March 31, 2013

Descendants of William Thomas and Naomi Clark Barron

William Thomas Barron was born ca. 1782 in the area of Rock Hill, South Carolina.  He was the son of Samuel Barron and Lashoma, a Catawba Indian.  Indian Land Presbyterian Church of Rock Hill, South Carolina was built on land purchased from Lashoma's tribe.  The name Lashoma comes from the Siouan - Iriquio, which is the origination of the Catawba Tribe.  Catawba means "The River People".

Samuel and Thomas were issued passports to travel through the Creek Nations.  They settled on a piece of property in Wilkinson County, not far from the Buffalo River.

On February 1, 1809, Thomas married Naomi Clark in Burke County, Georgia.  Naomi was born in Georgia ca. 1794.  Prior to 1811, they relocated and settled in Pike County, Mississippi.

Thomas served in the War of 1812 in Captain D. T. W. Cook's Mississippi Militia, Wilkinson County.  He was discharged in New Orleans on March 31, 1815.

William Thomas Barron - Memorial Stone
Thomas Barron died when lightning struck him in Holmesville, Mississippi on August 26, 1836.  The memorial stone photograph above was taken by FindAGrave member, Dawn Taylor.  The year of birth is incorrect and should be 1781 or 1782 per family history.  The memorial stone is located on Barron land near the Old Barron Cemetery in Amite County, Mississippi.  It is believed that William Thomas Barron was buried in Holmesville, Pike County, Mississippi.  The older tombstones in the Holmesville cemetery were destroyed some years ago, preventing confirmation of his burial place.

Naomi made many applications for more land for his service in the War of 1812.  She received 40 acres issued on the 6th day of April 1852 under the Bounty Land Act of 1850.  She applied and received more acreage on March 3, 1855.  Naomi also received a widow's pension for Thomas Barron's military service in the amount of $8.00 per month, commencing on February 4, 1871.

Naomi Clark Barron died in Amite County, Mississippi on May 30, 1885.

The following children were born to the marriage of William Thomas Barron and Naomi Clark:
William Henry, 1811-1866
Elizabeth "Betty", 1813-1888 (m. Elisha Estess, 1816-1883)
John, 1817-1876 (m. Betty Elizabeth Leggett, 1826-1881)
Nancy, 1919-1919 (m. James "Jim" Johnston, 1812-1881)
William Thomas, ca 1820-1917 (m. 1. Missouri Ann Huckabee-1831-1879; 2. Victory Butler, 1838-1888; 3. Amanda "Dida" Corkren, 1871-1956)
Lucinda 1823-1916 (m. Ansel H. Prewitt, 1812-ca 1871)
Naomi, 1827-1903 (m. Ira Jeremiah Cockerham, ca 1816-?)
Matilda, 1830-?
Richard Berry, 1832-1901 (m. 1. Malinda Jane Winborne, 1837-1884; 2. Elizabeth Laird)
Arthur "Arch", 1835-1898 (m. Elizabeth Johnston, daughter of James by first wife)
This post is centered around their descendants through three of their children who settled in Louisiana:
  1. William Henry Barron
  2. William Thomas
  3. Richard Berry Barron
1.  William Henry Barron, 1811-1866 (m. Malinda Felder, 1816-1896).  William and Malinda were married in Amite County, Mississippi on December 24, 1835.  At some point after 1860, they relocated to Rapides Parish, Louisiana.   The location of William's burial is unknown at this time.  Malinda is buried in the Holloway Methodist Church Cemetery in Deville, Rapides Parish, Louisiana.  (Editor's note:  obit is courtesy of Robert Lachney at FindAGrave.com and tombstone photograph is courtesy of W. Estrada at FindAGrave.com)




William and Malinda's son, John Wesley Barron was born in Mississippi on October 18, 1839. On November 5, 1868, he married Leuvenia Richardson in Rapides Parish.  Leuvenia was born in Alabama on July 6, 1851.

John Wesley died on April 29, 1924 and Leuvenia died on July 10, 1921.  Both are buried in the Big Creek Cemetery in Pollock, Grant Parish, Louisiana.  (Editor's note:  tombstone photographs are courtesy of debmcdaniel at FindAGrave.com)






















John Wesley and Leuvenia settled in Grant Parish where they raised the following children:
James Henry
William Thomas
Cora Caledonia
Mattie Mae
John Ancel
Frances Josephine
Albert Wesley
Sarah Melinda
Of these children, it was William Thomas Barron, born on June 12, 1873, who would later move to Catahoula Parish.  On November 22, 1892, William married Emma Eloise Bailey who was born in Rapides Parish on October 21, 1872.  

March 30, 2013

Who was Laura A. Cotton?


Date of Death:  24 Mar 1925
Place of Death:  Harrisonburg, Ward 5, Catahoula Parish, Louisiana
Date of Birth:  1857
Marital Status:  Married
Occupation:  Housewife
Father:  James Nelson Flowers
Father's Birthplace:  South Carolina
Mother:  Sarah Marton McNally
Mother's Birthplace:  Nashville, Tennessee
Informant:  Oscar Cotton (son)
Attending Physician:  P. W. Calliham


Who was John James Robertson?


Date of Death:  1926
Place of Death:  Harrisonburg, Ward 5, Catahoula Parish, Louisiana
Date of Birth:  1848
Marital Status:  Married
Occupation:  Fisherman
Birthplace:  Quincy, Illinois
Father:  John Robertson
Father's Birthplace:  Quincy, Illinois
Mother:  Jane Jones
Mother's Birthplace:  Quincy, Illinois
Informant:  Mrs. Mollie Robertson


Who was Alice Holley?


Date of Death:  19 May 1930
Place of Death:  Harrisonburg, Ward 5, Catahoula Parish, Louisiana
Date of Birth:  1 May 1856
Birthplace:  Texas
Father:  William Batton
Father's Birthplace:  Jacksonville, Texas
Mother:  Elizabeth
Mother's Birthplace:  Alabama
Attending Physician:  Dr. Calliham



1963 Sicily Island Yearbook - El Tigre




1962 Sicily Island Yearbook - El Tigre



1960 Sicily Island Yearbook - El Tigre




March 26, 2013

White Sulphur Springs Resort

Louisiana Democrat - June 30, 1880 




The stories vary on how this location received its name.

Quoting from an article written by Jack M. Willis, Journal Correspondent with The Piney Woods,
According to the renowned local historian Eli W. Plummer, White Sulphur Springs, Louisiana had its humble beginnings along about 1830.  Long before there were wagon roads, and travel was primarily by horse back, an adventurer by the name of Joseph P. Ward came upon the site which was located in what was then the western edge of the Catahoula Prairie District.  He stopped his train of horses by a beautiful spring and he and his fellow travelers decided to make camp for the night.
Ward's former home was the resort town of White Sulphur Springs, Georgia and he was bound for Texas, but when he smelled this sulphurous liquid bubbling from the spring, he may have even said, "Eureka!  I believe I'll name this locality White Sulphur Springs, Louisiana."

March 24, 2013

March 22, 2013

Rumors of Gold and Silver in the Sicily Island Hills

From the Louisiana Democrat (Alexandria, LA) on May 26, 1880:

 
From the Ouachita Telegraph on May 28, 1880:


From the Colfax Chronicle on May 29, 1880:





From the Colfax Chronicle on June 12, 1880:


(Editor's note:  All newspaper clippings are courtesy of Chronicling America)


March 21, 2013

1959 Advertisements - Catahoula News


Advertisements from the December 15, 1959 edition of the Catahoula News Booster:



Who was Jacob Malberry Bankston?


Date of Death:  3 Jan 1926
Place of Death:  Harrisonburg, Catahoula Parish, Louisiana
Marital Status:  Married
Date of Birth:  6 Jul 1856
Occupation:  Farming
Birthplace:  Mississippi
Father:  Marshall Bankston
Father's Birthplace:  Mississippi
Mother:  Cooper
Mother's Birthplace:  Mississippi
Informant:  Mrs. E. O. Sappington
Attending Physician:  P. W. Calliham



Who was James H. Johnson?


Date of Death:  3 Jul 1927
Place of Death:  Harrisonburg, Catahoula Parish, Louisiana
Marital Status:  Widowed
Date of Birth:  1 Nov 1855
Occupation:  Farmer
Birthplace:  Louisiana
Father:  Robert Johnson
Father's Birthplace:  South Carolina
Mother:  Martha Zeagler
Mother's Birthplace:  Mississippi
Informant:  J. H. Johnson
Attending Physician:  O. J. Richardson


Who was Lemuel Columbus Dunlap?


Date of Death:  13 Dec 1925
Place of Death:  Harrisonburg, Catahoula Parish, Louisiana
Marital Status:  Widowed
Date of Birth:  9 May 1855
Occupation:  Physician
Birthplace:  Catahoula
Father:  Lemuel Dunlap
Birthplace of Father:  South Carolina
Mother:  Lorana McGee
Birthplace of Mother:  Georgia
Attending Physician:  P. W. C.

March 9, 2013

Who was Effie Chloe Jones?


Date of Birth:  23 Apr 1923
Place of Birth:  Harrisonburg, Catahoula Parish, Louisiana
Father:  Sydney Jones
Residence:  near Harrisonburg, Catahoula Parish, Louisiana
Father's Age:  34 yrs.
Father's Birthplace:  Catahoula Parish, Louisiana
Father's Occupation:  Farmer
Mother:  Ellen Elizabeth Deville
Mother's Age:  25 yrs.
Mother's Birthplace:  Catahoula Parish, Louisiana
Mother's Occupation:  Housewife
Attending Physician:  P. W. Calliham

Who was Edward Owen Sappington?


Date of Birth:  25 Jul 1923
Place of Birth:  Ward 5, Catahoula Parish, Louisiana
Father:  E. O. Sappington
Father's Age:  53 yrs.
Birthplace of Father:  Mississippi
Father's Occupation:  Road Contractor
Mother:  Minnie Alda Bankston
Mother's Age:  22 yrs.
Birthplace of Mother:  near Harrisonburg, Catahoula Parish, Louisiana
Mother's Occupation:  Housewife
Attending Physician:  W. C. Coney

Who was Infant Daughter Randall?


Date of Birth:  19 Sep 1923
Place of Birth:  Harrisonburg, Catahoula Parish, Louisiana
Father:  John Randall
Residence:  Harrisonburg, Catahoula Parish, Louisiana
Father's Age:  30 yrs.
Birthplace of Father:  Catahoula Parish, Louisiana
Father's Occupation:  Barber
Mother:  Frances Price
Mother's Age:  30 yrs.
Birthplace of Mother:  Catahoula Parish, Louisiana
Mother's Occupation:  Housewife
Attending Midwife:  Amy Kenedy

Who was Beatrice Parker?


Date of Birth:  4 Sep 1923
Place of Birth:  Harrisonburg, Catahoula Parish, Louisiana
Father:  Joe Parker
Residence:  near Harrisonburg, Catahoula Parish, Louisiana
Father's Age:  41 yrs.
Birthplace of Father:  Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana
Father's Occupation:  Farmer
Mother:  Cecelia Nugent
Mother's Age:  36
Birthplace of Mother:  Caldwell Parish, Louisiana
Mother's Occupation:  Housewife
Attending Physician:  P.W.C.

Who was Henry H. Pittman?


Date of Death:  9 Feb 1928
Place of Death:  Ward 3, Catahoula Parish, Louisiana
Age at Death:  77 yrs.
Marital Status:  Married
Occupation:  Farmer
Place of Birth:  Pike County, Mississippi
Father:  Everett Pittman
Birthplace of Father:  South Carolina
Informant:  Will Pittman

Who was Ida Prince Rogers?


Date of Death:  25 Dec 1924
Place of Death:  Sicily Island, Catahoula Parish, Louisiana
Date of Birth:  16 Jan 1850
Place of Birth:  Mississippi
Marital Status:  Widow
Father:  Robert Prince
Attending Physician:  Charles J. Gordon

March 3, 2013

Who was Fanny E. Faulk?


Date of Death:  6 Jul 1930
Place of Death:  Rosefield, Catahoula, Louisiana
Age at Death:  78 yrs.
Marital Status:  Widow
Place of Birth:  Catahoula
Father:  Isaac Sherwood
Mother:  Angeline Routon
Birthplace of Mother:  Catahoula
Informant:  Elam Faulk


Who was Sallie Coatney?


Date of Death:  1 Jan 1929
Place of Death:  Harrisonburg, Catahoula, Louisiana
Age at Death: abt. 65
Marital Status:  Married
Occupation:  Housekeeper
Birthplace:  Grant Parish
Father:  Henry Smith
Birthplace of Father:  Louisiana
Mother:  Emmeline Chevalier
Birthplace of Mother:  Louisiana
Informant:  W. H. Strickland


Edward Farris Keenan Family

Edward Farris Keenan was born in Catahoula Parish in 1849 to the marriage of Joel Keenan and Eliza "Patsy" Farris.  On August 17, 1876 he married Terridell Lee Watson who was born on March 15, 1859.

Edward died on March 6, 1926 and Terridell died on March 26, 1898.  Both are buried in the Old Pine Hill Cemetery is Sicily Island.


March 1, 2013

William Charles Mason Family

William Charles Mason was born in England circa 1866.  He married Martha "Mattie" Jane Mitchell in Amite County, Mississippi on May 26, 1883.

Mattie was born in the LaSalle/Catahoula Parish area on June 18, 1854 to the marriage of Charles S. Mitchell and Luanana "Lucy Ann" Louisiana Evans.  Mattie's marriage to William followed her marriages to Andrew Nelson in Franklin County, Mississippi in 1871 and a second marriage to Zachariah Carlock in Franklin County, Mississippi in 1877.

William and Mattie moved to Sicily Island between 1920 and 1930.  The 1930 census shows them living in Ward Two, Catahoula Parish.

William died on August 21, 1933 and Mattie died on September 25, 1942.  Both are believed by family to be buried in the Old Pine Hill Cemetery in Sicily Island.  Tombstone photographs are unavailable at this time. 

The following children were born to the marriage of William Charles Mason and Martha "Mattie" Jane Mitchell:
  1. William Ellis
  2. Franklin Edward
  3. Robert Ephram
  4. Mary Elizabeth
  5. James Ernest
  6. Ella