Dement Family Cemetery
Located on what was once the Dement family farm in northeast DeSoto County, near Olive Branch. Surveyed in 1992 by David Huer and Elizabeth Gillentine. Additional information added by Tim Harrison.
James M. Dement – May 11, 1795 – December 22, 1840.
James Moseley Dement was born most likely in Tennessee, the son of Charles Gilbert Dement, Sr. and Selah Thomas. He was a veteran of the War of 1812. He married Susan Byrd (see below) on October 28, 1817 in Madison County, Alabama. They were listed in the 1830 Limestone County, AL Census (p. 50) with five children: four boys and one girl. By 1837 the family had moved to DeSoto County, where James appears on the tax roll. They are listed in the 1840 Census (p. 106) with four boys and four girls. Another son, Ed Dement, is listed just below him with his wife. It appears that James and Susan had nine children: Ward G. (see below), Edward C. (b. abt. 1820 in AL – abt. 1845), William B. (1821 – 1891), Augustus Chester (1823 – 1858), Mary Jane (abt. 1825 – 1865), James Thomas (1829 – 1872, AR), Elizabeth (1832 – abt. 1870, AR), Virginia F. (1834), Franklin Columbus (1836). All children were born in Alabama. Two of the sons, James T. and Franklin C., were Confederate soldiers.
Susan Byrd Dement – May 1, 1799 – January 1, 1858.
Born in Alabama, daughter of Rev. William Byrd and Lydia Adair. Married James M. Dement (see above). She was the mother of nine children (listed above). She is listed in the 1850 DeSoto Census (p 388) with children James T., Elizabeth, Virginia, and Franklin. Just above her William B. Dement and just below are Augusts Dement and his wife, Elizabeth Moore Fort (married November 29, 1849). According to the 1850 slave schedule she owned several slaves.
Ward G. Dement – May 1, 1818 – July 22, 1845.
Son of James M. Dement and Susan B. Dement. There is no record of a marriage.
Edward B. Dement – December 19, 1862 – July 15, 1865.
Born in Marshall County, MS. His parents were William B. Dement and Harriett G. Moseley (b. 1833, SC), who married in Marshall County on September 3, 1855. They had the following known children: William (see below), Emma Blanch (see below), Edward B., Susan (1865), George Gordon (1868), Hattie (1871), Bill (1874). William and Harriett are listed in the 1870 (pp. 15 – 16) and 1880 (p. 405) DeSoto Census records. William B. Dement served in Co. B, 42nd Mississippi Regiment and was captured at Hatcher’s Run, Petersburg, VA, on April 2, 1865. William and Hattie are buried in the Center Hill Baptist Cemetery.
William J. Dement – December 13, 1857 – July 3, 1872.
Son of William B. Dement and Harriett G. Moseley.
Emma Blanch Dement – July 3, 1856 – September 19, 1857.
Daughter of William B. Dement and Harriett G. Mosely.