Some Birth, Marriage and Death Records from the DeSoto Times-Promoter 1930

Extracted by Tim Harrison



(February 13, 1930)

Miss Lottie Sue Acree and Mr. Eugene Stevenson of Olive Branch, were quietly married at Olive Branch a few days ago.  They will make their home with the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Cleveland Acree.

Another wedding of interest in our town was that of Mr. Irby Compton to Mrs. Zelma Anderson, of Magee, Miss.  They are making their home in Memphis for the present.

Conroy – Wheeler.  (March 6, 1930)

A wedding of interest to people in DeSoto County took place in Memphis Monday night when Miss Esther Conroy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Conroy, of Young Ave., became the bride of Mr. James Magruder Wheeler, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Wheeler, of Love.
The Conroy home was decorated with baskets of spring flowers and ferns for the occasion.  The nuptial music was played by Miss O’Callahan, and Mr. Percy R. Todd sang “Because.”  Miss Dugan sang “I Love You Truly.”  Monsigneur Murphy performed the ceremony.
The bride was given in marriage by her father.  Her gown was in rust crepe made with long lines, with hat and accessories to match.  She carried a sheaf of calla lilies.  Her bridesmaid, Miss Genevieve Stone, was gowned in blue crepe and carried pink roses and narcissi.  The best man was Mr. John Conroy, a brother of the bride.
After the ceremony an informal reception was held, and the bride cut the decorated wedding cake.
Mr. and Mrs. Wheeler left for Hattiesburg, where Mr. Wheeler holds a responsible position with the telegraph company.
Mrs. Bob Wheeler and her son, Robert Gaines, and Miss Annie Gaines attended the wedding in Memphis Monday night.

Negro Bound Over for Killing Girl.  (March 6, 1930)

Chester Lindsay, young negro man living west of town, who shot and killed a negro girl, Jane Lee Shoemaker, the first of last week, had a preliminary trial Tuesday before Magistrate B.F. Jones.
He was required to give bond in the amount of $250 for his appearance in circuit court.

March Birth Report.  (May 22, 1930)

As reported to the Bureau of Vital Statistics:
Vardaman N. Nichols, girl, March 13.
Hubert Looney, girl, March 8.
Norman Lamar Roberts, Jr., boy, March 16.
Walter Davis, girl, March 25.
Paul T. Davis, girl, March 26.
Jake Conamore, girl, March 24.

March Mortuary Report.  (May 22, 1930)

Below is a list of persons who died during the month of March in DeSoto County as reported to the state board of health:
White – Sallie Cleveland, March 16; Mial Wall, March 21; Francis Craddock, March 5; Alice McElroy Cox, March 25; Alice Estes, March 31; J. Carl Barnett, March 28.
Colored – Infantry of John Howard, March 13; Peggy Rice, March 22; Eva D. Payne, March 31; Hannah Cloyd, March 11; Bob Johnson, March 7; Jennis Burks Payne, March 12; Crum Clemmons, March 18; Betty Clayton, March 9; Infant of Roy Smith; Ollie Jackson, March 2; Wm. Cullen Bryant, March 24; A.J. Curtis, March 4; Mack Ezell, March 26; Pink Harvey, March 28; Ottis Harris, March 8.

Poplar Corner.  (May 22, 1930)

Brother J. H. McGowen, Sr. Passed away yesterday evening, Saturday, May 17, at a quarter past three.  Bro. McGowen was one of DeSoto County’s oldest and best citizens.  I have known him for more than forty years.  I always found him to be straight and honest.  He was one of my best friends.  He will be buried today at two o’clock at the Cumberland church near Horn Lake.  I can say another good man gone where sickness and sorrow, pain and death are felt and feared no more.

[John H. McGowen – 1850 – 1930.  Buried in New Bethlehem Cemetery.]

Alphaba Notes.  (May 22, 1930)

Mr. Reed Hudson, who formerly lived near Mt. Manna church, but now lives in Memphis, was married the latter part of last week to Miss Edyth Wallace, who was one of the teachers in the Greenleaf Consolidated School the past term.

Miss Alice Merrill, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Merrill, near Greenleaf church, was married last Saturday to Mr. Ray Scruggs, of Independence.

Olive Branch News.  (May 22, 1930)

Mr. Richard L. Bowen, who had been employed as mechanic by the Olive Branch Motor Corporation for the past month, was found dead in his room on the second floor of the Chevrolet building last Sunday morning.  Mr. Bowen occupied the room alone.  He3 was 48 years old.  Esq. E. L. Rikard conducted an inquest, and turned the body over to Mr. Bowen’s sister, Mrs. Pearl Tigniere, of Memphis, who immediately called Memphis undertakers.  Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Ben Cox, Memphis, Tuesday.

Shower for Mrs. Nelson.  (May 22, 1930)

On May 8 Mrs. Benj. K. Allen entertained with a shower in honor of Mrs. C. F. Nelson, nee Miss Conner Mae Scott, a recent bride.
The rooms thrown open to the guests were beautifully adorned with spring blossoms in a pink and white color motiff.
The guests enjoyed a “heart” contest in which Mrs. Taylor Buntin, of Nesbitt, was the fortunate contestant.  Little Cecelia Allen dressed as a “special delivery” boy rang the bell and announced that she had some special delivery mail for Mrs. C. F. Nelson.  The bride received many beautiful gifts.
An ice course was served consisting of white ice cream with a pink heart center and individual pink cakes decorated with valley lillies.

Rucker Clayton Dead.  (May 22, 1930)

A well-known old negro citizen, Rucker Clayton, of Hernando, died Tuesday morning about 5:30.  Clayton moved to Hernando a few years ago from the Lake Cormorant neighborhood, where he owned a place.
He had been in ill health for some time prior to his death.

Aged Negro Dies.  (May 22, 1930)

Robert Allen, negro farmer who lived west of Nesbitt, died Monday night at his home.  He had been afflicted for some time, and his death was not unexpected.  He was about eighty years old.

Personnel and Local Notes.  (June 12, 1930)

Alice Corrinne is the name of a girl baby born Sunday to Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Sinquefield, near the Lynn place southwest of town.

Births During April in DeSoto County.  (June 12, 1930)

As reported to the Bureau of Vital Statistics, births of white children were as follows in DeSoto County in April:
Earl Lamar Denham, girl, April 13.
Chas. H. Humphreys, boy, April 2.
W. B. Turner, girl, April 8.
C. Melvin Ross, girl, April 12.
Charles O. Mason, boy, April 16.
Granville N. Edmundson, boy, April 2.
Willie T. Miller, girl, April 28.
Hewey Oswalt, girl, April 18.
Walter Miller Davis, boy, April 10.
Jesse James Looney, boy, April 13.

Deaths During April in DeSoto County.  (June 12, 1930)

As reported to the Bureau of Vital Statistics, the following named persons died during April:

White – Henry Walter Littlejohn, Dr. Jenner Harvey McNeil, Will Davis, William Henry McLemore.
Black – Dr. McMaghon, Floyd McDaniel, Warren Moss, Mack Smith, Jr., Infant of Shelley Lewis, Isabell McGee, John Cloyd, Ellen Blue, Infant of James Hall, Infant of Pleas Braxton, Hugh Price, Infant of Commodore Nichols, Ed Bowen, Sufrenia Burton, Ben Williams, Suthus Aikens, Lemp Carroll, Mike Blackman, Infant of Preston Harvey, Victoria Brown, Captola G. Brady.

Death Calls L. L. Pointer.  (June 19, 1930)

Mr. L. L. Pointer, well-known citizen who made his home with the Lynn family three miles southwest of Hernando, died about 5:30 last Friday afternoon.
For many years he had been in ill health, suffering from a chronic trouble that was gradually sapping his strength and vitality.  About thirty-six hours prior to his death he lapsed into a state of coma, and his death was apparently painless.
Mr. Pointer was born sixty-eight years ago near Capleville, Tenn.  He was a member of a prominent family of that section.  Thirty-five years ago he married Miss Susie Oliver Yates, daughter of Mrs. H. J. Lynn and sister of Robert Yates, of Hernando, who survives her husband.
For about a quarter of a century Mr. Pointer had traveled as a representative of the Memphis Paper Company.  He was a successful salesman and saved a considerable portion of his earnings.  A man of commendable energy, he was always busy until ill health slowed up his activities.  Even during his days of suffering he would leave his room occasionally to do some work in the garden or around the house.  He was a member of the Hernando Episcopal church, and funeral services were held in this church Sunday afternoon at 2:30 by Rev. T. N. Brincefield, of Como, the pastor.
Many old friends who were grieved to learn of Mr. Pointer’s death gathered at the church to pay the last tribute to his memory and to follow the body to its resting place in the Baptist cemetery, where loving hands covered the grave with fragrant flowers.
His county and community suffer a loss in the death of this useful citizen.

[Levette L. Pointer, 1862 – 1930.  Buried in Hernando Baptist Cemetery along with his wife, Susie Yates Pointer, 1870 – 1949.]

Stonewall – Ingrams Mill.  (June 19, 1930)

Mr. Tom Long was called to the Chalmers place Friday to hold an inquest.  Mr. John King, about eighty years old, who had been in poor health for some time, was found dead in his home with a pistol bullet in his temple.  Mrs. King had only been out of the room a short time when she heard a shot, and she ran into the room where Mr. King lay across a cot dying.  A pistol lay on the floor where it had fallen from the dying man’s hand.  An opened dresser drawer bore evidence of the weapon’s former location.  Despondency because of his failing health is believed to have been the motive of his suicide.

Personal and Local Notes.  (June 19, 1930)

The marriage of Miss Inez Billingsley, of Horn Lake, to Mr. Ray Shackelford, of Memphis, has been announced by Miss Billingsley’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Billingsley.  The wedding ceremony will be at Horn Lake Methodist church at 8 o’clock Friday evening, June 27.

Long and Useful Life Ends.  (June 26, 1930)

The sufferings of Mrs. E. B. Lauderdale, of Bright community, who had been a bed-ridden invalid for more than a year, ended with her death Tuesday morning about eleven o’clock at her home.  Had she lived until some date in next October she would have reached the 85th anniversary of her birth.
More than 84 years ago she was born in Miffling, Tenn., the daughter of Dr. And Mrs. P. B. Cobb.  In 1872 she was united in marriage to Mr. E. B. Lauderdale.  Several children were born to the couple; those surviving being Messrs. J. C. Lauderdale, D. R. Lauderdale, Edward Lauderdale, Mrs. R. M. Lusher, all of this county, and Mrs. W. A. Johnston, of Little Rock, Ark.
Mrs. Lauderdale was a loveable character and all who came to know her became her friends and learned to value her worth.  Her influence was always for good, and was felt by all with whom she came in contact.  She was a devoted mother and wife and leaves with her loved ones dear memories of kindness, gentleness, and loving attention that time can never efface.  Truly a good woman is gone who lived a life of usefulness and high purpose.
The funeral took place Wednesday forenoon at 10 o’clock, conducted by Rev. F. H. McGee, of Hernando, and burial followed in California cemetery.  A large number followed her to her resting place.
The husband, Mr. E. B. Lauderdale, an old and honored citizen of the county, survives her.

[Lenora P. Lauderdale, 2 Oct 1845 – 24 June 1930, is buried in Baker’s Chapel Methodist Church Cemetery.  Her husband, Eli B. Lauderdale, 11 Sep 1843 – 4 Dec 1931, is also buried there.  He served in Co. C, Ballentine’s Cavalry, CSA.]

Around Glenns Chapel.  (June 26, 1930)

We all sympathize with Mr. and Mrs. Darrell Thomas in the loss of their little daughter, Peggy Jean.

[Peggy Jean Thomas, 21 Oct 1929 – 14 June 1930.]

Old Vet Passes Away.  (June 26, 1930).

DeSoto County lost one of its old Confederate soldiers Sunday when the final summons came to Mr. J. H. Boggan, of Eudora community.  For several months he had been ill and confined to his bed much of the time.
Mr. Boggan was 83 years old at the time of his death.  The earlier part of his life was spent in the Lewisburg community, but several years ago he moved to the Eudora neighborhood.  He was a good citizen and a good man and was proud to be numbered as one of that gallant band who so valiantly fought for the Lost Cause.  Many old friends who knew him and held him in high esteem will be grieved to learn of his death.
His remains were carried to Lewisburg for interment in the Boggan cemetery near that place, where the burial took place Monday afternoon at 3 o’clock, the services being conducted by Rev. N. L. Roberts, pastor of the Baptist church at Eudora.
The deceased is survived by his widow.

[James H. Boggan, Sept. 1847 – 20 June 1930.  Served in Co. A, Blythe’s Battalion, according to the 1906 C.S. veteran enumeration.  Listed on the Record of Paroled Prisoners of War Reported by the Provost Marshal of West Tennessee in May and June 1865.  According to his widow’s C.S. pension application, he enlisted 7 Mar 1864 and was imprisoned in Memphis, TN, when the war concluded.   Widow, Mary Downer Boggan, 29 Sep 1852 – 4 Mar 1931]

Lewisburg Items.  (June 26, 1930)

Was sorry to hear of the death of Mr. Jim Boggan, Sr., of Eudora, Sunday.  The body was brought to the Boggan cemetery for burial Monday afternoon.  A host of friends and relatives met to pay the last tribute.

Personal and Local Notes.  (June 26, 1930)

Born to Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Harris, of Lake Cormorant, Saturday, June 21, a son, who has been named Elijah Wesley Jr.

Poplar Corner.  (July 3, 1930)

Last Sunday DeSoto County lost another one of her good citizens.  Comrade Jim Boggan, of near Eudora, crossed over the river to be with his friends and rest in the shade of the trees over there.  I have known Comrade Boggan for the past sixty-five years.  He was my friend, and I must say DeSoto County has lost a good man.  Peace to his ashes.

Lynchburg Locals.  (July 3, 1930)

Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Gilbert are receiving congratulations on the arrival of a son June 13.  The young man has been named Leslie Aaron Gilbert.

Vaughn – Banks.  (July 3, 1930)

On Wednesday, July 2, Miss Zula Louise Vaughn, of Columbus, and Mr. George Bourdon Banks, of Hernando, were married in Columbus at the home of Mrs. Cyrus A. Thompson, the aunt of the bride.  Rev. R. O. Brown, of Amory, an uncle of the bride, officiated.
George Banks is the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Mack Banks Jr. And is associated in business with the firm of Banks & Company.
The bride is a lovely and charming young girl, and has many friends in Hernando, having attended high school here and being a niece of Mrs. Zula Buntin.
After a wedding trip Mr. and Mrs. Banks will make their home in Hernando.

Good Citizen Gone.  (July 3, 1930)

Mr. John Dodds, well-known and highly esteemed citizen of the Days community, died about two o’clock Tuesday morning.  Death followed a long illness from a chronic trouble.
Mr. Dodds was born in August 1867, and with the exception of a few years, lived all his life in DeSoto County.
He spent some time in Texas and New Mexico, but soon returned to DeSoto.  He followed the trade of carpenter, and was a man who took pride in doing good work.  During his last years he devoted his attention to farming.  After the death of his wife he lived with his sister, Mrs. Lizzie Womack, and his niece, Miss Katherine Palmer, was also a member of the small family group.
Mr. Dodds lived a useful life and so conducted himself that he always held the respect, confidence, and esteem of all who knew him.
His remains were given burial Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock at New Bethlehem cemetery, Rev. W. P. Bailey, of Horn Lake, conducting services.

Lake Cormorant News.  (July 3, 1930)

The many friends of Mrs. E. K. Holloway regret to hear of the death of her father, Mr. Walter Taylor, of Como, who died last Thursday.

Olive Branch News.  (July 3, 1930)

Will Turner, colored, who is employed by Mr. W. M. Birmingham to work on the county roads, shot and killed George Washington, colored, at the former’s home here in town last Saturday night.

Billingsley – Shackelford.  (July 3, 1930)

On Friday evening, June 27, Miss Inez Billingsley and Mr. Ray Shackelford, both of Memphis, but formerly of DeSoto County, were married in the Horn Lake Methodist church by Rev. W. P. Bailey.
The church was beautifully decorated with Shasta daisies, ferns and candelabra filled with white tapers.
The wedding music was played by Miss Terrell Payne, and Mrs. W. P. Bailey sang “I Love You Truly” and “Sweetest Story Ever Told.”
The bride was given away by her brother, Leo Billingsley, with whom she entered the church.  There were two bridesmaids, Misses Ruth Shackelford and Pauline Davis, and a matron of honor, Mrs. Floyd Gentry, sister of the bride.
The groomsmen were Charles Shackelford, Ralph Rafferty, and Clarence Hale.  Jack Foster, of Memphis, served as best man.
Little Raymond Turman was ring bearer, and Marjorie Lou Ray and Margaret Willingham were flower girls.
The bridesmaids wore green, orchid, and pink gowns and carried arm bouquets of roses.  The matron of honor was gowned in lavender georgette.
The bride wore white with a white hat, and carried bride’s roses and lillies of the valley.
After the wedding a reception was held at the home of the bride’s mother.  The wedding cake was cut by the guests, and an ice course was served.
Immediately after the reception Mr. and Mrs. Shackelford left for Memphis, where they will be at home to their friends at 1333 Willett Street.

Cranmer Boyce Dies in South America.  (July 3, 1930)

Cranmer Ridley Boyce, of Memphis, head of the cotton buying and exporting firm of Boyce, Gautier & Co., of that city, died last Saturday afternoon at Lima, Peru.  He had been in this South American country since last April.  A few years ago his form opened an office in Lima for the purpose of buying and exporting cotton from that country, which is now producing about a third of a million bales annually.
Mr. Boyce was a native of DeSoto County, having been born and reared here.  He went into the cotton business thirty or more years ago, and his firm was one of the best known cotton buyers and exporters in this country.  Several times his business took him to England and other European countries.
His body is being transported from South America to Memphis for burial.
Mr. Boyce was a man of ability, energy, and excellent business acumen, and had many friends.  He is said to have died from heart trouble.
He leaves a widow, Mrs. Hallie Boyce, two daughters, Mrs. William Britton, Jr., and Miss Jane Boyce, a son, C. R. Boyce, his mother, Mrs. Mildred Boyce; James M. Boyce, a brother; Mrs. Bessie Jones and Mrs. Charles Patterson, two sisters.
It will be about the end of the second week in July before the body reaches Memphis.

[Cranmer Ridley Boyce was born February 6, 1879 in Marshall Co., MS.]

In Memory of Little Peggy Jean Thomas.  (July 3, 1930)

Sleep on, Peggy, darling.  You leave a vacancy never to be filled.  God claims His own.  Feeling that the ripened fruit may be gathered, it seems cruel that the bud should be taken, but since it’s the will of the All-Wise Father we know that it’s best and will try to accept the cross and bear it.
                                                      HER GRANDMOTHER

Lewisburg Items.  (July 3, 1930)

This community was saddened by the death of Mr. T. D. Boggan last Friday afternoon.  He was 88 years old last February 3.  Burial in the Boggan cemetery Saturday afternoon where his brother, Mr. Jim Boggan, four days earlier was laid to rest.  A host of relatives and friends attended both burials.

[Thomas D. Boggan, February 3, 1842 – June 27, 1930.  Enlisted in Co. D, 1st MS Infantry 20 Aug 1861.  Wounded at Port Hudson, LA, 1863 and was absent due to wounds at the end of the war.]

Ella Strong Dead.  (October 9, 1930)

Ella Strong, 74, colored, mother of Joe Strong, died in Memphis Monday.
She was a life-long resident of DeSoto County, and was well respected.  She had twelve grandchildren.
She was buried Wednesday in Zion Hill cemetery.

[Died October 6, 1930.]

Lynchburg Locals.  (October 9, 1930)

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Seckt are receiving congratulations over the arrival of a young son, Rayner Irving.  Mother and baby are doing fine.

Stonewall – Ingrams Mill.  (October 16, 1930)

News has just reached here of the death at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday of little Ruth Lee Carter, of Memphis.  For more than three weeks the little child had suffered from erysipelas, and as her condition grew worse the last few days her death was not unexpected.  Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the mother who has so patiently and faithfully kept her vigil at the bedside anxiously striving to make the suffering less and fervently prayer that the little one might be spared.  However, we know that dear grieved mother will realize that God's way is best, and with the assurance that in the hereafter she will again see her darling baby, she will bow to God’s will and live for those who remain in her home until she too shall go to a land free of grief and pain.

[March 31, 1929 – October 14, 1930.  Daughter of George D. Carter and Evie Elizabeth Lee.  Buried in Byhalia, MS.]

Death Calls S. W. Nail.  (October 16, 1930)

Mr. S. W. Nail died in Memphis Tuesday afternoon, October 14.  He had been ill only a few days.
Mr. Nail was born in DeSoto County, at Oak Grove, January 27, 1853.  Most of his early life was spent at Eudora, but later he moved to Memphis.
He was a man of gentle but strong character, and numbered his friends by his acquaintances.
The funeral services were conducted at Oak Grove Baptist church by Rev. W. M. Bailey, pastor of Eudora Methodist church, of which Mr. Nail had been a member since early manhood.
Mr. Nail is survived by his wife, Mr. Ida Norris Nail, a daughter, Mrs. W. W. Cox, of Eudora; a sister, Mrs. C. E. Emerson, of Hernando; and a brother, Mr. J. D. Nail, of Oak Grove.

[Sam W. Nail.  His parents were G. W. Nail (1818 – 1886) and Carolina Wheeler (1829 – 1921).]

Pleas Sandidge Dead.  (October 16, 1930)

Pleas Sandidge, colored, living west of Nesbitt, died the latter part of last week and was buried at Rising Sun church.
He was 80 years old, had lived in his own farm, which he looked after himself.
He had earned the respect and good will of both white and black.

Joe Boone Passes Away.  (October 16, 1930)

Joe Boone, colored, died Monday evening in Memphis, where he had been taken for an operation.
Joe had been employed for some time on street work in Hernando.
His wife, Berta McNeill Boone, survives him.

Frances Katherine Broadway.  (November 6, 1930)

On the afternoon of October 27, 1930, the spirit of Francis Katherine Broadway, who was just 16, took its departure for that home not made with hands, eternal life in the heavens.
Katherine was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Broadway, of Lewisburg, Miss.
She was a tenth-grade student in the Hernando school, and ranked high in her classes.  She was loved and admired for her kind and loving disposition and christian character, never failing to let people know where she stood by her kind and loving words.  She joined the Methodist church at the age of ten.
Funeral rites were held by Rev. Lester James, of Cockrum, and others who knew and loved her.
Besides a grief-stricken mother and father, Katherine leaves five sisters and four brothers, and many relatives and friends.  Although we are deeply grieved over the loss of this dear one, yet God’s will be done.
                                                      ONE WHO LOVED HER.

[Buried in Ebenezer Cemetery, as are her parents, Clement M. Broadway (1868 – 1957) and Olivia Greer Broadway (1884 – 1955).]


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