Orlando Grantham was known to his family and friends as “Lando.” He was one of the sons of Hillard Cisero Grantham and Margaret Dickson. According to his headstone he was born on 15 Oct. 1881. Several of the other trees on ancestry.com list his birth location as Hill County, Texas. I think this is possible as his brother Jess’ death certificate lists him as being born there also. For the most part Lando grew up in Callahan County, Texas. Lando was my husband’s great grand-uncle.
On 7 Mar 1906, Lando married Maude E. Windham. Maude was the daughter of Calvin Windham (1887-1909) and Martha Alice Smith (1861-1939). Technically, Lando married his future step-sister. Yes, you heard me correctly. Late in their lives – after their respective spouses had died – Lando’s father, Hillard Cisero Grantham – and Maude’s mother, Martha Alice Smith married.
Lando and Maude had a daughter in 1906, Anna May Grantham. (I do not know much about Anna; however, in the 1910 census she was living with her father and Grantham grandparents. I cannot locate her in the 1920 census. Sometime in 1925 Anna married Doris Elmer Cody - and the couple relocated to California where they can be found in the 1930 census. They had at least one daughter named Joyce who was born around 1927.)
In mid-December of 1908, Lando and Maude had a son – he died one month later. Tragically, Maude died about two weeks after the death of her son. It can only be assumed that something went wrong with the delivery of the baby or they both contracted an illness.
According to the marriage books in Callahan County, Texas, Lando did remarry – on 13 Nov 1911 – to Myrtle Counts. Several of the trees on ancestry.com have her listed as “Myrtle White.” I have no other information on Myrtle. It appears that Lando and Myrtle had at least one son – Orlando Grantham, Jr. (1912-1983). Orlando, Jr. (according to the Texas Birth Index) must have married – Thelma Josie Amundson. This couple had at least two sons: Marion Grantham, born 1939, named after his uncle; and Orlando, III born in 1941, named after his father and his grandfather.
Tragically Lando Grantham died at the age of only 32 years old on 15 July 1914. His cause of death is not known to me, and I have not been able to locate a death certificate. Little more is known about this family group.
I would like to be in touch with other Grantham researchers that might know the history of this family and who could help fill in some of the gaps for me.
Lando and Maude and the infant son are all laid to rest in Tecumseh Cemetery in Clyde, Callahan County, Texas.
- Jesse Richard Grantham (curbowfamily.wordpress.com)
- Jesse Richardson Grantham (curbowfamily.wordpress.com)