Friday, April 3, 2009

Clayton Sisters

Ma and her sisters
Left to right: Queenie Victoria, Amanda Jane, and Fannie Bell

These three sisters were the daughters of Nathaniel Merida Clayton and Martha A. Bowen. They lived most of their lives south of Fulton around Tilden, and all three of them are buried along with their husbands in Union Grove Cemetery at Tilden.

Amanda Jane, or Mandy, was the oldest daughter. She married Holley Newton Gray, a farmer and justice of the peace, and they had two daughters. Mandy was 85 years old when she died in 1960.

Fannie Bell was the next oldest daughter, and she married Adolphus Riggs. They had nine children. She died in 1962 when she was 84 years old.

Queenie, my great-grandmother, married James Kelly Davis, and they had eight children including my grandmother Rebecca Davis Pennington. Queenie died in 1974 at the age of 90.

Other sisters included Emma who married first, B. F. Umfress, and second, Jim Williams; Nancy who married Nathan Welch; and Annie who married Walter C. Jamison. These three sisters moved away from Itawamba County. Emma died in Winfield, Alabama while Nancy died in Chattanooga, Tennessee and Annie in Hill County, Texas. Two other daughters of Nathaniel and Martha - Minerva and Alta - died at an early age.

In addition, there were a couple of half-sisters, Elzora and Jeannette, who were daughters of Nathaniel and his second wife, Mattie Reed. Jeannette died at a young age, but Elzora married Guy Clifton and lived to be 96 years old.


Anonymous said...

Wow. I think Mammaw in her later years looked a lot like Queenie.

Mona Robinson Mills said...

Queenie #1 or Queenie #2?

Anonymous said...

Nathan Asa Welch married Nancy Clayton and I descend from one of Nathan's sisters, Mellie. Do you have more information on Nancy and Nathan's children or Nathan's ancestors? Here's my website