Descendants of Wiley Sizemore

Wiley SIZEMORE was born in South Carolina in 1820 according to his War service record.  Parentage unknown but he was living near Muscogee County GA when he was married to Mary ASKEW 21-June-1846 in Marion County by David G. Ray, J.P.  Marriage license issued in Muscogee County. Mary was born in 1836 in Griffin, Spalding County GA, (per The Generations of John W. and Jane Griffin, by Georgia Beatrice Griffin, Ed.D, Ochlocknee, 1983), however, her age on the 1860 Census was 37, as was Wiley's, and in 1880 is 54, when Wiley's is age 60.

Mary ASKEW is believed to be the daughter of James I. ASKEW and Cintha (Sintha?) SIZEMORE GOLSON.  It's not 100% clear whether Sizmore is Cintha's maiden name since some accounts name her as a Golson.  Given the presence of Martha Sizemore, age 11, in the Askew house in 1860 (see below), it's possible that Martha Sizemore is the daughter of Cintha(Syntha?) Golson and an unknown Sizemore.

The 1860 Taylor County GA Census shows James I. Aschew, 75, a physician whose birthstate seems to be Pennsylvania.  Besides his wife and two apparent sons, , there appears in the household a Martha Sizemore, age 11, listed as an orphan. [ From A History of Marion County, Georgia -- Motherland of Many by Rena S. Cobb, Wolfe Publishing, 1997, pp.415-419.]  It's believed that Andrew Jackson SIZEMORE, and George Washington SIZEMORE described more on pp. 419-422 of Cobb's book are probably related to Wiley.  Andrew Jackson SIZEMORE (b. 1823, S.C.) may be Wiley's brother, while George Washington SIZEMORE (b. 1792, S.C., married to Rhoda about 1820) may be an uncle.

Wiley Sizemore enlisted as a private in Company K, 59th Georgia Infantry June 20, 1862 in Bibb County, GA.  He was age 42 at his enlistment.  The 59th Georgia Infantry Regiment had been assigned guard duty at Camp Oglethorpe in Macon, GA, where they would remain until sometime before November 1862 when they were sent to northern Virginia. [ Microfilm number M226 roll 55, listed as W.Sizemore ]  Military service further documented in Pension records, Marion County GA, and widow's pension for wife, Mary Askew Sizemore. In an affidavit dated 24-Jun-1908, three witnesses attest that Mary Sizemore is the widow of Wiley Sizemore who died on 18-Feb-1908. Her widow's affidavit dated 10-May-1908 and application dated 13-Mar-1908 confirms the same date of death for Wiley. Wiley Sizemore applied for the Indigent Soldier's Pension each year from 1897 through 1907.

Property Records show that Wiley Sizemore bought and sold land in Marion County GA beginning in 1851 and continuing through 1880.

The dates and places of death for Mary (Askew) Sizemore are unknown.  They are said to be buried in unmarked graves in the Juniper Cemetery, Talbot County, GA.  The nine children of Wiley and Mary (Askew) Sizemore were:

First Generation

1. Nancy Georgia Ann SIZEMORE born 22-May-1847 in Muscogee County GA, died Dec-1932, married 24-Jun-1867 in Chattahoochee Co. GA to John Homer TURNER, b. 24-Oct.1834 in Macon, GA, died May-1916, son of Henry and Lucinda (WADDLE) Turner.  According to Chattahoochee County records, John H. Turner served in Company D, Chattahoochee Sentinels, of the 46th Regiment, Georgia Volunteer Infantry, Army of Tennessee [ Microfilm M226 roll 61].  He enlisted as a private 4-May-1862 and was in the Ocmulgee Hospital at Macon, GA on 16-Feb-1865, returning to active duty 29-Apr-1865.  John H. Turner had three children by his first wife, Mary DUNCAN, whom he married 12-Dec-1858.  John Turner and Nancy Sizemore had ten children.  John and Nancy moved their family to Texas in 1881, all the children from their marriage were living in Coryell, McClennan and Coleman counties about 1906.

2. Julius Henry SIZEMORE born about 1849, married 20-Sep-1874 in Chattahoochee County to Frances "Fannie" HALE.  Fannie's sister, Adaline HALE appears in his Marion Co. household (#096) in the 1880 census.  Henry also married Cynthia "Cinthy" HESTER.  Henry had one child by Fannie and five by Cinthy.

3. John Wiley SIZEMORE was born 15-Oct-1851 (Muscogee Co. GA), married Sarah "Sallie" BULLARD (b. ca. 1856 in GA) 19-Apr-1874 in Marion County GA.  John is said to have married Sallie Johnson, having no issue.  John is buried in Big Ochlocknee Cemetery, Thomas County, GA.  According to family memory ( grandchildren A.D. Pinson and Bernice Pinson Davis), John (known as "Pa Sizemore") died Abt. 1937 in Thomaston, Upson Co., GA. and his body was transported to south Georgia for burial.  [ Children of John Wiley and Sarah Bullard Sizemore ]

4. Alexander "Alex/Exa" SIZEMORE born about 1853. Listed in Wiley Sizemore's household (#097) in the 1880 Marion County Census.

5. Joseph Franklin SIZEMORE born about 1856, married 19-Jul-1883 in Marion County GA to Marietta ELLIS, married 2nd to Ida RILEY 5-Jan-1888 in Marion County GA.  Joseph was also called "Young" Sizemore per Griffin History.  Listed as as age 23 in 1880 Census living with parents (#097).

6. Martha "Cissie" SIZEMORE born about 1858, married 22-Apr-1875 in Chattahoochee County GA to John "Bud" HALE. They had seven children. 1880 Marion County Census shows her living with John HALE, 26, daughter Lilla, 4 and son Alexander, 2 in household #94.

7. Sarah SIZEMORE born about 1859, died early 1860s.

8. Mary Jane SIZEMORE born January 1860 in Chattahoochee County GA, died 9-Mar-1905, married 28-Dec-1876 to George Henry TURNER (d. 28-Aug-1929). George Henry TURNER was the brother of John Homer TURNER who married Nancy Sizemore.  George Henry TURNER and Mary Jane had twelve children.

9. Cyntha "Cynthie" SIZEMORE born about 1863, married 24-Jan-1883 in Marion County GA to William HEATH.  Living with parents at 1880 Census.

Second Generation

The ten children of John Wiley SIZEMORE and Sarah BULLARD are:

A. William Wylie "Will" SIZEMORE born 20-Jul-1875 in Juniper, Talbot County, GA, died 1950.  Married 1st Minnie Lee GOODWIN (b. 7-Nov-1882 in Buena Vista, Marion Co. GA, d. 6-Jun-1922 Columbus, Muscogee Co. GA); married 2nd to Lydia WALLACE.  Minnie died of a heart attack the same day her father died, she's buried at Ridgedale (or Riverdale?) Cemetery in Columbus, GA.  Will and Lydia are buried at Prospect Cemetery, Chamblee, Gwinnett County, GA 

B. Tiney Faye SIZEMORE  born 14-Feb-1878, in Marion Co. GA, died 4-Jan-1946 in Ochlocknee, Thomas Co. GA), married 13-Aug-1893 to Charlie Columbus GRIFFIN (b. 18-Apr-1877 in Marion Co. GA, died 20-Oct-1965 in Meigs, Thomas Co. GA) Charlie was the son of George Washington GRIFFIN. Both Charlie and Tiney Faye Sizemore Griffin are buried in Big Ochlocknee Cemetery, Thomas Co. GA  * They had four children.

C. Leila N. "Lee" SIZEMORE born 26-Apr-1888 in Marion Co. GA, married John L. Spradlen, died 1983 in Columbus, GA Two children, Alma Spradlen and John T. Spradlen who resided in Lakeland, FL in 1983.  Per AD Pinson, they had three other children named Lillie, Margaret and Bronzel.???

D. John Corbett SIZEMORE - born 16-May-1890 in Juniper, Talbot Co. GA, married Mary Ethel STONE 12-Feb-1918.  John was a barber. Died age 68, Marshall Heights section of Greenwood, S.C.. His son, Jack, was a pharmacist, also from Greenwood, SC, who married Betty and had five children.

E. Fannie "Teat" SIZEMORE - born 25-May-1883, married Will STUBBS in Thomasville, GA, died before 1972, buried Big Ochlocknee Cemetery, Thomas Co. GA. Their children were Roscoe, Floy,  and Revell. All children lived in Thomaston, Upson County, GA

F. Ashby SIZEMORE - unknown birth, resided Columbus, GA, died 1972. 

G. Tapley Boynton "Doc" SIZEMORE - born 15-Nov-1894 (1896?) in Columbus, GA, died 1972, Greenwood, SC. He was a Bondsman.  Married Eva Louette WALTON 3-Jan-1921. One child, a daughter, married Rev. Carrol Davis, three children, resided in Piedmont, SC.  The 1880 Marion Co. Census (p.180A) shows a Tapley BULLARD, age 31, with wife Mollie, 33 and son George, 3. This Tapley BULLARD is likely the uncle and namesake for Tapley Sizemore.

H. Ida Pearl SIZEMORE born 16-June-1893 and died about 1976 in Greenwood SC, buried at Southview Cemetery, GA Hwy 19, near Thomaston, Upson County, GA. She married 1st Jimmy (or James?) Green  WALDING ?? WALDEN in Marion County GA on 18-Dec-1907, the first child of that marriage was a son who died an infant, the second child of that union, Thelma Nazarine WALDEN or WALDING was born about 1911.  Ida married 2nd  Jeff Arthur PINSON about 1915-1920.  Jeff Arthur PINSON was born 26-Feb-1898 in Alabama, the son of Jeff Davis PINSON and Elizabeth THORNTON and he died 02-Feb-1980 at Houston Co. Hospital, Warner Robins, GA, he was buried at Southview Cemetery, Thomaston, GA.  Jeff Arthur PINSON and Ida Pearl SIZEMORE had five children, Ethel, Dorothy (Dot), Arthur DeWitt b. Dec1924, Bernice, Lerline b.Jul1931.

Ida SIZEMORE and Jeff Arthur PINSON lived in Sylacauga, AL about 1915-1920 where both worked in cotton mills there. That's where they met. After they married and had several children, the Pinsons moved for work in the B.F. Goodrich Martha Mills in Thomaston, Upson Co., GA, and bought a farm in Pike County GA near Molena. About 1946-47, they moved to 121 "S" Street in Thomaston in the Silvertown village named for the Goodyear tire known as "Silvertown."

I. Lillie "Lil" SIZEMORE born unknown, married Thomas M. BEDFORD in Atlanta, GA

J. Nall (or Nell?) SIZEMORE born unknown, married Tom HAMMOCK, died before 1972, buried Big Ochlocknee Cemetery, Thomas Co. GA.


The 1880 Census for Marion County GA shows John Sizemore, 29, wife Sarah, 24, son William 4, and daughter Mary (Tiney Faye), 2.


According to Janet Walden [ ] , the 1900 Lee County AL (Phoenix City now spelled Phenix City) Census has the following:

1900 census Lee County - Phoenix City (spelled different then and in Lee County then) Alabama.

District 45- Address: 87 First Ave.

Sizemore, John W. b. Apr. 1846 - 54 yrs. old Farmer
Sarah wife b. June 1856 - 43 (they were married for 26 yrs.)
(both of thier parents were from Georgia) (they had 10 children and 8 living)
Alice daughter b.Feb. 1882 - 18 weaver at cottonmill
Fannie(?) daughter b. May 1883
Lillie daughter b. June 1886
Lela daughter b. Apr. 1888 12yrs. old
John son b. May 1890 10yrs. old
Ida daughter b.May 1892 8yrs. old
Barnes son b. Oct.1894 5 yrs. old
Ashby son b. Oct. 1899 7mos old

Third Generation

James (or Jimmy?) Green  WALDEN or WALDING and Ida Pearl SIZEMORE had one daughter, Thelma Nazarine Walden, b. about 1911, married Lon Jack Scroggins about 1930, and died about 15-Jun-1931 in childbirth.  One male descendant, name unknown, died as a small child.

Jeff Arthur Pinson and Ida Pearl Sizemore had the following children: (photo coming soon)

1. Ethel PINSON born about 1920, married Mutt FALLIN, one son Jeff and one daughter Myrna. Died about about 1974.

2. Dorothy PINSON born about 1922 married Ross DANIEL, four daughters, Thelma, Mildred, Maggie, Faye. Died about 1985.

3. Arthur DeWitt PINSON, born 28-Dec-1924, married Marvell TAYLOR, two daughters, Pam b.1958, and Denise b.1961. Live near Lake Sinclair, Putnam Co. GA

4. Bernice PINSON , born about 1926, married Bill DAVIS, 3 children, Douglas, Donald, and Debbie. Bill Davis' family was from Pike Co. GA (attended school in Molena). After leaving the US Navy in 1946, he attended the University of GA (1948) and roomed with LJ Scroggins for one quarter before bringing his wife Bernice there to live at which point LJ moved to a boarding house. [Source: Bill Davis]  Resides in Madison, Morgan Co., GA

5. Lerline PINSON, born July 1931, married Felton TIDWELL, one son Harold and one daughter, Vickie. Live in Newnan, Coweta Co., GA.

6. Lon Jack SCROGGINS, Jr., b. 15-Jun-1931, married Marion JONES 5-Oct-1955 in Upson County, GA, died 14-July-2000 in Warner Robins, Houston County, GA, they had two sons, Steve and John.

Arthur Pinson and Ida Sizemore Walden met working in a cotton mill in Sylacauga, AL. They married and had several children there before moving to Thomaston GA to work at the B.F. Goodrich Martha Mill. They lived for some years on a farm near Molena (Pike Co.), then moved into the city limits of Thomaston around 1947.

Sources: Lester Schrader & Bonnie Scroggins Schrader, Bill Davis , DeWitt Pinson, John Mallory LandBook: "A History of Marion County, Georgia: Motherland of Many," compiled by Rena S. COBB and published in 1997, there is a section on the family of Wiley SIZEMORE on pp. 415-19. Lorene VEAL of Buford, GA, Barbara SIZEMORE of Box Springs, GA, Debbie ZOURAS of Irmo, SC,  Lois McCARTY of Coleman, TX,  Mrs. William Harlan SMITH of Ochlocknee, GA ; and Donna RICHTER of Lawrenceville, GA. Janet Walden

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