1. See especially Mississippi: A Guide
to the Magnolia State (New York: Hastings House, 1949). I am grateful
to Charlotte Thomas Marshall of Athens GA, the consummate local historian,
for making available to me her file on the Coxes and Carltons.
2. Betty C. Wiltshire, Marshall County, Mississippi, Probate and Will Records
(Carrollton MS: Pioneer Publishing, 1996), 79.
3. South Carolina Genealogies (Spartanburg, SC: The Reprint Company, 1983)
4. Netty Fant Thompson, Assignment #15 for WPA History of Marshall
County, Mississippi, Mississippi Department of Archives and History. Hugh
H. Rather to HHM, Apr. 11, 1996.
5. Thompson, Gentlemen Farmers, for WPA history, MDAH. Interview
with Sidney Seal Crawford Gooch, Feb. 20, 1983.
6. See Lines on the Death of a Bride of Sixteen, a
poem in the strange volume by Mrs. S. J. Cohen of Holly Springs, Henry
Luria: Or, the Little Jewish Convert (New York: J. F. Trow, 1860);
and Sherwood Bonner's Like unto Like (New York: Harper & Brothers,
1878), as well as HHM, The Prodigal Daughter: A Life
of Sherwood Bonner (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1981, repr. University
of Tennessee Press, 1999), 133.
7. Judge Clapp's travel diary is in Special Collections, University of
8. R. Milton Winter, ed, Our Pen is Time: The Diary
of Emma Finley (Lafayette
CA: Thomas-Berryhill Press, 1999), 19. Barbara Howick Fant to HHM, Dec.
9. Robert Milton Winter, ed., Amid Some Excellent
Company: Holly Springs, Mississippi Through the Life and Words of John
M. Mickle (Holly Springs:
Spring Hollow Publishers, 2003), 199-202.
10. See James S. Ackerman, The Villa: Form and Ideology
of Country Houses (Princeton NJ: Princeton University Press,
1985). Sloan's Victorian Buildings (New York: Dover Publications, 1980),
11. See Harold N. Cooledge, Jr., Samuel Sloan:
Architect of Philadelphia, 1815-1884 (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986), esp.
12. Sam Kaye to HHM, 27 Sept, 2003, and 27 Mar. 2004. Pat Edwards, "Rosedale
and Samuel Sloan," thesis, Mississippi University for Women,
1974. When Mills Lane was working on his books on ante-bellum southern
architecture, I suggested that he investigate Thomas K. Wharton of New
Orleans, who had lived in Holly Springs in the mid-1840s, as the possible
architect of Airliewood. Rather
than investigating, Lane instead made the statement in print that Wharton
might have been the architect. Later, I read Wharton's diary
for the 1850s in the New York Public Library. There is no mention
of the Coxes or of Holly Springs. Wharton clearly had no hand in
the Coxe mansion.
13 Interview with Betty Ann Kennedy Mobley, 16 Sept. 2003. Mobley
archive of Rittlemeyer material.
14. Interview with Amelia Coffey Lacey, 26 Jan. 1957. Phinizy Spalding,
ed., Higher Education for Women in the South: A History
of Lucy Cobb Institute (Athens GA: Georgia Southern Press, 1994), pp. 14, 115.
15. See HHM, A Southern Tapestry: Marshall County,
Mississippi, 1835-2000 (Virginia Beach: The Donning Company, 2000), 62-67. Martha Mildred
Thomson Strickland to William M. Strickland, Mar. 28, 1862, typescript
in HHM collection.
16. Sherwood Bonner, From 60 to 65, A
Sherwood Bonner Sampler, 1869-1884, ed. Anne Razey Gowdy (Knoxville: University
of Tennessee Press, 2000), 164-178.
17. Letters of Ulysses S. Grant to His Father
and His Youngest Sister, 1757-1878, ed. Jesse Grant Cramer (New York:
G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1912), 95-96. Personal Memoirs of Julia
Dent Grant, ed. John Y. Simon (New
York: G. P. Putnam s Sons, 1975), 105-106.
18. Memoirs of Julia Dent Grant, 107. The best account of
the Van Dorn Raid is in Arthur B. Carter's The Tarnished
Cavalier: Major General Earl Van Dorn, C.S.A (Knoxville: University
of Tennessee Press, 1999), 127-146. Three Years with Grant, as Recalled
by War Correspondent Sylvanus Cadwallader, ed. Benjamin P. Thomas
(New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1956), 40. General Parker Hills to HHM,
Oct. 15, 2004. Amid
Some Excellent Company, p. 199.
19. Memoirs of Julia Dent Grant, 108. Papers of Ulysses S. Grant (Carbondale IL: Southern Illinois University Press, 1977) 6:393-396. Memoirs,
109. Olga Reed Pruitt, It Happened Here: True Stories
of Holly Springs (Holly Springs: South Reporter Printing Co., 1950), 61. Memoirs,
20. "A Sunday in the South," by Lieutenant William
White, posted on www.rootsweb.com/~ilcivilw/scrapbk/whitestory.html
21. Robert Milton Winter, ed. Civil War Women: The
Diaries of Belle Strickland and Cora Harris Watson (Lafayette CA: Thomas-Berryhill Press, 2001), 43.
22. Robert B. Alexander diary, Mar. 25, 1864, Marshall County Historical
Museum. Charles N. Dean was told the story of Will Henry
Coxe's last days by Joe and Elijah Dean, born in slavery on the Dean plantation
23. For information on the Topps, I have drawn on the wonderful family
archive of Bruce Dixon Topp of Tallahasee, Florida (great-great-grandson
of Jennings Topp), consisting of census information, biographical sketches,
obituaries, Christ Church records, and family registers.
24. Amid Some Excellent Company, p. 190. For a discussion
of Helen Craft's identifying annotations in her copy of her friend
Sherwood Bonner's Like unto Like, see The
Prodigal Daughter, 84-85.
The quotation comes from that novel, p. 24. The most accessible version
of the novel is the 1997 reprint by the University of South Carolina Press.
25. The Prodigal Daughter, p. 144.
26. Gilcher Holliday of Louisville told Charles N. Dean the story of the
freight car in the late 1950s. It was repeated to me by both James
Topp and Bruce Dixon Topp, independently of each other, in the fall of
27. Amid Some Excellent Company, pp.199-202.
28. Wynne and Trotter files, HHM collection.
29. Amid Some Excellent Company, pp. 112, 130.
30. Interview with David Person, July 23, 2004.
31. I have drawn here from conversations about the Elliots with Netty Fant
Thompson in the 1950s and Charles N. Dean over many decades.
32. The Stephenson sketch is included in Chesley Thorne Smith's Childhood
in Holly Springs: A Memoir (Lafayette, Cal.: Thomas-Berryhill Press,
33. Charles N. Dean obituary, Holly Springs South
Reporter, Mar. 14, 1935.
34. Dr. Robert E. Tyson to HHM, 14 June 2005.
35. The Deans and my father talked about his spending many hours under
one of the front magnolias courting a teacher boarding at the house.
36. Edwina Carpenter, "Miss Mary Sue Burns: Happy Childhood Memories
Recalled," South Reporter, Apr. 24, 1986.
37. Dr. Robert E. Tyson to HHM, 3 June 2005.
38. "Charles N. Dean, 55, Lawyer and Local Historian Dies of Cancer," South
Reporter, 12 Feb. 1983.
39. Alice Fulbright, "Pink Gothic House Back on Pilgrimage," Memphis
Commercial Appeal, Apr. 14, 1984
40. Barbara Howick Fant to HHM, Apr. 22, 1998.
41. Barbara Howick Fant to HHM, Aug. 7 and Dec. 20, 1998. Holly Wright, "Historic
Gates at Coxe-Dean Home Restored," South
Reporter, Sept. 9,
42. Joe Overstreet to HHM, Mar. 9, 2005.
43. Joe Overstreet to HHM, Feb. 11, 2004. "Fire
Strikes Historic Treasure: Airliewood Saved," South
Aug. 12, 2004.