In addition to his weekly blog in HottyToddy.com, Mayfield is also the author of an Images of America series book titled Oxford and Ole Miss published in 2008 for the Oxford-Lafayette County Heritage Foundation. The Foundation is responsible for restoring the post-Civil War home of famed Mississippi statesman, L.Q.C. Lamar and is now restoring the Burns Belfry, the first African American Church in Oxford.
The blog is based on columns he has written for the local newspaper and will cover more the 400 columns previously published.
In the next hundred years, after their successful battles against the French in 1736 in the Lower Mississippi Valley, the Chickasaw Nation was slowly brought into the white man’s world, step by step. Many changes occurred in the Chickasaw way of life. Their entire culture underwent a tremendous change. Marked changes in their..
Last week I ended my column with the Chickasaw being given an object lesson by the Spanish. If you will recall, the Spaniards caught three braves stealing their pigs, but to the Chickasaw this was not a crime. To show the Indians what they did to thieves, they killed two of the braves and cut [...]
Last week I wrote about the arrival of the Chickasaw Indians into this area of north Mississippi. If you will recall, there were two groups of Indians who made their way from the Northern Plains of the American Continent to the “Father of Great Waters” (later known as the Mississippi River) and then into the [...]
Over the next few weeks, I want to give you the legend of how the Chickasaw and the Choctaw came to be in the area which would become the States of Mississippi, Tennessee and Alabama, with most members of these two tribes being in our state. For this legend, we have to go back many [...]
After accepting the donation of fifty acres in the geographical center of the new Lafayette County, the Board of Police (the forerunner of the present day Board of Supervisors) authorized the plotting and selling of lots within the new city limits. This was on June 22, 1836, and the first public auction was to be [...]
Early settlers and land speculators started coming in this area of north Mississippi after the Chickasaw Cession of 1832. An act of the Mississippi legislature formed twelve counties from this cession and on February 9, 1836, Lafayette County was chartered. A group of member of a Presbyterian Church had first moved into the area from..
Lafayette County, Mississippi was given its charter by the state of Mississippi on February 9, 1836. The Treaty of Pontotoc Creek in 1832 between the federal government and the Chickasaw Indian Nation caused the cession of more than ten million acres in north Mississippi. From that cession, ten counties were formed and added to the..