THE SUSAN SILLERS DARDEN DIARY
Key to diary written by Caleb F. Darden, son of Thomas L. Darden, Jr. & Martha McGinty
Key to Characters in Diary
Children of the writer of the diary
(John) Buckner Darden; lived at Millican Bend, La., died in C. S. A.
Martha; married Dr.
(Patrick K. Henry) Pat Wade
Olivia; married Dr. (Uriah Overton) Tate; lived near Natchez
Laura; married (1) (Winfield) Bridewell; m. (2) (Edward Short)
Irene married (Dr. Thomas Cage) Tommie West; killed by Negroes. Ku Klux Klan raid
Jesse (Blount) Darden married Sallie Killingsworth
George (Young) Darden married (Rosa M. Jones)
and Sisters of Jesse (Harper) Darden husband of the writer of the diary
Betsy (Elizabeth) called “Sister” Betsy m.. (1) (Samuel R.) Hornsby; (2)(Benjamin F.) Sibley; lived near Natchez
Sam (Samuel W.) or ‘Brother” Sam m. Anna McKeown; lived near Ebenezer Church E. of Fayette
Buckner (Madison) or “Brother” Buckner m. Sarah (Annette) Torrey; lived near Ebenezer Church
Mariah or “Sister” Mariah (Lanier) m. Prosper King Montgomery; lived E. of Fayette four miles
Drusilla (Caroline) m. (George) Guilford Torrey; lived E. of Port Gibson near Pattison
George ( Wynn) m. Susan Bolls; lived Pattison
Anne (Sarah Annette) m. Jeff
(William Jefferson) Briscoe; lived at St. Joseph, La.
Mary (Jane) m. (Thomas) Scott; lived in Tennessee
Virginia ‘Jennie” in. (Dr. Alfred L.) Green
Jack (Andrew Jack m. Kate (Vernon) Mayberry; lived near Stampley; had son, Henry (M Darden m. 1st. cousin, Catherine “Kate” (Virginia) Darden and he was killed near Fayette in KKK raid,
Children of P.K. (Prosper King) Montgomery and Maria (Lanier) Darden Montgomery
Jeff (Jefferson Darden) Montgomery m. Martha Wade
Sam (Samuel Swayze) m. Laura Horrington
Mary m. John Bondurant
Prosper Jr. (Prosper King, Jr.) m. (1) Ruth S.
Chambliss (2) Margaret Cook
Frank (E.) m. Theresa Kinnison
“Tip” (must be Harrison Prentiss Montgomery) m. (1) Minerva Herrington (2) Mollie Forsett
Clara (Ann) in. Austin Williams Smith
“Jennie’ (Virginia) in. Thomas Percy
Ellen (Maria m. J S. Goode
Three other children died in infancy
Prosper King Montgomery m. (2) Clotilde Ligon Seymour, Two children.
Children of Buckner (Madison) Darden and Sarah (Annette Torrey Darden
Mary Jane m. Samuel B. Chamberlain
Madison Alexander Darden died in C. S. A.
George (Everett), accidentally killed by his own gun, aged 13
Rosie (Rosalie Elizabeth) m. Brown A. Stewart
(Sarah) Annette m. Garfield Stewart McMillan
Jimmie (James Torrey) m. Mrs. Henrietta Perry Finn
(Marion) Eloise m. John Parks Subor
Catherine “Kate” (Virginia) m. Henry Mayberry Darden; lst cousins
Minerva (Olivia) m. Judge William Peake
Buckner (Eugene) Darden — not to be confused with his Uncle or Cousin
Others, frequently mentioned:
Coz, John & Margaret (F. Fleming) (John
Pendleton Darden & wife)
Tommy (Thomas Landrum) Darden, my grandfather, and (1) wife Sophie McCaleb and (2) (Clara Dorroh)
Put (Putnam) Darden, (Brother of my grandfather) and his wives; Carrie (Carolyn Roach) McCaleb, Miss Ellen Griffin, Mary Lou Harper, Kate Aby
Other sisters of my grandfather
(Sarah) Cunningham m. Wes (Charles Westley) Whitney
Josephine Darden m. Jeff (Jefferson J.) Whitney
Sue (Susannah m. J. R. Armistead
Bob McGinty, Anne (Sillers) Stuart a sister to writer of diary and her brothers; Joseph (Sillers) and. wife Matilda; Robert (Sillers), Blount Stuart, husband of Anne. “Ma” (Mariah Harper Darden), the mother of J. H. (Jesse Harper) Darden, who was married to Buckner Darden and both buried Old Salem Cemetery near Stampley
Ebenezer Church - Presbyterian - was located 7-8 miles east of Fayette adjacent to Fayette-McNair highway, also close proximity to the Torrey and Currie or Curry graveyards.
Villine’s, an early restaurant located in Fayette on the Rodney Road.
Spring Hill, an early settlement between Fayette and Stampley.
Wild Springs, a pleasure resort owned by my great-grandfather, J. P. D. (John Pendleton Darden), also Miles. Am not sure, but think it was SW of Fayette probably Franklin-Adams County. .
The residence of John P. D and wife, called Coz. John and Coz. Margaret (F. Fleming) by the writer of the diary, was built by Susan Sillers Darden’s father, Walter Sillers. Family graveyard near.
Torrey graveyard E. of Fayette (Scotch settlement). Also buried here Rev. William Montgomery, Buckner Darden. Near by the Buckles-McPherson’s and Currie or Curry graveyards. Closer to Fayette on Union Church road is private cemetery of P. K. (Prosper King) Montgomery.
Full names in parentheses copied from Lanier by Louise Ingersoll and Family Records of Mississippi Revolutionary Soldiers by Alice Tracy Welsh and added by Virginia Truly Groome (died March 1969)