Regarding the "E.R. Rather" mystery...That is Edmund Robert Rather, born in Oxford, Mississippi in 1853. He was the son of Ivy Rather, b. abt 1825, and Nancy Louisa Golden, b. 29 Nov 1834.E.R. married Margaret Florence Golden (her first cousin) on 24 Jun 1875 in Washington Co., Miss.Both went to Oxford College, although E.R. teased his wife that all she learned there was how to make a good cup of tea. They had 9 children, one of which, Gladys Exa Rather, was my wife's grandmother.Getting back to E.R.'s wife, Margaret Florence Golden... her parents were Thomas H. Golden and Cornelia Davis.Cornelia Davis is believed to be the daughter of Joseph Oran Davis and ? (Polly Ann Parker?). Joseph Oran Davis was the brother of President Jefferson Davis.Hope this helps someone. -- Jim McC.