Monroe County, Mississippi
Contributed by James Hardy Wise, firstname.lastname@example.org
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
7 February, 2000
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