|Old Hatcher Road|
Postal Code: 31754
|Cemetery notes and/or description:|
This cemetery is located on Old Hatcher Road in Quitman County, Georgia. It is in Hatcher's Station, GA. The post office last known as Linwood was re-established in 1866 under the name of Hatcher's Station, in honor of John H. Hatcher. Mr. Hatcher owned a cotton gin. One of his sons was working in the gin, became cold and went outside to warm by a fire. The lint that was on his clothes and body from the gin caught fire, the boy became frightened and ran, so of course was badly burned and died. Mr. Hatcher sold the gin and moved after a time down the road. He was the first station master at Hatcher and also the postmaster. Hatcher Station was the railhead for the South Alabama group during the War Between the States and it has been said that enough tears were shed at Hatcher to wash the place away.
Regarding the cemetery there, in a 1998 Doster family letter, Jim Boyd Doster, Jr., states "there is an old rusted and bent ornate iron fence enclosing the Lancaster graves. There are no headstones and I suppose they have been stolen or destroyed. It has been 100 years since anyone was buried there."
Another source of information on the Lancaster Family Cemetery was Viola D. Ingram's letter of May 15, 1983. She visited Hatcher's Station in 1966 and one of the local residents said "the Lancasters were quite a legend in that town."
Hatcher Station, at one time, had four passenger trains a day that stopped at the station, two horse and buggy mail routes and enough people to warrant fish being shipped from Savannah.