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Tippah County, Mississippi

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Cemetery Records

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Surname Researcher Original Tippah Ancestor / Web Page
ALEXANDER Brandon Alexander -
BLACKWELLS Brandon Alexander -
BLAKE Buster Blake (descendant of Danal (Daniel) Blake)
Charles Booth
descendant of Willis K. Booth - from Blue Mountain
BOYD Karmella Haynes An African American Family Tree
GUYTON Eileen Alberto (descendant of Clarence Wilbur Guyton)
JOHNSON Brandon Alexander -
KENNAN Brandon Alexander -
MILLER Brandon Alexander -
Darcy Prather
ROGAN Karmella Haynes An African American Family Tree
THOMAS Brandon Alexander -
WILLIAMS Karmella Haynes An African American Family Tree

Pension Files

Pension record of William Stitt. Married on “Abe Compton’s Plantation" in Tippah County, Mississippi. Widow worked at the Blue Mountain Female College in Mississippi in 1897. She was a slave of Abraham Guyton. “So many of these poor fellows were killed at Fort Pillow, that it will be a difficult matter for me to find comrades of Wm Stitt that can identify him. Lewis Owen, “himself a federal soldier,” testified that Stitt served in a heavy artillery regiment and was killed at Fort Pillow, and that he had been present at Stitt’s wedding to Elizabeth Guyton. His widow testified that she was born in North Carolina (though her master was apparently from South Carolina). Her name was Guyton because “the law required me to assume the name of my former owner.” Her master was Abraham J. Guyton, “who removed from N.C. to Tippah County, Miss when I was about 6 years old [ca 1843]. A.J. Guyton settled, lived and died about 5 miles from Blue Mountain. I was acquainted with Bill Stitt about 6 years before I married him [1853]. He belonged to Mrs. Stitt who resided on a Farm where the town of Blue Mountain is now located. He was dark, colored, about 21 years old when I married him. We were married by Henry Stitt on the 24 day of December, 1859 at the A.J. Guyton plantation in Tippah County, Mississippi. I never belonged to any person but A.J. Guyton. James Guyton was the only soldier that belonged to the company that Stitt belonged to that escaped. He told all about my husband. James Guyton is dead.” Elizabeth married again in August, 1869 to Simon Jackson. Lewis Spight was “a colored soldier who lived in this neighborhood.” A few days before the battle he returned home and reported that Stitt was stationed at Fort Pillow, and “the next I heard [about] my husband was by an escaped soldier from Fort Pillow,” James Guyton. “He told me that my husband was killed.” Elizabeth immediately examined the casualty list, and “his name was found among the Killed of Co A. -- 11th U.S.C.I.” Elizabeth had a brother named Lawson Guyton. Her master had a son named J.J. Guyton, who also testied on Elizabeth’s behalf. “My father’s slaves always got his consent to marry," he said, "and I know this was an authorized marriage.” Eliza lived on at the Guyton place until she remarried in 1869.
Information provided by Andrew Ward

Research Links

  • African American Cemeteries Online
  • AfriGeneas Web Page
  • African American Resource Center
  • Cyndi's List - African American
  • MSGEN WEB African American Resources
  • Mississippi Large Slave Holders of 1860
  • Tippah County- Black Ante-bellum History

  • Mississippi African American Surname Registry

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