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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Children of Stirling Kirkpatrick White and Mary Willis White

Mary Austin Willis was the only child of Julia Ragland Willis, my paternal great-great-great-grandmother's sister, and her second husband, Andrew Jackson Willis, whom she married in 1869. When she grew up, Mary Austin Willis married Stirling Kirkpatrick White. During her marriage to Stirling White, Mary Willis White gave birth to three daughters who died while they were still very young children. Reminders of the White family's sad story of tragedy and loss can be seen in Raymond Cemetery in Raymond, Mississippi, where the grave stones of the three children are located in the Gillespie Plot. These three children were younger sisters of Mary Elise White, who was born on July 4, 1891.

Norma White
Born August 3, 1900
Died April 5, 1901

Minnie Lee White
September 25, 1892
Died April 30, 1893

Stirling Willis White
August 14, 1896
August 19, 1901

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - Grave Monument of Mary Willis White

Photo by Pattie

Mary Willis, Wife of Stirling K. White
Born April 18, 1870
Died February 24, 1905
Daughter of Julia Ragsdale Willis and Andrew Jackson Willis
Buried in Raymond Cemetery (Gillespie Plot)
Raymond, Mississippi

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - Julia B. Ragland Daniel Willis

Julia Ragland and Andrew Jackson ("Capt. Jack") Willis
Buried in Raymond Cemetery
Raymond (Hinds County) Mississippi
A double grave stone marks the grave of Julia B. Ragland Daniel Willis and her second husband, Andrew Jackson ("Captain Jack") Willis.  Julia's first husband died in the Civil War, and she married Mr. Willis in 1869.  To read more about the Ragland family of Hinds County, Mississippi, visit this site's sister blog, Mississippi Memories

Five years later, Julia died, leaving A. J. Willis with a four-year old daughter, Mary Austin Willis. Julia and her husband are buried in the Gillespie plot in Raymond Cemetery, in the historic town of Raymond, Mississippi in Hinds County.  Much of the history of the Gillespie family and other allied families, has been documented in The Gillespie Collection, a digital collection of historical documents, available on the Raymond, Mississippi website.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Ragland Family Members Buried in Hinds County, Mississippi

During recent weeks, I have been researching the Ragland family in Mississippi, attempting to locate the burial places for the parents of my third great-grandmother, Winiford Ragland Branch.  Yesterday, I found that Elizabeth Smith Ragland, Winiford's mother, is buried in Palestine Cemetery in Hinds County, Mississippi.  

Photo by NatalieMaynor

Elizabeth (Smith) Ragland
Died Dec 21, 1850
 Aged 60 years
Photo by NatalieMaynor

Palestine Cemetery
Hinds County, Mississippi
Also buried in this small, rural cemetery near the historic town of Raymond, Mississippi, are two of Elizabeth's children, Arthur S. Ragland and Mary V. Ragland. Winiford Ragland Branch and her husband, Edward Tillman Branch, named a son, Arthur Joseph Branch, for this brother, and a daughter, Mary V. Branch, for her deceased sister.
Photo by NatalieMaynor

Arthur S. Ragland
Born July 22, 1811
Died Feb. 25, 1847
Photo by NatalieMaynor

Mary V. Ragland
Born Mar. 28, 1835
Died Nov. 28, 1849
For more about the family of John W. Ragland and Elizabeth Smith Ragland of Newberry, South Carolina, please watch for future posts on Mississippi Memories.