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Hibernia Cemetery
Also known as: Saint Margarets Episcopal Church Cemetery
Orange Park
Clay County
Florida  USA

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The church, St. Margaret's, and the cemetery were listed together on the National Register of Historic Places. The cemetery pre-dates the church by at least 70-80 years. It started off as the private family cemetery for the Fleming family and their slaves. The elder Margaret Fleming, mourning the loss of her daughter Margaret to a cholera epidemic in Jacksonville, decided to donate the land and the cemetery towards the construction of St. Margaret's Church in the daughter's honor. The elder Margaret died shortly before the church was finished and consequently her funeral was the first one held at the church.

The Fleming family is descended from George Fleming, who held a Spanish lang grant for the tract of land which would become known as Fleming Island, named after him. He was an Irishman who opted for the Catholic Spanish over the Protestant English to the north. He married Sophia Fatio, a member of one of the most prominent Spanish families in early St. Augustine and East Florida and whose father ran a plantation named Nuevo Suede, which is the location of the town of New Switzerland. George Fleming's death in 1821 is the earliest known burial in the cemetery but there were slaves buried earlier and may be buried outside the present cemetery limits.
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