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i : Friday, March 2,t, | 973 WILKINSON COUNTY" ---' A BRIEF HISTORY OF ITS COMMUNITIES (Continued from Page 12) one-half mles south of Turn- bull, was settled in 1842. The plantation was once owned by a man named Waller. and 1.ater by his dau-hter. Mrs, Ed Lewis. TDe f:tmily sold the land to Wyley Mor_an. for whom the flag ,top on the Y&MV Rail- road wns named Pinckneyvine w,as founded about 180:). and named for Gen- eral Pinckney. As early as 1815, Pinekneyville Academy was founded, under the leadership of such men as Gerard Brandon, Richard Butler, Moses HLook Edward Randolph, and Dr. John Carmichael. Many years ago, Pinckneyville was known ,as the location of the Whitaker Negroes, a group with unusual racial characteris- tics. who gradually decreased in number, until only six remained The Woodville Republ;can, Woodvlle, M;sslsspp! "Pd00-o 79 ROSETTA settled about 1815, by the Murrays from Pennsylvania, and In 1888. a post office was es- the Owe]s. from South Carolina. tablis?ed at what is now known who cam. here because it wt. as Rosette. ten mile,s northeast of Wilkinson. It was then called a good location lor raising cattle and hoozs. It later became Harvard Ferry, because it was on the little dirt road. which a busy sawmill ce.nter, the fir..t mill beil]g cslablished in 185. led t.a Ha;rvard's Ferry, across the Homochitto River. A past office located in the In 190{). when the Y&MW community in 1965, was called Railroad was constructed along this route, a large ravel pit se:t out several hundred cars of gravel a day, and a small WHTAKER i the famous Bethel Camp Ground school. The incorporators were Whitaker. five miles south of of the Methodist Church was John Coul,ter, Abram M. Sco'tt, Centreville. was a plantation located here. Joseph Johnson, William Con- since about 1830. but Whitaker[ Whitestown once boasted a nel. John B. Posey, John Nugent, Station waLs not known by that post office, but it was diseon- Willia m Vaughan, Micajah ame un'til the railroad was ltinued with the coming ..of RFD. Frazier, and Rober G, Leckie, eontructed in 1842. WILKINSON One source says the station] Wilkinson. nine miles north was named for Richard Whit- er Woodville, was named for Ashley, for T. N. Ashley, the aker. ,who was a prominent first postmaster. In 1882 the !r41,anter and merchant, and General James Wilkinson, as was the county, but prior to name was changed to Saukum: served for a number of years a nam suggested to the Post as a member of the Board of aslS03'Buffalo.the settlement was known Offi,e Dcpaxtment by Alonzo Supervis)rs. Anol:her scuTee says The first settlers, who came Because of its l.ecation, on the on the Alto and Magnolia Plan- village soon grew up around the Hackett. The office was Louisiana State Line. Morgan t,ations in 1938. According to pit. Tl.e pit was ownea by a discontinue d in 1912, and the 1,3cal physicians, the Whitakers man named Rosenfield, whose census of 1930 litcd the popu- dauzhter's name w,as Rosetta. ilat!on at twenty. was once used as a quarantine had sub-normal sweat gland,s; . .,tation. consequently, in warm weather. As this was the main industry TURNBULL FINCKNEYVILLE they had to remain near a pool of the place, il became known or ceek, in which they could as R0setta. and since the rail- I Turnbull, located six miles Located six miles southeast of immerse themselves, road station was known by that l south ef Woodville, was a flag Fort Adams, Pinckneyville, once Fequently, they took buekets Ename, the post office changed isto p on the historic West Fe- the seat of justice for Wilkinson of water to the fields with them, its name fxom Harvard Ferry to liciana Railroad. The place oc- C'ountv, has retained many of turning .the water over their Rosctt.a. cuoies land once owned by the ch:ac.teristics of 'the Old heads to soak their clothing. I A railroad turntable for trairns Daniel C!ark. a noted ch,aracter Deep South, largely due to the Be.sides .the peculiarity of their was built at this station w.h.en in I.?uisiana ann.als, and in fact t'at the railr:oad never skin. which though dark, h,ad!trains first started running former years, was known as reached here. a shiny ppearance, they had through, but when the gravel Johnston Station being a that Oliver Pollock. a witness when few teeth; perhaps two or three IP it closed, and the turntable t:me. the property of Joseph thai Richard Whitaker was not here in the late 1700's. were not born until 1854. twelve years after the place was suppo,sedly slave owners, and the many farms which sprang up along named for h   I Buffalo River. were small in- WItITESTOWN stead of the usual plantations , which were situated along the Whitestown, nine mile south- Missi..sippi River, and in other east of Woodville. wa,s first parts of the county. These known as Newtonia for the ,people soon built a prospe,rous Newton family, who settled here ,community, and some :of the prior to 1817. As early as 1825. first churches in this section of the name was changed t,o the State, were located in ,he Whitestown, a settlement which vicinity. once supported several large stores and two colleges. I WILKINSON ACADEMY Dr. Pharos purchased a farm General Wilkinson was being investigated for conspiracy vith ,3.,.ron Burr, lived at Pincknev- ville, as did a number of the first Fnglish-.speaking settlers in the Natchez Distxict..and the Kemoer brothers used Pinck- neyville as a refuge after their forays into Spanish Territory. ED'S TV SERVICE W E L C 0 M E Enjoy your stay in Woodville and Come in and see our Sylvania TV's at the top and a few below, with wa,s removed, the once busy Johnston (Johnson). one of the here in 183.9, and built a home' In 1815 an act was passed those being fine and pointed, lvillage began to decline. The ora:izers and early President in 1841. He founded %he New- from which sprang the incorpor- Tt]eir lips were large, thick, and town of Stephensn was built, of the West. Feliciana Railro,ad. Ionia Female Institute in 1842, ation of Wilkinson Academy. protruding, making their speech three miles away in 1917. with The land on which Tuxnbull and Newtoni.a Ins.titute for boys The site of the academy was out a bit indistinct, and giving their what business remaining in Re- stands, at .one time belonged to in 1843. Both of thee colleges of Woodville on Sligo Road, just faces an odd look. Their hair setta being moved the, re. and as Mr. Turnbull. a descendant of prospered until the start of the where tte Jewish Cem,tery is was fine and silky, but thin and a result of 'tills, the depot was, a lordly house of England. When Civil War. at w.hich time they now located. Years later, this short, nd they vcere perhaps discontinued in 1930. S.O. Stockett came into pea- closed, and never re,opened, little school came into prom- slightly sub-normal in intelli- SAUKUM session of the property, he re- Alexander Campbell c am e mence over the South by having gence, but their peculiarities christened the station, Turnbull. here ,and o:rga,nized one of the been the place where Jefferson seemed to be inherited only by Located sixteen miles north- in honor of the family about first Christian Churches in the Davis, the only President of the paren.ts;the male thedescendantSie'males of beingthe east of Woodville Saukum was _which many traditions cluster, surrounding countryside, and Confederate States, attended normal, j The Whitaker Negroes ere descendants of Louis Whitaker. a Richnond. Virginia slave, who was sold in the old market at New Orleans. POND Pond is situated ,midway be- tween Fort Adams nd Pinck- neyville, ,and is said to 'have been in existence in 1798. During the days of extensive cotton shipping on %he Missis- sippi River, the farmens from all parts of Wilkinson County and parts of ,nearby counties, especially Amite, hauled their cotton to the river over ,a road whic,h ran past Pond. Most of these cotton wagons were da,wn by oxen, and the drivers usually traveled in large groups. Arriv- ing at this spot about dark they would camp here, just out- side the shipping port of Fort Adams. For the purpose ,of obtaining watering place Ior their stock they dug a large pond on the oamp site, and the place bec,ame known as Pond. VELMA'S Woodville's Finest Dress Shop WELCOMES VISITORS Enjoy Your Stay In Woodville Southern Hospitality at its best is extended to you, Pilgrimage Visitors. Compliments of WILKINSON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE H. B. McGraw, Sheriff ! Wilkinson County was estab - lished on January 30, 1802. At that time and for some years subsequently, the county site was at Wilkinsburgh, or as it was sometimes spelled, Wilkl.ns- burg. Few today know that there was eve such a place, but it was the seat of government, the site of the court house, and the only village in the county for sevc:ral years. Its location was exactly where Fort Adams is; in fact. the present ort Adams i.s Wilkinsburgh under t different ame Farm Bureau INSUI[A NCE COMPANIES "Owned By Those It +Serves" * Fire-Auto-Life * Inland Marine * Farm  Ge:ral Liahility * Workman's Compensation RICHAR, i# iI,ACCOMIO Woodville, Misc. Box 444 -- Pit. 888,3661 or 4612 Dorlt miss a flolden opportunity to earn 5%. Our 5% Golden Savings Plan is your chance to earn a top bank interest rate, compute d daily, compounded quarterly on your money. A 5% Golden Savings Account lets you plan your future financial goals with confidence. Stop by today and open a 5% Golden Savings Account with us .... it's the chance of a lifetime. FARMERS EXCHANGE BANK BRANCH OF DEPOSIT GUARANTY NATIONAL BANK GROW WITH US/CENTREVILLE, MISS./MEMBER F.D.I.C. ^