Sephus M “Sephus” Withrow

Sephus M “Sephus” Withrow

Wolf Creek, Cherokee County, North Carolina, USA
Death 28 Aug 1921 (aged 26)
Hothouse, Cherokee County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Mineral Bluff, Fannin County, Georgia, USA
Memorial ID 58757641 · View Source
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Sephus was the son of Joseph M Withrow 1831–1912 and Martha M "Mattie" Gaddis 1860–1938, he was on the 1900 and 1910 Hot House, Cherokee, NC census's with his parents. His father died when he was 17.

Sephus married Nancy A(rizona?)"Zona" Nix 1897–1918 about 1914, she was the daughter of John Nix 1855–1921 and Mary Addie Harper - Nix 1857–1924 of White County, Georgia.

Sephus and Zona had two known children before she died of Influenza in 1918 at age 21:

Edna Earl Withrow - Lindsay - Brown 1915–2004
Winfred Arnold "Buddy" Withrow 1916–1998

The two children were living with their grandmother Mattie Gaddis-Withrow on the 1920 census, their father was not listed with them.

Sephus married secondly to Tilda May Mason - Rich - Withrow - Parrish 1886–1944 soon after the 1920 census, she was born in Union County, GA to John Melvin Mason Sr 1850–1922 & Mary Etta Willis - Mason 1852–1935, her first husband was Absalom Rich by whom she had at least three children:
Nora Lee Rich - Totherow 1907–1928
Cara Rich 1909–before 1920
William M "Willie" Rich 1911–1933

On the 1920 census, Tilda was living & working in a boarding house as the cook in Copper Hill, Polk Co., TN, which is very close to both Mattie Gaddis-Withrow's farm & Sephus's children.

Sephus was working as a coal miner when he died of what was listed as Tuberculosis, but it may have been "black lung disease" or a combination of both since he was a coal miner.

Sephus & Tilda had one son who was born three months after his father died:

Joseph Marvin "Joe" Withrow 1921–1977

Before 1930, Tilda re-married thirdly to John Wesley Parris/Parrish Jr. No known children.

Cephus's death certificate says he was buried in "Salem, GA" where his parents are buried, he may not have a stone.

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  • Created by: Chuck Garland
  • Added: 16 Sep 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 58757641
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sephus M “Sephus” Withrow (25 Aug 1895–28 Aug 1921), Find A Grave Memorial no. 58757641, citing Salem Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery #2, Mineral Bluff, Fannin County, Georgia, USA ; Maintained by Chuck Garland (contributor 46487579) .