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After the Civil War


Soon after the War, several of the children and their spouses moved out of Jasper County in search of new frontiers. The two daughters married local men and while they stayed in the County, their families moved, Sarah’s to Newton (Lawrence) County, MS and Dolly’s to Freestone (Wortham) County, TX.

Son Henry Clay, a doctor in the War, married a war widow from Old Marion County, MS and resettled there on her family farm. Two other sons, Jesse Mercier and George Poindexter and their wives, soon followed him to Old Marion. Jesse Mercier soon moved on to St. Tammany (Covington) Parish, LA while George P. moved to Acadia (Crowley) Parish, LA, then on to Jefferson (Beaumont) County, TX.

In failing health, Robert Releford and Mary Ann moved to Old Marion County in 1872 to be with their doctor son. After their death and burial in Byrd's Chapel Methodist Church Cemetery west of Carriere, MS (now in Pearl River Co), son Henry Clay, and three of his children, moved on to Hillsboro (Tampa) County, Florida.