Unmarked Slave Graves in Old Mason Family Cemetery in Georgia

The Rev. Skip Mason was in his office at Morehouse College in Atlanta last year when he received an e-mail containing a shocking discovery and a link to the past.

The Georgia Department of Transportation had discovered a cemetery of unmarked graves, possibly the final resting place of several of Mason’s slave ancestors, during preparations to extend Sardis Church Road in south Bibb County to Ga. 247 south of the Middle Georgia Regional Airport.

It was a shock and a wonderful discovery,” said Mason, vice president of student services and an archivist at Morehouse.

Mason said he believes his great-great-great-great-grandparents and great-great-great-great-great-grandparents, slaves who worked in the cotton fields and performed housework, are buried in the cemetery.
Sara Gale, a DOT archaeologist working on the project, said a preliminary investigation has revealed eight people are buried in the small cemetery located off Avondale Mill Road near the airport.

Read the full article about this unmarked cemetery in the April 10, 2009 edition of Macon.com.

Author: Leland Meitzler

Leland K. Meitzler founded Heritage Quest in 1985, and has worked as Managing Editor of both Heritage Quest Magazine and The Genealogical Helper. He currently operates Family Roots Publishing Company (www.FamilyRootsPublishing.com), writes daily at GenealogyBlog.com, writes the weekly Genealogy Newsline, conducts the annual Salt Lake Christmas Tour to the Family History Library, and speaks nationally, having given over 2000 lectures since 1983.

5 thoughts on “Unmarked Slave Graves in Old Mason Family Cemetery in Georgia”

  1. I am looking into my gr grandmother Rosetta Coffee’s relation to the Mason family, her mother was a Mason, her father was from SC and passed away when she was 2 yrs old, her mother died when she was 5 yrs old and she was raised by Mr Mason and his wife until he died and her stepmother and step aunt took over her care until she married Newton Cearley in SC I hope that I am on the right track to this group of Masons. Thanks.

  2. I too am looking for relatives that belongs to a Mason family. I’m not sure if it’s the same family becasue I have limited knowlede of my great grandmother family. She was born Annie Mason with a brother name John Mason. She lived in Coolidge or Moultrie Ga between 1900 and 1929. She married James Daniels and they had 5 children before she died at an early age. If anyone has information relating my family, please email me. Thanks

  3. Newton Cearley * Compact Disc #139 Pin #2324039 Pedigree
    Sex: M
    Birth: 1829
    ,Wilkes,North Carolina,USA
    Death: Nov 1905
    Father: George Cearley * Disc #139 Pin #2324014
    Mother: Mary (Polly) Lowdermilk * Disc #139 Pin #2324015
    Spouse: Rebecca Walker * Disc #139 Pin #2324040
    Marriage: abt 1850
    Spouse: Rosetta Coffee Disc #139 Pin #2324129
    Marriage: 1890
    Spouse: Martha Thompson or Thomas Disc #139 Pin #2324130
    Marriage: 22 Nov 1866
    Notes and Sources
    Notes: None
    Sources: Available on CD-ROM Disc# 139
    Frances Asher CEARELY
    118 Chestnut Court Slidell Louisiana 70458

  4. Hi there Rev.Skip Mason I currently reside on athens georgia, my great grandfathers name is William Mason. I have little knowledge on the family history more specifically the men of the family. I wonder if our family tree somehow connects.

    Quincy Bell

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