Rust College

English 136: Spring 2012

A.W. McLeod:

Twitter: @timetraveler3


Module Project: Researching and Remembering


English 136 is a research and writing course, and, this module, you have the choice to either conduct slavery research or to propose any other research project. Below is a description of the slavery research project.

Description of Project

The focus for this module will be on slave owners in Marshall County, MS (where Rust College is located), as well as Shelby County, Tennessee (Memphis and suburbs) and Fayette County (bordering Marshall County to the North). While we could have focused primarily on the slaves themselves (and future classes will), researching slave owners is a first step toward developing information for African-American individuals and families about their slave past. Researching slave owners and the communities in which they lived will go far in telling us what the plantations and farms where African-American ancestors resided were like. Doing so will also assist others in tracing their ancestors’ journeys during slavery.


What Exactly Will You Do?

There are three basic goals this module: (1) to learn as much about each slave owner as possible, (2) to learn as much about the area in which the slave owner lived as possible, (3) to begin to study the relationship between the slave owner and his or her slaves. In order to achieve these three goals, you will search for primary and secondary documents relating to the subject (i.e., the slave owner).

Research Paper (See handout on I-Search Paper)

The research paper will be 7 or 8 pages in length. The subject of each paper will be your assigned slave owners. (Each student will be assigned two.) The general goal is to learn as much as you can about these individuals (for example, information about his or her family, place of birth, migrations, marriages, # of slaves owned, specific location of plantation, church affiliation, political activity, children, and death), and you also want to study said persons in their local contexts, so in addition to studying the individual as an individual, you want to study him or her as a part of a community. Slavery is a sensitive historical issue, so try your best to keep your emotions under control. Finally, your paper can be a good resource for both you and for others doing family history research. Perhaps we can even start a collection of such research and house it here on campus. So, as you research and write, think of an audience that would be interested in your work.


Outline for Paper

I.         Entering the Field: “What I Knew about Slavery Prior to Conducting The

Research” (this section will include a one-page narrative; you can also speak

here about how you feel about your research and even any genealogical (personal family history) information you think it important to include).

II.        Research Question: Who was Research Subject (slave owner)?

III.       Findings and Description of Process

A.          Background of Subject (family history, former home, education)

B.          Plantation (including history of, location (town/city/county/state)

C.          Slaves (most will be found in the Register of Freedmen)

IV.       Analysis: (what you have learned from information gathered)

V.        Growth as a Researcher (any changes that have occurred in your thinking)

VI.       Conclusion: the big picture (Is the life of your subject important? Does your research



Other Requirements 


Annotated Bibliography. (See handout.)


You will summarize your research in 75 words. You will turn this in with your paper. It should be the first page.

Abstracted Biography

You will also compose a 75 to 100-word biography of your assigned subject. The biography will be published by you to an online project site--Digisense (once you are approved to do so). (See handout on this aspect of coursework for the module.)

Project Presentation

You will present your research finals week in the form of a five-minute PowerPoint. Your goal for the presentation is to relay information in a way that suggests the value and/or importance of your work. Your presentation should answer the five Ws and H: who, what, when, where, why, and how.


I may be your first resource because I have done a good amount of research in transcribing the Register of Freedmen. You are free to interview me and count the interview as a source. I will also assist you in your research. I will publish weekly Researcher Notes that will be available electronically, and I will post hardcopies in our classroom.

We will also need to travel some, and you yourself should be prepared to go to libraries in Memphis or Oxford and other nearby areas. One research trip is planned. In addition, you should make regular use of the Marshall County Public Library in town, where there is a genealogy room.


*As you begin, you should prepare to spend several hours (at least three) surfing the Internet for information. (I like to use Google.) Lots of information is available on The Web. Your Internet search should turn up useful websites, some being family history sites, and even digitized books on your subject. Many families have published books, some of them very old but useful nonetheless as some will include your subject's ancestors. Reading such books will give you an idea of how long the family owned slaves, whether the family had an earlier home in another state, and related families.

To orient yourself to this difficult topic, you may want to visit or spend some time on the Traces of the Trade site ( (fee)*  (free)

You may arrange to use the project Ancestry account. Please see me.


Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Mississippi, Embracing and Authentic and

Comprehensive Account  of the Chief Events in the History of the State and a Record

of the Lives of Many of the Most Worthy and Illustrious Families and Individuals, Vol I.

Chicago: Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1891.(Available in the genealogical room of the

Marshall County Public Library and online.) Start with the index at the back of the


Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Mississippi, Embracing and Authentic and

Comprehensive Account  of the Chief Events in the History of the State and a Record

of the Lives of Many of the Most Worthy and Illustrious Families and Individuals, Vol II.

Chicago: Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1891 (available in the genealogical room of the

Marshall County Public Library and online.) Start with the index at the back of the


Holly Springs: a Portrait, 1837-1878, by Charles A. Mills (MCPL on bookshelf)

Holly Springs, Mississippi to the Year 1878. Thesis. University of Mississippi, July 1931.

(Check first the appendix on p. 214; footnotes to persons offer many additional


A Marshall County African American Family History (purple binder on bookshelf at MCPL.)

McAlexander, Hubert H. A Southern Tapestry.

McAlexander, Hubert H. Strawberry Plains Audubon Center, Four Centuries of a

        Mississippi Landscape. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2008.

Shelby County Tennessee Newspaper Abstracts Thru 1859, abstracted by Helen Roland.

Sydnor, Charles. Slavery in Mississippi. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University

Press, 1966.

Winter, Robert Milton. Shadow of a Mighty Rock, a Social and Cultural History of

Presbyterianism in Marshall County, Mississippi. Providence House Publishers,


WPA Slave Narratives (located in Rust College Library). (Former slaves, interviewed in the 1930s, are listed by county. Skimming these texts (there are many) will both give you an idea of some of the area’s slaveowners and give you names of persons enslaved in this area.)


The South Reporter (This century-old Marshall County paper is on microfilm at the MCPL.)


Find scholarly articles by searching JSTOR, available on campus computers in labs and in library. (Best to try searching Slavery in Mississippi or Slavery in Tennessee as Subjects and/or Keywords.)









Class with Dr. Robinson, African Diaspora


Research and group assignments


Walk: Holly Springs


Reading: Arguments based on Facts (EAA), Chapter 4


Reading: Arguments based on Facts (EAA), Chapter 4


Regular class;  EAA, Chapter 6; revised narrative due.


Regular class; EAA, Chapter 6


Regular class; EAA, Chapter 7; research proposal due


Regular class; EAA, Chapter 8


Regular class; EAA

Chapter 8


Regular class; A Writer’s Reference



Regular class; A Writer’s Reference


Research Day



Research Day


Group Meetings

Class cancelled for research trip Sat.


Regular class; A Writer’s Reference



Regular class; A Writer’s Reference


Research Day



Research Day


Group Meetings

Class cancelled for research trip Sat.


Regular class; A Writer’s Reference



Regular class


Research Day



Research Day


Group Meetings


Regular class; A Writer’s Reference



Regular class


Research Day



Research Day


Group Meetings


Regular class 


Research Day or individual conferences


Slavery Research

Projects Due


Individual conferences/Slavery Research


Abstracted Biographies Due


Regular class:

Abstracted Bios Returned



All Research Projects Due

Begin Publication at Digisense


Presentation of Project Findings

Publication at Digisense


Publication at Digisense


End of Module

EAA-(main textbook), Everything’s an Argument (Lunsford, Ruszkiewicz, Walters)

Other Matter

Researcher Notes

March 13, 2012


Help from the professor:

Understanding the I-Search: the I-Search paper is a research paper in which the researcher shares his or her research process, which means some of your text will include your reflections on and description of your experience researching the subject. Another aspect of the I-Search is that one is able to shift focus, including in the final paper to topics that one didn’t set out to find but that were discovered during the research process and are related to the initial topic. Because of the nature of the I-Search Paper, student-researchers should not worry about not finding much. As long as a student is researching actively, he or she should have plenty of material to present in a paper.

Tip: Wealthy planter families were close-knit; they were a society, and they married into each other’s families, so skim all of the information below. Some may relate to your research subject even if it concerns families you are not researching.

I Google Too:

Below are some of my findings just from Googling. I will continue to look for sources for those of you doing slavery research (and also for those of you doing other research). When scanning pages, try using Cntrl F and search for your person’s name. This will speed up your search, but you really should scan the entire page and click on anything interesting. Here’s a good site for all studying Marshall County: Mississippi researchers should also check the slave narrative site since many slave owners are mentioned: The narratives themselves are available in the Rust College Library.


Marshall Co.

Bullen, Samuel—So far, I’m only finding the Samuel Bullen from Jefferson Co. MS. There may be a relationship between the Jeff. Co. Bullen and the Marshall County Bullen, but I think other spellings (Bolen, Bollen, Bullin, Bullings, Bulleign, Billing) should also be searched. Bullen owned at least one slave, Louisa Jones, before the war. There is a G.W. Boling on this site: May be a relative.

Davis, Ebinezar—(see This site names E.N. Davis as a large slave owner with 114 slaves in 1860. His plantation was in Township 3, Range 3. You should be able to find out at the courthouse if E.N. Davis is Ebinezar Davis. When searching also use Ebenezer (the more common spelling).  It seems that there are papers available for Davis at: This is the website for the University of Mississippi Special Collections.

Dean, JosephLots of websites come up for Dean. Here are three:;;

Finley, WilliamI found several sites for Finley, but definitely take a look at this one: Finley apparently married into the Greer Family, so it may be useful to study them as well. I also found at the local library Finley in the 1850 Agricultural Census (a book), so by all means, visit the library and take a look at this book. The Finley Papers are at the University of Mississippi; here’s the website—

Gatewood, Thomas—Several sites for Gatewood: This site is good for every researcher studying Marshall County since it is an index of the 1850 Census. It lists Gatewood and dozens of other slave owners; it tells exactly where to find them in the 1850 census. I also think the Gatewoods were in-laws of the Bolings, a well-known name in Holly Spring; The Boling home is the site of the present Ida B. Wells Museum.

Herald, JohnStill searching. Tip: try different spellings—Harold, Harrold, Harrow, Harrell, Harrel.

Jarrette, Nathan—Several sites for Jarrette. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to try different spellings (e.g. Jarratt), but I think the one given is correct since several sites come up. This one in particular I am excited about because it is useful to everyone researching Marshall County: Be sure everyone to search this entire site!

Jones, Weldon Dr.— Control F to Jones.

Logan, William Several Logans are found on this site. Take a look at all of them. Logan’s birth year (1823) seems strange. Marshall County was founded in 1836. For him to have been born in MC, he would have had to be here before the founding of the county, which could be a tie to the Chickasaw. The only other explanation is that the birth year is wrong.

Mason, Thomas—


Shelby Co.

Brewster, Henry-- Not the best site, but leave no stone unturned!

Corruthers, John—I think that this Corruthers, though listed in my record in Shelby Co. is actually from DeSoto. Search him in both. Also try different spellings.

Jackson, Aaron-- Also some mention of slaveowners in Fayette County.

Kimbal, James—Nothing on Kimbal yet. Try different spellings including first name as “Jim.”

Haskins, John—Check out this interesting site. Though Haskins is in Virginia, it is before the founding of Marshall County, so this could be the right family.

Holman, Thomas--; other researchers, google “goodspeed history of…” This is a good source. The Mississippi version is available at the local library.

Mitchel, Joseph. Definitely try different spellings of Mitchel (e.g. Mitchell).  Nothing on Mitchel yet.

Owen, Benjamin—nothing on Owen yet.

Buford, Len—nothing on Buford yet.

Rose, Hark—nothing on Rose yet.








Researcher Notes

March 15, 2012                                                                                                   Rust College


For Everyone:

Memphis-area LDS Family History Centers:

Memphis, Tennessee

8150 Walnut Grove Rd

Cordova, Tennessee

Phone: 901-754-2545

Hours: M 10am-3pm; W 10am-4 pm and 6pm-9pm ; Sat 9am-1pm

Closed: All Major Holidays

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2450 St Elmo

Memphis, Tennessee

Hours: Wed. 6 PM - 8:30 PM; Sat. 9 - 11 AM. all other times by appt.

Closed: All major holidays and inclement weather

Attention: For appt. call 901-358-0067

Memphis Tennessee North

4195 Whitten Rd

Bartlett, Shelby, Tennessee, United States

Phone: 901-388-9974

Hours: Tue/Thur 9-12:30 and 6-9:00; Wed 6-9:00; Sat 9-1:00


Ø  According to, there were 276,000 slaves in Tennessee in 1860 compared to 437,000 in Mississippi.

Ø  Check the Tennessee Electronic Library (you’ll need a phone # and zip code to logon.

Ø  Check the Tennessee State Library

Ø  Check the Memphis Public Library:

Ø  Visit Tennessee GenWeb:

Ø  Visit the GenWeb Census Project:

Ø  Visit This site is loaded with information.


For Shelby County Researchers

Ø Early Shelby County Marriages:

Ø Visit

Ø This site: contains several censuses (more than FamilySearch), so definitely look at this site. It also contains a database of Confederate soldiers. Plug in your subject’s name.

Ø Visit Tons of information here.

Wallace, William—nothing on Wallace yet.

Lynn, Harper—nothing on Lynn yet.

Eason, Thomas—nothing on Eason yet.

For Fayette County Researchers

Ø  ***Fayette County Wills available on Family Search: You may need to set up a password to see these documents.

Ø  Check: Fayette County Tennessee Genealogy and History: There is info. here on a few of the owners. Most of them came from Virginia, so you should follow them there. That is, start Googling for their names, at least surnames, in Virginia. There is no reason why their lives in Virginia should not also be a part of your research.

Ø  The Fayette County Library in Somerville is open from 9 to 5 on Fridays and Saturdays, and they have staff to assist with genealogical research. The phone number is 465-5248. Laura Winfrey is director. Find them also on Facebook.

Ø  Visit the State history page on Fayette Co. at

Ø  This World Cat site contains several reference sources for Fayette County. Hopefully, we can read these at the library.

Ø  Search the 1860 Census here: You’ll have to click on lines until you come to the alphabet where your subject might be found.


Baldwin, Weldon--

Blain, Nathan(iel)—click on county history/index to early settlers then scroll down to Nathaniel Blain. I found a Wes Blan on and an A.T. Blaine.

Butterworth, Thomas—In 1860 Butterworth is 33 years old. See his record here. There are a dozen other Butterworths so these are probably family members. The young persons should be Googled since they are going to be around in years to come.

Carter, Isaac J.—36-year-old Isaac J. Carter, along with a dozen others, can be found here.

Cox, James Dr.—I find a Samuel Cox on the click on the site. Could be a relative.

Cosset/Franklin—I’ve come across Crosset, James. Could be the correct spelling and also family. 37-year-old Frank D. Cossitt (undoubtedly the same person) is found here: Make sure you write down all of the Cossitts. Also Google this spelling.

Falls, Hugh—There are several Falls listed in the 1860 census. Be sure to make note of all of them.

Goode, Mrs.—I find a Henry Goode on this site: There is a 52-year-old Minerva Goode listed on the 1860 Census: There are several other Goods (no “e”). You might as well make note of them also.

Gwinn/Guinn, Bud—There are a bunch of Gywns listed here. Go ahead and list all of them. Bud, we may learn, is a nickname.

Harvey, Jesse—There are two Jesse Harveys listed in the 1860 Census:

Mabin, John—There’s a Sue Mabin on this site:

This is undoubtedly a family member given that Mabin is not a common name. You might as well  do a search on her. In the 1860 Census, I see no John Mabin, but I do see four Mabones and one Mabane. Very interesting, so try different spellings.

McKay, James—There’s a Mary McKay on this site:  In the 1860 census, I see a Jas. McKee. (Jas. Is shorthand for James). From now on, search for McKay and McKee.


Martin, James—I find a Samuel Martin on the site. He may be related, possibly a father or uncle. There’s a J.W. Martin here: Make note, and don’t forget the middle initial.

Matthews, Samuel—I see a Seme Mathews in the 1860 Census. There are many other Mathews. (Notice the spelling is with one “t.”) Make note of all and Google all, making sure that you add Fayette TN as a part of your search.

Mickey/Micka, Charles-- click on county history/index to early settlers then scroll down to Charles Michie. Remember, spelling is never consistent in records! If you scroll down further toward the bottom, you’ll also see a Moses Mitchie. Charles Mitchie is 60 years old in the 1860 census: This means that he was born in 1800. Prior to the 1830s, you’ll find him living elsewhere. So, look for Mitchie now instead of Mickie and look to find him somewhere other than Tennessee.

Harvey, Jesse—Two Harvey, possibly family members, are listed on this site:

Nelson, Hugh/Hew—There are a few Nelsons listed in the 1860 Census. Also Neilson. Make note of the name difference and any Nelson that may be Hugh.










Researcher Notes

March 18, 2012                                                                               Rust College, Holly Springs, MS


For Marshall County Researchers

Index to Chancery Docket*

Brown, John—173

Davis, Eben N.—pp. 251, 264, 293

Gatewood, R.W.—1803

Gatewood, Harriet—695 (Dennis Gatewood)

Jarratt, Fortunatras—1605, 965

Jones, Weldon—759

Logan, W.S.—912, 2027

Matthews, Jas.--1883

There is a corresponding numbered file for each of these individuals. The clerk at the courthouse will retrieve the file for you.

Index to

Boling, William—822

Boling, Alexander—822

Boling, Mitchele/Spires—861

Logan, John W.—1175 (concerns slaves, etc.)

Logan, William S.--1218

Index to Deeds*

Brown, John T—H485, H517

Bullon, Samuel—M251—I was so glad to finally come across Bullon. Maybe we will have more luck now. I haven’t found much more on him yet, so I’m thinking he was a pretty small slave owner.

Brown, John G—M493, N348, N462

*The number and letter behind each individual’s name refers to the Deed Book; these books are located in the back room behind the tables.


I learned on Saturday…

                I learned on Saturday that Eben (Ebenezer/Ebinezar) Davis was the owner of Strawberry Plains Plantation, which today is home of the Strawberry Plains Audubon Center, 5 or so miles from Holly Springs. Davis’ home was huge and beautiful and, best of all, is still standing. Davis married into the Finley Family, which was also a very wealthy family. As it turns out, one of the Hull women also married a Finley, so I enjoyed reading “Our Pen is Our Time,” the Diary of Emma Finley. It is held by the MCPL. The best thing that I read in this book is that Davis was “a benevolent owner.” What does that characterization mean? The same has been said of William Hull. Sometimes, this generalization is made concerning Virginia planters. According to this source, Davis taught his house slaves to read. He had 113 slaves, again, according to this source. Davis’ home is open for tours for a fee. Take a look at this site. Lots of info. Looks like Davis also had a plantation in Alabama, so look for him there as well. Finally, Davis was cousin of Jefferson Davis, Pres. of the Confederacy. So, it’s important to know that this family had some interesting ideas concerning slave management. It says on the above site that Davis had on his 4,000 acre plantation a school for his children and for slaves. Perhaps Eben Davis, like his cousin Joseph Davis (bro. of Jefferson) ran a utopic plantation. (ask me about this). There’s a book on Strawberry Plains, written by Hubert McAlexander. McAlexander claims that Davis went to Memphis to retrieve slaves who crossed Union lines.

Here are Davis’ slaves from the Register: I recommend searching for them on in 1870 to see where they are in Mississippi or Tennessee.

Davis, Pasala (416)

Ebinezar Davis

Marshall Co. MS



Davis, Lydia (417)

Ebinezar Davis

Marshall Co. MS



Davis, Joseph (418)

Ebinezar Davis

Marshall Co. MS



Davis, Easter(419)

Ebinezar Davis

Marshall Co. MS



Davis, Solenia(420)

Ebinezar Davis

Marshall Co. MS



Davis, Rena(421)

Ebinezar Davis

Marshall Co. MS



Davis, Mandy(422)

Ebinezar Davis

Marshall Co. MS




Guess what?&%!

              After searching for slaves of Eben Davis, I decided to search “slaves of William Hull, Mississippi, Marshall.” Hallelujah! I found a former slave of William Hull’s brother, Dabney Hull, who was interviewed as a part of the WPA (Works Project Administration) Slave Narrative project. The former slave, Patsy Moore, describes Dabney Hull as a kind-hearted Methodist, but says that both William Hull and his wife were mean. Ouch. That hurts deeply. I know within the context of slavery one should be prepared for the worst, but somehow it’s still hard to hear. How am I to translate mean other than that Hull would have broken up families and had his slaves beaten? Poor Grandmother Nancy and Grandfather Daniel. Well, Patsy Moore also says that during the war the slaves told the Yankees where the Hulls had hidden their money. Good for them! (I share this with you all as a lesson about slavery and personal connections, but also simply to say try Googling “slaves of…”


You have been added!

I have set up a wiki for our class project, and you have been added as a member. (What is a wiki? A: an online space where one can author information.) We will use the wiki to share your work with the public. This is your group project

Getting Started

·         Go to

·         Sign on using assigned password.

·         Click on digisense.

·         Go to your assigned county project (on right)

·         Add material.





















Researcher Notes

March 25, 2012                                                                           Rust College, Holly Springs, MS

Vol. 1, No. 4

Fayette County Courthouse.JPG

For Fayette County Researchers:

Saturday, March 24, student Cameron Jones and I traveled to Somerville, Tennessee, where we visited The Fayette County Public Library. In my view, it was a fruitful trip though we only worked for about three hours! Cameron was able to use and for the first time found information on his subject. It became very clear that Cameron will need to look for varied spellings of Cossitt/Cossett when researching. He learned that Franklin Cossett from North Carolina, so he should also begin researching there.

As for me, I tried to look for all of our subjects, and I am happy to say that I found most of them in Early West Tennessee Marriages and in Obituaries (Newspaper) Fayette County Tennessee, 1840-1920, Vol. I by Joy G. Rosser, 1994, Somerville, TN.  My findings are included in this Researcher Notes.


From Obituaries

Blain, Nathan(iel)—“Mr. N. Blain died at his home near Rossville on the 7th Inst. [I have no idea what this means], after a long and painful illness. He was one of the oldest and best citizens of the county. (Note: Buried at Blain Cemetery, April 28, 1820-February 7, 1888.) [This is great information. Find Rossville on the map. We also know from this that there was a Blain Cemetery.]

Blain, Sarah Mrs.—“Widow of the late Nathan Blain, at her home near Rossville [so perhaps the home was outside of Rossville], Sunday the 21st Inst. She was a member of Pleasant Hill Christian Church [another source of information, church records]. (Note: Buried Blain Cemetery, January 5, 1820-February 21, 1892.)

Cox, James Dr.I have had little luck in finding a Dr. James Cox, but I have found a Dr. J.H. Cocke, and I am thinking at this point that Cocke is the actual spelling. So, here’s what we know of Dr. J.H. Cocke. “Passed peacefully into father’s kingdom, Thursday. He leaves his mother, wife, sisters, Miss Lena Cocke, Mrs. W.T. Loggins and brothers, L.C. Cocke of Memphis, and J.E. Cocke of Somerville and W.F. Cocke of Vera Cruz Mexico, a son and daughter. His wife was former Miss Lucille Dickinson. Burial Somerville Cemetery from home of his mother Mrs. J.H. Cocke, Sr. He was son of late J.H. Cocke. (Note: September 18, 1877-November 9, 1914), p. 154. [Dr. James Cocke, Jr. was born too late to have been a slave owner, so my thinking is that his father is the actual Dr. Cocke though we have no proof yet that he was a physician.]

Cocke, Mary Frances— “after a brief illness of diphtheria at home of her parents in Moscow, Monday. Youngest daughter of Dr. and Mrs. J.H. Cocke, age 5. She leaves one brother and one sister. Remains brought to Somerville for interment.” P. 152.

Cocke, Mary G.—“Last Thursday night, February 7 at her home in this city. A lifelong resident of Fayetteville County passed to her reward. Almost 70. Born near Hickory With, September 23, 1848, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas W. Cocke. Educated in private female schools among them girls school in fifth district, Belmont. After the war she married James H. Cocke of Somerville and to them were born 10 children, three dying in infancy and a fifth when but a few years old and a fifth, Dr. J.H. Cocke, three years ago. The following survive, W.F. Cocke, Capt. U.S. Army, L.B. Cocke, Vol. in Aviation Corp, J.E. Cocke who is somewhere in France, Mrs. W.T. Loggins and Miss Lena Cocke, of Somerville. Funeral services at her late home nad burial Somerville Cemetery by the side of her husband.” P. 188. [So, this is the wife of the senior Cocke.]

Gwinn, Bud[From what I’ve seen in the public record, Gwinn is most often spelled Gwyn.] Gwyn, Mrs.—“wife of Capt. James Gwyn, died at her home near Williston, June 12, 1890. She was born June 9, 1833 and was married to Capt. Gwyn, January 11, 1853. She leaves a husband and six children. Joined Baptist church near Rossville, later joining Methodist church.  [Since he is referred to as captain here, there should be military records for him.]

Gwyn, R.R.—“Better known as Uncle Bud died suddenly at his home east of town, Friday, near age of 70. Deceased served in Confederacy.” [I find it interesting that even his slaves knew of him as Bud Gwyn. This is what he obviously went by.] P. 139.

Nelson, Hugh/Hew[The correct spelling would appear to be Neilson.] “Of the firm of Jones and Neilson, liveryman of this city, died yesterday morning of heart failure. Mr. Neilson was born in Somerville about 48 years ago and was the son of Hugh Dr. Neilson, Sr., one of the most prominent merchants of this place. He was a Lt. in Co. C 14th Tennessee Calvary and served with much bravery throughout the war under Gen. N.B. [Nathan Bedford] Forrest. Soon after the war, with his mother, brothers and sisters, he moved to Trenton.” P. 74. [Not yet clear if father or son was our slave owner.]


From Earl West Tennessee Marriages

·         Cox, James E. to Mary F. Ferguson, 2-16-1864

·         “ “ James M. to Amanda M. Edney, 10-28-1865

·         “ “ James to Harriet Kilpatrick, 5-19-1855

·         “ “ James to Rebecca Caldwell, 12-20-1867

·         “ “ Jas. A. to Margaret W. Collingsworth, 12-16-1850

·         “ “ Jas. A. to Rebecca Caldwell, 12-15-1868


·         Aikin, W.A. to Robina Brewer, 8-27-1870

·         “ “ Wm. H. to Martha M. Jakson, 9-23-1841

·         Akins, William to Letty Smith, 11-6-1839

·         Akins, Wm. To Mary Tomblinson, 5-16-1871

·         Akins, Wm. To Sarah Smith, 12-7-1842


·         Baldwin, W.C. to M.C. Pickens, 1-31-1842


·         Blain, Nathan’l to Sarah J. Pleasants, 4-9-1842


·         Butterworth, R.T. to L. J. Butterworth, 2-9-1872


·         Falls, H.H. to Seragh Jane Scott, 10-27-1852


·         Jones, Green to Lou Ely, 12-30-1868

·         Jones Green to Mary Harris, 1-1-1874


·         Mabin, John to Matilda Ferguson, 3-15-1879


·         Martin, James D. to Maggie Liles, 11-5-1856

·         “                                  “ to Mary Baxter, 12-10-1849

·         “                                  “ E. to Rebecca E. Wickham, 6-3-1839

·         “                                  “ G.D. to Matilda Prewitt, 11-8-1849

·         “                                  “ H. to Vilet L. Carr 9-11-1836

·         “                                  “ M. to Margaret Worrell, 9-16-1854

·         “                                  “ N. to Morning P. Evans, 9-23-1847

·         “                                  “ Norfleet to Parthenia Ann Melissa Cox, 7-8-1844

·         “                                  “ to Mary Ann Verible, 1828

·         “                                  “ to Rounda C, 6-6-1850

·         “ “ Jas. M. to Sarah J. Sasser, 2-16-1853


·         Nelson, Hugh F. to Love Ann Bomar, 1-12-1860


·         Neilson, Hugh D. to Aly Jones, 3-7-1863


·         “                                  “ to Mrs. Brassfield, 2-4-1830






This query comes from Janet, writing in 1999 about a George Cossitt. This Cossitt married the daughter of Charles Michie, who is also on our list of slave owners from Fayette County.

Date:  16 May 1999

Name:  Janet


Seeking info on this family found on 1850 Tippah Co. census -

                    Matilda COSSITT        38         TN

                    Lewis P.                     16           TN

                    Frederick G.               11           TN

                    Henry C.                      6            TN

                    Edward W.                  4            TN

 I am looking for a connection between George Cossitt who moved

to Fayette Co TN by 1835 and his wife, a daughter of Charles Michie of Fayette Co. TN

 Thanks, Janet in San Antonio

**Another Cossit—George Cossit—husband of daughter of Charles Michie (of Fayette County).

For Shelby County Researchers:

Caruthers, John P. to Flora R. McNeil (B ond #6310). Date issued 29 July 1861: Date Ceremony July 29 1861. Bondsman Henry G. Smith; Officiant: Same p. 31.

Harris, John Woods to Miss Mollie E. Christmas (#4591) 29 Jun 1858. R.G. Clark, 29 June 1858, J.O. Stedman.

Harris, John W. to Frances Wilburn (#3381), 12 January 1854, R.H. Crockett. Jas W. McFarland.