Sunday, January 6, 2008
Owens-Bellview Cemetery - Jackson County
This is the Owens-Bellview Cemetery near Parramore in eastern Jackson County. Located roughly 15 miles north of Sneads on River Road, the cemetery is one of the oldest in the Chattahoochee River country of Jackson County.
The Owens settlement was the site of a major plantation during antebellum times and was located near several important Chattahoochee River landings. The oldest graves at the cemetery are not marked, but can still be identified by the depressions in the ground.
A number of Confederate veterans are buried here. Among these are W.D. Owens, who served in Captain Robert Chisolm's Company (Co. I, 5th Florida Cavalry). This unit, originally part of the Alabama State Militia, was formed just across the Alabama line at Woodville (today's Gordon) and incorporated men from both Southeast Alabama and Northwest Florida. Chisolm and his men fought at Marianna on September 27, 1864 and served in Northwest Florida until the end of the war. By the request of Florida Governor John Milton they were made part of the 5th Florida Cavalry by the Confederate War Department in late 1864.