GENERATION #8: Henry Berry Owsley and Susan Harriet Rogers

  

Henry Berry Owsley (son of George Washington Owsley and Mary Ann Shoffner) born 21-Aug-1882, Union County, Tennessee, married 30-Nov-1901, in Union County, Tennessee, Susan Harriet Rogers, born 9-May-1881, Union County, Tennessee, (daughter of Henry Harrison Rogers and Mary Ann Frankie Rucker) died 1-Oct-1945, Mascot, Knox County, Tennessee, buried: Taylor's Grove (Taylor's) Cemetery, Union County, Tennessee. Henry died 30-Jan-1919, Union County, Tennessee, buried: Taylor's Grove (Taylor's) Cemetery, Union County, Tennessee.


Henry Berry Owsley was the oldest child of George Washington Owsley and Mary Ann Shoffner. He was always known as Berry Owsley. Berry's mother, Mary Ann, gave birth to three more children. All three died in infancy and were buried at the Taylor's Grove (Taylor's) Cemetery in Union County, Tennessee.  


Berry was named after his grandfather, Berry Shoffner. Berry Owsley was raised in the Lead Mine Bend area of Union County, Tennessee. By 1896, Berry's father had left Mary Ann and married a younger lady named Martha (Mattie) Heatherly in neighboring Campbell County, Tennessee.  


Berry and his father, George, served in the Spanish American War. On July 15, 1898, Berry was mustered in at Knoxville, Tennessee, as a Private in Company I, 6th Regiment U.S. Volunteer Infantry. On July 17, 1898, he was transferred to Company D of the same Regiment. He mustered out on March 15, 1899, in Savannah, Georgia. He was only fifteen years old when he joined the Army but claimed to be eighteen years old to be able to serve his country. Upon enrollment in the Army, Berry was listed as having dark hair, brown eyes and fair complexion. His height was five feet and four inches. During the war, Berry served in Puerto Rico and suffered from malaria fever.  


After the war, Berry Owsley, along with his father and stepmother lived for about a year in the city of Chattanooga in Hamilton County, Tennessee. According to the 1900 Hamilton County, Tennessee Census, they were residing at #1 Arcadia Street, near Cedar Street. This address was located in the historic Cameron Hill district of Chattanooga, which no longer exists. It was not a good year for the Owsley family. While working at the Loomis and Hart Furniture Company in Chattanooga, Berry suffered the loss of an arm in an accident. Berry's stepmother, Mattie, gave birth to a daughter, Manda Owsley, who died in infancy. Manda was buried at the King's Point Cemetery in Chattanooga. Mattie was unable to give birth to any more children. George and Mattie later adopted a boy in 1915. He was known as Charles Lafayette Owsley.  


In 1901, Berry moved back to Lead Mine Bend in Union County, Tennessee near his mother. Berry's father and stepmother moved to the new town of LaFollette in neighboring Campbell County, Tennessee. In 1901, Berry married Susan Rogers. Susan's parents objected to the marriage. They warned Susan she would starve. They were very doubtful Berry could provide for a family, being a one-armed man. Even with just one arm, Berry provided well for his family. He was a farmer and also worked as a "miller" in a corn mill. Susan's parents were known to visit Berry and Susan very often. Susan would always prepare a big meal for them. When Susan's father would acknowledge the good meal, Berry always made it a point to say, "yeah, it's nice to have plenty to eat." Berry never forgot the warnings they gave to Susan.  


Berry and Susan had eleven children, three of whom died in infancy. In 1919, Berry became ill and died at the young age of thirty-six years old.  


On April 6, 1934, in Union County, Tennessee, Susan married Tilman D. (Tim) Minton. Susan died in 1945.  


CHILDREN OF HENRY BERRY OWSLEY AND SUSAN HARRIET ROGERS:  


I. George Washington Owsley born 27-Feb-1903, Union County, Tennessee, married 22-Feb-1923, in Tennessee, Oma Jane Munsey, born 17-May-1902, Union or Claiborne County, Tennessee, (daughter of Albert Munsey and Zora Jane Loop) died 2-Sep-1987, Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee, buried: Roseberry Cemetery, Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee. George died 12-Apr-1994, Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee, buried: Roseberry Cemetery, Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee. George and Oma Owsley had three sons. All three died in infancy.  


II. Mary Ann Owsley born 12-Oct-1904, Union County, Tennessee, married 27-Dec-1920, in Tennessee, George Paris Walker, born 25-Jul-1897, Union County, Tennessee, (son of Horace Maynard Walker and Rachel Florence Mayes) died 4-Apr-1982, Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tennessee, buried: Fairview Baptist Church Cemetery, Ooltewah, Hamilton County, Tennessee. Mary died 30-Aug-1982, Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tennessee, buried: Fairview Baptist Church Cemetery, Ooltewah, Hamilton County, Tennessee. 


III. Sallie Tennessee Owsley born 24-Feb-1906, Union County, Tennessee, married 5-Apr-1925, in Tennessee, Hughie A. Cox, born 24-May-1899, Tennessee, (son of John Cox and Cordelia Beason) died 31-Oct-1983, Maryville, Blount County, Tennessee, buried: Brantley's Chapel Cemetery, Maryville, Blount County, Tennessee. Sallie died 6-Jun-1933, Union County, Tennessee, buried: Taylor's Grove (Taylor's) Cemetery, Union County, Tennessee. 


IV. John Henry Owsley born 23-Aug-1907, Union County, Tennessee, married 30-Jul-1927, in Ooltewah, Hamilton County, Tennessee, Lillie Bell Sylar, born 12-Jun-1908, Ringgold, Catoosa County, Georgia, (daughter of William Luther Sylar and Callie Fryar) died 28-Jun-1992, Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tennessee, buried: Fairview Baptist Church Cemetery, Ooltewah, Hamilton County, Tennessee. John died 15-Jan-1947, Ooltewah, Hamilton County, Tennessee, buried: Fairview Baptist Church Cemetery, Ooltewah, Hamilton County, Tennessee.  


V. Linda Effie Owsley born 31-May-1909, Union County, Tennessee, married (1) Charles McCulley, married (2) Charles Roach. Linda died 6-Nov-1942, Ooltewah, Hamilton County, Tennessee, buried: Fairview Baptist Church Cemetery, Ooltewah, Hamilton County, Tennessee.  


VI. Mamie L. Owsley born 18-Dec-1910, Union County, Tennessee, married 1927, Willard Lee Suttles, born 27-Mar-1905, Tennessee, (son of James Suttles and Mary Ann Leach) died -Dec-1972, Tennessee, buried: Taylor's Grove (Taylor's) Cemetery, Union County, Tennessee. Mamie died 21-Jul-1948, Middlesboro, Bell County, Kentucky, buried: Taylor's Grove (Taylor's) Cemetery, Union County, Tennessee.  


VII. Mattie Owsley born 12-Jul-1912, Union County, Tennessee, died 16-Jan-1913, Union County, Tennessee, buried: Taylor's Grove (Taylor's) Cemetery, Union County, Tennessee.  


VIII. Harrison Lonnie Owsley born 10-Oct-1913, Union County, Tennessee, married 22-Oct-1932, in Tazewell, Claiborne County, Tennessee, Genina Alice Arnwine, born 18-Feb-1912, Claiborne County, Tennessee, (daughter of Fielden Arnwine and Ollie Walker) died 28-May-1993, Kokomo, Howard County, Indiana, buried: Memorial Park Cemetery, Kokomo, Howard County, Indiana. Harrison died 16-Oct-1988, Kokomo, Howard County, Indiana, buried: Memorial Park Cemetery, Kokomo, Howard County, Indiana.


IX. Levenia Lassiefee (Lassie) Owsley born 4-Nov-1915, Union County, Tennessee, married 3-Jan-1931, Cornelius (Neil) Dossett, born 5-Jan-1907, Tennessee, (son of John Dossett and Martha Alice Graves) died 14-Jul-1991, Indiana, buried: Albright Cemetery, Kokomo, Howard County, Indiana. Levenia died 16-Apr-2000, Indiana, buried: Albright Cemetery, Kokomo, Howard County, Indiana.  


X. Lizzie Owsley born 10-Apr-1917, Union County, Tennessee, died 16-Dec-1918, Union County, Tennessee, buried: Taylor's Grove (Taylor's) Cemetery, Union County, Tennessee.  


XI. Henry B. Owsley born 2-Jun-1919, Union County, Tennessee, died 2-Oct-1919, Union County, Tennessee, buried: Taylor's Grove (Taylor's) Cemetery, Union County, Tennessee. 


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1900 Hamilton County, Tennessee Census 
(Page 62B, District #14, Chattanooga City, Family 101/119) 
George W. Owsley - age 37 - born August 1862 in Tennessee, father born in TN, mother born in TN (Occupation: Riverman-Logger) 
Mattie - age 23 - born June 1877 in Tennessee, father born in TN, mother born in TN (wife) 
Pearl Heatherly - age 5 - born August 1894 in Tennessee, father born in TN, mother born in TN (sister-in-law) 
Andy Wilder - age 22 - born April 1878 in Tennessee, father born in TN, mother born in TN (boarder) (Occupation: Riverman-Logger) 
Rufus Jones - age 55 - born May 1855 in Alabama, father born in AL, mother born in AL (boarder) (Occupation: Laborer-Sawmill) 
Henry B. Owsley - age 17 - born August 1882 in Tennessee, father born in TN, mother born in TN (son) (Occupation: Laborer-Sawmill) 

1910 Union County, Tennessee Census 
(Page 193, District #7, Family ) (April 20, 1910) 
Berry H. Ousley - age 27 - born in Tennessee, father born in TN, mother born in TN (Occupation: Miller-Cornmill) 
Susan H. - age 29 - born in Tennessee, father born in TN, mother born in TN 
Geo. W. - age 7 - born in Tennessee, father born in TN, mother born in TN 
Maria A. - age 5 - born in Tennessee, father born in TN, mother born in TN 
Sallie - age 4 - born in Tennessee, father born in TN, mother born in TN 
John H. - age 2 - born in Tennessee, father born in TN, mother born in TN 
Lindia - age 10/12 - born in Tennessee, father born in TN, mother born in TN 

1920 Union County, Tennessee Census 
(Page 293B, District #7, Family 100/100) 
Susan Housley - age 36 - born in Tennessee, father born in TN, mother born in TN (widow) (Occupation: Farmer) 
George W. - age 16 - born in Tennessee, father born in TN, mother born in TN 
Mary - age 15 - born in Tennessee, father born in TN, mother born in TN 
Sallie - age 13 - born in Tennessee, father born in TN, mother born in TN 
Johnnie - age 12 - born in Tennessee, father born in TN, mother born in TN 
Linda - age 10 - born in Tennessee, father born in TN, mother born in TN 
Mamie - age 9 - born in Tennessee, father born in TN, mother born in TN 
Harrison - age 6 - born in Tennessee, father born in TN, mother born in TN 
Lassie - age 4 - born in Tennessee, father born in TN, mother born in TN


1930 Claiborne County, Tennessee Census

(Page 189A, District #3) (April 30, 1930)

(Family 345/345)

George W. Owsley - age 26 - born in Tennessee, father in TN, mother in TN (Occupation: Farmer)

Oma J. - age 26 - born in Tennessee, father in TN, mother in TN

(Family 346/346)

Susan Owsley - age 47 - born in Tennessee, father in TN, mother in TN (widow) (Occupation: Farmer

John H. - age 23 - born in Tennessee, father born in TN, mother born in TN (Occupation: Farmer)

Lillie B. - age21 - born in Tennessee, father in TN, mother in TN (daughter-in-law)

Eugene - age 1 7/12 - born in Tennessee, father in TN, mother in TN (grandson)

Lassie M. - age 14 - born in Tennessee, father in TN, mother in TN (daughter) 

  


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Henry Berry Owsley with his wife, Susan Harriet Rogers Owsley, 

and their children (left to right): George, John, Linda, Sallie, Mamie, and Mary. 


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Henry Berry Owsley


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Henry Berry Owsley and Susan Harriet Rogers Owsley




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ROGERS AND OWSLEY FAMILY GROUP PHOTOGRAPH  

Henry Berry Owsley is standing on the first step of the porch at the far right. His sons, George Owsley and John Owsley are to the right of him. Susan Rogers Owsley is standing at the far left on the porch holding her daughter, Mamie Owsley.


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George Owsley, Sallie Owsley, and John Owsley


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George Owsley


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George Owsley and Oma Munsey Owsley


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George Paris Walker and Mary Owsley Walker


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Walker family (standing left to right): Bruce, Winefred, Mary, and Willis

(sitting): George Paris Walker and Mary Owsley Walker   


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Lassie Owsley Dossett and Mary Owsley Walker


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Linda Owsley McCulley Roach





Linda Owsley McCulley Roach


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John Owsley, Harrison Owsley, and George Owsley


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Willard Lee Suttles and Mamie Owsley Suttles, with child James Berry Suttles


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Mamie Owsley Suttles (on the far left) with two friends (names unknown)


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Lassie Suttles Smelser and her husband, Robert (Bob) Smelser 


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Randy Lee Williams and his mother, Lassie Suttles Smelser





Harrison Owsley





Lassie Owsley Dossett and Neil Dossett

with daughters





Neil Dossett with daughters




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