We went to visit my mom a few months back and she took me to some grave sites. This is her mom, my grandmother. She is burried at Pine Burr Holiness Cemetery along with many of her relatives.
Wednesday I visited the Circuit Clerk and Forest Library in Scott County, and found helpful information on both of my dad's parents' ancestors. There is a published book at the Forest Library (I forget the name of it but will post when I find it again) that has my pawpaw's (Coyt Griffin) ancestors, specifically the Dearman's (Thomas, Richard).
Another book was put together by an individual that has some info on my mawmaw's (Shelby Griffin) great and great-great-grandparents (Pickle/Massey). The staff at both places were very friendly and also helpful!
Yesterday I spent the afternoon at the MS Department of Archives and History in search of a brick-wall (Art Massey). I think I may have found some helpful info but need to go back and keep digging. There seems to be some conflicts with his name. Art was apparently his nickname, but I've found several different names and spellings (Arthur, Arther, Artemus, Artemous, Arteamous, Artemis) for his first name. There is no solid date or location for his birth or death.
One of the historians wrote down his suggestions on where to look, and why he thinks the name I found this week is in fact the A. W. Massey I'm looking for. I was very impressed with the MDAH. People often complain about state offices and agencies being a waste of money. The people there however were professional, polite and didn't hesitate to help the visitors out in any way!
In addition to all of this, George Pickle Jr. was a physician from Morton, and supposedly a 2nd Lt in the Army who was sent home because of the need for doctor's in his area. He was working at the old MS State Hospital at the time of his death, and is thought to be buried there (which would now be in the vicinity of the Mississippi Highway Patrol Headquarters. I've heard stories of when they tried to move some of the graves and had to leave many there because they were unable to be moved without falling apart. LOL Back when I worked at the Sheriff's Office for Rankin County, one of the MHP dispatchers told me their building is haunted because of the graveyard that it's built on top of. They used to make jokes about the elevator being possessed and one of them even set up a life size Pumpkin Head costume and sent it down in the elevator late one night to scare someone else in the building (which was usually only occupied by the dispatcher late at night).
Labels: Art Ward Massey, Blog Posts, Coyt Eugene Griffin, Elinor Harris, Elizabeth Dearman, Forest MS Library, Griffin, Massey, MS Dept of Archives and History, Resources, Richard Dearman II, Richard Dearman III, Richard Dearman Sr., Scott County Circuit Clerk, Shelby Jean Massey, Thomas Monroe Dearman
I know I need to update this blog...I plan to. I've been working on some other projects and will get back to it as soon as I have some free time. I've got tons of new info and pics to add. My aunt Vicki has been adding info to the family tree like crazy and it all needs to be put on here as well.
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Mary E., 48, wife, house keeping, borin in Georgia, as were both parents.
Francis A., 29, daughter, work on farm, born in Georgia.
Catherine, 24, daughter, work on farm, born in MS.
Cordelia, 22, daughter, work on farm, born in MS.
Thomas D., 19, son, work on farm, born in MS.
Nancy P., 17, daughter, work on farm, born in MS.
James J., 15, son, work on farm, born in MS.
Luziah, 11, daughter, work on farm, born in MS.
Mary A., 55, born in Georgia.
Ezekiah, 16, farmer, born in MS.
Elias, 12, born in MS.
Alan, 11, born in MS.
William F. Brown, 41, farmer, born in Georgia.
Evelina, 37, born in SC.
John, 19, farmer, born in MS, attended school within the last year.
Sara, 18, born in MS.
Catharine, 17, born in MS.
Mary, 16, born in MS, attended school within the last year.
Margaret, 15, born in MS, attended school within the last year.
Philip, 13, born in MS, attended school within the last year.
Martha, 12, born in MS, attended school within the last year.
Lucy A., 11, born in MS, attended school within the last year.
Nancy, 10, born in MS, attended school within the last year.
Franklin, 8, born in MS, attended school within the last year.
Evelina, 5, born in MS.
William F., 2, born in MS.
Elizabeth A., 6, born in MS.
Francis Walker, 21 (male), laborer, born in MS.
Felix G. Brown, 37, farmer, born in Alabama.
Adaline, 35, born in MS, cannot read or write.
Dawson, 16, farmer, born in MS.
Sara, 12, born in MS.
Mary A., 8,born in MS.
Hitson, 6 (male), born in MS.
James A. S., 4, born in MS.
Felix N., 3, born in MS.
Solomon H., 4 mos, born in MS.
Solomon C. Brown, 30, farmer, born in MS.
Catharine, 25, born in MS.
William P., 8, born in MS.
Amanda J., 6, born in MS.
Vicy Fortenberry, 21 (female), born in MS.
Kiziah, 46, born in SC, cannot read or write.
Susan, 25, "keeping house", born in MS.
Sarah E., 7, born in MS.
John, 5, born in MS.
Stacy, 2, born in MS