“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Atlanta in Fulton County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)

Montgomery Cemetery

Montgomery Cemetery Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, February 18, 2005
1. Montgomery Cemetery Marker
Inscription. On the rise above this marker is the family cemetery of Major J. M. C Montgomery (1770-1842) probably the first white man to settle permanently in what is now Fulton County. A soldier in the War of 1812, Montgomery served under Lt. George R. Gilmer (later Congressman and Governor of Georgia) during 1813-14 at Fort Gilmer, at the Standing Peachtree, adjacent to the mouth of Peachtree Creek.

Settling here about l82O, he acquired farm lands on both sides of the Chattahoochee River, those on the west bank lying in what was still the Cherokee Nation. In addition to his activities as a solder and farmer, Montgomery served subsequently as Justice of the Peace, Postmaster, Census Taker, Presbyterian Church Trustee, Tax Collector, Tax Receiver, Sheriff, Indian Agent and Legislator. On Dec. 25, 1837, he was authorized to establish a ferry across the Chattahoochee River at the Standing Peachtree (Bolton). Montgomery’s (later DeFoor’s) Ferry at the site of the Seaboard Air Line RR Bridge became a “noted crossing place over the Chattahoochee” and the name persists in Montgomery Ferry Drive in Atlanta. The Montgomery family cemetery is one of the oldest authentic landmarks in this area.
Erected 1961 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 060-190.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
Location. 33° 49.161′ N, 84° 27.102′ W. Marker is in Atlanta, Georgia, in Fulton County. Marker is on Marietta Boulevard NW ¼ mile south of Bolton Road NW, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. The marker is located in heavy brush and trees well off the roadway, adjacent to a building (currently a restaurant). It can be very difficult to see (and even more difficult to reach). Marker is in this post office area: Atlanta GA 30318, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Montgomery-DeFoor House Site (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line but has been reported missing); Johnston’s Army Crossed the River (approx. half a mile away); Standing Peach Tree (approx. 0.6 miles away); Fort Peach Tree (approx. 0.6 miles away); Montgomery's Ferry (approx. 0.6 miles away); Casey's Hill (approx. 0.7 miles away); Battle at Moore’s Mill (approx. 0.7 miles away); Moore's Mill (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Atlanta.
Additional keywords. Ferries
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesNative AmericansSettlements & Settlers
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 957 times since then and 31 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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