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Rance/Ransom Drayton

Here are the research findings on the Drayton family from Rance / Ransom born in South Carolina and moving to Helena, Arkansas, where he died. It would be interesting where in SC he was born and why he and his family left SC – lack of jobs or racism or both?
After further research I believe I discovered that Rance’s parents’ names were Jack and Susan, and they lived in Statesburg Township in Sumter County, SC. Jack was a farmer and his eldest children were farm labourers. 

1870, 1880 & 1900 Censuses – Statesburg, Sumter, SC

Jack Drayton (Jan 1851 (1870 Census = 1840) (1880 Census = 1845) – 5th May 1916) + wife, Susan (May 1851 (1870 Census = 1845) (1880 Census = 1855) –
Married in 1880 – 10 surviving children out of 12
Rented farm – 4 eldest children = farm labourers

Children of Jack and Susan

Rachel (1870 – (no mention in 1900 Census)
Anna (Jan 1881 (1880 Census = 1870) –
Ransum (March 1882 (1880 Census = 1872) –
Thomas ( Jan 1884 (1880 Census = 1875) –
Camilla (1880 Census = 1878)(no mention in 1900 Census)
Mary (Sept 1885 –
Sebastian (Dec 1887 –
John (Jan 1889 –
Hally (May 1894 –
Margaret (Apr 1896 –
Fludd (Sept 1897 –

Rance Drayton’s Family Tree

Rance Drayton (27 May 1888, SC – 1966, Phillips, Arkansas) +
Rose Lee Bonner (10 Apr 1902, Mississippi – 29 Aug 1967, Helena, Phillips, Arkansas)

Children of Rance and Rose Drayton

Daniel Drayton (10 Dec 1923, Arkansas – Aug 1995, Poplar Grove, Phillips, Arkansas) + wife, Commie Wells Drayton (22 Apr 1927, Lake View – 20 Jan 2009, Helena- West Helena, Phillips, Arkansas)
Simuel Drayton (30 Dec 1917, Phillips, Arkansas – 9 Mar 1979, Indiana)
Laura l Drayton (abt 1920, Phillips, AR – Minneapolis, Minnesota)
James William Drayton (5 Nov 1925, Helenma,Phillisp, AR – 21 Nov 1988, Miller, Indiana)
Rance Drayton Jr (1927 – abt 1969, Gary, Indiana)
(half-sister) Lillie Mae (23 Apr 1921 – 11 Jul 1994, Osawatomie, Miami, Kansas) + other half-siblings

Children of Daniel and Commie Drayton

James Lee Drayton (22 Sep 1947, Helena, Phillips, Arkansas – 15 Dec 1987, Indianapolis, Marion, Indiana)
Mary Drayton (1 Mar 1953, Phillips, Arkansas – May 1967, Helena, Phillips, Arkansas)
Living Drayton

Obituary of Commie Lee Drayton, married to the late Daniel Drayton

Family

James Lee Drayton + daughter, Tracey E. Drayton
Mary Ann Drayton + daughter, Dorothy Drayton + son, Paul Drayton
Dan Drayton, married to Barbara, living in Harvey, Ill
Dorothy Drayton of Poplar Grove
Sylvester Drayton of Poplar Grove
Willie Drayton of Helena
George Drayton, married to Judith, living in Conway
Tommy Drayton, married Lisa, living in Memphis
Earnest Drayton of Sherwood
Darlene Owens, married to Sammy, living in Little Rock
Laura Drayton (sister-in-law)
Willie Mae Jones of Helena (adopted sister)

3 Comments Post a comment
  1. Ernest Gary Drayton #

    Hello Grimke Sisters and Bill, this is Ernest Gary Drayton. You are very close to Ransom’s Family Tree. It’s missing some of Dan’s childrens and it need to be updated as well. This is a very good site to read and I am surprised to have found this. Thanks ernedryt@aol.com is my address…………………Question???? how did you come up with Lillie Mae Drayton being a half sister to her siblings? and are there other siblings not listed as being half siblings.

    February 3, 2012
  2. GLORIA ANDDERSON #

    hI MY NAME IS gLORIA aNDERSON i;M lILLIE mAE dRAYTON’S DAUGHTER- LAW. MY MOTHER IN LAW WAS NOT A HALF SIBLING, SHE WAS THE THIRD OLDEST CHILD.SIMEUL WAS THEOLDEST, THEN LAURA WHO LIVES IN ST.PAUL, MINNESOTO,THEN LILLIE MAE, DANIEL DRAYTON,JAMES DRAYTON & RANCE DRAYTON WAS THE YOUNGEST. FRANCIS BONNER WAS ROSE BONNER MOTHER ,ROSIE BROTHER WAS NAMED WILLIE BONNER. HERE IS A LIST OF LILLIE MAE DRAYTON CHILDREN.ANNIE WARREN DONALDS OF BENTON HARBOR MICHGAN: ROOSEVELT DRAYTON,WALTER ANDERSON, EARNEST ANDERSON OF OSAWATOMIE,KANSAS:BERTHA ANDERSON.MATTIE BRACY,LYNETTE JOHNSON OF CHICAGO ILLINOIS. MY E-MAIL IS MRMRSA1984@HOTMAIL.COM LOWERCASE LETTERS

    November 18, 2012
    • Thank you so much for putting me right about the information about your family. I have to say that mine is never 100% accurate because it is based on records which themselves may not be accurate or I may misread them. I’ll send you an email in which I’ll also include the email address of a relative of yours, who was in contact with me at the beginning of this year.

      November 19, 2012

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