The Yazoo Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution recently held its monthly meeting, highlighting the cemetery at Rosalie. Pictured from left are hostesses Jo Dale Merrill, Sue Patterson, Vay McGraw and cemetery speaker Wendy Cartwright. Special to The Herald
The Yazoo Chapter National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution held its April meeting in the home of JoDale Merrill.
After the opening ritual was conducted by JoAnne Collins and Priscilla Harper, the President General’s report was given by Priscilla Harper. This was followed by the National Defense Report, Minutes of the last meeting by Sue Patterson, and the treasurer’s report by Ava Hale.
Then the Chairmen reported: Labels for Education-Gloria Adcock, Conservation Ava Hale, Rosalie Minute- Priscilla Harper, and Women’s Issues- Sue Patterson.
Continental Congress, which meets in Washington, D.C. in June, was discussed.
The installation of officers for the 2013-2016 term was conducted by MSSDAR State Regent Janet Looney Whittington.
This was followed by a very informative program given by Wendy Davis Cartwright on the Cemetery at Rosalie. Rosalie is the MSSDAR-owned historic home in Natchez. The cemetery was uncovered by the U.S. Corps of Engineers in 1999 while on another project.
The Thurston Hahn archaeologists with Coastal Environments, Inc. of Baton Rouge determined the cemetery with its 25 graves was in use from approximately 1729-1800. They identified the remains of four graves which were the most intact-two men, one woman, and one child under two as Western Europeans who were probably French colonials. In 2004 the remains of the four graves were reinterred on the Rosalie property.
A dedication for the marker of the cemetery was held on March 26, 2010.
The other 21 graves were left in Natchez.
Hostesses were JoDale Merrill, Vay McGraw and Sue Patterson.