Interesting Things

By Ray L. Bellande

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Old Delancy Home - Latimer Community

 

LOCATION:  SE/4 of Section 11, T6S-R9W.

 

DIRECTIONS:  From the intersection of US 90 and Washington Avenue at Ocean Springs, go north to Tucker Road.  Tucker Road to Old Biloxi Road to Larue Road.

 

HISTORY: Eighty acres of land being the W/2 of the SE/4 of Section 11, T6S-R9W, purchased for a home site by David Langston Delancey (1857-1942) in April 1882.  He was the son of Henry Delancey (1830-1903) and Susan (1835-1884).(JXCO, Ms. Land Deed Bk. 6, pp. 33-34)

            David L. Delancey was married to Mary Elizabeth Walden (1870-1950).  Her parents were Virginian, Benjamin Walden (1821-1866+) and Minerva Fartheree (b. 1837).  Mr. Walden

served as sheriff of Harrison County from 1862-1866.  The Fartheree family had come to Mississippi before 1850, from Georgia.

            David L. Delancey made his livelihood as a farmer, logger, and coal burner.  Mrs. Mary Delancey served as postmaster at Latimer from 1908 to 1913.

            The Delanceys had eight children: Bertha D. Wescovich, Clara D. Cunningham (1891-1957), Grace D. Quave (1899-1951), Virda Mallette (1897-1979), Walter Delancey (1889-1962), Howard Delancey (1908-1991), Clifton Delancey (1903-1908), and Austin Delancey (?-1996).

            David L. Delancey conveyed to Verda D. Mallette in May 1937.  In June 1941, Verda D. Mallette to David L. Delancey et al.  In June 1941, David L. Delancey to Howard Delancey. (JXCO, Ms. Land Deed Bk. 71, p. 387, Bk. 77, pp. 448-449, and Bk. 77, pp. 448-449)

Howard Delancey was married to Ophelia Cates (b. 1920). Their children were: Melba June McGill, Wallace Ira Delancey, and Howard Derald Delancey.  Mr. Delancey made his living as a ship fitter for Ingalls Shipbuilding at Pascagoula.  He was a Master Mason and member of the Ezell Lodge No. 426 at Vancleave.  His corporal remains were interred at the Bethel Hill Baptist Church Cemetery in Latimer.

            In January 1965, Howard Delancey conveyed to Ophelia Cates Delancey, his wife, the W/2 of the SE/4 of Section 11, T7S-R9W, less two acres conveyed to his sons, Howard Derald Delancey and Wallace Ira Delancey.(JXCO, Ms. Land Deed Bk. 267, p. 573)

 

REFERENCES:

 

The History of Jackson County, Mississippi, "Joe Berry Cunningham and Clara Delancey", (Jackson County Genealogical Society:  Pascagoula, Mississippi-1989), pp. 178-179.

 

The Sun Herald"Howard Delancey", January 15, 1991, p. C-2.

 

US CENSUS-Harrison County, Mississippi (1850, 1860, 1870)