Jesse Richardson Grantham was my husband’s 3rd great grandfather. According to what is inscribed on his tombstone he was born 6 Jan 1834 in Harris, Union County, Georgia. Many of my husband’s ancestors migrated from the north Georgia area to Texas. This is also the case for Jesse Grantham. Union County lies in far north Georgia bordering North Carolina. Jesse was the youngest son of William M. Grantham (1783-1863) and Susannah Richardson (1800-1873).
At the tender age of 17 – Jesse Richardson Grantham married Susan Adeline Parks (1833-1924) on May 11, 1851 in Union County Georgia. The couple raised a very large family: Monroe Mathias born in 1852; Hillard Cisero born in 1854; Benjamin Franklin born in 1857; Rufus Marion born in 1859; Ira Foster born in 1861; Alice E. born in 1865; Emma Leticia born in 1867; Ada Elizabeth born in 1871; and Mary Etta born in 1876.
By 1870 the family has left their north Georgia home and has relocated to Burlingame, Osage County, Kansas. Osage County is in the eastern portion of the State near Topeka. It is unknown to me why the Grantham family moved to Kansas. Burlingame – which was originally established as Council City – was an important stop on the Santa Fe trail.
The next thirty years of Jesse Richardson Grantham’s life are a mystery to me. I cannot find him in any census record until 1900 when he is 66 years old living with wife Susannah in Erath County, Texas. In every census period he lists himself as a farmer. Susannah states that she had given birth to nine children and that eight are living. (Alice E. Grantham died as an infant.)
Again, according to his headstone, Jesse Richardson Grantham died 3 Sept, 1903. Family members say that he died in Stephenville, Erath County, Texas. He is laid to rest in Live Oak Cemetery, Dublin, Erath County, Texas.
*Please note – there are various researchers that have various dates of birth and death for Jesse. For our purposes – the only source I have are the dates on his headstone.