Baillie Plantation Cemetery
Located on Hwy. 17 N in Eulonia, McIntosh Co., Georgia, this small family cemetery sits in the middle of a cow pasture on private property. The cemetery itself has been destroyed over time by nature, livestock, and many other factors. I visited this cemetery on Tuesday, 10 April 2007, with descendants Brailsford Troup Nightingale, Jr. and William Boston McKinnon, Jr., in hopes of forming a plan of attack on saving the cemetery.
Today, descendants would like to preserve this
cemetery for future generations, however, the work will be costly and time
consuming. The biggest concern right now, is getting the cemetery
fenced off from the livestock, to keep them from damaging the cemetery
further, and from hurting themselves should a grave collapse from the
weight of a cow standing on it.
The LAHS has recorded 16 burials within the cemetery, 11 graves are clearly marked with tombstones, but the 5 others are unmarked, and it is unknown by me how the group knows that there are five more burials. Another question, is Dr. James McGillivray Troup really interred here? His estate was filed in Glynn County, the will leaving much to the imagination, the estate inventory telling a fuller story. But where was Dr. Troup buried? He does not have a tombstone in Baillie Cemetery, but his name and dates are inscribed upon a monument with Mrs. Camilla (Brailsford) Troup and Mrs. Maria (Heyward) Brailsford, suggesting they are not buried here either, only memorialized.
And yes folks, that is a cow standing on a tombstone in the center of the photo to the right. Part of the preservations plan, and the biggest part, is making sure the cemetery can be protected from these creatures, whose only guilt is wanting to eat plants. In talking with the current land owner, we were told that when his grandmother bought the land over 20 years ago, the cemetery wasn't even visible, it was completely surrounded by woods, and you would have been lucky to find it at all.
Transcribed by Amy Hedrick 10 April 2007.
Tombstones reading south to north:
CHs. M. DENT
Aged 17 months 15 days.
George Troup and Frederick Preble
infant sons of George and Ophelia Dent.
And in their mouth was found no guile;
TO THE MEMORY OF
WIFE OF D.H.B. TROUP,
BORN AUGUST 8, 1832,
DIED APRIL 12, 1858.
TWO WEEKS LATER, HER INFANT
"THE LORD GAVE AND THE LORD
(3 sided memorial)
"Her Children rise up
CHARLES M. MORRIS
AND DAUGHTER OF
DR. JAMES TROUP,
BORN OCT. 15TH 1831:
DIED NOV. 10TH 1854,
THY WILL BE DONE.
My Beloved Wife
EVELYN A. BROWN
Sept. 11, 1810,
Nov. 29, 1888,
though lost to sight, to memory dear.
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