Sunday, May 6, 2012

2012 "May Day Gathering" at Trevillion Cemetery

Walking where my Ancestor's walked before me 
Every year, in the month of May, located in the middle of the woods in Blue Hill Mississippi, you can find a gathering of decedents whose loved ones are buried in the Trevillion Cemetery. There are no sounds of traffic, or the ringing of telephones because of very low cell tower signals. As you turn off the main road that leads to the cemetery, you follow a winding dirt path lined on each side by beautiful old trees. This path twist's and turn's and finally, as if  out of no where, there is a small cemetery sitting  perched up on a hill that looks like a painting out of a Southern Magazine. The old headstones are surrounded of large Oaks and flowing Spanish Moss sitting on top of fresh cut grass. Each  and every headstone has a small bouquet  of flowers, and not one is forgotten. The tallest Oak tree stands tall next to a Cedar tree, separated only by a chain link fence, but somehow through the century's have come together and intertwined , reaching out to each other.

This May Gathering began with fellowship and singing of songs out of the Old Hymn Book's. Announcements were made and a yearly business report was given by Johnnie Harold Smith, secretary treasurer and ground keeper of  Trevillion Cemetery. A message was given by Paul Sutherland, followed by a Memorial Service for Francis Forrest Brown, Smith. This was followed with dinner on the grounds and a time to meet distant cousins and hear the story's of ones that had gone on before us.
Frances Forrest Brown, Smith
born 3-22-41 ~ died 11-11-11
Ashes buried at Trevillion Cemetery on May 5, 2012

Thou I was a stranger among those that gathered, I didn't feel like one from the minute I arrived to the second I drove away hours later. We sat on the old wooden pews under the pavilion that over looked the cemetery. I couldn't help but hear the sounds of the birds singing around us as I sat there and I could picture my ancestry's that walked on this same land year after year, gathering to keep the grounds clean, and fellowship with singing and dinner on the grounds. My Third Great Grandparents,  John Orr and Martha A. Orr; My second Great Grand Aunt and Uncle, Uriah Samuel and Matilda Valines Rogillio Humphreys; Great Grand Aunt and Uncle, John Hiram and Annie Elizabeth Trevillion, Smith; several first cousin's, second removed and even one second cousin have all passed on. They lie there on that peaceful hill. My mother's parents, Vida Louvenia Smith, Thomas and Louie Jackson Thomas came to this gathering for many years. They too stood there at John and Martha Orr's graves , her Great Grandparents.

There was a sweet peacefulness felt in the air . I looked around at the faces of those I have not met yet but will soon get to know. I saw the faces of the people that will pass on before others. I saw the faces of those that will continue the May day tradition, gathering year after year, generation after generation, reaching out to  each other, intertwining the generations to come, just like that Old Oak tree reaching out to the Cedar tree.

    I came away from the gathering of this May day, among this Old family cemetery, with lasting memories, new friends, and a connection to family roots. I not only learned about those buried here, but heard the story's about the giant Magnolia tree that stands so tall as if guarding the hill and showing off its beautiful white flowers and how James E Smith, as a young boy helping his father, Thomas James Smith, clear branches and tree shrub and wanted to save the magnolia tree that was then barely a few feet tall.

I heard the story about the grave marker with just the word ,"Wild man" on it. He was an out Law who was buried there and had no family and no one knew his name, but said he was a wild man . 

There are even  signs of pride for our Country and those that served.

 and the sign of modern needs for those May Day gatherings.
I ended my May Day experiences sending special thanks to James E. Smith and his wife, Ruthie, for being such good friends and telling me about this gathering in the woods of Blue Hill, Mississippi where Our Paths Connect. And also to my friend, Patsy Warford, who traveled with me from Louisiana and put up with all my chatting along the way. That's a true friend!

MayDay, May 3, 2014 while Walking where my Ancestors walked before me
by: B. Hall

  1. Rushing (Son of WK and Bell Rushing)
  2. Rushing, Douglas
  3. Rushing, Emma (Daughter of Thomas and Betty Rushing)
  4. Rushing, Betty
  5. Rushing, Thomas
  6. Rushing, Percy
  7. Hodge, Lydia Ann
  8. Rushing, Johnnie (Son of J.B. and Louisa Rushing)
  9. Rushing, James (Son of J.B. and Louisa Rushing)
  10. Rushing, Louisa (Wife of J.B. Rushing)
  11. Trevillion (Son of States and Margret Trevillion)
  12. Selmon, (Daughter of Walter and Alice Selmon)
  13. Rushing, Margie (Daughter of Luther and Ollie Rushing)
  14. Rushing (Baby of Dan and Lonnie Rushing)
  15. Rushing, Pearl (Wife of Robert Rushing)
  16. Rushing (Baby of Robert and Pearl Rushing)
  17. Rushing (Baby Daughter of  Robert and Pearl Rushing)
  18. Rushing, Evie (Wife of Robert Rushing)
  19. Rushing, Robert
  20. Rushing, Annie (Wife of Robert Rushing)
  21. Rushing, Alb
  22. Trevillion (Baby of Louis and Bertha Trevillion)
  23. Trevillion, States
  24. Trevillion, Matilda (Wife of States Trevillion)
  25. Trevillion, Thomas
  26. Trevillion. Abbgal (Wife of Thomas Trevillion)
  27. Trevillion (Son of George and Annie Trevillion)
  28. Trevillion (Son of George and Annie Trevillion)
  29. Trevillion (Baby of States and Matilda Trevillion)
  30. Trevillion (Baby of States and Matilda Trevillion)
  31. Trevillion (Baby of States and Matilda Trevillion)
  32. Humphreys, Uriah
  33. Humphreys, Matilda
  34. Trevillion, Phillip Barnes
  35. Trevillion, Etta (18 yr. old Daughter of Phillip B. Trevillion)
  36. Humphreys, Bertis J. (Son of J.J. and M.C. Humphrerys)
  37. Humphreys, Bertha (Daughter of J.J. and M.C. Humphrerys)
  38. Phillips, Addie Rushing (Wife of Thomas Phillips)
  39. Phillips, Milton H.W.
  40. Phillips, Ruthie (Daughter of Milton and Josephine Phillips)
  41. Phillips (Baby of Milton and Josephine Phillips)
  42. Phillips (Baby of Milton and Josephine Phillips)
  43. Phillips (Baby of Milton and Josephine Phillips)
  44. Johnson (Baby of William and Kizzy Johnson)
  45. Johnson (Baby of William and Kizzy Johnson)
  46. Johnson (Baby of William and Kizzy Johnson)
  47. Johnson (Baby of William and Alice Johnson)
  48. Johnson,Alice McFerren (Wife of William Johnson)
  49. Johnson, Kizzy (Wife of William Johnson)
  50. Johnson, William
  51. ? (Grandmother of Milton Phillips)
  52. Johnson, Melissa Phillips (Wife of J.C. Johnson)
  53. Johnson (Baby of Debby Johnson)
  54. Hodge, Molly (Daughter of W.E. Hodge)
  55. Hodge, W.E.
  56. Hodge, Johnie Ann (Wife of W.E. Hodge)
  57. O'Neal (Baby of John O'Neal)
  58. Jamison, James
  59. Jamison, Johnnie
  60. Jamison, Drake
  61. Reynolds, Jim
  62. Reynolds, George
  63. Hunt, Bija
  64. Hunt (Baby of Biji Hunt)
  65. Hunt (Baby of Biji Hunt)
  66. Reynolds, Thaodore
  67. Reynolds, Mr. (Father of George Reynolds)
  68. Reynolds, Mrs. Plasetta
  69. Oliver, Kattie Jamison
  70. Dunigan, Hester Hodge (Wife of John Dunigan)
  71. Jamison, George
  72. Hodge, Will
  73. Jamison, Lucy
  74. Jamison (Baby of Jack and Perlie Jamison)
  75. Hodge, Bertha
  76. Scott, Lula Johnson
  77. Johnson, John C.
  78. Johnson, George
  79. Orr, J. Posey
  80. Girvish (Baby of Bertha Girvish)
  81. Orr, John  (Father of Neppie Roberta Orr, Humphreys)
  82. Orr,Martha (Mother of Neppie Roberta Orr, Humphreys)
  83. Girvish, Mr.
  84. Girvish, Early (Son of Mr. Girvish)
  85. Scott (Baby of Claude and Minnie Scott)
  86. Scott, Eddie
  87. Richardson, Minnie Lou Scott Smith
  88. Tommie (Baby of Ellen Elizabeth Orr, Tommie)
  89. Tommie, Ellen Elizabeth Orr
  90. Williamson, Mr.
  91. Williamson (Son of Mr. Williamson)
  92. Unknown Baby
  93. Wild Man
  94. Gates, Mr.
  95. Dunigan (Baby of Jud and Ola Dunigan) 
  96. Dunigan (Baby of Jud and Ola Dunigan) 
  97. Dunigan (Baby of Jud and Ola Dunigan) 
  98. Dunigan (Baby of Jud and Ola Dunigan) 
  99. Dunigan, Ola Imram (Wife of Jud Dunigan)
  100. Sandifer (Baby of Charlie and Zanie Smith, Sandifer)
  101. Smith (Baby of Hubert S. and Neppie Roberta Humphreys, Smith)
  102. Richardson, Onnie Dunn (Wife of Walter Richardson)
  103. Orr (Baby of Ollie Orr)
  104. Boland, John H. (Son of Dr. J.F. Boland)
  105. Boland, Dr. J.F. 
  106. Roberson, Evalina
  107. Unknown
  108. Unknown
  109. Unknown
  110. Unknown
  111. Johnson, Disney (Daughter of Pete Johnson)
  112. Cambell, William (Son of Lee Roy Cambell)
  113. Cambell (Daughter of Lee Roy Cambell)
  114. Cambell, Lee Roy
  115. Cambell, Johnnie
  116. Rushing, William C.
  117. Rushing, Alice O. (Wife of William Rushing)
  118. Curtis, Shelly
  119. Curtis, Carl
  120. Beech, Luther
  121. Beech, Mrs. (Mother of Luther Beech)
  122. Beech, Bertha
  123. Smith, John Hiram
  124. Smith, Annie Elizabeth Trevillion (Wife of John Hiram Smith)
  125. Smith, Bessie E. (Daughter of John Hiram and Annie Elizabeth Smith)
  126. Smith, Arthur B. (Son of John Hiram and Annie Elizabeth Smith)
  127. Smith, Whitaker W. (Son of John Hiram and Annie Elizabeth Smith)
  128. Scott, Stowers G. (Husband of Lillie Smith, Scott)
  129. Smith (Son of T.J. and Annie Mae Smith)

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