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MS Black Cemetery in Choctaw County

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Match: Bowles
From: Louis Taunton
Subject: Re: [MSCHOCTA-L] Re: Irish Ancestors to Choctaw County

Linda, Forgive me for stepping in and adding a footnote to your Dobbs
relatives. Rev. Silas Dobbs had to be Saint of God! He established the
present day First Baptist Church in Louisville. Every Sunday I often think
if he could see it now. We have a spirit filled preacher and the services
are wonderful and so meaningful. I am on the committee to write a history
of our church, and although it has not gotten off ground floor yet, am sure
that with the members on the committee, it will. Silas Dobbs, who faced all
kinds of things, established several churches in Noxubee, Winston, and
Choctaw Counties, MS. When I copied the Bowles-Dobbs Cemetery and saw his
grave, was thankful that God sent such a man to pave the way for this
generation. He did so much and was so instrumental in establishing the
Baptist religion in our area. I understand from the old people of the Bywy
area of Choctaw that his house was considered the "Safe Place" often called
"the preacher's house" which was where many who traveled the then very
dangerous Natchez Trace (because of thieves, robbers, and killers) sought
lodging at night. His mother in law, is also buried nearby in a cemetery,
which today is a Black Cemetery. After she died, many of the older Black
people wanted to be buried near the "old mistress", thus the cemetery became
the resting place for the Black people of the community. Louis

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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