Speaking with relatives about family history, I am often told to keep this piece of information between you, me and the gate post. Respecting sensibilities, I will share my family stories entwine with historical events from Copiah, Jefferson and Lincoln Counties, Mississippi, from gate post to gate post.
The identity of the two women is unknown. I was told one of the ladies may be Anna Harrison Tyler. Written on the back of the photo; "Compliments of Anna Tyler to Mrs Anna Markham." The two Anna were cousins-in-law. Anna Harrison married Issac Tyler. Anna Culver Markham was 1st cousin to Isaac Tyler.
Many people from small town USA with a long history in an area discover they are related on more than one branch of their family trees, which is the way it is with many of my cousins from Caseyville, MS. The Coleman, Markham, Scott and Thomas families intermarried.
Jessie Mae Markham and Nathaniel Thomas are double related. They are half 1st cousins and half second cousins once removed.
They share a common grandfather, Alex Thomas born about 1872, which makes them half first cousins. Alex had two wives; Louizer Coleman who is Nate's grandmother, and Roxanne Smith who is Jessie Mae's grandmother.
James Markham b. 1831, is Jessie Mae's great grandfather, and he is Nathaniel's 2nd great grandfather. James' wife Marilda Whitney is Jessie Mae's great grandmother; James' wife Jane McCray is Nathaniel's 2nd great grandmother. This connection makes them half second cousins once removed.
Felix James Markham is double related to Jessie Mae through their Markham and Thomas lines. Felix is a half 1st cousin and a 1st cousin once removed.
Nathaniel is quadruple related to Felix through their Coleman (twice), Markham and Thomas lines. Felix is a half 1st cousin, half 3rd cousin, 3rd cousin once removed, and half 4th cousin to Nathaniel.
My folks were resourceful. When a piece of furniture lost its original purpose, they would find another use. Great grandpa Monroe Markham owned a piano when it was considered a luxury to own one. The mantle in the picture is from his piano. The mantle was placed in the home of his wife and daughters after his death.
Monroe Markham was born about 1852 near Caseyville, Lincoln County, MS to James Markham and Marilda. He died in 1932, Lincoln County, MS.
It has been appointed that man must die and often death to judgement, and the Lord has told us, "To be ye also ready for you know not the hour that the Son of man cometh," and Willie Louis Markham took note of that. He was born to Mary and Monroe Markham on December 23, 1888, in Caseyville, Mississippi.
Years ago he accepted Christ as his personal savior and united with the Zion Chapel A.M.E. at an early age and married Fredonia Culver. To this union six children were born of whom three preceded him in death. He later moved near Galilee A.M.E. and joined. He served as superintendent of Sunday School, class leader, and sang in the choir.
He later moved to Brookhaven and joined Bethel A.M.E. Church, where he was a member for over forty years. He served in various capacities including Steward and Sunday School Superintendent. He loved to sing hymns and enjoyed coming to church until failing health prevented his doing so.
One of his favorite pastimes was reading the Bible. He felt he was in close communion with God when he was reading his holy truths. he believed that God was just and that God was fair. he loved his home and he worked hard to provide for his family; he was a good husband, a kind father, a quite peaceful neighbor. But regardless to our worth we must go. He is survived by his wife, Fredonia, a daughter Willia Mae Smith and two sons Robert and Arthur Markham, ten grandchildren, and one great grandchild. He also leaves three sisters, one brother and other relatives and friends.
Funeral held at the Bethel A.M.E. Church in Brookhaven. Rev. E.J. Billups, officiating minister. Interment, Carver Heights. Central Funeral Home handle arrangements.
Uncle Willie loved to play the piano. He lived next door to his sisters and when we went for visits, I remember Uncle Willie playing the piano. Uncle Willie was my mother's uncle.
Obituary and photograph from the personal collection of the late Jessie Mae Markham.
The negro woman Hulda Coleman who was thrown from her horse sometime few weeks ago, died from injuries last Sunday.
I have not determine if Hulda is a member of my family. She lived in Caseyville, Lincoln County, MS, along side members of my family. Both surnames used by Hulda in the 1870 and 1880 census, Thompson and Coleman, were prominent surnames of the family. Hulda was noted as 50 years of age in 1870, and noted as 60 in 1880, which indicates Hulda was born about 1820.
I looked at a perpetual calendar for 1883. The newspaper obituary was written on Saturday, November 24, 1883. Based on her one sentence obituary, Hulda died Sunday, November 18, 1883.
Source: The Brookhaven Democrat, Brookhaven, Miss; November 24, 1883; Vol 1, No. 17, page 5. Perpetual Calendar - Time and Date
Mrs. Luella Markham Howard was born in Lincoln County, Mississippi, August 16, 1885. She was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Monroe Markham
She was converted at Zion Chapel A.M.E. Church at an early age--later uniting with the Galilee A.M.E. Church.
She was married to Elijah Howard May 14, 1924. After moving to Brookhaven she united with the Avery Chapel A.M.E. Church where she served as a faithful member until she became disable.
Her favorite songs were--"Give me my Flowers" and "I'll be Somewhere Listening for my Name."
She departed this life Sunday, May 8, 1966, and leaves to mourn her passing--five sisters, two brothers, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral held at Avery Chapel A.M.E. Church in Brookhaven, MS Interment--Carver Heights Cemetery Williams Mortuary of Brookhaven, MS handled the arrangements.
I remember Aunt Lou Ella. She was tall with a warm, friendly face who liked to give hugs. She wore long dresses, laced shoes and stockings that didn't match her skin coloring. When we visited, her husband Elijah would go to the grocery to buy ice cream. Elijah died in 1964, Aunt Lou Ella went to live with her sister Beatrice. Lou Ella died of dementia. Aunt Lou Ella was my mother's aunt.
Obituary from the personal collection of the late Jessie Mae Markham.