AfriGeneas States Research Forum
[MS] The Teoc Community~Black McCains
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Teoc is an unincorporated community in Carroll County, Mississippi best known as the birthplace of the blues legend Mississippi John Hurt. It is about 7 miles northeast of Greenwood, on Teoc Road on the north side of Teoc Creek. Now largely unpopulated, this was once a small farming town. In the 1982 U.S. Geological Survey map, only two houses stood in Teoc; recent aerial photographs show two houses and one farm.
William Alexander McCain, great-great grandfather of Arizona senator John McCain, purchased Teoc Plantation in 1851 and owned at least 52 slaves in Teoc. He died in 1863, fighting for the Confederacy during the American Civil War.  Bill McCain, a descendant and cousin of Senator McCain, still owns 1500 of the plantation's former 2000 acres.
Since 2003, black and white descendants of the community at Teoc have attended family reunions organized by the black McCains, descended from two of the plantation's slaves, Isom and Lettie, and Henderson McCain. After the Civil War, the blacks remained closely entwined with Teoc, remaining as tenants of William Alexander's son, John Sidney McCain, and taking their surname from their former masters. Black McCains in Teoc, organizers of schooling for Afro-American children in the 1880s, were local leaders in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s