|Posted By:||Sharon Bowling Carter|
|Subject:||Squire & Susanna Harpole Decendants|
|Post Date:||May 05, 2000 at 10:16:14|
|Forum:||Oktibbeha County, MS Genealogy Forum|
from an article in the Jackson Daily News Tuesday September 19 1961
Some 400 decendants of the late Squire and Susana Harpole gathered here Sunday at the Center Grove Church in Oktibbeha County for a family reunion of kinsmen and friends and at the same time paid special homage to the original Harpole family, Squire and Susana Harpole from whom the present large family of Mississippi came.
Highlighting the day-long event was the unveiling of a new marker to the late Squire and Susana Harpole that was paid for and errected by their decendants almost 100 years following their death.
Other events of the day included a picnic dinner on the church grounds near the original homestead site of the first Harpole family.
Following the dinner B C Harpole of West Poinat spoke to a packed congregation in the sanctuary of the Center Grove church, giving a complete history of the Harpole family tracing the clan back to Germany from which they came.
Fotch Harpole of Columbus was renamed president of the organizatin and Mrs Maudie Farley Harpole of Drew was re-elected secretary-treasurer.
Special guest for the all day event was former Governor J P Coleman of Ackerman and former Public Service Commissioner Alton Massey of Kosciusko.
Henry Harpole of Maben the oldest of today's Harpole clan who is 84, pointed out to the reunion attendants that he was presently using a walking stick that was hand made by the late Squire Harpole who has been dead 92 years. It is believed the hickory stick is over 100 years old.
In addressing the group, B C Harpole told of the hardships encountered by Squire and Susana in view of their large family. They had 11 sons and five daughters. In their lifetime they sent four sons to the Mexican war under Jefferson Davis. Then, later, they sent 10 sons to the war of northern aggression as members of the Confederate Army.
Their eleven boys were named Jim, Alec, Hugh, John Casidy, Martin, Carroll, Henry, Francis, Newton, Jackson and Tom.
In marriage the girls were a Mrs Johnson, Mrs Cochran, Mrs Malinda O'Brian, Mrs Elzia Tuck who later, following the death of her first husband, married John Douglas, and Mrs Rachel Buckner.