February 20, 2014
Birthday wishes to David and Dianene Fant
Happy half a century birthday wishes to David Fant! He celebrated over the weekend, along with his wife, Dianene, who also had a birthday, only not one so large. They were both surprised by their daughter, Lauralee, who came from Starkville to celebrate with them.
Melinda Skelton is home and recovering well after having a hip replacement last week. Get well soon and up on your feet!
Mary Glen and Patrick Carlton and children, Mary Grace and William, of Birmingham, Ala., were the weekend guests of Vicki and Walter Webb.
Congratulations to the Marshall Academy Lady Patriots, who battled it out with the Delta Lady Raiders Saturday for the District A championship.
Unfortunately, the ladies fell short, but still walked away second in district. They begin play this week on Tuesday at Rebul Academy.
The Marshall Academy Patriots skirted past the West Memphis Christian Black Knights, winning the District A championship.
The boys begin their quest for their fourth straight state title Thursday.
Good luck to both of these teams!
They have worked so hard all season to get to this level of play!
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Influential early pioneer settler
In a previous column I wrote with some certainty that the earliest known photo of Holly Springs was shown along with the text. Russ Prichard, a friend from Hudsonville, called with the comment that he was somewhat confused about which of the two pictures shown was the oldest one known. I explained to him that it was the one of the town, since the one of me was made out in rural Marshall County and did not count as being in Holly Springs.
A reader recently suggested that an article on some antebellum planters might be of interest. It seems that nearly every time one reads or writes of antebellum families from Marshall County, it is always the Brooks from Waterford, the Coxes from Galena, the Hardaways from Davis Mill, the Davises from Strawberry Plains, the Potts from Potts Camp, the Crumps, Hulls, or Claytons from Hudsonville or Salem, etc.
With that in mind, I decided to go with Dr. Weldon Jones as a subject.
Harrison Jones was a veteran of the Revolutionary War, losing a leg at the Battle of Guilford Courthouse, and later, based on his disability, qualifying for a veterans pension of 15 pounds yearly, beginning Jan. 1786. This was a handsome sum for the time, equaling several thousand dollars today.
Harrison Jones married Ann Ligon in Virginia and together they had eight children, one of whom was Weldon Jones. Weldon Jones, born in Cumberland County, Va., in 1790, attended the University of Virginia, graduating in 1812, and the same year joining in the War of 1812. He was a medical doctor, and a farmer, a land speculator and a confirmed bachelor for life.
Another son was John Peyton Jones and together with Weldon and their father, Harrison, they migrated to Marshall County about January of 1836. John Peyton Jones moved on to Lafayette County and Weldon remained in Marshall County with his father, who settled in the Waterford area, and carried on a medical practice along with his farming enterprise.
Weldon Jones’ niece, Catherine, daughter of John Peyton Jones, married Jacob Thompson, a member of the House of Representatives from Missisippi from 1839-1851, and Secretary of the Interior under President Buchanan.
When the War Between the States began, he was appointed Inspector General of the Confederate States Army. In a bit of nepotism, in 1840 Harrison Jones reapplied for his pension which he had not received in several years, being advised by Rep. Thompson on the proper procedure to apply.
John Peyton Jones was one of the wealthiest men in Lafayette County, modeled along with Thompson by William Faulkner in some of his novels. Daniella Jones, daughter of Richard Jones, another brother of Weldon, and thus Weldon’s niece also, married Joseph Wheeler, later a Confederate Major General. With the various marriages of his siblings he was thoroughly connected with many highly placed influential men throughout the South.
By 1838 Daniel Murchison and his wife Mary Killough were living in the Waterford area. They had a son born in Waterford in 1838 named Weldon Jones Murchison. This Murchison family moved on to Henderson County, Texas, and became the progenitor of the Murchison family who later were owners of the Dallas Cowboys football team.
In talking with Martha Fant about this, I was wondering aloud if I should pursue whether there was some familial connection when Martha made a more obvious connection, that with Dr. Jones being a practicing physician he likely delivered the baby and was in turn honored by having the baby named for him.
All the above serves to present Dr. Weldon Jones as an influential early pioneer settler, but does nothing to show his aristocratic status in the county.
...to be continued.
James Adam Boatner of Potts Camp and Harleigh Riley of Potts Camp announce the birth of their daughter, Paisleigh Ann Boatner, born Sept. 17, 2013, at 7:48 p.m. She weighed six pounds, eight ounces and was 19 inches long.
She is the granddaughter of Glenda Boatner, the beloved James L. Boatner, Melinda Taylor, Lonzo Taylor and Danny Riley.
Jason and Cameron Rhea are pleased to announce the birth of a son, Jason Case Rhea. Master Rhea was born Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, at Baptist East Women’s Hospital in Memphis, Tenn.
Paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Van Malone of Mt. Pleasant and Mr. and Mrs. Odis Rhea of Michigan City.
Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie Strickland of Holly Springs.
Great-grandparents are Mrs. James Michael Haffey of Mt. Pleasant, Mrs. Wes Strickland of Holly Springs and Mrs. James F. Wilson of Carrollton.
Big sister Marlee Wilson Rhea welcomed her little brother home.
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