DeShong Family settled 1840 - Jessie F, Jacob, Lewis

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DeShong Family settled 1840 - Jessie F, Jacob, Lewis

Postby Advocatemom1 » Thu Jun 09, 2016 4:55 pm

I am looking for information on my 4th great-grandfather, Jessie Franklin DeShong, brother Jessie, and their families - who settled in Gwinnett in 1840. Their father, Lewis DeShong, joined them in 1842, and brought the rest of the family. They had a large farm in Gwinnett, part of which is now DeShong Park. There are 5 family members buried somewhere on what was once the DeShong family farm. Specifically, Minerva Boyles DeShong (Jessie's first wife) died 1841-2, Jessie's toddler son, James Dickey DeShong, died 1843, Jessie's mother, Elizabeth Rhody DeShong, died 1847. Also buried with them are Jim Wallace and Basil DeShong, nephew of Jessie DeShong. I've been told, these Family members buried in the Chandler-Rice Cemetery in Stone Mountain, because the original family farm was huge, and the original homestead might be in Stone Mountain ( but can't find anyone to verify that). The 1850 Federal Census, lists him as living in Goldstones, Gwinnett, Georgia.

I am looking for these 5 family graves, and any information on the rest of the DeShong Family, who stayed on the family farm, after Jessie moved to Florida around 1860.
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Re: DeShong Family settled 1840 - Jessie F, Jacob, Lewis

Postby ghsweb » Sun Jun 19, 2016 6:54 pm

A quick look at our records shows that Elizabeth Rhody DeShong was indeed buried at CHANDLER-RICE along with four other DeShongs. The cemetery was recorded in 1983 as being at:
5304 Cumberland Drive off Deshong Road. Centerville [dist 6 / lot 40 / parcel 019 or 20]. Unfortunately, we haven't gotten to it with our current project of mapping GPS coordinates.
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Re: DeShong Family settled 1840 - Jessie F, Jacob, Lewis

Postby Advocatemom1 » Sat Jun 25, 2016 3:46 am

Oh my! How wonderful to now know where they are. I believe this is private property, correct? I would love to get permission to go there, and possibly photograph any headstones that might be there. If I had coordinates, I could update their info on "Find A Grave" and ancestry.com. Distant relatives have been searching for these 5 Graves for years! I'm so excited!!!
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Re: DeShong Family settled 1840 - Jessie F, Jacob, Lewis

Postby ghsweb » Wed Jun 29, 2016 5:22 pm

I'll answer your email here in case any others are interested.

According to our records, the four DeShongs buried there are:
Dickey 1843
Elizabeth RHODY 1847
Louis (rs) 1843
Manerva BOYLES 1841
Last burial here was c. 1909

Gwinnett County tax records show the county owns the parcel [6-40-163] and it is located between 5304 and 5296 Cumberland.
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