Cribb Family at Ray City, GA

Sinda Arella and Charlie Mitchell Cribb

Sinda Arella and Charlie Mitchell Cribb

Sinda Arella Smith and Charlie Mitchell Cribb brought their family to Ray City, GA some time before the Census of 1930.  They made the small town their home for the rest of their lives, and many of the Cribb family connection still live here.

Charlie Mitchell Cribb was born December 17, 1878 in Ware County, GA and grew up in Waresboro, Ware County. His parents were Nancy Caroline Wilson and John A. Cribb.

Charlie’s mother died Feb 22, 1891, while he was a boy.  Five months later, Aug 5, 1891 his father married a second time to a young woman named “Lona,” born Elizabeth Malone  Murray.

As an adult Charlie Mitchell Cribb lived in Coffee County.  He appears there in the census of 1900, enumerated as Charles M. Cribb.  (Descendants believe that in this instance, the census taker must have formalized his given name, as his name is otherwise consistently recorded in the family bible, on his death certificate, and elsewhere as Charlie Mitchell Cribb.)

On January 10, 1903 , Charlie Mitchell Cribb married Sinda Arella Smith.   According to family members, “She was the illegitimate daughter of Margaret Medders who was the widow of Ed Smith. Ed had died several years before Cinda was born, but children always have the legal surname of the mother.”   The couple made their home and began raising a family at Pearson, GA where Charlie worked at a sawmill.

In 1918 on September 12, Charlie Mitchell Cribb registered for selective service for WWI  with the draft board in Douglas, GA, giving his residence as Pearson, GA.  He was 40 years old, with medium height and build, with blue eyes and light hair, At that time he was working for wages, farming for Jeff Kirkland.  [2]

In 1920, Charlie Mitchell Cribb was renting a place in Pearson, GA, which had been cut into Atkinson County.  He was farming, now apparently on his own account. His younger brother, Jim Cribb, was farming the place next door.[3]

By the time of the 1930 Census, the Cribbs had relocated their family to Ray City, GA.  They were  renting a home for $8.00 a month.  The neighbors were Henry A. Swindle and Batts Goin. Charlie and his 16-year-old son, Albert Cribb, both worked as laborers, manufacturing  crossties for the construction of the railroads.[4]

Charlie Mitchell Cribb died June 4, 1939 and was buried at Beaver Dam Cemetery, on Pauline Street, Ray City,GA.

Sinda Arella Cribb continued to make her home in Ray City, and the younger Cribb children attended the Ray City School in the 1930s.  She died Dec. 18, 1957 and was buried at Beaver Dam Cemetery, Ray City, GA.

William Dempsey 'Demp' Cribb 1927 – 1997, 3rd Grade, 1939, Ray City School, Ray City, GA.

William Dempsey ‘Demp’ Cribb 1927 – 1997, 3rd Grade, 1939, Ray City School, Ray City, GA.

Children of Sinda Arrella and Charlie Mitchell Cribb:
Daniel Jack Cribb 1904 – 1969
Henry Loyd Cribb 1906 – 1975
Lena Mae ‘Lenner’ Cribb 1909 – 1973
Rosa Lee ‘Rose’ Cribb 1911 – 1964
Joseph Albert ‘Joe’ Cribb 1913 – 1978

Clara Maud ‘Tump’ Cribb 1916 – 1989
Lonnie Mitchell ‘Joby’ Cribb 1918 – 1989
Charles Romie Cribb 1921 – 1995
John Yancey ‘Yance’ Cribb 1923 – 1984
Lucy Caroline Cribb 1925 – 2001
William Dempsey ‘Demp’ Cribb 1927 – 1997
Charlie Morris Cribb 1930 – 1987

Grave marker of Sinda Arella and Charlie Mitchell Cribb, Beaver Dam Cemetery, Ray City, GA

Grave marker of Sinda Arella and Charlie Mitchell Cribb, Beaver Dam Cemetery, Ray City, GA

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