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The Bible of John James Houston of New Albany, MS

Submitted and Transcribed by Martha Glenn Stephens, great granddaughter, of Oxford, MS

Present Owner--Betty Webb, grandaughter, of Lafayette, LA

Transcribed exactly as written with explanations in italics

On front fly page

J. J. Houston Family Bible

Bought of M. H. Sherrill at Louisville, Ky

Price $2.50 Dec. 1, 1879

Title Page

The Holy Bible



No. 617 Sanson Street.

Marriage Certificate

J. J. Houston and Amma McEachin

United in matrimony at M. McEachin’s on the Fourth January 1877

In the presence of Rev. Boyles, D. L. Bogard, and the families of each

On blank page

J. J. Houston was born April 11th 1855

J. J. Houston died October 21, 1939--age 83

Amma Houston was born March 29th 1857

Departed this life Nov. 23, 1911 Gone but not forgotten

J. J. Houston married second time to Mrs. Fannie Arnold

April 17th 1917 at Cleveland, Miss

Fannie Arnold was Frances Louisa Warren, md 1st John Walker Houston, 1st cousin of J. J. Houston, md 2nd Mr. Arnold


(children of J. J. Houston and Amma McEachin)

Malcom Alexander Houston was borned on the 23rd of September 1877

Malcolm was baptised by Rev. J. H. Brooks May 1878

Guy Mason Houston was born on the 12th of March 1879

Guy was Baptised by Rev. R. H. Ellis 1879

Bessie or Martha Elisabeth Houston was born Febry 28th 1881

Bessie was Baptised by Rev. B. F. Philips Aug 1882

James Giles Houston was borned Oct 16th 1884

Jamie was baptised by Rev. T. A. oates in Sept 1885

Joseph M. Houston was borned Sept 21st 1886

Charles Ray Houston was born Aug 18th 1888

Estelle Houston was born Oct 13, 1889

Estelle was baptized by Rev. K. A. Jones

Catherine Houston was born July 10, 1894

Mary Amma Houston was born Sept 12 1903

Mary Amma was baprised b Rev. L. M. Lipscomb

Explanations for page of births

Joe M. Houston was Joseph McEachin Houston

Mary Amma Houston wrote Mary in front of her original name of Amma Houston and entered her baptism herself as a child.

All of the children were born in Abbeville, MS except Mary Amma who was born in New Albany, MS.


Infant son born March 16th 1883. Not named.

Malcom Houston died Apr 18 1892 age 15

Charles died June 26, 1908

Guy M. Houston died February 4, 1934 (Sunday) age 55

Katherine Houston Milam died Dec. 14, 1938 (44)

Joe M. Houston died Dec. 4, 1941 (55)

Bessie Houston Taylor died May 2, 1946

Jamie G. Houston died Jan. 4, 1956 age 71

Estelle Houston died February 25, 1963 age 73

Amma Houston Webb died Nov 18, 1973 age 70

Explanations for page of deaths

All deaths are of the children of John James Houston and Amma McEachin.

Infant son and Malcolm are buried in Abbeville, MS

Charles, Guy, Katherine, Bessie, Jamie, and Estelle are buried in New Albany, MS

Joe is buried in Hope, AR

Amma is buried in Jackson, MS


Guy was married to Martha Parks Jan. 2nd 1902

Bessie was married to Ben T. Taylor Dec 7, 1902

Jamie was married to Mary Armor Oct 1908 Mary died Jany 31 1918

Joe was married to Annie Lou Anderson Sept 6th 1909

Amma was married to W. C. Webb August 2, 1930

Katherine was married to John F. Milam Jan 1 1933

Explanations for page of marriages

Martha Adele Parks

Benjamin Turner Taylor

Winchell Clifford Webb

Jamie was later married about 1923 to Marjorie Myrtle Scott who is the mother of his children.

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