I have been visiting this cemetery since I was a little girl. I use to go there with my grandparents all the time to put flowers on the gravesites of our departed relatives. I can remember when this cemetery was on a dirt road which dead ended at the cemetery. Now there is a two lane blacktop road right thru the middle of it. The new section across the road from the church was nearly empty in those days but now is almost full.
John Granvill married Pearle Starnes, (pictured above) date of marraige is not know but they had six children James b. May 12, 1914 d. July 20, 1988, Earnest b. July 27, 1916 d. July 7, 1988, Cecil ( dates unknown), Flavil b. 1925 d. 1962, William and Dovie Mae b. Mar 24, 1921 d. Oct 18, 1922. All but Cecil are buried at the Shiloh Church Cemetery. It is said that Cecil lived in Louisiana, but I spoke with him by phone in the late 1990s at which time he was living in Memphis, Tn and was ill with cancer. I do not know what became of him or where he is buried. Flavil died in 1962 at the age of 37. Uncle William was the youngest and wildest of the bunch and there are many family stories about how he was a moonshine runner back in the day. He passed away in 2006.
Over the years I have heard many stories about the Shiloh Cemetery from my dad. One story that I have heard many times over the years is that there was an unmarked Confederate Mass Grave at the Shiloh Cemetery which was once surrounded by cannon balls to mark the sight. Over the years, the cannonballs have been stolen one by one and there are no longer any left, so the exact location of the grave site is unknown. There has also been numerous acts of vandalsim at the cemetery, which has contributed to the story that there is a Confederate Soldier who walks the cemetery at night standing guard. In the early 1950's there were heavy rains in Lafayette Co causing flooding in the cemetery at which time some of the Confederate bodies came to the surface, Granville & his son James along with other members of the Shiloh church, helped to rebury the bodies. The older section of the cemetery was once overgrown with tall grass, and when I was a little girl, I was not allowed to wander into this section of the cemetery. Now, the cemetery is kept up by members of the Shiloh Baptist Church which sits adjacent to the cemetery and the older section has been cleared.
This photo above is of 4 generations of Daltons. James E, Granvill, Jerry and his oldest son Jimmie. It was taken at the nursing home a few months prior to Granvills death in 1972.
Baby Pictures of James E Dalton and Grace Donaldson
Headstone of Granvill & Pearl Dalton
Headstone of Earnest Dalton & wife Ophelia
William Daltons grave marked only with a footstone.
Headstone of James Everett & Grace D
Will B Dalton was the brother of Granvill's father Tom Dalton
his wife Katie lived to be 108 yrs old.
The Known Dalton Family Geneology:Thomas Granvill Dalton b. 1830 in Alabama. He married Jan. 27, 1854 in Tishomingo MS to Sarah Elizabeth Asbell. Thomas Granville died March 1880 in McNairy, TN.
- Known children: James Thomas Dalton & Mellisa Jane Dalton and Will B Dalton
- Known children: Ezra- b 1886, Hattie ( Holly) b. 1888, John Granvill, b. July 2, 1889, d. Dec 28, 1972, Jim b. 1892, Sam b. 1897, Mandie, Elmer, Irene.
- Children: James Everett, Earnest, Cecil, Flavil, William and Dovie Mae
- Children: Marguerite June, Jimmie Morris, Carol Grace, Jerry Glenn & Jeanie Diane
- Children Angela, Jimmie, Daniel, Deborah & Jeremy