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Childers/Childress Family Association Newsletter
Fall Issue 2002


FALL ISSUE, 2002 ANNUAL REPORT

Annual Meeting

The meeting in Williamsburg was a success. We thank Jack and Cindy Childers for making the arrangements. However, the meeting was not well attended and we were surprised as this area is where our "roots" began in this country. We are sorry you missed it and we missed YOU! The research at the William and Mary Library yielded data for many. The weather was beautiful and the historical sites were incredible.

Attending the meeting were Edward and Mable Baltz, VA; Jim Bogan, TX; Bob and JoAnn Childers, SC; Jack and Cindy Childers and their daughters, Jackie Childers, and Virginia Davidson, and their two grandsons, Jamie Davidson and William Benton Childers, DE; Miller Childers, AL; Robert E. and Flo Childers, OH; Robert K. And Janet Childers, OH; Julia Childress, MI; Bill and Betty Childress, TN; Lem and Sue Compton, MO; Martha Ferris, FL; Phyllis Fisher, IL; Albert and Virve Martin, GA; Dan and Anne Ruggiero, FL; and Bill and Wanda Trott, TX

Also at the meeting were three new members:

C212 Clayton and Myra Childers, 5205 Yellowstone Dr., Petersburg VA 23803
L23 Nita Lewis, 521 Hamilton, New Carlisle OH 45344
C213 Thomas B. Childers, 587 Laurelwood, Mineral VA 23117


DUES

Many of you have not paid your dues for 2003. Please look at the mailing label. If it shows 02, you owe: $10.00 for single, $15.00 to include your spouse and $1.00 for each child. Please send to Julia Childress. Her address will be found under New Officers. We do hope you will continue to be a member and share your research. Each one of you is important to the association

Newsletter

As "very temporary" co-editors, we wish you all a Blessed Holiday Season and a Happy New Year. We also ask one of you to consider assuming this responsibility. If you have material to be used in the newsletter, please send it to us, ready for printing. JoAnn Childers and Anne Ruggiero

Childers/Childress Family Association
Twentieth Annual Meeting Minutes 5 October 2002 Williamsburg, VA

President Miller Childers called the meeting to order at 10 a.m. with 28 members registered. Minutes of the 2001 Annual Meeting held in Augusta GA were distributed, read and approved. Anne Ruggiero, Treasurer, presented the financial report from I October 2001-30 September 2002 as follows: Report was approved.

Board vacancies to be filled are president, vice president, treasurer, and two trustees. The nominating committee comprised of Bill Trott, Bob Childers, and Jim Bogan, recommended Jack Childers as president, Robert E. Childers as vice president, Julia Childress as treasurer and William Childress and Robert K. Childers as trustees. Motion to accept the committee's recommendation was made, seconded and passed.

The Meeting Site Committee comprised of JoAnn Childers, William Childress and Miller Childers recommended Nashville Tennessee as the next meeting site to coincide with the 200th birthday of Sara Childress Polk, wife of President James Polk. Her birthday will be Sept. 4, 2003. JoAnn Childers and William Childress will host the meeting.

The Meeting for 2004 will be in Kansas City, Missouri with Sue Childress Compton hosting.

Membership is currently 202 members with a total of 261 including spouses and children.

The Publications Committee reported that only one copy of Early Virginia Wills was left from the first printing and suggested that we should reprint with minor corrections to be made. Estimated cost to be approximately $2000.00. Jack Childers suggested we contract a major genealogical printing company to see if they would print it. Offer the book to the public, and pay the CFA a royalty. Jim Bogan agreed to follow-up on that request. The Revolutionary War Book is still a work-in-progress and will be available for review at a later meeting. The Registration book listing all previous members is close to being ready for printing. A new arrangement for the newsletter for the coming year will - consist of JoAnn Childers and Anne Ruggiero co-chairing such an undertaking with the expectation that someone else will publish the newsletter after that year.

Bill Trott gave an update report on the disassembled 3-piece statue of George Campbell Childress at Washington-on -the-Brazos (Texas). The State of Texas has issued a purchase order for a new base (77,000 lbs. of Indiana Limestone) at a cost of $15,000.00 that will permit reconstruction of same. There was unanimous agreement that Bill had done an excellent job on this project.

The Necrology report was supplied by Anne Ruggiero. Deaths since the last meeting were:

Warren Childers, Florida
M.L. Childers, Texas

Prayers were offered.

Meeting adjourned.

Respectfully submitted: J. M. Bogan, Jr., Secretary

New Officers for 2003

President: Jack Childers, Rd. 3, Box 480, Fenwick Island, DE 19944
Secretary: James Bogan, Jr., 1649 Cherry Creek, Waco, TX 76712
Vice President: Robert E. Childers, 185 Columbia Drive, Waverly, OH 45690
Treasurer: Julia Childress, 10993 Clear/P0 Box 302, Hamburg, MI 48139

Trustees

Sue Childress Compton, 715 West Hwy 174, Mount Vernon, MO 65712
William Childress, 1510 Shagbark Trail, Murfreesboro, TN 37103
Earl Farabee, 875 Sumpter St., Memphis, TN 38122
Robert K Childers, 515 Cedar St, Chillicothe OH 45601

Newsletter

JoAnn Childers, 960 River Road , Woodruff, SC 2938
Anne Ruggiero, 8982 Baytowne Loop, Ft. Myers, FL 33908

Web Page

Work has begun to set up a web page and Jack Childers hopes to have it ready by the first of the year. Stay tuned for more developments!

Queries

I married into the Childress family but, strangely enough, my step grandmother was Lizzie Ellen Childers who married my grandfather Perry Main as her third husband. Would like to piece together grandmother's ancestors. We do know that her father was Valentine Childers b-ca 1848 in Ohio. We believe there was a father or grandfather to Valentine with the initials J.M. Childers. Any help will be appreciated. Thanks.

Nancy Childress, 3709 W.Gardenia, Phoenix, AZ 8505 1. Email nancygen@aol.com

Would like to find Thomas Franklin Childers of Marietta OH. Came to KY in late 1800s married Matilda Brent. Email Mae943@bellsouth.net

Do you have a way for me to connect with people researching Bartholomew Childress b. 1803 in NC? Bill Childress. Email - billchil@yahoo.com

Cemetery Fund at Work

The following report is submitted by Larry Childers of Mauldin SC.

BETHEL CEMETERY

CLARK COUNTY

OKOLONA, ARKANSAS

THE CHILDERS

LAID TO REST IN THIS CEMETERY ARE MANY MEMBERS OF THE CHILDERS FAMILY. THREE BROTHERS, EACH OF THEIR WIVES AND MANY OF THE CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN OF EACH FAMILY.

0 WILLIAM J. CHILDERS, BORN 1848 - DIED BETWEEN 1900 AND 1910.

0 JAMES DAWSON (DOSS) CHILDERS, BORN APRIL 8,1852 - DIED JANUARY 08,1929.

0 JOHN MILTON CHILDERS, BORN APRIL 30,1858 - DIED 1914.

THESE THREE BROTHERS WERE BORN IN THE MILNER AREA OF PIKE COUNTY, GEORGIA. TWO OF THESE MEN'S WIVES AND A NUMBER OF THEIR CHILDREN WERE ALSO BORN IN THE MILNER AREA OF PIKE COUNTY, GEORGIA.


HOW DID THIS MANY MEMBERS OF THREE RELATED FAMILIES HAVE THEIR FINAL RESTING PLACE HERE IN BETHEL CEMETERY, IN CLARK COUNTY, ARKANSAS? THIS CEMETERY IS MORE THAN 900 MILES FROM WHERE MOST OF THEM WERE BORN, WHERE THEY GREW UP AND LIVED A LARGE NUMBER OF THEIR LIFE YEARS.

THE BEST ANSWER THAT I, LARRY LEE CHILDERS, GREAT GRANDSON OF WILLIAM J. CHILDERS, CAN PRESENT IS BASED ON THE HISTORY OF THE AREA IN THAT TIME PERIOD, SOME FAMILY INFORMATION AND - THE INEVITABLE. AMERICAN DREAM FOR LIFESTYLE IMPROVEMENT.


PIKE COUNTY, GEORGIA

THE TIME PERIOD WAS THE SPRING OF 1888 OR 1889. THE END OF THE AMERICAN WAR WAS NOW MORE THAN TWENTY YEARS IN THE PAST. HOWEVER, THE OPPRESSIVE RECONSTRUCTION YEARS ENFORCED BY U.S. MILITARY OCCUPATION TROOPS HAD ONLY BEEN OVER A FEW YEARS AND ITS EFFECTS ON THE AREA ECONOMY WOULD LAST MANY MORE YEARS (ACTUALLY IT WAS NOT OVER UNTIL 1952 WHEN THE INTERSTATE COMMERCE COMMISSION REMOVED THE PUNITIVE, DISCRIMINATORY FREIGHT RATES PUT INTO EFFECT AT THE END OF THAT AMERICAN WAR).

THE CHILDERS FAMILY FARM BUILDINGS IN THE MILNER AREA OF PIKE COUNTY, DESTROYED BY AN UNORGANIZED, LOOTING ARMY ON THE RUN TO SAVANNAH, HAD NOT BEEN REBUILT. MOST OF THE FARM LAND HAD EITHER BEEN SOLD OR TAKEN TO PAY THE HEAVY TAXES IMPOSED BY A RECONSTRUCTION CARPETBAGGER GOVERNMENT. A GOVERNMENT THAT UTILIZED THE BAYONETS OF U.S. MILITARY OCCUPATION TROOPS TO ENFORCE THE COLLECTION OF THOSE TAXES OR TAKE THE LAND.

THE PARENTS OF THESE THREE MEN AND THEIR FIVE OTHER SIBLINGS HAD NOW PASSED AWAY. THEIR MOTHER, ELISABETH A. (BRAGG) CHILDERS (BORN IN 1822), DIED IN MARCH 1884 AND THEIR FATHER, JAMES JACKSON CHILDERS (BORN IN 1818), DIED IN AUGUST, 1887. JAMES'AND ELISABETH'S PARENTS, THE CHILDERS' AND THE BRAGG'S HAD MOVED THEIR FAMILIES TO PIKE COUNTY, GEORGIA BETWEEN THE YEARS OF 1825 AND 1830.

JAMES AND ELISABETH CHILDERS, MARRIED ON JULY 07,1841, WERE CHRISTIANS AND OF THE BAPTIST FAITH. DURING THE YEARS OF RAISING THEIR CHILDREN, THEY TOOK THEM TO CHURCH AND TAUGHT THEM CHRISTIAN VALUES. APPARENTLY, PHILIPPIANS 3: 13 & 14 WERE PART OF THEIR TEACHINGS.

LIKE THE PHOENIX RISING UP AND FLYING AWAY FROM THE BURNING ASHES, THE CHILDERS FAMILIES FOR GENERATIONS HAVE HAD WITHIN THEM THE INITIATIVE, STRENGTH AND ABILITY TO ENDURE HARDSHIPS, SURVIVE AND CARE FOR THEIR YOUNG. JAMES AND ELISABETH PASSED THIS GIFT ON TO THEIR CHILDREN.

IN THE YEAR OF 1888, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF ONE, ALL THE EIGHT CHILDREN WERE NOW MARRIED AND WERE WORKING AT ESTABLISHING THEIR OWN HOMES. EACH WERE SEEKING WAYS TO IMPROVE THEIR FAMILIES HEALTH, THEIR LIVING CONDITIONS AND INSPIRE THEIR CHILDREN TO REACH TOWARD A BETTER FUTURE.

JAMES AND ELISABETH'S EIGHT CHILDREN WERE ALL BORN IN PIKE COUNTY, GEORGIA. BY NAME AND BIRTH ORDER THEY ARE:

1. WILEY THOMAS CHILDERS: BORN APRIL 12,1842 - DIED FEBRUARY 12,1921. HE WAS A NINETEEN YEAR OLD TEENAGER WHEN HE ENLISTED IN THE GEORGIA INFANTRY, 53RD REGIMENT, COMPANY H (DIXIE VOLUNTEERS), CONFEDERATE STATES ARMY OF THE CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA.

HIS REGIMENT WAS IN MANY BATTLES, BEGINNING IN VIRGINIA AND MUCH LATER IN TENNESSEE, DEFENDING HIS COUNTRY AGAINST AN INVASION BY THE MILITARY OF WHAT WAS LEFT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.

CAPTURED AT THE BATTLE OF KNOXVILLE, HE SPENT THE REST OF THE WAR AS A P.O.W. AT THE ROCK ISLAND MILITARY PRISON, ILLINOIS. HE SURVIVED THE VERY HARSH CONDITIONS AT ROCK ISLAND AND UPON RELEASE, IT TOOK HIM ALMOST A YEAR TO RETURN HOME. HE WALKED MOST OF THE WAY.

UPON RETURNING TO MILNER, HE APPARENTLY NEVER WANTED TO LEAVE HIS HOME AREA AGAIN. HE AND NANCY ANN CLEMENTINE (CLEMMIE) TATE, BORN FEBRUARY 24,1846 - DIED DECEMBER 19,1932, WERE MARRIED ON DECEMBER 6,1866 NOT LONG AFTER HE RETURNED HOME.

WILEY AND CLEMMIE MADE THEIR HOME IN MILNER, GEORGIA. THERE THEY RAISED THEIR SEVEN CHILDREN, WERE MEMBERS OF AND BOTH TAUGHT SUNDAY SCHOOL AT MILNER BAPTIST CHURCH. WILEY WAS ALSO AN ORDAINED DEACON. BOTH ARE BURIED IN THE CHURCH CEMETERY.

2. MARY F. (CHILDERS) DAVIS: BORN 1844 - DIED (CURRENTLY UNKNOWN). MARY MARRIED ELIAS DAVIS SOMETIME DURING THE YEAR OF 1868. THEY ALSO MADE THEIR HOME AND RAISED THEIR THREE KNOWN CHILDREN IN MILNER, GEORGIA. IT IS CURRENTLY UNKNOWN WHERE THEY ARE BURIED.

3. WILLIAM (BILL) J. CHILDERS: BORN JANUARY 1846 - DIED (BETWEEN 1900 AND 1910).

BILL WAS TOO YOUNG (ABOUT THIRTEEN) TO ENLIST IN THE CONFEDERATE STATES ARMY AT THE BEGINNING OF THE WAR AND WAS JUST TURNING OLD ENOUGH TO BECOME A MEMBER WHEN THAT AMERICAN WAR ENDED,

BILL WAS MARRIED TWICE. HIS FIRST WIFE WAS NANCY (ROSS) BABB, A WAR WIDOW WHO’S HUSBAND (TOM BABB) HAD BEEN KILLED IN ACTION. THEY WERE MARRIED IN 1868. NANCY, BORN IN 1844 - DIED AUGUST 1869, WAS ABOUT TWO YEARS OLDER THAN BILL. NANCY HAD TWO CHILDREN FROM HER PREVIOUS MARRIAGE.

BILL AND NANCY HAD ONE CHILD, WILLIAM MATHIS CHILDERS. HE WAS BORN AUGUST 15,1869. NANCY DIED DURING CHILD BIRTH OR VERY SHORTLY THEREAFTER. IT IS CURRENTLY UNKNOWN WHERE SHE IS BURIED.

THE CHILDERS ABILITY TO SURVIVE IS VERY APPARENT HERE. THAT LITTLE FELLOW WILLIAM MATHIS (TOM) CHILDERS, WHOSE MOTHER DIED WHEN HE WAS BORN, DID SURVIVE. HE BECAME MY GRANDDADDY ON JANUARY 02,1937.

BILL RE-MARRIED. HIS SECOND WIFE WAS EMALINE (EMMA) BROOKINGS, BORN 1835 DIED BETWEEN 1900 AND 1910. THEY WERE MARRIED IN 1871. EMMA WAS ABOUT ELEVEN YEARS OLDER THAN BILL.

BILL AND EMMA HAD TWO CHILDREN, MELISSA LEE, BORN 1873 AND JAMES (JIM) WILLIAM, BORN 1876. MELISSA WAS ABOUT FOURTEEN WHEN SHE DIED. IT IS CURRENTLY UNKNOWN WHERE SHE IS BURIED. JIM DIED APRIL 27,1943 IN OKOLONA, ARKANSAS AND IS BURIED IN BETHEL CEMETERY.

BILL AND EMMA MADE THEIR HOME IN MILNER, GEORGIA UNTIL THEY MOVED TO ARKANSAS. BOTH DIED IN OKOLONA, ARKANSAS AND ARE BURIED IN BETHEL CEMETERY.

4. CYNTHIA C. (CHILDERS) HENDERSON: BORN 1849 - DIED (CURRENTLY UNKNOWN). CYNTHIA MARRIED GEORGE WASHINGTON HENDERSON. THEY ALSO MADE THEIR HOME IN MILNER, GEORGIA. NO KNOWN CHILDREN. IT IS CURRENTLY UNKNOWN WHEN EITHER DIED OR WHERE THEY ARE BURIED.

5. JAMES DAWSON (DOSS) CHILDERS: BORN APRIL 8,1852 - DIED JANUARY 5,1929. DOSS, A SINGLE MAN, ALSO MADE HIS HOME IN MILNER, GEORGIA. DOSS STAYED SINGLE UNTIL AFTER HE MOVED TO ARKANSAS. HE WAS ABOUT THIRTY-EIGHT YEARS OLD WHEN HE DID MARRY. HE DIED IN OKOLONA, ARKANSAS AND IS BURIED IN BETHEL CEMETERY.

6. MARTHA L. CHILDERS: BORN 1856 - DIED (CURRENTLY UNKNOWN). IT IS BELIEVED THAT MARTHA MARRIED WILL SINGLETON, A BROTHER TO HER SISTER IDA-S HUSBAND (ALFRED R. M. SINGLETON). SHE AND HER HUSBAND LIVED IN MILNER, GEORGIA.

NO KNOWN CHILDREN. IT IS CURRENTLY UNKNOWN WHEN EITHER DIED OR WHERE THEY ARE BURIED.

7. JOHN MILTON CHILDERS: BORN MARCH 31,1858 - DIED DECEMBER 20,1915. JOHN MARRIED MARTHA (MATTIE) EMMAJANE HOOD, BORN JUNE 14,1858 - DIED APRIL 25, 1919. THEY WERE MARRIED ON MAY 11, 1879. THEY ALSO MADE THEIR HOME IN MILNER, GEORGIA. UNTIL THEY MOVED TO ARKANSAS. JOHN AND MATTIE HAD FOUR CHILDREN BORN IN GEORGIA AND THREE MORE CHILDREN BORN IN ARKANSAS. JOHN AND MATTIE DIED IN OKOLONA, ARKANSAS AND ARE BURIED IN BETHEL CEMETERY.

8. ELIZABETH IDA (CHILDERS) SINGLETON: BORN DECEMBER 1863 - DIED FEBRUARY 17, 1917. IDA MARRIED ALFRED R. M. SINGLETON, BORN ABOUT 1858 - DIED ABOUT 1898. THEY WERE MARRIED ON DECEMBER 19,1880. FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS, THEY MADE THEIR HOME IN MILNER, GEORGIA. IDA AND ALFRED HAD SIX CHILDREN.

ALFRED WORKED FOR THE CENTRAL OF GEORGIA RAILROAD AND LATER FOR THE SOUTHERN RAILROAD. ALFRED AND IDA LATER MOVED THEIR FAMILY TO MACON, GEORGIA. IDA AND ALFRED DIED IN MACON, GEORGIA. IDA IS BURIED IN EVERGREEN CEMETERY. IT IS BELIEVED THAT ALFRED IS ALSO BURIED IN EVERGREEN CEMETERY.

WESTWARD THEY TRAVELED

ABOUT 1888 - 1889, APPARENTLY, NEWS WAS SPREADING AROUND IN PIKE COUNTY THAT SOUTHWEST ARKANSAS WAS THE LAND AND PLACE OF OPPORTUNITY. A PLACE FOR PEOPLE TO BEGIN A NEW LIFE AND TO LEAVE BEHIND THOSE LAST TWENTY-SIX PLUS YEARS OF VARIOUS HARDSHIPS.

WILLIAM J., THE OLDEST OF THE THREE CHILDERS BROTHERS, AND EMMA MADE THE DECISION TO GO WEST. SADLY, THEIR DAUGHTER MELISSA WAS NO LONGER WITH THEM. THEIR SON JIM WAS NOW ABOUT THIRTEEN YEARS OLD AND COULD HELP ON THE JOURNEY AND FINISH HIS GROWING UP YEARS IN A NEW AREA.

FOR REASONS UNKNOWN, WILLIAM MATHIS (TOM) CHILDERS, NOW ABOUT NINETEEN, DID NOT GO WITH HIS DAD AND STEP-MOM TO ARKANSAS. IT IS THROUGH TOM THAT THE CHILDERS SURNAME - THE GEORGIA LINEAGE OF JAMES AND ELISABETH CHILDERS - STILL EXISTS TODAY.

OVER THE YEARS, WILLIAM MATHIS (CALLED TOM) CHILDERS DID STAY IN CONTACT WITH HIS DAD, STEP-MOM AND HALF BROTHER (ALSO HIS TWO UNCLES, AUNTS AND COUSINS).

JAMES DAWSON (DOSS) CHILDERS, STILL SINGLE AND ADVENTUROUS, ALSO DECIDED TO GO WEST.

JOHN MILTON CHILDERS, THE YOUNGEST OF THE THREE BROTHERS, AND MATTIE ALSO MADE THE DECISION TO GO WEST. UNLIKE BILL AND EMMA CHILDERS, THEY STILL HAD SMALL CHILDREN, UNDER THE AGE OF SEVEN, TO CONSIDER IN ORDER TO MAKE THE LONG JOURNEY.

AFTER LIVING IN THE MILNER AREA SINCE THEIR BIRTH, THE CHILDERS BROTHERS, WILLIAM J., JAMES DAWSON AND JOHN MILTON, SAID GOOD BYE TO THEIR FOUR SISTERS, THEIR BROTHER, THEIR FAMILIES AND MANY OF THEIR FRIENDS. THEY WERE LEAVING THE MILNER AREA OF PIKE COUNTY, GEORGIA. PERHAPS NEVER TO SEE ANY OF THEM AGAIN.

APPARENTLY, A GOOD NUMBER OF OTHER FAMILIES DECIDED TO IMPROVE THERE LIVELIHOOD IN SOUTHWEST ARKANSAS. A LARGE NUMBER OF PEOPLE MADE THE OPTION FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM AND ALONG WITH THE CHILDERS' TRAVELED TOGETHER AS A GROUP. MANY OF THESE SETTLED IN CLARK COUNTY, ARKANSAS. THE CHILDERS MADE THEIR HOMES IN AND AROUND THE SMALL TOWN OF OKOLONA, ARKANSAS.

JAMES DAWSON CHILDERS, STILL SINGLE WHEN HE LEFT GEORGIA, DID GET MARRIED IN ARKANSAS. THE YOUNG LADY HE MARRIED WAS ALICE EDITHA ANDERSON (BORN OCTOBER 19,1870 - DIED DECEMBER 2,1935). THEY WERE MARRIED ON AUGUST 10, 1890. ALICE WAS NINETEEN WHEN THEY WERE MARRIED. BOTH OF THEM LIVED MANY LONG YEARS. THEY BECAME THE PARENTS OF THIRTEEN CHILDREN - WHICH INCLUDED THREE SETS OF TWINS.

JOHN MILTON AND MATTIE CHILDERS HAD THREE MORE CHILDREN IN ARKANSAS FOR A TOTAL OF SEVEN KNOWN CHILDREN.

IT IS THROUGH THE SONS OF WILLIAM J. (HIS SECOND MARRIAGE), JAMES DAWSON AND JOHN MILTON THAT THE CHILDERS SURNAME - THE ARKANSAS LINEAGE OF JAMES AND ELISABETH CHILDERS - STILL EXISTS TODAY. THESE THREE BROTHERS HAD A TOTAL OF SEVEN SONS.

THE YEARS OF LIFE KEEP MOVING ALONG. CHILDREN GROW TO BECOME ADULTS, MARRY AND HAVE CHILDREN AND SOMETIME THE OLDER ADULTS GET TO ENJOY THEIR GRANDCHILDREN BEFORE PASSING THE BATON ALONG. SOMETIMES THE YOUNG JUST BEGIN THEIR JOURNEY.

IN BETHEL CEMETERY, MANY CHILDERS ARE BURIED

WILLIAM (BILL) J. CHILDERS, 1848 - BETWEEN 1900 & 1910. EMALINE (EMMA) (BROOKINGS) CHILDERS, NOVEMBER 1835 - BETWEEN 1900 & 1910. THEY’RE SON AND HIS WIFE:

JAMES (JIM) WILLIAM CHILDERS, 1876 - APRIL 27,1943. BESSIE ELIZABETH (BROOKINGS) CHILDERS, AUGUST 18,1876 - JULY 12,1943.

JAMES DAWSON (DOSS) CHILDERS, APRIL 8,1852 - JANUARY 5,1929. ALICE EDITHA (ANDERSON) CHILDERS, OCTOBER 19,1870 - DECEMBER 2,1935.

SOME OF THEIR CHILDREN ARE:

HOMER GORDON CHILDERS, AUGUST 14,1891 - APRIL 7,1919.

ARNOLD CHILDERS, 1893 - 1895.

GRADY CHILDERS, 1895 - 1902.

a. MARION CHILDERS (TWIN), 1897 -1897.
b. JACKSON CHILDERS (TWIN), 1897 - 1897

a. LENA CHILDERS (TWIN), 1899 - 1899. b. LEILA CHILDERS (TWIN), 1899 - 1899.

JOHN MILTON CHILDERS, MARCH 31,1855 - DECEMBER 20,1914. MARTHA EMMAJANE (HOOD) CHILDERS, JUNE 14,1858 - APRIL 25,1919.

SOME OF JOHN AND MATTIE'S CHILDREN ARE:

LUTHER EARNEST (LUKE) CHILDERS, SEPTEMBER 17,1880 - JANUARY 22,1934. CARRIE E. (TILLMAN) CHILDERS, JULY 19,1885 - DECEMBER 24,1973.

SOME OF LUKE AND CARRIE'S CHILDREN ARE:

a. EULA (CHILDERS) BAILEY, AUGUST 29,1908 - JULY 11, 1954.

CLYDE BAILEY (EULA'S HUSBAND), JULY 7,1906 - OCTOBER 1, 1972

b. LLOYD J. CHILDERS, APR. 28,1915 - FEB. 15,1977.

c. RUBEN T. CHILDERS, FEBRUARY 18,1917 - OCTOBER 5,1969.

d. WILMA CHILDERS, SEPT. 11, 1922 - MARCH 5,1966.

JOHN FRED CHILDERS, AUGUST 29,1885 - SEPTEMBER 7,1937. MATTIE DOROTHY (TILLMAN) CHILDERS, JULY 19,1885 - APRIL 12,1922. SOME OF JOHN FRED AND DOROTHY'S CHILDREN ARE:

a. FRED JOHN CHILDERS, JUNE 17,1908 - MARCH 27,1967.

RUBY (DAVIS) CHILDERS, JULY 25,1908 - JULY 21,1968.

b. CLYDE CHILDERS, SEPT 1909 - MARCH 18,1916.

c. CECIL G. CHILDERS, 1917 - AUGUST 16,1988.

MARY ALICE CHILDERS, DECEMBER 12,1892 - NOVEMBER 5,1892.

INSCRIBED ON THE HEADSTONES

WM J. (BILL) CHILDERS, CIRCA 1846 - 1911 EMALINE B. CHILDERS, CIRCA 1835 - 1911

JAMES (JIM) WILLIAM CHILDERS, 1876 - APRIL 27,194. BESSIE ELIZABETH (BROOKINGS) CHILDERS AUGUST 18,1876 - JULY 12,194.

JAMES DAWSON CHILDERS, APRIL 8,1852 - JAN. 5,1929 ALICE EDITHA CHILDERS, OCT. 19,1870 - DEC. 2,1935 PRECIOUS MEMORIES

HOMER GORDON CHILDERS, AUG. 14,1891 - APRIL 7,1919 ASLEEP IN JESUS PEACEFUL REST

BABY BOY CHILDERS, 1893 - 1893

ARNOLD CHILDERS, 1893 - 1895

GRADY CHILDERS, 1895 - 1902

MARION CHILDERS, 1897 - 1897

JACKSON CHILDERS, 1897 - 1897

LENA CHILDERS, 1899 - 1899


LEILA CHILDERS, 1899 - 1899

JOHN M. CHILDERS, 1858 - 1914 MATTIE CHILDERS, 1858 - 1928

LUKE CHILDERS, SEPT. 17,1880 - JAN. 22,1934

CARRIE CHILDERS, JULY 19,1855 - DEC. 24,1973

LLOYD J. CHILDERS, APR. 28,1915 - FEB. 15,1977 CPL., US ARMY - WORLD WAR 11

RUBEN T. CHILDERS, FEBRUARY 18,1917 - OCTOBER 5,1969 ARKANSAS PFC., CO C 145 ENGR CMBT BN WORLD WAR It

J F (NOTT) CHILDERS, AUG 29,1885 - SEPT 7,1937

DOTT TILLMAN, FEB 5,1890 - APRIL12,1922 ASLEEP IN JESUS - AT REST

FRED JOHN CHILDERS, JUNE 17,1908 - MARCH 27,1967 RUBY DAVIS CHILDERS, JULY 25,1908 - JULY 21,1968 MARRIED DECEMBER 23,1931 - ONLY SLEEPING

RUBEN T. CHILDERS, FEBRUARY 18,1917 - OCTOBER 5,1969 ARKANSAS PFC., CO C 145 ENGR CMBT BN WORLD WAR B

WILMA CHILDERS, SEPT. 11, 1922 - MARCH 5,1966

CLYDE CHILDERS, SEPT. 1, 1909 - MARCH 18,1916

CECIL G. CHILDERS, 1917 - AUGUST 16,1988

CLYDE BAILEY, JULY 7,1906 - OCT. 1, 1972

EULA BAILEY, AUG. 29,1908 - JULY 11, 1954

BETHEL CEMETERY 2002


THIS CEMETERY IS CLEAN AND WELL MAINTAINED. THE OPEN GRASS AREAS ARE MOWED; THE GRASS AROUND THE HEADSTONES AND THE PERIMETER FENCE IS KEPT TRIMMED. A VERY NEAT AND CARED FOR BURIAL GROUND.

THE BETHEL CEMETERY ASSOCIATION, WHICH HAS MEMBERS WHO MAINTAIN, THE GROUNDS, HAS ERECTED A LARGE SHELTER AT THE ENTRANCE TO PROVIDE A COVER FOR VISITORS FROM THE SUMMER HEAT AND IN TIMES OF INCLEMENT WEATHER.

THE MEMBERS OF THE ASSOCIATION MEET TOGETHER ONE TIME A YEAR, AT THE CEMETERY AND UNDER THE SHELTER. THE MEETING, HELD THE SUNDAY AFTER MOTHER'S DAY, IS OPEN TO ANY WHO WISH TO ATTEND.


The officers of the Childers/ Childress Family Association, Inc. Invite you to attend the 22nd Annual Meeting of this association.

Date: September 4 - 6, 2003

Place: Nashville, Tennessee

Sept. 4: Wreath- laying ceremony honoring the 200th Anniversary Of the birth of Mrs. Sarah Childress Polk

Wife of President James Knox Polk

(This ceremony will take place at the gravesite on the TN capitol grounds.)

More details in the winter issue of the CFA newsletter.

Jack Childers
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