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These posting come from not only our Noxubee County Mail list but some are from direct contact with your webperson. These are shared in the hope that you may make some connection and in the act of doing so, that you will share "what you know" with the rest of us. On our home page, you will find where you can subscribe to the mail list. Presently, we have just over 150 persons signed up, with several members who have research material that they freely share.

If you have some information on the persons who were in Noxubee County in the "early days", please send it on........it is almost guaranteed that someone is also looking for that person.

There is a "Search this site" located on the home page. It works real well if you don't have time to scan down these pages. You can also use the "find" feature on your browser. Happy Hunting.

Ray P. Ingram <ringram@texhoma.net> has a Mississippi search going:

PAGE and DEAN families were listed in the counties - Winston, Noxubee, Kemper.I am looking for these names specifically: 1850 - William Mitchell DEAN b: November 21, 1845 1860 - Geneva Ann PAGE b: August 23, 1850. These are the children of two families, who married in adulthood. They are my husbands gggrandparants.


Clare L. Herrick <clareh@alliancelink.com> the county hostess for Lowndes County sent along some interesting material:

This is another in the Series from the Book on Lowndes County,Mississippi, permission granted to reprint by William Mayo Ellis, Jr., July 1999. Look for it on the Towns of Lowndes Link on the web site soon, with pictures.

Billups Gate

Four miles east of Artesia was located, Billups Station on the Mobile and Ohio Railroad. The station had two waiting rooms with pot bellied stoves. Billups Station was considered the largest private, hay shipping center in the world. There was a cotton gin, a country store, a school house and a cheese manufacturing plant.

The plant was built in 1921 and was in operation for 3 years, before closed and was consolidated with the Prairie School called "Flag Pole". Them were six students, Charles Wilburn, Saunders Wilburn, Marion Stevens, Francis Stevens, Jesse Lynn Dodson and Carlton Billups. Mrs. Mary Lee Slaughter taught the first grade and Mrs. T. Bailey Hardy the last two grades.

A cheese plant was constructed in 1926 and was called the Barbour Cheese Plant. 'The plant operated for four or five years.

A country store joined the cheese plant and operated for several years. The area was known as Billups Gate, with it, connection to the Billups plantation on which it stood. T. C. Billups lived on the Billups Gate Plantation, James S. Billups lived on the plantation to the east. Harvey Cook lived on his plantation to the west. To the north lived Saunders Billups Carson on his land and south across the creek lived T. Bailey Hardy on his plantation.

The only reminder left today is the road sign on the new Artesia Road which says Billups Gate Road and an old Railroad Building which is falling down. The new Golden Triangle Regional Airport is located just to the north of this intersection.

McIntyre Station

McIntyre Station was one of two flag stops on the G.M.& O Railroad between Columbus and Artesia. A flag stop was a small building which sheltered people while they waited to flag the train by raising a metal rod or arm attached to the building. It was used primarily as a place from which gravel and logs could be shipped, but people who wished to "catch the train" could also get on there.

North of the tracks was rich farm land which extended to what is now Highway 82 West. One of the earliest settlers known to own this land was John Pitchlyn, who acquired it as a payment
for his services of acting as interpreter at the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek. He, with his Indian wife, built a one-story, twelve-room house on a hill within the sight of the Old Robinson Road.
One large room in his home was used as the "Meeting Place" for the Indian Chiefs. It is said that some of the Pitchlyn family were buried there.

After the Pitchlyns, Lamael Fields came into possession of the land for a short time, then sold it to the Brownridges in 1836. Mr. Brownridge had a sawmill between the place and Columbus and was also involved in starting the town of Westport. Unfortunately, for him, he went on the note of a friend who lived in Westport.

When the Great Flood came which wiped out that town, he was called on to pay this note and lost some of his own land as a result.

I don't know whether there were any more owners before Mr. Bob Williams or not,but Mr. Williams sold the place to Gano and Mary Arrington Johnson of Mt. Sterling, Kentucky in 1911.

The place was called McIntyre, for the station, and had a one-story, six room house with a porch which extended around three sides. It was set in a large grove in sight of the station.

The Johnsons had two children, Elizabeth and Arrington. Elizabeth married Ellis Rhett during World War I and moved away. Arrington farmed the place as his father's health was poor. He married Louise Evans in 1922. They had two children, William Gano and Joanna Shields.

When the small children would hear the train whistle, they would run to the fence separating the land from the tracks and sit on the stile. The conductor would throw chewing gum or candy to
them, and after the train passed, they would scramble down to get it.

They were highly indignant when the big steam engine gave place to the electric one, which they disdainfully named "The Doodle Bug".

The family lived there until the Great Depression. Ellis and Elizabeth with their four boys, Ellis, Bill, Bob and Rowe (Munford and Parker came later), moved back to Georgia to try to help
save the place, but to no avail. Farm prices hit bottom, and the Federal Land Bank took over.

Later, Howard Nason bought the place, and it was while he lived there that the house burned. He sold the place to Leon and Grave Bell, who built a house on the north side of the place in
sight of Highway 82 West. They and their four boys, Leon, Jr., James, Harvey and William, lived there for some years, later moving to Texas.

The place changed hands several times, and in 1970 Colonel Henry E. Warden ("Pete") bought. He had married Joanna Johnson and a few years after his retirement from the Air Force, decided to buy her childhood home. They, with their three children, Henry, Jr., (Hank), Joanna (Cissie), and Billy, were living there as of 1980. The train still runs but does not stop and carries only freight, so McIntyre Station is NO MORE.

Thank you Claire for sharing this. You can access the Lowndes County pages by using the Url:

Steven L. Woods <SDOOW@aol.com> decided to follow up with a bit more information on his family. His is a harder search, as most records of the black families do not exsist, or are buried so deep that it almost seems impossible to get too far back.

My McNees family roots start with Martha "Patsy" McNees born 1797 in Maryland; her son Robert "Bob" McNees m. Millie Anderson; their daughter Alabama McNees married Gale Constantine-Gaston; their daughter Willie Mae Gaston married Lonza Mongerdurrh (later Alonzo Redman); their daughter Rosa Bell Redman married John Wesley Taylor; their daughter Yvonne Taylor married Frank Davis Woods whom are my parents. I am looking for any information on the McNees, especially 1800s. The Hudson are related to me through marriage and their mother was a Gaston.


Sara Sellers <sbsell@vicksburg.com> had a small amount of info. on her grandparents:

Wesley J.Sellers is listed in the1870 Noxubee County, Ms. Federal census as being age 50 and his wife is Nancy age 44 ---children are ---Sarah age 24 --- Jaime age 22 William A. Sellers age 10, Also in the 1880 census and 1900 census. William Albert Sellers married Addie Davis in 1883 . They are my grandparents. She came from Miss. and he came from Ala.


Elaine Oakes <eoakes@blueridge.net> had a posting to the Lowndes County mail list, it had a tie to Noxubee County:

My gggrandparents, Robert Glover Lanham and Caroline Elizabeth Harrison, were married in Noxubee Co in 1864. Her family doesn't seem to have lived there in 1850, and since most of the Harrisons in Noxubee and Lowndes Counties seem to have been related, I am looking for information that might lead to her parents. The 1880 Census of Greyson Co, TX shows Robert and Carrie as born in SC (he was from Edgefield Co, she ???) and their two sons were born there before they moved in the early 1870's. They also had a nephew, Joe Harrison (age 3, born TX) living with them.

libba <libba@ebicom.net> entered more on her search:

Cornelia W. Brown, daughter of Charles W. Brown and Elvira Moore. Elvira was the daughter of William L. and Charity Moore. Cornelia Brown and John T. Richardson from Noxubee
County were married in Noxubee County in 1869. After the death of her first husband, William L. Moore, Charity Moore married William W. Goodwin of Noxubee County.


Wes Robinson-McNeese <wes@keynet.net> hasn't stopped trying to tie his family together:

I just recently learned that my great aunt was a school teacher in Noxubee County. Her name was Mary Jane ROBINSON, born December 21, 1890. She died in 1913. She lived in and around Macon, MS. [Wes hopes someone knows how to research the school records?]


Linda <LSpann3852@aol.com> while trying to locate State Census info. found this:

T J Spann and Elijah Dupree are listed as the legal guardians of Regina C., James, Samuel G., and Lawrence T. Spann (father Charles G. Spann deceased). [Linda was looking for the 1841 and 1845 State Census. Wouldn't it be great if we could locate a copy and get it up here?]


Yvette <LStone1068@aol.com> may have "found" a link on the mail list:

I am related to the Hudsons from Shuqualak Mississippi. My great grandmother's sister Hattie Coleman married a Horace Hudson. I have some information on Horace Hudson. I am trying to find out information on Clent (Clint) Coleman. He was my great grandfather. He married a Gracie (Prince) Coleman. If you have any slave data that might contain the names Clent (Clint) or Grace (Gracie) being owned by the Prince family or the Coleman family let me know. My grandmother's land is in Shuqualak and the land should be in the names of Gracie and Clent (Clint) Coleman and heirs. I am trying to get as much information as possible. A cousin of mine from Mississippi told me that we are a combination of Hudson, Coleman, Maury, and Reed. My maiden name is Maury, but there are various spellings (Maury, Murry, Murray) to the name as I discovered at our (Murray) family reunion in Chicago.


Joanna Pound <joanna@koyote.com> has a real "treasure":

I'm trying to locate the "Summerville Institute, A First Class Boarding School and Normal Academy." I have a letter dated Gholson, Miss , June 7, 1860. [Anyone up to writing a piece about this place, then we could get it up on the pages, too?] After I replied with some info., she submitted her family... Theodore Altamont Martin and parents, Henderson S. and Anna Jones. Also researching Greers. Alexander and his son, Joseph W, who migrated to Texas about 1836.

Bill Wilson <wwpmg3@home.com> left us a note on his family:

My grandmother's family may have come from this area. The name of the family is Cockerham.
My grandmother's name was Neva Ethel Cockerham and could have been related to the Monroes also. Her grandmother name was Sarah Elizabeth Cockerham born in Mississippi in 1839, where not sure. Her two sons were born in Arkansas in Yell County but I am not sure. Their names were Samuel J. Cockerham born in 1861 and Henry N. Cockerham born in 1866. They were living in Arkansas up to 1900 before moving into Oklahoma Territory in 1907.

Amy McCroskie<AmyWM@aol.com> gave us more Richardson information:

Thomas Richardson born 1816. Family has always said he was from Charleston, SC but even with 2 professional researchers we've never been able to find even a trace of him there.

Old family stories say he changed his name to Watson after he got into trouble in "Old Sumpter" but did he change it to Thomas Watson? Watson Richardson? Who knows..... could also just be one of those wild tales told around a campfire to entertain the grandchildren.

It's also possible my Thomas Richardson born 1816 had male family members named James, John or even Jacob or Francis..... just more small, teeny tiny clues.


Betty Haley <haley.haley@worldnet.att.net> joins in on the Colbert family search:

I am going at Colbert research in Noxubee Co from a slightly different angle by trying to prove/disprove a connection to Chief William Colbert of the Chickasaw. My g-gf was Pickney Colbert Hawkins (1819-1901) who m Mary Ann Chenault (1822-1899); he was the son of Sarah Lucy Colbert who married ?? Hawkins, who may have been a mixed blood son of
indian agent, Col Benjamin Hawkins. Several researchers have indicated they think she might have been related to William Colbert, father of Fleming T Colbert, Sr of Noxubee Co. Thus my interest in the formation of the county, as above Sarah Lucy would have probably been a mixed blood Chickasaw. I have a lot of information on Fleming T Colbert, Sr and his descendants, several of whom held offices in the early days of Noxubee. Your notes reflected the Treaty of
Dancing Rabbit was signed in a "long house" belonging to William Colbert, as this is a definite reference not only to the Chickasaw style of living, but gave direct reference to the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit having been signed in Chief William's home...a reference I had not seen before.

John Lohman <jlohman@idworld.net> has a Cline tie to Noxubee County:

Researching the ancestors and descendants of Moses Leonidas CLINE, my maternal great grandfather. He and his family were in Noxubee in the 1860's. My grandfather, Daniel, was born in Macon in 1860. The family left for Texas in either 1870 or 1871. It is possible that Moses and Logan CLINE are related. I understand that both came from North Carolina.


Bonnie Reach <bereach@peoplescom.net> doesn't only have a "tie" to the CLINE family, she has the history! Way too long to appear here, it has it's own page, the Cline Family. Thank you Bonnie, I know others will be thrilled that you shared this with us.


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