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My Dead Ends
Posted by: Fred South Date: November 03, 1999 at 14:47:32
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One of my dead ends is my great grandfather JAMES EDWARD SOUTH, his first
wife MARY C. CRUMLEY, and his first two children LAURA E. SOUTH and SARAH
SOUTH.

JAMES EDWARD SOUTH was born December 1862 in TN, and died April 06,
1904 in Bristol, TN. He married his first wife MARY C. CRUMLEY October 16,
1881 in Sullivan County, TN. He married my great grandmother his second
wife SARAH LOUVENA MOORE January 08, 1897 in Sullivan County, TN, daughter
of FLOYD MOORE and JENNIE MOORE.

James was run over by a train near Ash Street in Bristol Tennessee. He was
a carpenter and may have been working at the railroad at the time. The
story is that two trains were moving opposite directions. James stepped
across as the first train cleared but did not see the second train. James
was also a member of the JUNIOR ORDER OF UNITED AMERICAN MECHANICS. In
"BRISTOL TENNESSEE/VIRGINIA A HISTORY - 1852-1900" by V.N. (Bud) Phillips,
on page 145 is listed James E. South as a carpenter that during the 4th
quarter of the 19th century helped build Bristol.

6/13/97 At the Sullivan County Clerks Office in Blountville, I found
both marriage records. James E. South and Mary C. Crumley was recorded
Oct. 16, 1881 and license was issued for James E. South and Sarah L.
Moore on Jan. 8, 1897.

James is buried at the Paperville Cemetery on Church Circle off the
Paperville Road and Old Jonesborough Road. It had a flat stone with the
following inscription: "JAMES E. SOUTH BORN DEC 23, 1855 DIED APR. 6, 1904
A precious one has gone. A voice we loved is stilled. A place is vacant in
our home. Which never can be filled.". At the top of the stone is a
symbol similar to a Masonic symbol. The difference in the symbols is where
the Masonic symbol had what looks like a carpenter's square cradling a
compass with the letter G centered, my gr grandfather's symbol had in the
place of the G there was an arm with the hand holding a mallet.

6/14/97 I was at the Sullivan County Library in Blountville and found
from the 1880 Census that James was a Farmhand living with L. G. Dryden
and Eliza I. Dryden. He was age 18 in that census. Its possible he may
have been orphaned and/or was living with neighbors or relatives.

Sullivan County 1880 Census Index lists an Elizabeth Crumbey age 43 and
Mary age 12 (351). This may be Mary Crumley because James South age
18 is listed in the Index at (356)? The number in parenthesis is the
stamped page number on the original schedule. They would have lived
near each other.

Children of JAMES SOUTH and MARY CRUMLEY are:
i. LAURA E. SOUTH, b. October 13, 1881, Sullivan County, TN.
ii. SARAH SOUTH, b. April 1883, Sullivan County, TN.
iii. KINNEY SOUTH, b. October 1887, Sullivan County, TN; d. April 18,
1910, Sullivan County, TN.

I do not know what happened to Laura and Sarah. I do know that Kinney died
in an institution.

I found a 1905 news clipping that says "Kinney South is the name of an
orphan boy at the poorhouse. He has fits, and is a pitiable object.
His father who was killed on the railroad, was a member of the Junior
Order. Some members of that order paid him a visit Sunday and
manifested some interest in this poor, little unfortunate fellow. We
hope they will not forget him."

In the 1900 Census James was listed as a Carpenter. He and his wife
Venie had been married 3 years. Children listed: Sarah 17, Kenni 12,
Robert 2, Ollie born Feb 1900.

6/14/97 I was at the Sullivan County Library in Blountville and found
from a 1905 news clipping that says "Kinney South is the name of an
orphan boy at the poorhouse. He has fits, and is a pitiable object.
His father who was killed on the railroad, was a member of the Junior
Order. Some members of that order paid him a visit Sunday and
manifested some interest in this poor, little unfortunate fellow. We
hope they will not forget him."

8/4/97 I found at the Sullivan County Library in Blountville a record of
his death. It said his age was 20 and that he died from "fits" at the
poor house, 5th District.

Children of JAMES SOUTH and SARAH MOORE are:
iv. ROBERT EDWARD SOUTH, b. December 24, 1897, Bristol, TN; d.
January 1986, Kingsport, TN.
v. OLLIE MAE SOUTH, b. February 02, 1900; d. Unknown.
vi. HUBERT L. SOUTH, b. October 21, 1902, Bristol, TN; d. April 12,
1981, Bristol, VA.

R. E. South is my grandfather.

Fredrick Thomas South
Goose Creek, SC



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