Old KIMBERLY Family Cemetery

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The old Kimberly Family Cemetery which was located on what was originally Kimberly property was unceremoniously uprooted for a Hartsfield International Airport (now Fulton County Airport) runway expansion .

Original Legal Description: Beginning at an iron pin on the East side of Clayton Street 378 feet of the Southeast corner of Clayton Street and Hillside Drive; running thence South 89 degrees 25 minutes 29 seconds East 150.41 feet to an iron pin; thence South 89 degrees 51 minutes 45 seconds West 179.22 feet to a point on the Southeast side of Clayton Street; thence North 4. Degrees 37 minutes 20 seconds East along the Southeast side of Clayton Street 42.28 feet to an iron pin marking a corner in said street; thence North 00 degrees 31 minutes 00 seconds East along the East side of Clayton Street 160.13 feet to the point of beginning.

The City of Atlanta notified known descendents of it’s Notice of Condemnation.: Civil Action, No. 12007 on record shows the City of Atlanta as Plantiff and Edna E. Kimberly, et al (selected family spokesperson) as Defendants. The Superior Court For the County of Clayton, State of Georgia Civil Action, File Number 12,007 shows City of Atlanta, Condemnore vs. Mrs. Edna E. Kimberly, et al, Condemnees. Nothing could be done by family members to save the old pristine family burial ground.

Forest Hills Memorial Gardens records: On 26 March 1970 we moved the following people from a graveyard for the expansion of the Hartsfield Airport. We also know that the cost was $ 200. per grave site, which included the actual move, the new lot, and a plain marker. 

The many unmarked graves were given no consideration. The City of Atlanta, Fulton County, Fulton County Airport, and Clayton County Superior Court all deny any knowledge of the whereabouts of the original tombstones or photos taken before or during the move. I was told that it was customary to take a cupful of dirt from three feet in front of the existing tombstone, marking it, and transferring it to the new burial site. All dates and words of respect and love placed by family members seem to be gone forever. Also, by reading my notes below it becomes obvious that a less than efficient job was done in the record keeping of the Atlanta Airport Authority.

The following 14 graves appear to have been moved (my notes are in italics)
C.E. Kimberly
* Charles Edward Kimberly 1828/1893, served in the C.S.A. Co. E, 27th Ga. Infantry
Evelyn Kimberly
* wife of Charles Edward Kimberly

Almeater B. Kimberly
* 1st wife of Charles Edward Kimberly, the son of Charles & Evelyn Kimberly. Maiden name: Beasley

Baby Kimberly
* son of Charles & Almeater Kimberly

Morris E. Kimberly
*son of Sherman Edward Kimberly, accidentally shot while on a Thanksgiving family hunting trip by a Beasley cousin.

Edna E. Kimberly
* wife of Morris E. Kimberly

Mary Jewel Brooks

Wade Cater

Isaac D. Kimberly
*Isaac Dickson Kimberly, son of James Marion & Nancy Anne Kimberly
*Interesting note: Isaac is listed on the original papers as having been moved from the old Kimberly Cemetery, however he did not die until 1980

Child of Ike Kimberly
*Not listed on some documents, listed on others, has grave stone reading ‘Child of Ike Kimberly’ at Forest Hills
Baby of Ike Kimberly

Mary Anderson
*daughter of Charles Edward Kimberly, married John W. Anderson

Cintea K. Anderson
*Karen Smith’s notes: daughter of Mary

Unknown Baby
*Not listed on some documents, listed on others, has grave stone reading ‘Unknown Baby’ at Forest Hills

Forest Hills - Kimberly Family tombstones surveyed and pictured 18 November 1989 by Gayle Lee-Johnson and Jennifer
Johnson. Gayle looks forward to correspondence with family and can be reached at ivyj3@mindspring.com -- Much thanks and
appreciation to Karen Smith, whom we consider to be ‘the guru’ of Kimberly information!

*Note: While the uprooting of an old cemetery is a tragedy in and of itself, the Kimberly and other related families now face the certainty that two more of its beautiful and historical resting places are about to meet the same fate. It appears that the airport needs more runways and that more of our ancestors are in the way. Flat Rock Baptist Church Cemetery and the old Hart Family Cemetery are both slated to be either moved or find themselves surrounded by planes taking off and landing. These two graveyards contain hundreds of grave sites, both marked and unmarked.

Gayle Lee-Johnson

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