Children of Elias Walter James (1836-1917) and Cynthia McGary Richardson (1847-1915)
of Franklin County, Alabama:
1. William Amos James: born October 27, 1860 at Pleasant Site, Franklin County,
Alabama; married September 19, 1883 to Marthey Melisey Culigan (1868-1925) daughter
of Patterson Culigan and Sarah Jane Pounders (1843-1895); died September 24, 1923
(aged 62) in Pogo, Franklin County, Alabama; buried at James Cemetery in Franklin
County, Alabama; known children include: Letha Luthia James, Cynthia James, Mollie
Naomia James, Nannie James, Elmer James, William Austin James, Ada James, Ida James,
Clarence Burton James, Modena James, Henry James and Artis Lee James.
2. Robert David James: born June 16, 1862 in Franklin County, Alabama; married
Annie McMichens (1862-1913); migrated to Sebastian County, Arkansas where his children
were born; known children include: Lola James (1882-?), Beulah Marie James (1883-1957),
Elias Golden James (1885-1937) and Ovey James (1886-?).
3. John Andrew James: born July 24, 1864 in Colbert County, Alabama; married
December 29, 1887 to Sarah Louvenia Grissom (1869–1949), daughter of William Clark
Grissom (1836–1922) and Josephine Rosela Goins (1846-1921); died September 3, 1922
(aged 58) in Tuscumbia, Colbert County, Alabama; buried at Crooked Oak Cemetery in
Crooked Oak, Colbert County, Alabama; known children include: Edna Modenia James,
Lillian McGary James, Katie Berta James, Myrtle Alice James, Effie Josephine James,
William Claude James, Alishia Maude James, Lula Estell James, Robert Enoch James,
Clara Naomi “Carrie L.” James, Flora Agnes James and Andrew Lawrence “O’Neal James.
4. Thomas Enoch James: born August 7, 1866 in Pleasant Site, Franklin County,
Alabama; married February 24, 1892 in Franklin County, Alabama to Virginia “Jennie”
Burton James (1871-1953), first cousin and daughter of Enoch Jimmy James (1846-1885)
and Adeline Sprewell (1853-1879); died June 19, 1954 (aged 88) in Belmont, Tishomingo
County, Mississippi; buried at Belmont City Cemetery, Belmont, Tishomingo County,
Mississippi; known children include: Dora Lucille James, Minni “Floy” James, Laura
“Rayma” James, Daisy Alice James, Aaron John James, Lawrence H. James and Wilson
5. Daniel Jonson James: born March 16, 1868 in Franklin County, Alabama; died
February 18, 1898 (aged 19); buried at Lower Pleasant Site Cemetery, Franklin County,
6. Alfred “Ab” Clark James: born January 8, 1870 in Franklin County, Alabama;
married Cammie Racheline George (1877-1965) daughter of John George and Elizabeth
Crowell; died February 4, 1936 (aged 66) in Golden, Tishomingo County, Mississippi;
buried at Ridge Cemetery, Itawamba County, Mississippi; known children include: Lula
Modena James, Daniel Arthur James, Joe Clark James, Robert A. James, John Earl James,
Lela Burton James, Claudius E. James, Edna Lucille James, Bonnie Mae James and Alice
7. Elias “Eli” Wilson James: born January 1, 1872 in Franklin County, Alabama;
married Lula B. Thomas (1874-1942); died May 8, 1920 (aged 48) in Alabama; buried
at Florence Cemetery, Florence, Lauderdale County, Alabama; known children include:
Henry W. James, Ethel Mabel James, Charles A. James, Lloyd Wilson James, Arrie Mae
James, Clyde G. James, John Thomas James, Annie L. James and Esther Levernon “Vernon”
8. Nancy Catherine “Kate” James: born January 9, 1875 in Pogo, Franklin County,
Alabama; married August 23, 1894 to Cullin Calvin “Cub” Grissom (1872-1956); died
December 28, 1938 (aged 63) in Tuscumbia, Colbert County, Alabama; buried at New
Bethel Memorial Cemetery, Colbert County, Alabama; known children include: Jimmie
Maud Grissom, Daniel Oscar Grissom, Albert Grissom, Cyntha Josephine Grissom, Lorah
Naomi Grissom, Robert E. Grissom, and James McGary Grissom.
9. Mary Etta James: born February 26, 1876 in Franklin County, Alabama; married
James M. George (1869-1954) son of Abraham Brinkley George (1829-1901) and Nancy
Camoline Crowell (1850-1912); died June 5, 1908 (aged 32) in Turkey, Hall County,
Texas; buried at Dreamland Cemetery, Hall County, Texas; known children include:
Nannie George; Ruby George; William Wallace “Bill” George; Beulah George; Aubrey
C. George and Alice Burton George.
10. Joe Guyton James: born May 23, 1878 in Pogo, Franklin County, Alabama; died
November 6, 1902 (aged 14) in Pogo, Franklin County, Alabama; buried at Lower Pleasant
Site Cemetery, Franklin County, Alabama.
11. Naomi Samantha “Dobe” James: born March 5, 1880 in Franklin County, Alabama;
married David Lee George (born 1871) son of Abraham Brinkley George (1829-1901) and
Nancy Camoline Crowell (1850-1912); died May 25, 1933 (aged 53); buried at Ridge
Cemetery, Itawamba County, Mississippi; known children include: Grady James George
and James Curtis George.
12. Modena Alice “Dena” James: born January 25, 1883 in Pogo, Franklin County,
Alabama; married circa 1907 to James T. Vaughn (1857-1940), son of George Washington
Vaughn (1820-1901) and Mary Jane Brown (1818-1901); died June 24, 1969 (aged 86)
in Arkansas; buried at Belmont City Cemetery, Belmont, Tishomingo County, Mississippi;
known children include: James T. Vaughn, Roy L. Vaughn, Joe Kenneth Vaughn and Christine
13. Jim A. James: born May 28, 1885 in Franklin County, Alabama; died August 6,
1886 (aged 1) in Franklin County, Alabama; possibly buried with two brothers at Lower
Pleasant Site Cemetery, Franklin County, Alabama.
From: “Remembering the Shouls, its people, its places and its history, average and
“Ordinary and extraordinary, might describe members of the large Elias James family.
Pictured below are Elias James and Cynthia McGary Richardson James and their large
family. Elias James fought as part of the valiant Company “E” of the 4th Alabama
“Roddey’s” Calvary, Confederate States Army during the Civil War.
Elias James married Cynthia McGary Richardson, (b. 4 Mar 1847, d. 18 May 1915). They
settled at Pogo, just West of Pleasant Site, where they resided in a log cabin that
had a “beautiful cold water spring” and a “milk house where milk was kept cool in
the running water”. This is at the base of the Freedom Hills, overlooking the beautiful
The buildings are now gone but the James cemetery is still there, hidden in the woods
above where the cabin once stood. The cabin is the backdrop for the family photograph
Cynthia was the daughter of John Richardson (b. 14 Jan 1796 GA, d. 12 Jan 1876) and
Nancy Hester, (b. Oct 11 1808, d. Jan 26 1853). At least two of Cynthia’s brothers
served in the Confederate Army and fought at the Battle of Shiloh. Cynthia’s maternal
grandparents were William H. “Buck” Hester and Amy Malone. Amy was the daughter of
John Malone and Anne Blackwell of Granville County, North Carolina. “Buck” and Amy
Hester came to Franklin County in 1818.”
Information on the children of Elias Walter James (1836-1917) contributed from the
family records of Scott K. Williams.
Back Row left to right: Daniel Johnson James (1868-1998) holding rifle, Joe Guyton
James (1878-1902), Nancy Catherine “Kate” James Grissom (1875-1938), Naomi Samantha
“Dobe” James George (1880-1933), Marthie Melisey “Mattie” James Culligan, “Lula”
James Thomas, Jennie Burton James (Enoch James’s daughter), Lula James (nee Grissom).
Front Row left to right: Modena Alice “Dena” James (1883-1969), Elias holding unidentified
grandson, Cynthia Richardson, Cynthia (behind), Nannie, Amos James holding Elmer,
Letha James (back), Mollie James (front), Elias “Shug” James, Thomas Enoch “Tom” James
holding Floy James, Edna James, John James holding Myrtle James, Lillie James and
Bertha James. People in the photograph were identified by Joe Clark James (1896-1985),
son of “Ab” Alfred Clark James; son of Elias and Cynthia but not pictured in the
William Amos James (1860-1923).
Robert David James (1862-?)
Daniel Jonson James (1868-1898).
Thomas Enoch James (1866-1954) and Jennie B. James (1871-1953).
Alfred “Ab” Clark James (1870-1936) and Cammie Racheline (George) James (1877-1965).
Children standing in back from left to right: Daniel Arthur James (1892-1970), Joe
Clark James (1896-1985) & Lula Modena James (1893-1932). Children below and in front
from left to right: John Earl James (1902-1967), Robert A. James (1898-1948) & Lela
Burton James (1904-1989)
Left to Right: Albert Grissom (1898-1913), Cyntha Josephine Grissom (1901-1907),
Cullen Calvin “Cub” Grissom (1872-1956), Lorah Naomi Grissom (1903-1998) in the lap
of Nancy Catherine (James) Grissom (1875-1938), and Daniel Oscar Grissom (1896–1961):
James T. Vaughn (1857–1940) and Modena Alice James (1883-1969).