O'Berry Cemetery

From Interstate 95 in McIntosh County, take exit 49 and turn west onto Hwy. 251 towards the town of Cox.

Hwy. 251 will make a split just a few miles down the road.  Do NOT turn right towards Townsend, keep straight towards Cox.

About 13.2 miles the pavement will end, and a dirt road will continue, keep on the dirt road another 1.9 miles.  You will have traveled a total of 14.1 miles from the Interstate.  Take a left turn onto Miller Lake Road and go 2 miles then turn right.

You will go only 0.1 miles before you reach a hunting club gate, and if you look to your right, you will see the cemetery.

It is unknown who exactly is buried in this cemetery, and recently the sign was replaced and new barbwire was strung around the remaining posts.  Quite a large area is fenced off, suggesting one of two things.  One, there are many people buried here, or two, someone was just trying to be careful and fenced off a larger area than needed.

The 1820 McIntosh County census finds a Reuben, Solomon, and a John O'Berry, quite possibly living in this area with about 23 people living between the three households.  Reuben had 7, John with 11, and Solomon with 5 in the household.

The 1830 census has the same gentlemen, plus one more, a James R. O'Berry.  Reuben and James are listed side by side, the former with only 2 in the household, most likely Reuben and wife.  The latter has 4 in the household.  Solomon O'Berry has 4 in his household, while John has ten.

By 1840, Solomon no longer appears, yet James, Reuben, and John are still in McIntosh County, along with a Prudence and a Polly O'Berry.  There are 19 people living within these households.

You can see the potential for this to have been a somewhat large cemetery, but, without excavation, it is a mystery as to who is interred here.  If the stones have fallen over, they could very well be under a foot of dirt by now.

 

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