Old Shiloh Cemetery, Tattnall County

old shiloh cemetery tattnall county ga photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2011

From the marker placed by the Georgia Historical Society & Trustees and Friends of Old Shiloh in 2001: Shiloh Methodist Church, the second Methodist Church in Tattnall County, was organized c. 1810 by Rev. William Eason and remained at this site until the 1850s when it was moved a short distance north. Unlike at other churches in the area at the time, a cemetery was maintained beside the Meeting House. Six generations of area residents are buried here in likely the first public cemetery in Tattnall County. Burials include area pioneer Michael McKenzie Mattox, Methodist ministers, Confederate veterans, local and state elected officials and numerous other whites and blacks–both free and slave. The last burial occurred in 1942.

old shiloh cemetery hand pointing toward heaven tattnall county ga photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2011

The cemetery’s setting in a grove of old oaks makes it particularly nice to visit. A large number of Confederate veterans are buried here, as well.

old shiloh cemetery sgt washington mattox confederate veteran photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2011

Sergeant Washington E. Mattox, Company B, 61st Regiment, Georgia Infantry (1834-1916)


Though the nearby church is no longer used for regular services, it is well-maintained and watched over by a friends group and by Reidsville United Methodist Church.



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3 responses to “Old Shiloh Cemetery, Tattnall County

  1. Kathy Blankinship

    There was a burial at Old Shiloh in April 1982. My husband’s ( William Morris Blankinship) grandmother, Addie Maddox Tootle, was buried there beside her husband, Theo Tootle. Addie died as a result of an automobile accident in 1982. Her husband, Theo, died of heart failure in the 1950’s. Children of Theo and Addie were Harold Tootle, married to Lily Cox Tootle, Marion Tootle Blankinship married to Morris Blankinship, and Leslie Tootle, married to Mary Shuptrine Tootle.
    The Tootles were longtime members of the Shiloh community outside Reidsville. There is a beautifully restored and maintained Tootle ancestors cemetery located near Shiloh Methodist Church.
    It’s shocking how similar the Shiloh Methodist Church outside Reidsville and the Shiloh Methodist Church shown in Wheeler County are. My comments relate to the Shiloh Church in Reidsville.

  2. Rosalind

    Samuel Moses, lived in Blackshear, Ga. He was a Minister,carpenter, and a landowner. He was buried in Black Shiloh cemetery located l mile north of downtown Blackshear. I cannot find any information on him. He was my greatgrand father.

  3. Rosalind

    Beautiful pictures, my family was buried in the Shiloh cemetery, but I cannot find any information on the Colored
    Shiloh cemetery. I read that it was made an historic landmark. The cemetery is located one mile north of downtown Blackshear, Ga. Pierce County. My greatgrandfather was Sam Moses, who contributed a lot to Pierce county, again I cannot find any information on him, or the rest of the Moses. Please inform me if you can. Thank you so much for your patience in this matter.

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