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.
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.
March Birth Report. (May 22, 1930)
As reported to the Bureau of Vital Statistics:
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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
[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.
[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.
[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.
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.
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.
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.
[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.
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.
[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.
[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.
Joe Boone Passes Away. (October 16, 1930)
Joe Boone, colored, died Monday evening in Memphis, where he had been taken for an operation.
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.
[Buried in Ebenezer Cemetery, as are her parents, Clement M. Broadway (1868 – 1957) and Olivia Greer Broadway (1884 – 1955).]
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