Wednesday, January 21, 2009
"Lost" Cemetery Rediscovered in Jackson County
Members of the Dr. Theophilus West Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV) in Jackson County have been engaged in a really noteworthy effort to locate and clean up cemeteries in the county that contain the graves of Confederate veterans.
Today they rediscovered the historic Long Cemetery off Kelson Avenue in Marianna. This cemetery wasn't really "lost," but it was overgrown and long forgotten. It also contains the graves of a number of Confederate veterans and one member of Florida's 1838 Constitution Convention.
The camp hopes to begin work soon to clean up the historic cemetery, which is located in a heavily wooded area and open a trail down the ridge to it so it can be visited again.
Here is a list of the marked graves there:
Richard H. Long - Col. CSA. - (In memory of Richard H. Long b. 1 Oct 1791 d. 8 Dec 1865) (Note: Col. Long was a delegate to the 1838 Constitutional Convention in St. Joseph, a county judge of Jackson County and a speaker of the Florida House of Representatives during the antebellum era.)
Ann G. Long - wife of Richard H. Long. b. 22 Jul 1795 d. 9 Apr 1846
Meta L. McPherson - consort of William McPherson.Meta....L consort - To the Daughter ...... (illegible & broken)
William McPherson - Capt. CSA. d. 25 Jan 1867 near Marianna, FL age 23 years (The Lord....) (Note: William McPherson was the adjutant of the Confederate Post at Marianna in 1864 and was wounded at the Battle of Marianna).
Edmund B. Cobb - Sacred to the memory of - who died 25 Jan 1835 Age?
William F. H. Long - son of Richard H. and Ann G. Long. b. 11 Dec 1825 d. 15 Nov 1858 (Sacred to the memory of )
Henry Long - b. Wilkes Co GA 10 Dec 1815 d. Jackson Co FL ?9 Aug 1869(Sacred to the memory of )
Dr. Nicholas A. Long - CSA, Capt. Indian Wars (Note: Dr. Long fought at the Battle of Marianna).
A special thanks to Ashley Pollette of the West Camp, SCV, for the photo and information on the grave identities.