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Nina Davis Wed Jan 7 1998
I am looking for information on my cousin, Ezora Yvonne COLE. She was born in Dallas,
TX between 1957 and 1959. Her mother was Shirley BATES, who was born in
either Lafayette or De Ridder. Both Ezora and Shirley may have moved
back to De Ridder in the mid 1960's.
Josie McGee Wed Feb 18 1998
I have found names as far as my greatx3 grandparents but would like to go even further. here's their names and any other info i might have:
paternal grandfather:lloyd smith (16OCT1903-29DEC1971)Starks, LA; " grandmother:Hazel Foster (05MAR1907-28OCT1970)Starks, LA; Both are buried at SMITH Cemetery in Starks.
paternal great gf:William "Buddy" SMITH s/o Melton & Eliazer Smith; " " gm:Ella Whiddon d/o William"Bill"& Hilda Hennigan Whiddon; Hazel's parents: James"Jim"Foster (13APR1884-19JUL1962)
s/o Benjamin FOSTER & Josephine WEST (my namesake); Clara Ann Mims (03NOV1886-12FEB1948)
d/o Sumpter MIMS & Mary Jane HOLMES;
I would really appreciate any info you might have as to help me trace my
roots. Let me briefly explain my situation: My father was Albert Louis SMITH (06AUG1928-04FEB1977) buried at SMITH cemetary. I was raised by "friends" of the family after his death and I have very little contact with my biological family although I do intend
to get in touch with my father's sister,who resides in Starks, LA to help me with some of this.
Karla White Mon May 4 1998
I am looking for information about Virginia (Ginny) and Mitchell (Manny) RUMBY
who lived in De Ridder after 1904 for many years. They had children, Lovie,
Hazel, John. Mitchell died about 1907-8. Dr. Cannon and Dr. Horton saw to
him. Mitchell's brother, Valree Rumby, also lived in De Ridder. Any
information would be greatly appreciated.
Kim Vodicka Mon May 4 1998
I am currently searching for any known relatives of William Oliver PERKINS, father of Castus & Erastus Perkins from the Singer area. Also for any relatives of David Elison Matthis from Merryville and Ada Mae Berry from Vinton.Both of the latter are buried in Cooper Cemetary.
Lucille Lewis Lacy Mon May 4 1998
I am looking for information on the family of Sherd LEWIS, married to Emiline
Spikes of Bancroft, La. Emiline died in 1916. Sherd remarried and carried
daughter, willie mae to shreveport, La., who would be in her 80s now. I would
like to know what happened to them.
Cherrie Northcutt Mon May 4 1998
I am looking for information on the family of Sallie Loretta SMITH (Cooley)
born in Dry Creek in 1891. She was the youngest daughter of Stephen Elza
And Catherine Perkin Smith. There were possibly nine other children. She
married Joel Pinkney Cooley.
Barbara Lewis Fri May 15 1998
I am searching for any information on Andrew YOUNG or his wife Bertha Ann Whitman Young. All I have been able to find is their graves in Dry Creek. I would appreciate any information on who their parents/siblings were or where they came from. Andrew YOUNG was born April 25,1898. I don't know where. Bertha Whitman born Jan 18,1907.
Barbara Lewis Fri May 15 1998
Looking for information on the MCCLAIN\LOWE Family. My great grandmother was Janie McClain Johnson, buried at Smyrna Cemetery, with her husband Alex and children Guy, Seymore and Sebbie McClain Lowe. Sebbie married Marshall Lowe and their triplets are buried 2 at Smyrna and 1 at Shiloh - Why did they separate the children?
David Mitchell Fri May 15 1998
I am searching for info on Samual F. MITCHELL B.1885, and info on his wife
Annie Mitchell/Hodges. Children are William H., Richard, Joe, Lillian ,Ruth, Eloise,Ovida. Both Samual & Annie are buried at Magnolia Cemetery.
Houston Tracey, Jr. Fri May 29 1998
Henry N. PARKER age 70 and wife, Parthena E. GRISSETT age 68 were enumerated
on the 1920 census of Beauregard Parish living in DeRidder on Mahlor Street.
In their household was Addie L. WIGGINS age 60, Parthena's widowed sister.
Have recently found Addie's stepson, David Carter WIGGINS was buried in Dry
Creek Cemetery. Where are she, her sister and brother in-law buried ?
Leisa Warden Tue June 9, 1998
I am searching for information on John Jackson WARDEN (my ggf) born Aug 28, 1878,
died April 6, 1915. Born and raised in Singer and Merryville area. John married
Alice Rice and had one child Jesse Warden. Jesse was raised in Singer & Merryville area.
John died when Jesse was 14 years old. Jesse later moved to East Texas to marry Katie Mae McGee,
they are both deceased and buried in Mt. Siani Cemetary, Hemphill,Texas (Sabine County).
I would like to know any information on John. After many hours of searching, I found John is
buried in Newlin Cemetary (near Singer).
Randy G. Herbert Tue June 9, 1998
I am searching for information on three surnames from the DeQuincy, LA
area around 1900-1920 or possibly later. William Thomas COWARD (1854?-
1926) was married to Virginia Ann BURKS Coward (ca 1868) . They had 10
children during the years 1885-1912, and at some point therein they
relocated to Port Neches, TX. I believe that William's mother's name was
Mary S. COWARD, born ca 1828 in KY. He had a half-brother Edward T.
PIERCE, and full siblings Allen W. Coward and Margaret A. Coward. I have
no name for the father of William, Allen or Margaret and believe Edward
Pierce was from a prior marriage.
Virginia Ann / known as Jennie / BURKS may be the daughter of Daniel and
Luand (no maiden?) BURKS. Daniel was born ca 1822 in LA. Luand was born
ca 1840 in MS. Virginia's siblings were Andrew J. (ca 1858), Hariet J.
(ca 1853), Franklin M. (ca 1862), Martha E. (ca 1864) and Henry C. (ca
RoEllen Henry Wed July 1 1998
Trying to find information about Seaborn Pascall JOHNSON and
family.Seaborn died in1914 inBeauregard Parish after the flood. His wife was
Edna (CUTRIGHT) JOHNSON and children were Joseph PASCALL, Ethel,
Pauline, Isaac, Willie Mae. Isaac was my grandfather born in1906 in DeRidder
and willie Mae in1913 in Rosepine. If anyone recognizes this family please
Shirley Baker Thu July 2 1998
Searching for birth date / parents of Missoura Louisa WARDEN. She was
married to David J. Miers. Missoura died in January 1892 in Merryville,
Beauregard Parish, La. She died in childbirth with John Franklin Miers.
Regina Lee Sun July 5 1998
Walter Disston SHIRLEY was my grandfather. He was born 29 Jan 1878 and died 26 Apr 1959. He married Mary Ester LEWIS and later divorced. Need info on his antecedents and where they lived. Any info on that branch of the SHIRLEY family would be appreciated.
Henry Delahunt July 13 1998
Seeking any info on Isom LEWIS, b 1854 - wife I think Frances Sandefer;
sons I. W. Lewis and Lafayette Lewis dau Mary Catherine Lewis, my grandmother.
One son and the dau married into Droddy family of Beauregard and Vernon Parishes.
Isom may have come to Beauregard from MS after his father killed Civil War.
Any help greatly appreciated.
Lynne Hall July 20 1998
Researching the HANCHY/HANCHEY family. Would like to find a connection with the
HANCHY/HANCHEY family of Beauregard Parish, LA and the HANCHY/HANCHEY family of
S.E. Alabama. My info is very limited, but I have is as follows:
James Martin Columbus HANCHEY, b 8-20-1875, d 12-23-1955, married on
1-27-1904 to Malinda O. Rhodes, b 10-9-1879, d 10-3-1951. Their children:
Bessie Mae HANCHEY, b 11-1-1904, d 5-11-1981; Lucile HANCHEY, b ??, d 6-1981;
Annie Lois, b ??, d ??. Please if you know of some HANCHY/HANCHEY ancestors in
relation to Alabama, I would be very grateful to hear from you.
Jack R. Saylor July 20 1998
William Jasper SAILOR m. Rachel Emma SWANK 9 Sept. 1871 Medoc, MO
moved to LA ca. 1900. W. J. SAILOR became DeRidder's second mayor when
elected to that office in 1906. Seeking more information on children and
their descendants, namely: Joseph Wilson b. 1872, Mary Jemima b. 1879, Clara
Augusta b. 1882, Minnie Frances b. 1884, William Clarence 1887, Emma Lucretia
b. 1889, Louise Emma b. 1889, James Earl b. 1894, and Lillian Pearl b. 1894.
Mike Pearson July 30 1998
I am looking For COOTS surnames and families in Beauregard Parish and
surrounding Parishes. Names in my line a Jasper, Emily, and Nancy Coots.
I have found related Coots family buried in DeRidder, so family may be
centered around there. I don't know for sure. Any information would be
Onnie William Ferris Aug 9 1998
My father was born in Ikes, Beauregard Parish in 1907. His father was William
Benjamin FERRIS, his mother Viola Rosalie Wolfe, both born in Cameron to
the best of my knowledge. I am looking for information on my Father and his
brother, Percy William Ferris. I am unsure of the brothers date of birth, but I have it on good
authority he was killed about Oct 1931 in a train accident in DeRidder.
Both my cousin and myself would deeply appreciate any and all information
or directions we might get that could lead us to information about this
accident (I promise, purely for our genealogy information). Percy is burried
in DeRidder, but there is no marker, and no other information available.
Felecia Bryan Wood Aug 9 1998
I am researching a family in Merryville LA. They are both buried in Merryville
Cemetary. His name is Burrell Ephraim WHITTINGTON and Her name is Catherine Elizabeth
MYERS WHITTINGTON not real sure about the spelling of Myers. Could be Miers
or Meiers, etc. No one seems to know for sure.
Bill Withers Aug 12 1998
Looking for any decendents or information of Andrew COTTONGIM.(Cottonjim)
He lived in the Sugar Town area in 1900.
Lanell Puckett Aug 21 1998
I am searching for information on W. J. PUCKETT, Mary J. PUCKETT,
Fountain PUCKETT, all are buried in the Merryville Cemetery. I would like
to know when they came to Beauregard Parish, what work they did etc.
Thanks for any help in advance!
Jim Dotson Aug 21 1998
For your own interest/purposes, I list here the surnames of my
ancestors, all (or most) of whom lived in Beauregard Parish beginning in
the early 1800's. No doubt many of their descendants are still there or
nearby. The NAMES: Whitman, Lee, Hudson, Dotson, Adams, Raines, Mitchum, Starks, Newton,
Canty, Sterling, Rice, Carroll. There are more of course. I have
16-first cousins and have seen the faces of none. I last visited
Merryville in Sept 1960 and held my girld child as the fifth generation
for a picture that included Leona Lee, Bertha Adams and Helen Rice for
the first 3-generations. Although neither I nor my parents have visited
there for years, I have an enormous amount of information to give to you
if you wish. Of course, I will have to verify everything with my parents
first. My paternal grandmother died Nov 11, 1997. She was 100-years, 4-months,
22-days. She was born in Lake Charles and lived much of her life in
Merryville. Her name was Bertha Lee (Raines) Dotson
Adams. Her second son is my father: Edmund Earline Dotson.
I have no particular interest in genealogy NOR in my ancestors ( most of whom apparently did
little of notice nor remembrance during their lives). HOWEVER, I do have
an interest in exciting my parents' lives.
Kim Williams Aug 21 1998
John C. FERGUSON was married to Emily Jane WILLIAMS (1-6-1868/7-21-1942
bur. Cooper Cem., Beauregard Parish) and lived in Pickering, LA. (John
may have owned some kind saloon, or bar.) I was told John and Emily had
two sons and 4 daughters. Three of the children I was told were: Joseph
Edkar Ferguson born 3-14-1886, Lewis, and Hazel. If anyone can help
me with any more information on this family I would appreciated it
JoAnn Pape Aug 21 1998
I have in my possess a High School Days Good Times Book of Don
McCollister, class of BHS, 1929. There are a number of photos and Class
cards with names and nicknames. Some are: Norman Coward (BAts), Thomas
Eugene Wells (Doc), Emily Dempsey, Brent Seale (Bloaty), Robert M.
Crews (Coolie), Duford Pitman (Carpenter), Mike Balistrella
(Bellystretcher)Etha L. Cole, Bernice Alford, Bobbie Belle Bennett, Anna
Rachel Cobbs, Eddie Almany. would appreciate contact with any of the
descendants of these class mates of Don or any other members of the
class of 29.
Mary Gregg Aug 21 1998
1. William Presley SIMPSON was born January 30, 1838 in Marshall County,
Mississippi, and died September 11, 1906 in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana. He
married Euphemia Jane ROWELL in 1860. Their children were: (1) William H.
Simpson (b. 1861); (2) Martha S. Simpson (b. 1863); (3) Alfred Simpson (see
below); (4) Presley Simpson (b. 1869); (5) John A. R. Simpson (1870-1879); and
(6) Rebecca Simpson and (7) Thomas R. Simpson (b. 1878).
2. Alfred Simpson (#3 above) was born in 1867 and probably died between 1900
and 1910 in Beauregard Parish. About 1887, he married Rosamond Harris (died
in 1926 and buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in DeRidder) and had children: (1)
(?)Mascie M. Simpson (female) (d. 1973 in DeRidder); (2) Elva B. Simpson m.
Roland (?)Brill; (3) William Harris Simpson; (4) Leon M. Simpson; (5) Mary E.
Simpson; (6) Frances Drucilla Simpson; (7) Alfred Simpson; (8) Landsey Simpson
(male); and (9) Rosie Simpson.
William Presley Simpson was the brother of my great-grandmother. I would like
very much to establish contact with any of his descendants.
Marty Bivens Adcock Sept 7 1998
I am looking for information on Benjamin E. BIVENS, born March 29.1869, in
Bivens Community, Beauregard Parish. He married Martha Jane Foster. She
was born in Caney Creek, Beauregard Parish, April 10, 1872. My father
J. B. BIVENS was their oldest child. He was also born in Beauregard Parish,
March 17, 1892.
Michelle Brown Sept 7 1998
I am searching for information about my grandmother (Marie McMAHAN/McMAHON)),
who was orphaned in Nebraska and put on an orphan train to Merryville, LA,
where she lived with a local family, and went to school until she was 16
(some time between 1910 and 1920). Thank you for any information you can furnish.