BLAIR CEMETERY
Monroe County, Mississippi

Contributed by James Hardy Wise, wolfroad@bellsouth.net


The Blair Cemetery is located at N33 deg 51.593 min and W88 deg 16.994 min.

It is not generally known but the Blair Cemetery in Monroe, Co. MS had a section where freed slaves and their children are buried. My Great-grandfather Curtis Hardy Wise owned slaves and some of the interred bear our family name.

The only other information I can provide is that my Aunt Momie Wise (born 1892) said that two of the freed slaves moved away when they married. One was Laura, who married Frank Hollis and the other was West Wise. Frank Hollis is probably related to the F. H. & L. J. Hollis mentioned on the stone of Lowell P. Hollis.

My family came to Monroe Co. in 1816. Curtis Hardy Wise was married into the DePriest family.

Also the Sullivan Cemetery has an African section. Unfortunately county workers bulldozed the markers away many years ago. As I recall some of their birth dates were in the mid 1700s. Hopefully some of the stones may be recoverable and I intend to look next winter. The Sullivan Cemetery had the oldest marked grave in the country, a burial in 1822. That cemetery is located at N33 deg 46.378 min & W88 deg 18.134 min.

Amanda Wise
Born July 4, 1840
Died July 15, 1910


W. Calvin Wise
Born Dec 17, 1881
Died Aug 3, 1908


Lowell P.
Son of
F. H. & L. J. Hollis
Born Sept 5, 1895
Died July 1, 1897


David D. DePriest
Died Oct 31, 1918
Aged 60 years
(His stone is marked with the Masonic emblem)


Thomas
Son of
B. D. & A. G. DePriest
Born Dec 31, 1886
Died Mar 21, 1887


Edna V.
Dau of
W. C. & A. O. Wise
Born Mar 5, 1897
Died Mar 21, 1897


Adalin O.
Wife of
W. C. Wise
May 15, 1860
Died May 7, 1897


Julia A.
Dau of
W. C. & A. O. Wise
Born Sept 14, 1879
Died Sept 24, 1892


Mary Vaughn
Born April 2, 1881


Deallie Wise
Born 1862
Died on [ ? ] 1940
Age 78


NOTE: There are many stones that mark unnamed graves


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7 February, 2000
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