Interesting Things

By Ray L. Bellande

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William Seymour Memorial Cemetery - West Bayou Talla Area

LOCATION:  Approximately 2 miles northeast of Ocean Springs on a slight rise located on the west side of Bayou Talla in the NE/4 of the NE/4 of Section 20, T7S-R8W of Jackson County, Mississippi.

 

DIRECTIONS:  From the intersection of Bienville Boulevard (US 90) and Washington Avenue at Ocean Springs, go north 1.34 miles on Washington Avenue to the intersection with Rose Farm Road.  Go north on Rose Farm Road .25 miles to Old Fort Bayou Road.  Turn right (east) on Old Fort Bayou Road and go 1.15 miles to Bayou Talla Road.  Go right (south) 1.20 miles to the William Seymour Cemetery.

 

HISTORY:  The land on which the William Seymour is located was patented to Peter Seymour by the State of Mississippi on April 8, 1856.  After Peter Seymour died, his heirs, who were Adele Bullock, Sherrod Seymour, John P. Seymour, Lazarus Seymour, and Louisa Girlott (Garlotte?), sold the tract (NE/4 of Section 20) to William Seymour (1837-1908) on September 22, 1888 (Jackson County Deed Records Book 12, p. 319).

 

William Seymour lost the NE/4 of the NW/4 and the W/2 of the NE/4 of Section 20 for non-payment of taxes in 1902.  Mrs. M.V. Russell (1866-1910) of Ocean Springs redeemed these lands for $7.50 (Jackson County Deed Records Book 39, p. 182-183). 

 

Her husband, Hiram Fisher Russell (1858-1940), conveyed to the Heirs of William Seymour one acre in the NW corner of the NE/4 of the NE/4 of Section 20, T7S-R8W on October 10, 1910.  An excerpt from this conveyance follows:

 "it is understood and agreed by all parties interested in this deed that the one acre here in conveyed is to be used as a family cemetery only.  It is also understood and agreed that the said heirs and their family shall have the right to go to and from said cemetery through the NE/4 of the NE/4 at any time they may deem it necessary."(Jackson County, ms. Land Deed Records Book 39, pp. 182-183)

 

Vandalism

The William Seymour Memorial Cemetery has been vandalized many times through the years.  Its remoteness has attracted young partygoers, who have given it the moniker, “rock and roll” cemetery.  In July 1966, a motorcyclist drove into the cemetery dislodging flower vases and marring headstones.(The Ocean Springs Record, July 28, 1966, p. 1)

 

This sacred burial ground was again viciously attacked in the winter and spring of 1982.  These nefarious actions resulted in Bernard Basque disinterring some of his relatives and creating the New Basque Cemetery on his private property in the St. Martin community.(The Ocean Springs Record, February 2, 1982, p. 3 and May 6, 1982, p. 1)

 

REGISTER

 

A

Harry Edwin Alley     6-3-1895 to 3-5-1959

Amelia F. Alley     11-7-1902 to 12-20-1998

Orion Frederick Alley   1927 to 10-5-2007

 

Robert B. Alley                 10-15-1861 to 10-9-1939

Laura Seymour Alley (wife)      11-22-1869 to 7-26-1914

 

Mary Dolores Alley                3-18-1929 to 3-7-1933

Baby Alley

 

Joseph G. Arguelles              2-16-1919 to 10-5-1956

Mississippi PFC Co M 26 Infantry BSM-PH  WW II

    

Crystal Grove Arguelles        10-13-1950  to 8-15-2004

Tim Arguelles                          8-5-1949 to

 

Glenn Randolph Arguelles     12-6-1959 to

 

Irene Anderson                   8-16-1926 to 5-31-1974

 

B

 

Annette Marie Beaugez     4-6-1937 to 10-28-2001

Autumn Beaugez Taconi            6-25-1990 (still born)

Carl W. Beaugez, Sr.              9-22-1927 to 8-5-1983

Corrine Adelia Beaugez

Emma Beaugez  [d/o Reno Beaugez and Winnie Seymour] 2-12-1924 to 5-1-2011

Hugh S. Beaugez, Sr.             2-20-1915 to 7-27-1974

SGT Army Air Forces

Rose Taranto Beaugez             1-29-1920 to 2-10-1986

 

Nettie Mae Beaugez               10-16-1931 to 4-8-1967

Maurice Paul Beaugez             1-25-1911 to 8-23-1976

Autumn Beaugez Taconi            6-25-1990 (still born)

Paul E. Beaugez                  2-8-1888 to 11-13-1955

Paula Jean Nobles Vanover Beaugez   2-10-1937 to 2-4-2010

Pauline Beaugez

 

Reno Beaugez                    8-26-1893 to 12-30-1967

MS PVT US Army WWI

 

Eleanor Mae King “Cricket” Bennett      1-29-1936 to 6-1-2002

 

Bedola "Bea" Seymour Askin Bond        11-18-1926 to 3-17-2006

 

Denise Lynn Bullock    1953 to 1954, age 14 mos.   

Gloria Quave Bullock              1930 to 1-15-2002

 

Harvey E. Bullock                      6-30-1927 to 11-29-2003

 

Willie W. Bullock                 2-12-1902 to 3-4-1972

Emma Lee Bullock                  1-17-1909 to 2-7-1988

Wanda Rowan Bullock  11-9-1950 to 8-31-2010

C

George E. Callender, Sr.         10-5-1921 to 4-15-1993

Michael Anthony Callender         1951 to 3-1-1998

Vivian L. Krohn Callender               12-28-1923 to 10-7-2006

    

Loretta Ada Seymour Carroll        4-8-1925 to 5-11-2004

Vincent Carroll     1925 to to 11-3-2007

 

Myrtle V. Clark                 6-27-1905 to 12-17-1964

Deborah Lynn Galle Childers       3-23-1953 to 11-7-1992

 

D

Jessie John Davis               9-21-1926 to 10-17-1990

Freida Davis                     4-12-1935 to 6-26-1959

Wilson Woodrow Davis            3-24-1922 to 10-11-1944

MS PVT Army Air Forces

 

Fred Davis       2-9-1935 to

MS PVT 150 INF 38 Div

Bessie Davis   9-21-1927 to 10-28-1930

 

Brenda Joyce Tootle DeBell    9-21-1957 to 3-23-2006    

 

Dora Dell Dunnaway      1-7-1935 to 6-29-1997

Doyle W. Dunnaway     12-22-1933 to

                            

 

F

Charles Davis Fayard            12-29-1906 to 2-19-1992

David C. Fayard              1934 to 7-23-2008

Mary Ellen Fayard              12-31-1930 to 10-25-1932

Mark Joseph Fayard                2-2-1948 to 1-13-1960

Margaret Beaugez Fayard          2-21-1909 to 5-31-1990

 

Leroy Fountain                    1-9-1909 to 3-14-1934

Laura C. Webb                   2-24-1886 to 10-23-1970

 

G

Arthur R. Galle                  3-24-1933 to 11-09-2002

Arthur Keith Galle             2-22-1961 to 7-27-2002    

 

Raymond Garlotte                 1-12-1895 to 6-16-1963

MS PVT Co L 141 INF WWI

Ernestine S. "Teen" Garlotte     6-8-1902 to 1-8-1992

Irwin Garlotte                   10-1-1920 to 5-28-1989

 

Verna Mae Gibson                  9-3-1946 to 3-11-1966

? George E. Howard Gibson         5-11-1962

Anthony Ray Gibson               6-14-1963 to 3-11-1966

Opal Rebecca Gibson Seymour    1-4-1941 to 9-2-2010  

 

R.L. Goff

Angela Dee Goff                  3-16-1970 to 3-18-1970

Daughter of Jerry and Maxine Goff

 

Gerald Martin Goff                  11-8-1941 to 11-23-1997

 

Martin L. Goff                   10-9-1892 to 2-25-1966

Viola Seymour Goff              10-25-1895 to 2-21-1964

Joseph P. Goff                    8-24-1916 to 4-2-1978

 

Patty Lynn Goff                   4-25-1960 to 1-8-1985

 

Marsha Larue Goff                3-12-1987 to 3-12-1987

 

George Calvin Goff  Sr.      9-25-1914 to 5-2-1997

Aline F. Latimer Goff         1-28-1917 to 4-17-2008

 

Donald L. Goff                 12-18-1943 to 12-25-1943

Frank O. Goff                    8-30-1949 to 1-16-1951

 

Rether Griffin, Sr.              9-19-1921 to 4-28-1973

 

Carol Sue Krohn Goff Guillot    12-27-1941 to 9-14-1996

 

H

Pauline Beaugez Hardy          1926 to 9-12-1967

Marilyn Harkleroad               6-15-1945 to 7-10-1992

Stanley Harkleroad, Sr.          8-23-1941 to

Stanley Harkleroad, Jr.         10-23-1976 to

 

Charles M. Hill                            1901 to 1966

Eleanor A. Hill                            1904 to 1982

Irene Anderson                   8-16-1926 to 5-31-1974

 

Hubert Howard Hinkle         3-18-1920 to 9-4-1961

T SGT 3380 Air Base Gp AF

Lessie M. Davis Hinkle   2-17-1919 to 4-21-2005

 

Hubert Morris Hitt                1-31-1921 to 7-2-1956

MS TSGT USAF WWII, Korea

Katie Lee King Hitt                   1925 to 2-13-1996

 

Dustin Louis Hoefler      7-11-1988 to 10-18-2003

  

Francis Louis Holm               9-16-1942 to 10-8-1982

 

Cyril P. Hopkins                 8-27-1911 to 1-31-1968

Dorothy F. Hopkins                9-26-1923 to 7-6-1980

 

James E. Hosli                   7-18-1913 to ??

PVT US Army

Susie Seymour Hosli            12-31-1946 to 11-30-1982

 

Irma King Hughes             5-26-1913 to 3-15-1997

 

K

 

     Robert Earl King, Sr.               2-9-1922 to 1-13-1978

     Lucille I. Duverney King          9-8-1922 to

     Joyce Ann Thomas King      5-23-1949 to 12-2-2008

     Oscar "Wayne" King        9-11-1945 to 9-22-2006

 

 

     Eugene King Sr.    7-18-1944 to

     Donna Sue Strange King   5-31-1954 to 2-17-2004

     married 1-15-1971    

 

     Oscar Junior King                 5-17-1927 to 9-7-1935

     Henry King                       3-14-1914 to 1-15-1977

     Oscar King                      2-24-1900 to 12-31-1957

     Bernice M. Webb King        5-3-1902 to 8-31-1990

     Aaron Joseph King        6-8-1955 to 10-20?-2006    

 

     Elbert F. Kneale                 10-7-1898 to 9-29-1984

     Rose M. Seymour Kneale            2-22-1909 to 9-1-1981

 

     Lloyd Edward Krohn                11-2-1928 to 6-6-1987

     Horace Hurley Krohn               8-11-1922 to 3-1-1942

     Eva Seymour Krohn                9-11-1904 to 11-6-1965

     Horace H. Krohn                  6-10-1903 to 4-23-1966

       

 

L

     Napoleon Ladnier                3-20-1899 to 12-25-1992

     Neta Dorothy Seymour Ladnier     1-29-1906 to 1-29-1974

    

James "Jim" Lee  1942 to 6-5-2006

V.B. Lowery                      9-15-1902 to 11-2-1962

Marilyn Sue Lowery            10-9-1953 to 1-26-1954

Barbara Hughes Lundy         12-22-1938 to 12-11-2011

Raymond Leo Lundy            8-5-1936 to 5-22-1998

 

Mc

Charles Lawrence McVeay IV    1-25-1947 to 7-26-2004    

Jerry N. McVeay                  3-25-1948 to 3-17-1980

Gladys Gertrude McVeay            9-2-1928 to 11-9-1991

 

M

Shirley Beaugez Melchiona    11-21-1939 to 10-1-2001 

 

N

Mary Corean Noble               12-5-1882 to 10-23-1916

 

 

P

Grace Seymour Panse               6-7-1918 to 4-20-1975

Valerie Renee' Phillips     1-22-1959 to 11-2-2002

R

Wallace 'Wayne' Randolph  1942 to 11-6-2009

 

Lavoise Redmond                 10-9-1942 to 10-26-1991

 

S

James Carl Saucier               10-26-1934 to 6-8-1992

     Jimmy C. Saucier "Bubby"        4-25-1961 to 12-29-1963

 

Laura Davis Scarborough    1925 to 4-3-2008

    

Janet M. Seymour     4-16-1944 to 12-14-2003

 

Ferrel Louis Seymour          9-30-1913 to 5-11-2002

Janie Smith Seymour        1-3-1919 to 7-22-2004

 

     Exia Elora Blackwell Seymour     7-4-1931 to 12-1-1999

     Larry L. Seymour                    4-8-1925 to 12-6-2008

 

     James Charles Seymour Sr.       3-4-1934-12-1-1999

 

     Richard Seymour                  7-16-1877 to 1-27-1920

 

     Lillie Seymour                   9-19-1879 to 9-17-1951

 

     Lillie Esperance Seymour          4-27-1883 to 2-2-1899

 

     Mrs. Rachel Seymour                  1902 to 11-11-1956

 

     Dora E. Seymour                  11-25-1877 to 3-4-1952

 

     Mary G. Seymour (Fails)                   d. 2-24-1951?

    (age 80)

 

William Seymour                            1837 to 1908

Mary Seymour                       3-1-1842 to 9-5-1899

 

Sidney J. Seymour                10-1-1909 to 2-20-1984

Dorothy E. Seymour               8-23-1917 to 6-29-1973

 

Paul Seymour                     6-23-1946 to 6-24-1946

Theresa Seymour                  5-27-1947 to 5-28-1947

 

Infant baby Seymour                           9-29-1893

 

Hubert Nathan Seymour             12-1-1902 to 4-8-1990

 

Peter Sherrod Seymour             12-8-1870 to 3-2-1934

Robina M. Noble Seymour           9-26-1884 to 2-6-1965

 

Oliver McClinton Seymour                   1898 to 1926

 

Lonnie Seymour                  11-28-1930 to 9-18-1932

 

Non Seymour

 

Oscar William Seymour             2-1-1901 to 9-11-1978

 

    

Esther Mable Seymour                     1-8-1911 to 10-24-1989

Hugh Charles Seymour Jr.           2-9-1908 to 4-5-2004

Hugh Charles Seymour III               7-4-1934 to 1-9-2011     

Foster Narcise Seymour                  6-16-1909 to 12-24-1999

Beemis Vincent Seymour                4-24-1911 to 8-27-1999

Bertha Iona Carroll Seymour        10-29-1923 to 6-15-1988

 

Orey G. Seymour                     4-9-1906 to 5-8-1956

PFC 5720 Comp SVC Plat WW II

 

Mary Olivia Seymour    1866-1950    "Taunt Babe"

Melvina H. Seymour                7-8-1880 to 9-13-1960

Earnest Seymour                 9-24-1872 to 10-14-1936

 

Baby Carroll (Seymour?)            7-8-1963 to 7-9-1963

 

Peter Alfred Seymour             8-8-1887 to 4-14-1962

Dorinda E. Seymour               9-24-1893 to 2-23-1974

Earl P. Seymour                 11-20-1910 to 2-27-1975

    

Ellis Seymour                      9-6-1881 to 1-4-1928

 

Sherrod Seymour                  4-1-1846 to 12-31-1928

Caroline Seymour                 3-30-1845 to 12-2-1927

 

Leon Seymour                     6-30-1874 to 6-17-1944

Mary Corean Noble (wife)        12-5-1882 to 10-23-1916

Ada Anna Seymour (wife)         10-22-1901 to 8-16-1975

 

Stewart Seymour                  3-18-1880 to 1-24-1936

Amelia Garlotte Seymour         4-30-1886 to 12-19-1955

 

Rudolph Seymour                   5-28-1915 to 3-3-1937

Harry O. Seymour                  9-4-1907 to 11-2-1974

PFC US army

   

Amanda Noble Seymour              5-9-1879 to 4-16-1899

 

     Herbert Seymour                  9-19-1912 to 4-16-1921

 

     Sheperd Seymour                   4-12-1905 to 6-7-1975

     Rachel Seymour                  8-12-1902 to 11-11-1956

 

     George Wayne Seymour             9-10-1955 to 9-21-1980

 

     Charles N. Seymour               4-10-1915 to 12-7-1964

     Maj. Ret. MS NG

     Gladys M. Seymour                 6-8-1919 to 2-21-1974

 

     Willie Seymour                   8-30-1902 to 4-27-1962

     Lucretia Fountain Caroline Seymour    11-4-1912 to 10-23-2000

     Wayne F. Seymour                 10-3-1935 to 4-29-1956

 

     William A. "Manny" Seymour       5-28-1868 to 1-13-1949

     Dora E. Seymour                  11-25-1877 to 3-4-1952

 

     Clifton W. Seymour                10-4-1897 to 8-1-1968

     Violet B. Seymour                 1-2-1905 to 11-2-1974

 

     Ulysses A. Seymour                   1-16-1911 to 8-3-2000

     Pearl D. Byrd Seymour                1913 to 1973

 

     Henry B. Seymour                 12-5-1908 to 11-11-1959

     Eda Agnes Seymour              1-2-1910 to 3-14-1990

    Opal Rebecca Gibson Seymour    1-4-1941 to 9-2-2010  

 

     O'Neal Clarence Seymour           4-9-1900 to 7-17-1983

     Carley W. Seymour, Sr.            6-8-1934 to

     Mary Stroud                      11-4-1946 to

 

     Kevin Paul Seymour               7-11-1968 to 7-14-1968

 

     Johnny Lavon Smith              7-6-1948 to 11-16-2000

 

     William Frank Stanley Jr.       1927 to 1972

     William Mark Stanley        1962 to 11-12-2006

T

     Autumn Beaugez Taconi            6-25-1990 (still born)

 

     Robert Wayne Tanner                  1-1-1966 to 8-28-1971

     Jessie Wallace Tanner  Jr.            5-11-1961 to 3-11-1966

 

     Eugene "Zana" Tiblier             1-11-1891 to 9-8-1989

     Lorinda S. Tiblier               2-21-1895 to 4-29-1971

 

     Roy James Tootle                 8-30-1928 to 1-30-1982

 

     Bryan D. Torgerson                 8-12-1971 (at birth)

 

V

     Elaine Beaugez Viator            10-29-1925 to 9-22-1999

 

 

W

     Leo Webb (baby)

 

     Burnell J. Webb                      1902 to 10-29-1970

 

     Laura C. Webb                   2-24-1886 to 10-23-1970

 

     Alice Odelia Webb                 6-7-1880 to 4-16-1916

 

     Robert Richard Williams         12-27-1928 to 8-17-1969

     Emmier Leolar Williams      3-4-1928 to    

 

     Ophelia Williams                 9-17-1907 to 1-25-1988

     Clifton J. Williams               3-18-1901 to 1-3-1965

 

     Surveyed and researched by:

     Ray L. Bellande PO Box 617 Ocean Springs, Ms 39564

     December 1991

     (228) 27-6350

 

REFERENCES:

 

Requiem III, Jackson County Cemetery Records, (Jackson County Genealogical Society - 1969), pp. 113-115.

 

Journals

The Bay Press, "Ghosts of the Coast, legends and more", October 27, 2006, p. 15.

The Daily Herald, "William A. Seymour", January 14, 1949, p. 5.

The Daily Herald, "Goff Funeral [Frank Oliver Goff]", January 18, 1951, p. 6.

The Daily Herald, "Peter Alfred Seymour", April 14, 1962, p. 2.

The Mississippi Press, "Cemetery headstones, vases destroyed", March 16, 1995, p. 1-A.

The Mississippi Press, "St. Martn cemetery vandalized again", September 24, 1996, p. 8-A.

The Mississippi Press, "For some, ghosts abound from Ocean Springs to Pascagoula", October 29, 2006, p. 1-A.

The Ocean Springs Record, “Vandalism at Seymour Cemetery", July 28, 1966, p. 1.

The Ocean Springs Record, “Nothing sacred to cemetery vandals”, February 4, 1982.

The Ocean Springs Record, “Gravestones vandalized at Seymour Cemetery”, May 6, 1982.

The Sun Herald, "Vandals sack St. Martin graveyard again", September 1996?, p. ??

The Sun Herald, "Bedola Seymour Askin Bond", March 19, 2006, p. A14.

The Sun Herald, "Brenda Joyce Tootle DeBell", March 26, 2006, p. A12.

The Sun Herald, "Mrs. Vivian Krohn Callender", October 9, 2006, p. A4.

The Sun Herald, "Aaron Joseph King", October 23, 2006, p. A4.

The Sun Herald, "Ghost Chicks", October 29, 2006, p. G1.

The Sun Herald, "Orion Frederick Alley", October 9, 2007, p. A4.

The Sun Herald, "Hugh Charles 'H.C.' Seymour, January 11, 2011, p. A4.

The Sun Herald, "Emma Beaugez", May 5, 2011, p. A4.

The Sun Herald, "Barbara Ann Lundy", December 15, 2011, p. A4.