Children of Edwin and Sallie Griner
In the 1930’s D. Edwin Griner was a miller working at a grist mill in Ray City, GA. He and his wife grew up in Berrien County, GA and lived for many years in and around Ray City.
As a boy D. Edwin Griner suffered tragic loss, watching his siblings die of measles in the spring of 1889 – four dead in a week – and in the winter of that same year his mother, Sarah Gaskins Griner, was taken.
In adulthood, Edwin Griner married Sarah “Sallie” Rouse, daughter of Robert and Kizzia Rouse. The couple made their home in the 1144th Georgia Militia District, the Rays Mill District where the census of 1900 shows they owned a farm near Sallie’s parents and others of the family connection.
But tragedy was not over for Edwin; he and Sallie would have to endure the painful loss of four of their own precious children, and the loss their daughter-in-law.
The four lost children of Sarah Rouse Griner and D. Edwin Griner rest at Empire Cemetery. Their son, Bill, the only child who survived to adulthood, was buried next to his parents at New Ramah Cemetery, Ray City, GA.
- Almost Gone ~ Graves of D. Edwin Griner and Sarah Rouse at New Ramah Cemetery
- Death of Sarah Griner
- Four Dead in a Week
- Robert O. Rouse Sought Confederate Pension
- Constitution of New Ramah Primitive Baptist Church
- A Brief History of New Ramah Baptist Church at Ray City, GA
- Historic Marker Placed at Site of New Ramah Church
- Black John Griner Buried at New Ramah Cemetery, Ray City, GA