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DEAR ANCESTOR

Your tombstone stands among the rest,
Neglected and alone.
The name and date are chiseled out,
On polished, marbled stone.

It reaches out to all who care,
It is too late to mourn,
You did not know that I exist
You died and I was born.

Yet each of us are cells of you
In flesh, in blood, in bone,
Our  heart  Contracts and beats a pulse
Entirely not our own.

Yet each of us are cells of you
In flesh, in blood, in bone,
Our  heart  Contracts and beats a pulse
Entirely not our own.

Dear Ancestor, the place you filled
one hundred years ago
Spreads out among the ones you left
Who would have loved you so.

I wonder if you lived and loved,
I wonder if you knew
That someday I would find this spot,
and come and visit you.

Author Unknown
This unknown author was surely a Biographer.  Contributed by Don Blasingame
If you have access to any cemetery listings or
tombstone photographs from Sunflower County,
and you are willing to share them with your fellow researchers,
please let me know.email   I would like to have listings
and photos for all of the cemeteries in the county.


Sunflower County's Rutherford Cemetery has been listed as a
"Historical Monument" thanks to the efforts of Mozelle Chason of Drew and her sister Janis Sigler from Gulfport, MS .
Do you know of any cemeteries that will qualify?
Please read the below message.
CHAPTER 425
HOUSE BILL NO. 780
AN ACT TO AUTHORIZE AND EMPOWER THE RESPECTIVE BOARDS
OF SUPERVISORS IN THIS STATE, IN THEIR DISCRETION AND UPON
AN APPROPRIATE CERTIFICATE FROM THE.TRUSTEES OF THE STATE
DEPARTMENT OF ARCHIVES AND HISTORY, TO REPAIR, REHABILITATE, AND MAINTAIN ABANDONED CEMETERIES.
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BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI :

SECTION 1.
 Upon the official certificate of the Trustees of the Mississippi State Department of Archives and History that any abandoned cemetery is of historical significance and should be repaired, rehabilitated, or maintained as a historical monument, the boards of supervisors of the respective counties in this state are hereby authorized and empowered, in their discretion, to repair, rehabilitate, and maintain any such cemetery within the borders of the county over which such board has jurisdiction.

SECTION 2.
 Subject to like certificate from the said Trustees of the State Department of Archives and History, the board of supervisors in adjoining counties may in their discretion, jointly accomplish such repairs, rehabilitation, or maintenance in those instances where the cemetery in question occupies territory which at one (1) time or another was located as a part of said adjoining counties.

SECTION 3.
 This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its passage.
Approved: March 23, 1971

CRITERIA FOR THE CERTIFICATION
OF HISTORICAL
SIGNIFICANCE OF ABANDONED CEMETERIES
UNDER THE PROVISIONS
OF
HOUSE BILL NO. 780
Laws of Mississippi, 1971
 
1. The request for a certificate of historical significance must pertain to an "abandoned" cemetery.
 
A. For the purposes of the implementation of this act, an "abandoned" cemetery shall be construed to be one that is not adequately maintained by its legal owner or owners, whether religious bodies, private individuals, or governmental agencies.

B. An "abandoned" cemetery shall also be interpreted as one in which no burials have been made in the five years preceding the date of the official, written request to the Board of Trustees of the Department of Archives and History for a certificate of historical significance.

C. A single grave, in some instances, may constitute an abandoned" cemetery.

D.  Indian burial grounds shall be regarded as "abandoned" cemeteries

 
II. In determining whether or not to issue a certificate of historical significance, the Board of Trustees will consider:

A. Cemeteries which contain the graves of persons who have contributed significantly to the history of the nation, the state, or the local region.

B. Cemeteries which are associated with events that have made a significant contribution to the broad patterns of the history of the nation, the state, or the local region.

C. Cemeteries which are associated with properties entered on the National Registry of Historic Places.

D. Cemeteries which are associated with "State Archeological Landmarks," provided for in the Antiquities Law of the State of Mississippi.

E. Cemeteries which are located on land belonging to the State of Mississippi, to a county or municipality, or to any political subdivision of the State.

F. Cemeteries containing the graves of veterans of any of the nation's wars.

G. Cemeteries containing statuary, vaults, markers, and monuments of sufficient architectural and artistic value to merit their protection and preservation.

H. Cemeteries which, by their preservation, would contribute in turn to the preservation of the earlier historical image of a locality.

I. Cemeteries containing 18th century burials.

J. Indian burial grounds, officially identified by professional archaeologists.

 
III. Those cemeteries which have been officially certified by the Board of Trustees shall be inventoried by local persons or groups requesting the certificate, and the inventory shall be deposited with the Department of Archive. and History. This procedure will not be necessary if the Department already has the records for that particular cemetery in its collections.

Approved by the Board of Trustees of the Department of Archives and History at its meeting August 27, 1971.
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Visit the web site of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History where matters of Historical Preservation and particularly abandoned cemeteries are outlined.


Mississippi Department of Archives and History
From the page that opens, click on 'criteria' under the heading 'Cemetery' for the criteria establsihed for the preservation of Mississippi cemeteries. Contact the MDAH for more specific information on preserving local cemeteries.            Mississippi Department of Archives and History
           Historic Preservation 
           Abandoned Cemetery Project
           P. O. Box 571
           Jackson, MS 39205-0571
           Telephone: (601) 576-6940
           Fax: (601) 576-6955
           Email: msshpo@mdah.state.ms.us

 


 
* 97-29-25. Desecration of cemetery.*

* *
Every person who shall knowingly and willfully dig up, except as otherwise provided by law, obliterate, or in any way desecrate any *cemetery* where human dead are interred, or cause through word, deed or action the same to happen, shall upon conviction be imprisoned for not more than one (1) year in the county jail or fined not more than five hundred dollars ($500.00), or both, in the discretion of the court. In addition to any penalties that the court is otherwise authorized to impose the court may, in its discretion, order such restitution as it deems appropriate.

In construing this section, a* cemetery* shall mean any plot of ground (1) on which are grave markers of stone, wood, metal or any other material recognizable as marking graves, or (2) the boundaries of which are defined by a recorded plat, a fence line or corner markers, or trees, or are defined in any other discernible manner.
 

*Sources: *Codes, 1942, 2076.5; Laws,  1971, ch. 398, 1; Laws, 1972, ch. 351, 1; Laws, 1983, ch. 406, eff from and after July 1, 1983.
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Scott McCoy
Mississippi Department of Archives and History
Post Office Box 571
Jackson, Mississippi 39201
Phone: 601-576-6986
Fax:   601-576-6955
 

GNIS Query listing names & locations

of many cemeteries in Sunflower County

Some of the following information is from the above GNISQuery listing more info such as
lattitude and longitude coordinates is available from the site.
Click on the BLUE highlighted cemetery names for an index of that cemetery.
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Cemetery Town Map Coordinates Internments listed
Bayou Hill Moorhead
None available -- Do You have any to offer?
Bethlehem M.B. Church #2-- 
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Indianola (Kinlock)
Yes - click here
Big Morning Star M.B. Church


Boyer--
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Boyer T20N;R4W;S32 Yes - click here
Caile Inverness T17N;R4W;S26 Yes - click here
Calvary Swiftown
None available -- Do You have any to offer?
Campbell

Yes - click here
Drew

New "Drew Cemetery" page under construction but it is open during this time.

Drew T23N;R3W;S32 Yes - click here
Fairview South of Shaw about 15 miles south of Linn T19N;R5W;S8 Yes - click here
Fairview Methodist Cemetery  East side of the Fairview-Heathman Road in the Fairview Community.  Five miles north of Highway 82 at Heathman. Lat 333025N
Long 0904444W
Yes - click here
Gilfield Cemetery Ruleville
Yes - click here
Green Grove Cemetery--
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Linn
Yes - click here
Heathman-
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None available -- Do You have any to offer?
Hickory Bluff Kinlock
None available -- Do You have any to offer?
Hickory Grove Inverness T17N;R4W;S4 Yes - click here
Hillhouse Ruleville
None available -- Do You have any to offer?
Hollandale

Yes - click here
Holly Grove-- 
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Inverness
Yes - click here




Houston Lawson
Cleveland --  
Coming from Ruleville to Cleveland on Highway 8 turn left in front of Dockery  Plantation onto Lusk Road. Go .6 mile then continue pass stop sign on Lusk road another .1 mile. Cross over concrete bridge go  100 yards. Cemetery is about !/4 mile off Lusk road to the left. It is on a mound next to Lead Bayou . It is left of power lines on edge of field of soy beans . The cemetery is amid trees. There was a very old and large tree down in cemetery. All stones were broken and strown around and some even burried. It is deperately  in need of repair. The cemetery is less than 5 miles from Ruleville and less than a mile from Dockery Plantation. Thanks so very much Yvonne Ard
for these directions.






Yes - click here

I John Church Rattlesnake Bayou
Yes - click here
Indianola City Indianola
Yes - click here
Indianola Memorial Garden Indianola T18N;R4W;S4 Yes - click here
Jacobs Chapel Church Bright Road in Blaine or Doddsville
Not yet - do you have any names to send to me?
Lakewood Indianola
None available -- Do You have any to offer?
Lawson  (see Houston Lawson above) Cleveland
Yes -- click here
Lehrton Ruleville - 1 mile NW of Ruleville on Cemetery Road T22N;R42;S35 Yes -- click here
Linn Baptist About one mile from the county line
Hwy 448 North from Indianola
T21N;R4W;Si6 Yes - click here
Linn Methodist/
New Salem  photo
About one mile from the county line
Hwy 448 North from Indianola
T21N;R4W;S16 Yes - click here
Little Rock Moorhead
None available -- Do You have any to offer?
McNutt Leflore County but previously was in Sunflower.  (County lines changed.)
Yes -- click here
Marlow Ruleville T21N;R4W;S22 Yes -- click here
Marshall Drew T22N;R4W;S22 Yes -- click here
Moorehouse Ruleville
None available -- Do You have any to offer?
Moorhead Moorhead T18;R3W;S4 Yes -- click here
Mount Calvary Boyer
None available -- Do You have any to offer?
Mount Galilee Ruleville
Yes - click here
Mount Moriah Inverness
None available -- Do You have any to offer?
Mount Olive Brooks
None available -- Do Youhave any to offer?
Mount Olive Baltzer
None available -- Do You have any to offer?
Mount Zion--
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Heathman
Yes -- click here
Cemetery Town Location Internments listed
New Bethel M.B. Church--
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Yes -- click here
New Hope--
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Blaine
Yes -- click here
O'Neal
also known as
East Road Cemetry.

Sunflower
None available -- Do You have any to offer?
Oak Grove M.B. Church--
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Steiner
Yes -- click here
Old Linn Baptist Church (abandoned . . Yes -- click here
Old St Rest Hwy 82E, 7 miles east from leland to Delta Western, turn north at intersection past railroadd, take first right onto Fairview road, 4 miles north, cemetery on right.
Yes -- click here
Pilgrim Green--
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Kinlock
Yes -- click here
Pilgrim Rest Pilgrim Rest is located about 7-8 miles east of Shaw on Charlie Ellis Road
Yes -- click here
Pine Ridge

Yes -- click here
Pleasant Green Rome
None available -- Do You have any to offer?
Rome Rome T24N;R3W;S4 None available -- Do You have any to offer?
Riverside --
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Indianola
Yes -- click here
Rock of Ages Bear Gut Bayou
None available -- Do Youhave any to offer?
Rome or Second Baptist  Rome
The Church is across a small ditch, so the cemetery
is not really in the churchyard.

Yes -- click here
Rome Church of God
 aka
Tharp


T17N;R3W;S22
YES -- click here
Roundaway Sunflower T20N;R4W;S10,15 Yes -- click here
Rutherford Drew -- now officially an "Historical Monument"
Yes -- click here
St James  Sunflower
None available -- Do You have any to offer?
St John M.B.--
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Woodburn Plantation
Yes - click here
St Lawrence--
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Caile
Yes - click here
St Matthews--
black
Kinlock
Yes - click here
St Paul Baltzer
None available -- Do You have any to offer?
St Pauls  Moorhead
None available -- Do You have any to offer?
St Peter Baptist Church

None available -- Do You have any to offer?
Sandridge
T21N;R4W:S23 Yes -- click here
Sandy Bayou Drew T23N;R4W;S23 YES -- click here
Scroggins
T18N;R4W;S11 YES -- click here
Second Baptist or Rome Rome
The Church is across a small ditch, so the cemetery
is not really in the churchyard.

Yes -- click here
Shady Grove Baltzer
None available -- Do You have any to offer?
Shaw


Sixteenth Section Sunflower
None available -- Do You have any to offer?
Southside Inverness T18N;R4W;S1 YES -- click here
Springhill--
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Steiner
Yes -- click here
Swan Lake M.B. Church--
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Moorhead
Yes -- click here
Tharp aka
Rome Church of God



T17N;R3W;S22 YES -- click here
Travelers Rest --
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Sunflower
Yes - click here
True Light Dockery (Ruleville)
Yes -- Click here
Union Grove Indianola
None available -- Do You have any to offer?
Willing Workers Sunflower
Yes -- click here
Wright-Miller

Yes -- Click here
animated new Zumbro Plantation


Yes -- Click here

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