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From: "Gloria Townsend" <>
Subject: Childresses as shoemakers
Date: Thu, 24 Mar 2005 15:14:39 -0500
Conduff, Mark and Gary,
Thanks so much for the information below. The shoemaker reference may
indicate that I've found a lost branch of my Childress family. I have
the following written info from my father, Austin Childress:
"Elisha Childress was born in Stokes Co., NC in 1791. His ancestors
originated in England and lived about 17 miles west of London. Elisha
came to Owen Co, Indiana, in 1835. He was a shoemaker, as was his
My mother has the metal "shoe form" that the 1791 Elisha used. Perhaps
inherited from his father??
Conduff, my "baby book" had info that differs from the following that I
found (after I last wrote to you) in Owen County records. Recall, that
you and I discussed Sara Bowen as Elisha's wife, b/c that's what my baby
book showed, and you felt that Susanna was Elisha's wife instead. You
Here are what the Owen Co records show, regarding Sara and Susanna:
Elisha Childress married Susanna
Some/all of their children are:
1) Louvisa Childress (married William Arney) and bore Hiram Arney
2) Elisha Childress, Jr.
3) Andrew Childress (my great-great-grandfather)
Hiram Arney married Sara Bowen (who was the child of John Bowen and
I wrote to the listserv a couple years ago, but only Conduff replied.
Gloria Childress Townsend
>>> "Conduff Childress" <> 03/24/05 12:36 PM >>>
Mark and Gary,
I think it would be very useful if you could post more details
Edmondson that you cite in the following two sections
> The paternal grandparents of John Childress ("md. Lindsay") were
> Childress, Sr. (hereinafter "Joseph Childress on Rockhouse Creek,
> Albemarle Co., Va.") and wife Sarah (nee - - -, hereinafter Sarah
> Childress "md. (1) Joseph Childress, (2) James Edmondson"). Upon the
> untimely death of husband Joseph Childress, Sr. ("Rockhouse Creek") in
> Albemarle Co., Va. in 1763 [age c.43], his widow Sarah remarried to
> James Edmondson of Pedlar River, Amherst Co., Virginia and removed to
> his plantation in the nearby Blue Ridge Mountains. It is Sarah's son
> John Childress, Sr. ("md. Powell") who is named in the 1792 will of
> 2nd husband James Edmondson as executor and "son-in-law" [i.e.,
> "stepson"], not Sarah's grandson John Childress, Jr. ("md. Lindsay").
> - - - - -
> The paternal great-grandparent of John Childress ("md. Lindsay") was
> John Childress, Sr. (hereinafter "John Childress, Sr. the Patriarch"),
> shoemaker, born circa 1700 [perhaps western Scotland or Wales] and
> after 1775, likely at the home of grandson John Childress "md.
> on the James Edmondson plantation, upper Pedlar River, Blue Ridge
> Amherst Co., Virginia.
In particular, what will are you referring to (is it the one in Wilkes
NC?) and what do you mean by
"son-in-law" [i.e., "stepson"]?
Futher, if this is the will you are referring to, how do you explain
the Hayes(or Hays) claims regarding a James Edmondson that they say is
one of this Wilkes Co will?
There are also problems with the John Childresses in Wilkes Co that need
be resolved. There appear to have been at least two there including one
who definitely had ties to Surry Co.
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