Interesting. Maybe our family stories are connected?
The following story has been passed down to me from my grandfather Earl Poss's sister, Jessie:
Earl's grandfather,Henry Clay Poss Sr. was in the Revolutionary War. After the war ended he was a recipient of a land grant in the Land Lottery for Revolutionary War veterans of Georgia, in North Georgia. While there he met and married an "Indian princess." They had five Children. One of these was Henry Clay, Jr. The " Trail of Tears" was ordered and began about this time. Whether Henry Clay Sr's wife died or began the trek, we do not know. In any event, he came back to his hometown of Eastville,Ga. Later he married a lady from somewhere near Athens, Georgia. My grandmother, Ella Mae Malcom Poss, Earl's wife had a large picture of his grandmother (the Indian) which she kept hidden in the back of her closet until after she died. At this time in her life, it was shameful to be connected to Indians. It is quite a large, oval- shaped
picture in a beautiful gold frame. She is dressed in her Indian robe and wears a feather in her long black hair.
Generation No. 1
1. HENRY CLAY1 POSS, SR. was born Bef. 1776. He married (1) CHEROKEE INDIAN UNKNOWN. He married (2) OTHER in Somewhere near Athens.
Notes for HENRY CLAY POSS, SR.:
Revolutionary War Veteran. Documented in Revolutionary War Veterans Archives,
Lottery Land Grant, State of Georgia.
L. L. Grant, p. 56, 1827...............1832. Georgia Roster of the Revolutionary War---
Cherokee Land Lotterery .
Revolutionary War veteran, I have documentation for this fact from the L.L. Grants of Georgia for the Revolutionary War but have no other documentation for his company or any other facts.
Generation No. 2
2. HENRY CLAY2 POSS, JR. was born September 1843 in Oglethorpe County, Georgia, and died May 29, 1906 in Oconee County, Georgia. He married (1) NANCY MC ELROY in Oconee County ,Georgia. He married (2) NANCY STINCHCOMB November 15, 1888 in Courthouse, Monroe, Ga. Walton Co.,Ga..
Notes for HENRY CLAY POSS, JR.:
Was living in Bogart, Georgia as time of enlistment as Private in Co. C, 44th Regt. Ga.Inf. March 4,
1862..............Captured, Spotsylvania, Va. , May 10, 1865. Received, James River, Va. for exchange March
10-12 1865. Was Prisoner at Fort Delaware, on Pea Patch Island, one mile off of Delaware City in the
Delaware River. Signed by William Henderson, Director Confederate RecordsDivision. Had a terrible time with Conferate Pension. Began applying in 1900 for year 1889 when he became disabled from heart problems and hydrocele. Denied because he was not with his Company when War ended. He was prisoner. Applied each year thereafter until his death in 1906. All documentation sent to Georgia seems he never received any pension. His widow applied in 1937 and was approved Dec. 27, 1937.
Story is told in family that Henry Clay was fighting in Confederate Battle and came upon wounded Union
soldier, asked if he could help him. Soldier said he was cold, so Henry covered him with his blanket.
When Henry was taken Prisoner at later date, discovered that soldier he had befriended was in charge of
Fort Dix. He remembered Henry and Henry was well treated thoughout his time as prisoner.
After return, Policeman at Bogart, Georgia for many years.
Married 2 times,. Five children by first wife After her death, married again and had three children. He was a Farmer and Carpenter. He and second wife buried in Eastville, Baptist Cementery at Eastville, Ga. in Oconee County, Ga.
By our records, HENRY CLAY POSS, JR. was the son of HENRY Clay POSS Sr. and a CHEROKEE Woman (name, details UNKNOWN but I have a copy of a picture of her). The Cherokee woman disappeared and Henry Clay Sr. returned to the Oconee county area with his children.
HENRY CLAY POSS, JR. was born September 1843 in Oglethorpe County, Georgia, and died May 29, 1906 in Oconee County, Georgia. He married (1) NANCY MC ELROY in Oconee County
,Georgia. He married (2) NANCY STINCHCOMB November 15, 1888 in Courthouse, Monroe, Ga. Walton Co.,Ga..
After return, he was a policeman at Bogart, Georgia for many years. Married 2 times,. Five children by first wife After her death, married again and had three children.
Children of HENRY POSS (1843-1906) and NANCY MC ELROY (probably died 1886-1887?) are:
i. WILLIE POSS.
ii. FRANK POSS.
iii. EARL POSS. <== my grandfather
iv. MATTIE POSS.
v. JESSIE POSS.
Children of HENRY POSS and NANCY STINCHCOMB (died sometime after 1907) are:
vi. JAMES POSS.
vii. ONI POSS.
viii. NIRA POSS.
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