Mary Gresham

Mary Gresham

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Mary L. Gresham
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Biography

I began genealogy research during the mid 1970's from Denver, CO. I took some classes, read books and jumped in by writing Clerks of the Counties for wills, old style. I met Carol, Milt and Troy Gresham as one of the first subscribers to the GAWYSI (Gresham Any Way You Spell It) news letters. I have purchased any and all Gresham books thru the years.

Early on, I had promised my father, John T. Gresham that before he died we would know more about where his Gresham ancestors from Leon County, Texas had come from. No one had a clue except they thought he was from Virginia.

My father passed away last June at age 99. He was a WWII veteran and fought on Okinawa and Leyte. He was present in Korea for the surrender of the Japanese. He was someone who lived life positively every day and was still planting trees for the next generation in his 80's.

I kept my word by reading roll after roll of microfilm at the Denver Federal Center and local Mormon libraries on my vacation days until I found our John Thomas Gresham, original settler in Centerville. He was living in Boligee, Greene County, Alabama on the 1840 census with his name spelled Grisham. I knew it was him when I saw that his wife was 10 years older with 5 boys. What a surprise!

After a lot more work, I was able to find out who the Thomas Gresham was that he lived near then connect him back to his family in Taliaferro and Wilkes Counties, Georgia. Our John Thomas Gresham had been orphaned at the age of 12 and had gone to live with Thomas Gresham, his cousin there in Alabama to learn the blacksmith trade. I was finally able to trace our Gresham line back to Goochland, then King & Queen Counties, Virginia.

I retired to East Texas and joined Ancestry in 2008. It took weeks, but entered all my paper group sheets, scanned wills, orphan records, birth and marriage records into the computer and began adding other Gresham lines to my tree to get "the big picture" of how and where the old Gresham lines in Virginia had branched out.

I continue doing research on all my family lines, but am particularly interested in old Gresham lines in Virginia. There seems to be many different views about Gresham genealogy that have come from family biographies, not actual court records. Since the records from King and Queen County were burned, many trees have grouped together people from their associations with county land records. This has limitations and problems with the precise science of genealogy.

We will never know exactly who the sons of Edward Immigrant Gresham were or how his grandchildren fall into line underneath his assumed 4 Gresham sons Thomas, Edward, George and John that are listed for King and Queen on the 1704 Quit Rent Roll. We do know that if you add up the acres for these 4 men, it is exactly the number of acres of Edward Gresham's original land patent of 1650 and the acres he purchased at a later date. We can only have assumptions, but that makes for interesting conversations.

My dad's DNA is on FTDNA under kit 236828 at 111 markers. He is on the Grisham, Gresham, Grissom Project and the East Anglia Project. He closely matches Troy Gresham. He does match closely with men who still live in the Norfolk, England area, the ancestral home of the first Gresham.

My tree on Ancestry.com is called Gresham, Robinson and Allied Families. user gresham970. I have added many Gresham lines from England that came to the U.S. at later times hoping to find men who would test for YDNA and join the projects. It is now a "Big Gresham Tree".

I hope it helps other Gresham researchers in the future. I enjoy discussions and am easy to get along with, but do dislike guesses.

Mary


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Mary is a Wiki Genealogy Volunteer following these tags:
BASYE
Direct descendant
DILLARD
Virginia
ELLINGTON
Ellington conflicted profiles in Virginia back to England.
GRESHAM
King and Queen County, VA including James Gresham d. 1770 Goochland, VA down to John T. Gresham d. 2018 Leon County, TX
HAYNIE
Direct Ancestor
LEA
Caswell County back to Virginia
NEWBOLD
Descendant of Margaret Newbold
PURNELL
Descendant of Joyce Purnell
SYFRETT
Frederick Syfrett of Orangeburg, SC and descendants
TRUITT
1664 Accomack, Virginia to England
WINN
Winns and Wynnes in Virginia and Wales
WYNNE
Direct descendant
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Hey Mary,

For your research...The Dillard Annuals are now on WikiTree.

-) Mags

In Answer? they are actually on WikiTree...more to come is the Association is ok with posting more. Have permission to post the Annuals and the Grave Ceremony.

posted by Mags Gaulden
Don't forget to add your sources when changing relationships on profiles....
posted by Robin Lee
Hey Mary Louise,

The answer to your comment is in the Bio. on the profile page: https://www.wikitree.com/index.php?title=Dillard-684

Mags

posted by Mags Gaulden
ok, I have read it out and matched it up. it is George's son not a possible father as it starts out claiming. so I made a note to move the paragraph to the FREE SPACE... sound good? yes it is confussssing...
posted by Carole Taylor
Thank you for checking them all out. sure wish they had not ALL used the same names for their kids, GADS! I just added a child, and his child, (Anderson)
posted by Carole Taylor
We are 7th cousins, thru James and we both have Riley Truitt grandfather's.
posted by Carole Taylor
Have a look at the changes I've made in Lea-561, which I'm now fairly sure is a distinct person from Lea-95. Comments welcome.
Thanks for your suggestion to merge Lea-95 and Lea-561, but I would like to double check on a few facts and sources before approving such a merge, I will decide in the next day or so

Mary is 20 degrees from Mary Pickford, 18 degrees from Cheryl Skordahl and 17 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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