Biographies  A-B



Barber, Evon Marion
Barber, Evon Marion, was born in Choctaw county, Ala., Feb. 28, 1858. His paternal and maternal great-grandfathers came to this country from Scotland and were both officers in the American Revolutionary army. His father, Washington Barber, was born in Wake county, N. C, Jan. 3, 1812; his mother, Sarah Harris, was born in Tennessee, Sept. 12, 1818, and was a member of the distinguished Tennessee family of that name and closely related to the McMillans of Tennessee. The parents of his mother moved from Tennessee to Hale county, Ala., in the twenties and his father's parents moved from North Carolina to Alabama about the same time, his father and mother being married in that State in 1835, and later moving to Choctaw county, Ala., where the subject of this sketch was born. From Choctaw county, Ala., Washington Barber moved with his family to Copiah county, Miss., and lived there the remainder of his life, always taking a lively interest in its political affairs. Although too old to enter the Confederate army himself, Washington Barber was an ardent sympathizer and active worker in the cause of the Confederacy, his two eldest sons enlisting in the Confederate ranks at the outbreak of the war. One of these, a lieutenant, with sixty-four comrades was captured at Island No. 10, by General Burnside, and sent to the Federal prison at Madison, Wis., where Lieut. Barber and sixty-two of his companions died in prison. Evon M. Barber was educated in the public schools of Copiah county and under the instruction of his sisters, Mrs. Rowena Barber Willis and Mrs. Mary Barber Williams and the Rev. J. R. Farrish. He next attended Mississippi college at Clinton, Miss., after which he successfully engaged in business for several years. Having always had, however, a leaning toward law as a profession, he matriculated at the law school of the University of Mississippi in 1889, where he was graduated in June, 1889, having completed the two years' course in three months and four days. Mr. Barber further pursued his legal studies at Cornell university. He was admitted to the bar at Port Gibson, Miss., in 1889, and, ten days after his graduation from the law department of the University of Mississippi, he was elected representative from Claiborne county and was a member of the legislature of Mississippi which called the constitutional convention of Mississippi of 1890. While at the University of Mississippi, Mr. Barber did pioneer work in advocating the doctrine of the separation of the taxes paid by the whites and Negroes for school purposes, setting forth his views on the subject in an open letter. In 1895, Mr. Barber moved from Port Gibson to Biloxi, Miss., where he now resides. Here he has built up a large and lucrative practice, being engaged in all the courts from the lowest county court to the United States supreme court. Politically, Mr. Barber has always been an ardent and consistent Democrat. In 1892, Gov. Stone appointed him one of four delegates from Mississippi to the Nicaragua Canal convention; in 1899, he represented the State Association of Bimetallic Leagues of Mississippi in the National Association of Bimetallic Leagues which met in Indianapolis, and, the same year, represented the Mississippi Association of Democratic Clubs in the National Association of Democratic Clubs convention in Indianapolis. In 1900, he was elected presidential elector from the 6th congressional district of Mississippi, and at present represents Harrison county in the house of representatives of Mississippi. During the sessions of 1904 and 1906 of the legislature he especially advocated legislation to confine the oyster industry of Mississippi to citizens of said State, constitutional prohibition, and the elective judiciary movement. Mr. Barber is a member of the Baptist church, a Mason, Odd Fellow, Knight of Pythias, member of the Knights and Ladies of Honor, Woodman of the World, Essenic Knight, member of the Delta Psi fraternity of the University of Mississippi, member of the board of directors of the Mississippi State bar association, as well as the Harrison county bar association and member of the Biloxi Yacht club. Mr. Barber was married Oct. 7, 1885, to Estelle Thornton, daughter of John F. Thornton and Elizabeth Hammond, of St. Louis, Mo. ' Mr. and Mrs. Barber have one living child, Evon Marion Barber, Jr., aged twelve years, who is a messenger in the house of representatives of Mississippi.
[Source: Mississippi Biography Vol III 1907 -- Transcribed by Gene Phillips]
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Bloomfield, Horace
Bloomfield, Horace, of Gulfport, Harrison county, Miss., is the senator from the First district in the State senate, his district comprising the counties of Hancock, Harrison and Jackson, bordering on the Gulf of Mexico. The senator is a native of New Orleans, La., being a son of George T. and Harriet Elizabeth (Baldwin) Bloomfield. George Thomas Bloomfield was born in Tittlesdale, county of Norfolk, England, and came to America when a young man, first taking up his residence in New York city and later in New Orleans, whence he removed to Mississippi when Horace was a child. In New Orleans he married Harriet Elizabeth, daughter of Jacob T. and Mary (Donington) Baldwin, formerly of Newark, N. J., both of whom were likewise of English lineage, Thomas Baldwin, a direct ancestor, having been a soldier in the Continental line during the War of the Revolution. Senator Bloomfield secured his early educational training in Handsboro, Miss., and later attended the Trinity high school, in Pass Christian, that State. He then studied law, under the preceptorship of Chancellor William Gaston Henderson, of Handsboro, being admitted to the bar by the circuit court, Judge James S. Hamm being on the bench of the circuit court at the time. Senator Bloomfield entered into partnership with Hon. Roderick Seal, this alliance continuing until 1898, while this law firm had headquarters in Scranton. In 1889 Senator Bloomfield was elected to the State senate from his present district, which he represented during the sessions of 1890, 1892 and 1894. In November, 1903, he was again elected to represent this district in the senate, of which he is a valued member, being a member of the committee on judiciary and committee on railroads and franchises, and other important committees. He is an able and successful lawyer and is one of the representative members of the bar of Mississippi, being engaged in active and lucrative practice. He is a member of the Mississippi State bar association, he having helped organize said association during the session of the legislature of 1906. Senator Bloomfield is identified with the Masonic fraternity.
[Source: Mississippi Biography Vol III 1907 -- Transcribed by Gene Phillips]
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Bouslog, Martin Perry
Bouslog, Martin Perry, of Gulfport, is secretary, treasurer and general manager of the Mississippi Abstract, Title and Guaranty Company, the only incorporated concern of the sort in the State and is one of the progressive young business men who are pushing forward the interests of the commonwealth through normal lines of enterprise. He claims the State of Indiana as the place of his nativity, having been born in Winamac, Pulaski county, May 8, 1879, and being a son of William H. and Mary L. (Bundy) Bouslog, both of whom were born and reared in Henry county, that State, being representatives of those sterling Virginia and Carolina pioneer families which settled in Indiana in the early years of the nineteenth century. They removed to Bay St. Louis, Miss., in March, 1895, and remained residents of that city until May, 1896, when the family removed to New Orleans, La. Martin P. Bouslog secured his earlier education in the public schools of Indiana and the cities of Chicago and New Orleans, having graduated from the boys' high school, New Orleans, as a member of the class of 1898, of which he was president and also class orator for the year, while he is an appreciative member of the alumni association of this excellent school. He later attended the New Orleans College of Oratory for two terms. After leaving school he held the position of stenographer and bookkeeper in a New Orleans lumber export company, and later held a similar position with a large commission house of that city, and in 1900 he located in Bay St. Louis, Miss., engaging in the abstract of title business with an office also at Mississippi City, and later removed to his present home in Gulfport. The Mississippi Abstract, Title and Guaranty Company was organized by M. P. Bouslog, and incorporated in May, 1904, and the official corps is as follows: S. E. Travis, of Hattiesburg, president; J. I. Ford, of Scranton, and J. W. Thomas, of Gulfport, vice-presidents; and Martin P. Bouslog, secretary, treasurer and general manager, and the board of directors consists of those officers and in addition to them, J. F. Stuard of Gulfport. Mr. Bouslog has devised a card system of abstract of title indexes and the company has the benefit of this most modern system. The company has the best of facilities and is building up a large business, doing general abstract work and guaranteeing titles. The headquarters of the company for Harrison county are in Gulfport, while branch offices are maintained in Hinds, Perry, Greene and Jackson counties, Mr. Bouslog having entire executive charge of all the business, which is rapidly expanding as there comes a popular knowledge of the facilities and assurances which the concern offers. Mr. Bouslog is one of the popular young business men of Gulfport, being an active member of the Progressive Business League of the city, and is one of its loyal and enthusiastic citizens, manifesting much interest in local affairs and doing all in his power to promote the welfare of the attractive little city.
[Source: Mississippi Biography Vol III 1907 -- Transcribed by Gene Phillips]
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Ballenger, Joseph I. #2
Ballenger, Joseph I., president of the State Bank of Gulfport, is one of the influential citizens of Harrison county and one of the leading members of the bar in this section of the State. He is a native of the State of Georgia, having been born in the city of Atlanta, Sept. 8, 1854, and being a son of Joseph T. and Mary (Steele) Ballenger, the former of whom was born in North Carolina and the latter in South Carolina, while both passed the closing years of their lives in Calhoun, Miss., the father having followed the vocation of farming during the greater portion of his active business career. Joseph I. Ballenger was about three years of age at the time of his parents' removal from Georgia to Mississippi, the family locating in Calhoun, where he secured his early educational training in the common schools, while as a youth he determined to fit himself for the profession in which he has gained so much success and distinction. After a preliminary course of reading under private preceptorage he entered the law department of Cumberland university, where he was graduated as a member of the class of 1876, receiving the degree of Bachelor of Laws. In the same Centennial year he located in Pittsboro, Calhoun county, Miss., in July, 1880, where he initiated the active work of his profession, his novitiate being of comparatively brief duration, since his thorough knowledge of jurisprudence, combined with marked energy and discrimination, soon brought him into relative prominence among his professional confreres. He built up a large and important practice in that county and in the Federal courts, continuing to maintain his residence in Pittsboro for a period of twenty years. He also attained to distinction in connection with public affairs, being one of the leaders in the ranks of the Democratic party in that section. In 1885 he was elected to represent Calhoun county in the State legislature, while in 1891 he was again chosen to represent the county in the same body and was made his own successor in the election of 1895. In the lower house of the legislature he proved a potent and active worker and gained the unqualified commendation of his constituency, so that it was but a natural sequence that he should be called upon to fill the office of senator from his district - the thirty-first senatorial district, comprising the counties of Calhoun, Pontotoc and Chickasaw. He was thus elected to the State senate in 1899, but resigned the office in the succeeding year, which marked his removal to Gulfport, which is in another district. Here he forthwith established himself in the practice of his profession, and his reputation as a lawyer was such as to gain for him a most gratifying reception in his new field of endeavor, his clientage being of representative order, while he is prominent also in the civic and business life of the community. In 1902 he was elected to the office of mayor of Gulfport, serving one term and then declining to become a candidate for re-election. He is a member of the Mississippi bar association and is held in high regard by his professional confreres throughout the State. In 1905 Mr. Ballenger completed the erection of his fine modern stone block, which is one of the best structures in the business section of Gulfport and in which his offices are located. He was one of the leading promoters and one of the organizers of the State Bank of Gulfport, which was incorporated in 1905, and of which he has been president from the start, while J. F. Steward is vice-president, and George P. Hughes, cashier, the bank having an authorized capitalization of $100,000. Mr. Ballenger is a member of the Baptist church, as is also his wife. On March 31, 1880, Mr. Ballenger was united in marriage to Miss Timpie Hayes, of Webster county, and she died in April, 1886, leaving one child, William Lester, who is a young man of twenty-three years at the time of this writing. On Oct. 2, 1889, Mr. Ballenger was married to Miss Anna Gunn, of Calhoun county, and they have three children, Roy, Ivan and Lucille, aged respectively fourteen, twelve and ten years (1905).
[Source: Mississippi Biography Vol III 1907 -- Transcribed by Gene Phillips]
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Buckley, Ben C.
Buckley, Ben C., who was a comparatively recent acquisition to the personnel of the business men of Gulfport, Harrison county, with whose fortunes he prominently identified himself, made various in vestments there, including the purchase of a fine newspaper plant, as he was the editor and publisher of the Gulfport Daily Times, which he made an effective exponent of local interests. He was long concerned in railroad work, holding positions of marked trust, but showed equal facility in his new field of endeavor and was numbered among the valued citizens and influential business men of the thriving city in which he cast his lot. He was a native of the State of Mississippi, having been born in Lawrence county, May 9, 1861, and being a son of James M. and Bethany (Craft) Buckley, the former of whom was born in Lawrence and the latter in Pike county, this State, where the respective families were established in an early day. The father of our subject was a valiant soldier in the Confederate ranks during the Civil war, serving through practically its entire period, as a member of a Mississippi regiment. After leaving the public schools Ben C. Buckley entered Mississippi college, at Clinton, being a member of the class of 1877, and later he took a course of study in the Mound City commercial college, in St. Louis, Mo. After leaving school he became ticket agent for the Wabash railroad, at St. Louis and later was promoted to a position in the local office of the auditor of the same system. In 1882 he went to Texas as private secretary to James Waldo, traffic manager of the Houston & Texas Central railroad, and in the following year he accepted the appointment as chief clerk in the general ticket and passenger office of the Natchez, Jackson & Columbus railroad, at Natchez, Miss. In 1884 he went to New Orleans as claim agent for the New Orleans & North Eastern railroad, and in the following year he made another change, locating in Cincinnati as chief clerk in the general passenger office of the Queen & Crescent railroad. Shortly afterward the board of trade of that city, desiring to secure the services of an experienced and capable railroad man, tendered Mr. Buckley the office of manager of its traffic department, and he filled this position most acceptably for the ensuing two years, at the expiration of which he accepted a position in the office of General McNulty, receiver of the Wabash railroad, in Chicago. His first newspaper work was done in Cincinnati, when he became police-court reporter on the Cincinnati Enquirer. In July, 1904, Mr. Buckley came to Gulfport, Miss., and identified himself with the Gulfport News, and in April, 1905, he effected the purchase of the business and plant of the Mississippi Times, a weekly publication, and initiated the publication of the Gulfport Daily Times, in addition to the weekly edition, which he continued to publish until his death. The papers were maintained at a high standard and the enterprise proved a most successful one under the able control and management of Mr. Buckley. He had great faith in the future of Gulfport and had decided to make this his permanent home, while he made judicious investments in real estate and in connection with enterprises of industrial order. In 1905, he completed a fine residence on the beach, providing one of the most attractive homes in the city. He was a stanch Democrat in his political allegiance. On Oct. 8, 1904, Mr. Buckley was united in marriage to Mrs. Mary Agnes Lewis, widow of George B. Lewis and a daughter of W. L. Johnston, a prominent planter of Clinton, Miss. She is a great- granddaughter of ex-Governor Leake, the third governor of the State of Mississippi. Mr. Buckley was a brother of the wife of ex-Governor Longino.
[Source: Mississippi Biography Vol III 1907 -- Transcribed by Gene Phillips]
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Burril, Erastus S.
Burril, Erastus S., an enterprising citizen and landholder of Gulfport, Harrison county, was born in the village of Casnovia, Muskegon county, Mich., Nov. 22, 1849, and his is the distinction of having been the first white child born in the embryonic village in the midst of the great lumber district of the Wolverine State, his parents, Ezra N. and Eliza (Fellows) Burril, natives of Ohio, having been numbered among the sterling pioneers of Muskegon county, which was practically unreclaimed from the forest wilderness at the time when they located there, while Indians outnumbered the white settlers at the time when their son Erastus was ushered into the world. Owing to the conditions and exigencies of time and place the early educational advantages of Erastus S. Burril were somewhat limited, but in the primitive schools of northern Michigan he laid the foundation of that broad fund of knowledge which he was later to gain in the great school of experience. His youth ful days were passed in the arduous labors incidental to clearing land from the virgin forest and putting the same under cultivation, while he also found employment in connection with the great lumbering industry in his native State. He finally became the owner of a farm, to whose cultivation he devoted his attention for a number of years, after which he sold the place and established a general store at Grant Station, Newaygo county, Mich., having purchased land and platted a town, selling a number of lots and being practically the founder of the village mentioned. For nine years he was engaged in the drug business at Grant Station, Mich., and in 1888 he came to Mississippi and located in Perry county, where he engaged in the real estate business and supervised the locating of timber lands for Delos A. Blodgett, of Grand Rapids, Mich., one of the leading lumber operators of the Union up to the time of his death, and he also did similar service for many others who sought investment in timber lands in Mississippi, his intimate knowledge of lumber values making him especially well equipped for the selection of such lands. He continued his residence in Perry county until 1900, when he located at Bond, Miss., until 1901. In April of that year he came to Gulfport. purchasing land in the Standard Land Company's addition to the town and there erecting the first house. He has also acquired other valuable property in and near the city, and he is engaged in the drug and general merchandise business, having a well appointed establishment. On Oct. 14, 1875, Mr. Burril was married to Miss Josephine A. Baker, daughter of Andrew and Clarissa (Holbrook) Baker, of Ashland, Newaygo county, Mich., in which county she was born and reared. Mr. and Mrs. Burril have ten children, namely: Ella May, Melvin E., Edwin J., Lysle E., Clara E., Alice A., Ida May, William, Frederick, and Benjamin Burke. In April, 1906, Mr. Burril made an extended trip to Central and South America, his purpose being to investigate timber and mineral lands for investment. He found Columbia to excel in timber and minerals and if the title to the land is found to be perfect, he and a company he represented will purchase 2,800,000 acres.
[Source: Mississippi Biography Vol III 1907 -- Transcribed by Gene Phillips]
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(Extract from "History of Harrison County, Mississippi", written by John H. Lang, published by Dixie Press, 1935, page 135)

Was born in Mobile, Ala., on Jan. 12th, 1894. His parents are E. J. Adam, Sr., and Mattie G. Adam. His entire life has been spent in Pass Christian, with the exception of that time spent in France during the World War where he served as Buck Private in Co. G. 152nd Infantry.

He is a graduate of the Pass Christian High School and received his legal education at Millsaps College, Jackson, Miss., receiving his degree in 1913.

He was elected as a member of the City Council of Pass Christian, served a full term and was re-elected without opposition. Entered the Military Service of the U. S. Government before commencing his second term. In 1920 he was elected as a member of the Board of Supervisors of Harrison County, and in 1927, he was elected to the Lieutenant Governorship of the State of Mississippi.

Bidwell Adam maintains his law offices in the City of Gulfport, and represents this Circuit Court District as a member of the Mississippi State Bar Commission. He has served three terms as a member of the State Bar Commission.  He was married to Edna Quick on Feb. 25th, 1920, and has three children: Cayton Bidwell, Jr., Robert B. and Jack C. Adam.



(Extract from "History of Harrison County, Mississippi", written by John H. Lang, published by Dixie Press, 1935, page 136)

Was second son of P. W. Adam and Mary Hanlan, was born at Pass Christian, Mississippi on February 24th, 1864, and spent the greater part of his life here. 

Leaving school at an early age, he worked for Eaton & Gillis in General store for several years, but having a desire for the Beacon art of  at its printing he became connected with the Coast first issue, continuing his connection with the paper for 10 years. He then went to New Orleans, and for eight years was connected with the Times-Democrat and the New Delta. While in New Orleans he married Miss Mattie G. Capers on October 15, 1890(The night that Chief Hennessy was assasinated (sic) ). A few years later he returned to Pass Christian, when he bought out the Coast Beacon and from that date up to and including the present time he was connected with the paper, which is now published as the Tarpon-Beacon. He was admitted to the bar in 1912.

Four children were born to this couple-Emile J. Jr., C. Bidwell and Hazel K. Woods; the elder daughter, Isabelle, died in infancy. Mr. Adam has been active in the social, civic and political life of his native city and county. He has served as alderman and as Mayor for a number of years. He served as postmaster for eight years, and as member of the Board of Supervisors of Harrison County for sixteen years, being president of that body for the past 12 years.  He has been re-elected for another term of four years as Supervisor from District No. Three.

For forty continuous years, he has filled the office of Clerk of Pass Christian Camp, Woodmen of the World No. 65, and is perhaps the oldest clerk in continuous service in the Woodmen of the World. He is also old in Unionism, having joined the Typographical Union No. 17 at New Orleans in 1886 and carries a card that entitles him, in deposit for such card, to resume active work.



(Extract from "History of Harrison County, Mississippi", written by John H. Lang, published by Dixie Press, 1935, page 137)

Joseph I. Ballenger was born in Atlanta, September 8th, 1854, being the son of Joseph I. and Mary (Steele) Ballenger. His parents moved to Mississippi when he was 3 years old where he grew- to manhood and studied law, graduating from law department of Cumberland University in 1876 receiving a Bachelor of Law degree.

He began practising (sic) law in Pittsboro, Calhoun County, Mississippi in 1880. In 1885 he was elected to the State Legislature from Calhoun County and in 1891 he was chosen to again represent the County and again as his own successor in 1895. In 1899 he was elected to the State Senate from the 31st District, but resigned the following year when he moved to Gulfport which is in another district. Here he practised (sic) law and in 1902 was elected to the office of Mayor of Gulfport.

He was elected president of the State Bank of Gulfport in 1905. He was married March 31st, 1880 to Miss Timpie Hayes, they having one son, Wm. Lester. Mrs. Ballenger died in April, 1886. On October and, 1889 Mr. Ballenger was again married to Miss Anna Gunn of Calhoun County, and they had 3 children, Roy, Ivan and Lucille, who survive.  Mrs. Ballenger died several years ago and Mr. Ballenger died June 14, 1934. His son, Ivan is now one of the City Commissioners of the City of Gulfport, being Tax Collector for his second term.



(Extract from "History of Harrison County, Mississippi", written by John H. Lang, published by Dixie Press, 1935, page 138)

Luther H.. Barksdale was born in South Carolina in 1893 and came to Pass Christian in 1911. He was an expert automobile mechanic and engaged in the automobile business when there were but few cars in this section.

He soon obtained the Agency for Packard, Fords and the general repair business and has made a great success.

He is now agent for the Packard, Dodge and Plymouth cars. He operates several filling stations and is agent for the Standard Oil Company in distribution of their products. He has acquired considerable and valuable real estate, owning his present plant at Front and Market Streets arid half interest in the Miramar Hotel, besides his splendid home and other valuable property, and is a successful chaser of the almighty dollar.

He was married on September 2ph, 1916, to Miss Ora James of Oklahoma. They have one daughter, Mary Beth.

NOTE: Mr. Barksdale died suddenly in Asheville, North Carolina, September 2gth, 1935.



(Extract from "History of Harrison County, Mississippi", written by John H. Lang, published by Dixie Press, 1935, page 139)

Born October 19th, 1865 in Mobile, Alabama, son of William Nathanial Bolton and Adaline Frances Goodwin.  He married Emma Viola Fout in 1887 by whom he has 8 children-seven living, Mary Viola, Wm. Nathaniel, Jr., Emma Helen, Ben, Julia A., Patrick Florian and Joseph Henry.

He moved to Biloxi on July Ist, 1891, and then .moved to Gulfport, January I, 1924 where he is still living. He was elected Constable in 1927, Justice of the Peace in 1931, and re-elected in 1935



(Extract from "History of Harrison County, Mississippi", written by John H. Lang, published by Dixie Press, 1935, page 139)

Was reared in Canton, Mississippi, studied law, after graduation, then moved to the Mississippi Coast. He entered practice with Hon. Ben Lane Posey of Bay St. Louis, and married Miss Lula Posey, the daughter of his partner. Later he represented his county (Hancock) in the legislature, then moved to Harrison County and was elected to the State Senate. He was afterward elected to the United States Congress for several terms.

He finally retired and took up his residence in Gulfport where he owned and occupied a residence on East Beach He became the attorney for the Gulf & Ship Island Railroad and Capt. J. T. Jones. Several years later he had a stroke of paralysis, from which he never entirely recovered. He then moved to New Orleans where he is now living.

From his union with Miss Posey there were born four children, Eaton, Jr., Sally, Posey, and Sam. Mr. Bowers while congressman, was an ardent worker for Gulfport and the Port. He never lost sight of anything concerning the welfare of his district and Harrison County and Gulfport particularly.


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