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Re: Avarilla Clay / Southall Connection
Posted by: Susan Sasek Date: March 02, 2002 at 08:25:46
In Reply to: Avarilla Clay / Southall Connection by dawngrist of 566

Hi Dawn --

I've been busy trying to get the sources & other missing info put back in the database -- making progress but flipping back & forth between screens makes it go awful slow it seems. I've been working on the Southall family first since that's the first family name of the info I need to send to you.

While trying to rebuild the database, I found several text files that I had made & the links had been deleted from the db. Several Southall wills -- James (1801), James (1814), Rebecca (1850), Avarilla Clay (1861), etc. I submitted them to the Amelia Co., VA genweb a long time ago, but they disappeared.

I'm not sure what's up w/ the Amelia Co., VA genweb -- I had submitted info transcribed from several cemeteries & several wills & the links & files are gone.

I recently sent them the 1914 death notice of Gervas Henry Southall and resubmitted James Southall's (1801) & Avarilla Clay's wills. They didn't upload the death notice & didn't put links to the 2 wills --

Will of James Southall --

Will of Avarilla Clay --

I'm including the death notice for Gervas Henry Southall at the bottom of this message so you'll have it.

Sarah S. Clay is the daughter of John Clay and Avarilla Southall. Avarilla is the daughter of Stephen B. Southall & Elizabeth Clay. Stephen B. Southall is the son of James, brother of our Henry Holman Southall. I'm not sure if Stephen's mother was James' first wife or Elizabeth.

Gervas and 2 of his sisters, Bettie & Sarah, were listed with John & Avarilla Clay on the 1850 Amelia Co., VA Census.


(from newspaper clipping, no name of name of newspaper)

SOUTHALL -- Amid the wintry scene of the churchyard, the ground enveloped in deep snow, while the sun shone softly, a very large gathering of friends assembled on the afternoon of February 15 at Amelia for the burial of one of that town's most respected citizens, GERVAS HENRY SOUTHALL, son of the late William D. Southall, of that county.

Mr. Southall was born at Mannboro, in Amelia County, on July 25, 1834, and died on February 14, 1914, in the eightieth year of his age. His father was postmaster at Mannboro many years ago. Mr. Southall moved to Amelia Courthouse in 1853, and was, therefore, the oldest inhabitant of the place, both in years and length of residence. He engaged in mercantile pursuits for several years, and began keeping the post-office there about 1870, and with the exception of two years during President Arthur's administration, he held the post-office there till June 20, 1912, a period of about forty-three years.

Every Republican President but one had sanctioned his commission, though during the last ten years of his life he was incapacitated for active service. The duties of the office were ably performed by his daughter, Miss Sadie A. Southall, whose work was always so satisfactory to the postal department that her father was not removed even by changing administrations, till the office became a presidential office, and, under the regulations, had to be held by one who could render personal attention, and on June 5, 1913, his daughter succeeded him by appointment of President Wilson.

Mr. Southall was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and also of Amelia Lodge, No. 101, A., F & A. M. His funeral rites were performed at the cemetery, his lodge taking part, and were assisted also by Dr. Joseph W. Eggleston, past grand master of the State, an old friend of Mr. Southall's.

He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Minne B. Southall, and daughters, Mrs. Ira. H. Butler and Mrs. R. C. Jones, of Richmond; Mrs. George Myers, of Washington, D. C.; Mrs. Robert L. Jordan, of Radford, Va.; Miss Sadie A. Southall, of Amelia, and sons, Hafford C. Southall, of Annapolis, Md., and Gervas H. Southall, of Amelia; also his sisters, Mrs. L. L. Marks, of Petersburg; Mrs. Sallie Wheary, of Zuni, Va., and his brother H. C. Southall, of Petersburg, Va., and two half-sisters, Mrs. Nettie Kidd, of Petersburg, and Mrs. Claude Harold, of Norfolk, Va.

My great aunt Virginia Frankland Butler had this clipping, and I obtained a photocopy of it through her son after her death. Transcribed by Susan Shields Sasek.

By the way, I asked my dad why Ira & Annie Southall Butler were in Covington, Alleghany Co., VA (remember that my dad was raised by them). He said that Ira was the sheriff either there or in Staunton (couldn't remember which) & said that Ira told him that he had to shoot a man one time -- shot him in the heel! Poor daddy was laughing so hard about that memory that he had a coughing fit & that's about as far as we got there. So they were in Covington in 1900 & 1910 & according to Gervas death notice, they were in Richmond by 1914.

Thanks to the @home fiasco -- my other e-mail addy isn't any good now. For the time being, I'm using

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