Location: Northwest side of Sapelo Island, at Kenan's Field. Closed Family Cemetery.
History: Michael J. Kenan (1801-1876) of Baldwin Co., Ga. married Catherine Ann Spalding, daughter of Thomas Spalding of Sapelo, in 1832. Her father had given her the property surrounding Hanging Bull on the Northwest side of the Island. They lived on and cultivated this cotton plantation until 1861 when they moved to Baldwin Co. After the Civil War some of the family returned to Sapelo. Recent information from a descendant, Spalding Kenan Manson, states that he believes that the following children were buried in the Kenan Cemetery on Sapelo. An old caretaker, when asked about the children listed on a Memorial stone in the old cemetery in Milledgeville, Ga. where the parents are buried, said that they had died soon after birth. As they had been born on Sapelo we are listing them in this Cemetery. Cornelia Bailey, Sapelo native and historian, says there had been two headstones of children in recent years but that they have disappeared.
The CHAPMAN REPORT of 1989 dates the KENAN CEMETERY as c. 1830s.
Children: of M.J. & C.S. Kenan buried in KENAN CEMETERY
Ages: Few Months to 7 years. 1830s-1850s.
1. Kenan, Thomas A. 3rd child
2. Kenan, Eliza Houston 4th child
3. Kenan, Owen H. 5th child
4. Kenan, Emily Randolph 6th child
5. Kenan, Arabella Horne (Belle) 7th child
6. Kenan, Jane Brailsford 8th child born 1847.
Information posted from "Cemeteries of McIntosh Co., GA" copyright 2000 with written permission from the Lower Altamaha Historical Society.
- Added: 29 Jun 2012
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2455315
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