WELLS - MULHOLLAND CEMETERY
Not only do we investigate graveyards when asked but we feel its important to protect these pieces of our history. Thios graveyard was brought to ou attention about the sad shape it was in. (as you can see from the pictures) Not only that it was in danger from the Promenade shopping center just covering it up. We did talk to City Council of Diberville and showed them the pictures. They were shocked at the sad shape it was in. Since most of the stones were knocked down they said they would get the historical society to work on it. Ive heard rumors it is now under pavement. Hopefully that isnt true.
The Wells-Mulholland Cemetery is named for Berry Wells (1812-1876) and James Mulholland (1823-1873+). Berry Wells was born in Kentucky and is believed to have arrived in Mississippi about 1836 with his family. He received several patents from the US Government on lands (Section 5, T7S-R9W) in eastern Hancock County (now Harrison County). In the US Census of 1850, Wells appears to be a widower and has four children living with him (three Kentucky born). They were: Sarah (b. 1832), George (b. 1836), Rebecca (b. 1836), and Angeline (b. 1840 in Mississippi). His wife, a New Yorker, must have died in the 1840s. From other census data, it could be deduced that he had another Kentucky born child, Johanna (b. 1834), who is not listed with him in the 1850 Census as she is married to Alexander Todd. His occupation was mariner.
It is believed Berry Wells operated a ferry on the Tchoutacabuffa River at a location at or near the present day Lamey Bridge (built in 1913) until 1857.
How would you feel if this was your family member buried here?