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1. Ludwell Worsham b abt 1771
of Caswell, NC. He m 1st) Elizabeth Cox 3 Sep 1807
Caswell Co, NC & m 2nd) Nancy Bennett 3 Jul 1813 Caswell Co, NC. He wrote
his will 19 Mar 1849 & proved 16 Apr 1849 Jackson Co, GA. Descendants lived
in Jackson Co, GA.
Will of Ludwell Worsham from Jackson Co, GA
Will Abstracts, Books A & B 1803-1888. A-199 Ludwell Worsham. Will dated 19 Mar 1849, probated
16 Apr 1849,
recorded 7 May 1849, pp. 303-305: (Ed Rowe, 2002)
"I give & bequeathe to my wife NANCY
the land & plantation on which I now live & the five following Negro
Slaves Anaca James Leaner Judith & Areminta - & two choise Horses - two
choise cows & calves twelve head of hogs & the Stock of Sheep &
years provision, two beds with the nessary furneture one desk one Chest one
trunk one fine table with the necessary furniture for the Same ten split
bottoned, chairs one clock, one loom, one spinning wheel, all which I give her
during her life time."
"At the death of my wife I direct my hereafter named Executors to Sell
the land I have here willed her & the proceeds thereof to be Equally divided
amongst my three daughters (Viz) Frances M. Marlow, Mary C. Moon & Elizabeth
B. Thurmond - & I direct that the Negro property that I have willed her at
her death to be lotted of & their Increase if any, & to valued &
drawn for amongst all my Children - & I direct at my death for my Executors
to sell all the Stock & household furniture & every thing & things
whereof I am in right Seized of Except what I have will’d to my wife, to be
sold to pay my debts if any & the ballance or Surplus if any to be divided
amongst all my Children."
"I direct that the Negro property Except those I have will’d my wife -
at my death Should be valued & lotted of & drawn for amongst all my
children. I give & bequeathe to my Son John H. Worsham the land &
Plantation known as the CASH tract which I give to him & his Heirs &
assigns forever. I give & bequeath to my Son Wynn A. Worsham the tract of
land on which he now lives on the South Side of the Mulberry fork of the Occonee
to him & his Heirs & assigns forever. I give & bequeathe to Thomas
J. Thurmond the tract of land on which he now lives on the north side of the
Mulberry fork of the Occonee - Provided his own funds or mony be Sufficient to
pay for the Same but in event of Mony or funds haveing to go to pay for it - it
is then to be considered as a part of my Estate & to be Sold & Equelly
divided amongst all my children."
Son, Wynn A. Worsham, appointed as the trustee of his dau. Elizabeth B.
Thurmond to receive & receipt for her & to deal out to her & in her
Executrix: Wife, Nancy Worsham, & Executors:Son-in-law, Peterson T. Marler
(Marlow), & sons, John H. Worsham & Wynn A. Worsham
1A.1. Frances M
m Peterson T Marler 18 Dec 1826 Pittsylvania Co, VA. License was issued 10 Dec
1826. He is Peterson Marlow and she is Frances Worsham, dau. Of Ludwell Worsham,
who requests this license be issued. (Marriages of Pittsylvania Co, VA
1806-1830 by Kathleen Booth Williams, Danville, VA, 1965 pub. By author, p 101).
Additional information on this family submitted by Clayton Hicks, Ft. Worth, TX,
2000. Peterson b 13 Feb 1801 Halifax Co, NC & d 25 Mar 1887 Jackson Co, GA. Frances d bef 1887 Jackson
Co, GA. They were on the Jackson Co, GA Census
for 1850. He is age 49 & she is age 36. They are on the 1860 & 1870
census. He is Peter T. Marlow age 79 b NC in District 455, Jackson, GA 1880
Census, p 636B. She is age 71. He wrote his will 3 Aug 1886, probated 4 Apr
1887, recorded June 10, 1887 (Jackson Co, GA. Will Bk B, 1860-1888, p 377.
"I, P. T. Marler of said state and county being of sound mind and disposing
memory do make this my last Will and Testament. Item 1st: I give bequeath and
devise to my son John E. Marler Sixty acres in the East end of my tract of land
including the residence in which I now live also Two spotted Hogs free from all
charges or limitation whatever to his own proper use benefit and behoof. Item 2:
I give bequeath and devise to my sons S. L. Marler D. P. Marler and daughter
Mary Jane Jackson (formerly Marler) Sarah A. Strickland (formerly Marler) Martha
O. Lay (formerly Marler) the remainder of my tract of land containing One
hundred Acres more or less including the dwelling now occupied by D S Lay to be
equally divided with said heirs above named. 3rd It is my will that the
household and kitchen furniture stock including farming utensils & c be sold
and the proceeds equally divided between S L Marler D P Marler Mary J Jackson
Sarah A Strickland Mary O. Lay. 4th I further bequeath to my son John E Marler
all the money and debts coming to me after all expenses of my burial &c are
paid. Item 5th I hereby constitute and appoint my son John E Marler and son in
law D S Lay Executers of my last will and testement. This the 31st day of August
1886 /s/ Peter T x Marler. Probated 4 Apr 1887
Peterson T. Marlow was born in Halifax County, VA February 13th
1801. He was married to Frances M. Worsham in Halifax County, VA December 19th
1826 and moved to Georgia in 1830, where he lived until death claimed him March
25th 1887. He was buried beside his wife, who preceeded him to his grave but a
few years, at his old home place and family burial ground in the upper portion
of Jackson County, Georgia. Besides his relatives a very large concourse of
neighbors and friends were present at his burial, though the services were
conducted in a quiet, unostentatius manner at the grave. His civil relations
were faithfully maintained during his long and busy life. Those who knew him
best, praise him abundantly as a strictly honest man, a just, true, energetic
and conscientious neighbor whose door were ever open to appeals of charity and
whose hands were ever full in ministrations to the need and afflicted. His
hospitality was limited only by his means and the occasion; so central in his
life was the trait, that just a few hours before he died he gave specific
directions concerning the welfare of those attending him. His social relations
were very pleasant and inviting. His home relations were conductive to happiness
and contentment to his large family, even delicate enough to said much in
leading every single child of eight or nine in number into the fold of Christ’s
flock, though himself not a member of any church. Every relation assumed by him
was well filled, as is testified by those who dealt with him most and who knew
him best. He thought he ought to have joined the church in early life, but,
neglected to do so. Just before death came to him, he remarked; "If anybody
every trusted Jesus, I do now," and repeatedly expressed himself as
desirous to die and be with his Redeemer. He was conscious of a spiritual change
and was very happy at the prospect of death. He was conscious until a very short
while before he died, his mind being exceptionally clear and active.
1A.1.1. William L Marler b abt 1827 NC. (23-1850;
32-1860) William was a lawyer in Jackson Co, GA.
1A.1.2. Elizabeth W. Marler b 23 May 1830 Jackson Co, GA
m John Macafee
Green 31 Mar 1850 Jackson Co, GA. They are on the 1850 Jackson Co, GA
Census. She is age 20. They are in the 1880 Hurricane, Saline, AR Census p
253C. He is age 52 b GA & she is age 50. She d 1 May 1910 Hot Springs,
Garland, AR. Buried Greenwood Cem, Hot Springs, Garland, AR. (Death Certificate
in file of Clayton Hicks, Ft. Worth, TX)
1A.1.2.1. Thomas P Green b 1 Feb 1851 Hall
m Salina Ann Roark
1A.1.2.2. William Daniel Green b 2 Nov 1852 Gainsville, Hall, GA
Adeline Roland 24 Dec 1871 Saline Co, AR. They were in the 1880 Hurricane,
Saline, AR Census, pg 253C. He is age 28 b GA & she is age 27 b AR. He d
15 Jun 1928 Saline Co, AR & bur McPherson Cem, Saline Co, AR. Children
Sarena J Green b 1874, Larrus W. Green (dau) b abt 1876, Benjamin F Green b
1878, McFee Green b 1879.
1A.1.2.3. Pete Green
1A.1.2.4. Unknown Green
1A.1.2.5. Unknown Green
1A.1.2.6. Unknown Green
1A.1.2.7. Alfred B Green 15 Feb 1868 Saline Co, AR. (10-1880)
1A.1.2.8. Chester Jane Green b 28 Jun 1870 Saline Co, AR. (8-1880)
George Primrose Tull 1891, d 28 Jun 1962 Falls Co, TX & bur Chilton Cem,
Chilton, Falls, TX
1A.1.2.9. John F Green b 19 Dec 1871 AR (7-1880).
1A.1.2.10. Margaret P Green "Meg" b 3 Jun 1874 AR (5-1880) &
d Aug 1968
1A.1.3. D P Marler. He is mentioned in his father’s will.
1A.1.4. Sarah A Marler b abt 1833 Jackson Co, GA (17-1850)
Strickland abt 1859 Jackson Co, GA. She is in District 455, Jackson Co, GA
1880 Census, p 636 V with sons Howel C Strickland age 20 & Sydney A
Strickland age 18.
1A.1.5. Mary Jane Marler b abt 1836 Jackson Co, GA. (14-1850)
Jackson bef 1886 Jackson Co, GA.
1A.1.6. Middleton Marler b abt 1841 Jackson Co, GA. (9-1850)
1A.1.7. John E Marler b abt 1842 Jackson Co, GA. (8-1850; 38-1880)
1A.1.8. Martha O Marler b abt 1844 Jackson Co, GA (6-1860)
m D. S. Lay
bef 1886 Jackson Co, GA. In her father’s will, she is referred to as Martha
1A.1.9. Samuel Lesley Marler
b 13 Nov 1849 Jackson Co, GA d 22 May 1936
Jackson Co, GA.
B McWhorter. Elizabeth is
bur in Thyatira Presbyterian Church Cem, Jackson Co, GA.
1B.1.1. John L Worsham.
J L Worsham m Esther A Giddens 21 Aug 1859 Jackson Co, GA. Esther b 29 May 1840 Jackson Co,
GA & d 20 Mar 1872 Jefferson, Jackson, GA. (Roy Giddens Jr.) During
the War Between the States, he was a member of company C of the 18th GA
Volunteer Infantry from Jackson Co. His Confederate soldier compiled service
record lists him as a prisoner of war in 1864 and as late as Jan of 1865.
According to some notes written by his son, William Anderson Worsham, he
"died in the hotter part of the year 1864 on staff of quartermaster of Wofford's brigade". (Ed Rowe, 2002)
1B.1.1.1. William Anderson Worsham Worsham b 30
Sep 1860 Jackson m Nov 21 1880
Jane Dunnahoo "Kate." She was b 21
Oct 1861 and she d 30 Jan 1906 in Newton, GA. Amanda the d/o Thomas Jordan Dunnahoo and Florillah Catharine Finch.
William d. 9 Mar 1921 & was bur Covington City Cem, Newton Co, GA.
According to some notes written by Ed Rowe’s mother (Sarah Belle Stringfellow
Rowe), "William A. Worsham was raised by his grandfather, Hosea Camp
Giddens, after John L. did not return from the War and I guess since William's
mother died in Aug. of 1872. My mom's notes also say that Hosea C. Giddens died
in Texas while visiting relatives there." In "Descendents of
James Giddens" by Andrew Giddens p. 295:
"In the deeds records of
Banks Co., GA, Hosea is recorded deeding to his two grandchildren William and
Sally Worsham about seventy acres for five dollars. This was in 1881 or 1882,
just before he departed for Tarrant County, Texas."
On pp 301-302:
"Esther A. was born in Jackson County, Georgia, on May 29, 1849. She died
in Jackson County, Georgia on March 20, 1872. She is buried in the Oconee Church
Cemetery in Jackson County. She was the daughter of Hosea Camp Giddens and
Esther Morgan Giddens."
In the 1880 census of Banks Co, GA, Willian
A Worsham age 19, and Sallie E Worsham age 18, were recorded living with their
grandfather, Hosea C Giddens. (Roy Giddens Jr., 2001) Photograph of William Anderson Worsham
great grandson, Ed Rowe, 2002.
Children: (Ed Rowe, 2002)
1B.184.108.40.206. Myrtle Emmaline Worsham b 11 Oct
1881 of Jackson Co, GA & killed by lightning inside of their house while
standing near the fireplace during a thunderstorm 21 Aug 1892.
1B.220.127.116.11. Edna Madge Worsham
b 7 Feb 1883 Jackson Co, GA & m Thomas Walker 1
Nov 1909. She d 20
Sep 1964 Cobb Co, GA. Child: Katie Knight Walker.
1B.18.104.22.168. Jane Worsham b 25 Nov 1884 &
d 26 Nov 1884 of Jackson Co, GA.
1B.22.214.171.124. John Ludwell Worsham
b 8 Oct 1886 of Jackson Co, GA & d 14 Aug 1955 Fulton Co, GA. He m
Terry b 8 Jul 1894 & d 12 Dec 1985 Cartersville, Bartow, GA.
E Worsham b abt 1915 of Covington, Newton, GA & d 18 Jun 1949
Covington, Newton, GA. She m Harold Yarbrough
b abt 1915.
L Worsham "Jack" b 28 Feb
1916 of Covington, Newton, GA & d 7 Jan 1989 Rockdale, GA.
Worsham "Albert" b abt 1919.
1B.126.96.36.199.4. Mary Worsham
b 28 Sep 1924 Lanette, Chambers, AL & d 15 Dec 2005
Cartersville, Bartow, GA.
K Worsham b aft 1919 of Covington, Newton, GA & d 23 May 1938
of Covington, Newton, GA.
1B.188.8.131.52. Thomas Jordan Worsham b 1 Sep 1889
of Jackson Co, GA & d 23 Dec 1953 Fulton Co, GA.
1B.184.108.40.206. Kate Claxton Worsham b 9 May 1891
of Jackson Co, GA, d 6 Oct 1976 Greene Co, GA & m James
Smith. Children: Cosima Smith, Bill Smith, Thomas Smith, Hosea Smith
& Owen Smith.
1B.220.127.116.11. Winford Worsham b & d 11 Mar
1893 of Jackson Co, GA.
1B.18.104.22.168. Winnie Worsham b & d 11 Mar
1893 of Jackson Co, GA.
1B.22.214.171.124. Ishbel Worsham "Bell"
b 3 Mar 1894 of Jackson Co, GA, m
James Fletcher Bailey
& she d 27 Feb 1989 Clarke Co, GA. James was b 11 Apr 1882 Georgia & d 19 Aug
1956 Rockdale, GA.
Photo of Ishbel
from Kinney Family Tree, Ancestry.com.
Children: E Ruth Bailey Kinney, John
Lewis Bailey, Hazel Dawn Bailey, Tom Bailey, James Fletcher Bailey Jr (Buddy),
Clarabell Bailey Wood, and Winfred Bailey. (Dixie Kinney Savage, 2010)
1B.126.96.36.199. Isma Dooley Worsham "Doots"
b 9 Jan 1897 of Jackson Co, GA & d 22 Aug 1963 of Covington, Newton, GA. She m
John Dempsey. Children: Mary Dempsey
& Savilla D Dempsey b abt 1922 m Jack C. Brewer & she d 31 Aug
1B.188.8.131.52. Mary Lou Worsham "Sue"
b 30 Oct 1898 Jackson Co, GA & d. 9 Apr 1984 of Covington, Newton, GA.
1B.184.108.40.206. Sarah Elizabeth Worsham b 31 Jul
1900 Jackson Co,
GA & d.
19 May 1970. She m Charles Guy
Stringfellow who along with children, Jack Hamilton Stringfellow and
Hazel Stringfellow, d 1931 Dunedin, Pinellas Co, Florida from injuries
sustained in a tragic accident after their car was hit by a train. Other
children: Sarah Belle Stringfellow & Helen Hope Stringfellow.
Elizabeth Worsham & children, Sarah Belle Stringfellow & Helen
Hope Stringfellow, from Ed Rowe, 2002.
1B.220.127.116.11. Fannie Ruth Worsham
b 18 Aug 1902 of Newton Co, GA & d 3 Apr 1982 McDuffie, GA. She m
Earl Beeland b 26 Sep 1901 & d 7 Mar 1976 White Plains, Greene,
GA. Children: Billy Beeland, Margy Beeland, Mary Beeland, Samuel Beeland,
Johnny Beeland, Cherie Jo Beeland, Faye Beeland and Renee Beeland.
1B.1.1.2. Sallie E. Worsham
b abt 1862 Jackson Co, GA m
Rhinehart 12 Jan 1886 who was b abt 1860 & he d abt 1913 Banks, GA.
Photograph of Sallie E. Worsham from Ed Rowe, 2002.
1.B.1.2. Esther Worsham should be deleted, she is the wife of John L. Worsham
and they were living with his father, John H. Worsham, in the 1860 Jackson Co,
1.B.1.3. William W
Worsham b Mar 1844 in Jackson, GA & d 7 Sep 1914 in Atlanta, Fulton, GA. He m
Louise A b Apr 1853 in Tennessee.
Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Georgia 8 Sep
"William W Worsham, aged 70,
died yesterday afternoon at 5 o'clock at the Soldiers' home. The body is at Poole's
1.B.1.3.1. Mary E
Worsham "Molly" "Mallie" b Aug 1877 of Alcorn, MS. She m 23 Nov 1895
Manson Pickney Scott
"Petkny" in Collin Co, TX.
The photo titled
Manson & Mallie Scott with son Olin Scott is from John
Buford Page Family at Ancestry.com, 2009.
Children: William Olin Scott, Lee Marion
Scott, Henry Scott, Owen Roy Scott, Maud Scott, Pink F Scott, Opal B Scott &
General Worsham Ross Scott.
1.B.1.3.2. M L
Worsham b abt 1879 of Alcorn, MS
Charlie E Worsham b 17 Jun 1881 Alcorn, MS.
Andrew Worsham b 10 Apr 1889 Corinth, Alcorn, MS.
Worsham b 5 Jan 1855 Jackson, GA & m Jefferson O. Shirley.
Jefferson b 4 Oct 1854 Fords Store, Hart, GA & d 22 Aug 1929 Ware Shoals, Hart, GA.
I Shirley b Jun 1881 Hart, GA & m Thomas Croft.
Orr Shirley b 21 Jun 1884 Hart, GA & d 18 Sep 1958 Morganton, Burke, NC.
Orr m Ola Leonard.
Carlton B Shirley b 31 Dec 1887 Hart, GA & m Nettie
1. Miles Worsham
b abt 1755 of Chesterfield Co, VA m
Mary Patram abt
1782. He served in the Rev. War. He died about 1820.
1. Miles Worshamn b abt 1795 of Amelia Co, VA. Mother's name is
Martha. Miles m 1st) Elizabeth Ann Warriner 22 Jul 1819 Amelia Co, VA &
2nd) Eliza W Webster. He d 1842 Amelia Co, VA. Descendants lived in Amelia
Co, VA; Nottoway Co, VA; Alcorn Co, MS; Tippah Co, MS.
1.1. William W Worsham b abt 1822 d 8 Sep 1895 & bur Henry Cemetery,
Corinth, Alcorn, MS. He m 1st) Mary E F
Webster who was b. 12 Dec 1825 Amelia Co, VA, d 11 Jul 1882 Corinth,
Alcorn, MS & bur Henry Cemetery, Corinth, Alcorn, MS. (Alcorn Co, MS
Cemeteries pub by Rose Pub Co, Humbolt, TN, 1999)
A history was written about the Worsham family in "The History of Alcorn
Co, MS by Alcorn Co. Historical Association, 1983 & published by National
Share Graphics, Inc., p 601 & 602. Pictures of Dr. Luther Wesley Worsham
& Ben Frank Worsham are included: (Submitted by Clifford Worsham, more information on Ben Frank, III and Robert Hayden & their descendants is
in the book, "The History of Alcorn Co, MS")
"Major W. W. Worsham and his family moved from Virginia to the Ripley,
Mississippi area and then into the Corinth area in 1874. Major Worsham died in
1895 and his wife Mary on July 11, 1882. Both are buried in the Henry Cemetery
Major W. W. Worsham (1821-1895) was born in Virginia and married Mary Webster
Worsham (12/12/1825-7/11/1882). Their son, Luther Wesley Worsham was born in
Burkeville, Nottaway County, Virginia, January 31, 1847. A daughter, Ellen, was
married to W. T. McPeters and lived most of her life in Corinth.
L. W. Worsham entered the Confederate Army when he was 15 years old. He
served with the Second Richmond Howitzers under General Robert E. Lee, and after
his army service in the War Between the States was educated in dentistry at
Baltimore Medical College. On June 9, 1880, he married Miss Attie Flippin
(9/1/1849-9/22/1887) of Amelia County, Virginia.
Dr. L. W. Worsham and his wife, Attie, had three sons, Leroy, Ben Frank and
Addie, all born in Corinth. Addie died as an infant (9/20/87-8/19/88) and Attie
died two days after his birth on September 22, 1887. Dr. Worsham later married
Mrs. Helen Whitmore McWilliams who died in 1948. They had no children. Mrs.
McWilliams had one son, Alonzo, by previous marriage who spent most of his life
in Maplewood, New Jersey. Dr. Worsham practiced dentistry in Corinth for over 60
years and at the time of his sudden death on November 6, 1936, he was the oldest
practicing dentist in the United States.
Leroy Worsham was born June 3, 1881 and married Margaret Jefficoat of Yazoo
County, Mississippi, and they lived most of their adult life in Memphis,
Tennessee. Leroy died on March 27, 1848 and Margaret died in the 1960's. They
had no children. Both were very talented, he in mechanics and she in nursing.
Ben Frank Worsham was born April 6, 1884. He attended Corinth High School and
the University of Mississippi and became an attorney-at-law in about 1905--a
wonderful career which lasted 70 years. He was highly respected throughout
Mississippi as a lawyer and a Methodist Layman, serving in countless community
and civic endeavors. A beloved citizen of Alcorn County, he died in a tragic
automobile accident on July 16, 1975. On June 20, 1906, Frank married Helen
Louise Boone" also of Corinth. She too was educated in Corinth High School
and Hollins College in Virginia. Her father was Jordan Mitchell Boone and her
mother was Alma Green, both of Corinth. Her great-grandfather was Reuben Boone,
credited with having been the first white settler in what is now Alcorn County.
He came in 1834, two years before old Tishomingo County was formed. She had two
sisters; Natalie (Mrs. N. N. Northcross) and Gladys (Mrs. Gayle P. Kyle) Helen
Boone Worsham was born June 20, 1886 in Corinth and died on December 2, 1972
after an extended illness.
Frank and Helen Worsham had three sons: Ben Frank, Jr., Clifford Green, and
Leroy Westley. All three attended Corinth High School and graduated from the
University of Mississippi with Civil Engineering degrees.
Frank, Jr. was born September 26, 1909 and married Dorothy Hess on May 3,
1933. Dorothy was born in Memphis, Tennessee January 27, 1913. Her parents were
Frank H. and Ethel McCracken Hess, originally from Huntingdon, Tennessee. They
had two sons: Ben Frank, III and Robert Hayden.
1.1A.1. Luther Wesley Worsham b 31 Jan 1847
Burkeville, Nottoway, VA. After he served in the Civil War, he was educated in
dentistry at Baltimore Medical College. He m 1st) Attie
Flippin 9 Jun 1880 Alcorn Co, MS who was b 1 Sep 1849 Amelia Co, VA, d
22 Sep 1887 Corinth, Alcorn, MS & Bur Henry Cem, Corinth, Alcorn, MS.
Luther m 2nd) Mrs Helen A Whitmore
McWilliams. Helen b 5 Apr 1861, d 28 Nov 1948 & Bur Henry Cem,
Corinth. Dr. Worsham practiced dentistry in Corinth for over 60 years. Pictured is his obituary published in the 9 Nov 1936 New York Times.
1.1A.1A.1. Leroy Worsham
b 3 Jun 1881 Corinth, Alcorn, MS m Margaret Jefficoat of Yazoo Co, MS
& d 27 Mar 1948 Corinth, Alcorn, MS. He is bur Henry Cem, Corinth.
1.1A.1A.2. Ben Frank Worsham
b 6 Apr 1884 Corinth, Alcorn, MS m Helen Louise Boone 20 Jun
1906 Corinth, Alcorn, MS. Helen b. 20 Jun 1886 Corinth, Alcorn, MS d/o Jordan
Mitchell Boone & Alma Green. She d 2 Dec 1972. He was an attorney-at-law. He
d 16 Jul 1975 Corinth, Alcorn, MS in an automobile accident & both are bur
Henry Cem., Corinth. The following is an interview
with Ben Frank Worsham by Bruce Evans 11 Nov 1974; as published in Corinth
Information Database Version 1.3(c) 1995 Milton Sandy, Jr:
BE: Have schools changed much, education changed much, over the years?
BW: Well, of course I'm sort of old-timey about that. I believe in every kid
knowing his ABC's and I believe in knowing how to read, write particularly. I
believe in teaching them sort of how to write. I believe in thoroughness, which
looks like to me that we', in our education, are probably traveling too
fast-going faster than we should. I went one year to prep school up in Tennessee
and I there learned how to study and I found that you had to understand what you
were studying not memorize it- you had to understand it. I don't think we have
enough understanding of what they are teaching out here. They're teaching it too
fast and getting 'em out.
BE: Do you think there's a discipline program in school nowadays too?
BW: Well, there is no discipline, hardly in colleges. They're on their own.
They do as they please, whatever they want to do. It looks like they are going
wild, but in local schools, I think they maintain a fairly good disciplinary
program. That's what they do. It looks like it to me. I think the local schools,
the lower grades and up to and maybe through the high school, I think they try
to set a real nice program.
BE: Do you think because there is no compulsory education, do you think that
BW: Let me get back to where I'm prejudiced again, don't you see. No, I think
it is bad, but I think it's the only answer for us. I think sooner or later
we're going to have to face but we're going to have to
face it head on. Yea, that's what I think.
BE: I've heard that Mrs. Worsham's family was the Boones? Is that right?
BE: Do you remember anything interesting about them?
BW: Yes, Mr. Boone was my father-in-law, of course, and he's one of the best
lawyers I ever knew.
BE: He was in law too?
BW: Yes, I was in partnership with him and in his office for twenty years or
longer. He was a great man, a great citizen. As I said, I believe he's the best
all-around lawyer I ever knew and I've known em by the hundreds, and I know a
good lawyer when I see one and when I watch them operate. He was at home in
justice court, circuit court, equity and chancery court, federal court,
BE: Just anywhere?
BW: Anywhere, he was at home-and in any location. We had the railroad, the
Mobile and Ohio for instance, through the whole state of Mississippi and we went
up and down the road there--had forty or fifty courts a year, don't you see-they
feared him everywhere.
BE: They feared him? He was that good?
BW: Yes, he was a powerful advocate. He was a simple, brilliant and constant
student who never stopped studying.
BE: Always kept up with everything.
BW: Always, yes, right jam up to date-very involved.
BE: Well, I've certainly got a "blockbuster" here for you.
BE: If you could change any one thing--I know that's sort of second
guessing--but if you could change one thing in your life, what would it be-IF
you wanted to change something?
BW: Well, I related the most drastic experience and that was the loss of
many, many thousands of dollars. I remember one year I paid over four thousand
dollars interest on what I lost, don't you see. Outside of that, I've been
wonderfully blessed in many, many ways. I started out as a young lawyer with a
good practice, making a good living, and as long as I stayed in practice-"I
never had a big practice--but I had a very rewarding and satisfying practice.
I've worked all my life, pretty close, and I told you about Mr. Boone being a
student. It almost forced me to be a pretty good lawyer just to keep up with
him, to stay with him. Of course, when you go from court to court, town to town,
you're a stranger. You run into, take Meridian, in every town, you run into sure
enough lawyers, and you gotta be a pretty good lawyer or you'd better not go
there, don't you see this?
BE: You remember any judges that made an impression on you?
BW: Oh, yea. One that made the most impression on me, I guess, the most novel
impression anyway would be old Judge Niles, who was a Federal Court Judge out of
this district. We had just two judges, the Southern district and we had a
Northern district. Any my first, I remember very distinctly, my first appearance
before Judge Niles. By the way, this Mr. Taylor that I was telling you about,
his affairs went into the Federal Court and every- thing. That liquidation of
the banks, and river estates and the oil mills and all that, had to come through
under the supervision of the Federal Court. Judge Niles lived in Kosiusko. You
might have a mortgage that you could foreclose, but you couldn't foreclose
without getting the waiver of the-commissioner of the Federal Court to do
it--had to go through--that's what was required, and going to see him in
Kosciusko. I did wind up there. This was the first I was before a Federal Court
judge, and I was of course, a young man, a peanut, and I tried as best I could
to get him to say something in his office out in the yard. I was out there and
he came in and I spoke to him. He sat down and I tried to get some statement out
of him. Be didn't talk at all. I kept on and finally I got something to say. I
said, "Judge Niles, I have a petition here. Whenever you feel like taking
it up, I'll be glad to present it to you". He says, "Young man, let me
tell you something". He says, "Federal Court is like the Gates of
Hell. It's always open! What the hell you got for me? Bring it on up and let's
see what it is". That was my first experience with that! (Laughs) He was
very gruff but a wonderful old man. So, I knew him. Of course, I knew all the
judges. By the way, I knew, I think, the smartest man that had ever been in the
Senate. That was John Sharp Williams from Yazoo City.
BE: John Sharp Williams?
BW: John Sharp Williams.
BE: I'm not familiar with him.
BW: Well, he's old-timey', way back there, you know. He was in the same age
period as James K. Vardaman was and, anyway, I knew him real well. He was a
brilliant man and a great man to know. He made two or three races and I drove
him around the territory and associated with him-horse and
buggy it was (laughs). Of course, I was a boy. He was a brilliant man and I
think he was a big man. I think he was not of the type, morally, as Judge
Stennis-I mean, Senator Stennis-is, but he was a statesman. But, he was a liquor
head, he'd get drunk but he'd never get off his feet. He'd stay on his feet
always, and he knew where he was at. Every time he spoke he knew what he'd said,
BE: At least he kept his wits about him.
BW: That's right. He was a great man. I knew him. I knew Judge Sikes who was
a great man. Of course, I practiced with Williams and Dalton all around the
Federal Courts and practiced in a good many courts.
BE: Do you remember any one case that sticks in your mind? Any one case that
BW: Yes, I had a case growing out of the failure of the First National Bank
back here when it went "kaflooney". I took the position. I represented
a bunch of depositors, I reckon, oh, twenty or thirty that had money on deposit,
like Ford Motor Co., Dalton Motor Co., the Ford people here. He had a-his
checking account balance was, say, four thousand dollars. Well, the older bank
had his running account. Say, fifteen thousand dollars, whatever it was, and I
took the position that he had the right to apply four thousand dollars as a
credit on the fifteen thousand dollars. There was a difference, don't you see,
and was ready to pay the Federal Reserve Bank ... by the way, Mr. Fant, who was
Sammie Smith's father-in-law...
BE: Mr. Fant?
BW: Fant, yea, was the District Attorney and he represented the Federal
BE: So he was your opponent.
BW: He was my ... he sure was!
BE: You make it sound like he was quite an opponent.
BW: Well, he was the type of fella that, just like a lot of city government
people, he felt just like, hell, you work for him, he ain't working for you, you
work for him... as far as that's concerned he ran over me the best he could,
pretty well. So anyway, why, I accused the Federal Reserve Bank-of knowing that
the bank, the local bank, was not in good shape and, knowing what they were
doing, they switched from discounts to loans which meant they called the loans
to note.' .. discounted it would just give them the money, the Federal Reserve
would give them 100% on it, except for the retainer or accrued interest or
something of that sort, but you got 100% on it. They switched from that to loan
and they made the bank a direct loan of $2,300 and took three or four times that
much in notes, and I took the position that they knew because they worked for
the Federal Government and they knew, had access to and were familiar with the
reports of the inspectors, and so forth and so on, the examiners, as they came
and they knew the condition of the bank and that it was a matter of right. They
had 'to-be, they should be forced to stay off my depositors until they
exhausted... That involved--we've gone a long way as far as that's concerned
because the effects of that case, that situation!--there was no precedent--just
really a new field, an open field. No real precedent there.
BE: When was this,--do you recall?
BW: 19 ... oh, a long time ago. Likely 19 ... no, early 20's somewhere. No
late 20's, early 30's, that's when it was.
BE: Just before the serious, the great depression.
BW: "29, right along in there or so, when all these banks went down,
yea, that's when it was, yea; Of course, he beat me. Cost all my men, oh, I
guess $100,000 all told. Fifteen or twenty of them in there, don't you see.
Really that much --- $100,000 today ain't worth half as much as $100,000 was
back then, anyway a big amount. He very promptly beat me in the lower, in the
circuit court and I carried it to the Supreme Court. We had two Supreme Court
divisions and...this is quite interesting if your legally inclined--they had
divided into six judges, but they had two divisions, A and B. Those two
divisions enabled them to hear a lot of cases, and if they were considered of
enough significance they'd be referred to what they called the Court in Banks,
the full court don't you see.
BE: They voted as a full court though, on cases, is that right?
BW: Yes, Yes. So, this was division A lip there. When I got to that, Division
A reversed the case and I won it. Well, when they did that, why, Mr. Fant filed
a mean motion. Oh, he was horrible. He should have been indicted. He should have
been cited for contempt of court. His criticism of this Division A was horrible.
Anyway, I came back just as far as he did,, and so in my reply to his, I said I
thought he should be cited for contempt of court for the things held said.
BE: Things he had said against the court?
BW: Yes. But anyway, they re-opened it and put it then to the six judges.
Well, as a matter of fact his son, Sammie Smith's wife's daddy--the Fant I was
talking about was Sammie Smith's wife's grand-daddy--he sent his son Fant,
Lester, Lester Fant--who was a brilliant lawyer, who was a much better lawyer as
far as that's concerned than his father was--much better technical lawyer. He
was the one I argued against during the first trial. When I got down there I had
to argue with Mr. Fant. So we - had-- this is a right funny story--a meeting
here of the wholesale grocers when they went bankrupt. I guess twenty or
twenty-five lawyers were interested all over the country. We had this meeting
and Mr. Fant was making fun of me for the things I said and I returned my reply
to his motion for suggestion of error, what it was, and I told him and I said,
"Mr. Frant, you remind me of the little negro that was in trouble, sho nuff
trouble, and he tried everything, everything. Finally, came to the conclusion
there wasn't but one thing left for him to do and that was call on the good
Lord. So he called on the good Lord and he was praying to Him and finally wind
up by sayin', 'now good Lord, this is a serious thing. This is a man sized job,
so don't send Your Son down here, you come yourself-. I said, "You'll be
here, you ain't goin' to send your son down here". It liked to kill him, he
got so danged mad (deep laughter). And, I won it, in that case we got the
principle. I won on my principles, what I was fighting for---that there was an
element, that there was inequity, ethics and so forth and so on. You probably
don't know what it means; not supposed to I don't think, but ...
BE: No-, I'm kind of limited in my legal knowledge.
BW: Yea, but anyway it was a very serious lawsuit. They weren't going to let
a final Judgment go down against them. However, the Supreme Court in handing
that down, in Bank with the full court, said in their opinion that it appeared
that the Federal Reserve bank was on the border of being guilty of the situation
they had opened up.
BE: That's what you said.
BW: Yes,-that's what I was trying to say in all that. They took it pretty
hard. When I tried it down there, Charles McConigo represented the overall
Federal Reserve System. He was the general attorney for the overall Federal
BE: What was his name-McConigo?
BW: McConigo. He came from St. Louis and it was so serious a lawsuit that he
decided he would come down to Jackson and argue the case to the Supreme Court,
and he did. So, I had Mr. Fant and General McConigo to fight down there at
Jackson. But it developed that the general was not familiar with the rules of
our local courts and in minutes he was just like a fish out of water and he just
BE: He was lost?
BW: Oh, he was lost, that's all there was to it. The judge called him down,
For instance he started out to say, "I'd like to tell you something about
the functions of the Federal Reserve System." Judge Smith, he was a prince
of a fellow, soft and nice he said, "General, we are very much interested
in the Federal Reserve System and would be glad to talk with you about it, but
is that involved in this lawsuit? If it isn't we'd appreciate it if you would
stay with the record".
BE: Stay with the case, eh?
BW: And then, the rule down there was you couldn't read out of the law books;
you had to put it in your brief. If you wanted to quote anything you had to
quote it from your brief, not from books.
BE: No books?
BW: No books, you see. Of course, there were quotations from the books, and
he had two or three books, and he picked up a book and started reading on it,
and the judge set him down again, and in ten minutes he was through. Hell,
that's all there was to it.
BE: That killed his case.
BW: Which meant that Mr. Fant--Mr. Fant was going to close it for them--he
opened and Mr. Fant closed. Well, the judge had given us an hour and a half
apiece to argue, or something, and after ten minutes, well, on the rejoinder
back then, on the closing, he can't go any longer than the opening, don't you
see, so Mr. Fant was pinned to about ten minutes himself.
BE: I'm sure he didn't appreciate that, did he?
BW: What did you want? Did you want to ask something about this thing here?
BE: How about some recollections? Do you recall anything---of course it was a
bad time during the depression here--how did it affect Corinth as opposed to the
BW: You mean way back in 1907?
BE: No, no, the big one. 1930--1929,30,31.
BW: Well, as I told you, Frank was in the school at Ole Miss., and on March
4, when the President shut all the banks, closed down all the banks, I had a
case set for trial in Aberdeen, Federal Court in Aberdeen. Of course, I had an
automobile. I had maybe, fifteen or twenty dollars in my pocket.
(tape one ends here. The following-is reconstructed from memory). I remember
traveling to Aberdeen and seeing a lot of people just sitting around, not doing
anything because there was no work. It was bad all over, of course, but most
everyone got through. The churches helped a lot of people...
BW: ( ) ... and one man was graduating school together, in 1900. You
remember all about that, I'm sure!!
BW: And we graduated here and we were very close friends as we carne along.
Then he got into some sort of trouble around here so he had to leave town. But
he was a brilliant fellow, a smart man. He went to Oklahoma, Oregon, San ...
California, and finally, years ago, stopped--landed--in San Antonio and died
about two years ago. All down there.
BE: San Antonio is a nice town. I lived there for several years.
BW: I visited with him two or three times, and we kept up with each other. He
lived out here by the part area, and his daddy kept cows, two or three cows, and
it was his job in the morning to milk the cows. Well, the great thing in that
day and time was hoboing on the railroad, and we'd hobo on down to Booneville
and go to see the girls, and eleven, twelve, or one o'clock we'd catch a freight
train and come back home. Well, he was a clumsy old cuss, and he couldn't catch
the darn freight train.
I'd already caught the freight train and saw that he wasn't going to make it,
so I got off and stayed with him. Another train didn't come along. Got along way
up to one or two o'clock in the morning, he says, "I gotta be at home in
the morning. I slipped out tonight. Daddy will catch me and I've got to be home
in the morning in time to milk-the cows. I go-Eta go. He can't find out. I'll
just walk". And I, like a darned fool--so, we walked from Booneville to
Corinth after one or two o'clock in the morning
BE: What time did he have to be back?
BW: Well, when he got to his farm, his daddy was already out there and, of
course, he was dressed up, so he took his coat off and said, "Daddy. which
cow you want milked? He said, "If you'd been here, you woulda
known"" So, we walked for nothing!! (laughs). That was a ... but I
kept up with him. He was the type of man that he had troubles like I did.' Hit
wife was an invalid, so was mine. And we were close enough. Children, I could
brag on my children and tell him they were the greatest children in the world.
He would agree with me and turn right back around and say no, his children were
the greatest. And he loved his friends, and of course he and I were just as
close as any two could be.
BE: Like brothers?
BW: That's right.
BE: Do you know Mr. Mangum out in Burnsville?
BE: Mr. Mangum, Autrey Mangum.
BW: In Booneville?
BW: I don't know him.
BE: He's the fellow that wrote the history of Iuka, "Down Memory
Lane" it's called. He went to Mississippi. Graduated in the class of '13, I
BE: Mangum. Their family came down from Hardin County, Tennessee and lived in
Iuka most of their lives. He was a chemist for a long time at the University-.
He owns a little farm out there now.
BW: Closer to Burnsville or around Iuka?
BE: No, near Burnsville. Just this side.
BW: Well, (my Son)--my brother-in-law was a traveling man and he was coming
back home from one of his trips and he was coming through Burnsville. And, he
didn't allow the pace and the town marshal stopped him and arrested him for
speeding through the town. So, he set it for a few days and said, "I'll be
back here. I'm not going to pay you nothing. Be back with my lawyer and we'll
fight you out. It ain't nothing in it at all'.'. Said, O.K., who's your
lawyer?" Says, "Mr. Worsham, down in Corinth. "Well", he
says, he's the man who wrote the ordinance representing the city." He said,
"Oh, Hell!! How much is the fine?" (Laughs).
BE: Once he hear that, he knew held had it!
BW: Yea, Lord have mercy!
BE: Well, Mr. Worsham, I guess that's all. We sure appreciate it.
BW: Glad I could do it.
BE: Thank you very much.
BW: By the way, you might like this (hands paper to me). I was president of
the Corinth Brick Company.
BW: Yea, and beginning in 1923, I was president until '29, about six or seven
years, and two other boys here (worked with me), and we converted -it from an
old tiny brick yard to the modern one. They're using our foundry and kilns, for
instance, out there now that we put in there. I gave that. I was supposed to be
the credit man for them and I passed it on the credit. The other boy was
salesman and the other a production man, don't you see, so that was a trio. I
enjoyed it very much. That's the only real one I made a lot of money out of.
BE: But you enjoyed it.
BW: Oh, yes, I enjoyed it very much. Well...
BW: You might put in there that I'm gonna stay here until I'm a hundred years
old and I'm just ninety now, so I've got another ten years to go.
BE: So you have a ways to go!
BW: Ah, Lord! (Laughter)
Postscript: Mr. Worsham was fatally injured in an automobile accident on Jul
17, 1975. SOURCE: Bruce Evans and Margaret Green Rogers. CORINTH VOICES, Vol. I.
Corinth, MS: Northeast Regional Library, June, 1979.
1.1A.1A.2.1. Ben Frank Worsham
b. 26 Sep 1909 Corinth, Alcorn, MS m Dorothy Hess 3 May 1933
Corinth. Dorothy b 27 Jan 1913 Memphis, TN d/o Frank H. Hess & Ethel
McCracken. He d 1 Dec 1989 Corinth & bur Henry Cem., Corinth. She d 29 Aug
1999 Corinth, Alcorn, MS. Children: Ben Frank Worsham, III and Robert Hayden
1.1A.1A.2.2. Clifford Green Worsham
Mildred Mercier d/o Dewitt Mercier and Francis Blount. Children: Helen Rebecca
Worsham & Catherine Worsham.
1.1A.1A.2.3. Leroy Wesley Worsham
Elizabeth Biggers d/o James David Biggers and Adrienne Taylor. Children:
Janice Elizabeth Worsham & Sara Helen Worsham.
1.1A.1A.3. Addie Worsham (male) b 20 Sep 1887
Corinth, Alcorn, MS, d 19 Aug 1888 Corinth & bur in Henry Cem., Corinth.
Benjamin Franklin Worsham
Frances Hazelwood King. Rebecca is believed to be the d/o John & Rebecca
Foote King who are in the 1850 District 2, Tippah, MS census.
In The Drums Of War V, January 1861 – April
1862, by Andrew Brown, page 16-17:
“Assuming that the average strength of
infantry companies in the Confederate service in 1861 and 1862 was 70 to 80 men,
Tippah County had sent between 1250 and 1450 men to the colors before the war
reached home soil. As the county was primarily a community of small farmers the
sudden removal of a considerable portion of the labor force brought about much
hardship in the families of the soldiers. The State recognized this condition
early in 1861, when the Legislature enacted the first of the many Military
Relief Acts it was to pass before the fighting ended. Under the provisions of
this law the Board of Police at its May 1861 meeting appointed a committee
composed of O. Davis, B. F. Worsham, Daniel Hunt, J. E. Rogers, and H. W. Stricklin, to "enquire minutely into the condition and wants of each family
in the county, the husband or father whereof is engaged as a solider in the
service of the State or the Confederated States, and if the said committee shall
be of the opinion that the family stands in need of pecuniary assistance to
prevent it from becoming a charge on the county . . . said committee . . . shall
certify the amount of assistance required by each family to the Probate Clerk,
who shall thereupon issue a warrant on the County Treasurer payable to some
member of the committee who shall use and appropriate the money so drawn to the
maintenance and support of the family of the absent soldier". The sum of
$3,000.00 was appropriated for immediate relief purposes, and three committee
men were appointed from each beat to report to the central committee. At
the August meeting of the Board a tax of 100 percent of the State tax was
imposed for Military Relief, and loan warrants not to exceed $8,000.00 in
principal sum and bearing interest at the rate of 8 percent were authorized in
anticipation of the collection of the tax. In January 1862 the tax was reduced
to 50 percent of the State tax. At the February meeting names of 84 families
receiving Military Relief were placed on the minutes; 69 names were added in
April, and 108 more in May.”
Margaret Ella Worsham b 6 Jun 1846 m 1st)
John Edward Eanes & m 2nd) James
A Kinney 18 Jan 1915 Tippah Co, MS. James A Kinney b 5 Feb 1840, d
12 Feb 1918 and bur Ripley Cem, Ripley, Tippah Co, MS. Margaret Ella Eanes
Kinney d 23 May1936 & bur New Hope Cem, Tippah Co, MS. (Lois
Johnson Clark & Nancy Welch, 2003)
In Tippah Co Death Notices
1836 - 1936:
“JAMES A KINNEY (021418) died Feb. 12 /
"old" / buried at Ripley / C.S.A. vet. / was first married to a
Pickens / last wife was a daughter of Judge Worsham / leaves wife and five
children Dr. Kinney of Texas, Jim and Mrs. C. W. Young. of Memphis, Bob of
Brownsville, Tenn., Miss Ida / dead children are the first wife of J.M. Spight,
the first wife of Willie May, and the wife of the late Ches Hines.”
(Annie) Lois Johnson
Clark, granddaughter of Tommie Ella Eanes Johnson, wrote:
looking for information about the parents of Benjamin Franklin Worsham. I have the
following information from a Ripley (Tippah Co) cemetery site at this address, http://www.rootsweb.com/~mstippah/Cemindex.html.
"Worsham, B. F., Dr., 11/27/1823, 6/22/1897, New Hope" Other sources record that he was
born in Richmond, VA and moved with his wife, Rebecca King Worsham and a daughter,
Margaret Ella, to Tippah Co, MS in the early 1850's. Margaret Ella Worsham was my
great-grandmother. I was seven years old when she died in 1936 at about 90 years of age.
I haven't found her birthday, but I know that she was married to John Edward Eanes. The
birth information that I have on him is that he was born in Amelia Co, VA on Feb 20,
1843, the son of Ottaway Oscar Eanes. He was a soldier from VA during the civil war and
came to MS after the war where he and Margaret Ella were married at Ripley, MS Mar 4, 1873.
From a child I have been told that we have an Indian connection in our heritage and that
Margaret Ella Worsham was "one-fourth" with her grandmother being an Indian. From this I
have concluded that the mother of Benjamin Franklin Worsham was an Indian. I am not
actively engaged in searching family histories, but we are interested in establishing
this Indian heritage.
Annie Frances Eanes b 30 Jan 1874, d 1955 m John Graves Whitten
Nancy Elizabeth Eanes b 9 Jun 1876, d 1964 m James Murry Miskelley
Martha Edward Eanes b 20 Dec 1877, d 1964 m John W Ford
Tommie Ella Eanes b 6 Mar 1883 Tippah Co, MS, m Johnny Francis Johnson
Oscar Eanes b 19 Jul 1880, m Virgie South.
1.2A.1.6. John Edward Eanes b 26 Sep 1885, d 13 Oct 1885
Edward (King) Eanes b 12 Feb 1887 m Tommie Bell Roberson
Ann Elizabeth Worsham b 17 Feb 1847, d 23 Oct
1928 & bur Little Hope Cem, Tippah, MS.
Lucy Mildred Worsham b 12 Mar 1854 Tippah, MS, d 9 May 1930 & bur Chalybeate Presbyterian Cem, Tippah, MS.
Ann K. Worsham "Nannie." This photo of Ann K. Worsham
was in her obituary received from Dorothy Hankins, 1995.