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The Religious Institutions/Religious Life collections include correspondence, diaries, church records, maps, photographs and architectural drawings related to individual churches and pastors, as well as materials that refer to the religious practices of individuals, including enslaved persons, from across Mississippi and elsewhere in the South.

Agnew (Samuel Andrew) collection
MSS. 100. 1847-1902. 14 reels microfilm.

Family papers (letters, receipts, statements of account, indentures, agreements with laborers, railroad schedules, etc.); diaries (43 typed copies), 1851-1902, containing the Reverend Agnew's views on local events, slavery, Civil War, Reconstruction, farming, travel, the church and other subjects. Primarily concerns Northeast Mississippi.

Bachman (G. W.) collection
MSS. 111. 1839-1914. 0.33 cubic feet.

Four volumes concerning Bachman's experiences as pastor and colporter of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Mississippi, 1839-1914.

Blocker (Mrs. Estes) - Miller (Mrs. Martin M.) collection
MSS. 144. 1878-1973. 1 cubic foot.

Ledgers, pamphlets, deeds, church records, play, other. Most items belonged to Martin M. Miller, who served in the Mississippi Legislature, or to J. T. Miller. Subjects include the legislature (1945-1947), the Balance Agriculture with Industry (BAWI) program, the Mars Hill Baptist Church, and church song groups.

Boyd (Ona Johnson) collection
MSS. 460. 1816 (1923-1987) and undated. 1.5 cubic feet.

Materials collected by Ona Johnson Boyd, Mississippi State University alumna and teacher, and supervisor for the WPA Historical Records Survey in Kemper County, Mississippi, during the 1930's Historical Survey project, including church minutes, interviews with local citizens, newspaper clippings, family histories, transcripts of letters, diaries, articles, and other materials documenting the history of Kemper County. The collection also contains some materials commenting on the WPA project operation, and some personal materials.

Calhoun County (Mississippi) church records
MSS. 120. 1880-1975. 1 reel microfilm.

New Liberty Missionary Baptist Church Records, 1904-1930, 1956-1975; Mt. Herman Primitive Baptist Church Records, 1880-1926, 1926-1955; Homewell Association of Primitive Baptists minutes, 1945; Little Black Association of Primitive Baptists minutes, 1926; M.F. Young family Bible records.

Camp Ground Methodist Church (Pontotoc, Mississippi) records
MSS. 165. 1850-1870. 0.04 cubic feet: 1 item.

Class book of the school affiliated with Camp Ground Methodist Church, Pontotoc, Mississippi.

Chestnut Springs Baptist Church (Calhoun County, Mississippi) minutes
MSS. 363. 1892-1898. 0.08 cubic feet.

Volume I of the church records. Photocopies.

Cole (Lucy Wellborn) collection
MSS. 396. 1983. 0.08 cubic feet.

Recollections of Mrs. Cole: "Childhood Memories of the Starkville Methodist Church in the Early Decades of the Century," "Food Preparation in Starkville in the Early 1900's," "My Recollection of Starkville Public School."

Concord Baptist Church of Christ (Chickasaw County, Mississippi) records

Records of church on one reel of microfilm (1837-1861), includes multiple lists of the names of members (1840-1843), some of which are notated as "servant of" with the name of the owner and others who are listed as "colored members". The minutes themselves document matters concerning these members. Note that these minutes have been transcribed and are available in the cataloged title Minutes of Concord Baptist Church, Choctaw County, Mississippi, 1837-1861 (Special Collections call number BX 6480 .C66 C66 1951).

Concord Baptist Church of Christ (Choctaw County, Mississippi) minutes
MSS. 563. 1837-1861. 1 reel microfilm.

Minutes of Concord Baptist Church of Christ in Choctaw County, Mississippi.

Coyt Community History
MSS. 603. 1984, 1997, 2002-2003. 0.02 cubic feet.

Historical compilations about the Coyt community, Wayne County, Mississippi, written and compiled by Ralph A. Boykin and others. Contains information about schools, families, churches and includes copies of maps and photographs. Gift of Ralph A. Boykin.

Dantzler (L. N.) Lumber Company records
MSS. 140. 1857-1971 (Bulk Dates: 1887-1966). circa 80 cubic feet.

Correspondence, minutes, maps, photographs, ledgers, and other documents concerning the L. N. Dantzler Company and its related companies, based in Southern Mississippi, 1857-1971. At various times the activities of the company encompassed sawmills, lumber sales, shipbuilding, shipping, oil and mineral leases, land sales, naval stores, tung nuts, and forest management. Geographically the collection focuses on the counties of George, Harrison, Jackson, and Stone, although other areas are also represented. Correspondence, minutes, maps, photographs, ledgers, and other documents concerning the L. N. Dantzler Company and its related companies, based in Southern Mississippi, 1857-1971. Includes documents related to Ten Mile Union Chapel Church, 1947.

Darden family papers
MSS. 3. 1835-1944. 0.66 cubic feet.

Personal correspondence and business and legal papers of John W., John J., Thomas L., and Putnam Darden and others; bills of sale for slaves and horses; cotton accounts; tax receipts (1849-1886); and other papers. Includes records of the Phoenix Cooperative Association, No. 516, Order of Patrons of Husbandry, including a partial list of members (1879); business statements (1877-1879), inventory (1879), minutes (1887), and receipts for expenses incurred at the Farmer's Alliance Convention, 1887-88; letters and accounts (1851-1855) relating to Franklin College, Tennessee; a statement of Josephine Darden's account at Franklin College, Holly Springs, Mississippi; and some records (1852-1860) of the Christian Church, Fayette, Mississippi, regarding the building of a chapel.

Devine (Judith Meece) collection
MSS. 386. 1847-1891. 0.17 cubic feet.

Consists primarily of the records of the Serapta Primitive Baptist Church in Webster County, Mississippi. Also includes a circular of the Little Black Old School Baptist Association in 1895, miscellaneous ledger pages, and Fleming's Vest-Pocket Veterinary Advisor, 1904. In part, photocopies.

Double Springs Baptist Church (Choctaw County, Mississippi) records
MSS. 356. 1860-1900. 0.66 cubic feet.

Minutes of church formed in Choctaw County (now Webster), Mississippi, 1860-1900. Some members resided in Calhoun and Chickasaw Counties. Photocopies and originals.

Double Springs Baptist Church (Oktibbeha County, Mississippi) records
MSS. 457. 1851-1887. 0.17 cubic feet.

Records of church located on the Maben-Sturgis Road in Oktibbeha County. Photocopies. Church records contain a list entitled "Colored members females", on which notations are made from 1858-1867. This list also includes lists of males; these are all notated as "dismissed 1867".

Enon Baptist Church (Winston County, Mississippi) history
MSS. 390. 1983. 0.08 cubic feet.

History of Enon Baptist Church, Winston County, Mississippi, 1983.

Episcopal Church of the Resurrection (Starkville, Mississippi) architectural drawings
MSS. 473. 0.08 cubic feet.

24 blueprint sheets of original church building and later additions.

First Presbyterian Church (Starkville, Miss.) records

Records of church on two reels of microfilm (1835-1957) includes "Roll of Colored Members" (1858-1893), including some notations of slave owners.

Gates (Frank P.) architectural records
MSS. 659. 1906-1975 and undated. circa 22 cubic feet.

Records of Mississippi architect Frank P. Gates (1895-1975), who was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and graduated from Chicago Technical College in 1916. Gates practiced in Clarksdale (1917-1927) and Jackson, Mississippi (1928-1975). He practiced under the firm name Frank P. Gates Co., Architect and Frank P. Gates Co., Architects & Engineers, except for the period when he was a partner with Raymond Birchett in the firm Gates & Birchett, Jackson, Mississippi (ca. 1947-1953). Gates was a founder of the Mississippi Chapter, AIA.The records comprise 3000 drawings for 377 projects in 60 towns and small communities in Mississippi. The bulk of the projects are for Clarksdale (54 projects) and Jackson (158 projects). There are a few in Louisiana towns and one residence in Earle, Arkansas. Included are 156 residential projects, including conventional residences, plantation homes and apartment buildings and a subdivision plan. Among the 76 school and campus projects are Alcorn State, Jackson State and University of Mississippi buildings. The 88 commercial projects include banks, hotels, warehouses, hospitals, stores and other commercial buildings. The 52 public projects include courthouses (Tunica, Yazoo), city halls and jails, club and parks buildings, a fire station, power house, hospital and health center and the Mississippi State Office Building. The 28 religious buildings include churches and chapels, educational buildings and a camp. Rare finds among the drawings are two projects by other architects. Duling School (1927) in the Fondren area of Jackson, Mississippi was designed by architect Claude H. Lindsley. The Alcazar Hotel (1915) Clarksdale, Mississippi, was designed by Charles O. Pfeil of Memphis and was voted one of Mississippi's Ten Most Endangered Buildings in 2009. Other records included in the collection are certificates, some letters, publications and clippings documenting the career of Frank P. Gates and the buildings designed by him. Artifacts include inks, stamps and architectural tools used by Gates.

History of Oktibbeha County, Mississippi. (microfilm)

Includes section called "The Negro," with population statistics, industrial workers, education, religion, and information on several specific individuals. Other sections include information on Negro churches and schools, "beliefs of slaves," "disorder among Negroes" during Reconstruction, and the Ku Klux Klan.

Holloman (Garland H.) papers
MSS. 468. 1952-1979 and undated. 0.66 cubic feet.

Papers of Methodist minister Garland H. Holloman include correspondence, publications, articles, newsletters and other materials documenting controversy in the United Methodist Church concerning civil rights, the National Council of Churches, Communism and other issues. Includes newsletters of the Mississippi Association of Methodist Ministers and Laymen (MAMMAL), 1959-1965, manuscript of Ray Branch article, and material on the Mississippi State Advisory Committee to the U. S. Commission on Civil Rights (1968-1975).

Honnoll (Avie Coleman) collection
MSS. 5. 1846-1960. 1.33 cubic feet.

Civil War correspondence of W. B. Honnoll, T. E. McMackin, John, James, and Dan Dale, and their families, relating to family matters in north Mississippi and camp activities, including campaigns in Georgia and Tennessee, together with primitive Baptist Church records including minutes of associational meetings in Mississippi, and other States, minutes of three Sacred Harp meetings in Mississippi and adjoining States; pamphlets and periodicals including religious tracts; and an incomplete file of Primitive Monitor and Church Advocate, Greenfield, Indiana.

Houston Presbyterian Church (Houston, Mississippi) records
MSS 680. 1849-1949. 1 reel microfilm.

Humphrey (John David, Sr.) collection
MSS. 463. 1960's. 1.5 cubic feet.

Collection of Methodist minister and North Mississippi Methodist Conference leader John David Humphrey, Sr. includes civil rights material involving the Methodist Church in the South and events in Mississippi, including the Ole Miss riot and Philadelphia murders. Collection bulks with church literature in pamphlet form on controversies such as Communism, segregation, the National Council of Churches and racism. Also includes newsletters and correspondence of Mississippi Association of Methodist Ministers and Laymen (MAMMAL), 1962-1964.

Jackson (Rosie L.) papers
MSS. 652. 1969-2008. 1 cubic foot.

Collection of Ms. Rosie Lee McKinney Bush Jackson (1917-2008), African-American resident of the Starkville area and an avid cook. The collection primarily contains funeral programs of people in the Starkville African American community, 1968-2008. Some of the funeral programs are from the funerals of African Americans over the age of 100 years. Collection also includes recipes Ms. Jackson used, wrote down, and cut out of the Starkville Daily News. Some of the newspaper articles contained information on African American cooks in the community along with their recipes. African American cooks were rarely in the Starkville Daily News during the 1970's and 1980's. Also in the collection are items from the Cooperative Extension Service at Mississippi State University. Rosie Jackson was a member of Griffin Chapel United Methodist Church and the collection includes some items concerning Griffin Chapel as well as other local African American churches in the Starkville area.materials, recipes, newspaper clippings of African-American cooks and local citizens, and other miscellaneous papers.

Johnson (John Lipscomb) papers
MSS. 6. 1869-1890. 0.33 cubic feet.

Chaplain of the 17th Virginia infantry; college president and professor of English at the University of Mississippi. Letters relating chiefly to Johnson's 1871 book, "The university memorial; biographical sketches of alumni of the University of Virginia who fell in the Confederate War"; and to the Baptist Church, his cattle, and the University of Mississippi.

Knox (James) diary
MSS. 274. 1848-1851. 0.04 cubic feet.

The diary of James Knox (1786-1864), which begins in March 1848 and ends in February 1851, records the weather and the daily operations of his plantation in Pickens County, Alabama, including sowing, plowing, harvesting, and selling. He refers to several slaves by name, most often Patrick and Alvin. Knox's regular attendance at church and presbytery meetings is recorded in the diary, along with information about the pastors and their sermon texts. Ministers James Somerville, J. L. Kirkpatrick, Thomas Morrow, and A. P. Silliman are often mentioned. The diary also includes notes about social visits and family travels to Mississippi, Tuscaloosa, and elsewhere. Prior to its transcription in 2012, the diary was attributed to William M. Stone of Meridian, Mississippi and was known as the William M. Stone diary.

Liberty Baptist Church (Lauderdale County, Mississippi) minutes
MSS. 222. 1845-1887. 0.02 cubic feet and 1 reel microfilm.

Love (Drennan) Collection
MSS. 543. 1763-2006. 57 cubic feet.

Collection of Lowndes County plantation owner Drennan C. Love and family includes a 900 page manuscript reminiscence of his son, William Alexander Love, written in 1925. Love was a planter, writer, historian and amateur archaeologist. The William Alexander Love reminiscence includes references to African-Americans' membership in Bethel Church (Lowndes County, Miss.), slavery and slaves, an African-American wedding, and customs and behavior in general. Other topics mentioned include the Freedman's Bureau and Uncle Remus. The reminiscence has been transcribed and indexed.

Lowrey (Thomas Jefferson) memoranda book
MSS. 498. 1840-1891. 0.08 cubic feet.

Journals of Thomas Jefferson Lowry, minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church, who served circuits primarily in North Mississippi. The journals provide information regarding baptisms, membership, missions support, subscriptions, book sales, sermons preached, and an occasional home remedy. Baptism and membership records indicate gender and race. Transcript of original from J.B. Cain Archives, Millsaps College.

Mayhew Union Church records
MSS. 589. 1870-1933. 0.2 cubic feet.

Records of the Mayhew Union Church, 1870-1933 and minutes of the Ladies Missionary Society, 1917-1927. The church was a part of the North Mississippi Methodist Conference, but had many members that were of multiple denominations. Many members listed in the register book are buried in the Mayhew Cemetery in Lowndes County, Mississippi.

Midway Baptist Church of Christ (Chickasaw County, Mississippi) minutes
MSS. 562. 1848-1958. 1 reel microfilm.

Montrose Presbyterian Church (Jasper County, Mississippi, Tombecbee Presbytery) Records.

Records of church on 1 reel of microfilm (1841-1957) contain a list of the African-American members colored members, including "deceased" dates of 1872 and undated.

Murray (Spencer) papers
MSS. 506. 1911-1993. 1.41 cubic feet.

Papers of historian and pastor Spencer Murray, include his research and writings concerning Presbyterian history in the Oktibbeha County area, and family letters. The Presbyterian history series includes histories and minutes of area churches, Presbyteries and Synods, church rolls, and a manuscript history of First Presbyterian Church, Starkville. Family letters include letters to Elizabeth Castles Murray in Memphis, Tennessee, from her mother, Carrie Gertrude Castles (1861-1946) of Sessums, Mississippi, as well as letters from her sisters, Ruth and Grace, and her father, John Palmer Castles (1855-1941). Elizabeth Murray was working in Memphis at the time most of the letters were written.

New Hope Primitive Baptist Church (Monroe County, Mississippi) Records.

Records of church on one reel of microfilm (1819-1955) includes separate lists of African-American male and female church members, undated.

Old Lebanon Presbyterian Church (Choctaw County, Mississippi) records
MSS. 387. 1842-1965. 0.33 cubic feet.

Session minutes, lists of members, and other records of the Old Lebanon Presbyterian Church in Choctaw County, Mississippi. Photocopies.

Owen (Sidney) collection
MSS. 121. 1945-1957 and undated. 1 reel microfilm.

The History of the Sallis Community by Sidney S. Owen (1950 term paper for Mississippi State University). News article about Sallis schools, from Kosciusko Star-Herald, June 20, 1957. Minutes of the 90th convention of the Mississippi Synod of the United Lutheran Church, Sallis, Mississippi, July 24-26, 1945. Long Creek Rifles - A Brief History ( Co. A., 15th Mississippi Rgt., Attala Co.), by F. M. Glass.

Pearson (Wilbur B.) architectural records
MSS. 513. 1948-1985 and undated. 12 cubic feet.

Papers of architectural engineer and retired MSU faculty member Wilbur B. Pearson bulk with drawings for completed architectural projects, primarily in Lowndes, Oktibbeha and Clay Counties, Mississippi. Included are drawings and project files for 219 projects, including schools, churches, banks, fire stations, private residences and other public and private buildings. Database of projects and inventory of project files available.

Pleasant Grove Methodist Church (Clay County, Mississippi) history
MSS. 247. Undated. 0.01 cubic feet.

History of the Pleasant Grove Methodist Church of Clay County.

Pleasant Ridge Baptist Church (Union County, Mississippi) Minutes.

Records of church on one reel of microfilm (1842-1945) includes list of church members, some of whom are designated as "colored", undated.

Portraits of the Rural Churches of Oktibbeha County, Mississippi: A Bicentennial Album by Richard A. Marshall
MSS. 397. 1976. 0.16 cubic feet.

Binder containing photographs (b/w) and maps of churches in Oktibbeha County, Mississippi.

Purnell (James) letters and papers
MSS. 255. 1883-1910. 0.16 cubic feet.

Contents: 2 letters, one containing information on Mississippi congressmen; and appointment by the governor. Several newspapers and church papers from Winona, Mississippi.

Randolph-Sherman papers
MSS. 257. 1813-1947. 0.02 cubic feet and 1 reel microfilm.

Papers of Edward Brett Randolph, officer and sutler in the War of 1812, participant in the Seminole campaign, planter of Lowndes County, Mississippi, and Receiver of Public Moneys for District Lands, Columbus, Mississippi. Correspondence (1813-1947) for Randolph, his wife, relatives, and friends; his account of his part in the War of 1812; his protests against the Methodist Episcopal Church schism; genealogical and family papers; papers of the family of his daughter, Virginia, who married George W. Sherman; accounts, statements, deeds, wills, bills and other business and legal papers; and copies of Randolph's will, autobiography, inventory of estates, and Mrs. Randolph's will. Correspondents include Harriet B. Beverly, Peter R. Beverly, Marcus C. Buck, Richard Keith Call, Edward P. Gaines, Eleanor Meade, John E. Meade, Reba W. Meade, James Patton, LeRoy Percy, R.C. Randolph, and John S. Williams. The letters were written from Virginia, from the southeastern States during the Indian War, and from Columbus, Mississippi.

Raymond (Henry Rodney) papers
MSS. 14. 1850-1949. 0.66 cubic feet and 1 reel microfilm.

Raymond was a lawyer, Presbyterian minister, teacher and president of Marion Female Institute, and Confederate chaplain. Family and professional correspondence (1850-1949) relating to Raymond's activities as minister, chiefly in Mississippi, and in Marion, Alabama, and Weatherford, Texas; diary, Marion, Alabama (1857); Starkville Women Club's programs including a minute book (1891); minutes (1879) of the Presbyterian Synod of Alabama; 3 scrapbooks relating to religious matters, church activities, and family affairs; genealogical and family records (1856-1910), information about various members of the family in Mississippi, Alabama, and other states; and a few Civil War papers. In part microfilm made in 1958 from originals owned by Jesse Owen, Starkville, Mississippi. Addition in process.

Rollins (Bertie Shaw) papers
MSS. 15. 1821-1957. 5 cubic feet.

Papers of the William M. Shaw family of Darracott, Monroe County, Mississippi, collected by Bertie Shaw Rollins, of Aberdeen, Mississippi, author, historian, and granddaughter of Shaw. Family correspondence (1848-1905) relating to life in Monroe County and to Confederate campaigns; Shaw genealogical papers; legal and business papers (1882-1900) including receipts, accounts, notes, deeds, drafts, and statements; articles and illustrations by Jack Knox of the Nashville Banner; clippings and papers concerning Monroe County, five scrapbooks of clippings on local and family history; articles and documents by Mrs. Rollins; copies of wills and marriage records, Monroe County (1823-1852); tract book of original entries, Columbus, Mississippi (1824-48); register (1865) of contracts by planters and freedmen; Monroe County church records (1819-1905); Monroe County court minutes (1821); and a list of Monroe County landowners (1821-60). Gift of Mrs. Rollins, 1956, 1958.

Sellers (T.G.) family scrapbook
MSS. 571. 1886-1976 and undated. 0.04 cubic feet.

Photocopies of a scrapbook of writings, photographs and obituaries concerning the family of Thomas George Sellers, minister of First Baptist Church (1857-1899) and founder of the Starkville Female Institute (later the Maxwell home). Includes writings by Sallie Graves Sellers, Thomas Freeman Sellers and Suzanne Sellers Jones, and concerns the Sellers extended family, and Starkville, Mississippi, history.

Shaeffer's Chapel Methodist Church (Lowndes County, Mississippi) records
MSS. 264. 0.04 cubic feet.

Church history; membership, marriage and birth records; board minutes, and clippings, concerning Shaeffer's Chapel Methodist Church, located in Lowndes County, eight miles southwest of Columbus, Mississippi.

Siloam Baptist Church (Oktibbeha and Clay County, Mississippi) Records.

Records of church on two reels of microfilm (1850-1958) contain various list of African-American members including: "Colored members", 1858-1859 with owners names (38 total); "Names of colored members" with some owners, undated; "Names of the blacks", 1864 and undated; "Deaths of members" includes names of several whites and blacks, undated; "Records of the colored portion of the church", 1866-1869, including "List of colored members", male and female, 1869. Siloam Baptist Church was in Oktibbeha County from 1833-1871, and after that Clay County (originally named Colfax).

Spring Hill Baptist Church (Choctaw County, Mississippi) records
MSS. 316. 1842-1887, 1912-1989. 0.33 cubic feet.

Stone (William M.) diary
MSS. 274. 1848-1851. 0.04 cubic feet.

Daily account of farming operations and farming operations and frequent church attendance. Stone was a Meridian planter, one-time justice of the peace, Presbyterian elder.

Stuart (William R.) papers
MSS. 276. 1800-1888. 1 reel microfilm.

Papers of William R. Stuart, Maryland State legislator. Family correspondence, chiefly of the 1850's from Maryland and Louisiana, relating, in part, to the Methodist Protestant Church and the yellow fever epidemic (1853) in New Orleans. Include religious writings by Stuart, clippings and a broadside.

Toxish Baptist Church (Pontotoc County, Mississippi) Minutes.

Records of church on one reel of microfilm (1873-1967) contains "A List of Colored Members of Toxish Church." This list contains one name, 1889. Note: this church probably had additional African-American members; volume I (1837-1872) was not microfilmed for unknown reasons).

Ward (Rufus) collection
MSS. 73. 1837-circa 1920s. 6 cubic feet, 4 reels microfilm and digital reproductions.

Personal and business correspondence, accounts, receipts, deeds, slave records, tax receipts, military orders, genealogical material and other papers of the James Sykes family of Columbus, Mississippi. Includes letters from cotton brokers in West Point, Mississippi, Mobile, Alabama, St. Louis, Missouri, and New Orleans, Louisiana; letters from Alleghany Springs and Blue Ridge Springs, Virginia, and White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia; letters from Wildie and Ida Sykes at Patapsco Female Institute, Ellicott City, Maryland, and from James W. Sykes, Jr. at Belleview High School, Bedford County, Virginia, and Poughkeepsie Business Institute, New York. Other material relates to Columbus, Mississippi, schools and Columbus Methodist Church. Persons represented include James Sykes (1810-1885), his wife Martha Lanier Sykes (1815-1881), her mother Elizabeth Lanier, his brother William Sykes of Winona, Mississippi, and his grandchildren, Ida (Sykes) Billups (1858-1891) and her husband Thomas Carleton Billups (1839-1898), Wildie (Sykes) Billups and her husband Joseph Saunders Billups, and James W. Sykes, Jr. Additions include correspondence, estate records, farm record ledgers, receipts, photographs, newspapers and other materials.

West Point, Mississippi, Methodist Episcopal Church, South, register
MSS. 297.1891-1899, 1968-1973. 0.08 cubic feet.

List of members received and list of pastors.

Wier (T. C.) family papers
MSS. 646. 1837-1973 and undated. 5.16 cubic feet

Correspondence, diaries and journals, photographs, sermons and other church materials, receipts, memorials, poems and other writings, programs and other memorabilia, school materials, genealogical materials, clothing, publications and other materials documenting the lives and contributions of the extended family of Methodist minister Dr. T.C. (Thomas Coke) Wier (1827-1920), who served as presiding elder and pastor in Alabama and Mississippi churches from 1859-1906 and also served as principal of Verona Female College and Grenada Institute. The papers were found in the attic of the Bonnell family home in Muskogee, Oklahoma, where Elizabeth (Bessie) Wier Bonnell (1869-1944) and her husband, Dr. Albert E. Bonnell (1865-1936), lived. T.C. Wier and his sister, Mary Elizabeth Wier (1822-1909), lived with the Bonnells until their deaths; many of the letters are to and from T.C. Wier and Mary Elizabeth Wier. Included are circa 400 letters between Wier family members, 1836-1936 and undated, from Alabama, South Carolina, Mississippi, Oklahoma Territory, the state of Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and other localities. Of these, 13 are letters from Civil War soldiers and civilians, including letters of surgeon J. Benson Wier and prisoner of war letters of Dabney S. Wier from Johnson's Island, Ohio. Many of the letters are to and from T.C. Wier's sons: Frank Lampkin Wier, a prominent citizen and Mayor of Starkville, Mississippi, and Robert Koger Wier, owner of Wier Jewelry and then Wier Drugstore. Diaries and journals in the collection date from 1824-1885 and include the Civil War diaries of T.C. Wier and his brother J. Benson Wier (1832-1863), who died at McMinnville, Tennessee. The "Record of the Wier family", a journal of William Wier (1792-1853), Methodist minister and father of T.C. Wier, contains a rare transcript of the family's 1850 census return, including names, ages and birth places of family slaves. Sermons and sermon notes, Bibles, church bulletins, diaries, writings, clippings and other materials document the Methodist Church in Alabama and Mississippi. The collection is enriched by circa 164 photographs, primarily portraits and snapshots of Wier family members taken in Starkville, Columbus, Selma, Mobile, Jackson (Tennessee), Oklahoma Territory and the state of Oklahoma, but also including images of Wier homes and church scenes in Starkville and Coldwater, Mississippi, and Muskogee, Oklahoma, a rare snapshot of Columbus homes and the Tombigbee River, and postcard scenes taken on Deer Creek near Lake Vista (Delta and Pine Land), Mississippi.

Yellow Leaf Baptist Church (Yocona, Lafayette County, Mississippi) Records
MSS. 312. 1853-1887. 0.12 cubic feet and 1 reel microfilm.

Records of church on one reel of microfilm contains "Names of Negroes and Colored Persons Both Female and Male" (1854-1856); "Names of Colored Members Both Male and Female" (1867-1868) and "Names of Colored Members Both Male and Female" (1870).