It is GREAT to finally see more people looking for descendants of William and Letty Hellums of Pontotoc Co MS. So encouraging. We started collecting information on this family in middle 1950's when several reunions were held at Hopewell Primitive Bapt Church (old Glasgo) in Pontotoc Co. This church was organized on William Hellums property and over four/five succeeding generations are buried in the cemetery. Over the years since, there have been few who were researching Hellums and with advent of the Internet more people are interested. It is frustrating to realize that we have known about William and Letty so long and many of their children's descendants and yet have been unable to push back further to identify who their parents/siblings are. One day a miracle? I keep hoping. We lose William before Walker Co AL in 1825/7 when he purchased land and in the 1830 census before coming to MS. He is supposed to be in Knox/Rhea Co TN during late 1790's-1820's having come from Laurens Co SC ca1795? Where is the proof that he was in TN? Have not found any land records, etc which directly identify the family there although family tradition handed down notes that son John H. Hellums md Editha Murphree [who is known to have been born in Washington, Rhea Co TN as her father was prominent there in town government-documented in town records]. There is a John and Sarah Hellums in Rhea Co TN [a daughter md a Teal] but have no knowledge how or if this John Hellums is related to William (1780-1855). Why can't we find our William Hellums in TN ca 1800-ca 1825?? Hope to see respones here as "new" information is discovered. A.C.G. Hellums would be so excited!
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