Wednesday, May 03, 2006

The Christmas Cemetery

Thomas Christmas marker inscription "So noble and true, struck down in prime of manhood by the hand of a ruthless murderer." He died June 6, 1875

Sarah and William Parker started the plantation in 1827 with the name Ferndale.
She died in 1851 at the age of 62. Records show she owned over 120 slaves and had almost 30,000 acres.

Camo is guarding the limestone grave markers about 3' x 6' over the graves of William and Sarah. About 20 graves are here with markers scattered through the woods.

The kids went with me and are at the only enclosed marker. The family was tied to the West family of which Cato was the governer. The Parkers had one son J.R. West
who supposedly had twin girls that married the Christmas boys (Henry and Thomas)
during the War in 1863.

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