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Georgia State Penitentiary at Milledgeville
Description: Also called the "Old State Prison"
Location: From the Baldwin County Courthouse, go west on Hancock Street for 2 blocks or 0.2 mile (or the one large block containing Georgia College & State Univ.). Turn right on Clarke Street. Go one large block or 0.2 mile. Turn left onto Highway 22 west (Montgomery St.). Go 2.4 miles. Turn right on Highway 212. Go 0.9 mile. Turn left on Meeks (a dirt road). Go 0.4 mile in a straight line to where a residence is on the left and the road appears to end. Take the woods road straight ahead for 0.1 mile. A field road to your right for 100 feet leads to the cemetery. The cemetery will be on your right and left and in front of you under the power line easement and is on the top of a ridge. Markers are flat metal plates that are the size of license plates and have grave numbers on them.

GPS coordinates: 33 06' 14.7" N 83 17' 08.3" W
or in degrees only form: 33.10408 N X 83.28564 W
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GMD: 318
Cemetery Status: Inactive
Predominant race: Both Black and White
Historical Background From 1817 to 1874, the State Penitentiary was located in Milledgeville on the grounds of what is now Georgia College & State University. Some of the prison inmates were buried in Milledgeville's Memory Hill Cemetery (known at that time as the City Cemetery). Starting in the early 1870's, Georgia's prisoners were leased out to contractors and the prison in Milledgeville was closed. This leasing system continued until 1912. In 1911, the prison farm that was located on Highway 22 West of Milledgeville opened. The men's' building, which housed up to 600 inmates, was still standing just west of Walter B. Williams Park in 1999. The women's building had been on the south side of Highway 22. It was torn down in the 1940's. The Old State Prison, as it came to be called, operated from 1911 until 1937. Included among the inmates was the famous stagecoach and train robber, Bill Miner, who died in the prison in 1913 and was buried in Memory Hill Cemetery, and Leo Frank, who was abducted from the prison in 1915 and later lynched near Marietta after being wrongly convicted of murdering a fourteen-year-old girl. Georgia's first electric chair was in the Old State Prison on Highway 22. It was built in 1924 by George Edward Barnes of Milledgeville. The first execution in the chair occurred on September 13, 1924, and was 22-year-old Howard Hinton of DeKalb County, whose burial place is unknown. One of the youngest persons executed in Georgia, 16-year-old Eddie Marsh, was put to death February 9, 1932, for the murder of a Dougherty County pecan grower and is buried in an unmarked grave in this cemetery. By the time the prison closed in 1937, after being moved to Reidsville, 162 convicts had been executed in the chair. The electric chair is now on display at the Reidsville facility. There are no markers with names in this cemetery. Those graves that are marked have only numbers on metal license plates.
List of Graves
Pers. No.NameBirthDeathInscription and NotesService
1Will Sanders  Jan 5, 1923   
2Baby Cross  May 3, 1924Unmarked infant
 
 
3Cleo Davis  Sep 15, 1924   
4Lee Ward  Oct 7, 1924   
5Rosa Lee Jackson  Jan 17, 1926   
6Annie Mae Jefferson  Feb 8, 1926The death certificate does not say that she was buried in the work camp cemetery 
7Carrie Porter  Sep 19, 1926   
8Juaita Porter  Sep 17, 1926   
9Fannie Selph  Jun 13, 1926   
10Bessie Crarrth  Dec 30, 1926Unmarked infant
 
 
11Carrie Moore  Jun 22, 1927   
12Minnie Nichols  Feb 27, 1927   
13Beatrice West  May 22, 1927   
14John Ernest Barus  Nov 22, 1928Unmarked infant
 
 
15Baby Corpal  Jan 18, 1928Unmarked infant
 
 
16D. D. Duncan  Jul 22, 1928   
17Sam Gower  Jul 13, 1928   
18Harold Hammond  Jul 6, 1928   
19Rembert Jouen  Jun 22, 1928   
20Mable Lewis  Dec 28, 1928   
21Medie McCloud  Jul 6, 1928   
22John P. Purser  Sep 30, 1928   
23Charlie Roberson  Oct 10, 1928   
24Willie Scruggs  Oct 13, 1928   
25Grant S. Searles  Oct 23, 1928   
26Freddie Taylor  Jul 13, 1928   
27John Wartts  Sep 6, 1928   
28Plummer Barnett  Oct 16, 1929   
29Abbert Battle  Aug 1, 1929   
30Berr Brown  Apr 27, 1929   
31Willie Bryant  Oct 4, 1929   
32Ed Capers  Jan 18, 1929   
33Will Chives  Oct 21, 1929   
34John Clark  Mar 20, 1929   
35J. G. Dampier  Feb 15, 1929   
36Willie C. George  Jan 18, 1929   
37Wille Gillom  Jan 18, 1929   
38Griff Grinstead  Feb 22, 1929   
39Joe Monroe / Mouroe  Jan 30, 1929   
40Malcolm Morrow  Sep 11, 1929   
41Marshall Reddrick / Redding  Jan 18, 1929   
42Beu Redwine  Jan 6, 1929   
43Katie Roberson  Oct 3, 1929   
44Benjamin Sims  Aug 6, 1929   
45Homer Simpson  Sep 11, 1929   
46Turner Simpson  Nov 15, 1929   
47William Spell  Sep 5, 1929   
48Daniel Stevens  Jan 6, 1929   
49Edgar Woodard  Nov 4, 1929   
50Elijah Young  Sep 28, 1929   
51Agnes Burd  Dec 23, 1930   
52Jessie Colson  Oct 23, 1930   
53Harry M. Duran  May 25, 1930   
54Emory Drison  Jun 27, 1930   
55T. L. Edenfield  Jun 20, 1930   
56John Ellen  Jan 27, 1930   
57James Gamble  Aug 17, 1930   
58Joe Henry Harris  Jan 8, 1930   
59Charlie Hanter  Jun 26, 1930   
60James Jackson  Jul 23, 1930   
61John Johnson  Jul 24, 1930   
62Frank Maddox  Oct 17, 1930   
63Willie Maddox  Oct 25, 1930   
64Warren Moon  Jul 14, 1930   
65Toll Morris  Aug 17, 1930   
66Dollie Pursell  Jul 14, 1930   
67Thomas H. Sims  Dec 9, 1930   
68Clarke Warren  May 11, 1930   
69Ira Bailey  Oct 25, 1931   
70Howard Baird  Dec 23, 1931   
71William Battle  Jan 15, 1931   
72William Biggers  Jan 16, 1931   
73Bee Blocker  May 4, 1931   
74Grady Briglet  Dec 21, 1931   
75Julian Brown  Aug 11, 1931   
76Herbert Burden  Jul 20, 1931   
77Emma Candy  Jul 4, 1931   
78Fred Griffin  Apr 29, 1931   
79Robert Lee Chrisholm  Oct 16, 1931   
80Raymond M. Cobb  Aug 1, 1931   
81Willie Green  May 18, 1931   
82G. E. Davis  Mar 30, 1931   
83Richard Davis  Mar 30, 1931   
84Eugene Dudley  Jul 17, 1931   
85Dock Edwards  May 3, 1931   
86English Gaskins  Dec 21, 1931   
87Furnaer Gibbs  May 21, 1931   
88Caleb Godley, Jr.  Aug 12, 1931   
89Ed Hall  Mar 27, 1931   
90Henry Hartfield  Sep 26, 1931   
91Willie Higgins  Sep 11, 1931   
92John Howard  Mar 6, 1931   
93Edgar Jenkins  Jan 16, 1931   
94Calloway Johnson  Aug 23, 1931   
95Sanire Jones  Mar 12, 1931   
96James Kitchens  Jul 7, 1931   
97George Mack  Sep 21, 1931   
98Berryman Massee  Jul 5, 1931   
99Hattie McGee  May 17, 1931   
100William Newman  Mar 11, 1931   
101William Seaey  Oct 3, 1931   
102Jamie Smith  Oct 17, 1931   
103William Suggs  Feb 28, 1931   
104Frank Sington  Jul 7, 1931   
105Clayton Worthame  Apr 25, 1931   
106Ruby Arnold  Aug 13, 1932   
107Elizah Ashburn  Oct 14, 1932   
108Charlie Barnsden  Jul 21, 1932   
109Paschall Baker  Oct 28, 1932   
110Andrew Bithea  Jun 5, 1932   
111Irene Brown  Dec 15, 1932   
112Hill Chappell  Sep 17, 1932   
113Bob Cochran  Jul 29, 1932   
114James Cooper  Jul 29, 1932   
115Starlrive Cooper  Aug 24, 1932   
116Jesse Evans  Aug 20, 1932   
117Joe Gilreable  Oct 25, 1932   
118John Gordon  Apr 11, 1932   
119Charlie Green, Jr.  Oct 28, 1932   
120Mozelle Green  Jul 12, 1932   
121Henry Henson  Apr 12, 1932   
122W. A. Hughes  Mar 19, 1932   
123James Ivery (Ivoy)  Jan 10, 1932   
124Will Lumpter  Oct 7, 1932Alias for Albert Jackson  
125Albert Jackson  Oct 7, 1932a.k.a. Will Lumpter  
126J. C. Jackson  Nov 16, 1932   
127Robert Johnson  Mar 7, 1932   
128Wylie Johnson  Jul 14, 1932   
129Willie Jones  Aug 8, 1932   
130C. N. Leary  Aug 23, 1932   
131Brink Mack  Nov 2, 1932   
132Ida Mack  Aug 1, 1932   
133Eddie March ca. 1916Feb 9, 1932Electric chair, age 16  
134Caudis Martin  Oct 15, 1932   
135Jerry Newford  Jan 9, 1932a.k.a. Bud Humpherys  
136Bud Humpherys  Jan 9, 1932Alias for Jerry Newford  
137George McElwarney  May 3, 1932   
138John McIntosh  Jun 21, 1932   
139J. H. Parker  Apr 8, 1932a.k.a. Terry Vernon  
140Vernon Terry  Apr 8, 1932Alias for J. H. Parker  
141Charlie Perter  Sep 15, 1932   
142Robert Lee Powell  Jul 22, 1932   
143Gene Raines  Jan 13, 1932a.k.a. Robert Rainer  
144Robert Rainer  Jan 13, 1932Alias for Gene Raines  
145Willie Rounds  Jun 10, 1932   
146William Scott  Apr 26, 1932   
147Leroy Singleton  Jul 1932   
148John Stanley  Jan 23, 1932   
149Buster Taylor  Oct 10, 1932   
150Henry Thomas  May 29, 1932   
151Lalharn Watson  Jul 24, 1932   
152Columbus Williams  Jul 9, 1932   
153W. J. Belcher  Mar 25, 1933   
154Alex Brittanie  Mar 23, 1933   
155Buster Brown  Jan 8, 1933   
156Dersey Grow  May 26, 1933   
157John H. Doby  Apr 13, 1933   
158Robert Owens  Jul 13, 1933   
159Troy R. Persons  Jan 14, 1933   
160Will Poarch  May 5, 1933   
161Pat Randall  May 20, 1933Grave 105  
162Walter Reed  Nov 18, 1933Grave 143  
163Johnny Todd  May 19, 1933Grave 104 a.k.a. Boynee Jones 
164Boynee Jones  May 19, 1933Grave 104 alias for Johnny Todd 
165P. N. Washington  Nov 9, 1933   
166Lawrence Welch  Apr 4, 1933   
167George Williams  Apr 12, 1933   
168Pink Williams  Dec 23, 1933   
169Cosby Benthery  Feb 27, 1934   
170Jabo Bonds  Jul 10, 1934Grave 147  
171George Brown  Aug 17, 1934Grave 150  
172Charlie Dillard  Jan 4, 1934   
173John Downing  Mar 16, 1934   
174Clifford Duncan a.k.a. Jones  Sep 14, 1934Grave 152  
175Oscar Gordon  Jul 23, 1934Grave 140  
176Chief Jones  May 22, 1934   
177Juain Gurly  Oct 26, 1934   
178Jeff Hodnett  Jan 25, 1934   
179Mack James  May 11, 1934   
180Frank Johnson a.k.a. Williams  Oct 5, 1934   
181Luke F. Jones  Oct 12, 1934Grave 155  
182Amos King  Dec 17, 1934Grave 159  
183James Knight  Feb 20, 1934Grave 138  
184Lum Lewis  Oct 25, 1934   
185John Middlebrooks  Jan 27, 1934   
186Johnnie Parker  May 24, 1934Grave 141  
187Will Raines  Dec 13, 1934Grave 158 a.k.a. Robert Rauge 
188Robert Rauge  Dec 13, 1934Grave 158 Alias for Will Raines 
189Walter Scott  Jul 4, 1934Grave 146  
190Homer Lee Short  Mar 2, 1934   
191Ernest Smith  Aug 12, 1934Grave 149  
192Charlie Spencer  Mar 6, 1934Grave 132  
193Ross Wade  Mar 29, 1934Grave 139  
194Sandy Walker  Mar 16, 1934   
195Cato Ward  Dec 19, 1934   
196Alphonzo Washington  Sep 28, 1934Grave 124  
197Clint Wiston  Dec 7, 1934   
198Bobbie Will  Jan 13, 1935Grave 130  
199John Henry Williams  Nov 22, 1934Grave 157  
200Tom William  Sep 27, 1934Grave 152  
201Archie Barfield  Feb 15, 1934Grave 16?  
202John Blizthe  May 25, 1935   
203Lonnie Boyd  Dec 24, 1935Grave 205  
204Hugh A. Brown  Dec 30, 1935Grave 208  
205George Buther  Feb 11, 1935Grave 167  
206W. H. Compton  Feb 13, 1935Grave 168  
207Otha Copeland  Jan 1934Grave 164  
208Henry Davis  Dec 10, 1935Grave 199  
209Charlie Dodson  Jan 21, 1935Grave 163  
210Frank Dubose  Mar 25, 1935Grave 178  
211Jamis Edwards  Mar 9, 1935Grave 175  
212Simmie Gaines  Oct 10, 1935Grave 173  
213Henry Hall  Jan 17, 1935Grave 162  
214J. T. Hammett  Feb 11, 1935Grave 166  
215Thomas Hanson  Dec 10, 1935Grave 198  
216Henry Harden  May 10, 1935Grave 185  
217Robert Franklin Hardgrave  mar 15, 1935Grave 176  
218Joe Harris  Feb 21, 1935Grave 176  
219Bud Jones  Jul 12, 1935Grave 190 Alias for Cleveland Hicks 
220Cleveland Hicks  Jul 12, 1935Grave 190 a.k.a. Bud Jones 
221Jonas Jackson  Nov 29, 1935Grave 196  
222Will Johnson  Dec 12, 1935Grave 200  
223Al Jones  May 2, 1935Grave 184  
224Robert Key  Dec 29, 1935Grave 207  
225Harry Lee  Jan 11, 1935Grave 160  
226Jack Matox / Maddox  Nov 22, 1935Grave 195  
227Herney McCormick  Feb 4, 1935Grave 165  
228George McRae  Oct 18, 1935Grave 194  
229Johnson Price  Dec 18, 1935Grave 202  
230L. A. Reynolds  Dec 25, 1935Grave 206  
231Albert Mice  May 18, 1935Grave 186  
232Milton A. Sapp  Dec 21, 1935Grave 209  
233Pless Simmons  Dec 13, 1935Grave 201  
234John Smith  Dec 21, 1935Grave 204  
235Sylvester Smith  Aug 9, 1935Grave 190  
236Sam Spellers, Sr.  Mar 21, 1935Grave 177  
237Philip Stewart  May 30, 1935Grave 187  
238William Henry Sylvester  Dec 6, 1935   
239Nathan Turner  Oct 6, 1935Grave 192  
240W. C. Washington  Jan 17, 1935Grave 161  
241John Will White  Dec 20, 1935Grave 203  
242Robert Nelson  Dec 5, 1935Grave 197  
243E. E. Wrye  Mar 16, 1935Grave 177  
244Jule Andrews  Mar 3, 1936   
245Lee Collier  Dec 24, 1936Grave 240  
246Ernast Denmark  Feb 12, 1936Grave 211 or 212  
247Walter R. Downs  Sep 4, 1936   
248Eugene Heard  Mar 4, 1936Grave 217  
249Jim Jackson  Jan 11, 1936Grave 211  
250John Jackson  May 26, 1936Grave 226  
251Will James  May 7, 1936Grave 225  
252Bob Johnson  Jan 8, 1936Grave 208  
253Henry Johnson  Mar 2, 1936Grave 216  
254Will Johnson  Oct 19, 1936Grave 239  
255Alexander Jones  Oct 2, 1936Grave 237  
256A. H. Kea  Jan 11, 1936   
258Laura Mack  Sep 15, 1936   
259John Massey  Feb 21, 1936Grave 214  
260Bishop Mathis  Oct 15, 1936Grave 238  
261Henry Nelson  Sep 1, 1936Grave 235  
262Thomas Nelson  Mar 20, 1936   
263Mike Oglesby  Jan 11, 1936Grave 210  
264Anderson Parker  Feb 22, 1936Grave 215  
265John Phinsie  Sep 20, 1936Grave 236  
266John Reeves  Mar 6, 1936   
267Julius Lowman  Mar 25, 1936Grave 222  
268Andrew Samuels  Jul 18, 1936Grave 231  
269Otis Sanders  Dec 30, 1936Grave 242  
270John Henry Simmions  Mar 20, 1936   
271John Henry Sloan  Dec 31, 1936Grave 243  
272Flexter Thomas  Feb 29, 1936Grave 215 or 216  
273John Thomas  Dec 26, 1936Grave 241  
274George Vinson  Aug 1, 1936Grave 233  
275Holt Walker  Feb 12, 1936Grave 213  
276Baby Wells  May 11, 1936Unmarked infant
 
 
277Julia Barrow  Jul 26, 1937   
278Thomas Bishop  Mar 19, 1937Grave 254  
279Dock Brown  Aug 17, 1937Grave 274  
280Hattie Davis  Mar 26, 1937   
281Albert Cromder  Jan 12, 1937Grave 245  
282Willie Frank Danish  Dec 27, 1937Grave 282  
283Willie E. Douberly  Jul 30, 1937Grave 272  
284Johnnie Huaham  Jan 23, 1937Grave 247  
285Gus Elmore  Mar 28, 1937Grave 256  
286Charley Will Jones  Apr 23, 1937   
287Wade Killin  Dec 10, 1937Grave 281  
288J. S. Lewis  Feb 27, 1937Grave 253  
289Annie Lotson  Dec 4, 1937   
290Roger Reid  Jul 11, 1937Grave 268  
291Hardy Rogers  Aug 28, 1937Grave 275  
292Jack Sharp  Jan 19, 1937Grave 246  
293Arthur Sheffield  Mar 23, 1937Grave 255  
294George Smith  Jan 6, 1937Grave 244  
295Mamie Smith  Feb 23, 1937   
296James Thomas  Oct 6, 1937Grave 279  
297Luke Walker  Jul 19, 1937Grave 269  
298Lawrance Ward  Aug 13, 1937Grave 273  
299Garnett Van dorn Williams  Nov 4, 1937   
300Robert Wilson  Jul 26, 1937Grave 270  
301Homer Robinson  Mar 21, 1936   
302Reuben Corley  1938Grave number possibly 296. All info per
his death certificate, as described by
Christy Wheeler.
 
303Thomas Andrew McCullough Jan 18, 1875Aug 25, 1933Grave 110.

per Patrick Glendon McCullough, gg-grandson.
 
304Willie Crooms  May 18, 1931   
305Henry West  Jan 29, 1931