By Vicki Burress Roach

Arthur T. Emmons was born May, 1829 in McNairy Co., TN, died January 6, 1909

and is buried in Henry Cemetery in Alcorn Co., MS. He married Frances Eleanor Smith

who was born October 30, 1830 in either TN or NC, and died January 20, 1896 and is

buried in Henry Cemetery. They moved to Corinth around 1880.

A.T.’s parents were Elijah Emmons and possibly Dorcas or Tabitha (surname

unknown). The earliest records in Corinth of Elijah appear on the 1837 state territorial

census for Old Tish. Co., MS with 1 male between 21 and 45, 3 males under 18, 1 female

over 16, 6 females under 16, total of 11 white inhabitants, and 8 acres cultivated. He is on

a jury list in 1838 and again in 1839. He appears on the 1840 census with 11 in his

household. The 1850 census for Old Tish. lists E. as 54, farmer, born KY, wife, Dorcus,

age 47 SC; children are; Louisa, 24, TN, Clarisa, 19 TN, Arthur, 18, TN, Ledilla, 16, TN,

Jane, 14, TN, Wesley, 12, MS, Eli, 10, MS, Henderson, 8, MS. In 1859 in the Old Tish.

Co. MS board of police records there is an E. Emmons and W. Emmons. In 1860 Old

Tish. Co. census Elijah is 62 with $200.00 personal property and GA as his birthplace.

Wife is Tabitha age 50 born SC, Levisa, 31, TN, Elijah, 20, MS, Nixon, 18, MS. This

family doesn’t appear on the 1870 census. A.T. is in McNairy Co., TN on the 1870

census. 1898 tax polls for Alcorn Co. show W.E., T.C. and A.T. Emmons.

Frances was the daughter of William Smith, Jr. and Nancy Harris. William and Nancy

married in Rockingham Co., NC September 4, 1817. William was born April 1, 1796 in

NC, died July 1, 1853 in McNairy Co., TN. Nancy was born March 14, 1796 in NC, died

December 6, 1873 in Smith Co., TX. She is buried in Bascom Cem., Smith Co., TX.

They moved from Rockingham Co., NC to McNairy Co., TN about 1843. She went to

Smith Co., TX about 1872.

William Smith and Nancy Harris had the following children; Martha, Lazariah W.,

Caleb, Mary E., Jane N., Frances Eleanor (my ancestor) and William. Much of this

information was given to me by Andy Leath from Tyler TX who descends from Caleb


A.T. and Frances Emmons had the following children; Mariah D. born ca1855 in TN

Zelda Jane born ca1858 in TN, Laura Francis born January 28, 1860 in TN (my ancestor),

Margeaunah Texanna born ca 1862 in TN, William E. born March, 1866 in TN, Thomas

  1. born November 1873 in TN.

Laura Francis Emmons married David Burton Horn. She died December 7, 1947.

David Horn was born October 9, 1855, died September 6, 1937. Both are buried in

Henry Cemetery in Alcorn Co., MS.

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