Jacob HUMBLE was born about 1735 and probably came to North Carolina from Kentucky or Virginia about 1760. He was married to Mary UNKNOWN and their children were: John, Henry, Jacob, David, George and Peter. Jacob and Mary had nine children total. All of the 6 boys have been identified. They also had 3 daughters who's names have not been identified. In the 1790 North Carolina Census, Jacob HUMBLE is listed with 2 males over 16yrs of age, 3 males under 16, 3 females and 1 slave. The 1800 North Carolina Census finds four of Jacob's sons with their families, but Jacob is not listed. Mary HUMBLE is listed with one other female, so it is assumed that Jacob died before the 1800 census was taken. This Mary HUMBLE, widow, is probably the one found in Mississippi in 1810, having gone along with her children from Montgomery County, North Carolina to Amite County, Mississippi, between 1800 and 1810. (source, Humble genealogy).
It is stated that the HUMBLES were of English origin and first settled in Kentucky (no dates are given, source: Kosciusko County, Indiana History, 1887 page 242). There is another legend that the HUMBLES came from Wales and landed in New York. This legend is partially substantiated by the very old grave markers reported to be located near Trinity Church in Lower Manhattan, New York City, New York, bearing the names "John and Deanna HUMBLE".
Henry HUMBLE, son of Jacob and Mary HUMBLE was born in North Carolina about 1765 and is first shown as the head of household in the 1790 North Carolina census. He is listed with his wife, one male under 16 yrs and 5 slaves. Montgomery County, North Carolina land entries show that Henry HUMBLE filed 24 claims from 10/17/1793 to 8/12/1801 for a total of 1,045 acres of land from the State of North Carolina. Henry married Alicia UNKNOWN and their children were James, Mary, Henry Jr, Alicia, Jacob and Thomas. The 1850 census of Caldwell Parish, Louisiana shows that Jacob HUMBLE, fifth son of Henry HUMBLE was born in Georgia, which indicates the route the family took from North Carolina. In 1809 Henry HUMBLE moved to Amite County, Mississippi, where he is listed in both the 1810 and 1816 census as a resident of Amite County. Here he bought and sold land, obtained land grants, acted as overseer of the poor, and as administrator of various wills etc. On December 27th, 1811, Henry HUMBLE and his son, James HUMBLE, signed a petition to the Congress of the United States by inhabitants of the Mississippi Territory asking for the establishment of the Mississippi River on the West, Lake Ponchartrain and the shores of the Atlantic Ocean on the South and East as boundaries, and admission into the Union as a free, sovereign, and independent state. (source: Territorial Papers of the U.S. Vol VI, Territory of Mississippi, page 254-6). In 1816, Henry HUMBLE was one of the signers of a memorial to the Congress of the United States by the inhabitants of Amite County asking that one year's indulgence be given to the settlers on public lands before they are removed, except by purchase. (source: Territorial Papers of the U.S. Vol. VI Territory of Mississippi, page 671). He was also an active member of the New Providence Baptist Church, and was a messenger from that church to meetings of the Mississippi River Baptist Association, held at various places in Mississippi from 1812 to 1822. On 5/1/1815 he was licensed to preach as a Minister of the Gospel. He served as pastor of the New Providence Baptist Church until 1822 when he moved to Louisiana and settled on the Ouachita River about fifteen miles above Harrisonburg at a place called Enterprise. Being a Baptist minister, he began to gather his scattered neighbors and with the aid of a licentiate named John Hill, preached to them the Gospel of Peace and in 1826 he and John Impson organized the Old Catahoula Baptist Church with seven members. In 1829 he attended a meeting of the Louisiana Association of the Baptist Churches in St. Landry Parish where he served as Moderator and preached the introductory sermon. After the meeting adjourned he started back home to Enterprise, traveling horse-back over the trails the led through the forests. When he reached a settlement now known as Pollack, he took ill and died there on October 29, 1829. His body was carried back to Enterprise and buried in what is now an abandoned cemetery on a high ridge which is south and west of the town of Enterprise, and some distance from the present church building. Alicia HUMBLE was shown in the 1830 census with one male child (Thomas Leonard HUMBLE) and her age was given as 60/70. She is not in the 1840 census of Catahoula Parish and it is presumed that she died some time before 1840. She is buried next to her husband in the Old Catahoula Baptist Church cemetery, which is now abandoned.
James HUMBLE, son of Henry and Alicia HUMBLE, was born about 1789 in North Carolina and came to Amite County, Mississippi with his father about 1809. He married Mary NETTLES in Amite County on 05/28/1809. Mary NETTLES was the daughter of Isham and Anna NETTLES. Isham was a Baptist Minister. In February of 1812 James and Mary HUMBLE were both received into the Zion Hill Baptist Church. The children of James and Mary HUMBLE were: Amanda, Mary, Alicia, Elizabeth, Henry James, John Nixon, Catillia, Nancy and Thomas Jefferson HUMBLE. About 1816 James and his family moved to Catahoula Parish, Louisiana where he joined and was a deacon in the Old Catahoula Baptist Church organized by his father in 1821. Some years later, he moved to Caldwell Parish where he died in September of 1830. On July 10th, 1838 Mary HUMBLE filed a petition stating that her husband, James HUMBLE had died in September of 1830 leaving a considerable amount of property, both real and personal. At a family meeting, of friends and relatives, Jacob HUMBLE was appointed administrator of the estate, because Mary HUMBLE was considered to be incompetent to manage the estate. On February 1839 the Court appointed Frederick Lowe curator, to take charge of the person of Mary HUMBLE who was adjudged to be insane (source: Succession Book A page 43 Caldwell Parish). Both the inventory and public sale of James HUMBLE'S estate, show that he owned 80 acres of land valued at $100 with improvements appraised and sold for $300. His estate sold for $13,148.50, but most of this was for slaves that sometimes sold for as much as $1,500 each (source: Succession Book A, pages 23 and 371).
John Nixon HUMBLE, son of James and Mary HUMBLE, was born on 01/22/1823 in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, and died in 1884. He was six feet 2 inches tall with dark hair and eyes. He was first married to Matilda BRIAN who died soon after their first child, James Francis was born. On August 23, 1855, he married Martha BRIAN, sister of Matilda and their children were: Mary Magdaline, Ella, Thomas Jefferson, Amanda Abigail, John Nixon Jr, Henry Nilos, William Hardy, Hannah Mahetebel, Alitia Elizabeth, Arthur Jay HUMBLE. John Nixon HUMBLE was baptized at Bethel Church in 1841 and began to preach in 1860. He served in the Mexican War as a private in Captain Harmon Mercer Company "A", Sixth Regiment Louisiana Volunteers from 05/10/1846 to 08/22/1846 when he received an honorable discharge in New Orleans. On 11/16/1846 he was commissioned as Second Lieutenant in Company "B" 31st Regiment, Militia of Louisiana. On 03/11/1848 he was commissioned as Lt. Col. of the 30th Regiment, Regular Militia of Louisiana. He was also commissioned Assessor for the Parish of Caldwell and Justice of the Peace for the 3rd ward of Caldwell Parish. On 08/12/1861, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of the 10th Company, Caldwell Regiment, 5th Division for a term of five years. On 02/22/1864 he was commissioned District Appraiser of the Confederate States for Caldwell Parish and on 12/18/1866 he was commissioned Clerk Of Court for the 12th District, Caldwell Parish. On 01/05/1880, he was commissioned Justice of the Peace for the 10th ward, Caldwell Parish. It appears as if he was active both in the church and in political affairs right up to the time of his death. On 03/29/1888, Martha HUMBLE, his widow, was granted a pension of $8.00 per month for his services in the Mexican War.
Mary Magdaline HUMBLE, the first born of John Nixon and Martha HUMBLE, was born on 01/22/1858. She was engaged to Frank Grant but that was like trying to make a positive pole attract another positive, it simply would not work out. So Mary Magdaline married George W. Spann about 1879 and gave him nine sons and daughters, the fifth, sixth and seventh of their children died in infancy but the others with the exception of Robert who died at twenty years, lived to maturity, married and raised large families. The children of Mary Magdaline and George SPANN were: James Nixon, Robert Humble, Lessie Lena, Mary Cole, George W Jr, Ocye Roselia, Hardy Brian, Martha Louise and Ella Eugenia. After George SPANN died, Mary Magdaline married Frank GRANT, on December 25th, 1900. Franks wife had died and the sweethearts of twenty-five years earlier married. In the meantime however, both had acquired large families. Five of the SPANN children were included in the new family group as well as one child of Frank GRANT. Soon after they were married, Frank, Mary Magdaline and the six children left the old home place near Wisner in Franklin Parish, Louisiana and came to Pollack in a covered wagon. They moved into and took over management of the Big Creek Hotel. After the son Robert died, on 06/09/1902 the family moved to "Bryant Spur" about seven miles west of Pollock. This was a camp on a log road where they kept boarders, the men who cut logs for the Big Creek Lumber Company sawmill. From there they moved back to the old home place near Wisner in the winter of 1903. In the fall of 1909 the family again pulled up stakes and started for Oklahoma in the old covered wagon. It took them three weeks to get to Hamburg, Arkansas, where they arranged to take a breather by operating a cafe, serving barbecued meats etc. They then moved to and lived on a farm near Boeuff, Arkansas located between Hamburg and Portland to the east about ten miles for about one year. Mr. Grant's daughter married during this time and he abandoned the idea of going to Oklahoma and the family loaded up the covered wagon and returned back to Louisiana. Frank GRANT and Mary Magdaline lived together for about eleven years during which time they separated seven times, each time, "for good". Shortly after arriving back in Louisiana in the fall of 1912, they parted company and Mary Magdaline and daughters Martha Louise and Ella came to Monroe and lived in a house on Texas Avenue where Mary Magdaline lived until her death in 1927. Mary Magdaline was a rugged individualist, a person of strong likes and dislikes. She was raised a Baptist but in later years became a most ardent supporter of the Seventh Day Adventists. She always took active interest in politics and was always enthusiastic in her support of the candidate of her choice. She was absolutely uncompromising once she made up her mind. It was a foregone conclusion that the marriage with Frank GRANT would not be successful as it was impossible for her to live in harmony with anyone who differed with her. Their frequent clashes resulting in seven separations and reconciliations, were sometimes violent and always loudly proclaimed (source: Humble genealogy).
Martha Louise SPANN was born on 07/11/1894 to Mary Magdaline and George SPANN. She married Johnny WOODS in 1914 and had 3 sons: John William, James Nixon and Francis Marion. After the death of John WOODS, Martha Louise married Norris Elmore MABRY on 05/24/1923. Norris Elmore MABRY was born on 04/01/1888 and died 07/06/1977. He was the son of William MABRY and Jenny BYRD. Norris was married to Dottie Dehi KELLY prior to his marriage to Martha Louise. The children of Norris and Dottie MABRY were: R.E. (Roy), Laura Lucille and William Woodrow. The children of Martha Louise and Norris Elmore MABRY were: Norris Elmore Jr., Martie Lee, Claudia Lavinia, Clyde Harold, Albert Odell, David Richard and Martha Louise. Seven of the sons of Martha Louise and Norris E MABRY served in various branched of the armed services at the same time during World War II.
Norris E MABRY Jr was born on 08/18/1923 to Martha Louise and Norris E. MABRY Sr and died 3/10/2004.. He married Dorothy Mae MARAS (See MARAS page). The children of Norris E MABRY Jr and Dorothy MARAS are: Sandra Mae, Jerry William and Jean Elaine.
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The Blacksmith Duel
ONE of the famous duelists of early New Orleans was Bernard Marigny, a member of one of Louisiana's oldest and most influential families, who was a master swordsman and a crack shot with a pistol. He was elected to the state Legislature in 1817 as a member of the House of Representatives and took an active and a leading part in the many disputes that arose between the Creoles and the Americans. At the same time Catahoula Parish was represented by James Humble, a blacksmith and a former resident of Georgia, who was noted for his great stature -- he stood almost seven feet in his stockings. The Georgian replied to one of Marigny's most impassioned speeches, and made various allusions so pointed and personal that the Creole considered himself grievously insulted, and challenged the blacksmith to a duel. Humble sought the advice of a friend.
"I will not fight him,"
he said. "I know nothing of this dueling business."
"You must," his friend protested. "No gentleman can refuse a challenge."
"I'm not a gentleman," Humble retorted. "I'm only a blacksmith."
HUMBLE was assured that he would be mined both politically and socially if he declined to meet the Creole. His friend pointed out that as the challenged person the blacksmith had the choice of weapons and could so choose as to put himself on equal terms with his adversary.
HUMBLE considered the matter for a day or two and then sent this reply to Marigny:
"I accept your challenge, and in the exercise of my privilege, I stipulate that the duel shall take place in Lake Pontchartrain in six feet of water, sledge-hammers to be used as weapons."
SINCE Marigny was less than five feet and eight inches tall and so slight that he could scarcely lift a sledge-hammer, this was giving Humble an equal chance with a vengeance. The Creole's friends urged him to stand on a box and run the risk of having his skull cracked by the huge blacksmith's hammer, but Marigny declared that it was impossible for him to fight a man with such a sense of humor. Instead he apologized to Humble, and the two became firm friends.
From Great American Folklore : legends, tales, ballads, and superstitions from all across America / compiled by Kemp P. Battle ; illustrated by John M. Battle. Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, c1986. Pg. 121, 122.