“Sarah Hanie Lindsey” (portrayed by Diane Buchheim), one of two members of the Sequoyah Chapter who will appear in costume to portray interesting women buried in that cemetery.
By Janice Sly
Member of local Daughters of American Revolution
If you live in Pickens County you have undoubtedly driven past the old city cemetery on Church Street at least a hundred or maybe even a thousand times. It’s that little historic cemetery on the right as you drive from downtown Jasper out to Hwy. 515 on Church Street (Hwy. 53 - on the opposite
side of the road from the Methodist Church). It’s where you see all those really old tombstones tipped in all directions underneath the trees. Ever wondered about the history of that graveyard? Ever wondered who is buried there? Hint: It was a cemetery for all denominations!
Over the summer, members of the Genealogical Records Committee of the Sequoyah Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, have been researching this quaint burial ground. They are now ready to share their information with you.
You are invited to a free one hour tour of the old Jasper City Cemetery on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 15, at 3 p.m. Parking will be available at the Methodist Church. Two members of the Sequoyah Chapter will appear in costume to portray two of the interesting women buried in that cemetery: Elizabeth Lenning (1800-1880) and Sarah Hanie Lindsey (1860-1905). DAR members will be stationed at various family grave sites throughout the cemetery and are prepared to give you a capsule history of these early pioneers. Some of the family surnames to be discussed include Allen, Burnett, Cowart, Gordon, King, Ledford, Lenning, Lindsey, McCutcheon, Reeves and Stephens.
You can’t read a book about the history of this cemetery because none was ever printed. Here is your chance to learn about the very early history of the community that you now live in. (Rain date Sunday, Sept. 29.)