Current update: The cemetery "is located approximately 6 or so miles south of Quincy on County Rd. 65B [not 658], which is known locally as the Old Federal Road. The description you gave from the 1974 book as it being in "a field with the cemetery in a clump of trees about 500 yards to the northwest" is not accurate some 35 years later. [It is reported that the cemetery is in a thick forest and it's quite a trek to get to the old abandoned cemetery."
The following description is from Joy Smith Paisley's Cemeteries of Leon County, Florida, from about 1974:
This historic family cemetery is off State Road 658, the "Old Federal Road", about one mile west of Richland Creek in Gadsden County, Township 1N, Range 3W, Section 31. A gate opens into a field with the cemetery in a clump of trees about 500 yards to the northwest.
Here is the grave of Jonathan Robinson, planter-pioneer of the Florida Territory who acquired a vast acreage of cotton and timber lands, much of which had been in the famous Forbes Purchase. In 1823, Robinson provided shelter for the Commissioners, Dr. William H. Simmons, of St. Augustine, and John Lee Williams, of Pensacola, on their journey to select a site for a Territorial capital. A year later, in 1824, he and a neighbor, Sherrod McCall, brought slaves and timber from his plantation to build the first one-room log capitol of Florida in Tallahassee.
Jonathan Robinson's daughter and only surviving child, Sarah Ann, married a neighboring planter and contemporary of her father, John Lines. Their son, Joseph Robinson Lines, married Alice Dupont, daughter of an early-day Florida Supreme Courth Justice, Judge C.H. Dupont.
Genealogical information on the Robinson and Lines families was provided by Mrs. Edward E. Thomas (Sallie Lines) of Tallhassee, descendant of Jonathan Robinson.
Two very old crepe myrtle shrubs guard the stone slabs on the graves of the pioneer and his wife.
- Added: 18 Jan 2010
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2338562
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