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Re: William and Evaline McCaleb Mckenzie

Hi again!

I'm sorry that I am breaking this information up in segments. Here is further information about the Thompson-McKenzie connection and further history of the McKenzies that might be of assistance to you in your research.

My gggrandfather, Elbert Thompson, was listed in the 1870 Rhea Co. census along with his children. They lived on the same farm as Dr. John W. Thompson and his family, who were white. I have seen an old photo of Elbert Thompson and he would have been clearly identified as a mulatto.

Elbert's daughter, Mary Elizabeth Thompson, married Houston Prigmore. Hannah Thompson married Samuel Waterhouse. The daughter of interest to you would be Julia Thompson, who married John McKenzie.

John and Julia McKenzie lived in Meigs Co. and raised 3 children, Mary Beulah McKenzie, James McKenzie, and Edward McKenzie. At some point, the family lived in California, since that is where Edward is listed as being born. However, they moved back to Meigs Co.

Mary B. "Beulah" McKenzie married Ben Bazzel. They had a son named Melvin Bazzel. According to some Tennessee relatives, James McKenzie was last known to be in Kansas. Edward McKenzie married Caroline "Callie" Wilkerson.

Edward and Callie McKenzie had the following children: Pearl, John, Julia, Irene, Ruth, and Robert.

Julia McKenzie (Mrs. Albert) Coffee was born on September 11, 1908 and died on April 4, 2001. Her funeral was held at Mt. Olive Baptist church in Dayton, TN and she was buried in Pinecrest Cemetery, a predominantly African-American cemetery in Dayton, TN. Among her pallbearers were William McKensey and Robert McKensey (notice how the name is spelled!).

When I visited Pinecrest Cemetery in Dayton in July 2003, I randomly took photos of numerous gravemarkers. One of them was for Robert J. McKensey and his wife, Ruby E. McKensey. Robert was born August 1, 1925 and died October 25, 1997. Ruby was born on January 12, 1930 and died on July 7, 1998. They were married on February 21, 1947. They have a beautifully engraved double marker on which there is engraved a heart surrounding two interconnected wedding bands in the center of the marker. It is really quite impressive.

The information that I have about the McCaleb name is very sketchy. I know that there were some McCalebs in Rhea Co., TN. Also, in my ex-husband's Snow family, here is the information that I have.

Henry Dobbins (the son of Mary Snow and David Dobbins) and Mary Sutton had a daughter named Pearl M. Dobbins, who was born on January 14, 1886 in Dalton, GA and died in October 1962 in Chattanooga, TN. Pearl's second husband was Frank McCaleb, who was born in Tennessee about 1882 and died August 1939 in Chattanooga, TN.

I'll keep looking to see what else I can come up with.

Take care!

Anita


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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