My Irish heritage comes by way of my paternal grandparents – O’Quinn and Kennedy, and of course my daddy. The O’Quinn name is one of the oldest Irish surnames. It was Anglicized from the Gaelic O’Cuinn. Which means descendant of Conn of the Hundred Battles. It’s pretty cool to be able to say I descend from Irish Kings and Warriors.
Alexander Bryant O’Quinn was born in 1705 in County Clare, Ireland. He died in 1736 in Bertie County North Carolina. He married Patience Carter, daughter of Moore Carter.
Bryant O’Quinn was born about 1725 in Halifax County North Carolina. He died in 1765 in Sampson County North Carolina. Bryant married Ellet Turbevil in 1753 in Halifax County North Carolina. Ellet was born in 1732 in Bertie County North Carolina. She died in 1764 in Halifax County North Carolina. Ellet is the daughter of Walter Turbevil and Mary Elizabeth Shackleford.
John O’Quin was born 13 June 1754 in Halifax County North Carolina. He died 6 January 1836 in Muscogee County Georgia. John married Rhoda Horton on 7 October 1790 in Kershaw County South Carolina. Rhoda was born 3 April 1767 in North Carolina and died 3 March 1852 in Muscogee County Georgia. Rhoda is the daughter of Daniel Horton and Mary Ezelle. John is a Revolutionary War veteran. He fought in the Battle of Stono Georgia. After the war he lived another maybe twelve years in North Carolina. John and Rhoda stayed about twenty years in Kershaw County South Carolina then migrated to Washington County Georgia by 1820. John and Rhoda had nine children. John and Rhoda are buried at their old home place in Muscogee County; what is now Cemetery 40 on Fort Benning Georgia. In 1976 the Army held a special ceremony, as part of the Bicentennial celebrations, to mark the graves.
John O’Quinn II was born 21 March 1795 in Kershaw County South Carolina. He died in September 1870 in Angelina County Texas. John married Candace Leaptrot about 1824 in Washington County Georgia. Candace is the daughter of Aquilla Leaptrot and Milbra Pearce. John and Candace both are buried in Walker Cemetery in Angelina County Texas. John served in the War of 1812 and during the Creek Indian Wars. John and Candace appear to have had sixteen children.
Brittain Balding O’Quinn was born 21 April 1835 in Washington County Georgia. He died 7 July 1906 in Angelina County Texas. Brit married Trecie Ann Hood on 8 July 1858 in Angelina County. Trecie Ann is the daughter of Wiley Hood and Sarah Stanley. Brit and Trecie are both buried in Gann Cemetery at the O’Quinn Baptist Church in Angelina County. Brit served in the Civil War. He did receive a Civil War pension. And after his death Trecie applied for and was granted a Civil War widow’s pension. Brit and Trecie had at least eight children. Family lore tells us the given name Brittain was in honor of Great Brittain.
Sidney Edward O’Quinn was born 8 December 1880 in Angelina County Texas. He died 8 May 1932 In Angelina County Texas. Sidney married Minnie Viola Kennedy on 12 May 1901 in Angelina County Texas. Viola was born 6 February 1883 in Angelina County Texas. She died 24 July 1957 in Angelina County Texas. Viola is the daughter of William Kennedy and Mahalia Riley. Sidney and Viola are both buried in Gann Cemetery at the O’Quinn Baptist Church in Angelina County Texas. Sidney and Viola had six children.
Ottis Brittain O’Quinn was born 27 September 1913 in Angelina County Texas. He died 25 February 1979 in Wichita County Kansas. My daddy was always called Blackie. He is buried in Gann Cemetery at the O’Quinn Baptist Church in Angelina County Texas. Blackie married Wilma Wetta Latham on 20 July 1946 in Shelby County Texas. Wilma was born 10 March 1923 in Shelby County Texas. She died 19 April 2001 in Nacogdoches County Texas. She is buried in Duncan Cemetery in Shelby County Texas. The spelling of both her given and middle names is taken from numerous official documents. Wilma is the daughter of William Pearl Latham and Annie Elizabeth Lane Brittain. Blackie and Wilma had two children, me and a much older brother. After they divorced Wilma remarried and had three more boys. Blackie never remarried. Although family lore tells us he was married for a short time before marrying Wilma. Still no official record of this found.