Crandall Cemetery

The Villiage of Crandall was platted in 1927, it had sprung up around the L. A. Davis and Brother’s Turpentine Mill located on the St. Mary’s River west of Roses Bluff circa 1895. The land was sold to Rayonier circa 1937. There was an African American church in Crandall.

1918 Topo
A portion of the 1918 USGS map, the cemetery is the boxed-in cross, on the road, to the left of Reids Bluff

The 1910 Census, of Census District 4, which includes Crandall and Evergreen, was 75% African American (black/mullato) and had a total population of 210.

ED4 1910
A portion of 1910 Census District Map – Film # 007325773 US Censuses Districts, 1900-1940

There are two known marked graves and a large number of depressions that are likely grave sites. There are 30 known death certificates citing Crandall cemetery as the place of burial. The Crandall database lists the known and suspected based on death certificates and burials not just the existing grave markers.

The cemetery is on Rayonier Forest Products’ land and prior approval is required to be escorted to the cemetery, snake-bite gaiter, orange safety vest, and hard hats will be provided, and four-wheel-drive vehicles are recommended as approximately 4-miles of dirt roads are on the route.

2 thoughts on “Crandall Cemetery”

  1. The large marked visible headstone is that of my grandfather, James Hill, Jr. who died in 1942. He was a veteran and his grave’s headstone survived because it was ordered by the local funeral home from the military. He lived and raised his children in Crandal, Florida. My mom often spoke of it and grandfather worked at a turpentine mill. I have searched many times to find his grave and was shocked that it was still on the property for which family did not have access. It is possible that his wives, Jessie Hill and Letha Hill are also buried in that cemetery. I am anxious to find out. A local researcher and I had a conversation about the ongoing efforts to preserve the site of the ancestors.

  2. My great grandfather is buried in Crandall and one of the headstones still standing. I have been researching my family with the help of my Aunt and this is a part of our family history.

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