Historic cemetery to undergo restoration after years of hurdles

Five years after a preservationist lost his bid for ownership of a historic cemetery in Clinton, he is back with resources to complete his task of preserving its antebellum history. 

The cemetery is located off Randolph Street, and the 3.6-acre parcel appears to be owned by no one. The cemetery is the final resting place of William D. Bunkley, who died in 1812. He was the father of Jesse Bunkley, the defendant in a well-known Civil War-era trial in Jones County. 

Many of the tombstones and monuments in the cemetery have dates that predate the Civil War and are surrounded by substantial granite walls.   

David Mitchell of M.H. Mitchell Inc. in Atlanta has ancestors buried in the cemetery. He is quick to share his knowledge of who they are and how they and others buried nearby contributed to the history of Clinton.

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The Jones County News

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