Name: Angelina DEAN
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- Title: The Kings of St. Helena Parish, St. Helena Parish, La.
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THE KINGS OF ST. HELENA PARISH
The Story of Jesse and Sofia James King
and their descendants
Lawrence S. and Harold H. King
Anyone who reads these pages and finds their name there,
or that their name should be there, may be righfully proud.
For you have sprung from the kind of stock that has made this
nation great. Your ancestors were adventurous pioneers that
came out of the very heart of colonial America into an untamed
wilderness. They brought with them a strong back, a stout
heart, and a faith in the Almighty.
As the facts that made this story unfold, and a mystery
became less a mystery, we, the authors, experienced a feeling
of awe and an awareness of their noble spirit.
Extreme care has been taken to present the facts herein as
accurately as possible. Still there will be errors in dates,
names, and places. And there will be some omissions. If you
have correct information or any additional facts that will make
this story more complete and correct, you are urged to send it
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We extend our sincere thanks and appreciation to the
following people who gave of their time and cooperation in
helping to tell this story:
Mr. Carl L. Johnson, Clerk of Court, St. Helena Parish, La.
Mrs. Lovie Stokes, Pine Grove, La.
Mrs. Charlie King, and daughter, Darby, Albany, La.
Mrs. Dan Hoyt, Springfield, La.
Mrs. Maggie Johnson Ratcliff, Hammond, La.
Mrs. Clara Floyd Hudson, Sulphur, La.
Mr. Charles Wesley Hoyt, Hillsdale, La.
Mrs. Gladys King Haynes, Wilson, La.
Mrs. Eugenia King Rawles, Baton Rouge, La.
Mrs. Julia King Lea, Watson, La.
Mrs. Nettie King Westmoreland, Pine Grove, La.
Mr. Donald Johnson, Zachary, La.
Mr. Dewitt Nesom, Pine Grove, La.
Mrs. Annie Hoyt Hano, Holden, La.
Mr. John Wesley Ballard, Holden, La.
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Public Records, St. Helena Courthouse, Greensburg, La.
National Archives, GSA, Washington, DC
United States Census Records
Conerly's HISTORY OF PIKE COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI
HISTORY OF AMITE COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI
Public Records, Tangipahoa Parish Courthouse, Amite, La.
Jones' HISTORY OF METHODISM IN THE MISSISSIPPI CONFERENCE
Family Bible of James Harvey King
Family Bible of James Nick King
"New Orleans Christian Advocate" issues of May 5, 1881, and
August 17, 1889, Methodist Archives, Millsaps College,
Department of Archives and Records, Atlanta, GA
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Amite Cemetery, Amite, La.
Pine Grove Methodist Cemetery, Pine Grove, La.
Natalbany Cemetery, Natalbany, La.
James Chapel Cemetery, Holden, La.
Springfield Cemetery, Springfield, La.
Salem Cemetery, Oldfield, La.
Mt. Zion Cemetery, Galvez, La.
Grays Creek (Felder) Cemetery, Port Vincent, La.
Live Oak Methodist Cemetery, Watson, La.
Pitkin Cemetery, Greensburg, La.
Cleveland Cemetery, Cleveland, Ms.
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THE STORY OF JESSE KING AND HIS WIFE, SOFIA JAMES KING,
AND THEIR DESCENDANTS
Jesse King was born in New Jersey around 1778. It has not
been determined at this writing whom his parents were, nor how
he came to be in Adams County, Mississippi Territory, when he
married Sofia James in Natchez in the year 1801. There were Kings
among the Jersey Settlers on the Mandamus Grant at Kingston near
Natchez in the late 1700's, but none of the genealogy records of
those families claim any connection to a Jesse.
The U.S. Census reports of 1840, 1850, and 1860 that
record his children, list the birthplace of their father,
Jesse, as New Jersey.
Sofia James, the wife of Jesse King, was born in
Pennsylvania. She came to Natchez in 1800 with her parents, a
brother, and two sisters. Her father was Bartholomew James
(Jacoby), and her mother was Katherine Meyers, both of
Pennsylvania. A month after arriving in Natchez, Sofia married
John McGinty (or MccKinsay), the owner of the flatboat
on which they descended the Mississippi River. One month after
the marriage, John McGinty died. On January 18, 1801,
Sofia married Jesse King. These marriage records are on file
and can be seen in the Adams County courthouse, in Natchez, Ms.
Around 1810 Jesse and Sofia moved to Pike County, Ms., near
Holmesville on the Bogue Chitto river. There they lived and
reared their family. Jesse King was evidently an educated man.
He served as a Notary Public and a Justice of the Peace for a
number of years. The legal documents of record composed by him
indicate a good control of the English language, and that he
was versed in legal terminology. Sofia was probably
illiterate, as she was unable to sign her name, but used a
witnessed "X" on legal documents.
Jesse King was active in the civic affairs of Pike County.
Records show a number of petitions to the federal government
signed by him, along with other citizens.
Sofia James King's father and mother, the James (Jacoby)
also moved to Pike County around 1810. Their son, Peter, was
a young man at that time, and helped them operate a farm on the
Bogue Chitto river for a few years. Batholomew James
later moved to Copiah and Yazoo Counties. He died in
Yazoo County in 1835.
Young Peter James became an ordained minister in the
Methodist church in Mississippi, and became rather prominent in
Church circles. One of his earliest assignments was to the
Attakapas Circuit in the area of Opelousas, Louisiana
Territory. There he met and married Charlotte Siddon of
Opelousas in 1816. His story can be found in Jones' History of
Methodism in the Mississippi Conference, and tells how he, his
sisters, Sofia and Christiana, and their parents happened to
come to Natchez. Peter James died in Yazoo County on March 16,
1869, and was buried in the family cemetery on his estate near
Cypress Creek, a few miles west of Pickens, Ms. His final
years were spent with much suffering caused by a fall from a
His son, Peter, Jr., was a successful planter, and a layman
in the Methodist Church.
In the year 1836, Jesse and Sofia and their children mvoed
to St. Helena Parish, La. It is not known just where they
settled in St. Helena Parish, but was likely near the present
boundary of Tangipahoa Parish. In 1837 Jesse King purchased
some government land in St. Helena Parish. This property,
according to the records, was just west of Amite, La., but in
St. Helena Parish, and lay on both sides of present State Route
16. Part of the property was drained by Coon Branch.
Jesse immediately sold the property to his two sons,
jointly, James Harvey and Washington. Jesse died soon after
this, as he was not listed in the U.S. Census of 1840; however
Sofia was listed as a head of household with three other
females living in her household, ages under twenty. Sofia was
near 60 years of age at this time, and most likely died before
1850, as she was not found in the census of 1850.
Five children have been positively identified as issue of
Jesse and Sofia King. They were John C., Washington, James
Harvey, Catherine and Ketura. There was possibly a sixth
named Elizabeth, but this was never confirmed.
JOHN C. KING was one of the older children. He was born
in Mississippi, and the U.S. Census of 1840 for St. Helena
Parish showed him between the ages of 30 and 40. He was
married to Angeline Dean of Laurens County, Georgia. They had
three children, Caroline, John Thomas, and William Wesley, born
about 1837, 1840, and 1843, respectively. Angeline King died
in 1843, leaving her husband and the three children, William
Wesley being an infant.
The records in the courthouse in Greensburg, St.
Helena Parish, show a Power-of-Attorney given to John C. King
by Evaline Dean King, on February 10, 1844, to go to Laurens
and Pulaski counties, Georgia, to claim her inheritance from
the estate of her deceased father and mother, William Ennels
Dean, and Suzanna Albritton Dean. Evaline was the wife of
James Harvey King, and the twin sister of Angeline, the
deceased wife of John C. Perhaps John C. was also going to
Georgia on behalf of his minor children who were also heirs to
According to family legend of the descendants of John C.
King, he actually did go to Georgia, but was never seen again
by his family. Records in Laurens County show he was married
again on August 29, 1844, to a Miss Ann Powell.
According to family legend, a letter was received from
him, posted in Coffee County, Alabama, stating he was on his
way home, but never arrived, and was never heard from again.
Caroline was the first married to Thomas Baker, and then to
Thomas Wall. She and Wall had one daughter, Addie, who is
buried in Amite, Louisiana, having died on December 16, 1901,
just before she was to be married.
John Thomas was married to Julie Causey of Liberty,
Mississippi. He was born September 22, 1840, and died July 16,
1912, at his home in Lake, Louisiana. He was buried in the Mt.
Zion cemetery at Galvez, Louisiana. His wife, Julia, died in
1907, and was buried in the Felder cemetery, at Gray's Creek
Baptist Church, near Port Vincent, Louisiana. Two of her
children had been buried there while the family was living on
the Livingston Parish side of the Amite river. At the time of
the death of John Thomas, there was an antrax quarantine, and
the body could not be conveyed across the river, wagons being
the only means of transportation available at that time.
Susan, one of their children, died from hitting her head
on a horse mounting block. Another child, Elizabeth, died from
drinking lye water.
John Thomas King served in the Confederate army during the
William Wesley was the third child of John C. and Angeline
Dean King. He and his brother and sister were reared by their
aunt Catherine Carnes. The census records of 1850 showed all
three children in the household of Johnson and Catherine Carnes
in St. Helena parish. Little information has been found about
William Wesley King. He married Elizabeth Sharp and they reared
their family in lower Livingston parish.
WASHINGTON KING was a son of Jesse & Sofia James King. He
was born in Mississippi. Not much is known about Wash, except
he was known of by the older informants with whom we talked.
According to Mr. William Hoyt, Wash was the father of William
Thomas King of Albany, Louisiana. William Hoyt was the son of
Olivia Ballard, and the grandson of Ketura King Ballard, Wash's
sister. The census of 1860 showed Wash as married to a Mary ?
of Ireland. The earliest records found of Washington King were
in the Greensburg courthouse as a joint purchaser of land with
his brother, James H., from their father, Jessee, in 1837.
We found no issue of record for Washington King.
KETURA KING BALLARD was a daughter of Jesse and Sofia
King. Was was born in Pike County, Mississippi, on October 1,
1814; and married John Ballard in Amite City, Louisiana, on
March 3, 1836. They lived in Livingston Parish near
Springfield. Many of their descendants still live in that
vicinity -- Hoyts, Ballards, Kings. Ketura King was a saintly
woman, and a loving wife and mother. She was a faithful member
of the Methodist Church, having been received into the church
at the age of 14. At the age of 66, she was severely injured
by a falling chimney. Her husband, John, was nearby and dug
her out of the rubble; but her injuries were too severe, and
she died shortly thereafter.
The children of Ketura and John Ballard were as follows:
Ketura (Kit), Olivia, Lenora, Serena Ann, John, Cason, and
McCuloc. Ketura and Olivia both married Hoyts. Lenora married
John Stokes of Pine Grove, Louisiana; and Serena Ann married
Thomas William King of Albany, Louisiana. Ketura Ballard
Hoyt's daughter, Emma, married Pearl Coffman of Pine Grove.
Their children were Bessie (married Morgan Tiner), Judson and
Kirk. Lenora Ballard Stokes's son was Ben Stokes. Ben was
postmaster and ran a general mercantile store in Pine Grove.
CATHERINE KING CARNES was a daughter of Jesse and Sofia
King. She was born in Mississippi, and married Johnson Carnes
(known as "Bill"). They lived at Amite, Louisiana. No record
was found of any children from this union, but they reared the
three children of John C. and Angleine Dean King. Uncle "Bill"
spoke German according to Mrs. Clara Hudson, granddaughter of
John Thomas King. Carnes was born in North Carolina. The cen-
sus records of 1870 for Livingston Parish showed Johnson Carnes,
age 72, in the household of William Wesley King.
JAMES HARVEY KING was probably the youngest son of Jesse
and Sofia King. He, too, was born in Pike County, Mississippi,
on April 2, 1819, and died June 22, 1899, at Pine Grove,
Louisiana. He is buried in the Pine Grove Methodist Cemetery,
although there is no grave marker. James Harvey, better known
as Jim, married Evaline Dean of Laurens County, Georgia, in
1839. They had nine children, two dying in infancy. Evaline
died in 1875 at Pine Grove, and is also buried in the same
cemetery. After her death, James married Mary Tabor on October
12, 1877, and they had one son, Beverly Tabor King.
James joined the Methodist church at the age of 20, and
remained a "constant devoted member of the same, a model man
attending upon the divine worship. For many years he was an
exhorter, and class leader, and was instrumental in leading
many sinners to Christ." This quotation is from his obituary
as it appeared in the New Orleans Christian Advocate August 17,
1899. The obituary was written by Rev. F.N. Sweeney.
In 1854, James moved to Pine Grove, Louisiana, where he
lived the remainder of his life. After his second marriage,
however, he lived for a short time on the Tabor homestead just
north of Alligator Pond, which is now the home of Dewitt Nesom.
In 1866 he purchased 515 acres of land at Pine Grove for
$1,200. Much of this property is still owned and resided on by
his descendants today.
The records at Greensburg courthouse show the purchase of
four lots of land by James H. and Washington King, his brother,
from their father, Jesse, in 1838. These lots had been
acquired by Jesse King from the federal government in 1837.
Records from the National Archives in Washington, D.C., bear
out these transactions, and copies of same are made a part of
this publication. This sale was cancelled by order of the
Secretary of the Treasury of the United States due to errors in
the survey. The King brothers petitioned for recovery of the
purchase price. The refund was made in 1848, according to the
The children of James Harvey and Evaline Dean King were
Jessie E. (a daughter that died at the age of five), Eliza
Jane, Angeline Sofia, Josephine, Mary Frances, James Nick,
Thomas Darrell, William J., and Elbert Peter. James Harvey was
the great-grandfather of the authors.
ELIZABETH KING was possibly a daughter of Jesse and Sofia
King. The only information found on her was in the census
record of 1850 which showed an Elizabeth King, age 22,
living in the household of Johnson and Catherine Carnes. The
1840 Census showed a young girl, age 10-15, in the household of
Sofia King, Jesse having died before that census. Other
undocumented information suggests there was a child named
Elizabeth, but no confirming information was found.
Thus far we have sketched the personal history of the
first and second generations of Jesse and Sofia King. Although
there isn't much detail, we were pleased to find this much
documented material. This is especially true in view of the
fact that most of these folks passed from this life before the
turn of the 20th century. None of the third generation are
alive at this writing, but there are a few of the fourth
generation living at this time.
JAMES HARVEY KING Line
James married Evaline Dean in 1839 in St. Helena parish.
This was some three years after he moved to Louisiana from
Holmesville in Pike County, Mississippi, with his parents and
brothers and sisters. He was only twenty years old at the time
of his marriage, and Evaline was 21. Their first child, Jessie,
a girl, was born about a year later. She lived to the age of
five. Eliza Jane was born in 1843. She married James Marion
Thomas of Copiah County, Mississippi, on February 11, 1862, and
they lived at Pine Grove. James M. Thomas died in 1930 at the
age of 97. His wife, Eliza Jane, had died as a young woman at
the age of 35. Before her death she bore five children.
Angeline was born in 1846. she had two sons, J.C. Vaughn
and Rafe King. Josephine, born in 1849, was married three
times, bearing a child from each union. Her first husband was
Melcher Vaughn, and their daughter was Eudora. Josephine,
"Aunt Jo", also married P.P. Coffman, and their son was named
Pearl. The third marriage was to Wiley Goynes, and they had
one son, Dan. Wiley Goynes had a son by a previous marriage by
the name of James Hall Boynes. Jim married Eudora, his step-
sister, and they reared a large family at Pine Grove.
Mary Frances was born March 13, 1851, and died in infancy.
Thomas Darrell, seventh child of James Harvey and Evaline
Dean King, was born September 20, 1855. He was married to
Minerva Bookter on October 18, 1887, and they lived and reared
their family at Pine Grove. Their children were Lawson, Clyde,
Olivia, Clara, and Cecil. Thomas died on June 16, 1926.
William J. (known as 'Uncle Doc') was born on February 8,
1857. He married Mary Brown on December 20, 1877, and they
lived at Pine Grove and Montpelier, Louisiana. 'Uncle Doc'
operated a brick kiln at one time. The bricks were all stamped
WJK. Their children were Barney, Harvey, Arthur, Ida, Eddie,
Una, and Walter. William died on August 24, 1929, at Pine
James Nick was born March 20, 1852, and died July 3, 1911.
He married Amelia Packwood of St. Helena Parish.
Elbert Peter, 4th son of James Harvey King, was born on
November 5, 1859. He married Mollie Loflin of Baton Rouge, on
November 19, 1883, and they reared their family on the east
side of Dutchman Creek at Pine Grove. Their children were
Lonnie, Ednea, Lula, Birdie, and Sedell. Peter died August 18,
1926, at Pine Grove.
James Harvey King remarried after his wife, Evaline, died.
He married Mary Tabor of Pine Grove in 1877. They had one son,
Beverly Tabor, born in 1879. Beverly married Jency Hodges.
Their children were Vivian, Gladys, Norma, Eugenia, J.C., Ione,
and B.T., Jr. Beverly, Sr., died August 18, 1952, and is
buried alongside his wife in Salem Cemetery at Oldfield,
JAMES NICK KING Line
James Nick was the sixth child of James Harvey and Evaline
Dean King. He married Amelia Packwood, and they reared their
thirteen children at Pine Grove. During his early married
life, James Nick moved about the area, probably seeking
employment. He lived for a while on Greenwell Springs Road,
near Comite, and at Blairstown. He settled down on a portion
of his father's property at Pine Grove and established his
homestead there. His wife, Amelia, survived him by more than
thirty eyars. Nick and Amelia reared eight sons and five
daughters. Their children were Samuel N., Janey E., Josephine
L., George A., Willie M., Robert Edgar, Mollie E., Henry E.,
Emma L., Julia E., Luther A., John Wesley, James Howard,
Frank N. and Nettie I.
Janey died as an infant, and Luther lived to age seven.
All others lived to be married and had children of their own,
except Sam, who died childless. Mollie reared a large family,
but died realtively young of influenza during World War I. She
is buried at Cleveland, Mississippi. Howard died in 1945. All
others lived well beyond middle age, and some into their seventies.
Two, Julia and Nettie, are still living as of this writing.
Wesley, Howard and Frank were veterans of World War I.
Sam was a farmer at Pine Grove. Henry served on the police
force of both Baton Rouge and Hammond. Wesley and George,
"Addie", operated a street-car in Baton Rouge; Welsey having
done that for sixteen years. All the other brothers were
farmers, and lived at Pine Grove.
Emma married Alva Story of Pine Grove. Josephine "Beanie",
married John Methvien and lived near Grangeville. Mollie married
Round Fletcher of Old Field, Louisiana, and they lived at Pine
Grove for a while, and then moved to the Mississippi delta, and
then to the Arkansas delta. Julia married Will Lea of Dennis
Mills, Louisiana. They lived in Baton Rouge for a while, and then
moved to Watson, Louisiana, where they lived out their lived.
Their only child, a daughter, Wynona, married Odom Graves, a
long-time sheriff of Livingston Parish.
SAM married Lillian Morgan of Pine Grove. They had no
children, and lived at Pine Grove where Sam was a farmer and a
JOSEPHINE married John Methvien, and their children were
Haney, Lola, Johnnie May, Carmen, William, Lee, Hazel, and
GEORGE (Addie), married Dean Carroll of Pine Grove. Their
children were Elmer, Louis Z., and Georgia.
WILLIE M. married (1) Rosa Phipps. Their children were
Lila, Gordon, Norman, Ivy, and Amedee. His second marriage was
to (2) Alma Fugler of Watson. Their children were Willie B.,
Vivian, W.M., Jr., Lillian, and James.
ROBERT EDGAR married Ruby Fletcher. Their children were
Lottie, May, Claude, Lorraine, and Brent.
MOLLIE married Round Fletcher. Their children were
Amelia, Ernest, Les, J.W., Marvin, and Christiva.
HENRY married Hester Warner of Pine Grove. Their children
were Lucille, Hertha, Thelma, Eola, Eugene, William W., and
EMMA married Alva Story of Pine Grove. Their children
were Ina, Middie Dee, Leonard, and Teresa.
JULIA married William C. Lea of Dennis Mills, La. Their
child was Wynona.
JOHN WESLEY married Leila Pruyn of Baton Rouge. Their
children were John Sidney, Lawrence Seborn, Ernest Lea, and
HOWARD married Geneva Tiner of Pine Grove. Their children
were James D. Ray, Janelle, and Peggy.
FRANK married Lula Mae Vaughn of Pine Grove. Their
children were Lester, Celena, Daurice Newton, and Betty Jean.
NETTIE married Luther Westmoreland of Pine Grove. Their
children were Charlene and Mona Mae.
JOHN WESLEY KING Line
John Wesley King was the son of James Nick and Amelia
Packwood King. He was born at Pine Grove, La., St. Helena
parish, and lived there until he entered the armed service of
the United States in World War I. Wesley served in the Air
Service branch. After being discharged from the service, he
never returned to Pine Grove to live, but sought employment in
Morgan City, Gueydan, and then Baton Rouge where he married and
lived with his family until 1933. His four sons were born in
Baton Rouge. In 1933 he and his family moved to Watson, La.,
where they lived out their lives. Wesley, his wife, Leila, and
their son, Ernest, are buried in the Live Oak Methodist
Cemetery in Watson.
All four sons attended and graduated from Live Oak High
School. Sidney and Lawrence served in the U.S. Army during
World War II, and Harold served in the Air Force from 1951
until 1955. Lawrence graduated from Louisiana State University
SIDNEY married Helen Efferson of Watson. Their children
are Darrell, Michael, Gloria, Dennis, Vicki, and Cathy.
Darrell and Michael are graduates of Southeastern Louisiana
LAWRENCE married Rena Ott of Watson, and their children
are David C., Lawrence Marvin, and Julie Eileen. David is a
graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University, and Marvin is a
graduate of Louisiana State University. Julie attended trade
school and also L.S.U.
ERNEST married Margie Griffin. They had one son,
Raymond. Ernest was employed by Humble Oil Refinery in Baton
Rouge for many years until his untimely death at the age of 41.
HAROLD married Lillian Strickland of Amite, La. Their
children are Lereah Jean and Ernie. Harold is employed at
Allied Chemical Co. of Baton Rouge.
Bartholomew JAMES (Jacoby), b. Schuylkill Co., Pa., 1747; d.
Yazoo Co., Miss, between 1833 and 1840, m. in Pennsylvania,
1770 to Katherine MEYERS, b. 17 Dec. 1749, daughter of Edigius
MEYERS (owned 200 acres in Brunsuring ?? township, Berks Co.
in 1785). Resided Berks Co., Pa. Served in Pa., moved to
West Virginia, took in 1799 and in 1800 moved to Natchez by
flatboat. Lived in Pike County. Living in Amite County 1810
and which later became Pike County and left Pike County 1824
and resided in Copiah County, later he moved to Yazoo County'
and died there 1835. Children: John, b. Berks Co., Pa. 1 Nov.
1771, d. nearl Waldo, Ohio 9 Apr. 1844, m. in Pa. 9 Aug. 1791
Catherine CAMBY, b. 13 May 1773, d. 13 Jan. 1837 (they had
Catherine, b. 1792, Margaret Elizabeth, b. 2 Nov. 1793, John,
B. Pa. 8 Aug. 1795, d. Indiana 23 July 1863, Magdalena, b. Pa.
31 Aug. 1797, d. in Indiana; Salomia, b. Pa. 22 June 1799; Hanna,
b. Pa. 2 Feb. 1801; Jonathan Michael, b. Pa. 30 Mar. 1809; Jacob,
b. Ohio, 8th June 1811; Joseph, b. Pa., 2 Nov. 1813; Elias, b.
Ohio, 3 Oct. 1815); Christiana JAMES, b. Berks Co., Pa., 13 Oct.
1786, d. Ebenezer Holmes Co., Miss., 19 Apr. 1853, m. (1) 1804,
Henry Pierce, m. (2) 1815, Thomas RULE, b. 1787, d. Holmes Co.,
22 July 1850, son of Thomas Rule of Adams County (they had Cynthia
RULE, b. Pike Co., 20 Aug. 1816, m. Silas MANCE and (2) Cemendus
OVERSTREET; Elizabeth L. RULE, b. 14 Apr. 1820, d. 10 Sept. 1834;
Francis RULE, b. 1824, d. 1841; Lewis RULE, b. 9 Oct. 1822,
d. 5 May 1830; William J. RULE, b. 1829, d. 1859 unmarried;
Thomas H. RULE, b. 10 Nov. 1826, d. Holmes Co., 1 April 1877;
Martha RULE married S.H. LITTLE; John S. RULE, b. 11 Sept. 1830,
d. 10 Jan. 1860; Nathan RULE, b. 1835); Peter JAMES, b. Berks Co.,
Pa. 23 Sept. 1789, d. near Pickens, Yazoo Co., 16 Mar. 1869, m.
Opelousas, La. on 29 Oct. 1816 to Charlotte SIDDON, b. 19 Feb. 1797,
d. 18 Oct. 1851 (they had Samuel L., b. Sept. 1817, d. 27 Oct. 1888
unmarried; Dardel Alphous, b. 23 Nov. 1819, d. Vicksburg, 28 Dec.
1872, m. 25 April 1852 to Susan E. BARNES; Sarah Keturah, b. 25
April 1822, m. 4 May 1843 to Dr. John E. MONTGOMERY; Thomas Griffin,
b. 4 Oct. 1824, d. Oxford, Miss on 20 Jan. 1902; William W., b.
Copiah Co., 21 Oct. 1826, d. Yazoo Co., 25 Dec. 1833; Susan E.,
b. 28 May 1829, d. Yazoo Co., 9 Mar. 1870, m. 23 May 1848 to
Jackson D. CALLIHAN; Catherine Rachel, b. 29 Dec. 1831, m. 29 Dec.
1849, Thomas Mumford LAWSON; Melissa, b. 13 Sept. 1834, d. 20 June 1835;
Peter Clark, b. 28 Aug. 1836, d. New Orleans, 26 Feb. 1900, m. 8 Oct. 1863
to Mrs. Mary E. GORDON; John Elias, b. 28 Feb. 1840, d. Sept. 1843;
Benjamin F., b. 6 Apr. 1843, d. 4 May 1855); Sophie JAMES, b. Pa., m.
(1) in Natchez, 17 June 1800 to John MCGINTY, m. (2) on 18 Jan. 1801
to Jesse KING - they moved to Pike County; Barbara JAMES, b. Pa.,
m. in Natchez on 28 Feb. 1802 to Simon HOOK.
Charlotte SIDDON (wife of Peter JAMES) mother was Rachael GRICE.
The above is JAMES genealogy (noted on bottom of page). Peter
JAMES became an ordained minister in the Methodist Church in the
Mississippi Conference. Sofie, his sister, married Jesse KING.
Obituary of Peter JAMES from the Mississippi Conference:
On the 18th of March, Peter James, superannuate
passed to his reward at the home of his son in Holmes
county. He was born in Pennsylvania in 1789. Ten
years later his father moved to Virginia and in 1800
to Mississippi, arriving at Natchez on a flatboat on
June 1st. Some years later they mvoed to Bogue
Chitto creek, in what is now Pike county, where the
youth aided his father in the cultivation of a farm.
He was licensed to exhort in May, 1812, and was
licensed to preach and admitted on trial a year later,
at the first session of the Mississippi Conference, at
the home of Newit Vick in November, 1813. When
Mr. James died only two members of that Conference
were still alive, John Ira Ellis Byrd in Mississippi and
John S. Ford in Georgia. In 1816 Peter James married
Miss Charlotte Siddon near Opelousas, who passed
away some years before the death of her husband. He
had been a superannuate for several years before his
His son, Peter James, Jr., became a prosperous
planter in the Yazoo delta, and until his death in 1900
was a liberal supporter of the Methodist Church. The
James Observatory at Millsaps College is named in his
honor. Three other sons of Peter James lived to ma-
turity. Samuel L. James lived to a good old age near
Pickens, Mississippi. He was never married. Dan A.
James practiced medicine in Yazoo City and New Or-
leans before his death in Madison parish, Louisiana.
Thomas G. James was a planter in the Yazoo delta until
his death in 1902. Three daughters lived to maturity:
Sarah married John E. Montgomery, Susan married
Jackson Callihan, and Catherine married Thomas M.
Lawson. Four children of Peter James and his wife
died in infancy.
Mr. James wrote the following account of his early
life in July, 1859:
"I was born in Pennsylvania in the year 1789. Father was
a kind of itinerant, moving from place to place, until in 1799
he moved to Virginia near the Ohio River, twelve miles above
Wheeling. In 1800 he started down the Ohio in an old-fashioned
flat-boat with a man who was going down the river to the mouth
of the Ohio and then up the Mississippi, I don't know where to,
but they disagreed and father, with mother, myself, and three
sisters, got in a trading boat that was coming down the Missi-
issippi as far as Natchez, and, on the first day of June in the
year 1800, landed there, having just nothing but his family,
and being then, I think, about 53 years old.
"Within a month sister Sophia married the man in whose
boat we had come down, and within one month more he died . . .
We all went to work and of course made a living and within a
few years a little more, until Christeana married. Her husband
was a carpenter and undertook great works, hired hands, and
finally father went his security and all broke together.
"By this time I was about eighteen years of age and had
never been at school but three months, and knew nothing but
to work. Father and mother were both old and no one to pro-
vide for them but me. About this time it pleased the Lord to
call me from darkness to light . . . Just about this time I
believe God called me to the ministry. Nothing, no nothing, but
a sense of duty could have induced me to undertake the work of
the ministry, unprepared, without mental training, without any
education; --and what can the church offer? Just nothing. If
she will accept my services I must serve for nothing or next
to nothing. I must furnish my outfit, horse, saddle, bridle,
clothes, and the church offers me $80 if the people can and will
pay that much . . ."
"In 1812 I was put on the circuit by the Presiding Elder and
traveled the circuit from May until conference with exhorter's
license. Some time in the same year I was received on trial
and sent to the Tombigbee Circuit in the midst of hostile In-
dians, just after the fall of Fort Mims. In the fall of 1813 I
returned and was appointed with Bro. Winnans to the Wilkinson
Circuit, just on the edge, but before I had filled the first ap-
pointment I had my horse drowned in trying to swim the Comite
River. In those days we had but