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Monday, August 3, 2020
The article below was found in a local newspaper reporting the death of Howard Divinity of Copiah County, Mississippi.
Howard Divinity Stood by his Principals
Howard Divinity is dead at the age of 108. He was the oldest person in Copiah County, residing near Hazlehurst.
Howard had attained wide renown over the country. He attended every confederate reunion for many years, and once visited the White House in Washington, dining with the servants.
He served during the Civil war as bodyguard for officers.
Howard doubtless is sincerely mourned by his white friends of Copiah county. A long life of faithful devotion to sentiments and principals is just as touching in a servant as it is admirable in a master.
20 Mar 1934 - Page 5
Howard's death certificate is void of the information family historians value, the names and birthplaces of his parents. At the time of his death, 08 March 1934, Howard was listed as 110 years of age. He was supposedly a widower although his wife Susan died four years later in 1938. Census records suggest he was born in the mid 1840s.
1870 - Howard, 27 years old, born about 1843.
1880 - Howard, 30 years old, born about 1850.
1900 - Howard, 55 years old, born about 1845.
1910 - Howard, 78 years old, born about 1832
1920 - Howard, 75 years old, born about 1845
1930 - Howard, 107 years old, born about 1823
Howard Divinity's Slave Narrative
Saturday, June 13, 2020
Lillie Mae Jackson, of Brookhaven, recognized this photo of her grandmother, Marilda Ball, who lived in the Caseville area, was born in 1863 and died March 24 1947.
Jackson recalled that the photograph was taken in 1942, because her brother, Mozell Ball, was going off to World War II and wanted a photograph of his grandmother to take with him. Apparently it bought him good luck because he was in Hawaii during the bombing of Pearl Harbor and survived to eventually retire from the military after many years of service.
Marilda had three girls, Luberta, Emma and Adelaide, who was mother to Lillie Mae Jackson. Jackson has three children of her own: Ivy Burt of Brookhaven, Anderson Burt of Milwaukee, Wisc., and Mozel Jackson of Brookhaven who called with these details and was named after his uncle.
From information gathered from census records, Marilda was the daughter of Levi Jackson and Harriet Coleman. She was found in the census records from 1870 through 1940 with the exception of the 1930 census. She married Alex Ball in 1909, Lincoln County, Mississippi.
Here s a picture of Marilda's grandson, Mozell Ball, dressed in his military uniform.
Mozell married my maternal 2nd cousin, Ludora Coleman, daughter of Smylie and Joanna Benson Coleman. Here is a picture of Mozell, Ludora and two of their daughters, Shirley and Jane.