December 1998: Cemetery Survey
News from the Oktibbeha County Historical and Genealogical Society

OCHGS Director Jane Bell Polk, with the able assistance of husband Sam Polk, has been directing the project to re-survey Starkville's previously surveyed cemeteries and to survey new cemeteries. Jane has mobilized volunteers to take advantage of the good weather we have enjoyed during the last two months. Jane has been looking forward to this project for quite some time and is having a great time. Although cemetery surveying is hard work, it is also interesting and rewarding.

Several people have wondered why we are re-surveying cemeteries where burials no longer take place. This was something the Cemetery Survey Committee was accepting as necessary from the experience of other historical societies. Now that the survey information is coming in, we are even more sure of the decision. As you can imagine, with any project as large as the 1968 cemetery survey, some human error is bound to occur. We are correcting any errors we find. There are also some differences in the way information was recorded in the 1968 survey. Our goal is to collect complete information and to standardize the way information is entered in the database. Moreover, some tombstones will have disappeared and we believe it is important to report that fact. We have already been told of graves that have been moved recently, so we know that a few others have also probably been moved.

Following is a list of cemeteries that have either been completed or have been assigned to someone for survey. Cemeteries with asterisks (*) have not previously appeared io a published Oktibbeha County Cemetery Survey. Those cemeteries surveyed in 1994 will have to be quickly re-surveyed. However, we do want to give credit to everyone who has contributed to the tremendous amount of work that has been accomplished so far. If you have any time to assist with this project, contact Jane Bell Polk, 601-323-1977. Thank you, Jane and Sam for the tremendous job you are doing!


(C) 1998, Oktibbeha County Historical and Genealogical Society newsletter.

Cemetery Surveyor
Adaton Baptist Peggy Mitchell and Norma Hurt, 1998
Adaton Methodist Church Peggy Mitchell and Norma Hurt, 1998
*Askew Iris Castles and Mary Carr, 1998
Associated Reform Presbyterian Lonna Reinecke and Girl Scouts, Mattie Sink, 1994
Bell Schoolhouse Lonna Reinecke and Girl Scouts, 1994
*Bethel (Bethel Rd.) Lonna Reinecke and Girl Scouts, 1994
Bethel Methodist (Choctaw Co ) Jaoe and Sam Polk, 1998
*Bethel Missionary Baptist Lonna Reinecke and Girl Scouls, 1994
Bethesda Baptist Peggy Mitchell and Norma Hurt, 1998
Big Creek Methodist Church Jane and Sam Polk, 1998
Brooks-Henkel Family Fred Blocker, 1998
Carr FredBlocker, 11/10/1998
*Cedar Grove Jane and Sam Polk, 1998
Colcolough Jane and Sam Polk, 1998
*Colored (University Drive) Lonna Reinecke and Girl Scouts, 1994
*Craig Spring (African-American) Johnnie Miller and Jane and Sam Polk, 1998
Craiz Springs Johlmie Miller and Jane and Sam Polk, 1998
Crawford (Oaklimb) Jane and Sam Polk. 1998
Crigler (Halbert and Grcell Stallings) Fred Blocker, 1998
Cromwell Family Katherine Brown, Jane and Sam Polk, 1998
Curtis Chapel Jane and Sam Polk, 1998
Double Springs Baptist (Chestnut Log) Al Evans, 1998
Duke Family Katherine Brown and Jane and Sam Polk. 1998
*Ebenezer (new) Jane and Sam Polk, 1998
*Ebenezer (old) Winston, Iris Caslles, Jane and Sam Polk. 1998
Farmer (formerly name unknown) Fred Blocker, 1998
First Baptist Church, Slarkville Edythe McArthur, 1998
Halbert Fred Blocker, 1998
Hebron Katherine Brown and Jane and Sam Polk, 1998
Henry Family Al Evans, 1998
*Kidd Mary Carr and Spencer, 1998
Lawrence Mrs. Wicks and Mary Carr, 1998
Ledbetter Jane and Sam Polk, 1998
Lindsey Chapel Lonna Reinecke and Girl Scouts, 1994
Lost Church Al Evans, 1998
Madison Iris Castlcs and Mary Carr, 1998
Mayhew Jane and Sam Polk, 1998
McClelland Jane and Sam Polk, 1998
Methodist Katherine Brown and Jane and Sam Polk, 1998
Morgan Chapel Jane and Sam Polk, 1998
Mount Olivet Al Evans, 1998
*Mt. Airy Johnnie Miller and Jane and Sam Polk, 1998
New Hope Al Evans, 1998
*New Light Methodist Lonna Reinecke and Girl Scouts, 1994
*Noxubee Baptist (African-American) Jane and Sam Polk, 1998
*Noxubee Baptist Jane and Sam Polk, 1998
*Odd Fellows, Highway 82 Maxine Henry, 1998; Girl Scouts, 1994
Odd Fellows Jane and Sam Polk, Edythe McArthur, Lady Mary Thompson, Susie Overstreet
*Oktoc Community Lonna Reinecke and Girl Scouts, 1994
Old Mayhew Mission Jane and Sam Polk, 1998
Old Methodist or Whitefield Jane and Sam Polk, 1998
Old Presbyterian, Starkville Jane and Sam Polk, 1998
Outlaw-Harvey Jane and Sam Polk, 1998
Parker Family Jane and Sam Polk, 1998
Parrish Family Fred Blocker, 1998
Peeden Family Katherine Brown and Jane and Sam Polk, 1998
*Peterson Iris Castles and Mary Carr, 1998
*PIairs Lonna Reinecke and Girl Scouts, 1994
Pleasant Hill Jane and Sam Polk 1998
Pritchard-Perkins Family Jane and Sam Polk, 1998
Quinn Family Barton W. MacNeill, 1998
*Robinson Lonna Reinecke and Girl Scouts, 1994
Salem Baptist Church Fred Blocker, 1998
Sanders Fred Blocker, 1998
*Seitz Cemetery Iris Castles and Mary Carr, 1998
*Sessums Iris Castles and Mary Carr, 1998
*Sessums Community Susan Aycock Alternative School Class, 1998
Sessums Family Jane and Sam Polk, 1998
Sessums Methodist Church Jane and Sam Polk, 1998
Shaw Family Jane and Sam Polk, 1998
*Sixteen Section Lonna Reinecke and Girl Scouts, 1994
*St. Matthews Iris Castlcs and Mary Carr, 1998
*St. Paul Lonna Reinecke and Girl Scouts, 1994
Stewart Family Fred Blocker, 1998
*Stiles Iris Castles, Mary Carr and Jane and Sam Polk, 1998
Sturgis Jane and Sam Polk, 1998
Sudduth-Bridges Family Jane and Sam Polk, 1998
*Triplett (Noxubee Co.) Jane and Sam Polk, 1998
*True Vine Iris Castles and Mary Carr, 1998
Wake Forest Johnnie Miller and Jane Polk, 1998
*Zion Cypress Jane and Sam Polk, 1998