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Saturday, September 19, 2009

The Trigleth Family - Nash County, NC > Mississippi

According to the U. S. Census recorded in Holmes County, Mississippi in June of 1880, Milton Eugene Trigleth was only 9 months old, having been born in September of 1879. He was enumerated in the household with his parents, Walter W. and Susan Coggins Trigleth. Also living in the household were Milton's two young brothers, Walter, age 4, and Johnny, age 2. Milton's sister, Lucy Lula Trigleth, would not be born until 1883. Also living in the household with the Trigleth family was Walter's step-father, "Wily" Williams, age 66, and Walter's sister, Lizzie, age 13.

Walter Trigleth's place of birth on the census record was shown to have been Mississippi, while his father had been born in North Carolina and his mother in Virginia. Like her three young children, Susan was also born in Mississippi, while her father was born in Louisiana and her mother in Alabama. Mississippi was shown as the birthplace of both Mr. Williams and his daughter, Lizzie, as well as that of his parents.

This photo, taken about 1930, shows Milton Eugene Trigleth with his sister, Lucy Lula Trigleth, along with an unidentified female. My maternal grandmother, Rosa Mae Pettus Netherland, was the daughter of Lula Trigleth and her first husband, William Elza Pettus. Lula would go on to remarry several times before her death and subsequent burial in Coxburg Cemetery in Holmes County. A photo of Lula's grave stone can be seen on Cemeteries of Dancing Rabbit Creek.

Walter W. Trigleth and his wife, Susan Coggins Trigleth, were my great-great-grandparents. Walter was the son of Richard Berry Trigleth, born about 1822 in Nash County, North Carolina, and his wife Mary Jane Nichols, born about 1829 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

Richard and Mary Jane, my great-great-great-grandparents, were married on October 12, 1844, in Madison County, Mississippi. had three children together, Sarah, born about 1847 in Madison County, Mississippi, George Walter, born about 1851, and James Richard, born about 1853.

By most accounts, Richard Berry Trigleth must have died before 1859, since Arkansas marriage records show that Mary Jane Nichols Trigleth married William Wiley Williams on January 4, 1859. Lizzie Williams, enumerated as Walter Trigleth's 13 year-old sister in Walter's household, must have been Walter's half-sister, born to Mary Jane and Wiley after their marriage in 1859. Since Mary Jane Nichols Trigleth Williams was not included in the household with her husband and daughter, it appears likely that she may have died prior to June of 1880 when the census was recorded.

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