Descendants of Jonathan Sutton McClain
Submitted by Linda Coulter
lg.coulter@home.com

 

First Generation

 

1.      Jonathan Sutton MCCLAIN[1] was born[2] MAY 19 1817 in Fairfield Cty, SC. He died[3] JAN 18 1897 in Catoosa Cty, GA.

Jonathan & Levisa Are buried Tunnel Hill Cemetery, GA

Jonathan married (1) UNKNOWN.

They had the following children:

            2      M      i.      Edward R. MCCLAIN was born 1840.

Edward R. enlisted in the first Confederate regiment at the beginning of hostilities and went to Pensacola, FL., where he enlisted for six months.  R enlisting for the war, he went to Mobile, AL., and from thence back to Rocky Face, GA., and on to Kennesaw, where he was wounded, from the effects of which he died later and was buried in Mobile, AL.

 

Edward R. McClain, Company B, 1st Confederate Infantry, Rank in 2nd Lieutenant, Rank out 1st Lieutenant  -  Source:

National Archives

Microfilm Box, Poll & Record

000818,016,00000375

            3      M      ii.      William S. MCCLAIN was born 1841.

Enlisted in 1862 and served in Company G 11th Georgia Regiment in the Virginia Army, until General Longstreet was sent to Chickamauga.  He here received wounds from which he died and was buried in Knoxville, TN.

Jonathan also married (2) Levisa Leek DUNN[4], daughter of Moses McElroy DUNN and Mary Leek PEELER, on APR 24 1856. Levisa was born[5] MAR 4 1824 in York Dist, SC. She died[6] OCT 12 1911 in Ringgold, Catoosa Co., GA.

Born in York Dist, now county, South Carolina between Cherokee and Peeler Fordson Broad River.

(Catoosa County Record)

 

Buried in Tunnel Hill, Ga

 

This was a newspaper article submitted by E. O. Dowling:

 

                                                          In Memory of Mrs. L. L. McClain

 

Mrs. Levisa Leek McClain was born Nov., 4, 1923 in York Co SC.  She was the daughter of Moses McElroy Dunn and Mary Leek Peeler, moved to Dogwood Valley, Walker County (now Catoosa County, GA) in 1833.

She helped to cook for the guards who were gathering up the Indians, could speak some of the Indian dialect.

She was married to Thomas Dowling of West Meath Ireland Jan., 12, 1843 and went to her home on East Chickamuga, near Copeland's Crossing where she spent most of her life.  To this union were born four children.  Her husband died and after living a widow five years she married Jonathan McClain of Catoosa County, GA formerly of Fairfield, SC on Apr., 24,  1866,  this union was blessed with eight children.

Mother's death occurred Oct., 12,1911.  There are eight children surviving her.

She never turned any one from her door hungry in time of war or time of peace except three Confederate Soldiers who were prisoners and eating raw pumpkins and their guard refused to wait until something could be prepared.  She tried to accommodate any or all who came in her way among whom was Lieutenant Theodore Roosevelt and General Sherman.

Ministers of the gospel always found a place in her home.

She confessed faith in Christ in youth and was a member of Ebenezer Baptist Church many years.

 E. O. Dowling

 

Article Found in Confederate Veteran Magazine...V20, March 1912

(Dalton Camp pays tribute to a Confederate mother.)

Levisa Leek, daughter of Moses McElroy Dunn and Mary Leek Dunn was born March 4, 1821, on York River in York County, SC.  She moved with her parents to Walker Co., GA. (now Catoosa), in 1833.  Moses Dunn bought and lived in the house of Indian Chief Hix, which stands yet in Dogwood Valley.

Levisa helped to cook for those who gathered and guarded the Indians prior to their departure from Georgia.  She went with and cooked for her father while building the first homes in Cross Plains, GA., (now Dalton), and she helped to cook for the contractors and hands who built the Western and Atlantic Railroad, northeast of Tunnel Hill, GA.

She was married January 12, 1843, to Contractor Thomas Dowling, and it was he who completed the tunnel at Tunnel Hill.  They moved shortly thereafter to the home where she resided the major part of the following sixty nine years.  She traveled horseback with her husband to different points in Georgia and Alabama, passing through Atlanta when it was little more than a blacksmith village, and drank water from the good spring now said to be under the W & A Railroad shops.  She lived in Augusta while her husband built the lock over the canal, and it was there that her veteran son, John Dowling, was born December 4, 1845.  She returned to North Georgia in 1851, a widow with four small children.

In 1856 she was married to Jonathan McClain, of Fairfield, SC.  She remained at home during the Civil War with her daughters and little children, suffering many hardships and privations in supporting those dependent upon her for support.  She often contributed to the relief of soldiers.

Gen. Joseph Wheeler's secret service men were frequently visitors to her home, where they were made welcome.  She witnessed skirmishes and was in hearing of the battles around Chattanooga, Missionary Ridge, Chickamauga, Ringgold, Tunnel Hill, Rocky Face and Dalton, and heard the roar of cannon of several battles further south.  She had several battles with soldiers and stragglers who went with the Federal wagon train while pillaging her house, and they often succeeded in taking her personal property.  The heavy wagons becoming stalled in the deep and miry ford of East Chickamauga, they had ample time to plunder.  They often camped on her place, and the officers kept guards at her house, but the fences and crops were destroyed.

Excepting pillagers, she treated all kindly; and not withstanding her avowed loyalty to her Southland, she had good friends among the Federal soldiers.  An officer admiring the beautiful location of her home, said: "I will lay my land grant here when the South is confiscated."  She answered: "You may lay it between here and Atlanta only six feet long and three feet wide."  She saw the race of the Andrew's raiders on the engine General, pursued by the engine Texas.

She lost two stepsons in the Confederate army.  Lieut. E. R.  McClain enlisted in the first Confederate regiment at the beginning of the hostilities and went to Pensacola, FL., where he enlisted for six months.  Re enlisting for the war, he went to Mobile, AL., and from thence back to Rocky Face, GA., and on to Kennesaw, where he was wounded, from the effects of which he died later and was buried in Mobile, AL.

W. S. McClain enlisted in 1862 and served in Company B, 11th Georgia Regiment, in the Virginia Army, Until General Longstreet was sent to Chickamauga.  He here received wounds from which he died, and was buried in Knoxville.

Her son John D. Dowling enlisted in Company E, 1st Confederate Regiment, Georgia Volunteers, at Fort Gaines Garrison.  In January, 1864, he took part in the battle of Rocky Face and went through the Atlanta Campaign.   He was in the battle of Franklin and was by the side of Colonel Smith when he fell.  He was among the few who went over the breastworks in the charge.  He went between the lines to rescue his Company's colors.  Three had fallen in the attempt.  He was in the battle of Nashville and was captured December 16, 1864 sent to Camp Douglas, IL., and released in June, 1865.

Mrs. McClain opened her doors to all who called or needed her hospitality, regardless of circumstances of station.  Among her guests was Col. Theodore Roosevelt, of the Spanish-American War, who on taking his leave said:  "I've been across the water and in almost every State of the Union, and in no country have I eaten such bread as prepared by you."

Her last act of patriotism was that of making a flag quilt for her veteran son in 1908, the Jefferson Davis Centennial year.  She planted cotton in her garden, cultivated it, picked and ginned it with her fingers, batted it and made in into the flag.  She cut and started the quilt in 1908, finished it in 1909, and quilted it in 1910.  It had embroidered i white letters: "B. D. Dowling, Company E, 1st Confederate Regiment, Georgia Volunteers."  It is lined with gray satin, and is considered a work of art.  She made many pretty silk and velvet quilts, and the best butter on the market.

She died at her home between McClain Ford and McClain Gap, October 12, 1911.  She was the mother of twelve children, four of whom predeceased her.  She was a member of the Baptist Church for many years.

The following resolution was passed by the Joseph E. Johnston Camp, U.C.V., at Dalton., GA.

"Resolved, That the officers and members of the Joseph E. Johnston Camp, U.C.V., Dalton, GA., have with deep regret heard of the death of Mrs. McClain, and that this Camp hereby extends its sincere sympathies to the bereaved family.

"W. W. Batey, B. B. Moore, R. B. Fox, Committee."

They had the following children:

            4      F      iii.      Louisa Annie MCCLAIN[7] was born[8] SEP.

      +      5      M      iv.      Joseph Adolphus MCCLAIN was born MAR 11 1857 and died DEC 23 1938.

            6      M      v.      Robert E. MCCLAIN[9] was born[10] OCT 29 1858.

            7      M      vi.      Thomas Aaron MCCLAIN[11] was born[12] SEP 23 1860. He died[13] JUL 30 1861.

Buried Ebenezer Cemetery

            8      M      vii.      Charles Walter MCCLAIN[14] was born[15] JAN 14 1862. He died[16] SEP 24 1923 in Tunnel Hill, Ga.

Charles married Kitty MORGAN. Kitty was born about 1871. She died about 1924 in Tunnel Hill, GA.

            9      M      viii.      Richard Lee MCCLAIN[17] was born[18] SEP 5 1865 in Catoosa Co., GA. He died[19] SEP 25 1890 in Tunnel Hill, Ga.

Killed in a train wreck.  Western & Atlantic Railroad at McIvers Station, Cobb Co., GA.  The steam from the engine burned him to death.  On his tombstone at Tunnel Hill Cemetery: "We find no fitting words to say our feeble utterance our hearts doth smather.  The last tribute of respect we simply say to the lifeless form of our son and brother Richard "Dick" McClain

            10      M      ix.      William Washington MCCLAIN[20] was born[21] DEC 26 1866. He died[22] JAN 6 1938 in Ringgold, Catoosa Co., GA.

William married Ella Catherine MANNING on MAY 29 1895 in Chattanooga, Hamilton Cty., TN. Ella was born JUN 28 1872. She died 1961 in California.

      +      11      M      x.      David Coleman MCCLAIN was born NOV 12 1867 and died JUL 5 1945.

 

Second Generation

 

5.    Joseph Adolphus MCCLAIN[23] (Jonathan Sutton) was born[24] MAR 11 1857 in Catoosa Co., GA. He died[25] DEC 23 1938 in Catoosa Cty, GA.

 

Bobbie & Joseph are buried AndersonCemetery, Catoosa Co., GA

Joseph was a prominent merchant in Catoosa Co, Ringgold, GA

 

Obituary Catoosa County record  12/1938

 

Mr. Joseph Adolphus McClain 81, one of Ringgold's most prominent and oldest citizens, passed to his reward at his home at an early hour last Friday morning.

Mr. McClain was born 3/11/1857 on what is known as the John Dowling place about four miles south of Ringgold.  He came to Ringgold on 1/1/1880, and went to work for Judge T. M. Gordon as a clerk in a General merchandise store.  He went into Business for himself the next year as a partner with Capt. W. J. Whitsett in the building now occupied by the Dixie Cafe and the following year bought out the entire business.  a few years later he bought the building now occupied by Clark Brothers Hardware Co. where he successfully conducted a mercantile business for more than 35 years, making a total of about 50 years in business in Ringgold.

Mr. McClain also had interests in the cotton buying business and lumber business and for some time operated the old lime kiln at Graysville.  He served several terms as mayor of the town.  Me. McClain's most outstanding activities in his community were along religious lines.  He was a member of the Ringgold First Baptist Church for fifty-seven years and was one of the church's strongest supporters and a faithful attendant.  He was superintendent of the Sunday school for a period of thirty-one years, and practically all of the time he was a member he served as a deacon.

In an interview with Mr. McClain last summer, the writer was very much impressed with his keen memory.  He was able to recall most all of the old citizens of the town, even to their initials, and told us many interesting experiences.  He was married to Miss Bobbie Jones, step-daughter of the late H. G. Henslee and his faithful companion passed to her reward in 1937.

He was an outstanding and valuable citizen and will be greatly missed in his church, his home and his community, but the influence of this good man will live on in the hearts of those who knew him so well.

He is survived by three daughters; Mrs. A. W. Waters of Rome,  Mrs. A. F. Martin of Athens, Ga.; and Mrs. Sallie Joe Buckholz of Wilmar. CA; four sons, C. R. McClain, Chattanooga; J.L. McClain of                  

; seventeen grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Funeral services were Held from the Baptist Church Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock, with Rev. Geo. Lewis officiating, who paid a beautiful tribute to the life and character of the deceased, stating that a man who had served his church and community as faithfully as had Mr. McClain, left little for him to say.  Interment was in the Anderson cemetery.

Active pallbearers were J. H. Clark, J. E. Evitt, B. R. Harris, Claude Turpin, I. C. Williams, J. L. Yates; honorary R. A. Calhoun, J. W. Clark, J. R. Emberson, T. S. Emberson, Albert Greene, James Moreland, Dr. C. W. Stephenson, DeWitt Storey, J. H. Trimmier, C. C. Vosburg, W. O. Yates, Augustus Jay and the deacons of the First Baptist Church.

Joseph married Robert Emily JONES[26], daughter of Robert Thomas JONES and Sarah Elizabeth STEWART. Robert was born[27] OCT 7 1857 in Conyers, GA. She died[28] DEC 13 1937 in Catoosa Cty, GA.

They had the following children:

            12      F      i.      Mary MCCLAIN[29] was born[30] JAN 1880.

            13      F      ii.      Fannie Grace MCCLAIN[31] was born[32] MAR 1883.

      +      14      F      iii.      Ida Lou MCCLAIN was born MAY 1885.

      +      15      F      iv.      Sarah Joseph MCCLAIN was born JUN 14 1887 and died JUL 17 1982.

      +      16      M      v.      Charles Robert MCCLAIN was born JAN 8 1890 and died 1958.

            17      M      vi.      John Louis MCCLAIN[33] was born[34] JAN 1893. He died in Gadsden, AL.

John married Catherine Evelyn PLEMONS[35].

      +      18      M      vii.      Jefferson Stewart MCCLAIN was born DEC 1898 and died about 1968.

      +      19      M      viii.      Joseph Adolphus , Jr. MCCLAIN was born MAY 1 1903 and died MAR 18 1970.

11.   David Coleman MCCLAIN[36] (Jonathan Sutton) was born[37] NOV 12 1867. He died[38] JUL 5 1945 in Tunnel Hill, Ga.

David married Mary Louisa CAIN, daughter of John CAIN and Mary Jane EDWARDS, on JAN 18 1893. Mary was born MAR 19 1869. She died JUN 10 1930 in Tunnel Hill, GA.

They had the following children:

      +      20      F      i.      Willie Grace MCCLAIN was born FEB 15 1894 and died DEC 28 1980.

      +      21      M      ii.      Ernest Coleman MCCLAIN was born JUN 11 1896 and died MAR 6 1950.

            22      M      iii.      Richard Lee MCCLAIN was born SEP 5 1901. He died SEP 6 1901.

            23      F      iv.      Bernice Louisa MCCLAIN was born SEP 3 1906.

Bernice married Alton BAXTER on MAR 12 1927.

 

Third Generation

 

14.   Ida Lou MCCLAIN[39] (Joseph Adolphus, Jonathan Sutton) was born[40] MAY 1885.

Ida married (1) Calvin E. WEST on DEC 28 1892.

Ida also married (2) Augustus F. , Jr MARTIN[41] on JUN 26 1907.

They had the following children:

            24      M      i.      Robert Denson MARTIN[42].

Robert married Margaret MURPHEY[43] in 1936.

            25      F      ii.      Frances Louise MARTIN[44].

      +      26      M      iii.      Augustus F. III MARTIN.

15.   Sarah Joseph MCCLAIN[45] (Joseph Adolphus, Jonathan Sutton) was born[46] JUN 14 1887 in Ringgold, Catoosa Co., GA. She died JUL 17 1982.

Sarah married Herman Frederick BUCHHOLZ[47], son of Otto VON BUCHHOLZ and MARIAN, on OCT 29 1903 in GA. Herman was born 1882 in Fulton Co., GA. He died after 1911.

They had the following children:

            27      F      i.      Emily Frances BUCHHOLZ.

            28      F      ii.      Marion McClain BUCHHOLZ.

16.      Charles Robert MCCLAIN[48] (Joseph Adolphus, Jonathan Sutton) was born[49] JAN 8 1890 in Catoosa CTY, GA. He died[50] 1958 in Hamilton Cty, TN.

Charlie and Sallie McClain attended the Professor Bryan's Academy in Ringgold, Catoosa Co., GA.

Charles married Bertha Sarah MINOR[51], daughter of John Samuel MINOR and Nancy Radford KERR, on APR 13 1913. Bertha was born[52] JUL 26 1894. She died[53] MAR 30 1945 in Hamilton Cty, TN.

They had the following children:

            29      M      i.      Charles Robert , Jr MCCLAIN[54] was born[55] MAY 16 1915. He died[56] JUL 1994 in Hamilton Cty, TN.

Never married.

      +      30      F      ii.      Sara Evelyn MCCLAIN was born OCT 30 1917 and died APR 1970.

            31      F      iii.      Bettye Minor MCCLAIN[57] was born[58] MAY 10 1923. She died[59] JAN 23 1994 in Hamilton Cty, TN.

Bettye married Wayland Dunbar MOORE[60] on SEP 13 1947. Wayland was born[61] MAY 20 1916. He died[62] 1997.

      +      32      F      iv.      Emily Sue MCCLAIN was born JAN 4 1927 and died FEB 19 2000.

            33      F      v.      Dorothy Jean MCCLAIN[63] was born[64] AUG 13 1929. She died[65] DEC 1947.

Dorothy married Frank KNIGHTON[66] on SEP 1947.

            34      F      vi.      Barbara Ann MCCLAIN[67] was born[68] FEB 26 1933. She died[69] MAR 1933.

18.      Jefferson Stewart MCCLAIN[70] (Joseph Adolphus, Jonathan Sutton) was born[71] DEC 1898 in Catoosa CTY, GA. He died about 1968.

Bank Examiner in Atlanta.

Jefferson married Elizabeth SEIFRED[72]. Elizabeth was born[73] FEB 10 1903. She died[74] MAY 1985 in Atlanta, GA.

They had the following children:

            35      F      i.      Stewart MCCLAIN[75].

19.   Joseph Adolphus , Jr. MCCLAIN[76] (Joseph Adolphus, Jonathan Sutton) was born[77] MAY 1 1903 in Ringgold, GA. He died[78] MAR 18 1970 in Tampa. FL.

Memorial Markers for Joseph A., Jr and Laura B. McClain have been placed in the McClain plot at Anderson Cemetery.

Joseph met Laura while attending Mercer University in Macon, GA.  She had attended Wesleyan College in Macon.

In 1921 Joe entered Mercer University and graduated in 1924 with an LLB Degree and in 1924 with an AB Degree.  In the spring of 1926, he returned to Mercer to teach in the Law School.  In the summer of 1926, he started graduate work at Yale University and graduated with the SJD Degree in 1929.  May 6, 1970, republican State Senator (FL) Joseph McClain, Jr. and old friend of President Nixon, died in his sleep at his Tampa, FL home.  Funeral services were set at 2:00 P.M. Friday at a Davis Island Church.  McClain, a large red faced man, and an attorney, had been Dean of Law Schools, at Mercer University, Washington University, The University of Louisville and Duke University.  He was a Law Professor at the University of Georgia.  It was at Duke University that President Nixon once studied and that McClain became acquainted with Nixon, when he returned to make speeches.  They became close friends.

Joseph married Laura Elizabeth BURKETT[79], daughter of Ira Edwin BURKETT and Addie HATFIELD, on SEP 15 1926 in Macon, GA. Laura was born[80] OCT 18 1904 in Macon, GA. She died[81] AUG 6 1992 in Tampa, FL.

They had the following children:

      +      36      M      i.      Joseph Adolphus III MCCLAIN was born JUN 27 1928.

            37      M      ii.      Dan MCCLAIN[82].

            38      M      iii.      David Hollingsworth MCCLAIN[83] was born JUN 6 1932 in Macon, GA.

            39      F      iv.      Laura Elizabeth MCCLAIN was born NOV 8 1930 in Macon, GA.

Laura married Bill ANDERSON in Tampa, FL.

20.   Willie Grace MCCLAIN (David Coleman, Jonathan Sutton) was born FEB 15 1894. She died DEC 28 1980.

Willie married William Seaborn NORRELL on DEC 24 1916. William was born OCT 6 1889 in Sugar Valley, GA. He died MAY 23 1963 in Birmingham, AL.

Obituary - The Birmingham News - 5/23/63

 

Wm. Seab Norrell, 74, died Thursday at his residence.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday at Roebuck Chapel, Dr. W. Landon Miller officiating.  Funeral will be in Forest Hill Cemetery.

Mr. Norrell, was a retired employee of Birmingham Terminal Company.  A member of the Rubama Baptist Church and the Baraca Class.

He had lived here for thirty seven years and was a native of Sugar Valley, GA.

Survivors include his wife, a daughter, Mrs. N. J. Odom, Birmingham; three sons, Robert Norrell, Leawood, Kansas; Howard Norrell, Frankfort, KY; and Joe Norrell, Baltimore, MD; a sister, Miss Daisy Norrell, Birmingham, six grandchildren.

They had the following children:

            40      F      i.      Dorothy E. NORRELL was born MAR 5 1918.

Dorothy married Newton J. ODOM. Newton was born DEC 22 1921.

      +      41      M      ii.      Robert David NORRELL was born JUL 24 1919.

      +      42      M      iii.      Howard McClain NORRELL was born JAN 30 1921.

      +      43      M      iv.      Joe Bob NORRELL was born JAN 8 1922.

21.   Ernest Coleman MCCLAIN (David Coleman, Jonathan Sutton) was born JUN 11 1896. He died MAR 6 1950.

Ernest married Nellie Kate WALRAVEN on MAY 9 1920. Nellie was born OCT 22 1903. She died JUL 21 1988.

They had the following children:

      +      44      M      i.      William Coleman MCCLAIN was born FEB 24 1921 and died JUL 9 1967.

 

Fourth Generation

 

26.      Augustus F. III MARTIN[84] (Ida Lou MCCLAIN, Joseph Adolphus, Jonathan Sutton).

Augustus married Edith OLSEN[85].

They had the following children:

            45      M      i.      Franklin Stewart MARTIN[86].

            46      F      ii.      Mary Louise MARTIN[87].

            47      F      iii.      Jean Edith MARTIN[88].

30.   Sara Evelyn MCCLAIN[89] (Charles Robert, Joseph Adolphus, Jonathan Sutton) was born[90] OCT 30 1917. She died[91] APR 1970 in Hamilton Cty, TN.

Sara married James Willious JOHNSON[92], son of Jerry Mihr JOHNSON and Lena Nora KELLEY, in Hamilton Cty, TN. James was born[93] OCT 17 1917.

They had the following children:

      +      48      M      i.      James Willious , Jr JOHNSON was born APR 29 1939 and died APR 13 1987.

            49      M      ii.      Nathan Robert JOHNSON[94] was born[95] AUG 12 1940.

      +      50      F      iii.      Linda Gail JOHNSON was born SEP 7 1941.

32.   Emily Sue MCCLAIN[96] (Charles Robert, Joseph Adolphus, Jonathan Sutton) was born[97] JAN 4 1927. She died FEB 19 2000 in Chattanooga, Hamilton Co., TN.

Emily married Robert Lansing THOMPSON[98] on DEC 1 1945 in Hamilton Cty, TN. Robert was born[99] FEB 15 1925 in Hamilton Cty, TN.

They had the following children:

      +      51      M      i.      Robert Lansing , Jr THOMPSON was born DEC 16 1946.

            52      M      ii.      Charles Radford THOMPSON[100] was born[101] DEC 11 1952.

36.   Joseph Adolphus III MCCLAIN[102] (Joseph Adolphus , Jr., Joseph Adolphus, Jonathan Sutton) was born JUN 27 1928 in Macon, GA.

Joseph married (1) Ann TANKERSLEY[103], daughter of Dan TANKERSLEY and MARY, on MAR 4 1954 in Oklahoma City, OK.

They had the following children:

            53      M      i.      Joseph Adolphus IV MCCLAIN[104].

Joseph also married (2) Barbara Claire Jackson MCCARTHY[105], daughter of Leo JACKSON and Marie Louise VOIGHT, on NOV 13 1966 in Tampa, FL.

41.   Robert David NORRELL (Willie Grace MCCLAIN, David Coleman, Jonathan Sutton) was born JUL 24 1919 in Sugar Valley, GA.

Robert married Glena Gwendolyn CHORON on AUG 22 1946. Glena was born OCT 3 1924 in Birmingham, AL.

They had the following children:

      +      54      F      i.      Karen Louise NORRELL was born JUL 7 1948.

      +      55      F      ii.      Pamela Jan NORRELL was born SEP 19 1953.

42.   Howard McClain NORRELL (Willie Grace MCCLAIN, David Coleman, Jonathan Sutton) was born JAN 30 1921 in Sugar Valley, GA.

Howard married Lois Jane JACOBS on FEB 24 1949. Lois was born JAN 20 1920.

They had the following children:

      +      56      F      i.      Suzanne Mitchell NORRELL was born AUG 28 1946.

      +      57      F      ii.      Patricia NORRELL was born OCT 20 1949.

43.   Joe Bob NORRELL (Willie Grace MCCLAIN, David Coleman, Jonathan Sutton) was born JAN 8 1922.

Joe married Lola Mae MCALLISTER on JUL 4 1943. Lola was born SEP 10 1922 in Birmingham, AL.

They had the following children:

            58      M      i.      William McAllister NORRELL was born JAN 22 1947 in Birmingham, AL. He died APR 20 1985.

            59      F      ii.      Sharon Elizabeth NORRELL was born NOV 12 1950.

Sharon married Anthony PARKER. Anthony was born NOV 16 1962.

44.      William Coleman MCCLAIN (Ernest Coleman, David Coleman, Jonathan Sutton) was born FEB 24 1921. He died JUL 9 1967.

William married Virginia Bogara BLITCH on MAR 30 1940. Virginia was born MAY 23 1921.

They had the following children:

      +      60      F      i.      Brenda Louise MCCLAIN was born FEB 1 1941.

      +      61      M      ii.      David Coleman MCCLAIN was born SEP 22 1946.

      +      62      M      iii.      Jacky Lawrence MCCLAIN was born AUG 11 1950.

      +      63      F      iv.      Cynthia Ann MCCLAIN was born NOV 23 1959.

 

Fifth Generation

 

48.   James Willious , Jr JOHNSON[106] (Sara Evelyn MCCLAIN, Charles Robert, Joseph Adolphus, Jonathan Sutton) was born APR 29 1939 in Chattanooga, Hamilton Co., TN. He died[107] APR 13 1987 in Elberton, Elbert Cty, GA.

 

James Johnson

 

James Willious (Jimmy) Johnson Jr, 47, of Route 1, Bowman, Ga., died Monday in Bowman.

He was a native of Chattanooga and was the, son of the late Sara Evelyn McClain Johnson. Mr. Johnson was power house supervisor for the Richard B. Russell Dams and was a member of First Baptist Church of Elberton, Ga.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Carol Rousey Johnson; three sons, Bryan Johnson, Quincy, Fla., Ronald Johnson, U.S. Air Force, Japan, and James Johnson III, U.S. Navy, Grayslake, Ill.; one daughter, Mrs. Saralyn Whitmore, Demorst, Ga.; father, James W. Johnson Sr., Chattanooga; sister, Mrs. Linda Coulter, Chattanooga; brother, Robert Johnson, Chattanooga.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 1 pm. at First Baptist Church of Elberton, Ga., with Dr. Al Meredith officiating.

Graveside services will be held Thursday at I p.m. in Greenwood Cemetery with Dr. C.S. Knapp offici- ating.

The family will receive friends today from 7 to 9 p.m. and Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Valley View Chapel of Lane Funeral Home.

 

 

Plant Supervisor Slain Secretary Abducted Freed

 

Co-worker at Richard Russell Dam is arrested in on-the-job shooting

Taken from-THE ATLANTA JOURNAL

TUESDAY

APRIL 14, 1987 

 

By Sam Hopkins and Larry Copeland

Staff Writers

 

The power plant superintendent of the Richard B. Russell Dam in Elbert County was shot to death on the job Monday, a secretary was abducted, and a co-worker of the two victims was arrested as a suspect, authorities said.

Elbert County Sheriff Rollins Skelton said James W. Johnson Jr., 47, an employee of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for 17 years, was shot in the head at close range with a large-caliber weapon about 11:30 a.m.

The sheriff identified the suspect as William Allen Guilford, 25, an electrician who had worked for Johnson at the power plant for about 3 years. Both had Elbert County addresses.

Johnson's secretary, Kathy Burts, 31, was abducted at gunpoint from the power plant and driven to a wooded area near a cemetery, where she was released, Skelton said.

Ms. Burts and another secretary are the only two employees in Johnson's outer office, Skelton said. He said Gillford walked through their office Monday morning, and on through Johnson's office to a work

area.

"It was normal for employees to walk through their office" she said.  "They didn't really pay any attention when he walked through."

One of the secretaries told police that she did not hear the two men arguing or talking, Skelton said.

Johnson was sitting behind his desk and was turned toward a computer terminal when someone en- tered his office from the work area where Gillford had gone, grasped his hair and shot him once in the head, Skelton said.

"The secretary said the only thing she heard was maybe Mr. Johnson saying 'No!' just before he was shot," Skelton said.

The gunman then came out of the office, abducted Ms. Burts and drove her 51/2 miles to the cemetery, Skelton said.  She was released there and ran about a half-mile to a store, where she called the sheriff's office, he said.'

"She told the GBI that she begged and pleaded till he finally let her go," the sheriff said.

At 12:25 p.m., Chief Deputy Marvin Dye and Deputy Charles Dooley found Gillford standing by his black, late-model Toyota pickup at the cemetery with a .45-caliber automatic pistol in the front seat, Skelton said.

Gillford offered no resistance when arrested, according to the sheriff.  No charges had been filed by this morning.

The sheriff said an autopsy was scheduled and that the State Crime Lab in Alanta would conduct ballistics tests to determine if the weapon found in Gillford's pickup fired the shot that killed Johnson.

The secretary said the only thing she heard was maybe Mr. Johnson saying 'No!' just before he was shot.

 

Taken from-ANDERSON INDEPENDENT-MAIL

MAN CHARGED IN RUSSELL DAN KILLING

 

By Randy Coleman

Georgia Bureau

ELBERTON - A Bowman man was formally charged Tuesday morning with murder and kidnapping in connection with an incident Monday at the Russell Lake Dam power plant.

El;bert County Sheriff Rollins Skelton said William Allen Guilford 25, who was taken into custody Monday approximately an hour after the shooting death of power plant superintendent James W. Johnson and the kidnapping of Johnson's secretary, Kathy Burt, was formally charged with murder and kidnapping.  No other charges are forthcoming, Skelton said.

Skelton said late Tuesday afternoon that Guilford had spoken "very little and almost nothing about what happened."  Fuilford's only request , Skelton said, was that he be provided with an attorney.

Skelton said authorities still have determined no motive for the shooting or the kidnapping.

"We don't have anything we can say is a motive for the shooting." Skelton said.

"The only thing we were told is that they (Guilford and Johnson) may have had some arguments in the past, but that's just something we heard."

According to the sheriff's department, Guilford allegedly walked through an outer office at the power plant where Mrs. Burt and a female co-worker were working.  There, Johnson was shot in the back of the head.

The co-worker in the office, Skelton said, did not hear a scuffle, just Johnson saying "No!"  She then watched Guilford abduct Mrs. Burt and drive away in a black Toyota pickup truck, he said.

Guilford then allegedly drove Mrs. Burt more that five miles from the power plant before she escaped and ran to a nearby store, Skelton said.

Johnson worked for the  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which operates Russell Lake Dam, for 17 years.  He worked four years at Russell.

 

NOTE:  Guilford was found guilty of murder and kidnapped and sentenced life and 20 subject to parole.

James married[109] Patricia Ann BRYANT[108] on MAR 27 1964 in Lenoir City, Loudon Cty, TN. Patricia was born JUN 16 1940 in Vanceboro, NC.

They had the following children:

      +      64      M      i.      Brian Allen Becker JOHNSON was born JAN 23 1957.

            65      M      ii.      Ronald Allen Renfroe JOHNSON[110] was born APR 5 1962.

      +      66      F      iii.      Saralyn Sue JOHNSON was born MAR 27 1965.

      +      67      M      iv.      James Willious III JOHNSON was born JUN 22 1966.

50.   Linda Gail JOHNSON[111] (Sara Evelyn MCCLAIN, Charles Robert, Joseph Adolphus, Jonathan Sutton) was born[112] SEP 7 1941 in Chattanooga, Hamilton Cty, TN.

Linda married (1) Louis Byrul CLARK[113] in Hamilton Cty, TN.

They had the following children:

      +      68      M      i.      Louis Fielding CLARK was born JUL 22 1967.

She had the following children:

      +      69      M      ii.      David Lee ELLIOTT was born APR 5 1963.

Linda also married (3) James Lee COULTER[114], son of Willie Ernest COULTER and Cleo L'Kansas HOLBROOK, on OCT 23 1971 in Trenton, GA. James was born[115] AUG 16 1936 in West Armuchee Valley, GA.

They had the following children:

      +      70      M      iii.      David Lee ELLIOTT is printed as #69.

            71      F      iv.      Gayle Leigh COULTER[116] was born[117] JUN 8 1974 in Hamilton Cty, TN.

Gayle married Bill Preston , Jr BAILEY[118], son of Bill Preston BAILEY and LOUISE, on SEP 29 1995 in Hamilton Cty, TN. Bill was born[119] AUG 31 1974 in Hamilton Cty, TN.

51.   Robert Lansing , Jr THOMPSON[120] (Emily Sue MCCLAIN, Charles Robert, Joseph Adolphus, Jonathan Sutton) was born[121] DEC 16 1946 in Hamilton Cty, TN.

 

Brenda and Robert, Jr divorced

Robert married Brenda Iren BLEVINS[122] on AUG 14 1970 in Hamilton Cty, TN. Brenda was born[123] JUN 3 1948.

They had the following children:

            72      M      i.      Robert Lansing III THOMPSON[124] was born[125] NOV 14 1972.

54.   Karen Louise NORRELL (Robert David NORRELL, Willie Grace MCCLAIN, David Coleman, Jonathan Sutton) was born JUL 7 1948 in Birmingham, AL.

Karen married (1) Durwood WATSON. Durwood was born OCT 14 1937 in Topeka, KS.

They had the following children:

            73      M      i.      Robert Brock WATSON was born MAR 17 1975 in Tuscaloosa, AL.

            74      M      ii.      Matthew David WATSON was born JAN 18 1977 in Tuscaloosa, AL.

Karen also married (2) Larry James LUCAS on SEP 26 1981.

55.   Pamela Jan NORRELL (Robert David NORRELL, Willie Grace MCCLAIN, David Coleman, Jonathan Sutton) was born SEP 19 1953 in Little Rock, AR.

Pamela married Nicholas Salter WEST on JUN 6 1992. Nicholas was born FEB 23 1953 in New York, NY.

They had the following children:

            75      M      i.      Austin Norrell WEST was born DEC 1 1993 in Los Angeles, CA.

56.      Suzanne Mitchell NORRELL (Howard McClain NORRELL, Willie Grace MCCLAIN, David Coleman, Jonathan Sutton) was born AUG 28 1946.

Suzanne married (1) Don H. PRICE on JAN 30 1967. Don was born MAR 7 1947.

They had the following children:

      +      76      F      i.      Patricia Denise PRICE.

Suzanne also married (2) Randy Bruce LONG on MAY 2 1990. Randy was born FEB 3 1947 in Frankfort, KY.

57.      Patricia NORRELL (Howard McClain NORRELL, Willie Grace MCCLAIN, David Coleman, Jonathan Sutton) was born OCT 20 1949 in Shelby Co., KY.

Patricia married Robert Taylor PERRY on MAR 14 1985. Robert was born OCT 26 1940 in Lexington, KY.

They had the following children:

            77      F      i.      Amy Suzanne PERRY was born FEB 1 1987.

60.   Brenda Louise MCCLAIN (William Coleman, Ernest Coleman, David Coleman, Jonathan Sutton) was born FEB 1 1941.

Brenda married Ronald Wayne O'NEAL on NOV 11 1960. Ronald was born JUN 23 1938.

They had the following children:

      +      78      M      i.      Ronald Wayne , Jr. O'NEAL was born APR 25 1962.

      +      79      M      ii.      Gregory Brendon O'NEAL was born MAR 31 1966.

            80      M      iii.      William Marc O'NEAL was born JUN 10 1972.

William married Kerry Lynn McGill SWAFFORD on MAR 18 2000. Kerry was born MAY 13 1971.

61.   David Coleman MCCLAIN (William Coleman, Ernest Coleman, David Coleman, Jonathan Sutton) was born SEP 22 1946.

David married Lynda Alyce ALLEN on JUN 12 1966. Lynda was born DEC 11 1947.

They had the following children:

      +      81      M      i.      Matthew Coleman MCCLAIN was born OCT 14 1972.

62.   Jacky Lawrence MCCLAIN (William Coleman, Ernest Coleman, David Coleman, Jonathan Sutton) was born AUG 11 1950.

Jacky married Teddy Joan CRUTCHFIELD on SEP 26 1969. Teddy was born OCT 7 1950.

They had the following children:

            82      F      i.      Jackie Lynn MCCLAIN was born NOV 2 1981.

            83      F      ii.      Casey Leigh MCCLAIN was born NOV 22 1983.

63.      Cynthia Ann MCCLAIN (William Coleman, Ernest Coleman, David Coleman, Jonathan Sutton) was born NOV 23 1959.

Cynthia married Randall Keith HERRON on JUN 9 1990. Randall was born SEP 22 1964.

They had the following children:

            84      F      i.      Molly McClain HERRON was born DEC 16 1992.

 

Sixth Generation

 

64.   Brian Allen Becker JOHNSON[126] (James Willious , Jr JOHNSON, Sara Evelyn MCCLAIN, Charles Robert, Joseph Adolphus, Jonathan Sutton) was born JAN 23 1957 in Loudon, TN.

Brian married Cynthia FITZSIMMONS.

They had the following children:

            85      F      i.      Ginny Lee JOHNSON was born SEP 11 1981 in Tallahassee, FL.

            86      F      ii.      Becky Lynn JOHNSON was born OCT 7 1987 in Tallahassee, FL.

66.      Saralyn Sue JOHNSON[127] (James Willious , Jr JOHNSON, Sara Evelyn MCCLAIN, Charles Robert, Joseph Adolphus, Jonathan Sutton) was born MAR 27 1965 in Chattanooga, Hamilton Co., TN.

Saralyn married (1) Charles Lee WHITMORE on MAY 18 1985. Charles was born MAR 20 1965 in Cornelia, GA.

They had the following children:

            87      F      i.      Amanda Nicole WHITMORE was born MAY 19 1987 in Toccoa, GA.

            88      F      ii.      Ashley Lauren WHITMORE was born SEP 7 1988 in Tallahassee, FL.

Saralyn also married (2) Howard Raymond JACKSON, son of Raymond JACKSON and Helen Lucille RATTLER, on DEC 12 1990.

They had the following children:

            89      F      iii.      Maggie Lynne JACKSON was born JUN 10 1992 in Sylva, NC.

            90      F      iv.      Hannah Elizabeth JACKSON was born JAN 15 1997 in Sylva, NC.

            91      M      v.      Caleb Ike JACKSON was born APR 22 1998 in Sylva, NC.

67.   James Willious III JOHNSON[128] (James Willious , Jr JOHNSON, Sara Evelyn MCCLAIN, Charles Robert, Joseph Adolphus, Jonathan Sutton) was born JUN 22 1966 in Chattanooga, Hamilton Co., TN.

James married Karen Louise HERNDON, daughter of Milton HERNDON and Barbara Jean NASH, on AUG 1 1992. Karen was born AUG 4 1966.

They had the following children:

            92      M      i.      Matthew Gregory Carnes JOHNSON was born APR 6 1988 in Anderson, SC.

            93      M      ii.      Dillion James JOHNSON was born NOV 18 1993 in Anderson, SC.

68.   Louis Fielding CLARK (Linda Gail JOHNSON, Sara Evelyn MCCLAIN, Charles Robert, Joseph Adolphus, Jonathan Sutton) was born JUL 22 1967 in Chattanooga, Hamilton Co., TN.

Louis married Gay Elizabeth MORRIS, daughter of Jerold MORRIS and SHELBY. Gay was born NOV 2 1965.

They had the following children:

            94      M      i.      Benjamin Fielding CLARK was born FEB 13 1991 in Chattanooga, Hamilton Co., TN.

            95      F      ii.      Hannah Elizabeth CLARK[129,130] was born[131,132] FEB 5 1993 in Chattanooga, Hamilton Cty, TN.

69.   David Lee ELLIOTT[133] (Linda Gail JOHNSON, Sara Evelyn MCCLAIN, Charles Robert, Joseph Adolphus, Jonathan Sutton) was born[134] APR 5 1963 in Hamilton Cty, TN.  There were other parents.

David was born to Linda Gail Johnson out of wedlock.

David was conceived in a time when unwed mothers were taboo.  Following the insistence of her mother; Linda agreed to go to The Florence Crittendon Home for Unwed Mothers to live, bear and surrender her son.  June 7, 1994 Linda and her husband traveled to Bowie, Maryland to look at the face of her son she had not seen for 31 years.  It was a wonderful reunion, Linda and David now have a good relationship.

Adoptive parents Joe and Betty Elliott, Louisville, KY

David married Rebekah OMARKHAIL[135] on JUN 15 1991. Rebekah was born[136] JUN 15 1971.

They had the following children:

            96      F      i.      Megan Alyse ELLIOTT[137] was born[138] JUN 7 1993.

            97      F      ii.      Kendall Nicole ELLIOTT[139] was born[140] JAN 8 1995.

            98      M      iii.      Joshua Tanner ELLIOTT[141] was born[142] SEP 21 1996.

70.  David Lee ELLIOTT is printed as #69.

             99      F      i.      Megan Alyse ELLIOTT is printed as #96.

             100      F      ii.      Kendall Nicole ELLIOTT is printed as #97.

             101      M      iii.      Joshua Tanner ELLIOTT is printed as #98.

76.      Patricia Denise PRICE (Suzanne Mitchell NORRELL, Howard McClain NORRELL, Willie Grace MCCLAIN, David Coleman, Jonathan Sutton).

Patricia married Robert F. PENNINGTON on DEC 15 1990.

They had the following children:

            102      F      i.      Holly Jane PENNINGTON was born OCT 13 1994 in Lexington, KY.

            103      F      ii.      Emma McClain PENNINGTON was born OCT 22 1999.

78.   Ronald Wayne , Jr. O'NEAL (Brenda Louise MCCLAIN, William Coleman, Ernest Coleman, David Coleman, Jonathan Sutton) was born APR 25 1962.

Ronald married Cyd Margarette FAIRBANKS on JUN 8 1984. Cyd was born NOV 29 1962.

They had the following children:

            104      F      i.      Blair Elizabeth O'NEAL was born OCT 23 1987.

            105      M      ii.      Benjamin James O'NEAL was born AUG 1 1990.

79.      Gregory Brendon O'NEAL (Brenda Louise MCCLAIN, William Coleman, Ernest Coleman, David Coleman, Jonathan Sutton) was born MAR 31 1966.

Gregory married Carol LuAnne CAIN on JUN 14 1986. Carol was born JAN 9 1966.

They had the following children:

            106      M      i.      Brandon McClain O'NEAL was born APR 15 1988.

81.      Matthew Coleman MCCLAIN (David Coleman, William Coleman, Ernest Coleman, David Coleman, Jonathan Sutton) was born OCT 14 1972.

Matthew married Elizabeth GATLIN on APR 11 1998.

They had the following children:

                              107               M               i.               David Coleman MCCLAIN was born FEB 10 1999.