Bridgforth Family Cemetery #2
Located on Pleasant Hill Road, one-half mile west of Getwell Road and on the south side of the road. Sec. 28, T2S, R7W. Surveyed by Roland I. Lyons in March 1983. Additional information added by Tim Harrison.
Thomas H. Bridgforth – 1850 – 1877
Son of Thomas O. Bridgforth. Born in DeSoto County, MS. Listed in 1860 DeSoto Census (p. 180) and in the 1870 DeSoto Census (p. 106) he is living with his brother, William N. Bridgforth. He apparently never married.
Staten Bridgforth – 1874 – 1876. Son of W. D. & M. E. Bridgforth.
W. D. Bridgforth (1849 – 1901) married M. E. Staten on November 26, 1873 in Desoto County. Mary Emma Staten was the daughter of Dr. James A. Staten (1818 – 1884) and Mary A. Roulett. William D. Bridgforth was the son of John B. and Eliza Gray Bridgforth. William and Mary Bridgforth are listed in the 1880 Census (p. 449A) with two children: Edgar (3) and William (10 months). They are listed in the 1900 Census (p. 71) with four other children. Dr. James A. Staten was a Confederate soldier, serving in Co. A, 12th Tennessee Cavalry. W. D. Bridgforth and James A. Staten are buried in Pleasant Hill Cemetery.
Eliza W. Bridgforth – 1825 – 1852. Consort of John B. Bridgforth. Daughter of William and Lucy Gray. Born in Madison Co., Ala.
Eliza Gray married John B. Bridgforth (see below) on January 19, 1843. They are listed in the 1850 DeSoto Census (p. 374) with three children: Elizabeth (7), Lucy (5) and William (2). Also listed in the household are Manerva Bridgforth (16) and Margaret Gray (7).
Caroline J. Bridgforth – 1833 – 1857. Wife of T. O. Bridgforth.
Born Caroline J. Gray in Alabama, she was the daughter of William and Jane Gray (see below). She married Thomas O. Bridgforth on June 16, 1852 in DeSoto County. She was the mother of David (1853) and William Byrd (1855) Bridgforth. Thomas O. Bridgforth and family (including new wife, Eleanor Maxwell) are listed in the 1860 Census (p. 180).
Mary (Molly) Jenkins Bridgforth – 1858 – 1930.
Born in DeSoto County, Mississippi, her parents were James Jenkins and Sarah Elizabeth Wilroy. She married David T. Bridgforth, son of Thomas O. and Caroline Gray Bridgforth, on February 10, 1877. Her father was a Confederate soldier, serving in Co. C, 2nd Mississippi Partisan Rangers (Ballentine’s).
Thomas B. Bridgforth – 1853 – 1878.
John B. Bridgforth – 1819 – 1852.
Born in Virginia. Believed to be the son of David Bridgforth and Mariah Hobbs, brother of Thomas O. Bridgforth and Maria Bridgforth Bouldin (see below). Married Eliza Gray (see above) on January 19, 1843. Listed in the 1850 DeSoto Census (p. 374) with wife, Eliza (25, AL), and children: Elizabeth (7, MS), Lucy (5, MS), and William (2, MS).
Maria H. Bouldin – died 1860, aged 23 years. Wife of E. Bouldin. Daughter of David & Maria D. Bridgforth.
Born in Mississippi. Married Ephraim Bouldin (b. Alabama 1828) about 1853 (no record found). Listed in the 1860 Desoto Census (p. 180) with three children: Alice (5), Robert (4), and L. (f) (2). Her husband is listed in the 1870 Desoto Census (p. 118) with his new wife and children. Those who appear to be Maria’s are: Lizzie [Alice] (15) and Mary (10). Her husband, Ephraim, was a Confederate soldier, serving in Co. K, 2nd Mississippi Partisan Rangers (Ballentine’s). He is buried in Nesbitt Cemetery.
Dr. Young C. Stokes – 1818 – 1852.
Born in Virginia. Married Margaret A. (b. abt. 1825, AL) in approximately 1843 (no record found). She is believed to be Mrs. Margaret Driver, widow of Luke Driver (see below). Her maiden name may have been Gray. Listed in the 1850 DeSoto Census (p. 380) with the following children: Lelia J. (5), Mary C. (3), Milt B. (m) (1). Also living with them is Ellen Driver (8), believed to be the child of Margaret and Luke Driver. Margaret never remarried after Dr. Stokes’ death.
William Gray – 1796 – 1857.
Born in Tennessee. Listed in the 1840 (p. 109) and 1850 (p. 380) DeSoto Censuses just below the family of Dr. Y. C. Stokes and Dr. William B. Gray. His wife, Jane (see below) was deceased prior to the census and is not listed. Children listed are: Thomas (19, AL), Caroline J. (17, AL – married T. O. Bridgforth), W. L. (m) (14, AL), H. W. (m)( (10, AL), James W. (2, MS). In addition, his is the father of Dr. William B. Gray (22, AL) listed just above living with Dr. Y. C. Stokes. Several of his sons served in the Confederate Army: Thomas - Co. K, 9th Mississippi; Harvey W. – Co. E, 9th Mississippi and Co. C, 2nd Mississippi Partisan Rangers (Ballentine’s); Washington L. – Co. I, 29th Mississippi; James – Co. F, 28th Mississippi Cavalry.
Jane Gray – 1805 – 1850. Wife of William Gray.
Minerva D. Gray – died 1851, aged 21 years. Wife of W. B. Gray. Daughter of David & M. D. Bridgforth.
Born in Giles Co., Tennessee. Listed in the 1850 DeSoto Census (p. 374) living with her brother, John B. Bridgforth. Married Dr. William B. Gray on May 28, 1851.
M. E. Gray – died 1843, aged 6 years.
Luke S. Driver – died 1842, aged 27 years.
Believed to be the first husband of Margarat A., who married second Dr. Young C. Stokes (see above). They appear to have had one child: Ellen Driver, born 1842 in MS.
Annie May – 1897 – 1898. Daughter of W. C. & Dora May.