My name is Ron Hodgins from Philadelphia, MS., and Rodney Bell of Laurel, MS and we are members of the Wahalak Creek Hunting Club. We reclaimed this old cemetery from the woods in late July 2016, after many years of neglect. I do not know the name of the cemetery, but for purposes of identification I will call It the Persons/Williams Cemetery. It is located on Weyerhaeuser land about 4-5 miles off the Wahalak road and about a total of 10miles from Hwy 45.
It is just off of Wahalak Road north of Scooba, MS at the coordinates of:
32 degrees 54 minutes 18 seconds North and 88 degrees 35 minutes 12 seconds West
It contains 15 graves,
Persons 8 graves
Williams 5 graves
Waters 1 grave
Fox (infant) 1 grave
This is a record of every stone in the cemetery including a child’s grave that is outside the fence. At least that’s where we found the marker, about 30 feet beyond the eastern fence.
Persons, Jesse Waters May 5,1889-Oct 30 1955, shares a stone with Fannie Burton Persons
Persons, W. I. Feb 8,1859- Mar 1, 1926 "Father"
Persons, Mary L. Oct 11,1864-Sep 14,1939 wife of W. I. Persons "Mother"
Persons, Ophelia Nov 17,1885-May 28,1887,Daughter of W.I. and M. L. Persons "Budded on earth to bloom in heaven"
Persons, Wesley Apr 18,1891-Dec 10 1893 son of W.I.and M.L Persons
Persons, Ruth F. Mar 27,1902-Jan 3,1923. daughter of W.I. and M.L.Persons
Williams, John H. Dec 10, 1831-Jul 1, 1907
Williams, Martha Elizabeth Jan 3,1834-Feb 4,1925 wife of J. H. Williams
Williams, Robert C. Nov 5,1870-Oct 21,1879. son of J.H. and M.E. Williams
Our Father in his wisdom called
the boon his love has given
and though on earth the body lies
His Soul is safe in Heaven
Williams, J. M. Feb 5,1873-Nov 2,1901 Son of J.H.and M.E. Williams
One precious to our hearts has gone
A voice we loved is stilled
A place made vacant in our home
Can never more be filled
Williams, Mary Frances Sep 8,1833-May 17, 1916
Blessed are the dead
Which die in the Lord
Waters, J. H. Mar 17,1868-Sep 22,1889
No Pains, no grief, no anxious fear
Can reach our loved one sleeping here
Fox, Sadie K. Died May 13, 1911, 6 months, daughter of Mr and Mrs. J. Fox (marker is outside the fence)
I did the best I could with the punctuation, spacing, etc.
If you want to name this Persons Cemetery (or Persons/Williams) Wahalak Kemper Co, MS, that is all right with me,. I don’t know whom else would argue with us.
Jeff Kemp - State Coordinator
If you have questions or problems with this site, email the County Coordinator. Please to not ask for specfic research on your family. I am unable to do your personal research. I do not live in MS and do not have access to additional records.