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  Dempsey

 
DEMPSEY/GRAY FAMILY CEMETERY
ESTABLISHED 1870’S
 

HISTORY:   William and Martha Gray settled directly behind what is now the Dempsey/Gray Cemetery, about one-half mile from the present location of Plainview Baptist Church.   The Gray Family was one of first three pioneer settlers in this area.  William’s daughter Margurett Ellen Gray married George W. Dempsey on January 28, 1858.   The fifth generation of the Dempsey/Gray Family live on the land today.

Robert “Bob” Mathis was a farmworker hired by William and Martha Gray. He died suddenly and was the first person buried in what became the Dempsey/Gray Family Cemetery.  William Gray reserved one acre of land around the graveyard for a burying ground in his Last Will and Testament filed in September 1894.

LOCATION:  130 Dempsey Loop SE Adairsville, GA (Gordon County).  Turn right off Highway 53 East onto Plainview Road.  Dempsey Loop is third road on the right.  It is located on the William E. (Bill) Dempsey Farm.

There are six unmarked graves, four of which are babies and young children of the Dempsey and Gray Families.   The fifth is the child of Betty Lula and W.T. Howell.  The other one is the grave of Bob Mathis.
 

Transcribed in February, 1999 by Terry and Darlene Dempsey
 
 
SURNAMES:   DEMPSEY, GRAY, HOWELL, BAILY, DENNY AND MATHIS
 

NAME                           COMMENTS                    BIRTH DATE          DEATH DATE

Baily, Sara J.                 Daughter of George W.                   8 Jul 1866                15 Dec 1889

Dempsey, Charley R.     Died of small pox                     16 Jan 1871                 1 Feb 1873

Dempsey, Cleo Jones     Died of Cancer                        28 Jul 1884                 4 Oct 1958

Dempsey, Everett L.      “Brother”                                 9 Nov 1914              31 May 1934

Dempsey, George W.     “age 80 years”                              1835                      8 Sep 1915

Dempsey, Jack Cyrus     US Navy W.W.II                     11 Mar 1928               2 Feb 1981

Dempsey, Laura             Died of tuberculosis                   22 Aug 1873             26 Apr 1892

Dempsey, Mamie R.       90 years old                            14 Sep 1876             23 Aug 1965

Dempsey, Margurett E.   Maiden Name Gray                  10 Oct 1841             20 Mar 1923

Dempsey, Martin V.       Died of small pox                      16 Mar 1859              3 Feb 1873

Dempsey, Robert T. Jr.                                              23 Feb 1919              6 Aug 1920

Dempsey, Virgial H.                                                    8 Sep 1879             25 Sep 1879

Dempsey, Walter Allie    Died of Stroke                         20 Jul 1883               29 Jun 1953

Denny Gracey E.             Sara’s Granddaughter                  3 Jun 1924              23 Jul 1926

Denny, Gladis Ines         Sara’s Granddaughter                  9 Sep 1910             15 Dec 1910

Gray, Martha                 Maiden Name Lashley                 9 Aug 1813             21 Jul 1889

Gray, William                                                            28 Feb 1812             11 Sep 1894

Howell, Betty Lula         Daughter of Mamie                      3 Jun 1897              24 Dec 1961

Howell, W.T.                                                             23 Mar 1894             25 Jan 1949

Mathis, Bob                   Gray’s Farmworker                        1860                       1870’S

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