|Birth: ||Nov. 11, 1768|
|Death: ||Jun. 5, 1834|
Dr. Ignatius Semmes was born on November 11, 1768 in Port Tobacco, Charles County, Maryland, USA. This information is according to the Revolutionary War Rolls, 1775-1783, an "Ignas Simmes," registered as a Private in Maryland on roll box 33. In 1790, he was listed as having 13 slaves in Charles County, Maryland. In the U.S. War of 1812 Service Records, an "Ignatius Simms," registered in the 43rd Reg't (Hamilton's ) Maryland Militia as a private on roll box 190.
He moved to Warren County, Georgia in the late 1700's. His was one of several Maryland families that made the trip south about that time. Settling near Locust Grove, (now Sharon, Georgia), they established the first Roman Catholic Church in Georgia and erected a log church in 1792. Dr. Semmes gave the land for the church and cemetery and is buried in Locust Grove Cemetery with many of the early settlers of the region. A priest, Father John LeMoin, was sent to it from Baltimore, Maryland. French families, fleeing the French Revolution and later several Irish families, (the O'Leary brothers from Cork, Ireland arrived in 1817), joined the colony. After 1860 a church was erected in Sharon, as the Locust Grove location had become too remote. Today (2013) Locust Grove is located in Sharon, Georgia. Locust Grove Academy, the first chartered Roman Catholic Academy in Georgia, was formed about 1818. From the group of those early immigrants from Maryland have come many of Georgia's prominent families. Dr. Semmes was the father of six children by two wives, Henrietta Thompson, date unknown and Mary Cooksey June 7, 1799 in Warren County, Georgia.
In an 1830 Wilkes County, GA census, Dr. Semmes was listed as owning 32 slaves. Dr. Semmes died on June 5, 1834 and is buried in the Locust Grove Cemetery in Sharon, Georgia.
This information was reprinted from Semmes America, Semmes Family History with some additional facts added.
Dr. Ignatius Semmes was my ggg-grandfather and I have visited his grave several times in the recent years. The cemetery is in good condition however it is in the woods and in the summer poison-ivy is a problem. Many of the original settlers from this area of GA. are buried in Locust Grove Cemetery.
Locust Grove Cemetery
Maintained by: Mac Ramsey
Originally Created by: Samuel Taylor Geer
Record added: May 15, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 90182529