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|Jefferson County Tidbits # 25 Red Lick|
The Red Lick settlement was established about 1800, probably earlier, taking its name from an Buffalo and Deer Lick on a hill of red clay. A large number of settlers were from South Carolina. Among them the Sims, Hill, Ross (Eli K.), O'Quinns, Cesney, Prince, Shelby, Jeffrey, Chambliss, Irwin, Gibson, Barnes, Burns, Newman and Kellys were of Methodist faith. The Killingsworth, Ross, Wade and others were Presbyterian.
The Methodist congregation established the Beech Hill church. Here was an academy and a church under one roof. It is likely that this place of worship was attended by all denominations in the neighborhood.
At a later date Presbyterian services were instituted at the settlement, probably by Rev. Joseph Bullen. The brick church standing at an intersection of roads between Red Lick and Lorman was erected in 1845 and dedicated in 1846 with Rev. Zebulon Butler, Spencer and Templeton officiating. In writing of the incident in his diary under the date of April 28, 1846, Dr. Walter Wade, one of the members wrote "The corner stone was laid by entombing the Bible enveloped in several religious newspapers and laying a stone fourteen inches square over the same in the west corner of the building., Addresses for the occasion by Rev. Templeton and remarks by (Zebulon) Butler. History of the church read by Elder Spencer.
The Red Lick Community gave many soldiers to the Indian, Mexican and Civil Wars and its citizens have long been prominent in state and county affairs.
Rowland writes that it was located on the Yazoo & Mississippi Valley Railroad, 8 miles by rail northeast of Fayette. It was one of the five earliest settlements. Had three Churches and a population of 70 in 1900.
Anebec's note: The location of where the Beech Hill Church and School was
across the road from our home. The WPA records failed to mention that there is a large cemetery associated with that Church. Last year my husband, Jimmie, made a sign which was placed at the entrance. Some of the names of those buried there are the Kelley's, Scott's, Cogan's, Trimble's, Ross's .. Among the oldest graves are Abigail Gibson Sims 6 Nov 1775 - 12 May 1804, David Sims 15 Nov 1767 - 27 Sep 1807, John Isaac Wade Ross who died at the age of 46 years on 5 Nov 1832 and Hannah Ross, Wife of Arthur Brown Ross 05 Feb 1747 -15 April 1821. There are many indentation which indicate other burials. Over the year (Before Jim and I were watching over the cemetery) the markers must have been "lost, strayed or stolen"
In this cemetery, there are two sections which are currently being use. Each of these are enclosed with a chain link fence. Those are the Maher's Plot and the Brown's plot. My husband's grandparents James S. Brown(1865-1923) and his wife, Mary R. Foster (1868-1939) are the earliest grave in our section. Jimmie's parents, several aunts, uncles, a sister and brother, and a couple other relatives are buried there. Both Jimmie and I have chosen our resting place in this section of this old and historic cemetery.