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Uncle Dink’s Rocking Chair

Joseph Ashford Atwood was born 26 August 1856 in LaClede County, Missouri.  He was the youngest son of Thomas Jefferson Atwood and Matilda Hough – fondly referred to as “Dink”  – and later as “Uncle Dink.”

One day, in 1862, when Dink was about six years old, his father, Thomas Atwood, took him (and his two older brothers, William Payton and Russell Columbus), on a fishing trip.  While out fishing on the river bank a fierce thunderstorm blew up – there was much thunder and lightening all around them.  Young Dink ran for cover under a large tree to get out of the rain.  Suddenly, lightening struck the tree and poor little Dink was struck.  He survived, but was never the same.  While no details are known about the injuries he suffered, apparently the lightening strike affected his brain – as his mind remained that of a six year old boy for the rest of his life. 

Dink spent a lot of his time after that accident in a rocking chair that his father bought for him.  With the mind of a child, he rocked away on the porch, always content. 

Uncle Dink died 30 November 1921 in Oplin, Callahan County, Texas.  Upon his death, his special rocking chair was given to his brother William Payton Atwood – who in turn passed it on to his son William Riley Atwood – who then passed it to his daughter Clementine Elizabeth (Aunt Clemmie).  When Aunt Clemmie moved to Houston to live with her son, she gave it to her niece Beverly. 

It is a very beautiful old rocker and has a special place in Beverly’s heart.  Now it sits in her house, tenderly cared for – a special reminder of the past.

Beverly on front porch with Uncle Dink's Rocking Chair

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Posted by on January 11, 2011 in Atwood


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Hillard Cisero Grantham

Hillard Cisero Grantham is the great great great grandfather of my son. 

Hillard Cisero Grantham

He was a son of Jesse Richardson Grantham and Susan Adeline Parks born on 17 Sept. 1854 in Union County, Georgia.  Hillard first married Margaret Dickson in Benton, Arkansas on 6 Aug 1876.  This couple had five known sons, including:  George Washington in 1877; Jesse Richard in 1880; Orlando (“Lando”) in 1881; Marion Hilary in 1885; and Ira in 1887.  By 1891 the family had settled in the Oplin, Callahan County, Texas area.  After the death of his wife in 1918, when he is 84 years old, it is believed that Hillard may have married a second time to Martha Alice Windham.  On 2 Jan 1939, at the age of 84, Hillard Grantham died of pneumonia.  He is laid to rest in Tecumseh Cemetery.

Hillard Cisero Grantham – Headstone in Tecumseh Cemetery

 Excerpts of Hillard Cisero Grantham’s life can be found in, I Remember Callahan – History of Callahan County – Written and published by the Callahan County Historical Commission:

H. C. Grantham was born in England.  {This is incorrect.}  He came to Oplin and Tecumseh area with his wife Margaret Dickson from Arkansas in 1891.  He brought his five sons George, Lando, Maron, Jake and Ira.  He acquired several tracts of land in the area making his home place west of Oplin at what is known as the Lowell Johnson place at this time.  H. C. and Margaret were very active in community and church work, attending camp meetings, helping build churches at Oplin and Tecumseh.  Later years he and wife moved back to Arkansas where she passed away.  H. C. returned to Oplin.  The boys names were George W.  He married Buelah Rogers in 1900.  Their children were:  Maggie Bell Ligon who resides in California.  Alvin is deceased.  Avis is deceased.  Annie Lee is deceased.  G.W., Jr. lives in Fredericksberg, J. C. lives in Premont, Texas.  Vira lives in Houston.  Lando Grantham married Maude Windham, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Windham.  They had a daughter, Anna Mae.  Maude passed away during childbirth.  Lando later married Myrtle White.  they had one son, Lando, Jr. who is deceased.  Anna Mae lives in Sacramento, California.  Marion Grantham married Mary Lallier.  They had three children:  Myrtie of California; Joe of Choplin {Joplin}, Missouri; and Elmo is deceased.  Jake married Jane O’shields – both are deceased.  Ira married Ollie Arnold – both are deceased.  H. C. and (Grannie) Windham as she was called, later married and raised their grandchild, Anna Mae.  He moved to Tecumseh where he lead the singing, was Secretary / Treasurer for the church services and Sunday School in the Tecumseh two room school house for many years.  Submitted by Ruby Grantham.  


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Posted by on January 1, 2011 in Grantham


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