Rock Branch Cemetery

Newton Co, MS

Rock Branch Cemetery is located between the town of Union and the community of Little Rock, MS.  The cemetery sits beside Rock Branch Baptist Church on the south side of Highway 494.




In Memory of Charter members of Rock Branch Church

John B. Abney  1833-1895    Lucy M. C. Abney  1836 - 1913

William W. Abney  1866 - 1896    Sallie A. Abney  1868 - 1896


Martha Abney Laird Reynolds

November 19, 1857

Sept. 14, 1941

Martha Abney was the daughter of John B. Abney and his wife Lucy.  She married (1) Thomas J. Laird on August 28, 1876 in Newton Co, MS (2) Joseph P. Reynolds.

1880 Newton Co, MS Census, Beat 2 Township 8, page 17, Supv Dist. 2, ED 86 #126-126



Joseph P. Reynolds

Born Mar 4, 1858

Died May 20, 1924



Mildred Louella Jane Abney James

Wife of J. H. James

Born Dec. 10, 1859

Died Oct. 19, 1930


M. Lou J. Abney was a daughter of John B. Abney and his wife Lucy.  She married John Hamilton James on March 4, 1875 in Newton Co, MS



John H. James

Born Jan. 29, 1855

Died Feb. 28, 1928


1880 Newton Co, MS Census, Beat 2, Township 8, #187-187


Benjamin F. Abney

Born in Elbert Co, GA

Sept. 5, 1862

Died in Newton Co, MS

Mar. 2, 1877

B. F. Abney was a son of John B. Abney and his wife Lucy.



Thomas I. Abney

December 20, 1880

January 29, 1886



May Dorman Abney

Wife of E. M. Abney

1892 - 1923





William J. Gordon

Born April 24, 1861

Died March 14, 1906


Can anyone identify his parentage?



Amanda Smith Gordon

Wife of W. J. Gordon

Born Jan 1, 1865

Died Jan. 19, 1903


Amanda Smith was the daughter of Francis Scott Smith and Elizabeth Webb.  She married William J. Gordon on October 20, 1884.



Eliza Leona R. Abney Gordon

Born Sept. 11, 1869 - Died Dec. 6, 1957

Leona Abney Cleveland Gordon was a daughter of John B. Abney and his wife Lucy.  She married (1) D. Frank Cleveland on February 24, 1887 in Newton Co, MS (2) J. W. Gordon on January 6, 1898 in Newton Co, MS.




Elizabeth M. Cleveland

Born Nov. 11, 1843

Died Dec. 11, 1914


J. V. Portis

Aged 74 Yrs, 3 Mos & 1 Day

E. G. Portis

Aged 81 Yrs, 11 Mos, & 9 Days





Martha Portis Cullum Kimbell Taylor

1835 - 1924




This plaque is erected in honor of Jacob 4 and John 5 Cleveland, Grandfather and Father respectively of Ibra 6 Harris Cleveland.  Jacob had 10 sons (Jeremiah, Rice, James, Wyatt, William, John, Jacob, Reuben, Daniel, and Larkin, and 3 daughters (Mary, Martha, and Elizabeth).  All of the children except Elizabeth were born in Virginia.  She was born in South Carolina.  John had 4 sons (Jacob Mims, James Madison, John Wyatt, and Ibra Harris) and 2 daughters (Sarah Wesley and Martha Lee), all born in Georgia.  James Madison and Ibra Harris moved to Mississippi.




Piety Cleveland

Wife of I. H. Cleaveland

Born in Elbert Co, GA

Feb. 22, 1824

Died  Jan 21, 1891




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