Jackie, I don't know anything about Reginald Ralph CAMMACK, but I do have a copy of a letter from my gg grandfather to a Ralph CAMMACK and a reference in Cecil C. Cammack's book to this letter. I am including it in this post in hopes that it will be useful to other researchers and possibly someone can give me more information about this family.
Edward Miller, email@example.com
FOLLOWING IS COPY OF LETTER FROM JOHN EDWARD CAMMACK ABOUT THOMAS CAMMACK:
January 15, 1931
Mr. Ralph Cammack
(Ed Miller's note, 10/13/1996: According to Cecil C. Cammack in "John & Margaret Purtle Cammack, their Descendants & Connecting Lines" pub. 1983, p. 10 & 11 this is to Major Reginald Ralph Cammack.)
Your letter to my brother, J.G. Cammack was sent to me for the information that you desire. I cannot give you much, I wish I could for I am anxious to know more about the Cammack family.
My grandfather was Irish (full blood), his name was Thomas. I think he was born in Ireland, he may have been born in the U.S. If he was born in Ireland, he came to the U.S. when very young. When he was 14 years old (on account of his step-father) he left his home in Horeb, Carolina and with a cousin came to Tennessee. His cousin went to New Orleans, Orleans Parish, LA and later he was a prominent merchant, grandfather married in Tennessee. I do not know who he married. Later he moved to Mississippi and at one time he owned the land that is now the town of Crystal Springs, Mississippi in Copiah County. He later moved to South East Copiah County. He lost his first wife, then he moved to McLemore in Henry or Jones County. He raised seven children, two sons and five daughters. Their names and the names of their wives and husbands were as follows: James Cammack married Lucretia McCorley; William Cammack married Alice Shivers; one daughter whose name I have forgotten married Abraham Beasley; Betsy Cammack married Middleton Beasley; Sarah Cammack married John Beasley; Gensey Cammack married Jule Alford; and Polly Cammack never married.
All of them lived to be old and all of them lived and died in Copiah Co., Mississippi except Sarah. She died when she was very old in Louisiana. Yes, I forgot two daughters, there were nine children, two sons and seven daughters. Ann Cammack married Isaac Bell and one whose name I do not remember married a Mr. Crawford and moved to Texas, I think.
Grandfather lived to be old, I think he died about 1860 and was buried near Crystal Springs, Mississippi. We spelled our name Camak or Camack until about 1865 or a little later. After the L.C. railroad was built my grandfather went to New Orleans to visit the cousin that came with him from Carolina and found that he spelled the name Cammack and during the Civil War, there was a Cammack in an Army camp near my uncle James and they decided that they were close kin and they decided or believed that Cammack was the right way to spell the name. So then Uncles family changed the spelling of the name from Camak to Cammack except Aunt Sarah. My father, William Cammack lived and died in South East Copiah Co., Mississippi. He was 75 years old at the time of his death. He raised eleven children, five sons and six daughters, nine are still living.
My name is John Edward Cammack. I was born June 17, 1855. I married Rhoda Jane Hays on August 16, 1874. We celebrated our Golden Wedding Anniversary August 16, 1924. My wife died March 2, 1925. Counting all my children and grandchildren and great grandchildren and in-laws there are 86 in my family.
There is one Edward Camak and one Gus Cammack at Portland, Arkansas. Edward is Irish and Gus is scotch. Edward came from Horeb, Carolina and I think we are kin. There are some Cammacks (at Tulwiler?) Mississippi. I have never met any of them. There are a lot of Cammacks in West Alabama, some at Tuscambia or Tuscalusa, Alabama.
There are a great many of my father's family and I never heard of one being arrested for any crime or for being drunk. So far as I know all are Methodists except one and all are Democrats. I will be very glad to hear from you and am anxious to hear more about the Cammack record. I will try to find out more from my oldest sister and may write you again.
J. E. Cammack
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