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I just posted your work to the website — thank you. Sorry if I upset you — just being cautious, I thought.
I’m attaching what I think is an interesting bit of Poythress history in the 1906 tornado that wreaked havoc on Meridian - -killing nearly 2 dozen. It sounds like a coincidence may have spared the possible loss of life.
I haven’t decided if this should be posted or not - - I have the citation and some photos of the leveled businesses near the rail lines on the south side.
The James David Poythress of the antique wedding invitation to a
Mississippi wedding (which invitation is now-posted at Poythress.org) was
born in Sumter County, AL and lived most of his life in Mississippi. He was
son of James Speed Poythress (who was a son of David E Poythress & Mary
Speed Dortch) and Martha "Mattie" Grice Raiford. This James David
Poythress lived from 1 Nov 1869 to 7 May 1949, dying at age 79; his burial
was at Magnolia Cemetery in Meridian, Lauderdale County, MS.
Another James David Poythress was born about 13 years earlier than the one
above. He was born in Virginia, son of Thomas M Poythress (a son of Lewis
Poythress and Rebecca B Taylor) and Lucy Jane Thomas. This James David
Poythress lived from 15 Sep 1856 to 1930; his burial is at the
Davis-Poythress Cemetery in Brunswick County, VA, and has a grave marker
placed thanks to the extensive work of Beatrice nee Poythress Baird.
For those of us that have been researching for decades, many will remember
Lea Dowd as being a contributor in the early years of Poythress research
who's own main research centered around the Bass of Southeastern VA. I
received this today in another group and thought I would share.
Condolences to her family
Leland (Lea) Anderson Lewis Dowd of Perry, Georgia passed away on Thursday,
July 20, 2017 in Columbus at Gentiva Hospice at the age of 65. Lea was
born in Columbus, Georgia to the late Jeanne Anderson Lewis and the late
Robert Magruder Lewis, Jr. She attended Columbus High School and Bauder
Fashion College in Miami, Florida. Her talents and accomplishments were
An avid lover of horses, she was active in the harness racing community for
over three decades. She was an excellent markswoman who enjoyed duck and
goose hunting. She was proficient in sign language and taught swimming to
the deaf. She played the twelve string guitar beautifully, passing a love
of music and song on to her daughters, Lisa and Lauren. She will be
remembered for her fabulous recipes and love of entertaining.
Also a published genealogist, some of her work is included in
three publications on Linwood Cemetery. Her love of research and horses led
to her interest in equine autoimmune diseases and the development of Immune
Technologies, Inc. where she served as President.
She is survived by two daughters: Lisa Dowd of Grinnell, Iowa and Lauren
Bachmann (Ron) of Colorado Springs, Colorado; two sisters: Laura Rutland
and Linda Jackson (Lee) of Columbus, Georgia; sister-in-law Lawrie Lewis of
Warm Springs, Georgia; five grandchildren: Kaitlyn (Sean) Young of
Charleston, South Carolina, Eric Trate and Kevin Trate of Yellowstone
National Park, Wyoming, Sarah Dowd of Perry, Georgia, and Aidan Disburg of
Colorado Springs, Colorado; several nieces and nephews including niece
Robbin McKissic (James) of Smiths Station, Alabama and special family
friend Molly Jackson of Upatoi, Georgia.
Other than her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, Robert Magruder
Lewis, III, and uncle, James Edward Anderson.
In keeping with her wishes, there will be no funeral services. Memorials
may be made to Historic Linwood Foundation, Springer Theatre, and Paws
The portrait drawing of the profile-view of head and chest of Lieutenant
William Poythress in American Revolution uniform is something that Maynard
already had a photocopy of, before he and I first snail-mailed letters to
one another in February 1992 -- introduced by a lady then-working for the,
now-defunct, then-Flowerdew Hundred Foundation in Virginia.
I've pored over a number of lengthy letters from Maynard [John M.
Poythress, referred to below as "JMP"] to pull out any bits about the
portrait, and to put them together here.
It was MUCH later, quite some time after these mentions, when Maynard
succeeded in getting the professionally-made Copy of the portrait, which we
can see was done by a Louisville, KY photographer who signed it "Hess."
Below, anything that I've added for clarity is in square brackets [like
these]; anything in parentheses was typed that way by JMP.
21 Feb 1992 JMP's letter sent a poor-quality photocopy of a photocopy, etc,
of the Lt. William Poythress portrait. Though his letter failed to mention
the portrait, on the left edge of the portrait's photocopy, it is clear
that he photocopied it from a page in a "comb-bound" book. He did not
mention or identify the book. On a Post-it affixed to the
portrait-photocopy's upper right corner, JMP handprinted: "I just found the
guy in Louisville who owns the original. I'm trying to get it & have color
copies made to frame just for fun. If successful, I'll send you a copy - MP"
4 Apr 1992 JMP's letter included a copy of a 1-page handwritten 11 Mar
1980 letter to JMP's brother David from Pastor Charles Atnip [a Wynn /
Winn descendant; Atnip died in 2008 at age 82]. This is the pertinent
paragraph from the Pastor's 11 Mar-80 letter: "Peter and Henry Wynne
(grandsons of Mary Poythress Wynne) and their two Poythress cousins, George
and William, migrated to old St. Georges Parish (now Burke County, GA) in
1756. George Poythress married into a wealthy family in GA. I have some
military records on William."
[Note re "some military records on William" from Bpn, when compiling
this info in Aug 2017: we should retrieve the later Poythress-List
archived emails in which we obtained info from Florida's State Archives
about FL Territory Indian War participation by various Poythress-surnamed
men; perhaps one of those was William and could account for this mention of
"some military records on William."]
11 Apr 1992 JMP's letter enclosed an info-copy of a letter he wrote that
day to Pastor Charles Atnip [Wynn / Winn descendant, who had written JMP's
brother David in 1980; Atnip died in 2008 at age 82]. JMP's letter to Atnip
noted that among enclosures he was sending him was "copy of a portrait of
Lt. William Poythress is enclosed. The Few family here in Louisville has
the original. If I can persuade Mrs. Few to accept my first born as
surety, I plan to take the original to a commercial art operation and have
color copies made that are suitable for framing for no reason other than I
think it would be fun for all of my growing correspondent crowd to have a
copy. I will certainly send you one if you are interested. I wonder if he
is the 'William' mentioned in your 1980 letter to my brother."
10 May 1992 in JMP letter to Bpw with copy to Bpn & Earl: "Oh, I'll tell
you and by copy tell Bpn and Earl because it completely slipped my feeble
mind earlier. I went by earlier in the week and met Sarah Few who owns the
portrait of Lt. William Poythress. [Bpn note: yesterday I found online that
Sarah Few died in 2015 in Louisville, KY.] Sarah owns a 'by appointment
only' antique shop and is also on the Board of Directors at the [Speed] art
museum where my wife Jean 'works' [as a volunteer Docent]. Sarah obviously
ain't in the antique business for the money. She owns the portrait and her
cousin (also with Poythress roots) here in Louisville owns William's
sword. I think I must have done a halfway decent job of schmoozing because
[Sarah said] 'just as soon as Joe Durham (the cousin) gets back from his
winter Florida home we just have got to get together for dinner, etc,
etc.' You two gals are both from the South so you know that could mean
everything or nothing. Anyway, I'll persevere."
In that same 10 May 1992 letter, JMP also mentioned a supposed Poythress
signature on Bill of Rights: "One really neat thing from Sarah: she says a
Poythress signed the Bill of Rights. I said great as long as .... I just
opened my mouth on that one out of reflex and from the look on her face I
might have lost a couple of those schmooze points if there were any there
in the first place. [paragraph break] Remembering that Philip Morris
[Company] had the original copy of the thing [Bill of Rights] on tour last
year I immediately phoned a friend of mine here in Louisville who works for
Philip Morris and can make things happen. I asked if it was like the
Declaration of Independence with all the guys signing at the bottom and if
so I'll take four copies (he owes me). He cynically said hell, he didn't
know about the signing because he wasn't there but that he would lay his
hands on four of the copies PM was mailing to all the school kids if that
was what I wanted. I'll keep you all posted. [Bpn has no recollection of
this subject arising again]
19 May 1992 handprinted letter on lined paper. JMP: "This in mail today
from Sarah Few [a copy of her Colonial Dames application she had recently
signed]. She actually paid for it. Values (Possible): 1. A lot of sources
& page numbers cited. 2. Looks to me like it says guy who married Lt.
William's daughter Elizabeth took her off to Jessamine Co, KY. That is
just south of Lexington ..." [Her application includes these dates for Lt.
William Poythress: born 1737 in Virginia; married Elizabeth ___ 1758; died
11 Jun 1992 in a lengthy letter, JMP acknowledged getting from Bpn a copy
of an article re Preacher Francis Poythress in KY; found it very
interesting; said he would mail a copy to Sarah Few.
A search of our archives will reveal several threads making reference to Francis Poythress in Kentucky in the late 1700s. The full text of an important book about the history of the Methodist Church in Kentucky makes it possible to share a full accounting of all references to this Francis Poythress. I’ve excerpted 7 pages focused on his traits, achievements and health. I’ve also created a link to nearly three dozen mentions in A History of Methodism in Kentucky, by Rev. W.E. Arnold.
The passage opens with: A Virginian by birth; of a wealthy family; the heir to a considerable estate; rather wild and reckless In youth ; brought under deep conviction by the reproof of an intelligent and pious lady of his community, he determined to mend his ways, and began earnestly to…
I think you will find this to be a vivid and fascinating account.
Our new website (www.poythress.org <http://www.poythress.org/>) is ready to begin adding new studies, images, transcriptions, group studies, etc. If you haven’t looked recently, I think you’ll find a rich trove of existing resources. Even so, much remains to be done.
The site was established as a cooperative effort, so please don’t hesitate to consider submitting your work.
I invite you to use the email address below for communications related to the submission of new items for the website. Documents can be text, MS Word, PDF or virtually any image file format.
By the way, we now have the ability to post oral history (audio) files.
The Poythress website has been moved to a new hosting service and an entirely new (and more secure) platform.
The new website url is www.poythress.org <http://www.poythress.org/>
I am in in the process of re-registering the old poythress.net <http://poythress.net/> domain so it will eventually point to the .org domain. This will help folks with old links to get to the new site.
I would appreciate feedback on needed corrections, updates, navigation, etc. And, I think we’re in good shape for adding new resources.
I’m still cleaning up the content and have a few more files still to migrate.
Thank you Barbara. I am interested & just signed up to view this webinar.
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> below-described webinar about "Freenman's Bureau Records" by professional
> genealogist Diane L Richard:
> Please know it will be offered for free, for public viewing at the
> website of the North Carolina Genealogy Society
> (NCGenealogy [dot] org) on 3 days:
> Friday Aug 4th thru Sunday Aug 6th.
> See more details below.
> ?Freedman?s Bureau Records?
> An encore presentation!
> A free viewing period of the recorded webinar will be 4-6 August 2017.
> About the Webinar:
> Are you seeking records for your southern ancestors in the immediate
> post-Civil War time period (1865-1868)? Learn about this little known and
> used Federal record collection that is full of invaluable records for many
> ancestors, regardless of skin color or circumstances, who lived in North
> Carolina (or elsewhere from Delaware to Texas). After the war many people
> needed assistance, from maimed soldiers, to widows with children, to the
> aged and feeble, to ex-slaves and their former owners. Examples of records
> relating to rations, contracts and indentures, courts, abandoned land,
> schools, hospitals, and more are presented.
> Webinar Viewing Options
> - The free public three-day viewing of the recorded webinar will be 4?6
> August 2017.
> - After the free replay weekend, the webinar and accompanying handout PDF
> will be accessible on the website to NCGS members, as a member benefit.
> - Full audio/video webinars on CD (playable on a computer) may be
> purchased by anyone from the NCGS Store. Webinar CDs also include the
> handout PDF.
> About the Speaker: Diane L Richard is a professional genealogist and owner
> of Mosaic Research and Project Management. She has been doing genealogy
> research since 1987 and since 2004 has focused more on the records of North
> Carolina, including African American (and slave) research and into those
> who migrated into, through, or out of North Carolina. Diane is a member of
> the national and local chapters of the Association of Professional
> Genealogists and the Genealogical Speakers Guild. She is the editor of
> Upfront with NGS, the blog of the National Genealogical Society, and Wake
> Treasures, the journal of the Wake County Genealogical Society. She is a
> regular author for Internet Genealogy and Family Chronicle.
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I discovered that the Poythress.net <http://poythress.net/> surname history website’s navigation code has been hacked so that users are being redirected to various commercial websites. I found and removed the offending code on the homepage but then found it on enough of the subpages/sections to have no real option except to pull the site down for a rebuild.
There was/is no risk to the site’s visitors since it does not collect any identifying information from visitors. But the hack does direct to unknown websites elsewhere.
I have acquired the Poythress.org <http://poythress.org/> url along with the existing Poythress.net <http://poythress.net/> url and have set up an account with a different ISP with stronger security. I’ve started the process of rebuilding using a different platform. This will take some time since I will start from scratch.
I’ll likely roll out the new site in phases — I’ll keep this list posted.
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