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John A. Quitman 1798 - 1858
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Joseph Louis Fermin Cerveau
Natchez vs Robert E. Lee
Builders of antebellum mansions
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Bishop John Edward Gunn
Bishop John Edward Gunn

Portrayed by Father David O’Connor

Born in Ireland in 1863, Bishop Gunn attended Gregorian University in Rome where he was awarded his Doctorate of Theology. After a brief time as a Priest, then a Professor he became Pastor of Sacred Heart Church in Atlanta Georgia, where he served for 13 years.

The Archbishop James Blenk of New Orleans, with the endorsement of Cardinal James Gibbons, promoted Gunn to Bishop of the Diocese of Natchez, which included all of Mississippi, making him Natchez’ 6th Bishop on June 29, 1911.

Bishop Gunn soon found traveling his Diocese was very stressful and difficult because it covered some 47,000 square miles, bigger than Ireland and Belgium combined. It was a very poor area with very bad roads.

The size of his Diocese and the arduous traveling took a toll on Bishop Gunn’s health, which began to deteriorate. However, Bishop Gunn dedicated himself to building more chapels and churches and during his tenure the Diocese grew from 75 to 149 churches, and membership grew from 17,000 to just over 31,000. He became known as the “Chapel Builder.”

In 1915, while attending the ordination of Archbishop George Mundelein, a German spy laced the soup at a banquet with arsenic, poisoning Bishop Gunn, along with 4 other dignitaries, but he survived.

Bishop Gunn was very patriotic and traveled the state in support of the war effort. After the war he was considered for the Archbishopric of New Orleans but he refused the efforts.

By late 1924 his health was failing and he died of a massive heart attack at the age of 61, having worked himself to death.




 
 
Summer 2002
Improvements


Summer 2002
Other Projects


September 2002
Vandalism Strikes Our Cemetery


12/23/2004
2004 Angels on the Bluff Recap


12/23/2003
Count Gasmir Dem Bouske


12/22/2003
A Brief History of Cemeteries


12/22/2003
Making Photographic Records of Gravestones


12/16/2005
Social Patterns in Alabama Cemeteries


12/13/2004
1840 Natchez Tornado


12/05/2003
Don Estes Receives Natchezian of the Year Award


11/29/2001
Evening Tour


11/25/2003
Turner South Films Natchez City Cemetery


11/22/2009
Turning Angel Sculpture


11/21/2003
Dying Words


11/16/2009
Tour Images by Michelle of Grapevine, Texas - 1


11/15/2009
Tour Images by Michelle of Grapevine, Texas - 2


11/03/2004
Fagan descendants search for pieces to family puzzle


11/03/2003
The 14th British Colony


11/02/2005
Cross returned to old monument


10/23/2006
Only child of the only person hanged for Civil War crimes


10/23/2006
Don Estes speaks about Angels on the Bluff 2006


10/22/2003
Tombstone Rubbing, Step by Step


10/08/2004
Angels on the Bluff 2004


10/08/2004
Natchez City Cemetery awarded South’s Best


10/07/2004
Director Reports Excellent Year for 2004


10/07/2003
2003 Angels on the Bluff – Hospitality, History and Intrigue


09/29/2008
2008 Angels on the Bluff Tour


09/25/2009
Legends of the Natchez City Cemetery


09/19/2008
Miners, Saints, Sinners and Winners


09/11/2003
Director Reports Repair of 2002 Vandalism Successfully Completed


09/10/2003
A Beautiful and Historic Landmark


09/10/2003
Angels on the Bluff – October 2003


09/10/2003
Natchez City Cemetery Etiquette


09/10/2003
Friends of the Cemetery - Dues for 2003


09/01/2003
Chalk One Up For the Ancestors


09/01/2003
Lost Brother Found


09/01/2003
How Not To Conduct a Cemetery Research Trip


09/01/2003
Cemetery Symbolism


08/29/2007
Body of pre-Civil War bishop returned to Natchez


08/29/2005
Aunt Jessie


08/28/2003
Where is Fermin Cerveau Buried?


08/17/2006
2006 Angels on the Bluff Tour


08/05/2012
Angels on the Bluff 2012


07/27/2010
2010 Angels on the Bluff Tour


07/23/2009
2009 Angels on the Bluff - Fascinating Characters


07/21/2011
2011 Angels On The Bluff


07/21/2008
Robert Paxton Trabue - A Fifth Confederate General?


07/21/2008
Maj. General John A. Quitman - Halls of Montezuma


07/20/2004
Natchez takes top 2004 Excellence Award for best city


07/20/2004
Old cemetery now must see stop


07/20/2003
William Johnson - The Barber of Natchez


07/16/2010
Longwood featured in scenes of HBO show’s True Blood


07/09/2003
Natchez Memories


06/26/2007
2007 Angels on the Bluff


06/26/2007
Cistern House Restoration


06/26/2007
Friends of the Cemetery Dues for 2007


06/26/2007
Tours of Historic Natchez City Cemetery


06/04/2004
2004 Angels on the Bluff Scheduled


05/26/2004
Survivor of Natchez Rhythm Club fire dies


05/19/2003
Angels On The Bluff 2003


05/16/2003
What Gravestones Can Tell You


05/16/2003
Quick Tips For Cemetery Photos


04/26/2006
Annual angels tour drew sold out crowd


04/24/2003
Ghosts of History Live in Rosehill Cemetery in Chicago


04/20/2003
Are Dead People Really Dead?


04/20/2003
Cemetery can teach lessons


04/20/2003
Cemeteries tip observers to town folklore, literature


04/15/2005
Jane Surget Merrill


04/07/2004
Natchez Cemetery On Turner South


04/05/2004
Carolina Silverbells


04/05/2004
Red Honeysuckles


03/30/2005
Faded Letters on a Weathered Old Tombstone


03/26/2009
10th Annual Angels on the Bluff Tour


03/25/2004
Concordia Sentinel Story


03/15/2012
Serenade in the Cemetery


03/14/2006
Natchez City Cemetery welcomes new director


03/02/2005
Great-great grandparents located


01/25/2014
Serenade in the Cemetery


01/25/2014
Angels on the Bluff 2014


01/25/2009
Louise The Unfortunate Inspires Poem


01/19/2005
Genealogy workshop


01/04/2008
Directors Report


 
 




 



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