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The Ames and Hogan Family Papers, held by the Manuscripts Division of Mississippi State University Libraries, document the history of the Ames and Hogan families of Ditto’s Landing, AL and Starkville, MS, from 1816-1910.  The papers consist of a wide variety of materials, including correspondence, legal documents, speeches and essays, and receipts for both cotton and enslaved persons. 

 

Elijah Hogan was born on May 16, 1794, to William Hogan (1750-1827) and Sarah Elizabeth Grant (1760-1816).  From 1817-1827, Hogan and his partner, James Nealley, hauled cotton, hides, tobacco, and other goods on flatboats from Ditto’s Landing, Alabama, down the Tennessee River to New Orleans.  Hogan married Mary “Polly” Lampkin (1800-1882) on May 26, 1818.  Polly was the sister of Robert Allison Lampkin (1809-1885), one of Hogan’s later business associates. 

 

The Hogans eventually settled in Oktibbeha County, Mississippi, where Elijah established himself as a merchant and tavern owner.  He also served as the president of the Board of Police.  Eventually his son-in-law, Madison Fisk Ames, became his business partner.  Hogan died on June 28, 1841, in Starkville.

 

Madison Fisk Ames was born in Tennessee on August 9, 1830, to schoolteacher David Ames (1788-1870) and Sophronia Oella Fisk (1804-1884).  He married Minerva Rosanna Hogan (1828-1899), daughter of Elijah Hogan and Polly Lampkin, on April 5, 1861, and worked in Starkville with his father-in-law.  He died on June 19, 1907, in Starkville.  The family papers contain correspondence by and to his brother, Albion Ames (1828-1905), and his daughters, Maria Ames and Groselia “Grossie” Ames Saunders (1864-1957), wife of Dero Saunders.

 
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