Friday, May 17, 2013

Cemetery Log Date: May 17, 2013

We received a call a few years ago about cemeteries located on St. Johns River Water Management District land, straddling both Putnam and Alachua counties.  The cemetery featured today is so rural (how rural is it?!?) that there is no street to it, just a fire break line.  The closest town would be Newberry, although they have their own historic cemetery in town.  According to the FMSF, earliest burials in Newberry date to the 1890s, so very likely this is a family or community cemetery used before the more formal one was established.

Who: Managed by St. Johns River Water Management District
What: Approximately 20 headstones scattered in the woods
Where:  Several miles from Newberry, in the forest along fire break lines
When:  If interested, contact me and I'll see what I can do to get you access

  • Typical field archaeologist project- identify and record cemetery on state land
  • My first ever makers mark found on a headstone in the wild
  • Some of the most unique punctuation and spelling errors, excellent examples of why to do verbatim transcriptions of these primary resources

What should we name it?

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