Saturday, August 6, 2022

It’s Family Time~William Riley and Hannah Davis Grant

 William Riley Grant was born about 1831 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina.  In the 1860 Census, he listed his occupation as a cooper.  A cooper was a Craftsmen who make wooden barrels.

When the Civil War broke out in January 1861, William Riley Grant enlisted on 20 December 1861, age 30, born 1831 at Cheraw, SC.
William Riley Grant had an uneventful tour of duty except for a couple bouts of illness where he was hospitalized until January 15, 1865 when he was Captured and made a POW at Fort Fisher, NC. 
He was paroled at Elmira, N.Y. for Exchange, March 2, 1865, at James River.
March 8, 1865, Hospitalized at Jackson Hospital, Richmond, Virginia with Diabilitas (weakness).  

After the war was over, William Riley returned to Chesterfield and married Hannah Davis about late 1866 or early 1867. Hannah Davis, born May 1846, was the daughter of  Robert Richard "Ricks" Davis and his wife, Sarah "Sallie" Rivers. The marriage date is based on the birth of their known first child Nancy Jane Grant who was born on 31 December 1867.  .

William Riley Grant and Hannah Davis had the following known children:

i. Nancy Jane Grant, born 31 Dec 1867, a is mom Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Henry Pegues; died 18 Aug 1898, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.

ii. Sarah Frances Grant, born Apr 1873, Chesterfield, Chesterfield, South Carolina; married Henry Eddins.

William Riley Grant died 17 August 1898, cause unknown. Hannah Davis Grant died in her sleep on 23 June 1923. Hannah Davis Grant is buried at Zoar United Methodist Church Cemetery. 

Hannah Davis Grant is my 2nd Cousin, 3 Times Removed. 


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1. 1860 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page: 108; Line 26, Dwelling 206; Family 204, Household of Riley GRANT; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 31 July 2022); citing National Archives Microfilm M653_1217.

2. Pvt. William Riley Grant, compiled military record (21 Regiment Company D, South Carolina Infantry, CSA), U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865 (Provo, Utah: www.ancestry.com), N/A.

3. 1880 U S Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 005, Page: 334A; Line 1, Dwelling 430, Family 430, Household of Rilah GRANT; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 31 July 2022); citing National Archives Microfilm T9-1225.

4. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database and digital images, (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 26 August 2011); Memorial page for Pvt. William R. Grant; (unknown - Aug. 17, 1898); Find a Grave memorial # 50687275, Citing Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery; Cheraw, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, USA.

5. 1900 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Cheraw, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) #17, Page: 37A; Line 25, Dwelling 322, Family 322, Household of Henry EDDINGS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 26 August 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm T623_Roll: 1523.

6. 1850 U. S. Census, Chesterfield District, South Carolina, population schedule, Chesterfield District, South Carolina, Page 179B, Line 16, family 1242, dwelling 1242, Household of William Rivers; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 2010); citing National Archives Microfilm M432 Roll 851.

7. 1860 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Population Schedule, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page: 128B; Line 8, Dwelling/Family 489/488, Household of Sarah [RIVERS] DAVIS.

8. 1900 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Cheraw, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, ED #17, Page: 37A; Line 25, Dwelling 322, Family 322, Household of Henry EDDINGS.

9. 1910 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Cheraw, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) #0032, Page 40B; Line 76, Dwelling 301, Family 305, Household of Henry EDDINGS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 27 August 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm T624_1455.

10. 1920 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Court House, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) #40, Page: 171B; Line 84, Dwelling 276, Family 284, Household of Jno W. DAVIS; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 27 August 2011); citing National Archives Microfilm T625_1690.

11. Hanna Grant, death certificate #009173 (23 June 1923), Vital Records, Department of Health, Austin, Travis County, Texas.

12. James C. Pigg, Chesterfield County Cemetery Survey; Self-Published, 1995, Page #831. Tombstone of Hannah GRANT; No Birth date - June 13, 1923, Zoar United Methodist Church Cemetery, Chesterfield, Chesterfield County, South Carolina.

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Conley C. Melton was born 3 May 1871, a son of Alexander Melton and Martha Deese.

He married Rebecca E. Williams in 1890.

Shortly after their married and Armed Conflict broke out between Spain and the United States, called the “Spanish American War (April 21- August 13, 1898).

“The Spanish-America War was a short-lived conflict. Due to unrest in Cuba, President McKinney sent the U.S.S. Maine to Cuba to protect American citizens. He delayed notifying Spain and that upset the Spanish Government.
On the night of February 15, 1898 there was an explosion on-board the U.S.S. Maine and it sank in the bay killing 266 soldiers.

This explosion was the catalyst that started the Spanish American War.

James served as a Private in Company M, 2nd Regiment S.C. Volunteer Infantry, Spanish American War.

The 2nd South Carolina Volunteer Infantry served as part of the occupation forces in Cuba.

The Infantry unit was mustered into service between May 14 and June 15, 1898.

The regiment departed Columbia, South Carolina on September 15, for Jacksonville, Florida's Camp Cuba Libre. On October 21, the regiment was transferred to Savannah, Georgia and was assigned to the Seventh Army Corp, becoming part of the Second Brigade of the First Division.1

The 2nd South Carolina served in Cuba until late March 1898.

Companies I, K, L and M returned on the transport YARMOUTH, arriving at Savannah on March 28.

Private Conley C. Melton was released from service/discharged on 26 Dec 1898.

The Unit was mustered out of service at Augusta, Georgia's Camp McKenzie on April 19, 1899.

During it’s activation the Unit losses were:

Disease = 19

Court-Martial = 3

Desertion = 51

After the War, Conley tried his hand at farming, as a Cattle dealer and as a Taxi driver. He died on 26 May 1931 from a cerebral hemorrhage. His occupation at that time was listed as a taxi driver. His wife, Rebecca died 2 years later on 20 May 1933. Conley and Rebecca are both buried at Old Saint David’s Episcopal Church Cemetery.

Conley C. Melton is my 1st Cousin twice removed. 

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1. https://www.spanamwar.com/2ndsouthcarolina

2. https://loc.gov/rr/hispanic/1898/intro.html

3. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database and digital images, (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed  3 June 2020); Memorial page for Conly C. Melton; (3 May 1871–26 May 1931); Find a Grave memorial # 70382261, Citing Old Saint David's Episcopal Church Cemetery; Cheraw, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, USA.

4. Spanish American War Volunteers Index to Compiled Military Service Records, 1898, Record Group 15: Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs, 1773 - 2007, National Archives Identifier: 76193916 (St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A.: Department of Veterans Affairs/Ancestrry.com,, 1940), , Private Conley Melton, Company "M";  2 South Carolina Infantry.

5. 1900 U. S. Census, Marlboro County, South Carolina, population schedule, Smithville, Marlboro, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 0099, Page: 10/286 (stamped); Line 16, Dwelling 184, Family 184, Household of  Cornel MELTON; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 6 June 2020); citing National Archives Microfilm  T623_1536.

7. 1910 U. S. Census, Marlboro County, South Carolina, population schedule, Smithville, Marlboro, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 0090, Page: 16B/86(Stamped); Line 65, Dwelling 100, Family 106, Household of C. C. MELTON; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 6 June 2020); citing National Archives Microfilm  T624_1468.

8. 1920 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Cheraw, Chesterfield, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 36, Page: 25A/86 (Stamped); Line 4, Dwelling 504, Family 508, Household of Colonel MELTON; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 6 June 2020); citing National Archives Microfilm T625_1690.

9. 1930 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Cheraw, Chesterfield, South Carolina, enumeration district (ED) 0007, Page: 2B/198 (Stamped); Line 96, Dwelling 46, Family 47, Household of Conley MELTON; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : viewed 6 June 2020); citing National Archives Microfilm T626_Roll: 2192.

10. Conley C. Melton obituary, The State, Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina, 1 June 1931, page 5, column 8.

11. Rebecca W Melton, death certificate #6528 (Death Date: 20 May 1933), Vital Records, Department of Health and Environmental Control, Columbia, Richland County, South Carolina.

12. Find A Grave, Inc., Find A Grave, database, "Record, Rebecca Williams Melton (February 1866–20 May 1933), Memorial # 70382040.