Fletcher Henderson

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


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

Doris Katherine "Sis" Kuecher

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


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

Ethyl Dora Stapp

F, b. 24 December 1894, d. 12 March 1978
FatherCaleb Oliver Stapp b. 1851, d. 1909
MotherClema Massie b. 1874, d. 1905
     Ethyl Dora Stapp was born on 24 December 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 9 November 1921 at DeWitt County, Texas. Ethyl Dora Stapp died on 12 March 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. 18 Aug 1894, d. 3 Aug 1983

Virgie Pearl Rice

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

Sylvester Cooper

M, b. 2 September 1830, d. 15 May 1883
FatherCader Cooper b. 26 Apr 1796, d. 22 Sep 1842
MotherSarah Byars b. 9 Apr 1799, d. 18 Oct 1864
RelationshipGreat-grandfather of Anita Jean Cooper
Sylvester and Harriet (Marshall) Cooper
     Sylvester Cooper was born on 2 September 1830 at Jefferson County, Alabama. 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 married Amy Harriet Marshall, daughter of William Marshall and Nancy Wortham, on 2 February 1852 at Houston, Chickasaw County, Mississippi. Sylvester Cooper 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. Sylvester Cooper was 34 as of 19 October 1864; 34. 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 29 October 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 21 June 1880 DeWitt County, Texas; Cooper, Sylvester, head, w/m/49, farmer, maimed-yes, born Alabama, father born North Carolina, mother born Alabama. He died on 15 May 1883 at DeWitt County, Texas, at age 52. He was buried at Hebron Cemetery.


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

Vawdry Burtram Graham

M, b. 7 June 1892, d. 21 May 1972
     Vawdry Burtram Graham was born on 7 June 1892 at Gulfport, Mississippi. He served during World War I. He married Ethel Ruby "Goldie" Rice, daughter of Oren Adelbert Rice and Mary Alice Hodges. Vawdry Burtram Graham died on 21 May 1972 at 319 Dorchester, Houston, at age 79 [death certificate no 44620; informant Gilbert R. Graham (by phone)]. He was buried at Brookside Cemetery, Houston. He was helper at Houston Light & Power Co.


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

Burnist Burtram Graham

M, b. 16 December 1923, d. 7 July 2003
FatherVawdry Burtram Graham b. 7 Jun 1892, d. 21 May 1972
MotherEthel Ruby "Goldie" Rice b. 14 Jan 1900, d. 14 May 1963
Relationship1st cousin 1 time removed of Anita Jean Cooper
Burnist Graham
     Burnist Burtram Graham was born on 16 December 1923 at Houston, Harris County, Texas. He served in the U. S. Army 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 married Myrtie Jean Wheeler, daughter of Murrell Lucian Wheeler and Sudie Arvilla Allen, on 23 August 1946 at Houston, Harris County, Texas. Burnist Burtram Graham died on 7 July 2003 at Houston, Texas, at age 79. He retired as a lineman with Houston Lightig & Power Company.


Myrtie Jean Wheeler b. 10 Aug 1930, d. 15 Aug 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 31 May 1942 at Cuero, DeWitt County, Texas.


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

Lonis Coats

F, b. 12 November 1917
     Lonis Coats was born on 12 November 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. 24 May 1913

William Edward Rogers

M, b. 21 December 1908, d. 31 January 1971
     William Edward Rogers was born on 21 December 1908 at Houston, Harris County, Texas. He died on 31 January 1971 at Houston, Harris County, Texas, at age 62.

Delbert Lee Granberry

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