united with the Cooper family when Littleton Screws married Massee Cooper and moved to Rutherford County, Tennessee abound 1800.
Our branch of the Screws family moved to Yazoo County, Mississippi when James H. Screws moved from Rutherford Co., TN and had settled there in MS in 1840. James H. Screws married 1st a Hildebrand and 2nd Letitia Bradshaw Lester whose ancestors, the Harrisons, Gibsons and Bradshaws go back to the Natchez district in 1770's. The Gibsons came from South Carolina; the Harrisons, unknown, but Joseph Harrison and his brother received 5000 acres in a grant from the King of England; John Bradshaw was kidnapped by Indians and did not know who his parents were or where he came from but was living in Rodney, MS, now a ghost town, in the early 1800's when he married Sarah Harrison. A lot of relatives moved from the Natchez area when the first land was given up by the Choctaw Indians, Yazoo County.
James N. Screws born in 1848 married Cordelia Isabell Holcomb and had three children. We thought that the 4th and youngest son Eldridge Leo Screws had the same mother but we recently found that the name of his mother listed on his death certificate says that Bell Mead was his mother. News to us, it does seem possible since he and wife Zenobia Daniel named their first daughter Zelia "MEAD" Daniel which might at least lend some credence to him having a different mother than his siblings. We are having a difficult time finding the Mead line that connects. Zenobia Daniel's mother was a Capshaw. William Washington Capshaw was a early Constable and Judge in MS, but we know little about him. His son Winsor Hancock Capshaw was our connection with him and Winsor was killed by a certain Mr. Redding at a fairly early age in Yazoo County.
My Paternal Grandmother was Mary Lillian Moore, a descendant of Aaron Moore who was an Indian Trader near Philadelphia in the early 1700's. This family moved down along the east side of the Alleganies settling in Virginia then on to South Carolina, then to Alabama, Tennessee and Mississippi. There is supposed to be some Choctaw blood in this side of the family but we have not been able to verify that yet. My Great Great Grandfather, Aaron Moore, married Jane Talley (daughter of John Tally and Rebecca Cox) from Franklin Co., TN and moved to Perry Co. AL in about the 1820's. Then to Winston Co. and Neshoba Counties, MS, then our part of the family, Alexander Travis Moore moved to Yazoo and Sharkey Counties, MS.
When I, James N. Screws, Sr., married a sweet young girl from Lexington, Dawson County, Nebraska (in 1969) that had relations named Applegate that went all back to Manhattan Island to Walter Wall, the same ancestor that the Screws family have ancestry with. Her family included Applegates, Goudys, Andersons (Swedes), Andersens(Danes), Gardners, and Snyders that had migrated west and settled along the way in Ohio, Indiana, Iowa and Nebraska.
My wife is distantly related to Abraham Lincoln and I there seems to be some evidence that the Screws f

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