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Re: Herron & Kizzire (Kissire) Genealogy
Posted by: James T. Newell (ID *****1549) Date: August 12, 2007 at 21:41:09
In Reply to: Herron & Kizzire (Kissire) Genealogy by William G. Latham of 132

Hey, William -- "cataloguing" this family is a mess! Most significant problem is in the pronunciation of the name and subsequent "writing down" what the census taker heard or how the family members thought it was spelled due to their own literacy problems. Second big problem is lack of good documentation. I have a significant interest in the group of Kizziahs that are descended from my ancestor Robert Boyd, Veteran of War of 1812. I will give you a quick outline of what I think might help but it is by no means complete. In 1880 the majority of this family lived in the Stonewall community of Fayette Co., AL and were erroneoulsy entered on the census as "Kiriar and/or "Kirar" and so transcribed. The gap between 1880-1900 creates a problem for tracking the male Kizziahs born in the early 1880s since they are usually away from home and parents by 1900. I think that could be applicable for Alex (ca1884) and Leonard (ca1888). However, Bell age 3 is on that 1880 as daughter of William Kizziah age 26 and Catharine. Adjacent on this census is the family of James Kizziah age 24. I believe these correspond to William M. Kizziah age 8 and James R. Kizziah age 5 on the 1860 Fayette Co. E. Div #124. These are children of Alexander Kizziah born ca1830 and listed "A. Kiriar" on that 1880 Stonewall group.
Now here is where it gets interesting: Robert Boyd's grandchildren were written in the flyleaf of his family Bible (since lost). These included my ancestor Robert Boyd Newell and several others to include one James Alexander Kizziah born Sep 1, 1829. I have not been able to positively connect John Alex from the Bible to the Alex Kizziah on the 1860 Fayette census - but there is circumstantial evidence.
There appears to be evidence in Fayette Co. (or researcher notes) that Robert Lee Kizziah (Kizzire) born ca1804 was married to Polly Boyd. Robert Boyd's oldest child was Polly Boyd born Sep 28, 1801 - again I haven't been able to positively verify they are one and the same. Robert Boyd listed two Kizziah grandchildren: Ann Caroline (on whom I have no further info) and John Alexander. I believe these to be Robert and Polly's children. The hedge here is that Robert Boyd's daughter Elizabeth married William M. Kizziah, Jr. and I have that family fairly well documented; except that the two grandchildren could possibly be Wiliam and Elizabeth's -- but I'm leaning toward Robert and Polly due to later census locations of common family members. (Robert and Alex were 11 households separated on the same 1860 census.)
So if I have my ducks lined up correctly, Belle, Alex and Leonard appear to be chldren of William M. Kizziah who is son of John Alexander Kizziah who is son of Robert Lee Kizziah who is son of William M. Kizziah, Sr. (born ca1767 SC). By the way, another confusing factor arose due to boundary line uncertainties between NC and SC especially along the York, SC and Mecklenburg, NC areas.
Contact me by email (jjnewell "at" nehp "dot" net) and I'll send you a file. I could sure use some help. :-)

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