Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Mississippi Vol I

The Goodspeed Publishing Company, 1891





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S.L. Hearn, a general merchant at West Point, is also connected with the West Point
foundry and machine shops, a leading stockholder in and president of the West Point manu-
facturing compnay, vice president of the First National Bank and one of Clay county's best
and wealthiest citizens. He was born in Chickasaw county in 1849, but was reared in Attala
county by his parents, Asa and Mary (Crocker) Hearn, the former of whom was born in
Georgia, but at an early day removed with his father to Monroe county, Miss. He was
married in Monroe county, and from there removed to Chickasaw county, there to Attala
county, where he made his home for the remainder of his days, dying near Jackson, Miss.
in 1863, while in service to his country. He was a well to-do planter and teacher, and
was an honorable and useful citizen and member of society. He belonged to the A.F. &
A.M. and the Baptist church. He was the only child of Jacob Hearn, who removed from
Georgia to Mississippi, but afterward returned to the former state, and died in Walker
county at quite an advanced age. He was a well to-do planter prior to the war. He had
been married three times. The maternal grandfather died in South Carolina when Mrs.
Hearn was a small child. She is still living and resident at West Point. Of a family of
three sons and six daughters born to her union, six are now living. S.L. Hearn was brought
up as a farmer's boy, with a common school education, and at an early age began the battle
of life for himself as a planter, a calling he continued with fair results until 1878, when he
came to West Point and engaged in merchandising, which has since been his occupation.
He is now one of the leading merchants of the place, and is one of the most enterprising and
prominent citizens. He started life a poor boy, and by his untiring energy and good
business management he has accumulated a handsome competency which he has in real
estate in West Point, and also in other valuable investments. He is one of the most popular
citizens of the city, and a leader in financial and business circles. He possesses a won-
derful capacity for business, and is a genial and courteous gentleman, upright in all his

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methods of conducting his affairs. He has a magnificent home in West Point, and is
deservedly proud of his record as a financier. He was married in 1871 to Miss Hattie,
daughter of Rev. Dr. James A. Ware, a South Carolinian by birth, who came to Pontotoc
county, Miss. at an early day, where he became a prominent physician and Baptist minister,
and one of the county's best citizens. He and his wife both died there. Mrs. Hearn was
born in Pontotoc county, and has borne Mr. Hearn two children. They are members of the
Baptist church, and Mr. Hearn is a member of the Knights of Honor.