The Elusive Harmon Chavis

img433For those of you who have contacted me about Harmon Chavis, Sara’s great-grandfather, here he is, in all his tintype glory. Native of Louisiana, Confederate soldier, somehow wound up in Holmes County MS and married Sara’s great-grandmother, Margaret Ann Sproles (“Bigma”). Died at age 24, leaving Margaret with a 13-month old daughter, Theodorene (“Bama”). Haunting image in many ways, isn’t it?

About sec040121

Hello....I'm in possession of a priceless collection of memoirs and memorabilia left by my mother, Sara Evans Criss. She was a native and lifelong (88 years!) devotee of our small town, who covered this peculiar and volatile corner of the world for 30 years as the Memphis Commercial Appeal's Greenwood bureau chief, a job that started out with debutantes and high school football and wound up spang in the midst of one of the twentieth century's most enduring social upheavals. This blog is dedicated to her memory and the legacy she left behind, both for her family and her community.
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3 Responses to The Elusive Harmon Chavis

  1. Angela M. Cable says:

    Oh, a hand color too! Awesome, just fantastic! Thank you so much!

  2. Emily says:

    That is quite a bouffant. Hair genes must have gotten watered down in ensuing generations.

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