Death of William Andrew Alexander
- Mar 1893 , Homestead
(Shared by James Smith, my 2 cousin 1X removed and son of Thomas James Smith)
I know very little about your great-grandfather, but I'll let you in on what I know. Dummy line railroads ran through the woods around the Blue Hill community where they lived at the time. There was a sawmill there with barracks like living quarters. Some family members were in a loud argument on the second floor in a different building. Mr. Thomas got his gun and started shooting up in the apartment yelling to the people to quiet down. A male member of the family that was making all the noise came out the other side of the building and shot Mr. Thomas. He never warned him or asked him to put the gun down. His story was, 'he had been shot at first and was just returning the fire'. According to my father Mr. Thomas had a pretty bad reputation around the community. Sorry, but that is all the details I can remember, but I know about where that happened in Jefferson County. Your grandfather, Mr. Louie was a very nice gentleman, I visited them with my parents several times when they lived on Raymond Rd, or just off that road. He was a Baptist deacon and helped build a new church near their home. Everytime he was at the Trevillion Cemetery, he turned the thanks for the food. He was a very christian man and I liked him very much. He always carried a smile and made you feel comfortable with him. They raised Billie Ruth to have very nice manners. If she walked in front of a person she said excuse me and always thank you, etc. I guess my parents paid attention to that, because they were kin and they liked Aubry, he was a nice guy too.
My grandmother Annie, John Hiram Smith's wife was a Trevillion and her grandfather Phillip Barnes Trevillion started the Trevillion Cemetery by buring his 21 year old daughter there about 1850, give or take a year or so. It was on a main county road at that time and the road has since been closed, but we use it for a driveway to the cemetery and it's in very good shape. My father was the caretaker for many years and he measured the distance from the west fence to each grave. Then he made another measurment from the south fense to each grave. He then recorded who was buried in each grave and that made a grid, so you can find anybody burried there. He then had that recorded in Jackson, MS in the Mississippi Archives and History Dept. Many of the graves were marked with wood crosses and no name or dates on the markers. Dad laid 8 X 16 inch concrete stones in front of each grave, so it could be mowed over and would never rot, it's permanent. There is a grave there that was marked "wild man". Nobody knew the name, but many knew the story. He was from out of the country and committed some kind of crime. The law surrounded the house near the cemetery and killed him there. They burried the man in the cemetery and a wild plum bush grew in the center of that grave. That's the truth, I'm not making this up, I have witnesses.