Windy Hill Cemetery

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Posted from "Cemeteries of McIntosh County, GA" copyright 2000, with written permission from the LAHS.

Location: US Hwy 17 North, go 1 mile, turn left on Hwy 251 and go 3 miles. Turn right on Fountain Trail Rd. and go 0.5 mile. The Cemetery is North of the road. This is paper company land; one needs a permit and guide.

History: The land, a rice plantation, originally belonged to Alexander R. Chisholm. In 1832 Norman Page Gignilliat purchased the 3000 acre Windy Hill tract from his estate. After the Civil War, reportedly, his former slaves purchased the land. source 2. There was a sawmill, tram road, housing quarters and a commissary near Rattlesnake Island on this land in the early 1900s. According to Willie Cook's father, James Cook, one of the buildings was moved in 1912 to become St. Marks AME Church. The Cemetery may have begun as a plantation graveyard or may date to post-Civil War. The gravewares appear to be late 1800s to early 1900s.

The only identified grave was 1927. There are approximately 141 graves unmarked.

Also buried here: Oral History from Willie Cook and Joseph Butler: 1.Juke David; 2.Malcom Davis; 3.Bootsy Jones; 4.Carolyn Jones; 5.Hannah Jones; 6.Steven Mann; 7.Mrs. Steven Mann; 8-9.__Mann ds/Steven & Mrs. Mann; 10-11.d/s Victor Nephew; 12.Kizzie Nephew; 13.Mary Shaw, b. June 1900-Rossville; 14.Susie Stevens (m/o Abraham Stevens).

Recording began in the Northeast corner by the old road. Rows are East to West. Grave numbers are North to South. The Cemetery measures 250 ft. (N-S) x 160 ft. (E-W.

Source 2: Sullivan, Buddy, "Early Days on the Georgia Tidewater, The Story of McIntosh County and Sapelo". 4th Edition, 1995. The Darien News, Darien, GA

  • Added: 10 Jun 2012
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