Old Macedonia Cemetery

James and Mary Jane Bradshaw Keever


James Keever, son of Thomas Keever and Nancy Reel, wife of Mary Rebecca Jane Bradshaw.

Mary Rebecca Jane Bradshaw, daughter of John Bradshaw and Mary "Polly" Shutly, wife of James Keever.

Mary Jane Bradshaw Keever

Courant American Newspaper, Cartersville, Georgia, August 20, 1896


Mrs. James Keever died at her home on Monday of last week, and was interred at the Macedonia cemetery on Tuesday. Rev. A. J. McCoy conducted the funeral services. She was very old and a Christian from her 14 th year.

NOTES: This obituary was transcribed by Laurel Baty, and posted on the BARTOW COUNTY GENWEB


James and his wife left Lincoln County about March 1, 1846 in a
covered wagon. Six or seven other wagons were with them. Some
were friends, others were relatives. The relatives included Mary's
sister and brother-in-law, Elizabeth and Seth Abernathy, and Mary's
uncle, Larkin Bradshaw. James' brother, Daniel, had already moved
to Georgia several years before. They settled northeast of
Cartersville, near the Cherokee County line. There youngest son,
Jonas, was only three months old. Tradition tells that some of the
wagon train continued farther west, if so, these were not close
James and Mary had four sons and no daughters. Three of these sons
served in the Confederate Army. Sons Daniel F. and Thomas J. both
enlisted in March 1862. They both died in an Army hospital in
Atlanta in May 1862. Jonas enlisted in January 1864 and lived
through the war, later becoming the father of many children.
James' brother-in-law, Seth Abernathy, went with James to Atlanta
to get his sons clothes and pay after they had died. These
Confederate Hospitals were only barns and sheds, or anything which
was protection from the weather. The oath James had to take that
he was the father of the two boys is on file at the State Archives
in Atlanta.
James and Mary attended Macedonia Primitive Baptist Church which
was located not far from their home. This church was later moved
to a new building on the highway between Cartersville and Canton.
All that remains at the original location is the church cemetery.
James' wife, mary, died before the turn of the century. After her
death, his son Jonas and Jonas' wife Mary Baker Keever went to live
with him because James was going blind. Tradition has it that
Jonas tied a rope from the back door of his house to the outside
toilet so that James could walk to the toilet without help.
James lived to be almost 100 years old. He and his wife Mary are
buried in the old Macedonia Cemetery, as are many other Keever and
Abernathy family members.


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Old Macedonia Cemetery, Bartow County, Georgia