If you push a pin into the very center of a map of Mississippi,
lining it up as closely and as carefully as you can in the
more-or-less rectangular main land mass, your pin will be within a
mile or two of Ethel. This tiny community, with a population of about
four-hundred-fifty salt-of-the-earth souls, rests quietly,
comfortable in it's primary function as the heart of the state.
This is where it all began for our branch of the Breazeale clan.
The 1850 census of Attala County, which contains Ethel,
does not record any Breazeales or any Burchfields. Yet our young
representatives of these two families found each other in the
isolation of the backwoods and settled upon Ethel as the place to
raise their family, a fledgling hamlet that had not even been founded
when they were born. Here is our 'old country'. Here is the fertile
soil in which our roots are deeply imbedded and from which our
Below are links and references to interesting facts, facinating
photographs, and other engaging displays of information about this
diminutive settlement that has played such a huge role in the history
of our family, and remains an enduring symbol of our heritage.
This reference takes you to an interview with Beatrice Breazeale
Bailey concerning the history of Ethel, Mississippi. She was invited
to appear on a local television program due to her activities as an
Ethel historian. This is the transcibed audio of the television
program. It offers many details not found elsewhere and the unique
personal perspective of an eyewitness.
This link will take you to a well designed, fully appointed site
dedicated to Ethel and the whole of Attala County. It has been
crafted by Edward Hutchison of Madison, Ms. Mr. Hutchison and his
wife, Jean, are genealogical researchers, among a variety of other
pursuits, interested in Ethel's original familys, vintage photographs
of the people and places around Ethel, the general history and lore
of the area. This is a unique find and an ideal sister site.
Lots of facts, statistics and interesting information about Ethel,
Mississippi, today. Where it is, who lives there, what's the weather
like, and what's going on there, generally speaking, of course.
This will take you to the web presence of The Attala Historical Society,
whose physical presence is in Kosciusko, Mississippi, a mere ten
miles from Ethel. The Attala Historical Society strives to promote
and preserve the history, culture, and heritage of Attala County. The
site has distinctive offerings related to Ethel's home county and
brings a broader perspective to the discussion.
A tribute to Thaddeus Kosciuszko, a native of Poland who felt so strongly about the struggle for freedom in America that he volunteered and served seven years in General Washington's army as an engineer. A remarkable man, a remarkable life, and the namesake of the Attala county seat.
A long impressive list of accomplishments and firsts that Mississippi has to it's credit. Some of these will take you by surprise. You may submit other little known facts and add to the list.
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