Friday morning, Jan. 6, 1871
The Reporter

To our Friends – We have been exceedingly indulgent during 1870. We have a large amount due us, and are in need of money. We request our friends to settle as early as possible. B. H. Smith & Co.
R. R. Accident – We learn that on Tuesday night, a fearful accident happened on the Miss. and Tenn. Railroad, by which ten or twelve persons were killed, and many wounded. It is reported that Capt. Dabney Scales, formerly of this county, is among the wounded. We trust the rumor is false.

Change of Firm – Our most worthy friend, Watson Mason, has become associated with J. B. Mattison, and the style of the firm is Mattison & Mason. This firm has one of the largest and best assortments of Hardware in Mississippi, and is deservedly popular.

1870 – During the year 1870, there were issued, by the proper officers of Marshall County, 410 licenses to marry. Of these, 181 couples were whites and 229 negroes. These were against 355 couples during 1869, (208 couples negroes and 147 whites.)

Stolen – From the subscriber, on the 28th of December, 1870, 1 Mare Mule, dark brown or nearly black; above medium size, her mane and tail closely trimmed. $20 reward will be given for said mule delivered to me in Tippah county, Miss. 12 miles south of Saulsbury, Tenn. Jonas McDonald.

J. P. – Gov. Alcorn has made a good appointment for Justice of the Peace, for Red Banks, in the person of our friend, Capt. John R. Goodwin. John is an intelligent gentleman, and was one of the truest and bravest soldiers in the Confederate armies. He will make a no. 1 officer, and will fearlessly discharge his duties.

A Good Thing – Our friend, G. A. Palm, has bought the county right for making and selling Matheny's celebrated Patent Churn. Persons who have tried this Churn, pronounce it the simplest and most useful made.

To Be Hanged – Next Friday, 13th, is the day set for the hanging of Edmund Tunstall, negro, convicted at the last term of our Circuit Court. Arrangements are making for his execution.

Robert Hastings, at the Depot, has made arrangements with the celebrated Rolla Mill, Missouri, to keep him regularly furnished with their brand of Flour, which is acknowledged to be the best in market. Mr. H. will sell cheap, and delivers all articles free of charge.

Militia – According to the returns, the militia force of Marshall county appears to be as follows: Total, 4,004; whites, 1,782; negroes, 2,222. They are distributed according to beats as follows: Beat No. 1, whites, 410, negroes, 552 (962); No. 2, whites, 159, negroes, 262 (421); No. 3, whites 524, negroes, 786 (1,310); No. 4, whites, 410, negroes, 475 (885); No. 5, whites, 279, negroes, 147 (426).

Stabbing Affray – On Monday night, January 2d, a difficulty occurred at Allen & Munn's Saloon, in Holly Springs, in which J. H. Austin stabbed a young man, whose name we have not learned, in the shoulder, inflicting an ugly and serious wound. We have not the cause of the difficulty. The young man is doing well, though suffering considerably.

The Weather – Several days of Christmas week were as cold as were ever experienced by our “oldest inhabitant”. One morning the thermometer was as low as 6 degrees above 0, which was remarkably cold for this latitude. Several days were rainy and blustering, and the enjoyment of the holiday was marred by bad weather. At present writing, although quite cold, the weather is clear, bright and bracing. We may expect a change soon, and should prepare for a disagreeable spell.

Ball – The grand Masonic Ball will be given sometime during the first week in February. It will be a grand affair. A full brass band has been engaged, and preparations are making to render the Ball one of the most brilliant that ever came off in the South.

Chancery Court – Owing to the absence of his Honor, Judge Stearns, who was suddenly called North to see his sick father, the January Term of the Chancery Court was not held. P. S. – Since the above was put in typed, Judge S. has returned, and the Court is now in session (Thursday).

For a nice drink, call in at Fred Marett's. His is one of the neatest saloons in the State.

Married – At the residence of the bride's uncle, 8½ miles southeast of Holly Springs, on Wednesday evening, Dec. 22d, 1870, by Rev. W. P. Mothershed, Peter C. McFadden, of Benton County, and Miss Julia Thomson of Marshall.

In Marshall county, Miss., 9 miles southeast of Holly Springs, on Wednesday, Dec. 28th, 1870, by Rev. W. P. Mothershed, Joseph D. Powell, of Collierville, Tenn., and Miss Sallie Ann McFadden, of Benton county.

In Marshall county, on Wednesday, Dec. 21st, 1870, by J. M. Brooks, J. P., Chas. H. Jones and Miss Callie A. Beckerdite; both of Marshall.

Near N. Mt. Pleasant, Dec. 5th, by the Rev. N. L. Wilson, Mr. J. Burkhart, of DeSoto Co., Miss., and Miss Cinda Bevell, Marshall Co. Success to the noble bridegroom in wooing and winning one of Marshall's pretty, amiable and lovely girls. May happiness attend them through life.

At the residence of the bride's uncle, Col. Jno. B. Fant, 4 miles west of Holly Springs, on Wednesday, Dec. 21st, 1870, by Rev. John Moss, Mr. Edward T. Fant and Miss Maria C. Barber; both of Marshall.

In Holly Springs, at the residence of the bride's father, John D. Fennell, by Rev. J. H. Brooks, Mr. Fred O. Hail and Miss Belle Fennel; both of Marshall. We congratulate the happy couple upon the event which has united them soul and soul together. The gallant bridegroom has won the love of just such a woman as he deserved, and no friend wishes him a long life of undisturbed felicity more earnestly and sincerely than we do. Many nor care mar the happiness of the present, but may life, to him and his lovely bride, be always bright as now.

Near Red Banks, Marshall Co., Miss., Dec. 21st, 1870, by John F. Goodwin, J. P., Mr. M. T. Scott and Mrs. E. M. Barker; both of Marshall. May love and peace ever attend the newly wedded pair through life.

In Marshall county, on Wednesday, Dec. 28th, 1870, by Rev. S. B. Canon, Mr. George Hudspeth and Miss Musidora M. Webb; both of Marshall.

In Marshall county, on Thursday, Dec. 29th, 1870, by D. M. Davis, J. P., Mr. R. B. Odum and Miss Mary Benton; both of Marshall.

In Holly Springs, on Sunday, January 1st, 1870, by H. A. Cooper, Mayor and ex-officio J. P., Mr. S. J. Smith and Miss Sallie Ramey; both of Marshall.

In Bolivar, Tenn., on the morning of the 3d of January, 1871, by Rev. S. B. Smart, Mr. Chas. Donoho, of Holly Springs and Miss Mollie Sheets; of Bolivar.

In Marshall county, Dec. 14th, 1870, by Rev. M. H. Horn, Wm. Bower and Miss Laura J. Bayliss; both of Marshall.

In Holly Springs, at the residence of the bride's bother-in-law, on Tuesday, Dec. 20th, 1870, by Rev. Wm. Shepherd, Pastor Methodist Church, Mr. J. L. Loftin and Miss Caroline Lavinia Cottrell; both of Holly Springs.

In Marshall county, Dec. 21st, 1870, by Rev. J. H. Brooks, Mr. G. R. Greenacre and Miss M. E. Wiggins, both of Marshall.

At the residence of the bride's brothers in the village of Brinkley, Arkansas, Dec. 25, 1870, by the Rev. Mr. Brakefield, Mr. J. C. Bryan, late of Tyro, Miss., and Miss Jennie Goodwin, late of Water Valley, Miss. With all the candor of St. Paul, we say in the language of Rip Van Winkle, “May they and all their family always live long and be happy.”

December 15, 1870, at the residence of the bride's father, by the Rev. E. Jackson, Dr. George E. Gray of LaGrange, Ark., and Miss S. R. Sloam, of Phillips county, Ark.

Shot – On the 15th of December, 1870, a difficulty occurred on the Pipkin farm near Red Banks, in Marshall county, between two negroes, named Harrison Taylor, alias George Harris, and Isaac Alexander. Isaac was shot in the stomach, and severely wounded. Harris escaped, and went to Memphis, where he was arrested by the police. Our Sheriff brought him to Holly Springs, and lodged him in jail. Isaac is recovering although at the time his wound was thought to be mortal.

Died – At the residence of her mother, Mrs. Mary A. Musgrave, 8 miles southeast of Holly Springs, on Sunday morning, Dec. 25, 1870, of consumption, Miss Caledonia Musgrave; aged about 16 years.

In Panola county, near Pleasant Mount, on Sunday morning, Dec. 18, 1870, Mrs. Anna Henry Wilbourn, daughter of the late Dr. B. W. Ross, of Holly Springs, and wife of Capt. Miles L. Wilbourn; aged 24 years, 9 months and 15 days. Obituary next week.

In Holly Springs, Miss., on Sunday evening, Dec. 25th, 1870, at 11 o'clock, Mrs. H. Record, aged, 60 years. The deceased had been a citizen of Marshall county for nearly forty years. She was a devoted wife and mother, a kind neighbor, and was respected by all who knew her. She has died full of years and of honors, and has gone to reap the reward promised to the faithful on earth. May we initiate her blessed example, and, like her, be prepared to meet the change which will introduce us into joys and glories unspeakable.

On Christmas morning, Dec. 25th, 1870, of diphtheria, Hyder Tipoo, son of Col. James A. and Mary A. Grier, aged 4 years and 3 months.

At the residence of his son, Rev. N. D. Wilson, near Byhalia, Marshall County, Miss., Dec. 22d, 1870, John Gaines Wilson, in the 91st year of his age. The subject of his notice was born in Caswell County, N. C., near the Red House; and was the son of Maj. Robt. Wilson, who served in the revolutionary war; was married in 1820 to Miss Sophia Norfleet, daughter of Nathaniel Norfleet of Person county, N. C., moved to Marshall county, Miss., in 1837, and settled in Chulahoma, where he lived for twenty years, spending his time in teaching, writing deeds, powers of attorney, mortgages and surveying. He wrote a work on practical surveying, and several other good practical works. He was an upright, conscientious, honest man. He never attached himself to any Church, but expressed himself willing to die. Just before he died, he sayed he had outlived all he had ever known early in life, and had during his last years, tried to be ready for death. Peace to his memory. J. N.

Parties – During the holidays, several very pleasant parties were given by our young folks. One given on Wednesday night at the residence of Col. H. W. Walter, complimentary to our friend, Robt. W. Fort, and his lovely bride, was attended by the beauty and chivalry of the city and country. Several beautiful ladies from Oxford were in attendance, and won all hearts. We have heard a person, who ought to know, say that there were present at the party in question more handsome ladies, more superbly attired, then he ever seen at a gathering in Holly Springs. The parties at Franklin Hall, on Thursday evening, and at Early Grove, on Friday evening, were pleasant and delightful affairs. Long wave Christmas, and long prosper our noble people.

Teachers – On Friday and Saturday, Dec. 23d and 24th, many persons appeared before the Board of School Directors, and were examined for positions as teachers in the Free Schools. The examinations were by printed questions, and were quite searching and thorough. On last Tuesday, they were resumed. In our next issue, we will publish the names of the successful candidates, and the schools or districts to which they have been assigned. In a few days, the system of free schools will be in operation in our midst. We trust the whole community may be benefited. Our people are disposed to give the new order a full and fair trial.

H. S. District – We find in the Western Methodist the following appointments for Quarterly Meetings for Holly Springs District, M. E. Church, South: Marshall circuit, at Marshall Female Institute, Jan. 7th and 8th; Early Grove circuit, at Hudsonville, Jan. 14th and 15th; Lamar circuit at Wesley Chapel, Jan. 21st and 22d; Salem circuit, at Chapel Hill, Jan. 28th and 29th; Byhalia and New Salem, Feb. 4th and 5th; Byhalia circuit, Feb. 11th and 12th; Holly Springs circuit, at Pleasant Grove, Feb. 18th and 19th; Hickory Flat circuit, at Pleasant Grove, Feb. 25th and 26th; Cornersville circuit, at Cornersville, March 4th and 5th.

The Census – Full returns of the census of Marshall County, returned to the Circuit Clerk on Tuesday last, by the Assessor, show the following statistics: Total population of the county 22,508; whites 11, 738, negroes 13,770. White males over 21 - 2,796; under 3,213; negro males over 21 - 2,637; under 4,094; white females over 21 - 2,634; under 3,122; negro females over 21 - 2,965; under 4,074. White electors who have registered 2,179; negro electors who have registered 2,140. White and negroes, qualified electors, who have not registered 999. Whites laboring under disabilities imposed by the XIVth Amendment, 88. Of the qualified electors, who have not registered, three-fourths are whites who were prevented by Act of Congress from registering to vote on reconstruction.

The Herald – Capt. W. R. Spears, a gallant soldier, a noble gentleman, an able writer, a true unflinching Southerner, and one of our best friends, has retired from the Vicksburg Herald. In common with the entire State, we mourn the loss at this time, of the services of the noble and gallant Spears. He will be succeeded by the fearless and able McCardle.

S. S. – The following Sunday School Statistics of Holly Springs District, M. E. Church, South, were returned to the late Conference at Water Valley: Sunday Schools 31; superintendents and teachers 159; scholars 1,141; volumes in library 2,491; Visitors taken 167; moneys expended $183.65.

The Peabody – Under its present management, this fine Memphis Hotel is flourishing. And deservedly, for it is a first class house. The fare is excellent; the rooms neat, and the managers kind and accommodating. Mr. Jno. A. Fleet, late of the Louisville Hotel, is chief clerk; and our friend, Irwin Dugan, formerly of this place, is also in the office; and to be otherwise than accommodating, he does not know how.

The Double Homicide – Our correspondent at Cornersville, writing under date of Dec. 20th, 1870, gives the following account of the unfortunate affair which happened in that place on Saturday evening the 17th, which resulted in the death of two citizens. “A very serious affair occurred in our peaceful and quiet village on the evening of Saturday, Dec. 17th, which resulted in the death of Thomas Miller, who was killed upon the ground, and Booker Ford, who died on this morning, from a gun shot wound to the right shoulder. Miller was shot just above the collar bone, and just to the left of the centre of the throat. The difficulty originated from an old family feud, and was a deliberate affair. I state, to the credit of the village, that I have never seen a more sober and orderly crowd in any town than was in Cornersville on the evening of the difficulty; neither Miller nor Ford was a citizen of that place nor of Marshall County. The shooting occurred about dark, and the business houses were all closed, and the citizens were at their dwellings. None of them were present during the difficulty, and know nothing of it except what they have heard.”

Marriages – During the month of Dec., 1870, the Circuit Clerk of Marshall county issued licenses to marry to the following named parties, to-wit: J. J. Gant and Sallie Meratt (1st), Solomon Dudley Liles and Caledonia Harris (2nd), J. H. Buckheart and L. V. Bevill (5th), Leonidas Parham and Fannie Petty Pool (5th), J. A. White and Elsira Alderson (8th), John J. Salmon and Sallie D. Allen (12th), William Bower and Laura L. Bayliss (12th), W. C. Henderson and Sarah E. Simmons (12th), T. C. Ingram and Lulu Alexander (14th), Morris W. Ragsdale and Sarah Ann M. Cox (15th), John W. Robinson and Mollie J. Rook (16th), Wm. R. Mallock and Jennie L. Slocumb (17th), D. Saddler and Mary T. Morphis (17th), Thomas J. Freeman and Eliza Martin (20th), John M. Campbell and Mary E. Stewart (10th), P. C. McFadden and Julia A. Thompson (20th), J. L. Loftin and Carrie Lavinia Cottrell (20th), M. J. Scott and E. H. Barker (20th), Charles H. Jones and Callie A. Beckerdite (21st), G. R. Greenacre and M. E. Wiggin (20th), Edward T. Fant and M. C. Barber (21st), Fred. O. Hail and Belle Fennell (22d), J. W. Harmon and Nancy Josephine Leeton (23d), R. L. Scott and Belle Stewart (24th), S. D. Bards and E. S. Evans (26th), James H. Heflin and Elizabeth Smith (31st), S. D. Power and Caroline Young (31st), Joseph D. Powell and Sarah A. McFadden (26th), Henry Harris and Minnie A. Young (26th), Freeman Westmoreland and Caroline Bonds (27th), George Hudspeth and Musidora M. Webb (28th), E. Grant and Sallie Hobsel (28th), R. B. Odum and Mary Benton (29th), S. J. Smith and Sallie Ramey (31st).

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