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The James Summerlin Family

Updated July 22, 2007

James Summerlin
480 E. McCulloch Blvd
Pueblo, CO 81007
United States

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The Summerlin’s appear to have moved to Mississippi in the 1800 mainly from North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. The Mississippi country was opened to settlement in 1798 when Congress organized the Mississippi Territory. (Until it became a separate territory in 1817, Alabama was part of Mississippi.) During the first two decades of the nineteenth century, Americans moved west in such great numbers that historians refer to that mass movement as the “Great Migration.”
During the first phase of the Great Migration, which began in 1798 and continued until 1819, two distinct waves of immigrants swept into the Territory. The first wave began when the Territory was organized and subsided when the War of 1812 began. The second wave developed after the war ended in 1814. It peaked in the years 1818-1819 and receded after the Panic of 1819 brought about a general economic depression. In the period from 1798 to 1812, the flow of immigrants was steady but unspectacular, at least by comparison with the 1815-1819 period.
In the first period, settlers moved primarily into three general areas — the Natchez country, the lower Tombigbee River basin, and the Tennessee Valley. Closely linked to the notion that Mississippi offered exceptional economic opportunities for the immigrant was the widespread belief that the Territory was an idyllic“ “Garden of Eden,” an unlimited expanse of fertile country “like the land of promise, flowing with milk and honey.”

Family Photos

  • Robert and Annie (Koen) Summerlin (23 KB)
    Taken at Annie's parents, Carey and Emma Koen home in Koenton, Alabama on the day of their wedding.
  • Jim and Lana (Thayer) Summerlin (74 KB)
    Taken in 1985 in Pasadena, Texas.
  • William Radford Summerlin Family (54 KB)
    William, Lizzie, Henry, Robert, Alma, Lela, Lou.
  • William Radford Summerlin (40 KB)
    Possibly taken in Stonewall, Clarke County, Mississippi where he lived from 1910 until his death in 1929. Women unknown, possibly his second wife Minnie (Patrick) Summerlin and one of his daughters.
  • Sarah Elizabeth (R) and Alma Ray (L) Summerlin (59 KB)
    Sarah never married, lived with her brother Henry and family after her mother Nancy's death and her father William moved to Stonewall. Alma married John William Page and made their home in Morton, MS. John died in 1960 and Alma in 1962.
  • Henry Elbert (R) and Robert Lee (L) Summerlin (70 KB)
    Henry married Ruby Eveline Mixon and made their home in Meridian, MS. Robert was married four time, he married Annie Lucille Koen from AL. on 12/2/1930. I am the youngest of 17 children of Robert.
  • Lela Mae Summerlin (68 KB)
    Lela married Walter Marion Grayson and made their home in Meridian, MS.
  • Lou Eleanor Summerlin (96 KB)
    Lou married Thomas Garfield Herring and made their home in Morton, MS.

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