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Elizabeth Betsy Crenshaw, b. 1819, SC

Father: Robert Crenshaw

Mother: Fannie Hester

d. after 1880 (noted on 1880 federal census)


Married first- 17 Nov 1832, Autauga Co. AL, Recorded in Book 3, p. 364

Spouse: George Washington Coker

b. About 1820, South Carolina

d. between 1840 and 1843, Alabama (based on census info and Elizabeths remarriage)

Noted on 1840 Federal Census Autauga County, Alabama, p. 12


1.       Mary Ann Coker, b. 1835, SC

m. Marion L. Hester on 6 Nov 1853, Itawamba Co. MS

2.       David Monroe Coker, b. 1838, AL

3.       George Washington Coker, b. 1 Nov 1940, AL


Married 2nd- 27 May 1843, Itawamba Co. MS, Book 1, p. 271

Spouse: James Gray, b. 1815, SC; d, 1862, MS

Occupation: Farmer (from 1850 Census)

Received Land Grant Itawamba County, MS 30 July 1846


1.       Paralee Gray, b. 1842, MS

2.       James Gray, b. 1845, MS

3.       Elias Earl Lias Gray, b. 1847

4.       Russell Gray, b. 1849, MS

5.       Pleasant Gray, b. 1857, MS

6.       Jessie Gray, b. 1852, MS

7.       Jerry Gray, b. 1850, MS

8.       William Robert Gray, b. 1853, MS; d. 1900, MS

9.       John Gray, b. 1863, MS

10.   Fann Gray, b. 1863, MS


Noted on 1850 Federal Census, Monroe County, MS, p. 108B. She is married with spouse, James Gray, and seven children at home.


Noted on 1870 Federal census, Itawamba County, MS, Fulton Post Office, p. 367, (done 2 Sept 1870) Township 8, House 264, Family 264

Gray, Elizabeth      55 FW, Keeping House    b. SC

       Elias            23 MW  Farm Labor         b. MS

       Russell         21 MW                         

       Jerry            20 MW                          

       Robert         18 MW                          

       Pleasant       13 MW                          

       John              7 MW   At Home             


Noted on 1880 Federal Census, Itawamba County, MS, p. 454A

Elizabeth Gray, age 61, Head of household, widow, farmer, both parents b. SC

Pleas Gray, age 23, son, single white male, farmer, b. parents b. SC

(They are living next door to Jessie Gray (another of Elizabeths sons), his wife (Sallie) and their children.)



David Monroe Coker, b. 1838,

Occupation: Farmer

Religion: Baptist

Married 31 Mar 1860, Itawamba County, MS

d. June 1870, Lee County, MS

Spouse:  Martha Jane Bean, b. 1838, TN

         (Parents: William and Mary Polly Harris Bean, b. 1810, SC)

         (William and Mary Bean are listed on the 1841 MS State Census for Itawamba County.)

David and Martha are buried in unmarked graves in Centerhill Baptist Cemetery, southeast of Plantersville, Lee Co. MS


NOTE:  Found on 1860 Itawamba County Federal Census, page 50, family #321.  Apparently, David and Martha were living with the Samuel W. Barrett family, where David was employed as a farm laborer.


Note: The family is found on the 1880 Lee Mississippi Census, with Martha listed as a widow with three daughters (Malisa, Flora, and Elizabeth) living at home.  Her mother, Mary Bean, is living with them and is also listed as a widow. Marthas occupation is listed as being a cook on a farm.


Note: On the 1900 Census, Martha is living in Nettleton with Betty and Robert Birmingham.



1.        Melissa Lissie Coker, b. 3 Aug 1870, Lee Co. MS

      Married 23 Dec 1886, Lee Co. MS

Spouse: Thomas Harris, b. 6 Aug 1867

d. 15 Dec 1838, Lee Co. MS

Buried in Unity Presbyterian Cemetery, Lee Co. MS

2.        George Mayfield Coker (died as infant)

3.        Johnny Mayfield Coker (died as infant)

4.        Alice Coker

      Spouse:  Edd Harris; Died/buried in Illinois

5.        Elizabeth Betty Coker, b. Jan 1867, MS;

      Married Robert Birmingham, b. July 1864, TX; Occupation: Farmer

Died/buried in Arkansas (Info. from D. Lawhon)

Noted on 1900 Federal Census, Lee County, MS, Beat 5, Nettleton Pct, p. 189A


a.       Clifford M. Cliffie Birmingham, b. Dec 1884, MS

b.       Walter Birmingham, b. Jan 1888, MS

c.       David Birmingham, b. Mar 1890, MS

d.       Milton Birmingham, b. Mar 1893, MS

e.       Nellie Birmingham, b. July 1895, MS

f.        Mittie Birmingham, b. Mar 1898, MS

6.        Flora Barcelona Bossie Coker, b. 16 Apr 1862, Lee Co. MS

Married November 1882, Lee Co. MS

Spouse:  Merrimond Pound Williams, b. 13 Mar 1854, Itawamba Co. MS; d. 23 Jan 1901, TX (Parents: John Williams, b. 16 Mar 1819, Monroe County, MS and Mary Ann Redden, b. 8 Feb 1829, Abbeville County, SC)

d. 26 Oct 1929, Temple, TX, Buried: Temple, Bell Co. TX


a.        John Coker Williams, b. 1 Jan 1884, MS

       Married Bernice Richey (1886-1974); d. 2 Feb 1917, Rogers, TX,

       Buried in Rogers, TX

b.        Grover Hill Williams, b. 20 Sept 1887, OK Territory

       Married Betty Ernhardt; d. 28 July 1962

c.         Mary Alice Williams, b. 28 Sept 1886, OK Territory


       Married Bertice Weaver; d. 8 July 1926

d.        Thomas Fred Williams, b. 17 Oct 1890, Choctaw Nation, OK Territory

d. 25 Feb 1960

e.        Ruby Williams, b. 5 Oct 1891, Choctaw Nation, OK Territory

d. 10 July 1893, Kulla-Chaha, OK Territory

f.          Ruth Williams, b. 12 Apr 1893

       Married Charles Clay McBride in Oct 1919

g.        Averil Williams, b. 6 Aug 1896, Bell Co. TX

Married William Buck Ord on 22 Nov 1919

h.        Hulon B. Williams, b. 8 Nov 1898, Rogers, TX

       Married Dottie Cearley in 1926; d. 18 Mar 1960

i.          Clifford Williams, b. 20 May 1901, Rogers, Bell Co. TX

Married 7 Aug 1934

Spouse: James Grover Wilkinson (d. 12 Jan 1969)

d. 20 Feb 1978

Mary Jane Coker, b. 1828, Alabama


Married 6 Nov 1853, Itawamba County, MS, Marriage Book 4, Page 165

Spouse: Marion Lexington Hester, b. 1839, AL; d. 1859, MS

Marion is noted on 1850 Federal census Itawamba County, MS, District 6 (done 25 Sept 1850), page 335, living in the home of his parents, John and Elizabeth Hester; Listed as 19 Yr WM, Farm Worker, b. AL


After Marions death and the death of their youngest child, Joanna, Mary Jane moved to Texas (about 1866).


She is noted on the 1870 Federal census Coryell County, TX, Precinct 1, Gatesville Post Office, page 265 (done 2 Oct 1870) Line 26, House 67, Family 67

Hester, Mary, 37 WF, Keeping House, b. AL

Hester, William, 16 WM, b. MS

Hester, Georgia   13 WM   b. MS



  1. Georgia Ann Lancaster Hester, b. 27 Aug 1857, MS

d. 1952, Coryell County Texas

Buried in Wylie Grubb Cemetery, Coryell Co. TX

Note: Different sources give her middle name as Lexington, but her grave marker has Lancaster.

Spouse: Wylie Parker Grubb (19 May 1846- 23 Jan 1910)

  1. William Bailey Hester, b. 1854, MS
  2. Joanna A. M. Hester, b. 1859, MS; d. 1866, MS


George Washington Coker Jr., b. 1 Nov 1840, Autauga County, Alabama

d. 6 May 1925, Pontotoc County, MS

Buried at Campground Cemetery, Pontotoc County, MS

Cause of death- Cancer

Served in 24th Regiment Mississippi Infantry CSA (Caledonia Rifles) during the Civil War; Held rank of private in Company F.

Listed on 1850 Federal Census Monroe County, MS living with his mother and stepfather (James Gray).

Listed on 1870 Federal Census Lee County, MS, District 5, Richmond Post Office (done Sept 1870)

Coker, Geo. W.  30 WM  Farm Labor   b. AL

         Adeline   22 WF  Keeping House b. MS

         Robert      2 WM                       b. MS


Married 1st- Kate Adeline Upchurch, b. 1848, MS


  1. Robert Coker, b. 1867
  2. Able Coker
  3. Willie Anna Coker, b. 1870; m. 1st Reuben Foster; m. 2nd ____ Smith
  4. Ida Coker, b. 1872
  5. George Coker, b. 1874


Married 2nd- Catherine Ann Foster Starkey


Married 3rd- Edna Harrington


Further information on the children of Elizabeth Crenshaw Coker Gray and James Gray:


Paralee Gray, b. 1842, MS; d. 1881, MS

Spouse: Elisha I. Goddard, b. 1846, MS; Occupation: Farmer

Noted on 1880 Federal Census Itawamba Co. MS, Supervisors Dist. 1, P. 449

      Goddard, Elisha WM 34 Farmer b. MS

                   Palie    WF   36 Keeping House b. MS

                   William WM   4                         b. MS

                   Martha A. WF 11/12                 b. MS


  1. William H. Goddard, b. 8 Aug 1875, MS; d. 5 Dec 1966, MS; Buried at Fairfield Cemetery, Union County, MS; m. 22 Dec 1898 Union County, MS (Recorded in Marriage Book 9, Page 231; Spouse: Elsie Bell, b. 19 Sept 1874, d. 11 Oct 1960, Buried at Fairfield Cemetery
  2. Martha A. Mattie Goddard, b. July 1879, MS; m. 30 Dec 1894, Union County, MS (Recorded in Book 8, Page 248; Spouse: J. H. Kelly

Following Paralees death, E. I. Remarried on 28 Nov 1881 to S. E. Fannie Crenshaw, b. 1845, (marriage recorded in Union County Marriage Book 7).

He is noted on the 1920 federal Census Union County, MS, Beat 4, p. 245.  William is also noted on the same page.



Jessie Gray, b. 1852, MS; Occupation: Farmer

Noted on 1880 Federal Census Itawamba County, MS, District 3, P. 545A

Spouse: Sallie ________, b. 1853, MS


  1. Dewitt Gray, b. 1878, MS
  2. Ira Ollie Gray, b. 8 Dec 1880, MS; Noted on 1917 Itawamba County Draft List; Noted on 1920 Federal census Itawamba County, MS, Fulton Post Office.


William Robert Gray, b. 1853, MS; Occupation: Farmer

Noted on 1880 Federal Census Itawamba County, MS, District 3, p. 454A

Spouse: Mary T. Parker, b. 1851, MS; d. 1910, MS


  1. Barney Gray, b. 1877, MS; d. 1900
  2. Columbus Lum Gray, b. 1878, MS; d. 1968; m, Ethel Horner (1893- 1936)


Elias Earl Lias Gray, b. 1847, MS; Occupation: Farmer

Noted on 1880 Federal Census, District 3, Itawamba Co. MS, p. 466A

Noted on 1920 al Census Itawamba County, MS

Spouse: Susannah Johnson, b. 1849, MS

Known children:

  1. Eddie Lee Gray, b. 17 Nov 1872; Noted on 1917 Lee County Draft List
  2. Martin M. Gray, b. 6 Feb 1875, MS; Noted on 1917 Itawamba County Draft List
  3. William Greene Gray, b. 9 May 1877, MS; Noted on 1917 Itawamba County Draft List; m. Eunice Gregory (1878- 1967)


    1. Tiras Gray (1906- 1906)
    2. Aaron Gray (1914- 1918)
  1. Lilla L. Gray, b. 1879, MS
  2. Elias Earl Gray, b. 29 Jan 1891, MS; Noted on 1917 Itawamba County Draft List


Pleasant Gray, b. 1855, MS

Spouse: Sallie Cobb, b. 1859; d. 1935, MS


  1. Adis Gray, B. 1886, MS
  2. Ottis Gray, b. 1888, MS
  3. Calvin Gray, b. 1 July 1890, MS; Noted on 1917 Itawamba County Draft List
  4. Mary Elizabeth Gray, b. 1892; d. 1968; Spouse: Kenny Gassaway
  5. Bedie Gray, b. 1894
  6. Bud Gray, b. 11 July 1898; Noted on 1917 Itawamba County Draft List
  7. Bettie Gray, b. 1896
  8. Pleasant Gray, b. 1899
  9. Earl Gray, b. 4 Sept 1900, MS; d. 1948; m. Jessie Allred
  10. Female infant (b/d. 1903)
  11. Mandie Gray, b. 1907
  12. John Allen Gray, b. 1910


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