I am seeking information on Pharoah Oatis, a former slave. He was found in the list of names of Lawrence County Civil War veterans as Pharoah, servant of Col. Martin A. Oatis, true and faithful. His name was also listed when the old soldiers came together in a reunion in July 1897 as a soldier. His name is shown in the Lawrence County Cemetery book as being buried in the Monticello Cemetery with Mary Oatis, Peter and Matilda Daughtry, all black Mississippians. The book also says that Lillie Jefferson, born in 1907, was sixteen when her uncle, Pharoah "Phares" Oatis, a slave who had fought with his master in the Civil War, was being interred (1923)in Monticello Cemetery. Dr. George A Teunisson(former legislator, Officer of Co A, 22nd Reg Miss Infantry) stood by the grave as the pall bearers were approaching and in a broken voice said, "Slow down, don't anybody get in a hurry. Take your time with Phare. This is my black brother. We walked together, talked together, ate together,and we slept together. Don't anybody get in a hurry." George A Teunisson was the brother of Martin A Oatis's wife. MA Oatis left Miss. for Texas after the WBTS, as his wife had died in 1864.
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