Neshoba Co, MS
Directions: From Hwy 15 at the Hwy 492 intersection (Spanky’s) in Union. Proceed north 3.3 miles. There will be a large sign that reads Camp Dixon followed by a smaller one that reads Neshoba. Turn left on Road 325. Drive through the Neshoba Community until you reach the Linwood Community. The cemetery is on the right hand side of the road behind Linwood Baptist Church. It is not easy to spot from the road. There will be a small store on the opposite side of the road.
Directions from I-20 to the Hwy 15 & Hwy 492 (Spanky’s) intersection in Union: Coming from the East (Meridian): Exit at Hickory. Turn right on Hwy 503. Proceed 7.6 miles to Hwy 15. Turn right. Proceed 9.6 miles to the above intersection. Coming from the West (Jackson): Exit at Newton on Hwy 15. Proceed North. The intersection will be in about 16 miles.
Linwood Cemetery sits behind Linwood Baptist Church. The community is north of the Neshoba Community on the road that was once the main highway to Philadelphia, before the new Highway 15 bypass was built. Many of the families buried in Linwood Cemetery are closely related to those families buried at Neshoba Cemetery. Sitting directly across the road from the church and cemetery is a store, which has been the focal point of the Linwood Community for as long as I have been living. Linwood School, which stood near the church is now only a memory.
Neshoba Democrat - August 3, 1934: Soloman Mason was a good and useful citizen. He owned and operated a good farm near where McDonald now is. He also owned and operated a horse mill and gin which later was turned into a water mill and gin. One among the first mills the writer ever visited was this old water mill. He ginned the cotton and ground the corn and wheat for his neighbors for miles around Some 35 years ago he joined that innumerable host that had gone on before and his body sleeps in the cemetery hard by awaiting the resurrection. He has a large number of children, grandchildren scattered here and there to keep alive his name and memory. Mississippi profited by the coming of Isacc (Editor's note: should read Solomon; Isaac died in Richmond Co, NC.) Mason to her more than a century ago.
Per James F. Cook: Solomon Mason, born in Richmond County, NC, was the son of Isaac Mason and Rebecca Everett. He first married a Watkins in North Carolina. His second wife was Caroline Jane Tullos Watkins. Her first husband died about the same time as Solomon Mason's first wife -- Caroline Watkins' husband and Solomon Mason's wife were brother and sister. After their deaths, Solomon married his sister-in-law. Solomon Mason's home was the home later owned and lived in by Uncle Warren Mason and his wife, Aunt Bertha Ruby Nicholson Mason. The house was demolished in the 1960's or 1970's.
1850 Neshoba Co. MS Census #445-465
1860 Neshoba Co, MS Census, Union, p. 597, #440-448
1880 Neshoba Co, MS Census, Beat 4, Supv Dist 2, ED 60, #16-16
Caroline Jane Tullos was the 2nd wife of Solomon Mason. She was the widow of Thomas B. Watkins, who was the brother of Solomon Mason's 1st wife Mary "Polly" Watkins.
Pictured Right: The Beckner D'Leon Mason family.
Beckner D'Leon Mason was the son of Solomon Mason and his 2nd wife Caroline Jane Tullos. He married Mary Elizabeth Crenshaw December 20, 1888 in Neshoba Co, MS.
1900 Neshoba Co, MS Census Beat 4, Supv District 5 ED 44, Sheet 15 #244-244
1910 Neshoba Co, MS Census, Beat 4, #156-159
Mary Elizabeth Crenshaw was the oldest child of Anel Darvel Crenshaw and his wife Mary Virginia Boler. She married Beckner D'Leon Mason December 20, 1888 in Neshoba Co, MS.
1920 Neshoba Co, MS Census, Beat 4, Waldo & Dixon, #6-6
This infant was the first born daughter of Beckner D'Leon Mason and his wife Mary Elizabeth Crenshaw.
This baby was a daughter of Beckner D'Leon Crenshaw and his wife Mary Elizabeth Crenshaw. She was the twin sister of Dinkie Alva Mason, who unlike her sister, lived into adulthood.
William Sylvester Mason was a child of Beckner D'Leon Mason and his wife Mary Elizabeth Crenshaw.
Warner S. Mason was a son of Solomon Mason and his 2nd wife Caroline Jane Tullos. He married Bertha Ruby Nicholson.
1900 Neshoba Co, MS Census Beat 4, Supv District 5, ED 44, Sheet 15 #241-241
1910 Neshoba Co, MS Census, Beat 4, #170-174
1920 Neshoba Co, MS Census, Beat 4, Dixon/Waldo, #179-186
Bertha Ruby Nicholson was a daughter of John Joseph Nicholson and his 1st wife. She married Warner Solomon Mason.
March 15, 1875 - April 30, 1955
June 12, 1881 - December 18, 1957
Coble Leon Mason was a son of Solomon Mason and his 2nd wife Caroline Jane Tullos. He married Mollie Harwell.
1900 Neshoba Co, MS Census, Beat 4, Supv District 5, ED 44, Sheet 15 #242-242
1910 Neshoba Co, MS Census, Beat 4, #172-177
1920 Neshoba Co, MS Census, Beat 4, Dixon/Waldo, #180-187
May 18, 1901 - November 30, 1998
August 1, 1904 - November 23, 1982
Barney Clayton Mason was a son of Coble Leon Mason and his wife Mollie Harwell. He married Carmon E. Peden.
Coble Leon Mason Jr. was a son of Coble Leon Mason and his wife Molly Harwell.
Clifford E. Mason was a son of Hugh Solomon Mason and his wife Ola Cooper.
Mary Catherine Mason was a daughter of Warner Solomon Mason and his wife Bertha Ruby Nicholson.
Isaac Presley Mason was a son of Solomon Mason and his 1st wife Mary "Polly" Watkins. He married Margarett Lehella McNair.
1880 Neshoba Co, MS Census, Beat 4, Page 2, Supv Dist 2, ED 60 #13-13
1910 Neshoba Co, MS Census, Beat 4, #178-182
1920 Neshoba Co, MS Census, Dixon & Waldo, Beat 4, #255-266
Margarett Lehella McNair married Isaac Presley Mason.
Hugh Solomon Mason was the son of Isaac Presley Mason & his wife Margarett Lehella McNair. He married Ola Cooper 1899 in Neshoba Co, MS.
1920 Neshoba Co, MS Census, Beat 4, Dixon/Waldo, #61-63
March 12, 1902 - March 26, 1977
September 28, 1903 - July 23, 1964
Hugh Solomon Mason was a son of Hugh Solomon Mason Sr. He married Verdie O'Steen.
November 19, 1857 - January 15, 1934
October 23, 1859 - March 1, 1947
John M. Mason was a son of Solomon Mason and his 1st wife Mary "Polly" Watkins. He married Sarah Emma Hitt 1877 in Neshoba Co, MS.
1900 Neshoba Co, MS Census, Beat 3, p. 69, ED 43, #80-81, Farmer
1920 Neshoba Co, MS Census, Dixon & Waldo, #116-184
Sadie Mason was a daughter of John M. Mason and his wife Sarah Emma Hitt.
William Prella Mason was a son of John M. Mason and his wife Sarah Emma Hitt.
William Annel Crenshaw
January 13, 1878 - April 3, 1974
January 18, 1878 - July 26, 1928
June 23, 1878 - February 10, 1958
William Annel Crenshaw was the son of Annel Darvel Crenshaw and his wife Mary Virginia Crenshaw. He married Emma Waller, the mother of his children, December 14, 1899 in Neshoba Co, MS. He married Annie Florence Harris after Emma's death. Emma Waller was the daughter of Charles R. Waller and his wife Rennvy Tucker. Uncle Billy's memory is very dear to me. Although he was Granddaddy's older brother, he long outlived him, dying at the ripe old age of 96. My most distinct memory of Uncle Billy's latter years involves sitting in a chair in his living room staring at his gums. Like many of that generation Uncle Billy had no teeth left in his advanced years. He also rarely inserted his false teeth in those days. Therefore his gums, devoid of teeth, were a fascinating sight for one accustomed to that cavity being filled. Uncle Billy's house still sits on the east side of the old Highway 15, just north of Granddaddy's pond. According to my Mother the land that Uncle Billy inherited did not front the highway. Granddaddy sold him that stretch of land so he could build a house on the main road.
1900 - Enumerated in the household of his father-in-law Charles R. Waller
1910 Neshoba Co, MS Census, Beat 4, #166-170
1920 Neshoba Co, MS Census, Beat 4, Dixon/Waldo, #32-34
1930 Neshoba Co, MS Census, Beat 4 Dixon & Waldo, ED 50-14 Sheet 2a, p. 220, Supv Dist 7, State Highway #15, #29-29, Farmer - General Farm
World War I Draft Registration Card: Crenshaw, William Annel, 40, Philadelphia, b 13 Jan 1878, Farmer, Nearest relative Emma Crenshaw, Medium Height & Build, Blue Eyes, Black Hair, Route 5, Philadelphi, MS, September 12, 1918
Neshoba Baptist Church Records. 2nd Sunday in May, 1945. A motion carried that three Deacons be elected. Bros. R. B. Vance, W. J. Houston, and W. A. Crenshaw
Neshoba Baptist Church Records
Sister Emma CRENSHAW was born Jan. 18th 1878, and departed this life July 26, 1929. Age 51 yrs. She was married to Bro. W. A. CRENSHAW Dec. 14, 1899. To this union was born 7 children, of whom 2 preceded her to her grave. In early life she united with White Oak Baptist Church later Neshoba Baptist Church of which she remained a faithful member until her death. In the homegoing of Sister Emma, Neshoba Church has lost one of its most faithful members, we grieve beyond measure, still we do grieve as those who have no hope. Her character was pure. Her reward is great. Blessed be the memory of such women. We do not question why God took her from her loved ones just at this time, but we rejoice in the fact that we trust in a God "who doeth all things well". Sister Emma was sick a long time and suffered things that were hard to bear still she wanted to get well that she might live a life of unselfish service. However when the call came she was ready to go being fully submissive to her master will. May God's richest blessings rest in her bereaved husband and children. Respectively submitted: Mrs. Lottie CRENSHAW, Mrs. Willie GULLY, Mrs. Esther GULLY.
Dorothy Letty Crenshaw was a daughter of William Annel Crenshaw and his 1st wife Emma R. Waller.
The Union Appeal, Wednesday, January 6, 1999. Miss Dorothy L. Crenshaw. Funeral services for Dorothy L. Crenshaw were held Sunday, January 3, at 2pm from Neshoba Baptist Church. Rev. Wayne Crenshaw, Rev. Johnny Collins, and Rev. Danny Ethridge officiated with burial in the Linwood Cemetery under the direction of McClain-Hays Funeral Home. Miss Crenshaw, 89, died January 1, at Laird Hospital. She was a native and longtime resident of the Neshoba Community. She was a member of Neshoba Baptist Church where she had worked with the Bible school program, served as Training Union director and was a former choir member and WMU member. Survivors include: one sister-in-law, Muriel Crenshaw of Union; and several nieces and nephews. Pallbearers were: Selby Crenshaw, Bo Johnson, Herman Johnson, Herman Gorum, Allen Boler and Paul Shoemaker.
Augusta May Crenshaw was a daughter of William Annel Crenshaw and his 1st wife Emma R. Waller.
Loky Crenshaw was a child of William Annel Crenshaw and his 1st wife Emma R. Waller.
Charles R. Waller was born in Georgia October 1834 as indicated on his 1900 Census record. He died some time after the 1910 census was taken. He married Rennvy Tucker.
1860 Leake Co, MS Census Carthage PO, P 50?, #363
1880 Neshoba Co, MS Census, Beat 5 #22-22
1900 Neshoba Co, MS Census #228-228
1910 Neshoba Co, MS Census, #167-171
Tucker descendants have a family Bible which lists her birthdate as March 16, 1840.
Rennvy Tucker was the daughter of Thomas Tucker and his wife Barbary Hill. This family was living in Lauderdale County at the time of the 1850 Census Enumeration. That is the most likely location for Rennvy's birth.
October 20, 1877 - February 5, 1963
July 10, 1877 - February 5, 1963
William Lee Walton was a son of James Walton and his wife Della Avarine (maiden name unknown). Julia Waller was a daughter of Charles R. Waller and his wife Rennvy Tucker.
1900 Neshoba Co, MS Census, Beat 4 #216-216
1920 Neshoba Co, MS Census, Beat 4, Dixon/Waldo #2-2
A light from our household is gone.
A voice we loved is stilled.
William Napoleon Bassett was a son of John Mitchell Bassett and his wife Mary Frances Pace. He married Leona Winifred Crenshaw November 21, 1900 in Neshoba Co, MS.
1910 Neshoba Co, MS Census, Beat 4, #165-169
Leona Winifred Crenshaw was born June 25, 1882, the a daughter of Anel D. Crenshaw and his wife Mary Virginia Boler. She married William Napoleon Bassett November 21, 1900 in Neshoba Co, MS. She died April 15, 1964.
1920 Neshoba Co, MS Census, Beat 4, Dixon/Waldo, #3-3
December 22, 1898 - May 17, 1991
September 18, 1901 - January 15, 2001
Lessie Bassett was a daughter of William Napoleon Bassett and his wife Leona Winifred Crenshaw. She married Solomon Bruce Mason on November 14, 1918 in Neshoba Co, MS
1920 Neshoba Co, MS Census, Beat 4, Dixon/Waldo, #188-195
Anel D. Bassett was a son of William Napoleon Bassett and his wife Leona Winifred Crenshaw.
Born Feb. 22, 1873
Died Jan. 24, 1948
Born Aug. 8, 1875
Died Mar. 27, 1949
James Watson Rhodes was the son of Wiley Watson Rhodes and his wife Ollie Melinda Rosser.
1900 Neshoba Co, MS Census, Beat 5, # 296-305
1910 Neshoba Co, MS Census, Beat 1, #132-135
1920 Neshoba Co, MS Census, Beat 1, Sierra Precinct, #57-60
World War I Draft Registration Card: Rhodes, James Watson, 45, RFD 1 Neshoba, b 22 Feb 1873, Farmer, Nearest relative Evie Rhodes, Tall, Slender, Blue Eyes, Light Hair
Card of Thanks – The Neshoba Democrat: Friday, April 15, 1949: We wish to express our sincere and heartfelt thanks to relatives, friends and neighbors for their kindness and sympathy shown us during the illness and death of our beloved mother, Mrs. Evia Rhodes. Especially do we thank Rev. Froshour and Rev. Thomas for their kind and tender service. Also we thank McClain-Hays Funeral Home for their untiring service. Dr. Laird and his hospital staff of doctors and nurses for their faithful service and kind words. Many thanks to all who gave flowers and the florist of Philadelphia and Union for so beautifully arranging them. May God’s richest blessing rest upon each and everyone is our sincere prayer. Mrs. Mary Holder and family, Andrew, Alphus, Vernis and Woodle Rhodes and their families.
March 4, 1875 - January 1, 1942
July 10, 1880 - August 16, 1917
Benjamin Franklin Rhodes was a son of Wiley Watson Rhodes and his wife Ollie Melinda Rosser.
1900 Neshoba Co, MS Census, Beat 4 #181-186
1910 Neshoba Co, MS Census, Beat 4 #121-123
1920 Neshoba Co, MS Census, Dixon & Waldo, #110-116
World War I Draft Registration Card: Rhodes, Benjamin Franklin, 43, RFD 1 Neshoba, b 4 Mar 1875, Farmer, Nearest relative Odu Rhodes child, Tall, Stout, Blue Eyes, Black Hair
March 4, 1899 - May 10, 1959
October 23, 1902 - January 9, 1990
Marvin Lester Rhodes married Iona Walton February 10, 1920 in Neshoba Co, MS. He was a son of Benjamin F. Rhodes and his wife Sarah Maggie (maiden name unknown). She was the daughter of Willie Lee Walton and his wife Julia Waller.
World War I Draft Registration Card: Rhodes, Lester Marvin, 19, RFD 1 Neshoba, b 4 Mar 1899, Farmer employed by B. F. Rhodes father, Tall, Medium build, Light Blue eyes, Dark Brown Hair
1891 - 1962
1895 - 1989
Daniel Buran Rhodes was a son of Wiley Watson Rhodes and his wife Ollie Melinda Rosser. He married (1) Fannie Rice October 13, 1912 in Neshoba Co, MS; (2) Myrtle R. Smith.
1920 Neshoba Co, MS Census, Dixon & Waldo, Beat 4, #181-188
World War I Draft Registration Card: Rhodes, Daniel Buran, 26, McDonald, b 15 Oct 1891 in Hope, Laborer in Saw Mill of F. E. McKee, Single, Relatives (Mother & Child) dependant on me, Medium Height & Build, Light Eyes, Dark Brown Hair, Precinct McDonald
Johnny Earl Rhodes was a son of Daniel Buran Rhodes and his wife Myrtle R. Smith.
Roy Ethel Rhodes was a son of Daniel Buran Rhodes and his wife Myrtle R. Smith.
Sarah D. McNair married John C. Thomas 1883 in Neshoba Co, MS. Who was this John C. Thomas? Can anyone identify his family? According to the 1900 census he was born February 1863. There is a J. C. Thomas buried, without a wife next to him, at Dixon Cemetery. His tombstone indicates he was born in 1861. John C. & Sarah Thomas had no children living in the household at the time of the 1900 Census Enumeration. Sarah's sister Dellis A. McNair (unmarried) was living with them in addition to a boarder.
1900 Neshoba Co, MS Census, Beat 1, Supv Dist 5, ED 4, Sheet 10B, p. 26, #178-179
Ava Mason Ballenger
September 23, 1894 - February 22, 1925
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