ST. NICHOLAS CEMETERY
Duval County, FL

Contributed by Kia Hall.
May not be duplicated in whole or part without the written permission of the submitter.


CEMETERY HISTORY

A bird likes to sing but cannot write the song for future reference. Some animals fly and cannot write down the process which he transports from one place to another. We have have heard and seen the talking bird, but we have not seen his written concersation. Man is unique in many behavioral patterns. It is an intelligent thing to put down parts of information until we come to a more valid and conclusive bit of evidence that can be checked until we find real truths that exists behind an important community place or project. The difference between man and the lower animals is that man has the ability to communicate and record information. Since early days man has always found a way to leave a record. Before the writing process, man drew pictures on the inside of cave walls that told stories.

Grave Markers, Florida Collection
Written by Lucy Edwards in collaboration with Jacksonville Chapter of D.A.R.

D.S.H Miller was a Florida surveyor. He was the father of the wife of Jacksonvilleís Darius Farris. Darius Farris has the first recorded grave in the St. Nicholas Cemetery, August 31,1849. Information was found by Mrs. Lucy Edwards,along with Jacksonville Chapter of D.A.R. This information was taken from abstract deeds when title insurance has been secured.

1878 - There was a purchase made on January 28,1878. Mrs. Genivieve Hagan sold to Cyrus W. Babcock and wife Annie a portion of the cemetery for $120.00. Another purchase was made by C.W. Babcock and wife Annie on March 18,1878. It was apparent that quite a few parcels of land were purchased from the tract near and around St. Nicholas Cemetery covering the period from the 28th day of January A.D. 1878 to and including the 4th day of April A.D. 1910. There was a committee for the community to establish a cemetery consisting of R.J. Gross,chairman, T.S. Baker and Henderson Davis.

1883 - Cyrus W. Babcock and wife Annie sold to Jacksonville and Atlantic Railroad part of said tract for $375.00 on November 2,1883, filed November 27,1883. Benjamin Mumshaw was apparently a representative from the Railroad Company. A corner was sold by Cyrus W. Babcock to George Ellis. C.W. Babcock brought from Genivieve Hagans, another portion of the same tract. Recorded in Book AA, page 496, AN325.

1894 - $50.00 - On August 14,1894, purchased by Jacksonville and Atlantic Railroad. Property was purchased by Andrew Creighton from Railroad company. Mr. Archibald was president during that time.

The 27th day of July 1910, a corporation was organized and existed under the Florida laws. Mr. J. L. Gross, Mr. February Shaw, Mr. Mark Clark, Mr. Henderson Davis, Mr. J. B. Hagans, Mr. J. L. Delifus and Mr. Paul Murray acted as trustees for the community of St. Nicholas, Florida.

It was understood and agreed as a part of the consideration for this conveyance that, the hereby conveyed premises shall be used and maintained by said trustees and their successors in the trust for cemetery purposes for Colored people living in the St. Nicholas and Spring Glen area. That if the same so ceased to be used and maintained, the title to said premises shall revert to and vest in said Railroad Company.

Everyone who has been connected in any capacity with the improvement and bringing up to an acceptable standard of the St. Nicholas Cemetery, you are to be commended for a job well done. Stay farsighted and looking to the future.

Former Presidents
Mr. Rueben Clark
Mr. Tom Clark
Mr. Wesley McNeil
Mr. George Longworth
Mr. Herbert Murray
Mr. Melvin Elliott

Trustees
Mr. Alfred Jackson
Mr. Thomas Sparks
Mr. Harold Robertson
Mr. Charles Murrell
Mr. Calhoun Williams

Secretaries
Mrs. Sylvia Mobley
Mrs. Mary J. Clark
Mrs. Mattie Richardson Davis

Mr. Charles Murrel was financial secretary/treasurer for many, many years and had to retire from office because of illness. May God bless you for a job well done.

Incorporation
At a meeting duly called and held on September 17,1989, it was decided that this cemetery should be incorporated and it should be governed under the laws of the State of Florida. The minutes were written by sis. Mattie Davis for the purpose of filing in January, 1900. Sis. Mattie Davis and Everlena Dunn carried the papers to Attorney Jenning H. Best. Attorney Best had them fill out the necessary papers with the minutes and he filed them with the Florida Department State Division of Corporations & Corporate Records, Tallahassee, Florida. The trustees signed the papers on February 9,1990. The papers were filed in Tallahassee, Florida on February 13, 1990.

Officers Were
Mr. Herbert H. Murray, president
Mrs. Minerva York, vice president
Mrs. Mattie Davis, secretary
Mrs. Everlena Dunn, financial secretary
Mrs. Dorothy Turner, treasurer
Mr. Henry Dunn, trustee
Ms. Jessie Bacon, trustee
Mr. Melvin Elliott, trustee

Present Officers
Mr. Henry Dunn, president
Mr. Archie Simpo, vice president
Mrs. Mattie Davis, secretary
Mrs. Everlena Dunn, financial secretary/treasurer
Mr. Abe Alston, chaplin

Trustees
Mr. Herbert Murray
Mrs. Lillian Mobley
Mr. Archie Simpo
Mrs. Julia Patterson
Mr. Henry Dunn
Mrs. Mildred Murrell
Mrs. Thelma Payton
Mrs. Everlena Dunn

Research Committee
Mrs. Alma Brown
Mrs. Mattie Davis
Mrs. Everlena Dunn
Mrs. Ida Rich

The Cemetery that serve the needs of our people.

Written by: Mrs. Mattie M. Davis


CEMETERY LISTING

Location: 3811 Beach Blvd Jacksonville, FL 32207 (Beach Blvd & Carmichael Ave)


Old Section only 
Submitted by Kia Hall

Adams, Elmer M 10/3/1896 - 7/14/1967 
Adams, Havlyn M Jr 6/21/1952 - 7/25/1964 
Adams, Wyncliff 9/28/1929 - 10/3/1992 
Anderson, Ella S Died 4/1944 
Anderson, John Theodore 6/28/1903 - 9/1981 
Anderson, Julia 7/7/1907 - 11/1/1993 
Avery, Toni Shantel 11/9/1994 - 10/15/1995 
Bacon, Ida E 7/29/1886 - 5/26/1915 
Bacon, Julius 1/14/1913 - 9/11/1997 
Bacon, Jessie 10/23/1906 - 1/6/1996 
Bacon, Mary 2/25/1940 - 9/7/1998 
Bacon, Margaret E 5/9/1914 - 6/14/1970 
Bagley?, James G.O.G - ?? 
Banks, Ronald Colin 1955 -1979 
Bell, Maxie 9/23/1900 - 12/17/1995 
Bell, Nathaniel (headstone buried) 
Bell, Nathaniel Jr 4/7/1925 - 12/24/1992 
Brown, Bernice 10/8/1904 - 1/7/1994 
Brown, Claude H 5/13/1911 - 11/13/1973 
Brown, Corien Evelyn 7/4/1891 -1/14/1964 
Brown, Dorothy 9/12/1927 - 4/5/1941 
Brown, Edward Lee 3/10/1910 - 3/21/1968 
Brown, Edwin C 7/6/1875 - 6/4/1950 
Brown, Eliza 1869 - 1946 
Brown, Frank Van 8/16/1916 - 4/2/1967 
Brown, Kermite E 1918 - 1978 
Brown, Louie M 9/25/1909 - 5/1/1968 
Brown, Mamie L 7/23/1882 - 7/31/1958 
Brown, Maurice Clinton 5/22/1919- 9/2/1967 
Brown, Mildred 1/27/1895 - 10/12/1987 
Brown, Rhydon 10/14/1904 - 2/1/1957 
Brown, Warren C 12/20/1921 - 4/2/1973 
Brown, William 5/12/1889 - 6/10/1940 
Brown, Willie C Sr 12/12/1889 - 6/4/1981 
Burnell, Amos 11/20/1865 - 8/6/1940 
Burnell, Mabel 6/9/1878 - 6/29/1940 
Clark, Bertha 11/25/1861 - 12/20?/1947 
Clark, James E 12/12/1895 - 8/21/1956 
Clinch, Frank 2/1/1872 - 6/18/1929 
Coakley, Cornell R 1/21/1929 - 7/24/1972 
Coleman, Algie 5/11/1893 - 9/17/1970 
Coleman, Catherine Ophelia 1/28/1893 - 2/21/1970 
Cooper, Bessie Mae 5/23/1905 - 9/15/1951 
Cooper, Debbie Elaine 6/16/1956 - 5/29/1962 
Coleman, Carrie Lawson 3/24/1928 - 8/21/1994 
Coleman, Elizabeth 5/28/1894 - 12/10/1911 
Coleman, Emory Carey Sr 7/25/1954 - 4/27/1995 
Coleman, James 6/2/1886 - 11/10/1962 
Coleman, Lilie Mae 3/4/1924 - 11/23/1989 
Creighton, Sallie 4/12/1919 - 11/28/1997 
Cunningham, G.F 12/5/1862? - 7/3/1940 
Davis, Elsie Died 8/29/1945 
Davis, Francis 1886 - 1983 
Davis, Moses Sr 1881 - 1952 
Davis, Moses Jr 2/19/1915 - 9/1/1975 
Davis, Phenia S 5/11/1887 - 4/24/1918  
Davis, Verdie Beatrice 7/7/1911 - 8/11/1996 
Dixon, James Died ? 
Delifus, Ruth 1/31/1917 - 9/1/1991 
Delifus, Timon 9/24/1900 - 2/7/1974 
Dow, Cornelius Ezekiel 2/23/1959 - 3/15/1960 
Dukes, Helen 5/14/1922 - 12/5/1985 
Dunber, Addie 1889? - 1978 
Dunlop, Rogina? 10/8/1905 - 10/8/19? 
Dunn, Aulinee 5/9/1897 - 12/22/1973 
Dunn, Charles 12/1/1929 - 5/25/1971 
Fields, William J 5/1/1918 - 3/4/1977 
Floyd, Barbara 7/24/1938 - 2/23/1991 
Floyd, Bessie A Singleton 4/29/1909 - 9/7/1985 
Floyd, Thomas N Sr 2/28/1906 - 5/13/1975 
Fortson, Lawrence Sr 11/25/1889 - 12/11/1956 
Fortson, Rebecca 10/20/1888 - 5/12/1964 
Francis, February G. C. K? - 21 US CINF? 
Francis, Rebecca Died 1/26/1906 - Age 98 
Grant, Clarence L 7/10/1916 - 9/20/1984 
Gibbs, Rommy 1973 -1975 
Hagans, Alexander M 12/9?/1839 - 9/25/1894 
Hagans, Annie Bell 10/23/1912 - 12/21/1997 
Hagans, Katie 12/1/1871 - 4/7/1932 
Hall, Bessie 9/6/1883? - 10/7/1950 
Hall, Charles H 8/11/1857 - 12/20/1940 
Hall, Jas C.O.G? - 21 U.S.C.I? 
Hall, Lannie M 3/9/1878 - 9/1/1941 
Hall, Joseph Sr no marker 
Hall, Joseph no marker 1951 - 1971 
Hayward, Horatio 7/17/1884 - 4/19/1940 
Hayward, Jerome G.C.H.? - 33 U.S.C.I. 
Hayward, Otis Ralph 10/30/1915 - 9/8/1968 
Hayward, Willie 9/24/1892 - 6/3/1963 
Jackson, James A 1/5/1905 - 12/30/1954 
Jackson, Lorenzo F 1911 -1987 
James, Prince 6/14/1964 - 7/21/1964 
Jenkins, Devin Carod 1/7/1991 - 8/30/1993 
Johnson, Alton W 1905 - 1934 
Johnson, Fannie L 1900 - 1944 
Johnson, Herman 4/16/1897 - 1/6/1950 
Kennedy, Francis Died 10/101932 
Kennedy, T.M Sr 1876 - 1933 
Kennedy, T.M Jr 1902 - 1938 
King, James 12/14/1901 - 9/25/1938 
Kirkland, Alexander (Marker Buried) 
Lamb, Bertha C 8/20/1907 - 7/31/1942 
Long, Jackson GCD? 33 U.S.C.I. 
Manning, Vivia Hazel 4/4/1914 - 3/30/1981 
Martin, Frances 6/13/1838 - 3/11/1922 
McDuffie, Elmira 2/25/1885 - 1/16/1975 
McDuffie, Louise 10/9/1926 - 9/26/1963 
McNeill, Catherine 1912 - 1970 
McNeill, Charles Wesley 1909 - 1978 
McNeill, J.W 9/15/1872 - 1/19/1926 
McNeill, Louis Atwell 12/30/1924 - 11/11/1994 
McNeill, Mary L 9/11/1880 - 10/28/1957 
McNeill, Thomas E ?? - ?? 
Miles, Alfred 6/22/1869 - 8/13/1932 
Miles, Frederick W 7/4/1911 - 6/25/1976 
Miles, Jno C.O.C.? - 34th U.S.C.I 
Miles, Louis 5/1/1905 - 3/11/1961 
Morccan?, Mary 3/4/1896 - 10/24/1922 
Murray, James H 9/6/1900 - 12.7/1955 
Murray, Pauline 1994? 
Murrell, Charles W Sr 7/3/1870 - 11/3/1933 
Murrell, Charles W Jr 5/27/1907 - 12/16/1996 
Murrell, David G 11/16/1896 - 10/7/1978 
Murrell, Elmira C 9/26/1902 - 5/23/1913 
Murrell, Helen W 6/17/1924 - 10/8/1996 
Murrell, Lucretis A 9/4/1882 - 9/8/1922 
Murrell, Quincy 1917 - 1989 
Napoleon, Wilhelmina 1873 - 1957 
Owens, Grant 8/25/1893 - 4/2/1966 
Owens, Sadie Brown 8/20/1900 - 1/27/1972? 
Pollock, Arlington W Died 9/9/1959 
Pollock, Lydia J 6/9/1955 
Pomar, Charles Died 1/7/1910 - Age 82 
Porter, Rosie 6/13/1908 - 4/3/1977 
Refield, Carrie K.B 8/14/1877 - 5/3/1942 
Robertson, Mary E 10/20/1857 - 7/23/1943 
Robinson, Kate 2/3/1901 ?? - Age 63 
Rich, Ida Elizabeth 3/15/1911 - 1/6/1993 
Salis, James V 3/20/1904 - 4/30/? 
Shaw, Jane Died 12/26/1913 - Age 70 
Singleton, Wilbur B 2/22/1921 - 4/14/1946 
Smith, King David   
Spratling, Barbara Ann McDaniel 2/17/1947 - 1/13/1995 
Spratling, Bertha Lee 9/10/1898? - 5/20/1972 
Spratling, Fannie Lue 6/18/19114/1/1971 
Spratling, James 7/16/1943 - 8/6/1997 
Spratling, Julia 6/7/1898 - 8/18/1992 
Spratling, Lillie Ree 10/13/1931 - 2/17/1947 
Spratling, York 5/20/1909 - 9/12/1983 
Strum, Emma 1875 - 1952 
Swilley, Albert 1894 - 1985  
Swilley, Champion Died 12/19/1922 
Swilley, Mila Died 12/19/1947 
Talley, Lonnie L 3/28/1923 - 10/5/1948 
Taylor, Agnes louise 5/13/1893 - 9/22/1971 
Taylor, Alice Died 3/21/1936 
Taylor, Clarence Leroy 7/18/1934 - 7/16/1988 
Taylor, Estelle A 6/4/1903 - 8/18/1985 
Taylor, Euginia 4/7/1896 - 12/5/1050 
Taylor, George (Headstone Buried) 
Taylor, William 11/2/1925 - 4/15/1997 
Thomas, Jessie Mae 1/19/1911 - 9/10/1987 
Thompson, Lucius E 1/6/1942 - 1/8/1973 
Toombs, Marie K 9/26/1906 - 10/1995 
Tucker, Arletha A 4/5/1907 - 12/18/1991 
Tucker, Carl Benjamin 6/24/1942 - 11/12/1996 
Washington, Audrey,Alfreda 11/27/1930 - 4/3/1984 
? Les W. Sr? 1870 
White, Linnie 5/27/1899 - 11/14/1969 
Williams, Agustus 3/29/1895 - 6/20/1937 
Williams, Alice 1887 - 1953 
Williams, Calhoun?   
Williams, Elise 6/11/1920 - 6/?? 
Williams, Frank Charles 1/8/1923 - 8/29/1965 
Williams, ? 9/4/1871? - 7/18/1952 
Williams, John W 2/23/1904 - 11/27/1979 
Williams, Kenard Orin 1/12/1893 - 4/9/1973 
Williams, Libby 3/28/1891 - 12/3/1993 
Williams, Lizzie 1879 - 3/17/1925 
Wilson, Nancy 10/16/1928 - 7/21/1998 
Wright, Arthuree 5/19/1913 - 10/19/1936 
Wright, Gilbert C 3/6/1911 - 1/24/1986 
Wright, Gilbert W 7/31/1888 - 2.16/1968 
Wright, Herbert E 4/6/1920 - 3/21/1997 
Wright, Mamie J 7/26/1894 - 3/10/1973 
Wright, Montez Franklin 7/3/1928 - 4/17/1050 
York, Leslie 1895 - 1944 
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