Bridgforth Family Cemetery #1
Located near Star Landing Road and Getwell Road. North of Star Landing about ½ mile in field on east side of road, and about ¼ mile off Getwell Road. Sec. 15, T2S, R7W. Surveyed by Roland I. Lyons, March 1983. Additional information provided by Tim Harrison.
Margaret Ann Maxwell – Died 1849, aged 30, wife of John Maxwell.
Her husband, John Maxwell, is listed in the 1840 DeSoto Census (p. 125) along with one female (Margaret). In 1850 (p. 403B) he is living with his mother (believed also named Margaret) and is shown as being age 34 (b. abt. 1816) and born in Alabama. John and Margaret have no children in 1840 and there are no children living with John in 1860.
William Maxwell – 1819 – 1864.
Born in Alabama, the son of David and Margaret Maxell. Listed in the 1850 DeSoto Census (p. 403A) living with his mother and siblings. Married Rebecca Murphy February 4, 1851. Listed in the 1860 Census (p. 180) without Rebecca, and it is presumed she died. Served as a captain in Co. G, 2nd Mississippi Partisan Rangers, CSA.
David Maxwell – Died 1847, aged 58.
Husband of Margaret Maxwell. Believed to be the David Maxwell listed in the 1830 Madison County, AL census (p. 122). Listed in 1840 DeSoto Census (p. 125) as follows: 02021001 – 1010101. He was born about 1789.
Maxwell – Headstone down and too heavy to lift. Footstone initials D. A. M.
May be David A. Maxwell, son of Thomas and Amanda Maxwell, listed in the 1850 (p. 374), 1860 (p. 200), and 1870 (p. 103) DeSoto County census records. Served in Co. C, 2nd Mississippi Partisan Rangers (Ballentine’s), C.S.A. Appears to have died prior to 1880.
Footstones without headstones, presumed to be Maxwells:
Possibly, even probably, Margaret Maxwell, wife of David Maxwell (see above). Born in Tennessee about 1793. Listed in the 1850 (p. 402B) and 1860 (p. 173) DeSoto County census records. She died between 1860 and 1870. She had the following known children: John (1816, AL), Elizabeth (f) (1818, AL), William C. (1820, AL), L. (m) (1830, AL – physician), Eleanor (1827 – 1865, see below), Thomas (1834, AL), M. B. (f) (1836, AL).
Possibly John Maxwell, son of David and Margaret Maxwell and husband of Margaret Maxwell (see above first listing). Born about 1816 in Alabama. Married Margaret (last name unknown) about 1839, possibly in DeSoto County (marriage records begin in the mid-1840’s for the county). He and Margaret apparently had no children. He died prior to the 1860 census.
Believed to be Rebecca Murphy Maxwell, wife of William C. Maxwell (see above). They married February 4, 1851. She died prior to the 1860 census.
Eleanor Bridgforth – 1827 – 1865. Wife of T. O. Bridgforth, daughter of David & Margaret Maxwell.
She was born in Alabama. She was the second wife of Thomas O. Bridgforth (1826 – 1910, buried in Nesbit Cemetery). Their children were: John A. (see below), Margaret Elizabeth (see below) and Thomas O., Jr. (1863 – 1897, buried in Nesbit Cemetery). Thomas Bridgforth was a Confederate veteran, serving in Co. D, Blythe’s Battalion (1906 Confederate Veteran Census).
________ Bridgforth – 1859 – 1878. Son of T. O. & Eleanor. Stone broken, couldn’t find first name.
This is John A. Bridgforth, first child of Thomas O. and Eleanor Maxwell Bridgforth. Listed in the 1860 Census (p. 180) and 1870 (p. 106).
Margaret Elizabeth Bridgforth – Infant, born and died 1861. Daughter of T. O. & Eleanor.
Second child of Thomas O. and Eleanor Maxwell Bridgforth.
Mary J. Garrett – died 1855, aged 42 years. Wife of Wilson L. Garrett, daughter of David & Margaret Maxwell.
Born Mary J. Maxwell about 1813, probably in Alabama. She and her husband are listed in the 1840 DeSoto Census (p. 115) with two small male children. They are listed in the 1850 Census (p. 403A) with five children. Her husband, Wilson L. Garrett, is listed as 38 years of age from Tennessee. The children: David M. (1836, AL), William (1838, AL), T. (m) (1840, MS), J. (m) (1843, MS), and M. (f) (1848, MS). By 1860 the family appears to have left the county, with the exception of David. He married Sarah E. Johnston on November 17, 1858. He was listed in the 1860 Census (p. 166), and served in Co. I, 29th Mississippi Regiment, C.S.A.