Families



The Childress Family

     The Childress Family can be traced back to England; however; we will start with Joseph Childress (Childers) of Henrico County, Virginia. He was born about 1850, son of John Childress, son of Joseph Childers, Sr., son of Thomas Childers, son of Robert Childers, son of Richard Childers, son of Ralph Childers of England.

     Joseph Childress/Childers and John Ward, Sr. were brothers-in-law and were elected to convey canoes down the St. James River to Thomas Jefferson during the American Revolution.

     Joseph Childress married probably in Albemarle County, Virginia, Sarah Goolsby daughter of John T. Goolsby. They had three known children:

  1. William Childress of Virginia, born about 1770.

  2. John Childress, Jr., married 19 Mar 1796, a cousin, Sally Goolsby.

  3. Mary "Polly" Childress married Mr. Woodly.

     William Childress of Virginia had five children. Wife unknown.

  1. Milly Childress born 1789/90 in Virginia, married 1 Dec 1809 in Elbert County, Georgia, George C. Walker.

  2. Lucy Childress born 1791 in Virginia, married first husband Frederick Rodgers; married second husband William Holland.

  3. Sarah Childress born 1796 in Virginia; married Tarleton Solomon Ward son of John Ward, Jr. and Nancy Elizabeth Knight. William and his family migrated to Abbeville County, South Carolina between 1796 and 1798.

  4. William Childress of Mississippi was born 1798 in Abbeville County, South Carolina. He went to Jackson County, Mississippi where he married Elizabeth Ward, daughter of John Ward, Jr., and Nancy Elizabeth Knight. Their descendants are there today.

  5. Bartholomew Gordon Childress born 1800 in Abbeville County, North Carolina. He married Nancy Ana Ward, daughter of John Ward, Jr. and Nancy Elizabeth Knight.

     William was named administrator of his father's Estate. On 30 June 1798, William was a buyer at the Estate Sale of Andrew White. In 1805, William was listed in the Elbert County lottery. What happened to William after his Mother died in 1811 in unknown. He was alive at the time she wrote her Will. I believe William and John Ward, Jr. were killed in the Indian War of 1812. There were several William Childress’s in that War. It is believed that the five children were orphans when they went to Mississippi about 1814.

     Bartholomew Gordon Childress was married about 1825 to Nancy Ana Ward in Florida Territory in what is today Alabama. Nancy Ana Ward was born 1803 in Tallassee, an Indian Village near Montgomery, Alabama. She was the daughter of John Ward, Jr. and Nancy Elizabeth Knight (a Creek Indian maiden). Nancy died in Baldwin County in 1878. Nancy and Bart are buried at Miller Memorial, Gulf Shores, Baldwin County, Alabama. Bart and Nancy had 7 children:

  1. William Childress of Alabama born 1 Jan 1827 in Buckatunna, Mississippi, died 2 Nov 1893, Baldwin County, Alabama; buried at Miller Memorial at Gulf Shores. He married 1854, Mary Caroline Ward daughter of Elijah Ward and Sarah "Sally" Ann Cochran.

  2. John Childress born 21 May 1829, Mississippi, died 15 Apr. 1901, Baldwin County Alabama, buried at Miller Memorial. He married 27 Jan 1868, Eliza Rosetta Nelson, daughter of Rev. Elisha Nelson, and widow of James Spruell Callaway.

  3. Caroline Childress born 1831, Mississippi, died 3 Sept 1894, buried at Miller Memorial, married 22 June 1851, James Lester.

  4. Bartholomew Washington Childress born 11 Sept 1833, Mississippi; died 31 Mar 1917, buried at Miller Memorial; married Alice Nelson born 26 Mar 1836; died 10 Jan 1903, buried at Miller Memorial daughter of Rev. Elisha Nelson and Elizabeth "Eliza" Jane Fulford, daughter of Clifford Fulford.

  5. Jasper N. Childress born 17 Mar 1836, unmarried.

  6. Nancy Harriett Childress born 1838, Mississippi; died 26 May 1912; married 18 Dec 1858, James D. Holloway.

  7. Moses R. Childress born 18 Feb 1843, Jackson County, Mississippi, died 19 Dec 1888, buried at Miller Memorial, unmarried.

     Bartholomew moved his family to Baldwin County, Alabama in 1856, after the death of his brother, William Childress of Mississippi. According to Uncle Joe (Joseph Bartholomew Childress), Moses had dark skin and they could not let him go to school in Mississippi.




Bartholomew Gordon Childress and his wife Nancy Ana Ward, daughter of John Ward, Jr. and Nancy Elizabeth Knight, Creek Indian maiden. Bart was the son of William Childress of Virginia.







     William Childress of Alabama was born 1 Jan 1827 in Buckatunna, Mississippi; died 2 Nov 1893, Baldwin County, Alabama; buried at Miller Memorial; married 25 Aug 1853/4, Mary Caroline Ward (first cousins), born 26 Apr 1835 Tallassee, Florida Territory, died Jan 1909, daughter of Elijah Ward and Sarah "Sally" Ann Cochran, daughter of Rev. William Cochran, American Revolution at Valley Forge. William and Mary Caroline had 7 children:

  1. Nancy "Ellen" Childress born 25 Aug 1857, Gasque, Baldwin County, Alabama; died 23 Mar 1942, Mobile, Mobile County, Alabama, buried at Miller Memorial; married 11 Nov 1875, James Clifford Callaway. They had 11 children.

  2. Louisa "Nettie" Childress born 27 Aug 1860, Gasque, Baldwin County, Alabama; died Jan 1923 and buried at in New Orleans, Louisiana; married Peter Emil R. Ostrom.

  3. Laura Catharine Childress born 4 July 1863, Gasque, Baldwin County, Alabama; died Gasque, Baldwin, County, Alabama; married 10 Dec 1881, George Marion Galloway.

  4. Alsey Brown Childress born 6 Mar 1865, Gasque, Baldwin County, Alabama; died 6 Nov 1905, Alabama; married Esther "Essie" Eastburn.

  5. Alice Gabriella Childress born 18 Aug 1867, Gasque, Baldwin County, Alabama; died 30 Oct 1901, St. Marks, Florida; married Leslie Barnard.

  6. Victorine Childress born 31 July 1868, Gasque, Baldwin County, Alabama; died 25 Mar 1952, Gasque, Baldwin County, Alabama; married John Terry.

  7. William Meigs Childress born 4 Dec 1870/1, Gasque, Baldwin County, Alabama, 12 Mar 1943, Buras, Louisiana; married Armalie "Molly" Reddick.

     There are many descendants in Baldwin County, Alabama today as well as along the Gulf Coast and in most of the States.

     Written 2001 for The Baldwin County Heritage Book.
Submitted by: Donna Marie McLeod, 655 R. Landmark Loop, Jackson, IN 38305-2132 and
Written by: Betty Callaway Perkins, 222 Hickory Ridge, Belleville, IL 62223


The John Childress Family

     Eliza Rosetta Nelson married second husband John Childress son of Bartholomew Gordon Childress and Nancy Ana Ward, daughter of John Ward, Jr. and Nancy Elizabeth Knight and a brother to William Childress of Alabama. Bartholomew Gordon Childress was son of William Childress of Virginia. Eliza Rosetta “Rose” Nelson was the daughter of Rev. Elisha Nelson and Elizabeth Jane Fulford. Eliza was the widow of James Spruell Callaway. John Childress and Rose were married 27 Jan 1868 in Baldwin County, Alabama; he was born 21 Mar 1829, Jackson County, Mississippi; died 15 Apr 1901, Baldwin County, Alabama. Issue 4 children.

  1. Henrietta Childress born 20 May 1868, Bon Secour, Baldwin County, Alabama; died 7 Nov 1939, killed in auto accident; married 22 Dec 1887 or 23/24 Aug 1888; James William Fulford born 20 May 1862/7 Baldwin County, Alabama; died 23 Aug 1953, Mobile, Mobile County, Alabama; son of John Ance Fulford and Sarah Frances Nelson.

  2. Joseph Bartholomew Childress born 11 Jan 1870, Bon Secour, Baldwin County, Alabama; died 28 Aug 1957, Foley, Baldwin County, Alabama; married 6 Sept 1892, Bon Secour, Baldwin County, Alabama, Annie E. Callaway born 19 Mar 1975 daughter of John Green Callaway and Margaret Ann Cain; died 23 Mar 1900. Issue 1 child. Uncle Joe married second wife in 1905 Rebecca 'Ophelia' Watson born 1875, died 1964. Issue 5 children.

  3. Mary Louise Childress born 10 Sept 1871, Bon Secour, Baldwin County, Alabama; died 14 Aug 1957, Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida; buried at Myrtle Grove Cemetery, Myrtle Grove, Escambia County, Florida; married 14 Oct 1836, Baldwin County, Alabama; Joseph Louis 'Joe' Suarez, born 5 Nov 1859, Baldwin County, Alabama; died 13 July 1933, Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida; son of Joseph W. Suarez and Mary Ann Bordeau. Issue 6 children. Rosemary Suarez Fell's lineage.

  4. John Halbert Childress born 23 Feb 1875, Bon Secour, Baldwin County, Alabama; died 6 Feb 1945, prob. Bayou La Batre, Mobile County, Ala; married Caroline 'Callie' Steiner daughter of William Steiner and Mary Kelly. Issue 5 children.

     Written 2001 for The Baldwin County Heritage Book.
Submitted by: Corry Harms, Jr., 124 Fairmont Street, Clinton, MS 39056 and
Written by: Betty Callaway Parkins, 222 Hickory Ridge, Belleville, IL 62223