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Samuel Melton "Sam" Kissiah
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Birth: May 15, 1879
North Carolina, USA
Death: Jul. 14, 1953
Charlotte
Mecklenburg County
North Carolina, USA

His last name is sometimes spelled Keziah or Kisiah.

Samuel was the son of Isaac Caldwell Kissiah (b. ca. 1857) and Mary Ann Hartis. Isaac and Mary had at least the following children: James Willard Kissiah, Thomas C. Kissiah, Sarah Jane Kissiah Kiser. His stepmother was Martha Kissiah. Samuel was first married to Addie Turner.

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From The Charlotte News Afternoon paper,
Tuesday, July 14, 1953

Sam M. Kissiah Dies;
Rites to Be Tomorrow

Funeral for Sam M. Kissiah, 74, of 322 Katonah Ave. will be held at 4 P. M. tomorrow at Duncan Memorial Methodist Church. Mr. Kissiah died suddenly this morning at a local hospital.

The Rev. H. R. Abernathy, pastor of the Apostolic Evangelist Holiness Church will officiate, assisted by Rev. C. C. Murray, pastor of Duncan Memorial Chuch.

The place of burial has not yet been decided upon.

He had been in declining health for a number of years, but became seriously ill suddendly. He was a veteran of the Spanish-American War and had operated a grocery store in the Moore's Chapel section until his retirement several years ago.

Surviving are his wife Mrs. Ruby Allen of Charlotte; two daughters, Mrs. J. H. Benton of Mint Hill and Mrs. Earl Bishop of Charlotte; three stepsons, David Allen, Joe Clark Allen, and Dennis Smith of Charlotte; four step-daughters, Mrs. Willie Guy, and Mrs. Luday Lawson, Spartanburg, S.C., and Mrs. Virginia Roberts and Miss Catherine Allen of Charlotte; four sisters, Mrs. Melvin Rogers of Charlotte, Mrs. Jannie Kiser of Kannapolis, Mrs. Lessie Harrie of Harris Station, S. C., and Mrs. Dorcus Steavrids of Miami, Fla.; two brothers, Tom C. Kissiah of Danville, Va., and James Willard Kissiah of Charlotte; and thirteen grandchildren.

The body will be taken from the Hankins-Whittington Funeral Home tonight to the residence to remain until 3 P. M. tomorrow.

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Name:Samuel Melton Kissiah
Event Type: Draft Registration
Registration Year Range:1917-1918
Event Place: Spartanburg County no 1, South Carolina, United States
Gender: Male
Birth Date: 15 May 1879
Birthplace: , , United States
Nationality: United States
Affiliate Publication Title:World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards
Affiliate Publication Number:M1509
GSFilm number:1877681
Digital Folder Number:005152412
Image Number: 01965
Spouse is listed as Corrie Stamey Kissiah, Fairmont, Spartenburg, S.C.

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Samuel Keziah in household of Caldwell Keziah, "United States Census, 1880"

Name: Samuel Keziah
Event Type: Census
Event Date: 1880
Event Place: Providence, Mecklenburg, North Carolina, United States
Gender: Male
Age: 1
Marital Status: Single
Occupation:
Race (Original):
Ethnicity: American
Relationship to Head of Household: Son
Birthplace: North Carolina, United States
Birth Date: 1879
Spouse's Name:
Spouse's Birthplace:
Father's Name: Caldwell Keziah
Father's Birthplace: North Carolina, United States
Mother's Name: Mary Keziah
Mother's Birthplace: North Carolina, United States
Page: 507
Page Letter: B
Entry Number: 1275
Affiliate Film Number:T9-0972
GS Film number: 1254972
Digital Folder Number: 004243284
Image Number:00444

Household, Gender, Age, Birthplace

Self Caldwell Keziah M 24 North Carolina, United States
Wife Mary Keziah F 25 North Carolina, United States
Son Thos. Keziah M 3 North Carolina, United States
Son Samuel Keziah M 1 North Carolina, United States

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Samuel Kissiah in household of Corrie Smith, "United States Census, 1910"

Name: Samuel Kissiah
Birthplace: North Carolina
Relationship to Head of Household: Cousin
Residence: Union, Union, South Carolina
Marital Status: Widowed
Race :White
Gender: Male
Immigration Year:
Father's Birthplace: North Carolina
Mother's Birthplace: North Carolina
Family Number: 67
Page Number: 4

Household, Gender, Age, Birthplace

SELF Corrie Smith F 32y North Carolina
DAU Willie E Smith F 16y North Carolina
DAU Lulu C Smith F 15y North Carolina
SON Augustus S Smith M 13y North Carolina
SON Perry M Smith M 10y North Carolina
SON James D Smith M 6y North Carolina
COUSIN Samuel Kissiah M 31y North Carolina

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S M Kissiah, "United States Census, 1920"
Name: S M Kissiah
Residence: , Greene, North Carolina
Estimated Birth Year: 1881
Age: 39
Birthplace: North Carolina
Relationship to Head of Household: Self
Gender: Male
Race: White
Marital Status: Married
Father's Birthplace: North Carolina
Mother's Birthplace: North Carolina
Film Number: 1821297
Digital Folder Number: 4442127
Image Number: 00474
Sheet Number: 27

Household, Gender, Age, Birthplace

SELF S M Kissiah M 39y North Carolina
WIFE Carra Kissiah F 43y North Carolina
SON Guss Kissiah M 24y North Carolina
SON Dan Kissiah M 16y North Carolina
DAU Elsia Kissiah F 5y North Carolina



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Name: Sam M Kissiah
Event: Census
Event Date: 1930
Event Place: Upper Hominy, Buncombe, North Carolina
Gender: Male
Age: 52
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Birthplace: North Carolina
Estimated Birth Year: 1878
Immigration Year:
Relationship to Head of Household: Head
Father's Birthplace: North Carolina
Mother's Birthplace: North Carolina
Enumeration District Number: 0063
Family Number: 324
Sheet Number and Letter: 17B
Line Number: 55
NARA Publication: T626, roll 1677
Film Number: 2341411
Digital Folder Number: 4608272
Image Number: 00039

Household, Gender, Age, Birthplace

Head Sam M Kissiah M 52 North Carolina
Wife Cora Kissiah F 53 North Carolina
Daughter Elsie Kissiah F 16 South Carolina
Stepson Wayne Smith M 5 North Carolina
[NOTE: I believe this should say step-grandson, Wayne Smith, the son of James Dennis Smith would have been age 5 in 1930.]



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Name: Sam M. Kissiah
Titles and Terms:
Event Type:Death
Event Date: 14 Jul 1953
Event Place: Charlotte, Mecklenburg, North Carolina
Birth Year: 1879
Birth Year (Estimated):
Burial Date: 15 Jul 1953
Burial Place: Charlotte, N. C.
Cemetery: Evergreen
Funeral Home:
Residence Place:Charlotte, Mecklenburg, N. C.
Address:
Gender: Male
Age: 74
Marital Status: Married
Race (Original): White
Occupation: Groceryman
Birth Date: 15 May 1879
Birthplace: Meck. Co., N. C.
Father's Name:Cull Kissiah
Father's Titles and Terms:
Father's Birthplace:
Mother's Name:Mary Ann Hartin
Mother's Titles and Terms:
Mother's Birthplace:
Spouse's Name:Ruby


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His daughter's death record:

Luvada Keziah Benton, "North Carolina, Deaths, 1931-1994"

Name: Luvada Keziah Benton
Titles and Terms:
Event Type: Death
Event Date: 05 Apr 1972
Event Place: Charlotte, Mecklenburg, North Carolina
Birth Year: 1897
Birth Year (Estimated):
Burial Date: 06 Apr 1972
Burial Place: Mecklenburg City
Cemetery: Shiloh Truelight Ch.
Funeral Home:
Residence Place: Charlotte, NC
Address:
Gender: Female
Age: 74
Marital Status: Widowed
Race (Original): White
Occupation:
Birth Date: 31 May 1897
Birthplace: Nc
Father's Name:Sam Keziah
Father's Titles and Terms
Father's Birthplace:
Mother's Name: Addie Turner

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According to Sam Kissiah's death certificate, he was married to a Ruby at the time of his death. He had a cousin-in-law Ruby Helms who married an unknown Kissiah on her death certificate. Ruby was the daughter of John Helms and Nealy Broome. Nealy married 2nd to Sam's uncle James Willard Kissiah. Sam's obit confirms that Ruby's children from her 1st marriage are listed as his stepchildren.

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He had a stepdaughter listed as Mrs. Luday Lawson of Spartanburg, S.C. and Virginia Roberts of Charlotte. A sister Lessie Harris and:

Dorcas Stavrides
Wife
United States Census, 1920
birth: 1887 North Carolina
residence: 1920 Miami, Dade, Florida, United States
spouse: Evanglos Stavrides (of Turkey)

Dorcas E Stavrides
Florida, Death Index, 1877-1998
death: January 1961 Dade, Florida, United States

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Family links: 
 Spouses:
  Ruby Lee Helms Allen Kissiah (1909 - 1994)
  Carra Stamey Kissiah (1876 - 1944)*
 
 Children:
  Luvada Keziah Benton (1897 - 1972)*
  Elsie Kissiah Bishop (1913 - 1987)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
North Carolina
PVT CO E13 Infantry
SP AM War
 
Burial:
Evergreen Cemetery
Charlotte
Mecklenburg County
North Carolina, USA
 
Maintained by: Lanie
Originally Created by: Jillanita
Record added: May 05, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 69401307
Samuel Melton Sam Kissiah
Added by: Jillanita
 
Samuel Melton Sam Kissiah
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