Maternal Family Summary Page
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As in the Paternal page, we will try and follow my mothers ancestors down to the time that they get to Hill County, Texas. As with our fathers side, the Mileys, Lee's, and Reid's all make it to the area around Whitney, Peoria, and Hillsboro, Texas around the same time. Our maternal side of our family consist of three family's that make up that immediate side of the family tree. The Howard's, Phillip's, and Wolford's. There are many more relatives in our past like cousins, uncles, and aunts from other family's children that married our grandparents children. This summary is about the immediate maternal side of our family...

The area of northern Virginia is becoming quite settled at the turn of 1700. We already see other parts of our family settle in the area. This is where we find Spotslyvania, Virginia, the birthplace of Alexander Howard. He is our ancestoral grandfather of generation one. Until further research can take us back farther, he will begin the long journey down through time and travel that takes us to Hill County, Texas.

On November 25, 1727, Alexander marries Johanna Tripplet. As far as we know, they have two boys. One is named after his father and the other boy is named Peter Howard. Peter is born sometime in 1730 in Spotsylvania, Amelia County, Virginia. With what information we have, its seems that Peter Howard is the one that leaves Virginia, and heads for the northern part of South Carolina. His wife to be is Ann Portman, and they either meet in Virginia before heading to South Carolina, or they meet after Peter arrives there. They marry and settle in Greenville, South Carolina, and begin their family. Our direct line continues with the birth of their son who they name Thomas Howard. Peter Howard dies sometime after 1800 and is probably the first to be buried in what is to become the Howard Family Cemetery in Greenville.

Thomas Howard was born on February 25, 1760 in Greenville, South Carolina. If you look at a map of the U.S. you will see that Greenville is just west of what was known as the Camden District of South Carolina. What is significant is that Henry and Jane Miley was moving there in the same year of 1760, and a few years later, Robert and Rebecca Reid settle in the same area. Two paternal sides of our family, and one maternal side of the our family are living in the same area, around the same time. Sometime around 1785, Thomas and his wife to be are married. Her name is Mary (Polly) Gosnell. They have five children, and stay in Greenville their whole life. Thomas dies on February 24, 1838. and is buried in the Howard Family Cemetery. Their fifth and last child was named Portman Howard, and he continues our line.

Portman Howard, was born in Greenville sometime in the year of 1793. Not to much is known about Portman, other than he marries Elizabeth Southerlin around his 23rd birthday in 1816. They have twelve children together, and their fourth son named George is our connection.

George Howard lived in the era of 1822 thru 1900. Through this time, and by stories handed down though the family, it is believed that we aquired our indian heritage, maybe through George's wife, our distant grandmother, Fidelia Ann Tucker. If mother was said to be a one sixteenth, that would make Lela Dessie an eighth, which would make Harriet a fourth. Fidelia Tucker would probably come from either a father or mother that was Cherokee. The area of South Carolina, west of Greenville, and the top half of Georgia as it borders Tennessee, holds the original Cherokee Nation. It is the origin of the infamous Trail of Tears that herded the tribe to the Oklahoma Territory. So, we can let our minds wander back and think that we had a connection to some of the very people that were on that very trail. I have seen a picture of our grandfather John T. Wolford that was taken in Davis, Indian Territories, before Oklahoma became a state in 1902. It almost has to be the origin, because if you look at the pictures of grandma Lela, and her mother Harriet Howard you can see the likeness of that heritage. The Phillip's and Howard men don't carry the likeness of that culture. Somewhere back in time, the rights to our Cherokee linage was sold back to the tribe to try and erase that linage. Not by the Howard family, but by the Wolford family. John Thomas Wolford falls in love with grandma Lela Dessie Phillips, and someone doesn't like the connection to the indian blood line and tries to make it vanish. If you have ever been around aunt Cora or aunt Edith you can see the trace of that blood. Some of them show it more than others. Ahh such is history. George and Fidelia's second child they named Harriet.

Harriet Howard was born in 1847 in and grew up in Greenville, South Carolina. Greenville is a farming community and later she marries a farmer. She marries Massena L. Phillips. When she is about fifteen years old the Civil War breaks out. After her and Massena married, they must have had a hard time trying to survive that terrible period in the nations history. Just like Alabama, and all the southern states, South Carolina was devastated by the war. It seems that a big share of our ancestors lived in southern states and had a hard time after the war. During the Revolutionary War, many battles were fought in South Carolina. But, during the Civil War, only in the later part of the war where there many battlegrounds. South Carolina lost one fifth of the white males in that later time. Union Army general Sherman's march to the sea destroyed many of the plantations that had prospered during the ealier times when cotton was king, and as Alabama, left the state open to plunder by the dreaded Carpetbaggers. Massena and Harriet had five children. The fifth and last child was Lela Dessie Phillips...

Lela Dessie Phillips, was born on March 13, 1879 in Greenville, South Carolina. As stated before, it has been hard to make contact with any of the Phillips back past Lela's grandparents. Grandma Lela, was born to Massena L. Phillips and Harriet Howard. Massena was a farmer like everyone else around Greenville. Mass's father John Phillips and his wife Sarah were both born and raised on farms in Greenville, so we know they were in that area back to at least 1831. The Greenville area was prosporus until after the Civil War, so it is likely that after the war the family headed westward. It seems likely that the Phillips moved west through Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, arriving in the area of the then Oklahoma Territories, or, they continued on turning a bit south and settled in around Dallas County, Texas before finding land that was not destroyed by the war. Texas was the destination for a lot of families after the Civil War. It has to be in this area that Lela was raised to her teenage years. At or before the age of 18, Lela meets and later marries a big strapping redheaded Irish descendant named John Thomas Wolford...

John Thomas Wolford was born on March 20, 1877 in Dallas County, Texas to Wiley Risden Wolford and Martha Coulson. To get to John Thomas, the Wolford clan starts with Johann Martin Wolford. This long ago grandfather is the one who changed the name from Wolfarth to Wolford. I hope to find out how and when he came to America. Johann was born in January of 1730 somewhere in the British Isles, because the names Wolfarth and Wolford, is derived from the Old English first name of Wulfweard. This is a combination of the words wulf, meaning wolf, and weard meaning gaurdian. The name was given to those who came from Wolford, a place in Warwickshire, England. It is like our Paternal name Reid, that is one of different spellings of the name, Reed, Reade, etc. We know, or it was always remarked as to our immediate grandfather John Thomas as being an big redheaded Irishman. With that, we might assume that our later Wolford ancestors came from Ireland. It could be that our long ago ancestors had migrated to Ireland from the Warwickshire area of England. Johann was around 39 years old when in 1769 he married a 17 year old girl we know as Eleanor. They have 3 children from 1771 to 1774 and in 1780 Johann dies on December 09, 1780 in Sheperdstown, West Virginia. It looks like Eleanor was left with three young kids, and being not much more than a kid herself, it probably was a hard time for her. The third child of the marriage was named Maj. John Wolford.

How he got the name Major in front of his name is not readily known, because he was born on December 22, 1774, which is right at the start of the Revolutionary War, and died on July 26, 1848, before the Civil War. With more research we might find that he was in some form of military service during the War of 1812 when we re-fought the British again. That war was when the British burnt down the Capitol and White House in Wahington, D.C. Maj. John marries his first wife Mary Jane (Jenny) Lapsley in Kentucky. Both John and Jenny are born in the Virginia's, so it is probable that they met there and later both families moved to Kentucky. As stated above, we don't know who it was that brought Johann to America, but, Maj. John marries a girl, Jenny Lapsley that goes way back in history to Ireland. To read this long linage of our long ago grandmother, you can go to Generation 2 on Page seven of the website, and read her ancestoral linage. Page7 They were married in Lancaster, Kentucky in November of 1798. They have nine children together, and in January of 1816, Jenny passes away. Maj. John needs a wife, so about 11 months after Jenny's passing, he marries his second wife, Mahala Lane. Not only does John need a wife, he needs a little control of his passion, because he fathers nine more children with Mahala. We are kin to a pretty famous Wolford in the form of Franklin Lane Wolford. He is a famous Colonel in the Civil War from Kentucky and also is noted for his run ins with President Lincoln. In his ninche on the website it contains the brief history of Franklin L. Wolford. Our line continues with the third child of Maj. John and his first wife Jenny, with the birth of John Milton Wolford.

John Milton Wolford was born on March 07, 1802 in Kentucky. In fact, a lot of history centers around the state of Kentucky. Maj John moves the Wolford's from Virginia, to Kentucky sometime around the ending of the 1700's, and stayed in the area at least through the Civil War years, or until at least three generation were born. Being the second child born of the Maj, and Jenny, John Milton grew up watching seven brothes and sisters born before his mother passes away, and the Maj. marries Mahala Lane. His first half-brother is the famous Franklin Lane Wolford, who becomes one of the fightingest men to come out of Kentucky. His doggedly pursuit of the Confederate Army in battle, and the gallant leader of the First Regiment of Kentucky Cavalry, brought him fame for his bravery. He also was wounded more than once which later in life caused him a painful existence until his death on August 02, 1895... At the age of twenty one, John marries his first wife Emily Jane Grider. Emily is a North Carolina girl, and in thirty years of marriage, she bears him twelve children before passing away in February of 1853. In June of 1853, and barely four months later, he marries his second wife, Casinia May Darnell. They have four children to add to his huge family. The family survives the Civil War, and settles down to rebuilding what was lost during that war. Having a famous half-brother in the family must have made them very proud. Going back, the first child of John and Emily is a boy they also name John. It looks like at least one male child of each family carries the biblical name of John. This John Wolford, is our connection to this family.

John Wolford was born on October 26, 1824 in Kentucky. Just past the age of twenty, he marries his first wife Rutha Jane Rippetoe. Rutha Jane is only 14 years old at the time. They only have one girl child, and two years later she passes away in 1847. A year later he marries his second wife, Mary Jane Epperson. This union produces eleven children. What is significant about all this is that this is the family that moves to Texas. By looking at the birthdates, we can see that their fourth child, Emilia J. Wolford was born in Kentucky in 1854. The next child, Rutha E. Wolford was born in 1856, but its not know if she was born in Kentucky or Texas, but the next child in line, George W. Wolford was born in Texas. It seems that they settled around Garland, Dallas County, Texas. So we will assume that they arrived around 1856. This part of Texas plays a very important part in the line down to us. John Wolford and Mary Epperson's first born is named Wiley Risden Wolford, our great grandfather. Of couse, all the preceding names are our grandparents, and without them we would not be here. It is that we are getting close to the time with names and dates are more close to us, and brings up a better memory...

Wiley Risden Wolford was born on May 22, 1849 in Kentucky, about seven years before the family moves to Dallas County, Texas. Wiley grows up in the area with his brothers and sisters, because he meets a girl that moves there from Virginia. He marries Martha Syrilda Coulson on October 04, 1874 two months before her sixteenth birthday in Dallas County. Martha is ten years younger than Wiley, but they start their family, and from August of 1875 through July of 1904 they raise ten children. It seems that Wiley lived an exciting life before and after he got married. It is said that he even ran away and joined the rebel army as a bugle boy. He was the right age for it. He also lost his eye to an accident after hunting squirrels. He was on his front porch getting ready to skin his kill, and leaned his gun on a post that holds up the porch, when his dog came along and knocked it over. It was loaded and it went off and took out part of his chin and eye. He wore a patch over that eye until his death. They seemed to move around a lot. The towns of Barber Hill, Baytown, and Mt Belvieu in south Texas. It was in the Mexia oil fields that one of Wileys grandsons drowns in an oil pit. They move back to East Texas where it was called Wolford's Hill. Wiley had a freight line that hauled cotton and lumber from Jefferson, to Dallas. Jefferson, Texas is an area with forrests of pine and hardwood. They were living in Lewiston, Texas when Martha died in 1933. Most all the family came to the funeral. Two years later, Wiley passes away in the south Texas area of Mt Belvieu, just west of Houston. When they were living in Dallas County, they had their second child, a boy they named John Thomas Wolford. this is our grandfather that continues our family line...

John Thomas Wolford was born on March 20, 1877 in Dallas County, Texas. It is from here that the journey to Hill County will begin. We remember grandpa to be a good sized man, who loved to play dominos. And we remember grandma to be a smaller built woman. They both dipped snuff, with grandpa putting it in his mouth all at once, and grandma useing a twig to put it in the corner of her mouth. Lela died in 1962 at eighty three years of age, and John T. died later in 1969 at ninety two. Both are buried in the Memory Gardens Cemetery at Pampa, Texas. In the preceding chapters, I wrote a little about Lela Dessie Phillips. She is to become our grandmother, and for her and John Thomas to meet, Massena has to move his family from the Greenville area of South Carolina, to the area of Dallas County, Texas. John T. and Lela are married in Dallas County on July 10, 1897, with him being twenty years old and her being eighteen years old. We really don't know how they met. Like a lot of couples, it is usually at school, or other meeting places. It could be that they were neighbors, and the families were friends and visited each other like they did back in them days. It is not known how long after they were married that the two of them stayed around Dallas County, but we know that they did move to Oklahoma around the turn or just after the turn of the century. Their first born, Oscar was a boy. but died as a baby. Their second child was a girl and was named Buleah Edith Wolford. Aunt Edith was born on October 25, 1901. I think aunt Edith is the key to where and when John T. and Lela were living when she was born. If she was born in Texas, then it may be aunt Cora born in 1905 that was the first born in Oklahoma, because Rildy and Mastes who were born after aunt Cora are buried in Grady County, OK. Not only John Thomas moves to Oklahoma, but his brother Charles Monroe Wolford either was the first to move to Chickasha and John and Lela follows, or the other way around. Charles dies in 1953 and is buried at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Grady County Oklahoma. Our mother was born in Chickasha in 1912 so it can be assumed that it was the area they settled in after moving to Oklahoma. From stories of their leaving Oklahoma back to Texas told by our mother, says that they left Rush Springs Oklahoma in a covered wagon on their way to the area around Hillboro, Texas. It has to be the Hillboro area, because there has to be time for our parents to meet and later for Levi Grady Reid to ask John Thomas Wolford for his daughter Mable's hand in marriage. Dad is 21 years old and mother is a young girl of 15 when they are married in 1927. The Paternal Summary Page tells the journey of the Reid's to Hillboro, and this Maternal Summary tries to tell the journey of the Wolford's to Hillboro, so that the two of them meet and marry, and between January of 1930 to November of 1933 to April of 1936 we three arrive as the newest members of that family union. We have children of our own, and are grandparents to our childrens children, so the beat goes on. In time we too will be just a memory to some distant grandchild that might want to know where he or she comes from. All they have to do is take a look at the two summaries and web pages to find their linage. It has been done with a lot of love and joy to let everyone know that we are here on this earth because of the ones that came before us and made it all possible. Of course this document is ever changing, and will be updated when speculation on some of the history is turned into fact...

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