Sunday, July 26, 2015

Sunday's Obituary - Frances Maude Herrin Brooks

Hattiesburg American - 6/14/1973

Frances Maude "Fannie" Herrin

Born on August 2, 1894

Daughter of
Simeon "Sim" Herrin and Mary Mathilda "Mollie" Bynum

Sister to
Ida, Ora, Lucy, Sallie, Prentiss Everett "Prent" and Buford Herrin

Wife of
Charles Samuel Brooks

Mother to
Gaston Wheeler, Gertrude Mamie, Mary Evelyn, Alson, Samuel,
Walter and Oliver Howard

Died on June 9, 1973
Buried in the Union Baptist Church Cemetery
Covington County, Mississippi

Tombstone photograph was taken by FindAGrave member, Barbara.

Friday, July 24, 2015

Alfonso Steele Celebrates 94th Birthday in 1911

The following article appeared in the April 3, 1911 edition of the Mexia Weekly Herald in Mexia, Texas:

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

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

In Memory of "Wit"

Mildred "Wit" Bynum - October 1944

The above photograph appeared in the October 10, 1944 edition of The Cadet which was the official publication of the Pearl River College in Poplarville, Mississippi.

Below the photograph, the following was printed:


Mildred Bynum, another attractive and outstanding Sophomore, known as "Wit," comes from Prentiss and is a graduate of Clem High School.  Now majoring in commerce, Mildred plans to continue her schooling after leaving P. R. C., but she has not decided where.
"Wit's" chief likes are the Marines, eating and Brookie [her best friend]; her dislikes are stingy boys, silly people, asparagus, and getting up early; her ambition is to marry a rich man and to own a dog farm; her greatest desire is to travel.  Mildred's hobby is collecting pennies.
Mildred is assistant circulation manager of The Cadet and secretary to President R. D. McLendon. She takes part in all campus activities.

Following her 1945 graduation from Pearl River College in Business Education, "Wit" decided to attend Mississippi Southern where she earned a teaching degree.  She taught in several Mississippi high schools before accepting a position in a small rural community in Louisiana.

"Wit" did not marry a marine or a rich man.

She married a local boy from a small rural community who had just returned from serving in the United States Army.

"Wit" did not own a dog farm.

But 'She Always had a Dog.'

"Wit" never had the opportunity to fulfill her greatest desire to travel.

Raising five children while working outside the home for many years did not allow for much travel.

"Wit" continued to like eating.

Coconut pie was one of her favorites.

"Wit" lost contact with her best friend, Brookie, over the years.

But she kept many mementos from their college days.

"Wit" never overcame her dislike of 'stingy' boys (or girls, for that matter) and 'silly people.'

She did, however, overcome her dislike of asparagus and 'getting up early.'

"Wit" continued her hobby of collecting pennies.

She added dimes to her collection and would often roll her coins before depositing them in her bank account.

Wit's last collection of pennies

"Wit" was born on July 22, 1926.

She passed from this life on January 25, 2012.

She would have been eighty-nine years old today.

I never knew the "Wit" mentioned in the 1944 article, though I caught glimpses of her from time to time.

I knew her as 'Mama.'

Wedding Wednesday - Terrell and Hester Bynum Celebrate Golden Anniversary, 1972

Thomas Terrell Bynum and Hester Pearl Morris Bynum

Hattiesburg American - 8/7/1972

Thomas Terrell Bynum was the son of James Benjamin Bynum and Annie Jane Sumrall.  He was a brother to my maternal grandfather, John Buel Bynum.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Bynum Woods in Central Louisiana

Hattiesburg American - 8/27/1940

Jesse Atherton Bynum

Born on May 23, 1797
Northampton County, North Carolina

Son of
Turner Bynum and Mary Atherton

Brother to
Turner, Jr., Francis Atherton, Elizabeth, Emily, Drury/Drewry,
Wade Hampton and Jeptha Atherton Bynum

Husband of
Maria Funston
Emeline Bray*

Died on September 23, 1868
Buried in the Rapides Cemetery
Pineville, Rapides Parish, Louisiana

Photograph by FindAGrave member, Thomas Fisher

Jesse Atherton Bynum attended Princeton College where he studied law. Following his studies, he practiced law in Halifax County, North Carolina and was a member of the House of Commons of North Carolina in 1823, 1824 and 1827-1830.  In 1833 he was elected as a Democrat to the 23rd Congress where he served three more terms; ending in 1841.  

He married his first wife, Maria Funston in 1835 while still living in Washington. Maria died eighteen months after their marriage.

Towards the end of his last term in Congress, Jesse Atherton Bynum made the decision to retire from public life and move to Rapides Parish, Louisiana.  It was in Rapides Parish where he met the widow of Sterling Bray, Emeline Bray*.  Her maiden name is believed by some to be Gill.  They married on June 28, 1839.

No children were born to either marriage.

Jesse Atherton Bynum's 3great grandfather, John (b. ca. 1616), was my 8great grandfather.

Our Bynum lineage is as follows:

John (1616)
>John (1664)
>>William (1690)
>>>Drury (1725)
>>>>Turner (1753)
>>>>>Jesse Atherton (1797)

John (1616)
>James (1660)
>>James (1690)
>>>William (1728)
>>>>Old William (1763)


Sunday, July 19, 2015

Sunday's Obituary - Felix Jefferson Bynum

Hattiesburg American - 5/30/1974

Felix Jefferson "Fel" Bynum

Born on May 21, 1888

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

Brother to
Aurelia "Rilla" Margaret, Mary Mathilda "Mollie", James Benjamin,
Ida Burtie, Prentice Buford, John Franklin, Charity "Pearly", Robert Everett,
Willard William and Nannie Nita

Died on May 29, 1974
Buried in Rawles Cemetery
Lamar County, Mississippi

Felix Jefferson Bynum was my maternal great-great uncle through my great grandfather and his half brother, James Benjamin Bynum.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Aunt Becky Celebrates 87th Birthday - 1939

The following article appeared in the October 25, 1939 edition of the Hattiesburg American in Hattiesburg, Mississippi:

Hattiesburg American - 10/25/1939

The birthday reunion was held at Louis and Allie Mae Sumrall Robertson's home.  Allie Mae was the youngest of Daniel and Becky Sumrall's twelve children.

Mary Rebecca "Becky" Pouncey Sumrall was one of my maternal great-great grandmothers.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Patriots Address Texas Legislators - 1909

The Caucasian-Shreveport, LA - 2/14/1909

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

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Jeff Davis County Leaders On the Ball - 1952

The following article appeared in the January 2, 1952 edition of the Hattiesburg American in Hattiesburg, Mississippi:

Hattiesburg American - 1/2/1952

John Bynum, County Superintendent of Education, was my maternal grandfather.

Lumber Industry Puts Sumrall MS on the Map

Hattiesburg American - 7/4/1976

Daniel Sumrall and Mary Rebecca "Becky" Pouncey were my great-great grandparents through their daughter, Annie Sumrall Bynum; grandson, John Buel Bynum; great granddaughter, Mildred Bynum Edmonds.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday - Ludie McIver Messer

Ludie Emaline McIver

Born on October 5, 1905

Daughter of
Evander Wilder McIver and Lillie Tufford

Sister to
Donald, Robert Lee, Arabelle Philips, Minnie, Flora Jane, 
Matthew Ranson and Coy Howard

Wife of
Clifford Messer

Mother to
Donald Clifford, Patsy, Kenneth and Frederick

Died on March 15, 1989
Buried in Highland Cemetery
Hattiesburg, Forrest County, Mississippi

Ludie Emaline McIver Messer was my maternal grand aunt.  Her sister, Flora Jane McIver Bynum, was my grandmother.

Tombstone photograph was taken by FindAGrave member, Stephen Rogers.