Elisha Douglas built this cabin about five miles out in Lawrence County from the village of Sontag in 1858. He raised his family in it, 11 children in all. But over time of course, they all moved on and had children of their own and the family spread and grew down through the generations, and the land where the cabin stood changed hands through the years, out of the family, to owners who didn't really have any special attachment to the old cabin.
Reese Furlow: From time to time relatives would come and want to visit the cabin and he didn't really like the liability of having the people on his property so he wanted it moved and we moved it.
Walt: That's Reese Furlow who lives in Rankin County. He's one of Elisha Douglas' descendents. They took the porches off the cabin and saved the brick from the chimney and hauled it all to a lot in Sontag, within a few miles of where Elisha is buried. They've been working on the cabin just about a year, now, and have it in pretty good shape.
Reese Furlow: Over the years it's had some alterations and we've tried to put it back the way it was. We've tried to salvage as much of the material and use as much of the original material in restoring it as possible. And where we had to buy material to restore it we bought rough sawed lumber from the local saw mills and used what would be the closest thing to the original materials that went into the cabin.
Walt: The dovetails where the handhewn logs are joined at the corners are cut in a way that water runs away from the joint in every direction. And Reese says one hole cut through the original log in the back wall of the cabin puzzles him. Can't figure out what it could have been used for.
It's a peaceful little cabin put back as close to what it would have originally looked like when the family's patriarch, Elisha Douglas built it. Reese says it will be used as a family museum and a gathering place for the family and members of the community, too. And this being November and Thanksgiving coming up, I'd imagine the place of the humble origins of the now large family will be visited even more, now that it's accessible again.
Monday, May 20 2013 8:21 PM EDT2013-05-21 00:21:00 GMT
Jackson Police are investigating a homicide in west Jackson Monday after a body was discovered inside a residence on Arbor Vista Boulevard. According to Officer Colendula Green with JPD, officers haveMore >>
Jackson police have released the identity of the man found dead in a west Jackson house Monday morning.More >>
Friday, May 17 2013 7:16 PM EDT2013-05-17 23:16:53 GMT
One person has died in a crash near Harrisonville, MO, Thursday evening. The crash happened on Missouri Highway 7 and Walker Road. It involved a car and a tractor-trailer. Harrisonville is in Cass County.More >>
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Monday, May 20 2013 9:37 PM EDT2013-05-21 01:37:07 GMT
A body discovered in Clinton Saturday night has led to a homicide investigation. Hinds County Coroner Sharon Grisham Stewart confirms a body was discovered, although few other details are known. The bodyMore >>
Clinton Police Department's Interim Chief Mike Warren said upon further investigation, it appears a disagreement over a woman may have led to the death of a Jackson man.
Monday, May 20 2013 7:22 PM EDT2013-05-20 23:22:22 GMT
NOTE: Photos and videos will be added to this story later in the evening. The Walthall County Sheriffs Department along with The Humane Society of the United States are in the process of raiding a puppyMore >>
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Monday, May 20 2013 12:10 PM EDT2013-05-20 16:10:06 GMT
(WMC-TV) - Arlington High School senior Taylor Flake thought she was making history when her classmates elected her to be the school's first African-American class president. "It's more than just me representingMore >>
Arlington High School senior Taylor Flake thought she was making history when her classmates elected her to be the school's first African-American class president.
So when the school started planning for the commencement, Flake said she was shocked to find out that she was not among those chosen to speak.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 2:26 PM EDT2013-05-20 18:26:49 GMT
Hinds County sheriff's deputies seized five pounds of marijuana and made two arrests as the result of a three-month investigation. Sheriff's office officials say the northeast Jackson investigation isMore >>
Hinds County sheriff's deputies seized five pounds of marijuana and made two arrests as the result of a three-month investigation.More >>
An Oregon girl abducted as a baby and missing for 18 years finally emerged in Dallas this week when her mother turned herself in to authorities, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Department. More >>
An Oregon girl abducted as a baby and missing for 18 years finally emerged in Dallas this week when her mother turned herself in to authorities, according to the Polk County Sheriff's Department.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 1:43 PM EDT2013-05-20 17:43:49 GMT
The Alabama man charged in the 2010 murder of a Clinton woman is on trial this week in Hinds county. James Hutto is charged with capital murder in the death of 81-year-old Ethel Simpson. ProsecutorsMore >>
The Alabama man charged in the 2010 murder of a Clinton woman is on trial this week in Hinds county. James Hutto is charged with capital murder in the death of 81-year-old Ethel Simpson.More >>
Sunday, May 19 2013 10:35 PM EDT2013-05-20 02:35:37 GMT
Authorities have recovered the body of a 10-year-old boy who apparently drowned after an all-terrain vehicle overturned in a Mississippi creek. The search for the boy's younger brother continued Sunday. ColumbusMore >>
Authorities have recovered the body of a 6-year-old boy who apparently drowned after an all-terrain vehicle overturned in a Mississippi creek. The search for the boy's older brother continued Sunday.More >>
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