Since the Deason Home is owned by a group of ladies, none of whom are independently wealthy, we have to be creative in our fundraising efforts. One of the ways we raise money is through the sale of books that we have published. Here is a list of our books and a brief description of each. All proceeds from the sale of these books goes to the restoration and upkeep of the Deason Home.
Secrets of Historic Deason Home
This book was published in 2002. It has 32 pages of information about the Deason Home. Chapters included are Amos Deason Home – A Landmark, Truths-Legends-Hauntings-Tales of the Deason Home, Amos Deason Family – South Carolina to Ellisville, and Ramblings from the Past – Jones County History Tidbits. There is a 1902 Map of Ellisville, MS and a full name index. The price is $12.
Major Amos McLemore – Confederate States Army Soldier – Legendary Man, Legendary Time
This book was first published in 2002 and republished in 2013. It is 26 pages long and includes the following chapters: Major Amos McLemore – Legendary Man – Legendary Time, C.S.A. Roster Co. B. 27th Mississippi Infantry Regiment, Major Amos McLemore (a.k.a. McLemore) Family Cemetery, Bombardment of Fort Sumpter, South Carolina – Start of Civil War, and a full name index. The price is $12.
Treasured Recipes of Yesteryear
First published in 2013, we are now into our second printing of this cookbook. The book contains recipes from today and the past. There are 123 pages of delicious dishes and indexes of contributors and recipes. The price for this book is $15.
Several years ago, several of our members began a labor of love. The Ellisville newspaper, The Progress-Item, was once the main source of news for residents of southern Jones County. This newspaper included articles about citizens from the area and how they came to live in Ellisville, obituaries, human interest stories, feature articles about local businesses and the day to day happenings in the busy small town of Ellisville. Sadly, this newspaper was not microfilmed and the only remaining copies are crumbling. These tattered remains are the record of our history and Cynthia Lorraine DeVall and Sue Thomas Coker, members of the Tallahala Chapter NSDAR could not let that history die. They began compiling these old stories into books that will preserve these wonderful stories for future generations and Ellisville, Mississippi – A Testament to our Ancestors was born. To date they have completed four volumes. Volume 1 is out of print at the present time, but Volumes 2 – 4 are available for purchase.
Ellisville, Mississippi – A Testament to our Ancestors Volume 2
This book was developed from the 1962 edition of the Progress-Item newspaper. Articles about the growth of Ellisville as well as the progress of its citizens and genealogy of its families are covered. Obituaries from the newspaper yield much information about the dedication and hard work and love of family and country present in the citizens of Ellisville and surrounding communities. The price is $15.
Ellisville, Mississippi – A Testament to our Ancestors Volume 3
This book was published in 2015. The 99 pages in this book came from the 1960-1961 editions of the Progress-Item newspaper. Articles about Ellisville State School and Jones County Junior College are included in this book along with 40 pages of obituaries. The price is $20.
Ellisville, Mississippi – A Testament to our Ancestors Volume 4
Our most current book was published in 2016. Volume 4 consists of articles from old Ellisville newspapers, discovered in the Ellisville Courthouse, plus obituaries and articles from the 1963 Progress-Item. The 100 pages are packed with information about early Ellisville and its inhabitants. The cost is $20.
These books are available locally (Ellisville, MS) at Ward’s Pharmacy and at the Deason Home and can also be purchased by mail. Please send your request and check to Deason Home Restoration, PO Box 643, Ellisville, MS 39437. Add $5 for shipping.
For more information about the historic Deason Home, please visit our website at http://www.deasonhome.org.