An American Journey
The Genealogy of the Curbow-Montoya Family
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Jesse Richardson Grantham

Georgia to Texas

Many of my husband’s ancestors migrated from the north Georgia area to Texas. This is also the case for Jesse Grantham. Union County lies in far north Georgia bordering North Carolina. Jesse was the youngest son of William M. Grantham (1783-1863) and Susannah Richardson (1800-1873).

At the tender age of 17 – Jesse Richardson Grantham married Susan Adeline Parks (1833-1924) on May 11, 1851 in Union County Georgia. The couple raised a very large family: Monroe Mathias born in 1852; Hillard Cisero born in 1854; Benjamin Franklin born in 1857; Rufus Marion born in 1859; Ira Foster born in 1861; Alice E. born in 1865; Emma Leticia born in 1867; Ada Elizabeth born in 1871; and Mary Etta born in 1876.

According to Carey Barnet, the oral story passed down through the family is that General Sherman burned the entire plantation of Jesse and Susan Grantham to the ground as part of the civil war there in Georgia. Their whole estate was destroyed. It was a very painful memory. That's about the time they decided to move out west and make a fresh start."

Susan Blackmon remembers hearing similar stories from her grandmother. Jesse and Adeline were her great-great grandparents. According to her great-aunt, Ada Ruth Grantham Storm, her daddy, Ira R. "Bud" Grantham was just a big baby (about 3) when their home was burned. She said they were allowed to drag a mattress out under a tree and her daddy remembered sitting on it as they watched their home burn.

By 1870 the family has left their north Georgia home and has relocated to Burlingame, Osage County, Kansas. Osage County is in the eastern portion of the State near Topeka. It is unknown to me why the Grantham family moved to Kansas. Burlingame – which was originally established as Council City – was an important stop on the Santa Fe trail.

The next thirty years of Jesse Richardson Grantham’s life are a mystery to me. I cannot find him in any census record until 1900 when he is 66 years old living with wife Susannah in Erath County, Texas.

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