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Batson Family Deeds

Identifier: M139

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of ten property deeds for land and timber located in Harrison County, Mississippi, which James Dunnon Batson and other members of the Batson family acquired from family (e.g. the Dale family and Price family who are Ernestine Batson's grandparents and parents, respectively) and non-family relations, between 1841 and 1908. Included are deeds from the U.S. Government for military service, land acquired under a homestead act, as well as a deed for timber logging rights. A complete list of documents follows. Unless otherwise stated, all individuals and property mentioned are from Harrison County, Mississippi. The described land became part of Stone County, Mississippi, in 1916.


  • 1841 - 1908

Conditions Governing Access

Noncirculating; available for research.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code).

Biographical / Historical

James Dunnon Batson was born near Brooklyn, Mississippi (Perry County), on March 15, 1856 and died in the family home near Wiggins, Mississippi, on January 6, 1936. He was the son of Lorinza and Elizabeth Byrd Batson. During the Civil War, the few slaves which his family owned ran away. Although his family's aristocratic attitude considered manual labor to be slave work, James, as a young boy, had to plough the family fields near Brooklyn.

In 1877, Batson married the former Theodocia "Ernestine" Price in Harrison County, Mississippi. They settled with her parents, Rev. Thomas Price and the former Maris Dale, in their home which was located five miles west of Wiggins. After the death of her parents, the Batson's inherited the home and lived there the rest of their lives. James and Ernestine were the parents of nine children: Dolphus Leon, Cora May, Hallie and Callie (twins), Effie Josephine, Obed Eugene, Lela Anette, Braxton Cheatham, and Hollis Hale.

As a young man, Batson worked as a surveyor. After he married, he continued farming while engaging in trading cattle and logging. He owned large tracts of timber land in Perry and Harrison counties, which he logged himself.

Batson stressed education, high moral standards, and was a leader in school, church, and civic activities. His home was a popular meeting place for family as well as for community gatherings.


1 Folder (10 items)

Language of Materials



Photocopies of deeds for land now in Stone County, Mississippi.

Batson Family Deeds
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Repository Details

Part of the Historical Manuscripts and Photographs Repository

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