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For all of us who heard as a child, great grand someone in our family was a Native American these pages are meant to help answer that question. From here you can find links to a variety of information and records, most of which are for the Native America
following obituaries were found in a box in the possessions of Bertha
Ellen Hamilton Ferguson. She was my GrandMother. Some of
the articles below do not have year dates, however, my GrandMother
passed away in June 1958 so all are before 1958. They may be
from the Delta Democrat or the Commercial Appeal [Memphis,
Reese W. Manning, Sr. Dies After
Planter, Ginner, Businessman Was 87
Special To The Commercial Appeal
(dated June 1, 1954)
DREW, Miss, May 31 --Reese Warren
Manning Sr., planter, ginner and businessman of Drew, died at his home
Monday after a long illness. He was born in Crystal Springs,
Miss., and had lived in Drew 65 years. He was 87.
Services will be held at 4 Tuesday
afternoon at the Drew Baptist Church with Dr. David Grant
officiating. Burial will follow in Drew Cemetery with Thweatt
Funeral Home in charge.
Mr. Manning was a former vice president
of the Commercial Bank and Trust Company and a member of the Drew
Baptist Church. Three of his children were members of the first
class when the Drew public school was organized and there have been
direct descendants in the school continuously since its organization.
Mr. Manning leaves two sons, L. L.
Manning Sr., and R. W. Manning Jr.; four daughters, Mrs. Effie Watson,
Miss Odie Manning, Miss Myrtle Manning and Mrs. T. D. Wofford, all of
Drewl 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Sarah Hamilton
Services Tomorrow For Former
Services for Mrs. Sarah E. Hamilton, former Memphis
resident, will be held at 11 tomorrow morning at the grave in Mt. Zion
Cemetery in Oxford, Miss. Douglass Funeral Home in Oxford is in
charge. She died at 12:30 yesterday afternoon in New Orleans
after a short illness. She was 94.
Born in Webster County, Miss., Mrs. Hamilton spent
most of her life in Oxford and was well known in that area. She
moved to Memphis in 1920 to make her home with a daughter, Mrs. C. D.
Sutton of 1855 Ork. Mrs. Hamilton moved to New Orleans about 18
She leaves three other daughters, Mrs. Ida Cory, Mrs.
Katie Hoffman and Mrs. Roy Davis, all of New Orleans.
[Note: I believe the
above notice was saved by my GrandMother because Sarah Hamilton was
her Aunt. I would like to document that her maiden name was
Sarah Elizabeth Russell and that she was married to George R.
Hamilton, brother of my Great GrandFather, Wylie N. Hamilton. If
anyone has proof of this, I would appreciate it if you could share
that information with me. My email address is below.]
Mother By Death
Mrs. Louise Ferguson Hamilton passed away at the home
of her daughter, Mrs. L. B. Brooks on Sunday [April
20, 1947] after a lingering illness.
Funeral services were held on Monday at the Drew
Baptist Church with the Rev. J. O. Paine and the Rev. W. S. Hardin
Mrs. Brooks [this is a typo
and should be Mrs. Hamilton] was 77 years old, and is
survived by three daughters, Mrs. Mattie Belle Ray and Mrs. Brooks, of
Webb, Mrs. Bertha Ferguson, of Drew, and two sons, Sam Hamilton of
Merigold and J. E. Hamilton, of Drew, three brothers, Frank Ferguson
of Webb, Preston of Mathiston, and Sam of Belzoni, and one sister,
Mrs. M. L. Fulgham, of Bellville, Texas, two foster sons, Oscar
Ferguson of Drew and Bobby Ferguson, of Hollandale.
Final Rites Are Held For Dr.
Physician of Drew Dies At His Home
Special to The Commercial Appeal
DREW, Miss., March 2 -- Services for Dr. Joseph
William Ellis, Drew physician who died at his home Monday night, were
held Tuesday afternoon at the Methodist Church here. The Rev. B.
M. Doggett officiated. Burial was in Drew Cemetery.
Dr. Ellis was born in Lauderdale County. He was
educated in the Lauderdale County schools, the University of
Tennessee, Vanderbilt and the University of Chicago. He was a
member of the Methodist Church and was a Mason. Dr. Ellis
married the former Carrie Smith of Senatobia.
He leaves his wife; a son, Dr. Robert Smith Ellis,
chief surgeon, Oktibbeha County Hospital at Starkville; two daughters,
Miss Josephine Ellis of Laurel and Mrs. Carolyn E. Franklin of
Shreveport, LA; a brothre, John R. Ellis of Meridian; and a sister,
Mrs. Coker of Arkansas.
[Note: Dr. Ellis was
the attending physician for my birth in 1942 as well as my sister in
Leander B. Brooks
Contractor Dies in Hospital at
Commercial Appeal February 25, 1958
WEBB, Miss., Feb. 24 -- Services for Leander B.
Brooks, contractor, who died Saturday at the Coahoma County Hospital
in Clarksdale, Miss., were held Monday at the Webb Baptist
Church. Dr. William Riser officiated. Burial was in the
Drew Cemetery with Avent Funeral Home of Tutwiler in charge.
Born in Choctaw County, Miss., Mr. Brooks had lived in
Webb for 15 years. He was a Baptist and a Mason. He was
Mr. Brooks leaves his wife, six sons, Bill Joe Brooks
and Houston Brooks of Drew; Mayfield Brooks and J. W. Brooks of
Clarksdale; and Sam Brooks and T. J. Brooks of Webb; three daughter,
Mrs. Ruth Robinson of Clarksdale, Mrs. Clara Roby of Shaffer, Calif.,
and Mrs. Laura Bell Ernest of Drew; four brothers and a sister.
[Note: Leander Brooks
was my Great Uncle.]
Thurmond Blackwood Will Be Buried
Drew Planter Dies At His Home At
The Age Of 62
Special to The Commercial Appeal
DREW, Miss., March 7 -- Services for Thurmond
Blackwood, Drew planter, will be held at 2:30 Monday afternoon at the
Drew Methodist Church. The Rev. T. B. Thrower will officiate,
assisted by the Rev. Doggett Grant, and burial will be in Drew
Mr. Blackwood, who was 62, was born in Choctaw County,
Miss., the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Blackwood. He died
Sunday morning at his home. He was 62.
Active in church work, he was a member of the Board of
Stewards of the Drew Methodist Church. He served as a member of the
Sunflower County Board of Supervisors 16 years.
He leaves his wife, Mrs. Gertrude Blackwood; a son,
Mark Blackwood of Cleveland, Miss.; a daughter, Mrs. Jack Land of
Drew, and three brothers, Olin Blackwood of Belzoni, Miss., Elvin
Blackwood of Lambert, Miss., and Kenneth Blackwood of Drew.
Willie Estle Williams
Services To Be Today For Baird
August 6, 1955
INDIANOLA, Miss., Aug 7 -- Willie Estle Williams, 65
year old farmer of Baird, Miss., died of a heart attack Saturday
afternoon in an ambulance en route to the hospital in Indianola.
Services will be held at the Church of Christ in
Ruleville at 10 Monday morning with the Rev. Harvy Stallings
officiating. Burial will be in the Ruleville Cemetery, with
Thweatt Funeral Home of Cleveland in charge.
Mr. Williams was born in Webster County. He had
lived most of his life near Charleston, Ruleville and for the past
seven years made his home at Baird.
He leaves four sons, N. H. Williams of Baird; Elmer
Williams and Louis Williams of Greenville; Arnold Estle Williams of
Indianola; a stepson, Grover Cleveland Brewerton and a daughter, Mrs.
Marie Phillips, both of Memphis, and one brother J. M. Williams of
John R. Wilson
Retired Farmer Of Drew Was 78
DREW, Miss., June 11 -- Services for John R. Wilson of
Drew will be held at 3 Wednesday afternoon at the Drew Methodist
Church with Dr. David R. Grant officiating. Burial will be in
the Drew Cemetery with Williams and Lord Funeral Home of Greenwood in
Mr. Wilson, who was 78, died at 2 Saturday morning in
North Sunflower County Hospital at Ruleville.
Mr. Wilson was born in DeKalb, Miss., where he lived
until 1919. He married the former Della Watkins of DeKalb in
1919. He moved with his family to Drew where he as engaged in
farming until his retirement.
He leaves five sons, P. O. Wilson and R. Chelsey
Wilson, both of Drew, A. K. Wilson of Greenville, and William H.
Wilson and Eddie K. Wilson, both of Orville, Calif.; a brother, Horace
Wilson of Louisville, Miss.; a sister, Mrs. Roxie Bozier of Yazoo
City; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.