County releases cemetery census

Published 12:00 am Monday, February 28, 2000

To the delight of those of you with Newton County connections, NEWTON COUNTY MISSISSIPPI: A CEMETERY CENSUS, 1782-1995 is still available with only minor changes in its price and shipping costs.

This important 1,000-page volume is case bound and professionally printed on acid-free paper. Cataloged by the Library of Congress, it is completely indexed with more than 20,000 names and contains a supplementary index of another 3,200 names. Another intriguing feature is the identification of 30 Confederate States Army soldiers who have been lying in graves marked &uot;Unknown Confederate Soldier.&uot;

The records enumerate 116 cemeteries in the county and along with six maps gives the reader specific driving directions to each cemetery. What a wonderful excuse for a fine springtime ramble through the Newton countryside!

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The price of the book is now $49.95 plus $5 for insured shipping. For books purchased in Mississippi or mailed to a Mississippi address add an additional $3.50 for state sales tax. Send check or money order to EBRS Publishing Company, 18970 Highway 15, Decatur, Miss., 39327.


— Sylvester and Clarence Davis (160 Davis Road, Shaw, Miss. 38773, 662-754-5389 or 662-754-6110) are searching for the descendants of HAMP DAVIS of Possum Hollow, a community near Port Gibson, Miss. Mr. Davis was born in Claiborne County, Miss. in 1868 and moved to Shaw, Miss. in Sunflower County in 1913. If any reader has information about Mr. Davis and his family it would be greatly appreciated.

— T.J. Aaron (322 Leisure Village Drive, New Braunfels, Texas 78130-8715, 1-830-625-5822) Is seeking information on GOODE family members listed in Marshall County, Miss. in 1850. The last child was born October of 1854. The children were in Independence County, Ark., by the 1860 census as were their grandmother and an uncle. Their parents were not with them and it is assumed they died between 1855 and 1860. Known family members include: WESLEY GOODE (born 1828 in Tipton County, Tenn., (died 1850-60 possibly in a drowning); JOHN HAWKINS GOODE (born 1822 in Jefferson County, Ala.; died 1855-60); and AMANDA CATHERINE GOODE (born circa1821 in South Carolina or Alabama; died between 1855-1860). Would anyone know if there was a fever outbreak about this time in Marshall County? Would there be any newspaper accounts of drownings, epidemics of some sort, obituaries, etc.? Any information, names or leads would be of great value!

— Katherine Roberts (3334 Beaumont Drive, Pearl Miss., 39208, 601-939-5902) wishes to correspond with anyone having knowledge of JOHN WILL ANDERSON and CALLIE POWELL (born August 1878 in Attala County, Miss.).

They were married 31 January 1904 in Leake County, Miss. Callie was the daughter of JOSEPH (JOE) HENRY POWELL and VIRGINIA ANNA (GENNIE) BOWMAN. Their children were: Lillie Anderson (wed to Lloyd Barrett), Effie Anderson, Bud Anderson, and Ernest Anderson.

Mrs. Roberts is also looking for information on a Mr. ARNOLD POWELL from Magnolia in Pike County, Miss. He had a son, James Powell, who worked for the V.A. of Foreign Wars in Jackson, Miss. Arnold was a brother to Joseph (Joe) Henry Powell of Attala and Leake County, Miss. Can any reader help with information on this family?

— Joana Breeland (22 Industrial Park Road, Tylertown, Miss., 39667) is searching for information on ROBERT DRAUGHON PATRICK whose diary and letters were published as RELUCTANT REBEL.

His great niece, Ester Nash (Mrs. James W. Etheridge) had these papers. Mrs. Breeland’s ancestor, Joshua, had brothers Rufus, Sheperd and Robert Draughon who came to central Louisiana from Scotland. Does anyone have any information on Robert and his family?

Please send queries and announcements to FAMILY TREES, 900 Main Street, Natchez, Miss., or e-mail to All queries printed free of charge. We look forward to hearing from you!

Family Trees is a weekly column written by Nancianne Parkes Suber of Natchez.