Thursday, December 29, 2011
Potts Camp News
Captain Tiffany Erwin is home for the holidays
Happy New Year to all of you! I wish you a healthy, happy year.
Captain Tiffany Erwin, U.S. Army, is home for the holidays from Iraq where she has served for four months. Prior to that, she served our country in Afghanistan for one year and will soon be deployed to Germany for the next three years. She is the daughter of Sandra Hun-sucker Gillard, granddaughter of the late Virginia Hunsucker, and great-niece of Mildred Marbury. We need to pray for our military as they to continue to protect our country.
Mildred Marbury hosted a Christmas celebration for her family, including her nieces and nephews on Christmas Day.
Students of Potts Camp and Mary Reid Schools began their Christmas vacation on Wednesday. May they have a great winter break and be ready to begin the next semester of school in a couple of weeks.
Annie Ruth Stone hosted her annual Christmas breakfast on Christmas Day. Attending were Tommye Ann and Gale Goode, their two sons and families; Mitch and Jeanette Stone; Cherrie and Tim Shaw of Waterford and their children and grandchildren; and Pebble and Jack Gadd and family of Hickory Flat.
Every Christmas and birthday card I have received is like a gift; I treasure all of them, and love the people who sent them.
Sue Rowland hosted a brunch on Friday, Dec. 23, for family members in memory of their mother, Mary L. Gurley who passed away in 2010.
Happy Birthday to Pebble Gadd on Dec. 31, Tyler Mayer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Casey Mayor on Jan. 4; JoAnn Mayer on Jan. 7; Joann Potts on Jan. 7 and to her granddaughter Andrea E. Potts, my great-niece on Jan. 7. Also, Happy Birthday to Sarah Lambert Hollingsworth on Jan. 8.
Prayer List – Ann Boren Armstrong, G.R. Thompson, Faye Turpen, Keri and Emma G. Beasley, Carmen Simmons, Nita Gandy, Becky Clifton,
In a world where the rich and famous are offered special treatment, it’s encouraging to know that every child of God has access to the heavenly Father.
Psalm 145:18 says, “The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth.”
We feel the warmth of Christ’s love when we obey His commandment to love and serve others.
We all may accomplish great things in life, but the greatest thing is to love. Of all that we have done or will ever do, only love endures.
“Now abide faith, hope, love, these three, but the greatest of these is love.” I Corinthians 13:13.
Memories – Early history of Potts Camp
Indians roamed this area and used it for a happy hunting ground a long time before it was settled in 1836.
Selehatchie, some say, or Telehatchie, was the name the swift and graceful Indians gave their favorite meeting place located about a mile from where Potts Camp now stands.
By the treaties of Dancing Rabbit and Pontotoc – 1831 and 1832 – the Chickasaw and Choctaw Indians agreed to give up what is now central and north Mississippi for the same amount of land west of the Mississippi River, which is now Oklahoma, with other provisions. This newly acquired land was advertised for sale in 1833 after being divided into 26 counties.
Marshall, known as the Empire County, was the largest and wealthiest, causing hundreds of immigrants to rush to the area. Potts Camp became a part of this famous county after a long struggle.
In 1836, the year Holly Springs was chartered as a town, a young adventurous man from South Carolina, Colonel Erasmus Ferdinand Potts, traveled from Memphis to Pontotoc on the Old Pontotoc Trail to the Federal Land Office where he purchased a very large section of land in Marshall and Benton counties and also in the Delta.
Colonel Potts, born in 1801 in South Carolina, married Elizabeth Brownlee, born in 1811 in South Carolina. They reared three children, Ferdinand B. Potts, James Benton Potts and Mary A. Potts. Their first home was a large plantation house located on the Pontotoc Trail near the T. M. Stone home. Potts also built a large trading post on the site.
At this time in history, before erosion of the hills, Tippah River ran wide and deep with steep banks so it could be forded in only a few places. Where the Pontotoc Trail passed, east of the river, was a natural ford with a broad field and high bluff on the south. From the bluff poured cool springs of water and the nearby trees for firewood made this an ideal spot for weary travelers to stop overnight during a long journey. Colonel Potts encouraged people to use this camping site. His hospitality became so widely known that people began to call the famous site Potts Camp. This was the same spot used by the Indians for a meeting place years before.
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