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Descendants of Robert Francis Sessions

Generation No. 1

 

1. Robert Francis1 Sessions was born Abt. 1785. He married Patience Pattillo September 02, 1809 in Morgan Co., Georgia, daughter of David Pattillo and Sarah. She was born Abt. 1789.

 

Children of Robert Sessions and Patience Pattillo are:

+ 2 i. James Augustus2 Sessions, born 1820 in Probably Morgan Co., Georgia; died 1858 in Mountain Twp., Arkansas.

3 ii. Mary Sessions, born Abt. 1821. She married Elijah Ivey in Union Co., IL; born Abt. 1812 in IL; died 1859 in Scott Co., AR.

Notes for Elijah Ivey:

Killed by another man after an argument.

4 iii. Debora C. Sessions, born Abt. 1824. She married Wiley Davis; born Abt. 1820.

 

Generation No. 2

 

2. James Augustus2 Sessions (Robert Francis1) was born 1820 in Probably Morgan Co., Georgia, and died 1858 in Mountain Twp., Arkansas. He married Lucinda Ivey Abt. 1840 in Probably, Arkansas, daughter of Joseph Ivey and Elizabeth. She was born 1826 in Illinois, and died 1858 in Mountain Twp., Arkansas.

James Sessions taught at Dwight Indian Mission at Sallisaw, Oklahoma. All of their documents and historical records was sent to the Presbyterian Church USA, department of history, 425 Lombard Street, Philadelphia, Pennslyvania. 19147.

In 1896, when Eliza Jane Sessions Blackwell Ausmus, daughter of James A. Sessions and Lucinda Sessions, applied for enrollment with the Creek Nations in Indian Territory, she was denied. The Goodspeeds' biographical sketch of Rev. Robert E. Sessions contends that James A. Sessions was an Indian Agent to the Creeks, but no Presidential appointments were made to this effect, nor is it believed that a person only twenty years would have been appointed.

In her membership application affidavit, Eliza Jane Sessions age 52, stated, "My father...drew money, clothing and dry goods from the Government as if he was one of the Creek Indians, and that she was thirteen when her father died." The application gave the names of the children of James A. and Lucinda

Loy Sessions as: Robert E.; John T.; Sarah Ann Sessions Hollis, all of whom reside in Scott County, Arkansas, and Patience P. Sessions Blackwell, who resided near Whitfield in Indian Territory.

Due to the reluctance of many Indians to place their names on government documents, it is very hard to prove Indian Heritage. However, an exhaustive research by one of the best professional genealogist, Jerri Chasteen, specializing in Indian heritage failed to prove any Indian blood in the direct Sessions line.

The Rev. Robert E. Sessions, the son of James A., homesteaded land in 1880, about four miles down the Buffalo Road, and he also served in the State Legislature. His wife Zelpha Elizabeth Womack Sessions, died in 1861 and she could be buried in the Lamb Cemetery where she and Robert donated one-half of an acre for a graveyard in 1889, or in the Buffalo Cemetery where some of their children are buried.

Notes for Lucinda Ivey:

Source: 1850 Newton Co., Census Hickman Twp Waldron PO #86/86. Death certificate of daughter Sarah Hollis states her mother was an Ivey. This death certificate has the name spelled :Ivey"), and died bet. 1860-1861 in Scott County Arkansas, supposedly in an epidemic, perhaps the same one as James (Source: Joan at jmac@SineWave.com message dated June 17, 1998. Phone call to Edith Echols confirming burial place for both James and Lucinda in church yard Freewill Baptist Church, Boles, Mountain Twp gravestones no longer there, but was in the 1930's). She married James Augustus Sessions Bet. 1838 - 1841 in Mountain Twp, Scott County, Arkansas or Sallisaw Indian Mission, Ark. Territory (Source: Date is supposition based on age of oldest child & place was taken from a Goodspeed article on Robert E. Sessions. Later information was received about marriage taking place in 1838 at Sallisaw Indian Mission, Arkansas Territory from Bill Sessions report), son of Robert Sessions and Patience Patillo.

 

Children of James Sessions and Lucinda Ivey are:

5 i. Mary Elizabeth3 Sessions, born 1841 in Scott Co., AR.

+ 6 ii. Eliza Jane Sessions, born June 07, 1844 in Mountain Twp., Arkansas; died December 22, 1921 in Weleetka, Okfuskee Co., Oklahoma.

+ 7 iii. Patience P. Sessions, born 1847 in Scott County, AR..

+ 8 iv. Robert E. Sessions, born April 1850 in Scott Co., Arkansas.

+ 9 v. John Francis Sessions, born May 07, 1852 in Scott Co., Arkansas; died June 04, 1918 in Scott Co., Arkansas.

+ 10 vi. Sarah Ann Sessions, born 1855 in Scott County, AR.; died February 16, 1936 in Weleetka, Okfuskee Co., OK.

 

Generation No. 3

 

6. Eliza Jane3 Sessions (James Augustus2, Robert Francis1) was born June 07, 1844 in Mountain Twp., Arkansas, and died December 22, 1921 in Weleetka, Okfuskee Co., Oklahoma. She married (1) Ambrose Blackwell Abt. 1862. He was born Abt. 1823, and died Abt. 1876 in Scott Co., AR. She married (2) David Ausmus Abt. 1877. He was born May 08, 1823 in N.E. Belleville, S, Illinois, and died December 07, 1904 in Scott Co., Arkansas.

 

Children of Eliza Sessions and Ambrose Blackwell are:

11 i. Parmelia Ann4 Blackwell, born August 1862 in Boles, Scott Co., AR; died June 18, 1918 in Reichert, LeFlore Co., OK. She married James Wade McElroy Abt. 1878 in Boles, Scott Co., AR.

12 ii. Lucy Oda Blackwell, born May 12, 1868 in Scott County, AR.. She married Leander A. Crump Abt. 1884 in Scott Co., AR; born Abt. 1862.

13 iii. Union S. Blackwell, born 1869 in Scott County, AR..

14 iv. Frances D. Blackwell, born 1871 in Scott County, AR..

15 v. Julia Elizabeth Blackwell, born 1873 in Scott County, AR.; died Bef. 1900. She married Robert M. Hall.

 

Children of Eliza Sessions and David Ausmus are:

16 i. David4 Ausmus, born 1878.

17 ii. Eliza Lucinda Ausmus, born July 1880 in Scott County, AR..

18 iii. Rachael Mary Ausmus, born February 04, 1882 in Scott Co., Arkansas; died March 12, 1960 in Contra Costra, California. She married George Farris Womack Abt. 1900 in Oklahoma; born May 03, 1880 in Coffee Co., Tennessee; died December 27, 1941 in Weleetka, Okfuskee Co., Oklahoma.

Notes for Rachael Mary Ausmus:

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The 1850 Scott County, Arkansas census ;

James A. Sessions, white

Lucinda Sessions, Mulatto

Mary E. Sessions, Mulatto

Eliza J. Sessions, Mulatto

Patience P. Sessions, Mulatto

Robert E. Sessions, Mulatto

Eliza Jane Sessions (daughter of James Augustus Sessions and Lucinda Ivey)  ( See "The Ivey's" )  married David Ausmus, they had Rachael Mary Ausmus who married George Farris Womack, my great grandfather. I remember my grandfather Earnest Elijah Womack telling me when I was a child that he was part Black Dutch, I think we can assume at this point that the Dutch part of the equation may have been incorrect.

 

Notes for George Farris Womack:

LINEAGE OF THE COMPILER OF THIS GENEALOGY.

7. Patience P.3 Sessions (James Augustus2, Robert Francis1) was born 1847 in Scott County, AR.. She married John H. Blackwell Abt. 1868 in Scott Co., AR, son of Ambrose Blackwell and Mary. He was born Abt. 1844.

 

Children of Patience Sessions and John Blackwell are:

19 i. Mary J.4 Blackwell, born Abt. 1869.

20 ii. William A. Blackwell, born Abt. 1872.

21 iii. Robert W. Blackwell, born Abt. 1876.

22 iv. John F. Blackwell, born Abt. 1879.

23 v. Ed Blackwell.

24 vi. Ben Blackwell.

25 vii. Alger Blackwell.

26 viii. Millie Ann Blackwell, born Abt. 1884.

8. Robert E.3 Sessions (James Augustus2, Robert Francis1) was born April 1850 in Scott Co., Arkansas. He married Elizabeth Zilpha Womack August 12, 1868 in Scott Co., Arkansas, daughter of James Womack and Hannah Kilburn. She was born Abt. 1849 in Lawrence Co., Tennessee, and died in Hitchita, McIntosh Co., Oklahoma.

Notes for Robert E. Sessions:

Reverend Robert E. Sessions

This name is synonymous in Scott Co., Arkansas, with successful agriculture, and throughout the immediate section in which he lives he was especially well known. He was born in Arkansas, in what is now Bradley County, January 14,1850. and was a son of James A. and Lucinda ( Loa ) Sessions, the former born in Alabama and the latter in Tennessee, their marriage taking place in Mountain Township, Scott Co., Arkansas. James A. Sessions when a young man of 18 years, left his parents in Georgia, to which state they had moved from Alabama to come to Arkansas as agent to the Creek Indians, Receiving his appointment from The President of the United States.

At the end of 5 years he began devoting his attention to teaching school and toselling goods in Fort Smith, and while in this place acted as interpreter, being well acquainted with the Creek, Choctaw and Cherokee languages. He was a man of brilliant mind, highly gifted, and in his youth had the advantages of a excellent education. He was a consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, socially was a member of the I.O.O.F., and shortly before the opening of the Rebellion he was called from the Earth, being then in the prime of life. His widow died in Scott Co., Arkansas, in 1861, also an earnest member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, having borne her husband 5 children: Eliza J. (wife of David Ausmus, a farmer and primitive Baptist minister of Scott Co., Arkansas ), Permelia Ann ( wife of J. H. Blackwell, a farmer of Scott County ), Reverend Robert E., J.F. ( a merchant and also a Free-Will Baptist minister), and Sarah ( wife of Compton Hollis, a farmer residing near Boles, Arkansas.

Reverend Robert E. Sessions made his home with different families during the war, and during that time attended school a little. After the war he worked on a farm and in 1880 homesteaded land in the amount of 160 acres in Mountain township, and has been buying and selling land ever since, being now the owner of 150 acres at the head of Ross Creek, a considerable portion of which is under cultivation in connection with this he has been operating a cotton-gin for the past seven years, and since March, 1889, he has been the owner of a good gin, grist, saw and shingle mill.

Commencing life with no advantages whatever, he has done exceedingly well, has educated his children, and has done much, if not more, than any of his neighbors for worthy enterprises. he has been an earnest member of twenty-one years, and in 1864 was ordained a minister of the Free-Will Baptist Church, soon after being made Pastor of Shiloh Church in Blansett Township. He has also filled the same position in Mount Pisgah No.2 and assisted in organizing a church northeast of Waldron, known as Davis Church.

He was married on August 12,1868, to Miss Elizabeth Womack of Scott County, by whom he has become the father of nine children: John A., James W., Armatha Bell., Mary Francis, Harriet Dealtha, Robert F., Fred and Thomas. Elmer died in infancy. Mrs. Sessions is a member of the Free-Will Baptist Church, and has given much assistance to her husband in his work of saving souls. Mr. Sessions belongs to the Farmers Alliance, and is a staunch Republican in politics.

Reverend Robert E. Sessions later served as a representative from Scott County, in the Arkansas State Legislature. The Western Arkansas Gazette in its February 3, 1905 edition notes that Representative Sessions introduced a bill to settle the Indian Lands dispute.

Reprinted from historical files at the Capitol in Little Rock, Arkansas, 11/07/87.

 

Children of Robert Sessions and Elizabeth Womack are:

27 i. John A.4 Sessions, born Abt. 1870.

28 ii. James W. Sessions, born Abt. 1872.

29 iii. Armatha Bell Sessions, born Abt. 1873.

30 iv. Mary Frances Sessions, born November 22, 1876 in Scott Co., AR; died November 27, 1958 in Hichita, McIntosh Co., OK. She married Peter Preston Kindell November 21, 1890 in Scott Co., AR; born Abt. 1870.

31 v. Harriet Dealtha Sessions, born Abt. 1879.

32 vi. Robert F. Sessions, born May 1881.

33 vii. Fred Sessions, born February 1887.

34 viii. Thomas Sessions, born March 1889.

35 ix. Elmer Sessions, born Abt. 1894.

9. John Francis3 Sessions (James Augustus2, Robert Francis1) was born May 07, 1852 in Scott Co., Arkansas, and died June 04, 1918 in Scott Co., Arkansas. He married Delthea Tennessee O. Womack Abt. 1871 in Boles, Scott Co., Arkansas, daughter of James Womack and Hannah Kilburn. She was born June 27, 1855 in Scott Co., Arkansas, and died in Hitchita, Mcintosh Co., Oklahoma.

 

Children of John Sessions and Delthea Womack are:

36 i. Sarah P.4 Sessions, born June 18, 1872 in Scott Co., Arkansas; died February 27, 1962 in Heavener, LaFlore Co., Oklahoma. She married John Bell Hawkins December 11, 1887 in Boles, Scott Co., Arkansas; born Abt. 1868.

37 ii. Elizabeth J. Sessions, born August 09, 1875 in Scott Co., AR; died February 26, 1959 in Ft. Smith, Sebastian Co. Arkansas. She married Lorenzo Dow Tolleson August 28, 1892 in Boles, Scott Co., AR; born Abt. 1870.

38 iii. L.E. Sessions, born October 19, 1876.

39 iv. William Franklin Sessions, born December 18, 1877 in Scott Co., AR; died February 03, 1958 in Hichita, McIntosh Co., OK. He married Cora V. Lackey November 20, 1898 in Scott Co., AR; born Abt. 1880.

40 v. Joy Jane Sessions, born January 18, 1881 in Scott Co., AR; died August 22, 1883 in Scott Co., AR.

41 vi. Frances Ann Lydia Sessions, born Abt. 1884 in Scott Co., AR; died January 11, 1938 in Hichita, McIntosh Co., OK. She married William Richard Calvert April 27, 1898 in Scott Co., AR; born Abt. 1880.

42 vii. Lucy Jane Sessions, born January 19, 1888 in Scott Co., AR; died January 22, 1891 in Scott Co., AR.

43 viii. Loy F. Sessions, born August 30, 1889 in Scott Co., AR; died March 1964 in Bowie, TX. He married Mary Ella Croy June 10, 1906 in Scott Co., AR.

44 ix. Minnie M. Sessions, born May 1892 in Scott Co., AR; died March 28, 1982 in Hichita, McIntosh Co., OK. She married Charles M. Scarver Sims August 15, 1909 in Scott Co., AR; born Abt. 1888.

45 x. Lora Kansas Sessions, born November 27, 1894 in Scott Co., AR; died June 1975 in Muskogee, OK. She married William Joe Nelson October 27, 1913 in Scott Co., AR; born Abt. 1890.

46 xi. Robert Bonnie Sessions, born October 19, 1898 in Lafayette Co., AR; died November 09, 1970. He married Ozie Byrtle Ramsey January 18, 1920 in Scott Co., AR.

10. Sarah Ann3 Sessions (James Augustus2, Robert Francis1) was born 1855 in Scott County, AR., and died February 16, 1936 in Weleetka, Okfuskee Co., OK. She married (1) John MaGahee Abt. 1872 in Scott Co., AR. She married (2) Stephen Compton Hollis 1886 in Scott Co., AR. He was born Abt. 1855.

 

Children of Sarah Sessions and John MaGahee are:

47 i. Permelia4 MaGahee, born 1874 in Scott Co., AR.

48 ii. Frances T. MaGahee, born Abt. 1877 in Scott Co., AR. She married John C. Brasher.

49 iii. Amanda H. MaGahee, born 1880. She married Stonewall Jackson Putman; born Abt. 1878.

 

Children of Sarah Sessions and Stephen Hollis are:

50 i. Robert C.4 Hollis, born Abt. 1886.

51 ii. John Elmer Hollis, born June 09, 1887 in Scott Co., AR; died April 30, 1965 in Weleetka, Okfuskee Co., OK. He married Mary Elizabeth.

52 iii. Cora M. Hollis, born August 1891 in Scott Co., AR.

53 iv. Tempie Zenia Hollis, born October 22, 1892 in Waldron, Scott Co., AR; died February 20, 1935 in Weleetka, Okfuskee Co., OK. She married Walter W. Millsap Abt. 1912.

54 v. Lou Ann Hollis, born December 22, 1894 in Scott Co., AR; died July 1987 in Weleetka, Okfuskee Co., OK.

55 vi. Sanford Hollis, born April 11, 1897 in Scott Co., AR; died 1977 in Wetumka, OK.

 

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