High Bluff Primitive Baptist Church, Schlatterville

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Originating on a high bluff of the Satilla River near Raybon in 1819, this congregation is one of the oldest and most historic in Brantley County. Mrs. Martha Mizell Puckett’s history of the church highlights much more information. There is no consensus as to why these early settlers left Raybon, but Judge Folks Huxford, South Georgia’s best-known genealogist, suggested they came to the Schlatterville area around 1822 to escape a cholera outbreak.

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For a time, the congregation was known as Big Creek, but restored the name of High Bluff Church between 1878-80.

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Still active, High Bluff is the largest congregation in the Alabaha Primitive Baptist Church Association.

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Seat cushions and funeral home fans are the only “modern conveniences” to be found at High Bluff.

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What moved me the most at this location was the magnificent cemetery, one of the largest in the area and the final resting place of many pioneers of South Georgia. I think of it as a sort of rural Bonaventure and could spend countless hours wandering its historic lots. A comprehensive guide to interments has been compiled for researchers and those with an interest in locating ancestors.

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In a lot near the front of the church can be found the burial place of Lydia A. Stone, who was known as the Queen of the Okefenokee for her vast land holdings and business successes. Also buried here is her first husband, D. G. Stone (19 October 1878 – 18 August 1926), her second husband and heir, John Melton Crews (17 August 1906 – 7 January 1970), as well as his second wife, Kissie (8 September 1913 – 15 November 1947), and Mrs. Stone’s parents.

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Adjacent to the Stone plot are two picketed enclosures retaining what appears to be the original woodwork, quite a rarity in the coastal climate of Brantley County.

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This headstone, placed by the Sons of the American Revolution,  is of great significance to genealogists and students of the American Revolution for its connection to General Francis Marion, better known as the Swamp Fox.

historic high bluff primitive baptist church cemetery circus headstone photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2013Daniel F. Gill, Sr. (15 September 1905 – 18 December 1981)

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8 responses to “High Bluff Primitive Baptist Church, Schlatterville

  1. Henry W. Jones, II

    My Great Grand Pa James P Jones is buried out behind the church next to an old Cedar Tree

  2. Kevin Mercer

    Many of my Mercer ancestors are buried at High Bluff going back before the War. It is a beautiful and sacred place and I try to visit it as often as I can when traveling near the area. Thanks for highlighting some of the special folks resting there. Lydia was something else! A pioneer for her time in every sense of the word. Thanks and cheers! Kevin Mercer

  3. AMY COLLIER

    Glad I found this. My great grandparents are buried here

  4. Jackie King

    My husband’s great-grandparents are buried at High Bluff. They are some of the Lees buried at High Bluff.

  5. Patricia Mann

    P.S. Sand Hill Baptist Church was in Racepond, GA. Patricia Mann

    On Mon, Oct 21, 2013 at 10:20 AM, Patricia Mann wrote:

    > Good Morning, I find your pictures of the old South interesting and I am > saving them for the future. While you are in the area of Charlton County > could you take a picture of the Sand Hill Baptist Church? I think it is on > Hwy 301. I am told that my Great Great Grandfather was the founder of that > church. I don’t know his name because I think it was on my Grandmother’s > side. I am a Carter and the cemetery there has a lot of Carter’s in it. The > primitive church shown today looked like the one my Dad showed me that was > the family church but I don’t know the name of that one either but it > probably was in Charlton County also and has a lot of Carter’s in the > cemetery. I Have heard stories from my father about the Queen of the > Okefenokee. I have lost touch with my father’s relatives over the years and > don’t know how to reach them. > Thanks > Patricia (Carter) Mann > > > On Mon, Oct 21, 2013 at 9:09 AM, Vanishing South Georgia Photographs by

  6. Patricia Mann

    Good Morning, I find your pictures of the old South interesting and I am saving them for the future. While you are in the area of Charlton County could you take a picture of the Sand Hill Baptist Church? I think it is on Hwy 301. I am told that my Great Great Grandfather was the founder of that church. I don’t know his name because I think it was on my Grandmother’s side. I am a Carter and the cemetery there has a lot of Carter’s in it. The primitive church shown today looked like the one my Dad showed me that was the family church but I don’t know the name of that one either but it probably was in Charlton County also and has a lot of Carter’s in the cemetery. I Have heard stories from my father about the Queen of the Okefenokee. I have lost touch with my father’s relatives over the years and don’t know how to reach them. Thanks Patricia (Carter) Mann

    On Mon, Oct 21, 2013 at 9:09 AM, Vanishing South Georgia Photographs by

  7. All of the Brantley Co churches you shared this past week are quite similar in style.

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