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FRIENDSHIP CEMETERY
Located---T16---R7E---Sec 2
North Attala Co., MS
1/4 Mile South of the Montgomery Co. Line on Hwy-43


This cemetery was known as the "Curtis Family Cemetery" for about 60 years.
On 14 Jul 1851, John Curtis purchased this land from Morgan L. Fitch who was from Holmes Co.Ms. It wasn't until 3 July 1913 that William Ira Canon deeded one acre of land for the use of Friendship Cemetery.
The first grave was that of a female slave and her child. They both died during childbirth and were buried in the same casket. The next grave was probably that of John Curtis who died between 1856-1860.
In about 1960 Ernest Strain and a number of the deceased family members replaced the native rocks with named markers that were located to the best of their knowledge.
From about 3 July 1913 until the present time the cemetery has been known as "Friendship Methodist". The church is located 1/4 mile north of the cemetery just across the Montgomery Co. line. Two older Friendship Cemeteries are located about 1½ miles north of the present site.
By Oliver Denton "O.D." McElroy
GGGgrandson of John & Betsy Curtis

ROW NAME BIRTH DEATH COMMENTS
1 O'Briant, Grover C.  16 Nov 1912 7 May 1995  
1 O'Briant, Evelyn Ellis  5 Mar 1918    Dau of Homer & Dora Ellis 
1 Thomas, William Odell  6 Jan 1904  26 May 1982   
1 Thomas, Mozell Ellis  14 Apr 1905  27 Nov 1992  Dau of Alex & Sarah Ellis 
1 Crook, Jasper Earl  26 Jan 1902  7 Oct 1980   
1 Crook, Lena Bell Ellis  21 Aug 1902    Dau of Alex & Sarah Ellis 
1 Ellis, Alexander Gaston  31 Mar 1848  9 Apr 1936  Son of Elijah & Mary Ann Milner Ellis 
Ellis, Sarah Dunlap  25 Dec 1865  1 Oct 1962  2nd Wife of Alex Ellis 
Thomas, Ida 

Wife of Edgar A. Thomas 

24 Dec 1892  19 Feb 1932  Dau of Alex & Sarah Ellis 
McClellan, Syble Wilodean  24 Jan 1920  13 Feb 1920   
Ellis, Quenton A.  5 Oct 1919    Son of Virge & Emma Ellis 
Ellis, Nola L. Milner  7 Mar 1920     
McElroy, James Carl  5 Oct 1923    Son of Hazzard & Erma Curtis McElroy 
McElroy, Kathleen Irwin  17 Sep 1927  22 Apr 1987  Dau of Hoyt & Jeanette Brooks Irwin 
Montague, H.D."Buster"  2 Oct 1928  26 Aug 1992  Son of Henry H. & Bertha Palmertree Montague 
Montague, Geneva Weeks  9 Jul 1930    Dau of Steve & Lilly Gregg Weeks 
Montague, Henry Harrison "Harry"  15 Oct 1898  7 Oct 1972   
Montague, Bertha May Palmertree  27 Nov 1899  18 Mar 1931  Dau of James & Ida Gibson 

Palmertree 

Montague, Infant       
Palmertree, Vassey  22 Jul 1903  23 Aug 1917  Dau of James & Ida Gibson Palmertree 
Palmertree, Infant Son  30 Oct 1932  30 Oct 1932  Son of Mr.& Mrs.Milton Palmertree 
Palmertree, James J "Red Headed Jimmie"  8 Jan 1880  29 Dec 1939  Son of W.A.J.& Frances "Kit" Parkerson Palmertree 
Palmertree, Ida Gibson  11 Feb 1881  2 Sep 1951  Dau of "Bill" & Mary Jane Canon 

Gibson 

Ellis, Thomas Homer  19 Aug 1887  13 Jan 1971  Son of Alex & Sarah Ellis 
Ellis, Martha Dora McClellan  2 May 1886  5 Dec 1947  Dau of W.J.& Elizabeth McClelland 
ROW NAME BIRTH DEATH COMMENTS
Ellis, Elzie  22 Sep 1911  24 Jul 1913  Son of Homer & Dora Ellis. Fell in a 

bucket of scalding water & died from 

his injuries. 

Ellis, Elmo  1 Mar 1913  12 Feb1914  Son of Virge & Emma Ellis 
Ellis, Pascal  1917  1939  Son of Virge & Emma Ellis 
Ellis, Virgil Alexander  12 Sep 1889  4 Mar 1994  Son of Alex & Sarah Ellis 
Ellis, Emma Bailey  4 Feb 1885  23 Jun 1980  Dau of John & Jane Bailey 
Wheelis, Odie W.  1895  1988  Pvt.US Army World War-II 
Bailey, William Milton  24 Mar 1912  11 Jul 1994  Son of Absie J.& Elba Bailey 
Bailey, Annie Coy Black  16 Aug 1913    Dau of "Tom" & Annie McClellan Black 
Bailey, Absie J.  10 Mar 1889  21 May 1918  Son of John & Jane Bailey 
Bailey, Elba Canon  21 May 1891  3 Apr 1952  Dau of James & Mary Canon 
Bailey, Floyd Upton 

Tec.5, 295 Quarter Master Co. 

World War-II 

10 Sep 1909  8 Apr 1962  Son of Absie J.& Elba Bailey 
Canon, Ira Jr.      Son of Ira & Nannie Bailey Canon 
Canon, James Asberry "Jimmie"  31 May 1853  14 Sep 1912  Son of Henry & Susian Brooks Canon 
Canon, Mary Elizabeth  11 Feb 1852  29 Dec 1924  Dau of Joseph & Nancy Lollis 

Campbell 

Canon, (Infant)       
Canon, Roy S.  1915  1938  Son of Emmitt & Myrtie Varner Canon 
Canon, Myrtie Varner  1 May 1896  15 Sep 1984   
Canon, James Emmitt  2 Nov 1894  28 May 1987  Son of James & Mary Canon 
Sanders, William Tom  15 Oct 1882  29 Jan 1918   
Sanders, Dora Bailey Cartledge  8 Jun 1880  20 Oct 1977  Dau of John & Jane Bailey 
Bailey, Jane Yeager  14 Feb 1861  24 Apr 1936   
Bailey, John C.  10 Aug 1855  15 Dec 1929   
Bailey, Bertie  1896  1901  Dau of John & Jane Bailey 
Barrett, Minnie       
Barrett, Eva       
ROW NAME BIRTH DEATH COMMENTS
6 Barrett, Liza       
6 Barrett, (Infant)       
6 Barret, Ben       
7 King, Herman Hugo  12 Jan 1901  14 Jul 1938   
7 Duke, Nellie Curtis King  16 Dec 1901  18 Feb 1978  Dau of "Lute"& "Emmie" Canon Curtis 
Bailey, Gus S.       
7 Bailey, Lena       
7 Shirley, Erskin       
7 Shirley, Joe       
7 Shirley, Lena       
7 Shirley, Della       
7 Gibson, (Infant)       
7 Gibson, Colie       
7 Tyler, James Flowers  22 Nov 1911  17 Feb 1994  Son of "Harl"& Ora Campbell Tyler 
Tyler, Geneva Sanders  16 Jan 1919  22 Jun 1992  Dau of Sidney Clay & Shula Braswell Sanders 
Bailey, Absie L.  31 Dec 1856  23 Apr 1943  Uncle of Absie J.Bailey 
Bailey, Martha Ballard  16 Aug 1861  16 Feb 1930  Dau of "Billy"& "Becky"Curtis Ballard 
Chambers, Edd       
Chambers, Aron       
Bailey, Mera       
Bailey, Billy       
Bailey, Kennedy       
Bailey, Sue       
Bailey, Victor       
Bailey, Steen       
Bailey, Jimmy       
Bailey, Ruthie Guess  1856  1891  Wife of Reuben Bailey 
ROW NAME BIRTH DEATH COMMENTS
Pittman, Nathan       
Weeks, Anis       
Weeks, (Infant)       
Pittman, Liza J.       
Weeks, Cassy      Mother of Rhodes Weeks 
Weeks, Allen      Father of Rhodes Weeks 
Love, Moses      Son of W.R.& Demeret Curtis Love 
Love, Demares      Dau of W.R.& Demeret Curtis Love 
Ellis, (Infant)       
Ellis, Clara       
Shelton       
McClellan, A.D. Jr.       
Bailey, Molsey J.  20 Oct 1824  18 Apr 1900  Wife of K.S. Bailey 
McClellan, Nancy R.  22 May 1850  3 Jul 1881  1st Wife of W.J.McClellan 
McClellan, Hattie       
McClellan, Elizabeth  1844  27 Jul 1920  2nd Wife of W.J.McClellan 
McClellan, William J.      1st Ms. Lt. Arty. Co.L C.S.A. 
Black, Annie McClellan 

Dau of W.J.& Nancy McClellan 

4 Mar 1881  19 Jun 1972  Wife of Richard T. Stone & Thomas B. Black 
Paulsen, Carl E.  1914     
Paulsen, Odean Black  31 Jul 1917    Dau of "Tom"& Annie Black 
10  McElroy, Paul Kermit  6 Aug 1938  28 Aug 1996  Son of Hazzard & Erma Curtis McElroy 
10  McElroy, Charlotte Millikin  30 Jul 1940     
10  Bailey, Nannie      Dau of Mr.& Mrs.J.G.W. Bailey 
10  Bailey, James      Son of Mr.& Mrs. J.G.W. Bailey 
10  Bailey, Laura Steen  24 Feb 1866  20 Jun 1917   
10  Bailey, Jason G.W.  22 Feb 1864  11 Feb 1907   
         
ROW NAME BIRTH DEATH COMMENTS
11  Female Slave & (Infant)      Buried In The Same Casket 
11  Curtis, Emily L.Best  6 Apr 1825  26 Apr 1882  Dau of K.R.& Elizabeth Best 
11  Curtis, Howell A. 

1st Ms. Lt. Arty Co.L C.S.A. 

About 1823  20 Oct 1862  Son of John & "Betsy" Curtis 
11  Curtis, John  About 1784  1856/1860   
11  Curtis, Elizabeth "Betsy" Johnson  About 1785  After 1860   
11  Curtis, William Walter  About 1807  After 1870  Son of John & "Betsy " Curtis 
11  Curtis, Rebecca Simmons  About 1805  After 1870  Wife of William W. Curtis 
11  Chambers, Bertha       
11  Campbell, Mamie      Dau of William John "Bud" & Ida McClellan 
11  Campbell, William John "Bud"  13 Dec 1870  3 Jun 1954  Son of Joseph & Nancy Lollis Campbell 
11  Campbell, Ida Jane McClellan  17 Feb 1873  16 Nov 1959  Dau of W.J. & Nancy McClellan 

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