Headstones for Biscoe and Gresham
Cemetery Receives Historical Notice As a result of efforts made by Forest native Willie Horton of Jackson, Jackson, the Western Cemetery Cemetery at Forest has been awarded a Certificate of Historical Significance by the Board of Trustees and the Department of Archives and History. The cemetery is located alongside the railroad and almost under the overpass on the west side of Forest. Horton, who is Special Projects Officer in the Department of Planning and Policy for Federal-State Federal-State Federal-State Programs, made the application with the Department, and included included documents and information that led to the Certificate. Elbert R. Hilliard, secretary of the Board of Trustees, wrote W. J. Measells, Jr., president of the Scott County Board of Supervisors, advising him of the Certificate, Certificate, and adding: "The Department hopes that the Board of Supervisors will exercise exercise the authority granted under House Bill 780, Laws of Mississippi Mississippi 1971, and thereby, in their discretion. repair, rehabilitate and maintain this cemetery as a national monument" Horton submitted a list of the names on the headstones. They included: included: John B. Biscoe 1841-1885 1841-1885 1841-1885 (one of the city's first merchants); A. H. Biscoe 1814-1875; 1814-1875; 1814-1875; Fred Neill 1883-1884; 1883-1884; 1883-1884; Mary Neill 1876-1877; 1876-1877; 1876-1877; Emma R. Killian 1872-1882; 1872-1882; 1872-1882; Martha Maranda 1856-1882; 1856-1882; 1856-1882; Edmund Richardson Richardson Gresham 1826-1875; 1826-1875; 1826-1875; Nancy E. Gresham 1825-1884; 1825-1884; 1825-1884; infant of J. H. and K. C. Biscoe 1879-1879; 1879-1879; 1879-1879; Allen A. Johnston 1808-1866. 1808-1866. 1808-1866. There are six markers that read "Unknown Confederate Soldier." Another marker says "Six Brave Soldiers Sleep Here, In Memory of Confederate Dead." Markers were placed many years ago by the federal government after the Forest chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy applied applied for such recognition. Most of the other stones are too far down in the water, or are too surrounded by water, to be read.