Paupers Cemetery

     

Visited on February 18, 2001, by Vickie Stevens and Rachele Dunlap.

Located at the corner of US 319 South and Capitol Circle, on a dirt road with no markers and no signs. This cemetery has been called The Jail Cemetery and the Paupers Cemetery. It contains the burials of John Does and Jane Does, the children from a now closed institution called SunnyLand, a home for the mentally ill and "mentally retarded", and the "paupers".

Its fenced in with a locked gate and no signs of recent visitation. This cemetery is about 4 or 5 acres and the graves sections are spilt with older graves in the back. Graves from the 1960s are in the front and several other sections with only one marker as Section C. There is a small red building that I believe houses a water pump and well. The grounds are mostly sand and brush. There is no landscaping and little maintenance. Outside the entrance there are piles of concrete blocks and brick from a building that was destroyed and a large pile of old empty flower pots that look as if they were all gathered and dumped. There are some flowers growing up through the pile. Also piles of old fencing and other trash that is right in front of the entrance. One side of the fence is torn down and this where we entered the cemetery.

All the graves are laid side by side with little space in between. Only about 4 graves have actual head stones and the others that are named have only funeral home plates to identify the people buried.

There are at least 50 graves with small metal poles marking them and a number plate about 5x5 inches on the pole. The numbers are not in order and I could figure no pattern. In the back of the cemetery there are about 200 graves marked with concrete poles about 4x4 inches and about 1 foot tall. These also have only a number on them and appear to start at 1 up through the 200s. Again they are not numbered in any order and appear to be old since some have large trees growing up through the graves. One section of this area has a 70 or 80 foot pine tree laying across some of the markers and it appears to have been there for quite a while. As we approached one of the numbered graves a rabbit came running out from an old gopher turtle hole right against the markers where it appears hes made his home. These are the paupers graves.

Toward the front there are 4 recent graves that are high mounds of dirt with metal poles but no numbers, 2 of these graves are small and I assume belong to children.

The front graves are the graves of the children and young adults from the institution. These have the funeral name plates and we had to brush away the dirt and leaves that had built up in order to read them. There are no family plots and none of the people buried there with name plates appear to have been related to one another. Leon County owns and maintains this Cemetery.

Emmett Goodman
1917-1975
(This grave has a head marker made of several pieces of 2x4s placed together and his name carved into the wood.)
Wilfred Harry Schulte
5/5/1932-12/24/1995
US NAVY KOREA
(This is the only grave with an upright head maker )
Lee Collins
5/28/1927-9/17/1995

Thomas Parks
12/9/1916-9/14/1994
Emory Robert Ward Jr
US ARMY WWII
1/28/1928-3/12/1994
(This grave has a ground plate head stone)
? Sol Baker
?/28/1931-3/12/1994

Anthony A Renard
1955-1967

John Bywater
1958-1967

?ard McCorvy
?-1968

William F Card
1957-1968

Susan Aycock
1967-1968

Jerlyenn Mortele
1951-1969

Robert E Tillotson
1912-1969

??
1908-1969

Dorothy Alice Munde
1916-1969

Paul Mueller
1969-1969

? Shell
1968-1970

Gary M Schimmelman
1956-1971

William Jesse McDaniel
1906-1971

Ray Ingram
1908-1971

Steve Towens
1949-1971

Carl ???sm
1954-19?

Wanda Kay Steele
1959-1972

Maude M Bridgewater
1888-1972

Laura Inez Paladino
1960-1972

Ya??? L Herminez
1972-1975

? F ?ulwood
1909-1974

Emma Willis
1975-1974

? Douglas
1917-1974

Clara White
1907-1974

Scott Sheffield
Aug-September

Van Stewart
1952-1976

Grady G A?
1933-?

Charles Bushong
1915-1977

Jamie Edenfield
1977-1978

Glenda Cameron
1953-1978

John S Manning
1977-1978

Gregory McMann
1970-1979

Sandra Powell
1970-1987

? Nostrand
1971-1986

Tara Monfort
10/4/1974-7/11/1985

Ernest Rivera
8/14/1960-?/1982

unknown
age 34, born in 1954

Heather Nelson
1981-1981

Sandra Y Whitting
1963-1980

Ronald Grigger
1958-1980

Thomas Martin
1/31/1936-7/14/1998
age 62

Crumpton
1948-1970

Sentrilla Newsome
1963-1969
(This grave has a ground plate head stone)

Robert Holland
1939-1970

? Eubanks
1968-1969

Wanda Fay Murray
1967-1968

Vincent R Glover
1958-1968

David Davenport
1952-1967

Hampton Birks
1954-1967

Ellen Williams
1969-1970

 

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