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Thomas Mefford

sherry diane cooper (View posts)
Posted: 22 Jan 2000 12:17PM GMT
Thomas "Tom" Mefford (5/20/1865-1/30/1920; died and buried in Scottsboro, AL area in Grants Cemetary) was married to (1)Betty and (2) Emma West (born 1885). His mother's name was Molly (maiden name unknown) was half Cherokee. Thomas had some brothers and do not know if these are nicknames or real:
Dovey Lee, Chick, Zack, Pidge, Will. One of Thomas' brothers had a large boat and ran it up and down Tennessee River. This brother lived around Scottsboro, AL and died on his boat (do not know date). Thomas and Emma had Rubye (nickname Big Rubye), Virginia (nickname Tommie), Lucie, William "Bill", Claudia Pauline. Claudia Mefford (10/27/1905 Jackson Co, AL - 12/22/88 Madison Co, AL). Any info appreciated.

Re Thomas Mefford

Posted: 2 Feb 2000 7:36PM GMT
Edited: 31 May 2002 1:04AM GMT
I believe we may be looking at the same family of Meffords. My great great grandfather was Luther Mefford of Scotsboro, Alabama. He is buried in the Gant Cemetary along with Tom Mefford and Wife Betty and another brother William. My great grandfather was Luther Calvin Mefford. His brothers were William, Thomas, John R. who is listed sometimes on documents as Chick, and Dave. I have always heard that my great grandfather died on a riverboat and that my grandmother was born on one. The census has Luther Mefford (possibly your Thomas's father) as married to Lottie Mefford. I know that is different from Molly but maybe close enough to investigate. The name Dovie was one of William Meffords children. Please e mail me so we can compare notes.

Meffords

sherry cooper (View posts)
Posted: 10 Feb 2000 6:28PM GMT
Eulane - I do believe we are tracking the same Meffords. My mother, Louise Tate Cooper, told me that Dovie was married to Alma Whitaker. Mother is still in contact with one of their children, Bertha. My mother's mother was Claudia Mefford (married Christopher Columbus Tate) Claudia has one living sister in Tennessee - all the others, Rubye "Big Rubye", Virginia "Tommie", Lucie, and William "Bill", and Claudia have passed. There was a half brother named Jake Mefford who died in 1953. Claudia 10/27/1905-12/22/1988; her husband died 11/13/1989. Bill died 9/7/1989 - my family still sees his wife Marjo Harris and they had two daughters Doris and Barbara Jo (his first wife's name was Betty Wynn and they had two daughters Betty Jean and Linda). Tom Mefford's second wife was Emma West whose mother was Nancy Jane Archer married to John Henry West. We found the newspaper article where Nancy died from burns received in a house fire 11/3/1934 at age 85 and is buried in Gurley Cemetary in Madison Co, AL. Big Rubye was married four times and had no children. Virginia "Tommie" lives in some little town in Tennessee - don't recall the name but Mother has her phone number. Tommie is in very poor health. She had 5 children: Lillie Sue, Dimple (passed away about 3 years ago with cancer), Jimmy (have not seen him since childhood, Billy, and Donald. In my grandmother's bible she lists Thomas Meffords birth date as 5/20/1865 and died 1/30/1920. She wrote no birth or death dates for her mother, Emma, who later remarried a Thomas(?) Howard who was a mean old SOB so the story goes. Emma's daughter Lucy, was staying with my Grandmother (her sister) and my grandfather. Mr. Howard and Emma came and got Lucy by force and forced Lucy into prostitution in Decatur, AL. She became an alcoholic. When Emma came for her she begged for them to let her stay with my Grandmother but Emma threatened to beat her with an unbrella. Lucy later changed her name to "Louise". Her first husband was Jack Cook and they had a daughter, Shirley. Lucy's second husband we know only as "Red." We did not grow up around the Mefford side but more so with the Tate kinfolk. My mother may be able to tell you more. What I have learned is that this genealogy stuff should be recorded because it gets much harder as time goes by. I could not figure out where to find your e-mail address and do not know where you live. I am in Huntsville, Alabama.

Meffords

sherry cooper (View posts)
Posted: 10 Feb 2000 6:29PM GMT
Eulane - I do believe we are tracking the same Meffords. My mother, Louise Tate Cooper, told me that Dovie was married to Alma Whitaker. Mother is still in contact with one of their children, Bertha. My mother's mother was Claudia Mefford (married Christopher Columbus Tate) Claudia has one living sister in Tennessee - all the others, Rubye "Big Rubye", Virginia "Tommie", Lucie, and William "Bill", and Claudia have passed. There was a half brother named Jake Mefford who died in 1953. Claudia 10/27/1905-12/22/1988; her husband died 11/13/1989. Bill died 9/7/1989 - my family still sees his wife Marjo Harris and they had two daughters Doris and Barbara Jo (his first wife's name was Betty Wynn and they had two daughters Betty Jean and Linda). Tom Mefford's second wife was Emma West whose mother was Nancy Jane Archer married to John Henry West. We found the newspaper article where Nancy died from burns received in a house fire 11/3/1934 at age 85 and is buried in Gurley Cemetary in Madison Co, AL. Big Rubye was married four times and had no children. Virginia "Tommie" lives in some little town in Tennessee - don't recall the name but Mother has her phone number. Tommie is in very poor health. She had 5 children: Lillie Sue, Dimple (passed away about 3 years ago with cancer), Jimmy (have not seen him since childhood, Billy, and Donald. In my grandmother's bible she lists Thomas Meffords birth date as 5/20/1865 and died 1/30/1920. She wrote no birth or death dates for her mother, Emma, who later remarried a Thomas(?) Howard who was a mean old SOB so the story goes. Emma's daughter Lucy, was staying with my Grandmother (her sister) and my grandfather. Mr. Howard and Emma came and got Lucy by force and forced Lucy into prostitution in Decatur, AL. She became an alcoholic. When Emma came for her she begged for them to let her stay with my Grandmother but Emma threatened to beat her with an unbrella. Lucy later changed her name to "Louise". Her first husband was Jack Cook and they had a daughter, Shirley. Lucy's second husband we know only as "Red." We did not grow up around the Mefford side but more so with the Tate kinfolk. My mother may be able to tell you more. What I have learned is that this genealogy stuff should be recorded because it gets much harder as time goes by. I could not figure out where to find your e-mail address and do not know where you live. I am in Huntsville, Alabama.

Meffords

sherry cooper (View posts)
Posted: 10 Feb 2000 6:29PM GMT
Eulane - I do believe we are tracking the same Meffords. My mother, Louise Tate Cooper, told me that Dovie was married to Alma Whitaker. Mother is still in contact with one of their children, Bertha. My mother's mother was Claudia Mefford (married Christopher Columbus Tate) Claudia has one living sister in Tennessee - all the others, Rubye "Big Rubye", Virginia "Tommie", Lucie, and William "Bill", and Claudia have passed. There was a half brother named Jake Mefford who died in 1953. Claudia 10/27/1905-12/22/1988; her husband died 11/13/1989. Bill died 9/7/1989 - my family still sees his wife Marjo Harris and they had two daughters Doris and Barbara Jo (his first wife's name was Betty Wynn and they had two daughters Betty Jean and Linda). Tom Mefford's second wife was Emma West whose mother was Nancy Jane Archer married to John Henry West. We found the newspaper article where Nancy died from burns received in a house fire 11/3/1934 at age 85 and is buried in Gurley Cemetary in Madison Co, AL. Big Rubye was married four times and had no children. Virginia "Tommie" lives in some little town in Tennessee - don't recall the name but Mother has her phone number. Tommie is in very poor health. She had 5 children: Lillie Sue, Dimple (passed away about 3 years ago with cancer), Jimmy (have not seen him since childhood, Billy, and Donald. In my grandmother's bible she lists Thomas Meffords birth date as 5/20/1865 and died 1/30/1920. She wrote no birth or death dates for her mother, Emma, who later remarried a Thomas(?) Howard who was a mean old SOB so the story goes. Emma's daughter Lucy, was staying with my Grandmother (her sister) and my grandfather. Mr. Howard and Emma came and got Lucy by force and forced Lucy into prostitution in Decatur, AL. She became an alcoholic. When Emma came for her she begged for them to let her stay with my Grandmother but Emma threatened to beat her with an unbrella. Lucy later changed her name to "Louise". Her first husband was Jack Cook and they had a daughter, Shirley. Lucy's second husband we know only as "Red." We did not grow up around the Mefford side but more so with the Tate kinfolk. My mother may be able to tell you more. What I have learned is that this genealogy stuff should be recorded because it gets much harder as time goes by. I could not figure out where to find your e-mail address and do not know where you live. I am in Huntsville, Alabama.

Meffords

sherry cooper (View posts)
Posted: 10 Feb 2000 6:29PM GMT
Eulane - I do believe we are tracking the same Meffords. My mother, Louise Tate Cooper, told me that Dovie was married to Alma Whitaker. Mother is still in contact with one of their children, Bertha. My mother's mother was Claudia Mefford (married Christopher Columbus Tate) Claudia has one living sister in Tennessee - all the others, Rubye "Big Rubye", Virginia "Tommie", Lucie, and William "Bill", and Claudia have passed. There was a half brother named Jake Mefford who died in 1953. Claudia 10/27/1905-12/22/1988; her husband died 11/13/1989. Bill died 9/7/1989 - my family still sees his wife Marjo Harris and they had two daughters Doris and Barbara Jo (his first wife's name was Betty Wynn and they had two daughters Betty Jean and Linda). Tom Mefford's second wife was Emma West whose mother was Nancy Jane Archer married to John Henry West. We found the newspaper article where Nancy died from burns received in a house fire 11/3/1934 at age 85 and is buried in Gurley Cemetary in Madison Co, AL. Big Rubye was married four times and had no children. Virginia "Tommie" lives in some little town in Tennessee - don't recall the name but Mother has her phone number. Tommie is in very poor health. She had 5 children: Lillie Sue, Dimple (passed away about 3 years ago with cancer), Jimmy (have not seen him since childhood, Billy, and Donald. In my grandmother's bible she lists Thomas Meffords birth date as 5/20/1865 and died 1/30/1920. She wrote no birth or death dates for her mother, Emma, who later remarried a Thomas(?) Howard who was a mean old SOB so the story goes. Emma's daughter Lucy, was staying with my Grandmother (her sister) and my grandfather. Mr. Howard and Emma came and got Lucy by force and forced Lucy into prostitution in Decatur, AL. She became an alcoholic. When Emma came for her she begged for them to let her stay with my Grandmother but Emma threatened to beat her with an unbrella. Lucy later changed her name to "Louise". Her first husband was Jack Cook and they had a daughter, Shirley. Lucy's second husband we know only as "Red." We did not grow up around the Mefford side but more so with the Tate kinfolk. My mother may be able to tell you more. What I have learned is that this genealogy stuff should be recorded because it gets much harder as time goes by. I could not figure out where to find your e-mail address and do not know where you live. I am in Huntsville, Alabama.

Reply to me

Posted: 13 Feb 2000 7:27PM GMT
Edited: 31 May 2002 1:04AM GMT
Sherry, E mail me at emellon@aol.com. Then we can speak directly. I was also unable to locate your e mail address through this set up.

Thomas Mefford (Sherry Cooper)

Posted: 11 Mar 2000 10:03AM GMT
Edited: 29 Dec 2004 4:06PM GMT

Thomas Mefford was my great grandpa. My information is slightly different than yours but it has to be the same people.
I have attended a Mefford family reunion on Monte Sano Mountain. This was the relatives from Thomas Meffords second marriage. My line came down through the first marriage.

Re: Meffords

Posted: 14 Jul 2009 9:23PM GMT
Classification: Query
Claude Tate was my grandfather's (Jake Mefford) half sister. I can remember her. We would be distant relatives. judydsims@gmail.com
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