John Travis Thigpen and Elizabeth Calhoun

John Travis is given as having been born abt. 1795 in Onslow County, NC and died in Washington Parish, LA. Elizabeth CALHOUN is given as born about 1805 and died in Washington Parish, LA abt. 1845.

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.

James and Mary are known to have had at least 1 child, Louisa Clarinda THIGPEN b. 1857, married Murdock Middleton SIMMONS.

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

I have thus far been unable to locate the family on the census, so give some related family below.

1850 Washington Parish LA census
pg. 439
17/17 J. THIGPEN 40 farmer 2000 NC
Jane 41 AL
James 20 LA
Permelia 19
Clemont 9
Claudia? 15
Lemon 11
NOTE: This is not James THIGPEN, but another James, whose military record gives him as James J., b. July 29 1829 and dying Dec. 22, 1872. He is seen in the T. Thigpen Family.
18/18 N. PIGOT 25 farming b. MS
J.T. 6/12 m. b. LA
19/19 John THIGPEN 25 farmer LA
Martha 25 b. MS
Mary E. 5/12 b. LA
Washington? 16 b. LA
Huey 22 b. LA
20/20 William VARNADOE 45 “preacher”? 2000 b. SC
Frankey 44 f. SC
Lewis 20 laborer MS
Martha 19
Rachel 15
21/21 John THIGPEN 84 b. NC
Sally 75
Charlotte PIERCE 21 LA
NOTE: John Travis THIGPEN Sr. and Sally COBB. Parents of John Travis Thigpen.
22/22 J. HACKSKILL 44 farmer
Emily 25
Frankey 1 f.
23/23 Seth BURNES 42 farmer
Rachel 42
Mary 3
24/24 Alfred MOORE 55 carpenter
James 15
? 15
Martha 10
Marshall 8
Emily 3
25/25 James THIGPEN 81 farmer
Cintha 27

1850 Pike County MS census
NOTES: The 1850 Pike County MS census shows a family of Nobles living next to the SNELL family (Martha SNELL married Murdock Middleton WILSON). Martha NOBLES here is however 4 years younger than the Martha who married William KNIGHT, father of Marian Isaac KNIGHT, father of Annie KNIGHT who married Lucius Theodore SIMMONS, whose grandparents, on the side of his mother, were James THIGPEN and Mary Elizabeth KENNEDY. This family of Martha NOBLES does however live next to a KENNEDA family and Mary KENNEDY would have been abt. 18 in 1850. There are no THIGPENS in the census.
12 291 292 Nobles Joseph 66 M Farmer S. Carolina X
13 291 292 Nobles Rebecca 48 F S. Carolina X
14 291 292 Nobles Martha 16 F Mississippi
15 291 292 Nobles Lenard 14 M Mississippi
16 291 292 Nobles Amanda 12 F Mississippi
17 291 292 Nobles Franklin 8 M Mississippi
18 291 292 Nobles Francis G. 6 M Mississippi
19 292 293 Kenneda Elizabeth 55 F 200 S. Carolina X
20 292 293 Kenneda Robert 28 M Farmer Louisiana
21 292 293 Kenneda Elizabeth 23 F Louisiana
22 292 293 Kenneda Mary 20 F Louisiana
23 292 293 Kenneda Emeline 12 F Mississippi
24 293 294 Simmons Solomon 25 M Farmer Mississippi X
25 293 294 Simmons Saphrona 16 F Mississippi X

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
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

The Hennesy Line

For convenience of seeing where people fit into family lines, I suppose I ought to put some ancestry information here, and not just depend on the online database.

The names below are Clower, Breland, Bullock, Calhoun, Dillon, Everidge, Folsom, Hennesy, Kennedy, Knight, Lott, Miller, Mizell, Moore, Myles, Nobles, Pleasant, Richardson, Rodgers, Simmons, Smith, Thigpen, Welch, Williams. Their movements were all in the South.

This is one of my husband’s lines.




Esmond Edward Hennesy b. 1903 June 1, , Washington, Louisiana, d. 1992 Nov 24, Natchez, Adams, Mississippi
married 1924 July 17 in Franklinton, Washington, Louisiana
Ethel Lorena Simmons b. 1906 Feb 14 , Washington, Louisiana, d. 2001 Nov 18 in , Mobile, Alabama


James Leon Hennesy b. 1873 May 4 in Franklinton, Washington, Louisiana, d. 1938 in , Washington, Louisiana
married 1900 Jan 28 in , Washington, Louisiana
Lucy Virginia Myles b. abt. 1871 Jan 28, d. 1906 July 22 in , Washington, Louisiana
Children: Zula, Jewell, Esmond, Zoe, Zeta
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Lucius Theodore Simmons b. 1883 Dec 29 in , Franklinton, Louisiana, d. 1963 Sep 9 in Bogalusa, Washington, Louisiana
married 1904 Nov 17 in , Washington, Louisiana
Annie Clarinda Knight b. 1888 Feb 22 in Sheridan, Washington, Louisiana, d. 1961 Sep 1, New Orleans, Orleans, Louisiana
Children: Ethel, Estus “Pete”, Desera “George”, Ezra “Jodi”, Lloyd, Fannie, James
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James L. Hennesy b. 1839 Jan 4 in Georgia, d. 1911 Oct 3 in , Tangipahoa, Louisiana
married 1868 March 19
Nancy Caroline Welch b. 1848 Feb 9 in Franklinton, Washington, Louisiana, d. 1925 Nov 6
Children: Nancy Ellen, Marion Isaac, James Leon, Laura Jane, Meredith Bunyan, Addie H., Norman, Della, Cora
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John William Edward Myles b. 1844 March 17 in Louisiana, d. 1920 Aug 4 in , Washington, Louisiana
married 1865 Sep 7
Sarena A. Miller b. 1846 Oct 25 in Mississippi, d. 1924 March in , Washington, Louisiana
Children: Newton, Nancy Lenora, Isaac Thomas, Lucy Virginia, Margaret Maritta, Samantha R., George, John, Malissa, Lillie, Effie
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Murdock Middleton “Steve” Simmons b. 1860 Oct 4 in Mississippi, d. 1936 Apr 21 in , Washington, Louisiana
Louisa Clarinda Thigpen b. 1857 Sep 7, d. 1907 Aug 29 in Louisiana
Children: Euna Emily, Lucius Theodore, Dewitt, Ella Murdis, Mary Elizabeth, John Benjamin, Frances, Charles Jewell, James F. “Bud”
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Marion Thomas “Isaac” Knight b. 1866 Aug 25 in Louisiana, d. 1947 Dec 25 in Franklinton, Washington, Louisiana
Frances A. “Fannie” Breland b. 1871 May 9 Pine, Washington, Louisiana, d. 1907 Sep 24 in Louisiana
Children: Annie Clarinda, William E. “Bill”, J. C., Wilbur, Warren, Albert M., Mary, Bertha
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Isaac Hennesy b. 1803 Georgia
m. 1820 June 5 in , Marion, Mississippi
Judith Ann Gill
Children: Mary, Elizabeth M., Isaac, Cintha, James L.
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James Daniel Welch b. 1811 Sep 30, Mississippi Territory, d. 1890 May 18, Franklinton, Washington, Louisiana
married 1838 April 29
Caroline Bullock b. 1816 Jan 12, d. 1887 in Franklinton, Washington, Louisiana
Children: James Pearson, William Henry Harrison, Nancy Caroline, Edward E., Nicholas Edward, George Pinkney
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Isaac Abner Myles b. Georgia, d. before 1860
married 1841 Nov 30
Samantha (Bickham) Clower b. 1811 April 22, d. 1891 Dec 1, , Washington, Louisiana
Children: John William Edward, Mary Rebecca
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Thomas Miller b. 1822 in Mississippi
Maritty Dillon b. 1822 in Mississippi
Children: Samantha, Merril, Sarena, William N., Eliza E.
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Robert “Reuben” Simmons b. abt. 1820
married 1844 in , Lowndes, Alabama
Frances Smith
b. 1824 Aug 1 , Lowndes, Alabama, d. 1898 Oct 18, Louisiana
Children: James Madison “Red Jim”, William S., Mary Ann “Daught”, Charles Monroe, Murdock Middleton “Steve”, John Benjamin, Narcissus “Dink”
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James Thigpen b. 1830 Mississippi, d. 1903 May 20
Mary Elizabeth Kennedy b. 1832 Louisiana
Children: Louisa Clarinda, Elizabeth, Edna E. Julia J., Nancy L.
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William Knight b. 1823, d. 1879 Nov 2
Martha Mary E. Nobles b. 1830 Oct 27 in Mississippi, d. 18192 Aug 20
Children: Sarah, James W., Clarinda, Rev. George C., Monroe, Marion Thomas “Isaac”, Jane A., Charley, Angiline
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Elijah Breland b. 1830 March 29 , Pike, Mississippi, d. 1893 Feb 7 in Louisiana
Mariah Brown b. 1828 Jan 8 in Mississippi, d. 1905 June 30 in , Washington, Louisiana
Children: J. Franklin, Daniel, Leroy, Meridith “Merida”, Elisha, Warren W., Luraney, Frances A. “Fannie”
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Rev. David Hennesy b. circa 1745
Children: Isaac, James, Jemima, Nancy
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John Edward Welch b. 1788 in South Carolina, d. 1858 Nov 18 in , Washington, Louisiana
Betsey E. Moore b. 1792, d. bef. 1840 in , Washington, Louisiana
Children: James Daniel, Elijah J., Martin, Celia
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David Bullock b. c. 1780
Children: Clarkie, Jessie, Caroline, Miles
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John Clower Jr. b. 1780 March 16 in Georgia, d. 1837 in , Washington, Louisiana
Mary Pleasant b. 1788 Oct 18 in Georgia, d. 1831 in , Washington, Louisiana
Children: Elbert, Cynthia, Samantha, William Pleasant, Matilda, Peyton, John Curtis, Thomas, Mary Frances Ann

William Seldon Simmons b. 1784 in North Carolina
Children: Jim, Robert Reuben

Ward Smith b. abt. 1798 in South Carolina, d. Louisiana
Easter Everidge b. abt. 1802 in Georgia, d. Louisiana
Children: Elizabeth, Frances, Martha, Mary, Nancy, John, James, Wilson J., William, Richard, Narcissa

John Travis Thigpen Jr. b. 1795 , Onslow, North Carolina
Elizabeth Calhoun d. 1845
Children: James

Charles “Charley” Knight b. 1785 in Virginia, d. 1877 April 1 in , Washington, Louisiana
married 1822 Jan 17 in , Washington, Louisiana
Susannah Williams b. 1802 in Georgia, d. 1885 in , Washington, Louisiana
Children: William, Melvina, James “Jockey Jim”, George, Margaret, Calvin, Anne

Joseph Nobles b. 1789 in South Carolina, d. 1876 Jan 15 in Louisiana
Children: Martha (Mary E.), Lemuel/Leonard, Amanda, Franklin, Frances G.

John Robertson Breland b. 1794 Jan 6 in , Beaufort, South Carolina, d. 1875 May 14 in Louisiana
married 1816 in Covington, St. Tammany, Louisiana (etc. more on this line but not including right now)
Luraney Rodgers b. c. 1798 in , South Carolina, d. 1835 in , Washington, Louisiana
Children: Elizer, Abraham, Mary Mahala, Elijah, Elisha, Franklin


Rev. David Hennesy b. abt. 1720 in Ireland, d. 1761, New Hanover, North Carolina
married 1746 in New Hanover, North Carolina
Children: John, Richard, David, James, William, Susannah

Will Smith b. South Carolina
Cherokee Woman
Children: Ward, John

James Everage d. abt 1860 , Covington, Alabama
unknown Folsom, d. bef. 1850
Children: Easter (believed to be part Choctaw), Ichabod, James H., Jonathan Andrew, Martha Ann

William Walter “Choctaw Bill” Williams II b. 1776 in , Bulloch, Georgia, d. abt. 1825 in , Washington, Louisiana
married 1802 in , Bulloch, Georgia
Penelope Richardson b. 1775 in , Bulloch, Georgia, d. abt. 1840 in , Washington, Louisiana
Children: Susannah, William Walter, Robert C., Sarah, Mary, John, Virginia

John Rodgers b. c. 1763 in Virginia, d. 1810 in , Barnwell, South Carolina
married 1783 in , Beaufort, South Carolina
Sarah Yates b. c. 1765 in , Beaufort, South Carolina, d. c. 1840 in , St. Tammany, Louisiana


Capt. Benjamin Folsom d. 1777 Fulsom’s Fort
Children: John, wife of James Everage, Ruth

William Williams Sr. b. abt. 1747, d. abt. 1818 in Mississippi
Ann Lott b. abt. 1752
Children: William Walter “Choctaw Bill”, John, Simon, Herron, Samuel L.

Benjamin Richardson b. abt. 1740 in North Carolina, d. abt. 1799 in , Bulloch, Georgia
married 1767 July 31 in , Tyrrell, North Carolina
Sarah Mizell b. abt. 1750 in North Carolina
Children: Jane, Hardy, William, John, Amos, Penelope, Benjamin, Frances


Jeremiah Folsom d. after 1775 St. George’s Parish, Georgia
Children: Israel, Capt. Benjamin, Lawrence, Jeremiah, William, Pulsohola