Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Harriet Johnson Buse Portrait: Early Settler along the Natchez Trace in Old Itawamba

Stacy Harriett Johnson was born on October 28, 1827 in Georgia, the daughter of Arthur and Nancy Woodward Johnson. She came to Itawamba County as a young girl shortly after the formation of Itawamba County with her parents where they settled along the old Natchez Trace near Twenty-Mile Creek in northwestern Itawamba County.

On January 16, 1853 she married William Buse (born 1832 Cherokee County, Alabama) in Itawamba County, the son of Benjamin and Elizabeth Barnett Buse. She was the mother of three sons: David, John Wesley and Thomas. Her husband William, died at an early age.

Stacy Harriett owned property adjacent to the old Stone Chapel Church (present-day Friendship Church) in the present-day Pratts community of Lee County (old Itawamba County) near her Johnson, Barnett and Woodward relatives.

Stacy Harriett Johnson Buse died on July 16, 1897 and was buried in Friendship Cemetery.

Scan of Original Tintype Portrait by Bob Franks

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