James Thigpen and Mary Elizabeth Kennedy

James THIGPEN was born 1830 in Mississippi to John Travis THIGPEN Jr. and Elizabeth CALHOUN.

James THIGPEN married Mary Elizabeth KENNEDY, b. abt. 1832 and died 1898 at the age of about 66.

James THIGPEN died 20 May 1903 at 73 years of age.

Delores Tousineau reports James THIGPEN is buried in the Nobles Cemetery at Washington Parish LA with his second wife. Online sources give him buried next to a Rosa THIGPEN Jan. 1867 – Jan. 1928.

James and Mary had:

  • Louisa Clarinda b. 1857 Sep 7, d. 1907 Aug 29, married Murdock Middleton “Steve” Simmons b. 1860 in Mississippi, d. 1936 April 21 in Washington Parish, Louisiana
  • Elizabeth b. c. 1857 in Mississippi, married Columbus W. Lang b. 1852 in Mississippi
  • Edna b. 1864 in Louisiana married Buchanan Phelps
  • Julia J. b. 1867 in Mississippi
  • Nancy L. b. 1869 in Mississippi

I have thus far located the family on the following censuses:

1860 Pike Co Census Holmesville District
Census was taken 28 Jul 1860
James Thigpen 28 Farmer LA
Elizabeth 30 LA
Mary E 4 LA
Hard to read 2 LA
Can’t make out 6/12 Miss
Emiline (looks like Kenndy) 20 Miss

1870 census shows in Pike County, Osyka PO, page 107
167/168 THIGPEN James 38 m white farmer $100 Louisiana
Elizabeth 42 f white Keeping house
Mary E. 14
Louisa C. 12
Ednie E? 5
Julia J. 3
Nancy L.? 9/12

1880 37th District, Pike County, Mississippi
138/139 THIGPEN James wm 47 md. Farmer (check mark in number of months unemployed during year) b. MS (rest illegible as page dark)
Elizabeth wm (error) 24 m. House keeper can’t read or write b. LA (rest illegible as page dark)
Edna wf 16 daughter sg Field hand can’t write b. LA (rest illegible as page dark)
Julia wf 13 daughter sg Works in Field (check mark in number of months unemployed during year) can’t write b. MS (rest illegible as page dark)
Nancy wf 11 daughter sg. At school can’t read or write b. MS (rest illegible as page dark)

1880 Washington Parish Wards 3 and 4
NOTES: KENNEDYS also appear in the 1880 census living nearby Martha KNIGHT and Elijah BRELAND, father-in-law of Marian Isaac KNIGHT, a son of William and Martha KNIGHT, who married Frances “Fannie” BRELAND.
pg. 190
34/34 CRAIN William and Nancy and family
BRANCH Levey laborer
35/35 CRAIN John and Babe
36/36 TILLIS John and Frances and family 37/37 BREELAND Elijah 50 farmer b. MS father b. SC mother b. GA
Mariah 52 b. MS father b. OH mother b. GA
Harida 20 son b. MS
Elisha 15 b. LA
Warren 12
Lurany 11
Frances 7 daughter
38/38 FITCHGAARD William and Cassander and family
39/39 POPE ? and sister Elizabeth
MCQUAID Tea L. nephew
BRANCH Rebecca
40/40 BREELAND Leroy 21 farmer b. LA father b. MS mother b. GA
Emily 17 b. LA parents b. LA
etc.
pg. 190B
56/56 KNIGHT James 21 farmer b. LA father b. LA mother b. MS Caniniger? 17 b. MS parents b. MS
57/57 BRELAND Franklin 24 farmer b. MS father b. LA mother b. MS
Sarah 20 b. LA father b. LA mother b. MS
Lewis 2 b. LA
Silus 11/12
28/28 KNIGHT Martha 45 wd. farmer b. MS parents b. MS
George 17 b. LA father b. LA mother b. MS
Monroe 15
Marion 13
Jane A. 11
Charley 9
Angiline 3
POUNDS Elizabeth 25 boarder school teacher b. LA parents b. MS
NOBLES Amanda 40 sister b. MS parents b. MS
pg. 191
79/79 CRAIN John and Melviney
80/80 TULLOS? Nancy
81/81 CRAIN Wilson and Martha
82.82 SEAL William and Angeline
83/83 SEAL Andrew 60 b. GA father b. GA and mother b.SC and Elizabeth
84/84 KENEDY Kenney? K. 73 farmer b. MS father b. TN mother b. MS
Nancy 52 b. MS parents b. MS
James B. 22 b. MS
Jefferson Davis 18
Meloday Elizabeth 14 niece b. LA parents b. MS
85/85 KENEDY ? G. 23 farmer b. MS parents b. MS
Josephine 19 b. MS
Kenny E. 3 b. LA
John L. 11/12
? John 14 brother-in-law b. MS parents b. MS

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