Isham Griffin Gwin, Sr.
and
Mary Etta (Molly) Self

Page Updated 10 Aug 2015

Page Updated 21 Jul 2013
Page Updated 29 May 2012
with input from my 3rd cousin, Billie Gwin Kouns


Page Updated 25 May 2009



The updating of the numbering system used on this page has been completed. Generation 28 is my own;
27 is that of my parents; 29 is that of my children, etc.  --   John M. Gwin, May 2009


The reformatting of the name font and census data for this page has been completed. --John M. Gwin, Aug 2011


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How I'm related to these dear people and their descendants:


John McDonald Gwin's Line
Relationship
John Michael Gwin's Line
William Gwin m. RoseAnne Carlisle Jones Wilson
parents
William Gwin m. RoseAnne Carlisle Jones Wilson
siblings
Isham Griffin Gwin, Sr., m. Mary Etta "Molly" Self
1st Cousins
I.G.G. and M.E.S.G.'s children   (e.g., W. H. "Willie" Gwin, Jr.. Billie's grandpa)
Adrian Sutton Gwin m. Dorothy Lee Keeney
2nd Cousins
I.G.G. and M.E.S.G.'s grandchildren  (e.g., W. H. "Bill" Gwin, Jr., Billie's Dad)
John McDonald Gwin m. Sharon Lynn Hamrick
3rd Cousins
I.G.G. and M.E.S.G.'s great-grandchildren (e.g., Billie Gwin Kouns)
Sarah Joy Gwin m. Jason Deane Johnson, Sr.
4th Cousins
I.G.G. and M.E.S.G.'s gg-grandchildren
5th Cousins
I.G.G. and M.E.S.G.'s ggg-grandchildren
So Isham and Molly are my great-granduncle and aunt, and their great-grandchildren and I are 3rd cousins to each other.
--John M. Gwin

21.00--Richard Gwin;  m. Sarah Chesley; one known son:

22.00--Isham Gwin m. Mary Canterbury; ten known children:

23.04--John Gwin m. Jane Walker, nine children;


The Nine Children of John and Jane Gwin:
Pictures of some of their graves

24.01--Isom Gwin, b. Mar 1817 in Dallas Co., AL territory; d. 7 Dec 1853; m. Mary Burdine Wilson; MBWG m2. 28 Jan 1859 to John Steadman
24.02--Mary Gwin--b. 1817; m1. 27 Dec. 1838 to Drury H. Roark; m2. on 17 May 1849 to Mr. Abel Turner
24.03--Thomas Gwin--b. ca. 1818-19; data unk.
24.04--William Gwin  (18 Dec 1820--29 Apr 1889); m. 12 (13?) May 1842 Roseann "Roe" Carlisle Jones Wilson
24.05--Sarah Gwin (ca. 1826--31 Mar 1885); m. 18 Mar 1841 to Louis Basset
24.06--Ann Gwin (ca. 1827--1845); m. 19 Jan 1843 to Joseph Lavalette Basset
24.07--Martha J. Gwin (ca.1828--unk).; m. 22 Apr 1847 to Jesse Comelander
24.08--Chesley R. Gwin; (ca.1828--after 1880); m1. 20 Mar 1850 Frances E. "Fannie" Bell; m2. a widow, Mrs. Blevins
24.09--Louisa A. Gwin; (ca. 1829-30--b. bef. 1830 census); m1?. Mr. Gaviness; m2. on 17 May 1849 Mr. Wm. G. (or J.) McKnight.


The Eight Children of Will and Roe Gwin:
Pictures of some of their graves

25.01--Mary Ann Elizabeth Gwin b. 23 April 1843; d. 23 Jan 1882; m. 25 Jan 1866, Dallas Co., AL, to Robert Guy Lochridge (b. 2 Feb 1838; d. 15 June 1926)
25.02--Martha Jane Gwin (1845-1847); -- died as infant
25.03--William Sutton Gwin,b. 5 Jun 1848 at Cahaba, AL; d. 11 Sep 1916 at Wilsonville, AL; m. 2 Dec 1868 to Ida Eliza Basset (b. 5 May 1845 in England; d. 8 Dec 1907; bd. beside husband) 11 ch.;
25.04--John Wesley Gwin, M. D., b. 15 Mar 1851; d. 29 Aug. 1877, age 26, of typhoid fever, at Anniston, AL; bd. at Wilsonville Cem., Shelby Co., AL;
25.05--Rufus King Gwin b. 16 May 1853; d. 20 Aug 1927; m. his first cousin, Ann Turner-, d/o Mary (Gwin and Abel Turner; 4 children;
25.06--Lucy Marcella Gwin b. 1 Dec 1855; d. 22 Feb 1871, age 16; bd. Wilsonville Cem., Shelby Co., AL);
25.07--Isham Griffin Gwin, Sr. b. 25 Sep 1858; d. 21 Dec 1919; bd. Wilsonville Cem., Shelby Co., AL; m. 1881 to Mary Etta (Molly) Self; (1858-1940) bd. beside husband;

25.08--Thomas Wilson Gwin b. 10 Feb. 1863; d. Sunday, 7 Oct 1877;  bd. Wilsonville Cem., Shelby Co., AL;


The Five Known Children of Isham G. and Mary E. Gwin:

26.01--William Henderson "Willie" Gwin m. Nettie Bolding
26.02--John Wightman "J. W." Gwin m. Mamie Bolding
26.03--Isham Griffin Gwin m. Hattie Bolding
26.04--Emmett Brindley Gwin, Sr., m1. Wynona Dove, m2. Leah Brame
26.05--Mary Edith Gwin m. William Arthur "Tony" Daniel


And Now Here's the Family in Greater Detail:


25.07--Isham Griffin Gwin, Sr., b. 25 Sep 1858 in AL; d. 21 Dec 1919; both bd. in Wilsonville City Cem., Wilsonville, Shelby Co., AL (see photo); m. 1881 to Mary Etta (Molly) Self (b. 11 Dec 1858; [Bob Self Note: John, I have Marietta Self as the 6th child of Nathaniel Henderson Self et ux Elizabeth Jane Pearson Self.  b. 1861, AL.]; d. 17 June 1940); these are John M. Gwin's great-granduncle and aunt; 5 ch., each of whom is John M. Gwin's 1st cousin twice removed;
[listed as Isham Gwin, fireman at plainer, age 40, md. 18 yrs. and b. Sep 1859, in the 6 Jun 1900 census of Pct. No. 9, Wilsonville, Shelby Co., AL]
[listed as Isham G. Gwin, house carpenter, age 51, m1. 27 yrs. and b. in AL/AL/AL, in the 15 Apr 1910 census of Pct. No. 9, Wilsonville, Shelby Co., AL]

[listed as Mollie Gwin, age 41 and b. Dec 1858, md. 18 yrs. w/5 of 5 ch. lvg., in the 6 Jun 1900 census of Pct. No. 9, Wilsonville, Shelby Co., AL]
[listed as Mary E. Gwin, dressmaker, age 51, m1. 27 yrs. w/5 of 5 ch. lvg., b. in AL/AL/AL, in the 15 Apr 1910 census of Pct. No. 9, Wilsonville, Shelby Co., AL]
[listed as Mollie Gwin, mother-in-law, age 61, in the 5 Jan 1920 census of Pct. No. 9 north of Sou. RR, Wilsonville, Shelby Co., AL, living with her daughter Mary E. Daniel and son-in-law, William A. Daniel]
[listed as Mollie Gwin, mother-in-law, age 71, in the 14 Apr 1930 census of Gadsden, Etowah Co., AL, living with her daughter Edith Daniel and son-in-law, William A. Daniel]


Reported in 1880 Census as:

Name: Isham G. GEOYN
[
JMG NOTE: The enumerator misspelled Gwin as Gwyn,
and Ancestry.com mistranscribed the name Gwyn as Geoyn.
]
Age: 21
Estimated birth year: <1859>
Birthplace: Alabama
Occupation: Steam Engineer [JMG NOTE: No doubt
Isham worked at his dad's lumber yard, which by 1880
would've converted to steam power.]
Relation: Son
Home in 1880: Wilsonville, Shelby, Alabama
Marital status: NA
Race: White
Gender: Male
Head of household: William GEOYN
Father's birthplace: AL
Mother's birthplace: AL

Reported in 1880 Census as:
Name: Marietta SELF
Age: 19
Estimated birth year: <1861>
Birthplace: Alabama
Occupation: Keeps House
Relation: Dau
Home in 1880: Wilsonville, Shelby, Alabama
Marital status: Single
Race: White
Gender: Female
Head of household: Nathaniel H. SELF
Father's birthplace: AL
Mother's birthplace: AL

GWIN
ISHAM G.          MARY S.
1858 -- 1919     1858 -- 1940


Location:  Wilsonville City Cem.,
Wilsonville, Shelby Co., AL--Gwin Plot


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26.01--William Henderson "Willie" Gwin b. 17 Aug 1883; d. 23 Nov 1965; bd. Maplesville Cem., Maplesville, Chilton Co., AL--Find A Grave Memorial# 64858952; m. ca. 1915 to Nettie B. Bolding (b. 25 Jun 1896; d. 15 Jan 1992; bd. Maplesville Cem., Maplesville, Chilton Co., AL--Find A Grave Memorial# 64858972; d/o W. E. Bolding [b. 2 Jan 1857; d. 14 Nov 1927; bd. Maplesville Midtown Cem., Chilton Co., AL] and Emma E. Hicks [b. 24 Nov 1859; d. 21 Sep 1906; bd. Maplesville Midtown Cem., Chilton Co., AL]); one known ch. DESCENDANTS POSSIBLE
[listed as William H. Gwin, railway depot agent, age 26, b. in AL/AL/AL, in the 15 Apr 1910 census of Pct. No. 9, Wilsonville, Shelby Co., AL]

Name: Nettie B. Gwin
SSN: 419-24-9210
Born: 5 Jun 1895
Died: 15 Jan 1992
State (Year) SSN issued: Alabama (Before 1951)

27.01--William Henderson "Bill" Gwin, Jr., b. ca. 1916 in Melville, AL; d. 25 Dec 2008; bd. Port Allen, LA [Gwin, William Henderson, Jr., Memorial service at First Baptist Church, Port Allen, at 2 p.m.-- Published in The Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA) on 12/28/2008]; m1. for 45 years to Iva Matlock (b. Texarkana; d. bef. 2008; bd. unk.); m2. to Jan (nee unk.; b. unk.; d. aft. 2008; bd. unk.); three ch., all by Iva


OBITUARY

William Henderson Gwin, Jr.

A resident of Gulfport, Miss., he died Thursday, Dec. 25, 2008, at age 92. Mr. Gwin, also known as Bill, was a loving father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Born in Melville, Ala., he was the only child of Willie and Nettie Gwin. He had three children and was married to Iva Matlock Gwin from Texarkana, who preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Beverly Kennard Gwin, who was of Gulfport, Miss.  Iva and Bill were  married for 45 years. They always put their children and grandchildren first and foremost. After serving in the Army as an optician, he learned to be a watchmaker and later a jewelry maker. Bill and Iva owned several jewelry stores and had many customers in the Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and surrounding areas. Bill retired from his store, the Ye Olde Gold Shoppe in Gulfport, at age 85. Mr. Gwin lived a long, full life, and he will be missed dearly. Bill is survived by his second wife, Jan Gwin; his daughters, Billie Kouns and husband Bill, of Gautier, Miss.; and Patricia Cabiness of Alabama; step-daughter, Jimmie Spence; stepson, John Covington; grandchildren, J. J. Fletcher, Rain Mayeux and Syndney Fletcher; stepgrandchild, Paige Sutton.; great-grandchildren, Madison Fletcher, Breck and Brenyn Mayeux; and step-great-grandchildren, Mason Suttona and KinKaid Bobinger. A memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church of Port Allen on Sunday, Dec. 28, 2008, at 2 p.m.


28.01--Beverly Gwin, [PRIVATE] m. Mr. Kennard [PRIVATE]

28.02--Billie Gwin, CONTRIBUTOR--[PRIVATE], m. William Alvin "Bill" Kouns facebook friend [PRIVATE]

29.01--Bill's and Billie's daughter

30.01--Bill's and Billie's granddaughter

28.03--Patricia Gwin [PRIVATE], m. Mr. Cabiness [PRIVATE]

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26.02--John Wightman "J. W." Gwin, Sr., b. 4 Sep 1885 [gravestone says 1885 and so does 1900 census]; d. 1 Oct 1955 [Ancestry.com transcription of death certificate says 1 Oct 1955 in Chilton Co. (Vol. 39, Certif. 19130, Roll 5)]; bd. Maplesville Cem., Maplesville, Chilton Co., AL--Find A Grave Memorial# 64858917; m. Maymie C. Bolding  (b. 18 Mar 1889; d. 4 Jan 1971; bd. unk. [but possibly in Maplesville Cem., Maplesville, Chilton Co., AL]; d/o W. E. Bolding [b. 2 Jan 1857; d. 14 Nov 1927; bd. Maplesville Cem., Chilton Co., AL] and Emma E. Hicks [b. 24 Nov 1859; d. 21 Sep 1906; bd. Maplesville Cem., Chilton Co., AL]; Mamie is bd. Maplesville Cem., Maplesville, Chilton Co., AL--Find A Grave Memorial# 64858885); at least 1 ch.
[age 24 in the 22 Apr 1910 census of Pct. 7, Maplesville, Chilton Co., AL];
[age 34 in the 20 January 1920 census of Maplesville, Chilton Co., AL];
[listed as John W. Gwin, age 45, in the 23 Apr 1930 census of Maplesville, Chilton Co., AL]

[age 21 in the 22 Apr 1910 census of Pct. 7, Maplesville, Chilton Co., AL];
[age 30 in the 20 January 1920 census of Maplesville, Chilton Co., AL];
[listed as Mamie C. Gwin, age 41, in the 23 Apr 1930 census of Maplesville, Chilton Co., AL]

27.01--John Wightman "J. W." Gwin, Jr., Capt., U.S. Army, World War II; b. 25 May 1908 in AL/AL/AL; d. 30 May 1990; bd. Maplesville Cem., Maplesville, Chilton Co., AL--Find A Grave Memorial# 64858848; m. unk. time/place to Louise S. (nee unk., b. 8 Nov 1909 in AL; d. 1 Feb 1996; bd. Maplesville Cem., Maplesville, Chilton Co., AL--Find A Grave Memorial# 64858791); at least two ch.
[age 22 mo. in the 22 Apr 1910 census of Pct. 7, Maplesville, Chilton Co., AL];
[age 11 in the 20 January 1920 census of Maplesville, Chilton Co., AL];
[listed as J. W. Gwin, Jr., age 22, in the 23 Apr 1930 census of Maplesville, Chilton Co., AL]
[listed as John W. Gwin, railroad inspector, age 31, in the 3 May 1940 census of Trussville, Jefferson Co., AL]

[listed as Louise Gwin, age 30, in the 3 May 1940 census of Trussville, Jefferson Co., AL]

Name: John W. Gwin
SSN: 719----2095
Last Res.: 27810  Belhaven, Beaufort, NC
Born: 25 May 1908
Died: 20 May 1990
State (Year) SSN issued:

Railroad Board (Issued Through) (1951-1963)

Name: John Wightman Gwin Jr.
MarStat: Married
SS#: 719182095
Father: Mr. Gwin
Age: 81
Birth: 25 May 1908, AL

Resided: Beaufort Co., NC
Death: 20 May 1990 Beaufort Co., NC
Autopsy: No
POBur: Cremation in NC
Source Vendor: NC Dept. of Health.
NC Deaths, 1988-92

28.01--Hal Sanders Gwin, Sr., b. 3 Feb 1936 in AL/AL/AL; d. 22 Jun 2001 at Trussville, Jefferson Co., AL; bd. Jefferson Mem. Gardens East, Trussville, Jefferson Co., AL--Plot: Garden of the Good Shepherd--Find A Grave Memorial# 147587184; m. Joy Hargett, facebook friend [PRIVATE]; at least two ch.;
[listed as Hal S. Gwin, age 4, in the 3 May 1940 census of Trussville, Jefferson Co., AL]


An Interesting Discovery:

As some of you know, we have a theory that suggests that three groups of Gwins may have descended from one Virginia family.  (See more on that theory here.)  Joy descends from the Group One Gwins of the theory, and her late husband Hal descends from the Group Three Gwins of the theory!  And if the theory is correct, she married her own cousin from perhaps as many as eight or nine generations back.  And that means that Hal Junior and his sister are not only siblings but also cousins!


29.01--Hal Sanders Gwin, Jr. [PRIVATE]; DESCENDANTS POSSIBLE

29.02--daughter Gwin [PRIVATE]; DESCENDANTS POSSIBLE

28.02--John "Johnny" Gwin, b. aft. 1940 in AL/AL/AL; d. unk.; bd. unk.; m. unk.; unk. ch.; DESCENDANTS POSSIBLE--

Johnny went to Nam--helped found a mining operation in tennessee?

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26.03--Isham Griffin Gwin, Jr., b. 8 Jun 1888; d. 17 Oct 1918, age 30 yrs., 4 mos., 9 days; bd. Evergreen Cem., Colorado Springs, El Paso Co., CO--Find A Grave Memorial# 34815915--Plot: Block 70, Plot 42 (WC); in 1910 he was a railroad station agent in Cave Spring, Floyd Co., GA; m. shortly after 26 Oct 1905 in Chilton Co., AL, to Hattie E. Bolding (b. ca. 1888, d/o W. E. Bolding [b. 2 Jan 1857; d. 14 Nov 1927; bd. Maplesville Midtown Cem., Chilton Co., AL] and Emma E. Hicks [b. 24 Nov 1859; d. 21 Sep 1906; bd. Maplesville Midtown Cem., Chilton Co., AL]);
[listed as Isham Gwin, age 32 and widowed in 1920 census of Colo. Spgs., El Paso Co., CO]

[John M. Gwin Note:  I stumbled upon this entry while doing random searches of the web: http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/co/elpaso/cemeteries/colosprings/evergreen/evgngre.txt

GWIN, ISHAM G., bd. 18 OCT 1918,
cem. section T-070, Evergreen Cem., Colorado Springs, El Paso Co., Colo
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Donated to the Colorado Archives by the Pikes Peak Genealogical Society. Questions may be directed to: Cemetery Project, Pikes Peak GS, P.O. Box 1262, Colorado Springs, CO 80901. The original listing was compiled by Athlyn Luzier and was published by the Pikes Peak Genealogical Society. See the USGenWeb Copyright Notice at the end of the file. Evergreen Cemetery is at 1005 S. Hancock Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80903.

When and under what circumstances did Isham move to Colorado Springs?
How did he die at age 30?]

In June 2004, while traveling through Colorado Springs, we stopped, found his grave, and took this photo, right.


Isham G. Gwin
June 8, 1888
Oct. 17, 1918




[John M. Gwin Note:  Fifth cousin Danny Gwin found this handwritten note and sent me a copy.  It reads:

Wilsonville Ala Oct 26/05
To the Hon Judge of Probate
Chilton Co., Ala
You are hereby authorized
to issue marriage licens
on demand to I G Gwin Jr.
I G Gwin Sr, Father

This is clearly our family.  I. G. Gwin, Jr., would have just turned 17 years of age and may have needed
just such a document as this from his father to marry Hattie Bolding, who would have been about the same
age as Junior.  We know that Junior had developed or would soon develop a respiratory condition of some sort
that would require him to move to a higher altitude.  He and Hattie moved their family to Colorado Springs, CO,
where he died 17 Oct 1918 and is buried.  Thanks for sending this, Cousin Danny!]