Old McKinnon Cemetery
China Hill, Telfair County, Georgia

Date: March 19, 2001

Cemetery: Old McKinnon
Established: 1800
City: China Hill
County: Telfair
State: Georgia
Nation: USA
Nearby: Georgia State Road 117. Clay road beside Bethel Methodist Church
Reached by: Crossing property-private
Location: Rural-woods
Land: Hillside
Water: No
Sign: No
Land Type: Private
Access: Open
Surrounded by: Natural
Gate: None
Status: Abandoned
Size: Large
Unmarked graves: Yes
Gravestones: 12
Broken gravestones: Yes
Toppled gravestones: Yes
Buried gravestones: Yes
Removed Gravestones: Yes
Weather problems: No
Pollution problems: No
Oldest grave: October 20,1813, is earliest readable date
Newest grave: August 27, 1896
Records: Unsure
Inventory: Yes
Records location: Daughters of the American Revolution book 195 in Georgia State Archives circa 1949
Condition: Cemetery in danger of destruction
Vandalized: Yes
Police report: No
VA1: Overturned gravestones
VA2: Broken gravestones
VA3: Stolen gravestones
Vegetation: Disturbing-graves
Vegetation: Disturbing gravestones
Vegetation: Damaging gravestones
Vegetation problem: Trees
Vegetation problem: Overgrown-ground cover
Vegetation problem: Overgrown-vines
Drainage: Good
Problem: Encroachment
Problem: Disintegrating Headstones
Work Status: Work underway - Minor improvements made
Owner: Private individual
Use: Agricultural
Bordering: Woods
Change: Smaller
Reason: Agriculture
Visited: Frequently
Previous contacts: no one
Other information

According to the closet home owner to the cemetery, a gentleman who has spent his entire life on land adjoining the cemetery. His family has been in the area for several generations. The cemetery was originally 2 acres in size. There are 12 markers .There are indications of 84 additional graves inside the old collapsed and rusted fence. The cemetery size at this time is approximately 300 feet square. I have found to the north, east and south of the cemetery indications of another 100 graves. The present property owner has planted pines trees in what was that part of the cemetery. The gentleman that lives closet to the cemetery told me that he repeatedly told the present owner to stop plowing up the cemetery. Family names in the cemetery are McKinnon, McRae, Mizell ,Cotter and Williams. The Harrell Family stones have been removed.

Update - 20 Feb 2005

The cemetery has been cleared of all underbrush. Several large trees have been removed. Signs have been erected. Chain link fence will be installed on the East side and white posts installed on th eother three sides to allow the harvest of planted pines. The slave cemetery has been located across the woods road from Old McKinnon. One of the neighbors says that wooden markers where in place in the slave cememtery during the 1950's.

Submitted By:
name: John McRae
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