Bevers, Hadaway, Wheeler & Griggs Families

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This is the story of my Georgia family. Most of my ancestors first settled in Virginia, but some initially came through Maryland, Pennsylvania or Massachusets. These early Colonists migrated south and established farms in the Carolinas. When land became available in north Georgia in the 1790's and early 1800's, three of my grandparents' families settled in this newly opened wilderness, though one remained in central NC. We are truly a proud Southern Family.

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  • ID: I9385
  • Name: Thomas Taylor Griggs 1
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 24 SEP 1873 in Dallas, Paulding Co, GA 2 3
  • Burial: 22 MAR 1962 Saltillo, Greenwood Cem, Hopkins Co., Tx 2 3
  • Death: 20 MAR 1962 in Saltillo, Hopkins Co, TX 2 3
  • Note:




    From Mike Griggs ------------------ Washington State

    SNAKEBITE 1890'S

    Sometimes it helps to be lucky. The Griggs line from Thomas Taylor Griggs (1873-1962)could have ended one stormy night on the plains of Texas, before he was married in 1896.

    Tom was a cowboy riding night herd and a big thunderstorm struck. Lightning was hitting the ground and the rain and wind was fierce. Tom and another cowboy rode down into a steep walled gully to get off the prairie floor. To stay on the prairie would leave them open to a lightning strike or to be trampled when the herd started running due to lightning.

    By the light of the lightning flashes, they saw a "dugout" in the side of a gully. Some earlier pioneer had dug out a room into the hillside. It had a doorway and was a welcome shelter from sun and wind, but this night it was protection from wind, rain lightning and cattle stampede.

    They both entered the doorway and once inside, a rattlesnake struck from a ledge in the room and it bit the other cowboy between the eyes, on the upper part of his nose. They didn't have any flashlights or lanterns. They had no first aid kit.

    With a bite in this location, the venom soon spread and the cowboy's face became swollen. The swelling continued through out the night and progressed to the point that it shut of his airway. The cowboy died the arms of Tom, who tried to comfort him as best he could. The combination of no air and shock was deadly.

    Both had entered at the same time and the snake just happened to strike and bite the other cowboy.

    I don't know the year, but we do know that Tom was a cowboy on his 21st birthday in Rosebud Texas. This probably occurred sometime in the 1891-94 time period.


    Another story from Mike :


    I can clearly recall seeing a jagged scar on the right hand of my grandfather, Thomas Taylor Griggs (1873-1962). It was in the web of skin between the index finger and the thumb. My Dad, Edward Jackson "Red"Griggs (1914-1991) told me how his father got that scar and how the injury saved his life.

    As a young cowboy in Texas, Tom was walking down the sidewalk at night in a cowtown. There were no street lights and it was a dark night. Some buildings were built close to together with an alley of five or six feet between them. Of course, was a perfect place for someone to hide.

    As he stepped between two buildings he suddenly felt the muzzle of a Colt jammed into his side. He instantly reacted and shoved his right hand down to the gun. The web of his hand slipped between the frame of the gun and the hammer.

    The hammer on an 1873 Single Action Army .45 Colt has a sharp firing pin that hits the primer of the cartridge. This firing pin snapped into his hand when the trigger was pulled, preventing the cartridge from firing. A point blank wound in the belly and spine area with a .45 Colt would have been deadly.

    The gunman heard the hammer snap into Tom,'s hand. To the gunman it was a misfire. He jerked the gun back, tearing the web of skin and flesh, so that he could cock the hammer with his hand and get off another shot. Before that could be accomplished, Tom reacted with his wounded right hand by grabbing his own Colt, cocking the hammer with his injured hand and killed the attacker.

    The quick reaction in both instances saved his life and finished the attack. By the looks of the scar, I think it was never sewn, or if it was sewn, it was crudely closed. It was the reminder of a close call.

    Father: Robert Cleland Griggs b: 15 MAY 1833 in Henry Co, GA
    Mother: Julia A. Nelson b: 1836 in Macon, Bibb Co, GA

    Marriage 1 Etna Eugenia O'steen b: 01 APR 1873 in Houston, AL
    • Married: 08 SEP 1896 in Cullman, Winston County, Alabama 3
    1. Has Children Frank Cleon Griggs b: 31 JAN 1900 in Cullman, Winston Co, AL
    2. Has Children Thomas Porter Griggs b: 21 JUL 1902 in Cullman, Winston Co, AL
    3. Has Children Ethyl Addie Griggs b: 26 OCT 1904 in Cullman, Winston Co, AL
    4. Has Children Effie Estelle Griggs b: 15 JUL 1907 in Cullman, Winston Co, AL
    5. Has No Children Infant Daughter Griggs b: 26 AUG 1911 in Saltillo, Hopkins Co, TX
    6. Has Children Edward Jackson "Red" Griggs b: 28 AUG 1914 in Saltillo, Hopkins Co, TX

    Marriage 2 Addie Sedberry b: 23 MAR 1881
    • Married: 08 NOV 1936 in Saltillo, Hopkins Co., Texas 3

    1. Title: 1880 Umphrey, Paulding Co, GA Census
    2. Author: Julius GRIGGS
      Title: HUGHGR
      Source Medium: Other

      Text: Date of Import: 7 Apr 2005
    3. Title: JuliusGRIGGS.ged
      Source Medium: Other

      Text: Date of Import: 7 Apr 2005

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