Steve Weathersby of Simpson County, MS

Researched and Written by Linda Durr Rudd

Steve Weathersby, ex-slave, was born about 1856 and was owned by Owen Weathersby of Simpson County. He is now living on his farm at D'Lo, Mississippi. This old ex-slave of about seventy nine or eighty years is tall and slender and walks erect for his age. His black clean shaven face wears a severe expression and he is not very talkative. His large hands show signs of years of hard labor.

Read Steve's entire slave narrative here.
Read Steve's brother George Weathersby slave narrative.

The names of Steve's parents were not revealed in the narrative. After the War, Steven and his mother remained with Owen Weathersby. The list of freemen on Owen Weathersby 's freedmen labor contract were listed alphabetical. A four year old STEPHEN was among the list of 26 freedmen.

Contract Number 47-068
Planter: Owen Weathersby
County: Simpson
Date: August 25, 1865

1870 Census - Not Found

1880 Census - Not Found

Steve Weathersby married Ella Gibson January 12, 1884 in Simpson County, MS, book 2, page 143. (1st marriage)

Steve Weathersby married Melissa Killen November 18, 1896 in Simpson County, MS, book 5, page 198. (2nd marriage)

1900 Census - Simpson County, MS - Beat 3, Roll 827, Page 65
Weathersby, Steve, head, 40, B, May 1870, married 3 years (1860)
Malisa, wife, 40, B, February 1869, one birth/one living
Lola, daughter, 16, B, September 1883
Edd, son, 14, 1886
Mary Eda, daughter, 12, 1888
Bettie, daughter, 10, 1890

1910 Census - Simpson County, MS - Beat 3, Roll 758, Page 80
Weathersby, Steve, head, 53, married 15 years, 2nd marriage
Melisa, wife, 45, 2nd marriage
Mary, daughter, 22, single

1920 Federal Census - Simpson County, MS - Beat 3, Roll 893, Page 102
Weathersby, Steve, head, 63
Malissa, wife, 50

Lissie Weathersby died August 26, 1920 in Simpson County of chronic Brights Disease. She is buried at Shilo near DíLo. Informant was Steve Weathersby. Her parents were Joe Bullock and L??? Harper. (Note: Possible father of Lissie was found on the 1870 Federal Census - Pike County, Summit, MS - roll 745, page 132 - Joseph Bullock, 60, SC, Letty/Netty, 51, GA, Geneva, 16, MS, Letty, 11, MS.)

Steve Weathersby married Ida Berry October 09, 1920 in Simpson County, Mississippi, book 9, page 184. (3rd marriage)

1930 Census - Simpson County, MS
Weathersby, Steve, 72
Idah, 65, wife
Johnson, Author, 35, son-in-law
Johnson, Bettie, 30, daughter

Steve died November 03, 1942 near DĎLo, Simpson County, MS. At the time of his death he was married to Ida and he was 84 years of age. Parents were unknown to informant. His informant was Jessie Jones. He is buried at St. John Cemetery.

Owen Weathersby was b. January 06, 1812 in Bladen County, North Carolina, and died March 15, 1877 in Simpson County, MS. He married Sarah Ann Magee January 31, 1833. She was the daughter of Robin and Margaret Graves Magee. This couple had one child, Mary Ann Weathersby, who died in early infancy. Owen was the son of Isom/Isham and Sarah Thomas Weathersby. Isom Weathersby along with brothers and other kinsmen left Bladen County, North Carolina, traveling to Mississippi, about 1814 or earlier. (Weathersby Family 1700 -1955, p. 12, 50, MS Dept. of Archives and History) Owen Weathersby owned 14 slaves in 1850, page 783, and he owned 23 slaves in 1860, page 71, per the Simpson County Slave Schedules.

Willis Mangel was not listed in the Mississippi federal census nor in the Mississippi slave schedules. WILLIAM MANGUM may be the person Steve was referring to as his fatherís slave owner. William Mangum owned one 14 year old female slave in 1850 per the 1850 Rankin County, MS Slave Schedule, page 701. Mangum owned 7 slaves was agent for 4 slaves per 1860 Rankin County, MS Slave Schedule, page 09. Simpson and Rankin counties are neighboring counties.


1850 Rankin County Slave Schedule - MS
1850 Simpson County Slave Schedule - MS
1860 Simpson County Slave Schedule - MS
1870 Federal Census - Pike County, MS
1900 Federal Census - Simpson County, MS
1910 Federal Census - Simpson County, MS
1920 Federal Census - Simpson County, MS
1930 Federal census - Simpson County, MS
Freedmen Bureau Labor Contract - Microfiche Number: 47-068
Steve Weathersby's Death Certificate - MS1942-17048
Melissa Weathersby's Death Certificate - MS1920-15595
"Weathersby Family, 1700 - 1955"
All records are found at Mississippi Department of Archives and History

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