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W. P. A. History of Pontotoc County, Mississippi


Pioneer Families

The History of the J. H. WILLIAMSON family follows.

J. H. Williamson, son of Dr. David and Margaret Walker Williamson, was born, March 19, 1833, near Charlotte, North Carolina, and moved to Rome, Georgia, with  his parents when he was but a small child.

When a young man Mr. Williamson came to the Redland community in Pontotoc County.  He enlisted in the war between the States and went out with Company G of the second Mississippi Regiment from Pontotoc County.  He fought through four years of the war and was wounded in the right arm in the second battle of Manassas; the wound left his arm stiff so he served as a mail carrier during the remainder of the war.  His daughter, Mrs. R. B. Patterson, has in her possession the little mail bag which her father used.

About four years after the war Mr. Williamson married Ann Elizabeth Johnson, from Redland, whose parents were Jimmie Johnson and Polly Sellers, the owners of a slave plantation.

The couple moved to Pontotoc in 1868 and lived for a while in the Sloan House where four children were born to them:  Hassie, Ida, James David, and Robert Memory, all of whom are now reliable citizens of Pontotoc County.  The home place is still in the possession of these children.

Mr. Williamson made buggies, one of which was purchased by Reverend W. V. Frierson and used in his rounds of canvassing for Chickasaw Female College when he was president of the school. (1)

(1) Mrs. R. B. Patterson, Pontotoc, Miss.

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