By Joyce W. Sanders
Response to our appeal for "lost cemeteries" has been great. Some were not lost, just known by other names.
The Dear Cemetery, named for Captain John Dear, is located near Dear Crossing in the McVille Community. The crossing was not named because of the large number of "deer" who forded the Yockanookany River, but for Captain John. It is the Dear-Isaacs-Sanders Cemetery, with many McMillans resting there.
Thanks to Mrs. Pattie Norris of Indianola for the "Wiley Green and Kimes Cemetery" information. Not only did she have the grave markers, but also supplied data on those who lie in unmarked graves. This information had been given to her by Mrs. Rachel Brister, who lived to be over 100 years of age.
Mrs. Brister had written it in a letter to the Rev. Archie Stephens, whom many of you will remember. He was a talented artist, musician, preacher and an avid genealogist. Thus our local Heritage is passed from generation to generation.
Also a thanks to all those readers who have called and written giving us information on small relatively unknown family graveyards. Two of our younger researchers are Terri Farmer and Timothy Oakes, who have diligently searched and copied.
At this time the society is trying to locate two other cemeteries. The Crawley Cemetery is supposed to be somewhere east of Possumneck and near Apootka Creek. The Dicken Cemetery should be in the neighborhood of Old Samaria Church Cemetery just off Hwy. 14 West.
James Turner Dicken left a will dated March 3, 1857, and probated April 18, 1864, here in Attala County. In it he states that he wishes to be buried in the garden of his home so he can lie beside his daughters. Mrs. Dicken was Lucy Barksdale Burnely, and both she and her husband died in 1864 in Attala County.
Their offspring were: Dr. Benjamin B. Dicken, Henry Lewis Dicken, Ann K. Dicken Jones, J. T. Dicken Jr., Evalina Dicken (already deceased in 1857), Mary Jane Dicken, wife of Joe Harmon and Emily L.
|Dicken Pope, who had a son named Henry V. Pope. There should be some descendants of these families still in Attala. Can anyone help?
The father of James Turner Dicken was Revolutionary Soldier Benjamin Dicken, whose wife was Katherine Stonestreet Johnson. They were of Edgecomb County, North Carolina. Their children were: Jean who married Jonathan Noble and moved to Warren County, Mississippi; Katherine Dicken Humphrey; Margaret Dicken Horn; Sally Dicken Henderson; Mary who married Richard Stonestreet and who also came to Attala County; and James Turner Dicken.
The father of the Revolutionary Soldier Benjamin was also a Benjamin Dicken. One of his other sons was named Emphraim. What relationship was he to the Emphraim Dicken who was married to Sarah Ann Stone?
Mrs. Bernadine Crawley Mangum is their granddaughter and trying to establish this family with the earlier Emphraim. Any help will be appreciated by the society in trying to preserve this portion of our local Heritage.