1986 Lafayette County Mississippi celebrated the 150th year of it's
To commemorate this Sesquicentennial, it published the history of the
in a very thick book entitled, "Lafayette County Heritage".
history listed every known Caucasian family that had lived there in the
150 years. There was information on a few African Americans also.
index listed one Hardy McGlaun spelled (McGloun) in a section of the
called Dogtown. There had once been a church there called Old Shilo. Of
early settlers buried at Old Shilo Cemetery was a McGlaun. The article stated
there is an old slave cemetery back of the Shilo Cemetery and it is still visited
descendents. Hardy McGlaun married an Eleanor H. Patton who was born in
in Georgia. It is not certain where he was born or when he came to Lafayette
He appeared in the 1850 census as being forty-one years of age at that time.
community of Lafayette Springs, which was the birthplace of our
is stated to have begun about 1840 and is located east of Oxford near the
County line. It is reported to have had it's beginning as a waystop for
coming and going from Lafayette County to the land office which was
in the town of Pontotoc.
the early days there were several springs in the area producing different
of mineral water. People came from afar to drink the water for health
In order to accommodate the people coming to the area to drink the water,
27 room hotel was built in the 1860's. It was later demolished and the lumber
for homes. Among the early settlers was a John Grisham who was a Civil War
Veteran. The area had an active KKK in the late 1800's.
Springs at one time had, in addition to the hotel, a fine school
seven or eight stores, businesses, a cotton gin, Masonic Hall, Post Office
three churches. Today it has one store, a garage, one church and a number of
The Post Office closed in 1978.
the 1860 Slave Enumeration Schedule of Lafayette County, Hardy
is listed as having six slave houses and 35 slaves ranging in age from eight
to fifty years old. He owned 800 acres of land valued at $6,000.00. Most of
surnames in the county were English but there were many Scotch settlers, which
accounts for the presence of a considerable number of Scotch names.
spellings found in the census were, McGlann, McGlaun, McGlown, McGlaum,
the census taker often had to write what they thought they heard,
of a person might have different spellings of the same name. Note that the
on the marriage license is McGlaun, but the first name is spelled Lewis but
also appeared as Louis in a census report.
census of 1910 shows Louis to have been born in Virginia as well as his
and father. Therefore his origipal name could have been something other
McGlaun if he was sold. Louvicy and her parents were born in Mississippi.
Civil War ended in 1865 and that same December when they were both
17 they applied for a marriage license. As a $200.00 bond was required at the
marriage the wedding did not take place until the following December.. This was
law in Mississippi at the time in case the wedding didn't take place. I don't
when this law was repealed but my grandfather Green had to pay $200.00 for
first marriage. Note: on the marriage application that Louis' bride's name was
This has been consistent throughout the census data.
county clerk who furnished this copy of Louis and Louvicy's marriage
wrote that this was the first recorded marriage in the county. of freed men
women as far as she could discern.
1869 Louis paid $1.40 in state taxes. $1.00 for being a male and $.40 for
a dog. Most McGlauns were farmers. Green became a minister and
at his brother Jerry's marriage in 1903. Rob was an exception also as he
for the Illinois Central Railroad.
of the most interesting things about Black Genealogy is the names.
than 10% of the population owned slaves and none or very few of our
remembered or gave themselves African names. When you look at the list
names of early settlers you find our names. I thought that Green was an odd
but my grandfather was not the only Green.
Clinton's name was Clinton Lawshee McGlaun there was a white Lewis M.
Lawshee with 540 acres of land. Others are P.B. Barringer, W.H. Caruthers, J.J.,
L.C. and W. Higginbotham, J.W. Holland, Henry and S.M. Ivy, J. Kilgore,
and A.H. Pegues, J.F. Rutledge, Taylor, Threkeld and many Williams.