Richard Newman Eubank
December 22, 1792
- April 25, 1871
October 30, 1803
- November 2, 1879
Lived at Mall
Bank, their plantation at Jackson, Mississippi, and after the Civil War lived at Moss Side, Fannin, Rankin County,
Iris Teta Eubank
great great granddaughter
Note: My grandparents,
Livingston Mims Eubank and Fanny Swagerty Eubank purchased and lived at Moss Side in the years between 1902 and 1905. Mims
had grown up there and felt close to the place. My father William
remembered the house and the few years the family lived there. The
house at Moss Side burned in the autumn of 1905. Mims and Fanny brought their
family back to Newport, Tennessee, and later my grandfather resumed the logging and lumber
industry he and Fanny's father William R. Swagerty, had left in Sevier
County, Tennessee, in 1902.
Several members of the Albemarle and Amherst
Garland family moved south into Mississippi and Louisiana.
From 1823, William,
Burr Garland of Virginia owned and developed
an extensive farming tract and plantation of 5,000 acres in Hinds County, Mississippi. They
were prosperous planters. David S. Garland was a great uncle to
Mary Camden Ware. David Garland's son
William H. Garland,
educated at the College of William and Mary, was a successful
businessman in Virginia and later in Louisiana. As Col. William H. Garland,
he commanded a Confederate regiment in the Civil War. He was the
husband of Richard and Mary's eldest daughter
Frances Marie Eubank. David S. Garland's sister
Frances Maria Anna Garland was
Mary's grandmother. She was the husband of
Reuben Pendleton; their
daughter Nancy Garland Pendleton
married Capt. James Ware.
They were Mary Camden Ware's parents. William H. Garland
and his wife Frances Ann
Eubank were first cousins, twice
After William and Frances Ann moved from Jackson to New Orleans in the early
1840's, Richard and Mary bought the 400-acre Mall Bank plantation.
They prospered there for forty years. Richard Eubank's entry on
the 1860 U. S. Census for Jackson, Mississippi, shows real and personal
property as $59,000.
Richard Eubank, Jr. lived at an adjacent
and had a tax assessment of
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Site of Mall
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Mall Bank plantation was a major cotton producer in Hinds County
In 1860 Mississippi published an Agricultural Schedule for
that year listing cotton plantations in each county that produced at least a
bales. Mall Bank plantation produced 150 bales ;
Burr Garland on his large plantation of several thousand acres produced 475 bales ;
George W. Mims produced 70 bales ; the nearby Fondren plantation
Episcopal Vestry of Jackson
Richard Newman Eubank, Sr. was a founding member and vestryman of St.
Andrew's Episcopal Church in Jackson. He was among eleven vestrymen
and two wardens of St. Andrew's Church who were granted a land patent from
the State of Mississippi on December 30, 1842, on which to build a church in
the City of Jackson. The patent was signed by the Secretary of State,
Lewis G. Holloway. The wardens were
Joseph F. Montgomery and Benjamin Albertson. Vestrymen were Robert
Hughes, William Yerger, Burr Garland,
Charles Scott, William S. Langley, William H. Young, Lemuel C. Moore, Jones
B. Hoffman, Richard N. Eubank, Richard L. Dixon, and Thomas Graves.
Mall Bank used as hospital for wounded Federal soldiers
In July, 1863, the Federal army
returned from victory at Vicksburg to finish the
destruction begun in central Jackson two months earlier in May.
Mall Bank had escaped the May horror, but in July, 1863, Gen. Grant's order was to
destroy all within a 15-mile radius of Jackson. Vastly
outnumbered by the Federal army, Confederate General Johnston left Jackson and the area
unprotected and marched his troops
east across the Pearl River toward Meridian, Mississippi. That's
where the regiment was in camp when my grandfather Livingston Mims
Eubank was born there on March 4, 1865, more than a month before
Gen. Lee's surrender in April in Virginia.
Moving north from the center of
Jackson, troops commanded by U.S. Brigadier General Welch and Col. Charles Walcott,
moved their troops up Old Canton Road, turning left onto the Mall Bank drive to the
house. Horses pulled wagons filled with wounded soldiers into
the surrounding yard. Soldiers immediately began going brusquely through the house,
going from room to room, dragging most of the furniture that was left by the
Eubank family out into the yard, clearing the rooms for
their wounded men. Eyewitness
accounts from the family through the years tell how "soldiers took over the
the house . . . . they carried the baby-grand
piano out into the yard, and threw hay into it for the horses."
The Federals further ransacked
the house and outbuildings, confiscating plantation products of all kind, everything that could be used by
the Confederate Army
that the Eubank family
might have left
behind when making their move with a number of servants east across the
Pearl River to
their hunting lodge, Moss Side at Fannin in Rankin County.
Days later the Federal regiment had begun moving out of their temporary hospital
quarters when the Eubank family returned to Mall Bank from the lodge in Fannin, and to ask that their house be
saved. The last company had now moved out, and the commander
ordered the house burned. And so it was. An eyewitness account
very young eyes, was that of Richard Fondren Rivinac, age three.
Richard and his older sister Camilla, and their mother Selina Eubank Rivinac,
watched as flames consumed the house and out buildings. Selina
and her children had lived across Canton Road from the Eubank family since
Richard's father Peter Rivinac had left to serve in a Confederate regiment. Richard and Mary Eubank
watched for some time the flames consume their home, and the several
outbuildings. At length, they climbed into the carriage, and rode down Mall Bank drive.
Mall Bank farm continued the production of cotton after the War
The 1866 R. N. Eubank
Tax Accounts for Hinds County reveal that the land at Mall Bank continued to
produce cotton after the war. The family also retained such
taxable items as a fine carriage and a gold watch. Though their home
was gone, the Eubank family still maintained a residence and grew cotton on
their Hinds County farm.
Excavation Company continues as the Eubank & Rivinac Company
Richard and Mary's son, Richard N. Eubank, Jr.,
started a construction company before the war began after he returned to
Jackson from medical college in New Orleans. His study was cut short
by a serious bout with tuberculosis.
In March 1871 the U. S. Congress created the
Southern Claims Commission which
allowed residents of the southern states to apply for compensation for
supplies taken from their farms during the War for the use of the Army of
the United States.
Richard N. Eubank, Sr. died in April, 1871. His widow Mary C.
Eubank in his stead filed a petition for reparations on June 13, 1872 for
compensation of supplies taken at Mall Bank during the War. By the
1870 U. S. Census, Richard and Mary C. Eubank were in residence at Moss Side in
Rankin County, Mississippi.
Mary C. Eubank's
Petition to the Southern Claims Commission, June 13, 1872
Below are the persons named in the
Petition who were witness to the taking of the property.
Mrs. Selina Rivinac
and Mary's daughter Selina was the wife of Peter Rivinac, a
son from a musically prominent family from Germany, living in Metz, France,
at the time Peter, a student at the Paris Conservatory, immigrated to
America. Peter was a professor of music at a girls school in
Memphis and composer of dances and marches during the Civil War era.
By 1872 at the time the witnesses gave their depositions in the taking of
the supplies, Peter Rivinac owned and operated a photography studio in
Dr. W. P. (William Preston) Garland and his family lived at
the adjacent residence to Mall Bank and was Mary's cousin.
Richard N. Eubank was Richard and
Mary's son who served with the CSA Quarter Master Dept. in Jackson, and
after the Confederates left Jackson, served in Meridian, Mississippi, until
the end of the war.
Jordan Eubank was a freedman. He had come with the
Eubank family from Virginia.
Dennis Lancaster - nearby resident of Mall Bank.
Jefferson Dortch was a neighbor of Dr. Garland.
- nearby resident of Mall Bank.
(not shown above but also a witness) Sophia Graves - a freedwoman, whose family had come to
Mississippi from Virginia with the Eubank family, and she had been Mary's
personal servant for many years. Mary sold fifty acres of land in
Rankin to Sophia. At the time Sophia had signed this petition she was
married to a Mr. Graves. On the 1880 census her entry was as Sophia
Mary's petition claimed
she was deserving of compensation for livestock and products of the farm
that the U.S. Army had taken for their use, as the Petition states verbatim:
"taken and used by the Division
of the Army commanded by General Grant about the 10th or 15th day of July,
1863, while besieging Jackson, State of Mississippi. General Sherman
was in command of this section of the Army, while Brigadier General Welch
and Col. Walcott were in immediate command of that portion of the Army
occupying the Premises from which the said property was taken. The
Residence, and yard adjacent, for near a month was the Hospital for the
Army, the Surgeons of the Army taking full possession of the Property named
and using same for the sick and wounded and for the general Service of the
(See list above of confiscated goods amounting to $33,310.)
Mary was represented in
Washington by the law firm of Carlisle and McPherson. Her attorney in
Mississippi was Harvey R. Ware of Jackson, and husband of Mary's granddaughter
Harvey was a brother to Thompson Parrish Ware, a lawyer, too, and husband of
Sallie Bullus Smith sister to Jane Catherine Hunter, wife of Richard and
Mary Eubank's son, Richard Eubank, Jr.
Harvey and Thompson were from the lineage of Dr. James Ware of Caroline
County, Virginia, who moved after the Revolutionary War to Kentucky.
There have been no documents
found to prove this claim was settled before Mary's death in 1879. On
March 10, 1876, Carlisle and McPherson retired from the case. The
Petition was sent to attorney A. J. Falls. Harvey Ware continued to
represent Mary's case in Mississippi.
Narrative copyright Iris Teta Eubank Wagner 2006-2012