Itawamba County Event Information

Event Date: August 1-3, 2008

Great Sewell Reunion 2008

Descendants of Samuel Sewell of MD. Rowan County, NC and his 13 children: A reunion is planned for August 1 -3, 2008 in Toccoa, GA. All descendants are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Wanda Wilhelm at

Event Date: June 28, 2008

Civil War Memorial Dedication for Robert F. Adams

There will be a Civil War Memorial Dedication in Leake County, Mississippi on June 28, 2008 at 2 PM at the Pleasant Hill Cemetery on Pleasant Hill Road. South of Carthage off of State Road 16 for Robert F. Adams. He was the brother of Wm. Burton Adams. All long lost cousins are invited. Our regular reunion is always held at the MacMillan Park in Carthage on Memorial Weekend.

Royce Adams

Event Date: September 30, 2007

Carolina Heritage Day Planned

The Carolina Community is planning to celebrate 174 years of community history on Sunday, September 30, 2007, from 9:30 a.m. – until. Carolina Heritage Day organizers are excited about hosting past and present residents, former students, historians, and friends at the Carolina Community Center. Admission to the event is free; donations will be accepted for community center restoration.

The community was established around 1833 when pioneers from North and South Carolina began to settle in the newly opened Mississippi territory. Because the foothills of North Mississippi strongly resembled the settlers’ original home, the community became known as Carolina.

Many of those original pioneers’ descendants call the community home today. It is hoped that the Carolina Heritage Day will generate interest in the community’s rich history. You can discover more about Carolina’s past at

Everyone attending the event is invited to dress ‘old fashioned’ as way of participating in the community’s celebration. There will be a covered dish lunch at noon.

Activities will include a grist mill demonstration, Carolina classroom re-enactment, wagon train, story time, dulcimer music, quilting, and others. Displays will include Chickasaw artifacts, Carolina School day photos, family photos, and more. A time schedule of these activities will be published prior to the event, but most of the historical activities will occur in the afternoon.

Nearby cemeteries contain the graves of many of the area’s first residents. These cemeteries include the Carolina Cemetery, Wiygul Cemetery, Conwill-Goodwin Cemetery, Myers-Shumpert Cemetery, New Chapel Cemetery, Elliot Cemetery, Boozer Cemetery, and Bean Cemetery. Local genealogists will be able to assist visitors in locating the graves of these first settlers.

For more information, please call Thomas Conwill (963-3756), Mike Bethay (963-3783), Patsy Pettit (963-2748), or Curtis Hall (963-2478). The Carolina Community Center is located on Carolina Road in Itawamba County, Mississippi.

Event Date: September 29, 2007

Cummings/Ratliff Family Reunion

The Cummings/Ratliff reunion is planned for September 29, 2007. Descendants of Tamsie Mitchell Cummings and Walter C. Cummings (and allied lines). Bring your old pictures!

The get together is at the Ratliff Community center, Ratliff, Mississippi. Come before lunch and bring your favorite dish. There's always lots of food and lots of good company. Our cousin, Walt Grayson, of Mississippi Roads television program will be there, and he is a barrel of laughs.

Hope to see you there!!!

Susan Cummings Moss