Full transcribed text of article from Georgia's Macon Telegraph, 27 February 1893 edition. Viewed online at Georgia Historic Newspapers: Macon Telegraph.

MACON'S OLD CEMETERY

A SPOT ALMOST FORGOTTEN BY ALL BUT A FEW CITIZENS
Long Since Gone to Decay and Ruin.
Many Graves Are Unmarked and Almost Obliterated -- Inscriptions on Some of the Headstones


At the foot of Cherry and Poplar streets and between the two surrounded by manufacturing industries, railroads and business enterprises of various kinds, is a small spot of a few acres that is near and dear to the hearts of many of the old pioneers of Macon, but is almost entirely unknown to many of the younger generation and new comers to Macon.

The spot referred to is Macon's old cemetery, long since passed into disuse and abuse. There lies the dust of many of the people who helped to found Macon and start it on its road of prosperity. Some of them are the ancestors [of] present citizens of Macon, and many have been entirely forgotten. Portions of this sacred ground have been utilized for secular purposes and buildings rest on the places where graves were. When the old East Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia railroad was run through this place, a numbers [sic] of graves were despoiled and the crumbling bones of departed generations were thrown ruthlessly aside. For several years past a picket fence has enclosed the old cemetery, but it has afforded little protection from cattle, hogs, dogs and everything else that cared to enter. The whole place is one vast tangled mass of weeds and bushes, and is perhaps the most uninviting spot about Macon.

So far as can be learned from the old crumbled tombstones and marble graves, the last interment must have been made in this old cemetery somewhere back early in the forties, as no record can be found of later interments. All of the graves and sepulchres are in a terrible state of decay and nearly all of the slabs and tombstones are broken. The bricked up graves have become sunken in and a more complete picture of ruin could not be found. The following will show the inscriptions and character of some of the headstones on some of the graves as they now stand.

Thomas J. Hollingsworth, died June 6th, 1840, aged 21 years and 4 months.

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Mary Jennett Adams, infant daughter of John and Mary J. M. Adams, of Montgomery, Ala., died Oct 11th, 1837, aged one year, 3 months and 5 days.

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M. A. Call, born 1st Feb 1834, died 7th Oct 1835.

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Adriadne, daughter of Edward and Winney Woodliff, born June 24th, 1841, died Oct 17th, 1843.

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Carolina Calhoun, daughter of A. M. and R. W. Fort, died 31st Aug 1837, aged 11 months and 23 days, aged 4 months. [sic]

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James P. Campbell, died July 1833, in the 19th year of his age. Headstone broken off and lying on the ground.

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William Berry, died Sept 9th, 1846, aged 45 years.

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John Ormsby died Oct 26, 1841, aged 31 years; a native of the Parish of Killarer, County Mayo, Ireland. Slab erected by his brother, George Ormsby.

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Nicholas Scott, died 15th Nov 1837, aged 42 years. He was born in the County Meath, Burrough of Navin, Parish of Dunarme, Ireland.

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Thomas Mullholland a native of Ireland. Born in the county of Leitrim, parish of Cloon. Died November 22, 1837, aged 32 years. This stone was erected by his brother, Michael Mulholland.

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Francis Traylor, a native of Monaghan county, Ireland. Died 5th September 1837, aged 26 years. Erected by P. M. and H. Traylor.

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Erected by Maurice Walsh, in memory of his wife Jane, who departed this life August 6, 1840, aged 18 years. A native of Nenagh county, Tipperary, Ireland.

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Oliver F. Gage, son of Oliver and Sarah M. Gage, died July 20, 1831, aged 10 months.

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Rebecca Mary, daughter of Abner and Louise McGehee, died 16th August 1830, aged 9 months.

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Susan Bressie, consort of William Bressie, born October 15, 1797, died April 12, 1838, aged 41 years. Has a brick wall in good condition, but grave has sunken much.

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Sarah Ann R. C. Russell, daughter of A. and F. Russell, born March 17, 1836, died August 8, 1838.

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J. W. Cassels, aged 20 months, 1837.

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Margaret Indiana, born September 5, 1839, died July 18, 1840.

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Jacob Heterich. No other words on the stone.

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Lawrence Healy, died February 6, 1840, aged 27 years. A native of the Parish of Cloon, county of Leitrim, Ireland. Slab erected by Peter Dyer.

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Thomas Mulloy, died December 13, 1842, aged 26 years. A native of the Parish of Meelick, County Mayo, Ireland. Slab erected by his friend George Ormsby.

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The following are brick sepulchres, some in good condition, while other [sic] are crumbling away. On each is a marble slab with the inscription given below:

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Emeline Buxton, wife of Wright C. Saunders, Died November 6, 1834, aged 25 years.

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Steven S. Goodrich, of Oswego, N.Y., who died July 18th, 1835, aged 29 years.

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Charles W. Washington, who drowned in Walnut creek March 1, 1833, in the 31st year of his age.

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John E. Carter, a native of Boston, Mass., died October 24, 1837, aged 20 years.

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Elisha Hammond, born in Massachusetts October 10, 1784, died in this town July 9, 1829.

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Thomas W. Ellis, died October 3, 1832, aged 34 years.

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Isaac Butler, a native of Westersfield, Conn., died November 4, 1836, aged 25 years.

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Mrs. Rebecca Pace, consort of Thomas Pace and daughter of Jared Irwin, died 30th December, 1838, aged 51 years.

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Harriet E. Collins, wife of Dr. Robert Collins, died April 20, 1834, aged 31 years.

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Infant son of Robert and Eliza C. Collins, died 6th May 1838, aged 4 weeks.

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The above are in a lot once bricked in, but walls are now nearly all down.

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Nancy, wife of Thomas Napier, died April 2, 1839, aged 57 years.

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Thomas Napier, a native of Virginia, for about fifty years a citizen of Georgia, died September 30, 1838, aged about 70 years. These two graves have a good brick wall around them, an iron gate and it locked.

Theodrick L. Smith, a native of Virginia, died December 22, 1837, aged 40 years.

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Mrs. Cinderella Gainer, wife of Joseph Gainer, died May 23, 1837, aged 24 years.

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Eliza S. Davis, wife of Charles Davis, Jr., born in Roxbury, Mass., July 15, 1808, died January 3, 1841.

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Jonathan C. Phelps, son of Noel L. Phelps, of Farmington, Conn., died September 10, 1836, aged 24 years.

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Infant daughter of David and Rebecca Butler, died February 18, 1836, aged 3 years.

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Robert D. Smith, born May 20, 1811, died September 28, 1834.

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Two broken stones leaning against a pine tree. Where the bodies are lying there is no way of telling, and if there was much could not be learned, as only the following is on the stones. On one is:
Nelly, died August 1838; a member of the Baptist church at Macon.
And on the other is: Rinah, born 1st April 1806, died 11th February 1835.

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Here is a grave with wooden head and foot marks. If any inscription was ever on them time has effaced all traces and nothing can be learned as to who lies there.

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Hetty, wife of Charles Benjamin, died 10th December 1850, aged 41 years.
A small monument was once in place over this graves, but it is all broken on the ground now.

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Another graves with a wooden headboard on which no name can be found.

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The only monument of the ground is six feet high, one foot square and a part of the inscription thereon is:
Mary Eliza Cassels, daughter of John and Eliza Winn, and wife of Rev. Samuel Cassels. Born in Liberty county, Georgia, October 14, 1809, died in Macon May 24, 1838, in her 29th year. Monument was erected by the kindness of the Presbyterian congregation of Macon.