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Biloxi Daily Herald

October 31, 1934

MAYORS OF BILOXI — The earliest records available begin with the ‘50’s. L. E. Pradat was “president of the town” and “selectmen” served with him in 1857. The next record now at City Hall states that James Fewell was mayor in 1861 and James Blythe served as mayor protem  during that year, and the selectmen had become “aldermen.” Other mayors of which there are records are:

1866 – John L. Henley

1868 – Lyman B. Holley

            (There is a loss of records for a few years)

1875 – H. J. Meaut

1877 – Lyman B. Holley

1878-1880 – R. Caillavet

1881-1882 – F. W. Elmer

1883-(part) – J. R. Harkness

1883-1884 – Emile Laudner

1885-1886 – J. A. Bousquet

1887-1888 – Emile Laudner

1888 – John Walker

1889-1890 – Harry T. Howard

1891 – F. W. Elmer

1893-1894 – John A. Bousquet

1895-1913 – Edward Glennan

1914-1933 – John J. Kennedy

1933-1934 – R. Hart Chinn

 


 

Mayor J. R. Harkness was my Great Great Grandfather:

Capt. John Rankin HARKNESS (1830 – 1903)
2nd great-grandfather
Edna Irene HARKNESS (1880 – 1952)
daughter of Capt. John Rankin HARKNESS
John Harkness MORRIS (1901 – 1965)
son of Edna Irene HARKNESS
Janie Lucille MORRIS (1935 – 2013)
daughter of John Harkness MORRIS
Me

Thomas Rawlings Rice 18__-1913

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 Thomas Rawlings Rice

18__-1913

My great great grandfather


Mary Jane Rice (1867 – 1947)
daughter of Thomas Rawlings Rice
 
Rosa Ann Elizabeth “Rosie” Smith (1895 – 1984)
daughter of Mary Jane Rice
 
Janie Lucille Morris (1935 – 2013)
daughter of Rosa Ann Elizabeth “Rosie” Smith
 Me
The daughter of Janie Lucille Morris
 

 

My research of Thomas Rawlings Rice is a work in progress…


A US Census for Thomas Rice’s daughter, Mary Jane Rice, states he was born in Georgia, but, there are different birth years on various documentation.


 

Thomas Rawlings Rice’s father is believed to be John Rice born in North Carolina, and I have not confirmed the name of his mother, but according to a 1900 US Census, it shows her place of birth as North Carolina.


Thomas married Francis Fidelia “Dilla” Barber on December 18, 1859, in Mississippi. They had nine children over 21 years. 

Harvey F. Rice 1861–
Thomas L. Rice 1864–1927
Mary Jane Rice 1867–1947 (my great great grandmother)
Ruhamer Elizabeth Rice 1870–1940
William H. Rice 1873–
Enoch Monroe Rice 1873–1941
Eugene V. Rice 1877–
Mattie Belle Rice 1880–
James Algie Rice 1882


1859 Record for Thomas Rice – U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907 
1859 U.S. General Land Office Record for Thomas Rice
1859 U.S. General Land Office Record for Thomas Rice, Neshoba County, Mississippi
Name Thomas Rice
Issue Date 1 Oct 1859
Acres 80.2
Meridian Choctaw
State Mississippi
County Neshoba
Township 10-N
Range 12-E
Section 31
Accession Number MS1610__.224
Metes and Bounds No
Land Office Columbus
Canceled No
US Reservations No
Mineral Reservations No
Authority April 24, 1820: Sale-Cash Entry (3 Stat. 566)
Document Number 39482

The 1860 U.S. Census shows Tom’s date of birth as abt 1836 and yet another spelling of Francis Fidella’s name.

1860 US Census for Tom Rice in Neshoba Mississippi
1860 US Census for Tom Rice in Neshoba Springs Post Office, Neshoba County, Mississippi
Name Tho Rice
Age 24
Birth Year abt 1836
Gender Male
Birth Place Georgia
Home in 1860 Township 10 Range 12, Neshoba, Mississippi
Post Office Neshoba Springs
Family Number 159
Household Members
Name Age
Tho Rice 24
Fidilla F Rice 17

 Tom Rice went to fight in the War Between the States.

Record for Thomas Rice – U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865 National Park Service

Name Thomas Rice

Side Confederate

State/Origin Mississippi

Regiment 40th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry

Company E

Rank In Private

Rank Out Private

Film Number M232 roll 34

40th Regiment, Mississippi Infantry

This infantry fought on 19 Sep 1863 at Chickamauga, GA.

This infantry also fought on 20 Jul 1864 at Peach Tree Creek, GA.


The 1870 U.S. Census shows the family in Neshoba County, Mississippi. My great grandmother, Mary Jane, was only 3 years old then. The “K” for Tom’s middle initial is a transcription error.

1870 Tom Rice US Census Beat 3 Neshoba Mississippi USA
1870 Tom Rice US Census Beat 3 Neshoba Mississippi USA
Name Thomas K Rice
Age in 1870 45
Birth Year abt 1825
Birthplace Georgia (country)
Home in 1870 Beat 3, Neshoba, Mississippi
Race White
Gender Male
Household Members
Name Age
Thomas K Rice 45
Fidella F Rice 28
Harvey F Rice 9
Thomas L Rice 5
Mary Jane Rice 3
Ruhamer Rice 1

Tom’s date of birth is 1825 on this census.


The 1880 U.S. Census shows the family in Herbert, Mississippi. You can see a listing for my great grandmother, Mary Jane here:

1880 Tom Rice US Census Herbert Neshoba Mississippi USA
1880 Tom Rice US Census – Herbert Neshoba County Mississippi USA

Date of Birth for Tom Rice was 1844. 

Name Thomas Rice
Age 36
Birth Year abt 1844
Birthplace Georgia
Home in 1880 Herbert, Neshoba, Mississippi
Race White
Gender Male
Marital Status Married
Spouse’s Name Francis F. Rice
Occupation Farmer
Household Members
Name Age
Thomas Rice 36
Francis F. Rice 36
Harrey Rice 20
Thomas D. Rice 15
Mary Jane Rice 13
Elizabeth Rice 10
William Rice 7
Enoch M. Rice 5
Eugene V. Rice 3
Mattie B. Rice 3m

The 1900 U.S. Census shows the family in Mogulusha, Mississippi:

1900 Tom Rice US Census Mogalusha Neshoba Mississippi USA
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Question I have – Year of birth would have been 1824 for Tom if the age on this census is correct. It lists him as 76 years old. About 20 years older than his wife. Error? Previous census listed 1844 as his date of birth.

Name Thomas Rice
Age 76
Birth Date 1824
Birthplace Georgia
Home in 1900 Mogulusha, Neshoba, Mississippi
Race White
Gender Male
Relation to Head of House Head
Marital Status Married
Spouse’s Name Francis Rice
Marriage Year 1859
Years Married 41
Father’s Birthplace North Carolina
Mother’s Birthplace North Carolina
Household Members
Name Age
Thomas Rice 76
Francis Rice 55
Algie Rice 18

Thomas Rawlings Rice died on July 6, 1913 in Neshoba County, Mississippi, at the age of 69 and was buried there. 


Information from Arkansas, Confederate Pension Records, 1891-1935 for Tom Rice:
Name: Tom Rice
Spouse Name: Dilla Rice
Residence Location: Ashley, Arkansas
State Served From: Mississippi
Division: Infantry
Company: E
Regiment: Ashley
Death Date: 6 Jul 1913
Comments: widow applied 1915 / see Misc. roll 1
2 March 1915
Ashley County, Arkansas
Confederate Widow’s Application of “Dilla Rice” (Fidelia Francis Barber Rice also known as Dilla, Fiola – she was the youngest daughter of Gray and Charlotte Steadman Rice) where she applied for a pension based on the service of her husband, Tom Rice, in Co E 40th Mississippi Infantry. The application was rejected by the State of Arkansas on 21 July 1915 but the documents do prove that Fidellia was alive on these dates, that she was living in Ashley County, Arkansas and that she was the widow of Tom Rice who served in the Confederate Army from Mississippi. 

Capt. John Rankin Harkness 1830-1903

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Capt. John Rankin Harkness 1830–1903 / Biloxi Pioneer / Architect and builder of many homes, the school and businesses in Biloxi. Harkness was street commissioner on the Biloxi City Council and was a member of the school board as evidenced in The Biloxi Herald newspaper at the time.

 

 


Capt. John Rankin Harkness

 

1830–1903

Birth 26 Mar 1830 Pelham, Hampshire, Massachusetts, USA

Death 11 Jun 1903 Biloxi, Harrison, Mississippi, USA

my great-great grandfather

 


Edna Irene HARKNESS (1880 – 1952)
daughter of Capt. John Rankin HARKNESS
 
John Harkness MORRIS (1901 – 1965)
son of Edna Irene HARKNESS
 
Janie Lucille MORRIS (1935 – 2013)
daughter of John Harkness MORRIS
 
Me
the daughter of Janie Lucille MORRIS

J.R. Harkness is a descendant of two proved Mayflower passengers:
Francis Cooke and John Turner

 

When Capt. John Rankin Harkness was born on March 26, 1830, in Pelham, Massachusetts, his father, William, was 37 and his mother, Abigail, was 36. He married Irene Jordan on November 19, 1868, in Harrison County, Mississippi. They had seven children in 14 years. He died on June 11, 1903, in Biloxi, Mississippi, at the age of 73, and was buried there.

 

Capt. John Rankin Harkness Family Chart
Capt. John Rankin Harkness of Biloxi, Harrison County, Mississippi. Biloxi Pioneer.

J.R. Harkness resided in Biloxi.

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25 Feb 1888 The Biloxi Daily Herald – J.R. Harkness, Biloxi, MS

 

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23 Jun 1888 The Biloxi Daily Herald / Mississippi / J.R. Harkness

In 1888 the state of Mississippi began providing pensions to former Confederate soldiers and sailors, as well as their widows and wartime servants residing in the state.

1888 JR Harkness designed this building. Howard Memorial School-Biloxi, Harrison County, Mississippi

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J.R. Harkness – Architect – Biloxi, Mississippi 1888
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John Rankin Harkness – 23 Jun 1888 Biloxi, Harrison, Mississippi, USA – Newspaper Article from the Biloxi Daily Herald-Contractor & Builder

 

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John Rankin Harkness-President of Mechanics Steam Fire Engine Company No. 2 – 19 Sep 1891 Biloxi, Harrison, Mississippi, USA Newspaper Article from the Biloxi Daily Herald, Also show W.T. Harkness as 2nd Assistant.
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Confederate Veterans-J.R. Harkness is listed as part of committee of arrangements for a barbecue for ex-Confederates, their families and friends. 8 Oct 1892

Biloxi Herald – November 19, 1892 states J.R. Harkness ran for Alderman.

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1893 John R. Harkness & Sons Planing and Milling Co. of Biloxi, Mississippi Daily Herald Newspaper, Biloxi, MS

 

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Capt. J. R. Harkness Contracted to Repair Damages-The Daily Herald, Biloxi, MS 24 Feb 1894
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The Harkness Boys Have Always Been Sailors 7 Aug 1897 Biloxi, Harrison, Mississippi, USA Daily Herald Newspaper, Biloxi, MS Note: Their boat was named the May H. (May Harkness?)
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William Harkness Family in History of Pelham History of Pelham, Page 421. Mention of John Harkness in Pelham as William Harkness’ son.

J.R. Harkness was a member of the Freemasons

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Downtown Biloxi 1902-Photo from The Daily Herald Twentieth Century Coast Edition-Historical and Biographical 1902 Biloxi, Harrison, Mississippi, USA The building on the right side of this photo, on the corner, is one built by J.R. Harkness and his son.
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J. R. Harkness – Biloxi Street Commissioner 1902 Biloxi, Harrison, Mississippi, USA Twentieth century coast edition of the Biloxi Daily Herald … historical and biographical: “one of the oldest and most respected citizens”

 

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List of Biloxi Pioneers – “HARKNESS” is on the list.
John R. Harkness born-Massachusetts Town and Vital Records 1620-1988
John R. Harkness born-Massachusetts Town and Vital Records 1620-1988 / Biloxi Pioneer
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John R. Harkness born-Massachusetts Town and Vital Records 1620-1988 Zoom
U.S. City Directories 1822-1995 Biloxi Mississippi Listing for J.R. Harkness' Widow Irene
U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 Biloxi, Mississippi listing for John R Harkness’ widow, Irene.

The Carson edifice at Belle Fontaine, was designed and built by John R. Harkness & Sons of Biloxi.  John .Rankin Harkness (1827-1903), a native of Amherst, Massachusetts, had commenced his contracting business at Biloxi in 1868.  The two-story residence cost $5000 and was shingled from the ground to the cone.  Mr. Harkness and his family and friends occasionally sailed to the construction site, often referred to as “New Chicago”, for a days outing.  J.R. Harkness & Sons completed the Carson home in October 1892.(Dyer, 1895, “Biloxi”, The Biloxi Herald, April 9, 1892, p. 4, July 30, 1892, p. 4, and September 28, 1892, p. 4)

http://www.oceanspringsarchives.com/osfamilies.htm taken from several issues of the Biloxi Daily Herald 1892


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John R. Harkness / Irene Jordan Biloxi, Harrison, Mississippi, USA Old Biloxi City Cemetery
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John Rankin Harkness Death Notice 12 Jun 1903 Biloxi, Harrison, Mississippi, USA Newspaper Notice from the Daily Herald

 

Memorial on Find-A-Grave for John Rankin Harkness:

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=29276167&ref=acom