‘Notable Southern Families’ being released in new paperback form

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 19, 2000

Zella Armstrong’s monumental work, NOTABLE SOUTHERN FAMILIES, has been the best known and yet least accessible work on Southern genealogy ever published. Out of print for many years now, the original six-volume set has just been reproduced in individual paperback volumes with prices sure to please almost every pocketbook!

Begun in 1918 and not completed until 1932, NOTABLE SOUTHERN FAMILIES is a collection of family histories touching upon many thousands of individuals of Cavalier, Scotch-Irish, and Huguenot stock. The one common denominator being the milieu of the South.

In almost every instance family lines are brought down to the present day from the earliest settlers in America utilizing court records, histories, family Bibles, and miscellaneous family documents. The Colonial, Revolutionary, War of 1812 and Civil War records of each family are presented in great detail.

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Each genealogy gives all names in both collateral and direct lines of descent; dates and places of birth, marriage, and death; and places of residence.

The resulting work provides so many families and names that it has been dubbed &uot;the spine of Southern Genealogy. &uot;

Volume I covers the families of Armstrong, Banning, Blount, Brownlow, Calhoun, Deaderick, Gaines, Howard Key, Luttrell, Lyle, McAdoo, McMillan, Phinizy, Polk, Sevier, Shields, Stone, Turnley and Van Dyke. At 247 pages it is available for $25.00.

Volume II contains the families of Bean, Boone, Borden, Bryan, Carter, Davis, Donaldson, Hardwick, Haywood, Holliday, Hollingsworth, Houston, Johnston, Kelton, Magill, Montgomery, Rhea, Shelby, Vance, Wear and Williams while Volume III addresses Armstrong (&uot;Trooper&uot;), Cockrill, Duke, Elston, Lea, Park, Parkes, and Tunnell.

Both of these are volumes at 377 and 369 pages respectively are available for $32.50 each.

Volume IV details the Sevier Family in 325 pages and is available for $28 while Volume V utilizes a whopping 611 pages to discuss the Crockett Family and connecting lines.

This book is priced at $48.50 and is the result of Zella Armstrong’s collaboration with Janie Preston Collup French who compiled the entire sixth volume on the Doak Family. Volume VI is 98 pages in length and carries a $12.50 price.

Recognize your family name here? This collection may be well worth adding to your research shelf.

Orders may be placed with Clearfield Company, Inc at 200 E. Eager Street, Baltimore, Md., 21202 or by phone at 410-625-9004.

Postage is $3.50 for the first book and $1.25 for each additional volume.


4 Jim Savage (510 Clinton Blvd. Clinton, Miss., 39056, email-savage1@ayrix.net) is seeking help with his BURTON line. The 1870 census lists a JOHN BURTON, age 57, who was believed to have moved to Washington County, Mississippi from Louisiana sometime after 1864.

He had two children who are listed in the 1880 census are being born in Louisiana, but are listed on the 1870 census as being born in Mississippi. In 1870 they were in their father’s household and in 1880 they were in the home of cousins, Arthur (Archie) and Lucy.

Two more children, Edna and Florence Inez (Mr. Savage’s grandmother) were born in Mississippi. Florence Inez’s mother was Carrie BLACK who died when Florence Inez was only three years old.

Florence Inez was born in Silver City, Mississippi and on the 1880 census she is found living with a cousin, V.M. Burton (a widow) in Washington County, Mississippi.

There was probably a first wife as the 1870 census shows a Virginia (aged 53) and there is a nine year lag between the first two children and the last two children. Can any reader help with information on this line?

Susanne Steward (1102 CR 83, New Albany, Miss., 38652, email-rocky @tsixroads.com) needs help with her research on GUSTAVE STEWARD and MARTHA BELLE JENNINGS.

Gustave Steward was born in November 1878 either in Mississippi or Alabama. His parents are unknown. He died 15 October 1950 in New Albany, Union County, Mississippi.

Gustave married his first wife, Martha Leola JENKINS (born 30 August 1887, died 28 June 1919, daughter of Henry Clay and Lourania Jane BLACK Jenkins of Jefferson County, Alabama), in 1904 and they were the parents of six children: Grady; Aubrey (married Margie); Carl (married Viola GILLIAM); Leon (never married, died in a cotton gin accident); and two children who did not survive infancy.

Gustave’s second wife was Martha Belle JENNINGS GOODWIN, the widow of Andrew J. Goodwin. She was born 3 May 1888 and died 14 February 1971 in New Albany, Union County, Mississippi. Gustave and Martha Belle had six more children:

Norman (married Mary Elizabeth PERRY); R.V. (married Jesse Mildred Steward); Alfred Theron (married Frances DODDS); Sally Ruth (married #1 C. BISHOP, #2 E. CALDWELL, #3 GORDON, #4 E. Whiteside); and David (married #1 Helen DONAHUE, #2 Linda Black MCDONALD). Gustave appears on the 1900 census for Pontotoc County, Mississippi, but his surname is spelled STEWART.

At that time he was working for Marion and Sally Andrews. It is also possible that he was known as &uot;Gus Thomas&uot; which could have been a nickname.

Does anyone have a lead for Gus and his family?

Please send your announcements and queries to FAMILY TREES, 900 Main Street, Natchez, Miss., 39120 or email Famtree 316@aol.com. 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.