Cemetery InventoryAn in-depth inventory was produced and published in 1993 by Eglin Air Force Base in an effort to preserve the heritage of the area. Those involved in the project studied all available materials of known sites and plotted them on existing maps. They then visited and photographed them, making detailed comments on the conditions and the inscriptions on the stones. It appears interviews were conducted with some local residents as well.
We are grateful for the opportunity to publish this for genealogists around the world to use in their own research. The original documents are copyrighted and permission must be obtained from Eglin, in order to use them for purposes other than for their own personal research. Also, please bear in mind that these cemeteries are on Federal property and should be treated as such. Permission must be obtained before entering any part of the reservation. If you have knowledge of any of the sites that you might share with officials in charge of this project, please contact: Mark Stanley - (850) 882-8454, ext. 208.
The complete inventory, with the procedures and documents used, may be viewed at many area libraries. I know Valparaiso has one as I have seen it, myself. It is beautifully written and well documented. Discussion of trends in burial and marking, as well as general history comments are included. If you have a chance to read it, you really should do so. Among the references listed are land deeds and National Forest land acquisition records.
It is suggested that you look at the entire survey if you have any questions. Families were encouraged to move their dead and in many cases they did so. If you do not find burials listed that you think should be, please consult the other published cemetery records for the area. Also, one should note there were many instances of folks not marking their graves, or of using a wooden marker, which deteriorated over time.
All but two Cemeteries (Brown & Burial Plot #2) have been fenced. In some cases there were only signs indicating a cemetery existed at a site, in others the sign was removed some distance from the cemetery, and in one (Bolton), the sign indicated a different name than that recorded in legal documents.
I have tried to type the inscriptions as the inventory lists them, though I did not type in all upper case as they did. I arbitrarily included a note or two as well.
The cemeteries in Okaloosa County were enumerated in "Okaloosa County Florida Cemeteries" by the Genealogical Society of Okaloosa County, Vol III. Those are Sites #5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 12, 14, 15, 16, 20, 23, 25, 26, and 28. Some were not found and some included the information provided by the AFB.
Map of the 28 reported cemeteries (by permission of Duke Vickery, author):
Key for the above map:
1. Land - T1N, R27W, Sec. 34 NW 1/4 - Cemetery recorded 1982 2. Flowers Field - No Cemetery at reported location. Suspected location is #3 3. Broxson - T1N, R26W, Sec. 21 NW1/4 - Recorded 1982 4. Faulk - T1n, R26W, Sec. 1 SE 1/4 NW 1/4 NE 1/4 - Recorded 1983 5. Metts - T1N, R25W Sec. 28 SW 1/4 SE 1/4 - 1983, Reported destroyed 6. Carr - T2N, R24W Sec. 16 NW 1/4 SE1/4 NW 1/4 - Recorded 1982 7. Cox - T2N, R24W, Sec. 8 NW 1/4 SW 1/4 - Recorded 1982 8. Mossy Head - T3N, R21W Sec. 22 SE 1/4 - Recorded 1982; Still in use. 9. New Home (White)- T1N, R20W Sec. 1 NW 1/4 SE 1/4 - Recorded 1982 10. New Home (Black) - T1, R20W, Sec. 11 NW 1/4 NE 1/4 NE 1/4 - 1982, no graves found, but 29 were reported from an earlier listing 11. Unamed - T1N, R19W, Sec 9 SW 1/4 - Not located 12. Alaqua - T1N R20W Sec. 26 NE 1/4 - Access restricted, No information. 13. Gidden (Hewas) - T1S R20W Sec. 4 SE 1/4 - 1973 Hist. Soc. of Okaloosa & Walton Cos. noted 7 graves. New Grave noted. 14. Brown - T1s, R20W, Sec. 9 SW 1/4 - Recorded 1983 15. Negro - T1S, R20W, Sec. 9 SW 1/4 - Not located 16. Black Oak - T1S, R20W, Sec. 7 SE 1/4 NW 1/4 - Recorded 1982; Still in use. 17. Padgett - T1N, R21W, Sec. 16 SW 1/4 NE 1/4 SE 1/4- Recorded 1983 (Sign reads "Bolton) 18. Carson Still (Black?) - T1N, R21W, Sec. 33 NW 1/4 - 8 graves reported, none found 20. Burial Plot #1 - T1S, R22W, Sec. 15 NW 1/4 - Off Eglin 21. Erwin -T1N, R23W, Sec. 25 SW 1/4 - Recorded 1982; still in use 22. Burial Plot #2 - T1S, R24W, Sec. 27 SW 1/4 - Recorded 1983 23. Burial Plot #3 - T1S, R24W, Sec. 14 - Not located 24. Davis - T1S, R23W, Sec. 30 NE 1/4 - Recorded 1982 25. Unamed - Not located 26. Unamed - T2S, R25W, Sec.13 NW 1/4 - Sign located, no plots found 27. Hatcher - Restricted area, not found Unamed - T2N, R25W, Sec. 25 NE 1/4 - Recorded 1984, 5 graves found, no inscriptions.
#19 also was not found
Thanks are due to Doctor Newell Wright and his assistant Sandy Nelson of Eglin's Cultural Resources for supplying the inventory, Duke Vickery for providing the wonderful map, and the U.S. Air Force for their kindness in allowing us to share this with the descendants of those buried on the reserve.
Any corrections or questions may be addressed to the author Mary Ellen Wexler, © Copyright, April 1, 1999
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