|John Holly Williams Collection -- LLF Library|
Could she be a descendant of Col. James Madison Wesson who founded the mill town of Wesson -- home of "Mississippi Silk" -- in 1864 after his mills failed in Bankston, MS?
Curiosity got the better of me and I Googled her name. The 1940 Census shows a Sandra Lee Wesson born in 1937 to John J. and Ruby G. Wesson in Saltillo, MS, not far from Tupelo. Could it be this Sandra Lee Wesson and her family relocated to the tiny town of Wesson in time for her to become a
majorette in high school? If so, this picture would likely be from the early years of the 1950s.
After that, the trail went cold and I could not find corroborating information that I even had the "right" Sandra Lee Wesson -- so, I need help from folks who may know more about this smiling young lady from Copiah County.
----- Update: It appears that a Sandra Lee Wesson went on to Ole Miss, where she was a member of Zeta Tau Alpha and in the Class of 1955. I found another link, thanks to the search engine Dogpile, that provides more information on the later life of the young lady in the photo, but does not actually answer the question whether she is a descendant of Col. James Madison Wesson.