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Near Washington in Wilkes County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Smyrna Churchyard

 
 
Smyrna Churchyard Marker image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, October 4, 2009
1. Smyrna Churchyard Marker
Inscription.
This burying ground was laid out in 1788 when Sir John Talbot gave two acres of his vast estate for use as a Presbyterian Church and churchyard. Sir John was descended from the Earl of Shrewsbury. His own son, Matthew Talbot, served as a Superior Court judge, President of the Georgia Senate in 1811, 1817-22, and as Governor of Georgia from Oct. 24 to Nov. 5, 1819. Both are buried here.

W. H. T. Walker, Confederate General killed in the Battle of Atlanta, was a descendant of Sir John Talbot.

The Presbyterians moved to a new building in Washington in 1825.
 
Erected 1953 by Georgia Historical Commission. (Marker Number 157-7.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Georgia Historical Society/Commission marker series.
 
Location. 33° 42.895′ N, 82° 39.271′ W. Marker is near Washington, Georgia, in Wilkes County. Marker is at the intersection of South Smyrna Church Road and Lincolnton Road (U.S. 378) on South Smyrna Church Road. Click for map. From US 78 and US 378 east of Washington, Georgia, follow US 378 (Lincolnton Road) 3.5 miles to Smyrna United Methodist Church on the right. Marker stands on east side of South Smyrna Church Road. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 South Smyrna Church Road, Washington GA 30673, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
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By Brian Scott, September 13, 2015
2. Smyrna Churchyard Marker
At least 10 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Smyrna Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Smyrna Methodist Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Grant's Meeting House (approx. 2.9 miles away); Wynne-Randall (approx. 4.5 miles away); Washington-Wilkes Historical Museum (approx. 4.7 miles away); Historic Dugas Home (approx. 4.7 miles away); K.A. Wilheit House (approx. 4.7 miles away); Sims-Beggs House (approx. 4.8 miles away); Wisteria Hall (approx. 4.8 miles away); First Presbyterian Ordination in Georgia (approx. 4.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Washington.
 
More about this marker. Separate marker for the Smyrna Church is located on west side of South Smyrna Church Road.
 
Regarding Smyrna Churchyard. The Smyrna Churchyard and Smyrna Church (for which there is a separate historical marker) are located in rural Wilkes County and have been home to a Methodist congregation since around 1820. Prior to that, a Presbyterian congregation met here and began use of the churchyard behind the church as a cemetery.

After more than two centuries, the cemetery remains in use and most of it is well maintained. There are some older graves which are collapsed or otherwise deteriorated. The churchyard is
Smyrna Churchyard Marker image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 13, 2015
3. Smyrna Churchyard Marker
terraced, with a retaining wall and stairs separating the cemetery, which sits at a lower elevation, from the rest of the churchyard.
 
Also see . . .  Smyrna Churchyard - Find-a-grave. (Submitted on November 14, 2015, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
 
Additional keywords. Cemetery
 
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Smyrna Churchyard Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, October 4, 2009
4. Smyrna Churchyard Cemetery
Smyrna Churchyard Cemetery image. Click for full size.
By AGS Media, October 4, 2009
5. Smyrna Churchyard Cemetery
This section is among the oldest in the churchyard. The graves shown here date from the early 1800's.
Western (Older) Portion of Smyna Churchyard image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 13, 2015
6. Western (Older) Portion of Smyna Churchyard
Eastern (Newer) Portion of Smyna Churchyard image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 13, 2015
7. Eastern (Newer) Portion of Smyna Churchyard
G.F. Florence Plot image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 13, 2015
8. G.F. Florence Plot
Burdette Family Plot image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 13, 2015
9. Burdette Family Plot
Stone Wall Surrounding the Talbot Family Plot image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 13, 2015
10. Stone Wall Surrounding the Talbot Family Plot
Talbot Family Plot image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 13, 2015
11. Talbot Family Plot
Sir John Williston Talbot (1735-1798)<br>Col. Va. Militia, Rev. War image. Click for more information.
By Brian Scott, September 13, 2015
12. Sir John Williston Talbot (1735-1798)
Col. Va. Militia, Rev. War
Thomas Talbot (1767-1853) image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 13, 2015
13. Thomas Talbot (1767-1853)
Gov. Matthew Talbot (1795-1855) image. Click for more information.
By Brian Scott, September 13, 2015
14. Gov. Matthew Talbot (1795-1855)
While serving as a Georgia state senator (1799, 1801 - 1803, 1808 - 1822), Talbot was the President of the Georgia senate when he filled in as the governor of Georgia following the death of Governor Raburn. Talbot served as governor for less than a month. Talbot County, Georgia is named for him.
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Rev. James C. Talbot (1799-1849) image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 13, 2015
15. Rev. James C. Talbot (1799-1849)
Henry Augustus Jones, M.D. (1821-1864) image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 13, 2015
16. Henry Augustus Jones, M.D. (1821-1864)
The law of truth was in his
mouth, and iniquity was not
found in his lips; he walked
with me in peace and equity.
Mary Elizabeth Jones (1850-1852)<br>Daughter of Henry A. & Mary M. Jones image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 13, 2015
17. Mary Elizabeth Jones (1850-1852)
Daughter of Henry A. & Mary M. Jones
Fannie Bacon Jones (1852-1863)<br>Daughter of Henry A & Mary M. Jones image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 13, 2015
18. Fannie Bacon Jones (1852-1863)
Daughter of Henry A & Mary M. Jones
Henry Jones (1854-1855)<br>Son of Henry A. & Mary M. Jones image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 13, 2015
19. Henry Jones (1854-1855)
Son of Henry A. & Mary M. Jones
David Cresswell<br>Col. Continental Line, Rev. War image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 13, 2015
20. David Cresswell
Col. Continental Line, Rev. War
William Triplett (d. 1763)<br>Capt. Kees NC Co, Rev. War image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 13, 2015
21. William Triplett (d. 1763)
Capt. Kees NC Co, Rev. War
Col. William Jones<br>War of 1812 image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 13, 2015
22. Col. William Jones
War of 1812
Mary L. Talbot (1838-1849)<br>Daughter of James C. & Sarah A. Talbot image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 13, 2015
23. Mary L. Talbot (1838-1849)
Daughter of James C. & Sarah A. Talbot
John Owens Colley (1820-1852) image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 13, 2015
24. John Owens Colley (1820-1852)
Owens Colley (1851)<br>Son of John O. & Sara E. Colley image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 13, 2015
25. Owens Colley (1851)
Son of John O. & Sara E. Colley
Eliza J. Simpson (d. 1869)<br>Died in Her Sleep image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, September 13, 2015
26. Eliza J. Simpson (d. 1869)
Died in Her Sleep
 
 
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