The Order of First Families of Mississippi continues to sell ‘The Register’

Published 12:00 am Monday, August 7, 2000

The Order of First Families of Mississippi 1699-1817 has a few copies of THE REGISTER left for sale.

This book contains the lineage of over 400 members of this organization. It also features a section called &uot;First Families and their Descendants,&uot; which has all the ancestors on whom members have joined. The entire volume is fully indexed.

The price for THE REGISTER is $35 which includes postage and may be ordered from OFFM, P.O. Box 821, Natchez, Miss., 39121.

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Those of you with RAINEY and TISDALE lines will want to take note of an important work in progress. Doyle L. Jones is currently in the process of updating the THOMAS R. RAINEY (1809-1895) and REBECCA L. TISDALE (1817-1899) descendants book. This volume was originally published in 1982.

He requests that anyone with corrections to the original work and/or additions to this book contact him as soon as possible at 505 McRee Drive, Clinton, Miss., 39056-3835. The updated book will be published early in 2001.


–Mrs. Jerry L. Haddock (4192 Sardis Road, Hazelhurst, Miss., 39083) is searching for any information on the descendants of Arkansas-born, IDA BERNICE HADDOCK and her husband, J. C. LAWSON. They were known to have had at least one son, Melvin T. Lawson, who may have married and had children.

Her parents were Clayborn Admer Haddock and Frances Delilah (Fanie) HOWARD of Ashley County, Arkansas. In the early 1940’s her father worked in Port Neches and later moved to California. It is believed that Ida married in Texas and died of cancer near Baytown on 12 December 1961. Mrs. Haddock would like to update the records of Ida’s family following her marriage and share ancestor research. Can any reader help?

— Martha Lee Howell (1629 Swayze Street, Yazoo City, Miss., 39194) is seeking help with research on her great grandfather, GILBERT HOWELL. Gilbert was born 31 September 1816 around Linden, Tennessee and died 15 July 1894 near Booneville in Prentiss County, Mississippi. Proof is needed that Gilbert was the son of Abraham Howell who was born in 1792 in Laurens County, South Carolina, and is buried in Monroe County, Mississippi. It is believed that Abraham was the son of John Howell who was born prior to 1755 in Laurens County, South Carolina. Can anyone help prove these connections?

— Kathy H. Rhodes (2348 Wimbledon Circle, Franklin, Tenn., 37069, is looking for information on ANDREW HARDY who along with his wife, Sarah BARNES Hardy, and children lived in Noxubee County from 1833 to 1850. The family then moved to Kemper County, Mississippi. It is believed that Andrew and Sarah Hardy and two of their sons, B. B. Hardy and John Curtis Hardy, were members of a Baptist church in Noxubee County and that Andrew might possibly be buried there. Does any reader have any information that relates to this family?

–Betty Catherwood ( needs help with her research on the parents of her great grandmother, HARRIET B. CARROTHERS WOODELL. Harriet was born 29 September 1830, in Madison County, Tennessee and married William James Woodell in 1853. They settled in Carroll County, Mississippi. It is believed that she died in 1900, but there is very little information on her.

Her parents may possibly be Samuel and Rachel CAROTHERS/CARROTHERS, but proof of this is needed. Can anyone help with this line?

–Davine Hall ( is seeking information on JOSEPH DOVE, his wife ELIZABETH, and their sister-in-law REBECCA. They were in the Southwest corner of Mississippi by 1787. Joseph and Elizabeth’s son, William (died 1824) married Martha EDWARDS. Their son, THOMAS SIBLEY DOVE, is Ms Hall’s great grandfather. Does any reader know where the Doves came from and who Elizabeth was? All help will be greatly appreciated.

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We look forward to hearing from you! Family Trees is a weekly column written by Nancianne Parkes Suber of Natchez.