Miller Tract Cemetery Glynn Co., Georgia

Miller Tract
African-American

The route I took to this cemetery is probably the longest route, as I had permission from the neighboring hunting club to go through their land.  There is a gate off of a main road that would provide a shorter distance.

From Interstate 95, turn west onto Hwy. 17/Hwy. 82 and go .5 miles and turn left (south) at traffic light onto Hwy. 17 South going towards Woodbine.  At 1 mile, turn right (west) onto Buck Swamp Road, about 2.7 miles down, the road will turn to dirt, at 3.9 miles you will see the sign for the Higginbotham Cemetery on your right.  Go through the hunting club gate about 1 mile and you will come to a fork in the road, take the left.  At .4 miles you will turn right and go .7 miles and you will make a slight turn to the right through another gate and the cemetery will be in front of you.  A small street sign a little ways down names this road Oak Street.

This is a beautiful cemetery nestled beneath tall, cumbersome oaks.  Unfortunately it is not receiving the care it should.  Many graves are completely overgrown with vines, weeds, bushes, and saplings.  Some bushes were planted around the cleaner gravesites, but this too is a bad decision because no one has taken the time to keep these azaleas from taking over the gravesites.  They should be removed.

I believe this to be an old slave cemetery as it has the characteristics of an old plantation site (the Miller Tract is mentioned in deeds well before 1850), and there are numerous graves that are not marked but have started to sink.  There could be at least 100 or more sites.

Also, there was no easy way to transcribe this cemetery since the grave sites were haphazardly placed.  What I have done is grouped them and drawn an imaginary line down the middle of the cemetery.  There were about 4 groups on the left, if you are facing the cemetery, and two on the right.  This does not include the numerous sites in between that were not marked.  There is a whole row along the back of the cemetery of gravesites with no markings.

Transcribed 13 March 2004 by Amy Hedrick.

On 20 March 2004, I went back out to this cemetery, as I deleted some photos by accident, and found another group of graves.  This group could be included in group 3, but I have made it group 4 instead, as I only found one slab.

This cemetery would be a great candidate for in depth surveying.

*Image Key:  Tombstone Photo -       Obituary/Notes -  - Requires Adobe Reader
SurnameGiven NameMaiden NameBirth DateDeath DateSexVetAgeSection Lot Space*ImagesNotes
DAVISRosa    1879  1954  F     Right Side  01  02    
DUNHAMAnna L.W.    10 Jun 1916  18 May 1976  F   59  Right Side  02  01    Cummings was on bottom of tombstone 
DUNHAMFreddie    1 May 1912  14 Aug 1975  M   63  Right Side  02  02    Cummings was on bottom of tombstone 
LANGMarie    29 Mar 1910  1 Sep 1987  F   77  Left Side  05  04    
MACKJames    16 Jun 1907  30 Jan 1961  M   53  Left Side  05  03    
MCKAYMattie  Short  15 Oct 1894  31 Oct 1992  F   98  Left Side  03  01    
PAISLEYHilda    1914  1975  F     Left Side  02  15    
PAISLEYWillie Sr    1 Mar 1907  9 Feb 1996  M   88  Left Side  02  13    
SHORTEddie    15 Apr 1904  14 Feb 1980  M   75  Left Side  02  03    
SHORTHarry    30 Nov 1911  28 Mar 1997  M  WWII US Army private  85  Left Side  05  06    
SHORTJoe    18 Feb 1882  26 Jul 1958  M   76  Left Side  02  05    Reverend 
SHORTJoseph Jr    24 Feb 1924  23 Nov 1982  M   58  Left Side  02  08    
SHORTLloyd A    28 Dec 1916  16 Jan 1956  M  WWII PFC 574 GA Trans Trk Co TC  39  Left Side  02  10    
SHORTLouise  Fisher  20 Mar 1905  4 Jan 1978  F   72  Left Side  02  04    
SHORTLuke    22 Mar 1878  30 Nov 1957  M   79  Left Side  05  02    
SHORTMinnie    5 Feb 1884  4 Feb 1969  F   84  Left Side  02  06    
SHORTOtis    5 Oct 1905    M     Left Side  03  06    
SHORTRobert Leroy    9 Aug 1946  30 Jul 2000  M   53  Left Side  02  02    
SHORTRobert Jr    18 Oct 1909  29 Jun 1928  M   18  Left Side  02  11    
SHORTRoosevelt Edward    31 Aug 1931  20 Nov 1991  M  CPL US Army  60  Left Side  02  09    
SHORTVirginia    6 Sep 1886  19 Sep 1978  F   92  Left Side  05  01    
UNKNOWN              Right Side  01  01    
UNKNOWN              Right Side  01  03    
UNKNOWN              Right Side  01  04    
SurnameGiven NameMaiden NameBirth DateDeath DateSexVetAgeSectionLotSpace*ImagesNotes
UNKNOWN              Right Side  01  05    
UNKNOWN              Left Side  01  01    
UNKNOWN              Left Side  01  02    
UNKNOWN              Left Side  02  14    
UNKNOWN              Left Side  03  02    
UNKNOWN              Left Side  03  03    
UNKNOWN              Left Side  03  04    
UNKNOWN              Left Side  03  05    
UNKNOWN              Left Side  04  01    several gravesites 
UNKNOWN              Left Side  05  05    
UNKNOWN              Left Side  05  07    
UNKNOWN              Left Side  05  08    
UNKNOWNChild             Left Side  02  07    
UNKNOWNChild             Left Side  02  12    
UNKNOWNInfant             Left Side  02  01    

Last Updated:  13 February 2009

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