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Nimblewill Methodist Church Cemetery (Abandoned)Nimblewill Methodist Church
Cemetery (Abandoned)

Lumpkin County, Georgia 

Traveling from the Dahlonega Square on West Main Street.  Turn right on SR 9 towards Dawsonville, turn right on SR 52 West towards Elijay.  Travel 4 & 4/10 miles to Nimblewill Church Road (Grizzle's Old Store)turn right and go 2 & 2/10 miles to Nimblewill Baptist Church on the right, continue past onto Nimblewill Gap Road, cross creek, 4/10 mile on left dirt road goes uphill to cemetery. (4 wheel drive on road only or a short walk uphill to cemetery).



Brief History of Nimblewill Methodist Church Cemetery

In 1836 the Methodist minister, Rev. David Jay Sr., his wife and extended family moved into far western Lumpkin Co. GA and settled on and around Land Lot #249. The Nimblewill Creek cut across this lot and the family undoubtedly farmed the flat bottom land. The extended family members who relocated with the Rev. Jay were as follows:

       David Jay Jr. ... son
     Wesley Jay ... son, marries Anna Waters while living in the valley
     John S. Lusk ... son-in-law, married to daughter Elizabeth Jay
     Martha Harris ... daughter, widowed, with a large family
     Reuben W. Gamblin ... son-in-law, married to daughter Jane Jay
     William B. Rutherford ... son-in-law, married to daughter Anna Jay

The Rev. Jay was an early pioneer preacher in the Methodist Church movement and an associate of Bishop Francis Asbury, "the father of American Methodism". He migrated out of SC to Warren Co. TN where he founded the Hopewell Methodist Meeting House there in 1818, donating land for the Meeting House and a cemetery. From TN he migrated to Hall Co. GA in 1822. In 1836 just prior to the Lumpkin Co. move, he donated 3 acres of land to the Hopewell Methodist Meeting House which he had "organized" prior to that date. That congregation is still quite active today just south of Murrayville, GA. As can be seen, David Jay Sr. was very active in organizing and nurturing Methodist congregations everywhere he lived. 

In March 1837 his son-in-law, John S. Lusk, died in the valley. In the fall of 1838 another son-in-law, Reuben W. Gamblin, died in the valley and in February 1839 the Rev. David Jay Sr. died in the valley. A few years later, Wesley Jay dies in the valley in June 1845. 

Most of the remaining family members live there for a time, however by 1855 most have migrated out to various other counties in Georgia. I concluded that if I could find evidence of any of the above people buried at the site, then it would stand to reason that all were buried there.

-Vince King

For more information on Nimblewill Methodist Church Cemetery visit Vince King's web site :http://www.entechdesign.com/NGOMC.htm

Name of Gravestone
Birth/Death Year
No Dates
11 Feb 1838     26 Sep 1905
11  Feb 1838    26 Sep 1905
16 Apr 1843 - 2 Jun 1924
1925 - 1925
11 Mar 1889 - 11 Mar 1889
11 Dec 1876 - 11 Jan 1887
1805 - 1912
1834 - 1902
1826 - 1906
Unknown - 1837