South Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Jun. 27, 1881|
William Wiley DAY, born in Georgia to John Davis DAY, married Lucretia M.* VANN, daughter of James VANN and Mourning ROBERTSON, in Edgefield, SC. (James VANN was a descendant of the famous Scottish-Cherokee Indian Chieftain, James VANN, one of the wealthiest men of his time. The famous old VANN Home is now a tourist attraction near Chatsworth, GA.) William Wiley and Lucretia DAY had a large family in SC; moved to Russell Co., AL about 1845 near Opelika. Their oldest daughter, Harriet, married (1st) David COOPER, in SC. They had two daughters, Lucretia and Martha COOPER. After the death of David COOPER in SC, Harriet and her daughters went to AL to live with her parents. There in 1849, she married (2nd) William Dozier THORNTON, and they had five children. Then in 1856 Harriet (DAY) COOPER died and was buried in AL. Her 7 children by both husbands went to live with their grandparents, William Wiley and Lucretia DAY. For some reason unknown, Wm. Dozier THORNTON never again provided a home for his children.
William Wiley DAY and wife, Lucretia, removed to Freestone Co., around 1860 bringing with them 6 of their grandchildren: Lucretia and Martha COOPER; Virginia, Wiley Sanford, John J., and Harriet THORNTON – all single (One of the THORNTON grandchildren, Louisiana Mourning, did not move to Texas with the DAY family but remained in AL with relatives). Also traveling in their caravan were their 6 grown children: John M. and his wife, Mary BOONE and 3 children; William J. and his wife, Sarah TILLMAN and 2 children; James D.-single, and Francis "Frank" M.-single; Ellen and husband, James DeGraffenried MILES and two children; and Louisiana "Lulu Ann" and her husband Thomas J. Miles and 3 children. One daughter, Jane M. and husband John Wesley HOWARD remained in AL and she died in 1860. Another daughter Elizabeth died in August 1858 at age 16 and it is not clear if she passed away before or after their arrival. It also appears from the census records that many of their slaves traveled with them because of the numerous Day and Miles black families listed nearby.
They came to Texas between 1850 and 1860 as they show up on the Freestone County Census in 1860. In 1850 they were in Russell County, Alabama. The last grandson born in Alabama was George Washington DAY born 26 Mar 1858. The first grandson born in Texas was William Preston DAY born 3 Feb 1860 and they would not have traveled in the winter time, so they had to have come sometime between those two births, before the winter of 1859-60.
Lucretia Vann Day outlived all but 2 of her children, William Jackson and John Martin. In 1878, the son William Jackson Day sold 1/2 interest in 213 acres in the Brown's Creek area to his mother and brother James J. Day which is in the same vicinity of the Day Cemetery (Bk R, pg 350-351). It is not known for certain that Lucretia is buried in the Day Cemetery but if not, she is buried very near.
*It is my personal belief that the M. in her name stands for Mourning after her mother Mourning Robertson.
William Wiley Day (1802 - 1862)
John Martin Day (1827 - 1898)*
William Jackson Day (1829 - 1888)*
James J. Day (1831 - 1879)*
Ellen L. Day Miles (1834 - 1892)*
Francis M. Day (1841 - 1878)*
Note: No headstone
Day Cemetery (CR 521)
Created by: Linda Mullen
Record added: Jun 30, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 54307996