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Mary Ann "Mollie" Seale Sheffield
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Birth: Oct. 6, 1854
Walker County
Texas, USA
Death: Jun. 1, 1945
Harris County
Texas, USA

Granny Sheffield or Mollie Seale 1857 - 1945, daughter of Jim Seale and Melissa Shaw Seale

Mollie Seale, known as Mary Ann was daughter of Jim Seale and (Alitmira) Melissa Shaw Seale. She had been born and reared six miles west of Trinity in the Nevill's Prairie Community not far from the Community of Weldon. Her father was a farmer and a singing schoolteacher. He taught all over Houston, Walker, Trinity and other nearby counties. Mollie was an excellent singer. She could read and sing the fa, sa la's and the shaped notes in the Old Sacred Harp Song book as easily as we read prose. She loved it, and could sing any part, even bass. She was her father's assistant teacher in the singing schools. Mollie's father did not think it necessary to send he to high school and she always regretted that fact. Her reading and spelling ability was excellent plus. She could put her college graduate children to shame with her spelling. She shamed us for not learning to spell and read well.

Mollie Seale, beloved and greatly honored by her children never grew old. A family reunion was started in her honor when she was 70 years old. At that time she danced the "back step" a very fast exacting and difficult step. This was typical of her spirit throughout her life. There were seventeen reunions honoring her because of her great contribution to the lives of her children and grandchildren.

Mollie loved her grandchildren and they loved her! They enjoyed teasing her and she loved it too. She fell and broke her hip shortly after the first reunion and was on crutches the remaining 17 years of her life. The grandchildren enjoyed hiding her crutches, her snuffbox or anything to tease her.

Katherine Torkelson was a girl of 6 when she attended with her Grandmother Sue Sheffield Sirman Roberts the last of the many large Sheffield/Shaw gatherings in Pennington honoring her great-grandmother Mollie Seale Sheffield.

Family links: 
  James Robert Seale (1832 - 1899)
  Alitmira Jane Shaw Seale (1837 - ____)
  James Abner Daniel Sheffield (1858 - 1903)
  Anna Buffington (1884 - ____)*
  Sue Sheffield Roberts (1892 - 1968)*
  Mary Elizabeth Sheffield Archer (1899 - 1986)*
  Mary Ann Seale Sheffield (1854 - 1945)
  James Tolliver Seale (1855 - 1887)*
  Lacy Bodine Seale (1875 - 1949)**
  Eugene Edward Seale (1895 - 1986)**
*Calculated relationship
Non-Cemetery Burial
Specifically: Buried on Family Land
Created by: Katherine Torkelson
Record added: Jul 27, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 74042012
Mary Ann Mollie <i>Seale</i> Sheffield
Added by: Katherine Torkelson
Mary Ann Mollie <i>Seale</i> Sheffield
Added by: Katherine Torkelson
Mary Ann Mollie <i>Seale</i> Sheffield
Added by: Katherine Torkelson
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