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Donna Garmon

My husband and I are like you people having traveled this road so many times to our lake house decided to stop at this site where the graves are. My husband said he had known these graves were there but I never after all these years had seen the markers. After getting home I tried looking up info on the GUMM family and found your comments about the headstones and markers. I feel tat if the court house had not burned down this year I could go and check out more records but all records were destroyed and many have no copies or had not been registered on any computer or any other outside the court house. This makes me and my husband very curious about the history and would appreciate if you find any information concerning this, please forward to our email address. Thank you.


Hi Donna! I certainly will do more research and see what I can find! I gentleman named Jim on Flickr saw the photos I took and wrote that he had found information about the headstone of Jacob J Gumm, Sr. He posted the following:

"D.A.R. Magazine Vol 37 no 5, November 1910, p. 391

Work of the Chapters

Nancy Hart Chapter (Milledgeville, Georgia)

On August 18, the Nancy Hart Chapter took part in an interesting event, that of marking the grave of Major Jacob Gumm, a soldier and officer of the Revolution and the War of 1812. Something over a year ago the Regent of the Chapter made application to the War Department for a stone to mark the grave of this good man and brave soldier.

The stone is of pure white marble, about four feet high, set in a granite base, the latter a gift of the Chapter.

Major Gumm is buried on his old plantation, eight miles from Milledgeville, part of which is still owned by his descendants. The surroundings are picturesque.

The little burial inclosure, surrounded by grand old forest trees, is a lovely and peaceful spot.

The services were opened by Mrs. Scott. Following this, Miss Cora Gumm, a great-granddaughter, gave a sketch of the life and services of her ancestor. President M. M. Parks, of the Georgia Normal and Industrial College, made an interesting and inspiring address on patriotism; Mrs. Walter Charlton, of Savannah, talked to us on the duty of preserving our historic spots and buildings; Mrs. Scott read “Lest We Forget,” and the Vice-Regent, Mrs. Cook, closed the services with prayer. There were present ten descendants of Jacob Gumm. The only drawback to the pleasure of the occasion was that, on account of feebleness incidental to his great age, Jacob Gumm, Jr., son of the major, could not be with us.

It is gratifying to the Daughters of the Revolution of the State to see this long-neglected honor at last coming to these brave men who won liberty for their descendants. May time be not far distant when every grave of a Revolutionary soldier that can be located will be so marked."

I will certainly see what further information I can find!

Jim Rees

Gladys Burnette was my mother's mother. She lived with her aunt Lena, who was married to William Taylor Long. They lived near the corner of Gumm Cemetery Road and Lake Laurel Road. The cemetery was originally on their property, which was about 35 acres. The house was still there in the 1980s but there is no trace of it now. The Binfords were related to aunt Lena, I think Lena's granddaughter married a Binford. (I'm the Jim from Flickr you corresponded with)

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