By Vicki Burress Roach
Arthur T. Emmons was born May, 1829
in McNairy Co., TN, died January 6, 1909 and is buried in
Henry Cemetery in Alcorn Co., MS. He married Frances Eleanor
Smith who was born October 30, 1830 in either TN or
NC, and died January 20, 1896 and is buried in Henry
Cemetery. They moved to Corinth around 1880.
A.T.ís parents were Elijah Emmons and
possibly Dorcas or Tabitha (surname unknown). The earliest
records in Corinth of Elijah appear on the 1837 state
territorial census for Old Tish. Co., MS with 1 male between
21 and 45, 3 males under 18, 1 female over 16, 6 females
under 16, total of 11 white inhabitants, and 8 acres
cultivated. He is on a jury list in 1838 and again in 1839.
He appears on the 1840 census with 11 in his household. The
1850 census for Old Tish. lists E. as 54, farmer, born KY,
wife, Dorcus, age 47 SC; children are; Louisa, 24, TN,
Clarisa, 19 TN, Arthur, 18, TN, Ledilla, 16, TN, Jane, 14,
TN, Wesley, 12, MS, Eli, 10, MS, Henderson, 8, MS. In 1859
in the Old Tish. Co. MS board of police records there is an
E. Emmons and W. Emmons. In 1860 Old Tish. Co.
census Elijah is 62 with $200.00 personal property and GA as
Wife is Tabitha age 50 born SC, Levisa, 31,
TN, Elijah, 20, MS, Nixon, 18, MS. This family doesnít
appear on the 1870 census. A.T. is in McNairy Co., TN on the
1870 census. 1898 tax polls for Alcorn Co. show W.E., T.C.
and A.T. Emmons.
Frances was the daughter of William Smith,
Jr. and Nancy Harris. William and Nancy married in
Rockingham Co., NC September 4, 1817. William was born April
1, 1796 in NC, died July 1, 1853 in McNairy Co., TN. Nancy
was born March 14, 1796 in NC, died December 6, 1873 in
Smith Co., TX. She is buried in Bascom Cem., Smith Co., TX.
They moved from Rockingham Co., NC to
McNairy Co., TN about 1843. She went to Smith Co., TX about
William Smith and Nancy Harris
had the following children; Martha, Lazariah W., Caleb, Mary
E., Jane N., Frances Eleanor (my ancestor) and William. Much
of this information was given to me by Andy Leath
from Tyler TX who descends from Caleb Smith.
A.T. and Frances Emmons had the
following children; Mariah D. born ca1855 in TN Zelda Jane
born ca1858 in TN, Laura Francis born January 28, 1860 in TN
(my ancestor), Margeaunah Texanna born ca 1862 in TN,
William E. born March, 1866 in TN, Thomas born November 1873
Laura Francis Emmons married David
Burton Horn. She died December 7, 1947.
David Horn was born October 9, 1855,
died September 6, 1937. Both are buried in Henry Cemetery in
Alcorn Co., MS.