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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

William M. Collier and Lillian Gurtrude Gaines

This is one of the lines I did work on for one of my brother-in-laws so it's not my line.

William "Will" M. Collier was born 9/1869 in Knoxville, Knox County, TN to James Collier (DOB 12/8/1838 in TN; DOD 8/17/1899 in Knox County, TN) and Harriet Hamilton (DOB 2/5/1843 in Lee County, VA; DOD 12/26/1927 in Knox County, TN).


1870 U.S. Census of Talbott's Station, District 10, Jefferson County, Tennessee; Ancestry.com, 8/24/2015, Roll: M593_1540; Page: 467B; Image: 348; Family History Library Film: 553039, Family 150, Lines 32-36, "James Colyer" (sic)
James Colyer, 32 yrs old (DOB 1838), M(ale), W(hite), Farm laborer, $0 Real estate value, $100 Personal estate value, Born in TN, Cannot read or write
Harriet Colyer, 25 yrs old (DOB 1845), F, W, Keeps house, Born in VA
Martha E. Colyer, 11 yrs old (DOB 1859), F, W, At home, Born in TN, Attends school
Mary F. Colyer, 6 yrs old (DOB 1864), F, W, At home, Born in TN
William S. Colyer, 1 yr old (DOB 1869), M, W, At home, Born in TN


Will Collier married Lillian Gurtrude Gaines on 10/3/1898 in Knoxville, Knox County, TN. Lillian Gertrude Gaines was born 2/14/1883 in TN to D.B. Gaines and Eliza Jones/Janes. (I have found her listed as Eliza, Liza, Lizza Jones and Eliza, Liza, Lizza Janes so I'm not sure right now which is correct.)



1900 U.S. Census of Civil District 3, Knox County, Tennessee; Ancestry.com, 8/23/2015, Roll: 1582; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 0073; FHL microfilm: 1241582, Family 8, Lines 43-50, "Harriet Collier"
Harriet Collier, Head, W(hite), F(emale), Born May, 1848, 52 yrs old, Widowed, 14 children with 11 still alive, Born in VA, Both parents born in VA, Rents farm
William Collier, Son, W, M, Born Sept, 1869, 30 yrs old, Married, Born in TN, Father born in TN, Mother born in VA, Farmer, Can read and write
Samuel A. Collier, Son, W, M, Born Apr, 1874, 26 yrs old, Single, Born in TN, Father born in TN, Mother born in VA, Conductor Street Car, Can read and write
Ira L. Collier, Son, W, M, Born May, 1881, 19 yrs old, Single, Born in TN, Father born in TN, Mother born in VA, Farm laborer, Can read and write
Emmit H. Collier, Son, W, M, Born June, 1882, 17 yrs old, Single, Born in TN, Father born in TN, Mother born in VA, Farm laborer, Can read and write
Bertie L. Collier, Daughter, W, F, Born Apr, 1885, 15 yrs old, Single, Born in TN, Father born in TN, Mother born in VA
S.A. Collier, Daughter-in-law, W, F, Born Feb, 1882, 18 yrs old, Married, 1 child with 1 still living, Born in TN, Both parents born in TN
Claud Collier, Grandson, W, M, Born 1896, 4 yrs old, Born in TN, Both parents born in TN


Will Collier and Gertie Gaines had 3 children:

1) Helen Mae Collier (DOB 5/6/1900 in Knox County, TN; DOD 7/2/1990 in Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, SC) married Claude Malone (DOB 5/20/1900 in SC; DOD 1/15/1973 in Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, SC). They had Ruth Jean Malone (aka Ruth Joan Malone) who married Joe C. Club and Helen Malone who married Ralph Duncan.

2) Arthur Ray Collier (DOB 7/19/1902 in Knox County, TN; DOD 9/28/1989 in Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, SC) married Nellie Kimbrell (DOB 7/19/1902 in TN; DOD 11/12/1981 in Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, SC). They had Clarence Collier who married Theresa Lancaster and Louis Collier who married Thelma Rogers. Louis and Thelma Collier had Lawrence "Larry" Ray Collier.

3) Lawrence T. Collier (DOB 8/6/1904 in Knox County, TN; DOD 12/26/1933 in Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, SC) married Marian G. Fowler (DOB 10/30/1906 in Valley Falls, Spartanburg County, SC; DOD 10/21/1987 in Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, SC). Marian married a 2nd time to Marvin Davis. Lawrence and Marian Collier had one daughter named Frances Collier who married William Alan McMillion.




1910 U.S. Census of New York Avenue, Lonsdale, Knox County, Tennessee; Ancestry.com, 8/15/2015, Roll: T624_1508; Page: 8B-9A; Enumeration District: 0121; FHL microfilm: 1375521, Family 171, Lines 99-10 next page Lines 1-3, "William Collier"
William Collier, Head, M(ale), W(hite), 39 yrs old (DOB 1871), 1st marriage, Married, Born in TN, Both parents born in TN, Laborer oak extract, Can read and write, Rents home
Gertrude Collier, Wife, F, W, 24 yrs old (DOB 1886), 1st marriage, Married 12 yrs, 4 children with 3 still living, Born in TN, Both parents born in TN, Can read and write
Helen M. Collier, Daughter, F, W, 9 yrs old (DOB 1901), Single, Born in TN, Both parents born in TN, Attends school
Arthur R. Collier, Son, M, W, 7 yrs old (DOB 1903), Single, Born in TN, Both parents born in TN, Attends school
Lawrence T. Collier, Son, M, W, 5 yrs old (DOB 1905), Single, Born in TN, Both parents born in TN



U.S. City Directories, 1916, Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, SC, Pg 154, "Wm Collier"
Wm. Collier (Lillie), emp C and W C Ry, h 338 W. Henry   (Charleston and Western Carolina Railway)



1920 U.S. Census of Fingerville Township, Campobello, Spartanburg County, South Carolina; Ancestry.com, 8/15/2015, Roll: T625_1710; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 82; Image: 430, Family 18, Lines 85-89, "William Collier"
William Collier, Head, Rents home, M(ale), W(hite), 50 yrs old (DOB 1870), 1st marriage, Married, Can read and write, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Laborer in cotton mill
Girltie Collier (sic), Wife, F, W, 38 yrs old (DOB 1882), 1st marriage, Married, Can read and write, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Ray Collier, Son, M, W, 17 yrs old (DOB 1903), Single, Can read and write, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Laborer in cotton mill
Lawrence Collier, Son, M, W, 15 yrs old (DOB 1905), Single, Can read and write, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Laborer in cotton mill



Lillian Gurtrude Gaines Collier died 11/2/1926 in Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, SC from a post operative intestinal obstruction. She is buried at Fingerville United Methodist Church, 2994 Rainbow Lake Rd, Inman, Spartanburg County, SC.

SC Death Certificate #20951, Registration District #40A, Registered #536, Mrs. Lillian G. Collier, DOD 11/2/1926 in Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, SC
Female, White, Married, DOB 2/14/1883 in TN, 43 yrs old
Occupation: Domestic
Father: D.B. Gaines, born in TN
Mother: Lizza Jones, born in TN
Informant: W.M. Collier, Spartanburg, SC
DOD 11/2/1926 at 11am
Cause of death: Intestinal obstruction due to post op adhesive(? hard to read), gangrene of bowel
Buried: 11/4/1926 in Fingerville, Spartanburg County, SC




1930 U.S. Census of Wendelent Alley, Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee; Ancestry.com, 8/24/2015, Roll: 2257; Page: 18B; Enumeration District: 0019; Image: 1082.0; FHL microfilm: 2341991, Family 381, Lines 65-69, "Sam Russell" is head of household and "Will Collard" (sic, Will Collier) is boarder
Sam Russell, Head, Rents home $8, M(ale), W(hite), 63 yrs old (DOB 1867), Married at age 19 yrs old (DOM 1886), Born in TN, Both parents born in TN, Carpenter for cotton mill
Margaret Russell, Wife, F, W, 36 yrs old (DOB 1894), Married at age 15 yrs old, Born in TN, Both parents born in TN
Mary Kate Russell, Daughter, F, W, 10 yrs old (DOB 1920), Born in TN, Both parents born in TN
John Russell, Son, M, W, 9 yrs old (DOB 1921), Born in TN, Both parents born in TN
Nancy B. King, Cook, F, W, 17 yrs old (DOB 1913), Married at age 16 yrs old, Born in TN, Both parents born in TN, Cook for private family
Will Collard (sic), Boarder, M, W, 63 yrs old (DOB 1867), Widowed, Can read and write, Born in TN, Both parents born in TN, Machine Operator in cotton mill


1930 U.S. Census of Jackson Mill, Beech Springs, Spartanburg County, South Carolina; Ancestry.com, 8/16/2015, Roll: 2212; Page: 6B; Enumeration District: 0008; Image: 158.0; FHL microfilm: 2341946, Family 115, Lines 68-73, "Claude Malone"
Claude Malone, Head, Rents home, M(ale), W(hite), 28 yrs old (DOB 1902), Married at 18 yrs old (DOM 1920), Can read and write, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Overseer Spinning Room in cotton mill
Helen Malone, Wife, F, W, 28 yrs old (DOB 1902), Married 18 yrs, Can read and write, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Spinner in cotton mill
Ruth Malone, Daughter, F, W, 9 yrs old (DOB 1921), Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Helen Malone, Daughter, F, W, 6 yrs old (DOB 1924), Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Pearl Beaty, Boarder, F, W, 23 yrs old, Single, Born in GA, Both parents born in GA, Spinner in cotton mill
Annie Colder, Boarder, F, W, 20 yrs old, Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Spinner in cotton mill
Cora Hancock, Boarder, F, W, 32 yrs old, Widowed, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Spinner in cotton mill
Elevin Hancock (sic), Boarder, F, W, 3 yrs old, Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC


1930 U.S. Census of Chesnee Highway, Cherokee Springs, Spartanburg County, South Carolina; Ancestry.com, 8/15/2015, Roll: 2211; Page: 21B; Enumeration District: 0027; Image: 938.0; FHL microfilm: 2341945, Family 394, Lines 64-67, "Ray Collier"
Ray Collier, Head, Rents home for $6, M(ale), W(hite), 28 yrs old (DOB 1902), Married 20 yrs (DOM 1910), Can read and write, Born in TN, Both parents born in TN, Mechanic in public garage
Nellie Collier, Wife, F, W, 28 yrs old (DOB 1902), Married 20 yrs, Can read and write, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Spooler in cotton mill
Clarence Collier, Son, M, W, 6 yrs old (DOB 1924), Born in SC, Father born in TN, Mother born in SC
Louie Collier, Son, M, W, 3 yrs 1/12 mos old (DOB 1927), Born in SC, Father born in TN, Mother born in SC


William M. Collier died on 3/21/1932 in Knox County Poor Assylum, Knoxville, Knox County, TN of Chronic interstitial cystitis, chronic myocarditis, Syphilis, Uremia. He is buried Clapp's Chapel United Methodist Church and Cemetery, 7420 Clapp's Chapel Rd, Corryton, Knox County, TN.

SC Death Certificate #7909, Registration District #44813, Reg #20, Will Collier, DOD 3/21/1932 in Knox County Poor Assylum, Knoxville, Knox County, TN
Usual residence: 403 Forest Avenue, Knoxville, Knox County, TN
Male, White, Widowed, DOB "Unknown" in TN, 64 yrs old (DOB 1868)
Occupation: Textile worker at Appalachian Knitting Mills
Father: James Collier, born in TN
Mother: Harriett Hamilton, born in TN
Informant: H.B. Collier, 403 Forest Avenue, Knoxville, TN
DOD 3/21/1932 at 12:00pm
Cause of death: Chronic interstitial cystitis, chronic myocarditis, Syphilis, Uremia
Buried: 3/23/1932 in Clapp's

Tennessee, Deaths and Burials Index, 1874-1955
Name: Will Collier
Birth Date: abt 1868
Birth Place: Tennessee
Age: 64
Death Date: 21 Mar 1932
Death Place: Knoxville, Knox, Tennessee
Burial Date: 23 Mar 1932
Cemetery Name: Clapps Chapel
Gender: Male
Race: White
Marital Status: Widowed
Street address: 403 Forest Ave
Occupation: Textile Worker
Father's name: James Collier
Father's Birth Place: Tennessee
Mother's name: Harriett Hamilton
Mother's Birth Place: Virginia
FHL Film Number: 1876788



1940 U.S. Census of Johnson St., Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, South Carolina; Ancestry.com, 8/16/2015, Roll: T627_3839; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 42-66, Family 137, Lines 36-40, "Claude Malone"
Claude Malone, Head, Rents home for $8, M(ale), W(hite), 39 yrs old (DOB 1901), Married, Attended school thru 7th grade, Born in SC, Lived in rural Spartanburg County, SC in 1935, Section man in card room, in textile mill Income $702
Mae Malone, Wife, F, W, 39 yrs old (DOB 1901), Married, Attended school thru 6th grade, Born in TN, Lived in rural Spartanburg County, SC in 1935, Spinner in textile mill, Income $400
Joe Clubb, Son-in-law, M, W, 19 yrs old (DOB 1921), Married, Attended school thru 5th grade, Born in SC, Lived in rural Spartanburg County, SC in 1935, Card room hand in textile mill, Income $576
Ruth Clubb, Daughter, F, W, 21 yrs old (DOB 1919), Married, Attended school thru 7th grade, Born in SC, Lived in rural Spartanburg County, SC in 1935, No occupation

1940 U.S. Census of Milan St., Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, South Carolina; Ancestry.com, 8/16/2015, Roll: T627_3839; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 42-66, Family 117, Lines 34-36, "Ray Collin" (sic, Ray Collier)
Ray Collin, Head, Rents home for $8, M(ale), W(hite), 37 yrs old (DOB 1903), Married, Attended school thru 4th grade, Born in TN, Lived in the same place in 1935, Weaver in textile mill, Income $832
Nellie Collin, Wife, F, W, 37 yrs old (DOB 1903), Married, Attended school thru 4th grade, Born in TN, Lived in the same place in 1935, Weaver in textile mill, Income $630
Louise Collin (sic), Son, M, W, 13 yrs old (DOB 1827), Single, Attends school, Attended school thru 3rd grade, Born in SC, Lived in the same place in 1935

SC Death Certificate #18796, Registration District #40-A, Registered #590, Lawrence Collier, DOD 12/26/1933 in Mary Black Clinic, Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, SC
Male, White, DOB 8/6/1904 in Knoxville, Knox County, TN, 29 yrs, Married to Marion Collier
Occupation: Mill Operative
Father: William Collier, born in TN
Mother: Gertrude Gaines, born in TN
Informant: Mrs. Marion Collier, Valley Falls, SC
DOD 12/26/1966 in pm
Cause of death: Auto-Train accident, Mashed chest, punctured wound, injured lungs
Accident occurred 12/25/1933 on Arch St, Spartanburg, SC R.R.
Buried: 12/28/2015 in Fingerville, SC

Obituary of Lawrence Collier, The Spartanburg Herald, 12/27/1933, Front page, "Collier Expires At Hospital Here"
Collier Expires At Hospital Here
Man Injured In Collision Of Automobile And Train On Christmas Day
Lawrence Collier, 29, of Arcadia succumbed last midnight to injuries received Christmas Day when an automobile in which he was riding was struck by the Piedmont Limited of the Southern Railway at the Green Street crossing.
Albert Johnson, 36, of Arcadia, suffered lacerations about the body in the collision.
Collier was taken to the hospital Monday afternoon, unconscious and in a critical condition, but clung to life a day and a half. His chest was crushed, he suffered a deep wound in the back, and numerous cuts. The automobile in which Collier and Johnson were riding was smashed to pieces.
A native of Tennessee, Collier had lived in Spartanburg County for about 15 years, moving to Arcadia a year ago from Valley Falls. He was a textile employee.
Collier is survived by his widow, who before her marriage was Miss Marioan Fowler, and a daughter, Frances Collier. He also left a sister, Mrs. Claude Malone of Chesnee and a brother, Ray Collier of Woodruff.
Arrangement for the funeral had not been made early this morning.

Obituary of Lawrence Collier, The Spartanburg Herald, 12/29/1933, Pg A10, "Inquest Held In Death Of Collier"
Inquest Held In Death Of Collier
Funeral Services For Man To Be Held Today At Fingerville
Lawrence Collier, 29-year-old Arcadia Mill employee who died at a local hospital late Tuesday night of injuries which he suffered Monday afternoon when the car in which he was riding was struck by a Southern Railway passenger train at the Green Street crossing "came to his death by being hit by Southern Railway train No. 4," a coroner's jury decided yesterday at an inquest which was held at the M.W. Bobo Funeral Home.
The automobile in which Collier was riding with Albert Johnson, 36, also of Arcadia, was struck by the Piedmont Limited passenger train. Collier being the more critically injured, Johnson suffered lacerations about the body and will recover. The automobile was demolished, the jurors were told by witnesses.
Only one eye-witness was heard at the inquest, this being S.H. Wyatt, who testified that he was walking up the side of the track at the time he saw the Piedmont Limited approaching the crossing. A freight train headed south, said the witness, was on a sideline, "but the freight train pulled close to the crossing and stopped."
"About the same time I saw the passenger train coming I also saw some boys across the track waving at those in the car," Mr. Wyatt testified. "The the train hit the car, and the boys started running. The train was not traveling fast because it stopped in two car-lengths after hitting the automobile. The bell was ringing but I couldn't hear it very plain."
Mr. Wyatt told Coroner John S. Turner and the jury that after the crash, he talked to Johnson, who he said was driving the car, and asked him who the man with him was, but that Johnson replied, "I haven't sense enough to remember." He then told of the ambulance carrying the injured men to the hospital.
F.G. Austell was foreman of the jury, the other members were: C.E. McDaniel, O.S. Porter, F.G. Gordon, M.C. McCallister and J.R. Burrell.
A certificate from Dr. Hugh S. Black certified that he had examined "Mr. Lawrence Collier and found him to have a mashed chest, multiple bruises over the body which were sufficient in our opinion to cause death," was read to the jury.
Funeral services for Mr. Collier will be held at the Fingerville Baptist Church at 3 o'clock Thursday afternoon, the Rev. A.P. Jones pastor of the Valley Falls Baptist Church officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The body will be taken from the Bobo Funeral Home Wednesday afternoon to the residence of G.B. Fowler, Valley Falls, the father-in-law of Collier, where it will remain until 2:15 Thursday when the funeral procession will leave for Fingerville.
Active pallbearers will be Roy Strickland, Nat Manis, Bill Chapman, Hollis Ayers, W.H. Ward, and Allan Nolen.
Honorary pallbearers will be G.D. Boyd, Henry Dickson, W.L. Bagwell, Charlie Chapman, Kid Chapman, Frank McClure, John Wilson and Lee Chapman.
A native of Tennessee, Collier had lived in Spartanburg County for about 15 years, moving to Arcadia a year ago from Valley Falls. He was a textile employee.
He is survived by his widow, who before her marriage was Miss Marian Fowler, and a daughter, Frances Collier. He also is survived by a sister, Mrs. Claude Malone of Chesnee, and a brother, Ray Collier of Woodruff.

1940 U.S. Census of Sirrine St, Ninety Six, Greenwood County, South Carolina; Ancestry.com, 8/21/2015, Roll: T627_3815; Page: 18B; Enumeration District: 24-32, Family 348, Lines 65-66, "Marvin Davis"
Marvin Davis, Head, Rents home for $9, M(ale), W(hite), 32 yrs old (DOB 1908), Married, Attended high school 4 yrs, Born in SC, Lived in the same place in 1935, Doffer in cotton mill, Income $686
Marion B. Davis (sic), Wife, F, W, 32 yrs old (DOB 1908), Married, Attended high school 1 yr, Born in SC, Lived in Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, SC in 1935, Spinner in cotton mill

1940 U.S. Census or Valley Falls Mill, Spartanburg County, South Carolina; Ancestry.com, 8/19/2015, Roll: T627_3840; Page: 9B; Enumeration District: 42-75, Family 164, Lines 74-80, "Efford Fawler" (sic)
Efford Fawler, Head, Rents home for $10, Head, M(ale), W(hite), 35 yrs old (DOB 1905), Married, Attended school thru 6th grade, Born in SC, Lived in the same place in 1935, Mill Worker in textile mill, Income $1,000
Lillie M. Fawler, Wife, F, W, 35 yrs old (DOB 1905), Married, Attended school thru 4th grade, Born in SC, Lived in the same place in 1935, Mill worker in textile mill, Income $700
Clarence Fawler, Son, M, W, 14 yrs old (DOB 1926), Single, Attends school, Attended school thru 4th grade, Born in SC, Lived in the same place in 1935
Efford Fawler, Jr., Son, M, W, 11 yrs old (DOB 1929), Single, Attends school, Attended school thru 2nd grade, Born in SC, Lived in the same place in 1935
Hubert Fawler, Son, M, W, 7 yrs old (DOB 1933), Single, Attends school, Born in SC, Lived in the same place in 1935
George B. Fawler, Father, M, W, 55 yrs old (DOB 1885), Widowed, Attended school thru 3rd grade, Born in SC, Lived in the same place in 1935, Mill worker in textile mill, Income, $1,000
Frances Collier, Niece, F, W, 16 yrs old (DOB 1924), Single, Attends school, Attended high school 2 yrs, Born in SC, Lived in the same place in 1935


Obituary Claude Malone, Spartanburg Herald Journal Obituary Section, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 1973, Page A3, (Obituary was rewritten to conform to Findagrave Rules by Record Hunter.)
Claude Malone was dead on arrival at Spartanburg General Hospital at 9 a.m. Monday, Jan 15, 1973 following a lengthy illness. Native of Spartanburg County, SC and husband of Mae Collier Malone. Son of W.T. and Louise Smith Malone and member of Fingerville Methodist Church. Member of John's Massonic Lodge No. 333 and retired textile employee. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Jan. 17, 1973 at Fingerville Methodist Church with interment in the Church Cemetery with Masonic rites. Survivors included: two daughters, two sisters, a brother, five grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. He was 72 years of age at his demise.

Social Security Death Index
Name: Claude Malone
SSN: 247-03-****
Last Residence: 29303 Spartanburg, Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA
BORN: 20 May 1900
Died: Jan 1973
State (Year) SSN issued: South Carolina (Before 1951)

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Claude Malone
Birth: May 20, 1900
Death: Jan. 15, 1973
Family links:
Parents:
William Timothy Malone (1878 - 1936)
Louise Smith Malone (1871 - 1960)
Spouse: Mae Collier Malone (1900 - 1990)
Children: Ruth Jean Malone Clubb (1918 - 1997)
Siblings:
Minnie M Malone (1901 - 1908)
Mamie Malone Calvert (1904 - 2005)
Geanie Malone Sanders (1905 - 2005)
Newton Malone (1911 - 1936)
Stewart Malone (1913 - 1995)
Burial: Fingerville United Methodist Church Cemetery, Spartanburg County, South Carolina, USA
Created by: Record Hunter
Record added: Jul 24, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 39818891


Social Security Death Index
Name: Nellie Collier
SSN: 247-05-****
Last Residence: 29301 Spartanburg, Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA
BORN: 14 Feb 1903
Last Benefit: 29301, Spartanburg, Spartanburg, South Carolina, United States of America
Died: Nov 1981
State (Year) SSN issued: South Carolina (Before 1951)

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Nellie Kimbrell Collier
Birth: Feb. 14, 1903, Tennessee, USA
Death: Nov. 12, 1981, Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, South Carolina, USA
Family links:
Parents:
Fielding Kimbrell (1867 - 1958)
Roxana Horton Kimbrell (1873 - 1940)
Spouse: A. Ray Collier (1902 - 1989)
Children: Clarence Collier (1923 - 2005)
Siblings:
John Landrum Kimbrell (1892 - 1965)
Clara May Kimbrell Bradley (1894 - 1962)
Joe Kimbrell (1895 - 1979)
Ernest Kimbrell (1898 - 1950)
Willie Webb Kimbrell (1906 - 1967)
Lila Lou Kimbrell Hudgins (1910 - 2008)
Ezell Wallace Kimbrell (1916 - 1972)
Burial: Mountain View Baptist Church Cemetery, Boiling Springs, Spartanburg County, South Carolina, USA
Created by: Patricia
Record added: Jun 25, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 92508435

Social Security Death Index
Name: Ray Collier
SSN: 247-03-****
Last Residence: 29301 Spartanburg, Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA
BORN: 19 Jul 1902
Died: 28 Sep 1989
State (Year) SSN issued: South Carolina (Before 1951)

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Arthur Ray Collier
Birth: Jul. 19, 1902, Tennessee, USA
Death: Sep. 28, 1989, Spartanburg County, South Carolina, USA
Family links: Spouse: Nellie Kimbrell Collier (1903 - 1981)
Children: Clarence Collier (1923 - 2005)
Burial: Mountain View Baptist Church Cemetery, Boiling Springs, Spartanburg County, South Carolina, USA
Created by: Patricia
Record added: Jun 25, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 92511281


Social Security Death Index
Name: Marion G. Davis
SSN: 248-10-****
Last Residence: 29303 Spartanburg, Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA
BORN: 30 Oct 1906
Died: 21 Oct 1987
State (Year) SSN issued: South Carolina (Before 1951)

Obituary of Marion Fowler Collier Davis, Spartanburg Herald Journal Obituary Section on, Thursday, Oct. 22, 1987, on page B4, (Obituary rewritten to conform to Findagrave Rules by Record Hunter.)
Marion G. Davis, died Wednesday, Oct. 21, 1987, in Mary Black Memorial Hospital. Native of Valley Fall, Spartanburg County, SC and widow of Marvin Davis. Daughter of George B. and Mame Fowler. Retired employee of Converse Mills and Valley Falls Mills and member of Pinewood Baptist Church. Twice married: first to the late Lawrence Collier and second to Marvin Davis. Funeral services were held at Floyd's North Street Chapel at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, 1987 with interment in the Fingerville United Methodist Church Cemetery. Survivors included: a daughter, a sister, a brother, two step-brothers, two grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She was 80 years of age at her demise.

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Marion Fowler Collier Davis
Birth: Oct. 30, 1906
Death: Oct. 21, 1987
Family links: Spouse: Lawerence C Collier (1904 - 1933)
Burial: Fingerville United Methodist Church Cemetery, Spartanburg County, South Carolina, USA
Created by: Record Hunter
Record added: Jul 21, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 39697522

George B. Fowler and Lillie Belcher

This is one of the lines I did work on for one of my brother-in-laws so it's not my line.

George B. Fowler was born 9/16/1884 in either NC or SC to David Herbert Fowler (DOB 9/1855 in SC; DOD 10/22/1919 in Boiling Springs, Spartanburg County, SC) and Elizabeth Bishop (DOB 9/1856 in SC; DOD ? in ? ). George was the 5th in 8 children. His older siblings were Harriet, Marietta, Sarah, John Robert Fowler. His younger siblings were Frances Elizabeth, Lula Fowler, Boyce "Bub" Lee Fowler.


1900 U.S. Census of Reidville, Spartanburg County, South Carolina; Ancestry.com, 8/20/2015, Roll: 1542; Page: 9A Enumeration District: 0094; FHL microfilm: 1241542, Family 160, Lines 42-49, "Ivor Fowler" (sic, Dave Fowler)
Ivor Fowler, Head, W(hite), M(ale), Born Sept, 1855, 50 yrs old, Married 25 yrs (DOM 1875), Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Cotton mill Folder, Can read and write, Rents home
Elizabeth Fowler, Wife, W, F, Born Sept, 1856, 43 yrs old, Married 25 yrs, 13 children with 7 still living, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Can read and write
Mary Fowler, Daughter, W, F, Born Jan, 1877, 23 yrs old, Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Cotton mill Spooler, Cannot read or write
John Fowler, Son, W, M, Born Feb, 1881, 19 yrs old, Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Cotton mill doffing, Cannot read or write
George Fowler, Son, W, M, Born Sept, 1884, 15 yrs old, Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Cotton mill doffer, Cannot read or write
Frances Fowler, Daughter, W, F, Born April, 1886, 14 yrs old, Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Cotton mill spinner, Cannot read or write
Lula Fowler, Daughter, W, F, Born Oct, 1893, 7 yrs old, Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Bub Fowler, Son, W, M, Born Mar, 1897, 3 yrs old, Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC


George B. Fowler married Lillie Belcher first. Lillie Belcher was born 6/30/1887 in in SC to Jacob "Jake" Belcher and Harriet Chapman.


George B. Fowler and Lillie Belcher Fowler had 5-6 children:

1) Elford Fowler (DOB About 1905 in Spartanburg County, SC; DOD ? in ? ) married Lillie M. Unknown (DOB ? in ? ; DOD ? in ? ).

2) Marian G. Fowler (DOB 10/30/1906 in Spartanburg County, SC; DOD 10/21/1987 in Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, SC) married Lawrence T. Collier (DOB 8/6/1904 in Knoxville, Knox County, TN; DOD 12/26/1933 in Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, SC) and Marvin Davis (DOB 1/11/1908 in NC or SC; DOD 1/9/1972 in ? ). She and Lawrence had Frances Collier.

3) Charles Fowler (DOB About 1909 in Spartanburg County, SC; DOD ? in ? ) married ? .

4) Leonard "Leo" Fowler (DOB 1/18/1911 in Spartanburg County, SC; DOD 9/1978 in ? ) married Cleo Unknown.

5) Nannie Fowler (DOB About 1914 in Spartanburg County, SC; DOD ? in ? ) married ? .

6) Manning Fowler (DOB about 1915 in Spartanburg County, SC; DOD ? in ? ) married ? 
Nannie and Manning may or may not be the same person. See censuess.



1910 U.S. Census of Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, South Carolina; Roll: T624_1472; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 0095; FHL microfilm: 1375485, Family 117, Lines 19-23, "George Fowler"
George Fowler, Head, M(ale), W(hite), 24 yrs old (DOB 1886), 1st marriage, Married 6 yrs (DOM 1904), Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Cotton mill Weaver, Can read and write, Rents home
Lillie Fowler, Wife, F, W, 22 yrs old (DOB 1888), 1st marriage, Married 6 yrs, 3 children with 3 still living, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Can read and write
Elford Fowler, Son, M, W, 5 yrs old (DOB 1905), Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Marion Fowler (sic), Daughter, F, W, 3 yrs old (DOB 1907), Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Charlie Fowler, Son, M, W, 8/12 mos old (DOB 1909), Born in SC, Both parents born in SC



U.S. World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918
Registration State: South Carolina; Registration County: Spartanburg; Roll: 1877681; Draft Board: 2, Serial #3025, Order #A-2713, George Fowler, DOB 9/16/1884
Serial #3025, George Fowler, Order #A-2713
RFD #2, Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, SC
33 yrs old, DOB 9/16/1884
White
Occupation: Cotton mill operative, Valley Falls, Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, SC
Nearest Relative: Elford Fowler, R.F.D. #2, Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, SC
39-2-20-C
Medium height, Medium build, Blue eyes, Dark hair
Signed by him 9/12/1918 in Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, SC



1920 U.S. Census of Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, South Carolina; Ancestry.com, 8/20/2015, Roll: T625_1710; Page: 3A; Enumeration District: 108; Image: 1157, Family 45, Lines 41-48, "George B. Fowler"
George B. Fowler, Head, Rents home, M(ale), W(hite), 35 yrs old (DOB 1885), Married, Can read and write, Born in NC (sic), Both parents born in NC (sic), Loom fixer in cotton mill
Mamie Fowler, Wife, F, W, 34 yrs old (DOB 1886), Married, Can read and write, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Elford Fowler, Son, M, W, 14 yrs old (DOB 1906), Single, Does not attend school, Can read and write, Born in SC, Father born in NC, Mother born in SC, Weaver in cotton mill
Maria Fowler (sic, Marian Fowler), Daughter, F, W, 13 yrs old (DOB 1907), Attends school, Born in SC, Father born in NC, Mother born in SC
Charlie Fowler, Son, M, W, 10 yrs old (DOB 1910), Attends school, Born in SC, Father born in NC, Mother born in SC
Leonard Fowler, Son, M, W, 8 yr sold (DOB 1912), Attends school, Born in SC, Father born in NC, Mother born in SC
Nannie Fowler, Daughter, F, W, 6 yrs old (DOB 1914), Born in SC, Father born in NC, Mother born in SC
Grace Fowler, Daughter, F, W, 4 yrs old (DOB 1916), Born in SC, Father born in NC, Mother born in SC


Lillian Belcher Fowler died young at the age of 28 years old of pneumonia. She died 2/2/1916 in Spartanburg County, SC and is buried at Boiling Springs First Baptist Church, 3600 Boiling Springs Road, Boiling Springs, Spartanburg County, SC.


SC Death Certificate #27970, Registration District #4008, Registered #265, Mrs. Lillie Fowler, DOD 2/2/1916 in Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, SC
Female, White, Married, 6/30/1888 in SC, 28 yrs old
Occupation: Housekeeper
Father: Jake Belcher, born in SC
Mother: Harriett Chapman, born in SC
Informant: W.B. Nolen, Valley Falls, SC
DOD 2/2/1916 at 9pm
Cause of death: Acute lobar pneumonia
Buried: (blank)

George Fowler married Mame Gosnell second. Mamie Gosnell was born 10/29/1884 in SC to William Chester Gosnell aka Winchester Gosnell and Rebecca Ann Lindsay.

Mamie Gosnell and George Fowler had a daughter named 1) Grace Fowler who was born about 1916 in Spartanburg County, SC.


1920 U.S. Census of Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, South Carolina; Ancestry.com, 8/20/2015, Roll: T625_1710; Page: 3A; Enumeration District: 108; Image: 1157, Family 45, Lines 41-48, "George B. Fowler"
George B. Fowler, Head, Rents home, M(ale), W(hite), 35 yrs old (DOB 1885), Married, Can read and write, Born in NC (sic), Both parents born in NC (sic), Loom fixer in cotton mill
Mamie Fowler, Wife, F, W, 34 yrs old (DOB 1886), Married, Can read and write, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Elford Fowler, Son, M, W, 14 yrs old (DOB 1906), Single, Does not attend school, Can read and write, Born in SC, Father born in NC, Mother born in SC, Weaver in cotton mill
Maria Fowler (sic, Marian Fowler), Daughter, F, W, 13 yrs old (DOB 1907), Attends school, Born in SC, Father born in NC, Mother born in SC
Charlie Fowler, Son, M, W, 10 yrs old (DOB 1910), Attends school, Born in SC, Father born in NC, Mother born in SC
Leonard Fowler, Son, M, W, 8 yr sold (DOB 1912), Attends school, Born in SC, Father born in NC, Mother born in SC
Nannie Fowler, Daughter, F, W, 6 yrs old (DOB 1914), Born in SC, Father born in NC, Mother born in SC
Grace Fowler, Daughter, F, W, 4 yrs old (DOB 1916), Born in SC, Father born in NC, Mother born in SC




1930 U.S. Census of Valley Falls Mill Town, Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, South Carolina; Ancestry.com, 8/20/2015, Roll: 2212; Page: 23B; Enumeration District: 0061; Image: 754.0; FHL microfilm: 2341946, Family 484, Lines 65-68, "George Fowler"
George Fowler, Head, Rents home for $3, Owns radio set, M(ale), W(hite), 45 yrs old (DOB 1885), Married at age 18 yrs old (DOM 1903), Can read and write, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Machinist in cotton mill
Mamie Fowler, Wife, F, W, 44 yrs old (DOB 1886), Married at age 17 yrs old, Can read and write, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Manning Fowler, Son, M, W, 15 yrs old (DOB 1915), Single, Does not attend school, Cannot read or write, Born in SC, Father born in NC, Mother born in SC, Weaver in cotton mill
Grace Fowler, Daughter, F, W, 14 yrs old (DOB 1916), Single, Does not attend school, Cannot read or write, Born in SC, Father born in NC, Mother born in SC, Spinner in cotton mill


Mamie Gosnell Fowler died 7/23/1936 in Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, SC of cervical cancer. She was only 51 yrs old.

SC Death Certificate #11639, Registration District #4008, Registered #98, Mrs. Mamie Fowler, DOD 7/23/1936 in Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, SC
Female, White, Married to Geo. B. Fowler, DOB 10/29/1884 in SC, 51 yrs old
Father: Winchester Gosnell, born in SC
Mother: Annie Lindsay, born in SC
Informant: Geo. B. Fowler, Spartanburg, SC
DOD 7/23/1936
Cause of death: Cancer of cervix
Buried: 7/25/1936 in New Pisgah (now known as First Baptist North Spartanburg)



1940 U.S. Census or Valley Falls Mill, Spartanburg County, South Carolina; Ancestry.com, 8/19/2015, Roll: T627_3840; Page: 9B; Enumeration District: 42-75, Family 164, Lines 74-80, "Efford Fawler" (sic)
Efford Fawler, Head, Rents home for $10, Head, M(ale), W(hite), 35 yrs old (DOB 1905), Married, Attended school thru 6th grade, Born in SC, Lived in the same place in 1935, Mill Worker in textile mill, Income $1,000
Lillie M. Fawler, Wife, F, W, 35 yrs old (DOB 1905), Married, Attended school thru 4th grade, Born in SC, Lived in the same place in 1935, Mill worker in textile mill, Income $700
Clarence Fawler, Son, M, W, 14 yrs old (DOB 1926), Single, Attends school, Attended school thru 4th grade, Born in SC, Lived in the same place in 1935
Efford Fawler, Jr., Son, M, W, 11 yrs old (DOB 1929), Single, Attends school, Attended school thru 2nd grade, Born in SC, Lived in the same place in 1935
Hubert Fawler, Son, M, W, 7 yrs old (DOB 1933), Single, Attends school, Born in SC, Lived in the same place in 1935
George B. Fawler, Father, M, W, 55 yrs old (DOB 1885), Widowed, Attended school thru 3rd grade, Born in SC, Lived in the same place in 1935, Mill worker in textile mill, Income, $1,000
Frances Collier, Niece, F, W, 16 yrs old (DOB 1924), Single, Attends school, Attended high school 2 yrs, Born in SC, Lived in the same place in 1935


George B. Fowler was killed when he was hit by a car on 9/9/1956 on Asheville Hwy, Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, SC. He is buried with his first wife at Boiling Springs Baptist Church, 3600 Boiling Springs Road, Boiling Springs, Spartanburg County, SC. According to his death certificate he had married a 3rd time to a Kathleen Unknown.


SC Death Certificate #56 012427, Registration District #4008, Registrar's #53-822, George B. Fawler (sic, George B. Fowler), DOD 9/9/1956 in Asheville Highway, Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, SC
Usual residence: Southern Shops, Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, SC
Male, White, Married to Kathleen Fowler, DOB 9/16/1885 in NC, 70 yrs old (sic)
Occupation: Retired textile worker
Father: D.H. Fowler, Mother: Elizabeth Bishop, Informant: General Hospital
DOD 9/9/1956 at 2am
Cause of death: Shock, trauma, multiple fractures, Hit by a car
Accident occurred on Asheville Hwy on 9/9/1956 at 2am in Spartanburg, SC
Hit by a car
Buried: 9/11/1956 in Boiling Springs

If you have any corrections of can supply any missing information, please contact me at Mom25dogs@gmail.com

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Lawrence T. Collier and Marian Fowler, Frances Collier and William Allen McMillion

This line is my brother-in-law's family. So I did this for him, his sister, and Mike's son, my nephew, Lee.

Lawrence T. Collier was born 8/6/1904 in Knoxville, Knox County, TN to William Collier and Gertrude Gaines. He was the youngest of 3 children: Helen Mae Collier Malone, Arthur Ray Collier and Lawrence T. Collier.

1910 U.S. Census of New York Avenue, Lonsdale, Knox County, Tennessee; Ancestry.com, 8/15/2015, Roll: T624_1508; Page: 8B-9A; Enumeration District: 0121; FHL microfilm: 1375521, Family 171, Lines 99-10 next page Lines 1-3, "William Collier"
William Collier, Head, M(ale), W(hite), 39 yrs old (DOB 1871), 1st marriage, Married, Born in TN, Both parents born in TN, Laborer oak extract, Can read and write, Rents home
Gertrude Collier, Wife, F, W, 24 yrs old (DOB 1886), 1st marriage, Married 12 yrs, 4 children with 3 still living, Born in TN, Both parents born in TN, Can read and write
Helen M. Collier, Daughter, F, W, 9 yrs old (DOB 1901), Single, Born in TN, Both parents born in TN, Attends school
Arthur R. Collier, Son, M, W, 7 yrs old (DOB 1903), Single, Born in TN, Both parents born in TN, Attends school
Lawrence T. Collier, Son, M, W, 5 yrs old (DOB 1905), Single, Born in TN, Both parents born in TN




1920 U.S. Census of Fingerville Township, Campobello, Spartanburg County, South Carolina; Ancestry.com, 8/15/2015, Roll: T625_1710; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 82; Image: 430, Family 18, Lines 85-89, "William Collier"
William Collier, Head, Rents home, M(ale), W(hite), 50 yrs old (DOB 1870), 1st marriage, Married, Can read and write, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Laborer in cotton mill
Girltie Collier (sic), Wife, F, W, 38 yrs old (DOB 1882), 1st marriage, Married, Can read and write, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC
Ray Collier, Son, M, W, 17 yrs old (DOB 1903), Single, Can read and write, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Laborer in cotton mill
Lawrence Collier, Son, M, W, 15 yrs old (DOB 1905), Single, Can read and write, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Laborer in cotton mill


Lawrence T. Collier married Marian Fowler about 1924 in Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, SC.

Marian Fowler was born 10/30/1906 in Valley Falls, Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, SC to George B. Fowler and Lillian Belcher. (George Fowler also married Mame Gosnell and Kathleen Unknown.


1910 U.S. Census of Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, South Carolina; Roll: T624_1472; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 0095; FHL microfilm: 1375485, Family 117, Lines 19-23, "George Fowler"
George Fowler, Head, M(ale), W(hite), 24 yrs old (DOB 1886), 1st marriage, Married 6 yrs (DOM 1904), Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Cotton mill Weaver, Can read and write, Rents home
Lillie Fowler, Wife, F, W, 22 yrs old (DOB 1888), 1st marriage, Married 6 yrs, 3 children with 3 still living, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Can read and write
Elford Fowler, Son, M, W, 5 yrs old (DOB 1905), Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Marion Fowler (sic), Daughter, F, W, 3 yrs old (DOB 1907), Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Charlie Fowler, Son, M, W, 8/12 mos old (DOB 1909), Born in SC, Both parents born in SC




1920 U.S. Census of Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, South Carolina; Ancestry.com, 8/20/2015, Roll: T625_1710; Page: 3A; Enumeration District: 108; Image: 1157, Family 45, Lines 41-48, "George B. Fowler"
George B. Fowler, Head, Rents home, M(ale), W(hite), 35 yrs old (DOB 1885), Married, Can read and write, Born in NC (sic), Both parents born in NC (sic), Loom fixer in cotton mill
Mamie Fowler, Wife, F, W, 34 yrs old (DOB 1886), Married, Can read and write, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Elford Fowler, Son, M, W, 14 yrs old (DOB 1906), Single, Does not attend school, Can read and write, Born in SC, Father born in NC, Mother born in SC, Weaver in cotton mill
Maria Fowler (sic, Marian Fowler), Daughter, F, W, 13 yrs old (DOB 1907), Attends school, Born in SC, Father born in NC, Mother born in SC
Charlie Fowler, Son, M, W, 10 yrs old (DOB 1910), Attends school, Born in SC, Father born in NC, Mother born in SC
Leonard Fowler, Son, M, W, 8 yr sold (DOB 1912), Attends school, Born in SC, Father born in NC, Mother born in SC
Nannie Fowler, Daughter, F, W, 6 yrs old (DOB 1914), Born in SC, Father born in NC, Mother born in SC
Grace Fowler, Daughter, F, W, 4 yrs old (DOB 1916), Born in SC, Father born in NC, Mother born in SC




Lawrence Collier and Marian Fowler had 1 child, Frances Collier.  Frances Collier was born 7/20/1924 in Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, SC.


1930 U.S. Census of Valley Falls Mill Village, Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, South Carolina; Ancestry.com, 8/15/2015, Roll: 2212; Page: 24B; Enumeration District: 0061; Image: 756.0; FHL microfilm: 2341946, Family 509, Lines 63-65, "Laurence Callin" (sic, Lawrence Collier)
Laurence Callin, Head, Rents home for $3, M(ale), W(hite), 25 yrs old (DOB 1905), Married at age 19 yrs old (DOB 1924), Can read and write, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Doffer in cotton mill
Marion Callin, Wife, F, W, 24 yrs old (DOB 1906), Married at age 17 yrs old, Can read and write, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Frances Callin, Daughter, F, W, 6 yrs old (DOB 1924), Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC



Lawrence T. Collier died in an automobile accident.

SC Death Certificate #18796, Registration District #40-A, Registered #590, Lawrence Collier, DOD 12/26/1933 in Mary Black Clinic, Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, SC
Male, White, DOB 8/6/1904 in Knoxville, Knox County, TN, 29 yrs, Married to Marion Collier
Occupation: Mill Operative
Father: William Collier, born in TN
Mother: Gertrude Gaines, born in TN
Informant: Mrs. Marion Collier, Valley Falls, SC
DOD 12/26/1966 in pm
Cause of death: Auto-Train accident, Mashed chest, punctured wound, injured lungs
Accident occurred 12/25/1933 on Arch St, Spartanburg, SC R.R.
Buried: 12/28/2015 in Fingerville, SC

Obituary of Lawrence Collier, The Spartanburg Herald, 12/27/1933, Front page, "Collier Expires At Hospital Here"
Collier Expires At Hospital Here
Man Injured In Collision Of Automobile And Train On Christmas Day
Lawrence Collier, 29, of Arcadia succumbed last midnight to injuries received Christmas Day when an automobile in which he was riding was struck by the Piedmont Limited of the Southern Railway at the Green Street crossing.
Albert Johnson, 36, of Arcadia, suffered lacerations about the body in the collision.
Collier was taken to the hospital Monday afternoon, unconscious and in a critical condition, but clung to life a day and a half. His chest was crushed, he suffered a deep wound in the back, and numerous cuts. The automobile in which Collier and Johnson were riding was smashed to pieces.
A native of Tennessee, Collier had lived in Spartanburg County for about 15 years, moving to Arcadia a year ago from Valley Falls. He was a textile employee.
Collier is survived by his widow, who before her marriage was Miss Marioan Fowler, and a daughter, Frances Collier. He also left a sister, Mrs. Claude Malone of Chesnee and a brother, Ray Collier of Woodruff. Arrangement for the funeral had not been made early this morning.



Obituary of Lawrence Collier, The Spartanburg Herald, 12/29/1933, Pg A10, "Inquest Held In Death Of Collier"
Inquest Held In Death Of Collier
Funeral Services For Man To Be Held Today At Fingerville
Lawrence Collier, 29-year-old Arcadia Mill employee who died at a local hospital late Tuesday night of injuries which he suffered Monday afternoon when the car in which he was riding was struck by a Southern Railway passenger train at the Green Street crossing "came to his death by being hit by Southern Railway train No. 4," a coroner's jury decided yesterday at an inquest which was held at the M.W. Bobo Funeral Home. The automobile in which Collier was riding with Albert Johnson, 36, also of Arcadia, was struck by the Piedmont Limited passenger train. Collier being the more critically injured, Johnson suffered lacerations about the body and will recover. The automobile was demolished, the jurors were told by witnesses.
Only one eye-witness was heard at the inquest, this being S.H. Wyatt, who testified that he was walking up the side of the track at the time he saw the Piedmont Limited approaching the crossing. A freight train headed south, said the witness, was on a sideline, "but the freight train pulled close to the crossing and stopped."
"About the same time I saw the passenger train coming I also saw some boys across the track waving at those in the car," Mr. Wyatt testified. "The the train hit the car, and the boys started running. The train was not traveling fast because it stopped in two car-lengths after hitting the automobile. The bell was ringing but I couldn't hear it very plain."
Mr. Wyatt told Coroner John S. Turner and the jury that after the crash, he talked to Johnson, who he said was driving the car, and asked him who the man with him was, but that Johnson replied, "I haven't sense enough to remember." He then told of the ambulance carrying the injured men to the hospital.
F.G. Austell was foreman of the jury, the other members were: C.E. McDaniel, O.S. Porter, F.G. Gordon, M.C. McCallister and J.R. Burrell.
A certificate from Dr. Hugh S. Black certified that he had examined "Mr. Lawrence Collier and found him to have a mashed chest, multiple bruises over the body which were sufficient in our opinion to cause death," was read to the jury.
Funeral services for Mr. Collier will be held at the Fingerville Baptist Church at 3 o'clock Thursday afternoon, the Rev. A.P. Jones pastor of the Valley Falls Baptist Church officiating. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The body will be taken from the Bobo Funeral Home Wednesday afternoon to the residence of G.B. Fowler, Valley Falls, the father-in-law of Collier, where it will remain until 2:15 Thursday when the funeral procession will leave for Fingerville.
Active pallbearers will be Roy Strickland, Nat Manis, Bill Chapman, Hollis Ayers, W.H. Ward, and Allan Nolen.
Honorary pallbearers will be G.D. Boyd, Henry Dickson, W.L. Bagwell, Charlie Chapman, Kid Chapman, Frank McClure, John Wilson and Lee Chapman.
A native of Tennessee, Collier had lived in Spartanburg County for about 15 years, moving to Arcadia a year ago from Valley Falls. He was a textile employee.
He is survived by his widow, who before her marriage was Miss Marian Fowler, and a daughter, Frances Collier. He also is survived by a sister, Mrs. Claude Malone of Chesnee, and a brother, Ray Collier of Woodruff.

FindAGrave.com
Lawrence Collier
Birth: Aug. 6, 1904
Death: Dec. 26, 1933, Arcadia, Spartanburg County, South Carolina, USA
Husband of Marion Fowler Collier Davis, His obituary appears in The Spartanburg Hearld Journal Obituary section on, Dec. 27, 1933 page 1.
Lawrence Collier
South Carolina Deaths
Name: Lawrence Collier
Event Date: 26 Dec 1933
Event Place: Spartanburg, Spartanburg, S.C.
Gender: Male
Race (Original): White
Race: White
Age (Original): 29y
Birth Date: 06 Aug 1904
Birthplace: Knoxville, Tenn.
Marital Status: Married
Spouse's Name: Marion Collier
Father's Name: William Collier
Father's Birthplace: Tenn.
Mother's Name: Gertrude Gaines
Mother's Birthplace: Tenn.
Occupation: Mill Operative
Burial Place: Fingerville, S.C.
Burial Date: 28 Dec 1933
GS Film number: 1943798 , Digital Folder Number: 4177721 , Image Number: 1658 , Reference ID: fn 18796
Family links: Spouse: Marion Fowler Collier Davis (1906 - 1987)
Burial: Fingerville United Methodist Church Cemetery, Spartanburg County, South Carolina, USA
Created by: Record Hunter
Record added: Jul 21, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 39697488


Frances Collier was living with her maternal uncle and aunt in the 1940 U.S. Census while her mother and her new husband were living in Ninety Six, Greenwood County, SC (see further below).

1940 U.S. Census or Valley Falls Mill, Spartanburg County, South Carolina; Ancestry.com, 8/19/2015, Roll: T627_3840; Page: 9B; Enumeration District: 42-75, Family 164, Lines 74-80, "Efford Fawler" (sic)
Efford Fawler, Head, Rents home for $10, Head, M(ale), W(hite), 35 yrs old (DOB 1905), Married, Attended school thru 6th grade, Born in SC, Lived in the same place in 1935, Mill Worker in textile mill, Income $1,000
Lillie M. Fawler, Wife, F, W, 35 yrs old (DOB 1905), Married, Attended school thru 4th grade, Born in SC, Lived in the same place in 1935, Mill worker in textile mill, Income $700
Clarence Fawler, Son, M, W, 14 yrs old (DOB 1926), Single, Attends school, Attended school thru 4th grade, Born in SC, Lived in the same place in 1935
Efford Fawler, Jr., Son, M, W, 11 yrs old (DOB 1929), Single, Attends school, Attended school thru 2nd grade, Born in SC, Lived in the same place in 1935
Hubert Fawler, Son, M, W, 7 yrs old (DOB 1933), Single, Attends school, Born in SC, Lived in the same place in 1935
George B. Fawler, Father, M, W, 55 yrs old (DOB 1885), Widowed, Attended school thru 3rd grade, Born in SC, Lived in the same place in 1935, Mill worker in textile mill, Income, $1,000
Frances Collier, Niece, F, W, 16 yrs old (DOB 1924), Single, Attends school, Attended high school 2 yrs, Born in SC, Lived in the same place in 1935


Frances Collier was an Army and Air Force nurse. She met and married William Allen McMillion.

William Allen "Buster" McMillion was born 10/4/1918 in Nicholas County, WV to Joseph Omer McMillion and Anna Agnes Murphy McMillion.


1920 U.S. Census of Summersville, Nicholas County, West Virginia; Ancestry.com, 8/19/2015, Roll: T625_1965; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 111; Image: 915, Family 65, Lines 4-11, "Joseph O. McMillion"
Joseph O. McMillion, Head, Owns home free of mortgage, M(ale), W(hite), 39 yrs old (DOB 1881), Married, Can read and write, Born in WV, Both parents born in WV, Janitor at court house
Annie A. McMillion, Wife, F, W, 39 yrs old (DOB 1881), Married, Can read and write, Born in WV, Both parents born in WV
Edith McMillion, Daughter, F, W, 12 yrs old (DOB 1908), Single, Attends school, Born in WV, Both parents born in WV
Emogene McMillion (sic), Daughter, F, W, 10 yrs old (DOB 1910), Single, Attends school, Born in WV, Both parents born in WV
Bernard McMillion, Son, M, W, 8 yrs old (DOB 1912), Single, Attends school, Born in WV, Both parents born in WV
Gertrude McMillion, Daughter, F, W, 5 yrs old (DOB 1915), Born in WV, Both parents born in WV
Buster McMillion, Son, M, W, 1 yr 2/12 mos old (DOB 1919), Born in WV, Both parents born in WV



1930 U.S. Census of Summersville, Nicholas County, West Virginia; Ancestry.com, 8/19/2015, Roll: 2549; Page: 3B; Enumeration District: 0014; Image: 806.0; FHL microfilm: 2342283, Family 51, Lines 54-58, "Jos O. McMillion"
Jos. O. McMillion, Head, Owns home, Owns radio set, M(ale), W(hite), 50 yrs old (DOB 1880), Married at age 25 yrs old (DOB 1905), Can read and write, Born in WV, Both parents born in WV, Carpenter in construction
Annie A. McMillion, Wife, F, W, 50 yrs old (DOB 1880), Married at age 25 yrs old, Can read and write, Born in WV, Both parents born in WV
Bernard J. McMillion, Son, M, W, 19 yrs old (DOB 1911), Single, Does not attend school, Can read and write, Born in WV, Both parents born in WV, Truck driver bakery truck
Gertrude McMillion, Daughter, F, W, 16 yrs old (DOB 1914), Single, Attends school, Born in WV, Both parents born in WV
Wm A. McMillion, Son, M, W, 12 yrs old (DOB 1918), Single, Attends school, Born in WV, Both parents born in WV



U.S., School Yearbooks, 1880-2012
Name: Buster McMillion
Estimated birth year: abt 1922
School: Nicholas County High School
School Location: Summersville, West Virginia, USA
Year: 1938
Junior Class History
In the fall of 1935 from the various sections of Nicholas County there gathered the largest Freshman class in the history of Nicholas County High School. The class organized and elected it's officers to guide it through it's perilous first year, Audrey Lee Elkins, Girl's President, Mildred Herold, Vice President, and Nadine Dunn, Secretary-Treasurer; Paul McClung, Boy's President, Buster McMillion, Vice President, and Benson Bailes, Secretary-Treasurer. Miss Esther Rader, Miss Joan Barnes, Miss Adella Strouss and Mr. Ross Lytle were the sponsors of the class.
In the fall of 1936 the class reorganized as Sophomores. Although a few had fallen by the wayside, we still led with the largest Sophomore class. Our sponsors were Mrs. Joan Harrison, Miss Esther Rader, Mr. Alvin McCann, and Mr. R.E. Campbell. Buster McMillion, Boy's President, Ada Bryant, Girl's President, Benson Bailes and Pearl Dooley, Vice Presidents; Marie Spencer and Ida Merle Bailey, Vice Presidents for the Girls. Louisa Simpson and Basil Huff served as secretary and treasurer.
With our officers and sponsors help we journeyed through our Sophomore year. Just before examinations we forgot our cares for awhile with a weiner roast at the Four H Camp. Then we were drawing near our Junior year. It was a jolly group of Juniors that gathered on the campus in the fall of 1937 to enroll one step higher. Fate had called some of the members from the class during vacation leaving an enrollment of one hundred and forty. We again elected our officers with Miss Jean Haller, Miss Alice Stemple, Mr. Maynard Duckworth and Mr. R.E. Campbell as sponsors. Henry Pitsenberger, President; Marie Spencer and Ada Bryant, Vice Presidents; Roy Groves, Secretary; and Marjorie Boso, Treasurer. Our class is continuing to struggle to reach higher honors by sponsoring pie socials and minstrels.
We are striving to reach the highest peaks of learning and to live up to our motto - "Not for self but others".


Buster McMillion married first Flossie Jean Pennington on 6/19/1939 in Pearisburg, Giles County, VA.

Virginia, Marriage Records, 1936-2014
Giles County, VA, 18625, Clerk's #286
William Allen McMillion
Flossie Jean Pennington
Groom: 23 yrs old (DOB About 1916), White, Single
Occupation: Carpenter
Birthplace: Nicholas County, WV
Father: J.O. McMillion
Mother: Annie Murphy
Residence: Summersville, Nicholas County, WV
Bride: 22 yrs old (DOB 1917), White, Single
Birthplace: Mercer County, WV
Father: L.F. Pennington
Mother: Nellie Gearhart
Residence: E. Beckley, WV
DOM: 6/19/1939 in Pearisburg, VA
Signed by F.E. Snidory, Clerk of Circuit Court, on 6/19/1939
I, H.B. Jennings Jr., Minister of the Baptist Church, or religious order of that name, do certify that on the 19th day of June, 1939 at Pearisburg, VA, under authority of this license, I joined together in the Holy State of Matrimony the persons named and described therein. I qualified and gave bond according to the law authorizing me to celebrate the rites of marriage in the county of Appomattox Commonwealth of Virginia. Given under my hand this 24th of June, 1939
Address of celebrant: Pearisburg, VA
H.B. Jennings, Jr.


Flossie Jean Pennington was born 5/22/1921 in Mercer County, WV to Levi Festis Pennington and Nellie Gearhart. William Allen McMillion and Flossie Jean Pennington had a daughter named Phyllis Jean McMillion who was born about 1939. But she died 2/18/1941.

FindAGrave.com
Phyllis Jean McMillion
Birth: 1939
Death: Feb. 17, 1941, Beckley, Raleigh County, West Virginia, USA
West Virginia, Deaths Index, 1853-1973 about Phyllis J. McMillan
Name: Phyllis J. McMillan
Birth Date: abt 1940
Death Date: 17 Feb 1941
Death Place: Beckley, Raleigh, West Virginia
Death Age: 1 year 3 months 11 days
Race: White
Gender: Female
FHL Film Number: 598426
...................................................
West Virginia, Deaths Index, 1853-1973 about Phyllis Jean Mc Million
Name: Phyllis Jean Mc Million
Death Date: 17 Feb 1941
Death Place: Raleigh, West Virginia
Father Name: W. A. Mc Million
Mother Name: Flossie Pennington
FHL Film Number: 1983558
Burial: Sunset Memorial Park, Beckley, Raleigh County, West Virginia, USA
Plot: Greenlawn 1-10 Section
Created by: historianne
Record added: Sep 18, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 117265787


Buster McMillion and Flossie Pennington divorced.

Flossie Jean Pennington McMillion then married Thomas Dunning on 3/24/1951 Tazewell County, VA. She later divorced him. Flossie Dunning died 6/25/2005 in Franklin County, OH.

Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1932, 1938-2007
Name: Flossie Jean Dunning
[Flossie Jean Pennington]
Birth Date: 22 May 1921
Gender: Female
Race: White
Hispanic Origin: Not Hispanic (Latino)
Residence Place: Columbus (Pt), Franklin, Ohio, United States
Residence Zip Code: 43235
Death Date: 25 Jun 2005
Death Time: 06:55 PM
Hospital of Death: Nursing Home
Death Place: Ohio, USA
Certificate: 51623
Age at Death: 84
Registrar's Certificate Number: 005416
Certifier: Physician
Referred to Coroner: Not Referred to Coroner
Autopsy: No Autopsy performed
Method of Disposition: Removal from state
Filing Date: 5 Jul 2005
Hospital Status: Other/Nursing home
Injury at Work: Unclassifiable
Father's Surname: Pennington
Mother's Maiden Name: Keaton
Marital Status: Divorced
Education: 1 year college
Armed Forces Indicator: No
Industry of Decedent: Occupation Not Classifiable
Occupation of Decedent: Occupation Not Classifiable
Census Tract: 9999
Primary Registration District: 2501

U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007
Flossie Jean Pennington McMillion
[Flossie Jean Dunning]
[Flossie Dunning]
[Flossie Jean pennington Pennington]
SSN: 23428****
Gender: Female
Race: White
Birth Date: 22 May 1921
Birth Place: Princeton Meadows, West Virginia
[Princeton ME]
Father Name: Festis L Pennington
Mother Name: Nellie Gearhart
Death Date: 24 Jun 2005
Type of Claim: Original SSN.
Notes: Jan 1940: Name listed as FLOSSIE JEAN PENNINGTON MCMILLION
Aug 1952: Name listed as FLOSSIE JEAN DUNNING
30 Jun 2005: Name listed as FLOSSIE J DUNNING

Social Security Death Index
Name: Flossie J. Dunning
Last Residence: 43085 Columbus, Franklin, Ohio
BORN: 22 May 1921
Died: 24 Jun 2005
State (Year) SSN issued: West Virginia (Before 1951)




1940 U.S. Census of Beckley, Raleigh County, West Virginia; Ancestry.com, 8/19/2015, Roll: T627_4442; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 41-32, Family 9, Lines 29-31, "William A. McMillion"
William A. McMillion, Head, Rents his house for $10, M(ale), W(hite), 21 yrs old (DOB 1919), Married, Attended high school 4 yrs, Born in WV, Both parents born in WV, Lived in Summersville, Nicholas County, WV in 1935, Tipple laborer in coal mine, Income $200
Flossie J. McMillion, Wife, F, W, 18 yrs old (DOB 1922), Married, Attended high school 6 years, Born in WV, Lived in Summersville, Nicholas County, WV in 1935, New work
Phyllis J. McMillion, Daughter, F, W, 4/12 mos (DOB 1/1940), Born in WV



1944 U.S. City Directory of Beckley, Raleigh County, WV, Pg 174, "Wm. A. McMillion"
Wm. A. McMillion (Flossie), USA r177 9th (Addn No. 2)


Frances Collier was an Army and Air Force nurse.

U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010
Name: Frances McMillion
Gender: Female
Birth Date: 20 Jul 1924
Death Date: 17 Mar 2005
Cause of Death: Natural
Branch 1: ARMY
Enlistment Date 1: 18 Jan 1945
Release Date 1: 15 Sep 1948
Branch 2: AF
Enlistment Date 2: 16 Sep 1948
Release Date 2: 31 Aug 1950


William Allen McMillion served in the U.S. Army.

U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946
Name: William A McMillion
Birth Year: 1918
Race: White, citizen (White)
Nativity State or Country: West Virginia
State of Residence: West Virginia
County or City: Raleigh
Enlistment Date: 14 Jul 1942
Enlistment State: West Virginia
Enlistment City: Huntington
Branch Code: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA
Grade Code: Private
Term of Enlistment: Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law
Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men)
Source: Civil Life
Education: 4 years of high school
Civil Occupation: Carpenters
Marital Status: Married
Height: 69
Weight: 159

U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010
Name: William McMillion
Gender: Male
Birth Date: 4 Oct 1918
Death Date: 19 Feb 1981
SSN: 23224****
Branch 1: ARMY
Enlistment Date 1: 1 Sep 1943
Release Date 1: 2 Jan 1946


Frances Collier and William Allen McMillion had two children: Michael Alan McMillion and Harriet McMillion Laughter Hamrick. They divorced and Buster McMillion lived in his hometown in West Virginia and Frances came back to her hometown, Spartanburg, SC where she and their children lived.

U.S. Public Records Index
Name: Frances C McMillion
Birth Date: 20 Jul 1924
Address: 229 Charlesworth Ave, Spartanburg, SC, 29306-4102

Name: Frances C McMillion
Birth Date: 20 Jul 1924
Address: 125 Mitchell St, Spartanburg, SC, 29307

Name: Frances E McMillion
Birth Date: 20 Aug 1924
Address: 360 Dakota St, Spartanburg, SC, 29303-2717


Frances Collier McMillion died 3/17/2005 in Anderson, Anderson County, SC and William Alan McMillion died 2/19/1981 in Beckley, Raleigh County, WV.

I knew Frances Collier McMillion and she was a very strong woman. She was a nurse for many years, in and out of the military. She was honest spoken. In her later years she owned and operated a couple of restaurants. It's how she taught her son, Mike, about the restaurant business and he also owned one himself and worked in the food business for years. She loved her children and her grandson, Lee. She was very proud of Lee and she knew him before she began to mentally decline with Alzheimmer's Disease. Mike and Harriet can be proud of their mother.

Spartanburg Herald Journal Death Indexes
McMILLION, Frances Collier; 80; Anderson SC; Spartanburg H-J; 2005-3-18; bgs
McMILLION, Frances Collier; 80; Anderson SC; Spartanburg H-J; 2005-3-19; bgs

Social Security Death Index
Name: Frances Collier McMillion
Last Residence: 29307 Spartanburg, Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA
BORN: 20 Jul 1924
Died: 17 Mar 2005
State (Year) SSN issued: South Carolina (1952)

U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007
Name: William Allen McMillion
[Bus McMillion]
SSN: 23224****
Gender: Male
Race: White
Birth Date: 4 Oct 1918
Birth Place: Summersville, West Virginia
Father Name: Joseph O McMillion
Mother Name: Annie A Murphy
Disability Status: Disability denied - no record of type.
Death Date: Feb 1981
Type of Claim: Original SSN.
Signature on SSN Card: WILLIAM A MCMILION
Relationship of Signature: Signature name differs from NH’s name.
Notes: Jul 1939: Name listed as WILLIAM ALLEN MCMILLION
Jan 1970: Name listed as BUS MCMILLION
30 Dec 1987: Name listed as WILLIAM MCMILLION

Social Security Death Index
Name: William McMillion
SSN: 232-24-****
BORN: 4 Oct 1918
Last Benefit: 26651, Summersville, Nicholas, West Virginia, United States of America
Died: Feb 1981
State (Year) SSN issued: North Carolina or West Virginia (Before 1951)





I knew Marian Fowler Collier Davis and she was a very sweet lady.

Marian Fowler Collier married Marvin Davis, her second husband. Marvin Davis was born 1/11/1908 in SC to Robert Lee Davis and Rosa Lee Land.



1940 U.S. Census of Sirrine St, Ninety Six, Greenwood County, South Carolina; Ancestry.com, 8/21/2015, Roll: T627_3815; Page: 18B; Enumeration District: 24-32, Family 348, Lines 65-66, "Marvin Davis"
Marvin Davis, Head, Rents home for $9, M(ale), W(hite), 32 yrs old (DOB 1908), Married, Attended high school 4 yrs, Born in SC, Lived in the same place in 1935, Doffer in cotton mill, Income $686
Marion B. Davis (sic), Wife, F, W, 32 yrs old (DOB 1908), Married, Attended high school 1 yr, Born in SC, Lived in Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, SC in 1935, Spinner in cotton mill

Marvin Davis died 1/9/1972 and is buried in East View Cemetery, Eastview St., Honea Path, Anderson County, SC.

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Marvin G. Davis
Birth: Jan. 11, 1908
Death: Jan. 9, 1972
Burial: East View Cemetery, Honea Path, Anderson County, South Carolina, USA
Created by: Letherenda Gibbs Rivers
Record added: Oct 22, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 22382831



Marian Davis died 10/21/1987 in Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, SC. Marian Fowler Collier Davis is buried with her first husband, Lawrence T. Collier, at the Fingerville United Methodist Church, 2994 Rainbow Lake Road, Inman, Spartanburg County, SC.



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Marian Fowler Collier Davis
Birth: Oct. 30, 1906
Death: Oct. 21, 1987
Original obituary appears in the Spartanburg Herald Journal Obituary Section on, Thursday, Oct. 22, 1987, on page B4.
Marion G. Davis, died Wednesday, Oct. 21, 1987, in Mary Black Memorial Hospital. Native of Valley Fall, Spartanburg County, SC and widow of Marvin Davis. Daughter of George B. and Mame Fowler. Retired employee of Converse Mills and Valley Falls Mills and member of Pinewood Baptist Church. Twice married: first to the late Lawrence Collier and second to Marvin Davis. Funeral services were held at Floyd's North Street Chapel at 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, 1987 with interment in the Fingerville United Methodist Church Cemetery. Survivors included: a daughter, a sister, a brother, two step-brothers, two grandchildren and one great-grandchild. She was 80 years of age at her demise. (Obituary rewritten to conform to Findagrave Rules by Record Hunter.)
Family links: Spouse: Lawerence C Collier (1904 - 1933)
Burial: Fingerville United Methodist Church Cemetery, Spartanburg County South Carolina, USA
Created by: Record Hunter
Record added: Jul 21, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 39697522



Social Security Death Index
Name: Marion G. Davis
SSN: 248-10-****
Last Residence: 29303 Spartanburg, Spartanburg, South Carolina, USA
BORN: 30 Oct 1906
Died: 21 Oct 1987
State (Year) SSN issued: South Carolina (Before 1951)



Marian Fowler Collier Davis



Grandmother, Mother, Son
Marian Fowler Collier Davis, Frances Collier McMillion, Mike McMillion

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Wedding Wednesday - Scrapbook Pages

Wedding Wednesday is a daily blogging prompt at Geneabloggers.com used by many genealogy bloggers to help them post content on their sites. A great way to display wedding photos or scan wedding invitations and announcements!

Our niece, Jenny, and her family flew back east to go to Kyle's brother's wedding. Adam and Jennifer Martin got married a few weeks ago. Kyle and the boys went for a whole week to visit with family. Jenny and Brooke had to wait and come for the weekend. Here is the digital scrapbook page I made of her and Brooke's adventure in the airport. There was a 3 hour layover and it was fun with an 18 month old!



The photos Jenny shared with us were just cell phone photos but I wanted to use them anyway to make a digital scrapbook layout of them at the rehearsal and the wedding. This page was of the family at the rehearsal banquet.



Here are the wedding photos. Jenny was a bridesmaid.



Brooke and Brett with some of their cousins on Kyle's side of the family.



Their little family.




They made it safely back home to California.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Tuesday's Tip - 50 Questions You Can Ask The Older Generation In Your Family

Almost every genealogy buff I have ever talked to wishes they had asked their grandparents some question. One of my Dad's cousins was as deeply into genealogy as I am but back in the pencil, notebook and filing cabinet days. I heard him say, "If I would have just asked my grandfather who his grandparents were while he was still living!" You see, he couldn't find proof of which George Huneycutt was his great great grandfather. I happened to ask my mother-in-law, the youngest of 3 daughters, how her older sister met her husband and, believe it or not, no one remembers and they are both dead now. Even their children don't seem to remember.

Everyone enjoys attention and knowing someone finds their stories, wisdom and family knowledge interesting. So don't be afraid to ask questions. On the other hand, be attentive to when they get tired of all the questions. They may not can answer all your questions in one sitting. I try to ask my parents questions whenever we go somewhere and I jot down notes or take a digital recorder along then let the conversation flow naturally so it doesn't wear them out or get irritating.

And it's not just your grandparents but you can ask questions of your great aunts and great uncles, cousins, etc. Some will know different and new stories that you never heard before.


Here are some questions to ask the older generation:


  1. Who were their ancestors (parents, grandparents, great grandparents)? What were their full names? Do they know their dates of birth and death, date they got married?
  2. When and where were they born? Were they born in a hospital, at home?
  3. Who were their siblings? Who did they marry?
  4. How did they meet their spouse?
  5. What did they do on dates?
  6. How did they pop the question? Where were they? Did they get an engagement ring? If so, where did they get it and what is the story behind it?
  7. When and where did they get married? Was there a formal wedding? Who was in it? Was it an elopement? 
  8. What school did they go to? How far did they get in school? (Today, we assume most everyone at least got a high school education but graduating from high school was far from normal from the 1940's and back further. In the 1940's U.S. Census we are finding that most adults rarely got passed the 7th grade. If they continued after, it meant that education was a top priority in their family.) Where did they graduate? Who were their favorite teachers and why? What were their favorite subjects? If they got a college degree or graduate degree, what were their majors? Did they join any clubs, fraternities or sororities? What were the extra curricular activities they may have participated in? Sports?
  9. Did they take school lunches? What were school lunches like for them? Did the working members in their family take their own lunches? What was normal for them to take?
  10. What was their first job and where? How did they get that job? What did the job entail?
  11. What was their first car? (Almost everyone has a story about their first vehicle!)
  12. What is the story behind the births of their children? (For instance, my Mom miscarried their first child so when she got immediately pregnant with me, they were concerned about being able to carry full term so they rented a home within a mile of the hospital "just in case". My grandmother came to stay with her until after I was born too and that was a long trip for her to make.)
  13. Why did they choose the names of their children? Is there a story behind it? Is there a naming tradition in the family? (Example, they named Flora after her great grandmother who died young.)
  14. What was a typical meal like growing up? (My Grandma made a full breakfast every single morning. She got up and fired up the kitchen wood stove and made eggs, bacon/country ham/sausage, grits, red eye gravy, biscuits, coffee and juice. Lunch may be a bologna sandwich or cold leftover biscuit with butter and jelly but breakfast was the full spread!)
  15. What was their living arrangements growing up? Did they have their own room, share with siblings, did they share a bed, did they sleep in an attic room, etc.
  16. What did their parents do during the day? Did Mom work at the cotton mill or was she a stay at home mom and housewife? If she stayed at home, what were her normal chores and routines? What did Dad do when he was at home after work?
  17. Did they, their parents or grandparents have hobbies? What were they? Fishing, hunting, raising prize chickens, possum hunting, making prize winning pies, quilting, sewing, making fishing lures, collecting recipes, etc? A lot of what you may have thought of as work and chores were actual interests and things they took pride in. For instance, you may not think of possum hunting as a "hobby" but my Great Grandfather had a dog he was very proud of for his possum treeing ability and how he captured the possum, fed him up on sweet potatoes, before killing him. He also loved fishing despite only have a cane pole. They had interests but it may not be like what we think of as hobbies today. 
  18. Did they like sports? Did they like watching or playing a particular sport? Who was their favorite sports figure? If they went to games, what did they pay to get in or what did they buy for food and drink?
  19. How did they celebrate the holidays? What was Christmas like for them? What Christmas presents do they remember? How did they celebrate Thanksgiving, 4th of July, Halloween, etc?
  20. Did they ever go on vacations? If so, where? What stood out? (My mother remembers the first time they went to the beach. Her father was a Baptist minister so they got a cottage at Caswell Beach.)
  21. What made them the proudest of their parents? What made them the proudest of their children? Of their grandchildren?
  22. What characteristics of their parents do they see in themselves and their children? Do they have the Smith nose, the Jones' eyes, the Doe's frugality the Whosit's mechanical abilities?
  23. What church did they attend? Any church offices they held? How important was the church to the family and their community? When and where were they baptized? 
  24. Is there any family information about the family surname? Do they have any idea what the surname means or how it was otherwise spelled? For instance, O'Connor became Conner or Coan became Cohen.
  25. What accomplishments are they most proud of? What are things they would have liked to do (bucket list)?
  26. What are their earliest memories?
  27. What political affiliation did they, their parents and grandparents follow? And why? (My grandparents were adults during the Great Depression and were firm Democrats forever afterwards because of FDR and how he led them out of the Great Depression.) Were they involved in politics such as volunteering or running for office?
  28. Are there any special heirlooms in the family such as family Bibles, quilts, pocket watches, china, silver, box of recipes, gun, piece of furniture, etc? What stories are behind the heirlooms?
  29. Was there any famous, or infamous, people in their family? What are the stories behind these famous (or infamous) family members? Was Aunt Joanne a Miss SC in 1937? Was Uncle John a member of the Supreme Court? Was their brother elected as Magistrate? Did Cousin Jim own a successful butcher shop in town? Did Grandmother Lily win the national prize for her BBQ in a BBQ competition? Did Grandpa Steven act in the 1949 movie "The ABC Movie"? Did great great Aunt Elma poison her husband and spend her life in prison? etc.
  30. Were they ever in the local newspaper? For what? (In small towns, some people were in the local newspaper all the time for visiting someone outside of town, 4H projects, graduating from high school, etc. In larger towns and cities, they may never have been in the local newspaper unless it was for a letter to the editor.)
  31. What medical problems seem to run in the family? Does cancer or heart disease or depression or insanity or strokes run in the family? Does easy pregnancies or long life or strong backs run in the family? It can be good or bad.
  32. What country did they or their ancestors come from? Are there memories from the "old country"?
  33. Did they live near other family members? Who? Where did they live? (My Dad's grandfather lived next door to my Dad and his family while he was growing up. Great Grandpa Huneycutt and his son built Great Grandpa's house and shop. He was a blacksmith.)
  34. Do they remember where they actually lived such as the street address? What was their house like? Did it have plumbing, indoor bathrooms? How big was the kitchen? How many bathrooms and bedrooms? What was the layout? (Believe me, they can sketch a house they lived in.) Are the houses still there? My Mom has taken me to a mill town where my great grandparents lived before Great Grandpa Reese died and she pointed out the house they lived in when he died. My Dad's parents lived on their farm for almost their entire marriage. But my Mom's father was a Baptist minister and they moved all over the place. I like to keep the street address AND the GPS coordinates. Because sometimes the house is torn down, replaced or the street numbers change. Same for where they worked, went to school and went to church.
  35. What was their favorite toy? Game? Are there any stories about their toys or the games they played?
  36. Did they have pets? What were they? What were their names? What were the stories about their pets?
  37. What skills did they learn from their parents and grandparents? Did they learn how to kill and dress their beef, rabbits, chickens? Did they learn how to iron from their mother? Did they learn how to sew from Grandma? Did they learn how to hunt from Grandpa?
  38. Do they have any special memories for historic moments? Such as, my mother-in-law was a child when Franklin D. Roosevelt died and she remembers when the train carrying his body went through our town. Crowds were along the railroad to show respect. Do they remember what they were doing when JFK was assassinated or when WWII was over or when they saw their first airplane?
  39. What was and is their favorite food? Is there a special recipe?
  40. What is their favorite color(s)? Why? Does it bring memories? For instance they love yellow because their mother painted their bedroom yellow when they were 10 years old.
  41. What was the fashion and fashion trends when they were young? Bell bottoms? Oxford shoes? Paper collars? Fox fur stoles with the head intact (icky)?
  42. What were their concerns or hopes for the future? Were they worried about being drafted and going to Vietnam? Were they worried about the civil rights movement? Were they excited when Eisenhower became president? Did the Great Depression affect them and their family? Did they think something was going to usher in a utopia (such as communism, socialism, welfare, free education...)? Don't be judgmental, just let them tell you what they were thinking and why? Right or wrong, they had feelings and thoughts at the time and reasons for why they felt that way. 
  43. Was anyone in the family published? Maybe a book, a poem or book of poetry, a thesis, a short story in a magazine?
  44. What things about their spouse did they admire? Were, or are, there things about their spouse that could drive them crazy?
  45. How did they and their family celebrate birthdays? Maybe they didn't do anything, as though birthdays weren't a big deal. Or maybe there were traditions and ways their family always celebrated. Did they have birthday parties? Did they get birthday gifts? Did they have birthday cakes?
  46. How did they play? Outside, inside? Was it imaginary games of army, cops and robbers, cowboys and indians? Was it with Barbies? Was it sports games like sandlot baseball, dodgeball, skating? Did they play house? Board games? Did they play with other friends or siblings? How competitive were they in their play?
  47. Who were their "best friends"? What happened to them?
  48. How did they end up working where they worked? Whether it was as a farmer, a cotton mill worker, a career in law, a doctor, a policeman, etc Did they follow in their family's footsteps? What funneled them to where they ended up?
  49. Do they have a saying that they use all the time or words to live by? Do they remember such sayings from their parents or grandparents? Such as "Don't throw your pearls before swine" or "Why buy the cow if the milk is free?" or "Judge not less thou also be judged".
  50. Were there any family arguments, feuds, grudges? What was the story behind these feuds? Did they ever make up or has it been carried down? Are they still not speaking to Uncle Billy because he stole his parent's money when they died?

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