Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday - Bessie Lee Anna Bynum


Bessie Lee Anna Bynum McQueen

Born on November 22, 1908

Daughter of
James Benjamin Bynum and Annie Jane Sumrall

Sister to
John Buel, Minnie Frances, Narvel Houston, Thomas Terrell,
Robert Earl, Bertha Rebecca, Annie Roberta, Nancy Arella,
Daniel Gordon, Howard Ben, Margaret Evelyn and Mary Lois Bynum

Wife of
Benton Carraway McQueen

Mother to
Eunice Nell, Benton Ellis, John Wayne and Gerald Richard McQueen

Died on January 28, 1981
Buried in Roseland Park Cemetery
Hattiesburg, Forrest County, Mississippi



Tombstone photograph taken by FindAGrave member, Stephen Rogers


Sunday, July 27, 2014

Sunday's Obituary - Mary Ann Steele Bennett

Mexia Weekly Herald - 6/28/1940

Mary Ann Steele was born on February 4, 1854 to the marriage of Alfonso Parcutt Steele and Mary Ann "Polly" Powell.

Her siblings included:
Hampton
Alonzo Leo
Alvarado "Rado"
Francis Marion "Frank"
Leonard
Missouri Alice
Mary Ann married Townsend Bennett in 1868 and had the following children:
James
Eveleen Pearl
Frederick
Roy Lee
Harvey Steele
Mary Ann Steele Bennett died on June 21, 1940 and is buried alongside her husband in the Mexia City Cemetery in Mexia, Limestone County, Texas.

Photograph taken by FindAGrave member, James Coston

Mary Ann Steele Bennett was a sister to my great-great grandfather, Francis Marion "Frank" Steele.




Saturday, July 26, 2014

Steele and Zuber Address Texas State Legislators



Shreveport Caucasian - 2/14/1909

Alfonso Steele was my 3-great grandfather through his son, Francis Marion "Frank"; grandson, Isham Alfonso "Al"; great granddaughter, Mary Allye Steele Edmonds; great-great grandson, Bruce Alfonso Edmonds.


Friday, July 25, 2014

Family Recipe Friday - Uncle Coy's Pancakes



Coy Howard McIver was the son of Evander Wilder McIver and Lillie Tufford.  He was a brother to my maternal grandmother, Flora Jane McIver Bynum.

Toby, Sandy and Coy McIver


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Treasure Chest Thursday - Birthday Wishes

My mother's scrapbook from 1944

Birthday wishes and a box of candy for my mother from her best friend, Brookie.  They nicknamed each other "Wit" during their years at Pearl River College in Poplarville, Mississippi.


Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Bynum Reunion in 1966

The following article appeared in the August 30, 1966 edition of the Hattiesburg American in Hattiesburg, Mississippi:









Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday - Howard Ben Bynum


Howard Ben Bynum

Born on September 12, 1915

Son of
James Benjamin Bynum and Annie Jane Sumrall

Brother to
John Buel, Minnie Frances, Narvel Houston, Thomas Terrell, Robert Earl,
Bertha Rebecca, Annie Roberta, Bessie Lee Anna, Nancy Arella,
Daniel Gordon, Margaret Evelyn and Mary Lois Bynum

Husband of
Nell Marshall

Father to
Doris Jean and Howard Ben "Hal" Bynum

Died on May 20, 1983
Buried in the Military Baptist Church Cemetery
Sumrall, Lamar County, Mississippi


Friday, July 18, 2014

Hampton Steele Speech, 1923

From an article appearing in the August 27, 1923 edition of the Mexia Daily News in Mexia, Texas:












Hampton Steele was the older brother of my great great grandfather, Francis Marion "Frank" Steele.


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Wedding Wednesday - Bynum and Miller

Hattiesburg American - 10/19/1944

Nellie Kathleen Bynum was born on December 9, 1923 to the marriage of Robert Earl Bynum and Nellie May Redmond.  She was a sister to Infant Brother (1928) and Dorothy Ann Bynum.

Kathleen was the granddaughter of James Benjamin Bynum and Annie Jane Sumrall.  She was the niece of my maternal grandfather, John Buel Bynum, who was a brother to Robert Earl.




Tombstone Tuesday - Daniel Gordon Bynum


Daniel Gordon Bynum

Born on March 30, 1913

Son of
James Benjamin Bynum and Annie Jane Sumrall

Brother to
John Buel, Minnie Frances, Narvel Houston, Thomas Terrell, Robert Earl,
Bertha Rebecca, Annie Roberta, Bessie Lee Anna, Nancy Aurella, 
Howard Ben, Margaret Evelyn and Mary Lois Bynum

Husband of
Cora Christine Campbell

Father to
Rankin Glynn, Bennie Faye, Annette and Diane Bynum

Died on July 3, 1974
Buried in the Military Baptist Church Cemetery
Sumrall, Lamar County, Mississippi


Tombstone photograph was taken by FindAGrave member, Doc Ster.


Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sunday's Obituary - Robert Everett "Bob" Bynum

Hattiesburg American - 2/3/1966

Robert Everett Bynum

Born on September 18, 1891

Son of
Prentice Montgomery Bynum and Nancy Caroline "Nanny" Rawls

Brother to
Ida Burtie, Prentice Buford, John Franklin, Felix Jefferson "Fel",
Charity, Willard William and Nannie Nita Bynum

Half-Brother to
Aurelia Margaret "Rilla", Mary "Mollie" and James Benjamin "Ben" Bynum

Husband of
Onie Rosilee Roberts

Father to
Edith, Eva Pearl, Joseph Prentiss, Robert Gray, Bertha Nancy,
Mildred Lavell, Infant Sister (1928), Infant Brother (1930), Linda Glenn
and Infant Sister (1933) Bynum

Died on February 3, 1966
Buried in the Military Baptist Church Cemetery
Sumrall, Lamar County, Mississippi




Friday, July 11, 2014

Family Recipe Friday - Homemade Ice Cream


My mother's homemade ice cream recipe:

Beat 4 eggs and 2 cups of sugar
Add the following:
1/2 Gallon Milk
2 & 1/2 pints Whipping Cream
3/4 teaspoon Vanilla
1 pint Crushed Fruit

Pour contents into canister of electric ice cream maker.  Add salt rock and allow to turn until mixture thickens.

My favorite fruit was fresh crushed peaches.

Mildred Annette Bynum Edmonds


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Wedding Wednesday - Bynum Weds Clark

Hattiesburg American - 5/4/1946

Alice Mary Bynum was born in Lamar County, Mississippi on June 27, 1925 to the marriage of Thomas Terrell Bynum and Hester Pearl Morris.  She was a sister to an infant brother, an infant sister, Jimmie Pearl [Davis], Delores [Carter, Ford] and Nancy Carolyn [Walker].

Alice Mary Bynum was the granddaughter of James Benjamin "Ben" Bynum and Annie Jane Sumrall.  She was also the niece of my maternal grandfather, John Buel Bynum, who was Terrell's older brother.


Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday - Nancy Arella Bynum


Nancy Arella Bynum

Born on December 31, 1910

Daughter of
James Benjamin Bynum and Annie Jane Sumrall

Sister to
John Buel, Minnie Francis, Narvell Houston, Thomas Terrell, Robert Earl, Bertha Rebecca, Annie Roberta "Bertie", Bessie Lee Anna, Daniel Gordon, Howard Ben, Margaret Evelyn and Mary Lois Bynum

Wife of
John Waldo Ford

Mother to
James Waldo and Gayle Ann Ford

Died on January 11, 1990
Buried in Greenoaks Memorial Park
Baker, Louisiana


Tombstone photograph was taken by FindAGrave member, Bobby.


Monday, July 7, 2014

Mystery Monday - Benjamin Asberry Sumrall


I am trying to solve several mysteries about my maternal 3rd great grandfather, Benjamin Asberry "Berry" Sumrall.  I descend from his son, Daniel Sumrall, who married Mary Rebecca Pouncey.
Who were his parents?
What was his wife's maiden name?
When was the date of his death?
Where is he buried?



Benjamin Asberry "Berry" Sumrall was born circa 1806 in South Carolina. Berry migrated with his family from South Carolina to Mississippi.  He married Margaret (?) prior to 1829 and the birth of their first child, Henry, on March 15, 1829 in Perry County.  Census records as early as 1840 show Berry and family living in Marion county.



1841 Mississippi Census Record
1845 Mississippi Census Record

It is not until the 1850 U. S. Census that we learn Berry's date and location of birth. This information is also documented in the 1860 and 1870 census reports.

1850 U. S. Census Record

1860 U. S. Census Record

1870 U. S. Census Record

The following children were born to Berry and Margaret (?) Sumrall:
  • Henry, 1829-1864 (m. Amanda Elizabeth Bennett, 1836-1904)
  • Mary Elizabeth, 1830-1862? (m. James William Mixon, 1824-1896)
  • Martha, 1833-1905 (m. Elias Allen, 1831-1883)
  • Alvin, 1836-1864 (m. Elizabeth Caroline Perry, 1838-?)
  • Margaret, 1838-?
  • Minerva, 1841-aft 1910 (m. Cameron, died bef 1880)
  • Daniel, 1845-1923 (m. Mary Rebecca Pouncey, 1852-1941)
  • William, 1849-1902 (m. Ann ?, 1856-1903)

I have yet to find an 1880 census for Benjamin Asberry "Berry" Sumrall.  I did find his wife, Margaret (?) in the 1880 census.  She is listed as Single and living in the same household as her daughter, Minerva Sumrall Cameron and her children.  This seems to indicate that Berry Sumrall died prior to 1880.

1880 U. S. Census Record

James H. Hines, author of 'The Families Summerville, Somervail, Summerall, Summerell, Summerille, Summerlin, Sumlin, Sumrall, and Sumril', wrote about the early immigration of John Somervell (b. 1666) from Scotland to Isle of Wight, Virginia.  Thomas Sumrall, the great grandson of John Somervell, migrated from South Carolina to the Mississippi Territory prior to 1800.

Several family researchers believe that Isaac, son of Thomas and Ann Sumrall, is the father of Benjamin Asberrry "Berry" Sumrall.

Per Teryl Smith, who descends from Martha Sumrall, daughter of Berry and Margaret, Isaac is mentioned in the Marion County abstract of deeds page 168:
Thomas Sumrall gives to his son Isaac Sumrall's widow Mary Sumrall, five cows and their calves and the balance of the stock of cattle.  Wit. Henry Sumrall and Joseph Magnum.  Dated 12 July 1821.
Teryl Smith also supplied the following information on Berry's wife, Margaret:

"Regarding the Benjamin Sumrall and Margaret McRae marriage. I have a theory that the McRae surname is incorrect although I have not been able to concretely disprove or prove.

In papers that my Great Grandmother Lillie Serena Allen had she indicated
  • Her Grandfather was Berry Sumrall
  • Her Grandmother was Peggy Nicholson 
  • She indicates Peggy was born in Scotland and came to Biloxi Mississippi at 11 or 12
  • All the other information that Lillie had has checked out as true
I think a mistake was made and the Margaret McRae should have been shown married to a Thomas Sumrall. This McRae family has a future governor of Mississippi in it and having a governor in the family is something that would have been passed down if true."

Any help with answering these questions would be greatly appreciated.

Who were Berry's parents?
What was his wife's maiden name?
When was the date of his death?
Where is he buried?


Sunday, July 6, 2014

Sunday's Obituary - Minnie Frances Bynum Sumrall


Transcription

Mrs. Alfred Sumrall

Mrs. Minnie Frances Sumrall, resident of RFD 2, Sumrall, for 37 years, died unexpectedly at 5 a.m. today at her home.  She was 55 years old.

The body will remain at the family residence until time for services.  Funeral arrangements are incomplete.  Hulett Funeral Home is in charge.

Services will be held at Military Baptist Church with Rev. Gerald Aultman, paster, officiating.  Burial will be in Military Cemetery.

Mrs. Sumrall is survided by her husband, two daughters, Mrs. Vivian Gandy, Jackson, and Mrs. Marjorie Drennan, Sumrall, five sons, A. C., H. B., Coy P. and Robert R. Sumrall, all of Sumrall, and  Alfred A. Sumrall, Hermiston, Ore, five sisters including Mrs. D. C. Odom, Mrs. Waldo Ford and Mrs. Dewey Robinson, Baton Rouge and Mrs. Bessie McQueen, Hattiesburg, four bothers, John Bynum, Prentiss, Howard Bynum, Jackson and Gordon and Terrell, Sumralll, and 20 grandchildren.

Minnie Frances Bynum Sumrall was the daughter of James Benjamin Bynum and Annie Jane Sumrall.  She was my maternal grand aunt.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Sibling Saturday - Bynums


Jessie Lois, Johnnie Louise, Mildred Annette and James Wilder Bynum

Children of
John Buel Bynum and Flora Jane McIver


Friday, July 4, 2014

Friday's Faces From the Past - Celebrating Independence Day


Celebrating Independence Day - 1980s

Standing (LtoR):  Ray Golmon, Sr., Bruce A. Edmonds, Winstead Knight
Seated (LtoR):  Bea Bryan Denham, Eva McNair Hair, Price Wilkinson, Sr., Lucille Steele Ogden