Feemster Family Genealogy Forum
Your search is very interesting to me since the Mississippi Feemsters from which I am descended were, for the most part, anti-slavery. In fact, my great great grandfather, Minos B. Feemster, was a Presbyterian minister, brother, son, and cousin of the Feemsters who preached against slavery - many of whom left Mississippi at the start of the Civil War. I know that Minos B. was the minister of a church in Ark. that was burned around the time of the Civil War at which time he returned to MS. I do not know why it was burned. Nor do I know if he was as vocal about his anti-slavery views as his cousins were. One of his sons, my great grandfather, William Orpheus Feemster, fought in the war on the side of the South and was wounded two different times. At the end of the war, he walked back to MS on a gangrened leg , and at one point, was actually listed as dead. Perhaps that is the reason he later went to Nashville College (now Vanderbilt University) and obtained his MD degree. Although W.O. was not happy with his relatives who chose to leave MS and/or supported the Union cause, we have no records of any of the Feemsters on our side (W.O.and Minos B.'s side)in MS ever having slaves at any time. Many of their relatives are buried in the Feemster cemetery in Lowndes County which is called the Abolitionists' Cemetery. W.O. and my family are from Nettleton and Tupelo, MS, which is Monroe and Lee county, respectively. You can find a list and description of the "Abolitionists' Cemetery" on the first page of a Yahoo search for the feemster name. Nevertheless, neither the Rev.Minos B. nor his son, Dr.W.O., is buried there. I find your search intriguing. If you look at a map of MS, Macon is not too far from the area (In fact, Lowndes and Noxubee counties are adjacent.) in which the "abolitionists" lived and are buried. I wonder if, perhaps, there were African-Americans who lived or attended church with the Feemsters since their opposition to slavery was well-known. I just don't know ...yet, I am very curious. Of course,we know that the stay-at -home Feemsters in North Carolina and South Carolina, from which we are all descended, at one time had slaves. Could some have followed the Presbyterian Feemsters, the anti-slavery group, to Mississippi via TN and Alabama? I will let you know if I find an answer to this. Also, Mississippi State University has a geneology site for African Americans. Maybe they have some information.
Again, I am very interested in any connection.