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James and Mary Britton family notes

1840 MS Census, Marshall county, p. 42

James Britton, head of house consisiting of:
3 males aged 0-4, 3 males aged 5-9, 2 males aged 10-14, 1 males age 40-49
1 female aged 5-9, 1 female aged 10-14, 1 female aged 15-19, 1 female aged 30-39

1850 MS Census, Panola county, p. 313:

This family can not be found in the 1860 census.

Letter from Benny Britton, June, 2002:


I just returned from Ms. I was able to find land records, will and probate for James in Panola Co. Also found Mary's marker in Everson Cemetery outside Coldwater in Tate Co. James is on Holly Springs Church roll for 1837-39 which indicated he was from Fayette Co, Tn. Also shows land owned in DeSoto (Tate) Co in 1860.

I will return again to go thru land records in Hernando (Desoto Co. (Tate)) as well as in Holly Springs (Marshall Co).

Have pieced together following timeframes:

In Fayette Co. Tn at Prosperity Church prior to 1837.
In Holly Springs (Marshall Co. 1837-39).

Bought section (600) acres about one-two miles south of Sardis, on east side of current IS55 on April 4, 1848 and sold 3-8-55. Located at NW corner of intersection of present Belmont Rd and River Rd.
Went to Coldwater area where Mary died 1859.
Owned 200-400 acres in DeSoto in 1860 Agriculture census.
Returned to Sardis and bought additional land 11-9-1865 plus several other transactions until death.
Will leaves estate to wife Caroline A Britton.
Have will dated Jan. 8, 1879. Also have probate document dated March 10, 1879 indicating his death.

I just got a response to an inquiry on Prosperity Church in Fayette Co. Tn

The first Presbyterian Church in the vicinity of Hickory Withe was organized at Prosperity in 1834. This was not far from Oakland. A log building was erected at this place. In 1850 the membership was divided, and one portion went to the organization at Hickory Withe and the other to Moscow. Note Moscow is in middle of the southern part of the county.


Research notes from Benny Britton, Nov. 2002:

Found in land records [of Desoto county, Mississippi]:
James Britton purchased lot 181 in Hernando, from Edward Orne on Nov 24, 1840. No record of the sale of the lot.
James Britton purchased Sec 30, Township 4, R-7, all of NW 1/4 on 2-21-1853 from George W. Jones.
James Britton purchased SE and SW sections of same Sec on 12-14-1855 from Central Bank of Ga.
Both properities sold to Wm D. Lackland on 2-25-1856.

Also found the purchase of one slave BS from W. D. Lackland. No date given
Also copy of Bondsman by James Britton for Crocket Phillips to be guardian for James R. Phillips minor child of Thomas P Phillips. Dated 16 Sept 1861.
Also copy of another Bondsman by James Britton dated 16 Sept 1861 for C H & J D Phillips as Administrators for Servis (sp) Phillips, deceased.

Descendants of William A. Britton (son of James) from Benny Britton [].