Monday, May 31, 2010

An Invitation to the Memorial Service for David Palmer, CSA Veteran

You are invited to a memorial service for C.S.A. Veteran David Z. Palmer to be conducted at Lann Cemetery, Splunge, Monroe County, Mississippi, at 2:30 PM, Sunday June 6, 2010.

Palmer served in Company B of the 3rd Battalion of the Mississippi State Troops and the service is to mark his grave and to honor his memory. David Palmer was born January 3, 1817 and died June 21, 1887.

Several out-of-state family members are expected to attend this ceremony which will feature re-enactors from local historic military units providing color guard and rifle salute. A bagpiper is expected to be a part of the program.

Hill Country residents will find this sort of memorial service to be a moving and colorful tribute to one who served in the cause of his country. Please make plans to attend to both learn more about our local heritage as well as to welcome Mr. Palmer's relatives to Hill Country.

Historic Lann Cemetery is located near Splunge in the eastern part of the hills of Monroe County, Mississippi. It is the burial place of both Southern Confederates and Southern Unionists who survived the war and learned to live peacefully as neighbors in Hill Country.

If you need help with directions to Lann Cemetery, please email It is recommended you bring your own folding chair. Please be advised there are no facilities nor buildings at Lann Cemetery so come prepared.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Markings on stone: mistakes are difficult to correct

Mistakes made in the carving of grave markers are difficult to correct --- and care should be taken to "get it correct" the first time. Here is a short article about a strike-over on a marker with the epithet "Mark the perfect man . . ."

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Thornton Road: The Video (in two parts)

Two new "through the windshield" videos have been posted at Hill Country. I drove Thornton Road (yes, it is named after me) recently and posted the results. If you like to drive on gravel country roads, this might be of interest to you too.

Here are the links:

Monday, May 17, 2010

Hills, Horses, and High-flying Flags

Hills, Horses, and High-flying Flags is the title of a Hill Country Ramblin's Column at HILL COUNTRY. Click this link to read:

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Inventory of grave marker names: FULTON CEMETERY, Itawamba County, Mississippi

by Terry Thornton

An inventory of the names on the grave markers at Fulton Cemetery has been posted at Itawamba County Mississippi Book of the Dead. The alphabetized listing of the names is based upon a photographic record of the cemetery done May 13, 2010. The list contains 463 names, year of birth and death, as well as a link to the photograph of the grave marker.

Fulton Cemetery is presented at the Book of the Dead in four parts:
Post 2 contains the Surnames A - G
Post 3 contains the Surnames H - M
Post 4 contains the Surnames N - Z and Unknowns

Other Itawamba County cemeteries previous posted to the Book of the Dead include
Use the information in the right-side bar of the Book of the Dead to move from section to section.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Ridings Family Murders at Bigby Fork

For another account of the 1880 triple murder of the Henry Brown Ridings family of Bigby Fork community which straddles the county lines of Monroe and Itawamba Counties, Mississippi, and for information about the author of Backward Glances, the following article at Hill County may be of interest:
BACKWARD GLANCES by Samuel Wallace Tapscott of Bigby Fork, Mississippi

Monday, May 10, 2010


Posted by Terry Thornton

Scott K. Williams' article, BLACK CONFEDERATES IN THE CIVIL WAR, is an interesting read. It can be found at the following link:

Thanks to Alabama cousin Carl Thornton for calling my attention to this article.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

An important and must-read opinion piece from the DAILY JOURNAL 05-09-10

Posted by Terry Thornton

Sonny Scott of Sparta, Chickasaw County, Mississippi, is a community columnist for the Daily Journal published in Tupelo. His column today, Schools may be reaping important unintended negative consequences, is one of those rare, "right-on" articles about many of the major problems facing society and public schooling in what passes for education today.

I've searched for a link to the Journal's online version but don't find Scott's article there --- so go out and find a copy of page 7A, May 9, 2010, of the Sunday Journal and read what Scott has to say. I think you'll agree with him that "you can't make apple pie out of road apples."

UPDATE: Readers "Randy" and "Ann" advised me that the column was now on the Journal's website. Here is the link (thanks to Randy);

Readers of the print version of the Daily Journal are fortunate to have access to Sonny Scott's column --- but I wish the Journal would also include his work in their online version so the world could read his words.

Because Scott started his piece with the old country proverb about apple pie, I'll end this endorsement of his work with another food proverb: You can't make mayonnaise if you don't break eggs. Maybe some school administrators, but, more importantly, some parents will read Scott's words and start "breaking eggs."

Friday, May 7, 2010


Some of the names mentioned within the Civil War letters which Addison Fletcher Burdine wrote to his wife Ruth Standefer Burdine are listed in the article

The Burdine and Standefer families were early pioneering groups in Hill Country settling in Monroe and Itawamba Counties. Mr. and Mrs. Addison Fletcher Burdine (and other relatives) are buried in New Hope Cemetery, Parham, Monroe County, Mississippi.

The article includes a link to the transcription of the letters done by Carol Ann Burdine.