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Dodge County Historical Markers

Orphans Cemetery

  • Source: David Seibert
  • Marker: Orphans Cemetery
  • Location: Orphans Cemetery & Firetower Rds, 2 1/2 miles SW of Eastman

Orphans Cemetery

Albert G. Williamson, a Dodge County entrepreneur, donated land for a burial place in Orphans community following the death of a neighbor’s child, George P.A. Barnes, in 1887. The community was named in honor of the six orphaned Williamson brothers who moved here in 1873-74 from North Carolina. The earliest burials were children of the Thomas, Weldy, and Lashley families. Other common names in the original acre are Hardy, Manley, Steele, Stuckey, and Williamson. The statuary above their mausoleum depicts A.G. and Martha Buchan Williamson and their nephew, Jay Gould.

Erected by the Georgia Historic Society, Orphans Cemetery Association, and Dodge Historical Society