Does anyone have information on the Lamkins that settled in Neshoba County Mississippi, about 1839? This is a reprint of an article from the Neshoba Democrat dated April 8, 1938. Some of it is not clear as to exactly which names are children of Jim Lamkin. Does anyone recognize any of it or have anything to correct or change?
One of the early settlers of Neshoba County was Jim Lamkin. About 1839 he came from Wilpox County, Alabama and settled on Beat Five a few miles west of what is now Burnside, in the Pearl Valley community. He was married when he came to our county and had several children. He married Miss Elizabeth Evans of Alabama. Seven children were born to this union. John T Lamkin was the oldest of the children. He married Mary Stainton and resided in Beat Five. To this union the following children were born: Erastus, Andrew and Jimmy. The children all went to Texas when young and are there yet.
James Lamkin Jr. was the second child. He married Mary Johnson. They have one child, Andrew Lamkin and maybe others as they went to Texas early in life.
Another son, Jerry Lamkin married Mary Cockrell. They had a number of children but their names are unknown as the family settled in Arkansas where Jerry was killed several years ago.
A daughter, Sally Lamkin, married Henry Doner. They located at Lauderdale County at Collinsville. Their children were George, Monroe, and Samuel. Susan Lamkin married Ceton King. One child, John King was born to this union. Ceton King died at Shaqualak, MS during the Civil War while in camp.
Another daughter of Jim and Elizabeth Lamkin, Hannah Lamkin, married Dr. Perry of Lenke County. Their children were Geo D (?), Dick, and Betty Perry. Ellen Lamkin (?) married John Burnside. Their children were Emma, Sallie, Alda, and Walter Burnside.
Another daughter, called Sis Lamkin, married James Alexander. They had 2 children, Obie and Ella Alexander. William Riley was not the youngest of Jim and Elizabeth Lamkin but he comes last in this list. William married Ellen Cockrell. The following children were born to this union: Vira, Elvira, Jerry P, Robert E. (died when 4), Sadie, Sallie and Louis Lamkin. Sallie and Louis were twins and still live in this county. Sallie Lamkin married Charlie Clark and has one son, Lamkin Clark. She gave me this information relative to the family.
The Lamkin family has played a considerable part in the history of Neshoba County, especially that part of it that is included in Beat Five lying north of Pearl River. John T Lamkin was Captain of Co. K Fifth Mississippi Regiment of MinuteMen or Mississippi State Troops during the first years of the Civil War. His company was in the siege of Vicksburg from May 18 to July 4, 1863, and surrendered when Vicksburg fell. He was known everywhere as Capt. John T. Lamkin. John T Lamkin was a prominent Mason. In 1867 we find the name of John T. Lamkin who was elected Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Mississippi Masons. It is supposed that this is the same John T Lamkin that we have under consideration. William Riley Lamkin was in the same regiment as his brother, John T Lamkin, in the Civil War. It is reported that William R. was severely wounded during the siege of Vicksburg and that Capt. John T Lamkin took off his own coat and put it on his brother, William, to keep him comfortable. John T Lamkin and William R Lamkin lived out their lives in Beat Five Neshoba County after coming here as small boys. William was 9 years old when his father settled in Beat Five so he was born in 1830. John T was a few years older. John T has been dead for several years while William R died a few years ago at the ripe old age of 91 years.