|Located in woods about 1 .5 to 2 mi. east
of Paris on Cr. 428 : Cemtery on left side of gravel road, approximately
300 yards past Crocker creek , across the road from the C. W. McCullough
It is one acre in size in which only the graves have been fenced.
74 acres in sec 29 and 30 of the Old Crocker farm is presently owned by the Lloyd Harvey's daughter, Marjorie , Mrs Jesse Morgan children..
There is a deed dedicating this one acre of land as a cemetery making this a pioneer Family cemetery...
It was recently surveyed this spring of 2002 at the request of the Morgan Children who own 74 acres in sec 29 and 30 which was once part of
the old Crocker place and plan to sell their timber crop surronding the one acre of the Cemetery.
| MILES CROCKER, son of JOHN CROCKER , son of SOLLOMON
CROCKER of Spartanburg Co. South Carolina, his wife, Elizabeth Bernice
Bryant and children, migrated to Lafayette county MS. after the end of the civil war in November of 1865 (Miles Crocker Bible entry)to join his brother in laws and cousins.
All of these men were Army of the Confederacy veterans, Alfred T. Bryant, James Pinkney Bryant, Rev. William K. Bryant, Miles Crocker , Franklin Harvey, Jack Head, and George Vaughn to name a few. These were either sons or son- in - laws of William Tolleson and Lucinda Kibry Bryant of Spartanburg County S. C. and married to Bryant or Kirby women.
These men and their descendants were very important elements in the growth of Lafayette County and Mississippi herself. Many descendants still live in the county as well as Mississippi, others went onto Texas, Tennessee, Missouri , Oklahoma and California and states in between to assist in their population and economical growth.
Somehow Miles's surname was mis-spelled as COKER or CROKER and that is the way some folks in Lafayette county spell and pronounce it today but the present sign states CROCKER CEMETERY as does old grave stones of 1881 when Miles and Elizabeth's daughter , Susan Crocker Mathias was laid to rest there.
The oldest grave is unknown as 13 sandstones mark graves of unknown people.
Not only does the cemetery bear the CROCKER name but also a creek
whose bank it is near is called CROCKER creek since the 1920's by the property owners surrounding it. It is officially known as DICKEY creek. The woods or forest for miles were called CROCKER WOODS, they are gone now.
This page is dedicated to my Uncle Max Crocker and his family who contributed the following pictures of the old CROCKER Family Cemetery taken in the summer of 1985.
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|This is the sign marking the CROCKER CEMETERY 1.5
mile east of Paris, Lafayette County Ms. CR. 428. It replaced
a small wooden one that hung on a tree in the 1950's .
A group of Alfred Crocker, eldest son of Miles and Elizabeth CROCKER, descendants held Robert Alvis CROCKER family reunions and rediscovered their ancestor's cemetery back in the late 1980s and 90s.
They worked several summers to clean and build a fence to protect the cemetery from wildlife and livestock.
Earl Crocker, grandson of James Alfred and Sally Ann Webb CROCKER was the one who sponsored the reunions until his death in the 1990's His daughter, Pat now leads the group.
Joe Crocker, a cousin from Cass County Texas, donated and build the the metal "pulpit" shape sign inside the fenced grave area. .
|Max Crocker and family
look for hidden grave stones.
They visited it in 1985, before the work had been completed.
Max Earl Crocker's brothers are buried here. They are the children of J. H. and Eva Gandy Crocker.
MS Crocker Cemetery 1985.
Miles and Bettie Crocker's Great Great GrandChildren 1985
|Yes! they are still searching, they have just passed
several stones in the center of the picture.
The children fell into these graves, they are empty holes.
My parents, Horace
N. and Maezell Tarr Crocker were here in 1972 on a return trip to Texas
from Tennessee after a visit to me and my family in Maryville Tn. .
||This is the grave of Miles Crocker there is is no inscription
on the stone.
The legend Uncle Max Crocker told his son and family
about this stone was it belonged to the head slave of the farm,
but they settled here after the slaves were freed during the civil war.
|This is the grave of my grand
aunt, SUSAN CROCKER MATHAS, first wife of J. T. MATHAS of Paris,
Mississippi.<Notice that it is broken and apparently
laying on the ground.
Why should we weep for her, was she not ready?
Oil in her lamp and her bridal robe on
Waiting in faith, with a hope firm and steady.
The Good shepherd's call and the plaudit's well done.
| Dora Alma Mathius, daughter of J. T. and S. C.
Born: Dec.. 26, 1880 - Died: Mar. 29, 1882
She died a year after her mother's death.
I can't help but wonder if T. B didn't kill more members of this
family than grand uncle Alfred Crocker , his wife Sallie
Webb and their oldest daughter. They all died about the same time.
|Julia A. daughter of Miles and Elizabeth Crocker
born Feb. 17, 1856 ; died : Jan. 19, 1881
Biblical inscription but I can not read it.
Julia never married.
W. D. KESTLER
Apr. 4, 1859
Mar. 29 1885
Mollie was also a daughter of Miles and Elizabeth Crocker. She was W.
D. Kestler first wife, his second was Mollie's sister , Frances aka
Fannie B. Crocker. Fannie and W. D. Kestler are buried
in the Paris cemtery, Paris, Lafayette County Ms.
This, I believe, is Rhode Crocker Lackey's tombstone, judging by the
shape of it.
|A small sandstone
marker beside Abron and Jewel's stone.(This is the orginal marker for one of the boys).
This double stone marks the graves of J. H. and Eva Gandy Crocker's sons, Abron and Jewel. It sat at the head of one of the boys and the footer sit at the foot of the other with a sandstone at his head.
Rhode E. Crocker
wife of A. L. Lackey
daug, of M, & E. Crocker
born: Sept. 21, 1864
died: Mar. 10, 1889
Biblical inscription on base
but can not read it. from picture.
|More to be come, trespass timber cutting damages one acre of cemetery, taking valuable timber in December of 2002. Small Tornado blew lage Pine tree across grave yard area in June 2003. Large Tree removed in April 2004 Evelyn Crocker's Care of 2004 and 2005.|
1. Elizabeth Bernice Bryant Crocker (Aunt Bettie)buried beside Miles.
2. J. Alfred Crocker
3. Sallie Webb Crocker
4. Infant daughter of Alfred and Sallie Webb Crocker
5. Anne Addie Crocker Mitchell also a daughter of Alfred and Sallie Webb Crocker
6.Ada Crocker, youngest daughter of J. Alfred and Sallie Ann Webb Crocker
Johnny G. Crocker, son of J. H. and L. E. (Eva) Crocker b. 12 Mar. 1903; d. 26 Jan. 1904, buried in Shiloh Church cemetery 18 mi. east of Oxford, Lafayette Co. on Hwy 6.
He is buried next to McLarty , Wayne, infant son
of W. E. and ADA , d. 10 April, 1903;
Infant daughter of W. E. & ADA , b. 1 Sept. 1906 ; d. 24 Dec. 1906.
Fanny B. Crocker Kestler, Sallie W. Crocker Hollowell, Addie Crocker Martin and their spouses are buried in the city of Paris, Lafayette Co. cemetery. J. H and L. E. Crocker are buried in the New Albany city cemetery, Union Co. Ms..
James Harold Crocker and infant bro , children of W. A. and Caroline Crocker, and James Arthur Sr. and Ethel Ann Sissell Crocker, all descendants of Arthur and Sallie A. Webb Crocker are all buried in the Oak Hill cemtery in Water Valley Yalobusha Co. Ms.