October Ancestry Challenge 2013: Ancestor #12

1 Ancestry Challenge October
http://loricrane.wordpress.com/2013/09/21/october-ancestry-challenge-2013-2/Ancestor #12

Melmoth Martin Melvin Gantt, my 2nd great grandfather, was the first born son to Martin and Sarah Gantt; August 12, 1834 in Laurens, South Carolina.

Melmoth married Mary Elizabeth Freeman in 1852. Melmoth and Mary had six children together; 3 boys and 3 girls.
Melmoth was a Private in Company G, 12th Regiment, South Carolina, Confederate, during the Civil War.

The 1860 U. S. Census shows Melmoth and his family living at Regiment 2, Pickens, South Carolina. The 1870 and 1880 U. S. Census shows Melmoth and his family living in Eastohoe, Pickens, South Carolina.

Sometime, between 1880 and 1886 Melmoth left his family in South Carolina and moved to Alabama. This is another mystery without clues, thus far. Could be, like father, like son? My cousins in South Carolina tell me that his family disliked him and had nothing further to do with him. I’m figuring it must have been bad, for them to feel this way.

In 1886, Melmoth married my 2nd great grandmother, Mary Melvina Catherine Bryant. She is a story unto herself and hopefully I will be able to get to her before the month’s end.

Mary Catherine Bryant Gant was close to half the age as her husband, Melmoth. The 1900 U. S. Census shows Martin at age 65 and Mary Catherine at age 37. Martin and Mary Melvina Catherine Bryant Gant had 7 children; 4 girls and 3 boys.
1 melmoth and Melvina Gantt with children
The story was told to me, by my paternal grandmother, and I have it written down somewhere, but have never added it to my Ancestry.com files. Anyway, the story goes that one of the girls husband shot and killed one of her sister’s husband. The girl and her husband fled the country for a while. The incident caused a family break-up. Mary Catherine stayed in Lebanon, DeKalb County, Alabama with some of her younger children. Melmoth moved to live with his widowed daughter in Gadsden, Etowah County, Alabama.

Melmoth passed away on September 24, 1919 in Gadsden, Etowah County, Alabama. He was buried in Garner Cemetery in Gadsden, Etowah County, Alabama. An Alabama cousin told me several years ago where his grave was. I have visited his grave three times, since then. I was able to take my Dad and my Grandmother to visit once, so she would know where her grandfather was buried.
1 Melvin Gant Tombstone

Mary Melvina Catherine Bryant Gant passed away on October 30, 1938 in Lebanon, DeKalb County, Alabama. My cousin told me she was buried in an unmarked grave in an old grown up cemetery. I have not, as yet, gone to try and find it.

1850 United States Federal Census

1860 United States Federal Census

1870 United States Federal Census

1880 United States Federal Census

1900 United States Federal Census

1910 United States Federal Census
Alabama Deaths, 1908-59

Alabama, Deaths and Burials Index, 1881-1974

U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865

U.S., Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865

U.S., Confederate Pensions, 1884-1958

Web: Alabama, Find A Grave Index, 1755-2012

4 thoughts on “October Ancestry Challenge 2013: Ancestor #12

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  1. It’s wonderful that you were able to find your great grandfather’s grave. One of my great grandfather’s disappeared and I’ve always wondered where his final resting place is.


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