Marker Logo HMdb.org THE HISTORICAL
MARKER DATABASE
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Mendenhall in Simpson County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

Weathersby and Choctaw Heritage

 

—Simpson County Heritage Trail —

 
Weathersby and Choctaw Heritage Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 2, 2017
1. Weathersby and Choctaw Heritage Marker
Inscription.
What is the Simpson County Heritage Trail?
The Simpson County Heritage Trail was established through the Simpson County Development Foundation in 2011. Each stop along the trail is of historic significance to Simpson County, showcasing points of interest and facts about the origins of the County.

Choctaw Heritage
The Choctaw nation was divided into northern, central and southern divisions. The area that is now Simpson County was in the extreme SW portion of the southern division, part of the Six Towns district. The famous Pushmataha was a chief of the Six Towns district. While there are some mounds in the county and Choctaw artifacts have been found, there is no definite evidence of Choctaw towns. The well-known Three-Chopped-Way may have crossed the SW corner of the county. An 1824 map of Mississippi shows an "old Indian path" crossing Simpson County.

Through a series of treaties between 1786 and 1830, the Choctaw Nations progressively ceded its lands to the United States. The area that is now Simpson County was in the extreme southeast corner of the territory ceded in 1820 by the Treaty of Doak's Stand.

Weathersby
Subsequent to the Treaty of Doak's Stand, the last Choctaw encampment in Simpson County was south of Weathersby.
Weathersby and Choctaw Heritage marker near Weathersby Baptist Church. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 2, 2017
2. Weathersby and Choctaw Heritage marker near Weathersby Baptist Church.
This area was settled in the early 1800s by the Hayes and Weathersby families. A town grew up in the area including stores, mills, a hotel, a church, and a school. The first post office was established in 1897, and the town was incorporated in 1901.

Today Weathersby has been incorporated into Mendenhall; however, it is still a distinct community centering around the historic Weathersby Baptist Church, which is located directly on U. S. Highway 49.

Inset
An Anecdotal History of Simpson County
From the Columns of Bee King
The Simpson County News
1937-1948
Long before the coming of the white men to this county, there was an Indian encampment at or near what was afterwards known as Westville. Two or three well-defined Indian trails crossed there, one running from a point on Pearl River near Rockport to the northeast through the Six Towns capital near the old gravel pit south of Weathersby, and another from the northwest and on in a southeast direction toward Mobile. Still another ran eastward through Smith and Jasper counties. These trails were used by the traders and trappers, and by 1820 the Indian trails had been developed into roads over which wagons could pass without much difficulty.

Photo caption
Portrait of Pushmataha unveiled April 1,
View of marker looking south on U.S. Highway 49. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, December 2, 2017
3. View of marker looking south on U.S. Highway 49.
2001. It hangs in the Mississippi Hall of Fame, Old Capitol Museum, in Jackson, Mississippi. The portrait was presented by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians. Portrait by Mississippian Katherine Roche Buchanan. Courtesy Missisippi Department of Archives and History.

Map
Map of U.S. states Arkansas, Mississippi, and Oklahoma in relation to Choctaw land ceded to the U.S. According to the Treaty of Doak's Stand the area in orange was ceded to the United States, and the area in green was ceded to the Choctaw nation.
 
Erected 2014 by the Simpson County Development Foundation.
 
Location. 31° 56.313′ N, 89° 49.91′ W. Marker is in Mendenhall, Mississippi, in Simpson County. Marker is at the intersection of Church Street and U.S. 49, on the right when traveling east on Church Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 114 Church Street, Mendenhall MS 39114, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mendenhall (approx. 2.8 miles away); Sanatorium (approx. 4˝ miles away); Magee (approx. 7.3 miles away); Magee - McNair Springs (approx. 7.3 miles away); Simpson County Veterans Monument (approx. 7.3 miles away); Westville, Mississippi (approx. 8.3 miles away); Braxton (approx. 10.3 miles away); Flags Over Simpson County (approx. 10.3 miles away).
 
Categories. Native AmericansSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 26, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 26, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 73 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 26, 2018, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
Paid Advertisement