Deason Home Publications

List of books published by the Tallahala Chapter about the history of the home and Jones County.

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.

 

 

 

Background before you see the movie..

Did Newt Knight shoot Amos McLemore?

This Friday, the movie The Free State of Jones will be showing in a theater near you.  There has been a lot of talk about the movie and its connection to the Deason Home.  To start this blog, I wanted to give you the story of Newt Knight’s association with this historic home.  The following is an excerpt from our book, Secrets of Historic Deason Home, published in 2002 by the Tallahala Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, owners of the home.

“It was on a dark and stormy night in 1863 that Major Amos McLemore stared into the fire, exhausted.  Somewhere in the dark of the night, the War Between the States raged on.  He sighed and sat down in the old wooden rocker.  Laying his sidearms down on the table, he wrenched off his mud-encrusted boots.  It was good to be in a warm, comfortable place tonight.  His soldiers were quartered elsewhere but his friends Amos and Eleanor Deason, had invited him to stay at their home.  He was happy to accept.

McLemore’s eyes were getting heavy and his head was nodding.  Outside, unknown to the tired man, Newt Knight was stealing up on the house with some of his followers.  Newt being the self proclaimed leader of the band of Leaf River Rowdies that Major McLemore may have been sent to apprehend and Newt was determined not to be caught.  Suddenly the door to the room was flung open.  Newt Knight stormed into the room, shot Amos McLemore, and vanished into the night.  The wind moaned as Amos fell and died* in front of the fireplace.  Other accounts state that Newt Knight shot him through a window.

The family was shocked, the town grieved and the soldiers swore to avenge their Major’s death.  Eleanor Deason openly wept as she cleaned the blood of her friend from the floor and fireplace.  Major Amos’ lifeless body was taken home to his old homeplace where he was later mournfully buried and time passed.  Somehow Newt Knight always managed to evade capture and lived a long life. ”

*Correction to the story:  Major McLemore was taken home to Eastabuchie, where he died a few days later.

A few questions and answers:

Q. Was any of the movie filmed at the Deason Home?

A. No.  The movie was filmed in Louisiana.

Q. Will the Deason Home receive money from the movie company or proceeds from the movie?   Does the home receive government funding?

A. No.  The Deason Home has not received any money and does not anticipate receiving any money from the movie, although we would gladly accept if any money was offered!  The Deason Home is privately owned and we do not receive any money from the state or national government.  All money used for the upkeep and restoration of the home comes from tours, ghost hunts, sales of books and other products and donations from Tallahala members and the public.

Q. Will a home representing the Deason Home be in the movie?

A. Not having seen the movie, we do not really know.  However, many names were changed so characters in the movie that were based on real people now have different names.  It is not known whether or not the shooting of McLemore is in the movie at all.

The Deason Home is a wonderful home, full of history and character.  It is open the first and third Saturday of each month from 1 – 4 PM.  Private tours and ghost hunts can also be scheduled.  Contact us at 601-577-1066.  We hope you will find time to visit this summer!

Visit our website – http://www.deasonhome.org.