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Even though the obit (shown at the bottom here) does not name the parents of
Jeanne Marie Poythress Geary Thompson, I was able to determine who they were
by checking the Census info (both Elaine's compilation, and the recently
posted info at Family Search, including images of a 1935 Florida State
Census. Jeanne's obit mentions her surviving sister Bertha, for whom I was
unable to find a working telephone at whitepages.
Jeanne, and logically Bertha, were the children of Wallace C Poythress and
his wife Lucille/Lucile.
As a boy in the 1910 Census compilation by Elaine, he was in HH 14 of the
Meherrin Dist./Rock Store portion of Brunswick Co, VA, on sheet 9A, ED 9,
enumerated 2 May, in the (white) home of L.L. Portice and wife Mary E, who
had been married 12 yrs, had 6 children, all 6 living, listed there as Annie
V (10) [seems likely from 1920 census that her middle name could have been
Velma or Delma]; Wallace J (9) [see more about his middle initial below];
Rufus? (7) [apparently this was Ruth]; ?Cartis L (5) [Carthin]; Shelton
(4); David (2).
In 1920, thankfully either the education level of the Census-taker had
improved, or the accents of the ones giving the info was more understandable
to him. The family was still in the Meherrin Dist./Rock Store portion of
Brunswick Co, VA and the (white) household of Leon L Poytress [sic] & wife
Mary E. From looking at the 1920 image of the Census, we have names of
Wallace's siblings as dtr Delma (20); son Wallace (18); dtr Ruth (17);
son Carthen (15); son Skelton (13); son Davy (12); and son Rivers (7).
In spite of him showing in the 1910 Census as Wallace J, the SSDI shows him
as Wallace C, and the 1930 & 1935 Censuses also have the middle initial of
In the 1930 Ft Lauderdale, Broward Co, FL Census, I suspect there was some
confusion whether caused intentionally or not, and that there was logically
only one man surnamed Poythress who was (1) born in VA, (2) married, (3) age
29, (4) serving in the Coast Guard, and (5) living in 1930 in Fort
Lauderdale, Broward Co, FL. I say this because my search has failed to
reveal any other entry than this 1930 Census regarding a "Mabry" or "Mabrey"
Poythress -- and I've checked earlier VA censuses, the SSDI, and the entire
country in Family Search from 1900-2000. Elaine's census compendium shows
both of these men were in the Coast Guard; the 1930 Census index at Family
Search, in Fort Lauderdale, Broward Co, FL, has both of them, too:
(1) in Enumeration District (ED) 8, Family 279, Sheet 10A, Lines 47-48, the
- Mabry S Poythress, head, white male, 29, married, b.VA, fa b.VA, mo b.VA
- Lucile Poythress, wife, white female, 26, married, b.AL, fa b.FL, mo b.AL
(2) in ED 9, Sheet 8B, Line 55, apparently on the Coast Guard base:
- Wallace C Poythress, white male, 29, married, b.VA, fa b.VA, mo b.VA
However in the 1935 Florida State Census at Family Search, there is only one
Poythress family in Ft Lauderdale:
Precinct 6 of Ft Lauderdale, Broward Co, FL, with West Broward written at
the top of the address column, lines 2-4, includes the W C Poythress family,
who along with at least 12 others on the same page, resided at 1013
Boulevard, in what was apparently an apartment house:
- Poythress, W.C; yes (inside city limits); male age 34, white, Husband of
family, born VA; his Degree of Education was shown as "Grade" He was a
renter; occupation "Coast Guard."
- [Poythress], Lucille; yes (inside city limits); female age 31, white,
wife of family, born Ala, occupation House Wife.
- [Poythress], Jean; female age 5, white, daughter of family, born Fla;
Education "no" [This child is the below lady for whom we now have the obit]
Wallace C Poythress was son of Leon Lee Poythress & Mary E Lambert.
- grandson of William Lewis Poythress & Anna Jane Jones
- g-grandson of Thomas M Poythress & Lucy Jane Thomas
- gg-grandson of Lewis Poythress & Rebecca B Taylor
The obit was published 2 March 2011 in the Lake City [FL] Reporter. The
full obit with a photo of the deceased can be seen at Legacy.com for free
during the first 30 days:
Jeanne Marie Poythress Geary Thompson
Jeanne Marie Poythress Geary Thompson, 80, resident of Lake City, FL went to
be with her Lord and Savior on February 27, 2011 surrounded by her family at
Haven Hospice after an extended illness.
Born March 4, 1930 in Bartow, FL Jeanne's fondest childhood memories were of
her time in Coden, AL. She graduated from Murphy High School, Mobile, AL
1947. She married James L. (Jimmy) Geary, Jr August 15, 1947. They moved to
the Miami, FL area in 1954 and raised their family. She returned to school
in 1974 to fulfill a life-long dream and earned her nursing license. She and
Jimmy had 28 loving years of marriage before his death in 1975.
Jeanne married John Robert (Bob) Thompson December 22, 1978. They retired to
Inverness, FL in 1993. Upon his death in 2008 Jeanne moved to live with
family in Lake City, FL.
A loving mother, grandmother, wife, friend, and nurse she devoted herself to
the needs and comfort of everyone she knew. Her faith, belief and love for
the Lord gave her strength and peace which shone as an example to her loved
She enjoyed crocheting, baking with the grandchildren, encouraging children
to reach their goals, yard sales and in later years spoiling her poodles
Chrissy, Sherree and Angel.
She is survived by her daughters, Jeanne Coleman (Ronnie) of Bushnell, FL,
Johanna Nelson of Lake City, FL, Judi Tannachion (Charles) of Lake City, FL
and Joyce Sarno of Coloma, MI; sister Bertha Strickland of Ocala, FL; eight
grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews and
friends and her loving poodle, Angel also survive.
Visitation for Mrs. Thompson will be held from 5:00pm to 7:00pm on
Wednesday, March 2, 2011 at the Heinz Funeral Home in Inverness. A Mass of
Christian Burial will be offered at 11:00am on Thursday, March 3, 2011 at
Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church in Inverness with interment to follow at
Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL. In lieu of flowers Jeanne
requested donations be made to The Children's Home Society of Jacksonville
or Haven Hospice. Heinz Funeral Home & Cremation,
Thanks, Ken, for following up on my message of last summer. I look forward
to checking this out later, but am totally immersed in two other things at
On Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 8:13 AM, <Kennethkbw2(a)aol.com> wrote:
> After speaking with sahouk@bell south.net (Susie) , I have some info that
> may help you
> 1. Will of Frances Poythress 1796 ,Ruben Wilkinson witness in Dinwiddie
> Co.,VA this can be found on line in the Magazine of VA. Genealogy under
> Frances Poythress .
> 2. The first wife of James Wilkinson was Ann Ward . There is mention in and
> old affidavit filed in Lincoln Co.NC Court vouching pension info
> for Milldred Ward sister of Ann .It was dated 1841.(Susie has a copy of this
> document .) John Yergin is the Rev War solider and the husband that Milldred
> was trying to file pension for .
> 3. The second wife of James Wilkinson was Nancy Stiles (1799 to 1882)
> married in 1818 to James bore him 5 children .She died in Reform Ala. at
> Mackay's cemetery .Her grave is unmarked .She collected James' pension of
> $28.21 per year till her death
> 4.Try as I might I can not locate my copy of the sheriff record for the
> dispute of land between Frances Poythress and James Wilkinson .At the time I
> saw it , it was in the old Dinwiddie Co. Courthouse .This has now become a
> museum .I am told that the record is now in Petersburg VA.
> Hope this helps , sorry it took so long to get back to you !
> Ken Wilkinson
> In a message dated 6/24/2010 5:09:09 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
> barbpoy.neal(a)gmail.com writes:
> Thanks Maynard for posting Kenneth's message for all of us. And
> thanks, Kenneth, for speaking up.
> Kenneth, can you please help me on a few things here:
> 1. What was the date of that Sheriff's record of a dispute was
> recorded in the Dinwiddie County, VA court house that you mentioned?
> You had mentioned it was between James Wilkinson and a member of the
> Poythress family, and it was settled in James Wilkinson's favor.
> Since named James Wilkinson lived over a wide time period, and
> certainly lots of various Poythress people, the date would help.
> 2. Can you give any helpful info mentioned in that Revolutionary War
> Pension Application by James Wilkinson? Where was he applying for a
> Pension -- North Carolina or Virginia? If his wife was named, or if
> he said who he served under, or what battle or campaign he served in,
> or any names of people that vouched for him, just any info could
> 3. Do you know James Wilkinson's wife's name?
> 4. Do you know the name of his sister Nancy's Blakley husband?
> Thanks for any help, Kenneth.
> From: Kennethkbw2(a)aol.com [mailto:Kennethkbw2@aol.com]
> Sent: Wednesday, June 23, 2010 9:07
> To: vkratliff(a)insightbb.com
> Subject: Re: FW: [POYTHRESS] Transcrip: Lincoln Co, NC will of Delphy
> Portus 1811
> IN THE DENWIDDIE CO VA COURTHOUSE IS A SHIRERIFF RECORD OF A DISPUTE
> BETWEEN JAMES WILKINSON AND A MEMBER OF THE POYTHRESS FAMILY THAT WAS
> SETTLED IN JAMES WILKINSON'S FAVOR.
> THERE ARE STILL LIVING IN DENWIDDIE CO VA MEMBERS OF THE POYTHRESS FAMILY.
> HAVE E-MAILED THEM WITH NO REPLY. MOST OF THE FAMILY BELEIVES THAT
> DELPHY'S LAST NAME AT DEATH WAS INDEED DUE TO A SECOND MARRIAGE
> ALTHOUGH MR.POYTHRESS DID NOT MAKE IT TO NC. WE CAN
> ACCOUNT FOR ALL CHILDREN MENTIONED IN THE WILL EXCEPT RUBEN WILKINSON
> AND HIS CHILDREN.
> MY GUESS IS THAT THEY STAYED IN VA. ALL THIS COULD BE ANSWERED IF THE
> FAMILY BIBLE COULD FOUND!
> WHEN JAMES APPLIED FOR PENSION FOR THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR HE STATED
> THAT THE BIBLE WAS IN THE HANDS OF HIS SISTER NANCY BLAKLEY.
> I BELIEVE SHE IS BURRIED IN THE SMYRNA METH. CHURCH GRAVEYARD IN
> LINCOLN OR CATAWABA CO.
> CAN YOUR BARBRA POYTHRESS NEAL TRACE HER FAMILY ? LET ME KNOW SENCERLY
> YOURS , KENNETH BANDY WILKINSON II
Thanks, Ginger, and Maynard, for the additional info on the Robert
Walter Poythress [Jr] who died in Swainsboro, GA on 6 Dec 2010.
With the 30 Jul 2005 obit Ginger posted for his brother, John W
Poythress, who we know thanks to Maynard was the maker of custom
knives, we now know that Robert Walter Poythress [Jr] was the son of
Robert W Poythress, Sr and Ruby Brinson.
I have found some more info:
At the National Archives' Access to Archival Databases for WWII
(http://aad.archives.gov/aad/) a search of WWII Enlistment shows:
Robert W Poythress [Sr], Serial # 34835694, white citizen resident
of Chatham Co, GA, who was born in GA in 1921, and whose Education was
shown as "4 years of high school" and whose Civilian Occupation
classification was shown as "General industry clerks"
The record also shows he enlisted at FT MCPHERSON, ATLANTA GEORGIA
on 17 Mar 1944 as a Private in the Army Air Corps Reserves "for the
duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to
the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law" in the
following component of the Army, "Reserves - exclusive of Regular Army
Reserve and Officers of the Officers Reserve Corps on active duty
under the Thomason Act (Officers and Enlisted Men -- O.R.C. and
E.R.C., and Nurses-Reserve Status)." [I have found that this usually
indicates a college student who entered ROTC and later may have served
as an officer in the Army Air Corps, which later evolved to being the
US Air Force.]
The source of the enlistment info was shown as: "Enlisted Reserve
or Medical Administrative Corps (MAC) Officer."
I also checked the National Archives' WWII POW index; his name is not
listed as having been a POW.
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