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Re: Bethlehem Baptist Church 175th Aniversary
Posted by: B. R. Weeks (ID *****0452) Date: August 13, 2011 at 18:41:39
In Reply to: Re: Bethlehem Baptist Church 175th Aniversary by Charles Kelly of 521

The grave of this Seay child is the only marked grave under that surname in Bethlehem Cemetery and in all of Choctaw County. I do not find the Seay name in the Bethlehem Church records in the 1860s or 1870s. The child's grave is located along the wooded edge of the cemetery. Earlier this year I had cleared away the undergrowth from the woods that had spread out to this grave marker and to some of my family members' graves nearby. An interesting fact is that the Seay child's tombstone is a ceramic grave marker of a style used in Choctaw and surrounding counties in the 1870s and 1880s. This Seay marker is one of the few that still is intact. The marker with the name and dates fits into a ceramic base, and the total height is about two feet. They were commercially manufactured grave markers. Many of these unusual ceramic markers have been broken over the years or have lost their bases. If you would like to have a photograph of M. J. Seay's marker, I would be glad to photograph it on a future trip to Mississippi.

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