The Brewer family members buried in this cemetery are documented online from the transcription of information from the original source document--the Brewer family bible. They are listed as being buried at the "Old Brewer Place". A September 2017 visit to this cemetery, however, reveals it to be located about a half mile from the actual location of the Old Brewer Place, as told by several persons whose families were long-time residents of Flatwoods. The property on which the cemetery is located was almost certainly owned by a Brewer at some point (possibly William B.; almost all burials are his children or grandchildren, according to the Brewer bible). The name given the cemetery on Findgrave reflects the original given source location (i.e., the Old Brewer Place) as well as the cemetery name on the granite marker that was placed in the cemetery, probably by Mrs. George Grogan some time after she surveyed the cemetery for the Georgia DAR in 1938.
The cemetery lies about 8 miles southeast of Elberton. It's 60-80 yards off the road, obscured by a not real thick woods. There was a large 2-story house that fronted the road, about 25 yards in front of the cemetery. It burned in the 1960s when it was owned by a black woman well-remembered in Flatwoods. It was said to be previously owned by an old Confederate soldier. While it would make perfect sense that this house was the Old Brewer Place, none of the oral history passed down in Flatwoods supports this.
A very nice wrought iron fence, atop a foundation of 6" X 6" X 4' granite pieces, surrounds the cemetery, which is about 18 feet wide and 80 feet long. The wrought iron is in excellent condition, given its age (1880s-90s?); there was very little obvious--much less serious--rust noted. The roots of numerous trees that have grown both near the outside and within the fence have dislodged the granite pieces, making the fence line uneven and haphazard in most places, though there are no sections of the fence that have fallen (even where a long-ago fallen tree rests on the fence). The area inside the fence is remarkably open, though there are lots of large and thorny vines that make for careful walking.
Just inside the gate (still attached and swinging freely), in the center of the cemetery, is the granite marker announcing the "Brewer Family" cemetery. There are no obviously marked headstones in the cemetery. But there are several upright, turned-on edge field stones (loosely 12" X 12" X 4", maybe) that are embedded in the ground that almost certainly serve as headstones for some graves. There are also several pairs of smaller stones (spaced 12 or so inches apart) that seem to be footstones for a few graves. Time didn't allow an accurate counting of the stones, or even the number of identifiable graves.
There is a decades-old layer of leaves, vegetative debris, and trash that covers the entire cemetery. With time and the proper tools to clear the debris, it might be that there are some marked, named, dated grave slabs to be discovered--but not very likely, given the simplicity of the the very utilitarian head stones.
- Added: 3 Oct 2017
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #2652318
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