Adams County Biographies

Aikman, William H.
Aikman, William Harley, M. D., who is engaged in the practice of his profession in the city of Natchez, is one of the able and successful physicians and surgeons of this section of the State and has a large practice in his chosen field. The Doctor was born in the city of Evansville, Ind., Aug. 21, 1858, and is a son of William M. and Rachel A. (Long) Aikman, the former of whom was born at Washington, Ind., and the latter near Paducah, Ky. On the paternal side a great-grandfather and three great-uncles of the Doctor were found enrolled as patriot soldiers of the Continental line in the War of the Revolution. On both the paternal and maternal sides he had uncles in both the Confederate and Federal armies in the war between the States. The parents of Dr. Aikman moved to New Orleans when he was six years of age where he passed his childhood continuing to reside there until his removal to Natchez. Dr. Aikman completed a course in the Central high school in the city of New Orleans and then entered the medical department of Tulane university, in that city, and in that institution he was graduated as a member of the class of 1885, duly receiving his degree of Doctor of Medicine. From that time to the present he has been engaged in the practice of his profession in Adams county, except for one year passed in Kansas City. Mo. In 1880 he graduated in pharmacy and he was thereafter incumbent of responsible positions in this profession. He first came to Natchez in 1882, as manager for the wholesale and retail drug business of Walton, Clark & Company, with which concern he remained until the business was sold to F. A. Dicks, when he returned to New Orleans and resumed his medical studies in Tulane university. He controls a large general practice in Natchez and vicinity and is recognized as a loyal citizen and as a worker for the general advancement of municipal and State interests. The Doctor is a member of the American medical association, the Mississippi state medical association, the Adams county medical society, the Prentiss Club, of which he has served as president, and of the Progressive League and the Masonic fraternity. He has proven a most efficient executive in the office of county health officer. His political allegiance is given to the Democratic party. On Oct. 25, 1894, Dr. Aikman was united in marriage to Miss Charlotte Balfour, daughter of William S. and Elizabeth (Hunt) Balfour, of Homewood, Miss.
Source:Mississippi Biography Vol III 1907 -- Transcribed by Gene Phillips

Arrighi, Frank
Arrighi, Frank J., who made his home in Natchez from the time of his birth, was an honored Confederate veteran, and the high esteem in which he was held in the community was signified by the fact that he was incumbent of the office of city assessor and tax collector for the thirty years previous to his death which occurred on April 22, 1906. He was born in Natchez, March 15, 1838, and was a son of Dominick and Ellen (O'Rourke) Arrighi, the former of whom was born in Italy and the latter in Ireland. They took up their residence in Natchez in 1833 and here passed the remainder of their lives. The father was here engaged in business until the time of his death, in 1879. Frank J. Arrighi was afforded the advantages of the schools of his native city, where his advantages were of excellent order. At the inception of the war between the States he went forth in defense of the Confederate cause. He enlisted as a private in Company D, Sixteenth Mississippi infantry, which be came a part of Harris' brigade, and he eventually was promoted captain of his company. He took part in the many engagements in which his command was involved, and was thrice wounded in action. At the battle of Sharpsburg or Antietam he received a gunshot wound in the left side of the head, the injury being so severe as to necessitate the insertion of a large silver plate over the skull at that point. In the battle of Chancellorsville, Captain Arrighi received a flesh wound in the hip, and he was again wounded at Spottsylvania Court House. He was captured at Weldon Railroad, Sept. 21, 1864, and was thereafter held a prisoner of war at Fort Delaware, from which he was released and paroled in July, 1865. Prior to the war Captain Arrighi had been employed five years as a bookkeeper in his native city, and soon after his return from military prison he was chosen deputy sheriff of Adams county. in which office he served from August, 1865, until Jan. 1, 1876, when he was elected, by popular vote, to the office of city assessor and collector, in which he continuously served until his death - his record being probably unparalleled by any other officeholder in the State in the matter of prolonged and consecutive incumbency. He never wavered in his interest in all that touched the welfare of his home city, and was well known and highly esteemed in that section of the State. He was affiliated with the United Confederate Veterans and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and was also a member of the Prentiss Club. His political allegiance was given in an unequivocal way to the Democratic party. In 1866 Captain Arrighi was united in marriage to Miss Mathilda Hughes, daughter of James Hughes, of Natchez, and the children of this union are : Mrs. J. W. Kennedy, Ruth, Mathilda, Frank, Mrs. R. A. Keyer, James H., and Dominick.
Source:Mississippi Biography Vol III 1907 -- Transcribed by Gene Phillips

Benbrook, William G.
Benbrook, William G., mayor of Natchez, Miss., was born May 16, 1837, in the city of Natchez. He is the son of Dr. Daniel G. and Margaret (Boyer) Benbrook, who became residents of Natchez about 1820. Dr. Benbrook practiced medicine in Natchez for a number of years after which he removed to New Orleans where he died. Several of his ancestors served in the Revolutionary army. Mr. Benbrook, the subject of this sketch, was educated in the public and private schools of Natchez, and began life as a clerk. He was elected city treasurer and later county assessor, and in 1888 was elected mayor of Natchez and has been continuously re-elected since that time. He is president of the Natchez school board of which he has been a member for twenty years, and is a member of the Masonic fraternity, past grand commander of Knight Templars of Mississippi, and also belongs to the Elks, Knights of Pythias, Knights of Honor, and Woodmen of the World. He was married, March 12, 1858, to Miss Hannah Parsons of Natchez. Mr. and Mrs. Benbrook have three children : Stella G., Mrs. Hannah (Benbrook) Tate and Effie G. They have an adopted daughter, Mary E. Carroll.
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Benjamin, Phillip U.
Benjamin, Philip U., is one of the representative business men of the city of Natchez, where he has a wholesale and retail business and is agent for the Pabst Brewing Company, of Milwaukee. He is an ex-member of the board of aldermen of his native city and has ever shown a loyal interest in all that has concerned the welfare of the community. He was born in Natchez, Feb. 1, 1864, and is a son of Samuel L. and Betty (Netter) Benjamin, both of whom were born and reared in the province of Alsace, Germany. The father immigrated to America in 1855 and soon afterward became a resident of Mississippi. He lived for a time at Port Gibson, when he removed to Natchez in the sixties. Here he engaged in the mercantile business. The subject of this sketch was afforded the advantages of the schools of his native city, and after leaving the same he became identified with local mercantile interests. In 1890 he engaged in business on his own responsibility and he has built up a large and prosperous enterprise. Mr. Benjamin is a loyal adherent of the Democratic party and for six years he represented the third ward on the board of aldermen. Within this period he was a valued and efficient member of the committee which had charge of the building of new school and engine houses and also of the committee which negotiated the purchase of the city water works. He has been a member of the city fire department for the past twenty years. He is identified with the Natchez Cotton Exchange, the Natchez Promotive League, and the Natchez Mardi Gras Association. He is affiliated with the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. Mr. Benjamin is well known and enjoys marked popularity in his home city.
Source: Mississippi Biography Vol III 1907 -- Transcribed by Gene Phillips

Bowie, Allen Thomas
Bowie, Allen Thomas, of Natchez, is incumbent of the office of circuit clerk for Adams county and is one of the well known and popular citizens of that section of the State. He was born in Natchez, Aug. 17, 1840, and is a son of Dr. Allen Thomas and Matilda Jane (Routh) Bowie. His early educational discipline was received under the direction of private tutors and thereafter he pursued his studies successively in the University of Virginia, Oakland college, Mississippi, and the University of North Carolina, in which last mentioned institution he was a student at the time of the outbreak of the Civil war; he was a member of the senior class at the time of his withdrawal to enter the Confederate service. His parents were at the time residents of Lake St. Joseph, La., and he returned home in the spring of 1861 to enlist as a private in the Tensas cavalry, a company which was raised in Tensas Parish, La., and which became a part of the regiment commanded by Gen. Wirt Adams. He was made sergeant of his company and later was promoted adjutant. On Nov. 11, 1863, he was commissioned assistant adjutant general, with rank of captain, and was assigned to duty as chief of staff under General Adams, thereafter continuing in active service until the close of the war. He received his parole at Gainesville, Ga., where his brigade was stationed at the time of the surrender of General Lee. He then returned to Tensas parish, La., where he was identified with plantation interests until 1869, when he took up his residence in Natchez, Miss., where he has since maintained his home and where he has followed various vocations. He has been circuit clerk since 1899 and is an able and popular official. He is a stanch supporter of the principles of the Democratic party and he is affiliated with the United Confederate Veterans. On Nov. 21, 1867, Captain Bowie was united in marriage to Mrs. Annie Matilda (Routh) Marshall, who died Oct. 27, 1895, and who is sur vived by two children — Matilda Routh and Allen Thomas, Jr. The latter married Miss Myra A. Crossgrove, June 7, 1898, and they have three children — Anne Matilda, Allen Thomas (3d), and Hugh Crossgrove. The former married F. L. Maxwell, of Mound, La., Dec. 27, 1906.
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Brown, Edward
Brown, Edward Floyd, M. D., who is engaged in the practice of his profession in the city of Natchez, is recognized as one of the representative physicians and surgeons of his native State and is now incumbent of the position of surgeon-in-charge of the Natchez hospital, with whose official medical staff he has been identified for more than a decade. Dr. Brown was born in Natchez, Adams county, Miss., Jan. 29, 1868, and is a son of George M. and Katharine (Power) Brown. His father was born in Edgefield district, S. C, June 16, 1834, and is still living in the city of Natchez, where he has maintained his home for many years. The mother of Dr. Brown was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, April 30, 1835, and died Oct. 28, 1881. George M. Brown was a valiant soldier of the Confederacy in the war between the States. He enlisted as a member of a Mississippi command in the artillery arm of the service in 1861, was promoted second lieutenant and continued in service until the close of the war. He is now a valued and appreciative member of the United Confederate Veterans. Dr. Brown was afforded the advantages of the best private schools of his native city, including Natchez institute, and thereafter he continued his literary or academic studies in Centenary college, at Jackson, La., and Vanderbilt university. After leaving the last mentioned institution he was matriculated in the medical department of Tulane university, New Orleans, where he completed the prescribed curriculum and was graduated with the degree of Doctor of Medicine, as a member of the class of 1896. Shortly after his graduation, Dr. Brown became interne in the Natchez hospital and soon rose to the office of assistant surgeon. That his services and fidelity have not lacked appreciation is shown in the fact that he has been surgeon-in-charge of this noble institution since April 15, 1898. He has a large and representative private practice and both professionally and socially is held in unqualified esteem in the city which has been his home from the time of his birth. He is a member of the Mississippi medical association and the Adams county medical association, and is affiliated with the Beta Theta Pi college fraternity. The doctor is a stanch adherent of the Democratic party but has never been specially active in the arena of practical politics. He is a bachelor.
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Byrnes, Charles
Byrnes, Charles Ralston, secretary and manager of the People's Savings bank of Natchez, and vice-president of the Bank of Commerce, Natchez, Miss., was born Dec. 4, 1851, in Claiborne county, Miss. The residence of the Byrnes family in America dates from 1730, when Daniel Byrnes of the County of Wicklow, Ireland, with his wife, nee Rebecca Fitch, came to this country and settled in Philadelphia. A son, Daniel, of the first Daniel, married Dinah Hicklen and his son Joseph, born Dec. 16, 1769, married Rebecca Proud Clarke on April 15, 1795. To this union was born Robert Ralston Byrnes in 1796, and his son was Charles Ralston Byrnes, Sr., born in Claiborne county, Oct. 30, 1826. The last named was married at "Insmore" plantation, Claiborne county, on Sept. 18, 1850, to Catherine Priscilla Smith, a daughter of Benijah Osmund and Elizabeth (Forman) Smith, who was born Dec. 9, 1832, at Springfield plantation, Adams county, Miss. To Charles Ralston and Catherine Priscilla (Smith) Byrnes were born fourteen children, six of whom are still living: Charles Ralston, Jr., born Dec. 4, 1851, the subject of this sketch; Benijah Smith; Percy Shields; Robert Lee; Mrs. Florence Undine M. Caleb; and Augustus M. Caleb. Charles Ralston Byrnes, Sr., was a soldier in the Confederate service. Charles Ralston Byrnes, Jr., received his education in the private schools of his home county, under Duncan Green, son of Bishop Green. For a time he attended St. Stephens Academy at Vicksburg, now out of existence. From the time of finishing school until 1881 he operated his father's plantation and then for five years managed a plantation of his own. In 1887 he removed to Natchez and engaged in the real estate business. This work continued to be his means of livelihood until 1892, when he took the agency of the Corbin Banking Company of New York. In July, 1902, he was one of the organizers of the People's Savings bank and the National Bank of Commerce of Natchez. He has been secretary and manager of the first named organization ever since its establishment. This bank has paid a yearly dividend of eight percent ever since its incorporation. Mr. Byrnes is a member of the Masonic fraternity and the Woodmen of the World. On Feb. 15, 1881, he married Helen Gillespie, daughter of Dr. Orrick and Helen C. (Gillespie) Metcalfe, of Natchez. Mrs. Byrnes was born at Fair Oaks plantation, Adams county, Miss., Oct. 19, 1861. Both of her parents are now dead. To Mr. and Mrs. Byrnes have been born four children: Charles Metcalfe, twenty-three years of age, a graduate in the medical department of Johns Hopkins university, Baltimore, Md., and has been elected as first assistant to the dean of the medical department at the University of Virginia; Annie Euster, died in her second year; Helen Metcalfe, graduated in 1905 at Stanton college of Natchez, and continues studying music, art and French at the Industrial institute and college of Columbus, Miss.; and Katherine Metcalfe, who graduated in 1905 from Stanton college, is now at the Maryland college, Lutherville, Md. From 1901 to 1905 inclusive Mr. Byrnes served as alderman from the fourth ward of Natchez. He has been eminently successful in his banking business, besides which he is largely interested in planting.
Source: Mississippi Biography Vol III 1907 -- Transcribed by Gene Phillips

Campbell, A.G.
Campbell, A. G., president of the First Natchez bank, is recognized as one of the representative financiers of Mississippi, and as one of the leaders in the banking circles of the South. He has attained to distinctive success in the domain of banking and that through his own native ability and his varied initiative and executive powers. Mr. Campbell, as the name implies, is of Scotch lineage, and he was born in the north of Ireland, July 31, 1849. In that same part of the Emerald Isle were also born his parents, John and Martha (Little) Campbell, who came to the United States in 1852, at which time the subject of this sketch was but three years of age. The family located at Franklin, Williamson county, Tenn., and there the father continued to be identified with agricultural pursuits during the remainder of his life; his wife also died in that county. A. G. Campbell was reared to the sturdy discipline of the farm and was afforded the advantages of the Franklin academy, of which his uncles, Andrew and Patrick Campbell, were principals; they were graduates of the University of Glasgow, Scotland, and became prominent and successful educators in the State of Tennessee. When about eighteen years of age Mr. Campbell left the farm and went to Nashville, Tenn., where he became a clerk in a grocery, at very nominal wages. In 1880 he assumed the position of bookkeeper in the Third National bank of that city, in which institution he laid the foundation for his broad and accurate knowledge of the varied details of the banking business. He had previously been bookkeeper for the grocery concern for some time. He continued an employee of the bank until it was consolidated with the American National bank. About 1885 he was induced to engage in the banking business in Natchez, Miss., which was the home of his wife prior to their marriage, about a year previously. He accordingly organized the Bank of Natchez, which opened its doors March 4, 1885, the day of President Cleveland's first inauguration. Mr. Campbell became its cashier at the time of organization and remained incumbent of this office until 1890, when he became president of the institution. In 1887 he reorganized the First National bank of Natchez, with a capital stock of $100,000, and the Bank of Natchez was consolidated with this bank. In 1895 another re-organization took place, under a State charter, and the title of First Natchez bank was adopted. The capital remained $100,000 until 1902, when it was increased to $250,000, of which $100,000 was taken from the surplus fund. Under the different regimes dividends have been paid to the amount of $200,000, and no bank in the State has greater stability or is reinforced by abler executive control. The bank now has a surplus of over $100,000; deposits of $1,650,000. The other well known men of affairs associated in the active management of the bank are: R. Lee Wood, vice-president; Sim H. Lowenburg, vice-president; G. S. Pentard, cashier, and H. M. Gaither, assistant cashier. These young men have all added greatly to the success of the institution since their connection with it, while the directors are numbered among the best known business men of the city. The bank occupies a substantial and attractive building of Doric architecture and the same has recently been refurnished and otherwise modernized. It has the best type of steel vaults and safe deposit boxes. The building was erected in 1833, by the Agricultural bank of Mississippi, on the corner of Main and Commerce streets and in the same location that was occupied by the first bank of the territory of Mississippi; the original building was erected in 1809. Mr. Campbell is one of the best known bankers in the South and his reputation in all the relations of life is unassailable. He has been the artificer of his own fortunes and is eminently deserving of the proud American title of self-made man, in its higher and better significance. Mr. Campbell is a member of the Natchez Mardi Gras association and the Prentiss club, and is also affiliated with the Masonic fraternity and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. He and his wife are communicants of the Protestant Episcopal church. In 1884 was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Campbell to Miss Mary V. Gaither, of Natchez, and they have been prominent in the social life of the community during the intervening years.
Source: Mississippi Biography Vol III 1907 -- Transcribed by Gene Phillips

Carpenter, Joseph
Carpenter, Joseph N., is recognized as one of the leading business men and most influential citizens of Natchez, which city has been his home from the time of his birth. He here has interests of wide scope and importance in an industrial and commercial sense, while it was also his privilege to render service as a soldier of the Confederacy during the Civil war. Mr. Carpenter was born in Natchez, Miss., Sept. 1, 1846, and is a son of the late Nathaniel L. and Julia (Luce) Carpenter, both representative of stanch colonial ancestry, the father having been born in Vermont and the mother in the State of New York. They took up their residence in Natchez in the thirties, the father here attaining much prominence in business affairs and retaining unbounded esteem and confidence in the community, both he and his devoted wife passing the remainder of their lives in Natchez. Joseph N. Carpenter was educated in the schools of his native city, and was but fifteen years of age at the outbreak of the Civil war. On account of his youth he was not permitted to enter the service of the Confederacy in the early part of the war, though his patriotism was perfervid even at that time. He remained at home until the occupation of Natchez by the Federal troops, in July, 1863. Concerning his movements then and during the further progress of the war the Confederate Military History, Volume VIII, touching the State of Mississippi, speaks as follows: "He then began making preparations to join the Confederate troops, and this coming to the ears of the Federals, he was arrested and thrown in jail. Subsequently he was released, through the intervention of friends, upon giving bond in the sum of $2,000 in gold, signed by his father, that he would not take up arms against the United States government. He observed this compact only until the provost marshal left the city, when he also started out, but no action was ever taken to declare the bond forfeited. Riding to Brandon, Miss., with several companions, he, with the others, were arrested, all being charged with being spies. They were tried and were able to clearly prove their loyalty to the Confederacy, so that they were allowed to proceed. Mr. Carpenter's horse having been stolen meanwhile, he kept on his way by rail road and, joining the army of Tennessee in front of Chattanooga, enlisted in the Breckinridge Guards, the escort company of Gen. John C. Breckinridge, a cavalry organization from Natchez. After General Breckinridge was assigned to other duty the company was attached to the headquarters of Gen. William B. Bate, of Tennessee, doing both escort and courier duty. Mr. Carpenter, with this company, took part in the battle of Missionary Ridge; those of the Atlanta campaign, May to September, 1864; Franklin and Nashville, Tenn.; and the last campaign in North Carolina, finally surrendering with Johnston's army, at Greensboro, N. C, April 26, 1865. His battle service embraced some of the most famous and hotly contested combats of the war, and at Jonesboro his horse was shot under him. At the end the Confederate government was indebted to him in the sum of $1,400, $1,150 of this being the appraised value of his horse, but, like many others, he took the dollar and a quarter that was paid out in Mexican silver, accepting this in satisfaction of all claims. The trip to his home was made by train, raft, wagon, steamboat and on foot, and though full of hardships was attended by so many ludicrous situations and novel adventures that the story is amusing to recall and interesting to relate. "Mr. Carpenter has not failed to gain many of the victories which peace is said to have ever in store, for since the war he has attained to a commanding position in connection with the cotton industry and financial operations in the South, being known as a man of fine business acumen and executive ability. In 1867 he became a member of the firm of N. L. Carpenter & Son, which was founded by his honored father and which now has prestige as being the oldest cotton firm in Natchez, controlling extensive ginning interests and doing a large factorage business. Mr. Carpenter is also interested in many other local concerns - in fact may be said to have loaned his aid and financial co-operation in connection with almost every large business and financial institution of his home city. He is president of the Natchez Oil Company, the Mallery Grocery Company, the Natchez & Vicksburg Packet Company, was first president of the Natchez cotton exchange, is president of several land companies operating in the vicinity of Birmingham, Ala., is president of the Bessemer savings bank, of Bessemer, Ala., and is officially connected with various other corporations. As has been consistently written, the home of Mr. Carpenter "is one of the finest palaces of the old regime, originally costing $90,000, and this he maintains with beautiful surroundings and with the good cheer of southern hospitality, aided by his charming wife." Mr. Carpenter is found ever aligned as a loyal supporter of the cause of the Democratic party, but has never been a seeker of public office, his public spirit having rather been shown in his promotion and conservation of business enterprises which are of benefit to the entire community. He is identified with the United Confederate Veterans. In 1868 was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Carpenter to Miss Zipporah Russell, who was born and reared in Louisiana, and they have one son and two daughters.
Source: Mississippi Biography Vol III 1907 -- Transcribed by Gene Phillips

Carradine, Leonard
Carradine, Leonard W., of Fayette, Jefferson county, is a worthy scion of one of the old and distinguished families of the State, with whose annals the name has been identified since the early colonial epoch. The paternal grandfather of the subject of this review was Parker Carradine, who came from Georgia and located in what is now Jefferson county, Miss., about the year 1772. He married Miss Penelope Hill, of Georgia, and she died about the year 1835, in Madison county, Miss. On account of the part which he took in the revolt of the United States against the Spanish authorities in 1871, Parker Carradine, with several others, was seized by the Spaniards and taken to New Orleans in irons. At the expiration of six months he and the others of the prisoners were released, through the clemency of the Spanish governor. During the territorial period he held the office of United States commissioner. He served as sole inspector for Villa Gayoso and Cole's creek of the first election ever held in Mississippi for choosing a representative of the American settlers in congress. This sterling and honored pioneer of the State died on his plantation, near old Greenville, Jefferson county, in 1820. The family genealogy is traced back to Spanish origin, and representatives of the name settled in North Carolina in the early colonial days. William Rapalie Carradine, youngest son of Parker Carradine, the founder of the family in Mississippi, was born in 1819, was educated in Transylvania university, Kentucky, and became a lawyer. He practiced his profession at Shreveport, La., and his death occurred in Natchez, Miss., when he was but twenty-five years of age. In 1837 he married Miss Rebecca Chew Wilkinson, and their only child is Leonard Wilkinson Carradine, the immediate subject of this sketch. In 1843 the widowed mother married John Hunter, a young Marylander, who was at the time deputy marshal of Mississippi and who afterward became a successful merchant. He was collector of the port and mayor of Natchez for many years and was incumbent of the latter office at the time of his death, which occurred in 1863. He was also general disbursing agent for the Confederate government, for Louisiana and Mississippi, at the time of his demise. He was held in unqualified esteem by all classes, was a devoted husband and was especially kind and solicitous in the rearing of his stepson, as he had no children of his own. The Wilkinsons were an old Maryland family who came to the colony with Cecil Calvert (Lord Baltimore), with whose family they intermarried, the latest instance having been the marriage of Frances Chew, great-grandmother of the subject of this sketch, to Mumberd Calvert, one of the earliest sheriffs of Mississippi. On Feb. 21, 1774, Ann Herbert Dent, daughter of John Dent, married William Wilkinson. She was a direct descendent of a younger son of the house of Herbert, who came to Maryland with Lord Baltimore. In 1798, after the death of her husband, Mrs. Ann H. (Dent) Wilkinson moved to Washington, Miss., in response to overtures made by her kinsman. Gen. James Wilkinson, who was then engaged in the work of here forming a territorial government. Her family consisted of one son and six daughters. The only son, George, grandfather of him whose name initiates this article, served on the staff of General Wilkinson in the battle of New Orleans, War of 1812, and was commissioned by General Jackson to report news of the victory to the territorial seat of government at Washington, Miss. Leonard Wilkinson Carradine was born at Roakly, the old family homestead near Washington, Miss., Jan. 22, 1838, and his earlier childhood was passed in Jefferson county, where he was reared to the age of ten years, at the expiration of which the family removed to Natchez, in 1848. He was afforded the best of educational advantages, having attended Yale college and the University of Virginia and having withdrawn from the latter institution to enter the Confederate service at the inception of the war between the States. After the Kentucky campaign of 1862 he suffered so severely from the effects of camp fever that he was incapacitated for further field service, but he did effective service in the cause as deputy disbursing agent for the Confederate government and in the secret service, with which branches he continued to be identified until the close of the war. For the ensuing five years he was engaged in agricultural pursuits in Louisiana and Mississippi, and in 1871 he removed with his family to southeastern Texas, where he made investments. Circumstances, however, rendered it expedient for him to return to Mississippi, and since 1874 he has been numbered among the successful planters and representative citizens of Jefferson county, with whose history the family name has been so long and prominently concerned. In 1883 he was chosen to fill the important office of county superintendent of education, and in the following year he was elected sheriff of the county, an office of which he remained incumbent four successive terms. His long tenure of the position offers the best evidence of the high estimate placed upon his services by the people of the county, and here his personal popularity is of the most unequivocal order. Since 1885 he has maintained his residence in Fayette, but he still continues to give a general supervision to his plantation interests. Mr. Carradine is a stalwart in the camp of the Democratic party and is affiliated with the United Confederate Veterans and with various other fraternal and social organizations. On Nov. 2, 1863, Mr. Carradine was united in marriage to Miss Emma Rivers, daughter of Col. Douglas L. Rivers, who was a native of Virginia and who became one of the distinguished citizens of Mississippi. Mr. and Mrs. Carradine became the parents of seven children, of whom three are living — John Hunter, who is a successful physician and surgeon; and Rebekah Wilkinson, and Emma Herbert.
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Chamberlain, Charles
Chamberlain, Charles T., M. D., holds prestige as one of the able and successful physicians and surgeons of his native city of Natchez, where he is also proprietor and manager of the Chamberlain sanitarium, a finely equipped and thoroughly modern institution. Doctor Chamberlain was born in Natchez, July 18, 1879, and is a son of Charles T. and Mary (Fleming) Chamberlain, the former of whom was born in Jefferson county, this State, and the latter in Natchez, where they still reside. The father entered the Confederate service when but sixteen years of age, having been a member of Captain Dorden's battery and having proved a gallant and faithful soldier. He is now one of the representative merchants of Natchez, where he is a member of the well known firm of Chamberlain & Patterson. After completing the curriculum of the schools of his native city, Doctor Chamberlain was matriculated in the medical department of Tulane university, New Orleans, where he was graduated as a member of the class of 1901, and where he received his degree of Doctor of Medicine. Soon after his graduation he became house surgeon of the Natchez hospital, in which he rendered most effective service and gained valuable clinical experience. He held this position until the spring of 1904, when he withdrew to enter private practice, in which he has been distinctively successful. He has recently erected and equipped the Chamberlain sanitarium, a two-story brick structure of modern design and facilities and capable of accommodating about twenty-five patients. The sanitarium is under his personal supervision and is open to the use of other physicians. Doctor Chamberlain is a member of the American medical association, the Mississippi medical association and the Adams county medical society. He also holds membership in the Prentiss Club and the Kappa Alpha college fraternity. His political support is given to the Democratic party. He is popular in the social circles of his native city and has the high esteem of his professional conferees.
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Clark, Reuben
Clark, Reuben T., D. O., of Natchez, is one of the able representatives of the profession of osteopathy in Mississippi, and has built up a large practice in his chosen field of endeavor. Doctor Clark was born at Manassas Junction, Va., Nov. 30, 1877, and is a son of Charles M. and Julia (Terry) Clark, both of whom were born in the State of New York. Doctor Clark secured his early educational training in the public schools of the city of Chicago. In 1892 he came to Mississippi and located in the city of Jackson, where he soon afterward became a clerical employee in the First National bank, with which he remained engaged for nine years. In 1901 he was employed on the Clarion-Ledger, of Jackson, Miss., and in the following year he took up the study of osteopathy. He entered the original college of the science, at Kirksville, Mo., and was graduated as a member of the class of 1904, with the degree of Doctor of Osteopathy. In July of that year he established himself in the practice of his profession in Natchez, and he has done much to further the popularity of osteopathy in the State. He is a member of Andrew Jackson Lodge, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons and is affiliated with the Atlas fraternity, the oldest and strongest fraternity made up of members of the osteopathic profession. During the Spanish-American war he served as a member of Company E, First Mississippi volunteers. He holds membership in the Methodist Episcopal church, South, while his wife is a Presbyterian. On Nov. 5, 1904, Doctor Clark was united in marriage to Miss Janie Grafton, daughter of the late Maj. Thomas Grafton, who was one of the honored and influential citizens of Natchez and a gallant veteran of the Confederate service in the war between the States.
Source: Mississippi Biography Vol III 1907 -- Transcribed by Gene Phillips

Conner, Lemuel
Conner, Lemuel Parker, is one of the able and honored representatives of the legal profession in the city of Natchez, where he controls a large and important practice. Mr. Conner was born in the city which is now his home and the date of his nativity was Nov. 28, 1861. He is a son of Lemuel Parker Conner and Fanny Eliza (Turner) Conner, both native of Adams county, Miss., where the former was born in 1827 and the latter in 1829. Representatives of the Conner family were found enrolled as valiant soldiers in the Continental line in the War of the Revolution. Hon. Edward Turner, maternal grandfather of the subject of this sketch, was a prominent and influential citizen of Mississippi and served in various public offices, including that of chancellor of the State. The early educational training of Mr. Conner was secured in the common schools and under the direction of private tutors, after which he continued his studies in turn in Louisiana State university and the Agricultural and Mechanical College, at Baton Rouge, that State. He was graduated in the latter institution as a member of the class of 1882. He then entered the law school of the University of Louisiana (now Tulane university), in the city of New Orleans, where he admirably fortified himself for the work of his chosen profession. He was admitted to the bar of Louisiana in 1884 and to that of Mississippi in 1888, in which latter year he located in Natchez, where he has since been engaged in the active and successful practice of his profession. Mr. Conner is a stalwart supporter of the principles and policies of the Democratic party but he has never sought or held political office. He has been a member of various party committees and was one of the originators of the movement to eliminate the Negro vote in the city of Natchez, where the Negro had continued to participate in the elections after having been shut out of those of the State and county, by the constitution of 1890. He organized and served for several years as a member of the city executive committee, and he held this position until the new order of things had crystallized into custom. Mr. Conner is a member of the Masonic fraternity and its adjunct organization, the Mystic Shrine, and is also affiliated with the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. He is identified with the Natchez Promotive League. On Dec. 12, 1888, Mr. Conner was united in marriage to Miss Mary M. Britton, daughter of Audley Clarke Britton and Eliza (McCrery) Britton, of Natchez. Mr. and Mrs. Conner have four children, whose names, with respective dates of birth, are as follows: Audley Britton, Jan. 22, 1890; Lemuel Parker, Jr., July 12, 1894; Eliza McCrery, Sept. 7, 1896; Gaillard Gustine, April 21, 1902.
Source: Mississippi Biography Vol III 1907 -- Transcribed by Gene Phillips

Dennison, Franklin
Dennison, Franklin V., a leading cotton factor of Natchez, was born in Clarksburg, W. Va., June 5, 1868, being a son of Minter B. and Minerva J. (Phurr) Dennison, the former a native of Lexington, Ky., and the latter of the State of Virginia. Minter B. Dennison was for many years actively engaged in business, being a merchant and also operating a flour mill. He and his wife still maintain their home in West Virginia. Franklin V. Dennison duly profited by the advantages afforded in the public schools of his native town, where he fortified himself for the active duties of life. After leaving school he became identified with the dry-goods business in Wheeling, W. Va., in which city he remained until 1895, when he came to Natchez, and for the ensuing five years he was concerned in the steam boating business on the Mississippi river, being associated with his father-in-law, Capt. Thomas Prince. He then engaged in his present line of enterprise as a cotton factor and general broker, having purchased the business of J. C. Fowler, and having been very successful in his operations. In 1893 he was elected to represent the third ward on the board of aldermen, resigning the office a few months later, on account of his removal to another ward. He is a stanch adherent of the Democratic party and is a member of the city executive committee of the same. He is one of the prominent and popular members of the local lodge of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, being past exalted ruler of the same, while he was the first trustee of the lodge chosen for the long term at the time when the lodge was providing for the purchase of a suitable home. He is also identified with the Prentiss Club, a social organization of the representative business men of the city. He takes an active interest in public affairs, particularly those of a local nature, and is one of the loyal and progressive business men of Natchez. On July 20, 1892, Mr. Dennison was united in marriage to Miss Martha A. Prince, who was born in Wheeling, W. Va., being a daughter of Capt. Thomas Prince. Mr. and Mrs. Dennison have five children: Thomas D., Martha M., Margaret C, Genevieve and Franklin V., Jr.
Source: Mississippi Biography Vol III 1907 -- Transcribed by Gene Phillips

Farrell, James
Farrell, James, whose death occurred April 3, 1906, was one of the leading contractors and builders in the city of Natchez and was also secretary of the Natchez Undertaking Company. He was born in Natchez, Dec. 21, 1856, and was a son of Patrick and Sarah (Whalen) Farrell, both of whom were born in Ireland. They were early settlers of Natchez, where they continued to reside until their death, and the father was a carpenter by trade and vocation. Both were communicants of the Catholic church. James Farrell was educated in the Cathedral school of the Catholic church in Natchez, and as a youth he learned the carpenter's trade, in which he became a skilled artisan. He followed his trade for a number of years and then engaged in contracting and building on his own responsibility. In this important field of enterprise he was most successful and erected many fine buildings in his native city and elsewhere in that section of the State. He was one of the organizers of the Natchez Undertaking Company, of which he was secretary, which is one of the leading concerns of the sort in the city, with headquarters at 108 North Union street. Mr. Farrell always gave a loyal support to the Democratic party and showed much interest in the advancement of his city and State. In 1904 he was elected a member of the board of aldermen, from the Fourth ward, being at the time of his death a valued member of that body, in which he served on several important committees, including the committee on accounts, of which he was chairman. He was a communicant of the Catholic church, as is also his wife, and was identified with the Catholic Knights of America and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. In 1889 was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Farrell to Miss Carrie Quarterman, who was born and reared in Natchez, and they have three children-Glenn, Francis and Margaret.
Source: Mississippi Biography Vol III 1907 -- Transcribed by Gene Phillips

Fitchette, William F. M.D.
Fitchette, William F., M. D., the incumbent of the office of health officer in the city of Natchez (1906), is one of the able and popular representatives of the medical profession in that attractive old city. He was born in Fredericksburg, Va., Nov. 2, 1875, and is a son of Capt. Charles L. and Virginia M. (Mosby) Fitchette, both of whom were born in Richmond, Va., and the latter of whom is a relative of Col. John S. Mosby, the celebrated guerilla general of the Confederate service during the war between the States. The Mosby family has long been one of prominence and distinction in the Old Dominion State. The father of the doctor was for many years in the government military service, having been a member of the Eleventh Pennsylvania cavalry during the Civil war and having attained to the rank of captain while acting as a scout; he had previously served in the commissary department. He was in the government service from his boyhood until his death, which occurred in 1899, during the memorable yellow-fever epidemic, to whose ravages he succumbed, at Natchez. He came to this city in December, 1885, and was superintendent of the national cemetery here at the time of his demise. Prior to this he had been superintendent of the Fredericksburg and Arlington national cemeteries. His wife still survives him and resides in Natchez. Dr. Fitchette was educated in the Fredericksburg, Va., collegiate institute and also in Jefferson military college, at Washington, Miss., and the Columbian Polytechnical institute, in the city of Washington, D. C. After this he took a partial course in the medical department of Vanderbilt university, Nashville, Tenn., and in 1889 he was graduated in the Memphis hospital medical college, from which he received his well earned degree of Doctor of Medicine. He immediately established himself in the practice of his profession in Natchez, where he has met with distinctive success and gained noteworthy prestige in both departments of his professional work. He has served as city health officer continuously since 1904. He is identified with the American medical association, the Mississippi State medical association, and the Adams county medical society. His political support is given to the Democratic party. Dr. Fitchette is a bachelor.
Source: Mississippi Biography Vol III 1907 -- Transcribed by Gene Phillips

Pipes, D. W.
HON. D.W. PIPES, one of the most extensive planters of East Feliciana parish, of which he is at present a representative, was born in 1845. He is a son of David and Amanda (Collins) Pipes, (nee Dunn), natives of Mississippi and South Carolina, respectively. David Pipes, Sr. was born in Adams county, Miss., May 14, 1790, and was a son of Windsor Pipes, who was born in 1740, the son of John Pipes. The origin of the name dates back to 1685. Windsor Pipes had three brothers, John, Philip and Abner. John Pipes settled in Georgia. Philip went to Missouri in 1811, and Windsor and Abner settled in Adams county, Miss., at that time called the Natchez country. From the last two named brothers are descended the families now living in Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas. These two brothers removed from Philadelphia to what is now the state of Illinois, thence to the Natchez country in about 1780, then under Spanish rule. Abner died in 1804 and Windsor in 1806. The family of Abner Pipes consisted of the following: Anna, who married Thomas Flynn, John, Abner, Jr., Abraham, Philip and Joseph, the latter being the father of Rev. John Pipes, now living at Mansfield, La., engaged in the ministry in the Methodist Episcopal church. Windsor Pipes was twice married; the second time to Miss Jane McAfee, who was born March 1, 1745, and died September 12, 1811. She left five sons and three daughters. Of these the father of our subject was the fourth. The names of these children are: Abner, John, Joseph, David, Charles, Jane, Polly and Lettie. Abner, the eldest son, was three times married. By his first marriage he had the following children: David, Fannie, John, Windsor and Joseph; by the second, Eliza, Mary, Delilah and William; and by the third James and Isaac were born. All of these children are now deceased. John, the second son of Windsor and Jane (McAfee) Pipes, married Miss Polly Taylor, by whom he had the following named children: David, Lewis, Isaac, Hiram, Levi, John W., Esther Ann, Cynthia, Jane and Emily. Joseph, the third son, was twice married but had no children. Charles, another son of Windsor Pipes, was born May 14, 1792, and died February 12, 1859. He had four sons and one daughter: James, Charles, Stephen, David and Winniford, the latter becoming the wife of John Bird. Janes, the eldest daughter of Windsor Pipes, married William Collins, by whom she had two daughters: Polly, who married John McCaleb, and Betsy, who was first married to Dr. R. Roach, and again to John Dixon and the third time to Samuel Chamberlin. The second daughter of Windsor and Jane Pipes, Polly, married John Stowers. The next daughter of Windsor Pipes, Lettie, married Robert Taylor, and they became the parents of two sons, William and James F. Taylor, the latter of whom lived in Texas. David Pipes, Sr., the father of our subject, was twice married. By his first marriage he had one son and four daughters, named: Alexander (who married Aggie Chandler, by whom he had two daughters and one son, Mary Amanda, Sally and Alexander, Jr.), Mary Hill, Henrietta, Amanda and Emily. Mary Hill Pipes, the eldest daughter of David Pipes, Sr., married J. Warren Taylor, of Virginia, by whom she had two sons and three daughters: David, Kenchen K., Emma, Olivia, Bertha. (See sketch of J.W. Taylor.) Henrietta, the second daughter of David Pipes, Sr., married John K. Kearney, of Canton, Miss., and they have no children. Amanda, the next daughter of David Pipes, married Isaac Flynn, by whom she became the mother of five daughters: Flavia, Ada, Emma, Minerva and Dora. Emily, the last daughter of David Pipes, married Dr. Thomas Phillips, of Canton, Miss., and became the mother of two sons and one daughter, named: Thomas, Pettus and Neomi. David Pipes, Sr. was next married to Mrs. Amanda M. Collins (nee Dunn), a native of South Carolina, who came to Mississippi when a young girl. She was born July 30, 1801, and is still living, being hearty and very intellectual for one of her age. By this union were born two children, William H., the present state treasurer, and our subject. The father, David Pipes, Sr., was born May 14, 1790, and died August 13, 1873. He was reared in the Natchez country and came to Louisiana when a young man and engaged in planting and merchandising in what is now East Feliciana parish. Commencing with nothing he was very successful in establishing a fine business, and at the outbreak of the war he was one of the wealthy men of the parish. Blessed with plenty he was always charitable to all who were needy, and contributed of his means with a liberal hand to all enterprises of worth. He paid very little attention to politics, and did little except express his right of suffrage, being an old line whig. He was devoted to his family, and took great interest in the rearing and education of his children. The mother of our subject was reared in Mississippi, coming with her father, Capt. Henry Dunn, from South Carolina, where he was a well-to-do planter, and on coming to this parish soon became one of the leading planters of the country. He had a large family of children, some of whom are still living: V.H. Dunn and Mrs. Amanda Pipes; Mrs. Jane Mitchell, died some few years since at an advanced age; Robert died about 1861. Mrs. Pipes is a member of the Comite Presbyterian church of Louisiana, and is noted for her benevolence and Christian character. Our subject, D.W. Pipes, was reared in this parish, and educated for a time at Oakland college, Mississippi. During the war he came home from college to look after his father's business, and in 1863, just before the battle of Fredericksburg, he joined the battalion of Washington artillery from New Orleans, La., then in the Army of Northern Virginia, served until the close of the war, and was in all the battles participated in by this battalion. (See sketch of Hon. John Holton - list of battles.) At the close of the war he came home and began farming on his own account. In 1868 he was married to Miss Ellen V. Norwood, of this parish, a daughter of Judge A.J. Norwood, now of Norwood Station, La. She was a graduate of Silliman Female Collegiate institute, of Clinton, La. By this union there were born two sons and two daughters: Henry A., who is now in the first class at West Point Military academy, New York; Windsor, a graduate of Clarksville university, of Tennessee, and of Eastman college, Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; Mary and Amanda. The daughters are living at home, being students of Silliman Female Collegiate institute. After the death of the mother of these children, Mr. Pipes married Anna K. Fort, a daughter of William J. Fort, of West Feliciana parish. She is a graduate of Afton Villa college, of that parish. By this union were born two sons and one daughter: D.W. Pipes, Jr., William Fort and Sarah Randolph. The latter was named for her great-grandmother, Mrs. Stewart (nee Randolph), who came from Virginia, and married Col. Jones Stewart, of Mississippi, a man of great worth and popularity. Mrs. Pipes is a lady of culture and refinement and is highly accomplished. Our subject is an elder in the Presbyterian church and secretary of the board of directors of Silliman Female Collegiate institute. He is also a member of the Legion of Honor, and the Knights of Honor. He is very extensively engaged in farming, being a large land owner in East Feliciana parish, the greater part of which is under cultivation. He also owns a number of plantations in Morehouse parish, which are well cultivated. He owns considerable property in Birmingham, Ala. He is one of the incorporators of the Monroe oil mills, of Monroe, La., with a capital of $100,000; one of the charter members of the Merchants & Farmers' bank, of Monroe, La., and a stockholder of the Monroe Compress company; is interested in the Southern Grocery company, of Monroe, a large wholesale company of that place; has an interest in the Cordova Coal company, of Walker county, Ala. He is also one of the incorporators of the Edison Electric Light company, of New Orleans, La., of which he was vice-president, and owns a part of the stock. He has given much attention to the breeding of fine horses, and has been successful, being about the first one of the parish to attempt stockraising. He was elected a member of the legislature in 1888, and has served with great satisfaction to his constituents. He is a stanch democrat and a strong opponent of the Louisiana Lottery company. He is in the enjoyment of one of the most beautiful homes in the parish, surrounded by all the comforts of this world's goods, and this home is a typical Southern one, at which one is sure of being hospitably entertained when he goes there. He is highly respected by all who know him, standing in the highest social and political circles of the parish. He is charitable with his means, contributing liberally to all enterprises of merit, and has done much to further the growth and advance the interests of his parish.
[Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Louisiana; Chicago; The Goodspeed Publishing Company, 1892; transcribed by Kim Mohler]
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Marrero, Louis H.
The present efficient president of the police jury is LOUIS H. MARRERO, who is a successful planter of Jefferson parish. He was born near Kingston, Adams county, Miss., in 1847, a son of Bastian A. and Lydia Ann (Swayze) Marrero, who were born in St. Bernard parish, La., and Adams county, Miss., respectively. Bastian A. Marrero was reared on a farm and educated in the common schools, after which he followed overseeing for some years in St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes. While yet a single man, about twenty-five or twenty-six years of age, he went to Adams county, Miss., where he first married a Miss Phipps, who bore him one child, a girl, both mother and child dying in less than two years. He was engaged in merchandising in Natchez until 1855, during which time he also traveled and traded in Texas, when he sold his business in Natchez and removed to the bottoms in Concordia parish, La., on Black river, and engaged in cotton planting until 1862, when, on account of the destructive floods, he removed to Franklin parish, later to Ouachita parish near Monroe, and finally, in 1867, to his native parish, where he followed sugar planting. He removed to the parish of Jefferson in 1881, with his son, the subject of this sketch, where he died in 1884 at the age of seventy-six years. He was industrious and honest and had the welfare of his country at heart, although he was not active in public affairs. He was very fond of reading and kept himself well informed on all the general topics of the day. Socially he was a member of the A.F. & A.M., and the I.O.O.F., and in his religious views was a Catholic. He was the youngest of a large family, all of whom are deceased. His parents were Spaniards, who many years ago came to America and settled in St. Bernard parish, La., where they spent the remainder of their lives. The wife of Bastian A. Marrero, and the mother of the subject of this sketch, died in Concordia parish in 1857; she was the eldest daughter of Lewis H. Swayze, who was an extensive cotton planter of Adams county, Miss., where the family is well known. The union of Mr. Marrero and Miss Swayze, which took place in 1846, resulted in the birth of five sons: Alonzo; William F., who died in childhood; Eugene C.; Dr. Frank G., who is a graduate of Tulane university, and is now a successful physician in New Orleans, and Louis H., who is the eldest of the family. Louis H. Marrero received the principal part of his education in Centenary college at Jackson, La., but in 1862, when but fifteen years of age, he joined Company C, Twenty-fifth Louisiana infantry, Army of the West, and fought at Farmington, Corinth, was with Bragg’s army in Kentucky and Tennessee, Murfreesboro (where he was wounded), Jackson, Miss., Perryville, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge or Chattanooga, being captured in the last-named engagement on the 25th of November, 1863, and until March, 1865, was imprisoned at Rock Island, Ill., when he was taken to Richmond and paroled. He started for home on foot and upon reaching Meridian, Miss., his furlough was extended and at the time of the surrender he was still at home. In 1867 he came to St. Bernard parish and for a few years thereafter he followed overseeing, but in 1869 was married to Miss Elodie, daughter of Antonio and Eugenia (Serpas) Marrero, natives of St. Bernard parish. His wife, who is his second cousin, and was educated in a boarding school of New Orleans, has borne her husband three sons and one daughter, the latter being deceased. They have given their sons every advantage and have the satisfaction of knowing that these advantages have been appreciated and improved. Mrs. Marrero’s father, Antonio Marrero, was a prominent planter and at the time of his death, in 1878, he was one of the most extensive sugar and cotton planters in the parish. He became a leading politician of his section, was sheriff of St. Bernard parish for some years and was a member of the secession convention. Upon the opening of the war he organized a regiment of which he was made colonel, but did not enter the service. During Buchanan’s administration he was appraiser of the custom house at New Orleans, but was removed by President Lincoln and reinstated by President Johnson. His widow survives him, a member of the Catholic church. Since the war, Louis H. Marrero has devoted his attention to planting and merchandising, and since 1881 has followed this calling in Jefferson parish. In 1884 he was appointed a member of the police jury and was soon afterward made president of the board, which position he filled until the close of Governor McEnery’s administration, when he was replaced by a friend of Governor Nicholls, he having been an ardent supporter of Governor McEnery. About two years later a vacancy occurred by the resignation of the then president of the jury, when he was reappointed by Governor Nicholls and again became president, which place he now occupies, having been reappointed by the present Governor Foster. He also now represents his, the Seventh Senatorial, district in the state senate, having been elected at the last election in April, by a good majority over his opponent, the famous negro, Henry Demas, and is also a member of the board of commissioners of the Lafourche Basin Levee district. He is postmaster of Amesville, is a Catholic in his religious views and is a member of the K. of P., Sampson Lodge, No. 80, at New Orleans.
[Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Louisiana; Chicago; The Goodspeed Publishing Company, 1892; transcribed by Kim Mohler]
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Mellen, Delos C.
Among the lawyers who have graced the bar of Louisiana since 1881, few are more deserving of notice than DELOS C. MELLEN, for he occupies a leading position among the most talented lawyers of the state, and it is a source of regret that the limits of this work will not permit a more thorough analysis of his character as a lawyer and of the many prominent characteristics which adorn and beautify his life. The land which gave him birth was the state of Mississippi, Natchez being the city where he first saw the light of day on the 3rd of August, 1859. His father, Col. William F. Mellen, was also born in Natchez and was a distinguished lawyer, who for many years was dean of the law department of the University of Louisiana. He was of English descent and died in 1889. His father was William Prentiss Mellen, a native of Maine, and Chief Justice Mellen of that state was a member of the family. The mother of Delos C. Mellen was Helen E. Carpenter, a native of Natchez, Miss., and a daughter of N.L. Carpenter, who came from the Green Mountain state. After spending one year in Cornell university, Delos C. Mellen went to Europe to complete his studies and there remained two and a half years, where, unlike many young men, he improved his time and talents to the utmost. Upon his return to the United States he entered the law department of the University of Louisiana, from which he graduated in 1881. He at once opened an office in New Orleans and was associated in the practice of his profession with his father until the death of the latter, when he formed a partnership with J. Ward Gurley, Jr., under the style of Gurley & Mellen. Mr. Gurley is a lawyer of distinction at the New Orleans bar. Although many were the difficulties he encountered in his efforts to obtain fame and fortune, he met the difficulties which strewed his pathway with undaunted courage, and with a zeal, earnestness and perseverance rarely equaled, he applied himself to the intricate labors of his profession and soon became a leader in the Crescent City, ranking among the ablest lawyers in his district. He is a democrat in politics, is a member of the Signi Chi fraternity, the K. of H., the Chess, Checker and Whist club, the Pickwick club, the Southern Athletic club, and the Young Men's Gymnastic club, and a thirty-second degree Mason. In November, 1887, he was united in the bonds of matrimony to Miss Corinne Castellanos, daughter of Dr. J.J. Castellanos of New Orleans, which union has resulted in the birth of two sons and one daughter.
[Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Louisiana; Chicago; The Goodspeed Publishing Company, 1892; transcribed by Kim Mohler]
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Minor, H. C.
H.C. MINOR, planter, Houma, La., who was originally from Adams county, Miss., born in 1841, is one of the best known men in Louisiana and has no superior, if an equal, in the state as a sugar planter. His father, W.J. Minor, was born in Mississippi in 1808, and was educated by private tutors. Although his homestead was in Adams county, Miss., he opened up land in Terre Bonne parish, La., as early as 1828, and soon became the owner of large tracts in that, Ascension and Concordia parishes. In 1864 he came to Terre Bonne parish and settled on the property now owned by his son, H.C. Minor. There his death occurred in 1869. He was not a politician, was of a retiring disposition and ever shrank from public notice. He was a sporting man and kept a stable of fine racing horses. He was married to Miss Rebecca Gustine, mother of subject, and this union was blessed by the birth of eight children; seven sons and one daughter. Mr. Minor was deeply interested in educational and religious matters and was a strict member of the Episcopal church. His father, Major Stephen Minor, was a native of Carlisle, Penn., and was major of the Spanish army, capturing Mobile, Ala., three times from the Indians. He settled in Mississippi and was ______ to Governor Gayoso, the first governor of the state. He took an active part in all affairs of a laudable nature and was a public-spirited citizen. He was appointed by the government to run the lines between Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana. His death occurred when he was scarcely sixty years of age. The Minors and Gustines are both of English descent. H.C. Minor was educated in the private schools of Mississippi and subsequently engaged in planting with his father, succeeding him in the plantation. He selected as his companion in life Miss Anna Butler, and their nuptials were celebrated in 1875. Mr. Minor has enlarged and greatly improved his plantation, and during the year 1890 he made 3,500,000 pounds of sugar, mostly yellow clarified. He has two sugar-mills, one six and the other five-roller, and the capacity about 150,000 pounds per day. He has two vacuum pens, one eight and the other ten feet, double and triple effect, and these have a capacity of 250,000 pounds per day. He has two bagasse burners and all other modern improvements. Mr. Minor affiliates with the republican party in his political views and is looked upon as the coming man. In 1889 he was a candidate for congress. He has been a member of the Episcopal church since 1859 and takes an active interest in religious work.
[Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Louisiana; Chicago; The Goodspeed Publishing Company, 1892; transcribed by Kim Mohler]
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Sheilds, Wilmer H.
Prominent among the comparatively young men of Concordia parish, La., whose career thus far has been both honorable and successful, is WILMER H. SHIELDS, district clerk, Vidalia. He was born in Adams county, Miss., in 1849, and his parents, Gabriel Benoist and Catherine (Surget) Shields, were natives also of that state, the father born in Adams county in 1812 and the mother in Adams county in 1817. The elder Shields was a man of fine literary attainments, having been educated at Jefferson college, Washington, Miss., and under the private tutorage of the late distinguished S.S. Prentiss. Some years after his marriage Mr. Shields settled near Natchez, in Adams county, and became not only a prominent planter but a very influential citizen, belonging to one of the first families of the county. He died in Natchez in 1881. His father, Hon. William Bayard Shields, came from Delaware to Mississippi when a young man and here married a Miss Benoist, who belonged to a distinguished French family, her father being a French royalist. Mr. Shields was an eminent scholar and a celebrated attorney. He was the first United States district attorney for Mississippi, and he it was who prosecuted Aaron Burr. He was of Irish descent (his father being from Ireland and his mother a sister of James A. Bayard), and one of the early settlers of Jefferson county, Miss. The mother of our subject died September 30, 1888. She was an educated lady, receiving her schooling at Natchez, and was the daughter of Francis Surget, who was also one of the early settlers of Adams county, where he became very wealthy, and who was of an old and prominent French family. His wife, Eliza, was a daughter of the distinguished Sir William Dunbar, who was one of the most celebrated characters of the Southwest in his day. In the latter part of the last century he settled in Adams county, nine miles south of Natchez, and named his home "Forest." There he became wealthy and independent and spent the remainder of his days beloved by everybody. The family became one of the best known and most respected of the community. Wilmer H. Shields was one of fourteen children, seven of whom are now living: Kate (widow of John T. Redd), Ellen Elise D., F.S. (a prominent citizen of Louisiana), James Surget (prominent citizen of Natchez), W.H. and M.W. (a daughter). Wilmer H. Shields was educated in Brussels and other places in Europe, and at Washington university. He then followed civil engineering for the Chesapeake & Ohio and Texas & Pacific railroads until his marriage in 1876 to Miss Evy H. Tucker, the daughter of the distinguished statesman and lawyer, Hon. J. Randolph Tucker, one of Virginia's noblest sons. Mrs. Shields was born at Martinsburg, Va., and received her education at Winchester. She was a lady of brilliant attainments, etc. She died in 1887, leaving two children: Randolph Tucker and Gabriel Benoist. After his marriage Mr. Shields engaged in planting, and since 1881 has resided in Concordia parish, where he has a fine plantation. He was for a number of years a member of the Fifth district Louisiana levee board, and for three years has been district clerk. He is held in the highest respect by all for his sterling integrity, sober, sound judgment, broad intelligence and liberal, progressive ideas. Socially he is a member of the Knights of Pythias and the Knights of Honor. He is a member of the Episcopal and his wife a member of the Presbyterian church. Mr. Shields belongs to four of as prominent families as are connected with the early history of Adams county, Miss.: The Shieldses, noted for their general prominence; the Surgets, for their great financial ability and activity, and the two Dunbar families, both of whom are distinguished for talent, generosity, kindness, etc.
[Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Louisiana; Chicago; The Goodspeed Publishing Company, 1892; transcribed by Kim Mohler]
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Monette, Alexander C.
ALEXANDER C. MONETTE, of Madison parish, La., was born in Adams county, Miss., in 1843. He was a son of Dr. John W. and Cornelia Monette. Dr. John W. Monette was born in 1813, in what was then the Northwest Territory, but now the state of Ohio. He came to Mississippi with his parents when quite young, and located at the old town of Washington. Dr. John W. Monette received his literary education at the Transylvania university, of Kentucky, and at the age of nineteen graduated from the same school in medicine, and at once began practicing in Washington, Miss., at which place he practiced until his death, which occurred in 1851. He was a man of more than ordinary ability; was well read, not only in his profession but in all topics of the day. He had great literary talent and had he lived to reach a ripe age, would probably rank among our literary stars of America. He is the author of 'Monette's History of the Mississippi Valley,' a very able production, which is well known, and is in two large volumes. He was a great writer for the press in his day, on different subjects, but especially on medical treatises, etc. At one time he wrote on the treatment of yellow fever, from which writing quotations are often made in the medical journals. At the time of his death he had data gathered for a history of the rivers of the South, which is now in the possession of his son, but has never been published. In 1831 Dr. John W. Monette bought a large tract of land in Madison parish, La., where our subject now resides. He was chosen president of the board of trustees of the Jefferson college, of Mississippi, which position he held for many years. In 1828 he married Miss Cornelia Newman, daughter of George and Charlotte (Dunbar) Newman. The Newmans were of English descent and the Dunbars of Scotch descent. To the Doctor and wife were born ten children, four of whom are still living: Anna, the wife of Dr. J.C. Brandon (son of ex-Governor Brandon, deceased, of Mississippi); Alexander C., our subject; Dr. George Monette, of New Orleans, and Louisa Monette, who is unmarried. Alexander C. Monette began life for himself at the age of twenty-five. He received his education at the Jefferson college and the Oxford university, of Mississippi. He was in attendance at the latter institution when the war broke out. This closed his school days as he quit at once and entered the army in 1861, in Company A, in the Mississippi sixty-day troop, and at the expiration of that time he enlisted in Company B, of the Tenth Mississippi regiment. He was in some of the hardest fought battles of the war, some of which were the battles of Shiloh, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge and Murfreesboro. At the last named battle he was captured and held a prisoner for three months. At Atlanta he was wounded in the hand, but remained in the service until the close of the war. In 1867 he married Miss Emily Cox, daughter of Robert and Leminda (Green) Cox, of Mississippi, and a very old family of that state. His wife departed this life in 1887, leaving five children, namely: Emmie, Alice, Covington, Florence and Bertha. Our subject is at present the superintendent of the public schools of the parish. He removed from Mississippi to Louisiana in 1875 and has since led the life of a planter. He is a member of the Knights of Honor, lodge of Tallulah, No. 2541, and is also a member of the Episcopal church. Mr. Monette is well known in social circles near his home as an intelligent, honorable and upright man.
[Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Louisiana; Chicago; The Goodspeed Publishing Company, 1892; transcribed by Kim Mohler]
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Turpin, James A.<
JAMES A. TURPIN, planter, L'Argent, La. Mr. Turpin's paternal grandfather, White Turpin, was a native of Delaware, born in the latter part of the last century, and came to Adams county, Miss., with ex-Governor Holmes, of Mississippi, in 1809. He was the first sheriff of that county and held that position in a satisfactory manner for two terms. He took great interest in the early politics of the country and was a prominent man. He became a great land speculator, both in Mississippi and Louisiana, and amassed a considerable amount of wealth. He married Miss Rebecca Pettit, of Virginia, and became the father of three sons by his first marriage: Joseph A. (the father of our subject), Holmes (who married and had three children ' two sons who died, and a daughter, married and living in Louisville, Ky.) and White (who died when about grown, unmarried). His first wife dying, White Turpin married Mrs. Magruder, the widow of an officer in the United States navy. They were married in Baton Rouge, La., and had one daughter, Rebecca, who married Henry K. Hutton, of Maryland. Joseph A. Turpin, father of our subject, was born in Washington, Adams county, Miss., on May 18, 1816. He was educated in the University of Virginia and was married to Miss Laura S. Archer, a native of Maryland, born in 1817, and the daughter of Judge Archer. Mr. Turpin has always led the life of a planter, and in 1878 he moved to Concordia parish. He subsequently moved to Pointe Coupee parish, and he and his estimable wife reside at the present time. They have spent fifty-three years of their life together and are honored and respected by every one. The nine children born to this union are named in the order of their births as follows: Dr. S.W. (of Smithland), Emily M. (wife of J.S. Scott of Catahoula parish, La.), Laura (wife of O. Lejeune, of Pointe Coupee parish), Pamelia L. (died in 1881), White (killed at the battle of Nashville, in 1864), James A. (subject), Rebecca H. (of Port Gibson, Miss.), Ellen D. (wife of E.S. Drake) and Mary H. James A. Turpin, the sixth in order of birth of this family, was born in Claiborne parish, Miss., in 1845, and in 1863 enlisted in the Jefferson artillery, of Jefferson county, Miss. He was in many prominent battles: Chickamauga, Resaca, Atlanta, Nashville and many others. He was captured in 1865, but at the end of two weeks made his escape. In 1867 he moved to Louisiana, but returned to Mississippi and there resided for a few years. In 1877 he came to Louisiana and made a permanent home in Concordia parish. In 1870 he was married to Miss Fannie Newsam, daughter of John W. and Frances E. Newsam, and the fruits of this union have been nine children, all of whom are living: Henry H., Joseph A., James A., Jr., Harriet W., Laura L., Roberta B., Rebecca P., Mary H. and White. Mr. and Mrs. Turpin have been very successful in all their enterprises and are classed among the highly respected people of the neighborhood. He is wide-awake and enterprising and everything about his place indicates to the beholder that the owner is industrious and progressive.
[Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Louisiana; Chicago; The Goodspeed Publishing Company, 1892; transcribed by Kim Mohler]
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Metcalf, Robert S.
This well-known citizen of Catahoula parish, La., was born in Adams county, Miss., in 1858, a son of James W. Metcalfe, a native of the same county and state, and grandson of Dr. James Metcalfe, who was a Kentuckian by birth, but removed to Mississippi, where he became a large land owner and an extensive and successful medical practitioner. He was married to a Miss Baker, a native of Kentucky, and by her became the father of the following children: Dr. John; Dr. Arrick; James W.; Dr. Duncan M.; Amelia, wife of Samuel Choppin; Charles and Henry. James W. Metcalfe received a collegiate education, and began the battle of life as manager of his father's plantation. He was afterward married to Miss Sarah J. Young, a daughter of Dr. Young, of Mississippi, and their union was blessed in the birth of six children: James, Belle, Farrar, Robert, Charlie and Sallie. Dr. James Metcalfe died in 1865, after the surrender of the confederacy, from the exposure to which he had been subjected while in the service. He served from the beginning as a private in the cavalry service, and was faithfulness itself in the discharge of his duty. Throughout life he had been a whig in politics. His widow survives him and resides on the old homestead, Ackland plantation, which lies fronting Black river. Robert S. Metcalfe, the immediate subject of this sketch, attended school at Pass Christian until he reached the age of sixteen years, when he was sent to St. James college, Maryland. Upon his return from college he took charge of his mother's plantation, since which time he has been a resident of Catahoula parish. He was married on November 26, 1889, to Miss Sallie Ruth, a native of Catahoula parish, and daughter of Frank Ruth, a planter, who died when Mrs. Metcalfe was a child. To the subject of this sketch and his wife a son has been born, whom they named James W. The Ackland plantation consists of 1,200 acres of land, of which 700 acres are open, Mr. Metcalfe himself cultivating about 500 acres, which produces about twenty-five bushels of corn and three-fourths of a bale of cotton to the acre. Mr. Metcalfe is a young man possessing many excellent qualities, among which may be mentioned modesty, energy, honesty and intelligence. He moves in the best social circles, and is deeply interested in the welfare of his parish and section.
[Source: Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Louisiana; Chicago; The Goodspeed Publishing Company, 1892; transcribed by Kim Mohler]
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Carson, William Waller
CARSON, William Waller, civil engineer; born near Natchez, Miss., June 2, 1845; English, Scotch-Irish and Huguenot descent; son of James Green and Catherine (Waller) Carson of Louisiana; father's occupation cotton planter; paternal grandparents Col. Joseph and Caroline C. (Green) Carson of Alabama; maternal grandparents William Smith and Catherine (Breckinridge) Waller of Kentucky; taught by private tutors before the war; studied at Washington College, Va. (now Washington & Lee University) after the war; graduated from Washington College in civil engineering in 1868, mining engineering in 1869; in 1873-4 a student in Chemical Laboratory of School of Mines, Columbia College, N.Y.; married Rachel Finnie of Memphis Dec. 23, 1880; member of Fred Ault Camp No. 5 U.C.V., American Society of Civil Engineers, Engineering Association of the South, Society for Promotion of Engineering Education, Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity, Cherokee Country Club, Appalachian Club; private, finally Sergeant-Major, 4th La. Cavalry, C.S.A., 1863-5; professor of Mathematics Davidson College, N.C., 1877-1883; has been engineer on various railroads and other public work; professor of Civil Engineering, University of Tenn., since 1885; member of 1st Presbyterian Church of Knoxville, Tenn.
[Who's Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler]
Added 17 Aug 2014

Permenter, Rachel
My name is Jennifer Kellams and I am a direct descendant of Rachel Josephine Parker Permenter. She was born and died in Natchez, MS. This is information from my genealogy research. Also some images for you. Please use as needed. I am in the process of scanning the family Bible pages. I will send those when I am done if you would like them.

Rachel Josephine Parker Permenter

Birth 15 Jan 1848 in Natchez, Adams Co., Mississippi, USA
Death Living
Death 20 Nov 1883 in Natchez, Adams Co., Mississippi, USA

She married Randall Davis Permenter 08 Jul 1871 in Natchez, MS

They had three children:
1. Randall Davis Permenter Jr. born abt 1872 in Natchez, MS.
2. Vivienne Permenter (My great-great grandmother) born 3 Jun 1876 in Natchez, MS. and died 27 Dec 1939 in Desoto, Louisiana; She married James M. Woodward on 29 Apr 1896 in Natchez, MS (509
Washington St.) After marriage she made her life in Louisiana which is where the rest of the story goes.
3. Ruth Permenter born 12 Mar 1881 in Natchez, MS
[By: Jennifer Kellams]
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Scott Family
William Scott and his wife Monica Waren-Warren and their 2 children ( Mary Elizabeth Scott and William Scott Jr) arrived in Natchez before 1785 as my Gabriel Scott was born there in 1785 and Thomas Scott was born in 1789 both in Natches Dist, Miss. Territory. My Gabriel Scott married Abigail Griffing.
If you would like more information please write me at
[India J Wolf]
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Calvit, Alexander
The true heroes of America are those who, from time to time abandoning the comforts of civilized life, have penetrated the forest and prairie wilderness of the great West and there helped to lay the foundation of new States. Such was Alexander Calvit, one of the first settlers of the Brazos valley, and a good type of that intelligent, adventurous and liberty-loving class of men by whom the arts and institutions of civilization were brought into the Southwest.
Mr. Calvit was born in Adams county, Mississippi, June 17th, 1784, and there grew to manhood. His boyhood and youth were passed on what was then the Southwestern frontier, and there he learned the ways of life which so well fitted him for one of the pioneers of Texas. He married Barbara Makall Wilkinson, in the town of Washington, Adams county, Mississippi, December 18, 1814, and for a number of years engaged in planting in that State. He was in the service of the United States during the war of 1812-1915, holding the commission of Captain of a reconnoitering company. Another commission, signed by the Governor of Mississippi and dated in 1816, now in the possession of one of his descendants, shows that he held the position of Captain of artillery in the Thirteenth Mississippi Regiment, and presumably was a man of some consequence in local military affairs.
From Mississippi Mr. Calvit moved to Louisiana, and thence in 1824 to Texas, his family being one of Stephen F. Austin's original 300. On coming to Texas he settkd first at San Felipe, but subsequently "laid a headlight" on the lower Brazos in what is now Brazoria county, and there took up his permanent abode. He was residing on his farm on the Brazos when the troubles came on between the Colonists and Mexico, and, sharing in the sentiment by which the settlers were actuated in their resistance to the Mexican authority, he cast his personal fortunes in the scale with those of his fellow-citizens and gave the weight of his example to the cause of freedom and local self-government. His position as a Brazos valley planter seemed to make him most serviceable as a purveyor to the little army which formed on the frontier under Houston, and he diligently employed himself during the winter and early spring of 1835-6 in gathering supplies and forwarding them to those at the front. From over-exertion and exposure undergone during this time he was taken with fever, from which in a short time he died, his death occurring January 7, 1836.
Surviving him, Mr. Calvit left a widow and three daughters, the daughters then just verging on to womanhood. The eldest of them, Mary, was married to Jared E. Groce, and after his death to Dr. B. R. Peebles; the second, Sallie J., was married to John Sharp, who was a Lieutenant in Captain R. J. Calder's company at the battle of San Jacinto, and after the death of Lieutenant Sharp she was married to Robert S. Herndon. a brother of John H. Herndon, to whom was married the youngest of the three, Barbara. (See sketch of John H. Herndon in this work.) All of these pioneer women of Texas are now deceased, except Mrs. R. S. Herndon, but their good works follow after them in the lives and characters of their posterity, upon whom they stamped the full imprint of their virtues. The widow of Alexander Calvit was a woman of more than ordinary character, and her daughters were indebted to her for most of the virtues which shone out with such radiance in their lives. Upon the death of her husband Mrs. Calvit was left with but slender means with which to provide for herself and daughters; but, summoning her woman's courage and her woman's thrift and methods of economy, she put her household in order and took vigorous hold of the problems of farm life, and it is to her credit that she met every requirement of her position, and continued for years, after her daughters were married and well provided for, to occupy the old homestead, and to conduct its affairs with marked success. Mrs. Calvit was a sister of the wife of Lieutenant Long, whose faithful vigil at Point Bolivar forms one of the most interesting and romantic chapters in Texas history.
[History of Texas, together with a biographical history of the cities of Houston and Galveston, etc., Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co., 1895. Transcribed by Genealogy Trails staff]
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Jenkins, William Dunbar
Jenkins, William Dunbar, civil and consulting engineer; born Adams County, Miss.; son of John Carmichael and Annis Field (Dunbar) Jenkins; father's occupation physician; paternal grandparents Robert and Catherine (Carmichael) Jenkins; maternal grandparents Dr. William and Annis Stockton (Field) Dunbar; educated at Military Schools, France and Belgium; studied engineering at Lexington, Va., 1869-72; member of American Society C.E.; Miss. Historical Society, American Forestry Association, and National Geographical Society; married 1876; engaged in practice of engineering profession, 1872; has done some important work, including Susquehanna River, Schuykill River bridges, B. & O. R.R., Red Rock Cantilever Bridge, Colorado River, Arizona, Arkansas and White River bridges, and Randolph bridge over Mo. River at Kansas City, Mo.; did some work on Miss. Levees; chief engineer of railroads in South and Southwest; chief engineer Aransas Pass harbor and jetty works, Texas; Major of Volunteers Engineers and Chief Engineer Chattanooga Sta. Co., and Hamilton National Bank Building at Chattanooga, Tenn.
[Who's Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler]
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Pryor, Luke
PRYOR, LUKE, lawyer, U. S. senator, representative in congress, was born July 5, 1820, near Huntsville, Madison County, and died August 6, 1900, at Athens; son of Luke and Anne Batte (Lane) Pryor, the former a native of Virginia, who was first married to Martha Scott, sister of Gen. Winfield Scott, and who lived at Petersburg, Va., until after his second marriage in 1808, when he moved to Brunswick and later Nottoway Counties Va., and came to Alabama in 1820, first locating in Madison County, near Huntsville, where he farmed and taught school for a few years, and later moving to Limestone County, where he died in June, 1851; grandson of John and Anne (Bland) Pryor, the former a native of England, who came to America about 1700, and purchased land in Virginia, and of Benjamin and Sylvia (Perry) Lane, natives of Virginia, who lived in Brunswick County, Va.; great-grandson of Samuel and Prudence (Thornton) Pryor, and of Richard and Ann (Poythress) Bland, who lived at Jordan's Point, Va.; great-great-grandson of Col. William Thornton of Gloucester County, Va, Mr. Pryor received his early education at Mooresville, Limestone County, and for a short time was a student at Washington college, near Natchez, Miss. He began the study of law in 1841 under Judge Daniel Coleman, and received a license to practice in the local courts the same year. He entered into a partnership with Robert C Brickell, the late chief justice of the supreme court of Alabama, and continued that association until 1843; was law partner of Col. Egbert Jones for a short time; was appointed with Gen. Leroy Pope Walker as bank attorney at Decatur, 1844; was re-appointed in 1845 with D. C Humphries as attorney for the same bank; resigned that position later in the year, continuing the practice of law in connection with farming at Athens; was elected to the State legislature in 1855, pledged to the work of securing authority to subscribe two hundred thousand dollars to the capital stock of the Tennessee and Alabama central railroad company, at Nashville and Decatur, and secured the bill raising that tax, enacted over the veto of Gov. Winston; entered into a partnership with George S. Houston in 1866, which lasted until 1874, when Mr. Houston was elected governor; continued his practice alone until in December, 1879, when he was appointed by Gov. Cobb to the U. S. senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Mr. Houston; served as senator from December 31, 1879, until the legislature met in November, 1880, when he declined to be a candidate to complete the unexpired term; abandoned the law and gave his attention to farming, remaining in quiet life for two years, until in 1883, without his knowledge, he was nominated for representative in congress from the eighth district by acclamation at the convention assembled in Decatur. He was elected and served 1883-1885, declining a second term.
Married: August 20, 1845, to Isabella Virginia Harris, born January 7, 1826, in Limestone County, who died in June, 1889, daughter of John H. and Frances (Rowzee) Harris, natives of Virginia, who lived in Albemarle County, Va., the former a captain in the War of 1812; granddaughter of Matthew and Elizabeth (Tate) Harris, and of John and Isabella (Miller) Rowzee, of Essex County, Va.; greatgranddaughter of William and Mary (Netherland) Harris; great-great-granddaughter of Matthew and Elizabeth (Lee) Harris. Children: 1. Aurora, Athens, m. Robert A. McClellan, deceased; 2. William Richard, deceased, m. Ida Harris, Harris; 3. Memory, Athens, m. William Shirley Peebles, deceased; 4. Anne Batte Lane, deceased, m. Maclin Sloss, Birmingham; 5. Frances Snow, Athens; 6. Isabella Benjamin, d. in infancy; 7. Mary, m. Thomas Bass Leslie, West Point, Miss.; 8. Harriett Emily, deceased, m. Robert J. Lowe (q. v.). Last residence: Athens.
[History of Alabama and dictionary of Alabama biography, Volume 4 By Thomas McAdory Owen, Mrs. Marie (Bankhead) Owen, 1921 -­ Transcribed by AFOFG]
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Walker, Robert John
WALKER, Robert John, a Senator from Mississippi; born in Northumberland, Pa., July 19, 1801; graduated from the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia in 1819; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1821 and commenced practice in Pittsburgh, Pa., the following year; moved to Natchez, Miss., in 1826 and continued the practice of law; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate; reelected, and served from March 4, 1835, to March 5, 1845, when he resigned; chairman, Committee on Public Lands (Twenty-fourth through Twenty-sixth Congresses); Secretary of the Treasury in the Cabinet of President James K. Polk 1845-1849; declined the mission to China tendered by President Franklin Pierce in 1853; resumed the practice of law; appointed Governor of Kansas Territory in April 1857, but resigned in December 1857; United States financial agent to Europe 1863-1864; again engaged in the practice of law at Washington, D.C., and died there November 11, 1869; interment in Oak Hill Cemetery.
[Source: Congressional Biographies of the United States Congress, 1737-present; transcribed by A. Newell]
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Newland, Francis G
The future historian who does justice to the real benefactors of the West - to those who have done most in thought and action, must place Senator Francis G. Newlands in the first rank.
Why? Not for one reason or two reasons or three reasons, but for any number of reasons. First, because the senior senator from Nevada is the author of the National Reclamation Act which is making the desert blossom as the rose; the act which committed the government to the policy of paternalism and made federal moneys available for private enterprise.
It was the Nevada Senator, who, when private capital found it impossible to handle the problems of irrigation, conceived the idea of having the government undertake the work of reclaiming the arid lands of the West. It was the Nevada Senator who conceived the idea of building reservoirs to conserve the flood waters for irrigation in dry seasons.
It was in compliment to the Nevada Senator that the first four million dollars of government money expended under this act went to Nevada.
The act was one of the most important ever passed by Congress. It will mean to Nevada, permanent prosperity; to the West, continued progress; to the entire country, freedom from the congested life of the cities.
The master mind of a thinking man was necessary to conceive this gigantic plan and other master minds were quick to grasp the magnitude of it and to assist in making it one of the most important issues of the day.
Not a Republican and yet not essentially a Democrat, is Senator Newlands. He is an American. Men and measures claim his attention and party prejudice is not allowed to enter where the best welfare of the greatest number is at stake.
He is a true-hearted, big man, a wise friend of the people, a fine speaker and a tactful statesman. A self-made man is Francis G. Newlands. He was born in Natchez, Mississippi, and when little more than a boy developed a taste for affairs of state. He secured an appointment as clerk in Washington and worked his way through Columbia Law School, Washington, D.C. He also attended Yale for a time, but was called from school before he was able to receive his degree. He was admitted to the bar in 1870 and began practice of his profession in San Francisco. Possessed with an analytical mind, a fearless nature and the gift of oratory, it was not long until he attained a high place in legal circles. In 1889 he moved to Nevada and soon afterward became prominent in the politics of the state. Three years later he was made candidate of the Silver party for Congress and served four terms. While in the lower house, he was active as a committeeman and he occupied a prominent place on the currency committee, the committee on ways and means and the committee on foreign affairs. It was in 1902 that he was elected to the Senate and four years later was again returned to Washington for further service to his state and his country.
He has a beautiful home in Reno overlooking the Truckee river and a charming wife who is a leader in social life in Nevada and a welcome addition to any Washington circle. She was formerly Miss Edith McCallister, daughter of Hall McCallister of San Francisco. His first wife, who died in 1880, was Miss Clara Adelaide Sharon, a daughter of former United States Senator William Sharon.
[Source: Who's Who in Nevada, Publ. 1907. Transcribed by Jeanne Kalkwarf]
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Devlin, Francis Barrett
The Life of Georgina Francis Barrett Devlin
We may never know what prompted Georgina's father, John Michael Barrett, in 1836 to bring his family from London, England, where he was a barrister, to America. Georgina's older brother, Michael, was already living in Canada, and that is where they first went. However, within six months the family traveled to Natchez, Mississippi, where they lived until the father's death in 1844. At that point, Michael and his brother Robert moved back to Canada and shortly afterwards, Georgina, her mother, and her brother William moved to Yazoo City, Mississippi - and the reason for this move is equally unknown. Georgina was at this time nineteen, her brother seventeen, and their mother fifty.
Georgina began to record the details of her life in her journals in 1852. By this time she was twenty-seven and married to James Devlin, "South Carolinian",¯ and had two children, a son named William, age four one a daughter named Julia, four months old. Another son and daughter, Frances and John, would be born within the next two years. Mr. Devlin, and she almost always referred to him in her diaries, was a cotton factor and had a store and his sons eventually helped him in the store.

With the onset of the Civil War, however, and especially after Union forces entered Yazoo County, their world was turned upside down. Soldiers entered their yard and frightened Georgina enough that she and the children ran and hid in the woods. And most traumatic of all, her brother William, who had married and had two children, was "shot through the bowels"¯ by Union soldiers. The economy was devastated, and after Mr. Devlin's store burned, in 1868, the family moved to Winona, Mississippi, to start anew. They lived there for just eleven years, until 1879, but during that period there were many changes in the family. First William and then Julia married, and Julia moved back to Yazoo City. Georgina's aged mother, who had lived with them in both Yazoo City and Winona, died in 1876, Mr. Devlin died in 1878. and her son William, who also lived in Winona, died in 1879, leaving his wife and two children.

At this point, with no family left in Winona, Georgina moved to Yazoo City to live with her daughter Julia and her husband, Col. I. N. Gilruth. He had been a Union soldier during the war, and was thus a "carpetbagger,"¯ but he was very successful in business and eventually was quite wealthy, owning a cotton warehouse and several plantations.

Georgina, having sold the home in Winona, as well as her husband's store, eventually was the owner of several small rental houses in Yazoo City. She proved a good businesswoman, supporting herself with the income from these properties. As the years passed, her diaries are full of concerns for her children, grandchildren, and her great grandchildren; her aches and pains and the medication she took for them; and her interest in the spiritual philosophies of the day. In her diaries, she told of events of the lawless reconstruction years, seeing Haley's Comet, and riding in her son-in-law's new "large automobile"¯

By the time she died, in 1914 she had lived a life of eighty-nine years years that saw tremendous changes in society. She recorded that life diligently in her diaries for over sixty years, and it is amazing that these records are available for us today.
[Submitters Name: Kay Jones]
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Dorsey, Sarah Anne
DORSEY, Sarah Anne, author: b. Natchez, Miss., Feb. 16, 1829; d. New Orleans, La., July 4, 1879. She was carefully educated, traveled extensively, and was a brilliant and versatile woman. In 1853 she married Samuel W. Dorsey, of Maryland, a wealthy lawyer and planter in Tensas Parish, La. Mrs. Dorsey devoted much time to the religious instruction^ of her slaves, and in The Churchman (New York), which took notice of this work, her first literary work was published. In 18fi0 she planned to publish the choral services she had arranged and used with her slaves, but the war prevented the publication. During the war Mrs. Dorsey became a nurse in a Confederate hospital. After the death of Mr. Dorsey (1875) she removed to Beauvoir and continued her literary work. She was amanuensis to Mr. Davis in the preparation of his Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, and by will left Beauvoir to him. Her Recollections of Henry W. Allen (1866) is a fine piece of biographical work. She wrote also Lucia Dare (1867), a war novel and not popular; Agnes Graham (1869); The Vivians and Chastine, both published in serial form in the Southern Literary Messenger; Atalie, or a Southern Villiegiatura (1871), and Panola, A Tale of Louisiana (1877), both very popular; a treatise on Aryan philosophy; and many contributions to journals and periodicals. She corresponded with celebrated persons all over the world, among them Dean Stanley, Carlyle, Herbert Spencer, and the Rossettis. While much of her work is not permanent, her influence was great upon the ideas and tastes of Southern readers and authors.BODY
[Source: THE SOUTH in the Building of the Nation Volume XI; Ed. by James Curtis Ballagh, Walter Lynwood Fleming & Southern Historical Publication Society; Publ. 1909; Transcribed and submitted by Andrea Stawski Pack.]
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Claiborne, Ferdinand Leigh
Claiborne, Ferdinand Leigh, soldier, was born in 1772, in Sussex County, Va., and died in 1815, in Natchez, Miss.; son of William and Mary (Leigh) Claiborne, of Blanchester, Va.; grandson of Nalhanlel and Jane (Dole) Claiborne, of "Sweet Hall." Va.; great-grandson of Capt. Thomas and Ann (Fox) Cleborne; great-great-grandson of Lt Col. Thomas Cleborne and wife, a Miss Dandridge; brother of Gov. William C. C. Claiborne (q. v.). He was educated In the schools of Virginia; appointed ensign of infantry, U. S. Army, 1798; promoted captaln, 1799; resigned from the army, 1802, and located in Natchez, Miss., as a merchant. He was elected to the Mississippi Territorial legislature, 1804; colonel of militia. 1805; commander of the troops sent to support General Wilkinson, 1806, in the Sabine campaign; 1811, brigadier-general of militia of the Territory, and organized the militia for U. S. government service. In 1818, he was made brigadier-general of volunteers; was stationed at Fort Stoddard, and served actively throughout the War of 1812 and the Creek uprising, in defense of the white pioneer settlers, especially along the Alabama river. In December, 1813, he attacked the Indians at the "Holy Ground." After victory, he returned to Natchez and resumed his work as general of militia. He was elected to the Mississippi legislative council, 1815, and presided over that body. Married: in 1802, to Magdalene, daughter of Col. Anthony Hutchins, an English officer. Last residence: Natchez, Miss.

[Source: History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography, By Thomas McAdory Owen, Marie Bankhead Owen, Published by The S. J. Clarke publishing company, 1921; Submitted by Veneta McKinney]
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Davis, Brinton B
Captain Brinton B. Davis was born in Natchez, Mississippi, January 23, 1862. He is the son of Jacob Brinton Davis and Mary (Gamble) Davis. His father was a native of Philadelphia. Pennsylvania, and came of a family of Welsh origin that very early settled in Georgia, thence removed to Philadelphia. The mother of Captain Davis was a Scotch lady who was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. In 1857 Jacob Brinton Davis located in Natchez, Mississippi, and became a well-known architect of the South, being the architect of many prominent and public buildings of the South. He died at Natchez in 1877 when forty-seven years of age.

Brinton B. Davis was the eldest of his children and was reared in his native town graduating from Eustace Academy, then a splendid and popular academy at Natchez. He was in the twenty-second year of his age when he graduated. He traveled extensively and made a study of architecture. He found it necessary very early in life to launch out for himself, and after completing an academic education he went to New York city, where he spent three years in architectural work and then in the same avenue of life spent about four years at St. Louis. Missouri. In 1892 he located at Paducah, Kentucky, whence he came to Louisville in 1899. When the call came for troops to serve during the Spanish- American war, Captain Davis was in active service for fourteen months, during which time he was in command of Company K, Third Kentucky Volunteer Infantry, and during five months of that time his command was in Cuba. He was frequently commended in general orders by Generals Grant. Wiley and others.

Captain Davis has risen very rapidly in the field of architecture, and throughout the state are many enduring monuments of excellent ability testifying to the technical skill and professional expression of his art form in all of its expressions he is a lover of art and he is more of a connoisseur than a dilettante in this connection, aside from the specific work of his profession, which represents one of the noblest forms of art expression. Among many others are the Kentucky State Normal School building at Bowling Green, the Jefferson County Armory at Louisville, which is the second largest of its kind in this country, the Broadway Public School and Bradford Mills of Louisville. He is in demand as a writer on art and architecture.

Captain Davis is a fellow of the American Institute of Architects, member of the American Federation of Arts and of the Society of Arts, London, England, and other organizations of like character. He is a member of Plain City Lodge, No. 449, A. F. & A. M.. Paducah Chapter, No. 30, R. A. M., De Molay Commandery, K. T., No. 12. Kentucky Consistory and Kosair Temple, Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, having presided in all of the above named orders, and has for some time served as president of the board of trustees of the Masonic Temple of Louisville. He is a prominent member of the Commercial Club of Louisville, of which he was elected president in 1909 and again in 1910, it being unusual to bestow the honor of a re-election to the office.

In 1899 Captain Davis married Miss Clara Benbrook, of Natchez, Mississippi. The Captain and his wife are members of the First Presbyterian church of Louisville. He has forged his way to the front in life, and that by his own force of character. Thoroughly reliable in all things, the quality of his work is a convincing test of his own personal worth and he has become an important factor in business circles.

Source: "A History of Kentucky and Kentuckians: The Leaders and Representative Men in Commerce, Industry and Modern Activities", By E. Polk Johnson, Published by Lewis Pub. Co., 1912 - submitted by Janice Rice
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