MS Roots

January 15, 2011

Surname Saturday – The Disappearing Sampsons of Oktibbeha, MS

Sampson is an English surname with French origins. Currently, the largest concentrations of Sampsons in the US live in Rhode Island and Vermont. There is a smaller concentration of Sampsons living in Montague County, Texas.

Rosie Sampson is my paternal great-grandmother who lived in Oktibbeha County, MS during the early 1900s. Little else is known about her. To date I haven’t found any “cousins”. And my father says that he doesn’t remember any Sampsons living in their community.

I have found Rosie in census records, alone. No parents. No siblings. The only other Sampsons near her during the time period was a woman and daughter living in the home of a son-in-law.

I have found a Rose Sampson listed in the Enumeration of Educable Children – 1885. She is listed with several other Sampson children – Dennis, Prince and two other names that are unreadable. The adult name is Neal Sampson. I have not been able to locate census records for the others listed with this Rose Sampson.

Questions abound with the Sampson family. Where did they come from? Where did they go? Where are they now?


April 24, 2010

Surname Saturday – Jacobs

Sometimes reading carefully is all it takes.

This week, I was able to enter the information from the 1870 census into my software program for the Hill family of Oktibbeha County, MS.  At first glance, I was sure that it read Jessie Hill/M/B/23 with 5 children in the household.  After carefully reading, I could clearly tell that the household extended to include Rida Jacobs/F/B/32, Betsey Jacobs/F/B/55 and Calib Jacobs/M/B/65.

This “new” information provided a possible maiden name to Rina  shown as Jessie’s wife  in the 1880 Census and has just added a new surname my search files!

My goal for the remainder of the month is to search for the last slave owner of  Jessie Hill and Rida/Rina Jacobs.  It will involve making a list of all households near the family both black and white from the 1870 census.  Secondly, I will cross reference the white families with the 1860 slave schedules and slave contracts from the Freedman’s Bureau.  Lots of work, but very excited about it.

March 21, 2010

Surname Saturday

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How fitting that on Surname Saturday, I would receive new surnames to aid in my searches.

I received a copy of my great-grandfather’s social security application today.  It confirmed my suspicion from the 1880 and 1900 census that Arthur Hathorn, my great grandfather, was the son of William and Harriet Hathorn.  The application has also provided me with Harriet’s maiden name – Loflin.  I was hoping for this piece of information.

I received a call from my dad this morning.  He was very excited to have found the obituary of his father’s  last sister.  However, we were both confused about what we thought we knew of the family.  My grandfather, L C Hill, and my great-uncle, John Hill, are both listed as brothers who preceded my great-aunt in death.  Daddy and I knew this.  To cherish her memory are William Harris (brother) and Betty Jean Harris (sister) of South Carolina.  Daddy and I were both floored.  There had never been any mention of any other siblings in the Hill family.  We will be sorting this out in my visit to Mississippi shortly.

To Date I am researching the following names

  1. Hathorn – Covington County, Lawrence County, Jefferson Davis County (MS)
  2. Griffith, Griffin – Covington County, Lawrence County, Jefferson Davis County (MS)
  3. Loflin – Covington County, Lawrence County, Jefferson Davis County (MS)
  4. Graves – Covington County, Lawrence County, Jefferson Davis County (MS)
  5. Hill – Oktibehha County (MS)
  6. Wright -Oktibehha County (MS)

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