I am descended from Thomas Jefferson Conaway, son of John D. Conaway and Lydia Hand.I have a lot of information about this particular line.I have T.J.'s diary that he kept the last year of his life.His family attached his obituary to the last entry in the diary along with a lock of his hair.
T.J. Conaway and Mrs. H.G. Grimes Victims of Stroke
“Two deaths from apoplexy were recorded in the health office at city hall Tuesday morning.
“The first to died was T.J. Conaway, aged 69, of 394 Whitehall St., a Confederate veteran, his death occurring shortly after 4 o’clock Monday afternoon in front of the Grady hospital, where he had shortly had shortly before conversed with C.E. Long, day office man at this institution.Several persons who saw Conaway stagger and fall carried him into the hospital, where he was given medical attention, but to no avail.
“The funeral of Mr. Conaway will be held at his residence Tuesday afternoon at 4 o’clock, and the body will be sent to Dunwoody, Ga., on Wednesday morning for interment.He is survived by his wife, two sons, W.J. and Charles Conaway, and four daughters.Mrs. J.J. Raiford, Mrs. W.G. Connell, Mrs. Paul Whiting and Misses Louise and Eva Conaway.”
A document written by Curtis Adams Conaway in 1911, T.J.'s brother might be of some help to you.It is widely circulated, it appears, within Conaway researchers.My gr-gr aunt kept a copy and passed it to me.It contains some great clues:
Of his father, Curtis writes:
"After having raised a large family here [in Newton County, GA], he removed to Alabama in 1858, where in a quiet spot near Hatchet Creek (Coosa County) he spent the closing years of his life.
"Father spent many of his last days at his home in Coosa County, Alabama, where he passed peacefully away, surrounded by Mother and several of the children on January 5, 1871, in his 69th year. All his children Honor His Memory. (died of a disease of the lungs and partly from the effects of a fall received sometime ago).
John died on January 5, 1871 in Coosa County, Alabama.He is buried at the Poplar Springs Church Cemetery in Rockford, Coosa County, Alabama.
Of his mother, Curtis writes:
"My mother, Mrs. Lydia Conaway, was born in Western North Carolina, Feb 17, 1807. She was, at least to me, on of the noblest women I ever knew. She cared for her large family of eight boys and four daughters, doing all the sewing and knitting with her own hands, For several years before her death, her eyesight was very poor and she could do nothing but knit socks for her sons and grandsons.
On the night of December 8, 1882, about 9 o'clock P.M. Mother passed suddenly to her reward in Heaven. At the time of her death, she was 75 years old. I had been absent from her 13 years, and when within 10 miles of her on my way to see her, the Death Angel suddenly took her away from us.
How well mother performed her lot in life has been told in the lives of her sons and daughters, who rise up to call her 'Blessed'. I think I hear her sweet voice, when she said to me, 'Go, my son, on the noble mission to which God has called you and make full proof of it."
Hope this helps!