My grandmother, Minnie Lucinda Whitehead, was born 1882 in Kosciusco, MS. She was dtr of Warren Calhoun Whitehead and Sarah Ann Sanders. Sarah Ann Sanders was dtr of Sion Sanders Jr (or III) and granddaughter of Dr Sion B. Sanders. I have a pretty good genealogy on the Whitehead and Sanders if interested. I can send it via Email.
I'm 70 years old, and lived with my grandmother (who died in 1976 at age 94), and she shared a lot of family history with me. I just wish I had paid better attention and asked more questions.
It was she who told me of the death of Dr Sion B Sanders.
St Joseph La is still an existing town, google it on google maps.
The wagon train stopped at Rodney, MS on the opposite shore, which is a ghost town now.
She also told me of two cousins, who were shot down in the back after the battle of Vicksburg.This was another hand me down of family history, more of which in a moment.
These boys, after Vicksburg fell ran home to the family farm, but the Federals started sweeping the countryside for
"rebs", they arrived at the farm, and were going to set the barn on fire, the boys took off running across the field, and were shot in the back, by a firing squad.
When I was a child in Crossett Ark, and lived with my grandparents, we lived in a house without electricity or gas. Food was cooked over a wood stove, and heat was provided by a pot belly stove. In winter we would gather around the pot belly stove, covering our shoulders with quilts that Mammy and her mother and grandmother had made,
and she would entertain us with jokes and family history.
This is how the family tradition was passed on, and always passed on by the women folk, the men were too busy earning a living or too preoccupied with other stuff to pay attention.
That's how I knew about Dr Sion B. Sanders. Her father was named Sion B Sanders after his grandfather Dr Sion B Sanders, her father was born in 1856. He and the Whithead's moved to Crossett Arkansas after the carpet bagging entrepreneur from Davenport Iowa, E S Crossett came down to Ashley Co Ar and bought up the land at $1 an acre.
My great grandfather Andrew Bass Farrar, patented 160 acres in Ashley Co in 1894 and sold it for $1 an acre to E S CRossett in 1898. Crossett built a lumber mill, he was the front man for a consortium of Davenport businessmen.
The saw mill attracted people from across the river, in Mississippi, thus by 1901 the Whiteheads and Sanders moved to Crossett Ar and in 1903 on Dec 4th my grandfather William T. Farrar Sr, met Minnie Lucinda Whitehead at a friends home, and on Christmas Eve a couple of weeks later they married. Although just a few minutes drive by auto these days, the trip between the homes was then a whole days journey.
Anyway if you have access to ancestry.com you can find her father Sion B Sanders in the 1910 Census for Ashley County, AR
Interesting discrepancy between our dates. Anderson P Sanders born in Meridian in 1821 and Mary Polly born in MS in 1825.
The name Mary Polly is familiar to me.. Are you sure that the place of birth is correct on both, Perhaps they were born in Tennessee in 1821 and 1825.
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