Feemster Family Genealogy Forum
If you like, you can e-mail me at sallyfore @hotmail.com. Actually, we, the Feemsters in Tupelo/Nettleton, MS, are related to Tallulah via the Bryans from Nettleton, MS. Unfortunately, I don't have the exact details. Of course, there may be other connections from the Alabama Feemsters.
I believe there are some discussions you might want to read on the Forum concerning the origin of the name. We have mostly associated the name with Scotland and England. The word "fee" (which has many meanings one of which is "cattle")along with its close relatives, fief and feudal, goes back to feudal society in Europe where the ownership of cattle was symbolic of wealth.Whether it meant cattle or a heritable interest in land, I am not sure we really know. Of course, master is derived from Mid English "maister." I have also seen the Dutch name "Feemstra." There are some people on the Forum who are apparently researching the German connection. Since there are a lot of knowledgeable people on this Forum, you can find a lot of information merely by reading their correspondence. I am too new to this to be of much help;however,I am extremely delighted to find all of these Feemsters. I thought I was the last one with the name. You see how small my world has been. Sally