ZELLNER CEMETERY, FORSYTH, GEORGIA

FINDING ZELLNER'S FAMILY CEMETERY
in Forsyth, Georgia
posted on April 11, 2012

We found the Zellner Family Cemetery due south
of Forsyth, Georgia, out Montpelier Rd.
The barn is at the bend in the road,
next to Abernathy Lake.
I was able to see the sign from the road and 
able to pull off the road, up to the gate.
Bad picture - but still legible.
The cemetery is in bad shape!!
It sits in a cow pasture and it's true -
"the grass IS greener on the
other side of the fence." 
There is the 1. original iron fence,
2. a chain link fence,
3. bob wire and
4. a new electric fence! 
Sadly, the damage has already
been done by the cows; 
many of the stones have been
knocked over and broken.
  I didn't have on my boots; but
we had tried to find this cemetery last year, 
 I had to go in --- very carefully!!
 My biggest fear were the snakes. 
A child's grave with seashells on top.
Maybe,
after marking the Persons Cemetery,
we'll clean up the Zellners.
Only time will tell. 
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BARNS, COWS & SEA SHELL GRAVES
first posted on Feb. 19, 2013

Past posts discussed finding family cemeteries in open fields and in a clump of trees;
I forgot to mention in open fields, in a clump
of trees AND surrounded by cows, too.
If you look closely off in the distance,
under the trees, there is a little white sign!
That's where Danny and I want to go!!
To the Zellner Family Cemetery.
Shooooo Cow!  Shoooooo Cow!!
This Black Cow stood her ground and was the last
to leave so we could get over to the fence.
Electric Fence!
 Found the side was not electrified and climbed over rusty original fence, chain link fence and bob wire.
Rebecca Holmes Zellner, 1803-1875
 Found my 3rd Great Grandmother and
to the right- Andrew Zellner, 1798-1892
3rd Great Grandfather laying next to her.
I photographed all the headstones,
though most were almost smooth
from the elements and illegible.
Zellner's childrens graves - covered with sea shells
What a wonderful way to protect your children - cover them with seashells enbedded
within the concrete on top of the grave.
No headstone - no name - no dates. 
The brittle sea shells have chipped off of most of the concrete shaped shells;
but you can see the shape of the shell and the ripples
of the shell which formed the concrete.
(double click on the photo above to enlarge it)
 The sea shells are only on children's graves. I have read that this custom seems to be a Southern custom found between the 1800s to the 1900s from SC to Texas and quite often in Louisiana.  Some felt it was used by Black Slaves and others commented that it was found in the White cemeteries equally as much.
I had to photograph the "back side of the barn" as we were leaving
and the Black Cow I shooed off,
was the first to return to her turf!
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