Mississippi State to host fifth annual genealogy fair

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, September 17, 2003

It’s time to start thinking about summer activities and trips, but before you fill that summer calendar up, save Saturday, June 14 for a visit to Mississippi State.

This is the date for the fifth annual Regional Genealogy Fair which will be sponsored by Mississippi State University Libraries, the Clay County Genealogical Society, the Choctaw County Genealogical Society, and the Oktibbeha County historical and Genealogical Society.

Held each year at the Mitchell Memorial Library on the Mississippi State University campus, this has become one of the most outstanding &045; and fastest growing &045; Gen Fairs in our state.

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Watch our column in the next few weeks for further details and don’t forget to save that date!

Rosey Dow from the Natchez Historical Society has sent word that the deadline for submitting family bios and pictures for the Natchez Area History Book has been extended until the end of May. This will be the final deadline so don’t let it slip by you!

Many of you will have read about this literary effort in a previous column, but for those of you who didn’t, further information, order forms and sample bio questionnaires may be found at


You can email Rosie with any questions you may have.

The Natchez Historical Society wants everyone with Natchez or Adams County roots or connections to be included, so even if you no longer actually live in the area you can be included in this book. Make sure your family is remembered!

Several months back we wrote about the Rounsavell Family History book which was accepting pre-publication orders. The book, Descendants of Richard Rounsavell, Volume II, is now IN to rave reviews and there are still some copies available for sale.

The finished work is 1250 pages long and covers 320 years of the family’s history. There are more than 250 illustrations and pictures of family members from all over the country and the “full name” index alone is over 100 pages long!

To secure your own copy, send your name, mailing address, evening phone, email address if available, and a check or money order for $60 made out to the Rounsavell Book Account to Mark Rounsavall, 1949 Juneway Terrrace, Fayetteville, Arkansas 72703.

And then clear out a significant space on your library shelf because this volume weighs just over 5.5 pounds!


… Richard Foster (Austin, Texas; email


) is looking for information on the JOHN SPIRES (Spiars) family of Adams County, MS. HE was born in Kentucky in 1758 and his wife Hester (Esther?) FORD was born in 1763, perhaps in Adams County. Two of his sons are believed to be JESSE G.W. SPIRES (who married Josephena DUNN) and JOHN SPIRES, JR (who married Sarah CARTER). Does any reader have more information on this family?

… Maries Haven Carlton (P.O. Box 300 Arkabutla, Ms 38602, email-have


) is searching for information on GEORGE W. EARLE who was born between 1790- 1800 in South Carolina. In 1820 he married Lucy BIRDSONG who was born about 1804 in South Carolina. George died in 1839 in Yalobusha County, Mississippi.

He and Lucy had the following known children: Jesse (born 1824 in TN); Barseana (born in 1825 in TN, married Turner HAVENS); Caroline (born in 1832 in TN, married George W.SLOCUM); Virginia (born 1834 in TN, married James T. HOLLAND); AND George Wyatt (born 1838, married Rhoda Catheryn WOODALL). There were other children but names are not known. After George W. Died in 1839, Lucy married John MCWATERS of Georgia in about 1843. Does any reader have additional information on these lines to share?

Please send your announcements and queries to FAMILY TREES, 900 Main Street, Natchez, MS 39120 or email to


. All queries printed free of charge.