The Dade County Historical Society announces its third annual Cemetery Walk, which will take place on Saturday afternoon, April 25, hour to be announced later. This year we'll feature Sarah’s Chapel Cemetery in Morganville. This cemetery was begun in the early 1840s by Joab McCollum.
Some of the families represented are: Morgan, Lea, Bennett, Dugan, Hughes, Killian, McCollum, Hale, Waddell and McCauley. Also found there are members of an early African-American family including Aunt Theny Brogdon who lived in Dade County for 85 years and died at age 103. Veterans from the Civil War, World War I and World War II are buried there and will be highlighted.
Many people are pictured in this old photo, which appeared in The Dade County Sentinel circa 1975. The original caption begins, “Since days of yore, the first Sunday in May has been the time when many gathered at Sarah’s Chapel for the annual Memorial Service.” Only two of those pictured are known to us researchers. First from the left is “Uncle” Martin Patterson who was at least 85 in this picture. He is the grandfather of Dorothy Patterson Hicks. He was also the father-in-law of the other person we identified, Ewell T. Brown. The caption notes that Ewell was present after spending a few days in the hospital in Chattanooga. Many may also recognize the fellow standing to the right of Ewell as Sheriff Allison Blevins. We would be interested to know if anyone can name others in the picture. Please join us on April 25 for a walk through this cemetery and watch for articles on the families which our Cemetery Walk will feature.
If you have interesting information or family memorabilia about persons buried in Sarah’s Chapel, please contact someone at the Historical Society so that we may scan or copy the information. Information for us or contact information can be left at the desk at the Dade County Library.
For more information see our Facebook page, Dade County Historical Society of Trenton, Georgia.
The Historical Society will hold its first business meeting of 2020 for the year on Saturday morning, Feb. 29, 2020. The meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m. and should
end by noon. We will discuss our calendar for 2020. We will also discuss our research on Sarah’s Chapel so far. We encourage anyone who is interested in the history of Dade County to become a member and join us on Saturday at the library at 10:30.
--Donna M. Street