Fletcher Henderson

M, (Aug 20, 1910 - May 20, 1995)
     Fletcher Henderson was born on Aug 20, 1910. He married Jewel Alexander, daughter of James Aquilla Alexander and Talitha Nora Rice. Fletcher Henderson died on May 20, 1995 at Houston, Harris County, Texas, at age 84.


Jewel Alexander b. Feb 7, 1910, d. Sep 27, 1997

Doris Katherine "Sis" Kuecher

F, (May 29, 1930 - Jan, 2015)
FatherRudolph Kuecher
MotherTalley Scheffler
     Doris Katherine "Sis" Kuecher was born on May 29, 1930 at Verhelle, DeWitt County, Texas. She married Daniel Oliver Williams, son of Harrison Andrew Williams and Talitha Nora Rice, on Mar 15, 1947 at Cuero, DeWitt County, Texas. Doris Katherine "Sis" Kuecher died in Jan, 2015 at age 84.


Daniel Oliver Williams b. Mar 30, 1917, d. Jun 18, 1966

Ethyl Dora Stapp

F, (Dec 24, 1894 - Mar 12, 1978)
FatherCaleb Oliver Stapp b. 1851, d. 1909
MotherClema Massie b. 1874, d. 1905
     Ethyl Dora Stapp was born on Dec 24, 1894 at Pilgrim Lake, Gonzales County, Texas; age on Nina Myrtice Rice Probate Birth Records is 35. She married Louis Leroy Hollan in 1919. Ethyl Dora Stapp married Truman Courtney Rice, son of Oren Adelbert Rice and Mary Alice Hodges, on Nov 9, 1921 at DeWitt County, Texas. Ethyl Dora Stapp died on Mar 12, 1978 at DeWitt County, Texas, at age 83 and was buried at County Line Cemetery.

Family 1

Louis Leroy Hollan b. 1900, d. 1919

Family 2

Truman Courtney Rice b. Aug 18, 1894, d. Aug 3, 1983

Virgie Pearl Rice

F, (Aug 17, 1922 - Jul 20, 1994)
FatherTruman Courtney Rice b. Aug 18, 1894, d. Aug 3, 1983
MotherEthyl Dora Stapp b. Dec 24, 1894, d. Mar 12, 1978
Relationship1st cousin 1 time removed of Anita Jean Cooper
     Virgie Pearl Rice was born on Aug 17, 1922. She died on Jul 20, 1994 at Tom Green County, Texas, at age 71 and was buried at Alexander Cemetery, DeWitt County.

Sylvester Cooper

M, (Sep 2, 1830 - May 15, 1883)
FatherCader Cooper b. Apr 26, 1796, d. Sep 22, 1842
MotherSarah Byars b. Apr 9, 1799, d. Oct 18, 1864
RelationshipGreat-grandfather of Anita Jean Cooper
Sylvester and Harriet (Marshall) Cooper
     Sylvester Cooper was born on Sep 2, 1830 at Jefferson County, Alabama. He married Amy Harriet Marshall, daughter of William (Progenitor) Marshall and Nancy Wortham, on Feb 2, 1852 at Houston, Chickasaw County, Mississippi. Sylvester Cooper died on May 15, 1883 at DeWitt County, Texas, at age 52. He was buried at Hebron Cemetery.
     Buena Vista, Chickasaw County, Mississippi was settled in 1836, when a family by the name of Pulliam, from Georgia bought 900 acres of land from an Indian and made the first settlement. A post office was established on May 26, 1847 and named Monterey, with Uriah S. Williams as postmaster. On June 3, 1847 the name was changed to Buena Vista in commemoration of a battle fought on February 23 of that year in the Mexican War. He enlisted on February 24, 1863 (33 yrs old) in the Company A (Buena Vista Rifles), Seventeenth Infantry Regiment, Mississippi Volunteers, Confederate States of America for 3 years. Sylvester probably participated in the Battles of Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Chickamuga, The Wilderness, Spotsylvania and Cedar Creek. On March 16, 1863, he wrote the following letter from Frederiksburg, Virginia (spelling edited):
"Dear Harriet and little children,
I have got to my company. I got here on the 14th, ten days travel. We had a very good time on the road. Nothing wrong happened to us. It cost me 27 dollars to get here. Everything is very high on the road and also at this place. I have no news to write. It is reported here this morning that the Yankees are across above this place, but maybe it is so or not, I don't know. The boys seem to doubt it but they are a plenty. Just across the river at this place I found all the boys on foot and able to eat their allowance. They are all in good spirits. If there should be a fight at this place the boys think they will gain the victory.
Harriet, I hardly know what to say to you. You can only do the best you can. I have no more idea when I will get home than you do. Some of the boys seem to think that there will be peace sometime this summer, but I fear there will be no such luck. Harriet, do the best you can and I will come home just as soon as I can. I want you to write just as soon as you get this and write often. I will close. Kiss the children for me. Give my best etcs to all of the connections and keep the home yourself.
Yours with great respect, S. Cooper"
He fought along with his two brothers, George W. and Joseph T. Cooper. Sylvester was wounded and captured at Cedar Creek (Belle Grove) on October 19, 1864, probably the result of Union General George E. Custer's cavalry charge. Sylvester's right leg was amputated on the battlefield. On October 20, 1864, the next day after he was captured, Sylvester was transferred to the U.S.A. Depot Field Hospital in Winchester, Virginia. On December 21, he was admitted to the U.S.A. General Hospital, Wests Building, Baltimore, Maryland. On the edge of death, he was fed broth and was restored to health by a Spanish speaking nurse. On May 9, 1865, Sylvester was transferred to Fort McHenry, Maryland. In this fort where Francis Scott Key wrote the Star Spangled Banner, Sylvester took the oath of allegiance to the United States on June 12, 1865 and he was set free. Traveling muleback in the care of a black friend, Sylvester returned to his home and family in Mississippi. Overcoming the younger children's initial fear (they hid under the bed) of this peg-legged "stranger," Sylvester and Harriet restored the close family ties. He sold 60 acres of land for $160 to John B. Parker; recorded in Deed Book BB, pages 424 & 425 on July 29, 1874 on Oct 29, 1866 at Chickasaw County, Mississippi. Could not find Sylvester Cooper listed between 1870 and 1872 Bastrop County, Texas. He had 11 mules valued $220; 18 goats, valued $44; 1876 Precinct No. 5, DeWitt County, Texas. The 1880 Federal Census enumerated him as head of household on Jun 21, 1880 DeWitt County, Texas; Cooper, Sylvester V?, head, w/m/49, farmer, maimed-yes, born Alabama, father born North Carolina, mother born Alabama.


Amy Harriet Marshall b. Dec 27, 1835, d. Nov 1, 1934

Vawdry Burtram Graham

M, (Jun 7, 1892 - May 21, 1972)
     Vawdry Burtram Graham was born on Jun 7, 1892 at Gulfport, Mississippi. He married Ethel Ruby "Goldie" Rice, daughter of Oren Adelbert Rice and Mary Alice Hodges. Vawdry Burtram Graham died on May 21, 1972 at Houston at age 79 [death certificate no 44620; informant Gilbert R. Graham (by phone)]. He was buried at Brookside Cemetery, Houston.
     He served during World War I. He was helper at Houston Light & Power Co.


Ethel Ruby "Goldie" Rice b. Jan 14, 1900, d. May 14, 1963

Burnist Burtram Graham

M, (Dec 16, 1923 - Jul 7, 2003)
FatherVawdry Burtram Graham b. Jun 7, 1892, d. May 21, 1972
MotherEthel Ruby "Goldie" Rice b. Jan 14, 1900, d. May 14, 1963
Relationship1st cousin 1 time removed of Anita Jean Cooper
Burnist Graham
     Burnist Burtram Graham was born on Dec 16, 1923 at Houston, Harris County, Texas. He married Myrtie Jean Wheeler, daughter of Murrell Lucian Wheeler and Sudie Arvilla Allen, on Aug 23, 1946 at Houston, Harris County, Texas. Burnist Burtram Graham died on Jul 7, 2003 at Houston, Texas, at age 79.
     He served during World War II between 1942 and 1945 enlisted at age 16. He was a tank commander in Company C, 193rd Tank Battallion in the Pacific Islands for 3 1/2 years. He was awarded two Bronze Stars and other medals. He retired as a lineman with Houston Lighting & Power Company.


Myrtie Jean Wheeler b. Aug 10, 1930, d. Aug 15, 2007

Emily Ann Schmidt

FatherEmil Ferdinand Schmidt
MotherEmma Vogt
     Emily Ann Schmidt married Hanford Maurice Rice, son of Jesse James Rice and Wilhemena Minnie Schulz, on May 31, 1942 at Cuero, DeWitt County, Texas.


Hanford Maurice Rice b. May 3, 1922, d. Jan 21, 1987

Lonis Coats

F, (Nov 12, 1917 - )
     Lonis Coats was born on Nov 12, 1917 at Montgomery County, Texas. She married Virgil Evans Rice, son of James Melton Rice and Lilly Ann Granberry.
     The 1940 Federal Census enumerated her as head of household on; ages 26 and 22, no children.


Virgil Evans Rice b. May 24, 1913

William Edward Rogers

M, (Dec 21, 1908 - Jan 31, 1971)
     William Edward Rogers was born on Dec 21, 1908 at Houston, Harris County, Texas. He died on Jan 31, 1971 at Houston, Harris County, Texas, at age 62.

Delbert Lee Granberry

M, (Jan 20, 1933 - Nov 10, 2016)
FatherJames Oren Granberry b. Oct 23, 1909, d. Apr 25, 1991
MotherCora Savannah Atkins b. Feb 19, 1912, d. Apr 1, 1988
Relationship2nd cousin of Anita Jean Cooper
     Delbert Lee Granberry was born on Jan 20, 1933 at Houston, Harris County, Texas. He died on Nov 10, 2016 at age 83.