of blue; wrap your presents to your darling from you were lyrics to one of her favorite songs. Her favorite color was blue. Her favorite people were her grandchildren. She lived a lonely life alone for most of her adult years. But when
she died she left a hole in the hearts of four grandchildren: Kim, Gary, Mark and Julie. She left them behind with only her memories; she left little of monetary value but that mattered little to them.
What she left was mostly pictures that were valued beyond gold that were left to be treasured. And every card that her granddaughter had sent to her or given her was stacked and tied together. That was a tender moment watching her as she held that stack. The biggest treasure for her granddaughter was the little photo of her when she was born that Mammy had written “Darling Kim” on it.
Mammy was Marie Kerby Wright. The photo with the three adults leaves us to wonder, just who is that handsome man dressed to the nines and who is so suave and debonaire in the photo? On the left is Marie Kerby’s brother-in-law Jimmy Marks. In the middle is Marie Kerby all petite and young. And her sister Irene Kerby Marks took the photo as her shadow can be seen in the photo as she held the camera. But the gentleman on the right is not identified. Could it be a Butler who lived nearby? Perhaps, a Butler descendant can answer that question and solve that puzzle for us. The photograph is vintage 1944 or 1945 and the photo was taken at Seven Points in Florence, Alabama.
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family traces back to London England to John Thrasher. His son Peter Thrasher was the progenitor of the Thrasher family in America. He arrived in 1666. Peter died in 1700 in Prince George, Maryland. Peter has one known son, Benjamin Thrasher, born 1690 and died 1741 in Prince George, Maryland. Benjamin Thrasher was married to Mary Beall. Mary and Benjamin are known to have two children: Margaret Thrasher 1680 – 1738 and Thomas Thrasher 1725 – 1804.
Thomas Thrasher was born in Prince George and died 6 Jun 1804 in Frederick, Frederick, Maryland. Thomas married Martha Lee. Together they had a number of children: Benjamin Thrasher 1735 – 1753; Mary Thrasher 1749 – 1813; Benjamin Thrasher 1753 – 1821; Ruth Thrasher 1755 – 1850; Keziah Casiah Thrasher 1757 – ; Benjamin Thrasher 1758 – 1802; John Thrasher 1761 – 1828; Sarah Thrasher 1765 – 1826; Elias Thrasher 1767 – 1823.
Elias Thrasher was born in Frederick, Frederick, Maryland and died in Lovettsville, Loudon County, Virginia. He married Sarah Lamar 1770 – 1851 and they had a number of children: Malinda Thrasher 1789 – 1859; Henson Thrasher 1790 – 1860; Matilda Thrasher 1792 – 1834; Elias Thrasher 1792 – 1860; Martha Thrasher 1793 – 1853; William Bishop Lamar Thrasher 1798 – 1883; Thomas Lee Thrasher 1798 – 1850; Thomas Thrasher 1800 – 1893; Archibald Archer Thrasher 1802 – 1883; Sarah Ann Thrasher 1805 – ; Arretta Thrasher 1806 – 1882; William Franklin Thrasher 1809 – 1855; Luther Alexander Thrasher 1810 – 1881; John Thrasher 1812 – 1854; and Clarissa Amanda Thrasher 1813 – 1889.
The Thrasher family started out in America in Prince George and Frederick Maryland, but the Thrasher line was in the Shoals before Alabama was a state. They arrived when Alabama was still called the Mississippi Territory; while the land was still occupied by the Native Americans. The Trail of Tears was to occur some forty or more years later.
William Bishop Lamar Thrasher was born 25 May 1798 in Frederick, Frederick, Maryland, United States and died 26 Jan 1883 in Lauderdale, Alabama, United States. He married, at age 24, Rachel Holshausen in Lauderdale County, Alabama on 3 September 1822. Rachel, the daughter of John Holshausen and Anniece Cunningham Holshausen, was born 17 Feb 1805 in Tennessee and died 26 December 1883 in Lauderdale County, Alabama. Rachel’s parents were both born in Rowan County, North Carolina. Rachel’s father died in 1868 in Nelson County, Kentucky. Her mother died in 1843 in Polk County, Texas.
William Bishop Lamar Thrasher and Rachel Holshausen Thrasher maintained their home in Lauderdale County and raised a large family of children. Their children were: Elias Thrasher 1823 – 1876; Thomas Thrasher 1825 – 1876; Emily Thrasher 1827 – ; Sarah Malissa Elissie Thrasher 1831 – 1904; BG Thrasher 1832 – 1902; William Henson Thrasher 1833 – 1879; Hattie Ann Thrasher 1835 – 1917; James Thrasher 1837 – 1915; John Chapman Thrasher 1840 – 1915; Michael L Mike Thrasher 1841 – ; Pugh Houston Thrasher 1843 – 1922 and John Chapman Thrasher 1845 – 1915. There may have been a son named John Hall Thrasher born 1823.
Hettie Ann Thrasher married John Henry Marks who was born 1829 in Virginia and died 19 Apr 1876 in Lauderdale County, Alabama. Their family of children are in the “Family of Hettie” graphic below. John Henry Marks was buried at Chisholm Cemetery and Hettie Marks was buried at Stoney Point Church of Christ Cemetery, both in Lauderdale County.
Their son, James Wesley Marks married Clora Alice “Cora” Phillips who lived from 1878 to 1926. Cora Marks was the daughter of John Wesley Phillips 1838 – 1907 and Josephine Roseann Carr Phillips 1841 – 1912. It is from John Wesley Phillips that the name Wesley becomes a family tradition.
On the 1900 Census, James Marks and wife Cora Marks, were boarders in the household of Martin Phillips. Martin was a widow who had a couple of children and grandchildren living with him. He may have been Cora Phillips’ grandfather. The home was situated on Coffee Road and Wood Avenue in Florence, Lauderdale County, Alabama. James and Cora Marks had married in January of that year.
On 12 September 1918, James Marks who was living in Florence, Lauderdale County, Alabama was described as medium height, medium build, with blue eyes and gray hair. His age was 44, and he was married to Cora. His occupation is given as merchant. Presumably, he was the first owner of Marks Garage near Seven Points Shopping Center in Florence.
James and Cora Marks’ children were: Owen Marks 1903 – ; Neal V Marks 1905 – ; James Wesley “Jimmy” Marks 1907 – 1969; Robert Marks 1910 – ; and Lucile Marks 1913 – . James W Marks and Clora A Phillips Marks are buried at Parsonage Cemetery in Florence, Lauderdale County, Alabama.
James and Cora’s third son, Jimmy Marks married Irene Harriet Kerby. They built a home on Malone Circle in Florence as a duplex. Jimmy was a very frugal man. He paid for the home with the rent derived from one side while they lived on the other side of the duplex. The two sides shared one bathroom. Jimmy Marks worked with his brother, Neal Marks, in their family garage at Seven Points. After his retirement, Jimmy drove the school bus that took Irene to her job at Hope Haven School in Tuscumbia. Irene was beloved by family, friends, and co-workers.
Irene and her twin sister, Pauline Kerby had wonderful memories of their childhood, their parents, and their escapades. The twins were not given middle names at birth. So, they adopted middle names from their ‘favorite’ relatives. Pauline crowned herself Pauline Barbara Kerby, while Irene was dubbed Irene Harriet Kerby. These two little ladies were wonderful company to be around. They were full of ‘stories’ of their upbringing, school days, and courting days. I miss them both. Jimmy and Irene Marks are buried at Florence City Cemetery.