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Laurens County GA
Buckhorn UMC Cemetery

Believed to be the oldest Methodist Church in Laurens County, Ga. is the old Darsey Church, now called Buckhorn Methodist Church, probably because it is on Buckhorn Creek. According to tradition, the first house of worship was built by Seth Darsey on what was known as the John Lord estate, called Bethsaida.

Methodist circuit riders began to minister to early settlers of the community about 1820. In 1824 Buckhorn Church was organized and meetings were held in a log cabin near Buckhorn Creek, about a mile east of the present building site on the old Chicken Road. This log building was destroyed in the late 1850's by a tornado, and was replaced by a long structure that was used until about 1880, when a building of sawn timber was constructed. The forerunner of the present church house was built in 1903, consisting of one room, 30 by 50 feet, with four doors leading to the outside. Electricity reached the church in the 1940's.

For the first one hundred years, the church was known as Darsey's Meeting House and was on the Dexter circuit. Services were held on the third Saturday and Sunday of each month. Many camp meetings were held on the grounds with brush arbors being constructed for the preaching services. These services lasted several days, the last tent meeting being held in 1914. The oldest church register still in existent was written in 1897. Seth Darsey was the first person to be buried in the cemetery in 1847, and the following people listed there. There are several unidentified infant and adult graves that show no dates at all, but the list contains persons buried there up and until 1995:

Edge, Davis L. No date - 06/16/1960
Edge, Edward H. 09/22/1942 - 07/11/1961
Edge, Willie B. 12/22/1919 - 03/29/1977
English, Annie 1895 - 1961

English, James Nathan 01/26/1870 - 05/07/1946
English, John M. 1887 - 1944
English, Margie Wennell 02/22/1924 - 06/18/1924
English, Rudy D. Kitchens 07/11/1900 - 10/21/1990

[note: the above is a partial listing of those known buried at Buckhorn Methodist cemetery]
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