County, Mississippi Markers
by Gracie Mayfield Morlino
Lucille Brown Mayfield served as the first Chairman
of the Natchez Trace society and was a Charter Member
of the Cotton Gin Port Chapter of the DAR, along with
her Mother-in-law, Bettie Sisk Mayfield. Her work was
instrumental in raising the funds needed to mark the
"Trace" across Mississippi. The Markers were
large boulders that are still in place today and probably
served as the forerunners to the historical markers
we are now familiar with. In addition, her efforts helped
set the stone that now marks the location of the oldest
know permanent white settlement in North Mississippi,
Cotton Gin Port.
marker was dedicated in c. 1924. Anyone interested in
hiking south on Cotton Gin Road can still find this
marker. This photo was taken Sept. 22, 2001. There is
a movement stirring to have the site of Cotton Gin Port
reopened to the public. Old road beds, hedge rows, and
remnants of days gone by can still be seen today.
Mayfield served in the War of 1812 from Maury Co.,
TN, first as a private with McCrory's regiment, West
Tenn Militia and then as a Captain in Captain Gordon's
Co, Mounted Spies, Tenn Militia.
War of 1812 marker was dedicated at his grave on Sept.
22, 2001, Cotton Gin Port Section of the Masonic Cemetery,