Beal-Long Cemetery/Cherry Cemetery

Headstones copied February 27, 1983 by Roland I. Lyons as Beal-Long Cemetery and at another date by Charles Johnson as Cherry Cemetery. It is listed twice in the old DeSoto County cemetery book. Additional information added by Tim Harrison.


M. A. Stone – (Handmade stone.  No other information).
Mary Ava Stone, 1881 – 1885.

Annie B. Stone – 5 Aug 1869 – 21 Jul 1870.  Daughter of R. S. and S. E. Stone.
Listed in the 1870 DeSoto County census (p. 76B).  Reuben S. Stone married Sarah Elizabeth Howell on October 29, 1868.  Reuben Stone served in Co. H, 8th Mississippi Cavalry, CSA.  Reuben S. Stone (1844 – 1925) and Sarah Elizabeth Stone (1844 – 1922) are buried in Bethel Cemetery.

Eddie Stone – (Handmade stone.  No other information).
Edward Stone, 1871 – 1872.

Mrs. L. M. Cherry – 13 March 1872 – 9 February 1911.
Lena M. Rigsby married William W. Cherry on December 5, 1896 in DeSoto County.  They are listed in the 1900 DeSoto Census (p. 49B). According to the census, she was born in Mississippi.  There were no children listed.

William Walter Cherry – 23 July 1847 – 27 Feb 1906.
According to the 1900 Census, he was born in Mississippi.
Son of James D. Cherry and Sarah Hanniford (b. abt. 1840, NC), who married September 14, 1846 in DeSoto County.  Listed in the 1850 DeSoto Census (p. 395B) along with his mother and brother, James (1).  Father is presumed deceased.  Sarah Cherry remarried on February 1, 1855 to W. C. Holloway.  In 1860 William and James are living with W. C. (age 47, NC) and S. E. Holloway (p. 160 of the census).  Listed in 1870 Census (p. 76B).  W. C. Holloway is deceased, and he is with his mother and brother, along with half-siblings.  Listed in 1880 DeSoto Census (p. 395D), mother still living.  Sarah Holloway died prior to 1900.

Turner Beal – 1 May 1821 – 25 May 1872.
Son of Charles and Mary Beal.  Born in Alabama.  Married Elizabeth about 1844 (no record found).  Listed in the 1850 (p. 395), 1860 (p. 160), and 1870 (p. 77B) DeSoto County census records.  Known children were: James T. (1846, MS), Mary J(1848, MS), Charles S. (1850, MS), Margaret A. (f) (1852, MS), Joseph T. (1857, MS), and S. E. (f) (1860, MS).  Served in Co. A, 12th TN Cavalry, CSA.  His father, Charles, was listed in the 1840 DeSoto Census (p. 118), age between 60 and 70, and died prior to 1850.  His mother, Mary, was living with him in 1850.

Charles S. Beal – 24 July 1850 – 23 May 1851.  Son of Turner and Elizabeth Beal.

James T. Beal – 3 April 1846 – 18 Sept 1848.

Charles M. Beal – 14 Sept 1819 – 10 Oct 1852.
Son of Charles and Elizabeth Beal and brother of Turner Beal.  Born in Alabama.  Listed in the 1850 DeSoto Census (p. 395) with wife, Jane T. (25, TN) and daughter, Mauda J. (2, MS).  Also living with them is Joseph Divinney (25, TN).  Charles’ wife apparently died soon after the census because he married Easther Cherry (b. 1838, NC) in Desoto on November 6, 1851.

Mrs. T. Beal – 16 July 1827 – 26 March 1851.
Mrs. Elizabeth Beal, born in North Carolina.  Married Turner Beal about 1844, but no marriage record found.  Mother of six children (see Turner Beal, above).  While the cemetery book states that she died in 1851, I believe she actually died in 1871 for the following reasons: she is listed in the 1860 and 1870 census records with Turner, and there is no record of another marriage by Turner Beal.

Mary Beal – 15 Oct 1782 – 27 Dec 1851.
Wife of Charles Beal, who died between 1840 & 1850.  Family listed in 1840 DeSoto Census, p. 118.  In 1850 she is living with her son, Turner.  Her birth place is given as Tennessee.

E. E. Montgomery – 27 March 1849 – 21 Aug 1850.

N. W. Montgomery – 2 Nov 1853 – 6 Aug 1855.

C. M. Diviney – 31 Oct 1859 – 11 Aug 1889.
Charles M. Diviney was the son of Joseph Diveney and Elizabeth McClary, who married in DeSoto County on December 9, 1857.  He is listed in the 1860 (p. 160), 1870 (p. 66), and 1880 (p. 378) DeSoto Census records.  No record of a marriage has been located.  He had the following siblings: Ellen, Martha, Turner, Jeffy, Ben and Olive.  By 1900 at least three of the brothers, Turner, Jeff and Ben, were living in Red River County, Texas with their families, having spent at least a couple of years in the 1890s in Arkansas.  His father, Joseph Diveney, served in Co. C, 42nd Mississippi Regiment, CSA.

J. T. Ketchem – 1878 – 1881.
Joseph T. Ketchem was the son of Thomas Jefferson Ketchem and Margaret Ann Beal.  He was born in DeSoto County.  He is listed on the 1880 DeSoto Census, p. 426C.

T. J. Ketchem – 1847 – 1886.
Thomas Jefferson Ketchem (also spelled Ketchum) was born in Virginia, the son of William H. (b. 1811, VA) and Elizabeth (b. 1820, VA) Ketchem.  Listed in the 1850 Murray Co., GA census (p. 172) and 1860 Whitfield Co., GA census (p. 35).  Most of the family was still in Whitfield County in 1870, but Thomas had moved on and cannot be located in that census.  He married Margaret Ann Beal, daughter of Turner and Elizabeth Beal, on December 3, 1873 in Desoto County.  The 1880 Census (p. 426C) shows them with the following children: John E. (5, MS) and Joseph T. (2, MS).

Arter Halloway – (Handmade stone.  No other information.)
Cannot identify in the census.  Probably a child of W. C. and Sarah Hanneford Cherry Holloway.

R. E. D. – Initials on footstone.  Headstone could not be located.
Probably a member of the Diviney family.

W. C. H. – Initials on footstone.  Headstone could not be located.
Probably W. C. Holloway, husband of Sarah Cherry Holloway and stepfather of William W. Cherry.



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