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Amander Cole Grigsby Family Here by 1910

Posted Thursday, March 16, 2017, at 1:16 PM

Amander Cole Grigsby (1868-1935) arrived in Nimmons, Ark., with his wife, Fannie Grayson Grigsby (1870-1951) and three children, Ada Adaline, John Bailey and Amy Grigsby, sometime before 1910 and they lived out their lives there. He was buried in the Nimmons Cemetery and Fannie is buried in the Piggott Cemetery. Amander was born in Gibson County, Ind., to Bailey and Elizabeth Bryant Grigsby and Fannie was born in Wabash County, Ill., to John C. and Ellen Nash Grayson. Amander and Fannie were married in Wabash County, Ill., in 1890.

Ada Adaline Grigsby (1891-1945), daughter of Amander and Fannie, married a Lasswell and had a son, William Earl Lasswell. Her second marriage was to Harley Morrow and she had Beulah Ruth Johnson and Eula Custer Young. She is buried in Piggott Cemetery.

John Bailey Grigsby (1894-1920) son of Amander Cole and Fannie Grayson Grigsby, was born at Keensburg, Wabash County, Ill., and died in a Kennett, Mo., hospital, and was buried in the Nimmons Cemetery. He moved to Nimmons with his parents while a teenager, sometime before 1910.

John Bailey Grigsby was married on Jan. 16, 1920, to Purna Esther Williams (1903-1983), the daughter of William Henry and Mary Catherine Williams. The couple had the following children--Doris Grigsby (1920-2010), who married Earl D. Price and had Linda, Patricia, Doris, Kay and David E. Price; Vernon Lee (1921 to sometime before 1935); Ace C. Grigsby (1923-1995), who had three children; twins (born and died 1924), Nina Louise (1926-?), who married Thomas Bower, Sr.; twins (Nov. 192-); Velva Fay (born Jan. 1931 and lived eight days); Infant boy (March 18, 1932-?); Premature baby boy (Nov. 1932); premature infant (May 25, 1933) and Carol Ann Grigsby, (1940-) who married Eugene Parks. John and Purna are buried in the Nimmons Cemetery.

Purna Grigsby, wife of John B., was a midwife in the Nimmons area from 1935 to 1964 and delivered over 350 babies for the people of the community. She kept a record of the babies, and of deaths in the community. She filled out birth certificates and reported them to the Register, A.C. Grigsby. Purna became the Register of Vital Statistics for Nimmons in July of 1935. She worked with Dr. William P. Custer, who was practicing medicine in Nimmons at the time, and later moved his office to Piggott. Other doctors mentioned were Dr. F.H. Jones of Piggott, Dr. F. Rigdon of Kennett and Dr. E.W. Thornton of Piggott. Another midwife mentioned for the Nimmons area was Belle Holcomb.

Ace C. Grigsby, son of John Bailey and Purna, died in the Veteran's Hospital at Poplar Bluff and is buried in the Nimmons Cemetery with no stone. His children included Mrs. Doyle Lee Keller of Michigan, Glenn Ace Grigsby of California and John Thomas Grigsby of California.

Amy Grigsby (1898-1974), daughter of Amander and Fannie, was born in Illinois and came to Nimmons with her parents. She married Willard Morton Webber, who was a railroad section agent, in 1920 and they had a son, Joel L., who died at one month old. They are buried in the Piggott Cemetery. Willard was in the Army in World War I, and was a Mason, and she was a member of the Eastern Star. They were found in Burdette, Miss., in 1930 and in Risco, Mo., in 1940.

Harry Jacob Grayson, son of John C. and Ellen Grayson, and brother to Fannie Grayson Grigsby, also came to Nimmons after he married Etta Mae Grigsby in July of 1909 in Illinois. They had Charles Forrest Grayson, who preceded his father; Hazel Grayson Summers (1910-?); Callie Mae (1914-1994), who married Delbert Leon Pierce and had two children, Howard Pierce and Jerris Burdin; and Russell Grigsby.



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Camilla Cox is a longtime historian and genealogy researcher from Piggott.