J. C. Nash Family Cemetery

135 Denesha Todd Court
Fayetteville, Fayette County, Georgia, 30214 USA Add to Map
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John Calhoun Nash (1821-1902), ninth of twelve children of John Nesbitt Nash (1786-1864) and Hannah "Harriett" Abercrombie (1786-1840), was born in Laurens District (County), South Carolina.

When he was about 13 years old, his parents moved their family to Henry County, Georgia around the city of Bear Creek (later named Hampton). Many of his maternal aunts and uncles, with their families, made the same move in the early 1830's as well.

Unfortunately, his mother Harriett passed away in 1840, when he was nineteen years old, and she was buried in the Babb Family Cemetery in Hampton, Georgia, marked with field stones. His father married second Mary Bolt (1801-1867). John and Mary later were buried at Babb Cemetery as well.

On 6 August 1843 in Henry County, Georgia, at the home of his brother Thompson Edward Nash (1811-1889), John married Rebecca Ursula Shaw (1819-1887). The daughter of John "Pleasant" Shaw (1790-1876) and Mary Caroline Pool (1793-1850) of Laurens County, South Carolina. John married Rebecca Shaw and his brother had married Elizabeth Marian Shaw (1816-1894). Nash brothers married Shaw sisters. Thompson Nash was a Methodist Preacher and conducted the service.

After their marriage, John and Rebecca settled in Fayetteville, Georgia where McDonough Road dead-ends to State Route 54. Nash Creek that runs under Highway 54 was named after him. Most of John's siblings settled along McDonough/Jonesboro Road in Henry County. His brother Elihu Chauncey Nash (1817-1887) once owned the land that is currently the Nash Farm Battlefield Park and Museum (Jonesboro Road in Hampton), but was sold to their brother Thompson E. Nash in 1858 when Elihu moved to the Mount Carmel (Fosterville) Community, as the new Clayton County was formed that year. The County Line Congregational Christian Church and Cemetery was once a Methodist church founded by Thompson Nash.

The J. C. Nash Cemetery is the family cemetery of John and Rebecca Nash. Their home once stood in front of the cemetery, closer to Highway 54, where a red Heating/Cooling business now stands. The home burnt down in the 1950's after a small plane crashed into the front yard. The Nash family moved to Atlanta in 1923. NASH, HUGHENS, CAMP, CALLAWAY, LEWIS, GREEN, CATO, MURPHY, ALLEN, COTTON, BELISLE and others were known to have once been buried here. It is sometimes mislabeled as the "GNash" Cemetery since an old carved sign once read, "J.C. Nash". The "J" and the "C" were connected like the Georgia Tech symbol today. John and Rebecca's original graves were covered by a small awning built by descendants. Many members of the family were interred here, but since it was not maintained, it became very overgrown in the mid 1900's. Many graves, sadly, were only marked by field stones or crudely made markers. There is even a story passed down through the Nash family about a little girl that died during the time her parents were traveling through Fayetteville and they received permission from John to bury her here, marked only with field stones. By the 1960's and 1970's many were being exhumed and moved. In 1976, John's great-grandson, Howard Elihu Nash (1895-1993) had John, Rebecca and several Nash and Hughens family members exhumed and moved across the street to the Camp Memorial Park Cemetery with all new markers. But others are still buried here. Kudzu and underbrush at times, have consumed its existence. In the 1990's a chain-link fence was added to define it's borders.

Those that once were known to be buried at the J. C. Nash Cemetery, beside the surnames mentioned above, included:

(Moved to Camp Memorial Park Cemetery marked by an asterisk).

*John Calhoun "J. C." Nash (1821-1902)
*Rebecca Ursula (Shaw) Nash (1819-1887)
infant Nash (1845-1845)
infant Nash (1848-1848)
infant Nash (1851-1851)
*Mary Catherine (Nash) Hughens (1854-1924)
*Eli Smith "Smitty" Hughens (1847-1924)
*John Spencer "J. S." Hughens (1873-1898)
*Rebecca "Viola" (Hughens) Nash (1871-1924)
*Charles Elihu Benjamin "Chase" Nash (1865-1935)
*Roy Neal Nash (1898-1945)
infant Nash (1925-1925)
*Minnie Lee (Nash) Crawford (1906-1949)
Nancy Ann Sophronia (Holcomb) Lewis Nash (1848-1900)
James Randle Lewis (1848-1885)
Letcher Lewis (1880-1885)

  • Added: 18 Jan 2017
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