Beauregard, MS A Terrible Cyclone, April 1883

The list of dead and wounded

At 3 o’clock, on Sunday, April 22, the town of Beauregard was swept from the face of the earth by a terrible tornado or cyclone. The wind carried everything in its front, killing men, women, and children. We visited the scene of the disaster and it was sickening and heartrending to look upon the mangled dead, and the suffering wounded. The scene baffles description, and it is useless to attempt it, for it cannot be realized without being seen. The cyclone was about 300 yards wide, and it destroyed 37 residences, 17 stores, 3 churches, 1 livery stable, and the Variety Works – a sash and blind factory.

The Dead.
Dr. Luther Jones, wife and two sons
John Terrell
Child of H. F. Carter’s – lost – supposed to be in pond at Variety Works
Rev. T. Green, Baptist minister
Mr. Keating
Mrs. Huber
George Holloway
Miss Mary Mikel
George White
Milton Story
Miss Georgia Mitchel
J. A. Williams, formerly of Pike County
William Sandford
William Parker
Lewis Parker
Miss Eula Benton
Mrs. Benton
Earnest Bahr
Miss Julia Schrett
Caleb Ellis, colored
Jerry Smith, colored
Joe Hunt, colored
Three colored children
Mrs. W. A. Westerfield
Miss Annie Clossing
Infant child of J. W. Ross
Miss E. Terrell

Twenty-four houses were destroyed in Wesson, and the following list contains the names of the killed at that place.
Miss Sallie Ford
Mrs. Wilkerson and son
William Blackburn’s child
Sam Binion
Nathan Loftin’s child
Four nephews of J. T. Gibson
Mrs. Duncan’s child
Mrs. Caucey and child

The wounded at Beauregard and Wesson are estimated at 150, many of whom will not recover.

The cyclone struck Georgetown, on Pearl River, about 18 miles from Beauregard. Quarterly meeting was in session, and many of the residents were assembled in the Methodist Church, which building was demolished. Rev. H. B. Lewis was severely injured, and fears are entertained that he will not recover. Mr. J. N. Crawford and his entire family were killed. Mrs. Fowles was killed also. Several persons were injured.

On the same day, Tillman Station, on the N. J. & C. R. Railroad, was swept away. One man killed and others injured.

These wounded people are homeless and in a destitute condition. Their provisions, wearing apparel and bedding have been carried off by the fury of the wind, and it well behooves a charitable people to give all the assistance possible.

We learn from the Times-Democrat that H. F. Carter’s child, supposed to have been in the pond, was found 500 yards from where it was blown away, under the debris of one of the stores.

SOURCE: The Magnolia Gazette, April 26, 1883

The number who were killed and have died since the cyclone at Beauregard and Wesson number 53. Charlie Lane died last Monday. It is noted as a singular fact that out of forty Jews who were in the cyclone, not one was killed.

SOURCE: The Magnolia Gazette, May 17, 1883