Sunday, July 21, 2013

Milas Grisham

Milas Grisham was born on July 8, 1889 to Melissa Yates and Milo Green Grisham in Pope County, Illinois.

In the 1900 Census he is living with his Yates' grandparents Benjamin and Etha Inda.

At age 21 during the 1910 Census he is living by himself in Pope County, Illinois.

Between 1910 and 1915 he married Mary Ruth Settlemoir in Illinois or Indiana.

Note: Written in the Goot Family Bible are the following 3 names:

Miles M Goot born July 8, 1889 ( This is the only place I have seen recorded that Goot was his last name.)

Milas Edgar Grisham  born Novemeber 25, 1915 ( This is the only place that I find his son therefore I assume he died before 1920.)

Eugene Moore Grisham born April ( nothing else noted)

His WWI Draft Registration places his residence in Kankakee, Illinois during 1917-1918.

In the 1920 Census Milas G Grisham was living with his family in Marion, Illinois. His family included his wife Ruth and son Eugene 2 years old. It stated that Milas could read and write.

In the 1930 Census Milas Grisham is living in Anna, Union County, Illinois with his family.

Ruth       35    wife
Jean       12     son
Wilbur     9     son
Jackson   6     son

The Jonesboro Gazette Obituaries from 1934 stated the following:

Ephriam Moore Settlemoir died 6 Jan 1934, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Milas Grisham, in Anna, aged 84 years, 10 months, 26 days, and was buried in Anna Cemetery.  He was born 10 Feb 1849, in Paducah, Ky.  He left several children.

In the 1940 Census Milas has a full house in Anna, Union County, Illinois. 

Milas Grisham   49
Ruth                 44   wife
Eugene             23   son
Wilbur              19    son
Jack                 16   son

Georgia Settlemor    54      sister in law

Anton Wasser     34     roomer
Ruth Wasser       26     roomer
Anthony               4     roomer
Ernest McIntire    21   roomer
Wilma McIntire    18   roomer

On a side note, I think Eugene was counted twice in the 1940 census.

Eugene M Grisham, 22
Deerfield Township, Lake, Illinois
Single, White
birth 1918, Indiana
last place of residence: Anna, Illinois

Milas's WWII Draft Registration places his residence in Anna, Illinois. 

He is buried in the Anna Cemetery, Union County, Illinois. 

I recently found his son's obituary:

Lt. Col. Jack Grisham

Friday, December 26, 2008
Retired Lt. Col. Jack Peyton Grisham, 84, of Easley, S.C., died Friday, Dec. 19, 2008, at his home. He was born in Anna, Ill., son of Milas and Mary Ruth Settlemoir Grisham. He married Frances Hamilton.
Grisham retired from the U.S. Army after 28 years of service and served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. He later taught high school 15 years in Cape Girardeau. He was a member of St. Michael's Episcopal Church.
Survivors include his wife; a son, Mark Grisham of Easley; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a daughter and two brothers.
A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Robinson Funeral Home in Easley is in charge of arrangements.

Resources: family Bible, delayed birth certificate, census records, draft registration, Jonesboro Gazette transcribed by Darrell Dexter, obituary from

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