1930 Census of Bolivar Co., MS
James C Totty
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1882
Spouse's Name: Malinda Totty
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1892
Spouse's Name: James C Totty
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1907
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1909
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1916
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1918
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1921
Martha Jane Totty
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1927
Mary Bell Totty
Age: 3 1/12
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1927
***This Totty family was in Hickman County, TN, in the 1920 census. J.C. Totty was the son of William and Elizabeth Totty. William was the son of Johnson H. Totty and Susan Spradling. Johnson Totty was the son of Harrison Totty and Patsy Johnston.
***As I was told by the above Loyd Totty several years ago, "There was not much work or money to be made in Hickman County. Landowners to the south in Mississippi could not find enough workers for their farms. They came to Centerville in Hickman Co., to recruit families to board the train at the depot and travel south to either help with the plowing and planting or the harvesting of cotton."
***James Campbell Totty's health declined rapidlly in the area of Shaw, MS. At one point, a leg had to be amputated. At his death he was buried in the cemetery at Shaw, MS. His grave is marked with a home-made stone.
***Malinda Totty was Mary M. Orton. Her parents were Claud and Beulah McCaleb Orton of Tennessee. Franklin Polk McCaleb was Beulah's father. He was a confederate veteran. J.C, Totty's grandfather, Johnson H. Totty, was a Sgt. in the Union Cavalry.
***Doug Totty married, but never had children. He answered a call to the ministry and preached at some of the churches in Lincoln Co., AR. He died in Arizona while working there. He was only in his forties. He is buried at Star City, AR. His sudden death was a great shock to the family.
***Loyd Tillman Totty was the father of my wife Peggy. The Totty family left Mississippi and came to Drew County around Monticello. Loyd Totty became a timber cutter. He married a very young Susie Mae Roberson, the daughter of William Roberson and Lela Kellum of Monticello. Soon, all the family moved to Star City in Lincoln County. Loyd and Sue raised four daughters: Barbara, who married Carl Gene Holloway; Betty Willene, who married Ralph Postel; Peggy Carol, who married Bob Lamb; and Wanda Kay, who married first Johnny Bennett, and second C. B. Leonard. His youngest child was a son, Loyd Dennis Totty, of Star City.
The Totty girls were uniquely pretty and different. Daughter Barbara, called Bobbie, had black hair. Betty had dark blonde hair. Peggy is a carrot top with dark brown eyes, a rarity. Wanda's hair was white-blonde.
Loyd Totty had married a Mamie King in Hickman County. It is said that she did not like Mississippi and Loyd put her on a train home. He was always under the impression that she had a son. One contact said they were unaware that Mamie had ever been married and didn't know that she had any children. It's possible that Loyd was mistaken. It's also possible that she gave the child ujp for adoption.
On a trip to Hickman County several years ago, Peggy and I were down in the storage vault of the courthouse. I picked up a box that had several marriage license that had never been picked up. Among them was the marriage license for Loyd Totty and Mamie King. Later in the day we saw the name Loyd Totty on a mailbox in Totty's Bend. We stopped and talked to the gentleman. He was born about 1927. We never mentioned the thoughts that had arisen in our minds. If the gentleman was adopted, he either didn't know it, or at least he didn't acknowledge it.
This appears to be that gentleman --
Lloyd A. Totty.
Birth: Jun. 9, 1926
Death: Oct. 23, 2008
Mr. Totty was born in Tottys Bend, TN to the late Willie C. and Sarah Anderson Totty. He was a farmer and U.S. Army Veteran. He was a member of the Totty's Bend Church of Christ. He is survived by his wife, Betty June Meadors Totty; son, Doyle Totty; and 2 grandchildren, Spencer Davis Totty and Valerie McKay Totty, all of Duck River, TN.
***Cecil Brown Totty raised a large family at Fordyce, AR. The untimely death of his wife soon after childbirth left a family that struggled against the odds. Cecil eventually died too young from a sudden heart attack.
Dr. Wade Totty, presently pastor of First Baptist Church of Rison, AR, is Cecil's grandson. Wade's brother Clay Totty has won state championships in football as the coach at Rison.
***Mary Bell Totty married Herman Bridges of the Star City, AR, area and moved to Pine Bluff. They also raised a pretty good size family. Mary Bell Bridges is the last surviving member of the J.C. Totty family. She and Herman had a home down the road by Sulphur Springs Baptist Church near Pine Bluff, AR.
***I remember sisters named Ann and Margaret. One sister married a Baldwin. Perhaps someone of those lines can add more to this post.