Toney Family Background by Ben Toney


The Toney family came to old St. Tammany Parish, LA (the part that is now Washington Parish) in about 1808.  There were two brothers, Benjamin b. ca. 1768 and William b. 1770.  Benjamin was awarded 640 acres of land on the south side of the Bogue Chitto River.  The brothers and their families lived on this land.  Up the river and on the opposite side, lived their brother-in-law and their sister, Benjamin and Elizabeth (Toney) Bickham.

In 1816 Benjamin Toney sold his land in St. Tammany Parish and purchased land about a mile north of Tylertown, MS on Magee's Creek.  Both Benjamin and William Toney along with Benjamin's oldest son Drury were on the 1817 Pike Co., MS Tax Roll which was established in February 1815 when MS was a territory. 

At the time of the War of 1812, William Toney and his sons Charles and Burrell along with Benjamin's son Drury enlisted in LA.  Benjamin's son James Collins Toney entered the war under the command of his mother's cousin Capt. Moses Collins, Jr.  whose company was from Marion Co., MS. 

The Collins and Toney families had a long standing relationship from the time they both lived in Barnwell Co., SC.  Moses Collins, Sr.'s father-in-law William Willis had married Susanna the widow of Charles Toney.  She was the mother of Benjamin and William Toney and the stepmother of Hannah Collins, wife of Moses.  Abraham Toney, the older brother of Benjamin and William who had fought in the American Revolution, moved to Richmond Co., GA with Moses Collins,  and it was there that Moses and Hannah Collins daughter Susannah met and married Benjamin Youngblood who was later a quorum justice in Marion Co., MS.

On February 22, 1823 Charles Franklin Toney, son of William, married Nancy Ann Youngblood, daughter of Benjamin and Susannah Youngblood, in Marion Co., MS.  Soon after their marriage,  Charles and Nancy Ann moved to Hinds Co., MS with William Toney.  By 1833 they were all living near Homewood, Scott Co., MS.  It was in Scott Co. that Charles Toney died sometime between 1840 and 1850

















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