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The Descendants of Walter Nunnelee and Caroline Gresham

Updated January 24, 2008

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This home page is the result of 30 years spent searching for the parents and siblings of my Great-Grandfather, Eugene Lavarsha Nunnelee.
G-G/F Lavarsha 1m Hadie N [Griffin] - chn: Walter Eugene (1875-1956); Hadie Alice (1879-1965); Robert Griffin (1884-1964).
He 2m Cora Ellazan [Anderson]- chn; Leighton Eddie (1886-1971); Annie Caroline (1889-1984); Lera Bess (1891-1984); Cora Delana (1900-1977); Wm Ray (1893-1941); Otis Lee 1899-1964); Richard Gordon b 1897 died young; Carrie Pearl b 1895 died young. All of his children were born and lived their entire lives in Texas.
GG-g/parents Walter Nunnelee and Caroline D. [Gresham]'s chn: William b abt 1840 Al; John N. b abt 1842 Al (Ga/CSA); James b abt 1836 married Susan A. Baggett 21 Sep 1854 Chambers Co, Al; Annie, Mary b abt 1844 Al; and Cornelia Caroline b abt 1839 who married Phillip M. Burt 1867 in Texas. Aunt Cornelia's chn: (1) Walter B. Burt 1m Fannie [Epps] - chn: Perry, Ileta Violet married Horace Coke Wilson Sr 1924. 2m Rebecca Josephine [Priestley]- their chn: Marie married Howard Johnson and died in Troup, Tx; Reba Elizabeth died 1965 never married. (2) Eva A. born abt 1868 Tx m. Wm Evander Colvin 1884 Ellis Co Tx (3) Leta Lee b abt 1873 Tx m. James Vandlandingham Myrick Ellis Co Tx.

Unusual for the times: "Alabama Divorces Approved by the State Legislature 1818-1868" Chambers and Randolph Counties:
WALTER NUNNELEE and CAROLINE [Gresham] NUNNELEE were granted a divorce 31 Jan 1852, Chambers County, Alabama.

I just found their divorce record 17 Apr 2001 - it was thought GG-g/f Walter died before 1850 because GG-g/m Caroline was shown as HH on 1850 + 1860 Macon County, Alabama censuses.
My last record of gg-g/m Caroline is 1870 Hill Co Tx census - did she remarry? die soonafter? return to Georgia or Alabama? go live with another of her children? I'll let you know.

My search for GG-g/f Walter continues without a single clue...
probably lost to the unbelievable mangling of Nunnelee by the typists of census indexes.
I believe he was just not enumerated on the 1850 census as it was not taken in Macon Co AL until Dec 31, 1850. I feel sure that he lived many years after the divorce because my G-g/f Lavarsha named his first son after him and I just don't think he would have done that if he had never known the father who deserted him when he was barely three years old.......

It is with my deepest gratitude to the many, many Nunnelee, Nunley, Nunnally, etc researchers who throughout the years took pity on me and always took a moment to look for a child named "Eugene", "Lavarsha", or "E.L.".
I especially want to thank reknowned N540 researcher John North who expanded the limited research of Joseph Adams Shortal and collaborated with other in-depth N540 researchers resulting in a Renaissance of information available to N540 descendants.
And, it was John North who deciphered the handwriting on the 1850 census and realized it was my long sought after G-G/f Lavarsha. Not a day passes that I don't think about the precious gift he gave to my mother's family!
Love to you all, Cousin Kathye

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  • My Nunnelee-Gresham Family Tree (1 KB)
    For 22 years nobody was looking for their descendants but me!!! until March 2001 when a great grandson of their oldest daughter Cornelia found me... a great grand daughter of Cornelia's youngest brother..... now we're cookin! Come take a look!
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