Pioneer Names

Pioneer Names
Taken from D.A.R. records donated to the Alcorn County Genealogical Society by Dr. Mary Ward. These were brief records presumably submitted for membership in the D.A.R. I typed them as they were written. On a few I have made some additional notations. Typed and submitted by Vicki B. Roach.

John G. Barton
Born in Jackson County, Alabama in 1818. Came to Tishomingo County in 1838. Married Miss Catherine Carter at Tuscumbia, Alabama on December 4, 1840. Miss Carter was born in 1821 and was a daughter of J.C. Carter who settled in Tishomingo County in 1836. Died in Rienzi neighborhood July 17, 1876. Ten children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Barton.
(Editor's Note: I don't find them listed in the Alcorn County Cemetery Book.)

Hon. Columbus W. Bell
Born in North Carolina. Came to Tishomingo County in 1838. Married Miss Martha J. Hyneman December 29, 1841, a native of South Carolina and daughter of David W. Hyneman. Died in 1887. Buried at City Cemetery, Corinth, Mississippi.
(Editor's Note: City Cemetery in Corinth, has Columbus W. Bell, husband of Martha Jane Bell, born June 19, 1820, died March 7, 1885. Martha Jane Bell, wife of C.W. Bell, born June 8, 1825, died August 4, 1897.)

Mrs. Mary Mitchell Boone
She was the daughter of Hezekiah B. Mitchell and Mary Houston, who were natives of Tennessee, and moved to the Chickasaw cession in 1835. At the organization of Old Tishomingo County the following year her father was elected probate judge, being the first judge to be elected in the county. Mary was the youngest of eight children. She was married to Benjamin F. Boone on the 13th day of February 1851. She and her husband settled near the old Boone place, near the town of Rienzi. Mrs. Annie Reese Bynum spent two years in her home while attending school. Mrs. Bynum says of her, "She was so very tasty and did such nice needle work, unusual in those days. She made all of my dresses and other clothing for me. Women of her time were known at home, not in business and public life. She was the gentlest, loveliest woman I ever knew. I never saw her out of humor. So cheerful and happy." She died in 1861. Her husband was in the battle of Bull Run, or First Manassas. She was the mother of five children, only one is now living. Hon. Jordan Boone of the law firm of Boone & Worsham of Corinth.
(Editor's Note: I don't find Mary or Benjamin listed in the Alcorn County Cemetery book.)

Reuben H. Boone
Born in South Carolina in 1791. His father was Benjamin Boone, a native of South Carolina and son of John Boone whose father, Geo. Boone, emigrated from England to Maryland over 150 years ago.
Reuben H. Boone married January 2, 1817 to Miss Fineta Reece, a native of Bedford County, Virginia, who emigrated with her parents to Tennessee some years previous. They lived in Tennessee seventeen years after their marriage. Seven children were born to this couple:

Mary L., born December 19, 1877

W.H.H., born November 19, 1819

Frances Marion, born January 19, 1822

John D., born January 9, 1825

Jordan R., born May 5, 1827

Benj. F., born May 19, 1829

B.B., born April 6, 1831

Mr. Boone and family moved in 1834 to Chickasaw Session and settled near the location of old Rienzi in Old Tishomingo County. In July 1837 fifty votes were polled at his residence, which was made one of the regular polling places of the county.

He was a member of the Rienzi Lodge No. 172 and Accepted Masons. Mrs. Fineta Boone died in 1855. Reuben H. Boone died October 17, 1857.

Mary L. Boone was the only daughter of Reuben Boone. Born December 19, 1817. Married C. Wesley Williams June 1837. Mr. Williams was born in Marshall County, Tennessee in 1813. His father was William Williams, a native of North Carolina, married Miss Elizabeth Allison in Granville County, North Carolina and immigrated to Tennessee in 1798. Four children were born to C.W. and Mary Williams; William L., C.W., Jr., Reuben and Walter. Mrs. Williams died in 1859.

William H. Boone was the second child of Reuben H. and Fineta Boone. Born in Lincoln County, Tennessee November 19, 1819. Came to Tishomingo County in 1834. Married Miss Elizabeth Wade on November 5, 1840. Died 1900.

Francis Marion Boone was the third child of R.H. and Fineta Boone. Born in Lincoln County, Tennessee on January 19, 1822. Married July 21, 1841 Miss Ursula Patton, daughter of W.H. Patton one of the founders of the Rienzi Academy, the leading educational institute of the county at that time. The town of Booneville was named for Frances Marion Boone. He and his brother-in-law, C.W. Williams, built twenty miles of roadbed for the Mobile and Ohio Railroad. He was a wealthy planter. In 1861 he assisted Arthur E. Reynolds in raising the 26th Mississippi Regiment of Infantry and was elected Lieutenant Colonel. His regiment opened the battle of Fort Donelson and having the horse killed from under him, he owing to the inability of Col. Reynolds to keep up with the regiment, weighing as he did 300 pounds; led that noble hand of heroes afoot and after a terrific and bloody hand to hand struggle succeeded in turning the right wing of Grant's army achieving, possibly the most notable victory accredited to the Southern arms on that occasion.
He had a most distinguished war record and was killed in action May 6, 1864 having been shot by a federal sharp shooter. His body was carried to the rear by J.H. Busby and that night buried beside the plank road leading northwest from Richmond, Virginia. Although the grave was marked a searching party after the close of the war was unable to locate it; and thus it happens that one of the most worthy officers of the Confederate Army sleeps in an unmarked grave. But it does not require a shaft of marble nor a statute of bronze to commemorate the memory of Lt. Col. Boone. Four children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Frances Marion Boone; Fineta, Mary, Julia and F.M., Jr.

John D. Boone, was the fourth child of R.H. and Fineta Boone. Born January 9, 1825. Married Miss Mary E. Patton of Tishomingo County on September 22, 1846.

Jordan R. Boone, was the fifth child of R.H. and Fineta Boone. Born May 5, 1827.

Benj. F. Boone, was the sixth child of R.H. and Fineta Boone. Born in Lincoln County, Tennessee on May 19, 1829. He was five years old when his parents settled in Old Tishomingo County. Married Miss Mary Mitchell on February 13, 1851, who was a native of Tennessee and daughter of Hezakiah and Mary B. Mitchell and moved to the Chickasaw cession in 1835, and at the organization of Tishomingo County the following year. Mr. Mitchell was elected probate judge, being the first judge to be elected in the county.Mary was the youngest of eight children. Benj. F. Boone was killed in the battle of Bull Run being one of the very first to give up his life in defense of the stars and bars. Mrs. Boone died in 1861. Five children were born to them.

B.B. Boone, was the seventh child of Reuben H. and Fineta Boone. Born in Lincoln County, Tennessee April 6, 1831. He was admitted to the bar in 1857, served in the State Legislature, was appointed Judge of the 9th Judicial District in 1866, was a member of the Constitutional Convention in 1890, enlisted in the beginning of the war bur owing to ill health was forced to return home. Married Lou M. Petty, December 30, 1856. Mrs. Boone died May 1861. Mr. Boone married a second time to Miss Margaret Petty.
(Editor's Note: Rienzi Cemetery lists: Finetta Boone, wife of R.H. Boone, born August 5, 1799, died February 10, 1866. Birth and death dates of R.H. are now unreadable.)

Mrs. H.S. Brooks
Mary Francis Gillenwaters was the daughter of Judge and Mrs. E.C. Gillenwaters. Mr. Gillenwaters preached the first sermon in the new town of Corinth and was also the first person to curtail the liquor traffic in North Mississippi. His daughter, Mary Francis Gillenwaters was married to Hezekiah S. Brooks who opened a store south of Stephenson Hill. He also secured a petition asking for a post office and was appointed postmaster, the new office being named Mingo.
Mrs. Brooks attended the duties of the office while Mr. Brooks managed the store. About one and a half years later, after the starting of Corinth, the office at Mingo City was discontinued and Mr. and Mrs. Brooks moved to Corinth where he afterwards was appointed postmaster and Mrs. Brooks was again chosen as deputy, and together they satisfactorily managed the office until the evacuation of Corinth by the Confederate army.

Going to Tupelo, Mr. Brooks was appointed postmaster at that place and served until the removal of the army. After the close of the war, they returned to Corinth and lived for one year on a farm on Bridge Creek, when they disposed of the farm and opened a dry goods and furniture store and for six years were quite successful. Then they sold the store to H.C. Klyce. Mr. and Mrs. Brooks were among the oldest and most respected citizens of the county.
(Editor's Note: Henry Cemetery lists: H.S. Brooks born February 9, 1833 and died April 26, 1905.)

Hon. Edward W. Carmack
Pioneer school teacher. Born in 1825 in Franklin County, Alabama. His father was Cornelius Carmack, a native of Virginia, who moved to Alabama. Married Miss Agnes Smith and came to Tishomingo County in 1838. Hon. E.W. Carmack married Miss Elizabeth Turner a native of Tennessee, whose parents, Wm. And Nancy Turner, had moved to Tishomingo County in 1848. Died 1882.
(Editor's note: Not listed in the Alcorn or Tishomingo County Cemetery books.)

Col. David Cogdell
Born near Fayetteville, North Carolina in 1808. Married in 1835 to Miss Margaret Morrow of Madison County, North Carolina. Came to Tishomingo County in 1838. Died near Kossuth in 1875. Five children were born to Col. and Mrs. Cogdell.
(Note: Wheeler Grove Cemetery, Corinth, Mississippi: David Cogdell, born February 3, 1808, died September 21, 1876, near Kossuth, Mississippi.)
(Note: Wheeler Grove Cemetery, Corinth, Mississippi: Margaret L. Cogdell, born July 22, 1817, died March 28, 1887.)

Thomas W. Cunningham
Moved to Old Tishomingo County in 1852. Born in 1818 and died in 1896. (Note: Wheeler Grove Cemetery, Corinth, Mississippi: Thomas W. Cunningham, "A Good Father", husband of Sarah A. Cunningham, born March 7, 1818, died March 13, 1896.)
(Note: Wheeler Grove Cemetery, Corinth, Mississippi: Sarah A. Cunningham, wife of T.W. Cunningham, born May 27, 1825, died November 12, 1888.)


William Peyton Curlee
Born in Tipton County, Tennessee November 2, 1833. Married Miss Mary Boone, daughter of Col. Frances Marion Boone on October 10, 1865. Children-Shelby H. Curlee, Eleanor Katherine Curlee, Mary Boone Curlee, Francis Marian Curlee, William Peyton Curlee. Died May 18, 1878. Buried at City Cemetery in Corinth, Mississippi.
(Note: Marker states he was born November 22, 1833 and died May 17, 1878.)
(Note: Mary Elizabeth Curlee, wife of William P. Curlee is also buried at the City Cemetery in Corinth, Mississippi. Born October 9, 1844 and died October 14, 1917.)


Hon. Terry Dalton
Born in Greenville District, South Carolina, October 28, 1797. Married in 1819 to Miss Nancy Lowe of Milledgeville, Georgia. Mrs. Dalton died December 12, 1865. Mr. Dalton died January 1879.
Fourteen children were born to them. (Note: Rienzi Cemetery: Terry Dalton, born October 28, 1797, died January 14, 1879.)
(Note: Rienzi Cemetery: Nancy Dalton, wife of Terry Dalton, born July 7, 1804, died December 12, 1865.)

Hon. A.B. Dilworth
Born in Rockingham County, North Carolina on December 14, 1814. His father was John Dilworth who came to Tishomingo County in 1838. Married Miss Sarah Catherine Taylor. Died July 2, 1894. Buried at New Hope Cemetery. (Note: John Dilworth Family Cemetery located at Biggersville lists: A.B. Dilworth, born December 14, 1814, died July 2, 1894, husband of Sarah G. Dilworth; secretary of State of Mississippi, 1855-1860. QM and Auditor of State in the CSA. Service until 1862.)
(Note: John Dilworth Family Cemetery located at Biggersville lists: Sarah G. Dilworth, wife of A.B. Dilworth, born September 28, 1818, died September 13, 1876.)

Mrs. A.B. Dilworth
Sarah Taylor, the youngest daughter of John Taylor and Sarah Knott was born in North Carolina September 28, 1818. She moved to Georgia when quite small and when in her teens her father moved to Tishomingo County, settled on a farm between Rienzi and Troy (afterwards named Danville). On January 7, 1840 she married Hon. A.B. Dilworth who filled quite a number of official positions for the county and state. This necessarily called them to Jackson for several years. In 1858 Mr. and Mrs. Dilworth returned to their farm near Biggersville.

She always kept "open house", her husband being in public life. She was modest, refined, charitable and just. Her gentle manners won for her the love of all. When the Confederate soldiers occupied Corinth, her home was full of wounded, sick and convalescent soldiers and remained so until the Stars and Bars were furled forever. Two soldiers died holding her hand and asking God to bless her. One of these she had nursed ten weeks. She was never robust and when her health failed several of her servants refused to leave the place until the sod hid her from them on September 13, 1876. She was the mother of Mrs. G.W. Bynum of Corinth and Mrs. C.F. Robinson, and J.A. Dilworth of Biloxi, Mississippi.
(Editor's Note: John Dilworth Family Cemetery lists: A.B. Dilworth born December 14, 1814, died July 2, 1894, husband of Sarah G. Dilworth; secretary of State of Mississippi 1855-1860. QM and Auditor of State in the SCA Service until 1862. Sarah G. Dilworth, wife of A.B. Dilworth born September 28, 1818, died September 13, 1876.)


Hon. William Lane Duncan
Born in South Carolina in 1800. Settled in Tishomingo County in 1834. Married Miss Rebecca Null in Hardeman County, Tennessee on November 7, 1830. Died August 11, 1876. Buried in Henry Cemetery in Corinth, Mississippi. Mrs. Duncan died in 1852 and was buried in Jacinto Cemetery.
(Note: I don't find either of them listed in the Alcorn or Tishomingo County Cemetery books.)

Rev. James Gaines
Born in Abbeville, South Carolina, May 9, 1800. Married Miss Theodocia Mattison in 1819. Seven children were born to them. Died September 10, 1868. Buried at Shiloh Graveyard near Kossuth.
(Note: Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery: Rev. James Gaines, born May 9, 1799 died September 16, 1868.)
(Note: Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery: Theodocia Gaines, wife of Rev. James Gaines, born October 1, 1797, died September 3, 1867.)

Rev. Edward C. Gillenwaters
Prominent lawyer, probate judge and preacher. Born in Virginia in 1816. Married Miss Eliza Jane Harris of Jackson, Alabama in 1839. Came to Old Tishomingo County, Mississippi in1842. Died 1883 at Gainesville, Texas. Buried in Gainesville Cemetery.
John Gillenwaters
Born February 1785 and died March 29, 1862.
(Editor's note: Not found in Alcorn or Tishomingo County Cemetery books.)

Jane Harris Gillenwaters
Died after 1903. Was 94 years old and a real daughter of the American Revolution.
(Editor's note: Not found in Alcorn or Tishomingo County Cemetery books.)

Mary Gillenwaters
Born July 9, 1786 and died October 31, 1866.
(Editor's note: Not found in Alcorn or Tishomingo County Cemetery books.)

James Files Gresham
(The Pioneer Manufacturer of North Mississippi.) Born in Alabama in 1830. His father was George Gresham. Settled in Tishomingo County in early forties.
(Editor's note: Old Mackey's Creek Cemetery in Iuka, Mississippi lists: Jas. F. Gresham born November 1, 1820 died February 27, 1891. Keziah Lacy Gresham December 24, 1824 to September 17, 1845, consort of James F. Gresham, first wife. Sevilla Gresham, August 27, 1826 to June 13, 1876, second wife of James F. Gresham.)

M.B. Henry
Born in Old Pendleton District, South Carolina, December 12, 1814. Moved to Georgia where he lived 36 years. Married Miss Eliza M. Wood of Stone Mountain Georgia on June 1850. Came to Tishomingo County in 1854. Died in 1895. Buried at Henry Cemetery, Corinth, Mississippi.
(Editor's Note: Henry Cemetery lists Milton B. Henry born December 12, 1814, died January 26, 1895. Also lists Eliza Henry, wife of M.B. Henry, born May 5, 1829, died May 22, 1906.)

John Jobe, Sr.
Born in Lawrence County, Tennessee June 1801. Served under Andrew Jackson in the many Indian wars of that period. Served as a Surveyor for the U.S. Government in 1833 and 1834. Died April 1889. Buried at Shady Grove Cemetery.
(Editor's note: I don't find him listed in either the Alcorn or Tishomingo County cemetery books.)

Dr. Benjamin Franklin Liddon
One of the first physicians of the county and a preacher also. Born near Murphreesboro, Tennessee February 25, 1802. Married Miss Mary Ann Merrill (who was born June 1809. They married July 14, 1826. Came to Tishomingo County in 1836. Died June 11, 1871 near Old Danville Community. Mrs. Liddon died March 30, 1892. Eight children were born to Dr. and Mrs. Liddon.
(Editor's Note: New Hope Presbyterian Cemetery in Alcorn County lists: Dr. Benjamin F. Liddon (2 stones) born February 25, 1802, died June 11, 1871. Born Rutherford County, Tennessee, son of Benjamin Franklin Liddon and Sarah Rutledge Liddon. A physician and Methodist minister, he settled in Danville, Old Tishomingo County in 1836. Monument erected in 1970 by his descendents, Robert C. Liddon, W. Liddon McPeters and Shirley McCullar Simmons. New Hope Presbyterian Cemetery in Alcorn County lists: Mary Ann Liddon, wife of Dr. B.F. Liddon, born June 1809, died March 30, 1892; born Hanover County, Virginia, daughter of Joseph and Mildred Hopper Merrill, wife of Dr. Benjamin Franklin Liddon.)

Hezekiah B. Mitchell
Born March 10, 1792 Washington County, Tennessee. Died December 27, 1842. Married in 1819.
(Editor's Note: New Hope Presbyterian Cemetery in Alcorn County lists: Hezekiah B. Mitchell died December 27, 1843 age 51 years 9 months 17 days.)

Houston Mitchell
Son of Hezekiah Mitchell and Mary D. Houston Mitchell. Born February 24, 1824. Died December 9, 1877. Married Martha Whitmore in 1851.
(Editor's Note: City Cemetery in Corinth lists: Houston Mitchell, husband of Martha Whitmore Mitchell born February 21, 1824 died December 9, 1877. Martha Whitmore Mitchell, wife of Houston Mitchell born February 26, 1836 died February 3, 1897.)

Campbell W. McCord (state legislator)
Born in Franklin County, Tennessee in 1810. Came to Tishomingo County, Mississippi in 1835. Married three times. Died January 1890. Buried in Henry Cemetery in Corinth, Mississippi.
(Editor's Note: Henry Cemetery, Corinth lists: C.W. McCord born February 5, 1810, died June 23, 1890.

Dr. H.C. Phillips
Buried at Mt. Carmel Cemetery. Was a surgeon in the Civil War.
(Editor's Note: I don't find him listed in the Alcorn County Cemetery in Mt. Carmel. Henry Cemetery has a: Hill C. Phillips born February 28, 1824 died June 6, 1886. I have no idea if this is the same person.)

Col. Auther Exum Reynolds
Born in Smith County, Tennessee November 22?, 1817. Moved to Jacinto in 1838. Marrried Miss Minerva Driver April 24, 1838. Died 1882.
(Note: Col. A.E. Reynolds is listed in Jacinto Church of Christ Cemetery as follows: Colonel Arthur E. Reynolds 1816-1880; 26th Mississippi Infantry CSA; (prom. To Brig. Gen. near end of war.)
(Note: Minerva Reynolds, wife of Col. Arthur E. Reynolds is also in same cemetery as follows: born in Smith County, Tennessee, May 1, 1824, died at Corinth, Mississippi October 7, 1868.)

John Marshall Stone
One of Mississippi's best governors and served longer than any other. Born in Gibson County, Tennessee. Settled at Eastport in 1855. Married Miss Mary Coman of Tishomingo County in 1872. Died March 26, 1900. Buried at Iuka Cemetery.
(Editor's Note: Oak Grove Cemetery, Iuka, Mississippi lists: Governor John Marshall Stone April 30, 1830 to March 26, 1900. Governor of Mississippi for 12 years. Colonel Mississippi Regiment CSA. President of Agricultural and Mechanical College and: Mary Coman Stone 1841 to 1931, wife of J.M. Stone.)

Hon. Micajah Suratt
Born in Alabama. Settled in Tishomingo County in 1838. Married Miss Amanda Sorell of Virginia. Buried at Booneville Cemetery, Booneville, Prentiss County, Mississippi.
(Editor's Note: Not listed in the Booneville Cemetery book.)

Hon. Calvin A. Taylor
His father was John Taylor who was born in Lusbury, Loudoun County, Virginia February 1776; and was married to Miss Mary Knott of Granville County, North Carolina January 6, 1813. Hon. Calvin A. Taylor married Miss Elizabeth Haigh of Tuscumbia, Alabama. There were six children born to them. He died July 3, 1891.
(Note: Calvin is buried in Rienzi Cemetery as follows: Calvin A. Taylor, born January 6, 1813, died July 3, 1891, husband of S.E. Haigh Taylor.) (Note: Rienzi Cemetery: S.E. Haigh Taylor, born December 13, 1829 died December 31, 1913, wife of Calvin A. Taylor.)

I.P. Young
Born Granville County, North Carolina July 13, 1799. Married Miss Susan Amanda Adams of Tennessee. Died October 6, 1880.
(Editor's Note: City Cemetery in Corinth lists: I.P. Young, husband of Susan A. Young, born June 13, 1799, died October 6, 1880. Susan A. Young, wife of I.P. Young, born December 19, 1813 died January 17, 1879.)

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