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Richardson Cemetery

Cemetery = Richardson Cemetery
Vicinity = Spring Creek N
Status = neglected
Community = both
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30°8’30.24” X84°18’46.21”
SE¼ HS Lot 50
NE quad. of intersection Spring Creek Hwy. and US 98

The maintained plot with dozens of graves and inscribed tombstones in the northeast quadrant of the intersection of Coastal Highway and Spring Creek Highway is scarcely visible from the roads (with a developed property intervening along the latter road). And the maintained plot is only the southernmost part of this very old cemetery situated in the sandhills. Several hundred feet north of the maintained plot, beyond some greatly overgrown, brushy terrain, a battered wrought-iron fence surrounds long-abandoned graves and monuments of the Richardsons. Another such fence adjacent encloses others, and other monumented graves as recent as the 1990's spread east, west, and south for a short way from those fences in this northerly plot.

The northerly plot, which, curiously, still has a large complement of native wiregrass on the ground, is evidently the small white burying ground from which the graves of the African-American community have spread ever southward since plantation days. The presence of a few small tombstones in the thickly overgrown area next south of the old, monumented white graves and north of the maintained southerly plot suggests that graves occupy all or much of that middle area. The maintained southerly plot (nearest to Coastal Highway) serving the African-American community receives new burials every year.

A 1991 Tallahassee Democrat article covering a conflict between land development on the parcel next west and this cemetery implied that earthmoving operations had dug into eight -unmarked burial pits- as determined by an archaeologist. It said that no human remains or gravestones were unearthed, though. While saying that the parties were satisfied, the article did not specify whether the archaeologist's prescription to again cover the graves had been carried out. The bank cut made in that earthmoving is conspicuous along the west edge of the cemetery.

Historian Elizabeth Smith wrote more than once in The Magnolia Monthly that this may be one of the two or three oldest cemeteries in the County. In the July 1964 issue, she wrote of tombstones found at this site but called it Walker Cemetery. The grave and stone of Civil War veteran W.H. Walker here must have been her reason, but use of that name could confuse this site with the Walker Cemetery one mile northeast.

Name Birth Death
Comments
Anderson, Lisa
1958
1986
FHM
Andrews, Mamie B.
6 Sep 1899
20 Feb 1985
 
Bailey, William T.
1919
1991
US Air Force
Barrington, Chalotta
 
Jul 1851
Age 63 yrs
Barrington, Charles
 
May 1911
CSA; badly damaged headstone
Barrington, Eliza Ann
 
?? Dec 1851
Age 33 yrs
Barrington, Josphiene
 
 
Age 10 yrs; Our third daughter
Bird, Eller
 
1929
 
Butler, John
20 Nov 1912
18 Apr 1989
 
Butler, John Jr.
11 May 1945
18 Oct 1964
 
Butler, Sallie B.
20 Jan 1924
30 Jan 1991
 
Butler, Susie M.
28 Aug 1928
26 Nov 1970
 
Buzard, Ernest W.
1917
1983
 
Byrd, Mary J.
 
19 Jan 1851
Age 20 yrs
Chadwell, Earl S.
1952
1996
FHM
Chadwell, Paten
8 Aug 1917
15 Jun 1986
 
Champion, Reid H.
1925
1983
FHM
Coley, Liley
1916
1994
 
Comly, Joseph Reading IV
10 Aug 1954
20 Jul 1991
 
Farmer, Line?
5 Jun 1888
10(?) Sep 1989
 
Farmer, Susen
 
1916
 
Ferrell, Liller
4 Jan 1884
22 Jun 1973
 
Ferrell, Willmer
14 Sep 1929
18 Mar 1971
Florida Pvt US Army WWII Korea
Forbes, Lila Walker
1876
1961
 
Gabin, Johnnie
20 Mar 1906
15 Aug 1984
 
Gavin, A. T.
 
 
 
Gavin, Allie C.
13 Apr 1936
15 Jan 1996
 
Gavin, Frank
 
1925
 
Gavin, Hilliard
10 Mar 1855
3 Mar 1912
 
Gavin, Isaac
5 Mar 1841
9 Jul 1914
 
Gavin, J. J.
22 Nov 1872
1 Jun 1943
 
Gavin, James
21 Jul 1939
27 Jan 1970
 
Gavin, James G.
1859
26 Oct 1935
Age 76 yrs
Gavin, Jonas
5 Aug 1935
19 Apr 2004
"Boy"
Gavin, Lee V.
8 Oct 1896
9 Jan 1951
FL Pvt 552 Labor BN QMC WWI
Gavin, Lewis
 
9 Jun 1923
Age 79 yrs
Gavin, Minnie
12 Aug 1899
31 Dec 1979
 
Gavin, Patchion
1 May 1843
10 Nov 1936
 
Gavin, Rosie Lee Harvey
12 Dec 1917
14 Jun 2003
 
Gavin, Susen
 
1919
 
Gavin, Syrena
28 Jul 1855
16 Jul 1916
 
Gavin, Tom
10 Jul 1910
24 Apr 1977
 
Green, Bessie
1895
1991
 
Green, Charlie
13 Oct 1938
2 Mar 1981
 
Hall, Willie James
2 Nov 1926
12 Jun 1994
 
Harden, N. J.
4 Dec 1899
22 Oct 1923
 
Harden, Ollie J.
31 Aug 1898
9 Nov 1912
 
Harris, Evelena Harvey
28 Sep 1929
27 May 1968
 
Harvey, Annie J.
8 Apr 1889
23 Apr 1959
 
Harvey, C. K.
12 Oct 1900
26 May 1939
 
Harvey, Joseph L.
1880
7 Dec 1939
 
Jackson, Edith Dell Randolph
15 Jul 1930
20 Dec 2000
 
Jackson, Elisha
1 Oct 1931
4 Aug 2004
US Army
Jackson, George
14 Jul 1894
20 Jan 1956
Florida Pvt Co K 807 PION Inf WWI
Jackson, Handy
26 Sep 1862
18 May 1918
 
Jackson, Hattie Mae
23 Sep 1910
13 Jan 1929
 
Jackson, James E.
1891
29 Oct 1918
Florida Pvt 54th Co 13th Bn 151st Depot Brig WWI
Jackson, Joe
8 Jul 1857
1 May 1917
 
Jackson, Laura
1 Nov 1858
10 Sep 1946
 
Jackson, Letties
 
1926
Age 60 yrs
Jackson, Mallissa
21 Mar 1889
15 Dec 1956
 
Jackson, Minnie
18 May 1894
4 Aug 1934
married 1 Oct 1912
Jackson, Quatermon
22 Sep 1877
8 Aug 1933
 
Jackson, Robert Jr.
14 Sep 1925
4 Aug 2000
US Army
Jackson, William Gunn
4 Sep 1928
19 Nov 1959
 
Jannette, Georgina M.
1910
1982
 
Jenkins, Monroe Randolph
1878
1931
"Pat"
Johnson, James
 
7 Mar 1911
Age 75 yrs
Jones, Helen Catherine
13 Jun 1936
27 Jun 2001
 
Kicks, Lura E.
20 Jun 1877
2 Aug 1926
 
King, George
Jun 1909
17 Sep 1988
FHM; Age 79 yrs
Knight, Leroy
1912
1992
 
Lewis, Rev. Willie S.
2 Feb 1889
27 Jul 1956
 
Lewis, Suwannee
8 Dec 1901
25 Dec 1995
 
Massey, Ada S.
1900
1983
FHM
McBride, Rosa L.
8 Oct 1908
21 Sep 1996
 
McGrew, infant
26 Nov 1985
26 Nov 1985
 
Noble, Ernest
1907
1991
FHM
Parker, Mary L.
26 Jun 1910
31 Oct 1983
 
Pilcher, Larah
9 Jul 1897
20 Aug 1987
FHM; Age 90 yrs
Pittman, Willie R.
21 Aug 1923
3 Aug 1983
PFC US Army WWII
Price, Theresa D.
8 Nov 1952
6 Jul 2003
 
Qurtom, Ethel
14 Oct 1907
23 Dec 1939
 
Randolph, C. J.
12 Feb 1907
7 Oct 1970
"Sunny"
Randolph, Chancey L.
6 Dec 1906
21 Jan 1983
 
Randolph, Dave
 
31 Oct 1919
 
Randolph, Ida J.
29 Jun 1904
10 Aug 1983
 
Randolph, Larry J.
27 Jul 1926
20 Apr 1976
TEC5 US Army WWII; (older headstone has 27 Jul 1927)
Randolph, Laura J.
5 May 1903
14 Apr 1973
 
Randolph, Lena M. Johnson
25 Dec 1939
6 Jan 1988
 
Randolph, M?
14 Apr 1906
11 May 1954
Age 48 yrs
Randolph, Mary H. M. Gavin
26 Dec 1906
8 Mar 1989
w/o C. J. Randolph; Children: Larry, Moses, Cleathoia, Edith, Manuel, Jinnie, Clarence; (older headstone has 25 Dec 1906)
Randolph, Tom
 
 
Age 74 yrs
Randolph, William
 
1 Jun 195?
 
Richardson, ?
 
 
unnamed child of Ann R. Richardson
Richardson, ?
 
 
unnamed child of Ann R. Richardson
Richardson, ?
 
 
unnamed child of Ann R. Richardson
Richardson, ?
 
 
unnamed child of Ann R. Richardson
Richardson, Ann R.
 
21 Jan 1858
Age 31 yrs
Richardson, Col. Samuel B.
9 Jul 1791
15 Sep 1859
h/o Susan Richardson; born in South Carolina; Age 68 yrs 2 mos 6 days; Col US Army War of 1812
Richardson, Mary Chester
 
 
Age 2 yrs; d/o Ann R. Richardson
Richardson, Susan
27 Nov 1791
8 Jul 1856
w/o Samuel B. Richardson; born in South Carolina; Age 64 yrs 7 mos 19 days
Robinson, Willie
21 May 1904
5 Aug 1944
 
Rollins, Adeline
9 Dec 1869
3 Nov 1948
 
Rollins, Jasper
 
20 Oct 1918
Florida Pvt 415 Labor BN QMC WWI
Rosier, George
17 Aug 1901
25 Sep 1972
 
Samuel, Willie
3 Jul 1950
20 May 1994
 
Simmons, Lee Etta Lewis
12 Jan 1925
12 Jul 1988
 
Sims, Leola
13 Nov 1904
14 Aug 1994
 
Smith, Effie A.
13 Feb 1908
14 Apr 2000
w/o Luke Smith
Smith, Gregory Melvin
17 Jan 1965
27 Dec 1995
 
Smith, Joseph Andrew
1917
1992
S1 US Navy WWII
Smith, Lucille
1924
1999
 
Smith, Luke
31 Dec 1901
25 May 1991
h/o Effie A. Smith
Sullivan, Katie
31 Jan 1908
28 Jun 1977
 
Taylor, Florence
15 Sep 1885
26 Jul 1974
 
Taylor, Ida
1888
3 Dec 1961
 
Thomas, Bobby K.
6 May 1932
26 Oct 2001
PFC US Army Korea
Thomas, Edmond
6 Dec 1902
13 Mar 1992
 
Thomas, Fannie L.
23 Nov 1919
15 Nov 2003
 
Thomas, George W.
4 Aug 1907
1 Jan 1962
 
Thomas, Hannah J.
3 Feb 1887
28 Jan 1970
 
Thomas, Henry
2 Mar 1905
24 Jan 1960
 
Thomas, Jasper L.
25 Dec 1912
8 Jun 1993
US Army WWII; (older headstone has Jaspher L. Thomas, 25 Dec 1911)
Thomas, Queen V.
2 Apr 1913
20 Apr 2000
 
Unknown
 
 
 
Unknown
 
 
cemented bricks
Unknown
 
 
damaged
Unknown
 
 
fallen stone
Unknown
 
 
FHM
Unknown
 
 
illegible stone
Unknown
 
 
limestone rock
Unknown
 
 
limestone rock
Unknown
 
 
limestone rock
Unknown
 
 
limestone rock
Unknown
 
 
lined by low wire fence
Unknown
 
 
lined by low wire fence
Unknown
 
 
rock
Walker, James Monroe Gavin
 
 
unmarked; Pvt Co H 1st Fla Cav CSA
Walker, Josephine L.
Aug 1841
29 Aug 1912
w/o William Henry Walker; married 20 Aug 1862
Walker, William Henry
1842
1919
h/o Josephine L. Walker; married 20 Aug 1862; 2 Lieut Co I 5 Fla Inf CSA
Washington, Lincoln
14 Jun 1929
5 Apr 1957
Florida Pvt Infantry
Williams, Ann D.
13 Aug 1954
13 Aug 2005
 
Williams, Deacond John
5 Jan 1863
18 Jan 1934
Age 72 yrs
Williams, Dennis
8 Oct 1932
21 Feb 1993
 
Williams, Eliza
21 Dec 1866
16 Mar 1941
 
Williams, Sallie
26 Nov 1865
26 Nov 1943
 
Date of site report narrative - June 2002
Surveyed by members of the WCHS, October 2006
Some information taken from Register of Deceased Veterans 1940-41

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