Hi, Patricia, you may know about this already, since it is now five years after your posted message. Col. James M. Wesson, after Bankston Mill was burned down in 12-30-64 by Gen. Grant's forces, distributed cloth from the mill to his neighbors.
Then, in the middle of a great pine forest, (it was not unusual for pines to be five or six feet in diameter, then), he built MS Manufacturing Co. and an accompanying mill village with Mr. Hallam and Mr. Hamilton, 40 miles south of Jackson, incorporated as Wesson in March 1865. No alcoholic beverages were allowed within this village. It was rebuilt in 1873 after a fire and renamed Mississippi Mills.
This mill was massive and five stories high, lit by electricity in 1883, an unusual sight for passengers of the Illinois Central passing through the tiny hamlet of Wesson. Col. Wesson brought some engineers from Columbus, GA and the mill became renowned throughout the U.S. and England for its textiles and processes. 'Mississippi Silk' was a unique cotton finish derived from that mill.
My grandfather, James Gibson Sartin was born in Wesson in the 1879 and went into the lumber business as a young man. A relative, Mr.()Sartin was in the lumber business with a Mr. Boone in 1886. James Barnes, one of the Sartin 'in-laws' was a spinning supervisor at the Wesson mill.
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