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Green Livingston Boney - Madison Parish, Louisiana




G. L. Boney is a native of Alabama, where he was born June 11, 1829, in Clark County. He is a son of K. Boney, who was born in North Carolina, in 1802, and who was of German descent, being a son of James and Penny Boney.


Mr. K. Boney was reared in North Carolina until nearly grown, when he removed with his parents to Alabama. He received a limited education in North Caro­lina. In 1825 he was married to Keziah Collins Green, a native of South Caro­lina, who came to Alabama when about two years of age. To them were born nine children, seven of whom are living. They were named Arulia Jane; James; who died before grown; Green Livingston, our subject; Margaret M.; James Robert; Eliza Mary; Amelia Anna; Kinsie Lewis; Rachel Keziah (deceased).

K. Boney was a farmer and always lived a quiet life. He removed to Lauderdale County, Miss., where he remained until his death, which occurred in 1867, his wife having died in 1845. G. L. Boney received a good common school education and began life for himself in January, 1850. Coming to Hinds County, Miss., he engaged in managing a plantation near Jackson, Miss., where he remained four years. He then assumed charge of Joe Davis' plantation (Joe Davis was the brother of Jefferson Davis – the president of the Confederacy) in Warren County, Miss., with whom he remained four years.


December 31, 1857, he was married to Mrs. Martha E. (Cocke) Pierson, a native of Hinds County, Miss. In 1858 our subject removed to Madison Parish, La., where he took charge of L. P. & J. Culverson's property, with whom he continued two years. He was employed in managing the levee contracting until 1860, when he removed to property he had purchased on Big Black island, which he still owns.

In 1862 he entered the army in Company K, of Abbey's battery of the First Mississippi artillery. He served until the close of the war and was in the battle of Plain's Store and siege of Port Hudson, La., near Mobile, where he was captured, was recaptured at Blakely, taken prisoner and taken to Ship Island, where he was kept prisoner until the close of the war. He was also in the siege of Port Hudson, and was once wounded by a spent ball. During the war, the family of G. L. Boney refugeed in eastern Mississippi.

He had accumulated considerable property and owned a number of slaves, and after the war he was obliged to begin anew. He purchased a small place in eastern Mississippi, and sent his family, which consisted of his wife and two small boys, there for a time. He soon returned to Madison parish, and for a year engaged in managing a plantation, and then engaged in planting for himself. In 1868 he rented land in Duckport, where he remained about one year, when he purchased a portion of the Culverson property, consisting of about 300 acres. In January, 1870, he pur­chased Duckport plantation, where he now resides. This plantation consists of 660 acres. He is also the owner of 1450 acres at Harris Field, 200 acres at Paw Paw island and Big Black island, which contains several thousand acres.

He makes cotton his principal crop, his plantation yielding from 500 to 700 bales. He raises also corn and potatoes, shipping large quantities to northern markets, shipping to St. Louis, Kansas City and Chicago. In 1890 he shipped about 2500 barrels of potatoes. He also raises quite a goodly number of horses and mules each year for his own use.


Richard Kinsey Boney, the son of our subject, was born on Culverson plantation in 1858, while his father was manager of that place. He attended the Virginia Military Institute and graduated from there in 1878. He is an attorney at law, receiving his legal education at the University of Virginia and the University of Louisiana, where he was graduated in 1880. He practiced a few years in Madison parish, and then removed to St. Paul, Minn., where he practiced for four years, until 1890, when he removed to the new town of South Bend, Wash.


James Green Boney was born in Clinton, Hinds County, Miss., in 1860. He has attended several good schools Cooper Institute, Sewanee, Tenn., Randolph-Macon college, Virginia and the Virginia Military Institute.


In 1881, he married Miss Emma Patrick, of Danville, Va. To them have been born two children, named Green Livingstone, Jr., and May. James G. resides on his father's plan­tation. Augustus Pierson was born on February 14, 1849. He was the son of Mrs. Boney by her former marriage. He was educated in the common schools and at an excellent school at Milliken's Bend. He met his death by accidental drowning in the river in 1885.


G. L. Boney, in 1877, was appointed police juror of the Third Ward of Madison parish and served one term. In 1870 he was appointed postmaster at Duckport and has held that responsible position ever since. Politically he is, and always has been, a conservative democrat. He is not a politician in the ordinary sense of the term, but takes a keen interest in the political affairs of the parish and state. He was a strong, active and efficient opponent of the Louisiana state lottery, and of all other ferns of gambling, and has rendered important service in their abridgement or suppression in this locality. He has recently been appointed police juror of the Second Ward, Madison Parish, a fitting recognition of his high character and ability.


NOTE: Green L. Boney died November 14, 1910. His wife Martha Cocke Boney died August 24, 1895. His sons Richard Kinsey Boney and James Green Boney died in 1937 and 1899 respectively. All are buried in Silver Cross Cemetery at Tallulah. Green L. Boney’s obituary may be seen by clicking here.