The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 65, July 1961 - April, 1962 Page: 441
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by William Wallace McCullough, Jr. This splendidly-done family
account was privately printed at Galveston, Texas, in 1961. It
covers 22 numbered pages and deals with the eventful career of
Dr. William Dennis Kelley, recounting his experiences in Dela-
ware, North Carolina, and Tennessee before attending Transyl-
vania University. At the University of Pennsylvania young Kelley
received a medical degree, and shortly thereafter removed to
Texas. "He led an active life in a fabled and romantic country at
a time when the practice of medicine was more of an art than a
The following letter of correction, supplying additional his-
torical information, was received after type for the October Quar-
terly had already been set.
Blaine S. Hollimon, Jr.
P. O. Box 783
My dear Doctor Carroll: September 25, r961.
A few days ago I received the July, 1961, QUARTERLY of the
Association (Vol. LXV, No. 1), and, as usual, I have read it "from
cover to cover" with great pleasure. One of the shorter articles,
Notes on Texas' Largest Slaveholders, 1860, by Ralph A. Wooster
(pp. 72 et seq.), was of uncommon interest to me for the reason
that a collateral ancestor of mine is listed in the schedule annexed
In the schedule (p. 79) appears the name of Byrd Mobley Grace of
Polk County, Texas (erroneously listed as Grace M. Byrd).
My great-great-grandmother, Civillity Grace Hollimon, the wife
of Harmon Hatfield Hollimon, of Polk County, was a sister of Cap-
tain Byrd Mobley Grace. She died on April 26, 1859, aged 63 years,
and was buried in the Old Methodist Cemetery in Cold Spring,
Polk (now San Jacinto) County, Texas. I do not know the date of
the death of Captain Grace, but he is buried in the Old Baptist
Cemetery at Cold Spring. Remarkably, Captain Grace has a living
daughter by India ? of Columbus, Georgia, his second wife. The
daughter, who is now of venerable age, is Mrs. Zuleme Grace Wat-
son, widow of A. Page Watson of Petersburg, Virginia, and she now
makes her home, and has for many years, in Saranac Lake, New
York. She is a woman of decided charm and vitality of spirit, and
is a dear and valued relative of mine. Interestingly enough, two
other children of Captain Byrd Mobley Grace, were living until not
so long ago, namely, Mr. Robert Lee Grace and Mrs. Beaulah
Grace Greer. Both made their homes in Houston and were cherished
by me in their lifetimes.
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