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Boyd, George F.
 
Boyd, George F., the able and efficient superintendent of schools in the city of Kosciusko, was born in Chickasaw county, Miss., March 30, 1864. His parents were George W. and Caroline (Bramlett) Boyd, natives of South Carolina. The common schools of Chickasaw county, the University of Mississippi and a normal school, furnished Professor Boyd with a broad education. After the completion of his collegiate work in 1886, he did his first teaching in a school in the county of his nativity. For this labor he received $12.40 per month, but the nobility of the vocation was fully appreciated and the decision to make teaching his life calling was made after the first month's work had been completed. For three years he was at the head of the Plattsburg, Miss., schools and for two years held the same position at Louisville, Miss. In 1893 Professor Boyd was made the superintendent of the Kosciusko schools. Under his excellent management the school roll of the city has increased from 166 to 471, while the increase of population in the city has been but forty per cent. As an evidence of the appreciation of the fine work of Professor Boyd is the fact that the city has razed all the old school buildings and built new structures at a cost of $30,000. Politically Mr. Boyd is a Democrat. In 1886 he was appointed county examiner of Chickasaw county by Judge Locke E. Houston, in 1886, and for four years held the same office in Winston county. In 1902 he was made president of the State teachers' association and the following year was chairman of a committee to investigate and report upon the status of the public schools of the State. He is also the incumbent of the office of chairman of the State library board. In religious matters, Professor Boyd is affiliated with and a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, and is a member of the board of stewards of the Kosciusko congregation. He is also the superintendent of the Sunday school, which position he has held for the past five years. His wife is a member of the Baptist church. On Aug. 26, 1892, Professor Boyd married Miss Lillian, daughter of Mrs. Ellen Anthony of Torrance, Miss. At the time of her marriage Mrs. Boyd was occupying the chair of history in the Blue Mountain college. By her marriage to Professor Boyd she is the mother of two children, Ellen L. and George F., Jr. Professor Boyd is a member of, the Knights of Pythias and of the Woodmen of the World.
[Source: Mississippi Biography Vol III 1907 -- Transcribed by Gene Phillips]
Added 3 Apr 2018

Crawford, Nathan Barrett
 
Crawford, Nathan Barrett, of Houston, Chickasaw county, has been long and prominently identified with the industrial and civic interests of that section of the State, has attained to distinctive success in temporal affairs and has ever commanded the most unequivocal confidence and esteem. His loyalty to the Confederacy was shown in his gallant service as a soldier in the war between the States and he has also honored and been honored by his State by membership in both branches of the legislature. Captain Crawford, as he is familiarly known, was born in Edgefield district. S. C, Nov. 12, 1835, and is a son of Robert H. and Mary Winn (Jennings) Crawford, both of whom were likewise native of that district, where the respective families were early settled. His paternal grandfather, David Crawford, was born in South Carolina, and his great-grandfather, Joel Crawford, was born in Virginia, whence he removed to South Carolina, from which State he finally removed to Georgia, where he passed the residue of his life. John and William Crawford, ancestors of the subject of this sketch, were loyal soldiers in the Continental line in the War of the Revolution. Robert H. Crawford was a member of a Georgia regiment in the War of 1812. In December, 1839, accompanied by his family, he made the overland trip with teams and wagons from Georgia to Chickasaw county, Miss., where he bought a half section of land and became one of the pioneer settlers of that section of the State. He continued to be engaged in agricultural pursuits in Chickasaw county until his death, which occurred in 1854. He held the office of county assessor for sixteen years, and at one time was a candidate for sheriff, being defeated by only forty-nine votes. His wife died in 1879, at a venerable age. The subject of this sketch was reared to manhood upon the home plantation and his early educational training was secured in the common schools of Chickasaw county. He is a man of broad information and his education has been amply rounded out by personal study and reading and by active association with the practical affairs of life. On March 27, 1862, he laid aside the labors of civil life to go forth in defense of the Confederate cause. He enlisted as a private in Company H, Thirty-first Mississippi infantry. He was in the thick of the fray much of the time thereafter until the close of the war. He took part in the battles of Baton Rouge and Resaca and in the series of spirited skirmishes from Resaca to Atlanta, Ga., and back to Franklin. In the battle of Peachtree Creek, twenty-four out of the thirty-two men in his company were killed. The following day, as senior surviving officer, Mr. Crawford assumed command of his regiment. He was a participant in the siege of Atlanta, and in the battle of Franklin was twice wounded. He was thereafter confined to the hospital for nineteen days, at the expiration of which he rejoined his command at Tupelo. In September, 1862, he was unanimously elected first lieutenant of his company. In February, 1865, he was granted a furlough and he was still at home at the time of the final surrender. Six of his brothers were likewise gallant soldiers in the Confederate ranks and all served until the close of the war. Captain Crawford manifests his abiding interests in his old comrades by retaining membership in the United Confederate Veterans. Upon leaving the army the captain's cash capital was represented in the sum of seven dollars and fifty cents, and for two years he worked land on shares. He then purchased a stock of general merchandise, for a consideration of $2,800, and in the connection assumed an indebtedness of $2,000. He opened a store in Atlanta, Chickasaw county, where he built up a large and flourishing enterprise. He continued in business there for the long period of thirty-five years and his reputation for integrity and fair dealing was ever held inviolable. At the time of closing out his mercantile business he publicly made an advertisement to the effect that if any man had lost a cent through dealing with him he was ready to make restitution to whatever amount could be justly claimed. The significance of this is shown in the fact that not a single claim against him was entered. As his financial resources increased, Captain Crawford made judicious investments in real estate, and he is now the owner of 6,600 acres of valuable land. Besides this he has valuable realty interests in town property and also many capitalistic investments in various parts of the State. In 1903 he removed from Atlanta to Houston, in which latter town he has since maintained his home. At the organization of the Bank of Houston, in September, 1903, he was elected its president, and he is still incumbent of this office. He is a stockholder in the Clay County Oil Mills and the First National bank of West Point. In 1906, he erected the fine Houston hotel, at a cost of $19,000, and he still owns the property; he is also owner of a half interest in the Jackson House at West Point. In politics Captain Crawford is an uncompromising adherent of the Democratic party, in whose councils he has been a prominent figure in his State. In 1861 he was elected justice of the peace, and in 1880 he was elected a member of the lower house of the State legislature, being chosen as his own successor in 1884. In 1899 he was chosen to represent his district in the State senate, in which he served one term, at the expiration of which he declined renomination. Later he was a candidate for State railroad commissioner, but was defeated in the nominating convention. While a member of the house he served as a member of the committee on ways and means, as well as that on corporations and also the committee which had charge of the redistricting of the State. In the senate he was chairman of the committee on banks and banking. As a senator he also was foremost in bringing about an investigation of the affairs of the State penitentiary - an investigation that revealed a grievous condition of affairs and resulted in needed reforms. He is affiliated with the Masonic fraternity and he and his wife hold membership in the Missionary Baptist church. On July 12, 1857, was solemnized the marriage of Captain Crawford to Miss Jane Harley, daughter of Moses J. and Serena (Jackson) Harley, of Chickasaw county. Mrs. Crawford was summoned to the life eternal Feb. 14, 1885, and concerning their children the following data are entered: Van E. is the wife of Dr. James W. Abernathey; Yancey is the wife of James E. Logan; Jannie is the wife of Alonzo C. Naron; John A. is president of the Citizens' bank at West Point; Joseph W. is engaged in the mercantile business in Oklahoma; May is the wife of Rev. William H. Thompson, a clergyman of the Missionary Baptist church; Lucile is the wife of John W. Logan; Rena remains at the paternal home and is a popular teacher in the Houston public schools; and David, who is a graduate of the Mississippi Agricultural and Mechanical college, has charge of all of his father's farms. On Nov. 12, 1885, Captain Crawford was united in marriage to Miss Sudie Frazie, and they have two children - Annie and Jossie Nace.
[Source: Mississippi Biography Vol III 1907 -- Transcribed by Gene Phillips]
Added 3 Apr 2018

Baskin, William Edward
 
Baskin, William Edward, was born in Chickasaw county, Miss., and is a son of Dr. James H. Baskin and Mary Elizabeth Baskin, nee Mary Elizabeth Featherston, both of whom are now deceased, the father having sacrificed his life as a soldier of the Confederacy during the Civil war. His paternal grandfather. William Candor Baskin, was a South Carolinian, and removed from that State to Mississippi and located in Chickasaw county. His maternal grandfather, Ed ward Featherston, a native of Tennessee, removed to Mississippi, locating in Monroe county. His parents were married in Mississippi, and the subject of this review was reared in the county of his nativity, but was denied the care and guidance of his father. He received while a resident of Chickasaw county, before arriving at manhood, the best educational advantages afforded by the common schools of the community in which he was brought up. When at the proper age he was sent to Summerville institute, the school in Noxubee county once noted for its thorough education of boys, where he enjoyed superior educational ad vantages under the tutelage of that distinguished educator, Prof. Thomas S. Gathright. Here he received, as did many another Mississippi boy, not only a splendid education, but that thorough disciplining in the habits of study and in that effective application that so characterized the educational work of that institution, which he, in his profession and in all the work he has undertaken, has turned to the very best advantage. He studied law in the office of his uncle. Gen. W. S. Featherston, in Holly Springs, Miss., and commenced the practice of law in Okolona, Chickasaw county. Miss., in 1881, where he built up an excellent professional business, success in his chosen profession leading him to seek wider opportunities afforded in the city of Meridian, where he took up his residence in 1888, his law partner in Meridian being Charles Carroll Miller, their professional business being conducted under the firm name of Miller & Baskin. Mr. Baskin holds an enviable place in the ranks of his profession. He is conceded to be one of the best lawyers at the Meridian bar, which places him amongst the best lawyers of the State. A systematic and close student, an industrious worker, a successful practitioner, enjoying deservedly the confidence of clients, of all who know him or are about him, he commands a lucrative and constantly increasing practice. He cares little, if any, for public life. He has not sought public place; on the contrary, his disposition has been to shrink from it; he has preferred to give himself to the study and to the exacting duties of his profession; he has nevertheless at times assumed duties somewhat of a public nature, the character of which serves to show in some measure the confidence in which he is held. He was city attorney of the city of Meridian for four years, and during said term of office he gave to Meridian the best of his strong attributes and powers of intellect, heart, brain and conscience, conducting one of the most arduous and uncompromising battles for the people as against a water works monopoly which was located in that city. Said water works cause was litigated both in the State and the Federal courts, the record in the cause being one of the largest that was ever filed in the supreme court of the State. Through his efforts the city won a signal victory in that cause. At the conclusion of the suit he resigned the office of city attorney. He was also at one time the chairman of the Democratic executive committee of Lauderdale county, where he labored for unity and harmony in the party council. He has been for a number of years a trustee of the University of Mississippi, having been appointed in 1899 by Gov. A. J. McLaurin, and re-appointed in 1900 by Gov. Jas. K. Vardaman. He is devoted to the interest of the university and takes a live and active interest in its welfare. He is now, and has been for many years, the president of the board of trustees of the city public schools of Meridian. Immediately after obtaining his license to practice law he married in Holly Springs, Miss., Miss Kate Mason, the youngest child of Hon. William F. Mason, who was at one time a State senator of Mississippi, and afterwards and for a long number of years, treasurer of the Mississippi Central railroad. Mrs. Baskin's mother was Miss Matilda Cantrell of Nashville. Tenn. Mr. Baskin's family now consists of himself, his wife and three children, Edward Win- field, George Lucius and Mary Featherston Baskin. He is an elder in the Presbyterian church, a Knight of Pythias, a Mason, a Knight Templar and a member of the Shrine, and is a man of scholarly attainments, Christian character and sterling worth.
[Source: Mississippi Biography Vol III 1907 -- Transcribed by Gene Phillips]
Added 12 Mar 2018

McLemore, Amos
 
Amos McLemore was a planter of Lauderdale County, Mississippi, born in Chickasaw County, December 3, 1829. His parents, William and Martha (Joiners) McLemore, were born in North Carolina and Tennessee in 1800, respectively, moved to Covington County when he was but a child, and in 1838 they moved to Lauderdale County and settled near where Meridian is now situated. Amos was married in 1855 to Miss Mary Jane McShan, of Lauderdale County, by whom he had nine children: William, Andrew, Virginia, Fannie, Acquila, Laura, Kirkland, and a son who lived only a month. At the opening of the Civil War, Mr. McLemore enlisted in the Confederate Army and upon the return of peace, he turned his attention to planting, notwithstanding the fact that, during the war, his plantation had been rifled of all valuables, and had grown up to weeds. He turned his attention to the culture of cotton, in which he was quite successful and made money. He owned one thousand acres of land, three miles northeast of Meridian, MS. He was considered a self-made man, well posted on general topics of the day, benevolent, charitable, and generous, but not active in politics.
[Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Mississippi, Volume 2 (1891]
Added 28 Feb 2017

Lewis, Thomas Wiley
 
LEWIS, Thomas Wiley, minister of the gospel; born Chickasaw Co., Miss., Jan. 15, 1869; son of James Asbury and Elizabeth (Foster) Lewis; fatherís occupation planter; paternal grandfather Wiley Lewis, paternal grandmother was a Miss Summers prior to her marriage; maternal grandparents Moses D. and Nancy (Tunnell) Foster; educated in Houston, Miss.; taught school two years in early life; married Mary Naomi Whitson Dec. 21, 1881; member Masons, Knights Templar, Shrine I.O.O.F. and K.P.; has been a member of the general conferences of Methodist church three times; member of Board of Church extension for 12 years; now pastor of First Methodist church, Memphis, Tenn.
[Whoís Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler]
Added 19 Jul 2015

Allen, William H
 
WILLIAM H. ALLEN was born in Okolona, Mississippi, May 27, 1856. His father, Rev. Archibald Campbell Allen, D. D., was born in Rocky Face, North Carolina, March 18, 1818, and was there reared; he was educated for the ministry at Emory and Henry College, joined the North Carolina Conference of the Methodist Episcopal church. South, and in 1851 removed to Mississippi where he became identified with the most important interests of the church in that State and filled many of its most responsible positions. In 1874 he moved to Dallas, Texas, and joined the North Texas Conference Methodist Episcopal church, South, of which he remained a member until his death, which occurred January 29, 1880. lie had many charges in Texas, taking an active part in all the religious and educational interests of the church, and was at one time president of the Dallas Female College, at Dallas, Texas. His wife, Mary A. (Tucker) Allen, was born in Statesville, North Carolina, June 20, 1826, and still survives him. They had seven children, of whom the subject is the fifth child.
William H. Allen was reared in Mississippi. His education was received at the Southern University, Greensboro, Alabama, from which he graduated in 1875. He at once moved to Texas and at the age of nineteen, in the session of 1875-76, he was professor of mathematics in Marvin College. In 1877-78 he occupied the same chair in Dallas College, and then accepted the presidency of Marvin College at Waxahachie, which position he held until 1880, when he retired from the school room and went to Terrell, Kaufman county, Texas, was admitted to the bar and began to devote bis entire attention to the legal profession. Here he has continued to reside, and now enjoys a large and lucrative practice and is one of the leading members of the bar in Texas.
October 3, 1882, he married Miss Sidney Penn, of Waxahachie, Texas. To this union are born two children, Sidney and Archibald C.
Mr. Allen is a Knight Templar Mason and a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. South, and, thongh he has never been a candidate for any office, ho takes a lively interest in the political issues of the country, being a zealous supporter of the Democratic party and a strong advocate of its principles.
[Biographical Souvenir of the State of Texas, F A Battey & Co 1889 -- Transcribed by Gene P]
Added 17 Aug 2014

Prude, James Oscar
 
PRUDE, JAMES OSCAR, planter and county official, was born September 23, 1856, on his father's plantation in Tuscaloosa County; son of William Wellington and Lucretia Eliza (Owen) Prude, the former a native of Jefferson County, the only child of his parents, although each by former marriages had large families, and after the death of his parents he became a member of the household of his half brother and guardian. Col. James McAdory, was placed in the Jack Baker school at Jonesboro, where he remained four years, receiving a sound practical education, grew to manhood and became a large planter and slave owner in Jefferson County, owning the "Glenn Springs" property, west of the present city of Bessemer, going in 1848 to Tuscaloosa County, was for many years member of the commission board of Tuscaloosa, rendered great aid to the Confederate cause as a manufacturer of clothing and shoes for the soldiers, died and is buried in Evergreen cemetery, Tuscaloosa; his wife, was born at what is now Birmingham, the Owen home standing on the site of the present Louisville & Nashville depot; grandson of William and Celia (McAshan) Prude, the former a native of Laurens District, S. C., who in 1815 settled on the Jones Valley trail in the Pleasant Hill community, near what is now McCalla, Jefferson County, removing to Tuscaloosa County in 1825, where he purchased lands twelve miles from the county site, in the Sipsey River bottoms, and conducted a cattle ranch, the latter a native of Ca Ira, Buckingham County, Va. . who removed with her father to Christian County, Ky. , where she met and married her first husband, Thomas McAdory, whose widow she was at the time of her marriage to Mr. Prude, and of Thomas and Mary Eliza (Elmore) Owen, the former a native of Abbeville District, S. C., was educated at the old LaGrange college, near Guntersville; located in Okolona, Miss., in 1849, and passed the remainder of his life there; great-grandson of John and Mary Prude, of Laurens District, S. C., the former a Revolutionary soldier, and of David and Lucy (McGraw) Owen, the former a Methodist minister who are both buried at Russellville, Franklin County; great-greatgrandson of John Prude of Manchester, England, who came to America prior to the Revolutionary War, and located in Charleston, S. C. The Prude family is of French extraction, having emigrated from Normandy to England. The McAdory family is of Scotch-Irish origin, and the Owens are of Welsh stock. Mr. Prude received his preparatory education at the Pleasant Hill academy, under Prof. I. W. McAdory, 1870-73, and entered the University of Alabama from which he graduated with the B. S. degree, 1876. After completing his own education he was made principal of a rural school in Tuscaloosa, which position he held during 1877-79. During that time he read medicine under an eminent practitioner, but later abandoned the idea of becoming a physician. He was appointed clerk of the probate court of Tuscaloosa County, serving under Judge Newbern Hobbs Brown, and held that position during 1880-84, aft
[History of Alabama and dictionary of Alabama biography, Volume 4 By Thomas McAdory Owen, Mrs. Marie (Bankhead) Owen, 1921 ­ Transcribed by AFOFG]
Added 1 Jun 2012
 


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