April 11, 2013
Pilgrimage weekend events
Vicki and Anna Hearn of Chatom, Ala., were the Easter weekend visitors of Melinda and Elizabeth Skelton and Barbara Bragg.
Pilgrimage weekend is upon us. Mother Nature did not seem to cooperate very well in allowing all of our beautiful foliage to bloom. Hopefully, by the end of the week, the town will be in colorful splendor!
The Holly Springs Garden Club has a jam-packed weekend planned for all visitors coming to town, as well as locals. There is Screen on the Green at Montrose, where they will be showing the classic movie “Fried Green Tomatoes.” If you have never seen this movie, or if you have, it is most certainly a must-see on the grounds at Montrose. Bring a blanket and plan to attend - they will have scrumptious goodies for sale for you to enjoy while watching.
Saturday night is the always fun Montrose Under the Moonlight event. Dinner will be provided by Taylor Grocery and live music by the Plaintiffs. They will also offer up wonderful wares on their silent auction.
As always, local antebellum home owners will open their doors to welcome guests. They work really hard to make sure everything is just perfect for those who come to view our history. It is sure to be a beautiful weekend, so do plan on attending some events. This year’s queen and her escort, Wesleyann Ray and Josh Mask, will be seen throughout the weekend representing our town in fine fashion.
I look forward to seeing everyone out and about, as the weather is supposed to cooperate this year!
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Miss Hamilton Seale and Jim Moriarty to exchange vows May 25 at Christ Church
Mr. and Mrs. Ben Williamson Seale of Holly Springs are pleased to announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Margaret Hamilton, to James Edward Moriarty, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Robert John Moriarty of Grand Rapids, Mich.
The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mrs. Samuel Eugene Walker of Holly Springs, the late Dr. John Milton Higgason of Chattanooga, Tenn., the late Mr. and Mrs. William Hansel Seale of Holly Springs, and the late Samuel Eugene Walker of Palm Harbor, Fla.
Miss Seale is a graduate of Marshall Academy in Holly Springs and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Mississippi, where she was a member of Chi Omega sorority. Miss Seale currently resides in Rogers, Ark., and is employed as a national account manager for Starbucks.
Mr. Moriarty was graduated from Hope College in Holland Mich., where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He is a resident of Rogers, Ark., and is a director of sales for Pernot-Ricard.
Wedding vows will be exchanged at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, 2013, at Christ Episcopal Church in Holly Springs.
Couple to wed April 13
Pamela Toney and Flavis Heffner, of Memphis, Tenn., announce the engagement of their daughter April, of Memphis, to Tarther (TJ) Thompson of Waterford.
April is the granddaughter of Ella Mae Rodgers and the late Robert Rodgers; and Bernice Allen and the late Thomas Allen of Memphis.
She attended Southwest Community College an is employed with Titlemax as a store manager in Memphis.
The groom-elect is the son of Percyell Thompson and Brenda Thompson of Waterford.
He is the grandson of Willie Pryor and the late Ellen Pryor of Holly Springs, Tarther Jack Thompson and Betty Thompson of Waterford.
He attended Potts Camp High School and J&J Hair School. He now works at Moffitt Beauty and Barber Shop in Memphis.
The wedding will be held Saturday, April 13, at Mt. Peel Baptist Church and a reception will follow at Wall Doxey State Park.
Chelius Carter named interim director
The Marshall County Historical Society and Historical Museum board of directors had its monthly meeting April 4. One of the items of business was to name an interim director of the museum pending the recovery of Lois Swaney-Shipp, our long-time curator, who has been ill.
Several fine candidates were considered, with the final decision that we would name Chelius Carter of Holly Springs, as interim director. We appreciate all the interest expressed by the various candidates.
Daniel L. Gray was a minister of the Gospel of the Presbyterian Church who applied in Marshall County to perform marriages on Oct. 2, 1837, with the authorization being granted the same day.
On July 2, 1840, J. Addison Hayes and Lucy W. Taylor secured a marriage license in Marshall County. The completed license was returned to the Circuit Clerk’s office the same day, July 2. Their wedding was presided over by D.L. Gray. Joel Addison Hayes Sr. was a member of a wealthy and prominent family in Nashville, Tenn. His parents were Oliver Bliss Hayes, a kinsman of future President Rutherford B. Hayes, and Sarah Clements Hightower Hayes. Lucy White Taylor was the daughter of William Vannah Taylor, M.D. and Fannie McCoy Henderson Taylor.
William V. Taylor and Fannie Taylor were members of the Presbyterian Church in Holly Springs. Dr. Taylor was educated at the University of Pennsylvania, and served as an assistant surgeon in the War of 1812.
The Taylors arrived in Marshall County from LaGrange, Tenn., in 1840. He was an early investor in various efforts to secure a rail line to serve Marshall County. I do not find a record of Addison and Lucy Taylor living in Holly Springs after their marriage. They probably returned to Nashville where the Hayes family had business interests.
However, on March 4, 1848, they had a son, born in Holly Springs, who was named Joel Addison Hayes Jr.
Lucy Hayes had apparently returned to her parents’ home to have her baby.
Leaping forward some years, young Addison Hayes is, at 13 years of age, serving as a scout for the Confederate Army and as a messenger for the army, sometimes carrying assorted packages, letters, drugs, etc. through the Federal lines.
Serving as a scout or spy out of uniform, he would have been subject to execution by the Union Army had he been captured. The last year of the war he was an active participant on the firing line. The year 1867 found Addison employed at a bank in Memphis, Tenn., where he was promoted to cashier, serving there until 1882. During this time he served as a vestryman at Calvary Church in Memphis where he met his future wife in 1873. Each thought they had met the person they would eventually marry.
The premonition proved accurate, as they were married on January 1, 1876, at Calvary Episcopal Church, in Memphis, in a landscape colored white by a huge snow storm. His bride was Margaret Howell Davis, daughter of Jefferson Davis, former President of the Confederate States of America.
Jefferson Davis escorted his daughter to the altar and a brother was groomsman, with her sister serving as maid of honor.
All of Memphis society turned out for the wedding and reception. The wedding cake had been made in England and hermetically sealed in 1828, making it nearly 50 years old. The remains of the cake were again sealed and opened many years later for the wedding of their oldest daughter Varina Howell Hayes to Dr. Gerald Bertram Webb.
Due to the health problems of Addison Hayes, the family moved to Colorado Springs, Colo., in 1884 where he reentered the banking business, becoming president of the First National Bank.
Jefferson and Varina Howell Davis had six children – four boys, Sam, Joseph, William and Jefferson and two girls, Varina and Margaret. All four of the boys died young, and none of them married, nor did their sister Varina. Thus the Davis family name would become extinct since there were no male heirs to propagate the name.
Jefferson Addison Hayes was born October 2, 1884, in Memphis to Joel Addision and Margaret Davis Hayes and died March 8, 1975, in Colorado Springs. President Jefferson Davis died in 1889. In 1890 Jefferson Addison Hayes, being only 6 years old, with the permission of his parents, took the name Jefferson Hayes-Davis, to perpetuate the Davis name.
This was accomplished by an act of the Mississippi Legislature. A presentation copy of the “Hayes-Davis (Jefferson) Mississippi Legislative Act, 1890” is preserved in the Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
The presentation copy that is preserved was signed and sealed by Mississippi Secretary of State George M. Govan, himself a Holly Springs native, on March 4, 1890.
Since the only child of Jefferson Davis to have children was Margaret Davis Hayes, all descendants of Jefferson Davis spring from Joel Addison Hayes Jr., of Holly Springs, and his wife Margaret.
Joel Addison Hayes Jr. died January 26, 1919, and was buried in Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Va., in the Davis family plot. His tombstone, in addition to the birth and death dates, also shows that he was born in Holly Springs, Mississippi.
I am indebted to my old friend and fellow SCV Camp member, the late Lanier Holland, for telling me about Addison Hayes’ tombstone, which he had seen on a trip to Richmond.
The present superintendent of Beauvoir, the Jefferson Davis Home and Presidential Library in Biloxi, is Bertram Hayes-Davis, great-great-grandson of Jefferson Davis. Bert was in Holly Springs last year to do some genealogical research. Lois hosted a reception in his honor at the museum, where he gave an impromptu speech to the guests.
Another tidbit of information that might pique one’s interest involves Charles Schultz’s cartoon strip, Peanuts. The obnoxious little Lucy van Pelt was named by Schultz for his friend and neighbor Louann van Pelt. Louann van Pelt was the secretary for Jefferson Hayes-Davis in the early 1950s while he was vice president of First National Bank in Colorado Springs.
Epilogue: “Today in History in Marshall County,” April 11, 1968: Henry Lee Parker of Holly Springs was named chief scout for the New Orleans Saints.
Come visit the Marshall County Historical Museum, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Saturdays are available by appointment. If you have a crowd and want to visit on Saturday, call us at 662-252-3669 to arrange your tour.
You will find many artifacts of Marshall County and beyond -- the museum has almost 100,000 of them. You will be fascinated by the many different things that we have on display.
Bring your family, children’s groups, school groups, churches and social clubs for a fun day at the museum.
Who knows what you may even find for yourself in here? We have an awesome store that includes kudzu jelly to Civil War artifacts and ceramics, flags and many, many books. We’re located at 220 East College Ave., Holly Springs, 662-252-3669.
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