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Sunday, January 4, 2009

Conehoma Cemetery - The Dodd and McKee Families

Conehoma Cemetery, located in the Williamsville Community, east of the Natchez Trace Parkway and southeast of Kosciusko, Mississippi, is the burial place for several families who were pioneers to this area during the 1800's. Some of these families include those named Dodd, Hollingsworth, McKee, Nash, and Whittington. One of the early graves in the cemetery is that of George Dodd, patriarch of the Dodd Family in Attala County. According to Mr. Dodd's original grave marker, he was born on January 16, 1780 in Farquier County, Virginia. He died in Attala County on January 21, 1866, just five days after his 86th birthday, a long life for someone who lived during this time and in this place. Another gravestone, a more contemporary one, also marks Dodd's gravesite. And a tombstone similar to that of George Dodd marks the nearby grave of Margaret A. Dodd, who died on September 20, 1857, likely George's wife.

According to the U. S. Census taken in 1850, George Dodd was enumerated in Township 15, Range 8 East, of Attala County. A farmer by occupation, he was 69 years old, with a birthplace of Virginia. Dodd was almost certainly a widower, since he lived in a household headed by Allen Dodd and his wife, Mary E. Dodd. Allen was a farmer, and his assets in 1850 totaled $6,080. Both Mary and Allen were born in Kentucky. Other family members in the household included six young children belonging to Mary and Allen. Names and ages of the Dodd children were James, age 11, Mary, age 9, William, age 7, Narcissa, age 5, Samuel, age 3, and John, age 6 months. All children living in the household were born in Mississippi.

Allen and Mary McKee Dodd, along with two of their children, James and Narcissa, are also buried in the Conehoma Cemetery. Mary's father, James McKee, born on October 2, 1790 in Rockbridge County, Virginia, who died on November 18, 1866, is buried near his daughter and her family.
Two families, united by the marriage of their two children, now share a common burial place.

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