Attala County, Mississippi


The Star-Herald, Kosciusko, Miss.,April 5, 1979


Cemetery Data Is Sought

By Joyce W. Sanders

  The Kosciusko-Attala County Historical Society is in the process of copying all the cemeteries of the county for publication. It matters not how small or large. We have some with a single stone, some that are very large and some which have no stones at all.

  Thanks to Audley Bain for his mames and dates for those persons who were buried in unmarked graves in the Bain and in the Browning cemeteries. He also says there will be one big marker placed

in the near future, in the Bain Cemetery with all the names and dates on the one stone.

  Many people have been working on this cemetery publishing project for many years. The late Claude B. Carter and the late Billie Brown Eskin spent many hours in cemetery and genealogy research. Their contributions are greatly appre-ciated by the society, which was formed after their demise...for many of the markers which they copied have been destroyed or crumbled as the years have passed.

  To make this project a complete one, we ask that anyone who knows of a lone grave, a forgotten family plot or even who is buried in which unmarked grave in the larger cemeteries, send us your data. Mrs. Mary M. Fenwick is chairman of this project. Mail will reach her through the Attala Historical Society, Post Office Box 127, Kosciusko, Mississippi 39090.

  Next time we will endeavor to answer and acknowledge some of the responses we have had to this column.

copyright © 1979, Joyce W. Sanders. All rights reserved.

The above article appeared in the April 5, 1979 Star-Herald, Kosciusko, Ms. It is republished here with the knowledge and consent of Joyce W. Sanders.

NOTE: The "Attala Mississippi Cemeteries", a compilation of all the cemeteries in Attala County was copyrighted and published February 1, 1988. The acknowledgement on the inside cover was written by Marymaganos McCool Fenwick (Mrs. Edward Coleman Fenwick) who has since passed away.

     "The project of cataloging Attala Cemeteries owes its inception to Mrs. Ernest Akin (Billye Brown), now deceased. She began with me to copy these records with the idea of listing all in the county, even abandoned ones. My husband Edward Coleman Fenwick (now deceased) was very supportive of my efforts and often went with me and helped catalog. Major contributions were made by Claude B. "Ken" Carter (now deceased), Mrs. Joyce Williams Sanders, Mrs. Anne Hughes Porter, Mrs. Thelma Murff Johnson, John D. Guyton, Roy Cochran, Mrs. Nonnie Weeks Hollingsworth, while dozens of others in the county and elsewhere contributed whole cemeteries, and even bits and pieces or helped by going with the copiers to the locations or supplying data regarding the locations of the cemeteries. Mrs Guy (Inez Jenkins) Sanders helped map-spot the locations in the county as to Township, Range, and Section. Mrs. Ben Scarbrough, Mrs. Pete Shumaker, Mrs. Jewell Carballo Seneff, Mrs. Fran Turnage, and Miss Joy Leteer were many the proof readers. Mrs. Dorothy Cook through the Attala County Library provided copies of typed material for use in setting up the format. For other contributors look at the beginning of each cemetery record for the names of those who actually copied the tombstones. And finally acknowledgement for a vast amount of work in setting up the computer print-out and indexing goes to Mrs. John Rimmer (Janice B.) Craft of Greenville without whom this work would not have been possible. My own thanks goes to each of them as well as the thanks of all those who find this compilation helpful in their research as well as interesting."

All researchers of Attala County ancestors owe a great debt of gratitude to Billye Brown and Marymaganos McCool Fenwick and all the indiviuals that contributed to this enormous project. Our thanks, as well, to the Attala Historical Society.


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