My ggg grandparents are John Beasley Campbell and Naomi Clack, married 5/13/1832 in Rankin County, MS. Naomi Clack is Beasley's 2nd wife. He was first married to Mary Franklin.
We have info in our family that says Beasley's first wife, Mary Franklin,was one-half American Indian, but I have some doubts if this is right since my research shows that Mary Franklin's parents are Thomas B. Franklin and Jemima Morris, and I don’t see any evidence of American Indian in that family.I would dismiss this notionabout the½American Indian 1st wife, except for the rest of the story handed down in our family, which is:
This ½American Indian woman (supposedly Mary Franklin) died when Fountain Livingston was a tiny baby (Fountain Livingston being the youngest of Beasley and Mary Franklin's children). Fountain was born in 1830.Fountain's oldest sister, Elizabeth Rose Campbellraised him.(Elizabeth Rose Campbell’s 1st husband was Joseph Miller; 2nd husband James Purvis).SHE ALSO CARED FOR THE OLD INDIAN GRANDMOTHER AS LONG AS SHE LIVED. THE OLD INDIAN GRANDMOTHER IS BURIED ON FLOWERY MOUND, WHERE BEASLEY IS ALSO BURIED.
So who is the 'old Indian grandmother'buried at Flowery Mound?Could it be Jemima Morris, Mary Franklin’s mother?I have doubted this, thinking it is actually the mother of Beasley’s 2nd wife,Naomi Clack.Naomi Clack has been very difficult to trace.We know hardly anything at all about her, other than she was married to Beasley Campbell in 1832 in Rankin Co., MS.
Now I am beginning to re-think the possibility of the Indian grandmother being Mary Franklin’s mother (Jemima Morris), after all.Jemimawas born around 1765 in Chester Co., Camden District, SC, and is thought to be the daughter of Thomas Morris and unknown.Because manySouth Carolina records burned during the Civil War, it is impossible to verify her parentage.She did have a brother named William Morris, who moved to St. Tammany Parish, LA, and Jemima moved there to join her brother William in 1811 after the death of her husband.It is not clear where or when Jemima Morris died, but my research has shown thatit is generally believed she died in Mississippi, possibly in the household of her youngest son, Benjamin.But this is all speculation, as there is no hard proof of that.Now, I’m beginning to wonder if she is actually the Indian grandmother buried on Flowery Mound in Louisiana, after all, and I’ve been barking up the wrong tree pursuing the idea that the Indian grandmother was connected to Naomi Clack’s family.
I would love to hear from anyone who might have any additional information that might help in identifying the ‘Indian grandmother’ in this family!