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Re: William "Grancer" Short Jr (1766-1858)
Posted by: Dennis Ingham (ID *****0415) Date: February 02, 2003 at 19:34:11
In Reply to: Re: William "Grancer" Short Jr (1766-1858) by Charlotte Slagle of 1449

Hey Charlotte,
Thank you for reponse. I have come to the conclusion that your Ezekiel Birchfield is my GGGGrandfather. The 1900 Mitchell co Census has Samuel Birchfield age54 living with my ggrandfather Alexander and his brothers William Lawson and David Fletcher. The Sam we thought was ours was Reubens son b.1836-37. Thats off by ten years and this is "only Sam that fits". This is how it goes? Welcome any and all corrections and additions. Will be reposting on WorldConnect this week. See that you have different sibling info. Some kinda cousin- Dennis Ingham.

Register Report - 2 Feb 2003

First Generation

1. Ezekiel BURCHFIELD. Born 1820 in TN. Died 1888 in Swain Co, NC.

Did 5 years in Federal Pen for receiving horses stolen from Mary Burchfield.

Research: 1850 census of Yancey Co, NC. Dated 10-21-1850, page 437b Family #794

He married Mary "Polly" HILL. Born 1820 in NC.
They had the following children:

              i.       Elizabeth BIRCHFIELD; Born 1832 in NC.
              ii.       Matilda BIRCHFIELD; Born 1840 in NC.
              iii.       Charles BIRCHFIELD; Born 1842 in TN.
       2       iv.       Samuel H BIRCHFIELD
              v.       Sarah BIRCHFIELD; Born 1847 in NC.
              vi.       Nancy A. BIRCHFIELD; Born 1849 in NC.
              vii.       Amanda Jane BURCHFIELD; Born 1855. Died 1933.

                     She married Wesley GARLAND, son of Stephen Joseph GARLAND & Elizabeth FORBES.

Second Generation

2. Samuel H BIRCHFIELD. Born Circa 1846 in NC.

This Samuel Birchfield is in 1900 Yancey Co NC census at age 54 with David, Alec and Lawson. This is only Sam that fits. If Samuel married Edna Hughes @1875, then Polly and Sams childrens birth dates are wrong. Maybe 1866 and 1867? This would fit with Ednas stepchildren being older than she when she married Sam.
Judith Anns adoption record states, paternal birth gr-grandfather died at 83 from heart trouble and old age.
A Sam Birchfield died in Carter Co TN in 1917-83 is 1834?. or Reubens' Sam?1837+83 - 1920?. or Ezekials' Sam?1846+83- 1929. The article about Hale Hughes and Sam Birchfield killing Powell said Sam was released in 1901 to "Die".?
H. could be Huston or Houston. Tn, Carter Co, marriage 1 Feb 1899 to Eliza Holder.

He first married Mary "Polly" HUGHES, daughter of Charles "Big Charles" HUGHES & Matilda YOUNG. Born About 1843. Died Circa 1868.

Jim Hughes thinks Polly is Mary, born about 1843 d/o Charles and Matilda (Young) Hughes. Next door neighbors per 1850 Yancey Co, NC census, family #809, just up the Rock Creek Rd. Julia Birchfields' mother did die when she was an infant. Descendants calculate her death at @1868.

They had the following children:

       3       i.       Julia Etta BIRCHFIELD
       4       ii.       Nathan BIRCHFIELD
       5       iii.       Matilda (Tilda) BIRCHFIELD

He second married Edna HUGHES, daughter of William HUGHES & Mary HYDER. Born 25 Oct 1861 in Mitchell Co, NC. Died 16 Oct 1927 in Lansing, MI, At David F. Birchfields Home. Buried 18 Oct 1927 in Oakwood Cemetery, Bl-31, Lot-171, Adrian, Lenawee Co, MI. Occupation Wife-Farmer-Housewife.

Edna told Doris and Beatty that their GrGrGrandmother was an "Indian Princess "from Bryan, NC. When she died she lived close to Gorman, on her farm which she worked with Will Garrison. I interviewed Beatty Luce on 21 Aug 2001(with Marjorie Keller) and was told - Edna married Sam when she was 14 (1875). When Alexander "Alec" was 12 (1896) she jumped on a dapple grey horse and rode away from the family at "Roan Mtn". Her mother Mary (Shepherd) had gone to Lenawee Co, MI and Edna left her 3 sons in the care of Pollys (Sams 1st wife) children. When she married Sam, he had children older than her by Polly. Edna wound up in Big Stone Gap, VA., working in the house of the author of "Trail to Lonesome Pine" John Fox Jr.. She made her way to Michigan by 1901 and started her own "truck farm" at Gorman, Treat Highway. When Alec was 18 (1902), he gave his piece of Roan Mtn to a young man for his shotgun. He really was desperate to leave. He then hopped a train to Ogden Center, MI. He walked to his mothers porch of the house she'd built on the Treat Highway and when she answered the door she didn't recognise him.
Doris recalls that Alex went to his mom at Big Stone Gap VA, and they then went on to Adrian. Alec told her that he walked to VA and often didn't know if he was heading in the right direction. He'd given his dog away and the shotgun was gone. He said he was terrified of the wild animals and of the landowners who might object to his crossing their lands. Doris and Beatty did visit the home where Edna worked in Big Stone Gap.
Obit in Adrian Daily Telegram, Oct 20 1927.
Mrs. Edna Birchfield, aged 65 years, passed away Sunday, October 16, at the home of her son D.(avid) F.(letcher) Birchfield, in Lansing, after an illness of one year. Her maiden name was Edna Hughes, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Hughes.
She was born in Mitchell county, North Carolina, coming to Michigan with her family 26 years ago. Her husband Samuel Birchfield, preceded her in death several years ago.
She is survived by three sons, D.(avid) F.(letcher) Birchfield of Lansing, Alexander Birchfield of Hillsdale and W.(illiam) L.(awson) Birchfield of Roam(n) Mountain, Tenn. 14 grandchildren, three half-brothers, Nelson Hyder of Adrian, John Shepherd of Marysville, Cal., and Synclair Shepherd of Los Angeles, California: one half-sister, Mrs. Pearl Nachtrieb of Yuba, California, and many friends and relatives.
She accepted Christ as her Saviour during her sickness and often expressed herself ready to meet her Saviour, and often asked her friends to meet her in heaven. She bore her sickness with patience to the end.

Medical: Her death certificate states, Myocardial degeneration, Edema of entire body. Had Polio when she was 13. Judith Anns adoption record states, paternal birth gr-grandmother died at age 65 of Asthma and other complications.

Research: Michigan death certificate #133 4888, Register #675. Death notice spelled her half-brothers surname, Shepherd? Informant on her MI death certificate was her son David Birchfield of 1111 No Walnut St. Lansing, MI which is also where she died. He wrote Mary Shepard for her mothers maiden name. Why was she called Birchfield?, She was with Will Garrison for 25+ years?

They had the following children:

       6       i.       David Fletcher BIRCHFIELD
       7       ii.       Alexander Buchanan BIRCHFIELD
       8       iii.       William Lawson BIRCHFIELD

He third married Eliza HOLDER, 1 Feb 1899 in Carter Co, TN.

Third Generation

3. Julia Etta BIRCHFIELD. Born 6 Oct 1867/1877 in Bakersville, Mitchell Co, NC. Died 2 Jun 1958 in Okanogan, Okanogan Co, WA.

Julie was raised by Samuel Birchfields unmarried sister Polly and his unmarried brother Nathan, her aunt and her uncle. Her mother Polly died when she was an infant. This is supported by the 1880 Mitchell Co, NC., census.

She married Ralph Eric TURNER, 1 Nov 1903 in Elk Park, NC. Born 26 Jun 1880. Died 15 Jan 1954.
They had the following children:

       9       i.       Charlie TURNER
              ii.       Mattie TURNER
              iii.       Martin Bennett TURNER
              iv.       Baby Girl TURNER
       10       v.       Lulu Belle TURNER
              vi.       William Frank TURNER
       11       vii.       Lillie Annette TURNER

4. Nathan BIRCHFIELD. Born 1867/1876.

He married Vashti Ann BIRCHFIELD, daughter of John BURCHFIELD & Angeline BAKER. Born 9 May 1872 in TN. Died Nov 1972 in Roan Mt., Carter Co, TN.

Native American, adopted into Irish family, per Nathan Birchfields ggranddaughter, Deborah Birchfield. Many Nathans in area, Doris Virginia Birchfield had this Nathan married to Vashtie Birchfield. It looked legit. Marilyn Nichols has Nathan and Vashi as cousins and cites 1920 Carter Co, TN., census.

They had the following children:

              i.       Textie BIRCHFIELD
              ii.       Guerney BIRCHFIELD
              iii.       Rosa Belle BIRCHFIELD
              iv.       Luna BIRCHFIELD
              v.       Creede BIRCHFIELD
              vi.       Clarence BIRCHFIELD
              vii.       Alexander BIRCHFIELD
              viii.       Louisa BIRCHFIELD
              ix.       Joe BIRCHFIELD

5. Matilda (Tilda) BIRCHFIELD. Born 1868.

She did not marry Unknown.
They had the following children:

              i.       Rosa B. BIRCHFIELD (Illegitimate)

She first married Thomas CORDELL, son of Russell C. CORDELL & Mary Caroline GREER, 4 Apr 1902. Born 1860/1862 in NC. Died 1939 in Carter Co, TN. Buried in Shell Creek, Carter Co, TN.
They had the following children:

              i.       Rosa B. BIRCHFIELD (Foster)
              ii.       Robert H. CORDELL (Duplicate)
              iii.       Russell CORDELL (Duplicate)
              iv.       Dolphus CORDELL (Duplicate)

6. David Fletcher BIRCHFIELD. Born 28 Jan 1881 in Magnetic City(Buladean), Mitchell Co, NC. Died 21 Apr 1954 in Adrian, MI.

He married Lydia BIEBER. Born 17 Dec 1883 in Des Moines, IA. Died 30 Dec 1965 in Adrian, Lenawee Co, MI.

Research: SSDI 365-26-1733 Last res. 49221, Adrian, Lenawee, MI

They had the following children:

              i.       Walter David BIRCHFIELD
              ii.       Edward Milton (Teddy) BIRCHFIELD
              iii.       Margaret Edna (Peggy) BIRCHFIELD
              iv.       Marian Ruth BIRCHFIELD
              v.       Helen Allean BIRCHFIELD

7. Alexander Buchanan BIRCHFIELD. Born 15 Sep 1884 in Magnetic City(Buladean), Mitchell Co, NC. Died 29 Jan 1937 in Emma L. Bixby Hospital, Adrian, Lenawee Co,MI. Buried 1 Feb 1937 in Hunt Cemetery, Gorman Rd, Fairfield Twp, Lenawee Co, MI. Occupation Farmer. Religion Methodist.

Alexanders mother Edna left Sam Birchfield in Roan Mountain Tennessee in 1896, when Alec was twelve. Beatty recalls Alec saying when he turned 18 that he gave his piece of Roan Mountain to a neighbor for his shotgun.He walked to find his mother. He wanted to get out of the backwards backwoods. He said he was terrified at night of the wild animals and of the property owners that might object to his trespass.. There is confusion as to whether he went directly to VA, or to MI. He related that his mother came to the door and did not recognise him and that he took a train to Odgen Center.

Medical: Alec had been diagnosed with "Consumption" and the whole family was packed up to move west per doctors orders when Edna got "the cancer". They never moved. Judith Anns adoption record states, birth paternal grandfather died of pnuemonia at age 54. He died of Pneumonia after five days in hospital.

Research: Death notice, Adrian Daily Telegram, Jan 29, 1937
Alexander B. Birchfield of Palmyra township, aged 54 years died at 7:15 o'clock this morning in the Emma L. Bixby hospital where he had been a patient five days with pneumonia. He was born in North Carolina and came to this community 35 years ago. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and the I.O.O.F. lodge at Evansport, Ohio. Surviving him are three sons, Levi of Hart, Dewey of Lansing and Herbert of Adrian, also four daughters the Misses Mabel, Doris and Florence of Lansing and Beatrice of Adrian. The body was taken to the Mott Funeral Home and funeral arrangements are to be announced later.
Adrian Daily Telegram, Feb 1, 1937
The funeral services for Alexander B. Birchfield were held Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock in the Mott Funeral Home. The Rev. W. H. Young of the First Methodist Episcopal church officiated and two duets were sung by Mrs. W. E. Colbath and Mrs. Harry Myers of Fairfield. The bearers were Stanley VanEtten, Cecil, John Jr., Howard, Charles and Harold Alcock. The burial was in the family lot in Hunt Cemetery in Fairfield township.

He first married Flora Belle ALCOCK, daughter of John William ALCOCK & Ida Almira MANN, 8 Mar 1906 in Adrian, Lenawee Co, MI. Born 22 Feb 1883 in Adrian?. Died 3 Mar 1929 in UM Hospital, Ann Arbor, Washtenaw Co, MI. Buried 6 Mar 1929 in Hunt Cemetery, Gorman Rd, Fairfield Twp, Lenawee Co, MI. Occupation Housewife. Religion Methodist.

Medical: Died of perforated bowel and cardiac failure on death certificate. Adoption record of Judith Ann states, birth maternal grandmother died at age 46 of colitis.

Research: Death notice, Adrian Daily Telegram, March 4, 1929
Flora Birchfield, aged 46 years, wife of Alexander Birchfield of Palmyra township died early this morning at the University hospital at Ann Arbor. She leaves her husband and 6 children. The body is to be brought to the Mott funeral home and arrangements for the funeral are to be completed later. Adrian Daily Telegram, March 8, 1929
The funeral of Mrs. Flora B. Birchfield was held Wednesday afternoon at the Mott & Mott funeral home, the Rev. P. R. Norton of the Methodist Episcopal church officiating. The burial was made in the Hunt cemetery, John, William and Cecil Alcock, Glenn Baker, Stanley VanEttena and Ralph Ferguson acting as bearers. Among those from away attending the service were Mr. and Mrs. William Crawford of Fort Wayne, Ind., Miner Alcock, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Baker and William Alcock of Detroit, Mr. and Mrs. David Birchfield and son and Miss Mabel Birchfield of Lansing, Lee Birchfield of Muskegon and Miss Cornelia Rooks of Zeeland.

They had the following children:

       12       i.       William Levi "Lee" BIRCHFIELD
       13       ii.       Mabel Helen "Sal" BIRCHFIELD
              iii.       Doris Virginia BIRCHFIELD
       14       iv.       Dewey Alexander BIRCHFIELD
       15       v.       Beatrice Olive BIRCHFIELD
       16       vi.       Florence Edna BIRCHFIELD

He second married Gladys WELCH, 1930. They were divorced.

They married 9 months after Flora died, lived together 6 months and divorced.

They had the following children:

       17       i.       Herbert Lester BIRCHFIELD

8. William Lawson BIRCHFIELD. Born Oct 1887 in Magnetic City(Buladean), Mitchell Co, NC. Died 1950 in Roan Mountain, Carter Co, TN.

He first married Lyddia BIGGS, 12 Mar 1904. Born 6 Mar 1886. Died 15 Jun 1971 in Roan Mtn, Carter Co, TN.

Research: SSDI Last res. Roan Mtn, Carter Co, TN - issued TN

They had the following children:

       18       i.       Goldie BIRCHFIELD
       19       ii.       Amanda Florence BIRCHFIELD
              iii.       Roy BIRCHFIELD
       20       iv.       Edna BIRCHFIELD

He second married Mae SHELL. Born 9 Apr 1908. Died 4 Mar 1992.

SSDI 413-38-7675 Last Residence Zip 37644

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