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Durden Cemetery

Cemetery = Durden Cemetery
Vicinity = Crawfordville E
Status = neglected
Community = Afr. Amer.
Synonymous name(s) = Parrish Cemetery
GPS Location
S-T-R Location
30°10’14.8” X84°21’16.48”
W½ HS Lot 71
N side of Alexander Rd. ¼ mile E of Rehwinkel Rd.

Newspaper obituaries for Lucinda B. Harvey and Hortense Ferrell establish that the cemetery off Alexander Rd. in the west half of HS Lot 71, where their inscribed tombstones are found, is the Durden Cemetery. A sign at the entrance to this graveyard in October 2001 proclaims it "Derdine's Cemetery". The veterans' graves registration of 1940-41 is clearly in error in giving for Durden Cemetery a section-township-range location far west of Crawfordville and deep in ANF - in low flatwoods and bay territory not far from Sopchoppy River - and contradicting the document's narrative direction that does fit the actual location.

The plot has a NNE-SSW dimension maybe 60 yards at the ESE end but narrows to a point at the WNW end next to Alexander Rd. It is quite open but has a dozen nice dogwoods and a few loblolly pines. In neglect it has become somewhat weedy. All gravestones or visible indications of graves are in that wide ESE end - all the way across it. The 17 or more gravestones are somewhat scattered across that wide end. Some dates of death inscribed are as recent as 2002. The southernmost stone in the plot has an inscription done humbly in cursive that may be one of the most copious in the County:

Florina Stevens / was born in Decatur County Bainbridge Georgia July 26 1892 came to Florida 1898 6 years old in 19-11 she married to James Tampa in Wakulla County Crawfordville Florida March 3-3-61 she departed her life / I amagin she sings this hym. The days is past and gone the evening shades appear.
Name Birth Death
?, Annie
Badly damaged; possibly indicates 18 Oct on part of it
Allen, Sally M.
19 May 1913
25 Jun 1972
Barber, Flem
6 Apr 1919
Barber, Frede
18 Nov 1934
26 May 1935
Barber, Steller
19 Apr 1913
23 Apr 1938
married 11 Apr 1934
Bennitt, Deliler
Ferrell, Birt
7 Nov 1918
7 Jan 2002
Ferrell, Hortense
6 Nov 1900
1 Nov 1992
Ferrell, Nash
25 Mar 1895
6 Oct 1974
Gavin, Ada
20 Jul 1900
27 May 1983
Harvey, Isaac A.
16 Nov 1879
10 Apr 1963
Harvey, Lucinda B.
19 Sep 1886
29 May 1990
Harvey, Oscar
11 Sep 1914
22 Dec 1978
Hayes, Gladys
Parish, Harriet
25 Feb 1915
Died age 88
Parish, Reamous
21 Mar 1896
26 Sep 1918
Pvt 54th Co 13th Bn 151st Dep Brig WWI
Patterson, Dave
15 Jan 1904
26 May 1985
Randolph, Rainey
17 Mar 1917
27 Oct 1996
Riles, Annie
Rollins, Cullen
10 Jul 1907
24 Dec 1993
Stevens, Florina
26 Jul 1892
3 Mar 1961
w/o James Tampa; married 1911
Tampa, George
26 Aug 1925
7 Dec 1954
Date of site report narrative - October 2001
Surveyed by members of the WCHS, September 2006
Some information taken from Register of Deceased Veterans 1940-41

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