MS Roots

July 5, 2011

A Project Overview with Mary Louise Hill Madison

Filed under: mississippi family history,Oktibbeha County, MS,SEALS,Wright Family — by tmailhes @ 10:31 pm

The Wright Seals

Well your Aunt Kate, we called her Kate but her name was Virginia, anyway I have her original birth certificate and it says Letha Ann on it

So began the family history overview with my Aunt Louise. I just sat there shaking my head and my aunt just smiled. You know almost everyone had different names she told me. Like Uncle Pap, he was really Prentiss. While she talked, I scratched through notes and tried to grasp the entire family line of multiple Prentisses, Ediths and Eulas plus the never-ending initials – LA, MC, and NF. What do the initials stand for? Nothing.

Then Aunt Louise had an idea. We were thinking too big, trying to map too much at once. We were going to pick one family group and begin there. No more looking at the WRIGHTS and the SEALS. We were picking one family and sticking with it no matter what fascinating document we found or family lore that we happened upon.

We created our family group sheet
James Mann Wright married Sallie Seals in 1900 Oktibbeha County (no record located at Archives, will have to contact county)
Their children were Mattie, Prentiss, Edith, Eula, LA, Letha Ann (died in infancy), NF and MC.

Aunt Louise is going to record all the memories that she has of her mother’s siblings and the stories about her grandparents. I will complete the document research and we are going to get this family mapped out!

Aunt Louise using Family Tree Maker



  1. Hey im proud of my aunt and our history. Gives us more

    Comment by wye — July 5, 2011 @ 11:10 pm |Reply

    • I’m so proud of her too and she is so excited!

      Comment by Teicha Hill Mailhes — July 6, 2011 @ 12:44 pm |Reply

  2. Every black family south must have had a Mattie! I also have a Prentiss, and hadn’t come across another with that name. And the nicknames, wow. We have one nicknamed “Pigfeet.” Now who would want that nickname? LOL.

    Comment by msualumni — July 6, 2011 @ 1:34 am |Reply

    • And we have nicknames for nicknames – we shortened Uncle Catfish to Uncle Cat!

      Comment by Teicha Hill Mailhes — July 6, 2011 @ 12:45 pm |Reply

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