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Pawticfaw Baptist Cemetery

Submitted by Bonnie Evans.

The following cemetery list was sent in by Jim Shotts, Joyce Tucker, Bobbie Waters and Bonnie Evans. This cemetery was recorded by McRae Limerick in March 1985. It was also recorded by Bonnie Evans on Jul 15, 2003. Printed with permission of Mr. M. Limerick and Bonnie Evans.

This cemetery is very difficult to find unless one already knows how: located in T10N, R16E, S19 of Kemper County, it can be reached from either Hwy 39 or Hwy 16. From DeKalb, on Hwy 39, go about 3 1/2 miles south of the city limits and turn right onto New Hope/Old Mt. Nebo Road. Go about 2 1/2 miles (the road has made a sharp turn to the right about mid-way) and you will see the sign indicating a dead end straight ahead and that New Hope continues by turning left. Directly across the road from New Hope a trail may or may not be visible, depending on recent mowing, but it is there. Do NOT go down this trail in wet weather unless you have a 4-wheel drive vehicle! If the weather has been dry, it is more easily accessible than it appears, with some gravel having been strewn along it. Go 1/4 mile down the trail and it ends at the cemetery.

From Hwy 16 west of DeKalb, take Sport Watkins Rd. (which is 3/4 mile west of Hwy 397) which will run 1.6 miles and dead-end onto Old Jackson Rd. Turn right onto Old Jackson and go about 1 mile, then turn left onto New Hope Rd. This portion of New Hope will dead-end into another road, which, by turning left, becomes New Hope again. When this part dead ends at about 1 1/4 mile, you will be looking across the street at the trail as described above.
The cemetery is surrounded by a beautiful, though badly rusted, old iron fence that has been shored up with rough wood posts all around. The cemetery is very clean though in very bad need of mowing, both inside the fence and out. I have seen this cemetery name spelled a number of ways, but a handmade wooden sign on the fence spells it “Pauticfau” and I hear it locally pronounced “PaTIGfa.” It is quite a historic place, the earliest birthdate on a legible tombstone being 1796 and the earliest burial date being little John B. White in 1845. The cemetery remained in current use at least through 1987.

3 large native stones rest near or against the fence at the far end of the cemetery near the White family’s graves (Eliza, Margaret, Dorset, Ann, & John B., and John W. & Louise W. Evans), the largest of which may perhaps have been engraved at one time. There are possibly as many as 26 other graves marked only with native stones, unmarked concrete or other slabs, or peculiar, heavy, rusted iron frames which could have once held wooden markers, and, of course, probably others completely unmarked.

Information is copied only as found on the tombstone itself with no assumptions of relationships (though any relationship mentioned on the stone will be noted, full text is not transcribed) and no attempt is made at interpreting abbreviations. Information found on separate military plaques will be [bracketed]. (*Name) indicates a single tombstone shared with the person named and (#Name) indicates separate but identical or very similar stones. Anything else that might clarify a detail will be added in parentheses, and a ? will indicate uncertainty of a letter or number.

Adams, I. J. Apr 1867, aged 19 years 1 M 7d
Bishop, Frank Jul 14, 1847- Aug 16, 1877, shares stone with Martha J.
Bishop, Martha J. Jul 17, 1847- Oct 6, 1905, shares stone with Frank
Davis, Infant Dec. 4, 1856 - Oct. 10 1859, Dau. of J.R. & L.H. Davis 
Davis, J. R. Dec. 31, 1825 - May 7, 1895, “Father” [SERG John R. Davis CO I 40 Miss INF CSA Dec 31, 1825-May 7, 1895 (this stone directly behind his tombstone)] (#L.H.)
Davis, L. H. Apr. 21, 1831 - Mar 15, 1885, wife of John R. Davis (#John R.)
Davis, Louisa H. Mar. 2, 1855 - July 11, 1855, dau. of J.R. & L.H. Davis (#Mary Ann)
Davis, Mary Ann Feb 5, 1851 - July 18, 1851, dau. of J.R & L. H Davis (#Louisa H.)

Davis, Thomas Jun 22, 1796 Robeson Co. NC - March 1, 1875

Evans, John W. 1821-1901, next to Louise W., with the White family graves

Evans, Louise W. 1844-1906, next to John W.

Evans, Mary Dec 22, 1845- Jul 13, 1885, Wife of J. S. Evans

Farrow, Infant Aug 6, 1919, Daughter of L. R. and M. E. Farrow
Farrow, Mamie E. Dec 24, 1880- Jan 18, 1885, Wife of L. R. Farrow
Gunn, Almedie Aug 1, 1873 - Oct 3, 1910, Wife of L. D. Gunn
Hall, John Aug 27, 1802- May 15, 1883
Hedgpeth, Henry L. Jan 15, 1873-Sep 9, 1879 (#Henry Pinkney)
Hedgpeth, Henry Pinkney Aug 8, 1833-Jan 9, 1903 (#Henry L.)
Jenkins, Mrs. Amanda Feb 26, 1827- Jan 5, 1858 (#P.L., Mrs. O.R.)
Jenkins, Elizabeth Aug 8, 1848- Apr 24, 1890
Jenkins, Elizabeth born & died Mar 1875
Jenkins, Carolyn & Darolyn born & died April 3, 1949 (next to Walter Campbell)
Jenkins, Catherleen “born & died” Jun 28, 1897 (#Paul Layfett, William K.)
Jenkins, Elizabeth Mar (no day), 1875-Mar (no day), 1875 (near W.L. & Elizabeth)
Jenkins, Elizabeth Aug 8, 1848-Apr 24, 1890 “Mother” (*W.L.)
Jenkins, Eva Ellen Sep 10, 1918-Dec 8, 1922 “Daughter of J.P & M.A. Jenkins”
Jenkins, H. Chester Jan 27, 1917-Jun 5, 1985 [Hubert C. Jenkins TEC4 US Army World War II, same dates] (#John Peyton & Mary Anice)
Jenkins, John Peyton Oct. 23, 1885 - June 27, 1975, “Daddy” (*Mary Anice, #H.Chester)
Jenkins, Mary Anice Pace Aug.8, 1893 - June 21, 1970,  “Mother” (*John Peyton, #H. Chester)

Jenkins, Mrs. O. R. Feb 12, 1833- Apr. 24, 1890 (#P.L., Mrs. Amanda)

Jenkins, Ollie Aug 18, 1876- Apr 24, 1943 (near W.L. & Elizabeth)
Jenkins, P. L. Feb 26, 1827- Oct 24, 1900
Jenkins, Paul Layfett May 5, 1896- Jun 10, 1896 (#William K., Catherleen)

Jenkins, W. L. Jan 22, 1849- Aug 16, 1923 “Father” (*Elizabeth)
Jenkins, Walter Campbell Feb 16, 1943- Nov 30, 1943, “Infant son of Walter L. Jenkins” (next to Carolyn & Darolyn)
Jenkins, Walter Lee Jul 2, 1920-Dec 17, 1984 [Walter L. Jenkins PFC US Army World War II, same dates]
Jenkins, William Kynard born & died Sep 5, 1893 (#Paul Layfett, Catherleen)
Jones, Baby G. Dec. 24, 1912- Mar 31, 1916, Son of S. K. and B. L. Jones
Jones, George G. Oct 17, 1874- Mar 24, 1921
Jones, Infant Jul 12, 1900- Jul 19, 1900, Infant of George and Nannie Jones
Jones, Infant born & died Jul 3, 1915, Dau. of S. K. and B. L. Jones

**McKay, J. Elizabeth Watkins 1884-1916, Daughter of C. H. & Josephine Watkins

**McKay, Minnie L. Watkins Sep 8, 1873- Mar 28, 1958, Daughter of C. H. & Josephine Watkins

**McKay, William W. 1878-1954, Married to both daughters of C. H. & Josephine Watkins
**McKay, William W. Jr. Mar. 30,1915 - May 10, 1917 , son of W W & Elizabeth
Nicholson, A. G. died Jun 2, 1862, Native of Richmond NC, aged 52 yrs. 4 mo. 23 days
Pace, Eva Ellen Sept 10 1918 - Dec. 8, 1922, dau. of J P & M A Jenkins

Pollock, Eugene Aug 7, 1860- Oct 27, 1899
Pollock, George A. Sep 28, 1816 - Apr 9, 1861
Pollock, Jane E. Sep 20, 1854 - Oct 27, 1861, Dau. of G. A. & Mary E. Pollock
Pollock, Lemuel B. June 22, 1838- Nov 5, 1926
Pollock, Mary E. Mar 1, 1821 - Jan 15, 1895
Rogers, Margaret Oct 5, 1835 - Jan 8, 1886, Our Mother (#Cornelius, Sarah, Henry, & Martha Smith) “Here she is sleeping in peace,
And around her loved and honored grave
We the severed household band may come,
And seem to hear those blessed tones
That made the music of our home,
The faded form, the silent shroud
These, these were all we gave the tomb
She watches o’er us while she wears
The freshness of immortal bloom.”

**Sharp, Annie S. Gurley Feb 6, 1853- Jul 30, 1942, Wife of Hugh Clemmons Sharp

*Shotts, Claudia Estelle Feb 15, 1901- Dec 12, 1957
*Shotts, David H. Nov 3, 1842- Dec 7, 1921 “Father” (*Mary A.E.)
Shotts, Ella R. July 26, 1865- Mar 25, 1911, Wife of R.D. Shotts
Shotts, Glenda M. Mar 29, 1889- Aug 26, 1899, Daughter of R.D & E.R. Shotts
*Shotts, Henry Allen Nov 13, 1873- Mar 16, 1943
*Shotts, Lydia Irene (Jones) Jan 6, 1872- Apr 16, 1942, Wife of Henry A. Shotts
*Shotts, Mary A. E. Dec 23, 1846- Apr 6, 1922 “Mother” (*David H.)
*Shotts, Mary Gertrude Nov 18, 1895-Dec 27, 1897
Shotts, Mattie E. June 16, 1884- July 20, 1885, Daughter of R.D. & E. R. Shotts
*Shotts, Myrtle Irene Feb 5, 1904- July 8, 1914, Daughter of H. A. & L. I. Shotts
Shotts, R. D. Sep 17, 1850- July 19, 1913, Husband of E.R. Shotts
*Shotts, William D. Nov 7, 1898- Oct 27, 1900, Son of H. A. & L. I. Shotts

Skinner, E. L. Feb 10, 1838- Sep 8, 1883, "Father" (*Lucy)

Skinner, Lucy Mar 20, 1838- Dec 23, 1888, "Mother" (*E.L.)

Smith, Cornelius A. Oct 24, 1848- Jan 31, 1880, "Our Brother" (#Sarah, Henry B., Martha Smith, and Margaret Rogers)

Smith, Dudley McWorth Jul 22, 1872- Jun 28, 1952 “Father” (*Mittie Arillis)
Smith, Henry B. Dec 24, 1809- Mar 28, 1874, "Our Father" (#Cornelius, Sarah, Martha Smith, & Margaret Rogers)

Smith, John W. Nov 7, 1839- Mar 30, 1926, Pvt. CSA, Co I, 24th MS Inf.

Smith, Martha E. Dec 11, 1853- Jan 29, 1866, "Our Sister" (#Cornelius, Sarah, Henry Smith, & Margaret Rogers)
Smith, Martin M. Oct 21, 1842- July 21, 1862, "Our Brother"

Smith, Mattie May 6, 1841- Jul 13, 1908
Smith, Mittie Arillis Sharp July 16, 1879- Sep 19, 1952, "Mother" (*Dudley McW.)

Smith, R. L. Jul 4, 1866- Feb 28, 1936

Smith, Sara Nov 22, 1816- Jan 12, 1889, Wife of H. B. Smith (#Cornelius, Henry B., Martha E. Smith, and Margaret Rogers)

Swearengin

Swearingen, Judson Aug 9, 1880- Aug 10, 1881, Son of J. M. & M. R. Swearingen
Swearingen, Mamie E. Dec 16, 1875- Nov 18, 1902, Wife of E. M. Swearingen
Waddell, Mrs. B. L. 1893-1928, wife of B. L. Waddell
Waddell, Infant Nov 3, 1914, Daughter of R A & S A Waddell (see Sallie)
Waddell, Infant b & d Dec 25, 1886, Daughter of R. A. & S. A. Waddell
Waddell, Infant Nov. 3, 1914, Daughter of R A & Sallie Waddell 
Waddell, Mabel Aug. 17, 1900 - Oct 22, 1918, dau of R A & S A Waddell (see Sallie Waddell)
Waddell, Mary Alma Feb 16, 1892 - Mar. 22, 1900, dau. of R A & S A Waddell
Waddell, R. A. Feb 24, 1865 - March 13, 1950, Father (next to Sallie)
Waddell, Rachel Eula Sep 21, 1893 - Dec. 3, 1900 , dau of R A & S A Waddell
Waddell, Sallie A. March 22, 1870 - Dec. 1, 1914 , wife of R A Waddell (next to R.A.; note that 2 of the childrens’ inscriptions are repeated on the sides of Sallie’s stone, Mabel & Infant Daughter 1914, with the Infant’s dates repeated as separate birth & death dates)
**Watkins, Charles H. Oct 30, 1842- Dec 2, 1917[CO I 24 MISS. INF. C.S.A.]
**Watkins, Ethel Ann July 28, 1890 - July30 1981
Watkins, Josephine Aug 2, 1851- Oct 10, 1891
**Watkins, Mattie/Hattie? Marion Dec 10, 1882- Jun 17, 1883, Daughter of C. H. & Josephine Watkins
White, Ann 1807-1863
White, Dorsey/Dorset 1807-1878
White, Eliza 1839-1908
White, J. M. Jr. b & d Aug 18, 1898, son of J. M. & Gundy White
White, John B. 1840-1845

White, Margaret 1832-1911
White, Zelma Lee Feb 25, 1894 - Jul 15, 1907, dau of J. M. & Gundy White
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*These graves all within a long curb-enclosed plot #1.
**These graves all within a long curb-enclosed plot #2.

 

 

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