Feb. 28, 1832 Elyton Jefferson County Alabama, USA
Aug. 13, 1904 Owenton Jefferson County Alabama, USA
From "History of Alabama and dictionary of Alabama biography, Volume 3" By Thomas McAdory Owen, Marie Bankhead Owen:
GRACE, FRANCIS MITCHELL, Methodist minister, teacher and editor, was born February 28, 1832 at Elyton, and died August 13, 1904, at Ownenton; son of Baylis Earle and Ann (Mitchell) Grace (q. v.). He received his early education at Elyton academy, 1837-46; graduated at East Tennessee university, 1849, with the degree of M. A. and later received the honorary degree of D. D. from Hiwassee college. He entered the Methodist ministry and served the following pastorates: Newbern, 1853; Eufaula, 1854; Demopolis, 1855-56; Talladega, 1857-58; Tuscaloosa, 1859-60; Newbern, 1861-65. He edited the "Daily messenger," of Selma, 1866, and the following year he became professor of languages in the University of Tennessee, holding the position for three years. In 1871 he was made president of Hiwassee college, Tenn. From 1883 to 1888 he was president of Mansfield college, La.; professor in Hiwassee college, 1890-99; professor in Owenton college, 1900-02. Author: contributor to "North American review," "Methodist review," and leading church papers; editor "Alabama Christian Advocate," 1902. He was a fine Latin and Greek scholar. He was a Democrat. Married: (1) April 3, 1854, at Newbern, Hale County, to Mary Jane, daughter of David Wallace and Hope (Ward) Borden, of Beaufort, N.C. of Revolutionary ancestry; granddaughter of Joseph and Esther Borden, the former a member of the North Carolina convention that framed the constitution of that state of the Quaker faith, whose six of seven sons migrated to Hale County in 1836, founded the town of Newbern and helped to develop the canebrake by building roads, schools, churches and digging artesian wells; (2) to Ida Hoskins of Tennessee. Children: by the first wife, 1. David Borden (q. v.); 2. Bettie Pearce (Grace) Burwell, Birmingham; 3. Annie (Grace) Drake, Weatherford, Texas; by the second wife, 4. William; 5. Francis; 6. Janie; 7. Judith. Last residence: Owenton.
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Buried in Elmwood Cemetery (original name was Elm Leaf in 1880's but renamed Elmwood in 1906). -
Essex Added: Mar. 10, 2014
His obit in the Holston Conference Annual states " . . . he was buried in Elm Leaf Cemetery within a mile of the place where he was born and reared to early manhood." -
Marian Presswood Added: Nov. 28, 2012