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Edna Elizabeth Barnes-Another Mystery Lady

Edna Elizabeth Barnes was my gr-great grandmother on my dad’s side. She was born about 1824 in Alabama and died in 1900 in Hodges, Texas. She was the third wife of Drayton Bennett McCoy’s  and I believe they married around 1840.  However, I have not been able to find a marriage record or the 1850 census yet to confirm this.


Drayton and Edna had 11 children: 

Henry Lewis, 1840 Attala Co., MS-1917 Morris Co., TX
Evin Boyd, 1843, Attala Co., MS-1919 Taylor Co., TX
Thomas Gilbert, born 1845, MS-1913 Hodges, TX
Erastus Amziah, born 1846, MS-1925 Jones Co., TX
Minerva Lena, born 1848-1867 Kingsland, AR
Swinton, born 1851, MS-bef 1870
Winfield, born 1851, MS-bef 1870
Pleasant Monroe, born 1854, MS-1920 Cleveland Co., AR
Martha Lena, born 1856-1875 AR
Drayton Columbus, born 1858, MS-1908 Ft. Worth, TX
James Bogan, born 1860 MS-1903 CA


The family lived in Snowsville, Choctaw Co., MS in 1860; Princeton, Dallas Co., MS in 1870; and Prairie, Dorsey Co., AR in 1880. Drayton died in 1888 in Kingsland, AR. Sometime after Drayton’s death, Edna and most of her children moved to Texas where she died January 15, 1900 in Hodges. 

Is this a connection or just a coincidence?  When my grandmother, Julia Lou Ella McCoy married Alvin Guthrie  in Hodges, Texas on December 17, 1905, her witness was a Lizzie Massey. I didn’t think much about Lizzie Massey until I found the death certificate for Henry Lewis McCoy, brother of Julia’s mother. Henry’s death certificate shows his mother as Ednia Massey. Now I’m really wondering if the Massey name ties in?

Another unusual thing I’ve run across is the name of Hasseltine. Edna’s son,  Henry named his daughter Melissa Haseltine 1871-1946; son, Thomas named his daughter, Donal Isabell Hasseltine 1865-1886 and son,  Drayton C. named his daughter Hassie. Somehow, I just can’t help but feel this is important.

I have posted umpteen messages on the message boards about Edna. I checked every spelling for Barnes, Hasseltine, McCoy and Massey and nothing shows up. I’ve searched entire counties page by page for census records. I’ve tried to find the death certificates for all of Edna and Drayton’s children and have only been able to find a couple. I’ve even check the Native American rolls for Edna and nothing there either. At this point, I am at a total stand still.

If anyone has any suggestions, I would really appreciate the help and input. Otherwise, here is another mystery lady! 

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McCoy-Seay Brick Wall

I have a book called “Descendants of Drayton Bennett and Edna E. McCoy” compiled by my Aunt Flossie Louella McCoy Payne published in 1977. Flossie was a niece to my dad’s mother, Julia Louella McCoy. The information was provided by Julia, which should make it pretty accurate. Unfortunately, a lot of the details were not verified and actually many are not correct based on what I have been able to confirm. There are many questions on Julia’s ancestors that no one, to my knowledge, has any answers to, even to this day. I find this so very sad and wish more questions were asked.

Before I delve into this story, here is the lineage of the people involved

Julia Louella McCoy-Guthrie 1889-1984 (grandmother)

Susan Mary Ann Goodwin-McCoy 1846-1905 (gr-grandmother)

Bell Seay 1824-abt 1867 (gr-gr-grandmother)

General William “Bill” Manasco 1780-1884 (Bell Seay’s grandfather)

Now I’ll take each person and compare Flossie’s information to the documents I have found.

General William “Bill” Manasco 1780-1884.

Flossie states he was Bell Seay’s grandfather. Also, that he served in the War of 1812 and lived 20 years after the war. His only daughter married a Mr. Seay and they had 3 daughters named: Polly, Molly and Bell.

Fact: I have searched for 30 years many history books, encyclopedias, etc., census records, and military records for any confirmation of him. I’ve also posted many queries on the Manasco and history message boards. Replies are there is no General William “Bill” Manasco that served in the War of 1812, with these dates, that anyone can find. I have searched under many different spellings of Manasco/Menesco/Monesco, etc. So, who was this man???

Bell Seay 1824-1867

Flossie states Bell was born Jan 24, 1824 in Cairo, Illinois and died in Kingsland, Cleveland Co., Arkansas in the early part of 1867. She married John Goodwin in 1840 and had a daughter in 1844 who died when she was 7. John was kidnapped and killed in 1847 just a few months before their second daughter, Susan Mary Ann was born. Susan M.A. was born on her mother’s birthday in Cairo, Illinois. After John’s death, Bell married Robert Beasley in 1850 and moved to Arkansas near the Mississippi River. A few years later they moved to Cairo, Illinois and finally moved to Fayetteville, Arkansas. Bell’s forefathers came from Scotland and Holland, some as early as the 1600’s, settling in Mississippi and Illinois.

Fact: Census records for 1850 and 1860 show Bell was listed as Isabella, born in 1820 or 1821 in Tennessee. Census also shows she was married to Robert Beasley before 1850. The is no record for her in 1870. As for John Goodwin, I haven’t been able to find anything on him or the kidnapping. Robert and Isabella did live in Yell County and Perry County, Arkansas. No records for her sisters, Molly or Polly Seay.  The surname has been spelled numerous ways: Seay/See/Saye/Say.

Susan Mary Ann Goodwin 1848-1905

Flossie states she was born on January 29, 1848 in Cairo, Illinois and died July 11, 1905 in Hodges, Texas. Her father was John Goodwin, an only child; kidnapped and killed a couple of months before her birth. Her mother married Robert Beasley four years later. When Susan’s parents moved to Cairo, Illinois, she met Thomas Gilbert “Tom” McCoy and fell in love. They were married that same year which was 1861. They moved back to Cleveland County, Arkansas, near Kingsland.

Fact: 1850 census shows Susan as 6 years old, born in Mississippi: 1860 census she is 14: 1870 she is 24 and married to Tom McCoy; 1880 census she is 33; 1900 census shows she was born January 1846, married 34 years which means they were married about 1866. Every census record from 1850 to 1900 shows Susan was born in Mississippi. I have yet to find anything that confirms the Illinois references in Flossie’s book.

Now for one more wrench in the works, one of my cousins has the lineage just a tad bit different. He shows:

Susan Mary Ann Goodwin 1848-1905

John Goodwin 1822-11/1848 & Bell Seay

Joe Goodwin & Elizabeth Manisko

Gen. Wm. Manisko & unknown

I have not been able to confirm this concept either.

Finally, Susan named her first daughter Edna Elizabeth after her husband’s mother and her second daughter was named, Donal Isabell Hasseltine after her mother. I find the second daughter’s name very intriguing and haven’t been able to find how or where the Donal and Hasseltine names fit in.

I know records are added every day to the online databases and I keep hoping that I will run across the one entry that will solve this mystery once and for all.

I strongly suspect that Isabella is possibly a daughter of Joseph Menasco and Sally Seay or John Menasco and Isabella Dodson. These families were in the Tennessee and Mississippi areas too and sometimes the same counties. Mind you this is pure conjecture on my part.

I have two mystery women and Isabella is one of them. I find it absolutely frustrating that I can not find one shred of documentation to prove her parents.

Any thoughts or suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Really wish I could solve this one and need all the help I can get!