If you check Jane's first post to my original posting, you'll see the link to the DeSoto Parish site.
THANK YOU and James so very much for the information on the house! You say your ancestor first bought it in 1857 and added on to it.....do you know when the original part of the house was built?
My grgr-grandfather was in the Battle of Mansfield and was wounded and taken to Keatchi. I guess that's why I feel such a connection to the little town. I fell in love with the house when we first stumbled upon it 10 yrs. ago. Who knows, perhaps my grgr-grandpa stayed there when he was wounded. Fortunately, he was able to go home after the war and live a long life unlike the poor soldiers within the Confederate Cemetery.
Please give me a couple of days and I will go over your postings more closely and I will e-mail you.