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Descendants of

David Attaway

Rebecca (LNU) Attaway


David Attaway
son of
Joseph &Edith(Nations) Attaway
grandson of
Elisha &Lettice(Barton) Attaway
b: Abt 1803 Spartanburg Co, SC
d: 24 May 1853
Rebecca LNU,
in Abt 1827
b: Abt 1807 Spartanburg Co, SC

Records indicate that
David and his brother William settled for
a while in Henderson Co, TN. In 1834,
William was dismissed from
Jacks Creek Church of Christ.
In 1841, David was dismissed from the
Clarks Creek Primitive Baptist Church

(both churches being in Henderson Co, TN).
It is said that sometime
during the late-1830's to mid-1840's,
both brothers went to VanZandt Co, TX.

~ History Of ~

-Hopkins County, Texas-
Named for the black oak trees surrounding it, the Black Oak community was
settled in the 1850s by recipients of government land grants. By 1854 a
post office had been established, and a log building had been constructed
for use as a community church and school. In its early years, Black Oak
had a gin, hardwood sawmill, and grocery store. In 1856 Elders
John J. D. Davis and Daniel Ramsey helped organize
a Baptist congregation. The eight charter members ---
H. W. Townsend, Stephen Bullock, Canter Irby, Rebecka Jane Byrd,
Amanda Ford, F. M. Ford, Penelepe Floyd, and Malindy Bullock
--- elected Davis as their first pastor.
Throughout its history,
Black Oak Baptist Church has been a focal point of the community.
Early settlers
David and Rebecca Attaway donated one
acre of land for use of the church in 1859.

Additional land was purchased in 1885 and in 1910.
The current sanctuary replaced the original log building in 1909.
The Black Oak Cemetery,
located adjacent to the church building, long has been associated with
this congregation. The oldest marked grave, that of Ava Oliver, is
dated 1857. Many descendants of the early day founders of the Black Oak
community are active in the Black Oak Baptist Church congregation today.
Directions (per Texas Atlas):
FM 69 at FM 269, 17 mi. SE of Sulphur Springs

David's & Rebecca's
List of Descendants

  • (1) Elijah/Elisha Attaway
    b: 1822 SC (date per tombstone)
    d: 1864 in the Civil War (date per tombstone)
    buried: Black Oak Baptist Church Cemetery, Hopkins Co, TX
    m: NANCY SAMPSON (aka Samples), in TN
    b: Oct 1821
    d: 04 May 1916
    buried: Black Oak Baptist Church Cemetery, Hopkins Co, TX
    Family tradition has it that Nancy was a full Cherokee who
    migrated to TN on the "Trail of Tears," but on an 1880 census
    she lists her father as being born in Ireland (so half Cherokee?).
    After Elijah died, she married his brother Willis and had two
    more children. For Nancy's & Willis's children,
    click here.

  • (2) Keziah "Kizzie" Attaway
    b: 25 Mar 1825 SC
    d: 25 Oct 1889 Wood Co, TX
    buried: Rock Hill Cemetery, Wood Co, TX
    m: JOEL GILBREATH, in 1840, in TN
    son of Andrew &Mary(Richards) Gilbreath
    b: 13 Jan 1813 Adair Co, KY
    d: 03 Nov 1900
    buried: Rock Hill Cemetery, Wood Co, TX

  • (3) Elizabeth Jane Attaway
    b: Abt 1829 TN
    d: Abt 1866 Wood Co, TX
    buried: Rock Hill Cemetery, Wood Co, TX
    m: HOUGH GILBREATH, on 24 Aug 1847
    son of Andrew &Mary(Richards) Gilbreath
    b: 19 Nov 1824 TN
    d: 08 Feb 1876 Wood Co, TX
    buried: Rock Hill Cemetery, Wood Co, TX
    Hough's 2nd wife was Margaret Louisa Galloway,
    m: on 20 Nov 1867, in Wood Co, TX;
    b: 20 Dec 1843, d: 26 Apr 1890; their children:
    Harriett C. Gilbreath (b:1868),
    James Thomas Gilbreath (b:1870),
    William Galloway Gilbreath (b:1872)

  • (4) Willis Attaway
    b: 1825 SC
    buried: Black Oak Baptist Church Cemetery, Hopkins Co, TX
    m: #1=FRANCES RIDDLE, in 1845, in Tishomingo Co, MS
    daughter of Richard &unknown Riddle
    m: #2=MILBURRY RIDDLE, in Abt 1853
    daughter of Richard &unknown Riddle
    b: 1830 TN
    m: #3=NANCY SAMPSON/Samples-ATTAWAY, in Abt 1875
    b: Oct 1821
    d: 04 May 1916
    buried: Black Oak Baptist Church Cemetery, Hopkins Co, TX
    Willis Attaway
    was an oxen-team freight hauler

    who drove between Dallas and Houston, Texas.

    It is presently unknown if his 1st wife
    Frances died or if she and Willis divorced.
    Willis then married her sister, Milburry.
    His 3rd wife, Nancy, was the widow of his
    brother Elijah who was killed in the Civil War.

    ~ ETHEDA ~

    A wide assortment of info and photos
    for various branches of
    the "Ellet &Nannie(Kelley) Attaway" tree
    were provided to us by their g-granddaughter,
    (Willis's & Milburry's gg-granddaughter),

    Etheda Jo (Sasser) Wallis
    daughter of
    Joseph &Zelva(Dickerson) Sasser
    granddaughter of
    Joseph &Ada(Attaway) Sasser
    ~ GENE ~

    For various pages of this website, any
    number of details were gleaned from an
    "Attaway-Sasser Autobiography,"
    by Willis's & Milburry's gg-grandson,
    Charles Eugene "Gene" Attaway,
    (just before his 63rd birthday in 1981)

    Gene was the son of
    Charles W. &Nannie(Sasser) Attaway

    To read the autobiograhy,

  • (5) Martha Attaway
    b: 1842 Spartanburg Co, SC
    m: ZEDEKIAH D. ABLES, in Abt 1860
    son of Ezekiel E. &unknown Ables
    b: Abt 1838 Ouachita Co, AR

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