January 5, 2014

James David Weeks Family

James David "J. D." Weeks, Sr. was born in Copiah County, Mississippi on November 22, 1872 to the marriage of James Washington Weeks and Sarah Elizabeth Kemp.

On August 31, 1893, J. D. Weeks, Sr. married Almedia Isadore McKay in Claiborne County, Mississippi. Almedia was the daughter of William Columbus McKay and Mary Eveline Rogers.  Almedia was born on January 16, 1870 in Copiah County, Mississippi.  She was first married to Benjamin Franklin Saxon and had one child from this marriage, William Herbert Saxon.

James David Weeks, Sr. died on May 9, 1957 and Almedia McKay Weeks died on January 11, 1951. Almedia is buried in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Pleasant Hill, Jefferson County, Mississippi.  The location of J. D.'s burial is has not been confirmed but it is believed that he is buried near his wife.  No tombstone photograph is available at this time.

Tombstone photograph taken by FindAGrave member, Ernest Rucker

The following children were born to the marriage of James David Weeks, Sr. and Almedia Isadore McKay:
Lillie B., 1894-1894
Thomas Gertreu, 1896-1980 (m. Nora Estelle Thompson, 1899-1982)
James David "J. D.", Jr., 1900-1968 (m. Lillie G. Casey, 1902-1973)
It is James David "J. D." Weeks, Jr. who made his home in Sicily Island.  Therefore, he and his family will be the main focus of this post.

J. D. Weeks, Jr. was born on August 13, 1900 in Copiah County, Mississippi.  In 1917, he registered for the draft while a student at Gallman High School in Gallman, Mississippi.

The 1920 U.S. Census shows J. D., Jr. living with his parents in Ferguson, Copiah County, Mississippi.

He married Lillie Jasmine Casey circa 1920.  Five of their twelve children were born prior to moving from Mississippi to Sicily Island, Catahoula Parish, Louisiana around 1930.

The 1930 U.S. Census shows the family living in Ward 2, Catahoula Parish.

By 1940, four more children were born and the U.S. Census for that year shows the family living in Ward 2, Catahoula Parish.

J. D. and Lillie Weeks owned and operated a country store on their property in Sicily Island.

In the 1960s, J. D. Weeks, Jr. owned and operated the Sicily Island Skating Rink.  Following J. D.'s death in 1968, Lillie hired Willard Posey to operate the rink through 1973.

Sicily Island Skating Rink - 2011

James David "J. D." Weeks, Jr. died on April 15, 1968.  Lillie Casey Weeks died on October 6, 1973.  Both are buried in the New Pine Hill Cemetery in Sicily Island, Catahoula Parish, Louisiana.  No tombstone photographs are available at this time.

The following children were born to the marriage of James David "J. D." Weeks, Jr. and Lillie Casey Weeks:
Lena Mae, 1921-1997 (m. Charlie Shelton)
Lee Roy, 1922-2005 (m. Lela Gladys Cain, 1924-2013) * sister to J. D. Cain
Jonnie, 1925 (m. Sue Templeton)
Myrtle Maxine, 1926-1997 (m. J. D. Cain, 1916-2010) * brother to Lela Gladys Cain
James David, III, 1928-2006 (m. Evelyn Grace Martin)
Sylena Isadora, 1931 (m. 1. Claude Bingham, 1924-1990; 2. William Henderson Smith)
George, circa 1933-1933
Claudie Irene, 1935-2011 (m. 1. Wade Martin; 2. H. D. Goodwin)
Mary Kathryn, 1937-1959 (m. George Barlow)
Lillie Elva, 1940 (m. Jerry Golmon)
Casey McArthur, 1942 (m. Sharon Flaherty)
Grady Charles, 1944 (m. Kathryn Stark)

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