McAninch Family Cemetery
Located in R7W, T4S, Sec. 9. Surveyed in 1983. At that time the surveyor stated that there appeared to be 14 or 15 additional graves without markers. Only two of those buried in the unmarked graves are known: Rufus P. Dalehite and Josephine Driver Coleman. The property (one acre) was deeded by Dr. W. K. Love for a cemetery in 1856. Additional information added by Tim Harrison.
Arabella McAninch Dalehite – 1840 – 1893. Wife of Rufus P. Dalehite.
Born in DeSoto County, Mississippi, the daughter of William (b. 1804, KY) and Maria (b. 1806, TN) McAninch. The family is listed in the 1850 DeSoto Census (p. 365) where she had the following siblings: P. E. A. (f), 20, TN; John, 17, TN; Asberry, 11, MS; Alpheus, 10, MS; Erastus, 7, MS; Laura, 6, MS; Zach T., 4, MS. She married Rufus P. Dalehite on December 28, 1854. They had one child, Robert, born in 1861. Four of Arabella’s brothers served in the Confedeate army: Asberry (A. B.) served in Co. I, 29th Mississippi Regiment and died in April 1862; Alpheus served in Co. I, 29th Mississippi Regiment as was wounded at Murfreesboro, TN on December 31, 1862; Erastus served in Co. I, 29th Mississippi Regiment and was captured at Lookout Mountain on November 24, 1863; Zachary Taylor, served in Co. A, Blythe’s Cavalry.
Rufus P. Dalehite – Unmarked grave.
Born 1831 in North Carolina, the son of Hiram B. Dalehite (also spelled Dolahite, Dollarhide, etc.). By 1850 he was living in DeSoto County (p. 364) and was living with G. R. and Margaret Herndon. He married Arabella McAninch (see above) in 1854 and they had one child, Robert. He was a Confederate soldier, serving in Co. B, 42nd Mississippi Regiment. He missed the Battle of Gettysburg (absent sick) but was present for the fighting at Bristoe Station in October 1863. He was absent on detached duty from the Wilderness but present at the other fights until wounded on August 18, 1864 at the Weldon Railroad, Petersburg. He was captured on April 2, 1865 and sent to Point Lookout, where he was released on June 10, 1865. He and Arabella are listed in the 1860 (p. 7) and 1870 (p. 57) Tunica County, Mississippi Census records. They are listed in the 1880 (p. 211) Tate County, Mississippi Census records. He died between 1880 – 1900.
Mary A. Dalehite – 1819 – 1893.
Born Mary A. Rhodes in North Carolina, she married James L. Dalehite (see below) about 1843 in Orange Co., NC. She was the mother of at least six children: William (1845), Adolphus (1847), Charles (1850), Emily (1852), James H. (1854), and Robert (1860).
James L. Dalehite – 1820 – 1890.
Born in Person County, North Carolina, the son of Hiram B. Dalehite and Emma Lipscomb. He married Mary A. Rhodes (see above) about 1843 and was the father of at least six children (see above). He was a Confederate soldier, serving in Co. G, 18th Mississippi Cavalry. The family is listed in the 1850 Orange Co., NC Census (p. 200) and the 1870 (p. 281) and 1880 (p. 547) DeSoto County Census records. He was the brother of Rufus P. Dalehite (see above) as well as Patrick Henry Dalehite and Stephen P. Dalehite (1829 - 1913), both of whom settled in DeSoto. Patrick served in Co. A, 37th North Carolina Infantry, CSA, and Stephen served in Co. F, 22nd Mississippi Infantry, CSA.
Lee Abner Coleman – 1870 – 1873. Son of J. M. & Josephine Coleman.
Lee Abner Coleman was born in DeSoto County, MS. His parents were James M. Coleman (1839, GA) and Josephine Driver (abt. 1844, MS), who married on December 6, 1858 in DeSoto County. It was his second marriage. The children of James in the 1870 DeSoto Census (p. 180) were: Martha, 15, AR; Susan, 11, AR; James, 9, AR; Charles, 6, MS; and Levi, 5, MS. James M. Coleman was a Confederate soldier, serving in Co. D, 2nd Arkansas Cavalry.
Josephine Driver Coleman – Unmarked grave.
Ellen Josephine Driver was born in Mississippi about 1844, the daughter of Levi M. (abt. 1816, GA) and Emeline Driver (abt. 1820, SC). Her siblings were John G. (1846), Clayton A. (1849), Ann M. (1856), and Susan (1861). She married James M. Coleman in 1858 and was the mother of at least four children: Lee Abner (see above), Georgia (1871), Joseph (1873), and Willie (1879). They are listed in the 1880 Tate County Census (p. 238). She died between 1880 – 1900.