Biography: James P. Heath
Volume I, page 896
James P. Heath, Haysí Landing, Miss., has been a successful planter
since 1885, when he left the parental roof and commenced planting on his
own responsibility. He now is the owner of a fine place ten miles south
of Mayersville, and he has four hundred and fifty acres under cultivation.
He is not only one of the most successful planters of the county, but is
an influential citizen, and, although young in years, has held a number
of the local offices of trust. In 1883-4 he was a member of the board of
supervisors, and he has shown his appreciation of secret societies by joining
the Knights of Pythias organization and Haysí Landing lodge No. 116. He
has held all the different chairs of this order, and is the president past
chancellor. He was born in 1858, and is the son of John and Mary Heath
(see sketch). He received his early education in Clinton, Hinds county,
Miss., and in 1890 he selected as his companion in life Miss Lurena Smith,
sister of Robert Smith, and daughter of R.M. and Margaret Smith (see sketch).
In personal appearance Mrs. Heath is about five feet eight inches in hight,
weighs about one hundred and ninety pounds, has a fair complexion, and
wears a fine blonde mustache.