Friday, December 27, 2013

Copiah County Civil War Veterans

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"Dedication of the Memorial to Civil War Veterans serving from Copiah County, Mississippi" 

Thursday, December 19, 2013

The Richardson House

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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Who is this man and baby with the old Copiah County Jail in the background?

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Looks like a fun event in the life of Hazlehurst!

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What were they reading at this party? Do you recognize anybody?

There are more photos from this occasion in the Vertical Files-People-
in the Hazlehurst Library Archives. If you know anything about this event,
would you contact the Library at 601-894-1861 or email

Monday, December 9, 2013

Were You Invited to the Party?

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If you know anything about this photo, please email or call the library at 601-894-1861. 
This photo is from the Hazlehurst Library archives collection - master binder 1.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Wish we knew who this couple is and where their home was!

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please call the Hazlehurst Library at 601-894-1681or email

Thursday, November 21, 2013

The First Boy Scout Troop in Hazlehurst

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News article from Hazlehurst Library Archives Vertical File-
History of Hazlehurst High School- Early 1900's

Friday, November 15, 2013

Photo taken in 1908 of the First Band in Hazlehurst

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News article from Hazlehurst Library Archives Vertical File-
History of Hazlehurst High School-Early 1900's

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Another photo of a beautiful unknown family

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Springfield Plantation, Fayette, MS - Haunted?

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"Springfield...dates to 1790 and it was here the following year that the controversial marriage between Andrew Jackson and Rachel Robards took place. The controversy stems from questions regarding whether the bride was still technically married to her first husband...."

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Friday, November 1, 2013

Students probably at the Hazlehurst High School in early 1900's

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If you can identify any of these young people,
please call the Hazlehurst Library at 601-894-1681 or email

Monday, October 28, 2013

American Road Magazine features Georgetown, MS

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"When I set out on the Hypotenuse Trail, I hoped to discover glimpses of America’s past. Georgetown, Mississippi was a hidden gem, a town time truly left behind. The park and the abandoned buildings along the old main street had the feeling of America past..."

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Featured Selection: Copiah County by Tricia Nelson

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This selection is available in the Reference and/or Genealogy sections in your local Copiah County branch - Wesson, Hazlehurst, Georgetown, and Crystal Springs.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Is this another photo of the 1889 Local Militia?

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Photocopied photo of Local Militia in front of the Bass Blue Note Grocery
from the Hazlehurst Library Vertical Files Archives

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Featured Genealogy site: Barlow Genealogy

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Click HERE to access this site.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Where is this cemetery located?

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The 2 graves of unknown Civil War Soldiers are in the front left of this photo
MB 2-1 of the Hazlehurst Library Archives.  Do you know where this cemetery is located?

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Jefferson County Courthouse

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Halzehurst namesake

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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

1889 Local Militia

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Photo from Hazlehurst Library Archives Vertical Files.  Has "local militia 1889" written on the back

Friday, September 13, 2013

Photo from late 1800's of two children with their help

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Do you know who these three people are on the overpass bridge in Hazlehurst? MB 1-4 photo in the Hazlehurst Library Archives.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Old Copiah County Jail site now the parking area behind the Courthouse

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Photo of Copiah County Jail that was torn down and is now the parking area behind the Courthouse.  The area between the buildings was used for hangings on a portable gallows owned by the state. 

Friday, September 6, 2013

Do you know this couple and where they were in this Model T-Ford?

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From the Hazlehurst Library Photo Archives (MB1-7)

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Daisy Peacock photo from 1915

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Daisy Peacock -1915-seated with child in her lap.
She is Gale Lambright's mother.

Photo found in third of the 4 Peacock Family Volumes of the Gale Lambright Collection

Thursday, August 29, 2013

John Wesley Oliver with his second wife, Elizabeth Lambright

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John Wesley Oliver and Elizabeth Lambright
of Lincoln County probably on their wedding day
Photo found in the Oliver Family Binder donated to Hazlehurst Library Archives 
by Gale Lambright of Mobile Alabama

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Santa Claus photographed in Hazlehurst in 1923

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Ford Tractor, driven by Santa Claus, towing a trailer which carries a new Ford Touring Car, decorated with Christmas bells.  This car was used in a Christmas parade by the Wise Motor Company.  About 1923

Photo HL222 from Hazlehurst Library Photograph Collection volume II

Friday, August 23, 2013

Where was this photo taken?

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Unknown Photo from Hazlehurst Library Archive Photograph collection HA3(MB1-3)

Do you know anything about this photo?

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Unknown Men with Horse and Buggy in Hazlehurst Archive Photo Collection  HA2(MB1-2)

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Durwood Anding Dunn's only known photograph

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Ida Anding Dunn with her Summit Elementary Class; and her little son, Durwood Anding Dunn, is the first child on the second row.  This is the only known picture of him as he died in an accidental drowning at 11 years old in 1915.
From the Mary Lambright Anding Binder by Dr. Gale Lambright in the Hazlehurst Achives.

Do you know who this couple is?

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Unknown couple with Horse from Hazlehurst Photo Collection-HA1(MB1-1)

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Crystal Springs High School

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The ground breaking ceremony for

Crystal Springs High School
Courtesy of MDAH
Luther Hamilton Photography Collection

Cotton Gin - Crystal Springs

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Old Crystal Springs Cotton Gin! 
Photo is from Luther Hamilton Collection  
Photo courtesy of MDAH

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Times-Picayune Announces the 1939 Agriculture Bride in the Crystal Springs Festival

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From the Scrapbook of Miss Parsons
which can be found in the Hazlehurst Library Archives Room
with other local photo collections.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Estelle Street - Hazlehurst

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Christ Church at Church Hill - Jefferson County

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"Christ Church at Church Hill (mid-1800s) in Jefferson County 
was the state’s first Episcopal church."


Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Amos Family History

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"The Amos Family of Copiah County, Mississippi can be dated back to Jane and John Amos who were born in Virginia. Jane was born about 1820 but the approximate date of John's birth is not known. It is also not known exactly when life in Mississippi began for the couple, it is believed that they were in the state prior to 1855, as that is about the time Jane�s oldest known child was born.

Jane Amos is shown as head of household in the census of Lincoln County, Mississippi, in 1870 and 1880. She is believed to have been the mother of four sons, namely John Amos, Frank Amos, Alexander Amos and Samuel Amos. John was born about 1855, Frank was born around 1861, Alexander was born about 1863 and Samuel (Sam) was born on December 25, 1867, according to his 1937 death certificate.

John Amos..."

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

Little Bahala Cemetery - Copiah County

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Genealogy Research Tip:

Although there are numerous sites around the Internet that contain cemetery and genealogical information, newer obituaries associated with specific cemeteries can often be located by using a search engine (Google, Bing, etc.) to search for keywords.  For example, "Little Bahala Cemetery John Doe".

Monday, July 8, 2013

Crystal Springs School

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Mississippi Department of Archives and History - Luther Hamilton collection

Monday, July 1, 2013

Copiah County Courthouse

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"The Copiah County Courthouse, a Classical Revival structure, was designed by none other than J. Riely Gordon.  The cornerstone was laid in 1902 and the building was completed in 1903.  

The contractor was G.T. Hallas and Company of Hazlehurst, who built many significant structures in the state of Mississippi during that time period, including..."

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Monday, June 17, 2013

Georgetown Railroad

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Monday, June 10, 2013

Featured Link added to this site: MSGNH - Copiah and Jefferson Counties

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Monday, June 3, 2013

Union Church

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Wesson -- Long About 100 Years or So Ago

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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Jefferson County Postal Service in the 1800s

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Western Union - Crystal Springs, MS

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From the MDAH Digital Archives ...

Western Union staff members,  Photographer: Luther M. Hamilton, Sr.

Crystal Springs, Mississippi
Copiah County
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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Unionist Naming of Mississippi Children

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"In 2010, I published on Renegade South a study of the naming of white male Mississippi children during the period from 1861 through 1880, wondering if certain names might provide evidence of Civil War or post-Civil War Unionist sentiments.  Hundreds of African-American sons born during this period were given names reflective of the Union trinity of Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant, and William Tecumseh Sherman.  As might be expected, similar naming among white Mississippians was rare.  My initial inquiry produced a list of 54 persons.

After posting those results, I came across several more names, all associated with Ulysses S. Grant.  Why had these individuals been missed?  The answer lay in my failure to consider the many spelling permutations possible for ‘Ulysses.’  Parents and census enumerators proved highly inventive in rendering the name as Ulepes, Ulissus, Euilas, etc.  So..."

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Before McGrath's in Brookhaven, There Was This Store in Wesson

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2012 Photo Courtesy of Bettie Hatcher Cox, a descendant of the Beckers and McGraths
"Circa 1877, an enterprising young man from Brookhaven, Ferdinand Francis Becker, opened a "high class" general store in Wesson, which was booming thanks to Mississippi Mills, manufacturer of cotton and woolen textiles.  

Later, sometime in the 1880s, the store, a stock company, became Becker, Lyell and McGrath. 

Some ten years later, the Beckers..."

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

When Wesson Was a Boomtown ...

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From the Don Jackson Collection, Lincoln, Lawrence, Franklin Library
"Main street in Wesson Mississippi. This was a copy that Mr Jackson made for a Mr Kern. Scanned from a 4 x 5 hard copy." -- Library caption.

Here's one I've not seen before.  This old postcard appears to be from the late 1800s, depicting the engine driving the economy, Mississippi Mills in the tall buildings.  Try as I may, I still cannot get my bearings in relation to today's town landscape.  If someone can turn me around and orient me, I would appreciate it.  I think some of the buildings on the left are still in existence today, but I could be wrong.
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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Jackson Burning

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"One-hundred and fifty years ago today, May 14, 1863, the city of Jackson, MS was captured in the First Battle of Jackson. Upon learning that Union soldiers were advancing on the capital city, the Confederate leader General Johnston evacuated the city while Brigadier General Gregg held off the enemy.

On May 14, 1863, General Sherman began the bombardment of the city of Jackson... I recall the terror-stricken flight of thousands of women and children as we streamed along the roads that hot day, with everything we could carry. I had two suits of clothes on, and mother was wearing her furs-for we did not know whether we would ever come back to the house or whether the house would escape the fire. We camped in tents on the Pearl River for several weeks.
--Thomas Frank Gailor, six-year-old child, future Episcopal Bishop of Tennessee

Over 1,000 soldiers died..."
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