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Prairie settlers explored in author's talk Wednesday


Special to The Dispatch


Genealogist and author Thomas Locke Mayfield will give a book talk on his newest book "Voices from the Prairie: Stories of Life on the Prairie" Wednesday, July 27, at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library from noon- 1 p.m. Mayfield will also be available to sign copies of his various books.  


Mayfield will explore the various families that settled in the area around Columbus known as The Prairie and share what he discovered while conducting research for his book. The book includes families such as the Carson''s, Hardy''s, Billups'', Sykes'', Wilburn''s, and Gilmer''s. Mayfield is a descendant of many of the families included in his book.  


Mayfield has also authored "The Life and Times of Tom Locke" and "The Sykes Homes of Columbus and Aberdeen." 


The book talk will be held in the Meeting Room of the Chebie G. Bateman building of the library. It is free and open to the public. 


To order a copy of any of Mayfield''s books, contact Campbell Publishing Company at 336-703-9426 or email  


For more information about this event, contact Mona K. Vance at 662-329-5304 or at mvance@



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