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Mary Lavina "Molly" Rimer Mattox
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Birth: Jan. 15, 1870
Jack County
Texas, USA
Death: Jun. 9, 1946
Jack County
Texas, USA

Mary Lavina Rimer was born in Hawkins County, Tennessee. Her father was a Civil War veteran. His 1st wife died in Grayson County, Virginia, after the birth of a son. Her father married Mary Lavina's mother, Catherine Couch, in Hawkins County, Tennessee.
1880 TENNESSEE CENSUS, Hawkins County, Dist 2 - RIMER, Isaac, head, age 44, farmer, born Va; Catherine, wife, age 41, Alice, dau, age18, Rause, dau, age 16; Columbus, son, age 14; MARY, dau, age 9; John, son age 7; Anna, dau, age 4; Mattie, dau, age 2; Sarah, mother, age 73 (Sarah Delph Rimer); Couch, Dempsey, father-in-law, age 62; Pridemore, Samuel. age 26, school teacher; and 19 individuals listed as paupers. Mary Lavina's half brother, Enoch Noah Rimer, lived next door with his wife and a young son.
Mary Lavina's father was pastor of the War Gap Baptist Church when he felt called to "preach the gospel" in Texas. The two older daughters had married Pridemore brothers. Isaac, wife, Catherine, and the single children traveled to Texas by train. Mary Lavina remembered her two married sisters running along the tracks wringing their hands and crying as the train pulled out from the station. She never saw them again. Mary Lavina's family lived in several locations in Texas and were in the Wise-Jack County area when she married John Hamlin Mattox. They lived in a log cabin on the Cundiff - Crafton road in Jack County. Her parents lived nearby and her father held preaching for the Cundiff community in front of his cabin. A little neighbor girl who attended with her family told years later how the people sat around on the ground and Bro. Rimer sat in his cabin doorway to preach. She said he filled the doorway and was the biggest man she had seen. Mary Lavina's husband did not expect his young wife to work in the fields or with the stock like other neighbors' wives. Their children were born in the log cabin and one baby died. Mary Lavina sat by the fireplace all night with the sick baby in her lap. Next morning she realized the baby was dead. Little Alta Vera was the first of the family to be buried in the Cundiff Cemetery. John later built a box board house across the road on higher ground. The children married and brought grandchildren to visit. Mary Lavina became their beloved Granny Mattox. Thirteen years after John died, Mary Lavina was laid to rest beside him. Son and daughter, Bill and Carrie, never married and devoted their lives to caring for their parents, siblings and then each other. When Mary Lavina's family gathered, there was always music and her natural talent was passed down through her descendants. We suspect Granny Mattox is singing with the angels now.
- Blanche Keating Collie, family researcher
Note: Issac Newton Rimer is the great grandfather of this writer's spouse, John Deral Collie. An old photo survives of Issac Newton Rimer and his spouse, Catherine Rause Couch Rimer, standing by their log cabin. He is dressed in a frock coat and holding his Bible. This cherished photo has an honored place in our home.

Isaac Thomas Mattox 1889-1978
Mary Mae Mattox Collie 1891-1953
Eula Catherine Mattox Moiser 1893-1945
Alta Vera Mattox 1896-1896
Carrie Ethel Mattox 1899-1979
John Raymond Mattox 1902-1956
William Hall Mattox 1904-1988
Vinnie Lee Mattox Pruitt 1911-1957 
Family links: 
  Isaac Newton Rimer (1836 - 1913)
  Rause Catherine Couch Rimer (1838 - 1908)
  John Hamlin Mattox (1853 - 1933)
  Isaac Thomas Mattox (1889 - 1978)*
  Mary Mattox Collie (1891 - 1953)*
  Eula Catherine Mattox Mosier (1893 - 1945)*
  William Hall Mattox (1904 - 1988)*
  Enoch Noah Rimer (1858 - 1918)**
  Alice Rimer Pridemore (1861 - 1895)*
  Marion Columbus Rimer (1864 - 1927)**
  Mary Lavina Rimer Mattox (1870 - 1946)
  John Owen Rimer (1873 - 1958)**
  Annah Josephine (Rimer)Stubblefield Cary Bowerman (1875 - 1966)*
  Mattie Carrie Rimer Grayson (1878 - 1947)*
  Rufus Dempsey Rimer (1880 - 1960)*
*Calculated relationship
Cundiff Cemetery
Jack County
Texas, USA
Created by: Blanche Keating Collie
Record added: Feb 28, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 105957116
Mary Lavina Molly <i>Rimer</i> Mattox
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Mary Lavina Molly <i>Rimer</i> Mattox
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Added by: Laura Hudnall Franklin Shifflett
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Remembering Granny Mattox this Christmas. the little angel made from one of her guilts is displayed on our fireplace mantel.
- Blanche Keating Collie
 Added: Dec. 15, 2013
Happy Mother's Day, Granny Mattox.
- John and Blanche Collie
 Added: May. 12, 2013
It was not mine to know you but your music and love of life reached me through your grandson, my John, and his sisters. May you rest in peace.
- Blanche Keating Collie
 Added: Feb. 28, 2013

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