I am looking for further information on a Henry Bishop who married a Katherine Kessler on 1-10-1859. I don't know what county they married in, but after Henry's death, Katherine married two more times, to Preston Akers, and then to S.J. Mitchell, both of those marriages were in Floyd County, Virginia.
I am particularly interested in finding out who Henry Bishop's parents were, and where he was born. Here's what I have, the first two generations of their descendants, I know I am missing one child from this list, as well.
Any help in figuring out the ancestry of Henry Bishop, as well as Katherine Kessler, would be most appreciated.
Here also is the obit of Katherine, written by her granddaughter Nannie Sowers.
Obituary Transcription of Katherine (Kessler) Bishop
Feb 21, 1922, the death angel visited the home of dear uncle Henry Bishop and claimed for it's victim his loving mother and our grandmother.
She was born Oct, 11, 1887 and died Feb 21, 1922.
She was married to the late Henry Bishop, January 10, 1859, and to this union were born six children, three of whom and her husband preceeded her to the grave several years ago.
She leaves to mourn her sad departure three children and large host of other relatives and friends; John W. Bishop, Brim, N.C.; Henry W. Bihsop, and Mrs. C.F. Sowers, of Willis.
She was married three times. The second time to Preston Akers and the last time married to S.J. Mitchell, Sept 12, 1900. I haven't the record of the second marriage so I gave the ones that I had.
The funeral services were conducted by her pastor, Elder Q.D. Weeks, and Elder W. L. Jennings assisted in the service. She was a member of the Primitive Baptist church and had been for about twenty five years. She was laid to rest in the Greesy Creek cemetery to await the resurrection morning.
She had been in declining health and had been almost helpless for several years.
It was so hard to give grandmother up. God's will be done not ours. So he took dear grandmother home. Weep not, dear children, for dear grandmother she is not dead she is only asleep in Jesus arms. She is at rest where there is no more suffering, and pain.
She bore her suffering patiently and all was done for her that Drs, friends, and loving hands could do. There is a vacant place in the home that never can be filled.
I hear the low winds sweeping, Through every bush and tree, Where dear grandmother's sleeping, away from home and me.
Tears from my eyes are flowing, and Sorrow shades my brow, Cold in the grave, she's sleeping, I have no grandmother now. Our lives are oh so lonely, our hearts are troubled sore, Her dearest presence only could make us weep no more. She has gone from us to Heaven, Deep sorrow shades my brow, The sacred tie is broken, I have no grandmother now.
Written by her sad hearted granddaughter, Nannie M. Sowers.
Descendants of Henry Bishop
Generation No. 1
1. HENRY1 BISHOP was born Oct 08, 1827, and died Jun 07, 1878. He married KATHERINE KESSLER Jan 10, 1859 in Floyd County, Virginia?? She was born Nov 11, 1837 in Roanoke County, Virginia.
Children of HENRY BISHOP and KATHERINE KESSLER are:
2. i. JAMES THOMAS2 BISHOP, b. Mar 03, 1864; d. Jul 16, 1909, Caldwell Cemetery, Willis Virginia.
3. ii. HENRY W. BISHOP, b. Apr 1870.
4. iii. MARTHA BISHOP, b. 1872; d. 1936, Floyd County, Virginia.
iv. PETER N. BISHOP, b. 1876.
v. JOHN W. BISHOP, d. Brim, North Carolina.
Generation No. 2
2. JAMES THOMAS2 BISHOP (HENRY1) was born Mar 03, 1864, and died Jul 16, 1909 in Caldwell Cemetery, Willis Virginia. He married MARY ANN CALDWELL Oct 27, 1887 in Floyd County, Virginia.
Children of JAMES BISHOP and MARY CALDWELL are:
i. LOUETTA "ETTA"3 BISHOP, b. Oct 17, 1899, Virginia; d. Nov 1979, Montgomery County, Virginia; m. CEPHAS ALVIN HYLTON, Abt. 1919, Montgomery County, Virginia; b. Dec 24, 1892, Floyd County, Virginia; d. Jan 25, 1978, Montgomery County, Virginia.
ii. GRACE VELMA BISHOP, b. May 12, 1907; d. Oct 14, 2003, Roanoke, Virginia; m. GARY RANDOLPH PHILLIPS; b. 1902; d. 1987.
iii. GEORGE HUGH BISHOP, b. Sep 25, 1891.
iv. EFFIE MAY BISHOP, b. Oct 01, 1896.
3. HENRY W.2 BISHOP (HENRY1) was born Apr 1870. He married LEONA PHILLIPS, daughter of WESLEY PHILLIPS and ELCY COX.
Children of HENRY BISHOP and LEONA PHILLIPS are:
i. JOHN WESLEY3 BISHOP, b. Dec 20, 1894, Floyd County, Virginia; d. Mar 06, 1971, Floyd County, Virginia; m. MARY MALINDA KEITH, Nov 23, 1915, Floyd County, Virginia; b. Aug 02, 1901, Floyd County, Virginia; d. Jun 17, 2000, Montgomery County, Virginia.
ii. ODEN TAYLOR BISHOP, b. Aug 07, 1895, Floyd County, Virginia.
iii. MARY E. BISHOP, b. Dec 1897, Floyd County, Virginia; d. Mar 23, 1987, Floyd County, Virginia; m. EDWIN ANDREW WEDDLE, Jul 06, 1919, Floyd County, Virginia; b. Jan 11, 1901, Floyd County, Virginia; d. May 02, 1977, Floyd County, Virginia.
iv. THEODORE ROOSEVELT BISHOP, b. 1904, Floyd County, Virginia.
v. MAGGIE ELLEN BISHOP, b. Sep 30, 1905, Floyd County, Virginia.
vi. THOMAS H. BISHOP, b. 1917.
vii. CLARENCE G. BISHOP, b. 1923.
viii. IVA E. BISHOP, b. 1925.
4. MARTHA2 BISHOP (HENRY1) was born 1872, and died 1936 in Floyd County, Virginia. She married CHARLES FLOURNOY SOWERS 1892 in Floyd County, Virginia, son of TAZWELL SOWERS and MARY SPANGLER. He was born Jul 1868 in Floyd County, Virginia.
Children of MARTHA BISHOP and CHARLES SOWERS are:
i. HENRY CLINE3 SOWERS, b. May 1893.
ii. TAZWELL MILLER SOWERS, b. May 05, 1895; d. Dec 26, 1961, Pleasant Hills Cemetery, Floyd County, Virginia; m. LILLIAN CATHERINE "LILLIE" SIMMONS, Apr 26, 1917, Floyd County, Virginia; b. May 17, 1894, Floyd County, Virginia; d. May 08, 1975, Montgomery County, Virginia.
iii. NANCY M. "NANNIE" SOWERS, b. Jan 1900.
iv. SWANSON G. SOWERS, b. Nov 11, 1905.
v. EDDIE SOWERS, b. 1908.
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