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McRae Cemetery
Mount Vernon
Montgomery County
Georgia  USA

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Starting at the junction of U.S. 280 and GA 56 in Mount Vernon, go north on GA 56 about 1.7 miles. Turn left onto a dirt road and go about 0.2 mile. The cemetery is on the right. There is a second section of the cemetery 100 yards further down the road.

On this property still stands the ante-bellum home of John McRae (1780-1853).

From "Historic Homes in Original Montgomery County" - 1993, by Mrs. Duncan A.(Rose) McRae:

"Flournoy-McRae House
It was around 1820 when John McRae arrived in Montgomery County from Robeson County, North Carolina, with his wife, Margaret, and three small sons, Christopher, Farquhar, and Daniel. Shortly after he arrived, John McRae purchased this two-story clapboard house from his sister's husband, John Flournoy, which had been built between 1796-1800. Other children born to John and Margaret McRae in this house were Mary, William, Elijah, John, Nancy, Margaret, Christina (Christian), Philip, and Catherine.

The original structure dates from 1790 and stood two stories tall and two rooms deep. It was fairly shallow and dropped off to two shed-like, sloped-roof rear rooms. Open walkways led to a separate dining room and a detached kitchen, which still stands in the back yard. Hand-hewn timbers were used throughout the house. On the front facade some of the siding is believed to be original, but due to decay, many of the original boards had to be replaced with narrower lumber. A concrete slab has replaced the wooden porch; 16-foot columns have been used in place of the original 14-foot ones, and the single-story porch room has been extended to the top of the house. The floor plan has been altered to better suit present-day living, and the house has been remodeled during J.S. McRae's ownership.

A son, Elijah McRae, his wife, Manie Smith McRae, and children lived in the house until they moved to Church street. However, they only lived here a short time, returning to the John McRae House where Elijah McRae lived until his death in 1904. Elijah McRae's daughter, Mary Inez McRae, inherited the house.

In 1945, Jefferson Sutton McRae, a great-grandson of John McRae, purchased the house from his aunt, Mary Inez McRae. He lived here the remainder of his life with his wife, Ella Hilburn McRae. He reared two children in the house, Mary Inez McRae and Virgil Hilburn McRae. Mrs. J.S. McRae presently lives in the house."
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