A hunter reported finding a cemetery in a neighboring county that is in the middle of 900 acres of woodlands owned by a Mennonite farmer. The farmer leases the land to a hunting club. This property is remote and heavily wooded but right now the woods are quite easy to navigate because it isn’t spring yet. Having said that, I have already been out there twice looking for this cemetery spending about 2 hours each time. I even had an aerial photograph to use. No luck. Just talked with the hunter again today. He left out one very important piece of information; the markers are buried under several inches of dirt and leaves and are not visible. I wish I had known that the first time I went out there! He felt something hard under his foot and dug a bit when he struck marble. He says there are several confederates, a Georgia governor and a child buried out there. He thinks about 6 or 7 graves. Since it has been a year since he saw the graves they are covered back up again. This time I will be going out with not only the machete and chainsaw I had the first time but now with rakes and shovels.
I looked through every one of Find A Grave’s “famous” burials in the state of Georgia (682) and there is no record of a Georgia governor being buried in this area so I am very excited to see who is out there. This cemetery is not accessible and the land owner will not grant access so it is very important for me to get good photographs. I am also going to try and talk the hunters that have access to this property into building a simple rail fence around the area to mark it. I am also going to try and get the markers upright if I can. If I can’t I will at least dig them out so that they are visible. I am probably going to have to wait until Tuesday afternoon to go out there because it is supposed to rain on Monday. After that we will be back down in the 40s which means I will have to wait until it warms back up a bit. Two or more hours in the woods when it is 40 degrees isn’t my idea of a good time.
I am very exciting and I will be posting pictures of what I find.
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