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Bullet3.gif (148 bytes) From Luke Standifer’s DAR file.  Amory News, Amory, MS; 1958


Ceremony at New Hope Cemetery Saturday, 2:30

An event of historic importance will take place Saturday afternoon, Jan. 17, at 2:30 o’clock at Old New Hope Cemetery when a marker on the grave of a Revolutionary soldier will be unveiled with Tom-bec-bee Chapter, D.A.R. conducting the ceremonies under the guidance of their Senior Counsellor, Mrs. J. L. Oliver.

The soldier was Lieut. Luke Standefer, a member of the Virginia Militia, who came to Monroe County in 1810. He was a prominent landowner, having received thousands of acres from the government as a reward for his military services. He was born in Henry County, VA, about 1758 and died in this count in 1818.

The cemetery is near Parham’s store on the highway beyond Hatley. Some of the oldest marked graves in the county are in this ancient burial ground. Fletcher Miller, a descendant, cleared off the cemetery recently. The marker was obtained from the government by Mrs. I. P. Burdine, Jr., whose son, Fletcher Robinson Burdine, a great, great, great, great grandson of the honored patriot, placed it on the grave.

Seven of Lieut. Standefer’s descendants are members of Tom-bec-bee Chapter, namely Elizabeth Burdine, Judy Kirkpatrick, Pam, Mary Ann, and I. B. McCullen, III, Patricia Reedy and Nancy Schumpert. Dan Brook is president of the society.

Cotton Gin Port Chapter, D. A. R., Mrs. C. E. Hayman, regent, will lend a co-operating hand to the unveiling ceremonies to which the public is cordially invited.

NSDAR; DAR Patriot Index; 1966; p. 641

He served in the American Revolution in the Henry Co, VA militia; Gwathney; Historical Register of Virginians in the Revolution; Soldiers-Sailors-Marines; 1775-1783 p. 735. He is buried near Amory, Monroe Co, MS where there he has a Revolutionary marker. NSDAR Patti Willis is a descendant. He came from Sequatchie Co, TN to MS. His estate was probated August 1834. It lists 8 children (Elizabeth was deceased.)

Bullet3.gif (148 bytes) From: MS Newspaper Obituaries 1862-1875:
The Weekly Mississippi Pilot (Jackson, Hinds Co., MS); pub. June 26, 1875

Died at Lauderdate Station, June 18, 1875, James Sanderford, age 85 years.

Bullet3.gif (148 bytes) From: Who's Who in Monroe County Cemeteries, pub. in the Aberdeen (MS) Examiner, Jan 19, 1939.  
*Contributed by Brian Bivona.

An article on the oldest marked grave in Monroe County has a couple of paragraphs of description on the road to the grave.  Then it reads, "On the east side of the road in the eastern part of the New Hope Cemetery one finds a tomb stone the inscription on which read: 'Charity Standifer, born Oct 1795; died Sept 10, 1826'. To a woman belongs the honor of burial in the first marked grave in the county.  At least the first over which the monument still stands.  When Charity Standifer died, Monroe had been a county just five years.  The cotton gin settlers had been in the county just ten years."

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