Dianne Webb

Genealogy: Paupers’ Cemetery being researched

Have you ever wondered if there is a difference between a graveyard and a cemetery? Actually, there is. A cemetery is a specific piece of land designated for burial. Graveyards are set aside for the same purpose, but are attached to churches. So, now you know!

Two cemeteries are the subjects of today’s column. The first is The Paupers’ Cemetery, which is located on Hospital Road in the O.P. Evans Middle School area. I haven’t been able to find a lot of information on this burial ground. A notebook with some notes and names is in the possession of the genealogical society, though I haven’t seen it.

Another volunteer had previously done some research, and I plan to pick up where he had to leave off.

In the past, I have been told by different people that they have family members who were buried there. However, I can’t remember who! I do remember one gentleman, and I intend to contact him soon.

I’m hoping that readers who also know folks who are buried there will contact me. Our dream at the Coweta County Genealogical Society is to eventually place a marker, and we would like to have at least a partial list of names of those who are buried there. If you can help with this project by providing us with names, we would greatly appreciate it! My email address is mikeanddianne@charter.net.

There is also another ongoing dilemma that really frustrates me. Several years ago, a carload of teens speeding through Oak Hill Cemetery lost control of the car and knocked over at least three memorial markers. The bases are still standing, but there is no way to identify who is buried there. I suspect that all of the people are distantly related to me, and for that reason alone I am aware of their identities. 

Thankfully, their names are listed in the book, “Coweta County, Georgia Cemeteries” that was published by CCGS. Ironically, money was provided by insurance, but the markers cannot be replaced until next of kin can be notified. 

Cemetery officials have been unable to locate them. At the times of these peoples’ deaths, their families erected monuments to honor their loved ones. How sad that this situation has not been resolved. I’ve been doing some research, and am hoping to find a descendant.

I have some good leads, but would welcome any information. It is only right that these markers be replaced. If anyone has any knowledge of the families of John B. and Fannie M. NEWSOME, their daughter and her husband Willie and Mige WATKINS, and Willie’s and Mige’s son Jackie Eugene WATKINS, please contact me at the email address I shared above. They lived in Coweta County in the early 1900s, and were in Upson County and Spalding Counties when they died.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to finally have this sad situation resolved?

So, there you have it. I am asking your help in these two areas. I truly hope someone can help us.

The Coweta County Genealogical Society Research Center is located in the historic passenger train depot in downtown Grantville. The research center is open Tuesdays through Thursdays and the first and fourth Saturdays of each month from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. We can now boast of having a phone number — 470-215-4027. Feel free to contact us.

If you want to join the society, send your dues — $20 for an individual, $25 for a family — to CCGS, P.O. Box 1014, Newnan, GA 30264.



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