Alson Elhanan Seborn Dumas born June 16, 1822 in Greenville District, South Carolina and died April 06, 1850 (some say May 6, 1852) in Houston, Chickasaw County, Mississippi at age 27 years, 9 months, and 24 days;
he married Mary Ann Hunter born December 06, 1824 Bledsoe County, Tennessee and died June 04, 1850 (some say April 1, 1850) in Houston, Chickasaw County, Mississippi at age 25 years, 5 months, and 28 days probably of childbirth complications – both buried Houston Cemetery, Chickasaw County, Mississippi – married March 07, 1842 in Lowndes County, Mississippi.
They had 4 daughters born between 1844 and 1850:
1)Missouri Dumas born 1844 in Mississippi.
2)Arkansas Dumas born 1846 in Alabama
3)Louisiana Dumas born 1848 in Mississippi.
4)Mary Ann Dumas born 1850 in Chickasaw County, Mississippi.
Try as I may, I cannot find anything more on these 4 girls.
Some say that Alson married second Mary Anne Coker; current belief is that Mary Anne Coker was never married to Alson. It is thought by some that Mary Ann Hunter’s mother, Jane Hunter, took the girls when A.E.S. Dumas, Sr. died; Jane lived at that time in Chickasaw County, Mississippi.
Mary Ann’s parents were: Jamison Hunter (some say Jameson) born between 1790 and 1794 in (possibly Grainger County, of) Tennessee and died June 14, 1826 in Bledsoe County, Tennessee; married Jane Hughson born 1800 in Georgia and died after 1860 possibly in Mississippi – married between 1790 and 1794 in Tennessee. They had 6 daughters born between 1815 and 1826.
Alson had 1 child by an unknown wife:
5)Alson ‘Edgar’ Seborn Dumas, Jr. (he also went by the name A.E.S. Dumas, some say Edgar) born December 25, 1851 in Houston, Chickasaw County, Mississippi and died about 1899 in north east Texas; married first Martha J. Guthery (some say Martha Jane Guthrie) born about 1859 in probably Neshoba County, Mississippi and died about 1887 in probably Henderson County, Texas – married May 30, 1878 Smith County, Texas. They had 3 children between 1882 and 1886.
Alson married second Martha ‘Mattie’ Virginia Poston born June 11, 1867 Henderson County, Texas and died 1958 Miami, Ottawa County, Oklahoma – married January 06, 1888 in Henderson County, Texas. They had several children, 1 that lived.
1850 Houston (Ancestry shows Eastern Division), Chickasaw County, Mississippi Census: John Cook, age 32, born about 1818 in Kentucky; Mary Anne Coker, age 16, born about 1834 in Alabama; A.E.S. Dumas, age 27, born about 1823 in South Carolina; his wife Mary Ann Hunter Dumas, age 16, born about 1834 (actually born in 1824 – age 26) in Mississippi; and their 4 daughters: Missorie Dumas, age 6, born about 1844 in Mississippi; Arkauvas Dumas, age 4, born about 1846 in Alabama; Lavisiama Dumas, age 2, born about 1848 in Mississippi; Mary Ann Dumas, age 0.
John C. Cook had been born 1813 (some say 1815 or 1818) in Caldwell or Christian County, Kentucky to (Elizabeth Brashier Dumas’ sister):
Margaret Brashier Cook born March 21, 1795 in Greenville District, South Carolina and she died April 7, 1856 in Calhoun County, Mississippi – she was buried Mt. Moriah Cemetery, Calhoun County - she had married Reuben E. Cook, Jr., who was born May 04, 1789 in South Carolina and died October 10, 1862 Calhoun County, Mississippi – they married on September 17, 1812 in Hopkinsville, Christian County, Kentucky. They had 7 children between 1813 and 1827. In 1850 the Reuben Cook family resided in Chickasaw county, Mississippi.
1850 Western Division, Chickasaw County, Mississippi Census: Rubin Cook, age 62, born about 1788 in South Carolina; Margaret Cook, age 55, born about 1795 in South Carolina, etc.
John C. Cook, A E S’s cousin, took custody of Alson Edgar Seborn Dumas, who was 5 months old when his father, Alson Elhanan Seborn Dumas, Sr. died; John became the baby’s guardian (he also took A.E.S. Dumas, Sr.’s Property). As his cousin, it is assumed that he was close to A.E.S. Dumas, Sr. and a natural person to be his guardian.
Houston Cemetery, Chickasaw County, Mississippi was Agatha Estill Cook, born May 11, 1829 and died September 12, 1846, at 17 years or age, of typhoid pneumonia, “consort of John C. Cook”, “born Franklin County, Tennessee.” She was the daughter of Henderson Estill .
After John C. Cook died, Mary Ann Coker took guardianship of A.E.S. (it is assumed that she was still living with John C. Cook and his wife Sarah). Mary Ann Coker later married Joel A. Parker and became A.E.S. Dumas, Jr.’s Guardian; when John Cook died, Joel A. Parker petitioned for guardianship of A.E.S Dumas in 1859 stating that in effect, he had been acting as the legal guardian for some time; Joel Parker sued the estate of John C. Cook for the property. In this suit, he claims A.E.S. was an Orphan. (If Mary Ann Coker was his mom, why would it say this)?
When A.E.S. Dumas, Jr. was 15, he was able to petition for a change in guardianship. He chose Sarah Cook and husband as guardian. If Mary Ann Coker really was his mom, how/why would he pick Sarah Cook as his guardian?
1860 Houston (Ancestry says Buena Vista), Chickasaw County, Mississippi Census, page 61: Joel A. Parker, age 29, born 1831 in South Carolina, farmer; Mary Anne Parker (wife), age 25, born 1835 in Alabama; Alson Parker, age 9; Osborn Parker, age 6; Agnes Parker, age 4; Sophia Parker, age 2; Eliza Parker, age 1 – the 5 children all born Mississippi; (assuming that included A.E.S. Dumas, Jr – the name is Alson on that Census). Joel was doing well; he had a personal wealth of $11,000.
1860 Buena Vista, Chickasaw County, Mississippi Census, page 60: John Parker, age 50, born 1810 in Tennessee, farmer; wife Maria, age 46, born Tennessee; Ellis Parker, age 16; Christopher Parker, age 14; Jackson Parker, age 12; Sarah Parker, age 10; Napoleon Parker, age 8; Nancy Parker, age 4 - first four children born South Carolina, last two born in Mississippi. Because of the ages of this family, there could have been some older children who had already left home. (They apparently had about 13 children).
One wonders what happened to Alson’s 4 daughters. Did Alson really marry a second Mary (and did she in fact marry Joel Parker)? Who were Sarah Cook and husband that became Alson, Jr.’s guardians? What happened to John C. Cook? Was he related to Sarah Cook’s family?
A.E.S. Dumas, Jr. was in Clarksville, Texas in 1898; he is not shown on the 1900 Census with his wife and children.
Any help with this family would be appreciated, especially the location of Alson's 4 daughters.
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