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Saturday, September 15, 2012

Ella Gray Espy

Ella would be my great-great aunt.  A big thanks to Beverly Espy Dayries for finding this obit.

and thanks to Judy Faye West for sharing this copy

This is the Thomas Franklin Espy family.  Seated next to Thomas is his wife Frances. Surrounding them are their children. John J. Espy is standing on the far right.  Griggs Espy (a cousin in Dothan, AL) thinks his grandfather, Thomas Marion Espy, is standing behind Frances.  The other boy, standing behind Thomas Franklin would either be Jim or Tom.  Griggs believes another son is missing from this portrait.  It could be William Watt Espy.  We are still trying to find out exactly which one is Ella Gray Espy.  However, based on the photo below, it appears that Ella Gray is second from the left, and possibly Achsa Pearle Espy is second from right.  And, that leaves us with one other girl whose name we have yet to come up with.  It may be Theodosia, since there is a Theodosia headstone in the Baptist cemetery.
Uncle Watty helped Beverly identify the Espy ladies in this photo. However, even he was not 100% certain. 

In the summer of 2011, Kade and I went with Dad (Mark Carroll Espy, Sr.) to the Baptist cemetery in Headland.  If you watch carefully, you can see a moment when Dad stops and makes a remark about Ella Gray Espy's headstone.  

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