JEFFERSON CO, MS (made in 1799 from Natchex, originally Pickering)
lays next to Claiborne, Copiah, Lincoln, Franklin, Adams Co's MS
lays next to Tensas, Concordia Co's LA

Submitted by Macon Hawkins

John Hawkins shows up on the 1792census. He was living in the Natchez District, Mississippi Territory in Villa Gayoso. There was a WILLIAM HAWKINS in the Natchez District during this time also. I found on land records where Richard and John Hawkins bought land on March 29, 1804, Volume No. 31 Pages 171 & 172. My great-grandfather was Richard Hawkins who was born in Jefferson County in 1798. I have found him on tax records in 1815, census records 1820, marriage records where he married Sylvana McDonald on 9 Dec 1819. They had a daughter Martha who later moved to Hot Springs, AR. John Hawkins also shows up there. Later the two show up in Little Rock, AR. John and William had to be early settlers in the Natchez District, but I can't find any marriage records on John or birth records on Richard and his sisters.

1804/6 JEFF CO, MS
=============== 1805 Territorial Census WILLIAM SHAW ======== WILL OF JOHN SELLERS - Jefferson Co, MS SON, DANIEL - slaves, woman Biner and her daughter Lucy and her son Lewis and a boy    called Chasley SON, ARCHIBALD - slaves, man called Jack and girl Patsey SON, WALTER, slaves, woman called Esther and boy called Bob SON, JOHN, to receive money collected in Carolina except for $150 sent for by Archibald Cervies? (this was on a separate line - don't know if last name of Archibald above or connected to this next line - NO , son, dau, etc in front of name, msh) Slave, boy called Dick SON, DUNCAN, slaves, boys called Bill and Tom DAUGHTER, SARAH SELLERS MARBLE, slave, girl named Judy DAUGHTER, MARY SELLERS, slave, girl called Letty DAUGHTER, KATHERINE SELLERS, slave, boy called Simon DAUGHTER, ELIZABETH SELLERS, slave, Silvey SON IN LAW, THEOPHILUS MARBLE EXECTOR, Son, Walter SELLER and SonInLaw Theophilus MARBLE Witnesses= David Torry, Archibald Torry dated September 17, 1819

LAND Records - Township 9 North Range 2 East SELLERS, DANIEL MS Jefferson 8/1/1833 Washington 1175 MS0020__.538
SELLERS, DANIEL MS Jefferson 5/23/1851 Washington 1176 MS0480__.177
SELLERS, DANIEL MS Jefferson 5/23/1851 Washington 1219 MS0480__.179
SELLERS, DANIEL MS Jefferson 11/2/1830 Washington 912 MS0020__.123
SELLERS DANIEL 50 9N 2E WASHINGTON 125.86 1851/05/23
SELLERS DANIEL 49 9N 2E WASHINGTON 81.32 1833/08/01
SELLERS DANIEL 50 9N 2E WASHINGTON 111.44 1851/05/23 SELLERS DANIEL 49 9N 2E WASHINGTON 81.32 1830/11/02
SILLERS DANIEL 37 9N 3E WASHINGTON 76.84 1840/11/10 SILLERS DANIEL 37 9N 3E WASHINGTON 0 1840/11/10 ===== BRANDS SELLERS, DANIEL 28 May 1840 Page 6 R SELLERS, JOHN D 9 Jun 1829 Page 5 R

SHAW, JOHN 31 Jan 1804 Page 2 SHAW, WILLIAM 31 Jan 1804 Page 2 SHAW, WILLIAM 22 July 1807 Page 2 R ===============
MARBLE, Theophilus


NASH, Thomas M

CLARK, Isabelle L

SILLERS, Elizabeth
HALL, Nathaniel C


BAKER, James

CLARK, Matilda B

ODOM, Richard


1810= 1816=Inhabitants
Walter Sellers
Danl. Sellers
Joseph Salter

Wm. Shaw



Jefferson County, MISSISSIPPI: 1820 Census Index

26 | Daniel Sellers | 2 2 1 1 | 2 1 | | 2 | 1 2 | 2 1 | | | 6 SLAVES =

27 | Watter Sellers | 1 1 | 2 1 | | 1 | 4 4 1 | 2 1 1 | | | 13 SLAVES


(headline from The Clarion-Ledger/Jackson Daily News Sunday, July 20, 1986, pg 6F, by Carl McIntire Clarion-Ledger Staff Writer)

Campbell and his companions left Fayetteville, in Cumberland County, NC on April 1, 1819. Campbell, who was born May 21, 1789, wrote that the others in the party were Duncan Steward, Charles Steward, Bythal Haynes, Dugald McLaughlin, Alexander McFatter, Archibald Sellars, Mrs White, Charles McAlester, Daniel McAlester Edward Currie, William Shaw, Mrs Long, Robert Henry, Daniel Cook and James Torie.

1820 =
Daniel Sellers
Watter Sellers 26 | Daniel Sellers | 2 2 1 1 | 2 1 | | 2 | 1 2 | 2 1 | | | =6SLAVES
27 | Watter Sellers | 1 1 | 2 1 | | 1 | 4 4 1 | 2 1 1 | | | =13SLAVES == Page 32

County Court, July 31, 1824

At a Special Court begun and held in the town of Greenville and for the County of Jefferson for the trial of slaves agreeably to the act of the General Assembly of the state of Mississippi in such case made and provided this thirty first day of July A. D. eighteen hundred and twenty four were present the Honorable James G. Wood and John L. Irwin.

Phillip Dixon clerk of the county & Circuit Court –

The sheriff returned a list of freeholders to serve as Jurors to this court.

The State vs. Charles, a Negro man, the property of Washington Burch

Levin L. Cartwright, Esq. appears for the accused and ordered by the court that W. G. Metcalfe, Esq. be appointed to prosecute in behalf of the State in this cause. The prisoner charged with having murdered two infant children of Alexander Bolls also with having conspired the murder of said infant children and for administering medicine to same infant children with intent to kill. Plea of not guilty & issue.

Ordered that a Jury be empanelled (sic) in this cause whereupon there came a Jury to wit:

1. Stephen Terry
2. Moses Odom
3. Thomas G. Vaughn
4. Parker Collins
5. Thomas Hinds
6. Charles Riley
7. Robert Farley
8. James Stuart
9. Joseph Slater, Senr.
10. Abner Marble
11. John Dobbs
12. Walter Sellars

who being empanelled tried and sworn to well and truly try the issue between the parties aforesaid upon their oaths do say we of the Jury find the prisoner not guilty.

Ordered that the court adjourn for half an hour. Court met pursuant to adjournment.


The State vs. Harry a Negro slave the property of William Newman

The Negro charged with burglary for arising on the night of the sixth day of July 1829 between the hours of 10 at night & four o’clock in the morning, feloniously & burglariously broken and entered the mansion house of Philip Dixon and stolen there from thirty four dollars in cash & paper, one broad cloth coat of the value of forty dollars, one black silk velvet vest of the value of $7.00, one pair of shoes of the value of $2.00, one white fur hat of the value of $10, one bridle of the value of $5.00, one quart of brandy of the value of $1.00. The prisoner brought into court and placed at the barr. Put. T. Williams Esq. appears on the part of the State & Alex. Montgomery & C. Jefferson Esqrs. appear on the part of the accused. Formal arraignment waived by the defendants counsel and plea not Guilty & issue.


The Sheriff having returned to the court a list of persons summoned in this case, the following persons were drawn & empanelled as Jurors in this case to wit-

1. Stephen Carroll
2. Jno. J. Stampley
3. Alex. Bolls
4. John Orsborn
5. James Stowers
6. Isaac Dunbar
Page 127
7. Theophilus Marble
8. Horatio Flemming
9. Walter Sillers
10. W. Burch, Jr.
11. Jos. Rainey
12. N. Torry

who being empanelled tried and sworn to well and truly try the issue between the State and the prisoner at the bar.
Ordered that the court adjourn till tomorrow morning 8 o’clock.
Tuesday, July 14th 1829 Court met pursuant to adjournment.
The State vs Henry a Negro slave
The Jury empanelled and sworn in this case on yesterday appear in open court & ordered by the court that a Juror be withdrawn and a mistrial entered by the court.
Ordered that the Sheriff summon 24 good and lawful men according to the form of the statute in such case made and provided to be and appear before the court in the above stated case on Monday the 20th day of July 1829.
Ordered that the court adjourn till Monday the 20th day of July 1829.
Signed) J. Remson Holmes
Monday morning July 20th 1829
Court met pursuant to adjournment.
Present the Honorable J. Remson Holmes presiding Justice.
John H. Duncan and John L. Irwin Esquires, associate Justices, Isaac Pipes clerk and Richard Harrison Sheriff


The State vs. Thomas a Negro slave the property of Josiah Stone

The Negro slave charged with the murder of Sarah his wife a Negro woman slave the property of Francis Stone, on the night of the nineteenth day of May 1829, the said Negro brought into court and placed at the barr, and by consent of C. Jefferson attorney for the accused formal arraignment waived & plead not Guilty & issue.


The Sheriff having returned a list of persons summoned as Jurors in this case. The following persons were drawn & empanelled to serve as Jurors to wit-
1. Abram Mayberry
2. James G. Heard
3. P. Davis
4. Jno. J. Stampley
5. Jno. D. Sillers
6. David Burch
7. Robert Oliver
8. J. Henry Stampley
9. Seth Cocks
10. Jos. M. Slater
11. A. B. Sims
12. Leroy Puckett

who being empanelled tried and sworn will and truly try between the State and Thomas the prisoner at the barr, upon their oaths do say we of the Jury find the prisoner at the barr Guilty in manner and form as charged.

It is therefore considered ordered and adjudged by the court here that the said Thomas be remanded to the Jaol and there be kept in close confinement until Saturday the 22nd day of August next, on which said twenty second day of August between the hours of 10 A. M. and four P. M. of said day to be taken from thence to the common Gallows, and there between the hours aforesaid to be hanged by the neck until dead dead dead.


It is further ordered that the Sheriff execute this Order.
Ordered that the court adjourn sine dine.
(Signed) J. Remson Holmes
A certificate issued to Jno. H. Duncan for 4 days attendance on this court up to 16th August 1829 for $12.00.
Same to J. R. Holmes 4 days up to 25th August 1829 for $12.00.
A certificate issued to J. R. Holmes for one day attendance up to 8th Sept. 1829 for $3.00.




MALES----Under 10-1--10/20-1--20/40-3--40/60-1--over 60-1 = (bef1770)msh) 
Females--under 10-2--10/20-2--20/40/-0--40/60-1-Ovrr 60-0
MALES----under 10-3--10/20-0-20/40-0--40/60-0--60 & over-0 =1770/1790
FEMALES--under 10-1--10/20-2-20/40-0--40/60-0--     "     "" 0

Contributed by:
Johnathan Ney, overseer, from Fayette to Dunbar's ford with the
hands of Daniel Sellers, Thomas Lee and son, Mrs. Gupton, Samuel
Boggs and Ford Stuart assigned to said road Abraham Mayberry from Fayette to Hughes old shop with his own
hands, Mrs. Darden, P.O. Hughes, Mrs. Hughes, Abner Marble, Thomas H. Marble,
Alexander Willis, H. Flemming, Mathew Sellers assigned to said road.

Will of Nathaniel Coleman, deceased
Died 30 Oct. 1833
Wife - Sarah Coleman
Son - John Coleman, under age 21
Children of my Brothers and Sisters
Elijah Coleman, Israel Coleman
Executor - William Coleman
Witness - James Wood
Dated: 4 Nov. 1833
Recorded: 13 Nov. 1833
Page 121

1840 JEFFERSON CO, MS = NEED AGES = Danl Sillers Jefferson, Mississippi
J Darden For J Sillers Jefferson, Mississippi
M Sillers Jefferson, Mississippi =======

NOTE: From the Documents of Samuel Scott  1840



Champ Terry


To                                Receipt for Record the 4th November 1840


Samuel Scott 


This Indenture made and entered into the fourth day of November 1840 between Champ Terry of the County of Jefferson State of Mississippi of the one part and Samuel Scott of the other part witnessed that the Champ Terry for and in consideration of the Sum of Thirty Thousand dollars to him in hand paid at and before the sealing and delivery of these presents that receipt whereof he doth hereby acknowledge hat granted bargained and sold and by these presents doth grant bargain and sold unto the said Samuel Scott and his heirs all.  That tract of land lying in said county on the waters of the North Spring of Coles Creek containing about Thirteen Hundred acres from and North of said creek, East by ….(?) of N. W. Trimble South and west by Lands of Louisa Harper. Also another tract of land Known as the Tan Yard tract containing about Five hundred and fifty  acres bounded North by Lands of George Terry East by Lands of Daniel Seller South by Lands of John M Whitney West by the Corporation of Fayette, also to town.  ….(?) in the town of Fayette ….(?) “¾” as laid off by Jas. Collier all being in Jefferson County, Mississippi.  Also, the following Negros Slaves to wit, Philip, Theodore, Armstead, Tom, Jack, Tony, Litle John, Monroe, Edmund, York, Robt, Patrick, Cyrus, Young, Jim, Jim Pickens, Lewis, Bill, John Bond, Maria and two children, Hannah and one child, Jinney, Jane and one child, Ann, Milley, Old Lucy, Rhody, Betty, Big Lucy, Martha and child, Nancy and Son, Phillis, Mary and 2 children, Margary and one child, Clara and Florida.  One hundred head of cattle, one hundred and fifty head of hogs, twenty one horses and mules, eight yoke of oxen, with one waggon and one cart. The said property all being in Jefferson County, Mississippi.  To have and to hold the said tract of land with their appurtenances and said Negro Slaves and their incua…..(?) and the said stock and the said farming utensils.  Above named to the Said Samuel Scott and to his heirs forever for the uses and… Trust hereafter named To Wit Whereas the said Champ Terry on the tenth day of October 1840 executed his two  ….( ?) promissory notes of that date to William Terry of Carrol County, Mississippi-- the ….(?) for the Sum of Fifteen thousand dollars payable on the first day of January 1841.………(?)

The following named Negros and excepted from the deed of trust given by me Samuel Scott for the benefit of Wm. Terry to wit Louis, Nancy & child that said Louis, Nancy and child having conveyed to R. Williams for a valuable consideration Champ Terry.

Mexican War
1846 - 1848

Jefferson County, Mississippi
Company G, Second Mississippi Regiment






Patsy Sellers Township 9 East, Jefferson, MS abt 1805 Mississippi
David Sellers Township 9 East, Jefferson, MS abt 1840 Mississippi
living with

Jas Sellers Township 9 East, Jefferson, MS abt 1824 Mississippi , PLANTER, 12,000 (Joseph?)ckBolivarCo,Ms)
Matilda Sellers Township 9 East, Jefferson, MS abt 1826 Ohio
Jane Sellers Township 9 East, Jefferson, MS abt 1848 Mississippi
Adelia Sellers Township 9 East, Jefferson, MS abt 1849 Mississippi
Robt Sellers Township 9 East, Jefferson, MS abt 1826 Mississippi

Danl Sellers Township 9 East, Jefferson, MS abt 1777 South Carolina , PLANTER, 5500
Wm Sellers Township 9 East, Jefferson, MS abt 1810 South Carolina , PLANTER, --
Betsy Sellers Township 9 East, Jefferson, MS abt 1826 Mississippi
Augusta Sellers Township 9 East, Jefferson, MS abt 1845 Mississippi
Saml Sellers Township 9 East, Jefferson, MS abt 1821 Mississippi , NONE under occupation
PHILIP DIXON 27 MS, overseer

Patsy Sellers Township 9 East, Jefferson, MS abt 1805 Mississippi
David Sellers Township 9 East, Jefferson, MS abt 1840 Mississippi
living with



A Sillers Fayette, Jefferson, MS 34F abt 1826 Mississippi Female , 160 PERSONAL, NO LAND,race Not shown and No occupation shown (could she be same as listed in slave schedule, with one slave?msh)
Jone Sillers Fayette, Jefferson, MS 15F abt 1845 Mississippi Female , race not shown
EMALINE CASTLEY 18 IOWA , race not shown

Robert R Sillers Police District 2, Jefferson, MS 34 abt 1826 Mississippi Male (ck Bolivar, MS)
Isabell Sillers Police District 2, Jefferson, MS 26 abt 1834 Ohio Female
Emmett Sillers Police District 2, Jefferson, MS 5 abt 1855 Mississippi Male
Jennett Sillers Police District 2, Jefferson, MS 4 abt 1856 Mississippi Female
Josie Sillers Police District 2, Jefferson, MS 2 abt 1858 Mississippi Male

Jesse H Darden Police District 3, Jefferson, MS 49 abt 1811 Mississippi Male
Susan Darden Police District 3, Jefferson, MS 44 abt 1816 Mississippi Female
Olevia Darden Police District 3, Jefferson, MS 22 abt 1838 Mississippi Female
Laura Darden Police District 3, Jefferson, MS 15 abt 1845 Mississippi Female
Irene Darden Police District 3, Jefferson, MS 11 abt 1849 Mississippi Female
Jesse Darden Police District 3, Jefferson, MS 6 abt 1854 Mississippi Male
George Y Darden Police District 3, Jefferson, MS 1 abt 1859 Mississippi Male



Transcribed by Linda Durr Rudd


Transcribed and Contributed by Janice Stevens Rice

0192 (Accession # 21086104). Jefferson County, Mississippi. William Thompson, administrator

of the estate of William Sellers, states that Sellers was the owner of “a certain slave named

Jonathan of dark complexion about 46 years of age a blacksmith by trade of great value to wit:

of the value of $1800.” In addition, he was in possession of a $1,100 promissory note signed by

Robert Sellers. The slave was levied to settle a suit brought by John Burch against Sellers. On

12 October 1859, Sellers, while in a state of intoxication, executed a bill of sale for the slave

Jonathan and the promissory note, for about $800, to attorney Robert Duncan. Sellers died

intestate and now William Thompson, questioning the aforementioned transaction, seeks to

cancel the 1859 bill of sale.


of George W. Null’s estate, asks permission to sell “all the personal & perishable property of the

estate” so that she can pay the outstanding debts.



From an old newspaper article on the Presbyterian Church at Union Church    

  On the old  church rolls at Union Church, kept prior to the War between the States, are the names of many colored members.  Once each month, the negroes all went to the Presbyterian Church, where the elders and the pastor, the Rev. William Montgomery, held a service for them.  These were always called "Servants," never "Slaves."  It is said that the singing on those occasions was so beautiful that the people always came out and sat on their porches to listen.  Miss Lottie Warren says that her mother, Mrs. Mary Inez Torrey Warren, taught the children of the slaves the catechism in her father's home.  In later years, one of the house girls from the John Clay Torrey home went as a missionary to Africa.  It is interesting to note that after the close of the Civil War, all the slaves of the Torrey families stayed with them.

Contributed by: Andy Miller






This is taken from a ledger which is located in the Jefferson County Circuit Clerk's office that contains a list of delinquent taxes for years 1866, 1867, 1868 and 1869. The ledger is approxi­mately 16" tall x 6" wide. It is quite fragile. The binding is weak and some of the pages are loose.

1869 Freedmen Roll
Sellers Johnathan





Fayette, Jefferson Co. MS in 1880 found:
> William Thompson age 50 b. MS, father b. KY, mother b. MS;
Ione “G.” > age 35 b. LA, father b. NC, mother b. MS, and children: (ca1845)
Clara G. age > 18, (ca1862)
Willie L. age 14,
Percy Dew age 11,
Eula M. age 7,
Claudia L. age > 5 and
Irma I age 2 – all of the children b. MS. Note that the image of
> the census available at Ancestry is totally illegible!!! Black
> background and washed out letters!!!!

  Will of David Torry
Wife - Margaret Torry
3 Eldest sons - Archibald Torry, Daniel Torry, George Torry.
Slaves - woman named Lucy.
Sons - John Torry, James Torry, Nat or Niel Torry
Daughter - Emily C. Willis
Slave - girl named Ma_tbity.
Daughters - Sarah Torry, Elizabeth Torry.
Executors - Margaret, wife and son Nat or Niel Torry
Witnesses - Abner Marble, Walter Sellers, Duncan McCatlin.
Dated: 19 July 1825


Page 44
Will of Jacob Seagrist
Beloved wife
Daughters - Nancy Seagrist, Mary? Seagrist, Susannah?
Seagrist, Georgia Seagrist.
Sons - Jacob Seagrist, Lewis Seagrist, Henry Seagrist, David? Segrist, Daniel Segrist, Caslin Segrist.
Grandchildren - Kizia, Patsey, Christian, ____ & Mary
Slaves - girl named Frank, boy named Sam., boy named Jim
Mentioned - Elam MacDonald to have nothing to do with property.
Witnesses - John B. Conger, David Floyd, William Paget
Executor - Henry Sellers, son
Dated: 29 June 1820






John Smylie, was born 17__ in North Carolina and died in Mississippi in 18__. His first wife was Susan Sellers, and his second was a "widow Montgomery." He was one of the Original Elders of Bethany Church, as was his father, James Smylie and his brother Nathaniel. His brother James was Pastor of Bethany at the time. John Smylie was a Godly man and rejoiced that in his father's house even unto the end, Family worship was always held and was conducted by his father in his native tongue, the Gaelic. John Smylie's children were: Reverend John A., who married Isadora Jackson. She was a daughter of one of Andrew Jackson's gallant Captains, James, who died a bachelor and Ella, who married _____ Anderson. The Andersons had no children.

The son, Rev. John A. Smylie, was born in 1812 and lived until 1878, thus being privileged to share in the South's great era of change and to live during Andrew Jackson's campaign, through the War with Mexico and the War between the States, in all of which his kinsmen fought. He knew, too, the tragedy of Reconstruction and died in Texas, September 26, 1878. When his native state was crushed under the heavy hand of disease - yellow fever having then been epidemic and many of his relatives having died of it.

John Smylie was a man of great learning. As a youth he was one of the most brilliant students at Oakland College, which he entered at 18, intending to study law. Under the influence of Rev. Zebulon Butler, however, he changed his plan of life and studied for the ministry in Oakland's Theological department and under his uncle, James Smylie, having been graduated in the class of 1834 with such men as J. W. Buell, S. M. Montgomery, Henry McDonald, David McNair, B. P. Magee, and Richmond McInnis. During his busy life he preached at Bethany, Brandon, Madison and other points in Mississippi, taught in Louisiana and after the death of his wife, in 1866, he moved to Meridian, Mississippi, and opened a Classical School For Boys, where his own sons were students.

In 1861, Reverend John Smylie, With Reverend Dr. B. M. Palmer, was delegated to attend the General Assembly at Augusta, Georgia, and their names appear upon the list voting to form a separate organization of the Southern Presbyterian church upon that momentous occasion. After the war he moved to Texas and became a powerful influence for good in that State, organizing many of the churches which are today flourishing in Texas cities. He and his wife, Isadora Jackson, had a large family and Reverend James A. Smylie had a privilege enjoyed by a few, that of receiving all of his children into church membership. His children were; Mary Archibald, J. W., Louis H., Louisa P., Alice, Robert J., James, Calvin and Nathaniel. Archibald died in Texas in 1882, leaving two daughters. Mary married - Means and still lives in San Antonio, Texas; Louis died in Fort Worth in 1930; Louisa P. married Frank Wilson and has children living in Oregon, New Mexico, and Texas. J. W. died in Texas and left children who live in Houston, Plainview, Salina and Silvertown. Robert J. was killed at Buffalo Gap in 1879; John Calvin died in Louisiana in 1898 and Reverend Nathaniel, the youngest, was for a long time a preacher and a teacher in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Arkansas; residing now at Dermott, Arkansas. His son, Theodore is the pastor of the new Central Presbyterian Church, St. Louis, Missouri.

Any sketch of Reverend James Smylie's life must necessarily be something of a sketch of early Presbyterianism in Mississippi, so closely are they connected. We shall strive, however, to gather his religious work under the subject, "Early Presbyterianism and the Smylies," which will follow this record of the Smylie family.

Born in Richmond County, North Carolina, in 1780, James Smylie came first to the Mississippi Territory in 1800 and from the time of that first visit he never considered living anywhere else. He died at his Myrtle Heath Plantation in Amite county, in 1853, honored by family, church and state. James Smylie was an Accurate Greek and Latin scholar, a lover of the classics, a profound theologian, endowed with social graces a man of such remarkable foresight as to be credited by many with prophetic vision. His youth was a busy one and he was thirty years old before he married. His first wife was the young widow of Thomas Smith of Jefferson County, who died a few years after their marriage. Mary (Polly) Cottonwood Smith married the gifted young preacher in 1810 and to them one child, Amelia Farrar (Montgomery) was born., When this child was five months old, the young mother, Polly, died. On the tomb above her in the James Smylie graveyard near Liberty, are figures showing that she was born in 1792, married to James Smylie in 1810, died in 1812, aged 18 years, 8 months and 5 days. In the brief span between her birth and death, the beloved Polly had been maiden, mother, widow and twice a wife. Her daughter, Amelia Farrar was educated at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, at The Young Ladies Seminary and in social circles in Philadelphia and in Princeton, where she often visited her father's friends, she was greatly admired because of her grace of manner and her warm southern beauty. In her young girlhood she enjoyed a brilliant social experience and when only seventeen came home to visit her relatives and promptly fell in love with Joseph Addison Montgomery, the handsome son of her father's dear friend, Reverend William Montgomery. They were married January 28, 1829, by Reverend John Patterson at her father's plantation, Myrtle-Heath. Eleven Children were born of this marriage, most of whom lived to adult age and whose baptismal records reads like a roster of the old Louisiana Presbytery, Reverends Palmer, Mallard. Chamberlain, Planck, Price, etc., having been the officiates. Amelia Montgomery's life was rather a tragic one,. She and her beloved husband had, by sacrificial care and love, reared their large family to early youth, and just before the War Between the States began, all financial problems seemed lifted when an uncle of Amelia's left her a handsome estate consisting of beautiful Belmont Plantation- 1500 acres, 200 (two hundred) slaves, money, stock, equipment and a "strong box" of treasures, a part of which consisted of $30,000 (thirty thousand dollars) in gold. The uncle left instructions also for her to pay a certain young man kinsman, upon her coming of age. Her lands were devastate, her houses burned, her Negroes freed, her treasures stolen, her horses and cattle driven away. It was a time of bitter suffering for Joseph and Amelia Montgomery, and with their large family they were, at the close of the War, facing ????. Their own children were old enough to be making homes for themselves; the young kinswoman had attained her majority and her guardian demanded settlement according to the terms of the Cotton will and everything was swept away except responsibility, taxes and returning free Negroes who had been disillusioned about their new made friends and freedom and were coming "back home" in great numbers, begging for food and shelter where there was none. Amelia Farrar Smylie Montgomery died at Belmont at sunset May 22, 1877, aged 65 years, 3 months and 9 days. Her husband, Joseph Addison Montgomery died at the same place, December 6, 1888, aged 79 years, 1 month and 7 days. Their children were; James Smylie, who married Olive Scott; Anna Jane Victoria, who married William E. Hall; Samuel Cotton, who married Jane Jeffries; Matthew Bolls (Fink), who married Elizabeth Gossitt of La grange, Tennessee; Alexander Thomas, who married (1) a Natchez girl; (2) Linda Watson, now living in Cuba; Walter Lowrie who died in 1926, Julia, Emma Abial Mills Bingham of New York. Alice Cornelia, Eliza Amelia and Mary Emmaline Elizabeth, died in their youth.


AUG 2006

FROM linda peacock []

To any who are interested, the Jefferson County MS Genweb site has put the entire diary of Sarah Sillers Darden, online. The diary runs from 1854-1877, minus the years 1862-1864. In conjunction with the diary there are some nice genealogical notes, though unfortunately not much as to Susan Sillers´s family – but some.

There is also a nice marriage index at the site.

Linda Peacock


Susan Sillers Darden Diary
The residence of John P. D and wife, called Coz. John and Coz. Margaret (F. Fleming) by the writer of the diary, was built by Susan Sillers Darden’s father, Walter  Sillers. Family graveyard near.
this may be JEFFERSON CO, MS, msh



Jan. 16: Mrs. Darden came up, I am still sick. Cate came up in the evening. I got worse, sent for Dr. Fox. My babe was born before he got here. It was born about 4 o’clock. Mrs. Darden & Cate stayed all night, Martha & Laura (Darden) went to Frank’s Tuesday morning, to Bell Clark’s & Robert Sillers’ wedding, The wedding is to be tonight.

Jan. 22: Joseph & Matilda Sillers, Anne Stuart came, stayed all night; went away Monday morning. Joseph & Matilda came to tell me goodbye. They are moving to Bolivar County Tuesday.

Apr. 4:  Martha came back from Natchez;  Anne Stuart & Julia came back with her. Robert Sillers and Belle came down Thursday; left Friday morning. George Darden came Friday Apr. 7, left his family at Mr. Montgomery’s.   Mr. Darden & George went to Jackson’s after dinner.

May 26:  We sent to Robert Sillers to get watermelon seed Saturday.

 June 11:  Mr. Darden, Laura & Irene gone to church at Ebenezer; dined at Mr. Montgomery’s.  The meeting has closed in Fayette.  Mrs. Harper & Belle Sillers joined.

June l 8:  We went to church in Fayette today. Dr Capers preached; large congregation. Robert Sillers joined the church today, They formed a bible Society.  Made Rev. Mr. Forsythe, Dr Caper’s, Mrs. Ann T. Harper, Miss Martha West & Minor Dixon life members.

July 27: Got a letter from Matilda Sillers; they were all well & corn doing well. Blount came down this eve. to go to Natchez after Julia.

Aug 3: I went to see Anne Stuart today with all my family. Mary Bondurant, Belle & Robert Sillers, Mr. Dixon and William Collier spent the day there.

Aug 21: Went to Campmeeting. We had good many to dine with us; George & Martha Darden, Robert & Belle Sillers & Ma came home with us tonight

Aug 23: Went to Campmeeting; had dinner on the ground. Sister  Maria carried dinner every day but Monday and we put it on the same table under a shed made by Mr. Montgomery & Mr. Darden. Anne Stuart carried dinner 3 days. Angela  Adams, Miss 0. Donohue & brother, Robert & Belle Sillers, Jim Wilcox, Milton Kinnison & Ma stayed all night.

Sept 7: Buckner, Martha & Olivia got home this morning at 11 oc. They have been gone a week today; they visited George Darden, Mr. Calhoun, Dr. Richardson, Uncle Chambliss, Coz. John Chambliss and stayed all night at Robert Sillers.  Cate Darden went by on her way to Campmeeting near her Aunts in Claiborne County; it is near Rocky Springs.

Oct 5: Martha, Olivia & myself with k Stuart, Belle Sillers, Anne a2dwin, Mrs. Harper, Mrs. Briscoe, Mrs. Mabelle Chamberlain (nee Maybelle Duncan, m. (1) Thomas Jefferson Chamberlain m. (2) Dr. Walter Wade) (1809-1855), Mrs. Lee & Miss Armstrong spent the day with Mary Miles. She will move to Bolivar County as soon a frost.

Nov. 3: Robert & Belle Sillers came down this morning.

Dec. 1: Anne Stuart, Matilda Sillers & her children, & Belle Sillers came today. Matilda came to Frank Montgomery’s  Tuesday night. Joseph & Robert came in the eve.

Dec. 8:   Joseph Sillers & Walter Devane were to leave Rodney for Bolivar County.  Walter is going to attend to William Sillers business next year; gets $700.00.


June 17: Joseph Sillers has lost one of his best women with cholera. Joseph so unfortunate with servants since he went to  Bolivar.  Blount will take Julia back to school in Natchez on Tuesday.


Jan 30: Ben got back from the party at 1 oc., went a far as Mr Boll’s with the girls. Pros Montgomery drove Olivia that far. Blount went on to Rodney to go to Jackson to get his money from Mr. Clark for the debt Sam Sillers owes him.  They have given Mr Smylie a call to preach in Fayette.

May 23:  Received a letter from Matilda Sillers; they were well. Had storm very bad, blew a great many trees down on Joseph’s place. Blow Sam Lee’s gallery down; tree fell on the house & broke a large hole in the roof.

Nov. 15: Joseph Sillers sold part of his place in Bolivar; got $30 an acre, $10,000 down; the balance in one & two years at 8% interest.



Jan. 27: Mr. Darden went to Mr. Montgomery’s with Annette. Sister Maria was in bed broken out with something like mad—itch.  Bob McGinty came to summons Mr. Darden as a Commissioner to sett apart the widow’s dower at Henry Middleton’s. Madison Darden came for Annette while we were at dinner.  Robert Sillers came at half after 1 oclock.  Robert met the hearse coming home with Mary Whitney’s corpse. She will be buried at 3 oclock.  Mr. Darden went to Fayette; he saw a good many come from the burial.  Martha got a letter from Aunt Mary Scott; she had been to Agnes Scott’s wedding.  She married Dick Donoho.  Matilda Sillers is in Natchez. Joseph went on to New Orleans.

Feb 19

Leonly Briscoe went to Adaline Gibson’s with Blount;  Claudy Gibson came with them to spend the summer.  Joseph Sillers bought a woman & 2 large children when he was in New Orleans.

Feb. 20: Oscar McGinty called to summon Mr. Darden as a commissioner to set apart the widow’s dower at Henry Middleton’s next Thursday.  Mr. Darden, Olivia & Brother Buckner got back from Natchez at 8 oc. Olivia had 4 teeth pulled & 4 plugged, She went to see her Aunt Matilda Sillers. She is with her sister, Mrs. Baldwin. She has all the children with her. They saw Williams Sillers of Port Gibson. He said him & Caroline were going to New Orleans the last of the month. If Olivia would go he would send down for her.