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Unity Cemetery is one of the oldest cemeteries in Lowndes County Mississippi. Settlers moved into the area around 1821, with the church dating back to the mid to late 1820ís. It is likely that unmarked graves date back to those early days for there are many such graves at Unity and early settlers whose graves cannot be identified.
There are about 175 marked gravestones and another ten or twelve which are marked with large rocks, iron bars, etc. which identify a grave site but do not identify the one buried. There are many other graves which have no markers of any type.
Although Unity Cemetery holds the remains of mainly white citizens, black family are also represented. The graves closest to Wolf Road and graves in the woods on the north end of the cemetery are the graves of black residents of the Caledonia area. There are also a number of unmarked graves in both black and white areas.
The earliest marked graves are those of John Murphy Sr., who died May 8, 1834, and John Dowdle, who died the following December. There are likely other unmarked graves that predate these. Of the graves marked, thirteen were born in the 1700ís. Most of these, along others born in the early 1800ís, were born in the Carolinas and moved by wagons into a Mississippi wilderness. The most recent graves are those of Erastus D. Egger (1967) and Robbie Boyd Egger (1974), his wife.
At least two of Unity Churchís ministers are buried. They are Rev. Thomas Archibald (1786-1846) and Rev. W. G. Oden (1811-1861). For a history of Unity Presbyterian Church, go to http://lowndes.msghn.org/index.shtml