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Fourth Generation (Continued)

Family of Martha Minerva MASSEY (13) & William Archy MEALS

31. John Daniel MEALS. Born on 23 Sep 1877 in Clarksburg, 13th District, Carroll County, Tennessee. At the age of 82, John Daniel died in Cedar Grove, Carroll County, Tennessee on 6 Feb 1960. Buried in 1960 in New Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery, Carroll County, Tennessee. Occupation: Farmer and merchant.

Obituary: John Daniel Meals, retired farmer and former county merchant, died at 3:30 a.m. Saturday at his home after a long illness. He was 82. Services were held at 2 Sunday afternoon at the New Liberty Baptist Church. The Rev. Fred Prince officiated. Burial was in the church cemetery with Dilday Funeral Home in charge. He was a lifelong resident of Clarksburg and a member of the Baptist Church. He leaves his wife, Mrs. Lee Kelly Meals: two sons, Johnny Meals of Jackson, and Billy Meals of Clarksburg; four daughters: Mrs. Luther Gurley and Mrs. Homer Williamson, both of Clarksburg, Mrs. Oscar Cockran of Spring Creek, and Mrs. Fred Newman of Jackson and a sister, Mrs. Susie Johnson of Clarksburg.

On 25 Dec 1899 when John Daniel was 22, he first married Nancy Mariah LITTLEPAGE (30) , daughter of William Joseph LITTLEPAGE (1848-1929) & Sarah Jane MASSEY (12) (1851-1896), in Madison County, Tennessee. Born on 12 Mar 1881 in Spring Creek, Madison County, Tennessee. At the age of 61, Nancy Mariah died in Cedar Grove, Tennessee on 29 Dec 1942. Buried in 1942 in New Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery, Carroll County, Tennessee.

Nancy Mariah's granddaughter, Linda Williamson Reed was recited this poem by her mother, Jesse Anna Meals Williamson when she was a little girl.

Little Nancy Mariah
Jumped in the fire
The fire was so hot
She jumped in the pot
The pot was so black
She jumped in the crack
The crack was so high
She jumped in the sky
The sky was so blue
She jumped in the canoe
The canoe was so shallow
She jumped in the tallow
The tallow was so soft
She jumped in the loft
The loft was so rotten
She jumped in the cotton
The cotton was so white
She jumped clean out of sight
And that was the last of Little Nancy Mariah!


They had the following children:
76 i. William Floy (1901-1926)
77 ii. Mamie Lois (1902-)
78 iii. Jessie Anna (1903-)
79 iv. William Joseph (1905-1983)
80 v. Johnnie Sidney (1909-1970)
81 vi. Della Elizabeth (1913-)
82 vii. Mary Allie (1917-)

John Daniel second married Lee KELLY, daughter of ? KELLEY. Born in 1877. At the age of 86, Lee died in 1963. Buried in 1963 in Roans Creek Cemetery, Clarksburg, Carroll County, Tennessee.

32. Susan Elizabeth MEALS. Born on 5 Jan 1880 in Carroll County, Tennessee. At the age of 86, Susan Elizabeth died in Carroll County, Tennessee on 19 Apr 1966. Buried in Apr 1966 in Blair Cemetery, Clarksburg, 13th District, Carroll County, Tennessee. Resided in District 13, Carroll County, Tennessee in 1930. Occupation: Homemaker. Religion: Baptist. Alias/AKA: "Susie".

On 28 Jan 1898 when Susan Elizabeth was 18, she married Benjamin Nicholas JOHNSON, son of William Joseph JOHNSON (1848-1901) & Tabitha B. GRANT (1841-1918), in Carroll County, Tennessee. Born on 21 Aug 1881 in 7th Civil District, Carroll County. At the age of 74, Benjamin Nicholas died in 1956. Buried in 1956 in Blair Cemetery, Carroll County, Tennessee. Resided in District 7, Carroll County, Tennessee in 1910. Resided in District 13, Carroll County, Tennessee in 1930. Occupation: Merchant at Jumbo and Clarksburg, 13th District, Carroll County, Tennessee. Religion: Baptist. Alias/AKA: "Ben".

Benjamin Nicholas Johnson was the proprietor of a dry goods store at Clarksburg, Carroll County, Tennessee, in 1930.

They had the following children:
i. Elah Mai. Born on 17 Jun 1899 in Carroll County, Tennessee. At the age of 86, Elah Mai died on 3 Dec 1985. Resided in Jackson, Madison County, Tennessee in 1985.

On 30 Dec 1923 when Elah Mai was 24, she married John Elston LEWELLING, son of John Nelson LEWELLING (1854-1914) & Sarah Lucendia GURLEY (1869-1935), in Carroll County, Tennessee. Born in 1893 in Henderson County, Tennessee. At the age of 76, John Elston died on 5 Jun 1969. Resided in District 2, Henderson County, Tennessee in 1910.

83 ii. William Joseph (1901-)
84 iii. Eron (1904-)
85 iv. Minerva Tabitha (1906-2005)
v. Mary Ruth. Born on 17 Jan 1909 in Carroll County, Tennessee. Mary Ruth died in Carroll County, Tennessee on 20 Mar 1909. Buried in 1909 in New Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery, Carroll County, Tennessee.

vi. Virginia Inez. Born on 16 Jan 1911 in Carroll County, Tennessee. At the age of 31, Virginia Inez died in Clarksburg, 13th District, Carroll County, Tennessee on 24 Dec 1942. Buried in Dec 1942 in Blair Cemetery, Clarksburg, 13th District, Carroll County, Tennessee. Resided in District 13, Carroll County, Tennessee in 1930. Occupation: Postmaster, Clarksburg, 13th District, Carroll County, Tennessee. Alias/AKA: "Virgie".

No issue.

Virginia Inez married Garrett Hobart FORTNER. Born on 31 Jan 1911.

86 vii. Dona Frances (1914-2004)
viii. Theatus Woodrow. Born on 31 Aug 1915 in Carroll County, Tennessee. At the age of 27, Theatus Woodrow died in Biloxi, Mississippi on 25 Aug 1943. Buried in Aug 1943 in Blair Cemetery, Clarksburg, 13th District, Carroll County, Tennessee. Resided in District 13, Carroll County, Tennessee in 1930.

Theatus was a lieutenant; died in a plane crash on August 25, 1943, in Biloxi, Mississippi.

87 ix. Noah (1918-)

33. Willie Jefferson MEALS. Born on 3 Mar 1881 in Carroll County, Tennessee. At the age of 73, Willie Jefferson died in Carroll County, Tennessee on 24 Dec 1954. Buried in Dec 1954 in Rosser Cemetery, Carroll County, Tennessee. Resided in District 7, Carroll County, Tennessee in 1900. Occupation: Homemaker. Religion: Baptist.

On 16 Jan 1898 when Willie Jefferson was 16, she married Sidney Albert DOUGLAS, son of Frelinghuysen DOUGLAS (1846-) & Nancy J. BURNETT (1848-), in Carroll County, Tennessee. Born on 23 Jul 1875 in Carroll County, Tennessee. At the age of 43, Sidney Albert died in District 13, Carroll County, Tennessee on 30 Dec 1918. Buried on 31 Dec 1918 in Rosser Cemetery, Carroll County, Tennessee. Resided in District 13, Carroll County, Tennessee in 1880. Resided in District 7, Carroll County, Tennessee in 1900. Occupation: Farmer. Alias/AKA: "Sid".

Sidney Albert Douglas died from pneumonia as a result of influenza. Sidney became sick on the 26th of December and died at 2:20 p.m. on 30 December 1918. He was buried at Rosser Cemetery known then as Petty cemetery. Lewis Pendergrass the performed undertaker duties. Attending physician was Dr. H.D. McGill.

They had the following children:
i. Elmer.

88 ii. Donnie (1900-)
89 iii. Florence (1902-1986)
90 iv. John Daniel (1904-1978)
91 v. Nancy Minerva (1908-2001)
92 vi. Ollie May (1910-1989)
93 vii. Woodrow (1912-1971)
94 viii. Bennie Opal (1914-2004)
95 ix. Mollie Odell (1917-1999)

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