Hi Sherry, I know what you mean about this family. I sometimes wondered if Grant just appeared out of thin air. Wow you have really done well finding that marriage license.
I am sorry to have given the wrong impression. I sure wish I did have William's date of death, but I only meant that from the census records I had figured out his year of birth.
Grant made his living farming. He moved around a lot also. He married Elizabeth Ann (Annie) Coats in Coats, Arkansas, on January 1, 1890. Their children were Lucy, Birt, Callie, Ora, Joy, and Cora. Annie died April 9, 1901, and Grant then married Brenda (Brennie) Milholland on July 3, 1907, in Bradley County, Arkansas. They had several children together. My husband is descended from Birt and Eunice Kelley Wright through their daughter Mae Eva Wright. Grant used several variations of his name. I feel that he didn't want to use the Ulysses here in a Confederate state and dropped it for that reason. Grant's death certificate states he died of influenza, but an elderly gentleman that lived not too far from him at one time stated he thought Grant was shot. He also thought Grant at one time rode with Jesse James, but I think that is one of those urban legends that gets started, it is my opinion that Grant would have been too young. The family certainly had violence in their lives though.
I am fighting some sort of 24 hour bug today, so I just hope I am making sense. Sorry I got your hopes up about Williams date of death.
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