Monday, July 27, 2009

Dulaney Family Reunion
& Traditional Dinner on the Ground
Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, Fulton MS
Saturday, August 29th, 11am
Meal at Noon- (Please bring your favorite Covered Dish! Drinks & Lawn chairs
Ice provided by Dulaney’s Grocery)
(Descendants or Relatives) of the first
“Dulaneys of Itawamba County”
The three Dulaney brothers of John, Alfred and Gilbert arrived in Itawamba County around 1833 along with their mother, Rhoda Thrasher Dulaney, widow of Thomas. John, the oldest brother, was born in South Carolina while Alfred and Gilbert both were born in Tennessee. In addition to their sons, Thomas and Rhoda had two daughters, Elizabeth and Nancy. Thomas and Rhoda were South Carolina natives who married about 1802 and moved to Lincoln County, Tennessee before 1808. There, we find records of Thomas serving as a constable and as a captain of the 2nd Regiment of the Tennessee Militia. Following the War of 1812, Thomas and Rhoda moved their family to Alabama where family legend indicates that Thomas was killed in 1829 when his gun accidentally discharged while visiting relatives in St. Clair County.

The three Dulaney brothers have hundreds of descendents in Itawamba County today. Their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren intermarried with many families, including McNeece, Senter, Wilemon, Chilcoat, Johnson, Moxley, Brown, Hood, Warren, Tucker, Robinson, Works, Digby and many others.
Documenting the Complete History of our Family
The “Dulaneys of Itawamba County” have a proud and rich history. The task of documenting this history is a daunting task; however we are making great progress. Please help us show a complete picture by adding your family’s pictures and memorabilia, to the Dulaney family Database.
Scanners, Computers & Copiers, as well as operators, will be setup the day of the reunion. Please bring all your family’s old pictures, letters, and memorabilia so they can find their rightful place in the “Dulaneys of Itawamba County” history.
NOTE: If it is an old picture that was taken in Itawamba County or ancestors of Itawamba County settlers you can bet it fits with Dulaney genealogy, as well as old home place pictures. So be careful in discarding what might be useful! Your pictures and Letters will be entered on the spot and it will only take seconds to process. This will ensure the safety of your precious memories.
For more information – Please Contact Don Dulaney at 662-322-0466

Monday, July 6, 2009


Ken Dulaney, Crystal Parker, Larry Moody, Dorothy Moody, Don Dulaney, Jennifer Moody & Rev. Glenn Dulaney
I recently had the opportunity to visit with all my siblings in the same room. It was a great evening eating Mothers fried chicken(you can see the chicken grease on my shirt), mashed taters, & homemade bananna pudding.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Dulaney Family Reunion

August 29, 2009
Arrive at 11 a.m.
Eat at noon

Bring a covered dish, drinks,
old photographs,
favorite family stories,
and your lawn chairs.

Ice will be provided,
compliments of Doice Dulaney.

Location: Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Three Dulaney Brothers - Our Original Itawambians

The three Dulaney brothers of John, Alfred and Gilbert arrived in Itawamba County around 1833 along with their mother, Rhoda Thrasher Dulaney, widow of Thomas. John, the oldest brother, was born in South Carolina while Alfred and Gilbert both were born in Tennessee. In addition to their sons, Thomas and Rhoda had two daughters, Elizabeth and Nancy. Thomas and Rhoda were South Carolina natives who married about 1802 and moved to Lincoln County, Tennessee before 1808.

In Tennessee, we find records of Thomas serving as a constable and as a captain of the 2nd Regiment of the Tennessee Militia. Following the War of 1812, Thomas and Rhoda moved their family to Alabama where family legend indicates that Thomas was killed in 1829 when his gun accidentally discharged while visiting relatives in St. Clair County.

In 1830, the census shows the family living in Marion County, Alabama. Land patent records indicate that they were living near present-day Detroit in Lamar County. Shortly thereafter, Rhoda Thrasher Dulaney, her children, and their families moved just across the state line to land that would become part of Itawamba County.

The three Dulaney brothers have hundreds of descendents in Itawamba County today. Their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren intermarried with many families, including McNeece, Senter, Wilemon, Chilcoat, Johnson, Moxley, Brown, Hood, Tucker, Robinson and many other Itawamba families. We hope that you will join us for a reunion of these descendants on August 29, 2009 at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church south of Fulton.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Itawamba Beauty! "Its Black & White"

Click On Picture or you can't Fully Appreciate the Beauty!
The Burch Farm In Clay. By Don Dulaney 2002

Friday, March 13, 2009

"Those Dog Gone Dulaneys!"

Below 8 Generation of Dawg Loving Dulaneys are represented
179 years of Itawamba hunters.
(Dont Forget to click on the Pictures to get full effect of the past!)
Dulaneys and Dawgsthrough time have been best friends. In George Washington's Diary he talks of going fox hunting with famous Danial Dulaney the Younger of Maryland. The Dulaney's of Itawamba county were no different. Rhoda Thrasher came to Itawamba County a widow after her husband Thomas Dulaney, as family memory recalls, accidently killed himself Fox Hunting, while getting off a horse, in Alabama. I have no evidence but Im sure Thomas & Rhoda Dulaney's children, John, Alfred & Gilbert Dulaney continued the tradition.
John Dulaney & Margret Peggy Martins Great Grand son

James Henry Dulaney (pictured here with unknown man and his fox hounds),
was the son of Thomas Alfred Dulaney & Alice Moxley & Grandson of James Martin Dulaney & Mary Senter. He was a decendant of Alfred Aven Senter, & Henry T Moxley and married S.J. Warren's great grand daughter Laura Berth Warren Dulaney. Jim was very well respected in the local fox hunting community as having the best dogs in the Itawamba County. He fox hunted so much in the old days that the neighbors would complain he was running the fox so much it didnt have time to hunt food so the fox started robbing the hen houses. Jim Dulaney fox hunted into his 60's and was still stoubt enough he could easily hold 6 or more dogs back with one hand.
The Hunt
With a Carbide light strapped to their head, they would mix the carbide crystals with water inside a metal burner. The acetylene gas would ignite and reflect off a metal disk stuck to their forhead. Then Jim and his relatives, like his little brother
Woodrow Wilson Dulaney (pictured below)
fetched the dogs and loaded them in a wagon and would go to the designated spot to be released. Their was not as many fox, coons or squirrels as their are today and the woods were large tracts with large trees and not alot of undergrowth.
The dogs were straight to the hunt after the release and everyone chipped in to build a fire, find a stump, or brush away the acorns and twiggs from a pile of leaves, for a comfortable seat. With the fire blazing to a mellow glow, they would rest their back against a tree and chew tobacker or on a sweet gum stick and sometimes pass a jug of moonshine or Jake around. As the night went on the tales got bigger, like who saw a black panther or how far away their dog could smell a fox.
The bragging commenced as the first yelps of the dog picking up a trail. "They Jumped something" one would say "Thats Lady over yonder" Jim would say. "Hear how deep that bellar is? he bays low, Att dawgs sho gotta purty mouth". "Naw Atts Ole Bellar" another would say."I'd know her voice anywhere". As the race heats up and circles are made through tree tops and hills, and down the hollar through Dulaney branch and back again, They would discuss who's dog was in the lead and listen to the harmony of a single dogs bark turn to a harmony of a sunday choir singing in one accord. This is what the hunt was about and probably one of the prettiest sounds to a true southerner.
As the night wound down Jim would grab his horn that was hanging from leather strap around his neck and begin the ritual of Blowing the horn and hollaring to let the dogs know where they were. Some dawgs would stay gone for days. But most would come home or a neighbor would return it. Jims Son
Lawrence Dulaney (pictured below)
love of dogs turned to a keen fiest that could tree squirrells. I remember spending my time going from tree to tree with Paw Paw and some of my close cousins or distant cousins like Shane Dulaney the great grand son of Jo Abb Dulaney & Vonnie Senter. Lawrence would say "You never shoot a nest". And he taught me how to light a fire at the base of a hollow tree to smoke the squirrel out. He also taught me how to skin a squirrell and leave the head on. I seen him eat many a squirrell head in gravy. Lawrences son,
Lawrence Lowell Dulaney(pictured below)
my dad, enjoyed Coon hunting and raising coon dogs as shown in the picture above. Dad has always tried different kinds of dogs and prided his self on having good dogs that he trained. Lowell was a big influence on Lawrence's grandson
Billy Mills (pictured below)
who gave me the professional authentication of a typical hunt in Itawamba County. Billy is the son of Paul Mills & Shirley Dulaney Mills and is very well studied on the the raising and training of dogs. He has owned some of the best lines and is well versed in his field.
Pictured below is Micheal Paul "Chip" Mills Jr., as a child,Grandson of Lawrence Dulaney & Pearl Johnson and James "Peewee" Robinson & Betty Jean Pennington and son of Micheal P. Mills & Mona Robinson Mills. As you can see
"Those Dog Gone Dulaney's"
are still taking pride in training and loving mans best friend.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Faulkner In the Making!!

This is the first thing I ever wrote.
I was in the Second Grade at Smithville Elementary.
It had come a big snow that day.
The year was 1976
I should have stopped then!!!!
Click on picture to read!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

" Gonna Getcha ! "


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Samual Carl Beam 1952

This is my Grandpa Beam. This picture was taken in Steele Mo. in 1952. Grandpa was from the Salem community in Itawamba County Ms. He took his family to Missouri to look for work and settled in a tenant house and worked on a farm there. I personally love this picture of Carl because it reflects a personality that has been passed down to his decendants. He was a very loving and friendly person. The old saying "He would give you the shirt of his back" fit Carl perfectly. He was always ready to help his family and friends in need. He set a standard of family unity that survives today in his children and grandchildren.-

Lemer Dessie Cleveland, Samual Carl Beam, Meardy Beam, Clancie Beam, Dorothy"Dot"Beam Moody & James Beam

When the family was in Missouri, the favorite past time after a hard days work in the fields was sitting under the big oak trees, in an area of the yard where there was no grass. Unlike today grass was a haven for ticks, fleas, and snakes. So most yards were bare dirt. Carls family and brothers and sister's families loved making music, and smoking hand twisted Prince Albert tobacco.With the sound and smell of clothes that were washed on a rubboard flapping in the night breeze, they would sit in ladder back chairs with seats that were hand woven with seagrass strings. I can just see Carl getting up and laying his fiddle on a piece of stove wood turned on its side to make a stool, to take a sipp, from a tin laddle of water drawn from the well or wash his face from a granite wear pan. And on the way to the well reaching down to one of the rugrats and grabbing them and saying.

" Gonna Getcha ! "

Samual Carl Beam was married to Lemer Dessie Cleveland. He was the son of Thomas Edgar Beam and Minni Johnson. He was the Grandson of

Elija Fiester Beam & Rowena Lacky. Carl and Lemer are buried in the at the Salem Cemetery at the

Salem Baptist Church in the Salem community.

Friday, March 6, 2009

There Is Only One Set Of Dulaney's In Itawamba County!!

Every since I was a child I have heard that there are more than one set of Dulaneys in Itawamba County. I would like to make a small note and clear that up.

Thomas Alfred Dulaney & Rhoda Thrasher are the Parents of John Dulaney, Alfred Dulaney,Gilbert Dulaney, Elizabeth Dulaney Carter, and Nancy Dulaney Sharp.
as well as a ton of other names like Moxley, Warren, West, Senter, Tucker, Wilemon, Brown, Digby, McNeese, Robinson, Carter,Sharp, Blythe, Hurst, Sparks,Graham, Mills, Brewer, just to name a very very very few.
So the next time you hear "They are from a different set of Dulaneys".

Please tell them
So there

A Tribute to Mentors of Itawamba History

Charles & Verbal West Booth Oct.23 1955
I wanted to take a moment and thank 2 of the people that help get me started in my quest for family history. Along the way many people have contributed to what little I know about my family geneology. However, there was one couple that gave me the frame work to begin. I was welcomed into their home like I was family. I later learned it was because I was considered family to them. Every time I call someone about family History I am always asked the same thing, So in answer to their question. "YES! I have talked to Charles & Verbal Booth" and YES! I know they know a ton about Itawamba History!! LOL! They were 2 of the five original members of Itawamba County Historical Society. The research Charles and Verbal Booth have done in Itawamba County will be treasured for many generations to come and I want to be the first to say "THANK YOU"!
I thought the best way to do a tribute was to do what they done best. Give you a glimpse into where Charles and Verbal Booth came from and what they have produced.
Please Click the Picture for enlarged Veiw
Verbals Parents Chester Lee West & Florence Hall
Verbals Grandparents Mr. & Mrs J. A. West.
Charles's Parents & Charles- Arvel & Arbel Booth.
Children & Grandchildren Of Mr. & Mrs. Charles Booth
(L-R- Martin Davis,LeeAnn Bennet Davis,Mike Bennett, Sherry Booth Bennett,Charles Booth, Verbal West Booth, Ben Booth in front of them, then Katie Booth, Becky Turner Adams,Jessica Booth, TJ Adams, Wanda Booth Turner, Mike Turner, Jerry Booth)

Monday, March 2, 2009

I Could Not Resist!!

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Dulaney Branch Hill 3-01-2009

Mt. Pleasant Cemetery 3-01-2009

Sunday, March 1, 2009

2 Dulaneys- 20 Crappie!!

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Richard Nathaniel "Nate" Dulaney
Charles Franklin "Frank" Dulaney
When I first saw this picture I could have swore it was a still shot of the Andy Griffin Show. I wasn't sure who the guy in the overalls was, but I was sure the guy in the straw hat was Howard Sprague. However, Mrs Nate Dulaney of the Mt. Pleasant community informed me that it was her husband Nate Dulaney and my Uncle Frank Dulaney. I spent the day with her and what a sweet woman she is.
I started asking around about Mr. Nate and it soon become evident that he was admired in all of Northeast Miss, as one of the best Crappie fisherman around. He was also one of the friendliest people around, per a number of testimonies. Once I got the picture I sent it to my Uncle Frank and asked him about it. Once I convinced him not to sue me for posting a picture like that of him, he cooperated and told me about his fishing trips with Mr. Nate.
"We fished at Pick Wick Lake and Yellow Creek for Crappie, he was part of the Dulaney Clan of the Mt. Pleasant community and I grew up around him. I was around 21 years old. Nathanial was the best crappie fisherman and a very serious fisherman" Frank said. He continued "I only got to go with him 2 or 3 times because everyone wanted to fish with Nate and it was a treat".
Uncle Frank said he believed that Nate had the first outboard gasoline motor in Itawamba county and dared to say that he had his picture in the Itawamba times more than any one else of that time. I believe this picture was taken just for that cause. Look at the Library in the background.
John Dulaney and his 2 brothers Gilbert and Alfred was the original Dulaneys in Itawamba county. John's son James M Dulaney and Mary Senter (daughter of Alfred Aven Senter) had a number of children, 2 of which were Thomas Alfred Dulaney and Richard Nathanial Dulaney. Thomas and Richard married 2 Daughters of H.T Moxley, Thomas to Alice and Richard to Matti. Thomas had a son named James Henry Dulaney who married Laura Bertha Warren (granddaughter of SJ Warren) and Richard had a son named Richard "Nate" Dulaney.
James Henry Dulaney had a son named Lawrence Orr Dulaney then he had a son named Charles Franklin Dulaney.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Dulaney Porch Monkeys!

Please double click picture to view visible image!
Please Help me Identify some of the younger cousins and married names in your comments as well as some of your own memories of that ole porch.
Sitting L-R Sharon Mills holding ?, and hugging ?, Vickie Dulaney Berryhill in wine dress, Charles Berryhill in white shirt squatting, Lawrence Dulaney sitting on the edge of porch with Pearl behind him. Beside them is Frank Dulaney. The kid to the far right is Penn Mills by his dad Mike Mills. To Mike's right is Thomas Dulaney standing by Shirley Mills who is in front of Lowell Dulaney.Beside Shirley is ?, who is in front of Crystal Dulaney. Jody Berryhill is in the blue sweatshirt and Jon Dulaney is directly behind him and Trenda Berryhill is to his right. To Trenda's right is Darlene Mills, then yours truly Don Dulaney in the cap. Directly in front of me is Heather Mills to my left and Allyson Mills to my right. In front of Allyson is Chip Mills in the white shirt holding Mona Mills hand and Rebekah Mills is to Mona's right. NOW! I know Sharon is going to hate me. But I can't recall the boy in the green shirt or the one in the frog shirt. Sorry!
This picture was taken at Lawrence and Pearl Dulaney's 50th wedding anniversary. It was made on the front porch of their house in East Fulton, MS. If you look hard you can see the green swing in the background. Alot of memories were made on that swing. My fondest memory is John Dulaney and Anthony Dulaney, sons of Frank Dulaney, getting the swing going so high, they were able to bust the porch light out.
The windows behind the crowd were raised most of the time in the summer and on the other side you could often find Pearl laying on her back on the couch with a neck pillow under her neck and hands folded up under her chin for an afternoon nap. To the right of the crowd behind Thomas Dulaney, another son of Frank's, is a green rocking lounger. This is where you could find Lawrence taking his afternoon nap. He took the same postion as Pearl with his hands folded under his chin with his head resting on a cushion on one end, and one leg threw over the other end and one on the ground. As you can see oil based paint was a major asset to the Dulaney's. I can proudly say that I took my turn painting the swing and the rocker and for that matter the grey base of the porch.
One thing I really miss is visiting on that ole' porch. It really was a centerpiece of the family gatherings. I'm sure, ALMOST POSITIVE, alot of good cheating techniques for Rook or how to beat Uncle Paul Mills at checkers was cooked up there. Oh and I would like to confess one thing to my fellow Dulaney members. If you would be real slick and raise the porch windows about an inch, no more no less, just short of the top of the back of the couch, you could hear the grownups talk about stuff you shouldn't hear. HEE HEE.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Kudzu is PURTY!!!

Back about 10 years ago I got into Black and White photography. I was not very good but really enjoyed seeing things in B & W. I have always been a fan of old black and white movies and as most people know I love old B & W family photos. I also have always been amazed at Kudzu. It is an amazing foilage. The picture above is one of my favorites. It was taken on the side fo 78 hwy near New Albany along with the one below. It was during the winter and I stopped and clicked it on the way to Memphis.

Kudzu-peuraria montana can grow up to a foot a day. It covers over 7 million acres in the U. S. I remember going to my grandpa Lawrence Dulaney's and when you turned off the 25 at East Fulton Church (White Church) on Dulaney Wilemon road, Kudzu covered all the old buildings and hung from dead trees that they had overcome and killed. It is a haven for snakes and all kinds of critters. However its good to stop a hill side for washing away.Cows like to eat it, alot of people hate it, and I would have to agree it is almost impossible to control. It kills and destroys and takes no prisoners. However I just think its PURTY!

Monday, February 23, 2009

"The Genealogy of Jesus Christ"

This is my sister Crystal Dawn Parker in the stripes and my mom Dorothy Beam Moody in the glasses almost blocked by the microphone. If you look real hard from L-R (about the 3rd person) my pop, Larry Moody, is playing the steel guitar.

Matthew, Chapter 1
The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. 2 Abraham became the father of Isaac, Isaac the father of Jacob, Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers and so on. Then later you get to Jesse the father of David the king. David became the father of Solomon, whose mother had been the wife of Uriah and so. Then later you get to Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary. Of her was born Jesus who is called the Messiah. 17 Thus the total number of generations from Abraham to David is fourteen generations; from David to the Babylonian exile, fourteen generations; from the Babylonian exile to the Messiah, fourteen generations.

This is the pastor of the "Gospel Lighthouse" in Tishomingo, MS. Bro. Wm. H. Burcham, Bro. Burcham has been the shepherd for my family for many years. He is about 20 ft. tall and has a heart just as big. Most folks know him as Bro. B, or Bro. Bill.

I have been part of the Pentecostal faith since I was about 10. The first time I went my Uncle Tommy Beam came by to get my mom and us and I did not have any shoes to wear.My uncle made my cousins go without their shoes. I remember sleeping under the pews with the Parker family singing "Stepping on the Clouds" or "There Ain't No Grave" along with others, at the Richmond Pentecostal Church in Richmond, MS, with Bro. Jack Raper as the pastor. Sometimes the service would go way in the night. And yes, they were running the aisles, jumping pews, shouting, anointing people with oil, and jumping around praising the Lord. Now, I have heard a lot of criticism in my life about the improper way the congregation conducts themselves in the Pentecostal Faith with all that jumping around and hollering. But I always looked at it like this: I go to see Ole Miss and Mississipi State in the Egg Bowl you cant hear for the crowd yelling and screaming out of Loyalty for their team. People would cry and scream to all heaven for their love of Elvis Presley at one of his concerts. Why is it not right to yell and scream for my love and loyalty for Jesus?

Second Samuel, 6:14,15: And David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod.

I would like to compliment the women of the faith. Many people think that Pentecostal women believe it is wrong to wear anything other than dresses or skirts, cut their hair, wear makeup, or wear jewelry. That is not the case. They do it to separate themselves from the world and show glory to God. And its not a easy road to go down. For that I have the utmost respect.

Below is a picture of my brother Rev. Glenn Dulaney at "The Sanctuary" in Mt. Airy, NC. where he is the Pastor, performing a baptism.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Dulaneys of Itawamba County "Lets get started"

This is the first of what I hope to be many videos. We made these videos on the spur of the moment, so please be kind in your judgement of them. I promise in the future I will be more prepared and improve the quality of the information I present as I learn how to do video. I would like to thank my "Camera Man" and brother Ken Dulaney for taking the time to help me as well as giving me the idea. These first videos are dedicated to Mona Mills for getting me started Blogging. So let the "Dulaney's of Itawamba County" tour begin.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Thomas Lonzo Cleveland & Bessie Taylor Cleveland

Thomas "Lonzo" Cleveland, (B: 8-17-189o/D:12-26-1942)

Bessie Taylor Cleveland (B:1-28-1896/D: 8-17,1981),

Lonzo Cleveland was a sawmiller most of his life ,as well as a sharecropper. He raised crops on the old Massey place of Marietta Ms. and Mini Googe place of Marietta. Ms. He and Bessie were both Baptists and good devout believers in Jesus Christ.

My visit with 3 of their 12 children (Lena, Ruby and Ruble) gave me a lot of insight. They absolutely loved their parents. "They were the best parents a child could ask for" Ruble said. "We were poor but happy", "We made our on butter, got milk from a cow, hogs for bacon and had chickens for eggs" She went on to say. Ruby recalled " Mommi would fry eggs and make sawmill gravy from corn we had milled, and grease from lard she used to fry the meat". and Lener learned to make Mommi's homemade biscuits. Their clothes were made by Mommi and washed on a rub board, with all the kids doing there part. They drew water from a well or a creek for washing and drinking.

Lonzo had a stroke ( the second of 2) while plowing in the fields, on the Mini Googe place, in August of 1942. He died of the stroke in December of the same year. Lonzo and Bessie are buried at Massey Cemetery on the old Massey Farm, in Marietta Ms.

Lonzo was the son of Benjeman Cleveland & Sally Pearson Cleveland, of the Salem Community, Itawamba Mississippi.They are buried at Liberty Cemetery in Salem Community, Itawamba, Mississippi. Bessie Taylor Cleveland Is the Daughter of Vaston Taylor & Sendy Lou Orear Taylor of Ryans Well community.They are buried at Sandy Springs cemetery ,at Sandy Springs Church ,in Ryans Well. Ms.
Benjamin was the son of Thomas Anderson Cleveland & Rhoda Holland of Salem Community, Itawamba Ms. Thomas Is buried at Ebenezer Cemetery,at Ebenezer Church, in Vina Al. Rhoda is buried at Liberty Cemetery in Salem Community, Itawamba Mississippi.

The Line is as follows. Thomas Anderson Cleveland- Benjamin Andrew Cleveland- Thomas Lonzo Cleveland- Lemer Dessie Cleveland Beam- Dorothy Beam Moody- Don Dulaney

(Thomas Lonzo's father and grandfather are in earlier post of this blog.)

1920 United States Federal Census
Name: Lonnie Cleveland [Lonnie Clastaned]
Home in 1920: Towery’s Store, Itawamba, Mississippi
Age: 26 Years
Estimated Birth Year [abt. 1894} abt. 1884
Birthplace: Mississippi
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse’s Name: Bessie
Fathers Birthplace: Alabama
Mother’s Birthplace: Mississippi
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Sex: Male
Home Owned: Rent
Able to Read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
Image: 890
Household Members: Name: Age:
Lonnie Cleveland 26
Bessie Cleveland 24
Ernie Cleveland 6 8/12
Roy Cleveland 5 2/12
Wheeler Cleveland 1 11/12
Lena Cleveland 1 12

1930 United States Federal Census
Name: Thomas L. Cleveland
Home in 1930: Beat 5, Itawamba, Ms
Age: 36
Estimated Birth: abt. 1894
Birthplace: Mississippi
Relation to Head of House: Head
Spouse Name: Bessie
Race: White
Household Members Name Age
Thomas L Cleveland 36
Bessie Cleveland 33
Earny Barrett 17
Roy C Cleveland 15
Wheeler Cleveland 12
Lena L Cleveland 10
Lema D Cleveland 8
Retha L Cleveland 6
Vernon H Cleveland 4
Ruble A Cleveland 1

WW1 Civilian Draft Registration
Name: Cleveland, Thomas Lonzo
Birth Date: 17 Aug, 1893
Birth Place: Fulton, Ms
City/County Itawamba
State: Ms.
Ethnicity: W

WW1 Draft Registration Cards 1917-1918
Name: Thomas Lonzo Cleveland
City: Not Stated
County: Itawamba
State: Mississippi
Birthplace: Mississippi, United States of America
Birth date: 17, Aug, 1893
Race: Caucasion
Roll: 168296
Draft Board: 0

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Reflecting on the Past.

Since I began researching my family history, one of the largest rewards is having the opportunity get to know my extended family. Today's culture tends to migrate away from extended family. A sense of where you come from is not as important to today's generation, as it once was. Recently I had the priviledge to spend the afternoon with cousins of the generation before me, to discuss our heritage and reflect on the past. In the picture above we are at Mt. Pleasant cemetery in East Fulton. Pictured (from left to right) are brothers David and Larry Dulaney , sons of Melvin Dulaney. Melvin was my grandfather, Lawrence Dulaney's, brother. Beside them is Jimmy Dale Dulaney, son of Clester "Cotton" Dulaney, another brother of Lawrence and Melvin. The guys are standing in front of four more of there father's siblings, Vada Dulaney, Clarence Dulaney,Vida Dulaney Wilemon and Floyd Wilemon, and James Elgar Dulaney. Our group's Grandparents, Jim Dulaney & Laura Bertha Warren Dulaney, are buried next to them. While at Mt. Pleasant we also visited their Great Grandparents, Thomas "Bunt Tom" Alfred Dulaney and Alice Moxley Dulaney, as well as their Great Great Grandparents ,J.M. Dulaney and Mary Senter Dulaney. We then took a moment to discuss their Great Great Great Grandparents, John Dulaney and Margret Martin Dulaney, which are buried in Baldwin Ms. However, they did get a chance to see John's brothers, Gilbert Dulaney and Alfred Dulaney's, graves. John, Alfred, and Gilbert, along with their mother Rhoda Thrasher, were among the very first white men to come to Itawamba County. Before leaving Mt. Pleasant we visited one more set of the guy'sGreat Grandparents, John Ed Warren and Sarah Holcomb. John and Sara were the parents of Laura Bertha Warren Dulaney. Before the end of a wonerful visit, we went to the private grave of S.J Warren, John Ed Warren's Grandfather, and one of the first major land holders in the county. I got to hear a grand story about "Serenading", a popular past time of our gangs childhood. The story deserves a posting in itself and it's tale Im looking forward telling, in the near future. Then a visit to Palmetto Cemetery ended the first, of what I hope is many, reflections on the past. Special thanks to my cousins for a great afternoon.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

She outshines Betty Davis upon the Silver Screen

This I my mom, Dorothy "Dot" Beam Moody born 7-11-1948. She was birthed at home by a midwife and Dr. Tubb . In this photo she was about 14. She met my dad soon after and had 3 children by the time she was 20 and another by the time she was 27. She cooked 3 meals a day.(real country cooking), raised a garden, made our clothes, spread gravel for my dad, brought in the wood for the fire place, milked the cows, fed the hogs and chickens, and played doctor, to name just a few hats she wore. She has competed with the big businessmen in her ownership of restaurants and country stores. And for the record she won every battle. But I can say even though she worked tirelessly all her life, she never lost her smile or her huge loving heart. I found out lately that she came by her morals honestly, her family is unbelievable. Once I came in from my travels to visit and could not find her in the house. I decided I would help her by washing her dishes. About that time her pastor called and, as I began looking for her, I took the opportunity to brag on myself for washing moms dishes for her. When I found mom it was kinda embarassing to tell the preacher that she was changing the oil in the car while I was doing dishes. But don't get me wrong in a crowd of classy women, she outshines the most elegant of Stars. Through all the hard times in my life, as well as my siblings, she remains the rock that we all lean on. I want to compete just a second with my good friend Mona Mills. She has lately posted stories on her blog "Itawamba Connections" about Beck's fried chicken and cornbread. I am sure the women in her family are awesome cooks, but NO, NO! My mom Makes the VERY VERY best fried chicken in the world. And her cornbread recipe was past down from Jesus Christ himself. So I would like to challenge Ms. Mona or Mr. Mike to a fried chicken contest with an unbiased panel of judges. Anyway back to mom. Dot is married to Larry Leon Moody of Belmont, and is the daughter of Samual Carl Beam and Lemer Cleveland Beam of the Salem Community. She has 5 children, Kenny Ray Dulaney, Lowell Glenn Dulaney, Donald Carl Dulaney, Jennifer Lynn Moody and Crystal Dawn Dulaney Parker. She has 10 grandchildren. She is a dedicated member of the Gospel Lighthouse Pentecostal Church, where she is loved by every member.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Benjamin Cleveland & Sallie Pearson

Benjamin Andrew Cleveland, son of Thomas Anderson Cleveland and Rhoda Holland,was born Oct. 15,1862 (the beginning of the Civil War) and died Oct. 30, 1942 ( The beginning of WW2). He married Sarah "Sally" Pearson on Oct. 4, 1888. Sally was the daughter of Beanie Pearson and Kizar Johnson, she was born May 18, 1867 and died Oct. 1919. Bennie and Sally are buried at Liberty Cemetary in Salem Community, Itawamba Ms.

Benjamin Cleveland owned a sizeable amount of land in Salem Community, Itawamba County Miss. He was farmer and a store owner and merchant. His country store was located on old old 25(Iuka Fulton Road) on the ridge in Salem Community. Ben also married Martha Conwill . The line to me runs as follows: Benjamin Cleveland, Alonzo Cleveland, Lemer Cleveland Beam, Dorothy Beam Moody, Don Dulaney

Ben & Sallie Children.

Andrew, Alonzo "Lonnie", Luther (twin), Lucy (twin) (Cleveland) Cromeans, Dolphus A., Aaron, Floyd, Bell, Edgar, Dewey

1910 Census
Itawamba County, Mississippi
Towery Store precinct
Ben C. Cleveland 44 AL NC AL farmer, married 21 years
Sally A. MS MS MS, married 21 years, 9 children, 9 living
Andrew G. 20 MS son, single
Lonzo 17 MS son

Luther 14 MS son

Lucy 14 MS daughter
Dolphus A. 12 MS son
Floyd W. 10 MS son
Davey C. 7 MS son
Aaron 4 MS son
Belle 1 MS daughter

1920 Census
Itawamba County, Mississippi
Towery's Store precinct
Ben A. Cleveland 54 AL SC AL farmer, owns land
Martha 50 MS SC GA wife
Floyd 19 MS son
Dewey 16 MS son
Aaron 13 MS son
Belle 11 MS daughter
Floyd Conwill 10 MS stepson

1930 Census
Itawamba County, Mississippi
Beat 1
Aaron H. Cleveland 24 MS AL MS, farmer, married at age 22
Eamer L. 26 MS MS MS wife, married at age 26
Clois W. 11 mo. MS daughter
Ben. A. Cleveland 64 AL GA GA divorced, first married at age 24, retail merchant, general store
Roy C. Cleveland 16 MS MS MS nephew, single, farm laborer