UPTON CEMETERY
Coffee County, GA

Written and contributed by Kia Hall.
May not be duplicated in whole or part without the written permission of the author.


CEMETERY HISTORY

"Our history is shrouded in mystery, denigration....agony, missing years block our path. Each generation passes with ‘secrets’, stories, tales of bliss and woe. Yes, honor the oral tradition, but remember the written word, it’s a key to informations’ store. Honor our pioneers, the ancestors who’ve gone before, through and for them we exist.....A Legacy of Survival."

Upton Cemetery is located in Coffee county, GA and fronts Highway 32 traveling from Douglas to Ocilla. It is situated on farmland once owned by Mrs. John Slater. Access is gained via a driveway shared with a veterinarians’ office.

Oral history has it, an Ashley, first name not remembered, donated the land for the Colored Cemetery. Clerk of court records from the 1800s indicate the land was owned by the Ashleys. The cemetery was also associated with the Freewill Baptist Church prior to its relocation to Douglas.

From deeds and written documentation discovered to date, this is my deduction of the cemetery's origin. The initial cemetery, I think, was the slave burial ground for the plantation. (Ashley?) Upton Plantation and Farm Company are listed as leased properties in 1926 deeds.

In 1939, the Upton Cemetery Association was founded, trustees appointed and minutes kept. Although pages are missing or torn, this book of minutes describes meetings held from 1939 to forty-six.

The associations goals were (1) Purchase of the property (2) Collection of burial fees (3) Maintenance. A 1943 deed verifies the property was purchased. June 7,1945 minutes indicate the deed(s) were turned over to the treasurer, Tommie Curtis. Various minutes mention monies banked but the bank is not named.

If a registry or map of burials exists, to date, I have not seen or been informed of it. I have compiled and alphabetized an "Upton Cemetery Registry" of those gravestones which were legible and included those without grave markers or illegible as "Unknown."

NOTE: The cemetery and many graves are in dire need of repair. This biography and registry are ‘works in progress’ and data may be added or edited.

Special THANKS to: Mrs. Essie Mae Shaw & Mrs. Jarrell Litman

Kia Hall, 7/23/1999


CEMETERY LISTING

(Earliest legible gravestone is dated 4/11/1865)


Bargary?,Annie E
2/?/1883 - 1/?/1988

Barn?,Thomas
10/6/1881 - 3/9/1928

Buchanan,Alma V
4/8/1929 - 12/22/1990

Buford,Jimmie Jr
9/23/1928 - 4/29/1943

Brown,Annie
Died 11/17/1907 - Age 65

Brown,Ida N
1882 - 1960

Brown,Leroy?
1924 - 1958

Carnegie,Ruth
8/15/1908 - 7/7/1992

Chestnut,Joseph H
6/28/1928 - 2/14/1982

Chestnut,Raford
12/4/1874 - 9/25/1973

Clull?,William
12/12/1909 - 11/1/1992

Cohen,Esther R
4/13/1956 - 9/21/1985

Covington,Thomas B
1914 - 1977

Crave,Vidla A
1/31/1900 - 5/31/`980

Curtis,Andrew
10/22/1904 - 4/10/1986

Curtis,Arthur
2/13/1901 - 4/19/1976

Curtis,Elizabeth
9/19/1912 - Age 84

Curtis,John Henry
9/12/1917 - 7/19/1976

Curtis,Ira
7/21/1914 - 11/18/1976

Curtis,Lena Mae
8/21/1936 - 7/23/1972

Curtis,Melvin
3/12/1912 - 2/4/1975

Curtis,Oliver
7/2/1931 - 8/15/1978

Curtis,Regina D
4/7/1981

Curtis,Sylvester
4/4/1899 - 3/5/1975

Curtis,Tommy
12/18/1907 - ?

Curtis,Vera
12/22/1900 - 11/10/1987

Curton,Elizabeth
1806 - 1956

Davis,Gertrude
4/3/1882 - 3/28/1962

Davis,Mary
6/11/1882 - 5/22/1963

Edmondson,Calvin
1895 - 1979

Edmondson,Granville
2/28/1929

Edmondson,Ralph W
5/16/1924 - 8/12/1966

Edwards,Cherry
12/26/1895 - 3/26/1946

Fate,Charlie
5/19/1907 - 10/29/1909

Fate,Hattie
9/16/1909 - 9/16/1909

Fennel?,Sam

Fennel?,John

Graves,Agnes Hodges
1886 - 1962

Graves,Benjamin
6/2/1908 - 6/23/1986

Graves,Eleanor
1909 - 1936

Graves,Hamilton
1/30/1909 - 9/8/1986

Graves,James
5/22/?? - 7/17/??

Graves,Zealon
1903 - 1955

Gray,Richard
8/30/1901 - 1/19/1980

Harrison,Adam
6/8/1890 - 10/5/1948

Harris,Victoria
1887 - 1932

Hixon,Emmit
3/6/1884 - 9/1/1967

Hixon,Luanar
10/25/1880 - 4/11/1865

Jackson,Della
12/11/1905 - 4/8/1980

Jackson,F
7/19/1888 - 10/10/1987

Jackson,Louise B
10/8/1917 - 5/24/1995

Jackson,Peter
4/1/1911 - 10/28/1975

Johnson,Ellen
4/17/1886 - 11/5/1971

Kearney,A B
1849 - 12/25/1925

Kearney,Mander
1862 - 9/30/1916

Kittle,Willie
7/6/1932 - 4/171980

Lettia
7/23/1943 - 6/23/1944

Louder,James I jr
4/13/1933 - 6/13/1981

Louder,Tom
1814 - 1959

Lott,Dempsey
4/7/1921 - 8/13/1992

Lott,Hazel
9/27/1927 - 3/7/1995

Love,Alice J
5/28/1901 - 8/13/1977

Love,Johnny
2/21/1886 - 12/23/1980

Love,Hattie
5/11/1911 - 10/10/1978

Love,Susie Irene
5/14/1902 - 12/29/1961

Love,William
10/20/1900 - 7/25/1962

Mcoray,Vinnia M
8/10/1833 - 8/8/1886

Mcrae,John W
10/7/1921 - 1/5/1991

Moore,Dora
9/10/1807 - 11/2/1941

Mosby,Dorothy G
1921 - 1975

Nixon,Clara
7/24/1899 - 8/23/1964

Pope,James
3/1/1892 - 3/2/1966

Pope,Julius
6/20/1912 - 12/23/1948

Pope,Lucie

Reed,John A
Died 10/8/1981

Richardson,Ellam
12/21/1939

Richardson,Luedlla?
12/3/1907 - 10/22/1971

Richardson,Lillie Bell
12/24/1908 - 11/22/1977

Richardson,Robert L
12/26/1903 - 12/21/1959

Richardson,Robert B jr
4/12/1928 - 1/22/1982

Richardson,Sheila T
1/17/1972 - 4/23/1994

Sam Age 28

Senessba?
6/16/1904 - 5/8/1920

Shaw,Annie
3/3/1863 - 12/11/1916

Shaw,Alzada
2/14/1914 - 4/29/1977

Shaw,Al
7/25/1938 - 3/11/1987

Shaw,Fred
3/17/1830 - 9/22/1916

Shaw,Henry
1/25/1909 - 1/13/1991

Shaw,James
5/6/1936 - 1/20/1994

Smith,Eliza
4/21/1894 - 5/17/1970

Watts,Eddie
1/11/1911 - 4/16/1985

Watts,Estella C
2/27/1920 - 7/1/1974

Wilso?,Samuel
10/13/1918 - 5/8/1945

Wright,Willie L
12/9/1892 - 12/1/1990

Unlnown
?/15/1909 - 1/29/1933

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Placed online: 21 Sep 1999 :: Updated: 16 Mar 2008
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