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Terry Mason's Family History Site

Major lines: Allen, Beck, Borden, Buck, Burden, Carpenter, Carper, Cobb, Cook, Cornell, Cowan, Daffron, Davis, Downing, Faubion, Fauntleroy, Fenter, Fishback, Foulks, Gray, Harris, Heimbach, Henn, Holland, Holtzclaw, Jackson, Jameson, Johnson, Jones, King, Lewis, Mason, Massengill, McAnnally, Moore, Morgan, Overstreet, Price, Peck, Rice, Richardson, Rogers, Samuel, Smith, Taylor, Thomas, Wade, Warren, Weeks, Webb, Wodell, Yeiser.

 

Selected Families and Individuals

Notes


Tilford Marion Watts

SOURCE: Sallie Land Foster Watts, and personal knowledge. "T. M." was a farmer. He was one of eight children born to Gillie Jane Huff and Jim Watts who lived in Perryville, KY at the time. They owned large tracts of land. From Kentucky they moved to Columbus, MS and later to Tallulah, LA. He was a great story teller and a very caring person.


Sallie Land

SOURCE:
(1) Marriage certificates.
(2) Delayed birth certificate.
(3) 1910 U.S. census, Richland Parish, LA, (Police Jury Ward 1), S.D. 2, E.D. 113, enumerated by L. J. Trezavant, gives her age as 2 years.
(4) 1920 U.S. census, Richland Parish, LA. Listed with mother and siblings.
(5) "Oral interview with Sallie Land Leggett," Summer 1989, by Sally Jo F. Gibson. Sallie L. Leggett was living in San Bruno, CA at the time. She attended Cypress Bayou elementary school in Richland Parish, LA. She gave the valadictory address of the 1920-21 session. She graduated from Delhi (LA) High school, attended Lousiana Tech, Ruston, LA for two years and graduated from Tyler Commercial College, Tyler, TX.
She joined the Midway Methodist Church, Mitchener, Richland Parish, LA when she was 11 years old, in 1912 and was christened in 1918. She taught elementary school in Madison Parish at a salary of $85.00 a month. She then worked at Tallulah Bakery, owned by John Post, for two years, leaving that job for her education at Tyler Commercial College. When she came home she worked at Morgan & Lindsay, Tallulah, LA, for approximately one and a half years, which earned her $9.00 a week. She then worked at Tallulah Ice Plant as book-keeper (about $80.00 a month salary), at Chicago Mill as a stenographer (salary $65.00 plus commission - a little over $100.00 commission per month), Franklin Furniture Store owned by Gene and Inez Blanchard Wallace, USDA Entomology Laboratory as secretary (salary $225.00 per month). She was working at the "Lab" at the time of her marriage to Tilford Watts.
She told Sally Jo F. Gibson that the train which came through Tallulah, LA was the Illinois Central Gulf, commonly called the "IC" ran East to West through Tallulah.
She moved to San Bruno, CA in 1971 when she married Erasmus Mervin "Raz" Leggett. She joined Vacaville Chapter, Eastern Star, September 1972. Raz owned a small ranch at Vacaville, CA and they spent quite a bit of their time there. She joined the United Methodist church of San Bruno, CA in June, 1972.
She is noted for her craft skills as is evident by the numerous and beautiful Christmas ornaments displayed by her children and grand-children during the holiday season each year.
She was a member of Harrison Colony Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).


Gillie Jane Watts

SOURCE: Sallie Land Watts Leggett. Gillie Jane only lived a short time. She is buried in Silver Cross Cemetery, Madison Parish, LA in the Foster plot near Sallie's deceased son by her first marriage, C. B. Foster, Jr.


Erasmus Mervin Leggett

(1) Erasmus Mervin Leggett. Worked and retired from Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) in San Francisco. Lived at 556 Chestnut Ave., San Bruno, CA 94066 from approximately 1923 until his death. Served in WW I. Member of San Bruno, CA United Methodist Church, Mason.
(2) 1900 U.S. Census, West Carroll Par., LA (Ward No. 1), Family 141, Dwelling 150. Listed with his cousin, J.N. Legitt and his wife Ida J. (Ray), who raised him after his father died. Census calls him "Razzie M."
(3) "Raz" (he called himself "Ray" after moving to California) died from a stroke and pneumonia at Peninsula Hospital, Burlingame, CA. His memorial service was held Nov. 23, 1996 at San Bruno United Methodist Church, San Bruno, CA. His widow, Sallie Land Leggett, moved back to Tallulah, LA after his death.
(4) Printed program of memorial service, in part, is as follows: Cremation and a private inurnment will take place at Woodlawn Cemetary, Colma. Taking part in Services - Officiating Pastors: Rev. Linda L. Pickens-Jones, Rev. 'Ana Tiuiti, Ms. Heilala Ahio. Music Director and Organist: Ms. Linda Underwood, The Sancturary Choir of San Bruno United Methodist Church, Francis Drake Masonic Lodge of South City, Kenneth Knight, Presiding. Memorial service held at San Bruno United Methodist Church, 560 El Camino Real, San Bruno, CA 94066. The surviving family members of Erasmus Mirven Leggett (1897-1996): Sallie L. Leggett, beloved wife, Mattie Lou Jeffries, sister, of Vacaville, Dolores Rose, daughter, Joan and Robert Strangio, daughter and son-in-law, Richard Jones, son. Reed (and Diane) Foster, Tilford (and Patty) Watts, Eloise (and Ray) Latoof, Sally Jo (and J.O.) Gibson, children by marriage. Grandchildren: Jody (and Doug) Rose-Dressler, Jon Rose (and Rose Rosalye), Jeanne (and Stan) Rose-De Luca, Steven (and Jill) Strangio, Elizabeth (and Rob) Nast. Grandchildren by marriage: Wade, Jeff, Cliff Watts; Steven and Robin Foster, Janet, Carolyn, James and Sally Gibson; Bryanna, Cecelia and Angela Latoof. 15 great-grandchildren. Erasmus Mirven Leggett, known to friends and family over the years as Ray, Ras, "Little Buddy" and Papa, was born in Delhi, Louisiana on December 13, 1897. He was the youngest of 5 children, and soon lost his mother when he was 14 months, and his father at age 5, when he went to live with cousins. At 17 he joined the "Great War," World War I, and was part of the action in France, in the 57th artillery division. His return to the United States at the end of the war brought him through Oakland. He saw the sights of San Francisco (before the bridges) across the water, and decided this was home for him. He was stationed in the Presidio. He met his first wife Katie at a dance, and after their marriage he began working for Pacific Gas and Electric, where he stayed for 43 years. After the death of Kate in 1970, Ray returned to Louisiana and married his friend of his youth, Sallie. They returned to San Bruno to make their home. His ranch in Vallejo was a source of work and joy, raising walnut trees and cattle. He loved his children and grandchildren, and always was full of stories and songs.
(5) From program handed out to those attending funeral: Born 13 Dec. 1897, at Delhi, LA, died 18 Nov. 1996 at Burlingame, CA. Memorial service 11 AM, Saurday, Nov. 23, 1996 at United Methodist Church, San Bruno, CA. Reverend Jones and Masonic Lodge of Burlingame officiated. Burial at Woodlawn Memorial Park, Colma, CA. Arrangements with Chapel of the Highlands, Millbrae, CA. (Raz was cremated.)


Sallie Land

SOURCE:
(1) Marriage certificates.
(2) Delayed birth certificate.
(3) 1910 U.S. census, Richland Parish, LA, (Police Jury Ward 1), S.D. 2, E.D. 113, enumerated by L. J. Trezavant, gives her age as 2 years.
(4) 1920 U.S. census, Richland Parish, LA. Listed with mother and siblings.
(5) "Oral interview with Sallie Land Leggett," Summer 1989, by Sally Jo F. Gibson. Sallie L. Leggett was living in San Bruno, CA at the time. She attended Cypress Bayou elementary school in Richland Parish, LA. She gave the valadictory address of the 1920-21 session. She graduated from Delhi (LA) High school, attended Lousiana Tech, Ruston, LA for two years and graduated from Tyler Commercial College, Tyler, TX.
She joined the Midway Methodist Church, Mitchener, Richland Parish, LA when she was 11 years old, in 1912 and was christened in 1918. She taught elementary school in Madison Parish at a salary of $85.00 a month. She then worked at Tallulah Bakery, owned by John Post, for two years, leaving that job for her education at Tyler Commercial College. When she came home she worked at Morgan & Lindsay, Tallulah, LA, for approximately one and a half years, which earned her $9.00 a week. She then worked at Tallulah Ice Plant as book-keeper (about $80.00 a month salary), at Chicago Mill as a stenographer (salary $65.00 plus commission - a little over $100.00 commission per month), Franklin Furniture Store owned by Gene and Inez Blanchard Wallace, USDA Entomology Laboratory as secretary (salary $225.00 per month). She was working at the "Lab" at the time of her marriage to Tilford Watts.
She told Sally Jo F. Gibson that the train which came through Tallulah, LA was the Illinois Central Gulf, commonly called the "IC" ran East to West through Tallulah.
She moved to San Bruno, CA in 1971 when she married Erasmus Mervin "Raz" Leggett. She joined Vacaville Chapter, Eastern Star, September 1972. Raz owned a small ranch at Vacaville, CA and they spent quite a bit of their time there. She joined the United Methodist church of San Bruno, CA in June, 1972.
She is noted for her craft skills as is evident by the numerous and beautiful Christmas ornaments displayed by her children and grand-children during the holiday season each year.
She was a member of Harrison Colony Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).


Littleberry John Land

SOURCE: (1) Marriage license p. 393, 7th district court, Rayville, Richland Parish, LA. Three Male Witnesses: J. S. Leggitt, W. R. Pickett, I. C. Wells. Jas. M. Martin, officiating clergyman. J. W. HoganJno. S. Summerline signed as surety in presence of F. M. Miles, Justice of the Peace.
(2) John Land had a half brother, Henry Land, who was a son of his father and his first wife. Sallie Land says that Henry Land lived in Mississippi and died about 1927-'28. This is verified by Ruth Land Hattan, genealogist, Jackson, MS.
(3) 1910 Richland Parish, LA, (Police Jury Ward 1) S. D. 2, E.D. 113 enumerated by L. J. Trezevant. Lists him (aged 33 yrs.) with wife, six children, mother-in-law and wife's half brother. Occupation - Farmer, General farm., crop.
(4) Monticello Lodge No. 92, Floyd, Carroll Parish, La. lists a L. J. Land among its members. 1868 is shown in upper left hand corner of list. If this is a "date," the person listed would have to be another L. J. Land, as the birth date would not fit.
(5) Death date for L. J. Land from his tombstone, located in Midway Cem., Richland Parish, LA. His daughter, Sallie Land, says that he died following gall bladder surgery (May 1919) in the Street Sanatarium in Vicksburg, MS. The doctor told his wife, Eliza Tharp, that he took pneumonia on the operating table. When he died, Eliza wanted to see the death certificate, but the doctor wouldn't show it to her. She always suspicioned that he had Tuberculosis. In an attempt to locate his death certificate from the office of vital statistics in LA, it was discovered that his death had not been recorded in state records. Letter received from that office is in files. He died on Goshen Plantation at Mitchener, LA, near the "Midway" church in Richland Parish.
(5) Tombstone inscription - "Thinking of you"


Eliza Jane Tharp

SOURCE:
(1) Marriage license (copy in SFGL file).
(2) Neill Family Bible, photographic copy in files.
(3) Personal knowledge of Sallie-Jo Foster. She was my maternal grandmother. My mother, Sallie Land, and her three children by her first husband, C. B. Foster, lived with Eliza Land for a period of eight years. Grandma Land, as we called her, was left a widow with six living children. She had a cotton crop in the field at her husband's death. She told her daughter that she didn't know what she would have done had it not been for Fleming "Flem" Calvett helping her. She paid "Cousin Flem," as we knew him, $25.00 per month and "found." She took on any job she could find including chopping and picking cotton for other farmers. She moved to Tallulah, Madison Parish, LA, in the late 1920's where she opened a "Boarding House," serving meals and renting rooms. The railroad came through Tallulah and she had a steady flow of clients from the "railroad men." Erasmus "Raz" Mirven Leggett says she was a mousy little woman (just under 5 ft. tall) when her husband was living. After he died, she developed steel having to complete the rearing of her family and make a living for herself. She always made a huge garden and canned everything her large family didn't eat. Sometimes this amounted to as much as 500 jars of vegetables, preserves and jellies. She was a true "Matriarch," demanding that her family constantly be around her.
(4) 1910 U.S. census, Richland Parish, LA, (Police Jury Ward 1) S. C. 2, E. D. 113, Household 62, Family 62. Enumerated by L. J. Trezavant. Aged 26 yrs., she was living with husband, their six children her mother and half-brother Aaron Munholland.
(5) 1920 U.S. census, Richland Parish, LA. Head of household 252 Family 252, occupation general farming. Listed with her six children.
(6) Death Certificate. Copy on file.
(7) Social Security Death Index - 1996 Edition - Version 1.30. Individual Record, Eliza Land, Birth Date 30 Nov 1883, Social Security Number 436-80-7712 issued in Louisiana. Death date: Mar 1968. (This information is from the United States government records and is in the public domain.)


Maggie Gushen Land

SOURCE: (1) Sallie Land Leggett, sister. Gushen was stricken with what was called swamp fever when she was a small child. Because of the poor medical service available at the time, she was left with a severe learning disability, and was unable to finish school. In her older years she learned to cross-stitch and do other types of needlework. She had an excellent memory for family history. She never married.
(2) 1910 U.S. census, Richland Parish, LA lists her as Gershon (a misspelling of her name). It also gives her age as 8 yrs. when census was taken.
(3) 1920 U.S. census, Richland Parish, LA. Lists her with mother and siblings.gs.


Nellie Land

SOURCE:
(1) Personal knowledge. Nellie was named for her grandmother, Elenor Adison (Leggett) Tharp, who was called "Nellie."
(2) Sallie Land (her sister) said Nellie died of "swamp fever." She died within a day or two of her brother, I. C. Land. Died at about 7 yrs. of age.
(3) 1910 U.S. census, Richland Parish, LA. Listed with parents aged 5 yrs.
(4) Tombstone in Midway Cemetery, Richland Parish, LA; No pains, no griefs, no anxious fears can reach our loved one sleeping here.


I. C. Land

Source:
(1) 1910 U.S. Census, S. D. 2, e. D. 113, 23 Apr 1910 by L.J. Trezevant: Police Jury Ward 1, LA, Richland Parish gives his age as 3/12 years.
(2) Sallie Land Leggett (his sister), says he died of congestive chill and fever. He and his sister, Nellie Land, died one or two days apart. He was named for I.C. Wells, a family friend who married Tippy Land, a relative.
(3) Birth and Death dates from tombstone in Midway Cem., Richland Parish, LA.


Land

SOURCE: Mother, Eliza Jane Land. This child was one of a set of twins. They died during the influenza (flu) epidemic that swept the country in 1919.


Land

Source: Mother. This male was one of a set of twins born during the influenza epidemic of 1919.