Submitted by Cheryl Grace (Revised) GRACE’s in Kemper County MS
--Submitted by Cheryl Grace (8/2010)
The data on the Grace clan from Anson Co NC should not be taken as absolute fact until proven. Most of this information is gleaned from federal census records, various Anson Co. NC records, and from general family knowledge.
There were 5 Grace brothers, sons of John (1770 NC – 1842 Anson Co NC) and Mary Holmes GRACE (1782 -1859 Anson Co NC), whom emigrated from Anson Co NC with their families to Kemper Co MS around the Dekalb/Rocky Mount area in the late 1850’s. They were – James Henry, William, Gilbert, Nathan and Joshua GRACE.
They had one other brother, John J GRACE that had settled with his family in Choctaw Co, AL by 1850.
Their widow sister, Mary (Polly) Grace ROWE, also moved to Kemper CO MS from Anson Co NC with three of her four children about the same time – George, Mary, and Jesse Rowe. Her oldest son, Samuel, had moved to Texas in 1854.
James Henry Grace (1805 NC – 1870’s Kemper Co MS) was married to Temperance [unknown] (1805 NC – 1870’s Kemper Co MS) in Anson Co NC. It is said that they are buried in Union Methodist Cemetery Kemper Co, MS or possibly Union Cemetery in Electric Mills. They had eight children all born in Anson Co NC and moved to Kemper Co MS – James W., George S., Elizabeth J. married a William KEY (1859 MS), Lucy A., Mary Ellen married a Mr. NEWELL, Morris (Joe), Hampton M., and Henry Glass (Dock) married a Mary Ann CHERRY.
William Grace (1809 Anson Co NC – 1866 Kemper Co MS) was a Captain of the Grace’s Co, Independent MS Cavalry, State Troops Unit during the Civil War. William was buried in the Union Methodist Cemetery Kemper Co MS – died from old wounds.
Gilbert Grace (1817 Anson Co NC – 1875 Pulaski Co AR) was married to Eliza FALKNER (1827 Anson Co NC – 1903 Skagit Co WA) in Anson Co NC on 2 Jun 1840. Her father was Asa FAULKNER (1802 NC – 1837 NC) and mother Susan MEYERS, daughter of Marmaduke R. and Rebecca Brewer MEYERS. They had 6 children born in Anson Co NC – William A., John A., Joseph F., Albert Nathan, Frank, and James. Two additional children were born in Kemper Co MS – Eva (1863 MS – 1951 WA) and Edward F (1866 MS - 1938 CO).
Gilbert & Eliza’s three oldest sons – William A., John A., and Joseph F. fought in the Civil War attached to 35th Regiment, MS Infantry, Co B (the unit called themselves ‘Farmer Boys’ raised from Kemper and Winston Co MS). John A. died from mortal wounds suffered during the battle of Vicksburg in 1863. He is interred in Center Ridge Baptist Cemetery Kemper Co MS. Joseph F. was captured in Allatona, GA in 1863/4 and held as a POW in KT/OH until his release in 1866.
After the war, Gilbert GRACE’s family continued their westward journey in the late 1860’s to Arkansas – Phillips Co and eventually to Pulaski Co where Gilbert died. Another daughter was born to them – Mary in 1871, but died within the year. Eliza emigrated to WA with her married daughter, Eva Grace GREGORY + family, and sons Joseph and Frank and their families, in the late 1880’s. She is buried in Union Cemetery, Sedro Woolley, Skagit Co, WA.
Nathan Grace (1819  Anson Co NC – 1895 Kemper Co MS) is buried in Union Methodist Cemetery in Kemper Co MS. Between 1859 and August 1860, he moved to Kemper Co MS. The 1860 federal census has him living with his brother Joshua in Kemper as farmers. Nathan was a private with the Grace’s Cavalry Unit, Independent MS Cavalry, State Troops during the Civil War. In the 1866 IRS tax records, he was in business with his brother or nephew William as retail liquor dealers and swine farmers.
Joshua Grace (1821 Anson Co NC – 1864 Dalton, GA) was a member of the 35th Regiment, MS Infantry Co B during the Civil War. He died in 1864, at St Mary’s Hospital in Dalton GA from wounds incurred during the Atlanta campaign.
It is thought that Mary (Polly) Grace Rowe (1803 NC – circa 1860 MS) had died in MS by 1860. Her two sons George and Jesse fought with the 35th Regiment MS Infantry Co B. Jesse was injured at the battle of Cornith. George Rowe, married a Miss Sarah Ann ODEN, daughter of Dr. John H. and Mary ODEN of Kemper Co MS in 1859. After the war, they moved to TX. She died in 1869 in TX, possibly Hopkins Co. George moved back with his children to Kemper Co MS and eventually married Susan ODEN, in 1870. They soon migrated to Prairie Co AR.
Any questions, please let me know.
-- Cheryl Grace
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