Grapeland Texas

Green, John Calvin

John Calvin Green

Grapeland Texas 75844

John Calvin Green, born in Forsyth, Georgia on March 10, 1847 fought in the Civil War as an infantryman and was a master carpenter and skilled brick mason. His marriage to Mary Lou Browning, born June 29, 1856 in Forsyth was on September 14, 1873. In the early 1880’s, this family moved to Texas and settled in the Enon (now Sunset) Community where John Calvin helped operate the industries powered by the Mill Branch Water Wheel located near San Pedro Creek as it runs into the Grapeland Club Lake. He built wood cabinets and brick chimneys and flues for a trade. One of Mr. Green’s sisters married Henry Ingram and they lived near the Greens in Texas. John Calvin, an accomplished violinist, often entertained his grandchildren with his “fiddle”. Although a dapper young man in his youth, he settled down in later life to become a self-appointed morals tender for the community. He wasted no time in deriding a young maiden for wearing lipstick and the dresses were always too short. His favorite “swear” word was “confound it”. He and his wife and children were charter members of the Sunset Christian Church in 1903. Mary Lou Raney Browning, a very beautiful young lady with big brown eyes, was the daughter of Mary Ann Shockley, born September 11, 1821, and Eli J. Browning who was born March 27, 1822. Mary Lou did her part in teaching the many young grandchildren to read early in life. One of Mary Lou’s brothers came to Texas and was a mail carrier, living in Grapeland with his wife and three daughters. The issue from this marriage was ten children, three of whom died in infancy. They were: Mary Julia, born March 22, 1877; William, January 7, 1880, died young; Mattie, on March 8, 1882, died in infancy; Mamie, born July 22, 1884; Kate, born May 20, 1887; Pallie, born May 17, 1889; James Alvah, born February 12, 1891; Olive, born April 18, 1893; John, born August 10, 1895, died young; and Daniel Elbert, born December 7, 1897. Julia Green married Jim Brimberry and had: (1) John A. who married Lillie Spruill; (2) Elmer Lee married Eula Rail Driscoll; (3) Bert who married Opal Pennington; (4) Stanley Odell who married Valley DuBose; (5) George Frank who married Juanita Radford and Bernice DeZelle; (6) Julius Everett who married Stella Mims; (7) Seth Olan who never married; (8) Nana Lou who married Clayton Dominey, Bernice Yates and Coy Clark; and (9) James Woodrow, a bachelor. Mamie Green married Fred Tiller and had Barney Tiller. Mamie Green Tiller died and her family reared Barney. Kate Green married Alvin Oliver and had: Egbert Monroe, who married Josephine Kibby; Emma Raney died in childhood; Winnie Belle married Wilson Green; Zelma married Lee Roy Yates; Cleba married Lee Pope Nichols; John Alfred died as an infant; and Elsie Faye married Archie Johnson. Pallie Green married Louis Story and had: Frazer Louis who married Violet Baker; Sam Houston who married Melba Brimberry; Mary Rebecca (Reba) who married John Franklin Childs; Calvin Stokes (Bill) who married Williene Smith; Eula Lois married Claude Mason; and Charles Daniel (Pete) married Janine Daily and Betty Phiug Frederick. Olive Green married Tracy Skidmore and had: Curtis Emory who married Estelle Brimberry; John Octa married Mada Lou Smith; Mary Lucille married Louis Smith; Cammie Elizabeth married Tom James; Mayme Grace married Narvell Gibson and Oscar Allen; Charles Tracy married Avonell Kelly; William Hoyt married Mary Lou Swearington; and Valdura and married Sherrill Schwartz and Bob Turner. Daniel Elbert married Lillian Lively and had: Mary Ethel who married Dock Martin; Sallie Mae who married Bill Oldham and Jack Mullican; Eugenia Claudette who married Royce Moffett; Dannie Lou married Joe Sopshak; Larita Joyce married a Mr. Beckwith and a Cline; and Grace Ann who married Jerry Marion Day and Clarence McCarty. Mary Lou Raney Browning Green died August 19, 1930 and John Calvin Green died February 28, 1936. Both are buried in the Davis Cemetery.