file0118JAMES U. CASTLEBERRY AND JULIA GRACE KEEFE CASTLEBERRY Shown pictured are Julia Grace Keefe Castleberry and daughter Thelma who died at the age of three. Grace is the daughter of Sam & Sarah Dugan Keefe. Grace was born in New England, Georgia, January 25, 1899. Her mother, Sarah, was the daughter of James and Martha Hughes Dugan of Slygo. When Grace was a young child, her Uncle John B. Dugan took her and some of her sisters along with his children to church at Wildwood. During the service, Grace went to sleep on one of the pews and John forgot her. When everyone arrived at home, Grace’s mother Sarah kept listening for Grace to come in to tell her goodnight. When she didn’t, Sarah awakened John and asked where Grace was. He said, “I forgot she was with me and left her asleep at church.” She was still asleep when John went back to get her. Grace along with her sisters attended the Cole Academy. Grace married James Castleberry October 19, 1915. James died November 24, 1944. They lived at Durham, Georgia, and Rising Fawn, Georgia. Jim and Grace had nine children. The children were James, Thelma, Samuel Duke, Margaret, Sara, William (Bill), Thomas, Paul and Jack. Thelma died at the age of three and James died at birth. Samuel (Duke) was born April 20, 1919 and died March 25, 1975. He married Marie Cross from Ferriday, Louisiana. They had three daughters, Carole, Kathy and Bobbie. Duke retired as an U. S. Postmaster in Ferriday, Louisiana, and Marie also retired from the U. S. Post Office. Their daughter Margaret married George W. Dagnan December 6, 1939. Margaret died November 20, 1993 and George (G. W.) died March 6, 1986. Their daughter, Sara was born March 23, 1923 and died in 1995. She was married to Robert Jordan and they had one daughter, Elizabeth, who is a teacher in Columbus, Georgia. Robert died in 1974. William (Bill) was born July 21,1924 and died November 1989. He worked many years in the Steele Mill in Buffalo, New York. He married Clara Burchett Dunkirk from New York. They have four children who all live in Buffalo, Hamburg, Fredonia and Grand Island, New York. Their son Thomas (Tom) was born September 26, 1926. He is the only child living in this year 1996. He remains single and lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee in the St. Elmo community. Paul was born August 3, 1929 and died May 17, 1986. He was an employee of U. S. Pipe and Foundry Company. He married Peggy Smith whom he later divorced and they had one daughter, Paula. Jack was born August 1, 1930 and died October 1, 1966. Jack was employed as a welder at Roane Electric Furnace in Rockwood, Tennessee. Jack married Norma Cooper whom he divorced and they had one child, Jackie. Grace graduated from Pittsburg, Georgia School, later called Durham in 1917. She attended and graduated from University of Chattanooga in (1951). She attended University of Georgia evening college in Atlanta from 1940-1944. She was Postmaster at Durham from 1933-1937 and served as teacher and principal at Ascalon School from 1937-1942. August 1942-May 1946, she was employed by Dade County Board of Education and then went on to teach in Rossville and Pond Springs.

  1. Sarah D. Moore

    The pictures above are not James and Grace Keefe Castleberry. Do you have their picture? If not, I will get one for you. These are my grandparents.

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