Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Cobb Family Cemetery on the Cherry Hill Plantation


If you look behind the graves to the left you can tell you are at the top of a ridge.  It is a 200 foot drop to the creek below.  It is actually quite picturesque. 

So who are the people here?



Howell Cobb
03 Aug 1772 – 26 May 1818 

Here is a short bio on Howell Cobb.  So it was Howell’s great-nephew (same name) that was the Governor of Georgia.  I am glad that mystery is solved.



Laura Battaile Rootes
04 Jul 1797 – 25 Oct 1817

Not sure what her connection to the Cobb family is.



William Jackson
1811 – 1817


Sarah Jackson
1816 – 1823

These two are on the same stone.  The marker states “children of Col. Wm. H. & Mildred L. Jackson.  The parents weren’t hard to track down.  They are buried in the Oconee Hill Cemetery in Athens, Georgia.  That is actually quite a distance away.  I am sure it was hard for them to leave their two children behind.

Col. William H. Jackson
Mrs. Mildred Jackson

The person that added the above two memorials listed Mildred’s maiden name as Cobb.  I don’t know what his source for the information is but it does make sense.


Here is what happens when you add flour to a marker like this.  It makes it perfectly readable.  Flour is not abrasive (like chalk is, don’t ever use chalk) and it can be easily brushed/washed off (which I did do).



We will be going back to rope off the cemetery using the surrounding trees to alert the hunters that are allowed on this property as well as the property owner himself.


Copyright © 2014 Michele Simmons Lewis


  1. Amazing discovery. So glad you discovered the final resting place of these folks.

  2. I'm so glad you were determined to find these stones and have taken steps to protect them. I recently found out that a Simmons cemetery in Florida was completely ruined by a tree farming operation. Luckily, someone had drawn a diagram and recorded the headstones many years ago.

  3. The flour trick was amazing! Good trick to know. Good job finding these graves and for being persistent.

  4. Do you know what the owner of the property is going to do to save the site. Will he let others on the property to save the ground.

  5. Thanks for sharing this adventure step by step. I, too, appreciate learning of the flour dusting trick. A quick Google search turns up a Laura Baitaile Rootes Cobb (b.1818, d. 1888) in a tree on the Hull family ("The Hulls of Georgia"). She was the daughter of Col. John Addison Cobb (1783-1855) and Sarah Robinson Rootes (1792-1866). According to this family tree, Laura Baitaile Rootes, probably the young woman buried at Cherry Hill, was the sister of Sarah Robinson Rootes. This genealogy gives a slightly different dod (Oct of 1817).

    I'm just a hobbyist with genealogy and haven't evaluated the above mentioned tree for reliability.