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John Calvin Thompson (1850 - 1897) & Cecelia Rebecca Pee (1855 - 1937)

John Calvin Thompson was the second child and son of David Sherrell and Mary Brower Thompson. He was born 22 DEC 1850 (some say 1848) in Attala or Winston County, MS.

We are not sure what name he preferred but many documents show his initials only. For this report, we'll call him John. He married Cecelia Rebecca Pee on 5 OCT 1871, probably in Attala County and perhaps at Shady Grove Church, where Rebecca lived. They had eleven children: Jimmie (1872 who died the day after birth), Georgia Rosalee (1873-1954), Theodore Richardson (1875-1966), Benjamin Franklin (1878-?), Columbus Pinckney (1881-1962), Lillie Jane (1883-1884), Viola Catherine (1885-1912), Ozema Rebecca (1888-1968), John Henry (1891-1973), Carrie Matilda (1894-1966) and Eva Estelle (1896-1905).

John Calvin Thompson

Cecelia Rebecca Pee was born 04 JAN (or July) 1855 in Attala Co., MS. Her parents were George Christopher Pee and Mary Elizabeth Mason.

The Pee family is fairly well documented. In a descriptive register of Attala County, MS 1864/65, George Christopher Pee, was described as age 40, hazel eyes, black hair, 5'9", of a dark complexion, born in SC, a wagon maker by trade. On Aug 24, 1861, when 38 years old, he enlisted in the Confederate Army at Grenada, MS, by Col Drake for a period of 12 months service. His record includes first Sgt., Co. B., Mississippi Inf., captured at Ft Donelson, Feb 16, 1862, imprisoned at Camp Morton, IN, discharged at Jackson, MS on Oct 2, 1862 and listed as ill.

The Pee family may have changed their name from Pea/ Peay/ Peaz/ DePey/ DuPee/ Du Pey/ Dupree and are French Huguenots, Nicholas Dupey being the first to come over (to America) (51).

Rebecca was the fourth of twelve children born to George Christopher and Mary Elizabeth Mason Pee. They were: Emily Jane or Joyce (1847??), Doctor Franklin (1849?1912), Nancy Elizabeth (1852?1878), Cecelia Rebecca, James Reuben (1857?1928), Sarah Amanda "Sallie" (1860?1939), John Newton (1864?1934), Martha AC "Mariah" (1866??), Ella Amanda Meter (1868??), Georgia Ophelia (1871?1871), Joseph Johnson (1872??), Eddie Matilda (1875??).

In the 1892 minutes of the Kosciusko Baptist Association records John has been ordained and the pastor of Macedonia Church. He also preached at Carson Ridge, North Union, Pilgrim's Rest and Berea. On Nov 27, 1895, John Calvin deeded all of his land to Rebecca as a "gift deed". Perhaps he had an illness that he knew was serious. If he knew his life would be cut short, then this gift deed would ensure Rebecca had full claim to the land. We are left to speculate the reason.

John died 5 OCT 1897 at his home in the Carson Ridge Community, Attala Co., MS. He was buried at Carson Ridge Cemetery, east of Ethel, Attala Co., MS, in between a plot reserved for his wife and a vacant plot. Next to this vacant plot lies his father David Sherrell Thompson.

His obituary read: "Rev J. C. Johnson (misprint) died at his home near Carson Ridge Church, in beat 5, last Tuesday. Rev Johnson was pastor of four churches, and was a faithful servant of the Lord. He will be missed not only by his own flock, but by his neighbors and friends as well. The editor of this paper saw him the day before his death, and never thought that this minister of the gospel would be so suddenly called to the great beyond. He was taken ill on Monday night and breathed his last Tuesday afternoon. His remains were interned in the Carson Ridge Cemetery, funeral services conducted by the Rev. A. J. Reynolds. We extend our condolences to the sorrow-stricken family and relatives." The Mississippi Farmer (24), Vol. 2, 14 OCT 1897 issue, page 5, second column.

On 08 MAR 1921, the heirs of David Sherrell and Clarenda met to divide their inheritance. This meeting provides insight into JC's family at that time. "Since John Calvin Thompson was deceased, without a will, his money was divided among his family, each receiving $23.41 5/9:
Rebecca, his wife, now living with her son, John Henry
John Henry Thompson, who lived on the farm
Mrs. Georgia McCool, Kosciusko, MS
Theodore Thompson, McAdams, MS
Frank Thompson, O'Reilly, MS
Lum Thompson, McAdams, MS
Mrs. Ozema Adams, Ethel, MS
Mrs. Carrie Sims, O'Reilly, MS
Mrs. Viola Nowell, deceased 1912 without a will, with her share split between J. C. Nowell, her husband, the minors John Kenneth, Georgia and Felty, all living with their father and Mrs. Agatha Coleman, who is a minor but married living in Cleveland, MS."

Rebecca died 29 MAY 1937, Attala Co., MS. She was buried at Carson Ridge Cemetery, Attala County, MS, in between her husband John and their daughter (and last child) Eva, who died at 8 years old from an unknown cause.

Her obituary read: "In loving memory of Mrs. Rebecca Thompson, who departed this life on May 29, 1937. She had been in ill health for some time, all was done for her that loving hands could do, but the dear Father above took her home to live with him forever there. She was born January 4, 1855, being at the time of her death 82 years, four month and 23 days of age. She was the wife of Rev. J. C. Thompson who departed this life 40 years ago. In early life she united with the Carson Ridge Baptist Church and lived a Christian life until her death. She leaves to mourn her grown four sons and three daughters, a number of grandchildren, relatives and friends........" (paper and date not recorded)

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