|Death: ||Jan. 23, 1942|
~Ama Permelia Ware Depriest~
Ama was born to James Ware & Susan Fletcher at Ware's Bluff aka Martin's Bluff MS.
She married John W Depriest March 13, 1875 in Vancleave.
The Depriest's lived on a hill looking down on Ward Bayou, in Vancleave.
Children include; Ida Lou; Minnie C., Vida O., Martha S., & Moses Vinyard whom they adopted.
Excerpts taken from the 'Mississippi Historical Chronicle' from the accounts of a W.P.A. writer.
...Martins Bluff in Jackson County was the home of Miss Ama Ware. In 1861 at the beginning of the war between the states, this was a thriving community of about 26 families located on the banks of the Pascagoula River. After this it was declared Martins Bluff and was used by the confederate soldiers as a training camp. Colonel James McCray was in command of regiments that were trained at Martins Bluff.
Miss Ama Ware's father and brother were soldiers in the confederate army. While serving as a soldier her father developed measles and was very ill and was sent home. While he was on this furlough, a messenger was sent to Martins Bluff to warn the people the Yankees were coming. The families who had boats hurriedly packed their money, household goods such as china, silver, linens, and groceries - all they could carry in small boats and crossed the Pascagoula River to Pine Island.
This Island was between Johns Bayou and Summerlin Bayou. They stayed there for several weeks, and built camps to live in out of poles and covered them with palmetto leaves to protect them from inclement weather. There were about 15 families who taken refuge on Pine Island.
The Yankees stayed so long at Martins Bluff until the refugees on Pine Island became fearful that their hiding places had been discovered. The men on the Island made boats and loaded their possessions and families on them. When night came, they started up the Pascagoula River. After several miles of dangerous travel up the river, they found a small abandoned house on the banks of the river.
They had camped in this abandoned house for several weeks when a messenger came to let them know that the Yankee soldiers' had gone. They made their way back to their wrecked and damaged homes to find all clothing and other household goods, they could not carry with them stolen or destroyed, hogs and cows were killed and some homes burned. This was in the year of 1864...
James Ware (1827 - ____)
John William Depriest (1846 - 1926)*
Ida Lou Depriest Goff (1876 - 1957)*
Minnie DePriest Flurry (1883 - 1964)*
Dorman Hes Ware (1851 - 1904)*
Amaw W Depriest (1855 - 1942)
James Collen Ware (1860 - 1948)*
Print J Ware (1872 - ____)*
Magnolia Garden Cemetery
Maintained by: Linda Ellis
Originally Created by: Martha
Record added: Nov 21, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 31589536