The Conner CemeteryLate in 2010 a great grandson of James and Ann Conner began with the help of his wife to do research on the Conner family. Early on, they found a reference to the old Conner Cemetery and the more they thought about it, the more they wanted to see it. The only information they had was that it was on the old Conner farm two miles south of Dekalb, Mississippi. One of the things that made this search more difficult was that this couple did not live in Mississippi, so research and actually going into the woods to search required a fairly long trip for them.
Early in their search a sad event, a Conner funeral, gave this descendant a chance to talk to cousins, hoping to find someone who knew where the cemetery might be. Some had never heard of it; some had heard of it, but had no idea where it was. Eventually at another time three people were found who said they had seen the cemetery, but so many years before that they could not remember how to find it. A trip to the court house proved fruitless in locating the farm. Eventually though, this great grandson and his wife discovered the general area where the farm had been located. Many months of phone calls and staring at Google Earth on the computer and theorizing and trips to Mississippi followed. Then early in the morning on June 1, 2011, this senior couple arrived for yet another few hours of tramping through the woods to look for the cemetery. And by shortly after 8:00 that morning, they found themselves standing in the old Conner cemetery. When they saw the first tombstone, their feelings were too deep to try to describe and there were some tears that flowed.
Six weeks later the couple returned accompanied by their youngest son. They came prepared to work and the great-great grandson brought and put into place a granite marker that says, "Conner Cemetery." So 150 years from now if someone stumbles onto this peaceful spot, they will know that they are looking at the old Conner cemetery. It is the resting place for Conners, a Dansby granddaughter, and at least three Vaughn grandchildren. It is surrounded on all four sides by deep woods, most of it old growth timber. Perhaps there might even be some old trees there that started their growth in the time of James and Ann Conner. To the people who have seen it, it is a blessed and lovely place.
The photos show the cemetery on the day it was finally found and a few weeks later when it had been cleaned out. There also is a photo of the tombstone of James W. Conner.
Information Resource: The Conner History submitted by Rochelle Higginbotham, Tennessee