The Dan Sumrall Cemetery is located in Sumrall, Lamar County, Mississippi. On a recent trip to the area, my daughter and I visited the cemetery to view the tombstones and pay our respects to ancestors long since passed.
Two of those ancestors were my maternal great-great grandparents, Daniel Sumrall and Mary Rebecca "Becky" Pouncey. The town and this small historic cemetery were named after Daniel Sumrall.
From an earlier post...
On December 3, 1868, Daniel Sumrall married Mary Rebecca Pouncey. Dan and Becky settled in a portion of Marion County that later became Lamar County.
Prior to 1874, Dan purchased a grist mill, cotton gin and farm belonging to Arthur Lott. He later added a store and established the Sumrall post office in the store.
When the community incorporated there was opposition to naming the community and post office Sumrall due to Dan's service in the Union Army.
The Post Master General refused to change the name of the post office and issued Order 48 in 1892 stating that the name of post offices should be the same as the towns and railway stations to prevent confusion in mail delivery. In 1903, the incorporated community was named Sumrall.Children born to the marriage of Daniel Sumrall and Mary Rebecca "Becky" Pouncey were:
William Thomas "Tom", 1869-1938; m. Sarah Minnie Bryant, 1866-1948
Mary Elizabeth "Lizzie", 1871-1910
Frances C. "Fanny", 1873-1934; m. Allen M. Patterson, 1872-1934
Annie Jane, 1876-1950; m. James Benjamin Bynum, 1875-1941
Mary Margaret "Maggie", 1879-1940; m. Sheppard H. Herrin, 1875-1945
Daniel Peter "Pete", 1881-1892
Lilly L., 1883-1903; m. Palmer "Plumer" Herrin, 1877-1904
Berry Erastus "Raz", 1885-1901
Earl Bethea, 1888-1959; m. Nancy Almeda "Nannie" Rutland, 1893-1979
Hattie, 1891-1961; m. Yates H. Watkins, 1878-1962
Addie, 1893-1985; m. Wiley William King, 1891-1943
Allie Mae, 1896-1984; m. Louis Robertson, 1891-1968
All but Tom, Annie, Maggie and Earl are buried in the Dan Sumrall Historic Cemetery.
|Daniel and Becky Pouncey Sumrall|
|Daniel Sumrall Military Marker|
|Mary Elizabeth Sumrall|
|Frances C, "Fanny" Sumrall Patterson|
|Daniel P. Sumrall|
|Lilly Sumrall Herrin|
|Berry Erastus "Raz" Sumrall|
|Hattie Sumrall Watkins|
|Addie Sumrall King|
|Allie Mae Sumrall Robertson|