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Rachel Sims "Granny" Bishop
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Birth: unknown
North Carolina, USA
Death: unknown
Georgia, USA

1860 Census, Gilmer Co, GA - HH #33
Alfred B. Bishop, 26, b NC
Rachel S. Bishop, 28, b NC
John M. Bishop, age 2, b GA
*Lorenzo Bishop, age 19, b NC
**Marica J. Sims, age 10, b GA

Alfred Bishop & Rachael Sims married May 26, 1854, Gilmer Co, GA; Bk 2, Pg 59
*Believed to be younger brother of Alfred B. Bishop.
**This child suggests that Rachel was a widow with one child when she & Alfred were married. The child's given name is mis-spelled in 1860 census, but spelling errors were common in old records.

(Note that there was another Alfred Bishop in Gilmer Co at same time and close to same age. That Alfred Bishop is buried at the Jarrett Cemetery; his wife's name was Nancy.)

On Mar 4, 1862, Alfred Bishop enlisted in Company G, 39th Regiment, Georgia Voluntary Infantry, CSA. No further information about his Civil War service; however, he apparently died during the War and is probably buried in an unmarked grave. As of January 1896, Rachel Bishop was one of 26 widows in Gilmer Co receiving a Confederate pension. (At some unknown time, these pension files & various other Gilmer Co records were transferred to the Georgia State Archives. I found my own ancestor's Confederate pension file among them; it included a "wealth of info" - such as date of marriage and info on her husband's service during the War.)

Although no marriage record was found for Manissa Sims OR Manissa Bishop, it seems to have been common practice for children of deceased fathers to be known by surname of their step-father. By 1870, Manissa was married with one child - HH #555 Fedrick Team (sic). Living next-door in HH #554 was:
Rachel Bishop, age 39, b NC
John M. Bishop, age 12, b GA
*Martha E. Bishop, age 9, b GA

*In Nov of 1874, Martha Bishop married John R. Bramlett. They are listed in 1880 census in Brocks, Etowah Co, AL with two children AND Rachel Bishop, age 50, b NC. Rachel is incorrectly identified as being John's mother rather than his mother-in-law. They apparently didn't remain in Alabama for very long. In 1900 census of Gilmer Co, Martha E. (Bishop) Bramlett is a widow with nine living children, all of whom were born in GA. Martha Bishop Bramlett & her husband are also buried in this same cemetery; updates to their memorials (including link of Martha to Rachel) have been requested.

1900 census - Gilmer Co, GA
HH #106, Ball Ground District
Rachel Bishop, widow, age 71 (b Jun 1828, GA; both parents b NC). Rachel has given birth to six children, only two of whom were still living.
Family links: 
  Elizabeth Manissa Bishop Teem (1849 - 1925)*
  Martha E. Bishop Bramlett (1860 - 1941)*
*Calculated relationship
Mother of Manissa Teem

Mount Vernon Baptist Church Cemetery
Gilmer County
Georgia, USA
Maintained by: Busy Bee
Originally Created by: dgresh
Record added: May 13, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 69778243
Rachel Sims Granny Bishop
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