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Re: Feemster in Pontotoc, MS 1850 and 1860
Posted by: Sally Feemster Date: September 08, 2001 at 08:49:58
In Reply to: Feemster in Pontotoc, MS 1850 and 1860 by Jean Hyde of 265

Sorry I haven't been in touch since my trip to Mississippi. I have a lot to tell, but unfortunately, not anything that would help your search. Minos B. was my great, great grandfather and a Presbyterian minister. I believe in one of my earlier messages to you I mentioned that his church was burned down in Arkansas during or right before the Civil War. He returned to MS. His son, my great grandfather, W.O. Feemster, fought on the side of the South and after the war, went to medical school. His father,Minos B., as stated previously, a Presbyterian minister, was the first cousin to the Abolitionists in TN and later, Caledonia, MS. Nevertheless, his son, W.O., my great grandfather, was not happy with the abolitionists, his cousins, who left MS and fought for the North; however, we, the descendants of W.O., decided to find the cemetery in Caledonia on my visit this summer. Apparently, many of our cousins from all over have visited
it and continue to visit. It was so over-grown that we decided to have it cleaned up. Unfortunately, there is no one to keep it in a
good state since it is a family cemetery, and the county will not
provide the services. We are proud of this branch of our family who obviously were quite courageous. In essence, we know of no slaves
in our family as far back as Minos B. Before that, you have the
North and South Carolina Feemsters from which we are all descended,
some of whom did have slaves. There is a world of information about the Abolitionists in the Lowdnes County library. Interestingly, we in Tupelo never knew about our cousins down the road in Caledonia. Apparently, our great grandfather, W.O., discouraged any contact calling them "soap-tails." Of course, this is understandable since
he was seriously wounded and taken prisoner two times during the Civil War. The questions in our minds are who burned Minos B.'s
church in Arkansas and why. Also, did Minos B. preach against slavery as his first cousin did? Obviously, his son, W.O., did not fight on
the side of the South over the issue of slavery since neither he nor his father had any. We also don't know Minos B.'s relationship with his first cousins in Caledonia. Anyway, we are interested in doing something about the cemetery in Caledonia, but it is difficult since only my 91 year-old aunt still lives in Mississippi. We are planning
another reunion for W.O.'s descendents on Thanksgiving in Tupelo in
2002. Maybe we can come up with a plan.
I haven't forgotten about your search. Little by little we may solve
this mystery. Is there a way I can E-mail you directly? Sally


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