Prominent Figures

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BAUER, HATTI GODBOLD (1880 - 1956)

Called "The Florence Nightingale of Adams County," Hattie was held in high regard within the community. She studied nursing at the Charity Hospital of Natchez, and graduated from one of the first classes of student nurses. In later years, Hattie opened the Natchez Sanitarium, in which she personally trained young girls, in nursing.

Hatti was born in Knoxville, MS, a descendant of Levi GODBOLD and Winifred KNIGHTON, who had married around 1808, and Louis L. WEATHERSBY and Mary CULPEPPER, both born around 1770. Hattie married Charles Theodore BAUER on 4 Aug 1903. They had one son, Theodore Charles "Ted" BAUER, born 13 Feb, 1908.

Submitted by Ellen Pack


DALTON, VALENTINE THOMAS,   SR., (Capt.) (1756-1807)

Captain Valentine T. Dalton was born in 1756 in Ireland and lived in Augusta Co., Va. before the Revolutionary War.  During the Revolutionary War, he was a Captain of artillery who served with George Rogers Clark during the Conquest of the Illinois. He was Superintendent of Indian Affairs for the United States in the Illinois.

In 1789, Capt. Dalton moved to Natchez where he taught school, and served as interpreter of the English language to the Spanish Government under the reign of Governor Don Carlos de Grand-Pre. He practiced law in Natchez, Baton Rouge, and New Orleans. Capt. Dalton died on February 6, 1807 in Baton Rouge.

Submitted by Neil Dalton


GREENLEAF, DAVID (1763-1819)

 David Greenleaf was one of the earliest, if not the first, gin wright in the Natchez District, and was unquestionably the most skillful in his day.  He came to Mississippi in 1792 and settled in Adams Co. previous to 1795 and soon afterward was known to have seen and examined a model of the Eli Whitney gin, at the house of Philip Six, near Selsertown.  He subsequently built a gin in the same neighborhood, on his own account, upon the land of
Richard Curtis.  This long afterward was known as the public gin of Edmund Anders, and formed one point on the boundary between the counties of Adams and Jefferson.

David Greenleaf also introduced the screw press for packing cotton.  He was born in Bolton, Massachusetts on March 9, 1763, son of Israel and Prudence (Whitcomb) Greenleaf, families of long standing in New England.  On May 24, 1795 in Jefferson Co., Mississippi, he married Miss Phoebe Jones, daughter of John Jones and Anna Brown. After her death, he married Mrs. Pamela Gore, widow of Davis Gore of Washington, Adams Co. Mississippi.

David was in the Battle of Bunker Hill at the age of 12 years.  He was in the 2nd. Worchester Regiment of Militia under Col. Josiah Whitney, Capt. Sawyer's Co.  He served later against the Indians in Mississippi   There were seven children born to David and Phoebe (Jones) Greenleaf, all near Natchez.  David Greenleaf died near Warrentown, Miss. on October 14, 1819 and is buried in the Redbone Cemetery.  His tombstone,
one of  the oldest in Warren County, Mississippi, was erected by his son Daniel Greenleaf, who was acclaimed by General A. M. West as "one of the most distinguished men of the constitutional convention of 1832."

(Sources: Mississippi Revolutionary Soldiers, p. 125;  Genealogy of the Greenleaf Family by James E. Greenleaf, 1896;  Adams Co. Tax Rolls, Deeds, Census Records, Wills;
Mississippi Cemetery Records; newspaper articles in Jackson Clarion Ledger (1980;81;82) ; Mississippi by J. F. H. Claiborne, p. 143; family papers of Charles & Elzabeth Phillips, P.O. Box 6022, Yuma, Arizona 85366)

Submitted by Charles P. Phillips


MARSCHALK, ANDREW, Capt. (1757 - 1838)

Andrew Marschalk served as an officer in the US Army during the Revolutionary War, and was commissioned by Gen. George Washington. He operated the first press in the Mississippi Territory, out of Fort Sargent, MS. Captain Marschalk was responsible for printing the Laws of the Territory of MS, the proceedings of the General Assembly, a series of almanacs, and several other historical documents. He settled permanently in Adams Co, where he operated the press for many years in a building on the corner of Wall and Franklins Streets. In later years, Capt. Marschalk served as a Justice of the Peace of Adams County.

Andrew was born in NY. He married Suzanne MCDONALD in 1797. After her death in 1814, he married Sidney JOHNSON.

During World War II, a liberty ship was named S.S.ANDREW MARSCHALK.

Submitted by Ellen Pack



The first governor of Mississippi (1798) resided at Natchez. 



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