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  • Steens, Mississippi

    On 18 April 1884, Francis M. Bell signed a document addressed to Assistant Postmaster General Frank Halton establishing a post office to be called Steenston. It was located in the northern corner of sections 28 and 29, Township 17, Range 17 between the Tombigbee and Luxapila rivers. It was to serve a community of 300 people.

    The first post office in the area, however, was called the Oaks. It was located beneath a large oak tree south of Howard Creek. It was at this tree, known as the Council Oak, that Indian chiefs met to pow-wow.

    Andrew Jackson once camped just north of the Howard Creek bridge on the Military Road (Highway 12). In fact, some of his men contracted Yellow Fever and died there.

    The first school was opened in November 1928 and operated until about 1940 when it was consolidated with New Hope and Caledonia. The last class graduated from Steens school in 1931.

    Family names in Steens: Younger, Vaughan, Cole, Phillips, Tackett, Robertson, Sansing, Rector, Love.

    Thomas Lloyd Tunnell, of Steens signed to be paroled at the Surrender of Vicksburg in July, 1863. He is buried in Piney Grove Cemetary near Steens, Mississipppi, contributed by descendant, Jim Brownlee

    Thomas L Tunnell's 1867 Poll Tax Receipt, Nichols Shop Precinct, Lowndes County, Mississippi, contributed by descendant, Jim Brownlee

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