A business card advertisement advertising the legal services of attorney William Clark McQuiston appeared in an 1866 edition of the Verona Times newspaper in Itawamba County. The Verona Times was published and edited by M.L. Rogers. Verona became a part of the new county of Lee during 1867.
William Clark McQuiston was born during 1834 in Kentucky, the son of William McQuiston (born 1803 in South Carolina, died February 28, 1857 near Aberdeen, Monroe County) and Malinda Clark (born 1804 in Tennessee). The McQuiston family had moved to Monroe County during the 1840’s establishing a plantation in the prairie region of the western part of the county called Prairie Lea. After the death of Malinda Clark McQuiston, William married Sarah Sophia Holden on May 1, 1845.
William Clark McQuiston is listed as a lawyer and student at the University of Mississippi during 1853 and during the 1860 census year, he was enumerated in the town of Okolona in Chickasaw County where he was listed as a lawyer, 26 years of age, with wife Bettie (age 16) and daughter Mary, 6 months old.
According to the advertisement above, William Clark McQuiston was practicing law in Fulton during 1866. By the 1880 census he is listed in the Perry County, Mississippi census in the town of Augusta.