Sunday, December 28, 2014

David and Betty (Collins) Musgrove

At Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Waycross are three simple grave markers. They read Father David Musgrove, Mother Betty Musgrove  and Daughter Molly Musgrove. They are our 2nd great grandparents*,  John (known as) David, Elizabeth Arissa (known as Betty Collins) and their oldest daughter, our great grand aunt, Mary Ann Savannah (known as Molly) Musgrove.

John David Musgrove
David Musgrove was born on January 1, 1847, in Georgia, when his father, James Walter, was 24 and his mother, Elizabeth Bryan, was 21.

He married Betty Collins in 1865. She died in 1894. 
He then married the younger Eliza Cox on November 13, 1897. They  had no children together. He died in May 1905 of a heart attack at the age of 52.

Elizabeth Arissa (known as Betty) Collins was born on September 25, 1845, in Baker County, Georgia, when her father, John, was 29 and her mother, Aleph Butler, was 32.

She married David Musgrove in 1865. They had eight children during their marriage; the youngest died in infancy.


Bedridden for 18 months from a spider bite, she took strychnine
 poison on April 6th, 1894 and died.

Mary Ann Savannah Musgrove
Mary Ann Savannah (known as Molly) Musgrove was born on June 25, 1867, in Georgia, when her father, David, was 20 and her mother, Betty, was 21.

She never married or had children. The family says she was 'not quite right'. She was institutionalized at Central State Hospital in Milledgeville, Georgiafor awhile.

She stayed with family members throughout her life and cared for their children in her later years. She died on April 23, 1946, in Duval County, Florida, at the age of 78.

David and Betty Musgrove's children are listed below by age, the same order as the uncredited Family Reunion notice.



Mary Ann Savannah aka Molly 
b 25 Jun 1867 in Georgia 
d 23 Apr 1946 in Duval, Fl

Laura Janet 

b 14 Nov 1868  in Georgia 
d 14 Jan 1919 Ware County

David John aka Dave 
b 15 Feb 1871 in Georgia 
d 09 Jul 1951  Jacksonville, Fl

Virginia Texas aka Ginny 

b abt 1875  in Georgia 
d  Pierce County, Ga

Minnie Lee  

b Sep 1879  Ware Cty Ga 
d 05 Jan 1921  Waycross

James Virgil aka Jim 

b 18 Dec 1880  Ware Cty Ga
d 24 Jan 1973 Coffee County, Ga

Edward Columbus aka Ed 

b 20 Apr 1883 Ware Cty Ga
d 10 Aug 1949  Ware County

Martha Musgrove 

b Abt. 1885  Ware Cty Ga
d Abt. 1885  Ware County

*NoteRelationships, such as grandmother, 2nd great, etc., are expressed from the perspective of the grandchildren of Willis Edgar and Carrie (known as) Mae (Merritt) Musgrove.

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