Yalobusha County
Oak Hill Cemetery

 


THE BEGINNING

The oldest marked grave in the cemetery is that of Sara E. Morrison, the two-year-old daughter of J. M. and Eliza Morrison. She died January 14, 1836, shortly after the Treaty of Dancing Rabbit Creek.

The following information from “Dig Into The Past with Lucia” (Mary Lucia George Holloway), printed in the North Mississippi Herald on May 24, 1956, gives more information on The Beginning.

“March 25, 1852: Dr. William Simmons purchased from the New York Land Company the whole of Section 9, Township 11, Range 4, West for the sum of $1900.00. Deed Book 3, page 74. Chancery Clerk’s office, Water Valley.”

This was the Section in which both the First and the Second Presbyterian Church was located.

“October 26, 1867: Dr. Simmons and his wife, Charlotte V. Simmons, deeded to the Water Valley Presbyterian Church a certain ten acre tract of land fully described in said deed and lying and being situated in section 9, township 11, range 4 west of Yalobusha County, Miss. Deed book 5, Page 290, Chancery Clerk’s office, Water Valley, MS.”

“November 1, 1867: The Elders of the Presbyterian Church deeded to E. C. Davidson, eight acres of the above ten acre tract for a sum of $1950.00 ‘Containing ten acres of land except two acres along the east boundary of said above described lot upon which the graveyard is located.’ Deed Book 5, page 291, Chancery Clerk’s Office.”

“February 2, 1869: Peter Johnson, A. G. Buford, and J. T. Bankhead, a committee appointed by the Session of the Water Valley Presbyterian Church to transfer the title of the ground known as the Presbyterian Grave Yard to the Corporation Authorities of the town of Water Valley, did execute and deliver to: John H. Wilson, Mayor, Alderman: B. H. Collins, T. J. West, H. Gibbon, Jessie Addington, M. A. Ross of the town of Water Valley and to their successors in office a deed to ‘All that piece or parcel of ground now known as the Presbyterian Grave Yard to be forever owned and kept as a Public Grave Yard for the town of Water Valley. [Signed] A. G. Buford, Peter Johnson, J. T. Bankhead’. Deed Book 5, pages 249-250, Chancery Clerk’s office.”

“Courtesy of Lorene Walker from her book: ‘Highlights of Water Valley’.”

NOTE: Oak Hill Cemetery was surveyed and cataloged a number of times over the years. Edith McLarty and Frances Turnage made a most notable effort in this work in 1976. Their work, provided to the Yalobusha County Historical Society, was retyped and republished in February 1991. Mr. Mike Worsham of Oakland, MS., Vice-President of the Yalobusha County Historical Society, has incorporated the previous work with a complete update of the entire cemetery. It is the sincere wish of this Society to gather, maintain and share this part of the history of Water Valley and Yalobusha County, Mississippi, with those who are interested with the past and the future of this enterprise.

KEY: Dates are given numerically as month, day, year; e.g. 05-09-1932 = May 09, 1932. Relationships: a/o = aunt of; c/o = child/children of; d/o = daughter of; f/o = father of; h/o = husband of; m/o = mother of; s/o = son of; sis/o = sister of; u/o = uncle of; w/o = wife/widow of. Information in brackets [ ] is data supplied in this typing. Information in parenthesis ( ) was typed from the 1976 document.

[Signed] James S. Allen, President

Yalobusha County Historical Society

P. O. Box 258

Coffeeville, MS. 38922

September 2000


OAK HILL CEMETERY

WATER VALLEY, MISSISSIPPI

CONFEDERATE MONUMENT

“Sacred to the dead of Company F, 15th Regiment, Mississippi Volunteers”
Battlefields: Fishing Creek, Shiloh, Resaca, Kenesaw Mountain, Peach Tree Creek, Atlanta, Franklin, Petersburg, Va.

Killed In Battle

Capt. R. A. Bankhead, 1st Sergt. T. B. Hale, Sergt. J. H. Reese, Sergt. John Shillinger, Sergt. E. S. Trask, Corporal C. E. Bankhead, Corporal James Long, Corporal John E. Young, Corporal W. T. Wilson, Pvt. M. V. Boydstun, Pvt. Willie Buford, Pvt. B. P. McMinn, Pvt. Jesse Macon, Pvt. W. L. Meece, Pvt.Thomas Moore, Pvt. T. A. Shillinger, Pvt. T. V. Smith, Pvt. James Wamack, Pvt. William Wamack, Pvt. Dock Wardlow,

Died In Service

Pvt. Julius Adams, Pvt. Joe Brinkley, Pvt. William Collins, Pvt. Wm. Fitz Gerald, Pvt. R. N. Johnson, Pvt. Henry Moore, Pvt. J. F. Pittard, Pvt. W. E. Reese.


The following marker is located in the central part of Oak Hill Cemetery near the Sexton’s Office. The inscription reads as follows:

“The Mississippi Orphans Home was established by the Mississippi Conference and the North Mississippi Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church South in 1894 and located one mile Southeast on a site donated by Water Valley citizens. There it remained until destroyed by fire in 1904. Afterwards local families kept the children in their homes until other accommodations were found. The Home was moved to its present location in Jackson in 1906. In 1963 it was officially renamed Methodist Children’s Home. While the home was here sixteen children died and are buried on this plot. The cornerstone of the main building erected in 1897 is imbedded at the base of this marker. North Mississippi conference Historical Society, April 1967.”

The cornerstone referred to above

Mississippi Orphans Home

M.E. Church South

Erected 1897

CHILDREN OF THE METHODIST ORPHAN HOME

DeSOTO, Maude
FARNED, Lee, born 03-02-1897, died 04-22-1904
FOX, Wilson, born 07-04-1905, died 09-07-1905
GREEN, George, born 06-19-1901, died 04-13-1904
Infant boy, born 05-__-1903, died 08-__-1903
KNIGHT, James, born 1901, died 1906
LAZENBY, Ildo, born 07-23-1901, died 04-__-1904
LOWE, George Milton, born 11-18-1898, died 07-22-1899
McCARLEY, Nora Lucille, born 08-24-1904, died 07-11-1905
MUNEY, Susie Odel, born 11-23-1901, died 04-14-1904
NEELY, Thomas, born___________, died 08-16-1905
NEWCOME, Joseph, born 05-23-1905, died 06-12-1905
ROGERS, Stella, born 1890, died 1906
STRICKLIN, James Franklin, born 1905, died 1906
STRICKLIN, William, born 1903, died 1906
WYNN, Roy, born 10-26-1887, died 07-10-1901

On the east side of the center section of the cemetery south of the Sexton’s Office there are four markers identifying the graves of four Unknown Confederate States Army Soldiers. They were buried there during The War of Secession.

On the west side of the center section of the cemetery facing the road are twenty-nine markers that read: “Unknown U. S. Soldier.” These are markers of Union soldiers buried there during The War of Secession.

Copyright 2000. Yalobusha County Historical Society, Inc.

P. O. BOX 258

COFFEEVILLE, MISSISSIPPI 38922-02598

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