Subsequent to my recent postings, I dug deeper into family files and found more information about the famlily of Thomas Jefferson Kizziar, with a few corrections to Genforum and Ancestry.com listings. The family interconnections in Arkansas, Texas and Oklahoma are too complex for me to follow, but confirm some vague memories I still have in my old mind. The following summarizes what I found:
Mellissa Louella (Kizziar) McCullough
Born: July 31, 1867 in Pike County, Arkansas
Died: November 11, 1963, Bridgeport, Texas
Father: Thomas Jefferson Kizziar
Mother: Rachel Mathilda (Cooper) (Guffin) Kizziar
Married: The Reverend Wilson Sterling Price McCullough, November 13, 1900
Children: K.C. McCullough, Sr.
John Alonzo McCullough,
In 1955, Melissa wrote down what she knew about her ancestors. That was 8 years before her death, and she was living independently in Denver at the time. The following is a summary of what she told us:
Her father, Thomas Jefferson Kizziar, was first married to a Miss Hewitt, by whom he had 5 children: Dick, Will, Jim, Mart and Emeline. With his second wife, surname Brock, he had a son, Booker.
Her mother was born Rachel Mathilda Cooper in GA. She had a sister, Emily, who married a man named Elkins, who became a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Rachel Mathilda’s first husband was surnamed Guffin, and they had John, Robert and Caroline Guffin. John Guffin married Jane McCullough, sister of Wilson Sterling Price McCullough. John and Jane Guffin had 5 children, Columbus, Henry, Ellie, Weaver, and Price. Melissa remembers only an “Uncle Thomas Cooper” and his wife Bettie and children who lived near Sipe Springs.
Melissa’s family moved to Mansfield, TX in the spring of 1870. As a young woman, she taught piano. After her parent’s deaths, she kept house for her brother, Alonzo Jackson Kizziar, a merchant in Mansfield. She also assisted him in the store. When Price McCullough’s 1st wife died in the birth of a third child, it seems the Kizziar, Guffin and McCullough extended families may have helped Price and Melissa decide to marry. She took care of Paul, David and Mabel, as well and K, C, and John Alonzo.
In Melissa’s effects is a long letter from a C. A. Kizzia on Springfield Fire & Marine Insurance letterhead and dated June 9, 1939, Delight Arkansas, at which time he was 72 years old. His father was Nathan Kizzia, son of Hiram Kizzia. He himself is known by his second name Anca, or “Uncle Ank.” He discusses the different spellings of the surname, and he remembers hearing of Uncle Tom. Others he mentions in Altus, OK and Texas are a J.W., Ed, Mart and Ed Kizziar. All of this consistent with the early settlement of Kizziars near Delight, AK and subsequent further west. The Pike Co., AK census of 1860 lists the household:
Thos J. Kizzia 38 m farmer TN
T.L. 13 m
W.L. 11 m
S.E. 9 f
I.W. 7 m
H.B. 1 m
The Hewitt household in 1860 includes a Mary A. Kizziar female, age 18.
The 1870 census shows no Thomas J. Kizziar, but it does include Nathan Kizzia, the father of Anca Kizzia, above.
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