I wondered where some of the Ponders went when they left Newton County and now I believe I have found some of them. I am close to finishing up a book of historical fiction titled "Early Arrivals - An American Story."
This book starts in Jamestown in 1607, follows descendants of Ancient Planter William Spencer, my 9th great-grandfather - ( the Hunnicutts ) as they migrate thru the Carolinas and later into Georgia and Alabama where they marry into the Graham family and then into Mississippi . In the early 1800's the story picks up the Ponder/Bryant line as my great-great grandparents Jane Ponder and Ira Bryant are married. The story follows them and their families as they migrate from Georgia into Mississippi. The book has both narration and dialogue, covers actual Civil War battles with narration with Hunnicutt, Graham, Bryant and Ponders in battle as some are both killed and taken prisoner, then continues into the late 1800's and follows them as they endure the depression where all of my mother's children end up as orphans after her marriage breaks up. She marries again and the 2nd marriage also breaks up. I am a child of this marriage and I go to an orphanage and adopted by a couple from Jackson in 1941. In 1964 I accidently meet up with my real aunt and find out about my mother.
The dialogue is mostly fictional but very logical as the story is true. Some actual Ponder manuscripts written right after the Civil War that were discovered in Texas will be included. Also covered is an account of John Pearson Ponder, a nephew of Jane Ponder Bryant as he joins the 1st Miss. Mounted Rifles and fights for the Union. He is buried in Covington County. The book spans a total of 394 years.
I need old photos of the Bryants and Ponders, especially Ira Bryant. I also need any input that I can get from descendants of John Pearson Ponder or any Bryants or Ponders in the family. This is a story that deserves to be told and the more real info I can collect the more real it will be. Any help would be appreciated.