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Friday, May 1, 2009

Margaret Campbell, Consort of Rev. D. A. Campbell

Pictured here is the grave marker of "Margaret, Consort of Rev. D. A. Campbell," located in Brandon Cemetery in Rankin County, Mississippi. Margaret was born on February 3, 1805, and she died on August 8, 1867. According to Wikipedia, the word "consort" means Apparently, the word ""a spouse or companion, often of royalty or a deity, sometimes slightly inferior in function/status."consort" was sometimes used as an alternate word for "wife," and I have seen similar inscriptions on grave stones from the 1800s in other Mississippi cemeteries.

According to the U. S. Census for Rankin County, Mississippi, recorded on November 27, 1850, Margaret Campbell was born in North Carolina and was 45 years old. She was living in a household headed by D. A. Campbell, her husband, also born in North Carolina, a 45-year old farmer. Margaret and D. A. Campbell were the parents of five children, James, age 15; Elizabeth, age 13; D. A., age 8; Mary, age 6; and Lowe, age 4. Also enumerated in the household was a 28-year old "shoemaker" named Joseph Gaines.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Tombstone Tuesday - W. J. Gipson

W. J. Gipson, b. Oct. 30, 1876
Died april 12, 1903
Woodmen of the World Monument
Bloomfield Cemetery
Neshoba County, Mississippi

Sunday, April 26, 2009

St. Philips Episcopal Cemetery - Henrietta Hemingway

Recently, one of my readers, Mitchell Sawyer, contacted me and shared information and photos about the cleanup he organized of old St. Philips Cemetery, also known as Kirkwood Cemetery. This very old cemetery, located in the far reaches of Madison County, Mississippi, near Camden, is the burial place of former Mississippi governor William McWillie and members of his immediate family and others who were allied with that family.

Henrietta Hemingway
b. April 6, 1799, d. April 8, 1860

Buried in Kirkwood Cemetery
Madison County, Mississippi

Among the photos Mitchell shared with me was one of his great-grandmother, Henrietta Hemingway, shown here today.

Henrietta Hemingway
(photograph courtesy of Mitchell Sawyer)

Mitchell related to me a brief story about his great-grandmother: "My Hemingway ancestors left Duesbury England on the Ship Majestic and arrived in Charleston Harbor in 1829. Settled in the Camden, SC area which is how they knew Governor McWillie. In fact, the 'tale' in the family is that Catherine (Gov.'s wife) prepared my great grandmother Henrietta Hemingway's hair on her wedding day."

Ironically, the Hemingway family later migrated to Mississippi and settled in the area of Madison County known as "Camden."

Thank you, Mitchell, for sharing some of your family history with me and with my readers.