Sunday, October 4, 2009

A Lost Corner Scene ca. 1900

Pictured is the Yates and Elzie Conwill home located in the Lost Corner area of Itawamba and Monroe counties. The home was actually located across the county line in Monroe county but the subject is of Itawamba County people. The photograph was taken ca. 1900 and shows several citizens of the Carolina community of Itawamba County. Pictured are (left to right): Dave Armstrong, Metta Armstrong, Jesse Conwill, Ira Conwill holding Earnest Conwill, John Thomas, Babe Carpenter Green, Jonnie Mae Wiygul, Stella Conwill Duvall, Elzie Carpenter Conwill, Yates Conwill, Jr., wife of Bob Whitley (name unknown), Bob Whitley.

Yates Conwill was born September 18, 1857 and died August 28, 1921 (buried Wiygul Cemetery). He was the son of Yates Jury Conwill (born December 16, 1824 in Newberry District, SC, died August 18, 1860, buried in the Shumpert Cemetery in the Carolina Community of Itawamba County) and Nancy Herndon (born March 7, 1826, died March 13, 1916). Yates Jury Conwill and Nancy Herndon married on November 8, 1846 in Monroe County.

Yates Conwill was the grandson of Daniel G. Conwill (born about 1790, died 1863, buried in the Mound Cemetery in Monroe County) and Sophia Goodwin.

The Conwill and Goodwin families were prominent citizens of early Itawamba County in the Carolina Community and the families were located in the Lost Corner area as well, just south of Carolina, in both Itawamba and Monroe counties. The Carolina community was named for the state of South Carolina. Most of the citizens of this area came to Itawamba County from South Carolina, especially the Newberry District area.


Primroses and Violets said...

I am looking for information on my 4th great grandmother, Priscilla Elizabeth Conwell (Conwill) Hutcheson George.

She was born Feb 11, 1801 and died Sep 5, 1857. She is buried at Winchester Cemetery in Plesasnt Site, Franklin County, Alabama.

I have reason to believe she was the daughter of Jesse Conwill/Conwell and Nancy Ann King.

I am also looking for the book by Henry Jackson Lentz and have these notes by the trancriber, David E. Conwill:

Jesse Conwell b. ca 1770; d ca 1842 in Itawamba County, Mississippi; probably buried Duke Cemetery near Fairview Community, Itawamba County. Wife's name unknown; may have been a King; diary of Henry J. Lentz states: "on July 11, 1858 that Old Widdow Conwill died aged about 90 years." She is listed on neither the 1850 US Census nor the 1853 State-conducted Census of Itawamba County. Family legend is that Jesse Conwill was related in some way to the Conwills of Newberry District, South Carolina. His son George Washington King Conwell (my gr-gr, gr grandfather) was said to have been a cousin of Joseph Goodwin Conwill (and thus of Daniel G. Conwill, Rhoda Conwill Shumpert and Dicia Conwill Myers) who settled near Carolina in southwest Itawamba County, Mississippi. These latter individuals were all children of Joseph and Sophia Goodwin Conwill of Newberry District, SC. However, extensive research (land records, published sources, censuses, etc.) have failed to document the presence of Jesse Conwill in Newberry District, (or that matter, anywhere else in SC) prior to 1820 when the first definitive record of him is found in Lincoln County, TN. He is next found in Pickens County, Alabama in 1830; in Sumter County, Alabama 1834; finally, in Itawamba County, Mississippi in 1840 and no other proven official records found. It is possible though unlikely that he is the individual listed as Jesse Conwell on jury court, church (Cedar Springs Baptist) and census records in Spartanburg District, SC prior to 1797; he also could be the Jesse Conwell found in the 1800 Census of Edgefield District, SC. Children (proven and probable) include: Thomas b. 1788 SC married Elizabeth; Isaac b. 1790 SC married Ruth; Abraham; Priscilla Elizabeth b. 1801 SC married Alexander (Brinkley?) George; Mary "Polly" b. 1803 SC married Jim Lees; Rachel b. 1804 SC married James C. George; George W. b. 1805 TN married Elizabeth Prestridge; Martha b. 1810 married Jeremiah Prestridge; Jemima married Samuel Adair; and possibly another daughter who married a Forrester. Desire to correspond with anyone having interest in and/or further information about any of these families. Particularly desire to learn the name of the wife of Jesse Conwell and to document what relationship (if any) he bore to the Conwill's of Newberry District, SC. In addition, since I am also descended from these Newberry Conwill's (Rhoda Conwill Shumpert, wife of George Shumpert, Sr. was a maternal gr-gr-gr-gr-grandmother) desire to correspond with anyone interested interest in those families. - David E. Conwill

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Barbara Reynolds

Mona Robinson Mills said...

Wonderful old photo, Bob. Thanks for sharing. My great-uncle was named Jury (Uncle Jury Pennington) which I always thought was an odd name. A couple of years ago, I came across a Conwill family history and realized where his name came from. The Penningtons, Conwills, Blacks and Shumperts lived near each other in Lost Corner, and Uncle Jury's much older sister was married to Joseph Lonnie Conwill, son of Yates Jury Conwill. Thus, a Conwill family name made its way into the Pennington family!