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Re: Feemster in Pontotoc, MS 1850 and 1860
Posted by: Sally Feemster Date: September 08, 2001 at 09:59:52
In Reply to: Re: Feemster in Pontotoc, MS 1850 and 1860 by Jean Hyde of 265

Jean,
I forgot to add in my other message to you today that Minos B. continued preaching in Ponotoc after he left Arkansas and, indeed, he is buried there. I first told you about Minos B., my great, great grandfather, in a reply to your message on March 31, 2001. You may wish to revisit that reply again on GenForum. Tee Kee also knows this as I sent her the information concerning my ancestry when she wanted to know which pictures I was interested in from the Bullock(s) Creek cemetery. Annette Feemster has the line complete to W.O., my great grandfather, in her marvelous work. I need to send her an update to our generation. Minos Brazilian was the son of John Silas Feemster and Margaret Alexander. John Silas was the son of Samuel and Margaret Jamieson. Although there were slaves in our family in South Carolina and some may have migrated with the Feemsters to Tennessee, as I stated in the two other replies, I know of none connected to the
Reverend Minos B., and I know for certain that there were none in Dr. W.O.'s history. My cousins are still alive who lived next to their
aunt and uncle, W.O.Feemster and Margaret Foster, in Nettleton, MS.
As I stated before, I do find this intriguing. Apparently, Minos B.'s
church was burned in Arkansas at the start of the Civil War. Why and
by whom? My cousin in New Orleans has visited her great grandfather's(Minos B.'s) grave in Ponotoc several times. On my next trip, I plan
to go there. The last trip I made this July I became involved in the
Caledonia cemetery which took up most of my time. Although not
directly descended from this group, I find it fascinating. By the
same token, I find it interesting when Feemsters talk about
the "other Feemsters." I believe we are all Feemsters and have a
fascinating history. Although our family didn't agree on certain
issues, I respect their opinions and their courage to stand up for
what they believed was right. And, in the case of the Caledonia group, they were right: slavery was wrong. Some of the members left in the night and others stayed. Some fought for the North and others, for the South. They had no slaves. There is a little book
written by James L. Murphy concerning the Salem Church in Caledonia. Again, since Macon, MS, is so close to Columbus and Caledonia, you
may want to do some research in Lowdnes County. There were many former slaves who attended the Feemster church and school after the
war.
Sally


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