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Orlando “Lando” Grantham

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 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. 

Orlando "Lando" Grantham

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 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. 

Orlando Grantham


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Posted by on March 15, 2011 in Grantham


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Laney Belle Atwood Straley

Laney Belle Atwood was my husband’s first grand-aunt. She was born on 2 December 1885 in Stephens County, Texas, one of the daughters of William Payton Atwood and Ellen Elizabeth West.  By 1900 she was in Callahan County, Texas with her family.  Nine years later on 2 Jan 1909 at the age of 23 she married Joseph Leland Staley (1885-1966) in Abilene, Taylor County, Texas.  Laney and Lee had two children: Frieda Corrine (1910-1975) and James Leland (1916-1976).  Wanda Atwood Hollis has fond memories of her Aunt Laney:  It used to seem like a day’s trip, and WAS , for us to go to Aunt Laney’s for the day! She had a rock fish pond with fish in it. Of course, the house was old and sparsely furnished…but she and cousin Frieda did the most beautiful handwork – crochet…they made big bedspreads and beautiful quilts.

Laney, Lee and Freida Straley

Laney Atwood Straley lived with her husband in Callahan County until her death on 7 Jun 1959 in Oplin, Callahan County, Texas.  Laney’s obituary as published in the Abilene Reporter-News on 8 Jun 1959 reads as follows:  

Mrs. Straley Dies; Oplin Rites Slated:  Mrs. Laney Belle Straley, resident of the Oplin community for about 5 years, died at 9 p.m. Sunday at her home residence at Oplin after a long illness. She was 73.; Funeral will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday at the Baptist Church at Oplin. Burial will be in Oplin Cemetery with Wyllie Funeral Home in charge. Born Dec. 2, 1885 in Stephens County, she married Lee Straley, Jan. 1, 1909 at Abilene. She was a member of the Baptist Church. Surviving are her husband; one son, Leland Straley of Austin; one daughter Freda Straley of Oplin; three brothers, John Atwood of Lubbock; Claude Atwood and Gene Atwood, both of Abilene; two sisters, Mrs. Ches Barr of Cross Plains and Mrs. W. E. Jones. 

Oplin Cemetery, Callahan County, Texas

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Posted by on March 12, 2011 in Atwood


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George Washington Grantham

George Washington Grantham was born 7 Aug 1877 in Gentry, Benton, Arkansas.  He was the oldest son of Hillard Cisero Grantham and Margaret Dickson.  He came to Texas with his parents while still a small child.  After living in east Texas for a period, the family settled in Callahan County.

George Washington Grantham - Photo courtesy of Linda Cheesman

On 4 April, 1900 he married Beulah Viola Rogers.  This marriage produced a large family:  Maggie Bell in 1901; Alvin Franklin in 1904; Avis Pearl in 1906; Annie Lee in 1909; George Washington, Jr. in 1912; Nancy Vivian in 1915; John Calvin in 1917 and Vira Lorene in 1919.  Vira Lorene Grantham was my husband’s grandmother. 

George Washington Grantham - Wedding Day

In George’s World War I Draft Registration Card he describes himself as tall, of medium build, blue eyes and brown hair.

George Washington Grantham - World War I Draft Registration Card

George died of a heart attack on 23 Jan 1954 in Premont, Jim Wells County, Texas.  He is laid to rest in the Tecumseh Cemetery in Callahan County, Texas. 

George Washington Grantham - Tecumseh Cemetery

“George W. Grantham, 76, died suddenly Saturday night at his home on West First Street of a heart attack, although he had apparently been in good health and had kept quite active up until the time of this heath on Jan 23.

Grantham, who had resided in Premont approximately two years, was born August 7, 1877, in Arkansas, moving to Texas when a small boy and settling with his parents near Atlanta in East Texas. They later moved to Oplin, Texas where he met and married, at 23 years of age, Miss Beulah Rogers. They lived in the Jim Ned Creek community south of Abilene until he and Mrs. Grantham moved to Premont. To this union were born three sons and four daughters, Alvin, the eldest, living in Premont; J.C. at Hebbronville, G.W. at Benavides; Mrs. Maggie Bell Ligon of Chico, Calif; Mrs. Avid Epp of Bruni; Mrs. Annie Lee Poindexter of Oplin, Texas and Mrs. Vira Setliff of Robstown. Other survivors include his widow, 13 grand-children, 10 great grand-children, and one brother Marion Grantham, of Lubbock.

Services were held at the First Methodist Church of Premont at 9 am Sunday by the pastor, Rev. A.D. Jameson. Assisting Rev Jameson was Rev. Tom Parsons, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, who read the scriptures and led in prayer. Pallbearers were his nephews, Joe Grantham of Premont, Mike Grantham of Benavides and Howard {Atwood} Setliff of Robstown, H.A. Turner, J.D. Turner and C.M. Cody all of Premont.

Following services at Premont, the body was taken to Oplin with Howard Wiliams Funeral Home of Falfurrias in charge of arrangements. Services were held at Oplin Monday morning at 10 o’clock at the Methodist Church Dr. S.B. Thompson of McMurrey College Abilene, officiated, assisted by Rev J.C. Williams of Rogers, Texas. Special music was supplied by the Dudley Quartet and Orville Bush, professor of voice at McMurrey College, who sang a solo.

Interment was in the Tecumseh Cemetery with Howard Williams Funeral Home in charge.

Those from Premont attending the services in Oplin were Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Grantham, Joe Grantham, and H.A. Turner.

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Posted by on January 16, 2011 in Grantham


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