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Jean Hyde
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  • Saint Louis, MO
  • United States
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What surnames are you interested in researching?
I am researching the surnames,Hyde, Feemster,Jones, Spann, Dancy, Bryant,Williams, Hunt, Harmon, Shanklin, Brookshire, Poe,Dew,Pippins, Pipkins and Hill.
What countries and other locations are you interested in researching?
The locations are Georgia(Wilkes, Warren and Jasper Countries), North Carolina(Edgecomb), South Carolina(Sumter), Alabama(Pickens), Mississippi(Noxubee and Winston Counties),Virginia and Texas(Rusk County).
What is your level of genealogy knowledge?
Intermediate Family History Researcher
For what reason did you start genealogy research?
My family consists of uncommon surnames and I always wonder where did my family come from. All I knew that my family came from Mississippi and had very little information on my ancestors. I have been researching since 1994 and came across information on ancestors that didn't exist before. My research has been rewarding; connecting new found relatives and making new friends.
I always thought Feemster was an unique name especially for an African American family. My mother's maiden was Feemster and her family came from Noxubee County, Mississippi. Her parents were Charles and Mattie (Harmon) Feemster and they had five children. Their children names were Henry, Mary Elizabeth,Bertha, Charles and Mattie Feemster.
Charles or Charlie Feemster married Mattie Harmon in 1926 in Noxubee County, Mississippi. I'm still trying to pinpoint who was Charles Feemster. I did find a Charlie Feemster on the 1880 census living with his parents, John and Mary Feemster. This Charles Feemster would be too old, he was born in 1878, My grandfather was born in 1898 and the only male Feemster I found was a JT( nick name?) Feemster born in 1898 in Noxubee County, Mississippi.
My grandmother, Mattie Harmon was born in Noxubee County, Mississippi in 1900 to Jesse and Hannah (Jones) Harmon. Jesse and Hannah had seven children including my grandmother, Their names were Sarah, Susie, Charley, Fannie, Mattie, Henry, and Wesley.
Mattie Harmon Feemster separated from her husband, Charle Feemster about 1940 and moved to St. Louis, MO with her children. She died in August 1984 leaving thirty grandchildren and a host of great grandchildren.
I'm not sure how my family acquired the Feemster name, because the Feemster settlers from South Carolina that moved to Lowndes County, Mississippi were abolistionists.The South Carolina Feemsters did have slaves, but it seems this is one of many families that were divided with the issue of slavery. I cannot find any Feemster slave owners on the 1850 and 1860 for Lowndes or Noxubee Counties of Mississippi.
I did come across one James Feemster that was living in Noxubee County, Mississippi about 1830 with his family. Two of his sons, James and Robert Feemsters died in the Civil War as Confederate soldiers. Could this James Feemster be the slave ower ?

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Reading a Census

Posted on September 17, 2009 at 8:15pm 2 Comments

My main problem while researching my family tree is reading a census. First, I didn't think some of my family members were on any census. This was due to bad handwriting, wrong birth years and misspelled names or incorrect surnames. I had to take one census year, for one county and searched page by page to find lost ancestors.My great grandmother name was Quantillia, her name was misspelled Guantillia,Quantellia etc.My grandfather's surname was Feemster. The F looks like a fancy written H and I… Continue

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At 1:44pm on September 14, 2009, Pam McCreary said…
Jean, welcome and I'm glad you enjoyed my pictures. Now I just have to find names for the individuals :-) I've been in touch with new found cousins, so I'm hoping that more brick walls will be torn down with their help. Good luck on your search!
At 11:17am on September 2, 2009, Bob Goode said…
Hi Jean, Welcome to the St. Louis Genealogy Society group. Go to the group and select St. Louis Connections under discussions and add your St. Louis surnames. Bob
At 9:55pm on August 30, 2009, Sherry Hightower said…



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