Some Marriage & Death Notices
from the DeSoto Times-Promotor
1896 - 1917


Transcribed by Tim Harrison


July 30, 1896

Married:  At Lodockery, Miss., July 23rd, 1896, by A. Docker, Supervisor, Miss Ella Carter and Mr. B. Steward all of DeSoto County, Miss.
May the sweetest blessings of God rest on you, and may you never see cause to regret the important step you have taken.  Your friend, D_______.

Died:  At the residence of Mr. Henry Banks, in Memphis, Tenn., on June 27, 1896, Mrs. P. M. Mosby.  The remains were interred in the Baptist Cemetery, Hernando, Tuesday morning.


September 30, 1899.

Mrs. James R. Chalmers is dead.


December 23, 1899.

Thomas Nichols and Miss Anna Johnson were married Sunday night at Eudora.

Oscar Jenkins and Miss Lizzie Robertson were married Wednesday.

John Pullin, age 80, died last Thursday evening at his home near Oak Grove.  [Served in Co. A, 18th Mississippi Cavalry, CSA].


April 9, 1900.

Last Friday, at half past twelve o’clock at Love, Mrs. Sheriff Jenkins died of pneumonia.

Miss Hattie Whitley is to be married April 11th to Dr. A. L. Emerson in the Baptist church of Hernando at five o’clock p.m.

Monday evening, near Love, Tice Yates, aged about 60, died of pneumonia.  [Served in Co. K, 5th Mississippi Cavalry, CSA]

Monday morning between six and seven o’clock, at his residence about four miles southeast of town, B. F. Cates, aged about sixty-five, died of pneumonia.


August 18, 1900.

T. L. Clifton, supervisor of this district, died last Saturday of heart failure.  He was buried at Love Station.  [Served in Co. K, 9th Mississippi Infantry, and Co. C, 42nd Mississippi Infantry, CSA.  Captured at Gettysburg, PA on 1 July 1863.]

Dr. J. T. M. Smith, who has been confined to his bed for several months, died Tuesday evening.  His remains were interred at the Baptist cemetery.  [1824 – 1900.  Served in Co. A, 9th Mississippi Sharpshooters, CSA.]

Last Thursday, near Love, Andrew Jenkins shot Abe Williams.  Williams died Friday.


August 25, 1900.

Miss Choate, of Memphis, died last Thursday.  Her remains were sent to California for burial.

A sad accident happened at Glover last Thursday.  Mr. Lewis Carpenter, a fine young man in the employ of W. C. Knight, superintending at the saw mill, was killed by a piece of timber thrown by the saw, striking him on the head.


September 22, 1900.

F. W. Merrin, who once lived in Hernando, died Monday morning at Plant City, Fla.


October 13, 1900.

Timothy Alsobrook, a negro, who was in jail on a charge of arson, died Monday of a congestive chill.


October 27, 1900.

Mrs. W. B. Flynt, of Nesbitt, died Saturday night in San Antonio, Tex.


November 27, 1900.

Mrs. B. B. Holcomb, wife of Rev. F. M. Holcomb, pastor of the Cumberland Presbyterian church at Nesbitt, died last Wednesday.  She was a sister of Mr. J. D. Fogg.

R. C. Clifton and Miss Luella Dickey were married Tuesday, Oct. 25th, at the house of the bride’s father, S. J. Dickey, near Cedar View.


April 19, 1901.

Tom Sharp, of Henderson, Tenn., and Miss Julia Powell were married Wednesday morning, Rev. B. P. Jaco, officiating.


June 28, 1901.

Mrs. M. P. Griffin, aged 86, died at the home of her nephew, E. B. Gwin, Tuesday evening.


December 6, 1901.

J. C. Biggs, of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Miss Mary Slade, were married yesterday at the Methodist parsonage.

Major and Mrs. P. M. Black, of Pleasant Hill, have sent out invitations for the marriage of their daughter, Miss Floy Eleanor, to Mr. W. Aubrey Williamson, the ceremony to take place Thursday, Dec. 19.


January 3, 1902.

Mr. Armiger Jagoe and Misses Mary Jagoe and Jessie McIngvale attended the marriage of Mr. Thos. J. Cooper to Miss Irene Veazey at Coldwater on the 31st of December.


February 7, 1902.

Mr. John Ussery and Miss Susie Downer, of the eastern part of the county, were married on the evening of January 22 at Fountain Head church.

Mr. S. H. Starnes died Sunday in the Lewisburg neighborhood.  [Seth H. Starnes, 1842 – 1902, served in Co. I, 17th Mississippi Infantry, CSA.]


August 22, 1902.

H. W. Watson, of Malden, Mo., and Miss Gertrude Schneider, of Miller, were married August 13 by Rev. W. W. Bott.

Dr. E. L. Irby, health officer of Tunica county, died a few days ago.


February 27, 1903.

Miss Bessie Boyce left for Tunica Monday to attend the marriage of her brother, Mr. C. R. Boyce, and Miss Hallie Warfield.


June 26, 1903.

Lee A. Burrus died at his home near Eudora June 17, aged 42 years.


July 3, 1903.

Miss Bertha Bell, of Clinton, was married June 30 at her home to Rev. Walton E. Lee, pastor of the Baptist church of Hernando.

The marriage of Miss Ethel Smith and Mr. R. P. Cooke was solemnized at the Episcopal church here on Tuesday evening, Rev. L. W. Doggett officiating.


November 20, 1903.

Cards are out announcing the approaching marriage of Mr. J. R. Tipton of this place to Miss Emma Cramer, of Ackerman, which takes place on the 29th.


February 12, 1904.

Mr. C. W. Wilroy, a former resident of this county, but who has lately been living with his son at Sumner, died last Monday at the home of his sister in Pleasant Hill.  [Charles W. Wilroy served in Co. D, 44th Mississippi Infantry, CSA.]


February 26, 1904.

Mrs. C. B. Meagher died at the home of her daughter in Memphis, Mrs. Kate Moore, after an illness of two months.  [Mrs. Calm Meagher was 71 years of age.]


October --, 1904

Robertson-Barksdale.  Hardy, Miss., Oct. 22 – On last Thursday evening at five o’clock at the home of the bride, the rites of matrimony were solemnized between Miss Lulu Gattis Barksdale and John Westbrook Robertson, the Rev. A. A. Lomax saying the ceremony.
The contracting parties are members of the most prominent families of Mississippi, and both have a large circle of friends in [this] city.  Mrs. Robertson is the beautiful and accomplished daughter of Dr. and Mrs. W. F. Barksdale, and is a graduate of Belmont college at Nashville, Tenn.  Mr. Robertson is a leading member of the Holly Springs bar, and stands high in his profession throughout the state. – Memphis News.
The groom, formerly of Hernando, is well known to a large circle of friends here, who tender congratulations [to] the worthy couple.

Alexander-Lauderdale.  A quiet home wedding was solemnized Wednesday by Rev. F. M. Cooper at the home of Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Lauderdale, the contracting parties being Dr. A. P. Alexander and Miss Willie Lauderdale.
The bride is a sweet young lady whose friends are legion and Dr. Alexander is a prominent physician of Sledge.
Dr. and Mrs. Alexander left last night for Memphis from which place they went by boat to St. Louis and will spend several days at the fair.

Graham-Boyd.  Mr. Clinton L. Graham, of Memphis, was married to Miss Carrie Boyd at the home of her aunt, Mrs. Scott, at Lake Cormorant.  Miss Boyd was visiting her aunt at the time… [remainder illegible].


November 4, 1904.

Dr. W. H. Lovejoy, of Walls, and Miss Bernice Swearengen, of Tillatoba, were married last Wednesday evening at six o’clock.

Mrs. P. M. Miller, a good lady of Horn Lake, passed away at her home last week.


March 30, 1906

Rufe Jackson, the negro who was caught in the press and crushed at the gin of Banks & Co., died from the injuries last Saturday night.

The remains of Mr. Lewis Meriwether, who died in Memphis Monday, were brought here Tuesday for interment in the Baptist cemetery.  Rev. W. E. Lee conducted funeral services.

Mrs. John Miller died the 21st after a long and painful illness. She was buried the 22nd at Bethel.  We sympathize with her husband and sisters.  [In “Lewisburg Locals”].


July 19, 1907

Last Saturday at 11 o’clock Mr. Jas. Baker, a nephew of Uncle Math Channell, was buried at Hinds Chapel.  He left a widow and six little children to mourn his loss.  [In “Poplar Corner Pick-Ups” by Old Hughey].

Huddleston-Wooten.  The Methodist church was the scene of a pretty wedding Wednesday afternoon when Mr. T. J. Huddleston and Miss Belle Wooten were united in marriage.
The church was artistically decorated with clematis, hydrangeas, and ferns.  The color scheme was pink and blue, and was carried out in minute detail.  After a song “With You” by Mrs. S. W. Burks, the bridal party entered by the beautiful strains of “Flower Song,” rendered by Miss Louis Porter, and Rev. O. W. Bradley said the tender and impressive ceremony that united these lives.  The bride was handsomely gowned in Rajah silk and carried a shower boquet of roses, carnations, and ferns.  The matron of honor was gowned in pink silk and carried pink roses.  The bridal couple received costly presents of cut glass and silver.
Both bride and groom are deservedly popular and their many friends wish them the long and happy married life that they so richly deserve.
Following are the names of the attendants: Mr. Joe Dean, best man; Mrs. Griffni Wooten, matron of honor; Messrs. G. R. Stevenson, C. C. Stevenson, G. L. Darden and M. W. Jones, ushers; Lillian Wooten, Mary Dean Huddleston, Vira and Vivian Vaiden, ribbon bearers.


March 2, 1911

Death Summons Maj. Dockery.  Early Monday morning the news reached her that Maj. T. C. Dockery, formerly of this county, but living for the last few years in Memphis, had died Sunday night.  Although the Major had reached the age of eighty-six, he gave promise of remaining among the living for several more years.  The news of his death shocked and saddened many friends who knew and esteemed Major Dockery as a gentleman of high character, a citizen without reproach, a genial, companionable man of warm and generous sympathies.  The publisher of this paper held him in the highest regard, having formed his acquaintance nearly nine years ago.  His occasional articles in this paper were read and enjoyed by our readers, and were marked by a clearness of style, a fund of anecdote, and a quaint humor that made them most interesting:
The remains reached here Wednesday morning and were buried with Masonic honors, a large body of Masons and citizens generally attending the funeral which was conducted from the Baptist church.  Dr. Potts, of Memphis, preached the funeral sermon.
[The article is torn at this point and information missing]
Maj. Dockery was born in Richmond county, North Carolina, [in] 1826.  He was educated in the public schools of that county and came to Memphis just before the war and worked in his father’s store.  He remained in the employ of his father until the call to arms for the civil war when he enlisted for service as a captain.  His record as a soldier was exceptional.  At the close of the war he had risen to the rank of major.
After the close of the war Maj. Dockery went to DeSoto county, Miss., where he engaged in farming.  He resided in that county until a short time ago, when he began to divide his time among his children.  For 16 years he was sheriff of DeSoto county and once he was a member of the Mississippi state legislature.  He was also an earnest worker in the Ebenezer Baptist church of DeSoto county.
The deceased had been married twice.  The first wife was Miss Bettie Thompson, of North Carolina, while the second wife, by whom his four children were born, was Miss Mary F. Atkins, of DeSoto county, Miss.  The children are William A Dockery, of Memphis; L. A. Dockery, of Chihuahua, Mexico; Mrs. Sallie Banks,of Maitland, Fla.; Mrs. Cullen Merritt, of Mount Airy, N. C.  In addition to the children the deceased is survived by four brothers, B. F. and H. C. Dockery, of Rockingham, N. C., Capt. Alfred Dockery, of Hernando, Miss., and J. M. Dockery, of the firm of Dockery & Donaldson.  He is also survived by a sister, Miss Mary D. Smith, of Rockingham.
[Note: Thomas Covington Dockery served as captain, then major, of Co. F (“DeSoto Rebels”), 22nd Mississippi Infantry.  He was severely wounded and disabled at Corinth, Mississippi on October 4, 1862.]


October 31, 1912

In Memory.  Grandmother is gone.  Dead!  How appalling is the thought!  How said is the fact that she is gone nevermore to come again; no grandmother to go to see; no grandmother to attend in her affliction – blindness – an affliction which she bore in her stately way.
Grandmother was Mrs. E. A. C. Bowen, of Olive Branch.  She was born April 9, 1825, and had a twin brother, J. A. C. Stevens.  She was married at the age of nineteen to Mr. W. P. Bowen, who was killed by a team when she was fifty years old.  She reared a family nine, five of whom survive her; Mrs. M. J. B. House, of Conway, Arkansas; Mrs. L. B. Atkinson, of Olive Branch; Messrs. R. A. and J. H. Bowen, of Perryville, Arkansas; and Mrs. E. E. Eason, of Cockrum.  She also had twenty-eight grandchildren and twenty great grandchildren.
Grandmother was the last of her mother’s children and of her husband’s family – as one pastor said, “the last of a vanished family.”  [The remainder of the article is missing].


December 5, 1912

Hall-Emerson.  Miss Terrell Emerson and Mr. J. T. Hall, both of this place, were quietly married at the Methodist church on Thursday, November 28, 1912, at noon, immediately after the Thanksgiving services.
Only a few friends witnessed the ceremony.  Rev. W. H. Mounger pronounced the marriage service.
Miss Emerson is one of Hernando’s most charming belles.  She is the daughter of C. E. Emerson, of the firm of C. E. Emerson & Co., merchants and planters, of this place, while the groom was book-keeper for the above firm.
The happy couple left on the 4:30 train for Memphis, and other points.  They returned on Sunday and are now at home at the residence of Mr. C. E. Emerson.

[Death of the Sheriff, etc.]

Treadway Succumbs to Wounds.  Geo. W. Treadway, who killed Sheriff Harris last week and was himself mortally wounded by a member of the sheriff’s posse, died last Saturday night.
His remains were buried Sunday at the Greenleaf cemetery in Tate county.

Poplar Corner Pickups.  Say, boys; listen.  I am at a loss for words to express my feelings in regard to the killing of our sheriff, Mr. Harris.  It seems that the time has come when an officer goes out on official duty that some one is ever ready with his deadly weapon to take his life.  Where are we drifting?  I feel safe in saying that Mr. Harris was one of DeSoto county’s best and bravest men.

Trial of Boys Set for 17th.  Esquire Maxwell, of Cockrum, came in Wednesday to sit in the preliminary trial of Murrell and Earl Treadway, charged with murder.  It was decided however, to postpone the case until the 17th of this month.


March 16, 1913

Leon Earp Drowned.  Leon Earp, the young son of Mr. L. E. Earp and wife, of Memphis, formerly of this place, was drowned on Wednesday night of last week in a cinder pit at one of the railroad shops in Memphis.  The young man was employed as a fireman and fell into the pit, which had been filled with water by the heavy rain.
The remains were brought to Hernando last Friday for burial in the Baptist cemetery.


July 19, 1917

Marriage License Issues.  License to marry has been issued as follows since July 1st:
White – W. T. Glenn and Mrs. A. E. Castle.  John Harper and Mrs. Etta Goodwin.  D. L. Strickland and Miss Irma Treadway.  R. H. Perry and Miss Pearl Wheat.
Colored – Malrig Payne and Edna Woods.  Jim Hickman and Hannah Harrison.  Robert Jeans and Bertha Sales.  Hailey Cathey and Magnolia Fant.  Anderson Parson and Dezzy Moore Brown.


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