Pattison, Claiborne County, Mississippi
Date: 23 July 2001
Cemetery: Sanders Cemetery
Established: early 1800's
Street: closest intersection is McPleasant Rd. and Hwy. 547
County: Claiborne County
Nation: U. S. A.
Nearby: McPleasant Rd. at Highway 547
Land Type: Private
Oldest: circa 1820
Weather problems: Yes
Pollution problems: No
Condition: Cemetery in danger of destruction
Problem: Access denied
Problem: Disintegrating Headstones
Restoration: The current status of this cemetery is:
Contacted: The Claiborne Co., MS, Board of Supervisors, i.e., Charles Shorts - Supervisor of the district where Sanders Cemetery is located. In 1994, I made contact with family members only to be told to "stay out from down there" it was private property.
This cemetery was started in the early 1800's, with burials of both the whites and slaves. The slaves were buried to the back side. In the 1940's somebody erected a wire fence just around the white graves. The last time I visited this cemetery with family members from TX, we hiked in the couple of miles from McPleasant Rd. [a paved road off Hwy. 547 Claiborne Co., MS]. We found only four (4) gravestones dating from ca. 1891 to 1957: Sina (Sanders) CHANDLER [d. 1915]; Robert B. SANDERS [d.1891]; Mary (Irby) OWENS [d. 1927]; Clarence A. SANDERS [d. 1953]. We also found two funeral home markers: Mary Nettie (Westrope) SANDERS [d. 1957]and Thomas SANDERS [d. 1938]. We know the location of Robert Lee SANDERS [d. 1920's], but there is no stone nor funeral home marker. Known graves from 1841 of William A. GOZA [son of Hiram and Ann Caroline (Gibson) GOZA. Graves are sunken, and there are broken stones. This is a wooded area and the property owners have logged around through there destroying the old dirt road that was at one time impassable except when it rained. Close by is the old log house [SANDERS homestead], minus the mud chimney, mud chinking between logs, and the separate kitchen. The separate kitchen burned years ago. After WWII somebody added a tin roof which is still there, but time and weather has taken its toll. The Claiborne Co., MS, supervisor was contacted, but I was told there is nothing that the Board of Supervisors can do to help unless it is a historical cemetery. The Sanders Cemetery is situated about midway between Owens Branch [creek] and Sanders Branch. Both branches connect to Shannon Branch.
name: Ona Patrick