Ardock Cemetery

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Ardock Cemetery

Ardick, McIntosh County, Georgia, USA
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Location: US Hwy 17 N, go 6.7 miles and turn left on Ardock Rd. Go 0.8 mile and the Cemetery is on the right.
Follow the entry lane c. 200 ft. The Northwest portion is down the next road (Griffin) to the right some 300 ft and on the right in the woods.

History: Ardock (sic) Cemetery may have been originally the slave cemetery on the Ardoch Plantation which was a Crown Grant to Norman McDonald, one of the early Scottish Highlanders. It was a rice and cotton plantation. His son Charles McDonald's daughter, Mary, married Gilbert Gignilliat in 1806. Their son, Norman Page Gignilliat, is reported to have told his former slaves after the Civil War that if they would "Roll up their sleeves, get back in the fields and make me 100 bushels of rice" (source 2) that he would give them 100 acres of land out of the Plantation. He kept his word and, possibly, this included Ardock Cemetery and what is known today as Ardock Community.

Willie Cook, Ardock resident, says that Henry Smith, in the 1930s-1940s was growing rice in a nearby area known as "Thomas Hole." The soil in the Cemetery is said to be "gumbo", making it difficult to dig graves. Therefore, the Cemetery has not been used for burials since 1979.

(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

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


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GPS Coordinates: 31.46159, -81.44992

  • Added: 16 Jun 2012
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