LIVINA RALSTON GILES
Williamson Co. TN
by Kenneth Ralston
1859 – 15 Sept 1945 m.
Edward A. (Edd) Giles ? -1920
Robert Powell (Bob) Giles ? 1962
II. Walter Giles ? 1940 m. Blanche Blackburn
III. Fannie Giles
? – 1967 m. Martin Killough
A. Edward K. m. Louise Owen 1. Doris
Jean K. 2. Kathy K. 3.
Blake Giles 1889 – 29 Dec. 1969 m.
Jimmie Blaine Martin ? 12 May 1967
Robbie 4 Feb ’14 B. Mary Giles
27 Aug ‘15 m Eph Lytle ?-
1 Aug ‘42
1. Thomas E. L. 1 Ap 1944
2. Robert Foster (Bob) L. Sept 1945
C. Walter Marion
2 May ‘20 m Audrey Brannon 30 May ? 1. Connie Marion
2. Michael Brandon Giles Dec 1949
D. Henry Aaron ‘20 m Mary Jane Purgett
1 Jim Edward 2 Rose Mary
3 William Henry (Bill)killed July ’70
2/m Roberta Fathera 4. Aaron Neely G. 5. Kathy G.
E. Blake A. Jr. 17 Dec ‘22 m.
1. Gerald Blake 14 Mar
’46 2. Philip G.
* Catherine Provine: .
(These papers were found in D.N. Ralston’s desk:)
One entire share 1st
George Ralston left 9 children. Each share
Deduct for recording
Amount of check is
$26.32 Received of D.N. Ralston my attorney, twenty six dollars and 32
cents a part of my
distributive share of the
estate of Catherine Provine Dec. April
Recieved of D.N. Ralston my attorney twenty six dollars and 32 cents, a
part of my
distributive share of the estate of
Catherine Provine Dec. this April 17th 1868
**Joe Ralston Reed :
(Conflicting Accounts) Letter:
Dear Mr. Ralston,
attended the Ralston Reunion with my parents, Mr. and Mrs Theron Reed when I was
one year old. My great grandfather
was George Gilbert Ralston, Sr. He was killed in the Civil War in Pa. as a
prisoner. He had 4 children (deceased) I. George Gilbert Ralston Jr.
He lived in the Spring Place Community
near Cornersville, Tenn. II Betty
Ralston (Smith). She lived in the Spring Place Community. III Anne Ralston (Ealy)
She lived in the Spring Place Community IV James Harvey Ralston. Lived in the
Spring Place Community. He had one daughter Sara Ralston Scheer.
My Grandfather, George Gilbert Ralston Jr. had 3 children:
I Grady Gilbert Ralston Lived in the Spring Place Community II Sally Sue
Ralston Reed (my mother) She lives in the Spring Place CommunityIII Margaret
Ralston Finley lives in Lewisburg. His
Grandchildren: Joe Ralston Reed, BillyFinley, Washington state.
Hope most of this information is correct. Please send your information
that you have to me. Glad to hear from you. If
you need more information please feel free to write.
of my family, written when Mr. Smith was sick, dedicated to family living.
Mrs. Z. Smith, Clarksville, Tenn.
How fitting that I should
leave to friends and relatives thoughts of rejoicing and anticipations of my
life in the retrospective. There
has been so much of darkness and brightness, but the darkness has been obscured
by the perfect day that gleams to me in the future of an eternal home with loved
ones gone and yet to go. It has
been always a delight to work for the good of others. Now I am being sand-papered for the finishing process, hope
twill have its perfect work. Know
it will for tis in the hands of a loving and skillful Workman.
Am the nurse of my invalid
husband who is blind and childish. Hope
and believe he is receiving the sand-papering touches for the last polishing.
Hope we may shine in perfect glory in our Master’s House.
We are often at home alone, he gets as quiet as tis possible and there is
death like silence. On account of
my physical condition am afraid to exert a great deal, having had an aunt to die
the same night her husband died. My
mother had heart trouble; had three sisters to die with it; a brother, Green,
when lying in prison at Chester PA having lost his foot in the Battle of
Gettysburg, on hearing of the defeat and retreat of the southern Army his nurse
said he said he did not want to live, turned over and died of a broke heart.
And I cannot but believe that I am to go suddenly as have been warned to
be ready, for can know not what hour the Son of Man cometh.
Hope He will find me faithful at my post of duty.
Am the youngest of thirteen children, all left me here to battle without
them, but they are waiting for me. My
father died when I was a babe, leaving me with old men and women interested in
me and was almost adopted by two. Having daughters about my age when coming to
girlhood, they, the fathers, did not like for me not to have what their’s had,
they being rich were able to divide. I
was not born rich nor have I been in my life, but I have never felt I would have
to beg bread for I am the seed of the righteous and claim the Bible promise.
My niece, Betty McKay, on whom I am greatly dependent and whom I love,
has been sick. One can hardly imagine my anxiety. She is restored to her health again and I am rejoiced.
While she was sick, her sister, Mrs. Harned, came to our relief and did
what she could for our relief and pleasure, so have not suffered.
this will give a short family history. My
parents’ family records are among my papers.
My grandfather Ralston
(David) married a Miss Mary Reid of Scotland.
Gilbert Marshall married Margaret Wilson, and a nobler woman never lived.
Can remember her at home with we children asking us the Catechism.
She was a Cumberland, and Scotch enough to know the questions and the
answers of that grand old text book. She
raised 14 noble men and women, and left 80 descendents.
My mother, Elizabeth Stul
Marshall, married George Ralston. To
them were born 13 and 12 were raised to be grown. Mother was a member of Smyrna Presbyterian Church.
(Father, being elder, commanded regard and respect from all.)
Mother, a quiet, loving woman, ruled her children with love.
Not one of them could recall a whipping or cross word from her.
When I was through school, she laid down her work Aug. 25, 1854 and went
to the rest prepared for her. Have
often wondered if she was my guardian angel and could see the many mistakes of
my life. If so, I know it increases her love for our Savior who could
forgive so much. He knows our every
weakness and is able and willing to be our help in every time of trouble.
1st – James
Henry filled the place of father to us all till the 4th brother was
old enough to take charge of business. He
petted and nursed me until I was large enough to be ashamed to be
petted. He worked for
himself until my mother’s death. Then, by a good neighbor’s buying his interest in some
land, he was able to buy the homeplace and make a home for the girls who were
(Martha Gouch and I were
friends like David and Jonathan – the truest, most unselfish friend
that I ever had. She being rich had many things to divide with me.
Often would go for me and take me to her home and keep me until I thought
I must go home. She offered to teach me music, and I, a goose, did not avail
myself of the offer. She married
and still divided her love with me. I
was teaching in the neighborhood and her brother – cold mornings – would go
to school and have a fire for me when I got there. She died after a year of married life. I had gone to Kentucky to sister Mary’s and went to see
her. On my arrival she threw her
arms around my neck and said, “I thought you would come,” and died without
saying more. Will that be my
greeting when we meet again? After
her death her mother told me that she and brother Gilbert were once engaged to
be married but a malicious man broke up the engagement with lies.
After the war this brother got back to the neighborhood penniless and
that mother was the first to hand him $25.00.)
James Henry lived to be a
bachelor and went into the Army of the Civil War, in 20 Tennessee Reg. was in
Battle of Fishing Creek and there,
within twenty steps of the Federals, shielded by smoke, picked up Col. J.S.
Gouch, he having been wounded. He
got help and the two carried him down a branch 12 miles - sometimes in water to
keep from being tracked – got across the Cumberland, and then walked 6 miles
for a doctor. The ball was
extracted within an inch of his backbone. Then
Col. Gouch was carried home and I was there to receive him.
Before he was entirely well he had to go with the army south and be taken
prisoner. Brother never was well
again, contracting diarrhea of which he died.
He was discharged from the army and went to Marshall City where he
thought he would live a quiet life but was reported on an arrested on going by
to see a sister. She prevailed on him to take the oath, went back to Marshall
City, and married a Miss Hunter. To
them were born 4 children. Bettie
married a Smith, George a Miss Pig, Anna a Mr. (Ealy), James unmarried.
Some one said they were the best children in the state.
Brother was an elder in the nearest Presbyterian church: died in the
2nd – David
Newton married a Miss McKnight and lived and died in the faith.
To them were born 8 children. Elizabeth
died when 8 years old and could read, Mary married Mr. Foster, Alex married Miss
Ransom – 2nd marriage a Miss (Bivins). Mary died and Maggie married
Mr. Foster, Sallie married Mr. New, Dave a Miss (McBroom).
David , a quiet Christian, died a member of the Murfreesboro Church.
Was so amiable don’t think anyone ever saw him angry.
3rd – Brother
Alexander Hamilton married a Miss Thompson, failed in business and, having a
lame ankle, said he had a higher duty than giving up the army, - paying back
debts his brothers had paid for him. He
went to Arkansas to do it and there he was overtaken by that miserable plague
cancer and died. Though not a
member of any church, he died a believer and trusting Christ for salvation.
4th – Robert
Locke married a Miss Stevens. To
them were born George Cannon, Elizabeth married a Mr. Knox (Gillespie), Henry
Stevens married a Miss Johnnie (Wagonner), Robert Luke married a Miss (
), Maggie now single. (William
never marries). My brother Robert
did not go into the army but had to do battle with security debts and poverty. Was deacon in the Smyrna Church.
After the war he moved near Franklin and his work was there till he died
in the faith he had lived.
5th – Brother
William Marshall never married but his life was full of good deeds.
Settled in West Tennessee for a while and went to Corinth Miss., and
engaged in lumber business. Ever
ready for good works he took a scholarship in the Corinth Female Academy and
gave it to Miss Fannie Reynolds, a promising daughter of the man with whom he
boarded. Brother William was in the first battle of Mansess and I have
a letter of his description of it. Tis
said he was the first to put his hands on Sherman’s battery, the capture of
which turned the tide of the battle. After
2 battles, more, he and Brother Green were lying behind a log.
On raising his head he was killed. Green
wrapped him in his blanket and buried him under a beech tree – thinking he
could take him to Smyrna when he could cut his name on the tree.
6th – Brother
John Clinton lived to age 22, a quiet Christian life, never sang in life but on
his death bed sang a favorite hymn through.
7th – Sister
Mary Reid – many are living to testify to her good qualities, a firm
Christian, a brave character, a 2nd mother to me. After mother’s death I was her charge and not separated
much. We made a visit to Bro.
William’s in West Tennessee which we enjoyed.
Returned on account of illness of Bro Gilbert. In ’56 she was married to Mr. McKay and went to Kentucky to
live; there raising his 5 boys who rose up to call her blessed.
To her were born 5 children: George Howell died at 11 years of age but a
loving Christian. Bettie Kate, who is now with me and has never been separated
from me long at a time, is now my comfort and stay.
Sally Dean should have come in before Betty. She died when four years old.
She seemed an angel on earth. 4th – Maggie Marshall died an
infant and joined the angel band. 5th
came Myra Gill who is now Mrs. Harned of Clarksville. She is filling a noble mission in life.
8th – comes
Gilbert Washington, the companion and cheer of my school days, every ready to
share my burdens in any way. He
studied medicine and practiced in Rutherford until disappointed in love.
He went to Arkansas till he volunteered in the 9th Ark. Reg.
Was wounded at Nashville, taken prisoner, carried to Camp Chase, carried
to South Carolina and exchanged. Had
$30.00 (stuffed in a comb case) that his friends had given him at Franklin which
he used to bring him back to his old neighborhood. He desired to go back to Arkansas and his friends sent him
back. He thought he could collect
ante bellum debts but died before he did it.
His life was one of Christian cheer.
9th – comes
Margaret Jane, a quiet noble Christian woman.
She married Mr. Newman and lived with him a devoted Christian life near
Bethany Church in Giles County, Tennessee (Mrs. C.C. Martin, a step-daughter.)
10th – Martha
Catherine, another noble Christian woman, married a Mr. Lee and died about a
year afterward leaving an infant, George Lee, who is now battling with life near
11th – George
Green, my playmate and childhood companion, a jolly good Christian man; was
associated with Brother William in business in Mississippi.
He was engaged to Miss Fanny Reynolds when he went into army, in 2nd
Miss. Reg. of death. I have heard
he was buried in Chester, Pa.
12th – an
infant born dead.
13th – myself
have had a life of pleasures and trouble, downsittings and uprisings; taught
school a good deal and had pleasant memories connected with the work.
Taught 15 months at Smyrna and taught the memorable Sam Davis.
He was the one who never had to be corrected in school.
He had an honest, upright father, and a good grandmother and a mother
like Timothy. He had a brother full
of mischief and can recall Sam’s remark when once I corrected him.
“I don’t know what makes Oscar so bad.” This was the year before he
went into the army.
Z. Smith died June 3, 1919
Note: For many years Searcy
Ralston ran the Rutherford County Nursing Home. Ms. Juriah Ralston was a patient
there before her death and she gave this history to Ms. Searcy Ralston who gave
it to her husband’s sister, Mrs. Lula Mae Burns of Rockvale.