Sunday, February 28, 2010

Doc Gailey and His Sisters


Gailey Children
James Dolphus Gailey
Grace Amanda Gailey
Nellie Mae Gailey

Children of James Newton Gailey and Eleanor Elizabeth Brock
Brock Community, Parker County, Texas


My grandfather, James Dolphus "Doc" Gailey, had two younger sisters whom he adored. Grace and Nell were doted on by him and his parents and they grew up so attached to one another, their sibling love and devotion was a thing to be admired. I feel it gave all of their children and grandchildren an example to learn from and a standard to strive for. It was always such fun when the aunts came to visit. Some of you may remember that Doc and Grandma raised me so I, more often than not, call my mother's aunts my aunts, when in reality they were my great-aunts. And my sisters and I would usually go with Doc and Grandma to the aunts' houses to visit, so I find myself remembering things about them that my 1st cousins do not.

All three of Jim and Elizabeth's children were born in the Brock community of Parker County, Texas.
Their only son, James Dolphus "Doc" Gailey was born on November 8, 1898 and died, probably of a broken heart, just five short weeks after my grandmother, Edna Alice, died from complications of multiple myeloma. She died in St. Joseph's hospital here in Fort Worth on August 30, 1976. Doc died in his easy chair reading a postcard from one of my sister's who lived in LaPorte at the time. He had been so despondent since Grandma passed away and all of our urging to have him visit one or the other of us fell on deaf ears. He died on his baby daughter's birthday, October 6, 1976. Irene had been born 53 years before on that very day.

Grace lived to the age of 83, dying just 2 months shy of her 84th birthday. She was born Grace Amanda Gailey on March 1, 1900 and outlived her brother and sister by several years. She met and married Dewey Excell Cornelius on October 18, 1918. Uncle Dewey was born in Ellis County, Texas on December 14, 1898 and died on May 5, 1941 in Fort Worth. He was a grocer and butcher and taught my father, Leon Richards, to be skillful in that trade which he worked at for many years. While Daddy was learning the trade we lived with Aunt Grace and Uncle Dewey in their neat white house on the north side of Fort Worth. I must have been just a tiny thing, because I don't remember living there, but I have been told by family members and their daughters that they remember our living with them for a while. What I do remember is visiting that house with Grandma and Doc, after I was ten years old. Three of their children still live in the metroplex and we visit when we can. Aunt Grace was such a sweet, sweet aunt and I remember how Doc enjoyed being there, retelling tales and reliving memories. Grace died January 31, 1984 in Grapevine, Texas.

Grace and Doc's baby sister was Nell. They sometimes called her Nellie Mae. I'm not sure what her birth certificate says, but I always just called her Aunt Nell. She had a large, booming laugh and eyes that sparkled when she talked. I absolutely loved having come from Lubbock to visit. We kids would hang around in the background, being seen and not heard, listening for a new story, waiting to hear the adults laugh or cry, and sometimes, even say a cuss word if the occasion warranted! Oh, how I now wish I had had a tape recorder in my pocket. But who would have thought of that at the age of ten or twelve?

Nellie Mae was born December 25, 1903. I wonder if the winter that year was like the one we had in 2009? Brrrr! Family notes from my mother's sister say that she was born on December 5th, but the Social Security Death Index says Christmas Day, so I will record it as that in my family tree. She was married the first time to Wesley Hodges, Sr. and they had one son, Wes, Jr. My mother and her sisters and the Cornelius siblings were all very close as kids and later as adults. There is a wonderful photo of them beside their Grandfather Jim's car. Don't you just adore those little haircuts?

Gailey Cousins
Wesley Hodges, Jr. with the Girls
L to R: Irene, Maedelle, and Vernelle Gailey
and Wilma Bernice Cornelius
(Irene and Wilma were both born in 1923 so the picture must be circa 1928.)

Aunt Nell and Wes ended their marriage with divorce and she married Robert Hatchett "R. H." Tudor. My uncle's handwritten family notes say that R. H. was born in 1882 and died in 1970. Even though I remember visiting their home in Lubbock when I was little, I really don't know anything about him. I thought as a child he must work in those huge granaries that we would see driving to Lubbock, but as an adult, I'm sure that was not the case. I don't know where he was born, but wonder if he was one of the Tudors that lived in Erath County that I have recently learned were connected to the Gaileys I wrote about in my recent post

 Robert Hatchett "R. H." Tudor, Nell Gailey Tudor
and Grace Gailey Cornelius
Lubbock, Texas

Aunt Nell and Uncle R. H. had two daughters, Sharon Gail and Bobbie Nell. Sharon was born with what I always assumed was Down's Syndrome, but could very well have been some other disorder. But I remember her vividly. She was sweet and innocent and everyone loved her. She only lived a few short years. Bobbie Nell was only one year older than me, so we got along great and we all enjoyed our visits with one another - whether it was in Lubbock or Mineral Wells. Bobbie Nell died suddenly in Lubbock when she was in her fifties.


Bobbie Nell Tudor, age 3
Sharon Gail Tudor, age 6 months
Children of R. H. Tudor and Nell Gailey Tudor

Sources:
Family Records
Photographs:
Digital Format, Originals belonging to Judith Richards Shubert, 2010

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Gaileys Go West

James Dolphus "Doc" Gailey
Edna Alice Puckett Gailey
Circa 1919
Parker County, Texas 

My Gailey family line is one that is dear to my heart, because my mother's father was a sweet, caring, unassuming gentleman that I loved dearly. James Dolphus Gailey, otherwise known as Doc, helped raise me and my two younger sisters from the time I was ten years old and they were six and two. I have posted articles about my immediate Gailey family here, but have not dealt with Doc's ancestry. I have a thick file on the Gaileys from Habersham, Hall County, Georgia, and guess it is time I shared some of it with you.

A few weeks ago another Gailey descendant contacted me by email after seeing my post about the Brocks, more specifically my great-grandparents, James Newton Gailey and Eleanor Elizabeth Brock. James Newton, or "Jim" as the family called him, was a "distant cousin" to her "strain of the Gailey family that settled in Eastland and Erath County, Texas." The thing that caught her eye was how they "settled very close together, but they got there in different ways."

For many years my aunts and my mother who were all born in Parker County near Mineral Wells had told us that there was another "bunch" of Gaileys that they were kin to who lived nearby, close to the little town of Strawn. Their daddy, Doc, had told them about his cousins but they couldn't remember ever meeting them. My aunt Irene Gailey Stone died in 2006 without ever finding her distant cousins who lived just down the road, so to speak!

At the Gailey family reunion in Claremont, Georgia, in 2003 I sat down and talked to Beulah Gailey Whetchel about the Gaileys who had gone west and settled in Texas. Her uncle was my great-grandfather, James Newton, and he had come to Texas along with his oldest brother, George Thomas and their youngest brother, Marvin Fletcher. Beulah asked me if I knew what had happened to "that Gailey that just disappeared." I didn't and she couldn't recall his name.

So you can imagine how excited I was when one of the Gaileys in the adjoining county wrote!

"I would imagine that my ancestor, Asahel "Asa" Lomax Gailey was one of those [Gaileys] that disappeared from the family back then. It appears that the Ebenezer Gailey (brother of Ezekiel) family moved at some point from Habersham County, Georgia, to Arkansas near the farm of another brother, Amzi Gailey. Asahel [Asa] apparently met his soon-to-be wife, as her family were migrating to Texas in 1856 or 1857, and he followed them here. They got married along the way, settled near Belton, Texas, and eventually gave birth to J. W. and two other siblings.

Asahel hadn't been in Texas long when the Civil War effort came calling. He fought in the war and was captured and taken to Chicago as a P.O.W. Apparently he was reported dead to his wife, Permelia, and his children by a "friend" of his that he fought with. This guy married Permelia and fathered a child - all before Asahel had a chance to return home. He did eventually return, found out what had happened and returned to Chicago where he was never heard from again. After that the family packed up and moved to then uninhabited Eastland County just south of Strawn. I have learned that Asahel started another family there in Chicago and all of their descendants ended up in Texas in later years. Crazy how that ended up. Texas must have been in the blood. One of Asahel's grandsons from his Chicago family settled in Dallas (not 60 miles from a boat-load of half first cousins he likely did not know existed.) I have never been able to find any living relatives from that "Chicago" line."
Asahel's and J. W.'s descendant who wrote to me said that she had "pretty much narrowed the Gaileys down to two main focal areas. One is in Utah, a line of Gaileys that came over from England much later than ours. The other Gailey mecca is the Habersham County area in Georgia. It's almost safe to say that if you are a Gailey descendant in much of the United States, you are from one or the other families."

Asahel's grandfather, Joseph Gailey, was found in the 1800 census in Franklin County, Georgia, which is adjacent to Habersham and Hall counties where Asahel and my ancestor, Santafee Henderson Gailey were living in the mid-1800s. Habersham and Hall counties were formed from land ceded from the Cherokee Indians. They are not shown on this map, but are located just above and west of Franklin County in the north-east corner of the state. Joseph Gailey was among the 26 named early settlers of Georgia found in The Historical Collection of Georgia, by George White.

 

Sources:

  • The David Rumsey Map Collection, s.v. “The state of Georgia, Gridley sc. Philadelphia: Robert DeSilver, 1827” http://www.davidrumsey.com/luna/servlet/detail/RUMSEY~8~1~30678~1150531:The-state-of-Georgia--Gridley-sc (accessed February 17, 2010).


  • Broderbund Family Archive #312, Ed. 1, Census Index: US Selected Counties, 1800, Date of Import: Apr. 2, 1999, Internal Ref. #1.312.1.1134.43. Genealogy Research by Kenneth W. Gailey, North Carolina.


  • Genealogy Research by Alan F. Armstrong, descendant of Amzi Gailey, born 1810.


  • Genealogy Research by Shanon Hunt, Texas, descendant of Asahel "Asa" Lomax Gailey.


  • Gailey Family History. "History of John William (J. W.) Gailey Family of Texas" by Shanon Hunt accessed January 25, 2010.


  • White, George. Historical Collection of Georgia. Genealogy Research by Kenneth W. Gailey, North Carolina.


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