Recently, one of my readers, Mitchell Sawyer, contacted me and shared information and photos about the cleanup he organized of old St. Philips Cemetery, also known as Kirkwood Cemetery. This very old cemetery, located in the far reaches of Madison County, Mississippi, near Camden, is the burial place of former Mississippi governor William McWillie and members of his immediate family and others who were allied with that family.
b. April 6, 1799, d. April 8, 1860
Buried in Kirkwood Cemetery
Madison County, Mississippi
Among the photos Mitchell shared with me was one of his great-grandmother, Henrietta Hemingway, shown here today.
(photograph courtesy of Mitchell Sawyer)
Mitchell related to me a brief story about his great-grandmother: "My Hemingway ancestors left Duesbury England on the Ship Majestic and arrived in Charleston Harbor in 1829. Settled in the Camden, SC area which is how they knew Governor McWillie. In fact, the 'tale' in the family is that Catherine (Gov.'s wife) prepared my great grandmother Henrietta Hemingway's hair on her wedding day."
Ironically, the Hemingway family later migrated to Mississippi and settled in the area of Madison County known as "Camden."
Thank you, Mitchell, for sharing some of your family history with me and with my readers.