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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Maggie's Marker - Hillcrest Cemetery, Goodman, Mississippi

This grave monument, located in Hillcrest Cemetery on the outskirts of the small Holmes County town of Goodman, Mississippi, stands tall beside the grave of Maggie Scarbrough. According to the engraving on her marker, Maggie was the wife of W. T. Scarbrough and died on December 15, 1898, at the age of 34 years, 8 months, and 1 day.

Although the grave monument itself is now over 100 years old, it is still in remarkably good condition. The broken pieces of a covered urn, however, can be seen near where it once stood at the base of Maggie's marker.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Old St. Philip's Cemetery (Kirkwood Cemetery) near Camden, Mississippi

On Mississippi Memories today, I began a series of posts about the Hemingway family of Camden, South Carolina and Camden, Mississippi. Included in that post was a copy of a photograph of Henrietta Hemingway.
I first learned about the Hemingway family from Mitchell Sawyer, one of my readers and Henrietta's great-grandson, who contacted me and provided photos of the cleanup he organized of old St. Philips Cemetery, also known as Kirkwood Cemetery. Henrietta Hemingway is buried in this cemetery, along with former Mississippi governor William McWillie, members of McWillie's immediate family, and his long-time friend and business associate, Chapman Levy.

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

Buried in Kirkwood Cemetery
Madison County, Mississippi

Henrietta Hemingway
(photograph courtesy of Mitchell Sawyer)

In one of his emails, Mitchell related a 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."

I hope you will join me at Mississippi Memories to read more about members of the Hemingway family who migrated to Mississippi during the mid-1800's.