Kinsearching October 28, 2007




Marleta Childs
P. O. Box 6825
LUBBOCK, TX 79493-6825

     Betty C. Wiltshire has completed another volume in her helpful series concerning the Magnolia State: MISSISSIPPI MARRIAGE RECORDS THRU 1900, CO - CY (MALES). Pertaining to records for the entire state, this work lists marriages for all males with surnames that begin with the letters Co through Cy. The book includes all marriage applications even though some were not completed or the marriage never took place.

     Surnames of the grooms are arranged alphabetically while surnames of the brides are indexed. Dates for the records range from the early 1800s through 1900. Each entry provides the names of the couple, the date of the record, and the county where the application took place. A few recurring surnames are COCKERHAM, COMBS, COPELAND, COTTON, COVINGTON, CRANE, CRAWFORD, CRENSHAW, CROSS, CRUM, CUEVAS, and CURRY.

     Genealogical libraries that have the previous volumes of Wiltshire's series MISSISSIPPI MARRIAGE RECORDS THRU 1900 in their collections will certainly want to have a copy of this latest addition. Those libraries that do not have any of the volumes may want to consider buying the series.

     Priced at $32.00 postpaid, the paperback volume for surnames CO - CY has 270 pages. It may be purchased from Pioneer Publishing Co., P. O. Box 408, Carrollton, MS 38917 (phone 662-237-6010; website

     As genealogists know, old newspapers contain many stories that family researchers find fascinating, even if they do not pertain to their ancestors. The stories may provide a glimpse into people's problems and personalities as well as the circumstances of a particular era. An interesting article titled "Mexican Youth Tells Court He Stole Beef Because He Was Hungry" is found in the SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS, San Antonio, TX, 29 Jan 1922, Sec. II, p. 16:

(Surnames capitalized for emphasis)

     "Jose Marcia (sic) FLORES, without money, and making his way back to his home in Mexico after working on a railroad at Sedalia, Mo., got hungry while in San Antonio and entered a box car in the International and Great Northern Railroad yards and took three cans of corned beef, according to his statement before Judge W. S. ANDERSON in the 39th District Court yesterday.

     The jury found him guilty and gave him a suspended sentence and took up a collection for him amounting to $2. J. L. KING, special agent for the railroad, who arrested him, gave (him?--unreadable due to tear in page) the three cans of  corned beef and he (unreadable due to tear on page) turned over to the Mexican consul to be sent back to Mexico.

     The jury reached the verdict without leaving the jury box. FLORES testified through an interpreter that he was only eighteen years old and had never been convicted of any crime before."

     On the same page of the newspaper is information about the death of Virginia Felder of San Antonio.

     "While talking to her sister and niece, Miss Virginia FELDER, aged 85, died suddenly at her home, 915 Avenue D. Miss Felder had been ill for three or four weeks, but it was not believed her illness was of a serious nature. She was a resident of San Antonio for fourteen years, coming from Huntsville, to make her home with Miss Ella FELDER of this city. Funeral services will be conducted this afternoon."

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