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Jimmie Lunceford's ancestry
Jimmie Lunceford was a significant bandleader of his era whose roots can be traced to slaves near Smithfield, NC.
Jimmie (James Melvin) Lunceford was born 6 June 1902 in Itawamba County,Mississippi, east of the town of Fulton. His paternal grandparents were Daniel and Gracy Lunceford.
Daniel (born January 1840) and Gracy Lunceford were brought as slaves to Itawamba County from the Smithfield area of Johnston County, North Carolina during the late 1850s. Purchased from a Mr. Mitchiner of Johnston County by David Lunceford, formerly of Johnston County, they worked on the Lunceford farm east of Fulton.
After emancipation and the Civil War Daniel and Gracy moved to a farm north of Dulaney Branch 5miles northeast of Fulton where Daniel worked as a farm laborer. Later during the early 1880s, Daniel purchased 320 acres of land from Theodore Stewart of Mobile, Alabama, where he continued to farm. Children born to this union were: George, Solomon, Henderson, Panina, Henry, James Riley, Liza, Jane, James and William.
After Gracy's death, Daniel married Josie Harris on December 9, 1896. Daniel deeded 53.3 acres of his property to his son James Riley during the 1890s
James Riley Lunceford, son of Daniel, was born during April of 1870 and married Idella Shumpert on 18 March 1900. On the 20th of April 1901 James Riley and his wife Idella deeded their 53.3 acre farm to James Riley's brother, Daniel Henry and later in November of that year, purchased a 70 acre farm from the heirs of Samuel and Matilda Shumpert. This 70 acre farm was west of the Tombigbee River in the Evergren community. Shortly after 1902 when James Melvin, their first
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