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I do not live in Mississippi and cannot help you with personal research. But people who use this website do live in Lawrence County, and may be able to assist you.
Thank you, Dennis


Moore, James Levi and Sarah A. Cobb 22 Feb 2010
My ancestors, James Levi Moore and Sarah A. Cobb Moore, lived in Lawrence Co.from about 1845 to about 1860. They were in the 1850 Census. I am specifically looking for the burial site for Sarah who died April 28, 1852 (according to a family Bible). Thank you for any info. Anne, Cheyenne, WY

Anne McGowan



Neal, Benjamin Franklin 1 Feb 2010
I’m looking for information on Benjamin Franklin Neal, b May 1840. Specificially, I want determine who his parents were. I have a copy of an Application for Pension that he applied for later in life and it lists Lawrence County, Mississippi as his place of birth. In the 1850 census he’s listed as Franklin Neal living in the Langston household with his brother James Neal. Because he was 10 and not living with his parents, I haven’t been able to validate who they are. There is a John S. Neal listed in the same census but I can only venture to guess at whether or not he’s the father. The post on this message board from 18 Sep 2009 leads me to believe he John S. Neal may not be the father. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Doug Neal


Henry Harrison 19 Nov 2009
Looking for info on Henry Harrison Kitts b. 10 Jan 1835 in or near Monticello, Lawrence, MS and his family. Married Sarah Ann Grice 28 Oct 1856. They had 3 children – Rebecca Ann Kitts Parsons b. 1857 d unknown, Lousia Kitts Hanley b 22 Sept 1859 d 26 Dec 1932 in Jackson, Hinds, MS and Elijah (Eli) Jefferson Kitts b 26 Oct 1861 d 7 Dec 1935 in Memphis, TN. Henry Kitts died 27 Mar 1862 in C A Hospital New Orleans, LA from injuries he received on 27 Feb 1862 in a head on collision between a train carrying troops of the 7th Mississippi Infantry and a lumber train in Ponchatoula, LA… His Service Record lists cause of death “Collision of Cars”. Where he is buried? Who are his parents? Did he have any brothers or sisters? Census records do not show any Kitts. Any info on Kitts family will be greatly appreciated.

Warren Parsons

Neal, John S.    18 Sep 2009
John S. Neal was the son of Hugh Neal (b 4 May 1779 Ireland, d 19 Mar 1852 Edgefield District, SC) and his wife Nancy Mason (b 25 Apr 1788 Cork Ireland, d 25 Sep 1877 Edgefield District, SC). He is well-documented in estate records, but disappears off the scene when A. G Longshore serves as his attorney to receive money from his father’s estate in 13 Feb 1854. He is believed to have two children named John (b abt 1840) and Frances [Fannie P.] (b 27 Apr 1843, d 2 Mar 1911). Fannie married Andrew B. Griffith (b 23 Jul 1829, d 17 Jul 1885). I found a John S. Neal who served on the Board of Commissioners in Lawrence County, MS in 1875.
Is anyone available in Lawrence County to search the governmental indexes for probates and deeds?
Carol Hardy Bryan

Ainsworth, Ezra Owen (E.Z.)    17 Jul 2009
I am looking for information about Ezra Ainsworth b. 1879 d. 4/1958 who was my grandfather. He was married to Maggie Hemphill. They lived in Montecello, although my mother Marie was born in Lincoln County. I believe his father was Harrison and his mother Ruth Ann Hankins. I have been told Ezra was 1/4 to 1/2 Native American. Would like to verify that this is true and find out any other information about him and his ancestors.

Diane Morrow

, N. W. “Nip”    26 Feb 2009 I’m searching for any descendent of N. W. “Nip” Smith of Mississippi.  Wife was Malvina Barrow, children were I. B. “Ike”, married Febbie Etta Tutor; Leity Jane married John Tallant; Nanvy R. “Raddie” married Lovett Levert  Pierce; Willey Coleman married Emma; Dick Sumpter married Nora Ann Purdom; and Laura Aveline married Whitworth All the children were born in MS but most later moved to TX

Bobbie Leschingski bjleski@texoma.net


Flippin, Merrit       24 Jan 2009
I am searching for the parents and bith place of Merrit Flippen, born 1790 Virginia and married Mary “Polly” Prestridge in 1813

Catherine Nagy


Garrett, Francis M.    29 Nov 2008
I am searching for ancestors of Francis M Garrett whose wife was Mattie Butler Garrett. They are listed in the 1880 Census for Beat 5, Lawrence County. Francis M was born in South Carolina in 1849 according to that census. One of their daughters is my great-grandmother, Mary Rebecca (Mamie) Garrett Thompson.

They lived in Arm, Lawrence Co., Mississippi, and I think he owned and opperated an General Store in Arm or Grange.

Any help would be appreciated.

Phil Myers


Cannon, Frank     31 July 2006
I am looking for any information on Frank Cannon.  He was living in Silver Creek, Mississippi. He was the son to Adeline Oatis  Cannon.  He married Cora M Armstrong.  I would like to add him to the most wanted list. Again his  name was Frank M. Cannon.

Stacy L. Parkman


Patterson     19 June 2006
Interested in Patterson family info from Lawrence Co., MS  1850-1900.

Leanne Dooley


Lawrence     10 June, 2006
Am searching for descendants or ancestors of Francis L. Lawrence, born 10 March, 1834 vicinity of Lawrence, Lincoln or Lowndes County.  Sure Appreciate help.


J. W. Lawrence
Alexandria, Louisiana

Geiger/Gieger      March 14, 2006
Seek information on burial site of Cornelius Geiger/Gieger who was born in GA on 1 Feb 1774, and Died before the 1860 US Census, likely in Simpson County. He was a Patriot Soldier in the War of 1812.
Cornelius was living with his son Lewis in Household #510 on the 1850 US Census of Simpson County. His unmarried daughter Dicey(b1814) was living with her sister Temperance Wiseman(sp. Wissman) in Household #509. George Wiseman and Lewis Geiger were shoemakers…
Lewis Geiger moved to Lawrence County after the 1860 US Census and is thought to have died there.   Gerry Gieger


Davis, Thames    March 13, 2006
I’m looking for information information on the  Henry Davis and wife Jane Ray Davis family and also the William (Billy) Thames and wife A.E.Thames family who were in Lawrence County in the 1850s andw 1860s. Some  individuals of both families moved on into Lincoln County sometime after it was formed in 1870. If anyone has information on either one or both of these families I would appreciate it very much if you would let me know. I would be happy to share the information I have. Thanks – Paul Davis

White, Nola, MS., Shilo Cem.   March 4, 2006
I am trying to find out all i can about the town of NOLA, Mississippi and the founder Nola/Spinola White and his family. I am also trying to find out about the Shilo Cemetery there and whether there is a list of who all is in there so i can find someone to take pictures.  Bob Levoy

Weathersby, Benson    February 20, 2006
Looking for information about William M? W? Weathersby, b.11-13-1855. And his wife Susan Elizabeth Benson, b. 9-30-1853. I am interested in their children and William’s father Duncan, b. 4-7-1816. Thank you!   R. W. Weathersby, II

McGuffee,  Fugler
On the 1930 Census for Lincoln Co., MS, Family 42, Estus McGUFFEE and Minnie FUGLER, it shows a baby, John McGUFFEE, 6/12, son, b MS.  My mother Audrey, 13 at the time, is listed in this same household, but no mention has ever been made of this baby throughout my life. If ANYONE has information on this child, what happened, where he is buried, etc., would love to hear from you?!!  If you are researching McGUFFEE or FUGLER families in Lawrence/Lincoln Co., MS, please contact me. Thanks so much. Bettiann, Austin, TX

Pike, Marion, Walthall    January 5, 2006
Looking for new or updated info on the above surnames in the Pike, Marion, Walthall, Lawrence areas. James Craft was born in 1805 and came to Pike marrying Elizabeth Thompson, related to Parris Thompson. James’ son Hugh Craft married Harrison Bracey’s daughter Mary. They had numerous children and even moved to Wesson mill in Copiah County. My line came from Hugh through his son Seymour. If anyone has any updates on this line please email me. I have quite a few gaps to fill and would be willing to share info.
Craft-Bracey-Thompson-McGowan. Craig

Armstrong, Benson, Stringer      December 30, 2005
Seeking the grave of James Armstrong, a Revolutionary War soldier. The notes I have indicate he is buried in the Calvary Hill Cemetery near Silver Creek. I don’t find a listing for this cemetery. Any idea where this Patriot is buried?

There is another Patriot buried in Lawrence county that I am having trouble locating. Henry Benson died in 1828. His Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) marker was placed in the Benson cemetery (note says it is now called Drummond Hill) which is unkept and deserted. This cemetery is supposed to be located between New Hebron and Silver creek. Any information you may have on this cemetery would be a big help.

Josiah Stringer was a Revolutionary War soldier who died in 1837. His grave is located in the Hepzibah C. Watts plot near Oakvale. Anyone have good directions to this cemetery?

I belong to a small group who be visiting all of the Patriot graves that we can locate, photographing them, and listing the map coordinates so later
generations can more easily locate them.
Ray Fagan
Pascagoula, MS
The Patriot Stone Project

Neal     December 6, 2005
Looking for descendants of John Neal who settled in the Silver Creek area of Lawrence Co.  Also descendants of James Neal.
Thanks, Linda Lambert Dick

Harrison    November 4, 2005
Looking for ancestral/genealogy information on George Henry Harrison, born January 16, 1902. Was told that he ran away from home when he was around 14 years old. Family member said he heard him say once he was from around south of Jackson, Mississippi. If anyone has access to census records or other researched documents would love to hear from you.  Sandy Moore

Arnold    October 8, 2005
I am desperately trying to find the parents of Isham Arnold born abt 1813 in Mississippi when he shows up on the census he is in Amite County. I believe that his father was a Richard Arnold born in SC but have no way to prove this. If anyone knows please email me. Thank you!!!

Stringer, Nations, Watts       October 8, 2005
Searching for information about Callona Stringer and William Nations, children Letha Mae (Doll) Watts & sister.
Calone Davis

Brister, Efferson        September 9, 2005
George Efferson and Elizabeth Brister were married in Lawrence County, MS, 13 December 1825.  John Brister and George Efferson both signed the marriage certificate.  Would like to know the Bogue Chito information regarding Elizabeth’s birth.  I have not heard this before.
Email offline to discuss. sebernard@aol.com

Sharp, Strong         August 21, 2005
Interested in info on Sharp and Strong families in Lawrence County, MS (1850-1870). These folk were originally from NC.  Will share info.
Leanne Dooley

Smith        August 2, 2005
I am trying to find out about this Smith family.
Stephen and Mary both were born in Georgia according to the 1850 and 1860 Census for Lawrence, Mississippi. The Post Office for the 1860 Census was Monticello.
According to the 1850 Census – Stephen (47) and Mary (47) had 8 children.
Mary (20), William (16), ____ (14), Frances (12), ___ (10), Isaac (8), ____ (6), and ____ (6 mos).
According to the 1860 Census – Stephen (58) and Mary (58) had 5 children living at home.
Isaac (19), Ellen (16), Frances (23), Anna (10) and Mary Phillips (9).
They are living next door to a Wade Smith (36) I don’t know if they are related.
I believe this is the Stephen and Mary Smith mentioned in my Great Grandmother’s family bible.  They are listed as:
Stephen Smith b. August 31, 1801 and Mary Smith b. February 15, 1801 married April 5, 1821.
Any help with this family would be appreciated.  Gail Boyle

Huckaby, Myers
I am looking for the parents of Rebecca Huckaby.  She married Isham Myers.  She was born Jan. 23, 1842 and died  May 1905.  Please email me if you can help out.  Thanks.   Peggy Saliba

Smith, Sanders           June 24, 2005
I am looking for any information of my mother-in-law’s grandfather.
The only name I have for him is John Smith.  He married Letha Lee Sanders who I believe to be the daughter of Simeon and Amanda Sanders.  Please email me if you can help me out.  THANKS.
Trudy Mulford

Am searching for burial site and date of death of my Great Great Grandfather William Kincheon Godwin.  Supposedly passed away in late 1890s and buried in either Lawrence or Pike County.  After his death his wife Barsheba Cook Godwin moved to live with her son in Chestnut LA and died there shortly after the move  in 1902.  Would appreciate any information.
John Godwin, Shreveport, LA.

Rushing         June 1, 2005
If possible, please help me locate a listing of burial sites and possible photo’s of the Rushing Cemetery in Jayess, Ms.  I have been told some of my Rushing Family are buried there and would appreciate information on location, burial sites etc.
THANKS, Albert

Dunaway    May 31, 2005
I am seeking the parents of Richmond Y. Dunaway who was born abt. 1865 in MS.  He married about 1891 to Almeta E. and possibly a first marriage to Henrietta E. In 1900 his wife’s name is hard to read and can be interpreted more than one way. They are listed on the 1900 through 1930 census records of Lawrence Co, MS. Could Richmond Y. Dunaway be the R. Y. age 16, listed with J. Y. and S. E. Dunaway in 1880 Pike Co, MS? Any help will be very much appreciated. Email Ann

Mayor of Jayess
Does anyone have any information on a Mayor of Jayess by the name of Phelix (do not know last name)? Any information appreciated.
Thank you,  Albert

I am looking for the Arnolds from Lawrence Co. MS Especially John, M. Abraham, and Kelly Thomas.  Thank you, Kelli Arnold

Smith, Daniels
Need information on ROBERT W. SMITH b. 24 Mar. 1919 Louisville, Jefferson Co., KY. d. 16 Sept. 2000 Silver Creek, Lawrence Co., MS. buried: Hepzibah Cemetery along with his wife; MYRTLE DANIELS SMITH b. 10 Spr. 1922  d. 26 Nov. 1994 Lawrence Co., MS.
Robert (“Smitty” as he was said to be called in MS.) and Myrtle were married 29 Sept. 1943 Gulf Port, MS. and had the following known children: Danny, Marie, Deborah & Ehyliss Smith.  I have heard that Danny is deceased & left a wife, 1 dau. & 1 son.  Marie, Deborah and Ehyliss are said to be living in San Francisco, CA.
Anyone with any information on this SMITH family or if someone could locate an obituary on either Robert or Myrtle, please contact me. I would be more than happy to share my information with others who are related.  Thanking all in advance, Linda

Cole, Blackburn, McNair                April 13, 2005
I am researching the JOHN COLE family that resided in Lawrence county during the 1800″s John married Felicana Blackburn in the early 1800″s and had
several children one Felicana married my ggrandfather Cornelious (Neal) MCNAIR in 1865. I would like to find out more about John and his family, I have a lot of information on the Mcnairs and would be glad to share .
Alton Simpson

Hillard, Mize, Jefferson              April 13, 2005
I am looking for info on Gertrude Hilliard born May 19, 1908 in Sontag, died April 1982 in Crystal Springs, MS. She married , I think, a Mize and later, a Jefferson. Dates and full names would be helpful. Thanks!
Lynn King Adams

Givens, Miller   April 11, 2005
I am seeking information on a Henry Alexander Givens who was born in Monticello, Lawrence Co., Mississippi 31 Oct 1878.  I have information on his descendants but have hit a brick wall on his ancestors.  He married Sara Frances Miller there in 1900.  I have also been unable to trace her ancestors.  For anyone who can help on this I will gladly give you my information on the descendants.  Thanks so much. (This is my husbands great grandfather).
Sandra Frank

Neal, Anderson, Arnold, Gentry, Tullis April 11, 2005
Have reason to believe my ggrandmother (Martha Ann Patsy Neal) was mrried to the following: James Anderson – John Arnold – John Gentry (married 21 January 1858) – William (Bill) Tullis (married 23 January 1877) in Lawrence Co., MS.
Any information on husbands/children would be appreciated, or information on where to search.  Thanks, ADJ


Looking for any information on this couple. Lee was a son of Nalty Smith and Sarah Boone and Ottie was a daughter of Henry Rushing and Zella Tullos
both from the Lawrence – Lincoln County area. According to what I have, Lee and Ottie had the following children: Madeline Smith, Claudette Smith, Nalty Smith, Harold Smith, and Bradford Smith. Thanks, Patti

MARTIN, BRISTER   March 11, 2005
Trying to find info on thomas Jefferson Martin,born jan 7, 1823, Lawrence co, Ms. Died july 30, 1988 in Winn Parish, La.  Narried Feriby Brister, born Oct 7, 1827, Lawrence Co, Ms; died June 15, 1888 in Hancock County, Ms., not sure where to look , tyring here first.
Thanks ahead,  Gail Boudin

WILLIAMS, MAGEE       February 10, 2005
There are 3 graves across road from our house in a pasture.There are 2 inclosed in a iron fence.The names are Rebecca wife of Bird Williams died April 2,1860 aged 49years 1 month 10 days.  Bird Williams died March 27,1860 aged 63 years 8 months 21 days. The other one is on a small hill next to the road. Sarah A.A. wife of Irving Magee died Aug.15,1862 Age 40 years “Blessed Are They That Die In The Lord”  Does anyone know anything about these graves? The graves are located in Lawrence County,Mississippi, between Topeka and Ruth.
Mitzie Rutland

MELTON – Monticello, MS         January 13, 2005
Searching for an obituary for Joe Melton who died Feb 1972 in Monticello, MS per family records. I would be grateful if someone visiting the Monticello library could check for existence of his obituary.
Thank you. Jack Melton

COOPER    January 12, 2005
There were 4 Cooper families on the 1820 census: William Sr., William Jr., Wilson, and John.  Does anyone have any information on these Coopers?
Thank  you,
Libby Stone

My ancestor, John Myers donated the land for the Hebron Baptist Church on the East Fork of Silver Creek in January of 1827. Records state that John Myers actually built or helped build the church.

‘John Myers of Lawrence Co., Ms to “James Thames and Adam Brinson, Trustees for the Baptist Church by the name of Hebron, being situated on the East Fork of Silver Creek, a certain lot or parcel of land…being part of Patent No 725 issued at Washington City bearing date, 22nd of Mar 1820…and granted to Knel Evans and conveyed from said Evans to me…for the good will and affecin that I have for the cause of religion” Jan 6, 1827, signed John Myers; witness: Thomas Hutchens, James Courtney, rec Apr 14, 1827, Harmon M. Runnels, Clk.’
Also, an article in the Clarion Ledger in 1967 stated…
“Thomas Bill Slater, the other original settler with John Myers Sr…he helped John Myers build the old Hebron Church back in 1822.”
Thanks for any help. Donna

Am looking for driving directions to the Wilson Home, located southwest of Monticello.  It is listed on the Historical Buildings site on the Lawrence County website.  Also the directions to the Pleasant Grove Methodist Church and cemetery.  All help appreciated.
Thanks,  Fred Wilson Hess

Looking to find info on the Peavy/Peavey/s that were in and around Lawrence county. in the 1800-1900, My grandmother was born in Monitcello Oct 1898. her father was John Robert (Johnnie) Peavy.  She had a brother named Albert who was born in Columbia.

CAGGINS, ELLISON, TAYLOR         09-27-04
From census records and oral reports, the Cag(g)ins family maternal root was Ellison. John (Kigan) married Emily Ellison: two larger amilies       resulted. One came from the Thomas Caggins marriage to Sarah Harvey of Carleys and I am a descendent of them; so are many others in the Marion County area. Another large family came from Isaiah Taylor who married Josephine Caggins; they were born neighbors, about a year apart, in Lawrence County.
Are there any Taylors left in Lawrence County? This is our question. Thanks.
Myles B. Caggins, Jr.

PERKINS    July 16, 2003
Looking for the married name of Catherine Perkins who lived in Jayess, MS.  She was born c. 1870-1875, had sisters Mary, Emma, Maggie and Susie.
Elaine Randall English

AINSWORTH, WILLIAMS               July 2, 2004
Need information on William Ainsworth and his wife Amanda Williams Ainsworth who are enumerated on the 1880 Lawrence County census. Two daughters, Amanda E. and Caroline married Johnson brothers. Also had a son Frank R., Daughter Mary, son, William , son Jim, daughter Francis, son Thomas.    Barbara Cox

I’m looking for anyone with info on R.D.Wilson/ Rodolphus Wilson b. December 1838 in Lawrence, or Pike Co. Mississippi. His father was John Wilson of Lawrence Co. Mississippi, who disappeared by the 1840 census, his mother Mary Jane Newman/Wilson was the head of household. She was married 1st to Hiram Norman of Marion/ Amite Co. Mississippi. She had two children by Hiram, Mary and Hiram M. Norman. I found Rodolphus and Mother Jane living in Pike co. in 1860 census. Rodolphus next appears as enrolling on the Quitman Guards, or the 16th. Ms. Infantry of the Confederate Army. He served the entire war, being captured at Fort. Gregg in Petersburg, Va, and sent to Point Lookout Federal Prison in April of 1865, and released in June of 1865. I next found him getting married to Sarah Hazeltina Williams in December of 1865, and building a house on his father in laws land in Pike Co. Mississippi. Rodophus and Sarah had 4 children, the last my grandfather who was also named Rodolphus born in august of 1876. Rodolphus was killed 3 months before his son was born,in May when he was riding a horse to Magnolia for the opening of the new county seat, when he was hit by lightning. His wife Sarah Hazeltina Williams/ Wilson married two more times having a son by each husband. She died in Lawrence Co. Ms. in 1823. She is buried beside Rodolphus Wilson on her father’s plantation in Pike Co. Ms. Thanks for any help. John Wilson also: Rodolphus Wilson’s mother’s maiden name was Newman, she was b. 1796 in Georgia. Hiram her first husband served in the War of 1812 in New Orleans area for Mississippi Militia. There were two John Wilson’s who also served I can’t prove either was Rodolphus Wilson father. Sarah Hazeltina Williams/Wilson married 2nd Elbert Gatlin who’s father had land just down the road from where she was born, raised, and was living when her husband died. It was his 2nd marriage. They had one son, Hollis Gatlin. Thanks.  John Wilson

WISE, LACEY   June 21, 2004
I am seeking information on the family of JOHN WISE born Abt. 1778 and died in Utica on January 13, 1840.  Married to JUDITH ANN LACEY.  Died July 27 1867 in Utica.  Both are buried in the old Wise Cemetery on west maim st. near Hudson Dr.  Can you place me on your Web site.
Thanks,   Bill Horn in Garland, TX.

BUTLER, JONES, CRAWFORD      June 9, 2004
I wish to establish contact with descendants of Mary Elizabeth “Lizzie” Butler (born about 1875) who was the eldest sister of my grandfather Jefferson
Davis Butler.  Aunt Lizzie and her husband George Jones lived in the general area of the Silver Creek community.  They were the parents of only one child, a daughter named Jewel Jones who was born about 1903 and married a Crawford.  Jewel Jones Crawford was the mother of three sons, one of whom was named Horace.  I have been told that the three sons of Jewel Jones Crawford are all deceased, but that some of their family members now live in the area of Jeff Davis and Lawrence counties.  I would appreciate any information regarding these families as I am eager to establish contact with these “lost” cousins.  Perhaps someone could check the local telephone directories and send me the name and telephone numbers of any Crawfords.
Thank you.  Gregory A. Price,  Dallas, TX

SAUL, BREWER June 9, 2004
Is there anyone researching the Sauls and Brewers of Lawrence Co. Ms.
Tammy Hayes

DAVIS, RAY       June 9, 2004
Is anyone researching Henry Davis and wife Jane Ray of Lawrence Cty.? Both are buried in the Davis-Miller Cementery east of Brookhavewn in Lincoln ctry.”  Paul Davis

BUTLER, ROSS, HOOKER       June 6, 2004
My brick wall:   Fountain Winston Butler, b. 1825 (loc unk), d. 1863 (POW Pt. Lookout, Maryland), m. Permelia Jane Ross 1846, daughter of Simeon Ross and Sarah Hooker.
No information on F.W. Butler’s parents or siblings.  Two Butler families in Lawrence Co in early census could be his.  Daniel Butler or Luke Butler.  My researching cousin thinks Luke is ruled out.  Does anyone have family of Daniel Butler? I have good documentation on F. W. Butler’s descendants.
Thank you again for your good work as hostess.. 🙂
Everett D. Lee

BRANTON         April 20. 2004
Looking for any type information on the BRANTON surname in Lawrence Co., MS. Will share my current information. Please contact
LeRoy Branton

NORMAN April 26, 2004
Anyone have info on James Norman b. 1-13-1763, in Wilington, North Carolina who married Mary Polly Wilson b. 7-16-1762.  They married about
1783…children: John B. 1784, William b. 1785, Thomas b. 1786, Isaac b. 1788. Moses b. 1789, Benjamin b. 1790, Presley b. 1792, Levy b. 1793, David b. 1794, Scarbough b. 1795, Asa b. 1799, James b. 1801. I got this info off the Internet. Can anyone help me? Thanks John PS This family was in Amite, Lawrence, Pike, and other Ms. and La. counties and parishes.
Contact Wilson

I am researching the Blount, Roberts, Arnold, and Knapp families of Lawrence County Mississippi from the 1820-1850 era.  I would like to know more about these families.  Thank you.  Phyllis Robinson.

COATES April 2003
Looking for any information on:  Winston S. Coates (born about 1829) or Pollard H. Coates (born about 1800).  Thank you,  Jaqueline McGurk.

I am searching for information on Henry Taylor born ? died in 1831 in Lawrence County, Mississippi.  He married Rachael ? They moved to Mississippi about 1817.  Their 4 children were all born in Georgia before the move to Mississippi.  The 4 children were as follows:  1.  William B. Taylor born 27 February 1800 in Montgomery County, Georgia; married Loving E. J. Hartzog on 31 January 1828 in Lawrence County, Mississippi; died 5 October 1856.  2.  Henry J. Taylor born 16 January 1813 in Georgia; married in Marion County, Mississippi; Had 14 children; died about 1895 in MIssissippi.  3. Permelia Taylor born ?; married to James L Hemphill; died 1844.  4. Nancy Taylor born 1802; married James M. West on 20 December 1827; Had 5 children; buried at Hazlehurst, Mississippi at Antioch Cemetery on 24 January 1838.  Does anyone have any information on who Henry’s or Rachael’s parents are?
Daniel Singleton.

Evan Harvey and Margarett Henrietta “Hettie” Davis were married on June 8, 1852, in Lawrence County, Mississippi by Justice of the Peace Dan Scarborough. Thought someone might like the information about the JP.   They had two or three children before moving to Louisiana in about 1858 to l859.  I am still researching Evan and Margarett.  Need any information I can get about place of residence, place of marriage, birth of children, family of either, both born in Mississippi according to La census 1870. This information came from her application for a Confederate Widows Pension in 1905, (in Louisiana) long after Evan’s death in 1872 of pnuemonia. Anyone with information on the Harvey Davis Marriage or their family backgrounds, drop me a note… Thanx.   Mrauthor@aol.com

BOARDEN Dec. 2001
To anyone that might have any information on Edward Boarden & Amanda Mikell Boarden.  Birth, death, burial or any other information.  They are my great, great grandparents.  A. Brown

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  1. Donna Herring Eades

    In search of death or burial records of Jepta Allen Herring born in Lawrence Co, Mississippi around 1860 and died before 1800, Can’t find a thing on when or where he died or is buried. Thank you so much for any help or leads on him! DONNA HERRING EADES

    1. Hi, Donna…In researching the Keene family of Lawrence Co, I saw that a great aunt married an Edward Herring Calcote. Perhaps that can give you a clue. My family was from the Nola/Sontag area, Aunt Willie, (DOB 1910) the youngest of John Daniel Keene and Martha Ann Smith Keene is buried in the Shiloh Baptist Church graveyard. Perhaps there are some Herrings there?

  2. Dick Griffin and Julia Sauls conceived a child in 1874. He was born in 1875 in Lawrence County and given the name John W. Sauls. I am looking for the the Griffin ancestors of John. His father,Dick Griffin, was born in South Carolina and I have no other information on his family or where he lived. Any information will be greatly appreciated. Dick Griffin is my gggrandfather.

  3. Re: 1850 Census of Benjamin Franklin & James Monroe Neal. I am a direct descendant of James Monroe Neal, he is my great grandfather. There are questions regarding James father as to whether it is John Sterling Neal or Zachariah Neal as detailed in the memoirs my father (James Madison Neal Jr) wrote prior to his death. Those memoirs can be found under his profile under my tree at the Ancestry website. I believe my father was incorrect in stating Zachariah was their father as I have found no record of a Zachariah Neal in Lawrence County, Mississippi. Dad did state that Zachariah was a native of Tennessee though. My father was unaware that James Monroe & Benjamin Franklin had more siblings. Benjamin & James can be found in the Langston household & Mary Neal can be found in the Hammond household. Hugh Neal can be found in the Phillips household. I am unable to find Flavilla Neal, but she was probably already married when her brothers & sisters went to neighboring farms. Family lore is that their mother, Martha Elizabeth Sones was an actress and wished to return to the stage and left her children. The 1850 census finds John S Neal living by himself but the children were close by. I would have to lean towards John S Neal being the father of Benjamin & James Monroe. Later, John S Neal married Caroline Elizabeth Price.

    1. Did you find more information? I am looking for information on the Neal’s. My great grandfather was William Henry Neal born 1830 in Marion County, MS. I am looking for his parents. Many on-line trees connect him to Jacob Neal and Susannah Fletcher. Jacob was the brother of Samuel Neal married to Sabrina Burnett.

      Thank you,


    2. Jodi, you are right on all information. After his wife left, John put all kids in other families. Family lore states that sold them into bondage. I am descended from Benjamin Franklin Neal. Side note, the kids never saw their again. John S. Married into a very successful family of Miss. He had 2 girls. His obit did not list any other children other than the 2 girls

  4. Looking for information on the death and burial of Darius Robinson (from Hickory Valley, Tennessee), who is said to have died in 1889 in Tunica County, Mississippi.

  5. I am trying to locate individuals who have been denied access to their family’s abandoned/historical cemetery by the property owner. Please let me know if you have run into this problem or know of someone who has. I am working to put another bill before the Legislature regarding Abandoned Cemeteries during the 2019 legislative session and really need your help ASAP.

    Please message me at leasondra@hotmail.com. I am Mariam.

  6. There was a William P. Davis born in Mississippi in 1795. He married a Sarah Elizabeth Baker (born 1799 in Tennessee). (Both died in Houston County, Texas, in the 1840’s. There was a William Davis in Lawrence Co., MS, in 1818 and on the 1820 census. Might this William be the William P. who married a Sarah E. Baker and moved to Texas by 1831?

  7. Harriet Olmstead

    I am looking for any information on Henry Taylor who died in Lawrence County MS in 1831. I was told by my late aunt that he was listed in the First Families of Mississippi. My great great grandfather was William Blount Taylor.

  8. John Foster Speight

    Looking for descendants of William Speight(s) who resided in Lawrence County, MS in the 1820s. He supposedly came to Lawrence County from Hancock County in the state of Georgia and possibly moved on to the state of Texas. Numerous online sources state his father supposedly was a William Myrick Speight of Georgia. An Isaac Huddleston was married to one of William Speight(s) daughters.

  9. Looking for any information on John King 1837-1891, married to Sarah McLeod 1843-1922. Her father was George McLeod 1808-1888
    Mother was Mary Brewer 1823-1857
    Sarah is my husbands great grandmother.
    Any information would be greatly appreciated.
    They were In Monticello,Lawrence Co.MS

  10. BUTLER
    I am looking for any brothers or sisters of GEORGE B. BUTLER, born in S. Carolina in 1820, but lived in Lawrence County, Mississippi and had a plantation there. He had a wife named SARAH (born 1831) in Georgia. They were married in Lawrence County until her death in 1859. The two of them were on the 1850 Lawrence Co. Census as being married. I have no maiden name for Sarah.
    George remarried two years later to the widow AMANDA A. BRIDGES (born MAY). At this time George would have inherited the plantation next to his through his marriage to AMANDA, who had been married to BERRY R. BRIDGES before his passing. Mr. Bridges had one of the largest and wealthiest plantations in Lawrence County. I have not been able to locate where my G-G-G-Grandfather George Butler or his wife Sarah or Amanda’s grave are. I suspect that Sarah and Amanda (who died in 1880) might have been buried on the plantation. I have no idea if George was buried in Mississippi or possibly Texas, where his son James moved to and is buried.

  11. I am looking for information (birth record, parent names, etc) on James Anderson Chandler. Born in Brookhaven on Nov. 15, 1883 (although some docs say 1882). He later married Beatrice (Eldson) Butler born in England in 1885. They had 2 children, Roy and Leonard. Family lore has it that James was 100% Native American, but tribe(s) is unknown and there’s no documentation. Only indication I can find of a parent name for him is Wm Chandler. No dates, no mother name, etc. Any help would be greatly appreciated as we would love to find out if there’s any truth to the Native American story.

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