The Laodicea Primitive Baptist Church is on the CCA – Thomas Creek Tract. Some sources place this cemetery about 9 miles south of Callahan off US 1 near Thomas Creek, but we have no definite confirmation of the cemetery location.
According to information found in Volume 3, #2 of the Jacksonville Genealogical Society Quarterly, published in 1975, this was once a large cemetery which was abandoned in 1955. The Laodicea Primitive Baptist Church once stood on this site. The only Surviving grave that can be identified is that of Caroline E. Hightower. According to Linda Dyal Johns, Her great-grandfather, John Zacharias Hightower was buried next to the grave of his wife Caroline Eveline (Nettles) Hightower in 1928. Caroline Hightower’s birth and death dates are listed in the cemetery database. This was once a thriving church and evidence of other graves exist, but no markers are in evidence. The photograph below is also courtesy of Linda Dyal Johns.
Laodicea Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery Location
9 miles south of Callahan on US 1 or US 301
GPS Location: 30.486432,-81.786432 (Points to the Thomas Creek Tract, not the cemetery itself)
Laodicea Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery Interments
|wdt_ID||Gravesite Id||Photo||Individual ID||Salutation||First name||Middle name||Last name||Nickname||Generation||Maiden name||estimated birth date||Birth month||Birth day||Birth year||Death month||Death day||Death year||Note||Revision||Cemetery name||Cemetery ID||Cemetery zone||Taxonomy 1||Taxonomy 2||Taxonomy 3||Taxonomy 4||Gravesite note||Gravesite revision||Details|
|2,830||2830||606367||Caroline E.||Hightower||0||Jan||19||1849||May||16||1915||Ludowici Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery||1041||More details|
|13,660||13660||630560||A||J||Hodges||0||Apr||19||1858||Jul||10||1908||Ludowici Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery||1041||New||Div B1||X10||Y80||AIGS 2013 Survey||More details|
|First name||Last name||Maiden name||Birth year||Death year|
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Note about the exact location of Laodicea Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery
The above location is combined from various sources, none of which are precise enough for us to provide even a general idea of the location. Instrumental in the confusion is the fact that the Thomas Creek Tract is less than 5 miles from Callahan, and traveling 9 miles would remove you from Nassau County altogether, placing you in Duval County along Rt 1. You can travel further along route 301, including the full 9 miles, but you’ll be well beyond the Thomas Creek Tract.