New Mississippi genealogical publication due in 2001

Published 12:00 am Monday, October 2, 2000

Ronnie Farris McGinnis, the former editor of the Mississippi Genealogical Exchange (1978-1985), is resuming publication of a quarterly magazine targeted toward anyone having genealogical links to Mississippi.

The new magazine will be called MISSISSIPPI GENEALOGICAL CONNECTIONS with the inaugural issue scheduled to be mailed in early 2001.

Among the quarterly articles included in the magazine will be county and state documents, family papers, previously unpublished records and research aids, and book reviews. Subscribers may submit unlimited queries, cemetery and Bible records, family ancestor charts, group sheets, and family histories. All must show a Mississippi connection. All submissions (other than queries) must be mailed flat, without folding, for publication reproduction purposes.

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The 2001 subscription cost for four issues will be $24 postpaid. A limited number of pre-reserved copies will be printed each quarter, based upon subscribers registered prior to December 31.

Checks for subscriptions should be made payable to Ronnie Farris McGinnis, Editor and mailed with your name, complete mailing address, e-mail address and phone number to MISSISSIPPI GENEALOGICAL CONNECTIONS, 1500 Eastover Drive, Jackson, Miss., 39211-6321.

We wish McGinnis well with this much needed addition to our state’s genealogical community and look forward to reading that first issue!


4 Carol D. Gibboney (12480 Abrams #2926, Dallas, Texas, 75243, 927-238-8637, is searching for information on her CLARK, DENNIS, and BROWN ancestors who lived in Mississippi some time between 1840 and 1895.

GLEN CLARK was possibly born in North Carolina about 1837, but his parents are unknown. He was married prior to 1863. His burial place is unknown.

THOMAS DENNIS is listed on three different census records as being born in Mississippi, Georgia, or North Carolina prior to 1845. His parents are unknown. He married MARY BROWN (born in Mississippi before 1845, parents unknown) prior to 1863.

Their burial places are unknown. There is a homestead patent for Thomas Dennis dated 21 February 1890 for 159 acres of land at Township 3-N and Range 10-W at the St. Stephens, Meridian, Perry County, Mississippi.

Thomas and Mary are possibly the parents of Jack Dennis, Will Dennis and James T. Dennis who holds a homestead patent dated 16 May 1892 for 160.58 acres of land at Township 3-N and Range 10-W at the St. Stephens, Meridian, Perry County, Mississippi. There is also a marriage record for a James T. Dennis and Annie HINTON dated 18 May 1884, Perry County, Mississippi. Their places are not known. The only known child of Thomas and May is David &uot;Frank&uot; Franklin Dennis who was born 14 March 1863 possibly in Canton, Madison County, Mississippi.

He was married to Amy Emeline CLARK (born 31 July 1863, Meridian, Mississippi) on 19 January 1882 in Perry County. There is a homestead patent for Franklin Dennis dated 28 March 1890 for 160.02 acres of land at Township 3-N and 4-N, range 10-W at the St. Stephens, Meridian, Perry County. The children of Frank and Amy who were born in Mississippi include: Riley Thomas Dennis (born 8 October 1882, possibly in Biloxi, Mississippi); Albert Angus Dennis (born 18 February 1885, Meridian, Lauderdale County, Mississippi); William Larkin Dennis (born 27 July 1887, Jackson, Mississippi); and Forrest Oscar Dennis (born 22 October 1889, Augusta, Jackson, Mississippi). Franklin and his wife and four sons left Mississippi in 1895 and settled in central Florida. Can any reader help with information on this family?

4Joyce Nicholson (201 East Walnut Street, Union, Miss., 39365, is seeking help with WILLIAM WASHINGTON BRADLEY from Wilcox, Alabama whose son, WILLIAM WARREN BRADLEY, was her great grandfather.

Has anyone done work on this line or found information about the Bradleys?

4 Lumbley Miller Bankston (734 North Park Street, Laurel, Miss., 39440, needs help in locating his great-great grandfather’s burial place. His name was TURNER LUMBLEY of Yazoo County, Mississippi.

He died on 20 February 1874 in the vicinity of Sartartia, Mississippi and was eulogized by the Sartartia Masonic Lodge, later published in the New Orleans Christian Advocate.

Dr. Lumbley was a Botanical doctor and had resided in Jefferson County, Hinds County (at Raymond), and Mechanicsburg, Yazoo County, Mississippi for the last 35 years of his life. Family lore says he was buried at Raymond beside his wife who died there in 1836. Cemetery records of Hinds County fail to verify this. Can any one help with this puzzle?

Please send your announcements and queries to FAMILY TREES, 900 Main Street, Natchez, Mississippi, 39120 or e-mail (with snail mail address!) to All queries printed free of charge. We look forward to hearing from you!

Family Trees is a weekly column written by Nancianne Parkes Suber of Natchez.