Copiah DAR offering marriage records book

Published 12:00 am Friday, September 17, 2004

Copiah County Marriage Records (1844-1859), compiled by Miss Mary E. Thomas, is now being offered for sale by the Copiah Chapter DAR in Crystal Springs. The price is $20 postpaid. Those interested should write or call Mrs. Lloyd W. Kitchens, Genealogical Records Chairman, 606 N. Jackson St., Crystal Springs, MS 39059, (601) 892-2139.

Some years back family members updated and reprinted the BALA CHITTO SIMMONS family genealogy, a book which was orginally written by Hansford L. Simmons.

This is the story of Richard and Ann Tyler Simmons, who had 10 children and moved to Pike County from South Carolina around 1810. The children married into the Varnado, Strickland, Hope, Sandifer and other South Mississippi families.

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Due to age and health reasons the family is now scaling down and still has 12-15 copies of the book available. If anyone is interested, please contact Bess Simmons at (601) 684-5679.

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… Fred Henderson (137 Woodlands Green Drive, Brandon, MS 39047,

) is seeking information on ELLIS HENDERSON who was born 27 July 1812 in Green County, Ala. He married HARRIET HICKS, daughter of Asa Hicks in Green County, Ala., 4 January 1834. They moved to Kemper County around 1838-1840. Both are buried in Smyrna Presbyterian Cemetery north west of DeKalb. They were parents to: David, Allen, Jane, Anna, Francis, Elvira, John, Albert (his grandfather), and Robert Ellis. Mr. Henderson needs Ellis’s parents names and any other information about him. Can any reader help with this request?

.. Jane Gillespie (

) is interested in any information on the JAMES McCOMBS who came from Abbeville County, S.C., to Lee County. According to the Lee County 1870 Census James was a 58 year old farmer living with his wife Sarah (age 62) and the following children: John (age 22, farm laborer); Nancy (age 20); Abraham (age 19); and Hannah (age 17). Can any reader provide further information on this family?

… Sara Prince (206 Park Lane, Brandon, MS 39047, email

) is searching for ancestors and descendants of WILLIAM PATRICK PALMER who was born in 1817 and died in 1907 in Wayne County. William was apparently born in South Carolina. In 1853, he married ANN CHESBRO/CHESEBOROUGH in Barbour County, Alabama. In 1871, he married MARGARET ALABAMA (ALBAM) CORLEY. They resided in Wayne County. William and Ann had the following children: Josiah (born 1854, married Martha O. MARTIN, married second time to Sophronia MILLS); Henry T. (born 1858, married Serena MURPHY); Sarah Ann (born 1859, marries W.Y. ROAN); Nancy J. (born 1860); Jane (born 1862); Marhta O. (born 1866, married Erastus McLAUGHLIN); and Matilda (born 1868, married William SMITH). William and Alabama Corley had the following children: Rebecca (born 1871, married Henry C. SUMRALL); Mary A. (born 1873, died 1874); A. Columbia (born 1874-1876, married Jesse MITCHELL); Amanda (born 1876); George Allen Palmer (born 1880, married Ethel BEARD); Loda (born 1881, married Frank BUTLER); Fannie (born 1882, married Melvin LEE); Elizabeth (born 1884, married John C. CUMMINS); Benjamin F. (born 1884, married Lillie TAYLOR); Julia (born 1885, married Cleve HOLLINGSHEAD); and Gabe Rilla (born 1890, married Jesse Irving TAYLOR). Most of the children resided in Wayne County. Does anyone have information to add about these family members?

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