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A few counties kept birth and death records from as early as 1879. State registration of births and deaths began in November 1912. General compliance was not reached until 1921.

If you know of any death records available for Kemper prior to 1921, please send them to me.

Barbara King passed on this information:

Instructions for obtaining a death certificate from the State of Mississippi are available at: http://www.msdh.state.ms.us/phs/forms/form523i.htm.

Alternate instructions to order through a private company, using a credit card are available at:  http://www.msdh.state.ms.us/msdhsite/_static/31,0,109.html.

The cost is $10.00 for the first copy and $2.00 for an additional copy. The private company adds $7.50, minimum, to the state fee. There is a $6.00 non refundable search fee if no record is found.



If you would like to submit your ancestor's obituary, please send it to me. Please do not send anyone's obituary that died after 1940.






Eleazer Houston

Submitted by Imogene Casey

We can hardly realize that we can no longer behold the fatherly face, nor hear the loving voice of brother Houston this side of the river, but it is even so. His health had not been good for some time and for nearly two and one half months, he had been confined to his bed, suffering much, when on Sunday Night, June 13, 1880, death came to his relief. He was borned in Kentucky in 1804, moved to Mississippi while yet a young man, and settled in Wayne County. He moved again to Sumpter County, Alabama, and soon afterward to this County, settling in the neighborhood of New Hope Church. He claimed to have lived a Christian from Childhood. Our citizens can testify to his character for thirty-seven years. He was one of our most substantial citizens, an excellent neighbor, a consistent church member, a kind husband and affectionate father. Many rise up and call him blessed. As he lived he died. He was patient in suffering-- one of the most patient men we ever knew. He often assured us that all was well, and a day or two before his departure, calling his family and friends around, he exhorted them to meet him in Heaven, and begged them not to grieve for him, assuring them that he was "going home". He was the father of twelve children by his first marriage, all of them save three daughters had gone before him. His second wife and two little girls are left alone at the old homestead. The Lord will care for them. The loss to his family, to the community and to the Church is indeed great. We mourn, but not as those who have no hope.We will meet him in the resurrection, and if we emulate his virtues, will dwell with him in the mansions of bliss and glory.


Obituary of Sarah Ann Elizabeth Peel Beazley in Kemper County Newspaper.
(Died August 17, 1918)

Died on Saturday afternoon, August 17, at the home of her son, Charles L. Beazley, of the Antioch community, Mrs. Sarah Ann Elizabeth Beazley, aged about 85 years, after a long protracted illness. Wife of the late H. C. Beazley, a native of Virginia, a member of the Methodist church and was esteemed by all who knew her for her many womanly qualities an amiable disposition; widow of a Confederate Veteran. She leaves two sons, Jeff D. Beazley of Louisiana, and Charles L. Beazley of Kemper county, Mrs. Dr. Pool of Vicksburg, Mrs. W. A. Thomas and Miss Fannie Beazley to mourn her untimely departure. Funeral services were held in the Methodist church at Scooba, conducted by Rev. J. S. Slaughter.

Submitted by J. Guice



Obituary in Kemper Co., MS newspaper - May 7, 1907

Mr. H. C. Beazley went to his reward last Thursday morning, and was buried the following day at Scooba. At 8 o'clock Friday morning a large number of his friends and neighbors assembled at his home to be present at his funeral services, at which his pastor, Rev. Jno. W. Ramsey, officiated.
Deceased was born in Carolina County, Virginia, on March 4th, 1820, and died May 2, 1907, aged 87 years, l month, and 28 days.
At 17 years of age Mr. Beazley left Virginia for Alabama, settling in Sumter County, where he remained until the year 1870; he then moved to Mississippi, locating about five miles northwest of Scooba, in Kemper County, where he continued to reside until the day of his death.
He was a member of the Methodist Church, and was faithful in his attendance upon all its ordinances. On the fourth Sunday in April he could not be convinced otherwise than that his pastor would preach at his church at 11 a.m. With this thought in his mind he went to the church, but finding no one present he returned home. As he ascended the steps on his return, he in some way fell backward, from which he sustained injuries which resulted in his death.
Three sons, Edward, James and William have gone before him into eternity. He leaves a life-companion (on the 74th anniversary of whose birth his death occurred), two sons, J. D. and C. L. Beazley, and three daughters, Mrs. M. C. Poole, Mrs. W. A. Thomas, and Miss Fannie Beazley, to mourn his loss.
Thus passes away another of Kemper's oldest citizens.
(Rev.) Jno. W. Ramsey

"Card of Thanks" published in Kemper County newspaper next to H. C. Beazley's obituary:

"The Herald is requested to tender thanks of the widow, children and immediate family of the late Mr. Harry C. Beazley to those who so kindly assisted in performing the last sad offices for their loved one, and to express their appreciation of the many kindly sentiments of sympathy for them in their loss. 'A touch of nature makes the world a-kin."

Submitted by J. Guice



Submitted Death Records

As always, this information is submitted by contributors, use this information ONLY as a basis for your research. To find the email address of the contributor, look at the name following the submission, then go to the "Email Addresses" page to get their address.

If you have ancestors that died in Kemper County prior to 1900, you may submit them to me for inclusion on this page. As always, this information is submitted by contributors, use this information ONLY as a basis for your research.

Baker, Myrtle Estelle Dec 6, 1889 - Kristy Williams

Bethany, Charles P d. February 3, 1891 - Ann Willeford

Bethany, Howard Houston d. March 17, 1899 - Ann Willeford

Bethany, Mary Elizabeth (Heard) d. August 1888 - Ann Willeford

Bethany, Thomas Newton d. July 15, 1883 - Ann Willeford

Bethany, William Rueben d. 1872 - Ann Willeford

Bethany, William W d. Abt. 1882 - Ann Willeford

Blair, P. L. 1849 Dot G.

Briggs, Duncan Day d. September 7, 1888 - Ann Willeford

Briggs, Mary Ann Elizabeth (Dowling), wife of Duncan Briggs d. July 31, 1894 - Ann Willeford

Chisolm, William John Milton d. March 21, 1851 - Ann Willeford

Clark, Effie Matilda Submitted by Carolyn Hennen

Cobb, Rebecca T (Powell) d. 1878 - Ann Willeford

Cobb, William Butler d. September 27, 1889 - Ann Willeford

Edwards, Douglas D. Feb 28, 1948 - Vendetta Brown

Farrow, Ella Indiana (Bethany) d. December 18, 1897 - Ann Willeford

Grace, John A. - son of Gilbert and Eliza Grace b Sep 1843 Anson, NC , d. 10 Aug 1864 from wounds suffered in the Battle of Vicksburg. Fought with the CSA 35th Regiment, MS Co B. He is interred in Center Ridge Baptist Cemetery Kemper, MS. - Cheryl Grace

Hammack, Stephen Walker d. Abt. 1878 - Ann Willeford

Hopper, Mary Grace d. March 25, 1892 - Ann Willeford

Hopper, Sallie (West) d. 1888 - Ann Willeford

Hopper, Sarah Elizabeth (Danner) d. January 9, 1897 - Ann Willeford

Hundall, Sallie A. Nov 27, 1849 (Sunday at 2:15) - Viv Sartin

Jenkins, James A, Sr d. September 7, 1881 - Ann Willeford

Jenkins, Margarett C (Hopper), wife of James A Jenkins, Sr d. June 9, 1889 - Ann Willeford

Lavender, Mary Annie (Walker) d. January 19, 1897 - Ann Willeford

Lavender, William Uriah d. January 15, 1898 - Ann Willeford

Lyle, Queen M. Aug 31, 1886 W. Kemper Baptist Cemetery Tombstone Inscription

Mars, Ausky Cox (Jones), wife of James H Mars, Sr d. 1887 - Ann Willeford

Mars, James Henry, Sr d. 1868 - Ann Willeford

McLaurin, Duncan C d. October 20, 1882 - Ann Willeford

McLaurin, Elizabeth P (Madison) d. 1895 - Ann Willeford

McNeel, R. L. Dec 15, 1898 West Kemper Cemetery

Mosely, Marian E. (Gewin) Oct 30, 1887 - Kristy Williams

Mosely, Robert Joel III Jan 15, 1892 - Kristy Williams

Mosely, Robert Joel, Jr. Jun 13, 1860 - Kristy Williams

Mosely, Silas Jan 26, 1862 - Kristy Williams

Murray, Samuel Jr. d.1863, Scooba, born 1779, Newberry, South Carolina - Nancy Reese

Rush, E. S. Jan 14, 1878

Rush, William C. Aug 18, 1875 

Snowden, James Washington Mar 12, 1858 - Kristy Williams

Thompson, Susan Amelia (Hopper) d. October 25, 1899 - Ann Willeford

Wells, Thomas Dec 10, 1862 - Kristy Williams

Whitten, James Mar 11, 1853 Joel Whitten & Sarah Odle - Bobby F. Sharp

Wolfe, Mary (Stephens) Sep 8, 1842 - Kristy Williams

Wolfe, John Jay Jul 10, 1858 - Kristy Williams

Wootan, Farquah Shaw Mar 11, 1853 - Kristy Williams

Wootan, Israel Dec 20, 1849 - Kristy Williams

Wootan, Sina Elizabeth Nov 17, 1851 - Kristy Williams


Common names for diseases

Disease Name - Symptoms, description

Apoplexy - Paralysis due to stroke

Brain Fever - Meningitis

Bright's Disease - Chronic inflammatory disease of kidneys

Child bed fever - Infection following birth of a child

Cholera - Acute severe contagious diarrhea with intestinal lining sloughing

Cholera morbus - Characterized by nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, elevated temperature, etc. Could be appendicitis

Congestive chills/ fever - Malaria

Consumption - Tuberculosis

Decrepitude - Feebleness due to old age

Dropsy - Edema (swelling), often caused by kidney or heart disease

Dropsy of the Brain - Encephalitis

Dysentery - Inflammation of colon with frequent passage of mucous and blood

Encephalitis - Swelling of brain; aka sleeping sickness

Falling sickness - Epilepsy

Flux - An excessive flow or discharge of fluid like hemorrhage or diarrhea

Grippe/grip - Influenza like symptoms

Jaundice - Condition caused by blockage of intestines

Lagrippe - Influenza

Lockjaw - Tetanus or infectious disease affecting the muscles of the neck and jaw. Untreated, it is fatal in 8 days

Lung fever - Pneumonia

Lung sickness - Tuberculosis

Meningitis - Inflation of brain or spinal cord

Nephrosis - Kidney degeneration

Nepritis - Inflammation of kidneys

Quinsy - Abscess behind tonsils

Small pox - Contagious disease with fever and blisters

Summer complaint - Diarrhea, usually in infants caused by spoiled milk

Tetanus - Infectious fever characterized by high fever, headache and dizziness

Trench mouth - apathos ulcers or a virus disease

Thrush - Childhood disease characterized by spots on mouth, lips and throat

Tuberculosis - Bacterial infection that primarily attacks the lungs, but which may also affect the kidneys, bones, lymph nodes, and brain.  Symptoms of TB include coughing, chest pain, shortness of breath, loss of appetite, weight loss, fever, chills, and fatigue.

Typhus - Infectious fever characterized high fever, headache, and dizziness

Winter fever - Pneumonia


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I am unable to do your personal research.
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Last modified: 03/03/16.

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