Jan 29, 2009, 02:55 PM
Gypsyheart~ Queen of Rust
Amos Deason Gold
Amos Deason was born in South Carolina in 1806, married Eleanor Baskin and, after having three daugh-ters, they began their trek westward, traveling through Georgia, Alabama, and finally settling in Ellisville. The one-story, French Colonial-style house, built in 1845, was built from hand-hewn pine and is the oldest home in Jones County.The Deason home was the gathering place of mer-chants, lawyers and politicians. Amos Deason himself was a member of the state legislature during the Civil War.Built and occupied by a loyal Confederate, the Deason home served as the headquarters of Major Amos McLemore, a Confederate soldier charged with arresting Newt Knight, who led a band of nearly 100 Confederate deserters. But Knight rode to the house on horseback on the night of September 14, 1863, and, according to accounts, “threw open the door, finding McLemore standing in front of the fireplace in the cen-ter bedroom. Knight shot him point-blank and escaped back into the swamp.”There are several legends surrounding the house. One is that Amos Deason buried his gold on the prop-erty at the beginning of the Civil War for safe keep-ing. Another is that, before the floor was replaced in the bedroom where McLemore was killed, the blood seeped out of the pine floor every time it rained. An-other says Amos Deason’s rocking chair on the porch would rock by itself. Many “paranormalists” and “ghost hunters” have reported strange “disturbances.” And, every year around the time of McLemore’s death, the door to the bedroom is said to burst open, as it did when Newt Knight entered the room and shot Amos McLemore.Frances Anderson Smith, a great-granddaughter of Amos Deason, donated the property to the Tallahala Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolu-tion, which succeeded in having the house placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Deason home is going thorough process of restoration, partial-ly funded by a $110,000 grant through the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, and additional funds raised by the DAR.
The Amos Deason house is located in Ellisville, seven miles southwest of Laurel. The house is located on the southern outskirts of Ellisville and until recently was a private residence. If you are interested in visiting the house, check with the local chamber of commerce for more information.
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Jan 29, 2009, 07:43 PM
Re: Amos Deason Gold
I have heard that many people have tried to find Deason's money but no one has ever said to have found anything. If you want to find out more about Newt Knight and the Free State of Jones, find a copy of "Echo of the Black Horn". I know a guy who is still trying to find Knight's hideout, I think it was called something like the "devil's cave", "devil's hideout", or something a long those lines. It has been awhile since I read it.
The deeper I dig, the more dirt I find.
Feb 05, 2017, 09:31 PM
My step-grandfather was A.D. Anderson. A.D. is short for Amos Deason. He was named after his grandfather. A.D. actually lived in the Deason House as a child. Before he died a few years back he found out that I had a metal detector and he wanted us to search for his grandfather's gold. He was pretty sure he knew where it was but it is on private property that is no longer owned by the family. His health went down before we ever got a chance to look. He never told me who owns the land but he did show me where it was. It's a grown-over pig trail now. I recently picked up the hobby recently after putting it away for several years. After I get some more practice I am going to find out who owns the place and ask for permission to do a hunt. He told me that he was the only one left that knew where it was and that I was the only one he was telling. Who knows...we shall see.
Feb 07, 2017, 11:43 AM
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