States: Mississippi: Choctaw
Do you know if your great-grandfather Rev. William Lewis Graves served as pastor of the Methodist churches on the Sturgis, MS, circuit in the late 1800s or the early 1900s? Two of the churches on the Sturgis circuit were Pleasant Hill Methodist Church in northern Winston County (established in 1840s) and Bethel Methodist Church in southwestern Oktibbeha County (established in 1870s). Bethel Church was formed by members of Pleasant Hill Church and by members of Shiloh Methodist Church in southeastern Choctaw County.
Your great-great-grandmother Elizabeth "Betty" Shaw Savage (1832-1896) is buried in the cemetery at Bethel Church. Her parents Wiley Shaw (c1799-1878) and Drucilla Crawford Shaw (c1795-1869) are buried in the cemetery at Pleasant Hill Church.
Your great-great-grandfather James Anderson Savage (1825-1884) and his first wife Jane Caroline Bagwell (died 1857) are buried in the cemetery at Pleasant Hill Church. His parents John S. Savage (died 1847) and Ann Gillespie Savage Hamill (1810-1885) are buried in the cemetery at Pleasant Hill Church.
Neither Pleasant Hill Church nor Bethel Church is an active church today. Both churches and cemeteries are well maintained. The annual homecoming service at Pleasant Hill Church is held on the fourth Sunday in July. The annual memorial service at Bethel Church is held on the fourth Sunday in May.