The cemetery is located on U.S. Highway 17 in northern McIntosh County, south of Riceboro.
It serves descendants of the McIntosh family who settled Darien and McIntosh County in 1736. You won’t find Lachlan McIntosh here, but for Georgia history buffs and genealogist it provides a tangible link with one of our state’s founding families.
The McIntosh clan of coastal Georgia is lucky to have a genealogist among them. Brenda McIntosh White Rogers, pictured above, is not only well-versed in the family’s storied history but is also the custodian of the cemetery. She keeps an eye on the place from her nearby home, itself on ancestral lands of some of Georgia’s earliest settlers. I’m very grateful to her for sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm.
The text of this historic marker reads: The service of this family to America, since the first of the Clan, with their leader, Captain John McIntosh Mohr, came from the Highlands of Scotland to Georgia, in 1736, forms a brilliant record. The roll of distinguished members of this family includes: Gen. Lachlan McIntosh, Col. William McIntosh, Col. John McIntosh, Maj. Lachlan McIntosh-officers in the Revolution; Col. James L. McIntosh, killed in the Mexican War; Maria J. McIntosh, authoress; Capt. John McIntosh, Capt. Wm. McIntosh of Mallow, Capt. Roderick (Rory) McIntosh-British Army Officers Serving in the War with Spain and in the Indian Country; George M. Troup, Governor of Georgia; John McIntosh Kell, Second Officer of the Alabama; Thomas Spalding of Sapelo; Creek Indian Chiefs-General Wm. McIntosh, Roley McIntosh, Judge Alexander McIntosh, Acee Blue Eagle…and many others.
There’s also a marker for the William Bartram Trail, placed by the McIntosh Family Cemetery Association and the Oleander District of the Garden Club of Georgia, noting that Donald McIntosh gave shelter from a “tremendous thunderstorm” to the famed explorer in 1773.