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 Mary Collins Landin 
of Utica, Hinds County, MS

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of Hinds County Mississippi
by Dr. Mary Collins Landin

Jackson,  Cedar Lawn Cemetery       Sept. 10, 2006
There are 18 Jacksons buried in Cedar Lawn Cemetery in Jackson on West Capitol Street.  One is Mary E. Jackson b. 12 June 1886
d. 7 March  1910.   George W. (not B) Jackson was born 4 Nov 1858 d. 2 Dec 1915,  and his wife Sarah L. was born 23 Sep 1857 d. 8 Aug 1912.  (oldest Jackson family graves) Other Jackson names there are J. W., Walter K., Henry W., Wiley J., Hester H., Laurie Jonathan, Adele McKeithen, Thomas Edward III, Ida Patrick, W. T., Rachel Virdue, Margaret Dean, Nannie, W. A., and Roxie, all early to mid 20th Century. Mary Collins Landin, Utica, Hinds County
Ben Ritchey Cemetery     April 15, 2006
The Ben Ritchey cemetery is back in the woods on a hill, out of sight of road and abandoned, off Ritchey Road.  No house or farm remaining, just  woods. The Ritcheys were a large family in the mid- to late 1800s, and married into numerous other families in the area.  Lots of them scattered  throughout the Hinds County cemetery book, and a number of them buried in  Claiborne County. I knew some moved on to Texas. There are 8 marked graves and about as many  unmarked (outlined by spring bulbs) at the Ben Ritchey Cemetery.  The others are buried at McClellan Cemetery and at Cayuga Cemetery, all within the  vicinity.  The oldest grave is Leonard Ritchey (1808-1836), who is buried  at Cayuga.  Check the Hinds and Claiborne County census records for the  Ritcheys.
Mary Collins Landin, Utica, Hinds County
White Oak, Cane Ridge, Bethel, Fairchilds, Palestine Church, Bethesda church, Riser, Collins, Hollingsworth, Granberry, Stafford, Catchings,
Travis, Dulaney, Gallman, May       February 19, 2006
White Oak, located 6 miles south of Utica (then Cane Ridge) was organized  in 1826.  I have a copy of their minutes dating from 1826.  Utica  (then Bethel) organized in April 1829.  Unless there was another White Oak church at Raymond? where the Fairchilds eventually settled that I haven't heard  of?  The reason Palestine is the oldest Baptist in Hinds County is the fact that White Oak is just past the county line and is actually  in Copiah County.  I will check around and see what I can come up  with as to who were those first 17 members.  I have the minutes for Bethesda church, and its founding members, who transferred from Palestine (Riser, Collins, Hollingsworth, etc.)  Isaac Riser, my ggg grandfather,  donated the land for the chuch and cemetery at Bethesda, but he and his wife and  his father John Adam Riser and other family members are buried in the Riser  Family Cemetery on the old Riser home place. There are Granberrys  buried at Palestine, but they also have the oldest family cemetery in Hinds  County, and it is still in use.  I know that the Granberrys were first  members, but don't know if they are listed in the 17.  I know that Simeon and Mary Ann Stafford Travis were first members, as were their son and his wife  Ezekial Stafford and Martha Jane Granberry Travis, but also don't know if they  were listed in the 17, and all of the Travises and some of the Granberrys moved  to Forrest/Perry County, then to Jasper County or Clarke County in the  1830s.   About half of the Granberrys stayed in Hinds, but the next  generation scattered.   There are Granberrys and Granberry connections who are still here, including me, Henry Riser and his family, and a lot of Hollingsworth connections who also intermarried with Riser and Granberry.  My gggg and ggg grandparents Moses Collins Sr. and Jr. families were also here  and also Baptist, living between Lebanon and Palestine.  Moses Sr. died in  1816, his wife Hannah Willis Collins died in 1833, Moses Jr.'s wife Elizabeth Zachary Collins died in 1827 (all in familiy cemeteries).  Moses Jr.  married
again (Matilda Prestridge May) and moved to Jasper County then to Desoto  parish LA where he died in 1855.   My ggg grandfather Jonathan  Catchings and family moved here in 1820s and were members at Palestine but don't  know if they were part of the 27.  His first wife (my ggg grandmother  Lawrany Thompson Catchings) died in 1833, and he married Martha Fairchild Gallman (sister of John and
William Fairchild), and they continued to go to  Palestine church.  They are also buried in the Catchings Family Cemetery,  not at Palestine.  First surnames in the general area of Palestine  according to earliest records I can find were Travis, Granberry, Fairchild, Dulaney, Catchings, Gallman, May, Riser, Hollingsworth, Collins, but I know  there had to be others.  And I know none of the Travises died here or  stayed because of family records, but all the others did.
 Mary Collins Landin
Newman  Plantation, Cannada, Baldwin's Ferry, Strawbridge, Lewis    February 19, 2006
Newman  Plantation covered a large area around Newman, which is the crossroads of two  historic county roads that did not used to have names. No Newmans ever  lived on what is now Newman Road, because their homes face what is now  called Canada Cross Roads.When the county named them, they named the one that the Newmans thought should have been named Newman Road, Canada Cross  Roads, which is a misnomer in itself, and named the road that went to Edwards  from Newman, Newman Road.  The Cannada family is another old pioneer family  in that area, and some Cannadas lived on that road when the county started  assigning names to roads, so itbecame Canada Cross Roads, a complete mess-up of  a name.   Baldwin's Ferry was not far from Newman, and Mordecai  Baldwin developed and ran the ferry at the Big Black River crossing that once  was a Choctaw and earlier tribal village.   In Warren County, there is still  a Baldwins Ferry Road, but in Hinds County it is now Mississippi Hwy 27, with  parts being "Canada Cross Road".
Hinds County sign people, through their ignorance of local history, have messed up numerous road names over the past 30 years.  Another example is  part of the old historic Utica-Crystal Springs Road, which became MS Hwy 27  between Utica and Crystal Springs in later years.  The Strawbridge Family  who settled at Utica, and who have a family cemetery on a cut-off loop of the  old road, no longer have family of their surname in the area but still have descendants.  The county put up a road sign on the old cut-off road of  Straw Bridge Road, because they didn't have a clue that Strawbridge was  somebody's name. Likewise, Siwell Road in Jackson was named for  Ervin Lewis, a farmer and store owner and post master between Jackson  and Raymond during the mid-1800s.  He didn't want the post office  named Lewis, so the U. S. government named it (and the surrounding village)  Siwel, Lewis spelled backwards.  Now, the county has signs calling it  Siwell Road, not having a clue where the name actually came from.  Ervin  Lewis' family cemetery is located in Old Bryam, in the yard of his old  antebellum home which is still standing---his wife was a Catchings, and they  were both cousins of my family.   I could go on and on of other
examples in Hinds as well as in other counties.
Mary Collins Landin
Census Records Tip       February 9, 2006
An important tip on looking up ancestors in the old census records.   TRY every possible corruption of the name you can, and also just type in the  given name without the surname, for a county or state, then search.  Many  times, the name is misspelled by the census taker and/or the typing translator  who is putting it on line.  When all else fails, go to the online HAND  WRITTEN census records and search.  I have found ancestors who were on the  hand written list, but left off the typed list by whoever did that work.   In another case, the hand written census had all the children listed correctly,  but the typist had separated them into 2 families with different surnames on the  typed list!For example, Graham could be Grame, Grahm, Greahm,  etc.  And Farr and Simpson could also be misspelled.
Mary Collins Landin
Beauchamp - Kelly Question         February 9, 2006
My 2d  great grandmother was a former slave named Jincy Beauchamp held by the Kelly  family of Hinds Co. She was shown on the 1870 Census as head of household age  62 born in Tennessee. I find your info particularly interesting because I had  an Uncle Baldwin and we never could figure where that name came from. I dont  know if she was married to a Beauchamp or had at one time been a Beauchamp  slave. Any info would be appreciated. Esp any connection with the Kelly or Lee  families of Hinds pre Civil war   eclharris@sbcglobal.net
I'm not sure of any connection at the present time, except that a Lee daughter married a Kelly well before the Civil War.  Baldwin Beauchamp had  several wives, first one dying in childbirth, and second dying  young.   Neither the Beauchamp, Kelly, or Lee family were from  Tennessee---they all moved into Hinds County from the Carolinas by way of south  Mississippi first.   Baldwin Beauchamp had a brother named Green  Beauchamp who lived closer to Raymond and also Copiah County area.  Don't  know if a connection could be there.  Most of the Beauchamp slave  descendants around Utica and Vicksburg area now spell their name Beachum,  Beechem, or Beecham or similar spelling, but it is the same people.  I know  of none currently who use the old French spelling of Beauchamp.
Mary Collins Landin
Six, Gibson, Cayuga Cemetery       December 24, 2005
I have a lot of history on Phillip Six and his family. I've been trying to find his RevWar connection with no luck for  years, because our DAR chapter wanted to mark his grave at Cayuga.  Seems  he served in the PA Militia, but in 1791, not 1781 like some descendants thought.  I have a copy of that 1791 record.  That makes him  ineligible for RevWar soldier, I was told by NSDAR.  There are a lot of people from this area who descend from Phillip Six, and he had brothers and  extensive family who stayed behind in Green County PA when he came to Southwest Territory to Natchez and Jefferson County, MS in the early 1790s.   Extensive records on him around here.   The Sixes moved from there into SW Hinds County up the Natchez Trace (now the Old Port Gibson Road), and  their homestead was on what is now known as Charlie Brown Road not far from Old Port Gibson Road.  They lived on one side of that road, and the Gibson family on the other.  Gibsons had a family cemetery which is in very bad  shape, but the Sixes are buried in the Cayuga Cemetery.  One of Phillip Six's brothers moved to Ohio.  There they became Sykes.  There are numerous spellings for the family.   In VA, some Sixes were native American--how that connection was made, I don't know, but I have a Vicksburg friend with native American Sixes from the Shennadoah Valley in her ancestry  (Dr. Emma Keulegan).
Mary Collins Landin

Webb, Berryhill, Weeks,  Dodson, Beasley, Adkins, Davis       December 17, 2005
Somebody recently asked who the parents were for Silas Webb.  While I  was looking for the Mitchell and Williams connection question, I took time to  look for Webb as well, and can offer the following:

Silas L. Webb (the man in question) and some of his family are buried near my house near Utica MS at what we call the Weeks/Berryhill Cemetery, or the Alabama Settlement Cemetery.  I knew they came from Marion County, AL after  the Civil War, but hadn't taken time to check for details.  Silas L. Webb  was born 1817 in Tennessee died 1898 Mississippi.  His first wife Sarah Ann Berryhill b. 1822 in TN probably died in Marion County AL, but I was told she  was in an unmarked grave here, so don't know.  His second wife is Nancy  Elizabeth
1817-1881, and her gravestone says Mother, so she and Silas had  children in MS.  In the 1850 census in Marion County AL, Sarah and Silas  L., had Joab S. (Silas). 1838 AL, William S. 1839 AL, Thomas W. 1844 AL,  and Hannah 1846 AL. They were in Beat 6, Marion County.    I don't know how many of Silas' first or second families came to Hinds County MS  with him, because some of them would have been old enough to be on their own by  1865-1870.   Some of them did move elsewhere in the state of  Mississippi, and were in Lafayette County MS at one time.

Also in Marion County AL in 1850 census in District 14 (don't know how  close that is to Beat 6), was Joseph Webb b. 1800 TN and his wife Sarah b. 1810 TN, and their children still at home Winfield 1832 TN, Eliza 1834 TN, Hardy 1836   TN, Thomas 1838 TN, Benjamin 1840 TN, Jefferson 1842 TN, Elizabeth 1846 TN, and  Margaret 1848 AL.   Silas L. was born 1817, so he is not likely to be  a son of Joseph, unless the census record had the estimated birth date of Joseph wrong.  They had Silas L. as being born in 1822, and his gravestone says 1817.  Worth checking out on this connection, since some names of children  are similar.

In the 1860 Eastern District census at Alston's Store in Marion County AL was Silas L. Webb with wife Nancy E., and children Thaddeus W. 1841 AL, Hannah 1848 AL, Anderson 1853 AL, John 1856 AL, Elisha 1858 AL, and Martha A. 5 months  AL.    I don't know where Thaddeus was in the 1850 census,  because he would have been 9 years old.  (Could he be Thomas W. 1842 AL showing up as age 6 in the 1850 census?)

There was also a James Webb 1830 TN living in Beat 3 with the Charity Soyd Family (widow age 45), next door to Britton Weeks 1828 TN, wf Mary Ann 1825 TN, and their family.

Before the Civil War, Marion County was full of Webbs.  Some with  their families include William Webb b. 1793 NC, Thomas Webb 1801 GA, Jacob 1787  PA with wife Mary 1808 TN, and a lot of others.   They may or may not  be related, but it is worth a look since you don't know who Silas' parents  were.

Some of the other family surnames who moved to Utica area from Marion  County AL after the Civil War (and one family before the war) were Weeks,  Dodson, Berryhill, Beasley, G. W. Adkins (whose wife was Martha Berryhill), and Davis.  Oldest of those families in 1850 still in Marion County AL were  Benjamin Weeks 1789 SC, Britton Weeks 1818 TN, Lemuel Dodson 1805 SC, Thomas  Berryhill 1820 TN (definitely came to Utica, gravestone says 1815-1917 so census  date was wrong, married to Bathsheba 1818-1892), John A Beasley 1813 GA, Gabriel
Davis 1775 GA, Daniel Davis 1796 SC, James R. Davis 1805 VA, and John Davis 1833 AL.  R. G. Davis 1833-1883 was the Davis who came here and is buried  in this old cemetery.

Buried in the same cemetery with Silas L. Webb here at Utica is A. B. Weeks 1818-1858, and the Weeks family preceded the others in coming to this  area. There are lots of Berryhill gravestones in the old  cemetery.   Most of the later generations of this branch of these  families who came here are buried in the Utica Town Cemetery.   Silas  L. Webb had a son that I think was Elijah or Elisha L. (Elisha, Elissi, etc.,  keeps getting misspelled in censuses) b. 1858 (wrong date on census) AL,  who married Jane ____ b. 1866 (wrong date on census) AL.  In the  1900 census near Utica they had Elzetta 1879 MS, Hattie 1882 MS, Dessie 1883 MS,  Armond 1884 MS, Humphrey 1887 MS, Collins 1888 MS, Mary 1890, and Gracie  1894.  I know this family moved to Vicksburg in Warren County not many  years after this census and stayed there until recent years. However, all  3 sons who lived to be adults, Humphrey Otto, Rembert Collis, and Armond Eugene,  came home to be and are all buried in the Utica Town  Cemetery.   Elijah L. (1853-1936) and Sarah Jane (1855-1920)  (listed as E. L. and S. J. on the gravestone of an infant at the Weeks/Berryhill  Cemetery) are buried at Utica Town Cemetery.  I don't know what  happened to any of the daughters of this Webb family except one, Hannah Alice  1860-1880 who married Philip Fairley Beasley, and died after the birth on one  child, and is buried at Weeks/Berryhill.
Mary Collins Landin

Pope, Crum, Dabney, Carmichael, Ford, Stackhouse, Brock, Burnet, Funchess, Ervin     December 17, 2005
Most of the white Popes who lived in this area are buried either at Bear Creek Cemetery or at Crystal Springs.  There are many Crums and a few Crumps who are black who live in that area, and some of whom have moved into Utica, but no black Popes of whom I am aware.  Most of the white Dabneys (Thompsonville is also known as Dabney Crossroads or as Negro Crossroads on old  maps) are buried in the Dabney family cemetery in Raymond, or in the new Crystal Springs Cemetery.  Most of the white Funchess, Ervin, Stackhouse, Ford,  Brock,
Burnet, and Carmichael families are buried at Bear Creek, old and new  Crystal Springs, Utica, or in old abandoned family cemeteries in the  edge of Hinds County (5 of them).   There are a lot of black  Funches (no double s), and a few black Brocks living in the same  vicinity.  I know of no black Stackhouse, Ford, Burnet, or  Carmichael in the Hinds County area.   The best source for these  folks is early census and land records through about 1920, both white and   black, and there are published family histories on several of these surnames   that include the white branches in Mississippi.   Some family Bibles  exist, but I don't know who has them all any more.   Without exception,  all the above families came to MS from SC except the Dabneys, who came directly  from Virginia.   Most of those who came from SC where originally from  Virginia, and all are British Isles in origin.
Mary Colins Landin

Epidemics    December 5, 2005
There was a yellow fever epidemic in 1893, one of many that  hit MS (1851, 1853, 1855, 1878, 1882, 1893, 1903).  TB was also bad and  incurable, and whole families died.
Mary Collins Landin

Mississippi Cemetery Code      November 4, 2005
A private question was asked about access and maintenance of old cemeteries in Mississippi, and I answered the person, but thought it would also be of  benefit to people who have ancestors buried in old private, village, and church cemeteries no longer maintained, anywhere they are located in Mississippi.
There are laws in Mississippi Code that do not allow "landowners" to descecrate a family cemetery, which is often excepted from a deed when land was  sold "way back when" anyway, and the same laws require Boards of Supervisors to maintain abandoned private or public cemeteries if they are old and/or "historic".  The laws are MS Code 47-5-441 and MS Code 39-5-19.  There  are others that may also apply.  You can find these under "Mississippi  Code" on the Mississippi Supreme Court home page on line and print them out  (once there, type in
such key words as "cemetery", "restoration", and  "historic").

The current owner cannot keep you as a descendant from accessing the cemetery, and you may be able to get a deed from him for some small price, since  he cannot do anything with the cemetery without violating state law and county ordinances.   A trip to the county courthouse and looking at the old  historic deeds on the property may reveal that the cemetery was actually  excepted from the deed when it was sold by the family, which means that new  landowner does not now nor ever has owned the cemetery.   Hinds County  has a number of abandoned family, church, and village cemeteries, as does every  county in this state, and all are subject to being maintained by the counties in  which they are located.  In reality, this seldom happens unless formal  letters specifying the correct information are mailed to the county Board of  Supervisors, and/or to the Mississippi Dept of Archives and History.  Then,  these letters of request need following up on to be sure that action is  taken.  Most of the time, also specified by law, county inmates do the  cleaning and maintenance work. In Jasper County, MS, the Jasper Greys  Civil War organization is doing more family and church historic cemetery  maintenance than their Board of
Supervisors is.
Mary Collins Landin

Stovall Plantation      July 3, 2005
The Stovall plantation was located about 10 miles south of Jackson on U. S. Hwy 51,  and the family cemetery is about 100 yards from the old road (now Terry Road), and completely abandoned.  It has already been encroached on by Jackson and Byram.  When I recorded it more than 20 years ago, it was in danger, and is  now probably gone.  There were 11 gravestones, with surnames Stovall,  Harvey,Jones, Rembert, Smylie, and Thompson.  This is the cemetery of  Josiah Stovall, b. about 1750 (his gravestone missing), a Revolutionary War  soldier from Virginia.  His widow's gravestone is there, Mary Hicks Stovall  b. Virginia 20 Nov 1751 d. 12 Dec 1845.  Their son Ralph Stovall, also  buried there, was born in Virginia in 1776 and died 13 March 1841.  He was  a veteran of the War of 1812.   He and his wife Martha had several  children, some of whom are buried there, including Dr. Walter Ralph Stovall b.  1829 d. 11 Feb 1852, and Samuel Lafayette Stovall, no dates given on  stone.  Ralph and Martha's daughters Elizabeth Stovall Jones 1798-1838, and  Rebecca Stovall Harvey 1804-1854, are alsoburied there.  There are 4 other cemeteries in Hinds County with Stovalls.  Often, slaves took the name of the plantation owners where they lived.
Mary Collins Landin
Campbell     May 31, 2005
Jacob H. Campbell, may have been the son of Mary and Charles Campbell. He was buried at Utica and born in 1802. Neither Charles nor William Campbell of that era have gravestones in Hinds County.  However, in old Greenwood Cemetery  in Jackson, there is a generation beginning in 1830 with both Charles and  William's buried there.  The oldest man of the family buried there is J. A. P. Campbell1830-1917, and he had sons named Charles and William.   Mary Alexander Campbell,  has no gravestone still  standing in Hinds County.
Mary Collins Landin
Collins        May 31, 2005
My  gggg grandfather Moses Collins Sr. was a RevWar veteran from Barnwell District  SC who wound up dying here in 1816.  His son my ggg grandfather Captain  Moses Collins Jr. was a War of 1812 veteran who fought with Andrew Jackson at  the Battle of New Orleans and wound up here in Hinds County, but then moved on  to Jasper County, then Desoto parish, LA before he died in 1855, leaving part ofhis family behind in Hinds.  Hinds County ancestors who also fought in War  of 1812 and wound up in Hinds County were Isaac Hollingsworth, John Wise, John Adam Riser, Jonathan Catchings and his brothers, and all of Moses Collins Jr.'s   brothers.  My g grandfather John Hampton Collins Jr. fought through the entire 4 years of the Civil War, along with 4 of his Riser brothers-in-law, and numerous other Hollingsworth, Collins, Lewis, Catchings, and other cousins, and  is buried in Hinds County.   My grandfather Thomas Edward Collins Sr.,  his son Roy Parker Collins, his nephew Clark Randolph (Dudy) Noble, and his brother-in-law Hilton Smith were drafted into WWI and are all buried here in Hinds County.  During the Vietnam conflict, all 3 of my brothers and my  husband were involved, two Army, two Air Force fighter pilots.   They  are LTC Thomas E. Collins III, COL Madison Travis Collins (buried in Hinds  County), SPC5 Everette Hilton Collins, and CPT John David Landin Jr.
Mary Collins Landin
Ocituaries, Death Certificates     May 31, 2005
If you know what  funeral home buried the person, they will have a file on him, possibly including an obituary.  Here in Utica, Glenwood Funeral Home clips published obituaries  to the deceased's records, and also include a copy of the death certificate in  the file.  I think most funeral homes do that.
Mary Collins Landin
Glenwood Funeral Home records    May 11, 2005
Martha and Grady Leese, 108 Williams Road, Vicksburg, MS 39180, 601-636-2989, gramar@canufly.net , have published a fourth book on Glenwood Funeral Home records in west central Mississippi (Claiborne, Hinds, Warren, Copiah, Sharkey, Issaqueena counties primarily). These are wonderful  genealogical records for the 20th century and the late part of the 19th century. They have gone through the funeral homeís records, and from the about 1940 deaths on, have listed by surname and  given name, ALL of the people listed in the statistical records for a deceased person: name of  deceased, dates and locations of birth and death, parents of deceased, siblings, children, spouse of deceased, and other important information, including MAIDEN names of most of these females. It is astounding how much info is crammed into these books. This gets a lot of the people who have never put up gravestones in our area. You can buy the books directly from Martha and Grady at the above address, OR, from the Old Capitol Museum Book Shop in Jackson, MS, or at the Old Court House Museum Gift Shop in Vicksburg, MS. The Rolling Fork (Sharkey and Issaqueena) and Utica (Hinds, Copiah, Claiborne) books are $25 each. The Vicksburg (Warren, Claiborne, Issaqueena) book is $30.  The Port Gibson (Claiborne, Jefferson, Copiah, Hinds) book is $35. Prices are based on how many  pages and records are in each. Donít forget to send about $3 each for postage.
Mary Collins Landin
Wright    May 11, 2005
There are a lot of Wrights all from one large family buried at Reeves Chapel Cemetery between Raymond and Learned, and Wrights in a lot of other cemeteries.  There was a yellow fever epidemic in Hinds county in 1873 that would have ended with frosts in late fall of 1873, and if they died of that or of pneumonia, chances are they were buried quickly.  If no family remained in the area very long, they never would have had a gravestone put up---happened a lot back then.   Remember, "reconstruction" was still going on in 1873, and Hinds County was still occupied by Union troops until the Clinton massacre in 1875---everything was a mess, and families who had lost everything in the Civil War were pulling up stakes, abandoning property and cemeteries, and moving west.  The old antebellum Wright home still stands (and is well cared for by the Wright family) near Reeves Chapel on the Old Port Gibson Road (the original Natchez Trace).  This was/is a large extended family.
Mary Collins Landin
Question regarding Roach Family Burials:         May 1, 2005
Would any of your records show a John S. Roach who died in Hinds County between 1844 and 1850?  He was the husband of Elizabeth Eleanor Dodds and they apparently came to Hinds County from Medon, Madison Co. Tn.  They had a son John D. born in Tn in 1844 and a son James M born in Ms. in 1847.  In the 1850 census she is shown as a wd with about 6 children.  She was a sister to Dr. William Preston Dodds who took in these two younger boys after her death in 1854 in Copiah Co.  He was listed in the 1860 Franklin census with these two younger Roach boys.  But I can find no record of John S. Roach's death or burial.  I would appreciate anything that might be a clue.
Thank you.     Ruth Walker, Picayune, Ms.

Ruth, this may not be of much help, but at County Line Baptist Cemetery on the Copiah/Hinds County line between Terry and Crystal Springs, your family is buried.  County Line church was established about 1833, and the earliest death date gravestone dates from 1833.  I think the church may be a year or two older. Anyway, buried there:

Elizabeth E. Roach, wf of John S. b. 21 Nov 1809 d. 25 Sep 1854
Sarah A. Roach, dau of John S. and Elizabeth E. (can't read dates on old stone) (b. 1841)
Thomas J. Roach, son of John S. and Elizabeth E. b. 1835 d. August 1863

Since Elizabeth is buried at County Line, I would assume that John S. is also buried there but he doesn't have a gravestone that I could find.  There are a number of old, old gravestones and vaults there that can no longer be read.  Since Thomas J. died young but after both his father and mother, he must have been on his own before his mother died, and buried with his parents when he died in 1863.   Thomas was older than the son you said was born in TN, so he must have also been born in Tennessee.   Thomas was already 19 when his mother died, and was 28 when he died.   I don't know if he was killed in the Civil War or not, but the Battle and Siege of Vicksburg had just ended a few weeks before he died.
The other Roaches buried in Hinds County are:
at Greenwood Cemetery in Jackson, P. J. Roach (no dates), E. C. Roach (no dates), and Alice E. Roach, daughter of P. J. and E. C. b. 14 May 1868 d. 29 Oct 1886

at Bethesda Presbyterian Church Cemetery between Utica and Edwards, J. T. Roach 1845-1914, Alta Roach b. 17 Dec 1878 d. 29 July 1961, and Ruth Roach b. 1898 d. 13 Nov 1982.  Ruth Roach's sister died after I recorded Bethesda Cemetery, and is also buried there.  The Roach sisters' parents died young, and they were taken in and raised by the Betigheimers, who are also buried at Bethesda.  After they got older and retired from operating the Betigheimer General Store on MS Hwy 27, they moved to Tennessee to stay near relatives, but when they died they were brought back here to be buried.  I am pretty sure that J. T. Roach was their father.

at Lebanon Presbyterian Church Cemetery between Utica and Raymond, James Roach b. 1835 d. 13 Jan 1887 and Elizabeth S. b. 10 Nov 1843 d. 31 Oct 1888 are buried.  The Roach Plantation was between Utica and Lebanon, and the 12,000 plus Union forces under General McPherson stopped there and spent more than 2 days watering their horses and themselves and raiding the countryside to replenish their supplies.  The day they pulled out was 12 May 1863, and they marched right into the bloody Battle of Raymond.  The Roach antebellum home is still standing and in good shape.  One of the National Park Service guys in Vicksburg really wants to buy it from the present owner and restore it, but so far has not been able to do so.

It seems like all the Roach men married somebody named Elizabeth, and the above James Roach Jr. was probably a stepson to Elizabeth S., not her husband (see census data).  That means James Roach Sr. is also buried at Lebanon, but if so, his gravestone is too broken to read---the other two are broken, but I can still read them.   Thomas J., son of James Sr., is probably also buried at Lebanon, but he doesn't have a gravestone either.   He was still living at home and single in 1880, at age 34, and only a couple of years older than his stepmother.

There was a large Roach family here near Utica before the Civil War, and there are huge numbers of black Roaches here as a result, descendants of plantation era Roaches.   Many of the black Roaches are buried on the north side of my farm at Welcome M. B. Church cemetery.   The James Roach plantation was on the south side of my farm.  Do you know how these other Roach men fit into the overall family?   You didn't give me the names of the 6 Roach children at home with Elizabeth, but they could have had others who were already grown and gone by the 1850 census, like Thomas for example, but he was born the same year as James, so they were probably not brothers.

The 1850 Hinds census shows 3 Roach "families".  James Roach Sr. 1806 NC with two sons, James 1842 MS and Thomas J. 1846 MS.  His wife apparently was dead, because he married a much younger woman, Elizabeth ____, who showed up in the 1870 (not 1860) census as his wife.   In 1860, James Sr. had another son at home, John D. 1844 LA.

In 1870 Hinds census, James Sr. 1806 NC was married to Elizabeth 1843 MS, and son Thomas J. was at home 1846 MS.   There was also a Michael Roach born 1830 Ireland, in Jackson, Hinds County.  In 1880, James Roach Sr. was still alive, with wife Elizabeth and son Thomas J. still with them.

Back to 1850 Hinds census, there was a Nancy Roach 1823 MS living with Martha Roach 1939 MS.  don't know if Martha was a daughter of Nancy, and Nancy's husband was dead?

Also in 1850 Hinds census, is your Elizabeth 1810 SC widow, with Thomas J. 1835 TN, Martha J. 1837 TN, Margaret A. 1939 TN, Sarah A. 1841 TN, John D. 1844 TN, James M. 1847 MS.  They don't show up in 1860 or 1870 census, and we know, Elizabeth died in 1854.

In 1880 Hinds census, there is an Elizabeth Roach, widow, 1849 NC, with children Alice 1870 GA, Isabel 1872 MS, Julia 1873, James 1874 MS, John 1875 MS, Charles 1877 MS, and Annie 1879 MS.   I don't know who this lady is, but all of the above are white people, because I only searched white records.  Apparently, her husband died in 1879, or was out of town/gone for the 1880 census.  There is also a servant, Bessie, living with this Elizabeth and her children.  Since her oldest child was born in GA, she is still another James/Elizabeth/John/etc. connection to figure out.

These given names are almost identical, so I would think these families are related.  Not many of them have Hinds County gravestones, so I assume they moved on.  I know there are a few Roaches buried in Vicksburg.
Mary Collins Landin

Harper, Morris,  Hinds County Gazette
George W. Harper, the originator and first editor of the Hinds County Gazette in 1845 (still in publication today), was born in Virginia in 1824. His gravestone says he was  Major Harper and he died in Raymond in 1894. His wife Melilia Harper (maiden name unknown)  was in an unmarked grave until 1986, when it was marked by two of his gg grandsons,  Willie Morris (famous author) and David R. Morris, no dates on gravestone. The Harpers  had at least two sons, Henry W. and Samuel Dawson. Samuel was born 1856 died 1905.  Henry W. apparently did not stay in Raymond, but had a 2-month-old child die, Henry Winter  Harper in the summer of 1883. There are some people around Raymond who may can help you with more details on this group of Harpers. Mary Ann Keith, current owner and editor of the Hinds County Gazette, can refer you on, and so should the mayor of Raymond, Isla Tullos, be able to (hcgazette@aol.com and mayor@raymondms.com). Raymond also has an excellent home page. Those are the only Harper graves with gravestones in the Raymond cemetery. Where the family scattered to following the Civil War, I'm not sure. The Union soldiers threw Harper's printing press down the town well, and he rescued it to continue printing the paper. The Raymond Courthouse was used as a hospital after the Battle of Raymond in May 1863.
Mary Collins Landin
 Ford, Ervin, Funchess, Carmichael, Stackhouse, Moody, slaves
Some more information, which you may already have, on Funchess family.  The Ford, Ervin, Funchess, Carmichael, Stackhouse, Moody, and other families moved to what became the Bear Creek community between Utica and Crystal Springs, MS, in the edge of Hinds and Copiah County in the early 1830s from South Carolina.  Many of the early white ancestors are buried in Hinds County, but more are buried in Copiah County in the Crystal Springs area.   All of these families, are were all farm families of that generation in the South, were slave owners, but the slaves did not necessarily take the names of the farm owners. Following the Civil War, former slaves were allowed to take whatever name they wanted to, and they often chose other surnames (many Washingtons and Lincolns, for example, chosen).  The ex-slave families who did take the name of Funchess spelled it, and continue to spell it here in Hinds County, Funches.   Generally, it was considered a sign of respect and closeness for their former owners if the ex-slaves took their surname as their own.  Slaves who hated their owners took other surnames.
Many of the old cemeteries with Funchess have lost gravestones, and some of the smaller "lost" ones have been vandalized, so here is what remains:
In Bear Creek Cemetery are many Fords and Ervins, one Funchess, i.e. Elizabeth Ford Funchess, wife of Samuel b. 13 March 1784 d. 9 Oct 1869 no gravestone for Samuel, but he is probably there.  Bear Creek Cemetery first gravestone death date is 1833.
In the Funchess/Stackhouse/Moody Cemetery, which I think was originally the beginning of an old church cemetery called Pineal or Pisgah Methodist, are:
Caroline Foed Funchess, wf of Edmund b. 1819 d. 1836
Edmunch Funchess, son of Elizabeth Ford and Samuel b. 17 April 1805 d. 4 November 1838
Stackhouse, Mary Funchess, wf of Wood Moody Stackhouse, daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth Ford Funchess, no dates on marker, died before June 1840
In the Rev. Thomas Nixon Family Cemetery:
Rayford Funchess b. 4 Apr 1844 d. 26 Jan 1890
Thomas Nixon's (1793-1872) wife was Elizabeth Rawles (1804-1846), and he was one of the first Methodist preachers in Mississippi Territory.
In the James Henderson Family Cemetery:
Ione Funchess, wf of E. W. b. 20 June 1847 d. 13 March 1880
Jacob T. Funchess, son of E. W. and Ione  b. 28 March 1870 d. 9 August 1879
These are all white people and all the same family of Funchess.  There are black Funches' buried in numerous Hinds County cemeteries.   These above South Carolina families lived not too far from the Hollingsworth, Riser, Collins, Coker, Fortner, Granberry, Dulaney, Clower, Catchings, Lewis, and other farm families, who were also all slave owners.   There are pages and pages and pages of black Collinses, Catchings, and Lewises in the Jackson Metro phone book, as well as some of the other surnames but not as many.
While I'm thinking about it, for the sake of people hitting brick walls with name spellings, the original white name and the now black name for some Hinds County pre-Civil War families are:
Beauchamp, now Beecham or Beacham
Funchess, now Funches
Dickson, now Dixon or Mixon
Davenport, now Devenport
Mimms, now Mims
Rawles, now Rawls or Rials
Hubbard, now Huband or Hibbard
Jacob, now Jacobs
Kelley, now Kelker
Nixon, now Mixon
Noble, now Noel
Robison, now Robinson
McKey, now Mackey and other variations
Page, now Paige and other variations
There are others, but the above are from memory
Roach, Collins, Catchings, Mallett, Lee, Yates, Herren, Cook, Barnes, Davis, Dulaney, Ford, Broome, Currie, Weeks, Flowers, Gray, Griffin, Harris, Holtzclaw, Johnson, McNair, Liddell, Moore, Myles, Snow, Price, Smith, Osborn, Stamps, Stokes, Strong, Killingsworth, Hicks, Travis, Waddell, Walker, Watts, Williams, Wilson, Womack, Wright, Young, Coker, Clower, Granberry, etc. are all still spelled by both white and black as they were pre-Civil War.  The names Washington or Lincoln did not occur here in this county prior to the Civil War, and Lincoln is not common now among black families, but there are huge numbers of Washingtons.
Mary Collins Landin
There was a family of Davises who settled in southwest Hinds County between Utica and Crystal Springs on what is now Highway 27.  There was a Walter Davis in every generation, and there is a Walter Davis Road (short, dead ends) off Brock Road off Hwy 27.   Walter Green Davis, who was an old man when I was a child, early ancestors are buried in a private cemetery on Hwy 18 between Utica and Lebanon.  His parents were R. G. and Margaret Davis.  Walter Davis' first wife Mamie died and is buried with his parents.  He and his second wife are
buried at Utica.
Mary Collins Landin

Isham, Hiawatha (home)
There are no Ishams with Hinds County gravestones.  Judge Bobby DeLaughter has just purchased Hiawatha, and is moving it to Raymond, MS, to restore it and live in it.  He is researching the history of the home, if you want to get in touch with him.  I don't have his e-mail address, but they are listed in the Jackson Metro phone book, and his office is located in the Hinds County/Raymond Courthouse in Raymond.  I am copy furnishing this to the editor of the Hinds County Gazette, in case she has Judge DeLaughter's e-mail address.   The MS
Dept of Archives and History has also been investigating the history of the home.  Contact Jim Woodrick at MDAH (through their web page).
Mary Collins Landin

The first Ford of record with a gravestone here in Hinds County was Samuel Ford at Bear Creek Cemetery.  Samuel's gravestone is now missing, but his wife Elizabeth was born in 1767.  The next generation was Solomon (1819), Stephen Jr. (1817) and others.  One gravestone is for Martin Ford, who says he is the son of John and Lydia of Marion County, MS b. 1822 d. 1858.  There are later generations of John, Joseph, James, Charles, Robert, and others.   However, John and Lydia have no gravestones at Bear Creek.Mary Collins Landin
There is an Ervin book, written years ago, that is pretty well documented. You should be able to find it at an Archives, or even possibly on one of the rare and out-of-print book stores.  I also have a privately published book by now deceased friend (so will never be publically published) that has a lot of Ervin information, and I have a copy of the South Carolina Ervin family Bible records sent to me by a distant cousin in South Carolina.  The book is far better than the WFT internet pages (Ervin is there), because the books are documented and the WFT pages very seldom are.   The Bear Creek Cemetery is full of all your family connections, including the Popes and Crums.   I have a "live" Ervin to talk to as well, my 90-year-old aunt Sarah Ferguson Collins, whose grandmother was an Ervin.  Miss Clara Ervin taught school here at Utica for many years, and was a much beloved member of our community for almost a century.  She was the last of the surname in Utica.  There are lots of Fords left, including a good friend who is in DAR in Hazlehurst and her mother was a Ford.  She
would be willing to help you with Fords.  My tried and true advice to all who use World Family Tree pages to find ancestors:  use the information as a starting place or as additional information, then document, document, document!  Many people put their stuff, unchecked, on WFT that they have copied from somebody who copied from somebody and on and on.  And, a lot of it may be, and has been found to be, wrong.
Mary Collins Landin

Hinds County by 1817, Reeves Chapel Cemetery
There weren't a lot of people born in Hinds County by 1817, because it didn't become a county until 1821 when the Choctaw Treaty of 1820 was signed.  Mississippi was only 5 days old when she was born!  Clinton (Mt.Salus) and Cane Ridge (Utica) existed, and there were settlements all along the Natchez Trace, some of which didn't even have names yet (Cayuga, Auburn, Rocky Springs, Willow Springs, etc.).  The old Wright antebellum home on the Natchez Trace is between Learned and Raymond, and members of the same Wright family still
live there.  The early generations are buried at Reeves Chapel Cemetery beside Hinds Independent Methodist Church (formerly Reeves Chapel Methodist Church).
Mary Collins Landin

Rump - Rumph Family     3-3-05
The Rump family in SW Hinds County, MS, spelled the name RUMPH.  There are 4 of them buried at Bear Creek Cemetery between Utica and Crystal Springs, this is the home cemetery of the Ervins, Carmichaels, Funchesses, Fords, and related families.  The Rumph gravestones are: Annie, daugher of Daniel and M. 5 March 1838 d. 10 June 1860; Daniel b. 25 Sep 1805 d. 16 Nov 1872; M., wf of Daniel, no dates or given name; William P., son of D. and M. b. 8 Jan 1834 d. 16 Feb 1862.  Chances are M. outlived Daniel, and no family remained to put her up a proper gravestone.  Sounds like the rest of the family may have moved to Texas!  There is a good Ervin genealogy that may show more information on the Rumphs.  I would assume, since this is Bear Creek Methodist Church and Cemetery, that the Rumphs were Methodists as well.
Mary Collins Landin
John A. Gibson Cemetery     3-3-05
Located in S21 T14N R5E near the intersection of Charlie Brown Road (once called the Gibson Road) and Old Port Gibson Road (the original Natchez Trace) in SW Hinds County, MS.  First gravestone death date is 1845, and it has huge stones in it.  It has been vandalized by grave robbers because there is a story about the Gibsons burying their jewelry and wealth with them.  No truth in that, but it didn't save the old graves and vaults.  There are 4 Gibson gravestones/vaults, and 5 Turner gravestones/vaults, and a number of unmarked and/or broken vandalized graves.  What names do you seek?  John A. Gibson was born 1785 d. 1864 during the Civil War, so it is a miracle that the graves got marked at all.
Mary Collins Landin
Connections Between Hinds and Jasper County Families     2-21-05
There are indeed many connections between Hinds and Jasper County families, and it has to do with both land suitable for farming and land opening up for settlement due to signing of Choctaw treaties.   Both Hinds and Jasper Counties have a lot of good land suitable for farming, although Hinds is now mostly urban/surburban due to Jackson, and Jasper is now mostly timber and cattle land.   Mississippi Territory opened up first at Natchez and Vicksburg and between, and the "colonial counties" were all in SW Mississippi.  In 1817 when Mississippi became a state, expansion northward and eastward was already under way, and people were already in Hinds although it was still Choctaw territory, and in Lowndes (Columbus area) and in Wayne County coming up from Mobile.  The Treaty of 1820 opened up the rest of SW Mississippi and a large part of the Delta for settlement.  Hinds at one time actually extended all the way to Greenville and was a "mother" county.  Many pioneer families in the old colonial counties moved north into Hinds, Madison, Rankin, Simpson, etc. and settled there. Jones was censused for the first time in 1830.  After the Treaty of 1830 was signed in east Mississippi, that opened up Jasper, Newton, and other counties in that area.  Many children of those early pioneer families moved from Hinds etc. into the new area, and therefore many Hinds County roots have Jasper connections, just as they have SW colonial county connections/roots.   A lot of those families had first come into Mississippi Territory via military passport across Indian Territory (Alabama) in the earliest 1800s, hence a Georgia/SC/NC connection is usually there as well.   My own family has numerous Hinds/Jasper connections, and it certainly is not the only one of which I am aware.   In addition, my Jasper county links of Collinses and Williames left Jasper County in 1850 when land opened up in Louisiana, and moved to DeSoto Parish, Louisiana. For there, parts of the family extended on into Texas.   It's pretty amazing how much whole families and all their ramifications of personal property, livestock, and workers traveled around.   The best way to determine east U. S. movements is to look at topography and ease of movement (many moved by water), historic Indian trails that became roads (like the Natchez Trace and the 3-Chopped Way), political moves like establishment of territories or states, and the signing of treaties, and finally by looking at where the railroads were built because families migrated to towns built along the rails like they do today with the highways.   And remember that extended families of brothers and sisters and spouses and children and grandchildren and cousins, etc. all moved together in wagon caravans.  Also, many families lost everything during the Civil War, and just picked up and moved west.
MaryCollins Landin
Webb, Berryhill, Weeks/Berryhill Cemetery      2-21-05
Silas Webb was born in 1817, but his gravestone does not say where.  He and his family moved to the Utica area to what became known as the Alabama Settlement following the Civil War.  The land they moved to once belonged to the Weeks Family, and the newcomers added on to the Weeks Family Cemetery, so it became known as the Weeks/Berryhill Cemetery.  Silas Webb's first wife was Sarah Ann Berryhill.  His second wife was Nancy Elizabeth _____.   Thomas Berryhill, b. 1815, of the same generation moved here with the Webbs, Dodsons, and other families.  They came to this area from Marion County, Alabama
Mary Collins Landin
Mississippi Insane Asylum
This message is for everybody who has asked over the years about names at the state hospital that used to be in Hinds County.  Physically, it was located on what is now Lakeland Drive between University Medical Center and St. Dominics Hospital, and there is a large cemetery of unmarked graves there because patients died and were buried on the grounds in paupers graves.   I was going through the 1930 Federal Census tonight looking for some records, and realized that from page 7 through page 55 of the Hinds County 1930 records are all the names of patients at the asylum.  Hundreds of them.  They are recorded by name, age, race, sex, where they were born, and where their parents were born, and listed as patients with no occupation.  Olivia Ferguson was the census taker. They were in the 13th census district of Hinds County, Ward 7.  The several lists are divided by sex and by race, which is probably the way they were housed at the facilities.  So if you have somebody missing that you know was in that hospital at that point in time, check out the 1930 census.  This is the first time I've seen patient information available for that hospital, ever.  I thought all the records had been thrown away, because Archives didn't have them
and neither does Whitfield, the current hospital in Rankin County.   I need to go back now and check to see if all the children at the Baptist and Methodist orphanages were also censused.  They were living at what was then the village of Liberty Grove, and what is now where the Jackson Zoo is located, next to Cedar Lawn Cemetery on West Capitol Street.  Feel free to past this information on to other groups and lists, because it has been lost information for a long time.
Mary Collins Landin
NOTE FROM JANE: I am adding the actual census images to the Hinds Co site ...

Cemetery at Coopers WellThere's a little cemetery at Coopers Well, which no longer exists.  It was once a very busy resort area just off Raymond-Jackson Road and Midway Road in central Hinds County, and at least 10 miles from Byram.  There are no gravestones at all in the cemetery except some unknown Confederate soldier gravestones placed there in 2001.  Coopers Well was used as a hospital during the Civil War.
Mary Collins Landin

The Old Byram cemetery
The Old Byram cemetery has a lot of unmarked graves, and a lot of new graves, as the cemetery has been "re-activated" a number of years ago with the expansion and growth of Bryam.   In other words, a lot of old unmarked graves, and a lot more recent graves with gravestones.  Old Bryam, once had stores and homes located along the Byram Road leading to the Pearl River ferry (an old iron bridge no longer traveled is there now) and beside the Illinois Central Railroad track.  It was beginning to develop as a railroad village after being a farming community since the early 1800s, but actually developed along Terry Road to the west, which became US Highway 51, and is now given over to I-55.   "New" Bryam became incorporated years later.  For some dumb reason lost in time, Bryam gave up its incorporation a number of years ago, and now the really NEW Byram is a booming community that wants to re-incorporate and is fighting off the city of Jackson which is trying to take it over.
Mary Collins Landin

Forest Hill
Forest Hill was an unincorporated village for a number of years, but has been swallowed up by Jackson.  It would have had its own census in the late 1800s-early 1900s.  There are no Harrises buried in the Forest Hill Cemetery (across the old Raymond-Jackson Road (old Hwy 18) from Forest Hill Methodist and Forest Hill Baptist churches).  Benjamin Green Harris is buried at Cedar Lawn Cemetery on West Capitol Street in downtown Jackson (1875-1949).  There are 25 Harrises buried there.  Was his wife Martha M. Harris (1877-1956)?
Mary Collins Landin
John Ragan Family Cemetery
In the John Ragan Family Cemetery near Raymond (and not far from the Selman Family Cemetery, is buried Susannah Fawcette Battle Ragan Fairchild, widow of John Ragan and wife of William Fairchild Sr. b. in GA 7 Apr 1773 d. Feb 1846. At one time, that was called Battle Springs and there was a church there called Battle Springs Christian Church, now long since gone.  It is now closest to Oakley. The Fairchild antebellum home is across the Oakley Road from the Ragan Cemetery, and is still intact and lived in (well cared for).  In the
Kirkpatrick Family Cemetery on Ratliff Road, about 5 miles from Raymond, now all but totally obliterated, was a bunch of broken vaults and other stones that I recorded in 1979.  William Fairchild is supposed to have been buried in that cemetery, but the only 3 Fairchild stones I could find that day, all broken, were Patrick Henry Fairchild, William Patrick Fairchild, and Lucy Holliday Fairchild.  It is possible that he is buried in the Ragan Cemetery but if so there is no stone.  Buried at Utica is William L. Fairchild and his family, whose brother was John Fairchild and sister was Martha Fairchild Gallman Catchings (buried between Lebanon and Palestine in the Jonathan Catchings Family Cemetery), and I think they are all children of William Fairchild Sr.   I have not found a stone for a Calvin Stevens yet.  All of these very old family cemeteries are all but abandoned, and have many broken or missing stones/vaults.
Mary Collins Landin
Hinds County Raymond Courthouse
If you will call the Hinds County Raymond courthouse, Chancery Clerk office 601-857-8055, Circuit Clerk office, 601-857-8038, they will take time to make copies of will, deed, and other records for people for a per page fee and mail them to you, also for a fee to recoup expenses.  You have to pay in advance, and if you will call for details, the ladies there have always been very helpful.  You also have to be very specific in what you want copied, as you were in your 3 e-mails. The Tax Assessor office in Raymond is 601-857-8787, in case that could also be useful info.   They don't have time to do research for people during their day, but they do make copies of official public records and mail them out, including the very old ones that are not archived somewhere away from the premises.  I have never heard that the Jackson
courthouse will take time to do this, but most of the records are in Raymond anyway.
Mary Collins Landin
Scutchaloe is the Coctaw Indian name for the loess bluffs between Utica and the Big Black River River bottom, between Vicksburg and Port Gibson (never found what it means).  A lot of people settled there in the late 1700s and early 1800s because the hills were full of year round springs with good water.  Rocky Springs, Reganton, Cayuga, Grindstone Ford, and Willow Springs, were all stands/villages from the earliest 1800s in Scutchaloe Hills.  Cayuga was at the north end of the Hills as you went north along the Trace, and Grand Gulf is the
furtherest south village in the Hills that ran into the MS River where Big Black entered the Mississippi.  The original Natchez Trace (now the old Port Gibson Road) traveled the ridge tops in Schatchaloe, and still does.  The settlers farmed the flat land east and west of the hills.  There are many little cemeteries and individual graves all over the Hills, and they are still "wild and woolly" in many ways because they can't be farmed but are all in trees.   Paul Gallows Road is named for a black guy named Paul who was hanged on that road over 100 years ago.  Everybody just kept referring to it as Paul's gallows road, and it eventually got converted to Paul Gallows Road, and some people
mispell it as Paul Gallis.  There is no such person as Paul Gallis or Paul Gallows. I know nothing of the unfortunate who got hanged, last name or why, but it was written into hill family records before the turn of the 20th century.   The Hills also have a lot of Civil War history, since Grant's troops traveled those roads and lived off the land in those hills on their way towards Utica, Raymond and Jackson in May 1863.   They camped out and regrouped while they planned their attacks at Rocky Springs for at least 3 days, then split up and a
third of the troops went through Utica and Lebanon towards Raymond (McPherson's), a third went on up the Trace towards Clinton (Sherman's), and a third (Grant's) cut across towards Edwards.  The first bunch got into the Battle of Raymond, and all three met up in Jackson for the battle there, then marched back towards Vicksburg.   This is now part of Mississippi's first official scenic roadway that we just got designated as such in April of this year---worked long and hard to get it done.   Lots of Indian sites and artifacts in the area---all of
us who grew up around here have our little collections of pottery sherds and arrowheads, etc, from childhood playing in the streams and gravel pits.
Mary Collins Landin
Hinds County Poor Farm
This place was located between Raymond and Jackson and the only people living there were those so destitute they couldn't survive any other way. It was before the days of widows' pensions and Social Security. When they died, they were buried in a pauper's grave either in the old paupers' cemetery near Oakley or the new paupers' cemetery behind the county dump at Raymond.  Mississippi also had an Old Ladies' Home and an Old Men's Home that served the same purpose, and they were both located at Jackson. They basically functioned as nursing homes for destitute old people. The other such places in Hinds County were the mental hospital and the sanitarium, and people who died there are buried in row after row of unmarked graves on a pine tree covered hill in north Jackson between St. Dominic's Hospital and University Medical Center.
Mary Collins Landin
Burleigh (original settlement of Moses Collins Sr.) Dabney
The site where Burleigh was built was the original settlement of Moses Collins Sr. and Moses Collins Jr. and their families. Moses Sr. died in 1816, then his wife died, then Moses Jr.'s 1st wife died in 1833. These were my gggg and ggg grandparents. Moses Jr. married again, sold part of his plantation to Thomas S. G. Dabney (left other parts to some of his children including my gg grandfather John Hampton Collins), and took off for Desoto Parish, Louisiana, where he is buried in his family cemetery at Keachi. Dabney brought his family from SC, built the house where the Collins house had been, survived the War (barely). Part of the place is now owned by Mrs. George B. (Katherine)Worrell and family, and part is in the ownership of blacks who descend from slaves on the old plantation. The location of Burleigh (now gone) and the Collins Family Cemetery (all gravestones missing from early 1800s) is off Lebanon-Pine Grove Road, onto Paige Grove Road. Not hard to find if you know local county roads. There is a best-selling (internationally) book from the 19th Century by Susan Dabney Smedes, daughter of Thomas S. G. Dabney. It is available in reprint and is an excellent source of info on the Dabney genealogy. The Dabney Family Cemetery itself is located on the ground of the old Raymond High School in downtown Raymond, MS.
Mary Collins Landin
Dulaney Family
An old Dulaney family settled in south Hinds County before the Civil War. Later generations are buried at either Bethesda Baptist Church or at Raymond or Terry, or in the Canton, MS cemetery. One branch married into my Catchings family. The original settlers wanted to be buried at the old home place, and were hauled all the way back to Kentucky to be buried there. There is also a Dulaney family cemetery in south Madison County that belongs to this family. The current generations of another branch of the family live on Dulaney Road at Terry, MS, but when I asked them a number of years ago, they didn't know much about their past generations.
Mary Collins Landin
Carnes Family Cemetery
In 1979, I copied an old Carnes Family Cemetery between Edwards and Learned, MS. The gravestones were massive, and had been pushed aside by a bulldozer from the middle of what was then a field so the land renter could plant soybeans (illegal, but common). William Carnes was born in 1806 and died in 1848. His wife's gravestone said Mrs. William Carnes, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. _____ Young, and the Youngs were buried in the same cemetery, along with 8 Carnes children who died before adulthood. There was a younger Young, who probably was a brother of Mrs. Carnes, named Henry T. Young (1811-1848). I don't think a grave in this cemetery is newer than 1848, so it has been "lost" to family for a long time.  It sure could use some identification and attention. The farm property now belongs to the Belknap family, and they have left the stones pushed into the woods because they don't know where to put them back.
Mary Collins Landin
The Fortner family
The Fortner family lived between Terry and Dry Grove in SE and Scentral Hinds County, and I think they may have had a ferry at Terry across the Pearl River. Many of them are buried at Terry, in the John Adam Riser Family Cemetery, at Bethesda Baptist and Spring Ridge Methodist cemeteries, all on the SE side of our county.
Mary Collins Landin
Tinnin cemetery
I published the Tinnin cemetery in the book on Hinds County cemeteries in 1988. Oldest gravestone in 1878 (not very old for Hinds County). Surnames there are Bailey, Bell, Blair, Costello, Fletcher, Holderfield, Ivy, Jenkins, Jetton, King, Lifer, Lilley, Mason, McGowen, McKay, Oswalt, Page, Purvis, Ratliff, Stevenson, Tinnin and Williams.
Mary Collins Landin
Pittman -  Riggin
Joe, Rob, Karen, and Kevin Riggin, descendents of the Puttman family, all live in Learned, MS and are interested in Riggin genealogy. U. S. Senator Thad Cochran and Miss. Public Service Commissioner Neilsen Cochran are direct descendents of the Pittmans in the C. G. Pittman Family Cemetery not far from Salem Church. Thad's wife Rose Cochran is an avid genealogist.
Mary Collins Landin
Alexanders at Lebanon
To all you Alexander kin from Lebanon, some additional info. There are actually 7 of the family buried at Lebanon Pesbyterian Church. The cemetery was begun in 1836, the church built in 1854 and still basically unchanged, and both were put on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000. We have a dinner on the ground and homecoming every fifth Sunday in the fall of the year (usually October), so mark your calendars and try to come. It is a chance for all old families to get together and meet, "fix" their gravestones, etc. Church at 11 a.m., dinner following. Pass the word.
Mary Collins Landin
Granberry - Thigpen
Carrie, Caroline , the daughter of Moses Granberry Jr. and his wife Courtney married Samuel Thigpen on 30 January 1834 in Hinds County. She was born in 1817 in Georgia as the family migrated from North Carolina to Mississippi Territory. According to my Granberry family, they are in unmarked graves at Palestine, not far from my farm and house. My gg grandmother was Martha Ann Granberry who married Ezekial Stafford Travis. They were born in NC or GA, moved to Miss. Territory, to south MS, then to Hinds County, then to Forrest County, and finally to Jasper County, where they are both buried at Shady Grove Baptist near Heidelberg. I have the Granberry Family book (1945) which has been out of print for decades. The THIGPENS still live in Hinds County, or at least some of them do, and they still go to church in this area. Palestine Baptist Church (founded 1827)was debanded less than 6 months ago by newcomers to this area who managed to keep its substantial endowment fund (trouble brewing). There's many Thigpens in the Jackson phone book but the Thigpens had a plantation, so most of these listed are blacks, descendents of the slaves on the farm.
Mary Collins Landin
Palestine Cemetery and Church
The Palestine Cemetery was begun about the same time as the church, 1821, as a non-denominational church. It became a Baptist Church in 1827, and Palestine Baptist Church, the oldest Baptist Church in Hinds County, was the location of the founding of the Mississippi Baptist Convention. It is/was an extremely historical church, and I hate to have to report its demise within the past 6 months at the hands of newcomers to the church, who disbanded Palestine and started a new congregation they are calling Highpointe using Palestine's substantial endowment and trust fund. The original church was burned, suspected arson, and a new church not resembling the old one at all was put up near the same spot. Thankfully, the cemetery still survives as long as some of the original families (including me) still live in the area.
Mary Collins Landin
Baldwin Beauchamp
Baldwin H. Beauchamp and family.  He lived at Utica, was married 3 times that I know of, was one of the earliest merchants in the village, is buried in Utica Cemetery (1808-1868), was a pillar in the Utica Baptist Church. He lost both sons and sons-in-law in the Civil War. No whites of that surname live here now, and I am not sure than any of his direct descendents do either (with different surnames). A number of blacks, descendents of Beauchamp slaves, who have changed the spelling of the name to Beecham and Beacham.
Mary Collins Landin
Herren Family of Utica, MS
Stephen Herren had 3 wives and with them, had 28 children. There are many descendents of this family just in central Mississippi.  His cemetery is located off Cayuga Road NW of Utica on the original family farm, still owned by some of his family. However, his gravestone and the others in the little cemetery are missing.
Mary Collins Landin
Abney Cemetery
The Joseph D. Abney Family Cemetery is in section 29, township range 6 north, range 3 west, and is in the 2nd judicial district of Hinds County, which puts in the records at Raymond, MS courthouse. I found the Abney cemetery excepted from the deed on file in Raymond when the land was sold many years ago, and made a note of it in the Hinds County cemetery book. I have quad maps of the entire county, but this cemetery is not marked specifically on it, and I could not find any gravestones where I thought it should be. This is the reason it is not listed in the book (1988).
Mary Collins Landin
Morrison Cemeteries--Stamps
Alexander Morrison Family Cemetery was begun in 1826, and the old part is caucasian and is still in use by descendents of the Morrison Family. On the south and east of the fenced in Morrison family section, a large African-American cemetery has been expanding rapidly. I believe there are Stamps buried in that newer part of what was originally a white family cemetery, and there is a Stamps family (black) that lives very close by this Morrison cemetery. This cemetery is close to my farm, and I drive by it every day, plus I made the original cemetery records of the fenced in area.
Mary Collins Landin
Morrison Cemeteries - Yates Family Cemeteries
Alexander and Nancy McDuffie Morrison (and her parents John and Flora McDuffie from Isle of Skye), who is also a descendant of Daniel Yates, James M. Lee, and numerous other old families that intermarried over the years around Utica.   There are hundreds, maybe thousands by now, of descendants of these McDuffie and Morrison lines.  There are 2 Yates family cemeteries here in this area, as well as 5 Morrison family cemeteries.
Mary Collins Landin
McNeill Family
The Raymond Cemetery contains several generations of this family, including the oldest, William Henry McNeill (1856-1938) and his wife Minnie C. McNeill (1862-1896).
Mary Collins Landin
Isaac Riser (1804-1860)and Mary Ann Hollingsworth Riser (1806-1860) were my great great grandparents. Her parents were Isaac Hollingsworth and Mary Smith Hollingsworth from South Carolina. I have a fairly good genealogy of the Hollingsworth Family through Henry Hollingsworth whom lived and died in Ireland (born about 1600). His son Valentine Hollingsworth came to New Castle County, PA in the 1600s, and is buried there in 1711. Mary Ann was born in Georgia, so I know the Hollingsworths migrated through Georgia from South Carolina, then across Alabama and Mississippi Territory in the early 1800s. Isaac Hollingsworth was a founder of County Line Baptist Church on the border of Hinds and Copah Counties near Terry. I wrote a book on this family in 1982, and the HInds County cemetery book in 1988.
Mary Collins Landin
V. O. Ervin Jr.
There are 6 cemeteries in Hinds County with Ervins buried in them, perhaps more since one I know has many unmarked graves and is located on the old Ervin Plantation (Mount Arista, in MS Hwy 27 between Utica and Crystal Springs). Vernon Oliver Ervin Jr.'s parents are V. O. Ervin Sr. (1885-1938), and Eloise L. Ervin (1886-1970). They are buried in the Terry, MS, cemetery, with a child, Madeline Amy Ervin, who may or may not be theirs. Other Ervins buried there in the same plot are T. Bryan Ervin (1864-1941) and his wife Fannie Hollingsworth Ervin (1876-1975) (a brother or uncle of V. O. Sr.?).
Mary Collins Landin
Loammi Granberry Jr., son of Loammi Sr. and grandson of George and Sarah Jackson Granberry, was born about 1808 in Georgia when the family was migating from North Carolina to Mississippi Territory. He married Rebecca Harrell on 22 September 1832 here in Hinds County, and they moved first to Madison County, Mississippi, then on to Waco, Texas, according to family records. My great great grandmother was Martha Jane Granberry who married Ezekial Stafford Travis. They first migrated to Hinds County with the rest of the family, then moved on to Forrest County, then Jasper County, MS, where they are buried at Shady Grove Baptist Cemetery. I have a copy of the Granberry family book that is now long-since out of print. Loammi Granberry Jr. was one of 6 siblings, including Rev. Norval R. Granberry born 1805 in Georgia who also moved to Waco, John Granberry born in 1811 in Georgia, CSA Hiram Granberry b. 1815 in Georgia, and married Elizabeth Joyce in HInds County on 21 Nov 1833, then moved on to Rankin County, MS, then on to Texas where Granbury (Granberry) Texas is named for him. Other siblings: George B. Granberry b. 1819, was in Covington County, MS in 1850, then moved to Copiah County. Some of this line still in Hazlehurst, Copiah County, MS. Only sister, Miranda B. Granberry, born 1822, married James Joyce (brother of Elizabeth) on 24 Feb 1835 in Hinds County. They moved on, but I don't know where. I published a book on this family in 1982, and the Hinds County cemetery book in 1988.
Mary Collins Landin
Mosen & Southern Jewish Museum
There was no Mosen with gravestones in the Beth Israel Cemetery, so I didn't list any in the Hinds County cemetery book. However, I suggest you contact the Beth Israel Congregation Office at 601-956-6215, 5315 Old Canton Road, Jackson, MS 39211, to see if they can offer any help. The Museum of the Southern Jewish Experience is here in Utica, MS (SW Hinds County), at Henry Jacobs Camp. They have fairly extensive records, and may have some records. The Museum is excellent, and they are serving as an archives for closing Jewish synagogues and congregations all over the South. The number at Jacobs Camp/Museum is 601-885-6042 here in Utica, and the Jackson number is 601-362-6357. The Museum's mailing address is 3963 Morrison Road, Utica, MS 39175.
Mary Collins Landin
Vital Records
MS started making birth certificates in October 1912. I don't know when they began making death certificates that were placed on file in Vital Records. All doctors, of course, had death records, and obits were generally in the local papers. In your case, it would have been the Clarion Ledger or Jackson Daily News (now merged and no longer owned by a Jackson family---syndicated by Gannett News, and most of us around here either call it the Daily Heartburn or the Clarion Liar).
Mary Collins Landin
Terry Cemetery -  Legler - Lambs
Charles R. Legler (1885-1951) and Carrie W. Legler, his wife (1888-1963) are buried in the Terry Town Cemetery. No Lambs buried at Terry, but Lambs are buried at the Brownsville, Bolton, and Cedar Lawn (Jackson) Cemeteries, plus one Lamb infant buried in the Alexander Morrison Family Cemetery near Learned.
Mary Collins Landin
author of the 1988 Hinds County Cemetery book (I am still keeping up with the cemeteries in the county, and have updated a number of the cemetery records, plus found 11 more cemeteries since I published the book on the original 309 cemeteries)

Runnels and Smith
There are no gravestone records for any of these people, and the home of Gov. Runnels no longer exists. Almost everything around here was burned and/or otherwise destroyed during and immediately following the Vicksburg Campaign in the Civil War by Sherman and Grant's troops. There are 2 Runnels buried at Clinton, and one buried in Cedar Lawn in Jackson, all three much newer graves than Gov. Runnels' generation.
Mary Collins Landin
Sojourner Family
There is a large white Sojourner Family in Copiah County at Crystal Springs, and between Crystal Springs and Georgetown. They are the relatives and descendents of the County Line Sojourners.  There are also black Sojourners living in Crystal Springs, who are descendents of slaves of the family. One of the Sojourners married Andrew Mathews (from an old Utica family) at Utica after WWII. They had no children.
Mary Collins Landin
Lakewood Memorial Park, Hinds County
Years ago, when I was completing the cemetery records for Hinds County, Lakewood refused me permission to include the gravestone listings from their cemetery. Therefore, individual listings are not in the book, but the location and information at that time of Lakewood Memorial Park is. Their phone number is 601-922-2123, and mailing address is 6000 Clinton Blvd, Jackson, MS 39209. There are thousands of people buried there in recent years, it is huge and has expanded and added a new location, and their oldest section is now about 60 years old. Good luck on getting information on the people you are seeking. I feel sure they have e-mail by now, but don't have a clue what their e-address is. It is not given with the phone listing. For your information, there are 8 of these big new cemeteries (memorial gardens) scattered around the metro area now, and 5 of them are located in Hinds County rest in Madison and Rankin Counties). Most of the folks buried there are not the Old Families of Hinds County, but newcomers to the area. Old families inside Jackson are buried at Greenwood and Cedar Lawn and Beth Israel.
Mary Collins Landin
Rouse and Bolton
There are no gravestones with the surname Rouse in Hinds County, but 3 with Bolton gravestones. I suspect without having a Bolton family contact to tell me that Rouse married the daughter of the Bolton Family for whom the town of Bolton is named, and who has a family cemetery in Bolton. Unfortunately, the Bolton family cemetery was severely vandalized about 25 years ago by a developer who was building a subdivision. A local disgrace. The cemetery and its huge gravestones (big shafts) were bulldozed to one side and a blacktop road built right over the graves!! In the past 5 years, the gravestones have been moved by the son of the family whose lawn area "inherited" the jumbled pile of gravestones to the Bolton town cemetery where they have been re-erected. Mr. Bolton not only was the founder of the town, but owned a general merchantile store there and was the local postmaster and the railroad depot agent. The gravestones I could copy back in 1979 were Bolton, Downing, Ella, and Keep, but there were more that were face down at the time. Bolton is just west of Clinton, both on I-20 (and the old Jackson-Vicksburg highway).
Mary Collins Landin
Callender -  Wolfe - Terry
I don't think there is much record from gravestones left here in Hinds County, but the second and third husbands of Lucinda were men from the Terry, or SE Hinds County, MS, area. The Wolfes are buried at both Terry town cemetery and Spring Ridge and Bethesda church cemeteries (one Methodist and one Baptist), and the Terrys are buried in their family cemetery and in Terry town cemetery. Terry is named for Stephen Terry. There are Callenders buried in 3 cemeteries in Hinds County, all much later than the generations you list. Mr. and Mrs. Jesse H. Callender are buried at Utica. A child Sherry is also buried at Utica. Jesse (1888-1968),spelled Jessie Calendar on his gravestone, but that's not the way the family spells his name or theirs. A son of this family is Dayton Callender, who lives in Jackson, MS, now. He is the retired manager of the Coca-cola Bottling Company in this part of the country (you can find him through on-line white pages listings). There is a Callender Family buried in unmarked graves at Dry Grove, MS, a now extinct village that was once flourishing but was wiped out by Sherman and his Union troops in 1863 and a yellow fever epidemic in 1878. There is a Carrie E. Callender (1888-1945) buried at Cedar Lawn Cemetery in Jackson---no other family with her. Dry Grove lies between Utica and Terry in southern Hinds County.
Mary Collins Landin
Moore  - Hodges
There are a number of Moores buried in the old Greenwood Cemetery in Jackson old enough to be father and mother of Frances Moore Hodges who married in the 1850s. John Moore (1826-1859), Lemuel C. Moore (1797-1869), Lemuel C. Moore Jr. (1828-1889), Ellen L. Hay Moore (1829-1890), Marion McMorine Moore, wf of L. C. Jr. (1832-1867).  There are NO Hodges buried at old Greenwood Cemetery with gravestones, which has numerous unmarked graves. There are also several Downings, all born in the mid-1800s.
Mary Collins Landin
State Hospital Cemetery Records
If there is a list, it would be at the Whitfield Hospital, which is now located in Rankin County. After the Civil War, the state mental hospital and sanatorium (for TB patients) was in what is now north Jackson in Hinds County, and there is a huge cemetery there of unmarked graves, row after row, in a grove of enormous old pine trees. The last time that cemetery was used, as far as I know, was about the 1920s.
Mary Collins Landin
Bush & Rhodes Family In Hinds Co. 1850 - 1860
The oldest Bush in Hinds County is James Bush, born 1795, and died at Halifax, now a ghost town in NW Hinds County. There are 8 cemeteries with Bush in them in Hinds County. Most have given names that match all the rest of the Bushes
Mary Collins Landin
Graveyard near Isaac Roberts' home?
There are only 2 gravestones in the Isaac Roberts cemetery, but there are some unmarked graves. However, with CSA cemeteries in Jackson, Raymond, and Vicksburg, plus CSA soldiers and veterans buried all over the place including in mass graves on the battlefield, your Brotherton may or may not be in the Isaac Roberts cemetery. Chances are, he is not, but there is no way of knowing. Raymond has a list of most of its CSA graves. Many in Jackson and Vicksburg are unknown. Those who never got removed from Champion Hill/Bakers Creek battlefield were lost forever.
Mary Collins Landin
Jacob Magee
There is a Jacob Magee Family Cemetery in Utica, in SW Hinds County. There are 5 gravestones visible, and probably more graves than that. Graves are Jacob A. Magee (can't read the dates on the old broken vault), his wife Priscilla Magee b. 1778 d. can't read death date, Martha P. Magee, Wife of Baldwin H. Beauchamp, 1813-1845, and two Beauchamp daughters who died as children, Lucy J. Beauchamp 1839-1845, and Mary O. Beauchamp B&D 1838. Chances are that Martha Magee Beauchamp died in childbirth. Her widower Baldwin Beauchamp married again and had another family. I do not know if there were more Magee children living here with Jacob and Priscilla. They would have been of the generation who emigrated to Pike County/Amite County from SC/GA in the earliest 1800s, like many of our ancestors around here did.
Mary Collins Landin
60 Years of Glenwood Funeral Home Records
Martha and Grady Leese, 108 Williams Road, Vicksburg, MS 39180, 601-636-2989, gramar@canufly.net , have published a fourth book on Glenwood Funeral Home records in west central Mississippi (Claiborne, Hinds, Warren, Copiah, Sharkey, Issaqueena counties primarily). These are wonderful genealogical records for the 20th century and the late part of the 19th century. They have gone through the funeral homeís records, and from the about 1940 deaths on, have listed by surname and given name, ALL of the people listed in the statistical records for a deceased person: name of deceased, dates and locations of birth and death, parents of deceased, siblings, children, spouse of deceased, and other important information, including MAIDEN names of most of these females. It is astounding how much info is crammed into these books. This gets a lot of the people who have never put up gravestones in our area. You can buy the books directly from Martha and Grady at the above address, OR, from the Old Capitol Museum Book Shop in Jackson, MS, or at the Old Court House Museum Gift Shop in Vicksburg, MS. The Rolling Fork (Sharkey and Issaqueena) and Utica (Hinds, Copiah, Claiborne) books are $25 each. The Vicksburg (Warren, Claiborne, Issaqueena) book is $30. The Port Gibson (Claiborne, Jefferson, Copiah, Hinds) book is $35. Prices are based on how many pages and records are in each. Donít forget to send about $3 each for postage.
Mary Collins Landin
There were a number of early settlers who settled the land that became Champion Hill Battlefield. The Abneys, Cooks, Roberts, and other families lived there first, and some of them moved on, selling land to the Champions well before the Civil War (in the 1830s-early 1850s). Mark Gillespie, who you mentioned, is an ancestor or relative of Mrs. Robert Ferguson, owner of Raymond Realty Inc., and who lives on Main Street in Raymond in the old Gillespie home place. She was Martha Gillespie. I know that the Gillespie/Ferguson family owns land in the area in which you are looking, and that they also have an old family cemetery in the area, but it is not on Champion property. You may want to look up Raymond Realty in the yellow pages, or on-line. Martha's family has lived in Raymond about as long as anybody still there in the town, and she is very active in DAR, with ladies in her family avid genealogists, so I know she has good records.
Mary Collins Landin
John Rivers born abt. 1849
Buried in the Pocahuntus Methodist Church Cemetery are 5 Rivers. The oldest is Sarah Elizabeth Smith Moulden, wf of John Richard Rivers, great niece of President Jefferson Davis, b. Henderson KY 11 Feb 1857, d. 10 August 1927. Buried with her are A. Howard Rivers (1885-1927) and his wife Mary Baker (1882-1977), Jenatious Bell Rivers (1895-1940, nicknamed Jee), Oscar Rowland Rivers (1891-1958). O. R. Rivers' wife is Irma Hendrix, not yet deceased when I recorded that cemetery in 1979. There are Rivers still living in the north Hinds County area. You might check white pages for possible names to contact.
Mary Collins Landin
Samuel Livingston
Buried in Old Greenwood Cemetery in Jackson are 7 members of the Livingston family by surname and probably others. Samuel L. Livingston (1833-1918), Carrie F. Livingston his wife (1840-1875), Mrs. P. A. Livingston (no dates), Guy Livingston (no dates), Frank Livingston (1871-1898), Lucian Livingston (no dates) and Bertha Livingston (1867-1941). These people are all in one plot. I don't know why some have no dates, but it was fashionable at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century in Jackson not to put ladies' birth dates on their gravestones so that nobody could tell their age (absurd, but happened at Greenwood), and in some cases families, especially prominent families, didn't list either date when somebody died, supposedly to maintain their family privacy (also absurd, but happened at Greenwood).
Mary Collins Landin
The only Tynes buried (with a gravestone) at Terry is J. L. Tynes Sr. (Father) b. 1820 d. 11 March 1892. If other Tynes are buried there, they don't have gravestones. The Collins family the Tynes married into is my family of Collinses, but I know nothing of their offspring. On the other hand, there are numerous Harveys buried at Terry and at Bethesda Baptist Cemetery between Terry and Utica. The oldest Harvey buried at Terry is Simeon Harvey, son of Thomas and Rebecca Harvey, b. 29 Feb 1819 d. 2 Oct 1873.
Mary Collins Landin

Hinds County Cemeteries and history of Communities
I put together over 45 years of cemetery records I recorded in Hinds County and published the cemetery book in 1988. If anybody wants their own copy (highly recommended), it contains over 25,000 gravestones, 309 cemeteries, nearly 600 pages, and other info. They can be obtained from: The Old State Capitol Museum Book Shop, Cane Ridge Antiques in Utica, MS, and from me, Collins Farms, 3084 Tom Collins Road, Utica, MS 39175
Mary Collins Landin

Hinds County History Books
I have written 9 books and am working on others on Hinds County cemeteries, history, genealogy, etc., and on Clay County and Jasper County, MS. Most are out of print. The SW Hinds County history book (249 pp) and Hinds County Cemeteries (566 pp) are in print and are $15 each + $3 mailing. I am in the process of reprinting a few copies by request of the 433-page Collins and Travis Families and Their Allies: The Interrelationships of 25 Southern Colonial Families, first published in 1982, if anybody wants one. They will be $40 and available from Utica addresses only. I have intended for years to update the Collins and Travis book, and since I still work for a living, have simply not had time, hence the few more copies in a 4th reprinting. Chapter surnames are Collins, Odom, Toney, Willis, Zachary, Catchings, Criddle, Thompson, Riser, Hollingsworth, Smith, Ashley, Lacy, McNair, Randolph, Carter, Nicholas, Travis, Stafford, Granberry, Merrill, Ellis, Cooley, Welch, and Bounds, plus all the maternal lines of these surnames.
Mary Collins Landin
Thomas Futch/Eliz.Cook
There are 4 cemeteries in Hinds County with family of Thomas Futch buried in them, including the Thomas Futch Family Cemetery located on what was the old Utica-Raymond Road and is now MS Highway 18 between Utica and Raymond. After his first wife died, Futch married the widow of John Adam Riser, Margaret. They were both too old to have other children, but both had big families of their own. Margaret and John Adam were my ggg grandparents. Thomas Futch and Adam Riser were both soldiers in War of 1812 in MS Militia, and the families apparently moved to Hinds County together when it opened up for settlement. Futch settled about 5-10 miles away from Riser. The Risers also had a large family cemetery on their plantation. In recent years, the Futch cemetery property has changed hands, and it is not being cared for properly. In fact, a gravel strip mine operation next to it is threatening to destroy it.
Mary Collins Landin
The William Carnes Family Cemetery is located in SW Hinds County, MS, on their old plantation on what is now known as Belknap Road not far from the original Natchez Trace. In addition to these graves, there is a Carnes child from this family buried at Edwards Town Cemetery. There were only 8 readable gravestones when I recorded this cemetery in 1979. It had massive gravestones, and had been bulldozed to the edge of woods to get the cemetery out of the war of a soybean farmer who had rented the old farm. All I could read is as follows:

Sarah Elizabeth Carnes, daughter of William b. 10 Mary 1837 d. 20 Sep 1837
William Carnes b. 1806 d. 6 Nov 1848
Mrs. William Carnes, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Young---gravestone broken and unreadable
William Henry Carnes b. cant read d. 21 Nov 1831
______ Carnes 6 children's graves of Mr. and Mrs. Carnes
Henry T. Young b. 18 May 1811 d. 30 June 1848
2 broken Young vaults, parents of Mrs. Carnes

The condition of this cemetery at that time was a disgrace, and nothing has been done by family or community to correct the problem. The stones are so huge that I could not roll any of them over to read info on undersides.
Mary Collins Landin

Betigheimer in Hinds County
I am author of the cemetery book for Hinds County, and the 4 that were listed earlier were the only 4 in Hinds County. I am also from Utica, and although I can't tell you much about them, I know where they lived and their country store was a SW HInds County landmark for more than 100 years until arsonists burned it to the ground a few years ago. I was born the year Mrs. Alice Betigheimer died, and barely remember Tom Betigheimer although I heard my father talk about them all my life. They were fine people, had no children, but raised 2 young girls with the last name of Roach, who stayed on to run the store after Mr. Betigheimer died. Both of these women are dead now, and neither of them ever married and neither was ever adopted by the Betigheimers. They are also buried at Bethesda, which is not far from the store (it is located on MS Highway 27 at what was known as the Hubbard community, but was first during white settlement the Cook/Baldwin home and plantation location). Miss Ruth died first in 1982, and her sister went to live with distant kin in Tennessee, and has since died. The sisters were great amateur naturalists and have the most extensive collection of arrowheads and other Choctaw and pre-Choctaw stuff I ever saw. The first settlers at the store site was Mortacai Baldwin and his family, and Baldwin Ferry across the Big Black River is named for him. After them, came the Hubbards, who had a store and cotton gin, and following them were the Betigheimers. I don't know who either of the Mrs. Betigheimers' maiden names were.
Mary Collins Landin

George W. Adkins (Lived in Utica in 1880 Census)
You need to look for the George Washington Atkins family in Marion County, AL. The Atkins, Berryhill, Dodson, and Webb families were all displaced by the Civil War, and moved from Marion County, AL, to SW Hinds County, MS, after the War, buying new farms and living at what became known as the Alabama Settlement. They settled on the old plantation of A. B. Weeks, who lost most of his land in the aftermath of the War. The Weeks family moved into Utica, where descendants still live. Atkins, Berryhill, Dodson, Webb, also have a few kin left in the area. G. W.'s gravestone has no dates, but says he was 34 when he died. He lived until at least 1889 because he and Martha A. had a daughter named Alma born in 1889. There are 11 Adkins graves in this cemetery, all with G. W. and his wife Martha and their offspring. G. W.'s wife is probably kin to one of the other families, or there is a relationship of some sort, because I know the other 3 families are related. Since the 4 families traveled together from AL, I strongly suspect all 4 are kin. A lot of the gravestones in this cemetery are small and poorly dated. After the Civil War, everyone was desperately poor, and a lot of graves went unmarked. The oldest death date of the cemetery is 1868. I misread it as 1858 when I copied the gravestones 29 years ago. I went to elementary school with some of the Adkins girls who would have been gg granddaughters of G. W. Adkins (although we didn't know anything about this at the time since we were just little kids!).
Mary Collins Landin

Thomas G. Ervin
Thomas G. Ervin was born on 9 March 1825 and died on 15 Jan 1900. He is buried at Bear Creek Methodist Cemetery between Utica and Crystal Springs, MS in Hinds County, along with many of his Ervin, Ford, and other relatives. His wife, Martha A. Ervin, was born 24 March 1831 and died 4 Dec 1921, and is also buried at Bear Creek. This cemetery is not close to Dry Grove, which is a ghost village that became extinct in 1878 when nearly everybody there died of yellow fever in 1878. The Ervin plantation is located on the same road as Bear Creek Cemetery, on MS Highway 27, and is known now (and was known then when the Ervins lived there) as Mount Arista. It is a beautiful antebellum home, well cared for by the present owners. My father once owned that plantation but sold it about 1937. John Ervin, father of Thomas G. Ervin, has a gravestone which says that he was born in SC 2 Dec 1796 and died 6 March 1878, and that he was the son of John and Jane Witherspoon Ervin of Marion District, SC. His wife Harriett G. Pope Ervin was born 13 Oct 1806 and died 8 Oct 1859. Her gravestone says she is the daughter of John and Elizabeth Pope. There are 21 Ervin graves in this old cemetery which was begun in 1833. There are also Ervin graves in at least 3 other old cemeteries in the area that are of this same family. Also in this cemetery is buried Elizabeth Ervin Ford, sister of John and daughter of John and Jane W. Ervin, born Marion District, SC, 6 Jan 1782 and died 12 Sep 1844. She was the wife of Ebenezer Ford and the mother of several children, some of which are also buried at Bear Creek as are several children of John and Harriett and Thomas and Martha. The Carmichaels, Burnets, Fords, Ervins, Adams, Englands, Popes, Picketts, and Walls are also members of this family, and are all buried at Bear Creek.
Mary Collins Landin
Mississippi Springs
Mississippi Springs was never as popular a resort as Coopers Wells, which was not far away. I never heard that MS Springs was used by CSA prior to the Seige at Vicksburg, but I know Coopers Wells was used as a hospital after the Battle of Raymond, which was part of the overall Vicksburg Campaign. There are a few soldiers buried at Coopers Wells in unmarked graves who did not survive their wounds. Coopers Wells was located between Raymond and Jackson off what is now Midway Road. Mississippi Springs Road during the Civil War was also in the general direction.
Mary Collins Landin
1920's Prisoner, Hinds County, MS
In the 1920s, Hinds County had the state pen, a county penal farm, both the old ladies and old men's home for pauper senior citizens, the TB sanitorium, and the state mental facility. The current state pen is indeed now in Parchman, MS.  Many of these other records are now lost.
Mary Collins Landin

Sarah J. Montgomery and William H. "Bill" Steger
No Stegers by surname with gravestones in Hinds County, graves are probably unmarked due to age and vandalism. A large Montgomery family settled between Edwards, MS, and the Big Black River area of Newman/Auburn in the early 1830s and has a family cemetery that is lost and unkept. It may be that she is a daughter of that Montgomery family and be buried there with her husband. William M. Montgomery was born in Waxhaw, SC, 1783-1859, and his wf was Rebecca (1794-1880). The first gravestone there is 1859, but I feel sure the cemetery is older since the Montgomerys moved there in the 1830s. I knew a Joseph J. Steger who lived in Columbus, MS and lived and died at Metarie, LA. He was born in the 1920s.
Mary Collins Landin

Hinds County General Information, Courthouse Records
On occasion, I try to remember to post some of this information for those seeking Hinds County ancestors. Hinds County was organized in 1821. Its center is Raymond, and that is also the courthouse. ALL of the old records are/were at Raymond. In 1930, a courthouse was also built at Jackson, and the supervisors made that the 1st Judicial District, and relegated historic Raymond to the 2nd Judicial District. The land grant, will, marriage, most deed and land, etc. records are at Raymond, NOT Jackson. When the Mormons came around and microfiched the Raymond records, they missed the land grant, will, 1st marriage book (pre-1830), and I believe, also the Hinds County Gazette newspapers from 1854.
Mary Collins Landin


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