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Gravesite of General Francis Hopkins

General Francis Hopkins Headstone Hopkins Belleville Cemetery Crescent GA McIntosh County Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2014

In Memoriam – General Francis Hopkins – Obit MDCCCXXI – Aged 49 Years

General Francis Hopkins (10 November 1770 – 5 May 1821) gave the land for this cemetery, known as the Hopkins-Belleville Cemetery. It’s located behind Crescent Baptist Church. Born an only child to South Carolina parents in Bluffton with Loyalist ties, Hopkins and his wife Rebecca Sayre (March 1776 – 3 August 1850) moved to Georgia at the urging of Thomas Spalding, who sold the family several plantations along the coast. They first resided at Chatelet Plantation on Sapelo Island, better known today as Chocolate. He would eventually own five plantations and over 150 slaves.

Hopkins entered the Georgia Militia as a Lieutenant in McIntosh County. He was commissioned a Captain, then a Major of the McIntosh County Battalion during the War of 1812. In 1817 he was commissioned Brigadier-General, 1st Brigade of the 1st Division, in command of the militia in the counties of Wayne, Camden, Glynn, Liberty, McIntosh, Bryan, Chatham and Effingham.

General Hopkins served eight terms as McIntosh County’s representative in the state legislature and spent two years as a state senator. He was a justice of the McIntosh Inferior Court from 1813 until his death.

Crescent GA McIntosh County Hopkins Belleville Cemetery General Hopkins Family Plot Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2014

The enclosed burial plot of his family is the most interesting feature of the cemetery. To access the site, you walk up a set of steps and then down a set of steps to get inside the enclosure.

Crescent GA McIntosh County General Francis Hopkins Family Burial Enclosure Plantation Owner Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2014

Crescent GA McIntosh County General Francis Hopkins Family Burial Enclosure Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2014

The smaller enclosure within the walls is likely the earliest feature; the bricks are beginning to collapse.

Crescent, Georgia

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Folk Art Gravesite Decoration

Hopkins Belleville Cemetery Crescent GA McIntosh County Ornamental Gravesite Folk Art Flower Pots Photograph Copyright Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia USA 2014

This was one of the neatest things I found in the historic Hopkins-Belleville Cemetery.

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Brannen Seafood Company

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Brannen Seafood Company

Crescent, Georgia

Brannen’s is one of a remaining few independent seafood wholesalers on the Georgia coast.

 

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Fishing Pier, Sapelo River

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Crescent Baptist Church

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Crescent Knights Lodge No. 3233

Crescent, Georgia

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Abandoned Country Store

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Crescent Post Office

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Eclectic Cabin with Gothic Church Windows

Crescent, Georgia

This appears to be a reclaimed or refurbished modern construction; the gothic church windows make for an eclectic look.

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