Genealogists preserve history in way that is increasing in popularity
Descendents of Moses Upchurch, born 1822- died 1880, gathered Sunday, in the Old Colcolough Cemetery for an honor ceremony for the newly erected Civil War headstone.
The special service is one of the ways genealogists are recognizing the accomplishments of their family, as well as preserve family and local history.
Descendents and relatives attend the Sunday afternoon service which was conducted by local Civil War re-enactment group, the 1st Mississippi Light Artillery, Company C (Turner’s Battery).
The Old Colcolough Cemetery is located at the junction of Hwy. 25 South and Dorman Lake Road, about seven miles south of Starkville.
Sunday’s service is one of a growing trend among genealogists. Researching family history can take a genealogist in several directions, even to cemeteries to find relevant information.
As more and more information is revealed about a name from the past, families discover crumbling grave markers, if any markers can be found.
As a way of honoring the past and providing a marker for future research, the trend to replace the marker and honor military service is important.
As part of Sunday’s service, visitors learned more about the life of Moses Upchurch.
Moses and his wife, Emily Wilson, moved into Oktibbeha County around 1856 from Perry County, Ala.
In 1862, Moses joined the Mississippi military and served as private in Co. E, 3rd Battalion MS Infantry, State Troops. On July 4, 1863 he was captured during the seige of Vicksburg and later paroled when he swore allegiance to the United States.
Returning to Oktibbeha County, Moses and Emily lived south of Starkville and in 1871 he was working as an overseer on the Valentine Plantation. The last record of Moses and Emily is the 1880 US Census for Oktibbeha County.
Moses and Emily were the parents of ten known children, several of whom continued to live in the Oktibbeha County area. Many descendents can be found today in surrounding counties. The ten children were Mark Wesley U., John Thomas U., twins- Robert Albron/Alvin and William Calvin U., Monroe Franklin U., Troy McDonald U., Peter J. U., Walter Lane U., Martha U., and Ara Minta U.
Moses was a fourth generation descendent of the immigrant ancestor, Michael Upchurch, who arrived in America in 1650.
He is also the grandson of the first Moses Upchurch, who served for America in the Revolutionary War.