Monroe County, Mississippi Markers

submitted by Gracie Mayfield Morlino

D. A. R. marker for Cotton Gin Port

Mary Lucille Brown Mayfield served as the first Chairman of the Natchez Trace society and was a Charter Member of the Cotton Gin Port Chapter of the DAR, along with her Mother-in-law, Bettie Sisk Mayfield. Her work was instrumental in raising the funds needed to mark the "Trace" across Mississippi. The Markers were large boulders that are still in place today and probably served as the forerunners to the historical markers we are now familiar with. In addition, her efforts helped set the stone that now marks the location of the oldest know permanent white settlement in North Mississippi, Cotton Gin Port.

This marker was dedicated in c. 1924. Anyone interested in hiking south on Cotton Gin Road can still find this marker. This photo was taken Sept. 22, 2001. There is a movement stirring to have the site of Cotton Gin Port reopened to the public. Old road beds, hedge rows, and remnants of days gone by can still be seen today.

War of 1812 marker for A. B. Mayfield

A.B. Mayfield served in the War of 1812 from Maury Co., TN, first as a private with McCrory's regiment, West Tenn Militia and then as a Captain in Captain Gordon's Co, Mounted Spies, Tenn Militia.

A War of 1812 marker was dedicated at his grave on Sept. 22, 2001, Cotton Gin Port Section of the Masonic Cemetery, Amory, MS.


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