The founder of Milburn Methodist was a converted Quaker by the name of John Milburn, who established the church and cemetery around 1788. Services continued in the log chapel after Milburn's death in 1813 up until it was severely damaged by the Civil War battles fought in the area. In 1887 the remaining members of the church voted to rebuild the church in another location, which became the Methodist Episcopal Church South. Today, the church is known as the Emmanuel United Methodist Church.
The cemetery finally passed into the hands of James McCann with burials continuing up through about 1920. Apparently no records were kept, which caused digging new graves to disturb the ummarked remains of others. In 1992 the Emmanuel Church was keeping up the grounds and had a fund started to restore the cemetery.
Milburn is not a particularly well cared for cemetery and the owner is actually unknown. The cemetery is at the intersection of McCann and Milburn roads. Both are loose gravel. "No Trespessing" signs are posted. The entire area is being bought up by developers with almost 90% of the land around the cemetery in their hands. The daughter of Mr. McCann, who owned most of the land at one point, is the only hold-out in the entire area. Legal battles continue to develop the land, most of which was fought on during the Civil War.
GPS Coordinates: 39.2236, -78.1136
- Added: 2 Jan 2000
- Find A Grave Cemetery: #51172
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