Clinton’s First Burial Ground
Clinton Cemetery, established circa 1800 and incorporated in 1932, is one of the oldest in central Mississippi. Buried here are families of pioneer settlers, ten college presidents, and sixty-three soldiers, both Union and Confederate. Many descendants of these families are present-day citizens of Clinton. The cemetery that abuts Clinton Cemetery, Cedar Grove, has been used as a burial ground for members of Pleasant Green Missionary Baptist Church.
Family names of Banks, McRaven, Gill, Hillman, Jefferson, Parish, Stokes, Comfort, Waller, Overstreet, Lewis, Menger, Criddle, Charlton, Timberlake, Coor-Pender, Bell, and many more recall events of the early years.
The cemetery is owned by the Clinton Cemetery Association and is maintained by a Permanent Maintenance and Care Trust Fund.
Rev. Daniel Comfort (1785-1855)
Principal, Hampstead Academy: 1828-1834
President, Mississippi College: 1837-1841, 1845-1846
Rev. Warren Sheldon Webb (1825-1910)
President, Mississippi College: 1873-1891
Dr. Walter Hillman (1829-1894)
President, Mississippi College: 1867-1873
President, Central Female Institute: 1855-1887
Dr. William Tyndale Lowrey (1858-1944)
President, Mississippi College: 1898-1911
Dr. John William Provine, Sr. (1866-1949)
President, Mississippi College: 1895-1898, 1911-1932
Dotson McGinnis Nelson (1880-1962)
President, Mississippi College: 1932-1957