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Sumner, Joseph Burton
BN: Oct 11, 1837 in S.C.
Married: June 10 1858 in Walker Co., AL to Susannah Ferguson
DOD: Feb. 15, 1920 in Bentonville, AK
Buried: Indian Mound Cemetery, Sumner, Tallahatchie Co., MS

J.B. Sumner served in the 22nd AL Volunteer Infantry, Co. A in the Confederate States of America Army. He was wounded during the operations before Murfreesboro, TN the evening of Dec. 31, 1862 having the muscle in his right arm shot off.  He returned home, and moved his family to Tallahatche Co., from Alabama around Jan. 1872. Joseph Burton Sumner built the first general store and post office combined in Sumner in 1885, where he was also the first postmaster.  He donated the land for the right-of-way and park to the railroad company in 1888.  When Sumner incorporated in 1900, J.B. Sumner was elected the first mayor. He donated the lots for the first jail and the courthouse built in 1902. He taught his own children and the children of his tenants at a school located between Webb and Sumner.  The school had a 4 month term at that time.  He was a was a cotton planter and in the mercantile business for many years.  He lived the last 9 years of his life in Bentonville, AK with his daughter, Mrs. W.E. (Martha Caroline "Tina") Ammons.

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