This is a wonderful example of how researchers can work together to reach a common goal. I have recently taken over the management of Jessie’s memorial on Find-a-grave.com. Out-of-the-blue, I received an email from one of the contributors to that same website. She kindly provided me with Jessie Richardson Grantham’s death notice published the week after his death in The Messenger – September of 1903.
J. R. Grantham, formerly of Whitney, died on Wednesday afternoon of last week, but the news did not reach THE MESSENGER until after our last issue was printed, He died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. B. Coleman, at Stephenville, and his demise was a sudden and unexpected one. For several weeks he had been visiting his son, M. M. Grantham, at Fort Worth, and feeling ill, on Wednesday of last week, he took the train for his home at Dublin. However, by the time he reached Stephenville, his illness had become so acute that at his request he was taken off the train there and conveyed to his daughter’s home where he died shortly afterward. For several years he had been a sufferer of sinking spells, and his death was due to that ailment. His children in different parts of the state were promptly apprised of the sad intelligence and all of them but two were present at his funeral, which took place at Dublin Thursday. Mr. Grantham was for several years an old and honored resident of Whitney and vicinity, and has engaged in mercantile pursuits here. For some time he was in the hardware and implement business, and later was a partner of C. C. Hicks in the grocery business here. He rested from business cares for quite a while, but again resumed the grocery business by himself, which he sold out to W.K, Byrum in 1898. He also sold his residence here to the latter and shortly thereafter he moved to Dublin, where he and his son-in-law, J. B. Coleman, engaged in the furniture business. He was also in the furniture business at one time in Whitney, in partnership with W. H. Newsom. Deceased died at the age of 69 years, 9 months and 16 days. He was born in Union County,Georgia, and moved to Hill county, Texas in 1875, locating on the farm now owned by Weeks Bros,; west of Whitney, and which he sold to them. He was married May 11, 1851, in Union County, Georgia, to Miss S, A. Parks,who survives him, together with the following eight children: M. M. Grantham; of Fort Worth; H. C. and R. M. Grantham, of Callahan County; Bud Grantham of Nolan County; B. F. Grantham, of Whitney; Mrs. Emma Durham of Dublin; Mrs. Ada Winters, of Scurry County; and Mrs. J.B. Coleman, of Stephenville.
(*Note: Another obituary appeared for Jessie Grantham during September 1903 in The Dublin Telephone. If there are any Grantham researchers out there that have a copy of this obituary, I would certainly appreciate receiving a copy of it. Thank you!)