PERSONS CEMETERY & THE HOUSE THAT JONES BUILT

FINDING THE PERSONS FAMILY CEMETERY
FIRST POSTED ON JULY 17, 2011-

I have been looking for Jones Persons' grave 
and his son Lovett Persons on line.  Then comes the day that you have to "GO THERE" to find what you're look for!! In this case - It was the Persons' Family Cemetery in Upson Co., Georgia.
Jones was born 1760, fought 
in the American Revolution for NC, 
was given several land grants of 287.5 acres 
in Georgia for his services and 
ended up dying on his plantation 
in Yatesville, Georgia in 1850. 
We met up with Grady and he took us out 
to the cemetery.  
The Persons Family Cemetery sits next 
to a two lane road, up on a 20 ft. bluff.  
You would never know it was there since 
the cars and trucks zip past the curve of the road 
and trees are now growing inside 
the cemetery and all along the road side. 
If you walked out the front entrance, 
you would tumble down the bluff to the road. 
You are not able to use the iron gate either.
Trees have grown around the metal work.  
The only head stone that is still intact is that of
Malinda Adaline Lyon Persons (1825-1908).

Malinda was probably the last person 
to be buried here. I think!  
Her husband, Lovett (1814-1862) 
had this cemetery built for his father Jones Persons. 
Assuming that Malinda had been placed next to her husband Lovett, 
we found a fallen head stone and we thought it to be Jones. 
Grady had a poker stick that he used to 
check the ground for fallen head stones. 
Directly in front of the open entrance we find something.
We didn't come with the right tools 
to dig up head stones.
My hopes were that this, would be Jones Persons.
It's was difficult to read, but it turns out to be Lovett's head stone.
I believe that Jones and his wife Diana (1775-1859) 
are buried in here - somewhere. 
I know Lovett and his wife Malinda are here.
And I feel that Lovett's older brother, 
William Pinkney (1797-1874) and his wife, are buried in this family cemetery, with several young children.
It's recorded that there was 
a pink marble head stone here.
William Pinkney went by Pinkney in all recorded documents and his plantation was next to Lovett, his younger brother.  
Such a mess!
We had to stop digging around. 

It was too hot and yellow jackets were buzzing.
We'll need to come back and scrape off the top layer
of dirt, roots and leaves this winter 
with the proper tools.  

A rock from the wall around 
the PERSONS' CEMETERY.    
This is another photo of Malinda's head stone.
It was misting all morning on Friday. 
We were under trees - 
there was no sun until late in the afternoon.
Notice the interesting light
across Malinda's stone?
YES, Malinda - You are not Forgotten! 

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THE HOUSE THAT JONES BUILT -
Posted originally on April 7, 2012

**1849 signature of Jones Persons (1760-1850)
and his son-in-law who married his daughter Martha N. Persons (1809-1889)
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  **The original signature of my 90 year old Revolutionary War Soldier Grandfather!!
WOW!!

Jones Persons (my GGG Grandfather) was born in 1760 in Granville Co., NC.  He served in Col. Elijah Clarke's Regiment during the American Revolutionary War and received a land grant that turned into extensive land holdings in ten counties in Georgia.
The 1830 US Census for Upson Co., Georgia has Jones Persons with 2 people living in his household.  This would have included Dianna his wife and their youngest son, Lovett (GG Grandfather)
who was 16 years old.
The 1840 US Census, District 588, Upson Co., Georgia has Jones and his wife living alone.  Their son Lovett is listed as living by himself next door.  
Mr. R. is now the owner and caretaker of the Old Homeplace - built by Jones Persons about 1840.
 Looking in through the front door,
the house retains the original floor plan typical of many large Southern homes.  A high ceiling with a long and wide grand hallway, served as an entry way and when first built, the hallway extended the full depth of the house with doors at either end of the house.  When the doors were opened, they allowed for cross-ventilating breezes.  On either side of the central hallway are the parlor and the bedrooms.
 
First room on the right is the formal parlor. 
This is the original stone work in the fireplace,
mantel, walls and thick pine floors.
The window casings are deep and go from the top to the bottom to allow more air and light in the room. Look at the square molding around the window with a Bullseye design at each corner.
It's difficult to see in this photo - but if you look carefully; you can see the wide wooden boards that still cover the walls for the entire
old section of the house.
This is a better picture of the Bullseye window molding and you can also see the original crown molding around the 14 foot ceiling.
Mr. R. had to replace a few of the old pine boards due to termites; but the vast majority of this is the original floor.
Notice the different molding around this bedroom window.  Mr. R. dropped the hall and the other bedroom ceilings to 10 feet, but used the original crown molding.
Every room had a fireplace. Again, notice the wide board walls and the large molding around the floor.
While renovating his home, Mr. R. found this Ambrotype or Tintype in the wall of a closet.  It has the image of a boy on a glass plate, set in a  
decorative, velvet, wooden hinged case.  
At the time, I wasn't able to identify the boy -
but after reading several records, this may be Robert S. Peurifoy/Purefoy (1844-1862). The son of Martha Neal Persons Purefoy and Stanley Purefoy.  Martha Persons Purefoy was Lovett's
older sister. Martha and Stanley's son Robert was a Private in Company E, Georgia 3rd Infantry Battalion and died in 1862.
Mr. R. was born in this house. 
 His family purchased it from the
Persons before WWI. 
He and his wife have done a beautiful job to make this into a modern home, yet keep the historical architecture and design in tact!
Thank you Mr. R. for opening up your home and allowing me to "step back into time!"

Also, Thank you Grady for knocking on Mr. R's front door and introducing me to him.
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YATESVILLE, A SMALL SOUTHERN TOWN AND THE PERSONS CEMETERY-
first posted April 9, 2012

Yatesville is a small Southern town, almost in the center of Georgia.  In the 2000 census, there were 408 people living there, 158 households and 124 families residing in the town.  The nickname of the town is the "Red Dirt City" and it's located in the eastern border of Upson County.
  Yatesville was incorporated 1896.
A padlock?
The entrance to the blue door store.
Heading east, just a ways out of Yatesville, is our small Persons Family Cemetery.  It sits off of the road and the stone wall facing the road will soon crumble down into the ditch.
This is the original gate/entrance to the front of the cemetery.  It's interesting how the tree on the right has grown over the iron metal gate.  
This is the opening in the stone wall.  If you were to walk straight out - you'd fall 10 feet down the enbankment to the road.
Story has it that the youngest son, Lovett Persons (1814-1862), had this cemetery built for his father - Jones Persons. Jones (1760-1850) was in the Revolutionary War and settled down in Upson Co. in the 1830s,
then passed in 1850.
   The place was a mess when we found the cemetery last summer.  We found Lovett's wife Malinda Lyons Persons (1825-1908), and several broken stones.
We were afraid to walk around due to the yellow jackets and snakes.
We have found Lovett and Malinda's grave.
But where was Jones? 
This cemetery and wall were built for him!
This is 2/3s of the clean-up committee last Friday!
We came prepared!
Danny brought his chain saw and weed eater. I had a broom, clippers and garden gloves.
Grady had his stone finder!
Lovett's grave.
Malinda's grave cleaned up.
Wall cleared of vines and bushes.
Back corner is now cleared.
The front corner is cleared. 
This winter we will return with rakes and hope that Grady will help us locate stones laying flat under a century of roots, dirt and leaves.

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WILL YOU BE REMEMBERED 100 YEARS FROM NOW?
posted on Feb. 18, 2013


Unless you're Ben Franklin, Kennedy, Michael Jackson or Billy Graham, more than likely - very few of us will be remembered even by our own descendants 100 years from now.
Looking inside the Persons Family Cemetery -
summer 2011
Drive down any 2-lane country road in the south and you'll see family cemeteries peppered in the open fields or headstones peeking over the wall in a clump of trees, with a thin rusty fence encircling the grave stones or a rock wall or so many times, nothing at all.  Inside, there are sunken places in the ground, headstones are broken, some tilted skyward, amid the leaves, poison ivy, thorny bushes and trees, usually in disrepair and mostly forgotten.



After the clean up in April 2012

When digging your "roots," there comes a time that you have to go to the place of your family.  We made two visits prior to this weekend to: locate the cemetery, check out the records at the local historical archives, clean up the cemetery, and now dig in the cemetery. Because of the research, I know who the cemetery was built for and names of the family members that were laid here.
Sadly, there is only one complete headstone left. The others have been broken, moved or taken.


Grady is a local historian who uses a long metal rod to find headstones that have fallen and are hidden under decades of leaves and dirt.  He found Lovett Persons' (1814-1862) flat stone this way.
Feb. 2013
Claude came out with his divining rods to help locate 
the burial spot for Jones Persons (1760-1849).
I found a written notice which says that Lovett Persons (Jones' youngest son) paid to have this rocked wall built around his Father's grave.   


We found a stone at this spot, but the stone was flat with no writing.The divining rods led us to several possible places, soft spots in the ground, but - no stone markers to let us know who was laid here.
summer 2011







The highlight for the day was finding the other half to this broken head stone. I thought it was for a child, but there were no records, family bible or census listing a name or family member.





James Persons - Nov. 13, 1855- Feb. 20, 1856
upper half - found Feb. 2013

The inscription on James headstone-
Child of Lovett & M.A. Persons
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Sleep, Loved one!  In thy Lonely bed,
Beneath the green turf, damp and chill;
For "blessed are the dead."
Whisper sweet voices, soft and still.
Feb. 2013

We found all the missing slabs for
Lovett's flat stone and pieced it together.
Now if someone visits the Persons Family Cemetery; they will find Malinda, Lovett and Sweet Baby James.
Feb. 2013
Thank you Danny, Claude and Grady for all your help on this very cold day!! Also, great appreciation goes out to the Thomaston Upson Co. Archives
(706-646-2437)
for the records that are available for anyone who has the desire and time to do the research.
If you do family research, be sure to also document where a person is buried. Go to-
You can post a photo of the person and a picture of the gravestone. You may also want to include the obituary, the names of the parents, siblings and a bio. if you do not have the obituary.
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FRONT ENTRANCE TO CEMETERY
Front entrance as found July 2011
Front entrance after clean up April 2012 and right corner of wall,
facing the road.
Front entrance after clean up June 2015.
The right side has fallen down the embankment. 
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AN UPDATE ON THE PERSONS FAMILY CEMETERY AND WHO IS BURIED HERE -
posted on June 6, 2015

FRONT RIGHT WALL & CORNER 
Front right corner, facing the road, after the April 2012 clean up.
Front right corner, facing the road, June 2015
When standing in the middle of the cemetery, this right corner wall that faces the road appears the same.  With huge trucks rumbling down the road and all the rain we get; the embankment is eroding out from under the front of the stone wall. 
June 2015
It's almost impossible to enter through the front entrance of the stone wall. There is little ground left and you have to use a small tree to hang onto, to swing yourself through the door. The right stone wall of the entrance is splitting and the entire right side from the front entrance down, 
is sliding down the hill.
June 2015

THE BACK STONE WALL
Back of stone wall on the easement.
July 2011
Back stone wall along the easement, before the clean up.
July 2011
Back stone wall along the easement, before the clean up.
July 2011
Back stone wall.
June 2015
The back stone wall of the cemetery and the easement.
June 2015
WHO IS BURIED IN THE 
PERSONS CEMETERY?
Lovett Persons had the 20' x 30' cemetery built with a stone wall for his father Jones Persons after he died in 1850, being the first person buried in this location.  It sits on the corner edge of the Persons' 300 acres about 100 yards from the family house (shown below) that Jones built in 1840 and remained in the Persons family until Malinda Lyon Persons died in 1908.
To this date, Jones' home is lived in and well maintained. 

 #1. Jones Persons (1760-1850) fought with Col. Elijah Clarke's Regiment during the American Revolution and received two land grants in Georgia for his services.  Jones was the first person to be buried here - that I know of! 
I have NOT been able to find his stone.   
James Persons (1855-1856)
#2. We found the grave stone for James Persons (1855-1856),
baby of Lovett and Malinda Persons.
#3. Jones' wife Diana Neal Persons (1775-1859) would have been the next person to be buried here since her husband was the first to be buried here and her youngest son Lovett was the executor of her estate.
Lovett Persons (1814-1862)
#4. Lovett Persons (1814-1862) died early of an illness that lingered for two months. We found the top of his grave stone in the cemetery under several inches of soil. 
#5. Lovett's older brother William Pinkney Persons (1797-1874) lived next door to Lovett. The two had many land dealings and according to an enumeration of the cemetery in the late 60s, there was part of a pink head stone still in the cemetery at that time. He went by his middle name of "Pinky" on a document I found. His grave has not been found anywhere else. 
#6. Pinky's wife, Nancy B. Freeman Persons (1804-1877) would have been buried with her husband and her grave has not been found elsewhere.
Malinda Adaline Lyon Persons (1825-1908)
#7. Lovett's wife, Malinda Adaline Lyon Persons (1825-1908) head stone is located in the cemetery and is in fairly good condition. 
Head stones found in Persons Cemetery.
2013
I feel that these are the "Persons" that are buried at this location.
There may be other children, but this number of people would have filled up the cemetery by the time Malinda Persons passed in 1908. 
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If you or anyone you know, should have information about Pinkney or Nancy's burial
or earlier photos of this cemetery, 
please contact me and let me know.
Due to the cemetery wall falling/sliding down the hill to the road and the destruction of the back wall by the upkeep of the easement, I am checking into the possibility of moving this cemetery a mile down the road, to the New Hope Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery in Yatesville.
 Jones and Malinda were among the original founders of the church as well as Malinda's parents,
James and Rachel Harrell Lyon
and siblings are buried at the New Hope PB Church Cemetery.
The Lyon's are also buried in a stone and mortared wall like the Persons and probably built by the same people.  
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