End-of-Life Choices and 19th Century North Georgia Cemeteries

Author(s): L. Meghan Dennis

Year: 2015


In 1835, Carmel Baptist Church was established in the rural town of BrickStore, Georgia. Though not a large settlement by modern standards, Carmel drew from a dense population and was located in a built-up and developed area. Only 16 years later, the church combined with another congregation and instead of staying in BrickStore, the new Carmel Baptist Church was moved outside of the settled zone and into an unpopulated area marked only by the junction of two country roads.  The cemetery established at the site became a locus for local internments.

An examination of Carmel Cemetery in comparison to other local cemeteries, both group and family, shows that the choice of burial site was not as simple as closest geographic location. By looking at these patterns, conclusions can be drawn about family life and end of life choices in the late 19th and early 20th century rural North Georgia.

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End-of-Life Choices and 19th Century North Georgia Cemeteries. L. Meghan Dennis. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Seattle, Washington. 2015 ( tDAR id: 434078)

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