Millsaps College offers genealogy class beginning April 4


For the Daily Journal

Spring 2005 classes start the week of April 4 at Millsaps College and once again the Community Enrichment Series will featuretheir popularclass in genealogy.

Titled “Researching Your Family History…The Basics and Beyond,” the aim of this class will be to provide a comprehensive review of the resources available for anyone researching his or her Mississippi ancestors, givespecific information on where and how to locate these resources, andshow you how to use them once you've found them.

Since the most extensive collection of genealogical resources for locating Mississippi ancestors is found at the Mississippi Department of Archives and History (just down the street from the Millsaps campus), the course will concentrate on sources found there. Howeverminority resources, helpful websites and other archival repositories will be covered, so that attendees will have a well-rounded appreciation of all our state has to offer.

And who better to teach this course than the Mississippi Department of Archives and History's own Anne Webster.Classes will begin on Monday, April 4, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and will continue for the next three Monday nights.The final “hands-on” class will meet at the Winter Archives and History Building on a Saturday morning. Tuition is $75.

For further information contact the Millsaps College Enrichment Office at 601-974-1130 or visit their website at registration forms, campus maps,and other classdetails.

Millsaps College began its Community Enrichment program in 1972 and offers a wide variety of special interest topics for adults each fall, winter and spring. These classes are noncredit courses which have no prerequisites and no examinations.

This genealogy class has been offered for several years now and – along with its delightful instructor – has always received great reviews.What better way to brush up on your research techniques or catch up on the ever changing world of available research material.It will be well worth a driveinto our Capitol City to participate.

Does anyone know?

n Elaine Randall English ( is searching for a death date for DANIEL PERKINS who may have died in Amite County, Miss., around 1879-1880. A MARY PERKINS is found on the census there in 1880 as a widow. It is believed that Mary is the widow of Daniel and that among their children were MAGGIE, EMMA and SUSIE, who are also found on the 1880 census in the same district living very near Mary but in separate households as housekeeping assistants. Family lore has Maggie “farmed out” to a family and there are Orphan's Court records about this. It is suspected that Emma and Susie had the same experience and that Mary is their mother. Maggie married JESSE J. MCDANIEL and their daughter, GUERETTA, married BYRON HOSEA RANDALL.Maggie is English's grandmother. Can any reader help with information about the Perkins' family?

n Jean Ennis (farrarennis@ is trying to locate the family of MONROEand ELILSHA LAWRENCE. Monroe was born about 1846 and Elilsha about 1840 in Alabama.Both were deaf and dumb according to the 1860 Census of Caledonin, Lowndes County, Miss.They were taught to use sign language, but where is not known.The 1860 Census shows them living in HH281 along withJAMES C. LAWRENCE (44, born in Georgia); REBECCA MEADE (55, born in South Carolina); RUFUS MEADE (14, born in Mississippi) and MATHANIALL EGGAR (5, born in Mississippi).Living in HH282 was ELISHA LAWRENCE (55, born in SC); FANNY (53, born in Georgia); MARY (18, born in Alabama); FRANCES (16, born in Mississippi); NANCY (12, born in Mississippi); and RUEBEN POLK (7). Is it possible that Rebecca Meade is a sister to Elisha Lawrence as both were born in South Carolina and she lived in the household of James C. to look after his children? Monroe Lawrence was Ms. Ennis' great grandfather and he married ARABELL JANE McGLAUGHLN (McGLOWN).Monroe always said he was born in Mississippi.Can any reader help piece together this puzzle?

n Bonnie C. Langford (122 Langford Lane, Florence, MS 39073; would like information on JOHN ISAAC LORANCE and GEORGE W. LORANCE (LOWRANCE). John was born Feb. 23, 1809 in Hardy County, West Virginia. He married ELIZABETH FOSTER CATES in May 1840 in Hinds County, Miss. John died July 3, 1893. George was born Feb. 23, 1809, married an ELIZABETH F., and died Jan. 21, 1885 when he was buried in MizPah Cemetery in Durant, Miss. Were these two men twin brothers? Can anyone offer additional information on these two?

Please send your announcements and inquiries to FAMILY TREES, 900 Main Street, Natchez, MS 39120 or email All inquiries are printed free of charge. We look forward to hearing from you!

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