Jefferson McMullan moved to Mississippi about 1835 and settled on
about 3500 acres of land on what is now the Oakland community of
Newton County. He owned lots of slaves and was a large cotton planter.
Jefferson McMullan's grave in the Decatur Cemetery, Decatur,
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Jefferson McMullan was a large blonde man. He was always prosperous
and left plenty to his children. About 1863 during the Civil War,
highwaymen were bad in this part of the country. The Confederates
had opened a woolen cloth factory at Lake Oneida near Enterprise.
They used water for power and slaves for labor. Thomas Jefferson
McMullan put ten thousand dollars of gold in a leather pouch and
set off walking down Chunky Creek to Lake Onieda to escape the
would be robbers and bought stock in the woolen mill with the
gold. The plant was destroyed by the Union army soon thereafter
and he lost his investment. Gen. William T. Sherman marched east through Decatur in February 1864, on his way to Meridian, Mississppi. Sherman's troops burned homes along the way and took all the people's livestock and winter stores of food leaving the people of Newton County in bad shape. Sherman's troops burned Thomas Jefferson's home, barns, all out buildings and slaves quarters to the ground. Click Here to learn more about Sherman's Meridian Expedition.
Reynold McMullan's grave beside her husband in the Decatur
before the Civil War, Thomas bought extra slaves at a bargain
price hoping to make a profit at the end of the war. He lost all
of his investment when the slaves were freed at the end of the
is buried beside his wife Rachel, in the old part of the Decatur
cemetary in Decatur, Mississippi along with his son Henry Clay
McMullan and his wife Francis Davis McMullan.
map shows the land that was owned by Thomas J. McMullan
in 1846. This information comes from Mr. Melvin Tingle of
Decatur, Ms. Included on the same page is a topographical
map of the same area and a map showing Sherman's march through Newton County, MS.
Title: 1860: US census, Newton Co, MS
Location: page 144; Decatur
Text: Farmer; real estate $12500; personal estate $20000
Title: 1870: US census Newton Co, MS
Location: page 187
Text: Farmer; real estate $1500, personal property $1470
Type: Web Site
Date: 25 May 2001
Slave records show that Thomas J. McMullan owned the following
Black Male 47
Black Male 35
Black Male 32
Black Female 28
Black Female 28
Black Male 20
Black Male 14
Black Male 16
Black Male 14
Black Female 10
Black Female 9
Black Male 11
Black Female 7
Black Female 6
Black Female 2
of THOMAS MCMULLAN and RACHEL REYNOLDS are:
2. i. HENRY CLAY MCMULLAN, b. July 13, 1846; d. 1935.
3. ii. JESSE PEMBERTON MCMULLAN.
4. iii. THOMAS NEWTON MCMULLAN, b. December 27, 1850; d. September
5. iv. REV. WILLIAM RUFUS MCMULLAN, b. January 12, 1853, Mississippi;
d. June 13, 1906, Henderson Co., Texas.
6. v. MARY ELLA MCMULLAN, b. March 29, 1863; d. August 01, 1965.