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Worsham b abt 1728 of Chesterfield Co, VA m 1st) wife unknown &
2nd) Ann McDowell 10 Mar 1782 Pittsylvania Co, VA. He owned land where the
Pittsylvania Co. Court house was located. Descendants lived in Pittsylvania Co,
VA; Blount Co, TN; Washington Co, AL; Hopkins Co, TX; Ellis Co, TX; Tarrant
Co, TX; Austin Co, TX; Johnson Co, TX; Shelby Co, TX; Mayes Co, OK; Choctaw
Co, AL; Wayne Co, MS; Johnson Co, MO.
We have the correct number (188.8.131.52.) for Jeremiah Worsham b abt 1728 but
omitted the 1 for his descendants
beginning on page 596 through page 642.
184.108.40.206A.1. Miss Worsham
m Josiah Ferguson (page 596)
220.127.116.11A.2. Jeremiah Worsham
m 1st) Jean King & 2nd)
Mary Alexander. (page 596)
18.104.22.168A.3. John Pleasant Worsham on
22.214.171.124A.4. Allison Worsham
m Agnes on
1.5.5A.2A.1. John Simpson Worsham
b 14 Feb 1810 of Blount, TN. John m Eunis Gough 6 Nov 1832
Washington Co, AL. John’s daughter was m in Washington Co, AR as Unis Amanda Washham.
Therefore, John may have also lived in Washington Co, AR. John may have moved to
Washington Co, AR after the death of his son, William, 1863, in Pine Bluff, Jefferson, AR
or when his son, John Calloway Worsham, was sick in a hospital at Little Rock, Oct 1862.
Two mrg. records may be of this John. John S Washam m Cyntha L Elm, 17 Mar 1867,
Washington Co, AR, Bk C, p281 & J
S Worsham m Elizabeth M
Wright, 27 Dec 1871, Washington Co, AR, Bk C, p 692. In the History
of Washington County, AR, Julian Bailey Nix, successful carpenter, builder &
prominent citizen, J B Nix has aided in building some of the finest residences
in Fayetteville, viz. residences of J S Worsham.
Calloway Worsham b 18 Apr 1837 Washington Co, AL m 1st) Marie
Nancy Turberville. John m 2nd) Mary Jane Estes 21
Dec 1866 Shelby Co, TX (27 Dec 1867 on pension papers.) Mary b 14 Oct 1847 Shelby Co, TX
d/o Bethlehem Estes & Julia Ann Smith. More information on the Estes line can be
viewed at: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~rhio/EstesTree.htm
Wilson, 2002, writes "My Worsham relatives were the from TN/KY and AL. John Calloway
Worsham from AL. He moved to TX before the Civil War and served in the 12 TX Infantry CSA
He was the son of John Soloman Worsham and Eunis (Calloway). John S's family started the
first Methodist Church in the state of AL. This was in Choctaw Co. in 1847. John Calloway
Worsham was also know as, "preacher, preach, and Irish. He was a soldier during the
Civil War, serving with Co B, 12 TX Inf. CSA, 1862-1865. He fought in the following
battles: Young's Point, LA May 1863, Red River Crossing, May 1863, Mayfield, (LA?) Apr 8,
1864, Pleasant Hill Apr 1864 and at Jenkens Ferry, LA Apr 20, 1864. He was a also a
Methodist minister during this time; more or less Co. B's Chaplin." Photo is of John Calloway & James Taylor Worsham from
1.5.5A.2A.1.3.1. John Simpson Worsham b 14 Dec 1867 Shelby Co, TX. (2-1870;
12-1880; 50-1920) He m 1st) Emma Stewart 14 Sep 1890, m 2nd)
Scott 21 Jul 1897 Shelby Co, TX & m 3rd) Ida
M. J S Worsham,
age 50, and Ida M, age 38 are in the 1920 Dickens Co, TX cens.
Children of John & Emma: (Gene Worsham, 2001)
1.5.5A.2A.1.3.1A.1. Lillie Pearl Worsham
b 1 Oct 1891 & d 17 Sep 1912 (suicide) (History of The Worsham's Those Who
Came Before Us, Virgie Worsham Scurlock, 1987, p 80)
1.5.5A.2A.1.3.1A.2. Dora Frances Worsham
b 25 Apr 1893, d Aug 1963 (History of The Worsham's Those Who Came Before Us,
Virgie Worsham Scurlock, 1987, p 80)
Crawford Worsham "Tex" b 10 Apr 1895 Shelbyville, Shelby, TX
& d 12 Sep 1973 Brownwood, Brown, TX. His middle name has also be listed
as Calloway. Burial: Greenleaf Cemetery, Brownwood,
He m 2nd) Mary Elizabeth McCloud.
Obituary published in the Cleveland Advocate, Cleveland,
Liberty Co, TX Apr 5, 1995, p 3A:
Elizabeth McCloud, Services for Mary Elizabeth Worsham,
87, of Houston, were Mar. 25 in Pace-Stancil Chapel (Cleveland). Internment
followed at Farley Chapel Cemetery. Mrs. Worsham died Mar 21, 1995. She was
born Jan 25, 1908 in Winfield, La. She is preceded in death by her husband
C. C. Worsham and daughter Helen Banner. She is survived by her sons Ed
Worsham, C. J. Worsham, Raymon Worsham, Harmon Worsham and Carl Worsham.
Children of Tex:
Worsham "Ed" b abt 1925 of Louisiana.
J Worsham b abt 1930 in Louisiana
L Worsham b 6 Sep 1934 Louisiana & d 24 May 1996 Galveston, TX.
Worsham b abt 1937 Louisiana
Y Worsham b 17 Jan 1938 of Webster, Louisiana & d 4 Apr 2006 Camp
Verde, Yavapai, AZ. Harmon m Cecilia.
Children: Carol Worsham, Terry Lynn Worsham & Kitten Worsham.
Worsham b abt 1939 Webster, Louisiana.
Children of John & Sarah:
1.5.5A.2A.1.3.1B.1. John Millard Worsham
b 3 Jun 1898, d Jun 1970 Grand Junction, Mesa, CO, m Flossie Mattie Bell Kelso. Flossie b 19 Jan 1906
& d Jul 1984 Grand Junction, Mesa, CO. Children: Norma Lee Worsham,
Flossie Ela May Worsham, John Claude Worsham.
1.5.5A.2A.1.3.1B.2. Mary Irene Worsham
b 9 Oct 1900 San Augustine, TX. (TX birth index) She d 18 Dec 1979 & m Wheeler Turner. (History of The Worsham's
Those Who Came Before Us, Virgie Worsham Scurlock, 1987, p 81)
1.5.5A.2A.1.3.1B.3. Amanda Effie Mae Worsham b
19 Sep 1901. (History of The
Worsham's Those Who Came Before Us, Virgie Worsham Scurlock, 1987, p 81)
Patterson 6 Feb 1921. (Shelby Co, TX Mrg Bk 10, p327)
1.5.5A.2A.1.3.1B.4. George Rolfe Worsham b
1 Jul 1903 & d 26 Feb 1996 Randall Co, TX. He lived in Amarillo, TX.
1.5.5A.2A.1.3.1B.5. Uel Edward Worsham
11 Feb 1905 & d Oct 1906. (History of The Worsham's Those Who Came Before Us,
Virgie Worsham Scurlock, 1987, p 81)
1.5.5A.2A.1.3.1B.6. James DeWitt Worsham
b 11 Feb 1905 & d Oct 1906. (History of The Worsham's Those Who Came Before
Us, Virgie Worsham Scurlock, 1987, p 81)
1.5.5A.2A.1.3.1B.7. Eurah Florence Worsham
b 16 Mar 1908 & d 7 Aug 1928 (History of The Worsham's Those Who Came Before
Us, Virgie Worsham Scurlock, 1987, p 81)
1.5.5A.2A.1.3.1B.8. Clarence Worsham,
twin, b 4 Jun 1911 & d 5 Jun 1911 (History of The Worsham's Those Who Came
Before Us, Virgie Worsham Scurlock, 1987, p 81)
1.5.5A.2A.1.3.1B.9. Clara Worsham,
twin, b 4 Jun 1911 & d 5 Jun 1911 (History of The Worsham's Those Who Came
Before Us, Virgie Worsham Scurlock, 1987, p 81)
1.5.5A.2A.1.3.1B.10. Ira Neal Worsham b 26 Oct 1912
& d Nov 1972,
b. 13 Sep 1911, d. 18 Jan 1994 Grand Junction, Mesa, CO. Child: Ernest Eugene
1.5.5A.2A.1.3.1B.11. Earnest Simpson Worsham b 9 Aug 1914 Runnels, TX. (TX
birth index) He
d 30 May 1945. (History of The Worsham's Those Who Came Before Us, Virgie
Worsham Scurlock, 1987, p 81)
1.5.5A.2A.1.3.1B.12. Ira McCutcheon (Smith) Worsham b abt Oct 1915
Marion Columbus Worsham "Lum" m
1st) Jane Stephens "Janie" 30 Nov 1899
Shelby Co, TX.
Doris Worsham b 1901 Shelby Co, TX m Mr Gellenger.
(History of The Worsham's Those Who Came Before Us, Virgie Worsham Scurlock, 1987, p 83)
She may have also m Randall C.
Jessie Worsham should be Dessie Worsham b 22 Nov
TX. She is in the 1915 Rural School Cens of Shelby Co, TX. She m Harlon
Edward Mc Daniel b 3 Jan 1903, d 28 Apr 1978 Kirbyville, Jasper, TX.
(SSDI, TX death index) Dessie d 2 Dec 1990 Jasper Co, TX (SSDI, TX death
index) This picture of Dessie was taken in 1987.
Jessie Worsham should be Dessie Worsham. She is in the
1915 Rural School Cens of Shelby Co, TX. She m Harlon Edward Mc Daniel.
1.5.5A.2A.1.3.6A.4 John Caloway Worsham
Worsham b 17Jan
1906 d 19 Apr 1984 bur Morse Cemetery, Jasper Co, TX. Buried next to him is
Ella Worsham b 2 Jul 1899 d 13 Apr 1988; Calvin W Worsham b 28 Mar 1937 d 14
Jul 1957 Footstone: Texas SFC US Army; John Henry Worsham 13 Aug 1941 d 20 Dec
1.5.5A.2A.1.3.6A.7 Tandy Worsham b 27 Jun 1910 d
27 Nov 1975 bur Morse Cemetery, Sec 3, Jasper Co., TX. On the same headstone
with Tandy is his wife, Kathleen Worsham b 10 Apr 1909.
1.5.5A.2A.1.3.7. Virgil B Worsham b 2 Sep 1879
Shelby Co, TX.
(8/12-1880) He m 1st) Madonna Catherine McRae
"Donnie" 17 Oct 1900 Shelby Co,
TX. Donnie b 2 Oct 1877, d 21 Sep 1911 & bur Shelby Co, TX, husband, E
B Worsham. Pictured are Virgie Dell Worsham
Scurlock's parents, McDonna Catherine McRae &
Virgil B. Worsham, from Virgie's book, "History of The Worsham's, Those
Who Came Before Us. (p 48, 1987, Lufkin Printing Co)
ca 1902, Virgil B Worsham, wife McDonna Catherine Mc Rae and 6 month old dau, Virgie Dell Worsham,
from History of The Worsham's Those Who Came Before Us, Virgie Worsham Scurlock, 1987, p 52
Crystal Worsham b 23 Aug 1915, d 27 Sep 2003. Funeral held at Earthman's
Resthaven, Houston, TX. (Gina Kyle, 2003) Fleta m Blueford
Belva Jones 23 Aug 1940 (Div).
1.5.5A.2A.1.3.7B.2. Waymon Estelle Worsham b 14 Dec
1902 Center, Shelby, TX & d 6 Dec 1972
Shelby, TX. He m Bennie Emma Buck b 17 Dec 1903 Texas & d 15
Aug 1966 Houston, Harris, TX. Bennie Buck m 1st Johnnie Arnold. (History of The
Worsham's Those Who Came Before Us, Virgie Worsham Scurlock, 1987) They had a child
named Benjamin William Arnold who used the name Worsham.
Left photo: children
of Virgil and Donna: Waymon Estelle Worsham, Virgie Dell Worsham and Ellis Flora Worsham.
From History of The Worsham's Those Who Came Before Us, Virgie Worsham Scurlock, 1987, p 52.
Marion Parker, 2010, posted this photo (right) on Ancestry.com
"Pink Smith and his sister Bennie Buck."
1.5.5A.2A.1.3.7B.2.1. Benjamin William Arnold Worsham
(adopted) m Elaine Faulk & had daughter Patricia
Worsham who had 2 sons. (History of The Worsham's Those Who Came Before Us, Virgie
Worsham Scurlock, 1987)
Mary Josephine Worsham
"Josie" b 8 Feb 1882 Shelby, TX
d 1 Jun 1969 Dallas, TX m 1st) John H
Mitchell 12 May 1899. John b 18 Feb 1879 & d 15 Apr 1927. Mary m 2nd) Calvin Rigsby 1
May 1917. Calvin b 19
Jul 1890 d 15 Dec 1965. (History of The Worsham's Those Who Came Before Us, Virgie Worsham
Scurlock, 1987, p 86) DeSoto Pa, LA records have her mrg. as Josephine Worsham and J. H. M.
Mary Margaret Worsham b 18 Sep 1890 Shelby Co, TX m 1st) Simmie Christian Worsham
m 2nd) James Staggs (History of The Worsham's Those
Who Came Before Us, Virgie Worsham Scurlock, 1987, p 85) James Curtis Staggs "Jim"
b 21 Feb 1887 Boerne, Kimball Co, TX m 1st) Allie Mae Suggs, m 2nd)
Allie Dennar & m 3rd Mary Worsham. (Marvin Bratt, 2000) Photograph of Mary Margaret Worsham
& Simmie Christian Worsham from http://www.texasworshams.com/simmie.htm,
James Ernest Worsham b 4 Apr 1878 Cleburne,
Johnson, TX & d 28 Oct 1959 Fannin, TX
"Fannin County Folks & Facts, Bonham Public Library, Bonham, Texas.
Una Vera Worsham b Aug 1899 Fannin, TX, d. 23 Jun 1993 m Archie Edward Wilkinson 25 Aug 1917.
He was b 1897, d 1982. Both are bur Oakhill Cemetery, Whitewright, Fannin Co,
James Alvin Worsham b 25 Feb 1903 Fannin, TX, m Mary
Isabel Bradshaw 25 Oct 1922 Fannin Co, TX. Mary b 7 Oct 1904 TN & d 15
Feb 2002 Whitewright, Grayson, TX.
1.5.5A.2A.126.96.36.199.1. Doris N Worsham b abt
1925 Fannin Co, TX.
1.5.5A.2A.188.8.131.52.2. Vivien Lorene Worsham b 25 Jan
1925 Fannin, TX, m Doyle Denton Alexander 16 Apr 1946.
Doyle b 26 Jun 1922 & d 13 Jul 1992 Sherman, Grayson, TX. Vivien d 20 Jan 2008 Georgetown, TX. Waldo Funeral Home obit:
Vivien Lorene Alexander Jan 25, 1925 - Jan 20, 2008; Obituary; Vivien
82, of Georgetown, formerly of Sherman, went to be with the Lord on January 20, 2008.
Lorene was born on January 25, 1925 to James Alvin and Mary Isabel Bradshaw Worsham in
Leonard, TX. She graduated from high school in Whitewright, Texas and married Doyle D.
Alexander on April 16, 1946. She was a loving homemaker, mother, grandmother,
great-grandmother and Sunday School Teacher. She was a member of Forest Avenue Baptist
Church in Sherman. She was preceded in death by her husband and parents. She is
survived by her two sons, Jerry Alexander and wife Lavinyar of Georgetown and Richard
Alexander of Austin; brother, Doyce Worsham and wife Robbie of Whitewright; sister
Oleta Owen and husband Troy of Sherman; aunt, Bertha Holloway of Sherman; five
grandchildren, Micheal Alexander and wife Sabrina, Susan Shuffield and husband Alan,
Jeffery Alexander and wife Kerry all of Georgetown, Michelle Alexander of South
Carolina and Erick Alexander of Austin; six great-grandchildren, Melisa, Brody,
Justin, and Joshua Alexander, Cody and Clayton Shuffield all of Georgetown and
numerous nieces and nephews. Family visitation and viewing will be at Waldo Funeral
Home in Sherman from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Tuesday evening. Graveside services will be 11:00
AM Wednesday, January 23, 2008 at West Hill Cemetery in Sherman. Rev. Hubert Long of
Sherman will officiate. Pallbearers are Micheal Alexander, Jeffery Alexander, Alan
Shuffield, Erick Alexander, Wayne Bird, and Larry Williams. In lieu of flowers, the
family asks that contributions be made to Lighthouse Hospice, 2913 Williams Drive,
Suite 320, Georgetown, Texas.
1.5.5A.2A.184.108.40.206.3. Mary Oleta Worsham "Oleta" b abt
1927 Fannin, TX & m Troy Pickens Owen.
1.5.5A.2A.220.127.116.11.4. Doyce Neal Worsham b Fannin, TX
m Bobbie Nell Mullican.
Robbie N Worsham born in Whitewright,
Texas on Dec. 12, 1926 Departed on Mar. 20, 2011 and
Whitewright, TX. Visitation: Tuesday, Mar. 22, 2011 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Service:
Wednesday, Mar. 23, 2011 2:00 pm Cemetery: Oak Hill Cemetery Robbie married Doyce
Worsham September 29, 1945 in Trenton, TX. She graduated from Trenton High School and
worked at Whitewright Manufacturing and retired from Super Sack in Savoy, TX. She was
a member of the First United Methodist Church in Whitewright.
Eunice Noreen Worsham b 27 Jun 1909 Fannin, TX&
d Aug 1975. She m. James S. Freeman b abt
1908 of Grayson, TX & d 8 Nov 1979.
Orbreal Leon Worsham “Tex” b 18 Aug 1911
Fannin, TX, d 14 Sep 1969 Bucyrus, Crawford, Ohio. He m 1st) Mabel
Lee Daniels & m 2nd) Clara Manning.
The Sep 15, 1969 Marion Star, has his obit:
Orbreal "Tex" Worsham, 58, of Galion died Sun in Bucyrus
Community Hospital. A Texas native, born Aug 18, 1911 in Sherman, son of Ernest
and Maude Henry Worsham and the mother resides in Whitewright, TX. Survivors son
& dau in TX Keith Worsham & Mrs. James Murphy of Sherman, two brothers
Alvin of Whitewright & Odell of Columbus & two sisters, Mrs A E
Wilkinson & Mrs. Eunice Freeman of TX. Services Wednesday in Bucvrus, burial
Oakwood Cemetery in Bucvrus.
Mattie Maude Worsham b 31 Aug 1934 Fannin, TX &
d 31 Aug 1934 Fannin, TX.
Eloise Worsham b 6 Jan 1937 Fannin, TX & m James
Eloise is in the 1952 The Athenian yearbook, Sherman High School, Sherman, Texas, p 76.
Keith Daniel Worsham b 9 Feb 1945 Wichita, TX &
d 27 Jul 1997 Collin,
TX. He m Wanda Faye Francis 28 Jun 1968
photo is of Keith was taken when he
was a senior at Sherman High School, Class of 1963.
Otha Odell Worsham b 29 Dec 1920 Fannin, TX & d
19 Apr 1983 Richardson, Dallas, Texas. He m Katherine
Ozell Dennes b 24 Nov 1919 of Muskogee, Muskogee, Oklahoma & d 28 Oct
1983 Richardson, Dallas, Texas.
Dennes Worsham b 17 Oct 1944 Dallas, Texas & d 11 Oct 1982
Austin, Travis, Texas.
James Worsham b 4 Nov 1947 of Dallas, Texas & d 12 Dec 1996
Houston, Harris, Texas.
1.5.5A.2A.1.7.2. Oscar F Worsham
Campbell. He was bur New Pilot Grove Cem, Grayson Co, TX as Oscar
Worsham, died 8 Sep 1975, 89 yr, 1 mo, 12 day.
1.5.5A.2A.18.104.22.168. Gladys Hattie Worsham b 15
Sep 1904 Winfield, Titus, TX. She m 1st) James
Miller Sageser, he died in a train wreck Dec 1927. Gladys m 2nd)
Charlie Ross. He d Dec 1973 of Stephenville,
Erath, TX. (Teresa Gay, 2002) Gladys d 14 Jul 1995 of Tyler, Smith, TX. (SSDI)
1.5.5A.2A.22.214.171.124. Robert Earl Worsham b 10
Sep 1905 Grayson Co, TX & d 2 Apr 1985 San Bernandino Co, CA. (TX birth rec & CA death record)
1.5.5A.2A.126.96.36.199. Mary Worsham
Grayson Co, TX.
1.5.5A.2A.1.8. James Taylor Worsham b 4 Nov 1847
Washington Co, A & m
Francis Elizabeth Martin.
James died 24 Feb 1935. Photo of James Taylor Worsham and Francis Elizabeth Martin
Worsham, s/o James Taylor Worsham, died early. (Insert child and adjust
paragraph numbers. (History of The Worsham's Those Who Came Before Us, Virgie
Worsham Scurlock, 1987, p 79)
1.5.5A.2A.1.8.3 Thomas Pleasant Worsham “Tom”
Bradberry. Old Salem Cem, Shelby Co, TX, Transcribed by Leonard Irish, July 4,
1999, Take Highway 7 West, toward Nacogdoches to F M 711 turn left, go about 8
miles, just before you enter into San Augustine Co, to the sign of Old Salem
Church on the left side of the road, about 2/10th of a mile is the cemetery
located just South of the Church Building. Tom P. (Thomas) Worsham 8-30-1881
3-14-1959 Hus. of Carrie Consford, Mary Power & Verdie Bradberry.
Mary Belle Powers d 5 Sep 1939, suicide. (History
of The Worsham's Those Who Came Before Us, Virgie Worsham Scurlock, 1987, p 79)
1.5.5A.2A.1.8.3A.1. Flora T. Worsham also m Howard
Baily (History of The Worsham's Those Who Came Before Us, Virgie Worsham
Scurlock, 1987, p 79)
1.5.5A.2A.1.8.3B.1. Herschell G. Worsham. His name is Herele G in TX birth
records, Hercle C. Worsham in Center High School graduation records, Hercle C on
a child’s birth record and Hursel in the 1920 Census. Hercle m Lillian
Elaine Butler. Children: William Thomas Worsham, Robert Hercle Worsham
1.5.5A.2A.1.8.3B.2. Eunice Latane Worsham b Jul
5, 1920 Shelby Co, TX. (9-1930) She m Dec 1950 to Roger
Maxwell Ramey b 9 Sep 1905 Sulphur Springs, TX. The 31
Jan 1951 issue of the Kerrville Times (Kerrville, Texas) has an photo of their Shelbyville, TX
wedding. Roger d 4 Mar 1963 Los
Eunice m 2nd) J. D. Griffen 10 Jul 1976 Denton, TX.
General Ramey was a major player in the Roswell, NM UFO incident.
"Ramey's military career: Highly decorated during WWII, and noted for
his heavy bombing campaigns against the Japanese. In charge of air operations
during the post-war A-bomb tests for Operations Crossroads and Sandstone. Air
Force Director of Operations and headed the 8th and 5th Air Forces. Left the
service a three-star general and Director of the Air Defense Command. Ramey and
UFOs: Of course Roswell, but did you know Ramey was already debunking UFOs
before Roswell? Or that in 1952 was said to be the Air Force's "saucer
man" and one of their top UFO experts? Or that he played an important role
in debunking the 1952 flying saucer wave, including going on television? Or that
he issued a false press release that the Air Force never gave an order to shoot
down the saucers? Also includes some related quotes from AF Chief of Staff
Generals Vandenberg and Twining from 1952 and 1954. Personal: Ramey was born in
1903 in Sulphur Springs, TX, but grew up in Denton, TX, about 40 miles north of
Fort Worth. He graduated from North TX State Teachers College in Denton and
wanted to study medicine. But he won a rodeo competition and "preferred
working on a ranch to books." He was the mess sergeant in a local National
Guard unit, and the captain insisted young "Cowboy" Ramey take the
competitive examination for entrance to the US Military Academy, winning the
West Point appointment. He entered West Point in 1924. In Dec. 1949, Ramey was
named Fort Worth's Man of the Year by the Chamber of Commerce for his
mobilization and personal direction of thousands of base personnel for rescue
work during Fort Worth's disastrous flood of May 17. He also had relief flown to
Texas City after a disastrous explosion there. Retired Gen. Eisenhower attended
the ceremony. So did the National Guard captain who made him go to West Point 25
years earlier. With the announcement in May 1950 of his appointment as Air Force
Director of Operations at the Pentagon, the Air Force Times described him this
way. "...General Ramey has a quick, incisive mind, the habit of getting
immediately at the nub of a problem and of expressing decision in a few, simple
words, embellished by a fabulous sense of humor. Air officers who served with
him in World War II are still repeating with chuckles some of his classic,
always wise, but often unprintable comments on unit problems." However,
reporting a farewell talk in Jun to the 8th AF before several thousand men along
the flight line, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram wrote, "The normally jocular
airman cleared his throat and gripped a lectern with an effort to keep his voice
steady..." Ramey then said, "I'm probably a victim of sentimentality,
but I've asked you people of the 8th to meet here for no other reason than to
tell you goodbye as the retiring 8th commander." Ramey's life and career
were briefly marred by scandal a month after his transfer to Washington when he
struck and killed a women while driving near the Capitol. He was in the company
of a young airline stewardess. The stewardess later testified in his behalf,
saying the auto's speed was only between 15 and 20 miles per hour. The coroner's
jury acquitted him, ruling that the woman died as a result of her own
carelessness. Ramey married for the second time in Dec 1950, to Latane Worsham,
whom he had known for four years. The Star-Telegram reported he was, "A
typical bridegroom who forgot his cues during the ceremony," and "had
to be prompted three times by the minister before he began repeating the
traditional, 'With this ring...'" Ramey suffered his first heart attack in
Sep 1956 at Barksdale AFB, La., before he could check into his new post as
Deputy air defense commander. He told friends the heart attack meant the end of
his Air Force career. He retired in Jan 1957. Soon after he became vice
president of a life insurance company. In Jan. 1958, he was named by the Texas
governor to the Board of Regents of North Texas State College, his old alma
mater (now Univ of North TX). In Jul 1958, he was made corporate vice president
of Northrup Aircraft in charge of the company's district offices in Washington,
DC, Dayton, Omaha, Ogden, Huntsville, and Colorado Springs. He resided in
Washington, D.C. At some point he became president of Permanent Filter Co. in
Los Angeles and retired in Jul 1962. He suffered another heart attack at his
home in Palos Verdes, Cal., and died a week later on Mar 3, 1963, at age 59.
Among survivors were Ramey's two children, Kent, 11, and daughter Mary Latane,
5, his parents, and three brothers, M. G. Ramey of Denton, S. W. Ramey of
Houston, and J. R. Ramey of Atlanta. Ramey's wife Latane and their two children
still survive and, according to the last information I received, are still
living in Denton. Son Kent is a pilot for Delta Air Lines. Attempts by some to
elicit information from the Rameys regarding any knowledge they may have on Gen.
Ramey's involvement with Roswell have been reported to be unsuccessful. Mrs.
Ramey is reported to refer all queries to her son, who has refused all attempts
at interview. Given the young age of Ramey's children at his death, it is very
doubtful they would have any direct knowledge. Military career: Ramey made his
name during World War II as an authority on heavy bombardment, leading a number
of attacks against the Japanese. 1924: Entered West Point. Previously was in the
Texas National Guard. 1928: Graduated from West Point. Commissioned as 2nd
Lieutenant in the cavalry. 1929: Completed flight training at the Air Corps
Primary Flying School, Brooks Field, TX, and the Advanced flying School, Kelly
Field TX. Transferred to Air Corp in Nov 1929. Served next 10 years at Kelly and
Brooks Fields in Texas and at Selfridge Field in Michigan, before being sent to
Hawaii. Dec 1941: Now a colonel, Ramey was the 18th Bomb Wing operations officer
at Hickam Field, Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, Hawaii, during the Japanese attack. He
won a special commendation for attempts to save planes while enemy planes
strafed and bombed hangars, airplanes, and personnel. 1942: In the months
following Pearl Harbor, he was Deputy Chief of Staff of the 7th Air Force, then
commanding officer of the 43rd Bombardment Group in Australia and New Guinea.
Directed bombing attacks in support of operations which turned back the Japanese
thrust at Port Moresby and resulted in their expulsion from Papua, New Guinea.
Oct 21, 1942: Col. Ramey assumed command of the 5th Bomber Command. Mar 1, 1943:
Battle of Bismarck Sea. As commanding officer of the 5th Bomber Command, he
directed bombing attacks against the Japanese resulting in the loss of 22
Japanese ships. [Ironically, he replaced another General Ramey, of no relation,
who was killed in action] 1943: Afterwards directed extensive bombing operations
in New Guinea, the Bismarck Archipelago, and other sections of the Southwest
Pacific. Had charge of planning and directing the bombing and strafing attacks
during the campaign which led to the capture of Lae, conducted the operations
which crushed the strong Japanese base at Wewak, and directed bombing of
critical targets in areas under land attack by allied forces. Received the
Distinguished Service Medal for these operations. Also awarded Distinguished
Flying Cross for conducting first bombing attack on Wake Island (Jun 27) &
the Distinguished Service Cross for "extraordinary heroism" while
participating in an attack on the Japanese base at Rabaul, New Britain. As
command pilot leading a flight against the base, Ramey remained at the scene of
attack for over two hours, making 20 passes over the target, dropping flares on
each run, and thus drawing attention of searchlights and diverting much of the
anti-aircraft fire from other bombers to his own. Jul 1, 1943: Promoted to
Brigadeer General. Jan 1944: Returned to U.S. and assumed command of the 38th
Flying Training Wing at Kirtland Flying Field, Albuquerque, NM, replacing Brig.
Gen. Martin Scanlon (who also may figure in the Roswell story). Nov 1944: Named
Chief of Staff of the 21st Bomber Command of the 20th Air Force in Saipan.
Helped plan and direct early B-29 operations against the Japanese mainland from
the Marianas. Jan 1945: Assumed command of the 20th Bomber Command and veteran
58th Bombardment Wing in the China-Burma-India Theater, succeeding Major General
Curtis LeMay (another possible player in Roswell). Apr 1945: Took the 58th
Bombardment Wing to the Marianas Islands where they operated in raids against
Japan until the end of the war. It was noted that not a single plane was lost in
the moving the bomb wing 3600 miles from India to the Marianas. After war's end,
put in charge of Operation Sunset, which flew thousands of soldiers home from
the Pacific islands. Again, the safety record was perfect. Nov 1945: Ramey and
58th Bomb Wing returned to March Field, Riverside, CA. 1946: Placed in charge of
Task Force 1.5, the Army Air forces contribution to the joint Army-Navy
operations for the explosion of two A-bombs at the Bikini atoll (Operation
Crossroads). In charge of all the aerial activity at Bikini, including the
dropping of atomic bomb #4 on the ships in Bikini Bay from one of the 58th Wing
planes. May 1946: 58th Bomb Wing, with Ramey commanding, moved to Fort Worth,
TX. Soon after, he left for the South Pacific and returned in August at the
conclusion of Crossroads. Nov 1, 1946: 8th Air Force reactivated at Fort Worth.
with Ramey's 58th Bomb Wing merged into it. Ramey was briefly chief of staff of
the 8th under Major General Clements McMullen. Jan. 1947: Ramey assumed full
command of the 8th AAF from McMullen. McMullen became deputy chief of staff of
the Strategic Air Command under Gen. George Kenney. Jun 30, 1947: Ramey and his
intelligence chief were giving press interviews and debunking the new flying
saucer phenomenon. Jul 8, 1947: The infamous Roswell base flying disk press
release and Ramey's subsequent debunking of it as a weather balloon. According
to Ramey's chief of staff, Brig. Gen. Thomas Dubose, McMullen ordered the
cover-up in a phone call to Dubose from Washington. Nov 28, 1947: Received
Legion of Merit for his role in Operation Crossroads. Jan. 28, 1948: President
Truman promoted Ramey to Major General. Spring 1948: Ramey repeated his role
from 1946's Operation Crossroads by directing Air Force units in Operation
Sandstone, the new A-bomb tests on Eniwetok Atoll. Jun 1948: Ramey attended his
20th anniversary class reunion at West Point. Accompanying him were Col. John D.
Ryan, his assistant chief of staff, and Col. William H. Blanchard, commanding
officer of the 509th at Roswell, who were attending their 10th anniversary
reunion. Aug 1948: Ramey led a flight of 135 B-29's in a massive display of 700
planes over New York's new Idlewild Airport (now JFK Airport). President Truman
was among the dignitaries. Oct 20, 1948: Ramey flew to Washington to attend the
first staff conference of new Strategic Air Command chief, Lt. Gen. Curtis LeMay.
Dec 1949: Awarded Chamber of Commerce's Fort Worth Man of the Year award for
organizing rescue efforts during disastrous Fort Worth flood earlier in the
year. May 11, 1950: Maj. Gen. Ramey named assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff
for Operations May 1950: Ramey went on a 2-week inspection tour of U.S. air
bases in Europe. Among those with him were Col. William Blanchard, now his
operations officer, in 1947 the C/O of Roswell base during the Roswell incident.
Jun 16, 1950: Ramey announced to be new Director of Operations, USAF HQ. Moved
to Washington DC. Jul 28, 1952: In charge of jet interceptions over Washington
DC during the big UFO flap, Ramey issued an ambiguous public denial that the
interceptors had been ordered to shoot down any saucers. However, newspaper
articles and other documents say there was such an order. Jul 29, 1952:
Participated in a large Washington press conference along with Air Force
intelligence chief Gen. John Samford in debunking the flood of 1952 UFO reports,
particularly the radar/visual/jet intercept cases over Washington during the
previous week. Samford and Ramey were referred to as the Air Force's top two
saucer experts. Visiting his parents the next day in Denton, Texas, Ramey was
quoted as saying that the public's excitement over flying saucers was
"regrettable." Aug 3, 1952: Went on CBS TV Sunday news show to further
debunk the saucer reports. Referred to as the Air Force's "saucer
man." Jan 1953: Testified before Congress on air accidents and AF plans for
more radar surveillance. Mar 23, 1954: Named 5th Air Force Commander and given
rank of Lt. General. Assumed command in Jun 1954 in Korea. A few months later
the 5th AF command moved to Nagoya, Japan. Credited with rebuilding the 5th AF
into a major unit as he had done with the 8th AF in Fort Worth. May 15, 1954: In
Amarillo, TX for Armed Forces Day awaiting his new assignment, Ramey was with AF
Chief of Staff Gen. Nathan Twining when Twining said that top people in the
country were studying the flying saucer problem, and if they were an advanced
civilization, then we probably had nothing to worry about. Jun 1956: Left
command of 5th AF to become deputy commander of the Continental Air Defense
Command and vice commander of the Air Defense Command in Denver. Eventually the
intent was for Ramey to become commander of the ADC, which he did become
briefly. Jan 1957: Retired from Air Force after suffering a heart attack several
months before. 1963: Died"
1.5.5A.2A.1.8.4. Simmie Christian Worsham b 25 Dec 1883 Shelby Co, TX
James Taylor Worsham & Frances Elizabeth Martin
m 1st) Mattie
Alice Stack 26 Sep 1903; 3rd) Arzra McManus; 4th)
Mary Margaret Worsham (1.5.5A.2A.1.3.9)
1910 Shelby Co, TX. He d 12 Jul 1964 Austin, TX. Mary Margaret d 29 Apr 1979
bur Short Cemetery, Shelby Co, TX. His 3rd wife is listed in
Neuville Cem, Shelby Co, TX as Arya McManus Worsham 1880- 1910. Photograph
of Mary Margaret Worsham & Simmie Christian Worsham (left) and photographed
with their children: Oren Denton Worsham, Wannie Ophelia Worsham, Simmie Christian Worsham
& Guy Freeman Worsham (right) from Texas
Worshams website at
Simmie & Mattie children:
188.8.131.52A.2A.1.8.4B.1. James Reggie Worsham b 16 Jun 1906 San
Augustine, TX m
Bertha Serena Hearon 8 Nov 1925 Tyler, TX. He d 24 Jul 1982 Jefferson Co, TX.
Children: James Reggie Worsham, S C Worsham (male), Bettie Ruth Worsham,
Bobbie Joe Worsham & Alice Sue Worsham.
Picture of James Reggie and his wife Bertha with an unidentified daughter from
Texas Worshams website.
Simmie & Mary Margaret children:
184.108.40.206A.2A.1.8.4D.1. Oren Denton Worsham b 15 Jun 1911
San Augustine, TX m
Thelma Cora Lee Bittick 19 Jul 1930. Thelma b 18 Aug 1913, d 28 Oct 1989
Harris Co, TX. He d 24 Dec 1977 San Augustine, TX & bur Short Cem. The
photo on the left is of Oren and his wife Cora Lee with their children, Elton Dearl Worsham
and Thelma Lee Worsham. (Texas Worshams website) The right photograph of Georgia Sims, Lena Mae Fountain,
Cora Lee (Bittick) Worsham & Mattie Lou Spurlock from Thelma Lee Worsham and
220.127.116.11A.2A.1.8.4D.1.1. Elton Dearl Worsham b. Shelby, TX.
This picture of Elton Dearl Worsham is from http://www.texasworshams.com.
18.104.22.168A.2A.1.8.4D.2. Wannie Ophelia Worsham
b Sep 25, 1914 m
Terry 8 Jun 1936. Willis b 11 Sep 1909, d 12 May 1995 Orange Co, TX. Wannie d
27 Jun 1996 Orange Co, TX. Children: Charli Terry, Charles Doyle Terry, Jeyne Elwyn Terry, Joyse Ray
Kenneth Paul Terry
22.214.171.124A.2A.1.8.4D.3. Simmie Christian Worsham Jr b 27 Jan 1920
Lucille West & 2nd)
Irene Madoris Teves abt 1945. He d 31 Oct 1969 Harris Co,
TX & is bur in Veterans Cemetery, Houston, TX. Irene b 31 May 1926 & d 3 Sep
Photo at left is Simmie
Christian Worsham Jr & on the right is Irene Madoris Teves.
Wanda Lee Worsham
Billy Jean Worsham
Leonard Ray Worsham.
126.96.36.199A.2A.1.8.4D.4. Guy Freeman Worsham
b 17 Nov 1930 Shelbyville, TX m
Naomi Ruth Kent 29 Jul 1950 Harris Co, TX. Naomi b 30 Apr 1934.
Guy Patrick Worsham m Pamela Chapman &
Photo of Guy courtesy
family website at: www.texasworshams.com.
Richard Alan Worsham m Gaye L Fridel.
Kimberly Ann Worsham m Christopher C
188.8.131.52A.2A.1.8.5. Lorena Worsham
b 1 Jan 1887 Shelby Co, TX m
Eaves 18 Aug 1900 Shelby Co., TX & d 24 Nov 1902. Children: Alma Eaves & Irvin Eaves
184.108.40.206A.2A.1.8.6. Nora Worsham
b 30 Jun 1891 Shelby Co, TX m
Thompson & d 1 Aug 1916.
Viola "Teddie" Worsham b 8 Aug 1893 Shelby Co, TX m Charles
Richard "Charlie" McManus b 28 Jun 1887 s/o Richmond M &
Mary S McManus d 16 Dec 1966. Both are bur Vance Cem, Real Co, TX. According to Virgie Worsham Scurlock in her book
"History Of The Worsham's Those Who Came Before Us, 1987, p 80 she was
listed as Teddie Worsham b Aug 1895 m. Charlie McManus & had several
children. (Pages from Virgie Worsham Scurlock's book received from Sue Ayres,
Teddie & Charles children: (Barbara Roesch, 2003)
H McManus b 8 Apr 1909 Shelby Co, TX d 8 Jan 1990 Los Banos, Merced
Co, CA m Thelma Van Cleve b 12 Sep 1913 TX d 12 Feb 1994 Morgan Hill, Santa
Clara Co, CA. Children: Stillborn McManus, Stillborn McManus, Alvin Happson
McManus m Maureen Ann Dooley; Don Merritt McManus m Julie Hotfelter.
220.127.116.11A.2A.18.104.22.168. Marion Richmond McManus b 6
Jan 1912 TX, d 29 Jan 1983 Oakdale, Stanislaus Co, CA & m McIntyre (given name
unknown) children: Michael, Rich, Lisa.
Frances McManus b 4 Jul 1914 w/o Arbie Curtis Pannell b 6 Dec 1912 d 16
Dec 1971 s/o Edgar Dock & Minnie Lucretia Greet Pannell.
22.214.171.124A.2A.1.8.8. Clymon Floyd Worsham
b 7 Sep 1896 Shelby Co, TX m
Lottie Mayes. He d 16 May 1967 Shelby, TX and she d 31 Dec 1987.
Esker V B Worsham b 21 Oct 1915 Center, Shelby, Texas & d
30 Jul 1975 Center, Shelby, TX. He m 1st) Aline Collier
b abt 1916 Center, Shelby, TX & d abt 1997. Esker m 2nd) Gladys Pauline Harkrider
b 7 Feb 1915 Hughes Springs, Cass, TX & d 26 Feb 2010 Haltom City, TX.
Published in Star-Telegram from 28 Feb 2010:
Gladys Clark Worsham, 95,
passed away Friday, Feb. 26, 2010. Funeral: 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in
Chapel. Interment: Greenwood Memorial Park. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at
Greenwood Funeral Home. Gladys was a member of the Haltom City Seniors Group where she
loved to play, volunteer and made many friends. Gladys was preceded in death by her
husbands, John Driskell Clark and Esker B. Worsham; son-in-law, Gordon Earl Rutledge;
and grandson, Jerry Rutledge. Survivors: Daughter, Joyce Rutledge; grandson, Tommy
Rutledge and wife, Tammy; granddaughter-in-law, Patsy Rutledge; great-grandchildren,
Nicole and husband, Gerald, Heath and wife, Whitney, Jamie and husband, Andree, Eddie
and wife, Chelsea, Amanda and husband, Jeremy; nine great-great-grandchildren; nieces,
Judy Campbell of Florida and Janice Grayson of Alabama; and numerous other family
Child of Aline:
Bobbye Lee Worsham.
Ezra Floyd "Kicks" Worsham b 1 Nov 1917 Center, Shelby, TX
& d 23 Jan 1998 Center, Shelby, TX.
126.96.36.199A.2A.1.9. Eunice Amanda Worsham
13 Oct 1849 Choctaw Co, AL d/o John Simpson
& Eunis Gough (See pg 602) Name changed from Eunis A. Washington Co, AR mrg
records has Unis Amanda Washham m John W Barker
21 Nov 1867. (Bk C, p.313) Birth records and her children and family records have
her husband as William Mose Barker.
William b 9 Jul 1844 AL & d 14 Sep 1915 Mangun Greer, OK. Eunice d 5 Jun 1919 Mangun Greer, OK.
(Dan (Barker) Marshall, 2001) Two of their children's births were recorded in
Wise Co, TX. Photo of Eunice & William Barker from Pam
Children, they had 12 children:
J. Barker b 20 Aug 1869 of Washington Co, AR.
William Caloway Barker b 16 Jan 1870 Washington Co, AR.
David Barker b 1873 Washington, AR
James Pleasant Barker b 10 Jun 1879 Washington, AR
Tipton Barker b 21 Feb 1881 of Wise, TX.
Eunice Rosa Barker b 1884 of Wise, TX.
Albert Jefferson Barker b 29 Apr 1889 Wise, TX.
Robert Lee Barker b 12 Dec 1890 Wise, TX
188.8.131.52A.2A.1.9.9. Mae Beheathel Barker
b 30 Jun 1893 Decatur, Wise, TX. (Birth Records
Wise Co., TX 1864-1902, Austin, TX: Allen, 1986, p 17 Mae & Charley Barker)
184.108.40.206A.2A.1.9.10. Charley Harrison Barker
b 7 Jul 1896 Decatur, Wise, TX. He d. 8 Oct 1985 Mangum
OK, m Ruby Edith Griffin and they had three sons Roscoe Harrison, Charles Hershell, and Chester (Corky) Ray. (Dan (Barker) Marshall, 2001)
Simeon Buford Simpson
b 5 Dec 1856 Washington Co, AL m 1st)
Frances J Bryant & 2nd) Mary
Malinda Miles 5 Dec 1877 Choctaw Co, AL. They
are on the 1880 Washington Co, AL Census p 165C. He is age 22 b AL. They are on
the 1900 Healing Springs Census, p 1B. He is age 43 m 22 years & Malinda is
age 42 13 children 10 living. They are on the 1920 Healing Springs Census, p 35.
Both are age 63.
Minnie E Simpson b abt 1879 Washington Co, AL (1-1880)
John P Simpson b Mar 1880 Washington Co, AL (4 months-1880; 20-1900)
Avarilla Lucretia Simpson b 23 Sep 1881 Millry, Washington, AL m.
Waller McElroy b 22 Jan 1871 AL. Nathaniel b 22 Jan 1871 AL s/o William Franklin
McElroy & Annetta Elizabeth Waller & d 26 Apr 1912 Wayne Co, MS. They
are on the 1900 St Stephens, Washington, AL census. Nat W b Jan 1871 age 29 m
5 years. She is Ava L age 19. She is age 38 wd in the 1920 Wayne Co, MS
Rosalee Annetta McElroy b 14 Sep 1896 St Stephens, Washington, AL (4-1900)
Gracie McElroy b 27 Oct 1897 St Stephens, Washington, AL (2-1900)
Gladys Clarice McElroy b 17 Jan 1901 Wayne Co, MS
William Buford McElroy b abt 1904 Wayne Co, MS (15-1920)
Lena McElroy b 26 Aug 1906 Wayne Co, MS (13-1920)
Alma McElroy b 1908 Wayne Co, MS (11-1920)
James Shelton McElroy b 11 Mar 1911 Wayne Co, MS (8-1920) He d Sep 1984 FL
Willie L Simpson Jan 1883 Millry, Washington, AL (17-1900)
Annie E Simpson b Sep 1884 Millry, Washinton, AL (15-1900)
Emma Simpson b Apr 1886 Millry, Washington, AL (14-1900)
Sam Grady Simpson b May 1889 Millry, Washington, AL (11-1900)
Grover C Simpson b Jul 1891 Millry, Washington, AL (8-1900)
Sallie Simpson b Sep 1893 Millry, Washington, AL (6-1900)
Simeon Buford Simpson b 20 Feb 1896 Millry, Washington, AL (4-1900) d Jul 1976
Millry, Washington, AL (SSDI) m Rubye Loper 21 Aug 1921 Millry, Washington, AL. Rubye b 28 Nov 1901 d/o Edward Box Loper & Isabelle Ferguson & d Jan
1976 Millry, Washington, AL He & Rubye are on the 1930 Healing Springs,
Washington Co, AL census. He is age 33 m. age 24 & Rubye is age 28 m age
Buford Miles Simpson b 18 May 1923 Millry, Washington, aL d 12 Mar 1992 (6-1930)
Jewel Marie Simpson (5-1930) She is mother of James R. Goodwin