by Terry Thornton
LEIGH, Emma Mrs., Block 23
According to Jo Nell Wood, Emma Leigh is her Great-great-Aunt Emma, sister to Jo Nell's grandmother, Lonnie Stovall on Block 25. Emma Leigh is buried at Oak Grove Cemetery located north of Centerville, Itawamba County.
On the 1920 census of Mantachie Precinct, Emma Leigh, age 56 born Alabama, is listed with her husband, William Leigh, age 58, a farmer. Included in the household with Emma and William Leigh are cousins Wesley Leigh, 23, and Clifton Bowen, 18, both born in Mississippi.
STOVALL, Corene Miss, Block 23
According to IHS President Jo Nell Wood, her mother, Miss Corene Stovall, whose name is on this quilt block, married on November 28, 1936. The quilt was, therefore, made prior to that date. See also information about Alvah Stovall and Lonnie Stovall, Block 25.
TACKETT, Linnie Miss, Block 23
Linnie Tackett, age 34, is named as the daughter of Thomas Tackett, age 66, farmer of Mantachie Precinct on the 1920 census. The household consisted of only Thomas and his daughter Linnie.
Linnie Tackett, 44, is enumerated in the 1930 household of her father Thomas Tackett, 76, a farmer in Beat 2 on Guntown-Fulton Road.
TURNER, Bennie Mr., Block 23
The only Bennie Turner found on the census is the 5 year-old son of Elbert and Minnie Turner, farmers of Lee County. In 1920 that family consisted of Elbert, 37, Minnie, 38, sons Leonard, 17, Carol, 15, Clyde, 13, Delbert 11, Bonnie 9, Bennie, 6, and Preston 6 months and daughter Nellie, 3. The family lived on the Old Saltillo-Tupelo Road.
His brother Delbert lived most of his life in Itawamba County --- and in Delbert's obituary of 1999 was the statement that Bennie had predeceased him.
Bennie Richard Turner married Inez Gann according to an online family tree that has not been verified for this article.
No other information was available for Bennie Turner.
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