GETHSEMANE BAPTIST CHURCH CEMETERY

Parcel #12-09-27-0000-0100-0010.   This cemetery may also have been known as Dowling River Cemetery.  This cemetery is located in a field belonging to the Barnes Farm.  It is probably best reached by taking SR 207 east, just past the Putnam-St. Johns County line, and turn left onto the old Palatka-Hastings Road at Bulls-Hit Ranch.  Proceed west to County Line Road on your right.  Turn right and follow the road to a 90o right angle turn.  At this turn, you will see two dirt, field lanes, one bearing left, and the other centrally located between the left lane and the pavement of the County Line Road.  Take this center lane and carefully follow it through the field about ¾ of a mile to a pretty, little hammock with trees and grass on your right.  This is the cemetery. 

This is a very old black cemetery with many more unmarked gravesites than marked ones as evidenced by all the depressions and mounds there.  What appears to be an attractive lawn lying alongside the area with markers, in reality contains dozens and dozens of unmarked graves.  These souls are known but to God.  There is also a strong possibility that many more graves lie in the wooded areas surrounding the clearing, than the three that we found.

Researchers interested in this cemetery will be interested also in Hastings-Masonic Cemetery, which is located just east of the Putnam/St. Johns County line  on SR 207.

The neighbors do watch this area carefully, and will question any suspicious looking activity—which I was pleased to see when I ventured out there January 3, 2004.  The light at that time was wrong for photography so my husband and I went and photographed on Saturday, January 17.   MEM-H.   HASTINGS QUAD.  N 29o 43’ 48.9” W 81o 31’ 98.0”.   (Neglected).

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LAST NAME

FIRST NAME

BIRTH

DEATH

COMMENTS(sic)

MARKER

????LMAN

UNKNOWN

 

 

PLASTIC PLAQUE BREAKING UP.  THIS GRAVE IS ABOUT 100 YDS WEST OF THE MAIN CEMETERY AND ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE ROAD IN DENSE UNDERBRUSH

MARKER

ANDERSON

MARIE "PINKEY"

1915

11/19/2002

PDN OBITUARY

MARKER

ATTERBERRY

MICHAEL KEITH

8/19/1957

10/21/2009

ST. AUG. RECORD OBITUARY

MARKER

BAKER

ARDEN "SUGAR MAN"

7/14/1959

9/5/2003

ST. AUG. RECORD OBITUARY.  COLEMAN TMP FH MKR

MARKER

BRANT

WILLIAM

5/11/1881

5/24/1960

GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN

MARKER

BRITTON

LUEVORNNIA

 

 

GONE BACK TO GOD

MARKER

BRITTON

MRS. M A

1906

1959

 

MARKER

BRITTON JR

REV M. B.

1898

1972

PASTOR GETHSEMANE MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH*

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BRYANT

IDA F

1898

1988

TMP FH MKR

MARKER

CHESTNUT

RANDALL J “BRUTE”

3/13/1957

12/22/2001

YOU WILL ALWAYS BE IN OUR HEART!  ST. AUG. RECORD OBITUARY

MARKER

DAVIS

CHARLES

1887

1928

 

MARKER

DAVIS

INEZ

1910

1993

 

MARKER

DAVIS

JOSEPH

12/8/1925

10/5/1997

US ARMY WW II

MARKER

DAVIS

ORA S

1887

1923

THIS GRAVE IS JUST WEST OF THE CLEARING IN DENSE UNDERBRUSH AND ENCROACHED UPON BY A TREE.

MARKER

DIXON

GEORGE E

8/7/1928

4/5/1996

US ARMY

MARKER

DURANT

HATTIE

3/31/1885

10/31/1956

 

MARKER

EVANS

JAMES F “BONE”

 

2/22/2002

ST. AUG. RECORD OBITUARY.  AGE 72.

MARKER

EVANS

TESSIE C

1917

1975

 

MARKER

FELDER

EARL

 

9/17/2009

ST. AUG. RECORD OBITUARY.  AGE 84.

MARKER

FELDER

GEORGE EDDIE “LEE”

 

7/28/2008

ST. AUG. RECORD OBITUARY.  AGE 85.

MARKER

FELDER

VICTOR LANDER “VIC”

 

1/18/2012

ST. AUG. RECORD OBITUARY.  AGE 52.

MARKER

FELDER SR

ERIC BRENT

5/8/1965

6/23/2011

ST. AUG. RECORD OBITUARY.  AGE 46.

MARKER

FLOYD

OLLIE BELL

 

 

WE LOVE YOU

MARKER

FOXX

FLORITA

 

 

TMP FH PLAQUE

MARKER

GOODEN

RECHAEL M.

1942

1988

COMPOSITE PLAQUE BREAKING UP.  THIS GRAVE IS ABOUT 100 YDS WEST OF THE MAIN CEMETERY AND ON THE LEFT SIDE OF THE ROAD IN DENSE UNDERBRUSH

MARKER

GREEN

ELOISE

1951

1/16/1999

PDN OBITUARY.  COLEMAN TMP FH MKR

MARKER

HALL

CATHERINE J

 

12/12/2009

ST. AUG. RECORD OBITUARY.  AGE 48.

MARKER

HARRIS

ROBERTA

 

 

 

MARKER

HARRISON

LEFTUS

1917

1997

COLEMAN TMP FH MKR

MARKER

HENTION

WILLIE PASSMORE “ETHEL”

1885

1977

 

MARKER

HIRES

MILDRED HENTION

1931

1991

 

MARKER

HUDSON

JANYLA

2004

2/12/2004

ST. AUG. RECORD OBITUARY.

MARKER

JACKSON

MARIE

1865

1968

TMP FH MKR.  PERMANENT MARKER IS THERE BUT CANNOT BE READ

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MARKER

JOHNSON

NATHANIEL

2/1/1910

1/11/1973

DATES VERIFIED VIA STATE DEATH INDEX

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JONES

EVANGELINE CUE “VAN”

5/26/1926

1/6/2011

ST. AUG. RECORD OBITUARY.  AGE 84.

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KELLY

WILLIE JAMES “JUNE”

9/23/1943

5/18/1994

PDN OBITUARY LISTS HIM BEING BURIED IN “DOWLING RIVER CEMETERY IN HASTINGS”.

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KELLY

WORTHY “SISTER”

1915

1995

BELOVED MOTHER AND GRANDMOTHER

MARKER

KILLION

BENJAMIN

6/8/1919

4/16/2001

ST. AUG. RECORD OBITUARY.

MARKER

KING JR

MOSE J

 

3/31/2006

ST. AUG. RECORD OBITUARY.  AGE 65.

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MARSHALL

NORMAN

1921

1995

TMP FH MKR ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO READ

MARKER

MAYS

DEACON DODGE A

 

8/17/2011

ST. AUG. RECORD OBITUARY.  AGE 45.

MARKER

MERKERSON

RAPHAEL

1916

1994

COMPOSITE FH PLAQUE BREAKING UP

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MIDDLEBROOK

BENNETT

1/1/1901

5/18/1983

PVT US ARMY WW I.  SURNAME SPELLED CORRECTLY VIA STATE DEATH INDEX

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MIDDLEBROOKS

DELLA B

2/5/1905

4/20/1979

IN MEMORY OF OUR BELOVED MOTHER.  SURNAME SPELLED CORRECTLY VIA STATE DEATH INDEX

MARKER

QUE

REV. LARRY

1894

1994

TMP FH MKR ALMOST IMPOSSIBLE TO READ

MARKER

ROWE

V A

 

 

TMP FH PLAQUE BREAKING UP.  INFO FROM SURVEY DONE 1999

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SESSION

MAGGIE E

4/9/1884

4/22/1966

 

MARKER

TOLBERT

JOSEPH

5/15/1935

4/20/2012

ST. AUG. RECORD OBITUARY.

MARKER

TOLBERT

MICHAELS C

1/4/1954

8/2/1981

SP4 US ARMY

MARKER

UNKNOWN

VAULT

 

 

COMPOSITE PLAQUE NO INFO

PICTURE

UNKNOWN

VAULT

 

 

COMPOSITE PLAQUE NO INFO

PICTURE

UNKNOWN

VAULT

 

 

COMPOSITE PLAQUE NO INFO

PICTURE

UNKNOWN

VAULT

 

 

SLAB IN FRONT OF OLLIE BELL FLOYED

PICTURE

UNKNOWN

VAULT

 

 

SLAB NEXT TO REV. BRITTON

PICTURE

UNKNOWN

VAULT

 

 

SLAB NEXT TO WILLIE PASSMORE HENTION

PICTURE

UNKNOWN

VAULT

 

 

UNMARKED

PICTURE

UNKNOWN

VAULT

 

 

SLAB IS BURIED AT BASE OF TREE

PICTURE

UNKNOWN

VAULT

 

 

UNMARKED

PICTURE

UNKNOWN

VAULT

 

 

UNMARKED

PICTURE

UNKNOWN

VAULT

 

 

UNMARKED

PICTURE

UNKNOWN

VAULT

 

 

UNMARKED

PICTURE

VARNES

R S CORINED

1897

1983

HOMEMADE MARKER THAT LETTERS ARE FALLING OFF OF.  INFO FROM A SURVEY DONE IN 1999

MARKER

WARE

ALEXANDER

19??

1977

CHASE TMP FH MKR

MARKER

WARE

EMMER HOLLOWAY

2/17/1895

11/12/1985

 

MARKER

WARE

JAMES

19??

1977

CHASE TMP FH MKR

MARKER

WARE

JOE N

 

1982

COMPOSITE PLAQUE BREAKING UP

MARKER

WARE

JULIUS

192?

1994

COMPOSITE PLAQUE BREAKING UP

MARKER

WARE JR

SILAS

8/11/1935

10/1/2003

ST. AUG. RECORD OBITUARY.  COLEMAN TMP FH PLAQUE

MARKER

WATKINS

BEN

5/6/1975

5/25/2003

PDN OBITUARY.  NO MARKER

 

WILLIAMS

AGNES

19??

1983

WE LOVE YOU

MARKER

WILLIAMS

GENEVA L

12/7/1936

5/20/2002

OUR MOTHER MY SISTER “A VIRTUOUS WOMAN  ST. AUG. RECORD OBITUARY.

MARKER

WILLIAMS

JAMES F “BONE”

7/29/1929

2/22/2002

MAY THE WORK I’VE DONE SPEAK FOR ME!

MARKER

YOUNG JR

DERRICK L

2010

12/21/2010

ST. AUG. RECORD OBITUARY.

MARKER

*ON THE MONUMENT MEMORIALIZING REVERAND BRITTON IS THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION:

St. James Baptist Church

Rebuilt May 1930

Clerk:  William Benford

Trustees:

H. C. Young, W. Green, J. Jenkins, M. Richardson, M. Goldin, R. Fennell, G. Wilson, T. Gillard, T. Griffin, L. L. Zine

Rev. M. B. Britton Jr.

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Last updated 8/19/2013

 

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