Garlandsville, Mississippi – Jasper County

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Garlandsville, a town of significant historical importance, is located south of Newton near the Newton/Jasper County line. The Choctaw name for the community is unknown but it once served as the capitol of the Choctaw Nation. The famous Choctaw Chief, Pushmataha, was a prominent resident..

 

The fist known European settler was John H. Ward, who operated an inn owned by John Garland. Garland was a resident of mixed Indian and European blood. Later, Garland gave the property to Ward’s wife. Out of gratitude, she named the area, Garlandsville.

 

The Wards improved the property and operated the inn for a number of years. Several important government officials lodged at the facility while negotiating the demise and relocation of the Choctaw Nation to Oklahoma. The inn also served as a stagecoach station and the local post office.

 

European settlers, taking advantage of the lands acquired by the Federal Government, continued to move into the area, establishing farms and businesses. During 1855, when the rail line from Jackson to Meridian was routed through Newton rather than Garlandsville, many of the businesses and residents of the town moved. A limited amount of lumber and farming industries remained, but Garlandsville failed to grow and ultimately faded.

 

Source: History of Jasper County by J. M. Kennedy, as appeared in Jasper County News, Thursday, May 30, 1957.

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Greerson's Raid on Garlandsville

The Yanks came calling and found a few brave men

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GARLANDSVILLE SCHOOL -1922 ~ 1923

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This photo of was given to Emma Lou Price by Lula Thompson Adcock who was the sister of Laura Thompson Price, my husband's mother. Identifications were made by Lula Thompson Adcock. Garlandsville is a small community in the north part of Jasper County, on State Highway 504 near the Newton County line.

 

Small child in front is MAUDE CHARLES THOMPSON. Maude was born 1917. She appears to be 5 or 6 years old in the photo, so I estimate the photo was made about 1922 or 1923. Back Row left to right: HILLMAN DENT, Unknown, LULA THOMPSON, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, and TATUM WEIR.

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Maude and Lula Thompson were daughters of Jessie Aquilla Thompson and Susie Brashears Thompson. They can be located on the 1920 census, Jasper County, MS, Township Northwest Beat 3 ED# 16, Page 9B, Family #177. LULA is age 6 and MAUDE is age 2 5/12. Jessie A. Thompson is listed as Foreman, Sawmill. Jessie always followed the sawmill industry. He lived and worked in Sumter and Choctaw Counties, Alabama and in Clarke, Jasper and Lauderdale Counties, Mississippi.

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Maude Thompson was born 27 May 1917 in Halselle or Kinterbish, Alabama. She married Wilson Corley Boone 24 August 1934 and they had six children. After Wilson Boone died Maude married Ed Moseley in 1952 and they had two children. For a while Maud tended the fire tower in Clarke County, MS. She died 3 May 1973 in Silver Hill, Baldwin County, Alabama.

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Lula Thompson was born 25 April 1912 in Garlandsville, Jasper County, MS. She married Luther S. Adcock 18 March 1939 and they had two sons, Keither and Pete, both of whom are now deceased. Lula worked at Ingalls Shipbuilding and at Fruit of the Loom Manufacturing Company in Pascagoula, MS. Lula died 16 August 1994 in Pascagoula, Jackson County, MS.

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Maude and Lula Thompson had these siblings, not shown in the picture: Mollye Mae born 13 July 1900, married George W. Chumley 3 May 1925 in Clarke County, MS. They had two children. Molleye was a homemaker and died 12 April 1981 in Murphreesboro, Tennessee She is buried next to her husband at Toomsuba Cemetery, Toomsuba, Lauderdale County, MS.

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Monroe Darden (Doc) Thompson was the oldest boy. He was born 22 December 1901 at Smith’s Spur, Lauderdale County, MS. He married Bertha Smith 15 November 1925 and they had three children. Doc followed his father in the sawmill industry and was much in demand in his later years as a consultant and trouble shooter. Doc died 15 December 1981 in Memphis, Tennessee and is buried next to his wife in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Tabor City, NC.

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The next child born to Jessie and Susie Thompson was Laura Bell Thompson. She was born 10 April 1903 at Smith’s Spur, Lauderdale County, MS. She married Leander L. Price 17 July 1924 and they had two children. Laura worked in the family owned Price’s Grocery at Toomsuba, MS. She died 20 November 1971 in Memphis Tennessee while visiting her daughter there. She was buried in Toomsuba Cemetery, Toomsuba, MS.

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Next child was John Benton Thompson, called J.B. He was born 5 January 1908 at Garlandsville, Jasper County, MS. He married Sarah Lee Simmons and they had one daughter. He married (2) Annie Marsila Walker and they had four children. Like his brother Doc, J.B. inherited the Thompsons’ mechanical ability. For many years he was a machinist at General Supply Company in Meridian, MS. He died 16 May 1972 in Meridian, Lauderdale County, MS and is buried at Toomsuba Cemetery, Toomsuba, MS.

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There was another child John Bonner Thompson born 13 August 1915 at Halselle, Alabama and died 19 May 1917 at Halselle.

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On the 1920 census, Jasper County, MS Township Northwest Beat 3 ED#16, Page 10A, Family #184 is TATUM WEIR in the household of Waddie (?) T. Weir, age 64, wife Allifair, age 33(?), other children are Mamie (?) age 23 and Selby age 17. Nothing further is known about Tatum Weir.

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HILLMAN DENT age 7 can be found on the 1920 census, Jasper County, MS in Township Northwest Beat 4, Ed#15, page 5B, Family# 93, in the household of C. Tom Dent, age 51, wife H. Bessie, age 51. Other children are Harry age 12 and Mildred age 11. Nothing further is known about Hillman Dent.

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It is my privilege to share this photo with you so that more people may have access to it. It is also my hope that someone may be able to identify the other people in the photo. If any others should be identified, would you please pass that information back to me?Emma Lou (Burt) Priceemail: emprice@comcast.net

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These pages are a work in progress. While every attempt has been made to include accurate historical information, some error may be included. I invite corrections, additional information, additional photographs, and accounts of personal experience. Please contact me at the supplied address. Very little has been documented in regards to the dying towns and landmarks of east-central Mississippi. With your help, I hope to put together a few pages that we all can pass along to our grandchildren. Thanks!

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Keith Wilkerson

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