Marriages, Deaths, and Other Items of Interest from

The Magnolia Gazette

January - May, 1881

The Magnolia Gazette was founded in 1872 and published weekly in Magnolia, Pike County, Mississippi. In addition to the marriage notices and obituaries published in the paper during this time period, information concerning deaths and other items of interest was often mentioned in a column titled "Local" column and later "Local Matters" column. Many of the items below are from these columns.

The "Local Matters" column also contained mentions of persons visiting relatives in the area, trips taken by local residents, new businesses, the removal of residents to other locations, etc. Only information regarding deaths and a limited number of other items of interest are included below. These excerpts do not include notices to creditors, some of which were concerning the estates of deceased persons. Researchers may want to consult the microfilmed issues for additional references to their families.

Several issues of the newspaper for this time period were not included on the microfilm and I assume these issues did not survive.

Extracted from: Magnolia Gazette (Magnolia, Miss.:1872), Magnolia, Pike County, MS, 1872: Dec 14 - 1885: Feb 19, Mississippi Department of Archives and History Microfilm, old film #00006001, new film #31556.

Friday, January 14, 1881, p. 3

[Local Matters column]

According to the late census returns the population of this county is 17,469.

Friday, January 21, 1881, p. 2

Married at the residence of the bride's mother, near Magnolia, on Tuesday, January 18, 1881 by Rev. J. W. Sandell, Mr. J. M. Sandell and Miss Nannie F. Lenoir.

Friday, January 21, 1881, p. 3

[Local Matters column]

Mr. Quinea Lewis, a soldier of 1812, died at his residence near Holmesville on the 10th inst. He was about sixteen when he entered the army, and was between 85 and 90 years of age at the time of his death.

Friday, January 28, 1881, p. 2

Married on Wednesday at 5 o'clock, p. m. January 26, 1881, in Magnolia, at the residence of the bride's father by Rev. Dr. Douglass, Mr. Luther Manship of McComb city and Miss Belmont Phelps of Magnolia.

Friday, January 28, 1881, p. 3

[Local Matters column]

Mr. Jeremiah Walker an old citizen of this county, who lived at Topisaw, in the Carter's Creek Church neighborhood, passed from earth last Sunday night the 23rd inst. He was nearly seventy years of age. The deceased was the father of our postmaster Mr. W. L. Walker. The old landmarks are passing away. Mr. Quinea Lewis, an aged man preceeded Mr. Walker only a few days ago.

Friday, February 4, 1881, p. 3

[Local Matters column]

One hundred and seventy-six marriage licenses were issued in this county, by Dr. Sparkman, circuit clerk, during the year 1880, and some said it was not a very good year for marrying either.

Rev. H. P. Lewis of Holmesville, in a communication to the Liberty Herald under the date of January 20th says - "My father Quinea Lewis died of partial paralysis and pneumonia on the morning of the 13th [?], in the 87th year of his age, having been a consistent member of the Methodist church for over sixty years. He has six living children, about sixty grandchildren, and about seventy great grandchildren." [Note: The date of Mr. Lewis's death is difficult to read but appears to be the 13th. However in the issue of January 21, his date of death is given as the 10th.]

Friday, February 11, 1881, p. 2

Married on Wednesday, February 3rd, 1880 [sic] at the residence of the bride's father, Mr. Wm. Gibson, east of McComb City, Mr. Hezekiah Varnado and Miss Ellen Gibson.

Friday, February 18, 1881, p. 3

[Local Matters column]

Miss Florence Nash, who formerly lived here, died in Dallas, Texas a few days ago.

Mr. W. C. Harrell, of Osyka, died at his residence in that place last Saturday and was buried last Sunday afternoon.

Friday, March 4, 1881, p. 2


ALBRO - McNIFF. In the Catholic church at this place, on Monday, February 28, 1881 at 8:30 p. m. by Rev. Father Kennedy, of Amite City, La. assisted by Rev. Father McDonald, pastor in charge, Mr. Samuel Albro, of McComb City, and Miss Mary McNiff of Magnolia. Attendants Miss Josie McGrath of Brookhaven and Mr. Jonathan ___iles of McComb City. After the ceremony, a number of friends repaired to Mr. John Fahey's - the bride's uncle - where a sumptuous repast was spread for the entertainment of the bridal party.

WAMBLE-QUIN. In McComb City on Wednesday Feb. 16th Mr. Frank Wamble and Miss Lizzie Quin.

PERSELL - COTTEN. At Summit, Mississippi, Wednesday, February 24, by Rev. Charles H. Otken, Mr. S. H. Persell to Miss Emma C. Cotten, both of Summit, Mississippi.

RICHARDSON - SIPPEL. At the Episcopal Church at Osyka, Miss., Tuesday evening February 23, 1881 by Rev. W. K. Douglass of Dry Grove, Mr. F. S. Richardson of Selma, Ala. to Miss Louise Sippel, of Osyka, Miss.


SIBLEY. In Magnolia, on Tuesday morning, at 4 o'clock, March 1st, 1881, Miss Lizzie Sibley.

GARDNER. About two miles north of Magnolia Saturday night at 8 o'clock, February 27, 1881, Mr. Sylvester Gardner.

GIBSON. In McComb City, Miss., Feb. 11th, 1881, Delia Estella, daughter of W. H. and M. A. Gibson, age 2 years, 1 month, and 11 days.

Friday, March 4, 1881, p. 3

[Local Matters column]

Mr. Sylvester Gardner, died last Sunday night about 8 o'clock. He was taken with a chill a few days ago, and he became gradually worse, until death ended the struggle. Mrs. Gardner, his wife, preceeded him to the grave not long since. He leaves a daughter and a son and many friends to mourn his loss. His remains were deposited in the cemetery at 10 o'clock Tuesday morning.

Miss Lizzie Sibley, who has been in declining health for several months yielded to the relentless embrace of death last Tuesday morning at 4 o'clock, and her spirit took its flight to God who gave it. While her death was not at all unexpected, her demise has brought sadness and sorrow to the hearts of many friends. A concourse of mourning relatives and friends followed her remains to the silent confines of the grave last Tuesday afternoon, between three and four o'clock, when all that was mortal of the deceased was returned to the earth.

Friday, March 11, 1881, p. 3

[Local Matters column]

Mr. Wiley P. Gibson, who had been lingering for some time upon a bed of sickness, breathed his last Saturday morning at 4 o'clock. His remains were taken to Summit and deposited in the family burial ground.

Friday, March 18, 1881, p. 3

[Local Matters column]

Joe Singletary, the colored man we mentioned last week as having been injured by a tree falling on him has since died. Joe was a good colored man and those who knew him regretted the fatal circumstance that terminated his existence.

Friday, March 25, 1881, p. 2


HILLER - LEVY. In Magnolia at Mr. Jonas Hiller's residence, Sunday, March 20, 1881 at 1 o'clock p. m., by Rev. J. L. Lencht, of New Orleans, Mr. Daniel Hiller of Canton, Miss. and Miss Julia Levy of Bastrod [sic], La. [A description of the wedding feast followed.]


At Osyka, Miss. on Tuesday, March 15, 1881, Nellie E. Smith, at the age of 19 years.

Friday, April 8, 1881, p. 3

[Local Matters column]

Mr. H. Y. Newsom, who killed Mr. Anthony Melville in McComb City, last week, has been admitted to bail in a bond of one thousand dollars.

Friday, April 8, 1881, p. 2


Miss Lizzie Sibley died March 1, 1881 in the thirty-fourth year of her age, at the residence of her brother-in-law, Mr. C. C. Gibson, Magnolia, Miss.
[Excerpts from a lengthy eulogy]...Since the death of her sister, Nannie Gibson, with whom she was living, she had taken charge of the household affairs of the family...written by J. W. Sandell. [The obituary originally appeared in the New Orleans Christian Advocate.]

Friday, April 29, 1881, p. 3

[Local Matters column]

The funeral of Miss Lizzie Sibley will be preached next Sunday, at the Methodist church at 11 o'clock, a. m., by Rev. J. W. Sandell.

Friday, May 6, 1881, p. 2


On Monday, May 2, 1881, at the residence of Judge T. E. Tate, near Osyka, Mrs. T. E. Tynes. The deceased was the daughter of Judge Tate and the funeral was preached at his residence last Tuesday by Rev. J. R. Farish.

Friday, May 6, 1881, p. 3

[Local Matters column]

Mr. Odeb Magee died at his residence in this county last Wednesday the 27th inst., of Dropsy. He was one of our old and valued citizens, and it is with unfeigned ____ that we record the sad event. Peace to his ashes.

Friday, May 20, 1881, p. 2


GILLASPY - LIEB. On Thursday, May 12, 1881, at 3:00 p. m. at the residence of the bride's father in Magnolia by Rev. Mr. Monroe of Crystal Springs, Mr. J. R. Gillaspy of Crystal Springs and Miss Tillie Lieb of Magnolia.

Death of Mr. A. H. Battles
Intelligence has been received that Mr. Harry Battles, who was well known in this place, died at Colorado Springs, Colorado, on the 9th inst., of mountain fever. He went to Colorado a few years ago to seek his fortune, and last October his family and mother-in-law, Mrs. Mary B. Lee, left here to join him at Colorado Springs. Mr. Battles is no more, and we extend our sympathies to the bereaved family.


Samuel Franklin Packwood born July 31st 1863, and named for his uncle S. F. Packwood, (who at that time was supposed to have been killed at Gettysburg, Pa. otherwise being not known for sixteen months) and died at Oxford, Miss. May 5th from effects of measles complicated with pneumonia. His remains were brought to China Grove by his father and interred in the family graveyard. The largest congregation witnessed his burial that has ever been seen in China Grove, the attendance being estimated at over two hundred. He was a good, open hearted, generous boy, beloved by all who know him. The affection of his relatives and friends was fully attested by the number who came to assist in the last sad rites due his honored remains.

Transcribed by Sue Wright. Copyright 2006.

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