West Carroll Parish Louisiana





Judy Callahan, Jan 10, 1998 Sat. 11:00 AM
I am seeking information on the GRAYSON surname. My grandmother Julia GRAYSON was born in West Carroll Parish 1-5-1882. She married Thomas Jefferson Jackson in March of 1899 in West Carroll Parish. Julia GRAYSON died 6-16- 1944 in West Carroll Parish. I am interested in finding GRAYSON'S that were related to my grandmother Thanks for any help you can give me.

My name is Judy Callahan (SIMMS). I was born and raised in Epps. I am researching family names LEFEVRE and GRAYSON. My grandmother Julia GRAYSON married my grandfather Thomas Jackson. She was born in West Carroll in 1882, married in West Carroll in 1899 and died in West Carroll in 1944. Anyone having any information about the GRAYSON family, I would greatly appreciate. Also researching my grandmother's family of LEFEVRE. Her name was Roxie LEFEVRE, she was born in Carroll Parish, I believe around Monticello in 1884, married Ben Simms in 1906 in West Carroll and died in 1956 in West Carroll. All of the above lived in and around Epps. I would appreciate hearing from any one who may have any information regarding these anscestors. Also census records indicate that GRAYSON'S resideded in Carroll Parish at 240 and 255 Bunches Bend.. Does anybody know where this is in West Carroll? please advise, also does anyone know where Joe's Bayou in West Carroll is ? I would enjoy communicating with any of the folks in Epps who have some information that would help me track my anscestors.Thanks to anyone who takes the time to read and respond.

Dee Boyd, Jan. 25, 1998 Sun.  6:30 PM
Hi, my name is Donna(McGaha) Boyd and I am researching my "McGaha" roots. I have came to a stumbling point in which I hope someone will be able to help me. I am needing info on Jacob B. MCGAHA. He is buried at Concord Cemetery, born Oct. 4, 1847 & died Feb. 10, 1913. He was married first to Martha Ann Augustus RAVAN on March 6, 1867, Carroll Parish, La. His second marriage was to Harriett Amanda ROBERTS, Aug. 18, 1870. Amanda's parents were David & Mary E. (WILLIAMSON) ROBERTS. I need any info on parents & siblings of Jacob B. MCGAHA and the same about David & Mary WILLIAMSON.

Margie R. Pearce,   March 4, 1998 Wed. 12:00 PM
McINTYRE/OLDHAM: Nancy Elizabeth McINTYRE (1846, E. Carroll Par, LA-c1897, Floyd, LA), widow of Darrell WRIGHT, Jr. m. Malcolm OLDHAM (b. 1855) on 5 Dec 1867, in W. Carroll Par.
Nancy's parents were Angus McIntyre (b. 1788) and Elizabeth STILLEY (b. 1808. They came from MS around 1842. Angus was born in Ireland and educated in NC. He was a school teacher and surveyor. The couple had the following children: John H. (b. 1824), Mary J. (b. 1827), Rueben (b. 1829), Margaret A. (b. 1832), Hugh L. (b. 1837), Flora (b. 1840), Nancy E. (see above), and Daniel (b. 1848).

Malcolm's parents are unknown, although they came from NC. The family moved to AL c1855, but joined a wagon train headed west when their home was burned during the Civil War. They stopped to bury a relative in Bayou Macon Cemetary (who?) and settled near there. At least one of Mac's siblings, Margaret Jane (b. 1847, NC) also settled in the area. She married John H. McIntyre, Nancy's brother. Mac's other siblings were Thomas (b. 1848), Mary (b. 1852), George (b. 1857) and Robert (b. 1859). Did they also settle in the area?

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Judy Callahan (Simms), March 4, 1998 Wed. 12:00 PM
My name is Judy Callahan (Simms) and I was born and raised in West Carroll. I am trying to trace my granmother Julia GRAYSON'S ancestors. A Ben GRAYSON and a Tiber GRAYSON are listed on the 1870 census for Carroll Parish at 240 and 255 Bunches Bend. I believe Bunches Bend was probably in East Carroll Parish. Could someone please check the 1880, 1890, or 1900 census and see if you see these two families. My granmother Julia was born in 1882. her death certificate indicated that her father was from Miss. and mother from La. I have no other info regarding this family. Thanks in advance for any help anyone can give me in tracing this family.

Viola Swift, March 4, 1998 Wed. 12:00
I am looking for information on the desc. of the GUTHRIE listed in the 1860 census of West Carroll Parish. is Isaac GUTHRIE and William D. GUTHRIE. My great-grandfather was John Robert GUTHRIE, his father was William GUTHRIE, am trying to find him.

Bennie RENEAU Neighbors, March 4, 1998 Wed. 12:00
I am searching for the decendants of the following.They were listed in the 1860 Carrol Parish Census. Meredith RENEAU 68 born in Tn., Thomas B. RENEAU age 30 born in La., Florida RENEAU 26 born in La., Charles M. RENEAU age7mts. born in La., Sallie A. RENEAU age 17 born in La., David D. RENEAU age 13 born in La. I would appreciate any info that you could give me and I will share what I have on this family.

Farnell Vaughn,  March 12, 1998 Thurs. 9:00
I would like to contact anyone researching LONNIE MCNAIR HARLAN of FOREST LA.My interest is in finding out who her parents were. Her Mother was supposed to be Nancy COOK and her Husband ENOCH LANG.

Angela Duromola,   March 13, 1998 Fri. 9:00
ROBINSON, Homer - I'm looking for any information on ROBINSON, Homer born in Mississippi in ~1890, not sure of death date. Homer married TERRY or STEPP, Addie. Homer fathered two sons in Oak Grove - William (Willie, Bill) in Jul 1912 and Eddie in Dec 1913. Homer's father was ROBINSON, Saul, mother Martha. Angela Duromola,

Richard Green, March 15, 1998 Sun. 4:00 PM
Need the obituaries for Kilbourne, La for Nov. 1, 1922. Looking for the obit on Bamha (Holloway) Green.

Angela Brown, March 18, 1998 Wed. 10:00 PM
Searching for any information on Richard CUPPLES who married Marcella WRIGHT, there children were born in Oak Grove. My Grandmother is Millie CUPPLES born 10/29/1913, there are several other children born before and after this date. Any trace of information would be helpful. Thank you, Angela

Jackie Wiltcher, March 29, 1998 Sun. 11:00 PM
I am researching the surnames COOK, HERRING, SCHROCK , and KEYLON. My g-grandfather John Herring COOK born December 13, 1878 was the son of William A. COOK and Sarah Amanda HERRING. William A. COOK was born in Mississippi about 1830 and Sarah Amanda HERRING was born about 1843 in Louisiana or Mississippi and was the daughter of David and Mary HERRING of Carroll Parish, Floyd, La. John Herring COOK (g-grandfather) had several brothers and sisters: Sally , Mary E. , Fred R. , Mattie , Rutledge , Carl, and Sue. Carl and Rutledge died in their youth but all the other children lived to adulthood. When William A. COOK died his wife Sarah Amanda HERRING COOK married Felix J. KEYLON about 1880 - 1885. It is to my understanding that William A. COOK had owned a cotton gin in the Kilbourne area and Felix J. KEYLON married his widow Sarah Amanda HERRING COOK and took over the propertiorship of the cotton gin and Sarah Amanda HERRING COOK now KEYLON was the Post Mistress for the Kilbourne Post Office. My g-grandfather , John Herring COOK died about 1911 in Kilbourne,La leaving his widow who was Abbie May SCHROCK COOK and 5 small children . The children of John Herring COOK and Abbie May SCHROCK COOK were John David (J. D.), Helen Ruth (TULLOS), Sarah Amanda (LEE), Charles Barnett (my grandfather) , and Johnnie Hope (TULLOS). My great-grandmother , Abbie May SCHROCK COOK owned and operated a boarding house in Kilbourne, La . until her death in 1953. If someone has information on this COOK family or the other surnames that I mentioned it would be great to hear from you.

Sharon Johnson, April 26, 1998 Sun. 9:00 PM
Would like to contact anyone with info re: descendants of Minnie Lee WATLEY and Ezria TRICHEL. Minnie Lee was born in late 1800's or about 1900 in Bienville Parish to Eliza BROWN and Wm. W. WATLEY. She had a brother, Luther, and a sister, Emma Pearl. I am working on the Brown family of Bienville Parish, and am interested in contacting any of Eliza BROWN WATLEY'S descendants. (I don't know when Minnie Lee and Ezria went
to West Carroll Parish.) Thanks very much.

Bea Drake, April 26, 1998 Sun. 9:00 PM
I am seeking info on WILLIS/WILLIAM DRAKE. He is listed on the 1900 West Carroll Parish census. He was born in 1880. In 1900 he is a boarder in the Walter E. Sanders household. In 1910 he is listed in the David B. McGaha household. Who are his parents. Would like to hear from anyone with info of any kind on this family.

TL Benton, April 26, 1998 Sun. 9:00 PM
Born in Oak Grove 1948; graduated from Forest 1966; Linda Sutton married Ted Benton 1967. Searching family history: JONES, BENTON, FLEMING, BASS, SUTTON, KING, BROWN, SIMS.

Grant W. Johnston, May 27, 1998 Wed. 9:00 PM
I'm looking for Oscar J. DAVIS in Forrest or Green community in W. Carroll Parish. He was born 9 Aug., 1883 to Walter J. Davis and Sarah Lou HAMMETT. He married Eva JONES, dau of George W. Jones and Josephine HOWELL Jones in W. Carrol on 3 Oct. 1909. Eva Jones was born in D'Lo, Simpson Co., Miss 13 Sept. 1891. The JONES family moved to La. about 1900. I know who their children are but did they have brothers and sisters?

Dan Lewis, May 27, 1998 Wed. 9:00
I am seeking information on Charles S. POPE who was in Floyd, Carroll Parish, in 1856. His family history and relations are unknown to me, although his mother may have been MYATT and John W. POPE may have been his brother. I'll be glad to exchange; any help will be greatly appreciated.

Gary N. Boutwell, May 27, 1998 Wed. 9:00 PM
My name is Gary N. BOUTWELL, II and my father's family is from West Carroll. I am assisting him in some genealogical research. Specifically, I need whatever "family-tree" information you have on the BONNER family and the BOUTWELL family. My father's mother is Doris BONNER and his father was named Towner BOUTWELL. Any assistance that you can provide is greatly appreciated. Thanks

Glen and Helen Williams, June 15, 1998 Mon. 10:00 PM
My wife and I are doing genealogical research that has led us to your website. We have a possible lead that may involve West carrol. I am writing to you to get your advice on where we should go next.

My wife, Helen Ann Bullen Williams, is researching her family. All we know for sure is that her grandfather, Robert Henry BULLEN, was born in Dermott, Chicot County, AR on 10 Dec 1910. His father, Helen's great-grandfather, is known to us only as F G BULLEN and was convicted of murdering a man in Ashey County in 1921. He was executed in the state prison in Little Rock in Feb 1922.

The specifics are as follows, F G BULLEN and two others Ben and Duncan Richardson were convicted of murdering another Ashey County resident, Ira Culp, over a dispute about grazing/watering rights. All three were executed for the crime. Helen's grandfather (and we believe his two sisters) were placed in an orphanage in New Orleans. Her grandfather was later adopted and grew up in Bogalusa LA where he met and married Helen's grandmother. Helen's uncle, Robert Henry BULLEN Jr, made a trip to Ashey County in 1960 and retrieve copies of the newspaper articles about the murder and talked to several of the local residents who remembered the murder. One of the names his was given as significant (but not what significance) was a Gadi BULLEN.

Here are the clues that we had going into the search:

F G Bullen was 56 years old when he was executed (that is from newspaper articles and his death certificate). That means he was probably born in 1865/1866. I sent for a copy of his death certificate. Not much information, just his age. You would think they could have asked him a couple of questions so they could fill out the forms before they executed him.

His body was sent to Eudora for burial, possibly because it was the home of the Richardson brother's parents.

One of the newspaper articles refer to F G BULLEN as "Phelin" and "Felix" (guess they couldn't make up their minds).

He has three kids at home when he is sent to prison, they are placed in an orphanage.

His son (Robert Henry BULLEN) was born in Chicot County, Arkansas in December 1910.

First, as I mentioned earlier, I sent for F G and Gadi Bullen's death certificates. F G 's was useless. Gadi's proved that he was a single male who died in Ashey County at the age of 42 in 1916. That would make him born in 1874, and make him 8 years younger than F G Bullen ( born in 1865/66). The certificate is signed by a J R Bullen, whoever he is, and lists Gadi's parents as John Bullen and Mary Estlin all from Georgia.

Not much to go on there so we moved on. We worked primarily with the US Census reports. Here are the results:

There was no F G Bullen in Ashey County AR in 1920. There was a Caroline Bullen but that doesn't help.

There was a Fielding G Bullen living in Chicot County Arkansas in 1910 (that is just 6 months before Helen's grandfather was born). He is 44 years old (the right age), a farmer (the right profession) and has a wife Lizzie age 44 with one child Mary age 7. They also have a step daughter Mary E Bullen age 22 who is married (to another Bullen?) who has a child Elizabeth K. age 5, living with them. Looks really good, but I can't prove this is our man.

Moved back to the 1900 census and we find Fielding G Bullen living in West Carroll Parish LA (just southwest of Chicot County). He is 34 (still the right age) married to Lizzie age 34 and living with two step daughters Clara age 17 and Flora age 13. There is also Fielding's brother George G. Bullen age 25 living with them. That would make George the right age to be a possible link to "Gadi". But again nothing to tie it together.

Moved back to 1880 census. Found Fielding Bullen age 14 (right age) living with his father D G Bullen age 50, a widower, living in West Carrol County LA. Also living in the home is Fielding older sister Etta Bullen (age 18) and brother Gadi Bullen age 6 (8 years younger than Fielding)! That means that George G. Bullen is Gadi Bullen. Doesn't prove that Fielding is the F G Bullen we want, but makes us wonder a little bit.

Moved back to the 1870 census and we find David G Bullen age 40 living in West Carroll Parrish with his wife Gertrude age 30. They have a son David age 15, a daughter Etta age 12, and a son Phelon age 4. That really caught my attention. I can easily tie Phelon and Fielding together since they have the same father and sister, and they are the same age. So Fielding was also know as Phelon, the same name used in the article (spelled "Phelin") about F G Bullen in 1922!

So there you are. If I could convict on circumstantial evidence, I would say that Fielding G. Bullen is our man. He is the right age. He is living in the county Helen's grandfather was born in 6 months before his birth. He has a brother named Gadi. He was called Phelin/Phelon, the same name used by the newspaper reporter talking about F G Bullen in 1922. I just can't find anything solid that ties F G Bullen to Fielding G Bullen, or Fileding G. Bullen to her grandfather.

That's why I am asking your advice on where to go next. If F G Bullen is really Fielding Bullen from West Carroll Parish, then there might be information about him or his son Robert Henry Bullen in the West Carroll archives. I just don't know where to search.

I am looking for possible sources, genealogical societies, researchers, etc. Anything you can give me would be helpful. Thank you for your time.

Jeff Wallick, June 24, 1998 Wed. 3:00
WALLICK, C.A. (b1879/80 OH, r Kilbourne West Carroll Parish LA 1920) = M. L. (b 1885/6 MS). Children: L. O. (b 1902/3 AK) and E.J. (b1904/5 OK). As C.A. is born in OH, he is almost surely related to me. Sorry about the initials (this was all the census had). Need info on them and their ancestors.

Hank Johns, June 24, 1998 Wed. 3:00 PM
JOHNS ............... would like to talk to anyone in E or W Carroll Parish that has a JOHNS connection. My gggrandfather, Matthew David JOHNS (b. 1829 TN d. 1882) is buried in Oak Grove, LA. Would like to know more about the cause of his death. He is shown on the W.Carroll 1880 census as being in jail?
You may check my webpage at
http://member.aol.com/HJohns3/arhome.   For more information about our JOHNS Research Group, a national group of folks that research the JOHNS surname.

Sandra (Henson) Fowler, July 12, 1998 9:00
CHESTNUT/CHESTNUTT Looking for info. on my grandfather, Lavell Chestnut, born January 10, 1921, died Oct. 1973. His father was Joseph Chestnut. Some documents show last name spelled Chestnutt. He is buried in the Forrest Cemetary. He was born in Mississippi, but lived in Oak Grove for most of his life. He married my grandmother Margaret Bradford Nov. 26, 1936. There first child was born in 1937 in Oak Grove.

Dennis Lamb, July 15, 1998 Wed. 1:00
I am trying to find information on Allen J. LAMB who was born in 1866 in Choctaw Co., Ms, which is now Webster Co. He married Apalona Cummings on March 5, 1891 Webster Co., MS. They had several children, one being Jim Tom Lamb, who moved back and married in the MS Delta. Allen, Appie and their children moved to Oak Grove and lived until Allen and Appie died. Would like to correspond with any remaining family and would like to know where Allen, Appie and other siblings are buried.

CHORNOR, July 15, 1998 Wed. 1:00 PM
I would like information on my Grandmother Alice Monrona WITHORNE. I think that she was born in West Carroll Parrish. She was the daughter of Samuel and Mary (LONG) She married Samuel Ferdinand Hornor of Lake Village, Arkansas in 1874.

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