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THIS IS THE ORIGINAL BURIAL GROUND OF MAXVILLE. It is now part of the Woodlawn Cemetery which is across the road. ONLY PERSONS ACTUALLY BURIED IN THIS SECTION SHOULD BE RECORDED ON THIS PAGE. All others should be recorded on the Woodlawn Cemetery page.
The southwest corner of Maxville Road and county road 625 West, just north of State Road 32. The site is across from Maxville Christian Church and also the Woodlawn Cemetery.
Many pioneers of the county are buried here. The only record of burials is taken from tombstone inscriptions. Original maps and record books were destroyed by a fire in the first church. There are some unknown burials and unmarked graves.
Maxville Cemetery was started in 1818. The land was purchased from the Indians who gave possession in 1821. The burial ground was not large; only a northwest corner of the site with the original entry off Maxville Road. The first to be laid to rest was the infant of Robinson McIntire, who died August 18, 1824. There is a little small humble stone which marks the child's grave. The second person was known as "Granny Driver". The first documented tombstone was a marble slab erected to the memory of Joab McNees who died in 1833.
After a while the graveyard became too small and inadequate. Known burials continued until 1875 when the Woodlawn Cemetery was platted across the road to the north. Soon the grounds where neglected. The new Woodlawn Cemetery bought the old cemetery when it became overgrown with weeds. After the second church was removed in 1915, the last eight rows where plotted for burial. This section is often referred to as the "old church yard."
A Methodist Episcopal Church stood at the southwest corner of the grounds in the area now known as the "old church yard". A preaching point existed at "Sumwalt's" as early as 1822. A church building was constructed about 1838. It burned in 1847 along with all cemetery records. A new building was erected and dedicated in 1858. A belfry was added in 1907. Plans began for a new building in 1913. This structure, the current brick ediface, was built east across the road from the burial ground and dedicated on August 9, 1914. Much of the needed funding was provided by Martha F. Davis, the widow of Dr. Lewis Davis of Farmland, as a memorial to her husband. The old wooden church building was removed from the cemetery in 1915 and made into a house. It was destroyed by fire in 1925.
The Methodist congregation disbanded about 1930, and the structure was sold in 1936. Since 1968, Maxville Community Church has used the building. (Name changed to Maxville Christian Church in the late 1980's).
The old Maxville Cemetery continues to be under the care of the Woodlawn Cemetery Association. The offical name of the entire grounds is Woodlawn Cemetery. However, locals often refer to the two cemeteries as "Maxville." The only record of burials in the original cemetery are taken from tombstone inscriptions. The exception is those burials in the area known as "the old church yard." In addition to record books for the "newer" Woodlawn portion, a set of books containing tombstone inscriptions from the entire grounds, both Maxville and Woodlawn, is available. These inscriptions where read in about the late 1970's or early 1980's.
The Woodlawn Cemetery is still in use and has had several additions over the years with the newest being behind the church to the east. It appears that the original grounds were closed for burials once the old church yard portion was filled. This is a beautiful and peaceful cemetery with many interesting tombstones.
CAUTION: THE PLOT / BURIAL RECORDS ARE KNOWN TO CONTAIN SOME ERRORS IN BURIAL DATES. CHECK THE RECORD AGAINST THE TOMBSTONE, IF ONE EXISTS. ONE OF THE EARLIEST BOOKS HAS SUFFERED FROM WATER DAMAGE AND CONTAINS MANY DAMAGED PAGES.
There is a full time Sexton living on site. An office building with cemetery records is located beside the church and behind the Sexton's house.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: MEMORIAL DAY 2013, a sign was placed between the church & house that read, "HOUSE AND CHURCH ARE NOT PART OF CEMETERY." This may indicate the sexton no longer resides here and that the office has been removed. The office door had contact phone numbers).
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