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?
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.
1811 – 1817
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.
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.
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