Monday, December 31, 2007

William Barrett Monument in the Old Bean Cemetery West of English Creek

One of the old secluded cemeteries of Itawamba County is known as the Bean Cemetery located in southwestern Itawamba County just west of English Creek about three miles west of Enon Church and north of the Carolina community. It has been said that this old cemetery is the site of the original Enon Church, one of Itawamba County’s first organized churches, established during the 1830’s.

The photograph to the left is of the monument of William Barrett, an early Itawamba settler from that area. The 1850 US Federal Census for Itawamba County shows the farmer, William Barrett (age 84), as being born in Virginia. In his household are his children Sam. W. (age 42), Joseph W. (age 39) and Eliza E. (age 36). All his children were born in South Carolina, as were many of the residents of the Carolina community area of Itawamba County. William’s wife Milly had died before the 1850 census was taken. According to her tombstone in the old cemetery, she was born January 21, 1784 and died April 26, 1850. The above listed child, Joseph W. (born November 6, 1810), according to his monument in the cemetery, died on October 3, 1856.

Other early pioneer families of Itawamba County buried in this old cemetery include the surnames English, Bean, Black, Thorn, Thompson, Harkness, Parker, Wardlaw and Estes.

Barrett Monument Photograph by Bob Franks

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