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Martha M (Park) Wright 1826-1909

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Martha M Park Wright 1826-1909
Martha M Park Wright 1826-1909, Moss Point, Mississippi

 

When Martha M. (Park) was born on June 17, 1826, in Athens, Georgia, her father was Baptist Park and her mother was Frances. She married James P. Wright in 1845 in Jackson, Butts, Georgia when she was 19 years old. They had one child, Frances M. “Fanny” during their marriage.

In 1840, when Martha was 14 years old, her mother, Frances “Fanny” (Chandler) Park, died. 

In 1845, Martha married James P. Wright. She was 19 years old. January 8, 1845 brought Martha a daughter in Georgia whom she named Frances “Fanny”.

According to an 1850 Census: Martha lived in Jackson,  Butts County, Georgia – Subdivision 45. The census lists Baptist Park 50 as a farmer, Martha M. Wright 22, Frances V. Parks 20, Nancy C. Parks 18, Frances M. Wright 5.

Baptist Parks 1850 US Census Clip
1850 US Census clip showing Baptist Parks, Martha M. (Parks) Wright, Frances V. Parks, Nancy C. Parks and Frances M. Wright

Martha’s father, Baptist Parks, died in 1853. 

1860 US Census shows Martha M. Wright and her daughter, Fanny residing in Athens, Clarke County, Georgia.

1860 Martha M. Park Residence.jpg

In 1870, a census shows Martha living in Moss Point, Mississippi with her daughter and son-in-law.

1870 US Census John Wesley Morris Family
1870 US Census John Wesley Morris Family. Martha (Parks) Wright is listed living with her daughter and son-in-law in Moss Point, Mississippi.

Martha’s daughter, “Fanny”, died July 9th in 1883 at the age of 43. 

In April of 1896, John Wesley Morris, Martha’s son-in-law (Fanny’s husband), passes away leaving the children with Martha to raise. John Wesley Morris had been a saw mill proprietor who friends of the Dantzler family. 

A 1900 census in Moss Point, Jackson County, Mississippi, lists “Mary Wright”, but if you look at the original document you can see it probably was “Martha” and was scribbled over. It lists four Morris grandchildren living with her-Lillie, John, Thomas and Harvey.

Gravestone for Martha M. (Parks) Wright
Gravestone for Martha M. (Parks) Wright in Griffin Cemetery, Moss Point, Mississippi – Morris family plot.

She died on November 4, 1909, in Moss Point, Mississippi, having lived a long life of 83 years, and was buried there in the Morris family plot located in the Griffin Cemetery. I had a friend who takes photos for a grave location website take this photo for me.


 

Martha M PARK (1826 – 1909)
was my 3rd great-grandmother

Frances M. “Fanny” WRIGHT (1845 – 1888)
daughter of Martha M PARK

David Edmund “D.E.” MORRIS (1866 – 1934)
son of Frances M. “Fanny” WRIGHT

John Harkness MORRIS (1901 – 1965)
son of David Edmund “D.E.” MORRIS

Jane Lucille “Janie” MORRIS (1935 – 2013)
daughter of John Harkness MORRISG

Me
The daughter of Jane Lucille “Janie” MORRIS

 

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My Grandmother’s Mississippi Driver’s Manual

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My grandmother’s Mississippi Drivers Handbook
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My grandmother’s Mississippi Drivers Handbook
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My grandmother’s Mississippi Drivers Handbook
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My grandmother’s Mississippi Drivers Handbook

I have no idea what year this handbook was distributed. My grandmother, Rosie (Smith) Morris, told me she was given this to study if she wanted to get her driver’s license. Her husband was owned and operated a car dealership and he gave her a car. After she took the car on a test drive, and she ran off the road, she refused to drive it from then on. She never got her license, by the way. She preferred to ride the bus or take a cab. — T.Rose

The Grand Encampment and Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows of Mississippi Fifty-Seventh Annual Session, at Scranton, Mississippi, May 6, 1895

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1895-05-10 The Pascagoula Democrat Star

The Odd Fellows


Fifty-Seventh Annual Session,
AT SCRANTON, MISS., MAY 6, 1895


The Grand Encampment and Grand Lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows of Mississippi, held their annual session in Scranton this week. The attendance upon each has been larger than for many years, and although the past year has been one of much financial depression, the reports of the Grand Officers, and statements of Individual members of the Grand Bodies, all indicate a healthy growth, several new lodges having been organized and some dormant ones revived.
The Grand Encampment met in its forty-third annual session on Monday morning at 10 o’clock, in the Odd Fellows Hall. The following Grand Officers being in their respective stations:


T. C. Billups, Columbus, Grand Patriarch.
Samuel French, Vicksburg, Grand High Priest.
F. W. Olin, Jackson Grand Senior Warden.
Jacob Fach, Summit, Grand Junior Warden.
Isaac D. Blumenthal, Holly Springs, Grand Scribe.
J. L. Power, Jackson, Acting Grand Treasurer.
W. B. Bradberry, Holly Springs, Grand Marshal.
H. C. Orman, Grenada, Grand Sentinel.


The Grand Patriarch, Grand Scribe, Grand Treasurer and Grand Representative made their reports.
The death of John H. McKenzie, Grand Treasurer, on April 25th, was announced, and a committee appointed to prepare a suitable tribute to that prominent and useful member of the order.


There were twelve Encampments represented, as follows:
Vicksburg, No. 2.—W. E. Blything, C. C. Kent.
Choctaw, No. 3.—A. Fichelman.
Tombigbee, No. 6.—J. L. Walker
Monroe, No. 9.—Phil. Chrisman.
Morning Star, No. 14.—S. R. Stewart.
Pontotoc, No. 17.—John Rowzee.
Theobold, No. 20.—J. W. Cunningham, J. D. Cleary.
Mt. Sinai, No. 21.—Geo. L. Gray.
Eureka, No. 22.—C. H. Garland.
Mamre, No. 28.—M. C. Oolgaardt.
Cyclone, No. 31.—H. M. Buckley.
Scranton, No. 32.—H. S. Rourke, S. H. Bugge, J. P. Fox.
At the night session the Grand Encampment was formally received by Scranton Encampment No. 32. The welcome address being delivered by Vincent Ros, and responded to by Wm. M. Strickland, of Holly Springs.
The following were elected Grand officers:
Samuel French, Vicksburg, Grand Patriarch.
F. W. Olin, Jackson, Grand High Priest.
W. B. Bradberry, Holly Springs, Grand Senior Warden.
Isaac D. Blumenthal, Holly Springs, Grand Scribe.
J. L. Power, Jackson, Grand Treasurer.
J. H. Rolls, Scranton, Grand Junior Warden.
H. C. Orman, Grenada, Grand Marshal.
H. M. Blything, Vicksburg, Grand Sentinel.

THE GRAND LODGE
The fifty-seventh annual session of the Grand Lodge met at 10 o’clock on Tuesday morning, the following Grand officers being in their respective stations:
Ellis T. Har, Grand Master.
C. L. Lincoln, Deputy Grand Master.
Simon Fried, Grand Warden.
Walter S. P. Doty, Grand Secretary.
J. L. Power, Acting Grand Treasurer.
W. J. Webb, Grand Chaplain.
William Jackson, Grand Marshall.
Theo. Baker. Grand Conductor.
Samuel French, Grand Guardian.
H. C. Nelson, Grand Herald.
Lodges were represented, as follows:
Mississippi, No. 1.—Wm. James.
Warren, No. 3.—F. A. Musgrove, J. W. Short.
Franklin, No. 5.—Geo. W. Acker.
Grenada, No. 6.—W. B. Barnes.
Macon, No.3.—F. C. Kent.
Wilkinson, No. 10.—Martin Rotschild.
Capitol, No. 11.—L. Schwartz, J. H. Taylor.
Jefferson, No. 14.—Jas. McClure
Stockman, No. 19.—W. B. Patty.
Wildy, No. 21.—O. L. McKay.
Ridgely, No. 23.—B. L. H. Wright.
Holly Springs, No. 30.—W. C. Tilton.
Union. No. 35.—T. B. Franklin.
Quitman, No. 36.—Jno. E. McClurg.
Okolona, No. 37.—Jno. D. Cleary.
Carrollton, No. 40.—C. C. Doty.
Pontontoc, No. 44.—H. C. Stanford.
Scranton, No. 45.—S. H. Bugge.
Central, No. 49.—T. P. Terry.
New Albany, No.73—W. A. Liddell.
Enterprise, No. 79.—Jas. McGee.
Meridian, No. 80.—J. P. Young, O. F. Temple.
Water Valley, No. 82.—J. S. Wilkes.
Star, No. 84.—Tal Hibbler.
Summit, No. 95.—J. R. Jewell.
Greenville, No. 94.—J. A. Newman.
Yazoo City, No. 102.—E. Schaefer.
Goodwille, No. 104.—H. L. Arnold.
Reliance, No. 107.—J. W. Sandell.
Charleston, No. 108.—Jas. McCorkle.
Copiah, No. 109.—J. Dampeer.
A. B. Longstreet, No. 113.—W. H. Baird.
L. Q. C. Lamar, No. 114.—W. B. Bailey.
Amory, No. 115.—R. P. Dilworth.
Jackson, No. 116.—Wm. Hemingway.
Moss Point, No. 117.—D. E. Morris.
Greenwood, No. 118.—M. Anderson.
Three Oaks, No. 121.—Jno. S. Davis.
Bay St. Louis, No. 122.—J. Heitzman.


Also, the following Past Grands, not representatives:
Leland Henderson, No. 22; J. P. Fox, C. L. Price, Jos. W. Allman, ___ Cunningham, No. 45; S. T. Holberg, No. 19; C. W. Garner, No. 117; N. S. Walker, No. 5.
The report of Grand Master, Grand Secretary, Grand Treasurer and Grand Representatives were submitted and referred to the appropriate committees.
Grand Secretary reported three new lodges and two revived during the year, and total membership to last December term 1,616.
The report of Grand Representatives. Sowed an addition of nearly thirty thousand members to the order during the past year, with a total membership of nearly one million in the jurisdiction of the Sovereign Grand Lodge. The benefits during 1895 amounting to about $3, 500, 000.
Aberdeen was selected as the place of next session, by unanimous vote. The lodge at that place will then celebrate its fiftieth anniversary.


The following were elected Grand officers:
C. L. Lincoln, Columbus, Grand Master.
Simon Fried, Starkville, Deputy Grand Master.
L. F. Chiles, Jackson, Grand Warden.
Walter S. P. Doty, Grenada, Grand Secretary.
J. L. Power, Jackson, Grand Treasurer.
Dr. A. D. Hutchinson, Columbus, Grand Representative.
Other officers to be appointed by the Grand Master elect.


A formal reception took place at the Courthouse at 5 o’clock, p.m., when Mayor Allman delivered the address of welcome, responded to by Past Grand Master Wiley N. Nash.
After a ride to Moss Point, and enjoying its hospitalities, the brethren returned to Scranton, where all the Coast Lodges united in a public reception in the Odd FellowsHll. Vincent Ros delivered the address of welcome, and Hon. M. M. Evans responded.
The secret work of the Order was then exemplified by Grand Representative Isaac D. Blumenthal.
The Grand Lodge, after a brief business session on Wednesday morning, entered upon the program arranged for the day—the excursion to Horn Island. A special train took the Grand Lodge and Grand Encampment, resident members of the Order and invited guests, to Moss Point, where they were joined by Moss Point Lodge and friends. The fleet for the excursion consisted of five steam tugs—Leo, Fox, Native Victor and Eva, two large barges and a schooner, and when these returned to Colle’s wharf, at Scranton, and took on the large party there waiting, the excursionists numbered fully one thousand. It was an afternoon of supreme pleasure to all. The committees of arrangements were indefatigable in their attention to their guests. The Escatawpa band discoursed excellent music, and if the young people had dancing space they certainly would have taken advantage of it.
On nearing the Island the “basket dinner” was spread on one of the barges, and there was not only an abundance for the party, but scores of baskets were not opened. And it was all of the very best, and never was a feast better served or more thoroughly enjoyed. The waiters included a Lieutenant-Governor, and many other gentlemen and ladies, who seemed to be expert in the business of feeding the hungry.
The Leo took quite a large party out into the Gulf, but none complained of sea-sickness. All got back in good time, and all expressed themselves delighted—one enthusiastic visitor from North Mississippi remarking, “this is a red-letter day in the history of our Order in Mississippi.”
The Grand Lodge re-assembled at 8 o’clock, and remained in session until 11 o’clock, when it finally adjourned. Many important reports were considered and adopted. The representatives made verbal reports as to the condition of their Lodges. A committee was appointed to prepare special resolutions of thanks for the innumerable courtesies of the sessions. The Grand Officers elect were duly installed, after which Past Grand Master J. L. Power made a brief address of congratulation and exhortation, and then the new Grand Master announced the appointive Grand Officers and standing committees, as follows:
Grand Marshal—Wm. James, Natchez.
Grand Conductor—W. B. Bradberry, Holly Springs.
Grand Herald—N. H. Bryant.
Grand Guardian—Samuel French.
The Grand Chaplain will be heretofore announced.
Judicial Committee—Isaac T. Hart, Percy Somerville, C. L. Tubb.
Finance Committee—O. L. Kimbrough, O. L. McKay, Jas. McClure.

THE ODD FELLOWS AT PASCAGOULA
An informal meeting of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen of the village of Pascagoula was held at 11 o’clock a.m. Tuesday. Messrs. W. O. Clark, C. L. Johnson, H. F. Krebs and F. B. Walker were appointed a committee to tender the visiting Odd Fellows and their brethren a reception at Pascagoula, Captain G. H. Howze having tendered a free train on the Moss Point and Pascagoula railroad for that purpose. The invitation was extended and accepted at the evening session of the Grand Lodge, and the Odd Fellows arrived at Pascagoula at 6:15 p.m., when they were escorted to the “Cottage by the Sea” to partake of a sumptuous supper prepared for them in the spacious dining hall of that popular hostelry, Mayor Volney Brown, on behalf of the village, and Mr. H. F. Krebs made a few remarks of welcome, which were answered in a well delivered speech by Mr. C. L. Tubb, of Aberdeen.
Supper was proceeded with and the wants of the guests were attended to by the hostess, Mr. A. C. Bradford, assisted by Mrs. G. F. Southard, Mrs. E. D. Dean and Miss Addie Clark.

 

Moss Point Odd Fellows’ Celebration at the residence of Mr. John Wesley Morris

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The Pascagoula Democrat Star

May 4, 1894

Odd Fellows’ Celebration.


Last Friday night at the residence of Mr. John W. Morris Moss Point Lodge N. 117 I. O. O. F. gave a grand celebration in honor of the 75th anniversary of the order. The lodge occupied the spacious gallery of the residence and the guests were seated under the large oaks. The grounds were beautifully lighted. After the opening ceremonies of the lodge, readings descriptive of the objects and purposes of Odd Fellowship were given by Messrs. C. M. Fairley and R. W. Cowan, and the exercises concluded with an able, interesting and instructive address on the past, present and future of Odd Fellowship by Prof. M. Caldwell, whose remarks were warmly applauded. After its conclusion all present were invited to partake of the good things prepared for their entertainment. It was the unanimous expression that the occasion had been a most delightful and profitable one and will be the means of increasing interest in this noble order. Moss Point Lodge No 117 was organized with six members Sept. 13, 1893, and during its short life has increased to thirty-four members, and its good influence has been felt in this community. The present officers are: J. W. Stewart, P. G.; D. E. Morris, N. G.; C. W. Garner, V. G.; A. F. Dantzler, secretary and Chas H. Wood, treasurer.


John Wesley MORRIS (1839 – 1896) was my great-great grandfather.

David Edmund “D.E.” MORRIS (1866 – 1934), son of John Wesley MORRIS

John Harkness MORRIS (1901 – 1965), son of David Edmund “D.E.” MORRIS

Janie Lucille MORRIS (1935 – 2013), daughter of John Harkness MORRIS

Me,  the daughter of Janie Lucille MORRIS

 

 

Central P.T.A. Meeting

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The Daily Herald, Biloxi and Gulfport, Mississippi Coast

Page Six

December 23, 1920

CENTRAL P.T.A. MEETING

The Central Parent Teachers Association met Tuesday, the 24th, at the Central School with a most encouraging attendance of both parents and teachers. The usual routine of business was followed by a discussion of playground equipment. The final decision was that quite a good sum of money would be expended for the equipment, which will be good news to the pupils as it means fun and exercise. Some of the money is on hand but, much of it will have to be raised before the order is placed.

Another move made by the association of benefit to the teachers will be divulged at another time.

The pleasing program rendered was a piano solo by Claudia Baylor, song by Irene Morris. The serving of delicious refreshments brought this interesting meeting to a close.

 


 

Edna Irene HARKNESS (1880 – 1952) also known as “Irene Morris” —
My great-grandmother – went by “Irene”, married David Edmund Morris, is mentioned in this article. Her son (my grandfather) attended Central Elementary School in Gulfport, as did I. When I attended Central Elementary in downtown Gulfport, there was no playground equipment. My mother, Irene’s grandaughter, was a member and an officer in the Central P. T. A. when I was a student there.

John Harkness MORRIS (1901 – 1965)
son of Edna Irene HARKNESS (Irene Morris)
Janie Lucille MORRIS (1935 – 2013)
daughter of John Harkness MORRIS
Me, the daughter of Janie Lucille MORRIS

Stella Goes to Washington

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Biloxi Daily Herald

1 Jun 1917

Miss Stella Harkness leaves tonight for Washington, where she will attend the annual reunion of the United Confederate Veterans and Sons of Veterans.

 

Enjoyable Garden Party at the Misses Harkness Residence

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Biloxi Daily Herald

July 24, 1928

ENJOYABLE GARDEN PARTY

Miss Stella Harkness and Miss May Harkness entertained with a garden party on Monday night at their home on West Howard avenue, for all the Harkness “kin”. Many of this large family, who live away from Biloxi, are here on visits, and furnished inspiration for this gathering which included 54 members of the family, in-laws and children, with a very few friends. Stunts, games, music and happy reminiscing made the evening pass all too quickly. Japeneze [sic] lanterns illuminated the garden where a number of seats had been arranged and punch was served throughout the evening. Delicious ice cream and cake also were served. Among those attending were Mr. and Mrs. W. N. Harkness and children from Texas, Mrs. Holston and daughter Peggy from Lynchburg, Va., Mr. and Mrs. Roy Roberts of D’lo, Miss Sadie Harkness from Jacksonville, Fla., Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Chaffee and little daughter. Miss John Harkness, Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Gilligan, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Peresich and children, Dr. and Mrs. B. Z. Welch and children, Rev. J. L. Jordan, Mrs. Earl Rohrer and children from Gulfport, Miss Abbie May Harkness, Beulah Harkness, Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Wilkes, Rev. and Mrs. W. M. Sullivan and Miss Katherine Sullivan, Mrs. D. E. Morris, Miss Irene Morris and Miss Martha Morris from Mobile and Misses Stella and May Harkness.