Feuds, migrations and other fascinating looks a life

By Nancianne Parkes Suber

Taunton Publishers is pleased to announce the availability of the third in its series of newspaper extracts from Winston County, Miss., compiled by Louis Taunton of Louisville, Miss.

“Excerpts from the Winston County Journal and Plattsburg Times October 14, 1892 through December 29, 1899” is a soft-bound, 8 1/2 by 11 book of 270 pages of excerpts from the weekly paper with a 16-page index of surnames.

Births, marriages, deaths, articles of local history, a listing of various merchants of the time and events of life in small-town Mississippi in the period are all included. Several sensational murder trials of Attala, Choctaw and Noxubee counties are given in detail.

The much talked about Johnson-Wicker Feud (also known as The Iron Band Gang) started in 1899 and the McKay-Ivy Fracas, which occurred in the northeastern part of Winston County and are still talked about today, were written up in The Journal and are included in this book.

Also covered in the excerpts is the migration of many Winston County residents to Texas and Indian Territory (Oklahoma) during the 1890s and their return to visit relatives in Winston County.

The book is available for $25 plus 7 percent sales tax ($1.75) for Mississippi residents if obtained directly from the author. Add $3 for shipping and handling. Orders may be placed at: Taunton Publishers, 108 Meadowview Drive, Louisville, MS 39339. E-mail contact is Kinfindr39339@yahoo.com.

If you have Winston County connections this series is a “must” for your library. The chatty tidbits from these old papers and the news items give invaluable insight to your ancestors' lives. Don't miss these fascinating glimpses of life in Winston County.

Does anyone know?

– Pam Graves Clarkson (pameej50@tecinfo.com; Leland, Miss.) is searching for any information on JOHN WILLIS BARBER who was born May 9, 1880 and died Dec.19, 1942. He was married to TURA MAE SOREY from Smith County, Miss., in 1901. Their children were: ERA MAE BARBER GRAVES (married CHESTER LESLIE GRAVES) and WILLIS ERNEST BARBER (married to NORA JEFFERIES). She is told the family was originally from Georgia. There is an S.J. BARBER listed in the family bible with a death date of 1927. John remarried a RELIE PAYNE (married name) in 1932. John Willis worked for the city of Jackson, died of a heart attack there and is buried in a cemetery close to the Jackson Zoo. Can any reader help with information on this family?

– Scott Tolar (Pueblo West, CO; st_co_now@yahoo.com)is seeking information on THOMAS TOLAR/TOLER who married MARGARET JACKSON in Amite County, Miss., around 1796 and had the following children: MARY MAGDALINA, SUSANA, JOEL, AMELIA “MILLIE”, ELIZABETH, SARAH, DAVID TILLMAN, and THOMAS W. JR. Scott is a descendant of David Tillman Toler who married GESYNTHIA CAUSEY. Does any reader have information to share on the Tolar/Toler family?

Please send your announcements and queries to FAMILY TREES, 900 Main St., Natchez, MS 39120 or e-mail FAMTREE316@aol.com. All queries are printed free of charge. We look forward to hearing from you!

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