Sarepta Church & Cemetery

Claiborne County, Mississippi


This present building dates from about 1850 and is the last of five structures to house the church body, according to Mrs. I. Z. McKay, longtime member.  It was originally built for the Pisgah congregation, located near Hermanville, but was moved to the Sarepta site sometimes after WWI when Pisgah ceased to exist.  In the 1800's the structure also served as a community school. ( Photo courtesy of Clay Daniels).


 

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Church Documents

Church History

Cemetery Listing

Oldest Grave

Tombstone Photos


 

Sarepta United Methodist Church Documents

(Note: The history of the Sarepta Church is in Doc. # 19)

Document # 01. The Book of Original Entry - Claiborne County, Mississippi. 1889

United States Land Office

Jackson, Mississippi

I, John M Smylie, Clerk in the above Land Office, do hereby certify that I have faithfully and carefully compiled the following pages from the records of the United States Land Office and from the Records of the State Land Office at Jackson, Mississippi, and that the same is strictly correct. Given under my hand and seal the 03rd day of May, A D, 1889. (Signed and sealed) John W Smylie

Section # 1, Township No 10 North, Range 11 East

N½SE¼. 78.90 acres, $1.25 per acre, $98.63, Adam Winters, August 31st, 1853, Certificate # 8283.

NW¼NE¼&SW¼SW¼. 78.90 acres $0. 12½ per acre $9.86, Adam Winters, October 09th, 1854. Cert. # 1087

E½NE¼. 79.90 acres, $1.25 per acre, $99.98, George W Collier, September 11th, 1839.

NW¼. 157.81 acres, M L W No 41337, Adams Winters, August 08th, 1849

NW¼ SW¼. 39.45 acres, $125 per acre, $49.31, D B Westrope, October 29th, 1850. (A note - # 6886)

SE¼SE¼. 39.45 acres, $1.25 per acre, $49.31, Thomas A Newsom, December 19th, 1850.

E½SW¼&SW¼SE¼. 118.36 acres, M L W No. 61826, Adam Winters.

SW¼NE¼. 39.45 acres, $1.25 per acre, $49.31, George W Collier, August 28th, 1852

Section # 2, Township No 10 North, Range 11 East

W½Nw¼. 78.27 acres, $ 1.25 per acre, $97.84, William Fife, August 31st, 1853, Certificate # 32115.

SE¼Sw¼. 39.14 acres, $1.25 per acre, $ 48.92, Robert Sanders, October 09th, 1854, Certificate # 5046.

NE¼NW¼. 39.14 acres, $1.25 per acre, $48.93, William Fife, February 18th, 1837. Certificate # 5849.

W ¼ Sw¼&NE¼SW¼, 117.41 acres, $1.25 per acre, $00.00, James Parland, Dec. 27th, 1837, Cert. # 5784.

SE ¼, 157.69 acres, M L W No. 30285, Adam Winters, May 07th, 1849. No certificate.

SE ¼ NE ¼. 39.42 acres, $1.25 per acre, $49.28, Adam Winters, August 31st, 1853, Certificate # 8284.

NE¼NE¼W½NE¼SE¼NW¼. 157.69 acres, $0.12½ cents, $19.70, Adam Winters, Oct. 09th, 1854, # 10088

W½Nw¼, 28.28 acres, $0.00 per acre, $00.00, Bunberry Scott, August 24th, 1818, Relinquished. (The End)

A note - The State of Mississippi and thus Claiborne County was, and is, a ‘public land’ state, and was thus surveyed in the Section, Township and Range, methods based on the 36 - square - mile Township, that was initiated by the Land Ordinance of 1785. The original unit of measure the "Gunter’s Chain." The Gunter’s Chain is Sixty - Six feet long and divided into One Hundred lengths (links). Thus - the measurements "80 chains to the mile," "40 chains to the Half - Mile," and "20 chains to the Quarter - Mile." Thus - When the land was divided into Sections One mile square, and Quarters thereof, it all fit. Also - A link in a Gunter’s Chain is between Eight and Nine inches in length. Today with the advent of hand held calculators and the computers, surveyors use a One Hundred foot steel tape with the inches in Tenths.

To complicate matters, the Western and Northern areas of Claiborne County had been; # 1. Partially surveyed by the Spanish, the British and, perhaps, the French. # 2. In addition, early settlers from the Eastern colonies brought the ‘metes & bounds’ system which utilized streams, roads, trees, rocks, etc. Thus - The ownership of land in the Western and Northern areas of Claiborne County soon became very complicated.

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Document # 02. Deed Book # CC, page # 305, et siq. December 14th, 1855

Adam Winters to Trustees Sarepta M E Church, South

A Deed of Conveyance with Partial Reversion Clause

This indenture made this the 14th day of December, 1855, between Adam Winters of county and state aforesaid of the first part, and S Vinson, M P Marble and A P Poole of the county and state aforesaid, of the second part, Witnesseth; That for and in consideration of the sum of Five ($5.00) Dollars to me in hand paid and before the sealing and delivering of these presents, by said party of the Second part, the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledge, I, Adam Winters, party of the First part, have given, granted, bargained, sold and conveyed, and by these presents, do grant, bargain, sell and convey unto said party of the Second part, and their successors as Trustees of (Sarepta) Church; A certain tract or parcel of land lying and being in said county and state, being a part of the North West (NW¼) of the North West Quarter (NW¼) of Section No. One of Township Ten (T10N) North, Range Four (R4E) East, and bounded as follows, according to the Survey of Arthur Mosley, viz.; Commencing at a stake on the Township Line which is labeled (B) (a Sweet Gum tree is located North 52 degrees East 5½ links and a Sour Wood Tree South 74¾ degrees West 15½ links) on attached plat, running thence South 39½ degrees West 9.21 chains (So as to include the spring) to a stake (C ) (from which a Black Jack Oak Tree is located North 3 degree East 19.00 links) thence North 78 degrees West 9.31 chains to a post (D), (from which a Hickory Tree is located South 81 degrees West 7 links), thence N 9½ degrees East 5.60 chains to a post (A) (from which a Pine tree is located South 85 ½ degrees East 38 links), thence East 12.00 chains to (B), the place of beginning, containing in all Six and Seventy - Seven Hundredths (6.77) acres. To Have and to Hold; The above described tract together with all and singular the appurtenances thereto belonging to the said party of the Second part forever upon the following conditions, viz.; 1st. That the said tract of land shall be appropriated solely and exclusively to the use of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, for religious and educational purposes. #2nd.. That when ever it ceases to be used in that respect and is appropriated to any other purposes whatsoever or when they shall fail for One year to have regular preaching then they shall then and forever after forfeit all right and title to said tract land (being privileged however, to remove any and all improvements they may have erected) said tract of land ipso facto reverting to me and my heirs and assigns as original possessor under the above mentioned conditions. I, Adam Winters, do for myself, my heirs and assigns, covenant and agree with the said party of the Second part to Warrant and defend the title of the said tract of land against the lawful claims of all and every person, whatever. In testimony whereof I have hereto set my hand and fix my seal this the day and year above mentioned. (Signed and sealed) Adam Winters.

The State of Mississippi - Ss - Claiborne County; Personally appeared before the undersigned Clerk of the Probate Court in and for said county, Adam Winters the grantor in the foregoing conveyance and acknowledged that he signed, sealed and delivered the same as his act and deed on the day and date thereof for the uses and purposes therein specified. Given under my hand and seal of office at Port Gibson the 11th day of March, AD, 1856. (Signed and sealed) James Gage, Clerk. Filed for Record; March 11th, 1856 and truly recorded. (Signed and sealed) James Gage, Clerk.

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Document # 02. Deed Book # CC, page # 306, et siq. December 14th, 1855

John Herrin & Wife to Adam Winters

A Warranty Deed

This Instrument does not mention the Northwest Quarter of Section 1, Township 10 North, Range 4 East.

This indenture made the first day of July in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Fifty - Five between John Herrin and Rhoda Herrin, his wife, of the Claiborne County, State of Mississippi, of the first part and Adam Winters of the above named state and county of the second part, Witnesseth; That the said John Herrin & Rhoda Herrin, his wife, for and in consideration of the sum of Thirty - Two Dollars and Fifty Cents to them in hand paid by the said Adam Winters at and before the sealing of hereof, the receipt whereof they do hereby acknowledge, and thereof a acquit and forever discharge the said Adam Winters, his heirs, executors and administrators and by these presents have granted, bargained, sold and released, and by these presents do grant & bargain, sell, release and confirm unto the said Adam Winters and to his heirs and assigns; All that certain piece and parcel of land situate and being in the State of Mississippi and Claiborne County and being designated in the Land Offices as the North East Quarter of the North East Quarter of Section Twelve, Township Ten North, Range Four East, containing Forty acres, more or less, with all and singular the appurtenances whatsoever thereunto belonging or in anywise appertaining. To Have and to Hold. The said tract of land containing Forty acres with the appurtenances hereby granted or mentioned or intended so to be forever and the said John Herrin and Rhoda Herrin, his wife, do hereby bind themselves, their heirs and assigns against all claims in law or equity. In witness whereof we hereunto set our hands and seals the day and year above mentioned. (Note – The deed is not signed.)

State of Mississippi – Ss – County of Claiborne; Personally appeared before me, a member of the Board of Police in and for said county, John Herrin, who acknowledged that he signed, sealed and delivered the foregoing deed on the day and y ear therein mentioned as his voluntary act and deed, also at the same time and place came Rhoda, wife of the said Herrin, who acknowledged the she signed the foregoing deed as her voluntary act and for the purposes of leaving her dower signed sealed and delivered this 01st day of February, 1956. (Signed and sealed) T C Trevillion, Member of the Board of Police. Filed for Record; March 11th, 1856, and truly recorded. (Signed and sealed) James A Gage, Clerk.

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Document # 03. Deed Book # CC, page # 307, et seq. December 14th, 1855

D B Westrope & Wife to Adam Winters

A Warranty Deed

This Instrument does not mention the Northwest Quarter of Section 1, Township 10 North, Range 4 East.

Know all men that Daniel Boon Westrope and Mary Ann, his wife, of the County of Claiborne and State of Mississippi in consideration of the sum of One Hundred Dollars to them paid by Adam Winters the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged do hereby grant, bargain, sell and convey to the said Adam Winters, his heirs and assigns forever, the following real estate, situate in the County of Claiborne in the State of Mississippi and bounded as described as follows, via; The North West Quarter of the Southwest Quarter of Section No. One in Township No. Ten North of Range No. Four East, containing Thirty – Nine & 45/100 acres as will appear by the certificate hereto attached of the receipt at the Land Office at Washington, Mississippi, and Numbered 6886, and dated the 29th day of October, 1850, which is made a part of this deed, together with all the privileges and appurtenances to the same belonging To Have and to Hold, the same to the said Adam Winters, his heirs and assigns, that they are lawfully seized of the premises aforesaid that the said premises are free and clear from all encumbrances whatsoever and that they will forever Warrant and defend the same with the appurtenances unto the said Adam Winters, his heirs and assigns, against the lawful claims of all persons whomsoever. In witness whereof the said Daniel Boon Westrope, and Mary Ann his wife, who hereby relinquishes her right of dower in the premises have hereunto set their hand and seals this 31st day of December in the year Eighteen Hundred and Fifty – Five. Executed in the Presence of; (Signed and sealed) Daniel Boon Westrope & Mary Ann Westrope.

State of Mississippi – Ss – County of Claiborne; Be it remembered that on this the 01st day of February in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Fifty Six, before me the subscriber, a member of the Board of Police in and for said county personally came Daniel Boon Westrope the grantor in the above conveyance and acknowledged the signing and sealing the same to be his voluntary act and deed for the uses and purposes therein mentioned and the said Mary Ann Westrope being at the same time examined by me separate and apart from her said husband and the contents of said instrument being by me made known and explained to her then declared that she and voluntarily sign, seal and acknowledge the same and that she still satisfied therewith. In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set and subscribed my name and seal of office on the day and year last aforesaid. (Signed and sealed) T C Trevillion, Member of the Board of Police. No. 6886. Receivers Office at Washington, Mississippi, October 29th, 1850, received from Daniel Boon Westrope of Claiborne County, Mississippi, the sum of Forty – Nine Dollars and Thirty One Cents; being in full for the North West Quarter of the South West Quarter of Section No. One in Township No. Ten North of Range Four East containing Thirty – Nine acres and Forty – Five hundredths at $1.25 per acre. Received by W H Whitehurst. Filed for Record; March 11th, 1856 and truly recorded. (Signed and sealed) James A Gage, Clerk.

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Document # 04. Deed Book # FF, page # 035, et seq. November 01st, 1865

A Winters and Wife to Winters & Davis

The Warranty Deed

This Instrument does not mention the Northwest Quarter of Section 1, Township 10 North, Range 4 East.

This indenture made the 01st day of November in the Year of our Lord, One Thousand Eight Hundred and Sixty - Five, by and between Adams Winters and Mary Winters, his wife, of the County of Claiborne and State of Mississippi of the First part and John B Winters & Margaret Davis of the County of Claiborne and state aforesaid, Witnesseth; That the said Adam Winters & Mary, his wife, for and in consideration of the natural love and affection which they bear to and for said parties of the Second part and also for in consideration of the sum of Ten Dollars to them in hand paid by the said parties of the Second part at and before the sealing and delivery of these presents, the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged and confirmed, and the said parties of the Second part and their heirs, executors and administrators, forever, released and discharged from the payment of the same or any part thereof by these presents granted, bargained, sold, conveyed and confirmed, and by these presents do grant, bargain, sell, convey and confirm unto them the said parties of the Second part and unto their heirs, executors, administrators, and assigns forever - all that certain tract or parcel of land, or ground, situate, lying and being in the state and county aforesaid and known and described as follows, to - wit; The North Half of the Southeast Quarter and, the Southeast Quarter of the Southwest Quarter, and the Northeast Quarter of the Southwest Quarter of Section No. 15, Township No. 11 North, Range 4 East, Containing 158.85 acres, less Two Acres cut off the Southeast Corner of the North - Half of Southeast Quarter - conveyed by Latin Lupo & Wife to William Bunting, November 30th, 1859. Also, the South - Half of Northeast quarter of Section No. 15, Township 10 North, Range 4 East, containing 79.43 acres, Also, the North - Half of The Northeast Quarter of Section No 15, Township 10 North, Range 4 East, containing 80 acres, Also, the North - Half of Nw of Section No. 14, Township 10 North, range 4 East. Containing 79.69 acres. Also, the South - Half of the West Quarter of Section No. 13, Township 10 North, Range 4 East, containing 78.77 acres. And the Southwest Quarter of the Southeast Quarter of Section No. 12, Township 10 North, Range 4 East, containing 40 acres. Said tracts estimated to containing in all Five Hundred and Thirteen acres, more or less, and being the same land of which the undivided One - Half was conveyed to said part of the First part by Samuel P Sorrels & wife by date dated June 10th, 1860, and duly recorded in Probate office of said County in Deed Book EE, pages # 238 & 239 - and to which reference is hereby made - Together with all and singular the appurtenances, hereditaments, Privileges and advantages whatsoever, unto the above described premises belonging, or in any wise appertaining. And, also, all the estate, right, title, interest and property and claim whatsoever, either at law or in equity of these the said Adam Winters and Mary, his wife, of, in & to same - To Have and To Hold; The above granted, bargained and described promise with the appurtenances unto the said John B Winters and Margaret Davis and their heirs, executors, administrators and assigns forever. And the said Adam Winters and Mary, his wife, for themselves & their heirs, executors and administrators, do - Covenant, grant, promise & agree to and with the said Margaret Davis & John B Winters & to and with their heirs, executors, administrators & assigns, that they the said Adam Winters & Mary Winters, his wife, & their heirs, the above described & hereby granted premises and even part and parcel thereof with the appurtenances unto the said John B Winters and Margaret Davis and unto their heirs, executors, administrators and assigns against the claims or claims of them the said Adam Winters & wife & their heirs, executors or administrators and against all persons lawfully or equitably claiming or to claim said premises, or any part thereof, these the said Adam Winters and Mary Winters, his wife, shall and will Warrant and by these presents forever defend. In witness whereof the said Adam Winters and Mary Winters, his wife, have hereunto set their hands and seals the day and year herein written. - The land conveyed in the above deed is estimated at Two Thousand Dollars by me this 01st day of November, 1855 (Adam Winters.) - (Signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of) Adam Winters & Mary Winters.

State of Mississippi - Ss - County of Claiborne; Personally appeared before the undersigned Justice of the Peace in and for said county, Adam Winters & Mary Winters, his wife, who being by me examined did severally acknowledge that they signed, sealed and delivered the within deed on the day and year & for the purposes therein specified as their voluntary act and deed, and the said Mary, wife of the said Adams Winters, being by me examined privately & separate & apart from her said husband did upon such her private examination acknowledge that she signed, sealed & Delivered the within deed on the day & Year & for the purposes therein specified as her voluntary act & deed, without any fear, threats or compulsion of her said husband. Given under my hand and seal this 05th day of November, A D, 1865. (Signed and sealed) J M McBoren, Justice of the Peace. Filed for record; At 11;15 o’clock, A.m., November 11th, 1855, and truly recorded. The required number of Revenue Stamps were attached to this deed. (Signed and sealed) James A Gage, Clerk.

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Document # 05. Deed Book # FF, page # 205, et seq. November 01st, 1866

A Winters, and Wife, to John B Winters

The Warranty Deed

Know all men; That Adam Winters and Mary E, his wife, of the County of Claiborne, State Of Mississippi, of the First part, and John B Winters of the county and state aforesaid, of the Second part, Witnesseth; That the said Adam Winters & his wife, Mare E, in consideration of the sum of Ten Thousand Two Hundred and Forty Seven Dollars in hand paid by the said party of the second part, at or before the ensealing of these presents the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged & confessed, and the said party of the Second part, his heirs and assigns are forever released and discharged from these payments of the same or any part thereof by these presents have bargained and sold and do hereby grant, bargain, sell and convey unto the said John B Winters, and his heirs and assigns forever, the following described tracts of land, premises & property, situate and being in the county and state aforesaid and known and described as follows, to - wit; The Northwest Quarter of Section One (1), Township Ten (10) North, range Four (4) East, containing One Hundred and Fifty - Seven and 81/100 acres (157 81/100 acres). Also, the East - Half of Southwest Quarter & Southwest Quarter of the Southeast Section One (1), Township Ten (10) North, Range Four (4) East (A note - 120 acres.). And the Northwest Quarter of Northeast Quarter of Section One (1), Township Ten (10) North, Range Four (4) East, Containing One Hundred and Fifty - Seven and 74/100 acres (157 74/100 acres). Also, the Southeast Quarter of Section Two (2), Township Ten (10) range Four (4) East, containing One Hundred and Fifty Seven & 21/100 acres (157 21/100 acres). Also, all of Section No. Forty - Three (43), Township Eleven (11) East, Range Four (4) East, containing Six Hundred and Forty - Four and 36/100 (644 36/100 acres) Acres. Also, the Northeast Quarter of the Northeast Quarter & West - Half of the Northeast Quarter & Southeast Quarter of Northwest Quarter of Section Two (2), Township Ten (10) Range Four (4) East, containing One hundred and Fifty - Seven and 69/100 (157 & 59/100 acres) acres. Also, the Southeast Quarter of the Northeast Quarter of Section Two (2), Township Ten (10) North, Range Four (4) East, containing Thirty - Nine & 42/100 acres (39 & 42/100 acres) acres. Also, the North of Southeast Quarter of Section One (1), Township (10) North, Range Four East, containing Seventy - Eight & 90/100 (78 & 90/100 acres) acres. Also, Northwest Quarter of Northeast Quarter and Southwest Quarter of the Southwest Quarter of Section One (1), Township Ten (10) North, Range Four (4) East, containing Seventy - Eight & 96/100 (78 & 96/100 acres). Also, the North - Half of Southeast Quarter, the Southeast Quarter of the Southeast Quarter & the Northwest Quarter of the Northeast Quarter of the Southwest Quarter of Section Fifteen (15), Township Ten (10) North, Range Four (4), continuing One Hundred and Fifty - Eight & 84/100 (158 84/100 acres) acres. Also, the Northwest Quarter of the Northeast Quarter of Section No. Twelve (12), Township Ten (10) North, Four (4) East, containing Thirty - Nine & 62/100 (39.62 acres). Also, the Northwest Quarter of the Northwest Quarter and the Southwest Quarter of the Southwest Quarter of Section One (1), Township Ten (10) North, Range Four (4) East, containing Seventy - Eight and 90/100 (78.9) acres, Also, the North - Half of the Southeast Quarter of the Southeast Quarter and the Northeast Quarter of the Southwest quarter of Section Fifteen (15), Township Ten (10) North, Range Four (4) East, containing One Hundred and Fifty - Eight and 84/100 (158.84) acres. The North West Quarter of the Northwest Quarter of Section Twelve (12), Township Ten (10) North, Range Four (4) East, containing Thirty - Nine 64/100 (39.64) acres. Also, the Northwest Quarter of the Northeast quarter of Section Twelve (12), township Ten (10) North, Range Four (4) East, containing Forty (40) acres. Also, the Northwest Quarter of the Southwest Quarter Section One (1), Township Ten (10) North, Range Four (4) East, containing Thirty - Nine and 45/100 (39.45) acres. Also, the West - Half of the Northwest Quarter of Section Two (2), Township Ten (10) North, Range Four (4) East, containing Seventy Eight & 27/ 100 (78.27) acres. Also, the Northeast Quarter of the Northwest Quarter Section Two (2), Township Ten (10) North, Range four (4) East containing Thirty - Nine & 14/100 (39.14) acres. Also, the West - Half of the Southwest Quarter and Northeast Quarter of the Southwest Quarter & Southeast Quarter of the Southwest Quarter of Section Two (2), Township Ten (10) North, Range Four (4) East. Containing One Hundred and Forty - Seven & 41/100 (147.41) acres.

The said tracts of land estimated to contain Two Thousand and Fourteen & 77/100 acres, more or less, together with all and singular the work animals (Thirteen mules, Three yokes of oxen and all of the stock of any description, cattle, hogs, sheep and all of the farm implements, consisting of wagons, plows, axes & together with all of the grain that may be on hand, corn crop, & together with all and singular the present entry crops of 1866 of cotton & corn now in process of cultivation, together with all and singular the tan yard and all appurtenances, situate, together with all and singular every note, claim, account, expression of debt whatsoever that may be due to Adam Winters. To Have and To Hold; Said premises with the said appurtenances and stock claim until the said John B Winters, his heirs and aforesaid forever, and the said Adam Winters and Mary E, his wife, for themselves and heirs do hereby covenant with said John B winters, his heirs and assigns, that they are lawfully seized and the premises & property aforesaid, and that the premises & property described are free and clear from all encumbrances whatsoever and that they will forever Warrant and defend the same with the appurtenances & privileges unto the said John B Winters, his heirs and assigns, against the lawful claims of all persons whatsoever. In testimony whereof the said Adam Winters & Mary E, his wife, who hereby relinquishes all her Right of Dower in the remises have hereunto set their hands and seals the 19th day of July in the year Eighteen Hundred and Sixty - Six. (Signed, Sealed and delivered in the presence of;) Adam Winters & Mary E Winters.

State of Mississippi - Ss - County of Claiborne; Personally appeared before the undersigned Justice of the Peace in and for said county, Adam Winters & Mary E, his wife, who acknowledged to me that they signed sealed and delivered toe foregoing Deed of Conveyance on the day and year therein named and for the purposes therein set forth as their voluntary act and deed. Also at the same time and place, personally appeared Mary E Winters, wife of said Adams Winters, who in a private examination, separate and apart form her said husband, acknowledged that she signed, sealed and deliveries said deed freely, without any fear, threats, compulsion or other undue influences from her said husband , as her voluntary act and deed. Given under my hand and seal the 19th day of July, A D, 1866. (Signed and sealed) James McBrian (?) Filed for Record; This 25th day of July, A D, 1866, and truly recorded. (Signed and sealed) James Gage, Clerk, by James R Gage, Deputy Clerk.

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Document # 06. Deed Book # FF, page # 277, et seq. November 01st, 1866

John B Winters to Margaret E Davis

The Warranty Deed

This instrument does not mention the Northwest Quarter of Section 1, Township 10 North, Range 4 East.

Know all men; That John B Winters, Junior of the County of Claiborne and State of Mississippi in consideration of the sum of Three Thousand Dollars in hand paid by Mrs. Margaret E Davis of the County and State aforesaid, have bargained and sold and do hereby grant, bargain, sell and convey unto the said Margaret E Davis, his heirs and assigns forever the undivided half interest in the following described tract of land or premises and machinery, situate in the County of Claiborne and State of Mississippi and described as follows, to - wit; The North - Half of the Southeast Quarter and the Southeast Quarter of the Northwest Quarter and the Northeast Quarter of the Southwest Quarter and the Southeast Quarter of the Northwest Quarter of Section No 15, Township No 10 North, Range 4 East, containing 158 85/100 acres, less two acres cut off of Southeaster Corner of North - Half of the Southeast Quarter and conveyed by Labin Lupo & Wife to William Bunting, November 30th, 1859; Also the South - Half of the Northeast Quarter of Section No 15, Township No 10 North, Range 4 East, containing 79 and 43/100 acres; Also, the West - Half of the Northeast Quarter of Section No 15, Township 10 North, Range 4 East, containing 80 acres; Also, the North - Half of the Northwest Quarter of Section No. 12, Township No 10 North, Range 4 East, containing 79 68/100 acres;

Also, the South Half of the Southwest Quarter of Section No 13, Township No. 10 North, Range 4 East continuing 75 77/100 acres; And the Southwest Quarter of the Southeast Quarter of Section No. 12, Township 10 North, Range 4 East, containing 40 acres. Said tracts estimated to contain in all Five Hundred and Thirteen acres, more or less and being the same lands of which the undivided One - Half was conveyed to the said John B winters by Adam Winters and Mary E Winters, his wife, by deed dated November 01st, 1865, and dully recorded in the Probate office of said county in Deed Book # FF, pages # 035 & 036, to which reference is hereby made. Together with all and singular the undivided half interest in all and every part of the machinery, pertaining to the Saw Mill and Plaining Mill, know as the saw and Plaining Mills conveyed by Adam Winters and Mary E, his wife to J B Winters and Margaret E Davis. - To - wit; Steam Engine & Boiler, Circular Saw & Mill and Plaining Mill, Shafts, Pulleys, Timber Wheels & Wagons and all Oxen or Cattle used about said Mills; Together with all and singular the appurtenances, hereditaments, privileges and advantages, whatsoever with the above described premises belonging or in any wise appertaining. And also all the estate, right, title, interest and property and claims whatsoever, either at law or equity of him the said John B Winters, Junior, of in and to the same. To Have and to Hold; Said Premise until the appurtenances the said Margaret E Davis, her heirs and assigns, forever, and the said John B Winters for himself and heirs do hereby covenant with said Margaret E Davis, her heirs and assigns that heirs lawfully seized of the premises aforesaid. And that the premises are & clear from all encumbrances whatsoever and that he will forever Warrant and defend the same with the appurtenances with the said Margaret E Davis, her heirs and assigns against the lawful claims of all persons whomsoever. In testimony the said John B winters has hereunto set his hand and seal this 09th day of October in the Year of our Lord Eighteen Hundred and Sixty - Seven. (Signed and sealed) John B Winters.

State of Mississippi - Ss - Claiborne County; Personally appeared before the undersigned Justice of the Peace in and for said county, John B Winters, who acknowledged to me that he signed, sealed and delivered the foregoing deed of conveyance on the day and year therein named, and for the purposes therein set forth, as his voluntary act and deed. Given under my hand and seal this 09th day of October, A D, 1866. (Signed and sealed) J McBrien, Justice of the Peace. Filed for record; The 29th day of October, 1866, and truly filed. (Signed and sealed) James A Gage, Clerk.

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Document # 07. Deed Book # GG, page # 023, et seq. July 11th, 1867

Margaret E Davis to Italy Nesmith

The Warranty Deed

This instrument does not mention the Northwest Quarter of Section 1.

Know all men; That Margaret E Davis and John R Davis, her husband, of the County of Claiborne and State of Mississippi, in consideration of the sum of Twenty - One Hundred and Fifty Dollars of good and lawful money of the United States of America in hand paid by Italy Nesmith have bargained and sold and do hereby grant, bargain, sell and convey unto the said Italy Nesmith and his heirs and assigns forever the following premises, situate in the County of Claiborne and State of Mississippi and described as follows: The North Half of the Northwest Quarter of Section Number Fourteen, Township Number Ten North, Range Number Four East, containing Seventy - Nine and 69/100 acres, less Twenty acres described as follows, the West - Half of the North Quarter of the North West Quarter of said Section Number Fourteen, Township Number Ten North, Range Number Four East, the said Twenty acres has been surveyed, cut off and reserved for the purpose of retaining the land that all of the mill - houses & cabins are built upon - Also the South Half of the South West Quarter of Section No. Thirteen, Township No. Ten of Range No Four East containing Seventy Eight & 69/100 acres, said Two tracts or parcels of land estimated to contain in all One Hundred and Thirty - Eight and 36/100 acres - To Have and To Hold; Said premises with the appurtenances unto the said Italy Nesmith his heirs and assigns forever. And the said Margaret E Davis and John R Davis, her husband, for themselves and heirs do hereby covenant with said Italy Nesmith, his heirs, and assigns that they are lawfully seized of the premises aforesaid, and that the premise are free and clear from all encumbrances, whatsoever and that they will forever Warrant and defend the same with the appurtenances unto the said Italy Nesmith, his heirs, and assigns, against the lawful claims of all persons whomsoever. In testimony where of the said Margaret E Davis and John R Davis (Margaret E Davis hereby relinquishes all her Right of Dower in the premise) both have hereunto set their hands and seal this 11th day of July in the year Eighteen Hundred and Sixty - Seven. (Signed and sealed) Margaret E Davis & John R Davis.

State of Mississippi - Ss - Claiborne County; Personally appeared before the undersigned Justice of the Peace in and for said County, Margaret E Davis and John R Davis, her husband, who acknowledged to me that they signed, sealed and delivered, toe foregoing deed of conveyance on the day and year therein named and for the purposes therein set forth as their voluntary act and deed. Also at the same time and place personally appeared Margaret E Davis who in a private examination separate and apart from, her said husband acknowledged that she signed, sealed and delivered said deed freely without any fear, threats, compulsion, or other undue influences from her said husband and as her voluntary act and deed. Given under my hand and seal this 11th day of July, A D, 1867. (Signed and sealed) J McBrien, Justice of the Peace. $2.50 Revenue Stamps attached and canceled. (Signed and sealed) Jas. A Gage, Clerk, by Jno R Gage, Deputy Clerk. Filed for record; July 20th, 1867, and truly recorded. (Signed and sealed) James A gage, Clerk, by Jno. R Gage, Deputy Clerk

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Document # 08. Deed Book # GG, page # 073, et seq. November 22nd, 1867

John B Winters to Adam Winters

The Warranty Deed

This document appears to return the ownership of the Northwest Quarter of Section 1.

Know all men; That John B Winters of the County of Claiborne, State of Mississippi, of the First part and Adam Winters of the County of Cass and state of Missouri of the Second part, Witnesseth; That the said John B Winters in consideration of the sum of Six Thousand Dollars in hand paid by the said party of the Second part, at and before the sealing of these presents, the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged and confessed and the said party o f the Second part, his heirs and assigns are forever, released and discharged from the payment of the same, or any part thereto by these presents, have bargained and sold and hereby grant, bargain, sell and covenant to the said Adam Winters and his heirs and assigns forever the following described tracts of land, premises and property, situate & being in the county and state aforesaid, and known and described as follows, to - wit; The Northwest Quarter of Section One (1), Township Ten (10) North, Range Four (4) East containing One Hundred and Fifty - Seven acres & 85/100 acres (157.85); Also, the East - Half of the Northwest Quarter and Southwest Quarter of Southeast Quarter of Section One (1), Township Ten (10) North, Range Four (4) East and Northwest Quarter of the Northeast Quarter of Section One (1), Township Ten (10) North, Range Four (4) East containing One Hundred Fifty Seven & 74/100 acres (157.74); Also, the Southeast Quarter of Section Two (2), Township Ten (10) North, range Four (4) East, countering One Hundred and Fifty Seven and 21/100 acres (157.21); Also, all of Section No. Forty Three 943), Township Eleven (11) North, Range Four (4) East containing Six Hundred and Forty Four and 35/100 (644.35.); Also, the Northeast Quarter of the Northeast Quarter & West - Half of the Northeast Quarter & Southeast Quarter of Northwest Quarter of Section Two (2), Township Ten (10) North, Range Four (4) East, containing One Hundred and Fifty - Seven & 69/100 (159.69) acres; Also, the Southeast Quarter of the Northeast Quarter of Section No. Two (2), Township Ten (10) North, Range Four (4) East continuing Thirty - Nine & 42/100 (39.42) acres; Also, the North - Half of the Southeast Quarter of section One (1), Township Ten (10) North, Range Four (4) East containing Seventy - Eight & 90/100 (78.9) acres; Also, the Northwest Quarter of the Northeast Quarter and the Southwest Quarter of the Southwest Quarter of Section One (1), Township Ten (10) North, Range Four (4) East containing Seventy Eight & 90/100 (78.9) acres; Also, the North Half of the Southeast Quarter of the Southeast Quarter, Southeast Quarter of the Northwest Quarter and the Northeast Quarter of the Southwest Quarter of Section Fifteen (15), Township Ten (10) North, Range Four (4) East, containing One Hundred and Fifty - Eight & 84/100 (158.84); Also, the Northwest Quarter of the Northeast Quarter of Section Twelve, Township Ten (10) North, Range Four 94) East, containing Thirty - Nine & 63/100 (39.63) acres; Also, the Northeast Quarter of Northeast Quarter of Section Twelve (12), Township Ten (10) North, Range Four (4) East containing Forty (40.0) acres; Also, the Northwest Quarter of the Southwest Quarter of Section One (1), Township Ten (10) North, Range Four (4) East containing Thirty - Nine & 45/100 (39.45) acres; Also, the West - Half of Northwest Quarter of Section Two (2), Township Ten (10) North, Range Four (4) East containing Seventy - Eight & 27/100 (78.27) acres; Also, the Northeast Quarter of Northwest Quarter of Section Two (2), Township Ten (10) North, Range Four (4) East containing Thirty - Nine & 14/100 (39.14) acres; Also, the West - Half of the Southwest Quarter and the Northeast Quarter of the Southwest Quarter and the Southwest Quarter of the Southwest Quarter of Section Two (2), Township Ten North, range Four (4) East containing One Hundred and Forty - Seven & 41/100 (147.41) acres; Said tracts or parcels of land estimated to contain altogether Two Thousand and Fourteen and 77/100 (2,014.77) acres, more or less; Together with all and singular the work animals & stock of every kind & description including mules, hogs, sheep, cattle, etc. To Have and To Hold; Said premises with he appurtenances and stock, etc., unto the said Adam Winters, his heirs and assigns forever and the said John B Winters for himself and heirs do hereby covenant with said Adam Winters, his heirs and assigns, that he is lawfully seized of the premises and property aforesaid and described, are free and clear from all encumbrances whatsoever and that he will forever Warrant and defend the same with the appurtenances & privileges unto the said Adam Winters, his heirs and assigns against the lawful claims of all persons whatsoever. In testimony whereof the said John B Winters has hereunto set is hand and seal this 22nd day of November in the year Eighteen Hundred and Sixty - Seven. (Signed and sealed) John B Winters.

State of Mississippi - Ss - County of Claiborne; Personally appeared before the undersigned Justice of the Peach in and for said county, John B Winters, who acknowledged that he signed, sealed and delivered the foregoing deed of conveyance on the day and year therein named, and for the purposes therein set forth as his voluntary act and deed this 22nd day of November, A D, 1861. (Signed and sealed) Frank K Weldon, Justice of the Peace. Filed for record; November 28th, 1867, and truly recorded. (Signed and sealed) Jas. A Gage, Clerk, per Jno R Gage, Deputy Clerk

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 Document # 09. Deed Book # ZZ, page # 115, et seq. March 11th, 1886

Mrs. I M Noble, et al, to J W Noble

The Quit Claim Deed

State of Mississippi - Ss - County of Claiborne; For and in consideration of the sum of (Blank) Dollars and for the purposes of fully conveying out the intent of a certain instrument of writing for distribution of the Estate of E F Noble, deceased, made and entered into on the 11th day of March, 1886, and we do here acknowledge ourselves as parties thereto. We further bargain, sell and Quit Claim to J W Noble, his heirs and forever, the following described lands lying and being in the County of Claiborne and State of Mississippi, to - wit; The East - Half of the Northwest Quarter of Section 7, Township 10 North, Range 5 East, and the Southwest Quarter of the Northwest Quarter of the Southwest Quarter, a part of the Northeast Quarter of Southwest Quarter of the Northeast Quarter, Section 13, Township 10 North, Range 4 East, the West - Half of the Southwest Quarter of the Northeast Quarter and the West - Half of the Northeast Quarter and the Northwest Quarter of Section 1, Township 10 North, Range 4 East, and, the Northeast Quarter of the Northeast Quarter of Section 2, Township 10 North, Range 4 East, and Eight acres on the East side of the Northwest Quarter of the Northeast Quarter of the Northeast Quarter, containing Five Hundred acres, more or less. In witness whereof we have hereto set our hands and sealed this 11th day of March, 1886. The above lands lying North of the Public Road known as the Methodist Road. (Signed and sealed) I M Noble & R F Noble.

The State of Mississippi & County of Claiborne; Personally appeared before me, A K Jones, Clerk of the Chancery Court of the County of Claiborne, the within named Mrs. I F Noble and R F Noble who acknowledged that they signed and delivered the foregoing instrument of writing on the day and year therein mentioned. Given under my hand and seal of said court this 12th day of March, 1886. (Signed and sealed) A K Jones, Clerk. Filed for record; March 12th, 1886, at 1;05 P.m., and duly recorded April 05th, 1886. (Signed and sealed) A K Jones, Clerk, by M Jones, Deputy Clerk.

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Document # 10. Deed Book # 3 - B, page # 030, et seq. February 01st, 1888

J W Noble to D O Perkins

The Warranty Deed

The State of Mississippi - Ss - Claiborne County; In consideration of the sum of Five Hundred Dollars to be paid as follows; That is to say, One Hundred Dollars cash in hand paid me by the grantee herein; and Two Hundred Dollars to be due and payable on or before the 30th day of December, 1888, and evidenced by the promissory note of the said D O Perkins, dated this 01st day of February, 1888, payable to the said J W Noble on or before the 30th day of December, 1888, for said sum of Two Hundred Dollars, with interest from maturity at Ten per cent per annum. And Two Hundred Dollars to be due and payable on or before the 30th day of December, 1889, and evidenced by the promissory note of the said D O Perkins dated this 01st day of February, 1888, payable to the said J W Noble on or before the 30th day of December, 1889, for said sum of Two Hundred Dollars with interest from maturity at Ten percent per annum; To secure the payment of which said promissory notes at the several dates thereof, a venders lien is hereby reserved upon the land hereinafter granted and sold to the said D O Perkins. Now in consideration of the premises and the execution and delivery of the Two said notes to the said J W Noble, he has conveyed and Warranted unto the said D O Perkins the following described land situated in the County of Claiborne and State aforesaid, to - wit: The Nw¼ of Section 1, Township 10 North, Range 4 East, and Eight (8) acres on the East Side of the Nw¼ of the NE¼ of Section 2, Township 10 North, Range, And the SE¼ of the SE¼ of Section 43, Township 11 North, Range 4 East, containing Two Hundred and forty Eight Acres, more or less. Interlining done before signing. Witness my signature the 01st day of February, 1888. (Signed and sealed) J W Noble.

State of Mississippi - Ss - County of Claiborne; Personally appeared before me, A K Jones, Clerk of the Chancery Court of the County of Claiborne and State of Mississippi the within named J W Noble who acknowledged that he signed and delivered the foregoing instrument on the day and year therein mentioned. Given under my hand and official seal this February 18th, 1888. (Signed and sealed) A K Jones, Clerk. Filed for record; This 01st day of February, 1888, at 4;40 P.m., Recorded February 03rd, 1888. (Signed and sealed) A K Jones, Clerk, by E A Inslee, Deputy Clerk.

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Document # 11. Deed Book # 3 - R, page # 353, et seq. December 29th, 1904

D O Perkins to J A B Jones - E S Drake, Trustee

The Deed in Trust

For and in consideration of One dollar in hand paid, the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged C O Perkins and A C Perkins, his wife, do hereby Warrant and convey unto E S Drake, Trustee, the following described real estate lying and situate in Claiborne County, Mississippi, to - wit; All that part of the NW ¼ of Section 1, Township 10 North, Range 4 East, which lies West of the Public Road leading from Sarepta Church to J P Martins, containing Fifty Acres, more or less, being the same land conveyed to me by C H Perkins. et al. And also all of the rents issues profits and crops thereof or annually arising therefrom so long as there shall remain unpaid any balance on any of the notes secured hereby. This conveyance is in Trust to secure to the holder or holders thereof the payment of the following described Three (3) promissory notes of even date herewith aggregating Three Hundred Dollars ($300) payable to the order of J A B Barnes due and payable one, two and three years after, with interest at the rate of Ten per cent per annum from date until paid, said interest payable on the 29th day of December, 1905, and annually thereafter. Now, if we shall well and truly pay said promissory notes as the same shall mature and shall well and truly pay said annual installments of interest when due, and shall do and perform all of the other covenants herein contained, then this conveyance to become null and void, otherwise to be and remaining full force and effect; And in the latter event, to - wit; In case of failure on our part either to pay any of said notes at maturity or to pay any of said annual installments of interest when due or to do and perform any of the other covenants herein contained, then the said E S Drake, Trustee, may and he is hereby empowered to seize and sell said property hereinbefore described at public auction t the highest bidder for cash, after having first given not less than Twenty (20) days’ notice of the time place and terms of such sale by advertisement theretofore in some newspaper published in said Claiborne County, and out of the proceeds of any sales so made such Trustee shall First pay all costs and expenses of the same, including attorneys’ fees as provided in the said promissory notes. And he shall then pay said promissory notes with accrued interest according to their tenor and effect, and any other sums secured hereby and shall pay the remainder, if any, to us. And we do hereby covenant and agree that we will pay all taxes or assessments which are or may become a lien on said land as the same shall fall due and in case we shall fail to pay the same or any part thereof, then the then legal holder of any one of said notes then unpaid may pay the same, and any sums so paid for such taxes shall be secured hereby, and shall be payable on demand, shall bear interest at the rate of Ten per cent per annum from the date of such payment; But such failure on our part to pay said taxes or assessments or any part of the same when due or to pay any of said notes at maturity or to pay any of said annual installments of interest when due shall operate to mature the entire debt secured hereby and render it and this instrument immediately due and eligible at the option of the then legal holder of any of said notes then unpaid. And it is further understood and agreed that the legal holder of any Two of said notes may at any time or for any reason appoint another Trustee in the place of the said E S Drake, whose and doings in the premises shall be as valid and binding as if done by the said E S Drake, and as to such substituted Trustee like power of substitution shall exist until all of the trusts of this instrument are fully satisfied. Witness our signatures this 29th day of December, 1904. (Signed and sealed) C O Perkins & A C Perkins.

State of Mississippi - Ss - County of Claiborne; Personally appeared before the undersigned a Justice of the Peace in and for said County the within named C O Perkins and A C Perkins, his wife, who acknowledged that they signed and delivered the foregoing instrument on the day and year therein mentioned. Given under my hand this the 30th day of December, 1904. (Signed and sealed) J P Martin, Justice of the Peace. Filed for Record: At 11;30 A.m., December 31st, 1904, and truly recorded. (Signed and sealed) R C McCay, Clerk.

(A note - Hand written on the margin of this document.) # 1. There is still due and unpaid upon the debt secured hereby the sum of Three Hundred ($300.00) Dollars with interest at the rate of Ten per cent per annum. from December 28th, 1907, until paid, and we promise to pay the same on December 28th, 1911, hereby renewing and continuing in force the Trust Deed to secure said debt thereby extended. Dated November 11th, 1911. (Signed and sealed) A C W & C O Perkins. Attest; A K Brashear, Clerk by H A Marschalk, Deputy Clerk. # 2. The Rate of Interest on notes secured hereby reduced to 6% per annum from this date 01/10/17. (Signed and sealed) J H P Jones, by, J P Drake, Attorney.

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Document # 12. Deed Book # 3 - S, page # 020, et seq. December 31st, 1904

N O Perkins, et al to C B Rollins, et al.

The Warranty Deed

In consideration of Three Hundred and Fifty Dollars, we hereby remise, release, Quit Claim, and convey unto C B Rollins and J D Rollins, her husband, the following described real estate situated in the County of Claiborne and State of Mississippi, to - wit; All that part of the Northwest Quarter of Section 1, Township 10 North, Range Four East, which lies East of the Public Road leading from Serepta Church to the residence of J P Martin, containing One Hundred acres, more or less. This is a part of the land conveyed to D O Perkins by J W Noble by deed of date the First of February A D, 1888, recorded in Deed Book # 3 - B, page # 30. This deed is signed by all the heirs of law of the said D O Perkins, except C B Rollins, who is also an heir. Witness our signature this 31st day of December, A D, 1904. (Signed and sealed) N O Perkins, C O Perkins, A C Perkins, C H Perkins, K O Perkins, M T Perkins.

State of Mississippi - Ss - County of Claiborne; Personally appeared before the undersigned a Justice of the Peace of said county, the above named N O Perkins, C O Perkins, A C Perkins, his wife, C H Perkins, and K C Perkins, his wife, and M T Perkins, unmarried, who acknowledged that they signed and delivered the foregoing deed on the day and year therein mentioned. Given under my hand this 31st day of December, A D, 1904. (Signed and sealed) J P Martin, Justice of the Peace. (A note - Lillian E and Sidney Sorrells signed this instrument of conveyance. Why??) State of Mississippi - Ss - County of Claiborne: Personally appeared before the undersigned a Justice of the Peace of said County, the above named L E Sorrells and Sidney Sorrells, who acknowledged that they signed and delivered the foregoing deed on the day and in the year therein mentioned. Given under my hand this 12th day of January, A D, 1905. (Signed and sealed) B W Smith, Justice of the Peace. Filed for record; At 10;25 A.m., February 21st, 1905, and truly recorded. (Signed and sealed) R C McCay, Clerk.

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Document # 13. Deed Book # 3 - Y, page # 346, et seq. October 04th, 1917

J H B Jones to J T Drake

The Appointment of the Trustee

By virtue of the power vested in me by that certain trust deed executed on the 29th day of December, 1904, by C O Perkins, and A C Perkins, his wife, to E S Drake Trustee, to secure an indebtedness therein mentioned to J A B Jones, which trust deed is of record in Deed Book # 3 - R, page # 353 and 354 of the deed records of Claiborne County, Mississippi, E S Drake, the Trustee named therein being dead, I, J H B Jones, Executrix of the Estate of the said J A B Jones, deceased, being now the legal holder of the note secured by the said trust deed, do hereby appoint J T Drake as trustee in said trust deed instead of said E S Drake, accorded to the terms and provisions of the same. Witness my signature this 04th day of October, 1917. (Signed and sealed) Mrs. J H P Jones.

State of Mississippi - County of Pike; Personally appeared before the undersigned Chancery Clerk in and for said county and state, the above named J H P Jones, who acknowledged that she signed and delivered the foregoing instrument on the day and year therein mentioned. Given under my hand and seal of office this 04th day of October, A D, 1917. (Signed and sealed) Charles E Brumfield - Chancery Clerk - Pike County, Mississippi. Filed for record: At 2;30 P.m. o’clock, on November 01st, 1917, and truly recorded on November 01st, 1917. (Signed and sealed) B H Morehead, Chancery Clerk, by W Y Hughes, Deputy Clerk.

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Document # 14. Deed Book # 4 - C, page # 324, et seq. December 03rd, 1917

C O Perkins to J M Reed _ - J T Drake, Trustee

The Deed of Conveyance

Whereas, upon the 29th day of December, A D, 1904, C O Perkins and A C Perkins, his wife, executed to E S Drake, Trustee, a certain trust deed conveying the hereinafter described land to said trustee to secure a debt therein mentioned to J A B Jones, which trust deed is of record in Deed Book # 3 - R, page # 353, of the deed records of Claiborne County, Mississippi, and is here referred to, and whereas thereafter, to - wit; On the 13th day of November, A D, 1911, the said C O Perkins and wife renewed the said debt and trust deed by endorsement upon the margin of said record, attested by the Chancery Clerk; and whereas, thereafter, to - wit; On October 04th, 1917, the undersigned J T Drake, was appointed trustee in said trust deed in place of said E S Drake, who was then dead, by the then legal holder of the debt secured by said trust deed, which appointment is now of record in Deed Book 3 - Y, page # 346, of said deed records, and whereas, default having been made in the payment of said debt, I proceeded to offer said land for sale at the front door of the Court house of said county, on this the 3rd day of December, A D, 1917, at public auction, to the highest bidder for cash, within the hours prescribed by law for sales under execution, after having first given Three weeks notice of the time, place and terms of said sale by advertisement thereof in the Port Gibson Reveille, a public newspaper published in said Claiborne County, Mississippi, and also by posting a notice thereof, for said space of time, at the front door of the Court House of said County, when and whereas the hereinafter named purchaser became and was the best, last and highest bidder thereof for and at the sum of Three Hundred Dollars; Now therefore by virtue of the power vested in me by said Trust Deed and said appointment thereunder and in consideration of said sum of money, I, J T Drake, substituted trustee, as aforesaid do hereby convey unto J M Reed, the following described real estate lying and situate in said Claiborne County, Mississippi, to - wit; All that part of the Northwest Quarter of Section One (1), Township Ten (10) North, Range Four (4) East, which lies West of the Public Road leading from Sarepta Church to J P Martin’s containing 50 acres, more or less, and being the same convey to C O Perkins by C H Perkins, et al. No steps were taken by me to foreclose said trust deed, and said advertisement was not published, nor was said notice posted until after the appointment of myself as substituted trustee had been spread at large upon the said records, as aforesaid. Witness my signature this 03rd day of December, A D, 1917. (Signed and sealed) J T Drake, Substituted Trustee.

State of Mississippi - Ss - County of Claiborne; Personally appeared before the undersigned Chancery Clerk, in and for said County and State the within named J T Drake substituted Trustee, who acknowledged that he signed and delivered the foregoing deed on the day and year therein mentioned, and in the capacity herein set out. Given under my hand and seal of office this 08th day of December, 1917. (Signed and sealed) B H Morehead, Chancery Clerk, by W Y Hughes, Deputy Clerk. Filed for record; At 12;00 o’clock, A.m., December 08th, 1917, and truly recorded December 10th, 1917. (Signed and sealed) W H Morehead, Chancery Clerk, by W Y Hughes, Deputy Clerk.

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Document # 15. Deed Book # 7 - W, page # 097, et seq. September 30th, 1966

Harvey Rollins, et al, to Clovis B Reed

The Warranty Deed

For and in consideration of the sum of Ten Dollars($10.00), cash in hand paid, and other good and valuable considerations, the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged, we, Harvey Rollins, J F Rollins (Sometimes known as Foreman Rollins), Cornie L Reed, F Lester Reed, Lois R Easley and Della Reed, do hereby convey and Warrant unto Clovis B Reed all of our undivided interest (being all interests not already owned by the grantee, herein) in and to the following described real estate lying and situate in Claiborne county, Mississippi, to - wit: That certain tract of land sometimes referred to as the J D Rollins place, and being the same property which was conveyed to J D Rollins and C B Rollins by N O Perkins, et al, by deed recorded in Deed Book # 3 - S, page # 20, of the deed records of said Claiborne County; the same being supposed to be all of that part or portion of the Northwest Quarter (Nw¼) of Section One (1), Township Ten (10) North, Range Four (4) East, which lies East of the Public Road leading from Sarepta Church toward the Old J P Martin residence; and containing 100 acres, more or less. It is our intention to convey and we do convey our interest in the entire tract known as the J D Rollins place, whether the above particular description be accurate and correct or not. witness our signatures this the 30th day of September, 1966. (Signed and sealed) Harvey Rollins, J F Rollins, Cornie L Reed, F Lester Reed, Lois R Easley and Della Reed.

State of Louisiana - Ss - Parish of Caddo; Personally appeared before the undersigned authority in and for said county and state, the within named Harvey Rollins, who acknowledged that he signed and delivered the foregoing deed on the day and year therein mentioned. My commission expires with my death. Given under my hand and official seal this the 03rd day of February, 1967. (Signed and sealed) J Bennett Johnston, Jr., Notary Public. State of Indiana - Ss - County of Porter; Personally appeared before the undersigned authority in and for said county and state, the within named J F Rollins, who acknowledged that he signed and delivered the foregoing deed on the day and year therein mentioned. My commission expires 04/18/67. Given under my hand and official seal this the 04th day of October, 1966. (Signed and sealed) Joyce M Letor, Notary Public. State of Indiana - Ss - County of Marion; Personally appeared before the undersigned authority in and for said county and state, the within named Cornie L Reed, who acknowledged that he signed and delivered the foregoing deed on the day and year therein mentioned. My commission expires 12/22/68. Given under my hand and official seal this the 30th day of September, 1966. (Signed and sealed) Millie C Williford, Notary Public. State of Louisiana - Ss - Parish of East Baton Rouge; Personally appeared before the undersigned authority in and for said county and state, the within named Lois R Eastley, who acknowledged that he signed and delivered the foregoing deed on the day and year therein mentioned. My commission expires with my death. Given under my hand and official seal this the 10th day of February, 1967. (Signed and sealed) J Ray Maugher, Notary Public. State of California- Ss - County of Orange; Personally appeared before the undersigned authority in and for said county and state, the within named F Lester Reed, who acknowledged that he signed and delivered the foregoing deed on the day and year therein mentioned. My commission expires 10/06/1968. Given under my hand and official seal this the 21st day of December, 1966. (Signed and sealed) Robert J Smith, Notary Public. State of Mississippi - Ss - County of Claiborne; Personally appeared before the undersigned authority in and for said county and state, the within named Della Reed, who acknowledged that he signed and delivered the foregoing deed on the day and year therein mentioned. My commission expires 10/06/1968. Given under my hand and official seal this the 11th day of February, 1967. (Signed and sealed) W P Gordon, Notary Public. State of Mississippi - Ss - Claiborne County; I, Shelton Segrist, Clerk of the Chancery Court in and for the within named county and state, certify that this instrument was filed for record in m office on the 13th day of February, A D 1967, at 9;30 A.m., and was duly recorded by me in Deed Book # 7 - W, page # 097, et seq. Witness my hand and official seal this 17th day of June, A D, 1967. (Signed and sealed) Shelton Segrist, Chancery Clerk by Stella Jennings, Deputy Clerk

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Document # 16. Deed Book # 8 - R, page # 146, et seq. February 07th, 1972

Clovis & Leoma Maher Reed to Port Gibson Bank

The Deed in Trust

This instrument does not effect the ownership of the Northwest Quarter of Section 1.

This indenture made and entered into by and between Clovis Reed and Leoma Maher Reed, his wife, hereinafter referred to as ‘grantor’ and in the masculine gender, whether one or more and regardless of sex, J T Drake, Jr., party of the Second part, hereinafter referred to as ‘trustee,’ and Port Gibson Bank, a corporation under the laws of the State of Mississippi, party of the third part, hereinafter referred to as ‘beneficiary,’ and in the neuter gender, whether one or more and regardless of sex, Witnesseth; That for and in consideration of the sum of One ($1.00) Dollar, cash in hand paid, the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged, Grantor does hereby convey and warrant unto said Trustee the following described real estate lying and situate in Claiborne County, Mississippi, to - wit; That certain tract of land sometimes referred to as the J D Rollins Place, and being the same property which was conveyed to J D Rollins and C B Rollins by N O Perkins, et al, by deed recorded in Deed Book # 3 - S, page # 020, of the land deed records of said Claiborne County; The same being supposed to be all of that part or portion of the Northwest Quarter (Nw¼) of Section One (1), Township Ten (10) North, Range Four 94) East which lies East of the road leading from Sarepta Church toward the old J P Martin residence. It is our intention to convey and we do convey all of that tract of land commonly known as the J D Rollins place, whether the above particular description be accurate and correct or not. Said tract is supposed to contain abut 100 acres, more or less. (A note - Some deleted.) This conveyance is in Trust, however, to secure the beneficiary the payment of the following described promissory note made by the grantors herein payable to the order of the beneficiary, said note being of even date herewith and being in the amount of Fourteen Thousand Six Hundred and Fifty ($14,650.00) Dollars, bearing interest at the rate of Seven and One - Half per cent (7½) per annum from date until paid, and being due and payable on February 07th, 1972, grantors will reduce said note by monthly payments of at least $185.00 each. (A note - Much deleted.) Witness our signatures this 0-7th day of February, 1972. (Signed and sealed) Clovis B Reed & Leoma Maher Reed.

State of Louisiana - Ss - Parish of East Baton Rouge; Personally appeared before the undersigned authority in and for the parish and state, the within named Clovis reed and Leoma Maher Reed who acknowledged that they signed and delivered the foregoing instrument on the day and year therein mentioned. My commission expires at death. (Signed and sealed) Jerry N Bodeston, Notary Public. Deed of Trust Clovis Reed, et ux, to Port Gibson Bank. Filed for Record; February 23rd, 1972, at 2;44 P.m., and duly recorded in Deed Book # 8 - R, page # 146. (Signed and sealed) Shelton R Segrest, Clerk, by Sheila Hamlin, Deputy Clerk.

Hand written on margin; This document satisfied and cancelled July 11th, 1980, (Signed and sealed) A E Hamilton, Senior Vice - President; Attest; Stella H Jennings, Clerk, by Gloria Kelly, Deputy Clerk.

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Document # 17. Deed Book # 8 - Z, page # 080, et seq. May 31st, 1973

Clovis B & Leoma M Reed to W E & Arthur Camphor

The Quit Claim Deed

For and in consideration of the sum of Ten Dollars ($10.00), cash in hand paid, and other good and valuable considerations, the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged, we, Clovis B Reed and Leoma M Reed, his wife, do hereby convey and Quit Claim unto W E Camphor and Arthur Camphor the following described land lying and situate in Claiborne County, Mississippi, to - wit; A tract of land containing 0.53 acres, more or less, in the Nw ¼ of Section 1, Township 10 North, Range 4 East, being a part of the land described in deed from Harvey Rollins, et al, to Clovis B Reed dated September 30th, 1966, recorded in Deed Book 7-W, page # 097, of the deed records of Claiborne County, Mississippi, reference to which is hereby made; For survey of the part conveyed hereby begin at the Southwest corner of the land conveyed by Adam Winters to the Trustees of the Sarepta Church by deed dated December 14th, 1855, recorded in Deed Book CC, page # 305, of the deed records of Claiborne County, Mississippi, reference to which is hereby made, said point being on the East side of an old abandoned road; run thence along the South line of said Church property South 78 degrees East 200 feet to present gravel road; thence along said gravel road South 28 degrees 39 minutes West 106 feet to a Stake; thence leaving said road and run North 78 degrees west 233 feet to a stake on the East side of the Old Abandoned Road; thence in a Northeasterly direction along said Old Abandoned Road 108 feet, more or less, to place of beginning, all in accordance with a survey of R D Wade made in May, 1973, plat of which is attached hereto and made a part hereof. It is intended to convey and grantors do convey hereby a small tract bounded on the North by the Serepta Church property; on the West by an Old Abandoned Road; on the East by the Present Gravel Road and on the South by other land of the grantor, the same fronting 100 feet on the gravel road and 108 feet, mean bearing from point of beginning, on said Old Abandoned Road. Port Gibson Bank, a Mississippi Corporation, joins herein to release the above described property from the lien of that certain deed of trust executed by Clovis and Leoma Maher Reed to said Port Gibson Bank on February 07th, 1972, recorded in Deed Book # 8 - R, page # # 146, said deed of trust being, however, retained in full force and effect as to all other property encumbered thereby. This Quit Claim Deed is made subject to the following restrictive covenant which is hereby imposed on said land conveyed hereby; Said land shall be used only for cemetery purposes and only for members of the Camphor family present and future, it being the intent that all members of the Camphor family and not just the family of the named grantees may be buried in said cemetery. Witness our hands this day 31st day of May, 1973. (Signed and sealed) Clovis B Reed - Leoma M Reed and by Port Gibson Bank by H N Gage, Executive Vice President.

State of Mississippi - Ss - County of Claiborne; This day personally appeared before me the undersigned authority in and for said county and state, the within named Clovis B Reed and Leoma M Reed, his wife, who acknowledged that they signed and delivered the within and foregoing instrument on the day and year therein mentioned. My commission expires September 23rd, 1973. Given under my hand and official seal this the 18th day of June, 1973. (Signed and sealed) Shelton R Segrist, Notary Public. State of Mississippi - Ss - County of Claiborne; This day personally appeared before me the undersigned authority in and for said county and state, the within named H N Gage, who is the Executive Vice President of Port Gibson Bank, who acknowledged that they signed and delivered the within and foregoing instrument on the day and year therein mentioned. My commission expires September 23rd, 1973. Given under my hand and official seal this the 18th day of June, 1973. (Signed and sealed) Joseph Davenport, Jr., Notary Public. State of Mississippi - Ss - Claiborne County; I, Shelton Segrist, Clerk of the Chancery Court in and for the within named county and state, certify that this instrument was filed for record in m office on the 18th day of June, A D< 1973, at 9;30 A.m., and was duly recorded by me in Deed Book # 8 - Z, page # 80, et seq. Witness my hand and official seal this 18th day of June, A D, 1973. (Signed and sealed) Shelton Segrist, Chancery Clerk by Stella Jennings, Deputy Clerk.

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Document # 18. Deed Book # 13 - V, page # 301, et seq. October 31st, 1991

Methodist District Trustees to Leoma M Reed

The Quit Claim Deed

For and in the consideration of the sum of Ten Dollars ($10.00), cash in hand paid, and other good and valuable considerations, the receipt and sufficiency of which is hereby acknowledged, I, James French, as Chairman of District Trustees of the Vicksburg / West Jackson District of the Mississippi Conference of the United Methodist Church, do hereby sell, convey and Quit Claim unto Leoma M Reed the following described real estate lying and situate in Claiborne County, Mississippi, to - wit; A part of the Northwest Quarter (Nw ¼ ) of the Northwest Quarter (Nw¼) of Section One, Township Ten North, Range Four East, and bounded as follows, according to the survey of Arthur Mosely, viz; Commencing at a stake on Township line from which (B), a sweet gum; North 52* East 05 ½ links and a sourwood; South 74¾ * West 15½ links; running thence South 39½ * West 9.21 chains (so as to include the spring) to a stake © from which a Black Jack Oak North 3* East 19;00 links; thence North 78* West 9.37 chains to a post; (D), from which a Hickory South 87* west 07 links; thence North 9 ½ East 5.60 chains to a post (A) from which a pine, South 85 ½ East 38 links; thence East 15.00 chains to (B), the place of beginnings, containing in all 6.77 acres. Said land is the same conveyed to Trustees of Sarepta Church by Adam Winters by deed dated December 14th, 1855. And recorded in Deed Book # CC, page 305, of the land deed records of Claiborne County, Mississippi, which deed and plat recorded therein is here referred to tin aid of description. The above deed contained a reverter clause, that in the event the property ceased to be used for Church purposes, that the same would revert. It is acknowledged that no Church services have taken place in the Sarepta Church in a number of years. Witness my signature on this the 31st day of October, A D, 1991. (Signed and sealed) District Trustees of the Vicksburg / West Jackson District of the Mississippi Conference of the United Methodist Church. by James French, Chairman.

State of Mississippi - Ss - County of Hinds: Personally appeared before me, the undersigned authority in and for said county and state, on this the 31st day of October, A D, 1991, within my jurisdiction, the within named James French, who acknowledged that he is Chairman of District Trustees of the Vicksburg / West Jackson District of the Mississippi Conference of the United Methodist Church and that in said representative capacity he executed the above and foregoing instrument, after first having been duly authorized so to do. My commission expires June 19th, 1994. (Signed and sealed) Vickie Jones, Notary Public. Address, etc. of Grantor; 3300 Indiana Avenue, Vicksburg, Mississippi, 39180. Address, etc, of Grantee; Pattison, Mississippi, 39144. State of Mississippi - Claiborne County; I, Frank M Wilson, Clerk of the Chancery Court in and for said County and State, hereby certify that this instrument was filed for record in my office on the 05th day of November, A D, 1991, at 11;30 o’clock, A.m., and was duly recorded by me in Land Deed Book # 13 - V, at page # 301 - 302. Witness my hand and official seal this 05th day of November, A D, 1991. (Signed and sealed) Frank M Wilson, Chancery Clerk, by Cameo Williams, Deputy Clerk.

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Document # 19.

Sarepta Methodist Church History

From letter on file in Millsaps College archives ((File courtesy of Debra McIntosh, College Archivist at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi). Mrs. I Z McKay of Bogalusa, La., who is now 93 years of age, informs me that the first Sarepta Church was built this side of Barland Post Office and next was built between the present Church and the Cemetery. The first Church was built before she was born and she said it seemed that her father, M J Marble and step - grandfather, Armsted P Poole and two sons built this Church. When I first knew this Church, it was about 1887. I went to school in this Church. It was a rough old country Church and it seems to me it had wooden shutters. In less than a year, it was torn down and they built a new Church. The first preacher I remember was Reverend W P Jones. He married a cousin of Mrs. Tom Trim. We were always on the Hermanville Charge and had the same pastors. I will always remember Reverend A D Miller, a fine, beloved old man. He performed the ceremony when Mr. Nesmith and I were Married on January 26th, 1899. This Church was torn down and sold during or right after World War I. Old Pisgah had closed her doors, so we bought Pisgah Church and moved it here. Mr. Adams Winters, who at that time owned the Fritz Martin place, deeded the land for the Church. Mrs. McKay thinks it was fifteen acres. About forty years ago, ( 1910?) there was a live Sunday School with regular attendance of over one hundred members and Mr. I Z McKay was the superintendent of the Sunday School for forty - five years of more. It seems that it was sixty years of more for he was the only superintendent I ever knew at Sarepta Church, except one year when Mrs. Will Nobles served. Mr. I Z McKay was a grand old man - always faithful to old Sarepta Church until his health failed and he had to give up and lived with his devoted daughter, Mrs. Ray Starnes. The Church has been going down ever since. Mrs. I Z McKay is the oldest living member, a grand old lady, who has always given of her means to the Church and loved the old Church. Mrs. Ellen Boren of Burnell, Mississippi, and Mrs. J A Higgins of Vicksburg, are the next oldest members of Sarepta Church. It seemed for a time that old Pisgah (Note: The Pisgah Church building was now relocated at Sarepta) would have to close her doors again, but thanks to Brother and Mrs. Carl Jackson, and mother, for the money and work they have put out to keep the doors open and hold services twice a month. Thanks to Brother Prewitt for what he has done for the Church. (Note: Rev. Tom Prewitt was the District Superintendent, Vicksburg District in 1950.) It seems as if this is five Churches that have been built in this community. We have just given the Church a new coat of paint inside and out, and floor also, and varnished up everything inside, but the people won’t come to Church like they did in the old days when it seemed that people came from everywhere.

I feel like if the old Church could sing, it would sing that beautiful song Come to the Church in the Wildwood, Come to the Church in the Vale. I am sorry I do not know any dates of when these Churches were built. (Signed) Mrs. Edd Nesmith, Burnell, Mississippi, February, 1950.

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Document # 20. Mississippi Seen - Yazoo Valley Electric Power Association June, 2001

by Walt Grayson

Mr. Grayson is host of

"Mississippi Roads on Mississippi E T V and a weatherman at W L B T Television in Jackson, Mississippi

I was at the annual home coming of Sarepta United Methodist Church out in rural Claiborne County a few Sundays ago doing a little video taping for feature stories. Sarepta is no longer an active Church. They meet just once a year, the last Sunday in April. Usually the last pastor of the Church (Note - The last assigned pastor was given a blanket invitation to return each year.) comes back every year and preaches that day. But he was tied up this year at his own Church. So he asked me, since I was going to be there anyway, if I would mind delivering the sermon that morning. The request isn’t all that strange. back in my college days I actually pastored at a little country Church for a few years. But I haven’t really preached in a while. As a matter of fact the last time I supplied the pulpit was several years ago so a friend of mine could take a Sunday night off from his Church in Pearl. The chairman of Deacons was obviously a little bewildered as he introduced me, He didn’t know why the weatherman was delivering the message that evening. And he wasn’t sure what I might use for a text - perhaps the maps in the Bible. But it’s been a long time since college. The list of sermon topics I feel comfortable with has narrowed considerably. For instance, me being a T V weatherman, you’ll never hear me preach much about not bearing false witness. My Daughter asked what I was going to speak about. I told her about fifteen minutes. After all, people would be there to eat, not hear me talk all morning. I explained I might touch on the four or so remaining Commandments I still felt at home with. After all, I haven’t murdered anyone. She reminded me that if I had so much as been angry with anyone it’s the same as murder. I had just driven down Lakeland Drive in Flowood, so there went that idea. By Sunday, I had settled on Forgiveness as my subject matter. Then we ate. An old friend was there that day, Gordon Cotton, curator of the Old Courthouse Museum in Vicksburg. He told me after Church that sometimes he is called upon to fill the pulpit at his home Church. (Note - Mr. Cotton attends the Primitive Baptist Church in Vicksburg, Ms.) Once when he was to do so, he had a house guest from Iowa. (Gordon called him a "damn Yankee" but since we are talking about Church I suppose I better not say that.) The Iowan asked him what he was going to preach about. Forgiveness, Gordon told him. The fellow laughed and sneered at the same time and said, "You Southerners don’t know anything about forgiveness. Until y’all can forgive Sherman for all he did to you in the Civil War, you have no moral right to speak on the subject." Gordon immediately changed his topic. Well, God bless all the Sarepta’s and Spring Groves and Good Hopes and New Hopes and all the rest as you have dinner on the grounds and revivals this summer. If you happen to be preaching at any of these occasions, remember, the people came there to eat!! (The End)

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The Abstract

# 01. 08/08/1849. Adam Winters purchased Original Entry, Certificate # 41337 - perhaps Bounty Land.

# 02. 12/14/1855, Adam Winters to Trustees of the Church, Book # CC, page # 305. The instrument states in the Northwest Quarter of the Northwest Quarter, 6.77 acres. The land is surveyed, however, description very vague. The survey "Begins at a Stake on the Township line." The survey shows the road, the Church, the Spring and Township - section line. Although the Survey states in the Nw or the N2, actually much of the surveyed lot appears to be in the NE of the Nw.

# 03. 11/01/1866, Adam Winters to John B Winters, Book FF, page # 205, 2,017 acres of land including the Northwest Quarter.

# 04. 11/22/1867, John B Winters to Adam Winters, Book GG, page # 073, the 2,017 acres including Northwest Quarter.

I have a gap from 11/22/1867 to 03/11/1886. Should be at least one more deed. Adam Winters to I M Noble, perhaps more. I do not think it is indexed properly. I looked but did not find it. I plan to look again.

# 05. 03/11/1886. Mrs. I M Noble and others to J W Noble. Deed Book # ZZ, page # 115, et seq

Note:  These records were graciously donated by Sam Price of Vicksburg.  He is considered, by many,  the authority on Methodist history in Claiborne County.

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Oldest extant grave in Sarepta.  Hiram Goza died in 1853, a year of one of the

greatest yellow fever epidemics ever recorded in Mississippi ( Photo courtesy of Clay Daniels).

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SAREPTA (SEREPTA) CEMETERY, CLAIBORNE COUNTY, MS

 

This cemetery is located across the road from Sarepta Methodist Church in District 5 of Claiborne County, Mississippi.  It contains many unmarked, early graves, including five markers that simply read CSA with no further inscriptions. The oldest extant grave is that of Hiram Goza’s in 1853.

 

NAME

KINSHIP

BORN

DIED

COMMENT

Edgar Warren Higgins

 

July 30, 1858

July 12, 1932

 

Rebecca Catherine Boren

(Wife of R. W. Boren)

Apr. 16, 1856

Mar. 3, 1934

(Note: Also listed as Katherine Morris/Morse in other records)

Martha White

 

March 18, 1835

May 4, 1917

 

Frank Rea Nesmith

 

Jan. 25, 1904

Dec. 1, 1945

 

Sarah Foster

 

1830

1888

 

Infant

Son of R. R. & Ora Nesmith

Jan. 31, 1917

Feb. 4, 1917

 

Italy Nesmith

 

Sept. 2, 1845

Sept. 22, 1886

 

Hiram Burnell

Son of C. C. & C. M. Nesmith

March 11, 1906

Aug. 17, 1906

 

Juanita Elizabeth

Dau. of Marshall & Norma McKay

Sept. 14, 1917

Nov. 1, 1920

 

George C. Goza

 

Nov. 26, 1878

Oct. 26,1956

 

Florence McKay

 

Feb. 17, 1878

Mar. 11, 1919

 

Robert C. McKay

 

July 16, 1922

Jan. 13, 1945

WWII – First Lieut. Infantry – Louisiana

Bobby

Son of Marshall & Norma McKay

July 16, 1922

Jan. 1947

 

Sinai L. Nesmith

 

Apr. 8, 1851

Aug. 28, 1894

 

Carrie Elizabeth Goza

 

Oct. 22, 1883

Sept. 19, 1962

 

Samuel Nesmith

 

Sept. 15, 1848

Aug. 11, 1895

 

Christopher Columbus Nesmith

 

July 7, 1880

March 2, 1912

 

Samuel C. Nesmith

 

Nov. 28, 1886

Dec. 25, 1914

 

J. I. Nesmith

 

July 4, 1870

Aug. 6, 1911

 

Robert Levy

Son of C. M. & K. T. McKay

June 12, 1942

 

No other date

Bessie V. Goza

 

1892

1920

 

Abbie Audrey

Dau. of A. & John Higgins

Mar. 24

Aug. 23, 1901

 

John J. Davis

 

Feb. 12, 1818

Jan. 5, 1893

 

R. B. (Reuben B.) Jones

(Husband of Ellen V. Goza, son of R. B. Jones, Sr. and Ann Strother)

Sept. 14, 1843

June 15, 1927

Claiborne Co. native – Unmarked as C.S.A. – Miss. 21st Infantry. Died of pneumonia as a result of exposure in the great flood of ’27 -

Ellen V. (Virginia) Goza Jones

(Wife of Reuben B. Jones, Jr., dau. of  Hiram Washington Goza & Ann Caroline Gibson)

May 25, 1852

Nov. 2, 1895

Claiborne County native

John Gipson “Gip”Goza

(Son of  Hiram Washington Goza & Ann Caroline Gibson)

May 16, 1840

May 9, 1887

“SGT. Co. B, 38th Regt. Miss. Cav. C. S. A. “ Note: (Van Dorn Guards of Claiborne County, infantry but mounted after Vicksburg)

Joseph Nesmith

 

 

 

No dates

Nannie Noble

Wife of Italy Nesmith

 

 

No dates

Sarah A. Noble

 

Apr. 27, 1840

Feb. 8, 1897

 

Johnnie Noble

 

May 12, 1862

Sept. 5, 1885

 

Joseph Noble

 

 

Jan. 8, 1886

“Aged 62 years”

Sarah

Wife of Joseph Noble

 

Oct. 12, 1888

“ Aged 73 years”

Ruby

Dau. of Reuben B. & Ellen V. Jones

1873

1875

 

Mary Francis Martin

 

June, 1945

Jan. 31, 1949

 

J. P. Martin

 

 

Mar. 1, 1925

 

Katie

Dau. of J. P. & M. F. Martin

Apr. 15, 1882

Mar.6, 1886

 

(Infant) Barland

 

Oct. 31, 1902

Nov. 16, 1902

 

William W. Noble

Husband

Sept. 27, 1879

Jan. 8, 1943

 

Sallie M. Harris

Wife

June 24, 1883

July 12, 1947

 

Allie Joyce Noble

 

Aug. 20, 1881

July 6, 1925

 

Martha M. Stewart

Wife of L. F. Noble

Aug. 18, 1825

Nov. 6, 1882

“Aged 57 years”

Frances Elizabeth

Wife of P. W. Hynum

Aug. 2, 1866

May 11, 1900

 

Henry Hugh

Son of W. H. & M. E. Parker

Apr. 30, 1894

June 10, 1896

 

James G. Westrope

 

June 17, 1872

June 23, 1908

 

Madison Prescott Dixon

 

 

July 13, 1945

“Aged 91 yrs. 1 month, 2 days.”

American W. Noble

 

Feb. 28, 1854

Nov. 14, 1919

 

Frances A. Noble

 

Feb. 7, 1859

Aug. 19, 1934

 

Sarah Noble

Wife of Joseph Noble

 

Oct. 12, 1888

“Aged 73 years”

Lela

Dau. of A. W. & J. A. Noble

Feb. 24, 1895

Oct. 1, 1897

 

Infant

Dau. of A. W. & J. A. Noble

June 7, 1897

June 7, 1897

 

G. W. Clark

 

Feb. 7, 1850

Oct. 25, 1916

 

John Albert Higgins

 

Nov. 11, 1863

March 24, 1940

“Aged 76 yrs. 4 months, 12 days”

Nancy G.

Wife of A. Winters

 

Dec. 27, 1854

“Aged 34 yrs. 7 months, 22 days”

M. J. Rives Powell

 

Nov. 18, 1862

Apr. 5, 1939

“Wife and Mother”

Thomas A. McGee

Hus. of Bettie McGee

Oct. 4, 1846

Sept. 16, 1881

 

O. B. Rives

 

Apr. 28, 1856

Dec. 14, 1886

 

Addie L. Clark

 

June 5, 1861

Apr. 11, 1939

Mother”

Mary Hennington

 

 

May 1, 1933

“Aged 4 years”

George W. Marler

Son of J. N. & M. A. Marler

Jan. 13, 1857

Oct. 31, 1885

 

Mary Ann Marler

Wife of J. N. Marler

Jan. 27, 1827

Nov. 30, 1907

 

J. N. Marler

 

Aug. 12, 1818

Feb. 4, 1890

 

Pearl Marie Owens

 

 

Nov. 8, 1931

“Aged 11 years”

Anna E. Goza Flowers

 

1867

1940

 

William T. Weathersby

 

 

Nov. 7, 1945

“Aged 79 years”

 

Clarrie M. Evans

 

May 2, 1840

Oct. 18, 1925

 

Mary M. Evans

 

May 20, 1840

Oct. 18, 1925

 

Johnnie Frank

Son of W. F. & I. B. Rushbrook

Dec. 5, 1912

June 17, 1920

“Killed by tree”

John T. Marler

 

Dec. 29, 1854

Mar. 8, 1923

 

S. E.

Wife of John T. Marler

Sept. 1, 1862

Sept. 26, 1882

 

S. P. Sorrels

 

Nov. 15, 1862

Sept. 21, 1922

 

Sidney Sorrels

 

Apr. 16, 1863

March 4, 1941

“Father”

Samuel P. Sorrels

Husband of Laura E. Goza

Aug. 2, 1833

Jan. 26, 1873

 

 

Laura E. Goza Sorrels

Wife of Samuel P. Sorrels, dau. of  Hiran Goza & Ann Caroline Gibson Goza

1843

1875

 

Margaret “Maggie” Sorrels

 

1860

1887

 

Annie Sorrels

 

1869

1891

 

Dewildia

Wife of F. A. Fife

June 1, 1841

Nov. 15, 189?

 

Alice Jane

Dau. of S. & M. J. Van Voris

 

 

Aged 18 months

William H.

Son of S. & M. J. Van Voris

 

 

Aged 11 yrs. 5 mos.

Mrs. Mary Houston

 

 

Nov. 3, 1933

Aged 64 years

J. D. Rollins

 

March 5, 1880

June 23, 1912

 

Lucille

Dau. of J. D. & C. B. Rollins

Dec. 4, 1911

Jan. 14, 1913

 

Edith

Dau. of Sidney & L. E. Sorrels

Apr. 26, 1900

July 23, 1911

“Our darling little Edith”

Josephine P. Goza

 

May , 24

1881

June 14, 1942

“Mother”

Hiram (Washington)Goza

(Husband of Ann Caroline Gibson, Son of John Goza & Mary Fontaine)

Nov. 25, 1809

June 24, 1853

 

Ann Caroline Gibson Goza

(Wife of Hiram Gibson, daughter of  Wilson Gibson)

1817

1892

(My note: Though there is a modern marker here for her, some researchers believe that she is buried in the Sanders Cemetery  with her 2nd husband Robert Sanders.)

Joseph Ben Goza

 

1872

1919

 

R. W. (Robert) Boren

(Son of Richard B. Boren and Sarah Ann Dungan)

Aug. 2, 1853

Oct. 10, 1915

(Born in Mississippi)

Thomas G. Boren

(Son of William M. Boren &
Jane Bell)

Dec. 22, 1820

May 23, 1898

(Born in Tennessee)

D. O Perkins

 

1841

1895

 

Annie Perkins

 

1851

1941

 

Nancy O. Perkins

 

Oct. 11, 1851

Apr. 1, 1941

 

J. D. Bridger

 

Oct. 7, 1844

July 31, 1924

C.S.A. marker

Isabella Boren

Wife of W. W. Boren

Oct. 7, 1872

Jan. 10, 1941

 

Alice A.

Dau. of T. G. & E. J. Boren

May 28, 1877

 

“Aged 8 yrs. 9 mos. 26 days”

Maria Bridger

 

Sept. 4, 1844

Jan. 19, 1932

 

J. D. Bridger

 

Oct. 7, 1844

July 31, 1924

C.S.A. marker

John Bunting

 

Apr. 5, 1822

Dec. 26, 1904

 

George W. Bunting

Son of Jno. & M. A. Bunting

Mar. 18, 1856

Apr. 10, 1884

 

Nancy A. (Gibson) Bunting

Wife of John Bunting

Nov. 11, 1838

March 26, 1911

 

Isabelle

Dau. of ? Bunting

Nov. 28, 1894

Aug. 17, 1896

 

William  ?

Husband

1854

1925

“ James C.”

Louisiana Jane

Dau. of B. F. & L. J. Shannon

 

March 19, 1860

“Aged 4 yrs. and 7 months”

Margaret Shannon

 

 

July 6, 1868

“Departed this life”

Susan R.

Wife of J. H. Shannon

May 10, 1849

June 11, 1884

 

Benjamin F. Shannon, Sr.

 

March 30, 1820

Feb. 23, 1864

“Aged 43 yrs. 10 mos., 3 wks. 3 days”

Joseph H. Rush

Son of T. L. Sr., & S. J. Rush

June 19, 1856

Aug. 27, 1886

 

More

Sarah J. Rush

(Wife of Thomas J. Rush, Sr., dau. of Hiram Goza and Ann Caroline Gibson)

1838

1916

 

Lidia C.

Dau. of D. J. & D. E. McKay

 

Jan. 20, 1885

“Aged 2 yrs. 6 days”

Alton Ira

Son of D. M. & A. C. McKay

Apr. 30, 1904

July 14, 1907

 

Marshall G. McKay

 

Oct. 12, 1885

July 16, 1947

 

Julia Alef Higgins

Dau. of James Marler & Mary Ann Heath

Jan. 15, 1866

May 9, 1952

“Mother”

Bina (Boren) Fife

Wife of W. W. Fife, dau. of Davis Boren & Ellen V. Sorrels

Oct. 19, 1892

June 13, 1952

 

Maudie E. Owens

Wife of Jim Owens, dau. of Will Irby & Eugenia Westrope

Oct. 18, 1889

July 6, 1955

 

Marcus Marble McKay

Hus. of Annie Belle Boren, son of  Ira McKay and Delilah Elizabeth Marble

Apr. 9, 1888

Oct. 24, 1957

 

Willis Hamilton Houston

Son of J. A. Houston & Abbie Willis

Nov. 18, 1894

Jan. 30, 1958

 

James Madison Ashley

Hus. of Maggie Higgins, son of James M. Ashley & Leutatia Lewis

Oct. 28, 1900

May 23, 1958

 

Bessie McBoldrich Cooper

 

 

June 16, 1959

Aged 62

Italy Harvey Nesmith

Hus. of Gertha Higgins, son of Edward Frank Nesmith & Bertha Allen

Oct. 23, 1899

Oct. 21, 1962

 

John Earl Rives

Son of O. B. Rives & Molly Brown

Dec. 1, 1883

March 1, 1963

 

Oliver Stewart Houston

Son of Stewart Houston & Mary Bolton

Dec. 12, 1898

Mar. 21, 1964

WWII veteran

Ernest Pearl Dixon

Hus. of Valley Boren, son of Church Dixon & Carrie Cooper

May 3, 1901

Apr. 14, 1965

 

Virgie Rucker Brown

Wife of Jay Oliver

Sept. 18, 1907

May 10, 1966

 

John Miff Reed

Hus. of Della Brown, son of Jack & Martha  Reed

Jan. 2, 1871

Sept. 17, 1966

 

Beulah (Porter) Sorrels

 

March 24, 1875

Aug. 9, 1967

 

Sidney Walter Boren

Son of Davis Boren & Ellen Sorrels

March 4, 1899

Jan. 5, 1968

(Born in Mississippi)

Robert Bryan Houston

Son of John A. Houston & Abigail Willis

July 15, 1891

March 20, 1968

WWI veteran

Patrick Case Irby

Son of David Boone Irby & Ernestine Hynum

Dec. 14, 1912

Dec. 21, 1968

WWI veteran

Gurtha Higgins Nesmith

Wife of Italy Nesmith, dau. of John Higgins & Alex Marler

March 17, 1895

March 30, 1969

 

Freddie Davis Houston

Son of John Alexander Houston & Abigail Willis

May 22, 1900

Aug. 5, 1969

 

Wiley Wade Fife

Son of Wiley Jeff Fife & Martha Rogers

March 31, 1894

Feb. 16, 1971

 

James Everett Owens, Jr.

Hus. of Virgie Mae Owens, son of  James E. Owens, Sr. & Marge Eugene Irby

Jan. 16, 1916

Apr. 2, 1972

 

Mader Boren Thetford

Dau. of Robert W. Boren & Katherine Morris

July 30, 1881

Nov. 29, 1972

 

Edna Herlong Martin

Wife of Fritz K. Martin, dau. of John Thomas Herlong & Rose Ella Jordan

Aug. 7, 1892

Jan. 12, 1973

 

Annie Bell Boren McKay

Wife of  Marcus M. McKay, dau. of John Davis McKay & Ellen Virginia Sorrels

Feb. 9, 1891

Sept. 24, 1973

 

William Frank Rushbrook

Hus. of Ina Higgins, son of E. J. Rushbrook & Emma Jane Roan

May 13, 1883

July 16, 1974

 

Emma Jane Rushbrook

 

1861

1926

 

Lillian Elmore Perkins Sorrels

Dau. of Demetrius O’Brien Perkins & Nancy Ophelia Harlan Perkins

Jan. 6, 1878

July 12, 1976

 

James  Wilson Richardson

Son of John Washington Richardson & Della Brown

May 19, 1924

Aug. 16, 1979

WWII veteran

Della Brown Reed

Dau. of Felix Solomon Brown & Caroline Willis

Sept. 7, 1894

Nov. 15, 1979

 

Miss Georgia Higgins

Dau. of John Albert Higgins & Julia Marler

Sept. 21, 1906

Dec. 30, 1979

 

Mrs. Maggie Bessie Irby

Dau. of George Rogers & Martha B. Harrell

July 7, 1900

Feb. 13, 1985

 

Willie Hugh Owens

 

Nov. 22, 1907

Mar. 8, 1985

 

Vallie B. Dixon

Wife of Ernest Dixon & dau. of Davis Boren & Ellen Sorrels

Feb. 16, 1902

July 27, 1986

 

Alma Garolene Grantham

Dau. of Wade Alexander Dees & Ellen Jeanette Williams

Feb. 16, 1908

Apr. 1, 1987

 

Ina Belle Rushbrook

Dau. of John Albert Higgins & Julia Alef Marler

June 20, 1893

Apr. 1, 1987

 

Maggie Higgins Ashley

Wife of J. M. Ashley, dau. of  John Higgins & Alef Marler

Jan. 14, 1901

Dec. 9, 1989

 

Clovis Brown Reed, Sr.

Hus. of Leona Mather, son of John M. Reed & Della Brown

Aug. 31, 1934

May 7, 1991

Korean War veteran

Jay Oliver Brown

Son of Solomon Felix Brown & Lucinda Caroline Willis

May 11, 1909

Aug. 13, 1992

 

Olive Gill Nesmith

Wife of Benjamin I. Nesmith, dau. of Claiborne George Gill & Sarah Cowart

July 30, 1916

Oct. 5, 1997

 

Dudley Shelton Raner

Hus. of Leoma Sullivan, son of John Kaufman Raner & Mary Nell Mullins

Oct. 7, 1940

May 14, 1997

 

Thelma Christine Milner

Dau. of James David Milner, Sr. & Robbie Lloyd

Dec. 1, 1943

June 9, 2001

 

Marion F. Thetford

Hus. Of Mader Boren, son of  William Hamilton Thetford & Margaret Josephine Varnado

Oct. 25, 1875

Feb. 20, 1972

 

 

Sources: Personal research, the research shared with me by my late cousin, Kathryn Goza Warkins, Ben Mullins list, Clay Daniels photos, and  Genealogy from Glenwood Funeral Home Records, Port Gibson, MS 28 Jan. 1951-December 2002, by Grady and Martha Price Leese, 2003. (More information is to be found in the Glenwood Funeral Home source such as place of birth, surviving family members, place of death, etc., but I have not included it all here.)   Submitted by Sue Burns Moore  sbmoore@swbell.net

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